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  • Hundreds join peaceful ‘Je suis Muslim’ rally in Sydney

    01/24/2015 4:48:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2015 6:03 PM EST
    Hundreds of Muslims rallied in Sydney on Friday night to protest negative media coverage of Islam and the French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Police said 14 people were moved on from the rally for breaching the peace. But no one was charged and the event was peaceful. Some of the 800-strong demonstrators in the Muslim enclave of Lakemba held placards with the slogan «Je suis Muslim,» French for “I am Muslim.” …
  • Australia releases postage stamps in honour of Victoria Cross recipients

    01/21/2015 11:34:47 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Australia Post ^ | 22nd January 2015
    Monday is Australia Day (the anniversary of the beginning of European settlement in Australia in 1788) and every year since 1997 around this time, Australia Post releases of stamps called 'Australian Legends' - designed to honour prominent Australians - a different group each year (Doctors were honoured in one year, musicians another, etc). Ex-soldiers have appeared once before - in 2000, Australia last three surviving veterans of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign were the subject. This year, the stamps have just gone on sale, honouring Australia's four living Victoria Cross recipients (Keith Payne VC, who received his Victoria Cross for actions...
  • Muslims at WW II Cemetery (British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Benghazi)

    01/20/2015 10:33:31 AM PST · by robowombat · 28 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 19, 2015
    Subject: Fwd: Muslims at WW II Cemetery Muslims being Muslims. This is the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Benghazi. These are British and other Commonwealth war graves, many are Australian of men killed in the desert war against the Italians and the German Afrika Korps. Every time a joke and or cartoon is made about the Koran, the whole world turns upside down and we are called racists. On the other hand, they appear to do whatever they like and no one says anything...and the majority of people remain silent. See this video whilst it's available and before it's removed...
  • The Left’s gravy train derailing

    01/19/2015 2:01:29 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    The Australian ^ | 20th January 2015 | Maurice Newman
    IN the battle for ideas it is now clear the Left controls the commanding heights. In everything from the economy to sport, the prevailing direction is left. After decades of stereotyping, indoctrination and the clever use of language, Western voters have been conditioned to accept the beneficence of the state. ..... Voter acquiescence has been bought by both sides of politics, but conservatives everywhere have been politically outsmarted. They are apologetic when they should demand apologies. Rather than be true to their values, they have too easily rolled over and allowed the Left to set the agenda on economics and...
  • Amal Clooney to Egypt's Sisi: Pardon jailed Al Jazeera journalist

    01/17/2015 11:07:11 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/17/15 | staff
    British-Lebanese human rights lawyer urges Egyptian president to expedite release of Canadian-Egyptian reporter.British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has called on Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to release and pardon an imprisoned Egyptian-Canadian journalist for Al Jazeera, whom she represents. The attorney - who recently wed Hollywood star George Clooney - released a statement Friday, expressing disappointment over the lack of "concrete" progress toward the release of Mohamed Fahmy following a meeting with Egyptian and Canadian diplomats, Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird expressed cautious optimism for Fahmy's release after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri...
  • Ocean 'calamities' oversold, say researchers

    01/17/2015 7:34:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Nature ^ | 14 January 2015 | Daniel Cressey
    Team calls for more scepticism in marine research.___ The state of the world's seas is often painted as verging on catastrophe. But although some challenges are very real, others have been vastly overstated, researchers claim in a review paper. The team writes that scientists, journals and the media have fallen into a mode of groupthink that can damage the credibility of the ocean sciences. The controversial study exposes fault lines in the marine-science community. Carlos Duarte, a marine biologist at the University of Western Australia in Perth, and his colleagues say that gloomy media reports about ocean issues such as...
  • Access fee a bridge too far for bushfire survivor (charged a fee to use bridge he built)

    01/13/2015 3:54:40 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 12th January 2015 | Pia Akerman
    FOR many bushfire survivors, dealing with bureaucracy in the ­aftermath is just as challenging. Anthony McMahon knows this firsthand, defiantly locked in a red-tape battle five years after the Black Saturday fires destroyed his business and a bridge leading to his Kinglake property. The old bridge provided the only access to the bush block where he planned to build his home, but collapsed soon after the 2009 fires. After knockbacks from government agencies, Mr McMahon ­rebuilt the bridge himself, with significant fin­ancial help from ­Rotary and a Catholic agency, at a cost of $50,000. He has since received persistent demands...
  • Cartoonist 'under police watch' (Australian cartoonist facing death threats - I wonder why...)

    01/12/2015 7:20:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies ^ | 13th January 2015
    CARTOONIST Larry Pickering is reportedly under police protective surveillance after upsetting people with a derogatory picture of the prophet Mohammed on his controversial website. MR Pickering was told of the development when visited at home by detectives from Queensland Police on Sunday. The cartoonist said the officers told him he had upset a lot of people and they were putting him under high-priority protective surveillance. "I guess they must have picked up some intelligence or chatter after I did the cartoon," he told News Corp Australia. Mr Pickering is a controversial figure who was singled out for special criticism by...
  • The Prime Minister Of Australia Is Calling ISIS By A New Name That It Absolutely Hates

    01/12/2015 1:05:45 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 59 replies ^ | Peter Terlato
    In recent weeks, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has started referring to the Islamic State terrorist organisation by a name they reportedly despise — Daesh. Australia’s allies in the Middle East have suggested the Western world not use monikers such as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), or IS (Islamic State) as they legitimise the group’s aspirations. “Daesh hates being referred to by this term, and what they don’t like has an instinctive ­appeal to me,” Abbott said. “I absolutely refuse to refer to it by the title that it claims...
  • Are we really all Charlie? No, no and shamefully no

    01/10/2015 11:19:46 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies ^ | 11th January 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    PROTESTERS around the West, horrified by the massacre in Paris, have held up pens and chanted “Je suis Charlie” — I am Charlie. They lie. The Islamist terrorists are winning, and the coordinated attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and kosher shop will be just one more success. One more step to our gutless surrender. Al-Qaeda in Yemen didn’t attack Charlie Hebdo because we are all Charlie Hebdo. The opposite. It sent in the brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi because Charlie Hebdo was almost alone. Unlike most politicians, journalists, lawyers and other members of our ruling classes, this fearless magazine...
  • US issues global travel warning after terror attacks

    01/09/2015 5:58:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2015 6:34 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The United States has issued a global travel warning after recent terror attacks in France, Australia and Canada. […] The State Department’s warning says attacks against Americans are becoming increasingly prevalent. It also cites an increased risk of reprisals against U.S. and Western targets for the U.S.-led intervention against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. …
  • Radical Islam and western values cannot coexist peacefully

    01/08/2015 9:36:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 70 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 9th January 2015 | Rita Pahani
    LET’S get one thing straight; every attack perpetrated by Islamic extremists is an attack against freedom of speech, whether they’re terrorising journalists and cartoonists at a satirical magazine in Paris or bystanders having a quiet coffee in Sydney. These callous cowards seek to silence dissenting voices by waging a war of terror against anyone who dares question their twisted, totalitarian worldview. The time for weasel words and treading on eggshells is over. We owe it to the growing number of victims to open our eyes and acknowledge the unmistakable reality that radical Islam and Western values cannot coexist peacefully. These...
  • Australian actor Rod Taylor dead at 84: Legendary star suffers a heart attack at LA home

    01/08/2015 5:16:27 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 85 replies ^ | January 09, 2015 9:24AM
    LEGENDARY Australian actor Rod Taylor has passed away in the early hours of the morning US time after suffering from a heart attack. The 84-year-old, who starred in Hollywood flicks including most recently Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, was said to have died at home in LA following a dinner party. It was to have been his birthday on Sunday. His daughter Felicia confirmed his death to CNN. “My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without,” Felicia, a former CNN News correspondent, said in a statement....
  • NT (Australia) - second highest... gun ownership in the nation but the lowest rate of firearm crime

    01/05/2015 5:18:45 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Northern Territory News ^ | 4th January 2015 | Megan Palin
    THE NT has one of the highest per capita rates of gun ownership in Australia but the lowest rate of firearm-related crime, police have said. The gun control debate has resurfaced on the back of the Sydney Lindt cafe siege. Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm went as far as to declare Australia was a “nation of victims”. ..... Acting Senior Sergeant Bruce Payne said more than 13,000 Territorians hold shooters’ licences – mostly for sport. “The NT has one of the highest rates of firearm owners in Australia – second only to Tasmania,” he said. “But the rate of firearm...
  • No, Bibi-Bashers, Israel Is not ‘Isolated’ Under Netanyahu

    01/05/2015 7:35:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/05/2015 | P. David Hornik
    [1]On Tuesday the Palestinians tried to get the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution to shrink Israel down to indefensible borders.They failed to get the nine votes from the 15-member council that they needed. Even if they had, the U.S. had promised to veto the resolution. But the Palestinians would have succeeded in painting Israel as a country almost friendless, hanging by the thread of U.S. support.The draft resolution demanded that Israel and the Palestinians wrap up all their disputes and reach an agreement within one year; that a Palestinian state be set up along Israel’s 1967...
  • Comet Lovejoy Survives Fiery Plunge Through Sun, NASA Says

    12/16/2011 8:02:01 AM PST · by edpc · 28 replies via Yahoo News ^ | 16 Dec 2011 | Mike Wall
    A newfound comet defied long odds on Thursday (Dec. 15), surviving a suicidal dive through the sun's hellishly hot atmosphere, according to NASA scientists. Comet Lovejoy plunged through the sun's corona at about 7 p.m. EST (midnight GMT on Dec. 16), coming within 87,000 miles (140,000 kilometers) of our star's surface. Temperatures in the corona can reach 2 million degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 million degrees Celsius), so most researchers expected the icy wanderer to be completely destroyed.
  • NASA Photo of the Day: Comet Lovejoy

    12/27/2011 5:00:17 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 6 replies ^ | December 21, 2011 | Daniel C. Burbank, NASA Astronaut and International Space Station Expedition 30 Commander
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  • John Howard rebukes Barack Obama over climate speech

    01/01/2015 3:07:21 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd January 2015 | Dennis Shanahan
    JOHN Howard has criticised Barack Obama for “wading into domestic political differences on climate change” during his recent visit to Australia for the G20 leaders’ summit. The former prime minister said the US President’s speech to the University of Queensland in Brisbane “could have been phrased differently”. ..... Mr Obama’s passionate speech to a young audience ­during the G20 summit embarrassed the Prime Minister, caused outrage among members of the Queensland government and drew public criticism from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. ..... Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said he was not about to criticise Mr Obama as “our guest” but the...
  • Muslim Leaders in Australia Say Banning Terrorism Will Ban Islam

    01/01/2015 10:48:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/01/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    They have a point. It’s just usually one that they aren’t willing to admit in public. The Jihad comes from the Koran. Every act of Muslim violence that is religiously sanctioned, from terrorism to rape, is derived from the Koran. If you ban incitement to violence against non-Muslims, you criminalize the Koran. A Muslim cleric who preaches from certain passages of the Koran could be caught in the “broad” net of the government’s new anti-terror law, Islamic leaders have warned.Grand Mufti of Australia Ibrahim Abu Mohammad and the Australian National Imams Council have called for the offence of “advocating...
  • Australia Is Now A ‘Nation Of Victims’ Thanks To Strict Gun Control

    01/01/2015 10:08:25 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 12/31/2014 | Unknown
    Over the past five years or so, the United States has been more active pertaining to the gun control versus gun rights argument. However, this year has seen a shift in favor for the latter. The Inquisitr reported on news that Americans favored the Second Amendment far more than security as proven by the latest Pew Poll.
  • EU Calls for Peace Talks After PA Fails at UN

    12/30/2014 10:30:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/14
    The European Union’s (EU) foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Tuesday's vote at the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Palestinian statehood underlined the need for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to urgently resume peace negotiations. The Security Council failed to adopt an Arab-backed resolution that would have paved the way to a Palestinian state, setting a 12-month deadline for Israel to reach a final peace deal with the PA and calling for a full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria by the end of 2017. The vote "underlines once again the urgency of resuming meaningful negotiations between the...
  • Palestinian Statehood Resolution Fails at UN Security Council

    12/30/2014 5:05:41 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 31, 2014 | Itamar Sharon
    The UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected a resolution on Palestinian statehood, with the Palestinians failing to get the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption by the 15-member council: Eight voted for the resolution and two voted against, with five abstentions. France, China and Russia were among the countries that supported the text setting a 12-month deadline for negotiations on a final peace deal with Israel and an imposed full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem by the end of 2017. Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan and Luxembourg also voted for the resolution. Australia and the United...
  • Reported text of draft UN resolution on Palestinian statehood

    12/30/2014 7:44:09 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/30/2014 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    The draft resolution by the Palestinians calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem within three years and revised to include language declaring East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state was presented to the UN Security Council late Monday. The draft resolution affirms the urgent need to achieve “a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution” to the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict within 12 months and sets a December 31, 2017 deadline for Israel’s occupation to end. Many of the changes to the draft are semantic, such as the addition of the word “just,” to...
  • Security Council Rejects PA's Statehood Resolution (falls short of 9 vote threshold)

    12/30/2014 2:39:28 PM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/31/2014, 12:32 AM
    PA's unilateral resolution calling on Israel to "end the occupation" fails to receive the nine required votes to pass. Only eight countries voted in favor of the resolution, two voted against, and there were five abstentions. The resolution needed nine votes in favor to have passed. Australia and the United States voted against.
  • Abbas Bucks Kerry and Runs to the UN to Throw Obama under the Bus

    12/30/2014 4:14:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | December 29th, 2014 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Abbas ignored Kerry’s hints of sanctions and told him Jordan will present a resolution to the UN to force Israel to "Auschwitz borders.” Abbas, the one who is short in size and common sense, with Kerry, the one who is tall in size but short on common sense. Mahmoud Abbas is ignoring hints of American sanctions and a possible defeat in the U.N. Security Council which is set to consider a resolution from Jordan on Monday, ordering Israel to sign a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority in one year. The resolution calls on Israel to surrender within three years...
  • Mahmoud Abbas: Failing the Palestinians and Peace

    12/29/2014 4:40:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Mahmoud Abbas: Failing the Palestinians and PeacePosted By Joseph Puder On December 29, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Mahmoud Abbas, (aka Abu Mazen) has been a failure as the Palestinian “Rais.” He failed to lead the Palestinian Authority (PA) toward peace with Israel, and he mismanaged the alleged goal to achieve statehood for the Palestinians. Instead of facing the tough issues and making compromises required in negotiating peace and statehood with the Israelis, Abbas chose an alliance with the Gaza controlled terrorist group Hamas. Following Abbas’ pact with Hamas last April, Israel broke off peace negotiations with the...
  • Western Australian shark attack victim identified as avid teen diver

    12/29/2014 9:11:28 PM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    A 17-year-old shark attack victim fatally mauled in waters off WA's south coast has been identified as local boy Jay Muscat. Jay was spearfishing with a teenage friend at Cheynes Beach, a small settlement of holiday homes and a caravan park about 65km east of Albany, when he was bitten on the leg around noon yesterday. Jay and his friends were keen free divers and most of their social media posts were of fishing, PerthNow reports. He described himself on his Instagram page as "just a young salty dog ... spearfishing and fishing are my thing". The spearfishers were about...
  • Sydney siege: Australia's radicalised Muslims in 90 seconds

    12/29/2014 3:51:02 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/15/2014 | BBC News
    The gunman who held hostages at a Sydney cafe made them raise a black flag widely used by Muslim extremists. The 16-hour siege followed mounting concerns over the effect on Australia's domestic security of those who fight for, or sympathise with, militant Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria. But who are the radicalised members of Australia's Muslim community and how large is the problem? Here's a quick look…
  • Ugly Muslim Face of Islam in Sydney, Australia

    12/29/2014 3:41:32 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/26/2014 | Stevie Koch
    This is only the beginning. Muslims are growing so rapidly in numbers that they now threaten the safety of many Australians. They can never integrate with Australians nor can they befriend us as taught by their Quran and Hadiths... Surah 98:6 "Those who disbelieve (Islam), among the People of the Scripture (Christians and Jews) and the Polytheists, will dwell in the fire of hell. They are the worst of all creatures."Surah 5:51 "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a...
  • How an act of betrayal by the British PM almost destroyed Australia's relationship with Britain

    12/29/2014 2:43:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 29th December 2014 | Frank Coletta
    * Sir Robert Menzies was caught in the middle of a power play by the US and Britain over the Suez Canal crisis in 1956 * Menzies was thrust into the centre of a worldwide political drama when made the messenger by his UK counterpart Sir Anthony Eden * His threat of likely military action was ridiculed by the then Egyptian President and then he was sidelined during key meetings * Former PM John Howard calls Britain's behaviour of Menzies during that period as 'poor treatment of a loyal ally' * The book also contains rare images of Menzies during...
  • Australian plane spots 'objects' in search for AirAsia flight QZ8501

    12/29/2014 1:00:02 AM PST · by House Atreides · 24 replies
    The West Australian ^ | December 29, 2014
    An Indonesian official says objects have been spotted in the sea by an Australian search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet. Jakarta's Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto said he has been informed that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 160 kilometres southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan - 1120 kilometres from the location where the plane lost contact
  • Australia Anti-Terror Police Arrest Two In Sydney

    12/23/2014 7:04:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 23, 2014
    23 December 2014 Counter-terrorism police in Sydney have arrested two men, charging one with possession of documents designed to facilitate a terrorist attack. The other suspect was charged with breaching a control order. The arrests were related a series of counter-terrorism raids in September, officials said. They come after Australia's prime minister said there had been heightened "terror chatter" since a cafe siege in Sydney last week. On Wednesday, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said the man arrested on the terrorism charge had documents that mentioned potential government targets. "I am confident that we've disrupted the activity that...
  • 2 Arrested in Sydney in Counterterror Operation

    12/23/2014 5:00:37 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 23, 2014 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU
    Two men were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation into a group that officials have accused of plotting to kill a random member of the public in Sydney, police said Wednesday, one day after the nation's prime minister warned of heightened terrorist chatter in the aftermath of a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe. Sulayman Khalid, 20, was charged on Tuesday with possession of documents designed to facilitate a terrorist attack, while a 21-year-old was charged with breaching a control order, police said.
  • Hero farmer Tom Wagner ‘just had to find’ missing boys and father in Outback Queensland

    12/22/2014 3:00:27 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 23rd December 2014
    CLEVER survival tactics by father Steven van Lonkhuyzen have emerged as the key to his family’s ultimate survival while trapped in the Australian outback for 10 days. The father of two boys used a number of methods in an attempt to attract attention as the first pictures of their ordeal were released yesterday. Mr van Lonkhuyzen used a large, plastic bowl to capture rainwater, a vital instrument in keeping him and his sons, Ethan, 7, and Timothy, 5, alive. By the time the missing trio were discovered, the water was reportedly “dangerously close to depletion”. “They were very close to...
  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for oil spill [from defensive war against Hizb'allah]

    12/21/2014 1:55:52 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6, asks Israel to offer "prompt and adequate compensation" to Lebanon and other countries affected by the oil spill's pollution. In a statement, Israel condemned the resolution as biased against the nation, Israeli media reported. The oil spill was caused by Israel's air force when it bombed oil tanks near a coastal Lebanese power plant during the fierce month-long war with...
  • Police confirm victims of Cairns massacre as four boys and four girls aged 2 to 14 (with 5 fathers)

    12/20/2014 2:11:01 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Courier Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 20th December 2014 | Chris McMahon, Damon Guppy, Peter Michael, Jessica Johnston, Andrew Koubaridis
    FIVE fathers have lost children as a result of the mass murder in Cairns. Four girls aged 14, 12, 11 and two and four boys aged nine, eight, six and five were stabbed to death in the Murray St home. Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the fathers were distraught by the news of the deaths of their children. “I don’t think anybody would imagine any reaction other than absolute devastation to be told that your child is dead and of course that was the case,” Det Insp Asnicar said. “The family, even under these horrific circumstances and the trauma they...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Network Seven ‘original target’ of terrorist Man Haron Monis

    12/19/2014 5:04:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 20th December 2014 | Amy Harris
    CHANNEL 7’s flagship studio in Martin Place may have been the original target of deranged terrorist Man Haron Monis. The Saturday Telegraph has learned Monis arrived at Martin Place early on Monday morning with the possible intention of taking hostages within the TV network’s studio during the live morning Sunrise broadcast. But it appears that, due to increased security at the studio following the Islamic State threat in September to behead someone in Martin Place, Monis instead rerouted his plot 50m to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, where he staged his deadly ­17-hour siege, which ended with the deaths of two...
  • Sydney men placed under tougher control orders after (anti-terror) raids

    12/19/2014 4:07:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 20th December 2014
    TWO Sydney men have been placed under powerful new anti-terrorism “control orders” following a series of raids across the city this week that were launched amid fears of an imminent attack. The decision to invoke the control orders, granted by a federal court at the request of the Australian Federal Police, is the first time they are known to have been used since legislation expanding their scope was passed last month. The orders were imposed after a wave of counter-terror raids conducted by state and federal police on five properties across north and western Sydney on Thursday — and days...
  • Funeral Directors Refuse Body Of Sydney Terrorist: ‘Throw Him In The [bleep]house’

    12/19/2014 9:31:49 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 38 replies
    Breibart ^ | 12/19/2014 | Andre Walker
    <p>The body of the lone terrorist behind the attack on the Sydney, Man Haron Monis, is unlikely be receive a proper burial after Muslim funderal directors said his body should either be thrown in the sea or “chucked in the bloody sh*thouse”.</p>
  • 8 Children Killed in Mass Stabbing in Australia

    12/19/2014 8:42:03 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 12/19/2014 | Nick Hallett
    Eight siblings have been found stabbed to death in a house in Australia. The children, aged from 18 months to 15 years, were discovered by an older brother, aged 20, who arrived home to find them dead. The mass killing is not believed to be terror-related, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that “these are trying days for our country.” The tragedy comes just days after an armed siege in Sydney claimed the lives of two hostages and the Islamist hostage taker.
  • Pregnant Sydney siege hostage... tribute to Katrina Dawson who shielded her from gunfire

    12/18/2014 9:46:12 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 19th December 2014 | Ashlee Mullany
    A PREGNANT woman held hostage in the Sydney siege has remembered her close friend Katrina Dawson as “the most wonderful person I have ever met”. Julie Taylor was held captive for almost 17 hours inside the Lindt cafe, alongside her work colleague Ms Dawson, who reportedly shielded her from gunfire in the final dramatic moments of the siege. “Her bravery and strength was, and continues to be, a comfort and inspiration for me,” Ms Taylor said in a statement today. “She invested every moment of her life in her friends and family, and will be greatly missed by everyone who...
  • Riot police arrest man (of middle Eastern appearance) at Auburn Tennis Club (Sydney)

    12/18/2014 9:24:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies ^ | 19th December 2014
    ABOUT 20 police, half a dozen in riot gear, have descended on the Auburn Tennis Club in Sydney, arresting a man of Middle Eastern appearance. Moments before the arrest three police vehicles were outside the business premises of Amin Khademi, a former business partner of Sydney siege gunman Haron Monis, in South Granville.
  • Eight children reportedly stabbed to death at Cairns property (Australia)

    12/18/2014 7:51:07 PM PST · by traumer · 80 replies
    Eight children have been found stabbed to death at a house in Cairns, Australia. The children are reportedly aged between 18 months and 14. Police were called to a property in the suburb of Manoora following reports of a woman with serious injuries. During the search of the house the bodies of the children were discovered. A statement from Queensland Police said: "The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations."
  • Cairns: Eight children found dead at property (Australia)

    12/18/2014 7:39:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014
    EIGHT children have been stabbed to death at a house in north Queensland. The Queenlsand Police Service have released a statement regarding the incident. Police were called to the Murray Street residence in Manoora around 11.20am following reports of a woman with serious injuries. During an examination of the residence police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years. The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations.
  • Australians left bloody but unbowed

    12/18/2014 12:31:18 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014 | Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo
    IT feels like terror has come to our home town. After this week’s events, Sydney joins New York, London, Madrid, Mumbai and Ottawa on the list of great cities visited by politically motivated ­violence since 2001. ..... Australians are not innocents when it comes to terrorism. Nearly a dozen Australians were killed in the September 11 attack in 2001. A year later, 88 died in the Bali bombings in Indonesia. Australians died in the 2005 Bali bombings, the 2005 London bombings, and the 2009 Jakarta hotel ­attacks. All those incidents took place thousands of kilometres away. This event occurred in...
  • Muslim funeral directors say they will not accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis

    12/18/2014 12:17:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19th December 2014 | Nelson Groom
    Sydney's head Islamic funeral director has said that no Muslim funeral home will accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis, suggesting instead that authorities dump his body at sea. The body of Monis remains in the morgue, and has yet to be claimed. It is set to be be released before Christmas. The body will be given a simple funeral by the Department of Health if his partner does not claim it, reports Daily Telegraph. When asked about the fate of the 50-year old extremists body, Amin Sayed, the funeral director within the Lebanese Muslim Association, said 'we...
  • Progressives Can’t Help But Exploit Tragedy

    12/18/2014 4:23:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 18, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Few things upset progressives like a terrorist attack by Islamo-fascists. Not the act of terror itself, mind you, but the perceived “backlash” against Muslims that follows. The progressive activist site Huffington Post was quick to cite an increase in “hate crimes” against Muslims in September “linked” to a public transit ad campaign it deemed “Islamophobic.” It wrote, “The rise of the Islamic State this summer, as well as the conflict in Gaza, Sarsour said, have contributed to the recent spate of violence against Muslims in New York City. Since July 1, there have been at least 14 hate crimes against...
  • Sydney says thanks to the cops for bravery in Martin Place siege

    12/17/2014 10:32:54 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies ^ | 18th December 2014
    THE Australian public has hailed the police as heroes following the siege in Martin Place. The 17-hour stand-off at the Lindt cafe involved NSW police officers as well as members of the state Public Order Riot Squad, Dog Unit, Negotiators, Aviation Support Branch, Police Rescue and elite Tactical Operations Unit. Now, Sydneysiders and the rest of the world are mounting a campaign to express their thanks to all those who risked their lives. A Facebook page has declared this “Say Thanks to the Cops Day”, and members of the public have been stopping police in the street to express their...
  • The Left’s self-censorship is actually dangerous

    12/17/2014 6:07:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Andrew Bolt blog ( ^ | 18th December 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    A*** D***** of the ***** ***** ***** recalls the night she refused to report on the threats of gunman Man Haron Monis. See, she is one of many reporters who have censored their reporting of Islam - promoting a wilful and deadly blindness in the name of community harmony: