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  • Texas plumber’s old truck resurfaces in Syria, mounted with terrorists’ guns

    12/17/2014 3:40:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2014
    A Texas plumber has been receiving threats after a photo emerged of Islamic extremists in Syria firing a high-powered gun from the bed of his old pickup, which still bears his company’s logo on the door. An extremist group, Ansar al-Deen Front, posted the photo of its fighters aboard the Ford F-250 sometime on Monday. That prompted a flood of calls to Mark Oberholtzer, who owns Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, and has nothing to do with Syria’s bloody civil war. “How it ended up in Syria, I’ll never know,” Oberholtzer told The Galveston Daily News. …
  • Palestinians Get Backing From EU Court Ruling, Proposed U.N. Measure

    12/17/2014 6:36:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2013 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Palestinians Get Backing From EU Court Ruling, Proposed U.N. Measure By BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, CAROL J. WILLIAMS A European Union court Wednesday ordered the removal of Hamas from the European Union's list of terrorist organizations, based on a procedural technicality, a ruling that provoked anger from Israel as well as satisfaction from the militant Palestinian movement. A statement from the General Court of the European Union said it annuls the “measures maintaining Hamas on the European list of terrorist organizations.” However, the court said assets seized from Hamas would continue to be frozen pending an appeal. The court ruling coincided with...
  • Fact-Finding in the Middle East

    12/16/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    I don’t usually get so personal in these columns, but today I want you to know that I feel particularly blessed. I am in the Holy Land with my friends, Dr. Ben and Candy Carson. Israel is one of my favorite travel destinations in the world. This will be my eighth visit. It is the first trip there for the Carsons and it is truly a privilege to escort them through this remarkable country. Dr. and Mrs. Carson are deeply faithful Christians, who I suspect will soon find themselves enveloped by the deep sense of spirituality that is palpable in...
  • Qatar broke promise with US, allowed Gitmo detainee to leave the country

    12/14/2014 4:33:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    jihad watch ^ | 12/14/14 | Robert Spencer
    Relying on allies that aren’t allies is yet another consequence of the Washington establishment’s determined refusal to face the realities of the jihad, and to formulate policy based on those realities. “Qatar ‘broke promise to US over Guantanamo detainee,'” by David Blair, the Telegraph, December 12, 2014 (thanks to Lookmann): Qatar broke an “explicit” promise by allowing a former Guantánamo detainee who had trained with al-Qaeda to leave the country and visit Britain, a new report has found. Jarallah al-Marri, who attended an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan before the terrorist attacks on September 11, was freed from Guantánamo in...
  • Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Abu Sara to the Jews: "We Shall Slaughter You Without Mercy"

    12/14/2014 3:07:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 28/11/14
    In an impromptu sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Abu Sara called to slaughter the Jews, whom he called "the most evil of Allah's creations." The sermon was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014. Transcript is pending. Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian preacher Sheik Omar Abu Sara at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014: Omar Abu Sara: Let me start by saying that talking about the traits of the Jews requires one to get into a special mode, because we are dealing with people to...
  • Saudi Arabia’s oil war against Iran and Russia

    12/14/2014 2:08:05 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 55 replies
    NYP ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Ralph Peters
    This week, oil fell through the price floor of $60 a barrel and gas at my local filling station was $2.26 a gallon. That’s great news for commuters and almost every business, but wonderfully bad news for our ugliest enemies. If oil prices remain low through next year, the effect on rogue governments, from the Russian Federation to Venezuela, will go from damaging to devastating. But Western economies (and China’s) stand to benefit, with cheap oil possibly tickling Europe’s snoozing markets awake. Even most underdeveloped states will get a welcome break.
  • Russia and China demand Iran halt secret nuclear site

    11/28/2009 2:34:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies · 2,142+ views
    Times of London ^ | Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent
    World powers united in condemnation of Iran's nuclear activities yesterday in a rare show of international consensus on the threat posed by Tehran's continued nuclear defiance. China and Russia joined the United States, Britain, France and Germany in backing an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution censuring Iran and ordering it to halt construction of a secret uranium enrichment plant. The resolution, the first since February 2006, passed with 25 votes and six abstentions. Only Malaysia, Venezuela and Cuba supported Iran. ...China, which has shared Moscow's reluctance to take a hard line with Tehran, was reportedly persuaded to support the resolution...
  • Rockets target Tel Aviv in wake of truce breakdown

    08/19/2014 4:41:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    jpost.com | 8/19/14
    IAF renews sorties over Gaza hitting dozens of targets; Palestinians report first deaths since cease-fire collapse; IDF says 50 rockets fired at Israel since 4 p.m.; Iron Dome intercepts six. Hours after rockets shattered the cease-fire and hit Gaza frontier communities, three loud explosions were heard over Tel Aviv, shortly before 11 p.m., for the first time in over a week. In total, the IDF said that 50 rockets were fired at Israel since 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday until around midnight. Six rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on...
  • Bill Clinton: If not for the U.S. invasion, none of what’s in Iraq right now would be happening

    06/26/2014 5:24:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, an easy lay-up here for a guy who (a) warned the world about Saddam’s WMD threat more than once as president, (b) cautiously declined to take a firm position against the war at the time, and (c) is of course married to someone who cast a vote in the Senate to invade.But never mind that. This is an interesting counterfactual: What would have happened to Iraq during the Arab Spring and Syrian uprising if Saddam had endured? Clinton implicitly assumes that ISIS advancing on Baghdad is the worst possible outcome of the past 10 years, which is...
  • US approves massive defense spending bill

    12/12/2014 6:17:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | December 13, 2014
    The United States Congress approved a massive defense spending bill Friday that provides for an enhanced air campaign against the "Islamic State" terror group, as well as the training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels. The legislation, which passed 89 votes to 11 in the Senate, includes US President Barack Obama's $5-billion (4-billion-euro) request for funds to combat the Islamic State. Of that, $3.4 billion will be allocated to the deployment of US forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, and $1.6 billion will be used to equip and train Kurdish forces for two years. "American air power had changed...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Indictment Against Radical Arab MK Hanin Zoabi [Israel]

    12/11/2014 5:46:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 12/9/2014, 8:07 PM | Yishai Karov, Ari Yashar
    State Attorney Shai Nitzan on Tuesday evening was said to support submitting an indictment against pro-Hamas Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), according to Channel 10. According to the report, the indictment will be on charges of threatening police officers, after Zoabi verbally abused two Arab Israeli police officers in Nazareth, and urged Arab youths to attack them. […] The indictment apparently will not be served for other notorious incidents, which include her defending the Hamas terrorists who abducted and murdered three Israeli teens on June 12, saying they weren’t “terrorists” and justifying their actions as a “legitimate” way to “fight...
  • Iranian president calls fall in oil prices ‘treachery’

    12/11/2014 5:09:09 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of “treachery,” in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran’s economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition. Rouhani told a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that the fall in prices is at least partly “politically motivated,”...
  • Ted Cruz: Return to foreign policy of Reagan - Appears to have eye on 2016 in Heritage speech

    12/11/2014 12:46:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 10, 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    WASHINGTON – In a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday that sounded like the first foreign policy address of a presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called for a return to the international politics of President Ronald Reagan. Cruz contrasted Reagan’s approach with the Obama-Clinton policy of not putting distance between the U.S. and traditional allies, such as Britain and Israel, in the hope of “domesticating” long-standing enemies such as Russia and Iran. “This backfired,” Cruz argued. “The end result is that Churchill is no longer welcome in the Oval Office. He recalled one of Obama’s first acts...
  • Iran: Fall in oil prices is 'treachery'

    12/10/2014 7:55:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran's economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition.
  • Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

    12/09/2014 6:54:41 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    veterans news now ^ | December 8, 2014 | Pepe Escobar
    The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about. In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from...
  • Jordan’s King Abdullah: Battling ISIS Is ‘Our Third World War’

    12/05/2014 11:03:30 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    CBS DC ^ | December 5, 2014 | CBSDC/AP
    Jordan’s King Abdullah believes battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups is “our third world war.” Speaking to “CBS This Morning,” Abdullah stated that ISIS is a Muslim problem that they need to take ownership of. “We need to stand up and say what is right and what is wrong. This is no reflection of our religion. This is evil and all of us have got to make that decision,” Abdullah, who is in Washington to meet with President Barack Obama, said. “We have to stand up and say this is the line that is...
  • Gulf Arab states to create regional police, navy

    12/09/2014 2:01:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 2:05 PM EST | Abdullah Rehby and Aya Batrawy
    The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council said on Tuesday that it will create a regional police force based out of the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi, and a joint naval force based out of Bahrain. The creation of the police force, known as GCC-POL, and the naval force, was announced at the conclusion of the Gulf bloc’s annual summit in Qatar. It comes amid a sharp tumble in oil prices that is likely to impact the energy-rich states, and their reconciliation from a spat linked to Doha’s support for Islamist groups throughout the region. […] The Arab Gulf countries...
  • Putin Aide Says Israel is Training ISIS

    12/09/2014 11:18:29 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Gil Ronen
    A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Israel's Mossad of training Islamic State (aka ISIS) terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria, Iran's Press TV reports. Alexander Prokhanov told the state-controlled news outlet that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its “spying experience” to the leadership of ISIS, even as Israeli military advisers assisted the terrorists in other ways. Prokhanov said ISIS is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East. "ISIS is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene,...
  • Russia wants Israeli explanation for 'aggressive actions' in Syria [Ezekiel 38 Accession]

    12/09/2014 10:38:54 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/08/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The Kremlin is seeking clarifications from Israel regarding the air strikes that hit Syria on Sunday reportedly destroying Russian-made arms bound for Hezbollah, the DPA news agency reported on Monday. Israel has not officially acknowledged carrying out the attack, though that did not stop Iran and Syria from placing blame on Jerusalem. "Moscow is deeply worried by this dangerous development, the circumstances of which demand an explanation," a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Moscow is quoted as saying...
  • Interpol Arrest Call Highlights Muslim Brotherhood Kingpin's History of Praising Hitler, Suicide

    12/08/2014 6:55:53 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 8 Dec 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Interpol (The International Criminal Police Organization) has requested the arrest of the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and global Sunni Islamist diaspora, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, whose radical past includes praising suicide bombers against innocents as martyrs and describing Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as Allah’s gift to the world. Interpol is charging the terror Sheikh with agreement, incitement, and assistance to commit premeditated murder, facilitating a prison escape, arson, vandalism, and theft. Qaradawi has been known to espouse horrifically anti-Semitic sentiments, often praising figures such as Adolf Hitler and his Holocaust of 6-million Jews. “he managed to put them [Jews]...
  • Abbas: There Are 6 Million 'Palestinian Refugees' - Including Me

    12/07/2014 9:15:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/7/14 | Ben Ariel
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is often touted by the West as a “peace partner” of Israel’s, recently declared that there are six million “Palestinian refugees”, and that he is one of them. Abbas’s comments were made in an interview with the Egyptian daily Akhbar Al-Yawm, published last week and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). In the interview, Abbas reiterated that he did not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, because this contradicted the Palestinian interests by “harming Israeli Arabs and preventing the return of the Palestinian refugees.” He said that there were six...
  • Bale Calls Moses 'Schizophrenic,' 'Barbaric'

    10/25/2014 10:50:07 PM PDT · by This Just In · 83 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10.25.14 | Truth Revolt
    Christian Bale has some novel interpretations of Moses, whom he portrays in the upcoming "Exodus: God and Kings." "I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life," Bale said. Hard on the heels of Noah, which took great liberties with the biblical tale, Exodus is drawing criticism from Christian websites.
  • RIDLEY SCOTT INSULTS JUDAISM'S CORE: 11-YEAR-OLD AS GOD

    12/02/2014 12:01:45 PM PST · by Bratch · 48 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    In the new movie, Exodus, director Ridley Scott decided to directly contravene possibly the most basic tenet of Judaism: that God is One and cannot be anthropomorphized. In the famous scene in which Moses stands near the burning bush and hears God talking to him, Scott decided to take liberties with the Biblical text and have an eleven-year-old boy, called Malak, stand near the bush and articulate the voice of God. Scott’s excuse for violating the sacred text? As he said to The Hollywood Reporter: "Sacred texts give no specific depiction of God, so for centuries artists and filmmakers have had to...
  • US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control of Northern Libyan Town [Isis Expands To Libya!]

    12/06/2014 9:55:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 06, 2013 | Chris Stephen
    US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control of Northern Libyan Town Isis supporters declare Derna the first town in Libya to join Isis US believes Isis is running training camps across Libya Islamist supporters in Libya Chris Stephen in Tunis 6 December 2014 It is a warm October evening in Derna, a small town on Libya’s north east coast, 450 miles from the capital, Tripoli. The main square is packed with young men, brought by a summons from the town’s self-proclaimed emir to swear allegiance to a newly formed Islamic caliphate. The emir, on a stage just visible through the...
  • Video: State Dept. Spokesperson Stuck to Her Lines… Until She Thought Her Mic Was Off

    12/04/2014 6:02:30 PM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | december 4, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was seemingly caught on a hot mic calling one of her prepared statements on one of America’s policies on Egypt “ridiculous” following a press conference. When reporters, including the Associated Press’ Matt Lee, pressed her to comment on the acquittal of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, she provided a pre-written response. “Generally, we continue to believe that upholding impartial standards of accountability will advance the political consensus on which Egypt’s long-term stability and economic growth depends,” she said. “But beyond that, I would refer you to the Egyptian government.” She refused to say anything...
  • Egypt’s Largest Military Maneuver ‘Meant for Israel’ (as in ‘against Israel’)

    12/06/2014 4:44:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    INN ^ | 12/6/2014, 10:01 PM | Ari Yashar
    Egypt held its “Badr 2014” military maneuver between October 11 and November 6, its largest exercise since 1996 which was only half the size—according to a senior security expert the Nile state has its sights on Israel, despite the peace treaty. Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay, former deputy head of the Israel National Security Council, detailed the maneuver in Israel Defense on Saturday, analyzing the massive military preparations. According to Shay, Egypt wants not only to improve security domestically, but also “it hopes to reassert its historic leadership role and become the regional hegemony. …With the rise of (President) Abdel...
  • Egyptian Human Rights Activist Ahmad Harqan: ISIS Is Doing what the Prophet Muhammad Did

    12/06/2014 10:04:06 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 10-21-14 | Al-Kahera Wal-Nas TV (Egypt) -
    In an October 21 TV interview, Egyptian human rights activist Ahmad Harqan explained why he had become an atheist and said that Islam is a "harsh religion," which was being implemented by ISIS and Boko Haram. They are doing "what the Prophet Muhammad and his companions did," said Harqan. According to media reports, Harqan and his pregnant wife survived an assassination attempt on October 25, and when they went to the police to complain, were arrested for disrespect to Islam. Following are excerpts from the program, which aired on Al-Kahera Wal-Nas TV: Atheist Ahmad Harqan: I do not believe in...
  • Putin: Crimea is Russia's Temple Mount

    12/04/2014 12:48:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | December 4, 2014
    The Crimean Peninsula "is of huge importance for the Russian nation, just as the Temple Mountain is for people of Jewish faith," Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday in an attempt to defend Russia' annexation of the formerly Ukrainian region. .... "The west wanted to run Yugoslavian scenario in Russia. Just as Hitler failed to destroy Russia with his misanthropic ideas, everybody should just remember how these things end. Our army crushed the Nazis and liberated Europe," Putin said Continuing with his World War Two analogy, Putin said that there was also a need to cooperate to prevent such large...
  • Libyan renegade general announces readiness to cooperate with Israel

    12/03/2014 11:50:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | 01 December 2014
    Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who leads the Libyan militias fighting against Islamists in eastern Libya, has said he does not mind "cooperating with Israel and receiving various forms of support from it". General Haftar initially fought on the side of Muammar Gaddafi, before turning against him to fight with Islamist groups in 2011. He recently re-emerged as the leader of a military campaign to eradicate Islamist factions in the country. The editor in chief of Egypt's Al-Mesryoon newspaper, Gamal Sultan, quoted a statement made by Haftar during an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Sunday, in...
  • Sinai Massacre – an Iranian-Hizballah-al Qaeda Co-production

    10/08/2004 4:46:22 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 2 replies · 261+ views
    Debka ^ | 10/08/4 | Debka Staff
    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report – Parts 1 and II on the morning after an terrorist bombing rampage at three idyllic Sinai desert resorts – with two dozen known dead and scores still missing – the first clues have been found to the identities of the hands behind the massacre and their targets. DEBKAfile’s intelligence and counter-terror sources report that the explosives used to tear away the entire frontage of the Taba Hilton and hit the Nueiba oasis campside further south on the Red Sea coast were of Iranian manufacture; the same make as the bombs used in the 1996 Khobar Towers...
  • The Islamic State Widens its Bridgehead in North Africa

    12/03/2014 11:33:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 3, 2014 | Ari Lieberman
    The Islamic State Widens its Bridgehead in North AfricaPosted By Ari Lieberman On December 3, 2014 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments As ISIS continues its brutal occupation of large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, effectively blurring the border between those two pseudo nations, a new, if not more menacing threat is emerging in North Africa where the Islamic State is looking to plant its cancerous roots.In Egypt, the Sinai based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Islamist organization responsible for dozens of terror attacks throughout the country announced on its Twitter account that it had...
  • Egypt: Islamic State planned to hijack Israeli ship

    12/02/2014 5:20:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Islamic State reportedly hijacked Egyptian missile boat near Suez; 8 Egyptian sailors still missing, Arab media says. An investigation is under way in Egypt into a November 12 incident during which Islamic State fighters hijacked an Egyptian navy missile boat. The insurgents planned to then attack and hijack an Israeli ship and to use it as leverage for the release of Palestinian prisoners, Arab media reported Monday. The hijacked ship departed from Damietta Port in northern Egypt. An Islamic State fighter replaced the boat’s intended captain by staging a car accident in which the latter was supposedly involved in. Islamic...
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • Egypt: Insulting revolutions to be criminalized

    12/03/2014 3:23:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2014 5:20 AM EST
    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says a law is being drafted to criminalize insulting the uprisings that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and his Islamist successor Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Criminalizing insulting the uprisings would help appease both sides of a widening rift over whether the two popular movements expressed the genuine will of Egyptians. …
  • Egyptian Feminist Poops, Menstruates on Islamic State Flag [graphic image at link]

    08/25/2014 10:13:25 AM PDT · by grundle · 170 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Mary Chastain
    Egyptian feminist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, 23, challenges the strict nature of Islam on her blog and Facebook pages. She went a step further in her protest against the Islamic State (IS) with a photo of Elmahdy and a veiled woman pooping and menstruating on the black IS flag. Arab nations did not print the photo because the flag states “there is no God but Allah.” Elmahdy did not explain why she took the photo, but she protests Islamic laws, and IS implements strict Sharia Law. Women must wear full veils and not leave the house without a male relative. The...
  • Saudis have reasons better than shale to let prices fall

    11/09/2014 6:06:10 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 11/07/2014 | Bob Tippee
    Only by overlooking important forces in markets and politics can anyone assert that Saudi Arabia is letting crude prices fall mainly to extinguish competition from North American shale oil. With oil, the Saudi regime always takes the long view. With security, however, its motivations are more immediate. The kingdom faces unusually intense threats: Islamic State (IS) militancy in Iraq and Syria, the chance that Iran won’t agree by a Nov. 24 deadline to suspend its nuclear ambitions, terrorist insurrections from restive Yemen, durability of the menacing government of Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. Falling oil prices hurt the IS and Iran,...
  • Abbas: We Will Never Recognize Israel as a Jewish State

    11/30/2014 11:39:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 11/30/2014, 6:16 AM | Elad Benari
    “We will never recognize the Jewishness of the state of Israel,” Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared on Saturday. Abbas’s statement came at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers and was quoted by Channel 10 News. At that same meeting, the foreign ministers announced their “categorical rejection of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.” According to Channel 10, Abbas said in his remarks at the meeting that the security coordination between Israel and the PA would be suspended unless peace negotiations resume. …
  • U.S. will use psych evaluations, stress tests to screen Syrian rebels for training

    11/30/2014 4:46:17 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Novembner 28, 2014 | Missy Ryan
    The U.S. military will subject Syrian rebels taking part in a new training program to psychological evaluations, biometrics checks and stress tests under a screening plan that goes well beyond the steps the United States normally takes to vet foreign soldiers, a sign of the risks the Obama administration faces as it expands support for armed groups in Syria. Officials said the screening program, developed chiefly by the U.S. Central Command, will rely on what was described as a “common core” of screening protocols, including running trainees’ names through U.S. and foreign intelligence databases, collecting biometric data and, when possible,...
  • One Dead in Cairo Clashes After Mubarak Acquitted

    11/29/2014 5:04:19 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    One person was killed in Cairo on Saturday night, in clashes that erupted after an Egyptian court dismissed a murder charge against former President Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising. The ruling enraged Mubarak’s opponents, with about 1,000 converging on a central Cairo square to denounce the government, according to the AFP news agency. A health ministry official said one person was shot dead after police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, resulting in scattered clashes. Police arrested at least 100 protesters. Seven of Mubarak's security commanders, including former interior minister Habib al-Adly, had...
  • Israel's Fortune is Putin's Horror

    11/29/2014 1:40:41 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | 02/09/2014 | Arthur Herman
    If you think Vladimir Putin has enough worries on his plate ..., the turmoil in Ukraine and Russia’s sputtering economy, think again. A new potential source of trouble is brewing out in the eastern Mediterranean — one that could not only undermine Putin’s efforts to rebuild Russia’s influence in the Middle East, but his current strong hand in Europe. The threat: Israel’s recently discovered offshore gas deposits — one of the biggest global finds of the past decade. Those fields, dubbed Tamar and Leviathan, promise Israel an unprecedented degree of energy independence and a lucrative export market to its Arab...
  • Egypt: Ex-ruler Hosni Mubarak, accused in deaths of hundreds, cleared of charges

    11/29/2014 8:19:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 10:41 AM EST, Sat November 29, 2014 | Jason Hanna, Sarah Sirgany and Holly Yan,
    A Cairo judge capped a months long retrial by dismissing the death charges -- reversing the former strongman's convictions in 2012 -- and finding Mubarak not guilty of corruption.
  • Egyptian court dismisses charges against Hosni Mubarak

    11/29/2014 4:43:48 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed murder charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. The ruling marks another major setback for the young activists who spearheaded the Arab Spring-inspired uprising nearly four years ago -- many of whom are now in jail or have withdrawn from politics -- and will reinforce the perception that Mubarak's autocratic state remains in place, albeit led by a new president, former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Saturday's verdict concludes Mubarak's retrial along with his two sons, his security chief...
  • Egypt would be interested in purchasing a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France

    11/26/2014 11:01:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 26 November 2014
    According to French financial newspaper La Tribune, Egypt would like to quickly procure a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France, following the deal the country has just signed with DCNS for four Gowind 2500 corvettes (the lead ship to be built in France and the 3 others to be built in Egypt as part of a transfer of technology). Egypt is reported to have requested a FREMM for as early as 2015. La Tribune is reporting that France could sell Aquitaine class Frigate Normandie which is set to be delivered to the French Navy by year end. This would come as...
  • No Let-Up: More UNRWA Employees, Including School Principals, Laud Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter

    11/25/2014 5:37:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-25-14
    The Facebook page of Mamoun Abunaser, an UNRWA school principal in Syria, carries an exhortation to support Palestinian "resistance." Image: Facebook Further examples of officials employed by UNRWA engaging in anti-Semitic activities online continue to surface, with no indication that the international organization’s management intends to clamp down on the incitement. As The Algemeiner reported last week, several UNRWA employees were among the many Palestinians who openly celebrated last Tuesday’s terrorist atrocity at a synagogue in Jerusalem, during which four worshippers and a police officer were brutally murdered. UNRWA is a body devoted solely to Palestinian Arab refugees from the...
  • UN chief: Palestinian recognition gains momentum

    11/24/2014 3:20:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 5:22 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community’s failure to advance a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spurring governments and parliaments to take action to recognize the state of Palestine—and “that momentum will grow.” The U.N. chief said at the U.N. commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that the international community must assume “a collective failure” for not being able to get a peace deal. “Indeed—as we see around the world—governments and parliaments are taking action,” Ban said. …
  • Obama’s Brother Joins Hamas, Wears Scarf Saying ‘Jerusalem Is Ours; We Are Coming’

    01/28/2014 5:37:25 PM PST · by FR_addict · 26 replies
    Israel Islam and EndTimes ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Israel Islam and EndTimes
    MALIK OBAMA, brother of Barack Obama has been pictured at a charity function wearing a Hamas scarf (keffiyeh) that bears a well-known Palestinian slogan – ‘Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING!’ While in Sanaa, Yemein in 2010, President Barack Obama’s brother Malik Obama was at an event billed as the Orphans Development Fund (ODF) Conference. It’s quite the ironic title considering a group photo Malik is in that he has posted to his website. In the photo, he can be seen wearing a Hamas scarf (keffiyeh) that bears a well-known Palestinian slogan – ‘Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE...
  • Further sanctions on Iran could be counterproductive, White House says (next phase of appeasement)

    11/24/2014 1:13:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:08pm EST
    WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday Iran should be given more time to answer concerns about its nuclear program and that imposing fresh sanctions on the Iranians could be counterproductive. White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the comments after Iran and six powers including the United States gave themselves seven more months to overcome a deadlock over the Iranian program.
  • US Tells Iran to Consider Nuclear Talks Extension [U.S. Goes Down On Both Knees, Again!]

    11/23/2014 9:44:26 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    ABCNews ^ | November 23, 2014 | GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
    US Tells Iran to Consider Nuclear Talks Extension VIENNA — Nov 23, 2014 By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE The U.S. told Iran Sunday that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A senior U.S. official said that with the Monday evening cutoff date a little more than a day away, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry proposed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Java Zarf that the two sides start discussing post-deadline talks in their latest...
  • White House Exploring Ways to Let Iran Enrich Uranium

    WH: Iran could keep ‘domestic enrichment’ program The White House is currently examining ways to enable Iran to have its own “domestic” uranium enrichment program, according to a senior Obama administration official. As the details of a six month interim nuclear deal between Iran and Western nations are hashed out, the White House is exploring the practicality of permitting Iran to continue certain enrichment activities, an issue that Iranian officials have described as a “redline.” “Over the next six months, we will explore, in practical terms, whether and how Iran might end up with a limited, tightly constrained, and intensively...