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  • America's Long Middle Eastern Romance

    03/16/2003 6:49:54 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 11 replies · 395+ views
    The New York Times (Week in Review) ^ | March 16, 2003 | MICHAEL B. OREN
    JERUSALEM — Muslim militants, evoking a jihadist pretext and backed by rogue states, are attacking vital Western interests. The president of the United States fails to convince Europe to join a coalition to confront the aggressors. No, this is not President Bush versus Saddam Hussein, but Thomas Jefferson versus the Barbary pirates of North Africa, who were plundering Western ships and enslaving their crews. When Jefferson proposed creating a multilateral force to stop the pirates, Europe went on bribing them. "This is money thrown away," Jefferson concluded, before ordering the Navy into action. On Aug. 1, 1801, the first American...
  • France in talks with Egypt for new corvette sale: diplomat

    07/26/2015 6:32:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 25 2015
    Egypt is in talks with France to buy two more naval corvettes, a French diplomat said Saturday, as Paris's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Cairo in an African tour. French shipbuilder DCNS had already signed a contract estimated at one billion euros ($1.1 billion) to supply four Gowind-class corvettes to Egypt, which also became the first country to purchase French Rafale jets. Le Drian, whose government has developed close ties with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, met the leader and his defence minister on Saturday morning. "There is a bid for two more corvettes; the discussions are ongoing," the...
  • Turkey confirms attacks on PKK militant camps in Iraq: statement

    07/24/2015 11:12:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-25-2015 | Reuters
    Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight SNIP---- Turkey simultaneously launched ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria
  • Two engraved reliefs unearthed on Red Sea coastline [12th Dynasty]

    07/24/2015 11:55:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Wednesday, July, 22, 2015 | Nevine El-Aref
    Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that studies carried out revealed that the first relief belongs to the Middle Kindom because it bears the cartouche of the seventh king of the 12th Dynasty, King Amenemhat IV, whose reign was characterised by exploration for precious turquoise and amethyst on Punt Island. Meanwhile the second relief, which is in a bad conservation condition, can be dated to the Second Intermediate Period. After restoration, Eldamaty said, more information on the relief would be revealed. Three Roman burials and parts of Berenice Temple's façade were also uncovered as well as a number...
  • Kerry: Any action by Israel would provide justification for Iran’s pursuit of nukes (Video)

    07/24/2015 9:57:41 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:01 pm | Ed Morrissey
    Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with Matt Lauer for an interview on Today earlier, defending the deal with Iran — and telling Israel to cool their jets, almost literally. In doing so, Kerry managed to turn Israel into the aggressor and Iran into a passive actor who might somehow decide they need a bomb only if Israel attacked them. It’s a strange reversal, and one that confirms the impression that the Obama administration has become the lawyers for the mullahs (via Jeff Dunetz): Lauer points out to Kerry that opposition to the Iran deal encompasses practically the whole...
  • Men in Assad’s Syria eschew army for Iran-backed militias

    07/23/2015 11:02:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    FT ^ | July 22, 2015 | Erika Solomon
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e1243662-2c67-11e5-acfb-cbd2e1c81cca.html#ixzz3gmnryuF4 The recruiter in central Syria did not hide the grim facts behind his job offer: Around half of those who joined his new militia to support President Bashar al-Assad’s forces would be likely to die. But the pay was about $200 a month — a windfall in the war-torn country. “It sounded like a suicide mission, but about 100 of us...
  • Watch: Kerry Indicates US Will Defend Iran from Israel

    07/23/2015 10:38:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    inn ^ | 7/23/15 | Ari Yashar
    US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly conceded that the US would defend Iran's nuclear program from Israeli sabotage on Thursday, in a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in which he was grilled over the deal reached last Tuesday. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) put Kerry on the spot when he asked him and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz whether the controversial articles in Annex III on page 142 of the 159-page deal would stipulate that the US block Israeli attempts to scupper the Iranian nuclear threat. The articles in question state that the US, world powers and the...
  • Jordan Received 16 AH-1F Cobra Gunship helicopters from Israeli Surplus

    07/23/2015 10:36:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jul 23, 2015
    Israel has delivered 16 Cobra helicopter gunships to Jordan to help the Hashemite kingdom deal with the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) which currently control large areas along its borders with Syria and Iraq. The transfer provided at no cost was kept in secret since last year but was recently leaked by an unnamed U.S. official and published by Reuters. Jordanian and Israeli officials declined comment, as did the Pentagon. The handover of helicopters was approved by Washington, after blocking an earlier Israeli plan to sell the surplus helicopters to Nigeria, which is also battling Islamic insurgents in Central Africa....
  • Obama: ‘We’ve Ended Two Wars;’ State Dept:Iraq Has ‘Lost Effective Control’ Over Large Areas to ISIL

    07/22/2015 3:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 5:08 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser in New York on Tuesday evening that he had “ended two wars” during his presidency. In its recently released human rights report on Iraq, however, the State Department said that the Iraqi government had “lost effective control” over a large part of Iraqi territory to the Islamic State terrorist group. Also, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, the group that the administration now calls ISIL was founded in the 1990s by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and fought against U.S. forces in Iraq before Obama removed U.S. troops from that...
  • [16 Year Old] Coptic Boy’s Ramadan Gesture Ends in Detention

    07/22/2015 6:23:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    At sundown each day during Ramadan, which ended on 17 July with the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations, observant Muslims customarily broke their fast at their evening iftar meal by eating dates. A week prior, on the evening of 10 July, 16-year-old Fawzi Osama was on the street in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, handing out dates to those hurrying home before sundown. In a country that is 90 per cent Muslim, nearly every passer-by was, almost by definition, Muslim. Osama, however, is a Coptic Christian, and in each small plastic bag of dates he also had included a slip of paper...
  • Egyptian show that’s flattering to Jews is a surprise hit among Palestinians

    07/22/2015 4:37:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 17 , 2015 | William Booth and Sufian Taha
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A dozen Palestinian Muslim men gathered after midnight at an isolated farm house this week to indulge in a new delight. They were going to watch a soap opera about Jews. “Hush, hush. It’s starting!” someone said. The group settled down, sipped fresh lemonade, nibbled sweets, sucked on water pipes and then cranked up the volume for the opening credits of “Haret al-Yahud,” or “The Jewish Quarter.” The steamy Egyptian soap tells a Romeo and Juliet tale of a beautiful daughter of a well-to-do Jewish merchant and a dashing Muslim army commander falling in and out...
  • THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S HOPE AND RED LINES FOR IRAN

    07/22/2015 4:29:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    US President Barack Obama hailed the recently concluded nuclear agreement in Vienna between the P5+1 world powers and Iran as a step towards a “more hopeful world.” On July 14 CNN cited President Obama’s claim that, “This deal is not built on trust. It's built on verification.” This nuclear agreement, however, seems to be predicated more on this administration’s proclivity towards building on hope. The Obama administration is hoping that an inspection regime by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will accomplish under this agreement what the UN has failed to do for decades under the Non-Proliferation of...
  • Ted Cruz’s Iran doomsday: ‘Murder’ of millions of Israelis, Americans

    07/21/2015 12:02:48 PM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/21/15
    Ted Cruz’s worst fear about the nuclear deal with Iran? That “millions of Americans will be murdered by radical theocratic zealots.” President Obama [argues] that under the deal Iran’s ability to quickly make a bomb will be hamstrung, and that doing nothing would actually accelerate Iran’s nuclear capabilities. But Cruz said if Iran were to acquire a bomb, he fears the detonation of a nuclear weapon over Tel Aviv,... that would “murder vast numbers of Palestinians” and Israeli Jews. “The odds are unacceptably high that they would view the murder of those Palestinians is perfectly acceptable collateral damage to annihilating...
  • TEHRAN: 'We will trample upon America!

    07/20/2015 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 84 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, “We Will Trample Upon America,” according to photos released by Iran’s state-controlled media. Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who was handpicked by the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader to deliver the prayers, delivered a message of hostility toward the United States in the first official remarks since a final nuclear deal was signed between Iran and world powers in Vienna last week. Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, said that the official remarks by Iranian officials and clerics...
  • Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing'

    07/21/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".
  • John Kerry: It’s ‘Very Disturbing’ How Ayatollah Keeps Saying He Wants to Destroy Us

    07/21/2015 8:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/21/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Al-Arabiya that it’s “very disturbing” how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues talking about destroying the U.S. and Israel after signing the P5+1 nuclear agreement.Kerry said he would be pitching Gulf partners on “all of the ways in which this agreement, in fact, makes the Gulf states and the region safer.” “I will also discuss with them at great length the things that the United States of America is going to do, working with them, in order to push back against the terror and counterterrorism efforts and other activities in the region that are very...
  • U.S. 'disturbed' by Iranian leader's criticism after deal

    07/21/2015 7:44:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nour
    DUBAI, (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was very disturbed by anti-U.S. hostility voiced by Iran's top leader after a nuclear deal, as both countries' top diplomats sought to calm opposition to the accord from political hardliners at home. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme was "very troubling". "I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that...
  • Defiant Ayatollah: Deal Changes Nothing

    07/21/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 7/20/2015 | Staff
    If President Barack Obama and other world leaders hoped the nuclear agreement with Iran would lead to normalized relations down the road, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has nipped that prospect in the bud. Speaking Saturday about the deal, the Islamic holy leader denied a wider shift in foreign policy. “We have repeatedly said we don’t negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with the Americans to serve our interests,” Khamenei said. Iranians are excited about the ramifications of the deal,...
  • Obama Favors Iran Because of His Shiite Connections

    07/19/2015 6:57:46 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 38 replies
    Here First | 7/19/2015 | Me
    Obama favored Iran in the negotiations because he has many ties to Shia Islam and Iran, regardless of his actual faith.
  • Britain Should Invade The Islamic State Says Former Military Boss Lord Richards

    07/19/2015 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Andre Walker
    WESTMINSTER, United Kingdom – The former head of the British Military has called for the UK and her allies to invade the Islamic State. Lord Richards told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme the current allied strategy of air strikes and support for Kurdish fighters was “woefully insufficient.” He said the strategy was “firing up” the Islamic State because it was “dribbling” rather than “clouting” the terrorist nation. Richards went on to say: “Sooner or later tanks are going to have to roll, there is going to have to be troops on the ground…. The current strategy won't work in the...
  • Saudi arrests 431 ISIS-linked suspects

    07/19/2015 7:09:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | July 19, 2015
    Saudi Arabia arrested 431 people as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, the kingdom’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) said. Authorities also thwarted seven mosque attacks that had been planned by the suspects in the capital Riyadh as well as the Eastern Province, MOI Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki said in a press conference carried by Al Arabiya News Channel. Among the arrested were Saudi nationals and suspects from nine other nationalities, he said adding that the cluster of cells was divided by tasks and...
  • Staged ISIS Execution Video Leaked By Hackers

    07/13/2015 7:48:14 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 21 replies
    yournewswire.com ^ | July 12, 2015 | Sean Adl-Tabatabai
    A group of Russian hackers called Cyber Berkut have released a video showing a staged ISIS beheading, hacked from an electronic device from one of the staff of U.S. Senator John McCain. The fake ISIS execution appears to take place inside a film studio and shows a ‘prisoner’ (played by an actor) going through the motions of being ‘executed’ in front of several video cameras. Another actor is dressed as an ISIS executioner who puts a knife to the throat of the prisoner and goes through the motions of cutting him.Recall that since August 2014, the terrorists of the Islamic...
  • Soldier of Fortune? The Pro’s and Con’s to Contracting Overseas

    07/17/2015 11:20:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 3 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/17/2015 | Robert Spunga
    Today, there are hundreds of thousands of men and women working overseas on various contracts and making good money, probably two to three times what they can make in the United States. On top of that, they may even be eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion, which in 2014 meant that the first $99,200 of their total income earned overseas was excluded from being taxed at the Federal level (it’s higher for 2015). However – and I can’t emphasize this enough – they are earning it! Naturally, the best-paying jobs are in high-threat environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria,...
  • Saudi Says Ready to Confront Any Iran ‘Mischief’

    07/16/2015 10:11:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir warned Iran Thursday to use the economic benefits of a new nuclear deal to help its people and not fund “adventures in the region.” “If Iran should try to cause mischief in the region we’re committed to confront it resolutely,” Jubeir said after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, days after the landmark deal was struck granting Tehran sanctions relief in return for dismantling and mothballing most of its nuclear program. Kerry will also head to the Gulf in Aug. 3 seeking to allay fears over the Iran nuclear deal. The Saudi minister said...
  • Hamas leader, Saudi king shake hands after Muslim prayers

    07/17/2015 11:06:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 17, 2015 12:06 PM EDT
    Hamas says its leader shook hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman after Muslim holiday prayers, signaling an easing of tensions over the Palestinian group’s ties with Saudi regional rival Iran. There was no official announcement in Saudi state media of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The visit came days after Iran reached a nuclear deal with Western powers, prompting concern among its regional rivals. …
  • Terror at sea: Egypt navy ship in flames after ISIS missile hits boat in Mediterranean

    07/16/2015 7:52:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    Pictures circulating online show an Egyptian military vessel engulfed in flames after a rocket attack by extremists operating on the Sinai peninsula. Crew members were forced to jump overboard after the fire took hold on a ship owned by the country's navy. The incident took place in the Mediterranean Sea close to Israel and the Gaza Strip, in the latest escalation of extremist-linked violence across North Africa. Dramatic images appear to show a missile heading towards the warship before a ball of flames erupts and black smoke billows from the scene....
  • Egyptian navy vessel erupts in huge fireball as ISIS carry out rocket strike on patrol ship

    07/16/2015 10:04:22 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 7/16/2015 | Jon Hall
    Full title: Terror on the high seas: Egyptian navy vessel erupts in huge fireball as ISIS carry out rocket strike on patrol ship in the Mediterranean Extremists loyal to the Islamic State in Egypt have attacked a naval patrol ship in the Mediterranean Sea, causing it to burst into flames. The Egyptian military said earlier a coastguard vessel had exchanged shots with militants just two miles off the coast of northern Sinai, an area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip. There were no fatalities among the vessel's crew in the shootout with the terrorists, according to a Facebook message posted...
  • Obama rewards a killer of American soldiers

    07/16/2015 4:05:15 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 3 replies
    Red State ^ | July 15th, 2015 | By: streiff (Diary)
    the most interesting man in the world While the biggest concern to most of us in regards to the Iran nuclear talks remains Obama’s aiding Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, one of the most important items from Iran’s standpoint was the removal of economic sanctions. Not only were these sanctions hurting Iran’s economy and people — the mullahs could give a fat rat’s patootie about that — and it was hurting members of the Iranian ruling clique. Among the big winners in the agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, count a notorious and shadowy Iranian general who helped Shiite militias...
  • Islamic State says it launched rocket attack on Egypt navy vessel

    07/16/2015 7:07:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-16-2015 | Ali Abdelaty
    Egypt's Islamic State affiliate said on Thursday it fired a rocket at an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip. The militant group Sinai Province has focused mainly on attacking Egyptian soldiers and police in the Sinai peninsula, killing hundreds since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Photographs distributed online by the group appeared to show a rocket heading towards a ship and setting it ablaze on impact. Reuters could not verify the militants' version of events. The Egyptian military said in...
  • Syria’s Butcher Really Won the Iran Deal

    07/15/2015 4:32:21 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 15 July 2015 | Michael Weiss
    There’s one person ecstatic about the Iran deal and Washington would probably prefer he just keep his mouth shut: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Professing in a cable to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the newly agreed upon nuclear accord between the world’s major powers was a “historic achievement,” Assad went on to note his satisfaction that this would only strengthen Iran’s work for “peace and stability…in the region and the world.” Translation: Iran will further finance and militarily bolster Assad’s crumbling regime, not to mention other affiliates and proxies.
  • Obama is killing the Left. Let's help him. (REPOST. I messed up on the last one.)

    07/12/2015 5:58:46 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    I have enormous respect for Victor Davis Hanson and read with great interest his account this week that people are fed up with liberal elites. Amid all this leftish high-fiving about court decisions and executive orders, we forget political and electoral reality. Barack Obama has done more to destroy liberal political power in the Congress and in the statehouses than any Democratic politician since the 1920s. His executive orders and neglect of enforcing existing law have green-lighted the executive power of the next Republican president in a way that Richard Nixon could hardly imagine. He has discredited the idea of...
  • Trusting Iran to stop terrorism is like inviting an arsonist to join the fire brigade

    07/12/2015 7:32:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6:30AM BST 10 Jul 2015 | Dore Gold
    Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has written an op-ed in the Financial Times which sets forward a distinct sequence for ostensibly resolving the daunting security challenges of the Middle East. First, the P5+1 - the group of powerful nations negotiating with Iran - should come to a deal over its nuclear program. As a result, he argues, Tehran will "open new horizons" and join "the international battle" against "the increasingly brutal extremism that is engulfing the Middle East." The idea that Iran is a partner in the fight against terrorism is not only disingenuous but also absurd. What Zarif is...
  • Egypt Car Bomb: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Fatal Italian Consulate Explosion

    07/11/2015 6:31:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 07/11/2015 | By Christopher Zara
    Pope Francis on Saturday condemned a fatal car-bomb attack outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo, where one person was killed and eight others were injured. According to the Associated Press, the pope sent a telegram to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi calling for “political and religious players at all levels to unite their efforts to combat with ever more determination the plague of terrorism and to promote harmony and solidarity.” The explosion took place in the early-morning hours, causing heavy damage to the building and sparking fears that Islamic militants have begun a fresh round of attacks against foreigners, Reuters...
  • LIVE: Car bomb blast at Italian embassy in Cairo

    07/10/2015 11:44:35 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | July 11, 2015 | DNA Web Team
    The blast happened days after Egypt leading prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb. A huge explosion occurred in front of the Italian consulate in central Cairo on Saturday, wounding two policemen, state news agency MENA said. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear but one security official said it was a car bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. MENA cited a senior security source as saying preliminary investigations indicated that attackers had placed a bomb underneath a car near the consulate and remotely detonated it. MENA earlier cited a security source as saying...
  • Lawrence of Arabia' star Omar Sharif dies at 83

    07/10/2015 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, best known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago died at age of 83, Egyptian media reported. “He died this afternoon of a heart attack in Cairo,” Steve Kenis told AFP, adding that the actor had been in a hospital for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in a Syrian family and named Michel Demitri Chalhoub in Egypt in 1932, he was brought up as a Roman catholic and earned a college degree in mathematics and physics before he joined his family’s business. Read: Hollywood film legend Omar Sharif suffering from Alzheimer’s disease Omar...
  • Russia wants Iran arms embargo 'lifted as soon as possible'

    07/09/2015 4:17:07 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    AFP | 9 Jul 15 | Unknown
    Russia wants to see a United Nations arms embargo against Iran lifted "as soon as possible" but it is up to Tehran to accept the terms of a final nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
  • Tehran’s anti-Israel Quds day falls on date of new Iran deadline

    07/08/2015 11:38:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 7/9/15 | Herb Keinon
    Regardless of whether the world powers and Iran sign a nuclear deal by the new Friday deadline, chants of “Death to Israel” are expected to reverberate throughout Iran that day as it happens to fall on the anti-Israel Quds day. Quds day – initiated in 1979 by the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini – is an annual event of fiery anti-Israel protests in Iran on the last Friday of Ramadan that attracts tens of thousands of people. Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Vaezi, one of some 80 members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts that is a supervisory body around Iran’s Supreme Leader,...
  • White House Instructs Allies To Lean On ‘Jewish Community’ to Force Iran Deal

    07/07/2015 5:18:22 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 7, 2015 3:02 pm | Adam Kredo
    VIENNA—The White House is targeting Jewish groups in its latest push to blunt congressional criticism of an Iran deal that observers expect to be sealed in the coming days, according to a recording of a strategy conference call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and experts familiar with the call. The White House’s liaison to the Jewish community on Monday advised dozens of progressive groups to push a poll commissioned and distributed by the liberal fringe group J Street, which has been defending a deal with Iran. Matt Nosanchuk, an official in the White House Office of Public Engagement, who...
  • World's oldest doodle found on rock

    07/17/2010 11:49:26 PM PDT · by shibumi · 38 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 17, 2010 | Staff
    Scientists have discovered what is believed to be one of the world's oldest doodles - an ancient scrawl carved onto a rock by a caveman 4,500 years ago. Cambridge University experts believe the crudely etched circles are the Neolithic version of a modern office worker's scribbles on a post-it note. The 6.6in (17cm) chunk of sandstone was discovered by an amateur archaeologist from the bottom of a deep quarry in Over, Cambs., during a university fun day.
  • Oldest wooden statues found in Egypt

    03/23/2006 8:29:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 277+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Wed Mar 22, 11:01 AM ET | AFP
    Archeologists in Egypt have unearthed two 5,000-year-old wooden statues, complete with gold wrapping paper... which depict two nude men with precious stones around their eyes... in the northern Nile Delta region of Daqahliya, said a statement by chief archaeologist Krzysztof Cialowicz. The effigies are believed to date from Egypt's predynastic era (3,700-3,200 BC)... the team has found warehouses and tombs in the same Tel al-Farkha area, said the statement issued by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.
  • 7 corpses found in ancient Egyptian tomb

    04/21/2005 10:36:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 862+ views
    AP ^ | 4/21/5
    CAIRO, Egypt - Archaeologists digging in a 5,600-year-old funeral site in southern Egypt unearthed seven corpses believed to date to the era, as well as an intact figure of a cow's head carved from flint. The American-Egyptian excavation team made the discoveries in what they described as the largest funerary complex ever found that dates to the elusive 5-millenia-old Predynastic era, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said Wednesday. "This is a major discovery, and will add greatly to our knowledge of the period when Egypt was first becoming a nation," said Zahi Hawass, Egypt's chief archaeologist. The team working for...
  • Archaeological dig sniffs out world's oldest perfumery

    02/26/2005 3:25:39 PM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 621+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 2/25/05 | MICHAEL THEODOULOU
    MUSKY, with a woody tone and spicy hints of cinnamon - the perfect fragrance for a Bronze Age date. Italian archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest perfumery and have identified the smells popular with the people of the time. The perfumery was found at a sprawling archaeological site on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean at Pyrgos-Mavroraki, 55 miles south-west of Nicosia. "This is 4,000 years old. Without a doubt, it is the oldest production site for perfume in the world," said Maria Rosario Belgiorno, the excavation team leader. The site was destroyed by an earthquake in antiquity but the calamity...
  • Archaeological Discovery Of Unknown Pharaonic King Inscription

    03/04/2004 11:59:03 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 303+ views
    March 3 , 2004Archaeological discovery of unknown pharaonic king inscription The American archaeological expedition working in cooperation with the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) in Al-Kharga Oasis discovered a rocky inscription north of the oasis including a royal name dating back to pre-dynastic era (32nd century B.C). The SCA Secretary-General Dr Zahi Hawass said that the name was unknown and the rocky inscription discovery came during the survey actions by the archaeological teamwork in Al-Kharga oasis region. The chairman of the US archaeological expedition Dr Solima Al-Harram pointed out that the discovery would reveal new information about the Egyptian royal...
  • Naqada tombs uncovered in Egypt's Daqahliyah

    07/07/2015 1:35:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    el Ahram ^ | Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | Nevine El-Aref
    A Polish mission at Tel Al-Farkha in Daqahliyah has discovered four pre-dynastic tombs, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty announced on Tuesday. Eldamaty said three of the tombs are in a very poor condition and include child burials. Meanwhile the fourth tomb is in very good conservation condition and can be dated to the Naqada IIIC2 era. The minister told Ahram Online that the tomb is a small mastaba with two chambers. The southern one was filled with 42 clay vessels, mainly beer jars, bowls as well as a collection of 26 stone vessels of different shapes and sizes. Some of...
  • Foreign archaeological missions resume excavating Upper Egypt after 13-year ban

    07/06/2015 11:11:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Cairo Post ^ | 4th of July 2015
    For 13 years, the excavation permissions were limited only to Egyptian missions to explore treasures in Upper Egypt but due to the “successive requests from foreign Universities and researchers, the council agreed to give the licenses after 13 years of suspension,” Amin told Youm7 without going into further details on number of the foreign missions applied for the permits. Allowing any foreign mission to search the Egyptian artifacts should be approved by the Ministry of Tourism and five other sovereignty bodies, former head of the SCA Abdel Halim Nour el-Din told The Cairo Post Saturday. Moreover, the mission should be...
  • Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai

    07/05/2015 8:27:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 6, 2015
    Egypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region. The Sinai has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting between security forces and Islamist militants since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Security sources said on Sunday troops killed the 63 in villages between the towns of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. ADVERTISING The army found four militant hideouts and attacked them with Apache helicopters and ground troops. It also...
  • If ISIS Doesn’t Liberate Palestine… Who Will?

    07/04/2015 8:50:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CounterCurrents.org ^ | July 4, 2015 | Franklin Lamb
    Ein el Helwe Palestinian camp, Lebanon: This is one of the questions ricocheting between Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon, posed also by ISIS (Da’ish) operatives, as the hot summer months and plummeting quality of existence raise tensions in the refugee camps and social gatherings. With its resilience, on-the-ground “achievements”, adaptability, global franchising, copy-cat knock-offs, chameleon-like adaptations, combinations and permutations, and slick honing of medium and message, ISIS is offering oppressed and desperate populations in this region both hope and fantasy for escaping their deepening misery. The dream is to escape abject poverty and indignity by any means necessary, and joining...
  • Expert: Arab Armies 'Falling Apart,' IDF Will Have to Fight ISIS

    07/04/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    Israel's former ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, currently a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), believes that the Egyptian army is not going to be able to successfully fight ISIS. In the end, he believes, the IDF is going to have to do the job. “The Egyptian army has not collapsed, and it is very large, with 600,000 soldiers,” said Mazel. “But for two years they have been fighting guerrillas in Sinai, unsuccessfully. They are just not experienced enough in guerrilla warfare.” Eventually, it is very possible that ISIS will take over Sinai – placing them along...
  • ISIS: DESTROYING EGYPT’S SPHINX, PYRAMIDS IS ‘RELIGIOUS DUTY’

    07/04/2015 12:03:55 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told followers of his terror group that destroying Egypt’s national monuments, such as the pyramids and the sphinx, is a “religious duty” that must be carried out by those who worship Islam, as idolatry is strictly banned in the religion, according to reports.
  • IS affiliate in Egypt claims rocket attack on Israel

    07/03/2015 10:04:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | july 4, 2015
    A group affiliated with Islamic State has said it fired three rockets into Israel from Egypt's Sinai peninsula. The affiliate, which calls itself Sinai Province, said it had acted in retaliation for what it says is Israeli support for the Egyptian army. Israel said two rockets landed in the south of the country, causing no casualties or material damage. At least 17 Egyptian soldiers and 100 IS militants have died in fighting in northern Sinai since Wednesday. The clashes were triggered by a co-ordinated mass assault of IS militants on the town of Sheikh Zuweid.