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  • Wanted Palestinian terrorist killed in Bulgaria

    02/26/2016 2:05:10 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/16 | Uzi Baruch
    Wanted Arab terrorist Naif Hassan Omar Zaid was found dead at the Palestinian Authority (PA) embassy in Bulgaria, local media reported Friday morning. His family confirmed to Palestine News Network that he was "assassinated" at the embassy in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Zaid, 51, was convicted of murdering yeshiva student Eliyahu Amadi in Jerusalem's Old City back in 1986, when he was 22 years old. He was sentenced to life in prison, but was able to escape jail while being transferred to hospital during a hunger strike, and has been living in Bulgaria for the past 22 years. Israel...
  • Fatah planning terror campaign to block US embassy move

    01/30/2017 4:06:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/1/17
    The Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has already held meetings in preparation for a terror campaign against Israel should the United States decide to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to a recent report by Palestinian Media Watch. PMW cited Shadi Mattour, Deputy Secretary of Fatah's Jerusalem branch, who told official PA TV that Fatah is holding meetings with "all the field leaders in the branches and the Shabiba (Fatah's youth movement)... in preparation for a fierce popular intifada." He declared that Fatah "won't hesitate to take to the streets and return to...
  • Hamas warns Trump not to move embassy to Jerusalem

    01/26/2017 8:46:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/25/17 | Nikita Vladimirov
    A Hamas spokesperson is warning President Donald Trump that following through with his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would "add more oil on the fire" in the region, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday. "[Trump] has to make a choice whether he wants to create peace in the region or he wants to add more oil on the fire," Osama Hamdan, the spokesman for Gaza-based Islamic militant group, told the news outlet.
  • Behind Trump's Plan to Move the US Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

    01/23/2017 2:50:59 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 23, 2017 | By ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN
    Israeli officials are awaiting what could be one of the first announcements from the new Trump administration: a decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Such a move, which Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail, may please many Israelis but anger Palestinians as well as officials in Arab nations, who could see it as directly provocative and a hindrance to future peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinians claim Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and Trump, like the Israeli government, views Jerusalem as Israel’s “eternal capital.” Since Israel’s creation, the...
  • Hamas official says Trump is an ignoramus

    01/22/2017 10:42:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 23 January 2017 02:47 | Adam Rasgon
    The US President has failed to learn from history, a senior Hamas official said regarding Donald Trump’s remarks about “radical Islamic terrorism” in his inauguration speech. “This ignoramus did not study history and does not know what the fate of those who ignited the Crusader wars. We are an Islamic nation that may lose a battle, but we will win all the wars,” Mousa Abu Marzouk, a member of the Hamas politburo, wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday. Abu Marzouk, who is considered a contender to be the next Hamas politburo chairman, made an apparent reference to the ultimate...
  • France Warns Trump: Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem A ‘Provocation’(uh oh!)

    01/15/2017 7:13:03 AM PST · by rktman · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/15/2017 | Deborah Danan
    Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as per President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise is a “provocation” that would result in “serious consequences,” France warned at Sunday’s peace summit in Paris. Foreign ministers from around 70 nations gathered in Paris Sunday in an attempt to urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders to recommit to the so-called two-state solution. Representatives from the United Nations, European Union, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation were also in attendance. However, neither Israel nor the Palestinians had any representation at the conference.
  • EU opposes shift of US Embassy site in Israel

    01/16/2017 10:15:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2017 11:33 AM EST
    European Union foreign ministers on Monday opposed any plan by President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and warned that it could ratchet up tensions with the Arab world. “It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after chairing their talks in Brussels. “We hope that there can be reflection on consequences of any move that is taken,” she said. …
  • Palestinian official: ‘Gates of hell will open’ if Trump moves embassy

    01/16/2017 1:01:23 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 54 replies
    A member of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party warned on Saturday night that a major conflagration would break out all over the world if US President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his plan to move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “All chances for peace and stability will be lost,” said Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Qawasmeh. “The gates of hell will be opened in the region and the world.” He also contended that “the free people of the world will not permit the passage of such a step.” .....
  • Kerry Attending Mideast Peace Conference, But Won’t ‘Box In the Incoming Administration’

    01/15/2017 8:49:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 13, 2017 | 4:28 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry is participating in a French-hosted conference on Mideast peace less than a week before the end of the administration to ensure U.S. views are heard, but with no “intent to in any way box in the incoming administration,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday. At the same time, however, Toner declined to say whether Kerry would act to ensure that a communique coming out of Sunday’s conference does not call on the Trump administration to reconsider a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. French officials have suggested that the...
  • Chez Assange: Paris Museum Recreates Living Quarters of WikiLeaks Founder

    01/14/2017 3:49:17 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 2 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 1/14/17 | Staff
    Visitors to a new exhibition in Paris can check out Julian Assange's room at the Ecuadorean Embassy. © AFP 2016/ THOMAS COEXAssange to Agree to US Extradition If Obama Grants Manning Clemency - WikiLeaksJulian Assange is unable to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, but visitors to a Paris museum are now able to see where he is living in London thanks to a new exhibition called "Whistleblower" in the Gaité Lyrique, from January 11 to 29. The artwork was produced by a Swiss art collective called!Mediengruppe Bitnik, who reproduced Assange's room at the Ecuadorian Embassy down to the finest...
  • Palestinian Embassy Opening in Vatican City on Eve of Evil International Decree

    01/13/2017 2:42:47 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 15 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 1/13/17 | Adam Berkowitz
    On Friday, just two days before 70 nations gather in Paris to vote on an anti-Israel decree, a new embassy for the Palestinian Authority will be inaugurated in Vatican City. This will be the first Palestinian embassy to be established in a European Union member nation. PA President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Pope Francis on Saturday. This will be the third time the two have met. When they met last year, Pope Francis referred to Abbas as “an angel of peace‘. When confronted, the Holy See explained that this was an error in translation and the Pope had atually...
  • Trump Moving Forward With US Embassy Move in Israel Despite Warnings

    01/10/2017 12:53:36 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 10, 2017 | By Joe Crowe
    President-elect Donald Trump's team is moving ahead with plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel out of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, although diplomats and officials are ramping up warnings against the move. CNN reported speculation in Israel is the U.S. will announce the move May 24, a national holiday in that country. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama renewed a waiver that blocks the move for six months. Allies have said moving the embassy could ramp up violence. "It's very dangerous," one European diplomat told CNN. "Chances for the peace process are going very quickly — it's now or...
  • Abbas tells Trump moving embassy to Jerusalem is ‘aggressive’, crosses ‘red line’

    01/08/2017 9:13:31 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    World Israel News ^ | 7/1/17 | Majdi Mohammed
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas wants President-elect Trump to abandon his “aggressive” plan to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Friday referred to US President-elect Donald Trump’s stated intention to move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as an “aggressive statement.” “We call on you not to implement your statement because we consider it as an aggressive statement, when you say that you want to move the embassy to Jerusalem,” Abbas sad. Abbas also said, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, that such a move was a “red...
  • Kerry: US Embassy relocation may cause 'explosion'

    01/07/2017 8:26:19 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/17
    Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem could cause an "explosion"...
  • State Department won't help Trump plan Israel policies

    01/06/2017 7:41:18 AM PST · by detective · 134 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/4/17 | Joel Gehrke
    President-elect Trump won't get any help from the State Department in implementing Israeli-relation policies opposed by President Obama before his inauguration. "The short answer is no," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. "You have one president at a time." Obama's team invoked that axiom to justify high-profile foreign policy actions in recent weeks, notably his decisions to sanction Russia over the election year cyberattacks and to allow the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement construction. Kirby's statement extended that principle to barring any aid in helping the Trump team prepare to move the United States embassy to...
  • State Dept.: Moving Embassy to Jerusalem Could ‘Needlessly’ Put Diplomats, Troops ‘in Harm’s Way’

    01/05/2017 8:25:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 5, 2017 | 4:12 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could endanger U.S. diplomats and Marine guards there and elsewhere in the region — “and needlessly so” — State Department spokesman John Kirby warned Wednesday. He said the Obama administration, like previous ones, believes relocating the embassy “is not a good idea.” “It’s not constructive to the overall peace process. It could actually put some of our people, some of our troops, those that work at the embassy, in harm’s way, and needlessly so.” “It could exacerbate tensions not just there but elsewhere in the region too,” Kirby added,...
  • EXCELLENT: GOP Senators Offer Up Legislation For Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

    01/03/2017 2:20:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/03/2016 | Susan Wright
    I am not upset by this, and I applaud the move.“If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.” – Psalm 137:5-6 NIVIn the wake of President Obama’s breathtaking betrayal of Israel, in refusing to veto a U.N. resolution, aimed at making Israel’s settlements along the West Bank and in east Jerusalem illegal, this is a positive move in the right direction.GOP Senators Marco Rubio (Florida), Ted Cruz (Texas), and Dean Heller...
  • (Jerusalem's) holiness to Muslims is a propaganda myth

    12/19/2016 7:22:38 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/16 | Morton A. Klein
    The media has been abuzz with reports that President-elect Donald Trump intends to honor his pre-election promise to act on the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act –– whose implementation has been deferred by six-monthly waivers invoked by successive presidents, most recently last week by President Obama –– and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Why has the Act, passed by massive majorities in the Senate (93-5) and House (374-37), remained a dead letter for 21 years? Fear of enraging the Arab street and the Muslim world, most of which has neither reconciled itself to Israel’s existence nor even...
  • Trump campaign manager: He will move US embassy to Jerusalem

    12/12/2016 4:14:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    INN ^ | 12/12/16 19:01 | Gary Willig
    President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, confirmed that Trump intends to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Speaking with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on his Monday morning show, Conway said that moving the embassy to Jerusalem “is very big priority for this president-elect, Donald Trump.” “He made it very clear during the campaign, Hugh, and as president-elect I’ve heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly.” she continued. …
  • Militants were planning embassy attack: Indonesian police

    11/27/2016 2:39:34 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    France24 ^ | 27 nov 2016 | AFP
    <p>Indonesian police arrested a third Islamic State-linked militant Sunday accused of plotting to bomb the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta, as anger grows at a violent military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.</p> <p>The militants -- all from a domestic cell affiliated with the Syria-based jihadist group -- had amassed enough explosives to create bombs more powerful than those used in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people, police say.</p>
  • Mike Huckabee will be ambassador to Israel, move embassy to Jerusalem [false rumor?]

    11/18/2016 12:17:19 PM PST · by dead · 129 replies
    Mike Huckabee is headed back to the Holy Land. The two-time White House hopeful, former Fox New Channel weekend host and former governor of Arkansas will be America's next ambassador to Israel, a presidential transition official confirmed to DailyMail.com on Friday. He is scheduled to meet with President-Elect Donald Trump Friday at 2:00 p.m. Huckabee, an ordained Baptist preacher and electric bass player, will become the tip of Trump's spear as he seeks to shake up U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East, beginning with relocating America's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 'That's going to happen,' the...
  • PA: We'll 'make life miserable' for Trump if he moves embassy [Palestinians wrt Jerusalem]

    11/13/2016 7:36:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 120 replies
    INN ^ | 11/13/16 06:20 | Elad Benari
    If President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the Palestinian Arabs will “make life miserable” for the United States at the United Nations, the Palestinian Authority’s ambassador to the United Nations is threatening. “If people attack us by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which is a violation of Security Council resolutions, it is a violation of resolution 181 of the UN general assembly that was drafted by the U.S. … it means they are showing belligerency towards us … If they do that nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the...
  • Travel Warning (Turkey)

    10/29/2016 4:53:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    US government ^ | 10-29-16 | US Embassy and Consulates in Turkey
    This order applies only to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, not to other U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey. The Department continues to monitor the effect of these developments on the overall security situation in the country. This replaces the Travel Warning dated October 24, 2016. The Governor of Ankara, acting under the authority of the recently-extended state of emergency, and on the basis of reported terrorist threats against cities in Turkey, has banned all demonstrations in Ankara province until November 30. The Department continues to monitor the effects of the ongoing state of emergency; recent terrorist incidents in Ankara,...
  • Vanity--Anyone See that "87 Ambassadors Died Under Bush" Meme

    10/24/2016 4:26:58 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 30 replies
    Has anyone seen that stupid meme going around stating that 87 Ambassadors died under President George Bush so there shouldn't be a problem with Hillary and the 4 Benghazi deaths?? Would love to refute but am afraid to do a leftist Google as all the reference material would probably come from Salon.com or Yahoo Nooz
  • U.S. Urged Ecuador to Act Against WikiLeaks Leader Assange

    10/19/2016 10:49:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    NBCNews ^ | October 19, 2016 | by
    OCT 19 2016 U.S. Urged Ecuador to Act Against WikiLeaks Leader Assange by KEN DILANIAN, WILLIAM M. ARKIN and ROBERT WINDREM Quiet pressure from the U.S. government played a role in Ecuador's decision to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from using the internet at Ecuador's London embassy, U.S. officials told NBC News. "It was a bit of an eviction notice," said a senior intelligence official. Ecuador's government said Tuesday it had partly restricted internet access for Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, who has lived in the South American country's London embassy for more than four years. A source...
  • Russian embassy in Damascus shelled from terrorist-controlled area of Syria

    10/04/2016 6:15:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 10/04/16
    One of the mortar shells fired at the embassy complex hit the residential area, while two others landed near the embassy building, the ministry said in a statement. Nobody was injured by the explosions. “According to reports, the shelling came from the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, which is under control of the terrorist groups Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and Failak ar-Rahman,” the ministry said. Jabhat Fateh al-Sham is the new name taken by Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda offshoot universally considered a terrorist organization. Failak ar-Rahman is a lesser-known Islamist group. Moscow said the shelling is “result of the actions of those...
  • Julian Assange will to Green Party via Live Feed

    Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, the organization that recently posted thousands of the Democratic Party's internal emails online, will speak via live stream at the Green Party national convention, party officials announced Friday. Assange is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m. Saturday over a live stream from the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He will speak on the third day of the progressive party's national convention at the University of Houston, before the party nominates its 2016 presidential nominee, widely expected to be Jill Stein. Assange is expected to be interviewed by 2004 Green Party presidential nominee David Cobb,...
  • United States Deploys Troops to Protect Embassy in South Sudan

    07/13/2016 4:11:09 AM PDT · by FoxInSocks · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 13, 2016 | J.J. GALLAGHER
    ABC News has confirmed the United States deployed 40 additional troops to protect the embassy in Juba, South Sudan on Tuesday amid the deteriorating security situation there. Clashes that erupted last week have so far killed nearly 300 people, including several dozen civilians, before a ceasefire took effect on Tuesday. "We brought in a small contingent of U.S. military forces," U.S. Ambassador Molly Phee said in an interview with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. "They are here to protect the embassy and to help us provide support for those Americans who want to depart from South Sudan at...
  • Our Embassy in Israel Belongs in Israel's Capitol

    03/30/2016 5:38:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    Venerable political norms have been upended during this crazy election season, but at least one presidential-campaign tradition remains intact. Every four years, candidates for the White House firmly pledge that, if elected, they will relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 2016 has been no exception. At the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee gathering in Washington last week, Republican front-runner Donald Trump was cheered when he declared that as president he would "move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem." A few hours later, Texas Senator Ted Cruz not only...
  • Germany closes Ankara embassy 'due to terror threat'

    03/17/2016 5:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Mar 2016 11:44 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German diplomatic missions and a school in Turkey were closed on Thursday after receiving a terror threat, the Foreign Ministry announced, less than a week after a suicide car bomb attack in the Turkish capital. The Foreign Ministry said the closures were a “precautionary measure” and called on all Germans currently in Turkey to take particular care when in public, broadcaster NTV reports. The email sent to German citizens described a “terror threat that could not be conclusively verified.” …
  • Obama: Anti-Semitism is on the rise, we can't deny it (Watch: Obama speaks at Righteous Among the Na

    01/27/2016 3:57:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/16
    President Barack Obama speaks at the Israeli embassy in Washington... Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXHzHVTURs4
  • British MP claims rocks don't kill

    01/11/2016 11:38:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/16 | Nitzan Keidar
    The Israeli embassy in Britain sent a letter of complaint to a Muslim Labour MP after she claimed that no Israeli children had been killed by rock-throwing Palestinians, The Jewish Chronicle reported Monday. During a parliamentary debate on child detainees and prisoners in Palestinian Authority-controlled territories, the MP Naz Shah claimed it was “absolutely unacceptable” to arrest children. She then claimed the Israeli government had provided no evidence of Israeli children being killed or injured by Palestinian minors protesting in Judea and Samaria. “The fact is that the disproportionality of someone throwing a stone or a rock and being detained...
  • Americans in Beijing warned of terrorism threat; parts of city locked down

    12/24/2015 6:50:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    L A Times ^ | 12/24/2015 | By Jonathan Kaiman •
    The U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday morning warned citizens of a Christmastime terrorism threat against Westerners in one of the city's most popular expat districts. Beijing authorities put swaths of the city under lockdown, stationing armed guards on street corners and in pedestrian plazas. "The U.S. Embassy has received information of possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, on or around Christmas Day," the embassy said in an email to American citizens living in Beijing. "U.S. citizens are urged to exercise heightened vigilance. The U.S. Embassy has issued the same guidance to U.S. government personnel." The...
  • U.S. Embassy in Ankara to limit services Monday and Tuesday, cites security threat

    12/14/2015 4:18:05 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/14/15
    The U.S. Embassy in Ankara will scale back its services on Monday and Tuesday due to a possible security threat, an embassy official told Reuters.
  • Taliban claims car bomb attack near Spanish embassy in Kabul

    12/11/2015 7:30:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-11-2015 | Reuters
    The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a guest house near the Spanish embassy in Kabul on Friday, and said fighting was still going on at the scene. Gunfire was reported immediately following the explosion, in a heavily protected area of the capital close to many foreign embassies and government buildings. Officials said police were on the scene. At least three insurgents appeared to be involved in the attack, a police official said. A Taliban spokesman said the attack targeted "an invader's guest house". At least seven people were brought to a hospital operated by the aid...
  • Disclosed: Email Shows Pentagon Offered 'Forces that Could Move to Benghazi' Immediately

    12/08/2015 1:00:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/08/2015 | BY: Adam Kredo
    Newly released emails show that a senior Defense Department official offered the State Department “forces that could move to Benghazi” immediately during the deadly 2012 attack there on the American consulate. Jeremy Bash, the former Pentagon chief of staff, offered to provide forces at 7:19 p.m. on the evening of the attack, "only hours after they had begun," according to Judicial Watch, which disclosed the email on Tuesday. "We have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak," Bash wrote. Portions of the email remain redacted by the Obama administration. "The Obama administration...
  • "Insurgents" Shell Russian Embassy In Syria; Al-Qaeda Calls For Jihad Against Russian Civilians

    10/13/2015 7:46:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/13/2015 | Tyler Durden
    As the twin blasts that ripped through Ankara on Saturday underscore, being around large gatherings of people who are protesting (peacefully or otherwise) in public places can be dangerous if you’re in a Mid-East war zone. Large crowds make for easy targets and as we’ve seen in Turkey, at least some governments seem to believe that inflicting casualties on civilians is a legitimate tool for shaping public opinion.With that in mind, consider that on Tuesday, “insurgents” hit the Russian embassy in Damascus as more than 300 people gathered to express their support for Moscow’s intervention in Syria. As AFP...
  • Russian embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire on Sunday — foreign ministry

    09/21/2015 12:49:45 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    TASS ^ | 9-21-2015 | TASS
    The Russian embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire on Sunday, September 20, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday. The ministry said Moscow condemns the "criminal attack" on the Russian diplomatic mission. "At 09:00 a.m. on September 20, a mortar shell hit the territory of the Russian embassy in Damascus. The shell was driven deep into the earth and made no damage," the ministry said. "A large labelled fragment of the shell was later extracted from the earth by Syrian mine clearance specialists. Efforts are now being taken to find out how this shell came across to militants." "We condemn...
  • Inspector General Slams Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s Embassy as Amateur Hour

    08/25/2015 2:53:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 25, 2015 | Claudia Rosett
    Having a celebrity socialite run the huge embassy was as foolish as it looked. [Caroline] Kennedy came to her ambassador’s post with no foreign policy experience, no particular background in Japan or Asia generally, and apparently not much skill at running the $93.6 million-per-year operation that is the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. [Snip] [A]lmost two years into Kennedy’s ambassadorship, the U.S. Embassy in Japan is a mess.
  • UK embassy in Tehran to reopen after thaw in British-Iranian relations

    08/20/2015 12:16:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20 August 2015
    Britain is to reopen its embassy in Tehran, four years after it closed. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit Iran at the weekend with a delegation of business leaders, a senior government source said. The embassy was closed in 2011 after it was stormed by Iranian protesters during a demonstration against sanctions imposed by Britain. The visit comes weeks after Tehran reached a deal with six world powers aimed at curbing its nuclear program. …
  • Why Obama will open a US embassy in Iran

    08/18/2015 6:39:28 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 | Ilan Berman
    What’s next after the Obama administration’s opening to Cuba? Why, an embassy in Tehran, of course. On Aug. 14, in a ceremony replete with pomp and circumstance, Secretary of State John Kerry presided over the formal re-opening of the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba. The occasion marked the culmination of nearly two years of quiet diplomacy between the White House and the Castro regime. The initiative had been launched following Kerry’s fall 2013 address before the Organization of the American States, in which he had announced with great fanfare that the “era of the Monroe Doctrine is over.” That pronouncement...
  • Kerry raises flag at new U.S. embassy in Cuba

    08/14/2015 5:14:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/14/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Why would Cuba change when the U.S. is giving them everything they want without requiring anything in return? When Donald Trump says Obama and Kerry are terrible negotiators, you think this might be what he’s talking about? For more than 50 years, the U.S. has been trying to get Cuba to restore political freedom and human rights, and we’ve cut off diplomatic relations and instituted an economic embargo until they do. They refuse. So what do Obama and Kerry do? Not only do they restore diplomatic relations, but they also push the Republican Congress (which is having none of it)...
  • Cuban Spy Center Opens in Washington, D.C.

    07/23/2015 8:02:12 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 10 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 7/23/2015 | Humberto Fontova
    “It [the Cuban embassy opening] is going to be a celebration on our part,” gushed Gustavo Machin, deputy director for U.S. affairs at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry. “Many Americans who have supported the Cuban Revolution will be among the 500 celebrants at the new Embassy.” Despite the innocuous professional title the mainstream media insists on using for Gustavo Machin, he’s actually a KGB-trained Cuban spy who was burnt and booted from the U.S. back in 2003 shortly before the invasion of Iraq. He was among 14 other Cuban spies suspected of trafficking in U.S. military secrets (more on this shortly.) The...
  • Cuban flag flies over embassy in Washington for first time in 54 years

    07/20/2015 3:20:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 07/20/2015 | MIMI WHITEFIELD
    The red, white and blue Cuban flag was raised over the island’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time since 1961 — a fluttering symbol of the historic thaw taking place between the Cold War foes. As pro and anti-Cuban protestors gathered outside the gates of the embassy chanting “Fidel” and “Justice” — the flag was was raised at about 10:35 EST. The ceremony came after the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic ties early Monday after a 54-year gap. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez led a delegation of 36 Cuban officials and members of Cuba’s cultural world...
  • Cuba’s flag hoisted over embassy in Washington

    07/20/2015 11:21:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 20.07.2015 | [mg/msh (AP, Reuters)]
    Diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington have been restored after Cuba officially reopened its embassy in the US capital after 54 years. The two nations had severed ties in 1960. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez attended the flag-hoisting ceremony in the US capital on Monday, calling the diplomatic thaw “an opportunity … to establish new bilateral relations, quite different from whatever existed in the past.” The Cuban flag was hoisted over Havana’s embassy in the US, known only as the Cuban Interests Section prior to the formal resumption of diplomatic relations on Monday. DW TV’s correspondent in Washington, Richard Walker,...
  • Hundreds Arrested on Eve of Embassy Opening in Cuba

    07/17/2015 4:38:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    pan am post ^ | 7/16/15 | Belen Marty
    Just days away from the historic reopening of the US embassy in Havana, the Cuban regime shows no sign of slowing down on the number of human-rights activists they arrest. On Sunday, July 12, Cuban police detained at least 120 dissidents, including 40 members of the Ladies in White, while a protest in solidarity took place in Miami. For 13 consecutive Sundays, Cuban authorities have arrested members of the Ladies in White dissident group either before or after traditional mass at the Santa Rita church in Havana. Last Sunday, the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) arrested the group’s leader, Berta Soler,...
  • 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...
  • Security Guard at U.S. Embassy in Egypt Arrested as a Terrorist

    06/11/2015 8:40:54 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 6-11-2015 | Pamela Geller
    Exemplar of the Obama administration – a US embassy hire, is ….. a terrorist. This is hardly the first time. Just like the “security force” the Obama administration hired to “protect” the consulate in Benghazi. They were savage jihadists, too. Now imagine this – the Obama administration is importing hundreds of thousands of Muslims –“refugees”– from this war torn region. If this is how the treasonous administration vets security personnel, what hope do Americans have that these “refugees’ have been properly vetted? None. On the contrary … “Security Guard at U.S. Embassy in Egypt Arrested as a Terrorist”, OODA Analyst,...
  • Obama invokes waiver postponing US embassy relocation to Jerusalem

    06/03/2015 2:25:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 6/3/15
    US President Barack Obama invoked a waiver on Wednesday postponing the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem for at least another six months. Despite Congressional legislation mandating that the US move its mission to the Israeli capital, successive administrations dating back to the Clinton regime have used presidential authority to postpone implementation of the law by citing “national security interests.” Jerusalem is not recognized as Israel’s capital, and the international community’s position is that its status is to be negotiated in talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel's annexation of the eastern half of the capital is also not...
  • Hijacker "Given Anthrax Flask By Iraqi Agent"

    10/27/2001 10:27:09 PM PDT · by Fulbright · 30 replies · 821+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/27/01 | Daniel McGrory
    INTELLIGENCE agents from Prague to Swansea are uncovering a trail of clues that point to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq having a hand in al-Qaeda’s terrorist missions. Iraqi ministers have spent the week protesting Baghdad’s innocence to the United Nations, but will not say why some of its diplomats who met Mohammed Atta, one of the suspected September 11 hijackers, disappeared from their European posts after that date. Nor will Baghdad explain why Saddam’s agents were spotted at various times this year with Atta in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic. Many in the Pentagon are sure Saddam ...