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  • Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

    08/10/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 6, 2014 1:51pm EDT | (Sabine Siebold, Maggie Fick)
    Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilize the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday. […] Egypt, which was not involved in the negotiation of the 2005 agreement, has repeatedly shut the Rafah border over the past year, significantly increasing pressure on Gazans, who already face a rigid land and sea blockade imposed by Israel. […] Egypt wants any discussion over Rafah to take place bilaterally with the Palestinian Authority, rather than as part of any deal between the Palestinians and Israel to...
  • iran Sanction Revised?

    08/16/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    US Treasury ^ | 7-19-2016 | Valerie Jarret?
    On July 19, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton) and Iran affirmed that they will continue to implement the commitments described in the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and the U.S. government has extended through November 24, 2014, the sanctions relief provided for in the JPOA. This extended relief comes into effect on July 21, 2014. The following documents are key components of the implementation of the JPOA as extended. Guidance Relating to the Provision Of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint...
  • Will Erdogan's Presidency End NATO As We Know It?

    08/11/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Allies: With all the disconcerting things going on in the Mideast, you could be forgiven for missing an event critically important to America's long-term interests: Recep Erdogan's election as president of Turkey. Erdogan's 52% victory over the weekend in a stage-managed election, making him the nation's first directly elected president, heralds a new era of conflict in the Mideast and perhaps the end of NATO as we know it. Turkey has for decades been a key ally to the U.S. and NATO in the Mideast, an anchor in the Cold War against the USSR and friendly toward Israel as the...
  • This time, Iraq should be broken up

    08/12/2014 6:15:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08/12/2014 | Andrew Lilico
    We must go back into Iraq. Then when we leave, we must not leave an Iraq. In the immediate aftermath of the 2003 invasion, there were two strategic errors. The first was when the Americans took down the US flag in Baghdad. In some American stores the sign says: "If you break it, you own it." We broke Iraq, but then we refused to own it – we refused to raise our flag and say: "It's our responsibility now if your power doesn't work or someone tries to rob you." The second great error is the one that's really coming...
  • EU Offers to Take Charge of Gaza Border Crossings

    08/16/2014 10:00:00 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-16-14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The European Union (EU) on Friday offered to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, according to The Associated Press (AP). The EU is prepared "to play a strong role" in managing the crossings while assuring that Israel's security is guaranteed, said the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. The EU offered to reactivate and extend its monitoring of the Rafiah crossing with Egypt and other border posts, provided there will be a UN Security Council mandate for the mission and a sustainable cease-fire in place, according to AP. In addition, the EU...
  • Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance

    08/15/2014 4:14:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 15, 2014 5:54 AM EDT | Lori Hinnant and Juergen Baetz
    France’s decision this week to arm Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic militants marked a turning point in Europe’s wavering stance on Iraq, with an EU emergency meeting on Friday seeking to forge a unified response to the Sunni insurgents’ advance. The 2003 U.S.-led Iraq invasion created a bitter rift across the European Union and the bloc has since been loath to get involved in the country, but the militants in Iraq and Syria who threaten to reshape the Middle East have raised the stakes by drawing more than 1,500 European radicals to their ranks. After weeks of near-silence...
  • Iraq crisis: US asks Europe to supply weapons to Kurdish forces, Islamic State fighters gather

    08/14/2014 12:43:10 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    ABC.net ^ | 15 Aug 2014, 12:50am
    The United States has asked European countries to supply arms and ammunition to Kurdish forces fighting jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, signalling a widening of the international role in the conflict. The US has requested the arms in telephone calls with several European countries, seeking help for Peshmerga fighters of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region who are outgunned by IS militants. Several European countries have announced plans to send arms or ammunition, with France saying it will supply arms in response to a request from Iraq's Kurdish leadership.
  • U.N. Security Council blacklists ISIS [EU Vote Unanimous For Arming Kurds]

    08/15/2014 12:35:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya (With AFP and Reuters) ^ | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Staff writer, Al Arabiya News
    The United Nations Security Council took aim at Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, blacklisting six people including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) spokesman and threatening sanctions against those who finance, recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken ISIS and al Qaeda's Syrian wing Nusra Front, Reuters reported. ISIS has long been blacklisted by the Security Council, while Nusra Front was added earlier this year. Both groups are designated under the U.N. al Qaeda sanctions regime. EU ministers agreed Friday to back the arming...
  • Why the Tories have picked the wrong man to take on Farage

    08/16/2014 8:40:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    New Statesman ^ | August 15, 2014 | George Eaton
    Rather than choosing a former Ukip leader as their candidate in South Thanet, the party should have selected a liberal figure capable of winning tactical votes. With a whimper, rather than a bang, Nigel Farage has confirmed that he is standing for selection as Ukip's candidate in South Thanet. Farage finished fourth when he stood in the Tory-held seat in 2005, and only managed third place when he ran in John Bercow's Buckingham constituency in 2010, but he is right to believe he can improve on both of these performances. A recent Lord Ashcroft poll put Ukip in first place...
  • Hamas spokesperson: We deported foreign journalists for filming missile launches

    08/15/2014 6:37:16 AM PDT · by Freeport · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/15/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Hamas spokesperson Isra Al-Mudallal, said in a TV interview on Friday that journalists who filmed “places from where missiles were launched” were forced by security personnel to stop or leave the Gaza Strip. According to a new report by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute, Mudallal, told the Lebanese TV station Mayadeen TV by Skype that some journalists “would focus on filming the places from where missiles were launched.” “Thus, they were collaborating with the occupation,” said Mudallal, the head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry. “These journalists were deported from the Gaza Strip. The security agencies...
  • Hamas Admits Harassing, Deporting Journalists Who Filmed Rockets

    08/15/2014 10:51:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 8/15/2014, 4:14 PM | Ari Soffer
    In a remarkably candid interview on Lebanese TV, the head of foreign relations at Hamas’s Information Ministry in Gaza explained how harassment, interrogations and deportations were used to ensure that journalists reporting from Gaza during Operation Protective Edge stuck to Hamas’s official line and did not report “the Israeli narrative”. […] Foreign journalists have regularly complained of being harassed by Hamas authorities in Gaza, directly leading to biased coverage in favor of Islamist terrorists and against Israel. …
  • German secret service ‘spied on Clinton’: report (i.e. Hillary while SecState)

    08/16/2014 1:54:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Aug 2014 10:03 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The German secret service listened in on at least one of Hillary Clinton’s telephone calls when she was US secretary of state, German media reported Friday. The Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) daily and regional public broadcasters NDR and WDR said documents passed to the CIA by one of its moles inside German intelligence show it eavesdropped on Clinton while she was on a US government plane. […] According to the reports, the Clinton intercept was “not an isolated case”, with the German government apparently giving permission for “spying on a NATO partner”, although it was unclear which of its allies was...
  • US drones strike Iraq militant mortar team

    08/16/2014 6:08:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 12, 2014 | AFP
    US drones fired on an Islamic extremist mortar position in northern Iraq on Tuesday to protect Kurdish forces battling to rescue a group of Yazidi civilian refugees, the military said. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the region's most powerful Sunni jihadist group, has driven thousands of members of the Yazidi minority from their homes and is besieging the refugees on an exposed mountain. Last week, the United States launched an air campaign to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, bring humanitarian relief to the Yazidis and support Kurdish troops protecting their capital Arbil. "US military...
  • European court condemns UK again over prisoner vote ban

    08/12/2014 7:44:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    EUbusiness ^ | 12 August 2014, 12:42 CET | (AFP)
    The European Court of Human Rights condemned Britain once again on Tuesday for banning prisoners from voting, while ruling that inmates who challenged the ban were not entitled to any compensation. The Strasbourg court recognized moves to change the law in Britain, but said the blanket ban remained and was still in breach of the right to free elections enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights. The case was brought by 10 prisoners who were automatically banned from voting in elections to the European Parliament in 2009 because of their incarceration. …
  • It’s official: Last EU election had lowest-ever turnout

    08/10/2014 11:00:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 08/07/2014
    The May 2014 EU election saw the lowest voter turnout on record, according to updated figures discreetly released by the European Parliament during the summer holiday period for EU institutions. The updated numbers, published on the Parliament website, show that turnout struggled to reach 42.54% in 2014, well below the 43.1% initially announced. Diplomatic pencils will be being snapped in despair at the lowest public enthusiasm for an EU poll since 1979, when elections were first held. The tweaked figures will also come as an embarrassment for EU officials who had hailed the results of the 2014 poll for finally...
  • Russian rouble close to all-time low over Ukraine fears

    08/10/2014 11:48:48 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Jason Bush and Vladimir Abramov
    The rouble ended the week close to an all-time low following Moscow's decision to ban most food imports from the West in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine and warnings from NATO that Russia appeared ready to invade its neighbour. Analysts said any positive impact on Russia's balance of payments from Thursday's ban was outweighed by an investor exodus due to the conflict since mid-April between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in eastern Ukraine. "The markets are preparing for the worst based on what's going on in east Ukraine, where the fighting continues, no one wants to agree with anyone and...
  • Will NATO's Turkey join Russia, or Muslim Militants, as Obama's "Pen and Phone" Military weakens?

    08/08/2014 8:04:04 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 11 replies
    Graewoulf | August 8, 2014 | Graewoulf
    As the well-coordinated, Russian and Militant Muslim giant military pincer maneuver continues to rapidly succeed for control of the Eastern Mediterranean formerly Sovereign Nations, will NATO's Turkey soon have to decide if Obama's failed "Pen and Phone, Whack-a-Mole" Military Exceptionalism, is better or worse than Putin or ISIS? Control of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Suez Canal by Russia's Navy would allow the free flow of Muslim Militant's Oil to the Russian-controlled Ukraine Oil Pipelines to Europe, at a mutually beneficial price to Putin and ISIS, of course.
  • Poland asks US to import apples banned by Russia

    08/10/2014 5:03:40 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/89/2014 | AFP
    Poland has asked the United States to open its market quickly to Polish apples banned by Russia in a sanctions war over the crisis in Ukraine. Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, said he had met Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, about the steps needed to open up the US market, the Polish press agency PAP reported. "We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," Schnepf was quoted as saying. "He told us to begin the procedure. We have a new meeting planned for August 18 with the heads of...
  • Turkey says no Turkish military strike against IS

    08/09/2014 7:57:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 8/9/2014
    Turkey's defense minister on Saturday ruled out a Turkish military intervention against Islamic State fighters in Iraq, and said his country was not involved in U.S. airstrikes against the extremists near the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil. Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz told reporters central Anatolian province of Sivas that his country had not provided "any support to the U.S. so far." He cited Turkey's responsibility toward 49 Turkish citizens taken hostage by the IS from the Turkish consulate in Mosul in June. The hostages include diplomatic staff, special forces police and children. Due to this, Yilmaz said, "it is impossible...
  • Exxon drilling in Russian Arctic shows sanctions on oil lack bite

    08/08/2014 8:16:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | 8-8-2014
    On Saturday, Exxon Mobil starts drilling a $700 million well in the Arctic Ocean, showing that for all the talk of action against Vladimir Putin’s oil industry, the largest U.S. energy company is undeterred. As Russia’s relations with Europe and the U.S. deteriorated to the lowest point since the Cold War over the conflict in Ukraine, the European Union imposed a third round of sanctions last week, restricting the export of equipment used for offshore oil production. That doesn’t affect Exxon’s plans because the contract to hire the rig was signed before the measures were announced. Developing the Arctic is...
  • How to Fix It: Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor

    08/05/2014 5:38:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 08/05/2014 | Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson
    Israelis and Palestinians are still burying their loved ones as Gaza's third war in six years continues. Since July 8, when this war began, more than 1,600 Palestinian and 65 Israeli lives have been sacrificed. Many in the world are heartbroken in the powerless certainty that more will die, that more are being killed every hour. This tragedy results from the deliberate obstruction of a promising move toward peace in the region, when a reconciliation agreement among the Palestinian factions was announced in April. This was a major concession by Hamas, in opening Gaza to joint control under a technocratic...
  • Hungary: Fascists Stage Mock 'Hanging' of Israeli Leaders

    08/05/2014 3:59:04 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-5-14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Israel's ambassador to Hungary demanded a government inquiry on Tuesday into a public hanging of effigies of Israeli leaders staged by a town mayor linked to the far-right Jobbik party. Mihaly Zoltan Orosz, mayor of Erpatak, was filmed ordering the hanging of effigies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former president Shimon Peres in protest against the Gaza conflict on Sunday. "Israel's leadership is in the service of the Antichrist," Orosz can be heard telling onlookers in a video available online. "The government of Hungary must act now in order to stop these very dangerous acts," Ilan Mor, Israel's...
  • Lancet: a Home for Evil's Useful Idiots

    08/05/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Two weeks ago, the British medical journal, Lancet, considered to be one of the world's leading medical publications, published "An open letter for the people in Gaza." Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and three from the United Kingdom), the letter had virtually nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it was a grotesque attack on Israel. Some excerpts: "We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression." "Israel's behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. We challenge the perversity...
  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    07/29/2014 8:33:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 27, 2014 | Dr. Afshine Emrani
    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext). The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community. The publication of an extremely biased one-sided analysis of such a complex situation is outrageous and full of lies. The authors (who deceitfully disclosed no conflict of interest) are members of biased pro-Palestinian groups who are hostile to Israel. And while individuals are definitely entitled to their opinions, hiding behind an MD degree does not entitle one to defame under the pretense of a publication in a...
  • The Poisoned Lancet: The once-respected medical journal harbors anti-Israel extremists.

    08/05/2014 5:22:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/05/2014 | Dennis Prager
    Two weeks ago, the British medical journal Lancet, considered to be one of the world’s leading medical publications, published “An open letter for the people in Gaza.” Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and three from the UK), the letter had virtually nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it was a grotesque attack on Israel. Some excerpts: “We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression.” “Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts.” “We challenge the perversity of a...
  • Prominent Brit medical journal will no longer publish letters from 'Israeli academics'

    08/05/2014 8:22:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/05/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Lancet was once one of the world’s premier medical journals, but it has been captured by anti-Israel extremists, who are now banning letters of rejoinder from Israeli academics.  This is part of an effort to isolate and ultimate strangle Israel through capture of world institutions of information, science, culture, finance, and trade. The general model used is the effort to topple the apartheid regime in South Africa.  But this time around, instead of support for the values of democracy, human equality, human rights, andn tolerance, the activists are supporting a murderous, intolerant, woman- and homosexual-hating regime that seeks to...
  • Italy Expels Muslim Cleric Who Called to 'Kill Jews'

    08/05/2014 4:02:22 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-5-14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Italy said Tuesday it is expelling a Moroccan imam caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel's offensive against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, as reported by Arutz Sheva Monday. The cleric was filmed during a Friday sermon in a mosque near Venice last month calling for Jews to be killed "one by one", according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which published the video on its website. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the expulsion of Raoudi Aldelbar "for seriously disturbing public order, being a danger to national security and for religious discrimination," after experts...
  • British Muslim Minister Quits over Gaza Policy

    08/05/2014 4:03:33 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/14
    A British minister who was the first Muslim woman to sit in the Cabinet has resigned over the British government's policy on Gaza, she said Tuesday. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a minister at the Foreign Office and minister for faith and communities, wrote on Twitter: "With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza." Warsi's parents were Pakistani immigrants and she was made a member of the House of Lords in 2007. She was appointed to Cameron's Cabinet when his coalition government took power in...
  • UK Muslim Cabinet member quits over Gaza policies (Cameron's Conservative Paki Poster Girl gone)

    08/05/2014 10:27:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/5/14 | Danica Kirka - ap
    LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s first female Muslim Cabinet member resigned Tuesday in protest of the British government's policies on Gaza, describing the approach as "morally indefensible" and detrimental to the national interest. Sayeeda Warsi, a Foreign Office minister of Pakistani descent, announced her departure on her Twitter feed. The move apparently took Downing Street off guard, and loaded more pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron, who is under fire by the opposition and members of his own party for his staunch support of Israel.
  • France Turns On Israel: ‘Security Does Not Justify Massacre’

    08/05/2014 11:30:45 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    Conservative Post ^ | 8/4/14 | Ronak Kallainpur
    PARIS: Israel’s right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday, as he called for a political solution to be “imposed” by the international community. “How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?” Fabius said in a statement. “The tradition of friendship between Israel and France is an old one and Israel’s right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians.” The statement comes amid global outrage over an Israeli strike next...
  • Spain halts weapons sales to Israel

    08/05/2014 5:22:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 5, 2014, 2:37 pm | (Times of Israel Staff)
    Spain temporarily halted all arms sales to Israel in the wake of the IDF’s operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Spanish daily El Pais reported Tuesday. The move will be reviewed in September, and is considered to be largely symbolic. Spain sold Israel €4.9 million ($6.56 million) worth of arms in 2013, including vehicle parts, ATVs, grenade fuses, and optical systems. …
  • Swedish Politician Quits Following Anti-Semitic Facebook Post (religion of peace again)

    08/06/2014 9:38:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 8/7/2014, 5:45 AM | Elad Benari
    A Swedish politician resigned following sharp criticism after he wrote on Facebook that “Jewish pigs” are responsible for mass murders in Gaza, according to the English language Swedish website The Local.Omar Omeirat, Social Democrat candidate for the town council of Filipstad, central Sweden, gave a speech in the town on Friday evening advocating diversity and openness. On Saturday he sang a very different tune. “The entire Muslim world is sitting and watching while our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs,” Omeritat wrote on his Facebook page, according to The Local. “May Allah strengthen those who...
  • German approval for Gaza mission

    08/07/2014 10:58:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08/07/2014 | Mathias Bölinger / Nina Haase
    Politicians from various parties can imagine Germany participating in a mission to control the Rafah checkpoint between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. “I personally believe that it’s our duty, and that we must not turn a blind eye to what’s going on,” said Reinhold Robbe, the chairman of the German-Israeli community and a former parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces. “Germany has a special responsibility because of its history.” […] “Together with our European partners, we are ready to make a contribution, for example with an EU monitoring mission of the border crossing,” (Foreign Affairs minister Frank-Walter) Steinmeier told Bild....
  • ‘Hitler Was Right!’

    08/05/2014 8:44:01 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/5/2014 | Rich Lowry
    With Europe’s Muslim 'immigrants' come ancient hatreds and a revival of anti-Semitism. The Bergische Synagogue in the German town of Wuppertal has a history with arson. The nearly 120-year-old synagogue was burned down during Kristallnacht in 1938. Rebuilt after World War II, it was targeted again about a week ago by arsonists who threw Molotov cocktails at the house of worship (although, thankfully, they failed to set it aflame). Welcome to the New Europe, where the street thugs have learned a lot from the Old Europe. Their protests of the Gaza War during the past few weeks haven’t been anti-Israel...
  • UK Israel Activists Stage 'Siren Flash Mob' in Trafalgar Square

    08/03/2014 2:35:11 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-3-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Activists in the UK found a creative way to raise awareness for the plight of Israelis, holding a "siren flash mob" in London's Trafalgar Square "to show the public what it's like to live under rocket fire." A similar demonstration was held in Vienna last month. Both flash mobs sought to draw attention to how many Israelis have as little as 15 seconds to run to bomb shelters
  • Obama: 'Russia Doesn't Make Anything'

    08/03/2014 3:52:58 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 82 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 03 2014 | Roberta Rampton, Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that "doesn't make anything" and said in an interview with the Economist magazine that the West needs to be "pretty firm" with China as Beijingpushes to expand its role in the world economy. Obama has tried to focus U.S. foreign policy on Asia, a response to China's economic and military might. But for months, that "pivot" has been overshadowed by a flurry of international crises, including Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russia is the world's third-largest oil producer and second-largest natural gas producer. Europe relies heavily on...
  • UK Union Leader Backs Pro-Putin Rebels in Ukraine

    08/03/2014 11:12:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | NICK HALLETT
    The chief-of-staff of Britain’s biggest trade union has launched a group supporting pro-Putin separatists in Ukraine. Andrew Murray, who is one of the most powerful figures in the Unite union, spoke at the inaugural meeting of campaign group Solidarity with the Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU), in which he branded the Western-backed Kiev government as "fascist" and derided Prince Charles for comparing Putin to Hitler. The Mail on Sunday reports that Mr Murray, who was introduced as representing the Communist Party of Britain, rather than the Unite union, added: "We have to take a stand here in Britain, which is...
  • Flanagan: No plans to expel Israeli ambassador

    07/31/2014 2:48:21 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 10 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | July 31 2014 | Staff Report
    The Foreign Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan has said he has no plans to expel Israel's ambassadorto Ireland. Minister Flanagan said Ireland's foreign policy had always been based on dialogue, which could not happen if ambassadors were not present. He was facing calls in the Seanad for Ireland to expel Israeli ambassador Boaz Modai over Israel's actions against Palestinians in Gaza. Minister Flanagan said expelling the ambassador would only mean more difficulties for Ireland. "The corollary of course would be the recall or expulsion of our own ambassador in Israel and the crippling of our own embassy in Tel Aviv," he...
  • Second Man Arrested After Synagogue Attack

    07/30/2014 7:40:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2014
    Police arrested a second suspect on Wednesday in connection with an attempted arson attack in which Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in western Germany. Another man who said he was Palestinian has denied involvement. Prosecutors in Wuppertal said they had arrested a 19-year-old from Syria on Wednesday in connection with the Molotov cocktail attack on the city's Bergische synagogue in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Police believe three young men threw a number of burning bottles into the synagogue entrance-way in an apparent attempt to burn it down. Officers found broken bottles on the ground at the...
  • (Javier) Bardem, (Penelope) Cruz Denounce Israeli ‘Genocide’

    07/29/2014 9:45:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Staff
    Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Pedro Almodovar, and other members of the Spanish film industry sent a public letter to the European Union on Tuesday denouncing Israel for “genocide.” Dozens of Spanish actors, writers, musicians, directors, and other entertainment representatives asked the EU to “condemn the bombing by land, sea, and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip.”
  • Islamic State Stages Victory Rally in Europe: The Flag of Jihad Flies Over the Hague

    07/29/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/29/14 | Pamela Geller
    "The symbol of the murderous Islamic State is waving in The Hague. ‘Death to the Jews,’ shout the demonstrators. Yet the Dutch government authorized the protests. “Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known." Proving yet again what I have been saying for months, years --Europe once again is embracing madness and evil as its central unifying characteristic – only this time it’s under “Palestinianism,” not Nazis
  • 'We are looking at the beginnings of a Holocaust'

    07/28/2014 3:32:00 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 66 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 28 July 14 | By SAM SOKOL
    The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs and foreign diplomats at a special session of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee on Monday. Calling the rise in anti-Semitic incidents accompanying Israel’s invasion of Gaza an “SOS situation,” Sloutsker warned that if left unchecked, such behavior could lead to another European genocide. “Never before since the Holocaust, have we seen such a situation as today,” he said, referring to the continent-wide demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists, a number of which have generated into violence and many of which have...
  • Turkey to send another jihad flotilla to Gaza, this time with troops

    07/26/2014 6:19:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 96 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/26/2014 | Robert Spencer
    The people on the Mavi Marmara flotilla were genocidal Jew-hating jihadis, as you can see in the second video above: they were chanting a jihad war cry recalling Muhammad’s massacre of the Jews of Arabia: “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.” See the photos here of their weapons.And now Turkish troops will be accompanying a new jihad flotilla to Gaza. Will they attack Israeli troops?“Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza,” Middle East Monitor, July 26, 2014: The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a “Freedom Flotilla II” which will carry humanitarian aid...
  • European Court: Gay Marriage is not a Human Right

    07/25/2014 7:48:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 7/25/14 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    The highest human rights court in Europe shattered hopes that it would judicially impose same-sex marriage when it told a male to female transsexual and his wife that a civil union should be good enough for them. European human rights law does not require countries to “grant access to marriage to same-sex couples,” according to a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in a case that tests the remote boundaries of possibility in law and fact. The parties to the litigation and supporters of same-sex marriage acknowledge the result was predictable. Nevertheless the judgment has a devastating effect...
  • 1,000 in Pro-Israel Rally in Helsinki

    07/25/2014 1:03:12 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25 July 2014
    More than 1,000 people took part, Thursday, in a pro-Israel rally in front of the Finnish parliament building in Helsinki.
  • Tenth Lesson of the Gaza War: Obama Doesn’t Want to Disarm Hamas

    07/25/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    There is a growing consensus in the United States and around the world that the way to end the Israel-Gaza war is to disarm Hamas. President Obama seems to be the only hold-out. On July 24, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to make the disarming of Hamas a central part of any cease-fire proposal. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, is spearheading this effort together with Democratic Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on July 15 to...
  • Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

    07/24/2014 10:48:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in...
  • EU calls on Hamas to disarm, condemns use of civilians as shields [Israel]

    07/22/2014 12:07:05 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Herb Keinon
    Jerusalem hails European condemnation of Hamas violence; EU condemns rocket fire, calls for renunciation of violence. Israel received a strong back-wind from an unlikely source on Tuesday, when the EU issued a statement strongly denouncing Hamas and condemning their use of civilians as human shields. The EU's foreign ministers, following a monthly meeting in Brussels, issued a statement on the Middle East condemning “the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts.” The statement also called on Hamas to immediately put an end to...
  • EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

    07/22/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence. The official statement read: "The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields."
  • EU defends Israel’s Gaza incursion (but…)

    07/22/2014 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 20:14 | Andrew Rettman
    EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term. Foreign ministers in a joint statement on Tuesday (22 July) said they are “appalled by the human cost” of some parts of “the Israeli military operation”, which has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians. But they “recognized Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself”, while blaming Hamas, the militant group which rules Gaza, for “indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel”, in what they described as “criminal and unjustifiable acts”. They also gave credence to Israeli claims that Hamas is urging civilians...