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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration

    08/20/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 20, 2014 | By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his...
  • Foreign Spy Hoodoo Aims to Chill Internet Discussion in China

    08/20/2014 1:41:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-08-20
    A number of "espionage" activities have been reported in China recently, including a Canadian missionary couple who were investigated by the bureau of state security in Dandong in Liaoning province on the border with North Korea; a college graduate in Harbin in Heilongjiang province investigated for collecting confidential information for "offshore intelligence operatives," and a Guangdong citizen surnamed Li who was given 10 years in prison for having college students collect confidential military information in return for rewards ranging from several hundred to thousands of yuan per item, before passing the information to foreign intelligence units. The high-profile publicity these...
  • Saudi grand mufti denounces ISIS [highest religious authority in the country]

    08/20/2014 12:54:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said Tuesday that the militant groups Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith. Although the mufti and other senior Saudi preachers have condemned ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other groups before, the timing of Sheikh's statement is significant given the gains by militants in Iraq. "Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilization, are not in any way part of Islam, but...
  • The Truth About the MiG-29 (How U.S. intelligence services solved the mystery of a cold war killer)

    08/20/2014 12:46:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | SEPTEMBER 2014 | John Sotham
    The MiG-29 Fulcrum outside the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has a hornet’s nest growing in its nose. Its tires, lifted off the ground by stands, are split and shredded. Bird droppings drool off its radome. The aircraft gives the impression of a war prize displayed like a head on a stake. In a way, it is a war prize, taken in the winning of the cold war. It’s one of 17 MiG-29s the U.S. government purchased from the former Soviet state of Moldova in 1997, a deal that kept the jets from...
  • One Cheer for Pope Francis on the Middle East

    08/20/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/20/2014 | Lee Smith
    Yesterday Pope Francis endorsed military action to stop the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) from persecuting religious minorities, especially Christians and Yazidis, in Iraq. The pope’s statement is to be welcomed—albeit with serious reservations. As various experts noted, the Vatican is typically opposed to any sort of military action. James Bretzke, a priest and professor of moral theology at Boston College, told USA Today that “popes in recent history have all lined up against any military intervention, including World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and, most recently, the U.S. invasion of Iraq...
  • Obama vows to punish ISIS for beheading of American journalist James Foley

    08/20/2014 12:36:31 PM PDT · by upchuck · 76 replies
    dailymail ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | David Martosko
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. won't back down from ISIS, the militant terror group that released a video Tuesday showing one of its militants beheading and American photojournalist. 'Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL,' said Obama, calling the group by the White House's preferred name. 'No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day,' he said. 'ISIL speaks for no religion,' he said, aiming his words at the Islamist faction that claims to have established a...
  • Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault - The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin

    08/20/2014 12:28:48 PM PDT · by DTA · 23 replies
    The Foreign Affairs ^ | October 2014 | JOHN J. MEARSHEIMER
    Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin Foreign Affairs September/October 2014 By John J. Mearsheimer JOHN J. MEARSHEIMER is R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin, the argument goes, annexed Crimea out of a long-standing desire to resuscitate the Soviet empire, and he may eventually go after the rest of Ukraine, as well as other countries in eastern Europe. In this view, the...
  • Some Commanders of Insurgency in Iraq Retreat to Syria

    08/20/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 3:12 p.m. ET | Nour Malas
    ERBIL, Iraq—U.S. airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group Islamic State from northern Iraq across the border into Syria, Iraqi officials say. The retreat into eastern Syria, where Islamic State has built up an operational base amid the chaos of civil war over the past few years, doesn't reflect a broader exodus by the group, which continues to solidify its grip on Iraqi territory under its control, these officials said. But it does illustrate a scramble in the leadership ranks of the group, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, in the immediate aftermath of the U.S....
  • Chaos In Kerch: Russia Struggles To Ferry Tourists To Crimea

    08/20/2014 12:10:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    rferl.org ^ | August 20, 2014
    Since annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, the Kremlin has said it is Russians' patriotic duty to spend their summer holidays at the peninsula's resorts. But Russian tourists taking up the call have found that actually getting to Crimea for their Black Sea vacations is no easy task. With the tourist season hitting its peak, thousands of Crimea-bound vehicles have been forced to wait in line for as long as 40 hours for the ferry crossing the Kerch Strait, the only point -- other than by air -- where Russians can cross into Crimea. According to Russia's transport authorities, at...
  • U.S. military mulls sending about 300 more troops to Iraq as airstrikes continue

    08/20/2014 11:59:36 AM PDT · by sunmars · 35 replies
    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad. A senior U.S. official says the number of troops currently under discussion would be fewer than 300, but there has been no final decision yet by Pentagon leaders. The talks come as American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday when Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.
  • Rand Paul’s Russian Connection

    08/20/2014 11:49:23 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    freebeacon.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Alana Goodman
    Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) has named as one of his key foreign policy advisers a controversial Russia policy expert with deep ties to the Kremlin. Dimitri Simes, the president of the Center for the National Interest, and Ambassador Richard Burt, a member of the Center’s board of directors, are recent additions to Paul’s foreign policy advisory team, the senator told National Journal earlier this year. For years, Simes and the center have provided a sympathetic platform for the Russian government in the heart of the D.C. policy establishment. Its ties to Moscow extend throughout the organization. The advisory council...
  • U.S. military considering sending more troops to Iraq

    08/20/2014 11:31:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via mynews13.com ^ | Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:18 PM | Lolita C. Baldor, Lara Jakes
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad. A senior U.S. official says the number of troops currently under discussion would be fewer than 300, but there has been no final decision yet by Pentagon leaders. The talks come as American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday when Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks. A U.S. official says the strikes came in the hours after militants...
  • Sierra Leone News: No health worker will die of Ebola again-WHO Coordinator

    08/20/2014 11:17:47 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 21 replies
    Awoko ^ | Tuesday August 19, 2014 | Saffa Moriba
    Sierra Leone News: No health worker will die of Ebola again-WHO Coordinator The WHO Coordinator in Kenema district has declared that no health worker will die in the country again because of Ebola infection. Dr. Jackson Amone said his declaration comes against the backdrop of modalities being put in place to protect health workers. “We are sure of their protection this time round; we have educated them adequately on what to do which is insurance for them,” the Ugandan born doctor stated. Dr. Amone was addressing the media at a press briefing held at the Unicef regional office in Kenema....
  • Top Saudi Cleric Calls for Code of Conduct to Curb Violence

    08/20/2014 11:05:32 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Reuters Via Yahoo News ^ | August 20, 2014 | Staff
    A top Saudi Muslim cleric called on Friday for a global code of conduct for leaders, scholars and young people to halt a further slide into violence and "terror" in the Middle East. The U.S.-allied kingdom has grown increasingly alarmed since militants from an offshoot of al Qaeda captured large areas of neighboring Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate. At his Friday sermon in Mecca, the imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Sudais, decried "mass massacres against humanity" in Gaza, Syria and Iraq.
  • President Obama’s Motorcade Heads To Golf Course Following Foley Statement

    08/20/2014 10:49:52 AM PDT · by McGruff · 44 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | 8/20/2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    After delivering an ardent statement on the execution of James Foley by ISIS militants, President Obama’s motorcade returned to the golf course on Martha’s Vineyard. “The president walked quietly into the cafeteria of the school, tieless but wearing a blue jacket,” read the latest White House press pool report. “Eric Schultz accompanied him. Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks, then turned quietly and walked out of the room. The room was silent as he did. “Afterward, the motorcade drove to the Vineyard Golf Club.” According to the pool, former NBA star Alonzo Mourning‎, Glenn Hutchins, and Cy...
  • The Enemy Knows We’re In A World War, But We Don’t

    08/20/2014 10:48:46 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Christopher Holton
    With the emergence over the past 18 months of the Islamic State (IS), the West, led by the U.S., now finds itself in a world war, whether we want to believe it or not. The Islamic State is not simply an Iraqi problem or a Syrian problem. IS has metastasized into a worldwide organization with 20,000 recruits from Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, the U.S., Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Germany. Even worse, Jihadists from Boko Haram in Nigeria, Abu Sayyef in the Philippines, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Northwest Africa and...
  • ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy

    08/20/2014 10:44:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-20-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a Trojan horse to infiltrate military supplies to pro-Russian separatists in the area. Moscow says the mission is purely humanitarian in support of civilians trapped by the conflict. "An advance ICRC team crossed into eastern Ukraine this morning, having received security guarantees from groups controlling the territory for this...
  • Obama: ‘ISIL Speaks for No Religion,’ Global Effort Should ‘Extract This Cancer (shortened)

    08/20/2014 10:29:07 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 69 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 8-20-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama condemned the beheading of journalist James Foley and ISIS in a strongly worded statement to reporters moments ago, but didn’t offer specifics on how the U.S. would react policy-wise to ISIS killing Americans. “Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away,” Obama said from Martha’s Vineyard. (snip) “Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages, killing...
  • WH reportedly knew of ISIS threat to kill Foley and Obama was doing this [photo]

    08/20/2014 10:23:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 26 replies
    twitchy ^ | 8/20/14 | Twitchy Staff
    Yes. As Twitchy readers know, ABC is reporting that the Obama administration knew of a recent ISIS threat to kill journalist James Foley. What did Obama do? This photo sums it up:
  • SHOEBAT: Most prominent spiritual leader in Muslim Brotherhood declares Turkey

    08/20/2014 10:20:24 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 8-20-14 | Walid Shoebat
    Walid Shoebat posted this on Sunday and this is big: Listen up folks. The most prominent spiritual leader for the Muslim Brotherhood is none other than Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi and this Sunday he declared that Turkey is where the Caliphate will be established. In an interview with TV Turkia Qaradawi declared that: “We came to Turkey to assess the Fourth Assembly of the Union of Muslim Scholars in Istanbul, capital of the Islamic Caliphate!”
  • “13 Year Old Boy” Killed by Israel Turns Out to be Adult PLO Terrorist

    08/20/2014 10:12:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Those 13-year-olds in Gaza sure grow up fast. Maybe it’s hormones in the milk. Or maybe they haven’t been 13 year olds in this century.Elder of Ziyon notes something rather odd about one 13-year-old boy slain by the brutal Zionist overlords of doom. The Hamas Interior Ministry reported that 13-year old Ibrahim Jamal Kamal Naser was killed on July 19.Here is the shahid poster of “13-year old” Ibrahim Nasser, killed on that same day in that same place, by the Abu Rish Battalions of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades Maybe a really old 13. A 13-year old who has been...
  • Russia Shuts Moscow McDonald's Restaurants

    08/20/2014 10:09:48 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    Sky News ^ | 8/20/2014
    Russia's food safety watchdog has suspended operations at four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over alleged sanitary law breaches.
  • Finding James Foley (Interesting Background)

    08/20/2014 9:53:13 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | May 3, 2013 | Curtis Brainard
    After 162 days with no information about his whereabouts, GlobalPost announced Friday that James Foley, an American journalist who went missing on November 22 in Syria, is almost certainly being held by the Syrian government in a detention center near the capital city of Damascus.... ...GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said: "With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group commonly referred to as the Shabiha and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces. We have obtained multiple independent reports from very credible confidential sources who have...
  • Hamas’ military chief believed to have been killed in airstrike, sources say (Mohammed Deif)

    08/20/2014 9:49:32 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2014
    Hamas' military chief is believed to have been killed in an airstrike in Gaza early Wednesday, Israeli intelligence sources tell Fox News. Israeli officials said Wednesday the country's military targeted Mohammed Deif after militants fired rockets at Israeli cities just hours before a temporary cease-fire was set to expire. The Times of Israel reported that a house believed to be the home of Deif was hit early Wednesday. Dief has escaped numerous Israeli assassination attempts in the past. It was not immediately clear whether he was there at the time of the attack. A Hamas spokesman said Deif was not...
  • Residents riot as police quarantine slum to curb ebola

    08/20/2014 9:43:11 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 9 replies
    news24 ^ | Aug 20, 2014
    Residents riot as police quarantine slum to curb ebola ( Breaking news) Monrovia - Riots broke out in Monrovia after the government quarantined Liberia's biggest slum in an effort to curb the Ebola epidemic, local newspaper Front Page Africa reported on Wednesday. Residents clashed with armed security guards and police officers, who had cordoned off the West Point slum, home to an estimated 75 000 residents. Officers also blocked off the Waterside Market, one of the Liberian capital's key market places, due to its proximity to the slum. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf order the area quarantined after 37 Ebola patients...
  • German minister accuses Qatar of funding Islamic State fighters

    08/20/2014 9:40:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:22am EDT
    (Reuters) - German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. "This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history ... The ISIS troops, the weapons - these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq," Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. "You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar - and how do we deal with these people and states...
  • The Kurds: America’s Greatest Ally in the Middle East

    08/20/2014 9:34:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IVN ^ | 08/19/2014 | Joshua Alvarez
    For all the misgivings Americans may have about the Iraq War — its rationale, its execution, and its aftermath — there is at least one thing of which to be proud: our support of a free, autonomous, and democratic Kurdistan. The story of the Kurds and their steadfast support of an Iraq free from fascism of either the Baathist or Islamist type is one worth telling and retelling. It’s one of uncommon moral clarity. The Kurds are not a monolithic people; there are very real cultural and political differences between Kurds in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran. Nonetheless, they share...
  • 4 Moscow Protesters Trolled Putin Over Ukraine In One Of The Most Powerful Ways Possible

    08/20/2014 9:25:19 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 20 Aug 14 | Unknown
    Four people who climbed a Moscow skyscraper on Wednesday and attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire have been charged with vandalism by Russian police and may face three years in jail. The protesters also managed to paint half a massive yellow star at the top of the spire with blue paint, so it resembled the yellow-and-blue national colors of Ukraine. After the four were arrested, maintenance crews quickly removed the flag from the Stalin-era building, which towers over the Moscow River and houses businesses and apartments, and were starting to remove the blue paint.
  • President Obama is scheduled to make a statement on the ISIS beheading of journalist James Foley

    08/20/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 110 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 8/20/14 | cnn.com
    full title...President Obama is scheduled to make a statement on the ISIS beheading of journalist James Foley at 12:45 p.m ET. banner only
  • Top doctor is Nigeria's fifth Ebola death

    08/20/2014 9:22:12 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 20 replies
    news24 ^ | Aug 20, 2014
    Top doctor is Nigeria's fifth Ebola death Abuja - A senior doctor who treated Nigeria's first Ebola patient has died, taking the death toll in Africa's most populous country to five, health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said on Tuesday. Chukwu said the doctor was "the most senior who participated in the management of the (first Ebola) patient" in the country. Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, aged 40, died in a Lagos hospital on 25 July, five days after arriving at the city's airport visibly unwell on a flight from the Liberian capital, Monrovia. "With this unfortunate development, the total number of Ebola virus-related...
  • Hamas Aims for Israeli Natural Gas Field

    08/20/2014 9:20:22 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-20-14 | Tova Dvorin
    Hamas rockets have not hit an Israeli natural gas field, the IDF stated Wednesday, after the terror group's "military wing" boasted two false hits about 30 kilometer (19 miles) from Gaza. Hamas's Al-Qassam Brigades claimed on its website that two rockets struck the Noa gas installation, which is owned by Nobly Energy and Delek. Israeli authorities denied the claim, however, in statements from both military and corporate sources. "The gas is flowing, business as usual," a spokeswoman for Nobel said in an email to Reuters. Delek has not yet commented on the claims. According to the daily, Noa, in Yam...
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq [ONGOING]

    08/20/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    AP via KOB.com ^ | 08/20/2014 9:52 AM | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded. The official says the airstrikes were in the area of the Mosul Dam and were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the key facility. The strikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the insurgents.
  • Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments

    08/20/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT · by Agog · 21 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 08/19/2014 | Anna Dolgov
    Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted, ITAR-Tass reported. The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has issued a note demanding that its former Soviet-era ally clean up the monument in Sofia's Lozenets district, identify and punish those responsible, and take "exhaustive measures" to prevent similar attacks in the future, the news agency reported Monday.
  • bush in 2006: withdrawal would turn iraq into terrorist state

    08/20/2014 8:48:27 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | August 20, 2014 | JOHN CASARETTO
    During a speech in August of 2006, the Associated Press reports that then-President George W. Bush warned of what now sounds like a premonition of what would happen in Iraq should the U.S. prematurely withdraw our troops, "If we leave Iraq before the job is done, it will create a terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East, a terrorist state much more dangerous than Afghanistan was before we removed the Taliban, a terrorist state with the capacity to fund its activities because of the oil reserves of Iraq." What Bush warned of 8 years ago is exactly what...
  • Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

    08/20/2014 8:45:47 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 3 replies
    Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola Monrovia - Security forces deployed on Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents. Liberia has the highest death toll of the four West African countries affected by the dreaded disease, and its number of cases is rising the fastest. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered the quarantine and imposed a night time curfew on Tuesday, saying that authorities have not been able to curtail the spread of Ebola in the face of defiance of...
  • In Iraq, Obama May Wind Up Vindicating Bush, Incriminating Himself

    08/20/2014 8:45:20 AM PDT · by yoe · 16 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 19, 2014
    Obama has turned a victory into a failure. Check it out: I am constantly amazed at the tendency of some to use the perspective of hindsight to condemn decisions of those who did not possess the supernatural gift of predictive prophecy at the time they made their decisions. So when a friend asked whether I believe that those who supported George W. Bush’s decision to attack Iraq should feel remorse, considering the chaos and genocide occurring there now, I said “no,” with some qualifications. I believe that Bush and his team based their decision to invade Iraq on the best...
  • Sierra Leone's 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

    08/20/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 11 replies
    news24 ^ | Aug 20, 2014
    Sierra Leone's 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer Kenema - It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with just one healer's claims to special powers. The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma. "She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. Cases from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment," Mohamed Vandi, the top medical official in the hard-hit district of Kenema, told AFP. "She got infected...
  • US Companies Can't Protect Citizens? Chinese Hackers Steal 4.5 Million Patients Info

    08/20/2014 7:38:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2014 | BY SAMUEL SMITH
    One of America's largest hospital chains is the latest to fall victim to a group of sophisticated Chinese hackers who compromised 4.5 million patients' data including social security numbers in April and June. The cyber attack is the largest ever reported by a U.S. health care company and should serve as a warning to get more private companies to take their cyber protection more seriously. "Many companies are instituting anti-malware controls to detect malware prior to infection," said Kroll Cyber Investigations Managing Director Timothy P. Ryan in an email interview with The Christian Post. "Other companies are incorporating more robust...
  • Ukraine conflict is draining economy, hampering reforms: PM Yatseniuk

    08/20/2014 7:35:13 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 8/20/2014 | Natalia Zinets
    Ukraine's conflict with separatist rebels is draining the economy by the day and hampering efforts to implement reforms as required by an IMF bailout programme, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday. According to the terms of a $17 billion International Monetary Fund loan package, Ukraine must implement set reforms, but the country, which is virtually bankrupt and running wide external deficits, has had to divert substantial funds in its fight to contain the pro-Russia insurgency.
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed.Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government.He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict...
  • Weak Sauce: Obama White House 'Appalled' By ISIS Beheading of Journalist

    08/20/2014 7:26:17 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Appalled"? Really? Gee, why didn't President Obama go all out and announce that he was "dismayed" by the ISIS beheading of an American journalist. Was "appalled" really the strongest reaction this administration could muster? Apparently, yes. Here was the White House statement: "we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist, and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends." Let's try out a statement that an American president who truly represented our nation's values and interests might have issued: "The search is underway for those who were behind these evil acts. I have directed...
  • Ebola fears slowing tourist flow to Africa

    08/20/2014 7:24:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Joe Brock
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is putting off thousands of tourists who had planned trips to Africa this year, especially Asians, including to destinations thousands of miles from the nearest infected community such as Kenya and South Africa. The bulk of the cancellations are from Asia, which has had its own share of health crises, but visitors from the United States, Brazil and Europe have also scrapped their plans or delayed trips, they said. Besides tourism, Ebola fears are also hitting business travel and investment events in Africa, threatening the continent's image as a rising economic star.
  • Immigrant children may get free legal help

    08/20/2014 7:07:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
    State Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking private law firms to provide free legal help to the wave of Central American children pouring into the state. Harris has called for a sit-down Wednesday in her San Francisco office with attorneys from a dozen firms, as well as with representatives of nonprofits, legal-aid groups and charities. The attorney general's office itself is legally barred from representing the youngsters, so Harris is using her "convening power" to pull together private help. The exact number of unaccompanied children showing up at the California border is hard to come by, but we're told that...
  • North Korea Insults John Kerry Over His Looks

    08/20/2014 6:26:37 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw." North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.
  • White House Knew of Recent ISIS Threat to Kill US Journalist

    08/20/2014 6:12:19 AM PDT · by tje · 35 replies
    ABC Spews ^ | Aug 20, 2014 8:41am | Arlette Saenz
    ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said.
  • Washington Post: Was James Foley’s killer a former Gitmo detainee?

    08/20/2014 6:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    h ^ | 08/20/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The British accent in the video that depicted the despicable and cowardly murder of an American journalist has raised concerns in the UK about the background of the ISIS jihadist. The Washington Post’s report on the butchery includes this nugget that should have Americans thinking twice, too: In an interview with the BBC, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond acknowledged that the apparent executioner spoke with a British accent and said the video seemed to be genuine.Hundreds of Britons are believed to have traveled to Syria to fight in the country’s civil war, including many who have joined the Islamic State.“We’re...
  • Vanity: If radical Islam is a cancer, what is the carcinogen?

    08/20/2014 5:56:36 AM PDT · by magellan · 52 replies
    20 August, 2014 | Self
    The murder of American reporter James Foley, by an apparently British IS Jihadist brings up a question: If Radical Islam is a cancer on the world, what is the carcinogen? What causes this level of radicalism to foment and metastasize? Until this question can be accurately answered, we will not stop it. It has continued to grow faster than we can "cut it out", it has continued to come back even when we excise it, and and will continue to grow faster than we can cut it out.
  • After ISIS Beheading Video, UK’s Cameron Cancels Vacation, Obama Returns to His Vacation [not Obama]

    08/20/2014 5:48:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Jim Geraghty
    ....“U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria..... ... Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening....
  • Sherman in Gaza [VDH]

    08/20/2014 5:31:44 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/20/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    His march through Georgia has been gravely misunderstood ― as has Israel’s strategy in Gaza. William Tecumseh Sherman 150 years ago took Atlanta before heading out on his infamous March to the Sea to make Georgia “howl.” He remains one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures in American military history. Sherman was an attritionist, not an annihilationist — a strategist who believed in attacking the sources that fuel and field an army rather than butting heads against the army itself. To review his career is to shed light on why the Israeli Defense Forces were both effective in Gaza...
  • UKRAINE: Odessa prodigy invented a device for the Ukrainian army

    The young prodigy from Odessa refused elite German gymnasium, though, and dreamed about the educational institution with a base for experimentation. 15-year-old Boris Chubin decided to give his ideas for the home country: Ukraine. He is working on a device that can reduce the loss of life during the attacks. The device can determine the position and direction of the enemy offensive. Work on the invention of Boris and his supervisor were divided into five stages. Are now working on the second. The consultations military experts. With sufficient funding for research instrument can be ready in six months. "We decided...