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  • Clinton's pledge: Steady hand at 'moment of reckoning'

    07/28/2016 6:40:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/28/16 | Julie Pace and Robert Furlow, Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Confronting a "moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton is casting herself as a unifier for divided times and a tested, steady hand to lead in a volatile world. "We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against," she said in excerpts released ahead of her speech Thursday accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. "But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have."
  • Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

    07/28/2016 6:19:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/28/16 | AFP
    Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel, who interrupted her summer holiday to face the media in Berlin, said the four assaults within a week were "shocking, oppressive and depressing" but not a sign that authorities had lost control. The German leader said the assailants "wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need". "We firmly reject this," she said at a wide-ranging news conference. Merkel repeated her rallying cry from...
  • Dinesh D'Souza Releases Video Likening Hillary Clinton to Eva Peron Ahead of DNC Acceptance Speech

    07/28/2016 4:40:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 27, 2016 | Paul Bond
    The clip coincides with the launch of a new website where D'Souza answers critics who claim his movie distorts facts. Hours before Hillary Clinton is set to accept the Democratic nomination for president, Dinesh D’Souza has released a scene from his documentary film, Hillary’s America, that compares the former secretary of state to Eva Peron, the Argentine politician famously accused of money laundering in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Evita.The release of the scene coincides with D’Souza launching a website that he says debunks criticisms of Hillary’s America by offering evidence that what he says about her and her party...
  • A Democrat finally calls for defeating ISIS - and gets booed

    07/28/2016 3:36:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2016
    On the third night of the Democratic convention, a speaker finally brought up defeating ISIS and other terrorists — only to be met with boos from the crowd. "These murderers must be stopped," declared former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta. Cue the deafening chorus of boos, plus chants of "No more war!" from convention delegates. [Snip] [This] helps explain why no speaker brought up the terrorist threat - or groups like Boko Haram and ISIS - on the first two nights. This is the Democratic base that Hillary Clinton must deal with in the fall campaign. And...
  • Russia to U.S., Trump: Sort out your own pre-election hacking scanda

    07/28/2016 3:11:49 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    reuters ^ | 7-28-16 | ANDREW OSBORN AND MARIA TSVETKOVA
    Russia told the United States on Thursday to get to the bottom of a hacking scandal involving Democratic Party emails itself and rejected what Donald Trump said was a sarcastic suggestion that Moscow should dig up Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, angered Democrats on Wednesday by inviting Russia to unearth tens of thousands of emails from rival Clinton's tenure as U.S. secretary of state. He spoke out after President Barack Obama said it was possible Russia might try to influence the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election after a leak of Democratic National Committee emails that...
  • Dr. Gorka: Terrorists Strike Every 83 Hours While Obama, Hillary Insist ‘Everything Is Fine Here’

    07/28/2016 2:43:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27, 2016 | John Hayward
    Gorka offered a “shout-out” to investigative journalist Patrick Poole for tallying up the carnage: “In the last two months, outside of Iraq and Syria — so outside of the war zone — there’s been a jihadi attack every 83 hours.”On top of President Obama’s claim that, contrary to those grim statistics, the Western world is safer than it’s ever been because of his policies, Gorka noted the even more absurd and offensive statement by Secretary of State John Kerry that “air conditioners are as dangerous as ISIS.”“There’s a petition that already has 2,000 signatures that the State Department should get...
  • Hungarian prime minister says migrants are 'poison' and 'not needed'

    07/28/2016 2:21:48 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 26, 2016
    The populist leader fuels anti-immigrant sentiment and praises Donald Trump’s foreign policy ideas as ‘vital’ for HungaryHungary’s right-wing prime minister Viktor Orban has described the arrival of asylum seekers in Europe as “a poison”, saying his country did not want or need “a single migrant”. As the killing of a priest in Normandy became the latest in a string of violent attacks to shake Europe this summer, Orban fuelled fears of Middle Eastern and African immigrants as well as praising Donald Trump’s plans for US foreign policy. “Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or...
  • German armed police smash their way into mosque

    07/28/2016 2:11:52 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 14 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | 27 July 2016 | Imogen Calderwood
    Armed police officers have launched a raid on a mosque and several homes belonging to a group believed to be radicalising Muslims in Germany. It comes as part of a crackdown on the group, which is thought to have been encouraging people to travel to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. The group ran sermons, seminars and lectures entitled 'the hatred of infidels'.
  • "Striking Israel will bring destruction upon Hamas"

    07/28/2016 12:23:23 PM PDT · by Lera · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/28/16 | Nitzan Keidar
    The Prime Minister to citizens of the Gaza belt: "the rules of the game have changed.' Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu participated on Thursday afternoon in a ceremony celebrating the completion of a defense project for housing in the communities of the Gaza belt. While there, he emphasized achievements in deterrence as a result of Operation Protective Edge, and threatened a powerful reaction if the current quiet is disturbed. "The Operation gave us the quietest two years of the past decade," he said. "Look, we don't have the ability to shape the strategic environment in which we live, but we do...
  • Mysterious Light Streaks Across California Sky (Chinese Rockey - No Comment on Danger)

    07/28/2016 12:19:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    A Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere near California late Wednesday night around the same time many people shared video on social media of a mysterious bright object streaking across the night sky. U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn wouldn't say if the rocket ever posed danger to people on the ground. She says the command often sees re-entries. Ziegenhorn tells The Associated Press the Chinese CZ-7 rocket re-entered the atmosphere around 11:36 p.m. Central time. That's about the same time social media lit up with reports from Nevada, Utah and California of a small fireball streaking across the sky. Northern...
  • Hungary's PM Orban: Trump "Better Option For Europe"

    07/28/2016 10:51:03 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 28, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    With terrorism raging in Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary came out and publicly stated that the anti-terrorism proposals of Donald Trump make him the better option for Europe and Hungary. *snip* "I listened to (Trump) and I have to tell you that he made three proposals to stop terrorism. And as a European, I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs."
  • Report: Hamas digging 10 kilometers of tunnels per month toward Israel

    07/28/2016 9:55:58 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/28/16 | JPost Staff
    Hamas is digging 10 kilometers (six miles) of tunnel each month toward Israel, a senior security official told Channel 2 on Wednesday. Construction continues despite several tunnel collapses in recent months. A senior diplomatic source went on to say that Israel has no perfect solution to the tunnel problem, and neither does any other country. The news comes amid controversy regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's readiness to combat the tunnel issue. Netanyahu pushed back on Monday against claims that his government was unprepared for the threat of cross-border tunnel raids from Gaza in the lead-up to the 2014 war, saying...
  • French Muslim Threatens War against ISIS: Marseille Is Not Switzerland, We Will F*** Your Mothers..

    07/28/2016 9:46:41 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 35 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 7/21/16
    <p>In a video recently posted on his YouTube channel, Mohamed Henni from Marseille cursed ISIS in response to threats against his city. "Apparently, the French government can't protect us French people... We have Kalashnikov and rocket launchers. We will fuck your mothers, you whores," he said. "Come to Marseille," he taunted. "You want war? That's what you'll get." The video went viral after being posted on YouTube on July 21 and triggered responses and threats from French ISIS operatives.</p>
  • N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

    07/28/2016 8:43:14 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 28 2016 | By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month. Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing. The United States and South...
  • Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

    07/28/2016 8:33:31 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 4 replies
    Financial Times: The Big Read ^ | 27 July 2016 | Tom Mitchell
    Subtitle: Critics fear the erosion of civic freedoms is denying space for grievances to be aired In one of his last interviews before he was detained by Chinese police, Meng Han appeared relaxed as he talked about his work as a labour activist. “Our most important work is to help factory workers organise themselves so they can defend their rights,” he told the Financial Times last year. “The government rarely helps the workers. But as long as the workers don’t go to extremes, it will stay neutral.” At the beginning of 2015, Mr Meng could feel reasonably confident that he...
  • North Korea accuses Seoul of 'cunning plot' to release snakes over border

    07/28/2016 8:04:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 27, 2016 | Kang Mi-jin
    North Korea accuses Seoul of 'cunning plot' to release snakes over border Soldiers sceptical after unseasonably high numbers of reptiles lead Pyongyang to suspect South Korean infiltration Kang Mi-jin for DK News, part of the North Korea network Wednesday 27 July 2016 06.00 BST North Korean border patrol guards have been ordered to capture snakes apparently released by South Korea to wreak havoc in its northern neighbour, sources have claimed. Pyongyang is said to have told the military that Seoul’s spy agency is behind the unseasonably high number of snakes in Ryanggang province, which borders China. “Earlier this month, border...
  • German Special Forces Raid Mosque, Apartments In Crackdown On Salafists

    07/28/2016 8:00:57 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In a pro- instead of reactive move that many will say was long overdue, if quite ironic considering it was Germany's lax immigration policy for most of 2015 that is the reason for Europe's soaring "radical Islam" crisis, overnight German police and special forces raided a mosque and eight apartments in Hildesheim, said to be a hotbed of a radical Salafist community, the interior minister of the northern state of Lower Saxony said on Thursday. Interior Minister Boris Pistorius said in a statement that up to 400 police - including mobile squads and a special forces police commando - were...
  • Germany's Merkel stands by refugee policy after 'terrifying' attacks

    07/28/2016 7:44:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 28 Jul 2016 | Angela Dewan and Jason Hanna
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday described recent attacks in the country and across Europe as "shocking, depressing and terrifying," but she refused to back down on her open-door refugee policy that has attracted fierce criticism following recent assaults in the country. Germany has been rattled by four attacks in the past two weeks, three of which authorities say have been carried out by asylum seekers or refugees with inspiration from Islamist extremism. The attacks have given way to mockery by some Germans as well as foreigners, who have dubbed the recent weeks of bloodshed on social media as #MerkelSommer,...
  • Democrats’ Racist Roots

    07/28/2016 7:13:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 28, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Carol Swain, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, is one of the stars of Dinesh D’Souza's new movie, :Hillary’s America," which examined in detail the historical racism of the Democratic Party. It's a story that hasn't been told by reporters from the liberal media who keep repeating the mantra that Democrats represent minorities, the poor, the downtrodden and the vulnerable. The movie highlights the fact that Democratic President Woodrow Wilson attended a screening of the pro-KKK film, "The Birth of a Nation," in the White House itself. If you don’t want to believe D’Souza's facts, consider...
  • Trump, Putin and the hacking of an American election

    07/28/2016 6:53:19 AM PDT · by pabianice · 47 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 7/28/16 | Hiawatha Bray
    Russia’s apparent election tampering — and Trump’s call for the Russians to expose Clinton’s deleted e-mails — shows that the insecurity of America’s data networks could undermine our ability to hold free and fair elections. But if the Russian president would go this far to pick our next president, why not take the direct approach? Why not tamper with the computers that manage the nation’s voting systems?
  • Panetta says our troops know that Hillary "will always have their back."

    07/28/2016 6:48:20 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 70 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | July 27, 2016 | Leon Panetta
    https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4615726/former-defense-secretary-leon-panetta-responds-donald-trump-russia-hackingBegin watching at 2:00 into the video to hear Democrat former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense under Obama during Benghazi speak about Hillary Clinton and say: "We need a President who's strong, and smart, and courageous, who enters the Oval Office with the respect of the generals and admirals who lead our military, with the confidence of diplomats who represent America, and with the trust of our troops who know that she will always have their back." He did not discuss this: http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/28/state-dept-made-marines-wait-around-change-uniforms-4-times-during-benghazi-attack/
  • How Other Nations Stop US From Deporting Criminal Illegal Immigrants

    07/28/2016 6:12:24 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/27/16 | Josh Siegel
    Susanna Ruth Makinson can blame a lot of things for why her then-husband was shot dead eight years ago while patrolling the streets of Fort Myers, Florida, the first time since 1930 a police officer had been gunned down in the city. That’s because, in a distant way out of her—and his—control, Andrew Widman’s death felt preventable; his killer, Abel Arango, was an illegal immigrant and convicted felon who was released from detention because his native Cuba wouldn’t take him back. But though Makinson wishes the government would do more to fix this little-known problem in the immigration system, to...
  • Afghans Go to Syria to Fight for Its Government, and Anguish Results

    07/28/2016 6:06:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | JULY 28, 2016 | KAREEM FAHIM
    Afghans Go to Syria to Fight for Its Government, and Anguish Results By KAREEM FAHIM JULY 28, 2016 HERAT, Afghanistan — One woman here in the western Afghan city of Herat said she had begged her son not to go fight in the Syrian war, but he charged off anyway, leaving a wife and three children behind. A man overhearing her story came over to say that his son had left two months ago, and since then the family has been desperate for news about him. Another woman, Khadija, whose son Hassan had joined Afghan brigades fighting alongside the Syrian...
  • The Pope–and virtually ALL Western leaders are Wrong about the War

    07/28/2016 5:46:26 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 28 July 16 | Christopher W. Holton
    In the wake of the horrific Jihadist attack on a Catholic church in Normandy, France, Pope Francis’ latest statements that the world war we are in is not a religious war shows a lack of knowledge of Islamic doctrine. The Pope is not alone in this view. Every major Western political leader from George W. Bush through to Barack Obama has maintained the same belief. When the Islamic State caliphate was declared in 2014, their media arm issued a slick, 10-page document announcing the establishment of the caliphate. In those 10 pages, they cited Islamic scripture 26 times–scripture from the...
  • Danish nationalists urge temporary ban on Muslim migrants

    07/28/2016 5:26:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 7:21 AM EDT
    The Danish People’s Party, an anti-immigration and nationalist group that supports the center-right government, says Denmark should halt immigration from Muslim countries, citing the threat of violence from Islamic extremists. In an interview published Thursday, deputy party leader Soeren Espersen told the Berlingske newspaper that Muslim migrants should be barred from entering Denmark for four to six years because “we need a respite after recent terrorist attacks in Europe.” …
  • Saudi Arabia and Pakistan: America's Worst 'Allies'

    07/28/2016 3:10:20 AM PDT · by Benny Huang · 10 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | July 28, 2016 | Benny Huang
    With friends like Saudi Arabia, who needs enemies? Last week we learned that the Saudi government almost certainly played a role in the 9/11 terrorist attack and that our government kept that secret from the public for about fourteen years. A brief history of the coverup is in order here. In 2002, a joint congressional committee investigated the intelligence failures that led to the attack. That committee found suspicious clues that pointed toward Saudi Arabia--an official "ally" of the United States known for exporting radical Wahhabi Islam across the world. In a 28-page summary, the committee detailed the connections between...
  • Pope Francis Folly On Religions At War

    07/28/2016 2:56:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Joseph Klein
    As the Islamic genocide against Christians and other “infidels” goes on and on in the Middle East, jihadists shouting "allahu akbar" (God is great) invaded a Catholic church in Normandy France during mass on July 26th. They beheaded an 85-year-old priest and seriously injured a nun. Yet while declaring that “the world is at war,” Pope Francis refused to acknowledge that this war has any religious component.
  • MH370: Captain's home simulator had Indian Ocean course plotted

    07/28/2016 2:07:50 AM PDT · by Enchante · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu July 28, 2016 | Euan McKirdy
    The home flight simulator belonging to the MH370 pilot had a route plotted into it which ended in the Indian Ocean, officials have confirmed.... ...The confirmation corroborates earlier reports that the device had programmed in it a route similar to the one which investigators believe the doomed flight took on its final voyage.
  • France's Bleeding Heart

    07/28/2016 12:19:37 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | July 28, 2016 | Stephen Brown
    The meaning behind Islamic terrorists invading a church, murdering a priest and giving a sermon in Arabic afterwards.For centuries, France has always proudly borne the title “Eldest Daughter of the Church.” But two days ago, the Roman Catholic Church’s beloved child was barbarically violated and desecrated in a manner probably unseen since Clovis I was baptised in Reims on Christmas Day in 496 C.E. Striking at France’s religious heart and traditional roots, two Islamic terrorists invaded the sixteenth-century St. Etienne church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a town of about 30,000 near Rouen in Normandy, Tuesday morning after 9:00 a.m during mass. Eighty-four...
  • India inks $1-bn deal with Boeing to buy 4 more P-8I aircraft for Navy

    07/27/2016 7:19:37 PM PDT · by cold start · 7 replies
    NEW DELHI: Adding more teeth to the Navy’s surveillance capabilities, India on Wednesday signed a deal worth over $1 billion with American defence and aerospace major Boeing for procuring four additional Poseidon-8I long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The US has emerged as the biggest supplier of military hardware to India and with Wednesday's agreement, the total value of defence deals signed with the US in the last decade comes to around $15 billion. According to defence sources, the contract is a follow-on order to the eight P-81 planes worth $2.1 billion bought by India in a direct deal...
  • French media to stop publishing photos and names of terrorists

    07/27/2016 3:31:59 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 27 Jul 16 | Staff
    Le Monde and La Croix will no longer use images of terrorist killers, while Europe 1 radio will not broadcast their names Several French news organisations have said they will no longer publish photographs of people responsible for terrorist killings, to avoid bestowing “posthumous glorification”. Le Monde published an editorial after the latest attack, the murder of an elderly priest in a church near Rouen by two men claiming allegiance to Islamic State. Under the headline “Resisting the strategy of hate”, Le Monde argued on Wednesday that all elements of society had to be involved in the struggle against terrorism,...
  • UN human rights expert recommends changes in US policing

    07/27/2016 3:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 2016 6:04 PM EDT | Sarah Grace Taylor
    A United Nations human rights expert is recommending changes in the way protests are handled in the United States, saying the process of issuing permits for demonstrations is “arbitrary” and could easily lead to discrimination against certain groups. Maina Kiai of Kenya, U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, offered preliminary findings Wednesday from his visits this month to seven U.S. cities — including the sites of this year’s Democratic and Republican political conventions — to investigate how the U.S. upholds its citizens’ rights of assembly and association. Kiai’s full report to the United Nations will...
  • German armed police smash their way into mosque and raid homes of group accused of..

    07/27/2016 3:16:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 27, 2016 | IMOGEN CALDERWOOD
    Armed police officers have launched a raid on a mosque and several homes belonging to a group believed to be radicalising Muslims in Germany. Apartments belonging to eight board members of the radical German-speaking Islamic group DIK were searched by officers in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony. It comes as part of a crackdown on the group, which is thought to have been encouraging people to travel to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. The group ran sermons, seminars and lectures entitled 'the hatred of infidels', according to German media. The raid on Wednesday night involved up to 400 volunteer staff,...
  • UN Warns Climate Change Will Soon Make It "Too Hot to Work" (Holy Horse Crap, Batman!)

    07/27/2016 2:52:04 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 48 replies
    The New American ^ | 7/27/2016 | Joe Wolverton, II
    Better get your overtime in while you can because the UN says it will soon be “too hot to work.” Research funded by the United Nations contains warnings that by 2030 climate change will cause temperatures to soar so high that “global economies” will be impacted financially to the tune of $2 trillion. “Heat stress,” as one UN health official calls it, will force workers — especially those in developing countries — to cut back on their work hours. This climate-induced unemployment will cause drastic reductions in gross domestic product (GDP) around the world, including a nearly .5 percent dip...
  • Russia Didn't Hack the DNC - Payback is Hell.

    07/27/2016 2:48:34 PM PDT · by bereanrabbi · 46 replies
    While all eyes are on Russia, I believe the recent Wikileak dump of DNC emails originated from Mossad (Israeli National Intelligence Agency). It was not that long ago when Obama sent a team of campaign hacks to Israel to topple Netanyahu in the Israeli elections. Payback is hell. Moreover, surely Israel prefers Trump instead of Clinton, who would represent Obama's third term and a contiuation of the anti Israeli foreign policy she established as Sec of State.
  • Harry Reid To Intel Community: Give Donald Trump Fake Briefings

    07/27/2016 2:24:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 76 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 7/27/16 | Ryan Grim
    PHILADELPHIA - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is advising intelligence officials that if they end up giving GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump classified briefings during the campaign, they should just fake it and make sure not to divulge anything important. “How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous,” Reid said in an interview with The Huffington Post Wednesday afternoon. “Fake it, pretend you’re doing...
  • AP EXPLAINS: Why Syria's al-Qaida may be considering a split

    07/27/2016 2:16:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    <p>Al-Qaida's branch in Syria is considering splitting ties with the global terror group, members say.</p> <p>A Nusra Front official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the group's leader plans to announce a disassociation with al-Qaida soon. Speaking via text message from northern Syria, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, said Nusra will merge with other insurgent groups.</p>
  • Russia’s Pattern of Influencing Foreign Politics

    07/27/2016 2:14:46 PM PDT · by milton23 · 11 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/27/16 | Nolan Peterson
    If the FBI proves Russia is behind Friday’s leak of embarrassing Democratic National Committee emails, the revelation would be consistent with Russia’s pattern of clandestine and overt gambits to influence the politics of its perceived adversaries. “In the Putin era, Russia has been aggressive on many fronts, including invasions of Georgia and Ukraine,” said Kenneth Geers, ambassador of NATO’s cybersecurity center and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “In cyberspace, the concepts of sovereignty and jurisdiction are much less clear,” Geers, who lives in Kyiv, told The Daily Signal. “If Putin can deny that his tanks are in Donetsk,...
  • [US backed] Rebel group on the verge of total collapse in Aleppo

    07/27/2016 2:14:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Almasdar News ^ | 25 July 2016 | Izat Chakarti
    The commander of the 16th Division of the US-backed Free Syrian Army and his assistants resigned from their positions for “medical reasons”. This armed faction is the main force combatting the Syrian Army in the Bani Zaid and Khaldiyah districts of Aleppo City. All orders, positions, and ranks given by the old commander prior to his resignation are to be canceled. The militants of the opposition group are now on standby awaiting for new orders. The high command of Division 16 most likely abandoned their position after suffering heavy blows on the Layramoun/Khaldiyah axis in terms of equipment and manpower....
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘No time to nickel and dime Israel’

    07/27/2016 2:02:59 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 6 replies
    Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) sounded irate in a brief phone interview Monday afternoon with Right Turn. His subcommittee, with strong bipartisan support, has already passed legislation to hike military aid to Israel from $3.1 billion to $3.4 billion for 2017. But as has been reported in Israeli papers, the administration — with one more kick in Israel’s shins before President Obama leaves office — has told Israel there will be no increase this year or in a new 10-year memorandum of understanding (MOU). Moreover, the long-standing offshore procurement (OSP) agreement that allows Israel to purchase a significant percentage of...
  • Europe’s terror summer: will politicians now accept the reality of Islamic terrorism?

    07/27/2016 1:56:15 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    The Spectator ^ | July 27, 2016 | Douglas Murray
    Although the public know what is going on, the media seems loath to find any connection between these events. Indeed, the same papers that blame an exaggerated spike in ‘hate crime’ on everyone who voted for Brexit seem unwilling to put the blame for these real and violent attacks on the individuals carrying them out. As Reuters went on: ‘A 27-year-old Syrian man who had been denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday when a bomb he was carrying exploded outside a music festival.’ How terrible for him to lose his bomb in such a way. The...
  • Plane passenger removed from flight ‘because of his Isis tattoo’

    07/27/2016 1:03:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 24 July 2016 | Harley Tamplin
    A plane was delayed after the cabin crew refused to fly – because a passenger had an Isis flag tattooed on his arm, it was claimed. Another passenger on board the flight from Stockholm in Sweden to Heraklion in Greece raised concerns over the tattoo to airline staff.
  • Welsh woman beaten and starved in Saudi Arabia because of un-Islamic behaviour'[tr]

    07/27/2016 12:44:06 PM PDT · by pabianice · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/27/16 | Ward
    Welsh woman, 21, claims her father ‘beats and starves her in Saudi Arabia because of un-Islamic behaviour' and is begging British court to allow her to return home Amina Al-Jeffery allegedly kept prisoner by father in Saudi for four years Said to have been held there after being accused of un-Islamic behaviour Miss Al-Jeffery born in Swansea but taken to Saudi Arabia at the age of 16 Her father did not agree with her western lifestyle the High Court was told A Welsh schoolgirl who has been 'beaten, starved and locked up' by her father for four years in Saudi...
  • Abbas' Speech at Arab Summit: We Are Preparing to Sue British Government for Balfour Declaration

    07/27/2016 12:37:41 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 28 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 7/25/16 | Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar)
    PA President Mahmoud Abbas' speech, delivered at the Arab League Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on June 25, called for the Arab League's help in preparing a lawsuit against the British government for issuing and implementing the 1917 Balfour Declaration. The speech was read at the summit by PA Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki, following the death of Abbas' brother. The speech aired on Al-Jazeera network.
  • Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance - Morning Consult

    07/27/2016 12:06:39 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 8 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | 07/26/2016 | Amir Nasr
    Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance - Morning Consult https://morningconsult.com/2016/07/26/arab-american-groups-join-partner-tech-privacy-fight-surveillance/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTlRNeE16TmpNR0ZpT0daaSIsInQiOiJ1QXBqd28wWmlEbnpjWUVWRDNOaDZCU2tFMmJ6NXJ2MVJyRHZpcjhGWWxPcGJ1U1VyQXFCXC9PcUN6RmJ3emRKdkJJTWJSUmtBRGRTV09XNlI4QUZHU0xybWYxQ1I5QTRqQkJrZDAxbUEwVzg9In0%3D Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance Amir Nasr   |   July 26, 2016 Privacy advocates in the technology space have a new ally in Arab American groups to help with their fight to keep U.S. surveillance at bay. They are spurred on by anti-Muslim rhetoric from Republicans. In December, Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of U.S. borders to Muslim immigrants. In March, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the country needed to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim...
  • Syrian Air Force to Get Russian Su-24M2 Frontline Bombers

    07/27/2016 10:34:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | July 27, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency. "The Syrian Air Force has received several Su-24M2 aircraft supplied by Russia in order to beef up the Damascus’ combat capabilities to fight against international terrorism. At present, two Su-24M2 aircraft have been delivered with eight more planes to be transferred in the nearest future," the news agency said. According to AMN, Russia has supplied the aforementioned Su-24M2 frontline bombers to the Syrian governmental forces within the framework of the military-technical cooperation between...
  • In 1987, a Secret Iraqi Warplane Struck an American Frigate and Killed 37 Sailors

    07/27/2016 10:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 27, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    USS ‘Stark’ as seen from USS ‘Conyngham’ on the morning of May 18, 1987, listing heavily to port. USS ‘Conyngham’ Association photo On May 17, 1987, the U.S. Navy guided missile frigate USS Stark was on a patrol in the central Persian Gulf, about three kilometers outside the Iraq-declared war-zone off the coast of Iran. Around 22.00hrs local time, Stark came under attack from an Iraqi air force fighter jet. Radars on the U.S. warship tracked the aircraft as it approached, and Capt. Glenn R. Brindel ordered his radioman to issue a warning and request the pilot to identify himself....
  • Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit (And Dems Want To Tar Trump!)

    07/27/2016 10:22:46 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/28/2008 | Peter Robinson
    Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy. “On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged...
  • U.S. to Admit More Central American Refugees

    07/27/2016 9:31:30 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 26, 2016 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    The White House on Tuesday announced a substantial expansion of a program to admit Central American refugees to the United States, conceding that its efforts to protect migrants fleeing dangerous conditions had left too many people with no recourse. The administration said it would broaden an initiative that currently lets unaccompanied Central American children enter the United States as refugees, allowing their entire families to qualify, including siblings older than 21, parents and other relatives who act as caregivers. It is unclear how many refugees might be eligible, but during its two years, the program for children has drawn 9,500...
  • ISIS warn London 'next to be attacked' as UK churches put on terror alert after French priest murder

    07/27/2016 9:06:41 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 16 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 26 Jul 2016 | Scott Campbell
    London is on the next list of target cities for twisted jihadis, it has been claimed. Images threatening attacks in London and other major world capitals have been posted on messaging app Telegram, according to analysts at SITE Intelligence Group. One picture chillingly shows New York’s Statue of Liberty engulfed in flames but with the caption “Washington soon” - referring to the US capital 225 miles away. The threat comes as security at British churches is being ramped up amid a new terror alert after ISIS knifemen forced a French priest to kneel before slitting his throat on camera.