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  • Iraq reacts to Erdogan for Shengal: “We won’t allow it!”(Baghdad)

    03/22/2018 11:37:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 22 Mar 2018, 10:12 | ANF BAGHDAD
    The Iraqi government has responded to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s threats to invade Shengal. Shengal was on the agenda in the meeting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim el Caferi held with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yıldız. Caferi’s office issued a written statement after the meeting that said, “Iraq will not allow the presence of any forces that carry out military operations in neighboring countries on its territory.” Caferi said the Iraqi government won’t accept the Turkish forces invading the border and demanded Turkey pull their forces in the Bashika camp. Following the massacres in Afrin, Turkish President Erdoğan...
  • A Breath Of Free Speech [Video only]

    03/22/2018 11:27:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3-22-2018 | Pat Condell
    [Transcript] You probably know by now that if you post a video on YouTube defending the right of women in Europe NOT to be raped by third world migrants it will be flagged as 'hate speech' by fake feminists and then promptly removed by other fake feminists who work at YouTube. It's pretty standard practice now. But in fairness to the fake feminists there are mitigating circumstances. YouTube admitted recently that they removed some videos "in error" because they employed people who haven't been properly trained in the job -- as if you need to trained in common sense. So,...
  • Trump fumes over leak about his congratulatory call to Putin, 'going to be a scalp over this'

    03/22/2018 10:58:44 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    MSN News ^ | Noah Bierman and Tracy Wilkinson
    Shortened title. Full title: As Trump fumes over leak about his congratulatory call to Putin, word is 'there's going to be a scalp over this' President Donald Trump and some aides were furious on Wednesday after the leak of sensitive notes for briefing the president before a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to aides and a close associate. The leak appeared designed to embarrass Trump for congratulating rather than confronting Putin — contrary to the notes’ recommendation.
  • Richard Dawkins To Bring His Atheist Crusade To The Middle East

    03/22/2018 10:12:41 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/20/18
    Author Richard Dawkins announced a new initiative to bring atheism to the Middle East Tuesday, giving away free copies of his book “The God Delusion” in Islamic countries. Dawkins has long been a critic of all religions, but has been especially vocal in his dislike for Islam, calling it “the most evil religion in the world.” Now, he’s translating several books, including his famous atheist manifesto, “The God Delusion,” into several predominantly Muslim languages: Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and Indonesian, The Guardian reported. “We are choosing languages, not countries,” said Dawkins. “The pdfs may, of course, be downloaded by anybody in...
  • ACLU and liberal foundation urge cops not to arrest illegals for crimes they commit

    03/22/2018 9:47:55 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 22, 2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Shortened title. Full title: ACLU chapter and liberal foundation urge cops not to arrest illegals for crimes they commit to shield them from deportation Remember when liberals claimed they believed in equal protection under the laws? The fanatical hatred for Donald Trump and fanatical desire to replace the population of the United States with third-world people who will vote for Democrats have led the Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU and the progressive Century Foundation to urge police to create a special class of people – violators of immigration laws – protected from arrest for crimes that the rest of us...
  • South African radical: White farmers should 'leave the keys' when they go

    03/22/2018 9:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/22/2018 | Rick Moran
    We've been covering the ongoing tragedy for white farmers in South Africa for more than a year, culminating in a law passed by the radical South African parliament that expropriates white farmland that's been in the same family for hundreds of years without compensation. Predictably, this has set off a wave of violence against white South African farmers that has led to the death of one white every five days, according to Newsweek: Activists say South African authorities are tacitly approving attacks on the country's white farmers, with one being murdered every five days, and the police turning a blind eye...
  • 62-Page Indictment Against American Pastor Effectively Calls Sharing the Gospel an Act of Terrorism

    03/22/2018 9:22:36 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 15 replies
    American Pastor Andrew Brunson has now been officially charged, facing what amounts to life in prison, as his trial begins in just weeks. Yesterday, in yet another turn of events, a Turkish court approved an indictment that the Turkish prosecutor apparently turned in last week, even after denying doing so. Since the indictment has been approved, the prosecution phase of the case will now begin. After almost a year and a half in prison, Pastor Andrew has his first court date set for April 16, 2018. The case file is now finally open, and by the end of the week,...
  • Top Hong Kong officials should swear to uphold China’s constitution, says delegate to national…

    03/22/2018 9:19:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press ^ | 20 March 2018 12:18 | Kris Cheng
    Raymond Tam, a local deputy to the National People’s Congress, has suggested that the city’s top government officials should swear to uphold China’s constitution. Tam, the former secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, made his suggestion at an earlier meeting of the national legislature. Article 104 of the Basic Law stipulates that when assuming office, the chief executive, principal officials, members of the Executive Council, members of the Legislative Council, judges and other members of the judiciary should swear to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. […] Article 31 of the Chinese...
  • Dow drops 500 points as trade fears and tech troubles pressure stocks

    03/22/2018 9:15:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | 03-22-2018 | Fred Imbert | Alexandra Gibbs
    U.S. stocks fell sharply on Thursday, pressured by worries of a potential trade war and a decline in tech shares. The broader market was also pressured by a decline in bank stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 500 points, with Caterpillar, 3M and Boeing as the biggest decliners. The S&P 500 fell 1.7 percent, with tech and financials dropping more than 2 percent. The Nasdaq composite pulled back 1.9 percent. Stocks hit their lows of the day after The New York Times reported John Dowd resigned as Trump's lead lawyer in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The Trump administration...
  • Two centuries of US immigration visualized

    03/22/2018 8:06:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 3/22/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    A must-see visual presentation showing how immigration to the United States has changed in volume and source over the last two centuries has been created by Max Galka, who describes himself as "fascinated by data" and maintains a website,, that presents visualizations of data. He writes that he teaches: ... data wrangling + data visualization at the University of Pennsylvania. And I write about data visualization as a Guardian and Huffington Post contributor. Previously, I worked for 10 years as a trader at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse[.] To see his visual summation of America's immigration, click here. Below...
  • In Turkey's Kurdish heartland, anger over Syria war finds a stage

    03/22/2018 7:45:38 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Region ^ | (3-22-18) 22/03/2018 09:01 | The Region
    Tens of thousands of Kurds turned an annual cultural festival into a rare mass political protest on Wednesday against the government's two-month-old military campaign against Kurdish forces in neighbouring Syria. At a rally to mark the spring festival of Newroz in the southern city of Diyarbakir, demonstrators said Ankara risked provoking violence at home if it pressed on with its Syria offensive. The event was the first major public demonstration against the campaign in Syria, in which the Turkish army has battled Kurdish forces, the YPG, or Kurdistan Workers Party. It fell just days after Turkish forces stormed the Syrian...
  • Fifty Years after the Prague Spring(history lesson)

    03/22/2018 7:41:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 3/22/2018 | Bruce Walker
    March 22 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first flowering of the Prague Spring, when Marxism in Czechoslovakia tried to end the abuses of power and to grant to the people a measure of the sort of freedom so solemnly promised in the charters of every communist regime in the world. The Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia demonstrated to anyone who could be convinced by facts that leftism seeks only power and nothing else. The Prague Spring did not begin with a repudiation of Marxism. Indeed, the slogan used by the Czechs involved in the Prague Spring was that they wanted...
  • UK Guardian Boosts Climate Lawsuits 'Inspired' by Tobacco, Desegregation Cases

    03/22/2018 6:47:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 3/21/2018 | Callista Ring
    The Guardian bolstered the proliferation of lawsuits against governments and companies over climate change by portraying them as incredibly significant. The left-wing British newspaper asked in all seriousness on March 20, “Can Climate Litigation Save the World?” In it, environment editor Damian Carrington’s word choice revealed support for these efforts. He called courts the new “front line” against climate change and cited numerous instances where “groups and individuals seek to hold governments and companies accountable for the damage they are causing.”
  • GOP Leaders Expand H-2B Visa-Worker Program

    03/22/2018 6:25:21 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 53 replies
    The GOP’s business-first leadership has expanded the H-2B visa-worker program, so reducing marketplace pressure on companies to offer higher wages to Americans just months before the November election. The pre-election giveaway is buried on page 1760 of the 2232-page 2018 omnibus bill, where language allows the Department of Homeland Security to greatly expand the size of the H-2B visa-worker program up to roughly 100,000 imported workers: SEC. 205. Notwithstanding the [66,000] numerical limitation set forth in section 214(g)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(1)(B)), the Secretary of Homeland Security, after consultation with the Secretary of Labor, and...
  • Charges have been dropped against Erdogan’s guards in US

    03/22/2018 5:15:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 22 Mar 2018, 10:10 | ANF WASHINGTON
    American prosecutors have dropped charges against 11 members of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s guards who were accused of attacking peaceful protestors in Washington in 2017. According to a report by Wall Street Journal, prosecutors asked judges to drop charges against four guards in November. Then they dropped charges against seven others on February 14, the day before State of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s visit to Turkey. A source told WSJ that Tillerson, in his private talks with Turkish leaders, pointed to the decisions to drop charges—which hadn’t been publicized or announced—as an example of how the U.S. had addressed Mr. Erdogan’s...
  • Erdogan impatient to charge ahead in Syria as Ankara sizes up Pompeo

    03/22/2018 4:40:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 20, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    It is not clear at this stage what effect President Donald Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state will have on Turkish-American ties, already strained over a number of seemingly intractable issues.What is clear, though, is that Ankara is rattled with Trump’s choice. The reason is a tweet by Pompeo during the coup attempt in July 2016 in which he likened Turkey, alongside Iran, to a “totalitarian Islamic dictatorship.” The implication of the tweet, which Pompeo later deleted, appeared to be that the attempted coup — which had still not failed at the time of the message — may have been an auspicious event. It only served to reinforce the...
  • 'They could be twins': photos appear to show Russians voting twice in election

    03/22/2018 12:31:10 AM PDT · by Krosan · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wed 21 Mar 2018 | The Guardian
    Reporters have photographed what appears to be evidence of people voting twice in Russia’s presidential election. Vladimir Putin returned to power at the weekend with a of the vote. In the town of Ust-Djeguta, in southern Russia near Georgia, Reuters reporters photographed 17 people who appeared to cast two ballots. Leila Koichuyeva, a member of the election commission, when shown the pictures of people who apparently voted twice, said: “They could be twins.” Zukhra Chomaeva, another election official at polling station number 217, said: “How do I know if they’re the same person? They might look the same.” Ludmila Sklyarevskaya...
  • Peter Schweizer Explains How China Purchased U.S. Congress as a Trade Strategy…

    03/21/2018 9:45:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 34 replies
    A timely book by Peter Schweizer, “Secret Empires”, explains how Chinese companies purchased U.S. politicians to gain trade advantages. When you understand this process, you better understand why those same politicians today are against the Trump trade policy that is antithetical to their purchased interests. Reminder: U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is warning President Trump not to take any trade action against China or he will unleash his purchased control agents within congress and financial media to destroy his presidency. Allow me to re-emphasize: All opposition to President Trump stems from the underlying financial and economic policy. All...
  • China calls U.S. repeat abuser of world trade rules

    03/21/2018 8:55:07 PM PDT · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 21st, 2018 | Brenda Goh
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China accused the United States of “repeatedly abusing” international trade rules, as Beijing braced on Thursday for an imminent announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump slapping more tariffs on Chinese imports. A World Trade Organisation ruling against Obama-era anti-subsidy tariffs on Wednesday handed China’s commerce ministry ammunition to criticize Washington’s conduct in trade affairs. The ruling “proves that the U.S. side has violated WTO rules, repeatedly abused trade remedy measures, which has serious damaged the fair and just nature of the international trade environment and weakened the stability of the multilateral trading system,” the ministry said. In...
  • Saab worries Korea will buy Boeing's anti-sub planes with no bids

    03/21/2018 7:44:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | MARCH 20, 2018 | Oh Young-jin
    Saab's Swordfish anti-submarine patrol aircraft / Saab Saab is in for a difficult competition in Korea. By the lie of the land, the Swedish company may not get a chance to bid for Korea's $1.7 billion purchase deal for anti-submarine aircraft. Even if it is allowed, it is widely seen as a spoiler for Korean buyers to use to get a better deal from an American defense contractor. Just for that purpose ― lower cost, greater technology transfer and bigger "offset" deals for the stalling next-generation fighter program ― it looks tempting to give Saab what it wants and pit...