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  • 101st Airborne Troops Headed To Liberia In Ebola Fight

    10/01/2014 9:51:40 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 42 replies
    Military.com ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Richard Sisk
    The commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division and 700 of his troops will head to Liberia in late October as the military steps up its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The "Screaming Eagle" troops from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will set up a headquarters in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, and will be joined by 700 combat engineers from several commands, the Pentagon said. Once the troops have arrived, Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of the 101st, will replace Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, as commander of the U.S. military response to the Ebola...
  • Anjem Choudary, in His Own Words

    10/01/2014 9:35:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 30, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    "In the Quran it is not allowed for you to feel sorry for non-Muslims. I don't feel sorry for him." — Anjem Choudary. "Eventually the whole world will be governed by Shari'ah & Muslims will have authority over China Russia USA etc This is the promise of Allah." — Anjem Choudary. "Under the Koran the sale of alcohol is prohibited and if one were to also drink alcohol, that would be 40 lashes." — Anjem Choudary. "We [Muslims] take the Jizya, which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the kuffar [non-Muslim]. They give us the...
  • UKRAINE Crimea: Demolition of the Lenin Russian Idol! VIDEO

    10/01/2014 9:31:07 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    Local residents threatened at gunpoint to during the demolition of the Lenine Russian Idol!
  • Brimstone: British missile envied by the US for war on Isil

    10/01/2014 9:29:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 01 Oct 2014 | Ben Farmer
    America was keen for Britain to join air strikes against Isil because of its unique Brimstone missile, according to Whitehall sources Tornado GR4s have fired at least five of the missiles to destroy heavily armed Isil pickup trucks Photo: MBDA Missile Systems When the United States asked the RAF to join air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), Pentagon commanders had one particular weapon they wanted the British to bring. American defence chiefs had already seen the formidable Brimstone missile at work in Libya during the 2011 campaign against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and wanted...
  • UKRAINE: Russian terrorists "They beat me for what I am Greek-Catholic" captive priest

    10/01/2014 9:16:27 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Tikhon Kullback ^ | October 1, 2014, 12:09 | Sofia Kochmarev
    Russian terrorists beat me for what I am a Greek-Catholic-said captive priest Tikhon Kulbaka Tikhon Kulbaka talks of his time in captivity, about the power of prayer in times of war, as well as whether there is an inter-religious conflict in the Donbass, father Tikhon Kulbaka said on 30 September in the framework of the educational project "information and practical Security Center City" in Lviv. The priest nearly two months after the release could not speak about his time in captivity: this could still affect his parishioners. We remind that on July 4 the terrorists of the "Russian Orthodox" army...
  • Qatar Awareness Campaign: Aljazeera's The Stream

    10/01/2014 9:12:48 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 1 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Sept 30, 2014 | Qatar Awareness
    Ms. Malika Bilal and Ms. Femi Oke Al Jazeera English PO Box 23127 Doha – Qatar Dear Ms. Bilal and Ms. Femi Oke: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar, the country which owns Al Jazeera, the network on which you are co-hosts of the program, The Stream. We urge to you read the information below, which includes evidence that Qatar is arguably the preeminent sponsor of terror in the world today. It is a benefactor of the...
  • White House huddles as ISIS advances toward Turkey

    10/01/2014 9:03:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/01/2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama met Tuesday evening with his national security team amid reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was advancing toward toward the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani on the border between Turkey and Syria. The president and his top foreign policy aides met at the White House on Tuesday "to discuss our comprehensive strategy to counter the threat posed by [ISIS]," the administration said in a statement. The meeting came as CNN reported that Turkish soldiers and tanks were massing at the border amid concerns about a flood of refugees entering the country ahead of advancing...
  • RUSSIA: Explosion at POWER PLANT-16 in Moscow

    10/01/2014 8:41:09 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 25 replies
    ukropnews.com ^ | 17:32 October 1, 2014
    <p>The explosion occurred at TEC-16. No specifics information about the victims.</p>
  • U.S. State Dept. Rejects Netanyahu’s Mideast Diagnosis

    10/01/2014 8:31:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/01/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    In yet another tragic indication of Obama administration’s ideological obstinance, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki indicated that Israel and the United States are not on the same page regarding the scope of Islamic terror. The rift centers around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N. on Monday, during which he insisted that terrorist groups such as ISIS, Hamas, the Iranian regime, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram share the same vision. “Some are radical Sunnis, some are radical Shi’ites,” he explained. Some want to restore a pre-medieval caliphate from the 7th century. Others want to trigger the apocalyptic return...
  • Thompson: Associate of Dallas Ebola patient under close monitoring ( second case )

    10/01/2014 8:28:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    WFAA ^ | October 1, 2014 | Marjorie Owens
    DALLAS — Due to close contact with a patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus, a second person is under the close monitoring of health officials as a possible second patient, said the director of Dallas County's health department Wednesday morning in an interview with WFAA. Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, says all those who've been in close contact with the diagnosed patient are being monitored as a precaution. However, Thompson pointed to one person in particular as a potential second case. "Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents, the fact that...
  • Socialist President of Bankrupt France Pledges $1 Bil for Global Warming

    10/01/2014 8:05:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/01/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Someone obviously read Obama’s handbook on governing. Crisis-hit France is “sick”, the country’s new economy minister said.“France is sick. It’s not well. We have to describe the situation as it is,” Emmanuel Macron told French radio.Added to its economic woes, the country is weighed down by a political crisis that has seen President Francois Hollande plumb record lows in opinion polls and a shock cabinet reshuffle in August to purge dissenters.The government’s unpopularity “is due to a lack of results”, said Macron. But President Hollande, the garden gnome of European politics, has the cure. More Global Warming ecoscam spending. French...
  • Ebola outbreak: Asky bans flights in West Africa (Maybe the US should as well)

    10/01/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/1/2014 | Staff
    A major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concern about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Asky said it took the decision to keep "its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time". The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new UN figures. In Sierra Leone, the doctor who led the fight against Ebola, Sheik Umar Khan, has died of the disease. Government officials hailed Dr Khan, 39, as a "national hero". The government disclosed last week that he was being treated...
  • Barack Obama, Outside Agitator

    10/01/2014 7:30:38 AM PDT · by duckln · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 9/30/14 | Pat Buchanan
    In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram.
  • Nervous Chinese officials search pigeon anuses for bombs

    10/01/2014 7:20:24 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 42 replies
    The Verge ^ | 10/1/2014 | The Verge
    Officials in China this week examined the anuses of 10,000 pigeons that were set to be released today in celebration of National Day, amid government fears of a possible terrorist attack. According to reports from state-run media outlets, the birds had their feathers, legs, and anuses searched for "suspicious objects" yesterday, before being packed onto a truck and sent to Tiananmen Square in Beijing for today's ceremony. Many reports on the probe disappeared from China's tightly-controlled media after being published, though some articles and tweets remain online. The entire process was reportedly videotaped.
  • UKRAINE Kharkiv:

    10/01/2014 7:06:45 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    March the heroes-Going on You! Kharkiv The Ukrainian Insurgent Army's strength, a force which has not failed to challenge the invaders, but also has become a real symbol of the will of the Ukrainian people, a symbol of courage and victory for many generations! Regiment of special purpose "Azov" initiates holding of the solemn commemoration of the heroes of our homeland that for centuries have been fighting for independence. Outside all cities of Ukraine once again hear the battle cry of the best sons of our land. Cry, which for centuries the famous fighters for independence of our Ukraine marched...
  • Obama’s Mixed Messages on War: Bombing ISIS while cutting defense spending

    10/01/2014 7:01:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/01/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    It’s funny how President Obama is always talking about “I” and “me” whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it’s “they” and “we” when mistakes are made. For instance, for years Obama boasted about how he ended the Iraq War and how he withdrew American troops. “You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” he boasted on the campaign trail in 2012. “I said I’d end the war in Iraq. I ended it.” Then, over the summer, as one Iraqi city after another fell to Islamic State militants, and as critics insisted that Obama’s...
  • Yes, Obama Knew about ISIS [Dereliction of Duty]

    10/01/2014 6:51:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    Yesterday, we said that President Obama was either reckless or incompetent.  He either didn't pay attention at the briefing or kept the country in the dark about ISIS.Today, I'm leaning toward the irresponsible, or a major dereliction of duty that we have not seen in U.S. history. According to a U.K. newspaper,  President Obama was told about ISIS back in 2012, or before the presidential campaign: President Barack Obama's intelligence briefings have provided him with specific information since before he won re-election in 2012 about the growing threat of the terror group now known alternatively as ISIS and ISIL, an administration insider told MailOnline...
  • It's 'Not Impossible' Others in US Could Contract Ebola, CDC Head Says

    10/01/2014 6:51:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The country's top medical official who has vowed to stop Ebola "in its tracks" in the U.S., conceded today that it's "not impossible" that others will contract the disease. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said an extensive tracking process is underway in the wake of the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States, with special focus on the patient’s family and health staff. “We have a seven-person team in Dallas working with the local health department and the hospital, and we will be identifying everyone who may have come in contact with him...
  • Is Baghdad about to fall to ISIS?

    10/01/2014 6:49:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2014 | Rick Moran
    Two days ago, the British newspaper, the Independent, carried a story that ISIS was "one mile" from Baghdad.Editor Lifson and I went back and forth on whether we should post on the startling news. In the end. we couldn't find another reliable source so we decided to hold off. Today, other sources are reporting that there are, indeed, "intense clashes" on the outskirts of Baghdad with a combination of ISIS and al-Qaeda fighters. And the Iraqi army appears to be wavering. To highlight the serious nature of the threat to Iraq's capital, British and American planes have pounded ISIS positions...
  • Among the Kurds: Kurds report seeing trains and black clad ISIS soldiers going from Turkey to Syria.

    10/01/2014 6:47:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2014 | Fran Fawcett Peterson
    My Kurdish friends tell me the situation right now is grim along the Turkish border. The Kurdish fighters have escorted their families across the border from Kobani and are being prevented from returning to continue the fight against ISIS. If Kobani falls, ISIS will be handed a huge swath of territory right on the Turkish border. They say the US air strikes are not helping the Kurds and that ISIS right now has them outgunned and out manned. I have spent a great deal of the past 18 months amongst the Kurds in Turkey. As a learned gentleman from a...
  • UKRAINE: Military Baptised UKRAINE

    "Kiev" Fighter 12 battalion Baptism
  • ISIS Surrounds Tomb of Suleymen Shah

    10/01/2014 6:39:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Aydinlink Daily ^ | 9-30-2014
    The fundamentalist terror organization the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, has reportedly surrounded the Turkish territory in Syria the Tomb of Suleyman Shah. ISIS State has surrounded the Tomb of Suleyman Shah in Syria, the sole piece of Turkish soil outside its borders. 36 Turkish soldiers are reportedly located at the tomb where they defend the territory. According to Çetiner Çetin of the daily Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak, leaders of Arab tribes have confirmed that 1100 ISIS militants are deployed around the tomb as of late Monday night.  Local sources claimed that militants have been pouring...
  • estonia buys up used dutch tanks (swedish ifvs)

    10/01/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    NL Times ^ | October 1 2014 | Janene Van Jaarsveldt
    The Netherlands is selling 44 combat vehicles to Estonia. Minister Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense) expects the sales contract to be signed in December. The Swedish manufactured CV90 vehicles are still relatively new. They were commissioned by the Dutch army in 2008. Due to cut backs that were agreed on last year, 44 of the 176 vehicles will be sold The Netherlands and Estonia will exchange information on the use and maintenance of the vehicles. NATO is putting more military resources in the Baltic States as they feel a threat from Russia. The Netherlands will provide 4 F-16’s to help monitor airspace.
  • the paradox of admiral gorshkov

    10/01/2014 6:28:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | October 1 2014 | JESSICA HUCKABEY
    This article is part of CIMSEC’s “Forgotten Naval Strategists Week.” It’s time to discuss the Soviet Navy, so dust off your Norman Polmar guides and your early Tom Clancy novels. Or just ask an old salt and Cold War vet if the Red Fleet used to be a big deal. You might even check with Vladimir Putin, who is well aware of this recent yet quickly forgotten chapter in Russian history. Putin would no doubt fondly recall the man responsible for the rise of the Soviet Navy and for its operational and intellectual direction in its heyday: Admiral Sergei Gorshkov....
  • Eurofighter has manufacturing fault: Germany

    10/01/2014 6:14:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    (MENAFN - AFP) A manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes, Germany said Tuesday, announcing it was suspending deliveries of the sophisticated jets. The news was another blow to the troubled and costly Eurofighter programme -- and raised concerns over the use of the planes. According to Germany's defence ministry, the defect discovered was in the rear fuselage of the twin-engine multirole fighter. As a result, Berlin has decided to cut the time its Eurofighters spend in the air each year in half, from 3,000 hours to 1,500 hours. The news website Spiegel Online reported that, in...
  • Pesky Questions About Those AWOL Afghans

    10/01/2014 6:11:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two separate U.S. military bases are now all accounted for and apparently headed back to their home country. Feel safer now? Don't. The Pentagon, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would like this story to be over and done. (Just like they wanted the White House "fence-jumper" story to be buried. But then we found out he didn't just jump the fence; he also overpowered a Secret Service agent, burst through the halls and invaded the East Room wielding a knife.) Here are my nagging questions about another hushed-up national...
  • Ebola Flies Into Dallas

    10/01/2014 5:36:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 30, 2014 | Neil Munro
    An Ebola victim has flown in from Liberia and has now been placed in an isolation ward at a Dallas hospital. “This individual left Liberia on the 19th of September, arrived in the U.S. on the 20th of September [and] had no symptoms when departing Liberia or when entering this country,” said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said the man left the disease-stricken country of Liberia to visit with friends in the United States. They did not say if the man left Liberia for the United States because he had contacted the disease,...
  • Unamed Pentagon Official: The President is lying to America

    10/01/2014 5:27:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-1-14 | "Joseph Miller"
    Joseph Miller is the pen name for a ranking Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked in strategic planning. President Barack Obama has taken a lot of flack since his Sunday night “60 Minutes” interview, in which he blamed the intelligence community for his failure to tackle the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. And that is right and proper. Because not only was his excuse of blaming us a lie, but when questioned on his lie, White House press secretary Josh...
  • Second case of Ebola reported in Dallas (radio)

    10/01/2014 4:49:10 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 264 replies
    www.freerepublic.com ^ | 10/1/2014 | Dallas59
    Just heard on the radio (WBAP) that a family member of the man with Ebola is now sick with the stuff.
  • Glenn Beck’s Theory on the Real Reason Why the U.S. Bombed the Khorasan Group in Syria

    10/01/2014 4:41:03 AM PDT · by ZachJones · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 30, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck presented a theory Tuesday about why the United States bombed targets from the Khorasan group last week, saying it’s possible that the United States did it to help prop up the Iranian government in return for increased cooperation from Iran’s leaders. “It is a theory, but remember, my theory was that you were being lied to in great detail on Benghazi,” Beck said on his television program. “I think this is going to fall in the same thing. I have an answer that nobody else does. [But] I want you to know again, it is a theory.” Beck...
  • Iran’s President is Not Telling the Truth [no kidding]

    10/01/2014 3:53:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 10/1/2014 | Ava Homa
    Unlike his predecessor, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani does not talk of wiping Israel off the map or claim that homosexuality does not exist in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yet, what he told the world from the podium of the UN General Assembly last week, and in an interview with CNN during his stay US stay, was no less shameless and false than the outrageous comments of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the man who occupied the Iranian presidency just before. Since his election in June last year, Iranians and the world have watched Rouhani with cautious optimism. They have been waiting to...
  • Taliban unleash twin suicide attacks in Kabul

    10/01/2014 3:50:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/1/2014
    Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul on Wednesday with initial reports of six people killed in the twin attack, police said, one day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for U.S. troops to stay in the country. The Taliban, who strongly opposed the U.S. agreement, claimed responsibility for the two early-morning attacks on vehicles carrying military employees to work in the capital. “There have been two suicide attacks targeting buses carrying Afghan national army personnel,” Farid Afzali, chief of the city’s police investigation department, told AFP. “Initial reports say six military people and civilians were...
  • Drone Shows Thousands Filling Hong Kong Streets

    10/01/2014 3:08:12 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 29, 2014 | Nero Chan
    Video at source. Thousands of demonstrators turned out in downtown Hong Kong on September 29 to support a protest over Beijing’s decision to reject calls for open nominations for the election of Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017. In this footage, a drone captured the scale of the crowd making its way through the skyscrapers of the former British colony’s central business district.
  • Saying ‘no’ to undocumented kids lands town in hot water

    10/01/2014 2:45:29 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | September 30, 2014 | Kathryn Watson
    One small Virginia town is the target of a racial discrimination complaint from a fair housing group and a shuttered college, the potential beneficiary of a plan to house minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Word broke this summer the federal government — at the original suggestion of Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel and Secretary of Education Anne Holton — was pursuing a contract with the closed St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville to house what could be hundreds of immigrants.(snip) Now, the private St. Paul’s College — which would have received a much-needed $160,000 a...
  • Expert: China Could Put US Orbiting Assets at Risk

    09/30/2014 11:08:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 03:59 PM | Sean Piccoli
    A growing Chinese military space program could put America’s orbiting assets at risk, especially now that China has demonstrated the ability to knock out satellites, says a professor of international affairs. China's anti-satellite weaponry is a concern because the United States is “much more reliant on satellite technology than any other nation,” for everything from telecommunications to guided missiles, Mariel Borowitz of Georgia Tech told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Tuesday. …
  • Health officials tracing Dallas Ebola patient’s path (Dallas ambulance was in use 2 more days)

    09/30/2014 11:07:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | September 30, 2014 | Judy Wiley and Monica Nagy
    A man in a Dallas hospital has Ebola, the first human case of the deadly virus diagnosed in the United States, doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The patient, who is in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, did not develop symptoms until four days after he arrived from West Africa, officials said at a hastily called press conference at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta. “He was checked for fever before getting on the flight,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden. “There is no reason to believe anyone on the flight was at risk.”...
  • AWOL Afghans Exploited Security Breakdown

    09/30/2014 9:31:07 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 3 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two separate U.S. military bases are now all accounted for and apparently headed back to their home country. Feel safer now? Don’t. The Pentagon, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would like this story to be over and done. (Just like they wanted the White House “fence-jumper” story to be buried. But then we found out he didn’t just jump the fence; he also overpowered a Secret Service agent, burst through the halls and invaded the East Room wielding a knife.)
  • Kasparov: Putin 'the most dangerous man' in the world & a bigger threat to U.S. than Islamic State

    09/30/2014 9:20:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Bianna Golodryga
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Arguably the world's best chess player ever, Garry Kasparov is on a new mission. He hopes to convince the world that the biggest threat to global unrest is not the Islamic State, al-Qaida or North Korea. Instead it is Vladimir Putin, Russia's president from 2000 to 2008 and then again from 2012 to today. In an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, Kasparov outlined his reasons for believing that Putin should be what keeps the world up at night. He chided President Barack Obama for being too late in addressing Putin's aggression in Ukraine — ultimately annexing...
  • Globe in Hong Kong: Protest of Politeness dares Beijing to respond

    09/30/2014 9:03:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 41 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Tuesday, Sep. 30 2014, 9:10 PM EDT | Nathan VanderKlippe
    “Hong Kong has picked up the baton and is leading the pro-democracy movement of China now,” said Rose Tang, who was among the student leaders in 1989. “Hong Kong is becoming the catalyst to kick-start the end of an era – the Chinese communist’s one-party dictatorship.” [....] What has been called the Umbrella Revolution could as well be dubbed the Protest of Politeness, amid a burgeoning of ideological optimism in a city normally defined by its conservative dedication to the making of fortunes.
  • Turkey nears intervention in Syria, Iraq

    09/30/2014 9:00:47 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    WP via Herald Net ^ | Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:13 p.m | Erin Cunningham and Karen DeYoung
    BAGHDAD — Turkey’s government edged closer Tuesday to direct intervention in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, bolstering security along its border with Syria and asking parliament to authorize sending troops to the two war-ravaged countries. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters the proposal sent to parliament would include a wide range of options, including opening Turkish bases to foreign troops and deploying soldiers to establish safe zones for refugees inside Syria. The government wants the motion to be broad enough to avoid needing another parliamentary mandate for military action, he said. The motion is to be voted on...
  • Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.

    09/30/2014 8:42:53 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    KNPR ^ | Tue September 30, 2014 5:08 pm | Hansi Lo Wang
    Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given work permits that last for at least two years. But 45 percent of those who are eligible for DACA have not applied, and the cost may be holding some back. Immigrants have to pay a total of $465 to the Department of Homeland Security for fees related...
  • Iran to give military grant to Lebanese army

    09/30/2014 8:26:38 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | September/30/2014
    Iran is to give a military grant to the Lebanese Army, the head of Iran's national security council said on Sept. 30, boosting security forces that are already backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States. The Lebanase Army has been stepping up efforts to prevent Sunni Muslim fighters from Syria entering Lebanese border towns. Last month, the northern town of Arsal was the scene of the deadliest spillover of fighting in the three-year-old civil war in Syria. The rise of hardline militants in Syria such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) presents a shared foe for...
  • UKRAINE: The Russians used against Ukrainians ammunition with ceramic fragments

    30.09.14 07:41 The Russians used against Ukrainians ammunition with ceramic fragments. It's scary-military surgeon During the fighting in Donbass Russian units and militants use against multiple launch rocket system of Ukrainian troops, using ammunition with ceramic fragments. It is reported THERE is NO censor. with reference to "Ukrinform". "To operate the wounded by shrapnel more difficult because often the x-ray does not see them in the tissues of the limbs, chest or abdomen. Delete the metal shard, and behind it you notice the ceramic, embedded in the meat-and it's scary, "-such impressions shared on Monday told a military surgeon on...
  • Name That Operation?

    09/30/2014 6:52:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Normally, when a President orders the military into action, the White House gives the operation a name to reference for the duration. Operation Desert Shield turned into Operation Desert Storm when George H. W. Bush shifted from deterrence to offense when Saddam Hussein refused to pull out of Kuwait. The operational name for the 2003 invasion ordered by George W. Bush was called Operation Iraqi Freedom, paralleling the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan’s Operation Enduring Freedom after the 9/11 attacks. Bill Clinton named the brief 1998 missile attack on Iraq Operation Desert Fox. That operation lasted all of four days, but...
  • The House of the Usher

    09/30/2014 5:42:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-30-14 | Richard Fernandez
    According to Robert Sczcerba, a health technology venture capitalist and former director of life sciences at Lockheed Martin, the greatest health technology danger is the cacaphony of beeps that attend medical devices in every hospital. Because if everything is a priority then nothing is. He writes: Have you ever stood in line at a fast food restaurant listening to a loud, persistent beeping from the kitchen’s deep fryer? If so, you’ve probably wanted to yell, “Hey, could somebody get the fries, or press a button to make that stupid dinging stop?” The employees, meanwhile, have long since stopped paying attention...
  • Netanyahu: Militant Islam Aims to ‘Dominate World;’ State Dept.: 'No' It Doesn't

    09/30/2014 4:30:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/30/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The Obama administration does not share Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s view that the forces of militant Islam, whether Sunni or Shi’ite, have in common an ultimate goal “to dominate the world,” a State Department spokeswoman said Monday. In a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations, the Israeli leader said that entities such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), Hamas, the Iranian regime, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram share that eventual goal. Jen Psaki was asked at the State Department daily briefing later whether the administration agreed with Netanyahu’s argument that those various groups “are all part...
  • DCNS will unveil the SMX OCEAN at Euronaval 2014: A Conventional Barracuda (French sub design)

    09/30/2014 4:25:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 30 September 2014
    Navy Recognition learned that DCNS will introduce a new submarine concept at Euronaval 2014 which be held from October 27th to 31st at Paris Le Bourget in France. The SMX OCEAN is based on a Barracuda hull, the next generation SSN of the French Navy, fitted with a conventional propulsion system (SSK) with AIP technology. The SMX OCEAN concept to be unveiled at Euronaval 2014. Picture: DCNS The focus of DCNS engineers in developing this concept was put on endurance and high sustained speed. We learned that the 4,700 tons SSK was designed for an endurance of 14,000 nautical miles...
  • John Batchelor interviews Thomas Joscelyn of Long War Journal

    09/30/2014 4:16:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 29 September 2014 | John Batchelor
    Audio podcast 39:46 Monday 29 September 2014 / Hour 1, Block A: Thomas Joscelyn, Long War Journal senior editor, & Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD, in re: US killed 2 'Arabs' in first drone strike in South Waziristan in more than a year The US has not launched a drone strike in South Waziristan since mid-April 2013. US drone strike kills 2 AQAP fighters in Al Jawf The strike, the second in two days, took place in a northern province where top al Qaeda leaders have been targeted and killed in the past. Al Qaeda official warns against...
  • CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

    09/30/2014 3:40:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 67 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Janet St. James and Josh Davis
    A patient in a Dallas hospital has been confirmed to have the deadly Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday. That person has been held in "strict isolation" at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas as he was evaluated for possible exposure to the virus. The CDC will decide whether it is necessary to move the patient to another facility. This is the first-ever case of this strain of Ebola confirmed in the United States. Officials would not confirm or deny if he was a U.S. citizen, only saying he was "visiting family in the U.S."
  • Hong Kong protesters use a mesh network to organise

    09/30/2014 3:30:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 09/30/14 | Aviva Rutkin and Jacob Aron
    Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection. On Sunday alone, the app was downloaded more than 100,000 times in Hong Kong, its developers said. FireChat relies on "mesh networking", a technique that allows data to zip directly from one phone to another via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.