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  • European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations 'to be morphed into one' post-Brexit

    06/28/2016 4:20:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Express ^ | June 28, 2016 | Nick Guttridge
    The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an “ultimatum”. Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.
  • Benghazi Bombshell: No Evidence of Obama’s ‘Three Directives’

    06/28/2016 3:31:56 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Jun 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    The House Select Committee on Benghazi report contains at least one major bombshell: the committee found no evidence of the “three directives” that President Barack Obama claimed he issued when he first learned about the ongoing terror attack. Neither the committee’s official report, nor the Democrats’ dissenting minority report, mentions the “three directives.” (In fact, President Obama barely features in the Democrats’ report at all, as if someone else were Commander-in-Chief that evening.)
  • Merkel: Britain can’t cherry-pick Brexit terms

    06/28/2016 2:53:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 89 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jun 2016 16:25 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the EU could survive a Brexit and warned Britain the union would not tolerate “cherry-picking” in upcoming negotiations on their future relations. “The EU is strong enough to withstand Britain’s withdrawal,” she told the German parliament ahead of a crisis summit of the 28 member states in Brussels. […] “We will ensure there are no negotiations based on the principle of cherry-picking,” she said to applause. “There must be and will be a noticeable difference between whether a country wants to be a member of the European Union family or not.” She added:...
  • Istanbul airport attacks: 28 killed, 60 wounded in suicide attacks at Ataturk airport in Turkey

    06/28/2016 2:19:42 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 37 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | 28 JUNE 2016 | David Lawler
    Istanbul governor: 28 killed and 60 wounded We have just received an update on the casualties from the attack from Istanbul's governor. At least 28 people have died, with approximately 60 more wounded.
  • 28 Dead As Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport

    06/28/2016 2:15:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    Sky News ^ | 06-28-2016 | Staff
    Two suicide bombers open fire before detonating their explosives at Turkey's biggest airport. At least 28 people have been killed and 60 wounded in twin explosions at the main airport in Istanbul, the city's govenor has said. Two attackers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance to Istanbul Ataturk Airport's international terminal, an official said, citing information from the interior ministry. Police fired shots to try to stop the attackers but they detonated their explosives, the official said. A witness told NBC News that he saw a police officer diving to tackle one of the attackers - who...
  • Alan Dershowitz: ‘Problem’ To Be A Democrat And Care About American Exceptionalism, Israel

    06/28/2016 2:03:26 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aaron Klein
    Look as a liberal Democrat, I have a problem. As all liberal Democrats do. We support the Obama administration on who he is going to put on the Supreme Court, on healthcare, on immigration, on a range of other issues. But we fundamentally disagree with him on his approach to foreign policy, particularly in regard to the Middle East. You know, if you are a staunch Republican supporter of Israel, you have no problem. If you are a staunch Democrat who doesn’t care about Israel, you have no problem. But if you are a liberal Democrat who cares deeply about...
  • ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Returns: Just Couldn’t Stay Away from Texas

    06/28/2016 1:58:53 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 49 replies
    “Clock Boy” Ahmed returned to the United States late Monday afternoon, June 27, landing at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Breitbart Texas reported the “homesick” teenager just couldn’t stay away from Texas. Ahmed, his parents, and siblings walked into the airport terminal greeted by a crowd of family and a hoard of TV news crews. KDFW 4 (Fox) reported the Mohamed family “alerted” the TV news outlet to the teen’s return. His grandmother flew in from the Sudan for this homecoming, according to the local Fox affiliate. The teen and his family have been living in Qatar for the past...
  • Germany seeks UN Security Council seat again

    06/28/2016 1:54:03 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 36 replies
    In a foreign policy speech in Hamburg on Monday, Steinmeier announced that Germany would campaign for a non-permanent seat in 2019 and 2020. The country last held a Security Council seat from 2011 to 2012. Diplomats will seek support for Germany's candidacy before an election is held in mid 2018. Germany's application would require approval from at least two thirds of the 193 states in the UN General Assembly to be successful.
  • Now Juncker to force all remaining EU countries to adopt the euro after Brexit paves [tr]

    06/28/2016 1:48:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 28, 2016 | Staff
    The eight EU members who do not currently use the euro may be forced to adopt it in a bid to speed up monetary union in the wake of Brexit. The Daily Express reports that Denmark, Sweden, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania will be given an ultimatum by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker . The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung claimed there were plans afoot to accelerate the 'completion' of the monetary union. Brexit campaigners claim the plans show that the Leave vote in last week's referendum proved a 'great escape' for Britain.
  • I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say "radical Islam."

    06/28/2016 1:32:58 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 118 replies
    The recent verbal attacks by the Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump and his supporters on President Barack Obama for avoiding the phrase "radical Islam" in his public pronouncements are simplistic, racially inflammatory — and flatly misinformed. Settling upon accurate and strategically nuanced terms to describe the post-9/11 enemy is not the product of "political correctness" (contra Trump) or a failure to understand the enemy (contra a much-discussed Atlantic cover story). Nor are objections to using overly broad terms like "Islamic radicalism" limited to Democrats. The Bush administration understood the power of words, too. It concluded that distinctions that may seem...
  • CANADA TO LIFT VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR MEXICO

    Ottawa, Ontario 28 June 2016 The Government of Canada has made it a top priority to re-establish and strengthen our relationship with one of our most important partners, Mexico. To this end, Prime Minister Trudeau today announced Canada’s intention to lift the visa requirement for Mexican visitors to Canada beginning December 1, 2016. Lifting the visa requirement will deepen ties between Canada and Mexico and will increase the flow of travellers, ideas, and businesses between both countries. Closer collaboration between Canada and Mexico on mobility issues will also help encourage travel between the two countries while preventing any increase in...
  • Seeking to Improve Ties With Russia, Turkey Apologizes for Downing Warplane

    06/28/2016 12:19:46 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 06-28-2016 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    ISTANBUL — Turkey continued its diplomatic fence mending on Monday, apologizing for downing a Russian jet near its border with Syria last year. In a letter to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday, the same day Turkey announced a rapprochement with Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret about the November episode, in which Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had violated its airspace. The downing infuriated Russia and paralyzed relations between the two countries: The Kremlin ordered sanctions on Turkish food imports, stopped visa-free travel for Turks and barred Turkish tour operators from...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Obama Admin. Dumps 4,000 More Alien Kids into the U.S.

    06/28/2016 11:51:26 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 21 replies
    MRC ^ | 6/28/2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to data recently released by the Office of Refugee Settlement, the Obama administration dumped another 4,097 illegal alien kids into U.S. communities during the month of April, adding on to the 29,250 kids the government had shipped to sponsors in the United States between October and March. Broken down, this means the federal government sent about 132 illegal alien children per day to live in American neighborhoods during the month of April. While this might not seem like a shockingly high number, here’s another way of looking at it. Based on 2015-16 enrollment data, the average Washington, D.C. middle...
  • Former UN President about to Testify Against Hillary [in a Few Days] Found Dead in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

    06/28/2016 11:39:25 AM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 39 replies
    Right Alerts ^ | June 28, 2016
    The suspicious circumstances surrounding the death last week of former U.N. President John Ashe had many wondering whether foul play was involved. The New York Post’s Page Six reported that after Ashe was found dead Wednesday, the U.N. claimed that he had died from a heart attack. Local police officers in Dobbs Ferry, New York, later disputed that claim, saying instead that he died from a workout accident that crushed his throat. Adding to the mysterious nature of Ashe’s death was the fact that he had been slated to be in court Monday with his Chinese businessman co-defendant Ng Lap...
  • Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil, Where...

    06/28/2016 11:15:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 28, 2016
    Full title: Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil, Whereabouts Unknown With the summer Olympics just a few weeks away in Brazil, a veteran Al Qaeda operative released from Guantanamo to Uruguay has gone missing and authorities in Latin America believe he sneaked into Brazil after being denied legal entry. The Islamic terrorist’s name is Jihad Ahmad Diyab an in late 2014 President Obama sent him to Uruguay along with five fellow Gitmo inmates as part of a misguided plan to shut down the U.S. military prison at the Naval base in southeast Cuba....
  • Benghazi is What Happens When the Liberal Narrative on Islam Prevails

    06/28/2016 10:32:49 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 13 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 6/28/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    The final Benghazi Report is out, and it is a revealing and thorough indictment of the actions of President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and many within the Obama administration... Of course, we now know that Obama administration repeatedly lied to and misled the American public about the Benghazi attack. Then, four years later, the Orlando massacre happens, and the Islamic apologists within the Obama administration again attempt to cover-up what really happened when a radical Islamist kills 49 inside a nightclub. As if it needed to be said again, liberals simply cannot be trusted when it comes to Islam, radical Islam,...
  • Singapore's RSS Steadfast first non-US navy ship to lead RIMPAC multinational group sail

    06/28/2016 10:13:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    THE STRAITS TIMES ^ | 06/28/2016
    The RSS Steadfast (left) leading the multi-national group sail with two other warships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (right) and US Navy (in far background).PHOTO: MINDEF SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) frigate RSS Steadfast is leading two other warships in a multi-national group sail from Okinawa, Japan, to Hawaii to participate in the Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. This is the first time a non-US Navy ship is commanding a group sail to the world's largest international maritime exercise. The two warships, which the RSN is leading from June 18 to 29, are from the Japan...
  • Multiculturalism: A Failed Concept (Walter Williams)

    06/28/2016 10:13:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 29, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has "utterly failed," adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could "live happily side by side." The failure of multiculturalism is also seen in Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and other European countries. Immigrants coming from Africa and the Middle East refuse to assimilate and instead seek to import the failed cultures they fled. Leftist diversity advocates and multiculturalists are right to argue that people of all races, religions and cultures should be equal in the eyes of the law. But their argument borders on idiocy...
  • House Republicans' Report Sheds New Light on Benghazi Attack

    06/28/2016 10:06:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 28, 2016 | by Andrea Mitchell
    A long-awaited report on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi details an array of bureaucratic miscues and inter-agency blunders but does not specifically blame former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for events that led to the deaths of four Americans. One section of the report seems to allege that U.S. officials fundamentally misunderstood who their allies were at the time. The report found that 35 Americans were saved not by a "quasi-governmental militia" as previous reports concluded, or even a group the U.S. saw as allies. Instead, the report determines that the Americans were saved by the "Libyan Military Intelligence,"...
  • As Israel becomes more nationalistic, liberal US Jews become more distant

    06/28/2016 9:57:54 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/27/16 | Danielle Ziri
    NEW YORK – The liberal, Reform, Conservative and secular parts of the American Jewish community may become more distant from Israel as the country’s demography becomes more Orthodox and nationalistic, according to a report presented to the Cabinet on Sunday. Results from the 12th Annual Assessment of the Situation and Dynamics of the Jewish People, put together by The Jewish People Policy Institute, were offered by JPPI Co-Chairman Ambassador Dennis Ross and President Avinoam Bar-Yosef. Bar-Yosef explained that while there is significant support for Israel in North America, it isn’t compensating for “the young generation of liberal and secular American...
  • Labour crisis: Jeremy Corbyn refuses to resign after losing confidence of 172 MPs (trunc)

    06/28/2016 9:23:06 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/27/2016 | Michale Wilkinson
    Jeremy Corbyn has lost a vote of no confidence in his leadership (172 votes to 40) but is expected to battle on to force a contest in which Angela Eagle or Tom Watson is likely to be the rival candidate.
  • Seven Refugees With Active TB Sent to Idaho

    06/28/2016 9:06:44 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/28/2016 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Seven refugees with active tuberculosis (TB) were diagnosed shortly after their resettlement in Idaho between 2011 and 2015, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. This makes Idaho the seventh state to confirm to Breitbart News that recently arrived refugees have been diagnosed with active TB. -snip- Idaho is one of fourteen states that have withdrawn from the federal refugee resettlement program where the federal government has hired a voluntary agency (VOLAG) to resettle refugees under the statutorily questionable Wilson Fish alternative program. In Idaho, the federal government has contracted the Idaho Office for Refugees (IOR), a division...
  • Inside Kosovo's Islamist Cauldron: The jihadist capital of the Balkans

    06/28/2016 8:47:22 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    rferl.org ^ | JUNE 2016 | Frud Bezhan
    Jihadist Capital Of The Balkans The government estimates that more than 300 Kosovars have traveled to the Middle East to wage jihad, or Islamic holy war. That makes this predominately Muslim country of under 2 million people, which unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, Europe's biggest contributor per capita of IS foot soldiers. IS Recruiter One product of the radicalization in Kacanik is Lavdrim Muhaxheri, a 25-year-old IS recruiter who fights in Syria. He has been described as one of IS's top leaders. Last year, Muhaxheri sent shockwaves around Kosovo when he posted photos on Facebook of himself...
  • NY Times: House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton

    06/28/2016 8:24:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 28, 2016 | David M. Herszenhorn
    Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead. The 800-page report, however, included some new details about the night of the attacks, and the context in which it occurred, and it delivered a broad rebuke of government agencies like the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department - and the officials who led them - for failing...
  • Laura Bush's Case for Remaining in Afghanistan

    06/28/2016 7:54:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 28, 2016 | Yoni Applebaum
    Fifteen years after President George W. Bush first sent American forces into Afghanistan, his wife considers the job unfinished. “I hope we won’t leave,” former First Lady Laura Bush said on Monday. She cited the conversations she’s had with Afghan women, who worry about what follows the exit of U.S. forces. “They hope that our troops won’t leave too fast,” she said, “because if we leave there’s a vacuum. And they saw what happened in Iraq, where it just wasn’t successful for us to leave.” And she applauded the progress that Afghan women had made over the past decade and...
  • Netanyahu urges UN chief: Help free captive Israelis

    06/28/2016 7:33:03 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/9/16
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to work towards freeing Israeli citizens held by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza. .....
  • 94-year-old Nazi appeals sentence

    06/28/2016 7:19:37 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 62 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/6/16 | Nissan Tzur
    Following the sentencing of 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning to 5 years in prison for his part in the murder of 170,000 Jews in the Holocaust, his lawyers have announced that they will appeal the sentence. The prosecution, representing Holocaust victims, will also appeal the leniency of the sentence. Hanning was convicted 10 days ago by a court in Detmold, Germany, for aiding the murder of 170,000 inmates at Aushwitz-Birkenau. The judges in the case found that Hanning worked as a guard in the German extermination camp on Polish soil in the years 1941-1944, while being involved in the deaths of 170,000...
  • House Benghazi Committee Completes its Work

    06/28/2016 7:10:10 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 11 replies
    FullMeasure ^ | June 28, 2016 | Sharyl Atkisson
    Almost immediately, when word of the attacks reached Washington D.C., all concerned understood they were acts of terrorism, according to documents and witnesses inside the Obama administration. Emails and testimony later revealed then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials confirmed the attack's terrorist origins privately with foreign officials and family members right away, but told the public and victims' family members a different story. Even as the assault was underway, Clinton began advancing a false narrative pointing to an anti-Islamic YouTube video rather than Islamic terrorists. Emails also revealed Obama officials censored words and phrases such as "Islamic" and...
  • Trump Spokeswoman: ‘We’re Not Going to Base National Security Off PolitiFact, or Even the UN’

    06/28/2016 7:08:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 28, 2016 | 4:28 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    A Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman sparred with a CNN anchor Monday over the process for vetting Syrian refugees, and when the journalist cited a fact-checking website’s assessment of the process the spokeswoman retorted, “We’re not going to base national security off PolitiFact, or even the United Nations.” CNN’s Brianna Keilar questioned Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson about how the presumptive Republican candidate would like to change the existing process used to vet refugees ahead of resettlement in the U.S. In doing so, Keilar paraphrased an excerpt from a recent PolitiFact article, which examined Trump’s claim that there was “no system to...
  • Hezbollah to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo

    06/28/2016 7:03:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 25 June 2016
    Hezbollah to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo Lebanese ally of Syrian government acknowledges heavy losses but vows to fight on as "retreat is not permissible". The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement has said he will send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo area, a battleground where it has suffered heavy losses fighting alongside Syrian government forces against rebel groups. Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that thousands of Hezbollah's Sunni foes had recently entered Syria via the Turkish border with the aim of taking over Aleppo and its surrounding countryside. "We are facing a new wave...of projects of war against Syria...
  • The Benghazi Lie in Black and White

    06/28/2016 6:52:48 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 28, 2016 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Among the most interesting aspects of their "additional views" is a timeline that contrasts the story top Obama administration officials were telling in public with the very different story some of those same officials were sharing with one another in private emails, conversations and documents. The timeline reinforces in a compelling way what will be one of the most significant takeaways from the committee investigation: The Obama administration knowingly provided the American people a false story about the Benghazi attack, its causes and its consequences.
  • Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report

    06/28/2016 6:42:44 AM PDT · by Dacula · 84 replies
    benghazi.house.gov ^ | 06/28/2016 | Trey Gowdy
    Washington, D.C. – Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the committee’s Majority released a mark of its investigative report: “Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored. “When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues...
  • Nigel Farage jeered and booed as he tells MEPs they are 'in denial' over Brexit

    06/28/2016 6:31:25 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/28/2016 | By Michael Wilkinson
    Ukip leader Nigel Farage was jeered by the European Parliament after he told MEPs that they were "in denial" about Brexit and that they had "never had a proper job before". His astonishing speech at a special meeting of the European Parliament today ended with boos echoing through the Brussels chamber. Mr Farage used his speech to declare that Brexit was "a beacon of hope" to other member states but he also infuriated MEPs when he said: "Now, I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked...
  • F-15E Strike Eagles unable to shoot down the F-35s in 8 dogfights during simulated deployment

    06/28/2016 5:54:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jun 27 2016 | David Cenciotti
    “0 losses in 8 dogfights against F-15E Red Air” The U.S. Air Force F-35A fleet continues to work to declare the Lightning II IOC (initial operational capability) scheduled in the August – December timeframe. Among the activities carried out in the past weeks, a simulated deployment provided important feedbacks about the goal of demonstrating the F-35’s ability to “penetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable to conflict theaters.” Seven F-35s deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, to carry out a series of operational tests...
  • Why Our Leaders Won't Name The Enemy

    06/28/2016 5:47:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    After the Orlando attack, Obama ranted that it did not matter what we called Islamic terrorism. “What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIS less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.”
  • Democrats think Hillary handled Benghazi perfectly

    06/28/2016 5:07:56 AM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 27, 2016 | Bob Fredericks
    Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued a report on Monday in which they said that Hillary Clinton was cleared of any responsibility for the deadly terrorist attack. The report was quickly condemned by Republicans as a “partisan” whitewash. “We have been hampered in our work by the ongoing Republican obsession with conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality,” says the 344-page report on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in the Libyan city, during which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
  • History Predicts How Bad The Post-Brexit Market Volatility Will Get

    06/28/2016 4:27:45 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 41 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | June 272, 2016 | PAUL KATZEFF
    How long will the Brexit meltdown continue? How far will the market fall? It's impossible to say for sure, of course. But if history is any guide, then you should expect about a month of market weakness and nearly an 11% decline before the next upturn. WPERS_01_062716This could help guide any post-Brexit investment moves you're weighing. Friday's 3.6% tumble in the market -- measured by the S&P 500 -- jibed closely with the 3.5% average first-day market decline sparked by all sorts of shocking stock market news since World War II. That includes bombings and assassinations, according to a Monday...
  • Being African in India: 'We are seen as demons'

    06/28/2016 3:11:37 AM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 27 June 2016 | Aletta Andre
    After a year in India, Zaharaddeen Muhammed, 27, knows enough Hindi to understand what bander means. Monkey. But it isn't even the daily derogatory comments that make him doubt his decision to swap his university in Nigeria for a two-year master's degree programme in chemistry at Noida International University. Nor is it the questions about personal hygiene, the unsolicited touching of his hair or the endless staring. It is his failure to interact with Indian people on a deeper level. "People often look at me as if I am different, and hard to be trusted," the tall, softly spoken student...
  • Cuban Gov. Prepares for Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

    06/28/2016 2:19:12 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 10 replies
    The Havana Times ^ | June 25, 2016 | Fabian Flores
    Cuba will be transformed into one giant concert on August 13th to celebrate Comandante Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, announced the island’s cultural authorities. According to information released by the Cuban Institute of Music (ICM), at 10 am on Saturday, August 13, “a great cantata and concerts” will be held across the island for Fidel Castro’s birthday. The press release from ICM added that “over one hundred children’s choirs and concert bands will sing in unison, across the country, at cultural institutions, in squares and parks to celebrate with a lot of joy the birthday of Fidel, the father of all...
  • Britain's African migrants who backed Brexit

    06/28/2016 1:06:06 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 20 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 6 hours ago | bbc.com
    Better the devil you know, the pro-Brexit Africans said, arguing that the rest of Europe is notorious for its absence of colour in public office and cultural life - despite the many stars of African origin currently featuring in France's European football bonanza - and its marginalisation of generations of African migrants in forgotten high-rise estates. In any case, their argument went, the expansion of the EU had drastically reduced the job chances of Africans from the Commonwealth and beyond. Employers did not worry about visas for EU citizens, and a huge pool of labour with freedom of movement had...
  • Another Brexit: England ousted by Iceland in Euro 2016

    06/28/2016 12:29:13 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | 27 June 2016 | AP
    <p>England slumped to its most embarrassing loss in a generation after taking the lead in the fourth minute through Wayne Rooney's penalty.</p> <p>Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson took advantage of defensive shortcomings by England to put Iceland ahead by the 18th minute, and the Icelanders defended superbly in the second half to earn the biggest victory in their history.</p>
  • Amnesty International slams Quebec’s Couillard on Mexican human rights comment (Mexico's bad record)

    06/27/2016 9:53:24 PM PDT · by Trumpinator
    Hamilton Spectator ^ | 3 hours ago | Mike Blanchfield and Bruce Cheadle
    OTTAWA — The head of Amnesty International's Mexican branch is taking Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard to task for his comment that Mexico's human rights record is moving in the "right direction." "I beg to differ (that) Mexico is going in the right direction," Perseo Quiroz, Amnesty's executive director in Mexico, told The Canadian Press
  • VIDEO: ISIS Threatens San Francisco — Sort Of

    06/27/2016 9:17:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon, Jun 27, 2016 | Max DeNike
    San Francisco has the unfortunate honor of appearing in a new propaganda video for the Islamic State released Sunday, no doubt to coincide with the city’s massive Pride celebration, since persecution of LGBT people is a hallmark of deranged fundamentalists. Several alleged terrorists appear on screen to praise Omar Mateen, the Orlando gay nightclub shooter, and Larossi Abballa, the man who attacked a French police officer and his family June 13, the day after the Orlando shooting. The trio reportedly encourages more attacks in the U.S. and Europe, and this is when the footage of San Francisco starts to roll...
  • Brexit boosts calls for Australia to leave the Commonwealth

    06/27/2016 7:34:17 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 70 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | June 27, 2016 | Telegraph
    Australia's republican movement says membership has surged in the wake of the Brexit vote, as Australians question the benefits of remaining part of “little Britain”. An “AusExit” campaign, including calls to remove the Union Jack from the flag and remove the British monarch as head of state, has gained momentum since Friday, when Britain voted to leave the European Union. Peter FitzSimons, the chairman of Australia’s republican movement, said Australia had belonged to the British empire but the historic ties between the nations had become less relevant because “Great Britain barely exists anymore”. “It’s one thing for the monarchists to...
  • Brexit and the Future of Europe

    06/27/2016 9:04:35 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | 25 June 2016 | George Soros
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open her country’s doors wide to refugees was an inspiring gesture, but it was not properly thought out, because it ignored the pull factor. A sudden influx of asylum-seekers disrupted people in their everyday lives across the EU. ... The lack of adequate controls, moreover, created panic, affecting everyone: the local population, the authorities in charge of public safety, and the refugees themselves. It has also paved the way for the rapid rise of xenophobic anti-European parties – such as the UK Independence Party, which spearheaded the Leave campaign – as national governments and...
  • Iranians are angry about big bonuses paid to bureaucrats

    06/27/2016 8:46:55 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | June 27, 2016 | Parham Pourparsa & Tse Yin Lee
    How much can you earn working for the Iranian state? That question is trending online in Iran, after the payslips of several employees were leaked online and published by several media outlets. They showed not just inflated salaries, but what appear to be bonuses, interest-free loans and significant overtime payments. In one instance, a bank manager at a state bank was shown to have received Ł50,000 in one month. By contrast, other public servants - including those who identified themselves as teachers, nurses and journalists - have published monthly payslips showing some of them are paid much more modest salaries...
  • Clinton Refugee Plan Could Bring In 620,000 Refugees In 1st Term At Lifetime Cost over $400 Billion

    06/27/2016 8:42:47 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 39 replies
    WASHINGTON— An analysis by the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest finds the refugee plan of presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has announced her desire to admit at least 65,000 refugees from Syria – on top of the existing refugee flow already entering the United States. What Clinton has not explained, however, is that in addition to the clear national security implications related to accepting more refugees, there are massive financial costs that would be borne by federal, state, and local governments.‎ Assuming Clinton's desire to bring...
  • India Stocks Up on Howitzers to Defend Its Border with China

    06/27/2016 8:01:06 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 13 replies
    After a remarkably long wait of 30 years, the Indian Army will finally get its hands on new artillery guns. On Saturday (June 25), India’s defence ministry approved a proposal to purchase 145 ultra light howitzer guns from the British weapons manufacturer BAE Systems. The deal is worth about Rs5,000 crore ($750 million). The country’s defence ministry wants to give these guns to the Mountain Strike Corps—consisting of over 90,000 troops and to be raised by 2021—to defend India’s 4,000-kilometre-long border with China.
  • Britain can't leave the EU without MPs voting for it, top lawyers say

    06/27/2016 7:56:30 PM PDT · by dennisw · 39 replies
    The country may just have voted 52% in favour of leaving the EU, but Brexit won’t become a reality unless voted for by members of Parliament, according to Geoffrey Robertson QC. The lawyer, who set up Doughty Street Chambers, says the referendum was “purely advisory”, and his sentiments have been echoed by Charles Flint QC in a letter to the Times. “Under our constitution, speaking as a constitutional lawyer, sovereignty rests in what we call the Queen in parliament,” Robertson told The Independent. “It’s the right of MPs alone to make or break laws, and the peers to block them....
  • Stacey Dash Applauds Brexit, Says It’s a Warning to Clinton Supporters

    06/27/2016 7:16:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 24th, 2016 | Sam Reisman
    extraordinary evidence that socialism just does not work. It doesn’t work,” she said. The so-called Brexit (British exit) movement was spurred in large part by a desire to curb immigration and to get out from EU regulations and membership fees that Leave proponents argued were onerous and hurtful to the nation’s economy