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  • Pakistan to get US copters at last

    08/29/2015 5:28:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Nation, Pakistan ^ | August 28, 2015
    LAHORE - US Department of Defence (DoD) announced on Wednesday night that it has awarded Bell Helicopter a $581 million contract that includes the delivery of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan. Although Pakistan had requested the sale of 15 AH-1Z helicopters in April, it is not clear how many of the 15 helicopters have been signed for at this stage. The notification by the US DoD stated that 10% ($57. 9 million) of the overall contract value covered the sale to the government of Pakistan. This suggests that this is an initial deal for the first two helicopters only,...
  • Snowden Warned Norway He faced Death in US

    08/29/2015 12:31:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Norway that he faced a possible death sentence if returned to the United States in the extradition request he made in 2012. Snowden may get freedom prize at border (28 Aug 15) US asked Norway to arrest Edward Snowden (27 Aug 15) “I believe that…it is unlikely that I would receive a fair trial or proper treatment prior to the trial, and face the possibility of life imprisonment, and even death,” he wrote in the extradition letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Norway's NRK channel. The letter was sent by fax to...
  • How Huma Abedin Operated At The Center Of The Clinton Universe [Future Chief of Staff?]

    08/28/2015 10:55:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 27, 2015 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
    How Huma Abedin Operated At The Center Of The Clinton Universe By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger August 27 As Hillary Rodham Clinton was preparing for her farewell international trip as secretary of state, her close aide and confidante Huma Abedin e-mailed a small number of longtime political allies to help arrange an intimate get-together at a private club in Dublin. “Maybe we can all gather for drinks/dinner and HRC can come join for as long as she can?” Abedin wrote. The December 2012 event showcased the unique position that Abedin occupied at the apex of the Clintons’ public...
  • Nearly $100K Raised for Syrian Father Seen in Viral Photo Cadling Daughter

    08/28/2015 10:46:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 | Doug G. Ware
    "When [Abdul] heard the amount, he just broke down and started crying," Simonarson said. "He was so thankful and he kept saying, 'thank you for all your generosity,'" Gissur Simonarson, the man who took the photo, said.Heartbroken readers around the world have made a definitive statement after seeing a viral photo circulated on the Internet this week -- showing a Syrian father selling pens in the streets of Beirut while cradling his sleeping daughter. And that statement so far has nearly six digits in it. A Norwegian activist named Gissur Simonarson came face-to-face with the refugee on Tuesday. With...
  • Former Guatemalan Dictator to Face Retrial Over Mayan Genocide

    08/28/2015 10:25:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 27, 2015
    Former Guatemalan dictator Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt will face a new genocide trial for his alleged role in persecuting Maya Ixil Indians, but will be tried behind closed doors as he suffers from dementia. Ríos Montt, 89, will not be required to attend the trial, where he will be represented by his lawyers. The start of the retrial is scheduled for January 11. The retired general was convicted and sentenced in 2013 to 80 years imprisonment in connection the the killing of 1,771 people in the Mayan Highlands during 1982 and 1983. Ríos Montt ruled Guatemala for nearly 17 months...
  • Education Minister Regrets Making 'Leggo Beast' Comment

    08/28/2015 10:17:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Jamaica Observer ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Education Minister Ronald Thwaites today expressed regret at his use of the term “leggo beast” to describe children, withdrawing the statement he made at the recently held Jamaica Teachers’ Association Conference. “On reflection and having listened to all the comments, I would like, even at this late stage, to withdraw my use of the term ‘leggo beast’ to describe uncontrollable children spoken at last week’s JTA Conference,” Thwaites said in a media release Wednesday. He also said that the serious issue facing the society of “weak parenting and inadequate community support to socialise so many schoolchildren”, is likely to be...
  • Citing increased terror activities, US asks citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan

    08/28/2015 10:05:08 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | PTI
    Washington - The United States on Friday asked its citizens to defer their all non-essential travel to Pakistan, citing increased terror activities in the country. "The Department of State warns US citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan," a travel advisory said. However, the US Embassy in Islamabad and the US Consulate General in Karachi continue to provide consular services for all its citizens in Pakistan. The Consulate General in Peshawar no longer offers consular services, and consular services at the Consulate General in Lahore remain temporarily suspended. "The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups continues to pose a danger to...
  • Foiled European train attack adds to concerns over refugees

    08/28/2015 9:43:56 PM PDT · by Mariner · 10 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | August 28th, 2015 | By Matthew Schofield
    BERLIN - After three Americans thwarted a gun- and knife-wielding attacker on a French train Aug. 21, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said that it might be time for security checks at his nation’s borders with its European neighbors. “It might be time to adjust the Schengen agreement,” he told Belgian public television, referring to an accord between 26 European nations to allow passport-free travel. “The agreement is important, but we now find ourselves confronted with a new threat scenario in Europe.” It’s the sort of political statement that, when made on the heels of a thwarted attack, can appeal...
  • Kurdish Forces Free 7 Villages in Iraq From ISI

    08/28/2015 9:41:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Saturday, 29 August 2015
    Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of ISIS in northern Iraq in recent days, the U.S.-led coalition battling the militants said Friday. But the extremists still control broad swathes of land in the war-torn country, where ISIS has waged a terrifying offensive of forced religious conversions and beheadings. Bolstered by coalition airstrikes, the Peshmerga fighters wrestled back more than 200 square kilometers (80 square miles) near the town of Tuz since August 26, the Combined Joint Task Force said.
  • Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees ( Italy )

    08/28/2015 9:22:04 PM PDT · by george76
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    A Muslim mayor in the Tuscan seaside community of Monte Argentario has provoked a political outcry for refusing to accept any refugees. ... We don’t want refugees here, we don’t have the facilities for them,” Cerulli told The Local on Friday. “We don’t know where to put them, we don’t know what to do with them.” Cerulli, 60, is a former nuclear engineer and aligned with the New Centre-Right party (NCD) of interior minister, Angelino Alfano. During his engineering career he travelled extensively to countries including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and the US, and is married to an Indonesian woman. He...
  • Russia’s “Secret” Army in Ukraine

    08/28/2015 9:02:50 PM PDT · by Agog · 4 replies
    The XX Committee ^ | 08/28/2015 | John R. Schindler
    Needless to add, the “DNR” and “LNR” militaries would not last twenty-four hours without constant command and logistical support from Putin’s military. They are an extension of Russian Ground Forces and should be treated as such by the West. It’s time to end, once and for all, any fiction about “rebels” — these are Russian-controlled forces, led by Russian officers, supplied with Russian guns and ammunition, that are waging war inside Ukraine.
  • Adm.James Lyons Center for Security Policy Defeat Jihad Summit4

    08/28/2015 8:42:46 PM PDT · by Baynative · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | Kenneth Sikorski
    ”Islam is Islam, there are no modifiers in it, it’s a political movement masquerading as a religion.” Filmed at the Center for Security Policy 11.2.2015
  • The American Report Radio LIVE – Saturday, 8/29, 8am EST

    08/28/2015 7:33:29 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 3 replies
    The American Report ^ | August 28, 2015 | The American Report
    DON’T MISS THE AMERICAN REPORT WEEKLY RADIO PROGRAM! 8AM EST SATURDAY MORNING! Our panel of expert insiders will discuss the week’s hottest topics, including: - The DC-Media Axis - A Conservative Revolution on the Right? Update on Donald Trump and Ted Cruz - Global Refugee Crisis and Refugee Resettlement & Refugee Resettlement in America - Newly formalized Israeli-Saudi Alliance & more… You can listen to The American Report live on JJ McCartney’s Nightside Radio Studios. You can also listen Red State Talk Radio, Studio A! Listen to recorded show HERE! Call-in #: (855) 853-5227
  • Mass immigration will DESTROY Britain if we don't act now, blasts DOUGLAS MURRAY ( United Kingdom )

    08/28/2015 6:36:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Daily Express ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Douglas Murray
    IT IS now four years since David Cameron promised to reduce immigration into the UK from the hundreds of thousands to “tens of thousands” a year. “No ifs, no buts”, was what the Prime Minister said. But the latest official figures, out yesterday, show he is nowhere near to fulfilling that promise. In fact in the last year immigration into our country reached record highs with net migration reaching a 10-year peak at 330,000 in the year up to March. Thirteen per cent of people in this country now were born abroad. ... the need to speak out has never...
  • Side Deal (AIPAC's 5th TV ad blasts secret deal for Iran self inspections)

    08/28/2015 5:58:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9 hours ago | Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran
    Side deal (30 second TV ad)
  • Zimbabweans Will Miss my Bob, Says Grace Mugabe

    08/28/2015 5:25:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, has warned Zimbabweans that they will miss the veteran leader when he is gone. “It will come a day that Mugabe will not be there and people will regret, missing his leadership,” Grace said Thursday while addressing supporters at Murombedzi, in the president’s Zvimba home district. Mugabe turned 91 this year and, according to opposition MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu, is “clearly not in the best state of both physical and mental health”. But the ruling Zanu PF party appears unwilling to contemplate life without him and has already nominated the nanogenarian as its candidate for...
  • Sen. Cotton to Visit Israel for More Ammunition against Iran Deal

    08/28/2015 4:50:14 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | August 28th, 2015 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Sen. Tom Cotton, one of the loudest voices against the nuclear deal with Iran, will arrive in Israel on Sunday for a week-long visit that can be assumed is aimed at arming him with more ammunition to try to shoot down the nuclear Iran agreement in the Senate. The Israel government announced: U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) will be visiting Israel from Sunday, August 30, to Saturday, September 5, 2015. During his trip to Israel, the Senator will be updated on strategic and diplomatic issues, as well as other major developments in the region. Senator Cotton, in office as of...
  • Cotton Statement on Reports that Harry Reid may Filibuster Senate Vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    08/28/2015 4:47:22 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 35 replies
    cotton.senate.gov ^ | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | Senator Tom Cotton
    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statements on reports that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid may filibuster a Senate vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal: “First, the president did an end-run around the Constitution by refusing to submit the Iran deal as a treaty requiring a two-thirds vote of the Senate for approval. Now Harry Reid wants to deny the American people a voice entirely by blocking an up-or-down vote on this terrible deal. If Harry Reid has his way, Congress won’t even get the little oversight we were provided in Corker-Cardin. He is obstructing because...
  • Israel hits back at Swiss envoy's 'ugly act' in showing Netanyahu bird droppings cartoon

    08/28/2015 4:00:01 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/28/2015 22:17
    The Swiss ambassador to Iran's display of a cartoon depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being defecated upon by two doves was condemned as "an ugly act" by the Foreign Ministry late Friday. Switzerland expressed regret earlier Friday after Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the cartoon at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities. Haas spoke to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the "questionable cartoon" was used without its knowledge. "The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless," it said in a...
  • Switzerland says regrets envoy's display of Netanyahu cartoon (Europeans go insane post-Iran deal)

    08/28/2015 3:46:34 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:36am EDT | John Miller
    ZURICH - Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's head, at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities. Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the image during a speech to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the "questionable cartoon" was used without its knowledge. "The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless," it said in a statement. Haas' address came as Europeans race back to Iran, whose...
  • Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party Bus Trip to DC Rally Against Iran Nuke Deal W/Trump & Cruz

    08/28/2015 3:18:57 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 2 replies
    8-25-2015 | Me
    Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz are teaming up to oppose the deal. Read an article about the rally here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200019#.Vd_l9T7osrg The bus will leave from Sam's Club parking lot in Ontario (suburb of Mansfield) late in the evening on Tuesday September 8, and return very early Thursday morning, September 10. I’ll have exact times as soon as the rally organizers post this information. The cost is $80 per person. We’ll need 43 people to break even. I MUST have your check by Friday, September 4. Please contact me at info@bloodofpatriots.org for details.
  • White House: 'Pro-war' Cheney, Trump, Cruz are face of Iran deal opposition

    08/28/2015 2:35:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 | Susan Crabtree
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that those who oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, like former Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are "pro-war" and are some of the same people who got the U.S. into a war with Iraq in 2003. "There's no doubt that we've seen forceful advocacy to kill this deal," Earnest said. "It's the same forceful advocacy we've seen in the run up to the Iraq war in 2003. In fact it's many of the same people making the same arguments." Cheney is scheduled to appear Sept. 8 at...
  • Obama: I Understand ‘Cruelty Of Man’ Because I’m An African-American

    08/28/2015 2:09:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 109 replies
    Brietbart ^ | August 28, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    During a live webcast, President Obama sympathized with the persecution of the Jewish people, suggesting he was able to understand their plight because he was an African-American.
  • Source: FBI ‘A-team’ leading ‘serious’ Clinton server probe, focusing on defense info

    08/28/2015 1:24:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2015 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    An FBI "A-team" is leading the "extremely serious" investigation into Hillary Clinton's server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information," an intelligence source told Fox News. The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793.
  • North Korea Has a Meth Problem, an Unstable Leader—and Nukes

    08/28/2015 1:13:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 8/28/15 | Rob Garver
    Reports in South Korean media, however, relying largely on the stories of defectors, tell a very different story. In a country where food is often scarce, crystal meth has in recent years become so abundant that a serious addiction problem has taken hold. The crackdown is a recent phenomenon, but the production of crystal meth in North Korea has been known, if not widely discussed, for years. Last year, Vice News highlighted the country’s struggle with the problem, which apparently emerged from the government’s attempt to find new ways of raising funds in the wake of the collapse of the...
  • Obama: Opponents of Iran deal aren’t ‘warmongers’ (attempts to mend fences with Jews)

    08/28/2015 12:58:01 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 28, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama distanced himself Friday from his administration’s allies calling opponents of the Iran nuclear deal “warmongers.” “At no time have I suggested that somebody is a warmonger, meaning they want war,” Mr. Obama said in a webcast with U.S. Jewish groups. But he said if Congress votes to kill the agreement next month, military action will be likely against Tehran. “At that point we really don’t have options,” the president said. “We’re kind of flying blind. The logical conclusion is that for any president, me or my successor, to make sure that Iran’s not getting a nuclear weapon, I’m...
  • Report: Netanyahu’s US Confidantes Believe Congress Won’t Overrule Iran Nuclear Deal

    08/28/2015 12:02:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | August 27, 2015 2:04 pm | David Daoud
    U.S. sources close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have concluded that opponents of the Iran nuclear deal won’t secure enough votes in Congress to overturn it, Israeli news site nrg reported on Thursday. According to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, referred to familiarly as the “Corker-Cardin Bill” (after its two drafters, Senators Bob Corker and Ben Cardin), Congress had 30 days to review any agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 powers, and then vote on whether to approve it. That time frame was extended to 60 days when the international parties were unable to conclude a deal...
  • China's workers abandon the city as Beijing faces an economic storm

    08/28/2015 11:36:02 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 26 August 2015 | Tom Phillips
    Liu Weiqin swapped rural poverty for life on the dusty fringes of China’s capital eight years ago hoping – like millions of other migrants – for a better future. On Thursday she will board a bus with her two young children and abandon her adopted home. “There’s no business,” complained the 36-year-old, who built a thriving junkyard in this dilapidated recycling village only to watch it crumble this year as plummeting scrap prices bankrupted her family. “My husband will stick around a bit longer to see if there is any more work to be found. I’m taking the kids.” “The...
  • Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close

    08/28/2015 11:09:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close in Just Six Months { Full title ]. New European Union tax rules introduced in January have already driven thousands of small companies out of business, with thousands more set to follow as awareness of the change in the VAT law grows. Research has shown that incompetence on the part of collecting agencies has further added misery to the situation. After an eight-year consultation which excluded the voices of micro-businesses, the EU introduced new rules on VAT returns at the beginning of this year, which required...
  • CANADA's GOV SUBSIDIZED "MUSLIMS ONLY" HOUSING GIVEN "LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE"

    08/28/2015 9:30:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/28/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
      Muslim Apartheid housing in Canada is apparently not only legal, but even government subsidized. As one wheelchair bound young man found out. According to a letter that arrived at his mother’s house last week, Austin Lewis, 21, was removed from the waiting list at the Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace building on Finch Ave. W in North York because he is not a member of their faith. “It was mostly confusing, more than anything else,” he said. “Why would a government segregate its own building?” Because they don't want to be accused of Islamophobia? Lewis, who has used a...
  • Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

    08/28/2015 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    Yahoo News India ^ | August 28, 2015 | AFP
    Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday. As Vatican officials scrambled to clarify that the message was simply a standard courtesy which did not signal any change in Church teaching on the subject, the author told AFP she had been pleasantly surprised to have received such a positive response. Francesca Pardi, who writes and publishes books such as "Why you have two mummies", wrote to Francis in June after the publishing company she runs with her wife...
  • South African Regime Embraces Chinese Communism, New World Order

    08/28/2015 7:43:31 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/27/2015 | Alex Newman
    After more than two decades of peddling disinformation and lies about its real agenda, the regime ruling South Africa, an alliance of the Communist Party (SACP) and the African National Congress (ANC), is finally dropping the mask. In a stunning policy document produced by the ANC's National General Council, the late Communist Party leader Nelson Mandela's successors praised Communist China's brutal dictatorship as a “guiding lodestar of our own struggle” toward government centralization and what the document celebrated as a “post-Western” “new world order.” The shocking document, which has been totally ignored in the Western press, also praises the regime...
  • Nine Killed as India and Pakistan Exchange Cross-Border Fire

    08/28/2015 7:28:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 9:20 a.m. ET | Qasim Nauman And Krishna Pokharel
    At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded in cross-border firing by Indian and Pakistani forces on Friday, officials said, increasing tensions less than a week after high-level talks between the estranged neighbors were called off. The exchange of fire on Friday is the latest in a series of cross-border incidents between the nuclear-armed South Asian rivals, in which dozens of soldiers and civilians on both sides have died over the last year. The prime ministers from both countries had agreed on a number of measures last month to reduce tensions, including a meeting between senior border security officials...
  • Hundreds die as desperate migrants head for Europe

    08/28/2015 7:13:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 26 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/28/2015 | Giles Elgood
    TRIPOLI/EISENSTADT, Austria, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Libya on Friday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe while Austria said 71 refugees including a baby girl had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck. Three people were arrested in Hungary in connection with the truck deaths and Austrian police said they suspected a Bulgarian-Hungarian trafficking ring was responsible. The victims - 59 men, 8 women and four children, including a girl estimated at 1-2 years old - were probably from Syria, police said. At least 180...
  • The Great Fall of China

    08/28/2015 6:44:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Economist ^ | Aug 29th 2015
    The Great Fall of China Fear about China’s economy can be overdone. But investors are right to be nervous Aug 29th 2015 | From the print edition ONCE the soundtrack to a financial meltdown was the yelling of traders on the floor of a financial exchange. Now it is more likely to be the wordless hum of servers in data centres, as algorithms try to match buyers with sellers. But every big sell-off is gripped by the same rampant, visceral fear. The urge to sell overwhelms the advice to stand firm. Stomachs are churning again after China’s stockmarket endured its...
  • Congressman wants Carter to intervene in removal of Green Beret (shoving a rapist incident)

    08/28/2015 6:31:50 AM PDT · by pabianice · 15 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 8/28/15 | Dickstein
    WASHINGTON — In a letter urging Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to intervene, a congressman said Wednesday that the Army went too far in reprimanding and initiating actions against a Green Beret who shoved an Afghan police commander after he allegedly admitted raping a young boy. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland faces involuntary separation from the Army by November. Martland, 32, has said he wants to continue serving and is being removed based solely on the September 2011 incident while deployed to Kunduz province. Messages seeking comment from the Army were not immediately returned Thursday. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a...
  • MAKS: Can Russia’s ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ rise again?

    08/28/2015 6:23:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 28, 2015
    The Soviet Union’s once-secretive “Caspian Sea Monster” has resurfaced at the MAKS air show, minus the stacks of short-range nuclear missiles meant to obliterate Western defences in a sea-skimming sneak attack. The Lun-class Ekranoplan – designed to travel at high speeds just 150m above the ocean on a cushion of air – was created in the mid-1960s and is arguably one of the oddest weapons to emerge during the Cold War. But as Russian seeks to revive and modernise its one mighty aerospace industry, one design bureau see great potential reproducing the Soviet ekranoplan for passenger and cargo transport purposes....
  • Can the Iran Deal Be Stopped? The Chance is Slim to None

    08/28/2015 6:16:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/28/2015 | By Karin McQuillan
    I asked this question to Senator Cruz last week when he was in my town for a stump speech and fundraiser. The answer was as disappointing as it was swift: No. There are not enough Democrats willing to put love of country ahead of partisan politics. Donald Trump has not helped. He is sucking up all the media attention, and Iran is not important to him. In Trumps stump speeches, Iran is just one in a list of deals he could have done better. In the crucial few weeks leading up to the Iran vote, the Donald is helping to...
  • Trump and Cruz Join Forces at Anti-Iran Deal Rally

    08/28/2015 5:16:13 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Michael van der Galien
    The apparent alliance between Senator Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump – both candidates for the Republican nomination for president – will be on full display soon: the two will hold an anti-Iran deal rally together. CNN reports: Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are planning to rally together on the grounds of the Capitol to “call on members of Congress to defeat the catastrophic” Iran nuclear deal, Cruz’s campaign said Thursday. The Texas senator said in a tweet that he was “glad that @realDonaldTrump accepted my invitation,” an invitation confirmed by event organizers. Cruz’s announcement came a few...
  • Raytheon looks to add Army air-defense role to Sidewinder

    08/28/2015 5:05:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | August 26, 2015 | David Wichner
    The Army and Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems have test-fired the latest version of the company’s venerable Sidewinder air-to-air missile from a ground launcher to down an unmanned aircraft target, the company said Wednesday. WHAT HAPPENED Raytheon said that an AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missile was launched from a prototype Multi-Mission Launcher, a new ground-based launch system under development by the Army. The test was performed in March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and details were announced by the company Wednesday. The AIM-9X missile locked onto an unmanned aircraft before launch and then intercepted and destroyed the drone,...
  • (2nd LD) N. Korea's Kim fires party officials

    08/28/2015 4:34:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | Aug. 28, 2015
    (2nd LD) N. Korea's Kim fires party officials (ATTN: UPDATES with S. Korean government's response in last 3 paras) SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has dismissed some members of the ruling party's central military commission, state media reported Friday. The dismissals took place at an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency. It did not say when the meeting was held, but the communist nation is known to often report events a day after they take place. The meeting "dismissed some...
  • Israel Sends Naval Engineers to Germany to Help in Ship Deal

    08/28/2015 4:29:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Aug 27, 2015 | Gili Cohen
    The navy has sent engineers to Germany to consult in the construction of ships to protect Israel’s natural gas drilling sites off the Mediterranean coast. In May, the Defense Ministry agreed to buy four ships from Germany to protect the gas platforms, including the Tamar site, which is already in production, and the much larger Leviathan site, which is in development. Germany is expected to deliver the boats, built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, within five years. After a German grant, each ship will cost Israel about $90 million, a senior Israeli naval officer told Haaretz. The engineers were sent last...
  • ‘HOKUM-B ATTACK CHOPPERS FOR EGYPT’ (More Russian weapons)

    08/28/2015 3:43:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIRheads Fly ^ | 2015/08/27
    Egypt is thought to have signed up for close to 50 Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters, sources say on Thursday 27 August. The news was actually leaked by a company that produces the electro-optic sensors for the Ka-52, saying 50 of such systems are to be delivered to Egypt from 2016 onwards. The Ka-52 is codenamed ‘Hokum-B’ by NATO and is the Russian counterpart of the Boeing AH-64D Apache, which incidentally is also operated by Egypt. The Hokum-B is already in service with the Russian armed forces.
  • Obama to speak with Jewish groups on Iran deal

    08/28/2015 3:03:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2015 3:15 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama is using a Friday webcast to try to allay concerns from Jewish communities about the nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama will deliver remarks about the agreement and take questions from participants. The webcast is being organized by two major Jewish organizations that have held similar events with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. …
  • Obama's next backdoor assault on 2nd Amendment (just to try to reduce legitimate gun ownership')

    08/27/2015 11:59:10 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | August 27, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    Secretary of State John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry once again signed the United Nations Arms Treaty on Wednesday, a move that supporters say will help stop weapons from getting into the hands of criminals and terrorists worldwide but critics contend is is a backdoor assault on law-abiding gun owners. The treaty would require nations to conduct a detailed registration of all guns. The issue is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate, but one of the leading experts on guns says even if the agreement is only ratified in other countries, it can still work to erode...
  • IAEA Says Iran May Have Built 'Extension' to Parchin

    08/27/2015 10:49:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 8/27/15 | Ben Ariel
    Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report obtained by the Reuters news agency on Thursday. A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Parchin file, which includes a demand for fresh IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran's July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers. The confidential IAEA report obtained by the news agency says, "Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency...
  • Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way Approach' Snubbed by Xi Jinping

    08/27/2015 11:22:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    After the conclusion of the CPC Central Committee and State Council's 6th Forum on Tibetan Work, Chinese president Xi Jinping stated that the focus of policy towards Tibet should be centered on maintaining national integrity and unity among Chinese people, as well as ensuring the long-term peaceful governance of the region and to crackdown on separatism and maintain an unshakeable stance against the campaign of the Dalai Lama and his followers, according to Duowei News, a media outlet run by overseas Chinese. Xi also came up with a catchy 20-character summary of his Tibet policy which roughly translates as, "Rule...
  • Dilemma For Israel Boycotters As Jewish Israeli Scientists Make HIV Breakthrough

    08/27/2015 9:54:21 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Scientists in Israel have announced a breakthrough in HIV research, a development that will leave Israel boycotters with their latest ethical dilemma. The team from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev say their finding will result in a “revolutionary diagnosis and the key to the clinical solution that will prevent infection with HIV and will destroy the deadly virus.” i24News reports that Dr Ran Taube of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics at the southern Israeli university said his team has discovered similarities between HIV (the virus that leads to AIDS) and leukemia. Conducted in collaboration with Dr. Uri Rubio...
  • State Dep't Spox: No Worries, Parchin Has No Nuclear Dimensions

    08/27/2015 8:46:26 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 7 replies
    The Jewish Press Online ^ | August 27, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    A report by the entity responsible for ensuring the peaceful development of nuclear energy worldwide and the one upon which the world depends for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activity revealed that over the past few months Iran has been working on and adding to a building at its Parchin site. Parchin is an Iranian military complex located southeast of Tehran. It is the focus of speculation regarding possible testing of weaponization of nuclear material by the Iranians.
  • Cruz and Trump to Team Up on Iran Deal

    08/27/2015 8:29:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8-28-15 | Ben Ariel
    Republican presidential candidates Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are teaming up in opposing the Iran nuclear deal. According to NBC News, Cruz has invited Trump to Washington for an upcoming rally against the deal. The two are set to appear at an event organized by the Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Politics, and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), according to the Cruz campaign. Mort Klein, the ZOA president, said the rally has been in the works for weeks, though Trump's inclusion is a relatively new development. "I think it's of great value to have a person...