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  • Deperate Media Declare Trump Mexico Summit A Failure In Advance

    08/31/2016 9:27:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Breibart.com ^ | August 31,2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had not even left yet for his visit to Mexico on Wednesday morning when the mainstream media began declaring it a failure. Politico’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, for example, wrote in their morning “Playbook” email: TRUMP TO MEXICO — We know that the Mexican government is not interested in paying for Donald Trump’s wall.
  • N.Korea reportedly executes vice premier

    08/31/2016 8:05:21 AM PDT · by chajin · 10 replies
    NHK (Japan) ^ | August 31, 2016 | NHK World
    South Korea's Unification Ministry says North Korea appears to have executed a vice premier. Ministry spokesperson Jeong Joon-hee said on Wednesday that vice premier Kim Yong Jin, who was in charge of education, allegedly disobeyed the ruling Korean Workers' Party. Other South Korean officials said Kim was investigated for laziness during a session of the Supreme People's Assembly in June. They believe he was killed by firing squad in mid-July. The spokesperson also said another senior North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, has been subjected to "re-education." He is the head of the party's United Front Department handling inter-Korean relations....
  • Iran Satellite Launch Prompts Fear of Long Range Ballistic Missile Attack

    08/31/2016 7:43:41 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 31, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Iran to launch ‘friendship’ satellite Iranian officials announced on Tuesday that the country is preparing to launch three new satellites into space, renewing concerns from defense experts about Iran’s ongoing research into long-range ballistic missile technology that could help it fire a nuclear weapon at Western nations. Mohsen Bahrami, the director of Iran’s space agency— which has long been suspected of providing cover for weapons research—announced that Iran would launch its newest satellite, dubbed “Friendship,” later this year. “The Dousti (Friendship) satellite (built) by (experts at) Sharif University of Technology is the first satellite which will be launched in the...
  • Norway Raids Sovereign Wealth Fund To Cover Government Expenses

    08/31/2016 7:38:54 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 August 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Saudi Arabia isn't the only oil-dependent nation struggling to make ends meet in the wake of weak oil prices. For the first time since its establishment in 1996, the Norwegian government is starting to withdraw money from its sovereign wealth fund to cover government expenses. In fact, in the first half of 2016 the government has withdrawn $5.4 billion. Moreover, withdrawals are expected to accelerate in 2H 2016 reaching nearly $20 billion, a run-rate that would have them exceeding the fiscal limits imposed on fund withdrawals of 4% of assets, or $36 billion. To put those withdrawals into perspective, Norway's...
  • A 'private, global super court' you've never heard of is changing the world

    08/31/2016 7:31:59 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | 29 August 2016 | Christine Wang
    A little-known international arbitration system is gaining global power and allowing multinational corporations to sue entire countries. Buzzfeed News spent months reporting on the scope and power of the investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, and just published a nearly 10,000-word investigative report on the system. If you don't have two hours to go through the whole tome, here are some highlights. ISDS was originally intended to help international businesses protect their investments in other countries and in turn encourage development and more foreign investment. It part of the fabric of major international trade agreements like NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific...
  • Clinton emailed classified information after leaving State Dept.

    08/31/2016 6:27:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 31, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned. On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the “123 Deal” with the United Arab Emirates.
  • Revealed: How the U.S. Air Force Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

    08/31/2016 6:20:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 30, 2016 | Michael Peck
    The North American P-51 Mustang was one of the greatest fighters of World War II. Had life worked out differently, the Mustang could also have fought in Vietnam and flown against a Soviet invasion of Western Europe. In fact, it might even have replaced the A-10 Warthog. The Piper PA-48 Enforcer was a modernized version of the P-51. It was the brainchild of David Lindsay, founder of manufacturer Cavalier Aircraft, who bought the rights to the Mustang in 1956. The P-51 eventually became the Turbo Mustang III. But in 1968, in response to an Air Force search for a counterinsurgency...
  • Trump to visit Mexico, meet with Pena Nieto ahead of immigration speech

    08/31/2016 6:19:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-31-2016 | Fox News
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump plans to detour from the campaign trail on Wednesday to visit Mexico and meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto at his invitation, a surprise trip scheduled just hours before Trump delivers an immigration policy speech in Arizona. Nieto and Trump each confirmed late Tuesday that Trump accepted the invitation and the two would meet in private Wednesday. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News the two would discuss illegal immigration, trade and drugs. Trump running mate Mike Pence also said they would begin a conversation about a proposed border wall, along with other issues.
  • Morning Joe Rips Trump Mex Trip: 'Flip-Flop, Nonsensical, Sociopath'

    08/31/2016 6:05:50 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What was your reaction upon waking to the news of Trump's planned trip to visit with the President of Mexico? This Insurrectionist saw it as a bold move that might help him appeal to various voting groups. Morning Joe has been on an anti-Trump riff, but even so one anticipated that at least someone on the panel would applaud Trump's gambit. Wrong. Across the board, the Morning Joe gang ripped and ridiculed Trump's trip. Joe Scarborough set the tone, mockingly pointing out that Trump and the Mexican president will be "very excited" since their combined approval ratings will reach 50%....
  • Sultan Erdogan Pulled Trigger on Syrian Offensive Unilaterally, Did Not Warn U.S.

    08/31/2016 4:37:03 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-31-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    When Turkey invaded northern Syria last week in an attempt to "cleanse the border of ISIS," most commentators and observers assumed that the operation was coordinated with the United States. In fact, the U.S. itself said so, declaring that it was the result of U.S.-Turkish coordination. Well, apparently, not so much: But behind the scenes, cooperation between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners broke down at senior levels, according to officials on both sides. The two countries weren’t as aligned on the operation as their public statements indicated. While the White House was preparing to consider a secret plan to...
  • What If Chaos Were Our Middle East Policy?

    08/31/2016 3:25:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 31,2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sum up our failed Middle East policy in a nine-letter word starting with an S. Stability. Stability is the heart and soul of nation-building. It’s the burden that responsible governments bear for the more irresponsible parts of the world. First you send experts to figure out what is destabilizing some hellhole whose prime exports are malaria, overpriced tourist knickknacks and beheadings. You teach the locals about democracy, tolerance and storing severed heads in Tupperware containers.
  • Kerry Asks Media To See No Jihadi

    08/31/2016 3:20:05 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 31,2016 | Joseph Klein
    Secretary of State John Kerry wants to keep the American people in the dark regarding the global jihadist terrorist threat we are facing. Referring to terrorism in remarks he made at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a country that has recently experienced its own encounter with Islamist terrorists, Kerry said, “Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.” Kerry was just reflecting his boss’s bizarro worldview. In an interview with Vox, for example, Obama agreed “absolutely” with the proposition posed by the...
  • U.S. offers $3 million reward for man it gave anti-terror training

    08/30/2016 10:27:54 PM PDT · by Enchante · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2016 | Arshad Mohammed
    The United States on Tuesday offered a reward of up to $3 million for information about a former Tajik special operations colonel whom it trained in counter-terrorism before he joined the Islamic State militant group. The U.S. State Department announced the reward for Gulmurod Khalimov in a statement that made no mention of his training, which included attending five U.S.-funded courses in the United States and Tajikistan between 2003 and 2014....
  • Army recon targets Apache helicopter cannon for Humvee replacement

    08/30/2016 9:53:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2016 | James Rogers
    The JLTV (Oshkosh Defense) As the U.S. Army readies to bring its current crop of Humvees into the 21st century with a new vehicle, reconnaissance officials are also looking to replace the Humvee's pre-World War II .50-caliber machine gun with a version of the Apache helicopter’s cannon in 2019. The Army has embarked on a major project to replace the Humvee, officially known as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWVS). Last year the Army signed a $6.7 billion deal with Oshkosh Defense for 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). Touted as offering more protection and greater off-road mobility, JLTVs...
  • What Will Happen To China's Economy If Xi Jinping Continues To Lead

    08/30/2016 9:32:21 PM PDT · by jcon40 · 6 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | Aug, 30, 2016 | Douglas Bulloch
    For two decades or more, China was run by a committee; to be precise, the Standing Committee of the Politburo. There were influential power brokers lined up behind a central figure, but the understanding was always that collective decision-making predominated. Today, increasingly, the decisions and character of one man seem to make the running in China. What Xi wants, Xi gets. This transformation has a few symbolic moments but also perhaps a poorly remembered past, so accustomed have people become to the trajectory of post-Tiananmen China. The outward calm of the Jiang Zemin/Hu Jintao power transition has lulled people into...
  • George Washington University hires Muslim convicted of soliciting jihad murder

    08/30/2016 8:04:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, says: “I trust him. We did our due diligence.” How did they do that? It may be that Jesse Morton is as reformed and repentant as the day is long, but when George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security has a “Program on Extremism” and not a “Program on Jihad,” how diligent could they be in vetting Morton for adherence to an ideology they don’t even admit exists? What’s more, Morton was convicted of soliciting the jihad murder of...
  • Trump considers last-minute meeting in Mexico with the country’s president

    08/30/2016 5:58:20 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 146 replies
    Donald Trump is considering jetting to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just hours before he delivers a high-stakes speech in Arizona to clarify his views on immigration policy, according to people in the United States and Mexico familiar with the discussions. The possibility, which was hatched in recent days by Trump and his campaign advisers, comes after Trump has wavered for weeks on whether he would continue to hold his hard-line positions on the central and incendiary issue of his campaign, in particular his call to deport an estimated 11 million immigrants...
  • In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

    08/30/2016 7:47:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 27 August 2016
    Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war. The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump-Nieto Meeting Confirmed — It’s On (for tomorrow)

    08/30/2016 7:44:01 PM PDT · by GilGil · 202 replies
    Polizette ^ | 8/30/2016 | Jon Conradi
    LifeZette has confirmed that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Peña Nieto. Sources, that include Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated the meeting would cover a broad variety of topics ranging from trade to security to immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.
  • A Leading French Intellectual Explains: There is Danger of War in Europe

    08/30/2016 7:40:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 30 August 2016 | Guillame Faye
    Having failed to bait Russia in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, NATO has now pivoted to the Baltics, where it is hell-bent on provoking a war with Russia. ___ There is a worrying risk of a military clash between NATO and Russia over the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, jammed between the Baltic countries and Poland, which are all new members of the EU and NATO. Military pressure keeps increasing in the Baltic region. The situation is far more dangerous than it was during the crisis of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, because Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave at the core of the...
  • Obama's War In Syria Is An Unmitigated Disaster - We Should Get Out

    08/30/2016 7:36:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 29 August 2016
    "First, recognize that ISIS and the al-Nusra Front are our primary enemies in Syria, not Assad or Russia. Geostrategists may be appalled, but the Donald may have gotten it right. If the Russians are willing to fight to crush ISIS, to save Assad, be our guest." ___ Earlier in August, U.S. planes threatened to shoot down Syrian planes over Hasakeh, and our Iraq-Syria war commander, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, issued a warning to Syria and Russia against any further air strikes around the city. Who authorized Gen. Townsend to threaten to shoot down Syrian or Russian planes — in Syria?...
  • The Latest: Turkey asks US to drop support for Syrian Kurds

    08/30/2016 6:04:59 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2016 | Associated Presstitutes
    The Latest on developments in the Syrian conflict, following Ankara's incursion into the war-torn state last week (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Turkey's presidential spokesman has called on the U.S. to "revise" its policy of supporting Kurdish forces battling Turkish troops in Syria after Ankara's incursion last week into the war-torn state. The comments by Ibrahim Kalin published on Tuesday by Sabah the pro-government Daily Sabah came a day after the U.S. urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. Kalin says that the "Americans...
  • An Emotional Bill Clinton Eyes Possible Exit from Foundation

    08/30/2016 5:52:14 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 52 replies
    AP via Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Aug 2016 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bill Clinton told the staff of his global charity he would have to step down if Hillary Clinton won the White House, he was vividly clear about how that felt: Worse than a root canal, he said.
  • Fight for Syria's Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power

    08/30/2016 5:49:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 7 replies
    Rooters ^ | August 29, 2016 | Maria Tsvetkova and Christian Lowe
    Russia's politically-sensitive and ultimately fruitless decision to launch bombing missions on Syria from Iranian soil has exposed the limits to its air power, leaving Moscow in need of a new strategy to advance its aims. People familiar with Russia's military said Moscow opted for the sorties from Iran - and Tehran agreed to allow them - because they were struggling to achieve their aim of crushing rebels in the city of Aleppo. The gamble failed and rebels fighting their ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Aasad, remain ensconced in parts of Aleppo.
  • French minister: ‘We are at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims’

    08/30/2016 4:42:56 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 29 replies
    France's Interior Minister is mounting a bid to unite Muslims and non-Muslims in France as tensions rise following the 'Burkini ban' France’s interior minister has said the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims. Bernard Cazeneuve called for urgent action to create a strong bond between the nation and citizens of the Islamic faith in response. He also said it was crucial to tailor the religion to the values of secular France, “a pillar of the republic.” He also contended that humiliating Muslims “has facilitated the work of Daesh (ISIS) recruiters” of vulnerable Muslim...
  • US Urges Halt to Turkish, Kurdish Clashes in Northern Syria

    08/30/2016 3:48:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | August 29, 2016 | Associated Presstitiues
    The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara. It was the first U.S. criticism of its NATO ally since it launched a U.S.-backed incursion into northern Syria to help Syrian rebels seize the town of Jarablus from the Islamic State group. They have been clashing with Kurdish Syrian forces around the town to try to...
  • Downing Street says tech giant 'welcome' to come to UK after EU orders Ireland to claw back £11bn

    08/30/2016 3:12:12 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-30-2016 | James Titcomb
    Britain could cut corporation tax to attract major international companies under plans being considered by Theresa May after Apple was hit with a record tax bill by Brussels. Downing Street yesterday said it would "welcome" Apple to the UK after the European Commission took the extraordinary step of hitting the company with an £11billion fine. In a damning report published yesterday, the commission found that a deal with Ireland meant the technology giant paid as little as 0.005 per cent tax on its European profits for more than a decade.
  • Tom Jackson, hero Brit backpacker who tried to save Mia Ayliffe-Chung, dies in hospital

    08/30/2016 2:27:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 46 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 30th August 2016
    A HEROIC British backpacker who attempted to save the life of a young woman in a hostel stabbing frenzy last week has died in hospital. Tom Jackson, 30, suffered more than 20 stab wounds to the face, head and torso as he tried to shield Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from a vicious attack at Shelley’s Backpackers, in Home Hill, south of Townsville last Tuesday night. French national Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with Ms Ayliffe-Chung’s murder, along with the attempted murder of Mr Jackson and another man. One charge of attempted murder will now be upgraded to murder in the...
  • Putin to visit Japan in December

    08/30/2016 2:05:27 PM PDT · by chajin · 18 replies
    NHK ^ | August 30, 2016 | NHK World
    A senior Russian official says President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in December. Putin's foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, briefed local media on Tuesday on the upcoming talks between Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The 2 leaders are to meet in Vladivostok on Friday on the sidelines of an economic forum. Ushakov said Putin's long-delayed visit will take place in December. He said the agenda for the summit will be discussed by the 2 leaders when they meet on Friday. He said Moscow and Tokyo have already agreed on the date of Putin's visit, and it will be...
  • New evidence Iran evaded sanctions, continued nuclear weapons development with Venezuela

    08/30/2016 1:17:46 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Foreign desk News ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Lisa Daftari
    New evidence suggests Iran received help from Venezuela with its nuclear program despite a decade of U.N.-mandated sanctions aimed at curbing the rouge regime’s controversial nuclear and ballistic missile programs. A 2009 document obtained by Brazil’s leading weekly, Veja magazine, shows late dictator President Hugo Chavez signing off on the release of funds to help Iran with its nuclear ambitions. Specifically, the document states the funds were to be designated for the import of equipment for a gunpowder factory and the development of production plants for nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose, elements used in rocket propulsion for Iran’s government. There is also...
  • John Kerry: The Media Would Do Us All ‘a Service’ If They Didn’t Cover Terrorism Quite as Much

    08/30/2016 10:15:47 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 43 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Aug 2016 | Jeff Poor
    At a media availability on Bangladesh on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the threat of terrorism at home and abroad. Part of his proposal to fight this threat had to do with the media and how it covers terrorism. According to Fox News and a transcript of the press conference provided by the State Department, Kerry said the media could “do us a service” by not covering terrorism “quite as much.
  • Calais locals pledge to block port with 'human chain' until Jungle migrant camp is demolished

    08/30/2016 10:14:07 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Aug 30, 2016 | Henry Samuel
    Shopkeepers, businessmen, farmers and police unionists in Calais have pledged to block 'indefinitely' the motorway leading to the port with a 'human chain', saying they will not break it until the migrant Jungle camp that has now swollen to up to 10,000 people is totally dismantled. The unprecedented action, due to start on Monday, came as the local head of France’s national haulage federation warned: "Migrant violence hasn’t gone up a notch, it’s gone up 10 floors." Lorry driver representatives issued a joint call with an umbrella group of shops and businesses in Calais, the CGT union, farmers and the...
  • Poll Shows Razor Thin Margin Between John McCain, Kelli Ward Heading into Election

    08/30/2016 10:10:08 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Aug 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    Full title - Breitbart/Gravis Arizona Poll Shows Razor Thin Margin Between John McCain, Kelli Ward Heading into Election Dr. Kelli Ward may end up pulling off a surprise victory against longtime incumbent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday, as new polling from Breitbart News Network and Gravis Marketing shows a razor thin lead for McCain. Ward, a former state senator who stepped down from that post to focus on the U.S. Senate race, trails McCain with Arizona Republicans by just four points heading into election day. Ward gets 33 percent in the latest Breitbart/Gravis poll compared to McCain’s 37 percent....
  • New Emails: Clinton’s State Department Gave Special Access to Foundation Donors

    08/30/2016 9:48:12 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Aug 2016 | Tom Fitton
    The true nature of the Clinton Foundation becomes ever clearer with each discovery of withheld emails. Last week we released 725 pages of State Department documents that include email exchanges in which Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In one flagrant example, the Crown Prince of Bahrain was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation to get access to the secretary of state. He got it after pledging $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative.
  • UK must pay for Brexit or EU is in 'deep trouble', says German minister

    08/30/2016 7:54:11 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 57 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 28 August 2016
    Economy minister Sigmar Gabriel warns UK must take responsibility for vote that has left Europe as an ‘unstable continent’ __ German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that Britain must not be allowed to “keep the nice things” that come with EU membership without taking responsibility for the fallout from Brexit. As Theresa May called a cabinet meeting to discuss the UK government’s Brexit strategy on Wednesday, Gabriel warned if the issue was badly handled and other member countries followed Britain’s lead, Europe would go “down the drain”. “Brexit is bad but it won’t hurt us as much economically as...
  • EU authorizes new maritime operations in Mediterranean

    08/30/2016 7:47:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2016 10:36 AM EDT
    An EU naval mission in the Mediterranean has been authorized to start enforcing a UN arms embargo designed to choke off weapon supplies to extremists in Libya. The EU said ambassadors from the bloc’s 28 member countries also voted Tuesday for the EU’s maritime force, known as Operation Sophia, to begin training the Libyan coast guard and navy. …
  • Female officer stabbed at police station in Toulouse, France – reports

    08/30/2016 7:37:39 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    A female police officer has been seriously injured after a man attacked her with a knife at a police station in Toulouse, France, local media reported. The suspect reportedly tried to grab the officer’s weapon and when the attempt failed, he took a knife and stabbed her in the throat. The police officer was taken to hospital with multiple injuries, but as yet there is no further information on her condition. The attack took place in the Rempart Saint-Etienne prefecture of Toulouse. The assailant, 31, had a psychiatric disorder and attacked the officer because she “represented France,” La Depeche du...
  • East China Sea: Dress Rehearsal for Invasion?

    08/30/2016 7:31:29 AM PDT · by pabianice · 24 replies
    realcleardefense ^ | 8/30/16 | Crowell
    ...“Relations with China are becoming noticeably wors[e] because China is trying to change the status quo,” Kishida lectured Cheng, who looked embarrassed by the media presence. He said the Diaoyu, as China calls them, were Chinese territory and the two nations should “strive to reach a solution.” Japan has become used to Chinese Coast Guard intrusions into its claimed territorial waters. On the average of once every two weeks, two or three Chinese ships slip into Senkaku waters. They stay for a couple hours then leave. But there had been nothing like what happened August 8 when a flotilla of...
  • Apple Must Repay Record EUR 13 Billion in Back Taxes Over Irish Deal: EU

    08/30/2016 6:43:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 30 August 2016
    The European Union on Tuesday said US tech giant Apple must repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.3 billion or roughly Rs. 95,910 crores) in back taxes after ruling that a series of Irish sweetheart tax deals were illegal. "The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to 13 billion euros to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid," a Commission statement said. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Apple's "selective treatment" in Ireland...
  • From Choppy to Chipper: An American makeover of India's military choppers

    08/30/2016 5:57:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Aug 29, 2016 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: Few purchases are more demonstrative of the changing nature of US-India ties than the deal that will result in the gradual makeover of the Indian military's helicopter fleet from a largely Russian line-up to a mostly American one. From choppy to chipper could well be the title of this saga, as India's defense minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in Washington DC for his sixth meeting in less than two years with his US counterpart on Monday, with a sortie thrown in to a chopper manufacturing facility in nearby Philadelphia, where Boeing makes the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. With 15 on...
  • White House defends Obama evading Senate on Paris climate deal

    08/30/2016 5:47:39 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 29, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China. Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. White House senior adviser Brian Deese said the president has the legal authority to ratify the accord without the two-thirds Senate vote required...
  • Mi-24/35 Gunships to Remain Popular On Global Arms Market

    08/30/2016 5:41:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | August 29, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Mi-24/35 (NATO reporting name: Hind) family of gunships developed by the Mil design bureau (now a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding) will remain in high demand on the global arms market in the years to come, according to a source in Russia’s defense industry. "The Mi-24/Mi-35M combat rotor-wing aircraft are very reliable, easy-to-maintain, and inexpensive. The gunships are supposed to have the best cost-effectiveness ration in their class. The acquisition of Mi-24 and Mi-35M helos seems to be the cheapest way to improve the land attack and close air support (CAS) capabilities of a military force....
  • Kerry in Bangladesh: Media Should Cover Terrorism Less

    08/29/2016 2:50:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Kerry in Bangladesh: Media Should Cover Terrorism Less "People wouldn't know what's going on." 2:44 PM, Aug 29, 2016 | By Jeryl Bier During Secretary of State John Kerry's first official visit to Bangladesh, he met with top Bangladeshi government officials and held a press conference at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Dhaka. In light of recent terror attacks in that country, Kerry addressed the problem of terrorism, including root causes and how the terrorists spread their message. The secretary said that the media could "do us all a service" by reducing coverage of terror attacks: Remember this: No...
  • Uganda’s army loses billions to ‘ghost’ pilot

    08/30/2016 5:35:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    CCTV Africa ^ | August 29, 2016
    The Ugandan Ministry of Defence has lost more than 2.4 billion Ugandan shillings (around 711,528 US dollars) over the last 11 years through a suspected “ghost” Russian pilot on its payroll reports The Monitor. The government Ministry paid at least 618,000 dollars in monthly salaries and 120,000 dollars in gratuity to the ghost pilot cum instructor of the Mi17 and Mi24 helicopter gunships according to the Sunday Monitor. It further says, that on October 2005, the Defence Ministry of Uganda entered into a two year renewable contract with a ‘ghost’ Russian Air Force pilot Valeria Ketrisk mandated to work as...
  • Freedom Fighter Nigel Farage Warns Britain's Theresa May: Don't Wait Too Long With Brexit

    08/30/2016 4:38:40 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Appearing on British television this morning, former UKIP-leader Nigel Farage issued a stark warning to Theresa May, Great Britain's new (Tory) Prime Minister. Although kindly giving her the benefit of the doubt for the time being, he made clear that he expects her to trigger article 50 before the end of January 2017. If she does not, he implied, he'll take action. May has, since becoming Tory-leader and, therefore, prime minister, made clear she intends to follow through on the referendum results in which British voters opted to leave the European Union (called a Brexit). So far so good, Farage...
  • China launches own aircraft engine-maker to rival the West

    08/30/2016 4:23:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 August 2016
    The state-owned Aero-Engine Group of China was created by combining a group of existing aircraft-engine companies, according to local media reports. It has about 50bn yuan ($7.5bn) in registered capital and will develop both military and commercial engines. China already makes its own planes, but has struggled for decades to develop engines that meet global requirements. 'Strategic move' China currently buys its commercial aircraft engines from General Electric and United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney. China's military jets uses Russian-made engines. President Xi Jinping called the new creation of the new company a "strategi
  • Christian Persecution In The Muslim World: Christians As "Target Practice"

    08/30/2016 3:30:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 30,2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    More reports of the brutal treatment that Christians and other minorities experienced at the hands of the Islamic State (SIS) emerged during May. One account told of a couple who, after their children were abducted by ISIS militants, answered their door one day to find a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being brutally tortured and raped.
  • Is 'Transparency' In Trade Talks Just A Smoke Screen?

    08/30/2016 3:27:25 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | August 29, 2016 | DANIEL R. PEARSON
    One of the criticisms of trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that they are negotiated in secret. Government-to-government discussions generally are conducted in private, so some confidentiality in trade talks is not surprising. The AFL-CIO, an advocate for greater transparency, asserts that "such secrecy is inconsistent with democratic principles" and has the effect of advancing "the policy preferences of political and economic elites, not the broad interest of the populace at large." There is no doubt that transparency in government is a desirable goal. Transparency helps to assure accountability, and at times might even lead to more...
  • The Burkini Is About Sexual Violence Against Women

    08/30/2016 3:23:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 30,2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    The media has found its latest civil rights cause. It’s not the plight of Christians in Muslim countries who are being blocked from coming here as refugees because Obama’s refugee policy favors Muslims. Obama brought over 2,000 Syrians here in July. Only 15 of them were Christians. It’s not the rising fear of an Islamic terrorist attack in Jewish synagogues. I have lately witnessed unprecedented levels of security at synagogues including guards in body armor and checkpoints. Racist Muslim violence against Jewish synagogues has been a staple of Islamic terrorism for too many years.
  • Donald Trump On Colin Kaepernick: "Maybe He Should Find A Country That Works Better For Him"

    08/29/2016 10:23:26 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 95 replies
    What you are about to hear represents an utterly monumental lack of self-awareness on Donald Trump’s part—astonishing, I know. Trump appeared on Dori Monson’s show on KIRO radio in Seattle this afternoon, and was asked about 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the National Anthem as a protest against racial oppression, police brutality, and all-around inequality in the United States. His answer: “Well I have followed [the Kaepernick story], and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing. And you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for...