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  • Rick Perry: Donald Trump made a huge error attacking Mexicans that way

    07/03/2015 6:18:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2015 | AllahPundit
    Interesting that he went after Trump for what he said about Mexicans on the same day that he criticized the GOP more broadly for having given up on the black vote. Everyone expected him to run this time on his jobs record but yesterday’s comments were the biggest splash he’s made as a candidate so far.I don’t mean to be cynical about it — these are his heartfelt positions, I’m sure, and good for him — but his choice of topic is probably at least partly a function of his standing in the race. The top-tier candidates like Bush,...
  • 4th of July: Five Patriotic Movies That Piss Off The Left

    07/03/2015 6:16:56 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | John Nolte
    With the fascist left on a fascist rampage, why not add a little defiance to your 4th of July by watching five patriotic movies that piss off The Man. The Man of course being the dominant Left-wing political culture that is currently banning The Dukes of Hazzard and hoping to get its tyrannical hands on Gone With the Wind. The Green Berets (1968) Because he loved America and freedom and didnt want to see either lose a vitally important war, John Wayne spent a lot of his movie star capital directing and starring in The Green Berets for Warner Brothers....
  • Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks

    07/03/2015 4:56:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/3/15 | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee - AP
    VIENNA (AP) Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place. Speaking to reporters in Vienna, where diplomats are trying to clinch a comprehensive nuclear pact, a senior Iranian negotiator said the U.N. nuclear agency's standard rules governing access to government information, sites of interest and scientists should be sufficient to ensure that Iran's program is solely for peaceful...
  • How Patriotic is Your Home State? (Click-able map in the link)

    07/03/2015 3:06:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Christine Rouselle
    According to the website WalletHub, Virginia is the most patriotic state in the union. States were ranked by "military engagement" (number of veterans per capita, number of active-duty military per capita, and number of people who enlisted in the military) as well as "civic engagement" (percentage of people who voted, percentage of people who volunteer, percentage of people who join the Peace Corps, as well as civics requirements and Google searches for the American flag). The state with the highest military engagement was Alaska, while the state with the highest civic engagement ranking was Wisconsin. Personally, I was pretty pleased...
  • Visit Jordan before Isis does

    07/03/2015 2:52:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 01 July 2015 | George Richards
    On a dusty hill in the suburbs of Amman, the capital of Jordan, I visited the late King Hussein's magnificent automobile collection, opened to the public as a museum. Amid rows of gleaming motorcycles, I passed a brightly-coloured Japanese racer and a low-riding American chopper, and my eyes fell on one dark model that stood behind them. This, a placard told me, was a Brough Superior, British-made and once common in Jordan as a motorcycle used for military purposes. Jordan is an island of peace and stability in a sea of turmoil. There is almost nowhere in the region that...
  • Ted Cruz: The United States should stop legitimizing the UNHRC with our membership and withdraw now

    07/03/2015 1:30:49 PM PDT · by Isara · 33 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/03/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in response to the United Nations Human Rights Council vote in condemnation of Israel:“Our single vote in opposition is just and the abstentions of our friends are welcome, but at this point they are meaningless gestures. It is time to stop ceding moral authority to the UNHRC and tell the truth about this hopelessly biased and anti-Semitic institution. There is no equivalency between Israel’s right to self-defense and Hamas’ genocidal aggression against the Jewish people. There is no equivalence between Israel’s extraordinary efforts to protect civilians and Hamas’...
  • We Have Suffered Like the Jews': Kurds Ready to Build Own State Whether US Likes It or Not

    07/03/2015 11:54:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Frances Martel
    As a variety of Kurdish forces continue containing the Islamic States (ISIS/ISIL/IS) advance in Syria and Iraq, leaders are becoming increasingly vocal about the establishment of an independent Kurdistan, with some sources close to the ground telling Fox News that Kurds are dedicated to the formation of a new statewhether the U.S. likes it or not. Security sources speaking to Fox News note that the Kurdish forcesthe YPG/YPJ in Syria and the Peshmerga in Iraqhave made significant advances in the past months, keeping ISIS from recapturing the Turkish border town of Kobani and even making inroads in Raqqa province, home...
  • 3 men pushing car filled with explosives detained at Mexican border city

    07/03/2015 12:30:14 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    fox news ^ | july 2, 2015
    Police in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez say they have detained three men who were pushing a car laden with explosives. The explosives included two tubes of ANFO, or ammonium nitrate-fuel oil, a potent explosive often used in industry. Officials say the explosives would have caused damage in a 40-yard (meter) radius had they detonated. The Chihuahua state prosecutors' office said Tuesday that police also found three batteries, two bottles of fuel and electrical wire in the car. It said the men who were pushing the car also had marijuana and guns.
  • BREAKING: Obama Admin Knew Al-Qaeda Was Planning Attack in Benghazi 10 DAYS IN ADVANCE

    07/03/2015 12:25:24 PM PDT · by blueyon · 157 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/03/15 | Jim Hoft
    They said it was a protest not a terrorist attack. Now theres more proof that they lied. The Obama administration knew al-Qaeda was planning an attack in Benghazi to kill as many Americans as possible ten days in advance. Judicial Watch reported: Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified Secret documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR),...
  • Hillary Clinton Signals to Jewish donors: Ill Be Better for Israel

    07/03/2015 12:09:24 PM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | Juy 3, 2015 | KENNETH P. VOGEL and TARINI PARTI
    Hillary Clinton is privately signaling to wealthy Jewish donors that no matter the result of the Iranian nuclear negotiations she will be a better friend to Israel than President Barack Obama. But, even as donors increasingly push Clinton on the subject in private, they have emerged with sometimes widely varying interpretations about whether she would support a prospective deal, according to interviews with more than 10 influential donors and fundraising operatives. Clintons private responses in some ways resemble a foreign policy Rorschach test; donors who see a deal as important to world peace have come away thinking that...
  • Hamas provided ISIS with weapons to carry out Sinai attacks, Israeli general says

    07/03/2015 12:02:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 02 July 2015 | Gili Cohen
    Hamas helped the ISIS-affiliated group in Sinai to carry out the latest attacks against Egyptian troops and supplied them with weapons and other support, an Israeli general told Al-Jazeera on Thursday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences over the attacks that claimed the lives of dozens of people. Israel has "clear information that Hamas is supporting the Wilayat Sinai, which belongs to Daesh," Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, claimed, referring to the Islamic State group in one of its acronyms. He added that Hamas provided the Islamist group weapons and logistical support,...
  • Uniquely Singapore ship is smarter, faster, sharper

    07/03/2015 11:40:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ministry of Defence, Singapore ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Benita Teo
    There's a new ship on the horizon. And its name is Independence. The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) commemorated the launch of its newest ship, the first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Independence. Held at the Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) yard on 3 Jul, the launching ceremony was officiated by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. The LMV was launched by Mrs Ivy Ng, wife of Dr Ng. Addressing the guests at the ceremony, Dr Ng reiterated the RSNs role in protecting Singapore's sea lines of communication, which are vital for the nation's economic well-being. He said: "It was...
  • Second World War tank and anti-aircraft gun found hidden in basement of villa in Germany

    07/03/2015 11:17:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 71 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07-03-2015 | Melanie Hall
    German soldiers grappled for nine hours with an unusual task: trying to remove a Second World War tank found in the cellar of a villa. Almost 20 soldiers struggled to remove the tank from a villa on Thursday in a wealthy suburb of Kiel in northern Germany, after police searching the property discovered the tank, a torpedo, an anti-aircraft gun and other weapons in the cellar on Wednesday. Police raided the home in the town of Heikendorf under instructions from prosecutors, who suspected that the villa's 78-year-old owner held the weaponry illegally under a law controlling the possession of instruments...
  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

    07/03/2015 11:15:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 3, 2015 11:02 AM EDT | Grant Peck
    The powerful head of Vietnams Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said he hopes to build trust and create more opportunities to improve relations. Trongs visit comes as the former battlefield foes mark the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic ties. The White House said Trong would arrive on July 7, and the leaders would discuss trade, human rights and defense cooperation. It did not confirm a visit by Obama to Vietnam, which would...
  • Spurned by the West, Georgians look to Russia despite past quarrels

    07/03/2015 10:45:21 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 3, 2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    In this fiercely pro-Western nation that fought a brief war with Russia in 2008, few thought the Kremlin could ever regain a toehold. But with the West backing away from Georgias path to E.U. and NATO membership after a year of conflict in Ukraine, pro-Russian sentiments are on the rise. The former Soviet nations leaders are warning that Russia may yet prevail if Georgia is shut out from Western clubs. Wary of further provoking Russia, Western politicians have quashed talk of NATO and the European Union expanding eastward any time soon. Russia has stepped into the vacuum, increasing its presence...
  • Who Are The Russian Generals That Ukraine Says Are Fighting In The Donbas?

    07/03/2015 10:41:24 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 17 replies
    RADIO FREE EUROPE RADIO LIBERTY ^ | 3 Jul 15 | Roberty Coalson
    The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has prepared a dossier laying out evidence for what it calls "Russian aggression against Ukraine." The report alleges there are some 9,000 Russian troops deployed in Ukraine, forming 15 battalion tactical groups. The force includes about 200 tanks, more than 500 armored fighting vehicles, and some 150 artillery systems, according to the dossier. The SBU also identifies by name five Russian generals who it says are playing leading roles in commanding and coordinating the military forces of the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Speaking to Bloomberg, New York University professor and specialist in Russian security services...
  • Russia's Once-Mighty Fighter Jet Firm MiG Struggling as Rivals Make Gains

    07/03/2015 10:32:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 02 2015 | Matthew Bodner
    Once one of the world's most famous aircraft designers, Russia's MiG aircraft company has fallen on hard times. Though MiG aircraft continue to populate almost 30 world air forces, the firm has not won a major design competition or aircraft tender in its post-Soviet history. Russia is the world's second-largest arms exporter after the United States, and its aircraft companies made up a substantial $4.4 billion of the country's overall $13 billion in arms exports in 2014, according to data collected by defense industry consultancy IHS. Although MiG has been able to secure a chunk of these exports, its market...
  • Saab unveils superstealth 'ghost submarine' that is virtually invisible to enemies

    07/03/2015 10:17:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    mail Online ^ | 3 July 2015 | MARK PRIGG
    Saab has unveiled what it claims is the world's most advanced stealth submarine. The A26 sub is 207 feet long, and features a 'ghost mode' to make it virtually undetectable when underwater. It also features a unique pod that allows special forces divers to enter and exit the sub while it is underwater. The firm has already signed a $1 billion deal to build two of the new submarines for the Swedish Navy. 'Extreme stealth is at the heart of the Kockums A26 submarine,' the firm said. 'Sweden is unleashing its GHOST (Genuine HOlistic STealth) technology, thus making the Kockums...
  • Fox News: Obama, Hillary, DOJ and Congress Conspired to Arm Terrorists

    07/03/2015 9:44:04 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 78 replies
    The American Report ^ | July 3, 2015 | Editors
    Fox News has reviewed recently released emails from Hillary Clinton and come to this conclusion: Obama, Hillary, the DOJ, and certain members of Congress from both parties conspired to arm terrorists via Qatar. This was in violation of federal law because many of "rebel groups" they armed were designated terrorists groups. Judge Napolitano explains the findings HERE! (link at original) Last July, an article entitled "High Treason: Here's what the GOP is Covering Up for Obama" explained that: Did you know that NATO contracts with Taliban heroin smugglers for logistics in Afghanistan? Did you know that the Obama administrations two...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama Can Put an Embassy in CUBA But Not in Jerusalem?

    07/03/2015 9:21:38 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Daily Surge ^ | 07/02/2015 | Jerome Hudson
    As I wrote earlier, Obama’s logic is completely upside-down.The Communist country of Cuba is currently holding hundreds of political prisoners and is still funding terrorism around the world, but Barry has no problem normalizing diplomatic relations with the Communist Castro brothers, reestablishing an embassy in Havana, and opening up travel and trade with Cuba’s murderous regime.It’s a horrific decision from start to finish.Thankfully, Ted Cruz is out there saying the same thing more eloquently than I ever could.“How sad is it that under the Obama administration the United States is going to have an embassy in Havana before we have an embassy...
  • Russia Adopts Law Giving Internet Users the 'Right to Be Forgotten'(Bait & Hook)

    07/03/2015 9:20:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results. The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its third reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten," under which search engines must take down certain results that appear under a search of a person's name. Under the new Russian legislation, Internet users will have the right to request the removal of information that is incorrect or "no longer relevant because of subsequent events or actions," TASS news...
  • A video: African Ukrainian in ATO zone tells why hes fighting against Russa

    07/03/2015 7:33:27 AM PDT · by Astralike · 1 replies
    Joinfo.com ^ | 3/07/2015 | Joinfo.com
    Aleksander Kravtsevich is a black volunteer soldier, who went to defend Ukraine in the ATO zone. Even the most ardent propagandists has not dreamed of it.
  • China State Official Hints Beijing May Bailout Greece

    07/03/2015 6:57:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Monday, after Greek PM Alexis Tsipras dramatic referendum call sparked a run on Greek ATMs, grocery stores, and gas stations, we did our part to help ameliorate the situation by sending a subtle message to Athens: Dear Greece, if you want to apply for a loan from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, send an email to: information@aiibank.org zerohedge (@zerohedge) June 28, 2015 Indeed, now may be an opportune time to tap Beijing for a few billion given that China officially launched the AIIB this week.As a reminder, the success of Chinas AIIB membership drive was a political disaster...
  • Left-wing mayor of Madrid plans to rename Plaza currently dedicated to Margaret Thatcher [...]

    07/03/2015 3:49:01 AM PDT · by Moltke · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 3 July 2015 | Chris Pleasance
    FULL TITLE: Left-wing mayor of Madrid plans to rename Plaza currently dedicated to Margaret Thatcher after Socialist gay rights activist Spain's Left-wing Mayor has said she is planning to rename a Plaza currently dedicated to Margaret Thatcher after a former Socialist Party leader and gay rights activist. Manuela Carmena, who took over from Madrid's former conservative mayor in May, said Thatcher's name was inappropriate because she was 'the Iron Lady who enslaved the workers'. Her announcement comes just ten months after Mark Thatcher was invited to the Spanish capital to name the plaza after his mother and the former British...
  • Fewer Californians got into UC, while offers to foreign students rose

    07/03/2015 12:41:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-2-15 | Larry Gordon
    With the number of UC applicants at a new high, California residents faced tougher odds of gaining acceptance into next fall's freshman classes. A record number of students from other countries and states, meanwhile, received offers of admission.. About 60% of the 103,117 California applicants were offered a spot on at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses, according to university figures released Thursday. That appears to be a record low acceptance rate, down from about 63% of the 99,955 applicants last year, and about 79% in 1999, the oldest available systemwide figures. However, Stephen Handel, UC associate vice president...
  • Hillary Clinton: How much longer can she hide the truth?

    07/03/2015 12:20:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-2-15 | Andrew Napolitano
    In the course of my work at Fox News, I am often asked by colleagues to review and explain documents and statutes. Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge, our chief intelligence correspondent, and Pamela Browne, our senior executive producer, I read the transcripts of an interview Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state. What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Clinton provided...
  • BBC Admits Pamela Geller Was Right All Along (Bill Clinton aided and abetted Bosnian Islamic Jihad)

    07/02/2015 8:53:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | July 2, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    For years I have been saying it: Most Americans still dont know or understand the implications of Americas support of the jihad in Europe, but thats exactly what Bill Clintons intervention in the Balkans was. Clinton sent American soldiers to fight alongside Bosnian mujahedeen against the Serb Christians in the Bosnia war. The Democrats aligned with the jihad then and the Democrats align with the jihad now, despite the thousands of Americans slaughtered at their hand. Here is yet more of the unending poisonous yield of Clintons vicious ill-conceived war. I continue to take heat for my support of...
  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    07/02/2015 8:45:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/2/15 | VERENA DOBNIK
    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to America ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. "We were hungry, and I cried for two days," Limnioti said. "I felt homeless in New York." The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. Their financial...
  • Sen. Cruz: America Should Stand With the Cuban People, Not With Their Dictators in Havana

    07/02/2015 8:42:53 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | July 1, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz
    Pledges to oppose any ambassador to Cuba or funds for embassy construction WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement that his Administration has reached a deal with Cuba to reestablish full diplomatic relations with the communist country: "President Obama announced today he is continuing his policy of unconditional surrender to Fidel and Raul Castro by rewarding one of the most violently anti-American regimes on the planet with an embassy and an official representative of our government. I, for one, want the Cuban people to know that there are still those who...
  • Nigeria Boko Haram Crisis: Militants 'Kill 150' (Gunned Down Praying in Mosque)

    07/02/2015 8:31:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/2
    Nearly 150 people are reported to have been killed by suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants in attacks in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state. Eyewitnesses say the gunmen stormed the village of Kukawa near Lake Chad on Wednesday evening, killing 97 people, including women and children. On Tuesday, the militants shot dead 48 men after they had finished prayers in two villages near the town of Monguno, a resident told the BBC. The women are said to have been spared. Monguno was recently recaptured from Boko Haram. At least 23 people died in the town last month after a confiscated Boko Haram...
  • Former Twin Cities man and ISIL recruiter linked to thwarted terrorist plots in U.S.

    07/02/2015 8:06:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/2/15 | Libor Jany
    Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, the former Minneapolis high school student turned jihadi recruiter accused of influencing a gunman at a controversial cartoon contest in Texas earlier this year, has been linked to at least two other high-profile homegrown terrorist plots targeting sites in the U.S. Hassan, who goes by Mujahid Miski online, traded tweets with a Rhode Island man facing federal terrorism charges for his role in an alleged plot to kill police officers, according to security analysts. He is also thought to have been in contact with a New York City college student who federal investigators say was intent on...
  • Merkel summons US envoy over spy claims

    07/02/2015 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 Jul 2015 16:20 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkels office Thursday asked the US ambassador to discuss new allegations about NSA spying, a German government source said. We confirm that US ambassador [John] Emerson was invited to the chancellery to talk, the German government source told AFP, after the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily said Merkels chief of staff Peter Altmaier had asked for the meeting. On Wednesday Sddeutsche Zeitung reported that new documents released by WikiLeaks show that the United States did not just tap German Chancellor Angela Merkels phone but also eavesdropped on several ministers.
  • Netanyahu: We see ISIS at the gates in Sinai and Golan

    07/02/2015 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Photo Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. After the attack, which took place just across the border from Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We send our condolences to the government and people of Egypt, and to the families of the Egyptians that were slain by this vicious terrorism." Later on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, "We see ISIS [Islamic...
  • Deputy Secretary Of State: Iran Needs Nuclear Deal 'More Than We Do' (Audio)

    07/02/2015 4:28:54 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2015 5:32 PM ET
    NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Tony Blinken, the U.S. deputy secretary of state and the former deputy national security advisor for President Obama, about the latest on the negotiations with Iran.
  • Egyptian airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai

    07/02/2015 3:54:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 02:12 PM
    ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of ISIS, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-ISIS group Sinai...
  • China close to finishing airstrip on reclaimed South China Sea island

    Runway could be used for military purposes, US think tank says Johnson South Reef features a small port and two helipads. China has nearly finished building an airstrip that could be used for military purposes on one of its biggest artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, according to satellite images released by a US think tank yesterday. The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said images taken on June 28 by DigitalGlobe showed China had almost completed the construction of a 3,000-metre airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef, which China calls Yongshu Reef. The defence ministry refused to...
  • At least 97 dead in new 'Boko Haram' attack in NE Nigeria

    07/02/2015 3:40:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 07:03 PM (Last Updated: July 02, 2015 | 07:27 PM)
    At least 97 dead in new 'Boko Haram' attack in NE Nigeria MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed close to 100 people in attacks on homes and mosques in a northeastern Nigerian village, witnesses said Thursday. "The attackers have killed at least 97 people," a local from Kukawa village, who gave his name as Kolo and who said he had counted the bodies, told AFP. A fisherman who witnessed Wednesday's attack corroborated the death toll. "They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle ...They killed his children, about five of them, and set his entire house ablaze," Kolo...
  • Unspeakable: ISIS Has Executed Over 3,000, Including 74 Children

    07/02/2015 2:13:32 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jul 01, 2015 | Daniel Davis |
    New details are emerging about the nature and extent of the Islamic State's executions, and they are grisly. According to a new report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS has executed 3,027 people since it established its caliphate one year ago. That number includes 74 children and 86 women. The charges that ISIS brings against those condemned to death are usually offenses against Islam. These include blasphemy, sorcery, sodomy, spying, and practicing as a Shia Muslim. The bodies of the executed are often brutally put on public display, with their purported offenses listed for everyone to read.
  • CUBA DEMANDS RETURN OF GUANTANAMO, END OF US TV BROADCASTS IN RETURN FOR DIPLOMACY

    07/02/2015 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Will88 · 95 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Frances Martel
    While President Obama described the embassy as not merely symbolic and a move representing the liberation of the American people from the past in a speech this morning, the Cuban government issued a statement refusing to reestablish full diplomatic relations with the United States until America gifted the territory of Guantnamo Bay to Cuba and ceased broadcasting radio and television news reports into the island, which constitute the only way many Cubans have of receiving trustworthy international news.
  • Not so fast? Lawmakers poised to fight Obama on Cuba ambassador pick, embargo

    07/02/2015 12:59:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 2, 2015
    WASHINGTON Declaring this is what change looks like, President Obama announced an agreement Wednesday to reestablish economic ties with Cuba and re-open embassies in each others capitals. But the historic step will also touch off a new round of battles with Congress. To complete the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, the Obama administration still needs to get lawmakers on board to confirm an ambassador, sign off on spending millions on a U.S. embassy in Havana and soften sanctions against the communist country that has a long history of human rights violations. That's no easy task. -- snip -- Rep. Illeana...
  • North Korean defector lifts lid on world's most secret state

    07/02/2015 12:14:10 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Emma Batha
    As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack. But Lee and her classmates grew up convinced they lived in the "greatest nation on earth" run by a benevolent god-like leader whom they loved in the way many children love Santa Claus.
  • Ukraine cages its soldiers to stop them getting drunk

    07/02/2015 11:51:59 AM PDT · by Altenkrug · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 30, 2015
    Tanked-up Ukranian troops are crammed into small metal cages as a punishment for getting drunk. Video footage of the soldiers being shoved into the cages to sober up in eastern Ukraine has been published online. The men are forced to sit on the floor of the metal enclosure as it is not high enough for them to stand. The disgraced men are only released when they have sobered up. War reporter Andrei Tsaplienki explained the reason these soldiers were punished so harshly. 'In some army units, alcoholism has come to the level of an epidemic,' he said. 'So, radical measures...
  • Iran Talks Finale in Vienna: $225K for Hotels and Vehicles (before deadline extension)

    07/02/2015 10:46:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    The Iran nuclear talks deadline was recently extended for a week until July 7 according to the Associated Press. This extension could conceivably raise the already enormous financial cost of the diplomatic home-stretch effort even higher. Even before the extension was granted, contracts for vehicles and hotels in Vienna for Secretary of State John Kerry and US diplomats totaled $224,503. The first contract posted is for vehicles and drivers required for the stay with ABC V.I.P. Sightseeing in Austria for $93,394: The second is for hotel rooms for Kerry's delegation in the Hotel Imperial in Vienna for $131,109: Few details...
  • Obama Concessions to Iran Worse than Previously Known

    07/02/2015 10:20:27 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | July 1, 2015 | Clare Lopez
    To no ones surprise, the nuclear talks with Iran that were supposed to produce an agreement by tomorrow have been extended. Critics of the nuclear deal sought by President Obama fear that this will be a dangerous deal because of too many one sided U.S. concessions to Iran. These include allowing Iran to enrich uranium and build advanced enrichment centrifuges while an agreement is in force. Iran will keep all of its nuclear infrastructure, including a plutonium-producing heavy-water reactor. (It is supposed to be re-engineered to produce less plutonium.) Iran also will be allowed to keep its entire stockpile of...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama has declared 'unconditional surrender' to Cuba

    07/02/2015 10:20:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JULY 1, 2015 | ELIZABETH POTTER
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz blasted President Obama for making major concessions to the Cuban government by normalizing relations, and said the U.S. has all but caved to Cuba."President Obama announced today he is continuing his policy of unconditional surrender to Fidel and Raul Castro by rewarding one of the most violently anti-American regimes on the planet with an embassy and an official representative of our government," the Texas Republican said.Cruz has demanded the U.S. move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and said Obama's decision not to do that but to open one in Havana was...
  • UK POLICE KNEW AND DID NOTHING TO PROTECT GIRLS FROM MUSLIM PREDATORS

    07/02/2015 8:56:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/02/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Not only do recent revelations concerning the endemic sexual grooming of British girls by Muslim men demonstrate how crippling political correctness is, but they show how political correctness complements the most abusive elements of Islamic law, or Sharia. According to a June 24 report by the Birmingham Mail, as far back as March 2010, West Midlands Police knew that Muslim grooming gangs were targeting children outside schools across the citybut failed to make the threat public. A confidential report obtained under aFreedom of Information Act indicates that...
  • Report: U.S. blocking shipments of heavy arms to the Kurds fighting ISIS

    07/02/2015 8:14:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/02/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Does President Obama even want to defeat ISIS?  If so, why is the United States blocking shipments of heavy armaments to the Kurds?  They should be our best friends in the Muslim world and have demonstrated their capacity as excellent fighters with boots on the ground in fighting ISIS.  Which, not so incidentally, wants to kill their men and make sex slaves of their women. Con Coughlin of the U.K. Telegraph reports: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph...
  • Hillary Emails: 2009 Iran Hostage Case Got Special Attention After Push from Clinton Confidante

    07/02/2015 8:10:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-2-15 | Bridget Johnson
    As the families of U.S. hostages currently held in Iran have struggled for years to rally the determination to bring their loved ones home, newly released emails from the former secretary of State reveal the infuriating truth that those with connections get their case raised to the top. In 2009, Iason Athanasiadis was covering the protests of the disputed election win of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Mir-Hossein Mousavi for the Washington Times. The Greek citizen was detained by Iranian authorities on June 17, 2009, as he tried to fly out of the country. Athanasiadis was thrown in Evin prison and released...
  • The Greeks Invented Mathematics, and Now Its Bankrupting Them

    07/02/2015 7:39:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/02/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    In the short term, the world runs on words; in the long term, the world runs on numbers. It is as though the Muses came to an agreement: In the here and now, mankind is subject to rhetoric, but mathematics gets the final say. In Athens, in San Juan, in Detroit, in Sacramento, in Springfield, and, soon enough, in Washington, Mathematics is arousing herself from her torpor, and she is cranky as hell. The long term is here. Greece has defaulted on its sovereign debt, and its banks have been shut down. Television viewers accustomed to watching a few odd...
  • Bosnia: the cradle of modern jihadism?

    07/02/2015 6:45:42 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/2/15 | Mark Urban
    Back in the 1990s something happened in central Bosnia-Herzegovina that inspired people to this day and helps explain why that country now has more men fighting in Syria and Iraq (over 300), as a proportion of its population, than most in Europe. The formation of a "Mujahideen Battalion" in 1992, composed mainly of Arab volunteers in central Bosnia, was a landmark. Today the dynamic of jihad has been reversed and it is Bosnians who are travelling to Arab lands. "There is a war between the West and Islam," says Aimen Dean, who, as a young Saudi Arabian volunteer, travelled to...