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  • US forces carry out airstrike against extremists in Somalia

    12/18/2017 9:58:33 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 18, 2017 | staff
    OHANNESBURG — The U.S. military’s Africa command says its forces conducted an airstrike against Islamic extremists in Somalia last week, approximately 30 miles northwest of Kismayo, killing eight militants and destroying one vehicle. In its statement released Monday, the U.S. Africa Command said that it assess no civilians were killed in the strike. The statement said U.S. forces will continue to use “all authorized and appropriate measures” to protect U.S. citizens and to disable extremist threats. This includes partnering with the multinational African force in Somalia and the Somali National Security Forces to attack the extremist rebels of al-Shabab, their...
  • North Korea suggests satellite launch

    12/18/2017 7:38:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | 2017/12/18
    North Korea suggests satellite launch North Korea's state-run media has argued that every country has the right to develop its space program. Sources say it could be an indication that the country is preparing for a long-range ballistic missile launch. The newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, Rodong Sinmun, issued a commentary on Monday saying that violating the right to peaceful development and use of space runs counter to international law. Back in February, the media reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had set launching a stationary satellite as an immediate goal of the country's space development. North...
  • Breaking: U.K. based used by U.S. Air Force on lockdown after ‘significant incident’

    12/18/2017 7:20:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 18, 2017 | Sally Persons
    A man has been arrested and the National Police Air Service helicopter was dispatched to the base. The incident reportedly started at the base’s main gate. Police describe the event as “a significant incident.”
  • Why It’s a Bad Idea for Western Financial Firms to Get Involved in Zakat

    12/18/2017 5:27:16 AM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 18 December 17 | Christopher Holton
    The issue of zakat is one that is central to the concerns about Shariah-compliant finance, but concerns about zakat should extend far beyond Shariah finance alone. Zakat is a real threat because it is doctrinal in Islam and no figure, organization or body in Islam has the authority to change it. But why is it a threat? Because it is a main funding source for jihad. We have detailed this extensively on SFW for years, but periodically we feel it necessary to reinforce and update our educational outreach on zakat. What prompted this latest report was an article we came...
  • Obama administration undermined anti-Hezbollah task force to help secure Iran nuke deal, report says

    12/18/2017 2:03:05 AM PST · by familyop · 34 replies
    Fox News, Politico ^ | December 18, 2017 | Frank Miles
    The Obama administration gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations — some of which were unfolding inside the U.S. — to help ensure the Iran nuclear deal would stay on track, according to a bombshell exposé in Politico Sunday...When Project Cassandra leaders, who were working out of a DEA’s Counter facility in Chantilly, Virginia, sought an OK for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, Justice and Treasury Department officials delayed, hindered or rejected their requests, according to Politico.
  • Trump will stress trade and borders, ignore climate change, in new national security strategy

    12/17/2017 11:23:53 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 18, 2017 | Steven Nelson
    President Trump will call for greater border security and better trade deals in a national security strategy document released Monday. A senior administration official said the strategy outlined in an afternoon Trump speech reflects "principled realism" in addressing global threats. The strategy document, which administrations must send to Congress, drops President Obama's description of climate change as a national security threat. The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by Trump last week, called climate change a "direct threat" and requires the Pentagon to come up with a list of the top 10 most at-risk bases....
  • [N. Korea] China did mock occupation exercise of Yongbyon nuclear facilities late last year

    12/17/2017 11:02:48 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Hankook Ilbo ^ | 2017.12.18 | Kim Kwang-soo
    /begin my excerpt China conducted the exercise of mock occupation of Yongbyon nuclear facilities near the end of last year In preparation for a sudden crisis in North Korea, a large-scale exercise with 100,000 troops was conducted S. Korea/U.S. agencies such as NIS, JCS, CIA, etc. gathered to assess satellite photos U.S. to secure plutonium, S. Korea to secure highly-enriched uranium (HEU) in the event of crisis It is revealed that China conducted a large-scale military exercise at the end of last year for taking over the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon in the event of a sudden crisis in North...
  • Efforts to Get Illegal Immigrant Smugglers – Not Illegals – Go Too Far

    12/17/2017 10:15:55 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 18, 2017 | Rachel Alexander
    A young handyman in southern Arizona has been charged with allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants. There’s just one problem. The evidence overwhelmingly shows he was actually trying to transport them to the border patrol. Under the Obama administration, emphasis turned to targeting human smugglers instead of illegal immigrants, due to the politically correct climate dealing with illegal immigrants. Derrick McCoy, a 20-year-old handyman, is the latest casualty of this misguided approach. The Arizona Daily Independent extensively covered the story. McCoy was asked to watch over the property of nearby neighbors Billy and Anna Grossman while they were out of town. Living...
  • The End of China Inc?

    12/17/2017 7:20:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 25 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Sep 16, 2016 | Unknown
    There's a magic formula to becoming a millionaire in China - borrow big to earn big. For years, individuals, state-owned companies and municipalities have taken massive loans
  • Chinese PLA holds loyalty oath ceremony near North Korean border

    12/17/2017 6:02:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2017-12-14 | Kim Sung Il
    Chinese PLA holds loyalty oath ceremony near North Korean border Kim Sung Il | 2017-12-14 17:26 Hundreds of Chinese PLA soldiers take part in a ‘loyalty oath ceremony’ close to the North Korean border near Changbai, Jilin Province. Image: Daily NK source Daily NK has acquired images showing Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers participating in a loyalty oath ceremony near the border with North Korea. The event is thought to be in response to military tension on the Korean Peninsula. According to the source who provided the images to Daily NK, hundreds of soldiers attended the event recently held...
  • Institutes set up across China to study Xi’s thought

    12/17/2017 4:48:02 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2017/12/17 | Zhao Yusha
    Institutes set up across China to study Xi’s thought By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/17 20:38:39 Studies of Xi thought guide China's future, drive modernization The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has approved the establishment of 10 research institutes to study and interpret Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and studying the leader's thought will guide the future development of the country, said experts. The research centers and institutes, set up to study and interpret Xi Jinping's thought, were established by the CPC Central Committee's Party School, the Ministry...
  • Chile election: conservative Piñera elected president

    12/17/2017 3:58:17 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | December 17, 2017 | bbc
    A conservative billionaire and former president, Sebastián Piñera, has won Chile's presidential election run-off. It is a marked move to the right for the country, which is currently led by socialist President Michelle Bachelet. She had backed Mr Guillier.
  • Trump: "My people are very upset" about Mueller obtaining emails

    12/17/2017 3:57:58 PM PST · by smileyface · 67 replies
    Axios ^ | Dec 17, 2017 | Mike Allen
    Officials of President Trump's transition team plan to ask Special Counsel Robert Mueller to return "many tens of thousands" of transition emails they contend were unlawfully provided to him. But the prosecutor's office says emails being used in the investigation were properly obtained. President Trump, returning to the White House on Sunday, said when asked about the emails: "Not looking good. It's not looking good. It's quite sad to see that. My people are very upset about it. I can't imagine there's anything on 'em, frankly, because as we said, there's no collusion. There's no collusion whatsoever. A lot of...
  • A War Trump Won

    12/17/2017 2:40:17 PM PST · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    NYT ^ | 17 Dec 2017 | Ross Douthat
    There is nothing more characteristic of the Trump era, with its fire hose of misinformation, scandal and hyperbole, than that America and its allies recently managed to win a war that just two years ago consumed headlines and dominated political debate and helped Donald Trump himself get elected president — and somehow nobody seemed to notice. I mean the war against the Islamic State, whose expansion was the defining foreign policy calamity of Barack Obama’s second term, whose executions of Americans made the U.S.A. look impotent and whose utopian experiment drew volunteers drunk on world-historical ambitions and metaphysical dreams. Its...
  • Venezuela has the largest oil reserves. In the last three years its economy has collapsed (tr)

    12/17/2017 2:08:49 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 17, 2017 | MERIDITH KOHUT and ISAYEN HERRERA
    Kenyerber Aquino Merchán was 17 months old when he starved to death. His father left before dawn to bring him home from the hospital morgue. He carried Kenyerber’s skeletal frame into the kitchen and handed it to a mortuary worker who makes house calls for Venezuelan families with no money for funerals. Kenyerber’s spine and rib cage protruded as the embalming chemicals were injected. Aunts shooed away curious young cousins, mourners arrived with wildflowers from the hills, and relatives cut out a pair of cardboard wings from one of the empty white ration boxes that families increasingly depend on amid...
  • Sweden Forced to Raise Retirement Age To Pay For Mass Immigration Policy

    The increasing costs of population growth in Sweden, driven almost entirely mass migration, have forced the government to seriously consider raising the national retirement age to pay for the additional costs. Swedish Socialist party Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson announced that the retirement age would likely be raised in the near future in order to offset increased welfare costs, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports. “Looking at those who start working at 30, there should be opportunities to work longer than 65,” Andersson said. The minister made her remarks following an economic report from the Local Authorities and County Council (SKL) released earlier...
  • Suicide bombers attack Pakistan church, killing at least 9, officials say

    12/17/2017 1:16:06 PM PST · by Lera · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/17/17 | Katherine Lam
    Two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan where hundreds of worshippers were attending service ahead of Christmas, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. One of the suicide bombers was shot dead outside Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, but the other assailant made it to the church's entrance hall as Sunday services opened, said Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province. The gunman — who didn’t gain access to the main building — opened fire at the churchgoers before detonating his explosive vest. “There were nearly 400 people inside the church,...
  • What California needs from Santa: immigrants

    12/17/2017 10:20:55 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2017 | Joe Mathews
    I know most letters you get are from kids. So let me start by saying there is no toy that I need. But there is something I want for Christmas — not for myself but for my state. Most Popular UC regent who asked to hold actress’ breasts is considering... Ed Lee cared deeply about San Francisco. Maybe too deeply The Ball family: When exasperation leads to the wilderness In Stephen Curry’s absence, Kevin Durant shows he’s a leader GOP tax bill could trigger $25 billion in cuts to Medicare SF Aquatic Park closed to swimmers after third sea lion...
  • Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings

    12/17/2017 9:50:19 AM PST · by be-baw · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | December 17, 2017 | CBS/AP
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said.</p> <p>Putin expressed gratitude during the call for information provided by the CIA that allowed Russia's top domestic security agency to track down and arrest a group of suspects that was planning to bomb Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites, the Kremlin said.</p>
  • Palestinians won’t meet with Kushner, Greenblatt or any US officials on peace

    12/17/2017 9:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 17, 2017, 2:32 PM | Dov Lieber
    The Palestinians will not meet with any United States officials regarding the peace process in the future, in response to US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a senior diplomatic adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told The Times of Israel on Sunday. The open-ended boycott includes Trump’s top peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, who is due here this week, as well as the US leader’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. “No one from the American administration will be met to discuss peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, because the [PA]...