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  • Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:21:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 18, 2014
    Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on policy changes to Cuba and the libertarian leaning Republican's position splits from other Republicans who are also considering a presidential run. Paul told Tom Roten of News Talk 800 in West Virginia that the 50-year embargo "just hasn't worked" and normalizing relations with the island nation is "probably a good idea." "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working and probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime...
  • Is the Sony Capitulation the "Munich" of 21st Century?

    12/18/2014 5:22:39 PM PST · by beebuster2000 · 7 replies
    own brain | dec 18, 2014 | beebuster2000
    Just as Muncih signaled a psycho of 70 years ago that he would face little opposition from weak democracies, did the USA and Sony just signal the worlds terrorists, rogue nations and hackers that they could destroy US business and infrastructure at will, and face no consequences?
  • American troops battle ISIS for first time as they see off attempted attack by militants...

    12/18/2014 5:03:12 PM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    dailymil.co.uk ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Corey Charlton
    Islamic State militants attempted to overrun Ein al-Asad base on Sunday US support troops and advisers killed an unknown number of the militants The troops were supported during the battle by F18 fighter jets ISIS forced to retreat after suffering casualties during two hour firefightA number of militants have been killed in Islamic State's very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base. The militants attacked Ein al-Asad military base on Sunday where more than 100 U.S. military support troops are based. Despite launching the surprise attack just after midnight, ISIS's offensive...
  • Kim Jong-un to Host 87th Annual Oscars

    12/18/2014 4:47:23 PM PST · by inkling · 15 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    HOLLYWOOD (KCNA) — The Revolutionary Artists Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists are happy to announce that His Excellency Kim Jong-un will host the 87th annual Academy Awards. This will be the first time a supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has led the ceremony, but it most certainly will not be the last. “All peoples celebrate Dear Leader’s most humble decision to host the Oscars,” said Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. “We have witnessed his strength and honor from afar and welcome the divine opportunity to explode our love in...
  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver’s licenses

    12/18/2014 4:32:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 5:19 PM EST | Jacques Billeaud
    A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver’s licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants. The injunction that takes effect on Monday was a formality that carries out instructions issued in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. …
  • On Cuba, Obama Had An Ace, And Played A Deuce

    12/18/2014 3:50:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: As the Castros rejoice at President Obama's move to normalize ties, extend trade credits, take their country off the terror list and free its deadly spies, the queasy question remains: What did the U.S. get in return? The question is being asked by the more serious leaders in Washington. Marco Rubio for one. "(Obama's) foreign policy is, at a minimum, naive and perhaps truly counterproductive to the future of democracy in the region," said the Florida senator in the wake of the giveaway. "Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we've had as president since at least Jimmy Carter,...
  • Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq (3,000 now)

    12/18/2014 3:37:59 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    wo senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces. (snip) There are currently about 1,700 U.S. troops in Iraq, and President Barack Obama has authorized up to 3,000. More than 1,000 U.S. troops are expected to be deployed in the coming weeks to increase the effort to advise and assist Iraq units at the higher headquarters levels and also to conduct training at several sites...
  • Stockholm Syndrome and Hollywood

    12/18/2014 3:36:06 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 14 replies
    Showbiz411 ^ | - December 18, 2014 | Roger Friedman
    "“The Interview”: Orgy Scene with Kim Jong Un and James Franco Might Have Caused Concern"
  • Rand Paul backs Obama on Cuba

    12/18/2014 3:05:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    WDIV-TV / CNN ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba a "good idea" since the American embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked." Paul, a likely presidential candidate, made the remarks in an interview with News Talk 800 WVHU's Tom Roten, just a day after his potential competitors for the Republican nomination -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz -- slammed the decision to normalize relations as a dangerous move. Rubio and Cruz are sons of Cuban immigrants. Paul...
  • Kurds: We've recaptured Sinjar territory in Iraq; U.S.: Airstrikes have ISIS on defensive

    12/18/2014 2:25:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/18/2014 | By Susanna Capelouto
    Kurdish Pershmerga forces say they've recaptured territory near Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq from ISIS and "cleansed" the area of ISIS fighters. "We have opened a corridor from south of Zummar to the Mountain Sinjar," said Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, on Thursday. Kurdish military officials said coalition airstrikes were key in the success of their ground forces. "ISIS is always making damage, killed the people, steal the stuff, kidnapping people, taking money from people. That's what ISIS is doing, and that's not Islam," said Peshmerga fighter Khalid Suleymen Kolaoh, who was on the front line....
  • U.S. will respond to North Korea hack, official says

    12/18/2014 2:22:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/18/2014 | Pamela Brown, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez, Jim Acosta and Eric Bradner,
    U.S. government officials are preparing to publicly blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack -- but haven't yet decided how to respond to the attack. The White House and other agencies are holding a series of high-level meetings to discuss the United States' range of options, a senior official in President Barack Obama's administration said. "We do think it's appropriate to respond," the official said. Those options could include new sanctions against North Korea, another source said. White House press secretary Josh Earnest wouldn't confirm that the Obama administration has pinned the hack on North Korea, saying it's still...
  • Purported Islamic state video calls for attacks on Canadians

    12/18/2014 12:35:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Province ^ | December 17, 2014 | Terry Pedwell
    OTTAWA - A slickly produced video released on Sunday urged Muslims to launch indiscriminate attacks against Canadians, similar to those carried out in October in Ottawa and Montreal. The SITE Intelligence Group, an American based company that monitors trends within the global jihadist movement, said the video was produced by the Islamic State and the Levant. It was also been distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums. On the video a man, who says he is a Canadian and identifies himself as "Abu Anwar al-Canadi," urges his Muslim countrymen to follow the example of Martin Couture-Rouleau. The National Post identified the...
  • Hillary Clinton Secretly Pushed Cuba Deal for Years

    12/18/2014 12:34:33 PM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    Bloomberg article, link only. Link
  • Obama To Unilaterally Normalize Relations With North Korea and ISIS (Satire?)

    12/18/2014 12:32:19 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 13 replies
    Disassociated Press ^ | 12/18/2014 | Yours Truly
    President Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with North Korea and ISIS today, including opening an embassy in both North Korea and the ISIS Caliphate. "We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests," Obama claimed, "And instead we will begin to normalize relations between our three countries." Specifically, the White House took three major steps today as part of their "New Course on North Korea and ISIS": 1. Initiating discussions to reestablish diplomatic relations, including a U.S. embassy in Pyongyang and Raqqa, and North Korean and ISIS embassies in the United States....
  • Australians left bloody but unbowed

    12/18/2014 12:31:18 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014 | Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo
    IT feels like terror has come to our home town. After this week’s events, Sydney joins New York, London, Madrid, Mumbai and Ottawa on the list of great cities visited by politically motivated ­violence since 2001. ..... Australians are not innocents when it comes to terrorism. Nearly a dozen Australians were killed in the September 11 attack in 2001. A year later, 88 died in the Bali bombings in Indonesia. Australians died in the 2005 Bali bombings, the 2005 London bombings, and the 2009 Jakarta hotel ­attacks. All those incidents took place thousands of kilometres away. This event occurred in...
  • Girl, 15, stopped from joining Isil by anti-terror police on plane at Heathrow

    12/18/2014 12:25:43 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-17-2014 | Tom Whitehead
    A 15-year-old girl was prevented from joining the terror group Isil after police dramatically stopped her plane on the runway at Heathrow. The youngster, from Tower Hamlets, London, had secretly saved up money for her flight without her parents’ knowledge and tried to flee to Syria. But counter-terrorism officers, who had been tipped over about her plans, raced to the airport and stopped her plane which had already begun taxiing on to the runway. The flight, which was heading to Turkey, was turned around while officers took the youngster off and returned her to her family. However, in an unrelated...
  • Muslim funeral directors say they will not accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis

    12/18/2014 12:17:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 46 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19th December 2014 | Nelson Groom
    Sydney's head Islamic funeral director has said that no Muslim funeral home will accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis, suggesting instead that authorities dump his body at sea. The body of Monis remains in the morgue, and has yet to be claimed. It is set to be be released before Christmas. The body will be given a simple funeral by the Department of Health if his partner does not claim it, reports Daily Telegraph. When asked about the fate of the 50-year old extremists body, Amin Sayed, the funeral director within the Lebanese Muslim Association, said 'we...
  • Russia Angling for Share In Israeli Natural Gas [Ezekiel 39-39]

    12/18/2014 12:15:51 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Hamodia ^ | 06/08/2014 | Hamodia Staff
    YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) - Russia wants in on the Israeli natural gas boom, but the U.S. wants them to stay out, and that’s why they haven’t made progress negotiating with the Israelis, ambassador to Israel Sergey Yakovlev hinted in an interview with Globes. Russia has been seeking entry into the Mediterranean gas fields for some time, but so far to no avail. Gazprom, for one, showed interest in becoming a partner in the Leviathan reserve, one of the most important in the Mediterranean Sea, but nothing substantive came of it...
  • State Sponsors of Terrorism (Iran, Sudan, Syria, and.....GUESS WHO?)

    12/18/2014 11:42:22 AM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 7 replies
    U.S. State Department ^ | 1982 | U.S. State Dept
    Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions. Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons...
  • Jimmy Carter: Obama Showed 'Political Courage' in Cuba Deal

    12/18/2014 11:34:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 57 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    President Barack Obama displayed "political courage" when he changed over 50 years of U.S. policy by announcing a renewal of diplomatic relations with Cuba, former President Jimmy Carter told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Critics of Obama's announcement have said the move only served the Cuban government, but Carter said there was "no doubt" that the "beneficiaries of this primarily will be the Cuban people." "I'm very proud and grateful that President Obama has shown such good wisdom, and, also, I'd say, political courage in taking this long overdue step," Carter said Thursday.
  • "A Slap in the Face": Pilots' Families Balk at Cuban Prisoner Swap

    12/18/2014 11:28:33 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 12/18/2014 | AP/NBC
    The South Florida families of pilots fatally shot down by Cuba in 1996 are speaking out against the Wednesday release of three members of the convicted spies known as the “Cuban Five” in a prisoner swap — among them one who had been convicted of conspiracy to commit murder over the shootdown. "For the only person that we had responsible for what happened to be let go — it’s a slap in the face to my dad," Marlene Alejandre-Triana said at a news conference Alejandre-Triana's father Armando Alejandre, a Vietnam veteran, was one of four pilots killed when Cuban MiGs...
  • Welcome To Belgistan - The New Muslim Capital Of Europe [Eurabia]

    12/18/2014 10:13:48 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    CBN ^ | 03/21/2012 | Kade Hawkins
    Islam in Europe...
  • This blogger praised Satanists for ‘supporting reproductive rights’

    12/18/2014 10:11:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/18/14 | Ben Johnson
    p>If a pro-life website had said that the most vocal supporters of abortion-on-demand also have a soft spot for Satan, it would have become one of Right-Wing Watch's top tweets. But a left-wing website has posted an entry praising the devil's disciples for doing their part to thwart pro-life laws. In an article for the pro-abortion website Care2.com entitled “Four Ways Satanists are Improving the U.S. Government,” blogger Kevin Mathews wrote, “If there’s one religious group I’m really impressed with at this point, it’s the Satanists.”One of The Satanic Temple's four acts of faith that garnered Mathews' approval is “Supporting...
  • Army surveillance over Maryland: Giant blimps to begin three-year test

    12/18/2014 10:07:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Army’s giant surveillance blimps will rise to 10,000 feet above Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland on Friday for a three-year test. A second aircraft will begin testing in January. The Army’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), which is built by Raytheon, will be tested for its ability to identify incoming enemy aircraft. “This will enable senior defense officials to support a determination whether to transition JLENS capabilities to an enduring mission at the conclusion of the three-year operational exercise,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement on...
  • Syrian rebel Yarmouk Brigades ditch US and Israel allies, defect to ISIS

    12/18/2014 9:43:15 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 45 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | December 17, 2014
    Syrian rebel Yarmouk Brigades ditch US and Israel allies, defect to ISIS The Syrian rebel militia Al Yarmouk Shuhada Brigades, backed and trained for two years by US officers, mostly CIA experts, in Jordan, and supported by the Israeli army, has abruptly dumped these sponsors and joined up with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, debkafile’s exclusive military and counter-terrorism sources reveal. The sudden defection of this 2,000-strong anti-Assad force leaves IDF defense formations on the Golan, US and Jordanian deployments in the northern part of the kingdom, and pro-Western rebel conquests in southern Syria in danger of collapse....
  • What Makes ex Mossad Chiefs and IDF Generals Run? [Isaiah 28]

    12/18/2014 9:40:52 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/18/2014 | Giulio Meotti
    Former Mossad chief, British-born Efraim Halevy, has released an interview to Israeli media asking Israel to commit suicide and withdraw to the pre-1967 "Auschwitz borders". He also attacked Naftali Bennett's plan for an arrangement with the Arabs. Halevy looks like one of the figures created by Peter Simple, the Daily Telegraph's cartoonist. Or like Mrs Dutt-Pauker, who in the '60s symbolized "the Hampstead liberal". Dutt-Pauker is a rich heiress living in Hampstead, in a villa known as "Marxmount House", where she collects a pair of false teeth belonging to Communist leader Bukharin, Ming vases and writings of Stalin. Mrs Dutt-Pauker...
  • U.S. Frees Last of the ‘Cuban Five,’ Part of a 1990s Spy Ring

    12/18/2014 9:38:59 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | December 17, 2014 | By Frances Robles
    MIAMI — They were known as the Cuban Five, members of a spy ring that descended on South Florida in the 1990s and infiltrated exile groups and military installations. They, along with other members of the ring, tried to make themselves indispensable to the exile groups whose secrets they stole. One of the operatives worked at the Naval Air Station in Key West, while another worked undercover in Tampa. “They were very good,” said Ramón Saúl Sánchez, the founder of the Movimiento Democracia, one of the exile organizations that was infiltrated. “When you trust somebody who you honestly believe is...
  • Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably a Good Idea'

    12/18/2014 9:19:23 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | DEC 18, 2014, 11:54 A.M. E.S.T.
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul became the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to try to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The president's surprise announcement on Wednesday was slammed by several potential GOP candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who said it amounted to appeasing the Castro regime. Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of...
  • Israelis Want Netanyahu Out But See No Better Option [Isaiah 28]

    12/18/2014 9:18:31 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/18/2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Most Israelis would like to see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu replaced after March elections but, paradoxically, he is seen as the most suitable for the job, an opinion poll said Thursday. Elections will be held on March 17, just over two years after Netanyahu's right-leaning coalition took office. The 19th Knesset broke up following a spat in which the premier fired two ministers. The survey conducted by the Dialog Institute and published by Haaretz newspaper, showed that 53 percent of those polled do not want Netanyahu to win a third consecutive term in office, for a total of four. Nevertheless,...
  • Thousands Protest Parallel 'Sharia Societies' in Germany

    12/18/2014 7:53:28 AM PST · by BCW · 11 replies
    The Clarion Project | 14 DEC 2014 | SOEREN KERN
    The protests are part of a burgeoning grassroots movement calling for an end to the spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany. Thousands of German citizens have been taking to the streets to protest the growing "Islamization" of their country. The protests are part of a burgeoning grassroots movement made up of ordinary citizens who are calling for an end to runaway immigration and the spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany. The guardians of German multiculturalism are fighting back: they are seeking to delegitimize the protesters by branding them as "neo-Nazis" and by claiming that the Islamization of Germany...
  • Texas Plumber Receives Threats After Old Pickup Truck Appears in Jihadist Video in Syria (Video)

    12/18/2014 7:49:43 AM PST · by servo1969 · 51 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-18-2014 | Jim Hoft
    A Texas plumber is receiving threatening calls after his old pickup truck appeared in a jihadist video in Syria. The Ansar Al-Deen terrorist group used his truck in a propaganda video in Syria. Texas City plumber Mark Oberholtzer has been bombarded with calls, some hostile, since a truck he traded in at AutoNation was shown being used as a gun platform in Syria. (Galveston Daily Times)The Ansar Al-Deen Front, an independent Islamist group operating near Aleppo, Syria, posted video of the truck used in fighting.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLSN0pDqABMFOX News reported: A Texas plumber has been receiving threats after a photo emerged of Islamic...
  • Putin Gave A Surreal End-Of-Year News Conference

    12/18/2014 7:43:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2014 | Pamela Engel
    Russian President Vladimir Putin held a three-hour news conference on Thursday, speaking about his country's economy and the collapse of the ruble.The interview — which had a bunch of bizarre and clever moments — also addressed Russia's conflicts with the West.Several English-speaking journalists, including Max Seddon of BuzzFeed and Paul Sonne of The Wall Street Journal, tweeted translations of Putin's statements, and NBC News carried a live stream with translation.Here are some highlights: Putin insisted that growth was "inevitable" and that Russia could dig out of its economic crisis in two years at most.He refused to call the ruble's collapse...
  • US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

    12/18/2014 7:03:38 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Myfoxdc.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Scott Mayerowitz
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami. But the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro and the subsequent Cold War embargo of the communist island nation put an end to that.
  • Sony Should Release 'The Interview' Online

    12/18/2014 7:02:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/18/2014 | The Editors
    Seth Rogen and James Franco give every indication of being in life something very much like the loveable dopes they play in the movies, and that they should be central figures in a matter of international importance is unlikely indeed. But that is nonetheless where we find ourselves: Hackers working on behalf of the regime of Kim Jong-un, the third-generation dictator of North Korea, stole a trove of documents from Sony Pictures and released them to the public to punish the entertainment concern for commissioning The Interview, a Rogen-Franco comedy in which a celebrity journalist secures an interview with Kim...
  • Pope Francis played significant role in secret talks to normalize relations between U.S. and Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:48:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/18/2014 | Deborah Hastings
    The Vatican played a significant role in healing relations between arch foes Cuba and the United States, officials said Wednesday. Pope Francis was personally involved in secret negotiations between the longtime enemies, sources said Wednesday, as the historic announcement was made in Washington D.C. The pontiff sent private letters to President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro over the summer, urging them to turn their swords into ploughshares. The Pope expressed "warm congratulations for the historic decision" to resume relations, the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday. The Vatican and an undisclosed Canadian location served as top-secret areas for negotiations...
  • Terrorists 'Plotting To Bomb School Buses'

    12/18/2014 6:31:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Sky News ^ | December 17, 2014
    Pakistani schools are warned to check under vehicles for magnetic bombs a day after 132 students were killed in a Taliban attack. Authorities in Islamabad issued a letter calling on schools to increase security. The country's army chief General Raheel Sharif and the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) have flown to Afghanistan to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss tackling Taliban militants in both countries. Army spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said: "We are hoping that we will see strong action from the Afghan side in the coming days."
  • Obama Tried to Open Up Talks With...North Korea and Failed

    12/18/2014 6:25:59 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/18/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    By now you know President Obama announced yesterday he will unilaterally normalize the relationship between Cuba and the United States. Back in 2008, Obama said he would talk and negotiate with Iran and now, sources tell the Los Angeles Times that the president attempted to start talks with North Korea and failed last year. A White House official made two secret visits to North Korea last year in an unsuccessful effort to improve relations after new ruler Kim Jong Un assumed power, according to former U.S. officials familiar with the trips. The former U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of...
  • Cuba's Castro Brothers Get Big Present From Santa Obama

    12/18/2014 6:23:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 12/17/2014
    Cuba's Castro Brothers Get Big Present From Santa Obama Foreign Policy: Just as its patron Venezuela hit the rocks, Cuba got a last-minute rescue from none other than President Obama, who announced a Santa Claus-like package of wish-list goodies for the Castro brothers. Why? In many ways, President Obama's announced plan to normalize relations with Cuba, lift the embargo, extend trade credits and remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terror list is about on par with the rest of his foreign policy. It was done by executive order without consulting Congress, just like last month's decision to temporarily legalize...
  • Donny Deutsch Disses Rep. Diaz-Balart: Statement on Cuba Deal 'Inane'

    12/18/2014 6:03:47 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's good that we live in a country where citizens feel free to criticize elected officials to their face. Just wondering, though: when was the last time that freedom was exercised on MSNBC to tell a Dem official that something he said was "inane?" On today's Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch angrily asked Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami "why do you say an inane thing like that?" Deutsch's diss came in the context of an exchange in which Diaz-Balart told Donny that his notion that the Cuba deal was "liberating" for the Cuban people was "naive." Deutsch later retaliated in...
  • Pope Francis Now Set on Closing Gitmo Prison Camp

    12/18/2014 5:08:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-17-2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Wednesday Barack Obama thanked Pope Francis for playing a key role finalizing a deal between the US and Cuba.Pope Francis is now set on closing Gitmo.World Net Daily reported: Having helped broker the agreement to normalize relations between the United States and communist Cuba, Pope Francis plans next to turn his attention to closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, a goal he shares with President Obama.In a meeting last week at the Vatican with Secretary of State John Kerry, the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, second in authority to the pope, offered to assist U.S. efforts to...
  • Russian ruble weakens as traders see no major measures in Putin speech

    12/18/2014 4:29:48 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Alexander Winning and Vladimir Abramov
    The ruble weakened against the dollar and euro on Thursday with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had so far offered no concrete measures to pull Russia out of a crisis at his end-of-year news conference. At 0954 GMT (04:54 a.m. EST), the ruble was around 3 percent weaker against the dollar at 62.04 RUBUTSTN=MCX after opening more than 1 percent higher. The rouble was also around 2 percent weaker versus the euro at 76.50 EURRUBTN=MCX on the Moscow Exchange.
  • ISIS Attacks American Base In Iraq In First Ever Clash With U.S. Troops

    12/18/2014 3:37:10 AM PST · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    www.inquisitr.com ^ | december 17, 2014 | nathan Francis
    American troops in Iraq had their first actual battle with ISIS troops after the Islamist militants tried to overrun a base, an encounter that left the ISIS troops decimated and in retreat. The attack took place near the Ein al-Asad base, which includes close to 100 U.S. military advisers. The U.S. troops, armed with “light and medium weapons,” and were able to inflict casualties against the ISIS fighters, forcing them to retreat, Shafaq News reported. The American troops were also aided by fighter jets, which directed air strikes against the ISIS troops that “silenced their heavy sources of fire.” “US forces intervened...
  • Putin reassures Russians ruble will rise again (That's the ticket.)

    12/18/2014 2:58:43 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 Dec 14 | Timothy Heritage and Alexei Anishchuk
    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia’s economy would rebound after the ruble’s collapse against the dollar but warned that it could take two years for the country to emerge from crisis. Under pressure to show he has a plan to pull Russia out of crisis at his end-of-year news conference, Putin supported the actions of the central bank and government in a crisis he blamed on external factors but said further measures would be required. ......................................................... Putin had been silent as the currency collapsed this week before recovering some ground. A prominent opponent, former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, said...
  • Russia: Falling Ruble Causes Businessman to Commit Suicide in Moscow Hotel

    12/18/2014 2:54:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | Dec. 17, 2014
    Falling Ruble Causes Businessman to Commit Suicide in Moscow Hotel 10:22 17.12.2014(updated 10:40 17.12.2014) Yesterday’s Russian stock exchange panic caused a co-founder of a financial company to kill himself in one of Moscow’s top hotels - Hotel National. MOSCOW, December 17 (Sputnik) — A businessman, who owned a stake in an investment enterprise, committed suicide in Hotel National Moscow yesterday night, having shot himself in the head. Police are investigating the incident. The late Ivan Shervashidze left a suicide note and his last will. According to some reports, he owned a business selling musical instruments and equipment and co-owned a...
  • Locals speak out on Obama's decision to re-establish Cuban relations

    12/18/2014 1:26:29 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    WSVN Channel 7 News ^ | Dec 17, 2014 10:41 AM PST | WSVN Channel 7 News
    MIAMI (WSVN) -- Local Cuban exiles in Little Havana Wednesday voiced their thoughts on President Barack Obama's announcement to re-establish relations with Cuba. The commander in chief's abrupt use of U.S. executive authority came after the release of American Alan Gross, who had been held in Cuba for five years, in exchange for three Cubans jailed in Florida. Wednesday afternoon, dozens gathered in front of Versailles restaurant off Southwest Eighth Street as soon as rumors of loosening restrictions surfaced. Cuban coffee was served with a side of political discourse as City of Miami Police officers were present to ensure decorum...
  • Castro, 1; Obama, big zero!

    12/18/2014 12:47:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    My cell phone has been going off for hours with messages and angry conversations with fellow Cuban-Americans and conservatives in the U.S. I hear this question over and over: what did the U.S. get out of this deal? The answer is nothing, unless you are one of those who believes that the Castro regime is about to reform the economy, allow an independent media, and hold multi-party elections. I have a unique perspective on this issue. I can address it as a Cuban-American and as a U.S. citizen. In other words, I want the best for those on the island...
  • Russians training on Mistral warship ‘to leave France’

    12/18/2014 12:29:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 2014-12-17 | FRANCE 24
    Some 400 Russian sailors training on a Mistral-class warship France controversially built for their navy will be returning home for an unspecified amount of time, the ship’s French builder has said.
  • Cubans in Miami Slam ‘Betrayal’ After Historic Move

    12/18/2014 12:12:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    AFP via Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 03:59 PM
    Cubans in Miami’s Little Havana reacted with anger and dismay to President Barack Obama’s dramatic bid Wednesday to end a half-century Cold War with the communist-ruled island. “It is a betrayal. The talks are only going to benefit Cuba,” said Carlos Munoz Fontanil in Calle Ocho, the heart of an exile community that has long pined for the fall of the Castro regime in Havana. […] An equally outraged Felix Tirse, who arrived from Cuba 53 years ago, said Obama’s announcement showed “a lack of respect.” “He is more communist than others,” he said. …
  • McDonald's Japan rations fries as U.S. West Coast port dispute drags on

    12/17/2014 11:48:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/2014
    TOKYO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd has embarked on the emergency measure of only offering small-sized french fries to customers as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports has contributed to long delays in imports. The fast-food chain said it was importing more than 1,000 tonnes of frozen fries by air, which began arriving last Monday and had begun routing another 1,600 tonnes through ports on the U.S. East Coast which should begin arriving in late January. Those steps alone, however, are not sufficient to prevent a shortage. “Unfortunately without this sales restriction step, we would...
  • McCAIN & GRAHAM ON PRESIDENT RESTORING RELATIONS WITH CUBA

    12/17/2014 11:46:00 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    John McCain ^ | Dec 17 2014 | John McCain
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement on President Obama’s plans to ease U.S. restrictions on Cuba and normalize diplomatic relations: “We agree with President Obama that he is writing new chapters in American foreign policy. Unfortunately, today’s chapter, like the others before it, is one of America and the values we stand for in retreat and decline. It is about the appeasement of autocratic dictators, thugs, and adversaries, diminishing America’s influence in the world. Is it any wonder that under President Obama’s watch our enemies are emboldened and our...