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  • The North Korean Cult

    10/21/2017 6:01:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | Oct 9, 2017 | IAN BURUMA
    The North Korean Cult Oct 9, 2017 IAN BURUMA It is possible that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, and perhaps even some subjects of his despotic rule, would rather be obliterated than give in. It would not be the first time that a quasi-religious movement turned suicidal. NEW YORK – The absurdity of the North Korean dictatorship is easy to caricature. Kim Jong-un, with his 1930s-style pudding-bowl haircut (cultivated, it is claimed, to make him resemble his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, the regime’s founder), his antiquated Mao suit, and his short, plump body, is almost like a cartoon character himself. Officially...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping 'Foiled Coup Plot' to Seize Control of Communist Party

    10/21/2017 4:16:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    RFA ^ | 2017-10-20 | Qiao Long, Wen Yuqing
    Chinese President Xi Jinping 'Foiled Coup Plot' to Seize Control of Communist Party 2017-10-20 l The expulsion and criminal investigation of once-rising political star Sun Zhengcai from the ruling Chinese Communist Party was sparked by a plot to overthrow President Xi Jinping, a senior official has said. Sun, 54, former party secretary of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, had plotted to seize power from the current leadership, the chairman of China's securities regulator Liu Shiyu told a meeting of top finance officials during the 19th party congress. Sun and other senior figures were "great not just in venality and corruption...
  • Abandoning our Kurdish allies is a win for our Iranian enemies

    10/21/2017 2:27:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2017 | Michael Pregent,
    The U.S. military must figure out how to keep Iraq from breaking apart while also preventing neighboring Iran from turning Iraq into a proxy state.. It makes no sense for a nation to treat its enemies kindly and its allies harshly. Any nation that tries this foolish approach will see its enemies grow stronger and more dangerous, and will lose its allies when it abandons them. ... The man most responsible for the failure of the U.S. to give adequate support to the Kurds is Brett McGurk, President Trump’s special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS. He held...
  • Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

    10/21/2017 2:11:24 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2017 | Julien Toyer
    MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia’s leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special constitutional powers to fire the regional government and force a new election to counter the region’s move towards independence. It is the first time since Spain’s return to democracy that the central government has used its powers to seize control of a regional administration.
  • Brexit Talks: EU Leaders Soften Their Stance to Save Theresa May

    10/21/2017 12:05:32 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-21-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    European Union leaders have softened their stance on the Brexit talks with Prime Minister Theresa May out of fear that prolonged problems may bring down her government. According to the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, Angela Merkel now says that she has "absolutely no doubt" that the EU and the UK can both make concessions. That's new. Until now, Merkel and her friends made clear that they would not take a step back. The UK would have to give in, that was all. Now, suddenly, it's this: "If we are all clear in our minds, I have absolutely no doubt...
  • Air Force may recall up to 1,000 retired military pilots to address 'acute shortage'

    10/21/2017 11:21:10 AM PDT · by be-baw · 83 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2017 | Morgan Winsor
    The United States Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active-duty service to address an acute shortage in its ranks. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to call back to service up to 1,000 retired aviation officers who wish to return, the White House and the Pentagon announced.
  • Billionaire Babis scores big in Czech election

    10/21/2017 11:18:52 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 Oct 2017 | Jason Hovet, Robert Muller
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech billionaire Andrej Babis won a thumping victory in Saturday’s parliamentary election, giving the anti-establishment businessman facing fraud charges a strong mandate to cut taxes, lift public investment and fight immigration. Babis's ANO movement held an unbeatable 30.04 percent of the vote with 94.4 percent of voting stations having reported -- almost three times any other party and giving it a chance to rule with just one partner in a coalition. (Graphic tmsnrt.rs/2vO4hPW) ANO is the first party to break a quarter century of dominance by two mainstream center-right and center-left parties, highlighting a shifting political landscape...
  • Turkey bank regulator dismisses 'rumors' after Iran sanctions report (Halkbank lawsuit)

    10/21/2017 11:04:01 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2017 / 8:30 AM / Updated an hour ago | Orhan Coskun
    U.S. prosecutors last month charged a former Turkish economy minister and the ex-head of a state-owned bank with conspiring to violate Iran sanctions by illegally moving hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on Tehran’s behalf.
  • Germany: Full Censorship Now Official

    10/21/2017 3:01:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 10/21/17 | Judith Bergman
    Germany has made no secret of its desire to see its new law copied by the rest of the EU. When employees of social media companies are appointed as the state's private thought police and given the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who shall be allowed to speak and what to say, and who shall be shut down, free speech becomes nothing more than a fairy tale. Or is that perhaps the point? Perhaps fighting "Islamophobia" is now a higher priority than fighting terrorism? A new German law introducing state censorship...
  • ICS ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Canada’s Proposed Tanker Ban in Northern British Columbia Waters

    10/21/2017 10:26:03 AM PDT · by Oatka · 10 replies
    gCaptain ^ | Oct 20, 2017 | gCaptain
    The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it is deeply concerned over proposed legislation that would ban crude oil tankers from operating in Canadian waters off Northern British Columbia. The Canadian Parliament is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia. The proposed legislation is known as Bill C-48: An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast. The ICS, representing the world’s national...
  • Clinton Cash [Video 1 hour +]

    10/21/2017 10:12:00 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 18 replies
    Peter Schweizer via You Tube ^ | July 23, 2016 | Philly Steez
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  • Weekly Update: Gov Records Found on Weiner Laptop

    10/21/2017 10:04:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 20, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    2,800 Huma Abedin Government Documents on Husband Weiner’s Laptop U.S. Doesn’t Vet Counterterrorism Trainees from Developing Nations 2,800 Huma Abedin Government Documents on Husband Weiner’s Laptop A major Clinton scandal development this week: State Department confirmed that it has 2,800 of Huma Abedin’s work-related documents from the FBI that were found on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s personal laptop. Abedin was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. Weiner is a disgraced former congressman and New York mayoral candidate who recently pled guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor. Abedin kept a non-State.gov email account...
  • Hungary fears Soros influence could force out Orban, open doors to Muslim migrants

    10/21/2017 8:18:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/21/17 | Christine Douglass-Williams
    Hungary MP István Hollik has come out and stated fears that “George Soros would use his organisation, now the second largest political activist charity in the world, to influence Hungary’s 2018 general election” and “remove Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party from power, tear down the border fence, and implement the “Soros Plan” to flood Europe with one million third-world migrants annually” Viktor Orban has adamantly resisted the immigration policy of his European neighbors, despite threats of legal action by the EU over quotas. Like Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have also resisted the mass intake of...
  • Hillary Clinton's Russian ghost stories

    10/21/2017 7:50:39 AM PDT · by Ikemeister · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/20/2017 | J. Michael Waller
    New FBI information about corruption in a Clinton-approved uranium deal with Russia raises questions about Clinton’s actions after the FBI broke up a deep-cover Russian spy ring in 2010. For a decade, the FBI ran an operation called Ghost Stories to monitor and rip apart a deep-cover Russian agent network. Ghost Stories tracked a ring Russian spies who lived between Boston and Washington, D.C., under false identities. It was one of the FBI’s most elaborate and successful counterintelligence operations in history.
  • US Supersonic Bombers Shake The Earth With Low-Altitude Korea Flyby

    10/21/2017 7:20:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/17 | Ryan Pickrell
    Two supersonic bombers reportedly drilled alongside allies in Northeast Asia Saturday, reaffirming U.S. commitment to its partners and sending a message to North Korea and other challengers.B-1B Lancers, powerful aircraft carrying the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided munitions of any Air Force bomber, departed Andersen Air Force Base in Guam for the Korean Peninsula Saturday. They first joined up with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s before joining up with two Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K fighters, the Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs Office said in an official statement.The bombers conducted a flyover during the 2017 Seoul International Aerospace...
  • Iraqi army attacks Kurdish forces on road to Erbil (KRG)

    10/21/2017 6:42:39 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | October 21, 2017 03:27 | Seth J. Frantzman
    Kurds say that the Iraqi forces include not only elite Counter-Terrorism fighters but also Iranian-backed Shia militias often called Hashd al-Shaabi. Iraqis tend to stress that this is an Iraqi army operation, whereas Kurds emphasize the Iranian role. There are also divisions within the Kurdish side with some Kurdish leaders associated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan supporting the Iraqi army against Kurdish forces associated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
  • Trump Signs Order Allowing Recall of Retired Air Force Pilots

    10/21/2017 4:22:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    VOA News ^ | October 20, 2017
    Trump Signs Order Allowing Recall of Retired Air Force Pilots October 20, 2017 10:16 PM WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will allow the Air Force to bring back to active duty as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address a pilot shortage. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said the Air Force is short about 1,500 pilots. “The pilot supply shortage is a national-level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come,” Ross said. 25-pilot cap removed Under current...
  • BREAKING NEWS: German police warn "volatile" attacker is on the run in Munich after stabbing.....

    10/21/2017 1:51:29 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | 10/21/2017 | Rod Ardehali
    Police are hunting a knifeman following a stabbing spree in Munich's central square, next to an underground station...... Munich police said that at least four people have been lightly injured during stabbing......
  • Germany's entire submarine fleet is now out of action

    10/20/2017 8:46:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/21/2017
    BERLIN (AP) — All of Germany's six submarines are out of action, and the country's defense minister isn't happy about it. The Kieler Nachrichten newspaper reports that four U-boats are being serviced in boatyards while two others are waiting for a berth. Asked how Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen views the temporary loss of the underwater fleet, her spokesman said Friday that "this is obviously not a good situation." Jens Flosdorff told reporters in Berlin that "we would hope the mission readiness was higher, but sometimes with technology the devil is in the detail."
  • India Might Finally Terminate Their Stealth Fighter Program With Russia

    10/20/2017 8:28:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A new report by Defense News states that India is extremely unhappy with Russia's supposed 5th generation fighter—better known as the T-50, or by its new production name the Su-57—that will act as the base for the sputtering FGFA cooperative fighter program between the two countries. The news comes after years of squabbling over the program, usually characterized by credible reports of the Indian Air Force's dismay with the qualities of the Russian aircraft. Now it seems as if the Indians want out of the program—which aimed for at least a 108 airframe production run—once and for all. Such a...