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  • Why has Turkey launched an operation against IS in Syria?

    08/25/2016 12:30:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2016 | Raziye Akkoc
    Turkey launched its most ambitious operation of the Syrian conflict on Wednesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying it targeted the double threat from Islamic State extremists and Syrian Kurdish militias. Turkey says the air and ground operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield" will clear jihadists from the Syrian town of Jarabulus, which lies directly opposite the Turkish town of Karkamis. The operation was launched just days after Ankara appeared to soften its often-confrontational line on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Turkey wants to see removed.
  • Obama provides Iran with $1.3 billion, but where did the money go?

    08/24/2016 11:50:17 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 3 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | August 25, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    Why the Obama administration is refusing to say where the funds ended up.It appears that when it comes to its dealings with the Islamic Republic, the Obama administration’s miscues are boundless. The latest fiasco involves the recent transfer of $1.3 billion in taxpayer money to Iran’s mullahs. Both the White House and the State Department are shamefully unable or unwilling to provide the public with any pertinent information concerning the transfer. At a State Department briefing, spokesman Mark Toner remained opaque and evasive about the transaction and said that he did not know who in Iran received the money. Nor...
  • Next Gen Kh-32 ant-ship cruise missile tests drawing to a close in Russia

    08/24/2016 10:43:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2016
    Russia is finalizing the trials of a sophisticated cruise missile designated as Kh-32 and intended to equip the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range bomber fleet, according to the Izvestia daily. The cutting-edge missile is virtually invulnerable to ground-based air defenses and interceptors of a potential adversary. Once launched, the product of the Raduga Design Bureau climbs to an altitude of 40 km, to the stratosphere, to dive on the target at a steep angle. Picture by Mikhail Polyakov, http://russianplanes.net A source in Russia’s defense industry has confirmed that the Kh-32 missile’s tests were in final stages, and the weapon itself was...
  • Pentagon Admits "Lapses In Accountability" Led To Loss Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of US Guns (Trunc)

    08/24/2016 10:23:14 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 24, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Back in April 2016, the New York Times published an article highlighting a number of Facebook pages in the Middle East being used to sell U.S. military equipment. A terrorist hoping to buy an antiaircraft weapon in recent years needed to look no further than Facebook, which has been hosting sprawling online arms bazaars, offering weapons ranging from handguns and grenades to heavy machine guns and guided missiles. The Facebook posts suggest evidence of large-scale efforts to sell military weapons coveted by terrorists and militants. The weapons include many distributed by the United States to security forces and their proxies...
  • France To Deploy 3,000 Troops To Schools: "The Threat Is Real" Education Minister Says

    08/24/2016 10:16:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 24, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Two weeks ago we reported that as part of its proactive effort to tackle future terrorist attacks, the French government announced that starting in September, French 14-year-olds would receive lessons how to survive a terrorist attack on their schools, following a spate of Islamist killings in recent months. It appears that was not enough, because earlier today the France interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced France would deploy about 3,000 reserve troops, train school authorities and ramp up school anti-terror drills in case of attacks, its education and security ministers announced on Wednesday, a week before the start of a new...
  • Obama Structured Payments to Iran to Avoid 2008 Law (Vanity)

    08/24/2016 9:22:36 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
    VANITY
    Obama made another $1.3 billion in payments to Iran. But they were done in a strange way. $99,999,999 payments. This seemed odd. But there was a law they were circumventing. Classic criminal structuring. Proof: Judgment fund is capped at $100,000,000. It was structuring pure and simple. http://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1580&context=jcl Transaction can be found here: http://img4.imagetitan.com/img.php?image=14_xrmpzz.png Source: https://jfund.fms.treas.gov/jfradSearchWeb/JFPymtSearchAction.do "The Judgment Fund is the mechanism Congress established to pay most settlements and judgments against the federal government. The Fund, originally created in 1956 and limited then to paying judgments of $100,000 or less".... "Congress expected that ninety-eight percent of judgments would fall within that...
  • U.S. paid $1.3 billion to Iran two days after cash delivery

    08/24/2016 6:45:07 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 40 replies
    The Obama administration said Wednesday it paid $1.3 billion in interest to Iran in January to resolve a decades-old dispute over an undelivered military sale, two days after allowing $400 million in cash to fly to Tehran. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau says the U.S. couldnÂ’t say more about the Jan. 19 payments because of diplomatic sensitivities. They involved 13 separate payments of $99,999,999.99 and final payment of about $10 million. There was no explanation for the Treasury Department keeping the individual transactions under $100 million. The money settles a dispute over a $400 million payment made in the 1970s...
  • Memo undercuts Hillary story on controversial Russian uranium deal, Clinton foundation

    08/24/2016 5:30:56 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    State Department officials in fall 2009 - a year before the U.S. approved the deal - had obtained an internal strategy document from Russia's main nuclear energy firm, Rosatom, that provided a warning about Moscow's intentions as it "flexes muscles" in uranium markets. In one cable sent to Clinton, U.S. officials in Brussels warned Russia was about to strongarm U.S. ally Ukraine into a deal for "long-term supply of nuclear fuel" that could "shut" the U.S. company Westinghouse out of the market and extend Moscow's influence over Europe.
  • Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of US ship - defense official

    08/24/2016 4:30:54 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    MSN News ^ | August 24, 2016 | Idrees Ali
    Four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional." "The Iranian high rate of closure...created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation including additional defensive measures by Nitze," the official said.
  • Danish MP: EU a bigger threat than Russia

    08/24/2016 4:16:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 23 Aug 2016 14:06 GMT+02:00
    Danish People’s Party MP Marie Krarup is under fire for saying that the EU is “without a doubt” a bigger threat to Denmark than Russia. In an interview with Mandag Morgen, Krarup said that the EU is an existential threat to Denmark and is a much bigger problem than Russia. “For Denmark? Yes, without a doubt. Just Schengen alone is a catastrophe. It’s something that will make Denmark disappear from the world map if we don’t pull ourselves together. That national borders have been disbanded is a threat against Denmark’s existence,” she told the magazine. …
  • German diplomat’s son petitioning Va. governor for pardon

    08/24/2016 4:13:20 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 24, 2016 11:20 am | AP
    DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — A German diplomat’s son convicted of murder is petitioning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an “absolute pardon” and parole based largely on blood analysis. Jens Soering is serving two life terms for the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents. Soering’s petition this week says a blood analysis concludes that Soering, who has Type O blood, was not the source of at least some of the Type O blood found at the scene, The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2bMPfMB) reported. Investigators said his claim was not new. “This is no longer about believing me,” Soering, 50, told the newspaper...
  • Afghani Asylum Seeker Arrested for Raping 4-Year-Old Boy In Bathroom Stall

    08/24/2016 3:37:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Bethany Blankley
    The Holsteinischer Courier reports that a 4-year-old boy was raped by a 22-year-old Afghani asylum seeker in a bathroom at a migrant camp in the town of Boostedt, in the nothern German Schleswig-Holsten region. The is the latest in a what has become a long and unending pattern of migrants sexual assaulting women and children throughout Germany and Europe. The Afghani man didn’t even try to hide the abuse, as he put his and the boy’s shoes outside the bathroom door. When the father saw the two pairs of shoes he opened the door and found his son, with his...
  • Muslim Population in Latin America Grows 25% Amid Radicalization Concerns

    08/24/2016 3:13:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    National Security (Breitbart) ^ | August 24, 2016 | Edwin Mora
    Islam had an estimated 3 million adherents in Latin America and the Caribbean as of the end of last year, marking an increase of nearly 25 percent from the 2.3 million who were residing there in 2010, a Breitbart News analysis of U.S. Department of State (DoS) data shows. Among the Muslims in the region are people who emigrated from Muslim majority countries – including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, and Pakistan – and locals who converted. Most of them are recent migrants and descendants of those who made the journey years and even generations ago, namely Palestinians, among others....
  • Italy quake death toll at least 159 - civil protection agency

    08/24/2016 2:53:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Steve Scherer
    UPDATE: ROME, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday has killed at least 159 people, the country's civil protection agency said, raising a previous count of 124. The search for bodies is continuing through the night, authorities said. EARLIER STORY: An earthquake flattened towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and burying some alive in their sleep, with volunteers and firefighters racing to free those trapped under mounds of rubble as darkness fell. The quake razed mountain homes and buckled roads in a cluster of communities some...
  • ISIS Tosses Four More Gay Men from Top of Mosul Building (kids brought out to watch)

    08/24/2016 2:10:34 PM PDT · by drewh · 65 replies
    Iraqi News/Religion of Peace ^ | Aug 24th, 2016 9:14 | Jim Hoft Aug 24th
    ISIS hurled several gay men from the op of Mosul’s tallest building recently. Of course, the kids were brought out to witness the gory execution. via Religion of Peace: Four men were thrown to their deaths after being found guilty of homosexuality and sodomy in the Nineveh province in Iraq. Two of the men were allegedly part of the ISIS organisation. The men were thrown from the top floor of a former insurance company’s offices in Mosul. The location is apparently used often for such executions. A local source told IraqiNews.com that “ISIS members executed four people, including two of...
  • RCMP allows Muslim women Mounties to wear hijab

    08/24/2016 1:57:37 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 39 replies
    CBC.ca ^ | 8/24/2016 | Kathleen Harris
    New policy aims to better reflect diverse communities and recruit more Muslim officers The Mounties have adopted a new uniform policy to allow female Muslim officers to wear the hijab.Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, confirmed that RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson recently approved an addition to the uniform policy to allow women officers to wear the head scarf "if they so choose." Guide to Muslim headressMounties work to recruit more Inuit officers "The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a progressive and inclusive police service that values and respects persons of all cultural and religious backgrounds," Bardsley said in an email.Male members of the Sikh...
  • BREAKING: Iranian Regime Intercepts US Destroyer in Strait of Hormuz (VIDEO)

    08/24/2016 1:53:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 121 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/24/16 | Jim Hoft
    US defense officials confirmed Wednesday the Iranian regime attempted to intercept a US Destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz. Four Iranian ships harassed and carried out a “high speed intercept” in the strait of Hormuz. Four Iran Ships "Harassed" US Destroyer, Carried Out "High Speed Intercept" In Strait Of Hormuz https://t.co/V6oXq33T1a — THE SPARK of LIBERTY (@United_Ignited) August 24, 2016
  • Trump: I Will Label China A Currency Manipulator And Enforce WTO Rules They Break

    08/24/2016 1:52:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 3 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Tim Hains
    In a speech in Tampa Wednesday afternoon, Donald Trump outlined a seven-point plan to bring millions of jobs to the U.S. He proposed renegotiating trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA and also challenging China for "illegal activities." "I am going to instruct my Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator," he said. "Any country that devalues their currency in order to take unfair advantage of the United States will face tariffs to stop the cheating." "I am going to instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the...
  • Iran vessels in 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: defense official

    08/24/2016 1:48:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Idrees Ali
    Four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz ... came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an action that was "unsafe and unprofessional."
  • RIO 2016: Empty seats, green pools, chaotic transport and disgusting accommodation [tr]

    08/24/2016 1:47:40 PM PDT · by pabianice · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/24/16 | Hardman
    Major problems swept under the carpet as Rio successes are praised Poverty and crime continues in the Brazilian capital after athletes leave 'Pot is empty' just two weeks before Paralympics due to begin Standing in a rainy, unfilled stadium on Sunday night, bringing the curtain down on Rio 2016, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, invited us all to admire the emperor’s new clothes. ‘These were marvellous Olympic Games in THE marvellous city!’ the German fencer-turned-lawyer proclaimed. As he and the rest of the IOC head for home this week, it’s easy to picture them sinking...
  • 'Somewhere in a boardroom, they decided to leave our daughter there to be tortured, raped and ultim

    08/24/2016 1:07:41 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    dailymail ^ | 8/24/16 | Khaleda Rahman
    Kayla Mueller died last year after being kept as a sex slave by ISIS Her parents say humanitarian group refused to negotiate for her release Mueller was kidnapped from a Doctors Without Borders vehicle But Doctors Without Borders said they had no obligation to help her 'We can't be in the position of negotiating for people who don't work for us,' Jason Cone, MSF's US executive director said
  • Czech Republic calls for increasing its Emergency Food Reserves (title translated & shortened)

    08/24/2016 10:51:40 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 5 replies
    Ihned.cz ^ | 08/02/2016 | Katerina Adamcova
    Czech Republic calls for increasing its Emergency Food Reserves (title translated & shortened) http://m.ihned.cz/c1-65387150-zasoby-jidla-vydrzi-cesku-stale-na-neco-malo-pres-den-stat-ma-stale-problem-ziskat-nouzove-potraviny Food supplies lasts Czech Republic is still a little over a day. The state has a problem getting emergency food 1st 8th 2016 21:35 (updated: 2. 8. 2016 11:31)  Katerina Adamcová Read more: Food | food | strategic stocks | milk      State still fails to obtain the required emergency food for three days.      Do tenders for milk powder came forward only two firms.      Now milk powder, according to the Chairman of the State Material Reserves Paul's brother in law the right nutritional value and should have...
  • Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America

    08/24/2016 9:30:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/23/16 | Adam Kredo
    Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been on a diplomatic tour through key Latin American countries known for hostility towards the United States, including Cuba, Venezuela, and a host of other countries believed to be providing shelter to Iranian terrorist proxies such as Hezbollah. As Iranian-ally Russia boosts its spy operation in the region, sources have raised concerns about the rogue nations...
  • American University Under Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

    08/24/2016 9:26:27 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 53 replies
    ABC ^ | 24 Aug 2016 | Michael Edison Hayden
    The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is under assault, while security forces exchange gunfire with the attackers. The number of students and professors inside are unknown, as is the identity of the attackers. The U.S. State Department this morning acknowledged reports of the attack on an official Twitter account. "Reports of attack on American University in Kabul. Exercise caution, avoid unnecessary movement in the area & monitor news for updates," the agency said. Massoud Hossaini, a photographer for The Associated Press, tweeted that he is trapped inside. “Help we are stuck inside AUAF and shooting flollowed [sic] by Explo...
  • Commissioner for Human Rights: Russia protects and will protect Christians and combat [TR]

    08/24/2016 9:18:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-24-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Full title: Commissioner for Human Rights: Russia protects and will protect Christians and combat Christianophobia Moscow, August 24, 2016      Russia protects and will protect Christians and combat Christianophobia in all international arenas, including the UN. Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Foreign Ministry Constantine Dolgov gave this assurance today, reports Tsargrad.tv. According to him, Russia is counting on support from dozens of countries, and not only those with a predominantly Christian population. Specifying the “categorical impermissibility” of double standards in this question, Dolgov spoke on the need to “decisively thwart” the oppression and genocide of Christians. He called...
  • Hillary pegged as "Islam's Whore"

    08/24/2016 8:56:39 AM PDT · by Kozy · 46 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Tillison
    Charges of corruption are never far away when it comes to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and her duplicitous relationship with a number of Middle Eastern countries as related to the Clinton Foundation is the latest example of the candidate’s unscrupulous actions. So much so that a British group, Liberty GB, has referred to Clinton as “Islam’s whore.” (Liberty GB describes itself as “Britain’s newest and most outspoken political party… a patriotic, anti-Islamisation party promoting Christian civilisation, Western freedoms and British culture.”) Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/08/24/hillary-clinton-pegged-islams-whore-check-ny-posts-omg-cigar-cover-382710#ixzz4IGXzeTb5
  • Anti-Semitism On Campus Gets Real

    08/24/2016 8:40:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 24, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Usually university officials go into overdrive to solve a reported hate crime. Apparently they become more deliberate when the alleged victim is a Jewish student. "On Thursday, the UC Irvine Office of Student Conduct announced that it had concluded a three-month investigation into an aggressive and disruptive incident on the UCI campus last May," the Louis D. Brandeis Center reported on August 22, 2016. "The incident involved an anti-Israel mob that disrupted a small event held by a Jewish student group on campus." "The angry mob of about 50 students blocked the entrances and exits while loudly chanting angry, anti-Israel,...
  • Gunmen Storm American University In Afghanistan: Explosions, Gunfire Ongoing

    08/24/2016 8:26:21 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Gunmen have stormed American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday night as witnesses said they heard gunfire and explosions ringing out. According to media reports, the attackers have infiltrated the educational institution. Teachers and hundreds of students are said to be sheltering inside the building.
  • Turkey sends tanks into northern Syria

    08/24/2016 8:16:33 AM PDT · by Lera · 79 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/24/16
    urkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels who are following the advance say they have entered the town of Jarablus itself. The operation is aimed against both IS and Kurdish fighters. Turkey shelled Syrian Kurdish forces in the region this week, determined not to let them fill the vacuum if IS leaves. US Vice-President Joe Biden warned...
  • 'The piazza looked like Dante's Inferno'...after 6.2 ... earthquake rocks Italy killing at least 63

    08/24/2016 6:41:30 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 52 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 24 August 2016 | Sarah Dean and Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter and Ted Thornhill for MailOnline
    The scale of the devastating Italian earthquake was laid bare this morning as shocking pictures and terrifying eyewitness accounts revealed how four towns were almost wiped off the map in just a matter of seconds. At least 63 people were killed, including two babies, and 150 people are missing, believed to be trapped under rubble after the 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 3.30am local time while villagers slept in their beds. Today rescuers spoke of hearing children's screams from the rubble and locals were spotted frantically digging with their bare hands to try and save loved ones. The quake which devastated...
  • Philippines President Threatens to Withdraw From UN

    08/24/2016 6:29:48 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/22/2016 | Alex Newman
    After enraging globalists around the world recently with his vow to ignore the “stupid” United Nations climate regime adopted in Paris, firebrand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (shown) is at it again. This time, responding to UN criticism of his controversial “war on drugs,” the recently elected leader of the Philippines is now threatening to leave the entire UN as well — and maybe even set up a rival organization. The Filipino president, sometimes mischaracterized by establishment media outlets as Asia's version of GOP presidential candidate “Donald Trump,” has developed a reputation for speaking his mind in highly undiplomatic ways....
  • New Chinese aircraft carrier to hit water by end of year

    08/24/2016 5:46:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | August 24, 2016
    The arched bow, known as a ski jump deck, is a feature of China's second aircraft carrier based on a former Soviet design. TOKYO -- China's first domestically built aircraft carrier will likely be set afloat by the end of the year, according to multiple Chinese military sources. The country already has an aircraft carrier named the Liaoning, but that vessel is a refurbished former Soviet carrier. Beijing purchased the ship, then known as the Varyag, from Ukraine more than a decade ago. The new vessel is believed to share its basic design with the Liaoning. The two ships are...
  • China unveils its Mars rover concept:

    08/24/2016 5:43:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AFP and MAILONLINE ^ | 24 August 2016
    China has its sights set firmly on Mars and is aiming to launch its own rover to the red planet by 2020. New images have today provided the first glimpse of what this rover might look like when it launches at the end of the decade. As part of the announcement, China also launched a competition for members of the public to come up with a name and logo for the rover. China, which is pouring billions into its space programme and working to catch up with the US and Europe, announced in April it aims to send a spacecraft...
  • New revelations show a nation for sale under Hillary Clinton

    08/24/2016 5:43:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 08/24/16 | David Harsanyi
    The Democratic Party often warns us that mixing big money and politics will corrupt democracy. They must have nominated Hillary Clinton to prove it. The Clinton Foundation was ostensibly set up to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Though it’s done some fine work, its most fruitful program has been leveraging Clinton’s position in the State Department to enrich her family, friends and cronies. It’s against federal law for charities to act in the interests of private business or individuals. Yet the Clinton Foundation secured high-paying gigs for its namesakes and helped for-profit corporations with family ties set up lucrative...
  • Swedish policeman: - The rule of law has completely broken down

    08/24/2016 5:32:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Speisa ^ | Aug 22, 2016
    <p>SWEDEN: Yet another police officer quits his job in protest against the national police chief Dan Eliasson's mismanagement of the police force. The policeman writes about his decision in a letter to Eliasson, which was also posted in a closed group for Swedish policemen on Facebook.</p>
  • Biden: ‘Terrorism Is Not An Existential Threat’ to America

    08/24/2016 5:29:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 23, 2016 | 2:58 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with the Atlantic on Monday that while “terrorism is a real threat … it’s not an existential threat to the existence of the democratic country of the United States of America.” […] “My dad used to say to me, ‘Champ, if everything is equally important to you, nothing is important to you,’” Biden said. “So the hardest thing to do, I’ve found in 44 years, is to prioritize what really are the most consequential threats and concerns, and allocate resources relative to the nature of the threat.” Biden characterized his system of...
  • Hillary Clinton Is Corrupt And 100% Pure Evil

    08/24/2016 5:10:28 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Hillary was not only corrupt, but through her corruption, she has also catapulted the Islamists to a level beyond return. Even Hillary Clinton’s camp is swinging back at what has become a deluge of reports detailing perceived conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency about her family foundation’s acceptance of foreign cash.
  • Foreign Election Observers in U.S. to Increase Tenfold Since 2012

    08/24/2016 2:14:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2016 | 4:09 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    When Americans went to the polls four years ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) deployed 44 observers, a quarter of whom came from countries deemed by a leading democracy watchdog to be “not free” or “partly free.” This year, the OSCE plans to send more than ten times that number — and some civil rights groups in the U.S. say even that won’t be enough. Following a “needs assessment” visit earlier this year, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) decided to send 100 long-term and 400 short-term observers to monitor the November...
  • BREAKING: Turkish military launches operation to Jarablus (Syria, With US Air Support)

    08/23/2016 10:24:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    DHA ^ | 8-24-2016 | DHA
    The Turkish military and the U.S.-led coalition forces launched an operation in the Jarablus region of Syria to clear its borders from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group early on Wednesday. The operation began at around 4 a.m. with the Turkish artillery launching intense fire on the region followed by Turkish warplanes bombing IS targets. The military operation aimed at clearing the Turkish border from "terrorist elements," halting the new wave of refugee flows and delivering humanitarian aid to civilians in the region, the last significant town held by the jihadist group on the border with Turkey.
  • Scorpene submarines: Huge setback for India as 22,000 pages of secret data leaked

    08/23/2016 10:20:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | August 24, 2016
    Indian Navy seems to have suffered a huge setback after more than 22,000 pages of secret data related to the six Scorpene-class submarines being made by the French company DCNS in India was leaked, “The Australian” newspaper reported. The leaked data gives away the entire secret combat and performance capabilities of these submarines, and will completely negate their operational usefulness if China and Pakistan get access to the same. India is currently building six Scorpene-class submarines, named Project 75, in partnership with the French company DCNS under a $3.5-billion deal signed in 2005. These submarines are being built at Mazagon...
  • N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defection by soldiers: sources

    08/23/2016 9:08:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/08/23
    N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defection by soldiers: sources 2016/08/23 16:45 SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea was seen laying anti-personnel mines along its side of the inter-Korean border, presumably to block potential defection by its own soldiers, a government source said Tuesday. "The North Korean military was witnessed burying land mines on the northern side of a bridge in Panmunjeom last week," the source said. The small bridge known as the Bridge of No Return is located within the truce village and spans the military demarcation line between the two Koreas. It was the...
  • China launches live-fire drills in Gulf of Tonkin despite rising tensions in South China Sea

    08/23/2016 7:59:20 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 5 replies
    IBT ^ | August 22, 2016 | Nandini Krishnamoorthy
    Adding to the latest in a series of military drills, Beijing has said a branch of its coast guard is holding live-fire exercises from Monday to Wednesday (22 - 24 August). The drill is being staged at the Gulf of Tonkin, the northern arm of the South China Sea, home to several territorial disputes among Asian countries. Despite fresh tensions in the disputed waters, China's Maritime Safety Administration said it was banning vessels from entering the area between China's southern island province of Hainan and the northern coast of Vietnam. The Tonkin Gulf has historical significance over the Vietnam War...
  • We can’t afford to give terrorists a one-way ticket back to the battlefield

    08/23/2016 7:46:58 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 25 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 23 August 2016 | House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas)
    Last week the Obama Administration approved its largest-ever release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, sending 15 extremists back into the world. By now, the pattern has become familiar: the President lets hardened terrorists go free, Congress and the American people express outrage, and the White House ignores the uproar. But the grave risks of this policy cannot be ignored. The President is giving terrorists a one-way ticket back to the battlefield. In fact, officials have confirmed to Congress that some former detainees are responsible for attacking or killing Americans since being freed. Yet, incredibly, the releases persist. Not only does...
  • Woman stabbed to death at Home Hill (Australia - assailant yelled "Allah Akbar")

    08/23/2016 7:29:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    UPDATE 12.15PM: POLICE have confirmed a Frenchman accused of a stabbing frenzy at a Home Hill backpackers yelled “Allah Akbar” during the violent incident and as he was taken in to custody. QPS Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said investigators would examine whether the comments were made as a result of extremist motives but could not yet rule out whether mental health issues or drug use were factors in the crime. A Bristish woman, 21, was killed in the incident and a 30-year-old British man remains in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital. A 46-year-old Home Hill man was also injured...
  • The Postal Service is losing millions a year to help you buy cheap stuff from China

    08/23/2016 6:17:40 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2014 | Jeff Guo
    ...All of this is little comfort to McGrath, who chafes at the thought of the Postal Service helping Chinese merchants poach his customers. “All of us sellers are selling a lot of Chinese goods in America but at least we’re creating jobs, making money, and adding to the economy,” he said. “But when people buy direct from China that’s adding nothing to the American economy.”
  • Police force migrant out of German church

    08/23/2016 6:07:35 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 12 replies
    Church leaders in the Germany city of Münster were shocked after police entered a monastery on Tuesday to forcefully remove a migrant seeking church asylum. Police said there was an altercation when they tried to remove the 31-year-old Ghanaian, who bit a police officer when being handcuffed.
  • Did Hillary Clinton Violate the Espionage Act?

    08/23/2016 6:04:34 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Citizens Group ^ | 08/23/16
    Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 under President Obama. That was five years of selling out US Interests to foreign governments in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. According to the Government’s own Website: “As the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State represents the United States at more than 270 diplomatic locations around the world, including embassies, consulates, and missions to international organizations. The Secretary of State, the ranking member of the Cabinet and fourth in line of presidential succession, is the President’s principal advisor on foreign policy and...
  • Watch: Jordanian analyst loses it on live TV

    08/23/2016 3:49:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 22/8/16
    Warning: Head explodes during course of video.
  • N Korea 'fires missile from submarine'

    08/23/2016 2:45:52 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | August 23, 2016
    North Korea fires submarine-based ballistic missile, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version
  • First on CNN: FBI investigating Russian hack of New York Times reporters, others

    08/23/2016 11:07:47 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | August 23, 2016 | Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz
    Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter. The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies. Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said.