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  • Turkish Forces Clash with Kurds; 70,000 Refugees Wash across Border

    09/21/2014 9:14:08 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 14 hours ago | RUDAW
    Pictured: Refugees arriving at Turkish border. ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish security forces fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of Kurds gathered in solidarity for a third day on the Turkish side of a border crossing with Syria on Sunday, as some 70,000 Syrian Kurds were reported to have fled across the border in just two days to escape Islamic State (IS) militants. Refugees who had waited days for permission to cross the border to safety complained of suffering, disease and death. “We have been here for four days without water and food,” said Fidan Mohammad, one of...
  • US too late on Syria: former Pentagon chief (Leon 'Save The Oceans' Panetta)

    09/21/2014 9:05:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/21/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The rise of the brutal Islamic State group can partly be blamed on President Barack Obama's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said former US defense secretary Leon Panetta. It comes after the United States Congress on Thursday passed Obama's plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants who have overrun vast areas of Iraq and Syria. Panetta told CBS's "60 Minutes" news program in an interview aired Sunday that he and then secretary of state Hillary Clinton had urged...
  • I despised Saddams police state, but the Islamic State would not exist under his rule

    09/21/2014 8:46:09 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 21 2014 | Saif Al-Azzawi
    When people ask me how I feel about the latest events in Iraq, I tell them I feel sad. All these people both Americans and Iraqis who have died since 2003 died for nothing. And as the Islamic State insurgency unfolds, and as Iraq tries once again for a peaceful political transition, Im mourning not just those who have died over the past decade, but for a country that I havent been able to recognize for a very long time. I grew up in Baghdad in a middle-class family. My father served in the Iraqi Air Force and...
  • Chinese Student Spies Overwhelm US

    09/21/2014 8:06:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | September 19, 2014 | Joshua Philipp
    Intelligence agencies around the world typically regard Chinas approach to spying as sloppy and unprofessional. While many other countries focus on stealth and finesse for espionage, Chinas focus is on mass numbers. While regarded as unprofessional, Chinas approach has also been extremely effective. The challenge posed by China comes down to a simple fact: it has too many spies for foreign intelligence agencies to keep track of. Our nation is overwhelmed. The problem is too big, said Paul Williams in a phone interview. Williams is chief information officer at BlackOps Partners Corporation, which does counterintelligence and protection of trade secrets...
  • Experts: ISIS Destroying Ancient Archaeological Sites To Sell Artifacts On Black Market

    09/21/2014 6:11:48 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Francis Martel
    The Islamic State captured Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, in July, and within the month, reports surged that the jihadist terror group had either occupied or destroyed every Christian institution in the city. Not just the Christian legacy is threatened by their presence, however-- thousands of years of civilization may be destroyed under the group's reign of terror.
  • The Left Doesnt Really Believe in Climate Change

    09/21/2014 5:47:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Ricochet ^ | May 27, 2014 | Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    The sky is always falling. If the new ice age doesnt do us in, the ozone hole will. The instant DDT is banned, aerosols must follow. Global warming is replaced by climate change is replaced by global weirding. And what is the solution to these often-contradictory scenarios? We anachronists who retain a bias toward the hard sciences would employ very different measures to prevent a freezing ocean and a boiling one. To an engineer, soldier or plumber, this is obvious. But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and...
  • How to lose a war before it begins

    09/21/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The inescapable impression that the administration is at war with itself over Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria has grown difficult to ignore and impossible to paper over. The most recent example of this phenomenon came when President Barack Obama decided to devote a significant portion of a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday to repeating his assurances that American troops returning to the Middle East would not “have a combat mission.” His insistence came just one day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told members of the Senate that he would...
  • The Ancient War Between the Judeo-Christian West and Islam

    09/21/2014 3:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 21, 2014 | James P. Pinkerton
    In one of the great epics of Western literature, the hero, confronted by numerous and powerful enemies, temporarily gives in to weakness and self-pity. I wish, he sighs, none of this had happened. The heros wise adviser responds, So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. The old man continues, There are other forces at work in this world besides the will of evil. Some events, he adds, are meant to be, And that is an encouraging thought. Indeed it is. Perhaps, today, we are meant to live in these...
  • UKRAINE: DNR Hostage: how it was. [The story of a freed volunteer]

    09/21/2014 3:14:35 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    Burko News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Viktoria
    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Gennady Krotcha, 47 years old face resembles a nice doctor in the children's story. The soft look through the glasses, calm movements and this desire to fly to the rescue. But Gennady is not doctor, it is a simple small businessman of the town of Uman ', and over recent months his concerns had nothing to do with the money gain. It is voluntary, as there are hundreds in Ukraine, today everywhere, Guennadiy collection, through knowledge, packages for veterans and delivers it to the front, in the area of fighting. Unfortunately, Krotcha had not luck, he "felt by...
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

    09/21/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 20, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
  • Homeland Secretary Shows Little Concern Over Open Border Terror Threat

    09/21/2014 12:00:33 PM PDT · by Son House · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 18, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    During an answer to another lawmaker about how to prevent terrorists from going undetected inside the United States, Johnson made the absurd argument that a "legal process" for citizenship would prevent terror infiltration and encourage terrorists to come forward and turn themselves in. That suggestion is not only unhelpful but politically motivated garbage. Second, if Johnson got out of his cushy D.C. office once in awhile to actually talk to Border Patrol agents on the ground, he would know that radical Islamists crossing the southern border into the United States from Mexico is nothing new. Unfortunately, a lack of enforcement...
  • How our "friends" in the MidEast fuel ISIS terror

    09/21/2014 11:54:25 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 2 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 18 September 2014 | Ahmed Abdel-Raheem
    In his seminal book, Don't think of an elephant, Dr. George Lakoff, distinguished professor of cognitive science, lists three causes of terrorism: worldview, cultures of despair, and the enabling means. In its 2003 war on terror, the West has only really engaged with the third: the means that enable ''attacks'' to be carried out. These encompass leadership (for example, Osama bin Laden), host countries, training facilities and bases, financial backing, cell organization, information networks, etc. These do not include the first and second on the list. Today, the West discusses the same cause with regard to ISIS in Iraq and...
  • Ambassador Power touts international support against Islamic State but won't name countries...

    09/21/2014 11:36:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 21, 2014
    Full title: Ambassador Power touts international support against Islamic State but won't name countries, commitmentsThe U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the American-led effort to destroy the terror group Islamic State has support from more than 40 countries, but declined to name them or the extent of their support. Its up to the individual country, Ambassador Samantha Power told ABCs This Week. France last week joined the United States in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, and Saudi Arabia has offered to help train moderate anti-Islamic State group fighters. However, what remains unclear is whether Turkey...
  • Hamas to PA: Show us proof that int'l organizations will cease aid if our salaries are not paid

    09/21/2014 11:21:43 AM PDT · by blueyon · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/20/14 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Hamas to PA: Show us proof that int'l organizations will cease aid if our salaries are not paid Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said recently that donor countries had warned him not to pay salaries to Hamas 40,000 civil servants. Hamas is demanding proof from Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah that donor countries have threatened to suspend financial aid to the Palestinians if his government paid salaries to Hamas employees in the Gaza Strip. Hamdallah said recently that donor countries had warned him not to pay salaries to Hamass 40,000 civil servants. The government and the banks operating in the...
  • UKRAINE: Cease fire... where?

    09/21/2014 11:18:26 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    21/09/2014 2:16 p.m. ESDT
    2 minutes only, In the region of Donetsk, Sands airport cluster bombs were used which are banned as well as ground-to-ground missile Other goods-TSN
  • UKRAINE support in Russia: held mass peace marches

    In St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian cities were peace marches under the slogan "say no to war." The protesters demanded an immediate end to the Russian military aggression against Ukraine. The two main columns marched through the streets of Moscow on a pre-planned route, along which there are ranks of police and protection. People chanted: "no to war", "Russia-freedom. Ukraine-world. Putin is a disgrace," "Ukraine, we are with you." On the March was a lot of Ukrainian symbols and posters with anti-war content. In Moscow March for peace by different estimations from 10 to 30 thousand participants.
  • Judge Allows Cisco to Slither out of Responsibility for Chinese Government Human Rights Abuses

    09/21/2014 9:41:14 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 2 replies
    AllGov.com ^ | 09/21/2014 | Steve Straehley
    Cisco Systems, which designed a computer program enabling the Chinese government to inflict human rights abuses on members of the Falun Gong religious sect, apparently wont be held liable for those abuses because China didnt bring its victims to the United States to be tortured. Cisco sold a system called Golden Shield to the Chinese government, touting its ability to uniquely identify members of Falun Gong and as the only product capable of recognizing over 90% of Falun Gong pictorial information, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
  • Clashes continue against IS in Iraq

    09/21/2014 9:38:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Shanghai Daily ^ | Sep 21,2014
    .... Dozens of insurgent militants have been killed and wounded in the clashes, the source said, adding that in a single incident, a warplane bombed a position of IS militants in Sicher area, leaving 13 militants killed, including their local leader. In Salahudin province, heavy air strikes continued against positions of the Islamic State militants in and near the provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The air strikes, which some believed to be carried out by U.S. warplanes, started after midnight and continued to the...
  • Al Qaeda's quiet plan to outdo ISIS and hit U.S.

    09/21/2014 9:31:51 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | September 18, 2014, | Bob Orr
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may be dominating the headlines and stealing attention with its prolific propaganda, but CBS News' Bob Orr reports, another group in Syria -- one few have even heard of because information about it has been kept secret -- is considered a more urgent concern. Sources tell CBS News that operatives and explosives experts from Osama bin Laden's old al Qaeda network may again present an immediate threat to the U.S. homeland. At two dozen foreign airports, U.S.-bound passengers are undergoing enhanced security screening. Agents are searching for hidden explosives. Laptops and phones...
  • UKRAINE: SUPPORT by Russian Peace March in St Petersburg & Moscowtoday [VIDEO]

    http:/ WORLD MARCH SEPTEMBER 21 St. Petersburg - St. Metro Gorky, 14.00. Starting time: 14:00. Closing time: 18:00. Dear participants of the Peace March in St. Petersburg! Please note: The event in our city is not agreed. Therefore, there is a risk of detention - for participating in an unsanctioned public event - if the authorities and the police decide that this is it. Marchers world gather at Gorky at 14.00 and go out together to Kazan Cathedral, where at 15.00 People's Assembly. People's Assembly by law does not require approval from the authorities. Walking through the city, of course,...
  • Climate Change March Begins in New York City

    09/21/2014 9:02:52 AM PDT · by dennisw · 62 replies
    nytimes ^ | SEPT. 21, 2014 | By LISA W. FODERARO
    After months of planning, the Peoples Climate March began rolling through a large swath of Midtown Manhattan on Sunday, taking public frustration over stalled efforts to curb carbon emissions to the streets in a noisy, vivid display of unity. At 11:30 a.m., the march began moving east along 59th Street from Columbus Circle, proceeding along a circuitous, two-mile route, and drawing labor and immigrant groups, students and politicians, scientists and religious leaders. The march will turn south on Avenue of the Americas, head west on 42nd Street to 11th Avenue and finish at 34th Street. The protest comes two days...
  • Pakistan is eyeing sea-based and short-range nuclear weapons, analysts say

    09/21/2014 8:48:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2014 | Tim Craig and Karen DeYoung
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — In one of the world’s most volatile regions, Pakistan is advancing toward a sea-based missile capability and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear warheads, according to Pakistani and Western analysts. The development of nuclear missiles that could be fired from a Navy ship or submarine would give Pakistan “second-strike” capability if a catastrophic nuclear exchange destroyed all land-based weapons. But the acceleration of Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programs is renewing international concern about the vulnerability of those weapons in a country home to more than two dozen Islamist extremist groups.   “The assurances Pakistan has given the...
  • Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack

    09/21/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
    The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital after suffering a heart attack, doctors said Sunday. Gyanendra Shah was brought to the hospital Saturday night, and was recovering in the intensive care unit and was out of danger, said Dr. Bharat Rawat at the Norvic Hospital in Katmandu. [] Gyanendra was the last king to rule Nepal before the Constituent Assembly abolished the centuries-old monarchy and turned the country into a republic.
  • With ISIS arrests, Australians wishing they had guns

    09/21/2014 8:39:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Nick Adams
    Never before have I felt so naked. Now more than ever, I wish I was armed. And Im not alone. Any and all home-grown Islamic terrorism should be able, if need be, to be met by a well-armed civilian militia. The United Kingdom has had two beheadings of members of the public in the last two years, with neither police nor civilians able to prevent it. It has prohibitive gun laws. With news of the ISIS plot to randomly abduct members of the Australian public and behead them, Australian sentiment on guns is dramatically shifting. It appears Australians are finally...
  • Thousands march in Moscow against Ukraine fighting

    09/21/2014 8:01:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    AP/Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 21, 10:21 AM EDT
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Thousands of people are marching through central Moscow to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleged complicity in the conflict. An Associated Press reporter estimates the crowd at about 20,000, although the city police department put the number at about 5,000. The demonstrators are chanting slogans including "No to war" and "The junta is in the Kremlin, not Kiev."
  • Leaked transcripts reveal Putins secret attack in Ukraine

    09/21/2014 8:00:42 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 14 replies
    NYP ^ | September 21, 2014 | Bill Sanderson
    Giving lie to Vladimir Putins claims that Russia isnt fighting in Ukraine, up to 80 Russian troops were killed in a skirmish there last month, according to information released by an opposition politician. Members of an elite Russian paratroop force talked about the brutal battle near Luhansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, in telephone transcripts leaked to politician and newspaper publisher Lev Shlosberg. Were walking along looking for these Ukrainians, one paratrooper says in an account reported by the Sunday Times of London. We get out into the open and are seen, kapow! the paratrooper says. We dashed...
  • Obamas half-hearted war on terror

    09/21/2014 7:07:43 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    <p>Military types say his big goal and his puny tools are a mismatch, which could mean he has been too clever by half. Its likely he is underestimating the terrorists lust for blood and overestimating his ability to fool voters into thinking he is resolute.</p>
  • UKRAINE Lugansk: Russian Terrorist in LC approved "hit list"

    09/21/2014 7:05:32 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Chairman of Commission for Promoting Christian Unity Exarchate of Donetsk UGCC, Donetsk, Ukraine "Similar lists in Donetsk, told me long ago. But this ... The eyewitnesses of the Lugansk state that, at present, all entering the "LNR" are checked on the computer. This computer file uses multiple lists. Among them is "hit-execution [list]." An informed source in Lugansk reported executions, which are conducted in the basement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs [MOI of Lugansk.] So, two days ago there were delivered three "politicals" and after a short formal interrogation shot. Executions are carried out at checkpoints. People removed from...
  • Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart

    09/21/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 27 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 09/21/2014 | The Local/TT/pr
    Background: The anti-Islamist party of the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) recently made huge success in national elections. Despite the fact that Swedes drive around in $35 000 Volvos and build even larger homes for themselves than other rich people like Americans and Australians do, something obviously is rotten in this neighbor state of Denmark and it's not surstrmming (google it!). Sooner, it's a failed policy on immigration. Anyhow, this is the analysis of former (Socialist or at least Social Democratic) PM Persson who once expressed doubts about the numbers of non-Western immigrants Sweden has let in. The article: "Former Swedish Prime...
  • Rand Paul Floor Statement IRT Syria

    09/21/2014 6:57:11 AM PDT · by gotaz · 9 replies
    Rand Paul speech on floor IRT Syria and ISIS.
  • Justice Secretary Grayling tells Scots MPs: Get off my lawn

    09/21/2014 6:57:09 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 9/20/2014 | Tim Ross
    Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, warns of a "travesty of democracy" if Scottish MPs are allowed to have a say over English laws A senior Cabinet minister tells Scottish Labour MPs to get off his territory, in a dramatic escalation of the battle for the future of British democracy. Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, accuses Labour of seeking to erase England from the map of the United Kingdom as he declares that Scottish MPs should be banned from voting on his legal reforms. Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Grayling says the constitutional shake-up after the Scottish independence referendum must deliver...
  • Former State Dept. Official: Details of Maxwells Benghazi Document Story Ring True

    09/21/2014 6:16:39 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    http://dailysignal.com/ ^ | Sept 19, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    A State Department whistleblower has come forward to say the details of a former colleagues account of the sifting of Benghazi-related documents to identify damaging material ring true. The Daily Signal reported Monday on Raymond Maxwell, a former deputy assistant secretary at the State Department who says he observed an unusual after-hours session in a basement operations room of the agencys headquarters in Washington in October 2012. Maxwell said a State Department office director told him those present were ordered to separate out any documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi that could prove...
  • ( Montana ) Missoula doctor, nurse return from treating Ebola patients in Africa

    09/21/2014 6:07:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Missoulian ^ | September 19, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    Dr. George Risi had to pass a dozen armed checkpoints to leave Sierra Leone four of which ordered him out of the car so a guard could take his temperature. The Missoula infectious disease specialist is still checking his thermometer twice daily since his return from 20 days of volunteer work in an Ebola virus ward. He and fellow Missoulian intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley cared for up to 95 patients, from babies to grandparents, suffering from the often-fatal disease. ... While untreated Ebola tends to be 70 percent fatal, Risi said about half of the patients in...
  • Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program

    09/21/2014 5:36:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:31am EDT | Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau
    Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Irans uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. [] Iran has sent mixed signals about its willingness to cooperate on defeating Islamic State (IS), a hardline Sunni Islamist group that has seized large swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq and is blamed for a wave of sectarian violence, beheadings and massacres of civilians. [] [] In public, both Washington and Tehran have ruled out cooperating militarily in tackling the IS threat. But in...
  • China Fines GlaxoSmithKline Nearly $500 Million in Bribery Case

    09/21/2014 5:35:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    NYT ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014 | KEITH BRADSHER and CHRIS BUCKLEY
    China Fines GlaxoSmithKline Nearly $500 Million in Bribery Case By KEITH BRADSHER and CHRIS BUCKLEY SEPT. 19, 2014 HONG KONG Global multinationals have invested billions of dollars in China over the last decade, with the prospect of selling to 1.4 billion people. But the promise of Chinas growth is increasingly offset by the dangers of being caught up in the countrys anticorruption campaigns and rising economic nationalism. In the strongest signal yet, a Chinese court on Friday imposed a fine of nearly $500 million on the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline for bribery, dwarfing the penalties in earlier criminal cases
  • Immigration protest canceled over death threats from Mexican cartels

    09/21/2014 5:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Saturday 20 September 2014 16.38 EDT | Jessica Glenza
    Conservative activists who planned to protest against illegal immigration and President Obamas immigration policies on Saturday said they had canceled all events after receiving death threats from Mexican drug cartels. Activists had planned to use vehicles as barricades to shut down border crossings at 17 locations in four statesArizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. But the event, called Shut Down All Ports of Entry, was canceled early on Saturday morning by organizer Stasyi Barth, who said she had received the threats. In August, a similar protest was canceled after organizers claimed they had been threatened by Mexican drug cartels. The...
  • Hollywood Honors Military Veterans In New Film

    09/21/2014 5:15:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | John Hanlon
    Since military operations began in Afghanistan in late 2001, few movies have focused predominantly on the sacrifices that military families make each and every day. Even fewer of them and I cant think of one offhand focus on female soldiers who are torn between their important work overseas and their responsibilities to their own families at home. Fort Bliss is a film that does just that. Michelle Monaghan, who stars as the main character and previously co-starred on the successful HBO drama True Detective, recently visited D.C. to talk about her performance in the film and how the role opened...
  • Belgian Authorities Prevent Terrorist Attack in European Commission Headquarters: Reports

    09/21/2014 5:05:51 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 21 September 2014 | N/A
    MOSCOW, September 21 (RIA Novosti) Belgian authorities have detained two people, who planned a terrorist attack in European Commission Headquarters in Brussels, Agence France-Presse has reported citing the local media. According to Belgian daily L'Echo, the countrys authorities have been conducting a number of preventive operations in recent months against the extremism in the region and have arrested several people suspected of links with jihadists. A source told L'Echo that about 400 Belgian citizens are involved in the Syrian conflict fighting on the side of the extremists, and approximately 90 people have returned home. The Dutch NOS Media Company...
  • Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties

    09/20/2014 10:01:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2014 | Llazar Semini
    DERVEN, Albania (AP) The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims. Pope Francis will highlight this interfaith harmony when he makes a one-day trip to the Balkan nation on Sunday, holding it up as a model...
  • Explosion Strikes Egypts Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    09/21/2014 1:30:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Egyptian Streets ^ | September 21, 2014
    An explosion has targeted Egypts Ministry of Foreign Affairs injuring many, reported eye-witnesses on the scene. According to state media, at least two have been killed in the attack. .... This story is developing.
  • Afghan presidential rivals seal power-sharing deal

    09/21/2014 1:05:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | September 21, 2014 8:56 am | May Jeong
    Afghanistans two presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have finally agreed a power-sharing deal, drawing a line under a contested election that has dragged out for almost six months. The agreement, which bestows substantial power on the losing candidate, was finalised on Saturday and made public in a ceremony on Sunday. Parties met late into the night over the past few days to seal the deal before Sunday, when an announcement of the final result of the UN-run election audit is expected. Negotiations, begun in July and finalised earlier this week, were drawn out because Mr Abdullah, the losing...
  • El-Sissi: Egypt ready to join terror fight

    09/21/2014 12:31:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    The Spokesman ^ | September 21, 2014 | Hamza Hendawi Ian Phillips And Lee Keath
    El-Sissi: Egypt ready to join terrorfight President speaks on Islamic Statethreat Hamza Hendawi Ian Phillips And Lee Keath CAIRO Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the worlds alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the MiddleEast. The former army general has faced widespread international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypts first freely elected president and his ferocious crackdown on Islamists that has killed more than 1,000 and imprisoned more than 20,000. A year later, after el-Sissis election as president, his critics fear he is leading his country into autocracy,...
  • Doctors: 'Irresponsible' to send troops to 'combat' Ebola

    09/20/2014 8:35:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 165 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Chelsea Schilling
    A real-life horror story is playing out in Africa as Ebola spreads, and President Obamas decision to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to combat the virus could very well put Americans at risk of contracting the deadly illness at home, some health experts say. According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,985 people have contracted Ebola and at least 2,461 have died. Several doctors have fallen ill with Ebola, and two of them have died. New reports indicate a Doctors Without Borders staff member has contracted the virus in Liberia and will be evacuated to France for treatment. You...
  • Odierno: More troops in Afghanistan may get pink slips

    09/20/2014 8:23:19 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 20, 2014 | By Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON More soldiers could learn while in Afghanistan that they are being forced out of the military, the Armys top officer said Friday. Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno discussed the cuts with reporters Friday at a breakfast in Washington. The notifications, part of an effort to rapidly shrink the size of the ground forces, have drawn heavy criticism from lawmakers. In June, more than 1,100 Army captains were notified that their military careers would soon end. It was later revealed that 48 were serving in Afghanistan when they were informed that they were getting the ax. The...
  • September 11th Battles of Malta-1565; Vienna-1683; Zenta-1697; and attack on WTC/Pentagon

    09/20/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | September 11, 2014 | William Federer
    In 1565, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent dominated the Mediterranean, with intentions of not only taking Sicily, Sardinia, Majorca, and southern Spain, but Rome itself. The only thing standing in his way was the small rocky island of Malta just south of Sicily, defended by the Knights of Malta. In March of 1565, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent sent Algerian Admiral Dragut to Malta with 200 ships and 40,000 Muslim soldiers, including 6,500 elite Janissary troops. .... Queen Elizabeth I of England is said to have remarked: "If the Turks should prevail against the Isle of Malta, it is uncertain what further...
  • UKRAINE: In Beijing, the rally in support of the integrity of Ukraine [PHOTOS]

    09/20/2014 7:09:32 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    In Beijing, the rally in support of the integrity of Ukraine ... pic.twitter.com/DBDva79sB0
  • US will not commit to climate change aid for poor nations at UN summit

    09/20/2014 6:57:35 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    Guardian ^ | 9/20/2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Barack Obama will not be pledging any cash to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations summit on climate change next week, the UN special climate change envoy said on Friday. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has challenged the 125 world leaders attending the 23 September summit to make bold pledges to the fund, intended to help poor countries cope with climate change. The UN has been pressing rich countries to come up with pledges of between $10bn and $15bn. We are putting a lot of pressure for them to do it at the summit on...
  • 81 Immigrants Arrested in New England

    09/20/2014 6:49:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    AP ^ | September 20, 2014
    BOSTON (AP) Federal immigration officials say a four-day enforcement operation in New England has ended with the arrest of 81 immigrants, including those convicted of crimes, fugitives and those accused of other immigration violations.
  • Ambassador who sided with Muslim Brotherhood spearheads State Departments anti-ISIS effort

    09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    John Kerry has assembled a three-person team to lead the State Departments efforts against ISIS. Two of the members Gen. John Allen and Brett McGurk seem unobjectionable. The third, Anne Patterson, is another matter. In announcing her central role, Kerry praised Patterson as one of our nations top diplomats deeply respected in the region. But Patterson is not respected in Egypt, where she served as ambassador during the period when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power. Bridget Johnson at PJ Media reminds us that Patterson stood firmly behind the Brotherhood as it persecuted opponents and attempted to consolidate...
  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant: German hip-hop artist joins the Islamic State

    09/20/2014 5:12:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/20/2014 | Marc Young
    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there. Denis Cuspert was once a modestly successful member of Germany's hip-hop scene going by the stage name Deso Dogg. Now he calls himself Abu Talha the German and is a top propagandist for the so-called Islamic State (IS) caliphate, which is blamed for several wartime atrocities. His ascent into the upper IS ranks is raising concerns that such "homegrown" Islamists could embolden Muslim extremists in Germany or...