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  • State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m

    07/30/2014 6:01:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-30-14 | Luke Rosiak and Micah Morrison
    A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one. Some of the speeches were delivered in global hotspots...
  • Open Borders Invite Threat Of Ebola Terrorism

    07/30/2014 4:25:02 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Invewstor's Business Daily ^ | July 30, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: As the Ebola disease spreads in Africa and detainees from that continent are apprehended, the question must be asked: What if terrorists already willing to die try to bring the disease across our porous southern border? The Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., according to John O'Connor, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's true," he says, "that anyone with an illness is just one plane ride away from coming to the U.S." Indeed, a Liberian man infected...
  • Muslim mayor of Tower Hamlets (UK) orders the Palestinian flag to fly over town hall...

    07/30/2014 4:20:05 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | JUly 30, 2014 | Keith Perry
    Tower Hamlets's Muslim mayor Lutfur Rahman has prompted angry protests after raising the Palestinian flag over the town hall "in solidarity with Gaza". Just 24 hours after it emerged Mr Rahman is to face trial over claims he committed widespread voting fraud, he ordered the flag to fly "in support of a ceasefire and peace". Jewish leaders condemned the move as "destructive" for community relations as local residents said the council should concentrate on 'potholes and bins' and not international conflicts. Mr Rahman was a member of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party and was its candidate to be the first...
  • Bolivia Claims Israel a 'Terror State'

    07/30/2014 4:12:38 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 11 replies
    Aruyz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state, according to AFP. President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba. It "means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state," he said. The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972. Morales said the Gaza offensive shows "that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that...
  • State Department Hits Back at Israeli Criticism Over Kerry

    07/30/2014 4:08:25 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Israeli attacks against US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing him being of a supporter of Hamas are "offensive and absurd," a senior US diplomat said Wednesday. In a sharp exchange with reporters, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf hit out against a torrent of abuse from "respected voices in Israel talking about the secretary of state, claiming that he supports Hamas, which is offensive and absurd." The United States had been given Israel "a level of support which has been quite frankly unprecedented in our history, even when we stood alone," she added. Kerry has been the subject of...
  • EBOLA: Doctor Quarantined in Canada

    07/30/2014 4:04:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    A Canadian doctor has put himself in quarantine as a precaution after spending weeks in West Africa treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus alongside an American doctor who is now infected .... Azaria Marthyman of Victoria, British Columbia had worked in Liberia, one of four countries hit by an outbreak... one of his American colleagues, doctor Kent Brantly, is being treated for the disease. .... Brantly, 33, became infected with Ebola while working with patients in the Liberian capital of Monrovia as he helped treat victims of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. He "is not doing well. He...
  • Christian Mother Sentenced to Death in Sudan Expected in New Hampshire This Week

    07/30/2014 3:56:37 PM PDT · by GilGil · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/29/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Some time this week, 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim is expected to arrive among relatives in Manchester, New Hampshire. She made international news for being sentenced to death in Sudan for her Christian faith, but she was able to get to Rome on July 24 and will be in Manchester soon.
  • Michelle Obama says the 'blood of Africa' runs through her veins

    07/30/2014 3:50:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 70 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/30/14 | Annika McGinnis - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once and in the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was “deeply personal.” “The...
  • Feds Sending Illegal Immigrant Minors to States Without Notice

    07/30/2014 3:35:28 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:36 | Written by Jack Kenny
    Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee protested in a letter to President Obama that no one in his state government had received notice that 760 of the estimated 50,000 unaccompanied minors who have entered the country illegally in the past several months have been sent to the Volunteer State. "It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee without my administration's knowledge," Haslam wrote in his July 25 letter to the president. "Not only was our state not informed...
  • Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

    07/30/2014 3:24:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/30/14 | Ken Dilanian and Eileen Sullivan - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff. The still-classified report also says some ambassadors who were informed about interrogations of al-Qaida detainees at so-called black sites in their countries were instructed not to tell their superiors at the State Department, the document says. The 6,300-page Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program has been years in the making....
  • 'Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools for terrorist purposes'

    07/30/2014 3:19:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/30/2014 | By HERB KEINON
    Deputy FM Hanegbi says that “instead of blaming Israel, UNRWA should make a real effort to stop being manipulated by terrorist organizations.” Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools and facilities for terrorist purposes, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said Wednesday. Speaking at a press briefing in Jerusalem, he pointed out that on three separate occasions UNRWA itself has admitted that rockets were hidden in the basement of their facilities. “Who knows how many were not found,” he said, adding that this phenomenon was “totally unacceptable.” Each time that the rockets were found, he said, they were...
  • Third Rocket Arsenal Found At Un School In Gaza

    07/30/2014 3:16:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/30/2014 | by JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    The United Nations Relief & Works Agency For Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced Tuesday that another rocket stockpile has been found at one of its schools in Gaza. This instance marks the third time since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge that a weapons arsenal has been found at an UNRWA school in Gaza. UNRWA has yet to place blame on any individuals or organizations for placing the weapons stockpile within a children’s school. The UN body refused to do so on the past two previous occasions as well.The UN body, after both previous findings, has handed the rockets it had...
  • Obama Takes Tougher Line Against Gaza Casualties: Condemns Deadly Shelling of a UN School

    07/30/2014 3:07:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/30/2014 | Julie Pace
    The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas. The U.S. frustrations were compounded by a flurry of Israeli media reports this week that appeared aimed at discrediting President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, who spent days trying to negotiate an unsuccessful cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. In unusually blunt language, a State Department spokeswoman on Wednesday repeatedly described one of the reports...
  • State Department Hits Back at Israeli Criticism Over Kerry

    07/30/2014 3:07:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/7/14
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/static/Resizer.ashx/news/468/282/499773.jpg Israeli attacks against US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing him being of a supporter of Hamas are "offensive and absurd," a senior US diplomat said Wednesday. In a sharp exchange with reporters, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf hit out against a torrent of abuse from "respected voices in Israel talking about the secretary of state, claiming that he supports Hamas, which is offensive and absurd." The United States had been given Israel "a level of support which has been quite frankly unprecedented in our history, even when we stood alone," she added. Kerry has been the subject...
  • Putin Doesn't Care About the Rules Anymore

    07/30/2014 2:52:11 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 9 replies
    Atlantic Sentinel ^ | 30 July 2014 | Nick Ottens
    The United States on Monday accused Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty governing both powers’ use of intermediate range missiles. If true, it marks the latest in a series of Russian breaches of international norms since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibits both America and Russia from deploying ballistic and cruise missiles that are launched from the ground and have a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers, was first reported by The New York Times in January. An American government official confirmed the...
  • Congressman Alan Grayson Calls For U.S. Travel Ban In Response To Ebola Outbreak

    07/30/2014 2:44:14 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Igor Bobic
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is calling on the Obama administration to impose a travel ban on three West African nations in response to a growing Ebola virus outbreak. The House Foreign Affairs Committee member wants the State Department to bar citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from entering the United States, including any foreign travelers who have visited those countries in the previous 90 days. He also requested that the ban be expanded to any nation that reports an originating case of the virus, and that restrictions only be lifted 90 days after the last reported case.
  • White House Says Ebola Outbreak Won't Alter U.S.-Africa Summit

    07/30/2014 2:32:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Roberta Rampton
    An outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa will not change a summit in Washington next week that about 50 African leaders are expected to attend, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday. The White House continues to monitor the deadly outbreak of the highly contagious virus and President Barack Obama was briefed about developments by his homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, on Tuesday, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters. “The CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) has said this is not a risk to the United States at this time,” Schultz told reporters traveling with the president back...
  • The West Has Cornered Putin—and That's When He's Most Dangerous

    07/30/2014 1:58:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 07/30/2014 | By Julia Ioffe
    Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, and there’s word that it’s on the verge of splitting the rebel-held territory in two and that two major rebel leaders have fled. Putin's supporting these guys because of a position he staked out months ago, even though they’ve just gotten him into a whole lot of trouble by mistakenly shooting down a plane full of Dutch people....
  • Experts Estimate Isis Is Making Up To $3 Million A Day Selling Oil From Captured Fields

    07/30/2014 1:48:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | july 29, 2014 | frances martel
    The terrorist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), could be making up to $3 million a day in illicit oil sales using captured oil fields in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi officials are warning that the jihadists are selling their own oil in ISIS-controlled areas and shipping it out to shady buyers in nearby countries. According to NBC, the Islamic State – which is attempting to transition from terrorist group to, precisely, a state – has begun to sell gas from oil fields and wells it has acquired at gas stations in Mosul, the second-largest city in...
  • First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

    07/30/2014 1:37:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 4:09 PM EDT | Stacy A. Anderson
    Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens,” Mrs. Obama said. The first lady spoke Wednesday to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. …
  • 2 U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Exposed to Ebola, N.Y. Daily News Learns

    07/30/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Meredith Engel
    Two Americans volunteering in the Peace Corps are now isolated after being exposed to the Ebola virus, but are not showing symptoms yet. Their names have not been released. "We can confirm that two Peace Corps volunteers have had contact with an individual who later died of the Ebola virus," a Peace Corps representative told the News. "These volunteers are not symptomatic and are currently isolated and under observation. When they receive medical clearance for return to the U.S., we will work with them to travel safely back." On Wednesday, the Peace Corps announced that it would temporarily remove its...
  • New SPC Video on Israel

    07/30/2014 1:36:01 PM PDT · by Bratch · 8 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 29, 2014 | Steve Flesher
    Governor Palin has a great new video up at the Sarah Palin Channel.Via Facebook: Sarah Palin Politician · 4,299,885 Likes · 20 hrs ·  I posted a new video to the top of my channel called "The Truth About the War in Israel." I look to two very unlikely sources for wisdom on what's really going on there. Please check it out and let me know what you think: https://sarahpalinchannel.com/ - Sarah Palin You can watch the video here.
  • Group says Canadian doctor who treated Ebola patients not in self-imposed quarantine

    07/30/2014 1:04:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    CTV News ^ | 29 July 2014 | Andrea Janus
    A spokesperson for the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse says a Canadian doctor is not in self-imposed quarantine after treating patients in West Africa for Ebola. The group earlier said Dr. Azaria Marthyman of Victoria, B.C., had voluntarily quarantined himself after spending nearly a month treating patients for the deadly disease. “Dr. Marthyman has assured us that (‘self-imposed quarantine’) is not a correct term to be applied to this situation,” spokesperson Jeff Adams told CTV News on Tuesday. Marthyman was among a handful of Canadian health-care workers who travelled to Liberia, one of three countries hit by the outbreak. He...
  • House passes resolution to condemn Hamas for Israel rocket attacks

    07/30/2014 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014, 03:20 pm | Cristina Marcos
    The House on Wednesday passed a resolution to condemn the extremist group Hamas for its recent rocket attacks against Israel. The measure, passed by voice vote, specifically denounces Hamas's use of civilians as "human shields" during combat. "Hamas is engaging in a crime of enormous proportions, perpetrated by those who are deliberately hiding among civilians to protect themselves," said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.). "The world can't let terrorists embed their forces among the civilian population, using them as human shields, without speaking out." It also expresses support for Israel to defend itself against Hamas, as well...
  • Ukraine's pipelines will lose 50% of value when South Stream starts - Naftogaz head

    07/30/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    RT ^ | 29 July 2014
    The South Stream gas pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine, may halve the value of Ukraine’s gas transportation system (GTS), according to Andrey Kobolev, head of Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz. After the Russian–led South Stream project is complete and working at full capacity, the value of Ukraine’s GTS may fall as much 50 percent from the present estimate of $25-$35 billion, RIA Novosti quotes the head of the company. “We have no wish to lose it, and it’s unreasonable," Kobolev said on a Ukrainian local TV channel. Construction of the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria and Serbia was suspended...
  • From Andropov to Putin: The Last Spasm of a Decrepit Dictatorship

    07/30/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Vladimir Tismaneanu
    Years ago, the Soviet dissident Yuri Glazov, one of the most lucid interpreters of the Soviet experience, diagnosed Andropov’s neo-Stalinism, more sophisticated but no less repressive than Leonid Brezhnev’s, as the last gasp of the nomenklatura’s squalid rule. The same can be said about Putinism, this latter-day incarnation of the Andropov model. .... Putinism meant imposing a disguised dictatorship of the KGB’s successor, the new/old secret police known as the FSB. The FSB’s “ethos” is deeply rooted in the tradition which began with the Cheka and the entranced Polish-Russian Bolshevik, Feliks Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. .... Putin’s propaganda has gone once more...
  • Ted Cruz Channels Reagan: 'Mr. Putin, Give Back Crimea'

    07/30/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 69 replies
    businessinsider.in ^ | July 30, 2014 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed Ronald Reagan's famous challenge to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday when he officially called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to return territory Russia annexed earlier this year back to Ukraine. "Mr. Putin, give back Crimea," Cruz said at the Young America's Foundation in Washington. "Why is it so unimaginable for President Obama to utter those words?" Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential contender, has made foreign policy hawkishness a key part of his political brand. Speaking before the group of conservative college students Tuesday, he repeatedly accused Obama of being unwilling to aggressively challenge...
  • Three Israeli soldiers killed in action in Gaza and 27 injured. Cabinet orders operation expanded

    07/30/2014 12:01:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 30, 2014, 9:30 PM (IDT)
    Three Israeli soldiers were killed and 27 injured in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 30, on the 23rd day of Israel’s counter-terror operation Defensive Edge against Hamas. A bomb planted in the wall of a building in Khan Younes blew up as the soldiers went in to examine a tunnel shaft. Maj. Gen. Sami Torjeman, OC Southern Command, told reporters that the soldiers had fought “stubbornly” and “seriously impaired” Hamas’ strength. Hundreds of enemy fighters have been killed, he reported, including scores of Hamas’ elite troops and some of the commanders hunkered down in their hideouts. Dozens too had been...
  • The Home Front

    07/30/2014 11:59:51 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 July 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On Friday, writing about the four-hour detention by US Customs & Border Protection of a troop of Iowa boy scouts, I put it this way: American life is bifurcating into the undocumented and the overdocumented. On the southern border, the bazillions of US laws are meaningless - proof of identity, medical tests, none of it matters. And the less it matters on the Rio Grande the more the zealots on the 49th Parallel will take apart your car if they think you've got a Kinder egg in there. Anyone who thinks that attitude can be confined to the border and...
  • UKRAINE: NATO says Russia's escalating troops close to the border with Ukraine

    The North Atlantic Alliance has announced an increase in the number of Russian troops and weapons along the border with Ukraine, it said the Commander of NATO forces in Europe, General United States Philip Breedlove, informs Reuters. According to his data, is now on the border with Ukraine is more than 12 thousand troops from Russia. "We're seeing the movement of people and technology from the central military district in Russia in the region of Rostov-on-Don, where are they going to pass training and moving towards the border," said the General. Previously this information was also presented at the Pentagon....
  • Hamas Training in Malaysia for 'Advanced' Terror Attacks

    07/30/2014 11:50:55 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Uzi Baruch, Ari Soffer and Tova Dvorin
    Israeli security forces have captured a senior Hamas commander in the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip - and in doing so thwarted a creative plan to infiltrate Israel to commit a terrorist attack. The terrorist - said to be a member of an elite commando unit within Hamas's "military wing", the Ezzadine Al Kassam Brigades - was interrogated by the Shabak (Israel Security Agency), and confessed to having been sent to Malaysia to gain paragliding training, which he was to use to infiltrate into southern Israel to carry out an attack - potentially a kidnapping - in...
  • Our world: Israel, Hamas and Obama’s foreign policy

    07/30/2014 11:49:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    JPost ^ | 7/30/2014 | Caroline Glick
    When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas. Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that Hamas has dug throughout Gaza and into Israeli territory. Others argued that the only way to truly destroy the tunnels, and keep them destroyed, is for...
  • US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis

    07/30/2014 11:49:16 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Tova Dvorin
    The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security. "Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services," the statement says. "Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis." The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and...
  • General: Operation in Gaza 'A Few Days from Completion'

    07/30/2014 11:45:54 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin
    The GOC of the Southern Command, Major General Shlomo Turgeman, gave a detailed update on Operation Protective Edge Wednesday, as Cabinet ministers debate on the future of the operation. "Fighting against Hamas persists continuously and intensely," Turgeman stated. "We have killed hundreds of Hamas terrorists, dozens of them in terrorist 'special forces.'" "We have attacked hundreds of safe houses and war rooms, destroyed infrastructure, struck a number of senior commanders of terrorist organizations," he added. According to Turgeman, the war is progressing well. "As every day passes, we continue to get closer to achieving our goals - destroying the terror...
  • Jon Voight Slams Obama, Kerry At Pro-Israel Rally

    07/30/2014 11:41:44 AM PDT · by South40 · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/22/2014 | Jon Voight
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLaOrOct2FE
  • In Slaviansk, rebels leave behind trail of Russian expertise – and Ukrainian ruin

    07/30/2014 11:41:09 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    csmonitor.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Scott Peterson
    Before fleeing Slaviansk on July 5, rebel units here were commanded by Igor “Strelkov” Gilkin, a Russian from Moscow. Strelkov is known for his experience in Bosnia, fighting for Serb forces, and in Chechnya, and reportedly also has links to Russian security services. In addition to the Russian leadership came rough-hewn recruits from Kazakhstan and Chechnya, and more Russians from as far afield as Moscow or Vladivostok in the east. Even today, most social media references of those who fought here are Russians, not locals. The military professionalism of the rebels stands out in the defenses they left behind: a...
  • Pro-Russian rebels have booby-trapped MH17 crash site with landmines ...

    07/30/2014 11:12:03 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jill Reilly
    claim Ukraine one day ahead of talks with Russia over access to the scene Pro-Russian rebels have booby-trapped MH17 crash site with landmines, according to Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, making it impossible for international investigators to access the scene of the crash. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the rebels were digging in for battle near the crash site: 'They have brought a large number of heavy artillery there and mined approaches to this area. This makes impossible the work of international experts trying to start work to establish the reasons behind the Boeing 777 crash.' The fighting...
  • Did Alan Dershowitz Make Marc Lamont Hill Cry During Israel Debate?

    07/30/2014 10:55:18 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Are you okay, Marc? I have a hankie you can use to wipe away that rolling teardrop that Alan Dershowitz possibly caused during your heated debate on Israel and Gaza during CNN Tonight on Monday. The weird thing is that Marc Lamont Hill was actually crying over Israel (GASP!) defending itself against both rocket attacks and secret tunnels built from Gaza into Israel for the purpose of killing and kidnapping. A video was posted by Soopermexican showing Hill's tear of absurdly misplaced compassion (or was it frustration from arguiing with Dershowitz?) rolling down his cheek.
  • Will Speaker move bill on the pope?

    07/30/2014 10:06:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/2014 | Molly K. Hooper
    A popular piece of legislation that seeks to honor Pope Francis is stuck in Congress. With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The resolution, written by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), congratulates Francis on his March 2013 election and recognizes “his inspirational statements and actions.” The seemingly innocuous resolution was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which hasn’t acted on it. The panel didn’t comment for this article. The inaction and the lack of a white smoke signal from...
  • White House Slams "Fabrication" After Israel TV Leaks Transcript Of Obama-Netanyahu Phone Call

    07/30/2014 10:03:34 AM PDT · by mojito · 54 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 7/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The following is an English translation of the Hebrew account of the talk given in the report: B. Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes. B. Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire? BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence. BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction...
  • Enlisted Women to Join Sub Crews Starting in 2016

    07/30/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 65 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Johanna Somers
    The Department of the Navy plans to add enlisted women crewmembers to seven Ohio-class submarines starting in 2016 and to four Virginia-class attack submarines beginning in 2020. "I think this is just the next step in a process that started a number of years ago to tap into a talented part of the Navy to help run very sophisticated vessels, and to me that's a real huge advantage that the Navy is capitalizing on," said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. "... Women sailors do a great job on surface ships. They have been doing it for a long time,...
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • Congressman: Close Border to Ebola Countries (Democrat Alan Grayson)

    07/30/2014 9:25:21 AM PDT · by kristinn · 33 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Steven Nelson
    The dreaded Ebola virus has spread from the jungle into major cities in West Africa, and at least one American congressman believes it’s time to ban citizens of the three hardest-hit countries, as well as foreigners who recently visited them, from entering the U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., requested the travel ban in a Tuesday letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry. Citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone should be barred from entry, Grayson wrote, as should any foreign national who visited one of the countries 90 days before their intended...
  • ‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband

    07/30/2014 9:24:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    daily beast ^ | 7-30-14 | Michael Daly
    Patrick Sawyer was supposed to be at his kids’ birthday party in a few weeks—but he died of the virus before he could board a flight to Minneapolis. His wife on the epidemic’s toll. Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia. That hot zone chill now reaches America, with word that the same man was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in time for an August 16 party celebrating the birthdays of two of his three young daughters. Patrick Sawyer was a naturalized...
  • New poll finds many Russians believe Ukraine shot down MH17

    07/30/2014 9:23:05 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 8 replies
    WP ^ | July 30, 2014 | Adam Taylor
    A poll released by the independent Russian pollster Levada on Wednesday has found that a large number of Russians believe that Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with 46 percent saying they think it was brought down by a Ukrainian army antiaircraft missile and 36 percent saying a Ukrainian military plane shot it down (multiple answers were allowed, meaning the percentages do not add up to a hundred and people may have chosen more than one answer).The results appear to show the gap between Western and Russian perceptions of the Malaysia Airlines crash, which the United States and other nations believe...
  • American Voices

    07/30/2014 8:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    Barack Obama's foreign policy disasters are about what one might expect from a leftist community organizer elected to be leader of the free world. So many of the countries this administration has touched -- Ukraine, Libya, Iraq -- have descended into acute civil war on Obama's watch. It's worth asking why, exactly, this has been the case. It's not quite as simple as "the left sucks at war." French Socialist President Francois Hollande, for example, isn't too bad at it. He's been successfully running a series of ongoing foreign interventions in Africa. So what does a French Socialist have that...
  • Turkey may woo Greek doctors to fill vacancies

    07/30/2014 8:53:16 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/30/2014
    Turkey is considering employing foreign doctors in order to fill vacancies in public hospitals, with Greek professionals being one of their main targets, Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu has said. “We are thinking of employing doctors from Greece and other countries, who we believe would fulfill the needs of our people and who will be accredited by YÖK [the Turkish Higher Education Board] after the related legal regulations have been made,” Müezzinoğlu told journalists during an Eid al-Fitr visit to an Istanbul hospital on July 29. “We [Turkey] have been increasing the capacity of our medical faculties since 2007, but such...
  • Christians United For Israel Rocks Washington D.C.

    07/30/2014 8:24:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/30/2014 | Edwin Black
    Recent events have propelled Christians United for Israel (CUFI) to the front row of pro-Israel organizations. The group advertised last week’s Washington D.C. Summit, held July 21, as a more compact two-day program. Last year’s conclave offered a three-day affair. But if anyone thought the faith-based pro-Israel organization was becoming less relevant, they would think otherwise after attending the latest confab.At the very moment when the Jewish State was under a crushing vise of global criticism for its involvement in Operation Protective Edge, CUFI (pronounced koo-PHI and not koo-FEE) roused its American heartland membership in loud, rollicking support of Israel....
  • Judge says US can't seize tanker full of Kurdish oil off Texas coast

    07/30/2014 8:17:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-30-14
    A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that U.S. Marshals will not be able to able to carry out her earlier order to seize a million barrels of Kurdish crude oil unless the tanker carrying the cargo comes closer to the Texas shore. The Wall Street Journal reported that federal magistrate judge Nancy Johnson said that the United Kalavrvta tanker was not within the boundaries of the state or the court's authority. She also said that the matter of who owned the oil should be decided in Iraq, not the United States. "Seems to me this is not a matter for...
  • As Sanctions Pile Up, Russians’ Alarm Grows Over Putin’s Tactics

    07/30/2014 8:14:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/30/2014 | By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    MOSCOW — Russia, facing the toughest round of Western sanctions imposed since the Ukraine crisis erupted, has adopted a nonchalant public stance, with President Vladimir V. Putin emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and a new poll released Tuesday indicating a “What, me worry?” attitude among the bulk of the population. But beneath that calm facade, there is growing alarm in Russia that the festering turmoil in Ukraine and the new round of far more punitive sanctions — announced Tuesday by both European nations and the United States — will have an impact on Russia’s relations with the West for years...