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  • Churchill saw it coming. Read his ending comment.

    01/31/2015 8:11:57 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 16 replies
    Haitian Truth. Org ^ | 1/15/2015 | Staff
    Iran, 1970 Iran, 2012 AfghanistanEgypt (Cairo University, 1959) Cairo University, 2012Amsterdam, 1980Amsterdam, 2012…And some people still do not see a reason to worry! Winston Churchill 1899. “Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.” This is amazing. Even more amazing is that this hasn’t been published long before now. CHURCHILL ON ISLAM Unbelievable, but the speech below was written in 1899. (Check Wikipedia – The River War). The attached short speech from Winston Churchill, was delivered by him in...
  • Egypt court rules Hamas armed wing 'terror group'

    01/31/2015 7:35:48 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, declaring it a "terrorist" group, a judiciary official said. Since Egypt's military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the authorities have accused Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, of aiding jihadists who have increased their attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. Saturday's court verdict followed a complaint from a lawyer accusing the Hamas armed wing of direct involvement in "terrorist operations" in the Sinai, a court official said. The lawyer also accused the movement of using tunnels under the...
  • US Imam: “Let us admit…that we...are time bombs…The majority...hate the Christians”

    01/31/2015 7:14:23 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 30 replies
    JihadWatch.org ^ | January 31, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Brooklyn imam: “Let us admit…that we, the Muslims, are time bombs…The majority of us Muslims hate the Christians” The imam Tareq Yousef Al-Masri apparently believes that jihad terrorists have hijacked the Religion of Peace, as he says: “Anyone claiming that we are not allowed to wish the Christians happy holidays has prepared the killers in France, Boston, in Iraq, in Syria, in Egypt…These people constitute the fertile ground for terrorism, which they present as the religion of Allah, conveyed to the Prophet Muhammad, while Islam has nothing to do with them.” Nonetheless, he has gone much farther than virtually all...
  • Gülenists in Turkey cooperating with Israel’s Mossad, Erdoğan says

    01/31/2015 7:13:22 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin
    Hürriyet ^ | January/31/2015
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodogan said Jan. 31 that the Gulenists in the country, which he dubs “the parallel structure,” have joined forces with the Israeli intelligence service. “The sincere people backing this parallel structure should see with whom this structure is cooperating with,” Erdogan said, while addressing a meeting of the All Industrialist and Businessmen’s Association (TUMSİAD) in Istanbul. “Shame on them if they still cannot see that this structure is cooperating with the Mossad,” he said. Erdoğan accuses the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen for illegal wiretappings and a “coup attempt,” starting from the revelation...
  • Who is Grover Norquist? Does the NRA Know?

    01/31/2015 7:04:34 AM PST · by LSUfan · 16 replies
    Understandingthethreat.com ^ | 30 Jan 15 | John Gunadolo
    On September 11, 2001, Grover Norquist met in his office with a group of terrorists – “jihadis” if you prefer – to determine how to mend relations between Muslim leaders and American government officials, while the smoke was still rising after the attacks in which 3,000 of our citizens where murdered. That alone should have put Mr. Norquist outside of the circle of trust among discerning and patriotic American leaders in the conservative movement, but it did not. Mr. Norquist creating the Islamic Free Market Institute with money from Al Qaeda financier Abdurahman Alamoudi should be a red flag to...
  • Obama Inc. CONSPIRES With Muslim Brotherhood: What's the ENDGAME?

    01/31/2015 7:02:11 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 18 replies
    "Adina Kutnicki, A Zionist & Conservative" ^ | January 31, 2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Adina Kutnicki Obama Inc. CONSPIRES With Muslim Brotherhood:Toppling President al-Sisi & Empowering MB In America. What’s The End Game? Commentary By Adina Kutnicki by Adina Kutnicki Muslim Brotherhood lobbyist Anas Altikriti standing next to Iraqi Parliament Speaker Usama al-Nujaifi shaking hands with President Obama Anas Altikriti standing next to Iraqi Parliament Speaker Usama al-Nujaifi shaking hands with President Obama - Anas Altikriti, a top British lobbyist for the Muslim Brotherhood whose father heads Iraq’s Muslim Brotherhood party, met with the president and Vice President Joe Biden as part...
  • Hard Times for Hezbollah

    01/31/2015 6:24:20 AM PST · by nuconvert
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Lee Smith
    Is Iran’s Lebanese client losing its grip? Last week Hezbollah buried one of its princes, Jihad Mughniyeh, the 22-year-old son of the late Imad Mughniyeh, a legendary Hezbollah commander implicated in such infamous operations as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The assassination of the elder Mughniyeh in Damascus in 2008, typically attributed to Israel, is regarded as one of the organization’s most traumatic blows. However, some in the Shiite community here say that Israel’s January 18 strike on a three-car convoy in the Golan Heights near the Syrian town of Quneitra—which killed the younger Mughniyeh...
  • Capitanich to US Rubio: Argentina accepts no foreign intromission, imperialist visions

    01/31/2015 5:44:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | Buenos Aires Herald
    A request by US Republican Senator Marco Rubio to create an “independent” committee to investigate the death of Argentine AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman has been described by Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich as an “imperialist” approach to “sovereign” countries' affairs. “The Republic of Argentina is an autonomous, sovereign and independent country. (Marco) Rubio with his imperialist vision fails to recognize the United Nations charter since the intromission in the affairs of other states constitutes an interference of an imperialist vision,” the head of ministers said this morning during his daily message to the press at the government house. Rubio, he...
  • When FDR made gold illegal to own for everyday people – At the point of a gun

    01/31/2015 5:10:04 AM PST · by george76 · 64 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 31, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    FDR, the man who studied Mussolini, who birthed the current intrusive state, who started the drug war in earnest, who put Japanese Americans into concentration camps, who extended the Depression years longer than it needed to be and thereby contributed to the genesis of the Second World War, who tried to pack the Supreme Court, who gave away half of Europe to the Soviets at Yalta, and who confiscated the gold – the real wealth – of the American people. What a guy. And he still has his face on the dime. There is a reason why my grandmother, a...
  • CIA and Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in car bombing

    01/31/2015 5:04:16 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2015 | Adam Goldman and Ellen Nakashima
    On Feb. 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah’s international operations chief, walked on a quiet nighttime street in Damascus after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Not far away, a team of CIA spotters in the Syrian capital was tracking his movements. As Mughniyah approached a parked SUV, a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of the vehicle exploded, sending a burst of shrapnel across a tight radius. He was killed instantly. The device was triggered remotely from Tel Aviv by agents with Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, who were in communication with the operatives on the ground...
  • Prince Charles' household likened to Wolf Hall, biographer claims

    01/31/2015 4:28:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 31 January 2015 Last updated at 06:58 ET | BBC
    Clarence House's internal rivalries have led to a former staffer calling the Prince of Wales's base "Wolf Hall", says a new biography of the prince. The Times reports that the book documents "common and bloody" turf wars between Prince Charles' staff. Author Catherine Mayer claims in Charles: Heart of a King that in-fighting thwarted a deal to streamline his charity operations.
  • U.S. troops battle both Taliban and their own rules [Did the Left worry and obsess over this?]

    01/31/2015 4:17:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November16, 2009
    *****November 16, 2009*****".....The [Washington] Times compiled an informal list of the new rules from interviews with U.S. forces. Among them: • No night or surprise searches. • Villagers have to be warned prior to searches. • ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches. • U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first. • U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present. • Only women can search women. • Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away...
  • 1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

    01/31/2015 2:18:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:12AM JST | PHUONG LE
    SEATTLE — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94. Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner, Washington.
  • Polish troops spark war of words

    01/31/2015 2:10:18 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    New Poland Express ^ | 23rd January 2015 | New Poland Express
    PM Ewa Kopacz has been threatened with legal action after comments she made regarding Law and Justice’s (PiS) presidential candidate Andrzej Duda who allegedly claimed that Poland could provide support for Ukraine and deploying troops there “should be considered”.
Ms Kopacz told reporters “It’s frightening that PiS wish to send in troops ... PiS is always looking for ways to start a war.”
  • Security ‘farce’ at Auschwitz

    01/31/2015 2:06:17 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    New Poland Express ^ | Saturday 31st January 2015 | New Poland Express
    The Head of Rome’s Jewish community and a television film crew made international headlines this week after finding themselves locked in Auschwitz and then interrogated by police after attempting to escape.
  • Ukraine: The volunteer war?

    01/31/2015 1:59:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 28, 2015 | NATO
    [VIDEO] How does the director of a zoo with a weekend hobby flying remote-controlled planes become enemy number one of the pro-Russian forces in Ukraine?
  • NATO Secretary General statement on the attack on Mariupol

    01/31/2015 1:49:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    NATO ^ | 24 Jan. 2015 | NATO
    Fighting in eastern Ukraine has sharply escalated, with indications of a large-scale offensive by Russian-backed separatists at multiple locations in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts as well as against the city of Mariupol. This is in utter disregard of the ceasefire. The shelling of residential areas in the city of Mariupol from separatist-controlled territory has cost the lives of at least 20 civilians, and injured many more. For several months we have seen the presence of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, as well as a substantial increase in Russian heavy equipment such as tanks, artillery and advanced air defence systems....
  • France Sending Tanks To Poland

    01/30/2015 11:53:01 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 30 replies
    Atlantic Council ^ | January 30, 2015 | Lorne Cook, AP
    France is pledging tanks and armored vehicles to bolster NATO forces in Poland, where leaders are increasingly uneasy about Russia.
  • Putin nationalist calls for Austria to be incorporated into Russia dominated 'Eurasian empire'

    01/30/2015 11:45:26 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    International Business Times (IBT) ^ | January 30, 2015 17:34 GMT | Tom Porter
    Russian nationalist ideologue Alexander Dugin, who has close links to Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, has described his vision of a Russian lead 'Eurasian empire', incorporating Austria, as well as Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. Dugin, who has called for Russia to completely annex Ukraine and exterminate Ukrainians, made the comments in an interview with far-right Hungarian website alfahir.hu, and declares his belief in the necessity of a Eurasian empire to counteract the influence of the "nihilistic" West.
  • White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

    01/30/2015 9:41:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 6:37 PM EST | Julie Pace
    Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of “Islamic extremism,” settling for the more generic “violent extremism.” This week, the White House struggled to explain why the administration sometimes classifies the Afghan Taliban as a terrorist organization—and sometimes does not. The rhetorical wrangling underscores the extent to which a president who pledged to end to his predecessor’s war on terror is still navigating how to explain the threats...
  • Venezuela allows security forces to use firearms in protests

    01/30/2015 9:18:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 6:19 PM EST
    Human rights groups and Venezuela’s opposition are criticizing the government’s new authorization for riot police to use firearms to control protests. […] Venezuela’s constitution bans the use of firearms and toxic substances to control demonstrations, although in practice such means have long been used, including during last year’s deadly street battles between police and anti-government demonstrators. …
  • Front National’s Le Pen Consolidates Lead in First Presidential Poll Since Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 8:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 30, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A new poll commissioned by French magazine Marianne reveals that if presidential elections happened today, Le Pen would gather the most votes and France’s unpopular incumbent President Hollande would be knocked out in the first round. It’s the first opinion poll on voting intentions this year, and the solid advantage enjoyed by Le Pen and her traditional-conservative Front National (FN) party appears to have been confirmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier this month. Front National is the only mainstream French political movement that shows willing to tackle the problem of rising Islamism, and this...
  • Israeli Officials: Obama has Already Given Iran 80% of What they Want in Nuke Negotiations

    01/30/2015 8:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 30, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Considering that he has given our enemy Iran 80% of what they want in negotiations that were supposed to curtail their nuclear enrichment program, you bet I would. The guy is a pushover and if I played my cards right, I might end up walking off the lot with a free car. According to Channel 10 in Israel, Israeli officials believe that the American president is so desperate for a deal, he will give away the store — and American and Israeli security — in his quest to “make history” with the Iranians. Jerusalem Post: Israeli officials told Channel 10...
  • Five reasons Netanyahu should not address Congress

    01/30/2015 7:42:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Robert Kagan
    Here are five reasons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should politely decline House Speaker John BoehnerÂ’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress: â—Ź ItÂ’s inappropriate. It doesnÂ’t matter what good allies the United States and Israel are, and it doesnÂ’t matter how bad relations may be between Netanyahu and President Obama. Allies donÂ’t go big-footing around in each otherÂ’s politics. It also doesnÂ’t matter how worthy the cause. In 1793, when Citizen GenĂŞt traveled through the United States, drumming up support for revolutionary France (and overtly violating President George WashingtonÂ’s policy of U.S. neutrality), he no doubt thought...
  • Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

    01/30/2015 7:39:46 PM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 30th, 2015 | By BALINT SZLANKO and PETER LEONARD
    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed....(excerpt)
  • Globalism Wins as Israel Plans "Free Trade" With Putin, Beijing

    01/30/2015 6:05:47 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 January 2015 | Alex Newman
    Israel is working to create "free trade zones" with Communist China and the Eurasian Union, as the world is being divided into geographic "regions" for the eventual New World Order. Globalism Wins as Israel Plans "Free Trade" With Putin, Beijing The New American 30 January 2015 As the world is increasingly divided up into geographic “regions” under regional regimes cobbled together under the guise of pseudo-“free trade,” Israeli authorities are now quietly working to create what they call “free trade zones” with both the Communist Chinese regime and the Kremlin-dominated Eurasian Economic Union (member countries shown in green). The...
  • Sen. Cruz Asks if Obama Behind V-15 ‘Political Campaign against Netanyahu’

    01/30/2015 5:58:47 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 30th, 2015 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    “Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, also a Republican, asked Sec. of State John Kerry in a letter Thursday.They asked “for information regarding media reports that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used to fund efforts to influence upcoming elections in Israel.”The Jewish Press reported here this week that non-profit and tax-exempt leftist groups  are campaigning to dump Netanyahu.Sen. Cruz asked: This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the...
  • Democrats in Congress suggest postponing Netanyahu's address

    01/30/2015 4:38:12 PM PST · by PROCON · 55 replies
    jpost.com ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | MICHAEL WILNER
    US lawmakers propose PM move speech to joint session of Congress until after Israel election on March 17.WASHINGTON – Democrats in the House of Representatives are suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu postpone his speech to a joint session of Congress until after the Israeli election on March 17. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said it was “not appropriate” for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to invite Netanyahu without first notifying the White House – a move that angered the Obama administration.Netanyahu is expected to advocate for a different policy on Iran that the president has thus far pursued. “Such...
  • Antisemitic British Baroness Jenny Tonge Pressures UK Jews to Condemn Israel

    01/30/2015 4:24:14 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JANUARY 30, 2015 11:50 AM | Ben Cohen
    Antisemitic British Baroness Jenny Tonge Pressures UK Jews to Condemn Israel JANUARY 30, 2015 11:50 AM Ben Cohen Baroness Jenny Tonge, a member of Britain’s House of Lords with a long record of inflammatory, often antisemitic, statements against both Israel and the British Jewish leadership, has again been pressuring British Jews to collectively condemn Israel. Earlier this week, Tonge tabled a written question in the House of Lords in which she asked “Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to encourage Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support...
  • As the Iranian Nuclear Talks Drag On, Congress Must Act (Senator Cotton lays down the law)

    01/30/2015 3:24:35 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 7:24 p.m. ET | Tom Cotton
    A nuclear-capable Iran is the gravest threat facing America today. The Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, the so-called P5+1 talks, were supposed to stop Iran’s rush to a nuclear bomb. Regrettably, what began as an unwise gamble has descended into a dangerous series of unending concessions, which is why the time has come for Congress to act. Our negotiating “partner,” Iran, is not a rational or peaceful actor; it is a radical, Islamist tyranny whose constitution explicitly calls for jihad. Iran’s ayatollahs have honored the call: Iran has been killing Americans for more than three decades. In 1983 Iran...
  • Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: US

    01/30/2015 2:35:38 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 01/30/15 | Dan De Luce
    Washington (AFP) - The US military will no longer divulge facts and figures about its costly effort to assist Afghan security forces, declaring the information top secret, officials said Thursday. The move marks an about-face for the Pentagon, which for the past six years has reported a range of data about the $65 billion program to build up the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The information included how US taxpayers' money has been spent and the state of the troubled country's police and army. John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), voiced disappointment with the change and said...
  • European Police: Gun Control Not Working, Jihadists Have Us Outgunned

    01/30/2015 1:09:49 PM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/30/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Police armed with pistols in heavily gun-controlled European countries are realizing a hard lesson fast–jihadists with no respect for the law are side-stepping gun control and stockpiling weapons that will give them the upper hand in confrontations with officers. Europol chief of staff Brian Donald says there were two “large seizures” of firearms–particularly “assault weapons”–over the last two weeks and more seizures are expected as investigations and tracking continues.
  • Panama’s ex-president’s hunger for gossip at center of wiretap probe

    01/30/2015 12:47:42 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Tim Johnson
    When the United States rejected former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli’s request for spying equipment to eavesdrop, U.S. diplomats feared, on his political enemies, the former supermarket baron turned to another source: Israel.Now scores of Panama’s political and social elite are learning that the eavesdropping program that Martinelli’s security team set in place sprawled into the most private aspects of their lives – including their bedrooms. Rather than national security, what appears to have driven the wiretapping was a surfeit of the seven deadly sins, particularly greed, pride, lust and envy.Nearly every day, targets of the wiretapping march to the prosecutors’...
  • Ukraine needs America’s help

    01/30/2015 12:35:40 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 122 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 29 at 8:12 PM | Steven Pifer and Strobe Talbott
    "Eight former U.S. national security practitioners — the two of us, plus former U.S. representative to NATO Ivo Daalder, former undersecretary of defense Michčle Flournoy, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst, former deputy undersecretary of defense Jan Lodal, former NATO European commander James Stavridis and former U.S. European Command deputy commander Charles Wald — come together issuing following recommendations for immediate action. (releasing Monday report: “Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do.”) First, White House and Congress must commit serious money to Ukraine’s defense: $1 billion in military assistance this fiscal year,...
  • MEXICO REFUSES TO EXTRADITE INFAMOUS DRUG LORD ‘EL CHAPO’ TO THE U.S.

    01/30/2015 12:18:29 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Sylvia Longmire
    Mexico’s drug war was completely rocked in February 2014 after news broke of the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the notorious long-time head of the Sinaloa cartel and arguably the most wanted man in the Western Hemisphere. But despite the U.S. government’s deep desire to prosecute and incarcerate Guzmán in the United States, Mexico’s attorney general announced the kingpin would not be extradited. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told the Associated Press, “I could accept extradition, but at the time that I choose. ‘El Chapo’ must stay here to complete his sentence, and then I will extradite him.”...
  • ISIL’s Rise in Libya

    01/30/2015 12:16:52 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 January 2015 | Christopher Stephen
    The Islamic State announced its arrival in Libya in brutal fashion this week with the slaying of an American contractor in a suicide attack on a Tripoli hotel, an act that will make it harder for Washington to continue ignoring the conflict and chaos raging in this North African country. Until now the United States and the European Great Powers have been content to look the other way as Libya had descended into violence and anarchy. Four years ago, NATO bombed the rebels to victory in their war against Muammar Qadhafi, then packed its bags and left the country to...
  • Greece says will not cooperate with troika or seek aid extension

    01/30/2015 11:48:58 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1-30-2015 | Reuters
    Greece's government will not cooperate with the EU and IMF mission bankrolling the country and will not seek an extension to the bailout program, its finance minister said on Friday. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the euro zone finance ministers' group who is in Athens for talks with the new government, said the two sides would decide what would happen next before the program ends on Feb. 28.
  • New Greek nationalist defense minister prompts Turkey to scramble jets

    01/30/2015 11:38:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 1-29-2015 | Reuters
    Greece's new nationalist defense minister prompted Greece's perennial rival Turkey to scramble jets on Friday, just days after he took office, by flying over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996. Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace and were intercepted by Greek jets as Defence Minister Panos Kammenos and military chiefs flew by helicopter to the islet of Imia to drop wreaths in memory of three Greek officers killed nearby in a helicopter crash 19 years ago, the Greek Defence Ministry said. Kammenos heads the small, right-wing, Eurosceptical Independent Greeks party, and the episode...
  • Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli officials tell Ch. 10

    01/30/2015 11:36:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 30, 2015 | Staff
    Isreali officials told Channel 10 on Friday that they are convinced the Obama administration has already agreed to most of Iran’s demands in the P5+1 negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. According to unnamed officials, Washington “has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want” out of the negotiations, Channel 10 is reporting.
  • African Union confirms Mugabe as chairman

    01/30/2015 11:24:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 30.01.2015 | [ipj/gb(AFP, Reuters, AP)]
    The African Union’s rotating post of chairman has gone to Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe’s veteran president enjoys respect across the continent, but faces travel bans from both the US and EU for harassing opponents. Mugabe assumed the largely ceremonial role on Friday at an African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa as it leaders and UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for global action against Boko Haram in Nigeria. […] Western nations accuse Mugabe, a former guerrilla leader who fought against white-minority rule in former British-ruled Rhodesia, of crushing political dissent and ruining Zimbabwe’s rural-based economy. For many in Africa, however, he...
  • Peres on Netanyahu: When US president tells you not to come to US... [Isaiah 28]

    01/30/2015 11:05:07 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/29/2015 | Jpost.com Staff
    Thursday criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his upcoming speech before the US Congress that was arranged without the knowledge of US President Barack Obama. Speaking at a memorial ceremony for former prime minister Ariel Sharon in the Negev, Peres said, "Bibi [Netanyahu] can make speeches at any place or date, but when the President of the United States asks him not to come before elections, he must respect that request." Peres also addressed the tension between Israel and Hezbollah after an attack that killed two IDF soldiers on Wednesday, saying that "both sides understand that there is no choice...
  • Chinese Approaching Arms Dominance, Pentagon Warns

    01/30/2015 10:55:57 AM PST · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 30 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Arms Buildup: A senior weapons developer tells Congress that Beijing's massive defense buildup, emphasizing precision-guided and other advanced weapons, has placed the U.S. and its shrinking military at serious risk. 'I am very concerned about the increasing risk of loss of U.S. military technological superiority," Frank Kendall, deputy undersecretary for acquisition, said Wednesday. "We're at risk, and the situation is getting worse." He was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee at a hearing on the subject of defense and technological change. The Chinese were paying attention to U.S. military dominance in the early 1990s after we won the arms...
  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    01/30/2015 10:36:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 55 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:38 p.m. | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when he’s here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the speech or not. Most said they either hadn’t thought about it or they hadn’t decided. But there were no hard answers in the negative. Only one senator definitively said...
  • Homeowners in Poland Borrowed in Swiss Francs, and Now Pay Dearly

    01/30/2015 10:35:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JAN. 28, 2015 | DANNY HAKIM
    WARSAW — Piotr Szczepaniak, an apartment manager here, had just finished work, checking faucets and making sure rents were paid. After making himself a coffee, he logged on to a Polish social network and noticed that someone had posted the current exchange rate of the Swiss franc. “I was frozen,” he said, seeing that the franc’s value had soared that day. Like hundreds of thousands of other Eastern Europeans, Mr. Szczepaniak, 46, is paying off a mortgage he took out in francs, instead of his local currency, the zloty. In an instant, his monthly payment rose by more than 20...
  • Nigeria Elections Put Christians in Danger of More Muslim Attacks

    01/30/2015 10:17:23 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 3 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Muslim persecution of Christians is at a high tide — and there are grave fears of more sectarian bloodletting as millions of people in Nigeria, which is half Muslim and half Christian, vote for their national leaders next month. These religious atrocities cry out for media attention and political awareness, said Raymond Ibrahim, author of the monthly report “Muslim Persecution of Christians,” which has chronicled attacks on Christians in dozens of countries since July 2011. Mainstream media rarely cover attacks on Christians, even though they happen “all around the Islamic world,” Mr. Ibrahim said Tuesday.
  • WOMAN GRABS MIC AT MUSLIM EVENT, SCREAMS ‘ISLAM WILL NEVER DOMINATE’

    01/30/2015 10:02:04 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 59 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 29, a female protester at a Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) event in Texas grabbed the mic and screamed, “Islam will never dominate the United States.” The incident took place in Austin, Texas, during the 11th Texas Muslim Capitol Day. In a video posted by The Texas Tribune, the woman can be seen grabbing the mic and denouncing the “false prophet Muhammed.” And even as Muslim organizers by the podium asked for help in silencing her, the woman continued: “Islam will never dominate the United States. And by the grace of God, it will not dominate Texas.”
  • EU antiterror chief calls for common laws against jihadis

    01/30/2015 9:51:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 12:08 PM EST
    The European Union’s counterterrorism chief says member states need to have common laws against Europeans traveling to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist groups. […] Gilles de Kerchove told reporters in Riga on Friday that “it’s important to have the same definition of what is it when you go abroad for training purposes to fight.” …
  • 2nd Amendment threatened in Obama's trade plans

    01/30/2015 9:26:21 AM PST · by yoe · 11 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2015 | Curtis Ellis
    UNITED NATIONS – Giving President Obama fast-track authority to conclude an international trade agreement is like playing Russian roulette with six bullets in the chamber, says one of America’s leading gun rights organizations. Gun Owners of America is blasting a congressional proposal that empowers Obama to unilaterally negotiate international agreements as “a ‘bait and switch’ scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.” House and Senate committees are currently preparing to hand Obama so-called “fast-track” trade promotion authority. It would enable the president to unilaterally negotiate the TransPacific Partnership, a trade and global governance agreement with the U.S. and 11...
  • At least 56 dead in bomb blast at Shiite mosque in Pakistan

    01/30/2015 9:25:26 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 30, 2015
    ISLAMABAD – A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years. The attack compounds Pakistan's security challenge to contain a surge in militancy following last month's killing of 150 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school. The militant Sunni group Jundullah claimed responsibility for Friday's bombing in the city of Shikarpur in Sindh province, 310 miles north of the port city of Karachi. [...]
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    01/30/2015 9:08:07 AM PST · by yoe · 2 replies
    EFF ^ | January 2015
    What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold: (1) Intellectual Property Chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate. (2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.