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  • Deadly airstrikes pound Aleppo as UN meets about Syria

    09/25/2016 10:46:09 AM PDT · by Mariner · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | September 25th, 2016 | Unattributed
    At least 23 civilians were killed in renewed government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria. At the start of that meeting the U.N.'s top envoy to Syria accused the government of unleashing "unprecedented military violence" against civilians in Aleppo. Staffan de Mistura said Syria's declaration of a military offensive to retake rebel-held eastern Aleppo has led to one of the worst weeks of the 5 1/2-year war with dozens of airstrikes against residential areas and buildings causing scores of...
  • Trump to Netanyahu: I would recognize undivided Jerusalem as Israel's capital

    09/25/2016 10:40:31 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that if elected, the United States would recognize an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. The eighty-minute meeting was held in the business mogul's eponymous towers in downtown Manhattan. Netanyahu is set to meet with Democratic presidential nominee Clinton at around 6:00 pm EST (2200 GMT).
  • American Experts: Religion Unlikely a Motive for ISIS American Followers

    09/25/2016 10:36:00 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 18 replies
    Washington – A number of American psychologists ruled out the possibility that religion might be the main motive for the American Islamists extremists who used violence, especially those who said they are ISIS followers. These experts said that a huge number of them suffer psychological problems and cultural contradictions or even a failure in life. John Cohen, a criminal justice professor at Rutgers University and the former counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, told Asharq al-Awsat that many of them have psychological and behavioral characteristics in common. “Some studies reveal that they suffer dangerous psychological and personal...
  • Jordanian (Christian) writer who shared cartoon mocking ISIS killed outside courthouse

    09/25/2016 9:26:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | September 25, 2016 | Tim Hume
    (CNN)A prominent Jordanian writer facing charges for sharing a "blasphemous" anti-ISIS cartoon that outraged Muslim groups was fatally shot in Amman on Sunday, state news agency Petra reported. Nahed Hattar, a member of the country's Christian minority, was shot three times outside a courthouse in the capital where charges against him were being heard. Hattar, a political commentator and columnist, was remanded in custody last month after sharing a controversial cartoon on Facebook that sparked anger from Muslim groups. Amman Governor Khaled Abu Zeid ordered that the writer be held for the "blasphemous" Facebook post, Petra reported. Hattar was charged...
  • Canadian taken hostage in Libya

    09/25/2016 9:19:24 AM PDT · by jerod · 8 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 25, 2016 10:24 AM ET|
    3 foreigners seized — two Italians and one Canadian — were held at gunpoint Monday Ottawa has confirmed that a Canadian is among three people taken hostage in Libya earlier this week. In a statement Sunday, Global Affairs spokesman Michael O'Shaughnessy says the Canadian government is "diligently pursuing all appropriate channels to obtain more information about this troubling incident." He says the government will not comment further or release any information that may compromise efforts to secure the hostages' release or endanger the safety of Canadian citizens. Earlier in the week, a Libyan official said authorities were investigating the abduction...
  • Jordanian writer shot dead as he arrived for trial for insulting Islam

    09/25/2016 7:31:10 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 25 September 2016 | Peter Beaumont
    A prominent and controversial Jordanian writer, who was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, has been shot dead outside the court in Amman where he was due to appear. *snip* Having been arrested in August, the Christian writer was released on bail in early September. On Sunday, he was shot in the head three times as he arrived for a hearing.
  • Suspect in mall shooting arrested; community mourns victims (Turkish immigrant)

    09/25/2016 5:24:36 AM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 31 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | September 25, 2016 | Jessica Lee
    BURLINGTON, Skagit County — Tips and surveillance video led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Oak Harbor man in connection with Friday’s deadly shooting at the Cascade Mall, authorities said Saturday night. .... Cetin was born in Turkey. His father met and married Cetin’s mother in Turkey and the family settled in Oak Harbor, according to the Facebook page.
  • Syria’s Su-24 Bombers Have Become Its Most Proficient Hospital-Destroyers

    09/25/2016 1:52:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    While Russian Su-24M/M2/SVP-24s are usually armed with only four bombs, Assadist Su-24MK2s carry much heftier loads of eight to 10 FAB-250M-62s or FAB-250–270s or five FAB-500M-62s. Photo via Y. A. In 1988, Syria placed an order for 48 Sukhoi Su-24MK fighter-bombers and expressed interest in obtaining additional examples. While 24 of these were delivered in 1990 and 1991, Moscow suspended further arms deliveries because Damascus began refusing to pay some old debts. The Su-24 thus entered service with № 819 Squadron of the Syrian Arab Air Force based at Tiyas Air Base, or T-4, while the planned second unit was...
  • Muslim migration, "the all-time biggest Trojan Horse"

    09/25/2016 12:22:57 AM PDT · by tedbel · 23 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Sept 25/16 | Ted Belman
    Ever wonder why there are so many Muslims and Muslim countries in the world? Over the millennia many countries were conquered, but didn't remain Persian or Greek or Roman as the case may be. You see, the countries conquered in the name of Islam, became and remained Islamic. For example Pakistan, part of India, and Malaysia were Hindu; Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Egypt and N. Africa were Christian; Afghanistan was Buddhist. They are all Islamic now. This transformation was not by chance but by design. All these countries were conquered by force then shorn of their wealth and many of their...
  • Foreign Jet-Fighter Makers Woo India

    09/24/2016 6:26:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 24, 2016 | Daniel Stacey
    NEW DELHI—India is being offered blueprints to advanced combat aircraft by the world’s aerospace companies, a move unthinkable even a decade ago, as New Delhi gets ready to place another multibillion-dollar air force order. India’s aging military jet fleet desperately needs an upgrade, which analysts say may spur it to place an order worth more than $10 billion in the next year. Hoping for an edge, and encouraged by a recent law that allows 100% foreign ownership of local defense firms, jet-fighter makers such as Lockheed Martin Corp. , Boeing Co. and Saab AB are rushing in with offers to...
  • Swedish Police Admit Losing Control Of 55 No-Go Zones

    09/24/2016 6:10:50 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Sep 2016 | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    Police in Sweden continue to lose control of more suburbs in major Swedish cities as they have now admitted that there are more than 55 no-go areas where they have major problems enforcing the law. According to a new report, crime rates are rising sharply in the no-go areas with police unable to react to crimes. Cases of thefts, sexual assaults, and gang violence are rising and Sweden’s top police authority notes the significant increase of migration in the past year and the number of crimes committed have seen a parallel rise, reports Kronen Zeitung. The report even mentions the...
  • Russia’s Brutal Clinton-Bashing, Trump-Loving Election Coverage

    09/24/2016 6:09:50 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    The Daily Bestiality ^ | September 22, 2016 | Anna Nemtsova
    If you think the American elections look ugly where you are, you should watch the coverage in Russia. News about them is all over Russia’s mainstream media, and it’s brutal. When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tried to power through pneumonia and had her fainting spell on Sept. 11, the Russia 24 channel informed its audience of almost 8 million viewers that she’d been “reported” dead. According to Russia 24, Clinton’s demise had been caught on camera but allegedly edited out by the American network ABC when it broadcast the footage.
  • Turkish migrant gang attacks locals during reign of terror across entire Dutch city

    09/24/2016 6:03:53 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 36 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Sept. 23, 2016 | Oli Smith
    Shocking attacks have ripped through a quiet Dutch city as a mob of Turkish youths terrorized locals. he terrifying attacks have been filmed by the twisted gang of migrants around the city of Zaandam. For months now, migrant youths have uploaded videos of themselves beating up random citizens and even intimidating police officers. In one shocking clip last weekend, the gang can be seen relentlessly chasing after and attacking local Dutch civilians. The chaotic fighting, in the square outside a supermarket, sees one of the attackers wielding what appears to be a crowbar. Another chilling video captured the gang laughing...
  • Clinton’s Russia Fiction

    09/24/2016 5:58:55 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller Opinion ^ | September 23, 2016 | Scott Wheeler
    The Clinton Campaign and the Obama Administration are presenting the American people a cynical political charade regarding Russia and Vladimir Putin, with most of the media playing the Greek Chorus. What is so remarkable is that in order to accept what Clinton is now saying about Putin and Russia means having to ignore the previous seven years of Clinton’s and Obama’s accommodation of the man and country they now insist is a national security threat. This list of national security compromising appeasements that Obama and Clinton handed Putin is very long, but here are some highlights:In 2009, Obama and Clinton...
  • Battle rages near Aleppo, air onslaught continues

    09/24/2016 5:58:30 PM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 24th, 2016 | By Tom Perry
    Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of high ground on the Aleppo outskirts on Saturday as warplanes bombed the city's opposition-held east relentlessly in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington's Syria policy in tatters. In their first major ground advance of the offensive, the army and its militia allies seized control of the Handarat Palestinian refugee camp, a few kilometres north of Aleppo, only for rebels to counterattack a few hours later. "The fighters are waging ferocious battles because it is a battle of existence," a senior rebel official told Reuters. Rebels said they had recovered some...
  • Terror alert in Budapest as huge explosion rocks centre of city near major hotels

    09/24/2016 5:14:09 PM PDT · by Tours · 39 replies
    Mirror ^ | 9/24/2016 | Sam Adams
    A huge explosion has rocked the centre of the Hungarian capital Budapest sparking fears of a terror attack. At least two people are believed to have been injured with a large police presence at the city's Oktogon intersection. Reports say the blast may have been caused by a gas leak, but this has not officially been confirmed. Footage from the scene shows a queue of police cars rushing down the street with terrified people running in the other direction. Cops have cordoned off a large area around a shop at the corner of Kiraly Utca (King Street) and buildings have...
  • Obama's Top Iran Negotiator May Have Had Personal Email Account Hacked While Negotiating Deal

    09/24/2016 4:00:59 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 24, 2016 | Chuck Ross
    The Obama administration's top negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal - and a candidate for secretary of state in a Hillary Clinton administration - told the FBI that hacking attempts were made on her personal email account several years ago during a negotiation session. The bombshell revelation comes from FBI notes taken during a Feb. 3 interview with a former State Department official. Though the official's name and sex are redacted throughout the notes - which were compiled as part of the Clinton email investigation - other clues in the document strongly suggest that it is Wendy Sherman.
  • Kerry is 'optimistic'

    09/24/2016 3:59:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/9/16
    US Secretary of State John Kerry said that in his opinion, it is possible for Israel and the PA to come to political agreements in the coming months, before US President Obama leaves his office. Kerry began his meeting with Netanyahu by saying that the US is concerned about security and stability in the Middle East, and feels obligated to protect the two-state solution (as he put it). "We hope to find a way to take advantage of our friendship and advance what we believe to be the top priority in ensuring Israel's security and creating new relationships in the...
  • Trump advisor against expelling Jews

    09/24/2016 3:48:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/9/16
    David Friedman, Trump's top advisor, came out against claims that Jewish rule in Judea and Samaria would hurt the rest of Israel's Jews by diluting the Jewish character of the country. "Right now, 75% of the population within the Green Line is Jewish," Friedman said, in a video publicized by Channel 2. "There are 400,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria, as well as another 400,000 in eastern Jerusalem. And it's funny, but the Arab birthrate is declining." According to Friedman, there is a trend of Arabs leaving Judea and Samaria, with their names remaining on the property deeds. "So if...
  • Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot'

    09/24/2016 3:11:18 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 22 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | September 24th 2016 | Laura Connor
    Full Title: "Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot' as visitors get set to don radioactive suits" "The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is set to become a bizarre new tourist attraction, as people flock to visit the radioactive exclusion zone."
  • French Burkini Controversy Was Set-Up By Muslim Activists In Concert with TV

    09/24/2016 3:00:37 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 7 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 24, 2016 | Oliver JJ Lane
    “Selectively edited” Footage of a young Muslim woman wearing a so-called Burkini being threatened on a French beach was a deliberate set-up for the benefit of a Channel Seven Australia television crew, according to revelations in the Australian press."
  • As a member of Momentum, let me explain what all you Blairites have so far failed to understand

    09/24/2016 9:47:22 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09-24-2016 | Sacha Ismail
    Most Labour “moderates” must have expected a crushing Corbyn victory, but this result will surely have left many feeling bewildered. As a campaigner for Corbyn, let me explain what I think is happening and offer some advice. To listen to some on Labour Right you’d think the party membership had lost their minds. This is ironic given the anti-Corbyn camp’s behaviour over the last year, and particularly the last three months. In any case, we’re far from mad; there is something deeper going on. The movement which swept Corbyn to office, and has just crushed the attempt to remove him,...
  • China's Conquest of Internet, ICANN + Quantum Encryption

    09/24/2016 9:40:29 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 79 replies
    FR research, please share w. others | Arthur March
    Please brace for just one thick sentence: ICANN's power is mainly legal, and a contract with ICANN could trigger a violent dispute over international law. ~ ~ ~ Bluntly stated: giving away ICANN could ultimately trigger a cyber war or worse. ~ ~ ~ Raw Power and International Law When you face a super power like the USA it helps to have raw power. China probably assumes it will not come to that, but just like nuclear deterence, they need the war-making capability. And the Chinese already enjoy raw power. Their encryption is superior, their nuclear capability suffices, and they...
  • Make Black Helicopters Great Again

    09/24/2016 9:14:41 AM PDT · by upchuck · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | September 23, 2016 | Matthew Continetti
    “He has been a creature of light at a time when the world has been darkening,” says David Ignatius. Jesus? Try again. Ignatius is talking about President Obama. About his “sterling assets,” his “idealism,” his “moral clarity,” his “calm intellect,” his “personal and polyphonous” address to the United Nations General Assembly, his “valedictory” speech in defense of the “liberal international order at a time when it’s under severe stress around the world.”For a stress-induced headache you take an aspirin. What’s happening in the world today requires something much stronger. A farcical ceasefire in Syria has Americans blowing up Assad loyalists...
  • Debate Preview, Charlotte Riots, USA Under Siege … [Radio]

    09/24/2016 7:01:03 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | September 27, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Each passing week brings us closer to the most critical election of our lifetimes, and with each passing week we learn vividly what is actually at stake. Monday’s debate promises to be the most watched in the nation’s history, and why not? As Obama finishes his eighth year in office, the United States is practically disintegrating under the weight of terrorism – from both jihadis and faux civil rights groups like Black Lives Matter. Last weekend and into Monday morning, a would-be mass murder planted a series of bombs across New York and New Jersey. Only dumb luck spared the...
  • Hillary Clinton: We Cannot End Terrorism Without Gun Control

    09/24/2016 6:42:05 AM PDT · by detective · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Sep 2016 | AWR Hawkins
    In response to questions from AARP Bulletin, Hillary Clinton made clear her position that to be successful, policies for ending terrorism must include gun control for all Americans. AARP Bulletin asked, “What would you do to address terrorism?” Clinton responded: Well, these are legitimate fears. I believe that people are rightly concerned about violence. Terrorism is part of that violence, and we have to do the best job we can to keep America safe. So I’ve laid out a very comprehensive plan about taking on the terrorists, going after them where they operate, doing everything we can to take away...
  • Fingerprints on gun match Charlotte shooting victim

    09/24/2016 6:38:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/24/2016 | unknown
    U.N. working group compares police killing blacks to era of lynchings
  • Hillary Clinton Sponsored Secretive Arab Spring Program that Destabilized Middle East

    09/24/2016 5:18:31 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Sep 2016 | Patrick Howley
    The U.S. State Department under the leadership of Secretary Hillary Clinton continued a program to embolden foreign, revolutionary, social media activists to agitate for regime change in various parts of the world. The program arguably had major, detrimental consequences for the trajectory of the Middle East. Recent leaks show a memo that top Clinton aide Huma Abedin sent to her boss stating, “I’m giving you credit for inspiring the ‘peaceful’ protests,” with regard to Egypt, with quotation marks around the word “peaceful.” The United States government is believed to have utilized a program called the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit,...
  • Hillary Clinton Works With Three Major Islamic Terror Leaders Who Want To Kill Christians

    09/24/2016 4:24:58 AM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | September 21, 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    Shortened title. full title: Hillary Clinton Works With Three Major Islamic Terror Leaders Who Want To Kill Christians And Make America Into An Islamic Country, Donald Trump Must Bring This Up In The Debates To Crush Her Bring up “Trump-Putin” relations in the debates next Monday and Trump should bring up Hillary’s three secret ‘love affairs’ with major Muslim Brotherhood operatives while he makes the case for his complement of Putin. This will be long (7000 words), detailed and loaded with documents, translated links, packed with evidence on Hillary’s affairs with Muslim Brotherhood operatives who intend to destroy us from...
  • North Korea's new rocket engine too powerful for ICBMs, analyst says

    09/24/2016 3:09:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 23, 2016 | Elizabeth Shim
    North Korea's new rocket engine too powerful for ICBMs, analyst says By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | Sept. 23, 2016 at 11:41 AM SEOUL, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A North Korean rocket engine Pyongyang tested earlier this week may be too powerful for the country's intercontinental ballistic missiles, raising speculations it could be used for space development. Writing on 38 North, a Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues, analyst John Schilling said, "Given the size of the engine, they probably aren't going to build an intercontinental ballistic missile with it." /snip "China's space launch vehicles, and...
  • The world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train is coming to Germany

    09/24/2016 1:14:49 AM PDT · by aquila48 · 24 replies
    Verge ^ | Sep 23, 2016 | Andrew J . Hawkins
    This week, French transit company Alstom unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train, which will begin making trips in Germany at the end of the 2017. The news was first reported by German newspaper Die Welt. The super-quiet Coradia iLint passenger train is powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which emit only steam and condensed water. A hydrogen fuel tank stored on the roof of the train powers the fuel cells to produce electrical energy. Alstom said it hopes its hydrogen-fueled trains can replace Europe’s many diesel-burning ones, which are still in wide use despite numerous electrification projects across the continent....
  • Morocco turns on what will become the world’s largest solar power plant

    09/23/2016 10:57:43 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Verge ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Loren Grush
    Morocco has turned on its massive solar power plant in the town of Ourrzazate, on the edge of the Saharan desert. The plant already spans thousands of acres and is capable of generating up to 160 megawatts of power. It's already one of the biggest solar power grids in the world, capable of being seen from space. And it's only going to get bigger. The current grid, called Noor I, is just the first phase of a planned project to bring renewable energy to millions living in Morocco. It will soon be followed by expansions, Noor II and Noor III,...
  • Islamic State Uses Welding Gear to Execute Six Youths in Mosul

    09/23/2016 8:40:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    National Security (Breitbart) ^ | September 23, 2016 | John Hayward
    According to a report from Iraqi News, the Islamic State staged the public execution of six youths from a “resistance faction” in Mosul by handcuffing them and then killing them with a welding machine, before a large crowd of onlookers. “This came in order to create a state of fear and panic among the people,” said a source from within Mosul. The Toronto Sun explains that the Islamic State often uses the term “resistance group” to describe groups of young people who spray graffiti on the walls of occupied cities. Fox News reported the six boys, whose exact ages are...
  • It’s Murder-By-Muslim Immigrant, Stupid

    09/23/2016 8:16:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | September 23, 2016 | Ilana Mercer
    Can we cut the cr-p, kids? Forgive my language, but, as Ecclesiastes teaches that there’s a time for everything. The time to cuss is now.“Radical Islamic terrorism”: He has to be able to say it! This, preach conservative talking heads, is the acid test for electing the next American president.Is this convoluted concept one you can even remember?“Radical Islamic terrorism” is like the LGBTQ acronym, it’s a mouthful. It’s unmemorable, unintuitive and does not accurately describe the vile men and women who menace us in our American, English and European homelands.“Radical Islamic terrorist” is, very plainly, wrong.Language mediates behavior. In...
  • Death Toll, Iraq vs. Syria

    09/23/2016 7:40:17 PM PDT · by keat · 18 replies
    vanity | September 23, 2016 | self
    Between 2003 and 2009 the Iraq war resulted in 109,032 deaths, which included 66,081 civilian deaths. George W. Bush's war is widely considered to be a disaster. In comparison, Obama's Syrian war has produced 470,000 deaths to date with civilian deaths estimated at north of 100,000. It's also produced a global refugee crisis and multiplied terror attacks around the world most notably the U.S. I call it Obama's war because, (a) he started it with his petulant and ill-advised Arab Spring movement, and (b) he greatly prolonged it through inaction and indecisiveness, which has emboldened Russia. Just a little tidbit...
  • Maryam Monsef, Canada's first Afghan cabinet minister, learns she was born in Iran

    09/23/2016 7:05:53 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 10 replies
    Toronto Metro ^ | September 22, 2016 | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA — A longtime refugee advocate says stories such as that of Liberal MP Maryam Monsef are not uncommon as families fleeing war and violence reconstruct their past in a new land. Monsef, widely touted as Canada's first Afghan-born cabinet minister, caused a stir in the capital Thursday when she issued a statement saying she only recently learned from her mother that she was in fact born in Iran. The 31-year-old minister of democratic institutions says she and her two sisters never held Iranian citizenship and were always considered Afghan citizens, but she was not born in Herat, Afghanistan, "as...
  • Goldman Sachs wields the axe on 30 per cent of Asia investment banking jobs, sources say

    09/23/2016 6:47:43 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 6 replies
    Goldman Sachs is cutting almost 30 per cent of its 300 investment banking jobs in Asia outside Japan in response to a slowdown in activity in the region, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Wall Street bank is reducing the number of bankers working on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and equity and debt capital markets deals, the sources said. It will be left with slightly more than 200 bankers across Asia. Most of the jobs cuts are likely to take place in Hong Kong, Singapore and China, where Goldman’s main Asian offices are located, according to the...
  • Hillary tells retirees she will fight terror with gun control

    09/23/2016 5:57:40 PM PDT · by PaulyPaul · 40 replies
    The Extract ^ | Sept. 23, 2016
    Ahead of November’s presidential election, the AARP has provided on its website a voter guide featuring responses by both major candidates to a range of issue-based questions. One inquiry that resulted in stark policy differences between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump dealt with their respective plans to deal with terrorism. While Clinton paid lip service to what she called a “comprehensive plan” to target terror groups operating around the world and recruiting online, her answer soon morphed into her effort to address “violence broadly,” notably by making it harder for Americans to exercise their Second Amendment right.
  • 6.5 QUAKE IN DAVAO ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES

    09/23/2016 5:34:58 PM PDT · by knarf · 44 replies
    RAPPLER ^ | September 23, 2016 | knarf
    This Just In approximately a half hour ago ... about 8PM our time 12 hour difference, 8 AM Saturday morning there
  • Putin: USSR could have been reformed, there was no need to destroy it

    09/23/2016 4:41:10 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 46 replies
    The Communist Party of the Soviet Union should have transformed the bloc into a democratic entity rather than see it collapse, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. “You know my attitude towards the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was no need to do it. Reforms could have been undertaken, including those of democratic nature,” the Russian president told the leaders of the parties which won seats in last week's general election. “But I want to point out that the Communist Party was in charge of our former homeland, the USSR, not any other,” Putin added.
  • FBI releases interviews with Clinton aides

    09/23/2016 4:30:01 PM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2016 | Katie Bo Williams
    The FBI on Friday afternoon released almost 200 pages of summaries of interviews done during its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, including those with top aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan. The interview for Justin Cooper, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, is also included. Cooper registered the original clintonemail.com domain. In many of the documents, the name of the interviewee has been redacted. Several of the interviews with blocked-out names were with technicians at the Colorado-based firm that managed Clinton’s server. The documents contain several previously unknown details. According to the notes, the...
  • Schumer rips 'disappointing' 9/11 bill veto, pledges override

    09/23/2016 2:31:04 PM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday criticized President Obama's veto of legislation allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, predicting Congress will quickly overturn the decision. “This is a disappointing decision that will be swiftly and soundly overturned in Congress," Schumer, expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader, said in a statement Friday. "I believe both parties will come together next week to make JASTA the law of the land." Schumer — echoing a familiar line from supporters of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) — added that "if the Saudis did...
  • Obama to Veto Saudi 9/11 Prosecution

    09/23/2016 1:35:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 23 September 2016
    Barack Obama will on Friday veto legislation allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, risking public outrage and the first congressional override of his presidency. The White House confirmed Thursday that Obama would veto the legislation – unanimously passed by Congress – allowing 9/11 families to launch civil suits against Riyadh.
  • Muslim Brotherhood's ties to the Obama Administration

    09/23/2016 1:08:45 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 10 replies
    FSM ^ | 9/23/16 | Slater Bakhtavar
    Huma Abedin's role in American politics first rose to prominence when she served as a top adviser to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (again, their friendship stretches back considerably). Since then, the Muslim Brotherhood has vastly strengthened its position within the US. Within that time period, the US government has reversed a standing policy against formal contact with the Brotherhood, went on channeling funds into Egypt despite the Brotherhood's victory in post-Mubarak elections there, and hosted official Brotherhood delegations in the United States. Abedin's level of involvement in these actions can be debated, but whether she is personally responsible or...
  • Transgender Man Gives Birth to his Female Transgender Partner’s Baby

    09/23/2016 12:35:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    Metro (UK) ^ | Friday 23 Sep 2016 | Harley Tamplin
    Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez have become a father and mother after Fernando, who was born Maria, gave birth to a healthy baby. Neither he nor Diane, who used to be a man, has undergone gender reassignment surgery, meaning they were able to conceive. Fernando told the BBC about his range of emotions when they found out about the pregnancy. Diane added: ‘Being a mother was never something I thought I would do because I am a transsexual.’ Last year, the Mirror reported that the pair met via social media, and Fernando moved to Ecuador from Venezuela to be with...
  • W[ashington] Post Wants a Bigger War in Syria

    09/23/2016 11:20:39 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 21 September 2016 | Paul R. Pillar
    The neocon Washington Post wants an even bigger U.S. military intervention in Syria, ignoring the tenets of international law and assuming that more bombing will somehow make things better, observes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. ___ Among the latest in the Washington Post editorial page’s unrelenting drumbeat of criticism on Syria — which often does not make clear exactly what the United States should be doing there, except that whatever it does should involve more military force than it is using now — is a signed column by deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl, who says President Obama ought to...
  • Puerto Rico Blackout Enters Second Day - Entire Island Of 3.5 Million People Without Power

    09/23/2016 10:47:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 22 September 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The 3.5 million people of Puerto Rico are entering their second day with no power after a substation fire knocked out service to the entire island. The power outage has left schools scrambling to cancel classes and public hospitals forced to cancel surgeries. Perhaps even worse, the outage caused numerous fires across the island as a result of malfunctioning generators, including at the upscale Vanderbilt hotel in the popular tourist area of Condado and at the mayor’s office in the northern coastal town of Catano. While Puerto Rico's Governor Padilla and the utility's CEO, Javier Quintana, have said they expect...
  • Hungarian Inmates Working Around the Clock on Border Fence

    09/23/2016 10:40:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 21 September 2016 | Pablo Gorondi, Andras Nagy
    Hungarian prison inmates are ramping up their production of razor wire, working around the clock as Hungary prepares to build a second fence on the border with Serbia to keep out refugees and other migrants. The razor wire manufacturing at the prison in Marianosztra, northern Hungary, has increased from two shifts earlier this year, to three. Besides its domestic use, Hungary has also sold or donated fence elements, including wire and steel posts, to other countries in the region, including Slovenia and Macedonia. "The inmates are manufacturing razor wire in three shifts a day, with 13 inmates in each shift...
  • Great Wall Of Calais: Work begins on barrier to stop migrants

    09/23/2016 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Construction has begun on a four-metre high concrete barrier aimed at stopping migrants targeting vehicles around Calais. The barrier - dubbed The Great Wall Of Calais - will run for nearly a mile along the main motorway to Calais and is being paid for by British taxpayers. The wall is being built within a few hundred metres of the so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp, which is now thought to house more than 10,000 people. It has been reported that it will cost Ł1.9m to build, and it is intended to add another layer of protection against attempts to stow away on...
  • "Deutsche Bank May Ultimately Need A State Bailout" - Handelsblatt

    09/23/2016 10:20:22 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 21 September 2016 | Tyler Durden
    While the most recent set of troubles plaguing Deutsche Bank have been duly documented here, most recently yesterday when the stock price tumbled once again just shy of all time lows over fears the bank's multi-billion DOJ settlement could severely impact its liquidity and/or solvency, this may be the first time we have heard the "n"-word tossed around in an official German publication: as Germany's top financial newspaper, Handelsblatt said, "German financial officials reacted with shock and dismay to the leaking of a U.S. government demand for a $14 billion fine against Deutsche Bank, which may ultimately need a state...