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  • Under Putin, Russia seeing an exodus of ‘ the most educated ... most entrepreneurial people’

    07/24/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 3 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    ... “They are people who have already made money and are now scared to lose it,” Paley said.... “I don’t share the opinion of 90 percent of the country: I feel like a foreigner here now so why not leave?” said Tatiana Konkova, a Russian literature teacher and singer, giving her last concert in Moscow this month.... The number of Russians emigrating in the last two years was some five times higher than in the two before Putin began a new six-year term in May 2012, official figures show.... Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly...
  • ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling is backfiring, says Data watchdog (European Union ruling)

    07/24/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Irish Times ^ | Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 01:00 | Laura Slattery
    Google’s interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” ruling is prejudicing the intention of the court, the State’s data protection watchdog said yesterday, as regulators and search engine giants met in Brussels to discuss the matter. Billy Hawkes, who will shortly retire as Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, described the ruling as “a very difficult decision by the European Court of Justice”. The ruling, made in May, has effectively exposed Google to criticism both for removing links and for refusing requests for links to be removed. …
  • New solution to border crisis: Send U.S. officials to Honduras to give kids refugee status?

    07/24/2014 8:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2014 | Allahpundit
    A foolproof plan to ease pressure on the border that’s currently being considered by the White House. Why force kids to make a dangerous trip through Mexico only to end up as illegal immigrants in the United States when we could go to them, grant them legal status, and send them north to America ourselves? It’s so crazy it just. might. work. Minor footnote: Federal law doesn’t allow refugee status to be granted for fear of street gangs, only for fear of racial/religious/political persecution, but oh well. Legal details never stopped Obama before. If approved, the plan would direct the...
  • Vladimir Putin's daughter flees Ł2million Dutch penthouse flat as fury grows over jet tragedy

    07/24/2014 8:18:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Collins, Andy Lines
    Vladimir Putin’s daughter has fled her Dutch home as fury grows over Flight mH17. Maria Putin lived just 20 miles from the airport where the doomed jet dpoarted from. News that the Russian president's daughter was living among a nation of people still fuming over Russia’s role in the downing of Flight MH17 was only going to spark more outrage. And once it became known the 29-year-old had a Ł2million apartment not far from the Dutch airport where the doomed jet left on its final, tragic journey, the angry protests quickly started. There were demands for Maria to be deported...
  • Eurozone economy dead in the water, with crisis expected to carry on 'a long time'

    07/24/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 July 2014 | Jeremy Warner
    It's taken a long time, but the International Monetary Fund finally seems to be talking some sense about the beleaguered deficit economies of the eurozone. In a new analysis of continuing imbalances within the single currency area, it pretty much concludes that the situation is hopeless without the sort of eurozone-wide macro economic policies – monetary as well as fiscal – which are specifically rejected by the high command in Berlin. OK, so it doesn't quite say that, but even so, this will make deeply depressing reading for the struggling economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
  • Disarming the Bear

    07/24/2014 8:13:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Charles Payne
    How to curb the reemergence of the old Soviet bear can be described as the greatest gut-check that the western nations have faced in a long time. Right now, there is increasing talk of an arms embargo against Russia. The timing would be perfect as Russia’s military capacity is in tatters. Two years ago, Russia embarked on a ten-year rearmament plan; its Soviet era weapons were largely ineffective against advanced military rivals as they had all gone past their expiration dates. Economic sanctions in a global economy mean collateral damage for all the players, and possibly a winter without gas...
  • Stalled recovery leaves Europe defenceless against economic shock from Russia

    07/24/2014 8:12:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 23 July 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Stagnation is automatically causing debt ratios to spiral upwards yet again across a large part of the currency bloc ___ Europe's economic recovery has stalled. The EMU policy elites took a fateful gamble that global growth alone would lift the eurozone off the reefs, without the need for serious monetary stimulus or a reflation package to ensure take-off velocity. Their strategy has failed. The Bundesbank says German growth may have slumped to zero in the second quarter. French industrial output has fallen for three months in a row. French business surveys point to an outright contraction of GDP, with a...
  • UKRAINE: U.S. says Russia firing across border into Ukraine VIDEO

    07/24/2014 8:11:20 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Julian Barnes & William Mauldin
    U.S. defense and diplomatic officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, an assertion that Moscow now is directly engaging in hostilities directly against Ukrainian government forces. The accusation represents a harsh new U.S. stance against the Kremlin in the aftermath of the crash of Malaysian aircraft flight 17, downed last Thursday by am antiaircraft missile. The U.S. has been accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting armed pro-Russian Separatists in Eastern Ukraine
  • Ukraine’s prime minister quits

    07/24/2014 8:09:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 24 July 2014 | Mark Odell
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fd99c65c-1347-11e4-84b7-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz38Rii5rLH Arseniy Yatseniuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, resigned on Thursday after two parties quit the ruling coalition government in a move designed to trigger early elections. The country’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, signalled his support for new polls, which are expected by the end of October. The dissolution of the coalition was expected after Mr Poroshenko promised to call parliamentary elections after he...
  • IDF Calls Out UN for Lying About Gaza Civilian Casualties

    07/24/2014 7:43:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Israel is calling out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed today. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA—which has been under fire in recent days for allowing Hamas to use its facilities to store rockets—released a statement claiming: “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they...
  • The Great Escape

    07/24/2014 7:34:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    Seventy years ago—July 23, 1944—signs suddenly appeared at prisoner of war camps in Germany: “ESCAPE FROM PRISON CAMPS IS NO LONGER A SPORT.” Those signs meant the Gestapo had murdered 50 escapees from Stalag Luft III. A terrific film you might watch this summer, “The Great Escape” (1963), commemorates that heroic-turned-tragic adventure. Let’s review the reality, the movie, and the metaphor. The reality: A 33-year-old British air force squadron leader, Roger Bushell, organized the great escape. As “Big X” of the camp escape committee, he proposed that the prisoners dig not one but three tunnels—Tom, Dick, and Harry—so if...
  • Russia Accuses the U.S. of Faking MH17 Evidence

    07/24/2014 6:45:18 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | Ju;y 24, 2014 | Wire / Polly Mosendz
    Today, Kremlin officials suggested that the United States has created fake evidence to implicate pro-Russian separatists in the shooting of Malaysia Airline Flight 17. Anatoly Antonov, deputy defense minister, said that U.S. intelligence did not do diligent research, and instead "mostly cited social networks." In fact, had U.S. intelligence cited only social networks, they would have been able to confirm the separatists were responsible almost two hours before anyone knew the plane crashed. Before news of the MH17 crash broke, rebel leader Igor Girkin posted on social media that rebels had shot down a "military transport aircraft." Instead, it ended...
  • Susan Rice Calls Out Russia for Shelling Ukraine, Threatens "Further Costs"

    07/24/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | 9:09 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 24. 2014 | Amb. Susan Rice, Nat'l Security Adv.
    Putin is doubling down on the separatists. We continue to see arms flow across border from Russia to Ukraine.Russia is also firing artillery from within Russia into Ukraine.Although our preference is a diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis, we remain ready to impose further costs on Russia as warranted
  • U.S. Considering Refugee Status For Hondurans

    07/24/2014 6:02:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House...
  • Official: Terrorists in Syria Now As Dangerous to US As Those in Yemen

    07/24/2014 5:44:28 PM PDT · by kristinn · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | James Gordon Meek and Rhonda Schwartz
    Syria has risen as a top threat to the U.S. homeland that rivals Yemen's al Qaeda affiliate known for its innovative bombs successfully smuggled aboard airplanes, a top Pentagon official said on Thursday. "Syria is probably the number one threat -- or, with... threats out of Yemen -- to the American homeland right now and elsewhere in the west," said Michael Vickers, the Pentagon’s Under Secretary for Defense Intelligence. In answer to a question by moderator Brian Ross of ABC News at a panel at the Aspen Security Forum, an annual gathering of national security veterans, Vickers, himself a former...
  • The Man Who Never Calls

    07/24/2014 5:21:37 PM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 10 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | July 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    There was an odd moment during Tuesday's White House press briefing when Ed Henry of Fox News noted that the President was spending three out of five days this week fundraising for his party, and wondered, in effect, whether he still did any work. ... Shuttle diplomacy, of the kind the vainglorious Kerry is attempting, only works if you already have a relationship. You can't start trying to build one after the shooting's started. And in this case the regional leaders' crude self-interest outweighs whatever value they might place on staying on the right side of President Fundraiser and Secretary...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-23 : Obama’s Attack on Israel

    07/24/2014 5:18:11 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 15 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-23 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 23, 2014 Newt Gingrich : Obama’s Attack on Israel ===================================================== "The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel’s failure,” a Hamas spokesman said today. When Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, the United States became the first country in the world to recognize the Jewish state, just 11 minutes later. That recognition, however, came after one of the greatest foreign policy disputes in American history—a fight in which Secretary of State George C. Marshall told President Truman that “if the President were to [recognize...
  • Deputy Prime Minister Groysman Picked as Acting Ukrainian PM - Minister Avakov

    07/24/2014 5:00:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 7-24-2014 | RIA
    Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman was appointed Thursday as acting prime minister following the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in his Facebook blog. “Volodymyr Groysman was appointed acting prime minister at a government meeting,” Avakov said. Yatsenyuk announced his resignation earlier on Thursday following the collapse of the ruling European Choice coalition in the Ukrainian parliament. According to Ukrainian constitution, the resignation of Prime Minister must be approved by the parliament. Earlier Thursday, Ukraine’s Svoboda and UDAR parties announced their factions were quitting the majority coalition, paving the way for the dissolution of parliament....
  • Japanese Inflation Holds Near 23 Year Highs As Food, Energy, & TV Costs Soar

    07/24/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Japanese CPI printed 3.6% in June, modestly down from May's 3.7% YoY, but hotter than the expected 3.5% YoY analysts predicted. If you don't eat food or use energy then inflation merely bit 2.3% of your income this year but if you did then you may have noticed that energy costs are 9.1% higher YoY, TVs +8.0%, and Food +4.1%
  • In the Middle East, a New Alignment Being Born?

    07/24/2014 4:56:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It did not take all that long, when you think about it, for America's Nobel Prize-winning statesman to bring the world to a boil. Perhaps our Nobel Prize-wining president was only a community organizer all along. He has brought the world to a boil not by his use of force but by his inattentiveness. He has been playing golf or lecturing the world from a higher plain. He has been picking fights with the Republicans or devising new ways to thwart the Constitution. He has not reacted to provocations around the world that threaten peace and our allies....
  • Doubts grow over Isis 'FGM edict' in Iraq

    07/24/2014 4:36:50 PM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/24/14 | Staff written
    Doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about female genital mutilation (FGM). A top UN official quoted from a statement saying that Isis wanted all females aged between 11 and 46 in the northern city to undergo the procedure. Jacqueline Badcock said the decree was of grave concern.
  • Israeli Islamist Leader Kamal Al-Khatib: Gaza Will Rub Israel's Nose in the Mud

    07/24/2014 3:56:00 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | JUly 19, 2014 | Al-Quds TV (Lebanon)
    In an address in Kafr Kanna on July 19, 2014, Sheik Kamal Al-Khatib, deputy leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, glorified martyrdom and Jihad and said to Israel: "The David of Gaza tells you that he will repay you in spades, and will rub your nose in the mud." Following are excerpts: Sheik Kamal Al-Khatib: Gaza, which vanquished the Tatars and the Mongols in July 1260, is the same Gaza that is vanquishing the Israelis in July 2014. The Israelis are the new Tatars. [...] The Palestinian David of our times is terrifying you, oh Israelites. The Gazan David...
  • Jordanian TV Host Burns Israeli Flag Live on Air, Demands to Shut Down U.S. Embassy

    07/24/2014 3:52:47 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | july 2014 | 7 Stars TV (Jordan)
    During a recent TV, TV host Zoher Al-Azzeh set light to an Israeli flag and spit on it. He called to shut down the U.S. embassy in Amman, which he called "that espionage den," which has become "a center for spying on Jordan and on the phones of the Jordanians." Following are excerpts from the show, which aired on 7 Stars TV and was posted on the Internet on July 21, 2014. Jordanian commentator Sheik Trad Al-Fayez: The Jordanian foreign minister must expel the Israeli ambassador. I support the expulsion of the Zionist ambassador. Expel the Zionist ambassador from Jordan!...
  • Dispatches: Mass Grave Found in Eastern Ukraine

    07/24/2014 3:47:37 PM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | July 24, 2014 | Yulia Gorbunova
    Today, Ukrainian authorities exhumed a mass grave in Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. By the time I left the site, they had discovered eight decomposed bodies and they were still searching for more. From April until July 2, the city, now back under Ukrainian government control, had been under the control of anti-government insurgents. Two neighbors who usually walk their dogs on the lawn next to the burial site told me that on the morning of June 11 an excavator arrived and dug a hole. Later, they said, they saw two men in camouflage drive a truck to the newly dug...
  • Ukraine: Ato: Daily Summary 24.07.14

    07/24/2014 3:42:15 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    BurkoNews ^ | 24/07/14 | burko
    Overview of main theater of combat in the East of Ukraine: in the morning continued the battle for Gorlovka. The militants left the village. Today the Group of terrorists has increased because additional convoy proceeded to Gorlovka engineering terrorists from Debalcevo. No accumulation of groups of fighters in the petrovske, where they pull together the forces of Snow and the Red beam. It means two possible options: either the strike preparation aside, either side of the Lisichansk city Gorlovka. Lisichansk pockets of resistance still remain terrorists and this cannot be ignored, even by the official MEDIA and information on the...
  • Illegal Immigrant Children Fail to Show at Immigration Hearings

    07/24/2014 3:36:29 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Written by Warren Mass
    Judge Michael Baird of the federal Dallas Immigration Court said on July 22 that 18 of the children whose cases he was scheduled to hear on that day didn’t show up for court. The unaccompanied children were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala who were set to appear in Baird’s court for initial deportation hearings. The Dallas Morning News cited Baird’s statement describing the absentee rate that day as “highly unusual” — so high that he reset the hearings for August 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order. Baird said he was concerned that the children may...
  • To Ease Crisis, U.S. May Vet Young Refugees Inside Honduras

    07/24/2014 3:33:13 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House...
  • Peters: White House doesn't understand Putin's 'heart of stone'

    07/24/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | July 22, 2014
    <p>"President Obama and those around him simply do not understand the world," Fox News strategic analyst Ralph Peters cautioned Tuesday while discussing the MH17 crash on "America's Newsroom."</p> <p>"They don't understand the world's brutality, its cruelty, its savagery. They just don't get it."</p>
  • Ukraine fighting rages as Australia ready for MH17 site deployment

    07/24/2014 3:08:09 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Dario THUBURN with Hui Min NEO in Kiev
    Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels raged Thursday near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as countries which lost 298 citizens in the disaster moved to deploy their police to secure the impact zone. The Dutch team leading the crash probe was stuck in Kiev, unable to join a handful of international investigators at the rebel-controlled site.... And in eastern Kiev, investigators said human remains were still strewn amidst the debris of the wreck, where recovery work has been at a standstill since Tuesday. Dutch authorities said they can only be sure that 200 corpses have been recovered out...
  • Smoke Detector

    07/24/2014 3:03:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | July 23, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    The New York Times notices the smoke collecting on the ceiling of the auditorium of the world and wonders whether there might be something to worry about. Peter Baker in an article titled “Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama” notices that things are falling apart. “Not long after a passenger jet exploded in midair and plummeted to the ground in Ukraine last week, escalating a volatile crisis pitting the United States and Europe against Russia, President Obama’s thoughts turned to Syria.” Baker has a thought. These problems may be linked. Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly...
  • US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya

    07/24/2014 3:00:37 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 14 replies
    AP/MSN ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jason Straziuzo
    The decision comes amid a tightening of security by the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, which has seen dozens of grenade and gunfire attacks the last two years. Earlier this year the U.S. increased the number of security personnel at the embassy and put armed Marines behind sandbag bunkers on the embassy roof. The State Department also reduced the number of U.S. personnel here by moving a regional USAID office out of the country.
  • Rick Perry's Bold Border Move

    07/24/2014 2:53:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state's border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they've made it into Texas. Critics will call it a stunt and accuse Perry of showboating, but at least he is taking action, while President Obama, who took an oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, drinks beer, plays pool and attends fundraisers as our borders are overrun. Enemies are more than adversary nations with weapons. An enemy can...
  • New Cold War or same one that never ended

    07/24/2014 2:17:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Christine O’Donnell
    The term “Cold War” is traced back to George Orwell’s 1945 essay “You and the Atomic Bomb.” Like Orwell’s other works, this essay can be called prophetic. In it, he describes what the world would look like if the atomic bomb, although costly and complicated, was accessible to all regimes. He describes countries as living in a perpetual state of “cold war” with their neighbors in a time of “peace with no peace.” The Cold War started immediately after World War II, when former allies began to clash in ideology. In one corner, you had the WWII Western allies, represented...
  • We Sent Back Elian {And we acted decisively then]

    07/24/2014 2:17:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/24/2014 | Bernie Reeves
    <p>The US government, which has refused to act decisively to control the horde of children entering the US via Mexico from Central America (estimated to be nearly 60,000 from October 2013 to June 2014) certainly had no compunctions about expelling a helpless child back to terrible conditions in the case of Elian Gonzalez back in 1999 during the Clinton regime.  In that case, the Feds were wrong to send a child back to a communist dictatorship, where he lives today, a member of the Union of Young Communists, propagandist for the regime, and personal “friend” of Fidel Castro.</p>
  • Hillel Neuer ..called Hamas missiles a ‘crime against humanity.’ Why won’t the UN?

    07/24/2014 1:32:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Hillel Neuer
    What follows is testimony delivered on Wednesday by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, at the UN Human Rights Council Emergency Session on Gaza, in Geneva. The Palestinian ambassador to the UNHRC, together with Iran, Syria, Egypt, Cuba and Venezuela had tried but failed to silence Mr. Neuer. As expected, the council voted 29 to 1 (USA), with 17 abstaining (EU & others), to condemn Israel for “gross violations of international human rights,” and it created a new commission of inquiry. ... An entire nation—towns, villages and cities, from the Negev Desert up to the Galilee, from the Judean hills...
  • Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets

    07/24/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Justin Fishel/AP
    Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict. “This clearly is a military escalation,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, adding there is no question that Russian military—as opposed to Russia-backed separatists—are firing the shots. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf first made the accusation during a press briefing earlier Thursday. She also claimed Moscow is boosting its military shipments to pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘The Reset Worked’ With Russia

    07/24/2014 1:15:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 41 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 24, 2014
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to trumpet the so-called 2009 “reset” of the U.S.-Russian relationship despite all evidence to the contrary that it worked. With relations over the past two years dwindling to lows not seen since the Cold War, Clinton still told National Public Radio Thursday that it was a success. She told BBC last month that it was a “brilliant stroke.” “The reset worked,” she said. “It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a...
  • Jeb Bush: Send Majority Of Unaccompanied Minors Back Home

    07/24/2014 12:42:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/24/2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, co-author and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush argued that it was important to send the majority of the 50,000 unaccompanied minors back home. “Except for those deserving few who may demonstrate true cause for asylum or protection from sex trafficking, these children must be returned to their homes in Central America,” he wrote in the op-ed, which was co-authored by Clint Bolick. Bush argued that the 2008 anti-trafficking law - allowing children to stay in the country - should be changed to help stop the flow of children crossing the border, who then claim...
  • Belgian Cafe Posts 'No Jews Allowed' Sign

    07/24/2014 12:42:14 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 33 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 7/23/2014 | The Jewish Daily Forward
    A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism complained to the mayor of a suburb of Liege against owners of a cafe whose window display featured a sign that said Jews were not allowed inside. The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday against the parties responsible for hanging a Turkish- and French-language sign at a cafe in Saint-Nicolas, a town located just east of the southern city of Liege. The Turkish text reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” The French text replaces “Jews” with “Zionists.” Following the LBCA complaint, the mayor...
  • Ministers want Dutch military mission at MH17 site: report

    07/24/2014 12:04:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    nltimes.nl ^ | July 24, 2014
    The Cabinet in The Netherlands is discussing the possibility of sending hundreds of soldiers from all over the world as well as forensic police experts to Ukraine to ensure the security of the site where 193 Dutch passengers died in a plane crash last week Thursday, the Volkskrant reports. The Ministers are at the Catshuis, the official residence of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, in an emergency meeting to deal with what has now become The NetherlandsÂ’ top priority. As Prime Minister Rutte said from the beginning, the first priority was to make sure that all the victimsÂ’ bodies were safely...
  • Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian rebels are nothing more than an undisciplined rabble

    07/24/2014 11:50:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 24, 2014 | Con Coughlin
    To judge by the conflicting reports coming from rebel Ukrainian leaders on the issue of whether they have access to the powerful Buk anti-aircraft missile system – believed to have brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 – it is clear that Putin's proxies are nothing more than an undisciplined rabble. In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, the commander of the rebels' Vostok Battalion, said that the rebels did possess this type of missile system. He even admitted that it could now have been sent back to Russia in order to remove any evidence of its presence in rebel-held territory....
  • Rival F-16 Upgrades Proceed; Iraq Delivery May Not

    07/24/2014 11:40:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | 07/24/2014 | CHRIS POCOCK and DAVID DONALD
    Lockheed Martin (LM) and BAE Systems reported progress this month on their rival upgrades for F-16 Fighting Falcons. Two aircraft from each company’s launch customer (Taiwan for LM, South Korea for BAE) are now in rework, ironically just a few miles from each other in Fort Worth, Texas. Meanwhile, the ferry of Iraq’s first two new Block 52 aircraft in September is looking unlikely. Bill McHenry, LM’s F-16 program director, said that the F-16V upgrade design review is complete, Elbit has delivered some of the new cockpit displays, and Northrop Grumman is slated to deliver the first scaleable agile beam...
  • Elite F-14 Flight Officer Explains Why The Tomcat Was So Influential

    07/24/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We sat at the end of the runway, our F-14's GE-110 motors humming, awaiting our clearance to begin what would be the last F-14 Demonstration ever. The Air Boss's voice crackled over the radio: "Tomcat Demo, you're cleared to five miles and 15k feet. The air show box is yours" At that very moment, I distinctly remember what my Commanding Officer told us before the show: "Fellas, make it a memorable one… just not too memorable!" LCDR Joe "Smokin" Ruzicka was the Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) to fly the last F-14 Demonstration before the Tomcat's final demise in 2006. Commander...
  • Russia Firing Artillery Across Border at Ukrainian Military

    07/24/2014 11:26:23 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 24, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists. “We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
  • Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol

    07/24/2014 11:20:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Nebraska PBS & NPR Stations ^ | July 24, 2014 | by John Burnett, NPR
    Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse. Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. The agency responds that any complaints are the result not of mistreatment, but of its stations being overwhelmed by the surge of minors.Inside 'Las Hieleras' The complaints center on what happens inside the group holding cells that immigrants...
  • Central America Leaders Plead for Help from Washington Amid Border Crisis

    07/24/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT · by kristinn · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | David Nakamura and Ed O'Keefe
    Central American presidents sharply criticized Washington on Thursday for failing to address the root causes of violence and poverty in their countries that helped spur a recent influx of child migrants to the United States. “Washington must understand that if there exists drug violence in Central America, if there is no peace, if there is a lack of opportunity, this will redound to enormous costs to the United States,” Honduras’s Juan Orlando Hernández said during an appearance with Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The two leaders repeatedly described the situation as a “crisis”...
  • Honduran Diplomat: Rick Perry’s National Guard Deployment Is Political Theater

    07/24/2014 11:09:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Source: El Universal
    Mexico, Northern Triangle Governments Condemn Militaristic Approach. The governments of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have voiced their concern over Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to send roughly 1,000 members of the National Guard to the southern border. Governor Perry said he is going to mobilize the National Guard in order to secure the border. The Mexican government sent diplomatic notes to both the US State Department and the Texas governor to express their disapproval of the measure. Sergio Alcocer, Mexican undersecretary for North America, stated that sending the National Guard to the border does not contribute toward a...
  • Border Patrol Says Arizona Border Is More Secure Than Texas Border, Sees Fewer Crossings

    07/24/2014 10:54:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Latin Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Scharon Harding
    According to the Border Patrol, the Arizona-Mexico border is the United States' most secure border. Last year marked the first time in 22 years that more undocumented immigrants were detained at the Texas border than the Arizona border despite the influx of unaccompanied Central American children attempting to cross. "Crossing in this area has diminished quite a lot in the past 10 years," Alejandro Martinez, Border Patrol chief in Douglas, Arizona, said.
  • On the Front Lines With Border Patrol in South Texas

    07/24/2014 10:48:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | July 24, 2014 | By Ray Villeda
    The stretch of land between Texas and Mexico is a long, bumpy ride for Border Patrol agents. The Rio Grande Valley Sector covers land as big as the state of South Carolina and is monitored by more than 3,000 agents, along with Texas Game Wardens and Parks and Wildlife officials. Together, they're working to prevent the flow of illegal migrants coming from Central America. The Rio Grande serves as a natural divider, and from the American side you can see clear paths to the water. On the other side, beaten down brush shows where the illegal trek picks up again....
  • Obama weighs sending National Guard to border

    07/24/2014 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2014 | By Halimah Abdullah, CNN
    The Obama administration, after initially resisting the idea, is weighing whether to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help address a surge of migrant youth from Central America, many of them unaccompanied, a White House official told CNN. The Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a team earlier this week to assess Border Patrol efforts in the Rio Grande Valley, the official said, where tens of thousands of children have poured into the United States this year. The administration's latest efforts in what most agree is a humanitarian crisis come as Washington struggles...