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  • Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite - transition official

    12/10/2016 7:26:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/10/2016 | Steve Holland
    Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said. Trump met Tillerson on Tuesday and may talk to him again over the weekend, the official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over his top diplomat with an announcement possible next week. Tillerson's favored status was revealed as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for secretary of state. The transition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Tillerson, 64, had moved ahead in...
  • CIA Reportedly Concludes Russian Interference Aimed To Elect Trump

    12/10/2016 7:23:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/10/2016 | Emma Bowman
    U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russia interfered with the 2016 election, specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, The Washington Post first reported on Friday. In addition to hacking into Democratic organizations, Russians hacked the Republican National Committee's computer systems, according to the Post — but they did not release any information that might have been retrieved from Republican networks. "Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials," the Post reports....
  • Terror suspect with loaded AK-47 and ISIS flag is arrested in Rotterdam.

    12/10/2016 7:17:16 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 5 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | December 9, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    Terror suspect with loaded AK-47 and ISIS flag is arrested in Rotterdam. Police found Kalashnikov with two full magazines in 30-year-old's apartment. They also found an ISIS flag and four boxes of highly explosive illegal fireworks. Dutch prosecutors say the suspect was planning to carry out a terrorist atrocity A terror suspect with a loaded AK-47 and ISIS flag has been arrested in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, it has emerged. Police found the Kalashnikov with two full magazines when they swooped on the 30-year-old's apartment in the port city. Prosecutors say he was planning a terrorist attack and also...
  • Vietnam Begins Its Own Island-Building Project in the South China Sea

    12/10/2016 7:12:44 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 3 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec 9, 2016 | Frances Martel
    With main objector Philippines placated, Vietnam is taking the mantle of opposition to China’s colonization of the South China Sea, with a new report indicating that it has begun dredging land in the Spratly Island chain. Reuters reports that satellite images reveal a new dredging project in the Vietnamese Spratly Islands, apparently intended to convert Ladd Reef from a shifting tidal land mass to a sturdy island onto which Hanoi can build military and civilian assets. The reef is already home to a lighthouse, Reuters notes, but it “is completely submerged at high tide.” The dredging project appears designed to...
  • Venezuela orders stores to get into the Christmas spirit (price controls)

    12/10/2016 6:55:16 AM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    Yahoo (a fake news site) ^ | 12-9-16 | Carola SOLÉ
    Seeking to spread some cheer, President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government has set aside its distaste for consumerism and sent a small army of bureaucrats and soldiers to force more than 200 retail stores in Caracas to hold Christmas sales. "Our worker-president has ordered us to guarantee fair prices for the people, and we are complying. These economic hitmen can't take away our merry Christmas," said William Contreras, head of the National Superintendency for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights, known by the acronym Sundde. The government accuses the owners of the targeted stores of jacking up prices by 300 to 500...
  • China says opposed to unilateral sanctions on North Korea

    12/10/2016 6:51:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2016 5:13 AM EST
    China remains opposed to unilateral sanctions against North Korea taken without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, the country’s chief negotiator on the North’s nuclear program was quoted Saturday as saying. Wu Dawei also told his South Korean counterpart in talks Friday that China is “adamantly opposed” to the South’s deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system that China says poses a threat to its own security, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement. […] China demands that South Korea “give weight to China’s concerns” about the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system, which is intended...
  • WSJ Mattis interview: Why Students Should Join ROTC (short video)

    12/10/2016 5:55:39 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/14/2015 | WSJ video
    Short (2:30) video of WSJ interview with General Mattis on why young people should join the military
  • Netanyahu to Remain in Office Despite Obama-Linked Efforts ( interfering in Israel Elections )

    12/10/2016 5:52:49 AM PST · by rface · 6 replies
    Center for Security Policy ^ | March 18, 2015 | Aaron Kliegman
    (( In the way of the growing meme regarding the Fake News about the US elections that Trump won the White House, I wish to go back a short time to some Real News about when the Obama team actively interfered in the elections in Israel to prevent Netenyahu from being re-elected. Obama Failed. )) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won a surprising victory in yesterday’s elections over the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog, despite the efforts of an anti-Netanyahu campaign linked to President Obama. ·evidence has indicated that Obama-linked personnel directly participated in campaigning against Netanyahu....
  • Russia Seen Moving New Missiles To Eastern Europe

    12/10/2016 1:16:52 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    npr.org ^ | December 8, 2016 | Geoff Brumfiel
    In what could mark an escalation of tensions with the West, commercial satellite images suggest that Russia is moving a new generation of nuclear-capable missiles into Eastern Europe. Russia appears to be preparing to permanently base its Iskander missile system in Kaliningrad, a sliver of territory it controls along the Baltic coast between Lithuania and Poland.
  • US adds 200 military personnel to Syria anti-IS campaign-Carter

    12/10/2016 12:13:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 12/10/16 | reuters
    MANAMA, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The United States is sending 200 additional military personnel to Syria to help the campaign to drive the Islamic State militant group from Raqqa, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday. Speaking in Bahrain at the Manama Dialogue conference on Middle East secu
  • Geert Wilders, Dutch Far-Right Leader, Is Convicted of Inciting Discrimination

    12/09/2016 9:54:10 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 37 replies
    The New York Slime ^ | December 9, 2016 | NINA SIEGAL
    Geert Wilders, the far-right politician who is seen as a likely contender to become prime minister when Dutch voters go to the polls next year, was convicted on Friday of inciting discrimination and of insulting a group for saying that the Netherlands would be safer with fewer Moroccans....The effect of the verdict on Mr. Wilders and on his party’s chances when the Dutch elections are held in March is unclear, but the trial seems to have improved his party’s standing, rather than diminishing it, among voters.If the Party for Freedom wins the most seats in the elections, Mr. Wilders could...
  • Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes

    12/09/2016 9:51:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 78 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 9, 2016 | DAVID E. SANGER and SCOTT SHANE
    Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes DAVID E. SANGER and SCOTT SHANE DEC. 9, 2016 WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials. They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they...
  • Dr Caroline Johnson Holds Seat for Tories as Labour Heads Towards 'Electoral Disaster'

    12/09/2016 9:49:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 9 DECEMBER 2016 | Laura Hughes, Ashley Kirk
    Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election: Dr Caroline Johnson holds seat for Tories as Labour heads towards 'electoral disaster'A senior Labour MP has warned his party is heading for "electoral disaster" after the Conservatives stormed to victory in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election. Ukip emerged as the runner-up to the Tory candidate Caroline Johnson, who will be the new MP after winning a landslide 17,570 votes. Ukip's Victoria Ayling secured just 4,426. Labour fell from second place at the 2015 general election to fourth with only 3,300 votes, behind the Liberal Democrats who pulled in 3,600.
  • Aboard Charles de Gaulle, French and US sailors toast ‘l’interopérabilité’

    12/09/2016 8:50:04 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 9, 2016 | Chris Church
    ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE — U.S. Navy Lt. Osbaldo walked through the catapult spaces beneath the flight deck, shaking hands with every present member of his French crew, a morning routine he’s grown accustomed to since attaching to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Today, he’s ensuring his catapult and arresting gear systems are in perfect operational condition for the launch and landing of aircraft supporting the U.S-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Elsewhere on the ship, four other Americans are also adapting to the customs and courtesies of serving on a French...
  • Donald Trump and the Canary in the LGBT Coal Mine

    12/09/2016 6:47:52 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 9, 2016 | AUSTIN RUSE
    As Donald Trump begins to staff his administration, his appointees should understand how deeply the ideologically-driven LGBTs have burrowed into permanent jobs in the permanent bureaucracy and how dangerous they are.The new political appointees should also understand how this group and their allies have driven those who may disagree with their agenda either underground or from the federal bureaucracy altogether, and some even to jail.And they should understand that this group is entrenched and determined not to give an inch in the territory they have gained under the incredibly radical Obama administration.The LGBT cadres had already made great strides...
  • Navy Won’t Remove ‘Midshipman’ Title Because It’s Enshrined In The Law As A Rank

    12/09/2016 6:28:54 PM PST · by kevcol · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 9, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The goal of the job title review Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus initiated back in January is to make women feel more included now that they have access to all combat roles, but the reason midshipman will remain in its current state is because the name is a rank stipulated by the law, Capital Gazette reports. . . . In late September, the Navy announced that it was ditching historic job titles and revamping the entire system, in effect removing an element that made the Navy unique from other services in the military. . . . Sailors have reacted...
  • Mitt Romney and Trump are on the same page

    12/09/2016 5:10:14 PM PST · by bobk3 · 43 replies
    Mitt Romney
    Various foreign policy quotes from Mitt Romney. Russia is our adversary but not our enemy Q: During the campaign, you took a lot of heat from Obama for saying that Russia was our greatest geopolitical foe. I'm sure you're tempted to say "I told you so"?ROMNEY: Well, there's no question, but that the President's naivete with regards to Russia's intentions & objectives has led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face. We need to understand that Russia has very different interests than ours, this is not fantasy land, this is reality, where they are a geopolitical adversary....
  • South Korea 'Shaman Gate': President's State Policy Decided by Cult

    12/09/2016 3:35:11 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    The unprecedented political scandal threatening to unseat South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye is gathering pace. It has emerged than Park Geun-hye was influenced by a group of close friends with no political experience. In fact these friends were a mix of fortune-tellers and cult members, and were not simply consulting Park Geun-hye, but in many cases were literally dictating key political decisions. They also had access to secret government documents. Choi Soon-sil even made drafts of presidential speeches. Sputnik Japan asked Georgy Toloraya, an expert on Korea, how it was possible for a cult to dictate presidential policy in this...
  • Egyptian Women Resist Harassment With Short Dresses

    12/09/2016 3:08:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 9 December 2016 | Ashraf AbdelHamid
    A group of Egyptian women have resorted to a new and original way to fight sexual harassment during a march in the capital, Cairo - wearing short dresses. As onlookers watched on in silent amazement, the women waved signs carrying the message: "we are wearing the dresses of the past, we want the streets of the past”. The message was referring to the sixties and seventies when women’s skirts and dresses were fashionably much shorter, but they received less unwelcomed attention. Dr Riham Atef, the organizer of the march, told Al Arabiya.Net: “The concept behind this march is inspired by...
  • 600 'Underage' Migrants Turn Out to be Adults. (3/4 are liars-caught by medical test)

    12/09/2016 2:49:00 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 33 replies
    News chicken.com ^ | December 9, 2016 | NOT by brian williams
    The Danish government has revealed that of the suspected 800 “underage” asylum seekers they believed to be lying about their age, 600 of them were adults according to medical tests. The Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen – DIS) has suspected hundreds of “underage” migrants over the past year have been lying about their age in order to get preferential treatment and other benefits from the Danish government. The DIS was granted the ability to use medical tests to assert the real age of those suspected of lying and have said that at least 600, or three quarters of the migrants, were...
  • Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them

    12/09/2016 1:23:08 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 38 replies
    The New York Slimes (Old Grey Whore Fake News) ^ | December 9, 2016 | ANDREW (Honest, it ain't Fake) HIGGINS
    His indomitable will steeled by a dozen years in the Soviet gulag, decades of sparring with the K.G.B. and a bout of near fatal heart disease, Vladimir K. Bukovsky, a tireless opponent of Soviet leaders and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, is not a man easily put off his stride. But he got knocked sideways when British police officers banged on the front door of his home on a sedate suburban street here early one morning while he lay sick in bed and informed him that they had “received information about forbidden images” in his possession....The images sought by...
  • Greenland Had No Ice For 280,000 Years 1.1 Million Years Ago, And Could Go That Way Again

    12/09/2016 12:32:12 PM PST · by Lorianne · 63 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08 December 2016 | Himanshu Goenka
    The fact that over 80 percent of a landmass, more than a fifth the size of the United States, is covered in ice and is still called Greenland has been a source of frequent puzzlement for many, who wonder at the misnomer. And while there is evidence that the world’s largest island (smaller than Australia, which counts as a continent) was greener in the past than it is now, a new study shows Greenland could have been completely ice-free 1.1 million years ago. In the Pleistocene epoch, which lasted from approximately 2.59 million years ago to 11,700 years ago, there...
  • Dutch to stop subsidizing renewables in long-term climate strategy

    12/09/2016 12:26:08 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07 December 2016
    The Netherlands will gradually phase out subsidizes for renewable energy and shift its climate change strategy to areas such as energy saving and carbon capture, the government said on Wednesday. A week ago, the Netherlands announced a 33 percent increase in subsidies for solar, wind, geothermal and other projects to 12 billion euros ($12.9 billion) in 2017, from 9 billion euros in 2016, as it struggles to reach 2020 targets. But the "Energy Agenda" published by the Economic Affairs ministry on Wednesday - setting out how greenhouse gas emissions can be cut to 80-95 percent of 1990 levels by 2050...
  • WORLD ECONOMIES IN TROUBLE: Middle East Oil Exports Lower Than 40 Years Ago

    12/09/2016 12:24:30 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    SRSrocco Report ^ | 06 December 2016
    Yes, it’s true. Middle East net oil exports are less than they were 40 years ago. How could this be? Just yesterday, Zerohedge released a news story stating that OPEC oil production reached a new record high of 34.19 million barrels per day. To the typical working-class stiff, driving a huge four-wheel drive truck pulling a RV and a trailer behind it with three ATV’s on it, this sounds like great news. Unfortunately for the Middle East, this isn’t something to celebrate. Why? Well, let’s just say, there’s more to the story than record oil production. While the Middle East...
  • Italy says thousands of Nigerian women who arrive as migrants are forced to work as prostitutes

    12/09/2016 12:20:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08 December 2016 | Tom Kington
    steep rise in the number of Nigerian prostitutes working in Italy is being linked to the arrival in the country of well-organized Nigerian mafias, which are using violence and religious rites to terrify trafficked women into submission, police say. Police say their operations this year have revealed the presence in Italy of a host of Nigerian gangs with names such as the Black Axe, the Vikings, the Buccaneers, the Eiye and the Maphites. The gangs have arrived in Italy as the number of Nigerian women sailing to the country from Libya has risen from 1,454 in 2014 to 10,624 between...
  • Human Rights Group: Russian Authorities Don't Want to Accept Syrian Refugees

    12/09/2016 12:16:03 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 07 December 2016
    Russian human rights organization Civil Assistance says that the Russian authorities are unwilling to grant asylum to Syrian refugees and have a distorted view of the situation in the Middle Eastern country. A new report from the organization, "Syrian Refugees in Russia," paints a bleak picture of the plight of these refugees in Russia. From 2011 to 2015, 2,011 Syrian citizens have requested permanent asylum in Russia, but only one received it, Civil Assistance wrote. Syrians requesting temporary asylum have been more successful – out of 4,442 applicants, 3,306 received asylum. However, temporary asylum status in Russia only lasts for...
  • In France, Presidential Candidate Le Pen Opposes Public Education for Illegal Immigrant Kids

    12/09/2016 11:48:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/09/2016 | Michael Walsh
    With the wind in her sails, "far right" French presidential candidate Marine le Pen called for ending free education to illegal alien children whose parents have violated French law by arriving and staying in France. "I've got nothing against foreigners but I say to them: if you come to our country, don't expect that you will be taken care of, treated (by the health system) and that your children will be educated for free," Le Pen said. "That's finished now, it's the end of playtime," she told a conference in Paris in comments that provoked a storm of condemnation...
  • In Defense of Christendom: Having ignored its inheritance, Europe wonders why (trc)

    12/09/2016 11:24:45 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 25, 2015 (last year) | Bret Stephens
    ... Europe wonders why its house is falling apart. The death of Europe is in sight. Still hazy and not yet inevitable... Europe is reaching its end not because of its sclerotic economy, or stagnant demography, or dysfunctions of the superstate. Nor is the real cause the massive influx of ... migrants. Those desperate people are just the latest stiff breeze against the timber of a desiccated civilization. Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent.... it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very...
  • Liberal church Houses Muslim Refugees Horrified by What they Find in Pews !!!

    12/09/2016 10:06:08 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 92 replies
    News chicken.com ^ | December 9, 2016
    A leftist Christian church decided to show their community that they must open borders by taking in Muslim refugees and letting them live in the church building. However, as soon as they opened their doors, they were forced to call the police when they discovered the sickening thing asylum seekers left for them in the church pews. The West is trapped in a vicious circle of embracing migrants, being abused by said migrants, and blaming the victims for provoking their wrath. The same tolerance and acceptance is not only never returned, but the gracious hosts find that their hospitality is...
  • Obama orders review of Russian election-related hacking

    12/09/2016 9:43:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 12:13 PM ET, Fri December 9, 2016 | Tal Kopan, Kevin Liptak and Jim Sciutto
    President Barack Obama has ordered a full review into hacking by the Russians designed to influence the 2016 election, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said Friday. “The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders,” she said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. “This is consistent with the work that we did over the summer to engage Congress on the threats that we were seeing.” Monaco said...
  • U.N. Warns of Summary Killings in Aleppo, Syria

    12/09/2016 9:42:10 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 7 replies
    The New York Slimes (Old Grey Whore Fake News) ^ | December 9, 2016 | Shills NICK CUMMING-BRUCE and ANNE BARNARD
    Hundreds of Syrian men escaping rebel-held areas of Aleppo to go to government-controlled parts of the city are missing, and there were reports of government reprisals, including numerous arrests and several cases of summary killings of people perceived to be opposition supporters, United Nations rights officials said on Friday. At the same time, the officials said, rebels have in some cases prevented civilians from leaving, and there are reports that some groups killed or kidnapped residents who had demanded that insurgents leave their neighborhoods. The United Nations reports largely track what residents of eastern Aleppo have told The New York...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Obama/Clinton secret operation handed Port Canaveral

    12/09/2016 9:42:09 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 11 replies
    The American Report ^ | September 22, 2016 | Mary Fanning and Alan Jones
    This is a joint project of Mary Fanning of The American Report and Alan Jones of 1776 Channel. “ Just a few months after September the 11th, when I think we all conclude that, however horrible September the 11th was, it could have been far worse had the terrorists had access to chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons. – John R. Bolton ” florida-map-port-canaveral America is facing a grave national security nightmare at Florida’s Port Canaveral. After an apparent Clinton pay-to-play operation, Barack Hussein Obama administration officials handed over control of Port Canaveral’s cargo container operations to the brother of Saddam...
  • Obama grants waiver for military support of foreign fighters in Syria

    12/09/2016 9:01:45 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 29 replies
    R T News ^ | 12-9-2015 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama has ordered a waiver for restrictions on military aid for foreign forces and others in Syria, deeming it “essential to the national security interests” of the US to allow exceptions from provisions in the Arms Export Control Act.
  • On Trial, Geert Wilders Fights His Freedom of Speech Being Portrayed As “Hate Speech”

    12/09/2016 8:15:10 AM PST · by Non-Compliant_Deplorable · 9 replies
    Investment Watch Blog ^ | 12/9/2016 | Pamela Williams
    "It seems citizens of the world are facing a government onslaught of attacks on freedom of speech. Right now in the United States many are fearing the threat to our freedom of speech on the Internet. Many Alternative Media websites are being mocked as “fake news”. In Amsterdam populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is being accused of “hate speech”. Speaking at the end of his trial he branded it as a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech."
  • Donald Trump's choice of generals for top posts 'extremely unusual' (More FAKE news)

    12/09/2016 7:13:56 AM PST · by jerod · 17 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Dec 09, 2016 5:00 AM ET | By Matt Kwong
    Ex-officers may actually restrain a hawkish leader, experts say, but management styles could be complicated Hup, two, three … heck, maybe even four. The procession of former military officers nominated for top jobs in Donald Trump's administration is raising concerns over whether the appointments could defy an American constitutional tenet: civilian oversight of government. The U.S. president-elect has tapped a trio of retired generals — marine John Kelly for secretary of Homeland Security, marine James Mattis for defence, and soldier Michael Flynn for national security adviser — to fill cabinet-level positions. More could be on the way. Retired army general...
  • North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official

    12/09/2016 7:12:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 8, 2016 | Phil Stewart
    North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON North Korea appears able to mount a miniaturized nuclear warhead on a missile but is still struggling with missile re-entry technology necessary for longer range strikes, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday. "I think they could mate a warhead with a delivery device. They're just not sure (about) re-entry," said the official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity. "They're endeavoring to overcome that." North Korea has carried out repeated nuclear and missile tests this year in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions...
  • Trump Is Wise to Surround Himself with Generals for Key National Security Positions

    12/09/2016 6:58:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/09/2016 | David French
    We’ve reached an odd point in American political discourse when a civilian president-elect can appoint three civilian former members of the military to key positions in his administration (with his cabinet appointees being confirmed by a civilian Senate) and mainstream journalists fret about whether Donald Trump is forming a “junta.” Yet that actually happened yesterday, when Politico’s Julia Ioffe tweeted: “Three generals and maybe a fourth. Can we just cut to the chase and call ourselves a junta?” The New Yorker’s Nicholas Thompson mused on Twitter: “How many generals do you need in government before you technically become a junta?”...
  • After Brouhaha Over Women in Tanks, Israeli Army Wants Women in Warships Too

    12/09/2016 5:41:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Dec 09, 2016 | Gili Cohen
    The Israel Defense Forces is considering opening additional combat positions to women, including possibly placing women on the Sa’ar 6 warships currently being built in Germany that are to be deployed to protect Israel’s offshore natural gas rigs in the Mediterranean. The proposed integration of women in combat positions, including the Armored Corps and the Air Force’s search and rescue unit, has sparked opposition among some Orthodox rabbis, particularly over women serving in tank units. In remarks last week on the issue, Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said the IDF was opening more combat roles to women, but added that...
  • All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker (Royal Navy)

    12/09/2016 5:32:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 9 Dec 2016 | Gareth Corfield
    The Royal Navy will receive two more River-class offshore patrol vessels – and the motto of one appears to encourage her crew to vomit everywhere. HMS Tamar and HMS Spey were ordered from BAE Systems today as the Ministry of Defence signed the contract for the two ships, with Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin pressing the official button to start cutting the first steel. Both were ordered to take up the slack in naval shipbuilding between now and the eventual start of the construction of the Type 26 frigate. The two new ships, along with the support package for...
  • Which Foreign Policy Sacred Cows will Donald Trump Slaughter Next?

    12/09/2016 5:29:31 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 22 replies
    CNN.com ^ | December 9, 2016 | Stephen Collinson
    Donald Trump shook up America. Now it's the world's turn. The President-elect's decision to flout 40 years of diplomatic convention and take a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week suggested he may be just as disrespectful of protocol on the world stage as at home. The call produced days of speculation about how the President-elect's impulsive style will reverberate around the globe and whether it could threaten the architecture of international relations. There are many global traditions and arrangements that he could target, though each could carry a geopolitical or diplomatic price -- one reason even presidents who...
  • Reaction of Geert Wilders to His Conviction

    12/09/2016 5:28:57 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 9/12/16 | Geert Wilders
    Dear friends, I still cannot believe it, but I have just been convicted. Because I asked a question about Moroccans. While the day before yesterday, scores of Moroccan asylum-seekers terrorized buses in Emmen and did not even had to pay a fine, a politician who asks a question about fewer Moroccans is sentenced. The Netherlands have become a sick country. And I have a message for the judges who convicted me: You have restricted the freedom of speech of millions of Dutch and hence convicted everyone. No one trusts you anymore. But fortunately, truth and liberty are stronger than you....
  • Four of the most experienced USMC F-35B pilots speak about their aircraft. (it’s exceptional)

    12/09/2016 4:39:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 08 2016 | Todd Miller
    The voice of the pilots is clear – the platform is working exceptionally. The F-35 is a platform with the ultimate level of sophistication, made simple. And therein lay the beauty of the F-35, and just why it will be so deadly, it’s simple. The combined F-35 fleet now has over 75,000 flight hours, yet many continue to question the performance and value of the aircraft. Much of this can be expected given early program challenges, and the reality that many of the F-35s capabilities are classified. Add that many do not grasp the war the F-35 was designed to...
  • Israel Shows How to Stop Terrorists

    12/09/2016 4:29:45 AM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 9, 2016 | Elise Cooper
    Build a wall, secure the border, and vet Muslims to stop the infiltration of terrorists.  This is not Donald Trump speaking – it is what has actually been done in Israel.  Americans can take a page from Israel's Border Guard to protect themselves. American Thinker interviewed author Samuel M. Katz regarding his book The Ghost Warriors, about Israel's elite force of undercover operatives.  They are drawn from the nation's diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, united in their ability to walk among the enemy as no one else dared.  They are called Ya'mas and use many undercover tactics. 
  • German move on new ship radars paves way for missile defense role

    12/09/2016 4:27:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 8, 2016
    The German military is to buy new, more capable air defence radar systems for three F-124 frigates, paving the way for the ships to become part of NATO's broader missile defence system, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday. General Volker Wieker, the top military officer, decided to buy radar systems available on the market instead of opting for a new development programme or a simple replacement of the current radar systems, the spokesman said. Experts have said the new system will cost about 450 million euros and is likely to be built by France's Thales, which built the radars...
  • Castro’s Torture of American POWs in Vietnam

    12/09/2016 3:39:15 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    Frontpage ^ | December 9, 2016 | Jamie Glazov
    The death of communist tyrant Fidel Castro has yielded much-deserved coverage of the monstrous nature of his tyrannical rule. What has gone virtually unreported, however, is the direct and instrumental role Castro played in the torture and murder of American POWs in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The story of Castro’s atrocities against American soldiers in this conflict is rarely ever told, least of all by our mainstream media. During the Vietnam War, Castro sent a gang of his henchmen to run the “Cuban Program” at the Cu Loc POW camp in Hanoi, which became known as “the Zoo.” As...
  • {from Nov 2013} In Aleppo I only survive by looking Syrian

    12/09/2016 1:26:04 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 Nov 2013 | Francesca Borri
    Since the rise of the Islamist resistance,.. Today my helmet is a veil, and my flak jacket a hijab. Locals here don't refer any more to "liberated areas", but to east and west Aleppo – they don't show you pictures of their children, or of siblings killed by the regime, but simply the pictures of beautiful Aleppo before the war. Because nobody is fighting the regime any more; rebels now fight against each other. And for many of them, the priority is not ousting Bashar al-Assad's regime, but enforcing sharia law. Aleppo is nothing but hunger and Islam. Dozens of...
  • Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig planned in Australia

    12/09/2016 1:19:53 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    AU news ^ | 9 Dec 2016 | AU news
    Sydney (AFP) - Islamic leaders in Australia say they are backing a Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig but not because they think the popular cartoon series corrupts children, as reports have suggested. Sydney production company One4Kids is campaigning to fund a show loosely based on the British children's series, telling the story of the Abdullah family and their life in a small town with a predominantly Muslim population and an imam as the key role model. The head of the Australian National Imams Council, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, backed the "Barakah Hills" project in a Facebook video message, saying it...
  • Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau (Insults president-elect in a foreign capitol)

    12/08/2016 10:32:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | December 8, 2016 | The Associated Press
    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night. Biden said he’s never seen Europeans engaged in as much self-doubt as they are now and said there are more challenges to the liberal international order in any time since the end of World War II. “The world is going to spend a lot of time looking to you Mr. Prime Minister,” Biden told a...
  • EU set for ANOTHER hammerblow: Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party soars ahead in polls

    12/08/2016 8:04:11 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 25 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 12/8/16 | Katie Mansfield
    DUTCH right-wing Freedom Party has soared ahead to lead the polls ahead of the parliamentary elections. The party, led by the controversial Geert Wilders, would beat prime minister Mark Rutte’s ruling conservative liberals if elections were held today. The Freedom Party (PVV) can count on 29 seats out of the 150-seat chamber, according to the latest IPSOS poll, making it the largest party in the Netherlands. In the space of one month the popularity of the PVV has surged with an increase of six seats.
  • Opposition parties condemn German defense plan with Saudi Arabia

    12/08/2016 7:00:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 8 December 2016 17:24 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    The German Defense Minister was in Saudi Arabia on Thursday aiming to conclude a training deal for Saudi military officers, eliciting sharp criticism from German left-leaning parties. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen held talks with her Saudi counterpart, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on boosting the “excellent bilateral relations” between the two countries, the German embassy said. “In addition to that, the visit aims to finalize the talks on enhanced cooperation in the training sector. Beginning from next year, the German Defense College will host several young officers and staff from the Saudi military,” the embassy said in...