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  • Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb

    05/24/2016 6:07:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    ABC(Australia) ^ | May 24, 2016 | Stephen Letts
    Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb by business reporter Stephen Letts Chinese banks are looking down the barrel of a staggering RMB 8 trillion - or $1.7 trillion - worth of losses according to the French investment bank Societe Generale. Put another way, 60 per cent of capital in China's banks is at risk as authorities start the delicate and dangerous process of reining in the debt-bloated and unprofitable state-owned enterprise (SOE) sector. Disturbingly though, debt is not only not shrinking, it is accelerating, making the eventual reckoning far worse. China's overall non-financial debt grew by 15.2...
  • North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader

    05/24/2016 6:02:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2016 | Stephanie Nebehay
    North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader GENEVA | By Stephanie Nebehay U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "kind of propaganda or advertisement" in his election race, a senior North Korean official said on Monday. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters in New York last week, said he is willing to talk to the North Korean leader to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. "It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether...
  • Ryan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal

    05/24/2016 5:42:52 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 26 replies
    The bipartisan deal to tackle Puerto Rico’s debt crisis represents Paul Ryan’s first big victory as Speaker. While the Wisconsin Republican has notched other wins on highway, education and government funding during his short, nearly seven-month tenure, former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a hand in all of those negotiations.
  • REPORT: Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany While Media And Govt Focus

    05/24/2016 4:52:38 AM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    Truncated title. Full title: REPORT: Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany While Media And Govt Focus on ‘Far Right’ Thought Crimes A massive, migrant crime wave is surging across Germany according to figures buried in a new report released by the country’s Interior Ministry. The data reveals that without migrants considered, crime rates in Germany would have remained roughly static since 2014. But, in fact, the country recorded an extra 402,741 crimes committed by migrants. While much of this criminality concerned illegal border crossings, German authorities instead talked up a “record surge” in crimes by “right wing radicals”.
  • Fareed Zakaria -vs- Donald Trump Regarding Islam

    05/24/2016 4:45:13 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    CNN broadcast a one hour special yesterday called “Why they hate us” discussing why adherents to the most authentic interpretations of Islam hate the United States. Overall, the broadcasted presentation by Fareed Zakaria was good; actually, very good. Perhaps one of the best one hour presentations in quite a while. The content was engaging, the historical references were well presented and well outlined…. until a fatal flaw. The common, disconcerting and uncomfortable fatal flaw.
  • Trump: Hillary Can’t Say She Cares About Women While Importing Radical Refugees to America

    05/24/2016 4:29:21 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton’s “radical” immigration position on Sunday. Rasmussen polling shows that only 4% of American women support Clinton’s Middle East migration proposal.
  • Fear of Islam drives proposal to change Samoa's constitution

    05/24/2016 4:13:07 AM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 8 replies
    Radio New Zealand ^ | May 17, 2016 | RNZ Staff
    Samoa's council of churches has welcomed the prime minister's call to review the religious freedom provisions of the constitution. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi recently said the country's supreme law may be changed to recognise Christian principles and teachings, not just in the preamble. However the Secretary General of the Samoa Council of Churches, Reverend Ma'auga Motu, said he would go a step further and ban the religion of Islam. He said even though most Samoans are Christian, Islam poses a future threat to the country. "We are not going too far, no," Reverend Motu said. "We are still wanting our own...
  • What Is Military Appreciation?

    05/24/2016 4:11:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Allen West
    “Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our servicemembers - past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.”That is the official explanation of the purpose of May as National Military Appreciation Month. My question is, how many of you actually knew about this? And what exactly does Military Appreciation mean in America? Does it mean...
  • Syrian rebel whose group is linked to al Qaida visited U.S.

    05/24/2016 1:28:11 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    mclatchy dc ^ | May 21, 2016 | Hannah Allam
    A senior figure from a Syrian rebel group with links to al Qaida was allowed into the United States for a brief visit, raising questions about how much the Obama administration will compromise in the search for partners in the conflict. Labib al Nahhas, foreign affairs director for the Islamist fighting group Ahrar al Sham, spent a few days in Washington in December, according to four people with direct knowledge of the trip and who spoke on condition of anonymity. His previously undisclosed visit is a delicate matter for both sides – the conservative Salafist insurgents risk their credibility with...
  • EU referendum poll: pensioners, Tory voters and men are deserting the Brexit campaign

    05/24/2016 12:59:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 24 May 2016 | Peter Dominiczak
    The majority of older voters, Conservative supporters and men are now backing the campaign to stay in the EU following a collapse in support for Brexit, a new exclusive poll for the Telegraph shows. The poll finds that the Remain campaign now has a 13-point lead with just one month until the referendum. The latest ORB poll puts Remain on 55 per cent and Leave trailing on 42 per cent, among people who definitely intend to vote. Amongst all voters, the Remain campaign now has a 20-point lead, with 58 per cent of voters saying they back the pro-EU campaign.
  • Brexit campaign leadership dominated by climate skeptics

    05/23/2016 10:17:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    EurActiv ^ | May 24, 2016 | James Crisp
    Leading figures in the Vote Leave referendum campaign to take Britain out of the EU have links to a controversial climate-skeptic think tank and question the science behind global warming. The group’s three leaders, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and figurehead Lord Nigel Lawson, have cast doubt over man-made climate change, which is backed by most of the world’s credible experts.Lawson founded the Global Warming Policy Foundation in 2009 and is a noted climate skeptic. Both the foundation, which broke UK Charity Commission rules for anti-climate bias, and Vote Leave share rich donors. Gove — who tried to stop climate change...
  • Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

    05/23/2016 10:09:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | May 23, 2016
    Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state. Several groups linked to the Orthodox Church and united under the umbrella Coalition for Family are seeking a constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage as the “union between a man and a woman”. It is the second such move in Europe this month after a group of mostly right-wing Italian politicians said they will push for a referendum to overturn the introduction of gay civil unions in their country. […] Homosexuality in Romania was illegal until 2000, when...
  • Refugees Will Build Drones As Part Of Federally Funded Jobs Program

    05/23/2016 9:06:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 66 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/23/2016 | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    The Department of Labor has awarded Utica, New York, $2 million to teach young refugees how to build drones as part of a summer jobs program. About 400 teenage refugee students living in the city will get part-time summer jobs through the program, as well as tutoring in English and Math. Those who demonstrate academic competence will then take part in a year-long drone building challenge during the school year, as the work and tutoring continues. The 14- and 15-year-old refugee students will learn how to design a drone and then construct their own model using the lab of the...
  • Thousands Gather in Rome for Anti-Migrant Rally, ‘Stop the invasion!’

    05/23/2016 8:48:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 22 May 2016 | Thomas D Williams, Ph.D.
    Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Rome Saturday to march in protest against the European Union’s lax immigration policies and what they described as the “invasion” of Italy by migrants. The demonstration began at a refugee welcome center in Piazza Vittorio, Rome, and as they marched, the protesters chanted, “Stop the invasion! This is my home!” Referring to the migrant crisis, Di Stefano said that Italy “is no paradise and the people coming in are living at the margins of society with nothing to do. We would like to help these people, but in their home countries, by creating the conditions...
  • Feds to build separate detention unit for transgender illegal immigrants

    05/23/2016 7:27:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | Andrea Noble
    Federal immigration authorities plan to build a separate unit for transgender detainees in a new facility under construction in Alvarado, Texas .... One other facility in Santa Ana, California also has a separate unit for transgender women and gay men. The Human Rights Watch report notes that transgender women have previously faced violence and been subject to attacks when they were housed alongside men.
  • John McCain chides Trump over Nato: 'We ought to show appreciation'

    05/23/2016 6:15:20 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 May 2016 | David Smith
    Speaking in Washington, the former Republican presidential nominee pushed back at Trump’s criticism of Nato by praising the alliance’s response to 9/11 Senator John McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee, has taken a swipe at Donald Trump’s hostility to Nato by praising the alliance’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I agree with him to this extent, that our Nato allies should pay more and I’ve been urging all of that, all of us have, for years and years. But let’s not forget that after 9/11, the United States of America was attacked, Europeans weren’t attacked, and yet we invoked...
  • Japan ATM scam using fraudulent cards nets $12.7m

    05/23/2016 5:43:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-23-16 | BBC
    Cash worth 1.4bn yen ($13m; £8.8m) has been taken from cash machines in Japan using credit cards created with data stolen from a South African bank. The money was withdrawn in less than three hours from 1,400 convenience store cash machines across Japan, the Kyodo news agency reports. The withdrawals targeted 7-Eleven cash machines, which unlike most in Japan accept foreign cards. South Africa's Standard Bank estimated its total losses at $19.25m.
  • Head of TSA security fired over 'mismanagement'

    05/23/2016 4:55:13 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    KOMO.com (Seattle) ^ | May 23, 2016 | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    The head of the Transportation Security Administration's security division was fired Monday for "mismanagement," according to the House Oversight Committee.
  • Imagine No Possessions, Imagine Venezuela

    05/23/2016 4:36:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 20, 2016 | Robert Tracinski
    About the same time I was listening to those girls sing “Imagine,” this item came across my news feed: By morning, three newborns were already dead. The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward. Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died. “The death of a baby is our daily bread,” said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation’s capital, Caracas, referring...
  • Production of Coke halted in Venezuela for lack of sugar

    05/23/2016 3:32:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    May 23 (Reuters) - The Venezuelan bottler of Coca-Cola has halted production of sugar-sweetened beverage due to a lack of sugar, a Coca-Cola Co spokeswoman said on Monday. Venezuela is in the midst of a deep recession, and spontaneous demonstrations and looting have become more common amid worsening food shortages, frequent power cuts and the world's highest inflation.
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • Woman Trying to Prove 'Vegans Can Do Anything' Dies on Mount Everest

    05/23/2016 2:07:30 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 85 replies
    Time ^ | May 23, 2016 | Melissa Chan
    An Australian woman who set out to climb Mount Everest to prove that “vegans can do anything” died Saturday after developing altitude sickness. Maria Strydom, 34, had reached the final camp from the summit before she and her husband, Robert Gropel, both began suffering from high-altitude pulmonary edema, which caused fluid to build up in Strydom’s brain, the Washington Post reports.
  • U.S. Embassy in Venezuela halts new visas for lack of personnel, high demand

    05/23/2016 1:43:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | May 23, 2016 | By Franz von Bergen
    The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela has temporarily stopped scheduling appointments for first-time visa seekers because of the consular staff is insufficient to serve the overwhelming demand, the consular office announced. The measure applies to all new tourist and business visas, for which an average of 1,800 applications were being filed daily. "We had to make this decision because in the last eight months [Venezuela's] Foreign Ministry hasn't responded to various requests to increase personnel," said Lola Petrova, the embassy spokeswoman. She said that with the current number of employees they can handle 800 daily appointments at the most. In an...
  • Editorial: The Left on the Run in Latin America

    05/23/2016 12:38:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | Editorial Board
    In 2004, Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro launched the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas, a regional alliance of leftist leaders designed to subvert a hemispheric free trade agreement that the United States had been pushing for a decade. Today Latin America's leftist ramparts appear to be crumbling because of widespread corruption, a slowdown in China's economy and poor economic choices. For the most part, leaders failed to create diversified economies capable of withstanding slumps. The welfare and pension programs that kept voters loyal proved unsustainable. Leaders in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia flouted democratic traditions by expanding or...
  • LET'S SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT!!!

    05/23/2016 12:37:59 PM PDT · by dvan · 50 replies
    NA | NA
    IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR. IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY. IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET SHOT. IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED. IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN. IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED. IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT. IF YOU CROSS THE...
  • Proposed Legislation: The Hillary's Enemies List, Subject Confidentiality Rights Act of 2017

    05/23/2016 12:00:37 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell
    Freep | 05/23/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Presumably Hillary's hack of voter rolls, mentioned as one of the original crimes in Monicagate House Prosecutor David Schippers' "Sellout", will be fed into her enemies list. So that anyone who voted against her will be kept track of.The first item of legislation in the new, Clinton-Castro administration should be, that anyone on Her Eminence's enemies list will have freedom from being hacked by: China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan's ISI, former Saddaam Bathist officer shadow puppetmaster ISIS, Cuba, Venezuela, Bangladesh, MexiCartel, BLM (not bureau of land management).
  • VA secretary: Disney doesn't measure wait times, so why should VA?

    05/23/2016 11:24:16 AM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 23rd, 2016 | By Sarah Westwood
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn't use wait times as a measure of success because Disney doesn't either. "When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what's important? What's important is, what's your satisfaction with the experience?" McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. "And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind...
  • Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi

    05/23/2016 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | GARDINER HARRIS
    HANOI, Vietnam — The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War. “The decision to lift the ban was not based on China or any other considerations,” he said, with the Vietnamese president, Tran Dai Quang, standing stiffly by his side. “It was based on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving toward normalization with Vietnam.”
  • Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force

    05/23/2016 10:33:20 AM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel.
  • Minimum rage: Why Donald Trump is doing so well with the working class (Obama's fault free trade)

    05/23/2016 10:17:29 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 41 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | May 19, 2016 at 6:31 AM | Paul Mulshine
    There was a moment during President Obama's speech at Rutgers on Sunday when he mentioned students who had to work to put themselves through college. That included me, back when I went to Rutgers in the 1970s. But I lucked out. One summer, I got a job at the Ford factory a few miles up the road in Edison. When school resumed, they let me switch to part-time. It was great. I could make as much in two shifts at the plant as I could have made working all week at a minimum-wage job. Alas, Ford shut that plant down...
  • Battle begins for city where 100 American troops died

    05/23/2016 9:38:28 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Charlie D'Agata
    The Iraqi government said the long-awaited battle to recapture the city of Fallujah began in the early hours of Monday. Video published online overnight purportedly shows heavy bombardment of the city before the advance of ground troops. Prime Minister Haider al Abadi made a televised announcement that the operation had begun, vowing that Iraqi forces would "tear up the black flags" of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Fallujah. Backed up by U.S. and coalition airstrikes, a combination of Iraqi troops, police and Shiite militias made early progress, pushing ISIS militants back out of the farmland surrounding...
  • (Open borders poster boy) Mark Zuckerberg to Demolish 4 Neighboring Homes

    05/23/2016 8:36:57 AM PDT · by dennisw · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 23 May 2016 | Chriss W. Street
    As the sixth-richest man on the planet, with a net worth of $50.7 billion, Zuckerberg bought the four houses surrounding his Palo Alto neighborhood home at 1462 Edgewood Drive to stop real estate developer Mircea Voskerician from building an imposing house next door. It seems that Voskerician acquired an adjacent house to Zuckerberg in 2013 in the Crescent Park neighborhood, located just north of downtown Palo Alto and near the Bayshore Freeway. The developer had been moving forward with the city Planning Commission to build a house tall enough to look directly down at Zuckerberg’s master bedroom. It is unknown...
  • Austria far-right narrowly loses poll, Van der Bellen elected president

    05/23/2016 8:27:34 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | May 23, 2016 | Staff
    Mr Hofer led narrowly after Sunday's election but postal votes gave Mr Van der Bellen victory by 50.3% to 49.7%. Mr Van der Bellen campaigned on a pro-EU platform, backed by the Green Party. Mr Hofer, of the Freedom Party, tapped into anti-EU sentiment and fears about rising numbers of asylum seekers. He conceded victory on his Facebook page. Mr Hofer said it was a sad day and that he would have gladly served as president.
  • AfD meet with Muslim leaders breaks down in acrimony [Germany]

    05/23/2016 6:28:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 May 2016 14:32 GMT+02:00 | [DPA/The Local]
    A meeting between far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Muslim leaders ended bitterly on Monday after just an hour of talks. It was meant to be a chance for the heads of Germany’s rising far-right party to meet face-to-face with leaders of the Muslim community for clear-the-air talks. […] AfD leader Frauke Petry “wants to go further along the path of populism, defamation and above all prejudice,” Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims, said after the meeting in Berlin. For her part, Petry claimed Mazyek and his colleagues were calling for her to override the democratic...
  • Obama confident trade deal will pass Congress

    05/23/2016 6:04:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama said Monday he’s confident that Congress will overcome election-year gridlock and approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Obama acknowledged during a news conference in Vietnam that passing trade deals is tough, especially during a political campaign when the issue is hotly debated. “Having said that, I remain confident we're going to get it done,” he told reporters. “It's good for the country. It's good for America. It's good for the region. It's good for the world.” Obama is looking to reassure Asian nations that the deal is still on track for passage, despite growing political opposition to...
  • Pope and top imam embrace in historic meeting at Vatican

    05/23/2016 5:31:30 AM PDT · by detective · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 22, 2016
    Pope Francis met the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses. The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013. "Our meeting is the message," Francis said in a brief comment to a small pool of reporters present at the start of his meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb.
  • A discussion about Israel's economic impact on the United States with Elli Steit

    05/23/2016 5:06:07 AM PDT · by Randall_S
    USA Transnational Report ^ | May 23, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Interview with Elli Streit, who works in Israel and the United States in economic development. Interview begins at 41:30. Elli Streit was born and raised in Israel. He has a BA in Economics from the Hebrew University, and an MBA from Wharton Business School at Univ. of Pennsylvania. For over 30 years, Elli was involved in Israel economic development in 3 areas: export development, representing foreign investors engaged in Israeli technology and assisting start ups from Israel mainly in healthcare sector, such as medical devices, to find strategic partners overseas. Elli has served on several boards of public companies and...
  • Ex-White House Aide Ross: Obama Made Conscious Decision To Distance Himself (Shortened)

    05/23/2016 5:02:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 23,2016 | Deborah Danan
    TEL AVIV – President Barack Obama made a “conscious decision to try to distance [himself and his administration] from Israel,” which he views as “more of a problem than it is a partner,” Obama’s former aide, Dennis Ross, said on Sunday.
  • Egyptair Flight 804 Crash: Assume Terrorism Until Conclusively Proven Otherwise

    05/23/2016 4:33:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 23,2016 | Joseph Klein
    Investigators are holding back from drawing any definitive conclusions as to the cause of the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 last Thursday during a flight from Paris to Cairo, pending retrieval of flight recorders and further examination of the wreckage. However, terrorism is suspected as the most likely cause.
  • Obama lifts U.S. arms ban on Vietnam

    05/23/2016 3:26:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/23/16 | Tiffany Ap, etc
    ....Obama has announced that the United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam, which has been in place for decades. In a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Obama said that the removal of the ban on lethal weapons w
  • MH17 families sue Russia and Putin for compensation

    05/22/2016 11:05:06 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 22 May 2016 | Staff and agencies
    An Australian law firm has reportedly filed a compensation claim against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, in the European court of human rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on 17 July, 2014, killing all 298 people on board, including 28 Australians. The aircraft, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its final report late last year.
  • China has conducted a 'war'—not trade—with steel, experts say

    05/22/2016 10:59:49 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 34 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | Friday, 20 May 2016 | 3:41 AM ET | Holly Ellyatt, Karen Tso
    Despite China signaling moves to cut its excess steel production capacity, industry chiefs say the country has declared a metals "war" that has had a "devastating" impact for the rest of the world's industry.
  • 1979: Remembering 'The Siege Of Mecca' (It was one of the events that gave rise to al-Qaida)

    05/22/2016 10:49:15 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 24 replies
    npr.org ^ | August 20, 20096:00 AM ET | Morning Edition
    1979: Remembering 'The Siege Of Mecca' August 20, 20096:00 AM ET Heard on Morning Edition Yaroslav Trofimov, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, talks about the 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the holiest site in Islam, and gunmen held it for two weeks. It was one of the events that gave rise to al-Qaida, and Yaroslav wrote about it in his book The Siege of Mecca. RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Thirty years ago, hundreds of Islamic extremists walked into the Grand Mosque in Mecca. They slipped weapons into the holiest site in...
  • 'No Muslims allowed': how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar

    05/22/2016 9:16:14 PM PDT · by Cronos · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 May 2016 | Poppy McPherson
    At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” The post was erected in late March by Buddhist residents of the village in Myanmar’s lush Irrawaddy Delta region who signed, or were strong-armed into signing, a document asserting that they wanted to live separately. Since then a couple of other villages across the country have followed suit. Small but viciously insular, these “Buddhist-only” outposts serve as microcosms of the festering religious tensions that threaten Myanmar’s nascent...
  • Austria on knife-edge as presidential race too close to call

    05/22/2016 9:12:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | •May 22, 2016 | Nina Lamparski AFP
    <p>Vienna (AFP) - Austrian far-right hopes of winning a presidential runoff remained on hold Sunday as the candidates were neck-and-neck in a battle closely watched by the EU, which is struggling to contain a surge of anti-immigrant parties.</p> <p>A win would see Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) become the European Union's first far-right head of state.</p>
  • Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

    05/22/2016 9:03:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Reuters via AFP ^ | May 23rd, 2015 | Unattributed
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State group's stronghold of Falluja. The military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. "Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh has no choice but to flee," Abadi said on his official Twitter feed, using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist group. He said the offensive would be conducted by the army, police, counterterrorism forces, local tribal fighters and a coalition of mostly Shi'ite Muslim militias. A US-led...
  • Is The Taliban Fixing To Invade America, Or Why Is Washington Still Killing People In Afghanistan?

    05/22/2016 8:53:51 PM PDT · by thoughtomator · 39 replies
    David Stockman's Contra Corner ^ | May 22, 2016 | Michael S. Rozeff
    The Pentagon thinks it’s killed a Taliban official (Akhtar Mansour) by drone. But what difference does it make to us to kill this man (meaning a positive difference, a gain, a benefit)? Whether or not some outfit in Pakistan applauds this or hates it, what difference does it make to Americans? Why is the U.S. still trying to kill off Taliban or stop them? Why is the U.S. still in Afghanistan 15 years after it went there to get bin Laden? Why did the U.S. start a war with the Taliban anyway? The humongous cost of this killing is already...
  • British PM: Turkey Will Join Europe ‘in Year 3000’

    05/22/2016 8:39:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 22 May 2016
    The UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday said that Turkey would only be able to join the European Union “in about the year 3000,” hitting back at claims that Britain would lose the power to vote over Turkey’s membership if his country leaves the bloc. ‘Vote Leave,’ a cross-party campaign, is urging British citizens to vote to leave the EU all together in a June 23 referendum. The ‘Leave’ campaign predicts that 142,000 Turkish citizens could head to the UK every year if Ankara joins the EU. But for Cameron, who wishes for the UK to stay in the...
  • Egypt Sends Robot Submarine to Hunt for EgyptAir Jet

    05/22/2016 8:36:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 22 May 2016
    Egypt deployed a robot submarine on Sunday to hunt for the EgyptAir plane that crashed in deep Mediterranean waters, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said, warning investigations into the disaster would take time. In his first public remarks on Thursday's crash of the Airbus 320 jet, which killed all 66 people on board, Sisi also said all possible scenarios were still being considered and cautioned against rushing to conclusions. “Search equipment has moved today from the oil ministry, they have a submarine that can reach 3,000 meters under water,” he told assembled ministers and members of parliament at the opening of a...
  • Afghan Taliban Sources Confirm Death of Leader

    05/22/2016 8:32:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 22 May 2016
    Senior Afghan Taliban sources on Sunday confirmed the death of their chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike in Pakistan, adding a shura or council is underway to decide his successor. “I can say with good authority that Mullah Mansour is no more,” a senior Taliban source told AFP. Mansour’s death was confirmed by two other senior figures, who said the group’s top leaders were gathering in Quetta to name their future chief. Earlier, Reuters quoted a US official as saying that Mansour was “likely killed” along with another combatant.