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  • The Obama-Khamenei alliance

    10/20/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot. While the foreign ministers were busily counting how many centrifuges could spin in Iranian facilities, President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran.Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two...
  • Confirmed: Israel to Supply Gas to Egypt in $4 Billion Deal

    10/20/2014 1:50:39 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    An Israeli firm will supply Egypt with natural gas, a company spokesman said Monday, more than two years after sabotage halted the flow of Egyptian gas to Israel. For more than a decade Israel relied on Egypt for roughly 40 percent of its gas needs in line with an export accord signed in 2005 by the two countries which are bound by a peace treaty. But in April 2012 Egypt annulled the contract, saying Israel had not met the financial obligations of the agreement, in a decision that came amid a spate of bomb attacks that targeted the pipeline used...
  • Khamenei: 'West Bank' Should Hound Israel Like Gaza

    10/20/2014 1:46:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Mark Langfan
    Fars, the semi-official press agency of Iran, has reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told the visiting Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, in Tehran on Thursday, "The enemy [Israel] should feel the same worries in the West Bank as it does in Gaza." The comments came at the same meeting in which Shalah praised Iran's own role in the conflict. “The Islamic Republic and the Iranian people are proud of your [Islamic Jihad’s] ‘victory’ and resistance [in Gaza], and hope that the back-to-back ‘triumphs’ of resistance groups will continue until final victory,” Iran's Supreme...
  • Netanyahu Furious over Jerusalem Anarchy, Demands Crackdown

    10/20/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Gil Ronen
    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has spelled out his plan for restoring order to neighborhoods in Jerusalem where Arab attacks on Jews have become daily occurrences, and said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also forcefully demanded action by the security forces in a recent high-level discussion. Barkat enumerated the neighborhoods currently under attack – from Armon Hanatziv, Har Homa, and Gilo in southern Jerusalem, through the Mount of Olives area, Issawiya and Silwan, northward to Shuafat and Beit Hanina, where the Light Rail has repeatedly come under brutal attack. He commended Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who he said took very seriously...
  • Isis: a CIA-Mossad-MI5 creation?

    10/20/2014 1:42:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Philippine Inquirer ^ | 10/20/2014 | Bernie V. Lopez
    The term “conspiracy theory” refers to a covert geopolitical grand plan that cannot be proven (hence a theory) but can be discerned (meaning there is “evidence”). It is like smelling a rat that cannot be found. When the “evidence” becomes overwhelming, the theory begins to move into a gray area toward reality. It is therefore up to readers to make their own conclusions. The “theory” that the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (Isis) was created by the US-Israeli-UK triumvirate is all over the Internet. The supposed grand plan hits two birds with one stone: to pit Arab against Arab...
  • Is Israel Moving Closer to Full Sovereignty in Judea-Samaria?

    10/20/2014 1:37:00 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Members of Knesset, Orit Struk and Yariv Levin, heads of the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset, have prepared ten laws for applying sovereignty over ten different areas in Judea and Samaria. We discussed with MK Struk the laws that have been proposed and that are awaiting for the right moment to be moved along in the path of parliamentary legislation. “The laws of sovereignty are actually intended for the application of Israeli sovereignty gradually over the areas of settlement in Judea and Samaria, which is called Area C, in keeping with the idea that the entire process of...
  • Plea to honour father who foiled Sydney Harbour mini sub (Japanese attack on Australia - WWII)

    10/20/2014 1:29:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | 21st October 2014
    THE Australian sailor who was the first to identify and then attack a Japanese midget submarine in Sydney Harbour in 1942 has been written out of history because of spite, according to his son Brian Anderson. Mr Anderson says the heroic actions of his father, Warrant ­Officer Herbert Anderson, were glossed over in official reports ­because he had clashed that evening with his “drunken” commander, Rear Admiral Gerard Muirhead-Gould. Now Mr Anderson has ­appealed to Tony Abbott to correct the record after an eight-year legal battle with Defence to seek recognition for his father’s ­actions, which he claims saved many...
  • Fort Campbell Troops On Ebola Mission to West Africa Won’t Get Full Protective Gear

    10/20/2014 1:27:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Nashville Public Radio ^ | 10/20/2014 | Blake Farmer
    Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday. “They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military...
  • Putin: Autocrat of All the "Russias"

    10/20/2014 11:44:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is moving with a steady pace to establish his total control over Russia. He’s now pushing a law to help him deal with the last pesky parts of the post-Soviet period of Russian history—that annoying free press. In this Washington Post story, we see that President Putin is doing in Russia what Sen. Harry Reid and fifty-three of his Senate colleagues attempted to do recently with a constitutional amendment to limit free speech. Putin knows he is fairly free to act on the world scene and at home. President Obama is distracted. His administration is perplexed. Having...
  • Marco Rubio Plans To Introduce A Bill To Ban Visas From Countries Affected By The Ebola Epidemic

    10/20/2014 1:19:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/20/2014 | Hunter Walker
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) plans to introduce legislation that would ban new visas for people from the three countries affected by the Ebola epidemic; Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In a statement from his office on Monday, Rubio described a visa ban as a "common sense" restriction. "While Ebola’s deadly reach has proven to be a complex and unique international challenge, the many uncertainties surrounding this virus continue to threaten U.S. national security," Rubio said. "Our biggest priority is ensuring that sufficient safeguards are in place to limit the spread of Ebola, contain it at the source, and protect Americans."...
  • Blackwater jurors granted request to watch video (8th week of jury deliberations)

    10/20/2014 1:07:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Jurors deliberating the fate of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens were granted a request to watch a videotape showing the aftermath of the violence.</p> <p>Monday was the 25th day of deliberations by the jury of eight women and four men. They asked to see the tape, which had been shown during the trial.</p>
  • Man escapes alimony after wife admits she's a genie

    10/20/2014 1:00:00 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 32 replies
    KHOU ^ | 10-18-2014
    This story about a divorce in the United Arab Emirates begins in not-so-unusual fashion: A wife refuses to sleep with her husband, and he is not pleased. Then it gets weird: She tells him to talk to her parents, who explain that their daughter can't have sex with him because she is, in fact, a supernatural creature called a jinn that the BBCequates to a genie. This results in divorce. But if the excuse was a tall tale, the joke's on the ex-wife, because a court in Dubai ruled that she is not entitled to alimony, reports Gulf News. Reason?...
  • Officials: ISIS attacks Kurd forces in Iraq [15 simultaneous attacks in Northern Iraq]

    10/20/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    KCCI News ^ | 10/20/2014 | Brian Walker CNN
    ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory. The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location. First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces spokesman Said Mamazeen. At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the...
  • Ted Cruz: Republican priorities for 2015 (GO TED!!!)

    10/20/2014 12:30:12 PM PDT · by Hostage · 26 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    By all signs, Americans are preparing to send Washington a clear message in the 2014 elections. The question is, will Washington listen? Republicans, poised to take control of Congress, should set our sights on three big goals to make Americans feel confident in their futures once again: Jump-start the economy, safeguard constitutional liberties and strengthen our national security. Here are critical priorities for the 2015 Congress: 1. Embrace a big pro-jobs, growth agenda. More energy means more jobs. Build the Keystone XL pipeline. But, at the same time, we need an energy policy that’s bigger than Keystone. An effective energy...
  • Rethinking the 21-Day Quarantine for Ebola Contacts

    10/20/2014 12:14:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 18, 2014 | Manoj Jain, MD MPH
    A few weeks ago an emergency room doctor called our infectious disease physician group concerning a patient who had returned from Liberia and was having nausea and vomiting. Several of the patient's family members had died of Ebola. As panic struck us, our decisive question was: When did he return from Liberia? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for screening and isolating patients for possible Ebola infection are clear: Any person who is presenting with symptoms (which include fever, headache, vomiting and stomach pain) along with a history of travel to West African countries including Liberia, Guinea and...
  • Turkey Says It Will Aid Kurdish Forces in Fight for Kobani

    10/20/2014 12:01:36 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 20 Oct 14 | KAREEM FAHIM and KARAM SHOUMALI
    MURSITPINAR, Turkey — Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as pesh merga, to cross its border with Syria to help fight militants from the group called the Islamic State who have besieged the Syrian town of Kobani for more than a month, the Turkish foreign minister announced Monday. The decision represents an important shift by the Turkish government, which has angered Kurdish leaders and frustrated Washington for weeks by refusing to allow fighters or weapons to cross its border in support of the Kurdish fighters defending the town. Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, the Turkish foreign minister,...
  • Ebola crisis: Nigeria declared free of virus

    10/20/2014 9:34:36 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | October 20, 2014 | BBC
    Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story". Nigeria won praise for its swift response after a Liberian diplomat brought the disease there in July. The outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. An estimated 70% of those infected have died in those countries. The WHO officially declared Senegal Ebola-free on Friday. Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers are meeting in...
  • Putin's Coup

    10/20/2014 8:23:56 AM PDT · by Agog · 1 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/19/2014 | Ben Judah
    he war in Ukraine is no longer only about Ukraine. The conflict has transformed Russia. This increasingly is what European leaders and diplomats believe: that Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow. Among those who believe that this is happening, and that Europe will be facing down a more menacing Russia for a long time to come, is Radek Sikorski, who was Poland’s foreign minister from 2007 until September. “I think psychologically the regime has been transformed by the annexation of...
  • Harvard University Imposes Travel Restrictions on Ebola Countries

    10/20/2014 8:22:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/20/2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Harvard University has imposed an effective travel ban on Ebola-striken countries, requiring students, faculty, and staff to obtain official permission from the university administration before traveling to affected parts of West Africa, and possibly staying off campus for 21 days after returning to the U.S. from those countries. The severe restrictions at Harvard, reported early Monday by the Harvard Crimson, "expand on those detailed in August that asked for Harvard students, faculty, and staff to avoid nonessential travel to the three countries." The new restrictions also exceed any guidelines imposed by the U.S. government. The new policy comes in the...
  • Turkey helps Kurds cross into Syria to defend border town

    10/20/2014 7:57:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Breaking News ^ | 20/10/2014
    Turkey’s top diplomat has announced that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support” to fellow Kurds defending the border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. The remarks by Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a press conference in Ankara, followed the announcement by the US military that it had for the first time airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq to the Kurdish forces in Kobani. Sunday’s airdrops followed weeks of US and coalition air strikes in and near Kobani, along the Syrian-Turkish border. There was no immediate...
  • Technology change to boost Japanese bid to replace Collins subs (Li-ion Batteries)

    10/20/2014 7:51:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2014 | Rick Wallace & Cameron Stewart
    JAPAN is preparing to change the sub-surface propulsion system for its Soryu submarines, dumping German and Swedish technology in a move that could clear a potential barrier to Australia purchasing the Japanese boats. Tokyo’s plans to switch from the Kockums propulsion system to specially developed lithium ion batteries eliminates the potential embarrassment for Australia in ­rejecting German and Swedish bids in favour of using a sub that is powered by their intellectual property. The Kockums air-independent propulsion (AIP) system was designed in Sweden but licensed to Kawasaki Heavy Industries to incorporate into the Soryu class to power the subs on...
  • Report: Hamas leader's daughter received medical treatment in Israel

    10/20/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/20/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Hamas, which wants to drive the Jews into the sea, has a leadership that takes very good care of itself. Nothing but the best will do, up to and including refuge in 5 star hotels in the UAE after starting a war with Israel. So when the daughter of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh required emergency care after she suffered “complications from a routine procedure” in a Gaza hospital, naturally she was rushed to Israel for treatment. According to the Reuters dispatch linked above, nobody is speaking on the record, citing medical confidentiality, but such “humanitarian cooperation” is far from unknown....
  • Flawed Ebola protocols left U.S. nurses vulnerable, health official says

    10/20/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals. Two nurses caring for an Ebola patient flown into...
  • Military to deploy Ebola response team within U.S. [Martial Law Precursor?]

    10/20/2014 5:38:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    KFOX-TV ^ | 10/19/14 | Meghan Lopez
    In response to fears of Ebola spreading within the U.S., the Pentagon is forming a “quick strike team” consisting of 30 people. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Sunday that the medical support team will feature 20 critical care nurses, five doctors and five trainers who specialize in infectious disease protocols. The team is composed of civilian health care providers though no names have been released at this point. The team was created in response.....
  • China’s Aircraft Carrier Trouble—Spewing Steam and Losing Power

    10/20/2014 4:28:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    ‘Liaoning’ shut down during recent sea trials There’s no more of a conspicuous and potent symbol of China’s growing naval power than the aircraft carrier Liaoning. But the 53,000-ton, 999-foot-long carrier could be dangerous to her crew and prone to engine failures. If so, that makes the vessel as much of a liability as an asset to Beijing. The ex-Soviet carrier once went by the name Varyag until a cash-strapped Ukraine sold the ship to Beijing in 1998. The Chinese navy has since invested considerable resources into modernizing the warship and testing her at sea. But on at least one...
  • Russia offers India 3 additional Talwar class frigates

    10/20/2014 3:55:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 20, 2014
    India is also looking to upgrade the first set of three Project 11356 frigates that were purchased in the early 2000s. Russia offered India three additional Project 11356 or Talwar class frigates, after New Delhi made a formal request, Vladimir Spiridopulo, the general director working on this project at the Northern Design Bureau, said. Negotiations have been taking place since this spring, TASS said. India to spend $3 billion for 3 more Talwar-class frigates Russia supplied India with two sets of three Project 11356 frigates, with the last one being the INS Trikand. “Negotiations on the third set of three...
  • A Rebuttal to Islam: Top 5 Arguments

    10/20/2014 3:37:21 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Steven Crowder
    This is a little longer than the videos to which you’re accustomed. That’s because it’s taken from my live radio show (which is available for free as a podcast). Why do this?
  • Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

    10/20/2014 1:46:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 1:55 AM EDT | Erika Kinetz
    The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This fire had been burning for some time. The fire station is two minutes from the Teresa Moda garment factory, on the edge of the main industrial zone of Prato, a town outside Florence. The zone was developed for Italian textile manufacturers in the 1980s but now is predominantly Chinese. […] Prato is the epicenter of a thriving, illicit Chinese economy...
  • Barroso warns Britain it would be irrelevant outside EU

    10/20/2014 12:10:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Jim Pickard
    ... On Sunday, Mr Barroso told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show that the influence of the British prime minister would be “zero” if Britain left the bloc.
  • US Airdrops Weapons to Kurds Despite Turkish Opposition

    10/19/2014 11:22:58 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-20-14 | Ari Yashar
    American C-130 military transport aircraft made "multiple" airdrops of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters fending off Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the strategic Syrian town of Kobane, despite Turkey labeling the Kurds "terrorists." According to US Central Command on Monday, the drops consisted of equipment from Kurdish authorities in Iraq, and were "intended to enable continued resistance against Isil's (ISIS - ed.) attempts to overtake Kobane," reports BBC. The US-led coalition against ISIS has already conducted over 135 airstrikes against ISIS over the past several weeks to defend Kobane, located strategically along the Syrian and Turkish border....
  • Taiwan test-fires `ship killers' from submarine

    10/19/2014 10:34:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States. The Harpoon missiles were launched from Hai Hu (Sea Tiger), a Dutch-built conventional submarine, during a drill last week, the Liberty Times and the United Daily News said, citing unnamed naval sources. The navy started taking delivery of the missiles last year to arm two submarines. The missiles, which have a range of 278 kilometers, would boost the attack capabilities of the two submarines previously only armed with torpedoes with a limited range, naval sources were...
  • The day China entered the nuclear age (50 years after 1st Nuke Test)

    10/19/2014 10:26:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Friday, 17 October, 2014 | Minnie Chan
    Fifty years ago, the world woke up to news the nation - then at odds with Moscow and Washington - had detonated its own atomic bomb China's first atomic test on October 16, 1964, in Xinjiang. Mao wanted to prove the nation was a global power. Photo: SCMP Pictures Fifty years ago yesterday, China detonated its first atomic bomb, joining the United States, Soviet Union, Britain and France as the only nuclear powers at the time. The explosion in Lop Nur in eastern Xinjiang paved the way for the nation's further development of nuclear weapons and its emergence as a...
  • Swedish military releases photo of mysterious ‘foreign vessel’ (Russian sub?)

    10/19/2014 9:44:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    AFP-JIJI ^ | OCT 20, 2014
    STOCKHOLM – The Swedish military has presented photographic evidence of a mysterious “foreign vessel” off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports it was on the “hunt” for a damaged submarine. Ever since the armed forces received a tip-off about a “man-made object” off the coast of Stockholm on Friday, 200 men, several stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters have been searching the sea around islands about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of the Swedish capital. “This is not ours, it’s a foreign vessel,” Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters, pointing to a grainy photo taken on Sunday morning by a...
  • Hamas leaders daughter treated at Israeli hospital.

    10/19/2014 9:28:18 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/19 | J
    Representatives of Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv confirmed on Sunday evening that treated Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's daughter. The hospital said that Haniyeh's daughter had been admitted for a number of days, noting that she was one of over a thousand Gazans that the hospital treats every year.
  • U.S. HUMANITARIAN AID GOING TO ISIS

    10/19/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Oct. 19,2014 | Jamie Dettmer
    The Bible says if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him something to drink—doing so will “heap burning coals” of shame on his head. But there is no evidence that the militants of the Islamic State, widely known as ISIS or ISIL, feel any sense of disgrace or indignity (and certainly not gratitude) receiving charity from their foes. Quite the reverse, the aid convoys have to pay off ISIS emirs (leaders) for the convoys to enter the eastern Syrian extremist strongholds of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, providing yet another income stream for ISIS militants,...
  • US airdrops arms, ammunition to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani

    10/19/2014 8:56:42 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    Fox ^ | October 20, 2014
    The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command said that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area. CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to...
  • Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress [Obama to Boehner: "Get Lost!"]

    10/19/2014 8:08:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | October 19, 2014 | DAVID E. SANGER
    Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress By DAVID E. SANGER OCT. 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it. Even while negotiators argue over the number of...
  • Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics — And One Example From A College Professor Tells You Why

    10/19/2014 6:52:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/19/2014 | Yahoo
    The bidding process for the 2022 Olympics was a disaster for the International Olympic Committee. Democratic nations are no longer buying the argument that hosting the games is a wise investment. Every potential 2022 host city with a democratic government eventually pulled out of the bidding, many over economic concerns, leaving Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the IOC's only two options. Academics have been saying for years that hosting the Olympics doesn't make economic sense. The costs are typically larger than expected, the infrastructure needed for a big sporting event isn't the same as the infrastructure needed for daily life,...
  • No illness detected in Ebola patient's fiancee, family

    10/19/2014 6:49:36 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 92 replies
    WFAA ^ | 10/20/2014 | WFAA
    <p>Louise Troh, whose fiance Thomas Eric Duncan,became the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola, says she and her family are showing no signs of the deadly disease after a 21-day quarantine.</p> <p>Duncan died on October 8.</p>
  • These 6 Countries Will Be Screwed If Oil Prices Keep Falling

    10/19/2014 6:48:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/19/2014 | Tomas Hirst
    The collapse in oil prices is already a major cause of concern for countries heavily reliant on exports of the commodity. For some, it could be a matter of avoiding a severe recession. Here's why: For governments in oil-exporting countries to meet their spending commitments they need oil to remain above a certain price. With oil prices under $87 a barrel, countries that rely on high oil prices, including Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, may have a reason to be concerned. This chart shows the price per barrel that the six most exposed countries need to meet their national budgets....
  • Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress

    10/19/2014 6:29:42 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it.
  • Immigrant families torn by detentions

    10/19/2014 6:08:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 32 replies
    The Record ^ | October 19, 2014 | MONSY ALVARADO
    After six 10-hour workdays a week at a nail salon, Gloria Chocoj picks up her children from the baby sitter, walks them home and begins her evening routine: cooking dinner, helping with homework, giving baths before bedtime and packing school lunches. It is a full schedule she has tackled alone since December — after her husband, Jose Estrada Lopez, who entered the country illegally from Guatemala 14 years ago, was picked up by immigration officials. His arrest and detention in Elizabeth forced Chocoj to get a full-time job and become the sole provider and caregiver of their three young children....
  • Miss Hitler 2014

    10/19/2014 4:42:30 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 10/18/2014 | Jenny Awford
    A Nazi-themed beauty pageant for Russian women who hate Jews which has been dubbed 'Miss Hitler 2014' has sparked outrage on social media. Attractive female Nazis who enjoy taking steamy 'selfies' are being encouraged to apply to the competition on social media site, VKontakte. They have been asked to post a Nazi-themed selfie and write under their photo why they 'love and revere the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler' - a regime that killed more than six million people...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama’s Public Health Experts Can’t Be Trusted

    10/19/2014 4:24:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Rob Garver
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday dismissed President Obama’s newly appointed Ebola czar as a “political operative” without the medical background necessary for the job — and he urged Americans to ignore the judgment of government health officials because they “are repeating the administration’s talking points.” Cruz is one of a number of politicians calling for a more drastic response to the disease which, to date, has infected two Americans, both nurses who cared directly for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who contracted the disease in his home country and fell ill in Texas. Cruz’ and other Republicans have...
  • Inside Kobane: 'We are winning. The town will be a cemetery for ISIL'

    10/19/2014 4:04:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/19/2014 | By Ruth Sherlock, in Urfa, Yilmaz Pasha, in Suruc, and Magdy Samaan
    Hunkered in scrubland at the western edge Kobane, their clothes stained with sweat, and the blood splatters of wounded comrades, the rebel commander and his men believed they had made their last stand. But then the US Air Force struck: a bombardment that turned the tanks of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) into smoking wrecks and transformed the inexorable advance on this Syrian town into a rout. Firas Kharaba, 39, the leader of Liwa al-Kassas, or “Retribution brigade”, who was returning wounded fighters for treatment in Turkey, provided a first-hand, account of the epic battle for...
  • Longest poem of classical-era unearthed in western Turkey

    10/19/2014 3:45:33 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | October/19/2014
    The stela is an extraordinary finding that offers a treasure trove of data to historians and philologists. Excavations around the Hecatomnus Mausoleum in the western province of Mugla’s Milas district have unearthed a written stela that dates back over two millennia. The stela is an extraordinary finding that offers very important data to historians and philologists, according to academics. The stela, which is estimated to have been written for the ruler of its era, is in the poetry format and the longest among other similar classical-era findings. According to information provided by the Milas Uzunyuva Project Epigraph Professor Christian Marek,...
  • Israeli Bedouin physician killed fighting for IS in Syria

    10/19/2014 3:21:32 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    maktoob news ^ | 5 hours ago
    An Arab Israeli doctor has been killed fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria, Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service said on Sunday. The agency said Othman Abu al-Qiyan, who studied medicine in Jordan and worked as an intern at an Israeli hospital, had died in the fighting in August. His brother Idris had been arrested by Israeli security forces in April and charged the following month with aiding Othman and another relative, Shafiq Abu al-Qiyan to travel to Syria via Turkey to join IS. All three were from the Bedouin village of Hura in Israel's southern Negev desert,...
  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to “strengthen cooperation” against the jihadists. “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • Seeking the annihilation of Israel: Initiators and accomplices

    10/19/2014 1:07:16 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/18/2014 | Shlomo Slonim
    The announcement by Sweden’s new prime minister that his government plans to extend recognition to a “Palestinian” state raises major questions in both international and United Nations law. Israelis are frequently asked: “Why is Israel opposed to recognizing a Palestinian state? Detach yourselves from the Palestinians like the French detached themselves from Algeria and the two states will live in peace with each other as was originally envisaged under the 1947 Partition Resolution...”
  • Sermon by a Notable Atlanta Rabbi on Rosh Hashanah on our Failure to Seriously Confront Islam!

    10/19/2014 12:27:25 PM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 16 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 10/3/2014 | Rabbi Shalom Lewis
    Last Thursday Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia gave what can only be understood as a call to genocide in his Rosh Hashanah sermon to welcome in the Jewish new year. The sermon, republished in full below, calls for a war on Islam and Muslims worldwide. Lewis says a “holy crusade” against Islam is needed to”exterminate it utterly and absolutely.” Rabbi Lewis’s bio on the Etz Chaim website says his “religious services are a stimulating, uplifting blend of the past and the present. Whether on the bima or in his office, he...