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  • Russia’s “Breadbasket” Is Not Part of America’s Vital National Security Interest

    01/02/2018 9:38:00 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Bob Barr
    “Make America Great Again.” The phrase became ubiquitous during the 2016 presidential election as both a branding tagline and rallying cry for Donald Trump’s campaign. It quickly came to symbolize an “America-first” attitude in solving the country’s problems; rebuffing the rampant “anti-exceptionalism” demonstrated by the previous administration. Now, “MAGA” (as it is often abbreviated) appears to guide Trump’s every domestic and foreign policy decision; even when its applicability may not be clear. Just last month, the Administration approved plans to sell sophisticated Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukraine, bolstering that government’s ongoing conflict against pro-Russian separatists. The move is a...
  • America's Left in the Grip of Insanity

    01/02/2018 9:15:24 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Ben Shapiro
    President Trump is unpopular. He's unpopular because he's boorish, crude and silly; he's unpopular because he has a unique capacity to turn winning news cycles into referenda on his use of Twitter. But the United States under President Trump hasn't seen any serious anti-liberty revanchism. In fact, under Trump, regulations have dropped precipitously; the economy continues its pattern of growth; and press freedoms have actually been strengthened. Despite popular opinion, women aren't on the verge of enslavement into Vice President Mike Pence's "Handmaid's Tale," nor are black Americans in danger of resegregation or political disenfranchisement. Yet while Iranians protest against...
  • Trump threatens to cut aid to Palestinians over failed peace talks

    01/02/2018 8:07:22 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 21 replies
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the United States may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being “no longer willing to talk peace” with Israel. Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel ... with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” The President’s tweets follow plans disclosed by his U.N. ambassador...
  • 'No Option': Former Intelligence Chief Says US Needs To Accept North Korea's Nuclear Capability

    01/02/2018 6:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1-2-2017 | David Choi
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave sobering assessment of North Korea's efforts to advance its nuclear and missile capabilities during an interview with CNN on Tuesday. "That train left station a long time ago," Clapper said of North Korea's willingness to halt its weapons program. "The North Koreans are not going to denuclearize." Clapper's comments stood in contrast to a fiery warning from the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who said on Tuesday that the US would not take talks between South Korea and North Korea seriously after South Korea proposed holding high-level talks between...
  • More than 1,000 cars torched in France during New Year’s Eve

    01/02/2018 7:59:58 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 26 replies
    An army of security and emergency forces on the streets of France could not prevent a rise in the number of cars that were torched. Compared with last year, the number rose by 96, from 935 to 1,031 this year. The statistics from the ministry of the interior also say that more arrests were being made: from 456 to 510 this year. At least 140,000 security and emergency forces were at work during New Year’s Eve in France. One incident that particularly shocked the nation was the attempt by a group of youth to lynch two police officers in a...
  • Italy: Somalian Storms Delivery Room and Attempts to Rape Woman in Labour

    01/02/2018 7:50:51 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 45 replies
    An unreal situation in the Italian capital Rome, according to Libero; a Somalian man managed to get past the security of Sant’Eugenio Hospital and stormed a delivering room where he attempted to rape a woman in labour. Migrants have been found guilty of various terrible crimes but this is a first. Luckily the monster was stopped before he could harm the woman and her baby. The criminal is a 38 years old Somalian, already charged for other crimes in the past. The man managed to get his hands on a green uniform and sneaked in the delivery room where he started...
  • Graham: I 'fully believe that if North Korea goes to the Winter Olympics, we do not'

    01/02/2018 7:14:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/02/18 | REBECCA SAVRANSKY
    Graham: I 'fully believe that if North Korea goes to the Winter Olympics, we do not' Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday said if North Korea goes to the Winter Olympics, the U.S. should not attend. "Allowing Kim Jong UnÂ’s North Korea to participate in #WinterOlympics would give legitimacy to the most illegitimate regime on the planet," Graham tweeted. "IÂ’m confident South Korea will reject this absurd overture and fully believe that if North Korea goes to the Winter Olympics, we do not." Lindsey Graham âś” @LindseyGrahamSC Allowing Kim Jong UnÂ’s North Korea to participate in #WinterOlympics would give legitimacy...
  • Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment

    01/02/2018 5:50:50 PM PST · by WisconsinRep · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | Jan. 2, 2018 | BBC
    The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment. The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (Ł2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days. They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries. If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.
  • NHS hospitals told to take drastic measures amid winter crisis (UK)

    01/02/2018 5:42:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    the Guardian ^ | 1-2-18 | Denis Campbell, Sarah Marsh
    Hospitals’ inability to keep up with the demand for care on Tuesday night prompted NHS England to tell them to take unprecedented measures to try and stabilise the service. They included cancelling outpatient appointments and day case surgery, extending an existing ban on non-urgent surgery until the end of the month and deploying consultants in A&E units to assess if patients really are a medical emergency. Amid growing evidence of chaos as the NHS’s winter crisis bites, hospitals are being forced to create makeshift wards for patients, growing numbers are declaring a black alert – an official admission that they...
  • Trump: I have a 'much bigger' button than Kim Jong Un

    01/02/2018 5:41:38 PM PST · by Mariner · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 2nd 2018 | By Max Greenwood
    President Trump on Tuesday said that the nuclear launch button on his desk is "much bigger" and "more powerful" than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – and that his button actually "works." "North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'" Trump tweeted. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" Trump's comments came after Kim said in a New...
  • Iran's female protesters show how vacuous American feminists are

    01/02/2018 5:39:50 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 2, 2018 | Nicole Russell
    Iranian men and women have been actively and vocally speaking out against their oppressive regime for the last few days. The women, in particular, have provided a sight to behold: Many are removing their hijabs, protesting the Iranian dress code, and literally shouting against Khamenei in the streets. ... Still, the overwhelming progressive response to these courageous women has been strange, if not telling. Hardly any self-proclaimed feminists have cheered on the Iranian women who are so boldly speaking out against a dictatorship that would rather see them dead than sans hijab. Conservatives and liberals alike are well aware the...
  • Hungry North Korean soldiers are being given leave to find food, report says

    01/02/2018 4:47:09 PM PST · by Hadean · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 2, 2018 | Greg Norman
    Soldiers in North Korea’s army are being given months off at a time to scrounge around fields to find food, according to a new report that describes the dire state of the reclusive country’s food rations. A photo purportedly showing North Korean soldiers rummaging through a corn field was published recently on Daily NK, a Seoul-based website that covers the North through a network of informants. "The officers know better than anyone that they must feed their soldiers in order to maintain morale, and that rations of cornmeal with very few calories only serve to instill disillusionment among them,” a...
  • France left shocked by 'savage' New Year attacks on police

    01/02/2018 4:36:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 2 January 2018 14:15 CET+01:00 | Ben McPartland, The Local/AFP
    The French government has vowed a crackdown after separate attacks on French police officers over New Year, which which included a policewoman being repeatedly kicked and beaten in a “savage” assault that was filmed and posted on social media. French political leaders have vowed justice and promised a crackdown after a shocking attack on a female police officer on New Year’s Eve was filmed and posted online. The attack in the eastern Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne saw the officer knocked to the ground before being repeatedly kicked and punched in the head and body. President Emmanuel Macron called the crime...
  • Deadline Tomorrow For FBI To Turn Over Documents To Intel Chairman Nunes…

    01/02/2018 3:48:50 PM PST · by a little elbow grease · 50 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 1/2/18 | sundance
    In essence, the Clinton’s created the Russian “angle” out of thin air; and the FBI and DOJ used that creation as the legal underpinning for the counterintelligence operation. The cointel op was always just a ruse for wiretapping, surveillance and monitoring of Donald Trump campaign officials. If Hillary was elected, the entire counterintelligence operation just disappears into the ether. No-one would ever know about it.
  • Trump Admin Working to Incubate Nascent Iranian Revolution

    01/02/2018 2:16:27 PM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 01/02/2018 | Adam Kredo
    Amid regime crackdown, Trump admin 'will not turn back' on Iranian protesters The Trump administration is keeping a close eye on the growing protests in Iran, with senior administration officials working to ensure President Donald Trump does not miss an opportunity to incubate a possible revolution that could topple Iran's hardline ruling regime, according to White House officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. With the world watching growing demonstrations across Iran, the Trump administration sees an opportunity to feed the growing protests. The policy is starkly different than the Obama administration's approach in 2009, when similar protests gripped...
  • Trump to Iran: US Is Watching

    01/02/2018 9:50:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    President Trump on Tuesday tweeted about the uprisings taking place in Iran, saying the United States is watching.“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights,” he tweeted. “The U.S. is watching!” The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The...
  • What No One Is Telling You About Iran: Muslims converting to Christianity at an unprecedented pace

    01/02/2018 1:37:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/02/2017 | Michael Brown
    It’s true that CNN and the New York Times, among other liberal outlets, have rightly been called out for their failure to report accurately on the protests in Iran. But there’s something that not even the conservative media is telling you today, an important backstory that might be playing a role in this rising protest movement.As for the leftwing media, Caroline Glick noted in her article in the Jerusalem Post that, “Given the earth shattering potential of the protests it is extraordinary to see the liberal media in the US and Europe struggle to downplay their significance.” And here in...
  • China seizes opportunity in Iran as US sanctions keep Western businesses out

    01/02/2018 1:06:03 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    PRI ^ | Jan 2018
    Mostafa Kishavarzi looks over the 10,000 watches crammed into his tiny store wedged between dozens of similar retailers in the jewelry section of the Tehran Bazaar. Every watch in his store — and most of those sold by his competitors — come from one place, and it’s not Iran. It’s China. Kishavarzi sells everything from knock-off Rolexes to nothing-fancy, off-brand watches. He flies to Shenzhen, China, several times a year to buy the timepieces and makes a tidy profit selling them back in Tehran. “My watches are perfect for middle- and low-income people,” he said proudly. “Even the batteries are...
  • UK's first street lamp to be powered by DOG WASTE deposited by walkers proves a success

    01/02/2018 12:41:13 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/2/18 | Phoebe Weston
    The UK is now home to a dog waste-powered street lamp that creates electricity using canine deposits. After a vigorous walk in the Malvern Hills, walkers can deposit their dog's stool in the washing machine-like contraption which is attached to a lamp. It is then broken down by microorganisms to produce methane for the light and fertiliser for farmers. Ten bags of poop in this anaerobic digestor can power the light for two hours, the creator claims, and could spell the end for plump little bags littering roadside verges. Brian Harper, who came up with the idea of the machine...
  • Israelis call her ‘Shirley Temper.’ Palestinians call her a hero.

    01/02/2018 12:02:03 PM PST · by beaversmom · 62 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 19, 2017 | Ruth Eglash
    JERUSALEM — Israelis call her ‘Shirley Temper’ and say she epitomizes ‘Pallywood,’ or Palestinian propaganda attempts to discredit Israel. Palestinians call her a hero, for fearlessly standing up to those who enforce the Israeli occupation of their land and those who terrorize her village. Her real name is Ahed Tamimi. And a video of her confronting or provoking Israeli soldiers — depending on how you look at it — has gone viral. Again. Tamimi, 16, is a well-known Palestinian activist from a well-known activist family. She lives in the village of Nabi Saleh, in the occupied West Bank, where weekly...