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  • Islamic State crucifies teen in Syria

    02/08/2016 11:39:57 AM PST · by EBH · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/8/2016 | Shawn Price
    ALEPPO, Syria, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Islamic State militants crucified a teenage boy and left the body on display in Raqqa in one of the terror organization's latest public executions. The 17-year-old was accused of accepting money for filming Islamic State training sites and a placard in Arabic was hung around his neck telling people of his alleged crime. Images of the bloody and battered teen's body tied to a cross in the central square of the Islamic State's declared capital went viral after leaders accused him of receiving 500 Turkish lira per photograph of the Islamic State's military base...
  • Cruz: 'What We Are Seeing With N. Korea Is Foreshadowing of Where We Will Be With Iran'

    02/08/2016 11:38:46 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), asked to respond to North Korea's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, called for an expanded missile defense capacity and a "hardened" electrical grid. But first, he noted that President Bill Clinton relaxed sanctions against North Korea, just as President Obama has relaxed sanctions against Iran: "So, what we are seeing with North Korea is foreshadowing of where we will be with Iran." At Saturday's Republican debate...
  • U.S. Athletes Told to Skip Rio Olympics if Concerned About Zika

    02/08/2016 11:28:31 AM PST · by PROCON · 7 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 8, 2016 | MARY CHASTAIN
    The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) has recommended that any athlete or trainer concerned about the Zika outbreak in Latin America should consider not attending the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Two anonymous sources told Reuters that the USOC issued the suggestion late in January on a teleconference call. President and board chairman of USA fencing Donald Anthony said no person should travel if "they don't feel comfortable going. Bottom line." "One of the things that they immediately said was, especially for women that may be pregnant or even thinking of getting pregnant, that whether you are scheduled to...
  • North Korea's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

    02/08/2016 11:26:48 AM PST · by familyop · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | ERIC TALMADGE
    TOKYO (AP) -- Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended. Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the Earth, according to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which monitors all satellites in orbit. Both of the Kwangmyongsong, or "Shining Star," satellites complete their orbits in about 94 minutes and based on data released by international organizations tracking them, the new one passed almost right over Levi's Stadium about an hour...
  • Riot police separate hundreds of Kurds and Islamist supporters in Germany

    02/08/2016 11:05:35 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 22 replies
    DailyMail ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Sarah Malm
    Ethnic Kurds clashed overnight with alleged members of a hardline Islamist movement in Hamburg last night, as ISIS clashes spread far from Syria. Police in the northern German city say 14 people were injured overnight in the violence involving hundreds of demonstrators before riot police were able to quell the disturbance. Police spokesman Karina Sadowsky said this morning that fighting began after hundreds of Kurds held a protest against the Islamic State group. SNIP Fighting broke out at about 11pm, prompting police to block all roads and try to drive vehicles between the two groups. After midnight police moved in...
  • Mumbai terror attack collaborator says Pakistani intelligence part of plot

    02/08/2016 10:58:20 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 6 replies
    Jpost ^ | February 8, 2016
    A conspirator who helped plot the 2008 Mumbai attack in which 164 people were killed, including six Jews and an Israeli citizen, told an Indian court Monday that the 10 gunmen in the attack received assistance from Pakistan's military intelligence agency [ISI], according to The New York Times. David C. Headly, who is of Pakistani-American heritage and is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for an unrelated conviction, told the Indian court via teleconference that he was in contact with two ISI handlers throughout the planning stages of the attack and was paid to make reconnaissance trips to India.
  • EU 'will still accept Syrians after Turkey deal', says Merkel

    02/08/2016 10:28:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Feb 2016 15:30 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Syrian refugees will still be able to travel to the European Union from Turkey following a deal for Ankara to shut its borders in exchange for EU cash, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday. The difference after the deal would be that arrivals in Europe would be "controlled, legal and organized by us," Merkel told a press conference after meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The EU has agreed to pay Turkey 3 billion in exchange for tightening up security at its sea and land borders with Europe, where refugees cross into Greece or Bulgaria. Merkel added that any...
  • The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

    02/08/2016 10:25:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Alastair Crooke
    The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Updated 15 minutes ago Alastair Crooke: Fmr. MI-6 agent; Author, 'Resistance: The Essence of Islamic Revolution' BEIRUT -- Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: "all communication and supply line[s]" between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that...
  • In Tehran, Tsipras says he hopes Greece will be Iran-EU bridge

    02/08/2016 10:18:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2016, 3:49 pm | (Times of Israel Staff and Agencies)
    Greece aims to play the role of an economic force to strengthen ties between the European Union and Iran, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday after he arrived in Tehran for an official visit. "Greece will become an energy, economic and trade bridge between Iran and European Union," Tsipras said, according to a translation by the Mega television channel. He further called Iran "a key player for stability and peace in the Middle East, and a significant economic partner." Tsipras's comments come after Iran's nuclear deal with world powers came into force, allowing the United States and the European...
  • Step by Step on a Desperate Trek by Migrants Through Mexico

    02/08/2016 9:46:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 8, 2016 | By AZAM AHMED
    Subtitle: Two days with 10 men who left Central America in early November to embark on an exhausting journey, made riskier by the Mexican authorities' crackdown on migrants. ARRIAGA, Mexico - The police truck appeared suddenly, a glint of metal and glass. The migrants broke into a sprint, tripping over cracked pavement as an older woman sweeping her stoop urged them to hurry. The 10 men rounded the corner and hid behind a row of low-slung trees. Four days into their journey from Central America, the new reality on Mexico's southern border was setting in: Under pressure from the United...
  • Report: Vets Charity Turns Down Trump Cash

    02/08/2016 8:43:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 205 replies
    The Weekly Standard | February 8, 2015 | Jim Swift
    The Daily Beast is reporting that a small New Hampshire-based veterans charity has turned down a six figure check from Donald Trump. Liberty House turned Trump's money away because they objected to it being given to them in a public setting: a campaign rally for Trump. The Beast's Tim Mak has more: On Friday, Liberty House executive director Keith Howard received a call from a Trump campaign staffer, who conveyed that Trump would like to publicly present them with a six-figure check at a Londonderry rally on Monday, right before the Granite State primary.It's an enormous amount of money for...
  • Iran: We still fund Hamas as fighting Israel is our policy

    02/08/2016 8:42:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2016, 6:33 pm | (Staff)
    An Iranian official on Monday rejected reports that Tehran has ceased funding the Palestinian terror group Hamas, claiming that supporting the fight against Israel remains a "principled policy," the semi-official Tasnim news agency said. Speaking at his weekly press conference in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari rejected media reports that funding for the Gaza-based group ceased in 2009. Ansari said that supporting "Palestinian resistance movements" is part of Iran's foreign policy, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. He called the Palestinian issue "pivotal and basic" for Muslims, according to the agency. ...
  • NPR apologizes for map that erased Israel

    01/26/2016 9:29:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/26/16 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — National Public Radio’s (NPR) ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen released an explanation and apology Monday for a map published on the news organization’s website that erased Israel from the Middle East. On January 24, NPR’s blog Goats and Soda, which covers health and culture issues around the world, ran a piece titled, “What Are You Afraid Of In 2016? Globetrotters Share Their Fears.” The post focused on travelers’ anxieties for the coming year, and included an illustration of the Middle East and North Africa, the region of the world that travelers most perceive as being at risk. “The map portion...
  • Even In Italy,Christian Converts From Islam Live In Fear Of Reprisals

    02/08/2016 8:03:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 8, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Recent reports suggest that over a thousand converts to Christianity from Islam currently live in Italy, but hide their conversions for fear of retaliation from the Muslim community against themselves and their families.
  • Obama: Zika Is Not Ebola-"A Lot Of People Get It And Don't Even Know That They Have It"

    02/08/2016 7:48:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    In an interview that aired on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, President Barack Obama weighed in on the threat of the Zika virus posed to the country. Obama downplayed the threat and urged people not to panic.
  • Hillary Not Truthful About Wall Street Speaking Fees

    02/08/2016 7:41:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 8, 2016 | by Les Leopold
    Hillary is veering from the truth when she suggests her $225,000 per speech fee, paid three times by Goldman Sachs, was "what they offered." It was not what they offered - it was what Team Hillary demanded. A review of her 2014 tax return posted on her website shows that $225,000 was her minimum fee. She received $225,000 for 34 of the 41 speeches listed on her tax return. Of the remaining 7 speeches, two were for 250,000 and the others for $265,000, $275,000, $285,000, $305,000 and $400,000. In total she received $9,680,000 for these speaking engagements in 2013. Carl...
  • Russia Arrests Seven ISIS Militants Over Attack Plot

    02/08/2016 7:24:17 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 2/8/2016 | unknown
    Russia's FSB security service said on Monday it had arrested seven Islamic State militants in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg who it said had been planning bomb attacks in Moscow, St Petersburg and the Sverdlovsk region. The group included Russian nationals and citizens of Central Asian states, the FSB said in a statement, saying it had charged the group with terrorism, and the illegal possession of weapons and explosives. It said it had uncovered a bomb-making laboratory during searches of the suspects homes and had found detonators, guns, grenades and extremist literature.
  • California issued 605,000 new driver's licenses for immigrants in the U.S. illegally last year

    02/08/2016 7:15:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 7, 2016 | by Tatiana Sanchez
    Judith Benitez had gone most of her adult life without knowing how to drive. The 35-year-old woman from Mexico who is in the U.S. illegally would ask family members for rides to pick up her children from school. Trips to the grocery store or the doctor's office were complicated. That changed last year when Assembly Bill 60 was implemented, granting people in the country illegally the right to obtain driver's licenses in California. "Truthfully, it was an extremely emotional time because having a [driver's] license isn't just any little thing," she said. "We feel a little more protected."
  • Former Mexican President: We're Not Paying for 'Stupid' Wall

    02/08/2016 7:03:41 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 92 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8 Feb 2016 | by Brian Latimer
    A former Mexican president had some tough words when asked about GOP candidate Donald Trump's much-touted plan to build a border wall that he says will be paid for by Mexico. "We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it's going to be completely useless," said former Mexican president Felipe Calderón when asked about this at the AmCham Egypt for Business Conference on Sunday. Calderón told CNBC's Hadley Gamble his country will not be funding the construction of the wall, also adding that while Trump blames Mexican migration for the majority of illegal...
  • Venezuela shopping centres halve opening times as crisis bites

    02/08/2016 6:41:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 8, 2016
    Shopping centres in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, say they will be halving their opening times to four hours a day. The move will allow them to comply with government energy rationing. Ministers says a severe drought caused by El Nino has brought 18 of the country's hydro-electric dams to critically low water levels. "To turn the lights off at one in the afternoon and not to be able to work would have a huge impact on our business," said Mleidys Galves who works in a pizzeria in the Lider Shopping Centre in Caracas. "That is our peak selling time when...
  • Aleppo siege marks dramatic upheaval on Syrian battlefield

    02/08/2016 6:26:19 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 5 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 11:33 PM ET, Sun February 7, 2016 | Tim Lister, CNN
    Since Russia began its air campaign, most of its strikes have been on cities and towns held by the rebels in western Syria. These are not areas where ISIS has much of a presence; al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham and elements of the Free Syrian Army are the main groups. In the process, senior rebel commanders have been killed in Homs, Idlib and Aleppo provinces. "Their ultimate objective is to force the world to make an unconscionable choice between Assad and ISIS," says Hokayem. For now, ISIS is waiting out the battle for Aleppo and watching its rivals get pummeled....
  • Davos Leftists Demand Global Regulatory Collective

    02/08/2016 6:23:39 AM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Feb 2016 | Chriss W. Street
    The key takeaway from this year's Davos World Economic Forum was that the planet is on the cusp of a disruptive fourth industrial revolution that must be managed by a collective of leftist elites and their corporate cronies. A Swiss foundation in Davos has hosted what it calls the "forum for public-private cooperation" for the last 45 years. The three-day event in Switzerland's eastern Alps brings together 2,500 key leftist politicians, intellectuals, journalists, and a slew of multi-national corporate cronies to discuss shaping global, regional, and industrial agendas to best to divide the economic spoils.
  • Suspect in Vienna Death of Lauren Mann Is Arrested at Swiss Refugee Center

    02/08/2016 6:20:27 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Andy Eckardt
    Mann, a 25-year-old originally from Colorado, was found half naked in apartment in the Austrian city of Vienna last month. An autopsy showed she died from suffocation and officials said a "considerable" amount of blood was found at the scene. A spokesperson for the Swiss Federal Ministry of Justice told NBC News that a man from the Gambia was arrested Thursday at a refugee center in the town of Kreuzlingen, around 20 miles from the Austrian border.
  • Palestinians quote UN's Ban to justify terror

    02/08/2016 6:17:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 2/8/2016, 8:42 AM | Shimon Cohen
    Rafat Alian, the Jerusalem spokesperson of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, cited UN Director-General Ban Ki-Moon in justifying the attack on the Old City's Damascus Gate in which Hadar Cohen was murdered. [...] Alian said the "occupation" of the "Palestinian nation" demands a "natural response" - in a direct quote from Ban, who two weeks ago caused outrage by sympathizing with Palestinian terror and saying, "it is human nature to react to occupation." Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon wrote an official letter to Ban, demanding that he take back his statements that grant legitimacy to...
  • 20- YO Muslim t Rapes Boy: “I Haven’t Had Sex In Months- I Just Couldn’t Help Myself”

    02/08/2016 6:01:02 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 32 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 2/6/2016 | Walid Shoebat
    Sick. Deranged. Evil. No self control, no respect for anybody, just kill, steal, and destroy lives. And they know what they are doing- they just do not care. All that the Muslim "refugees" have done since they have been invited into Europe by the Western European governments is bring destruction. This madness will only continue until European leaders and their people stand up against it. In the meantime, these invaders will leave a trail of broken lives such as that of this poor boy. Via BreitBart: An Iraqi migrant has admitted to raping a ten year old boy in a...
  • North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016 5:50:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 59 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nicole Hensley
    North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50 BY Nicole Hensley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:29 AM Kim Kwang Hyon/AP North Korea's satellite, which was launched on Feb. 7, passed over the Super Bowl 50 game. Pictured is the country's Unha 3 at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang in 2012. A "Shining Star" was watching over Levi's Stadium after the Broncos 24-10 win. As football fans poured out of the Bay Area stadium, North Korea's observational satellite zipped by the field at an orbit 300 miles above the Earth at...
  • Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

    02/08/2016 5:30:22 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 8, 2016 8:11am EST | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. "Our whole existence is now threatened, not just losing more ground," said Abdul Rahim al-Najdawi from Liwa al-Tawheed, an insurgent group. "They are advancing and we are pulling back because in the face of such heavy aerial bombing we must minimize our losses." The Syrian military and its allies were almost five km (3 miles) from the rebel-held town of Tal Rafaat, which has brought...
  • The Goldilocks Approach to Global Warming

    02/08/2016 5:12:44 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/8/2016 | S. Fred Singer
    Maybe you've heard or read somewhere that all kinds of terrible disasters will happen if the (global mean surface) temperature rises just 2⁰C above the pre-industrial level; according to some datasets, we are already more than halfway there. Further, activists want to lower the threshold to 1.5⁰C -- thus advancing the date of the "apocalypse." Note, however, that these same activists never bother to define "mean temperature" or tell you how to measure it -- if indeed that makes sense. Temperatures vary not only geographically, mainly with latitude and altitude, but also with season, time of day, and weather conditions.
  • Muslims gang-rape teen: “She has nothing to complain about. Women must obey men.”

    02/08/2016 5:09:08 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 28 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 2/6/2016 | Pamela Geller
    Why was this girl at a party with Muslim migrants from Iraq? Because the Belgian media and political establishment keep repeating that the "refugees" are harmless, and that Europeans should welcome them, and that any concern about them shows that you're a racist-islamophobic-anti-muslim-bigot. This is the result. Certainly she behaved irresponsibly in being there at all and drinking enough to pass out, which is not to say anything justifies their behavior (except the Quran, that is, which allows Muslim men to use non-Muslim women as sex slaves, "captives of the right hand," 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). But the even...
  • Swine flu to KILL OFF ISIS: Panicked Daesh issues urgent health warning after dozens die

    02/08/2016 3:35:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 67 replies
    Express ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | Oli Smith
    Swine flu to KILL OFF ISIS: Panicked Daesh issues urgent health warning after dozens die ISLAMIC State (ISIS) jihadis have issued an urgent health warning as the killer swine flu epidemic threatens to wipe out fighters across Syria and Iraq. By Oli Smith PUBLISHED: 04:58, Sun, Feb 7, 2016 | UPDATED: 13:37, Sun, Feb 7, 2016 Panicking ISIS could be crippled by the deadly virus after residents living under the ISIS reign - also known as Daesh - reported a "mysterious epidemic" sweeping through the region. A human rights monitor group based in ISIS-ruled territories revealed the outbreak had infected...
  • Donald Trump: Here's the one area where Bernie Sanders and I agree [WITH CHINA ON TPP]

    02/08/2016 2:50:05 AM PST · by expat_panama · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 8, 2016 | Maxwell Tani
    Donald Trump said Sunday that there's one issue on which he and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) agree: trade. In a CNN interview Sunday, Trump pointed out that he and Sanders both opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the multinational trade agreement brokered by the Obama administration. The deal aims to reduce tariffs and put legal standards in place in the 12 participating countries. "The one thing we very much agree on is trade. We both agree that we are getting ripped off by China, by Japan, by Mexico, everyone we do business with," Trump said. But though the mogul suggested that he...
  • Obama may be Ensnared in the Clinton Email Scandal

    02/08/2016 2:29:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 8, 2015 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    Perhaps President Obama's involvement is the reason that the FBI has not yet referred charges to the Justice Department in the Hillary Clinton email case. It may be metastasizing so quickly and so dangerously that not only are agents and lawyers within the agency having trouble keeping up with new evidence of wrongdoing, but that the scandal itself now threatens a constitutional crisis. The Department of State's refusal to release 18 emails exchanged between President Obama and Clinton through her unsecured home server at best creates a conflict of interest for Obama (as explained by Andrew McCarthy here) while at...
  • North Korea Did It Again

    02/07/2016 10:27:12 PM PST · by zlando · 13 replies
    BESA: Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies ^ | February 2, 2016 | Dr. Alon Levkowitz
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: North Korean adventurism only adds to Israel's proliferation concerns. North Korea's fourth nuclear test, the P5+1 agreement to lift Iranian sanctions, and the billions of dollars worth in deals between Tehran and Asian and European companies, together constitute a significant challenge. In addition, Jerusalem faces a difficult task of being the watchdog that monitors Iran's adherence to the nuclear deal. One of the biggest concerns is that Iran will not openly breach the P5+1 agreement, but rather cooperate with North Korea on a "Back Door" plan towards the bomb, with North Korea surreptitiously doing the dirty work...
  • Ford to move production to Mexico: Report

    02/07/2016 7:46:41 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 97 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8 Feb 2016 | CNBC via Yahoo News
    Auto giant Ford is planning a new assembly plant south of the U.S. border, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, and will sharply increase factory output from Mexico just months after signing a labor deal. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Journal reported that Ford will add half a million units of annual capacity from Mexico starting in 2018, which is double the amount it built in 2015. The new assembly complex will be based in An Luis Potosi, and Ford will expand an existing facility near Mexico City, the publication added.
  • Ted Cruz: Making U.S. women eligible to be drafted is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 6:50:58 PM PST · by NYRepublican72 · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/7/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN)Ted Cruz told a New Hampshire audience Sunday that requiring women to sign up for the draft is "nuts," breaking with the views of several Republican presidential rivals. Two days before the New Hampshire primary Cruz veered off his stump speech to blast his GOP competitors on the issue, which came up at the ABC debate Saturday. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all said or suggested they'd support women being required to enroll in Selective Service and be eligible for the draft, since female service members can now serve in combat roles. Cruz was not...
  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/07/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 190 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/7/16 | Rowan Scarboroug
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.” It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.” The Pentagon defines
  • Just how bad was the North Korea missile launch last night?

    02/07/2016 4:23:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 107 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    This story actually broke just as we were warming up for the debate last night and our readers were discussing it in comments while most of the political sphere was focused on New Hampshire. Ahead of their original schedule, Kim Jong-un launched a missile into orbit allegedly carrying an “Earth observing satellite” over the objections of pretty much everyone else on the planet. Like we needed this on top of everything else that’s going on.(WaPo) North Korea on Sunday declared that it had successfully put an "earth observation satellite" into orbit under the direct orders of leader Kim Jong Un,...
  • ISIS fighters in Libya surge as group suffers setbacks in Syria, Iraq

    02/07/2016 3:13:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/07/2016 | By Jim Sciutto, Barbara Starr and Kevin Liptak,
    The U.S. assesses that ISIS is ramping up the numbers of militants in Libya and that it has become harder for the group's fighters to enter Syria. The U.S. estimate of ISIS militants in Libya has doubled as it has become harder for them to enter Syria, according to U.S. intelligence assessments. There may now be up to 6,500 ISIS fighters in Libya, twice the number previously thought, according to several U.S. intelligence officials. They attributed the increase to the U.S. analysis that ISIS is diverting more fighters to Libya from Syria -- and from Turkey when they cannot get...
  • EU referendum: Benefit brake plan 'could boost migration'

    02/07/2016 1:14:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin
    David Cameron's EU benefit plans could cause a surge in migration before the "emergency brake" is applied, the PM has been warned. Tory MP David Davis said news of the proposed in-work benefits ban could encourage workers to head to the UK. Sir Eric Pickles, a Eurosceptic who supports Mr Cameron's reform proposals, said action had to be taken to prevent a "new influx" of migrants. The ban has to be agreed by all EU nations at a summit on 18 February. It will be graduated, so that the longer migrant workers stay in the UK, the more in-work benefits,...
  • Obama’s Disastrous Betrayal of the Syrian Rebels

    02/07/2016 1:05:51 PM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | February 5, 2016 | Emily Hokayem
    What a difference a year makes in Syria. And the introduction of massive Russian airpower. Last February, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Shiite auxiliaries mounted a large-scale attempt to encircle Aleppo, the northern city divided between regime and rebels since 2012 and battered by the dictator’s barrel bombs. Islamist and non-Islamist mainstream rebels — to the surprise of those who have derided their performance, let alone their existence — repelled the offensive at the time. What followed was a string of rebel advances across the country, which weakened Assad so much that they triggered Moscow’s direct intervention in September,...
  • Feldman: You Cannot Support Israel’s Existence (and Ours) and Vote Democratic This Election

    02/07/2016 12:10:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 7, 2016 | Clarice Feldman
    The Iowa Democratic caucus which I've already described as akin to the Marxist Zimbabwe Farmers-workers confabs is over, and it appears -- as Mark Steyn ably notes -- "almost certain" that Hillary Clinton did not win it. If Iowa were one of those banana republics in which the president-for-life has been prevailed upon to hold an election and Jimmy Carter and a bunch of UN observers had flown in to certify it, none of the above would pass muster. But in the Democrat Party it does:[snip] In effect, Hillary and Bernie fought Iowa to a draw. But a miss is...
  • Op-Ed: Don't worry, Israel, if Australian MP's are mates with Palestine

    02/07/2016 12:01:33 PM PST · by Lera · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/7/16
    Holding hands and singing Kumbaya in Gaza. Sure. Maybe you're right to keep the rest of us away from Israel, might confuse us. Dear Mr Fooley (or may I call you Luke?*) Just got back from my Labor Parliamentary Excursion, dividing my time equally between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as you requested. What a trip! My feet hardly touched the ground! Monday: Arrived at Lod Airport, after circling around to avoid being blasted out of the sky by IS, Hamas, Hezbollah, and a bunch of other peace-loving friends of the Palestinian Arab People's Struggle to Wipe The Perfidious Jew...
  • Gaza: Hamas-ISIS ties tighten

    02/07/2016 11:41:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 2/7/2016, 4:36 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Israel's intelligence community has found that the Hamas terrorist organization and Islamic State (ISIS) intensified their mutual cooperation in the year 2015 - so reports Middle East Newsline (MENL). According to the Israeli intelligence sources, the two terrorist movements share intelligence, weapons shipments, logistics and medical services. For instance, ISIS frequently works with Bedouin smugglers to facilitate shipments of missiles and weapons to the Hamas-ruled Gaza via Egypt's Sinai Desert. ISIS then takes 10-20% of the weapons ordered by Hamas. However, when the Egyptian offensive against the smuggling tunnel network hampers their joint efforts, ISIS sends raw materials, enabling Hamas...
  • Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe

    02/07/2016 11:16:43 AM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | Feb. 6, 2016
    A march by Germany's anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the eastern city of Dresden on Saturday on a day that saw rallies across Europe in support of the movement.Pegida supporters took to the streets of a number of other European cities, including Prague and the northern French port of Calais, home to the infamous "Jungle" refugee camp for migrants seeking passage across the Channel to Britain. Pegida and fellow anti-Muslim groups called the rallies following last month's signing of an agreement to create a "Fortress Europe" coalition against a backdrop of Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War...
  • Palestinian Scholar: The Jews Have a Criminal, Satanic Nature and Are the Enemies of Mankind

    02/07/2016 9:59:27 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 76 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 1/22/16 | Al-Majd TV (Saudi Arabia)
    In a January 22 Al-Majd TV interview, Palestinian scholar Samir Said talked about what he called the "criminal and Satanic nature" of the Jews and said that they were "the enemies of Mankind," who had "killed 70 prophets in a single day." Said is a member of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). Following are excerpts: Interviewer: Let's talk about the well-known history of Jewish crimes, since the days of the Israelites, and their crimes against the most noble people of those times – the prophets and messengers, against whom they committed grave crimes, including...
  • Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an 'Honor Killing'

    02/07/2016 9:43:12 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 30, 2016 | Nicholas Kristof
    Her odyssey began when she fell in love against her family's wishes and ran off to marry her boyfriend. Hours after the marriage, her father and uncle sweet-talked her into their car and took her to a spot along a riverbank to murder her for her defiance — an "honor killing." First they beat Saba, then her uncle held her as her own father pointed a pistol at her head and pulled the trigger.
  • Exclusive: Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales - source

    02/07/2016 9:36:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    rueters ^ | 02/05/2016 | Nidhi Verma
    Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief. A source at state-owned National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) told Reuters that Iran will charge in euros for its recently signed oil contracts with firms including French oil and gas major Total, Spanish refiner Cepsa and Litasco, the trading arm of Russia's Lukoil. "In our invoices we mention a clause that buyers of our oil...
  • Jeb Bush: Media 'Coronated' Marco Rubio After Iowa

    02/07/2016 9:32:47 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/7/16 | Newsmax
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, appearing weary of spending his interview time discussing rival Marco Rubio, told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace he isn't privy to the meetings of the press that have declared the Florida senator a big winner in the GOP presidential race. "Chris, there is some secret squirrel meeting that you guys get to where you decide who wins and who loses," Bush said on the program Sunday morning, a day after the latest GOP debate. "Marco Rubio came in third place in Iowa, and he was coronated. I can't control that. I'm just going to...
  • Austria's finance minister asks EU to cover costs of additional migrants

    02/07/2016 9:11:52 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 January 2016 | Marko Djurica
    Austria's Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling has asked the European Commission to provide 600 million euros ($670 million) to cover the costs of taking in additional refugees, a ministry spokesman said on Saturday. Austria budgeted for 35,000 asylum seekers annually at a cost of 11,000 euros per person but took in some 90,000 people in 2015, the spokesman quoted the minister as saying in a letter to the head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker. "Concerning the migration crisis it is high time the Commission returned to its normal function as an independent institution representing the general Community interest and start...
  • Norwegian industry plans to up fossil fuel production despite Paris pledge

    02/07/2016 8:49:08 AM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 29 January 2016 | John Vidal
    Despite the Paris agreement to cut global emissions and oil prices falling to under $30 a barrel, Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer intends to expand production in some of the riskiest and most environmentally sensitive areas. ___ Norway wants other countries to leave their coal and oil in the ground to meet new global climate change targets, but its industry is planning to increase production of its own fossil fuels. “We know that if we burn all the coal, oil and gas available, the Paris agreement cannot be fulfilled. Significant parts of the total fossil resources must remain, untouched,”...