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  • Green Beret compares US military inaction in Afghan rapes to Penn State scandal

    10/08/2015 5:13:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/8/15 | Dan Lamothe
    A Green Beret who may be pushed out of the Army for beating up an alleged child rapist sees a parallel between the U.S. military's failure to stop child rape in Afghanistan and a scandal at home: The abuse of children in the Penn State University football program. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, a former college football player, made the comparison in a letter sent to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R.-Calif., Tuesday night and released to The Washington Post. It comes as he faces the possibility of involuntary separation for his actions in September 2011, when he and his commanding officer,...
  • Susan Rice: Netanyahu did everything but use 'the n-word' to describe Obama

    10/08/2015 1:42:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 96 replies
    Sun Times Network ^ | 10/08/2015, 11:35am | Nader Ihmoud
    Politico Magazine published an excerpt from Ambassador Dennis Ross’ latest book “Doomed to Succeed: The US–Israeli relationship from Truman to Obama,” which highlighted how President Barack Obama succeeded with the Iran Deal at the expense of the two allies’ relationship. According to Ross, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told the national director of the Anti-Defamation League Abe Foxman that in reacting to the deal, which Israel knew little about, Netanyahu did everything “but use ‘the n-word’ in describing the president.” In his book, Ross argues that “It didn’t have to play out that way.” Per Politico: From the outset of...
  • How to Roll Back Russia

    10/08/2015 1:22:17 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 104 replies
    Commentary ^ | 7 Oct 15 | Max Boot
    28 Shares A Every day seems to bring an escalation of the Russian military involvement in Syria. First it was airstrikes from more than 30 warplanes that Russia has positioned in Syria. Now it’s cruise missile strikes from warships in the Caspian Sea. Soon, if hints from Moscow are to be believed, Russian “volunteers” — a.k.a. “Little Green Men” — will be showing up in Syria to engage in ground combat alongside Iranian and Assad forces. President Obama can pretend that this is no big deal and that Russia is getting sucked into a quagmire, but this is a serious...
  • UN Under Global Fire for Persecution of Whistleblowers

    10/08/2015 1:20:04 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | Oct 08, 2015 | Alex Newman
    After decades of persecuting whistleblowers who expose everything from fraud and corruption to the widespread rape of children by so-called “peacekeeping” troops, the United Nation's scandalous efforts to silence and crush those who blow the whistle on wrongdoing are slowly creeping into the limelight. The explosive case of Anders Kompass, who exposed rape of children by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic and faced retaliation from the UN's top leadership, drew headlines and outrage worldwide. But the Kompass case was merely the tip of a gigantic iceberg with massive implications — not just for honest UN workers, but for humanity...
  • First on CNN: U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran

    10/08/2015 12:03:54 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | October 8, 2015 | Barbara Starr and Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN)A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. One official said there may be casualties, but another official said this is not yet known.
  • Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq

    10/08/2015 11:58:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 10/08/2015 | By Jean-Marc Mojon with Raji Nasser in Najaf
    Baghdad (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour. Sitting at his easel in his central Baghdad workshop, painter Mohammed Karim Nihaya touches up a portrait of Putin he copied from the Internet. "I have been waiting for Russia to get involved in the fight against Daesh," he says, referring to the Islamic State (ISIS) group that last year declared a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria. "They get results. The United States and its allies on the other hand...
  • Bavaria wants to send refugees back to Austria, Merkel says no

    10/08/2015 11:36:23 AM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 8th, 2015 | by Madeline Chambers
    he German state of Bavaria plans "emergency measures" of its own - including sending refugees back to Austria - to stem the flow of migrants, state premier Horst Seehofer told Bild daily, raising pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over the crisis. With about 10,000 refugees arriving in Germany every day, Bavaria is the main entry point for those fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East and beyond. Seehofer says more than 225,000 refugees have arrived in his southern state in less than five weeks and that authorities are stretched beyond the limit to house and care for them all....
  • Britain's New Labour Leader Snubs The Queen

    10/08/2015 11:30:43 AM PDT · by NRx · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10-08-2015 | Christopher Hope
    Jeremy Corbyn has snubbed the Queen by refusing to be sworn into the Privy Council on Thursday, as it emerged he could use a loophole to join the advisory body without ever meeting Her Majesty. The Labour leader, a lifelong republican, is known to have reservations about kneeling in front of the Queen and kissing her hand as he swears an oath of allegiance to her, which is the normal process when a new Privy Councillor is sworn in. And having refused to sing the National Anthem at a Battle of Britain 75th anniversary service last month, Mr Corbyn tried...
  • Air Force Security Force Kills Threat

    10/08/2015 11:18:33 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 20 replies
    At approximately 9:15 a.m., after the peak of inbound morning traffic passed, the Defenders closed the entry control point on Vandenberg Drive to a single lane. In an instant, a calm situation turned chaotic when a person drove his car upwards of 80 miles an hour into the gate. Before ramming the gate, he hit a light post. At this moment, the Defenders reacted as if the person was seriously injured and immediately went to render first aid. That was until the person got out of the vehicle brandishing a rifle. The Defenders then went from first responders rendering aid...
  • IMF warns emerging market companies have overborrowed $3 trillion

    10/08/2015 11:17:19 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07 October 2015
    Emerging market companies have an estimated $3 trillion in overextended loans that threaten to trigger a sharp credit crunch and capital outflows in economies that have already been hit hard by low commodity prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. The IMF warned that a messy withdrawal of stimulus measures in advanced economies could start a "vicious cycle of fire sales, redemptions, and more volatility." The U.S. Federal Reserve has said it is on track to raise rates for the first time in almost a decade by the end of this year. Overborrowing in emerging market economies likely adds...
  • China’s Shoddy, Noisy Nuclear Submarines

    10/08/2015 10:48:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 7, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    Over the past two decades, the People’s Republic of China has made great advances in its military capabilities. However, it still lags woefully behind in developing nuclear-powered submarines. The problem for the Chinese is that they lack the necessary quieting and propulsion technologies to build anything remotely comparable to an American or Russian nuclear submarine. Even the newest Chinese Jin-class ballistic nuclear missile submarines and improved Shang-class nuclear attack submarines are louder than 1970s-era Soviet-built Victor III-class attack submarine or the Delta III-class boomer, according to the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence. In fact, even China’s forthcoming Type 95...
  • Will Indonesia Buy French Stealth Submarines?

    10/08/2015 10:36:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 08, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Indonesian defense official have expressed interest in purchasing French-built Scorpene-class 1000 diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK) IHS Jane’s Navy International reports. Representatives of the French shipbuilder DCNS, the company offering the boats, confirmed Indonesian-French government-to-government talks at this year’s Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exhibition currently taking place in Sydney, Australia. “The talks are going on at the government-to-government level, mostly to discuss the needs of the Indonesian Navy,” according to a DCNS representative interviewed by IHS Jane’s Navy International. “So far, what the Indonesians have identified is the need for a complementary submarine fleet that can fill in the gaps of...
  • U.S. Spent Nearly $100 Billion On Foreigners To Fight Terrorists

    10/08/2015 10:35:18 AM PDT · by amorphous · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | Authored by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, originally posted at,
    To combat Islamic militants the White House says threaten national interests, the U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion to arm and train foreign militaries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, an analysis by Vocativ shows. And nearly all of them are reeling from setbacks that threaten to undermine what’s become a core component of American foreign policy in these regions. U.S. programs funding foreign fighters began flourishing in the years after 9/11 and were later bolstered by President Obama, who prefers doing this instead of deploying American troops into troubled areas. Now central to how the White...
  • Cruise Missile Strikes in Syria: Russia's Big Ad Campaign?

    10/08/2015 10:29:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 8, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    The Russian navy’s Caspian Sea flotilla launched a barrage of some twenty-six long-range cruise missiles against eleven targets more than 950 miles away in Syria yesterday. While it’s well known that Russia possesses long-range cruise missiles, the fact that the missiles were launched from relatively diminutive corvettes that caught some by surprise. While the roughly 1,900-ton displacement Project 1166.1 Gepard-class frigate Dagestan led the Russian cruise missile strike, the rest of Moscow’s fleet consisted of tiny 950-ton Project 2163.1 Buyan-M-class corvettes. Three of these vessels, Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug took part in the attack using long-range Novator 3M-14T...
  • Deutsche Bank Forecasts a Loss of Nearly $7 Billion, Taking an Array of Charges

    10/08/2015 10:29:17 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07 October 2015 | Peter Eavis
    Deutsche Bank, the giant German bank that has a big presence on Wall Street and is facing much regulatory scrutiny in the United States, on Wednesday warned that it expects to post a hefty loss in the third quarter. The bank, Germany’s largest, forecast a net loss of 6.2 billion euros, or nearly $7 billion, for the quarter. It comes just months into the tenure of Deutsche Bank’s new co-chief executive, John Cryan, who is trying to overhaul the institution. Along with the scandal and upheaval at Volkswagen, Deutsche’s struggles point to some of the weaknesses of Germany’s corporate culture....
  • Russia says it’s bombing ISIS in Syria. This map shows it’s lying.

    10/08/2015 10:05:57 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 58 replies
    Vox ^ | October 7, 2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    When Russia started bombing in Syria last week, it said it was targeting ISIS — a claim it's stuck to pretty consistently in the past week. But this map of Russian airstrikes in Syria so far, put together by the Levantine Group, tells a very different story. The Levantine Group's analysts used a proprietary network of sources, cross-checked with open-source media and information released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, to determine the locations hit by Russian planes. This map shows those strikes overlaid on territory controlled by Bashar al-Assad's regime, by anti-Assad rebels, by ISIS, and by Kurdish forces....
  • See video of #Russia choppers attacking Syrian jihadi positions as seen through eyes of jihadis

    10/08/2015 10:00:56 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 23 replies
    IrmakYenisehirlioglu ‏@Irmak_Ye ^ | 10/08/2015 | IrmakYenisehirlioglu ‏@Irmak_Ye
    IrmakYenisehirlioglu ‏@Irmak_Ye 1h1 hour ago See this video of #Russia choppers attacking jihadi positions in North-West #Syria, as seen through eyes of jihadis:
  • FACT CHECK: Mohammed Gave Women More Civil Rights Than America

    10/08/2015 9:30:57 AM PDT · by yoe · 27 replies
    FACT CHECK ^ | October 8, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    (Salon( claims,"Islam gave women equal rights in 610 that our own United States haven’t given even in 2015. Well as long as we don't count "equal rights" like... women being forcibly enslaved under Islam. As bad as Obama is, he hasn't currently married a 7-year-old girl and doesn't take the wives of the men he murders as sex slaves. The way that Mohammed did. There's probably someone in Berkeley who thinks that raping little girls in a polygamous marriage is a civil right. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it should be a death penalty...
  • ACLU: Orwellian Citizen Score, China's credit score system, is a warning for Americans

    10/08/2015 9:29:08 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    Computer World ^ | 10/18/15 | Computer World
    In China, every citizen is being assigned a credit score that drops if a person buys and plays video games, or posts political comments online “without prior permission," or even if social media "friends" do so. The ACLU said the credit rating system, an Orwellian nightmare, should serve as a warning to Americans.
  • Russian Tanks (battalion), Iranian-trained Militias (10,000 plus) Headed to Syria

    10/08/2015 8:58:09 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 27 replies ^ | October 08, 2015 7:04 AM | Jeff Seldin
    Russian Tanks, Iranian-trained Militias Headed to Syria Jeff Seldin Last updated on: October 08, 2015 7:04 AM Russia is adding to its barrage on rebel forces in Syria, sending in more firepower in the form of an additional Russian battalion armed with advanced tanks and artillery while punching ahead on the ground in central and western parts of the country with an Iranian-trained force that could number 10,000 or more.
  • Sturm: The Pope and Sanders: Misguided economic missionaries

    10/08/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by LibertysWordsmith · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | October 8, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    If only Pope Francis were in my Buenos Aires taxi last Christmas. I could have used his moral authority (and Argentine-accented Spanish) in negotiating with a driver who’d forgotten the Golden Rule. And in witnessing my struggle, the self-described “very allergic to economics” pontiff might have gleaned a moral lesson, helping him Think Again about the free-enterprise system he’s criticized.
  • China prepares to join the fight against ISIS (to join Russians in coming weeks)

    10/08/2015 7:40:46 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 32 replies ^ | 7 October , 2015 | Radwa Ashraf
    China prepares to join the fight against ISIS 作者: Radwa Ashraf on 7 October , 2015. Al-Masdar Al-Arabi reported that Chinese military advisers are expected to join with their Russian counterparts in weeks. It comes after China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that Chinese and Iraqi foreign ministers agreed to offer intelligence and personal training in September 2014. As China breaks it’s long history of non-interference, due to the threats that ISIS pose on China and its economy. “China has been fighting terrorism and has been providing support and assistance to Iraq, including the Kurdish region, in our own...
  • Peshmerga are not U.S. priority for now: official (Kurds thrown under the bus)

    10/08/2015 7:20:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Kurdpress ^ | 2015/10/05
    Peshmerga are not U.S. priority for now: official A Pentagon spokeswoman has said the priority of the U.S. right now is equipping the Iraqi government forces and Sunni tribal fighters not the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga. A chief goal of the Obama administration’s Iraq war policy is to train and arm the Iraqi army so it can retake territory, especially in the Islamic State stronghold of Sunni-dominated western Iraq. According to Washington Times, Kurdish officials say Baghdad is the obstacle on Kurds’ receiving weapons. Iraqi government alone decides what weapons get transferred from the capital to the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional...
  • Obama Admin’s Iran Point Man Promotes Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theories

    10/08/2015 7:20:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 8, 2015
    A State Department official closely involved in the Obama administration’s Iran push has been promoting publications from anti-Semitic conspiracy sites and other radical websites that demonize American Jewish groups and Israel, according to sources and documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Alan Eyre, the State Department’s Persian-language spokesman and a member of the negotiating delegation that struck a nuclear deal with Iran earlier this year, has in recent months disseminated articles that linked American-Jewish skeptics of the deal to shadowy financial networks, sought to soften the image of Iranian terrorists with American blood on their hands, and linked deal...
  • The Putin Family versus the New World Order: What a choice?

    10/08/2015 4:40:42 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    10/8/2015 | Self
    It was 40 years ago that a Russian called out the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the West in the way it confronted Communism. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn laid bare the appeasing of the Communists and a foreign policy that said some Communists were better than others like the Chinese and Romanian ones that RIchard NixOn made friends with. Now a Russian leader has come along to call out the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the West in waging its "War on Terrorism". A 'war' in which some terrorists are considered friends while others are enemies. In his column last Sunday ("Mail...
  • Reality from the TV Series “Homeland”

    10/08/2015 3:52:35 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 33 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 8 Oct 15 | Christopher W. Holton
    This is a brief clip from the season premier of “Homeland” and it’s important, because, in the clip, a CIA operative “speaks truth to power.” In the video, the CIA operative explains that the Jihadists’ strategy is based on centuries-old Islamic doctrine to form a Caliphate. He also questions whether or not the US has any real strategy to combat the enemy threat doctrine. I must warn you, the clip is NOT safe for work as it contains harsh language. But if you are not offended by bad language, I urge you to take two minutes and view this. And...
  • Obama Admin’s Iran Point Man Promotes Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theories

    10/08/2015 3:11:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/8/15 | Adam Kredo
    A State Department official closely involved in the Obama administration’s Iran push has been promoting publications from anti-Semitic conspiracy sites and other radical websites that demonize American Jewish groups and Israel, according to sources and documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.Alan Eyre, the State Department’s Persian-language spokesman and a member of the negotiating delegation that struck a nuclear deal with Iran earlier this year, has in recent months disseminated articles that linked American-Jewish skeptics of the deal to shadowy financial networks, sought to soften the image of Iranian terrorists with American blood on their hands, and linked deal criticism...
  • NATO chief says prepared to send troops to defend Turkey

    10/08/2015 2:49:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Robin Emmott
    NATO chief says prepared to send troops to defend Turkey BRUSSELS | By Robin Emmott NATO said it was prepared to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally after violations of Turkish airspace by Russian jets bombing Syria and Britain scolded Moscow for escalating a civil war that has already killed 250,000 people. Officials at the U.S.-led alliance are still smarting from Russia's weekend incursions into Turkey's airspace near northern Syria and NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels with the agenda likely to be dominated by the Syria crisis. "NATO is ready and able to defend all allies,...
  • China uses intimidation tactics at U.N. to silence critics

    10/08/2015 2:36:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Sui-lee Wee, Reuters
    GENEVA – In a cafe lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being imprisoned and tortured back home in China. The 43-year-old Buddhist monk, Golog Jigme, had broken out of a Chinese detention center in 2012, eventually fleeing to Switzerland. But his Chinese government pursuers had not given up.
  • Driven by profit, hatred of U.S., ex-Soviet nuclear smugglers seek Islamist clients

    10/08/2015 2:30:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda
    CHISINAU – Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: €2.5 million for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks. It was earlier this year, and the two men were plotting their deal at an unlikely spot: the terrace of Cocos Prive, a dance club and sushi bar in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. “You can make a dirty bomb, which would be perfect for the Islamic State,” the smuggler said. “If you have a connection with them, the business will go smoothly.” But the smuggler, Valentin Grossu, was not...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/08/2015 12:14:20 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 October 07 | Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia's air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. "We have taken action to maintain safe separation," Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved. U.S. officials tell Fox...
  • ISIS executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq’s Anbar

    10/07/2015 11:56:22 PM PDT · by amorphous · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 7 Oct 2015 | By AFP | Baghdad
    <p>The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations said Wednesday.</p> <p>The victims, members of the Albu Nimr tribe, were executed on Sunday in the Tharthar area north of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, tribal elder Naim Gaoud told AFP.</p>
  • Syria and the Danger of Moral Imperialism

    10/07/2015 11:32:11 PM PDT · by amorphous · 17 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 2 Oct 2015 | By Patrick J. Buchanan
    “Do you realize now what you have done?” So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us. Fourteen years after we invaded Afghanistan, Afghan troops are once again fighting Taliban forces for control of Kunduz. Only 10,000 U.S. troops still in that ravaged country prevent the Taliban’s triumphal return to power. A dozen years after George W. Bush invaded Iraq, ISIS occupies its second city, Mosul, controls its largest province, Anbar,...
  • Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen wedding party, killing at least 28

    10/07/2015 11:24:25 PM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    Newsmedia ^ | 7 October 2015 | Newsmedia
    At least 80 women were killed in the wedding airstrikes, said Yemeni medical officials. Fighter jets of the Saudi-led coalition bombing the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen mistakenly struck a wedding ceremony in Mokha city in Taiz province with several missiles, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led Arab coalition, which launched an air war on the Huthi rebels in late March in support of embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. There is concern over the increase in civilian fatalities in Yemen in recent times, which was highlighted by the deaths of...
  • “Burka-Merkel” on national German TV {station accused of islamophobia}

    10/07/2015 11:12:38 PM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Ivarfjeld ^ | 3 October 2015 | Ivarfjeld
    An image of Angela Merkel wearing a traditional Iranian Islamic headscarf has caused controversy in Germany. ARD television was inundated with complaints after it broadcast a mocked-up picture of Mrs Merkel wearing the garment, known as a chador, against a backdrop of the Reichstag surrounded by minarets. The image was shown during a debate on the refugee crisis on Report from Berlin, a Newsnight-style programme, and was intended to be satirical, the broadcaster claimed. ..many viewers complained that the image was similar to posters produced by the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant movement Pegida, or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of...
  • {Pakistani} London woman charged after alleged #killallwhitemen tweet

    10/07/2015 11:07:47 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6 October 2015 | Jessica Elgot
    A student diversity officer who came to prominence in a race row after allegedly tweeting the hashtag #killallwhitemen has been charged by police with sending a threatening communication. Bahar Mustafa, of Goldsmiths, University of London, is set to appear at Bromley magistrates court on 5 November. The 28-year-old from Edmonton, north-east London, faces two charges. One is sending a communication conveying a threatening message between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015. The second is for sending a grossly offensive message via a public communication network between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015 Mustafa was initially accused of...
  • EU talks tough on deportations amid flood of Syrian refugees

    10/07/2015 11:03:49 PM PDT · by Mariner · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 7th, 2015 | By Alastair Macdonald
    European Union governments are set to agree on Thursday to step up deportations of illegal immigrants among the hundreds of thousands who have failed to win asylum as they try to cope with a surge in refugees from war-torn Syria. Diplomats say interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg should agree, among other things, to back the detention of those who may abscond before expulsion and exert more pressure on African and other poor states, including via aid budgets, to make them accept the return of citizens refused entry to Europe. In the evening, they will be joined by EU foreign ministers...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/07/2015 10:20:35 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/07/2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. “We have taken action to maintain safe separation,” Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved.
  • No US decision yet on Syria no-fly zone

    10/07/2015 9:42:51 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    AFP ^ | October 8th, 2015 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Obama administration officials on Wednesday said the longstanding issue of a no-fly zone in war-torn Syria has been discussed but no decision made. Washington's NATO ally Turkey, which has more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees on its soil, has argued for months in favor of a no-fly "safe zone" in northern Syria, where refugees could take shelter from the country's bloody civil conflict. Spokesmen for the State Department and the White House fielded reporters' questions about a CNN report Tuesday that said Secretary John Kerry had asked his staff "to further develop the idea." CNN said Kerry...
  • 45 times Secretary Clinton pushed the trade bill she now opposes

    10/07/2015 8:58:31 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, seems reluctant to take a firm position on an issue dividing her party: whether President Obama should have fast-track trading authority for the immense trade deal he has been negotiating, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With some progressive voters eyeing her with some skepticism, and facing a challenge (such as it is) from candidates on her left, she is being advised to tack in that direction. President Obama has been pushing hard for the deal, while Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday revolted and voted against...
  • Russian Offer to Share ISIL Targets With US-Led Coalition Gets No Response

    10/07/2015 8:29:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 78 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 10-7-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia has proposed sharing the coordinates of possible ISIL targets with the US-led anti-ISIL coalition, but has not received a response, Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff, told media at a press briefing on Wednesday. "This means that either our partners do not have such coordinates, or that they for some reason do not want us to hit these targets. The reason for this remains unclear to us," Kartapolov said, cited by RIA Novosti.
  • Our Lady of Victory

    10/07/2015 8:02:26 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 20 replies
    Understanding The Threat ^ | 7 Oct 15 | John Guandolo
    Today, October 7th, the free West celebrates and remembers that on this date in 1571 the last great naval battle of oared ships took place in the Gulf of Corinth (Greece). Known as the Battle of Lepanto – where the Muslims had their fleet – this was the first defeat of the Muslim Turks at sea by Christian forces.
  • Syria, backed by Russian jets, launches ground assault against rebels

    10/07/2015 7:10:13 PM PDT · by Mariner · 25 replies
    DPA International ^ | October 7th, 2015 | By Weedah Hamzah and Peter Spinella, dpa
    Beirut (dpa) - Syrian government forces, backed by Russian warplanes, launched a multi-pronged assault Wednesday on rebel positions north and north-west of the central city of Hama, a monitoring group said. The Syrian troops pushed north toward rebel-held towns and villages, including Khan Sheikhoun and Latamina - both of which have been hit in Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The fighting was the fiercest seen in the area for months and was accompanied by intense Russian air raids, the Britain-based Observatory said. "All Russian airstrikes and firepower have not helped the [Syrian] regime to advance on...
  • 3-part Series: U.S. welfare flows to Cuba (Pt.1)

    10/07/2015 7:00:51 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 14 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 10/1/15 | By Sally Kestin, Megan O'Matz and John Maines with Tracey Eaton in Cuba
    “They’re taking benefits from the American taxpayer to subsidize their life in another country.” Cuban immigrants are cashing in on U.S. welfare and returning to the island, making a mockery of the decades-old premise that they are refugees fleeing persecution at home. Some stay for months at a time — and the U.S. government keeps paying. Cubans’ unique access to food stamps, disability money and other welfare is meant to help them build new lives in America. Yet these days, it’s helping some finance their lives on the communist island. America’s open-ended generosity has grown into an entitlement that exceeds...
  • Hackers Breached LoopPay, Whose Tech Is Central to Samsung Pay (Chicom)

    10/07/2015 6:41:11 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Hackers Breached LoopPay, Whose Tech Is Central to Samsung Pay By NICOLE PERLROTH and MIKE ISAAC OCT. 7, 2015 WASHINGTON — Months before its technology became the centerpiece of Samsung’s new mobile payment system, LoopPay, a small Massachusetts subsidiary of the South Korean electronics giant, was the target of a sophisticated attack by a group of government-affiliated Chinese hackers. As early as March, the hackers — alternatively known as the Codoso Group or Sunshock Group by those who track them — had breached the computer network of LoopPay, a start-up in Burlington, Mass., that was acquired by Samsung in February...

    10/07/2015 6:11:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 7, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    At least it was sustainable fair trade carbon neutral corruption. John Ashe, the UN General Assembly president, has been busted on corruption charges. A former president of the U.N. General Assembly "sold himself and the global institution he led" by allegedly pocketing more than $1 million in bribes to finance a luxury spending spree, according to a federal prosecutor. Ashe, 61, is accused of tax fraud in an alleged conspiracy involving five others, including a billionaire Chinese businessman and a former deputy U.N. ambassador from the Dominican Republic, according to a criminal complaint. Ashe is accused of underreporting his income...
  • Swedish bishop wants to remove crosses from church and mark direction of Mecca

    10/07/2015 5:20:09 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/4/2015 | Robert Spencer
    How wonderful and generous and ecumenical and multicultural this is. Watch for mosques everywhere to remove their mihrabs and install crosses so that Christians will feel comfortable praying there. This is what a society and culture in the midst of suicide looks like. Bishop Eva Brunne has proposed to remove the Christian symbols of the Seamen’s Church in Freeport to make it more inviting for visiting sailors from other religions. The bishop wants to temporarily make the Seamen’s Church available to all, for example by marking the direction of Mecca and removing Christian symbols, as is already done in common...
  • Emails show Qaddafi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take...(Video)

    10/07/2015 5:17:56 PM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies ^ | 10/07/15 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    "Emails show Qaddafi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,' source says" Exclusive - New emails obtained by Fox News show that in March 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring revolution inside Libya, dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif was willing to talk peace from the ground in Libya – but a source told Fox News the offer was rejected by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the years since Qaddafi was forced from power, Libya's government has collapsed, and extremist groups including ISIS have exploited the power vacuum. While the Obama...
  • Archaeologist Believes Remains of Sodom’s Fiery Destruction Have Been Found

    10/07/2015 4:56:32 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 48 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 10/5/2015 | Garrett Haley
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An experienced archaeologist who has spent a decade searching for the ancient ruins of Sodom is now confident that his team has located the ill-fated biblical city and evidence of its sudden destruction. Dr. Steven Collins is a distinguished professor of Archaeology at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque and is also dean of the school’s College of Archaeology & Biblical History. In addition to writing dozens of scholarly books and journal articles, Collins frequently visits the Middle East, where he participates in ongoing archaeological research. Since 2005, Collins has led excavations in the southern Jordan Valley in...
  • El Chapo Is Reportedly Offering $100 Million for the Capture of Donald Trump "Dead or Alive"

    10/07/2015 4:12:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/7/15 | Yahoo
    With the temperature outside slowly but surely dipping into winter levels, that annoying little tradition otherwise known as hindsight starts to rear its unabashedly annoying head. 2015, though we still have a little less than three months to completely upend this assessment, has given us the rise (or, in the case of these two gentlemen, the rebirth) of many a legend of pop culture, though two titans of headlines snatching reign bafflingly supreme: Donald Trump, that guy you kind of recognize from that one reality show you could never really bring yourself to watch, is still running for president. El...