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  • 'Stay tuned for announcement on US embassy'

    01/19/2017 5:40:52 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2017-01-19 | Staff
    Sean Spicer, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for White House Press Secretary, told reporters Thursday to expect an announcement soon on the incoming administration's intentions regarding the relocation of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Soros: Trump a 'would-be dictator' who will rattle markets

    01/19/2017 5:07:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2017 6:43 PM EST
    Billionaire investor George Soros said Thursday he views President-elect Donald Trump as an “impostor and con man and a would-be dictator” who will rattle financial markets. Soros, a big supporter of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, said he is confident Trump will be checked by Congress and the Constitution. […] “I personally am convinced that (Trump) is going to fail,” Soros said. “Not because of people like me who would like him to fail, but because the ideas that guide him are inherently self-contradictory.” …
  • Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Extradited to US, Where He Faces Drug Charges

    01/19/2017 5:06:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/19 | Peter Orsi and Bradley Klapper
    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested last January after almost six months on the run following his escape from a maximum-security prison in MexicoThe convicted Sinaloa cartel boss had been held most recently at a prison near Ciudad Juarez. He was recaptured a year ago after escaping from a second maximum-security prison through a tunnel dug to his cell. The 2015 escape was highly embarrassing for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, and Mexican officials were seen as eager to hand the headache off to the United States afterward. Guzman's lawyers have fought extradition since his recapture. Guzman, who...
  • The Philippines: Whatever it takes

    01/19/2017 4:12:18 PM PST · by LadyDoc · 14 replies
    StrategyPage ^ | January 18,2017 | Jim Dunnigan
    The war on drugs continues to enjoy popular support in the Philippines despite condemnation from many outside the country. Recent opinion surveys show 85 percent of Filipinos approve of the violent crackdown on illegal drugs but at the same time 78 percent are fearful they, or someone they know, may become a victim of the increased violence. Despite that 89 percent of people have noted a decline in crime since the anti-drug campaign began and find that overall they are safer.
  • Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders

    01/19/2017 3:47:04 PM PST · by Rockitz · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 19 Jan 2017 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    ROMA, Texas — Four family members who ran one of the largest cartel smuggling operations in south Texas had their life in prison sentences commuted and will likely be returning to this border city from where they ran their criminal empire. One of the main destinations that the criminal organizations delivered drugs to was Chicago, Illinois. This week, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 convicted criminals and pardoned 64 others. The majority of the convictions were from drug trafficking or production offenses. Four of those convicted criminals who had been sentenced to life in prison will be...
  • Concerned About Anti-Israel Bias, Republicans Introduce Another Bill Targeting U.N. Funding

    01/19/2017 2:58:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 19, 2017 | 4:18 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced yet another bill targeting United Nations funding, this time including a special focus on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s heavily anti-Israel agenda. […] It calls specifically for U.S. funding to be withheld until the president certifies that no U.N. agency or affiliated agency grants official status or recognition to any organization promoting or condoning anti-Semitism. American taxpayers account for 22 percent of the regular budget of the U.N., plus almost 29 percent of the separate peacekeeping budget. The U.S. additionally provides billions of dollars more each year in “voluntary contributions” to a spread of U.N....
  • Brazil Supreme Court judge handling graft probe killed in plane crash

    01/19/2017 2:22:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/17 | Raquel Stenzel and Brad Brooks | SAO PAULO
    Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki was killed in a plane crash on Thursday, raising questions about who will take over his investigation into dozens of politicians in the country's biggest ever corruption scandal. Rescuers found three bodies in the wreckage of the small, twin-prop plane that crashed off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state amid heavy rains, firefighters said. Zavascki, 68, had in recent weeks been reviewing explosive testimony from executives at engineering group Odebrecht, expected to implicate hundreds of politicians in a scandal involving kickbacks on contracts at state-run enterprises. The dual-propeller Hawker Beechcraft C90GT carrying Zavascki...
  • Fake News CNN Versus President Donald Trump: Network’s Top Executive Makes Veiled Threat

    01/19/2017 11:05:21 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 72 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | January 19, 2017 | Matthew Boyle
    Fake news outlet CNN’s top executive, Jeff Zucker, is threatening the incoming president of the United States Donald J. Trump. “It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy,” Zucker, CNN’s president, said in an interview with NY Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, when asked about how Trump denounced CNN as “fake news” at his press conference last week in New York City....-snip- ... Zucker specifically noted that Trump’s “adversarial relationship” with a network seen in foreign capitals is “a mistake.” “I think...
  • Taliban’s Leading Bomb Maker Accidentally Blows Himself And Four Sons Up

    01/19/2017 10:40:58 AM PST · by b4its2late · 87 replies
    Geller Report ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Laura Loomer
    Some would call this pure Karma. Kamal Khan, who was described as one of the Taliban’s leading experts on constructing road side bombs and explosives experienced poetic justice when a bomb he was making in Afghanistan detonated too early, killing himself and his four sons. Khan was making explosives in his home, which have been frequently used to attack government security personnel and international troops in Afghanistan.
  • Bosnian Serb nationalist leader [DODIK] rejects US sanctions on him

    01/19/2017 10:36:51 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2017 | By Amer Cohadzic | AP
    <p>SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik has dismissed U.S. sanctions imposed on him for obstructing the peace accords that ended Bosnia’s war two decades ago, calling it a reversible act of revenge by the departing Obama administration.</p>
  • Iraq: Retreating ISIS leaves behind unfinished fighter jet in Mosul

    01/19/2017 10:23:11 AM PST · by llevrok · 36 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 1/19/2018 | Arkadev Ghoshal
    The Islamic State group — also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — was seemingly building a fighter jet it intended to use against the Iraqi security forces capturing Mosul from the terrorist group. However, with the forces pushing them back, ISIS has left the unfinished aircraft in Mosul. The fighter jet seems to be one of the many ways in which ISIS was planning to mount an offensive against the US-backed Iraqi security forces. Recently, evidence has surfaced showing that the terrorist group was looking to develop...
  • Mexican Border State Governor Destroys 500 Fast and Furious Guns

    01/19/2017 9:54:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/18/19 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    According to Nuevo León officials, the weapons had been seized from criminal organizations and from crime scenes. Rodriguez Calderon stated that the weapons had been smuggled into Mexico by criminal organizations from other countries. More than 500 of the seized weapons were traced back to the failed Fast and Furious Operation where the U.S. Department of Justice allowed Mexican cartels to illegally purchase weapons in the U.S. in order to move them into Mexico. The weapons were supposed to be traced to high ranking cartel figures, however the U.S. Department of Justice lost track of thousands and bolstered the arsenals...
  • SYRIAN REFUGEE SEXUALLY ASSAULTS 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL AT SCHOOL DANCE (tr)

    01/19/2017 9:46:02 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 45 replies
    A 14-year-old Canadian girl was sexually assaulted at a high school dance by a Syrian refugee, who was also enrolled in the school. The incident occurred when two Syrian refugees began grinding on the 14-year-old girl. Soon, one of the Syrian boys began groping the girl’s breasts before sticking his hand inside her underwear and touching her vagina. Perhaps the most troubling part of the story occurred after the incident, when documents obtained in a freedom of information request revealed school officials standing up for the Syrian boy. Particularly vice-principal, Elaine Kilfillen, who expressed sympathy for the alleged attacker. He...
  • Kremlin Tells Ukraine That the Status of Annexed Crimea Is Non-Negotiable

    01/19/2017 9:38:20 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 65 replies
    Newsweak ^ | January 19, 2017 | Damien Sharkov
    The Kremlin has declared the status of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine nearly three years ago, “non-negotiable,” after a Ukrainian lawmaker suggested Kiev could discuss the peninsula’s status during negotiations about eastern Ukraine. Russia has backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, since Ukrainian protesters toppled their pro-Russian government in 2014, though Moscow denies any official military operation in its neighbor. Speaking to TV channel 112 Tuesday, Ukrainian member of parliament Nadiya Savchenko suggested that Kiev could restore control over eastern Ukraine if it temporarily renounced its claim over Crimea. Russian President Vladimir...
  • How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction Argument

    01/19/2017 9:32:03 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 13 replies
    http://gking.harvard.edu/files/gking/files/50c.pdf ^ | 14JAN2017 | Gary King, Jennifer Pan, Margaret E. Roberts
    The Chinese government has long been suspected of hiring as many as 2,000,000 people to surreptitiously insert huge numbers of pseudonymous and other deceptive writings into the stream of real social media posts, as if they were the genuine opinions of ordinary people. Many academics, and most journalists and activists, claim that these so-called “50c party” posts vociferously argue for the government’s side in political and policy debates. As we show, this is also true of the vast majority of posts openly accused on social media of being 50c. Yet, almost no systematic empirical evidence exists for this claim, or,...
  • Barnicle Gossips: On Foreign Policy, 'Nikki Haley Makes Sarah Palin Sound Like Henry Kissinger'

    01/19/2017 8:34:19 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 62 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle might not bring much to the table, but he is still capable of passing along nasty remarks from unnamed sources. On today's Morning Joe, discussing Nikki Haley's preparations for her confirmation hearing as UN Ambassador, Barnicle said, "I was told by somebody within the world of diplomacy and international relations that Nikki Haley makes Sarah Palin sound like Henry Kissinger." Joe Scarborough seemed to have intentionally teed Barnicle up to take his anonymous shot at Haley, asking him "what are you hearing about her?" After Barnicle's gossip, Scarborough weighed in, saying that he'd been hearing for weeks "real...
  • World has changed, establishment hasn’t woken up

    01/19/2017 8:28:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Westmonster ^ | 19 January 2017 | Nigel Farage
    As Donald Trump prepares to swear in as the 45th US President tomorrow, the results of the US elections on November 8th still seem to have left this government flat footed to say the least. It was an extraordinary sight to see Conservatives (and indeed Eurosceptic ones at that) not just being abusive about a potential leader of the free world, but in some cases even calling for Hillary Clinton to win. 2016 was a year of huge surprises for the establishment. A series of events that none of the so-called experts saw coming led us to the triple whammy...
  • My story is an American story, says Nikki Haley at confirmation hearing

    01/19/2017 8:14:05 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Agencies
    If confirmed by the US Senate, Haley, 44, would be the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet-level position in any presidential administration. "My story is an American story", Indian American Nikki Haley said as she shared her experience of growing up in the United States and challenges faced by her family over the years, during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations. "I was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, the daughter of immigrants from Punjab, India. My parents had comfortable lives in India, but they chose to give up those comforts...
  • WATCH: BBC report on Westmonster launch [Westmonster.com BRITISH DRUDGE BEGINS JANUARY 20, 2017]

    01/19/2017 7:48:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Westmonster ^ | January 19, 2017 | by Westmonster
    BBC report on the launch of Westmonster.com
  • Undocumented worker sues San Francisco for violating sanctuary law

    01/19/2017 7:44:55 AM PST · by Cheerio · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 18, 2017 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    (Reuters) - An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador is suing San Francisco alleging police violated the city's sanctuary city policy by turning him over to U.S. immigration authorities after he reported his car stolen. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday on behalf of Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, 32, in federal court in San Francisco against the city and its police chief for violating his right to due process and breaking an ordinance barring municipal employees from cooperating with federal immigration authorities seeking to deport a person. Figueroa walked into a police station in November 2015 to report his car stolen, according...
  • Former child sex slave sold into Belgian aristocratic paedophile ring where boys and girls (TR)

    01/19/2017 7:18:55 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 54 replies
    A former child sex slave sold into a Belgian aristocratic paedophile ring where boys and girls were raped, tortured and murdered has revealed the horrors of her five years of abuse. Anneke Lucas, 53, was sold into the murderous paedophile network in Belgium when she was just six years old in 1969. Recalling her sickening abuse, she said: 'I was raped many, many, many times. I don't have any scars to show how many times I was raped. 'Usually it was a full night and weekend and so I gathered I was raped for about six hours a week -...
  • UK refuses to sign Paris declaration, warns summit may harden Palestinian positions [rebuke Kerry]

    01/19/2017 4:49:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 1-15-17 | RAPHAEL AHREN
    Breaking ranks with 70 other nations, London laments that confab held without Israelis and Palestinians, ‘just days before transition to new US president’ Dramatically breaking ranks with participants from 70 other countries, the United Kingdom criticized Sunday’s Middle East peace conference in Paris, arguing that it might harden Palestinian negotiating positions and refusing to sign a joint statement issued after the summit that called for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A Foreign Office spokesman said London had “particular reservations” about the Paris meeting taking place without Israeli or Palestinian representatives, especially since a new US administration is...
  • Putin Issues Dire Warning: Western Elites Plotting ‘Soft Coup’ to ‘Not Let Trump Take Office’

    01/19/2017 4:26:57 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 53 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 1/17/2017 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    Moscow, Russia – During a press conference in Moscow, on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin weighed in on the ongoing power struggle taking place in the U.S. in the lead up to the transition of power in Washington, D.C. on January 20 – going so far as to call it a “soft coup.” (Watch Putin warning video at link) Putin was direct in his interpretation of events that are currently transpiring in the U.S., noting that he sees the same forces currently at work in America, as were behind the 2014 soft coup in Ukraine. That coup began under the...
  • Is Xi Jinping the New Champion of Globalization? Far From It.

    01/18/2017 9:11:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    XI JINPING took a stab at seizing the mantle of global economic leadership on Tuesday, delivering a lengthy defense of free trade and globalization at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. To some extent, it worked: Many in the elite crowd of business leaders, government ministers and journalists seemed thrilled to hear the Chinese president, in his first appearance at the swishy forum, proclaim that there was “no point in blaming economic globalization for the world’s problems” — particularly as he spoke on a day when British Prime Minister Theresa May was outlining a “hard exit” from the...
  • How China Is Weaponizing Outer Space

    01/18/2017 9:07:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 19, 2017 | Harsh Vasani
    Many of China’s space capabilities are designed to counter U.S. military advantages. In the highly “informatized” and technologically advanced battles that characterize the 21st century, outer space will play a dominant role. Space assets direct military operations and help in making crucial battleground decisions. In this regard, attempts to weaponize space and command this sphere are to be expected from great powers. The United States and USSR started weaponizing space in the in the 1950s and 1960s respectively, and China is now following suit. What Is the “Weaponization” of Space? The weaponization of space includes placing weapons in outer space...
  • Why Donald Trump looks like just the friend Britain needs

    01/18/2017 9:03:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 19, 2017 | Freddy Gray
    As president, Barack Obama was too cool for the special relationship. The romantic bond between the United States and Great Britain, which always makes Churchill fans go all soggy-eyed, left him cold. Obama was more interested in globalism, ‘pivoting’ to Asia and the European Union. Donald J. Trump is a very different creature. The new US President seems to cherish Great Britain, whereas the EU annoys him. Brexit is beautiful, he believes — and the EU is falling apart. Trump may or may not know the name of the British Prime Minister but, as he told Michael Gove this week,...
  • Taiwan delegation to Trump inauguration arrives in U.S.

    01/18/2017 7:53:20 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2017/01/17 | Timothy Huang and Evelyn Kao
    Taiwan delegation to Trump inauguration arrives in U.S. 2017/01/17 New York, Jan. 16 (CNA) Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) arrived in New York on Monday night at the head of the Taiwanese delegation to attend the inauguration ceremony of United States President-elect Donal Trump scheduled for Friday in Washington, D.C. On arriving, Yu said he planned to convey his congratulations to the president-elect, as well as the desire of Taiwan's people and government for increased cooperation and exchanges with the United States. Yu said he believed the Taiwanese government would seek greater engagement with the new U.S. administration through various...
  • Ted Cruz Proposes Bill To Declassify Terrorism Histories Of Gitmo Transfers

    01/18/2017 6:50:13 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/18/2017 | Chuck Ross
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a bill on Tuesday that would declassify information about the terrorist activities of detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba who have been released or transferred since Election Day. The move came after a report that the Obama administration recently struck a deal with Oman to transfer 10 detainees from Gitmo. The move brings the total number of detainees down to less than 50. Cruz and other Republicans have been heavily critical of Obama’s transfers and of his promise to close the facility before leaving office. Republicans point to a statistic that 30 percent...
  • Army: Manning to lose transgender benefits

    01/18/2017 6:09:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2017 | Mark Hensch
    The Army says former private Chelsea Manning will lose her military healthcare benefits despite President Obama’s commutation of her prison sentence. “If Pvt. Manning is discharged with a dishonorable discharge, she will lose her entitlement to [military] benefits, including gender-transition care at [military] medical treatment facilities,” Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told USA Today Wednesday. Smith said Manning’s dishonorable discharge was included in the terms of the 35-year prison sentence imposed on her in 2013. Manning was convicted of leaking classified information about U.S. national security activities that were later publicly disclosed by WikiLeaks. Smith said Manning could appeal her discharge...
  • In final press call, Obama says Israeli-Palestine status quo 'unsustainable'

    01/18/2017 5:13:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.18.2017 | Jane Mcintosh
    For the last time, Obama took reporters’ questions in the White House briefing room on Wednesday. It was his last official event before President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Friday. On international issues, Obama admitted he continued to be “worried about the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The status quo is unsustainable.” He said it was bad for the Palestinians, the region and for national security. In his final news briefing, he expressed concern that the “moment may be passing” for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He added, “I don’t want to predict today what could end up happening,” in an...
  • Republican senator aims to curtail Trump's tariff power

    01/18/2017 5:00:11 PM PST · by Mariner · 56 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 13th, 2017 | by Patrick Gillespie
    President-elect Donald Trump could soon face resistance within his own party over his tariff threats. A staffer for Republican Senator Mike Lee told trade experts at a lunch in Washington this week that he is looking into ways to curtail the president's wide-ranging powers to impose tariffs, according to one of Lee's aides. The aide said a bill could be introduced as early as next week, and it may require Trump to go through Congress to use tariffs. Lee, who represents Utah, declined to comment for this story. Trump's spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. The aide...
  • Russia..Accuses UK, Germany And France Of "Grossly Interfering" In The US Election

    01/18/2017 3:04:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Having listened stoically for the past two months to accusations without evidence that Moscow "hacked the US election", and that Hillary's loss was indirectly due to Putin's alleged meddling, which resulted in Obama's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, on Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finally snapped, and lashed out at the ongoing US election scapegoating fiasco, saying that leaders and top officials from the UK, Germany, and France have “grossly interfered” in US internal affairs, “campaigned” for Hillary Clinton, and openly “demonized” Donald Trump.
  • Trump nominee questions US funding of UN

    01/18/2017 3:03:29 PM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 18, 2017 | Nicole Gaouette
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be UN ambassador, questioned Wednesday at her Senate confirmation hearing whether the US's funding of the world body is worth it. And she diverged sharply from many of the foreign policy views Trump has expressed, telling senators that she expected the President-elect's views to evolve under the counsel of his national security team. Haley rapped the UN for its treatment of Israel and indicated that she thinks the US should reconsider its contribution of 22% of the annual budget. "Are we getting what we pay for?" she asked. Haley...
  • The Daily Rattle (Pre-Inaugural Edition)

    01/18/2017 2:19:36 PM PST · by OddLane · 1 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 18, 2017 | Gerard Perry
    President Obama’s last week in office has brought with it a flood of breaking news. The biggest story, of course, is his commutation of Chelsea Manning’s 35 year prison sentence. My own impression is that his decision is designed as a cynical bit of legacy-building, with the added benefit of perhaps inducing Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy. Although that prospect appears increasingly remote, it very well might have factored into his judgement. Overlooked in news coverage of the Manning commutation is the grant of clemency to Oscar Lopez Rivera, a leader of the Marxist-Leninist Puerto Rican terror group...
  • The official Brexit song.

    01/18/2017 2:06:51 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 10 replies
    The People's charter ^ | 01/18/2017 | The People's charter
    After recently witnessing that hideous effort by John Oliver (who IS he anyway?), I bring before you a much more accurate and less scatalogical effort. Enjoy.
  • Barbed wire, Swiss Army and no-fly zones amount to $36.9M security package for Davos

    01/18/2017 1:46:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
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  • Mattis Approved by Senate Armed Services Committee to Be SecDef

    01/18/2017 1:30:33 PM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/18/17 | Madeleine Weast
    Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis was approved on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Armed Services to serve as secretary of defense in Donald Trump’s administration. Mattis sailed through the committee, which voted 26-1 for him to lead the Pentagon. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) was the only member of the Senate panel to vote against the retired four-star general, who enjoys bipartisan support to head the Defense Department under President-elect Trump. Gillibrand has previously said she would oppose confirming Mattis because he only retired from the Marine Corps in 2013, while federal law requires a seven-year break between military...
  • White House says Obama’s release of Manning serves ‘justice’

    01/18/2017 1:19:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    Washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/18/17 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama granted clemency for transgender military secrets leaker Chelsea Manning “in pursuit of justice,” and accused congressional Republicans of hypocrisy for criticizing the commutation. “Chelsea Manning was convicted of serious crimes,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “She also took responsibility for those crimes. She expressed remorse for those crimes.” He said Manning’s 35-year prison term was “much longer than the sentence that was handed down to people who committed similar crimes that got much less attention.”
  • Right-wing parties to hold EU Counter-summit on Trumps first day as President

    01/18/2017 12:28:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | 13 January 2017 | Nick Gutteridge
    EUROPE’S right-wing parties are set to meet up in Germany amid an apparent rift in Germany’s populist movement over how close to get to France’s Marine Le Pen. ___ Leaders of eurosceptic movements from France, Germany and Italy will come together in the city of Koblenz to discuss a possible political pact which could hand them more influence within the EU. Symbolically, they will get together on January 21 - the first day of billionaire tycoon Donald Trump's stint as US President and a day after his inauguration. The meeting will bring together Ms Le Pen, the French presidential candidate...
  • Hungary set to turn screws on Soros-backed NGOs

    01/18/2017 12:22:13 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 16 January 2017 | Peter Murphy
    Hungarian NGOs have long felt the heat under strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban -- but they now fear that, emboldened by Donald Trump's victory, the right-wing premier will turn the screws even tighter. First in line may be groups backed by Hungarian-born billionaire financier George Soros, whose foundation once funded the Oxford studies of a young Orban more than 25 years ago. Last week the deputy head of Orban's ruling party Fidesz, in power since 2010, said that non-governmental organisations should be "cleaned out of here". Szilard Nemeth said that criticism of government policies by "fake" civil organisations set up...
  • Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

    01/18/2017 12:19:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 January 2017
    Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia. Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the deployment coincides with the U.S. sending several thousand troops to Poland to beef up its Eastern European allies worried about Moscow's assertiveness. Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina landed a little after 10 am CET (0900 GMT) at a snow-covered Vaernes airport near Trondheim,...
  • President-Elect Calls [NATO] Alliance 'Obsolete' In Interview With London Newspaper

    01/18/2017 12:16:34 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 16 January 2017 | Lydia O'Neal
    In an interview with the Times of London published Monday, President-elect Donald Trump called the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance “obsolete,” sparking alarm among other NATO members. The comments were especially worrisome to many in the West given the intense scrutiny of Trump’s ties to Russia —both substantiated and unsubstantiated. The Times interview marked yet another instance of Trump’s veering away from decades of nearly unconditional U.S. support for its allies in the pact—namely, Canada and most of Europe, including his current wife’s country of Slovenia, formerly part of the Soviet state Yugoslavia. On the campaign trail in July, Trump told...
  • Colleges Hiring ‘Working Class Officers’ to Stop Poor People From Feeling Oppressed

    01/18/2017 12:07:04 PM PST · by pabianice · 7 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | 1/18/17 | Spence
    Students in Manchester, London and Oxford in the UK are pumping out a new breed of bureaucrat to address supposed social problems at institutions. Manchester – one of Europe’s top institutions – advertised for two officers, both of whom must consider themselves working class, and one of whom must be a “self-identifying woman”. A specification for the position has been posted online here. Their job will be to “facilitate dialogue” between their poor fellows and middle-class students, which presumably did not occur before. They will also organize events and campaigns, according to the Manchester Tab.
  • Lavrov: Kosovo Albanian forces should not be in northern Kosovo

    01/18/2017 11:56:24 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    B92/Sputnik ^ | January 17, 2017 | Sputnik
    Lavrov: Kosovo Albanian forces should not be in northern Kosovo Russian Foreign Minister on Tuesday said that a new war in the Balkans must be avoided, and that Albanian forces should not be in northern Kosovo and Metohija. Lavrov is seen in Moscow on Tuesday (Tanjug/AP) Speaking during his annual news conference in Moscow, Lavrov touched on the latest tensions between Belgrade and Pristina. "The forces of Kosovo Albanians should not be present in the north of Kosovo and Metohija, which is inhabited by Serbs," said Lavrov. He also commented on the talk of "a war in the Balkans." "I...
  • Sweden refuses to provide statistics over crime by immigrants

    01/18/2017 11:52:50 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    Total blackout: The Swedish government says no, and refuses to submit statistics on immigrant crime. They are also reluctant to explain why. On Sunday, the issue of mapping the various groups represented in crime statistics was discussed in SVT's Agenda, on national TV. It is 11 years since the last time such statistics were put forward in Sweden. Would they consider doing it again? No, not a chance! And not only that, they would not even debate the issue. Not with the Sweden Democrats (SD) at least. The entire left - the governing parties plus the supporting party V -...
  • Pence: 'Mistake' to commute sentence for 'traitor' Chelsea Manning

    01/18/2017 11:19:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday blasted President Obama's decision to commute former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence. “To commute Private Manning's sentence was a mistake," Pence said in a pre-recorded interview with Fox News that will be broadcast Wednesday evening. The vice president-elect echoed the words of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who on Tuesday said Obama treated "a traitor like a martyr.” "Private Manning is a traitor and should not have been turned into a martyr, as Senator Cotton said. Private Manning's actions compromised our national security, endangered American personnel downrange, compromised individuals in Afghanistan...
  • Obama’s betrayal of the Cuban people

    01/18/2017 11:01:43 AM PST · by TBP · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2017 | Antonio Benedi
    I couldn’t have imagined that President Obama could do any more harm to the Cuban people before he left office, but I was wrong. With only a week left in his presidency he announced that the long-standing policy of accepting Cubans that flee the Communist island of Cuba by sea — the policy known as “wet feet, dry feet” — would change. That policy has been in place since President Clinton declared it so after the horrific debacle of the Clinton administration’s handling of 9-year-old Elian Gonzalez. After the forced deportation of Elian Gonzalez by armed U.S. federal agents under...
  • Nikki Haley Re-Affirms U.S. Commitment To Israel In Senate Hearing

    01/18/2017 10:57:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/18/2017 | Christine Rousselle
    In the opening minutes of her Senate confirmation hearing for United States Ambassador to the United Nations, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley took a stand to say that she would stand up for one of the United States' closest allies to prevent a repeat of the anti-Israel actions of the past. "Nowhere, has the U.N.'s failure been more consistent, and more outrageous, then it's bias against our close ally, Israel," said Haley, noting that Israel is subject to a disproportionate number of negative resolutions. She also pointed out that the U.N.'s Human Rights' Council has also condemned Israel a number...
  • Trump's Challenge of NATO Riles Globalists

    01/18/2017 10:47:28 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 18 January 2017 | Steve Byas
    “Neither can the U.S. be expected to sustain an expensive role in an alliance [the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO] whose chief role is to diminish European fear of a resurgent Germany.”These may be the sentiments, though not the words of President-elect Donald Trump, who has called NATO “obsolete.” The words are those of the late Jeanne Kirkpatrick, who served as ambassador to the United Nations for President Ronald Reagan. In an article she wrote for the National Interest in the fall of 1990, it would appear that Kirkpatrick would have agreed with Trump’s bold assertion: “I said a...
  • Gambian President Jammeh declares state of emergency(Illegitimate president?)

    01/18/2017 10:23:31 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 1/17/2017 | Felix Onuah in Abuja, Emma Farge in Diouloulou and Edward McAllister in Dakar
    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election last month. State television said the emergency would prevent a power vacuum while the supreme court rules on Jammeh's petition challenging the election result. That suggests Jammeh will stay in power beyond Thursday, when Barrow was due to have been sworn in as president.