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  • 1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

    01/31/2015 2:18:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:12AM JST | PHUONG LE
    SEATTLE ó Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94. Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner, Washington.
  • Polish troops spark war of words

    01/31/2015 2:10:18 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    New Poland Express ^ | 23rd January 2015 | New Poland Express
    PM Ewa Kopacz has been threatened with legal action after comments she made regarding Law and Justice¬ís (PiS) presidential candidate Andrzej Duda who allegedly claimed that Poland could provide support for Ukraine and deploying troops there ¬ďshould be considered¬Ē.‚Ä®Ms Kopacz told reporters ¬ďIt¬ís frightening that PiS wish to send in troops ... PiS is always looking for ways to start a war.¬Ē
  • Security Ďfarceí at Auschwitz

    01/31/2015 2:06:17 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    New Poland Express ^ | Saturday 31st January 2015 | New Poland Express
    The Head of Romeís Jewish community and a television film crew made international headlines this week after finding themselves locked in Auschwitz and then interrogated by police after attempting to escape.
  • Ukraine: The volunteer war?

    01/31/2015 1:59:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 28, 2015 | NATO
    [VIDEO] How does the director of a zoo with a weekend hobby flying remote-controlled planes become enemy number one of the pro-Russian forces in Ukraine?
  • NATO Secretary General statement on the attack on Mariupol

    01/31/2015 1:49:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    NATO ^ | 24 Jan. 2015 | NATO
    Fighting in eastern Ukraine has sharply escalated, with indications of a large-scale offensive by Russian-backed separatists at multiple locations in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts as well as against the city of Mariupol. This is in utter disregard of the ceasefire. The shelling of residential areas in the city of Mariupol from separatist-controlled territory has cost the lives of at least 20 civilians, and injured many more. For several months we have seen the presence of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, as well as a substantial increase in Russian heavy equipment such as tanks, artillery and advanced air defence systems....
  • France Sending Tanks To Poland

    01/30/2015 11:53:01 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    Atlantic Council ^ | January 30, 2015 | Lorne Cook, AP
    France is pledging tanks and armored vehicles to bolster NATO forces in Poland, where leaders are increasingly uneasy about Russia.
  • Putin nationalist calls for Austria to be incorporated into Russia dominated 'Eurasian empire'

    01/30/2015 11:45:26 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    International Business Times (IBT) ^ | January 30, 2015 17:34 GMT | Tom Porter
    Russian nationalist ideologue Alexander Dugin, who has close links to Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, has described his vision of a Russian lead 'Eurasian empire', incorporating Austria, as well as Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. Dugin, who has called for Russia to completely annex Ukraine and exterminate Ukrainians, made the comments in an interview with far-right Hungarian website alfahir.hu, and declares his belief in the necessity of a Eurasian empire to counteract the influence of the "nihilistic" West.
  • White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

    01/30/2015 9:41:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 6:37 PM EST | Julie Pace
    Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of ďIslamic extremism,Ē settling for the more generic ďviolent extremism.Ē This week, the White House struggled to explain why the administration sometimes classifies the Afghan Taliban as a terrorist organizationóand sometimes does not. The rhetorical wrangling underscores the extent to which a president who pledged to end to his predecessorís war on terror is still navigating how to explain the threats...
  • Venezuela allows security forces to use firearms in protests

    01/30/2015 9:18:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 6:19 PM EST
    Human rights groups and Venezuelaís opposition are criticizing the governmentís new authorization for riot police to use firearms to control protests. [Ö] Venezuelaís constitution bans the use of firearms and toxic substances to control demonstrations, although in practice such means have long been used, including during last yearís deadly street battles between police and anti-government demonstrators. Ö
  • Front Nationalís Le Pen Consolidates Lead in First Presidential Poll Since Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 8:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 30, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A new poll commissioned by French magazine Marianne reveals that if presidential elections happened today, Le Pen would gather the most votes and Franceís unpopular incumbent President Hollande would be knocked out in the first round. Itís the first opinion poll on voting intentions this year, and the solid advantage enjoyed by Le Pen and her traditional-conservative Front National (FN) party appears to have been confirmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier this month. Front National is the only mainstream French political movement that shows willing to tackle the problem of rising Islamism, and this...
  • Israeli Officials: Obama has Already Given Iran 80% of What they Want in Nuke Negotiations

    01/30/2015 8:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 30, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Considering that he has given our enemy Iran 80% of what they want in negotiations that were supposed to curtail their nuclear enrichment program, you bet I would. The guy is a pushover and if I played my cards right, I might end up walking off the lot with a free car. According to Channel 10 in Israel, Israeli officials believe that the American president is so desperate for a deal, he will give away the store ó and American and Israeli security ó in his quest to ďmake historyĒ with the Iranians. Jerusalem Post: Israeli officials told Channel 10...
  • Five reasons Netanyahu should not address Congress

    01/30/2015 7:42:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Robert Kagan
    Here are five reasons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should politely decline House Speaker John Boehner¬ís invitation to address a joint session of Congress: ‚óŹ It¬ís inappropriate. It doesn¬ít matter what good allies the United States and Israel are, and it doesn¬ít matter how bad relations may be between Netanyahu and President Obama. Allies don¬ít go big-footing around in each other¬ís politics. It also doesn¬ít matter how worthy the cause. In 1793, when Citizen Gen√™t traveled through the United States, drumming up support for revolutionary France (and overtly violating President George Washington¬ís policy of U.S. neutrality), he no doubt thought...
  • Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

    01/30/2015 7:39:46 PM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 30th, 2015 | By BALINT SZLANKO and PETER LEONARD
    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) ó Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed....(excerpt)
  • Globalism Wins as Israel Plans "Free Trade" With Putin, Beijing

    01/30/2015 6:05:47 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 January 2015 | Alex Newman
    Israel is working to create "free trade zones" with Communist China and the Eurasian Union, as the world is being divided into geographic "regions" for the eventual New World Order. Globalism Wins as Israel Plans "Free Trade" With Putin, Beijing The New American 30 January 2015 As the world is increasingly divided up into geographic ďregionsĒ under regional regimes cobbled together under the guise of pseudo-ďfree trade,Ē Israeli authorities are now quietly working to create what they call ďfree trade zonesĒ with both the Communist Chinese regime and the Kremlin-dominated Eurasian Economic Union (member countries shown in green). The...
  • Sen. Cruz Asks if Obama Behind V-15 ĎPolitical Campaign against Netanyahuí

    01/30/2015 5:58:47 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 30th, 2015 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    ¬ďHas President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?¬Ē Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, also a Republican, asked Sec. of State John Kerry in a letter Thursday.They asked ‚Äúfor information regarding media reports that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used to fund efforts to influence upcoming elections in Israel.‚ÄĚThe Jewish Press reported here this week that non-profit and tax-exempt leftist groups ¬†are campaigning to dump Netanyahu.Sen. Cruz asked: This administration¬ís relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the...
  • Democrats in Congress suggest postponing Netanyahu's address

    01/30/2015 4:38:12 PM PST · by PROCON · 52 replies
    jpost.com ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | MICHAEL WILNER
    US lawmakers propose PM move speech to joint session of Congress until after Israel election on March 17.WASHINGTON Ė Democrats in the House of Representatives are suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu postpone his speech to a joint session of Congress until after the Israeli election on March 17. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said it was ďnot appropriateĒ for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to invite Netanyahu without first notifying the White House Ė a move that angered the Obama administration.Netanyahu is expected to advocate for a different policy on Iran that the president has thus far pursued. ďSuch...
  • Antisemitic British Baroness Jenny Tonge Pressures UK Jews to Condemn Israel

    01/30/2015 4:24:14 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JANUARY 30, 2015 11:50 AM | Ben Cohen
    Antisemitic British Baroness Jenny Tonge Pressures UK Jews to Condemn Israel JANUARY 30, 2015 11:50 AM Ben Cohen Baroness Jenny Tonge, a member of Britainís House of Lords with a long record of inflammatory, often antisemitic, statements against both Israel and the British Jewish leadership, has again been pressuring British Jews to collectively condemn Israel. Earlier this week, Tonge tabled a written question in the House of Lords in which she asked ďHer Majestyís Government whether they plan to encourage Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support...
  • As the Iranian Nuclear Talks Drag On, Congress Must Act (Senator Cotton lays down the law)

    01/30/2015 3:24:35 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 7:24 p.m. ET | Tom Cotton
    A nuclear-capable Iran is the gravest threat facing America today. The Obama administrationís nuclear negotiations with Iran, the so-called P5+1 talks, were supposed to stop Iranís rush to a nuclear bomb. Regrettably, what began as an unwise gamble has descended into a dangerous series of unending concessions, which is why the time has come for Congress to act. Our negotiating ďpartner,Ē Iran, is not a rational or peaceful actor; it is a radical, Islamist tyranny whose constitution explicitly calls for jihad. Iranís ayatollahs have honored the call: Iran has been killing Americans for more than three decades. In 1983 Iran...
  • Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: US

    01/30/2015 2:35:38 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 01/30/15 | Dan De Luce
    Washington (AFP) - The US military will no longer divulge facts and figures about its costly effort to assist Afghan security forces, declaring the information top secret, officials said Thursday. The move marks an about-face for the Pentagon, which for the past six years has reported a range of data about the $65 billion program to build up the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The information included how US taxpayers' money has been spent and the state of the troubled country's police and army. John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), voiced disappointment with the change and said...
  • European Police: Gun Control Not Working, Jihadists Have Us Outgunned

    01/30/2015 1:09:49 PM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/30/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Police armed with pistols in heavily gun-controlled European countries are realizing a hard lesson fastĖjihadists with no respect for the law are side-stepping gun control and stockpiling weapons that will give them the upper hand in confrontations with officers. Europol chief of staff Brian Donald says there were two ďlarge seizuresĒ of firearmsĖparticularly ďassault weaponsĒĖover the last two weeks and more seizures are expected as investigations and tracking continues.
  • Panamaís ex-presidentís hunger for gossip at center of wiretap probe

    01/30/2015 12:47:42 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Tim Johnson
    When the United States rejected former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelliís request for spying equipment to eavesdrop, U.S. diplomats feared, on his political enemies, the former supermarket baron turned to another source: Israel.Now scores of Panamaís political and social elite are learning that the eavesdropping program that Martinelliís security team set in place sprawled into the most private aspects of their lives Ė including their bedrooms. Rather than national security, what appears to have driven the wiretapping was a surfeit of the seven deadly sins, particularly greed, pride, lust and envy.Nearly every day, targets of the wiretapping march to the prosecutorsí...
  • Ukraine needs Americaís help

    01/30/2015 12:35:40 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 104 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 29 at 8:12 PM | Steven Pifer and Strobe Talbott
    "Eight former U.S. national security practitioners ó the two of us, plus former U.S. representative to NATO Ivo Daalder, former undersecretary of defense MichŤle Flournoy, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst, former deputy undersecretary of defense Jan Lodal, former NATO European commander James Stavridis and former U.S. European Command deputy commander Charles Wald ó come together issuing following recommendations for immediate action. (releasing Monday report: ďPreserving Ukraineís Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do.Ē) First, White House and Congress must commit serious money to Ukraineís defense: $1 billion in military assistance this fiscal year,...
  • MEXICO REFUSES TO EXTRADITE INFAMOUS DRUG LORD ĎEL CHAPOí TO THE U.S.

    01/30/2015 12:18:29 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Sylvia Longmire
    Mexicoís drug war was completely rocked in February 2014 after news broke of the arrest of Joaquin ďEl ChapoĒ GuzmŠn Loera, the notorious long-time head of the Sinaloa cartel and arguably the most wanted man in the Western Hemisphere. But despite the U.S. governmentís deep desire to prosecute and incarcerate GuzmŠn in the United States, Mexicoís attorney general announced the kingpin would not be extradited. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told the Associated Press, ďI could accept extradition, but at the time that I choose. ĎEl Chapoí must stay here to complete his sentence, and then I will extradite him.Ē...
  • ISILís Rise in Libya

    01/30/2015 12:16:52 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 January 2015 | Christopher Stephen
    The Islamic State announced its arrival in Libya in brutal fashion this week with the slaying of an American contractor in a suicide attack on a Tripoli hotel, an act that will make it harder for Washington to continue ignoring the conflict and chaos raging in this North African country. Until now the United States and the European Great Powers have been content to look the other way as Libya had descended into violence and anarchy. Four years ago, NATO bombed the rebels to victory in their war against Muammar Qadhafi, then packed its bags and left the country to...
  • Greece says will not cooperate with troika or seek aid extension

    01/30/2015 11:48:58 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1-30-2015 | Reuters
    Greece's government will not cooperate with the EU and IMF mission bankrolling the country and will not seek an extension to the bailout program, its finance minister said on Friday. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the euro zone finance ministers' group who is in Athens for talks with the new government, said the two sides would decide what would happen next before the program ends on Feb. 28.
  • New Greek nationalist defense minister prompts Turkey to scramble jets

    01/30/2015 11:38:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 1-29-2015 | Reuters
    Greece's new nationalist defense minister prompted Greece's perennial rival Turkey to scramble jets on Friday, just days after he took office, by flying over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996. Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace and were intercepted by Greek jets as Defence Minister Panos Kammenos and military chiefs flew by helicopter to the islet of Imia to drop wreaths in memory of three Greek officers killed nearby in a helicopter crash 19 years ago, the Greek Defence Ministry said. Kammenos heads the small, right-wing, Eurosceptical Independent Greeks party, and the episode...
  • Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli officials tell Ch. 10

    01/30/2015 11:36:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 30, 2015 | Staff
    Isreali officials told Channel 10 on Friday that they are convinced the Obama administration has already agreed to most of Iranís demands in the P5+1 negotiations over the Islamic Republicís nuclear program. According to unnamed officials, Washington ďhas given the Iranians 80 percent of what they wantĒ out of the negotiations, Channel 10 is reporting.
  • African Union confirms Mugabe as chairman

    01/30/2015 11:24:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 30.01.2015 | [ipj/gb(AFP, Reuters, AP)]
    The African Unionís rotating post of chairman has gone to Robert Mugabe. Zimbabweís veteran president enjoys respect across the continent, but faces travel bans from both the US and EU for harassing opponents. Mugabe assumed the largely ceremonial role on Friday at an African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa as it leaders and UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for global action against Boko Haram in Nigeria. [Ö] Western nations accuse Mugabe, a former guerrilla leader who fought against white-minority rule in former British-ruled Rhodesia, of crushing political dissent and ruining Zimbabweís rural-based economy. For many in Africa, however, he...
  • Peres on Netanyahu: When US president tells you not to come to US... [Isaiah 28]

    01/30/2015 11:05:07 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/29/2015 | Jpost.com Staff
    Thursday criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his upcoming speech before the US Congress that was arranged without the knowledge of US President Barack Obama. Speaking at a memorial ceremony for former prime minister Ariel Sharon in the Negev, Peres said, "Bibi [Netanyahu] can make speeches at any place or date, but when the President of the United States asks him not to come before elections, he must respect that request." Peres also addressed the tension between Israel and Hezbollah after an attack that killed two IDF soldiers on Wednesday, saying that "both sides understand that there is no choice...
  • Chinese Approaching Arms Dominance, Pentagon Warns

    01/30/2015 10:55:57 AM PST · by raptor22 · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 30 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Arms Buildup: A senior weapons developer tells Congress that Beijing's massive defense buildup, emphasizing precision-guided and other advanced weapons, has placed the U.S. and its shrinking military at serious risk. 'I am very concerned about the increasing risk of loss of U.S. military technological superiority," Frank Kendall, deputy undersecretary for acquisition, said Wednesday. "We're at risk, and the situation is getting worse." He was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee at a hearing on the subject of defense and technological change. The Chinese were paying attention to U.S. military dominance in the early 1990s after we won the arms...
  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    01/30/2015 10:36:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:38 p.m. | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON ó When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when heís here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the speech or not. Most said they either hadnít thought about it or they hadnít decided. But there were no hard answers in the negative. Only one senator definitively said...
  • Homeowners in Poland Borrowed in Swiss Francs, and Now Pay Dearly

    01/30/2015 10:35:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JAN. 28, 2015 | DANNY HAKIM
    WARSAW ó Piotr Szczepaniak, an apartment manager here, had just finished work, checking faucets and making sure rents were paid. After making himself a coffee, he logged on to a Polish social network and noticed that someone had posted the current exchange rate of the Swiss franc. ďI was frozen,Ē he said, seeing that the francís value had soared that day. Like hundreds of thousands of other Eastern Europeans, Mr. Szczepaniak, 46, is paying off a mortgage he took out in francs, instead of his local currency, the zloty. In an instant, his monthly payment rose by more than 20...
  • Nigeria Elections Put Christians in Danger of More Muslim Attacks

    01/30/2015 10:17:23 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 3 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Muslim persecution of Christians is at a high tide ó and there are grave fears of more sectarian bloodletting as millions of people in Nigeria, which is half Muslim and half Christian, vote for their national leaders next month. These religious atrocities cry out for media attention and political awareness, said Raymond Ibrahim, author of the monthly report ďMuslim Persecution of Christians,Ē which has chronicled attacks on Christians in dozens of countries since July 2011. Mainstream media rarely cover attacks on Christians, even though they happen ďall around the Islamic world,Ē Mr. Ibrahim said Tuesday.
  • WOMAN GRABS MIC AT MUSLIM EVENT, SCREAMS ĎISLAM WILL NEVER DOMINATEí

    01/30/2015 10:02:04 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 59 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 29, a female protester at a Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) event in Texas grabbed the mic and screamed, ďIslam will never dominate the United States.Ē The incident took place in Austin, Texas, during the 11th Texas Muslim Capitol Day. In a video posted by The Texas Tribune, the woman can be seen grabbing the mic and denouncing the ďfalse prophet Muhammed.Ē And even as Muslim organizers by the podium asked for help in silencing her, the woman continued: ďIslam will never dominate the United States. And by the grace of God, it will not dominate Texas.Ē
  • EU antiterror chief calls for common laws against jihadis

    01/30/2015 9:51:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 12:08 PM EST
    The European Unionís counterterrorism chief says member states need to have common laws against Europeans traveling to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist groups. [Ö] Gilles de Kerchove told reporters in Riga on Friday that ďitís important to have the same definition of what is it when you go abroad for training purposes to fight.Ē Ö
  • 2nd Amendment threatened in Obama's trade plans

    01/30/2015 9:26:21 AM PST · by yoe · 11 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2015 | Curtis Ellis
    UNITED NATIONS Ė Giving President Obama fast-track authority to conclude an international trade agreement is like playing Russian roulette with six bullets in the chamber, says one of Americaís leading gun rights organizations. Gun Owners of America is blasting a congressional proposal that empowers Obama to unilaterally negotiate international agreements as ďa Ďbait and switchí scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.Ē House and Senate committees are currently preparing to hand Obama so-called ďfast-trackĒ trade promotion authority. It would enable the president to unilaterally negotiate the TransPacific Partnership, a trade and global governance agreement with the U.S. and 11...
  • At least 56 dead in bomb blast at Shiite mosque in Pakistan

    01/30/2015 9:25:26 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 30, 2015
    ISLAMABAD Ė A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years. The attack compounds Pakistan's security challenge to contain a surge in militancy following last month's killing of 150 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school. The militant Sunni group Jundullah claimed responsibility for Friday's bombing in the city of Shikarpur in Sindh province, 310 miles north of the port city of Karachi. [...]
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    01/30/2015 9:08:07 AM PST · by yoe · 2 replies
    EFF ^ | January 2015
    What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold: (1) Intellectual Property Chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for usersí freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate. (2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.
  • Obama's Cuba initiative backfires big-time

    01/30/2015 9:07:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Raķl Castro knows a sucker when he sees one. Having watched Barack Obama, the worldís worst negotiator, hand concession after concession to the mullahs of Iran, he is going for a big score in the current negotiations over resumption of diplomatic relations, at President Obamaís initiative. Far from being grateful that he has been handed huge plums, he is making ridiculous demands. (And given Obamaís track record, you canít call them unrealistic.) Alastair Jamieson reports for NBC News: Cuban President Raul Castro has demanded that the United States hand back its Guantanamo Bay military base - an apparent bargaining tool...
  • REPORTS: BOKO HARAM CLOSE IN ON REGIONAL CAPITAL, TWO MILLION UNDER THREAT

    01/30/2015 8:35:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    Boko Haram jihadists have reportedly closed in on the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which has an estimated population of two million, along with another 200,000 who are currently taking refuge within its borders. Residents have said that the Boko Haram terrorists warned them that they are readying ďa big graveĒ for Maiduguriís residents and that ďthere will be no mercy.Ē A local resident told the CBC regarding Boko Haram, ďThey kept saying they were chasing us so that we can all run into the big grave they are preparing for us in Maiduguri.Ē
  • Hillary Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi panel's ranking Dem says.

    01/30/2015 8:14:50 AM PST · by Din Maker · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 28, 2015 | Dylan Stableford
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, CNN reports. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panelís Democratic ranking member, told CNN Tuesday that Clinton had agreed to testify before the committee late last year. ďThe chairman asked me back in September to inquire as to whether Secretary Clinton would testify,Ē Cummings said. ďShe immediately said she would and that she wanted to come in December, but if December did not work, she would come in January. She said, ĎIíll do it,...
  • Al Jazeera @ the MLA

    01/30/2015 7:53:13 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 29, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Haider Eid, an associate professor at al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip, who also has a blog with Al Jazeera, pre-recorded his remarks to the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Vancouver, Canada. Eid apologized for not being able to attend the convention:ďUnfortunately, I have not been able to leave GazaĒ for at least eight conferences. He even remarked that he ďhad to think twice about participating in your extremely important panelĒ at the MLA, which had less than a dozen people in the audience. He then blasted Israel, ďGaza has been under a medieval siege by apartheid Israel since...
  • 'Blasphemous' Muhammad Cartoons Will Lead to World War III, Claims Pakistani Islamist Politician

    01/30/2015 7:23:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The leader of Pakistani politico-religious party Jamaat-e Islami is claiming that the Western "extremist standpoint" on the freedom of news organizations to publish "blasphemous caricatures" of Islam's prophet Muhammad will ultimately lead to World War III. In addressing the thousands in attendance at a Friday protest over the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which publicized cartoons portraying Muhammad, the influential chief of the Jamaat-e Islami party, Sirajul Haq, demanded that the United Nations make laws designed to prevent the media and others from mocking religious personalities. Haq explained that the West's leniency and tolerance in dealing with those who mock...
  • BREAKING Pilots of AirAsia #QZ8501 Disabled Critical Computers Moments Before AirAsia Crash

    01/30/2015 7:23:35 AM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    AirLive ^ | January 29, 2015
    The pilots of AirAsia Bhd. Flight 8501 cut power to a critical computer system that normally prevents planes from going out of control shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea.. The action appears to have helped trigger the events of Dec. 28, when the Airbus Group NV A320 plane climbed so abruptly that it lost lift and it began falling with warnings blaring in the cockpit.. The pilots had been attempting to deal with alerts about the flight augmentation computers, which control the A320ís rudder and also automatically prevent it from going too slow. After the initial attempts to...
  • 300 Armed Muslims Attack Christian Boys' School in Pakistan in Retaliation to Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 7:14:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Close to 300 Muslim students armed with iron bars and sticks attacked a Christian boys' school in northern Pakistan, reportedly in retaliation to French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's controversial drawings of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The attack left four Christians injured. "It is very sad that Islamic radicals attack Pakistani Christians because of Charlie Hebdo. Christians condemn the blasphemous cartoons. It is a shame that even after 67 years since the birth of Pakistan, Christians have not yet been considered Pakistani citizens, but are seen as 'Western allies,'" Nasir Saeed, director of the NGO Center for Legal Aid Assistance &...
  • ISIS to Obama: Weíll Behead You and Make America Muslim

    01/30/2015 6:46:41 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 55 replies
    The terrorist group known as Daesh, ďIslamic State,Ē ISIS or ISIL has threatened to behead President Barack Obama and turn the United States into a Muslim province, installing sharia law and incorporating America into its fledgling caliphate. ďKnow, oh Obama, that we will reach America. Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House and transform America into a Muslim province,Ē said an ISIS fighter in a video obtained by MEMRI, before beheading a Kurdish soldier. The statement was delivered from a street in Mosul, Iraq, which ISIS fighters have taken and where U.S. Marines formerly...
  • A final salute to OSS agent who helped win WWII

    01/30/2015 6:43:45 AM PST · by luke1825 · 3 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 1/29 | Peter Lucas
    Nick Kukich died last Monday. It may not mean much to you in the scheme of things, but it should. It should because Nick was part of the dwindling number of World War II veterans who went to war to defeat Nazism and Fascism in order to keep America strong, free and democratic. He was, in short, part of the Greatest Generation. Nick, who died in a nursing home in Delaware, was 99 years old and lived a full lif
  • Anti-Semitic Politician Becomes Greek Defense Minister

    01/30/2015 6:40:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 1/30/2015, 1:11 PM | Tova Dvorin
    A Greek politician who claimed that Jews ďdonít pay taxesĒ has been elected as Defense Minister, Greek media reported Thursday night, amid already-high concerns over rising anti-Semitism in the country that is only expected to worsen following recent elections. Panos Kammenos of the Syriza party made the comments during an interview with Greek Ant-1 TV, according to New Greek TV, on December 18ójust days after the drive-by shooting at the Israeli Embassy in Athens. Local Jewish leaders were outraged at the comments. ďIt is a disgrace that a leader of a party in Parliament does not know that Greek Jews...
  • Eurozone deflation hits Ė0.6%

    01/30/2015 6:32:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    European Voice ^ | 01/30/2015 11:42 CET | Dave Keating
    The eurozone experienced negative inflation for the second month in a row, according to a flash estimate published today (30 January) by Eurostat, the European Union¬ís statistical office. Inflation is expected to be at ‚ąí0.6%, with consumer prices falling further than economists had forecast. The fall represents the biggest decline in prices in the history of the euro. [¬Ö] The drop was driven by the fall in energy prices (‚ąí8.9%, compared with ‚ąí6.3% in December). [¬Ö] The deflationary spiral comes as Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), is trying to tackle deflation with a policy of...
  • Russia says nuclear arms to keep military edge over NATO, United States

    01/30/2015 6:29:48 AM PST · by McGruff · 8 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Thomas Grove
    Russia's top general said on Friday a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure military superiority over the West as Moscow forges ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to modernize its forces by 2020. Russia, facing a likely recession because of a fall in oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine, must deal with new forms of Western aggression, including economic confrontation, said Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov.