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  • Eurovision bans waving of PLO, ISIS flags

    04/30/2016 10:35:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/4/16
    As the annual Eurovision Song Contest approaches, the Stockholm theater hosting the event has published the rules about waving flags, and enumerated several flags that will be forbidden. Flags with commercial messages, those that discriminate against sectors of the population, those that disrupt the broadcast and those with messages in languages other than English will not be permitted. The specific list of banned lags include those of Kosovo, Basque, the Crimean Peninsula, the PLO, Donetsk, Northern Cyprus, Transnistria and ISIS. Saeb Erekat, a senior member of the Palestinian Authority, sent a letter in response, demanding an apology from the organizers...
  • Beer Becomes the Latest Scarcity in a Venezuela Crippled by Shortages

    04/30/2016 2:57:13 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 66 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 29, 2016 | JUAN FORERO and MAYELA ARMAS
    CARACAS, Venezuela—The largest private Venezuelan company and producer of 80% of the beer consumed here began to shut down its last beer plant on Friday, the latest deprivation in a country crippled by shortages. After Empresas Polar SA closed its three other beer plants over the past several days, the shutting of the San Joaquin plant, near Valencia, will leave just a week’s supply of beer, the company said. Like many other firms here, Polar blames the government, which hasn’t allocated the dollars the company needs to pay for imported raw materials such as malted barley. President Nicolás Maduro’s government...
  • North Korea accuses U.S. soldiers of provoking border troops

    04/30/2016 2:24:36 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 19 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 29 April 2016 | Hyung-jin Kim
    A North Korean military statement Friday warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom or they'll meet a "dog's death any time and any place." It said U.S. troops pointed their fingers at North Korean soldiers and made strange noises and unspecified "disgusting" facial expressions. It also said that American troops encouraged South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North. A statement from Christopher Bush, a spokesman for the U.N. command, said they looked into the allegations and determined they were unsubstantiated. North Korea occasionally accuses South Korean and U.S....
  • Love of a woman

    04/30/2016 11:29:17 AM PDT · by kindred · 3 replies
    http://www.conservativenewsandviews.com ^ | April 27, 2016 | Paul Eidelberg
    The Knesset: 61 years of parliamentary democracy in Israel. But do its members properly love their country? Commenting on the Torah portion, the Life of Sara, Rabbi Matis Weinberg writes: “With the Cave of Machpela, Avraham discovered … the intensity of his love of Sara, the depth of his roots in the earth, and his own need to remain rooted …” In a marginal note, Weinberg quotes Simone Weil: “To be rooted is perhaps the most important and the least recognized need of the human soul.” How pallid is the love displayed by Israel’s secular and religious Zionists. How tamely...
  • CHINA REFITS OLDER WARSHIPS FOR A BIGGER PUNCH

    04/30/2016 11:20:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 29, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Pinzgauer, at China Defense Forum 167 Shenzhen The Type 051B Destroyer, "167" Shenzhen, is shown here in its original configuation, including the forward HQ-7 SAM launcher and four 37mm anti-air turrets around its stern hangar. Until the Type 052C, it was China's largest indigenous surface warship. The Chinese Navy (PLAN) has been expanding its power with a series of new, more capable surface warships like the 052D guided missile destroyers (DDG) and 054A frigates, while preparing its Type 055 cruiser for a launch at decade's end. but equally notable is how it is also spending big bucks to update its...
  • When You Ban the Sale of Ivory, You Ban Elephants

    04/30/2016 11:18:12 AM PDT · by OddLane · 28 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | January 21, 2013 | Doug Bandow
    Elephant poaching is rampant throughout Africa. Unfortunately, Western nations have exacerbated the problem by banning the sale of ivory. Elephants are dying as a result. The West should reopen the ivory trade. Artists and artisans have used ivory for thousands of years. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to get tusks off a live elephant. So in 1989 the international sale of new ivory products was prohibited. Concluded analyst Peter Fitzmaurice, “with most nations adhering closely to the ban, the legal ivory trade has been decimated and value of this natural resource for range countries has been vastly diminished.” Nevertheless, the...
  • Barack and Michelle Obama humorously trash talk Prince Harry and the Queen

    04/30/2016 11:11:07 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | 4/28/2016 | Mark Gray
    You wanna play games, do you? Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry seemed less than impressed with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's trash talking skills.But, before you start negotiating a peace treaty, know that it's all in good fun to promote the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style games for wounded veterans which will take place in Orlando in May.The Kensington Palace's official Instagram page posted a hilarious video on Friday that opens with The Queen (yes, the actual Queen) and Harry watching a video sent to them by United States Commander-in-Chief and First Lady Michelle Obama."Oh, it's from...
  • Storming of the barricades: Hundreds of Shia protesters invade Baghdad's Green Zone, tearing down th

    04/30/2016 10:43:22 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 4/30/16 | DailyMail
    Hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad's Green Zone and broke into the Iraqi parliament building. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district, known as the Green Zone, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: 'The cowards ran away!' in apparent reference to departing lawmakers before breaking into the parliament building. The staggering scenes came after Sadr denounced Iraq's politicians' for their failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.
  • FLASH: Bukovsky on Hunger Strike

    04/30/2016 9:59:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Diana West ^ | Diana West
    <p>The Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky has been on hunger strike at his home in Cambridge for more than a week in protest at what he calls the “Kafkaesque” British judicial system.</p> <p>Bukovsky was charged last year with child pornography offences. He strenuously denies the allegations. In August he took the unusual step of suing the Crown Prosecution Service for libel: he is seeking £100,000 in damages and claims the CPS has “falsely and maliciously” hurt his reputation.</p>
  • Another Clinton Email Coverup (Weekly Updtae)

    04/30/2016 9:49:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 29, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Obama State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch New Benghazi Documents Reveal September 11, 2012, Hillary Clinton ‘Call Sheet’ Describes Benghazi Assault as Attack by ‘Armed Extremists’ Cartels Help Terrorists in Mexico Get to U.S. to Explore Targets; ISIS Militant Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir among Them Obama State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch It has taken several years of persistent legal pressure from Judicial Watch even to begin to expose Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. This week, for example, we reported that we could have known about her email games two years ago,...
  • US-Created System In Iraq Is Collapsing: Protesters Storm Parliament, State of Emergency Declared

    04/30/2016 8:43:57 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4-30-16 | Tyler Durden
    As can be seen in the photo (and live webcast below), hundreds of demonstrators occupied the country's parliament. Video from inside the building showed jubilant crowds waving Iraqi flags and shouting "peaceful, peaceful." Supporters of Sadr, whose fighters once controlled swaths of Baghdad and helped defend the capital from ISIS, have been demonstrating for weeks at the gates of the Green Zone, responding to their leader's call to pressure the government to reform.
  • German Right-Wing Party to Adopt Anti-Islam Manifesto

    04/30/2016 7:55:13 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 19 replies
    The American Interest ^ | April 29, 2916 | unspecified
    Germany’s growing far-right party is likely to adopt a platform that calls for the banning of Islamic practices from public life.
  • Trump on Top, Terror in Europe, and the DOJ's Newspeak [radio]

    04/30/2016 7:32:59 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 6 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | April 30, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Panel discussion on the week's headlines, including... Donald Trump on Tuesday swept five states and is running away with the nomination, and followed up with a major speech on foreign policy. With approximately 1,000 delegates, he is positioned to reach the 1,237 mark before the convention in Cleveland. Meanwhile, his closest competitor Ted Cruz picked his VP candidates in Carly Fiorina. In Europe, Italian authorities arrested four would-be terrorists affiliated with ISIS, and Brussels began distributing iodine tablets (to counteract the effects of a potential dirty bomb). Finally, with the official transition of the term “convicted criminal” to “justice-involved individual,”...
  • EU military police carry out ‘extremely WORRYING’ civil unrest crisis training

    04/30/2016 7:24:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 4/30/2016 | Vincent Wood
    The training, which took place in the German North Rhine-Westphalia province was designed to prepare troops as part of the EU’s Lowlands Gendarmerie programme. Breitbart London reported that the exercise was attended by 600 members of various European police and military forces, in a bid to prepare the united troops of the European Gendarmerie Force. The military police group is made up of seven European nations, including Spain, Romania, Poland and Germany, and aims to quell post conflict scenarios within EU member states. The group’s website reported that: “The aim of the [2016, April 15th] Comprehensive Live Exercise will be...
  • US weighing under-the-radar routes for Syrian refugees?

    04/30/2016 6:32:40 AM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2016 | Adam Shaw
    The Obama administration appears to be bowing to international pressure and pursuing under-the-radar “alternative” ways to bring in more Syrian and other refugees -- as soon as this year. The latest indication that the administration is preparing to take in more than the 10,000 Syrians this year it already has committed to follows a March 30 “high-level meeting” on Syrian refugee admission in Geneva, Switzerland -- convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • Russia: US deployment violates Syria's sovereignty

    04/30/2016 6:07:05 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 12 replies
    dw.com ^ | 4/29/16
    A Russian official has criticized Washington's lack of authorization from Syria to deploy troops. The UN warned Damascus and Moscow of increased violence against civilians after a hospital was bombed, leaving 30 dead. Moscow sees the deployment of an additional 250 US military personnel in Syria as an affront to Damascus' territorial sovereignty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's state-owned TASS news agency on Friday. "If we are talking from the position of the foreign minister, we - of course - cannot not be concerned over the fact that the US carries out such actions without coordination with...
  • #Vota Latina 2016: Several articles from La Raza Election page (All Spanish)

    04/30/2016 5:27:02 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 14 replies
    La Raza ^ | April 29,2016
    Need English Translation: Partido Republicano afronta “hora de la verdad” con posible candidatura de Trump NACIONAL - 29 ABRIL 2016 Se acerca cada vez más el momento en que el Partido Republicano tendrá que aceptar a Trump como su candidato a la Presidencia Manifestantes obligan a Trump a entrar por la puerta trasera de su evento en California DE LA BAHÍA - 29 ABRIL 2016 “Sentí que estaba cruzando la frontera”, dijo Trump ante una audiencia conformada por miembros del partido republicano en California Visita de Trump a Costa Mesa genera masivas demostraciones de simpatizantes y opositores NACIONAL - 28...
  • 'Red' Corvette: Russia Ready to Install Engines in Its New Stealth Warship

    04/30/2016 4:57:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Gremyashchy, a sophisticated new Russian naval ship, will be equipped with domestically made engines, according to the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry. The Project 20385 Gremyashchy corvette will get the engines before the end of May 2015, according to the Ministry. The Russian Navy had previously planned to equip the corvette with engines produced by the German company MTU. However, like dozens of other contracts with companies from countries which imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014, these plans were scrapped. With the four engines due to be transported to the Gremyashchy by the end of May, the...
  • AVX reveals new attack helicopter configuration for FVL Light

    04/30/2016 4:52:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | 30 April 2016 | JAMES DREW
    AVX Aircraft of Benbrook, Texas has responded to the US Army’s request for information on the smallest of five planned Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capability sets with two 7.5t (16,700lb) winged coaxial compound helicopter configurations that the company’s chief executive describes as vertical takeoff fighter aircraft for light reconnaissance, attack, assault and medical evacuation missions. The baseline swept-wing, 13.4m (44ft) diametre rotor concept would be powered by two 3,000shp Improved Turbine Technology Programme (ITEP) engines and is designed to meet a demanding set of core requirements proposed by the US Army in its “Capability Set 1” RFI document. The requirements...
  • Trump Supporters Beaten, Bloodied by ‘Mexican-Flag Wavers’ (VIDEO)

    04/30/2016 3:55:08 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 72 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 4/29/2016 | America Divided Staff
    20 arrested as crowd turns violent outside rally in California Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate. Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car. About five police cars were damaged...
  • RUSSIANS ARE BECOMING MORE RELIGIOUS: STATE POLL

    04/30/2016 12:36:43 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 4/29/16 AT 1:36 PM | DAMIEN SHARKOV
    Russians are becoming more and more religious, according to a poll by state survey company WCIOM. More Russians claimed they relied on divine help or intervention and more believed in predetermined fate than they did 25 years ago.
  • Decorated Green Beret Will Not Be Expelled for Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

    04/29/2016 11:05:48 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 29, 2016 | Edwin Mora
    The U.S. Army has decided not to discharge a decorated Green Beret for striking a local Afghan police commander accused of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old boy, Fox News has learned. Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland has confirmed to Fox News the Army’s decision not to kick him out.
  • EXCLUSIVE: India's first conventional submarine in 15 years goes to sea

    04/29/2016 10:52:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    India Today ^ | April 30, 2016 | Jugal R Purohit
    After Kalvari, the subsequent five submarines will be delivered at a gap of nine months each. When it comes to submarines, a usually buoyant Indian Navy (IN) experiences what can be termed as a 'mood swing'. However, this Sunday, there is reason to be upbeat. Its first French-designed conventional, diesel electric submarine in over 15 years, the Kalvari, is going to sea. Credible sources associated with the project (code named Project 75) have confirmed that Harbour Acceptance Trials (HATs) are 'largely complete' and she has been readied for 'Sea Trials', indicating the final stage of checks before she becomes a...
  • Saudi Arabia’s water minister sacked after complaints over tariffs (water crisis)

    04/29/2016 9:52:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | April 24, 2016
    Saudi Arabia’s water minister sacked after complaints over tariffs April 24, 2016 Updated: April 24, 2016 07:10 PM RIYADH // Saudi Arabia’s King Salman fired the water and electricity minister following public complaints over a surge in prices less than six months after the government cut generous utility subsidies. Agriculture minister Abdel Rahman Al Fadhli will take over the water and electricity post from Abdullah Al Hasin, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday, citing a royal decree. Saudis turned to social media to express their anger after the increase in prices of water and the consumer protection association...
  • Russia claims Syria is preparing to recapture Raqqa and Deir Ezzor from ISIS

    04/29/2016 9:01:26 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    rudaw.net ^ | 15 hours ago | Rudaw
    The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations claimed that the Syrian Army is readying to launch offensive operations against Islamic State (ISIS) in both Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. "This is what the Syrian Army is doing with support from the Russian Air Force. As a result of these actions, Palmyra has been recaptured and now they are planning to launch an operation towards Deir Ezzor and Raqqa. Fighting is taking place against groups like Al-Nusra Front in Aleppo and a few others places," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin told Russia's RIA news agency on Friday. The claim comes a...
  • Syria conflict: Body of Russian 'hero' flown home (Called in strike on position)

    04/29/2016 8:54:18 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 24 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 29 April 2016 | BBC
    Syria conflict: Body of Russian 'hero' flown home 29 April 2016 The body of a Russian officer killed near Palmyra during a battle against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants has arrived back in Moscow from Syria. Tass news agency said special forces Snr Lt Alexander Prokhorenko was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal by President Vladimir Putin. He died after calling in a Russian air strike to hit IS fighters who had surrounded him, Russian media reported. Syrian and Russian forces ousted IS from Palmyra on 27 March. Palmyra: A Russian soldier in the ancient ruins, 7 Apr 16
  • US 'drops planned Pakistan F-16 fighter jet subsidy'

    04/29/2016 8:19:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 April 2016 | Brajesh Upadhyay
    The US will no longer subsidise the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, a senior state department official has told the BBC. The decision means that Pakistan will have to pay more than $700m (£480m) - two-and-a-half times the original cost - if it wishes to buy the aircraft. It comes after Congress refused to approve funding for the deal. Some US lawmakers had accused Pakistan of not doing enough to fight militants. India also objected to the sale. However, Pakistan has argued that the jets are needed for anti-terror operations, and so the US should help with...
  • Did Protests outside Trump rally actually help his campaign? (Video Only)

    04/29/2016 6:10:20 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 80 replies
    FOX News Latino.com ^ | April 29,2016
    Video only at Source. (6 min) from Fox News- Mornings with Maria. Rick Sanchez argues with Republican Strategist Boris Epshteyn on the fallout (RIOT) following Donald Trump's Costa Mesa Rally last night. Contributor Dagen McDowell and the others condemn the rioter's violence, unequivocally. Sanchez twists Trump's words on immigration in a lame defense of La Raza instilled mob violence. (surprise-Not.) The news team believes that the out-of-control latino rioters will inspire even more Trump support.
  • Islamic State-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers

    04/29/2016 4:36:16 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 15 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/29/16
    A group of hackers linked to Islamic State has posted online a list of thousands of New York residents and urged followers of the militant group to target them, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Federal agents and New York City police officers have been contacting the individuals on the list to inform them of the posting, but the source said law enforcement does not believe there is any credible threat. In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, "While our standard practice is to decline comment on specific operational and investigative matters, the FBI routinely...
  • Dozens of IT experts, media workers desert ISIS in Mosul(a majority are Americans)

    04/29/2016 4:15:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    ARA News ^ | April 30, 2016 | Sarbaz Yousef
    Dozens of IT experts, media workers desert ISIS in Mosul April 30, 2016 Middle East & World ARA News ERBIL – Dozens of foreign IT experts from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) have deserted the group’s ranks in Iraq’s northwestern city of Mosul over the past few days, leaving a remarkable vacuum in the ISIS-linked media centers in the region, local sources reported on Wednesday. Local sources confirmed that hundreds of foreign jihadis have recently left ISIS ranks and returned to their home countries, including technical support experts. This has put a pressure on the group’s media centers,...
  • Here Comes the Obama/UN Refugee “Surge” — Rebranded as “Safe Alternative Pathways”

    04/29/2016 3:22:56 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 27 April 2016 | William F. Jasper
    Across the United States, designated “Welcoming Communities” have begun receiving — or soon will be recipients of — Syrian “refugees” chosen by the United Nations and supposedly vetted by U.S. agencies. But only months ago top officials of these same agencies stated it would be impossible to vet the enormous pool of refugee applicants for terrorist and criminal backgrounds, or even to prove that they are from Syria, considering the chaos in the Middle East and lack of documentation among the migrant. Nevertheless, while in Germany last September, Secretary of State John Kerry promised the United States would take “a...
  • All Belgian residents issued with iodine tablets to protect against radiation

    04/29/2016 2:12:13 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 55 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4-28-16 | Matthew Holehouse,
    The entire population of Belgium is to be issued with a ration of iodine tablets, months after warnings about the threat of Isil building a dirty bomb. Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been issued to people living within 20km (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants. Maggie De Block, the Health Minister, said that would be extended to 100km, covering the whole country of 11 million people, following advice from an expert council. The pills will be sent to pharmacies, and the public would be ordered to collect their...
  • Anti-Trump Protestors Riot, Attack Supporters, Damage Cop Car in Orange County (CA.Mex-Riots)

    04/29/2016 2:08:43 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 64 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | April 29,2016
    Trump was speaking to thousands at a rally at the Orange County Fairgrounds. The group of about 3,000 protesters gathered just outside in the parking lot of the fairgrounds. They held signs, many of them profane, and Mexican and American flags to protest Donald Trump,.... The protest group spilled out into the streets....and blocked traffic in several intersections. Stu Mundel reported overhead in Sky 9. The group of protesters was described as “very large and very aggressive." Law enforcement was on scene in patrol cars and horseback. Mundel witnessed at least one driver get surrounded. Several protesters jumped on the...
  • Meghan McCain: Carly Fiorina is great because she ‘warms up Ted Cruz’

    04/29/2016 1:48:52 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 96 replies
    Fox News host Meghan McCain argued on Thursday that GOP hopeful Ted Cruz had been smart to choose Carly Fiorina as his runningmate because she “warms up” the Texas senator. “I love Carly Fiorina,” McCain explained on the Thursday edition of Fox’s Outnumbered. “She has gone after Hillary Clinton the hardest. She rips out her jugular and serves it to me on a platter, which is what I want coming up in the election.” “What I like about Carly Fiorina is she warms up Ted Cruz,” she continued. “She’s going to reach out in Indiana to moms to women. How...
  • Bulgarian Town Bans Islamic Face Veil in Public

    04/29/2016 1:43:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 28 April 2016
    The central Bulgarian town of Pazardzhik banned the wearing of full-face veils in public on Wednesday in a move the local government said would prevent tension among communities and boost security. The ban, the first of its kind in the Balkan country, was backed from politicians across the political spectrum in the town of some 70,000 people, where wearing full-face veils had become common among some Muslim Roma women. "I am tired to hear that Pazardzhik is the town of the burqas. We want to say aloud that we are not that, but a town of responsible people and we...
  • U.S. Air Power Needs an F-22 Upgrade

    04/29/2016 12:17:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 28, 2016 | J. RANDY FORBES and MICHAEL W. WYNNE
    During his long tenure at the Pentagon, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates made many good decisions that helped soldiers and enhanced U.S. security. But his choice to truncate the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor program at 187 jets was an exception. With threats to American air superiority growing, it is time for Congress to consider resurrecting the jet or finding a suitable replacement. Conceived in the 1980s, the F-22 Raptor was designed to secure dominance of the skies for decades. America needed fighters that could outperform the newest Soviet models from Sukhoi and MiG. To counter them, the Raptor incorporated cutting-edge...
  • U.S. Navy Seriously Considering Distributed Lethality for its Amphibious Forces

    04/29/2016 12:12:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Apr 29, 2016 | Stelios Kanavakis
    The US Navy is planning to transform every surface unit into a “floating armoury”, which will be capable of firing weapons under the distributed lethality concept. In an A2AD environment, especially in the Asia-Pacific theatre or areas such as the Persian Gulf or the Black Sea, surface units will have to use most of their weapons defending them, leaving fewer payloads for offensive operations. CGI: LPD 17 class amphibious vessel fitted with 8x NSM as seen on Kongsberg's booth during SNA 2016. The House Armed Services Committee considered these issues in the H.R. 4909 – FY17 National Defence Authorization Bill...
  • Can 250 more U.S. troops make a difference in Syria?

    04/29/2016 11:54:56 AM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 14 replies
    Keyvan Salami
    One day after declaring there is no military solution to Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama recently announced the deployment of 250 more special operations forces for the fight against Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS). This new troop deployment will be missioned to advise and assist local fighters, and beef up 50 other such troops on a similar mission in the past few months. This move comes after an escalation of violence in the strategic city of Aleppo where the Assad regime has intensified its lethal airstrikes, bringing a drastic end to the UN-brokered cessation...
  • German minister proposes law to limit social benefits for EU-foreigners

    04/29/2016 11:25:28 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    EU foreigners living in Germany may soon have to wait five years before qualifying for social benefits, reported newspapers from the Funke Media group on Thursday, in reference to a new proposed law from German Labor Minister Andrea Nahles. "We have to stop immigration into the social security system," Nahles said during an interview in December when she announced plans to restrict social benefits for non-German EU citizens. She added that the restrictions were a matter of "self defense" for Germany. Should the law pass, foreigners from fellow EU member states will be strictly excluded from social assistance if they...
  • Trump Is Not Racist Towards Arabs or Muslims, Claims Lebanese Advisor

    04/29/2016 11:18:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 29 April 2016
    Lebanese academic Walid Phares, who is the foreign policy advisor to US presidential candidate Donald Trump, claimed Thursday Trump would surprise Arabs with a conciliatory speech to be delivered this week. In an interview with the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper, Phares said Trump “is certainly not a racist” and blamed his “lack of expertise in politics” for making comments that are interpreted as racist and fascist towards Arabs and Muslims. “He is certainly not a racist and nothing on a personal level shows that he is,” Phares said of Trump. “The opposite is true, a number large of the employees in...
  • Germany Moves To Ban Refugees From Welfare; Politician Calls For "Islam Law" To Limit Influence

    04/29/2016 11:13:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 29 April 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The initial refugee welcome in Germany is rapidly turning to rejection as the nation plan to ban EU migrants from most unemployment benefits for five years after arrival as a senior German politician has called for an "Islam law" that would limit the influence of foreign imams and prohibit the foreign financing of mosques in Germany. As The FT reports, Germany is planning to ban EU migrants from most unemployment benefits for five years after their arrival in dramatic response to rightwing populist assaults on chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal immigration policies.
  • Only One of Six Air Force F-35s Could Actually Take Off During Testing

    04/29/2016 10:35:37 AM PDT · by JhawkAtty · 37 replies
    Fortune ^ | APRIL 28, 2016 | Clay Dillow
    Software glitches continue to dog the nation’s newest fighter jet. Five of six Air Force F-35 fighter jets were unable to take off during a recent exercise due to software bugs that continue to hamstring the world’s most sophisticated—and most expensive—warplane. During a mock deployment at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, just one of the $100 million Lockheed Martin F-35s was able to boot its software successfully and get itself airborne during an exercise designed to test the readiness of the F-35, FlightGlobal reports. Nonetheless, the Air Force plans to declare its F-35s combat-ready later this year. Details...
  • Saudis Seize 2,800 Abortion Pills at Airport

    04/29/2016 10:19:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Found in baggage of two passengersSaudi customs authorities seized 2,800 abortion pills which two passengers tried to smuggle into the Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Inspectors at the airport in the Western Red Sea port of Yanbu found 1,792 pills in the baggage of an expatriate passenger arriving in the city. A few hours later, they found 1,008 abortion pills in the bag of another passenger at the same airport, Sada daily said. It said the two passengers were arrested but did not identify them.
  • Video: Police cruiser smashed in post-Donald Trump rally protest in Costa Mesa, about 20 arrested

    04/29/2016 9:29:38 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 66 replies
    O.C. Register (Orange County) ^ | April 28, 2016: updated April 29,2016 | Chris Haire, Scott Schwebe,& Martin WISCKOL
    <p>Demonstrators jumped on a Costa Mesa police car, breaking out the windows and attempting to turn it over, as tensions escalated after a Donald Trump rally.</p> <p>Orange County Sheriff’s deputies were threatening to arrest hundreds who filled an intersection chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!” as a large crowd poured out of Pacific Amphitheatre...</p>
  • Four Out Of Five Criminals In European Capital Are Foreigners

    04/29/2016 9:18:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 26 Apr 2016 | Oliver JJ Lane
    Danish police are being stretched by a migrant crime wave in capital Copenhagen as foreign outlaws “flock” to the city in ever greater numbers. Latest crime figures for 2015 obtained by Danish newspaper MetroXpress reveal that of 2,633 criminals who went before a judge, 2,049 were foreigners, some four fifths. This proportion — 78 per cent — is up from 65 per cent eight years ago. Although crime is low in Denmark compared to many other European countries, it has struggled with problems imported from abroad through Europe’s open borders Schengen agreement. ... These latest figures will add credence to...
  • North Korean food supply hit by drought, UN warns, as Kim Jong Un spends on missiles

    04/29/2016 7:45:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | Apr 28, 2016 | Huileng Tan
    North Korean food supply hit by drought, UN warns, as Kim Jong Un spends on missiles Huileng Tan | @huileng_tan Thursday, 28 Apr 2016 | 12:30 AM ET North Korea's already-low food supply is set to deteriorate this year as dry weather hits crop yields, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Given the tight food supplies in 2015/16, the country's food security situation is expected to deteriorate from the previous year when most households were already estimated to have poor or borderline food consumption levels," the agency said in a report on Wednesday. North Korea's total...
  • Brits Wanting To Leave the EU Spikes After Obama Tried To Convince Them To Stay In It(T)

    04/29/2016 7:28:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/28/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Opponents of Britain's European Union membership have edged into the lead over the past two weeks, according to a YouGov poll which indicated President Barack Obama's intervention failed to swing support behind "In" vote in a June 23 referendum. The online survey for The Times taken on April 25-26 showed support for the Out campaign had risen 3 percentage points to 42 percent since a similar survey on April 12-14, while support for the "In" campaign had risen 1 percentage point to 41 percent.
  • Friday Fun: Farmer Sprays Manure at Hollywood Star for Fracking Protest on His Land

    04/29/2016 7:21:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/29/2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    This video is almost certain to start your day off right. One U.K. farmer got so mad at Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson and her sister for breaking a court injunction protecting a fracking site on his land that he sprayed raw manure at them.
  • North Korea Accuses US Soldiers of Provoking Border Troops

    04/29/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 29, 2016 | hyung-jin kim
    North Korea Accuses US Soldiers of Provoking Border Troops By hyung-jin kim, associated press SEOUL, South Korea — Apr 29, 2016, 4:13 AM ET North Korea on Friday accused U.S. soldiers of trying to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting" acts and encouraging South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North. A North Korean military statement warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom or they'll meet a "dog's death any time and any place." "GIs hurled fully armed MPs of the South Korean puppet army into perpetrating such dangerous...
  • Protesters Waving Mexican Flags Erupt Violently Outside Trump Rally in Calif.

    04/29/2016 6:43:15 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 52 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/29/16
    Raucous crowds of protesters took to the streets late Thursday in California as Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries. Dozens of protesters were mostly peaceful as Trump gave his speech inside the Pacific Amphitheater. After the event, however, the demonstration grew rowdy and spilled into the streets. At least four people were arrested and one Trump supporter had his face bloodied in a scuffle as he tried to drive out of the arena. One man jumped on a police car, leaving its front and rear windows smashed and the...