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  • In Defense of Christendom: Having ignored its inheritance, Europe wonders why (trc)

    12/09/2016 11:24:45 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 25, 2015 (last year) | Bret Stephens
    ... Europe wonders why its house is falling apart. The death of Europe is in sight. Still hazy and not yet inevitable... Europe is reaching its end not because of its sclerotic economy, or stagnant demography, or dysfunctions of the superstate. Nor is the real cause the massive influx of ... migrants. Those desperate people are just the latest stiff breeze against the timber of a desiccated civilization. Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent.... it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very...
  • Liberal church Houses Muslim Refugees Horrified by What they Find in Pews !!!

    12/09/2016 10:06:08 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 53 replies
    News chicken.com ^ | December 9, 2016
    A leftist Christian church decided to show their community that they must open borders by taking in Muslim refugees and letting them live in the church building. However, as soon as they opened their doors, they were forced to call the police when they discovered the sickening thing asylum seekers left for them in the church pews. The West is trapped in a vicious circle of embracing migrants, being abused by said migrants, and blaming the victims for provoking their wrath. The same tolerance and acceptance is not only never returned, but the gracious hosts find that their hospitality is...
  • Obama orders review of Russian election-related hacking

    12/09/2016 9:43:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 12:13 PM ET, Fri December 9, 2016 | Tal Kopan, Kevin Liptak and Jim Sciutto
    President Barack Obama has ordered a full review into hacking by the Russians designed to influence the 2016 election, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said Friday. “The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders,” she said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. “This is consistent with the work that we did over the summer to engage Congress on the threats that we were seeing.” Monaco said...
  • U.N. Warns of Summary Killings in Aleppo, Syria

    12/09/2016 9:42:10 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 7 replies
    The New York Slimes (Old Grey Whore Fake News) ^ | December 9, 2016 | Shills NICK CUMMING-BRUCE and ANNE BARNARD
    Hundreds of Syrian men escaping rebel-held areas of Aleppo to go to government-controlled parts of the city are missing, and there were reports of government reprisals, including numerous arrests and several cases of summary killings of people perceived to be opposition supporters, United Nations rights officials said on Friday. At the same time, the officials said, rebels have in some cases prevented civilians from leaving, and there are reports that some groups killed or kidnapped residents who had demanded that insurgents leave their neighborhoods. The United Nations reports largely track what residents of eastern Aleppo have told The New York...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Obama/Clinton secret operation handed Port Canaveral

    12/09/2016 9:42:09 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 7 replies
    The American Report ^ | September 22, 2016 | Mary Fanning and Alan Jones
    This is a joint project of Mary Fanning of The American Report and Alan Jones of 1776 Channel. “ Just a few months after September the 11th, when I think we all conclude that, however horrible September the 11th was, it could have been far worse had the terrorists had access to chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons. – John R. Bolton ” florida-map-port-canaveral America is facing a grave national security nightmare at Florida’s Port Canaveral. After an apparent Clinton pay-to-play operation, Barack Hussein Obama administration officials handed over control of Port Canaveral’s cargo container operations to the brother of Saddam...
  • Obama grants waiver for military support of foreign fighters in Syria

    12/09/2016 9:01:45 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 26 replies
    R T News ^ | 12-9-2015 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama has ordered a waiver for restrictions on military aid for foreign forces and others in Syria, deeming it “essential to the national security interests” of the US to allow exceptions from provisions in the Arms Export Control Act.
  • On Trial, Geert Wilders Fights His Freedom of Speech Being Portrayed As “Hate Speech”

    12/09/2016 8:15:10 AM PST · by Non-Compliant_Deplorable · 9 replies
    Investment Watch Blog ^ | 12/9/2016 | Pamela Williams
    "It seems citizens of the world are facing a government onslaught of attacks on freedom of speech. Right now in the United States many are fearing the threat to our freedom of speech on the Internet. Many Alternative Media websites are being mocked as “fake news”. In Amsterdam populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is being accused of “hate speech”. Speaking at the end of his trial he branded it as a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech."
  • Are military magazines becoming more liberal?

    12/09/2016 8:09:27 AM PST · by Bodega · 17 replies
    Vanity ^ | 12/9/2016 | self
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth worries her congressional colleagues don’t fully appreciate the importance of a civilian-run military. As a combat-wounded Iraq War veteran and incoming Illinois senator, she finds that troubling. “I believe so strongly that the military is subservient to civilian leaders,” she said Wednesday. “I went to fight in a war I didn’t believe​ was one we should be engaged in, but the president and Congress believed it was the right thing to do. So I’m proud of that. I would go back. “Every part of my being as a former military officer says what (Congress is) doing now...
  • Donald Trump's choice of generals for top posts 'extremely unusual' (More FAKE news)

    12/09/2016 7:13:56 AM PST · by jerod · 17 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Dec 09, 2016 5:00 AM ET | By Matt Kwong
    Ex-officers may actually restrain a hawkish leader, experts say, but management styles could be complicated Hup, two, three … heck, maybe even four. The procession of former military officers nominated for top jobs in Donald Trump's administration is raising concerns over whether the appointments could defy an American constitutional tenet: civilian oversight of government. The U.S. president-elect has tapped a trio of retired generals — marine John Kelly for secretary of Homeland Security, marine James Mattis for defence, and soldier Michael Flynn for national security adviser — to fill cabinet-level positions. More could be on the way. Retired army general...
  • North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official

    12/09/2016 7:12:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 8, 2016 | Phil Stewart
    North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON North Korea appears able to mount a miniaturized nuclear warhead on a missile but is still struggling with missile re-entry technology necessary for longer range strikes, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday. "I think they could mate a warhead with a delivery device. They're just not sure (about) re-entry," said the official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity. "They're endeavoring to overcome that." North Korea has carried out repeated nuclear and missile tests this year in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions...
  • Trump Is Wise to Surround Himself with Generals for Key National Security Positions

    12/09/2016 6:58:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/09/2016 | David French
    We’ve reached an odd point in American political discourse when a civilian president-elect can appoint three civilian former members of the military to key positions in his administration (with his cabinet appointees being confirmed by a civilian Senate) and mainstream journalists fret about whether Donald Trump is forming a “junta.” Yet that actually happened yesterday, when Politico’s Julia Ioffe tweeted: “Three generals and maybe a fourth. Can we just cut to the chase and call ourselves a junta?” The New Yorker’s Nicholas Thompson mused on Twitter: “How many generals do you need in government before you technically become a junta?”...
  • After Brouhaha Over Women in Tanks, Israeli Army Wants Women in Warships Too

    12/09/2016 5:41:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Dec 09, 2016 | Gili Cohen
    The Israel Defense Forces is considering opening additional combat positions to women, including possibly placing women on the Sa’ar 6 warships currently being built in Germany that are to be deployed to protect Israel’s offshore natural gas rigs in the Mediterranean. The proposed integration of women in combat positions, including the Armored Corps and the Air Force’s search and rescue unit, has sparked opposition among some Orthodox rabbis, particularly over women serving in tank units. In remarks last week on the issue, Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said the IDF was opening more combat roles to women, but added that...
  • All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker (Royal Navy)

    12/09/2016 5:32:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 9 Dec 2016 | Gareth Corfield
    The Royal Navy will receive two more River-class offshore patrol vessels – and the motto of one appears to encourage her crew to vomit everywhere. HMS Tamar and HMS Spey were ordered from BAE Systems today as the Ministry of Defence signed the contract for the two ships, with Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin pressing the official button to start cutting the first steel. Both were ordered to take up the slack in naval shipbuilding between now and the eventual start of the construction of the Type 26 frigate. The two new ships, along with the support package for...
  • Which Foreign Policy Sacred Cows will Donald Trump Slaughter Next?

    12/09/2016 5:29:31 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 22 replies
    CNN.com ^ | December 9, 2016 | Stephen Collinson
    Donald Trump shook up America. Now it's the world's turn. The President-elect's decision to flout 40 years of diplomatic convention and take a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week suggested he may be just as disrespectful of protocol on the world stage as at home. The call produced days of speculation about how the President-elect's impulsive style will reverberate around the globe and whether it could threaten the architecture of international relations. There are many global traditions and arrangements that he could target, though each could carry a geopolitical or diplomatic price -- one reason even presidents who...
  • Reaction of Geert Wilders to His Conviction

    12/09/2016 5:28:57 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 44 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 9/12/16 | Geert Wilders
    Dear friends, I still cannot believe it, but I have just been convicted. Because I asked a question about Moroccans. While the day before yesterday, scores of Moroccan asylum-seekers terrorized buses in Emmen and did not even had to pay a fine, a politician who asks a question about fewer Moroccans is sentenced. The Netherlands have become a sick country. And I have a message for the judges who convicted me: You have restricted the freedom of speech of millions of Dutch and hence convicted everyone. No one trusts you anymore. But fortunately, truth and liberty are stronger than you....
  • Four of the most experienced USMC F-35B pilots speak about their aircraft. (it’s exceptional)

    12/09/2016 4:39:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 49 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 08 2016 | Todd Miller
    The voice of the pilots is clear – the platform is working exceptionally. The F-35 is a platform with the ultimate level of sophistication, made simple. And therein lay the beauty of the F-35, and just why it will be so deadly, it’s simple. The combined F-35 fleet now has over 75,000 flight hours, yet many continue to question the performance and value of the aircraft. Much of this can be expected given early program challenges, and the reality that many of the F-35s capabilities are classified. Add that many do not grasp the war the F-35 was designed to...
  • Israel Shows How to Stop Terrorists

    12/09/2016 4:29:45 AM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 9, 2016 | Elise Cooper
    Build a wall, secure the border, and vet Muslims to stop the infiltration of terrorists.  This is not Donald Trump speaking – it is what has actually been done in Israel.  Americans can take a page from Israel's Border Guard to protect themselves. American Thinker interviewed author Samuel M. Katz regarding his book The Ghost Warriors, about Israel's elite force of undercover operatives.  They are drawn from the nation's diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, united in their ability to walk among the enemy as no one else dared.  They are called Ya'mas and use many undercover tactics. 
  • German move on new ship radars paves way for missile defense role

    12/09/2016 4:27:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Dec 8, 2016
    The German military is to buy new, more capable air defence radar systems for three F-124 frigates, paving the way for the ships to become part of NATO's broader missile defence system, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday. General Volker Wieker, the top military officer, decided to buy radar systems available on the market instead of opting for a new development programme or a simple replacement of the current radar systems, the spokesman said. Experts have said the new system will cost about 450 million euros and is likely to be built by France's Thales, which built the radars...
  • Castro’s Torture of American POWs in Vietnam

    12/09/2016 3:39:15 AM PST · by detective · 11 replies
    Frontpage ^ | December 9, 2016 | Jamie Glazov
    The death of communist tyrant Fidel Castro has yielded much-deserved coverage of the monstrous nature of his tyrannical rule. What has gone virtually unreported, however, is the direct and instrumental role Castro played in the torture and murder of American POWs in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The story of Castro’s atrocities against American soldiers in this conflict is rarely ever told, least of all by our mainstream media. During the Vietnam War, Castro sent a gang of his henchmen to run the “Cuban Program” at the Cu Loc POW camp in Hanoi, which became known as “the Zoo.” As...
  • {from Nov 2013} In Aleppo I only survive by looking Syrian

    12/09/2016 1:26:04 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 Nov 2013 | Francesca Borri
    Since the rise of the Islamist resistance,.. Today my helmet is a veil, and my flak jacket a hijab. Locals here don't refer any more to "liberated areas", but to east and west Aleppo – they don't show you pictures of their children, or of siblings killed by the regime, but simply the pictures of beautiful Aleppo before the war. Because nobody is fighting the regime any more; rebels now fight against each other. And for many of them, the priority is not ousting Bashar al-Assad's regime, but enforcing sharia law. Aleppo is nothing but hunger and Islam. Dozens of...
  • Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig planned in Australia

    12/09/2016 1:19:53 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    AU news ^ | 9 Dec 2016 | AU news
    Sydney (AFP) - Islamic leaders in Australia say they are backing a Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig but not because they think the popular cartoon series corrupts children, as reports have suggested. Sydney production company One4Kids is campaigning to fund a show loosely based on the British children's series, telling the story of the Abdullah family and their life in a small town with a predominantly Muslim population and an imam as the key role model. The head of the Australian National Imams Council, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, backed the "Barakah Hills" project in a Facebook video message, saying it...
  • Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau (Insults president-elect in a foreign capitol)

    12/08/2016 10:32:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | December 8, 2016 | The Associated Press
    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night. Biden said he’s never seen Europeans engaged in as much self-doubt as they are now and said there are more challenges to the liberal international order in any time since the end of World War II. “The world is going to spend a lot of time looking to you Mr. Prime Minister,” Biden told a...
  • EU set for ANOTHER hammerblow: Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party soars ahead in polls

    12/08/2016 8:04:11 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 25 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 12/8/16 | Katie Mansfield
    DUTCH right-wing Freedom Party has soared ahead to lead the polls ahead of the parliamentary elections. The party, led by the controversial Geert Wilders, would beat prime minister Mark Rutte’s ruling conservative liberals if elections were held today. The Freedom Party (PVV) can count on 29 seats out of the 150-seat chamber, according to the latest IPSOS poll, making it the largest party in the Netherlands. In the space of one month the popularity of the PVV has surged with an increase of six seats.
  • Opposition parties condemn German defense plan with Saudi Arabia

    12/08/2016 7:00:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 8 December 2016 17:24 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    The German Defense Minister was in Saudi Arabia on Thursday aiming to conclude a training deal for Saudi military officers, eliciting sharp criticism from German left-leaning parties. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen held talks with her Saudi counterpart, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on boosting the “excellent bilateral relations” between the two countries, the German embassy said. “In addition to that, the visit aims to finalize the talks on enhanced cooperation in the training sector. Beginning from next year, the German Defense College will host several young officers and staff from the Saudi military,” the embassy said in...
  • Republicans ready to launch wide-ranging probe of Russia, despite Trump’s stance

    12/08/2016 4:34:59 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 34 replies
    The Washington Compost (WaPoop Fake News Division) ^ | December 8, 2016 | Karoun Demirjian
    Leading Senate Republicans are preparing to launch a coordinated and wide-ranging probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. elections and its potential cyber threats to the military, digging deep into what they view as corrosive interference in the nation’s institutions. Such an aggressive approach puts them on a direct collision course with President-elect Donald Trump, who downplays the possibility Russia had any role in the November elections — arguing that a hack of the Democratic National Committee emails may have been perpetrated by “some guy in his home in New Jersey.” The fracture could become more prominent after Trump...
  • The admiral who torpedoed Colin Kaepernick? A true badass

    12/08/2016 4:29:06 PM PST · by 198ml · 35 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 12/8/16 | Chris Pandolfo
    Speaking at the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on Wednesday, the admiral made pointed remarks at the San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose claim to fame is his decision to kneel through the national anthem in a show of solidarity with Black Lives Matter. "You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played," Harris said. That line brought the crowd roaring to its...
  • Cult leaders, soap operas and Viagra: S. Korea’s presidential scandal has it all

    12/08/2016 3:56:10 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 1 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s latest political scandal has all the makings of a thriller in which the decisions of the president, lonely and isolated, are influenced by a longtime friend, right down to personnel and policy moves, even what to wear. Making it even more twisted is that the friend’s father, a cult leader, used similar Rasputin-like control on President Park Geun-hye’s father when he held the top office until he was assassinated in part because of that unhealthy relationship. Toss in some Viagra, visits to a detox clinic under a pseudonym, a deadly ferry sinking and mass...
  • President-elect Donald Trump honors the late John Glenn

    12/08/2016 3:52:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | December 8, 2016 | Rare.us
    President-elect Donald Trump honored the first American to orbit the Earth on Thursday, a little more than an hour after Glenn’s death was announced. The former Ohio senator died Thursday at age 95 after a prolonged illness. In his remarks, sent out via his Twitter feed, Trump hailed Glenn as an inspiration to generations of “explorers.” “Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn,” Trump wrote...
  • Obama Now Admits He Was Surprised By ISIS, Despite Being Warned By President Bush

    12/08/2016 3:48:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2016 | Katie Pavlich
    In January 2014 President Obama referred to ISIS, one of the most vicious terror armies to ever exist, of being a "JV team." “The analogy we use around here sometimes,and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told the New Yorker at the time. After that comment the group marched from Syria to Iraq, taking large swaths of territory, pillaging and raping along the way and slaughtering thousands. Now with just a month left in his presidency, President Obama is saying he was surprised by the capability of...
  • President Obama's speech at MacDill Airforce Base, with my translation

    12/08/2016 1:56:12 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 6 replies
    White House and my fevered brain ^ | December 6, 2016 | Barack Obama and me
    Brietbart had an article about this speech, here http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/07/obama-urges-soldiers-to-question-trumps-authority-criticize-our-president/ I read it and thought maybe they were being hyperbolic about what Obama had said. So I forced myself to read the speech. They weren't being hyperbolic. Herewith the important excerpts, with my translation in CAPS. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/06/remarks-president-administrations-approach-counterterrorism We have to avoid repeating the mistakes of the 2003 invasion that have helped to give rise to the organization that became ISIL in the first place. LET’S REMEMBER ONE OF MY FAVORITE LINES FROM THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS OF MY PRESIDENCY: IT’S ALL GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT. No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned...
  • Trump decides to double down against butthurt Chinese

    12/08/2016 1:09:51 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 27 replies
    TomoNews US via Youtube ^ | December 7th, 2016 | TomoNews US
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JloeOsgwju4
  • US official warns of North Korean nuclear capabilities

    12/08/2016 12:15:06 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    wbaltv.com ^ | 12/8/16 | ap
    A senior U.S. military official says North Korea now has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon. But the official says that while the U.S. believes Pyongyang can mount a warhead on a missile, it's not clear that it can hit a target.
  • RomneyWatch™: The advisor who encouraged Trump to meet with Romney was … Steve Bannon?

    12/08/2016 11:36:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 8, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Steve Bannon, Mr. Populism? The high priest of Breitbart? The man who co-wrote a piece earlier this year slamming Romney as a sort of parasite on America’s working class and a walking, talking symbol of everything that was wrong with the Republican establishment? Perhaps nothing is more symptomatic of the GOP establishment’s death drive than their continued embrace of the presidential aspirations of a man who shrank the party in 2012…
  • Bin Laden crash pilot 'suffering from mental overload' (3 Members of Bin Laden Family Dead boo-hoo))

    12/08/2016 11:17:13 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-8-2016 | John Dowry
    A pilot may have been suffering from "mental overload" when he crash-landed, killing three members of Osama Bin Laden's family, an inquiry has found. The jet overshot the runway at Blackbushe Airport in July 2015 and crashed into a car auction site. The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said emergency warnings prior to landing may have "saturated the pilot's mental capacity". The pilot and three passengers survived the crash but died in a severe fire. Bin Laden's half-sister, Sana Mohammed Bin Laden, her mother, Raja Bashir Hashim, and his brother-in-law, Zuhair Hashim, were killed, along with pilot Mazen Al-Aqeel Da'jah...
  • David Petraeus' former mistress Paula Broadwell Claims He Threw her 'Under the Bus' after their ....

    12/08/2016 11:05:05 AM PST · by Cecily · 80 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 8, 2016 | Hannah Parry
    Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus cost him his job, has accused him of having her 'thrown under the bus' over their illicit relationship. The former intelligence officer said she felt 'betrayed' by Petraeus after news of their affair broke in 2012. 'I was in such a state of mental shock and quickly spiraled into a depression,' she told Vanity Fair.
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Mexican Senators Beat Trump Pińata, Chant Gay Slur ("Faggot" & "Chinga Tu Madre")

    12/08/2016 10:52:56 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-8-2016 | Tony Aranda
    Left-wing Mexican senators celebrated the start of the Christmas season by beating a pińata of U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump while chanting “faggot” and other expletives. In this case, the assembled group echoed the chant, “chinga tu madre”, calling for the President-Elect’s mother to be violated sexually. Many senators whistled the insult in lieu of saying the exact words.
  • One more example of Trump thinking two steps ahead of the Trump-haters

    12/08/2016 10:05:20 AM PST · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8 Dec 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember when Trump supposedly blundered into a diplomatic minefield he had no comprehension of by taking a phone call from the President of Taiwan? The same media that his dismissed his presidential run as comedy were dead certain that disaster lay ahead in a complex and delicate diplomatic relationship. So committed are Trump haters to the idea that he cannot possibly have outsmarted them that they never bother to consider that a plan may be at work. Average Americans understand that the devastation of our manufacturing sector is in large part the result of that delicate diplomatic balance, and the...
  • France’s Le Pen pledges no schooling for illegal migrants

    12/08/2016 9:56:21 AM PST · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Dec 2016
    Paris (AFP) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed Thursday that the children of illegal immigrants should be refused public school places as part of tough proposals to restrict state services. “I’ve got nothing against foreigners but I say to them: if you come to our country, don’t expect that you will be taken care of, treated (by the health system) and that your children will be educated for free,” Le Pen said. “That’s finished now, it’s the end of playtime,” she told an audience at a conference organised by a polling group in Paris. Opinion polls suggest the...
  • Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows but victory in sight

    12/08/2016 9:30:26 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Rooters ^ | December 8, 2016 | Laila Bassam and John Davison
    The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the nation's second city would change the course of the six-year civil war in his favor. Lightning gains in recent days in which government forces and their allies recaptured Aleppo's historic Old City lost some momentum in the face of stiff rebel resistance but the Syrian leadership was confident. Assad has long sought to seize divided Aleppo which would put him in control of Syria's major cities, the south, central spine and western flank bordering the...
  • Hundreds of UK police officers accused of sexually abusing victims – watchdog

    12/08/2016 8:48:07 AM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    RT.com ^ | December 8, 2016 | Unattributed
    Hundreds of British police officers have been accused of engaging in the sexual abuse of victims, according to a report by UK top police watchdog ordered by then-Home Secretary Theresa May earlier this year. The statement by lead researcher Mike Cunnigham branded the findings the “most serious form of corruption.” According to the study done by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), during the 24 months to March 31, 2016, there were 436 allegations of abuse of authority for sexual gain “received, or received and finalised,” by police forces in England and Wales, including instances of multiple allegations against...
  • Kerry warns Europe, others against 'authoritarian populism'

    12/08/2016 7:18:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 8, 2016 6:20 AM EST | Geir Moulson
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned countries from Europe and beyond on Thursday to beware of an increasing “danger of authoritarian populism.” Kerry spoke at a meeting in Hamburg of foreign ministers from the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The group, chaired by Germany this year, includes European Union countries, the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Central Asian nations and others. In “too many places” in the OSCE region, he said, there has been “a rise of authoritarian thinking, accompanied by backsliding on human rights, restrictions on independent media, a spike in acts of intolerance and hate...
  • Ukraine offers Trump Antonov aircraft as Air Force One

    12/08/2016 6:02:07 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 43 replies
    Pravda ^ | Dec 7, 2016 | Pravda.Ru
    Ukraine's Antonov aircraft maker suggested US President-elect Donald Trump should order Air Force One from Ukraine, a message on the official Twitter page of the company said, TASS reports. "Maybe it would be better to consider an Antonov aircraft as Air Force One?" the tweet said. The state-run Antonov aircraft building plant is Ukraine's only developer and manufacturer of cargo and passenger aircraft. The company is best known for such aircraft as AN-32, AN-148, AN-158, AN-74, AN-124, AN-70 and AN-225. The company did not specify which aircraft exactly they would like to propose to the new President of the United...
  • SYRIAN ARMY & ALLIES ADVANCE DEEPER INTO MILITANT-HELD AREA IN ALEPPO CITY

    12/08/2016 5:44:47 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    South Front ^ | 8 Dec 2016 | Southfront
    The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, Liwa al-Quds, the National Defense Forces, Hezbollah and other pro-government formations have been continuing adavance against al-Qaeda linked militants (Jaish al-Fatah/Fatah Haleb) in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Government forces are dveloping the offensive in the areas of Zebdiyah and Bostan al Qasr. There are also reports that Liwa al-Quds and Hezbollah have made significant gains in Sheikh Saeed. But they have to be confirmed. All “ceasefire proposals” sent by militants yesterday were reportedly rejected.
  • Russia's Sad, Smokey Carrier Doesn't Seem to Be Doing Much of Anything

    12/08/2016 5:32:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Dec 7, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Russia's only and therefore mightiest carrier by default, the Admiral Kuznetsov, transited the Mediterranean last month to great controversy. The ship was accused—rightly so—of moving into position to support the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Aircraft from the carrier were spotted over Aleppo the first day it began air operations over Syria. Since then Kuznetsov has lost two of fifteen fighters of its assigned air wing to accidents, and flight operations have been suspended at least once. A Russian television news report shot on the carrier itself attempts to portray the ship as a hive of activity but...
  • Egyptian pilots flying Russian choppers in Syria

    12/08/2016 5:25:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | November 26, 2016
    Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi’s secret decision to intervene militarily in the Syrian war on the side of the Syrian President Bashar Assad is revealed here by DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources. The precise details of that intervention vary from source to source. 1. According to one version, a group of Egyptian helicopter pilots – 18, according to one estimate - landed secretly a few days ago at the Syrian Air Force base in Hama and were pressed at once into service for strikes against Syrian rebel forces. Some sources describe the Egyptian flight crews as taking over the cockpits of...
  • DNC Official Shared Pol. Intel With Turkish Gmvt. Officials, Paid For Pro-Turkey Op-Ed

    12/08/2016 5:15:16 AM PST · by Strac6 · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    A Turkish-American businessman who is head of the Democratic National CommitteeÂ’s Heritage Council claimed to have paid a former GOP congressman to write a pro-Turkey op-ed last year and also provided secret updates on his own political activities to members of Turkish president Recep Tayyip ErdoganÂ’s inner circle, newly released emails reveal. The businessman, Murat Guzel, was also interviewed by the FBI earlier this year along with several Turkish nationals linked to its government, other emails indicate. The bomshell revelations come from the hacked email account of Berat Albayrak, TurkeyÂ’s energy minister and ErdoganÂ’s son-in-law. The emails, which number more...
  • Illegal drug usage soars in North Korea: 30% nationwide

    12/08/2016 5:01:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2016-12-06 | Kim Seong Hwan
    Illegal drug usage soars in North Korea: 30% nationwide Kim Seong Hwan | 2016-12-06 The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB; an NGO) hosted a seminar at the Korea Press Center to discuss illicit drug usage in North Korea. Image: Daily NK. Illicit drug distribution and consumption is pervasive across all regions of North Korea, according to new research presented by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB). Of particular note, it was found that a high proportion of Pyongyang residents use illicit drugs on a regular basis. Lee Gwan Hyeong, a researcher at NKDB, headed...
  • {Oct 3, 2015} Obama warns Russia's Putin of 'quagmire' in Syria {remember this?}

    12/08/2016 3:50:29 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3 Oct 2015 | Alister Bell
    U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that its bombing campaign against Syrian rebels will suck Moscow into a "quagmire," after a third straight day of air raids in support of President Bashar al-Assad. At a White House news conference, Obama frequently assailed Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he accused of acting out of a position of weakness to defend a crumbling, authoritarian ally. .."An attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify the population is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire and it won't work," Obama said. .."Mr. Putin had...
  • It's Happening: Brexit Vote Passes Parliament; Article 50 To Be Triggered By April

    12/08/2016 3:12:51 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 7, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    A vote to trigger Article 50, which would make the United Kingdom depart from the European Union, passed the British parliament today by a wide margin. Article 50 must be triggered by the end of March next year, setting up the "Brexit" once and for all. While this is certainly a step in the right direction for those in favor of leaving the EU, the move is largely symbolic and is not actually binding or a certainty that anything will happen. Britain has taken a significant, although largely symbolic, step closer to Brexit after the MPs voted by a...
  • Stolen Dachau Gate Found in Norway

    12/07/2016 11:59:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Hindu ^ | DECEMBER 06, 2016
    An iron gate with the infamous slogan “Arbeit macht frei [Work will set you free]” stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau in Germany two years ago has been found in Norway, the police said Friday. The gate was recovered outside Bergen in southwestern Norway this week following an anonymous tip-off, Bergen police spokeswoman Margrethe Myrmehl Gudbrandsen told AFP. “It was found in the open air,” she said. “You can tell that it's been outside but it's in good condition.”