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  • UKRAINIANS Kneel Before the Hero Who Died in Struggle for Independence. VIDEO

    09/30/2014 3:28:29 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    Village residents went out to meet their fellow-countryman killed in battle with the Russian invaders. Many villagers bent their knees along the road to pay the tribute to the memory of the fallen hero, Censor.NET reports.
  • UKRAINE: Residents of Donbas Who Fled to Russia Forcibly Called Up to Serve in "People's Militia"

    The so-called "Army of the South-East" will be replenished by the male refugees from the Donbas who fled to Russia. Espreso.TV reports this citing one of refugees from Luhansk, who is in the Rostov region of Russia, Censor.NET informs. Watch also: Ukraine Kneels Before the Hero Who Died in Struggle for Independence. VIDEO According to him, the representatives of the Russian army are studying the situation in the refugee camps intending to send all the men back to the Donbas in the ranks of the people's militia "to fight for the 'Novorossia'." People who do not show the desire to...
  • Hajj pilgrims denounce ISIS 'virus' but doubt US-led war

    09/30/2014 3:06:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/30/2014 | Lynne Al-Nahhas
    As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by ISIS jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. "Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State (ISIS)," Kurdish Iraqi pilgrim Alan Abdullah told AFP, describing ISIS as "a virus threatening the whole world". ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a Muslim "caliphate" and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The jihadists have executed captured Iraqi soldiers, crucified people, forced non-Muslims to...
  • ISIS Troops One Mile from Baghdad

    09/30/2014 12:53:00 AM PDT · by No One Special · 17 replies
    Huntington News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Tony Rutherford
    America’s Arabic coalition continues bombing ISIS targets in Syria, but the BBC and Independent both report that ISIS fighters are pushing into Baghdad, the capitol of Iraq. “The Islamic State are now less than 2 km away from entering Baghdad,” a spokesman for the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation told UK’s the Independent , adding that al-Qaeda militants are bolstering their ranks. The spokesman continued, “ They said it could never happen and now it almost has. Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well, you only need to be here a very short while to know...
  • China's warships perfect fit for Russian navy, says magazine

    09/30/2014 12:24:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-30
    The August issue of Russia's National Defense Magazine has advised the country to buy warships from China to compensate for its own weakness in shipbuilding and to strengthen Russia's power in the Asia-Pacific region. China's Type 054A frigate may be an ideal option for Russia, the report said. With debate sparked by the suspension of a French delivery of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Russia, the need to bring in escort ships is all the more pressing. Even if Russia receives the two warships — the Vladivostok and the Sevastopol — and integrates them into the fleet in the...
  • Israeli PM denounces UN agency as ‘terrorist rights council’ for Gaza investigation

    09/29/2014 9:46:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:05PM BST 29 Sep 2014 | Philip Sherwell
    Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, launched a scathing attack on a United Nations organization from the podium of the UN itself when he denounced its Human Rights Council as a “terrorist rights council”. […] In a controversial address to the General Assembly, he contended that the council’s treatment of Israel was “biased” and rooted in a global upsurge in anti-Semitism. Mr. Netanyahu argued that it was Hamas, the faction that controls the Gaza Strip, that should be investigated for war crimes as it used civilians as human shields and fired missiles at Israel from batteries planted by mosques and...
  • Syriac-Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III: 'Dialogue Cannot Stop Extremists'

    09/29/2014 9:23:05 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need via AINA ^ | 2014-09-29 | Oliver Maksan
    "We Christians in the Middle East will have a future if the family of nations stand up for their principles, such as democracy and freedom, and especially religious freedom. Then we will be able to live in civilised countries. But this will take time." With these words the Syriac-Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Yusuf Yunan addressed the global community. Talking to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) the Patriarch, who lives in Lebanon, made clear recently that the nations represented in the UN Security Council in particular had a responsibility to exert political pressure on Middle Eastern...
  • Obama's Narcissism a Threat to National Security

    09/29/2014 9:09:24 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 20 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 30, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    We mention President Obama’s narcissism not as an exercise in name-calling but because it continues to be relevant to how he conducts himself in office, and it’s not pretty. This undeniable character trait was on full display in his interview with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” in the sense that he simply cannot entertain the possibility, much less — infinitely less — admit the possibility that he has made a mistake or exercised poor judgment. If anything remotely positive happens on his watch, he presumes to take full credit for it — way more than the normal opportunistic politician. With...
  • IS Moves Forces to Syria from Northern Iraq

    09/29/2014 9:04:56 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 39 minutes ago
    Islamic State militants in western Iraq. Photo: ISIS video ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Large numbers of Islamic State (IS) militants withdrew from Shingal region on Monday and headed to the Syrian border, Kurdish Peshmerga forces told Rudaw. “Around sunset a convoy of about 30 IS vehicles left the area and drove towards the Syrian border,” said Haji Ibrahim, a veteran Yezidi Peshmerga. Ibrahim said that the IS militants were holding their front lines against the Peshmerga forces until Monday. Ibrahim said that the IS positions around Shingal have been the target of intense US airstrikes in the past few weeks. IS...
  • 3 Times Obama Administration Was Warned About ISIS Threat [American Blood Spilled In Vain!]

    09/29/2014 8:26:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 29, 2014 | JONATHAN KARL
    3 Times Obama Administration Was Warned About ISIS Threat Sep 29, 2014 By JONATHAN KARL Did the intelligence community underestimate ISIS or did the president? In his "60 Minutes" interview, President Obama seemed to put the blame on the intelligence community, saying, “I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.” At the White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest cast the net quite a bit wider. “Everybody was surprised to see the rapid advance that ISIL was able to make from Syria across the Iraqi border,” said Earnest. “To be able to take over such large...
  • Ltc.Allen West speaks at National Security Action Summit II

    09/29/2014 8:15:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | Sept 29, 2014 | You Tube
    National Security Action Summit II 29.9.2014 Allen West speaks on US military strategy in the new front against Islamic jihad. 6:30 minutes and well worth the time.
  • Anti-terror raids in Melbourne, Australia: Man accused of sending funds to Syria fighter

    09/29/2014 8:08:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the 23-year-old man was arrested for allegedly providing $12,000 to a US citizen fighting in Syria. "I can confirm a 23-year-old man from Seabrook will be charged with intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation knowing that organisation was a terrorist organisation," Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said. The Assistant Commissioner said the arrest came after a tip off from the FBI. "The search warrants were the culmination of an eight month investigation which began following information provided by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation," he said. The Assistant Commissioner said...
  • Catalonia's Scottish dreams on hold as top court postpones independence vote

    09/29/2014 8:05:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    CS Monitor ^ | 09/29/2014 | By Andrés Cala
    MADRID — At first glance, Catalonia's face-off with Madrid over independence looks like it has much in common with the recent Scottish secessionist crisis, which panicked countries and markets alike. But the upcoming vote, which Spain’s highest court unanimously suspended after the Spanish government officially challenged it on Monday, shares little with Scotland's, other than the ultimate goal. The regional leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed a decree Saturday setting Nov. 9 for the referendum. But, whenever the referendum might take place, the fundamental difference is that Catalonians are not being asked to decide whether to break away from Spain,...
  • Isis now 'just one mile from Baghdad' as al-Qaeda joins militants' fight against West

    09/29/2014 7:36:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 09/29/2014 | Jack Moore
    Isis fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria. According to the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Isis was approaching the Iraqi capital on Monday morning, report The Independent. "The Islamic State are now less than 2km away from entering Baghdad," a spokesperson said. "They said it could never happen and now it almost has. Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well you only need to be here a very short while to know they can do very very little."...
  • $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder burns to the ground in Canadian gas station

    09/29/2014 7:33:59 PM PDT · by xp38 · 55 replies
    yahoo finance canada ^ | sept 29 2014 | Alex Lloyd
    Because of its nature as one of the priciest, fastest, rarest super cars in existence, a Porsche 918 Spyder involved in any kind of incident will make headlines. But when one burns to the ground in a Canadian gas station, well, that goes viral. The 893 hp hybrid hyper car is reportedly owned by Michael Werkerle, the CEO of investment firm Difference Capital and star of CBC's Dragon's Den (Canada's equivalent of Shark Tank). Witnesses state that gas spilled during the car's refueling in a Toronto gas station and ignited via the twin exhaust pipes. Those pipes protrude upwards from...
  • Obama Throws America's Spies Under The Bus [One Intelligence Official Says Obama's "BSing"]

    09/29/2014 7:09:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 29, 2014 | MICHAEL B KELLEY AND BRETT LOGIURATO
    Obama Throws America's Spies Under The Bus MICHAEL B KELLEY AND BRETT LOGIURATO SEP. 29, 2014 One Intelligence Official Says Obama's "BSing." In a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night, President Barack Obama placed blame squarely at the foot of the US intelligence community for the rise of the Islamic State, the extremist group also known as ISIS. Citing comments from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Obama said the intelligence community had "underestimated what had been taking place in Syria," referring to the rise of ISIS militants in the country's northeast. But American spies, experts, and journalists who have been...
  • Obama on Faulty Intelligence

    09/29/2014 6:27:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | September 29, 2014
    Obama on Faulty Intelligence The President blames the spooks for his own policy failure on ISIS. President Obama rode to the White House in part by assailing George W. Bush for believing faulty intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. So there is no small irony in his claim now that America's spooks missed the rise of the Islamic State. The difference is that U.S. intelligence did warn about the threat from ISIS. Mr. Obama chose not to listen. Asked on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday if ISIS's march into Iraq was a "complete surprise," Mr. Obama replied, "Well I...
  • US Intel Contradicts Obama Claim On 60 Minutes About Islamic State [Liberal Media Goes Mute!]

    09/29/2014 6:02:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 29, 2014
    US Intel Contradicts Obama Claim On 60 Minutes About Islamic State Private briefings, public testimony conflict with president’s ‘60 Minutes’ claim By Guy Taylor -September 29, 2014. U.S. policy leaders, including President Obama, were repeatedly warned by the U.S. intelligence community over the last year that the Islamic State movement was gaining significant strength and would pose a major threat to regional stability if left unchecked by Iraq’s struggling military. The warnings, some in private and others in public testimony, conflict with Mr. Obama’s nationally televised proclamation Sunday night that US intelli House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers specifically challenged...
  • The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria

    09/29/2014 5:06:31 PM PDT · by mylife · 37 replies
    Huffington post ^ | 9.23/14 | Dennis Kucinich
    The administration's response to the conjunction of this weekend's People's Climate March and the International Day of Peace? 1) Bomb Syria the following day, to wrest control of the oil from ISIS which gained its foothold directly in the region through the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan funding and arming ISIS' predecessors in Syria. 2) Send the president to UN General Assembly, where he will inevitably give a rousing speech about climate and peace, while the destruction of the environment and the shattering of world peace is on full display 5,000 miles away. Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy...
  • Vaclav Klaus: the West’s lies about Russia are monstrous (title misleading)

    09/29/2014 4:54:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Specator (UK) ^ | 27 September 2014 | Neil Clark
    An interview with the former Czech president, possibly the West’s last truly outspoken leader ___ Václav Klaus has made a habit of saying things others shy away from saying, but it doesn’t seem to have done him much harm in the popularity stakes. Quite the opposite: the 73-year-old ardently Eurosceptic free-marketeer has legitimate claims to be regarded as the most successful ‘true blue’ conservative politician in Europe over the past 25 years. He was, after all, prime minister of the Czech Republic from 1992 to 1998 and then his country’s president for a further ten years, from 2003 to 2013....
  • Victoria Police and AFP conduct anti-terror raids in five Melbourne suburbs

    09/29/2014 4:43:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 30th September 2014 | Monique Hore
    A MAN has been taken into custody as Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police officers conduct counter-terrorism raids at five suburbs in Melbourne’s west and north. The raids are taking place in Seabrook, Flemington, Meadow Heights, Kealba and Broadmeadows. The man was led away by police at his house in Point Cook Rd at Seabrook, as about 12 AFP officers searched the property using a sniffer dog. He is believed to be aged in his 20s and works at a pizza shop in Sunshine, a neighbour said. The raids are not related to last week’s stabbing of two police officers...
  • ISIS militants less than 2 miles from Baghdad, fierce fighting reported near Iraqi capital

    09/29/2014 4:03:51 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 133 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09/29/14 | Dan Friedman , Sasha Goldstein , Corky Siemaszko
    Fierce fighting has gotten closer and closer to Baghdad, with some reports saying the Islamic State is within one mile of the city limits.
  • ISIS Opens a Consulate in Turkey

    09/29/2014 3:42:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Aydinlink ^ | 9/23/2014
    It has been reported that the fundamentalist terror organization ISIS has very recently opened a consulate in Ankara, Turkey. The terror organization the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has reportedly opened an embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara and started to issue visas to those who want to join the jihadist fight in Iraq. The Turkish ruling AKP government has apparently provided great conveniences to the terrorist organization during negotiations to secure the return of 49 Turkish diplomats who were kidnapped in the Turkish Consulate of Mosul by ISIS terrorists. The website, which appears to be belong...
  • Fury as Obama blames intelligence agencies for Isil surprise

    09/29/2014 3:32:40 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 59 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/29/14
    With his foreign policy approval ratings at a historic low, Barack Obama meets furious reaction after blaming US intelligence agencies for failing to predict rise of Isil in Syria
  • Saab offers #MakeinIndia plan for the Gripen

    09/29/2014 3:20:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | September 26, 2014
    Saab's Lars-Olof Lindgren says his company has been quietly working on a plan to build the Gripen in India and has already done a lot of the homework for it. The Swedish defense and aviation company Saab has offered to make its Gripen fighter in India. Chairman of Saab India, Lars-Olof Lindgren told StratPost about his company’s intention to offer the aircraft for production in India. This comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun a campaign to encourage manufacturing industry, particularly foreign companies, to ‘Make in India’. “We are prepared to set up a joint venture...
  • Netanyahu@UN: 'Would you let terrorists fire rockets at your cities?'

    09/29/2014 3:12:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/9/14
    From A7 article: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday, in a bid to refute the smear campaign launched by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas claiming Israel is guilty of "genocide." "Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel," Netanyahu began. "I have come here to speak about the dangers we face [. . ] against the brazen lies about my country and about the people who defend it." Video doesn't work from A7, so You Tube link is posted.
  • Iraqi Strikes Halt Jihadi Advance toward Capital: Reports

    09/29/2014 3:03:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 9/29/2014
    Iraq’s military has halted Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants 40 kilometers outside of Baghdad according to news agency reports, stalling a potentially devastating drive toward the Iraqi capital. Iraqi airstrikes on Sunday held the jihadist fighters at Ameriyat al-Fallujah, a strategic town west of Baghdad and south of ISIS-controlled Fallujah. But panic spread in the capital as rumors circulated of IS attacks in the city’s immediate suburbs. Amid confusion on the ground about the exact location of IS fighters, the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, an Anglican group, wrote on its Facebook account that the...
  • HOLMES: Why the world is unmoved by Obama’s apologies

    09/29/2014 2:56:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 29, 2014 | Kim R. Holmes - Former Asst. SOS
    President Obama insulted many Americans last week when he raised events in Ferguson, Missouri, during his United Nations speech. They chafed at the implied moral equivalence of a shooting still in legal dispute with the many lethal foreign threats besieging the world. While such rhetoric is divisive at home, there is another problem. The president does not seem to understand that most of the world is completely unmoved by such apologies. Most of the world does not see an earnest moralist struggling with America’s complicated past or a humble man admitting his own foibles. Instead, they see a weak leader...
  • Peshmerga Kill Local Kurdish IS Leader

    09/29/2014 2:42:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 9/29/2014 | Tayar Adil
    A local militant, who had fought US forces in Iraq and became a local leader in the Islamic State’s (IS or ISIS) armies, was shot dead by Peshmerga forces, Kurdish security officials said. Yonus Assad, who was also known as Abu-Qazifa and was once arrested by Kurdish forces for his militant activities, was killed in an area close to the IS stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq last week, the officials said, speaking to Rudaw on condition of anonymity. They said they were given orders to capture the wanted man alive. But he was killed after Peshmerga forces surrounded him...
  • Nigeria: 'Boko Haram Is Not Islam' [barf alert]

    09/29/2014 2:39:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    All Africa ^ | 9/29/2014 | Immanuel Afolabi
    Islamic insurgent groups such as Boko Haram use the Qur'an to justify their actions. This has led many non-Muslims to see Muslims - especially those with full beards and dressed in hijab - as terrorists. But in fact, the vast majority of Muslims, including devout youth from across Nigeria, are united in condemning the nefarious acts of religious extremists.Concepts such as 'terrorism', 'insurgence' and 'extremism' are often associated with Islamic jihad. But it is erroneous to equate this term with violence, according to Toyeeb (20), a Muslim student in Oyo in south-west Nigeria."Non-Muslims who want to know about Islam should...
  • Suspended between life and death

    09/29/2014 2:29:15 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/13/2014 | Claudia Hammond
    When Ariel Sharon died in January this year, eight years after a stroke, he'd survived for longer than would probably be expected had he lived elsewhere in the world. Since 2005 it's been illegal in Israel to turn off ventilators when a person is dying or has no hope of recovery. The result is that large numbers of patients spend years on life support, many of them unconscious... In most countries a ward like this would not exist, and doctors and families in discussion together, might have made the decision to turn off Schmail's ventilator to allow him to die....
  • [GB] Beheading videos are turning youngsters off jihad, police chief says

    09/29/2014 2:27:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/29/2014 | Martin Evans
    Videos showing Islamic extremists beheading western hostages are putting young Britons off pursuing jihad in the Middle East, one of the UK’s most senior police officers has suggested. Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said footage of the shocking murders had backfired as far as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was concerned, serving as a deterrent rather than a recruiting poster. Sir Peter, who is leads on counterterror for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said the “sheer brutality” of the ISIL footage was discouraging young British Muslims from getting involved....
  • Deadly spin game - Iran’s nukes just keep on going

    09/29/2014 2:24:14 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:05 AM
    The Obama administration looks set to go weak in the knees in life-or-death negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. From the start, the United States and its allies have pressed the mullahs to disable all but about 1,500 of their centrifuges. The logic: With that many machines in operation, should Tehran flip the switch to begin enriching weapons-grade nuclear material, the process of amassing enough uranium for an atom bomb would take a year. Cold comfort, but better than nothing. All the while, Iran has insisted that it needs all 9,400 of its spinning centrifuges, which, of course, ha ha, it...
  • Mumia on the meaning of Ferguson (Yes, you read that correctly)

    09/29/2014 2:01:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | September 29, 2014 | Mumia Abu-Jamal
    Written Aug. 31, 2014 – Before recent days, who among us had ever heard of Ferguson, Missouri? Because of what happened there, the brief but intense experience of state repression, its name will be transmitted by millions of Black mouths to millions of Black ears, and it will become a watchword for resistance, like Watts, like Newark, Harlem and LA. But Ferguson wasn’t 60 years ago – it’s today. And for young Blacks from Ferguson and beyond, it was a stark, vivid history lesson – and also a reality lesson. When they dared protest the state street murder of one...
  • Leader of the Free World: Militant Islam is a Global Problem

    09/29/2014 1:59:32 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 10 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    Our hopes and the world's hope for peace are in danger. Because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march. It's not militants. It's not Islam. It's militant Islam. Typically, its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds – no creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it's rapidly spreading in every part of the world. You know the famous American saying: "All politics is local"? For the militant Islamists, "All politics is global." Because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world.
  • [Saudi Religious 'Healer'] Raqi rapes girl to 'exorcise' jinn from her womb

    09/29/2014 1:57:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | 9/29/2014
    A Saudi Raqi (religious healer) raped a girl who visited him for treatment of a psychological illness after misleading her into believing her womb was haunted by the jinn (spirits), a newspaper reported on Monday. The Raqi in the capital Riyadh told the girl he has the powers to exorcise jinns in one session if she accepts his recipe at his home. Once the girl, whose age was not specified, surrendered to the man, he raped her, causing her to lose virginity, 'Arar' Arabic language daily said. Police arrested the Raqi after the girl realised her mistake and reported him...
  • Ted Cruz: ISIL Is Not a Reason to Cozy Up to Iran

    09/29/2014 1:52:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 09/29/2014 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    On Sept. 26, 2012, an American pastor named Saeed Abedini who was visiting family and fellow Christians in Tehran was dragged out of the private home he was staying in and hauled away to jail by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Friday marked the second anniversary of his imprisonment, and for the last two years he has been beaten, abused and subjected to solitary confinement for weeks on end in Iran’s most notoriously dangerous prisons for the crime of professing his Christian faith. Pastor Saeed isn’t the only American suffering at the hands of the Iranian regime. Marine veteran Amir Hekmati is...
  • Iran executes man for heresy

    09/29/2014 1:50:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/29/2014 | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    A 37-year-old man has been executed in Iran after being found guilty of heresy and insulting prophet Jonah, according to human rights activists. Mohsen Amir-Aslani was arrested nine years ago for his activities which the authorities deemed were heretical. He was engaged in psychotherapy but also led sessions reading and reciting the Qur’an and providing his own interpretations of the Islamic holy book, his family said. Amir-Aslani was hanged last week for making “innovations in the religion” and “spreading corruption on earth”, but human rights activists said he was a prisoner of conscience who was put to death because of...
  • Photos of Chinese navy's new supply ship leaked online

    09/29/2014 1:14:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 29 September, 2014 | Chris Luo
    The new ship appears to be different from any other PLA replenishment ship. Photos: cjdby.net The Chinese military may be building a new type of resupply ship, according newly surfaced photos, as the countryÂ’s navy seeks to shore up its ocean-going capabilities. The half-finished PeopleÂ’s Liberation Army (PLA) ship was photographed anchored at a harbour, identified as the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), in about two dozen pictures published at the weekend on cjdby.net, an influential military forum in China. The website is known as an unofficial outlet of rare images of some of the PLAÂ’s latest weapons and caters to...
  • Japan’s Largest Warship Since World War II Takes To Sea

    09/29/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    Japan’s largest warship since World War II has left for its first set of sea trials last week ahead of entering the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)fleet next year. JS Izumo (DDH-183) departed Tokyo Bay on Sept. 23, as seen as in a video on YouTube, for the first round of what will be about six months of sea trials ahead of the ship’s commissioning next year, a JMSDF official told Jane’s Defence Weekly on Monday. The 24,000-ton helicopter carrier is the first of two planned ships. Izumo will enter the JMSDF force next year. DDH-184 will enter the...
  • Robichaud: Ted Cruz may be right man to put America on track

    09/29/2014 1:05:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 29, 2014 | Holly Robichaud
    There is light at the end of the tunnel of Barack Obama’s presidency. With only 843 days left, the presidential campaign will kick off about one month from now. Getting an early boost for his potential bid is U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). This past weekend he won the Value Voters Summit straw poll with 25 percent of the vote. Ben Carson placed second with 20 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in a distant third with 12 percent. While so many GOP establishment types are still encouraging former Gov. Mitt Romney to try a third time after...
  • United Nations General Assembly: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    09/29/2014 1:03:50 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 9-29-2014 | CSPAN
    Hosting Organization United Nations | General Assembly
  • Obama Is Rewriting History On ISIL. It Won't Wash

    09/29/2014 12:50:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 29, 2014 | Peter Foster
    Obama Is Rewriting History On ISIL. It Won't Wash By Peter Foster Sept.29, 2014 Given how completely Barack Obama's foreign policy has been upended by the rise of Isil in Syria, it is not surprising that the president should try and gloss over the scale of his own miscalculation when it came to the threat posed by the jihadists – but that doesn't mean he should be allowed to get away with it. This weekend Mr Obama had the cheek to blame his intelligence agencies for the fact that the White House was "caught by surprise" by the sudden rise...
  • Israel PM Netanyahu To UN: Iran, ISIS Cannot Acquire Nuclear Weapons

    09/29/2014 12:38:13 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 28 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | September 29, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Israel PM Netanyahu To UN: Iran, ISIS Cannot Acquire Nuclear WeaponsBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York — September 29, 2014 … Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations today. He again implored the global community to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Netanyahu asked the global forum: “Would you allow ISIS to acquire chemical or nuclear weapons?” Netanyahu then spoke about Operation Protective Edge, the IDF operation to protect Israeli civilians from terror rockets and tunnels. Netanyahu stated that the IDF is the most moral army in the world. He accused Hamas of committing “the real war crimes”...
  • RAAF fighters and Super Hornets ready to fight IS in Iraq

    09/29/2014 12:18:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    News.com.au ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
    AFTER spending weeks locked in briefing rooms poring over maps and intelligence reports the RAAF’s top-gun strike fighter pilots are ready to take up the fight to murderous Islamic militants in Iraq. Since Tuesday dozens of the Super Hornet pilots and air combat officers (ACOs) have been working in secure air-conditioned briefing rooms at task group headquarters at al-Minhad air base near Dubai reviewing tasking orders, combat reports and preparing for war. Meanwhile teams of weapons technicians and so-called “black handers”, who arm and maintain the lethal $70 million strike jets, are working long shifts in a huge air conditioned...
  • Watch Live: Protesters Pack Streets in Hong Kong

    09/29/2014 11:50:46 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | 29 Sept 2014
    Hong Kong Protests
  • Russia, Egypt to discus MiG-35 fighter jets deal in October: Agency

    09/29/2014 11:19:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | 29 Sep 2014
    Deal with Russia comes amid speculation that Egypt may be reducing its military cooperation with the United States Russia plans to hold talks in Egypt next month over the latter’s planned purchase of MiG-35 fighter jets, reported Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on Monday. “They [Egyptian representatives] visited our corporation. We hope that we will be invited to technical talks next month,” Director-General of Russia’s Aircraft Corporation MiG Sergei Korotkov said. The deal, which is reportedly worth LE21 billion ($3 billion), was reported in February amid suggestions Egypt is aiming to reduce its military cooperation with the US, whose ties with...
  • Netanyahu: To defeat ISIS and let Iran have nuclear arms is to win the battle and not the war

    09/29/2014 10:42:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/29/2014 18:46 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the UN general assembly on Monday in New York and warned the crowd of the threat of radical militant Islam. He said that the Arab world, for the first time, was beginning to recognize the benefit in aligning themselves with Israel and seeing they have a common enemy. He also said that he is willing to make a "historic compromise" with the Palestinians. The prime minister spoke in his speech of the correlation between Hamas and ISIS, saying the two are "branches from the same poisonous tree." He warned that the escalation of the radical...
  • Cruz: 'Dark times' call for American leadership

    09/29/2014 10:05:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 29, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Sen. Ted. Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday slammed the Obama administration's foreign policy track record, saying the global community is “calling out” for U.S. intervention. “We’re beginning to see what a world without American leadership looks like,” he said at the National Security Action Summit in Washington. The policies of “appeasement and leading from behind are not working,” he added. Cruz, who is widely expected to be a GOP presidential nominee in 2016, rattled off a list of foreign policy failures, naming the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which he said is on a “murderous rampage” across the Middle...
  • New Iraqi comedy show aims to counter Islamic State extremists

    09/29/2014 10:04:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 29,2014 | Loveday Morris
    BAGHDAD — Reclining on a gold-rimmed purple sofa, the leader of the Islamic State extremist group mulls his social-media strategy as an overaffectionate sword-wielding dwarf looks on.