Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $73,329
83%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 83%!! Thank you all very much!!

Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • BUILDING AN ISLAMIC STATE IN AMERICA, ONE CHURCH AT A TIME

    08/27/2015 9:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 27, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Churches fall, mosques rise. Across Europe, thousands of churches have closed and many of them have become mosques. The St. Mark’s Cathedral in London survived Nazi bombers in WW2, but fell to a new invasion and became the New Peckham Mosque. In France, where there are now more Muslims than practicing Catholics, the Islamic colonists demanded that thousands of empty churches be turned into mosques. The Capernaum Church in Germany has become the Al-Nour Islamic Center. In Amsterdam, the St. Ignatius Church was transformed into the Fatih Camii Mosque. Its name means ‘The Conqueror’s Mosque’. The original Fatih Camii Mosque...
  • UN Gun Control Body Supported By Obama Sets Up Veto-Proof Framework

    08/27/2015 9:30:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/27/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Representatives attending the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Mexico this week have set up a structure for future conferences on gun control that include a veto-proof decision making process. According to Reuters, representatives from 130 countries gathered in Mexico, although only 72 countries have fully ratified the treaty. They determined that Geneva will be “the seat of the permanent secretariat for the ATT” and they unanimously decided that unanimous agreements would not have to be reached on gun control decisions going forward. This gives the body a veto-proof process for making gun control decisions going forward.
  • The Venerable History of Protectionism

    08/27/2015 8:54:45 AM PDT · by sunrise_sunset · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2008 | Robert E. Lighthizer
    "Reagan often broke with free-trade dogma. He arranged for voluntary restraint agreements to limit imports of automobiles and steel (an industry whose interests, by the way, I have represented). He provided temporary import relief for Harley-Davidson. He limited imports of sugar and textiles. His administration pushed for the "Plaza accord" of 1985, an agreement that made Japanese imports more expensive by raising the value of the yen."
  • Angela Merkel booed at refugee centre in Germany following far-Right attacks

    08/27/2015 8:53:56 AM PDT · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 27th, 2015 | By Justin Huggler in Berlin
    Angela Merkel has vowed “no tolerance” for violent anti-migrant protests that have gripped Germany in recent weeks. The German chancellor called on her countrymen to make a stand against the “shameful and disgusting” protests on Wednesday, as she visited a migrant shelter that has been the scene of some of the worst violence. “There is no tolerance for those people who question the dignity of others, there is no tolerance for those who are not willing to help where legal and human help is required,” Mrs Merkel said. “The more people who make this clear, the stronger we shall be.”...
  • White House pushes for Iran filibuster

    08/27/2015 8:49:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | August 27, 2015 | Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett
    President Barack Obama’s almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal — but whether he gets there by filibuster or sustained veto could make all the difference. A Democratic filibuster in the Senate would be a clear victory for the president, allowing Obama to say that for all the political noise there wasn’t enough actual opposition to the nuclear agreement with the Islamic republic to even get to a final vote.
  • 14th Amendment Does NOT Give Citizenship to Aliens Born in the United States.

    08/27/2015 7:23:36 AM PDT · by dangus · 40 replies
    Based on Senate Hearings on proposing the 14th Amendment | 8-27-2015 | Dangus
    The chattering class insists that the 14th amendment automatically grants citizenship to children of illegal aliens. They do this by relying on the public's ignorance of the 14th amendment and the obscurity of the meaning of "under the jurisdiction thereof. The author of the 14th amendment was very clear when he proposed it, however: "This amendment, which I have offered is simply declaratory ... that every person born within the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not of course include persons born...
  • UK Immigration at Record High as Topic Is Hotly Debated

    08/27/2015 6:02:31 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/27/2015 | JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
    (AP) Britain gained almost 330,000 people through migration in the year to March 31, official figures showed Thursday. It's the highest figure on record and a headache for the Conservative government amid a political storm about immigration. The Office for National Statistics said 636,000 people arrived during the 12 months and 307,000 left. The net total surpasses the previous high of 320,000 in 2005. Eight million of Britain's 64 million people were born outside the country. Prime Minister David Cameron has long promised to reduce net migration below 100,000. Critics say the goal is unachievable, since members of the 28...
  • National Survey (Only 8% Americans support giving Iran sanctions relief without Congress approval)

    08/27/2015 7:12:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    82% of all voters OPPOSE President Obama's plan to give $100 billion in sanctions relief within the next few months to Iran without the approval of Congress. 67% of all voters would NOT approve of a deal that does NOT allow independent inspections of Iran's military laboratories, no US monitoring of the program and no Americans or Canadians on the ground in Iran to inspect in any capacity. 64% of all voters think that President Obama and Secretary Kerry are only telling Americans what they think will help the agreement be passed by Congress. Only 19% think they are telling...
  • The China Syndrome: 10% annual growth rate is one of the great frauds in global economic history

    08/27/2015 7:07:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2015 | Greg Lewis
    The ongoing stock market meltdown is just the tip of the iceberg that is the dangerously precarious China economy. The back story -- the extraordinary market manipulation that has allowed the global economy to come to this potentially disastrous pass -- is what few commentators have yet spelled out. Here are some particulars. Most of the trillions of fiat dollars the Federal Reserve Bank has pumped into the U.S. economy as part of its Quantitative Easing (QE) strategy since 2009 have gone directly into the stock market, inflating the value of stocks to unsustainable levels. The Shiller Price/Earnings Ratio has...
  • Iran is Buying Democrat Congress (They Already Bought Kerry, Clinton and Biden)

    08/27/2015 7:02:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2015 | Karin McQuillan
    Frontpage Magazine has published a bombshell report that has been met with total silence by the media.  Daniel Greenfield’s piece is entitled “Traitor Senators Took Money from Iran Lobby, Back Iran Nukes.” Our politicians bought by Iran don’t just include a list of Senators and Congressmen about to vote on the Iran Deal.  Recipients of Iran’s largess for their campaigns include President Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Both of Obama’s secretaries of state were involved in Iran Lobby cash controversies, as was his vice president and his former secretary of defense. Obama was also the beneficiary...
  • Secretary of State John Kerry Signs United Nations Gun Ban Treaty Against Wishes of U.S. Senate

    08/27/2015 7:01:02 AM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    GOPthedailydose ^ | 8/27/15 | clyde
    If U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has his way the United Nations will be able to say if Americans are allowed to have their Second Amendment rights. He has just signed an anti-gun treaty with the United Nations that the U.S. Senate has already said it is against. The treaty Kerry signed without authorization from the Senate would create an un-Constitutional registry of all US gun buyers and would lead to the UN controlling American’s gun rights. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate...
  • Former CIA Chief: Give Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs

    08/27/2015 5:02:16 AM PDT · by Fennie · 25 replies
    INN ^ | August 27, 2015 | By Yaakov Levi
    In an op-ed in the Washington Post, two former Obama administration officials urged for Israel to be provided with bunker-buster bombs, in order to be able to make a credible threat against Iran if that country gets too close to developing a nuclear device. Dennis Ross, a former Middle East envoy, and David Petraeus, who directed the CIA after commanding US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote that the bunker-busters would be an effective "firewall" against Iranian nuclear development, especially in 15 years, when the agreement between Tehran and Western powers expires. "Now is the time for the Iranians and...
  • Levin: Ramos "Racialist", "Balkanizer", "Pretend Journalist"

    08/27/2015 4:19:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host and author Mark Levin argued Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos was a “pretend journalist” “racialist,” “Balkanizer” on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Levin said, “I was very proud of what Donald Trump did. Jorge Ramos is a bully. And Jorge Ramos tries to control events. Jorge Ramos jumped the line there. He wasn’t — it wasn’t his turn to ask questions. And he would have been able to ask questions. But look, Ramos is a fanatic, he’s obnoxious, he’s a pretend journalist.
  • Report With Tally Of 'Russian War Casualties' Causes Stir (2,000 Russians KIA)

    08/27/2015 3:45:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 1 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 27 Aug 15 | Mike Eckel
    A Russian-language website has caused a stir with a report asserting that more than 2,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Delovaya Zhizn, which translates as Business Life, published the information online in March, as part of a larger story of how the Russian federal budget was compensating relatives of servicemen killed in the line of duty. The report went unnoticed until Ukrainian websites and Forbes magazine's online edition drew attention to it this week. Two former U.S. ambassadors to Russia and Ukraine -- Michael McFaul and Steven Pifer, respectively -- tweeted out mention of...
  • Tehran urges US to release 19 imprisoned Iranians

    08/27/2015 2:34:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 8/27/15
    Iran has called on the United States on Wednesday to release 19 Iranians serving in US jails on sanction-related offenses, a day after Tehran rejected reports of a prisoner swap involving detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. “We call on American government and their judicial officials to put an end to the detention of these individuals,” said Marzieh Afkham, a foreign ministry spokeswomen Marzieh Afkham. “None of the human rights institutions, including the United Nation, have followed up on the situation of Iranian prisoners.” The statement came as Hassan Qashqavi, a deputy foreign minister, announced Tuesday that Iran has no...
  • Democrats to Spend 9/11 Partying w/CAIR and ISNA Terror Supporters

    08/26/2015 8:21:45 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 18 replies
    FrontPage mag ^ | August 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    It's the last place any patriotic American should be on 9/11. This is like spending Victory in Europe Day dressing up in Nazi uniforms or Pearl Harbor Day playing kamikaze. But it's business as usual for the Democratic Party, which does treason like it's going out of style.First up is a very special 9/11 party with ISNA over in Lansing as the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing throws its 9th Annual Mayor’s Ramadan Unity Dinner hosted by two Dems, Mayor Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett, as Creeping Sharia reports. Come for the 9/11 ambiance, stay for the party at an...
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

    08/26/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 26,2015 | AP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. El-Sissi's Russian visit, his second in the past three months, highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • Denmark enacts cuts to refugee benefits

    08/26/2015 6:06:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    By a vote of 56-50, the government’s new ‘integration benefit’ for refugees was formally approved on Wednesday. The new measure will result in a significantly lower benefit level being offered to people who have resided in Denmark for less than seven of the past eight years. The integration benefit will be lowered to the level of Danish student grants, meaning that a single adult with no children will receive 5,945 kroner per month before tax, compared to the current 10,849 kroner unemployment benefit (kontanthjćlp) – a 45 percent cut. Foreigners will also receive a financial incentive to learn Danish, as...
  • Selecting Boys Over Girls Is A Trend In More And More Countries

    08/26/2015 5:51:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | AUGUST 26, 2015
    In animal husbandry, the word "cull" means to remove undesirable animals from the herd — the scrawny and the sickly. To hear the word applied to human beings is harsh, but that's just how Valerie Hudson, professor in the Department of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, means it when talking about the growing worldwide trend of families — largely in Asia, Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and some parts of Africa — to have sons rather than daughters. "This is a very troubling turn, that in the 21st century the culling of females is once again becoming more prevalent...
  • Is Turkey Going Rogue?

    08/26/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlantic Community ^ | 8/26/15 | Jon Abbink
    Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdoğan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdoğan to prioritize the war against Daesh. Under the pretext of an anti-Daesh (ISIS) campaign, Turkey's government since late July 2015 is harshly repressing the Kurds, playing the ‘anti-terrorism' card towards NATO. But the...
  • Jeb Bush: Border Wall ‘Not Practical’

    08/26/2015 5:24:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rob Milford
    Republican Presidential Candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told a group at a Florida rally about his Texas border trip and explained why a border wall wouldn’t be practical or conservative. Bush returned to the friendly turf of the Sunshine State on Wednesday, with a town hall style meeting in Pensacola. Pensacola is a solidly conservative town in the Florida panhandle. He spoke of his experience as the state’s former governor, but only answered a single question about the Border Crisis. “I went to McAllen, Texas, in Hildago County, last week and met with the Mayors, the County Judge,...
  • Trump: George W. Bush’s Best Moment Was When An Iraqi Threw A Shoe At Him

    08/26/2015 5:08:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 128 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/26/15 | Steve Guest
    Donald Trump believes the moment an Iraqi reporter thew a shoe at George W. Bush and Bush didn’t blink “may have been his best moment if you want to know the truth, that is very sad to say.”Trump appearing on the Hugh Hewitt Show Wednesday stated that if Jorge Ramos, who interrupted Trump Tuesday “had a microphone, he would have blasted everyone out of the room” since he was “shouting so loud.” Hugh Hewitt: Yeah what he did, it was not professional. I’ve been doing this for 25 years. It wasn’t professional, but it wasn’t professional for him and it...
  • Pentagon to lift ban on transgender troops in May

    08/26/2015 4:25:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 26, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon will end a ban on transgender troops on May 27, according to a draft memo obtained by USA Today. Defense Secretary Ash Carter first announced in July that the Department intended to lift the ban and created a working group to study the implications over six months. In the meantime, troops could serve as openly transgender, and high-level approval is needed to discharge troops for being transgender. Repealing the ban would affect more than 12,000 troops. The memo, dated Aug. 19, also highlights some of the potential issues arising with transgender troops, such as providing leaves of absence...
  • Nazi gold train 'found' in Poland: live

    08/26/2015 3:19:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 93 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-26-2015 | Barnet Henderson
    'Significant find' confirmed in Poland as speculation builds it could be lost Nazi train carrying gold - follow latest updates. SNIP--- 23.02 At a press conference Zygmunt Nowaczyk, deputy mayor of Walbrzych, said “the discovery was in the town’s district”. The Polish state treasure and culture ministry have been informed in case the find contained anything of value, Matthew Day reports. SNIP-- All we know for sure so far from today's developments is a press officer in the Polish town confirming a military train has been found and the Walbrzych's deputy mayor saying there was "formal information".
  • Police: 2 Women Arrested After Fight On JetBlue Flight At JFK Airport (Jamaica flight)

    08/26/2015 2:59:05 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | 8-26-15 | CBS
    Two women have been arrested after they attacked each other as their flight arrived at JFK Airport from Jamaica, police said. Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said it happened at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. He said the dispute started after a 61-year-old passenger at a window seat tried to climb over another woman, 52, as JetBlue Flight 960 approached the gate.The older woman used an eyebrow razor to slash a man who tried to intervene, officials said. The younger woman then used pepper spray on the knife-wielding passenger, Pentangelo said.
  • Education Minister... steps in to stop ALL schools in NSW showing gay parenting documentary...

    08/26/2015 2:44:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    All public schools across New South Wales have now been banned from viewing a gay parenting documentary following the controversy over a girls high school's decision for every student to watch the film. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli personally stepped in to stop Burwood Girls High School's special screening of Gayby Baby for all 1200 students during third and fourth periods this Friday after some parents are believed to have been upset by the decision to show the movie. Going one significant step further on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Piccoli enforced a state-wide ban preventing all public schools being able to...
  • Violent maximum security prisoner refuses... protocol... Muslim... allowed to get away with it

    08/26/2015 2:29:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    Prison officers are refusing to deal with a Supermax prisoner after he was allowed to bend the strict rule of kneeling before any officers enter their cell. Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai was told he could sit instead of kneel like all other maximum security prisoners which has incensed the officers who have since been instructed by the union not to move al-Ahmadzai unless he kneels,The Daily Telegraph reported. Meanwhile, commissioned officers have been brought into Goulburn prison to deal with the Muslim prisoner who is insisting on special treatment on the grounds of his religious beliefs. Corrective Services NSW told...
  • Rotherham abuse scandal: IPCC working to identify 100 police officers ( United Kingdom )

    08/26/2015 1:53:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Guardian News ^ | 26 August 2015
    Police watchdog examining how South Yorkshire force treated complaints of industrial-scale child sexual exploitation in the town, laid bare in Jay report. Investigators looking at how the police treated complaints of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham say they are now working to identify more than 100 officers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was continuing to examine police conduct exactly a year on from the publication of the Jay report, which exposed the scale of child rape, trafficking and grooming in the South Yorkshire town. Professor Alexis Jay’s report described how more than 1,400 children were sexually exploited...
  • State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email

    08/26/2015 1:41:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/26/15 | Ken Dilanian - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
  • MAN CONFRONTS JORGE RAMOS AT TRUMP PRESSER: "GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY"

    08/26/2015 1:36:48 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | Pam Key
    Wednesday Univision released a behind the scenes video showing anchor Jorge Ramos moments after being escorted out of the Donald Trump press conference on Tuesday, being confronted man.
  • Nearly 900 US Rabbis Urge Congress to Reject Iran Deal (now approaching 1,000)

    08/26/2015 1:01:45 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/25/2015, 9:04 PM
    Nearly 900 American rabbis have signed a petition urging the US Congress to reject the recently-signed nuclear deal with Iran. The online petition hopes to garner 1,000 signatures by September 7 - the date Congress is set to vote on the agreement. So far 887 "ordained rabbis" from various denominations have signed. A majority vote against is almost inevitable given the Republican majority in both houses, but so too is a presidential veto, which Barack Obama has clearly said he will use in the event the deal is voted down. The challenge then for opponents of the deal is to...
  • Argentine military capability almost all gone

    08/26/2015 12:24:37 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    UK Defence Journal ^ | August 20th 2015 | George Allison
    'After a significant period of decline, the Argentine armed forces have ceased to be a capable military force. In August 2015, the Argentine air force retired its Mirage fighters, with only a handful of them even flyable.'
  • Two Hundred Retired Generals, Flag Officers Call on Congress to Reject Iran Deal

    08/26/2015 12:22:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 26, 2015 2:02 pm | Alana Goodman
    Nearly two hundred retired generals and admirals sent a letter to Congress asking members to oppose the Iran deal, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The retired officers warned in the letter that the nuclear deal was “unverifiable” and would “threaten the national security and vital interests of the United States” by providing Iran a 10-year path to a nuclear bomb and handing the regime $150 billion in sanctions relief: In summary, this agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies. In...
  • Army stats show that women are injured twice as often as men in combat training

    08/26/2015 11:50:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Wasington Times ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Female soldiers suffered double the rate of injuries compared with male colleagues in Army combat training, including jobs in field artillery and repairing the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The startling statistics come from Army studies obtained by the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), a research group that opposes what the Obama administration is expected to do by year’s end: put women in the direct land combat in infantry, armor, artillery and special operations units. Retired Gen. Raymond Odierno, who completed his four-year stint as Army chief of staff, said earlier this month that he already has decided to open all artillery...
  • Iran is Nuclear Now! With Weapons Development and Delivery Systems

    08/26/2015 11:14:37 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    AIM ^ | August 26, 2015 | MG Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret) and LTC Denny Haney, USAF (Ret)
    Since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear energy system. This cabal is mainly comprised of Russia, China, and North Korea. Since sanctions began being placed on Iran in 1979, with more added since, Iran still had enough free reign to develop its capabilities despite the sanctions regime because of this cabal. All the moving parts are in place, the material is there, and this means they are already nuclear – “break out” is imminent now. During this period, North Korea...
  • Inspector general excoriates Caroline Kennedy for mismanaging Tokyo embassy(moron CK!)

    08/26/2015 8:45:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/26/2015 | Rick Moran
    Celebrity ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the former president, but someone with zero experience with or knowledge of Japan, has been taken to the woodshed by the State Department's Office of Inspector General. The OIC issued a blistering report that highlighted the mismanagement and ignorance of the ambassador and her staff, including the use of private emails for official business:
  • Refugees race into Hungary as border fence nears completion

    08/26/2015 5:53:13 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 12 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/25/2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    Thousands of refugees, most fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been snaking northward through the Balkans in recent days, confronting a Europe woefully unprepared to deal with them at every step. Most endured a perilous crossing to Greece aboard rafts and boats, some barely fit to sail. They traversed Greece, a nation paralyzed by economic crisis and too poor to handle a flow of people that in July hit a record high. At the border with Macedonia late last week, they trudged through a wall of riot police, who fought them back with tear gas before relenting. Now,...
  • The 'dust lady' of 9/11 dies: (truncated)

    08/26/2015 5:07:23 AM PDT · by csvset · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2015 | Joel Christie and Jeff Maysh
    The 'dust lady' of 9/11 dies: Iconic survivor Marcy Borders, 42, succumbs to stomach cancer which she blamed on ash from the Twin Towers attack Marcy Borders was a 28-year-old Bank of America worker when she fled the 81st floor of 1 World Trade Center after the first plane struckShe was on the ground when the second plane hit on September 11, 2001AFP photographer Stan Honda took a photo of her running for safetyBorders became known as 'dust lady' and her picture became iconicShe fell into a spiral of depression and addiction but became sober in 2011In August 2014 Borders was...
  • Russia Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled

    08/26/2015 3:33:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    Forbest ^ | 25 Aug 15 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers’ associations have been branded “foreign agents” for collecting data on Russian casualties. Dissident Boris Nemtsov was murdered shortly before completing his study of Russian casualties in Ukraine. Russian civil rights organizations, working against the fog of official resistance, could confirm only several hundred battlefield deaths. Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) reports on markets, finance, entrepreneurship,...
  • DoD manual allows journalists to be held as ‘belligerents’

    08/26/2015 1:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 3:16 AM EDT | Wendy Benjaminson
    New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents” if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. The Law of War manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the military, contains a vaguely worded provision that military commanders could interpret broadly, experts in military law and journalism say. Commanders could ask journalists to leave military bases or detain journalists for any number of perceived offenses. […] A person deemed “unprivileged belligerent” is not entitled to the rights afforded by the Geneva Convention so a commander could...
  • North Korean Escapees Report Solid Support for Dictator Kim

    08/26/2015 12:21:09 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jeyup S. Kwaak
    SEOUL—North Koreans who fled the country last year said in a new survey that public support for dictator Kim Jong Un appears solid despite citizens’ frustrations about the poor state of the economy. The survey suggests grass roots capitalism continues to spread in North Korea to substitute for the failed state distribution system and is likely to continue its uncomfortable coexistence with the nation’s repressive regime. The Seoul National University Institute for Peace and Unification Studies each year surveys more than 100 North Koreans who defected in the previous calendar year. It provides firsthand insight into developments in the isolated...
  • Palestinians want to raise flag at UN headquarters

    08/26/2015 12:13:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 08.26.15, 08:36 | (AP, Reuters)
    The Palestinians are seeking to raise their flags at UN headquarters in New York, in a resolution proposing to allow non-member observer states—the Palestinians and the Vatican—to display their flag with the 193 member states—just in time for Pope Francis’ visit next month. Supporters of the idea hope the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution on the flag-raising shortly before the pope arrives. They’re betting that the United States or other allies of Israel will not block the plan and risk offending the Holy See on Francis’ first US visit. But the Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian UN...
  • Desperate Russia opens doors for foreign militaries

    08/26/2015 12:11:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy stance has invited damaging economic sanctions from the US and the European Union. These have squeezed the important sectors that earn most of Russia's money -- oil, banking services and defence exports. Battering the Russian economy further are plummeting oil prices, which are blocking Putin's 2010 pledge to spend some 20 trillion roubles -- about $650 billion then -- to revamp his ageing arsenal. After years of defence spending increases, Russia's 2015 budget has hit a roadwall. Moscow has scaled back plans for buying 500 warplanes from 2011-2016, as well as the new Armata...
  • Graham: If ‘Idiot’ Trump Is the GOP Nominee, We’ll Lose and We Should Lose

    08/25/2015 11:43:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | August 25, 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on CNN’s “At This Hour” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s calls for the deportation of the 11 million illegal immigrants and their American citizen children is “Joseph McCarthy-like” and “illegal” and he added, “he’s a complete idiot when it comes to Middle East Policy” so if he is the nominee the GOP will “lose, and we should lose.” Graham said, “Well, I think Donald Trump’s pretty much an idiot on policy and Jeb Bush is a good man. What Jeb was talking about is birth right tourism. Millionaires from China and other...
  • Sources: Yemeni Army Fire Scud Missile At Jizan, Saudi Arabia

    08/25/2015 11:42:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Khabar Agency (Nat. News Agency of Kazakistan) ^ | 8-26-2015 | Khabar Agency/Titter
    Headline only right now.
  • Iran nuke capitulation could trigger Constitutional crisis

    08/25/2015 11:25:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 25, 2015 | Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D.
    Should the Senate sue the president to block implementation of the Iran nuke deal, even if the legislative branch triggers a confrontation between the judicial and executive branches? The rationales for such litigation have accumulated since I first proposed this approach be studied, with the most unnerving affront to rule-of-law having emerged when, on July 28, Secretary of State Kerry did not reflexively say he would “follow the law” governing existing congressional sanctions if Congress voted to override a veto. (“I can’t begin to answer that at this point without consulting with the president and determining what the circumstances are.”)...
  • Former Ku Klux Klan Leader David Duke Throws Support Behind Donald Trump

    08/25/2015 11:03:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Wrap ^ | August 25, 2015 | Itay Hod
    Trump is “the best of the lot,” Duke says of GOP frontrunner GOP frontrunner Donald Trump can count on at least one die-hard fan: former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. Self described “racial realist,” Duke, praised Trump during a recent rant during his online radio show, calling the business mogul a “good salesman.” Duke, who ran unsuccessfully for president as a Democrat in 1988 and later served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, also said he liked Trump because of “the fact that he’s come out on the immigration issue,” adding, “he’s an entrepreneur and he has a...
  • Fake pro-Israel Democrats (One by one, they fall in line to Stand With Iran)

    08/25/2015 11:00:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Tuesday August 25, 2015 | Richard Baehr
    One by one, U.S. Senate Democrats are announcing that after much deliberation ‎‎(translated as arm twisting by President Barack Obama), they have decided to support the ‎Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite serious misgivings. Each of the senators wants you to ‎know that they were personally wrestling with this decision for weeks, talking to ‎experts (provided by the Obama administration for the most part), reading the ‎agreement carefully, weighing and balancing risk versus reward. Each Senate ‎Democrat joining the charade of moving from indecision to decision, makes sure to add that they want to do everything to...
  • Sokov on Russian Cruise Missiles

    08/25/2015 10:55:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    ARMS CONTROL WONK ^ | 25 AUGUST 2015 | Jeffrey Lewis
    I was discussing reports of a new Russian sea-launched cruise missile with my colleague, Nikolai Sokov. He has a number of thoughts about what is going on, so I was delighted when he offered to write them up. There are a lot of really interesting things in Nikolai’s piece. One comment — I remain undecided about the idea that the alleged Russian INF violation arises from a ground-based test of a sea-launched cruise missile. The new information, though, does seem to bolster that case, at least a bit, but my intuition is that it is a new ground-launched cruise missile....
  • Ann Coulter Bids Bye-bye to America

    08/25/2015 7:51:37 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 August 2015 | Steve Byas
    ˇAdios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, by Ann Coulter, Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2015, 400 pages, hardcover. Ann Coulter cares little for political correctness, and her sharp tongue generates enemies at both ends of the political spectrum. To many constitutional conservatives, for example, her foreign policy views are too aligned with the neoconservatives who led the United States into the Iraq mess under President Bush. Writing in May, Coulter still defended the decision to go into Iraq: “There were lots of reasons to get rid of Saddam Hus­sein and none to...