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  • Trump considers last-minute meeting in Mexico with the country’s president

    08/30/2016 5:58:20 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 107 replies
    Donald Trump is considering jetting to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just hours before he delivers a high-stakes speech in Arizona to clarify his views on immigration policy, according to people in the United States and Mexico familiar with the discussions. The possibility, which was hatched in recent days by Trump and his campaign advisers, comes after Trump has wavered for weeks on whether he would continue to hold his hard-line positions on the central and incendiary issue of his campaign, in particular his call to deport an estimated 11 million immigrants...
  • In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

    08/30/2016 7:47:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 27 August 2016
    Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war. The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump-Nieto Meeting Confirmed — It’s On (for tomorrow)

    08/30/2016 7:44:01 PM PDT · by GilGil · 23 replies
    Polizette ^ | 8/30/2016 | Jon Conradi
    LifeZette has confirmed that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Peña Nieto. Sources, that include Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated the meeting would cover a broad variety of topics ranging from trade to security to immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.
  • A Leading French Intellectual Explains: There is Danger of War in Europe

    08/30/2016 7:40:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 30 August 2016 | Guillame Faye
    Having failed to bait Russia in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, NATO has now pivoted to the Baltics, where it is hell-bent on provoking a war with Russia. ___ There is a worrying risk of a military clash between NATO and Russia over the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, jammed between the Baltic countries and Poland, which are all new members of the EU and NATO. Military pressure keeps increasing in the Baltic region. The situation is far more dangerous than it was during the crisis of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, because Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave at the core of the...
  • Obama's War In Syria Is An Unmitigated Disaster - We Should Get Out

    08/30/2016 7:36:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 29 August 2016
    "First, recognize that ISIS and the al-Nusra Front are our primary enemies in Syria, not Assad or Russia. Geostrategists may be appalled, but the Donald may have gotten it right. If the Russians are willing to fight to crush ISIS, to save Assad, be our guest." ___ Earlier in August, U.S. planes threatened to shoot down Syrian planes over Hasakeh, and our Iraq-Syria war commander, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, issued a warning to Syria and Russia against any further air strikes around the city. Who authorized Gen. Townsend to threaten to shoot down Syrian or Russian planes — in Syria?...
  • The Latest: Turkey asks US to drop support for Syrian Kurds

    08/30/2016 6:04:59 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2016 | Associated Presstitutes
    The Latest on developments in the Syrian conflict, following Ankara's incursion into the war-torn state last week (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Turkey's presidential spokesman has called on the U.S. to "revise" its policy of supporting Kurdish forces battling Turkish troops in Syria after Ankara's incursion last week into the war-torn state. The comments by Ibrahim Kalin published on Tuesday by Sabah the pro-government Daily Sabah came a day after the U.S. urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. Kalin says that the "Americans...
  • An Emotional Bill Clinton Eyes Possible Exit from Foundation

    08/30/2016 5:52:14 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 45 replies
    AP via Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Aug 2016 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bill Clinton told the staff of his global charity he would have to step down if Hillary Clinton won the White House, he was vividly clear about how that felt: Worse than a root canal, he said.
  • Fight for Syria's Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power

    08/30/2016 5:49:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    Rooters ^ | August 29, 2016 | Maria Tsvetkova and Christian Lowe
    Russia's politically-sensitive and ultimately fruitless decision to launch bombing missions on Syria from Iranian soil has exposed the limits to its air power, leaving Moscow in need of a new strategy to advance its aims. People familiar with Russia's military said Moscow opted for the sorties from Iran - and Tehran agreed to allow them - because they were struggling to achieve their aim of crushing rebels in the city of Aleppo. The gamble failed and rebels fighting their ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Aasad, remain ensconced in parts of Aleppo.
  • French minister: ‘We are at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims’

    08/30/2016 4:42:56 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 28 replies
    France's Interior Minister is mounting a bid to unite Muslims and non-Muslims in France as tensions rise following the 'Burkini ban' France’s interior minister has said the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims. Bernard Cazeneuve called for urgent action to create a strong bond between the nation and citizens of the Islamic faith in response. He also said it was crucial to tailor the religion to the values of secular France, “a pillar of the republic.” He also contended that humiliating Muslims “has facilitated the work of Daesh (ISIS) recruiters” of vulnerable Muslim...
  • US Urges Halt to Turkish, Kurdish Clashes in Northern Syria

    08/30/2016 3:48:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | August 29, 2016 | Associated Presstitiues
    The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara. It was the first U.S. criticism of its NATO ally since it launched a U.S.-backed incursion into northern Syria to help Syrian rebels seize the town of Jarablus from the Islamic State group. They have been clashing with Kurdish Syrian forces around the town to try to...
  • Downing Street says tech giant 'welcome' to come to UK after EU orders Ireland to claw back £11bn

    08/30/2016 3:12:12 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-30-2016 | James Titcomb
    Britain could cut corporation tax to attract major international companies under plans being considered by Theresa May after Apple was hit with a record tax bill by Brussels. Downing Street yesterday said it would "welcome" Apple to the UK after the European Commission took the extraordinary step of hitting the company with an £11billion fine. In a damning report published yesterday, the commission found that a deal with Ireland meant the technology giant paid as little as 0.005 per cent tax on its European profits for more than a decade.
  • Tom Jackson, hero Brit backpacker who tried to save Mia Ayliffe-Chung, dies in hospital

    08/30/2016 2:27:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 46 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 30th August 2016
    A HEROIC British backpacker who attempted to save the life of a young woman in a hostel stabbing frenzy last week has died in hospital. Tom Jackson, 30, suffered more than 20 stab wounds to the face, head and torso as he tried to shield Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from a vicious attack at Shelley’s Backpackers, in Home Hill, south of Townsville last Tuesday night. French national Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with Ms Ayliffe-Chung’s murder, along with the attempted murder of Mr Jackson and another man. One charge of attempted murder will now be upgraded to murder in the...
  • Putin to visit Japan in December

    08/30/2016 2:05:27 PM PDT · by chajin · 18 replies
    NHK ^ | August 30, 2016 | NHK World
    A senior Russian official says President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in December. Putin's foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, briefed local media on Tuesday on the upcoming talks between Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The 2 leaders are to meet in Vladivostok on Friday on the sidelines of an economic forum. Ushakov said Putin's long-delayed visit will take place in December. He said the agenda for the summit will be discussed by the 2 leaders when they meet on Friday. He said Moscow and Tokyo have already agreed on the date of Putin's visit, and it will be...
  • New evidence Iran evaded sanctions, continued nuclear weapons development with Venezuela

    08/30/2016 1:17:46 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Foreign desk News ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Lisa Daftari
    New evidence suggests Iran received help from Venezuela with its nuclear program despite a decade of U.N.-mandated sanctions aimed at curbing the rouge regime’s controversial nuclear and ballistic missile programs. A 2009 document obtained by Brazil’s leading weekly, Veja magazine, shows late dictator President Hugo Chavez signing off on the release of funds to help Iran with its nuclear ambitions. Specifically, the document states the funds were to be designated for the import of equipment for a gunpowder factory and the development of production plants for nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose, elements used in rocket propulsion for Iran’s government. There is also...
  • John Kerry: The Media Would Do Us All ‘a Service’ If They Didn’t Cover Terrorism Quite as Much

    08/30/2016 10:15:47 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Aug 2016 | Jeff Poor
    At a media availability on Bangladesh on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the threat of terrorism at home and abroad. Part of his proposal to fight this threat had to do with the media and how it covers terrorism. According to Fox News and a transcript of the press conference provided by the State Department, Kerry said the media could “do us a service” by not covering terrorism “quite as much.
  • Calais locals pledge to block port with 'human chain' until Jungle migrant camp is demolished

    08/30/2016 10:14:07 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Aug 30, 2016 | Henry Samuel
    Shopkeepers, businessmen, farmers and police unionists in Calais have pledged to block 'indefinitely' the motorway leading to the port with a 'human chain', saying they will not break it until the migrant Jungle camp that has now swollen to up to 10,000 people is totally dismantled. The unprecedented action, due to start on Monday, came as the local head of France’s national haulage federation warned: "Migrant violence hasn’t gone up a notch, it’s gone up 10 floors." Lorry driver representatives issued a joint call with an umbrella group of shops and businesses in Calais, the CGT union, farmers and the...
  • Poll Shows Razor Thin Margin Between John McCain, Kelli Ward Heading into Election

    08/30/2016 10:10:08 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Aug 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    Full title - Breitbart/Gravis Arizona Poll Shows Razor Thin Margin Between John McCain, Kelli Ward Heading into Election Dr. Kelli Ward may end up pulling off a surprise victory against longtime incumbent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday, as new polling from Breitbart News Network and Gravis Marketing shows a razor thin lead for McCain. Ward, a former state senator who stepped down from that post to focus on the U.S. Senate race, trails McCain with Arizona Republicans by just four points heading into election day. Ward gets 33 percent in the latest Breitbart/Gravis poll compared to McCain’s 37 percent....
  • New Emails: Clinton’s State Department Gave Special Access to Foundation Donors

    08/30/2016 9:48:12 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Aug 2016 | Tom Fitton
    The true nature of the Clinton Foundation becomes ever clearer with each discovery of withheld emails. Last week we released 725 pages of State Department documents that include email exchanges in which Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In one flagrant example, the Crown Prince of Bahrain was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation to get access to the secretary of state. He got it after pledging $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative.
  • UK must pay for Brexit or EU is in 'deep trouble', says German minister

    08/30/2016 7:54:11 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 57 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 28 August 2016
    Economy minister Sigmar Gabriel warns UK must take responsibility for vote that has left Europe as an ‘unstable continent’ __ German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that Britain must not be allowed to “keep the nice things” that come with EU membership without taking responsibility for the fallout from Brexit. As Theresa May called a cabinet meeting to discuss the UK government’s Brexit strategy on Wednesday, Gabriel warned if the issue was badly handled and other member countries followed Britain’s lead, Europe would go “down the drain”. “Brexit is bad but it won’t hurt us as much economically as...
  • EU authorizes new maritime operations in Mediterranean

    08/30/2016 7:47:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2016 10:36 AM EDT
    An EU naval mission in the Mediterranean has been authorized to start enforcing a UN arms embargo designed to choke off weapon supplies to extremists in Libya. The EU said ambassadors from the bloc’s 28 member countries also voted Tuesday for the EU’s maritime force, known as Operation Sophia, to begin training the Libyan coast guard and navy. …
  • Female officer stabbed at police station in Toulouse, France – reports

    08/30/2016 7:37:39 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    A female police officer has been seriously injured after a man attacked her with a knife at a police station in Toulouse, France, local media reported. The suspect reportedly tried to grab the officer’s weapon and when the attempt failed, he took a knife and stabbed her in the throat. The police officer was taken to hospital with multiple injuries, but as yet there is no further information on her condition. The attack took place in the Rempart Saint-Etienne prefecture of Toulouse. The assailant, 31, had a psychiatric disorder and attacked the officer because she “represented France,” La Depeche du...
  • East China Sea: Dress Rehearsal for Invasion?

    08/30/2016 7:31:29 AM PDT · by pabianice · 24 replies
    realcleardefense ^ | 8/30/16 | Crowell
    ...“Relations with China are becoming noticeably wors[e] because China is trying to change the status quo,” Kishida lectured Cheng, who looked embarrassed by the media presence. He said the Diaoyu, as China calls them, were Chinese territory and the two nations should “strive to reach a solution.” Japan has become used to Chinese Coast Guard intrusions into its claimed territorial waters. On the average of once every two weeks, two or three Chinese ships slip into Senkaku waters. They stay for a couple hours then leave. But there had been nothing like what happened August 8 when a flotilla of...
  • Apple Must Repay Record EUR 13 Billion in Back Taxes Over Irish Deal: EU

    08/30/2016 6:43:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 30 August 2016
    The European Union on Tuesday said US tech giant Apple must repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.3 billion or roughly Rs. 95,910 crores) in back taxes after ruling that a series of Irish sweetheart tax deals were illegal. "The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to 13 billion euros to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid," a Commission statement said. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Apple's "selective treatment" in Ireland...
  • From Choppy to Chipper: An American makeover of India's military choppers

    08/30/2016 5:57:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Aug 29, 2016 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: Few purchases are more demonstrative of the changing nature of US-India ties than the deal that will result in the gradual makeover of the Indian military's helicopter fleet from a largely Russian line-up to a mostly American one. From choppy to chipper could well be the title of this saga, as India's defense minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in Washington DC for his sixth meeting in less than two years with his US counterpart on Monday, with a sortie thrown in to a chopper manufacturing facility in nearby Philadelphia, where Boeing makes the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. With 15 on...
  • White House defends Obama evading Senate on Paris climate deal

    08/30/2016 5:47:39 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 29, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China. Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. White House senior adviser Brian Deese said the president has the legal authority to ratify the accord without the two-thirds Senate vote required...
  • Mi-24/35 Gunships to Remain Popular On Global Arms Market

    08/30/2016 5:41:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | August 29, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Mi-24/35 (NATO reporting name: Hind) family of gunships developed by the Mil design bureau (now a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding) will remain in high demand on the global arms market in the years to come, according to a source in Russia’s defense industry. "The Mi-24/Mi-35M combat rotor-wing aircraft are very reliable, easy-to-maintain, and inexpensive. The gunships are supposed to have the best cost-effectiveness ration in their class. The acquisition of Mi-24 and Mi-35M helos seems to be the cheapest way to improve the land attack and close air support (CAS) capabilities of a military force....
  • Kerry in Bangladesh: Media Should Cover Terrorism Less

    08/29/2016 2:50:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Kerry in Bangladesh: Media Should Cover Terrorism Less "People wouldn't know what's going on." 2:44 PM, Aug 29, 2016 | By Jeryl Bier During Secretary of State John Kerry's first official visit to Bangladesh, he met with top Bangladeshi government officials and held a press conference at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Dhaka. In light of recent terror attacks in that country, Kerry addressed the problem of terrorism, including root causes and how the terrorists spread their message. The secretary said that the media could "do us all a service" by reducing coverage of terror attacks: Remember this: No...
  • Uganda’s army loses billions to ‘ghost’ pilot

    08/30/2016 5:35:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    CCTV Africa ^ | August 29, 2016
    The Ugandan Ministry of Defence has lost more than 2.4 billion Ugandan shillings (around 711,528 US dollars) over the last 11 years through a suspected “ghost” Russian pilot on its payroll reports The Monitor. The government Ministry paid at least 618,000 dollars in monthly salaries and 120,000 dollars in gratuity to the ghost pilot cum instructor of the Mi17 and Mi24 helicopter gunships according to the Sunday Monitor. It further says, that on October 2005, the Defence Ministry of Uganda entered into a two year renewable contract with a ‘ghost’ Russian Air Force pilot Valeria Ketrisk mandated to work as...
  • Freedom Fighter Nigel Farage Warns Britain's Theresa May: Don't Wait Too Long With Brexit

    08/30/2016 4:38:40 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Appearing on British television this morning, former UKIP-leader Nigel Farage issued a stark warning to Theresa May, Great Britain's new (Tory) Prime Minister. Although kindly giving her the benefit of the doubt for the time being, he made clear that he expects her to trigger article 50 before the end of January 2017. If she does not, he implied, he'll take action. May has, since becoming Tory-leader and, therefore, prime minister, made clear she intends to follow through on the referendum results in which British voters opted to leave the European Union (called a Brexit). So far so good, Farage...
  • China launches own aircraft engine-maker to rival the West

    08/30/2016 4:23:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 August 2016
    The state-owned Aero-Engine Group of China was created by combining a group of existing aircraft-engine companies, according to local media reports. It has about 50bn yuan ($7.5bn) in registered capital and will develop both military and commercial engines. China already makes its own planes, but has struggled for decades to develop engines that meet global requirements. 'Strategic move' China currently buys its commercial aircraft engines from General Electric and United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney. China's military jets uses Russian-made engines. President Xi Jinping called the new creation of the new company a "strategi
  • Christian Persecution In The Muslim World: Christians As "Target Practice"

    08/30/2016 3:30:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 30,2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    More reports of the brutal treatment that Christians and other minorities experienced at the hands of the Islamic State (SIS) emerged during May. One account told of a couple who, after their children were abducted by ISIS militants, answered their door one day to find a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being brutally tortured and raped.
  • Is 'Transparency' In Trade Talks Just A Smoke Screen?

    08/30/2016 3:27:25 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | August 29, 2016 | DANIEL R. PEARSON
    One of the criticisms of trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that they are negotiated in secret. Government-to-government discussions generally are conducted in private, so some confidentiality in trade talks is not surprising. The AFL-CIO, an advocate for greater transparency, asserts that "such secrecy is inconsistent with democratic principles" and has the effect of advancing "the policy preferences of political and economic elites, not the broad interest of the populace at large." There is no doubt that transparency in government is a desirable goal. Transparency helps to assure accountability, and at times might even lead to more...
  • The Burkini Is About Sexual Violence Against Women

    08/30/2016 3:23:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 30,2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    The media has found its latest civil rights cause. It’s not the plight of Christians in Muslim countries who are being blocked from coming here as refugees because Obama’s refugee policy favors Muslims. Obama brought over 2,000 Syrians here in July. Only 15 of them were Christians. It’s not the rising fear of an Islamic terrorist attack in Jewish synagogues. I have lately witnessed unprecedented levels of security at synagogues including guards in body armor and checkpoints. Racist Muslim violence against Jewish synagogues has been a staple of Islamic terrorism for too many years.
  • Donald Trump On Colin Kaepernick: "Maybe He Should Find A Country That Works Better For Him"

    08/29/2016 10:23:26 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 95 replies
    What you are about to hear represents an utterly monumental lack of self-awareness on Donald Trump’s part—astonishing, I know. Trump appeared on Dori Monson’s show on KIRO radio in Seattle this afternoon, and was asked about 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the National Anthem as a protest against racial oppression, police brutality, and all-around inequality in the United States. His answer: “Well I have followed [the Kaepernick story], and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing. And you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for...
  • Philippines Sends A Stark Warning To China Over South China Sea Dispute

    08/29/2016 9:34:04 PM PDT · by jcon40 · 47 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | Aug 28, 2016 | Panos Mourdoukoutas
    South China Sea disputes are turning worse. Last week, Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte had a loud and clear message for China: Stay away from our territory or else it could be a “bloody” confrontation. Philippines’s warning comes shortly before China hosts the G20 Leaders’ Summit in the eastern city of Hangzhou on 4-5 September, and one week after a Japan Times editorial revealed that China has set a “red line” for Japan in the South China Sea. China warned Japan “not send Self-Defense Forces to join U.S. operations that test the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea....
  • Not a Drill: SETI Is Investigating a Possible Extraterrestrial Signal From Deep Space

    08/29/2016 8:22:06 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 89 replies
    An international team of scientists from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is investigating mysterious signal spikes emitting from a 6.3-billion-year-old star in the constellation Hercules—95 light years away from Earth. The implications are extraordinary and point to the possibility of a civilization far more advanced than our own. The unusual signal was originally detected on May 15, 2015, by the Russian Academy of Science-operated RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia, but was kept secret from the international community. Interstellar space reporter Paul Gilster broke the story after the researchers quietly circulated a paper announcing the detection of “a strong...
  • ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ kept racially profiling Latinos, now faces criminal prosecution

    08/29/2016 6:58:46 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 54 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 29, 2016 | Amy B Wang
    A darling of the far right and a longtime adversary of civil-rights groups and immigration activists, “America’s toughest sheriff” will soon face Justice Department lawyers in Washington in a years-long legal saga over whether he intentionally defied federal orders to stop racially profiling Latinos. A special section of the Justice Department — dedicated to investigating corruption in publicly elected offices — will decide whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio should face criminal contempt-of-court charges, according to a ruling filed in U.S. District Court on Friday. The decision followed several other blows for the Arizona sheriff in the protracted case. In...
  • As the End Looms For Mutti Merkel, What Next?

    08/29/2016 5:43:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 29, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    "Guests" Angela Merkel will go down in history as the woman who destroyed theBundesrepublik Deutschland, and for absolutely no reason. The childless Ossie, with zero stake in the future of a country she was raised to loathe, opened up the heart of central Europe to Muslim "immigration" -- and now, finally, the Germans have had enough: Germany’s Angela Merkel urged European Union countries that have refused to take on a share of the bloc’s refugees to reconsider, as a new poll indicated that half of Germans don’t want her to seek another term as chancellor. “What I still say...
  • Iran's Launch of Shia Army Threatens to Escalate Sectarian Tensions

    08/29/2016 5:30:49 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    "Using a sectarian Shi'ite identifier with the title of the new army will inflame sectarian tensions in the region," Talha Abdulrazaq, a researcher at the University of Exeter's Strategy and Security Institute, told VOA. "Iran is asserting itself as a regional or even an imperialistic power." The new force, announced Thursday by a veteran military commander who leads Iranian forces in Syria, is designed to fight in Arab countries and would recruit heavily from non-Iranian Shi'ite Muslims across the region.
  • German Savers Lose Faith in Banks, Stash Cash at Home

    08/29/2016 4:47:59 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 24 replies
    HAMBURG—German savers are leaving the security of savings banks for what many now consider an even safer place to park their cash: home safes.
  • BAE Systems Sells Internet Surveillance Gear to United Arab Emirates

    08/29/2016 4:22:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 26 April 2016 | Jenna McLaughlin
    A Danish subsidiary of British defense contractor BAE Systems is selling an internet surveillance package to the government of the United Arab Emirates, a country known for spying on, imprisoning, and torturing dissidents and activists, according to documents obtained by Lasse Skou Andersen of the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information. The documents from the Danish Business Authority reveal an ongoing contract between the defense conglomerate, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence A/S, and the Middle Eastern oil federation dating back to at least December 2014. The contract describes an internet surveillance product capable of deep packet inspection — “IP monitoring and data analysis”...
  • Poland: Germany wrong to criticize anti-migrant EU partners

    08/29/2016 4:16:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 29 August 2016
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland says German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wrong to criticize European Union partners who are refusing to give refugee protection to Muslims. Poland's deputy foreign minister, Konrad Szymanski, said in an interview Monday on state-run Radio Three that countries such as Poland which reject EU-negotiated refugee quotas are in line with the public mood. Szymanski was responding to Merkel's criticism of EU countries, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, that have rebuffed EU plans to share responsibility across the 28-nation bloc for sheltering people fleeing war and poverty. "I believe it is harmful to Europe and...
  • 5 Things You Should Know About ISIS-Tortured Yazidi Women

    08/29/2016 3:25:08 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | August 28, 2016
    Although they are not the top item in the news, the plight of the Yazidi and Christian women captured by the Islamic State is still horrific. The violence against the Yazidi people stem from ISIS members’ view that they are infidels. “My own community has been subject to more than 74 genocides by radical Muslim groups, not just now but throughout the history such as the Ottomans and others. These radical groups, whenever given the chance, will commit their crimes. What happened in Iraq and Syria was that the world remained silent as ISIS expanded,” said Nadia Murad, a young...
  • Global central bankers, stuck at zero, unite in plea for help from governments

    08/29/2016 2:56:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 28 August 2016 | Howard Schneider
    Central bankers in charge of the vast bulk of the world's economy delved deep into the weeds of money markets and interest rates over a three-day conference here, and emerged with a common plea to their colleagues in the rest of government: please help. Mired in a world of low growth, low inflation and low interest rates, officials from the Federal Reserve, Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank said their efforts to bolster the economy through monetary policy may falter unless elected leaders stepped forward with bold measures. These would range from immigration reform in Japan to structural...
  • Pemex Collapse Threatens Biggest Banks in Mexico (Big-oil bailout already under way)

    08/29/2016 2:53:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 26 August 2016 | Don Quijones
    These days, the trend is not Pemex’s friend. Mexico’s loss-leading, debt-swamped, state-owned oil giant company announced that in July it had imported 554,000 barrels of oil a day — its highest monthly volume of imports since public records began in 1990. In total, two-thirds of all the oil Mexico consumed in July was imported — a staggering statistic for a country that until not so long ago was home to one of the largest oil fields in the world, the Cantarell. Pemex also acknowledged that its crude production fell a further 5% in July while its natural gas production shrunk...
  • Russia Calls Up Civilian Reserves

    08/29/2016 2:06:51 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 16 replies
    These combat readiness exercises are being conducted between August 25th and August 31st and include such items as reserve call-up and the functioning of civilian authorities on war footing. Civilian reserves will be called up as part of the drill and briefed on a new system of reserve call-up to be implemented immediately after the end of the review process.
  • Exclusive: Iraq plans to sell oil through Iran if talks with Kurds fail

    08/29/2016 2:06:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 August 2016 | Stephen Kalin
    Iraq's government would consider selling crude through Iran should talks with the autonomous Kurdish region on an oil revenue-sharing agreement fail, a senior oil ministry official in Baghdad told Reuters. Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) plans to hold talks with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), possibly next week, about Iraqi oil exported through Turkey, Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh al-Nema said in an interview on Friday evening. "If the negotiations come to a close" without an agreement "we will start to find a way in order to sell our oil because we need money, either to Iran or other countries",...
  • Norway to build fence on border with Russia to curb refugee inflow

    08/29/2016 2:04:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    RT (Russia Today) ^ | 24 August 2016
    Norway is planning to build a steel fence at its only border crossing point with Russia, citing the necessity to deter refugees, after thousands for asylum seekers entered the Nordic country through the “Arctic route.” The new fence will be 200 meters long and 3.5 meters high and will stretch from the Storskog-Borisoglebsk border crossing that will also be equipped with new gates, Reuters reports, citing sources in the Norwegian government. The construction of the fence will be finished in the coming weeks before winter frosts set in to make it harder for illegal migrants to cross into Norway via...
  • Hungary To Build Second Fence On Serbian Border To Keep Out Migrants

    08/29/2016 2:02:50 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Hungary plans to build a second fence on its southern border with Serbia that would enable it to keep out any major new wave of migrants, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. Orban said the new barrier, to be built alongside the existing one, would strengthen defenses to respond if Turkey's policy on migration changed. If that happened, hundreds of thousands could appear at Hungary's border, he told public radio. "Technical planning is under way to erect a more massive defense system next to the existing line of defense which was built quickly (last year)," Orban said. Orban...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy demands border controls for thousands of migrants in Calais be shifted to Britain

    08/29/2016 2:01:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 28 August 2016 | David Chazan
    Nicolas Sarkozy has joined other conservative French politicians in demanding that border controls for thousands of migrants in Calais be shifted to Britain. The former centre-Right president made the call in a speech in Le Touquet, the northern town where he signed agreements in 2003 allowing British officials to check passports in France and vice-versa, when he was interior minister. The accords were part of a bilateral deal to close a former migrants’ centre at Sangatte, near Calais. But Mr Sarkozy said France can no longer tolerate the presence of about 9,000 migrants living in the squalid “Jungle” camp in...