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  • Graphic Pics: Migrants Fleeing Islamic State Risk Bringing Deadly Flesh Eating Disease To Europe

    05/31/2016 4:48:24 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 6 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 30 May 2016 | Liam Deacon
    A flesh-eating tropical disease is ravaging the war-torn Middle East, after Islamic State destruction created the ideal breeding conditions.
  • Global Economic Weakness Doesn't Beget U.S. Strength

    05/31/2016 4:13:21 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 30, 2016 | John Tamny
    As you read this opinion piece on your computer, ask yourself if you could have done so twenty years ago. Possibly, but access would have been very slow thanks to dial-up internet. Going back to the 1970s, airfare was very expensive thanks to airline routes being planned Soviet Union style by the Civil Aeronautics Board. The top tax rate back then was 70 percent... ...calls on those phones were prohibitively expensive, and ownership of a $3,995 mobile phone... ...Yuval Levin argues that it’s silly to pine for the past, yet in making this essential point he promotes another economic myth...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev: Putin Is an Obstacle to Progress

    05/30/2016 11:15:17 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    time.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Mikhail Gorbachev
    ...Speaking on Echo of Moscow radio, I said I considered Vladimir Putin’s decision to run for a third presidential term to be a mistake. A regular changeover, a periodical renewal of the political establishment was essential and Putin could have set an example. “New people would appear who could move the process on. He would be leaving a legacy with much that was positive.” Oh, dear, that put the cat among the pigeons! United Russia stalwarts, rancorous Internet trolls, professional political fixers, the whole motley crew took as one to berating Gorbachev, as if I had said something subversive and...
  • Effort to Expose Russia’s ‘Troll Army’ Draws Vicious Retaliation

    05/30/2016 10:50:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | May 30, 2016 | Andrew Higgins
    HELSINKI, Finland — Seeking to shine some light into the dark world of Internet trolls, a journalist with Finland’s national broadcaster asked members of her audience to share their experience of encounters with Russia’s “troll army,” a raucous and often venomous force of online agitators. The response was overwhelming, though not in the direction that the journalist, Jessikka Aro, had hoped. As she expected, she received some feedback from people who had clashed with aggressively pro-Russian voices online. But she was taken aback, and shaken, by a vicious retaliatory campaign of harassment and insults against her and her work by...
  • Draft paper: Germany to boost military role on world stage

    05/30/2016 8:50:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 27.05.2016 | [nm/sms (AFP, dpa)]
    Germany is ready to take on a bigger military role to maintain global security, according to a government white paper. The draft document indicates a possible shift away from Germany’s postwar era of military restraint. The government’s position paper on security policy, seen by media outlets on Friday, said Germany was increasingly seen as a “key player” in Europe, and had “a responsibility to actively help shape the global order.”It added that Germany could do more at a time when the global community was grappling with threats including terrorism waged by “Islamic State,” cybercrime and a more aggressive Russia. At...
  • Muslim in Eastern Uganda Kills Christian Wife for Leaving Islam, Relatives Say

    05/30/2016 7:58:18 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 11 replies
    Morning Star News ^ | May 30, 2016
    NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A Muslim in eastern Uganda strangled his wife to death this month for leaving Islam, relatives and neighbors said. Awali Kakaire, 34, early in the morning on May 8 killed Mariam Nakirya for embracing Christianity in Mbaale village, Imanyiro Sub-County, Mayuge District, the area residents told Morning Star News. She was 30. Kakaire, who has fled the area, began to suspect his wife was a Christian a month prior, after the local imam questioned him as to why his wife and children had not been attending mosque prayers, nor his children attending the madrassa...
  • Avigdor Lieberman officially sworn in as Israeli war minister

    05/30/2016 7:36:49 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    The former foreign minister was sworn in after receiving 55 votes in the 120-seat parliament (Knesset) while 43 members voted against him on Monday. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet unanimously approved Lieberman’s appointments. Described by the Israeli daily Haaretz as a politician “to whom military DNA is utterly foreign,” Lieberman is known for his controversial comments, his harsh policies against Palestinians, and pro-settlement stance. Following the reports of Lieberman’s appointment, Israel’s environment minister officially resigned on Friday. In his letter of resignation, Avi Gabbay said that recent “political maneuvering” and replacements are “grave actions that ignore what is...
  • Support for Britain to stay in the EU narrows in ORB poll: Daily Telegraph

    05/30/2016 7:02:06 PM PDT · by Mariner · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 30th, 2016 | Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru and Elisabeth O'Leary in Edinburgh
    Support for Britain to stay in the European Union stood at 51 percent, five points ahead of support for a withdrawal from the 28-member bloc but down from a 13-point lead a week ago, an ORB poll for the Daily Telegraph said. Support to leave the EU grew by 4 points to 46 percent according to the poll published on Monday for Tuesday's edition of the newspaper. Britons vote on June 23 on whether to remain in the EU, with important implications for its trade, economic and political status. Writing in the newspaper Lynton Crosby, the political strategist behind Prime...
  • N. Korea's missile launch appears to have failed

    05/30/2016 5:54:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/05/3
    N. Korea's missile launch appears to have failed 2016/05/31 09:39 SEOUL, May 31 (Yonhap) -- North Korea launched a missile from its east coast in the early morning of Tuesday, but the launch appears to have failed, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. "North Korea attempted to launch an unidentified missile from the region near Wonsan at around 5:20 a.m., but it is presumed to have been unsuccessful," the JCS said in a brief text message. The military is studying details of the launch and is maintaining a high level of combat preparedness, the JCS said. Sources said...
  • CRIF’s new president: French Jews’ situation worst since 1945

    05/30/2016 5:30:00 PM PDT · by Lera · 8 replies
    President-elect of France's umbrella of Jewish communities warns of alarming anti-Semitism, vows to fight hard. French Jews are experiencing the most difficult situation they have encountered since the end of World War II, the newly-elected president of France's umbrella of Jewish communities said. Francis Kalifat, 64, said Sunday that his first priority as president of CRIF is to fight against the anti-Semitism that he said was responsible for the situation he described. "The fight against anti-Semitism is our main cause because French Jews are in the most difficult situation they have experience since World War II," Kalifat said during an...
  • Plans found for ISIS attack in France as England plays Russia

    05/30/2016 2:42:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/16 | Eliana Royzen
    Chilling evidence was unearthed following the confiscation of the laptop of Salah Abdeslam, primary orchestrator of the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks. Following Abdeslam’s capture, police discovered plans to attack football fans in Marseille where England will play Russia next month in the Euro 2016. Authorities fear that ISIS followers will execute the attacks outlined despite Abdeslam’s arrest. Plans include suicide bombings and large scale shooting attacks on the tens of thousands of fans who are expected to flock to the city for England’s opening match. Marseille’s busy Old Port, home to many of the city’s most popular bars and...
  • Memorial Day

    05/30/2016 1:19:42 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://patriotpost.us/pages/310 ^ | May 30, 2016 | Patriot Post
    On 12 May 1962, Gen. Douglas MacArthur addressed the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, delivering his farewell speech, "Duty, Honor and Country." He described the legions of uniformed American Patriots as follows: "Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world's noblest figures -- not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the...
  • Palestinian-American activist accuses Israel and US of Shared Legacy of Ethnic Cleansing

    05/30/2016 12:13:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/30/16 | Hannah Broad
    A Palestinian-American activist asserted earlier this month that the United States and Israel share a common legacy of ethnic cleansing as the foundational basis of the two nations in a video posted to the online news outlet The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). In the clip Osama Abu Irshaid, the National Director of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), claims that the "Zionists" have co-opted the "racist" narrative of the founding of America to mirror that of the establishment of the State of Israel in order to convince Americans that the two peoples have a similar history. "We came to...
  • Former attorney general wants investigation of multi-billion dollar highway

    05/30/2016 12:05:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Daily Observer ^ | May 30, 2016 | CMC
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 30, CMC – Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has called on the Keith Rowley administration to set up a three-member task force to investigate the construction of a multi-billion dollar highway that has since come to a halt when the former People’s Partnership government was defeated in the September 7 general elections last year. Maharah, who is also advocating for a Commission of Inquiry into the matter, told a news conference on Sunday that the government had an obligation to determine how the TT$7.5 billion (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) funds were spent on the...
  • Democrats’ Drift on Israel Emerges as Sanders Taps Writers of Party Platform

    05/30/2016 11:40:26 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 15 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | May 26, 2016 | SETH LIPSKY,
    The first Jewish candidate to get to the homestretch of a Democratic presidential primary is making it his business to move the party formally away from its support of Israel. At least to the degree that President Obama hasn’t already done so. Senator Sanders’ nominees to the Democratic Party’s platform committee include radical environmentalist, Bill McKibben; Native American activist, Deborah Parker; and muslim congressman Keith Ellison of Minnsota. The big news, though, is that Mr. Sanders’ surrogates include pro-Palestinian activist James Zogby and leftist professor Cornel West, two of the harshest critics of Israel on the national scene. It’s not...
  • Why China's Largest Bank Just Bought a Massive Gold Vault

    05/30/2016 9:13:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 28 May 2016 | Reuben Gregg Brewer
    ICBC Standard Bank just made a huge bet on gold. Although the details weren't disclosed, China's largest bank now owns one of just seven secret gold vaults hidden in London in what is something of an exclusive gold market. Here's what you need to know. A piece of the action China's ICBC is the world's largest bank by assets. And according to the BBC, China accounts for roughly 25% of global gold demand. So clearly, ICBC needs to be involved in the gold trade in a big way. However, China isn't the world's hub for gold trading; that distinction goes...
  • Netherlands gives green light for growing human embryos

    05/30/2016 9:08:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 27 May 2016
    Dutch government sanctions ‘limited research’ to help infertile couples and to tackle hereditary or congenital diseases ___ The Dutch government has announced it wants to allow growing human embryos “under strict and limited conditions” for scientific research, thereby giving hope to parents struggling to conceive. The Dutch health minister, Edith Schippers, said she “wants to allow the creation of embryos for scientific research – and under very strict conditions to give people the possibility of (healthy) children”. “The research has to do with infertility, artificial reproduction techniques and hereditary or congenital diseases,” the statement added. It also specifically included people...
  • Donald Trump's wild idea about dealing with debt may be here sooner than you'd think

    05/30/2016 9:01:01 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 65 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 28 May 2016 | Peter Spence
    One of the wildest ideas to hit the US Presidential campaign trail might become a reality sooner than you would think. Donald Trump, the Republican party’s nominee, has claimed that the US national debt, standing at more than $19 trillion (£13 trillion), does not need to be repaid. “This is the United States government, you never have to default, because you print the money,” he declared live on air. His comments signal his belief that America’s authorities, could, if they wanted, print enough money to pay back their creditors without raising an extra cent in taxes. To many, Trump’s comments were startling....
  • In Stunning Reversal, IMF Blames Globalization For Spreading Inequality, Causing Market Crashes

    05/30/2016 8:55:46 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 27 May 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In a stunning reversal for an organization that rests at the bedrock of the modern "neoliberal" (a term the IMF itself uses generously), aka capitalist system, overnight IMF authors Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide Furceri issued a research paper titled "Neoliberalism: Oversold?" whose theme is a stunning one: it accuses neoliberalism, and its immediate offshoot, globalization and "financial openness", for causing not only inequality, but also making capital markets unstable. To wit: There are aspects of the neoliberal agenda that have not delivered as expected. Our assessment of the agenda is confined to the effects of two policies:...
  • Stephen Hawking baffled by dynamics of Trump's popularity

    05/30/2016 8:51:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 75 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2016 10:05 AM EDT
    Stephen Hawking understands the workings of the universe — but says he cannot fathom the popularity of Donald Trump. The British astrophysicist told ITV’s morning show Monday that the presumptive Republican Party candidate for U.S. president “is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.“ Hawking also appealed to British voters to vote to keep the United Kingdom inside the European Union in a June 23 referendum. …
  • men who fought for country now fighting to stay in it

    05/30/2016 8:44:18 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 47 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 30 MAY 2016 | WLS
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A group of veterans left for Washington, D.C., Sunday on a mission. Two brothers who served in Vietnam are among those now fighting deportation. On Memorial Day, they will take their battle to stop the deportation of all veterans to the nation's capital. A federal law allows the government to deport non-citizens who have committed crimes, even misdemeanors. Military families and veterans are not exempt. The Valenzuela brothers served in Vietnam. Valente, a Bronze Star recipient, was a soldier in the Army. Manuel, was a Marine, while they fought for their country. The brothers are now waging...
  • Israel to upgrade ties with NATO

    05/30/2016 8:23:16 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    Israel National News ^ | 5/4/2016, 1:07 PM | By Arutz Sheva Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel would upgrade its ties with the 28-member NATO military alliance by opening a permanent mission to its Brussels headquarters. "I declare that Israel will accept the invitation and open an office, in the near future," Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. "The countries of the world want to cooperate with us because of our determined fight against terror, our technological know-how, our intelligence network and other things," his office quoted him as saying. The Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement late Tuesday that NATO had invited the...
  • Facebook clone launched in North Korea

    05/30/2016 6:37:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | May 27, 2016 | Hope King
    Facebook clone launched in North Korea by Hope King @lisahopeking May 27, 2016: 5:53 PM ET If you think Facebook's gotten a little too big and you miss the intimacy of a smaller social network, maybe give North Korea's version a try. Go to starcon.net.kp and you'll find a very familiar looking website. It's called "Best Korea's Social Network" and the homepage has a thin blue banner at the top with a search field for "people, #hashtags, !groups." After you register for an account, you can upload a cover photo and profile picture, find friends and message them, post a...
  • Bernie Sanders volunteer allegedly goes full Bernie-bro in anti-Semitic phone call to Jewish voter

    05/30/2016 6:03:22 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post’s Lahav Harkov reports that one of her friends was on the receiving end of a nasty anti-Semitic attack from a Bernie Sanders volunteer after the friend calmly told the caller that she would never support the Vermont socialist for president. “Oh, you’re ISRAEL people,” the Bernie bro allegedly said. “I HATE all of you so much. I hate ALL of you. GOODBYE.”
  • Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

    05/30/2016 5:23:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 30, 2016 | Michael Cutler
    During my 30 year career with the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) I had the privilege of working with members of many other law enforcement agencies- both from within the United States and with those of foreign governments. One of those foreign police forces was the Israeli National Police. There are times when a statement made by someone else creates a seminal moment - when an issue is brought into such focus that you can never forget it.
  • Venezuela is shutting down (Pay close attention, Bernie)

    05/30/2016 5:14:40 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 80 replies
    Fellowship Of The Minds ^ | 5/27/2016 | Dr. Eowyn
    We are witnessing someting unprecedented in our life time: An entire country, Venezuela, is shutting down before our eyes. HereÂ’s the latest on the increasingly desperate situation in Venezuela, from The New York Times, May 28, 2016: (1) Electric blackouts: Electricity is being rationed. To save electricity: â—¾Courts and other government offices operate for only two half-days a week, the equivalence of one full day. â—¾Public schools are closed on Fridays. (2) Water shortage: Water is also being rationed. As an example, water arrives just once a week, on Thursdays, to the neighborhood of San Antonio de los Altos. But...
  • Dishonoring Veterans,Honoring Terrorists

    05/30/2016 5:13:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 30, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    On Memorial Day, the flowers bloom. A dozen towns in a dozen states all claim that it began there when after the long weary struggle of the Civil War, the mothers and sisters of the lost and the fallen brought fresh cut flowers to bring a touch of life to the dead men entombed in the cold, gray stone.
  • UNRWA facing refugee protests, closings, and rumors

    05/30/2016 12:53:49 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/16 | Hillel Fendel
    UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness made sure to release this announcement at the end of last week: "Several media outlets have reported that UNRWA intends to close its headquarters in Gaza. These reports are false. UNRWA HQ Gaza is not closing. The Agency affirms categorically that there are no plans to do so and staff are not being let go." Puzzlingly, the panicky announcement seemed to have been circulated even more widely than the alleged reports of the UNRWA closure. In any event, Gunness took the opportunity to state that "UNRWA is fully committed to maintaining its presence in the Gaza...
  • EU UK referendum: Who will cook your Indian curry?

    05/30/2016 12:03:21 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 May 2016 | Nick Robinson
    Now, you may think you know the answer to where Indian chefs come from. If so think again.For decades your "Indian" - whether a chicken tikka masala or late night vindaloo - was almost certainly cooked by a chef from Bangladesh or, perhaps, someone whose father was. Not any more though. The voices you hear in a growing number of kitchens above the noise of the chopping and the sizzling are the voices of East Europeans - in particular Romanians.The reason is that tougher immigration rules mean it simply costs too much for most restaurants to bring new chefs over...
  • Turkey offers US joint Syria operation - without the Kurds

    05/29/2016 11:50:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/16
    Turkey is offering to "join forces" with Washington for a special operation inside Syria on condition it doesn't include a Syrian Kurdish militia blacklisted by Ankara but seen as an ally by the US, the foreign minister said. Washington's support of Kurdish fighters in Syria in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists has angered Ankara, especially after AFP pictures last week revealed US commandos wearing patches of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) outlawed by Turkey. "If we join forces, they (the US) have their own special forces and we have our special forces," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...
  • Russian Special Forces Occupy North Pole (Ice Station Putin)

    05/29/2016 11:36:54 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 29 replies
    http://www.vesti.ru ^ | Alexander Sladkov
    PHOTO: Russian Airborne Troops & Belarusian Special Forces exercise near the North Pole on April 7th #Arctic pic.twitter.com/9tio2xuDF0— Missilito (@Missilito) April 13, 2015
  • Iran Deal Convinced Trump to Run for President, His Son Says

    05/29/2016 11:34:15 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 18 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 29, 2016 | Jacob Kornbluh
    The Iranian nuclear deal was one of the main factors that influenced Donald Trump’s decision to run for president in 2016, his son, Eric Trump, said on Sunday. “I think, honestly, the Iran nuclear deal was one of the things that made him jump into the race,” Eric Trump told John Catsimatidis on the “Cats Roundtable” radio program on AM 970 in New York. “I think that was a game-changer for him.” “That is when he finally said, ‘Kids, I am going to it. I am going to give this a real shot,’” he added. In his campaign kickoff speech...
  • Jimi Hendrix: Veteran & Patriot.

    05/29/2016 11:04:03 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    For Memorial Day. Chapter excerpt is in link.
  • ISIS or the Kurds? Some Arabs wonder which is worse

    05/29/2016 10:16:08 PM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 25 May 2016 | Ben Wedeman
    ...One might expect that the long-suffering inhabitants of Raqqa, who have been under ISIS' heavy black yoke since 2013, would welcome the approach of their liberators. But according to a tweet put out in English by the activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, "the strategy of taking Raqqa by SDF... push a lot of people to join ISIS to Defense for their city. In other words, rather than preparing to welcome their would-be liberators, some Raqqa inhabitants are choosing to throw their lot behind ISIS. Backed by the United States, the Syrian Democratic Forces are a coalition of Kurdish,...
  • Kurds: Peshmerga eye Mosul in advance on ISIS territory

    05/29/2016 10:10:36 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 30 May 2016 | Euan Mckirdy
    Thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga troops are involved in an offensive to regain formerly Kurdish villages near the ISIS-held town of Mosul, Kurdish officials say. The Peshmerga-led ground offensive, backed by international coalition air support, was launched early Sunday to retake several villages near Khazir, east of Mosul. The operation includes approximately 5,500 Peshmerga fighters. The move comes ahead of a joint offensive by Kurdish forces and Iraqi troops to retake Mosul, Kurdish media says. Kurdish media outlet Rudaw reported that the Peshmerga troops, accompanied by Zeravani Special Forces -- a Kurdish paramilitary outfit -- picked their way across ISIS-held territory,...
  • Russia Accuses U.S. of Deliberately “Bombing Desert”

    05/29/2016 9:55:06 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 27 replies
    forzanuova-us.org ^ | May 26, 2016 | Maximus
    In a separate interview with France’s Europe 1 Radio service, Pushkov said that the Russian aerial campaign in Syria would take three to four months. “The US-led coalition spent a whole year pretending they were striking ISIL targets but where are the results of these strikes?” Pushkov asked. The Americans have been “pretending” all along, he continued. “It’s the intensity that is important. The US coalition pretended to bomb Daech for a year, but there are no results. If you do it in a much more efficient way, the results will be seen.” He added that in his view, 80...
  • Russia to Return Israeli Tank Captured by Syria in the First Lebanon War

    05/29/2016 9:47:21 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | May 29, 2016 3:56 PM | Barak Ravid
    Russia to Return Israeli Tank Captured by Syria in the First Lebanon War The tank, from the Battle of Sultan Yacoub, has added meaning as a physical vestige of the fight in which three Israel soldiers went missing in action, never to be found. Barak Ravid May 29, 2016 3:56 PM Just days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves for Moscow, where he and Russian President Vladimir Putin will mark the 25th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the leaders' two countries, the Prime Minister's Office has announced that Russia will return an Israeli tank that was been...
  • Why Women DESTROY NATIONS*/ CIVILIZATIONS - and other UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS

    05/29/2016 9:24:08 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 17 2016 | Black Pigeon
    Video.
  • The Battlefield Cross & Memorial Day

    05/29/2016 6:26:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    American Cowboy Chronicles ^ | May 28, 2016 | Tom Correa
    The Battlefield Cross Dear Friends, For me, Memorial Day has always been a very special day. Maybe it's because grew up being taught to respect our military and understand what they sacrifice. Maybe it's because I learned at a young age that those who fight for our liberty and freedoms, themselves live lives without many of the liberties and freedoms that civilians take for granted.  Of course, maybe it's because I knew of those who served and died in Vietnam. Maybe it's because I was in the last Operation during the fall of Saigon in those last days of...
  • Russians' Approval of U.S. Leadership Drops to Record 1%

    05/29/2016 4:12:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    gallup ^ | Julie Ray
    Just 1% of Russians approved of U.S. leadership in 2015 -- the worst rating in the world last year and the lowest approval Gallup has measured for the U.S. in the past decade. Remarkably, this is even worse than their previous record-low 4% approval in 2014.
  • Op-Ed: The cradle of French Christianity is Islam’s Mecca

    05/29/2016 2:13:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/5/16 | Giulio Meotti
    he cradle of French history is becoming “Molenbeek-sur-Seine,” from the name of Brussels’ terror hub. Le Figaro newspaper decided to investigate Saint-Denis, the heart of Islamization in France, the suburb from where the ISIS terror cell orchestrated the Paris attacks (the mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaoud, was killed there in a raid). Saint-Denis is the religious epicenter of France. The “Lendit Plain” between the Montmartre hill and Saint-Denis was, before the Roman conquest, the Celts’ religious site. We know that Denis and his companion martyr Éleuthère paid with their lives to evangelize the region. In Saint-Denis, the holy lamp used for coronations...
  • Reversing Course on U.S. Soldiers Wearing Kurdish Rebel Insignia (thanks to Turks)

    05/29/2016 12:59:48 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | MAY 27, 2016 | KRISHNADEV CALAMUR
    Reversing Course on U.S. Soldiers Wearing Kurdish Rebel Insignia On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.” KRISHNADEV CALAMUR MAY 27, 2016 Updated on May 27 at 2:31 p.m. ET The U.S. Defense Department has ordered American special-operations forces to take down the insignia of a Kurdish rebel group that Turkey regards as a terrorist organization—after angry complaints from Ankara and despite justifying the patches a day earlier. “Wearing those YPG patches was...
  • Power of Gupta family in South Africa has people fearing ‘state capture’

    05/29/2016 12:03:33 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Despite the denials, South Africa’s banks have had enough. In recent weeks, all four of the biggest banks have severed their links to the Guptas, closing the bank accounts of the Gupta holding company, Oakbay Investments. The Guptas were furious. In newspaper advertisements, they said the banks were jeopardizing the livelihoods of 7,500 of Oakbay’s “employees and dependents.” The Zuma government swiftly responded by delegating three cabinet ministers to meet with the banks to settle the matter. It was an extraordinary state intervention in a private business dispute. And, critics said, it was further proof of the remarkable power of...
  • Iran says its pilgrims will not attend haj in Saudi

    05/29/2016 11:52:38 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 14 replies
    Iran said on Sunday its pilgrims would not attend the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage, blaming regional rival Saudi Arabia for "sabotage" and failing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims. Saudi Arabia, which oversees the pilgrimage to Mecca by more than two million Muslims from around the world, accused Iran of effectively depriving its citizens from the religious duty by refusing to sign a memorandum reached after talks with Iran's Haj and Pilgrimage Organization. Relations between the two Gulf powers plummeted after hundreds of Iranians died in a crush in last year's haj and after Riyadh broke diplomatic ties when its...
  • French Jews Choose a Sephardi as New Head

    05/29/2016 11:48:48 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat
    France's Jewish community, the largest in Europe, chose a Sephardi Jew as its leader Sunday for the first time in half a century. Francis Kalifat, 63, said his priority as president of the CRIF umbrella grouping of Jewish organizations was to "fight against anti-Semitism in all its forms." He succeeds 79-year-old Roger Cukierman for a three-year term, breaking the dominance of Ashkenazi Jews in the organization which groups together 70 associations.
  • Iranian TV Report on International Holocaust Cartoon Contest Held in Tehran

    05/29/2016 11:23:29 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5/15/16 | Al-Alam TV (Iran)
    On May 15, Al-Alam TV broadcast a report on the opening of the third International Holocaust Cartoon Contest in Tehran. The exhibition features caricatures of Israeli PM Netanyahu, comparing him to Hitler and to ISIS terrorists. The organizer, Shojai Tabtabai, said that the exhibition was "a response to the publication of cartoons by the French Charlie Hebdo magazine, which affronted the Prophet Muhammad, as well as an expression of [our opposition] to the massacres perpetrated against the Palestinian people." Reporter: "As a form of expression of the Palestinian cause, and in the context of the massacres, perpetrated by the Zionists...
  • Iranian Lawmakers: The U.S. Must Compensate Iran for Damages Caused over Six Decades

    05/29/2016 11:04:36 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5/17/16 | Al-Manar TV (Lebanon)
    Iranian lawmakers have passed a bill requiring the government to seek compensation for damages allegedly caused by the U.S. over six decades. MP Hassan Kamran said that the Iranians would turn to international law in order to counter anti-Iranian U.S. measures. Over $50 billion of Iran’s money is still held in American banks under the false pretext of Iranian support of terrorism, he added. The report aired on Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV on May 17, 2016. Following are excerpts Interviewer: A new bill requires the Iranian government to seek compensation for damages that the U.S. caused Iran for six decades, since...
  • Egyptian Commentator: Israel Behind Plane Crash, We Must Form Death Squads That Will Kill Israelis..

    05/29/2016 10:59:31 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 21 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5/20/16 | Al-Assema TV (Egypt)
    Egyptian political commentator Nabih Al-Wahsh accused Israel of downing EgyptAir Flight 804, and called for Egyptians and Arabs to kill any Israeli they come across and to mutilate his body. Al-Wahsh, a lawyer, filed a lawsuit with Egyptian courts four years ago in an attempt to abolish the Camp David Accords. Al-Asseema TV presenter tried to stop Al-Wahsh from inciting to violence, but to no avail, as Al-Wahsh called for the establishment of “death squads” that would hunt down Israelis all over the world. The show aired on May 20. Nabih Al-Wahsh: "All the evidence indicates that the filthy Zionist...
  • South will develop its own type of SLBM: source (S.Korea)

    05/29/2016 10:37:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    KOREA JOONGANG DAILY ^ | May 30,2016 | JEONG YONG-SOO
    The South Korean Military is developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), a high-ranking military official said. “On the 3,000-ton Jangbogo-III submarine, which is currently under production, we are installing a vertical launching pad,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. SLBMs are fired undersea and are therefore difficult to detect by radar. He added, “The installation of a vertical launching pad indicates that the SLBM is already under development.” The official also went on to say that the SLBM is being developed under the aegis of the Agency of Defense Development and is expected to be completed by...
  • The sound of silence — why Germany lost its subs bid (Australia)

    05/29/2016 10:33:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    It was the smallest of sounds, too soft for human ears but deemed loud enough to potentially doom an Australian submarine. Two weeks ago, behind closed doors in a shipyard in the German port of Kiel, the secrets behind Australia’s $150 billion submarine decision were finally revealed. It was a moment that left the Germans stunned. They were told for the first time that they had lost the bid because their proposed Aust­ralian submarine had an “un­acceptable’’ level of “radiated noise’’. In the world of submarines, noise equals potential detection and death, but when the Germans pressed the Australian officials...