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  • Canada bans travelers from Ebola hot spots

    10/31/2014 3:58:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | October 31, 2014 | Ralph Ellis, CNN
    Canada will stop processing visa applications from foreign nationals who have visited West African nations with large outbreaks of the Ebola virus, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Friday. Applications will be returned to people from Ebola hot spots who have already applied for visas, officials said in a press release. The changes do not affect Canadians currently in West Africa, the press release said. Health care workers in West Africa will be permitted to travel back to Canada. The action is similar to that taken by Australia several days ago. "Our number one priority is to protect Canadians,"...
  • Congo crowd kills man, eats him after militant massacres: witnesses

    10/31/2014 3:34:23 PM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:05pm GMT
    BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels. The incident in the town of Beni followed a number of overnight raids in the area blamed on the Islamist group ADF-NAUL, who are thought to have massacred more than 100 people this month, using hatchets and machetes to kill their victims. Witnesses said the man, who has not been identified, aroused suspicion on a bus when passengers discovered he could...
  • (Vanity) Scouter's New Ebola Projections - Version 2.4

    10/31/2014 3:20:01 PM PDT · by scouter · 6 replies
    Self | October 31, 2014 | Scouter
    I thought the end of October would be a good time to publish some new projections. Here's an overview of the method I used. To project the number of future cases I calculated the daily rate of increase over the last 21 days for each of the three major countries and used that rate to make individual projections into the future at various intervals. I then added them up. I chose to use the last 21 days because that is the incubation period of the disease, and to my way of thinking, represents how fast the epidemic is growing now....
  • Record-High Costs Cause Reporters To Jump Ship On Obama's Upcoming Asia Trip

    10/31/2014 2:54:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | October 31, 2014 | By Ryan Grenoble
    Cash-strapped news outlets looking to cover President Obama's trip to Asia next month may find it difficult to do so. At a bare minimum, outlets will have to front $60,000 per person for a seat on the chartered plane that will tail Obama as he visits China, Myanmar and Australia on a 9-day trip next month. News organizations split the cost of the chartered flight evenly, so when only a few outlets sign up, the cost skyrockets. 51 journalists will be onboard when Obama departs on Nov. 9, which partially explains the eye-popping sum.
  • Andrew Tahmooressi’s Family Hopeful for His Release From Mexican Prison by Veterans Day

    10/31/2014 2:27:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/31/2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The mother of a U.S. Marine who has been imprisoned in Mexico since late March said Tuesday that she’s hopeful her son, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, can be released before Veterans Day. Tahmooressi was captured after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with weapons, and while he said he crossed the border in error, he was arrested for carrying weapons in violation of Mexican law. His case has made significant progress over the last few weeks. Earlier this month, U.S. lawmakers said it was their impression that Mexico was moving toward a decision to release Tahmooressi, and was only seeking proof from the...
  • Germany’s main Jewish leader steps down

    10/31/2014 1:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 7:42 AM EDT
    Germany’s main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he’s stepping down. Dieter Graumann said Friday he won’t seek a second term leading the Central Council of Jews in a vote Nov. 30. […] Graumann was among leading critics of a 2012 German court ruling that male infant circumcision amounts to bodily harm. Parliament later approved legislation explicitly permitting the practice. …
  • Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts

    10/31/2014 1:42:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Rodney Muhumza
    President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism. Kim Yong Nam, the president of the country’s parliament, is in Uganda as part of a rare tour of Africa, where North Korea has actively tried to cultivate potential allies like the long-serving, increasingly anti-West Museveni. The North Koreans are training Ugandan police in martial arts and Museveni hailed North Korea for helping to mechanize Uganda’s military over the years. North Korea is also training Ugandan military...
  • Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

    10/31/2014 1:36:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
    Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out the disease. […] Australia’s similar move was slammed Thursday by Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, who said closing borders will not stop spread of the Ebola virus. …
  • [Audio] I’m instructed to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down

    10/31/2014 12:49:18 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 7 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 10/30/2014 | David Cenciotti
    “I’m instructed by Her Majesty’s government of the United Kingdom to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down” On Oct. 29, two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby airbase, and flew at supersonic speeds across the UK to intercept a Latvian Antonov An-26 cargo plane that took an unauthorized detour over London causing concern to civil air traffic control. The two Eurofighter warplanes on QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) reached the Russian-built cargo plane (registration YL-RAA) on its way to Birmingham airport and forced it to land at Stansted airport. Interestingly, the pilot...
  • Whistleblower urges external probe into EU mission in Kosovo

    10/31/2014 12:18:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.10.14 @ 19:13 | Andrew Rettman
    Maria Bamieh, a British prosecutor at the heart of EULEX corruption revelations, says the only way to restore faith in the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo is by holding an external enquiry. The scandal erupted on Monday (27 October) when Kosovo daily Koha Ditore wrote, citing evidence from leaked EULEX documents, that senior officials colluded with suspects in criminal cases, took bribes to shut down investigations, and quashed internal EULEX probes. …
  • After recognizing Palestine, Swedish legislators spar

    10/31/2014 12:09:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 31/10/2014 - 17:01 | Henriette Jacobsen
    One day after the Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine, members of the Parliament, Riksdagen, disagreed on whether this decision was right or “immature”. The leftist government, which took office only a month ago after winning national elections in September, on Thursday (30 October) became the first European country to recognize the state of Palestine. This prompted Israel to recall its ambassador to Sweden to Jerusalem on the same day. The country also threatened that further cuts to the two countries’ diplomatic relations can be expected. Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sweden “needs to understand that relations...
  • Eurozone ‘a problem’ for the world economy

    10/31/2014 10:50:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 31/10/2014 — 08:50 | Anne-Claude Martin (translated from French by Samuel White)
    The eurozone is struggling to revive itself, and may slip into recession in the next two years, slowing down the global economic recovery, according to the French Economic Observatory (OFCE). The director of the OFCE’s analysis and forecast department, Xavier Timbeau, presented his economic predictions for 2014-2015 on 29 October, saying “the eurozone is a problem for the global economy”. The expert believes that the eurozone is acting as a brake on the world economy, and will enter into “a phase of low inflation or even deflation in certain countries,” leading to a eurozone recession within two years. The Observatory’s...
  • Pentagon lashes out at ISIS war “micromanagement” at the White House

    10/31/2014 10:50:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Victory has a thousand fathers, John F. Kennedy once said in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs disaster, but defeat is an orphan. One can usually tell how well an enterprise is succeeding by the amount of finger-pointing that accompanies it — for instance, the blame game going on already in the midterm elections. Unfortunately for the US, JFK’s adage applies more directly to a real issue of victory or defeat, and the attempt to orphan the results comes from the top, according to Josh Rogin and Eli Lake at The Daily Beast: Top military leaders in the...
  • Being safe while isolated

    10/31/2014 10:34:30 AM PDT · by TrueKnightGalahad · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    While Abbas himself is responsible for the hit on Glick, he has had one major enabler – the Obama administration. Since Abbas first issued the order for Palestinians to attack Jews, there have been two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. Both have claimed American citizens among their victims. Yet the Obama administration has refused to condemn Abbas’s call to murder Jews either before it led to the first terrorist attack or since Glick was shot Wednesday night. Not only have the White House and the State Department refused to condemn Abbas for soliciting the murder of Jews. They have praised him...
  • 80% of London Muslims Support ISIS

    10/31/2014 9:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/31/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is what the Islamization of a Western country looks like. Good luck with your integration and your moderate Islam. All the empty words in the world can’t change the fact that what’s happening in Iraq and Syria will be coming to the UK… sooner than you think. One in seven young British adults has “warm feelings” towards Islamic State, according to a poll.A tenth of Londoners and one in 12 Scots view Islamic State (Isis) favourably, but sympathy for the militant group reaches its highest levels among the under-25s, the Populus survey found.Although an overwhelming majority of the public...
  • Admiral Nakhimov to become most powerful missile cruiser in Russian fleet

    10/31/2014 8:42:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | October 31, 2014 | Alexey Ramm
    The Admiral Nakhimov heavy cruiser is to receive new ordnance, putting it ahead of the Russian fleet’s current flagship, the Peter the Great missile cruiser. Military sources say the installation of the new long-range S-400 and Poliment-Redut anti-aircraft missile systems, part of the modernization of the Russian fleet, will not change the ship's combat missions. Heavy nuclear missile-bearing cruiser Admiral Nakhimov in the Barents Sea. Source: Oleg Lastochkin / RIA Novosti Russia’s Admiral Nakhimov nuclear cruiser is to receive the new long-range S-400 and the middle-range Poliment-Redut anti-missile systems, as well as Caliber cruise missiles, as part of the ongoing...
  • EDITORIAL: Why hasn’t Army’s report on Bowe Bergdahl been released?

    10/31/2014 8:24:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 30, 2014 | Editorial
    An inquiry into the swap is complete, but no news until after TuesdayThe Army has apparently completed its investigation of the circumstances surrounding the suspected desertion of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but no one expects to see the results before Tuesday’s elections. The last thing the Obama administration wants now is a round of attention to the sordid details of another public-relations disaster. Sgt. Bergdahl, at the time a private, walked away from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and spent nearly five years in Taliban captivity. His captors released him in May in exchange for five high-ranking Taliban terrorist...
  • Labour’s first Jewish leader is losing the Jewish vote (support "on the brink of collapse")

    10/31/2014 8:16:29 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 30 Oct 2014 | Dan Hodges
    It isn’t just Maureen Lipman. This morning the actress and comedienne has announced she will not be voting Labour at the next election. “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse” she writes in Standpoint magazine, “just when the anti-Semitism in France, Denmark, Norway, Hungary is mounting savagely, just when our cemeteries and synagogues and shops are once again under threat. Just when the virulence against a country defending itself, against 4,000 rockets and 32 tunnels inside its borders, as it has every right to do under the Geneva Convention, had been swept aside by the real pestilence of...
  • Will Ebola kill you? It depends on your genes

    10/31/2014 7:52:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    The Dailly Mail ^ | 10-30-14 | Lizzie Parry
    Genetics will determine whether a person infected with Ebola dies, scientists claimed today. A new study has found DNA could be the key to tracking the deadly effects of the virus which has ravaged West Africa. The World Health Organisation revealed nearly 5,000 people have died from the disease, which has devastated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. A team of scientists at Washington University believe their study has identified genetic factors behind the mild-to-deadly range of reactions to the virus.
  • New Chinese Intelligence Unit Linked to Massive Cyber Spying Program

    10/31/2014 7:43:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 31, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese intelligence unit carried out a massive cyber espionage program that stole vast quantities of data from governments, businesses and other organizations, security analysts who uncovered the operation said Thursday. The activities of the Chinese unit called the Axiom group began at least six years ago and were uncovered by a coalition of security firms this month. Cyber sleuths traced Axiom attacks to the 2009 cyber operation against Google in China and other U.S. companies known as Operation Aurora. The group was also linked to a Chinese hacking program that targeted dissidents and opposition groups known as GhostNet. More...
  • Open Letter to President Obama from the Qatar Awareness Campaign

    10/31/2014 7:39:33 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    Right Side News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition
    President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of one of America’s closest allies under your administration, the State of Qatar. Not only is Qatar a state sponsor of terror which has funded Hamas, Boko Haram, and the Islamic State, but it is increasingly apparent that Qatar is a significant factor in the United States’ diplomatic rift with Israel, and finances the genocidal Islamic...
  • EDF France: Inquiry after drones buzz nuclear sites

    10/31/2014 7:11:22 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | October 30, 2014 | Unattributed
    An investigation has been launched after France's state-owned EDF power company said unidentified drones had flown over seven of its nuclear plants. The first unmanned aircraft was spotted on 5 October and there had been further sightings up to 20 October, EDF said. Who is behind the drones is unclear but pressure group Greenpeace has denied any involvement. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says measures are being taken to "neutralise" the drones. Under French law, no aircraft is allowed to enter a 5km-wide (three-mile) zone around a nuclear plant, nor fly below 1,000m (3,300ft) there. The air force is responsible for...
  • [N. Korea] Report: Kim Jong-un Executes Another Powerful Aide

    10/31/2014 7:05:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 31, 2014 | Tae-jun Kang
    Report: Kim Jong-un Executes Another Powerful Aide Kim Kyong Ok of North Korea’s powerful Organization and Guidance Department has reportedly been executed. By Tae-jun Kang October 31, 2014 Kim Jong-un may have executed one of his closest aides according to a Seoul-based think tank. According to North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS,) earlier this month Kim Kyong Ok, the First Deputy Director (First Vice Director) of the Organization and Guidance Department [OGD] of North Korea’s ruling party was executed along with some of his aides. The OGD is widely believed to be among the most powerful institutions within the DPRK state,...
  • Pentagon warns employees about potential Islamic State-related terror attacks

    10/31/2014 7:03:40 AM PDT · by null and void · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 29, 2014
    The Pentagon is warning employees about being potential targets of quick-strike terror attacks -- to the extent of suggesting they change travel routes, remove identifiable logos and avoid large gatherings. The advisory was issued by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, which protects the Pentagon and its employees, and says recent threats indicate that terrorists “directed or inspired by Islamic State” consider military and law-enforcement officers legitimate targets, as reported first by The Washington Times. The news of the advisory follows Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announcing Tuesday that his agency has increased security at federal buildings across the country, citing...
  • Israeli leftist newspaper’s political cartoon sparks outrage over 9/11 imagery

    10/31/2014 7:03:30 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/31/2014 | Ed Hornick
    An editorial cartoon in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is drawing criticism for using Sept. 11 imagery to depict U.S.-Israel relations under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In it, a character resembling Netanyahu is seen flying a small plane into a building that resembles a World Trade Center tower. An American flag flies atop the skyscraper. The cartoon, which appeared Thursday, comes after the Israeli leader was reportedly criticized by an Obama administration official as being a "chickensh**"...
  • Military Upset with White House 'Micromanagement' of ISIS War

    10/31/2014 6:47:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 31, 2014 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army. As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained within policy limits. The National Security Council has given precise instructions on which rebels can be engaged, who can be trained, and what exactly those fighters...
  • NATO tracks large-scale Russian air activity in Europe

    10/31/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    NATO ^ | 30 Oct. 2014
    NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014. These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace Eight Russian Aircraft Intercepted over North Sea / Atlantic Ocean on 29 October 2014 At approximately 3:00 a.m. CET on 29 October, NATO radars detected and tracked eight Russian aircraft flying in formation over the North Sea. F-16 aircraft from the Royal Norwegian Air Force were scrambled, intercepted and identified the Russian aircraft,...
  • France: Huge Fire Breaks Out at Radio France Headquarters in Paris

    10/31/2014 5:36:07 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES ^ | October 31, 2014 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    A massive fire has broken out at the Radio France headquarters building in Paris, causing the evacuation of personnel, according to reports. The fire engulfed the seventh and eight floors of Maison de la radio (Radio House) in the 16 arrondissement of Paris. Several windows exploded due to the extreme heat. Firefighters were called to the scene. Radio programmes of France Inter and France Info were suspended as a necessary safety measure. The fire reportedly hit the area of a ventilation system under works. No injuries were immediately reported. "I hope we can resume our radio programmes as soon as...
  • North Korea to quarantine all foreigners because of Ebola fears (for 21 days)

    10/31/2014 1:12:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 30 October 2014
    North Korea to quarantine all foreigners because of Ebola fears Pyongyang says foreign nationals will be put under medical observation for 21 days regardless of country or region of origin Associated Press in Pyongyang The Guardian, Thursday 30 October 2014 14.22 GMT North Korean officials have announced they will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and few foreigners are allowed to enter.
  • Officials Reveal US is Cozying Up to Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas

    10/31/2014 12:42:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-29-14 | Ari Yashar
    The same Tuesday night that a senior official in US President Barack Obama's administration was quoted calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "chickens**t," yet more officials indicated the US is warming up to cooperation with Iran - the Islamic regime seeking nuclear weapons that has repeatedly declared its desire to destroy Israel. Senior US and Arab officials were cited by the Wall Street Journal saying that in recent months, America and Iran have grown closer through cooperation against their "common enemy", the Islamic State (ISIS), as well as over a shared interest in "stability" in Iraq and Afghanistan. American officials revealed...
  • Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal (YOU get to pay for it!)

    10/30/2014 11:31:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-30-2014 | Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop
    Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors. After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June. With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President...
  • Report: Troops, vets to get checked for chemical exposure in Iraq

    10/30/2014 9:32:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to servicemembers and veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with chemical munitions during the American occupation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. An Oct. 15 Times story found that while the United States had gone to war looking for an active weapons of mass destruction program, troops instead quietly found and suffered from the remnants of the long abandoned arsenal. Since that article, which detailed instances of exposure that the military kept secret in some cases for...
  • Spanish Intelligence Intercepts Plot to Weaponise Ebola

    10/30/2014 8:57:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 30, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over £200 million. The national secretary of state for security in giving evidence to the Spanish Senate revealed online jihad propagandists had issued an edict to followers to kill Westerners by any means possible. Some of the methods suggested included “deadly chemical products from laboratories”, “poisonous injections” and “Ebola as a poisonous...
  • Russia's Jet Incursions Buzz An Alarm For Europe

    10/30/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | October 30,2014 | IBD
    This should be a wake-up call to Europe, long accustomed to living under the U.S. defense umbrella, to take more responsibility for its own defense. So far this year, NATO jets have had to scramble 100 times to intercept these airspace intruders just to show that the West's perimeters are still protected. That's three times as many as intercepted in 2013. It also coincides with a strange submarine incursion in Swedish waters, believed to have been Russian. There's no doubt about it, Russia wants its Cold War empire back, and a complacent, "Finlandized" Europe. Vladimir Putin continues in his quest...
  • Louisiana tells anyone who's been exposed to Ebola: Stay away

    10/30/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    Louisiana is set to host one of the year’s biggest gatherings of infectious disease experts next week, but anyone's who's recently been to West Africa won’t be welcome.A pair of top state officials wrote a letter to the more than 3,500 members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene who planned to attend the conference this week, warning them to stay away if they’ve had potential Ebola exposure.“In Louisiana, we love to welcome visitors, but we must balance that hospitality with the protection of Louisiana residents and other visitors,” wrote Kathy Klieber, Louisiana’s secretary of Health and Hospitals,...
  • Israel to Reopen Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem

    10/30/2014 7:03:32 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | JODI RUDOREN and ISABEL KERSHNER
    <p>Israel barred all access to a contested sacred site in the Old City for the first time in many years on Thursday, a step that a Palestinian spokesman denounced as “a declaration of war” and one that strained Israel’s crucial alliance with neighboring Jordan.</p>
  • 26 Russian fighter pilot in two days [Putin war games]

    26 Russian fighter pilot in two days, seconds can decide - How dangerous are Putin's maneuvers for the passenger planes Today Russians Vani on the Baltic Sea got fierce criticism from NATO, as well as shut down the aircraft sensors to systems on the ground and other aircraft to identify who or what is in front of them. 4 German interceptor observed and saw off Russian fighter group to these ojlopy not encountered by passenger aircraft. the Germans were said to one of the most powerful Russian squadrons, consisting of two MiG-31 Foxhound, two Su-34 Fullback, one Su-27 Flanker und...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama’s Unprecedented Attack on Israel

    10/30/2014 6:00:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    Time ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Sen Ted Cruz
    This week, the world was treated to yet another embarrassing display of the Obama administration’s incompetent foreign policy. According to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, various anonymous officials referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as both “a chicken****” and “a coward.” While these indefensible comments have received the lion’s share of media attention, the substantive remarks about Iran were even more troubling. Goldberg wrote that another senior official claimed that due to their pressure on Netanyahu, it is now “too late” for Israel to stop Iran from amassing an “atomic arsenal.” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told the White...
  • GOP lawmakers urge administration to suspend Gitmo transfers over ISIS concerns

    10/30/2014 2:50:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2014
    Republican lawmakers called Thursday for the Obama administration to suspend detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay following a Fox News report that as many as 20 to 30 former prisoners are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria. Some of those former Guantanamo detainees were released within the last three years. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a statement the development "underscores the risks we face when Guantanamo detainees are released based on a misguided desire to close Guantanamo -- rather than the national security interests of the...
  • Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over

    10/30/2014 1:57:57 PM PDT · by drypowder · 85 replies
    ClubOrlov ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin's speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn't get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don't think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is...
  • Why Obama Hates Netanyahu

    10/30/2014 7:05:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 68 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 10-30-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama’s foreign policy was supposed to reboot America’s relationship with the rest of the world. Old allies would become people we occasionally talked to. Old enemies would become new allies. Goodbye Queen, hello Vladimir. Trade the Anglosphere for Latin America’s Marxist dictatorships. Replace allied governments in the Middle East with Islamists and call it a day for the Caliphate. Very little of that went according to plan. Obama is still stuck with Europe. The Middle East and Latin American leftists still hate America. The Arab Spring imploded. Japan, South Korea and India have conservative governments. And then there’s Israel. The...
  • Possible Islamic State Leaflets Found in Quantico Marine Base

    10/30/2014 1:49:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 30, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Leaflets found at the site of the Marine Corps headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, Wednesday may have ties to the international terrorist organization ISIS, a source told the Tatler today. The leaflets, which portray the flag of the Islamic State, include a message in Arabic that says “We came from Mexico on a train.” The leaflets raise the questions of whether the Islamic State has operatives in the heart of the United State’s Marine Corps headquarters, or alternatively, whether someone is testing security responses and military command communications. The Tatler obtained a digital copy of the leaflet today, which is being...
  • Bad news: Operation Inherent Resolve isn’t accomplishing much at all

    10/30/2014 1:29:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/30/2014 | Noah Rothman
    For months, the White House resisted calls by concerned observers to intervene in the conflict in Iraq and Syria where the Islamic State was capturing territory and massacring locals. Only after it appeared likely that the ancient Yazidi minority would be exterminated by ISIS fighters did the United States consent to intervene in Iraq. Similarly, America and its coalition allies attacked ISIS in Syria only when it seemed likely that the al-Qaeda affiliated Khorasan Group was plotting imminent attacks. This week, however, we learn that the Pentagon has effectively failed to achieve either the objective of preventing massacres in...
  • Obama May Cut Deportations

    10/30/2014 11:42:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | 10-30-2014 | LAURA MECKLER
    WASHINGTON—The White House is considering two central requirements in deciding which of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants would gain protections through an expected executive action: a minimum length of time in the U.S., and a person’s family ties to others in the country, said people familiar with the administration’s thinking. Those requirements, depending on how broadly they are drawn, could offer protection to between one million and four million people in the country illegally. The deliberations follow President Barack Obama ’s promise to act to change the immigration system, after legislation overhauling immigration law died in Congress. Republicans have...
  • Netanyahu Blasts Obama Admin for Cursing Him

    10/30/2014 5:55:44 AM PDT · by xzins · 129 replies
    CBN ^ | October 30, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's under fire because he won't compromise the safety of Israel. "When there is pressure on Israel to give up on its security, the easiest thing is to give up," Arutz Sheva quoted Netanyahu's response at the Knesset. "As prime minister, I stand for the security of Israel," he continued. "The life of every single citizen and soldier matters to me, and I am not prepared to make comprises that will endanger our country." "Our interests are not on the minds of those who attack us -- or me -- personally,"...
  • Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden

    10/30/2014 11:25:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 30, 2014 1:53 PM EDT | Karl Ritter
    Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest. Coming during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip. …
  • WHO: Liberia’s Ebola Infection Rate Declines

    10/30/2014 11:17:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 10/30/2014 | Lisa Schlein
    After months of near-futile battle with Ebola, a World Health Organization official said a glimmer of hope is beginning to emerge in the worst-affected country, Liberia. The West African country has recorded 6,535 cases, almost half of the 13,703 total reported in the current outbreak. But Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general, on Wednesday said the infection rate appears to be falling "and there may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there." Aylward said Liberia's caseload may be dropping by as much as 25 percent a week. However, he added, "This is no time to let up." The outbreak's...
  • For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

    10/30/2014 11:05:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Liz Sly
    he increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all. Turkey’s refusal to allow the United States to use its bases to launch attacks against the Islamic State, quarrels over how to manage the battle raging in the Syrian border town of Kobane and the harsh tone of the anti-American rhetoric used by top Turkish officials to denounce U.S. policy have served to illuminate the vast gulf that...
  • IDF: Threat from Hezbollah greater than Gaza

    10/30/2014 10:31:49 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    www.jpost.com ^ | 10/30/2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    Hezbollah is many times more dangerous than the terrorist organizations in Gaza, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan, the outgoing head of the IDF’s Northern Command, told Army Radio on Wednesday. He warned Israelis not to expect the same level of air defense cover that the South and Center of the country received during the war with Hamas in Gaza City this summer...
  • Obama's quarantine remarks draw fire from military spouses

    10/30/2014 9:30:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | By Kristina Wong
    ... The president's comments sparked immediate criticism online, including from military spouses who said soldiers were also "volunteers" whose time away from family and loved ones was not any less valuable than for civilian volunteers. "The President's comments on the differences between the quarantine policies for members of the military and civilian volunteers seemed to dismiss the fact that every member of military has, indeed, volunteered to serve," said Rebekah Gleaves Sanderlin, Army wife and board member for the Military Family Advisory Network. "In pointing out that the civilian volunteers would be sacrificing time away from their families, the President...