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  • Shakeup expected for Turkish military leadership

    08/03/2015 7:45:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 8/4/15 | Metin Gurcan
    The first week of August is of critical importance for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The High Military Council (HMC) that will decide the high-level new appointments and promotions in the TSK will meet in Ankara on Aug. 3-5 under Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. This session is considered pivotal for Turkey, which has been in political turmoil since the June 7 general elections and has now plunged into a two-front struggle against the Islamic State (IS) and the Kurdistan Workers Party, making security the overriding consideration in the country. Although the annual August meetings of the HMC are always followed...
  • Gulf Arab States Voice Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

    08/03/2015 7:37:39 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 3 2015 | Jay Solomon and Carol E Lee
    Gulf Arab states publicly backed the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran, giving the White House a potentially important diplomatic win as it seeks to build support for its signature foreign policy initiative. The positive response from the Gulf Cooperation Council—composed of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain—followed months of intense lobbying by the White House that included offers of increased arms sales, intelligence-sharing and military training.
  • White House confident Dems will back Iran deal

    08/03/2015 6:27:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/3/15 | Jordan Fabian
    The White House expressed confidence Monday that the House could sustain a presidential veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval against the Iran nuclear deal. “We do feel confident that, if faced with the choice of sustaining the president’s veto of a resolution of disapproval, that we’ve got enough support in the House of Representatives to sustain that veto,” press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. That is one of the strongest statements yet from the White House that it believes it could defeat an effort by Republicans in Congress to kill the agreement. Earnest’s comments came on the same day...
  • Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

    08/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | August 2, 2015 | Duncan Campbell
    I stepped from the warmth of our source's London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived. Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad...
  • Puerto Rico just defaulted for the first time

    08/03/2015 5:27:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/03/15
    Puerto Rico just went into default for the first time in its history. The commonwealth paid a mere $628,000 toward a $58 million debt bill due Monday to creditors of its Public Finance Corporation. This will hurt the island's residents, not Wall Street. The debt is mostly owned by ordinary Puerto Ricans through credit unions. "This was a decision that reflects the serious concerns about the Commonwealth's liquidity in combination with the balance of obligations to our creditors and the equally important obligations to the people of Puerto Rico," Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank president Melba Acosta Febo said in...
  • Iran: U.S. Banned from Knowing Details of Iran Nuclear Inspection Agreement

    08/03/2015 5:11:58 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 26 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Adam Kredo
    Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the nuclear inspection organization is barred from revealing to the United States any details of deals it has inked with Tehran to inspect its contested nuclear program going forward, according to regional reports. Recent disclosures by Iran indicate that the recently inked nuclear accord includes a series of side deals on critical inspections regimes that are neither public nor subject to review by the United States. Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador and permanent envoy to the IAEA, stated over the weekend that no country is permitted to know the details of...
  • Why Empower Iran

    08/03/2015 5:00:02 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 10 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | August 3, 2015 | Alexander H. Joffe
    Unless the US Congress votes in opposition, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal with Iran with go through. What really happened and why did it happen the way it did? What happened is gradually becoming clear. It is revealed daily just how horrendous the deal really is. On every point — enrichment, centrifuges, stocks of fissile material, inspections, sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps members and businesses, "snapback," etc. — the Obama administration caved completely. Concessions on ballistic missiles and arms sales were thrown in at the last minute; the administration lied about it all, while Iran...
  • When it comes to Islam, Sunni or Shia, Obama Chooses the Terrorists

    Summary: Like his support for the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood terrorists across the region, the facts of the Iran deal with Shiite terror regime in Tehran point to a deliberate plan of allying the United States with the worst of Islamic terrorists. Obama’s nuclear “deal” with Iran has been compared to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. For those less familiar with the history of the Second World War, Chamberlain’s Munich deal was a betrayal of Czechoslovakia. Students of World War II know, however, that Chamberlain ultimately led the early British war effort against the Nazis. Chamberlain may have...
  • BREAKING: GUN USED IN GARLAND, TEXAS ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACK BOUGHT UNDER OBAMA’S ‘FAST AND...

    08/03/2015 4:47:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies
    100 percentfedup.com ^ | 8/01/15 | By 100% FED Up
    BREAKING: GUN USED IN GARLAND, TEXAS ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACK BOUGHT UNDER OBAMA’S ‘FAST AND FURIOUS’ You can thank Eric Holder for this. Remember Fast and Furious was a gun running program under Obama and Eric Holder. Hundreds of people have been murdered with these guns. Just another total screwup and coverup from the Obama regime. Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol. At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal...
  • Cecil: What's going on? [How Zimbabwe sees Cecil the Lion - Romans 1]

    08/03/2015 3:42:46 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 45 replies
    Zimbabwe Chronicle ^ | 7/30/2015 | Staff
    AT LEAST five British national newspapers yesterday screamed in front page stories about Cecil, the lion that was killed by an American tourist, Walter Palmer, on July 1 at a game farm in Gwayi Conservancy. The Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, The Mirror and The Independent — all British heavyweights — ran with the story, condemning Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, for taking down Cecil after paying $50,000 for the hunt. The lion was also a big news item on Sky News, the BBC and CNN. Many American news outlets, including The New York Times gave Cecil much prominence too. Why...
  • Aussie PM Tony Abbott Goes Full Dictator in Shotgun Grab

    08/03/2015 3:16:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 2 August, 2015 | Dennis DeMartins
    Australia’s descent into full blown fascism just accelerated again. The Adler lever-action ban in Australia just got serious as Prime Minister Tony Abbott has now decided to personally intervene and ban the firearms completely pending completion of a review of the NFA. Australian Customs and Border Protection have been ordered to detain all shipments of the Adler until the review is complete. Amidst the backlash from firearms owners and running out of concocted reasons and emotive rhetoric based arguments as to why law-abiding firearms owners are responsible for the actions of criminals, and that 128-year-old technology has now suddenly become...
  • Oil dives 5 percent to six-month low under $50 on China worry (deflation?)

    08/03/2015 2:57:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | Barani Krishnan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices lurched 5 percent lower on Monday to their lowest since January, taking global benchmark Brent below $50 a barrel as weak factory activity in China deepened a commodity-wide rout. Growing concerns over excess global oil supplies, heavy selling in pumped-up gasoline futures and technically driven momentum trading knocked prices to within a few dollars of the six-year lows touched at the start of this year. U.S. crude had already fallen 21 percent in July, its worst month since 2008 amid mounting evidence of an expanding global glut and a stock market collapse in China,...
  • Healthy British nurse ends her life in a Swiss clinic because of fear of getting old

    08/03/2015 2:39:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    wapo ^ | Aug. 3, 2015 | Daniela Deane
    A healthy retired British nurse who had worked with the elderly has ended her life in a Swiss clinic because she was afraid of getting old and being unable to to kill herself, a British newspaper reported Monday. Gill Pharoah, 75, who suffered no serious debilitating illness and was still active, was given a lethal injection and was in good enough spirits to joke with a doctor before she died, the London Times newspaper reported. Pharoah was afraid of suffering a stroke as happened to one of her friends, who then lived on for many years with a poor quality...
  • In pictures: Calais migrant crisis sparks rival protests at UK port town

    Rival protests on the Calais migrant crisis were held on Saturday in the sleepy British port town of Folkestone, with some people welcoming the migrants while others demonstrated against their arrival. The cranking up of the loudspeakers was the cue they had been waiting for. With their Union Jack flags flapping in the breeze and their sound systems blaring out an instrumental version of “God Save the Queen,” a handful of anti-immigrant protesters charged a group of pro-migrant demonstrators who were gathering on the other side of a road leading to the Eurotunnel’s Folkestone terminal. Police push back a Britain...
  • House GOP says it has the votes to kill Iran deal

    08/03/2015 1:54:59 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 34 replies
    wach.com ^ | 8/3/15 | Deb Riechman
    House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Since Republicans hold a commanding 246 seats in the House, it was widely expected that the GOP would come up with 218 votes to support a resolution of disapproval, which has been introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. "Time is not the friend of this deal," Roskam said in a statement. "The more time members spend evaluating this agreement, the more they realize it's...
  • Report: US-led strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria have killed at least 459 civilians

    08/03/2015 1:35:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | August 3, 2015 | By VIVIAN SALAMA and ZEINA KARAM
    BAGHDAD -- U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.
  • 'Britain's generous welfare system behind pupils' lack of ambition,' say Chinese teachers

    08/03/2015 12:52:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Daily Telegraph - UK ^ | August 3, 2016 | Javier Espinoza
    "... The five teachers, who are part of a TV series in which they take over the education of a class of 50 teenagers, have said British pupils unruly behaviour is directly linked to welfare handouts that has produced adolescents with rude behaviour. The teachers are starring in BBC Two's “Are Our Kids Tough Enough Chinese School” as part of a three-part documentary that begins Tuesday. .. Yang Jun, a science teacher who taught in schools in Xian before moving to the UK, said: “In China we don't need classroom management skills because everyone is disciplined by nature, by families,...
  • Obama: Killing to Harvest Body Parts Is A ‘Foolish Tradition’—in Africa

    08/03/2015 12:33:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 3, 2015 | 2:34 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    President Barack Obama told a group of young African leaders on Monday that killing others to harvest body parts was a “foolish tradition.” At the Young African Leaders Initiative summit in Washington D.C., President Obama was asked about the killing of Albinos in Africa and the harvesting of their body parts for ritual purposes. “Persons with Albinism in Africa are being killed and their body parts harvested for ritual purposes,” a woman in the audience said. “My request to you is to raise this issue with heads of state of African countries to bring these atrocities to an end.” Obama...
  • Activists say 27 killed after Syrian warplane crashes on bombing run

    08/03/2015 11:56:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 03, 2015
    Government air raids in a northwestern town in Syria and a subsequent crash by a Syrian warplane that slammed into a residential area there killed at least 27 people on Monday, activists said. An activist group known as the Local Coordination Committees said the warplane crashed in a busy market, adding that it was not immediately clear whether it was shot down. The LCC said 27 people were killed and many others were wounded.
  • Light reading: The Ayatollah Khamenei pens book on how to outfox US, destroy Israel

    08/03/2015 11:46:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Ed Morrissey announced earlier today that Americans are not wild about the proposed Iran nuclear deal and generally oppose it by a wide margin. Americans certainly are a skeptical and suspicious lot, aren’t they? And why would everyone have so many reservations about the Iranians when they’ve been such open and honest partners at the negotiating table? Take for example their Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. While John Kerry was busy wheeling and dealing with Iran’s henchmen, the holy man was busy getting ready to publish his latest book. And now it’s out, though you would be hard pressed...
  • Delta bans shipment of lion trophies, bolsters push for national airline ban

    08/03/2015 11:42:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 3, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Delta Airlines on Monday announced that its banning the shipment of safari hunting trophies like lions, giving a major push to several calls for a national embargo on the shipment of pelts and horns.
  • The People of Zimbabwe Too Poor, Too Hungry to Care About Cecil the Lion

    08/03/2015 8:02:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/03/2015 | by Susan L.M. Goldberg
    The first question any logical person would pose upon hearing the Cecil the lion story should be along the lines of whether or not that lion meat (presuming it is edible) was used to feed the people of Zimbabwe. Too bad the story didn’t attract any logical people, those who might give two cents about the suffering of the people, not the animals of Africa. For Western, middle-class and celebrity animal-rights activists, it is simply easier to leave Africa to the Africans, many of whom don’t really get why killing a lion in a nation largely without running water is...
  • Obama Authorizes "Defensive" Airstrikes Against Assad Regime In Syria

    08/03/2015 7:25:05 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8-3-2015 | Durden
    On Friday, we checked in on the Pentagon’s ongoing effort to recruit, vet, and train ambitious "freedom fighters" to join the battle against ISIS in Syria. It goes without saying that covert US efforts to aid the multifarious groups vying for control of the country have met with disastrous consequences so far, but if there’s anything Washington is particularly adept at, it’s making bad foreign policy outcomes worse, which is why we weren’t at all surprised to learn that the commander of the Pentagon's new Syrian "force" was captured, along with his deputy, by al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra last week near...
  • Growing signs Schumer will oppose Iran deal

    08/03/2015 7:20:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/03/2015 | By MANU RAJU and BURGESS EVERETT
    Chuck Schumer is getting an earful from opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. More than 10,000 phone calls have flooded his office line the past two weeks, organized by a group looking to kill the deal. Another group has dropped seven figures on TV in New York City to pressure Schumer and other lawmakers to vote against the plan. The powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee has put its muscle behind an effort to lobby the New Yorker against it. And Dov Hikind, a state assemblyman from Brooklyn, was arrested for disorderly conduct while protesting the deal outside Schumer’s office....
  • New Q-poll shows Americans oppose Iran deal 2:1

    08/03/2015 7:17:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The more that the American people get a chance to look at the nuclear deal with Iran, the less they like it. Prior to the announcement of a deal (and the details of its commitments), public opinion favored a deal while remaining skeptical that it would stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. A week after the deal, a Pew poll showed a plurality opposed, 38/48; two weeks out, a CNN poll showed a majority opposed at 44/52.A new Quinnipiac poll shows a stronger majority opposed, but the worst aspect for the Obama administration is the collapse in support. Only...
  • Donald Trump pays “as little as possible” in taxes [Yeah… Him and everyone else with a brain]

    08/03/2015 7:15:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s probably a sign of the times which defines this span of every quadrennial cycle as the silly season, but the media can manage to take any comment from the candidates – be it ever so trivial – and figure out a way to turn it into a controversy. With that in mind it probably won’t come as any surprise that when Donald Trump was tagged for the Sunday shows, a question which seems like one of the most obvious things in the world immediately turned into a punditry dust-up. What did the interviewer want to know? How much...
  • Harper Launches Campaign for October 19 Election

    08/03/2015 6:30:58 AM PDT · by xp38 · 9 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 2 2015 | Mark Kennedy
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper fired the starting pistol Sunday for an 11-week political marathon that will end Oct. 19, when voters decide whether he deserves a fourth straight mandate. Harper met with Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall Sunday morning and asked for the dissolution of Parliament to make way for the election. Soon after, he emerged to confirm that the race is formally underway.
  • Immigration Bill: Landlords 'must evict' illegal immigrants

    08/03/2015 5:57:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 3, 2015
    Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration. They will be able to end tenancies, sometimes without a court order, when asylum requests fail, ministers say. Landlords will also be required to check a migrant's status in advance of agreeing a lease. Repeat offenders could face up to five years in prison. Financial support for failed asylum seekers will also end under the plans. Some 10,000 currently continue to receive a taxpayer-funded allowance of Ł36 a week, despite their applications having been rejected, because...
  • Jeh Johnson: It's "Critical" We Don't Call ISIS "Islamic Extremism"

    08/03/2015 4:07:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 55 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 3, 2015 | Pam Key
    Last week at the The Aspen Security Forum 2015 held by The Aspen Institute, Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said it is “critical” we do not refer to ISIS as “Islamic extremism.”
  • N. Korea: Drug diet fad emerges among elite

    08/03/2015 3:41:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2015-08-03 | Kang Mi Jin
    Drug diet fad emerges among elite Kang Mi Jin | 2015-08-03 17:48 The repressed appetite and heightened sense of stimulation offered by crystal methamphetamine, otherwise known as crystal meth, has made it an increasingly popular option for dieting among the wives of Party cadres and trade workers in North Korea. The growing practice has led to mounting concerns about substance abuse problems within the country, Daily NK has learned. “More wives of cadres and traders these days are purchasing methamphetamine,” a source from Yanggang Province told Daily NK. “Those who are already addicted use them for pleasure, and there has...
  • Muslim Immigration Puts Half a Million U.S. Girls at Risk of Genital Mutilation

    08/03/2015 2:29:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/2/15 | Julia Hahn
    A June report from the Instituto Cervantes, a group created to promote the Spanish language, documented how four decades of mass immigration to the United States has made America the world’s second-largest Spanish-speaking country.But a petition from the womens’ group Equality Now reveals that immigration has put the United States on a list that will be much more difficult for progressive immigration enthusiasts to cheer. A massive influx of immigrants from Muslim-populated countries in Africa and the Middle East has led the group to conclude that more than half a million girls in the U.S. are in danger of having...
  • AIPAC chooses sides: It picks Bibi over its own supporters, US Jews [Barf Alert]

    08/03/2015 2:21:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 8/2/15 | Uri Savir
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now at his best. He thrives when he runs political campaigns; he is the master of using scare tactics to elicit public support. His current campaign is geared toward members of the US Congress and Israeli public opinion. He is determined to fight US President Barack Obama on his own political turf, siding with the Republicans, and to be perceived in Israel as the ultimate “defender of the Jewish people.” To him, this is about history, or rather about history books.Netanyahu has engaged the most effective lobby in Congress — the American Israel Public...
  • After Deal, Europeans Are Eager to Do Business in Iran

    08/03/2015 12:27:16 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2015 | By ALISSA J. RUBIN
    PARIS — Before the ink was even dry on the Iran nuclear deal, European leaders and executives were heading to the airport to restart trade with an Iranian market described in almost feverish terms as “an El Dorado” and potential “bonanza.” Germany sent a delegation five days after the signing of the accord in Vienna on July 14. The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, arrived in Tehran on Wednesday. Italian government ministers will get there on Tuesday. Business leaders are to follow soon. They will include 70 to 80 top executives of France’s largest companies in September. Despite the hints...
  • Video MI28 Night Hunter helicopter crash at the site Dubrovich

    08/02/2015 6:42:12 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 14 replies
    See video at link Obvious tail rotor failure. Watch closely at :07. Looks like flare fails to fully eject near starboard forward area of a/c. Possibly then hit tail rotor.
  • Behind the Lines: Erdogan’s bait and switch

    08/02/2015 5:36:38 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jonathan Spyer
    Turkey’s recent intervention aims to prevent the emergence of a de facto Kurdish sovereignty stretching along its southeastern border The latest events in northern Syria constitute a bold move by the Turkish leadership to deal with a most pressing problem, from their point of view. That problem is not the continued existence of the Assad regime, far to the south. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would certainly like to see the end of this regime. But its continued truncated existence between Damascus and the coast and in isolated spots elsewhere does not constitute an immediate danger for the Turkish leader. (snip)...
  • U.S. to Use Air Power to Defend Syria Force

    08/02/2015 3:17:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 54 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 2, 2015 | ADAM ENTOUS
    President Barack Obama has authorized the use of air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria should it come under attack from Syrian government forces or other groups, officials said, in a move that could increase the risk of the U.S. coming into direct conflict with the Assad regime. The decision ends a months’ long debate over the role the U.S. military should play in supporting its few allies on the battlefield and comes as the U.S. and Turkey discussed joint operations to clear a zone along the Turkish-Syrian border of Islamic State militants. Turkish officials wanted...
  • As U.S. influence in Asia falters, allies increasingly look to themselves

    08/02/2015 4:49:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2015 | Peter Apps, global defence correspondent
    Three years after the Obama administration announced its “pivot to Asia,” American allies in the region are looking somewhat unconvinced. While no one disputes that managing China and its multiple neighborhood conflicts remains on Washington’s radar, this effort is often overshadowed by other priorities. In particular, the Middle East and confrontation with Russia — both historic preoccupations that had been expected to subside — keep on emerging at the top of the agenda. The result is relatively simple. Those countries in Asia most worried by China — Japan, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and others — are increasingly banding together....
  • Venezuela’s Socialist Paradise: No Food, No Beer, No Toilet Paper, No Freedom

    08/02/2015 4:26:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2015 | S. Noble
    The Socialist Utopia has come to Venezuela and so has triple-digit inflation. Inflation is soaring at about 65%, murder rates are the second highest in the world, they don’t have food, chocolate,cooking oil, sugar, beer, shampoo, chicken, beef or even toilet paper. Businesses put the blame on the socialist government’s economic policies and the government blames it on everyone else. A number of U.S. movie stars have gone to Venezuela many times to applaud their regime and compare their economy to ours. Sean Penn was one. ... American leftists cheered the Socialist government and the social justice he forced on...
  • Will Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador Improve LGBT Rights In Vietnam? [Isaiah 24 - Exporting Sodomy]

    08/02/2015 4:01:33 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    New America Media ^ | 5/21/2014 | Staff
    (VNRN) - Any new U.S. Ambassador will always attract the attention of Vietnamese everywhere, but when President Barack Obama nominated Asia pro Ted Osius, it generated a little more than the usual high interest. You see, Osius is openly gay. Regardless of whether the nominee’s sexual orientation was a factor, the nomination hopefully will usher in more LGBT rights in Vietnam. Certainly Osius is qualified to be ambassador. He has served as Deputy Chief of Mission before, in Indonesia from 2009 to 2012. For the past year, he has been an Associate Professor at the National War College. Osius had...
  • French riot police disperse migrants at Channel Tunnel

    08/02/2015 1:37:56 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Aug. 2, 2015
    French riot police have sprayed migrants with a chemical irritant as they tried to storm the Channel Tunnel, and the British and French interior ministers said the nightly attempts to reach Britain are part of a "global migration crisis" that needs an international solution.
  • Wise-cracking US celebrities endorse Iran deal

    08/02/2015 1:27:21 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | 31 July 15 | Unattributed
    Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy. The video uploaded this week onto YouTube comes as President Barack Obama's administration tries to sell the agreement to the public and a sceptical Congress.
  • The friendship that Nazi Germany couldn't destroy

    08/02/2015 12:05:35 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 17th July 2015 | Joe Shute
    'Joe Shute reveals how a son’s mission to honour his father uncovered one of the most dramatic - and touching - stories of the Second World War.'
  • The UK: The Small Island with Big Influence

    08/02/2015 12:03:58 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Hands Across The Pond ^ | 30th July 2015 | Wesley Hutchins
    Two years ago during the G-20 Summit, a spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin reportedly said that Britain was a “small island no one listens to.” British Prime Minister David Cameron accepted the official line from the Russians that such remarks were not made, but nevertheless responded with a robust defense of the United Kingdom. “Britain may be a small island”, he said, “but I would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart, or greater resilience.” He focused on this small island doing its bit in being resolute throughout World War II in the...
  • Breaking a Taboo: Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape

    08/02/2015 11:15:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 30, 2015 – 04:47 PM | Michael Sauga, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult
    History has shown that when a government wants to solidify its power, it has to turn its subjects into taxpayers. The Roman Empire demanded high tribute payments from every tribe it had newly conquered. And the United States developed from a commonwealth to a federal state when, in the 18th century, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton achieved uniform duties and taxes for the entire union, initially on whiskey, because it was so lucrative. Politicians in the eurozone are now seeking to emulate the historic model from the early years of the United States. The unnerving bargaining over the latest Greece bailout...
  • Jerusalem Gay Pride: Israel teenage stabbing victim dies

    08/02/2015 10:36:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    A teenage girl who was stabbed at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem has died from her wounds. Shira Banki, 16, was one of six people attacked at the event on Thursday........ Yishal Schlissel, an ultra Orthodox Jew, who carried out a similar attack in 2005, was arrested at the scene. Dramatic images showed the suspect reaching inside his coat and raising a knife above his head. He then began stabbing marchers while screaming, before being tackled by a police officer....
  • Perhaps Aliens like Continuous Streaming, Too

    08/02/2015 8:59:19 AM PDT · by null and void · 13 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:36am | Suzanne Tracy
    The Voyager Golden Record recordings are now available on Soundcloud, which means that anyone with an Internet connection can experience NASA’s “time capsule” for themselves, knowing that the originals are still traveling through empty space or the heliosphere.The Voyager Golden Records, included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977, are phonograph records — 12-inch gold-plated copper disks — containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life on Earth. They include 115 analog-encoded photographs, spoken greetings from Earth-people in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of a variety of natural sounds — such as those made by surf,...
  • Are we on the threshold of a United States of Europe?

    08/02/2015 7:50:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 27 July 2015 1:41PM | Matthew Dal Santo
    Four days ago, French President François Hollande declared his in-principle commitment to the creation of a “euro government, with the addition of a specific budget and a parliament to ensure democratic control.” This is more an opening gambit in a debate about the terms of putative federalization (a term Hollande was careful to avoid), than a statement of French commitment to it at all costs. If some form of federalization comes about, it will not be because the French especially desire it, but because the logic of the Euro ultimately demands it. […] Germany is also in a better position...
  • Obama: If Congress Blocks My Iran Deal, I’ll Ignore The Law & Do It Anyway

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  • Ammunition for the Royal Saudi Land Forces

    08/02/2015 6:55:09 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 8 replies
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  • N. Korea shifts entries of border-area howitzer bunkers northward

    08/02/2015 6:00:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/02
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