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  • Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials (administration has 3 theories)

    04/18/2015 12:47:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war. Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials. Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis. Iran sent...
  • Obama demands 'welcoming' for illegals 'Centralized' plan needed to 'take care of their needs'

    04/17/2015 10:52:45 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | April 17, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Illegals being processed at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas last year. President Obama’s White House Task Force on Creating Welcoming Communities unveiled its recommendations Friday for a national strategy to “integrate” millions of immigrants and refugees into cities and towns across the U.S. The chair of the task force, Obama’s domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muńoz, said her focus is on making sure Obama’s historic immigration policies get “institutionalized” so they will live on long after she and her boss are gone from the White House. Obama created the task force Nov. 21 when he announced his plan...
  • Men Arrested in Melbourne Over Alleged 'ISIS-Inspired' Anzac Day Terrorist Plot

    04/17/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by kristinn · 5 replies
    Australia ABC ^ | (Saturday) April 18, 2015
    Counterterrorism police have alleged two of the five men they arrested in an operation in Melbourne were planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on an Anzac Day ceremony. The two men, an 18-year-old Hallam man and an 18-year-old Hampton Park man, were arrested this morning during a major joint counterterrorism team operation. Another man was arrested for weapons offences and two other men were in custody assisting police with their enquiries, after seven search warrants were executed as part of Operation Rising. The Australian Federal Police said they believed the two 18-year-olds were plotting an attack to take place on...
  • Melbourne terror plot: raids live coverage

    04/17/2015 8:09:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 18th April 2015
    LATEST: PREMIER Daniel Andrews says security will be stepped up across Victoria after police allege they’d foiled Anzac Day terror attack in Melbourne by ISIS-inspired teens. Police allege they have foiled the terrorism attack against serving police officers involving “associates’’ of the dead Melbourne terrorist Numan Haider. The Australian Federal Police counter-terrorism chief Neil Gaughan confirmed details of the terror plot today following raids across Melbourne. Two teenagers were arrested in relation to allegations they were “planning a terrorist attack in Australia’’. “It is alleged both men were undertaking preparations for a terrorist attack at an Anzac Day event in...
  • Grassley to Holder: Why Is The VA Putting So Many Veterans on Your Federal Gun Ban List?

    04/17/2015 5:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich, editor
    Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing deep concerns over Veterans Affairs evaluations classifying veterans as "mentally defective" and banning them in the federal background check system from purchasing or owning a firearm. According to Grassley's office, the VA "reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits," keeping them from exercising their Second Amendment rights. (Bolding is mine) "The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is effectively a national gun ban list and placement on the list precludes...
  • Five Points on the Iran Deal

    04/17/2015 3:21:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-17-15 | William Kristol
    I've received several inquiries asking me to spell out some implications of this week's editorial. Here goes: 1) No deal is better than a bad Iran deal. And a bad Iran deal is not just a foreign policy setback. It's a foreign policy disaster. 2) The administration is heading toward a bad deal (see Kissinger-Schultz, and now even James Baker). 3) The Corker bill only helps, if it does, after a deal has been signed—and then 67 votes in the Senate and 290 in the House are needed to overturn a deal. That's unlikely. And a lot of damage in...
  • Citi Economist Says It Might Be Time to Abolish Cash [Zech 5]

    04/17/2015 2:48:36 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    YaLibnan ^ | 4/17/2015 | Staff
    The world's central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy. In a new piece, Citi's Willem Buiter looks at this problem, which is known as the effective lower bound (ELB) on nominal interest rates. Fundamentally, the...
  • The King of Clubs is dead: Former Saddam henchman, ISIS commander, on US most-wanted list, killed

    04/17/2015 2:36:54 PM PDT · by dead · 33 replies
    A fugitive Iraqi militant leader and the former right-hand man of Saddam Hussein has reportedly been killed in a skirmish. Iraqi officials said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri had died in fighting with government troops in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. Al-Douri, 72, headed the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, an important faction behind the recent rise of ISIS. He was one of Saddam's most trusted henchmen, helping to lead his 1968 bloodless coup. Both Al-Douri and Saddam came from the same Tikriti tribal background. He was then deputy to Saddam when he was deposed following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Following...
  • Ukrainian Parliament Bans Communist, Nazi Propaganda

    04/17/2015 2:05:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Ukraine's parliament has voted to ban "propaganda of the totalitarian communist and Nazi regimes," a major rebuke to the country's Soviet-era masters in Moscow and to Russia. A total of 254 members of the 450-seat Vekhovna Rada voted on April 9 in favor of the legislation in the former Soviet republic, which is deeply at odds with Russia over its annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in a conflict that has killed more than 6,000 people. Under the legislation, the communist government that ruled between 1917 and 1991 -- the Soviet era -- is condemned as a criminal regime...
  • Could Christianity Be Driven From Middle East?

    04/17/2015 1:48:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 April 2015
    Can Christianity survive, in the face of persecution and conflict, in the region of its birth? The BBC's Jane Corbin travelled across the Middle East - through Iraq and Syria - to investigate the plight of Christians, as hundreds of thousands flee Islamic militancy in the region.As I climbed the steep mountain path above the plain of Nineveh, Iraq, the sound of monks chanting and the smell of incense drifted out of the 4th Century monastery of St Matthew. Once, 7,000 monks worshipped here when Christianity was the official religion of the Roman empire. Almost the whole population was Christian...
  • Turkey accuses EU of 'enmity' over 1915 Armenian genocide recognition

    04/17/2015 1:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/15 | Richard Spencer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has accused the EU of declaring “enmity” on his country as next week’s centenary commemorations of the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire descend into bitter rows over what to call them. Both the European Parliament and Pope Francis this week referred to the killings as a genocide, a term recognised by much of the rest of the world but fiercely disputed by Turkey. The European decision prompted a furious response from Mr Erdogan. “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to...
  • China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea'

    04/17/2015 10:37:38 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 17, 2015 | AFP News
    China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross in the Spratly Islands was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works to turn it into an island in late 2014.
  • Vote For Iraq War Underscores Hillary's Greatest Weakness

    04/17/2015 10:25:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    So far, of the declared candidates for president, the only one who voted for the Iraq War is the Democrat. I recently made that observation on Twitter and the response was instructive. I will refrain from reprinting the more piquant language from Hillary Clinton's supporters, but one common theme was that I am a fool. Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio weren't in the Senate for the Iraq war vote, many shrieked. Well, exactly. In case you haven't been paying attention, you might be interested to know that the Iraq War was not popular, especially among Democrats. If...
  • Obama administration “declined to organize a rescue mission” for Americans in Yemen?

    04/17/2015 9:22:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The collapse of Yemen into a failed state has trapped between 3,000 and 4,000 American citizens in the country, caught between al-Qaeda and Houthi Islamists and the military action against both from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Almost until the moment that the Hadi government was put to flight, the White House has insisted that its counterterrorism efforts in Yemen had been a model of success. The final collapse appears to have caught the Obama administration so off-guard that it didn’t have time to organize an evacuation for Americans still left, and McClatchy’s John Zarocostas reports that no rescue plans...
  • Larry King Slams Gun Ownership: 'Beyond Comprehension' to Civil Brits

    04/17/2015 9:15:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    newsbusters.com ^ | 4/16/2015 | Scott Whitlock
    Some may be surprised at this revelation, but Larry King still has a television show. The former CNN host is now on the propaganda outfit Russia Today, as well as Ora TV. On Wednesday, the reliably liberal host pushed gun control in a segment on the Second Amendment. Talking to Chuck Michel of the NRA, the anchor sneered, "So, when Sandy Hook happens, does the NRA feel bad?" Referencing the British, King mused, "I interviewed the head of Scotland Yard once and he could not believe that Americans own guns. It was beyond his comprehension that you could have a...
  • Chlorine ‘gas attack’ video moves U.N. delegates to tears

    04/17/2015 8:33:47 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 17 April 2015
    -excerpt A Syrian doctor who treated victims from half a dozen attacks over the past month, Mohammad Tennari was helped out of the country by the United States, which arranged for the closed-door briefing. He is the first witness to describe the attacks. He showed a video of a suspected chlorine attack on March 16 in his town of Sarmin in Idlib province, with images of three children, ages 1 through 3, dying despite attempts to resuscitate them. The medical area was so cramped that one of the children was lying on top of their grandmother, who also died. “Everyone...
  • Reports: Bombing Near U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq

    04/17/2015 8:28:22 AM PDT · by kristinn · 21 replies
    Twitter | Friday, April 17, 2015 | Kristinn
    Reports and photos from the Kurdish Regional Government capital of Irbil in northern Iraq that bombing attack took place near the U.S. consulate.Large explosion near US consulate in #erbil followed by gunfire Source.An explosion in #Ainkawa #Erbil close to #US consulate #TwitterKurds Source.I am at the scene my camera a bi explosion rocks ankawa erbil the christian city Source with video at link.Just shot this and was shot at live bullets , ankawa erbil bad daySource.Many injuries i watched several foreigners injured #ankawa #erbil Source.
  • More combat ships on way from European shipyards

    04/17/2015 8:21:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 04/17/2015 | Richard Tomkins
    TRIESTE, Italy, April 17 (UPI) -- Italian shipbuilder Orizzonte Sistemi Navali and DCNS of France have announced the construction of combat vessels for the navies of Italy and Egypt. Orizzonte Sistemi Navali S.p.A. said that OCCAR, the European Union agency in charge of multinational weapons procurement projects, had notified them that the Italian Navy was exercising a contract option to obtain two FREMM frigates. The frigates would be the ninth and tenth for Italy under the Italian-French FREMM, or Multi Mission European Frigates, program. The value of the option exercise carries a value of about $818.1 million. "Considering the effort...
  • Saddam Hussein aide, insurgent leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri reported killed in Iraq: Iraqi governor

    04/17/2015 8:02:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/17/2015
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A former aide to late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq's insurgency, Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, may have been killed by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias involved in an operation against insurgent forces. Raed al-Jubouri, the governor of Salahuddin province, told al-Arabiya television that al-Douri had been killed, and the station broadcast a photo of a dead man who looked like al-Douri. "This is a major victory for those involved in the operation," al-Jubouri said. "He is considered a mastermind for this terrorist group," he said, referring to Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda...
  • Box office hit! Film shatters lies about Vietnam

    04/17/2015 7:58:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/17/2015 | Chelsea Schilling
    It’s is a vividly accurate, cutting-edge film about one of the most shockingly misunderstood wars in American history – and it took Westminster, California, by storm when it premiered there this month, selling more than $30,000 in tickets in just three days during its limited release at a single movie theater. Overall, the film brought in $50,923 in a week of showings at the Regency Westminster 10 theater from March 27 to April 2. The film profits will support four charities: Semper Fi Fund, Agape International Missions, Field of Dreams and Allegiant Giving. “I’ve been waiting 40 years for this...
  • ISIS attacks Ramadi: It’s way worse than we’re being told

    04/17/2015 7:52:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    allenwest.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Allen West
    One of the best lessons I learned in my years of service in the military is a quote often share with y’all: “the enemy has a vote.” You can try and sell the American people — and others — a politicized line such as “al-Qaida has been decimated and destroyed” or “we have reached the framework of a deal with Iran” or “ISIS is not Islamic,” but the bad guys are not affected by empty rhetoric. And here we go again with the Obama administration and the conflagration against Islamic terrorism. We’ve been told that ISIS has stalled. Their recruiting...
  • Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage

    04/17/2015 7:35:32 AM PDT · by jda · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 16 April 2015
    Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident. Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in Palermo Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea by the ship Ellensborg. The 15 were accused of multiple homicide aggravated by religious hatred, police said in a...
  • Army morale low despite 6-year, $287 million optimism program

    04/17/2015 7:24:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 17, 2015 | Gregg Zoroya
    More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show. Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52 percent, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as "I rarely count on good things happening to me." Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs. The results stem from resiliency assessments that soldiers are required to...
  • Bordering On Catastrophe: ISIS Camp on US Border?

    04/17/2015 7:02:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 17, 2015 | Michael Cutler
    Bordering On Catastrophe: ISIS Camp on US Border?Posted By Michael Cutler On April 17, 2015 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Time and again reports have surfaced from various sources along the U.S./Mexican border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico. On April 14, 2015 Judicial Watch posted a chilling report, “ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm” [1] that was, purportedly based on information provided to Judicial Watch by a “Mexican Army field grade officer” and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.This is the report as posted by Judicial Watch: ISIS...
  • Security expert pulled off flight by FBI after exposing airline tech vulnerabilities

    04/17/2015 4:56:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 48 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    One of the world’s foremost experts on counter-threat intelligence within the cybersecurity industry, who blew the whistle on vulnerabilities in airplane technology systems in a series of recent Fox News reports, has become the target of an FBI investigation himself. Chris Roberts of the Colorado-based One World Labs, a security intelligence firm that identifies risks before they're exploited, said two FBI agents and two uniformed police officers pulled him off a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 commercial flight Wednesday night just after it landed in Syracuse, and spent the next four hours questioning him about cyberhacking of planes. The FBI interrogation...
  • Reid: Women "More Patient", Less Inclined To War Then Men

    04/17/2015 4:09:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) stated that “women appear to me to be more patient” and not as inclined to go to war as men in an interview broadcast on Thursday’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.
  • The ‘Hyundaization’ of the Global Arms Industry

    04/17/2015 3:45:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/05/2015 | JOE KATZMAN
    Precision weapons and networked targeting have helped maintain America’s military superiority for decades. But technology marches on. New defense exporters are joining the global game with advanced and well-priced offerings, creating potential threats to the U.S. and its allies, and weakening Western influence. The Pentagon has a plan to cope with these evolving threats, but is it enough? To understand what’s happening, consider the global automotive industry. South Korea’s Hyundai Motors became a serious global competitor by leveraging the rapid diffusion of technology, an initial edge in cheap labor, and a “good enough” product for value buyers. Their success wasn’t...
  • 300 US Troops In Ukraine To Train Ukrainian Forces: US Army

    04/17/2015 2:58:37 AM PDT · by Strategy · 123 replies
    AFP ^ | April 17, 2015
    About 300 US paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine to train the Ukrainian National Guard which is fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east, the US army said in a statement. The troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday in Yavoriv, western Ukraine, to spend six months training three battalions of Ukrainian troops, said the statement dated Thursday.
  • Turkish Leaders Invoke Crusades, Inquisition in Reaction to Pope’s Armenian ‘Genocide’ Comment

    04/17/2015 2:43:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/17/15 | Patrick Goodenough
    As Turkey’s leaders fume over Pope Francis’ use of the term “genocide” to describe mass killings of Armenian Christians a century ago, the country’s top religious figure invoked the crusades and said the furor would accelerate a controversial scheme to turn Istanbul’s most famous historical church into a mosque.“The statement that the Catholic world’s spiritual leader delivered three days ago, saying Armenians had been subjected to a genocide, is extremely spectacular,” Mefail Hizli, the mufti of Ankara, said in a written statement, Hurriyet daily reported.Hizli said the pontiff’s comment “reflected a modern color of the crusader wars launched in these...
  • Undocumented immigrant toolkit includes ‘do not deport me’ card

    04/16/2015 11:19:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Zorro Noticias Latino ^ | April 16, 2015 | Aalia Shaheed
    One congressman is spearheading an effort to help undocumented immigrants avoid deportation with what some are calling a “get out of deportation” free card. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and other House Democrats have created the Family Defender Toolkit, an informational pamphlet that includes an “emergency card” that lists the reasons why a person should not be deported. “By using this card after you’ve been arrested or detained, you can explain that under the policy in place today, you should be released because you are not a priority for deportation,” said Rep. Gutiérrez in an introductory video. …
  • Rubio vs. Cruz is the most important foreign policy battle of 2016

    04/16/2015 11:06:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2015 | Philip Klein
    When it comes to foreign policy, the 2016 Republican presidential race is often presented as a contrast between Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and everybody else. As the narrative goes, Paul has a record of advocating for less intervention in foreign affairs, while the rest of the field has endorsed a more muscular posture. But this is an oversimplification. Though the differences Paul has with the rest of the party deserve attention, a far more interesting — and important — debate is the one likely to emerge between Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas. On the surface,...
  • Clinton Foundation to Drop Saudi Donations After Firestorm

    04/16/2015 9:55:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 4/16/2015, 7:49 AM | Yaakov Levi
    The Clinton Foundation will continue to accept donations from foreign countries—but not from Saudi Arabia, donations from which have set off an embarrassing protest movement against newly-declared Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton resigned from the Foundation’s Board of Directors last week as protests mounted in the media and on the campaign trail over the family foundation’s acceptance of donations from Saudi Arabia, which denies women many of the rights Clinton and the foundation claim to stand for. …
  • Patriotic fervour on the rise in Russia

    04/16/2015 8:00:27 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 April 2015 | Bridget Kendall
    In a car park outside a block of flats in Moscow, a dozen Russian teenagers in camouflage are practising army drills. A young lieutenant barks out orders. They form a wobbly line and march up and down on the spot. Inside another group of kids are learning how to handle weapons - firing blanks down an empty hall way to improve their aim. This after-school club is ostensibly part of a drugs prevention programme: a programme of evening activities with a patriotic military slant, aimed at keeping local kids away from drinking and shooting up. But for the club's organiser,...
  • Russia Rolls Out a New Infantry Fighting Vehicle — Its First Since the Cold War

    04/16/2015 7:29:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/16/2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    Two videos uploaded to the Internet purportedly reveal RussiaÂ’s first truly new infantry fighting vehicles in decades and a new self-propelled howitzer. One of the videos even shows intriguing closeups of whatÂ’s probably RussiaÂ’s new Armata tank. If the videos are authentic, itÂ’s a sign that the KremlinÂ’s long-delayed rearmament plans are making progress. Unknown videographers captured the footage at the Alabino training grounds, a base about 29 miles southwest of Moscow where Russian forces rehearse for the annual May 9 Victory Day parade in Red Square. The parade celebrates the Soviet Union victory over Nazi Germany during World War...
  • Boeing Will Offer Modified Harpoon Missile for Littoral Combat Ships

    04/16/2015 7:18:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    An artist’s representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image Hoping to build off of the Navy’s extensive inventory of existing anti-surface missiles, Boeing plans to compete a modified version of the Harpoon RGM-84 anti-ship missile (ASM) for the over the horizon ASM capability for the Littoral Combat Ship and the modified LCS Frigate program, the company announced on Tuesday during the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2015. Boeing’s bid would add a new warhead and a reconstituted engine for a range of more than 130 nautical miles — up from the about 70 nautical mile range of the current Block...
  • Bergdahl's platoon mates: Head of Joint Chiefs knew he walked off base in 2009

    04/16/2015 6:39:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his base in Afghanistan June 30, 2009, and by December of that same year, the president's principal military adviser, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, knew those details, according to three of Bergdahl's platoon mates who spoke to Fox News. "I asked him (Mullen) if he knew about Bergdahl and that he deserted and he (Mullen) told me that he knew of the circumstances surrounding his walking off," former Sgt. Matt Vierkant told Fox,"(and) that they were developing leads and following leads, trying to do everything they could to get him...
  • [Pakistan] Christian Missionary Wounded in Apparent Terrorist Shooting

    04/16/2015 6:21:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    CBN ^ | 4/16/15 | Abigail Robertson
    A Christian missionary is critically wounded after being shot in the head in Karachi, Pakistan, in an apparent terrorist attack.Fifity-five year old Debra Lobo was hit twice when four men fired shots from motorbikes as she was leaving work. Lobo has lived in Pakistan for thirty years and is married with two children. She serves as vice-principal of Jinnah Medical and Dental College. Lobo has been hospitalized with two bullet wounds, one in the chin and one in the arm.According to police, "The initial investigation suggest that this was a pre-planned terrorist attack and was made over the lady because...
  • Putin: S-300 delivery to Iran will not threaten Israel

    04/16/2015 5:54:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 4/16/15
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Iran's willingness and flexibility in trying to find a solution with the West over its nuclear program had spurred his decision to lift a 2010 ban to deliver an S-300 missile defense system to Tehran, adding that the advanced Russian unit would not pose a threat to Israel. But the president, in his annual televised call-in show, said Russia would still work "as one" with its partners in the United Nations over Iran and that deliveries of the S-300 would work as a deterrent in the Middle East. "And now with the...
  • China tells military to be on guard against "liberalism"

    04/16/2015 5:48:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/16/15
    China's military ordered its forces on Thursday to be on guard against "liberalism" and ensure their loyalty to the ruling Communist Party, the latest battle in President Xi Jinping's war against corruption in the services. The People's Liberation Army, the world's largest armed forces, "must put the orders of the party into action, must maintain and uphold the correct political beliefs, must guard against and rectify political liberalism", the military said in a statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency.
  • Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage

    04/16/2015 5:05:04 PM PDT · by LucyT · 26 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 16, 2015 | Staff
    ROME (AP) — Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident. Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria..."
  • Mexico scrambles to find stolen radioactive material

    04/16/2015 3:19:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/15/2015 | By Laurent Tho
    Mexico City (AFP) - Authorities appealed for help among Mexico's population on Thursday to locate stolen radioactive material, the latest theft of such dangerous substances in the country. The interior ministry issued an alert in five southern and eastern states late Wednesday, two days after a toolbox-sized container carrying the Iridium-192 source was snatched from a truck in a residential parking lot in Cardenas, Tabasco state. Luis Felipe Puente, the national civil protection coordinator, urged ordinary Mexicans to be on the lookout and notify the authorities right away if they find the material, which is used for industrial radiography to...
  • Barack Obama a failure on world stage

    04/16/2015 2:55:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 31 replies
    The Australian ^ | 17th April 2015 | Graham Richardson
    There is a question I keep asking myself — is Barack Obama to blame for failing on virtually every front imaginable? I want the answer to be in the negative so badly that I fear I may be shutting out an ugly reality. Domestically and internationally, the US President’s policies have been a mix of brilliance and failure. On foreign policy I had hoped for so much from him. After an inarticulate fool such as George W. Bush, the world deserved something special from America. At the time of his election Obama was the answer most of us were seeking........
  • Cuban Accountability

    04/16/2015 2:12:24 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 7 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | February 10, 2015 | John Lowery
    Whatever one thinks of President Barack Obama’s overtures to Cuba and the accompanying prisoner exchange, an important consideration in need of immediate attention is an accounting of our servicemen captured in the Vietnam War and imprisoned in Cuban-operated POW camps. Of utmost importance is an accounting of the 17 American airmen captured in North Vietnam and then taken to Cuba for medical experiments in torture techniques.
  • Russian museum exhibits MH17 plane fragment for Victory Day show

    04/16/2015 2:12:18 PM PDT · by free_life · 12 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | April 16, 2015
    The fragment forms part of an exhibition marking 70 years since end of WWII A Russian museum plans to exhibit a plane fragment from downed flight MH17, despite the fact Dutch investigators are still combing the area for evidence to establish who exactly shot down the Boeing 777. Local media published photos of the fragment brought from the militant-held area of Donetsk by a Russian veteran's organisation, to the museum in the Russian coastal town of Eisk near the Ukrainian border. The so-called souvenir will form part of an exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over...
  • Russia blames U.S. for security crises and turmoil in Ukraine

    04/16/2015 12:33:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | GABRIELA BACZYNSKA
    Top Russian officials accused the United States on Thursday of seeking political and military dominance and sought to put blame on the West for international security crises, including the conflict in east Ukraine. Evoking Cold War-style rhetoric, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said a drive by the United States and its allies to bring Kiev closer to the West was a threat to Moscow and had forced it to react.
  • Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Pact

    04/16/2015 11:49:33 AM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 April 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    The leaders of Congress’s tax-writing committees reached agreement Thursday on legislation to give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate an ambitious trade accord with 11 other Pacific nations, beginning what is sure to be one of the toughest legislative battles of his last 19 months in office. The “trade promotion authority” bill — likely to be unveiled Thursday afternoon — would give Congress the power to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership once it is completed, but would deny lawmakers the chance to amend what would be the largest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement. Senator Orrin...
  • Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during trip to Italy

    04/16/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and aid groups said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.
  • How 9/11 mastermind revealed to mafia capo an Al Qaeda plot to bring down airliner

    04/16/2015 10:44:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 14, 2013 | Laura Collins
    The FBI had advance warning of an al-Qaeda plot to bring down a commercial airliner on American soil just weeks before the 1996 TWA 800 crash that claimed 230 civilian lives. Now, a series of previously-confidential FBI documents obtained by investigative journalist Peter Lance and seen by MailOnline, provide compelling evidence that the crash was an act of terror orchestrated by the man now believed by many to be the true architect of 9/11. Speaking to MailOnline Lance said: ‘Who wants to have an act of terror on their watch especially an act of terror where an argument could be...
  • ZQI Ammunition Factory Tour

    04/16/2015 10:39:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 4/16/2015 | R Rangel
    Military Arms Channel takes a look at the ZQI ammunition factory in Turkey. How their 5.56 is made. It’s very tedious and it’s apparent that it’s very good quality ammo.
  • Ann Coulter's New Book: How The Left Wants to Turn America Into a Third World Hell Hole

    04/16/2015 10:37:24 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | Apr 14, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Conservative firebrand and staunch amnesty opponent Ann Coulter, author of ten New York Times bestsellers, has released the cover and title of new book: Adios, America: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole. Ann Coulter is back, more fearless than ever. In Adios, America she touches the third rail in American politics, attacking the immigration issue head-on and flying in the face of La Raza, the Democrats, a media determined to cover up immigrants' crimes, churches that get paid by the government for their "charity," and greedy Republican businessmen and campaign consultants—all of whom are...