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  • ISIS Reportedly Selling Christian Artifacts, Turning Churches into Torture Chambers

    12/20/2014 8:59:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. "ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity,” Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the...
  • ( Moslem ) Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    12/20/2014 7:07:31 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    ap ^ | December 20, 2014 | HARUNA UMAR
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. ... have killed thousands of people in a 5-year uprising that has driven some 1.6 million from their homes.
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Abortion supporter and convicted terrorist calls US a terrorist nation (Bill Ayers)

    12/19/2014 7:19:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Saynsumthn Blog ^ | December 18, 2014 | Saynsumthn
    Only months ago convicted Terrorist Bill Ayers signed a pro-abortion petition from Stop Patriarchy, a communist pro-choice group, against Texas law HB2 now closing several abortion clinics in the state. Bill Ayers was a member of the terrorist group the Weather Underground which blew up buildings and terrorized America in the 1960’s. Bill Ayers FBI Weather Underground Now, the former terrorist himself, has conducted an interview with Kourosh Ziabari a reporter with Iran’s leading news outlet Fars News Agerncy, where he calls the United States a “terrorist nation” which is in a “decisive decline.”
  • What’s Really Driving Saudi’s Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 10:50:36 AM PST · by thackney · 42 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 12/19/2014 | Kurt Rippelmeyer
    There are numerous stories, on the internet, regarding the decline of oil prices. Everybody has an opinion or forecast, but unfortunately, they range from the eternal optimist to depths of the ultra deep (well ok the deepwater) drill rig. The majority of these posts talk about the glut in recent months as supply overwhelms the demand. Mostly thanks to slumping economies around the world, especially the largest users of petroleum. There is also significant chatter around the internet about Saudi Arabia (KSA) and their reluctance to curb production, which would help the price of oil go back up, to the...
  • The reason oil could drop as low as $20 per barrel

    12/19/2014 12:11:58 PM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2014 | Anatole Kaletsky
    How low can it go — and how long will it last? The 50 percent slump in oil prices raises both those questions and while nobody can confidently answer the first question (I will try to in a moment), the second is pretty easy. Low oil prices will last long enough for one of two events to happen. The first possibility, the one most traders and analysts seem to expect, is that Saudi Arabia will re-establish OPEC’s monopoly power once it achieves the true geopolitical or economic objectives that spurred it to trigger the slump. The second possibility, one I...
  • Peshmerga finally liberate Yazidis from ISIS after four-month siege

    12/19/2014 1:00:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember the Yazidis? The last we heard about them from the Obama administration, the religious minority had been largely rescued from the genocidal maniacs of ISIS, which had trapped most of them on Mount Sinjar without food and water. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case; thousands of them remained trapped and re-encircled, as the Washington Post reported at the time while the White House insisted any further rescue missions were unnecessary.Four months later, the Kurdish peshmerga finally got them off the mountain:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO A lightning two-day attack by Kurdish peshmerga forces broke the siege of Mount...
  • State Dept: U.S. Nukes Down 85%, From 31,255 to 4,804

    12/19/2014 8:18:55 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 88 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 19, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    'We Still Have More Work To Do'' The State Department's Rose Gottemoeller, under secretary for arms control and international security, spoke at the Brookings Institution Thursday where she reaffirmed the United States' "unassailable" commitment to putting the nuclear weapons genie back in the bottle. Gottemoeller told the attendees at the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative-sponsored event that "the U.S. commitment to achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons is unassailable." She went on to note that the nation's stockpile of active weapons is down 85 percent from maximum cold war levels, falling to 4,804 in 2013...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Iran will either stop, or we will stop them’

    12/19/2014 6:19:06 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | <table style="width:100%">
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ripped the Obama administration’s policies on Israel and Iran at a dinner Sunday evening in New York hosted by a major Jewish group.“What would real presidential leadership look like?” the Texas Republican said, the Dallas Morning News reported. “A real president … would stand up and say on the world stage: Under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Iran will either stop, or we will stop them.”, one of the most outspoken defenders of Israel’s interests, spoke at the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America.The potential 2016 presidential contender condemned...
  • Ah. ha! Geneologists discover that John Kerry is a descendant of Mohammed

    10/01/2004 6:55:16 AM PDT · by Jacksonville Patriot · 51 replies · 1,433+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2004 | John McCaslin
    Walking U.N. Perhaps Sen. John Kerry does have an advantage after all over President Bush in understanding the complex political issues of the Middle East. New research by Burke's Peerage reveals that Mr. Kerry is the only presidential candidate in U.S. history who has genealogical descent from Muslims, Jews and Christians. "Senator Kerry ... is a virtual walking United Nations," says Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's. Mr. Kerry is kinsman of the Shi'ite shahs of Persia (the most famous was Shah Abbas I, who reigned from 1587 to 1629), as well as the Muslim kings of Tunisia, all of...
  • OBAMA’S MOVE TO STRENGTHEN CUBA WILL ALSO HELP RUSSIA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUELA

    12/18/2014 11:32:52 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-18-2014 | John Hinderaker
    December 18, 2014 OBAMA’S MOVE TO STRENGTHEN CUBA WILL ALSO HELP RUSSIA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUELA by John Hinderaker President Obama has chosen an odd time to begin a diplomatic and economic relationship with Cuba that undoubtedly will strengthen Cuba’s economy and thereby, in all probability, prolong the rule of the Castro brothers and make it more likely that they will be succeeded by another generation of Communist tyrants. In recent years, Cuba has aligned itself militarily with an international rogues’ gallery: Venezuela, of course, but also Russia, Iran and North Korea. As we noted here, Havana hosted a...
  • Revisionism is Growing

    12/23/2005 8:32:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 568+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-23-05 | Shelomo Alfassa
    The world was shocked when the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared that the Holocaust didn't happen. This is the same man that only weeks before called on the Islamic world to "wipe Israel off the map." His call to battle against the Jewish people and the Jewish state is nothing new, nor are his revisionist statements in regard to the fate of Jews in Europe, Asia and Africa who died as a result of Hitler's death machine. Radicals like Mahmoud throughout the Islamic world have been calling for war against the Jews for decades. The Palestinian National Covenant (Al-Mithaq...
  • Havana Hearts Hezbollah-Castro's controlled media says Israelis are Nazis.

    08/08/2006 5:29:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 135+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | August 8, 2006 | Myles Kantor
    “…a prominent feature of the new anti-Semitism is its use of anti-Israeli politics, sometimes described as anti-Zionism, as a mask for anti-Semitism...anti-Zionism is nothing more than the newest mask worn by hatred.” --Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League[1] War is a monstrosity, but at least it clarifies who a nation’s enemies are. After immense aggression by Hezballah perpetrated from Lebanon, Israel has used aerial and ground forces to deter the Iranian and Syrian-supported “Party of God.”[2] For an idea of Hezballah’s ideology, leader Hassan Nasrallah has called Israel “a cancer that needs to be removed at its roots”...
  • The West Should Not Let Russia Fall Apart

    12/19/2014 3:23:15 AM PST · by edpc · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Cyrus Sinati
    The West shouldn’t stoke the fires engulfing Russia’s wounded economy. Talk in Washington and Brussels this week of levying further economic sanctions on Russia seems counterproductive and will only make matters worse for all parties involved. Like it or not, Russia’s economy has grown simply “too big to fail,” and its political and military might is too dangerous to ignore. The West might have better luck in advancing its goals in the region by helping, not hurting, the Russian bear in its time of need.
  • ISIS Terrorists Run for Their Lives When They Meet Real Soldiers for 1st Time – U.S. Special Forces

    12/18/2014 9:49:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 149 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12-18-2014 | Joseph Perticone
    American troops just had their first real battle with Islamic State militants, after the terror group attempted to overrun Ein al-Asad base in Iraq in the middle of the night Sunday, the Kurdish news outlet Shafaq News reports. The U.S. troops absolutely decimated the militants, forcing a quick retreat. The counterattack was conducted in a joint operation with local tribal forces. The attack occurred at Ein al-Asad base, which currently hosts nearly 100 U.S. military “advisers.” The U.S. troops engaged the militants in tandem with F-18 fighter jets, who provided air support. The battle lasted approximately two hours after an...
  • On Cuba, Obama Had An Ace, And Played A Deuce

    12/18/2014 3:50:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: As the Castros rejoice at President Obama's move to normalize ties, extend trade credits, take their country off the terror list and free its deadly spies, the queasy question remains: What did the U.S. get in return? The question is being asked by the more serious leaders in Washington. Marco Rubio for one. "(Obama's) foreign policy is, at a minimum, naive and perhaps truly counterproductive to the future of democracy in the region," said the Florida senator in the wake of the giveaway. "Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we've had as president since at least Jimmy Carter,...
  • US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

    12/18/2014 12:39:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 12:34 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic. The decision was made at a September meeting of the department’s advisory committee on historical diplomatic documentation and recorded in minutes released this week. The foreign relations records aren’t supposed to be suppressed for longer than three decades. Stephen Randolph, the department’s historian, informed the gathering that the volume on U.S. policy in Iran would be withheld...
  • More US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks

    12/18/2014 11:53:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 2:33 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, who is leading the U.S. campaign to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, said the challenge is to get Iraqi units trained and back into the fight so they can plan operations to regain contested areas such as Mosul. He said that while there has been...
  • Russian ruble weakens as traders see no major measures in Putin speech

    12/18/2014 4:29:48 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Alexander Winning and Vladimir Abramov
    The ruble weakened against the dollar and euro on Thursday with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had so far offered no concrete measures to pull Russia out of a crisis at his end-of-year news conference. At 0954 GMT (04:54 a.m. EST), the ruble was around 3 percent weaker against the dollar at 62.04 RUBUTSTN=MCX after opening more than 1 percent higher. The rouble was also around 2 percent weaker versus the euro at 76.50 EURRUBTN=MCX on the Moscow Exchange.
  • Caroline Glick Just Made Sure that Every European Ambassador Will Think Twice...

    12/17/2014 9:45:15 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    ...Before Opening Their Mouth Glick JPost.com’s Senior Contributing Editor responds resolutely to the Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr’s statement that Israel is better than the Palestinians and therefore being judged by different standards. It almost sounds like a compliment until Ms. Glick takes apart his premise and expalains why his statement is profusely antisemitic. We need more advocates like Caroline Glick. More young people need to learn the facts and continue to defend Israel knowledgably.
  • Palestinians Get Backing From EU Court Ruling, Proposed U.N. Measure

    12/17/2014 6:36:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2013 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Palestinians Get Backing From EU Court Ruling, Proposed U.N. Measure By BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, CAROL J. WILLIAMS A European Union court Wednesday ordered the removal of Hamas from the European Union's list of terrorist organizations, based on a procedural technicality, a ruling that provoked anger from Israel as well as satisfaction from the militant Palestinian movement. A statement from the General Court of the European Union said it annuls the “measures maintaining Hamas on the European list of terrorist organizations.” However, the court said assets seized from Hamas would continue to be frozen pending an appeal. The court ruling coincided with...
  • First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba: One More Very Bad Deal Brokered by the Obama Administration

    12/17/2014 11:42:28 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement to change U.S. policy with Cuba and lift economic embargos. “We rejoice that Alan Gross’ wrongful imprisonment by the brutal Castro regime has finally come to an end, and that he will be able to spend the holidays with his loved ones. But make no mistake, although we are glad Alan is now free, the agreement the Obama Administration has entered into with the Castro regime has done nothing to resolve the underlying problem. Indeed, it has made it worse. “Fidel and Raul...
  • Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

    12/17/2014 7:43:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2014 5:40 PM EST | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to “think big” about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing. The nuclear negotiations with Iran continue and are far from a guaranteed success. But Wednesday’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations after more than 50 years of hostility suggests one of the last chapters...
  • The War Comes to Australia [This terrorist was not a lone wolf]

    12/17/2014 7:52:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/17/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    The hostage saga in Sydney ended in dramatic fashion yesterday as Australian police and SWAT teams stormed a downtown café after a 16-hour standoff with armed hostage taker, Man Haron Monis. Monis, identified as a Muslim cleric with a criminal record that included sexual assault and accessory to murder, was killed during the operation as were two hostages, identified as a male and female in their 30s. Monis, an Iranian national, requested refugee status and asylum in Australia in 1996 and sought to repay Australia’s benevolence by engaging in a vituperative letter-writing campaign directed at the families of fallen...
  • EU Parliament Backtracks on Resolution to Recognize Palestinian State

    12/17/2014 5:05:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 17, 2014
    JNS.org - European Parliament members on Tuesday declined to propose an initially planned motion that would have urged the European Union’s (EU) 28 member nations to recognize a unilaterally established Palestinian state. Instead, the EU Parliament’s lawmakers proposed a resolution asking for the continuation of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Negotiators for the European People’s Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, parties that together hold a majority of the EU Parliament seats, issued a resolution stating that the EU Parliament “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these...
  • EU court orders removal of Hamas from terror blacklist

    12/17/2014 3:44:21 AM PST · by wtd · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 2 hours ago 12/17/2014 | AFP
    EU court orders Hamas removal from terror blacklist"The Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas must be removed from the EU's terrorism blacklist, but its assets will stay frozen, a European court ruled on Wednesday. The original listing in 2001 was...
  • Convicted Terrorist Ayers Appears on Iranian Media to Give a Rebuke of the United States

    12/16/2014 6:37:18 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12/13/2014 | JOSEPH PERTICONE
    Activist turned terrorist Bill Ayers spoke with Iranian news agency Fars News last week, and called the United States a terrorist nation. Ayers is probably best known for his own terrorist activities with the Weather Underground during the 1960s and 1970s. When speaking about what constitutes terrorism and a terrorist state, Ayers said: “U.S. is indeed a terrorist nation.” Then he added: “It’s also the greatest purveyor of violence on earth over the past half century, and the foremost threat to world peace today.”
  • Fact-Finding in the Middle East

    12/16/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    I don’t usually get so personal in these columns, but today I want you to know that I feel particularly blessed. I am in the Holy Land with my friends, Dr. Ben and Candy Carson. Israel is one of my favorite travel destinations in the world. This will be my eighth visit. It is the first trip there for the Carsons and it is truly a privilege to escort them through this remarkable country. Dr. and Mrs. Carson are deeply faithful Christians, who I suspect will soon find themselves enveloped by the deep sense of spirituality that is palpable in...
  • Ten held as France smashes jihadist network

    12/15/2014 10:43:04 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    AFP. ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria ... anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy. ... In recent months France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, has been facing the fact that hundreds of its citizens have openly joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria and have even called for attacks on their homeland. The new reality was driven home in a video from the Islamic State group released...
  • Saudi Arabia’s oil war against Iran and Russia

    12/16/2014 11:13:56 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 47 replies
    The New York Post ^ | Sunday, December 14, 2014 | Ralph Peters
    This week, oil fell through the price floor of $60 a barrel and gas at my local filling station was $2.26 a gallon. That’s great news for commuters and almost every business, but wonderfully bad news for our ugliest enemies. This price plunge has been driven by Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s dominant power. While it’s true that part of Riyadh’s actions respond to the energy renaissance in North America, the greater motivation is breaking Iran’s will. The Saudis believe they can no longer rely on the US to contain Tehran’s imminent nuclear threat, so they’re out to do what our lukewarm...
  • Iran Is Basically Running The Iraqi Government's Air War Against ISIS

    12/16/2014 11:07:12 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 12-16-2014 | Joel Wing
    In November 2014 an Iranian jet was filmed carrying out a bombing mission in Iraq’s Diyala province. Iran was already known to have mobilized its militia allies, sent in advisers and military equipment, and brought in Lebanon’s Hezbollah to help Baghdad. General Qasim Suleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, is all over social media with pictures showing him providing leadership to Iraqi forces.
  • Times reporter’s testimony sought in leak trial (James Risen)

    12/16/2014 10:23:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 16, 2014 12:38 PM EST | Matthew Barakat
    A New York Times reporter will be subpoenaed to answer questions ahead of an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, though a Tuesday hearing indicated there is much confusion about what the journalist may be asked to reveal. Prosecutors say they will not ask James Risen if ex-CIA man Jeffrey Sterling was his anonymous source for part of the 2006 book “State Of War” that detailed a botched CIA effort to cripple Iran’s nuclear program. However, they do want to know if the two had a prior, on-the-record source relationship. Risen’s lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg,...
  • Liberals Will Get Us All Killed

    12/16/2014 9:49:05 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/16/14 | Alan Caruba
    If not resisted, liberals would cause us all to be killed by our nation’s very real foreign enemies and the domestic perpetrators and criminals who prey on our society The news from Sydney, Australia was of another incident in which a lone Islamic fascist took civilians hostage to fulfill a demented notion of a “holy war” on non-believers. After a siege by police two of the hostages he had taken were dead along with the gunman. These attacks are becoming more frequent, referred to as “lone wolf” events, but in a larger context, they represent an effort by al Qaeda...
  • 'I regret to say I am a terrorist'

    12/16/2014 2:17:26 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 18 replies
    Daily Mail Australia ^ | 16 December 2014 | Daniel Piotrowski
    'I regret to say I am a terrorist': Wife of cafe gunman praised Bali bombings and 9/11 in online rant as row rages about why the accused murderer is free on bail •Amirah Droudis, 35, posted series of videos in 2009 •In the videos, she described herself as a terrorist and expressed happiness at the 9/11 attack and Bali bombings •The videos linked to a website of siege gunman Man Haron Monis •Droudis charged with murdering Monis' first wife, and Monis was charged with being an acessory •Outrage has spread that both Droudis and Monis were released on bail •Police...
  • Sydney Siege Gunman Posed as Holy Sheikh In Order to Grope Women – Had 50 Sexual Assault Charges

    12/15/2014 1:51:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-15-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sheik Haron Monis took several hosages today at the Lyndt Cafe in Sydney.Two hostages were killed along with the evil sheikh during the 16 hour ordeal. The hostage taker in Sidney is Sheik Haron Monis – A man who previously sent hate mail to Australian war widows.Sheikh Haron faced up to 14 years for taunting war widows. In the video the sheikh is sitting near the parliament building about a block from the Lyndt Cafe. Monis posed as a sheikh to grope unsuspecting women. He was on bail for more than 50 sexual assault charges. The holy sheikh was also...
  • Crude Oil Takes No Prisoners as Energy Selloff Tanks S&P 500

    12/10/2014 2:10:16 PM PST · by John W · 38 replies
    the street.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | Keris Alison Lahiff
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If investors had hoped stocks had absorbed most of the headwinds associated with lower oil prices, they were sorely disappointed on Wednesday as the commodity crash continued. Crude prices struggled to remain above $60 a barrel with West Texas Intermediate tanking 5.1% to $60.54 a barrel after OPEC warned that demand for oil in 2015 could slow to its lowest point in 12 years. Just as oil futures stabilized midmorning, the commodity sank to new lows after the EIA reported a large increase in oil imports contributed to oversupply in domestic crude oil inventories for the...
  • WTI Crude Craters To $55 Handle, High-Yield Credit Crashing-er

    12/15/2014 12:14:43 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 12-15-2014 | Durden
    Having almost touched $59 overnight, WTI crude has collapsed back to a $55 handle, smashing the Ruble lower and high-yield credit spreads higher. US financial stocks are starting to weaken back towards the credit market's warnings as counterparty risk concerns spread...
  • Netanyahu on Australia cafe siege: International Islamic terror does not know borders

    12/15/2014 11:29:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Herb Keinon
    Rome - Emerging from a a three-hour meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´ s first comments related to the siege on the cafe in Sydney Australia that ended shortly before. Netanyahu sent his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the Australian people. He said that International Islamic terror does not know borders, and the struggle against it needs to be global. (Snip) Netanyahu then discussed the focus of his meeting with Kerry saying that Israel will “do everything possible” to make sure that the UN Security Council does not impose
  • 2001 Interview with the perpetrator of Sydney Siege

    12/15/2014 1:17:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    People in Sydney walking past the State Parliament buildings on Macquarie Street in recent weeks might have noticed a tall Muslim cleric who has taken up residence in a tent on the footpath outside. He is Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi, a liberal cleric who fled Iran four years ago after being very critical of the Iranian regime. Ayatollah Boroujerdi's wife and two daughters are now under house arrest in Iran, and he's hoping the Howard government will put pressure on the regime there to let his family join him here in Australia. David Rutledge spoke to him this week. David Rutledge:...
  • Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It's bigoted and Islamophobic. (click bait)

    12/15/2014 12:47:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Vox ^ | December 15, 2014 | Max Fisher
    There's a certain ritual that each and every one of the world's billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator. It's a ritual that is continuing now with the Sydney hostage crisis, in which a deranged self-styled sheikh named Man Haron Monis took several people hostage in a downtown café. Here is what Muslims and Muslim organizations are expected to say: "As a Muslim, I condemn this attack and terrorism in any form." This expectation we place on Muslims, to be absolutely clear, is Islamophobic...
  • THREE DEAD IN BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two hostages dead and Muslim gunman killed...

    12/15/2014 12:31:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 71 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th December 2014 | Emily Crane and Daniel Piotrowski
    An Iranian-born gunman was killed, two of his hostages are dead and four injured after a dramatic and chaotic firefight brought an end to a terrorist siege at a Sydney cafe. Teams of heavily armed police swooped on the Lindt Chocolat cafe in a hail of gunfire, ending a tense stand-off where Man Haron Monis had been holding around 17 people captive. Police issued a statement describing the event as a confrontation with a 50-year man, who they said died after shots were fired. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said. A man, aged 34,...
  • #I'llridewithyou: Celebrities & Twitter users take to social media to support Muslim community

    12/15/2014 8:23:58 AM PST · by dead · 36 replies
    Twelve hours after the Lindt Cafe hostage crisis in Sydney began to unfold, Australians have flooded social media with sentiments of solidarity and support of Muslims in the community. Twitter user Sir Tessa began what has become a worldwide phenomenon, offering to sit next to members of the Islamic faith on transport if they were frightened to be seen in public wearing religious clothing. The 'I'll ride with you' hashtag has garnered over 112,000 mentions across social media, with people all over the world jumping on board the movement in an effort to turn the terrifying events of Monday into...
  • Iran condemns deadly Australia hostage-taking

    12/15/2014 12:37:48 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Astro Awani / AFP ^ | 12-16-2014
    TEHRAN: Tehran on Monday condemned the deadly hostage-taking in Australia reportedly by an Iranian-born gunman, branding it an act foreign to Islam, state media quoted a government official as saying. "Undertaking such inhuman acts and provoking fear and panic in the name of merciful Islam is not in any way justifiable," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said, according to IRNA news agency.
  • America Can Shred Iran. Why Not?

    12/15/2014 12:21:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | D. W. Wilber
    Recently Iranian Army General Hossein Salami claimed that Iran had infiltrated the United States with orders to attack America from within should the U.S. or Israel attack Iranian territory.A clear reference to our concerns about Iran’s nuclear research facilities, which are widely suspected of conducting research into the development of nuclear weapons. It certainly is plausible, considering our porous borders, that Iranian agents may well have entered the United States with instructions to wreak havoc in America.But when I hear boasting and threats such as this coming from the Islamic Republic of Iran, I think back to an exchange that...
  • MSNBC Host: ‘Too Early To Tell’ If Man Asking For ISIS Flag Was Motivated By Islam [VIDEO]

    12/15/2014 10:26:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 62 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    Despite the Sydney, Australia hostage-taker displaying a flag reading in Arabic, ”There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God,” despite his being a self-proclaimed sheikh and despite his demand that police give him an ISIS flag, MSNBC “The Rundown” host José Diaz-Balart wondered if Iranian-born Man Haron Monis is motivated by Islam at all.
  • Syria conflict: Rebels capture key Idlib army bases

    12/15/2014 9:58:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 December 2014 | unattributed
    Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria and allied rebel groups have taken control of two key army bases in the northern province of Idlib, activists say. Members of al-Nusra Front, supported by those from Jund al-Aqsa, captured Wadi al-Deif base on Monday after launching a fierce offensive on Sunday morning. Ahrar al-Sham later joined their assault on the nearby Hamidiya base. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had until now managed to repel a number of assaults on the facilities. Situated outside the town of Maarat al-Numan and next to the country's main north-south motorway, they have been surrounded since 2012. A...
  • ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome: Sydney Hostage-Taker Is Yet Another Case of Political Correctness

    12/15/2014 9:19:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/15/2014 | Patrick Poole
    With the hostage situation resolved — hopefully with no innocent lives lost (reports just coming in) — and the release of the name of the hostage taker, Iranian-born Islamic cleric Man Monis aka Shiekh Haron, this seems to be yet another case of what I termed here at PJ Media several weeks ago as “Known Wolf Syndrome.”In that article, following two separate terror attacks in Canada in which the suspects were already well-known to authorities, I noted that in the U.S. too, in many of the domestic terrorism cases the culprits have already been identified to law enforcement as...
  • We Need A List of Jihadists Open To The Public Just Like The One For Sex Offenders

    12/15/2014 8:58:49 AM PST · by Stayfree · 7 replies
    Self | December 15, 2014 | Self(vanity)
    In light of the KNOWN Jihadist in Australia taking hostages and using a gun (guns are banned there) causing innocent people to be killed and wounded, we need a list of known Jihadists to be immediately set up and accessible to the public (including gun owners) just like the list of sex offenders. The American people have a right to know who all of these evil people are and where they live just like the right we have to know all of the sex offenders are and where they live. It is time to out all of these bastards so...
  • Sydney Gunman’s Website Promised Vengeance Against US, Allies on December 14th

    12/15/2014 8:55:22 AM PST · by rightistight · 7 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/15/14 | Aurelius
    Radical Muslim Man Haron Monis, the man who took hostages in a Lindt shop in Sydney for over a dozen hours, promised vengeance on his website yesterday. His website has since been taken offline... As recent as yesterday, the day that he took hostages, Man Haron Monis declared that Muslims must fight against the United States and its allies. “Islam is the religion of peace,” he wrote yesterday, “that’s why Muslims fight against the oppression and terrorism of USA and its allies including UK and Australia.” He continued, “If we stay silent towards the criminals we cannot have a peaceful...
  • Sydney Hostage Taker Identified as Muslim Radical who Lit Wife on Fire

    12/15/2014 7:29:23 AM PST · by rightistight · 17 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/15/14 | Aurelius
    Radical Muslim cleric Sheik Man Haron Monis has been identified as the hostage-taker in Sydney who held people in a Lindt store against their will for over a dozen hours. Monis is known for writing letters to the families of fallen soldiers and comparing their dead loved ones to pigs. He is also being investigated for rape and was charged for murdering his ex-wife. Allegedly, he stabbed then lit his ex-wife on fire. He was out on bail.