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  • WHO: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Could Be Airborne

    07/22/2014 8:02:39 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    The Week ^ | 7-22-2014 | Meghan DeMaria
    July 22, 2014Meghan DeMaria In a scientific paper published Tuesday, scientists suggested that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) may be airborne. The disease has already claimed at least 288 lives since its appearance in 2012. Researchers at King Fahd Medical Research Center in Saudi Arabia analyzed air samples from an infected camel barn, and the samples tested positive for a strain of the viral genome MERS RNA, CNN reports. The possibility of MERS being airborne has been in question after reports found that some infected people had close contact with other MERS patients. The WHO recommends that "airborne precautions should...
  • Why I Stand With Israel

    07/19/2014 12:39:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/18/2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    A great many of us pride ourselves on the subtlety of our minds, and on recognizing the complexities, both moral and practical, of the world, and this is a very good impulse. But when this impulse is raised to the level of dogma, it risks obscuring more than it clarifies. There are some occasions–yes, few, but some–when the moral calculus is exceedingly simple. I used to have a great personal interest in the policy detail of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I could lecture at length on the subtleties of Camp David, Taba, the Road Map; on the different kinds of settlements;...
  • What Was the Climate and Weather Of Israel Like at the Time of Jesus?

    07/10/2014 1:12:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 10, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The climate in Palestine, both today, and at the time of Jesus has two distinct seasons. The wet or rainy season is from the middle of October to the middle of April. The dry or summer season lasts from the middle of June until the middle of September. It is quite dry in these months and rainfall is very unusual. Although the temperature is summer can get very hot, it often does not feel this way. Cool breezes and low humidity are typical, making the summers very pleasant, especially in areas directly on the coast or on the higher slopes...
  • The Alien Patriot

    07/08/2014 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Americans have many blessings to count, not least among them the foreigners who come here to learn from us and wind up teaching us. The most insightful of them understand us better than we do ourselves, can see us more clearly than we see ourselves, and in their own way become more American than the Americans. How do they do that -- see what we couldn't before they drew our attention to it? Maybe their vision is so clear because America is still new to them. Familiarity not only breeds contempt, but blurs the vision -- and the rest...
  • Unveiled: A Support Group For Ex-Hijabis

    07/07/2014 6:00:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Marwa was eight-years-old when her parents began covering her head. She was 23 years-old when she stopped, soon after arriving in the United States. She recently began the Ex-Hijabi Photo Fashion Journal to tell the stories of women who have also uncovered. The self-described “ex-Muslim Atheist” runs the site, along with her blog Between a Veil and a Dark Place. I spoke to Marwa about what gave her the idea, what she hopes to accomplish, and the themes the submissions share. Marwa got the idea for the Photo Fashion Journal while talking about her first summer without the hijab. She...
  • Why We Stuck With Maliki -- And Lost Iraq [Important read!!]

    07/05/2014 1:37:03 PM PDT · by Enchante · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/05/2014 | Ali Khedery
    <p>"The crisis now gripping Iraq and the Middle East was not only predictable but predicted — and preventable. By looking the other way and unconditionally supporting and arming Maliki, President Obama has only lengthened and expanded the conflict that President Bush unwisely initiated. Iraq is now a failed state, and as countries across the Middle East fracture along ethno-sectarian lines, America is likely to emerge as one of the biggest losers of the new Sunni-Shiite holy war, with allies collapsing and radicals plotting another 9/11."</p>
  • John Kerry’s nightmare dream job (Bad column in several ways)[World resists Kerry's will & ideas]

    07/03/2014 8:19:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 3, 2014 | Alex Beam
    I’ve never had many charitable things to say about John Kerry, but now it’s worse; I feel sorry for him. Kerry certainly isn’t an evil fellow, merely a run-of-the-mill narcissistic opportunist who has risen to the top of the political heap. I admire his service in Vietnam; many children of privilege — did someone mention George W. Bush? — found ways to avoid the war. If he had any stellar accomplishments during his 28 years in the Senate, they are not etched in my memory. He proved to be an inept presidential candidate in 2004. But now, the spin goes,...
  • Mr. President: Keep Your Promises to Camp Liberty!

    07/03/2014 1:36:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    One hundred years ago this summer, the German Chancellor reacted with shock and dismay when the British ambassador brought him news of his country’s declaration of war. Germany had invaded Belgium, a country whose independence Germany had pledged by treaty to respect. The Chancellor was distraught. He said he could not believe Britain would go to war over “a scrap of paper.” Americans this summer are not so much war weary as war wary. We certainly do not want any further entanglements in the Mideast. But we do know that great countries keep their word. If they don’t keep their...
  • Obama Seeks an Escape From the Middle East

    07/03/2014 4:39:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In his first term, Barack Obama all but declared victory in America's Middle East struggles. As he precipitously pulled out all U.S. peacekeepers from Iraq, the president had his own "Mission Accomplished" moment when declaring the country "stable," "self-reliant" and an "extraordinary achievement." Those claims echoed Vice President Joe Biden's earlier boast that Iraq somehow would prove Obama's "greatest achievement." After the death of Osama bin Laden, and during Obama's re-election campaign, the president also proclaimed that al-Qaeda was a spent force and "on the run." But what exactly was the new Obama strategy that supposedly had all but...
  • Tell the Imperial President: No More Wars!

    07/01/2014 1:44:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army who seek to overthrow the government. Before Congress takes up his proposal, both houses should demand that Obama explain exactly where he gets the constitutional authority to plunge us into what the president himself calls "somebody else's civil war." Syria has not attacked us. Syria does not threaten us. Why are we joining a jihad to overthrow the Syrian government? President Bashar Assad is fighting against the al Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front and the even more extreme and vicious Islamic State of Iraq...
  • ISIS Risks Everything to Declare a Caliphate

    06/29/2014 9:20:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 29, 2014 | J.M. Berger
    After months of gaining territory, weapons, and cash, ISIS is putting its global credibility on the line in a play that could backfire spectacularly. On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or ISIL, if you must) pronounced the reformation of the caliphate—the historical Islamic state that once stretched over much of the modern-day Muslim world—with ISIS emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as the man in charge. It’s arguably the boldest move yet by the group, which renamed itself simply The Islamic State. But if ISIS isn’t careful, this could be the moment when all of its...
  • Time To Do Less Not More

    06/28/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | John Browne
    The current situation in Iraq is a modern tragedy. But in more practical terms it is a very stark illustration of the folly of central planning and the limits of state power in the face of entrenched traditions and proven history. Although the parallels aren't perfect, the rapid dissolution of the puppet Iraqi state can offer some stark lessons to those who are optimistic about our current experiment in central bank dominated economic planning. The modern state of Iraq was formed primarily by Franco-British decree after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War. While the...
  • Sword and Sorcery

    06/23/2014 6:38:22 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-23-14 | Richard Fernandez
    Historians commonly date the birth of Western civilization from the Greek development of mathematics. Greek mathematics was the first point of view able to regard the world as potentially comprehensible. While computational methods to solve practical problems existed as far back as the Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations they were always ad hoc; a way of solving problems rather than of understanding the universe. The Western revolution was based on the semi (and often frankly) religious goal of understanding the universe. From that world view flowed the ‘how’ as a byproduct — the technology we often mistake for the spirit of...
  • Middle East Chaos Requires Action on Energy Independence

    06/23/2014 5:45:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/14 | Scott Powell
    What has suddenly become obvious is the extent to which President Obama’s imprudent policy-making decisions have compounded problems with unintended and unacceptable consequences.
  • The Man Who Broke the Middle East

    06/23/2014 12:02:27 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | June 22, 2014 | Elliott Abrams
    There’s always Tunisia. Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story. But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisia’s turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings. Where administration policy has had an impact, the story is one of failure and danger. The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good....
  • Clarice Feldman: The Good News Democrats

    06/22/2014 3:05:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 22, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    "........By week’s end, perhaps recognizing that the story was not finding willing buyers, IRS Commissioner Koskinen, tried another tack, claiming that the emails were not “records’” and therefore could be destroyed without consequence. John Hinderaker, the ace litigation lawyer who is one of the authors of Powerline found this argument unpersuasive, citing federal law and the agency’s own operating manual and concluding: As the IRS investigation continues, Koskinen and others at the Agency should not be allowed to get away with the facile suggestion that Lerner’s emails -- all of them! -- were not “records” and therefore could be destroyed...
  • America’s Middle East Dilemma

    06/19/2014 5:18:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/19/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Toppling tyrants is ineffective in the long term without years of unpopular occupation. Two and a half years ago, the U.S. pulled every soldier out of a mostly quiet Iraq. In the void thus created, formerly al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists calling themselves “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” are now tearing apart the country, leaving medieval savagery in their wake. Obama partisans are blaming the Bush administration for going into Iraq in the first place. But critics counter that Obama wanted out of Iraq before the 2012 election at all costs. The result of that reckless skedaddle is that we have...
  • Explaining Sharia Part Seven: The terrible results of Muslim arranged cousin marriages

    06/16/2014 10:07:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 24 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/16/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Among the more subtle and less recognized dangers of allowing hoards of Muslims to surge into America are the problems caused by Muslim arranged “cousin” marriages. Experts estimate that nearly half of the world’s Muslims are products of inbreeding brought about by the persistent Islamic practice of 1st cousins marrying 1st cousins. In Pakistan the estimate is that 70% of the population are born of marriages between first cousins and as many as 30% of Turks are as well. Statistical research reveals that in every single North African Muslim country at least one third of its population are products of...
  • An Appointment in Samarra

    06/15/2014 2:43:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Another day, another country left to the tender mercies of terrorists. Going by his own arbitrary, purely political deadline, this president and now only nominal Leader of the Free World has been intent on pulling American troops out of one country after another in the (always) troubled Middle East, with the result that one country after another is swallowed up by the all too familiar forces of chaos, terror, death and destruction. This week's bad news is that oil-rich Mosul in Iraq has fallen to a terrorist outfit that makes al-Qaida look moderate. So add Mosul to the cities...
  • Foot Soldiers in the War on Women

    06/06/2014 4:32:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Five more foot soldiers are headed back to the front lines of the real war on women thanks to President Obama. Abdul Haq Wasiq was a deputy minister of intelligence for the Taliban and helped al-Qaida. He has been accused of murder and torture. Mullah Norullah Noori was a military commander for the Taliban. He fought American forces in Afghanistan and, according to Fox News, "Noori has been implicated in the murder of thousands of Shiites in Northern Afghanistan." Noori said the killings were necessary as the Taliban worked to create their "ideal state." Mullah Mohammad Fazi is the...
  • The Israeli Solution

    06/05/2014 3:48:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Random House ^ | 4/3/14 | Caroline Glick
    Synopsis A manifesto that exposes the flaws in the two-state policy of the United States toward Israel and the Palestinians and offers a direct and powerful call for Israeli sovereignty in the region. The reigning consensus in elite and academic circles is that the United States must seek to resolve the Palestinians' conflict with Israel by implementing the so-called two-state solution. Establishing a Palestinian state, so the thinking goes, would be a panacea for all the region’s ills. It would end the Arab world’s conflict with Israel, because the reason the Arab world is anti-Israel is that there is no...
  • Jet Bombs Militants' Base in Benghazi

    06/01/2014 10:16:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A Libyan air force jet bombed positions held by Islamist militants Sunday in the eastern city of Benghazi, a senior military official said, apparently as part of a renegade general’s ongoing offensive. The official said the bombing targeted a base belonging to a local militia group called February 17 and the area of Sidi Faraj, where members of the extremist organization Ansar Al-Shariah are located. An official from Ansar Al-Shariah said no one was hurt in the bombing and claimed that one of two rockets fired by the aircraft hit a car dealership. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity...
  • Pictures Show Historic Damascus Synagogue Destroyed

    05/27/2014 11:36:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Times of Isreal ^ | May 28, 2014
    After numerous reports of damage from civil war, Jobar’s Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue ‘flattened’ in attack on capital’s suburbA historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus was reportedly destroyed amid fighting in Syria’s civil war. Earlier reports from 2013 variously indicated that the centuries-old synagogue was destroyed and intact amid fighting between pro-Assad and Syrian rebel forces.. Opposition leaders said Syrian army forces flattened the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack over the weekend — part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar — and also may have destroyed thousands of Jewish artifacts, The Daily Beast...
  • Israel Will Be The Last Man Standing in the Middle East: The Oil Weapon vs. the Grain Weapon

    05/22/2014 7:11:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2014 | david A
    The Arab Spring, which started with the self-immolation of a Tunisian vegetable vendor at 11.30 am on 16th December, 2010, has resulted in two failed states in the region so far.  Libya has become “Scumbag Woodstock” because of the number of terrorist organisations headquartered there.  The French and English attempt at regime change created a terrorist haven with consequences as far afield as Mali and the 300 Christian girls kidnapped in Nigeria.  Fortunately, Syria has become a meatgrinder for Islamic terrorists and for the moment has ceased being a net exporter of terrorism.  In that conflict, the Obama Administration has...
  • The Deadly Virus MERS Has Arrived In The US — Here's What You Need To Know

    05/18/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT · by blam · 48 replies
    BI ^ | 5-18-2014 | Lauren F Friedman
    Lauren F FriedmanMay 16, 2014, 1:01 PM Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an often deadly respiratory illness that's related to the infamous SARS, first emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. (Scientists believe it jumped from camels.) But since March 2014, there's been a sharp rise in the number of cases, including two recently diagnosed MERS patients in the United States. "With more deaths in a single month than in the previous two years combined, no one is certain how people become infected," notes Marjorie P. Pollack, of ProMED-mail, and the virus has no vaccine or cure. Here's what...
  • MERS updates: 2 Orlando health care workers who treated MERS pt now have symptoms

    05/14/2014 5:13:24 AM PDT · by wtd · 30 replies
    various ^ | various
    Worker who cared for Orlando MERS patient hospitalized, another sick ORLANDO -- Two Orlando health care workers who treated a 44-year-old man with MERS now have flu-like symptoms. One was admitted to the hospital, while the other was sent home. Test results are expected today to find out if they and approximately two dozen others, who had contact with the patient, have contracted the potentially deadly disease. If any results come back positive, it'll be the first time MERS is contracted in the U.S. Florida MERS Patient Sat In A Busy ER For Nearly 8 Hours Almost eight more...
  • Will Radical Muslims Use Harvard's Black Mass Act as Propaganda against the United States?

    05/11/2014 12:34:32 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    Corporate Stepsister's Brain Files | May 11 2014 | Corporate Stepsister
    Do you guys think that Muslims will use Harvard's decision to perform a Black Mass as propaganda to prove that the United States is indeed the Great Satan we are always accused us of being? I do think so, this will be a ripe chance for Jihadis to justify their attacks on us, as a righteous and genuinely holy war. Americans openly worhsiping the Devil in a Satanic ritual and this might very well be plastered all over the Muslim media in the Middle East.
  • The War Nerd: Saudis, Syria, and “Blowback”

    05/06/2014 10:59:00 PM PDT · by wetphoenix
    PandoDaily ^ | DECEMBER 19, 2013 | GARY BRECHER
    People are saying that the Saudis are asking for big trouble by backing jihad against Syria’s President Assad. According to the Daily Beast: “Saudi Arabia is playing a dangerous double game—turning a blind eye to the jihadists flocking from Riyadh to Syria while assuring the West of its commitment to fighting terror.” This is the famous “blowback” theory: Saudi Arabia itself will become a target when the Saudis fighting in Syria come home. There was serious “blowback,” we’re told, after a generation of Saudis, most famously a tall guy named Osama, went off to do jihad in Afghanistan, and it...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • First U.S. Case of MERS Virus Is Found in Indiana Man Who Visited Mideast

    05/02/2014 10:36:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 2, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL
    A virus that has killed more than 100 people in the Middle East has been found in the United States for the first time, in an Indiana health care worker who recently returned from Saudi Arabia, federal health officials said on Friday. The man, whose name, age and exact occupation have not been released, is in stable condition in an Indiana hospital, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of respiratory diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is in isolation and receiving oxygen. A single American case of the virus — called MERS, for Middle East respiratory syndrome...
  • Tony Blair on the Islamist Threat

    05/01/2014 5:05:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 1, 2014 | Mark Durie
    Tony Blair delivered a major speech on April 23 entitled, “Why the Middle East Matters”. In summary, he argued that the Middle East, far from being a “vast unfathomable mess” is deep in the throes of a multi-faceted struggle between a specific religious ideology on the one hand, and those who want to embrace the modern world on the other. Furthermore, the West, blinded up until now as to the religious nature of the conflict, must take sides: it should support those who stand on the side of open-minded pluralistic societies, and combat those who wish to create intolerant theocracies....
  • The Manipulation of the American Military by the Muslim Brotherhood

    05/01/2014 3:42:49 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 11 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 1, 2014 | William Michael
    In an article published in the London Review of Books, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Seymour Hersh (of My Lai and, more recently, Abu Ghraib fame), explains recent two foreign policy mysteries to American readers. The piece, The Red Line and the Rat Line is based on interviews with intelligence sources and consultants, and it connects the dots between between these two mysteries, and explains how they are related. What emerges is a clear picture of American cooperation, at the highest levels, with Turkey and Qatar, the foremost sponsors of the Arab Spring (see links). For example, NATO, as of December,...
  • Bolton: Obama ‘delusional’ on Middle East

    04/30/2014 7:29:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton joined Adriana Cohen and Joe Battenfeld on Boston Herald Radio’s “Trending Now” to talk about Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s most recent gaffe and the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Q: First of all, we want to ask you about our former senator John Kerry using the word “apartheid” to describe what Israel is doing. How much damage has this done? Should he apologize? Should he resign? A: Well, he should certainly apologize. The comments are outrageous and false and the apology that he did give yesterday was completely inadequate. The trouble with asking him...
  • John Kerry’s Jewish Best Friends

    04/29/2014 8:57:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Anti-Semitism is not a simple bigotry. It is a complex neurosis. It involves assigning malign intent to Jews where none exists on the one hand, and rejecting reason as a basis for understanding the world and operating within it on the other hand. John Kerry’s recent use of the term “Apartheid” in reference to Israel’s future was an anti-Semitic act. In remarks before the Trilateral Commission a few days after PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a unity deal with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, Kerry said that if Israel doesn’t cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, it...
  • Foreign Policy: From Bad to None

    04/29/2014 2:45:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | April 29, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ----Our enemies are gloating, and our allies are grimly deciding where to go from here.---- Barack Obama had a foreign policy for about five years, and now he has none. The first-term foreign policy’s assumptions went something like this. Obama was to assure the world that he was not George W. Bush. Whatever the latter was for, Obama was mostly against. Given that Bush had left office with polls similar to Harry Truman’s final numbers, this seemed to Obama a wise political approach. If Bush wanted garrison troops left in Iraq to secure the victory of the surge, Obama would...
  • Holocaust Memorial Day and the Pathetic Palestinians

    04/28/2014 6:40:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/28/2014 | Alan Caruba
    As Israel commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day which began at sundown on Sunday, Abbas grabbed international headlines by declaring that the Holocaust was the “most heinous” modern crime, but seemed to equate what happened to Europe’s Jews during World War Two with Palestinians today who, he said, “suffer from injustice, oppression, and are denied freedom and peace…” The fact that they and the Arab League have refused for over six decades to accept Israel’s right to exist went unmentioned. Now that’s chutzpah!
  • Obama Stumbling in Asia, Underestimating Putin, Turning the Middle East Over to the Terrorists

    04/18/2014 12:23:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards about his foreign and domestic policies lately -- signs that America is tiring of his presidency. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy....
  • Jihadists are embarking on ‘Final Solution’ in Middle East

    04/10/2014 4:32:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/10/2014 | Lord David Alton
    This is the text of a speech given by Lord Alton of Liverpool at a Vigil for Syria held at Farm Street Jesuit Church on Tuesday, just a day after the murder of Fr van der Lugt in Homs. In a talk at the beginning of Lent at Brentwood Cathedral I cited the heroic and faithful work of a 75-ear-old Dutch Jesuit, Fr.Franz van der Lugt who, in the face of extraordinary danger and acute suffering, refused to desert the suffering people of Homs.Father Frans van der Lugt was born on April 10, 1938 in the Netherlands and entered the Society...
  • The Empire of the Antichrist Is Very Near

    04/02/2014 9:13:47 AM PDT · by Shery · 132 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | April 01, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    The empire of the Antichrist is very near, and it will be Turkey. Before we examine the issue of Turkey, we must first examine the monumental problems in much of what circulates the prophecy arena in the West. Perhaps the major problem with modern Bible Prophecy Analysts in the U.S. is that they are mostly ahistorical who also invest in a crowd that is also ahistorical. Another problem is that the Bible is mostly focused on the Middle East and most Western Prophecy writers have a scant understanding of the Middle East demography, sectarian rifts and religious aspirations in the...
  • War Party Oligarch

    04/01/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion -- 8th richest man on the planet -- and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt's campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer,...
  • Iran’s Chief Rabbi Dies at 98

    03/31/2014 11:56:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Tablet ^ | March 31, 2014 | Lily Wilf
    Yosef Hamadani Cohen led Iran’s Jewish community since 1994Rabbi Yosef Hamadani Cohen, the Chief Rabbi of Iran, passed away this weekend at the age of 98, JTA reports. His death was announced by Siamak Moreh Sedgh, the representative of the Iranian Jews in parliament, and marked informally by Iranian Jews via their Facebook statuses. Hamadani, who had led Iran’s Jewish community since 1994, had been ill for many years. He reportedly had close ties with Iranian political leadership, and met Iranian President Mohammah Khatami in 2000, lating hosted him at his Yusef Abad Synagogue in 2003—the first-ever synagogue visit by...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • Abyss of Area Studies

    03/25/2014 7:25:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    College and universities have one thing in common with the federal government, along with the cash that flows from the latter to the former: They seem to be following Einstein’s definition of insanity. They keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Under the National Defense Authorization Act of 1958, the federal government gives colleges and universities $120 million a year to train students to study languages that might be useful to America’s national security: Not many students receive such training under the law. Sarah Stern of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) gave the...
  • Turkey shoots down Syrian plane it says violated air space

    03/23/2014 2:23:27 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/22/2014 | Daren Butler
    Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday that Ankara said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces for control of a border crossing. "A Syrian plane violated our airspace," Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally in northwest Turkey. "Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard."
  • Exodus II?

    03/20/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    i>This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of “an exodus approaching biblical proportions.” Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leader’s own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists. President Gemayel’s warnings echo those issued two years ago by Vienna’s Catholic prelate. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in 2012 told a religious...
  • Obama Meets With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Israel Haters Club Convenes]

    03/18/2014 6:19:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    RTT News ^ | 3/17/14
    While the event was largely overshadowed by the latest developments in Ukraine, U.S. President Barack Obama held a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday. Obama was expected to use the meeting to urge Abbas to sign onto a framework to extend peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis beyond an April deadline. "I believe that now is the time for not just the leaders of both sides but also the peoples of both sides to embrace this opportunity for peace," Obama said in remarks ahead of the meeting.
  • Obama Makes Wars More Likely

    03/04/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Among the academic set from which President Barack Obama springs, everyone agrees that wars are the result of "arrogance" and bullying by the United States. So concerned was then-Sen. Obama about the potential for U.S. aggression that he declined to vote for 2007 legislation that would have designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. The IRGC had been involved in training and arming terrorists worldwide, particularly in Lebanon (Hezbollah) but also in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. But Obama worried that such a vote would be "saber rattling." Our standing in the "world community" (an oxymoron to...
  • Saudi Village Under 'Bat Attack'

    03/03/2014 11:46:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, March 03, 2014
    Like in horror movies, swarms of bats attacked a Saudi village and caused panic among its residents, who said they were even more frightened by the birds’ screams. Residents of the village in the southern Saudi province of Jazan near the border with Yemen said some of the birds attacked children and other people outside their homes. “The residents said they are frightened to leave their homes after the bats attacked some of them,” Sabq Arabic language daily said. “They said they were even more frightened by the bats’ screams, which they described as horrifying. They called on authorities to...
  • Ukraine, Syria, Iran -- America isn't leading from behind, it's being left behind

    03/01/2014 3:53:36 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | K T McFarland
    Russia, flush with new-found wealth from oil exports, expands its military reach and political influence abroad. A war-weary America slashes defense spending and retreats from the world. The president embarks on a massive government-subsidized program to develop alternative energy to replace fossil fuels. Pundits cluck about America in retreat, and point to the rise of an Asian economic superpower. That’s the world circa 1976, but it sounds like quotes ripped from today’s headlines. History has a way of repeating itself, or to quote the great Yogi Bera, it’s déjŕ vu all over again. The Obama administration is looking a lot...
  • The exodus of Christians from the Middle East is a painful blow to the Arab world

    02/24/2014 8:42:30 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Times of India ^ | Feb 24, 2014, 08.06 PM IST | Robert Fisk
    BEIRUT: Tarif Khalidi is a big, bearded bear of a man, the kind you would always choose to play Father Christmas, or perhaps a Cossack leader sweeping across the Russian steppe, reins in one hand, sword in the other. But Tarif — or Uncle Tarif as I invariably call him — is an Islamic scholar, the most recent translator of the Quran and author of a wonderful book of Muslim stories about Jesus. I am thus surprised — but after a few seconds not at all surprised — to hear how well this Palestinian from Jerusalem got on with the...