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  • ISIS Forced To Cut Wages As Oil Revenues Tank

    02/11/2016 8:37:50 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 17 replies ^ | 10/02/2016 | Oilprice
    Leaked documents purport to show that the Islamic State (ISIS) is cutting the salaries of its foreign fighters as low oil prices and continued air strikes on terrorist-controlled oil targets hit back with a monetary jihad. The documents—which are said to have been leaked by the ISIS ‘treasury department’, or the Bayt Mal al-Muslimeen—state that foreign-fighter salaries in Syria have been reduced 50 percent due to “exceptional circumstances,” including continued air strikes of Syria-based ISIS oil operations and low oil prices.
  • Proactive Redemption in Responding to Palestinian Violence

    02/09/2016 8:09:06 AM PST · by zlando · 3 replies
    BESA: Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies ^ | Oct. 11, 2015 | Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen IDF
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Those who view Israel as a stepping stone for redemption and as the Jewish national spiritual homeland will act differently in responding to Palestinian violence than those who view Israel merely as a safe haven. Thus, the government should do more than just approve security operations against the terrorists. It should approve increased construction in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem. Read the full article....
  • Perfect Storm: The Implications of Middle East Chaos

    02/02/2016 2:19:32 AM PST · by zlando · 5 replies
    Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies ^ | July 5, 2015 | Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror
    In this major monograph, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror studies the storms convulsing the Arab Middle East. He looks at the long-term implications of Middle East chaos. Amidror, the Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the BESA Center, is an important analyst, since he is the immediate past national security advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu and previously served as chief of the research and analysis division of military intelligence in the IDF.
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 31st, 2016 (video)

    01/31/2016 4:15:11 PM PST · by Lera · 13 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 1/31/16 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. addresses some of the prophetically significant developments taking place in the last week most of went unnoticed by virtue of the wall-to-wall coverage of the presidential election with the Iowa caucuses tomorrow.
  • Ted Cruz Doesn’t Have Time for Failed ‘Conventional Wisdom’ on Foreign Policy.

    01/28/2016 5:54:39 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 12 replies
    Medium ^ | 2016-01-28 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Dr. Victoria Coates: Well I mean, I don’t know who can channel Jeane Kirkpatrick best. It is interesting to me that many Establishment institutions in foreign policy — just as they have in every other branch of policy — have been deeply disturbed by Senator Cruz, and the kinds of approaches that he proposes because he has very little time for quote unquote “conventional wisdom.” And you have a lot of people whose sort of “bread and butter” depends on their position on editorial boards, their positions in think tanks, their appearances on television, and all of that is based on a certain way...
  • In speech, Ban Ki-Moon exhibits contempt for Syrian agony

    01/27/2016 2:38:54 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/1/16 | Mark Langfan
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly condemned remarks made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in which the UN chief expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorist attacks. "The UN Secretary-General's words give encouragement to terror," Netanyahu fired in response. Another aspect of the speech, which was held at a Tuesday UN Security Council Session devoted to "the Situation in the Middle East," is the proportion devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, as opposed to other conflicts that are ongoing – most markedly, the one in Syria. Over 55,000 people were killed in the Syrian civil war in 2015 alone, according to the Syrian...
  • Dr. Mordechai Kedar interviewed on Middle East (former IDF Military Intel) [video]

    01/24/2016 12:45:35 PM PST · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 24, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Interview from January 18, 2016. 36 minutes Dr. Mordechai Kedar is an expert on Middle East affairs. Currently, Dr. Kedar is a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, and a Research Associate at BESA (Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies). He spent 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence (Unit 8200, equivalent to our NSA). Topics covered: >Iranian nuclear deal >Effects of the Arab Spring on the map of the Middle East >The new political landscape in the Middle East as a result of the Iran nuclear deal >Relationship between the United States and Israel
  • Don't Miss! Radio Interview with Dr. Mordechai Kedar on Middle East

    01/22/2016 2:06:06 PM PST · by Randall_S · 3 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 22, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    USA Transnational Report - LIVE 8 AM EST Saturday 1/23 SPECIAL GUEST: DR. MORDECHAI KEDAR Dr. Mordechai Kedar is an expert on Middle East affairs. Currently, Dr. Kedar is a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, and a Research Associate at BESA (Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies). He spent 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence (Unit 8200, equivalent to our NSA). Dr. Kedar is the author of The Eight State Solution. Topics addressed - Effects of the Arab Spring on the map of the Middle East - The new political landscape in the Middle East as a result of...
  • China, Egypt sign deals to boost ties

    01/22/2016 8:10:56 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 2 replies
    Shanghai Daily,上海日报 ^ | January 22, 2016 | Staff Writer
    CHINA signed a raft of economic deals with Egypt yesterday during a visit by President Xi Jinping, including US$1.7 billion in loans to the banking sector. After arriving late on Wednesday from Saudi Arabia, Xi held talks with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and was scheduled to address the Cairo-based Arab League. State television broadcast the live signing of the agreements at a presidential palace in Cairo in the presence of the two leaders. “The two sides have agreed to undertake 15 projects ... mainly in sectors like electricity, transport and infrastructure,” Xi said in a joint statement with Sisi....
  • The Threat to America's National Existence

    01/20/2016 11:05:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 20, 2016 | Cliff May
    resident Obama judged the Islamic State the "JV team," boasted that he'd set al Qaeda "on its heels" and implemented successful counterterrorism policies in Yemen. He insists that both the nuclear deal and the hostages-for-felons swap he concluded with Iran's rulers are triumphs of diplomacy. In his State of the Union address last week, he reassured us that our enemies do not "threaten our national existence." Why am I not filled with optimism? "Existential threat" is a term that has been most commonly used in recent years about Israel, a nation-state that Islamists aim to exterminate. As Iran's rulers have...
  • Trump: '100 percent' in favor of moving embassy to Jerusalem

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he's "100 percent" on board with the remaining field of candidates in support of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected president in the fall of 2016. In an interview with The Brody File, published on Tuesday, Trump said "I am for that one hundred percent. We are for that one- hundred percent" when told by host David Brody that pledging to move the embassy to Jerusalem is a "tier-A issue for Evangelicals as it relates to support for Israel." Trump is currently tied for first place with Senator Ted...
  • Expert's Expert Mordechai Kedar Talks the Middle East & Current Events [video]

    01/19/2016 4:29:07 PM PST · by Randall_S · 3 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 19, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    From our friends at The Villages Tea Party. Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on Israeli Arabs. Below is Professor Kedar's presentation to The Villages Tea Party. Enjoy!
  • We've Got It Wrong: ISIS Is Not the Main Problem in the Middle East [What one Reporter discovered]

    01/19/2016 1:29:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/19/2016 | Jonathan Spyer
    On a recent reporting trip to Iraq and northern Syria, two things were made apparent to me -- one of them relatively encouraging, the other far less so. The encouraging news is that ISIS is currently in a state of retreat. Not headlong rout, but contraction. The bad news? Our single-minded focus on ISIS as if it were the main or sole source of regional dysfunction is the result of faulty analysis, which in turn is producing flawed policy. Regarding the first issue, 2015 was not a particularly good year for ISIS. In the course of it, the jihadis lost...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 17th, 2016 (video)

    01/17/2016 1:27:14 PM PST · by Lera · 14 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | January 17th, 2016 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. prays concerning the 12 Marines involved in the helicopter collision off the North Shore of Oahu, then sorts through everything that happened during a super busy week on the calendar of Bible prophecy.
  • Left Wing Pulitzer Prize Winner Exposes Obama as a Traitor, but is Afraid to Use that Word

    01/14/2016 10:49:30 AM PST · by Shery · 18 replies ^ | 12 January, 2016 | Keith Davies
    A former senior adviser to the Joint Chiefs told me that the document was an ‘all-source’ appraisal, drawing on information from signals, satellite and human intelligence, and took a dim view of the Obama administration’s insistence on continuing to finance and arm the so-called moderate rebel groups. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling...
  • The Clash of Cultures

    01/12/2016 12:05:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 12, 2016 | D.W. Wilber
    The reports coming out of European and Scandinavian countries indicate that sexual assaults against women by Muslim men have become nearly epidemic in some cities, with European women regularly being attacked by military age Middle Eastern males who left their homelands and sought refuge, and were welcomed in by the governments of these nations. Yet until the most recent attacks occurring in the German city of Cologne, one might never have even know it was happening, since any news media coverage of this problem has been lacking both in Europe and here in the United States. But why have marauding...
  • In Pakistan, They Trust

    01/12/2016 9:44:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January12, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    It is a testament to the precarious state of the world today that in a week that saw North Korea carry out a possible test of a hydrogen bomb, the most frightening statement uttered did not come from Pyongyang. It came from Pakistan. Speaking in the military garrison town of Rawalpindi, Pakistani Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif said that any Iranian threat to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity will "wipe Iran off the map." Sharif made the statement following his meeting with Saudi Arabia's defense minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. According to media reports, Salman was the second...
  • Matt Bracken's "Tet, Take Two: Islam's 2016 European Offensive" preached at a Church on 1/10/16

    01/11/2016 10:41:17 AM PST · by Perseverando · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 11, 2016 | Vanity
    Unbelievable! I was watching a great video on YouTube as a result of reading this article posted on FR: Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 10th, 2016 . The video is essentially a "prophecy" sermon by Pastor J.D. Farag of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe, Hawaii from yesterday, 1/10/16 addressing current events in the middle east, Israel, America, Europe and the rest of the world. (Very, very interesting!) Lot's of info about Islam, etc. Also addresses guns. At the 22:30 minute mark Pastor J.D. Farag begins to talk about Matt Bracken's "Tet, Take Two: Islam's 2016 European Offensive". He says it is "a...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 10th, 2016 (video)

    01/10/2016 6:31:55 PM PST · by Lera · 16 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 1/10/16 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. addresses the prophetic significance of the start to our New Year in just the first ten days of 2016 so as to draw the conclusion that the only hope for mankind is salvation found in Jesus Christ, and the soon return of Jesus Christ.
  • Mid-East Massacre: Equity Markets Plunge From Bahrain To Kuwait

    01/10/2016 12:08:40 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-1-=2-16 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden1-10-2016 With all eyes focused on tonight's China open (and the "oops, China matters after all" meme), the Middle-East has fallen off the front (or back) pages of mainstream media. However, the last few days have been a bloodbath (analogistically as opposed to literally) across the Middle-East with Saudi stocks plunging 2.5% overnight (down almost 13% in the last 5 days) and every market from Bahrain to UAE all tumbling below August lows. Saudi's Tadawul Stock Index has collapsed in the last few days and is now unchanged since May 2009.(snip)
  • Why Can't the U.S. Just Condemn Saudi Arabia's Executions?

    01/05/2016 7:34:44 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | 01/05/2016 | Joshua Keating
    One of the more darkly amusing aspects of the escalating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been watching the Obama administration try to avoid directly condemning the Saudi execution of 47 people. Here’s the circular answer provided by White House spokesman Josh Earnest yesterday after he was asked whether the administration would condemn its ally: Well, we have raised significant concerns about the human rights environment in Saudi Arabia. And carrying out mass executions I think is a prime example of a government that is not doing enough to address the legitimate concerns that have been expressed by the...
  • Will Mideast Allies Drag Us Into War?

    01/05/2016 9:19:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | January 5, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    The New Year's execution by Saudi Arabia of the Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was a deliberate provocation. Its first purpose: Signal the new ruthlessness and resolve of the Saudi monarchy where the power behind the throne is the octogenarian King Salman's son, the 30-year-old Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. Second, crystallize, widen and deepen a national-religious divide between Sunni and Shiite, Arab and Persian, Riyadh and Tehran. Third, rupture the rapprochement between Iran and the United States and abort the Iranian nuclear deal. The provocation succeeded in its near-term goal. An Iranian mob gutted and burned the Saudi...
  • Is This Video Responsible for Increased Tensions in the Middle East?

    01/03/2016 5:35:16 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-3-2016 | MOTUS
    I see they’re at it again in Tehran; what is it with the Middle East and firebombing embassies? Iran's supreme leader said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia will face "divine revenge" for executing a top Shia cleric whose death sparked protests in which the kingdom's embassy in Tehran was firebombed. – Telegraph Meanwhile Barry and Company wrapped up the last day of their vacation by playing a little golf,Going to the zoo,Come on people, don’t tell me you don’t see the resemblence between Pater and Filiaand going out to dinner at Buzz’s Lanikai Steak House before heading home for a...
  • Obama believes he can defeat ISIS with a good Public Relations Plan

    01/02/2016 8:34:30 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 01/02/2016 | Jim Emerson
    Reeling from his idiotic “ISIS is contained” comment as the terror group killed 129 civilians in Paris, Obama is being perceived by the world as a leader with no coherent strategy and perhaps no particular interest in taking on Islamic murderers. After ISIS took credit for the terror attacks in Paris, Obama’s lack of a serious policy fighting terrorism was exposed. And ISIS was no longer contained in the Middle East. ISIS has demonstrated an ability to strike wherever they please, revealing Obama’s ISIS containment policy as nothing more than a pipe dream. The administration couldn’t spin the embarrassing disconnect...
  • Can the Dubai Model Inspire Arabs?

    01/01/2016 11:49:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 1, 2016 | Daniel Pipes
    DUBAI - At a time of civil war, anarchy, extremism, and impoverishment in the Middle East, the city-states of Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand out as the places where Arabic speakers are flourishing, innovating, and offering a model for moving forward.But can it last? I recently visited the United Arab Emirates to seek answers.To begin with, some basic facts: Once called the Trucial States by British imperialists, the UAE consists of seven small monarchies bordering the Persian Gulf. They banded together in 1971, as the British retreated, to form a single federation.The country has been doubly blessed: oil and gas...
  • Erdogan: We Can Have a Presidential System With a Unitary State, Just Look at Hitler!

    01/01/2016 8:02:18 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-01-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Turkish president Erdoğan wants his country's Parliament to adopt a new Constitution in 2016 that would empower the president and weaken the legislative body. Because many Turks are worried by this prospect -- fearing that it would turn him into a dictator -- he tried to comfort them yesterday. He did so by pointing out that a so-called presidential system and a unitary state certainly are possible. Just look at Hitler's Germany! I kid you not: "There is no such thing as 'no presidential system in unitary states.' There are examples of this around the world. There are examples in...
  • Hillary Clinton Wakes Up: ISIS Assault on Christians Is a 'Genocide'

    12/31/2015 3:54:05 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-31-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    It has taken Hillary Clinton a while to admit it, but she's finally willing to call ISIS' assault on Christians what it is: genocide. From the Washington Post: The comment came Tuesday at a town hall in Berlin, N.H., where a voter asked if she would join Pope Francis and others in calling the assault on Christians and other religious minorities “by its proper name: ‘Genocide’?” the voter asked, according to the Associated Press. The former secretary of state answered that she had held back on using the term because of the legal implications and the weight, but now “I...
  • Forbes: GOP Support of Israel Responsible for Christian Persecution in Middle East

    Despite much hand-wringing by Republican leadership, the GOP is actually complicit in the persecution of Christians in the Middle East because of its vocal support for Israel, argues Doug Bandow in a Forbes essay Saturday. Bandow rightly notes that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world today and are “harassed and harmed in more than 100 countries.” Christians, he writes, “are particularly vulnerable to government abuse, especially in Muslim-majority states.” Yet Bandow takes issue with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% ’s Christmas Eve article denouncing attacks on Christian communities, contending that the GOP, rather than the Obama...
  • Media Silent about Hillary's Smear of Trump

    12/26/2015 2:35:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 25, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    Her Arab Spring mischief set the Middle East on fire when she was President Obama's top diplomat. Huma Abedin, whose generational ties to the Muslim Brotherhood have been exhaustively documented, has been influencing her by working as her senior aide for years. Clinton helped to engineer the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, an anti-Islamist, and the subsequent installation of his Muslim Brotherhood-approved successor Mohamed Morsi. Clinton gave Libya to the jihadists when she supported the overthrow of chastened former U.S. adversary Muammar Qaddafi. She has no quarrel with the mullahs of Iran getting their hands on nuclear weapons. She...
  • 2015 12 20 John Haller Prophecy Update: "It's Time to Pay Attention" (video)

    12/21/2015 3:42:43 PM PST · by Lera · 12 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 12/20 | John Haller
    From a Burka-wearing "Christian" Professor from Wheaton College, to racist dinners being served at Oberlin College, from a blasphemous rendition of a beloved carol by Hillsong, to Liquid Church's "Star Wars" message (complete with a nativity scene featuring Han, Leia, Chewy and R2D2), this week's update is both an advisory and a warning. Apostasy may already be in your church, and jihad is coming. This week's core message is one reminding us to be vigilant on all fronts, both spiritually and physically. We must be prepared to defend the Gospel and call out false teachings emanating from America's pulpits, while...
  • Alan King's The Middle East Story, 1980's (Great Humor)

    12/20/2015 6:21:00 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 12, 2015 | Jack Abdo
    30+ years and this is still funny and relevant. Alan King does a great job educating us on the middle east. Great belly-laughing stuff.
  • USA Transnational Report Radio - Week's politics and headline news!

    12/19/2015 7:07:46 AM PST · by Randall_S
    USA Transnational Report ^ | December 19, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    Our panel discusses this week's politics and headline news . . . Topics to be addressed -GOP Debate Debrief Obama's Trifecta of speeches this week, and the public is still spooked -Paul Ryan's Budget Betrayal . . . worse than Boehner? -Saudi Arabia's anti-terror coalition -Islamic indoctrination in our schools and universities more . . . Call-in #: 855-853-5227 You can listen to USA Transnational Report live on JJ McCartney's Nightside Radio Studios and on Red State Talk Radio. You can subscribe to USA Transnational Report podcast on iTunes here. You can also subscribe to our podcast with Podbean, here....
  • Rubio, Cruz and US Global Leadership

    12/18/2015 12:20:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 18, 2015 | Caroline Glick, Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Israel Security Project...
    At some point between 2006 and 2008, the American people decided to turn their backs on the world. Between the seeming futility of the war in Iraq and the financial collapse of 2008, Americans decided they'd had enough. In Barack Obama, they found a leader who could channel their frustration. Obama's foreign policy, based on denying the existence of radical Islam and projecting the responsibility for Islamic aggression on the US and its allies, suited their mood just fine. If America is responsible, then America can walk away. Once it is gone, so the thinking has gone, the Muslims will...
  • Did Fiorina nail Trump on the Middle East question in the December 15 debate? (vanity)

    12/17/2015 7:48:33 PM PST · by EveningStar · 105 replies
    See body of thread for link | December 17, 2015
    Excerpt from the December 15, 2015 CNN main Republican debate in Las Vegas: BLITZER: Mr. Trump, are Americans safer with dictators running the world in the Middle East? TRUMP: In my opinion, we've spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that frankly, if they were there and if we could've spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems; our airports and all of the other problems we've had, we would've been a lot better off. I can tell you that right now. We have done a tremendous...
  • The Graham/McCain/Rubio Foreign Policy Exposed

    12/17/2015 7:44:29 PM PST · by Isara · 7 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | December 17th, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Is it “hawkish” to empower the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle East? What about arming Al Qaeda affiliates and creating chaos for Jihad to thrive? Thanks to Tuesday night’s debate, the American people finally observed a substantive debate that highlights the false choice and phantom labeling of “isolationist” vs. hawk.  There legitimately are some isolationists who believe the Islamists are not a problem so long as we don’t “bother” them.  But that is not the position of most conservatives.  In fact, most conservatives fully understand the threat of Islamic supremacism.  It is those who subscribe to the Graham/McCain/Rubio foreign policy...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right to Attack the 'Neocons'

    12/17/2015 8:00:14 AM PST · by Isara · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 16, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Hillary Clinton has no record to run on. Family income is lower and the world is more dangerous. Donald Trump nailed it when he told Chris Wallace, "Hillary calls me 'dangerous'? She's killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity." Trump was referring to the Obama administration's campaign to overthrow Arab dictators like Libya's Qaddafi and Egypt's Mubarak, which contributed to the chaos in the Middle East after the so-called "Arab Spring." Marco Rubio can't attack Hillary's disastrous foreign policy record because--as Ted Cruz observes--Rubio supported all the same stupid policies. Picture a Cruz-Clinton presidential debate: Cruz denounces Hillary's...
  • Turkey Detained 27 Russian Ships On The Black Sea

    12/16/2015 4:53:14 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 19 replies ^ | Dec. 16, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Turkey Hunkers Down In Mosul. All This Escalation Is Drawing The Scenario And The Main Players For World War III Turkish maritime authorities have detained 27 Russian ships on the country’s ports on Black Sea in retaliation for the seizure of eight Turkish-flagged ships at Russian ports. This escalation including the situation in Iraq, Syria, Mecca … it all spells out a near collision. Russia detained five Turkish-flagged ships in its ports for audit under the Black Sea Memorandum in the week after November 24, a move to retaliate against Turkey’s downing one of its war planes on the Turkish-Syrian...
  • Trump might just be right

    12/12/2015 4:25:51 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    WND ^ | Michael Master
    My neighbor Paul reminded me this week that Muslims practice a faith based on the Quran. That Quran demands that Muslims use Shariah law as their form of government. It instructs Muslims to lie to infidels (non-Muslims) to turn the world into a Muslim state. And it places the head of the Muslim religion as the head of state. Therefore, Muslim philosophy is in total contradiction to the U.S. Constitution and the American culture. It is more than a religion. It is a method of government that violates separation of church and state. It is incompatible with the American culture....
  • Let Israel Fight ISIS

    12/11/2015 11:27:43 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 10, 2015 | Shmuel Rosner
    [SNIP] Western leaders should also pause to reconsider the old habit of keeping Israel on the sidelines. Excluding a country for no other reason than the reluctance of others to fight alongside it undermines the very premise of the anti-Islamic State coalition, which claims the radical jihadists are a menace against which everybody should rally regardless of petty interests and selfish calculations.......... ..........And yet, the question of Israeli participation deserves a hearing. It deserves it first and foremost because Israel, like all other countries in the region, has a stake in fighting against evildoers. It cannot urge France or the...
  • Obama: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Bat?

    08/03/2012 1:15:50 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | Friday, August 3, 2012 | Timothy Knight
    It is not unusual for President Obama and our allies to communicate on a regular basis, especially with the Turkish Prime Minister in regards to the ongoing situation in neighboring Syria, however the Turkish press and government are bewildered over a photo released by the White House of President Obama talking to the Prime Minister earlier this week: Maybe the President really likes baseball, or maybe he's trying to create the image of Teddy Roosevelt's famous "walk softly and carry a big stick" quote for the fall campaign, but either way it's a massive failure. Why do I say that?...
  • Ted Cruz Warns Against Military Adventurism

    12/10/2015 6:32:42 PM PST · by Isara · 12 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Dec. 10, 2015 | David Catanese
    The Texas senator is seeking an implicit contrast with the more hawkish Marco Rubio.Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday warned against the deployment of U.S. forces in the Middle East in hopes of creating democracy, nodding to a portion of the Republican Party exhausted with military escapades abroad. Even as he emphasized the need to defeat the Islamic State group in a speech coming just a week after the San Bernardino, California, shooting rampage that's since been linked to radicalization, Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, chastised those rushing to place American troops on the ground to fight the enemy. "Some in...
  • Cruz: Middle East was more secure with Hussein, Gadhafi

    12/10/2015 2:29:07 PM PST · by Isara · 117 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/10/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Thursday that the Middle East was more secure when key dictators were still in power, and said too many Democrats and Republicans have supported toppling Middle Eastern governments to the benefit of the United States' enemies."Was the world, in fact, in the Middle East, a more secure place when Saddam Hussein was in power, when Moammar Gadhafi was in power, and when [Bashar] Assad wasn't fighting for his life in Syria?" asked MSNBC's Joe Scarborough."Of course it was," Cruz answered. "That's not even a close call."Cruz said Gadhafi did bad things but had worked...
  • AP Poll: Republicans wary of immigration from Middle East [So are half of Independents]

    12/09/2015 10:17:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Yahoo News via AP ^ | 12/09/2015 | By JULIE PACE and EMILY SWANSON
    With his call for blocking Muslims from entering the United States, Donald Trump may be tapping into deep concern among Republican voters about allowing Middle Eastern immigrants into the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. In particular, majority of Republicans see a high risk that refugees from Syria will commit acts of religious and political violence in the U.S., the poll finds. The poll was conducted before Trump made his contentious proposal on Monday, so it does not reflect public opinion about the plan. But it indicates a suspicion of newcomers from the region where Muslims predominate and...
  • Terror Strikes San Bernardino County

    12/03/2015 12:41:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 3, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    When the Redlands Tea Party Patriots objected to the resettling of Syrian Muslim migrants in their community, CAIR accused them of "paranoia and phobia is rooted in a combination of ignorance and bigotry." But "paranoia and phobia" are the modern condition that the free world has found itself living in. Islamic terrorism can strike anytime and anywhere from a Paris concert hall to a San Bernardino County facility where disabled children were being helped. It's ignorance to ignore that and bigotry to defend it. "What will be done to ensure the safety of our community? Our biggest concern is the...
  • Texas sues feds to keep 6 Syrian refugees out

    12/03/2015 12:31:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    Texas on Wednesday sued the Obama administration and an organization that resettles refugees over plans to bring six Syrian refugees to the state later this week. In a filing, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission accused the two of violating federal law with its plans to bring the family to Dallas on Friday. The state asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to block the resettlement and to order the defendants to "comply with their statutory and contractual duties to the state." Instead of working with the state to resettle refugees, as the law declares,...
  • Obama, the president who lost his voice (He would have lost WWII)

    12/01/2015 10:10:12 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/30/2015 | Richard Cohen
    The presidency has changed Barack Obama. His hair has gone gray, which is to be expected, and he looks older, which is also to be expected, but his eloquence has been replaced by petulance and he has lost the power to persuade, which is something of a surprise. You can speculate that if the Obama of today and not Winston Churchill had led Britain in World War II, the Old Vic theater would now be doing “Hamlet” in German. The president has lost his voice, that is certain. The numbers say so. Obama has the approval of only 44 percent of...
  • Is Secretary Kerry Reinventing the Middle East?

    11/28/2015 8:42:31 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/28/15 | Yoram Ettinger
    Legitimizes and rewards Mahmoud Abbas' hate-education and incitement - which must be uprooted as a prerequisite to real, durable peace--and therefore indirectly fuels Palestinian terrorism Secretary of State John Kerry’s November 24, 2015 visit to Jerusalem confirmed his determination to reinvent “the energetic, youthful and forward looking Middle East” in accordance with his own worldview, irrespective of Middle East reality. Kerry recycled well-intentioned, but failed, assessments and tactics, further eroding the US posture of deterrence and US power projection among pro-US Arab countries. On October 28, 2015, Secretary John Kerry presented his vision of US policy in the Middle East,...
  • How One Religious Organization Is Helping Syrian Refugees as They Arrive in Europe

    11/24/2015 8:25:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 23, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    As the United States debates how to properly vet 10,000 Syrian refugees expected to resettle here, employees with Samaritan’s Purse are stationed on the frontlines in Greece, working to be a “face of compassion” for refugees fleeing war and terror. Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse, spent a week in Greece, where the Christian organization has deployed employees and contractors to the region to assist scores of refugees flowing into the country, with hopes of continuing deeper into Europe. There, the group’s workers meet refugees arriving by rubber rafts on Greek islands and provide...
  • Daily Kos Writer: Republican Response to Paris Attacks 'More Tragic' Than Attacks Themselves

    11/24/2015 11:32:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | November 24, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    Liberals sometimes say that law enforcement’s approach to the Mafia offers a model for how to deal with jihadists, even though the latter tend not to limit their demands to protection money. This past Sunday, Egberto Willies of Daily Kos claimed that if terrorist attacks were “treated as they should be, like organized crime, it would neuter ISIS. After all…the group is no more powerful than a large band of thugs with weapons.” But crimefighting methods weren’t the main concern of Willies’s piece. Rather, it was his belief that “neocons” wish to exploit fear of terrorism in order to start a war which...
  • More Lame Virtue Signaling From President Faily McWorseThanCarter

    11/23/2015 5:06:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | November 23, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Imagine our surprise to learn that America is morally obligated to take in every out-of-luck dude who wanders out of his hellhole of a country with a bindle, selfie stick and no wife or kids in sight. And the troubling likelihood that some portion of these largely military-age male refugees agrees with their countrymen that the only good American is a headless one is beside the point. You see, our Glorious Leader and his dwindling coterie of slobbering fans cannot possibly pass up this sweet chance to pose, posture, and preen as our moral superiors. It's no biggie if more...