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  • Pence for Defense--The presidential candidates could learn from Indiana’s governor.

    02/28/2015 7:03:37 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 28, 2015 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Lost in much of the reporting about CPAC is that almost all of the likely presidential candidates—really, all of them, with the exception of Rand Paul—seemed to place themselves at the Reaganite hawkish-internationalist end of the foreign policy spectrum. The much-heralded return of Republican isolationism or anti-interventionism wasn’t much in evidence, except during Rand Paul's half hour on the stage. The other candidates all criticized President Obama for his foreign policy weakness and timidity, and made the case for greater American strength and resolve. Of course, most of the speakers didn't go into great detail, especially on the question of...
  • Israel rips U.S. deal with 'messianic, apocalyptic' Iran

    02/23/2015 9:41:09 PM PST · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    WND ^ | February 23, 2015 | Unattributed
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu The emerging U.S.-led deal that would allow Iran to enrich uranium at a limited rate, with the restrictions easing over time, poses a “great danger” to the Western world and Israel from a “messianic, apocalyptic” nation, Israel’s defense minister declared Monday. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon made the comments as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the wishes of President Obama, prepares for a trip to Washington next week to explain in an address to both houses of Congress why he is against the negotiations. As WND reported, the prime minister’s aides have claimed Israel...
  • A credibility gap [for Obama on Iran negotiations]

    02/23/2015 5:24:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Fred Hiatt
    Can President Obama sell an Iran deal at home? If his negotiators strike an agreement next month, we already know that it will be far from ideal: Rather than eradicating Iran’s nuclear-weapons potential, as once was hoped, a pact would seek to control Iran’s activities for some limited number of years. Such a deal might be defensible on the grounds that it is better than any alternative, given that most experts believe a military “solution” would be at best temporary and possibly counterproductive. But making that kind of lesser-evil defense would be challenging in any circumstances. Three conditions will make...
  • Dems urge Boehner to delay Netanyahu address to Congress

    02/19/2015 11:45:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    A group of 23 liberal House Democrats urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next month. In the letter spearheaded by Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the lawmakers argued that Netanyahu was being used as a "political tool" against President Obama. "As members of Congress who support Israel, we share concern that it appears that you are using a foreign leader as a political tool against the president," they wrote. Netanyahu's March 3 address will be just two weeks before the Israeli elections and...
  • Obama says notion West at war with Islam is 'ugly lie'

    02/19/2015 9:47:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/19/15 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Middle Eastern leaders to stand up to "violent extremism" and stop proxy wars that fuel the rise of terror groups. "The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie," he told the final day of a conference on combatting extremism. "And all of us, regardless of our faith, have a responsibility to reject it." Obama challenged Middle Eastern powers to stop actions that he claimed have stoked the rise of Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and others. Fighting between Sunnis and Shia "will only end when...
  • China's Torrid Middle Eastern Affair

    02/18/2015 1:47:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- While surfing the Internet on Valentine's Day, I came across a love story so poignant that I just have to share it with you. I'm taking really hot and heavy -- as in actual fire. I noticed a banner advertisement for an event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April called the "Kingdom Future Energy Summit," complete with a stunning image of what appears to be an ashen finger catching fire as it reaches out to touch a stream of oil. Ouch. It's the kind of image that you might expect neo-hippies to daydream between trips to the recycling...
  • EDUCATION, POVERTY, POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM: IS THERE A CAUSAL CONNECTION?

    02/18/2015 12:27:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    NBER Working Papers Series ^ | July 2002 | Alan B. Krueger and Jitka Maleckova, Natl Bureau of Economic Research
    [snip] Conclusion - The evidence we have assembled and reviewed suggests there is little direct connection between poverty, education and participation in terrorism and politically motivated violence. Indeed, the available evidence indicates that, compared with the relevant population, participants in Hezbollah’s militant wing in the late 1980s and early 1990s were at least as likely to come from economically advantaged families and have a relatively high level of education as they were to come from impoverished families without educational opportunities. We should caution, however, that the evidence we have considered is tentative due to data limitations. In addition, our focus...
  • Analysis: Obama’s successor could inherit Mideast conflict

    02/12/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 6:24 AM ET | Julie Pace
    Seeking war power authority for three years, President Barack Obama is setting up the prospect that his successor will become the third American president in a row overseeing U.S. military forces grappling with turmoil in the Middle East. Passing on an active military mission in the region would be an unexpected and unwanted legacy for Obama, a president who once appeared poised to fulfill his campaign pledge to end U.S.-led conflicts in the region. […] The president has long said the campaign against the Islamic State militants would be lengthy, suggesting it could extend beyond his presidency. But his authorization...
  • Getting Real in the Middle East

    02/11/2015 1:47:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    resident Barack Obama, who has acted unilaterally on everything from making war in Libya to granting work permits to illegal aliens in the United States, now wants a war authorization from Congress. What Congress should make him do first -- but probably will not -- is embrace a realistic foreign policy that makes sense because it makes Americans safer. When Obama wanted to intervene in Libya's civil war in favor of those seeking to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, he did not seek an authorization from Congress as required by our Constitution. He acted on his own -- backed up by what...
  • At the prayer breakfast, President Obama struck a patronizing tone

    02/10/2015 2:16:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2015 | Eugene Robinson
    There is no doubt that President Obama’s remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let’s face it — glib, facile and patronizing. [snip of brief, gratuitous, misleading snark to burnish and retain his progressive credentials] My objection is that Obama — in drawing parallels between past atrocities perpetrated in the name of Christianity and current ones by terrorists acting in the name of Islam — constructed an all-too-pat narrative that lets everyone off the hook, including himself. The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror...
  • Dear President Obama, I Have a Solution for Your “Islamist” Dilemma

    02/08/2015 1:52:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | Michael Youssef
    Dear President Obama, Please know that I am one of those who pray for you on a regular basis. The Scriptures command me to pray for those in leadership. Please also know that any criticism I have regarding your foreign policies are neither personal nor political. I have found some across the aisle from you who have equally questionable views regarding such policies. Although I don’t presume to enter into your mind nor know your motives, I think I understand the process of your thinking regarding radical Islam. Incidentally, I think also some of the President George W. Bush’s administration...
  • Legislation Proposal: Limit Obama's Ability to Cash in on the Presidency

    02/09/2015 4:33:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | John Ransom
    MaxUrderer wrote: You know what would be even BETTER? If we hadn't invaded a Iraq and destabilized the entire regime in the first place. If we had treated 9/11 as what it WAS, a crime, had caught the perpetrators and brought them to justice, and had left the evil but stabilizing dictator in place as we've done in Saudi Arabia. So no, John, Iraq was neither a "victory" nor a "war". It was a mistake. And it will NEVER be Obama's fault. It'll ALWAYS be Bush's fault. To summarize Conservative sentiment regarding Iraq: "That idiot Obama didn't fix our incredible...
  • The Arab Armies

    02/08/2015 10:14:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/08/15 | Alan Caruba
    Coalition is “adamantly opposed to Obama’s policy…and loath to lend their air strength for its support” The ongoing Syrian conflict, the fall of the Yemeni government, the burning of the Jordanian pilot, and other events make one wonder why even those Arab nations with significant military capabilities tend not to use them against a common enemy. The attacks on ISIS by the Jordanian air force have been a dramatic example of what could be done to eliminate this threat to the entire region if the other military forces would join in a united effort. This raises the question of why...
  • The Faithful Clarity of a Moral President

    02/07/2015 3:43:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    Last week, President Barack Obama chose to equate Christianity and Islam. In doing so, he suggested people needed to get off their "high horse" because many things had been done in the name of Christianity. He listed slavery and the crusades to name two. I would feel better about listening to the honest exegesis of the American resident on matters of faith if I were convinced he had faith in anything other than himself. He sat in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years. But Rev. Wright is a preacher of black liberation theology, far removed from mainstream Christian discourse....
  • Shiite rebels take power in Yemen, fan fears of civil war

    02/06/2015 4:59:33 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 02/07/2015 | By Ahmed al-Haj
    ANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Shiite rebels proclaimed a formal takeover of the Arab nation Friday, dissolving parliament in a dramatic move that completes their power grab in the region’s poorest nation where an al-Qaeda terrorist offshoot flourishes. The unrest could strengthen Yemen’s al-Qaeda branch, considered the world’s most dangerous wing of the terror movement, and complicate US counter-terrorism operations in Saudi Arabia’s southern neighbor. While Houthi rebels are bitter enemies to al-Qaida, they also are hostile to the United States, and frosty to the predominantly Sunni Saudis. The region’s Shiite powerhouse, Iran, looms as a potential key backer. White...
  • The defiance of Jordan: Queen Rania leads thousands of protesters on the streets of Amman

    02/06/2015 12:43:45 PM PST · by traumer · 28 replies
    Queen Rania of Jordan led protests on the streets of the capital Amman this morning as thousands took to the streets after Friday prayers to urge King Abdullah II to step up airstrikes against the Islamic State to avenge the brutal murder of pilot Moaz al-Kasaesbeh. Crowds massed near the city's main Husseini mosque, then marched chanting 'Death to Daesh', using a derogatory Arabic acronym for the terror group, in the latest sign of mounting public anger. The rally came three days after Islamic State released a video purporting to show Kasaesbeh being burnt alive in a cage as masked...
  • Barbarians at the Gate

    02/06/2015 7:55:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    I would not watch the video of Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being consumed by fire, because to do so was exactly what the Islamist barbarians who produced it wanted. They wanted not only to kill their captive in the most horrific way imaginable, but also to burn the images of his immolation into the minds of those who oppose them. Terror is their most effective weapon. The only way they can achieve victory is by frightening people into submission. Scare off those who would join an alliance to fight the Islamic State, and ISIS wins. But barbarity also has a...
  • After nine months deployed, 40th soldiers home again. New babies part of the welcoming

    02/06/2015 6:17:37 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A woman held a sign as she sat on a bleacher in the Barnes Feld House Wednesday night. It read: “I’d wait for you forever, but 292 days is long enough.” Little did she know the sign should have read 293 days, because that is the length of time she actually had to wait for her soldier to come back home, after spending more than nine months in the troubled areas of the Middle East and Afghanistan. It wasn’t until after midnight — precisely 15 minutes into Thursday morning — before the unnamed soldier was one of...
  • Professor made tough class fun for students

    02/06/2015 4:05:12 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 8 replies
    The State (Columbia, SC) ^ | Feb. 5, 2015 | By JOEY HOLLEMAN
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Students say Raja Fayad, a University of South Carolina professor who died in an apparent murder-suicide on campus Thursday, made one of the toughest classes at the University of South Carolina fun. “He was a very kind-hearted and sweet person,” said Lacey Humphries, 23, who graduated in May. “Anatomy and physiology is not everyone’s favorite class. ... He would turn it into something that was enjoyable and give us ways to remember things. ... That’s something you appreciate in a professor.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/05/3972072_professor-made-tough-class-fun.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
  • After ISIS execution, angry King Abdullah quotes Clint Eastwood to U.S. lawmakers

    02/04/2015 4:58:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 4, 2015 | Byron York
    Members of the House Armed Services Committee met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday not long after news broke that ISIS had burned to death a Jordanian pilot captured in the fight against the terrorist group. In a private session with lawmakers, the king showed an extraordinary measure of anger — anger which he expressed by citing American movie icon Clint Eastwood.
  • BO: I Saved the American Economy, Made the US Stronger, More Prosperous, Safer, More Influential

    02/04/2015 5:36:17 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 54 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 2/2/2015 | Tim Brown
    "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." – Proverbs 16:18 God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." –James 4:6 No, the headline is not a joke. This is what the Narcissist-in-Chief actually said. In an interview on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Obama said that he was proud of his accomplishments while in office, and though he mentioned ridiculous statements like "saving the American economy," noticeably absent was his signature unconstitutional legislation, Obamacare. When asked what he thought his one line would be in history, Obama said he thought he would allow others to...
  • Why Even Our Friends in the Middle East Don’t Like Us

    02/01/2015 11:22:42 AM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies
    WSJ Wasington Wire ^ | January 30, 2015 | Aaaron David Miller
    President Barack Obama‘s visit to Saudi Arabia this week with a heavy-duty delegation was a smart move. But nobody should have any illusions that this quick stop will fix what’s troubling U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia or other key allies in the region. These days, the United States’ two oldest and most important friends in the Middle East–Israel and Saudi Arabia–seem to have more in common with one another than they do with Washington. Throw Egypt into the mix and you have an unusual threesome–a Jewish state, a monarchy, and a military-controlled phony republic–that have, as a practical matter, aligned...
  • American Sniper Is Surprisingly Popular in Iraq

    01/31/2015 2:17:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    American Sniper, the film about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who became the deadliest sniper in U.S. history while serving four tours of duty in Iraq, has broken box office records and is nominated for six Oscars, including best picture. To say that the film is a hit among American audiences (Michael Moore, and other haters aside) would be an understatement. What is receiving far less attention—though very interesting—is how the moving is faring in the Middle East. In Iraq, the theater at Baghdad’s Mansour Mall was “full and rowdy” during the film’s opening week—and the crowd was into it. When...
  • Can Israel Survive?

    01/29/2015 2:18:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos. Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived? The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence. First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War,...
  • Lebanese Hezbollah Hits Israeli Convoy, Causing Casualties

    01/28/2015 6:10:51 AM PST · by edpc · 20 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Ariel Shalit and Zeina Karam
    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month.
  • Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah's funeral (by skipping Taj Mahal visit)

    01/24/2015 3:05:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    President Obama will forego a visit to the Taj Mahal during his visit to India in order to travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah’s funeral, the White House announced early Saturday morning. Vice President Biden was initially scheduled to lead the U.S. delegation, but he will instead now remain in Washington and Obama will add the stop onto his return from India, where the president is embarking on a three-day trip to foster economic ties with the nation. “President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 in order to pay respects to King...
  • Israel's Strike Against Hezbollah And Iran Is Also A Message To Obama

    01/23/2015 1:07:36 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    BI - Now Lebanon ^ | 1-23-2015 | Tony Badran
    Tony Badran, Now Lebanon January 23, 2015 Israel dealt Iran a painful blow on Sunday when it struck a convoy of senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders in Quneitra in the Golan Heights. Some Israeli former security officials have explained the strike as preemptive action against an imminent attack on northern Israel. They pointed to an interview by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah three days before, in which he talked about his fighters making incursions into the Galilee in the next war with Israel. Another anonymous Israeli official claimed that the presence of a high-ranking Iranian general in the convoy was a...
  • Yemen faces power vacuum after president quits

    01/23/2015 9:38:06 AM PST · by Mozilla · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 23, 2015 | Daily Mail Staff
    Yemen faced a dangerous power vacuum Friday after its president announced his resignation over a deadly standoff with Shiite militia controlling the capital and lawmakers called an emergency weekend session. President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, a key US ally in the fight against Al-Qaeda, said late Thursday that he could no longer stay in office as the country was in "total deadlock". Prime Minister Khalid Bahah also tendered his resignation, saying he did want to be part of the collapse of the country. The fall of Hadi's Western-backed government would raise fears of complete chaos engulfing Yemen, strategically located next to...
  • Good news: Saudi Arabia’s new king nearly 80-years-old, suffers with dementia

    01/23/2015 9:33:02 AM PST · by Mozilla · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 23, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    The longtime king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, passed away on Friday. But the death of the 90-year-old monarch didn’t seem to come as much of a shock to the Saudi establishment. When royal officials acknowledged Abdullah’s death, it was also revealed that Crown Prince Salman would succeed his brother. For the time being, the succession process seemed to have preserved stability in the Saudi Kingdom. Within hours, traders who speculated that the new king may take a critical look at Saudi policies, which have allowed crude prices to collapse in recent months, created a rally in the oil...
  • Israeli Security Source: We Didn't Know Iranian General Was At Site Of Syria Strike

    01/20/2015 12:42:36 PM PST · by edpc · 22 replies
    Reuters via Haaretz ^ | 20 Jan 2015 | Reuters
    An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior Israeli security source told Reuters on Tuesday. The source declined to be identified because Israel will not confirm or deny whether it carried out the strike. Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Allahdadi was killed along with a Hezbollah commander and the son of the group's late military leader, Imad Muughniyeh, in Sunday's attack on a Hezbollah convoy near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • Iraqi Ambassador to the US: We Must Cleanse Iraq of ISIS

    01/19/2015 6:08:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | Gayle Trotter
    [Editor's Note: Gayle Trotter was able to sit down for an interview with Iraq's Ambassador to the United States, for his perspective on the unrest in the Middle East, terrorism, and America's role in fighting ISIS.]Gayle TrotterTell me a little bit about your background and how you find yourself in Washington, D.C., as the representative of your country Iraq? Lukman Faily My major is in mathematics and computer science so my background was always technical. I worked in various companies in the United Kingdom and worked in IT-related industries, primarily consultancy. I moved on into project management, program management and...
  • How Saddam tracked foes in U.S.

    07/14/2003 2:48:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 149+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 14 2003 | DAVE NEWBART
    The documents kept by the Iraqi Intelligence Service were meticulous in detail and sweeping in scope. In some, Iraqi intelligence officers in the United States are directed to use informers to track the "criminal'' actions of one current and one former Chicago area resident, both Assyrian Christians from Iraq who founded an anti-Saddam Hussein political party. Another accuses the group of being influenced by "imperialists'' and "Zionists.'' Others include the exact dates of the group's meetings and conventions in Chicago and elsewhere, the names of the people who ran the events, those in attendance and what statements were made. Trips...
  • Pope Denouces Jihad By "Deviant Forms Of Religion"

    01/12/2015 6:43:07 AM PST · by Biggirl · 64 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In his yearly address to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps on Monday, Pope Francis decried the breakdown of society “spawning violence and death.” Referencing the “tragic slayings which took place in Paris,” Francis blamed enslavement to “deviant forms of religion.” This fundamentalism, Francis said, which uses religion as a pretext for evil, is “born of a corrupt heart, a heart incapable of recognizing and doing good, of pursuing peace.”
  • Saving Lives in the Middle East

    01/03/2015 8:12:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Some Yazidi and other Christian communities trace their Syrian and Iraqi roots back nearly 2,000 years. Now they are being systematically exterminated. Not merely driven out. Exterminated – along with Jews, Baha’is and even Muslims insufficiently fundamentalist to suit Islamic State (ISIS) butchers. While they have not yet attained the scale of Nazi and Communist slaughters, these Islamofascist savages may have surpassed their Twentieth Century predecessors in depravity. They ask terrified children, “Who wants to be beheaded first?” then butcher them in front of the others. They bury people alive. Islamist “soldiers” teach little boys how to slice the heads...
  • Israel is omitted from HarperCollins atlas because including country would be 'unacceptable' ..

    12/31/2014 9:28:38 AM PST · by aimhigh · 28 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/31/2014 | JENNY STANTON
    Publishing giant HarperCollins has been criticised for omitting Israel from an atlas. The country is not labelled on the map - bought by English-speaking schools in the majority-Muslim Gulf, while Gaza and Jordan are clearly marked. Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins, told The Tablet that including Israel would have been 'unacceptable' to their customers in the Gulf and the amendment incorporated 'local preferences'
  • The feast of Stephen: Middle East's persecuted Christians need our help

    12/26/2014 11:54:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Ralph Peters
    On the day after Christmas, I wish those I meet a “Good St. Stephen’s Day.” Personal quirk? Surely. But it’s also been my small homage to my faith’s first martyr. And this year his all-but-forgotten feast day has a special relevance.
  • Christian priest: Thanks to Israel, I can have a Merry Christmas

    12/25/2014 6:52:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | December 25, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    A message of truth going out to a world drowning in lies. “Thanks to Israel, I Can Have a Merry Christmas,” by Father Gabriel Nadaf (translated by Avi Woolf), Mida.org, December 24, 2014:"Right now, while Christians the world over are celebrating Christmas, entire communities of the followers of Christ cannot rejoice. The Middle East and parts of Africa continue to drown in rivers of blood, with various minorities being targeted by radical Islamic organizations such as ISIS, Hamas, Jabhat al-Nusra, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and others.
  • The reason for lower gas prices: Saudi Arabia and fracking

    12/22/2014 7:21:19 AM PST · by shepardspie33 · 18 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | December 22, 2014 | Brian Woodward
    ... While the U.S. does not export crude oil, its increased production has curbed imports, resulting in excess supply. Although the fracking boom has helped to increase supply and steal market share from the Middle East, it is the Saudi response to the increased production from North American shale that has sent the price of oil tumbling. In September 2014, in the face of falling oil prices, Saudi Arabia chose to increase oil production by half a percent. Days later on Oct. 1, they discounted oil exports to leading Asian customers. These actions set off a rapid decline in international...
  • Biden Spins Fantasies, Middle East Heats Up

    12/09/2014 3:18:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | P. David Hornik
    Speaking to the Saban Forum in Washington on Saturday, Vice-President Joe Biden said that the talks with Iran, which began about a year ago and recently were extended for another seven months, had “brought significant benefits” and slowed down Iran’s nuclear program.
  • Israel Attacks Damascus

    12/07/2014 10:36:49 AM PST · by George Varnum · 20 replies
    Paul Begley Evangelical Ministries ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Pastor Paul BEGLEY
    Pastor Paul BEGLEY just posted a You Tube with this breaking report.
  • How Yemen rescue attempt went wrong

    12/06/2014 9:38:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    United States military and intelligence officials are still piecing together what happened early Saturday that sabotaged an attempt to rescue two hostages from al Qaeda in Yemen. Despite being ready with a roughly 40-man special operations team and days to plan the operation, U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korki both died shortly after the midnight raid. The key problem, officials told the Wall Street Journal, came when some kind of sound alerted militants who were holding the hostages that the special operations team was nearby. The militants were part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,...
  • Obama decries 'barbaric murder' of US hostage in Yemen

    12/06/2014 4:31:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    President Obama on Saturday condemned the "barbaric murder" by al Qaeda of U.S. hostage Luke Somers in Yemen during a rescue attempt by U.S. forces. "On behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Luke’s family and to his loved ones," he said in a statement. "As this and previous hostage rescue operations demonstrate, the United States will spare no effort to use all of its military, intelligence, and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home safely, wherever they are located. And terrorists who seek to harm our citizens will feel the long arm of American justice," he...
  • U.S. Teacher Killed 'With a Sharp Tool' in Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall

    12/03/2014 11:03:44 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 3, 2014 | Cassandra Vinograd and Charlene Gubash
    An American kindergarten teacher who is the mother of twins was stabbed to death in the bathroom of an Abu Dhabi shopping mall by a robed figure dubbed the "Reem Island Ghost," police said Wednesday. The teacher was identified by her family as Ibolya Ryan. The attack comes just weeks after the U.S. embassies in the Middle East warned citizens of an anonymous posting on a jihadist website encouraging attacks against teachers at American schools in the Middle East.
  • Obama’s Middle East strategy is failing fast (Commentary)

    12/01/2014 9:13:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2014 | Sean Parnell
    The distribution of the most recent video of a Westerner murdered by Islamic State, or ISIS, militants should serve as a stark reminder of the threat we face in the Middle East. The execution by beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig makes it very clear that the fight must continue. In spite of President Obama’s tough talk that ISIS would be “degraded and destroyed,” the insurgent force grows only more emboldened by the West’s minimalist response to its aggression in Iraq and Syria. The killing of Kassig, who served as a U.S. Army Ranger before dedicating himself to humanitarian...
  • John Kerry Says US Will Not Be Intimidated By Islamic Extremists. ISIS Responds: “Ha Ha Ha Ha’

    11/17/2014 3:02:45 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Downtrend ^ | 11/16/14 | Brian Anderson
    Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled the Obama Administration’s new strategy for dealing with the Islamic terrorist threat in Syria and Iraq: make ISIS laugh so hard that incompetent US-backed factions can sneak up and kill them while they are doubled over in hysterics. In response to the most recent ISIS beheading of an American, Kerry warned the Islamic barbarians that the US will not be intimidated. Seriously, that’s it. The official Obama response to the beheading death of former US soldier Peter Kassig is that we will not be intimidated. Not more bombs. Not more troops. Not a military...
  • Chuck Todd: Middle East Worse Off Under Obama

    11/15/2014 8:18:42 AM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    newsmax ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | Melanie Batley
    The Middle East will be less stable after President Barack Obama leaves office than it was before he entered the White House, said NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd. "The fact is he [Obama] was elected, he was nominated to get the country out of war in the Middle East. There was a promise that his presidency would bring stability to the Middle East, would bring some new opportunities, a conversation with the Muslim world, all of those things," Todd told radio show host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday. "And the fact of the matter is, it's going to be...
  • God Calls Out Hezbullah,Hamas,and Fatah...

    Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;(Joel 3:4)We have been closely examining Joel’s amazing high-definition vision of the last days. Set in the time of the return of the captives of Judea and Jerusalem ( post 1948), the vision shows all of the nations of the earth (The U.N.) being summoned to “the valley of Jehoshaphat”, (God shall Judge), so that God could serve a...
  • A High Definition Picture OF our Own Time...Joel pt 6

    For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (Joel 3:1-3)At the end of his vision, The Prophet Joel suddenly saw a clear picture...
  • How Sweden Saved the Middle East by Recognizing Palestine... But Who Will Save Sweden?

    10/31/2014 4:16:57 AM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 31, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    On Thursday, Sweden finally solved all the problems in the Middle East by recognizing the State of Palestine. For decades all the instability in the region had been blamed on the lack of a PLO state. Foreign policy experts stood in line to tell us all that the only thing that could end terrorism in the Middle East was a terrorist state. .... It was a plan so crazy that it was bound to either work or kill a lot of people. Mostly it’s done the latter. .... Sweden’s new Palestine not only dispensed with elections, routing the business of...
  • The Most Powerful Militaries In The Middle East [RANKED]

    10/27/2014 1:29:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/27/2014 | ARMIN ROSEN, JEREMY BENDER AND AMANDA MACIAS
    The balance of power in the Middle East is in disarray: A three-year civil war has torn apart Syria and opened up a vacuum for the rise of the Islamic State group; Sunni powers led by Saudi Arabia continue to face off against Shi'ite powers led by Iran; other countries are reeling from uprisings in the Arab Spring; and foreign powers are all taking sides. Faced with this tense paradigm, every country in the region is building up its own military. Indeed, four of the five fastest-growing defense markets in 2013 were in the Middle East, led by Oman —...