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  • The Purge of Christians across the Middle East: Where are the Protestors?

    02/27/2017 1:13:25 PM PST · by davikkm · 12 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    In what must surely be one of the most disturbing massacres of people in recent years, the usual suspect protestors have kept their silence. The Christian population of Middle Eastern countries has fallen sharply over the last ten years (CNN suggests that in the city of Mosul, the Christian population has dropped from around 35,000 to 20), and while some of this can be explained by families fleeing violence and danger, the amount of Christians slaughtered for not being Muslim is alarming. In Iraq the Christian population has fallen from 1.4 million to under 300,000 in a decade. The picture...
  • The Regulation Law and Peace in the Middle East

    02/26/2017 8:02:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 26, 2017 | Michael Curtis
    Critics of Israel persist in the contention that the existence of Israeli settlements is a core, even the main, impediment to peace and to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Once again, in the U.N. Security Council's Resolution 2334 of December 23, 2016, which was passed by a vote of 14-0, with the U.S. abstaining and therefore allowing it to pass, the settlements were held to be illegal. They have been held innumerable times, though incorrectly, in international forums to be violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49, and The Hague Convention of 1907. Ignoring the refusal of...
  • Revised travel ban targets same seven countries, exempts green card holders

    02/19/2017 8:49:38 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2017 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven't used it yet. A senior administration official said the order, which Trump revised after federal courts held up his original immigration and refugee ban, will target only those same seven Muslim-majority countries -- Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. The official said that green-card holders and dual citizens of the U.S. and any of those countries are exempt. The...
  • 72 convicted in U.S. terror cases came from nations targeted for vetting

    02/13/2017 6:20:32 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 12, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    At least 72 convicted terrorists came from the seven countries President Trump targeted in his extreme vetting executive order, according to a new report this weekend that directly undercut part of the courts’ rulings halting the program. Seventeen of those entered the U.S. under the refugee program that Mr. Trump has said is of special concern to him, according to the data compiled by the Senate Judiciary Committee and analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies.
  • 9th Circuit will be voting on whether to reconsider the 3-judge panel decision en banc.

    02/12/2017 5:52:47 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 83 replies
    Chris Geidner Twitter ^ | February 10, 2017 | Chris Gender
    THOMAS, Chief Judge and En Banc Coordinator: A judge on this court has made a sua sponte request that a vote be take as to whether the order issued by the three judge motions panel on February 9, 2017, should be reconsidered en banc.
  • Donald Trump says refugee admissions surged from 7 countries during suspension of executive order

    02/12/2017 7:07:45 PM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Politifact ^ | Feb. 12, 2017
    President Donald Trump said refugees from dangerous locations have flooded the United States ever since a federal judge halted his executive order. "72% of refugees admitted into U.S. (2/3 -2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN," Trump said on Twitter Feb. 12.
  • Several Christians Murdered In Egypt

    02/11/2017 5:25:23 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    BosNewsLife ^ | February 10, 2017
    Christians in Egypt are mourning after another believer was murdered in Egypt, the fifth killing in less than two weeks. Ishak Ibrahim Fayez Younan, 37, was found dead by his brother at the victim's temporary residence in the old part of Cairo, the capital. He leaves behind a grieving wife and two children, ages 10 and 12, Christians said. Ishak's death bears similarities with the other slain Christians who each had their throat cut, while money and other valuables were left behind, according to Christians familiar with the situation. Egypt police reportedly said that robbery was the motive ... The...
  • Appeals court judge wants vote on whether to reconsider travel ban ruling

    02/10/2017 3:57:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2017 | Melanie Zanona
    A judge on a San Francisco-based appeals court has requested that the entire court vote on whether to review a three-judge panel’s decision to not reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit instructed the administration and the plaintiffs, Washington and Minnesota, to file legal briefs by next Thursday with their opinions about whether the ruling should be reviewed “en banc.” That process would task the entire 11-judge appeals court at the Ninth Circuit to reconsider the case. The three-judge panel unanimously declined to lift a temporary restraining order on Trump’s executive order...
  • The Ninth Circuit’s Power Grab

    02/10/2017 11:32:43 AM PST · by b4its2late · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/10/2017 | The Editors
    The Ninth Circuit’s decision against President Trump’s immigration order is worse than wrong. It is dangerous. To review, Trump issued an executive order blocking entry by refugees and aliens from seven Muslim-majority countries. The travel restriction is to be short-lived: a period of months while better vetting procedures are developed. The administration, moreover, did not pluck the seven countries from its allegedly anti-Muslim imagination. They were cited in a statute enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama, based on the richly supported conclusion that these countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan — are riven by...
  • President Trump Had Every Right To Call Out Judge Robart – He Used The Law To Kill The Law

    02/09/2017 12:46:22 PM PST · by davikkm · 20 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    What is done is done, and there can be no going back. I do want to go over some points that are outstanding in President Trump’s “immigration ban.” Number one is that President Trump had the right to issue and Executive Order on National Security without being questioned. No other President in history has been treated as unfairly as Donald Trump. Number two Donald Trump had every right to criticize liberal Judge Robart, who used his power of the law to kill President Trump’s power of the law in placing an Executive Order to protect National Security. President Trump’s power...
  • White House fires back at immigration order critics with list of terror arrests

    02/08/2017 2:45:32 PM PST · by mandaladon · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8 Feb 2017
    The White House moved Wednesday to counter critics who claim President Trump’s travel ban goes too far, circulating a list of terror cases involving suspects who came to the U.S. from the seven countries in question. The list, obtained by Fox News, gave 24 examples of refugees and other immigrants from Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria and Libya who have been arrested on terror-related charges; most have been convicted. Those seven, mostly Muslim countries were singled out in Trump's executive order, which suspended immigration for 90 days from those nations. The document of terror arrests appears to be, in...
  • Federal Judges Express Skepticism About Trump Travel Ban

    02/07/2017 4:49:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 81 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 7, 2017
    Federal Judges Express Skepticism About Trump Travel Ban SUDHIN THANAWALA, SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A panel of appeals court judges reviewing President Donald Trump's travel ban hammered away Tuesday at the federal government's arguments that the states cannot challenge the order. The hearing before the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges was the greatest legal challenge yet to the ban, which has upended travel to the U.S. for more than a week and tested the new administration's use of executive power. The government asked the court to restore Trump's order, contending that the president alone has the power...
  • Why Middle Eastern nations support Trump’s immigration halt

    02/07/2017 4:10:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Asia Times ^ | February 3, 2017 | David Goldman
    The US president's measure has had precisely the result he intended, giving succour to those engaged in an existential war against jihadist elements Critics of President Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim nations should remember the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken and let the monkey watch.” The much-criticized measure was a warning to the governments of the Gulf States, Turkey and Pakistan, who walk a fine line between support for Western counter-terrorism efforts and concessions to jihadists. It has had precisely the result that the White House intended, as a Dubai security official indicated on January 29. As Reuters’...
  • 2 states say allowing travel ban would 'unleash chaos again' [MN and WA]

    02/06/2017 5:41:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2017 8:13 AM EST | Eric Tucker
    Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota have told a federal appellate court that restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would “unleash chaos again.” The filing with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco came early Monday after the White House said it expected the federal courts to reinstate the ban. Washington and Minnesota said their underlying lawsuit was strong and a nationwide temporary restraining order was appropriate. If the appellate court reinstated Trump’s ban, the states said the “ruling would reinstitute those harms, separating families, stranding our university students...
  • Pentagon reportedly failed to disclose thousands of US airstrikes in Middle East

    02/06/2017 6:56:39 AM PST · by G Larry · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News
    The U.S. military failed to disclose thousands of airstrikes over the last several years in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Military Times. An investigation revealed Sunday that the U.S. conducted at least 456 airstrikes in Afghanistan last year that were not recorded in the open-source database kept by the U.S. Air Force. The airstrikes were conducted my several U.S. aircraft – including helicopters and drones.
  • Let’s Get Real About the Trump Travel Ban

    02/05/2017 6:24:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Before we get started, let me convey the Bialosky Rule: The more protests and the more screaming and yelling, the better Trump is doing.Hysteria reigned last weekend over President Trump’s executive order (EO) restricting travelers from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia). These countries are located in the Middle East and North Africa. There are a few aspects of this executive order that need to be reviewed. This is not an attack against Muslim countries. You all know that this is branding by the Left, but not real. There are 46 other majority Muslim countries that...
  • The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started

    02/02/2017 1:04:27 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 01-02-2017 | OP
    It’s been a month now that investors and analysts have been closely watching two main drivers for oil prices: how OPEC is doing with the supply-cut deal, and how U.S. shale is responding to fifty-plus-dollar oil with rebounding drilling activity. Those two main factors are largely neutralizing each other, and are putting a floor and a cap to a price range of between $50 and $60. The U.S. rig count has been rising, while OPEC seems unfazed by the resurgence in North American shale activity and is trying to convince the market (and itself) and prove that it would be...
  • Dutch Politician Jan Roos: Stop Building a 'Little Middle East' in Europe

    02/02/2017 8:10:07 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02-02-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    The leader of Dutch political party VNL (VoorNederland, a classically liberal party) is lashing out at "the multicultural dream forced upon us" by the establishment. Yesterday, Dutch outlet De Dagelijkse Standaard reported that increasingly more teachers at primary and high schools refuse to talk about certain issues due to fear of Muslim students. They mention a similar situation in Turkey, led by the increasingly authoritarian President Erdogan, where homosexuality and terrorism are issues better ignored. The teachers say that there's a "cultural conflict" in Dutch classrooms, and although some of them initially tried to hang on to liberal Dutch values,...
  • Trump order halting some Muslim immigrants hits roadblock

    01/28/2017 8:41:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jan 28, 2017 | 11:21pm EST | By Mica Rosenberg and Jeff Mason | NEW YORK/WASHINGTON
    By Mica Rosenberg and Jeff Mason | NEW YORK/WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States sparked outrage but hit a roadblock late on Saturday when a federal judge said stranded travelers could stay in the country. The emergency court ruling was cheered at Boston's Logan International Airport, one of several major U.S. airports where protesters angry with Trump's order gathered. The American Civil Liberties Union, which sought the temporary stay, said it would help 100 to 200 people with valid visas or refugee status who found themselves detained in transit...
  • The Intelligent Pragmatism Behind Trump’s Refugee and Visa Suspension

    01/28/2017 2:56:21 PM PST · by onyx · 14 replies
    Many people are wondering why suspend visas relating to travel from: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Why those countries specifically? What’s this all about.The answer to that question and many other questions surrounding the recent executive actions of President Trump can be answered deliberately by looking forward, not backward.Due mostly to the action of Russia, Islamic extremism is currently in retreating position from Syria. In the weeks and months to come, radical Islamic extremists of various factions will be facing even more defeats as their strongholds are recaptured. In addition to their current geographic locations, where...
  • On Trial: Lawsuits Against Trump On ‘Muslim Immigration Ban’ Will Fail Fast

    01/28/2017 11:14:07 PM PST · by Ray76 · 45 replies
    Lawnewz ^ | Jan 28, 2017 | Robert Barnes
    Council American-Islamic Relations announced an intention to sue President Donald Trump over his executive order banning most immigrants from Syria, and other countries that lack certain vetting standards and have issues with terrorism. Overnight, refugees who were in the air on the way to the United States are now being detained, and have also filed legal actions. The ban is perceived by some as a partial Muslim ban. Either way, at any trial, the law supports Trump’s order, and CAIR or others are likely to lose, completely, conclusively and quickly.
  • 'All our hopes and dreams vanished': Refugees and Middle Eastern relatives speak out in the wake

    01/28/2017 11:39:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 107 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1/28/17 | ap
    Full tittle....................'All our hopes and dreams vanished': Refugees and Middle Eastern relatives speak out in the wake of Trump's immigration ban............................A refugee who fled worn-torn Syria and dreamed of living in the United States with his family is among those who have spoken out following Trump's immigration ban. Ammar Sawan took his first step toward resettlement in the US three months ago by submitting to an initial round of security screenings. But his plan for a better life fell apart when President Donald Trump enforced an indefinite ban on Friday on displaced Syrians entering the United States. Sawan, who is...
  • Kuwait Hangs 7 Prisoners, Including Royal, in Mass Execution

    01/25/2017 10:51:10 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 25, 2017, 7:53 AM ET | By hussain al-qatari
    Kuwait hanged seven prisoners in a mass execution on Wednesday, including a royal family member and a woman convicted of killing 58 women and children when she set fire to a wedding tent — the first death sentences carried out in several years in the oil-rich emirate. Those executed included a Bangladeshi, a Filipina, an Ethiopian, two Kuwaitis and two Egyptians, according to a statement carried on the state-run KUNA news agency. KUNA said that all had been convicted of murder except the Bangladeshi man, who was convicted of rape, kidnapping and theft. Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al...
  • Trump's Speech affirms promises, Trump's plan for Mid East [radio]

    01/22/2017 9:13:14 AM PST · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 21, 2017 | USA Transnational Report
    President Donald J. Trump Our Final Show…. LIVE Saturday (1/21) 8 AM EST On Friday, Donald J. Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States of America. During the darkest days of the Obama administration, it was at times hard to believe that the system could be overcome. But America came together once more to elect a fiercely patriotic man who loves this country, and has vowed to “Make America Great Again!” We at the USA Transnational Report could not be happier! This Saturday, we’ll bring you the latest news about Trump’s cabinet nominees,...
  • 70 Nations Unanimously Declare That God's Land Must Be Divided

    01/16/2017 7:14:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 36 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 1/16/17 | Gary
    Representatives from some 70 nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, gathered in France yesterday for the landmark Conference for Peace in the Middle East and upon conclusion of the meeting released a declaration saying that the only way to achieve peace was to divide God's covenant land (see Joel 3:2 for God's response).  They also affirmed December 23rd's Resolution 2334, which criticized settlement building in Judea and Samaria.  However, yesterday's declaration took it a step further saying that Israel must retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines without any mention of mutually agreed upon land swaps.  Here is the world's response...
  • Widow of terrorist gets P.A. pension (American tax $), Soros in the crosshairs of Hungary [radio]

    01/15/2017 7:42:42 AM PST · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 14, 2017 | USA Transnational Report
    Sessions, Tillerson, Pompeo, Mattis testify before Senate Trump to CNN: “You are fake news!” LIVE Saturday (1/14) 8 AM EST Trump’s future cabinet is cruising through Senate confirmation. And with the world in the state that it is, not a moment too soon. Terrorism once again strikes Israel in the form of a truck attack. Sound familiar? Of course, the widow of the terrorist is already collecting a pension courtesy of the Palestinian Authority. Yet these people allegedly want peace? In Hungary, the Orban government takes the dramatic step of targeting George Soros’s network of NGOs. Good for them –...
  • Israelis Believe Obama Didn't Have Their Back During His Presidency But Trumpp Does

    01/12/2017 8:45:36 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-12-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    According to a new poll among Jewish Israelis, the majority believe that Barack Obama was (or: still is) a terribly anti-Israel president. It's hard to argue with that, of course, since Obama proved time and again that he despises the world's only Jewish nation, but it's good of them to send him this farewell message anyway: Less than two weeks before President Barack Obama hands over the Oval Office to President-elect Donald Trump, the majority of Jewish Israelis (57%) are letting him know they think his attitude toward Israel during his tenure was unfriendly. Obviously, the real question is: what's...
  • Obama: A Legacy Of Abject Failure

    01/09/2017 12:12:17 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 7 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | January 2nd, 2017 | M. Menuck
    Obama took something of a victory that had been achieved in Iraq and Afghanistan and replaced it defeat born by the premature withdrawal of American troops for no other reason than a crass political desire to be done with the whole affair, and in the former's case his facilitated the rise of Islamic State, possibly the most heinous entity of the twenty first century. He stood by and did nothing as the Arab Spring destabilized the entire Middle East, and in those cases where he did act such as Libya his interventions served only to make matters worse. Iran is...
  • Sweden to focus on women and peace during UN Security Council presidency

    01/02/2017 8:00:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 2 January 2017 17:00 CET+01:00
    Sweden’s presidency of the UN Security Council will focus on conflict prevention and the inclusion of women in peace processes, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has revealed. Writing in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Wallström highlighted three areas Sweden will tackle during its presidency of the Security Council through January 2017. It is the first month of a two-year term as part of the body, after being elected in June last year as a non-permanent member for the 2017-18 period. […] Mali, Syria, Somalia, the DRC, Cyprus, Colombia and the peace process in the Middle East will all be discussed during the...
  • Turkey Arrests 8 In Relation to Istanbul New Year Attack

    01/02/2017 8:47:09 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-02-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    The Turkish authorities have arrested eight people who they believe to have been part of a terror cell responsible for the horrific terror attack at an Istanbul club during New Year's Eve. Although these eight radical Muslims were arrested, the shooter himself is still at large. [TWEET] The Turkish intelligence agency the MIT is known for knowing everything that happens in the country. The last few months, however, that image has been tarnished beyond all repair. Not only do they fail to prevent terror attacks, critics argue, they don't even seem to be able to arrest the terrorists responsible for...
  • John Kerry, tireless in his diplomatic efforts, often came up empty-handed

    12/29/2016 6:29:29 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 52 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/27/2016 | Tracy Wilkinson
    John F. Kerry was late to his own party. Staffers, journalists and other officials were gathered in the ornate Benjamin Franklin salon at the State Department on Dec. 14 for early Christmas festivities. But the secretary of State was nowhere to be seen. Kerry was on the telephone to various world leaders, trying to find out about a major diplomatic meeting — from which the United States had been excluded. The gathering, which sought to broker a resolution to the devastating Syrian conflict, took place six days later in Moscow and involved the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
  • The post-Obama world

    12/27/2016 2:53:23 PM PST · by CanaryBlog · 6 replies
    The Canary in The Mine ^ | 12/27/2016 | The Canary
    In business, it would be called “on spec” how Europe, already in 2009, shortly after being elected and ahead of any major foreign policy decisions, awarded President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. In doing so, “Europa got the kind of transnational American president it wanted,” The Wall Street Journal recently noted in a commentary. After almost eight years of Obama foreign policy, one, however, must wonder how much regret the selection committee may now experience about its decision. It was President Obama, himself, who after his election made the point that “elections do have consequences.” While his comment was made...
  • Israel Urges Jews To Leave France, Suspends "Working Ties" With ...

    12/26/2016 4:53:35 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | December 26, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In an unexpected escalation that was not the result of Israel's angry response to Friday's UN vote which passed a resolution condemning the country's settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, and which the US refused to veto, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday called on French Jews to leave their country to protest a Paris-hosted conference planned for next month aimed at restarting Palestine-Israel peace talks, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth has reported.
  • Debunking the claim that “Palestinians” are the indigenous people of Israel

    12/17/2016 11:49:45 PM PST · by Enchante · 89 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 12, 2015 | DANIEL GRYNGLAS
    Despite the substantial documentation assembled by Peters, demonstrating massive Arab immigration into Palestine, anti-Israel propagandists continue to deny it. Based on what we know today, and the simple truths of basic math, the issue has become clear and unambiguous. All historic records indicate that only insignificant number of long-term settled Muslims were present in Palestine before 1882, when the large Jewish immigration began. Muslim Arab numbers increased dramatically as Jewish settlements developed infrastructure and provided work opportunities to Arabs from the neighboring countries. Also worth noting is that the “indigenous” 4.3% comprised many non-Arab nationalities. All of them were swamped...
  • ISIS Maybe Losing in Syria and Iraq But They Are Dangerous

    12/16/2016 12:19:20 PM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/16/16 | Jim Emerson
    In a traditional war the Islamic State is losing ground in Iraq to Iraqi, Iranian and Western forces but the terrorist organization is still recruiting extremists and inspiring young Muslims to conduct Jihad in their name. ISIS has lost nearly half of its territory in Iraq and is under heavy attack by Russian led forces in Syria but the group has a large cadre of followers in European countries and the United States. Whether they are established in the West or are posing as refugees they are likely to represent a major terrorist threat to Western nations for years to...
  • President (already) Trump's Generals, and the Real 'Fake News' [radio]

    12/11/2016 7:04:58 AM PST · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | December 10, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Trump and his Generals Our Media: The Real ‘Fake News’ LIVE Saturday (12/10) 8 AM EST With his nomination of General John Kelly (Ret.) to head the Department of Homeland Security, Donald Trump has added a third retired general to his would-be cabinet. Already the left is claiming that Trump is forming a military dictatorship of some sort. But their predictable crowing aside, our country today needs firm, experienced leadership. These men, who will inform Trump on security matters foreign and domestic, have proven backgrounds of courage, valor, and discipline. Our disgusting mainstream media has a new phrase that they...
  • In Harsh Terms, Kerry Says Israel Is Undermining Peace Efforts

    12/04/2016 8:58:59 PM PST · by detective · 43 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 5, 2016 | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused right-wing Israelis of deliberately thwarting efforts to broker a peace deal with the Palestinians. In unusually stark terms, Mr. Kerry warned that the building of Israeli settlements was undermining any hope of an agreement to allow two states to live side by side.
  • On This Day: The World Decided to Stop Saddam Hussein's Forces Marauding Around Kuwait

    11/30/2016 8:06:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 NOVEMBER 2016 | DOMINIC SELWOOD
    At 2.00 A.M. on 2 August 1990, Iraqi Republican Guard soldiers, special forces, regular army troops, and air force units invaded Kuwait. Despite calls for Kuwaitis to rise up and “make the aggressors taste the chalice of death”, the invading forces swiftly overran the country’s defences. Within days, Saddam Hussein announced that the Emir of Kuwait had been deposed and Kuwait was now Iraq’s nineteenth province. Hussein’s motives went back to the Iraq-Iran war of 1980–88 in which he invaded Iran. Kuwait lent him US$ 14 billion to help finance the conflict, and Hussein became unhappy when Kuwait refused to...
  • How hackers tried to 'poison' Syria's Assad

    11/28/2016 9:25:58 AM PST · by ilanilan
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/28/2016 | YASSER OKBI
    Locked out of the government system for several hours, Syrian officials turned to Facebook to deny any attack against Assad and update viewers on his current condition.
  • Bolton: Iranian People ‘Would Long for a New Regime’

    11/18/2016 1:17:08 PM PST · by conservative98 · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Nov 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton told Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Thursday that he still believes the only real solution for Iran is “regime change.” “The only longterm solution is regime change in Tehran,” said Bolton. “The ayatollahs are the principal threat to international peace and security and the Middle East.” Bolton continued, “Their ouster won’t bring sweetness and light to the region, that’s for sure, but it will eliminate the principal threat.” “I think the people of Iran would long for a new regime. I think we saw that in the summer of 2009 with...
  • Iranian General: Trump's Threat To Sink Iran's Ships 'Just A Joke'

    11/11/2016 5:26:16 AM PST · by Strategy · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 10, 2016 | By Theodore Bunker
    President-elect Donald Trump's threat to sink Iranian ships was "just a joke" according to one of the country's generals. "The person who has recently achieved power, has talked off the top of his head! Threatening Iran in the Persian Gulf is just a joke," General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri said, according to The Times of Israel. He added that presidential candidates in the United States "eat too much sugar" during campaigns, referring to a Farsi proverb about talking nonsense. Trump said in September that Iranian ships attempting to provoke America "will be shot out of the water" if he were president.
  • Saudi King to Trump: Let us work for peace

    11/09/2016 11:04:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 9, 2016 | Staff
    Custodian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had a telephone conversation with President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, during which he congratulated him on winning the presidential election, Saudi Arabia’s official news agency SPA has announced. During the conversation, King Salman confirmed Saudi Arabia’s aspiration to promote the historical and strategic relations with the United States, and work together to bring peace and stability to the Middle East and the world, and wished the American people further progress and prosperity under his leadership. President-elect Trump expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for...
  • Mimicking nature turns sewage into biocrude oil in minutes

    11/05/2016 11:55:34 AM PDT · by tekrat · 27 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 11/3/2016 | David Szondy
    Biofuels are often touted as an alternative to fossil fuels, but many depend on raw materials that would quickly become scarce if production were scaled up. As an alternative to these alternatives, the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has found a way to potentially produce 30 million barrels of biocrude oil per year from the 34 billion gal (128 billion liters) of raw sewage that Americans create every day. According to PNNL, the problem with using sewage as a source material for biocrude is it's too wet and requires drying before more conventional processes can handle...
  • 'We need a strong leader': Trump's popularity high among Iraqis

    11/01/2016 5:40:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | November 1, 2016 | Hollie McKay
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – Donald Trump’s favorability rating is sky-high here, where citizens are paying surprisingly close attention to the U.S. election and see the developer and political novice as the clear choice for the White House. In dozens of interviews FoxNews.com conducted in various cities across the country this month – with Iraqis from different religions and walks of life – the overwhelming majority support Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Many believe Trump would be tough on terror, and blame Clinton – at least in part – for policies that have destabilized much of the Middle East. "America should...
  • Americans Seek to Help Persecuted Christians, Government Helps Muslims

    10/31/2016 5:27:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 10-31-16 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Americans Seek to Help Persecuted Christians, Government Helps Muslims The people of the United States get it, but the Obama administration could care less. Originally published by the Gatestone Institute. Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. As the Muslim persecution of Christians continues to reach critical proportions around the world (see report below), the average American shows much more concern than the current administration.  Soon after it was revealed that the Obama administration has taken in 5,435 Muslim refugees, but only 28 Christians—even though Christians are approximately 10 percent of Syria’s population and are classified...
  • Awaiting Next U.S. President: A Splintered Middle East in ‘Free Fall’

    10/24/2016 9:05:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 24, 2016 | PETER BAKER
    JERUSALEM — After a presidential campaign dominated by reality-show-style insults and put-downs, the winner of next month’s American election will wake up the following morning to find a far more daunting reality waiting: a Middle East awash in conflict and disarray, desperate for American leadership. The 45th president will inherit problems associated with the region that are vastly more challenging than any in a generation as the old order has given way to a kaleidoscopic mix of alliances, rivalries and overlapping crises. In the past, presidents have viewed the region through the prism of the Cold War, terrorism or Israel,...
  • Iraq Parliament in Surprise Vote to Ban Alcohol

    10/23/2016 12:06:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 23 October 2016
    Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties. Proponents of the ban argue that it is justified by the constitution, which prohibits any law contradicting Islam. But some opponents argue that it also violates the same constitution which guarantees the traditions of religious minorities.
  • 2016 10 16 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Yea, It's Converging" (video)

    10/21/2016 8:56:05 AM PDT · by Lera · 3 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | Oct 16, 2016 | John Haller
    John Kerry, via the Kyoto Treaty, is coming for your air conditioners. Hillary is coming for your religious liberties, and your guns.
  • Is Watertown, NY next on the list of towns to be seeded with third worlders?

    10/15/2016 5:27:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    RRW ^ | October 13, 2016 | Ann Corcoran
    People ask me all the time: How do I find out if my town is targeted? Frankly there is no list put out by the federal government and its paid resettlement contractors. They are very secretive about the selection process. We heard recently that there are 47 new sites and we have only so far identified those listed below. But, this article from Watertown, NY is a prime example of how you get a hint that something is up! Usually a local newspaper writes a puffy piece like this one about how great it would be for Watertown to revitalize...
  • U.S. Navy Destroyer Targeted Again in Missile Attack Off Yemen

    10/12/2016 8:48:43 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 13 replies
    gcaptain/Reuters ^ | October 12, 2016 | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
    WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in four days, the U.S. military said. SNIP The USS Mason was also the target of a failed missile attack off Yemen on Sunday, and the Navy praised the resolve of sailors aboard the ship.