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  • Why does Obama really want to open Cuba to the U.S.?

    02/22/2015 8:53:32 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/22/15 | George Spelvin
    Was the real reason for Obama’s Executive Order opening Cuba to the United States his desire to fulfill the imprimatur of the Weather Underground to establish Communism in America? A FOIA request forced the FBI to open its top secret archives on the Weather Underground movement. Founded by several urban 1960′s revolutionaries including the husband-wife team of Bill Ayres-Bernardine Dohrn, the WUO grabbed the nation’s attention with its bombings, attacks on police and police headquarters and various acts of domestic terrorism. “The example of the Cuban revolution became the guide for the emerging American student revolutionary” states this FBI vault...
  • Since 9/11, The U.S. Has Been Involved In More Than 5 Wars And Theyve All Been Disasters

    02/22/2015 7:05:35 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | "George Washington"
    Below, we demonstrate that the U.S. keeps losing war after war. There are 3 potential reasons this might be happening: Is this chaos an intentional way to implement regime change and grab resources? Or is this a sign of the decline of the American empire and we just cant win a war anymore? Or do those in charge just not really give a damn about winning and are they just focusing on one short-term goal after another?
  • Russia Boosts Arms, Training for Leftist Latin Militaries

    02/20/2015 6:54:15 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week to the region by Moscows Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, Pentagon officials said. Shoygu met with defense and military leaders in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua and signed several agreements on warship visits and military training during the visit, which ran from Feb. 11 to 14. It is not clear whether any new arms deals were completed during the visit. Defense officials said the Russian leader is seeking bases in the region for strategic bomber flights that Shoygu...
  • All Bubbles Burst: China's Real Estate Market Crashing, Eurogroup Prepare For Grexit & Default...

    02/18/2015 10:23:39 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 6 replies
    China's Real Estate Market Crashing... Real Estate is the single biggest domestic lending segment in China. Combined with deflation in Iron Ore, Steel, Copper, and other industrial metals China's collateral quality is looking very very shaky compared to loan volume... SNIP While the world's attention is glued to events in Greece, the real action continues to evolve quietly thousands of kilometers east, in China, where the near record surge in new loans remains unable to offset the dramatic slowdown in shadow banking issuance. And while China's bubble-chasing, animal spirits have recently reoriented themselves from real estate to the stock market,...
  • Get Ready for $10 Oil

    02/17/2015 10:29:59 AM PST · by Duke C. · 65 replies
    Bloomberg | A. Gary Shilling
    At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. Heres why.
  • BYU grad rescues child sex slaves

    02/16/2015 8:00:56 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | Donovan C. Baltich
    A team of former Navy Seals and CIA operatives splash beer on their faces as they prepare to play the part of American sex tourists. Theyll have to maintain laser-sharp focus as they engage in negotiations with some of the worlds dirtiest criminals. One suspicious move or remark could put their whole team at risk and prevent the rescue of dozens of innocent children. This team, known as Operation Underground Railroad, works to prosecute child sex traffickers and to rescue the victims. Heading the team is Tim Ballard a husband, a father of six children and a BYU alumnus....
  • Rice: US not facing 'existential' threats

    02/06/2015 3:10:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 6, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    Susan Rice pushed back on critics of President Obama's foreign policy Friday as she unveiled the White Houses new national security strategy. Rice, the White House's national security adviser, said in a speech at the Brookings Institution that the nation is stronger than we have been in a very long time despite the bitter debates raging in Washington. Too often, what's missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective. Yes, there is a lot going on. Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World...
  • Did the Argentine Government Kill Alberto Nisman? [There was a warrant to arrest the President]

    02/04/2015 9:11:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/04/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Well, the only other prime suspects are the Iranians, so you figure it out: Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has gripped Argentina, had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here, the lead investigator into his death said on Tuesday.The 26-page document, which was found in the garbage at Mr. Nisman’s apartment, also requested the arrest of Héctor Timerman, Argentina’s foreign minister. Both Mrs. Kirchner and Mr. Timerman have repeatedly denied Mr. Nisman’s accusation that...
  • Draft of arrest warrant for Argentine president found at dead prosecutors home [plot thickens]

    ...The new revelation that Nisman had drafted arrest warrants for the president and the foreign minister further illustrates the heightened tensions between him and the government before he was found dead Jan. 18 at his apartment with a gunshot wound to his head. He had been scheduled the next day to provide details before Congress about his accusations against Kirchner.... He acknowledged that previous legal cases had shaken Argentinas political establishment, but he emphasized that this case involved a request to arrest a sitting president. It would have been a scandal on a level previously unseen, Berensztein said. Kirchner, who...
  • Slain Argentine Prosecutor Reportedly Considered Arresting President

    02/03/2015 5:17:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    LATmes ^ | February 03, 2015 | ANDRES D'ALESSANDRO AND CHRIS KRAUL
    Slain Argentine Prosecutor Reportedly Considered Arresting President Feb.3, 2015 By ANDRES D'ALESSANDRO AND CHRIS KRAUL Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was apparently considering an arrest warrant for Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner before his death Jan. 18, according a published report. Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment from a gunshot wound to the head days after publicly accusing the president, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and other officials of involvement in a coverup tied to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in which 85 people died. Argentine prosecutor probing 1994 bombing shot in head, autopsy shows...
  • Argentine Prosecutor Had Drafted Arrest Warrant for President Before His Death

    02/03/2015 12:11:47 PM PST · by McGruff · 11 replies
    YAHOO Finance ^ | 2/3/2015 | Daniel Cancel
    A day after Argentinas cabinet chief tore up a newspaper article, ridiculing the story that said deceased prosecutor Alberto Nisman had considered the arrest of the president, the investigator into his death confirmed the report. A draft document calling for the detention of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and members of her government was found in Nismans apartment after his body was discovered with a bullet to the head on Jan. 18, prosecutor Viviana Fein said.
  • Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing

    01/26/2015 4:28:39 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 40 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 1-23-15 | Anon
    LONDON The United States pressed Argentina to end its investigation of Iranian complicity in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in which nearly 100 people were killed. Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama urged Argentina on several occasions to either stop or limit the investigation into the bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires. The sources said the U.S. appeals marked one of the demands by Iran for a reconciliation with Washington. Argentina had hard evidence against at least one Iranian leader, which prevented him from traveling abroad, a source said.
  • Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor case

    01/25/2015 6:49:55 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Jan 25, 2015
    A reporter who broke the story that an Argentine prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner fled Argentina on Sunday after threats. -excerpt- A citizen of Argentina and Israel, he worked for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald. Pachter fled Argentina after receiving threats, and being followed, he told colleagues in other media. The reporter, who also worked with Israel's Haaretz, told colleagues his phones had been tapped in Argentina.
  • Why Nisman's Killing In Argentina Matters To The U.S.

    Years ago, Henry Kissinger dismissed Argentina (or sometimes Chile, depending on the version) as "a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica." In 2015, things are a bit different. It's not that this country has anything to teach us about economics, other than what not to do. But a lot of vital news is emanating from that country from the new Argentine pope to, perhaps even more pointedly, the aftermath of the shocking death of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, which has special relevance to our war on terror and confrontation with Iran.
  • Oil-hungry, cash-starved Argentina sought dirty deal with Iran, prosecutor's death reveals

    01/23/2015 12:53:20 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Fox News Latina ^ | 01/23/2015 | Andrew O'Reilly/
    When Alberto Nismans body was found inside his Buenos Aires apartment with a bullet lodged in his head, questions immediately arose about the circumstances surrounding his death and the investigation he had been conducting into a 1994 car-bomb attack on an Argentinian Jewish center by Iranian terrorists that killed 85 people. "The Argentinian economy is in really dire straits, and theyre shut out of almost every foreign market, and their economic lifelines are drying up," Jason Marczak, deputy director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, told Fox News Latino. "The Argentinians were forced to look...
  • Argentine Prosecutor Death in Iran Terror Case Gets Curiouser

    01/23/2015 11:37:53 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 01/23/2015 | David Gerstman
    More doubts emerge about the supposed suicide. Sunday night Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found shot to death in his apartment. Nisman had been scheduled the following day to present his criminal complaint against Argentinian President Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner before a closed session of Argentinas congress. The initial claim (one made by Kirchner herself on her Facebook page) that Nisman committed suicide hardly seemed credible at the time. How many people would kill themselves before the high point of their careers? Nisman had spent ten years investigating the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires and now he...
  • Argentina: Kirchner reverses herself; Says Nisman death 'not a suicide'

    01/23/2015 7:04:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/23/2015 | Rick Moran
    Argentina President Cristina Kirchner reversed her government's position on the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, saying now that his death was not a suicide. The reversal comes as evidence gathered by Nisman proving that the government covered up Iranian involvement in the 1994 suicide bombing of a Jewish community center was released.on Thursday. Kirchner is saying that Nisman was killed to discredit her government and that the prosecutor was "misled" by people posing as intelligence agents who fed him wrong information. Jewish Business News: Kirchner, after flip-flopping on the suicide theory, is now trying to convince the public that...
  • Argentine Phone Calls Detail Efforts to Shield Iran

    01/22/2015 1:17:51 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 21, 2015 | JONATHAN GILBERT and SIMON ROMERO
    Intercepted conversations between representatives of the Iranian and Argentine governments point to a long pattern of secret negotiations to reach a deal in which Argentina would receive oil in exchange for shielding Iranian officials from charges that they orchestrated the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994. The transcripts were made public by an Argentine judge on Tuesday night, as part of a 289-page criminal complaint written by Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor investigating the attack. Mr. Nisman was found dead in his luxury apartment on Sunday, the night before he was to present his findings to Congress. In...
  • Israel Hits Pay Dirt with Strike on Iran & Hezbollah

    01/22/2015 5:22:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Israel Hits Pay Dirt with Strike on Iran & HezbollahPosted By Ari Lieberman On January 22, 2015 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi As Congress gets set to impose new sanctions on Iran and the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, Argentinas indefatigable prosecutor, once again sheds the unwanted spotlight on the Islamic Republics overseas terror activities, the mullahs have been hit with yet more bad news. On January 18, Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a convoy of military vehicles traveling on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights with devastating effect.The missile strike...
  • Death of a Prosecutor

    01/21/2015 5:39:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Death of a ProsecutorPosted By Kenneth R. Timmerman On January 21, 2015 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Alberto Nisman, the Argentinean prosecutor who indicted top Iranian regime officials for the July 1994 AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires, was found dead by gunshot in his apartment on Sunday night, in what initially was called a suicide.Nisman was scheduled to address members of parliament the next day to reveal new information about alleged efforts by Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her foreign minister, Hector Timerman, to cover up the responsibility of the Iranian regime...
  • Argentine former spy called to testify in case of dead prosecutor

    02/04/2015 9:01:20 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-4-2015
    The government says Nisman's allegations and his death were linked to a power struggle at Argentina's intelligence agency and agents who had recently been fired. One of those fired in a December shake-up was Antonio Stiusso, a senior spy who had helped Nisman with his investigation of the 1994 bombing that killed 85. The government has said Stiusso misled Nisman. Citing sources close to the investigation into Nisman's death, Argentine news agency DyN said that Stiusso had been called to testify at 11 a.m. (1400 GMT) in Buenos Aires. The lead investigator into the case, Viviana Fein, called upon him...
  • Can a Chinese billionaire build a canal across Nicaragua?

    02/04/2015 10:42:14 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2015 | By Joshua Partlow
    PUNTA BRITO, Nicaragua — One of the largest engineering projects in history would start here, on this desolate and pristine crescent of dark-sand Pacific beach. From in front of the hammock-swinging shrimpers on the porches of their tin-and-wood shanties, the trench would run east in sinuous curves up through the mangroves and banana fields until it reaches the shores of Central America’s largest freshwater lake, then cut across the Caribbean highlands and through indigenous territory, ending its journey 172 miles away on the beaches of the Atlantic. They call it the Grand Inter-Oceanic Canal: an audacious $50 billion plan by an...
  • In Puerto Rico, Undocumented Immigrants To Get The Right To Vote

    02/01/2015 6:31:29 AM PST · by OddLane · 20 replies
    Latino USA ^ | January 30, 2015 | Marlon Bishop
    A few weeks ago, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla made a surprise announcement that soon he would submit legislation that would give undocumented immigrants and other non-citizens the right to vote in island-wide elections. The move has been commended by immigrants rights groups, but is viewed by many on the island as a cheap move by an unpopular governor to try and fix the next election. Its also left many people on the island asking: can the governor legally do it? The answer, it turns out, seems to be yes. Federal law doesnt stop states or cities from allowing...
  • Capitanich to US Rubio: Argentina accepts no foreign intromission, imperialist visions

    01/31/2015 5:44:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | Buenos Aires Herald
    A request by US Republican Senator Marco Rubio to create an independent committee to investigate the death of Argentine AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman has been described by Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich as an imperialist approach to sovereign countries' affairs. The Republic of Argentina is an autonomous, sovereign and independent country. (Marco) Rubio with his imperialist vision fails to recognize the United Nations charter since the intromission in the affairs of other states constitutes an interference of an imperialist vision, the head of ministers said this morning during his daily message to the press at the government house. Rubio, he...
  • U.S. Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations With Cuba, Ral Castro Says

    01/28/2015 8:15:22 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 54 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 28, 2015 | By Associated Press
    SAN JOS, Costa RicaCuban President Ral Castro demanded Wednesday that the U.S. return the base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Mr. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but if these problems arent resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldnt make any sense. Mr. Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that they would move toward renewing full diplomatic relations by reopening embassies in...
  • Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal (i.e. West/East Germany)

    01/28/2015 3:10:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2015 15:54 GMT+01:00
    More than 25 years after the Berlin Walls fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germanys 1990 annexation of East Germany as Moscows answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliaments lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbor. The collapse of Socialist rule in East Germanyofficially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR)heralded the end of the Cold War, and was met with jubilation...
  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 7:59:35 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian tycoons. A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putins inner circle. One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president...
  • Survivor: Worlds Apart

    01/21/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | January 21, 2015
    Survivor: Worlds Apart is the 30th season of Survivor. It begins Wednesday, February 25, 2015 on CBS at 8/7c with a special 90 minute episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article There will be three teams of six players each, divided by social status: blue collar, white collar, and no collar. More. It will be held in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, the same location as Survivor: Nicaragua, Survivor: Redemption Island and last season's Survivor: San Juan del Sur Blood vs. Water. The players range in age from 52 to 22. Nine are from California, with seven from...
  • Oil falls again as IMF cuts forecast; Iran hints at $25 oil

    01/20/2015 2:46:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Jan 20, 2015 | Barani Krishnan
    Oil fell as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast and key producer Iran hinted prices could drop to $25 a barrel without supportive OPEC action.
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • Putin's Way [PBS documentary]

    01/14/2015 12:53:15 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 51 replies
    The larger-than-life Russian leader has held power with one title or another for 15 years, and is set to reign for at least a decade more. Yet Putin remains inscrutable. With only a smattering of biographical details released to the public and his sometimes puzzling public appearances, scholars and even many world leaders still struggle to understand the man at the helm of the Kremlin. To glean a clearer picture, FRONTLINE took a closer look at some of the most identifiable aspects of Putins public persona. --------------------------------------------------------- Putins Way, FRONTLINEs investigation into the accusations of criminality...
  • Venezuela's Maduro seeks support from Saudi Arabia on oil prices

    01/11/2015 3:44:58 PM PST · by KingofZion · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 11, 2015 | Reem Shamseddine
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman in Riyadh on Sunday as part of a diplomatic tour of OPEC members to discuss falling oil prices, which have hit its economy hard. The Saudi side in the meeting included Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and several princes including Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin, intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin Bandar and three sons of King Abdullah, who is in hospital, state media reported. No details of the meeting were given by the official Saudi Press Agency and there was no indication that the world's biggest oil exporter was any closer to...
  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do Probably Nothing For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Floridas highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reportsthat Bush described himself then as a head-banging conservative and used fiery rhetoric such as claiming he would do probably nothing for African-Americans if he became governor in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.Its time...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Iran says Saudi Arabia should move to curb oil price fall

    01/01/2015 11:12:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 1, 2015 11:22am EST | Michelle Moghtader
    Falling world oil prices will hurt countries across the Middle East unless Saudi Arabia, the worlds biggest crude exporter, takes action to reverse the slump, Irans deputy foreign minister told Reuters. Hossein Amir Abdollahian described Saudi Arabias inaction in the face of a six-month slide in oil prices as a strategic mistake and said he still hoped the kingdom, Tehrans main rival in the Gulf, would respond. Oil prices closed on Wednesday at a 5 year low, registering their second-biggest ever annual decline after OPEC oil exporters, led by Saudi Arabia, chose to maintain oil output despite a global glut...
  • Top Ten Left-Wing Goals of the Obama Administration in Its Remaining Two Years

    12/28/2014 4:01:53 PM PST · by Delacon · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 17 Dec 2014 | Virgil
    Now that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have launched their new friendship initiative with Cuba, progressives are thinking more optimistically about what else might be possible in the remainder of the president’s term. After all, since the November 2014 elections, Obama has moved sharply left on immigration, climate change, and net neutrality. So why shouldn’t the Left hope for more? What might be next on the Obama agenda? Breitbart News has obtained one such to-do list: 10. Marijuana to be completely decriminalized under the ever-expanding doctrine of “prosecutorial discretion.” In the meantime, the administration will push...
  • Russia Debt One Grade Above Junk With Downgrades Coming, How Likely is Default?

    12/28/2014 6:24:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    All three rating agencies are expected to downgrade Russia's debt to junk soon and bailouts to Russian banks are on the rise, but how likely is default? The Financial Times reports ... Russia trebled the size of its bailout of troubled lender Trust Bank to Rbs99bn ($1.9bn) on Friday, laying bare the growing financial fallout from its currency crisis and the slump in the price of oil, its main export. The rapidly rising cost makes the rescue of Trust bank, which foundered as the rouble collapsed early last week, the second-largest seen in Russia. It has now consumed a tenth...
  • Nevermind U.S. shale, Saudi Arabias oil power play targets Irans economy

    12/27/2014 6:40:43 PM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Updated: Dec 27 7:00 AM ET | Diane Francis
    All politics are local, except for oil politics. The Russians think these low oil prices are an American-Saudi conspiracy. American commentators believe that the Saudis have driven down prices to punish North Dakotas shale oil revolution and drive its high-cost producers out of the game. In Canada, the paranoia in Calgary is that the Saudis and other Gulf oil producers want to drive the oil sands out of business. But what are the Saudis up to and are they powerful enough to control prices? This week the Saudi minister blamed low prices on oversupply from North America. But that is...
  • Mexico crisis engulfs major institutions but hits the left hardest

    12/27/2014 7:21:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    La La Times ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson
    When a president is in crisis, it is usually a propitious time for political opponents to pounce. But in Mexico, the controversies, failings and crisis of confidence engulfing President Enrique Pea Nieto have tarred not just his 2-year-old administration but the entire political establishment.
  • Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns

    12/26/2014 3:41:58 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 December 2014
    The consortium building the third set of locks for the Panama Canal is making fresh claims for cost overruns totaling $737 million ... Work began in 2007 to expand the canal with a third set of locks to enable it to handle the modern mega-freighters that global shipping companies prefer. But the $5.25 billion project has been plagued by delays, strikes and a bitter dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns with the consortium carrying out the upgrade, led by Spanish construction firm Sacyr. Initially scheduled for completion in 2014, the project's due date has been pushed back to early...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • Former Fla. gov. Crist on reopening Cuba ties

    12/24/2014 7:02:04 AM PST · by shove_it · 19 replies
    SeeBSnews ^ | 17 Dec 2014
    Florida has long been the home of a large Cuban-American community. The issue of American-Cuban relations is a major issue in the state. Charlie Crist, Florida's former governor, joined CBSN on Wednesday to discuss how President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba will impact the state. According to Crist, the economic impact will be significant because the easing of restrictions on the island will spur redevelopment. Former Florida gov. Charlie Crist GETTY IMAGES "You talk about housing changes, schooling, infrastructure, the natural launching pad for much of that redevelopment is the state of Florida," Crist said. Cuba is...
  • Sliding oil prices leave socialist Venezuela on brink of financial collapse

    12/24/2014 5:01:35 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | Guy Taylor
    The ongoing plunge in global oil prices is pushing Venezuela toward economic collapse just as President Nicolas Maduro the hand-picked successor to the late socialist Hugo Chavez faces mounting international criticism for jailing opposition figures after months of street protests. Where Chavez once drew praise from the worlds leftist elite for using the high price of crude oil during the 2000s to underwrite a socialist revolution, a growing number of analysts in Washington say Mr. Maduro is clinging to power in a country on the edge of becoming a failed state. Venezuela still boasts some of the worlds...
  • Nicaragua canal to break ground, hoping to rival Panama

    12/22/2014 10:44:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2014 | Staff
    As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run." Ruiz's property on the banks of Nicaragua's Rio Grande sits in the path of a $50 billion transoceanic waterway set to break ground on Monday. Nicaraguan officials will start building access roads on state-owned land as the first step in creating a canal expected to rival that of Panama - a project supporters say...
  • The week the dam broke in Russia and ended Putin's dreams

    12/22/2014 4:39:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Dec 14 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Gallows humour is back in Moscow. Asked what he would do to stop the rouble spiralling out of control, the former governor of Russia’s central bank replied: “I would pick up a pistol and shoot myself.” This was the week when the country’s long-festering crisis turned virulent. A last-ditch attempt to defend the exchange rate by raising interest rates to 17pc failed within hours, yet the shock is surely enough to set off a chain of corporate failures and push banks over the edge. Traders in the City watched open-mouthed as the dam broke on Black Tuesday. The event exposed...
  • The West Should Not Let Russia Fall Apart

    12/19/2014 3:23:15 AM PST · by edpc · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Cyrus Sinati
    The West shouldnt stoke the fires engulfing Russias wounded economy. Talk in Washington and Brussels this week of levying further economic sanctions on Russia seems counterproductive and will only make matters worse for all parties involved. Like it or not, Russias economy has grown simply too big to fail, and its political and military might is too dangerous to ignore. The West might have better luck in advancing its goals in the region by helping, not hurting, the Russian bear in its time of need.
  • On Cuba, Obama Had An Ace, And Played A Deuce

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

    12/17/2014 7:43:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2014 5:40 PM EST | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to think big about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing. The nuclear negotiations with Iran continue and are far from a guaranteed success. But Wednesdays announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations after more than 50 years of hostility suggests one of the last chapters...
  • First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba: One More Very Bad Deal Brokered by the Obama Administration

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

    12/18/2014 8:48:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | D.W. Wilbur
    So who benefits the most from this new relationship between the United States and Cuba? Aficionados will soon be able to smoke fine Cuban cigars without having to smuggle them into the U.S., but beyond that what exactly has the U.S. gained by Barack Obamas diplomatic overture towards the brutal communist dictatorship in Havana? The Caribbean island has been locked in the 1950s for decades as the rest of the world moved into the twenty-first century. But while trapped in the past Cuba has certainly been involved over the years in current events, and usually not in a particularly positive...