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  • Anti-Semitic online harassment in Germany on the rise, study finds

    07/18/2018 3:15:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.18.2018 | Patrick Grosse
    Yorai Feinberg has gotten used to hearing from “Ludwig Fischer.” Every few days the Berlin restaurant owner receives emails from a man who writes under the pseudonym of one of Hitler’s most notorious SA henchmen. He calls Feinberg a “filthy rat,” says the Holocaust is just a “scam” and rants that all Jews will land in the gas chamber. […] The last few months have seen several high-profile attacks on Jews in Germany. Just last week a Jewish-American professor was attacked by a young German of Palestinian descent in the city of Bonn. In April, an attack on a yarmulke-wearing...
  • Iran files suit in international court against U.S. over sanctions

    07/17/2018 10:27:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | July 17, 2018 11:14 AM | Toby Sterling
    Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States alleging that Washington’s decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday. A State Department official said the application was without merit and the United States would fight it in the court. “While we cannot comment on the specifics, Iran’s application is baseless and we intend to vigorously defend the United States before the ICJ,” a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. […] Iran said in...
  • Ex-CIA chief tears into Trump for one-on-one meeting with Putin: What is he hiding?

    07/16/2018 7:57:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 81 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2018 | Avery Anapol
    Former CIA Director John Brennan on Monday slammed President Trump for meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Brennan, a frequent Trump critic, questioned what the president was “hiding” from his own advisers by insisting on meeting one-on-one with Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland. “Why did Trump meet 1 on 1 with Putin? What might he be hiding from Bolton, Pompeo, Kelly, & the American public?” Brennan tweeted. “How will Putin use whatever Trump could be hiding to advantage Russia & hurt America? Trump’s total lack of credibility renders spurious whatever explanation he gives.” Trump and Putin met...
  • Seized archive shows Iran nuke project was larger than thought, had foreign help

    07/16/2018 2:09:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 15 July 2018, 10:15 pm | TOI Staff
    The archive of Iranian nuclear documents seized by the Israeli Mossad from a Tehran warehouse in January shows that Iran’s program to build nuclear weapons “was almost certainly larger, more sophisticated and better organized” than was suspected, unnamed nuclear experts were quoted as saying in the New York Times on Sunday, after being shown selected documents from the haul by US reporters. One of the Iranian documents specifies plans to build a first “batch of five weapons” and discusses sites for possible underground nuclear tests, the Times reported, after one of its reporters was given limited access to the haul...
  • Muslim candidates running in record numbers face backlash

    07/15/2018 9:02:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 15, 2018 11:11 PM EDT | Philip Marcelo and Jeff Karoub
    A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party. When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic primary last month, the first-time candidate saw parallels with her own longshot campaign for Congress in western Massachusetts. The 44-year-old Muslim, African-American civil rights lawyer, who is taking on a 30-year congressman and ranking Democrat on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, says she wasn’t alone, as encouragement, volunteers and donations started pouring in. […] Still, the...
  • FDA OKs 1st drug to treat smallpox, in case of terror attack

    07/13/2018 8:10:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2018 7:08 PM EDT | Linda A. Johnson
    U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack. Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign. But people born since then haven’t been vaccinated, and small samples of the smallpox virus were saved for research purposes, leaving the possibility it could be used as a biological weapon. Maker SIGA Technologies of New York has already delivered 2 million treatments that will be stockpiled by the government, which partially paid for...
  • U.S. ambassador urges Germany to block Iran cash withdrawal

    07/11/2018 7:23:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2018 4:21 AM | Andrea Shalal, Andreas Rinke and Markus Wacket
    The U.S. ambassador to Germany urged Berlin on Tuesday to stop Iran withdrawing large sums of cash from bank accounts in Germany to offset the effect of new U.S. sanctions imposed after Washington withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal. Richard Grenell, a longtime critic of the accord, told the mass-circulation daily Bild that the U.S. government was extremely concerned about Tehran’s plans to transfer hundreds of millions of euros in cash to Iran. “We encourage the highest levels of the German government to intervene and stop the plan,” Grenell said. […] Bild first reported on Monday that German authorities were...
  • Ex-intel. official: Iran footprint in Syria may be to hide nuke scientists

    07/11/2018 7:08:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 11, 2018 12:29 | Yonah Jeremy Bob
    A major purpose of Iran wanting to enlarge its footprint in Syria may be to hide aspects of its nuclear program from the International Atomic Energy Agency, former top IDF Military Intelligence official Yossi Kuperwasser said on Wednesday. Speaking at a Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs conference on the Iran nuclear situation, JCPA fellow Kuperwasser, a former IDF brigadier-general, noted that IAEA inspectors are limited to inspecting Iran’s territory, as the Iran nuclear deal did not grant IAEA inspectors complete access to Iranian scientists. Based on that limited access, Kuperwasser said Iran could move and conceal its nuclear scientists and...
  • India cuts Iranian oil imports in June ahead of U.S. sanctions

    07/11/2018 6:40:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 11, 2018 12:14 AM | Nidhi Verma, Sai Sachin Ravikumar
    Indian refiners cut imports of Iranian oil last month as they started weaning their plants off crude from the country to avoid sanctions by the United States that are set to take effect in November. India’s monthly oil imports from Iran declined to 592,800 barrels per day (bpd) in June, down 16 percent from May, according to data from industry and shipping sources. The United States in May said it would reimpose the sanctions after withdrawing from a 2015 agreement with Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany, and Britain, where Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in return for the...
  • Irish ambassador summoned for reprimand [to Israel; Irish Senate passes boycott Israel bill]

    07/11/2018 5:27:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 07/11/18 21:45 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    The Foreign Ministry summoned the Irish ambassador to Israel, Alison Kelly, following the passage of a BDS bill by the Irish Senate. Ambassador Kelly will be reprimanded by the ministry. The so-called “Occupied Territories Bill” outlaws the trade of goods from Judea and Samaria and imposes prison sentences and heavy fines on those who do not comply with the law. Jerusalem is awaiting the return of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from Russia before holding a meeting on taking further steps against the Irish move. Earlier, the Foreign Ministry issued a response to the Irish decision saying that “the Irish Senate...
  • Salvini vows to end all migrant arrivals to Italy by boat [Italy interior minister]

    07/06/2018 9:46:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.it ^ | 6 July 2018 08:49 CEST+02:00
    Italy’s hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday said he wanted to put a complete stop to migrant arrivals in Italy by boat. The aim is that “not one more person arrives by boat” on Italian shores, said Salvini during a news conference with Ahmed Maiteeq, vice president of the Libyan UN-backed Government of National Accord. Salvini said that as “a minister and a father” he did not want any more “women or babies to get into rubber dinghies”. […] “Pregnant women, children and refugees will remain in Italy,” said the minister, who has promised to speed up deportations of...
  • Danish prisons switch off internet for inmates after extremist content found on Playstations

    07/06/2018 8:50:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 6 July 2018 13:14 CEST+02:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    Denmark’s prisons agency Kriminalforsorgen has taken new steps to prevent the spread of extremist material in the country’s jails. Citing security, the agency has shut down an online network used by prisoners in secured facilities, newspaper Jyllands-Posten reports. The secure network SK-net, which gives prisoners in some facilities online access, has been closed by the prison regulator, according to the report. One consequence of the decision is the cancellation of online study programs and exams. The decision is reported to have been made in April after extremist material was found on four Playstation consoles at a secure prison in Nyborg....
  • Paris attacks suspect linked to horrific pilot killing by ISIS

    07/06/2018 8:36:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.fr ^ | 6 July 2018 17:08 CEST+02:00
    A suspect in the Paris and Brussels terror attacks has been identified by Belgian police as having been among a group of ISIS extremists who burned a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage. Osama Krayem, a Swede of Syrian origin, has been held in Belgium since 2016 and could face war crimes charges over the murder of Maaz al-Kassasbeh, whose grisly death was filmed and put online in an incident that came to symbolise some of the worst excesses of ISIS. Krayem is suspected of playing a key role in the jihadist cell behind the attacks in Paris, which killed...
  • Bloodbath narrowly avoided as driver attacks pedestrians at seaside resort in Germany

    07/06/2018 8:31:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 6 July 2018 16:37 CEST+02:00
    The man drove at high speed across a pedestrian promenade at a seaside resort in northern Germany, before assaulting a police officer. The 29-year-old male, who reports in German media say suffered from “psychological issues,” drove at considerable speed across a pedestrian area on the beach promenade in the resort town of Scharbeutz on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany on Thursday morning. Pedestrians were forced to jump out of the way and luckily there were no serious injuries, reports northern German local daily Lübecker Nachrichten. Police sources told German media there was no indication of terrorism. …
  • German coalition parties agree tougher migrant policy: SPD chief

    07/05/2018 8:38:11 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    AFP via France 24 ^ | 06 July 2018
    BERLIN (AFP) - The three parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's shaky coalition government on Thursday rallied around a tougher policy on migration and asylum aimed at placating conservative allies. At the end of a month-long dispute, Merkel's three-party coalition agreed to a compromise under which the number of asylum-seekers in the country will be reduced. The parties in power -- Merkel's centre-right CDU, the hardline conservative Bavarian CSU ally and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) -- agreed on a "reorganisation of asylum policy" in Germany, SPD chief Andrea Nahles said after a summit meeting in Berlin, adding that it was...
  • Report: Germany Brokering Exchange Deal Between Israel and Hamas

    07/05/2018 6:38:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Hamodia ^ | Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 4:54 am | Dov Benovadia
    Germany has been brokering an exchange deal between Israel and Hamas, and in recent weeks has proposed a concrete arrangement, the London-based Arabic language Al-Hayat newspaper said Thursday. In the deal, Israel would release Hamas terrorists it is holding in prison, in exchange for the remains of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin, Hy”d, and Oron Shaul, Hy”d, along with Israelis Avraham Mengistu and Hisham a-Sayad. According to the report, Germany has been trying to broker a deal for the past three years — almost since the end of Operation Protective Edge, when both Goldin and Shaul went missing in a battle...
  • Madeleine Albright: U.S. Needs Open Borders So It Can Demand Same from Europe

    07/04/2018 9:52:19 AM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 79 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 07/04/2018 | Virginia Hale
    Promoting her new book entitled Fascism: A Warning on the Andrew Marr Show, the former U.S. Secretary of State said she has been “very troubled” by the Trump administration’s moves to end the ‘catch and release’ of illegals into American communities while they await immigration hearings.
  • Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority [but sends it to UN Humanitarian Fund instead]

    07/03/2018 2:35:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.02.2018 | law/kms (AFP, AP, dpa)
    Australia on Monday announced it had ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) government over concerns the funds could be used to assist Palestinians convicted of political violence. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia would no longer be giving its yearly funding of A$10 million (€6.9 million, $7.5 million) to the World Bank’s trust fund for Palestinian recovery and development. “I wrote to the Palestinian Authority on May 29, to seek clear assurance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence,” Bishop said in a statement. “I am confident that previous Australian...
  • 75 percent of Germans support Merkel's European approach to refugee crisis

    06/28/2018 5:59:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 June 2018 16:11 CEST+02:00
    Most Germans support an EU solution for dealing with asylum seekers who arrive on the continent. At the same time they back a proposal to turn people back at the German border, a survey showed on Thursday. According to a survey released by ARD on Thursday, three quarters of Germans support Angela Merkel’s approach of finding a European solution to the asylum dispute which is threatening to collapse her government. The survey also showed that the majority of those asked were in favor of rejecting at Germany’s borders any refugee who had already been registered in another EU country. Only...
  • Progressive Democrat who upset NY incumbent accused Israel of ‘massacre’ in Gaza

    06/27/2018 11:57:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | June 27, 2018 11:27am
    A progressive Democrat in New York who called Israel’s killing of violent Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border a “massacre” scored a major upset over incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in a contentious party primary. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, defeated Crowley, 56, by a margin of 58-42 percent in Tuesday’s election, toppling a lawmaker who was viewed as the successor to Rep. Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ocasio-Cortez belongs to the Democratic Socialists of America and is a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent who ran as a Democrat in the 2016 presidential primaries. New...