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  • John Kerry Orders Email Preservation Review at State Department

    03/27/2015 5:49:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL
    Secretary of State John Kerry sent a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General requesting a review of email and records management, the State Department said today. The timing of Kerry’s request has many asking if this push for reform is connected to former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s recent scandal involving her use of a private email server, rather than a State Department account. State Department Spokesman Jeff Rathke denied this had anything to do with Clinton, citing instead the State Department’s need to better manage the overwhelming number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and requests for information from...
  • Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

    03/26/2015 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015 | By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
    The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the...
  • Late Night Thoughts about Chris Stevens

    03/27/2015 10:04:18 PM PDT · by MHT · 23 replies
    snopes.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | self
    It was revealed today that Hillary's server was cleaned and I started wondering more and more about 9-11-12. We still do not know where she, Obama, the CIA Director, or the Secretary of Defense were during the "riot". We still do not know who really gave the stand-down order that resulted in the deaths of Woods and Doherty. And we don't know how Chris Stevens really died and if he was sexually assaulted. Which has led me to a question--Could his family have asked to see the body?
  • Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton wiped her server clean

    03/27/2015 3:52:58 PM PDT · by detective · 163 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/26/2015 | Lauren French
    Hillary Clinton did not hand over new documents to the House panel investigating Benghazi and wiped her server clean of past emails, the committee’s chairman said in a statement Friday. Clinton did not provide correspondence or emails to the Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), said, even though the former secretary of state was under a subpoena, issued early this month, for all correspondence from Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that focused on Libya and Benghazi.
  • China ‘deeply worried’ over Saudi attacks on Yemen

    03/27/2015 10:18:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 19 replies
    Press TV ^ | 03/26/2015 | Press TV
    “The Chinese side has noticed that (Saudi Arabia has launched airstrikes against Yemen) and is deeply worried about the situation in Yemen that is getting worse,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday. Expressing hope that the crisis could be resolved “through political dialogues”, Hua said, “We hope that all parties will act in accordance with relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council… and restore national stability and order at an early date.” Saudi-led attacks: widely condemned The Saudi invasion of Yemen drew condemnation from Iran, Russia, the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, Syria,...
  • EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks

    03/27/2015 10:15:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2015 12:13 PM EDT | Lorne Cook
    The European Union is assessing new ways to push Israel back to the peace negotiating table with the Palestinians for a deal based on a two-state solution, working in tandem with the United States, EU officials say. The EU is exploring new diplomatic terrain and could consider ways to discourage Europeans from buying products from Israeli settlements it believes are illegal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election rhetoric has fueled doubts about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution—a cornerstone of EU and U.S. policies for ending the Middle East conflict. “We will not forget or ignore what was being said...
  • Interior ministry bans Salafist group [Tauhid Germany]

    03/26/2015 8:38:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Mar 2015 12:12 GMT+01:00
    Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière ordered the dissolving of salafist organization Tauhid Germany on Thursday, saying that the group radicalized youth and encouraged them to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS. The Interior Ministry claimed in a statement on its website that Tauhid Germany is a successor organization to Millatu Ibrahim, a group which was banned in 2012. The ministry reports that Tauhid Germany spreads propaganda on the internet which “calls for the removal of Germany’s peaceful democratic structure.” …
  • MSNBC guest: ‘Nothing says “Let’s go kill some Muslims” like country music.’ Host: ‘Not appropriate’

    03/26/2015 6:13:28 AM PDT · by Doogle · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/2/5/15 | Erik Wemple
    Freshly announced presidential candidate Ted Cruz has made news with his claim that he became a fan of country music after rock-and-roll music disappointed him with its response to the Sept. 11 attacks. The MSNBC afternoon program “Now with Alex Wagner” used Cruz’s music comments as the jumping-off point for a discussion among guest host Ari Melber, Joan Walsh, Michael Steele and Jamilah Lemieux. “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music,” said Lemieux in kicking off the festivities. The comment came off as something packaged, premeditated. While Walsh and Steele giggled, Melber remained stone-faced, vouching for the...
  • Ivy League Dean Welcomes ISIS Club To Campus [UNDERCOVER VIDEO]

    03/25/2015 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/15 | Eric Owens
    In the latest undercover sting operation from investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe, an assistant dean at Cornell University has advised a journalist posing as a Moroccan student all about how to launch a campus club with the express intent of supporting ISIS. The Ivy League administrator, Joseph Scaffido, also provides counsel on how to fund the pro-Islamist militant club so it can send “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics” to ISIS and Hamas — both terrorist organizations, according to the State Department. Scaffido even lays out how the club can bring an ISIS “freedom fighter to come and do...
  • Saudi Arabia Could Buy the Bomb

    03/25/2015 10:38:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 3/25/2015, 6:42 AM | Gedalyah Rebeck
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s most explicit warning of the dangers of a “bad deal” with Iran are not that Iran would immediately get the bomb, but that other countries in the region might accelerate efforts to catch up with Tehran. According to Emily B. Landau of the Institute of National Security Studies, whose expertise lies in nuclear proliferation and armament, all eyes are on Saudi Arabia. Following Iran, “Saudi Arabia is the #1 contender to get nuclear weapons because there is a perceived relationship there with Pakistan. Saudi Arabia has financed Pakistan’s ballistic missile program and there might be some...
  • Yemen’s president flees country by sea amid rebel advance

    03/25/2015 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 1:15 PM EDT | Ahmed Al-Haj
    Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled the country by sea Wednesday on a boat from Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advanced on the southern port city where he had taken refuge, captured his defense minister and seized the city’s airport. Hadi’s departure marks a dramatic turn in Yemen’s turmoil and means a decisive collapse of what was left of his rule, which the United States and Gulf allies had hoped could stabilize the chronically chaotic nation and fight al-Qaida’s branch here after the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh. Over the past year, the Shiite...
  • Terror triumvirate: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram training together in Mauritania: analyst

    03/24/2015 11:22:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    The world’s three most infamous terrorist organizations are working together at Al-Qaeda-run training camps in the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, where dozens of recruits from the U.S., Canada and Europe are being indoctrinated into violent jihad and training for attacks that could expand the so-called caliphate across North and West Africa, according to analysts. ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda all have links to two camps in the remote sands of the expansive North African country, according to Veryan Khan, editorial director for the Florida-based Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, which tracks international terrorism and had a source on the ground...
  • U.N. Agency to Examine If Western Sanctions Violate Human Rights

    03/24/2015 11:00:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 23, 2015 - 6:02 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.N. Human Rights Council this week will appoint an official whose job is to examine Western sanctions, viewed as constituting human rights violations against the targeted countries. The newly-created post, established by a resolution introduced by Iran, will go to a veteran Algerian diplomat who in his application expressed concern about U.S. and European sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The move comes three weeks after Secretary of State John Kerry in an address to the Geneva-based HRC praised it for the “historic progress” it has made since the Obama administration joined in 2009. …
  • What Makes Mika So Miffed About Bibi?

    03/24/2015 9:54:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Morning Joe went on the air in 2007. Think of all the outrage-provoking people and events that have popped up in the ensuing eight years. Yet in the memory of this Newsbuster—who's been blogging the show since its debut—rarely has Mika Brzezinski seemed more upset than she was today on the subject of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Just what is it that drives Brzezinski so batty about Bibi? Mika gave a little hint when she challenged the integrity of her guests for declining to join in her blasting of Bibi: "I just want to know what you're all afraid...
  • Boehner 'shocked' and 'baffled' by report Israel spied on US talks with Iran

    03/24/2015 9:50:14 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 62 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Michael Wilner
    Speaker of the House says he received no information from Israel on nuclear talks as was suggested in 'Wall Street Journal' report. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he was "shocked" and "baffled" by a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday morning that claimed Israel had spied on US nuclear talks with Iran, collecting information that was used to lobby him and his colleagues in Congress to drum up opposition to an emerging nuclear deal. "I'm not sure what the information was, but I'm baffled by it," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. "No information [was]...
  • State Dept. Mocked for ‘Over the Top’ Condolences to Rouhani

    03/24/2015 8:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 3/23/2015, 3:50 PM | Ari Soffer
    Associated Press reporter Matt Lee has never been shy of calling out US government spokespeople—often to hilariously cringeworthy effect. Last Friday, Lee was on-form again, grilling the US State Department over its strange, over-the-top series of condolence messages to the Iranian regime, following the death of President Hassan Rouhani’s mother. […] “Aren’t you guys laying it on a bit thick? This is the leader of a country that you accuse of being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, you accuse of trying to develop a nuclear weapon which its leaders have said it will use against one of your...
  • Egypt’s Sisi again calls for ‘religious revolution’

    03/23/2015 11:00:32 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Monday, March 23, 2015 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    Sisi also called for countering “extremist” views and erroneous religious beliefs, adding that the Islamic value of tolerance must be promoted. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi again called on Sunday for a “religious revolution” against extremism within the Islamic world in an interview on a religious public radio station. Speaking at Al-Azhar University, one of the world’s top center for Sunni learning, Sisi said, “I am addressing the religious scholars and clerics. We must take a long, hard look at the current situation.” “It is inconceivable that the ideology we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern,...
  • UN envoy: Yemen is being pushed ‘to the edge of civil war’

    03/22/2015 9:54:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 22, 2015 7:24 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The U.N. special envoy for Yemen warned an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sunday that events appear to be leading the Arab country “to the edge of civil war” and urged all parties to step back from the brink and resolve the conflict peacefully. Jamal Benomar stressed repeatedly in a video briefing from Qatar that “peaceful dialogue is the only option we have.” That view was echoed by the Security Council in a presidential statement which reaffirmed the readiness of the U.N.’s most powerful body to take “further measures” against any party impeding the road to peace...
  • US removes remaining personnel from Yemen

    03/22/2015 7:53:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2015 | (With AP)
    The U.S. has removed all remaining personnel from Yemen as Shiite rebels controlling the country’s capital called for others to join its battle against government forces. The State Department said in a statement it is removing personnel due to the “deteriorating security situation” in the country. The State Department also said it will continue to engage the Yemeni people and international community to support the country’s political transition. […] The U.N. Security Council has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen as well. The closed-door meeting is expected to take place Sunday. …
  • Khamenei Agrees with ‘Death to America’ Slogan

    03/21/2015 11:20:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 3/22/2015, 4:46 AM | Elad Benari
    Just two days after President Barack Obama urged the Iranian people to take advantage of an “historic opportunity” to resolve the nuclear issue, an Iranian crowd on Saturday chanted “Death to America”—and the country’s Supreme Leader agreed. According to Reuters, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke in northeastern Iran, where he accused the U.S. of using economic pressure and “bullying” to try to turn his countrymen against Islamic rule. Khamenei, who has the last word on all matters of state, reiterated in his speech that Tehran would not be pressured into giving in to Western demands in the negotiations with major powers....
  • Buddhist Monks incite Hatred Against Muslims in Myanmar

    03/21/2015 10:54:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 20.03.2015
    Myanmar's constitution guarantees religious freedom. But some radical Buddhists have been railing against Muslims – a tendency which has reached the lawmakers by now.Everything seems normal as children in red clothes play football on a dusty patch. However, this patch is the courtyard of a monastery and the young players with their rolled-up shirts and bare arms are Buddhist novices. Their teacher, U Nayaka, laughs at the notion that a monastery is supposed to be a place of meditation. "It is never quiet here, my students always make noise," said Phaung Daw Oo, director of the monastery school, who is...
  • Turkey’s Ruling Party Official Hails The Antichrist Saying To “Get Ready For Erdogan’s Caliphate”

    03/21/2015 7:55:12 PM PDT · by free_life · 32 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    These guys are not kidding. And the media is also going ballistics (see Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post and Turkish Today’s Zaman, also here). The media explosion started when the head of a provincial branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has stirred the pot by tweeting that the country should “get ready for the caliphate” of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A caliph is a spiritual leader of Islam who claims succession from Prophet Muhammad. The word, stemming from the Arabic khalifa meaning “successor,” has been the focus of much debate since being claimed by the Islamic State...
  • Obama takes Netanyahu ‘at his word’ on Palestinian state

    03/21/2015 7:45:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2015 8:50 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama said he takes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “at his word” for saying that an independent Palestinian state will never coexist with Israel as long as he is in office, yet another sign of the strained relations between longtime allies. […] Obama, who placed a congratulatory telephone call to Netanyahu on Thursday, said he indicated to the prime minister that the U.S. remains committed to a two-state solution as the only way to keep Israel secure. …
  • [German] Government plans new elite anti-terror unit

    03/20/2015 7:09:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Mar 2015 11:02 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    The Interior Ministry is planning to beef up its terror response capacity by setting up an new elite unit to be deployed in emergency situations, on top of Germany’s existing GSG 9. The government is taking the step as a response to the recent terror attacks in France and Denmark, believing that Germany’s current reaction capacity is too limited, reports Der Spiegel. Germany needs “a robust unit that can confront such situations,” said the Christian Democrat (CDU) specialist for the interior, Armin Schuster. …
  • UN Finds Greatest Violator of Women’s Rights—Israel, Of Course

    03/20/2015 1:08:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 3/20/2015, 8:31 PM | Elad Benari
    The United Nations has found the greatest violator of women’s rights in the world—and it’s Israel for “violating the rights of Palestinian women.” That view is expressed in a report released by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the UN’s top women’s rights body, and was detailed in an article on the website of Fox News written by Professor Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust. Bayefsky notes in her article that CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s...
  • To Its Citizens, ISIS Also Shows A Softer Side

    03/20/2015 12:45:12 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 15 replies
    vocativ.com ^ | March 20, 2105 | No Attribution
    The scene is almost bucolic. A sunset, smiling children sitting on grass, families gathering together for a day out. They come to Dijla City, a mall and amusement park just north of the city of Mosul, to spend a peaceful afternoon. As they enter the gates, a man with a small microphone meets them with a standard Muslim greeting before asking: “How do you find the spring here in the Islamic State?” The answer, from all, is the same: “Very good, thank God.” Several men are interviewed in the video. (Women are barely glimpsed in the background.) They say everything...
  • Netanyahu Tactics Anger Many U.S. Jews, Deepening a Divide

    03/20/2015 12:22:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 48 replies
    NYTimes ^ | March 20, 2015 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    Netanyahu Tactics Anger Many U.S. Jews, Deepening a Divide By LAURIE GOODSTEIN MARCH 20, 2015 Long before the latest election in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu was a polarizing figure among American Jews. But even many of his supporters said this week that they were appalled at his last-minute bid to mobilize Jewish voters by warning that Arabs were going to the polls in droves, and his renunciation of a two-state solution to the Palestinian crisis. Mr. Netanyahu’s party won the election and cheers from harwkish American Jews. But in interviews this week, rabbis, scholars and Jews from across the country and...
  • What if Dick Cheney, Not Hillary Clinton, Deleted 30,000 Emails from a Private Home Server?

    03/20/2015 11:31:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 19, 2015 | H. A. Goodman
    The GOP frenzy over Benghazi is primarily a political attack (13 attacks similar to Benghazi took place against U.S. consulates during the Bush years), however it's fair to ask certain questions about anyone who uses personal emails as a public official. Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and everyone else in the GOP who've used private emails and servers should have their emails audited by a third-party. Furthermore, since Jeb Bush discussed security issues and troop deployments, he should have his email security analyzed by the Department of Defense. Anyone in government using a private email address should be subject to the...
  • 137 killed, 345 injured in suicide attacks on Yemen mosques

    03/20/2015 8:09:46 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 78 replies
    The Record ^ | 3-20-2015 | Ahmed Al-Haj, AP
    A television network owned by Yemen's Shiite rebels says a total of 137 people were killed and 345 injured in quadruple suicide bombings that hit a pair of mosques controlled by the rebels in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. Al-Masirah TV raised the death toll on Friday hours after the attacks, making it the deadliest violence to hit the fragile war-torn country.
  • North Korean envoy says his country has nuclear missiles

    03/20/2015 9:26:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 12:24 PM EDT
    A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time. North Korean Ambassador to Britain Hyun Hak Bong said in a recent interview with British broadcaster Sky News that his government would use the missiles in response to a nuclear attack by the United States. Asked whether North Korea has the ability now to launch a nuclear missile, Hyun replied, “Any time. Any time. Yes.” “If the United States strike us we should strike back,” he said. …
  • Obama to unveil fracking rules (Hurl)

    03/20/2015 8:36:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | March 19, 2015 | Elana Schor
    The Obama administration is set to unveil the first major nationwide safety restrictions on fracking, touching off a fresh political confrontation between the president and his critics in Congress and the energy industry. The Interior Department’s rules — expected to be released Friday morning — are the federal government’s most comprehensive foray to date toward regulating the technology at the heart of the U.S. oil and gas boom, addressing worries such as potential dangers to drinking water. They will also offer oil and gas supporters new room to accuse President Barack Obama of seeking to throttle fossil-fuel production, despite his...
  • American Lawmakers Write Another Letter on Iran

    03/19/2015 6:33:39 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Elad Benari
    Bipartisan letter, signed by 360 lawmakers, will remind Obama that sanctions relief on Iran requires new legislation from Congress. A bipartisan letter on Iran signed by 360 members of Congress will be sent to President Barack Obama, one of its House signers said on Thursday, according to The Hill. The letter, similar to the one 47 Senate Republicans recently sent to Tehran's leaders, reminds the administration that permanent sanctions relief on Iran as part of a deal to rollback its nuclear program would require new legislation from Congress. It comes as international negotiators approach a March 24 deadline to reach...
  • Horrific Moment Mob Beats Afghan Woman To Death Before Burning Her Body And Dumping...

    03/19/2015 10:17:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 19, 2015
    Horrific Moment Mob Beats Afghan Woman To Death Before Burning Her Body And Dumping It In A River Because She Set Fire To A Koran This is the moment a woman was beaten to death by a mob before her body was set on fire and dumped in a muddy river in the heart of Afghanistan's capital. Shocking video has emerged of crowds of men repeatedly stamping on the 27-year-old, named only as Farkhunda, near the Shah-e Doh Shamshira shrine and mosque in the heart of Kabul. At one point, one of the attackers can be seen striking the woman...
  • It’s Official: Israel is Now Apartheid South Africa

    03/19/2015 12:37:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 45 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | 03/19/2015 | Ben Cohen
    (Image: a Jewish settler in Hebron throws wine on a Palestinian woman)The election of Benjamin Netanyahu to his fourth term as prime minister of Israel has solidified what many have already known about the state of Israel: it is a racist, colonial state that cannot be considered a democracy in any shape or form. Netanyahu’s opponent, Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog had looked set to win the hard fought election, but Bibi’s desperate last minute plea to the hard right appeared to have tipped the balance. “The right’s regime is in danger,” Netanyahu had told potential voters on Facebook. “The Arabs...
  • Is London rapper Jihadi George? Hip-hop artist turned may have been one of the so-called ‘Beatles’

    03/19/2015 12:07:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/19/2015 | By OLLIE GILLMAN
    * Londoner Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary could be Jihadi George, expert says * Bary believed to be part of ISIS hostage-taking cell known as the 'Beatles' * He may have travelled to Syria with Jihadi John - Mohammed Emwazi * The terrorists lived just streets away from each other in west London * Bary was a rising talent in London's hip-hop scene before he fled country * Previously thought to be Jihadi John because of his similar facial features A London rapper who fled to Syria could be Jihadi George - the second of the ISIS hostage-taking cell known as 'The...
  • Report: Christianity Most Persecuted Faith Worldwide

    03/19/2015 11:51:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 19, 2015 - 11:27 AM | Doug Bandow
    Americans take religious liberty for granted. It is the First Freedom, guaranteed by the First Amendment. But four of five people around the world lack the freedom to worship and live faithfully. And the percentage of the world’s population lacking religious liberty recently edged upward. Attacks on Jews hit a recent peak. Even Americans cannot afford to take their freedoms for granted. The Pew Research Center, with Peter Henne as lead researcher, recently issued its latest study on religious liberty. The report makes for a sad read. Many organizations address religious persecution, which occurs in virtually every Muslim and authoritarian...
  • AP Exclusive: Iran limited to 6K (out of original 10 k) centrifuges in draft accord [ed]

    03/19/2015 8:30:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | March 19, 2015 | George Jahn and Bradley Klapper
    A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back. The very existence of the draft provided perhaps the clearest indication that the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31...
  • UN Chief Links Palestinian State and Israeli Democracy (UN still not post-Waldheim)

    03/18/2015 9:45:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 3/19/2015, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday night joined the chorus of those calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government to work towards the establishment of a Palestinian state. According to The Associated Press (AP), in a statement following Netanyahu’s landslide victory in Tuesday’s elections, Ban called on the Israeli Prime Minister to form a new government that will negotiate a peace agreement that will create “a viable Palestinian state.” UN spokesman Farhan Haq made clear that the unusually pointed statement reflects the secretary-general’s expectation and response to Netanyahu’s campaign comments opposing a two-state solution. […] According to AP, Haq said...
  • AP Analysis: Palestinians see opportunities in Netanyahu win

    03/18/2015 10:07:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 18, 2015 12:50 PM EDT | Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Palestinian officials believe they can build a stronger case for international pressure on Israel now that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have cruised to re-election by adopting hard-line positions. In the last days of the hard-fought election Netanyahu ruled out Palestinian statehood under current conditions—despite long-standing assurances to the West that he supports the idea. The two sides appear poised for diplomatic confrontations, but also share an interest in preventing an escalation on the ground. …
  • Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site

    03/18/2015 8:34:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 3-18-2015 | UKG
    At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the Bardo national museum – one of the country’s leading tourist attractions in the capital, Tunis – sparking a three-hour hostage siege. Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon that 17 of the dead were foreigners – from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland – calling the attack a cowardly assault targeting the economy. Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am GMT), an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, as well as one security officer, and that all...
  • Islamic center searched over ‘ISIS link’ (Stuttgart, Germany)

    03/17/2015 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Mar 2015 14:30 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    Around 70 police officers searched the Sahabe Islamic Education and Cultural Center in Stuttgart on Tuesday, looking for connections to terrorist organization ISIS. “There is concrete suspicion that the association fulfills the criteria for being forbidden under the law,” Baden-Württemberg interior minister Reinhold Gall said in a statement. “We’ve been watching the association for a long time, but the suspicions of breaching the law have grown more serious recently.” […] Gall said the Sahabe association “supports the use of violence to assert religious values and supports a foreign organization, the so-called Islamic State, which provokes attacks against people or property.”...
  • Arafat Was Not Poisoned, French Prosecutor Says

    03/17/2015 9:00:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    AFP via Vos Iz Neiaz ^ | 03/17/2015 09:10 AM
    French experts re-examining evidence have confirmed their earlier conclusion that the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was not the result of poisoning, a prosecutor told AFP Monday. The prosecutor for the western Paris suburb of Nanterre said the experts found there was no foul play in Arafat’s death, which sparked immediate and enduring conspiracy rumors. […] Arafat died aged 75 on November 11, 2004 at the Percy de Clamart hospital, close to Paris. He had been admitted there at the end of October that year after developing stomach pains while at his headquarters in the West Bank city...
  • PM Warns: Arabs Being Bused to Vote by Leftist NGOs (Israel)

    03/17/2015 7:27:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 3/17/2015, 3:54 PM | Hezki Ezra
    In an exclusive interview with Arutz Sheva, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeated his vow not to opt for a “unity government” with Labor’s Yitzhak Herzog. […] Netanyahu said that Arab voters are being brought to the polling booths by V-15 and other NGOs funded from abroad. “We do not have NGOs,” he said. “We do not have V-15; we have ‘tzav 8’ [as the orders calling up soldiers to the battlefield are called—ed.]. We have you. If you do not go to the voting booth, Ahmed Tibi and Hanin Zoabi will make Buji Herzog prime minister for the Left. That...
  • McConnell: ‘The Choice Is Between This Deal and Tougher Sanctions’ (Iran; barf)

    03/16/2015 11:50:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 16, 2015 - 8:01 AM | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration is “on the cusp of entering into a very bad deal with one of the worst regimes in the world that would allow them to continue to have their nuclear infrastructure,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Dana Bash on Sunday. But McConnell disagreed with those, including President Obama, who say the failure to reach a deal with Iran could lead to military action later: “That’s not the choice. The choice is between this deal and tougher sanctions,” McConnell said. …
  • The E.U. Experiment Has Failed

    03/16/2015 8:23:01 PM PDT · by annalex · 33 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | March 5, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    The E.U. Experiment Has Failedby Bruce ThorntonThursday, March 5, 2015 The slow-motion crisis of the European Union is the big story that rarely gets the attention it deserves. Even an event like the recent terrorist attack in France that left 17 dead is often isolated from the larger political, economic, and social problems that have long plagued the project of unifying the countries of Europe in order to harness its collective economic power, and to avoid the bloody internecine strife that stains its history. On the economic front, the E.U.’s dismal economic performance over the last six years was summed...
  • #AskHamas Twitter campaign backfires: ‘Why did you murder 30 civilians?’

    03/16/2015 5:56:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM — A Twitter hashtag campaign launched by Hamas on Friday to build support in the West seems to be backfiring with users mocking the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza. Hamas launched (hashtag)AskHamas on Friday. The campaign promised responses from the group’s leaders, or as they called it, “Truth from the mouth of the horse.” Some Twitter users swiftly responded with mockery.
  • The Five Stones of Truth

    03/16/2015 9:00:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/16/15 | Barry Shaw
    Powerful narrative of today’s Philistines, the Palestinians, is built without substance. It can be brought down with a handful of stones - Truth, Legitimacy, Courage, Heritage, Values “Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:40. Two armies faced each other more than two millennium ago. The Israelites were retreating from the advancing Philistines. The two armies took their last stand on opposing hilltops in readiness for the final decisive battle. The...
  • Gowdy denies Benghazi panel created to thwart Hillary Clinton’s 2016 bid

    03/15/2015 5:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2015
    South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy on Sunday refuted assertions that his House investigative committee has become a political tool for national Republicans and that the panel’s primary purpose is to attack top 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. […] “If you look back at the three hearings we have had so far, I have mentioned Hillary Clinton’s name a whopping zero times,” Gowdy said. “We were interviewing witnesses that have nothing to do with Secretary Clinton when this story broke. So to the extent that Democrats are frustrated, they should talk to Secretary Clinton, not me. I didn’t tell...
  • Kerry Slams Cotton On Inexperience

    03/15/2015 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 15, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), the senator who penned the letter he and 46 of his Republican colleagues signed to Iran’s leaders by pointing out he is “somebody who has been in the United States Senate for 60-some days.”
  • REPORT: Obama's Top Aide Leaked Hillary Email Story As Payback

    03/15/2015 9:58:38 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 68 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 3-15-2015
    President Obama's closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett, leaked the Hillary Clinton email story to the press -- timed to hit just as she prepares to jump into the 2016 race -- because, well, a lot of reasons, according to an explosive new report in the New York Post. The story, written by Edward Klein, author of "Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas," says a bitter and spiteful Jarrett used people outside the Obama administration to spread the story so it wouldn't be traced back to the White House.