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  • Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS; Russia begins military intervention against IS

    09/01/2015 7:40:14 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 2 replies
    i24news.tv ^ | August 31st 2015 10:08pm | i24news
    i24news Published August 31st 2015 10:08pm Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS Russia begins military intervention against IS in Syria; IS closes in on Damascus Russian fighter pilots, jets and helicopters will begin arriving in Syria in the coming days to join in the offensive against the Islamic State (IS) and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state Israeli news site Ynet News reported Monday. According to Western diplomats, Russian expeditionary forces have already arrived in Syria to set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase near Damascus, and will operate as a Russian forward operating base. Thousands of...
  • No, That Report Of Dead Russian Soldiers In Ukraine Wasn’t True

    09/01/2015 4:00:32 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/31/15 | Ivan Plis
    A widely-circulated report, which many saw as an accidental admission that Russian troops are fighting in Ukraine, has been exposed as a hoax. The report, which outlets including The Daily Caller News Foundation reported at face value, claimed to expose a secret memo. It purportedly described Russian government compensation to the families of 2,000 soldiers who had died in Ukraine’s civil war. The story, which Forbes first broke in English, understandably attracted significant Western media attention and was promoted online by several prominent figures, including former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and ex-U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. If the...
  • Death of British spy found in locked gym bag ruled 'accident'

    11/13/2013 5:10:15 PM PST · by Bratch · 41 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 13, 2013 | Carol J. Williams
    Scotland Yard on Wednesday reversed a coroner's finding of foul play in the 2010 death of British spy Gareth Williams, concluding that an accident was likely responsible for the death of the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag. London Metropolitan Police investigators had undertaken a review of evidence in the case 16 months ago, after initial restrictions on homicide detectives' access to details of Williams' intelligence work were lifted by the British secret service, MI6. Deputy Asst. Commissioner Martin Hewitt told journalists in London that investigators only had access to Williams'...
  • Spy found dead in a bag 'had infuriated his MI6 bosses by illegally hacking into secret US data on B

    08/30/2015 9:36:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jenny Stanton
    Gareth Williams's body was found in a bag at his London flat five years ago Spy illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton Personal voicemail messages left by the spy were deleted after he died The British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag in his flat had illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton, it has been revealed. Gareth Williams, 31, was discovered in a holdall in the bath at his London home five years ago this month, but the mystery surrounding his death has never been solved. Today,...
  • President Hassan Rouhani to Iranian parliament: Don’t make deal legally binding

    08/31/2015 7:45:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/31/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Over the weekend, the undecideds in Congress got another confidence-builder from Iran on the nuclear deal that Barack Obama and John Kerry insist they support. If Congress approves the deal, it carries legal weight in the US, at least for the next 16 months or so until the next President takes office. The Iranian parliament must be rushing to provide the same level of legal commitment, right? Right? Er … no, not really: President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn...
  • Russian jets in Syrian skies

    08/31/2015 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 62 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 08/31/15 | Alex Fishman
    Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent. Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state. According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for...
  • ISIS Blows Up Egypt-Jordan Gas Pipeline

    11/15/2014 9:41:03 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-15-14 | Dalit Halevy
    The Islamic State's Sinai Peninsula terror organization, which was named Ansar Bayt al-Makdas until it swore allegiance to Islamic State (aka ISIS), has blown up the pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Jordan. The pipeline, which is 1,200 km long, and was built at a cost of $1.2 billion, is used for exporting natural gas to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. In the past, it was repeatedly attacked by Islamist terror groups, until Egypt's gas exports to Israel were halted. The Islamic State's Sinai Peninsula notified the press that it would not allow gas to be exported to Jordan unless ISIS...
  • New Egyptian-Jordanian Gas Line Bypasses Israel

    07/28/2003 9:53:11 AM PDT · by yonif · 10 replies · 190+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 19:22 Jul. 28, '03 / 28 Tammuz 5763
    The Saudi Press Agency reports that Egypt and Jordan have inaugurated a partially underwater pipeline that will allow Egypt to supply energy-strapped Jordan with 2.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year. The pipeline runs almost 250 kilometers across the Sinai Desert to the Red Sea, and then continues 15 kilometers underwater to the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The pipeline is scheduled to be extended in the coming years to northern Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, and Europe. Egypt has potential gas reserves of 70 trillion cubic feet and hopes to become one of the world's top 10 exporters...
  • Saboteurs attack Egypt gas pipeline to Jordan

    02/05/2011 8:35:00 AM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Feb 5, 7:32 am ET | Jailan Zayan
    CAIRO (AFP) – Unknown saboteurs attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel, an official told AFP. The attackers used explosives against the pipeline in the town of Lihfen in northern Sinai, near the Gaza Strip, the official said. It was initially thought the pipeline to Israel was attacked.
  • 'Egypt losing control of Sinai to Beduin'

    02/12/2011 5:53:25 PM PST · by Tigen · 80 replies
    JPost ^ | 2/13/11 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Israelis urged to return home for fear that peninsula will become launching pad for terror attacks as police abandon posts, facing increasing violence. Concern is mounting in Israel over reports that the Egyptian police force has abandoned the Sinai Peninsula in face of growing Beduin violence, and that the territory will turn into a breeding ground for global jihad. According to information that has arrived in Israel, Egyptian police authorities have abandoned dozens of police stations throughout the peninsula after they were attacked by Beduin armed with missiles and assault rifles. This concern was behind Israel’s decision two weeks ago...
  • Israel’s oil could provoke next war

    06/16/2011 7:29:35 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Conservative News and Views ^ | 15 June 2011 | Terry A. Hurlbut
    Does Israel have oil? The very phrase Israel’s oil could change the game in the Middle East—and provoke all-out war. Could Israel really have oil? The Zion Oil and Gas Company has been looking for oil along the Mediterranean coast, and just south of the Sea of Galilee, for several years. Two days ago they announced that they had drilled a test well in their Joseph License lands (between Haifa and Tel Aviv) to 5900 meters. They earlier found large hydrocarbon deposits at the site, usually a good sign. In August of 2010, the Givot Olam company announced a find...
  • Natural Gas Bonanza for Israel, Possible Oil Field as Well

    06/13/2010 8:44:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies · 1,011+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/3/2010 | Maayana Miskin
    A survey of the natural gas field off the shore of Haifa is to be released Thursday evening in the United States. According to the Globes financial journal, the field has been discovered to be even larger than previously thought. The field's estimated size has grown several times as more surveys are conducted. In mid-2009, Yitzchak Teshuva, controlling shareholder who invested in developing the field, originally said the gas reserves could allow Israel to be self-sufficient in energy for two decades, but now it seems that this was a conservative estimate. Teshuva said Thursday, "The results indicate that in addition...
  • Middle Eastern Oil: An Historical Perspective and Outlook

    05/26/2003 8:15:58 PM PDT · by nunya bidness · 31 replies · 9,893+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | 5/25/02 | Sean Finnegan
    It's always been about oil when it comes to the Middle East. From the borders drawn by the British and French after the Great War to the current flare-up in Iraq, the simple fact is that not one drop of western blood would have ever been shed were it not for Persian Gulf crude. However, this does not mean that the United States is unjust in acting or alone in dealing with the petulant behavior of the oil producing countries in the region; it just means that we are the latest country to go back in force to bring stability...
  • World's oldest wooden statue is TWICE as old as the pyramids: New analysis reveals Shigir Idol is...

    08/29/2015 7:40:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Will Stewart
    A stunning wooden statue pulled from a Russian peat bog 125 years ago has been dated as being 11,000 years old after 'sensational' new analysis. This means the remarkable Shigir Idol, which is covered in ‘encrypted code’ and may be a message from ancient man, is by far the oldest wooden sculpture in the world. Previous dating attempts claimed it was made 9,500 years ago. ... The idol was originally dug out of a peat bog in the Ural Mountains in 1890. 'The first attempt to date the idol was made 107 years after its discovery, in 1997. The first...
  • Unique Grom-2 Missile-Bomb Weapon Created in Russia

    08/30/2015 11:00:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The bomb was constructed on the basis of the Kh-38ME modular aircraft guided missile, according to the manufacturer. ZHUKOVSKY (Sputnik) — A unique Grom-2, possessing the destructive utility of both a missile and a bomb, has been developed in Russia, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation said Wednesday. “Grom-2 is in fact a glide bomb, as there is another warhead weighing 130 kilograms [286 pounds] instead of an engine with a total weight of 250 kilograms," Boris Obnosov told journalists. According to Obnosov, the Grom-2 was constructed on the basis of the Kh-38ME modular aircraft guided missile. Russia's...
  • Mysterious Russian Statue Is 11,000 Years Old - Twice As Old As The Pyramids

    08/30/2015 12:51:10 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 54 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | Rob Waugh
    <p>'A mysterious wooden idol found in a Russian peat bog has been dated to 11,000 years ago - and contains a code no one can decipher.</p> <p>The Shigir Idol is twice as old as the Pyramids and Stonehenge - and is by far the oldest wooden structure in the world.</p>
  • TV series about Russian occupation of Norway sparks furor

    08/30/2015 6:56:57 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 8 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | August 28, 2015 | Anastasia Lyalikova
    A new Norwegian TV series in which Russia occupies the Nordic country and takes control of its oil fields has been described by Russia's Foreign Ministry as being "in the worst traditions of the Cold War" and representing a "non-existent threat from the east." The series is to be launched by the largest Norwegian independent television channel TV2, the local media outlet LO News reports. Events in the TV show evolve around the invasion of Norway by the Russian army – backed by the European Union – after environmental radicals come to power in the Scandinavian country and stop its...
  • U.S. Oil Prices Post Biggest Rise on Percentage Basis Since 2009

    08/27/2015 12:54:40 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 27, 2015 | Christian Berthelsen
    U.S. oil prices soared 10% on Thursday, as a rally in Chinese and U.S. stocks and better-than-expected U.S. economic data prompted a rush by traders to bail out of bearish bets that the market would fall. Traders and analysts at hedge funds, banks and brokerages said supply-and-demand conditions in the oil market remained weak and there appeared to be little fundamental justification for such a strong rally, or expectations of more price gains in the near future. Rather, they said, it appeared to be set off as investors with so-called short positions that profit from falling prices closed those bets...
  • Sanctions Bite Massive Gas Project in Russian Arctic

    08/28/2015 5:03:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | JAMES MARSON and SELINA WILLIAMS
    A $27 billion energy project is rising rapidly on this icy peninsula jutting above the Arctic Circle, but the race to shore up its finances has emerged as a test of Moscow’s ability to weather Western sanctions. U.S. restrictions on OAO Novatek, the project’s Russian leader, are squeezing the massive Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s plan for Russia to reduce its heavy dependence on natural-gas customers in Europe by increasing exports to Asia and, in turn, cementing Russian ties with China. Barred by the sanctions from raising long-term dollar loans, Novatek and its foreign partners,...
  • Man Claims THIS Drawing Is of a 'Real Yeti he Saw and Sketched Before Reading its Mind

    08/30/2015 2:02:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | Tue, Aug 25, 2015
    AN ARTIST is claiming to have seen a mythical yeti for long enough to sketch the "giant primate".Russian Andrey Lyubchenko says people will think he is "insane", but insists he saw the legendary beast which was happy for him to draw its portrait. He claims the brief encounter was in the mountains of the Kemerovo area of Siberia, in Russia, and he telepathically communicated with the hairy mythological mammal. He said: "It happened so unexpectedly and fast that I had no time to get scared. "There was a clear feeling that this was a thinking creature, I felt he was...
  • A Scandal-Plagued Administration

    08/29/2015 9:57:03 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 30 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08.26.2015 | Noah Rothman
    It was particularly revealing when David Axelrod explained that, of all his accomplishments in Barack Obama’s White House, he was proudest of the fact that “there hasn’t been a major scandal.” The qualifier “major” lays the burden on shoulders of the press to define what constitutes a serious scandal, and political media had thus far reliably covered the administration’s ethical lapses as merely the peculiar obsessions of addlebrained conservatives. Surely, much of the political establishment in Washington nodded along with Axelrod as he patted himself on the back. A mere seven months later, though, and it is clear now that...
  • What if Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?

    08/27/2015 12:40:41 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 27,2015 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years? What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own? What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both...
  • Snowden Warned Norway He faced Death in US

    08/29/2015 12:31:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Norway that he faced a possible death sentence if returned to the United States in the extradition request he made in 2012. Snowden may get freedom prize at border (28 Aug 15) US asked Norway to arrest Edward Snowden (27 Aug 15) “I believe that…it is unlikely that I would receive a fair trial or proper treatment prior to the trial, and face the possibility of life imprisonment, and even death,” he wrote in the extradition letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Norway's NRK channel. The letter was sent by fax to...
  • Russia’s “Secret” Army in Ukraine

    08/28/2015 9:02:50 PM PDT · by Agog · 7 replies
    The XX Committee ^ | 08/28/2015 | John R. Schindler
    Needless to add, the “DNR” and “LNR” militaries would not last twenty-four hours without constant command and logistical support from Putin’s military. They are an extension of Russian Ground Forces and should be treated as such by the West. It’s time to end, once and for all, any fiction about “rebels” — these are Russian-controlled forces, led by Russian officers, supplied with Russian guns and ammunition, that are waging war inside Ukraine.
  • St. Petersburg Cossacks Deny Involvement In Mephistopheles Relief Destruction

    08/28/2015 8:35:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 8/28/15 | Anna Dolqov
    A Cossack organization denied that one of its members was responsible for the removal of a 100-year-old bas relief depicting the mythical demon Mephistopheles from a historic building in St. Petersburg after a man claiming responsibility for the act said he was a member of the group. In a letter sent to the editors of St. Petersburg news site Fontanka.ru, a man named Denis Gorchin — the self-described former leader of a group known as the Cossacks of St. Petersburg — said his organization was responsible for the removal of the bas relief from the building on Lakhtinskaya Street, which...
  • Under Russia’s bizarre new import ban, Russians suffer so Putin can thumb his nose at the West

    08/28/2015 12:20:31 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Kelly McParland
    When he hasn’t been diving to the depths of the Black Sea in another demonstration of his he-man virility, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been busy overseeing an unusual import-substitution program. The plan – like his numerous manly man stunts – is intended to demonstrate no one can push around a proud Mother Russia. In a steady stream of declarations, Moscow has been closing its borders to goods imported from afar. It’s unusual because it appears to hurt Russians far more than it does the intended targets, and comes at a time Russia’s economy is in dire shape from the...
  • Kurds Are Surging – America Is Not

    08/28/2015 11:28:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/15 | Eddie Pedersen
    A tale of two countries, one spurred to greatness by manifest destiny, the other crumbling under the weight of liberal anarchism The Kurds are surging in Iraq again. Kurdish fighters are successfully attacking both the Islamic state and other terrorist factions in Syria and Iraq; as we saw with the Kurdish capture of many Iraqi villages two days ago. The recent Kurdish push in Iraq occurs in spite of Turkey’s President Erdogan and his counterproductive air campaign against Kurdish fighters. To make matters worse Kurdish hopes for autonomy rights in Iranian held areas will more or less cease to be...
  • Hillary: Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood are pretty much terrorists

    08/28/2015 11:32:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/15 | Robert Laurie
    The stench of desperation Let’s say you’ve been in politics for thirty or forty years. You’re crooked, corrupt, and mad with power. Your long history of deceit is well documented, but you’ve decided it’s your turn to be President. So, you’re running for the nation’s top job. To your consternation, your campaign is being decimated by your own checkered past. You’re primarily known as a dishonest, untrustworthy, liar. What do you do? HTML5 video is not supported! Special: Remove Bags and Wrinkles From Your Eyes With Two Simple Steps Well, if Hillary Clinton is any indication, you become desperate to...
  • ‘HOKUM-B ATTACK CHOPPERS FOR EGYPT’ (More Russian weapons)

    08/28/2015 3:43:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIRheads Fly ^ | 2015/08/27
    Egypt is thought to have signed up for close to 50 Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters, sources say on Thursday 27 August. The news was actually leaked by a company that produces the electro-optic sensors for the Ka-52, saying 50 of such systems are to be delivered to Egypt from 2016 onwards. The Ka-52 is codenamed ‘Hokum-B’ by NATO and is the Russian counterpart of the Boeing AH-64D Apache, which incidentally is also operated by Egypt. The Hokum-B is already in service with the Russian armed forces.
  • Bangladesh Buys Russian Combat Training Jets Worth $800M

    01/28/2014 9:22:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | January 28, 2014
    MOSCOW --- Bangladesh ordered 24 Russian Yak-130 light fighter jets worth $800 million in the final quarter of last year, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday. The deal was paid for with a loan extended by Moscow to the country a year ago, the director of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said in a separate interview published by Kommersant on Monday, without disclosing the deal’s price tag. The newspaper said Tuesday that the sale was worth $800 million, citing unnamed sources in the defense industry. The planes are to be fitted with English-language cockpits and delivery is scheduled to begin next...
  • THE PERILS OF BEING A BLOGGER IN BANGLADESH

    08/08/2015 9:58:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 8/7 | Aaron Goldstein
    Last May, I wrote about the hacking death of Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das by Islamists. Das was the third blogger to be executed by Islamists in 2015. Well, now make it four. Islamists have murdered 40-year old Niloy Neel. Here is what the BBC has to say about it: The BBC’s Akbar Hossain in Dhaka says Mr Neel had filed a police report expressing fear for his life, but his complaints had not been not followed up.SNIP Neel, Das along with Avijit Roy and Washiqur Rahman were on a list of 84 bloggers Islamists wanted the government to put...
  • Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

    08/07/2015 9:13:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Neel’s murder is the fourth such brutal murder in the country. Machete-wielding masked men in May hacked to death 33-year-old Ananta Bijoy Das, a secular blogger, in Sylhet city. Assailants in February had killed 45-year old Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born US national, here while his wife narrowly escaped the attack. A month after Roy’s killing, another blogger Washiqur Rahman was murdered in similar fashion in Dhaka but people in the neighbourhood nabbed two suspected killers from the scene and handed them over to police. All three killed were involved with the Ganajagaran Mancha. In May, terror group al-Qaeda in the...
  • Third secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh (by Islamist)

    05/12/2015 9:10:24 AM PDT · by BCW · 6 replies
    DHAKA: A masked gang wielding machetes hacked a secular blogger to death Tuesday in northeastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack by suspected Islamists since February. Police said that Ananta Bijoy Das had been murdered in broad daylight as he headed to work at a local bank in the city of Sylhet, an attack that fellow writers said highlighted a culture of impunity. Kamrul Hasan, commissioner of Sylhet police, said that a group of around four masked attackers had attacked Das with machetes at around 8.30am on a busy street in Bangladesh's fifth largest city. "They chased him down...
  • Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh, third this year

    05/12/2015 5:01:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ruma Paul | Reuters
    HAKA (Reuters) - A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh on Tuesday, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three months. Ananta Bijoy Das, a blogger who advocated secularism, was attacked by four masked assailants in the northeastern district of Sylhet on Tuesday morning, senior police official Mohammad Rahamatullah told Reuters. Rahamatullah said Das was a 33-year-old banker. He was also editor of science magazine "Jukti", which means "logic", and on the advisory board of "Mukto Mona" (Free Mind), a website propagating rationalism and opposing fundamentalism that...
  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

    02/27/2015 9:20:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | 2-27-2015 | JULHAS ALAM
    A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on a crowded sidewalk as he and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University. Ahmed, who is also a blogger, was seriously injured. It was the latest in a series of attacks on secular writers in Bangladesh in recent years. A previously unknown militant group, Ansar Bangla 7, claimed responsibility for the attack, Assistant Police...
  • Anti-Islamist blogger beheaded in Bangladesh, 2nd killed in less than a month

    02/17/2013 9:13:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Creeping Shariah ^ | 2/17/13 | creeping
    Muslims have beheaded two Christians in New Jersey, a cat in Sweden, and now an anti-jihad blogger...just this week. via Anti-Islamist blogger killed in Bangladesh: police | NDTV.com. h/t Atlas Shrugs Dhaka: A blogger who had been critical of Bangladesh’s Islamist groups was killed in the capital late on Friday, police said, a day after he attended a big rally against leaders of the country’s largest Islamic party. Protests championed by the country’s bloggers have seen thousands of people take to the streets demanding the execution of leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami party who are under trial for war crimes. Clashes...
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law in America

    08/27/2015 5:39:09 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | TROY SENIK
    The most disturbing aspect of the scandal around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state is not the former first lady’s penchant for secrecy. What’s truly unsettling is that it has been widely taken as read among both the media and the general public that Mrs. Clinton will likely avoid serious legal consequences for her behavior because the Justice Department is ultimately answerable to President Obama – and Democrats will not use the instruments of government to destroy one of their own. Whether that eventually proves true, the sentiment itself reveals a...
  • U.S. and UK Politics Are Mirror Images

    08/27/2015 9:54:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Cal Thomas
    LONDON -- It's remarkable how often British and American politics resemble each other; often only the accents differ. Following a disastrous defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron's Tories, the Labour Party appears ready to elect as its next leader one Jeremy Corbyn, a hardcore leftist, self-described socialist and member of Parliament, who recently compared ISIS to the U.S. military and has called the terrorist group Hamas a "friend." Corbyn also wants to renationalize some British industries and increase taxes on "the rich," who are already paying more than half their earnings in income taxes, as well as...
  • MAKS: Can Russia’s ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ rise again?

    08/28/2015 6:23:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 28, 2015
    The Soviet Union’s once-secretive “Caspian Sea Monster” has resurfaced at the MAKS air show, minus the stacks of short-range nuclear missiles meant to obliterate Western defences in a sea-skimming sneak attack. The Lun-class Ekranoplan – designed to travel at high speeds just 150m above the ocean on a cushion of air – was created in the mid-1960s and is arguably one of the oddest weapons to emerge during the Cold War. But as Russian seeks to revive and modernise its one mighty aerospace industry, one design bureau see great potential reproducing the Soviet ekranoplan for passenger and cargo transport purposes....
  • What Six Years of ‘Reset’ with Russia Have Wrought

    08/27/2015 10:15:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    What Six Years of ‘Reset’ with Russia Have Wrought by CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER August 27, 2015 On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports the Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action. The timing of this brazen violation of NATO territory — two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize America’s commitment to its...
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

    08/26/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 26,2015 | AP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. El-Sissi's Russian visit, his second in the past three months, highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • As War Closes In, Syria’s Assad Puts Emphasis on Living a Normal Life

    08/26/2015 7:29:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    On the day in May when Islamic State militants raised their black flag above the ancient city of Palmyra, the Damascus Opera House featured a singer in a rumpled black suit belting out traditional Arabic ballads. Members of the audience were herded together so the half-empty auditorium appeared full on state television, and the crowd whistled, clapped and danced in the aisles for the benefit of the cameras. This week, as the extremist militants blew up a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, the opera house in the capital 150 miles to the west prepared to open an art exhibit. “It is...
  • Is Turkey Going Rogue?

    08/26/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlantic Community ^ | 8/26/15 | Jon Abbink
    Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdoğan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdoğan to prioritize the war against Daesh. Under the pretext of an anti-Daesh (ISIS) campaign, Turkey's government since late July 2015 is harshly repressing the Kurds, playing the ‘anti-terrorism' card towards NATO. But the...
  • Meet the Americans Flocking to Iraq and Syria to Fight the Islamic State

    08/26/2015 5:36:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 8/26/15 | Adam Rawnsley
    When a U.S. citizen going by the name “Abu Abdullah al-Amriki” blew himself up in a suicide attack in Baiji, Iraq, this month, he was the most recent example of a troubling trend: the roughly 200 Americans who have traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State.Not all of the foreigners have left for the region looking to fight for the Islamic State, however. Instead, growing numbers of Americans are heading there to fight against the extremists. The American fighters — mostly military veterans, with a strangely disproportionate share of Texans — are...
  • Palestinians want to raise flag at UN headquarters

    08/26/2015 12:13:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 08.26.15, 08:36 | (AP, Reuters)
    The Palestinians are seeking to raise their flags at UN headquarters in New York, in a resolution proposing to allow non-member observer states—the Palestinians and the Vatican—to display their flag with the 193 member states—just in time for Pope Francis’ visit next month. Supporters of the idea hope the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution on the flag-raising shortly before the pope arrives. They’re betting that the United States or other allies of Israel will not block the plan and risk offending the Holy See on Francis’ first US visit. But the Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian UN...
  • Russia Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled

    08/26/2015 3:33:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 25 Aug 15 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers’ associations have been branded “foreign agents” for collecting data on Russian casualties. Dissident Boris Nemtsov was murdered shortly before completing his study of Russian casualties in Ukraine. Russian civil rights organizations, working against the fog of official resistance, could confirm only several hundred battlefield deaths. Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) reports on markets, finance, entrepreneurship,...
  • Desperate Russia opens doors for foreign militaries

    08/26/2015 12:11:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy stance has invited damaging economic sanctions from the US and the European Union. These have squeezed the important sectors that earn most of Russia's money -- oil, banking services and defence exports. Battering the Russian economy further are plummeting oil prices, which are blocking Putin's 2010 pledge to spend some 20 trillion roubles -- about $650 billion then -- to revamp his ageing arsenal. After years of defence spending increases, Russia's 2015 budget has hit a roadwall. Moscow has scaled back plans for buying 500 warplanes from 2011-2016, as well as the new Armata...
  • Sokov on Russian Cruise Missiles

    08/25/2015 10:55:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ARMS CONTROL WONK ^ | 25 AUGUST 2015 | Jeffrey Lewis
    I was discussing reports of a new Russian sea-launched cruise missile with my colleague, Nikolai Sokov. He has a number of thoughts about what is going on, so I was delighted when he offered to write them up. There are a lot of really interesting things in Nikolai’s piece. One comment — I remain undecided about the idea that the alleged Russian INF violation arises from a ground-based test of a sea-launched cruise missile. The new information, though, does seem to bolster that case, at least a bit, but my intuition is that it is a new ground-launched cruise missile....
  • Possible Troop Movements in China?

    08/25/2015 12:34:19 PM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 62 replies
    http://www.foxbusiness.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | RinaseaofDs
    Watching the end of the trading day on Fox Biz when the market dropped from 300 to 103 in two minutes. Trader told Liz Claman that the rumor is going around the trading floor that there may be a coup underway in China, and troop movements are being reported in Beijing. It was funny watching a trader hand news to a journalist. Claman was caught flat-footed. Fox hasn't done anything about the rumor in the five minutes it was reported. Nothing on Drudge about China yet.
  • Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Exposes Huma Abedin, Brings Down the wrath of Allah

    08/25/2015 9:12:29 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 77 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/25/15 | Jerry Todd
    In 2012, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann questioned the wisdom of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton furnishing her Muslim Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin with all of the sensitive/secret information a reputed Muslim Brotherhood operative could possibly desire. Below is the take of prolific writer Jerry Todd as he describes the contempt heaped upon Bachmann by the Republican Party elite for her “Muslim Insensitivity.” The article first appeared in June of 2012. “Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R. MN, brought down the wrath of Allah” Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R. MN, brought down the wrath of Allah on herself for noting the role,...