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  • Turkey accused of sending arms to Syrian jihadis

    05/29/2015 4:00:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/29/15
    ISTANBUL: Images and video footage allegedly showing trucks belonging to Turkey's state intelligence service carrying weapons en route to jihadist rebels in Syria were published Friday in a Turkish daily. The Turkish government has vehemently denied earlier claims that it is arming rebels fighting in Syria and accused dozens of prosecutors, soldiers and security officers involved in the searching of trucks of attempting to bring it down by suggesting that it is doing so. Earlier this month, Turkey arrested four prosecutors who ordered searches in a similar incident in January 2014 and they are now in prison pending trial. More...
  • Putin denies Russian troops are in Ukraine, decrees certain deaths secret

    05/28/2015 10:52:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 28 May 15 | Karoun Demirjian
    MOSCOW — If there was one weak spot in Russian support for the Kremlin’s aims in Ukraine this year, it was the population’s strong aversion to sending in Russian troops — something Russia denies doing, despite mounting international evidence to the contrary. Now, Russia can ignore that evidence — as well as any questions citizens might raise — since President Vladimir Putin signed a decree classifying certain peacetime deaths of soldiers as state secrets. Putin signed an order Thursday making the deaths of Russian troops lost during “special operations” a secret, amending a previous decree that limited such secrecy to...
  • Putin orders all Russian military deaths be classified as state secrets

    05/28/2015 3:34:48 PM PDT · by Bubba Ho-Tep · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2015
    MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret to divulge information about peacetime losses of Russian troops in "special operations." The decree comes as evidence of Russian involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine is mounting. Ukraine last week captured two men who it said were Russian officers operating on the side of the separatists in eastern Ukraine. The Russian defense ministry said the two are no longer active...
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • Emails show Clinton's interest in arming Libyan rebels despite prohibitions

    05/28/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 30 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 May 28 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    Recently released emails detail then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's interest in arming Libyan opposition groups using private security contractors before the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011 – though at the time, the opposition was not formally recognized by the U.S. or United Nations, which prohibited arming without following strict guidelines and oversight. The issue remains so sensitive that the emails recently released by the State Department redacted a key line on the matter. But the unredacted version of the same email, released to the congressional Benghazi Select Committee and first posted by The New York Times last Thursday, showed...
  • MSM: Why, This Hillary Character Seems Evasive and Flawed

    The keepers of the Beltway flame don't seem terribly impressed by Hillary Clinton's aloof, unavailable presidential campaign thus far. Meet the Press' Chuck Todd thinks she's engaged in awkward ideological "gymnastics" and failing to connect (via the Free Beacon):videos at link ... The 'Game Change' boys see the relentless drip, drip, drip of the Clintons' financial irregulaties and serial opacity as "quite threatening" to her viability (via Grabien): And what is Mrs. Clinton's favorite refuge when her family's multimillion-dollar slush fund is attracting unwanted attention, new details are emerging about her failures and dishonesty as Secretary of State, and her...
  • George Galloway announces he will run for London Mayor

    05/28/2015 9:43:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-28-2015 | BBC
    Controversial former MP George Galloway is to seek election as the next mayor of London. The Respect Party leader, who has threatened a legal challenge over his general election defeat, declared his bid on Twitter. Mr Galloway posted a picture of himself sitting on an unmade bed with his young son and the slogan "Dad, you've got to do this. I've got your back!". "I'm standing for Mayor of London 2016," he added. On 7 May, Mr Galloway lost the Bradford West Commons seat he took from Labour, his former party, in a 2012 by-election. The seat was won by...
  • Ted Cruz, charlatan

    05/27/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Milbank
    As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama’s weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own “red line” after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons. “A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” the senator said in a typical appearance, on ABC News last year. “You’d better believe that Putin sees that in Syria,” Cruz added. “Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.” This takes quite...
  • Russia plans to use PRISON labour to drive down the cost of World Cup

    05/26/2015 3:22:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 May 2015 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Lawmakers in Russia have announced plans to use prison labour to help drive down the cost of hosting the 2018 World Cup by forcing them to take jobs that ordinary Russians won't do. Politician Alexander Khinshtein, from the ruling United Russia party, has said he is drawing up proposals which would see inmates taken to work in factories producing materials for the games. Meanwhile Alexander Rudy, head of Russia's prison service, has said that he was keen to use prisoners for 'tasks that, let's say, wouldn't appeal to the ordinary citizen.'
  • WAYPOINTS ~ Inquire ~ Listen ~ OBEY [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/28/2015 10:42:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Situational requirements are changing daily now and even minute by minute . You see your Waypoints belong to Me and I AM your rest along the way of Holiness so that you remain steadfast, strong and nurtured as Daniel in My Ways and not the ways of man! See that you inquire of Me as David and listen as Samuel, remain steadfast as Daniel and fearless as Caleb for I AM your Meat and Spring of Life as long as you eat from My Tree alone and no other ! So Fortress your self in Me for I AM your...
  • IRS 'believes' massive data theft originated in Russia

    05/28/2015 4:55:03 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/27/2015 | Chris Frates
    The IRS "believes" that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, two sources briefed on the data theft tell CNN. On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that organized crime syndicates used personal data obtained elsewhere to access tax information, which they then used to file $50 million in fraudulent tax refunds.
  • Putin: These FIFA charges are a US plot to steal the 2018 World Cup from Russia

    05/28/2015 8:46:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/28/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    Actually, it’s the Swiss who are probing the 2018 World Cup award to Russia, and the US bid was for the 2022 World Cup that went to Qatar.  Vladimir Putin won’t let those facts get in the way of a good anti-American rant, of course. The Russian strongman publicly questioned why the US would have any interest or jurisdiction over a legal argument that doesn’t involve its own citizens, which also turns out to be … not true: Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA’s affairs and hinted that it was part of an...
  • 2018 World Cup Emblem Reflects Russia’s Soul And Heart — FIFA chief

    10/28/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 10/28/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. Russia’s official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to be unveiled late on Tuesday night in Moscow, reflects the soul and heart of Russia, Sepp Blatter, the president of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), said. The official emblem of the 2018 World Cup will be unveiled late on Tuesday night in the Russian capital during the Evening Urgant television talk show by FIFA President Blatter and Secretary General Jerome Valcke, jointly with Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and Fabio Cannavaro, captain of...
  • Declassified Document Proves US Created ISIS

    05/28/2015 5:07:07 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 59 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | 5/25/2015 | Joshua Krouse
    Ever since ISIS began its bloody rampage across the Middle East, many of us have been suspicious of their origins. The West seemed perfectly willing to support the rebellion against Russian backed Assad, but as soon as those supposedly “moderate” rebels formed ISIS, they turned against them (according to the media at least). But according to a recently declassified document, the US government knew more than they were letting on (gasp) in regards to the formation of ISIS. The seven page document, which was dated August 12th 2012, was attained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit. It reveals that...
  • Poroshenko Signs Moratorium on Foreign Debt Repayment (Ukraine)

    05/28/2015 9:21:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 5-28-2015 | Sputnik
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law allowing Ukraine to impose a moratorium on repayment of its foreign debt until at least July 2016, a press release on Poroshenko's official website said Thursday. The Ukrainian parliament approved the bill, which could affect repayment of the country's $3-billion debt to Russia on May 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier the bill de facto was an announcement of a default, casting a negative light on the professionalism of Ukraine's leadership. Moreover, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Moscow would turn to an international court if the Ukrainian president signed...
  • Biden blasts Putin, says U.S. debating sending weapons to Ukraine

    05/28/2015 4:52:48 AM PDT · by McGruff · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 27, 2015 | Kevin Liptak
    With tensions flaring between Russia and the West, Vice President Joe Biden blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday and said that the White House is still mulling sending arms and equipment to besieged Ukrainian troops. Biden criticized Putin for what he called "brutal aggression" in Ukraine, and said the Russian president was also responsible for "aggressive repression at home."
  • Putin made decision to revive production of Tu-160M strategic bomber — Air Force commander

    05/28/2015 4:46:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | 28/05/2015
    Russia’s Air Force will purchase at least 50 Tu-160M strategic bombers, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Gen.Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday. "The supreme commander [president of Russia - TASS] and the Russian defense minister have taken a decision on reviving production of the Tu-160M aircraft [NATO reporting name: Blackjack]," he stressed. The industry "has confirmed its possibilities" on restarting the production of these bombers, he said. "The production of the aircraft will be restarted. To cover all the outlay of the production, at least 50 aircraft will be purchased in course of time," Bondarev said. The decision on reviving...
  • Hamas Executed Palestinians During Israel War: Amnesty

    05/27/2015 8:27:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. A report by the London-based rights group detailed the "brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of 'collaborating' with Israel" by Hamas, de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip enclave. The report details the "extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others".
  • Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine - witness

    05/28/2015 2:36:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Maria Tsvetkova
    Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments.
  • FIORINA: ‘TITLES ARE JUST TITLES,’ HILLARY’S ‘TRACK RECORD’ IS ME COLLAPSE AND THE RUSSIAN RESET

    05/27/2015 12:23:31 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued that “titles are just titles” and Hillary Clinton’s “track record” includes the collapse of the Middle East and the failed Russian reset on Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC. Fiorina said, “I come from a world where titles are just titles, and talk is just talk. It’s only in politics where titles and words mean a lot. In the rest of the world, it’s actually about what have you done, actions speak louder than words. People want to know are your words and your actions consistent and are they consistent over time. And so,...
  • Barack Obama: A Man For The Ages!

    03/12/2015 5:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Everyone says President Obama is a feckless commander, weak in statecraft, especially compared to the great leaders of the Western world, such as Reagan and Churchill. I believe this does Obama a great injustice. It's so easy to react the way a great leader would. Sure, Obama could have left a small contingent of American troops in Iraq, preserved America's victory, and prevented the entire region from collapsing into chaos and terror. He could have refrained from issuing empty "red line" threats to Syria. He could call ISIS "Islamic." But anybody could do that -- even ISIS calls itself "Islamic."...
  • The LAW OF JESUS(Mercy & GRACE) NOT MOSES(MERCY) ALONE [Charismatic caucus]

    05/27/2015 8:11:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Many of my children are still clinging to the law of Moses(mercy) usurping My Law ~ "The Law of GRACE". Did I not enter the Sheep's Gate and was there not one healed by The Law of Grace hanging from My Veil of Virtue ?! Then why the struggle My children ? Come! Cling to Me(Jesus) and be found at the feet of True Humility for I have already suffered all for you and Grace "IS" yours for The Victory "IS" MINE ! ! ! John 5 5 Later on there was a Jewish festival (feast) for which "Jesus went...
  • How to Focus America on Hillary's Libya Failure

    05/26/2015 3:27:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let's go to Hillary and Libya. Now, we all know about Mrs. Clinton's e-mail snafus and we all know about her problems, and we all know about Hillary's genuine general incompetence as secretary of state and the fact she didn't achieve much and the fact that all the relevant e-mails have supposedly been deleted and are gone is evidence of this, we think. Okay, so how do we nevertheless tie Mrs. Clinton to the boondoggle that's Libya? Benghazi's in Libya, for those of you in Rio Linda. And that's a boondoggle. It was a disaster. Four Americans dead. An...
  • Surprise: Most Clinton Foundation donors got larger weapons deals from Hillary’s State Department

    05/26/2015 10:39:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2015 | AllahPundit
    Of 20 nations that donated to the Foundation, 17 had more robust weapons transactions in the three fiscal years that State was led by Hillary than in the last three years of the previous administration. How do you convince a president who got elected in 2008 on an anti-war platform repudiating warmongering cowboy George W. Bush to ramp up arms deals to unsavory regimes in the Middle East? Slipping a fat envelope into the Clinton slush fund’s collection box couldn’t hurt. And evidently didn’t.Personally, I’m pretty excited to have every foreign-policy transaction the United States engages in through 2020,...
  • Russia threatens Google, Facebook, and Twitter with ban

    05/26/2015 1:16:01 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Jose AlvarezPublished
    Social media has given a voice to many all over the globe -- and the government of Russia may silence them by threatening to ban social media sites such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Roskomnadzor, a government agency that supervises communications, information technology and mass media (including social media) in the country, late last week asked the three tech companies to comply with Russian laws that many outsiders believe amount to censorship. "In our letters we regularly remind companies of the consequences of violating the legislation," Vadim Ampelonsky, a spokesperson for Roskomnadzor, told Reuters.
  • Bill Clinton has a mysterious shell company

    05/26/2015 1:07:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/25/2015 | Stephen Braun, Associated Press
    The newly released financial files on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's growing fortune omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services, but which demonstrates the complexity of the family's finances. Because the company, WJC, LLC, has no financial assets, Hillary Clinton's campaign was not obligated to report its existence in her recent financial disclosure report, officials with Bill Clinton's private office and the Clinton campaign said. They were responding to questions by The Associated Press, which reviewed corporate documents. The officials, who spoke on condition of...
  • Obama Desecrates Memorial Day And Agrees To Commit U.S. Military To Serve Under Turkey’s Conquest

    05/26/2015 12:58:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/26/15 | Walid Shoebat
    Obama desecrates Memorial Day. The U.S Military will now be committed to advance an Islamic Grand Caliphate. Hard to imagine? Its easy if you try, by simply reading our report. Yesterday, on Memorial Day we open the papers to read the headlines Turkey and US ‘agree in principle’ to provide air support for Syrian rebels. And it wasn’t the president of the United States or a spokesperson from the White house that broke the news, but through the mouth of the Turks, Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister told the pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper in comments published Monday on Memorial Day.On Memorial Day, the Turks told...
  • Putin is going to extreme lengths to hide Russian soldiers who are dying while fighting in Ukraine

    05/26/2015 12:22:21 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 26 May 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is using crematoriums on wheels to burn the bodies of its soldiers who die fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, Bloomberg's Josh Rogin reports. “The Russians are trying to hide their casualties by taking mobile crematoriums with them,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told Rogin. “They are trying to hide not only from the world but from the Russian people their involvement.” The mobile crematoriums — which burn about eight to 10 bodies a day, according to Ukraine security service chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko — reveal how far Russia is willing to go to hide its military...
  • French National Front leader Marine Le Pen visits Moscow

    05/26/2015 9:26:18 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 2 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | May. 26, 2015 | Agence France Presse
    MOSCOW: The leader of France's far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, visited Moscow Tuesday for talks with the speaker of the lower house that were closed to press. Le Pen previously met the speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Russia's fourth most important official and a member of the ruling United Russia party, in April last year. Le Pen's party in November came under fire for taking out a 9 million euro loan with a Russian bank. Russia has sought to cosy up to European politicians who have criticized the European Union for imposing sanctions on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, including...
  • ABC spox in Stephanopoulos flap worked in Clinton White House (the Clinton Coven at ABC)

    05/26/2015 8:50:58 AM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/23/15 | FOX NEWS
    The ABC News spox who slow-walked The Washington Free Beacon’s request for comment on ABC's Stephanopoulos’ undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation also worked in the Clinton admin. Heather Riley -- spox for ABC News programs helmed by Stephanopoulous, “GMA” and “This Week” -- worked in the White House press office 1997-2000, according to LinkedIn, and is a member of the Facebook group “Clinton Admin Alumni.” Fox reports The Free Beacon contacted ABC News on the afternoon of May 13 to request comment. “I was just forwarded your email about George. I’m going to send you something,” Riley emailed TFB...
  • you walk in MY heavenly jurisdiction " GRACE" [charismatic caucus]

    05/26/2015 8:14:59 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-26-15 | Holy Spirit
    Your jurisdiction is heavenly for your "BEING" is founded in Me . Therefore your turf is forgiveness for this is what you walk in and I AM your Referee and Authority. So take on My strategy for I shall not forecast My movement to the enemy , would you ?! I am your Counselor and Guide to which you bring the warming embers of your love to and in return I crown you in My Majesty for you are dressed in My Righteousness. Now "as you believe in Me to BE your ALL" " I SHALL" and " I WILL"...
  • Why Aren't Those $26.4M Speech Fees Taxable To Bill & Hillary Clinton?

    05/26/2015 6:21:38 AM PDT · by dila813 · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | Today | Robert W. Wood
    The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has admitted collecting $26.4 million in previously unreported fees from foreign governments and foreign and U.S. corporations for speeches. For tax purposes, who should be treated as the recipient of that money? We’ll come back to the question. As with all things Clinton, the control of the story has been impressive. Sure, the Foundation should have been clearer about this, says the narrative. But it does such incredibly important work on HIV AIDS and other global initiatives.
  • Ukraine Tries Adapting to Life Without Lenin

    05/26/2015 7:42:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Laura Mills
    [subtitle: New law bans Soviet street names, statues and other reminders of communist past, as some question priorities.] In a country where at least 4,000 localities had a main thoroughfare named after Lenin, outlawing remnants of the Soviet era like street names and statues was bound to cause problems... The phenomenon is so common now that it has its own name -- "Leninopad" or "Lenin-fall," a phrase that echoes the Ukrainian word for snowfall...
  • That time Ukraine tried to join NATO — and NATO said no

    09/04/2014 5:10:11 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 4 at 3:37 PM | http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/adam-taylor
    ...During NATO's 2008 summit in Bucharest, Romania, the issue was discussed and, after opposition from France and Germany, a decision was made to offer neither Ukraine nor Georgia a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) — essentially a path for Ukraine to receive membership — at that moment. Vague promises of NATO membership in the future were made, but the United States later appeared to drop its support for NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia. Russia's brief war with Georgia in August 2008 helped underscore the decision's importance, but NATO and Ukraine held further talks in December. Again, however, no specific...
  • Iran Declares 'Successful' End Of Negotiations With Russia On S-300 System

    05/26/2015 1:43:04 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    AFP via Ynetnews ^ | 25 May 2015 | AFP
    Moscow and Tehran have concluded negotiations on the delivery of the Russia's long-range S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran, which should take place "within a short period," said Iranian Deputy Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, on a visit in Moscow on Monday. "The negotiations were completed successfully. I believe that the delivery of the S-300 will take place in a relatively short time", the Iranian deputy minister was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
  • Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State near Ramadi

    05/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by ISIS fighters, were the militant group's biggest successes since a US-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year. The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the...
  • Is the 'World’s Deadliest Tank' Bankrupting Russia?

    05/25/2015 5:46:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/25/2015 | By Franz-Stefan Gady
    Russia is expected to spend more money on its military in 2015 than in any previous year in its entire post-Soviet history. According to an analysis conducted by Forbes Magazine, Russia will spend an estimated 5.34 percent of its economic output on defense in 2015. This estimate is based on the assumption that the Russian economy will contract by 3 percent and a 15 percent hike in the real value of the military budget. However, another estimate quoted in the Wall Street Journal based on Russian government data notes that country’s GDP may even decrease by 4.6 percent largely due...
  • Putin and the Neoconservatives

    05/24/2015 7:05:24 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 26 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Putin and the Neoconservatives By William Pfaff Comment by Julio Severo: This article was kindly sent and recommended to me by a Pentecostal minister in the U.S. Its author, William Pfaff, said, “The resemblance of President Putin’s ambitions for his Russia to those of the neoconservatives in the contemporary United States bear a striking formal resemblance in the wish of both to recall a romanticized past.” For pro-family Christians, the important point is whether a president supports a pro-family agenda or anti-family agenda. We supported George W. Bush because of his generally pro-life stances, even though his neocon decision...
  • Oil Markets Can’t Ignore The Fundamentals Forever

    05/25/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-5-2015 | Arthur
    Storage withdrawals and falling rig count have been the main sources of hope that U.S. tight oil production will fall and that oil prices will rebound. That hope is fading as it is now clear that recent withdrawals from U.S. crude oil storage are because of price, not falling supply, and that the drop in rig count has stalled. Figure 1 below shows the relationship between U.S. crude oil storage inventory and WTI price. The thinking around recent withdrawals from storage is that this reflects depleting supply. The data, however, reflects that traders were storing crude oil during the price...
  • Syria after Lebanon: Hooked on Lebanon

    10/03/2005 11:31:22 PM PDT · by Hunden · 1 replies · 390+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Fall 2005 | Gary C. Gambill
    Although Syrian troops have withdrawn from Lebanon, their departure is little more than a symbolic acknowledgment of Lebanese sovereignty, extracted under enormous pressure from the international community. They had not been directly involved in policing the country for nearly a decade, and their number had already dwindled in recent years from a peak of over 40,000 down to 14,000. The backbone of Syria's power in Lebanon — its intelligence apparatus — has merely gone underground. The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February and the murders of prominent dissidents Samir Kassir and George Hawi in June suggest that Syria remains as capable as ever...
  • Russia's Landmark $2Bln Deal With Egypt for MiG Fighter Jets

    05/25/2015 6:31:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Russia has agreed to deliver 46 MiG-29 air superiority fighters to Egypt and is soon expected to sign a deal worth approximately $2 billion, what might become the largest order since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s business daily Vedomosti reports, quoting a source close to the aviation industry. Russia has agreed on a contract with Egypt to deliver 46 Mikoyan MiG-29 air superiority fighters (NATO reporting name "Fulcrum"). The deal is slated to be signed in the nearest future and is expected to be worth as much as $2 billion, the newspaper quotes an aviation industry source as...
  • Belarus Turns to Pro-Western Nations in the Middle East

    05/24/2015 9:48:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Belarus Digest ^ | May 5 2015 | Siarhei Bohdan
    Belarus's recent leaning towards pro-Western nations in the Middle East follows fast on the heels of rapprochement with the West. On 6-7 May, Joint Belarus-Saudi Committee on Cooperation will meet in Riyadh. On 15 April, Belarus opened an embassy in Qatar. Establishing closer links with the very centres of conservative Arab bloc allied with the West is a milestone in Belarusian foreign policy. In the past, Minsk enjoyed amicable relations primarily with the so-called radical republican regimes in the Middle East. Saddam's Iraq, Qadhafi's Libya, Assad's Syria, as well as Ahmadinejad's Iran figured among Belarus's main partners. The shift towards...
  • Report claims U.S. Government created the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

    05/24/2015 5:20:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    NJ Today ^ | 05/24/2015
    In an episode of Truth in Media, Ben Swann investigates the origins of the militant group referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and lays blame for the terrorist organization on the United State government.CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “The name ISIS is one that every American knows,” said Swann, an independent investigative journalist who earned two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. “The biggest threat to our national security since Al-Qaeda, right? They are a brutal, savage group known for public beheadings and mass executions. They are the face of the new...
  • Clinton Email Dump: Hillary Fixer Cheryl Mills Got Colleagues ‘On Board’ Before Benghazi Hearings

    05/24/2015 11:14:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 22, 2015 | Debra Heine
    Cheryl Mills, who was the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff during the entirety of Hillary Clinton’s tenure, said in an email on November 13, 2012, that her colleagues were “on board” after a “come to” (Jesus?) meeting, in reference to classified congressional hearings that would be taking place later that week. Her correspondent was Philippe Reines, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton who had asked how the “hearings”were going (perhaps meaning “briefings”?) The classified hearings were on the 15th and 16th. Of the newly released batch of Hillary Clinton emails, this one seems to be the most significant.
  • Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

    05/24/2015 11:33:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | May 23, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which...
  • A Hillary Match-Up With Marco Rubio Is a Scary for many Democrats

    05/23/2015 7:26:56 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 58 replies
    ny times ^ | MAY 22, 2015 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    WASHINGTON — They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.” They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy. An incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida: “Marco Rubio scares me.”
  • Trump donations to Clinton Foundation add to gun owner concerns

    05/24/2015 9:47:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his daughter have donated “at least $105,000 to the Clinton Foundation,” The Hill reported Thursday. Contributions, per the Foundation website, “advance the work of any part of the Clinton Foundation, including the Clinton Global Initiative.”That would be the same group behind the Clinton Global Citizen Award, presented to anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg by Vice President Joe Biden for being the “most fierce and most effective advocate that we have on the matter of gun sanity.” And it’s hardly the first time Trump has come across as effectively bipolar on guns.“I love the NRA,...
  • Obama: No, Iran Won’t Be More Dangerous with $150 Billion Dollars

    05/23/2015 5:33:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/23/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]The Goldberg interview with Obama reads like a conversation with an idiot. Actually make that two idiots, both of whom are also compulsive liars.One of the highlights of their insane exchange is when Obama tries to insist that Iran won’t be more dangerous if it gets another $150 billion. Obama: The question is, if Iran has $150 billion parked outside the country, does the IRGC automatically get $150 billion? Does that $150 billion then translate by orders of magnitude into their capacity to project power throughout the region? So Obama brings out the math, and by math, I mean...
  • ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    05/24/2015 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/23/15 | John Podhoretz
    Deep into the seventh year of his tenure, Barack Obama is thinking about his post-presidential legacy. We know this because he’s telling us so. In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our...
  • How Politicians From Hillary Clinton To David Cameron Reacted To Ireland's Same-Sex Marriage Vote

    05/23/2015 3:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Ireland became Saturday the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages by popular vote. Within the U.S., Maine, Maryland and Washington in 2012 were the first states to legalize such unions through popular votes. Meanwhile, 37 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A measure to legalize such unions via popular votes could be added to the ballots in the 13 other states during the 2016 general elections, when it conceivably could have the support of at least one presidential candidate, as IrelandÂ’s action motivated one White House...