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  • To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran

    03/26/2015 7:35:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | Today | John Bolton
    In theory, comprehensive international sanctions, rigorously enforced and universally adhered to, might have broken the back of Iran’s nuclear program. But the sanctions imposed have not met those criteria. Naturally, Tehran wants to be free of them, but the president’s own director of National Intelligence testified in 2014 that they had not stopped Iran’s progressing its nuclear program. There is now widespread acknowledgment that the rosy 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which judged that Iran’s weapons program was halted in 2003, was an embarrassment, little more than wishful thinking. The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear...
  • Travel Schedules Suggest Iran ‘Deal’ To Be Staged Sunday

    03/26/2015 2:12:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 18 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 3/26/15 | Joel Pollak
    <p>Travel schedules of Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggest that the parties may gather for a “signing” ceremony on Sunday, March 29 in Lausanne, Switzerland.</p> <p>Omri Ceren, press director at The Israel Project, told reporters via email from Switzerland: “Rumors are swirling about a deal as early as Sunday the 29th: Lavrov is slated to fly in for the 27th-29th, Kerry is supposed to be in Boston on the 30th, and the Iranians are talking about where they want to move the talks for the signing ceremony.”</p>
  • Oil services Giant Schlumberger to Lay Off 9,000, as Crude Prices Fall

    01/16/2015 6:25:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 01/16/2015 | Douglas A. McIntyre
    The drop in the price of oil will cost 9,000 workers at Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB) their jobs. The company disclosed: In response to lower commodity pricing and anticipated lower exploration and production spending in 2015, Schlumberger decided to reduce its overall headcount to better align with anticipated activity levels for 2015. Schlumberger recorded a $296 million charge associated with a headcount reduction of approximately 9,000. Unfortunately for the workers, the oil services company had good reason. Although fourth-quarter revenue rose 6% to $12.5 billion and operating income by 7% to $1.9 billion, the company believes the situation has deteriorated:
  • 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. …
  • ‘Spiderweb’ of sanctions means Iranian oil unlikely to flood the market

    03/24/2015 5:14:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 03.22.2015 | YADULLAH HUSSAIN
    Iran’s oil and gas sector holds plenty of promise but analysts say a deal between Tehran and global powers on nuclear issues this week is unlikely to spur either a flood of Iranian oil into the market or an investment bonanza by oil majors into the country. Iran and six world powers have been working to secure an agreement by March 24 to curb Tehran’s key nuclear activities for at least 10 years in exchange for gradual sanctions relief. “My guess is that on March 24th nothing will be done,” said Richard Nephew, who once led the Iran sanctions file...
  • Congress Seeks to Cut Off Taxpayer Funding For Iran Deal

    03/21/2015 6:50:20 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Move to eliminate all U.S. funding for diplomacy with Iran Congressional leaders have begun pressuring their colleagues to cut off all U.S. funding for the ongoing talks with Iran over its contested nuclear program as the Obama administration rushes to hash out the details of a deal in the coming months, according to multiple sources and a letter that will be sent next week to appropriators in the House of Representatives. With the deadline approaching, congressional Republicans have been exasperated by the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent them from having any oversight over the deal.
  • Sen. Cruz and Rep. Franks Introduce Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act

    03/20/2015 7:19:08 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | March 19, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz
    Options to stop a nuclear Iran are not yet limited to President Obama’s bad deal or war WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ-8, today reintroduced the Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act to impose sanctions against Iran and help safeguard America in the face of the Obama Administration’s disastrous proposed nuclear deal with Iran.“As the self-perpetuating negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program drag on, it is time for a moment of clarity,” said Sen. Cruz. “It is time to tell the American people the truth. These talks are not going to prevent the Islamic Republic...
  • Boehner to Visit Israel As Iran Nuclear Deadline Looms (no comment from WH)

    03/20/2015 9:40:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 20, 2015 - 11:29 am | David Francis
    House Speaker John Boehner showed up President Barack Obama earlier this month by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge Congress against a nuclear deal with Iran. Now, with negotiations stalling over the timing of sanctions relief and centrifuge development, the GOP leader is setting the stage to do it again. Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected lead a group of lawmakers to Israel at the end of March, a trip that could coincide with the March 31 deadline to get a framework agreement in place, according to reports. Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith confirmed the visit and said it was planned...
  • Graham threatens to cut funds to UN if Obama bypasses Congress on Iran sanctions

    03/20/2015 6:50:24 PM PDT · by Envisioning · 35 replies
    Graham threatens to cut funds to UN if Obama bypasses Congress on Iran sanctions...
  • President provokes Israel & Congress with UN, Iran, vote mandate

    03/20/2015 5:24:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Obama's plan does one other thing... it steps on and attempts to supersede our basic rights of free will derived from the very hand of God It didn’t take 24 hours for President Obama’s duplicitous stripes to show after Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party victory. Reeling from the sting of failure to corral Israel’s liberal and Arab voter base behind his retreat strategy for the encircled nation, Obama immediately floated Plan B—United Nations running interference. Par for the course (pun intended), the president falls back on making an appeal for international support for an agenda that he knows the American people...
  • France Takes Toughest Line at Iran Nuclear Talks

    03/20/2015 3:58:58 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 15 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | 3/20/2015 | Jay Soloman
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland—France is again adopting the toughest line against Iran in negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, potentially placing Paris at odds with the Obama administration as a diplomatic deadline to forge an agreement approaches at month-end. President Barack Obama called French President François Hollande on Friday to discuss the Iran diplomacy and try to unify their positions. The presidents “reaffirmed their commitment” to a deal “while noting that Iran must take steps to resolve several remaining issues,” the White House said. French diplomats have been publicly pressing the U.S. and other world powers not to give ground on...
  • Senator Bob Corker: Iran bill will beat Obama veto

    03/20/2015 3:11:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Legislation requiring congressional review of any Iran nuclear deal will get the 67 Senate votes needed to overcome a presidential veto, Sen. Bob Corker predicted Friday. The Tennessee Republican said despite “drama” around the issue in recent weeks, he believes his legislation will be successful. “I believe ultimately we will have a veto-proof majority to make that happen,” Corker said during a speech at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s 2015 National Policy Conference. The Foreign Relations Committee is expected to mark up Corker's bill next month, after a deadline for negotiators to reach a framework for a final deal. The...
  • Obama phones France as Iran talks hit snag [Surrender Monkeys only want symbolic easing]

    03/20/2015 3:16:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama spoke to French President Francois Hollande on Friday to discuss the nuclear talks with Iran, which have reportedly hit a snag over the question of easing sanctions. The two leaders discussed the nuclear negotiations, as well as the conflict in Ukraine, according to the White House. “The presidents reaffirmed their commitment to achieving a long term comprehensive deal that fully and verifiably addresses the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, while noting that Iran must take steps to resolve several remaining issues,” the White House said in a statement. A round of talks in Switzerland concluded Friday...
  • EU Planning Sanctions on Israel for 'Polarizing Jerusalem'

    03/20/2015 1:39:51 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 54 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Friday, March 20, 2015 | Elad Benari
    A new European Union (EU) report says that Jerusalem is at a “boiling point” and recommends sanctions against Israel over the “polarization” in the capital. The leaked report comes after Israeli officials said in February that EU member states were readying themselves to enforce sanctions on Israel and will strike hours after the March 17 elections. The report, obtained by the British Guardian on Friday, says that Jerusalem has reached a dangerous boiling point of “polarization and violence” not seen since the end of the second intifada in 2005. The report calls for tougher European sanctions against Israel over its...
  • Iran demands immediate end to sanctions, P5+1 balk as talks stall

    03/20/2015 7:01:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/20/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The talks between Iran and the P5+1 group over Tehran’s attempts to create nuclear weapons have stalled again as the Iranian negotiators escalated their demands for sanctions relief. Instead of phasing out sanctions — after several large concessions on economic pressure just to get Iran to the table — the Iranians now demand an end to sanctions at the front end of the deal.The West has balked at the demand. For now, at least: The U.S. and its European allies are demanding the U.N.’s sanctions be suspended or terminated in a phased...
  • State Department warns Congress on Iran: Sanctions ´must not happen´

    03/19/2015 12:36:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/19/15 | Charles Hoskinson
    Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tried to reassure skeptical lawmakers on Thursday that any nuclear deal the Obama administration signs with Iran would prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. Blinken, accompanied by Adam Szubin, acting Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, came to Capitol Hill as his boss, Secretary of State John Kerry, was in a fourth day of talks with Iranian officials aimed at closing the remaining gaps in the two countries´ positions. "The negotiations have been substantive and intense," Blinken told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "We´ve made some progress on the...
  • U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Israel, Makes Excuses for Iran

    03/19/2015 9:13:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3-19-2015 | Daniel Harper
    The U.S. government might impose sanctions on Israel or allow its greatest ally in the Middle East to be tried in the International Criminal Court, according to Politico. Michael Crowley reports: Obama officials must now decide whether more international pressure on Israel can help bring a conservative Netanyahu-led government back to the negotiating table with the Palestinians — or whether such pressure would simply provoke a defiant reaction, as some fear. Obama has other diplomatic options. He could expend less political capital to oppose growing momentum within the European Union to impose sanctions on Israel for its settlement activity.
  • U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Israel, Makes Excuses for Iran

    03/19/2015 7:58:25 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/19/2015 | Daniel Halper
    The U.S. government might impose sanctions on Israel or allow its greatest ally in the Middle East to be tried in the International Criminal Court, according to Politico. Michael Crowley reports: Obama officials must now decide whether more international pressure on Israel can help bring a conservative Netanyahu-led government back to the negotiating table with the Palestinians — or whether such pressure would simply provoke a defiant reaction, as some fear. Obama has other diplomatic options. He could expend less political capital to oppose growing momentum within the European Union to impose sanctions on Israel for its settlement activity. More...
  • 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. …
  • Iran Deal Secrets Revealed – by Iran

    03/13/2015 4:59:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Iran Deal Secrets Revealed – by IranPosted By Kenneth R. Timmerman On March 13, 2015 @ 12:46 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Much is being made of the letter signed by 45 U.S. Senators, all of them Republican, aimed at schooling Iranian leaders in the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.Secretary Kerry said his reaction was “utter disbelief” that the Senators would “go behind” the back of the administration during a delicate international negotiation. Some on the American Left called it “treason,” conveniently forgetting that some of their own (including Kerry, as a junior Senator) have met with enemy...
  • Iranian Operatives In Charge Of Obama’s Iran Policy

    Court Reveals Iranian Operatives In Charge Of Obama’s Iran Policy Since 2009 September 26, 2012 By Doug Book A ruling handed down on September 13th by the D.C. District Federal Court has finally made clear what many have known for years–that the Obama Administration’s Iran policy was initiated and advanced by a group with illicit, hidden ties to the Iranian Regime and financed by the U.S./Israel- hating George Soros. In 2009, Barack Obama turned over virtually all responsibility and authority for foreign policy negotiations with Iran to Trita Parsi and his National Iranian American Council (NIAC). Founded by Parsi in...
  • The Iranian Web of Influence in the United States

    04/02/2008 9:46:09 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 2 replies · 73+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 2 April 2008 | Hassan Daioleslam
    The Iranian Web of Influence in the United States   By Hassan Daioleslam FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, April 02, 2008 On March 21, 2008, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced its decision to penalize three Iranian-connected companies as "they knowingly exported three U.S. origin aircraft to Iran in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and are preparing to re-export three additional U.S. origin aircraft to Iran in further violation of the EAR."1The principal firm among these is Balli Group PLC based in London. Iranian brothers Vahid and Hassan Alaghband own the company. Balli owns...
  • The Great Debate - Iran’s leaders wonder who’s really in charge in U.S. They may be surprised.

    03/09/2015 1:28:53 PM PDT · by fivecatsandadog · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/15 | Trita Parsi
    From the moment President Barack Obama took office, the Iranian government had its doubts about his administration. There were two schools of “doubt.” The first questioned his intentions. They believed his rhetoric and promises were just that — empty words. In deeds, the argument read, he was no different from his war-prone predecessor. The other school doubted Obama’s abilities, not his intentions. Could an inexperienced, outsider president really shift America’s longstanding policy and attitude towards Iran? Was he even the real decision maker? “I do not know who makes decisions for the United States, the president, the Congress, elements behind...
  • German government refuses to label BDS as anti-Semitic

    03/08/2015 9:53:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 3/8/15 | NIV ELIS
    Germany has rejected a definition of anti-Semitism that labels the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as anti-Semitic. Responding to a legislative questionnaire released Thursday by leading Green Party MP Volker Beck, the Merkel administration wrote that “there does not exist a general academic definition” of anti-Semitism. Beck, who heads the German- Israel parliamentary group in the Bundestag, sharply criticized the Merkel administration: “Here the federal government has cowered,” he said. “There is no doubt of the anti-Semitic motivation within the spectrum of the BDS campaign. BDS aims essentially against Jewish Israelis and is therefore anti-Semitic. Whoever aggressively boycotts Israeli...
  • Iran Fires Back: Netanyahu Doesn't Have Influence

    03/03/2015 11:34:59 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 3 , 2015 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    An Iranian vice-president on Tuesday responded dismissively to Israel's objections to a looming nuclear deal, claiming Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not have much influence. "I don't think (Netanyahu's voice) carries much weight,"said Massoumeh Ebtekar, who is vice-president for environmental affairs [snip] "They are making their efforts to derail the deal but I think the more logical lobbies on both sides are looking forward to a solution," she claimed. Ebtekar, whose country is the leading state sponsor of terrorism and has rapidly expanded its control in the region, claimed "the current threats in the region - the radicalism, extremism, terrorism...
  • How Much More Economic Pain Can Vladimir Putin Take?

    03/03/2015 12:52:13 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2 Feb 15 | Matthew Philips
    It’s been a little more than six months since the full brunt of Western sanctions took force against Russia. The punishment, while slow in coming, has proven devastatingly effective—especially when paired with the crash in oil prices.
  • Ahead of Netanyahu speech, Kerry warns against revealing details of Iran nuke talks

    03/02/2015 12:39:41 PM PST · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 03.02.15, 15:03
    US Secretary of State 'concerned' by reports of an information leak; Iranian foreign minister says agreement dependent on removal of sanctions. US Secretary of State John Kerry is warning that public discussion of details of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran will make it more difficult to reach a deal that prevents the country from developing atomic weapons. In comments to reporters in Geneva on Monday, Kerry said he was concerned by reports that some details of the talks would be revealed in coming days. He did not elaborate, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak in opposition to...
  • Netanyahu Takes Off on 'Historic' US Mission

    03/01/2015 2:00:45 AM PST · by Dave346 · 49 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 1 March 2015
    BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington on Sunday on what he said was a “historic” mission to try and stop a nuclear deal with Iran, an AFP correspondent said. The controversial 48-hour visit will see the Israeli leader addressing a joint session of the US Congress in a bid to garner last-minute support to halt an emerging world deal with Iran over its nuclear program, in a move which has infuriated the White House. But Netanyahu, who will also address the annual policy conference of the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby, has refused to back down....
  • Venezuela president Maduro announces diplomatic sanctions against US

    02/28/2015 6:55:47 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 2-28-2015 | Sybilla Brodzynski
    In a further deterioration of diplomatic ties between Venezuela and the US, President Nicolas Maduro announced on Saturday that he will curb the number of US diplomats allowed to work in the country and will impose mandatory visas for Americans travelling to the socialist nation. Maduro also said that any meetings between US diplomats and Venezuelans would have to be “authorised” by the Venezuelan government. The president said he decided to require visas for US citizens after the capture of an American pilot of Latin American descent in the state of Táchira, in western Venezuela. He said the pilot, whom...
  • Exclusive: Iran smuggles in $1 billion of bank notes to skirt sanctions—sources

    02/24/2015 7:47:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:28am EST | Jonathan Saul, Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau
    At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say. Sanctions imposed by the West over Iran’s nuclear program have shut Tehran out of the global banking system, making it hard to obtain the U.S. dollars it needs for international transactions. In December, the U.S. Treasury said the Iranian government had obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in bank notes using front companies. Interviews by Reuters with Iranian officials and Western diplomatic and intelligence sources show a...
  • Groups, States Supported by Cuba Continue to Spread Terror

    02/10/2015 2:52:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    U.S. officials consider removing Castro regime from terror listU.S. officials are considering removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, even as Cuban allies continue to launch military attacks and trade for weapons. As part of President Barack Obama’s announcement in December that he would normalize relations with Cuba, Obama instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s terror designation and issue a report in six months. While reports indicate that the administration is leaning toward removing Cuba from the terror list, such an action would conflict with the Cuban regime’s support for Colombian militants, Iran, and...
  • EU Ready to Strike Israel with Sanctions One Day After Elections

    02/10/2015 7:27:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2015, 1:38 PM | Tova Dvorin
    EU member states have been readying themselves to enforce sanctions on Israel for Jewish communities in Judea-Samaria, diplomats revealed Tuesday—and will strike hours after the March 17 elections. Israeli officials in recent weeks met with Europe’s most important foreign ministries at the EU headquarters in Brussels, an Israeli official told Walla! News on condition of anonymity, and said that the planned measures in Europe will be focused on “the illegality of the settlements under international law”—without any distinction between “settlement blocs” generally agreed upon to remain in Israel and isolated communities. “The guiding principle is their deepening and emphasizing the...
  • Senate Democrats bow to Obama, pull support for immediate new Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 6:05:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    U.N. gives mixed signals on Tehran cooperation as nuclear talks intensifySenate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama’s call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks. The shift, announced Tuesday by Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat and one of the party’s outspoken hawks on Iran, came amid a series of mixed signals from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency over the question of whether Tehran was honoring promises to put its suspect nuclear programs on hold as...
  • North Korea urges South to lift sanctions before talks can begin

    01/23/2015 5:51:59 PM PST · by BBell · 6 replies
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Friday demanded the lifting of sanctions, imposed by South Korea after a 2010 attack on one of its naval vessels, as a condition for resuming dialogue.
  • Top official: Russians will 'eat less' for Putin

    01/23/2015 9:11:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    AP ^ | January 23,2015 | Carlo Piovano and Nataliya Vasilyeva
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin's support. Russia has for the past year been sliding into recession amid a slump in its energy export prices as well as Western sanctions against Moscow's role in the conflict in Ukraine that has claimed more than 5,000 lives. Questions have been raised in Russia and abroad whether the price that ordinary Russians are having to pay for the annexation of Crimea...
  • Israel Mossad: Obama, Kerry Lying On Iran

    01/22/2015 4:43:18 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 37 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | January 22, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem — January 22, 2015 … The Israeli espionage agency, Mossad, in a rare public statement says that they do support Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s and US Congress’s effort to enhance sanctions on Iran. Misinformation spread by the Obama White House earlier today, using Bloomberg News, had stated that the Mossad did not agree with Netanyahu’s stance on placing tougher sanctions against Iran. Israel has argued that Iran is using “peace talks” as an excuse to develop both nuclear weapons and a delivery system for the nuclear weapons to attack Israel, Europe and the US....
  • President No Comes Into His Own - Showing respect for one’s enemies — unless they be Republicans

    01/22/2015 12:19:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    Call him President No. He doesn’t want to cut taxes. He will veto any attempt to overturn the mess of Obamacare. He is adamant about opposing anyone who wants to undoing his executive order on amnesty, or his sudden turnabout of U.S. policy on Cuba. He won’t say yes to the Keystone XL pipeline. And hell will freeze over before he utters the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” Now the White House is furious that Speaker John Boehner has issued a February 11th invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, this just hours after the president made it...
  • Putin Cuts Off Gas Supply To Six European Countries Without Warning

    01/18/2015 2:50:54 PM PST · by dila813 · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/18/2015 @ 4:03PM | Paul Gregory
    On January 14, Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s natural gas monopoly, Gazprom, to cut back by 60% the natural gas delivered to Europe through Ukraine. His ostensible reason: Ukraine was illegally siphoning off gas for its own use—a charge Ukraine denies. Overall Europe depends on Russia for 30% of its gas supplies, and some 80% of Europe’s Russian natural gas comes via Ukraine. Putin’s order would leave six countries in eastern and southeastern Europe totally without gas.
  • Soros urges giving Ukraine $50 billion of aid to foil Russia

    01/08/2015 11:19:17 AM PST · by opentalk · 34 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | January 8, 2015
    Reuters) - Billionaire financier George Soros has urged the West to step up aid to Ukraine, outlining steps towards a $50 billion (33.22 billion pounds) financing package that he said should be viewed as a bulwark against an increasingly aggressive Russia.Writing in the New York Review of Books, Soros said Europe and the United States needed to balance sanctions imposed on Russia with large-scale assistance to near-bankrupt Ukraine, which risks defaulting on debt as a result of turmoil caused by pro-Russia separatist fighting.
  • Sanctions on North Korea? Who Cares.

    01/06/2015 12:33:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | D.W. Wilbur
    In a display of resolve the Obama Administration announced new sanctions, a “proportional response”, directed against the government of North Korea in response to the North Korean dictatorship’s recent reported cyber-attack involving senior executives of the SONY Corporation. In a country where the citizens have been eating dirt for years because of the communist regime’s policies, such a response by Barack Obama will clearly have no impact on the North Korean dictatorship’s behavior. Aside from the bluster of their ‘official statements’, the rogue regime simply isn’t very concerned about U.S. sanctions. They will just find ways to skirt any additional...
  • Germany: Imposing Additional Sanctions On Russia Might Plunge The Country Into Chaos

    01/05/2015 4:09:41 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies
    BI ^ | 1-5-2015 | AFP
    Frankfurt (AFP) - Tougher sanctions may destabilise the situation further in Russia and plunge the country into chaos, German deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned in a newspaper interview on Sunday. "The goal was never to push Russia politically and economically into chaos," Gabriel told the Bild am Sonntag. "Whoever wants that will provoke a much more dangerous situation for all of us in Europe," he said, pointing out that Russia was a nuclear power. The aim of the sanctions imposed against Russia so far was to steer the country back to the negotiating table. "Those who want to destabilise Russia...
  • North Korea says new U.S. sanctions for Sony hack will only 'harden its will'

    01/04/2015 6:17:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    LA Times via MSN ^ | 1/04/15 | Julie Makinen
    BEIJING — North Korea on Sunday denounced new economic sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in response to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that U.S. officials have blamed on the regime. The country's official news agency quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the new sanctions would only "harden its will and resolution to defend ... the dignity of the nation." The new penalties —which cut off access to the U.S. financial sector for 10 individuals and three government entities identified as key operatives engaged in hostile behavior, including the country's intelligence agency — add to sanctions imposed...
  • German firms hurting over Russia sanctions

    01/03/2015 2:26:01 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    THE LOCAL de ^ | 02 Jan 2015 08:00 GMT+01:00 | THE LOCAL de
    Hundreds of German companies active in Russia are suspending or will cancel projects due to international sanctions over Ukraine and the weakened rouble. Thirty-six percent of 200 firms polled in December by the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce expected to cancel projects due to the situation in Russia. And 58 percent said they had been hurt by the sanctions, which began in March after Moscow's annexation of Crimea and grew in response to Moscow's support for pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine. The biggest reverse shift so far for German business in Russia came last week when chemical giant BASF cancelled a...
  • Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions On North Korea, After Sony Hack

    January 02, 2015 FoxNews.comThe Obama administration on Friday imposed a wave of sanctions against members of the North Korean government, amounting to the U.S. government's first official response to the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Despite lingering questions from private security analysts over whether North Korea was responsible for the hack -- as the FBI has alleged -- the White House described the new sanctions as retaliation against Pyongyang. "We take seriously North Korea's attack that aimed to create destructive financial effects on a U.S. company and to threaten artists and other individuals with the goal of restricting their right...
  • Putin Is Mentally Unhinged

    12/27/2014 6:12:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 99 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2014 | Mark Nuckols
    In his annual year end press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin showed beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is in fact mentally unhinged. For three hours, by turns he demonstrated signs of schizophrenic paranoia, pathological dishonesty, deep seated passive-aggressive tendencies, woeful ignorance of world affairs and economics, and delusional confidence in Russia’s future prospects. Putin evokes the national self-image of the Russian bear. Putin’s bear is a natural hunter contentedly chasing pigs and boars, but otherwise minding his own business in his own sovereign forest. But somebody wants this bear to have a makeover, and to give up...
  • Rand Paul’s Cluelessness on Cuba

    12/26/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Now where have we previously heard Senator Rand Paul’s cliché-fest that constitutes his rebuttal to Senator Marco Rubio on Cuba sanctions? Well, from The Council on Foreign Relations to the New York Times and from Hillary Clinton to The Congressional Black Caucus—and that’s for starters. And oh, we also heard it repeatedly from every single one of the KGB-trained Cuban spies convicted by U.S. juries recently. “The embargo is Castro’s best friend,” Clinton chanted to an extremely friendly audience at the Council on Foreign Relations back in June while citing and promoting her book Hard Choices. The sanctions give “Castro...
  • Russia’s central bank to help companies meet debts

    12/24/2014 5:35:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 24, 2014 8:01 AM EST | Vladimir Isachenkov and Nataliya Vasilyeva
    Russia’s central bank on Wednesday launched another initiative to shore up the ruble, offering hard currency loans to help companies and banks service their debts. Stabilizing the ruble, which is one of the world’s worst-performing currencies this year following the slide in oil prices and the sanctions imposed on Russia for its involvement in Ukraine, is a priority for Russia’s monetary authorities. Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank, admitted again that it faced a run last week when the ruble was in freefall and individuals fretted over the value of their deposits. Its chairman, Alexander Torbakhov, conceded to Russian news agencies that...
  • Liberman Slams Netanyahu’s ‘Failed’ Status Quo Policy (he suddenly fears EU sanctions)

    12/23/2014 10:24:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 12/24/2014, 7:35 AM | Ari Yashar
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party may have run on a joint ticket with Likud in the last elections, but in a closed meeting on Tuesday he sharply attacked Prime Minister and Likud head Binyamin Netanyahu’s political management. According to Liberman, Netanyahu’s policy of placing supreme emphasis on maintaining the status quo is “failed,” reports Haaretz. […] In the meeting, which took place at Tel Aviv University, Liberman stated that Israel is not initiating any political processes and warned that without a peace agreement, Israel’s ties with the EU will be harmed and the Israeli economy will suffer serious...
  • Russia to bail out Trust Bank with up to $530 million

    12/22/2014 11:32:55 AM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 December 2014
    Russian mid-sized lender Trust Bank is to receive up to 30 billion rubles ($530 million) from the central bank to stop it going bankrupt in the first bailout of its kind during the current rouble crisis. The central bank also said its Deposit Insurance Agency, responsible for managing crisis-hit lenders, would take over interim supervision of Trust Bank as of Monday. The measures "will make it possible for Trust to continue smooth payments operations. All the bank's clients, including depositors, can use its services as usual", the central bank said in a statement. Trust, which hired actor Bruce Willis as...
  • Now Pope Francis looks toward Communist China

    12/22/2014 12:23:37 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 22, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Now that Pope Francis has done his part to ensure that U.S. sanctions against the murderous regime in Cuba have been removed, the Holy See is already looking toward thawing relations with another brutal Communist regime: China. See here. Back in October, Matt Hadro, writing for the Catholic News Agency, explained that: "The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. 'There’s a huge gulf now' between China and the Catholic Church, Smith stated during an Oct. 9 conference...