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  • India Rejects Climate Deal With Obama

    01/27/2015 8:32:48 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    India has rejected pleas from the Obama administration to enter into an agreement to put a future limit on its greenhouse gas emissions in order to fight global warming. President Barack Obama went abroad hoping to strike a climate deal with India — the world’s third-largest greenhouse-gas emitter — in order to build support for an international global warming treaty ahead of a United Nations summit later this year. But India had other ideas. Obama wanted India to announce it would peak its greenhouse gas emissions by a certain year, mirroring a pledge China made last year to peak its...
  • Flowers at Madiba’s grave dying: report

    01/27/2015 12:00:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | 2015-01-27 09:11
    Boreholes and a reservoir on former president Nelson Mandela’s farm in Qunu in the Eastern Cape have reportedly run dry, affecting livestock and the watering of plants at the family gravesite. The Daily Dispatch spoke to two sources who claimed Mandela’s farm has been without water since early January. Two cows have died in the last two months, and the gardens are no longer tended, including Mandela’s gravesite. There is no water for the plants and flowers next to his grave and these are dying, the sources stated. However, Mandela’s eldest grandson Mandla Mandela denied this, telling the Daily Dispatch...
  • 'There appear to be no rules anymore.' What Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu says about DC mess.

    01/25/2015 12:26:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 25, 2015 | David Rogers
    Soon after becoming House Speaker in 2011, Republican John Boehner started running the traps on inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint meeting of Congress. But when Barry Jackson, then Boehner’s chief-of-staff, checked with President Barack Obama’s top advisers, Jackson said he was left waiting a month only to get no response. Ultimately the Netanyahu speech went ahead in May but soon after Jackson faced the opposite problem: the White House had promised South Korea’s leadership an appearance before Congress, he said, without checking first with the speaker. None of these slights justify what seems like...
  • South Africa shaken by anti-immigrant riots

    01/25/2015 10:27:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2015 11:41 AM EST | Christopher Torchia
    South African authorities have re-established order—for now—in Soweto and other Johannesburg townships, after a week of looting of foreign-owned shops and violence in which four people were killed. The 19-year-old mother of an infant who died after being trampled by a mob during the looting said she was accidentally caught in the street chaos. Some witnesses, however, said the mother was herself pillaging when she was knocked down with her baby strapped to her chest. …
  • Did Israel arm Rwanda during the 1994 genocide?

    01/25/2015 8:06:06 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | Friday 16 January 2015 | Michal Zak
    "In our petition we rely, among other sources, on an Amnesty International report that was published in 1995... "There was tension in Rwanda as early as January of 1994. Several of the world's most powerful states imposed international arms control regulations and on May 17 1994 there was a UN embargo. Israel breached the embargo, as did Russia, Belgium, South Africa, France, Spain and others. Many of the planes that transported the shipments were British. The last license to export arms was issued by the Israeli Ministry of Defense in October 1993, about half a year before the massacres began....
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Twitter fight over “whites not welcome in South Africa” comment

    01/19/2015 6:49:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    SAPA ^ | January 17, 2015
    Former president Nelson Mandela’s assistant Zelda La Grange sparked a debate on Twitter on Saturday after saying she felt white people were not welcome in South Africa.
  • South Africa power blackouts problematic for ANC as poor claim unfair targeting

    01/16/2015 4:59:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2015 | Geoff Hill
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — As schools reopen here in the coming days after the Christmas break, South Africans are braced for a surge in the power cuts that have plagued the country since early December, and the rolling blackouts could spell trouble for the ruling African National Congress at the ballot box. During the week, schools, factories and offices will move to full capacity, drawing on an already-fragile national grid. And in the heat of the Southern Hemisphere summer, air conditioners will be turned on full blast. A state-owned company, ESKOM, has the monopoly to produce more than 95 percent...
  • GOD Economics

    01/11/2015 10:46:09 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    Bible , the joshua chronicles ^ | 1-11-15 | Jedediah
    My Kingdom Economics are derived through "Thanksgiving"for it was in this manner the waters parted for Moses and the snakebites were of no consequence(I will lift my eyes to the hills) for as The Son Of God is lifted up doors open and miracles begin ! My endowment to Him( Jesus) is you( My children of Light ) and so it is as your love for Us is poured out ," Truly " it is returned flowing down upon your heads pressed down shaken together and flowing over into My very Will. So enter My Courts with Thanksgiving "YES" but...
  • After long probe, Palm Beach billionaire faces solicitation charge [Clinton donor, coverup]

    07/29/2006 10:54:43 AM PDT · by rumrunner · 20 replies · 946+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | July 26, 2006 | Larry Keller
    After long probe, Palm Beach billionaire faces solicitation charge By Larry Keller Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein paid to have underage girls and young women brought to his home, where he received massages and sometimes sex, according to an investigation by the Palm Beach Police Department. Palm Beach police spent months sifting through Epstein's trash and watching his waterfront home and Palm Beach International Airport to keep tabs on his private jet. An indictment charging Epstein, 53, was unsealed Monday, charging him with one count of felony solicitation of prostitution. ******...
  • A Fresh Word and Vision to Persevere and Proceed Forward, Do Not Look Back At The Past

    12/31/2014 11:11:39 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    There is no man (flesh) that can stand in my presence for " I AM " I AM Everlasting , I AM life giving and I AM Omnipresent Though a Vessel is Heavenly or earthly truly I AM GOD and there is no other for I AM The Breath of Life and Creation. At My Will alone Existence(Creation) "IS" whether anatomical or spiritual, "I AM" The Hand(Spirit) And King( God and Creator) . Though many see and have seen themselves as king over their very lives "TRULY I ENTHRONE ALL ! My courts and Throne are eternal and accessible yet...
  • Warnings Grow Over Communism and Genocide in South Africa

    12/23/2014 7:16:53 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/11/2014 | Alex Newman
    ( Nelson Mandela (right) and F.W. de Klerk) As South Africa descends into what its radical rulers refer to as the “Second Phase” of their communist revolution, warnings about an approaching genocide and full-blown communist tyranny are growing progressively louder. In a statement released last week, the organization Genocide Watch again sounded the alarm surrounding the ongoing, regime-linked preparations to exterminate minority Afrikaner farmers. South Africa’s credit rating, meanwhile, was downgraded again last month to barely above “junk” status. Parliament recently descended into a brawl after a politician called the president a "criminal and a thief." As the warning signs...
  • Steven Hatfill's Strange Trip From Accused Terrorist to Medical Adventurer

    06/29/2014 12:05:43 AM PDT · by John Faust · 27 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 18, 2014 | Cameron Bird
    ... Across a series of blogs and far-right message boards, someone going by the moniker of “the Real Luigi Warren” (a.k.a. “Luigi ‘Anthrax’ Warren”) had operated a lurid rumor mill about Hatfill for more than a decade—promoting, in particular, hearsay about the years he lived and worked in southern Africa during the throes of apartheid. In 2010, after the aggressor surfaced in the comments section of theatlantic.com, Hatfill’s lawyers made their move. They sent a six-page letter to the man they assumed to be the real Luigi Warren, a stem-cell researcher at Harvard Medical School named, not incidentally, Luigi Warren....
  • Is there a hole in the earth?

    08/17/2013 9:49:39 PM PDT · by Marak · 48 replies
    I'm browsing Google Earth around Kauai Hawaii and I noticed a really deep spot in the water just off the coast( 21°57'19.39"N 159°20'21.30"W). The surrounding water depth is about 50 feet, but the depth of the hole is over 6,000 feet. So I decided to dive in and take a look. Next thing I know, I am in South Africa. Pretty weird, so I try it again. Same result. Every time I try it, I end up in or near South Africa. Does this happen for anyone else?
  • Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?

    12/17/2014 8:42:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 30 April 2014 | Oliver Wainwright
    Sitting on a salvaged sofa in the centre of her small tin shack, Nomfusi Panyaza looks increasingly worried, as heavy clouds gather in the sky outside. “When it rains, the public toilets overflow into my living room,” she says. “Water comes in through the ceiling and the electricity stops working.” Outside her makeshift home in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, on the eastern edge of Cape Town, barefoot children play on the banks of an open sewer, while cows roam next to an overflowing rubbish heap. Panyaza shares this tiny cabin with her two daughters and four grandchildren, a family...
  • A WORD OF LOVE AND DIRECTION

    12/09/2014 7:03:33 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My children of light you have arrived for you abide in My presence in Zion yet many remain earthbound in distractions. Therefore throw off these hindrances "yeah" fast the earth for though I am coming I have already arrived in "you" My Zion on earth. You see as you strip your wellspring of earthly desires Heaven arises in you in all the fullness of The Godhead and it is then My will "is" done. Let there be freedom for My Spirit to "speak" to you of new things and allow Me to bless you through your obedience to My Voice...
  • Dr. Greg Stanton of Genocide Watch Warns of Crime in South Africa

    12/07/2014 7:29:08 PM PST · by Ironfocus · 10 replies
    Genocide Watch ^ | Dr. Greg Stanton
    Dr. Greg Stanton of Genocide Watch Warns of Crime in South Africa At a press conference at the Transvaal Agricultural Union today, Dr. Gregory Stanton, Founding President of Genocide Watch, warned that early warnings of genocide are still deep in South African society, though genocide has not begun. Dr. Stanton was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, worked against Apartheid with the United Democratic Front in 1989 – 1990 as a Fulbright Professor of Law at the University of Swaziland, and was the author of the UN Resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for...
  • Navy Seals got within 100 yards of Yemen compound - before a dog bark alerted al-Qaeda captors

    12/07/2014 3:49:29 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 06, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    A British-born U.S. photojournalist and a South African aid worker held hostage in Yemen by al Qaeda militants have been 'murdered' in a failed rescue attempt. American citizen Luke Somers had been held hostage since September 2013 in Yemen's capital Sana'a having moved to the country two years earlier. The 33-year-old was reportedly shot by his captors as Navy SEAL Team six, made up of around 40 men, carried out a dramatic rescue bid in the Wadi Abdan region of the southern Shabwa province late on Friday night. It is the second attempted extraction by special forces in as many...
  • How Yemen rescue attempt went wrong

    12/06/2014 9:38:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    United States military and intelligence officials are still piecing together what happened early Saturday that sabotaged an attempt to rescue two hostages from al Qaeda in Yemen. Despite being ready with a roughly 40-man special operations team and days to plan the operation, U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korki both died shortly after the midnight raid. The key problem, officials told the Wall Street Journal, came when some kind of sound alerted militants who were holding the hostages that the special operations team was nearby. The militants were part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,...
  • Golfer killed by 3.9-metre crocodile in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

    12/05/2014 5:22:07 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    National Post ^ | December 4, 2014
    the crocodile attacked van der Sandt while he was standing at waist height in the water and reaching below the surface to feel for golf balls on the bottom of the dam at about 10 p.m.. ... About 280 people have been attacked worldwide by crocodiles this year
  • Beachgoer slices open a pregnant dead shark to save her pups and lead them to the ocean

    12/04/2014 11:35:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2014 | Ollie Gillman
    An American family found the deceased mother shark on a beach in Cape Town, South Africa, but noticed that something inside the creature was still moving. Realising there could be baby sharks inside, the gruesome but remarkable footage shows the man using a knife to perform a makeshift C-section on the animal. As the beachgoer cuts into the shark, a witness can be heard saying: 'Err... I don't think there's a baby in there.' But moments later something begins to wriggle inside, causing the good Samaritan to jump back and shout as a baby shark squirms in his hand.
  • 47% of white SA believe apartheid wasn't a crime against humanity

    12/03/2014 8:09:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    News 24 ^ | Dec 03, 2014
    A 2014 South African Reconciliation Barometer released today revealed that Whites are less likely to remember the oppressive nature of apartheid than other citizens. According to the report, 53 percent of whites who took part in the survey agreed with the statement that apartheid was a crime against humanity. This was compared to 80 percent of blacks, 77 percent of Indians, and 70 percent of coloured citizens who agreed with the statement. Whites were half as likely as black South Africans to agree with redressing the injustice of the past. The barometer looked at 10 years of data collected between...
  • Saudis have reasons better than shale to let prices fall

    11/09/2014 6:06:10 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 11/07/2014 | Bob Tippee
    Only by overlooking important forces in markets and politics can anyone assert that Saudi Arabia is letting crude prices fall mainly to extinguish competition from North American shale oil. With oil, the Saudi regime always takes the long view. With security, however, its motivations are more immediate. The kingdom faces unusually intense threats: Islamic State (IS) militancy in Iraq and Syria, the chance that Iran won’t agree by a Nov. 24 deadline to suspend its nuclear ambitions, terrorist insurrections from restive Yemen, durability of the menacing government of Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. Falling oil prices hurt the IS and Iran,...
  • Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties

    11/19/2014 6:14:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | TOVA COHEN AND ARI RABINOVITCH
    At the U.N. General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since Modi came to power in May, ties between Israel and India have been in overdrive, with the two signing a series of defence and technology deals that have underscored their burgeoning commercial and political relationship. The same month as the UN meeting, Modi's cabinet cleared a long-delayed purchase of Israeli missiles for its navy. In October, India closed a...
  • England v South Africa: Springbok rugby - still torn over race?

    11/13/2014 8:22:30 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Tom Fordyce
    "I do not care how the Springboks team does. It is not a reflection of the nation. It is not our team. I support the All Blacks instead. We don't support the national team, because it is a white South African team. It is not a true South African team." Where would you date that sentiment from Zola Ntlokoma, secretary of Soweto Rugby Club? Autumn 1986, when a rebel New Zealand team broke the sporting boycott to tour apartheid-era South Africa? June 1995, when the Springboks met All Blacks in the first World Cup final after Nelson Mandela's release from...
  • When white South Africans resort to begging

    11/08/2014 5:21:40 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | September 10, 2014 | Tsidi Bishop
    Johannesburg, South Africa - Linda Elfs, 58, spends eight hours at a street corner in Harteebesport dam, a small tourist town in the North West Province of South Africa, begging for money. She is too young to get state pension and "too old to be hired", she says. A former nurse and bartender, she joined the ranks of the unemployed white South Africans eight years ago, and life has since become a struggle. "On a good day I make R400.00 ($37.57), which is not enough to pay for rent or food," Elfs says.
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 23 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Polygamy freedom in our life time

    11/07/2014 12:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    News24 for South Africa ^ | November 4, 2014 | Justice Ngoma
    1994 ought to have brought freedom entirely, but that never happened. We never got Polygamy freedom. President Zuma has indeed proven that Polygamy can be practised in South Africa. President Zuma has been married at least five times. We now have to ask why South Africans opted to have selective freedom? Marriage can be by capture, by purchase or by choice. Obviously the majority would agree with me that marriage by choice is the favorable, however some broke men would definitely opt for Marriage by capture. Why would the majority opt for Marriage by choice, obviously they can easily hide...
  • Iran’s Africa Fiasco

    02/26/2011 7:19:14 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 25, 2011 | Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
    It hasn't made much noise worldwide, but Iran's rapidly deteriorating relationships with several African countries is huge news across the continent. On February 16, the Nigerian Federal High Court in Lagos began the prosecution of an alleged member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Azim Aghajani, and a Nigerian associate, Usman Abbas Jega. They are accused of arms smuggling. This video link is in Arabic, but is very self-explanatory. It is of the opening day of the court proceedings.The story is a classic, just one of many on the Dark Continent nowadays: In late October 2010, Nigerian intelligence officials...
  • India border troopers put on high alert following Pakistan blast at border check point

    11/02/2014 4:13:25 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    English News.cn ^ | 3 November 2014 | Mu Xuequan
    NEW DELHI, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Indian Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were put on high alert Sunday evening along the India- Pakistan international border after a massive blast left over 45 people dead and over 70 others injured at Wagah border check point in Pakistan, said local media. The Indo-Asian News Service quoted BSF officials at Attari border next to Wagah in Punjab as saying the blast, triggered by an alleged suicide bomber, was heard at a distance of nearly two km. The blast, according to information obtained by the BSF, occurred close to the place where the retreat...
  • US tells India, drop dead

    03/31/2005 2:37:47 AM PST · by Gengis Khan · 253 replies · 4,375+ views
    Rediff ^ | March 28, 2005 | Kanchan Gupta
    US tells India, drop dead March 28, 2005 A friend, usually upbeat about India-US relations, sent me an angry mail over the weekend after President George Bush called up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the evening of March 25 to inform him that the US had decided to supply F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an interview to The Washington Post, "dismissed concerns" about the fallout of the American decision. The mail reads: "lovely easter gift to india from the us. moral: proliferate nukes, threaten us interests everywhere, be terror hub, and get rewarded...
  • Putin deplores collapse of USSR

    04/25/2005 2:25:36 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 171 replies · 3,044+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 25, 2005
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has described the collapse of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century. Mr Putin's annual state of the nation address to parliament was broadcast live on Russian television. He said the break-up of the USSR in 1991 was "a real drama" which left tens of millions of Russians outside the Russian Federation. He also said Russia must develop as a "free and democratic" country. But he stressed that Russia "will decide for itself the pace, terms and conditions of moving towards democracy". "We are a free nation and our place...
  • Putin raises stakes in Asia

    02/01/2005 6:18:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 341+ views
    Japan Times ^ | February 2, 2005 | DAVID WALL
    LONDON -- In October, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao stood together in the State Guest House in Beijing while their respective foreign secretaries signed an historic agreement defining the two countries' common 4,374-km border for the first time. The border was an issue over which several battles had been fought in the past. It took a while to close the deal because of disagreement over a few islands in the Amur, Ussuri and Argun rivers, which make up China's northwest border with Russia. Nobody spoiled the party by pointing out that this border is between Inner...
  • Putin's Defensive Visit to India

    01/26/2007 3:41:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 599+ views
    Kommersant ^ | Jan. 26, 2007 | Andrey Kolesnikov
    Defensive Visit to India Russian President Vladimir Putin began a visit to India yesterday. Kommersant special correspondent Andrey Kolesnikov was especially interested in several intrigues in Russian-Indian relations, but none of them went beyond the bounds of that. There were several intrigues surrounding the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Indian capital of Delhi. I was interested in whether or not the Indians had signed an agreement on participation in the creation of a fifth generation of heavy fighter plane. I was truly interested. I couldn't rest until I found out why a country that had recovered its...
  • Chinese Farmers Brutally Expelled from Russia Showcases Anti-Chinese Hostility

    06/12/2014 1:36:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    ChinaForbiddenNews ^ | Jun 8, 2014 | ChinaForbiddenNews
    It seems that Putin's visit to China at the end of May has brought the two countries closer. Russia will not only sell natural gas to China but provide certain military technology support. Meanwhile, China is going to invest in Russia Ironically, last autumn husbands of Chinese vegetable farmers were brutally expelled from southern Russia. Scholars pointed out that a series of anti-Chinese incidents that took place in Russia have reflected the real relationship between China and Russia. After Putin's visit to China, Russians seem very enthusiastic about China. The media keep tracking whether or not China will invest in...
  • CORNERED BY THE WEST OVER UKRAINE, PUTIN COURTS ALLIES ELSEWHERE

    12/15/2004 12:09:58 PM PST · by jb6 · 12 replies · 489+ views
    Novosti ^ | 2004-12-07
    PARIS (by columnist Angela Charlton for RIA Novosti) - Just as President Vladimir Putin risked becoming an international outcast, he launched two diplomatic sorties that stroked Russia's ego and offered him respite from a Ukraine-obsessed season. Over the weekend, Putin bolstered Russia's alliance with democratic, dynamic India, the number one buyer of Russian arms. Then Putin forayed into Turkey, rigorously trying to persuade Russia's longtime foe that cooperation would make both countries richer and safer. Last month he was in Brazil; in October he toured China. Putin is scoring points with the next generation's global heavyweights. Yet his revived rhetoric...
  • Russia's Jet Incursions Buzz An Alarm For Europe

    10/30/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    IBD ^ | October 30,2014 | IBD
    This should be a wake-up call to Europe, long accustomed to living under the U.S. defense umbrella, to take more responsibility for its own defense. So far this year, NATO jets have had to scramble 100 times to intercept these airspace intruders just to show that the West's perimeters are still protected. That's three times as many as intercepted in 2013. It also coincides with a strange submarine incursion in Swedish waters, believed to have been Russian. There's no doubt about it, Russia wants its Cold War empire back, and a complacent, "Finlandized" Europe. Vladimir Putin continues in his quest...
  • Rafale can be shot down like 'mosquitoes by Chinese-made Sukhoi': Russian envoy

    10/18/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    ANI News, India ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Ashok Dixit
    New Delhi, Oct.18 (ANI): Indirectly expressing his country's surprise over the Indian Government and its defence establishment's decision to go ahead with its reported plan to buy 126 Rafale combat aircraft from France, Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander M. Kadakin, said the Dassault Aviation-manufactured fighter aircraft could be shot down like a mosquito by a Chinese-manufactured or produced Sukhoi jet should there ever be a conflict in the neighbourhood. Ambassador Kadakin, who was attending an interaction between Russian and Indian journalists in the national capital yesterday, said, "We (Russia) are still very surprised that Rafale is being bought, because if...
  • Industry Group: Brazil 'Falling Off World Oil Map' Over Failed Policies

    09/16/2014 6:02:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jeb Blount
    Investors are losing interest in Brazil's oil industry as the country's energy policies raise costs, reduce efficiency and increase risk, Brazil's oil industry association, the IBP, said on Monday. Without changes Brazil will likely lose out to places such as Mexico, Iran, Iraq and Algeria where policies are becoming more open to private sector investment. "I went to the three largest oil conventions in the world this year and you hardly heard Brazil's name mentioned," Milton Costa Filho, Executive Secretary of the IBP told reporters at an industry event in Rio de Janeiro. "Brazil is falling off the world oil...
  • Captain Of South Africa's National Soccer Team Has Been Shot Dead

    10/26/2014 6:09:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/25/2014 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The goalkeeper and captain of South Africa's national soccer team was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying, police said Monday. Senzo Meyiwa was killed Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, the national police force said on its Twitter account. The three assailants then fled, according to the police service, which offered a reward of nearly $14,000 for information leading to arrests in the case. South African soccer club Orlando Pirates confirmed Meyiwa's death, saying in a statement that it...
  • South African BDS Activists Target Woolworths Kosher Food Section With Severed Pigs Head

    10/24/2014 9:46:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | October 24, 2014 11:45 AM | Ben Cohen
    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel took another step into open antisemitism today when student activists in South Africa placed the severed head of a pig in the kosher meat section of a Woolworths store in Cape Town. The shocking gesture was aimed, the perpetrators said, at preventing “people who will not eat pork to pretend that they are eating clean meat, when it is sold by hands dripping with the blood of Palestinian children.” Jewish leaders were quick to condemn the act, organized by the Congress of South African Students (COSAS,) a body affiliated with the...
  • A Black South African on Israel and Apartheid (video)

    10/15/2014 4:05:58 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    prageruniversity.com ^ | 10-13-2014 | Kenneth Meshoe
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcEL-NlxBk0There is widespread allegation -- really a slander -- that Israel is an apartheid state. That notion is simply wrong. It is inaccurate and it is malicious. And it will not help to promote peace and harmony in the Middle East. Its only purpose is to demonize Israel, and to isolate her in an attempt to de-legitimize Israel's existence. And because it is so inaccurate, it betrays the memory of those who suffered through a real apartheid. As a black South African, who was born under apartheid, in the administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria, I know what apartheid is....
  • Recession in Russia, revolt in Venezuela? The knock-on effects of tumbling oil prices

    10/16/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 15 October 2017 | Alberto Nardelli, bunch of other people
    The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the world’s great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists. Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 – its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom in shale production. The rise has contributed to the global glut of crude and allowed the US to import...
  • South Africa's Gay and Woman Friendly Mosque Opens, Gets Torched After 1 Month

    10/06/2014 8:20:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    So much for that moderate Islam. (via Religion of Peace) South Africa’s controversial first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, was damaged by a fire overnight, its founder and the police said Saturday. I’m not sure how this even qualifies as a mosque if there are Christians leading prayers. Clearly a lot of Muslims felt the same way. The mosque has faced fierce criticism and threats of violence from Muslims with 14 national and provincial organizations representing the Muslim community across South Africa issuing a joint statement condemning Hargey’s plans.According to an AFP report,...
  • Mayor Lee raises China’s flag despite Hong Kong protests

    10/02/2014 5:38:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 2, 2014
    San Francisco politicians, eager to showcase their democratic credentials in their liberty-loving city, traditionally have not shied from taking stances on human rights, checking in on everything from apartheid in South Africa to Burma’s military junta. But on Wednesday, as tens of thousands of peaceful democracy demonstrators who had already been tear-gassed marched in Hong Kong, Mayor Ed Lee was on his City Hall balcony hoisting the flag of the target of those protests — the autocratic government of China.
  • Neighborly ties top India's diplomacy priority: Indian PM

    09/27/2014 11:18:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    .xinhuanet ^ | 2014-09-28 01:33:05
    "India desires a peaceful and stable environment for its development," Modi said, when delivering a speech for the first time as prime minister of India to the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which entered its fourth day here in New York. Noting that a country's destiny is linked to its neighborhood, Modi said "That is why my government has placed the highest priority on advancing friendship and cooperation with her neighbors." "This includes Pakistan." Modi said he is prepared to engage in a serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in a peaceful atmosphere, without the shadow of terrorism,...
  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • Denel Reveals Progress With Marlin, Darter, Raptor Missiles (South Africa)

    09/26/2014 8:25:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    AIN Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 | DAVID DONALD
    During last week’s African Aerospace and Defence show in South Africa Denel Dynamics revealed that the Marlin active radar-guided missile will undertake its first flight test early next year. This will be a ground-launched ballistic trial at the Overberg Test Range to examine the missile’s basic flight systems. Successful completion of this phase will lead to programmed tests of the missile’s guidance systems, before closed-loop guidance tests are undertaken, in which the seeker controls the guidance system. In the meantime, the seeker will undergo ground-based fly-over and captive-carry tests. Marlin is being developed to a South African DoD/Armscor contract for...
  • South African parliament hosts another ruckus

    09/18/2014 10:56:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 10:59 AM EDT | Christopher Torchia
    A South African opposition lawmaker wanted to get a point across to the deputy president during a parliamentary debate. So he raised his middle finger in a gesture widely recognized as obscene. South Africa’s parliament is supposed to be an enclave of orderly debate, but these days it’s better known for ruckuses associated with the Economic Freedom Fighters, a new political party that wants to redistribute resources to the poor.Floyd Shivambu, a deputy leader of the party, on Wednesday lifted his middle finger toward Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa while accusing him of involvement in the police killings of several dozen...
  • Judge finds Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide

    09/12/2014 1:36:55 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 12 replies
    AP VIA FOX NEWS ^ | 09/12/2014 | AP VIA FOX NEWS
    DEVELOPING: Judge finds Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in shooting of girlfriend.