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  • Offenders Face $10,000 Fines as Burka Banned in Swiss Region of Ticino

    11/27/2015 12:12:18 PM PST · by amorphous · 8 replies
    There has been heated public debate in Switzerland after the region of Ticino voted to ban women from wearing full-faced Islamic veils such as burkas or niqabs in public, with anyone caught breaking the rules at risk of facing fines up to US$10,000. A women shops in Whitechapel, East London, she is wearing a berka / burqa. Crusade Against Tolerance? Estonia May Ban Migrants From Wearing Burqas Parliament passed the law, which came into effect this week, after more than 50 percent of the population in the largely Italian-speaking region voted in favor of the changes in 2013. Initially, the...
  • Switzerland overwhelmingly votes for burqa ban with £6,500 fine for Muslim women who rebel

    11/25/2015 9:29:46 AM PST · by DCdude · 52 replies
    UK Express ^ | 11/25/2015 | OLI SMITH
    Muslim women can no longer wear the full-body garment in shops, restaurants or public buildings and anyone caught flouting the ban could be struck with a £6,500 fine. The local government of Ticino approved the referendum after the Swiss Parliament ruled that the ban did not violate the country's federal law. Two in three voters in the canton backed the move in an overwhelming result for a referendum, in the wake of heightened terrorist alerts across Europe. The law which MPs voted for only applies to veils which covers the body from head to foot worn by the 40,000 Muslim...
  • Switzerland probing 33 jihadists: A-G's office

    11/22/2015 6:47:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Local (CH) ^ | 11/22/15
    Switzerland has active criminal proceedings against 33 individuals over suspected ties to extremist Islamist groups, but only three people are currently in custody, the attorney general's office said on Sunday. 'Isis cell operating out of Winterthur mosque' (18 Nov 15) Iraqi jailed for posting Isis propaganda online (13 Nov 15) Switzerland extradites French teen jihadist (22 May 15) Some of those cases have been opened in the last two to three months, butthe most serious involves a cell of possible Islamist radicals uncovered inthe Canton of Schaffhausen last year, said Andry Marty, a spokesman for SwissAttorney General Michael Lauber. ...
  • 4,000 coins found in Roman treasure trove in Swiss orchard

    11/19/2015 11:59:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday 19 November 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    A trove of more than 4,000 bronze and silver coins dating back to ancient Rome, uncovered this summer in the orchard of a fruit and vegetable farmer, has been described as one of the biggest treasures of this kind found in Switzerland. The huge hoard of coins, buried about 1,700 years ago and weighing 15kg (33lb), was discovered in Ueken, in Switzerland’s northern canton of Aargau, after the farmer spotted some shimmering green coins on a molehill in his cherry orchard... On Thursday the archaeological service announced that after months of digs, 4,166 coins had been found at the site,...
  • US Now Ranks Third For Financial Secrecy And Tax Havens After Switzerland And Hong Kong

    11/03/2015 4:14:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 02 2015 | Michelle Mark
    US Now Ranks Third For Financial Secrecy And Tax Havens After Switzerland And Hong Kong By Michelle Mark @michelleamark m.mark@ibtimes.com on November 02 2015 4:33 PM EST The U.S. has overtaken Singapore and the Cayman Islands in its ranking for financial secrecy, a new report by the Tax Justice Network in London has found. The government’s refusal to participate in a global information exchange system for bank data was largely responsible for its jump to third place – just behind Switzerland and Hong Kong – in the network’s financial secrecy index, which is released every two years. The Organization for...
  • UPDATE 3-Swiss fighter check on jet inflames Russian-French tensions

    10/31/2015 1:47:07 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:54pm EDT | Reuters
    MOSCOW/ZURICH/PARIS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Switzerland's military said one of its fighter jets performed a routine identification check on a Russian plane in Swiss air space on Monday, prompting Moscow to complain the aircraft came "dangerously" close to each other. Russia initially summoned the French ambassador in Moscow to protest, alleging a French military jet had come into "dangerous proximity" with the Tupolev, whose passengers included the Speaker of its lower house en route to Geneva. Moscow, which had threatened not to use France as a venue for international meetings in retaliation, later apologised for the mistake.
  • Anti-immigration party wins Swiss election in "slide to the Right"

    10/19/2015 12:27:50 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 19, 2015 | Reuters
    The anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday's national parliamentary election, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union.
  • Europe's first national election since mass Muslim invasion drives power to conservatives

    10/19/2015 8:44:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Switzerland just elected a new parliament, and a conservative, anti-immigration party, the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) won a record vote, enabling it to form a government with a conservative majority. The political fallout in Europe is just beginning, and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in Germany had better take notice. The BBC reports on the Swiss election: The right-wing, anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) has won Switzerland's parliamentary election with a record 29.4% of the vote. Its victory translates into 11 extra seats, giving it 65 out of the total 200 in the lower house. Europe's migrant crisis boosted support...
  • Anti-Immigration SVP Wins Swiss Election In Swing To Right

    10/18/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by SteveinSATX · 15 replies
    Reuters via OANN ^ | October 18, 2015 | Joshua Franklin
    The anti-immigration Swiss Peoples Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sundays national parliamentary election, initial projections showed, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union. The result, based on initial projections by Swiss TV, gives the SVP 65 seats in the 200-member lower house of parliament, the largest number for any Swiss party in at least a century. The SVPs success, coupled with gains made by the pro-business Liberal Party (FDP), led political commentators to talk of a Rechtsrutsch move to the right in Swiss politics. Immigration was...
  • China uses intimidation tactics at U.N. to silence critics

    10/08/2015 2:36:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Sui-lee Wee, Reuters
    GENEVA In a cafe lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being imprisoned and tortured back home in China. The 43-year-old Buddhist monk, Golog Jigme, had broken out of a Chinese detention center in 2012, eventually fleeing to Switzerland. But his Chinese government pursuers had not given up.
  • This European country has the talent for tech innovation [How they educate their children]

    10/05/2015 8:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/05/2015
    When you think of tech innovation, places like Silicon Valley and Boston spring to mind. But flying under the world's radar is Switzerland, where inventions like a solar plane that just completed the longest solo-flight ever without fuel are born. And while Europe was busy debating bitcoin's future, Switzerland already opened up the region's first bitcoin ATM earlier this year. The country has managed to maintain its No. 1 ranking on the Global Innovation Index for four years in a row. Switzerland's rsum is definitely impressive: The country boasts the second-highest number of patents per person second to Japan....
  • Switzerland Suspends Sales of VW Models

    09/26/2015 6:36:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 26 Sep 2015
    Swiss authorities said on Friday they had temporarily banned the sale of new Volkswagen brand diesel-engine models potentially equipped with software capable of tricking environmental tests. Some 180,000 vehicles made by Volkswagen's Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW brands between 2009 and 2014 could be affected by the scandal, the Federal Roads Office said in a statement. Models equipped with diesel engines of the type 1,2TDI, 1,6TDI and 2.0TDI may be fitted with software capable of tricking environmental tests, the government agency said. It stressed that only cars designed to meet Eur05 emission standards were affected and not the Eur06 engines....
  • Tosatti: The election of Jorge Bergoglio by the Martini-led "Mafia"

    09/25/2015 2:09:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2015 | Marco Tosatti
    The election of Jorge Bergoglio was the fruit of secret meetings that cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years at St. Gall in Switzerland. This is what is claimed by Jrgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens, the authors of a just published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who refer to the group of cardinals and bishops as the Mafia-club. Danneels, according to the authors, had worked for years in preparation for the election of Pope Francis, which happened in 2013. He himself, however, in a video recorded during the presentation of the book admits that...
  • How Much K Street Blood Money Is Bob Corker Getting For Iran Deal?

    09/10/2015 6:19:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    http://www.conservativehq.com/node/21089 ^ | 10 Sep 15 | George Rasley
    Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, author of the treasonous Corker Cardin bill to facilitate President Obamas nuclear weapons treaty with Islamist Iran, has made another inexplicable betrayal of American military superiority and indeed the future of America itself. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which Corker authored, requires the Administration transmit to Congress all documents related to the JCPOA including side agreementsprior to a 60-day review period and subsequent vote. Theres no doubt that Obama has not complied with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, indeed Senator Corker said theres no question that two of the...
  • Swiss rail firm launches separate trains for Chinese tourists after complaints from locals

    08/30/2015 9:52:23 AM PDT · by DFG · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/30/2015 | CHRIS KITCHING
    Chinese tourists are being given separate train services to travel to the top of a picturesque Swiss mountain after they were accused of poor behaviour. Locals and other visitors to Mount Rigi have complained to the railway operator, accusing Asian tourists of crowding train corridors to snap photos and even spitting inside the carriages. Tensions between tourists from Asia and visitors from Switzerland have worsened as the mountain, near Lucerne, has become a massive draw for Chinese holidaymakers, a newspaper claimed.
  • Family wins back stolen Nazi loot

    04/15/2005 7:32:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 516+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-15-05 | ROBERT MATAS
    VANCOUVER -- Austrian businessmen Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer and Otto Pick transferred ownership of their sugar refinery to a Swiss bank for safekeeping shortly before fleeing the Nazis in March, 1938. Months later, the bank actively co-operated in the sale of the Jewish businessmen's shares in the sugar refinery to a Nazi purchaser at a small fraction of their value and without the businessmen's consent. After 67 years, the theft of the sugar refinery, which provided 20 per cent of Austria's sugar before the war, had become a piece of family folklore only vaguely remembered by some of the descendants. But in...
  • Hillary Clintons curious relationship with major Swiss bank draws attention

    07/30/2015 9:51:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The State Department (which Hillary Clinton used to run and where she still holds significant influence) has been very clear about one thing. There is no relationship between donations to the Clinton Foundation and actions taken by the Secretary of State during her tenure there. Period. Full stop. End of discussion. Perish the thought. You’re all just a bunch of Clinton haters who are trying to stop the ongoing charity work of these wonderful people. And yet for some strange reason we keep seeing stories like this. Hillary hadn’t even finished unpacking her things in her new office at...
  • Israel hits back at Swiss envoy's 'ugly act' in showing Netanyahu bird droppings cartoon

    08/28/2015 4:00:01 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/28/2015 22:17
    The Swiss ambassador to Iran's display of a cartoon depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being defecated upon by two doves was condemned as "an ugly act" by the Foreign Ministry late Friday. Switzerland expressed regret earlier Friday after Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the cartoon at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities. Haas spoke to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the "questionable cartoon" was used without its knowledge. "The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless," it said in a...
  • Bishop Faces Three Years in Jail for Defending Marriage (cites Leviticus)[Switzerland]

    08/15/2015 2:50:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Stream ^ | August 12, 2015 | DEACON KEITH FOURNIER
    In the politically charged language of the present, Bishop Vitus Huonder is a “conservative” if not an “extremist.” In fact, he is simply a faithful Catholic Christian. And for that he’s being threatened with three years in jail. It’s happening in Switzerland, but the conflict epitomizes a wider phenomenon of anti-Christian secularists on both sides of the Atlantic using the courts to target Christians for simply standing up for biblical truth.In 2011, Huonder, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Chur in Switzerland, supported parents being able to opt out of having children as young as four subjected to...
  • Genetically engineered pigs: Advance looks promising [For Transplants]

    08/14/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    A domestic pig on an organic farm in Solothurn, Switzerland. Image: Wikimedia Commons --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stories of people waiting for organ transplants that could save their lives are well known. The numbers, though, are not encouraging. The US Department of Health and Human Services has some data: 122,407 people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list of candidates). The agency said that the gap between supply and demand continues to widen. The total number of donors from January through May this year was 5,975. On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant. Here is another statistic:...
  • Swiss Bishop Apologizes for Calling Homosexual Acts 'Abomination'

    08/14/2015 7:28:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Under heavy public pressure, a Swiss Catholic bishop has issued a public apology for a statement in which he referred to homosexual activity as an abomination and cited Old Testament passages saying that offenders should be put to death. Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur sent a 3-page letter to clerics in which he said it had been a mistake to make his commentswhich he had delivered at a forum in Germanyon a theological and academic level. He said that he should have shown a draft of his talk to colleagues, who would have warned him on the likely outcry. The...
  • Switzerland Lifts Sanctions Against Iran

    08/12/2015 2:51:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 8/13/2015, 12:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Switzerland will on Thursday officially lift sanctions against Iran that had been suspended since January 2014, the government announced on Wednesday, according to Reuters. The Federal Council (government) wishes todays steps to be seen as a sign of its support for the implementation of the nuclear agreement and its interest in deepening bilateral relations with Iran, said a statement quoted by the news agency. [] Switzerland will also introduce a new exemption clause that lets Berne implement UN Security Council resolutions on Iran, according to Reuters. The government said Switzerland wished to promote a broad political and economic exchange with...
  • Swiss Gay Group Files Criminal Complaint Against Catholic Bishop for Old Testament Speech

    08/10/2015 6:15:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/10/15 | Felicity Capon
    A gay rights group has filed a criminal complaint against a Roman Catholic bishop after he quoted Bible verses calling for gay people to be killed and said the passage made clear what Church policy was on homosexuality. Vitus Huonder, the Catholic Bishop of the city of Chur in eastern Switzerland, made the speech on 31 July, during a debate on marriage and family organised by the German Catholic Forum in Fulda, Germany. According to Swiss media reports, Huonder, 73, read out a passage from Leviticus 20:13: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman,...
  • Catholic Bishop in Death to Gays Storm

    08/04/2015 7:45:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Swiss Info ^ | 8/3/15
    Vitus Huonder, the controversial Catholic bishop of Chur in eastern Switzerland, has once again attracted criticism for quoting homophobic Bible passages and denouncing non-traditional family models. At the Joy in Faith forum in the German city of Fulda, he quoted a passage from the Bible which said homosexuals should be punished by death. In his 50-minute address on Friday, titled Marriage a gift, sacrament and order, Huonder quoted various passages backing up his views. He also slammed gender theory, divorce, sex education and gay marriage. Regarding homosexuality, the 73-year-old bishop quoted two verses from the book of Leviticus, including...
  • Swiss bank's donations to Clinton Foundation increased after Hillary intervention in IRS dispute

    07/30/2015 4:11:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 30, 2015
    Donations to the Clinton Foundation by Swiss bank UBS increased tenfold after Hillary Clinton intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS early in her tenure as secretary of state, according to a published report. According to the Wall Street Journal, total donations by UBS to the foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014. The Journal reports that the bank also lent $32 million through entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs it launched in association with the foundation, while paying former President Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in...
  • Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet start drone tests

    07/08/2015 6:45:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Swiss Post ^ | July 7, 2015
    Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet are jointly testing the commercial use of logistics drones. The three companies are investigating specific uses of drone technology and examining the cost-effectiveness of these business ideas. They will be carrying out drone tests in July 2015 for this purpose. The widespread use of drones is not expected within the next five years. The focus is primarily on their use in exceptional cases or the transport of special items. In spring 2015, Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo (the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines) and Matternet (a logistics drone manufacturer based in California)...
  • Millionaires control 41% of world's wealth, expected to take more

    06/16/2015 8:36:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    CNBC's Inside Wealth ^ | June 15, 2015 | Robert Frank
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Millionaires are expected to control nearly half of the world's personal wealth by 2019, according to a new study, suggesting that the wealth gap will continue to widen. The Global Wealth report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) said the number of millionaires in the world grew to 17 million in 2014, up from 15 million in 2013. The world's millionaires now control 41 percent of the $164 trillion in global private wealth, up from 40 percent in 2013. The report said millionaires are expected to control 46 percent of the world's wealth in 2019. The growing fortunes of the...
  • The Swiss Difference: A Gun Culture That Works

    05/31/2015 6:32:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    December 20, 2012 | Helena Bachmann
    Even as the gun-control debate rises again in the U.S. in the aftermath of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the gun-loving Swiss are not about to lay down their arms. Guns are ubiquitous in this neutral nation, with sharpshooting considered a fun and wholesome recreational activity for people of all ages. Even though Switzerland has not been involved in an armed conflict since a standoff between Catholics and Protestants in 1847, the Swiss are very serious not only about their right to own weapons but also to carry them around in public. Because of this general acceptance and...
  • Swiss Euthanasia Group Under Fire After Painful Assisted Suicide Death

    01/09/2007 4:39:00 PM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 974+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/9/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Zurich, Switzerland (LifeNews.com) -- A Swiss euthanasia group that says it has coordinated the deaths of more than 600 people at its clinics there is coming under fire after a German woman apparently suffered tremendous pain when she died at one of its facilities. The SonntagsZeitung newspaper in Zurich reported Sunday that a 43 year-old German woman with the initial A.H. screamed in pain for over four minutes before her death. The Dignitas group gave her a lethal cocktail last November that eventually took her life. Friends who accompanied her to her death told the newspaper the woman cried out,...
  • Switzerland shooting: Several killed in Swiss canton of Aargau, police say

    05/10/2015 1:35:32 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 26 replies
    Several people have been killed in a shooting in the Swiss canton of Aargau, police say.
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Swiss Weekly Calls Temperature Rise A Propaganda Trick

    05/01/2015 12:49:52 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    notrickszone.com ^ | 05/01/15 | P Gosselin
    At the print edition of Swiss news weekly Weltwoche, science journalist Markus Schr writes that not only has the global temperature trend suspiciously been tampered with, but so have the datasets of the Swiss Meteorological Service:
  • Lessons from a happy place: Limited government and low taxes make Switzerland improbably successful

    04/28/2015 7:09:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/28/2015 | Richard Rahn
    Geneva, Switzerland What is the happiest place? Last week in its annual World Happiness Report, the United Nations reported that Switzerland was No. 1. The United States ranked No. 15, and the African country of Togo came in last, at number 158. Switzerland is arguably the worlds most successful country and most improbably so. It is landlocked and without much in the way of natural resources. It has four official languages, many different religious groups, and is surrounded by warring neighbors. Yet, it has remained an island of peace and prosperity. The last armed conflict on Swiss territory...
  • Feeling glum? Move to Switzerland! Swiss nation is the happiest on Earth, with America 15th

    04/24/2015 11:12:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4/24/2015 | John Hall
    Switzerland is the world's happiest nation thanks to healthy GDP figures, strong social bonds and an increasing life expectancy, a new study of global wellbeing has revealed. The list is dominated by European nations, particularly those in Scandinavia, and measures a country's population by factors contributing to its citizens' contentment, rather than wealth. Britons are happier now than they were two years ago, the study found, but still ranks in at a relatively lowly 21st place. And despite often mocking its northern neighbour as an inferior nation, the United States is a full 10 places below Canada, ranking at 10th...
  • Robot that bought MDMA, passport and baseball cap released by authorities

    04/20/2015 9:45:07 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 April 2015
    The Random Darknet Shopper was let go after being held by police for three months. A robot given $100 a week in bitcoins to buy whatever it wanted from the deep web, has purchased a Hungarian passport, a baseball cap fixed with a hidden camera, fake Diesel jeans, a stash can, 200 Chesterfield cigarettes and 10 yellow pills containing 90mg of MDMA each.
  • Swiss-Born Man Sent to Country He Doesn't Know

    Over the protests of his family, Swiss authorities have forced the extradition to Tunisia of a 24-year-old man born in Switzerland who is a Tunisian citizen but has never been to the North African country, according to a media report. The man, identified as Medhi, was put on a plane to Tunis after his residential C permit was revoked in January because of repeated criminal convictions, 20 Minutes newspaper reported online. Mehdi, who was born and raised in the canton of Vaud has a record for theft, damaging property, fighting and driving without a permit, the daily said. But because...
  • Pope Francis praises Iran deal in Easter peace wish

    04/05/2015 5:10:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/05/2015
    VATICAN CITY In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. Cautious hope ran through Francis' "Urbi et Orbi" Easter message, a kind of papal commentary on the state of the world's affairs, which he delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter's Square. He had just celebrated Mass in rain-whipped St. Peter's Square for tens of thousands of people, who huddled under umbrellas or braved the downpour...
  • Iran Accuses US off lying About NuKe Deal

    04/02/2015 3:12:32 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 63 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/2/15 | Adam Kredo
    HT Drudge LAUSANNE, Switzerland Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the countrys leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework.
  • The Ghastly Shadow of Munich

    04/02/2015 5:14:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Western capitulation to Adolf Hitler in the 1938 Munich Agreement is cited as classic appeasement that destroyed Czechoslovakia, backfired on France and Britain, and led to World War II. All of that is true. But there was much more that caused the Munich debacle than simple Western naivet. The full tragedy of that ill-fated agreement should warn us on the eve of the Obama's administration's gullible agreement with Iran on nuclear proliferation. Fable one is the idea that most people saw right through the Munich folly. True, Europeans knew that Hitler had never once told the truth and...
  • Iran, EU hint at breakthrough in nuclear talks

    04/02/2015 10:20:50 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/2 | Elise Labott and Jethro Mullen
    Significant agreements regarding Iran's nuclear program have been reached, according to tweets by officials ahead of a planned joint statement. "Found solution," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted. "Solutions on key parameters" reached, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter. The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, tweeted, "Good news," regarding the talks.
  • France Walks Out of Iran Nuclear Talks, Will Return When Useful

    04/02/2015 7:16:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 04/02/2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    France has left the US-led nuclear talks with Iran in Lausanne, saying it will return when it is 'useful.' French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is leaving the marathon negotiations that have gone into overtime led by the United States between world powers and Tehran over Irans nuclear technology activities. A French official told France 24 today (Wednesday, April 1) that Fabius was leaving the talks and would return from France when it was useful. Speaking at a joint news conference with Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, French President Francois Hollande said it would be better to have no deal...
  • Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, Syria

    03/31/2015 11:36:50 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 31, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland A top State Department official on Monday dismissed reports that Iran may be hiding key nuclear-related assets in North Korea and implied that she was unaware of the possibility, despite the publication this weekend of several articles by top analysts expressing alarm at the extent of nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Pyongyang.
  • Flashback: Obama: Iran Only Wants Defensive Nukes

    03/31/2015 11:27:00 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/31/15 12:41pm | Joel Gehrke
    If President Obama seems less worried than Israel that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons as a result of his administrations negotiations with the regime, maybe thats because hes less worried than Israel about Iran having nuclear weapons. I think Iran is like North Korea, Obama told David Brooks when he was running for president in 2007. They see nuclear arms in defensive terms, as a way to prevent regime change. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagrees. The ideology of Irans revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and thats why this regime will always be an enemy of America,...
  • Netanyahu catches Obama in Iran-nuclear flip-flop

    03/31/2015 10:40:05 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 31 Mar 2015 | Herb Keinon
    PM points out elements "apparently" in nuclear deal that Obama said last year are things that Iran does not need in order to have a peaceful program. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election flip flop on a two state solution, which he later walked-back, will pale in comparison to a US presidential zig-zag if Netanyahu reported accurately to the Knesset on Tuesday on what will be in the nuclear accord being negotiated in Lausanne. SNIP It was US President Barack Obama who said that each of those elements was not needed for a peaceful program. Obama, during a question-and answer...
  • Pakistani defense chief due in Riyadh, airlifts troops for Saudi Yemen war. Landings imminent.

    03/30/2015 11:39:49 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 25 replies
    DEBKAFile ^ | March 30, 2015 | Special Report
    The US-led world powers and Iran Monday, March 30, entered the last tense hours for a nuclear deal as though Lausanne was on a different planet from the Middle East, where the Yemen war, in which Iran is deeply involved, abruptly scooped up a power outside the region, Pakistan. A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday reaffirmed Pakistans firm commitment to supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia. Among those attending were Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Defense Minister...
  • 'The US Will Let Iran Spread Terror and Go Nuclear'

    03/29/2015 11:07:01 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30 Mar 2015 | Ari Yashar
    As reports continue to indicate a deal will be reached between the US and world powers on one side, and Iran on the other, regarding the Islamic regime's nuclear program, and just a day or so before the deadline set for a provisional deal passes on Tuesday, a senior Israeli security source appraised that Iran will get a free pass to go nuclear and keep spreading terrorism. Speaking to Walla! on Sunday, the source said, "even while according to the deal the dimensions of the nuclear project won't be disclosed, we appraise that under pressure America will approve the (UN)...
  • Arab Leaders Agree on Joint Military Force

    03/29/2015 11:34:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | By David D. Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO The Arab states said on Sunday that they had agreed to form a combined military force to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, a gesture many analysts attributed in large part to their drive for more independence from Washington. The agreement came as American and other Western diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, were racing to beat a self-imposed deadline of Tuesday to reach a deal with Iran that would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. In response, Saudi Arabia and other American allies in the region have made clear that they are...
  • Pro-Hassan Rouhani Iranian editor defects while covering nuclear talks in Lausanne

    03/29/2015 8:42:18 AM PDT · by married21 · 12 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:21PM GMT 27 Mar 2015 | Ahmed Vahdat and Richard Spencer
    A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA). He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any sense in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told. There are a...
  • Kerry cancels trip in honour of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify

    03/29/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/29/15 | Louis Charbonneau, John Irish, Parisa Hafezi
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to fly to Boston for a ceremony in honour of his late friend Edward Kennedy as talks on Iran's nuclear programme intensified in Switzerland, with two days left to a deadline. Kerry's spokeswoman said on Sunday he regretted missing the dedication ceremony for an institute named after the U.S. senator, who was a mentor to him. Officials close to the talks said the French and German foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, were considering delaying a planned joint trip to Kazakhstan in order to focus on clearing...
  • Iran deal worse than Israel feared, Netanyahu says

    03/29/2015 3:51:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 29, 2015, 12:57 pm | Jonathan Beck
    PM warns of Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis'; officials say Tehran has agreed to ship out all enriched uranium to Russia Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday against the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, as Iranian and Western officials in Lausanne, Switzerland were rushing to reach a framework agreement by an end-of-month deadline. After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is maneuvering from the south to take over the entire Middle East, Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting, one of the last for his outgoing government. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped. Netanyahu told ministers that he had spoken with...