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  • Nenshi .. acerbic leadership style making work at Calgary City Hall impossible?

    01/29/2015 9:21:38 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | January 28, 2015 | | Jen Gerson
    “He cannot stand people challenging him. And right now we have a council that has people who have a lot of common sense,” Mr. Chu said. “I think that really bothers him a lot.” Mr. Nenshi has been embroiled in a number of feuds and bizarre Twitter exchanges ... Muslim mayor represents about the city.
  • Can Israel Survive?

    01/29/2015 2:18:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos. Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived? The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence. First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War,...
  • The Next War In The Middle East Has Begun: Israel Vows ‘To Act Powerfully On All Fronts’ [Psalms 83]

    01/29/2015 8:49:49 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 29 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 1/29/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Israel and Hezbollah are at war. On top of everything else that is going on in the world, now we have a new war in the Middle East, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next. Israel has been preparing for this moment for more than 8 years. So has Hezbollah. According to some reports, Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets since the end of the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. If all-out warfare does erupt, we could potentially see tens of thousands of missiles rain down into an area not too much larger than the...
  • Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu: Likud behind in polls

    01/29/2015 6:47:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/29/2015
    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up. After joining forces with former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to create a joint grouping they call "The Zionist Camp," Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog is looking, to increasingly many Israelis, like a viable alternative to Netanyahu. He promises to reverse the country's slide toward international isolation and corrosive social...
  • Hezbollah Missile Attack Kills Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanon, and 2 Sides Exchange Fire

    01/28/2015 10:39:21 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 28, 2015 | ISABEL KERSHNER and ANNE BARNARD
    JERUSALEM — Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a missile attack Wednesday as they drove in a disputed zone along the Lebanese border, Israel said, in the most serious flare-up in the area in years. Hezbollah claimed responsibility. The attack raised the risk of a further escalation between Israel and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group that is one of Israel’s most tenacious enemies. The two sides lobbed rockets and artillery at each other for hours afterward. Hezbollah, which had vowed to avenge a deadly Israeli strike on its fighters earlier this month, said in a statement that...
  • Video shows Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting American M1 tank

    01/28/2015 9:44:59 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 37 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 28, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss
    A video uploaded to YouTube appears to show a large Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting weapons, troops, and armored vehicles to the front to fight the Islamic State. Several American-made military vehicles, including an M1 Abrams tank, M113 armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP), as well as Iranian-made Safir 4x4s and technicals (armed pickup trucks) are in the convoy. The Hezbollah Brigades is US-designated foreign terrorist organization that has been involved in killing American soldiers in Iraq. At one point in the video, a transport truck is shown carrying an M1 Abrams tank. The Hezbollah Brigades' flag...
  • Israel says 2 soldiers killed in Hezbollah strike near Lebanese border

    01/28/2015 8:02:28 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-28-2015 | Fox News
    Israel's military says two of its soldiers were killed and another seven were wounded in a Hezbollah strike Wednesday on an army convoy near the Lebanese border. Israel's military responded to the anti-tank missile strike on the convoy with aerial and ground attacks on Hezbollah positions in Lebanon. Lebanese security officials told the Associated Press that Israel fired 25 shells across the border. The Israeli Defense Forces said that residents of the area had been ordered to remain in their homes. The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah earlier claimed responsibility for the attack and said it destroyed a number of Israeli...
  • Secret planting of up to 75,000 Syrian Muslims begins in U.S.

    01/28/2015 2:11:16 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 36 replies
    WMD ^ | Jan. 27 , 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Up to 10,000 Syrian refugees, most of them Muslims, will be resettled in cities throughout the U.S. in 2015, with that figure expected to surge to near 75,000 over the next five years. While some of the planned destinations for these refugees are starting to leak out, the big question is: where will they be going? The U.S. State Department does not announce where it plans to send foreign refugees for resettlement within the United States, although the locations do eventually show up in a government database some weeks after they arrive in their host cities. Word of their anticipated...
  • Netanyahu Warns Syria and Lebanon Against Further Attacks [Isaiah 17]

    01/28/2015 10:47:08 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/28/2015 | Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a warning to the government of Lebanon and to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from whose territories Wednesday's attack and Tuesday's rocket fire on the Golan Heights were launched. "The government of Lebanon and the Assad regime share responsibility for the consequences of attacks originating in their territory against the state of Israel," he said.
  • Lebanese Hezbollah Hits Israeli Convoy, Causing Casualties

    01/28/2015 6:10:51 AM PST · by edpc · 20 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Ariel Shalit and Zeina Karam
    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month.
  • ...Obama: 'Iran Has Not Advanced Its Nuclear Program'

    01/28/2015 3:52:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    opposingviews.com ^ | 12/29/14 | Edward Arnold
    ...."when I came into office, the world was divided and Iran was in the driver's seat. Now the world's united because of the actions we've taken, and Iran's the one that's isolated,” he said. Before his Presidency, Iran was well on its way to achieving the tools necessary to make a nuclear weapon. Now, he says to CNN's Candy Crowley, “you look at an example like Iran, over the last year and a half, since we began negotiations with them, that's probably the first year and a half in which Iran has not advanced its nuclear program in the last...
  • Gen. Keane: ‘Radical Islam Has Increased 4-Fold in 5 Years’

    01/27/2015 10:20:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 27, 2015 9:45 PM
    Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) was on “The Kelly File” tonight following his testimony about terrorism at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. […] “Radical Islam has increased four-fold in five years,” Keane told Megyn Kelly. […] “This administration has been paralyzed by the fear of adverse consequences in the Middle East driven by the realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Keane told Kelly. …
  • BUSTED: Obama Advisor Working To Defeat Nethanyahu Worked For Israel Hater

    01/28/2015 1:47:51 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    Got News ^ | 1-28-2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Off to try to defeat Nethanyahu, Obama advisor Jeremy C. Bird once worked for an anti-Israel activist condemned by the Anti-Defamation League. Bird, then a student at Harvard’s Divinity School, worked for Edmund Hanauer, one of America’s most prominent anti-Israel activists, in 2002. Bird worked for Hanaeuer while Hanaeuer wrote a virulently anti-Israel op-ed that accused Israel of “state terrorism” and “war crimes,” and called for the arrest and prosecution of Israeli soldiers. Bird and Hanaeur also attacked Israel in speeches. Hanauer showed an anti-Israel film to a Harvard audience and gave a speech at Harvard in 2002. Bird also...
  • Hezbollah Fires Antitank Missile at IDF Vehicle Near Border

    01/28/2015 3:14:25 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/28/2015 | Gil Ronen
    An antitank missile has been fired at an IDF vehicle from the Har Dov area (Shebaa Farms) in a Hezbollah ambush Wednesday morning, and there are reportedly seven casualties, who are receiving treatment. A helicopter has been taking casualties to a hospital. The IDF is certain that none of its soldiers was abducted. Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for the attack, through journalist Rassan Ben Jiddo, who is close to the terrorist militia. ZAKA emergency services initially said that three people were hurt. The IDF spokesman said that an antitank missile was fired at an IDF vehicle that was moving along...
  • BREAKING: IDF Strikes Multiple Targets In Syria Following Rocket Fire Into Northern Israel

    01/27/2015 3:41:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 72 replies
    Breaking 911 | 11-27-2015 | Breaking911 Newsroom)
    The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit says that the Israeli Air Force was striking multiple artillery positions belonging to the Syrian army, and that direct hits were identified. The air strikes came minutes after residents in the northern Golan Heights reported hearing air raid sirens around 12:30AM (Wednesday). No casualties or damages have been reported in Northern Israel. On Tuesday morning two rockets exploded in the northern Golan Heights.
  • Add this to Greece's list of problems: It's an emerging hub for terrorists

    01/26/2015 7:31:06 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 Jan 15 | Tim Lister and Ioannis Mantziko
    The new Greek government has plenty of challenges ahead of it: A towering debt, chronic unemployment and relations with the rest of Europe. But it also has an urgent security problem. Greece has become an unwitting crossroads -- both for jihadists trying to reach Iraq and Syria from Europe, and for fighters returning home from the Middle East.
  • Iran sends warning to Israel via US officials

    01/27/2015 10:02:17 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 39 replies
    MyWay ^ | 27 Jan 15 | Staff reporter
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting the country has sent a warning to Israel through the United States over the recent killing of an Iranian general in an alleged Israeli airstrike. The Tuesday report quotes Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian as saying, "We told the Americans that the leaders of the Zionist regime should await the consequences of their act." He added, "The Zionist regime has crossed our red lines." Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed along with six Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in a Jan. 18 airstrike in the Syrian-controlled part of the disputed...
  • Powell blames Hamas, Islamic Jihad for Palestinians' situation

    06/22/2003 9:25:08 AM PDT · by veronica · 11 replies · 217+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 21, 2003 | Arnon Regular, Yossi Verter, Shlomo Shamir
    DEAD SEA, Jordan - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he was concerned about the Israeli killing of a leading member of Hamas but nevertheless emphasized that Hamas and Islamic Jihad shoulder primary responsibility for the difficult situation facing the Palestinian people. Powell added that Middle East peace negotiators needed to keep working despite the killing of the Hamas leader in Hebron on Saturday at the hands of Israeli special police forces. "I regret we had an incident that could be an impediment to progress," he told a news conference after a meeting of the "Quartet" of key...
  • New Saudi King Named In 9/11 Suits

    01/27/2015 7:14:15 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | January 26, 2015
    President Obama should think before bowing to Saudi Arabia's new king in his Tuesday visit. King Salman has a history of funding al-Qaida, and his son has been accused of knowing in advance about the 9/11 attacks. When it comes to jihadism, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is more of a hardliner than his older brother, King Abdullah, who died last week of a lung infection. As such, any commitment he makes to helping the U.S. destroy al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorists should be viewed with great suspicion. The 79-year-old Salman once ran a Saudi charity tied to al-Qaida and...
  • Israel Says 2 Rockets From Syria Strike Golan Heights

    01/27/2015 6:51:59 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    ABC and AP ^ | 27 Jan 15 | AP Reporter
    At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the Israeli military said. The fire comes after an airstrike last week in Syria attributed to Israel that killed six members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and an Iranian general. Israel has braced for a response to that strike, beefing up its air defenses and increasing surveillance along its northern frontier. Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said the fire "appeared to be intentional." He declined to comment on whether the fire may have been connected to the...
  • Celebrations on Turkish border as Kurds raise their flag in Kobane after driving out Islamic State

    01/27/2015 8:26:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/27/2015 | By DARREN BOYLE
    Kurdish troops now control more than 90 per cent of Kobane after U.S. led coalition aircraft pounded Isis positions 17 times in just 24 hours Thousands of civilians celebrated the Isis defeat in Kobane city centreKurdish troops are advancing east of the city in a 'mopping up' operationIsis jihadis abandoned heavy weapons and fresh food during their retreat Kurdish forces have managed to oust Isis terrorists from their Kobane stronghold on the Syrian - Turkish border after months of intense fighting. It is believed that 1,800 people have died in the battle which lasted more than four months. Foreign...
  • Exclusive: Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

    01/27/2015 7:00:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 27,2015 | Jamie Dettmer and Tim Mak
    In the past several months, many of the Syrian rebel groups previously favored by the CIA have had their money and supplies cut off or substantially reduced, even as President Obama touted the strategic importance of American support for the rebels in his State of the Union address. The once-favored fighters are operating under a pall of confusion. In some cases, they were not even informed that money would stop flowing. In others, aid was reduced due to poor battlefield performance, compounding already miserable morale on the ground.
  • After ‘Historic Victory,’ a Flag Was Raised on a Hill in Key Syrian Border Town

    01/26/2015 10:08:34 PM PST · by BeauBo · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle – a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry demonstrates why Huma Abedin’s background mattered

    01/26/2015 5:58:33 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | March 27, 2013
    When folks like Andrew McCarthy articulated why our findings about then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close adviser Huma Abedin were important, his camp was smeared as being discriminatory. His argument had nothing to do with discrimination or Islamophobia. It had everything to do with Abedin’s familial ties compromising her judgment and allegiances to the U.S. Constitution. Here we have an example that demonstrates this reality further and it comes via Kenneth Timmerman, who has picked up on the fact that the new Secretary of State – John Kerry – has a son-in-law with family still living in Iran. This...
  • U.S. NATO ‘Ally’ Turkey Providing Safe Harbor to Muslim Leader of Foreign Terrorist Organization

    01/26/2015 4:20:51 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ben Barrack
    It’s been formally acknowledged that U.S. NATO ‘ally’ Turkey is providing safe haven to leaders of Hamas, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) so designated by the U.S. State Department. By its very definition, an FTO should be considered declared enemy of the U.S. Despite this, Turkey doesn’t appear to be paying any price. Another player in all this is the small nation of Qatar. It is desperately trying to play both sides of a political fence as leaders of Hamas – to include the terrorist organization’s political leader Khaled Meshaal – has been forcibly relocated to Turkey. The reason these...
  • VICTORY AT LAST: KURDS CELEBRATE OUSTING ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTERS FROM KOBANI

    01/26/2015 1:17:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 01/26/2015 | ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle - a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurds raised their flag on a hill that once flew the Islamic State group's black banner. On Kobani's war-ravaged streets, gunmen fired in the air in celebration, male and female fighters embraced, and troops danced in their baggy uniforms. The failure to capture Kobani was a major blow to the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory dissolved into a costly siege under...
  • Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation

    01/26/2015 8:38:43 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    ap ^ | 26 Jan 2015
    An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country’s first case that came to trial over the widespread practice .... It is practiced in 29 countries, mostly in East and West Africa, but also in Iraq and Yemen. Rights groups see it as a way to control female sexuality that causes physical and psychological damage.
  • Pentagon To Scrap Warplane The Islamic State Fears

    01/26/2015 10:13:33 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 26, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense Spending: The venerable A-10 Warthog, designed to stop Soviet tanks, and the perfect weapon to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, as President Obama promised, faces a budgetary chopping block. We have noted the irony of how Obama was going to war against the Islamic State with weapons systems he had scrapped, ending the production runs of the F-22 Raptor and Tomahawk cruise missiles. They were dismissed by the administration as relics of the Cold War even as Russia was rearming and trying to reassemble the old Soviet Union. We've also mentioned the phasing out of the A-10 Thunderbolt,...
  • White House going nuclear on Netanyahu

    01/25/2015 5:26:58 PM PST · by 9thLife · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | 11:07pm | By Michael Goodwin
    Thou shall not cross Dear Leader. With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile. “He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave,” one Obama aide told an Israeli newspaper. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.” It is pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain...
  • Assad: Al-Qaeda Has an Air Force - the Israeli Air Force

    01/25/2015 3:51:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/26/2015, 1:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday accused the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of conspiring with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. “It’s very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they attack in order to undermine the army. It’s very clear,” Assad told the American Foreign Affairs magazine in excerpts of an interview that will be published in full on Monday. “That’s why some in Syria joke, how can you say that Al-Qaeda doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force,” he added.
  • ISIS kills Iranian elite al Qods unit commander in Iraq, reports deaths of 555 Iranian officers

    01/13/2015 3:26:49 AM PST · by PIF · 19 replies
    Debkafile ^ | January 13, 2015, 11:38 AM (IDT) | DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
    ... It was the most striking feat of the ISIS’s new tactic, which is to go for the top commanders of enemy forces in order to throw them into disarray and undermine their morale. Norouzi was the second Iranian general fighting in Iraq to succumb to this tactic.
  • West has new, hardline martyr-in-waiting to fear Suleimani,

    12/09/2011 10:37:05 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    vancouversun.com ^ | 12-06-11 | Con Coughlin
    His is not a face familiar to many in the West. But members of the rampaging Iranian mob that last week laid siege to the British Embassy in Tehran knew exactly what they were doing when they held aloft a picture of a grey-haired man, with beard more neatly trimmed than those of his country's religious leaders. Qassem Suleimani, a fanatical Islamic revolutionary, has rapidly become one of the world's top terrorist suspects, as well as a powerful and sinister force within Iran. The crowd of enraged student protesters who chanted "Death to Britain" as they terrorized beleaguered British diplomats,...
  • Casey says results in Iraq won't be fast

    01/15/2007 5:25:19 AM PST · by TexKat · 8 replies · 289+ views
    AP ^ | KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - There are no guarantees of overall success or quick results in the new U.S.-Iraqi security drive in Baghdad, Gen. George Casey, the U.S. commander in Iraq, said Monday. He told reporters he did not expect significant results until the summer and fall, for the first time putting a timeframe around the new plan that was announced Wednesday by President Bush. "As with any plan, there are no guarantees of success, and it's not going to happen overnight but with sustained political support and the concentrated efforts on all sides I believe that this plan can work," Casey...
  • Sunni vs. Shia: The religious rivalry behind the Middle East turmoil

    01/25/2015 10:52:12 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Yahoo Global News .. Daily Brew ^ | 24 Jan, 2015 | Steve Mertl
    the split began during a power struggle of who would lead Islam after the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 AD. A conflict developed between those who wanted the growing religion headed by qualified leaders and those who believed authority belonged to the direct heirs of Mohammed. The Prophet’s son-in-law, Ali, ruled as caliph for five years before being assassinated. His sons, Hassan and Hussein, were excluded from the succession and both were later killed. Their adherents evolved into the Shia, whose name derives from the term shi’atu Ali, Arabic for “partisans of Ali,”... Shia devotees would see the...
  • Three gunmen killed in clashes with Lebanese army: source

    01/25/2015 7:43:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, January 23, 2015 | Sylvia Westall, ed by Dominic Evans and Alison Williams
    At least three gunmen were killed in clashes with Lebanese soldiers close to the border with Syria on Friday, a Lebanese security source said, in an area that has seen regular incursions from Islamist militants fighting in Syria's war. A group of gunmen launched a large-scale attack on an army outpost close to the village of Ras Baalbek, near Lebanon's eastern frontier with Syria, wounding at least five soldiers, and the army responded with artillery, the source said. It was not immediately clear which group the attackers belonged to but Syria-based jihadist groups such as al Qaeda's Nusra Front and...
  • Paper tiger in Syria

    01/25/2015 7:01:52 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Daily Star ^ | January 22, 2015 | Opinion Editors
    In the wake of this weekend's Israeli strike in the Golan Heights, which killed Hezbollah operatives and an Iranian general, Sunday's comments by Syria's information minister are particularly illuminating. Omran Zoubi said the "cost of maintaining regional security is much lower than that of a huge deterioration that develops in a negative way," which can be read as an appeal for the Israelis to avoid taking things further. In contrast, officials from Hezbollah and have spoken openly about retaliation, something that used to threaten after Israeli strikes in the past. This demonstrates that the Syrian regime exists on paper, but...
  • Oil-hungry, cash-starved Argentina sought dirty deal with Iran, prosecutor's death reveals

    01/23/2015 12:53:20 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Fox News Latina ^ | 01/23/2015 | Andrew O'Reilly/
    When Alberto Nisman’s body was found inside his Buenos Aires apartment with a bullet lodged in his head, questions immediately arose about the circumstances surrounding his death and the investigation he had been conducting into a 1994 car-bomb attack on an Argentinian Jewish center by Iranian terrorists that killed 85 people. "The Argentinian economy is in really dire straits, and they’re shut out of almost every foreign market, and their economic lifelines are drying up," Jason Marczak, deputy director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, told Fox News Latino. "The Argentinians were forced to look...
  • The World Misery Index: 108 Countries [ Venezuela, Argentina ..]

    01/23/2015 3:40:49 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January 22, 2015 | Steve H. Hanke
    The five most miserable countries in the world at the end of 2014 are, in order: Venezuela, Argentina, Syria, Ukraine, and Iran. In 2014, Argentina and Ukraine moved into the top five, displacing Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe. The five least miserable are Brunei, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, and Japan. The United States ranks 95th, which makes it the 14th least miserable nation
  • Israel's Strike Against Hezbollah And Iran Is Also A Message To Obama

    01/23/2015 1:07:36 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    BI - Now Lebanon ^ | 1-23-2015 | Tony Badran
    Tony Badran, Now Lebanon January 23, 2015 Israel dealt Iran a painful blow on Sunday when it struck a convoy of senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders in Quneitra in the Golan Heights. Some Israeli former security officials have explained the strike as preemptive action against an imminent attack on northern Israel. They pointed to an interview by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah three days before, in which he talked about his fighters making incursions into the Galilee in the next war with Israel. Another anonymous Israeli official claimed that the presence of a high-ranking Iranian general in the convoy was a...
  • The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia: 600-Mile Barrier on Iraqi Border to Keep ISIS Militants Out

    01/20/2015 8:10:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    In response to the growing threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, the royal family of Saudi Arabia is having a 600-mile barrier constructed to completely block the Iraqi portion of the Saudi northern border, hoping to prevent ISIS militants from infiltrating the kingdom. The planned fence structure will span the entire distance of the Iraq-Saudi border, from Jordan to Kuwait. The border barrier system will feature five layers of barbed wire fencing, a ditch, a patrol road, 240 rapid response vehicles, underground motion sensors, 40 watchtowers, radar, day/night cameras, seven command centers, 28 communication towers, 32 military response...
  • Revealed: Saudi Arabia's 'Great Wall' to keep out ISIL

    01/17/2015 4:44:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 14, 2015 | Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent
    Middle Eastern Kingdom building 600-mile wall and ditch along its border with Iraq in effort to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours. When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost. The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest profile effort by Saudi Arabia to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours. The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” - a combined fence and ditch - to separates the country from Iraq to the north....
  • Death of King Unlikely to Alter Saudi Oil Policy

    01/23/2015 5:22:12 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 23, 2015 | RUSSELL GOLD, NICOLE FRIEDMAN and LYNN COOK
    Saudi Arabia has charted a long-term course to drive down oil prices and maintain its major share of the global market—and a change of who is on the throne in Riyadh won’t likely alter this course, energy experts said. Even after the death of King Abdullah, announced early Friday, the kingdom is likely to continue to pump crude in the face of a global glut, which has helped push prices down by more than 55% since last June. Surrounded by unrest and uncertainty in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is protecting itself by exploiting its big advantages—huge oil reserves and...
  • World leaders react to death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

    01/23/2015 5:10:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2015
    Comments from world leaders in response to the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who died early Friday in Riyadh.
  • The King Is Dead, Long Live the King-US can only hope for smooth transition but might not be easy

    01/23/2015 5:08:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    The King Is Dead, Long Live the KingPosted By Robert Spencer On January 23, 2015 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Abdullah was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Old Abdullah was as dead as a door-nail.So what now?The crown prince, Abdullah’s half-brother, Prince Salman, has taken over, but it might not be that easy. After all, it wasn’t too many years ago that people were speculating about what Egypt would be like under the rule of Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal. And the accession of a 79-year-old to the throne does not...
  • House of Saud divided: Generational shift seen in royal succession battle

    01/22/2015 5:02:25 PM PST · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 01/09/2015 | Taylor Luck
    (Note: This was written a month ago) With 91-year-old Abdullah’s hospitalization with pneumonia Jan. 2, all eyes in Saudi Arabia immediately turned to Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the defense minister and the king’s 79-year-old half-brother. Yet due to Salman’s own deteriorating health – those close to the palace say the crown prince is suffering from the early stages of dementia – a campaign is growing within Riyadh to bypass Salman and give the throne to Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, 69, another of the king’s half brothers, should Abdullah be deemed unfit to rule. Both the crown prince...
  • Saudi Arabia's 'reformer' King Abdullah dies

    01/22/2015 3:32:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    KHOG-TV ^ | January 22, 2015
    (CNN) —Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died, according to an announcement on Saudi state TV. He was 90. The next king will be Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, state television reported. The announcement of his death comes several weeks after the state-run Saudi Press Agency said Abdullah was suffering from pneumonia and had been admitted to the hospital....
  • Saudis on Twitter deny rumours King Abdullah dead [CNN JUST ANNOUNCED HE WAS DEAD]

    01/22/2015 3:28:22 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 33 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1-22-15 | Unkown to me
    DUBAI - A Saudi journalist and a member of the royal family denied rumors on Thursday that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, in hospital since December suffering from pneumonia, had died, according to messages on social media. "All that is being reported about King Abdullah's death is far from the truth," Ibrahem al-Rawsa, identified as a journalist at state-run Saudi Press Agency, wrote on his Twitter account. A member of the royal family wrote: "I give you good news. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is fine and there is no truth to the rumors going around." He was referring...
  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    01/22/2015 3:27:53 PM PST · by 22202NOVA · 309 replies
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102292477
  • Saudi royal court says king, 90, has pneumonia

    01/02/2015 10:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2015 12:25 PM EST
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is being treated for pneumonia and his condition has stabilized with the help of a breathing tube, according to a Royal Court statement issued Friday. The statement, which was released by Saudi state media, said the monarch, 90, had been transferred Thursday to a military hospital after experiencing shortness of breath and back pain. The Saudi Royal Court said medical tests showed the king had a respiratory infection. […] The health of the monarch is of extreme importance in the kingdom, where Abdullah holds absolute powers to enact laws and appoint ministers. His condition is also...
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah admitted to hospital

    12/31/2014 11:40:19 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Middle East EYE ^ | 12-31-2014 | MEE staff
    The 93-year old King of Saudi Arabia was sent to hospital on Wednesday for “medical checks” according to the Royal Court. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who has ruled Saudi Arabia since the death of his half-brother King Fahd in 2005, was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, the latest in numerous trips to hospital by the aging monarch in recent years. The King underwent two operations in October 2011 and November 2012 due to "ligament slackening" in the upper back. The news of his entry to hospital prompted a 5 percent fall in Saudi Arabia’s main equities...