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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Jordanian air strike destroyed Al Qaeda raider force heading for US military base

    04/17/2014 5:25:03 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 7 replies
    Debka ^ | April 17, 2014 | Debka
    The Royal Jordanian Air force strike Wednesday, April 16, against a combat vehicle convoy from Syria destroyed an Al Qaeda raider force on its way to attack US military targets in the kingdom, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. Jordan’s first assault on a target outside the country took place on the Syrian side of the border opposite the eastern town of Ruwaished. This episode brought to the fore how dramatically the threat al Qaeda-Iraq poses to Jordan, the US forces based their and Israel has escalated. Amman has not disclosed where the air strike took place, who rode in the destroyed...
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

    04/15/2014 2:24:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 5:20 PM EDT | Ian Deitch
    The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the week-long Jewish holiday. Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians. […] “We tell the...
  • Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles crossing from Syria

    04/16/2014 6:43:49 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 2 replies
    Ammon news ^ | 04/16/2014
    Jordan’s air force has destroyed military vehicles trying to cross from Syria, Jordanian state television said Wednesday
  • Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear Capability

    04/16/2014 5:34:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear CapabilityPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm In The Point | No Comments Sometimes a choice of words can be extremely revealing. That was the case with Kerry’s contentious testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Under pressure, Kerry tends to slip and say revealing things. That was how the infamous, “for it and against it” clip was born. Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything,...
  • Why the Left Doesn’t Understand the Arab War Against Israel

    04/16/2014 5:52:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 14, 2014 | Lee Bender, Jerome Verlin
    Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz likes to say that if you are for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, minority rights, basic freedoms of speech, press, association, open democracy, and an independent judiciary, there is only one country in the Middle East that espouses those values you support: Israel. And he is absolutely correct. But there appears to be a major disconnect among American Jews. Today, too many Jewish Americans are ambivalent about Israel, or even openly hostile towards it, believing erroneously that Israel acts in ways that contradict their “progressive” or “liberal” ideals. Jews are even at the forefront...
  • Dozens wounded in Temple Mount riot

    04/16/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount after the site was opened to Jewish visitors. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that Palestinians threw “stones and firecrackers” at police when they opened the walled compound’s gates. Police responded with stun grenades, Rosenfeld said, and closed the complex to the Jewish visitors after a small number had toured the site. An AFP correspondent at the scene said dozens of Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated bullets and stun grenade canisters, and were staying inside the Al-Aqsa mosque out of fear they would be...
  • Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Head Of Saudi Intelligence, Has Been Sacked

    04/15/2014 8:01:09 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 4/15/2014 | Tyler Durden
    In the aftermath of the disastrous, for both the US and Saudi Arabia, false flag campaign to replace the Syrian regime with one which would be amenable to allowing a Qatari gas pipeline to pass underneath the Al-Qaeda rebel infested country, there were numerous rumors that the reign of Saudi's infamous former ambassador to the US and current intelligence chief, Prince Bandar "Bush" bin Sultan - the man who we suggested was the puppetmaster behind the entire failed operation - had come to an end. Some two months ago, Shia Post reported that "News sources announced that the chief of...
  • Syria: US, Turkey, Israel behind chemical weapons attacks

    04/15/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.16.14, 01:06
    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the United States, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the rebels fighting to overthrow it, of being responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the country, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. In letters to the UN Security Council as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Assad regime cited “reports, studies and documented researches” that allegedly implicate the US and Turkish administrations, as well as several other countries, “whether directly or indirectly in these appalling carnage in Syria, including Khad al-Assal on March 15, 2013.” …
  • Ted Cruz Bashes Obama, Rand Paul: ‘When U.S. Doesn’t Stand for Freedom, Tyrants Notice’

    03/10/2014 7:30:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03/09/2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went after fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and President Barack Obama on This Week With George Stephanopoulos sunday morning, telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl that Obama’s “five years of weakness” had emboldened Putin and that the U.S. needed to defend its values across the globe, in contrast to Paul’s less-interventionist foreign policy. “I’m a big fan of Rand Paul,” Cruz said, “but I don’t agree with him on foreign policy. I think U.S. leadership is critical in the world. I agree with him that we should be very reluctant to deploy military force abroad. But...
  • Pesach Shame: Hamas Conquers Temple Mount

    04/14/2014 1:05:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 4/14/2014, 10:11 AM | Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer
    Police have “lost control of the Temple Mount,” Temple activists charged Monday morning, on the eve of Pesach. Dozens of Hamas men have taken over the Mount, waving Hamas flags, and are “not allowing Jews and tourists into the Mount,” said the activists. […] The Temple organizations called for the police commissioner to resign, following his failures on the Temple Mount. …
  • Poof Goes the Messiah

    04/13/2014 5:57:41 AM PDT · by Ruprecht Jamieson · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Adam Turner
    The Messiah (as Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon referred to U.S. Secretary John Kerry) is not having a good month. According to his formerly good buddy U.S. Sen. John McCain, Kerry is presiding over a “trifecta” of foreign policy disasters. The Geneva Peace negotiations with the “generous reformer” President Bashar al-Assad. The P 5+1 Negotiations with the Mad Mullahs of Iran. And the Israeli-Palestinian “Peace Process.” But I think this is unfair. At least for two of these disasters, President Barack Obama-Costanza is much more at fault for them than is Kerry. It was the president who set his...
  • Syria, rebels blame each other for reported poison gas attack

    04/12/2014 6:41:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 12, 2014, 6:22 p.m. | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Each side in the Syrian conflict blamed the other Saturday for an alleged poison gas attack that reportedly injured scores of civilians in the central province of Hama. There was no independent confirmation of a chemical strike, which reportedly hit the village of Kfar Zeita, an agricultural center northwest of the provincial capital, Hama. Fierce clashes between rebel and loyalist forces have been reported in the area. Various pro-opposition accounts said a government air raid Friday in Kfar Zeita included bombardment with an unspecified chemical agent, causing choking and suffocation among scores of residents. But state-run television said Al Qaeda-affiliated...
  • Unearthed: The Humble Origins Of World Diplomacy (Hittites)

    01/18/2003 2:51:58 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 847+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-19-2003 | David Keys
    Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent 19 January 2003 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of an invasion of the Middle East by one of the world's first superpowers, which destroyed much of the region 33 centuries ago. Under the ruins of a 3,800-year-old royal palace in western Syria they have found part of an ancient diplomatic and administrative library, the most important archaeological discovery of its kind for more than 20 years. Accounts on clay tablets describe the region's conquest by one of the Bronze Age's superpowers, the Hittite Empire, in 1340BC. This helped to...
  • At Last, the Season of Hope

    04/11/2014 9:37:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    The brutal winter ebbs at last, giving way to the season of hope, deliverance and renewal. The celebrations of Passover and Easter, marking the beginning of spring, overlap this year, as they often do. Jewish children practice reciting the four questions and dream of finding the hidden Passover mazoh. Christian children celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, decorating eggs and hiding them for a hunt. Nature awakens, and suddenly all things look possible again. Just not for a lasting peace in the Middle East. President Obama, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry as his messenger and chief instigator, badly misjudged...
  • DEVELOPING: Possible Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

    04/11/2014 1:47:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 4-11-2014 | James Miller
    There are reports of a possible chemical weapons attack in at least one area of Syria, but possibly more. Below we will be analyzing the information as it comes in. 2034 GMT: A potentially very important video. This claims to have been taken this evening in Kafr Zita, and it is uploaded by a channel that has posted videos nearly exclusively from Kafr Zita. It claims to show a helicopter dropping a barrel bomb filled with the chemical weapons. SNIP- Just today, the Local Coordination Committees reported that five people were killed in Harasta and several more were injured in...
  • Rand Paul’s Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Paul’s project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administration’s drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • CIA was Involved in Benghazi Attack

    04/10/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | April 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    t has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004. In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus...
  • Town by town, Assad regime retakes southwestern Syria

    04/09/2014 5:03:13 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 15 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04-08-2014 | Nicholas Blanford
    Hezbollah and the Syrian Army's five-month campaign to clear rebels from the strategic Qalamoun region is approaching its final stand. The allies have seized one village and town after the other, gradually moving southward through the corridor between Damascus and Homs which links the Syrian capital to the Mediterranean coast. According to Syrian state media, Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters are set to launch an offensive against Rankous in central Qalamoun after seizing high ground overlooking the town and encircling it. Once Rankous is seized, only a tract of mountainous terrain stands in the way of the regime's final objective:...
  • Kerry: Administration’s Foreign Policy Not ‘Spinning Out of Control’

    04/09/2014 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | April 8,2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry took exception Tuesday to an assertion by a Republican senator that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is “spinning out of control,” declaring that “that’s just not true.” “You can’t help but get the impression our foreign policy is just spinning out of control,” Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department budget. “And we are losing control in virtually every area that we are trying to do something in.” Risch cited developments in Russia, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – but focused...
  • Look At What America Is Giving To Terrorists

    04/08/2014 2:32:49 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 11 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Look At What America Is Giving To Terrorists By Ted on April 8, 2014 in General By Theodore Shoebat Look at what America is giving these terrorists in Syria. This is a BGM-71, one of the most widely used anti-tank guided missiles.The weapon is used in anti-armor, anti-bunker, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing roles. The TOW is in service with over 45 militaries and is integrated on over 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms worldwide. In other words, its serious weaponry, and its in the hands of these savages all thanks to politicians like Obama and McCain.
  • PA launches pro-Mubarak demonstration in Ramallah

    02/02/2011 11:40:29 AM PST · by FourPeas · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2011 20:59 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Dozens of Fatah supporters demonstrated in Ramallah on Wednesday in support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The demonstration is the first of its kind in the West Bank since the beginning of the uprising in Egypt. RELATED:For Palestinians, Egyptian unrest is bittersweet The demonstration coincided with the attack that was launched by Mubarak's supporters against anti-government protesters in Cairo. Sources in Ramallah said that the demonstration was initiated by the PA leadership, which has banned anti-Mubarak protests in the West Bank. The demonstrators shouted slogans condemning Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei as a “CIA agent” and warned against foreign...
  • Germany bans Hezbollah-linked fundraising group

    04/08/2014 2:54:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities have banned an organization they say has raised millions of dollars for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which the European Union considers a terrorist organization. Emily Haber, a deputy interior minister, said police raided 19 locations early Tuesday in six German states used by the so-called "Orphaned Children Project - Lebanon."
  • John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: ‘I May Fail – I Don’t Care’

    04/08/2014 1:29:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: ‘I May Fail – I Don’t Care’ By Ali Weinberg Apr 8, 2014 4:03pm Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry defiantly defended his diplomatic efforts, saying that while ambitious, they were better than doing nothing. While the purpose of Tuesday’s hearing was to pick through the State Department’s budget, it was Kerry’s record that came under scrutiny as his old colleagues on the committee accused him of taking on too many responsibilities with too few results. “I think you’re about to hit the trifecta,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,...
  • Ted Cruz is Rand Paul's most dangerous foreign policy critic

    03/11/2014 7:11:13 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 160 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 11, 2014 AT 2:07 PM | Philip Klein
    If Sen. Rand Paul has any hope of capturing the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he'll have to convince the conservative base he can be trusted on foreign policy -- which is exactly why Sen. Ted Cruz is his most dangerous critic.Though they have often been allies on domestic policy, anybody paying close attention knew that there was always a big gulf on foreign policy issues between Cruz, R-Texas, and Paul, R-Ky.Whereas Cruz has a much more traditional Reaganite view of a strong role for America in the world, Paul seeks to advance his father's brand of non-interventionism, which advocates...
  • Rand Paul Backs Off From Syria Filibuster Threat

    09/08/2013 12:55:47 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 08 Sep 2013 11:21 AM | By Audrey Hudson
    Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday he would not filibuster the president's request to launch strikes against Syria but that he would insist Barack Obama abide by Congress's demands if it votes to prohibit military intervention in the civil war. The Kentucky Republican told "Fox News Sunday" a filibuster would only delay a vote authorizing use of force. "I will insist there is full debate on this and I will insist that I get an amendment and my amendment will say that the vote is binding -- that the president cannot, if we vote him down, decide to go to war...
  • Hezbollah: Danger to Syria’s president eliminated

    04/06/2014 12:58:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2014 3:37 PM EDT
    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is no longer in danger of falling, the leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group said in an interview with a Lebanese newspaper. In an interview with daily newspaper As-Safir, Hassan Nasrallah also said the threat of bombings in Lebanon “has dropped considerably” because of the “measures adopted along the Lebanese-Syrian border.” …
  • Obama’s Failed Libyan War

    04/02/2014 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 53 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 2, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Libyan civil war did more harm to the country, its people, economy and its neighbors in North Africa when NATO intervened at the behest of U.S. President Barack Obama, concluded a University of Texas-Austin professor Alan Kuperman. He gave his remarks at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute. Associate professor of public affairs Alan Kuperman is an associate professor of public affairs and he criticized NATO’s intervention in the Libyan civil war. The civil war pitted rebels against government forces loyal to dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Kuperman was grateful to Obama for outlining the definition of success in Libya for...
  • 'Moderate' Rebel Leader Says 'Al Qaeda is Not Our Problem'

    04/03/2014 7:10:00 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | 4/2/2014 | Ari Soffer
    The leader of a Syrian rebel group feted as an alternative to the tide of Islamism which dominates most other rebel brigades has said he has no interest in fighting Al Qaeda. Jamal Maarouf's Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) had received cautious support from western powers for its prominent role in fighting Al Qaeda-breakaway group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), but speaking to Britain's The Independent he clarified that as far as he was concerned the wider fight against Al Qaeda is "not our problem". Moreover, Maarouf - who has been forced to flee the front lines...
  • 18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

    04/02/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Eighteen countries, including five of the world’s leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty’s entry into force. […] Five of the world’s top 10 arms exporters—Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain—turned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. The other 13 were Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Among the hold-outs is the United States, the world’s largest weapons exporter. The Obama administration has signed the treaty but there is strong resistance in...
  • Syria civil war 'kills over 150,000 people' in three years

    04/01/2014 7:31:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Apr 2014 | Olivia Nwabali
    Over 150,000 people have lost their lives since the March 2011 outbreak of the devastating civil war in Syria, according to new figures. The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which closely monitors the conflict using a network of activists and medical staff in Syria, has documented the deaths of 150,344 people. More than a third of those killed in Syria – by shellfire, air strikes and bullets – are civilians, the rights group said. Now in its third year, the war, which continues, unabated, has ravaged entire cities, leaving whole civilian neighbourhoods flattened by shell fire and...
  • Student ‘arrested in Iran over Facebook comments’, family say (said Iran is ‘too Islamic’)

    04/02/2014 8:38:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Manchester Evening News ^ | Apr 02, 2014 06:00 | Dan Thompson
    A student who went to visit family in Iran has been locked up for five months over comments she made to friends on Facebook, her family say. Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, from Stockport, was arrested as she stepped off a plane in the provincial city of Shiraz and accused of being a spy, husband Daryoush Taghipoor told the M.E.N. Daryoush said his 47-year-old wife has been detained at Evin, an infamous prison in Iranian capital Tehran, on suspicion of plotting to commit crimes against security and insulting Islam. He claimed her arrest was over comments she made on an internet...
  • Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time

    04/01/2014 1:13:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Rueters ^ | 5 hours ago | Mariam Karouny
    Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi'ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown. If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria's devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi'ite fighters on the frontlines - who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of the conflict say...
  • Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time [Sunni vs Shi'ite]

    04/01/2014 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/1/14 | By Mariam Karouny
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi'ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown. If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria's devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi'ite fighters on the frontlines - who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of...
  • Russian FM To Israel: Chechnya No, Palestine and Iranian Nukes Yes

    09/08/2004 12:47:16 PM PDT · by familyop · 22 replies · 2,187+ views
    Truth News ^ | 8SEP04 | Ariel Natan Pasko
    "The Russians are coming...The Russians are coming..." Well, that could have been the headlines in Israeli newspapers until a few days ago, before Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came to Israel. Now, after meeting with Israeli officials, the headlines could be, "Russian FM: Chechen Muslim terror evil, but justifies support for PLO Terror State and help for Iranian Nukes." The day before the Russian Foreign Minister came to Israel, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin, to express his shock at the seizure of the Russian school in Beslan. Sharon told Putin that, "We must concentrate political and...
  • War Party Oligarch

    04/01/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion -- 8th richest man on the planet -- and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt's campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer,...
  • A Hidden History of Evil

    05/14/2010 5:39:39 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 10 replies · 438+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2010 | Claire Berlinski
    In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century. The world remains inexplicably indifferent and uncurious about the deadliest ideology in history. [snip] For instance, the...
  • Why You Should Care About Egypt Protests

    01/28/2011 7:17:35 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 79 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published January 27, 2011 | By Claire Berlinski
    [Excerpted from middle]....The fact that we are supporting the Mubarak regime may not be immediately obvious to most Americans, but it is the central fact about America to every Egyptian alive--to 83 million people in the heart of the Middle East. The Mubarak government is basically friendly to the United States, but it is right now crushing its own people. If it succeeds, we will not be identified with the man who is protesting. We will be identified with the men who are acting on behalf of the government. In fact, we already are. If it doesn't succeed, God knows...
  • Ten things you need to know about Turkey

    03/28/2014 7:59:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2014 | Claire Berlinski
    Here are ten things you need to know about Turkey. 1. On March 27, the government of Turkey blocked YouTube, less than a week after blacking out Twitter. Ostensibly, this was to prevent the spread of videos that are said to feature the voices of Turkey’s foreign minister, intelligence chief, and a top army general proposing to send the Turkish military into Syria to protect the tomb of Suleiman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Dynasty. 2. If these tapes are real, Turkey has been considering staging an attack on itself as a pretext to intervene in...
  • Awkward relations (American president and the Saudi king will have an unusually edgy meeting)

    03/28/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Mar 29th 2014
    BARACK OBAMA may recall a tricky moment when he first met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia five years ago. Bending to shake hands with the octogenarian monarch, the taller American appeared to bow deeply. Republican snipers in America gleefully blasted the president for “kowtowing” to rich Arabs. Such protocols should run more smoothly when Mr Obama heads to Saudi Arabia on March 28th for his second time in office. Unfortunately, however, relations between the two countries have seldom been more awkward. Their close alliance dates to the end of the second world war, when an ailing Franklin Roosevelt met Saudi...
  • Obama Meets With Saudi King, Weighs New Syria Aid

    03/28/2014 2:29:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | March 28, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press
    President Barack Obama is considering allowing shipments of new air defense systems to the Syrian opposition, a U.S. official said Friday, as Obama sought to reassure Saudi Arabia's king that the U.S. is not taking too soft a stance in Syria and other Mideast conflicts. A key U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia would be likely to cheer a decision by Obama to allow the portable missile launchers into Syria. Saudi officials were dismayed when Obama scrapped plans last year to launch a strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and they have been pressing the White House on the issue. The Saudis...
  • Here Is The YouTube "Start A False Flag War With Syria" Leaked Recording That Erdogan Wanted Banned

    03/27/2014 10:29:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/27/14 | tyler durden
    UPDATE: *TURKEY'S DAVUTOGLU SAYS LEAK IS 'DECLARATION OF WAR': TURKIYE As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a "spectacular" leak before this weekend's elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation's court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the 'leaked' clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what...
  • Turkey blocks YouTube after banning Twitter

    03/28/2014 1:14:57 AM PDT · by kingattax · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3-27-14 | Salvador Rodriguez
    After first blocking Twitter, Turkey has now also blocked access to YouTube, according to numerous reports. The action comes after a recording allegedly containing audio from a meeting among many top Turkish officials was leaked onto the Google-owned service. In the recording, the officials can allegedly be heard discussing possible military actions in Syria. The blocking of YouTube comes a week after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a court order to ban Twitter in the country.
  • Turkey shuts off YouTube after 'Syria invasion plan' leak

    03/28/2014 2:06:14 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 3-27-2014 | RT
    Access to YouTube has been cut off in Turkey after an explosive leak of audiotapes that appeared to show ministers talking about provoking military intervention in Syria. Other social media have already been blocked ahead of tumultuous local elections. The latest leaked audio recording, which reportedly led to the ban, appears to show top government officials discussing a potential attack on the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The tomb is in Syrian territory, but protected by Turkish soldiers. On the tape, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoÄźlu is heard saying that Prime Minister...
  • YouTube ban: How Turkish officials conspired to stage Syria attack to provoke war

    03/28/2014 11:53:31 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 28, 2014 16:34
    “I'll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey.” This leaked conversation is coming back to haunt the highest echelons of the Turkish government as it plans a provocation in Syria, while scrambling to contain social media internally. The leaked audiotapes that reveal Turkey’s highest ministers staging an anti-Assad military intervention in Syria, have already caused YouTube to be shut down in the country, as well as leading to fevered accusations of treachery and betrayal of Turkey’s political interests – “a declaration of war,” as Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu put it. This is of...
  • Obama Seeks to Calm Saudis as Paths Split

    03/28/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 3/27/14 | David K Kirkpatrick
    Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal democracy and an ultraconservative monarchy united by shared interests in the stability of the Middle East and the continued flow of oil. But with President Obama arriving in Riyadh on Friday, the rulers of Saudi Arabia say they feel increasingly compelled to go their own way, pursuing starkly different strategies from Washington in dealing with Iran, Syria, Egypt and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region. “Their view of Mr. Obama is that his entire...
  • Turkey Warns of Syrian Intervention to Protect Ancient Tomb

    03/28/2014 3:02:21 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    Voice of America News ^ | March 27, 2014 | Dorian Jones
    Turkey has warned it will take any necessary steps to protect the Suleyman Shah tomb in Syria if it comes under attack. The tomb, which is protected by Turkish soldiers, is located in the city of Aleppo in Syria near the Turkish border and Ankara considers it to be Turkish territory. Turkey’s political leadership has reacted strongly to a threat made by the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, to attack the Suleyman Shah tomb protected by Turkish soldiers in Syria. Tensions recently have been on the rise with Ankara strongly condemning ISIS’s tactics in Syria....
  • Turkey calls Syria security leak 'villainous,' blocks YouTube

    03/28/2014 2:43:28 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 2 replies
    reuters ^ | Mar 27, 2014 | Nick Tattersall
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube. Turkish authorities ordered the shutdown of the site. The account posted what it presented as a recording of intelligence chief Hakan Fidan discussing possible military operations in Syria with Davutoglu, Deputy Chief of military Staff Yasar Guler and other senior officials. Speaking to reporters in Kutahya, Davutoglu confirmed the meeting took place[...] The conversation appeared to centre on a possible operation to secure the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of...
  • Saudi princesses 'seek Obama's help for freedom'

    03/27/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2014
    London (AFP) - A former wife of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appealed to US President Barack Obama on Thursday for help in the case of four daughters she says are being held in a royal palace. Alanoud AlFayez, 57, a Jordanian national who has lived in London since her divorce from the Saudi monarch in 2003, said her children needed to be "saved". "Since 13 years, my daughters Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher are being held captive," AlFayez told AFP. "They need to be saved and released immediately." She added: "Mr Obama should take this opportunity to address these grave...
  • Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership

    03/27/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/27/14 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world. Rice “Right now, there’s a vacuum,” she told a crowd of more than two thousand attending the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual dinner last night in Washington, D.C. “There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead, other things will fill that vacuum.” Citing Bashar...