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  • Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: I want to be like Queen of UK

    02/01/2015 7:47:01 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 30, 2015 | Raziye Akkoc
    Despite living in the world's biggest residential palace that cost Ł384 million, Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists he is not seeking to be a sultan, but more like the British Queen. The Turkish president referred to the UK as an example for Turkey to follow as he explained that changes to the role of the president would not alter the Turkish republic's democracy... Mr Erdogan's comments, reported in Hurriyet Daily News, included an attack on those who said Turkey was becoming like a monarchy and that he aspired to be like an Ottoman sultan despite other countries also having presidents... Padishah...
  • New Greek nationalist defense minister prompts Turkey to scramble jets

    01/30/2015 11:38:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 1-29-2015 | Reuters
    Greece's new nationalist defense minister prompted Greece's perennial rival Turkey to scramble jets on Friday, just days after he took office, by flying over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996. Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace and were intercepted by Greek jets as Defence Minister Panos Kammenos and military chiefs flew by helicopter to the islet of Imia to drop wreaths in memory of three Greek officers killed nearby in a helicopter crash 19 years ago, the Greek Defence Ministry said. Kammenos heads the small, right-wing, Eurosceptical Independent Greeks party, and the episode...
  • US congratulates Kurds over Kobane as Turkey slams celebrations

    01/29/2015 2:35:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Rudaw ^ | January 28, 2015 | Yerevan Saeed
    The United States pledged to continue military and humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish city of Kobane in Syria, after Kurdish forces defeated the Islamic State (known as ISIS or ISIL) following a four-month siege. "We congratulate its (Kobane's) brave defenders," US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a briefing to reporters, referring to the Kurdish forces that have been fighting there. "We'll continue to support them as we look to the coming weeks ahead... As there are humanitarian needs, whether it's in Kobane and other places, I expect that we will contribute -- continue to be major contributors," she...
  • Who saw it coming: Jordan’s negotiations with ISIS over hostages collapse

    01/29/2015 12:41:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    When the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria set terms for the release of a Jordanian fighter pilot captured when his plane was disabled over Syria, it was only marginally shocking that Jordan signaled it was willing to negotiate with ISIS fighters. That decision had some shock value not only because it is generally rare to see Western coalition partners negotiate with groups they admit to be terrorist organizations, but because the prisoner ISIS demanded in exchange was involved in one of the worst terrorist attacks in that countryÂ’s history. No sooner had bilateral negotiations between the Hashemite Kingdom...
  • Amal Clooney's latest case: Why Turkey won't talk about the Armenian genocide

    01/29/2015 11:40:09 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Raziye Akkoc
    The human rights lawyer represents Armenia in the ECHR - but what happened in 1915 when up to 1.5m Armenians were killed, and why do Turks deny it was a genocide? Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer, has taken on another controversial case - the Armenian genocide. Mrs Clooney is part of a team representing Armenia in a case she opens on Wednesday in which a Turkish politician was convicted by Switzerland for denying the genocide in 1915 ever took place. Doğu Perinçek, chairman of the Turkish Workers' Party, described the genocide of up to 1.5 million Armenians - a...
  • Greenfield: Muslims are Not a Minority

    01/29/2015 8:45:43 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, July 25, 2013 Muslims are Not a Minority Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The most persistent myth of the Western Dhimmi narrative is that Muslims are a minority and must receive special protection and accommodation. But Muslims are not a minority. There are 1.5 billion Sunni Muslims worldwide, outweighing Catholics as the next largest religious faction at 1.1 billion and Hindus at 1 billion. They are still a minority of the overall population in Western countries, but a demographically trending majority. In the UK more people attend mosques than the Church of England, that makes...
  • 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,...
  • Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

    01/29/2015 12:45:54 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29 2015 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg
    AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. The latest audio recording, which could not be verified by Reuters, was posted on YouTube early on Thursday. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a...
  • Germany - no debt haircut for Greece but bailout extension an option

    01/28/2015 3:55:38 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Reuters
    The German government stuck to its view on Monday that a third haircut, or debt restructuring, for Greece was out of the question but opened the door to a possible extension of Greece's current bailout programme.
  • TURKISH COURT BLOCKS FACEBOOK PAGES THAT INSULT MUHAMMAD

    01/27/2015 11:44:37 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Adelle Nazarian
    A Turkish court ordered the nation’s authorities to block Facebook pages that they deem to be insulting of Muhammad
  • Iran Is Ditching The Dollar In Foreign Trade [Ezekiel 38]

    01/27/2015 3:29:03 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/27/2015 | Elena Holodny
    (Vladimir Putin, right, with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in 2014.) Iran is ditching the dollar. Iran is no longer using the US dollar in foreign-trade transactions and is replacing it with other currencies, t he deputy governor at the Iranian Central Bank Gholami Kamyab said, according to Sputnik News. "In trade exchanges with the foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble, and South Korean won," Kamyab reportedly said. He also reportedly added that Iran was considering bilateral currency-swap agreements, which would allow partners to exchange one foreign currency for the equivalent...
  • Greece says No to EU statement on Russia

    01/27/2015 12:12:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    EUObserver ^ | 1-27-2015 | Andrew Rettman
    he new far-left government in Greece dropped a bombshell on its first day in office by abjuring an EU statement on Russia. It said in a press communique on Tuesday (27 January): “the aforementioned statement was released without the prescribed procedure to obtain consent by the member states and particularly without ensuring the consent of Greece”. “In this context, it is underlined that Greece does not consent to this statement”. It added that its new PM, Alexis Tsipras, expressed “discontent” in a phone call to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini. The EU statement on Russia, published on Tuesday morning,...
  • Switzerland and Syriza

    01/27/2015 11:45:59 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    Restate ^ | January 27 2015 | Repair_Man_Jack
    credit the world’s various political leftists for being brilliant at one thing. They have managed to assemble a coalition of interest groups whose vested interests should probably cause them to chase each other around in the street armed with shotguns. Nowhere is that awesome class divide among the left on greater display than in Europe where the Parlor Pinks infest Davos and the Street Marxians have taken electoral power in Greece. If you were to ask both Jeffrey Greene and newly-minted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras whether they felt society should be unfettered by larger government or directed for its...
  • Greek Deposit Outflows Soar In Run-Up To Syriza Victory

    01/25/2015 7:12:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Despite all the fear-mongering by Nea Demokratia (ND), Syriza's victory over the incumbent is dramatically larger than expected (exit polls indicate a potential 12 point margin vs 7 point spreads in the run-up). However, as JPMorgan details, the fear-mongery was very evident in bank deposit runs as proxied outflows surge EUR8 billion last week - more than all of December and the rest of January combined...Via JPMorgan Flows & LiquidityGreek deposit outflows rise sharply this week The monthly Bank of Greece balance sheet data for the month of December revealed a significant increase in Greek bank ECB borrowing which...
  • GREEK ELECTION UPDATE: LEFTIST SYRIZA AND CONSERVATIVE INDEPENDENT GREEKS WILL FORM COALITION

    01/25/2015 10:51:40 PM PST · by Nextrush · 21 replies
    1/26/2015 | Self
    The vote totals are still being finalized but the latest show the SYRIZA Party at 150 of the 300 seats in the Greek parliament with 36.3 percent of the vote. This is one vote short of an overall majority but multiple media sources including "The Wall Street Journal" are reporting that the conservative Independent Greeks, who broke away from the New Democracy (Republican type) Party in 2011 and are firmly against the EU austerity program will join up to stablilize the government. The Independent Greeks (ANEL) won 4.7 percent of the popular vote and 13 seats. The SYRIZA-ANEL alliance would...
  • Greek exit polls suggest Syriza win

    01/25/2015 9:54:02 AM PST · by Nextrush · 88 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/25/2015 | BBC
    Exit polls suggest a historic victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece's closely fought general election. One poll suggested Syriza took 35.5% of the votes, and the other suggested it took 39.5%, well ahead of ruling New Democracy party on 23%-27%. It is unclear whether Syriza has enough votes to govern the country alone. Syriza's Alexis Tsipras has pledged to renegotiate Greece's debt arrangement with international creditors....
  • Greece election: Exit polls signal big Syriza win

    01/25/2015 11:32:03 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 51 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | bbc
    Exit polls suggest a historic victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece's general election. The polls indicate that Syriza took between 36% and 38% of the total vote, with the ruling New Democracy party a distant second with 26%-28%. It is unclear whether Syriza has enough votes to govern the country alone.
  • Europe's Austerity Moment Is Ending (Greek election)

    01/25/2015 6:01:49 PM PST · by Lorianne · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 25 January 2015 | Matt Schiavenza
    Voting in Sunday's much-watched Greek elections has ended, and exit polls suggest that the far-left Syriza party has captured nearly 40 percent of the vote. While this may not be enough to ensure a parliamentary majority in Greece's electoral system, it's now clear that Alexis Tsipras, a fiery 40-year-old once considered too radical for national politics, will lead the next Greek government. Tsipras has promised to end Greece's "austerity program," a series of spending cuts and tax hikes designed to reduce the country's enormous bailout debt, which equals 175 percent of its GDP. Freed from this burden, Tsipras argues, the...
  • European Socialists, Radical Muslims United by ‘Mutual Hatred for Judeo-Christian Culture’

    01/24/2015 5:57:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 23, 2015 - 10:17 AM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    European socialists are united with radical Muslims by a “mutual hatred for Judeo-Christian culture,” which is why they continue to defend failed multicultural policies that are promoting the Islamification of Europe, says Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. “It’s called the Red-Green Alliance, red being the socialists and the green being Islam. There’s sort of a mutual interest on both sides to deconstruct the Judeo-Christian culture in Europe,” he explained. “What the socialists don’t realize is that the Muslims hate them even more than they hate the Judeo-Christians, and so once it works out to...
  • Far from ‘outsiders,’ Europe and Islam have long been intertwined

    01/25/2015 5:47:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail (UK) ^ | January 25, 2015 | by H.A. Hellyer
    In the wake of the most recent attacks in Paris, the airwaves have been full of myths about Muslim communities in Europe. However, history tells a rather different tale: Muslims are far from alien from European culture; in fact, they are central to it. The links between Europe and Islam date back to the very first generation of Muslims. We know of the famed rule of Muslim Iberia (now known as Spain and Portugal), which created a thriving multi-religious society, something that was then a novelty in Europe. Several hundred years earlier, after Muslim Spain had begun, you might have...
  • Greece: Talks with troika the main test

    01/25/2015 4:26:33 PM PST · by annalex · 17 replies
    Kathimerini ^ | Monday Jan 26, 2015 | Dimitris Kontogiannis
    Talks with troika the main test It will require a change of stance on many issues for Alexis Tsipras to become Greece’s version of Lula By Dimitris KontogiannisThe left-wing SYRIZA party’s triumph in the Greek national elections sends a strong message across the eurozone that excessive austerity will have political and social repercussions if pursued for a long time. But SYRIZA will have a tough task convincing the country’s official lenders to continue funding and adopt its policy proposals, many of which are at odds with the current adjustment program. A compromise seems to be the best solution, but requires...
  • Syriza and Independent Greeks agree Greece coalition

    01/26/2015 6:44:33 AM PST · by Nextrush · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/26/2015 | BBC
    The far-left Syriza party, the winner of Greece's election, has formed an anti-austerity coalition with a right-wing party, the Greek Independents. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has taken the oath of office as the new prime minister. He has vowed to renegotiate Greece's bailout, worth 240 bn euros (179 bn pounds, $268 bn). European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Mr. Tsipras while reminding him of the challenge of "ensuring fiscal responsibility.".......... With nearly all of the votes counted in Sunday's poll, Syriza looks set to have 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority. The Greek Independents are projected to...
  • Mass Delusion among Greece’s Far Left: Victorious Syriza wants Greece to skip out on its debts.

    01/26/2015 7:44:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/26/2015 | Tom Rogan
    In Greece, the far-left Syriza party has won a stunning victory. Under the leadership of charismatic populist Alexis Tsipras, it has claimed around 150 parliamentary seats and defeated the governing centrist New Democracy party. Across Europe, leftists are elated. They see this as a historic turning point, the moment when they can put a stop to the austerity-through-spending-cuts approach. And to some degree, they’re right. There’s no question that voters have rewarded a far-left party for its far-left platform. Just consider what Syriza proposes: significant increases in government spending, a rise in the minimum wage and in pensions, and a...
  • Greece’s new anti-austerity government set on collision course with Brussels

    01/26/2015 12:57:20 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 1-26-2015 | Helena Smith in Athens, Julian Borger in Brussels and Katie Allen in London
    Greek radicals sought on Monday to redraw the political map of Europe, forming a coalition government of left and right, united only by their desire to defy the European financial establishment and shrug off the constraints of austerity. The coalition, led by 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, was expected to dispatch its new finance minister to Brussels in the next few days to seek a fundamental renegotiation of Greece’s economic bailout package, vowing that “the end of humiliation has come”. Tsipras and his Syriza party have promised to replace the austerity programmes imposed by Greece’s international creditors with policies aimed at helping...
  • Greece's radical new leader declares war on country's all-inclusive resorts visited

    01/27/2015 7:33:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2015 | Hannah Roberts and Jenny Stanton
    Greece's new radical Prime Minister has declared war on the country's all-inclusive holiday resorts and vowed to limit them. All-you-can-eat breakfast buffets and unlimited cocktails and ouzo by the pool could become a thing of the past in Greece despite the all-inclusive travel industry, that brings in Ł1.5billion for the country. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the triumphant anti-bailout party Syriza, believes such deals 'alienate tourists from the local economy' by keeping them behind resort gates and away from local businesses and attractions. He has warned that contracts with large resort chains will be reviewed and deals to sell public land...
  • Greek coalition braces for debt showdown as Germany rattles sabre

    01/27/2015 6:51:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The new Greece of Alexis Tsipras will run out of money by early March. It will then face a series of escalating crunch points that will end in default and a return to the drachma unless it can reach a deal with EU creditors. Greece must repay €3.4bn to the International Monetary Fund in February and March. Tax revenues have collapsed as Greeks preempt what they hope will be a repeal of austerity taxes. “There is only €1.9bn left in the cash kitty, and the government has spending costs of $2.5bn coming up. Somebody needs to lend the country money...
  • Greece could seek US200 billion war reparations from Germany

    01/27/2015 5:14:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Famagusta Gazette ^ | January 27, 2015 | Staff
    THE NEW government in Athens may seek billions of dollars from Germany in payment for crimes committed by the Nazi’s in Greece during World War Two. In his first act as prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras visited the memorial site at the Kaisariani rifle range; where Nazi occupiers executed 200 Greek prisoners in reprisals for the killing of a German general in 1944. Earlier this month, Tsipras said that if he were to win the election, he would seek war reparations from Germany along with a write-down of Greece’s debt. "We are going to demand debt reduction, and the money Germany...
  • The Greek voters' unlikely darling: Their taxman

    01/26/2015 1:10:49 PM PST · by shove_it · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | 26 Jan 2015 | Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
    The most unpopular man in Greece appears to have won enough votes to become a new member of the debt ridden country's parliament. The most unpopular man in Greece appears to have won enough votes to become a new member of the debt ridden country's parliament. Greece's former chief tax collector, Harry Theoharis, ran on the ticket of a new party called To Potami, or "The River." Despite the country's national notoriety for evading taxes, early indications are that many Greeks voted for the man who was their main collector. The candidate and other Greek election-watchers expect vote tallies to...
  • Syriza Trounces New Democracy; Greeks Stop Paying Taxes; Run on Greek Banks Escalates; Get Out!

    01/26/2015 8:11:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    As late as yesterday I read numerous mainstream media reports that Syriza would win by three to five percent and would need to form an unstable coalition to rule. In contrast, here was my January 19 prediction (and rationale): Expect a Blowout Win by Syriza in Greece. Syriza Trounces New Democracy The final votes are not counted, but exit polls show a blowout, with incumbent party New Democracy going down in flames. The Wall Street Journal reports GreeceÂ’s Radical Leftist Syriza Party Poised to Win Election, Exit Polls Say. Syriza appeared set to win between 35.5% and 39.5% of the...
  • 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.
  • Greek Complicity in Serb Wars

    08/06/2002 4:45:18 PM PDT · by Hoplite · 98 replies · 807+ views
    IWPR ^ | 6 August, 2002 | Takis Michas
    There's growing evidence that Greece helped to lubricate Milosevic's war machineBy Takis Michas in AthensAs Greece prepares to take on the mantle of the European Union presidency in January 2003, the time has come for Athens to examine the role it played in aiding the regimes of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and his Bosnian Serb associates Radovan Karadic and Ratko Mladic.Besides a general failure to confront the scale of war crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb and Serbian forces during the Nineties, there's mounting evidence of Greek complicity in Yugoslav sanction-busting during the conflicts. A recent report published by 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...
  • 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...
  • ISIS VIDEO: AMERICA’S AIR DROPPED WEAPONS NOW IN OUR HANDS

    10/21/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Oct. 21,2014 | Josh Rogin
    At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani. An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a new video online Tuesday entitled, “Weapons and munitions dropped by American planes and landed in the areas controlled by the Islamic State in Kobani.” The video was also posted on the Twitter account of “a3maq news,” which acts as an unofficial media arm of ISIS. The outfit has previously posted videos of ISIS fighters firing American made...
  • The great Kobane fightback: Kurdish fighters take back swathes of city as US steps up air strikes

    10/15/2014 9:50:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/15/2014 | John Hall
    Kurdish fighters have launched an unlikely comeback against Islamic State terrorists besieging the Syrian town of Kobane, amid claims the resistance forces have now reclaimed swathes of the city. Images this morning showed Kurdish YPG soldiers triumphantly raising their flag above Tel Shair hill in the west of the city, where ISIS' own black jihadist flag had recently been flying. Assisted by sustained U.S. and Arab airstrikes, the massively outgunned Kurdish troops have managed to do what looking impossible only a week ago - force ISIS to abandon strategic locations in the west of Kobane and pin them back elsewhere...
  • Kurdish fighters retake strategic Kobani hill

    10/14/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    Kurdish fighters have retaken control of a strategic hilltop overlooking the town of Kobani near the border with Turkey. News of the advance emerged after activists confirmed the US-led coalition had launched several air strikes on positions of Islamic State group militants in northern and eastern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say some of the air strikes targeted the eastern town of Mayadeen. The Observatory said the bombardment hit oil refineries near Mayadeen, sparking a huge fire. Idriss Nassan, a local Kurdish official from Kobani, added that intense air strikes had hit...
  • U.S.'s Kerry hints Kobani not strategic goal, buffer zone merits study

    10/08/2014 10:05:23 AM PDT · by keat · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 8, 2014 12:41pm EDT
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Wednesday that preventing the fall of the Syrian town of Kobani to Islamic State fighters was not a strategic U.S. objective and said the idea of a buffer zone should be thoroughly studied. "As horrific as it is to watch in real time what is happening in Kobani ... you have to step back and understand the strategic objective," Kerry told reporters at a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. "Notwithstanding the crisis in Kobani, the original targets of our efforts have been the command and control...
  • Black flags over Kobani: We are losing this war because ISIS is all in and we're not.

    10/07/2014 7:06:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/07/2014 | Rick Moran
    Islamic State forces have entered some eastern neighborhoods of the strategic Kurdish city of Kobani on Tuesday as American planes hit targets around the city in support of Kurdish fighters defending the enclave.AP reported the ISIS black flag flying over several buildings in the city. Using armor and artillery, ISIS made significant gains against the lightly armed Kurds, who have been pleading with the world for help in order to prevent a genocide. BBC: Fighting between Islamic State (IS) militants and Syrian Kurds is reported to have spread to a southern district of the town of Kobane on the Turkish...
  • Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg

    10/16/2014 8:36:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 15, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg by Soeren Kern October 15, 2014 at 5:00 am "We are living in Hamburgistan." — Daniel Abdin, imam of Hamburg's Al-Nour Mosque.One politician has been repeatedly threatened with beheading as the price to pay for leading a fundraising campaign to provide food and water for Kurds in northern Iraq."As a society we must ask ourselves: how can it be that people who live in Germany and... born and raised here, are supporters of a brutal, inhuman and fundamentalist group such as the IS and attack peaceful protestors with knives, sticks and machetes. Here...
  • 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...
  • Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

    01/25/2015 5:25:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY ANGELIKI KOUTANTOU AND JAMES MACKENZIE
    Greeks began voting on Sunday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce the first euro zone government openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme. After its most severe crisis since the fall of the military junta in 1974, Greece's economy has shrunk by some 25 percent, thousands of businesses have closed,...
  • Did Israel arm Rwanda during the 1994 genocide?

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

    07/27/2004 11:00:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 923+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Jul 26, 2004 | Inigo Gilmore
    A damning report by Palestinian legislators, which has been seen by the Telegraph, concludes that Mr Arafat did nothing to stop the deals although he publicly condemned the structure as a "crime against humanity"... The report reveals that the cement originally came from Egyptian companies which supplied it at a huge discount of $22 (Ł12.50) a ton to help rebuild dilapidated Palestinian houses or buildings bulldozed by the Israelis. Between September 2003 and March this year, 420,000 tons of cement were allegedly sent to three big Palestinian companies. According to the report, however, only 33,000 tons were sold in...
  • Wilsongate: Motive, Means, and Opportunity

    11/21/2005 2:28:31 PM PST · by Fedora · 170 replies · 12,006+ views
    Original FReeper research | 11/21/2005 | Fedora
    Wilsongate: Motive, Means, and Opportunity The Buried Story Behind PlamegateBy Fedora Introduction Since Robert Novak mentioned Valerie Plame’s CIA background in July 2003, the media has focused on trying to trace the leak of Plame’s name to the White House, but has devoted less follow-up to another newsworthy angle in Novak’s original story. Novak wrote: The CIA's decision to send retired diplomat Joseph C. Wilson to Africa in February 2002 to investigate possible Iraqi purchases of uranium was made routinely at a low level without Director George Tenet's knowledge. . . Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife,...
  • The Many Reasons Why Erdogan Is Reviving The Ottoman Empire And The Coming Caliphate

    01/21/2015 8:35:21 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | January 20, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    After ISIS, what’s next and who will finally contain it? Will the U.S. succeed in crushing ISIS or will it simply be encompassed by a much bigger dog? And where will this Caliphate story end, or better yet, mushroom into an uncontrollable phenomenon. We have maintained, that ISIS will never produce the ultimate Caliphate. Two decades ago we trumpeted that the Islamists of Turkey will revive the Ottoman Empire and today we remind, that you have seen this happening right before your very eyes and the evidence is mounting by the day. And we warn that the next 4 years,...
  • Assad’s Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 – 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria’s nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. […] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the site—a development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • Turkish PM: If Europe persists in its ‘Holy Roman attitude’, it is over

    01/17/2015 10:00:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 16/01/2015 - 09:38 | Georgi Gotev
    As a consequence of the Eurozone crisis, racism is on the rise, in the same way that the 1929 crisis inspired anti-Semitism. But this time the scapegoats are Muslims, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told a Brussels audience on Thursday (15 January). […] One important message was that the EU, and the West in general, had missed the opportunity provided by the Arab revolutions. The West didn’t mobilize, as it did for Eastern Europe, after the end of the Cold War, Davutoğlu argued. More concretely, he blamed the West for not having supported the “moderate young generation” in Syria, the...
  • Muslims never guilty of 'terrorist massacres,' Turkey's Erdogan insists

    01/16/2015 2:08:29 PM PST · by wtd · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Paul Alster
    Muslims never guilty of 'terrorist massacres,' Turkey's Erdogan insistsTurkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly bizarre rhetoric continued this week when he told reporters Muslims have "never taken part in terrorist massacres" and appeared to blame the West for the recent Islamist attacks in Paris.
  • Istanbul suicide bomber was 'teen widow of Norwegian IS jihadist'

    01/16/2015 12:52:52 PM PST · by BlackAdderess · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Stuart Williams
    Istanbul (AFP)- A teenager from Russia's Muslim region of Dagestan, suspected of a suicide bombing in Istanbul, was said Friday to have been an Islamic State jihadist and the wqidow of an Norwegian extremist...
  • US to send 400 troops to train Syrian rebels [American Media Compliant, Unquestioning]

    01/16/2015 6:21:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/16/15
    The US Department of Defense is to send 400 troops and hundreds of support staff to train moderate rebels against Islamic State (IS) in Syria. It is not yet clear where the troops will be drawn from or where they will be based, though Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have offered to host them. The US aims to train more than 5,000 rebels annually for three years.