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  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey

    12/19/2014 8:00:04 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 15, 2014 | Uzay Bulut
    Now that the ethnic-cleansing campaign of the Turkish regime has been "successfully" completed, and there are only two Jews left in Edirne, why is the governor of the city still so angry? The sweet little secret in both Turkey and Europe is that anti-Semites do not need the existence of a Jewish state to attack or threaten Jews. Hatred of Jews did not start with the re-establishment of the state of Israel. The truth is that those who carried out ethnic cleansing of Jews are the last persons who should whine about the non-existent Israeli "occupation." Israelis are not occupiers...
  • Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

    11/15/2014 9:45:20 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 78 replies
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there. "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the conservative president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. "Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast," Erdogan said.
  • Your children may learn that Muslims discovered America

    04/16/2004 7:29:42 AM PDT · by veronica · 63 replies · 413+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-16-04 | Ed Lasky
    Your children may learn that Muslims discovered AmericaApril 16th, 2004 A Native American tribe has forced distributors of an Arab studies guide for American teachers to remove an inaccurate and absurd passage that Muslim explorers preceded Columbus to North America, and eventually became Algonquin chiefs named Abdul-Rahim and Abdallah Ibn Malik! The Middle East Policy Council, a Washington advocacy group that promotes this curriculum to school districts in 155 U.S. cities have apparently been somewhat unresponsive and dismissive of complaints. Ridiculous as this example is, it is illustrative of a far more disturbing development: the placement of propaganda in our schools by...
  • The West Should Not Let Russia Fall Apart

    12/19/2014 3:23:15 AM PST · by edpc · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Cyrus Sinati
    The West shouldn’t stoke the fires engulfing Russia’s wounded economy. Talk in Washington and Brussels this week of levying further economic sanctions on Russia seems counterproductive and will only make matters worse for all parties involved. Like it or not, Russia’s economy has grown simply “too big to fail,” and its political and military might is too dangerous to ignore. The West might have better luck in advancing its goals in the region by helping, not hurting, the Russian bear in its time of need.
  • Germany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey

    12/18/2014 12:42:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 12:05 PM EST
    German prosecutors said Thursday that they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence. The federal prosecutor’s office said two of the suspects—identified in line with German privacy rules only as Muhammad Taha G. and Goksel G.—were arrested Wednesday at Frankfurt airport. The third, Ahmet Duran Y., was arrested at his home in western Germany. …
  • Syria conflict: Rebels capture key Idlib army bases

    12/15/2014 9:58:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 December 2014 | unattributed
    Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria and allied rebel groups have taken control of two key army bases in the northern province of Idlib, activists say. Members of al-Nusra Front, supported by those from Jund al-Aqsa, captured Wadi al-Deif base on Monday after launching a fierce offensive on Sunday morning. Ahrar al-Sham later joined their assault on the nearby Hamidiya base. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had until now managed to repel a number of assaults on the facilities. Situated outside the town of Maarat al-Numan and next to the country's main north-south motorway, they have been surrounded since 2012. A...
  • Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

    12/14/2014 3:18:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | Dilay Gundogan
    Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.
  • Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Abu Sara to the Jews: "We Shall Slaughter You Without Mercy"

    12/14/2014 3:07:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 28/11/14
    In an impromptu sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Abu Sara called to slaughter the Jews, whom he called "the most evil of Allah's creations." The sermon was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014. Transcript is pending. Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian preacher Sheik Omar Abu Sara at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014: Omar Abu Sara: Let me start by saying that talking about the traits of the Jews requires one to get into a special mode, because we are dealing with people to...
  • Jack FM turkey 'cook or save' vote slammed by Brian May [Queen guitarist]

    12/14/2014 8:59:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2014 | unattributed
    A radio station that asked listeners to vote on whether two turkeys should be killed has been criticised by animal lovers - including Queen guitarist Dr Brian May. And the RSPCA has urged Jack FM to rethink the online vote on whether the turkeys should be cooked or kept alive. The RSPCA said it opposed any practice with the "potential to cause animals pain... in the name of entertainment". Currently, 62% of people have voted to save the turkeys, named Sage and Onion. The Oxfordshire station said if listeners voted to kill the pair in the "cook it or keep...
  • Russia and China demand Iran halt secret nuclear site

    11/28/2009 2:34:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies · 2,142+ views
    Times of London ^ | Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent
    World powers united in condemnation of Iran's nuclear activities yesterday in a rare show of international consensus on the threat posed by Tehran's continued nuclear defiance. China and Russia joined the United States, Britain, France and Germany in backing an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution censuring Iran and ordering it to halt construction of a secret uranium enrichment plant. The resolution, the first since February 2006, passed with 25 votes and six abstentions. Only Malaysia, Venezuela and Cuba supported Iran. ...China, which has shared Moscow's reluctance to take a hard line with Tehran, was reportedly persuaded to support the resolution...
  • Bill Clinton: If not for the U.S. invasion, none of what’s in Iraq right now would be happening

    06/26/2014 5:24:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, an easy lay-up here for a guy who (a) warned the world about Saddam’s WMD threat more than once as president, (b) cautiously declined to take a firm position against the war at the time, and (c) is of course married to someone who cast a vote in the Senate to invade.But never mind that. This is an interesting counterfactual: What would have happened to Iraq during the Arab Spring and Syrian uprising if Saddam had endured? Clinton implicitly assumes that ISIS advancing on Baghdad is the worst possible outcome of the past 10 years, which is...
  • Putin could be finished

    12/13/2014 1:33:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | David Russell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is so easy to dislike because he really is a bad guy and there are few things more pleasurable than contemplating his fall from power. It is reasonably clear that might just happen. Even though he continues to be widely popular in his own country, there are several reasons why he could be brought down. The principle ones are the fall in oil prices and the financial crisis brought on by the sanctions imposed by the West. There are many others: a 40 percent decline in the value of Russian currency; an impending recession; the cost...
  • Muslims Capture Christians, Take Them To Slaughterhouses, Dissect Them While They Are Still Alive

    12/13/2014 12:30:39 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Shoebat ^ | November 3, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslim Albanians in Kosovo are capturing Christians, dissecting them alive, tearing out their organs, killing the victims, and then selling the organs to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the two major nations of the Antichrist. We learned this from a local Serbian Christian and veteran Special Forces officer in Serbia’s military, named Lazar. We interviewed him and this is the information he conveyed to us. He said “They also kill people and sell their organs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.” He then said, They abduct people in Kosovo, Serbian people — in some cases Albanian people — and they take their...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Juncker: Greece should avoid ‘wrong outcome’ in elections

    12/12/2014 5:05:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/11/14 @ 21:24 | Valentina Pop
    EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Greece against electing “extreme forces” into power and said he would prefer “known faces”—so far the strongest intervention of the EU top brass in the Greek campaign. “I think that the Greeks—who have a very difficult life—know very well what a wrong election result would mean for Greece and the eurozone,” Juncker said during an Austrian public TV debate with EUobserver and several other Brussels-based journalists. He steered clear of explicit political advice ahead of presidential elections in Greece next week, but said: “I wouldn’t like extreme forces to come to power.” The...
  • Crude Oil Prices and the Coming Fall of OPEC

    12/11/2014 6:53:03 PM PST · by Signalman · 14 replies
    mondaymorning.com ^ | 12/5/2014 | Dr. Kent Moors
    Every 10 or 20 years a series of watershed events come together that change the face of the international energy picture. The Saudi-led war on crude oil prices is one of these pivotal situations. And while others fret about what the OPEC production move means, I'm actually meeting with the guys who made the decision. I can tell you that what's unfolding here in the desert will have a decisive impact on producers, end users, and government/corporate policymakers worldwide. Of course, I've been involved in a fair share of all of this for over 40 years, from both the public...
  • Bulgaria picks up the pieces of cancelled Russian pipeline

    12/11/2014 10:57:14 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 6 replies
    Stand on the sea wall next to the port in Varna and you can see the bits and pieces of South Stream piled up in front of you. Hundreds of long black sections of piping - some on the dockside, and others still stacked on cargo ships. They were supposed to have been laid beneath the gloomy waters of the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine and bringing Russian gas directly to south-eastern Europe. But - suddenly and unilaterally - Vladimir Putin has declared the project dead. Gas, he said, will be sent to Turkey instead. "It's really not clear what's going...
  • Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens

    12/11/2014 8:26:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2014 11:13 PM EST
    Greek authorities are investigating a pre-dawn, drive-by gunfire attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens, which caused no injuries or damage. […] There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. …
  • Iranian president calls fall in oil prices ‘treachery’

    12/11/2014 5:09:09 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of “treachery,” in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran’s economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition. Rouhani told a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that the fall in prices is at least partly “politically motivated,”...
  • Ted Cruz: Return to foreign policy of Reagan - Appears to have eye on 2016 in Heritage speech

    12/11/2014 12:46:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 10, 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    WASHINGTON – In a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday that sounded like the first foreign policy address of a presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called for a return to the international politics of President Ronald Reagan. Cruz contrasted Reagan’s approach with the Obama-Clinton policy of not putting distance between the U.S. and traditional allies, such as Britain and Israel, in the hope of “domesticating” long-standing enemies such as Russia and Iran. “This backfired,” Cruz argued. “The end result is that Churchill is no longer welcome in the Oval Office. He recalled one of Obama’s first acts...
  • Iran: Fall in oil prices is 'treachery'

    12/10/2014 7:55:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran's economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition.
  • Kerry to Congress: Don’t rule out U.S. ground war against Islamic State

    12/10/2014 7:26:43 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10 | Oliver Knox
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asked lawmakers debating legislation to authorize the war against the so-called Islamic State not to rule out the use of U.S. ground troops in combat. “The president has been clear that his policy is that U.S. military forces will not be deployed to conduct ground combat operations,” Kerry began. “However,” he added, "while we certainly believe this is the soundest policy, and while the president has been clear he's open to clarifications on the use of U.S. combat troops to be outlined in an AUMF, that does not mean we should preemptively bind...
  • Representative of reportedly captured in Turkey (may have been involved in Benghazi attack)

    12/09/2014 5:39:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | John Batchelor inteview Long War Journal journalists
    Capture of an Ayman al Zawahiri coordinator discussed with the journalists of Long War Journal. Discussion of whether he was involved in the Benghazi attack. Podcast.
  • Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

    12/09/2014 6:54:41 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    veterans news now ^ | December 8, 2014 | Pepe Escobar
    The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about. In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from...
  • Teen: German student thought burglaries were game (Diren Dede, shot dead in MT; srsly?)

    12/09/2014 12:31:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 2:35 PM EST | Lisa Baumann
    A teen who was with a German exchange student the night he was fatally shot in a Montana garage testified at the homeowner’s murder trial that his friend thought burglarizing garages was a game and didn’t know he could get shot. Robby Pazmino told jurors Tuesday that he and Diren Dede went for a walk late April 26 when they noticed Markus Kaarma’s garage door partially open. Pazmino says he asked Dede if he was “going there.” Dede didn’t respond, so Pazmino says he waited down the street. He testified that he heard the first shot and started running. Pazmino...
  • The Pope prayed at a mosque last weekend – Is this the cool, progressive thing to do?

    12/06/2014 6:04:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Naija - The Internet Newspaper for Young Nigerians ^ | December 2, 2014 | Adedayo Ademuwagun
    Picture the Pope praying in a mosque alongside top Muslim leaders. That’s what happened in Turkey last weekend. Pope Francis was at the Blue Mosque in Instabul on Saturday as part of his three-day visit to the predominantly Muslim country. He also celebrated Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the city. The visit to the mosque is significant as the Pope tries to promote peace and unity between Muslims and Christians. He’s the second Pope to worship at the Blue Mosque. The first was his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who was there in 2006 for a...
  • ISIS In Kobani And Raqqa Facing Huge Losses: Mounting Toll And Injury as Kurds Step Up Offensive

    12/05/2014 9:09:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/05/2014 | Kalyan Kumar
    The ISIS in Kobani is facing severe damage and losses. The Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani has become the theatre of war between the Islamic State radicals, Kurds and the U.S. led allies who are pounding the town with air strikes to retrieve the town. According to a U.K. based monitoring group, the Islamic State fighters have faced severe reverses including hundreds of deaths and injury at the Kobani town, bordering Turkey. Highlighting the rising toll of ISIS cadres, Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 50 militants had been killed in the last couple of days...
  • Pardoned White House Turkey Defects To ISIS

    12/04/2014 5:45:13 PM PST · by xzins · 23 replies
    DuffelBlog ^ | 27 Nov 14 | G-Had
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior U.S. officials are literally calling “fowl” after the Thanksgiving turkey pardoned by President Obama publicly defected to the Middle Eastern terrorist group ISIS. Popcorn the Turkey, now calling himself Babakurn al-Turki, was pardoned from the dinner table only yesterday by President Obama in a public ceremony at the White House. Normally the pardoned bird is sent along with its competitor to live out its remaining days at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill in Leesburg, Virginia. However, U.S. officials have now admitted that al-Turki instead hijacked an Osprey out of Andrews Air Force Base in nearby Maryland and...
  • Putin: Crimea is Russia's Temple Mount

    12/04/2014 12:48:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | December 4, 2014
    The Crimean Peninsula "is of huge importance for the Russian nation, just as the Temple Mountain is for people of Jewish faith," Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday in an attempt to defend Russia' annexation of the formerly Ukrainian region. .... "The west wanted to run Yugoslavian scenario in Russia. Just as Hitler failed to destroy Russia with his misanthropic ideas, everybody should just remember how these things end. Our army crushed the Nazis and liberated Europe," Putin said Continuing with his World War Two analogy, Putin said that there was also a need to cooperate to prevent such large...
  • Thanksgiving Prank - Pregnant Turkey (video)

    12/04/2014 12:57:32 PM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 11-28-2014 | Nerissa Hawkinson
    An old prank but a good one.
  • Putin to push trade in Turkey despite disagreement on Syria

    11/29/2014 11:09:03 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Tulay Karadeniz and Gabriela Baczynska
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey on Monday will have trade and energy issues at its heart, but is not expected to bridge deep differences over Syria and Crimea. The two issues have tested a relationship usually kept on track by mutual economic advantage: Russia is Turkey's main energy supplier, and Ankara is Moscow's second biggest trade partner after Germany. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has strongly criticized Russia's backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And Turkey has strong links with the Muslim Tatar population of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. With Erdogan and Putin set to...
  • Opinion: OPEC is wrong to think it can outlast U.S. on oil prices

    12/03/2014 11:40:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Dec 2, 2014 5:01 a.m. ET | By Tim Mullaney
    Technology is cheaper and West doesn’t use oil to fund a welfare state Give Saudi Arabia credit: Whoever sets oil-production policy for the desert kingdom has guts. Unfortunately, the sheiks have made what’s likely to become a sucker’s bet.You know this part already, but the 12-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries last week declined to cut production, sending Brent crude oil futures tumbling to their cheapest point since 2009. The Saudis appear to be spoiling for a fight, trying to find out exactly how cheap oil must be to force surging U.S. shale-oil production to seize up like an...
  • The Real War on Women

    12/03/2014 11:30:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 3, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    The Real War on WomenPosted By Mark Tapson On December 3, 2014 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 8 Comments It’s been a busy week for the oppression of women under Islam.A day or two before Americans sat down to turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan – President Obama’s best friend in the Middle East, a man who has made it abundantly clear how he feels about moderate Islam and who has warned that women shouldn’t laugh in public – further endeared himself to feminists everywhere at a summit hosted by an Istanbul-based women’s group...
  • Islamic State Meets Its Match in Christian Militia at an Iraqi Town

    11/30/2014 2:25:04 PM PST · by Cronos · 20 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 13 Nov 2014 | http://www.ijreview.com/2014/11/202433-isis-christian-clash-443/
    A Christian militia has reclaimed a village in northern Iraq from ISIS terrorists. USA Today reported on the story of a group of Christian fighters driving ISIS insurgents from the town of Bakufa. The inhabitants of the predominantly Christian Bakufa formed a village militia, after fighting side-by-side with Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to push ISIS from their hamlet. The freshly recruited militia might be short on combat experience, but that’s not worrying them. As one of their members says: In my opinion, faith is greater than military experience. Where the black banner of ISIS once stood, the flag of the...
  • Four young Christians beheaded in Iraq, Turkey's PM tells pope Islamophbia to blame for ISIS

    12/02/2014 1:04:20 PM PST · by Fali_G · 37 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 12/02/14 | Lisa Daftari
    Pope Francis traveled on his first trip to Turkey over the weekend attempting to reach out to the Muslim community, warning that the Islamic State is a major threat to Christians in the Middle East and calling on moderate Muslims to join in constructive dialogue and solidarity with the rest of the world. Instead, Turkish President Recept Tayyp Erdogan, who had a message of his own for the Pope, greeted him at his $600 million palace and blamed the rise of ISIS and the recent violence in Syria and Iraq, including beheadings, enslavements, and the wholesale ethnic cleansing of the...
  • Catch and release: Two terrorists set free into U.S. by Homeland Security Dept.

    12/02/2014 8:50:26 AM PST · by FR_addict · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/2/2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that his department had to release two men who admitted they were part of a terrorist group from Turkey, after a judge ordered them to be let out — a decision he said he disagreed with. Earlier this year, Mr. Johnson had told Congress that four men who were caught crossing the southern border and who claimed to be part of a Marxist terrorist group would be deported. But Tuesday he told the Homeland Security Committee that two of them remain in U.S. custody, and two others were released into the U.S. and...
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • In Turkey, Pope Francis got a look at Christianity on the margins

    12/01/2014 2:03:21 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | November 30, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope's official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kisses Pope Francis as they embrace during an ecumenical prayer service in the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul Nov. 29. (CNS/Paul Haring) Pope Francis, who...
  • Pope says equating Islam with violence is wrong

    11/30/2014 5:42:21 PM PST · by juliosevero · 57 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Pope says equating Islam with violence is wrong By Julio Severo According to Reuters, Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence is wrong. Pope and Turkish mufti Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that it was wrong for anyone to react to terrorism by being enraged against Islam. Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, caused, according to Reuters, storms of protest throughout the Islamic world in 2006, when he made a speech that suggested Islam espouses violence. Benedict said he had been misunderstood and apologized....
  • As Democratic infighting intensifies, Hagel allies fire back at the White House

    11/30/2014 3:41:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Among Democrats, fighting is breaking out all over. The Senate’s third-ranking Democrat, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is hurling criticisms toward the White House over Barack Obama’s handling of the recession and his myopic and politically ruinous obsession with reforming the nation’s health care system amid that economic downturn.In response, the White House took what Reuters called the “unusual step” of publicly pledging to veto an overdue plan to reform the nation’s tax code which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has been in the process of negotiating with House Republicans. When Obama announced his intention to extend legal status to...
  • Egyptian Feminist Poops, Menstruates on Islamic State Flag [graphic image at link]

    08/25/2014 10:13:25 AM PDT · by grundle · 170 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Mary Chastain
    Egyptian feminist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, 23, challenges the strict nature of Islam on her blog and Facebook pages. She went a step further in her protest against the Islamic State (IS) with a photo of Elmahdy and a veiled woman pooping and menstruating on the black IS flag. Arab nations did not print the photo because the flag states “there is no God but Allah.” Elmahdy did not explain why she took the photo, but she protests Islamic laws, and IS implements strict Sharia Law. Women must wear full veils and not leave the house without a male relative. The...
  • Pope Francis: Mahmoud Abbas is a “Man of Peace”

    05/27/2014 10:13:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/27/2014 | Robert Spen
    AP reported Sunday that “Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts ‘unacceptable.’”Not only that, but “Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the ‘state of Palestine.’ In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the ‘state of Palestine,’ and his Bethlehem office as the ‘presidential palace.’ He pointedly called Abbas a ‘man of peace.’”This is not really all that surprising. After all,...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • POPE FRANCIS, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY.

    12/30/2013 9:01:23 PM PST · by Dqban22 · 4 replies
    CHIESA ^ | December 30, 2013 | SANDRO MAGISTER
    POPE FRANCIS, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY. WHERE DIALOGUE STUMBLES http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350689?eng=y In "Evangelii Gaudium," Pope Francis dictates the rules for the relationship with Muslims. The Jesuit Islamologist Samir Khalil Samir examines them one by one. And he criticizes their limitations by Sandro Magister ROME, ChiesaNews, December 30, 2013 – In the Christmas message "urbi et orbi," Pope Francis lifted up this prayer: "Lord of life, protect all who are persecuted for your name." And at the Angelus for the feast of Saint Stephen, the first of the martyrs, he again prayed “for the Christians who undergo discrimination because of witness rendered to...
  • Update: Pope Francis and One-World Religion [Pope Picked to Lead One-World Church]

    11/20/2014 8:57:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/11/14 | Cornelia R. Ferreira
    Isn’t it extraordinary how something long in existence can be suddenly re-proposed as a brilliant new idea? Politicians and educators, hoping we have memory problems, often do this to fool us into thinking they are working hard to improve a situation. Another audacious example of this strategy was recently provided by the Holy See’s support of a proposal for a “United Religions”. The proposal came from former Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres. At a private audience with Pope Francis this September 4th, Peres “proposed the founding of a United Religions organization — modelled after the United Nations...
  • Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

    08/30/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Phil Lawler
    Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam By Phil Lawler | Aug 29, 2014 Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions. On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists kill innocent Christians, intemperate voices suggest that we should kill innocent Muslims. Then we, too, would be terrorists. I trust that rational readers recognize the problem here.But at the other extreme is another irrational urge: the desire to overlook the violence, an inclination toward the mawkish hope that we might “just all be friends.”...
  • Holy See’s statement to cowardly terrorists, calls out mullahs, imams (Fr. Z)

    08/13/2014 2:44:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 12 August 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    [Fr. Z's comments in brackets and italics.]Bolded sections are from the document, Fr. Z's emphasis.The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released a statement about the wave of terror washing across Syria and Iraq. The statement was in French. HERE Here is an English translation: The whole world has witnessed with incredulity what is now called the “Restoration of the Caliphate,” which had been abolished on October 29,1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Opposition to this “restoration” by the majority of religious institutions and Muslim politicians has not prevented the “Islamic State” jihadists from committing and continuing to commit...
  • Vatican Denounces Islamic Caliphate Crimes

    08/12/2014 2:52:18 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 8 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 12 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The Vatican denounced the crimes of the Islamic Caliphate, with a strongly-worded Declaration by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. This is the text of the Declaration on the jihadist violence in Iraq, issued on 12 August 2014, translated from the Italian from the Vatican News website: The whole world has witnessed in shock what is now called the "restoration of the Caliphate," which had been abolished on 29 October 1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. That this "restoration" is contested by the the majority of Muslim religious and political institutions has not prevented the "Islamic State"...
  • Pontifical Council speaks out against terror in name of religion

    08/12/2014 4:46:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 8/12/2014
    The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a statement deploring the upsurge in violence in Iraq, calling on religious leaders, those involved in interfaith dialogue and on all men and women of good will, to unequivocally condemn terror in the name of religion. The Council also calls on religious leaders “to exercise their influence with the authorities to end these crimes, to punish those who commit them and to reestablish the rule of law throughout the land, ensuring the return home of those who have been displaced."Below please find the English translation of the original French text:The whole world...