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  • State Dept Official Attends OIC Meeting on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website

    11/23/2012 8:25:47 PM PST · by thouworm · 30 replies
    PJMedia ^ | Nov 18, 2012 | Patrick Poole
    State Dept. Official to Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website, Screenshot Added, Cover-Up Begins byPatrick PooleBio November 18, 2012 - 11:18 pm UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last long. Earlier this morning before I posted this item the OIC press release noted that U.S. Consul General in Jeddah Anne Casper would be attending the OIC’s meeting: The Session will be attended by Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the OIC Secretary General. It will be chaired by Ambassador Ahmad Taib , Director General of the Branch of the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Makkah Al-Mukarrammah region. It will...
  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 7 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • America as the Protector of Putin, Assad, and Khamenei

    11/27/2013 8:12:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/2013 | Shoshana Bryen
    When protests broke out in Syria in late 2011, Russia hoped for a short, nasty war as a matter of Russian national interest -- just enough to put the Muslim Brotherhood and assorted Sunnis in their place. Violence from its own Sunni Muslim population has plagued Russia for decades. Saudi Arabia took over the defeated nationalist Chechen rebellion in the late 1990s, infusing it with money and Islamist overtones, prompting the second Chechen war. More recently, there has been open fighting and rioting in Moscow between Muslims and Slavs. Iran counted on a short war as well -- something to...
  • State Dept. warns Israel not to ‘betray’ US (Marie Harf warns Israel not to reveal details of deal)

    03/02/2015 12:42:55 PM PST · by Dave346 · 59 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2015, 10:29 pm
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says leaks on the Iran nuke talks by Israel would “betray” the US’s trust. “We’ve continuously provided detailed classified briefings to Israeli officials to keep them updated and to provide context for how we are approaching getting to a good deal,” she told reporters in Washington. “Any release of any kind of information like that would, of course, betray that trust.”
  • World View: Reports Indicate Egypt, Italy, Russia Planning Military Action in Libya

    03/02/2015 11:47:56 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/01/2015 | by John J. Xenakis
    This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com •Reports indicate Egypt, Italy, Russia planning military action in Libya •Egypt court declares Hamas to be a terrorist organization •Egypt and Turkey may try to create a ‘Sunni front’ with Saudi Arabia Various unconfirmed reports are emerging indicating that there may be joint international action planned in Libya as early as next week. Egypt is already conducting air strikes against ISIS-linked targets in Derna, close to where Egyptian Coptics were massacred recently,... Al-Jazeera television reports that the Italian navy is getting ready to carry off sophisticated military drills off the coast of Libya as...
  • Turkish Border Closed as Christian Hostages in Syria Spike to 250

    02/26/2015 8:16:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/26/15 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. “There are 200 families who were running away and trying to escape to Turkey, but the border is closed for Syrians. No Syrian can cross into Turkey,” Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo told CNA Feb. 26. Archbishop Hindo oversees the Syrian archdiocese of Hassake, which is located in the Al-Hasakah region of Syria. The region sits between...
  • It’s Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake

    02/24/2015 3:17:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/23/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone? On Thursday, Germany rejected a Greek request for a six-month loan extension. The Germans insisted that the Greek proposal did not require the Greeks to adhere to the austerity restrictions which previous agreements had forced upon them. But Greek voters have already very clearly rejected the status quo, and the new Greek government has stated unequivocally that it will not be bound by the current bailout arrangement. So can Germany and Greece find some sort of compromise that will be acceptable to both of them? It certainly does not help...
  • Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest In Greece Turns Ugly

    02/26/2015 2:41:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
  • 'It's treason!' Greek anger at government u-turn

    02/24/2015 7:45:36 PM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 23 February 2015 | Holly Ellyatt
    European equity markets might be cheering a deal to extend Greece's aid by four months, but many ordinary Greeks feel their government has backtracked from its grand promises to strike out the bailout. Greece's left-wing government, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras, was given a lifeline Friday when the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers reached a deal to extend the country's bailout by four months. Greece is now scrambling to present a list of reform proposals in order to secure the financial lifeline. However some Greek people have accused the new government of back-tracking from election promises that it...
  • Greece Suffers Biggest Bank Run In History: January Deposits Plunge To 2005 Levels

    02/26/2015 7:31:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/26/2015 | Tyler Durden
    One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Greek negotiation and ultimately, bailout extension, was just how panicked was the Greek population and domestic corporations. Recall that as explained previously, the tension boiled down to this: the Troika did everything in its power to accelerate the bank run in order to crush any negotiating leverage Varoufakis may have; Greece on the other hand was desperate to make its cash drain appear far better than rumored. Moments ago the Bank of Greece presented its latest, January, deposit data. And it's a doozy: following a record €12.2 billion monthly outflow, greater...
  • Why the Globalist Wants Assad of Syria Gone [Vanity]

    02/25/2015 11:31:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The reason Assad has been vilified is because Qatar wants a natural gas pipeline to run through the Arabian peninsula, through Jordan, through SYRIA, to Turkey. From Turkey, it can connect with existing pipelines to Europe, in order to supply Europe with natural gas. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-16/mystery-sponsor-weapons-and-money-syrian-rebels-revealed This proposed pipeline would threaten Russia economically, as Russia currently supplies Europe with natural gas. Syria and Russia are allies. Thus, Assad said "No" to the proposed Qatar-Turkey pipeline that would run through Syria. Next thing you know, there's an "uprising" in Syria, and Assad is public enemy number one. And when it became clear...
  • EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

    02/25/2015 6:15:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 8:18 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU’s 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on Wednesday called it “undoubtedly the most ambitious energy project” since the inception of the EU over half a century ago. He believes that improving links across borders in Europe’s energy grid could save businesses and consumers up to €40 billion ($45.4 billion) a year. A more energy-independent Europe will also increase the EU’s political options in eastern Europe. […] “Our...
  • Christian militia takes the war to Islamic State in Syria

    02/24/2015 5:19:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Hassakeh have been involved in fierce fighting with Isil jihadists including Chechens. A Christian militia formed to protect the community as Syria falls apart is fighting its first major battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), attacking across a front in the north-east of the country before being driven back again in a fierce counter-blow. Christian groups said they were checking a report that up to 200 civilians had been kidnapped by Isil jihadists in the fighting and were being held as hostages. A number of fighters from the militia,...
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • IT BEGINS: Turkey INVADES Syria to spark war, bring about new GRAND CALIPHATE

    02/22/2015 6:53:01 PM PST · by Mozilla · 45 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 2/24/15 | The Right Scoop
    We know from leaked recordings in the past year that Turkey has been planning to use the tomb of Suleiman Shah as an excuse to invade Syria in hopes of sparking a war: Turkey’s plan to invade its neighboring country of Syria was uncovered when a secret recording leaked of the highest officials discussing a plan to launch a military aggression on Syria by using the armed terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). … Erdoğan’s government was planning a false flag attack to be executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) against...
  • Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate troops, tomb

    02/22/2015 9:15:24 AM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 2/22/2015 | Susan Fraser
    Hundreds of Turkish troops backed by tanks took part in an overnight operation into neighboring Syria to evacuate dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and remove the remains amid fears the shrine was threatened by Islamic State militants. The mission late Saturday, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stuck for months at the tomb of the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, was the first such major military incursion by Turkey since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said nearly 600 Turkish soldiers on some 100 tanks and armored personnel carriers crossed...
  • Turkey enters Syria to evacuate Suleyman Shah tomb

    02/22/2015 1:10:13 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 2-22-2015 | BBC
    Hundreds of Turkish troops in armoured vehicles have entered into northern Syria and evacuated a historic Ottoman tomb and the soldiers guarding it. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the remains of Suleyman Shah would be moved elsewhere in Syria. He said troops had destroyed the tomb's complex, apparently to prevent it from being used by Islamic State (IS) militants. Turkey considers the shrine be to sovereign territory. Suleyman Shah was grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman empire, Osman the first. SNIP-- The operation began on Saturday at about 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT) and ended on Sunday morning. A...
  • Obama’s Policies Are Part Of A Master Plan To Revive The Grand Muslim Caliphate

    02/21/2015 3:15:01 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | February 21, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Americans are becoming increasingly more suspicious struggling to find rhyme or reason for Obama’s latest Middle East policies. Rudy Giuliani seems to attribute Obama’s policies to be influenced through his affiliations with radical socialists like Frank Marshall Davis. But serious questions will prove that Obama’s policies are not different than a Muslim who supports the revival of the Muslim grand caliphate. Was Obama influenced only by a Marxist-Leninist agenda or did he also not grow up Muslim, having learned how to recite the Muslim call to prayer in the classical Arabic tongue as he clearly admits? Can anyone even deny...
  • Turkey, U.S. sign deal to train, equip Islamists against Syria

    02/20/2015 4:17:14 PM PST · by juliosevero · 30 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Turkey, U.S. sign deal to train, equip Islamists against Syria By Julio Severo The United States and Turkey signed, according to Reuters, an agreement on Thursday to train and equip Islamists to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey will provide an equal number of trainers to work alongside their American military counterparts, said an official at the U.S. military’s Central Command. Reuters said that the agreement is “to train and equip Syrian moderates to fight the Islamic State.” Yet, the same Reuters report said, “Turkey hopes the training will also bolster the weakened and divided Syrian opposition in their...
  • Greek doubts, Israel’s Sarah Palin, and more

    02/19/2015 8:22:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 18, 2015 | Ellen Clegg
    Check out five opinions trending online, from Google’s black box to Hillary’s men. Voting with their euros: In a proxy no-confidence vote, Greeks are sending their money abroad as creditors try to reach an agreement with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board writes. “Fleeing deposits represent a resounding vote of no confidence in the new government, and no wonder. Mr. Tsipras’s hard-left Syriza party keeps digging in against reforms that would be necessary for Greece to stay in the euro.” Read more. Israel’s Sarah Palin: Writing for the Daily Beast, Ricky Ben-David and Nira Yadin analyze...
  • US Embassy: Turkey and US Sign Deal to Train and Arm Syrian Rebels

    02/19/2015 10:54:02 AM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 2/19/15 | ap
    U.S. Embassy: Turkey and US sign deal to train and arm Syrian rebels.
  • Turkey to go ahead with non-NATO-integrated Chinese missile defence

    02/19/2015 5:23:48 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    <p>ANKARA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Turkey will go ahead with plans to order a $3.4-billion missile defence system from China, Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz said, despite U.S. and NATO concerns over security and compatibility of weaponry.</p>
  • All Bubbles Burst: China's Real Estate Market Crashing, Eurogroup Prepare For Grexit & Default...

    02/18/2015 10:23:39 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 6 replies
    China's Real Estate Market Crashing... Real Estate is the single biggest domestic lending segment in China. Combined with deflation in Iron Ore, Steel, Copper, and other industrial metals China's collateral quality is looking very very shaky compared to loan volume... SNIP While the world's attention is glued to events in Greece, the real action continues to evolve quietly thousands of kilometers east, in China, where the near record surge in new loans remains unable to offset the dramatic slowdown in shadow banking issuance. And while China's bubble-chasing, animal spirits have recently reoriented themselves from real estate to the stock market,...
  • German rapper-turned ISIS extremist who starred in sick beheading video 'was married to FBI agent'

    02/17/2015 12:09:01 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 February 2015 | Jack Crone for MailOnline
    A German rapper-turned ISIS extremist who starred in the group's grisly beheading videos was being spied on for the FBI by a woman he thought was his wife. Denis Cuspert, 39, who now calls himself Abu Talha al-Amani, embraced radical Islam and travelled to Syria to fight with militants before becoming the group's main propagandist. The spy transmitted critical information about the rapper and his ISIS colleagues before escaping to Turkey - where she was arrested and then turned over to the US, according to the German newspaper Bild. The paper said German and American intelligence sources confirmed the existence...
  • Obama Admin. Spokeswoman Says This Is the Key to Defeating Islamic State

    02/17/2015 7:10:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 88 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | february 16, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    The U.S. can’t defeat the Islamic State by “killing them,” State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Monday night. “We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war,” Harf said. Instead, she said the U.S. needs to focus on the “medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups,” such as...
  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

    02/16/2015 10:22:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • A Revisionist Muslim History of America (Greenfield)

    02/16/2015 8:21:36 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 22 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, February 16, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, February 16, 2015 A Revisionist Muslim History of America Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blogTurkish President Erdogan’s claim that Columbus encountered a mosque in Cuba (the explorer actually saw a rock whose shape he compared to the dome of a mosque) and a Saudi Imam claiming that Columbus had sailed to America to attack Muslims are typical of an emerging genre of Muslim revisionist history that lays claim to America based on an imaginary earlier Muslim presence here. While these examples may be laughable, Muslim historical revisionism has taken root in academia. It can be found...
  • Netanyahu: 'Hypocritical' War on Terror Will Fail

    01/14/2015 10:50:34 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/14/2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday met with leaders of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), and spoke about the renewed global awareness of the need to fight Islamist terrorism following last weeks attacks in Paris. "I think the war against terror will not succeed if it’s founded on hypocrisy, and I’ve yet to hear any world leader condemn the comments by (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, not one," said Netanyahu...
  • ISIS: Smuggling, shakedowns, donations feed swelling terror budget ($2 billion with surplus)

    02/16/2015 9:09:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    As the Islamic State seeks to export its brand of barbaric terror to would-be affiliates, the U.S. faces a growing challenge to find the sources of ISIS funding and blunt its flow to allied militants. The terror army's most recent atrocity was the mass beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. It remains unclear how closely tied those militants are to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic State's underground economy continues to thrive. Even as the U.S.-led coalition strikes at what was long the heart of ISIS' revenue stream -- oil fields and refineries -- officials say the...
  • Rand Paul Calls for a Formal Declaration of War Against ISIS

    11/24/2014 6:16:29 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-23-2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    Senator Rand Paul is calling for a declaration of war against the Islamic State, a move that promises to shake up the debate over the military campaign in Iraq and Syria as President Obama prepares to ask Congress to grant him formal authority to use force. Mr. Paul, a likely presidential candidate who has emerged as one of the Republican Party’s most cautious voices on military intervention, offered a very circumscribed definition of war in his proposal, which he outlined in an interview on Saturday. He would, for instance, limit the duration of military action to one year and significantly...
  • Whose Job Is It to Kill ISIS?

    02/06/2015 7:03:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Seeing clips of that 22-minute video of the immolation of the Jordanian pilot, one wonders: Who would be drawn to the cause of these barbarians who perpetrated such an atrocity? While the video might firm up the faith of fanatics, would it not evoke rage and revulsion across the Islamic world? After all, this was a Sunni Muslim, in a cage, being burned alive. As of now, this cruel killing seems to have backfired. Jordan is uniting behind King Abdullah's determination to exact "earth-shattering" retribution. Which raises again the questions: Why did ISIS do it? What did they hope to...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan To Obama: Where’s Outrage About Chapel Hill Shootings? [Obama Bows To Comply!]

    02/14/2015 11:52:58 AM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    Turkey’s Erdogan To Obama: Where’s Outrage About Chapel Hill Shootings? By Adam Taylor February 13 Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the Foreign Ministry in Mexico City on Feb. 12. In the wake of a shooting in Chapel Hill, N.C., that left three young American Muslims dead, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made an unusual public criticism of American domestic policy Thursday, specifically challenging President Obama. "If you stay silent when faced with an incident like this, and don't make a statement, the world will stay silent towards you," Erdoğan said during a state visit to Mexico on Thursday, according...
  • Syrian refugee program called 'back door for jihadists''Barbarians are at the gate,' says...

    02/14/2015 6:13:19 AM PST · by blueyon · 15 replies
    WND ^ | 2/13/15 | Leo Hohmann
    A senior FBI official has admitted the United States is finding it virtually impossible to screen out terrorists that could be hiding among the thousands of Syrian “refugees” heading soon to American cities. The U.S. simply does not have the resources to stop Islamic radicals in Syria from slipping into the country through the State Department’s refugee-resettlement program, said Michael Steinbach, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counter terrorism unit. Separating legitimate refugees from terrorists was difficult enough in Iraq, where the U.S. had a large occupation force. Even then, the U.S. government’s vetting process missed “dozens” of Iraqi jihadists...
  • Turkey rolls back secular education for 'pious generation'

    02/14/2015 12:15:17 AM PST · by D_Idaho · 3 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/13/15 | SUZAN FRASER
    Turkey has long enshrined the secular ideals of founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, particularly in an education system that until recently banned Islamic headscarves in schools and made schoolchildren begin the day reciting an oath of allegiance to Ataturk's legacy. Now proponents of Turkey's secular traditions claim President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking a new path, building a more Islam-focused education system to realize his stated goal of raising "pious generations."
  • Biden: Running away from Obama in 2016 would be ‘mistake’ for Dems

    02/12/2015 9:52:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Democratic presidential candidates in 2016 should embrace President Obama’s economic policies and “run on what we have done” instead of running away from the administration. “In my view, those seeking to lead the nation should protect and defend and run, yes run, on what we’ve done and own what we have done,” Mr. Biden said in a speech in Des Moines, Iowa. “Stand for what we have done. Acknowledge what we have done. And be judged on what we have done, if we have any chance for continued resurgence in 2016.” He added, “Some...
  • Why is Erdogan asking Cuba to let him build a mosque in Havana?

    02/12/2015 5:11:55 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/12/2015 | Reuters
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed to Cuba the construction of a mosque on the Caribbean island during a visit to Havana, pushing ahead with a plan apparently inspired by his belief that Muslims discovered the Americas. After talks with Cuban President Raul Castro, Erdogan said on Wednesday he had sought approval for Turkey to build the place of worship in Havana that would be based on the model of a mosque in the Ortakoy district on the European shore of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul. Erdogan also told reporters the Cuban government had agreed with Saudi Arabia on a...
  • Greek defense minister says Greece has Plan B if EU rigid on deal

    02/10/2015 7:19:10 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/10/2015 | Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis
    Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said that if Greece failed to get a new debt agreement with the euro zone, it could always look elsewhere for help. "What we want is a deal. But if there is no deal - hopefully (there will be) - and if we see that Germany remains rigid and wants to blow apart Europe, then we have the obligation to go to Plan B. Plan B is to get funding from another source," he told Greek television show that ran in to early Tuesday. "It could the United States at best, it could be Russia,...
  • US shipload of weapons, ammunition for Lebanese army worth $25 million lands in Beirut

    02/08/2015 6:33:38 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Star Tribune / AP ^ | 2-8-2015 | BASSEM MROUE
    Ambassador David Hale said the equipment includes more than 70 M198 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery "of all shapes and sizes, including heavy artillery." Islamic extremists have launched several attacks on Lebanese troops over the past months in areas near the Syrian border, killing and wounding scores of troops. The most serious attack occurred in August, when members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and the Islamic State group captured two dozen Lebanese soldiers. They have killed four of them and still hold the rest. Lebanese and American officials attended a handover ceremony Sunday at Beirut's...
  • Cyprus to offer military facilities to Russia: President

    02/08/2015 8:33:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 1-7-2015 | Xinhua
    Cyprus will offer Russia military facilities on its soil, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday. In an interview with a local newspaper, Anastasiades said that a pact strengthening defense relations between the two countries will be signed when he visits Moscow on Feb. 25. "There is an old (defense) agreement which is to be renewed as it is. At the same time, some additional facilities will be provided just like we do with other countries - France and Germany for example," Anastasiades said. Cyprus is currently providing facilities to French planes, such as refueling and maintenance at an air force...
  • Greek Prime Minister: No Change in Relations with Israel

    02/07/2015 7:18:37 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 4 replies
    Israelnationalnews.com (Arutz Sheva) ^ | 2/6/2015, 11:15 PM | Elad Benari
    Greece’s new Prime Minister reportedly assures the Israeli ambassador that Greek-Israeli relations will not change following his election. Greece’s new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has assured the Israeli ambassador to Athens that Greek-Israeli relations will not change following his election, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Friday. According to the report, Tsipras met this week with the Ambassador, Irit Ben-Abba, and made clear to her that his government is determined to combat anti-Semitism in Greece and that it will continue to prosecute the leaders of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. The meeting comes amid concerns among Greek Jews that the election...
  • Jordan planes strike Islamic State after pilot murder

    02/05/2015 6:07:40 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 99 replies
    February 05th 2015 ^ | February 05th 2015 | i24news
    Jordan said Thursday it had launched air strikes against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots. "The Jordanian air force launched raids against positions of the Islamic State group," said a government official, who did not want to be named. Meanwhile the gruesome death of Moaz al-Kasasbeh drew a torrent of condemnation across the world. Hashtags to express grief over Kasasbeh's death have taken over Twitter only hours after the news broke out on Tuesday, Al Arabiya News reported Wednesday.
  • Norfolk speaker criticizes response to Islamic threats (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

    02/04/2015 2:54:56 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 4, 2015 | Philip Walzer
    NORFOLK Ayaan Hirsi Ali stood before a slide of the caged Jordanian pilot about to be set afire by Islamic State group extremists. That, she said at Chrysler Hall on Tuesday night, will be the norm if they are not defeated. "You are going to see people beheaded, their hands and legs cut off, the mass enslavement of women," warned Hirsi Ali, a sharp critic of Muslim leaders and radicals and an advocate of women's rights. "We have had over a long period of time... even before the Reagan administration, so many warning signs that we have ignored," Hirsi Ali...
  • Turkey indicts Dutch reporter over 'terror propaganda'

    02/03/2015 1:15:27 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 03 Feb 2015 | Umut Uras
    A Dutch journalist based in southeastern Turkey has been officially indicted by Turkish prosecutors for spreading "terrorist propaganda" on social media. ... "The document refers to tweets and Facebook posts as well as her weekly column on Diken.com.tr, an independent Turkish news website," she said. The Prosecutor's office charges Geerdink with spreading propaganda for the outlawed armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) group that has been fighting against the Turkish state since mid-1980s. She is facing one to five years in prison. ...
  • 'Turkey's president is not acting like the Queen - he is acting like a sultan'

    02/03/2015 7:44:19 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 02 Feb 2015 | Raziye Akkoc
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he isn't a sultan - rather he wishes to be like the Queen in a constitutional monarchy - but his actions suggest otherwise. He lives in the world's biggest residential palace that cost Ł384 million . ... Erdogan's White Palace .. boasts 1,000 rooms and has a total floor area of 3.1 million square feet. This makes it four times the size of Versailles, home of the lavish Louis XIV, the “Sun King” of France. ... the "quixotic architectural style seems to cross the Ottoman and Seljuk traditions with that of a modern Chinese railway station"....
  • Survey: 20 pct of Turkish public approves of use of violence in name of Islam

    02/03/2015 6:45:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Today's Zaman, Istanbul ^ | February 2, 2015
    A full 20 percent of the Turkish public approves of the use of violence in the name of Islam, though a majority of the public does not approve, a survey conducted in January by the Ankara-based MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center has revealed. MetroPOLL's survey revealed that the majority of Turks believe Charlie Hebdo insulted Prophet Muhammad with its controversial cartoons. Almost 20 percent of the respondents said the magazine's staff deserved to be killed. To a question about the real victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, only 21.7 percent of the people said they were the 12 people...
  • Erdogan Launches Sunni Islamist Revival in Turkish Schools

    02/02/2015 5:42:21 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 16, 2014 | Alexander Christie-Miller
    When Hasan Erol and other parents learned that their children’s school would be converted to specialise in Islamic education, they hit the streets. YeƟilbahar Middle School is among five in Istanbul’s staunchly secular district of Kadıköy to have been earmarked for conversion into imam-hatips, religious schools in which 20% to one-third of hours are dedicated to Sunni Islamic study. “They want to transform this area into something else,” says Erol, whose 13-year-old son goes to the school. “They want to make it more conservative by bringing imam-hatips here.” YeƟilbahar was spared. Authorities relented in the face of protests and a...
  • ( Shia ) Iran Offers to Help African Union Against Boko Haram ( Sunni Moslems )

    02/01/2015 7:22:30 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Feb 2015 | John Hayward
    The absence of strong Western leadership against the Boko Haram terror state has created an opportunity Iran seems ready to exploit. The Premium Times of Nigeria reports that Iran is stepping forward to offer assistance to the African Union against the savage caliphate spilling out of northern Nigeria into Cameroon and menacing the entire region: ... Abdollohian said the activities of the Boko Haram militants and that of Al-Shabaab in the Somalia were similar to that of Al-Qaeda and the ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East. ... Iran was willing to share its experiences on terrorist activities...
  • Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: I want to be like Queen of UK

    02/01/2015 7:47:01 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 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...