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  • Greece votes No: The European Union is dying before our eyes

    07/06/2015 7:11:47 AM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 6th, 2015 | By Nigel Farage
    Despite the scaremongering and bullying from those in Brussels, we are waking today with Greece having delivered a resounding No. That comes despite EU bosses saying that it would mean a Greek exit from the Euro, not to mention the heavy economic pressure placed on the Greek people to go along with the wishes of Brussels. It is a crushing defeat for those Eurocrats who believe that you can simply bulldoze public opinion. Chief bully-boy Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and other supposed leaders of the European Union did their best to terrify the Greek people into submitting...
  • It's All Greek To Me

    07/06/2015 5:16:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Rich Galen
    Let me say, at the outset, that I am so far out of my depth in this issue that if I look up all I see is a sea of numbers. If I were you I would roll my eyes, sigh loudly, hit the DELETE key, and return to a close examination of this morning's postings by your Facebook friends. If you're still with me, hang on. Voters in Greece, yesterday, rejected an austerity program that would have allowed the European Central Bank (the European Union's Fed) to lend money to Greek banks so they would have enough Euros to...
  • Yanis Varoufakis Resigns as Finance Minister of Greece After Vote

    07/06/2015 4:49:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/06/2015 | By LIZ ALDERMAN and JACK EWING
    ATHENS ó Greeceís combative finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who took a strong stand in demanding that creditors write off some of his countryís debts, abruptly resigned on Monday morning. Mr. Varoufakis had played a central role in rallying votes for a resounding no on a referendum on Sunday that asked Greeks whether they were willing to accept an arrangement with creditors that would require considerable further austerity, such as pension cuts. Mr. Varoufakis had threatened last week to resign in the event of a yes vote, and his decision to step down after he and his allies prevailed in the...
  • SOCIALISMíS GREEK STARING CONTEST

    07/06/2015 4:03:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Greeks gambled in their referendum that European elites were more committed to their ideological obsession with integrating Europe than with mere economics. Stand up to a bunch of corrupt Greek civil servants and Europe risks going back to the bad old days of nation states and independent economies. It is likely that their bet will pay off.
  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns after 'no' vote against bailout

    07/06/2015 3:20:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/06/15
    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned from his post Monday after Greek citizens voted to reject further austerity measures the day prior, the Associated Press reported. Varoufakis said he was told shortly after the voters rejected Sunday's referendum regarding demands by international creditors to impose further austerity measures in exchange for a bailout package for its bankrupt economy, that the other eurozone finance ministers and Greece's other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers' meetings. Varoufakis issued an announcement saying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had judged that Varoufakis' resignation "might help achieve a deal" and that he was leaving...
  • Some White House Republican hopefuls want curbs on legal immigration [Walker, Santorum]

    07/06/2015 2:38:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 6, 2015 | Andy Sullivan, editing by Ross Colvin
    Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans' job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States. The notion, absent from presidential politics for at least 20 years, could help them tap into the frustrations of working-class voters who have struggled with stagnant wages and reduced job opportunities since the economic crisis of 2007-2009. It could also complicate prospects for a comprehensive fix to the nation's outdated immigration system and tar the Republican Party as anti-immigrant at a time when it needs to broaden its support base of Hispanics...
  • Puerto Rico Shows Greece Needs Ä50 Billion A Year: And Would Still Fail Even Then

    07/06/2015 12:21:37 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/05/2015 | Tim Worstall
    Itís true, as Paul Krugman says, that Greece and Puerto Rico are not in exactly the same position. PR is bust to some extent, yes, but itís not in the middle of a catastrophe, as Greece is. However, there is also a similarity in their situations, one thatís extremely instructive. Theyíre both suffering from being in a monetary policy zone, a currency zone, that isnít really suitable for their circumstances. One of the two is in a fiscal policy union as well as that monetary union, the other is not. And itís long been agreed that if youíre to have...
  • Living here [UK] on £50,000 benefits, the hate preacher who inspired Tunisian beach killer

    07/06/2015 7:25:47 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 05 July 2015 | Paul Bentley
    A leader of the terror group behind the Tunisian beach massacre is living off benefits in Britain, the Mail can reveal. Jihadi preacher Hani al-Sibai Ė who described the 7/7 terror attacks in London in 2005 as a Ďgreat victoryí Ė is one of the Ďkey influencersí of the Islamic fanatics believed to have recruited and trained gunman Seifeddine Rezgui. But he is living on £50,000 a year in handouts with his wife and five children in a £1 million house in West London, after using human rights laws to thwart attempts to deport him for more than 15 years.
  • Greece votes No: The European Union is dying before our eyes

    07/06/2015 4:44:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nigel Farage
    Despite the scaremongering and bullying from those in Brussels, we are waking today with Greece having delivered a resounding No. That comes despite EU bosses saying that it would mean a Greek exit from the Euro, not to mention the heavy economic pressure placed on the Greek people to go along with the wishes of Brussels. It is a crushing defeat for those Eurocrats who believe that you can simply bulldoze public opinion. Chief bully-boy Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and other supposed leaders of the European Union did their best to terrify the Greek people into submitting...
  • The Forgotten Flag of the American Revolution and What It Means

    07/06/2015 3:37:38 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 4th July 2015 | Daniel Hannan
    Remembering one of the nationís most important banners ó the Grand Union Flag. We all know the story of American independence, donít we? A rugged frontier people became increasingly tired of being ruled by a distant elite. A group calling themselves Patriots were especially unhappy about being taxed by a parliament in which they were unrepresented. When, in 1775, British Redcoats tried to repress them, a famous Patriot called Paul Revere rode through the night across eastern Massachusetts, crying ďThe British are coming!Ē The shots that were fired the next day began a war for independence which culminated the following...
  • [ From July 23, 2012 ] IS THERE ANY POINT IN THE ROYAL FAMILY? (In UK)

    07/05/2015 10:33:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    Joeybarton.com ^ | July 23, 2012
    Does Britain still need the Royal Family? All in favour Ė say aye Letís start with the simple numbers; the Royal wedding cost approximately £20m and it is calculated to have generated £1bn for the economy. Now Iím no financial guru, but according to my calculations, thatís a hefty profit. God knows what the Jubilee did. OK, so weíve established the wedding may have helped our struggling economy, but how else do we benefit from royalty? Aside from the millions of pounds earned from tourists visiting their endless estates and fancy buildings, the Royal Family are highly respected worldwide, they...
  • Defiant Greeks reject EU demands as Syriza readies IOU currency

    07/05/2015 9:10:39 PM PDT · by catnipman · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/5/15 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    "If necessary, we will issue parallel liquidity and California-style IOU's, in an electronic form. We should have done it a week ago," said Yanis Varoufakis, the finance minister. ... Syriza sources say the Greek ministry of finance is examining options to take direct control of the banking system ... They want a new team installed, one that is willing to draw on the central bank's secret reserves, and to take the provocative step in extremis of creating euros. "We have to restore stability to the system, with or without the help of the ECB. We have the capacity to print...
  • Did China's Stock Market Crash Just End Economic Reform?

    07/05/2015 6:43:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    forbes ^ | 7/05/2015 @ 9:59AM
    The beauty of markets is that they have a mind of their own. For the Chinese government, this has been a tough pill to swallow. Try as it might, the Chinese government was unable to arrest the decline in the domestic stock market last week. The central bank cut benchmark interest rates and the amount of money banks must keep with it on reserve. A government investment vehicle made it known that it was buying ETFs. The securities regulator eased regulations on margin trading and the Stock Exchange cut transaction fees. Despite this, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index declined 12%...
  • Oil prices tumble after Greek no vote to bailout, China stock market turmoil

    07/05/2015 6:55:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 5, 2015 | Aaron Sheldrick and Henning Gloystein
    Oil prices fell sharply in early trading on Monday after Greece rejected austerity measures demanded in return for bailout money and as China rolled out an unprecedented series of steps over the weekend to prevent a full-blown stock market crash. In a referendum on Sunday, Greeks overwhelmingly rejected austerity measures demanded in return for bailout money, putting in doubt its continued place in the single currency and pulling down the euro EUR= in early trading on Monday. In China, stock markets face a make-or-break week after officials rolled out a series of measures to prevent a full-blown stock market crash...
  • Futures sharply lower; live CNBC coverage tonight at 8pm ET

    07/05/2015 4:21:18 PM PDT · by John W · 90 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Everett Rosenfeld & Ben Berkowitz
    U.S. futures are sharply lower after the Greek vote, and CNBC will have live coverage of the aftermath tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The Greek people voted resoundingly on Sunday to reject proposals from their European creditors. S&P 500 futures fell 1.5 percent in early trading after 6 p.m. ET (2200 GMT).
  • Quartet of crises threatens Europe's core

    07/05/2015 2:57:24 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 8 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 4-5-2015 | Paul Taylor
    The EU's unity, solidarity and international standing are at risk from Greece's debt, Russia's role in Ukraine, Britain's attempt to change its relationship with the bloc, and Mediterranean migration.
  • If you like the Greek debt crisis, you'll love the Puerto Rico meltdown

    06/29/2015 6:43:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/29/2015 | Rick Moran
    The governor of Puerto Rico told the New York Times that the island cannot pay back it's $72 billion debt and will seek permission from its creditors†to defer payments. The news precedes an address by Governor†Alejandro Garcia to the Puerto Rican legislature, where he will unveil a budget that cuts about $670 million from a $9.8 billion budget, while setting aside another $1.5 billion to pay the debt. Fox News: Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's spokesman, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, confirmed that the island's government is seeking to defer payments while negotiating with creditors. He confirmed comments by Garcia that appeared...
  • Global markets slide on Greek crisis fears

    06/29/2015 4:26:42 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Kalyeena Makortoff
    The deepening Greek crisis hit global markets on Monday, as the country imposed capital controls ahead of a national referendum on creditors' bailout conditions. Uncertainty surrounding the country's economic future dragging equity markets lower. European markets were trading sharply lower, with the pan-European Stoxx 600 (^STOXX) falling around 2.4 percent in morning trade. Both Germany's DAX (^GDAXI) and France's CAC (Euronext Paris: .FCHI) fell nearly 3.5 percent. U.S. futures also indicated a lower open, with the Nasdaq (^NDX), S&P (^GSPC) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow Jones Global Indexes: .DJI) all seen opening down over 1 percent. Greece's main stock...
  • Greek crisis: deal unravels both sides reject reform measures

    06/24/2015 6:12:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/24/15
    Grexident looming? Tsipras hits back at creditors who reject plan ahead of third Eurogroup meeting in less than a week
  • Greece enters uncharted territory after referendum 'no' vote

    07/05/2015 3:21:49 PM PDT · by familyop · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 5, 2015 | ELENA BECATOROS and DEMETRIS NELLAS
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece lurched into uncharted territory and an uncertain future in Europe's common currency Sunday after voters overwhelmingly rejected demands by international creditors for more austerity measures in exchange for a bailout of its bankrupt economy. Results showed 61 percent voted "no," compared with 38 percent for "yes," with 93 percent of the vote counted. The referendum - Greece's first in more than four decades - came amid severe restrictions on financial transactions in the country, imposed last week to stem a bank run that accelerated after the vote was called.
  • Greek referendum results live: 'No' vote to Europe's bail-out terms as Greeks choose to deal

    07/05/2015 12:53:32 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 90 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7/5/2015 | Mehreen Khan
    Greek referendum results live: No vote to eurozone bail-out deal leads by 60 per cent. After 20pc of the vote is counted, Greeks look to have voted 'No' with a 60pc majority against Europe's bail-out conditions
  • Greeks cannot tap cash in safe deposit boxes under capital controls

    07/05/2015 12:55:50 PM PDT · by catnipman · 82 replies
    rooters ^ | 7/5/15 | staff
    Greeks cannot withdraw cash left in safe deposit boxes at Greek banks as long as capital restrictions remain in place, a deputy finance minister told Greek television on Sunday. ...
  • The Economist Calls Victory For "No" Camp: Sees 60% Voting "Oxi"

    07/05/2015 10:33:29 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/05/15 | Tyler Durden
    Can't wait 4 more hours until the first official results from the Greek referendum trickle in? The "Intelligence Unit" of the Economist Group, part-owned by the Rothschild banking family, has already called it and the "Oxis" have it by a wide margin.
  • Greek Referendum Polls Close: "No" Seen Ahead By Most With Over 51% Of The Vote

    07/05/2015 9:16:11 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 110 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | 07.05.15
    At 7pm local time the Referendum polls closed. Here is what the early exit polls predict: A poll by GPO on Mega TV gave 51.5% in favor of ďnoĒ and 48.5% in for ďyesĒ Metron Analysis on Antenna TV showed ďnoĒ leading with 49% vs 46% for ďyesĒ MRB on Star TV showed ďnoĒ leading with 49%-54% vs 46%-51% for ďyesĒ Marc opinion poll for Alpha TV shows ďnoĒ ahead with 49.5%-54.5% vs 45.5%-50.5%
  • Syrizaís historic win puts Greece on collision course with Europe

    07/05/2015 12:03:53 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 23 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | How Greece made history in a day - video Ian Traynor
    ďThereís a sense that these populist movements are led by people who didnít go to university with [the leaders] and that if you ignore them they will go away. Theyíve been ignored and patronised,Ē said a senior EU policymaker in Brussels. ďThe underlying causes are economic. We want a Europe that is delivering tangible benefits to citizens. Thatís not what it feels like at the moment.Ē
  • Early Returns Show Greeks Reject Terms of E.U. Bailout

    07/05/2015 12:11:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sunday, July 5, 2015 | Suzanne Daley
    "I voted with my heart and also my mind," said Marie Triadafillou, who works in transportation logistics and voted yes. "I believe when you are in a union you cannot leave. We say in our country if the sheep leaves the flock it cannot live." ...Martin Schulz, the head of the European Parliament, who had offered at one point to come to Greece to campaign for a yes vote, said on Sunday that Greece would need to prepare to operate without the euro and with a parallel currency if there was a no vote on Sunday. While Greece would remain...
  • Greeks canít use iTunes, the App Store, PayPal and more thanks to the financial crisis

    07/05/2015 8:52:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 07/04/15 | Mic Wright
    Greece has a lot of problems right now as a result of the debt crisis, but one that you might not have immediately anticipated is that online services that require credit or debit payments to a foreign company are broken. As BuzzFeed reports, the Greek governmentís imposition of capital controls Ė which restrict citizensí ability to take money out of the country Ė following its failure to make debt repayment, also mean they canít buy a Ä0.99 song from iTunes or grab new apps. Of course, itís not the biggest issue faced by the country, but it is another source...
  • Panic Sets in Among Hardy Hedge Fund Investors Remaining in Greece

    07/05/2015 7:30:40 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 28 June 2015 | Landon Thomas Jr.
    For investors around the world looking at Greece, there was but one question Sunday: What is going to happen when the markets open? On Sunday night, the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, said in a televised address that Greeceís banks and stock market would be closed on Monday, as Athens tries to avert a financial collapse. But the question of what happens when the markets do open is particularly acute for the hedge fund investors ó including luminaries like David Einhorn and John Paulson ó who have collectively poured more than 10 billion euros, or $11 billion, into Greek government bonds,...
  • Fears major bank is 'hours from collapse' as millions vote on Greeceís financial future

    07/05/2015 5:44:45 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 59 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 7-5-15 | Lydia Willgress
    (Title edited due to lemgth) Fears the central bank of Greece will collapse following today's referendum are rising as voters flocked to the polls to decide on their country's future. [snip] Officials are set to ask the European Central Bank (ECB) for emergency cash in a bid to stave off financial ruin following tonight's result, it has been reported. [snip] It comes as some sources also suggested ATMs will not open this evening in a bid to save money after EU leaders threatened to withdraw the euro in the event of a 'No' vote.
  • Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia: my visit to Israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity

    07/05/2015 7:35:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    AWD News ^ | July 2, 2015 | unattributed
    The Saudi multi-millionaire media tycoon, prince Talal Bin Waleed, has urged all Arab nations to give up their acrimonious stance toward the Jewish nation and instead continue to strive for a more peaceful, prosperous and homogenous Middle-East. The controversial Saudi prince Talal has openly declared his intention to embark a seven-day pilgrimage to Holy Land and pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque -- the third holiest site in Islam located in the Old City of Jerusalem -- reported Okaz, the Arabic Saudi Arabian daily on Thursday. "All my Muslim brothers and sisters must understand that it became a moral imperative for all...
  • PETER HITCHENS: The best way to tackle terror? Keep calm and carry on quietly

    07/05/2015 6:58:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | 7/4/2015 | Peter Hitchens
    Politicians react to terrorism much as parents might respond when their lisping tiny offspring come home from sex-ed classes and ask them to explain what lesbians do. They panic. They have no idea what to say and they are terrified of committing themselves, righly suspecting that their answers will be stored up and embarrassingly remembered... But they have to pretend to know..... I have watched this for years... But last week they outdid themselves, churning out gallons of swirling hogwash. The most ridiculous of all was (as usual) the comically unqualified Education Secretary Nicky Morgan......... . How could teachers spot...
  • What was the question again? Greek voters confused by baffling 74-word referendum conundrum

    07/05/2015 4:03:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/04/15 | Keiligh Baker
    What was the question again? Greek voters confused by baffling 74-word referendum conundrum that demands a simple 'yes' or 'no' to decide country's future Greek voters who are facing a momentous vote tomorrow which may determine the country's future in Europe are confused by the baffling wording on the ballot paper. Nearly 10 million Greek voters will take to the ballot booths on Sunday to vote 'Yes' or 'No' in a referendum asking if they accept more austerity measures in return for bailout funds. But many are baffled by the strange wording of the 74-word question, which asks: 'Should the...
  • The past five days have been worse than all that has gone before (Greece)

    07/04/2015 8:53:39 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 7-1-15 | Iliana Magra
    Sir, Memory. No memory of life before the financial crisis; politics has dominated it ever since. But now I can hardly remember life before Friday night. Fear. I am terrified of tomorrow, all I now see is black. Uncertainty, leading us through our days, every remainder of hope for a brighter future being destroyed by the minute. I look at my three-year-old niece, I envy her ignorance, I envy her age. I am 21 years old and the past few days I feel tired by life. A referendum that supposedly gives me the right to define my future, seems to...
  • Farage on Friday: The EU does NOT care about what is best for Greece

    07/04/2015 7:47:22 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | 7-3-15 | NIGEL FARAGE, MEP
    As my colleague Patrick OíFlynn recently pointed out in the Daily Express, the bullying of Greece by the EU has stepped up a notch. Threats, scaremongering and fear is being put about to keep that country locked within the Euro straightjacket. All those running the EU care about is their project. They care not for the best wishes of the Greek people, but simply for sustaining the economic madhouse they themselves have created. Locked inside the Euro, the Greek people have been long-suffering. Quite simply, the European Union is quite happy to see Greece crucified as long as the shattered...
  • Greek villagers' secret weapon: Grow your own food

    07/04/2015 5:13:57 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    KARITAINA, Greece (AP) ó Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch. Related Stories 1. Pensioners queue outside banks on 1st day of capital control Associated Press 2. Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach Associated Press 3. Greece rattles Europe; Markets close sharply down CNBC 4. The Latest: Moody's downgrades Greece to Caa3 Associated Press 5. Greece says it will consider bank closures and capital controls on Monday Reuters If Greece's financial crisis deepens, as many believe it must, he can...
  • Sugar, flour, rice: panicked Greeks stock up on essentials

    07/04/2015 2:14:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 58 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/4/15 | Pauline Froissart
    Greeks were hoarding cash and food Saturday amid mounting fears the economy could collapse, cracking open their wallets only to stock up on essentials and stripping supermarket shelves in the process. Related Stories Split Greece teeters on the brink with referendum AFP Stakes rise in Greece's bailout referendum AFP Greeks rush to withdraw cash as MPs debate bailout referendum AFP Greece debates referendum amid fears of run on banks AFP Greek banks say have sufficient liquidity until Tuesday AFP Mothers, elderly men and university students were spotted pushing heavily overloaded trolleys or coming out of shops weighed down by bags...
  • The Greeks should vote ďno!Ē

    07/04/2015 10:27:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2015 | Peter Morici
    Sunday, Greeks should vote ‚Äúno‚ÄĚ!Hellenic voters are being asked whether they accept the terms offered by the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund to extend the bailout for Athens‚Äė troubled finances or give Prime Minister Tsipras a mandate to insist on a better deal.Those conditions include more cuts in government supported pensions, higher taxes and labor market reforms other European governments‚Äô are often not inclined to accept in the conduct of their own affairs.Urging a Yes vote, European leaders and their supporters in private institutions claim more austerity would reinvigorate the Greek economy and permit Greeks to...
  • 100,000 Muslims In Uk Living In Taxpayer Subsidized Polygamy

    07/04/2015 5:32:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/04/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    We still don't know the full US total, but it's increasing every year with Muslim immigration. The methodology is simple and financially devastating. Ahmed imports Wife No. 2, passes her off as a cousin or niece, she gets pregnant, is on the books as a single mother, collects every benefit there is, meanwhile she's bringing along every family member. The men import their own wives and the cycle continues. The UK sees this trend being very high among young Muslims and estimates a large number of Muslim polygamous marriages. ďAs many as 100,000 couples are living in such marriages,...
  • First Naval Battle of the American Revolutionary WarÖ

    07/04/2015 2:05:26 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Maritmetv.com ^ | July 4, 2015
    Before July 4th, 1776, letís remember Captain Jeremiah OíBrien (1744Ė1818) commanded the sloop Unity when on June 12, 1775 she captured the British armed schooner HMS Margaretta in the Battle of Machias, the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War. Under the command of Jeremiah OíBrien, thirty-one townsmen sailed aboard Unity armed with guns, swords, axes, and pitch forks and captured Margaretta in an hour-long battle. This battle is often considered the first time British colors were struck to those of the United States, even though the Continental Navy did not exist at the time. The United States Merchant...
  • Isil stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Does David Cameron not realise this?

    07/04/2015 10:50:07 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 9 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 2 July 2015 18:09Nick Cohen | Nick Cohen
    p It is very easy to make David Cameron and the Scottish National Party look ridiculous. But as every soldier and journalist knows, just because a target is easy doesnít mean you shouldnít hit it. The attempt by supposedly respectable politicians to use trickery and outright lies to rebrand Islamic State as a state that has nothing to with Islam is too good to miss. David Cameron kicked off this week when he shouted at the BBC for calling Islamic State ĎIslamic Stateí. Yesterday at Prime Ministerís Questions he was at it again. Islamic State should not be called ĎIslamic...
  • Bogus gun control successes: U.K. edition

    07/04/2015 8:28:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/4/2015 | Matt Palumbo
    Back when he was still on the air, I would often perform an act of charity in doubling Piers Morganís ratings by tuning in to his show. When the topic of gun control would come up, and it did often, there was one argument that Piers would often bring up: that America has lax gun laws and plenty of gun homicides, while England and Wales have strong gun control and very few gun homicides. The argument at face value appears to have some validity Ė the U.S. has around 8,000 gun-related homicides, while England and Wales have about 60 combined.
  • Why anyone who compares Puerto Rico to Greece is wrong

    07/04/2015 6:36:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/04/2015 | By Matt O'Brien
    Its economy has been shrinking for years, its debts have been piling up for even longer, and its government has finally admitted that even brutal tax hikes and spending cuts wouldn't be enough for it to pay back everything it owes. I'm talking, of course, about Puerto Rico. Its governor, Alejandro GarcŪa Padilla, admitted to the New York Times on Sunday that the island is going to have restructure its $72 billion in debt that is "not payable." Now, if it sounds like you've been hearing some variation of this story for years now, it's because you haveójust about Greece....
  • A whole island pretending to be blind...: New book reveals how Greeks cheated THEMSELVES into ruin

    07/03/2015 8:10:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 110 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 3 July 2015 | Flora Drury For Mailonline
    Greece in teetering on the brink of ruin - and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the pensioners crying in the street and the mothers facing empty supermarket shelves. Yet those reading a new book may find themselves feeling a little less compassionate towards the Greeks. It reveals an eye-popping catalogue of benefits scams and tax avoidance schemes that have robbed the public purse. James Angelos' The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins lays bare the corruption which filtered through all levels of society - from the islanders who pretended to be blind, to the families...
  • Greek minister says Europe won't let Athens go under (Austerity measures="terrorizing")

    07/04/2015 5:42:33 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greeceís finance minister accused creditors of trying to "terrorize" Greeks into accepting austerity, warning Europe stood to lose as much as Athens if the country is forced from the euro after a referendum on Sunday on bailout terms.
  • In defence of the F-35: Why future air combat will be different

    07/03/2015 8:55:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Alan Tovey
    Air combat is advancing at such a pace and about to head in a new direction that reports of a hi-tech F-35 fighter ďlosingĒ a simulated dogfight to a 1970s-design F-16 are irrelevant to the new stealth jetís future, according to an ex-RAF group captain. The advanced systems and sensors aboard the F-35 mean its pilots will fly and fight in a new way, and the jet should not be measured using the same standards as older fighters, according to Andrew Linstead, who spent 27 years in the RAF flying in Tornados. His comments came after a test pilotís report...
  • Here's how many planes the Royal Air Force has available to fight Isil

    07/03/2015 8:42:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Asa Bennett
    Britain could soon be launching air strikes against Isil in Syria within months. But as the defence budget won't be spared from the government's spending cuts drive, how easily could the RAF handle making this extra intervention? Using official figures, compiled by the Royal United Services Institute, we get a sense of how many planes Britain's air force has available to be called in for action at short notice. Some planes may not be immediately available for action though, being tied up in other engagements, or in other cases being repaired and upgraded. Here's how these planes break down in...
  • Greek banks prepare plan to raid deposits to avert collapse

    07/03/2015 5:53:34 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 85 replies
    FT.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Kerin Hope
    Greek banks are preparing contingency plans for a possible ďbail-inĒ of depositors amid fears the country is heading for financial collapse, bankers and businesspeople with knowledge of the measures said on Friday. The plans, which call for a ďhaircutĒ of at least 30 per cent on deposits above Ä8,000, sketch out an increasingly likely scenario for at least one bank, the sources said.
  • Nicholas Winton, Rescuer of 669 Children From Holocaust, Dies at 106

    07/03/2015 1:25:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 1, 2015 | By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Nicholas Winton, a Briton who said nothing for a half-century about his role in organizing the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, a righteous deed like those of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, died on Wednesday in Maidenhead, England. He was 106. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which Mr. Winton was a former president, announced his death on its website. He lived in Maidenhead, west of London. It was only after Mr. Wintonís wife found a scrapbook in the attic of their home in 1988 ó a dusty record of...
  • China State Official Hints Beijing May Bailout Greece

    07/03/2015 6:57:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Monday, after Greek PM Alexis Tsiprasí dramatic referendum call sparked a run on Greek ATMs, grocery stores, and gas stations, we did our part to help ameliorate the situation by sending a subtle message to Athens: Dear Greece, if you want to apply for a loan from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, send an email to: information@aiibank.orgó zerohedge (@zerohedge) June 28, 2015 Indeed, now may be an opportune time to tap Beijing for a few billion given that China officially launched the AIIB this week.†As a reminder, the success of Chinaís AIIB membership drive was a political disaster...
  • UK: ĎSex Groomedí Children Preferable to Backlash Against ĎMulticulturalismí

    07/03/2015 12:56:44 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 27 replies
    Human Events ^ | Friday Jul 3, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Not only do recent revelations concerning the endemic sexual grooming of British girls by Muslim men demonstrate how crippling political correctness is, but they show how political correctness complements the most abusive elements of Islamic law, or Sharia. According to a June 24 report by the Birmingham Mail, as far back as March 2010, West Midlands Police knew that Muslim grooming gangs ďwere targeting children outside schools across the cityóbut failed to make the threat public.Ē