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  • Foley Abduction Linked to British Jihadi Kidnapping Ring in London

    08/21/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London. Syrian extremists saw it as a reason to accelerate abductions. American journalist James Foley was captured in Syria in November 2012, just weeks after the British government arrested and charged three British citizens, who were alleged members of a group of foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State, for the kidnapping of two other Western journalists. It remains unclear whether these accused terrorists who later slipped through the fingers of the British legal system were part of the same extremist cell that...
  • Foley executioner said to be member of terrorist ‘Beatles’ trio

    08/21/2014 8:18:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AP and Times of Israel staff ^ | August 21, 2014, 5:41 pm
    A gruesome video released online Tuesday showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley by a man who appears to be a British national has sparked international outrage and is fueling fears about the increasing numbers of foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State. The Guardian newspaper quoted an unidentified former prisoner held in Syria who said that the executioner goes by the name “John” and is an educated and devout radical Islamist who is one of three UK-born IS militants known as “the Beatles.” According to the report, the executioner was from London, and was one of...
  • Net closes on 'Jihadi John' as London pair probed

    08/21/2014 7:36:05 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 23 replies
    The Telegraph (Great Britain) ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Gordon Rayner, Martin Evans, Nicola Harley and Claire Duffin
    NHS doctor from East London may hold the key to identifying the jihadi who beheaded James Foley. An NHS doctor from east London who was previously accused of kidnapping Western journalists in Syria may hold the key to identifying the jihadi who beheaded James Foley, intelligence sources have disclosed. Shajul Islam was arrested and charged with kidnapping a British journalist, John Cantlie, in 2012 but was released after his trial collapsed when Mr Cantlie was unable to give evidence. He had always protested his innocence, saying he went to Syria to use his medical skills to treat victims of the...
  • James Foley's Executioner Is a Known Hostage Negotiator for ISIL

    08/21/2014 1:36:08 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    The Wire ^ | Aug 20 , 2014 | Polly Mosendz
    The tall British executioner was clad in all black and is wearing a facemask, however, sources within Britain are already starting to identify him. He is the allegedly the leader of a group of British ISIL fighters in Syria. He is known, thus far, only as "John." A former hostage of these fighters identified him to The Guardian as the head guard in Raqqa. One of his former hostages described him as "intelligent, educated and a devout believer in radical Islamic teachings." He was born in the United Kingdom.
  • Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

    08/10/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 6, 2014 1:51pm EDT | (Sabine Siebold, Maggie Fick)
    Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilize the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday. […] Egypt, which was not involved in the negotiation of the 2005 agreement, has repeatedly shut the Rafah border over the past year, significantly increasing pressure on Gazans, who already face a rigid land and sea blockade imposed by Israel. […] Egypt wants any discussion over Rafah to take place bilaterally with the Palestinian Authority, rather than as part of any deal between the Palestinians and Israel to...
  • Calais' thousands of migrants waiting, hoping to get to Britain

    08/10/2014 3:36:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 8, 2014 | Harriet Alexander
    1,200 migrants – mainly from Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan, with groups from Somalia, Pakistan and Chad – are now camped out in Calais' forests, hoping one day to cross the Channel to Britain.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) In his 20 years as a lorry driver, Sean Baker, a former soldier, thought he had seen it all. But nothing, he said, compares to the chaos in Calais at the moment. "Just this morning I was filling up my truck with fuel and two migrants jumped in," he said. "I shouted at them and they hopped out. It's mayhem. It happens every hour. "I had one...
  • iran Sanction Revised?

    08/16/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    US Treasury ^ | 7-19-2016 | Valerie Jarret?
    On July 19, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton) and Iran affirmed that they will continue to implement the commitments described in the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and the U.S. government has extended through November 24, 2014, the sanctions relief provided for in the JPOA. This extended relief comes into effect on July 21, 2014. The following documents are key components of the implementation of the JPOA as extended. Guidance Relating to the Provision Of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint...
  • UK troops must help the Kurds, says Iraq War hero Colonel Tim Collins

    08/12/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Steven Swinford, and Peter Foster
    One of Britain’s most respected commanders has compared the massacres in Iraq with genocides carried out by Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot, accusing the Government of failing in its “moral obligation” to intervene. Col Tim Collins, famed for his inspirational speech on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War, said that Britain’s politicians have “left for lunch” as he urged David Cameron to recall Parliament to debate the crisis. He told The Telegraph that ancient civilisations will be “extinguished” unless Britain joins air strikes and provides arms to Kurdish forces, and suggested that troops should be stationed in Iraq to...
  • Petition Seeks to Ban Joan Rivers in Britain Over Gaza

    08/16/2014 9:58:26 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 39 replies
    Autz Sheva ^ | 8-16-14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    Thousands of people have signed a petition to halt American television host Joan Rivers’ upcoming tour in Britain after her remarks about the crisis in Gaza, Al Arabiya reports. According to the report, the petition was created by Dipu Ahad, a Labour councilor from Newcastle, and has been signed by more than 20,000 people so far. The petition urges event organizers to cancel all of Rivers’ upcoming UK tour dates. Rivers made headlines when she said “Palestinians deserve to be dead” after she was approached by a reporter working for U.S. entertainment website TMZ asking her opinion on the crisis...
  • Why the Tories have picked the wrong man to take on Farage

    08/16/2014 8:40:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    New Statesman ^ | August 15, 2014 | George Eaton
    Rather than choosing a former Ukip leader as their candidate in South Thanet, the party should have selected a liberal figure capable of winning tactical votes. With a whimper, rather than a bang, Nigel Farage has confirmed that he is standing for selection as Ukip's candidate in South Thanet. Farage finished fourth when he stood in the Tory-held seat in 2005, and only managed third place when he ran in John Bercow's Buckingham constituency in 2010, but he is right to believe he can improve on both of these performances. A recent Lord Ashcroft poll put Ukip in first place...
  • West faces tough choices if Russia, Ukraine fight

    08/16/2014 7:34:51 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 8/16/2014 | Peter Apps
    If Russia and Ukraine slide into outright war, the United States and allies will face tough choices on how to support a friendly state they have no intention of making a full NATO member. If Moscow ever took any such action against a NATO member, that would inevitably trigger the alliance's Chapter 5 mutual defense clause, essentially committing it to war. Ukraine, however, is not a member and Western officials say is unlikely to become one any time soon.
  • US drones strike Iraq militant mortar team

    08/16/2014 6:08:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 12, 2014 | AFP
    US drones fired on an Islamic extremist mortar position in northern Iraq on Tuesday to protect Kurdish forces battling to rescue a group of Yazidi civilian refugees, the military said. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the region's most powerful Sunni jihadist group, has driven thousands of members of the Yazidi minority from their homes and is besieging the refugees on an exposed mountain. Last week, the United States launched an air campaign to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, bring humanitarian relief to the Yazidis and support Kurdish troops protecting their capital Arbil. "US military...
  • Britain: If hostilities break out in Gaza again, we’re cutting Israel off

    08/12/2014 8:27:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 128 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 12, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Last week, British police reported a disturbing and significant rise in anti-Semitic attacks on local Jews since the start of the latest conflict in Gaza. “Figures seen by the BBC show recorded hate crimes against Jewish people living in London have doubled compared with the same period last year, while police in Manchester said they had seen an increase in anti-Semitic crime over the last month,” the BBC reported. In totally unrelated news, the British government revealed on Tuesday that they are suffering from a terminal case of moral equivalency and are prepared to cut off military aid to Israel...
  • Islamic State Invades Central London and Recruits Jihadists in Oxford Circus

    08/12/2014 4:00:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    IB Times via Yahoo! News ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Gareth Platt
    Supporters of the Islamic State have been attempting to recruit Jihadists in central London by handing out leaflets to Muslims on the capital's busiest streets. The leaflets, distributed told readers that the "Khilafah [Islamic Caliphate] has been re-established" and ordered them to spread it "across the world." Readers were also told that Muslims must "obey the Khaleef according to the Shariah" - a reference to Shariah law, a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam which is propounded by the Islamic State, previously known as Isis.
  • Hezbollah & Iran Flags, Netanyahu Effigies, and Cameron's Head on a Stick: London's Latest Protest

    08/10/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2014 | Raheem Kassam
    LONDON, United Kingdom – Today's anti-Israel protests in London reportedly attracted around 150,000 according to organisers, making the rally the largest since Israel's war against the terrorist group Hamas began over a month ago. The Independent newspaper quotes London's Metropolitan Police in saying that the march from the BBC's studios on Regent Street to Hyde Park "was entirely peaceful and no arrests were made". But photos obtained exclusively by Breitbart London show a dark side of the protests that mainstream media organisations refuse to report. The march, which was attended by Members of Parliament, media commentators and more, also played...
  • To Roger Waters With Love From Israel :)

    08/10/2014 10:07:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/6/14 | talevi9
    A little ditty dedicated to Roger Waters.
  • Poland asks US to import apples banned by Russia

    08/10/2014 5:03:40 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/89/2014 | AFP
    Poland has asked the United States to open its market quickly to Polish apples banned by Russia in a sanctions war over the crisis in Ukraine. Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, said he had met Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, about the steps needed to open up the US market, the Polish press agency PAP reported. "We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," Schnepf was quoted as saying. "He told us to begin the procedure. We have a new meeting planned for August 18 with the heads of...
  • UK aid deliveries in Iraq 'imminent'

    08/10/2014 3:06:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 August 2014 Last updated at 22:31 GMT
    The Royal Air Force (RAF) will start dropping humanitarian aid supplies in northern Iraq "imminently", the foreign secretary has said.Philip Hammond said the aid would help thousands of members of the Yazidi minority, who are trapped on a mountain after fleeing from Islamist militants.Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama discussed the situation over the phone earlier.No 10 said they had agreed "a way must be found... to avert a genocide".The Downing Street spokesman said estimates of the number of those trapped ranged from 50,000 to 150,000.He said there was little information about what supplies they had with...
  • London nun tears down ISIL flag from building

    08/09/2014 4:17:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-9-14 | Kellan Howell
    A nun in east London climbed to the top of a local building and ripped down a flag similar to the one flown by Jihadist militants in Syria and Iraq. IB Times reported Friday that the flag was being flown alongside Palestinian flags and slogans in support of Gaza. Community members issued complaints over the flag with local council members, claiming that it was causing tension within the community. When council members went to take the flag down, they were surprised to find, someone had beat them to it. “The council can confirm that following reports this morning of a...
  • Britain Considers Joining U.S. Iraqi Airstrikes

    08/09/2014 5:17:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-9-2014 | Nick Hallett
    British military chiefs are drawing up plans to help American airstrikes in Iraq, the Times reports. Senior figures are considering sending a spy plane to provide intelligence on ISIS positions, while Royal Air Force aircraft capable of refuelling U.S. fighter jets in mid-air will also be sent. The UK government, which has welcomed American intervention in the fight against ISIS, has also not ruled out conducting its own airstrikes if the humanitarian situation worsens. MPs are also discussing the possibility of using British special forces, who have long experience in the Kurdish region, to offer help in pinpointing targets. Former...
  • Exxon drilling in Russian Arctic shows sanctions on oil lack bite

    08/08/2014 8:16:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | 8-8-2014
    On Saturday, Exxon Mobil starts drilling a $700 million well in the Arctic Ocean, showing that for all the talk of action against Vladimir Putin’s oil industry, the largest U.S. energy company is undeterred. As Russia’s relations with Europe and the U.S. deteriorated to the lowest point since the Cold War over the conflict in Ukraine, the European Union imposed a third round of sanctions last week, restricting the export of equipment used for offshore oil production. That doesn’t affect Exxon’s plans because the contract to hire the rig was signed before the measures were announced. Developing the Arctic is...
  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    07/29/2014 8:33:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 27, 2014 | Dr. Afshine Emrani
    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext). The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community. The publication of an extremely biased one-sided analysis of such a complex situation is outrageous and full of lies. The authors (who deceitfully disclosed no conflict of interest) are members of biased pro-Palestinian groups who are hostile to Israel. And while individuals are definitely entitled to their opinions, hiding behind an MD degree does not entitle one to defame under the pretense of a publication in a...
  • The Poisoned Lancet: The once-respected medical journal harbors anti-Israel extremists.

    08/05/2014 5:22:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/05/2014 | Dennis Prager
    Two weeks ago, the British medical journal Lancet, considered to be one of the world’s leading medical publications, published “An open letter for the people in Gaza.” Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and three from the UK), the letter had virtually nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it was a grotesque attack on Israel. Some excerpts: “We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression.” “Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts.” “We challenge the perversity of a...
  • Prominent Brit medical journal will no longer publish letters from 'Israeli academics'

    08/05/2014 8:22:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/05/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Lancet was once one of the world’s premier medical journals, but it has been captured by anti-Israel extremists, who are now banning letters of rejoinder from Israeli academics.  This is part of an effort to isolate and ultimate strangle Israel through capture of world institutions of information, science, culture, finance, and trade. The general model used is the effort to topple the apartheid regime in South Africa.  But this time around, instead of support for the values of democracy, human equality, human rights, andn tolerance, the activists are supporting a murderous, intolerant, woman- and homosexual-hating regime that seeks to...
  • Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza [he doesn't]

    08/04/2014 1:06:09 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 6 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 4 August 2014 | Jill Reilly
    An Israeli official has called for concentration camps in Gaza and ‘the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters’. Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, posted the inflammatory message on his Facebook page at the weekend. He lays out a detailed plan for the destruction of Gaza - which includes shipping its residents across the world - in a letter he addressed to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The message, which received more than 2,000 likes on his page,...
  • British Muslim Minister Quits over Gaza Policy

    08/05/2014 4:03:33 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/14
    A British minister who was the first Muslim woman to sit in the Cabinet has resigned over the British government's policy on Gaza, she said Tuesday. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a minister at the Foreign Office and minister for faith and communities, wrote on Twitter: "With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza." Warsi's parents were Pakistani immigrants and she was made a member of the House of Lords in 2007. She was appointed to Cameron's Cabinet when his coalition government took power in...
  • Lancet: a Home for Evil's Useful Idiots

    08/05/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Two weeks ago, the British medical journal, Lancet, considered to be one of the world's leading medical publications, published "An open letter for the people in Gaza." Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and three from the United Kingdom), the letter had virtually nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it was a grotesque attack on Israel. Some excerpts: "We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression." "Israel's behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. We challenge the perversity...
  • UK Muslim Cabinet member quits over Gaza policies (Cameron's Conservative Paki Poster Girl gone)

    08/05/2014 10:27:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/5/14 | Danica Kirka - ap
    LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s first female Muslim Cabinet member resigned Tuesday in protest of the British government's policies on Gaza, describing the approach as "morally indefensible" and detrimental to the national interest. Sayeeda Warsi, a Foreign Office minister of Pakistani descent, announced her departure on her Twitter feed. The move apparently took Downing Street off guard, and loaded more pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron, who is under fire by the opposition and members of his own party for his staunch support of Israel.
  • UK Israel Activists Stage 'Siren Flash Mob' in Trafalgar Square

    08/03/2014 2:35:11 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-3-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Activists in the UK found a creative way to raise awareness for the plight of Israelis, holding a "siren flash mob" in London's Trafalgar Square "to show the public what it's like to live under rocket fire." A similar demonstration was held in Vienna last month. Both flash mobs sought to draw attention to how many Israelis have as little as 15 seconds to run to bomb shelters
  • UK Union Leader Backs Pro-Putin Rebels in Ukraine

    08/03/2014 11:12:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | NICK HALLETT
    The chief-of-staff of Britain’s biggest trade union has launched a group supporting pro-Putin separatists in Ukraine. Andrew Murray, who is one of the most powerful figures in the Unite union, spoke at the inaugural meeting of campaign group Solidarity with the Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU), in which he branded the Western-backed Kiev government as "fascist" and derided Prince Charles for comparing Putin to Hitler. The Mail on Sunday reports that Mr Murray, who was introduced as representing the Communist Party of Britain, rather than the Unite union, added: "We have to take a stand here in Britain, which is...
  • Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight

    08/03/2014 3:03:28 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 173 replies
    Mirror.co ^ | Aug 03, 2014 | Rebecca Younger, Andy Lines
    Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick. Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic. The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board. She died in hospital.
  • Kurdistan Declares “Safe Haven” for Christian Refugees

    07/31/2014 1:59:18 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    anglicanink ^ | 27 Jul 2014 | Andrew Boyd
    Kurdistan has declared a safe-haven for Christian refugees, as Islamist militants extinguish the Christian presence in Iraq’s second city, Mosul. According to news reports, every Christian has finally been driven out of the city. Displaced Christians have expressed anger towards the international community for failing to protect them or offer asylum. One priest, who cannot be named, told religious liberty organisation, Release International, that he was furious that Britain ‘offered visas to terrorists’ but refused to grant them to Iraqi Christians. The priest was also dismayed that British jihadis were among the IS fighters. ‘There is no hope, no future....
  • Manipulating the minarets: The government wants to control the mosques

    08/02/2014 3:58:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 2nd, 2014 | unnamed jihadist
    Across the country, many small houses of worship, who appoint their own imams and are often owned and controlled by wealthy families or groups such as Salafists (conservative Muslims who seek to emulate the lives of the Prophet Muhammad’s early followers), have been told to cease activity by the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi... First to be hit were imams and preachers. Those not licensed by the government are banned from preaching. The main qualification for getting a licence is having studied at Al-Azhar mosque, a respected institution for the study of Islamic law. Anyone who defies the order...
  • Bridge connecting Ireland and Britain that could change lives mooted [2013]

    08/02/2014 11:17:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | August 15,2013 | Staff Writers
    The longest sea bridge in the world at 20.2 miles long is the Donghai bridge that links Shanghai to Yangshan in China. A bridge from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland would have to be even longer than that. In 2007, a 21-mile rail bridge was proposed between Galloway, Scotland, to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The idea would have trains running from Dublin, through Belfast, over the sea to Scotland, and then down railways into London... "Four main routes have been proposed. Two run from Scotland to Northern Ireland - Campbeltown to County Antrim, or Stranraer to Belfast. Two...
  • Hamas claims it knows nothing about a kidnapped soldier (Goldin is British-born)

    08/01/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 8/1/14 | Carl in Jerusaem
    I have open the Twitter feed of Gal Berger, Israel Radio's Arab affairs correspondent. The twitter page is in Hebrew (with some occasional Arabic). But the tweets indicate that one Hamas higher-up after another claims not to know anything about a kidnapped IDF soldier. The most definitive tweet is this one. Translation: Moussa Abu Marzuk from Cairo: Even if it turns out that there is a hostage - the negotiations for him will be separate from the Cairo talks on a cease fire. Right.... (Berger is also reporting that the 'Palestinians' will be in Cairo to negotiate tomorrow and...
  • Why I Can’t Forgive The Jews

    08/02/2014 10:08:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 52 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/2/14 | Kevin O'Neil
    I make no apology for this title. The Jews have much to answer for, especially the Jews of Israel – and there’s no letting up. I write from England, this precious stone set in the silver sea, where our forefathers were nourished on the blessed freedoms of a robust paganism. We relished our ever-inventive superstitions and gloried in unbridled passion. We made our choice between 14 gods, worshipped devils, and were in lifelong bondage to an inexorable fate known sinisterly as Wyrd. Standards there were, agreeably low. Sure, hopeless ruffians were we, shackled to a changeless decree of the gods,...
  • Egypt demands return of Rosetta Stone- threatens to pursue its claim "aggressively"

    07/20/2003 5:58:03 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 27 replies · 505+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 21, 2003 | staff writer
    Egypt demands return of ancient Rosetta StoneJuly 21 2003Egypt is demanding that the 2000-year-old Rosetta Stone be returned to Cairo and has threatened to pursue its claim "aggressively" if the British Museum does not agree to give it back. The stone, which became the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, was found by Napoleon's army in 1799 in the Nile delta, but has been in Britain for 200 years. "If the British want to be remembered, if they want to restore their reputation, they should volunteer to return the Rosetta Stone because it is the icon of our Egyptian identity," said...
  • Blind luck helps archer make one-in-a-million Robin Hood shot[Blind Archer]

    03/29/2008 4:12:30 PM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,452+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 27 Mar 2008 | Telegraph
    An archer has achieved a one-in-a-million feat of marksmanship after splitting one arrow with another. What makes the shot even more remarkable is that Tilly Trotter is blind. The 74-year-old grandmother pulled off the shot, known among archers as a "Robin Hood", at a practice session of the Wellington Bowmen in Somerset. Mrs Trotter, who has been an archer for two years at the invitation of granddaughter Charlotte, said: "The second arrow made such a noise going into the back of previous arrow I thought I had hit the ceiling or done some expensive damage. "Then I heard people jumping...
  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 1:12:00 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 49 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 23 July 2014 | Right Scoop Staff
    FULL TITLE: Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT on Israel…//// Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the president today for using a federal agency, the FAA, to launch an economic boycott on Israel in order to force them to comply with his demands. He pointed out that this economic boycott aids Hamas while simultaneously hurting Israel. What Cruz is calling for is the Obama administration to answer the following questions: Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Putin Posied to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal

    07/18/2014 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 7/18/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Now that the U.S.-Russia relationship has broken down, Moscow could throw a wrench into the teetering nuclear negotiations with Iran. The escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, brought to fever by the MH17 airliner disaster, are finally to the point where they threaten to spoil the number one item on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda: the nuclear talks with Iran. The man doing the threatening is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier this week, Putin promised to retaliate against the United States for new sanctions targeting his friends and business associates, as well as large Russian defense, energy, and financial firms....
  • Cameron Warns Putin Over Crash

    07/19/2014 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 19, 2014 | Press Association
    David Cameron has raised the prospect of further sanctions against Russia as the West's relations with Vladimir Putin grew increasingly strained following the apparent shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Moscow separatists. In a sign of a hardening attitude, David Cameron said Europe and the West must "fundamentally change our approach" unless the Russian president alters course. The comments came after a day which saw the Government adopt a tougher approach to Moscow, with Russia's ambassador summoned to the Foreign Office and Philip Hammond claiming Mr Putin was not doing enough to use his influence over the rebels...
  • David Davis MP: It’s time to end the appeasement of Putin

    07/19/2014 2:36:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    conservativehome.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | David Davis
    It always takes a tragedy for the world to wake up to grave threats. The catastrophic attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11 2001 was one such incident. America initiated a period of oversees military adventurism to combat the threat of militant Islamism that reshaped the world. The callous and despicable destruction of Malaysian Airways flight MH17 over Ukrainian airspace could be another pivotal moment in history. For too long Russia has stoked conflict around the world for its own short-term political gains. Now its actions have directly led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people, 80...
  • Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte warns Vladimir Putin of 'last chance' to help recover bodies

    07/19/2014 12:31:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | July 19, 2014
    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says Russia's president has "one last chance" to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The attack on the plane has claimed the lives of 28 Australians and eight permanent Australian residents, who were among the 298 passengers and crew on board. Mr Rutte's comments come amid reports pro-Russian rebels have taken 38 bodies from the site. Minutes after what he described as a "very intense" conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Mr Rutte said: "He has one last chance to show he...
  • Today in London my best friend's wife was assaulted by Muslim anti-Israel demonstrators

    07/16/2014 2:13:48 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://edgar1981.blogspot.co.uk ^ | july 16, 2014 | edgar davidson
    The UK's anti-Israel frenzy knows no bounds. My best friend's wife "Charlotte" (a 5 feet tall 57-year old lady who wants this story publicised but wishes to remain anonymous) was surrounded and assaulted by several Muslim anti-Israel fanatics in the middle of Oxford Street in broad daylight. She was shopping there when the demonstrators came marching down the road shouting "Free Free Palestine and Zionists murderers". The photos she took here are from just before the assault (next bit is an update to the original posting). Charlotte (who is a proud Jew) said: "As they passed by with their disgusting chants I...
  • Thousands in London, Paris, and Oslo protest Israeli strikes in Gaza

    07/12/2014 5:01:37 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | 7/11/2014 | HAARETZ
    Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators turned out on the streets of London, Paris, and Oslo on Friday to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza. Several thousand people crowded the streets outside the Israeli Embassy in west London, waving placards that read "Gaza: End the Siege" and "Freedom for Palestine." The crowds blocked an entire road, and several protesters managed to climb on top of a double-decker bus stuck in traffic, but police said the protest was largely peaceful. Norwegian news website The Local reported that some 3,000 protestors gathered in front of the Norwegian parliament in Oslo...
  • Benefits Britain Star With Hitler and Ku Klux Klan Tattoos Insists: 'I'm Not Racist'

    07/12/2014 1:58:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Mirror ^ | Jul 11, 2014 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    Gordon Higinbotham, who appeared on Channel 5's Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole, says he is afraid to leave his houseIt can be hard to have sympathy for someone with 15 neo-Nazi tattoos on their body. So consider Gordon Higinbotham's plight after he appeared on Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole on Channel 5. He says he is now afraid to leave his house because of death threats and has issued a public apology to the people of Hull. Higinbotham takes exception at people calling him racist because of his Hitler and Ku Klux Klan tattoos, which he was inspired...
  • Christians should marry Muslims to tackle Islamophobia, says peer

    07/12/2014 2:01:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Express ^ | July 8, 2014 | Owen Bennett, Political Reporter
    CHRISTIANS should be encouraged to marry Muslims as a way of tackling Islamophobia, a senior peer claimed today. Lord Scott, a former Supreme Court Judge, cited his own family - in which two of his four children married Muslims - as an example of how interfaith families can thrive. The peer, who sits as a crossbencher in the Lords, made the comments during a debate on how to improve relations between the Muslim community and other faith groups in the UK. He said: “Of my two sons one has become a Muslim and of my two daughters one of those...
  • US Embassy in London Flies Rainbow Flag

    07/11/2014 9:04:49 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 15 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | July 11, 2014 | William Michael
    Can I pose a serious question? At what point does replacing the American flag with the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay/LGBTQ(RSTUVWXYZ) pride from embassies abroad become an impeachable offense in itself? Last time I checked, the official flag of the country was the Stars and Stripes, not the same rainbow that is found on the doors of gay bars downtown. A friend sent me this picture of the U.S. Embassy in London...