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  • Who Would Be The Best Presidential Candidate For Energy Companies?

    02/08/2016 4:02:20 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 08-02-2016 | Oil and Energy
    As the 2016 presidential race starts to heat up it is time to take a look at the remaining serious candidates and what each one might mean for energy policies and energy companies in the U.S. While a lot can happen in the next couple of months, the current leaders for the Republican Party are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. For the Democrats, the race will likely come down to a long brawl between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. As a bonus, it’s also worth looking at what Michael Bloomberg might do for energy if he enters the...
  • <b> Same old, same old with Iran"hostages"</b>

    02/04/2016 12:40:29 AM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 1 replies
    keyvan Salami
    The so-called "Implementation Day" in the nuclear agreement sealed between the international community and Iran had a number of side-effects, with the release of four Iranian-Americans signaling the most important. These four innocent people were swapped for 7 Iranian regime elements held in detention in America. While this made a lot of noise in the United States and raised major criticism against the Obama administration, it is actually nothing new to those familiar with Iran's "hostage industry". The names of these four prisoners released on Saturday are Christian convert Pastor Saeed Abedini, former U.S. marine interpreter Amir Hekmati, Washington...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former President Jimmy Carter Says He's Not Cancer-Free: 'I'm Still Taking Treatments'

    01/25/2016 3:07:03 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 37 replies
    ETOnline ^ | January 25th 2016 | Zach Seemayer
    Jimmy Carter says his body is responding well to treatments, but the former U.S. President says he's not entirely free from cancer. Speaking exclusively with ET's Brooke Anderson in Plains, Georgia, during the Painting, Paula [Deen] and a President fundraiser, Carter opened up about the struggle he still faces. "They haven't detected any cancer, but sometimes the cancer spots [return]," Carter said, "including in my brain."
  • Why did Iran take captive & release U.S. sailors so quickly?

    01/18/2016 12:36:37 PM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 19 replies
    keyvan Salami
    Why Did Iran Take Captive and Release U.S. Sailors So Quickly? The capture of American sailors in Persian Gulf waters by Iran should have provided the regime in Tehran a desperately needed opportunity to flex its muscles. However, the entire incident ended in the utmost humiliation for the regime. The times have changed, and Iran can no longer take on such adventures, such as the capture of over a dozen British sailors and hold them for long periods. Iran has suffered strategic defeats in many different aspects, from the nuclear dossier, to Syria , Yemen , Iraq .While Iran...
  • Crashing Oil Prices And Dropping Rig Count Take Their Toll On U.S. Output

    01/12/2016 2:36:28 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 12-01-2015 | Steve
    The EIA has just published its latest update to the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), and soon we will get their update to the Short Term Energy Outlook. These are the two documents in which the EIA take a stab at estimating where US production is going, as opposed to where it has been. Weakness in the Chinese economy has hung like a pall on the oil market since the turn of the year and there is nothing putting a floor under the oil price just yet, but to my eyes the decline of US shale production is now well established...
  • Iraqi Commander: US Secretly Evacuated ISIS Leaders from Ramadi

    12/31/2015 5:30:22 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-29-2015 | Jim Hoft
    An Iraqi volunteer forces commander has revealed US plans to evacuate Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) leaders from the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, according to the Iranian Fars Iranian News Agency. Fars reported: A commander of volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) disclosed the US plots to evacuate ISIL leaders from the city of Ramadi as Iraqi army and popular troops are completing victory over the terrorist group. “The delay in operations to liberate Ramadi and Fallujah cities in al-Anbar province is the result of the US interference,” Commander of Imam Khamenei Battalion Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi told FNA on Thursday.
  • Is America Waking Up?

    12/27/2015 8:31:28 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/27/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Thanks to our federal government, the American people remain in peril. Terrorists continue to take advantage of Barack Obama’s fraudulent refugee program by infiltrating an unknown number of Islamic extremists into our country. Coupled with unrestricted border entry, the rising tide of illegal immigrants represents a growing danger to the American public. And this is precisely what Obama wants. The ongoing invasion of the nation by America-hating, inferior stock is an important part of the “fundamental transformation” of the United States that Obama has spoken of throughout his years in the White House. Of course, White House press secretary Josh...
  • Syria conference in New York: Hopes & Concerns

    12/26/2015 10:50:30 PM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 4 replies
    Keyvan Salami
    A major conference held in New York on Friday, December 19th raised hopes for the future of the deadly civil war in Syria coming to a final end. However, Iran is the only party left out actually concerned over its interests gone with the wind after such extensive strategic capitalization and secret war in the Levant and its vicious dictator Bashar Assad. Seeking to find a solution for the crisis in Syria, various parties involved in this conflict - including the Syrian opposition - joined the top diplomats of 20 different countries in this third international meeting on Syria, after...
  • Military to Military Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

    12/21/2015 11:10:26 AM PST · by JPX2011 · 10 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | December 21, 2015 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obamas repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office and that there are moderate rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagons Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administrations fixation on Assads primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasnt adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washingtons anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and...
  • The Rise of ISIS in America

    12/17/2015 8:14:07 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 16, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The George Washington University Center on Extremism recently published a study on Islam-based extremism by sympathizers of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, Daesh, or as the Obama administration says, ISIL). The study's executive summary noted that this recent trend of "ISIS-related mobilization in the United States has been unprecedented." Some of the major findings from their report were the following: ~ 250 Americans have traveled to Syria or Iraq to join ISIS, or have tried to. ~ 900 active investigations against ISIS sympathizers in all 50 states. ~ 71 individuals have been charged with ISIS-related activities since March...
  • University of Maryland President Quotes Wrong U.S. Motto in Email to Students

    12/14/2015 7:51:17 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 26 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 12, 2015 | Don Irvine
    In an email this week to students, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, outlining the reasons behind his request to the Board of Regents to rename the school's football stadium, due to the racist past of a previous president for which the stadium is named, managed to quote the wrong official motto of the United States: "Our national motto engraved on our coins is E Pluribus Unum, one formed from many. The Founders of our Republic got it right. We are a diverse people, but we are united by common values and ideals. We are of many different backgrounds but...
  • Obama: U.S. safe against ISIS attack (Bonus coverage: you really can keep your doctor)

    12/04/2015 11:39:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/04/15 | Tom LoBianco
    Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Thursday that he is confident the U.S. is safe from a Paris-style attack from ISIS and that American law enforcement is well equipped to protect the nation during the holidays. "ISIL will not pose an existential threat to us. They are a dangerous organization like al Qaeda was, but we have hardened our defenses," Obama told CBS. "The American people should feel confident that, you know, we are going to be able to defend ourselves and make sure that, you know, we have a good holiday and go about...
  • US announces 'expeditionary force' to target Isis in Iraq and Syria

    12/01/2015 4:17:30 PM PST · by JPX2011 · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 1, 2015 | Dan Roberts
    A permanent new US “expeditionary force” will target Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, operating independently of local troops in Iraq and Syria for the first time, defense secretary Ash Carter has revealed, in a significant escalation of the frontline use of American ground troops in the region. Addressing Congressional leaders who are demanding swifter progress against Isis, Carter said on Tuesday that the troops would be based in Iraq but will have the capability to carry out raids across the border. “It puts everybody on notice in Syria,” he said. “You don’t know at night who is going...
  • Did Two federal Agencies Fraudulently Cook Global Warming Data

    11/26/2015 7:26:59 AM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    Oversight: A federal agency keeps stonewalling congressional efforts to access its internal communications. What's the problem here? If the agency's global warming claim was honestly arrived at, just turn over the documents.
  • Refugee Screening Process, Special Briefing, November 19, 2015

    11/22/2015 4:16:53 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    U.S. State Department ^ | November 19, 2015 | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
    MR KIRBY: Good afternoon, everybody. Got a special guest with me here today to kick off the briefing – Mr. Simon Henshaw, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, is going to walk you through for a few minutes some more details about the screening process for refugees. We’ve talked about this over the last few days, about how extensive and thorough it is, and I asked Mr. Henshaw to come give you a little primer on that. He’ll also be able to stick around for a couple of questions and then we’ll get on...
  • Hacker collective Anonymous claims ISIS has plans for more attacks on Sunday

    11/21/2015 11:17:34 AM PST · by Rome2000 · 35 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 11/21/15 | David Gilbert
    Anonymous, the loose collective of online activists, said Saturday it has uncovered information about Islamic State group attacks in Paris as well as on locations in the U.S., Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon, all apparently set for Sunday. OpParisIntel, a group within Anonymous, released a statement saying it had collected information about imminent attacks by the militant group -- aka Daesh, ISIL and ISIS -- on the French capital a little more than a week after a series of coordinated attacks there left 130 dead and hundreds injured. Anonymous also said the Islamic State group is planning an assault at the...
  • Steve King: "We Shouldn't Be A Sucidal Nation" Taking In Tens Of Thousands Of Refugees

    11/20/2015 8:37:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says the argument made by the left and by GOP leadership – particularly Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – that America shouldn’t stop letting Syrian refugees into the country because “that’s just not who we are” is “not supported by logic or rational.”
  • Officials: No credible threats target US after Paris attacks

    11/15/2015 5:03:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 11/15/15 | FRANK ELTMAN
    NEW YORK (AP) - Intelligence officials found no evidence of any specific or credible threat targeting American soil following the deadly Paris attacks, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. Still patrols were stepped up and added security measures put in place nationwide. In New York, officers with assault rifles stood guard in Times Square, and extra security was stationed at French-owned sites in Washington and consulates in Boston and New York City. But elsewhere around the country, like at Minnesota's Mall of America, it was business as usual. Dozens of police cars left Times Square with lights and sirens blaring...
  • Report: CIA Recruiting Israeli Soldiers [Michah 7]

    11/02/2015 5:14:49 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 11/02/2015 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    IDF Intelligence officers have warned Israeli soldiers that the CIA may be trying to gain their confidence to obtain information that could reveal security information. The memo warns soldiers to “be aware and report any unusual incidents.” The IDF attached to its memo a copy of an article from a Israeli newspaper that once reported that American s serving in the IDF were extensively questioned when they visited or returned to the United States. The American government has ears and eyes in Israel, both on the spy level and within the consulate. One security officer in a community in Judea...
  • Australia Prepares Option of Sail-Through to Test ChinaAustralia Prepares Option of Sail-Through to

    10/28/2015 8:34:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 28, 2015 | Rob Taylor
    Australian defense planners are looking at the possibility of a naval sail-through close to Chinas artificial islands in the South China Sea, in case the government decides to follow its close ally the U.S. in testing Beijings territorial claims. Australia has been looking at options, said one official in Australias military familiar with operational planning. The official spoke after the American guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed early Tuesday within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of seven sand and rock outcrops in the Spratly chain on which China has built artificial islands. The U.S. considers the area international waters,...
  • South China Sea: Beijing 'not frightened to fight a war' after US move

    10/28/2015 5:59:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 28, 2015 | Tom Philllips
    Video:China warns US not to make a fool of itself over South China Sea manoeuvres. China is not afraid of fighting a war against the United States in the South China Sea, a state-run newspaper with links to the Communist party has claimed. Beijing is attempting to build artificial islands, while other states in the region are looking to the US to flex its military muscle on their behalf Twenty-four hours after Washington challenged Beijings territorial claims in the region by deploying a warship to waters around the disputed Spratly archipelago, the notoriously nationalistic Global Times accused the Pentagon of...
  • US still isolated at UN General Assembly over Cuba embargo

    10/27/2015 5:34:14 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 27,2015 | Sum Gai
    The United Nations General Assembly has almost unanimously voted to condemn the US embargo on Cuba, in the first such resolution since US-Cuban diplomatic ties were restored earlier this year. The motion won more support than it has done in the past, with 191 members of the 193-member body voting in favour. Only the US and Israel opposed the resolution, which is non-binding.
  • Ashton Carter: U.S. to Begin 'Direct Action on the Ground' in Iraq, Syria

    10/27/2015 2:11:25 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 35 replies
    NBC ^ | October 27, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin "direct action on the ground" against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive. "We won't hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground," Carter said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee, using an alternative name for the militant group. Carter pointed to last week's rescue operation with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to free hostages...
  • Angry China Shadows U.S. Warship Near Man-Made Islands

    10/27/2015 10:29:02 AM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 27, 2015 | BEN BLANCHARD AND ANDREA SHALAL
    A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed close to one of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said it had tracked and warned the ship and called in the U.S. ambassador to protest. SNIP Washington's move followed months of deliberation by the administration of President Barack Obama and could ratchet up tension in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and increase strains in U.S.-China relations. A U.S. defense official said the Lassen also went within 12-mile limits of features in the disputed sea claimed by Vietnam and U.S. treaty ally,...
  • Report: US Spied on Israel, Prepared to Destroy Israeli Bombers to Protect Iran [Joel 3]

    10/23/2015 8:06:29 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 10/23/2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    In an explosive report we learn that ever since 2012, the United States has been spying on Israel in order to prevent the Jewish State from attacking suspected Iranian nuclear sites, according to Fridays Wall Street Journal. The White House had sent an additional aircraft carrier to the region after learning that Israeli aircraft had flown into Iranian airspace in what U.S. officials feared was a test run for an attack on Irans Fordow plant. The carriers had attack aircraft on board prepared to respond to any Israeli attack on Iran. If that wasnt enough to strain the conceit that...
  • U.S. and Iraq Pursuing ISIS on Several Fronts

    10/20/2015 1:46:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 10/19/15 | MICHAEL R. GORDON, ERIC SCHMITT
    BAGHDAD Struggling to regain the initiative after a long impasse in the battle against Islamic State militants, the Iraqi government and the American-led coalition are for the first time in months putting military pressure on the jihadists on multiple fronts, officials say. Supported by increased American air power, Iraqi forces are on the outskirts of Ramadi, pressing to encircle the capital of Anbar Province, which the militants took in May, and cut it off from resupply and reinforcements. To the north of Baghdad, Iraqi military forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are trying to expand their foothold at the Baiji...
  • Chinese media: military must be ready to counter US in South China Sea

    10/15/2015 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/15/15
    Editorial in Global Times, which is close to Communist rulers, condemns Washingtons ceaseless provocations and coercion Chinese media criticised the US on Thursday for ceaseless provocations in the South China Sea, with Washington expected to soon send warships close to artificial islands Beijing has built in disputed waters. An editorial in the Global Times, which is close to Chinas ruling Communist party, condemned US coercion, adding: China mustnt tolerate rampant US violations of Chinas adjacent waters and the skies over those expanding islands. It said Chinas military should be ready to launch countermeasures according to Washingtons level of provocation. Tensions...
  • Iranian-American journalist convicted, Iran news agency says

    10/11/2015 4:57:06 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10-11-215 | al-reuters
    Link only. Now on Drudge
  • Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt

    10/07/2015 8:36:10 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/07/15 | Min Zeng And Lingling Wei
    Central banks around the world are selling U.S. government bonds at the fastest pace on record, the most dramatic shift in the $12.8 trillion Treasury market since the financial crisis. Sales by China, Russia, Brazil and Taiwan are the latest sign of an emerging-markets slowdown that is threatening to spill over into the U.S. economy. Previously, all four were large purchasers of U.S. debt. Few analysts expect much higher yields in the Treasury market as a result. Foreign private purchases of U.S. debt have increased amid pessimism about the world economic outlook. U.S. firms and financial institutions continue to buy...
  • Could The Syrian Conflict Irrevocably Change Global Geopolitics?

    10/06/2015 12:03:58 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-10-2015 | boom boom boom
    Few meetings ever started with dimmer prospects for success than the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin. The real call for the meeting stemmed from the EU refugee crisis. With a human catastrophe brewing in Europe and the Middle East, EU leaders are urgently demanding that the U.S. and Russia set aside their differences and begin to work together in an effort to resolve the Syrian conflict, the major cause of the massive movement of people seeking sanctuary. Now, U.S./EU leaders are no longer insisting on the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from office as a pre-condition to...
  • Iraqi PM to share anti-ISIS intel with Russia

    10/04/2015 6:24:03 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    trtworld ^ | 10/4 | trtworld
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi says Baghdad is willing to share anti-ISIS intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria Oct 4, 2015 08:06 GMT Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi announced on Saturday that Iraq will share anti-ISIS intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria if cooperation is requested. We have been fighting ISIS more than a year and we have some important security information that no other country has regarding ISIS, Abadi stated during a press conference which took place at the presidential office in the capital. Abadi also stated that he would welcome military equipment assistance from Iran, Syria...
  • Russians tell US to remove warplanes from Syria, senior official says

    09/30/2015 4:05:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 438 replies
    FOX ^ | September 30, 2015
    EXCLUSIVE: Russian officials have demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a senior U.S. official told Fox News early Wendesday. The official told Fox News that Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. U.S. military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand
  • Carl Icahn ...... danger ahead

    09/29/2015 5:28:09 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 29SEP2015 | Carl Icahn
    Carl Icahn Says Market "Way Overpriced", Warns "God Knows Where This Is Going"
  • Rorate Editorial: The Pope in the United States - Ambiguous on what should be clear, clear only...

    09/28/2015 7:23:44 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/28/15 | Augustinus
    "Rorate Editorial: The Pope in the United States - Ambiguous on what should be clear, clear only on his political priorities" Pope Francis' visit has shown us once more that he can be clear and unambiguous on his priorities, and vocal and forthright in saying what he wants to say. He did not hesitate to make direct statements on immigration, on the environment, on the abolition of the death penalty and in praise of religious liberty (that is, religious liberty as understood by the Western secular consensus rather than the defense of the Church's right to proclaim the truth in...
  • POPE USES POPULARITY TO CHART NEW DIRECTION FOR CHURCH & US

    09/28/2015 7:22:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rachel Zoll
    In Congress and at a parish school, at the United Nations and a city jail, Pope Francis spent a whirlwind U.S. visit bridging the realms of the disadvantaged and elite, trying to turn the attention of the mightiest nation on earth away from ideological battles and toward a world he said desperately needs help.
  • Its Time to Rethink Syria

    09/25/2015 6:04:15 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | September 25, 2015 | Philip Gordon
    When I started at the White House in March 2013, I was among those who advocated increased assistance, including military assistance, to the Syrian opposition. Secretary of State John Kerry led the diplomatic effort to rally and unify our key partners, who all pledged to support the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) as the legitimate representatives of Syrian people and to channel military support to the Supreme Military Council (SMC), then led by General Salim Idriss. It was not long, however, before it was apparentat least to methat this approach would not work. The SOC was weak and out of touch...
  • Ashton Carter Warns Russia's Support To Syria Might 'Pour Gasoline' On ISIS Problem

    09/25/2015 2:39:05 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 26 replies
    IBD ^ | September 25, 2015 | Aditya Tejas
    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Thursday that Russias expanded military presence in Syria could worsen the conflict and empower the Islamic State group. Speaking at a Pentagon briefing, Carter said that Moscows buildup in Syria could pour gasoline on the (ISIS) phenomenon, because of their backing of one of the extremist groups top enemies -- the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. To pursue the defeat of ISIL without at the same time pursuing a political transition is to fuel the very kind of extremism that underlies ISIL, and if thats the Russian view thats a logical contradiction,...
  • Pope Francis: Pro-Life Cause "Primary Reason" For U.S. Visit

    09/23/2015 5:48:32 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 102 replies
    National Review ^ | September 23, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Pope Francis praised Americas Roman Catholic church for its unfailing commitment to the pro-life cause on Wednesday, saying it was the primary reason for his visit to the country.
  • Putin's Plan: Moscow Handles Syria, U.S. Looks After Iraq

    09/22/2015 2:15:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/21/15 | Tyler Durden
    Russia has now confirmed that it is intervening in the Syrian war on the side of the Assad government; and, as Al-Arabiya's Azeem Ibrahim notes, the response of the U.S. betrays its impotent incredulity. Russia is poised to return to the Middle East, from which it was ejected with the collapse of the USSR. The United States seems to be telling Russia to go ahead, because, as Raghida Dergham explains, it is unwilling to engage though it is not yet ready to fully retreat. Authored by Raghida Dergham, originally posted at Al-Arabiya News, At the end of this month,...
  • My Conversation with a British Government Immigration Attorney this weekend (Vanity)

    09/21/2015 10:05:48 AM PDT · by wac3rd · 28 replies
    I was on a guys weekend with some old college buddies and ran into a woman while were at the pool. She was very nice (seemed normal , 32 years old, married with a 2-year old daughter) and after a few minutes told us that she worked for the UK Government as an immigration official/attorney. She was literally oblivious to the issues of Islam and thinks more Brits should marry Asians. She doesn't like the US because we are "right wing" and "are backward and own too many guns. She said the UK is not religious, and I corrected her,...
  • U.S. heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015

    09/19/2015 6:55:13 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-07-31 | BNS/TBT Staff/RIGA
    Latvias Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube confirmed on July 31, 2015, the deployment of heavy weaponry from the United States to Latvia will begin in autumn this year.
  • Seeking Syria Clarity, US Set to Join Russia Military Talks

    09/17/2015 5:15:07 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 6 replies
    AP ^ | September 17, 2015 | Matthew Lee
    WASHINGTON (AP) Amid increasing unease and uncertainty over Russia's intentions, the Obama administration plans to accept an offer from Russia for direct talks on its military buildup in Syria that U.S. officials believe is aimed at propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad.
  • Competing Gas Pipelines Are Fueling The Syrian War & Migrant Crisis(Inside the ar)

    09/16/2015 11:31:10 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | September 10, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Dont let anyone fool you: As we have detailed since 2013, sectarian strife in Syria has been engineered to provide cover for a war for access to oil and gas, and the power and money that come along with it. Editors note: This article has been updated to reflect recent Wikileaks revelations of US State Department leaks that show plans to destabilize Syria and overthrow the Syrian government as early as 2006. The leaks reveal that these plans were given to the US directly from the Israeli government and would be formalized through instigating civil strife and sectarianism through...
  • Building Bridges between the United States and Cuba

    09/16/2015 10:41:27 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    US Dept of State ^ | September 16, 2015 | Evan Ryan
    Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a lively forum to exchange ideas and share information at George Washington University (GWU) on ways to strengthen educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Cuba. The Building Bridges symposium was organized by GWUs Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication in partnership with the State Department and Sister Cities International. The event was intended to bring together experts from inside and outside the U.S. government to discuss how the new U.S. approach to Cuba can promote more people-to-people links.
  • U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander (Red Link On Drudge)

    09/16/2015 6:34:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 09/16/15
    Tarkhan Batirashvili was a natural military star when he joined Georgias military Fought the Russians during 2008 war, but left Georgia for Turkey in 2012 In Syria, hes known as Abu Omar al Shishani, commander in several major victories "n 2012, everyone was coming to Syria and we had too much work leading all kinds of people across the border, he explained over lunch in Killis, a Turkish town just a few miles from the rebel-held Syrian city of Azzaz. A lot were Muslims who had come to support the revolution against Bashar Assad from every country. So many from...
  • Russia has information that the US knows the position of the IG (ISIS), but not to bomb them

    09/14/2015 9:22:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 180 replies
    (Translated via Google Translator) Russia has information that the US know the specific location point of the "Islamic State" (extremist organization banned in Russia), but did not give an order to strike on the positions "of the IG," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In the program "Sunday times" on the "First Channel" Lavrov said that the US government "was not originally a very carefully created a coalition, or conspired to it so that it is not the goals that have been declared." According to the Foreign Minister, the coalition was created spontaneously, "just a few days it was announced...
  • U.S. drops to 16th on 'economic freedom' list, behind Canada, Chile

    09/14/2015 5:42:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/14/15 | Paul Bedard
    The United States, ranked second in worldwide economic freedom as recently as 2000, has plummeted to 16th, according to the a new report of world economies. The Fraser Institute's annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, showed that the country's drop started in 2010, the second year of the Obama administration. The world-recognized report showed that the U.S. fell in several areas, including legal and property rights and regulation. "The United States, once considered a bastion of economic freedom, now ranks 16th in the world after being as high as second in 2000," said the report issued Monday morning. The...
  • Thinking About the Unthinkable: An Israel-Iran Nuclear War

    09/12/2015 7:56:55 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 86 replies
    http://theamericanreport.org/ ^ | Sept 11, 2015 | John Bosma
    The signing of a Munich-class agreement with Iran that hands it more than it ever hoped to pull off represents a shocking, craven American capitulation to an apocalyptic crazy state: a North Korea with oil. Nothing in Western history remotely approaches it, not even Neville Chamberlains storied appeasement of another antisemitic negotiating partner.
  • More Iranian Oil Could Hit The Market Now That Iran Deal Is Assured

    09/09/2015 1:18:57 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-09-2015 | Parker
    U.S. President Barack Obamas signature foreign policy initiative the historic nuclear deal with Iran appears poised to fend off Congressional opposition. After several Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Senate came out in support of the Iran deal in recent days, the survival of the accord is all but assured. Democratic Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Gary Peters (D-MI) all announced their support for the nuclear deal with Iran, bringing the total number of Senators who have backed the deal to 41, enough to withstand attempts by Republicans to derail the agreement. The deal will give...
  • U.S. Moves to Block Russian Military Buildup in Syria

    09/09/2015 5:26:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09/08/15 | MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    The United States on Tuesday moved to head off preparations for a suspected Russian military buildup in Syria as Bulgaria agreed to an appeal from the Obama administration to shut its airspace to Russian transport planes. The planes destination was the Syrian port city of Latakia. The administration has also asked Greece to close its airspace to the Russian flights, Greek and American officials said, but Greece has not publicly responded to the request. Over the weekend, two giant Russian Condor transport planes ferried more supplies and equipment from an air base in southern Russia across Iran and Iraq to...