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  • Mexico looks to recast image in U.S. because of Donald Trump

    04/25/2016 1:04:09 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 50 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 4/25/16 | DAVE GRAHAM
    At first, Mexico's government did its best to ignore Donald Trump. Then it likened him to Adolf Hitler. Now it has appointed a new ambassador to come up with a better plan. Fed up with the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination labeling Mexico as a cradle of drug-runners, job poachers and rapists, the government is sending in respected diplomat Carlos Sada to lead a fightback. Mexico's new ambassador in Washington, Sada acknowledges his country has neglected its image across the border and aims to fix that with PR and media campaigns, and by lobbying prominent U.S. companies, lawmakers and...
  • Islam is Winning and Western Civilization is losing - Parts I and II, America and Israel

    04/19/2016 1:51:27 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 19, 2016 | Dan Miller
    CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations are winning. Islamic terror in America, Europe and Israel has killed a thousand or so people. That's a lot, but Islamization kills entire civilizations; with the death of our civilization, more deaths than Islamic terrorism has brought can be expected.Should we give up and voluntarily commit civilizational suicide? Much of Europe has already done so and that's what Obama and His minions are seeking for America. The forces pushing for it are strong and we can react with greater strength onlyif we have the will. Do we?Part I - Americaa. Muslims already...
  • Op-Ed: Even without a political solution, the US could forge a Mideast legacy

    04/17/2016 4:50:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/4/16 | David Bedein
    Hamas Minister of Religion Ismael Radwan, told us on camera in our documentary film UNRWA goes to War that The Hamas relationship with UNRWA is good, very good. Now a direct connection exists between UNRWA and Hamas. What can and should be done by the current US administration: The US could demand that UNRWA dismiss employees affiliated with Hamas, in accordance with laws in the US, Canada, the EU, the UK and Australia, which forbid aid to agencies that employ members of a terrorist organization. After all, the US Congress enacted strict laws in 2003 in this regard, but they...
  • I was told yesterday that Trump is a liberal Democrat. My reply:

    04/16/2016 6:24:54 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,027 replies
    I was told yesterday that Trump is a liberal Democrat. My reply: Build the wall. Enforce the law. Deport them all. End sanctuary cities. End anchor babies. Slap a moratorium on muslim immigration. Cut the taxes. Cut the spending. Cut the regulations. Cut the government. Cut the debt. Cut the EPA. Repeal ObamaCare. Get the feds out and allow health insurance to be sold over state lines. Send education back to states. Get a handle on trade. Make trade deals in our own best interests. Bring back capital. Bring back manufacturing. Bring back jobs. Strengthen the economy. Defend the second...
  • CHINA SAYS "NO DOLLARS" FOR NEW YUAN

    04/16/2016 6:08:49 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 75 replies
    SuperStation 95 ^ | 4 13 2016 | US Reporter
    In a shocking move likely to crush the US economy overnight, China is refusing to make its new gold-backed Yuan, convertible from or to US Dollars. The new Yuan will be introduced next Tuesday, April 19. When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to add the Yuan to the basket of world currencies used for Global Reserves and International Trade, they wanted China to make the Yuan more reliable as a currency. Since then, China has almost un-pegged its Yuan from the Dollar, allowing its value to fluctuate on world markets. But for years, China has been amassing huge amounts...
  • Mexican Officials: ISIS Has Training Camp 8 Miles from US Border

    04/14/2016 7:21:05 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 29 replies
    GP ^ | 4/14/2016 | J Hoft
    Barack Obama told officials at the CIA Wednesday that ISIS is now on the defensive. He didnt mention this. The Islamic State terrorist group is operating a camp eight miles from the US border near El Paso, Texas. Judicial Watch reported: ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as Anapra situated...
  • US admits it plans to withdraw Sinai peacekeepers

    04/12/2016 3:48:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/16
    The Pentagon has confirmed reports it plans to cut the number of US peacekeeping troops in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, partly because of the growing threat from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday. About 700 US troops participate in a UN operation established after Israel and Egypt signed a 1979 peace deal and agreed for a Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission to monitor compliance. The mission has historically been somewhat low-key, but in recent months attacks from IS jihadists have put forces on a state of constant high alert. In September for instance, a roadside bombing injured six...
  • First Syrians leave for US under surge resettlement program

    04/06/2016 4:23:37 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    KQRE ^ | April 6, 2016 | KHETAM MALKAWI
    The first Syrian family to be resettled to the U.S. under its speeded-up surge operation departed to the United States Wednesday from the Jordanian capital, Amman. Ahmad al-Abboud, who is being resettled with his wife and five children, said that although he is thankful to Jordan where he has lived for three years after fleeing Syrias civil war he is hopeful of finding a better life in the U.S.
  • Russia Shows What Happens When Terrorists Families Are Targeted

    03/29/2016 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/29/2016 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    MOSCOW Donald J. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, was widely condemned when he called for the United States to take out the families of terrorists. His approach even after he clarified that he was not talking about killing the relatives was dismissed by many as immoral and unlawful. Yet, it is the very tactic that Russia has pursued for decades. It is the signature, though officially unacknowledged, policy behind Moscows counterinsurgency and counterterrorism strategies, and Russias actions in smashing a Muslim separatist rebellion in the Caucasus provide a laboratory for testing Mr. Trumps ideas. The family...
  • EXCLUSIVE Top Jihadist Claims Brussels, Paris Are Terror Rehearsals for Big Attack Inside U.S.

    03/27/2016 2:38:04 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Mar 2016
    The deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels last week and in Paris last November are dress rehearsals for a coming big attack inside the United States, a leading Islamic State-allied militant claimed in an exclusive interview. Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip, made the claim in a pre-recorded, hour-long interview to air in full on Sunday on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, the popular weekend talk radio program broadcast on New Yorks AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia. Klein doubles as Breitbartssenior investigative reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief.
  • North Korea Nukes US In Propaganda Video

    03/26/2016 5:27:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Sky News ^ | March 26, 2016
    North Korea Nukes US In Propaganda Video Kim Jong-Un lays waste to Washington with a submarine-launched nuclear missile in Pyongyang's latest menacing video. 10:20, UK, Saturday 26 March 2016 North Korea has threatened to lay waste to Washington with a submarine-launched nuclear missile in a menacing propaganda video. The four-minute film - titled Last Chance - runs through the history of US-Korea relations, including images of US prisoners of war on Korean soil. It ends with a digitally-enhanced sequence showing a missile emerging from the clouds and slamming into the road in front of the Lincoln Memorial - sending a...
  • Chicago area has greatest population decline of any U.S. city in 2015

    03/25/2016 12:55:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    WGNTV.com ^ | WGN WEB DESK | 3/25/2016
    CHICAGO More people are leaving the Chicago area than any other major city in the United States. According to census data released Thursday, the Chicago area lost more than 6,000 residents in 2015. That now puts the regions population at 9.5 million. Chicagos metropolitan statistical area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the city and suburbs and extends into Wisconsin and Indiana. The Chicago regions decline extended to the state. In fact, Illinois was one of just seven states to see a population dip in 2015, and had the second-greatest decline rate last year after West Virginia, census...
  • Mexicans in U.S. REALLY upset about Trump

    03/25/2016 5:06:02 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies
    First hand listening | 25 March 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Mexicans in the U.S. are profoundly upset about Donald Trump and his stated intentions. No other candidate has addressed illegal immigration with stated intent to fix it, but Trump has. They are not worried about any other candidate because they know they will only take watered-down action on illegal immigration and let things continue as usual. However, with Trump, they see a man awaking the nation to actually do something about the immigration problem and they are VERY upset about it. FYI to all.
  • South China Sea: Indonesia summons Chinese ambassador as fishing dispute escalates

    03/20/2016 11:25:32 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 21, 2016 | N/A
    Chinas ambassador to Indonesia is being summoned over a standoff involving a trawler in the South China Sea, an incident an international expert described as so serious it could alter Indonesias foreign policy. Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesias minister for fisheries and maritime affairs, told reporters he would summon the Chinese ambassador, Xie Feng, on Monday to discuss a Chinese fishing trawler accused of illegally fishing in Indonesian waters. Indonesian authorities attempted to capture the trawler on Saturday and arrest the Chinese crew. But they were stopped by a Chinese coast guard boat that reportedly rammed the trawler and pushed it back...
  • U.S., Philippines agree on five base locations under defense deal

    03/19/2016 11:52:12 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2016 | David Brunnstrom
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the Philippines have agreed on five locations for U.S. military facilities in the Philippines under a security deal agreed amid rising tensions with China, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Amy Searight said the deal was reached under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed last year that grants Washington increased military presence in its former colony through rotation of ships and planes for humanitarian and maritime security operations. Searight told the opening of the annual U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Washington that Manila was a...
  • Largest U.S. Refinery Now Belongs To Saudi Arabia

    03/17/2016 12:58:57 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 29 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-03-2016 | Harvey
    Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco appear to be getting a divorce, breaking up their joint venture in U.S.-based refining assets. The two companies joined together to create Motiva Enterprises LLC in 1998, a 50-50 joint venture that operated three refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. But Shell and Saudi Aramco have seen their interests head in different directions. "It is now time for the partners to pursue their independent downstream goals," said Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, a senior vice president of Saudi Aramcos downstream unit. Reuters reported that the relationship started to fray after Motiva announced a $10 billion expansion of...
  • North Korea court sentences U.S. student to 15 years hard labor

    03/15/2016 9:28:04 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 94 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 03/16/2016 | Reuters
    North Korea's supreme court sentenced American student Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor for crimes against the state, China's Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was detained by the North in January for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel in Pyongyang and had confessed to crimes against the state, North Korean media said previously.
  • It Might Help To Think of Donald Trump In The Context of Argentina's Mauricio Macri

    03/13/2016 5:35:24 AM PDT · by wtd · 11 replies
    Infidel Bloggers Alliance ^ | March 13, 2016 | Pastorius/Nico
    It Might Help To Think of Donald Trump In The Context of Argentina's Mauricio Macri Note: Our fellow contributor, Nico, lives in Argentina. Nico is a former Muslim, and aspiring American. But until America gets smart and starts accepting former Muslims (and Arab Christians) as the true Asylum seekers they are, I guess Nico will have to live in Argentina (and we'll just have to put sit here with all the Muslims our President wants to import into our country). Because he lives in Argentina, Nico has watched the rise of Argentine President, Mauricio Macri. Mauricio Macri: Mauricio Macri...
  • Obama Plans to Bring Thousands More Syrian Refugees into the U.S.

    03/02/2016 12:15:13 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/02/16 | Warner Todd Huston
    President Barack Obama has been quietly pushing new plans to bring thousands of additional Syrian refugees into the country, despite the concerns of state and county officials and the outrages committed by welfare-dependent migrants in Europe. Obama’s special assistant to the president for immigration policy, Felicia Escobar, recently announced plans to increase America’s intake of migrants, according to the Washington Examiner. “We want to make sure that we can increase our numbers of refugees that are able to settle here,” Escobar said. “The need globally is so, so, so massive right now, given all the displacement and conflict around the...
  • Jihadis selling U.S. weapons intended for Syrian rebels on Facebook

    02/24/2016 1:39:59 PM PST · by Fali_G · 26 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/24/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Jihadis in Syria are using Facebook as a marketplace to buy, sell and barter a wide variety of American-made weapons and munitions ranging from rocket launchers to machine guns. A Facebook page called "The first weapons market in the Idleb countryside" showcases posts with photographs of weapons, claimed to be CIA-supplied, inviting buyers to contact page administrators privately using popular messaging application Whatsapp to discuss sales and transactions. An AGS-17 Soviet-era grenade launcher is listed for $3,800 and below that a thermal camera made by Oregon-based company FLIR, is listed alongside posts advertising the sale of 105mm cannon shells.
  • Rudderless OPEC Doesn’t Know How To Respond To U.S. Shale

    02/23/2016 3:37:35 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-02-2016 | Lone Star Driller
    OPEC recognizes role of shale. El-Badri largely admitted OPEC’s waning influence due to the rise of U.S. shale. "Shale oil in the United States, I don’t know how we are going to live together," he said in Houston on Feb. 22. “Any increase in price, shale will come immediately and cover any reduction.” The IEA’s report mostly backed up that sentiment. Although the Paris-based energy agency predicted shale would decline substantially in 2016 and 2017, the IEA also said that shale would bring back 1.3 mb/d of liquids production by the end of the decade. Low prices now, but high...
  • US airstrikes kill Serbian embassy staffers held hostage by Isis in Libya

    02/20/2016 2:12:32 PM PST · by Vostok-1 · 13 replies
    Associated Press in Belgrade ^ | Saturday 20 February 2016 14.56 GMT | Associated Press in Belgrade
    Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic says Americans apparently ‘were not aware that foreign citizens’ were being held at Isis camp
  • The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?

    02/20/2016 9:41:52 AM PST · by Sawdring · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 9/24/2015 | GRAHAM ALLISON
    When Barack Obama meets this week with Xi Jinping during the Chinese president’s first state visit to America, one item probably won’t be on their agenda: the possibility that the United States and China could find themselves at war in the next decade. In policy circles, this appears as unlikely as it would be unwise. And yet 100 years on, World War I offers a sobering reminder of man’s capacity for folly. When we say that war is “inconceivable,” is this a statement about what is possible in the world—or only about what our limited minds can conceive? In 1914,...
  • How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

    02/17/2016 10:34:15 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 44 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-02-2016 | Erdo
    The proposed major military assault into Syria holds considerable risk for Turkey, not the least of that being a possible accidental escalation of hostilities with Russia, but it now seems unavoidable if Ankara is not to see a major disaster, not only wasting more than five years of intense effort to overthrow the Syrian Gov-ernment of President Bashar al-Assad, but also to avert the unfettered escalation of the Kurdish war to wrench a large part of Turkey away from Ankara to create a new Kurdish state which would link with Iraqi and Syrian Kurds. Already, Turkey has paid an enormous...
  • Children of Jihad: Iran trains kids for war against U.S., Israel

    02/17/2016 9:26:29 AM PST · by Fali_G · 12 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/17/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    It looks like summer camp with the bonfires, the obstacle courses, the young children running around the park grounds; except its jihadi training set up by Iran's regime to prepare young children for the "conquering of Tel Aviv." New alarming images are emerging from Iran's 'Sixth National Children's Memorial,' in which children appearing to be as young as 6 are holding weapons and dressed in military apparel. The gathering, held in a park in the country's southern Fars province in the county of Lamerd, called for the "conquering of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," with a set goal to disseminate "holy...
  • CIA head: ‘Inevitable’ that ISIS will try to attack US

    02/15/2016 2:19:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/14/16 | Bradford Richardson
    CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said in an interview broadcast late Sunday that it is "inevitable" that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will try to carry out attacks in the United States. "I'm expecting them to try to put in place - the operatives, the material or whatever else that they need to do or to incite people to carry out these attacks, clearly," Brennan said on CBS's "60 Minutes." "So, I believe that there attempts are inevitable," he added. "I don't think their successes necessarily are." Brennan said the intelligence agency knew in the days...
  • Contemplating a US-Russia Alliance

    02/15/2016 12:26:33 AM PST · by tedbel · 31 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Feb 15/16 | Ted Belman, Alex Maistrovoy
    Before Donald Trump’s blowout win in New Hampshire he shocked the world by saying he would allow the Russians to do the "dirty work" and would “Let them beat the shit out of ISIS also.”. Trump went further, “I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect,” Putin, responded by saying: "He (Trump) says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a deeper level of...
  • Capture of U.S. Sailors Reenacted in Celebrations of Iran's Revolution Day

    02/14/2016 11:17:26 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 2/11/16
    During celebrations of the anniversary of Iran's Revolution, mock reenactments of the recent capture of ten U.S. sailors by the IRGC Navy were held throughout Iran. In footage of one reenactment, from Qazvin Province, shouts of "Death to America" are heard in the background, while U.S. "sailors" lie on the ground or kneel down, the U.S. and Israeli flags placed next to them.
  • 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 · 39 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.