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  • More US Hispanic Women Convert to Islam

    07/01/2015 1:33:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    VOA ^ | July 01, 2015
    Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. The Pew Research Center says about six percent of American Muslims are Latino. And women make up a little more than half of the new converts -- the people who have changed their religion to Islam. On a recent Friday, men listened to their imam at Masjid Miami Gardens in Miami, Florida. This clergyman spoke about forgiveness. On the upper level of the Gardens, the women watch through glass. They hear the imam through a monitoring system. This is the world that Greisa Torres entered four years ago....
  • U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

    07/01/2015 6:39:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/01/15 | Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton
    HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961. The chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana will report to Cuban foreign ministry around 9 a.m. (0900 ET) to deliver a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro. Obama will then speak at 11 a.m. (1100 ET) from the White House's ceremonial Rose Garden. It was unknown whether Castro would reciprocate with comments of his own. Following 18 months...
  • Firearms Numbers in the United States 1945 - 2012

    07/01/2015 5:48:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The data for these numbers has been gathered from two sources.  From 1945 to 1987, the data was taken from "Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America" by Gary Kleck, Table 2.1.   The methodology used by Kleck was applied to  the figures obtained from the ATF for later years.  The number shown is the cumulative addition of domestic manufacture plus imports minus exports.  This does not count guns shipped to the U.S. military.   The figures are rounded to the nearest million. Kleck attributes the 1945 - 1968 numbers to Newton and Zimring, which includes the calculation of the 1945...
  • Something is coming (Editorial)

    06/22/2015 5:17:22 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 151 replies
    Flashtrafficblog Joel C. Rosenberg Blog ^ | 20 Jun 15 | Joel Rosenberg
    Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we must be ready. Here’s the key question: Is America heading towards a terrible implosion or a great awakening? I feel a tremendous sense of urgency about this column. The United States is hurtling towards severe trouble, and the events of the past few months — and what may be coming over the next few months — grieves me a great deal. Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we all must be ready in every possible way. Consider where we are in the summer of 2015: •Violence is exploding in...
  • U.S. Created 16x as Many Jobs in Mexico as Mexico in U.S.

    06/12/2015 4:30:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/12/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    .S.-majority-owned multinational enterprises employed 1,106,700 in Mexico in 2012 (the latest year on record), according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, but Mexican-majority owned enterprises employed only 68,800 in the United States that year. That means that U.S.-controlled multinationals employed 1,037,900 more people in Mexico than Mexican-controlled multinationals employed in the United States. Put another way, multinational enterprises that had a majority U.S. ownership employed 16 times as many people in Mexico as Mexican-controlled multinationals employed in the United States. Forty-nine percent of the jobs--546,500 of 1,106,700--that U.S.-controlled multinationals maintained in Mexico in 2012 were in...
  • Army's Public Website Hacked by Unknown Intruders

    06/08/2015 12:48:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06/08/15
    Defense officials confirm the official public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training rebel fighters inside Syria. Unlike the massive hack into Office of Personnel Management records, the officials stress the website contains no official classified information or private personal data of any Amy personnel, military or civilian. The messages reportedly proclaimed "YOU'VE BEEN HACKED" and added "YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING." It's not clear yet whether the Army or the hackers shut down the website. The officials say the website is for general...
  • U.S. Spy Plane Records China's Artificial Islands, China Threatens Response

    06/01/2015 8:50:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies
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  • Opec under siege as Isil threatens world's oil lifeline

    05/30/2015 7:33:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/30/15 | Andrew Critchlow
    As the bloc’s 12 oil ministers meet in Vienna, the march of Isil jihadists in the Middle East is putting Iran and Saudi Arabia on a collision course with explosive consequences Thick black smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery could be seen as a dirty smudge on the horizon as far away as Baghdad after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) set fire to the enormous processing plant just over 100 miles north of the capital last week. The decision to torch the refinery, which once produced around a third of Iraq’s domestic fuel...
  • Who Would Win A Conflict In The South China Sea: The Infographic

    05/27/2015 12:02:55 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/27/15
    Now, with Beijing set to enforce what is effectively a no-fly zone over its new sovereign ‘territory’ we bring you the following graphic from WSJ which shows that when it comes to sheer size, China’s air force and Navy are beyond compare. China’s promise to beef up its naval capabilities to prevent further “meddling” and “provocative actions” by rivals in the South China Sea is a daunting prospect for most of its neighbors, which already view Beijing’s fast-improving armed forces with trepidation... As a recent Pentagon review of China’s military modernization drive noted, “China is investing in capabilities designed to...
  • US-China war 'inevitable' unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea

    05/26/2015 9:28:13 AM PDT · by mulder1 · 55 replies
    THE TELEGRAPH ^ | 05/26/15 | Julian Ryall
    China's forces will no longer be limited to defence of the nation's territory but will project its military power further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air in order to safeguard its maritime possessions, the white paper states. While the air force will shift focus from "territorial air defence" to both offence and defence, the Chinese army will increase its global mobility and its artillery will improve its "medium and long-range precision strikes", it said
  • The Top Cities For Jobs Right Now

    05/25/2015 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/19/15 | Kathryn Dill
    At the top of the list is Raleigh, North Carolina. The city’s residents earn a median base salary of $50,000, higher than many of the cities on this list, while median home values remain a relatively modest $198,400. Chamberlain notes that the factors that put Raleigh at the top of the list can be a model for other metros. The city has long been attractive to major companies like IBM and Cisco. But now, Raleigh is gaining popularity among technology companies as well, who value the pipeline of talent provided by the city’s location among several major universities in the...
  • Oil Markets Can’t Ignore The Fundamentals Forever

    05/25/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-5-2015 | Arthur
    Storage withdrawals and falling rig count have been the main sources of hope that U.S. tight oil production will fall and that oil prices will rebound. That hope is fading as it is now clear that recent withdrawals from U.S. crude oil storage are because of price, not falling supply, and that the drop in rig count has stalled. Figure 1 below shows the relationship between U.S. crude oil storage inventory and WTI price. The thinking around recent withdrawals from storage is that this reflects depleting supply. The data, however, reflects that traders were storing crude oil during the price...
  • China state paper warns of war over South China Sea unless U.S. backs down

    05/25/2015 6:24:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that "war is inevitable" between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway. The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper the People's Daily, said in an editorial that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country's "most important bottom line".
  • Memorial Day 2015, Lest We Forget

    05/25/2015 3:04:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | David Webb
    The easiest way to pay a debt of gratitude is with respect and commemoration. On Memorial Day, remember to pause for a minute of silent honor at 3 PM, local time. Memorial Day is still officially known as Decoration Day. It is a day to remember those who have died in all of our wars.
  • Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

    05/23/2015 7:00:26 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 147 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 23 May 2015 | Tyler Durden
    From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which...
  • Inside the Ring: Memo outlines Obama’s plan to use the military against citizens

    05/22/2015 9:37:52 AM PDT · by kimtom · 34 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | May 28, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans. The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers. The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority ........
  • Obama tells Coast Guard grads climate change threatens U.S

    05/21/2015 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    NEW LONDON, Conn. (Reuters) - Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office. "The threat of a changing climate cuts to the very core of your service," Obama told the 224 graduating cadets, who studied the impacts of global warming...
  • SMOKING GUN! US Was Running Weapons Thru Benghazi to Syria

    05/19/2015 6:16:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/18/15 | Jim Hoft
    FOX News confirmed today that the US ran guns from Benghazi to Syria before the attack on the US consulate on September 11, 2012. The US Ambassador to Libya and three others were killed in the terrorist attack. The Obama administration was running weapons to Syria. benghazi guns syria FOX News reported Monday that the US was sending guns to Banias and Borj Islam, Syria before the Benghazi terrorist attack. US Intelligence agencies were fully aware that weapons were moving from the terrorist stronghold in Libya to Syria before the attack that killed four Americans… September 16, 2012 DIA Memo...
  • U.S. ‘expediting’ weapons to Iraq to fight ISIS

    05/16/2015 7:37:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/15/15 | Elliot Smilowitz
    The United States is “expediting” shipments of weapons to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in light of recent gains by the terror group. Vice President Joe Biden told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-abaci on Friday the U.S. will rush the weapons to Iraq to help them try to hold the city of Ramadi, CNN reported Friday night. ISIS raised its flag over Ramadi on Friday after capturing the city’s provincial government building and police headquarters, CNN said. The shipment reportedly includes AT-4 shoulder-held rockets and ammunition.
  • U.S. soldiers kill senior Islamic State commander in Syria raid, capture wife

    05/16/2015 6:42:11 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State commander in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the raid, identifying the militant as Abu Sayyaf. He said no U.S. forces were killed or injured in the operation. A U.S.-led coalition has been striking Islamic State militants in Syria since last year, but this is only the second time troops have carried out a ground raid. A previous operation was aimed at rescuing Americans held hostage by the...
  • It Begins… SC School Tells Student to Take Down US Flag from Truck – It’s Offensive (VIDEO)

    05/15/2015 6:40:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/14/15 | Jim Hoft
    Peyton Robinson was told his US flag was offensive. York Comprehensive senior Peyton Robinson was recently told by school officials that he could no longer fly his American flag in his pickup truck. It was offensive.
  • ICANN sees privatization of Internet management soon

    05/14/2015 4:20:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/14/15 | Glenn Chapman
    The head of the nonprofit group that oversees the world's Internet addresses expressed confidence Thursday that it would be privatized and out of US government control by year's end. Fadi Chehade's comments came despite criticism in the US Congress, where some lawmakers have resisted the plan to end Washington's key management role in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
  • WORLD WAR II - THE BATTLE OF OKINAWA - Discovery History Military (full documentary)

    05/11/2015 4:56:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 3, 2014 | LifeDiscoveryVideos
    WORLD WAR II - THE BATTLE OF OKINAWA - Discovery History Military (full documentary)
  • World War II's Forgotten Battle [Video]

    05/10/2015 12:34:26 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | 6 May 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    Events are being held in many countries to mark 70 years since the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945, but in fact the last large-scale engagement of the conflict began three days after the Nazi capitulation. More than a thousand people, mostly German soldiers, were killed in a largely forgotten battle against U.S. and Soviet troops plus Czech irregulars on May 11-12, 1945. (RFE/RL)
  • Russia Marks Victory Over Nazis With Military Parade

    05/09/2015 8:14:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 09, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    A huge military parade has been held in the Russian capital, Moscow, to commemorate 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany by Allied forces. Some 16,000 troops took part in the Victory Day parade in Red Square with President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other top officials, both Russian and foreign, in attendance. Addressing the gathering, Putin thanked the Allies for their contributions to the victory, singling out France, Britain, and the United States. Putin said "our grandfathers lived through horrible suffering." He criticized the "folly" of creating a "unipolar" world, an apparent swipe at the United...
  • Iraqi Nun Finally Granted Visa to Come to US and Advocate for Persecuted Back Home

    05/09/2015 10:52:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 9, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    State Department apparently reverses course on controversial decision. The Iraqi nun who was denied entry to the United States because, apparently, the State Department feared she would illiciltly overstay her visa has finally been granted one. Dominican Sister Diana Momeka will be joining a delegation that includes Yazidi and Turkmen Shia in mid-May. Nina Shea, a religious freedom advocate with the Hudson Institute, confirmed to National Review that Sister Diana will receive a visa. The nun is expected to testify before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, Nicholas Frankovich reported. Other details of her itinerary have not yet been set: Last week, American advocates...
  • Battle of the Coral Sea - Lest We Forget new documentary

    05/08/2015 6:17:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Apr 22, 2010 | ProtectOurCoralSea
    Battle of the Coral Sea - Lest We Forget The Coral Sea holds great historical significance for Australia and the United States. In May 1942, it was the scene of a naval battle that reversed the tide of World War II in the Pacific. The Protect Our Coral Sea campaign has produced an 8-minute documentary in honour of those who fought and died in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Special thanks to veterans Tommy Simms and Ted Simpson and their families and naval historian Dr David Stevens and everyone else involved with this documentary for their contribution.
  • Does Russia Really Own 20% Of The US’ Uranium Reserves?

    05/07/2015 3:38:28 PM PDT · by Opintel · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 07-05-2015 | nuclearpower
    Yes, well, sort of – and they have for some time now. It’s relatively old news, but a recent Times report and an upcoming book from the Hoover Institute’s Peter Schweizer have refocused attention on a 2008 blockbuster uranium deal involving Russia, the United States, and a Canadian company Uranium One. Pushing connections and presidential candidacies aside – the Clintons’ complicity is still very much speculation at this point – lets return to the deal and take a look at the US nuclear industry and, globally, the rise of Rosatom. The saga begins in 2009 when, after roughly a year...
  • Obama State Dept. Refuses to Condemn Seizure of Cargo Ship by Iran

    04/28/2015 6:19:49 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/28/2015 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world. The Obama State Department today refused to condemn the seizure of a Marshall Islands ship by the Iranian regime. Jeff Rathke from the State Department briefing refused to condemn the actions (13:57): (video at link) Reporter: What do you consider the Iranian act? Is it a — an act of piracy, act of violence? Rathke: Again, I’m — this I think is underway. I’m not going to apply an adjective to it right now. We are following the situation very carefully, but I’m not going to… Reporter: But do you condemn it? Rathke: Well, again, we’re...
  • Saudi-owned TV says Iran detains U.S. cargo ship in Gulf

    04/28/2015 8:27:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/28/15
    (Reuters) - Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said an Iranian "force" seized a U.S. cargo ship after opening fire on it in the Gulf on Tuesday and directed it to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. A Pentagon spokesman said Iranian forces had boarded a Marshall Island-flagged vessel, the MV Maersk Tigris, in the Gulf. He said the boarding occurred after Iranian patrol boats fired shots across the vessel's bow and ordered it deeper into Iranian waters. The ship had no U.S. citizens aboard, the spokesman said, contradicting Al-Arabiya's report which said there were 34 U.S. sailors on board. He said...
  • Breaking: US Ship seized by Iranian warships

    04/28/2015 8:19:02 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 32 replies
    nuke's-n2l's ^ | 04/28/2015 | Nuke
    Al-Arabia reported that the Iranian Navy has confiscated the American trade vessel with all its 34 crew. Other reports said the vessel has been seized for trespassing on Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. An Iranian warship is now taking the American vessel to Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf. Iranian officials have not confirmed the development yet, but Reuters said Pentagon officials have confirmed the report.
  • US Expects Israeli Pledge to Two-States to Continue

    04/28/2015 7:10:07 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva (Israelnationalnews.com) ^ | 4/27/2015 | Cynthia Blank
    In veiled threat, Wendy Sherman says if Israeli gov't doesn't show commitment to two-state solution, US will have trouble backing it in UN. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman Reuters US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman had a harsh message for American Jewish leaders on Monday. Sherman warned them that if the new Israeli government does not demonstrate a strong commitment to the two-state solution, the US will have trouble assisting it in efforts to halt international initiatives at the United Nations. Speaking at a conference of the Reform Movement in the United States, Sherman insisted...
  • Once you’re Pakistani, there is no going back to India

    04/19/2015 8:05:24 PM PDT · by cold start · 19 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | 17 April 2015 | Aalia Suleman
    The non-issuance of visas to India continues to irk thousands of Pakistani Americans as the former remains hell bent to grind an axe with Pakistanis, regardless of borders or their new nationalities. At the moment, there are an estimated 500,000 Pakistani Americans in the US and the rate of their continually burgeoning numbers makes them the second fastest growing group of Asian immigrants in the US. According to the Pew Research Centre, the entire population of Asian Americans, which includes Pakistanis, is among those in the highest income bracket as well as the best educated in the country. However, despite...
  • Maine's Republican governor renews welfare-reform push

    04/10/2015 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Leep · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 6, 2015 | leep
    Maine Governor Paul LePage on Monday revived legislation to crack down on welfare fraud, making good on a 2014 campaign promise to tighten restrictions on the state's public assistance programs and help speed the transition from "welfare to work." LePage's bill would require applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to apply for three jobs before receiving state aid, while prohibiting use of electronic benefit cards to purchase tobacco, liquor, tattoos, lottery tickets or to pay for bail.
  • NYC: Two US women arrested over their ties to ISIL (Missed in U.S. media coverage?!?)

    Two women in New York City have been arrested over their ties to the ISIL terrorist group and allegedly planning to carry out a "terrorist attack" in the United States, federal prosecutors say. Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, plotted to hit government, police or military targets, according to the complaint filed Thursday at a US federal court in Brooklyn. The complaint said Velentzas and Siddiqui had praised the al-Qaeda terrorist group and were "citizens” of ISIL. "We are committed to doing everything in our ability to detect, disrupt and deter attacks by homegrown violent extremists," Brooklyn US Attorney...
  • U.S. military convoy crossing Czech border

    04/03/2015 4:44:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    České noviny ^ | 01.04.2015, 11:42 | ČTK
    Prague - The first part of the U.S. military convoy, comprising 37 vehicles, crossed the Czech-German border in Rozvadov, west Bohemia, before 10:00 today, heading for the Vilseck base in Bavaria, 70 km of the border. [....] Some 500 soldiers on around 115 armoured vehicles crossed the Czech Republic during the "Dragoon Ride" to demonstrate support for the allies' countries that feel threatened by the Russian aggression in Ukraine. They returned from an exercise within the Atlantic Resolve operation in the Baltics to their base in Germany, crossing six countries of Eastern and Central Europe, including the Czech Republic.
  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.

    03/24/2015 6:48:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/23/15 | Adam Entous
    Ally’s snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal
  • Fearing Collapse, Egypt’s Sisi Calls for Resumption of Military Aid

    03/15/2015 2:48:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 15, 2015 | Abraham Rabinovich
    —Warning of Egypt’s possible collapse under economic pressures and the threat of rampant terror, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called on the United States over the weekend to resume military aid that has been partially frozen because of the political coup that brought Sisi to power and because of alleged human rights violations. Terming Egypt, with its population of 90 million, “the bedrock of stability in the area,” Sisi told television interviewer Charlie Rose that if Egypt is destabilized it would have an impact on neighboring Israel and on Europe as well. “Egypt is facing many threats and its public wants...
  • Iran Instructs U.S. to Bypass Congress on Deal, Go to U.N.

    03/13/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 13, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The Iranian government is urging the United States to go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran’s contested nuclear program without seeking congressional approval. Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and top negotiator, suggested in a recent interview that the U.N. Security Council should be responsible for approving any agreement reached between Western powers and Tehran over its nuclear program, a proposal that the Obama administration entertained on Thursday. The State Department argues that a nonbinding agreement with Iran—one that would not be subject to congressional oversight or approval—could be more enforceable...
  • Iranian President: Diplomacy With U.S. is an Active ‘Jihad’

    03/12/2015 7:22:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Washington free Beacon ^ | March 12, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian President: Diplomacy With U.S. is an Active ‘Jihad’ Diplomacy just as significant as new weapons, missiles Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described his country’s diplomacy with the United States as an active “jihad” that is just as significant to Tehran’s advancement as the slew of new weapons and missiles showcased by the Islamic Republic’s military. Rouhani praised the country’s military leaders for standing “against the enemy on the battlefield” and said as president, he would carry out this “jihad” on the diplomatic front. Rouhani’s comments echo those of foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator Javad Zarif, who said Tuesday that...
  • First Muslim College in US to Gain Accreditation

    03/12/2015 7:16:16 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | March 11, 2015 | William Bigelow
    The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has bestowed “initial accreditation” on Zaytuna College, a Muslim institution in Berkeley, California, making it the first accredited Muslim college in the nation. The association will permit the college to offer an accredited “Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Law and Theology,” according to the College Fix. The president of Zaytuna College, Hamza Yusuf, celebrated the Western Association’s decision, writing on the college’s website: Five years ago, we introduced an undergraduate liberal arts program inspired by the idea of restoring the holistic education that had been offered in the great teaching centers of Islamic...
  • Iran Claims It Can Defeat the US in 'Any Scenario'

    03/11/2015 7:15:04 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/2015 | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari claimed Wednesday that Iran can defeat the US in "any scenario." At a convention in Tehran, Jafari boasted "we have grown so much (more) powerful that we don't feel concerned about the enemy's unwise attitude. We can go past any enemy scenario, and this has been proved in our contemporary history," according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. Clarifying which enemy he was referring to, Jafari said "the US should find a way to survive and continue its endangered life, but we are surprised at the enemy's insistence on costly and...
  • China and US clash over software backdoor proposals

    03/05/2015 2:33:01 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 March 2015 Last updated at 08:22 ET | BBC
    Beijing has rejected President Obama's criticism of its plan to make tech companies put backdoors in their software and share their encryption keys if they want to operate in China. On Monday, Mr Obama told the Reuters news agency he had "made it very clear" China had to change its policy if it wanted to do business with the US. But Beijing said it needed the powers to combat terrorism and tackle leaks. It also suggested the West was guilty of having double standards.
  • U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

    02/28/2015 9:40:36 AM PST · by tlozo · 7 replies
    The Wall Sreet Journal ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes
    The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets... But before delivering them, U.S. officials black out military staging areas on Russian territory and reduce the resolution so that enemy formations can’t be clearly made out, making them less useful to Ukrainian military commanders. Those steps, which delay the delivery of the images by at least 24 hours, are designed to keep the U.S. out of the so-called kill chain—military jargon for the stages of lethal...
  • US-Israel ties worsen over alleged leak of details in Iran talks (Bibi stands firm)

    02/20/2015 1:12:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Tribune Washington Bureau via MSN ^ | 2/19/14 | Paul Richter, Batsheva Sobelman
    **SNIP** U.S. officials initially had denied reports that the administration was withholding details from Israel of the closed-door talks with Iran. That changed Wednesday into a blunt rebuke of one of America's closest allies. "Not everything you are hearing from the Israeli government is an accurate reflection of the talks," Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters. She said the administration has begun "a selective sharing of information" with Israel as a result. White House press secretary Josh Earnest complained of "a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of information and using them out of context to distort the...
  • US Officials Admit Concern Over Syrian Refugee Effort (Is Obama letting ISIS in?)

    02/17/2015 5:50:17 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/17/2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL AND MIKE LEVINE
    Top U.S. counterterrorism officials say they worry a potential terrorist could be hiding among refugees who are looking to come to the United States after escaping the brutal war in Syria. "It's clearly a population of concern,” the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Nicholas Rasmussen, told the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, went further, saying it would be a “huge mistake” to bring refugees from the conflict to the U.S. – even as an estimated 4 million children, women and men have been forced to flee Syria and another 7 million have been...
  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

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

    02/16/2015 6:47:36 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jan. 30 2015 14:02 | Reuters
    Russia's top general said Friday that a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure military superiority over the West as Moscow forges ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to modernize its forces by 2020. Russia, facing a likely recession because of a fall in oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine, must deal with new forms of Western aggression, including economic confrontation, said General Valery Gerasimov. But despite the deep economic woes, he said the Russian military would receive more than 50 new intercontinental nuclear missiles this year. "Support for our strategic nuclear forces to ensure their high military capability combined with ......
  • U.S. Cuts Israel from Iran Nuclear Talks

    02/16/2015 5:44:52 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Yitzhak Benhorin ^ | 2/16/15 | Ap via Ynet News
    White House denies Channel 2 report claiming US has stopped updating Israel about developments in nuclear negotiations with Iran in response to Netanyahu's planned Congress speech, after Boehner admits he failed to tell administration he had invited PM. According to the report by Israel's Channel 2, US Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, who is involved in the talks has announced she will no longer be updating Israelis about the talks. Susan Rice, US President Obama's National Security Advisor, has also reportedly announced she is cutting ties with her Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, who serves as Netanyahu's National Security Adviso