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  • Russian Fighter Jet Flies Repeatedly Within 1000 Yards Of US Warship In The Black Sea

    04/14/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-14-2014 | Tyler Durden
    As we reported last Friday, a second US warship, the destroyer Donald Cook, crossed the Bosphorus last week and entered the Black Sea at precisely the time when NATO was arguing that its encroaching presence around Russia should not spook anyone. Apparently it spooked someone, Russin, which over the weekend decided to give the Americans a warm welcome. As AP reports, "A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region."
  • Volcanoes Erupting Right Now All Over The Ring Of Fire – Is The U.S. Next?

    04/10/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 8, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    All of a sudden, the Ring of Fire is starting to tremble violently. Last month, we had a whole bunch of major earthquakes along the Ring of Fire, and this month volcanoes all over the Ring of Fire are erupting. Of course, there has always been seismic activity within this giant band that stretches around the Pacific Ocean. After all, approximately 75 percent of all volcanoes are located in the Ring of Fire and approximately 90 percent of all global earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire. But what is alarming is that the level of activity appears to be...
  • U.S. finalizing plan to boost support for Syrian rebels: sources

    04/05/2014 5:15:45 AM PDT · by Vostok-1 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 4, 2014 7:16pm EDT | By Mark Hosenball and Missy Ryan
    The U.S. government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian rebels, two U.S. security sources said on Friday, as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks.
  • U.S. Envoy Resigns, but Grievances Linger in New Delhi

    04/01/2014 8:20:05 PM PDT · by cold start · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 1, 2014 | GARDINER HARRIS
    NEW DELHI — The resignation of the United States ambassador, Nancy J. Powell, was greeted by many in New Delhi’s diplomatic community Tuesday with a sense of hope that some of the grinding disputes between the United States and India might soon be settled. In the wake of December’s arrest and strip-search in New York of Devyani Khobragade, an Indian consular official, Indian diplomats have begun a series of investigations into the American Embassy School, the United States duty-free commissary and the American Community Support Association, a recreational club for expatriates on the United States Embassy compound. The more the...
  • Book Critical of Scientology, Banned From America for 27 Years, Now Goes on Sale in US

    03/30/2014 4:49:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 30 Mar 2014 | Joanna Walters
    British writer Robert Miller's expose´of religion's founder L. Rob Hubbard finds US publisherA British book the Church of Scientology managed to block in America is finally on sale in the US 27 years after it was published elsewhere in the world. The book, Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard, written by Russell Miller, a British journalist, and originally published in 1987, appeared in print and tablet editions in the US earlier this month. The book exposes many of the boasts of Mr Hubbard, the late founder of Scientology, about his early life and achievements as outright lies....
  • US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules

    03/28/2014 3:34:23 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 27, 2014 | Fox News/AP
    A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have led to the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge who said the rules violate the U.S. Constitution and served no medical purpose. Despite the lower court's ruling, the appeals court already had allowed some rules to go into effect while it considered the case. The latest decision means more regulations will begin later this year, as scheduled, and sets...
  • China Abuses American Academy

    03/26/2014 12:22:16 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 25, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The American universities pursuing cooperative relationships with their counterparts in Communist China are doing so in the hopes that these will be mutually beneficial. Yet all available evidence indicates that they are not. Former Peking University economist Xia Yeliang, who was dismissed from his position in October 2013 because of his anti-communist beliefs, said at the Cato Institute that Chinese academics “agree on communism, socialism, Marxism; otherwise it is not even possible to get a job” and “you cannot go against it in research” without losing jobs and funding. Xia claimed that Chinese officials “send their children to study abroad”...
  • Israeli DM: 'We Can't Depend on US Concerning Iran’

    03/19/2014 9:26:06 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CBN ^ | Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | CBN
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel cannot depend on the U.S. to take the lead against the Iranian nuclear program, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Tuesday. His remarks came just as the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany) are about to begin the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear facilities. The U.S. should be leading the campaign against Iran, Ya'alon said, but instead it's making deals with it. Israel will do what it must to defend itself. "We thought that the one who needs to lead the campaign against Iran is the U.S.," the defense minister said during...
  • US transfer of Internet control years in the making, fueled by foreign pressure

    03/18/2014 1:36:18 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-18-14 | Judson Berger
    The decision was announced nonchalantly, in trademark Washington fashion on a Friday afternoon: The U.S. government will cede its last bit of control over the Internet. The government has maintained that influence through contracts with the organization that administers the Internet, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. But a Commerce Department agency announced Friday that it would relinquish control over ICANN, presumably when its contract expires in September 2015. The office said it wants the group to next convene "global stakeholders" to come up with a transition plan -- a transition...
  • U.S. scrap copper trade fears defaults from China

    03/16/2014 3:36:31 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 11, 2014 | JOSEPHINE MASON
    Reuters) - At least one U.S. scrap copper trader has suffered "large" losses after a buyer in China defaulted on a deal in the past week, one of the first signs that sinking prices and tightening credit are taking a toll on the physical market. The customer walked away from a deal that had been guaranteed by a letter of credit, said a market participant who was familiar with the matter, but withheld the identity of the companies involved to protect business relationships. China is the world's biggest copper consumer.
  • No Ukraine Accord In Russia-US Talks (As Expected Alert)

    03/14/2014 10:20:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/14/2014 | BBC News
    Russia and the US have "no common vision" on the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has said after talks with his US counterpart. However Sergei Lavrov added that his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry had been "constructive". Mr Kerry said the US was "deeply concerned" about Russian troop deployments on Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea. The two foreign ministers held six hours of talks in London. Mr Lavrov told reporters that Russia had no plans to invade south-eastern Ukraine. Russia would "respect the will of the people of Crimea", he said, ahead of Sunday's referendum there....
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Farewell to A Superpower

    03/12/2014 2:36:00 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | March 11, 2014 | Lord Monckton
    Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, high priest of climate skepticism, advised Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, wrote leaders for the Yorkshire Post, was editor of the Catholic paper The Universe, managing editor of the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, assistant editor of Today, and consulting editor of the Evening Standard. He invented the million-selling "Eternity Puzzles," "Sudoku X" and a promising treatment for infections. See, the Science & Public Policy Institute.
  • U.S.: No Need for PA to Recognize Israel

    03/08/2014 7:09:08 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/9/2014 | Elad Benari
    The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal to recognize Israel stands at the heart...
  • Obama & Putin - Trapped In Macho Game Of “Chicken” Over Ukraine - Whole World Could Pay The Price

    03/08/2014 12:25:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 6, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    The U.S. government and the Russian government have both been forced into positions where neither one of them can afford to back down. If Barack Obama backs down, he will be greatly criticized for being "weak" and for having been beaten by Vladimir Putin once again. If Putin backs down, he will be greatly criticized for being "weak" and for abandoning the Russians that live in Crimea. In essence, Obama and Putin find themselves trapped in a macho game of "chicken" and critics on both sides stand ready to pounce on the one who backs down. But this is not...
  • Debate Over Who, in U.S., Is to Blame for Ukraine

    03/06/2014 7:29:49 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2014 | Peter Baker
    In Moscow, especially in the not-so-good old days, the question almost always asked is kto vinovat: “Who is to blame?” The American capital now finds itself engaged in that very Russian exercise ever since President Vladimir V. Putin’s troops entered Ukraine. Many on the right maintain that Moscow’s land grab is President Obama’s fault for pursuing a foreign policy of weakness. Some on the left contend that it is former President George W. Bush’s fault for invading Iraq and providing a precedent. And across the political spectrum there are accusations that it is the intelligence community’s fault for failing to...
  • Ukraine crisis: Poland 'safe' says president

    03/03/2014 7:23:56 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 24 replies
    The News (Poland) ^ | 3 March 2014
    President Komorowski said after a meeting of the National Security Council on Monday in Warsaw that the US has given assurances on Poland's security, as the Ukraine crisis deepens. In a telephone call on Sunday, Bronislaw Komorowski said Barack Obama assured him "unequivocally as to Poland's security, knowing that Poland is not only a neighbour of Ukraine but Russia as well." Trying to solve disputes through military means, as Russia is doing in Crimea, "raises huge doubts and concern for the future," President Komorowski said after the National Security Council meeting, which brings together Poland’s prime minister, foreign and defence...
  • Gen. “Mad Dog” Mattis speech, Marine Corps University Foundation’s 2014 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner

    03/03/2014 1:37:58 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 8 replies
    2/22/2014 | Gen. Mattis
    Long time since we served together in Brigade, cruised the West Pac Or since I drank one of your Cokes on the March up to Baghdad. General Gray, General Conway, General Pace, General Amos, General Paxton – Marines whose very goodness put ambition out of context. Sergeant Major Barrett – a Marine’s Marine. Colonel Harvey Barnum who for so many years – your valor inspired us all to be better men. Ladies – The wonderful ladies who exemplify grace & courage Who represent our better angels and what we fight for. Thank all of you for coming out tonight –...
  • On The Horizon

    03/03/2014 8:41:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Writings of Irish Joe Harrison ^ | March 1, 2014 | Joe Harrison
    OK, before everyone starts fussing at me, I know I promised a story on a different subject this morning, but this is somewhat urgent and God has put the muse upon me this morning and this is the direction she has taken me in. It's beyond my control. My old, damaged, analyst brain is working overtime right now to the point that it feels like it's going to explode. Being a student of history, I study a lot of wars, not only the wars but I'll generally go back about a decade or so before they began to see what...
  • Homosexual activists aim to ‘destroy the family’, impose ‘totalitarianism’: gay pro-family activist

    02/28/2014 2:28:37 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 27, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    ROME, February 27, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “I am a homosexual, but I’m against ‘gay marriage,’” a French pro-family activist told an Italian Catholic opinion paper earlier this month. Jean-Pier-Delaume Myard, spokesman for Manif Pour Tous, told La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana that the “sole purpose” of the homosexualist “gay rights” movement is “destroying the family.” Myard gave the interview following the first big pro-family Manif Pour Tous event in Italy on February 11. Myard noted that in a recent talk, he said “we must break the silence” about the real nature of the homosexualist movement, noting that many homosexuals “have nothing to...
  • West warns Russia amid rising tensions in Crimea

    02/27/2014 7:22:09 PM PST · by Red6 · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 February 2014 | BBC
    Western nations have called on Russia to ease tensions in Ukraine's Crimea region after armed men seized the local parliament and raised the Russian flag. Russia also scrambled fighter jets along its borders as part of military exercises it announced a day earlier. Moscow said it was willing to work with the West on averting a crisis, but warned foreign powers against taking decisions on behalf of Ukrainians. Meanwhile, the ousted Ukrainian president is reported to be in Russia. Viktor Yanukovych plans to hold a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Friday, Russia's Ria news agency...
  • Did the EU Bail Out the US in December?

    02/20/2014 8:44:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | February 19, 2014 | Michael Minkoff
    It’s Wednesday. So it’s time for more bad news. If you’ve been paying attention, you will have already noticed that the United States is headed toward a cliff of imminent destruction at astonishing speeds. Our financial situation is dire, our political situation is dismal, our international situation is tenuous, and our cultural situation is pathetic. It’s sad. I didn’t think my generation would live to see this, but it looks like America is past the point of no return in its drive toward complete collapse.The most recent sign of doom in the financial sector is the alarming news that China...
  • Venezuela Expels Three US Diplomats As Deadly Anti-Government Protests Spread Throughout The Country

    02/20/2014 8:06:35 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Elite Daily ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | Aaron Kaufman
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced Sunday that his government has expelled three US consulate officials accused of meeting with students involved in anti-government protests that have raged throughout Venezuela for nearly two weeks.In an address on Venezuela state television, Maduro accused the consulate workers and the United States government of conspiring with opposition forces to incite turmoil across the country. “We are determined to defend our country,” said Maduro. US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern over Venezuela’s handling of the protests, resulting in at least three deaths, more than 40 injuries and numerous arrests and detentions. “We are...
  • Oklahoma Communist Party Releases Ad Promising End of Racism, Gay Marriage Under Communist USA

    02/19/2014 11:33:52 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 23 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/19/14 | Aurelius
    Despite 100 years of historical evidence that communism leads to food shortages, genocide, and police states, the Oklahoma Communist Party, in a recently publicized ad, has promised the exact opposite... No where in the ad are mentions of the atrocities that took place in the Soviet Union or China in the 20th Century, nor the human rights violations that still take place in North Korea and Cuba to this day. Instead, all the readers see are smiling faces, just so happy that communism has finally taken over the US... And, for whatever reason, the picture saying that racism will end...
  • US and UK in a fiddle over tax havens: Populist measures against them smack of hypocrisy

    02/11/2014 5:29:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 02/11/2014 | Robin Mitchinson
    The U.S. and Britain have got themselves in another fine mess over populist measures against tax havens that don't work and smack of hypocrisy. Obama has set off once more on his crusade against foreign tax havens. His tactic is to extend the jurisdiction of the IRS to cover the whole world. His weapon is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act which requires all foreign financial institutions to supply full details of accounts held abroad by American taxpayers. There are a few problems. The first is that foreign banks have not taken too kindly to being tax gatherers for the...
  • US IMMIGRATION NEWS: US Government Relaxes Rules for Limited Terrorist Aid

    02/10/2014 4:11:18 AM PST · by ND23 · 1 replies
    Live Punjab ^ | Neha Dutt
    The Obama administration has relaxed the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and those who desire to come to the United States of America, and most importantly also all those who gave undefined "limited" aid to terrorists or terrorist groups. The new guidelines by the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department state that all those who have offered "limited material support" to terrorist organizations are not automatically forbidden from the United States.
  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership:The biggest trade deal in the world.

    01/30/2014 7:25:43 AM PST · by managusta · 6 replies
    You may never heard of it but "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is presently being secretly negotiated between the European Union and the United States. It aims at removing trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US. On top of cutting tariffs across all sectors, the EU and the US want to tackle barriers behind the customs border – such as differences in technical regulations, standards and approval procedures. These often cost unnecessary time and...
  • China Is Playing 'Chicken' With US Warships In The South China Sea

    01/30/2014 5:18:41 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    BI/Global Post ^ | 1-30-2014 | Benjamin Carson
    China Is Playing 'Chicken' With US Warships In The South China Sea GlobalPost Benjamin Carlson, GlobalPost Jan. 30, 2014, 7:51 AM HONG KONG — As anyone who has seen “Rebel Without a Cause” knows, playing chicken is dangerous for California teenagers in hot-rods. But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that’s just another level of crazy. Unfortunately, vessels from the US military and from other countries increasingly find themselves in such high-stakes confrontations on the East Asian seas, where China has adopted a strategy of making rivals flinch or risk collision. Just this week, Chinese sailors...
  • Who’s ‘Godless’ Now? Russia Says It’s U.S.

    01/29/2014 7:11:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/28/14 | Marc Bennetts
    MOSCOW — At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.” More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West. “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in...
  • There's a new US $100 bill in circulation.

    01/29/2014 12:39:10 PM PST · by OldNavyVet · 31 replies
    Internet search ^ | 29 January 2014 | OldNavyVet
    I ran into this new $100 bill in Las Vegas.
  • The 'Kerry Plan': Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, recognition of Jewish state

    01/29/2014 11:15:30 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 21 replies
    The "Kerry Plan" is likely to be unveiled soon, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times wrote on Tuesday in a column titled "Why Kerry is Scary." The “Kerry Plan,” writes Friedman, is expected to "call for an end to the conflict and all claims, following a phased Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank (based on the 1967 lines)." Friedman also said that there will be "unprecedented security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley." According to Friedman, some settlements will remain under Israeli control and Israel will "compensate" Palestinians for the land. The plan will set east Jerusalem as the...
  • US embassy urges its citizens' caution on Egypt's revolution anniversary (Threats by MB)

    01/25/2014 5:36:37 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Saturday 25 Jan 2014 | Ahram Online
    On Egypt's third anniversary of the 25 January 2011 revolution, the US embassy warns its citizens from 'gathering in both celebrations and protest' The US Embassy in Cairo has released a security message warning its citizens of potential clashes on Saturday, the third anniversary of the 25 January 2011 revolution. The embassy told its citizens "there might be groups gathering in both celebrations and protest" in the areas of Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Rabaa Al-Adaweya Mosque in Nasr City, Nahda Square by Cairo University in Giza, as well as other universities and governmental institutions.
  • Canadian PM Harper is latest to fill leadership vacuum

    01/24/2014 8:21:35 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/24/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    During a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, an Israeli reporter asked visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, "Is Canada paying a price for being so supportive of Israel? Is it possible to support Israel and still have ties to the Arab world?" This question goes to the heart of what is generally perceived as Israel's greatest weakness. The Arab boycott of Israel and of companies doing business with Israel has served as one of the most potent weapons in the anti-Israel arsenal for over a generation. Indeed, since the OPEC oil embargo in 1974, it has...
  • The Effects of Mass Muslim Immigration

    01/19/2014 7:19:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 19, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    It was reported Monday that “almost 10 percent of children under five years old in England and Wales come from a Muslim family, according to 2011 UK Government census information.” The report continued, “Of the 3.5 million children aged less than five, 320,000 were listed as Muslim. By comparison, Christians make up 43 per cent of those aged under five.” What is the problem with that? The enemedia would tell you that anyone who thinks this is something to be concerned about is a racist. But this is not really a question of race at all; it’s a question of assimilation. Hindus,...
  • School in India Ensnared in U.S. Diplomatic Spat

    01/16/2014 8:05:05 PM PST · by cold start · 6 replies
    NEW DELHI — A handout for new teachers at this city’s exclusive American Embassy School, an academic oasis for children of American diplomats and other expatriates, offers some unusual guidance to female teachers whose husbands will also be teaching at the school. “The female spouse should not state that she will be working,” the handout states, instructing spouses to list their occupation on visa applications as “housewife,” adding that “no sexism is intended on our part.” That advice, which top Indian officials say is illegal, has ensnared the American school, a cherished institution among foreigners living here, in a growing...
  • US Foreign Policy Hits New Lows After Israel Mocks John Kerry; Update - Israel Apologizes

    01/14/2014 4:52:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1/14/14 | Tyler Durden
      Update: it was inevitable. Israel has apologized:  Barak Ravid@BarakRavid Follow BREAKING: Israel MoD Yaalon apologizes for his statements against SecState Kerry 1:28 PM - 14 Jan 2014   Just when you thought US foreign policy under John Kerry couldn't plumb new lows, here comes Israel, mocking... John Kerry.   Richard Engel        ✔ @RichardEngel Follow Yaalon quoted by "Yediot Aharonot" saying: only thing that could "save" #Israel is for Kerry to win Nobel Peace Prize and "leave us alone." But it wasn't Israel's mocking of Kerry that was embarrassing: after Syria, Israel is hardly a big fan of Hillary's replacement who...
  • Top US leadership feels diplomat row with India 'most stupid thing to do'

    01/11/2014 9:37:19 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 50 replies
    Recognising the damage that the diplomat row has done to the India-US relationship, there is a realisation in the top American leadership that "it was the most stupid thing to do" on their part and that they would now have to "work overtime" to bring back the ties on track. As Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade landed in New Delhi last night, there was a sense of relief in the US government, with officials expressing their determination to move forward the relationship, which President Barack Obama has described as the defining partnership of the 21st century. "The US and India enjoy...
  • China to Overtake U.S. As World's Top Trader

    01/10/2014 5:35:07 AM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | January 10, 3024 | Charles Riley
    China is poised to become the world's top trading nation, a position long held by the United States. China reported Friday that its total trade for 2013 reached $4.2 trillion, a sharp increase over the previous year. It is the first time the world's most populous country has cleared the $4 trillion barrier, a feat accomplished despite lackluster numbers for the final month of the year. The U.S. has not yet reported trade numbers for December, but China is virtually assured the top ranking. In the first 11 months of the year, U.S. imports and exports totaled $3.5 trillion, according...
  • The Coming Demographic Winter

    01/07/2014 9:55:32 AM PST · by NYer · 103 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 7, 2014 | Regis Martin
    Tourism, as anyone with a passport can tell you, has become a very big business, particularly in places that no longer thrive in the customary practices of industry and commerce. Take Genoa, for instance, one of Europe’s largest cities along the Mediterranean coast and still the grandest seaport in all Italy, whose bright and shiny brochures advertise an array of attractions from castles to cuisine, beaches to basilicas. There is even a museum or two containing works by such great Flemish masters as Rubens and van Dijk. Then, having slaked one’s appetite for art, one can always wander through...
  • India asks US Embassy not to screen movies at American Centre

    01/04/2014 11:08:20 PM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 16 replies
    Piling further pressure, India has asked the US Embassy not to screen any movies at the American Centre without obtaining a licence and gave it a deadline of January 20 to do so. The American Centre regularly screens movies for invited audiences apparently without a licence to do so.To stop this "transgression", a notice has been sent by the government. This is yet another step by India in retaliation for the arrest and humiliation of its Deputy Consul General in New York Devyani Khobragade, a 1999-batch IFS officer. "To relentlessly put a stop to transgressions of US institutions in Delhi,...
  • Get ready for it to feel as cold as MINUS SIXTY! Nation braces for coldest temperatures in 40 YEARS

    01/04/2014 7:33:23 PM PST · by Windflier · 244 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4 January 2014 | Various
    Experts have warned that Friday's freezing temperatures were simply a warm-up and that this weekend will bring a big chill for 140 million people - almost half the nation - that could prove fatal for the unprepared - and will continue through the winter. With the Northeast still reeling from the huge storm that dumped as much as two-feet of snow across the region and was responsible for the deaths of 16 people, a new weather system is threatening to bring record low temperatures to the Midwest as a polar vortex barrels over the United States. 'It's the mother lode...
  • U.S. seeking Al Qaeda terrorist linked to Benghazi attack (NYT stunned)

    01/04/2014 6:34:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/03/13 | Bill Gertz
    The U.S. government is trying to apprehend an al Qaeda terrorist wanted for his role in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans. The suspect, Muhammad Jamal, was imprisoned in Egypt last fall and in September was being held by the Egyptian government. His current whereabouts could not be confirmed, said U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. One official said Jamal remains in Egyptian custody, contrary to reports that he was in Yemen.
  • India, U.S. in diplomatic stand off

    01/01/2014 4:13:33 AM PST · by Dartman · 14 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 31/13 | Tarek Fatah
    “The U.S. is playing games with India. But America must understand that the world has changed, times have changed and India has changed.” Those were tough words from India’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, but they fell on deaf ears in Washington. At issue is the case of India’s deputy consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested and handcuffed by U.S. marshals as she dropped off her daughter at school on the morning of Dec. 12. Later, the 39-year old career diplomat was locked up, stripped naked and subjected to a search of her body cavities in...
  • Strong Indian response shocks US officials

    12/29/2013 8:27:36 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 55 replies
    India's unusual tough stand on the arrest of its diplomat Devyani Khobragade has forced the US to initiate an "inter-agency review" to look into the lapses that happened in the high-profile case that triggered an uproar in India and strained bilateral ties. The US departments involved in the review include the National Security Council of the White House, the State Department and the Justice Department. "An inter-agency review is going on right now to look into the lapses that happened in the case," sources.In a tacit acknowledgement of the fact that there was a "judgemental error" in handling this case,...
  • India seeks possible U.S. tax violations in diplomat row

    12/27/2013 10:04:38 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, 27 Dec, 2013 | Reuters
    NEW DELHI India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York on criminal charges. The measures suggest that the two countries are no closer to a resolution of a diplomatic dispute over the treatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade this month on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper. Khobragade, who has denied the charges, was handcuffed and strip-searched while in custody despite informing U.S. marshals about...
  • Why the India-US relationship is in such a mess

    12/26/2013 7:53:54 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 21 replies
    Just how strong were the ties between the world's largest and oldest democracies that an incident involving a diplomat and a maid led to anger threatening the relationship itself to cold war era? Or had the relationship been weakening in the past few years, masked by the empty symbolism of State dinners, asks Devesh Kapur. The sharp deterioration in India-US relations stemming from Devyani Khobragade's arrest raises a question: Just how strong were the ties between the world's largest and oldest democracies -- whose common value systems supposedly make them 'natural allies' -- that an incident involving a diplomat and...
  • Gilad Shalit Joins Calls to Release Jonathan Pollard

    12/24/2013 8:44:06 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 12/24/2013
    Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier who was kidnapped by Hamas and imprisoned for 5 years, called on the US to release Jonathan Pollard on Tuesday. "I heard the request tonight, like everyone else, from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to release Jonathan Pollard, who has sat for 29 years in prison," Shalit wrote to Yediot Aharonot. "After Israel has released terrorist prisoners back to the Palestinian Authority as a gesture [for negotiations], we ask for a mutual gesture." "I am sure that like me, the entire nation of Israel agrees that to demand such a simple gesture as Pollard's release is...
  • Charlie Daniels to Piers Morgan: 'You Wouldn't Last Five Minutes' in the Duck Dynasty Swamps

    12/23/2013 9:22:14 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | december 21, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    Charlie Daniels has had enough of CNN's Piers Morgan attacking Americans he doesn't agree with. After Morgan said about Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson via Twitter Thursday, "[T]he 1st Amendment shouldn't protect vile bigots," Daniels scolded the arrogant Brit Friday with a series of tweets that began, "Piers Morgan why don't you go back to England and straighten it out before you try to change the United States of America":
  • Dogfight duke: The MiG that forced Pakistan army surrender

    12/19/2013 4:59:18 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 23 replies
    The MiG-21 FL was the force multiplier that allowed other IAF aircraft to go in for the kill without having to watch their back during the 1971 War, thereby hastening the fall of the Pakistani military The MiG-21 may be the only aircraft in aviation history to have forced a nation to surrender. The devastating attack on the Governor’s House in Dhaka in East Pakistan by MiG-21s proved to be a turning point in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. India’s blitzkrieg strategy against the Pakistani military had brought the Indian Army to the outskirts of Dhaka within just nine days. Holed...
  • China Paper Says US Ship Harassed China Fleet

    12/16/2013 5:52:49 AM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | December 16, 2013 | Staff
    An official Chinese newspaper on Monday accused the U.S. Navy of harassing a Chinese squadron earlier this month, shortly before a near collision that marked the two nations' most serious sea confrontation in years. There has been no direct comment from China's Foreign Ministry or defense officials on the Dec. 5 incident in the South China Sea, where the USS Cowpens was operating in international waters. The U.S. ship, a 10,000-ton Ticonderoga-class cruiser, maneuvered to avoid the collision, the U.S. Pacific Fleet has said.