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  • EgyptAir 804 remains point to bomb: official

    05/24/2016 2:46:50 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    A senior Egyptian forensics official says human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft. The official is part of the Egyptian investigative team and has personally examined the remains at a Cairo morgue. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he isn't authorised to release the information. He says all 80 pieces brought to Cairo so far are small and that 'there isn't even a whole body part, like an arm or a head'.
  • TSA's Head Of Security Kelly Hoggan 'Removed' From Office, House Oversight Committee Says

    05/24/2016 3:45:29 AM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 7 replies
    npr.org ^ | May 23 | Dana Farrington
    The head of security for TSA, Kelly Hoggan, has been removed from his position after a hearing about the agency's management, the House Oversight Committee says. In an email obtained from the TSA, Administrator Peter Neffenger announced a series of leadership changes on Monday. The position that Hoggan had held since 2013 will temporarily be taken by Darby LaJoye, who is currently deputy assistant administrator. The changes come as fliers complain about long, slow airport screening lines. That problem "has many parts," as NPR's Brian Naylor has reported: More people are traveling, and there are fewer screeners. The May 12...
  • Syrian rebel whose group is linked to al Qaida visited U.S.

    05/24/2016 1:28:11 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 1 replies
    mclatchy dc ^ | May 21, 2016 | Hannah Allam
    A senior figure from a Syrian rebel group with links to al Qaida was allowed into the United States for a brief visit, raising questions about how much the Obama administration will compromise in the search for partners in the conflict. Labib al Nahhas, foreign affairs director for the Islamist fighting group Ahrar al Sham, spent a few days in Washington in December, according to four people with direct knowledge of the trip and who spoke on condition of anonymity. His previously undisclosed visit is a delicate matter for both sides – the conservative Salafist insurgents risk their credibility with...
  • Refugees Will Build Drones As Part Of Federally Funded Jobs Program

    05/23/2016 9:06:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/23/2016 | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    The Department of Labor has awarded Utica, New York, $2 million to teach young refugees how to build drones as part of a summer jobs program. About 400 teenage refugee students living in the city will get part-time summer jobs through the program, as well as tutoring in English and Math. Those who demonstrate academic competence will then take part in a year-long drone building challenge during the school year, as the work and tutoring continues. The 14- and 15-year-old refugee students will learn how to design a drone and then construct their own model using the lab of the...
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • Israel Has Been Infected by the Seeds of Fascism, Says ex-Prime Minister Ehud Barak

    05/23/2016 2:51:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 20, 2016 9:43 PM
    Israel has been “infected by the seeds of fascism,” former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak said during a TV interview on Friday night. Responding to the resignation of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon earlier in the day, Barak said that it “should be a red light for all of us regarding what’s going on in the government.” “Life-sustaining Zionism and the seeds of fascism cannot live together,” Barak told a Channel 10 interviewer. …
  • 'King Of Clubs' Being Sheltered By Syrian Army

    05/10/2003 4:23:59 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 585+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-11-2003 | Damien Mcelroy
    'King of clubs' being sheltered by Syrian army By Damien Mcelroy in Damascus (Filed: 11/05/2003) The king of clubs from America's card deck of most wanted Iraqis is being sheltered at a military base in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to a Gulf diplomat. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former vice-president of Iraq and one of Saddam Hussein's closest henchmen, is said to be under the protection of Syria's Republican Guard in the decrepit military base near the airport. He is among thousands of regime figures who are believed to have slipped into Syria before Damascus sealed the border. Izzat had...
  • France helped Iraqis escape

    05/06/2003 7:58:57 PM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 134 replies · 390+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6 May 2003 | Bill Gertz
    <p>The French government secretly supplied fleeing Iraqi officials with passports in Syria that allowed them to escape to Europe, The Washington Times has learned.</p> <p>An unknown number of Iraqis who worked for Saddam Hussein's government were given passports by French officials in Syria, U.S. intelligence officials said.</p>
  • Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force

    05/23/2016 10:33:20 AM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel.
  • Everything You Need To Know About The Muslim Kamikaze EgyptAir’s Flight 804 Pilot

    05/23/2016 10:19:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    freedomoutpost.com ^ | Walid Shoebat
    More evidence is arising to show that the pilot of Flight 804 went suicide. People ask: if indeed the pilot went suicide ‘Muslim Kamikaze style’, why plunge the aircraft loaded with mostly Muslim passengers into the sea and how does that make any sense from an Islamic perspective on Jihadi martyrdom? Answer: everything. Shakeer’s [Flight 804's pilot] link to Amr Khaled, just like Shah’s link with Anwar Ibrahim should raise some serious alarm bells. Both Ibrahim and Khaled are linked to their love to the Muslim spiritual leader, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. Anyone can click to see the man is a...
  • EgyptAir Flight MS804: No Random Target

    05/23/2016 10:32:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 23, 2016 | Mark Christian and Joe Herring
    We are entering a new era – one in which terrorists place bombs in the sky and detonate them whenever they see fit. EgyptAir MS804 is just the latest example of their ability to transform an airliner into an IED. Authorities almost immediately agreed that MS804 was likely the victim of a terrorist attack. However, they aren't able to discern how that took place, given the extensive passenger screening the flight underwent on each leg of its journey. Ascertaining the method requires a look at the history of this particular flight and an honest appraisal of who stood to gain...
  • Austria on knife-edge as presidential race too close to call

    05/22/2016 9:12:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | •May 22, 2016 | Nina Lamparski AFP
    <p>Vienna (AFP) - Austrian far-right hopes of winning a presidential runoff remained on hold Sunday as the candidates were neck-and-neck in a battle closely watched by the EU, which is struggling to contain a surge of anti-immigrant parties.</p> <p>A win would see Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) become the European Union's first far-right head of state.</p>
  • Austria far-right narrowly loses poll, Van der Bellen elected president

    05/23/2016 8:27:34 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | May 23, 2016 | Staff
    Mr Hofer led narrowly after Sunday's election but postal votes gave Mr Van der Bellen victory by 50.3% to 49.7%. Mr Van der Bellen campaigned on a pro-EU platform, backed by the Green Party. Mr Hofer, of the Freedom Party, tapped into anti-EU sentiment and fears about rising numbers of asylum seekers. He conceded victory on his Facebook page. Mr Hofer said it was a sad day and that he would have gladly served as president.
  • The Disturbing Riddles of Egypt Air Flight 804 Continue… (suicide bombing)

    05/23/2016 8:19:06 AM PDT · by GilGil · 50 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 5/23/2016 | Sundance
    More evidence is arising to show that the pilot of Flight 804 went suicide. He did some bizarre things. He converted the plane into a makeshift mosque, used the equipment to tell passengers the direction of Mecca. Had a last supper and said “farewell” as if ‘we who are about to die salute you’. He called his brother before take-off telling him to ‘pray for him’ as he was going for martyrdom. He had connections with one of the most radical preachers and terror supporters in Egypt. (link)
  • [Expletive] Israel, long live the Intifada' angry mob screams at Jewish UC (Irvine) student

    05/23/2016 8:11:56 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 35 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/22/16 | Hannah Broad
    An angry anti-Israel mob at the University of California at Irvine chased a Jewish student into a building while chanting anti-Semitic epithets after she tried to attend a campus screening of an Israeli documentary last Wednesday, the Observer reported. Second-year Eliana Kopley was attempting to enter the showing of the Israeli documentary "Beneath the Helmet" about the IDF when a crowd of protesters physically obstructed her and chased her into an adjacent building. The angry mob proceeded to pound intimidatingly on the windows and doors while shouting "Long live the Intifada!" and "F**k Israel!" Kopley called the police, who escorted...
  • Anti-Israel protesters hunt Jews at UC Irvine

    05/23/2016 7:34:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 5/22/2016, 4:47 PM | Ari Yashar
    Pro-Palestinian activists turned violent last Wednesday night as they protested a pro-Israel movie screening at University of California, Irvine (UCI), and in the process hunted down a Jewish woman who was forced to hide and call for police rescue. At least 50 anti-Israel protesters from the Muslim Student Union and the group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCI physically blocked the screening of “Beneath The Helmet,” a documentary about the IDF shown in an event hosted by Students Supporting Israel at UCI as part of a series of Peace Week events. The protesters blocked the exits to the...
  • AfD meet with Muslim leaders breaks down in acrimony [Germany]

    05/23/2016 6:28:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 May 2016 14:32 GMT+02:00 | [DPA/The Local]
    A meeting between far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Muslim leaders ended bitterly on Monday after just an hour of talks. It was meant to be a chance for the heads of Germany’s rising far-right party to meet face-to-face with leaders of the Muslim community for clear-the-air talks. […] AfD leader Frauke Petry “wants to go further along the path of populism, defamation and above all prejudice,” Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims, said after the meeting in Berlin. For her part, Petry claimed Mazyek and his colleagues were calling for her to override the democratic...
  • Egyptair Flight 804 Crash: Assume Terrorism Until Conclusively Proven Otherwise

    05/23/2016 4:33:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 23,2016 | Joseph Klein
    Investigators are holding back from drawing any definitive conclusions as to the cause of the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 last Thursday during a flight from Paris to Cairo, pending retrieval of flight recorders and further examination of the wreckage. However, terrorism is suspected as the most likely cause.
  • Possible Conflict at Heart of Clinton Foundation

    05/22/2016 9:55:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 83 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 22, 2016 | ALBERT R. HUNT
    The Clinton Foundation, which has done a number of good works over the past 15 years, would appear to present an inherent conflict of interest should Mrs. Clinton become president, and possibly does even now with her as a candidate. Mrs. Clinton has suggested that if she is elected, the foundation — which collects contributions from wealthy interests, including foreign governments — would continue basically as is. “If Bill seeks to raise large sums of money from donors who also have an interest in U.S. policy, the public will rightly question whether the grants affected United States foreign policy,” said...
  • Is The Taliban Fixing To Invade America, Or Why Is Washington Still Killing People In Afghanistan?

    05/22/2016 8:53:51 PM PDT · by thoughtomator · 39 replies
    David Stockman's Contra Corner ^ | May 22, 2016 | Michael S. Rozeff
    The Pentagon thinks it’s killed a Taliban official (Akhtar Mansour) by drone. But what difference does it make to us to kill this man (meaning a positive difference, a gain, a benefit)? Whether or not some outfit in Pakistan applauds this or hates it, what difference does it make to Americans? Why is the U.S. still trying to kill off Taliban or stop them? Why is the U.S. still in Afghanistan 15 years after it went there to get bin Laden? Why did the U.S. start a war with the Taliban anyway? The humongous cost of this killing is already...
  • Hoyer: E. Jerusalem not same as W. Bank

    08/11/2009 5:30:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 602+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-11-09 | HERB KEINON
    US House Majority leader Steny Hoyer praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, called for the Palestinian Authority to drop any preconditions to negotiations, and said that Congress differentiated between building in east Jerusalem and in the West Bank, during an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Hoyer, currently in the country leading a delegation of 29 Democratic legislators, also said the rhetoric coming out of the Fatah General Assembly in Bethlehem was "unfortunate." The delegation, sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, arrived on Sunday evening and met Monday...
  • Netanyahu to U.S.: Israel will govern itself, thank you

    08/03/2009 1:02:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies · 1,550+ views
    WND ^ | 8/3/09 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – In a statement to WND, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office today objected to U.S. condemnation of the Israeli government for enforcing property law in Jerusalem by evicting Arabs from a Jewish housing complex they purportedly had been illegally occupying for almost a century.
  • Defiant Netanyahu Plays his Jerusalem Card

    07/23/2009 10:52:34 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 23 replies · 619+ views
    ips ^ | Jul 23, 2009 | Analysis by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
    JERUSALEM, Jul 23 (IPS) - Israel's newly installed ambassador in Washington says the "disagreement" with the U.S. over Israel's settlement policy will be resolved "soon". Speaking on Israel Radio, Michael Oren was giving his first interview since taking up his post. His upbeat assessment is challenged by many other Israeli officials and by most political pundits who foresee the U.S. and Israel being on collision course. With the EU and Russia following suit. Defining Israel's 'settlement policy' is the nub: Does it include also occupied East Jerusalem? A low-key U.S. demand for Israel to scrap a plan for a new...
  • Why a Jerusalem Standoff Threatens Obama's Mideast Peace Plans (Obama vs. Bibi Netanyahu)

    07/22/2009 6:54:23 PM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 44 replies · 1,169+ views
    Time ^ | Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2009 | By Tony Karon
    Last summer, in the course of a campaign speech reaching out to pro-Israel groups concerned about his commitment to the Jewish state, then presidential candidate Barack Obama declared, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." Those words, which he later qualified, may now be coming back to haunt the President as he seeks to restart the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process by getting Israel to freeze all construction outside its pre-1967 borders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn a line in the sand over Jerusalem, vehemently rejecting Washington's demand that he halt a construction project...
  • Netanyahu: Jerusalem is Ours, Not Up for Debate

    07/19/2009 8:36:35 AM PDT · by Tigen · 99 replies · 5,800+ views
    INN ^ | 07/19/09 | Maayana Miskin
    (IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a sharp response Sunday to United States pressure to stop Jews from building in parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem is “not up for debate,” Netanyahu said, and Jews are permitted to build in any part of the capital city, as are Arabs. Netanyahu implied that the U.S. request was racist, saying before the weekly Cabinet meeting, “Imagine what would happen if Jews were forbidden to live or to buy apartments in certain parts of London, New York, Paris or Rome. There would be an international outcry." "All...
  • 'We won't halt J'lem housing project'

    07/19/2009 8:11:59 AM PDT · by dervish · 9 replies · 426+ views
    Jerusalem is the "unified capital of Israel and the capital of the Jewish people, and sovereignty over it is indisputable," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, responding to an American demand to put an end to a housing project to be built in east Jerusalem. "Hundreds of apartments in the west of the city were purchased by Arabs and we didn't get involved. There is no prohibition against Arab residents buying apartments in the west of the city and there is no prohibition barring the city's Jewish residents from buying or building in the east of the city," Netanyahu added...
  • Netanyahu: Settlements debate is a waste of time (BIBI Strikes Back)

    06/23/2009 11:25:09 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 28 replies · 1,373+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 6/23/09 | haaretz
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that international "arguing" over Israel's stance on settlements was impeding progress on the Middle East peace progress. In an interview with Italy's RAI TV, Netanyahu insisted that settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the West Bank must be viewed as separate issues, as Jerusalem is an inseparable part of Israel. He also said that Israel has been forthcoming with its intentions to halt construction while still allowing for natural growth in existing communities, which he called "an equitable position which reflexes our willingness to enter immediately in peace negotiations and get on with...
  • US tells Israel to stop Jerusalem construction

    06/23/2009 5:23:15 AM PDT · by Yehuda123 · 275 replies · 6,969+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | TOVAH LAZAROFF AND HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem are included in the US demand that Israel halt "settlement" construction, including for natural growth, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told 'The Jerusalem' Post during a press briefing on Monday.
  • Canadian Indigenous Activist to Israel: Be More Assertive About Ancestral Lands

    05/18/2016 4:47:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | MAY 14, 2016
    JNS.org – Canadian indigenous rights activist Ryan Bellerose recently visited Israel, where he filmed a video in support of the Jewish state in coordination with the Israel education and advocacy group StandWithUs. “Indigenous status means that your people had a coalescence and a genesis on the land,” said Bellerose, who founded the pro-Israel group Calgary United with Israel, in the widely watched video. “Everything that makes Jews Jewish—their spirituality, their traditions, their culture, their language, everything—it stems from Israel.” Bellerose belongs to the Métis community, a native group recognized by the Canadian government as aboriginal. He is also a Zionist...
  • Erekat claims Kerry will attend French peace summit

    05/16/2016 4:17:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 5/16/16 | Elad Benari
    Secretary of State John Kerry is planning to attend the preliminary foreign ministers' meeting that France is convening in advance of a French-sponsored Middle East peace conference, Haaretz reported Monday. The Palestine Liberation Organization's Saeb Erekat told the newspaper that Kerry has told Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas that he plans to attend the summit, to take place in Paris on May 30. At this stage, however, State Department officials will not confirm that Kerry will be attending the foreign ministers' meeting, and Washington has been reluctant to express support for the French initiative. For his part, Erekat told Haaretz...
  • Egypt Sends Robot Submarine to Hunt for EgyptAir Jet

    05/22/2016 8:36:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 22 May 2016
    Egypt deployed a robot submarine on Sunday to hunt for the EgyptAir plane that crashed in deep Mediterranean waters, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said, warning investigations into the disaster would take time. In his first public remarks on Thursday's crash of the Airbus 320 jet, which killed all 66 people on board, Sisi also said all possible scenarios were still being considered and cautioned against rushing to conclusions. “Search equipment has moved today from the oil ministry, they have a submarine that can reach 3,000 meters under water,” he told assembled ministers and members of parliament at the opening of a...
  • Herzog: 'Door is closed' for Zionist Union to join gov't

    05/23/2016 1:33:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | Hezki Baruch
    Opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman MK Yitzhak Herzog confirmed "the door is closed" regarding his party joining the coalition Monday, rejecting via Twitter an offer from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to resume talks. "Netanyahu, in response to your inquiries in recent days about resumption of negotiations on joining your government, I want to clarify publicly what I told you verbally: that door is closed," Herzog wrote. "This chapter is finished. You are a prisoner in the hands of the most extreme and we will fight you - and them," he added, referring to the addition of Yisrael Beytenu. ......
  • German-funded school in Gaza teaches military training

    05/23/2016 1:27:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16
    A school built in Gaza using German funds is educating their students on hatred and violence for Israel and providing children with military training At the end of March, a Hamas-affiliated news agency distributed a video showing a Palestinian teacher indoctrinating school children with hatred for Israel and support for an armed struggle against it. The teacher used the letters of the Arabic alphabet as a didactic tool to teach them "the fundamental Palestinian national principles" even before they learn to read. The video did not specify the name of the school; however, data collected by the Intelligence and Terrorism...
  • 1979: Remembering 'The Siege Of Mecca' (It was one of the events that gave rise to al-Qaida)

    05/22/2016 10:49:15 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 24 replies
    npr.org ^ | August 20, 20096:00 AM ET | Morning Edition
    1979: Remembering 'The Siege Of Mecca' August 20, 20096:00 AM ET Heard on Morning Edition Yaroslav Trofimov, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, talks about the 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the holiest site in Islam, and gunmen held it for two weeks. It was one of the events that gave rise to al-Qaida, and Yaroslav wrote about it in his book The Siege of Mecca. RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Thirty years ago, hundreds of Islamic extremists walked into the Grand Mosque in Mecca. They slipped weapons into the holiest site in...
  • British PM: Turkey Will Join Europe ‘in Year 3000’

    05/22/2016 8:39:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 22 May 2016
    The UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday said that Turkey would only be able to join the European Union “in about the year 3000,” hitting back at claims that Britain would lose the power to vote over Turkey’s membership if his country leaves the bloc. ‘Vote Leave,’ a cross-party campaign, is urging British citizens to vote to leave the EU all together in a June 23 referendum. The ‘Leave’ campaign predicts that 142,000 Turkish citizens could head to the UK every year if Ankara joins the EU. But for Cameron, who wishes for the UK to stay in the...
  • 'No Muslims allowed': how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar

    05/22/2016 9:16:14 PM PDT · by Cronos · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 May 2016 | Poppy McPherson
    At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” The post was erected in late March by Buddhist residents of the village in Myanmar’s lush Irrawaddy Delta region who signed, or were strong-armed into signing, a document asserting that they wanted to live separately. Since then a couple of other villages across the country have followed suit. Small but viciously insular, these “Buddhist-only” outposts serve as microcosms of the festering religious tensions that threaten Myanmar’s nascent...
  • Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

    05/22/2016 9:03:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Reuters via AFP ^ | May 23rd, 2015 | Unattributed
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State group's stronghold of Falluja. The military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. "Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh has no choice but to flee," Abadi said on his official Twitter feed, using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist group. He said the offensive would be conducted by the army, police, counterterrorism forces, local tribal fighters and a coalition of mostly Shi'ite Muslim militias. A US-led...
  • UK: Muslim, 66, stabs four women in supermarket parking lot

    05/22/2016 12:47:53 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | MAY 22, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Why would a “pensioner, 66,” suddenly go on a stabbing spree and try to murder four women? Maybe Ethem Aydin Orhon is mentally ill; we will certainly be told that he is, whether he is or not. But there is also the possibility — one which neither authorities nor the mainstream media are likely to pursue — that this Turkish Muslim had a different motivation, say, something like this: “If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or...
  • Russia in first raids on Syria's Aleppo since truce: monitor

    05/22/2016 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | May 22, 2016 | Staff
    Russian warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo on Sunday in Moscow's first strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February ceasefire, a monitoring group said. "The Russian and Syrian warplanes together carried out at least 40 air strikes on the Castello road," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. "They are the heaviest air strikes there since February, and they are also the first confirmed Russian strikes since the truce began," Abdel Rahman said.(Snip)The Castello road is a key supply route for rebels leading north out of Aleppo.
  • J Street tries to defend selling Iran deal for Obama

    05/22/2016 9:20:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 5/2/16 | staff
    The leftist American Jewish group J Street on Sunday issued a response to the revelation that it received more than half a million dollars to advocate for the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran. The expose, revealed by Associated Press, noted that the Ploughshares Fund was named in an explosive New York Times profile of Obama aid Ben Rhodes, in which the President's chief propagandist listed the central groups responsible for creating an "echo chamber" in order to promote the deal. J Street was listed as receiving $576,000 to sell the deal, in a sum greater than that of...
  • Sanders wants Democrat platform to support 'Palestinian rights'

    05/22/2016 6:30:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    JTA via INN ^ | 5/22/2016, 2:55 PM
    Bernie Sanders wants to make “Palestinian rights” more of a priority in the Democratic Party platform, according to a report. The Washington Post reported on Friday that Sanders, the Vermont Independent Senator seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, wants to see changes to a platform to better reflect Palestinian aspirations for statehood. Sanders, the only Jewish candidate to ever have won major party nominating contests, has throughout the campaign defended Israel’s right to security, but also has called for an end to “settlement expansion”, and has criticized what he has said has been Israel’s “disproportionate response” to Palestinian terrorism. His grasp...
  • Op-Ed: How Bruce Jenner changed the life of every American

    05/22/2016 4:36:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16 | Jack Englehard
    ..... They need a cause. Without a cause, Progressives lose the means to hammer us with guilt and they lose their think tank foundations and all that money. So as I have it figured, one fine day, a slow day, something suitable to ruin the country…a new cause. The old causes were not doing so well. ..... Then, to top it off, Obama’s most trusted advisor, Ben Rhodes, confirmed what we always suspected, that the Iran Nuke Deal was a farce from the word go. Yes we were tricked. So they had to find something else to bamboozle us, something...
  • EgyptAir Was Aware of Threats to Security, Including One Scribbled on Plane

    05/22/2016 5:39:02 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 21, 2016 | DECLAN WALSH, NOUR YOUSSEF and KAREEM FAHIMMAY
    CAIRO — In an eerie coincidence, the EgyptAir jetliner that plunged into the Mediterranean on Thursday was once the target of political vandals who wrote in Arabic on its underside, “We will bring this plane down.” Three EgyptAir security officials said the threatening graffiti, which appeared about two years ago, had been the work of aviation workers at Cairo Airport. Playing on the phonetic similarity between the last two letters in the plane’s registration, SU-GCC, and the surname of Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, some workers also wrote “traitor” and “murderer.”
  • Coalition chair: ‘Death penalty for Jewish terrorists too’

    05/22/2016 3:42:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16
    Coalition chairman MK David Biton (Likud) on Sunday addressed the proposed death penalty law for terrorists initiated by Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman during coalition negotiations. "I think there needs to be a death penalty, not just for those who want to commit suicide, but those who want to carry out a deadly attack only to be released after a few years in some exchange deal," said Biton during an interview with Radio Lelo Hafsaka. According to Biton, the law will provide a solution to terrorists who sit comfortably in Israeli prisons, study for an academic degree and are then...
  • 'The blood of a Jewish child must be avenged'

    05/22/2016 3:38:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16 | Hezki Baruch
    The Almagor terror victims organization on Sunday contacted ministers on the Security Cabinet and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, demanding that they not block a new death penalty bill for terrorist murderers. The bill is being requested by incoming Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman as a condition for his Yisrael Beytenu party to join the coalition. While Liberman reportedly may fold on the demand for a new law, it seems that new instructions will be given to facilitate the death penalty for terrorists. Almagor Director Lt. Col. (ret.) Meir Indor spoke to Arutz Sheva on Sunday about the new bill, and former...
  • Unable To Confront Right-Wing Surge, [Austrian] Chancellor Steps Down

    05/12/2016 8:06:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 9 May 2016 | by Oliver JJ Lane
    Austria’s Social Democratic Chancellor stood down in a shock announcement this morning amid collapsing support for traditional parties in the country, in a move which has been called “a beautiful day for Austria” by his insurgent nationalist opponents. Socialist-left Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democratic Party of Austria failed to even make it to the second round of voting in last month’s presidential elections, as citizens voted overwhelmingly for candidates from alternative political movements. Just one in ten Austrians voted for the party in government. After the count, only Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party of Austria and Alexander Van der...
  • Austrian government in shock as far-right triumphs

    04/24/2016 3:38:38 PM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    AFP ^ | April 24th, 2016 | by Simon Sturdee
    VIENNA (AFP) - Austria's government was licking its wounds Monday after a historic debacle that saw the opposition anti-immigrant far-right triumph in a presidential ballot two years before the next scheduled general election. According to preliminary results, Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) came a clear first with 36 percent of the vote, while candidates from the two governing parties failed to even make it into a runoff on May 22. The result means that for the first time since 1945, Austria will not have a president backed by either Chancellor Werner Faymann's Social Democrats (SPOe) or their centre-right...
  • Far-Right close to seizing Austrian presidency [Far-Right = Common Sense Nationalism]

    04/24/2016 11:57:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 24, 2016 | Justin Huggler
    The far-Right appeared close to seizing the Austrian presidency on Sunday night, in an election result that will send shockwaves through Europe. Norbert Hofer, the gun-toting candidate of the Freedom Party (FPÖ), won almost twice as many votes as his nearest rival, according to exit polls.
  • Is Austria building a fence on the border with Italy? EU 'very concerned' Vienna is planning to

    04/13/2016 1:06:20 AM PDT · by dennisw · 38 replies
    dailymail ^ | 12 April 2016 | By Simon Tomlinson
    Work has started on a new 'border control centre' on the Brenner Pass Minister hinted it may include a barrier like the one on Slovenian border European Commission 'very concerned if these plans were to materialise' Barrier would deal another major blow to the passport-free Schengen zone The European Union today said it is 'very concerned' that Austria may be planning to build a fence on its border with Italy over fears of a new migrant influx. Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil announced plans to introduce border controls at the Brenner Pass crossing from June 1 as part of...
  • Over 260,000 Austrians sign petition on EU exit

    07/02/2015 7:18:55 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 15 replies
    PressTV ^ | 7-2-15
    More than 260,000 people in Austria have signed a petition urging the Austrian government to leave the European Union (EU). According to reports on Thursday, as many as 261,159 Austrians signed the petition. The number in total represents 4.12 percent of the country's electorate. Since under the country's regulations the threshold for calling a debate on a potential referendum is 100,000 people, the Austrian parliament must discuss a referendum on leaving the EU. The call for leaving the EU was most popular in the regions of Lower Austria and in Carinthia where 5.18 percent and 4.85 percent of potential voters,...