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  • Protests Greet Met’s Premiere of ‘Klinghoffer’

    10/20/2014 8:42:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/20/14 | MICHAEL COOPER
    At the Metropolitan Opera’s first performance of John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer” on Monday night, men and women in evening attire walked through a maze of police barricades, while protesters shouted “Shame!” and “Terror is not art!” One demonstrator held aloft a white handkerchief splattered with red. Others, in wheelchairs set up for the occasion, lined Columbus Avenue. Political figures, including former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, joined a rally, several hundred strong at Lincoln Center, to denounce an opera that has become the object of a charged debate about art, anti-Semitism and politics. But after months of escalating protests,...
  • Prevent Hamas Re-Arming Before Investing in Gaza

    10/20/2014 5:35:12 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | October 20, 2014 | Daniel S. Mariaschin
    Will the reconstruction of Gaza also mean a serious effort to prevent the re-arming of Hamas? One without the other is folly. And yet the international donor community seems to discount the imperative of seeking the prevention of Hamas re-arming before turning over piles of cash. At the recent Cairo conference on rebuilding Gaza, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged more than $200 million in additional U.S. aid to help the Palestinians. Conference attendees pledged a total of $5.4 billion in aid, with about half specifically set aside to rebuild Gaza. The money comes with seemingly few strings attached....
  • With Armenian Orphan Rug, Obama Stumbles Again on Genocide

    10/20/2014 5:30:01 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | October 20th, 2014 | Dr. Rafael Medoff
    Armenian Orphan Rug Photo Credit: Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian (JNS.org) After nearly a year of protests, the Obama administration has finally agreed to permit a rug connected to the Armenian genocide to be publicly displayed. The long ordeal of the Armenian Orphan Rug, held hostage to fears of angering Turkey, has finally ended. Or has it? The controversy began in the autumn of 2013, when the Smithsonian Institution announced it would hold an event featuring a new book, “President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug,” by Hagop Martin Deranian. The 18-foot long rug was woven 1925 by 400 Armenian...
  • Israel to reduce arms production in U.S. after Obama’s weapons suspension during Gaza War

    10/20/2014 5:27:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 10-20-14
    TEL AVIV — The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to reduce military coproduction with the United States. A leading Israeli analyst asserted that the Defense Ministry and the military agreed to reduce production of Israeli weapons and platforms in the United States. The analyst, Amir Rapaport, said the decision was based on the U.S. suspension of arms deliveries during the 50-day war with Hamas in July and August 2014. “The Israeli defense establishment will reduce the production of weapon systems in the USA in the context of joint Israeli-American projects, and will rely more heavily on Israeli-made products,”...
  • The Obama-Khamenei alliance

    10/20/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot. While the foreign ministers were busily counting how many centrifuges could spin in Iranian facilities, President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran.Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two...
  • Isis: a CIA-Mossad-MI5 creation?

    10/20/2014 1:42:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Philippine Inquirer ^ | 10/20/2014 | Bernie V. Lopez
    The term “conspiracy theory” refers to a covert geopolitical grand plan that cannot be proven (hence a theory) but can be discerned (meaning there is “evidence”). It is like smelling a rat that cannot be found. When the “evidence” becomes overwhelming, the theory begins to move into a gray area toward reality. It is therefore up to readers to make their own conclusions. The “theory” that the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (Isis) was created by the US-Israeli-UK triumvirate is all over the Internet. The supposed grand plan hits two birds with one stone: to pit Arab against Arab...
  • Blackwater jurors granted request to watch video (8th week of jury deliberations)

    10/20/2014 1:07:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Jurors deliberating the fate of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens were granted a request to watch a videotape showing the aftermath of the violence.</p> <p>Monday was the 25th day of deliberations by the jury of eight women and four men. They asked to see the tape, which had been shown during the trial.</p>
  • Officials: ISIS attacks Kurd forces in Iraq [15 simultaneous attacks in Northern Iraq]

    10/20/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    KCCI News ^ | 10/20/2014 | Brian Walker CNN
    ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory. The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location. First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces spokesman Said Mamazeen. At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the...
  • Australia’s Parliament House lifts face veil ban

    10/20/2014 10:27:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 9:31 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.The department that runs Parliament House had announced earlier this month that “persons with facial coverings” would no longer be allowed in the open public galleries. Instead, they were to be directed to galleries usually reserved for noisy schoolchildren where they could sit behind soundproof glass. That announcement was made just as Parliament’s last two-week session was ending and had no practical effect. On Monday, the Department of Parliamentary Services, or DPS, said people wearing face coverings would be allowed...
  • Turkey helps Kurds cross into Syria to defend border town

    10/20/2014 7:57:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Breaking News ^ | 20/10/2014
    Turkey’s top diplomat has announced that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support” to fellow Kurds defending the border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. The remarks by Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a press conference in Ankara, followed the announcement by the US military that it had for the first time airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq to the Kurdish forces in Kobani. Sunday’s airdrops followed weeks of US and coalition air strikes in and near Kobani, along the Syrian-Turkish border. There was no immediate...
  • World Ignores as Hamas Boasts of Continued Tunnel-Digging

    10/19/2014 11:43:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 10/20/2014, 7:25 AM | Hillel Fendel
    The destruction of the widespread Hamas tunnel network was considered a major Israeli achievement of the recent war in Gaza, but the Hamas weekly newspaper Al-Risalah reports that Hamas continues digging tunnels from Gaza into Israel. A reporter for Al-Risalah claims to have visited an “offensive tunnel”—a term referring to an underground conduit planned to be used in an attack against Israel. Hamas has attacked Israel via tunnels of this nature in the past, either by sending armed terrorists into Israel to target Israelis, or—as in the famous case of Gilad Shalit—by capturing a soldier nearby and abducting him into...
  • US airdrops arms, ammunition to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani

    10/19/2014 8:56:42 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | October 20, 2014
    The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command said that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area. CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to...
  • New Iraqi Defense Minister Warns Kurds

    10/19/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    BasNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | unattributed
    New Iraqi defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi has delivered his first official speech, insisting that the Kurdistan Region must hand back terrorists that have been living in the KRI. Al-Obeidi is a Sunni, was approved as the new Iraqi defense minister along with Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, who was appointed interior minister. “The Kurdistan Region should hand back criminals who have been charged with terrorist acts to the federal government, so they can face justice,” said Al-Obeidi. “The Kurdistan Region security forces and Iraqi police should arrest all those criminals, as they are threats to the security and stability of...
  • "Disgusting" - The Met Will Perform Pro-Terrorist Opera

    10/19/2014 5:11:19 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 26 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | Oct. 19, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    The Metropolitan Opera will be performing an opera based on the murder of wheelchair bound Jewish American businessman Leon Klinghoffer at the hands of Palestinian terrorists. An opera that humanizes terrorism is bad enough but performing it in the murder victim’s hometown seems deliberately offensive. The performance will not occur without protest though.
  • 'Miss Hitler 2014' contest seeks the most anti-Semitic of them all

    10/19/2014 5:02:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 20/10/14
    A Nazi-inspired beauty pageant dubbed "Miss Hitler 2014" is calling for attractive women to participate in the contest held on the Russian equivalent to Facebook . Participants are requested to submit Nazi-themed "selfies" to the competition organized by a neo-Nazi group on VKontakte - Russia's largest social networking service - along with a caption describing why they "love and revere the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler," the UK-based Daily Mail reported. At least 14 females from Russian and Eastern Europe have entered the contest that celebrates the glorification of Nazi Germany and the fascist totalitarian government ruled by Adolf Hitler...
  • Inside Kobane: 'We are winning. The town will be a cemetery for ISIL'

    10/19/2014 4:04:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/19/2014 | By Ruth Sherlock, in Urfa, Yilmaz Pasha, in Suruc, and Magdy Samaan
    Hunkered in scrubland at the western edge Kobane, their clothes stained with sweat, and the blood splatters of wounded comrades, the rebel commander and his men believed they had made their last stand. But then the US Air Force struck: a bombardment that turned the tanks of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) into smoking wrecks and transformed the inexorable advance on this Syrian town into a rout. Firas Kharaba, 39, the leader of Liwa al-Kassas, or “Retribution brigade”, who was returning wounded fighters for treatment in Turkey, provided a first-hand, account of the epic battle for...
  • Israeli Bedouin physician killed fighting for IS in Syria

    10/19/2014 3:21:32 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    maktoob news ^ | 5 hours ago
    An Arab Israeli doctor has been killed fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria, Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service said on Sunday. The agency said Othman Abu al-Qiyan, who studied medicine in Jordan and worked as an intern at an Israeli hospital, had died in the fighting in August. His brother Idris had been arrested by Israeli security forces in April and charged the following month with aiding Othman and another relative, Shafiq Abu al-Qiyan to travel to Syria via Turkey to join IS. All three were from the Bedouin village of Hura in Israel's southern Negev desert,...
  • At least 70 ISIS bodies dropped off at Syrian hospital, opposition says

    10/19/2014 2:58:03 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/19/2014
    CNN) -- ISIS has apparently taken a heavy hit over the past several days. The bodies of at least 70 fighters for the terror group have been dropped off over four days at a hospital in the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, a Syrian opposition group told CNN. Tal Abyad is on the Turkish border and about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Raqqa.
  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to “strengthen cooperation” against the jihadists. “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • Seeking the annihilation of Israel: Initiators and accomplices

    10/19/2014 1:07:16 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/18/2014 | Shlomo Slonim
    The announcement by Sweden’s new prime minister that his government plans to extend recognition to a “Palestinian” state raises major questions in both international and United Nations law. Israelis are frequently asked: “Why is Israel opposed to recognizing a Palestinian state? Detach yourselves from the Palestinians like the French detached themselves from Algeria and the two states will live in peace with each other as was originally envisaged under the 1947 Partition Resolution...”
  • Shocking: Muslims Daub Swastika on Temple Mount

    10/19/2014 11:50:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 10/19/2014, 12:08 PM | Ari Soffer
    On Sunday morning, Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount—the holiest site in Judaism—were appalled to find that Muslim worshipers had daubed anti-Semitic graffiti equating the Jewish Star of David to the Nazi swastika. Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick first uploaded a photo of the shocking graffiti onto his Facebook account, along with a statement blaming the lack of proper response by authorities to Islamist rioting and provocations, and accusing the government of burying its head in the sand. “When they make light of the torching of a police station on the Temple Mount, when the sole response to daily Muslim...
  • Kurdish Women Fight on Front Lines Against Islamic State

    10/19/2014 8:59:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 17, 2014 | By AYLA ALBAYRAK
    When 19-year-old Dilar and her girlfriends learned last spring that a woman who taught at a local school had died fighting Islamic State, they made a pact: They would join an all-female Syrian Kurdish brigade named in the teacher’s honor. Her unit, the Martyr Warsin Brigade, saw action this summer in a tough battle against the extremist fighters for Ras al-Ayn, a town along the Turkish border. Dilar came away without injury and returned home to a hero’s welcome. Now, during her downtime, she and her female comrades stride with a swagger through their villages east of the embattled city...
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/19/2014 8:25:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 19, 2014 | By Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragon’s Egg. Although the Americans assigned to the Al Muthanna facility until 2008 were forbidden by superiors from peering inside the bunker, they knew the larger complex’s history. From 1983 to 1990, the brutal dictator’s scientists worked there, developing mustard, sarin, VX and Tabun gases for use on Iranian soldiers and Iraqi Kurds. And although it was under the control...
  • West Midlands Police report reveals 75 per cent of known on-street child sex groomers are Asian (UK)

    10/19/2014 7:14:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    Birmingham Mail ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Jeanette Oldham
    A bombshell police report has revealed 75 per cent of known on-street child sex groomers in the West Midlands are Asian – with 82 per cent of victims, aged 14 to 16, being white. And a Birmingham Mail investigation has discovered how police, councils and social services have been failing vulnerable victims in a new abuse scandal which follows those identified in Rotherham, Rochdale and Derbyshire. The shocking statistics are contained in a confidential report from West Midlands Police. Another report identified 111 youngsters at risk of child sexual exploitation in Birmingham last year, with the youngest aged just 11,...
  • New coed guard duty causing ruckus at Guantánamo high-value prison

    10/19/2014 7:43:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 16, 2014 | BY CAROL ROSENBERG
    The military now has female soldiers escorting former CIA captives around Guantánamo’s high-value prison, an apparent personnel change that defense lawyers say is causing an uproar over religious insensitivity. When one captive — who had just finished meeting with his attorney — refused to be touched by a female soldier, the military called in a special unit to move him using the detention center’s tackle-and-shackle technique, a Forced Cell Extraction. Female U.S. troops are still excluded from detainee groin searches and showers, the detention center’s cultural advisor said Thursday. “These are male-female issues; it has nothing to do with culture...
  • How Should Christians Expect Our Nation to Respond to ISIS? With Wrath and Vengeance

    09/05/2014 5:49:31 AM PDT · by shuck and yall · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | By David French September 3, 2014 1:22 PM | David French
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE www.nationalreview.com PRINT September 3, 2014 1:22 PM How Should Christians Expect Our Nation to Respond to ISIS? With Wrath and Vengeance By David French Even in the face of jihadist horror, it’s surprising how many Christians are deeply confused about issues of war and peace, with the root of the confusion embedded in the distinction between personal and governmental responsibilities. Admonitions to turn the other cheek, to love our enemies, and to repay good for evil are at core individual responsibilities — responsibilities that not only call on us to imitate Christ’s own example as he forgave...
  • A Thousand Times More Dangerous Than ISIS

    10/19/2014 5:02:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Several years ago, the Israeli satirical series, Latma, produced this funny sketch on the Iranian mullahs’ push for a nuclear bomb. “The bomb, the bomb, I’ll get the bomb. Listen to me, Honey, it ain’t gonna be too long” sings the frolicking mullah in the online version of this humorous look at a most serious subject. The Israelis can joke about an Iranian nuclear bomb because they are on the front line. They know what it would mean. They don’t go on and on about “stability” in the Middle East the...
  • Women warriors terrifying the jihadis who believe if they're killed by female they won't make heaven

    10/18/2014 6:33:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/18/2014 | By SAM GREENHILL
    Exclusive: Savage women warriors terrifying the jihadis who believe if they're killed by a female they won't go to heaven Army of women in desperate battle to defend Kobane from Islamic StateNesrin Abdi carries rifle in case she is captured and needs to shoot herselfThe medical student is a part of an all female wing of the Kurdish armySays ISIS militants are terrified of being killed by a woman and fear they won't go to heaven You wouldn’t know it from her sweet smile, but the reason why Nesrin Abdi carries a rifle is in case she needs to shoot...
  • SPECIAL NOTICE (Debka will remain closed thru December, after Iran deadline has passed)

    10/18/2014 5:57:24 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | October 18, 2014, 8:54 PM (IDT)
    DEBKAfile remains temporarily on hold, due to the chief editor's sudden illness. Service is due to be resumed early December, 2014. Please accept our apologies for this interruption and assurance that DEBKA will be up and running again after this delay.
  • Abbas Calls Jews Visiting Temple Mount 'Herd of Cattle'

    10/18/2014 3:56:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman called Jews visiting the Temple Mount a "herd of cattle" on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he incited violence against Jews visiting Judaism's holiest site and called to prevent their access "by all means." "The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party. "We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque," he added, referring to Jews visiting the site as a "herd of cattle." On Saturday, Abbas...
  • PLO Supports Kerry Claim That 'Israeli Occupation' Behind ISIS

    10/18/2014 3:48:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the terror organization behind the Palestinian Authority (PA), called for a comprehensive strategy against Islamic extremism on Saturday - by blaming Israel for rising radicalization a la' the remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry insisted on Friday that the failure of peace talks between Israel and the PA - not Western apathy to Islamism nor the US's failures to resolve tensions in Iraq - was the culprit for the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, sparking outrage from Israeli officials. "There wasn't a leader I met... who didn't raise with me...
  • Ya'alon Warns Bennett Over Kerry Criticism

    10/18/2014 2:56:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Hezki Ezra & Tova Dvorin
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon criticized Economic Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) on Saturday night, after the latter issued a fiery response to the words of US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday linking peace talks with ISIS. According to Ya'alon, Bennett's criticism lacks respect for the financial and diplomatic support the US has provided for Israel's right to self-defense against Hamas terrorism. "Relations between the United States and Israel are based on shared interests and values​​, and a dispute or other comments should not cast a shadow over that," Ya'alon stated. "The United States supports Israel in a variety of...
  • State Department Accuses Bennett of 'Distorting' Kerry Comments

    10/18/2014 2:49:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The US State Department highly disparaged the remarks of Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) against Secretary of State John Kerry's linkage of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and ISIS, claiming that Bennett was "distorting" the remarks for his "own political purposes." "I would take issue with the part of your question that Israeli leaders, plural, have disagreed with what they thought the Secretary said," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf stated Friday, when questioned over Kerry's remarks at a press briefing. "I saw one in particular. And we would say to that that we know passions run high, politics are intense,...
  • Chemical Weapons Revelations in the Middle East

    10/18/2014 11:03:18 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-17-2014 | Shoshana Bryen
    Two chemical weapons-related stories this week should be considered separate, not necessarily interchangeable, parts of a whole. The first was that ISIS had used chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in Kobani, raising the question of where ISIS would have acquired such weapons.  The second, in the New York Times, detailed how U.S. forces in Iraq uncovered thousands of shells filled with chemical munitions from various areas of the country following the invasion, and how they were stored and guarded until 2011. Those disinclined to support the Iraq War, including the Times, International Business Times, and Huffington Post, posit that the...
  • Analysts: Islamic State Will Be Hard to Defeat [Obama Excuse For Failure Begins]

    10/18/2014 4:11:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 10/17/14 | Sharon Behn
    As U.S. and coalition partners repeatedly bomb Islamic State fighters trying to capture the Syrian city of Kobani, analysts in the United States warn that the IS organization is an experienced and resilient force that will be hard to defeat. Despite days of punishing airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Kobani and inside Iraq, the black and white flag of the Islamic State still stubbornly flies above rooftops from the Turkish border in the west to within miles of Baghdad.
  • Kurdish official: ISIS and their flag gone from Kobane

    10/18/2014 1:44:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 17 hours ago
    “YPG fighters are now searching the homes for bombs and explosives that the Islamist militants might have left behind,” Photo: AFP KOBANE—Islamist militants have been pushed out of Kobane and fighters of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) are now in control of the town, a Kurdish official in Kobane told Rudaw. “There is no ISIS in Kobane now,” said Omar Alush, co-chair of the TEV-DEM movement in Kobane. Alush said that following the recent air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, the YPG managed to drive the rest of the jihadis out of town...
  • German judge sparks outrage, says anti-Semitism was only limited to Nazi period

    10/18/2014 1:29:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/17/2014 04:28 | Benjamin Weinthal
    A regional judge in Munich is embroiled in a highly charged dispute over her statement in a civil case that German anti-Semitism was limited to the Nazi period of 1933-1945, suggesting that post-Holocaust anti-Semitism is not a factor in Jew-hatred. The Munich regional judge, Petra Grönke-Müller, sparked outrage on October 8 with her courtroom assertion during a civil case that “a fiery anti-Semite is someone in Germany who talks, with conviction, in an anti-Semitic way and, with conviction, does not condemn the Third Reich and cannot view the period 1933-1945 as separate from the background of history.” […] Speaking to...
  • Palestinians want Israel pullout vote this year

    10/18/2014 12:13:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 17, 2014 10:34 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Friday his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories. Riyad Mansour said Friday that if the resolution is defeated—which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel’s closest ally the United States and others—the Palestinians have other options. …
  • Abbas suggest banning Jews from holy site (i.e. Temple Mount)

    10/17/2014 9:49:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.17.14, 21:34 | News Agencies (AP, AFP, Reuters)
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested Jews should be banned from a holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims after hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza participated in a Hamas-organized rally Friday over Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque, the scene of recurring clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in recent days. […] Abbas said Jews should be prevented from entering the site “by any means,” adding that “this is our Noble Sanctuary… they have no right to enter and desecrate it.” Palestinians also say Israel is unfairly restricting access at the site. Israel limited male Muslim worshippers this past week to...
  • Women in vanguard of Kurdish battle against IS and Syrian regime

    10/17/2014 8:24:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    IrishTimes ^ | Sat, Oct 18, 2014
    More than 10,000 women are fighting among peshmerga forces in northern Syria, about half the overall number, she says, though other reports suggest women make up around one-third of the total. Regardless, women fighters make up a critical force in the battle to stave off the macabre IS jihadists bent on establishing a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and massacring anyone who gets in the way of that. For the women fighters, the emergence of IS, which sees the women in society through a primitive viewpoint, is anathema. “Syrian Kurdish women are revolutionary women. Daish [IS] hate women, so we...
  • Obama's Nobel Prize of Pieces

    10/17/2014 5:09:09 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 6 replies
    FSM ^ | 10/17/14 | Slater Bakhtavar
    In 2009, a decision was made by the Norwegian Nobel Committee that has raised questions and stirred controversy ever since. In that year, then newly elected American President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. With ample cause, many people - not only in the United States but around the world - wondered just what Obama had done to earn such an honor. In fact, as a fledgling new President with virtually no experience yet on the world stage and a limited political resume prior, the prevailing sense on Obama's receiving of the award was that it was based...
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/17/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by dware · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.17.2014 | Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragon’s Egg.
  • Iran draws hard line on nukes (year of sanctions relief leads to dead end)

    10/17/2014 1:30:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 - 1:27 PM | Alireza Jafarzadeh
    The latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program took place this week, pitting the United States and its European partners against the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. It seems safe to say that if Iran and the United States can’t come to a workable compromise this week, and it certainly appears that way based on what has already transpired, there will be no basis for a final deal on Nov. 24. But there are serious outstanding questions about what a viable compromise would look like. This was made clear last week, when Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s...
  • [Germany] Diverse Berlin could get first mayor ‘with accent’ (a ‘Palestinian’ candidate)

    10/17/2014 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.10.2014 | Jefferson Chase
    For more than a decade, Berlin has been governed by an openly homosexual mayor. But is the city, renowned for its tolerance, ready for a leader from a Palestinian background? It may have to be. […] … Berlin SPD parliamentary leader Raed Saleh only needs to open his mouth to stand out from the crowd. Saleh came to Berlin at the age of five with his Palestinian parents, and although his German is beyond reproach, he speaks the language with a distinct Arabic twang. “Berlin is a city of diversity; a city of 100 different accents,” Saleh told DW. “People...
  • Boko Haram agrees to ceasefire, release of school girls

    10/17/2014 12:22:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.10.2014 | slk/shs (AP, AFP, Reuters)
    The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has agreed to a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped school girls, according to Nigerian officials. The girls were abducted six months ago from a school in Chibok. […] “Boko Haram issued the ceasefire as a result of the discussions we have been having with them,” said Hassan Tukur, who represented the Nigerian government at talks with the militant organization in neighboring Chad. “They have agreed to release the Chibok girls,” he continued. The girls have been missing for the past six months, despite international efforts mobilized by the Twitter hashtag...
  • UK Student Union Boycotts Israel—But Won’t Condemn ISIS (or support Kurds against them)

    10/17/2014 10:50:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 10/16/2014, 11:29 PM | Ari Soffer
    The UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) has rejected a motion condemning the radical Islamic State terrorist group—also known as ISIS or ISIL—on the grounds that it could be considered “Islamophobic,” sparking a row over the dominance of radical-left groups within the student body. The decision by NUS’s National Executive Committee to shoot down the motion is all the more shocking given that the same body adopted an aggressive bill just over two months ago condemning Israel and calling for a boycott of the Jewish state. The anti-Israel motion was adopted despite objections that it risked alienating Jewish students, who...
  • ISIS in Jets for First Time, US Reportedly Trains Rebel Pilots

    10/17/2014 10:40:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    INN ^ | 10/17/2014, 1:59 PM | Ari Yashar
    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed on Friday that the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has begun training pilots on three captured fighter jets, relying on the knowledge of Iraqi pilots who have joined the group. Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the monitoring group, said witnesses in northern Syria have seen the group flying the three MiG 21 or MiG 23 model jets above the al-Jarrah airbase east of Aleppo, in the first instance of ISIS going airborne, reports Reuters. […] ISIS has captured several fighter jets during its conquest of Syria and Iraq. In August it...
  • 'We've reduced ISIS to just two pockets of hold-outs' boast Kurds after bloody fightback

    10/17/2014 9:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/17/2014 | John Hall
    Remarkable fightback by Kurdish troops forces ISIS militants out of KobaneAssisted by U.S. and Arab airstrikes, Kurds are reclaiming the besieged citySustained bombing raids have killed scores of militants over the past weekNow ISIS only has two small pockets of resistance in the east of the city Islamic State militants have been almost entirely driven out of the Syrian city of Kobane following a remarkable fightback by Kurdish forces who vowed to either defeat the terrorists or die trying. The extremists have abandoned all of their positions in the city, except for two small pockets of resistance in the...
  • Neil Young: Al Qaeda More Moral Than US Army Because of Smaller Carbon Footprint

    10/17/2014 9:13:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Neil Young tour buses If only the Nazis had pursued a smaller carbon footprint, Neil Young would have joined the party. He had to settle for joining the Green Nazis. In an interview with radio shock-jock Howard Stern, Canadian rocker Neil Young suggested a fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) is not worth the release of greenhouse gases from military vehicles.“And yet we are fighting what? ISIS…al-Qaeda. And we are fighting these wars against these organizations and their carbon footprint has got to be like 1% of our huge army and our navy and all of this stuff that...
  • YPG Kobanę commander: We are close to victory

    10/17/2014 8:37:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Firat News ^ | 17.10.2014 10:30:10 | ANF - KOBANĘ
    Mehmud Berxwedan, the YPG Kobanę General in Command, has said: “After a one-month resistance we have launched a step-by-step advance towards victory. In the last week in particular Kobanę has become a graveyard for ISIS.” YPG Kobanę Commander Mahmut Berxwedan spoke to Ronahi TV. He said that, as watched by the world, Kobanę had resisted for 32 days, adding that they were now close to victory. Berxwedan emphasised that the Kobanę resistance had begun in the villages, where there had been a great resistance from house to house, hamlet to hamlet and from village to village. He added that for...