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  • Freedom of movement into the UK will be banned from October 31

    08/18/2019 1:25:51 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    reedom of movement by European Union nationals into the UK will end overnight from October 31 in the event of a no deal Brexit, Priti Patel has signalled. Theresa May's government had wanted to crack down on freedom of movement as soon as possible after the UK left once new legislation had passed through Parliament.
  • Biden Tweets On Israel Denying Congresswomen’s Visit, Swiftly Backfires

    08/18/2019 10:49:42 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 31 replies
    hotair ^ | August 17, 2019 | KAREN TOWNSEND
    In the midst of the hot takes offered up by the 2020 Democrat candidates when the two anti-Semitic U.S. congresswomen were denied entry into Israel, the guy at the front of the pack was quickly reminded that former President Obama’s administration made a similar decision. Joe Biden posted a tweet meant to criticize the Israeli government’s decision. He said he is a supporter of Israel but no one should be denied entry into a democratic state over “ideas”. “No democracy should deny entry to visitors based on the content of their ideas”, he said. Joe Biden: I have always been...
  • Massive Turnout at March in Latest Hong Kong Protest

    08/18/2019 10:44:43 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 August | Breitbart News
    HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters turned Hong Kong streets into rivers of umbrellas Sunday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in the Chinese territory, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this summer. Organizers said they hoped the assembly would be peaceful, which would make for a rare calm weekend in a movement that has been marked by violent clashes with police. Law enforcement officers were keeping a low profile, with no riot police seen from the procession’s main routes. “We hope that there will not be any chaotic situations today,”...
  • Buying Greenland isn't a good idea — it's a great idea

    08/18/2019 7:48:16 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 88 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/17/19 | Washington Examiner
    The reaction to President Trump's sudden interest in buying Greenland from Denmark has been mostly one of derision. And Denmark, which owns the territory, appears to oppose any sale. But don't laugh — an American purchase of Greenland could represent an extraordinary deal in terms of America's national security, economic interests, and environmental protection. As much as it might seem out of the blue, U.S. acquisition of Greenland is not at all a strange or irrational idea. Following Denmark's fall to Nazi Germany in 1940, American forces defended Greenland. The roots of American-Greenland comradeship are thus old and formal. In...
  • China warned it shouldn’t pin its hopes on Russian soybeans plugging supply gap

    08/18/2019 5:57:16 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 38 replies
    Since Russia still needs to import soybeans to fulfil its own needs, it was unlikely to provide an effective answer to China’s problems, Rylko added. He also warned that many of the European soybeans were not of particularly high quality because they were relatively low in protein. He predicted that the best-case scenario would see Russian soybean exports reaching 2 million tonnes a year – a significant rise on last year’s total of 800,000 tonnes. However, that is still a drop in the ocean compared with China’s annual consumption of more than 100 million tonnes – some 88 per cent...
  • Brother of Afghan Taliban leader killed in Pakistan mosque blast

    08/18/2019 5:24:26 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 16 Aug 2019 | Sami Yousafzai & Shereena Qazi
    The brother of Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhunzada has been killed in a powerful bomb blast at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan, Taliban sources have confirmed. A senior Taliban source said that Hafiz Ahmadullah was the imam of the Khair Ul Madarais mosque in the town of Kuchlak, on the outskirts of Quetta, that came under attack during Friday prayers. At least four people were killed in the bomb explosion, according to police. "It is true that the brother of Akhunzada, Hafiz Ahmadullah, has been killed in the explosion," the source told Al Jazeera, adding that two of Haibatullah's nephews...
  • Israel Charged with “Deliberately Sparing the Lives of Palestinians”

    08/17/2019 6:41:04 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | AUG 17, 2019 10:00 AM | HUGH FITZGERALD
    Israel Charged with “Deliberately Sparing the Lives of Palestinians” AUG 17, 2019 10:00 AM BY HUGH FITZGERALD The general outrage over the barring of Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel, although they are both working earnestly for the destruction of the Jewish state, is crazy enough, and it calls to mind an incident from last year that was beyond crazy: A Rutgers University professor who accused Israeli forces of deliberately sparing the lives of Palestinians in order to debilitate them has been awarded [sic] by the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). Jasbir Puar, an associate professor of...
  • Man shot by security forces dies after intruding into Andersen Air Force Base on Guam

    08/17/2019 6:15:46 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 32 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 8/16/2019 | Matthew M. Burke
    An intruder who fled from police into Andersen Air Force Base Wednesday evening and stabbed a Defense Department civilian security forces member has died from gunshot wounds inflicted by security forces. The unnamed man was shot while being apprehended at approximately 6:35 a.m. Thursday, Air Force officials said in two statements Thursday. He had reportedly stabbed an unnamed civilian guard attached to base security forces who was attempting to apprehend him, prompting the guard to open fire. The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:52 a.m. while being treated by emergency medical personnel, the statements said. The Air...
  • Trump suspends CNN analyst's credentials in another shot at the press

    08/17/2019 6:08:54 PM PDT · by cba123 · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday, August 17
    The Trump administration has fired another shot in its war with the US press, suspending the credentials of Brian Karem, White House correspondent for Playboy and an analyst for CNN. The 30-day revocation was announced on Friday and echoes hugely controversial action taken against CNN’s Jim Acosta in November 2018. Acosta, a frequent irritation to Trump, had his pass taken away after the administration claimed he used inappropriate force in resisting an intern’s attempts to take a microphone from him during a news conference given by the president. Karem had his pass suspended after an altercation with former Trump aide...
  • Russia to establish naval base in Venezuela

    08/17/2019 5:23:46 PM PDT · by cba123 · 49 replies
    UAWire ^ | Friday, August 16, 2019 11:00:06 AM
    The Russian and Venezuelan defense ministries have agreed to expand the cooperation between their navies. At a meeting in Moscow on Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Podrino Lopez signed an agreement to allow visits by military vessels. As part of the agreement, the Venezuelan ports will be opened to the Russian Navy, effectively enabling Russia to acquire a naval base in Latin America. Since December 2017, Russia has had a similar agreement with Syria, which allowed Russia to deploy as many as 10 ships and two submarines in the Mediterranean Sea at the peak...
  • Big MSNBC Mouth: Border Enforcement's a 'White Supremacist Domestic Terror Campaign'

    08/17/2019 5:14:01 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The "public charge" doctrine has been a foundation of American immigration policy going back hundreds of years to colonial times. The notion is that immigrants who are unable to support themselves, thus becoming public charges, should not be admitted or permitted to remain. In 1996, Congress enacted a federal immigration law codifying the public charge principle, and it has remained on the books in the same form ever since. So what do you call the Trump administration's plan to enforce that law? On Saturday's AM Joy, Democrat pollster and MSNBC contributor Fernand Amandi offered a crazy take: "This is a...
  • Pakistan: Muslims murder five of the wrong kind of Muslims with bomb at mosque

    08/17/2019 3:04:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | AUG 17, 2019 3:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Pakistan: Muslims murder five of the wrong kind of Muslims with bomb at mosque AUG 17, 2019 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER This was not an instance of “Islamophobia.” The Muslims at this mosque were, in the eyes of the perpetrators, heretics or apostates. And so, under Islamic law, they deserved death. “Blast kills at least five at Pakistan mosque – police,” TRT World, August 16, 2019: An explosion at a mosque in southwest Pakistan killed at least five people and injured over a dozen others, police and local media reported. Latest in a series of similar attacks, the explosion...
  • ISIL is building a new caliphate...

    08/17/2019 1:55:26 PM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 45 replies
    The National Post ^ | 8/16/2019 | Josh Rogin
    ISIL has largely taken over control of a huge camp in northeast Syria, and there’s no plan for what to do with the 70,000 people there (including more than 50,000 children). The United States and Europe must immediately address this urgent national security and humanitarian crisis, before a new caliphate is established while we watch. After the fall of Raqqa and the coalition defeat of ISIL’s strongholds, President Donald Trump announced that “100 percent” of the caliphate had been destroyed. But the tens of thousands of ISIL fighters and family members left over were herded into massive fenced internally displaced...
  • Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Their Trip to Israel

    08/17/2019 1:08:41 PM PDT · by libstripper · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug. 16. 2019 | David French
    To the extent that I care at all about Israel blocking entry to two U.S. congresswomen who partner with anti-Semites who seek its destruction, I agree with critics who argue that Bibi Netanyahu should not appear to bow to Donald Trump’s tweeted demands and that blocking Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel handed them a short-term propaganda victory. But that’s not the most important part of the story. The most important element of the story is the fact that two American congresswomen shunned a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel to go on an independent trip to Israel sponsored...
  • Newt Gingrich: US must stand with people of Hong Kong fighting for freedom

    08/17/2019 10:54:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2019 | Newt Gingrich
    Over the past two months, the world has seen the people of Hong Kong bravely stand up to the growing threat of totalitarianism. What began as a protest against a bill that would allow prisoners to be extradited to mainland China has evolved into a movement to demand that the Hong Kong government (largely now controlled by China’s Communist Party) adhere to the promises of freedom and autonomy it made when Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. Protesters have flooded the streets since June – despite the threat of being arrested, smothered with tear gas, pelted with rubber...
  • Time-lapse video of border wall being installed in Tecate, California

    08/17/2019 10:43:42 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 56 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 16, 2019 | SeriousCat5000
    43 seconds, of 30 foot bollards, plus motivational photos of men at work on the wall.
  • Useful Idiot - The curious case of Max Blumenthal

    08/17/2019 7:51:13 AM PDT · by Krosan · 12 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | Aug, 2019 | Bruce Bawer
    Commentary Useful Idiot The curious case of Max Blumenthal AUG, 2019 BY BRUCE BAWER Its back cover features encomia from Reza Aslan, Andrew Cockburn, and Oliver Stone, and its jacket copy promises that readers will find in its pages “the real story behind America’s dealings with the world” and proof that “the extremist forces that now threaten peace across the globe are the inevitable flowering of American imperial design.” The book is The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump, and its author is Max Blumenthal, the son of...
  • In Iraqi holy city, row over female violinist at soccer match shows social rift

    08/17/2019 6:25:45 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | August 7, 2019 | staff
    KERBALA, Iraq: The match should have been cause for young Iraqis to celebrate. Their national team beat Lebanon 1-0 in the first competitive international hosted by Iraq for years in the holy city of Kerbala, complete with an opening ceremony of music and dance. Instead, the event drew high-level criticism which many of the city's youth say shows the gulf between them and the political and religious establishment. Advertisement At the opening ceremony last week for the West Asia Football Federation Championship, a tournament of Arab countries hosted by Iraq, a Lebanese woman violinist not wearing the Islamic headscarf and...
  • Signs of recession worry Trump ahead of 2020 [pfft]

    08/17/2019 5:16:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2019 | Josh Boak and Jonathan Lemire
    President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation’s strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won’t look so good come Election Day. The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That’s on top of concerns over Trump’s plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are...
  • Mexico is busing asylum-seeking migrants to southern border [Theirs]

    08/17/2019 1:32:34 AM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 5 replies
    AP via YAHOO ^ | August 16, 2019
    The Mexican government said Friday it is busing migrants who have applied for asylum in the United States to the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. About 30,000 migrants have been sent back to northern Mexican border cities to await U.S. asylum hearings under a policy known as "Remain in Mexico" under which they have to wait for hearings months away. But few provisions have been made for them to be housed or seek legal representation, and many cities on the northern border are among the most dangerous in Mexico... ...The Associated Press reported that in July, Mexico had begun busing...