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  • Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as Tripoli fire rages

    07/29/2014 10:48:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 30 2014 | Imed Lamloum
    Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Libya's second city Benghazi after days of fighting, as a huge blaze raged at a fuel depot near the capital's airport. An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture Tuesday of the main military base in the eastern city in a statement which was confirmed by an army official. He said jihadists of Ansar al-Sharia, blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Washington, were among the groups. Intense fighting in Benghazi for the past week has claimed about 60 lives since Saturday, medical officials in the city said. "Special...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed.Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government.He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict...
  • IS opens new anti-US front with journalists beheading

    08/20/2014 4:00:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Arab News ^ | August 20, 2014 | AGENCIES
    BAGHDAD/BEIRUT: Islamic States beheading of a US journalist and its threat to destroy the American cross suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks. On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video purporting to show one of its fighters beheading James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The black-clad executioner, who spoke English with a British accent, also produced another American journalist and said his fate depends on President Barack Obamas next move. Obama on Wednesday called for a joint effort to...
  • Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin on Iran, Arab Spring, U.S. Aid, and More

    08/16/2014 6:13:21 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 May 2013 | Alex Newman
    Deputy Knesset Speaker Feiglin on Iran, Arab Spring, U.S. Aid, and More The New American 20 May 2013 JERUSALEM — Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Moshe Feiglin, who leads the Manhigut Yehudit (the Jewish Leadership) faction of the ruling Likud Party, spoke to The New American’s Alex Newman in late April during an interview at the Knesset in Jerusalem. (The photo shows MK Feiglin, center, with Newman.) While a controversial figure in Israel and still relatively unknown abroad after his successful election in January, the new lawmaker has developed a strong following among liberty-minded Jews. However, MK...
  • Coup underway in Iraq Confirmed. Video added

    08/10/2014 11:22:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 10, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This was popped up in the headlines, and details are still sketchy, but something potentially big is afoot in Iraq. (And for once, were not talking about their being under attack by ISIS.) We were first tipped off on Twitter as well as a quick draw compilation of tweets from inside Iraq provided at Pundit Press. Here are a few, along with Pundit Presss summary, keeping in mind that this isnt confirmed yet: Iraqs parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his...
  • Clinton critical of Obama foreign policy, says 'failure' to act in Syria created vacuum for jihad

    08/10/2014 12:56:53 PM PDT · by McGruff · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 10, 2014
    Hillary Clinton, the front-runner among potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates, is sharply distancing herself from President Obama's foreign policy, particularly in Syria, as Americans appear to continue losing confidence in his handling of key international affairs. Clinton, who as secretary of state was Obamas top diplomat, suggested during an in-depth interview with The Atlantic magazine that the presidents foreign-policy mantra of dont do stupid stuff lacked sufficient depth.
  • The World is a Mess Hes Why

    08/09/2014 11:01:19 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 16 replies
    MisterChambers.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    In the late interwar period, a few years before the ascendency of Adolf Hitler to the Chancellery, the famed German film director Fritz Lang created a classic of the silent film era. Spione (English: Spies) is a thriller of international espionage, intrigue, and manipulation by a criminal mastermind. Playing diplomats, politicians, and detectives against each other, using prostitutes, opium, and blackmail to control his adversaries, Langs arch villain Haghi pushes the world to the precipice of total war before he is brought down by the films hero. There is a man operating like this today. He has control of vast...
  • For Obama, Iraq Move Is a Policy Reversal

    08/08/2014 7:32:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 8, 2014 | By Carol E. Lee
    President Barack Obama stepped in front of the cameras on Thursday to utter words he hoped he would never say as commander in chief. "I've therefore authorized targeted airstrikes if necessary to help forces in Iraq," Mr. Obama said in a statement from the White House. "Today America is coming to help." The return to military engagement in Iraq is a reversal for Mr. Obama, whose early opposition to the war that toppled Saddam Hussein, and his promise to end it, fueled his long-shot campaign for the White House.
  • Obama authorizes Iraq strikes to protect Christians, prevent 'genocide'

    08/08/2014 6:56:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 8, 2014 | BY RAHEEM SALMAN
    U.S. President Barack Obama authorized air strikes on Iraq to protect Christians and prevent "genocide" of tens of thousands of members of an ancient sect sheltering on a desert mountaintop from Islamic State fighters threatening to exterminate them. The United States began to drop relief supplies to refugees from the ancient Yazidi sect, but there was no sign yet of air strikes, which Obama authorized for the first time since pulling troops out in 2011. ... U.S. oil majors Exxon Mobil and Chevron evacuated expatriate staff from Iraqi Kurdistan on Thursday, industry sources said. Smaller oil companies that operate in...
  • Obama Authorizes Limited Airstrikes in Iraq

    08/07/2014 7:13:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07 August 2014 | Helen Cooper, Mark Landler, Alissa J. Rubinaug
    President Obama said Thursday that United States military aircraft had dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq. Speaking from the State Dining Room at the White House, the president said he had directed the United States military forces to conduct targeted airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil, threatening the American citizens and military personnel there.
  • Someone Is Bombing ISIS in Iraq

    08/07/2014 4:04:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    New Yorker Magazine ^ | August 7, 2014
    The New York Times seemed to have caught the Pentagon by surprise this evening when it issued a breaking news alert about American forces bombing two targets in Iraq. The Pentagon firmly denied that American forces had begun a bombing campaign. But Pentagon officials said it was possible that allies of the United States, either the Iraqi or Turkish militaries, had conducted the bombing.
  • Obama Hosts Africa Summit With an Eye on Legacy

    08/02/2014 7:00:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 2, 2014 | By JULIE PACE
    President Barack Obama is gathering nearly 50 African heads of state in Washington for an unprecedented summit aimed in part at building his legacy on a continent where his commitment has been questioned. From the start of his presidency, Obama has faced sky-high expectations from African leaders and U.S. policymakers who hoped the son of a Kenyan would bump Africa up the White House list of foreign policy priorities. Unlike his predecessor George W. Bush, who launched a $15 billion program to address HIV and AIDS, Obama seemed to be lacking a signature Africa initiative. And his administration's focus turned...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obamas Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruzs foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponents position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obamas recent attempt...
  • Hamas Propaganda War Being Waged on Worlds Main Street

    07/27/2014 7:24:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/27/14 | Judi McLeod
    Even thousands of miles away from Gaza, citizens live in fear. And thats just the way Western leaders want it. With their people living in fear, Western leaders escape citizen wrath for their lack of leadership in failing world economies.
  • ISIS Crucifies Young Men For Leaving The Peaceful Religion of Islam

    07/09/2014 3:19:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    ISIS has crucified more young men for being accused of Ridda. Ridda in Islam means defection from the religion. ... Crucifixions has become a normal occurrence in Syria and Iraq in which young men are seen crucified on trees .... And on scaffolds ... Mass slaughter has become a way of life in Caliphate controlled areas: ... This is all part of Hiraba which is Islamic law regarding punishments. We are beginning to see an escalation of crucifixions and it will soon get applied in full force in all the areas that the Caliphate rules. A nightmare is on the...
  • Bahrain expels top US diplomat after meeting with main opposition group

    07/07/2014 10:16:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    RT ^ | 7-7-2014 | RT
    <p>Bahrains Sunni government has expelled a top US diplomat citing interference in the countrys internal affairs following his meeting with the main opposition Shia group.</p> <p>Bahrain asked US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski, to immediately leave the country as he is unwelcome because of interference in the countrys internal affairs, the kingdoms Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement as cited by Bahrain News Agency.</p>
  • Obamas Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

    07/05/2014 7:35:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 7/04/14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    obama-is-a-terrorist-A recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region. Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context: Dubai: For the past decade, two successive US administrations have maintained close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, to name just the most prominent cases. The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events...
  • Israel ready to help Jordan fend off Iraq insurgents if asked

    07/04/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 4, 2014
    Israel is ready to meet any Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have overrun part of neighboring Iraq, an Israeli official said on Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending itself. Asked to elaborate on the statement, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said potential Israeli assistance could include sending troops or arms, though he saw that as unlikely. "We have an interest in ensuring that Jordan does not fall to, or be penetrated by, groups like al Qaeda or Hamas or ISIS," he told Reuters. "If, God forbid, there is a need, if such a...
  • Iran Secretly Sending Drones and Supplies into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

    06/25/2014 8:18:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    BRUSSELS Iran is directing surveillance drones over Iraq from an airfield in Baghdad and is secretly supplying Iraq with tons of military equipment, supplies and other assistance, American officials said. Tehran has also deployed an intelligence unit there to intercept communications, the officials said. The secret Iranian programs are part of a broader effort by Tehran to gather intelligence and help Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Malikis government in its struggle against Sunni militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of Irans paramilitary Quds Force, has visited Iraq at least twice to help...
  • The Man Who Broke the Middle East

    06/23/2014 12:02:27 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | June 22, 2014 | Elliott Abrams
    Theres always Tunisia. Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story. But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisias turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings. Where administration policy has had an impact, the story is one of failure and danger. The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good....
  • Obama Disappointingly Complacent on Islamic Extremism says Former Australian PM

    06/18/2014 9:51:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 6/18/14 | Raheem Kassam
    Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has today referred to U.S. President Barack Obamas approach to Islamic extremism as disappointingly complacent in a speech to the Margaret Thatcher Liberty Conference in London. The high-profile event was attended by hundreds of political journalists, activists, writers, legislators and other global stakeholders. Howards comments were met by nods of approval across the room as he took aim at Barack Obamas West Point commencement speech of last month. Howard said: "Islamic fundamentalism is a far greater threat than many people in their culturally equivocal way believe. "Obamas West Point commencement speech with the greatest
  • Humiliation at rout hits Iraqi military hard

    06/17/2014 2:32:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2014
    The Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout under the onslaught of the Islamic militants. Their commanders disappeared. Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. Troops ran from post to post only to find them already taken by gunmen, forcing them to flee. I see it in the eyes of my family, relatives and neighbors, one lieutenant-colonel who escaped the militants sweep over the northern city of Mosul told The Associated Press. I am as broken and ashamed as a bride who is not a virgin on her wedding night.
  • Obama Has Painted Himself Into A Foreign Policy Corner

    06/14/2014 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring. Across a huge swath of what, up until recently, had been known as Iraq and Syria, a transnational movement of Sunni Islamic extremists has taken control. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has conquered -- without much effort -- Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, along with most of the province of Nineveh. It's also taken Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown. Along the way it has ransacked banks (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars), pillaged weapon stockpiles (including the stuff we left behind for the Iraqi...
  • White House Hosts Israel-Hating Radical Muslim

    06/26/2013 1:57:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 6/26/2013, 11:52 PM | Elad Benari
    White House officials met this month with Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, a deputy of radical Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who has been banned from entering the United States, reported the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). The June 13 meeting took place on the same day the Obama administration announced plans to arm Syrias rebel forces, the report noted. IPT noted that al-Qaradawi, the founder of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), endorses Palestinian Authority Arab suicide bombers and supports Hamas in its fight against Israel. The report also said that bin Bayyah,...
  • Red Cross freezes Libya work after Swiss death

    06/08/2014 3:47:39 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    The Local (Switzerland) ^ | 05 Jun 2014 18:11 GMT+02:00
    The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is temporarily freezing its operations in Libya to reevaluate the security situation after a Swiss staffer was killed by gunmen. "We are freezing movement (of personnel) for the time being to analyze the situation so we can adapt our operations," ICRC spokesman David-Pierre Marquet told AFP on Thursday. He said there were no plans to permanently halt the organization's operations in Libya. The announcement came a day after Michael Greub, a 42-year-old Swiss citizen heading the ICRC's office in Libya's third city Misrata, was killed by gunmen in Sirte, 200 kilometres...
  • US recommends its citizens depart Libya 'immediately'

    05/27/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 95 replies
    Washington (AFP) - The US State Department recommended Americans in Libya "depart immediately," in its latest travel warning on Tuesday.
  • Greenfield: Will a Rogue General Undo Obama's Regime Change in Libya?

    05/25/2014 12:44:47 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, May 24, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 Will a Rogue General Undo Obama's Regime Change in Libya? Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog It didn't take Egypt very long to revert back to a military oligarchy with elections. That oligarchy wasn't brought back by an armed coup in the dead of night, but by popular protests. The Arab Spring was trumpeted by liberals as a new era in the history of the Middle East. But the Middle East is better at undoing history than the media is at writing it. In Egypt, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi brushed away the effects...
  • Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says

    05/20/2014 2:36:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2014 | Jomana Karadsheh and Barbara Starr
    Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- The U.S. military has doubled the number of aircraft standing by in Italy if needed to evacuate Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, CNN has learned. A decision to evacuate as violence in the Libyan capital grows is "minute by minute, hour by hour," a defense official told CNN on Monday. Fierce fighting swept across the city Sunday after armed men stormed the country's interim Parliament. Sporadic bursts of gunfire and blasts could still be heard on the outskirts of the capital Monday evening. The violence appeared to be some of the worst since...
  • Egyptian TV Claims: Jewish Lobbies Behind The Simpsons

    05/19/2014 8:34:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 5/20/2014, 6:12 AM | Elad Benari
    The Simpsons cannot catch a break from Arab television. The same Egyptian television channel that recently claimed that an episode of the popular show proved that the United States had conspired to cause the Arab Spring revolutions, is now claiming that the show was devised by Jewish lobbies and think tanks and financed by Rupert Murdoch. The latest claims by Al-Tahrir TV aired on May 11 and were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). During the broadcast, host Rania Badawi claimed, [The Simpsons] is a very influential TV series in the U.S. This animated series is an...
  • Libyan parliament comes under gunfire in Tripoli

    05/18/2014 6:20:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 18, 2014
    There has been heavy fighting outside the Libyan interim parliament in the capital Tripoli. MPs fled the building after heavily armed attackers tried to storm it. Some eyewitnesses say the gunmen were from the powerful Zintan Brigade of former rebel fighters. However, a paramilitary force backing retired general Khalifa Haftar claimed it was behind the assault. Authorities are struggling to contain militias that control parts of Libya. A planned new constitution remains unwritten and the country has had three prime ministers since March. On Sunday, the gunmen launched their assault on parliament in armoured vehicles. Black smoke rose above the...
  • U.S. Becomes Chief Enabler of Christian Persecution

    05/14/2014 6:32:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 5/14/14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    "We are looking for the bishop of this church to slaughter him -- we are tired of the existence of this church near our mosque and the noise they are making." Church elder quoting Muslims who attacked a priest, Zanzibar."Muslims wanted to punish [him]...because he had recently organised a demonstration against violence in Islam." Local priest of a murdered Christian, Bangladesh."O people of the Scripture [Christians]. Do not exceed the limits of your religion....Cease! It will be better for you...." Koran, 4:171, Billboard in Nazareth, Israel.Human rights organization Open Doors published its 2014 World Watch List in...
  • Migration attempts to Europe rise sharply

    05/16/2014 5:11:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | May 16, 2014 | By Ed Adamczyk
    BRUSSELS - The number of people identified attempting to illegally enter European Union nations in 2013 rose sharply over 2012, the border agency Frontex reported Friday. In its annual risk analysis, Frontex revealed 107,000 detections of undocumented migrants in 2013, compared to 72,500 in 2012. One in four migrants hailed from Syria, it said. The 2013 figure is still lower than in 2011, when 141,000 undocumented migrants arrived in Europe as a result of the Arab Spring movement.
  • Libya clashes between rival militias in Benghazi

    05/16/2014 11:10:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 16, 2014
    Fierce clashes between rival Libyan rebel groups in the coastal city of Benghazi have killed several people. The BBC's Rana Jawad says the fighting is understood to be between Islamist militias and a paramilitary force led by a retired senior officer. Libya's second largest city is the scene of frequent clashes between the army and Islamist militias. Authorities in the capital Tripoli have struggled to deal with rebels since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that an Islamist militia base in Benghazi was bombed by warplanes. The death toll is unclear but medical sources in the...
  • Iran isnt complying with the interim deal

    05/14/2014 2:51:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2014 | BY JENNIFER RUBIN
    A fundamental requirement of the interim deal Irans cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency personnel is not being fulfilled. The White Houses own fact sheet on the interim deal listed Irans obligations. ... It is even more troubling that the administration hasnt reported back to Congress and the American people on Irans refusal to comply. Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies was instrumental in designing anti-Iran sanctions. He warns, I hope the Obama administration doesnt adopt an approach of punting on demands for full disclosure on past nuclear weaponization activities or they will find themselves...
  • Obamas Share Boko Harams Agenda to Eradicate Christian Education

    05/12/2014 9:41:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | May 10, 2014 | Walid Shoebat, Theodore Shoebat, and Ben Barrack
    Few pay attention to the common agendas shared by Boko Haram (the terrorist group that has kidnapped over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls) and the non-profit organizations ran by the Obama family. The primary goals of both is to eradicate western education in Africa; the evidence is overwhelming. ... the foundation bearing the name of Baracks grandmother the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF). In the interview, Musa confessed that the MSOF accepts western donations under faulty premises (helping orphaned children with AIDS) and then uses those funds for scholarships to send Kenyan students to extremist Wahhabist schools in Saudi Arabia. In...
  • Hillarys War on Nigerian Women is about Benghazi

    05/12/2014 9:53:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | May 9, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    What Hillary Clinton is attempting to do is in a word despicable. A few days after the Smoking gun Benghazi email was revealed by Judicial Watch; two days after House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would form a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi; one day before Rep. Trey Gowdy was tapped to lead it; and one day after we revealed a Muslim Brotherhood connection to the email at Shoebat.com, Hillary Clinton attempted to pivot public attention toward the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls. The motive behind her doing this should be transparently obvious. She is attempting...
  • Arab world: Has the penny finally dropped?

    05/02/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | ZVI MAZEL
    Since the start of the ill-named Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood has been very much in the news. Coming to power through democratic elections in Egypt and Tunisia, they were toppled within a short time by the people, who discovered their true intentions. There were some in the West but not all who saw the light as well. British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a comprehensive review of the movement,... its activities in Britain and its impact on the countrys interests. The decision was made because the Brotherhood is allegedly behind terrorist operations in Egypt, and because...
  • The Jihadi Threat: Report on Islamist States and Individuals (unfinished)

    05/04/2014 7:33:50 PM PDT · by Randall_S
    Indepdendent assessment and original research ^ | March 10, 2014 | ConstitutionalRight.net
    Detailed report... excerpt Sometimes the tail wags the dog. In the case of the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, their small population and tremendous wealth give them an outsized influence in diplomacy and international influence. If Ankara is the heart of the emerging Islamic Caliphate, Qatar is the brain. Through sophisticated international investment and diplomacy, Qatar has acted behind the scenes in each of the Arab Spring revolutions that installed Islamist government where once secular dictators ruled. A country rich in natural gas and approximately two million citizens, Qatar has the highest per capital GDP in the world. GDP in...
  • U.S. worries its aid to Egypt may be misdirected

    04/30/2014 9:04:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | by Ken Dilanian, Paul Richter, Laura King
    The Egyptian military recently used American-made Apache helicopter gunships to fire rockets into houses in the Sinai Peninsula, the latest in a series of lethal raids targeting a little-known Al Qaeda-inspired group that has bombed civilians. The April 23 raid came on the same day that the State Department lifted a hold on military aid to Egypt. The Obama administration has struggled for months to limit the political crackdown launched by former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi, who now heads the Egyptian government.
  • Egypt court sentences 683 to death including Brotherhood chief

    04/28/2014 11:16:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-28-2014 | Sarah Benhaida
    An Egyptian court sentenced 682 alleged Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to death on Monday, a lawyer and prosecutor said, after two brief sessions the defence partly boycotted. The same court in the southern province of Minya also reversed 492 of 529 death sentences it passed in March, commuting most of those to life in prison. The court, presided over by judge Said Youssef Sabry, had sparked an international outcry with its initial sentencing last month amid an extensive crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The crackdown has extended to secular-leaning dissidents who supported Morsi's...
  • Tunisia divided over Jews use of Israel passports

    04/23/2014 12:52:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 3:09 PM EDT | Bouazza ben Bouazza
    Tunisias elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. While Israelis and Jews long have traveled to Tunisia for an annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, this is the first year that Israelis have been allowed to use their passports rather than a special document issued by Tunisian embassies. Tunisia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube

    04/20/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 4/20/14 | Staff
    WASHINGTON The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying. (Snip) The sources said the photograph was taken by White House personnel during Obamas meeting with the Saudi king outside Riyad on March 28.The Saudis specifically did not want any photograph that showed Abdullah with the tube, a source said. But there was a White House photographer that took the picture for what he said was history. The photograph was said to have been relayed to members of the White House press corps. Within a day, an image of the Saudi king with the...
  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • Morsis Daughter: The Man in Prison is Not My Father

    04/12/2014 11:19:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/2014, 4:53 AM | Elad Benari
    The daughter of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is claiming that she is certain that the televised footage showing the ousted leader in prison is not of her father, Al Arabiya reports. According to the report, the daughter Alshymaa shared two pictures of Morsi on her Facebook page, one while he was president and the other of him during his trial. She claimed in a comment that the one in prison does not resemble her father.
  • Muslim Brotherhood Launches Own U.S. Political Party

    04/01/2014 4:39:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Islamofascism: With an eye toward the 2016 election, the radical Muslim Brotherhood has built the framework for a political party in America that seeks to turn Muslims into an Islamist voting bloc. 'Muslim voters have the potential to be swing voters in 2016," said Nihad Awad in launching the benign-sounding U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, whose membership reads like a Who's Who of Brotherhood front groups. "We are aiming to bring more participation from the Muslim community." USCMO also aims to elect Islamists in Washington, with the ultimate objective of "institutionalizing policies" favorable to Islamists that is, Shariah law....
  • A Marriage Spring? Like the Arab Spring?

    03/28/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Recently, I was a panelist on MSNBC. The topic was same sex marriage. A fellow panelist called for a Marriage Spring. We know what that means. Or we think we do. The unmarriage advocate wants us to hurry up and overthrow the existing order. Do it as the Arab Street has been doing it: Assemble a vast mass of people entering the square to insist on change. Demand an end to an oppressive old order. And it will all happen with stunning suddennessjust as the winds of change have blown through the Arab world. Or so they say. We all...
  • Saudi princesses 'seek Obama's help for freedom'

    03/27/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2014
    London (AFP) - A former wife of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appealed to US President Barack Obama on Thursday for help in the case of four daughters she says are being held in a royal palace. Alanoud AlFayez, 57, a Jordanian national who has lived in London since her divorce from the Saudi monarch in 2003, said her children needed to be "saved". "Since 13 years, my daughters Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher are being held captive," AlFayez told AFP. "They need to be saved and released immediately." She added: "Mr Obama should take this opportunity to address these grave...
  • Egypt court sentences 528 Morsi supporters to death

    03/24/2014 11:04:01 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-24-2014 | BBC
    A court in Egypt has sentenced to death 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property. The group is among some 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on trial, including senior members. Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested. They are expected to appeal. The verdict now goes to Egypt's supreme religious authority, the Grand Mufti (a senior Islamic scholar), for approval or rejection, says the BBC's Orla Guerin in...
  • U.S. Navy SEALs seize fugitive oil tanker

    03/17/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 | Laura King
    CAIRO U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, the statement said. The SEAL team, backed by helicopters, launched its operation late Sunday local time...
  • Egypt revolutionary singer stopped from performing

    03/15/2014 12:55:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2014 3:30 PM EDT | Mariam Rizk
    An Egyptian singer known for his anti-government songs said Saturday that authorities stopped him from performing at an arts festival attended by the countrys interim president and military chief for security concerns. The halted performance Thursday from young singer Mohammed Mohsen comes as the broadcast of a show featuring a popular satirist who skewers public figures apparently was deliberately jammed again Friday. Mohsen said representatives from the presidency escorted him out of the Cairo Opera House before his performance was to begin and left him there as the concert went on without him.