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  • U.S. charges four Chinese, firm with aiding Pyongyangís nuclear program

    09/27/2016 8:51:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2016 at 5:18 PM | Ellen Nakashima
    The Treasury Department and Justice Department took actions Monday against four Chinese individuals and one Chinese company for conspiring to aid North Koreaís nuclear weapons program in violation of U.S. economic sanctions. The unsealing of criminal charges and the imposition of new sanctions are aimed at shutting down a major Chinese node supporting North Koreaís weapons proliferation, officials said. The Justice Department charged the individuals and the trading company with conspiring to launder money and with evading sanctions. The four individuals and the company are all located in China. Ö
  • American Professors Gather in Tehran for Occupy Wall Street Conference

    09/20/2012 8:31:41 PM PDT · by Churchjack · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/21/2012 | Daniel Halper
    The professors interviewed on Press TV include Alex Vitale of Brooklyn College, Heather Gautney of Fordham University, and John Hammond of City University of New York. video at link
  • GAO Report: US Still Not Prepared for Possible EMP Attack

    05/04/2016 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 3, 2016 | 4:20 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Two weeks after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear strikes against the U.S., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the federal government has still not implemented all of the recommendations made eight years ago to prevent catastrophic blackouts caused by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The recommendations were made in 2008 by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electro-Magnetic Pulse Attack (EMP Commission). Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have taken actions to prepare against an EMP attack, they ďhave not established a coordinated approach to identifying...
  • North Korea can learn from Iran nuclear deal, U.S. says

    04/19/2016 9:45:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    North Korea, which conducted a fourth nuclear test in January in contravention of U.N. Security Council resolutions, can learn from a deal struck between Iran and world powers to freeze its nuclear program, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. North Korea, which regularly threatens the United States and rich, democratic South Korea, also conducted a long-range rocket launch in February, defying U.N. sanctions. The Security Council last month expanded those sanctions aimed at starving North Korea of funds for its weapons program on a resolution drafted by the United States and China. ... "It's our hope...
  • Saudi Arabia passes Russia as worldís third biggest military spender

    04/06/2016 12:50:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 05, 2016 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Global military spending reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, marking a year-on-year increase for the first time since 2011, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks arms expenditure around the world. The United States remained far and away the top spender, which despite a dip from 2014, accounted for more than a third of total global spending. It was followed by China and then, perhaps surprisingly, Saudi Arabia, which supplanted Russia in third place.
  • North Koreans Can Either Work 70 Days Straight or Pay to Take a Day Off

    03/19/2016 9:01:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Time ^ | March 14, 2016 | Rishi Iyengar
    Grappling with an intensification of global sanctions over its nuclear-weapons program, North Korea recently ordered its working population to toil nonstop for 70 days in a bid to boost production and demonstrate loyalty. Citizens of the authoritarian nation can, however, buy vacation days from the government during the 10-week period, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports. Ö
  • US, North Korea agreed to peace talks before latest nuclear test

    02/21/2016 6:43:36 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/21/16 | The Wall Street Journal
    Days before North Korea's latest nuclear-bomb test, the Obama administration secretly agreed to talks to try to formally end the Korean War, dropping a longstanding condition that Pyongyang first take steps to curtail its nuclear arsenal. Instead the U.S. called for North Korea's atomic-weapons program to be simply part of the talks. Pyongyang declined the counter-proposal, according to U.S. officials familiar with the events. Its nuclear test on Jan. 6 ended the diplomatic gambit.
  • In Iran, State-Backed Companies Win From Lifted Sanctions

    02/06/2016 5:24:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 5, 2016 | By THOMAS ERDBRINK
    TEHRAN - Only weeks into what was widely anticipated to be a helter-skelter, post-sanctions rush of Western money and expertise into Iran, limits to the country's opening are beginning to emerge as the conservative leadership seeks to limit the reach of Western influences. Behind the headlines announcing big business contracts with European companies it is becoming increasingly clear that, so far, the only deals being struck have been with the state-backed conglomerates. These are the groups that dominate major industrial and commercial sectors of the Iranian economy like the Revolutionary Guards. As a result, little or nothing is trickling down...
  • United States: North Korea may have indeed tested H-bomb

    01/29/2016 8:36:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 1/29/2016, 3:14 AM | Ben Ariel
    The United States has backtracked somewhat on its previous assessment of North Korea's recent nuclear test, CNN reported Thursday. While Washington originally expressed skepticism over Pyongyang's claims that it tested a hydrogen bomb during the January 6 test, it now believes North Korea might have attempted to test components of a hydrogen bomb after further review and analysis of the latest intelligence information, officials told the news network. A U.S. official directly familiar with the latest assessment said there may have been a partial, failed test of some type of components associated with a hydrogen bomb. ...
  • When North Korea Tests a Nuke, Assume It's Iran's as Well

    01/16/2016 2:18:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Wed, January 13, 2016 | Ryan Mauro
    North Korea briefly reclaimed the global press' attention again by claiming to have tested a hydrogen bomb. While coverage focused on whether that was an exaggeration, the press missed a much more important question: Was this test only for Kim Jong-Un or was it also for the Iranian regime? The North Korean and Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile programs should be seen as a single entity, as should be their shared cyber warfare programs. The advance of one is an advance of the other. Differences in their activity should be seen as a common-sense division of labor. Gordon Chang, a...
  • UN Chief Ban Ki-moon ‚ÄėCongratulates‚Äô Venezuela on Re-Election to Human Rights Council

    01/22/2016 9:01:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 21, 2016 | 4:30 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has "congratulated" Venezuela on winning a new three-year term on the U.N. Human Rights Council, the socialist government reported Wednesday. Venezuela's mission to the U.N. said Ban offered his congratulations during a meeting Tuesday with Venezuelan ambassador to the HRC Jorge Valero in Geneva, the Swiss city that is home to the U.N.'s top human rights body. Ban's reported congratulations came despite the fact that the ongoing election onto the HRC of countries with poor human rights records has long outraged human rights advocates and frustrated democratic governments. ...
  • N. Korea demands peace treaty for stopping nuke tests

    01/15/2016 7:01:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2016 9:01 PM EST
    North Korea said it could stop its nuclear tests in exchange for signing a peace treaty with the U.S. and a stop to annual military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea. The North's statement carried by the state media late Friday was a repeat of past offers that have been rejected by the U.S., which wants Pyongyang to commit to a complete abandonment of nuclear weapons. An unnamed spokesman of the North's Foreign Ministry called the purported hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6 a justifiable move to ensure its survival against external threats. ...
  • Kerry: ‚ÄėNorth Korea Has Never Been Left Unattended To, Not For One Day‚Äô

    01/07/2016 9:16:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/7/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) ‚Äď Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday disputed the suggestion that the administration has not given the North Korean nuclear threat enough attention as a result of its focus on the Iran nuclear talks and other issues, declaring that ‚ÄúNorth Korea has never been left unattended to, not for one day.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThat premise [that the North Korean situation has been neglected] is absolutely inaccurate, it‚Äôs without foundation,‚ÄĚ he told reporters in the State Department briefing room. Pyongyang on Wednesday carried out a nuclear test ‚Äď its fourth since 2006 ‚Äď catapulting the reclusive Stalinist state back into the...
  • 'It would be shame if a plane fell from the sky and it happened to be Australian': China...

    12/16/2015 12:20:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 17th December 2015 | Nelson Groom
    A Chinese state-owned newspaper has sent a thinly veiled threat to Australia after an RAAF plane was detected patrolling above the South China Sea. The ominous Global Times editorial appeared to warn Australia its planes could be shot down if they continue their surveillance flights of the region, reports ABC. The article comes after the pilot of an RAAF P-3 Orion aircraft patrolling above the area was detected telling the Chinese navy via radio communications they were 'exercising international freedom of navigation rights.'
  • INSIGHT-US, allies short on options as Russia,Iran flex muscle in Syria

    10/04/2015 8:34:02 AM PDT · by EBH · 24 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation ^ | 10/3/2015 | Samia Nakhoul
    The question on everyone's mind is: will the United States and its European and regional Sunni allies intervene to stop President Vladimir Putin from reversing the gains made by mainstream Syrian rebels after more than four years of war? Few are holding their breath. Many say, often with vehemence, that the current drama is the consequence of ongoing Western inaction and U.S. retreat at critical moments in an ever more uncontrollable conflict, whose regional dimensions are fast becoming global. Nobody in the Middle East is counting on U.S. President Barack Obama. The gloomy prediction of most is that a war...
  • The Cunning Passageways of TWA Flight 800: An Unauthorized History

    07/07/2010 9:13:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 25 replies
    New English Review ^ | July 1, 2010 A.D. | Christopher S. Carson
    Six months ago, authorities seized a cargo plane in Bangkok that contained 35 tons of North Korean military weapons. These included versions of the Chinese HN-5 ďman-portable air defense system,Ē or MANPADS. The MANPADS were being shipped to Iran. The HN-5 ó a copy of the Soviet SA-7ó is less capable than the MANPADS Iran produces on its own. Why, you ask, would Iran be importing more primitive missiles than the ones it already makes? The only conceivable answer is that Iran was planning to provide North Korean missiles to Iranís proxy terrorist groups, to gain plausible deniability in case...
  • Bin Laden's son stepping up to the plate

    10/15/2003 4:41:53 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 183+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, October, 15, 2003
    Like father, like son, assert U.S., European and Arab intelligence agencies who believe one of Osama bin Laden's youngest children is beginning to call the shots at the Iranian branch of al-Qaida. Saad bin Laden is one of an estimated 400 operatives of the terror network recruited and protected by Tehran's hard-line clerics, according to the Washington Post. Tehran's elected government, headed by the reformist President Mohammed Khatami, does not appear to have control over this group, called the Jerusalem Force. The Post reports the 24-year-old bin Laden is computer savvy and fluent in English. His father groomed him for...
  • The Terror Masters Revisited

    08/16/2004 6:23:27 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 668+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8-16-04 | Michael Ledeen
    Saturday's Washington Post had an article which quotes the usual unnamed intelligence sources saying that they are surprised to discover that al Qaeda has "reconstituted" itself. This surprise derives from, inter alia, the computer data found recently in Pakistan, intelligence sources (both ours and friends'), and simply looking at the range of activities in which the terrorists engage. This surprise is, as usual, unsettling, since it has been quite clear for some time now that al Qaeda and the other major terrorist groups ó Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Jamaa, etc. ó are all working together, and have been ever since...
  • North Korean Escapees Report Solid Support for Dictator Kim

    08/26/2015 12:21:09 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jeyup S. Kwaak
    SEOULóNorth Koreans who fled the country last year said in a new survey that public support for dictator Kim Jong Un appears solid despite citizensí frustrations about the poor state of the economy. The survey suggests grass roots capitalism continues to spread in North Korea to substitute for the failed state distribution system and is likely to continue its uncomfortable coexistence with the nationís repressive regime. The Seoul National University Institute for Peace and Unification Studies each year surveys more than 100 North Koreans who defected in the previous calendar year. It provides firsthand insight into developments in the isolated...
  • Congress Must Reject the Iran Deal

    07/30/2015 4:41:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    TIME ^ | July 30, 2015 | Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Ron DeSantis
    Over the last several months the Obama Administration has consistently maintained that no deal with Iran is better than a bad deal, but we now know this claim ó as with many claims made throughout these negotiations ó was merely political spin. The deal announced by the Obama Administration last week provides Iran with $150 billion in unfrozen assets with which to fund terrorism, puts our national security at risk, and does little to stop Iranís quest for a nuclear weapon. For these reasons and others we believe that Congress must reject this deal. President Obama promised that a deal...
  • State Department Announces Extension of Iran Nuclear Deal Until July 7

    06/30/2015 8:59:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 30, 2015 | By ALEXANDER MALLIN
    The U.S. State Department announced this morning that Iran and the major countries negotiating a nuclear deal have extended the deadline from today to July 7 to "allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution." At issue is how fast billions of dollars in sanctions relief against Iranís economy will be implemented by the international community, as well as the level of access inspectors will have to Iranian military sites and nuclear scientists.
  • US intel chief calls Iran the leading terror sponsor, as nuke talks enter final phase

    06/25/2015 4:50:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 25, 2015 | By Catherine Herridge
    The nationís top intelligence official labeled Iran the leading state sponsor of terrorism and called the regime -- and its proxy Hezbollah -- the single most important factors keeping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in power, according to a letter obtained by Fox News. The warning comes as Obama administration officials enter the final phase of nuclear negotiation with Tehran. But despite the diplomatic track, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper assailed the countryís role in destabilizing the region in the letter to Republican senators. "Iran remains the foremost state sponsor of terrorism and is increasing its ability to influence regional...
  • AP Exclusive: Iran would get nuclear help in proposed deal

    06/24/2015 5:04:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 25, 2015
    VIENNA ó Western powers are offering Tehran high-tech reactors under a proposed nuclear agreement, a confidential document says, but a defiant speech by Iran's supreme leader less than a week before a negotiating deadline casts doubt on whether he's willing to make the necessary concessions to seal a deal. The West has held out the prospect of providing Iran peaceful nuclear technology in the nearly decade-long effort to reduce Tehran's ability to make nuclear weapons. But the scope of the help now being offered in the draft displeases U.S. congressional critics who say Washington is giving away too much.
  • The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

    04/20/2015 5:10:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 65 replies
    SPIEGEL ON LINE ^ | 18 Apr 15 | Christoph Reuter
    Aloof. Polite. Cajoling. Extremely attentive. Restrained. Dishonest. Inscrutable. Malicious. The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets of the man. But they agree on one thing: "We never knew exactly who we were sitting across from." In fact, not even those who shot and killed him after a brief firefight in the town of Tal Rifaat on a January morning in 2014 knew the true identity of the tall man in his late fifties. They were unaware that they had killed the strategic head of the group calling itself "Islamic State" (IS). The...
  • In Syria's war, Alawites pay heavy price for loyalty to Bashar al-Assad (1/3 military age men KIA)

    04/07/2015 1:26:22 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 7, 2015 | Ruth Sherlock
    In the Assad regime's heartland, dead officers are sent home in ambulances, while the corpses of ordinary soldiers are returned in undecorated pick-up trucks. Then come the press gangs: military recruiters raid houses to find replacements by force for the dwindling ranks of Syria's military. Sharing their sect with President Bashar al-Assad, Alawites have long been the core constituency for the Syrian regime. As the civil war drags into its fifth year, the minority sect is seen by opposition rebels as remaining unwaveringly loyal.
  • Opinion: Morons and Traitors [Nasrallah of Hezbollah losing his grip]

    05/24/2015 7:40:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    AAWSAT ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently slammed those criticizing him, saying: "Anyone who says anything contrary to what is said here is a moron, is blind, and a traitor. The Shi'ites of the American embassy are traitors, agents, and morons. No one can alter our convictions. We won't be silent anymore and we will no longer humor anyone." However, this time Nasrallah's angry and threatening statements were not directed against his usual rivals. They are directed against Shi'ites in Lebanon. These statements reveal the extent of such disputes and expose the increasing criticisms against him, after a prolonged Syrian war and...
  • Syria's Mercenaries: How Iran Uses Jailed Afghan Refugees To Fight Assad's war

    05/24/2015 7:16:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Rawa ^ | May 19, 2015 | Christoph Reuter for Spiegel Online (May 11, 2015)
    Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanistan -- men like Murad, who is now being held in Aleppo as a prisoner-of-war... All he had wanted was an Iranian residence permit, he says... he found himself fighting as a mercenary in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Bashar Assad regime... When a violent explosion caused the house he was in to collapse, he found himself thinking about his daughters, he says. "I screamed and thought I was suffocating. And then, everything around me was quiet." Men arrived and pulled Murad, who was still screaming, out of the...
  • Syrian General Killed in Damascus Bomb Attack

    05/24/2015 7:45:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Staff
    A Syrian brigadier-general was killed in a blast that targeted his car in downtown Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. The Britain-based group said "a brigadier general and approximately six people with him were killed in an explosion in the Adawi neighborhood in the center of the capital." The powerful Ahrar al-Sham rebel group posted a video online claiming to show the attack on Brigadier-General Bassem Ali Muhanna's car with an improvised explosive device, in the early hours of Sunday. A security source said Muhanna was a member of the Republican Guards, an elite unit...
  • Syria Regime 'Ready to Accept De-Facto Partition'

    05/24/2015 7:54:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 71 replies
    Israel National News ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Sammy Ketz (AFP), contributions by Arutz Sheva Staff
    Weakened by years of war, Syria's government appears ready for the country's de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists, experts and diplomats say. The strategy was in evidence last week with the army's retreat from the ancient central city of Palmyra after an advance by the Islamic State group (ISIS or IS)... Syria's regime labels all those fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad "terrorists," and has pointed to the emergence of ISIS and Al-Nusra as evidence that opponents of the regime are extremists. Since the uprising against Assad began in...
  • New nuclear threat? North Korea claims it has miniaturized warheads

    05/20/2015 5:21:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 20, 2015
    North Korea claimed Wednesday that it has manufactured nuclear warheads small enough to fit on the head of a missile, an announcement that is likely to ratchet up tensions in east Asia, particularly with South Korea. According to Yonhap News, a spokesman for North Koreaís National Defense Commission said that the development of the alleged weapons was part of an initiative to boost Pyongyangís self-defense capability. ďIt is long since the DPRKís nuclear striking means have entered the stage of producing smaller nukes and diversifying them,Ē the spokesman said, using the acronym of North Koreaís official name, the Democratic Peopleís...
  • Obama removes Cuba from state sponsors of terror list

    04/14/2015 1:17:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    President Obama officially removed Cuba from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced. The president submitted a statement to Congress that read, "I hereby certify, with respect to the rescission of the determination of March 1, 1982, regarding Cuba that: (i) the Government of Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the preceding 6-month period; and (ii) the Government of Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future."(continued)
  • Why Hitler Wished He Was Muslim

    03/30/2015 1:30:27 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/16/2015 | DOMINIC GREEN
    ĎItís been our misfortune to have the wrong religion,Ē Hitler complained to his pet architect Albert Speer. ďWhy did it have to be Christianity, with its meekness and flabbiness?Ē Islam was a Mšnnerreligionóa ďreligion of menĒóand hygienic too. The ďsoldiers of IslamĒ received a warriorís heaven, ďa real earthly paradiseĒ with ďhourisĒ and ďwine flowing.Ē This, Hitler argued, was much more suited to the ďGermanic temperamentĒ than the ďJewish filth and priestly twaddleĒ of Christianity. For decades, historians have seen Hitlerís Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 as emulating Mussoliniís 1922 March on Rome. Not so, says Stefan Ihrig in ďAtatŁrk...
  • North Korean envoy says his country has nuclear missiles

    03/20/2015 9:26:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 12:24 PM EDT
    A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time. North Korean Ambassador to Britain Hyun Hak Bong said in a recent interview with British broadcaster Sky News that his government would use the missiles in response to a nuclear attack by the United States. Asked whether North Korea has the ability now to launch a nuclear missile, Hyun replied, ďAny time. Any time. Yes.Ē ďIf the United States strike us we should strike back,Ē he said. Ö
  • We Shall Not Rest Until We Raise Flag Of Islam Over The White House

    03/18/2015 10:48:15 AM PDT · by richardtavor · 26 replies
    Memri.Org ^ | March 17, 2015 | Staff
    March 17, 2015 Special Dispatch No.5996 Iranian Leader Khamenei: A Society Steeped In The Spirit Of Martyrdom Is Unstoppable; Khamenei's Representative In IRGC Qods Force: We Shall Not Rest Until We Raise Flag Of Islam Over The White House In statements on February 26, 2015, both Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Ali Shirazi, his representative in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) elite Qods Force, stressed the need to instill the values of jihad and martyrdom in Iranian society, and reiterated the ideological principles of the Islamic Revolution Ė enmity towards the U.S. and opposition to American hegemony and...
  • Obama Schedules Conference Call, Will Avoid Netanyahu Speech

    03/03/2015 5:46:37 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to Congress at 11:00 a.m., but it appears that President Obama will not be watching most of the speech. The White House Press Office released an update to his daily schedule this morning, announcing a video conference call with world leaders for 11:30 a.m. in the situation room, likely as Netanyahu is finishing his speech. According to the White House, the conference will include British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and European Commission President Donald Tusk. The last minute...
  • As deadline looms, Kerry to attend talks on Iran nuke deal (trying to stall past another election?)

    10/08/2014 11:49:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 8, 2014, 8:43 pm | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    With Washington pressure rising, secretary of state heads to Vienna next week as target date for agreement on curbing Tehran atomic program nears Americaís top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks, keeping one eye on the longtime US adversary and the other on political developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic Republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash with a late-November deadline approaching for an agreement. Kerry, European Union negotiator Catherine...
  • REPORT: Obama sent secret letter to Iran about cooperation against ISIS

    11/06/2014 11:16:09 AM PST · by Fali_G · 14 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 11/06/2014 | Lisa Daftari
    President Barak Obama wrote a secret letter to Iranís Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei two weeks ago expressing a mutual interest in battling ISIS, according to a recent report. The letter indicated that the US would be interested in cooperating with Iran against the Islamic State with the condition that Tehran works to reach a comprehensive agreement with the P5+1 by the Nov. 24 deadline.
  • The Obama-Khamenei alliance

    10/20/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 18 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...
  • Ex-Clinton aide secretly met with Iranian officials in summer 2012

    12/24/2013 12:27:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/24/13 | Rebecca Shabad
    Vice President Bidenís national security adviser met with Iranian officials as far back as the summer of 2012, a new report reveals. Jake Sullivan secretly traveled to Oman in July 2012 to meet with Iranian officials, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. This would mark one of the earliest in-person meetings the U.S. held with Iran in recent years. Sullivan joined the State Department in 2009 and served under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as deputy chief of staff for policy. Although he moved to the White House in February, he continued to partake in backchannel discussions with Iran. The AP...
  • From Its Palaces, Iraq's View Is of a World Filled With Allies

    10/19/2002 1:07:58 PM PDT · by GeneD · 5 replies · 201+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 10/19/2002 (for editions of 10/20/2002) | John F. Burns
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 19 ó As Iraq confronts the possibility of a new war with the United States, its leaders appear to have concluded that they have one decisive advantage that they lacked during the countdown to the Persian Gulf war 12 years ago: this time, they seem convinced, the world is on their side and against the United States. "The world has abandoned America; it has become isolated," Saddam Hussein's No. 2 man, Izzat Ibrahim, boasted as he announced the result of this week's election: Iraqis, by official reckoning, had re-elected Saddam Hussein to his position of absolute power...
  • Why is Erdogan asking Cuba to let him build a mosque in Havana?

    02/12/2015 5:11:55 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/12/2015 | Reuters
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed to Cuba the construction of a mosque on the Caribbean island during a visit to Havana, pushing ahead with a plan apparently inspired by his belief that Muslims discovered the Americas. After talks with Cuban President Raul Castro, Erdogan said on Wednesday he had sought approval for Turkey to build the place of worship in Havana that would be based on the model of a mosque in the Ortakoy district on the European shore of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul. Erdogan also told reporters the Cuban government had agreed with Saudi Arabia on a...
  • How the Obama-Sharpton Alliance Began

    01/15/2015 7:40:33 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/15/2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Obama dispatched Valerie Jarrett in 2008 to woo the reverend. Near the end of 2007, Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett met with Al Sharpton in New York City and began to cement a relationship that would eventually make the inflammatory activist the presidentís ďgo-to manĒ on race, according to multiple sources. The backdrop to the incipient Obama-Sharpton alliance was the then-senatorís 2008 presidential campaign, which still hadnít locked away the black vote, and the political cross-currents created by two other controversial reverends, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright. That tentative relationship has now grown into a full-blown partnership that has vastly increased...
  • Obama: We May Place North Korea Back on Terror List

    12/21/2014 5:21:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/14
    tting North Korea back on its list of terrorism sponsors, after the hacking of Sony Pictures, reports the BBC. Speaking on CNN, Obama said a decision on the issue would be taken after a review, though he stressed that the attack was considered ďan act of cyber-vandalism, not of war.Ē He said officials in Washington would examine all the evidence to determine whether North Korea should be put back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. "I'll wait to review what the finding are," Obama said, adding that he did not think the attack "was an act of war"....
  • Texas theater to show ďTeam AmericaĒ in place of canceled ďInterviewĒ

    12/17/2014 8:19:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Sometimes, you just need Texas. As the rest of the entertainment industry was being brought to its knees by the threat of more hacking and terrorism, a theater in Texas decided to both capitalize on this story and stand up for freedom of speech. The only bummer is theyíre holding a free screening, as Iíd hoped theyíd rake in a bunch of cash for filling a gap in the market, which would be as appropriately American as the statement theyíre making about our values. They should be rewarded, and they will be, at least with brand recognition and good will:...
  • Iranian jets join allies in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq

    12/02/2014 4:31:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 2, 2014 | By Richard Spencer
    British, American and other allied forces are now fighting directly alongside their former rivals Iran, according to new footage of the war in Iraq. An Iranian jet has been filmed for the first time bombing positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), during a battle for the town of Saadiya, north-east of Baghdad. United State Air Force jets have been flying missions over Iraq since August, and the RAF since September. Pentagon officials later confirmed that Iranian jets had taken part in bombing raids. Iranian advisers are known to have been embedded with the Iraqi army...
  • The New Axis of Evil Waging Unconventional Warfare

    11/27/2014 8:59:54 AM PST · by harpu · 14 replies
    www.rightsidenews.com ^ | 11/26/14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    For years, we have been warned about solidifying a new Axis of Evil between Russia, China and Iran. It is now fully formed and growing in strength. Already Russia and Chinaís militaries have grown arguably more powerful than ours if you consider their nuclear arsenals and Obamaís rigorous gutting of our military stockpiles and forces. The purge continues daily. All the while a military/security pact has flourished among the Axis of Evil players via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Unlike the US, our enemies realize that the Cold War never endedÖ it shifted and put on a new face. We must...
  • Iran not to allow "special" nuclear inspections: atomic chief

    11/20/2014 6:12:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Xinhua News (China) ^ | November 20, 2014 | by Xuxin
    TEHRAN -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said Tehran will not allow any "special" inspections into the country's nuclear facilities, state IRIB TV reported on Thursday. "We will not accept any special inspections" by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that are exclusively planned for Iran's nuclear facilities, Ali-Akbar Salehi said. There is no room for "special regulations" to be set for Iran, which is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and observes all nuclear regulations, Salehi said.
  • Senior North Korean official leaves for Russia

    11/16/2014 8:43:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 10:20 PM EST
    A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has left Pyongyang for Russia to discuss ways to improve trade and political ties. Choe Ryong Hae, a senior official in the ruling Workersí Party and one of Kimís close associates, left Pyongyang on Monday. He is scheduled to stay in Russia until Nov. 24. Ö
  • Cuba wants to weaken UN resolution on North Korea

    11/12/2014 3:30:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 12, 2014 6:05 PM EST | Cara Anna
    Cuba is challenging a resolution in the U.N. General Assembly on human rights in North Korea, seeking to cut key language about a referral to the International Criminal Court that has Pyongyang nervous. The draft amendment obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press warns that such language sets ďa dangerous precedent that could be applied in the future against any developing country.źĒ North Korea has been shaken this year by a groundbreaking U.N. commission of inquiry report that detailed widespread human rights abuses in the impoverished but nuclear-armed country and warned that leader Kim Jong Un could be held accountable. The...
  • Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts

    10/31/2014 1:42:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Rodney Muhumza
    President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Koreaís ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism. Kim Yong Nam, the president of the countryís parliament, is in Uganda as part of a rare tour of Africa, where North Korea has actively tried to cultivate potential allies like the long-serving, increasingly anti-West Museveni. The North Koreans are training Ugandan police in martial arts and Museveni hailed North Korea for helping to mechanize Ugandaís military over the years. North Korea is also training Ugandan military...