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  • Turkey's Erdogan warns Muslims against birth control

    05/30/2016 12:40:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 30, 2016
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims to reject contraception and have more children. In a speech broadcast live on TV, he said "no Muslim family" should consider birth control or family planning. "We will multiply our descendants," said Mr Erdogan, who became president in August 2014 after serving as prime minister for 12 years. His AK Party has its roots in Islamism and many of its supporters are conservative Muslims.
  • TV Review: Did We Really Need a Roots Remake? No, but …

    05/30/2016 11:03:36 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies
    The Root ^ | May 30, 2016 | MARTIN JOHNSON
    I vividly recall the original iteration of the TV miniseries Roots. It was January 1977, and I was 17. Like most young people that age, my life was rapidly growing independent of my parents, who were increasingly consumed by the vagaries of their workplaces. Yet, when the series debuted, it was must-see TV in the Johnson household. We stopped what we were doing and watched it together and enthusiastically each night. We even cheered during the show, notable since we were often too darned middle class to cheer while watching football games on TV. The miniseries cleaned up during awards...
  • Anti-Islam protest descends into violence in Australia

    05/30/2016 7:57:58 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 29, 2016
    Police in Australia have used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne, the country's second biggest city. Seven men were arrested in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne on Saturday after anti-Islam protesters, some of whom were draped in the Australian flag, began fighting with their rivals.
  • Chicago’s Memorial Weekend: 40 Shot, 4 Dead by Sunday Morning

    05/29/2016 4:42:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 May 2016 | AWR HAWKINS
    Chicago has some of the most stringent gun controls of any city in the nation and also saw 40 of its residents shot–four of them fatally–by Sunday morning of Memorial Weekend 2016.
  • South Africa passes bill aiming to return land to blacks

    05/27/2016 6:22:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 57 replies
    Africanews ^ | May 26, 2016 | Dibie Ike Michael
    South Africa’s parliament has approved a bill allowing the government to expropriate land in the public interest. The new measure will allow a compulsory purchase of lands and give more ownership to blacks. As a result of colonial dispossession and apartheid, 87 percent of South African land is owned by whites and only 13 percent by blacks. The governing party ANC said the law would tackle injustices imposed by white-minority rule. However, the main opposition Democratic Alliance opposed the bill. According to the BBC South Africa, land is an emotive issue in the Southern African country 22 years after the...
  • Jamie Bell in Talks to Be the Next James Bond

    05/27/2016 5:25:13 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies
    MovieFone ^ | May 27, 2016 | Katie Roberts
    While rumors have swirled for months about just who will be taking over the James Bond franchise from current 007 Daniel Craig, one surprising new name is apparently on the top of the list.
  • This woman may be biggest opposition to Erdogan

    05/27/2016 5:11:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | May 26, 2016 | Sukru Kucuksahin
    After weeks of uncertainty and foot-dragging, the Appeals Court this week made a critical ruling, setting the stage for a potential shakeup in Turkish politics that may block President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive for an executive presidency. The court gave the green light for the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) to hold a convention requested by in-house dissidents seeking to remake the party, whose erosion in recent years has played directly into Erdogan’s hands. Leading the dissidents is Meral Aksener, a rare female heavyweight on Turkey’s political scene, whose fortunes may now change not only the MHP’s but also Turkey’s course.
  • Boots on the ground: U.S. Special Forces pictured fighting side-by-side with Kurds

    05/27/2016 3:44:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 27, 2016 | OLLIE GILLMAN
    U.S. Special Forces fighting side-by-side with the Kurds in Syria are now just 18 miles from ISIS' de facto capital, Raqqa. American soldiers were seen at an outpost in Fatisah alongside Kurdish soldiers, with some even seen wearing the badges of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG). Fatisah is around 30 miles from Raqqa, but the Daily Beast claimed American forces were now just 18 miles from the ISIS stronghold.
  • Charles Barkley: “I’ve never seen the NBA as bad as it is”

    05/26/2016 6:32:09 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | May 24, 2016 | Kurt Helin
    Charles Barkley is walking entertainment and the brilliant Inside the NBA would not be the same without him and his off-the-cuff opinions (which is a great thing in sports talk, not so much with national policy). But he remains the leader of the annoying #getoffmylawn crew of older players who don’t like today’s game. Barkley was on the Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM last week and went off again on the state of the game. “People think us old guys hate when we talk about it. It has nothing to do with the Warriors’ greatness, LeBron’s greatness....
  • 'I was molested and passed around': Corey Feldman describes his ordeal at the hands of Hollywood

    05/26/2016 3:49:59 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 26, 2016 | CHRIS SPARGO
    Corey Feldman has shared shocking details about the rampant sexual abuse he and other young actors were forced to endure during their years in Hollywood. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Feldman discusses how he was repeatedly molested by adult males in the industry, saying these men would pass many young stars 'back and forth to each other.' He also reveals that his closest friend, Corey Haim, was raped when he was just 11 by a producer, the start of a long cycle of sexual abuse that Feldman believes led to his friend's problems with drugs and alcohol later...
  • Ex-McDonald’s CEO says raising the minimum wage will help robots take jobs

    05/25/2016 7:17:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2016 | Matt McFarland
    A former McDonald’s chief executive has warned that raising the minimum wage will spur unemployment as companies will instead employ robots that work for less. “I guarantee you if a $15 minimum wage goes across the country you’re going to see a job loss like you can’t believe,” said Edward Rensi in an appearance on Fox Business Network Tuesday. “It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries.” The minimum wage has been a hot topic this spring, with some states and employers deciding to...
  • I swear this is the last Marvel film I see: Captain America reviewed

    05/23/2016 6:56:03 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 51 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 30 April 2016 | Deborah Ross
    Captain America: Civil War is the 897th installment — or something like it — in the Marvel comic franchise. This time round, the superheroes take sides, with the marketing asking if you’re #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan but not if you’re #TeamNeither, as would be most useful in my case. I swear this is the last Marvel film I will see as I never get anything out of them and whatever I say only sets the fans against me, which is not what you want at my age.
  • Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood says Hollywood is gripped by a powerful pedophile ring

    05/22/2016 8:39:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 73 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 22 May 2016 | ABE HAWKEN
    Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood claims that young actors in Hollywood are being sexually abused by predatory high-powered 'vipers' working in the industry.. The Hobbit actor, 35, told The Sunday Times that the child abuse is 'probably still happening'. Shocking allegations that top Hollywood figures have been protecting child abusers have circulated widely in recent years. Several industry figures have been convicted following claims of sex abuse and former child actors - including The Goonies actor Corey Feldman, 44 - claimed he was 'surrounded' by molesters when he was a teenager. Anne Henry, co-founder of Bizparentz - a...
  • A global intelligence analyst explains why Russia isn't as strong as people think

    05/21/2016 9:12:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    BI ^ | Mar. 30, 2016
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  • Vice President Biden says 'more women and gay soldiers will strengthen the country's armed forces'

    05/21/2016 4:48:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 70 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 May 2016 | ALEXANDRA GENOVA
    Vice President Joe Biden told the U.S. Military Academy's class of 2016 on Saturday that greater diversity, including more women and openly gay soldiers, will strengthen the country's armed forces. He told the crowds: 'Having men and women together in the battlefield is an incredible asset, particularly when they're asked to lead teams in parts of the world with fundamentally different expectations and norms.' Biden made his speech at the graduation ceremony held at Michie Stadium on the West Point grounds along the Hudson River.
  • Nelson Mandela: CIA tip-off led to 1962 Durban arrest

    05/15/2016 10:16:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 15, 2016
    Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962 came as a result of a tip-off from an agent of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a report says. The revelations, made in the Sunday Times newspaper, are based on an interview with ex-CIA agent Donald Rickard shortly before he died. Mandela served 27 years in jail for resisting white minority rule before being released in 1990. He was subsequently elected as South Africa's first black president. Rickard, who died earlier this year, was never formally associated with the CIA but worked as a diplomat in South Africa before retiring in the late 70s.
  • 'Life is horrible': Syria's Christians fear total genocide

    05/15/2016 10:09:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2016 | Hollie McKay
    Only a handful of mostly sick or elderly Christians remain in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, and Syrian Christians fear the forces that have brought that city’s population of Gospel followers to the brink of extinction could do the same for the entire nation. An estimated dozen Christian families are still in the northern city, forced under threat of execution to convert, pay an “infidel” tax or go into hiding. Forbidden from leaving, they also face death from attacks directed at ISIS by Damascus, Russia and the U.S.-led Western coalition. “We are trying to help them escape or stay safe,...
  • How do Afrikaners find a place in post-apartheid South Africa?

    05/02/2016 7:39:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 55 replies
    The Rand Daily Mail ^ | 15 MARCH 2016 | CHRISTI VAN DER WESTHUIZEN
    n a post-apartheid context, is a democratic Afrikaner identity possible? Are there other traditions apart from apartheid that can be drawn on in Afrikaner culture that can advance democracy and social justice? These questions are particularly relevant in South Africa, given that in recent years there has been a heightened contestation over Afrikaner identify, driven by a hardening of whiteness. When the National Party came to power in 1948 politician JG Strijdom, the apartheid prime minister between 1954 and 1958 who was nicknamed the “Lion of the North”, demanded “eendersdenkendheid”. The Afrikaansword means a condition of thinking the same. It...
  • Imposing racial quotas is a vital step forward for South African sport (rugby)

    05/01/2016 8:34:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 29 April 2016 | Siya Mnyanda
    South Africa’s sports minister has announced that he will no longer “beg for racial transformation”, but will start forcing the country’s sporting federations to fulfil racial quotas. Fikile Mbalula said in a speech on Sunday that the cricket, rugby, netball and athletics federations would be banned from bidding for any international tournaments until their numbers of black players improved. South Africans of colour, more than 90% of the population, remain the minority in starting line-ups more than two decades after the end of draconian white-minority rule which prohibited them competing at the highest level. For more than 50 years, black...
  • Malia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year

    05/01/2016 9:09:13 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 88 replies
    CNN ^ | May 1, 2016 | Sun May 1, 2016
    (CNN)Malia Obama, the oldest of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's two daughters, will attend Harvard University. She'll begin there in the fall of 2017, after taking a gap year, the White House announced Sunday. She'll be a member of the class of 2021. Obama said at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday that his family plans to stay in Washington for two years after his presidency ends so that their youngest daughter, Sasha, can finish high school.
  • Julius Malema vows to seize white-owned land

    04/30/2016 6:50:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 63 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 1, 2016
    The leader of South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has launched his party's campaign for the upcoming local elections, promising to rescue citizens from poverty, unemployment and corrupt government. Around 40,000 people turned up at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday displaying massive support for fiery EFF leader Julius Malema's promises to seize white-owned land without compensation and nationalise the banks. The huge turnout was a shot across the bows of the ANC, which failed to fill a similar stadium during the launch of its own manifesto in the coastal city of East London two weeks ago. "We...
  • Unstereotyped: Meet the white valedictorian of a historically black college

    04/30/2016 6:33:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2016 | Tanzina Vega
    At first glance, Joshua Packwood is the embodiment of white privilege: He's college educated, married, a father of two and he runs a successful hedge fund in Manhattan. But his life, which began in Kansas City, Missouri, hasn't always been so good. Before Packwood was born, his father was in a motorcycle accident that left him unable to walk or talk. His mother had to care for her ailing husband and two sons alone. Eventually, Packwood's father went into an assisted living facility and his mother began a relationship with a man who became physically abusive. At the same time,...
  • D.C., Chicago & Baltimore Account for Over Half of U.S.’s Murder Rate Increase

    04/27/2016 4:52:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | April 22, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Three major cities accounted for more than half of the rise in the national murder rate between 2014 and 2015, a new report shows. Though overall crime rates were stagnant in America’s 30 largest cities the murder rate rose 13.3 percent, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice. The violent crime rate also rose by 3.1% in those major cities, lead by increases in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Charlotte.
  • The private jet Hillary Clinton uses to fly the press is owned by playboy Dan Bilzerian

    04/24/2016 3:21:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 April 2016 | OLLIE GILLMAN
    Hillary Clinton rents one of her private planes used on the campaign trail from multimillionaire playboy Dan Bilzerian, it has been revealed. The 'King of Instagram' is known for his partying with beauty queens and porn stars - and pictures he has posted online show him throwing wild bashes on board the jet with scantily-clad women. But while he is not using the plane, he rents it out to the Clinton presidential campaign, who use it to ferry reporters around as they follow her across the U.S.
  • Why is Africa so poor while Europe and North America are so wealthy?

    04/24/2016 9:05:52 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 213 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2016 | Andrew Gelman
    A few years ago, two economics professors, Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor, published a paper, “The Out of Africa Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development,” that drew inferences about poverty and genetics based on a statistical pattern. The world’s most genetically diverse countries (using their measure of what counts as genetically diverse) are in sub-Saharan Africa, which is the world’s poorest region. The least genetically diverse countries are in places like Bolivia, which have low incomes but not as low as in that region of Africa. There’s an intermediate level of genetic diversity among the residents of the...
  • Harriet Tubman to appear on $20 bill (in 2030)

    04/20/2016 7:55:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 83 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 20, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will make an announcement today about several changes to U.S. currency. Contrary to a suggestion last year, Alexander Hamilton will apparently be staying on the $10 bill but women’s rights leaders will be added to the back of the bill. The big change will be to the $20 bill according to Politico: Treasury will also announce that it plans to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the sources said. There will also be changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders. The Treasury Department announced last June...
  • Court upholds $1bn concussion settlement against NFL

    04/18/2016 8:10:24 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 18, 2016
    <p>A US appeals court has upheld a $1bn (£700m) settlement between the National Football League (NFL) and a group of retired players who suffered brain damage as result of concussions.</p>
  • Rich white millionaires are fleeing South Africa

    04/12/2016 5:07:48 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    BusinessTech ^ | April 10, 2016
    New data from New World Wealth, in association with MasterCard, shows that the number of black millionaires in South Africa has almost tripled in the last 8 years- while white millionaires have dropped significantly. NWW’s data shows that at the end of 2015, there were 38,500 millionaires in South Africa – down 18% from 46,800 recorded at the end of 2014. There was a net-gain in millionaires from previously disadvantaged backgrounds of 2,600 HWNIs, while there was a net decrease in white millionaires of 10,900 individuals. About 45% of all high net worth individuals (HWNIs) in the country are from...
  • Dubai Developer Emaar Plans New ‘World’s Tallest’ Tower

    04/11/2016 9:03:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2016 | NICOLAS PARASIE
    DUBAI—Dubai’s flagship developer Emaar Properties on Sunday unveiled plans to construct the world’s tallest tower in the Middle Eastern emirate, set to rise slightly above the Burj Khalifa that currently holds the title. The announcement by Emaar underlines Dubai’s ambition to establish itself as a global investment and tourism hub by often pursuing futuristic megaprojects such as artificial islands off its coast or an indoor ski slope. Emaar aims to deliver the tower, which won't be for residential use but contain an observation deck and possibly a small hotel, before Dubai hosts the World Expo fair in 2020. It will...
  • Islam and the Radical West

    04/11/2016 8:58:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 11, 2016 | BRET STEPHENS
    Years ago I had a chat with three young Muslim men as we waited in a Heathrow airport lounge to board a flight to Islamabad. I was going to Pakistan to report on the fallout from a devastating earthquake in Kashmir. They were going there to do what they vaguely described as “charitable work.” They dressed in white shalwar kameez, wore their beards in salafist style and spoke in south London accents. I tried to steer the conversation to the earthquake. They wanted to talk about politics. Had I seen Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”? I avoided furnishing an opinion about...
  • A new divide in American death (death rates are growing for rural white women)

    04/11/2016 7:09:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Apr 10, 2016 | Joel Achenbach, Dan Keating
    White women have been dying prematurely at higher rates since the turn of this century, passing away in their 30s, 40s and 50s in a slow-motion crisis driven by decaying health in small-town America, according to an analysis of national health and mortality statistics by The Washington Post. Among African Americans, Hispanics and even the oldest white Americans, death rates have continued to fall. But for white women in what should be the prime of their lives, death rates have spiked upward. In one of the hardest-hit groups — rural white women in their late 40s — the death rate...
  • J.J. Watt Comments on His Retirement Plan

    04/06/2016 7:03:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    The Bleacher Report ^ | Apr 6, 2016 | Joseph Zucker
    Judging by the comments J.J. Watt made Wednesday, the Houston Texans may not have the All-Pro defensive end for as long as they envisioned. In an interview with Nick Wright and John Lopez of SportsRadio 610 (via CBS Houston's Garret Heinrich), Watt didn't say his retirement is imminent; however, he did reveal he'll only continue in the NFL "until I feel like I can't play at that highest level anymore": I can tell you right now that I am not going to be one of those guys that is going to play as long as I possibly can. I have...
  • Another Western intervention in Libya looms

    04/03/2016 10:03:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2016 | Missy Ryan and Sudarsan Raghavan
    The shaky debut last week of a new unity government in Libya brings Western nations, including the United States, much closer to a renewed military mission there, and to a host of obstacles that will test their ability to secure a country gripped by Islamist extremism and civil war. Tensions ran high on Wednesday after Fayez Serraj, a little-known Libyan technocrat selected as prime minister in a United Nations peace process, arrived by boat in Tripoli from Tunisia. Western officials hailed his installation in the Libyan capital as a sign that the country’s two-year political divide is finally coming to...
  • Air France stewardesses mutiny over order to wear headscarves

    04/02/2016 6:58:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2 APRIL 2016 | David Chazan
    Air France stewardesses, furious at being ordered to wear headscarves in Tehran, say they will refuse to fly to the Iranian capital when the airline resumes the service later this month. Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women. The resumption of a thrice-weekly service between Paris and Tehran, planned for April 17 after an eight-year break, follows a thaw in relations since Iran agreed to dismantle large sections of its nuclear programme. Iranian women have been forced by...
  • Why Europe has a bigger terror problem than the U.S.

    03/25/2016 12:48:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu March 24, 2016 | Ryan Browne
    Tuesday's bombings in Brussels left at least 31 people dead and 300 wounded. They are the latest additions to an increasingly long list of casualties from attacks across the breadth of Europe. Paris, Ankara and Istanbul have all been similarly targeted in the past five months. But the United States has yet to see such a sophisticated ISIS attack, with trained fighters and direction from the organization's leadership. It's not that it couldn't happen here, but military, law enforcement and other security-focused officials agree that it's much less likely. As Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told CNN's Carol Costello on...
  • Illegal Immigrants Get Public Health Care, Despite Federal Policy

    03/25/2016 7:50:07 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 24, 2016 | LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    WHEATON, Md.—When federal lawmakers wrote the act overhauling the nation’s health-care system six years ago, they ruled out any possibility of extending health insurance to illegal immigrants. Local officials where many of those immigrants live are treating them anyway. A Wall Street Journal survey of the 25 U.S. counties with the largest unauthorized immigrant populations found that 20 of them have programs that pay for the low-income uninsured to have doctor visits, shots, prescription drugs, lab tests and surgeries at local providers. The services usually are inexpensive or free to participants, who must prove they live in the county but...
  • North Carolina revokes transgender and gay protections

    03/24/2016 8:38:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 24, 2016
    The US state of North Carolina has enacted a law that bars its cities and counties from having their own anti-discrimination rules. Legislators pushed for the bill after Charlotte passed an ordinance allowing transgender people to use restrooms according to gender identity. A Republican-controlled General Assembly voted on Wednesday to invalidate the ordinance. The governor, who signed the bill, called it a matter of "basic privacy". Governor Patrick McCrory said in a release that "the basic expectation of privacy in the most personal of settings" was violated by "government overreach and intrusion" by Charlotte's city council. Lawmakers several other US...
  • CNN/ORC poll: Clinton tops Trump on presidential traits

    03/24/2016 6:21:08 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu March 24, 2016 | | Jennifer Agiesta
    If Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the respective front-runners in the race for the Democratic and Republican nominations for president, wind up leading their respective parties into the general, voters nationwide think Clinton would most likely win in the November election, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll. The poll also finds Clinton would start the general election contest with an edge over Trump on several potential presidential qualifications, with the former secretary of state widely seen as better able to handle the responsibilities of being commander in chief, more in touch with the middle class and more often aligned with...
  • Sent back to bomb Brussels: Outrage as Turkish president reveals they arrested ISIS fanatic in June

    03/23/2016 7:03:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2016 | Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter and Simon Tomlinson and Emma Glanfield
    One of the Brussels bombers was arrested in Turkey and deported back to Belgium in June with a warning that he was a militant, it has sensationally been revealed. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ibrahim El Bakraoui, who yesterday blew himself up at Brussels Airport, was arrested in Gaziantep in southern Turkey close to the Syrian border last summer. Officials said he was deported to Holland before being passed back over to Belgium. The president said Belgian authorities had failed to confirm the suspect's links to terrorism 'despite our warnings that he was a foreign fighter'. The revelation came...
  • Is Harrison Ford too old for another Indiana Jones movie?

    03/20/2016 7:13:53 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 87 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue March 15, 2016 | Brandon Griggs
    Harrison Ford will dust off his fedora for a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, due in 2019, and the jokey movie titles were flying on Twitter on Tuesday faster than you could crack a bullwhip. "Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Self-Cleaning Dentures." "Raiders of the Lost AARP." "Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Prosthetic Hip Joint."
  • Germany learns how to send back migrants: Pay them

    03/20/2016 1:54:41 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2016 | Anthony Faiola
    BERLIN — A contentious deal struck Friday between the European Union and Turkey aims to finally halt the historic wave of irregular migration to Europe from the Middle East and beyond. But Germany, ground zero of the refu­gee crisis, faces a separate problem — what to do about all those who are already here. The rapid rate of arrivals in the once-welcoming nation has forced a backlog of 770,000 asylum requests. About half of them, authorities say, will be rejected. That means figuring out how to get the asylum seekers who cannot stay to leave. With deportations on such a...
  • Video: Black Man Punches, Stomps on White Trump Protester Wearing KKK Hood

    03/20/2016 7:00:18 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 63 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | March 19, 2016 | Jonathan Zhou
    At a Trump rally in Tucson, Arizona, a black Trump supporter was seen punching and stomping on a white protester who had donned a KKK hood in an attempt to disrupt the rally. Trump’s campaign events have been the target of violent protests in recents, and the rally in Arizona was interrupted by loud protesters who wore white KKK hoods, apparently mocking Trump’s alleged racism. “He puts a Ku Klux Klan hat on it. He thinks it’s cute. He’s a disgusting guy. That is a disgusting guy. Really disgusting,” Trump said of the protesters, according to Real Clear Politics. “I...
  • Australian minister says Trump phenomenon 'terrifying'

    03/19/2016 5:50:03 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 16, 2016 | Matt Siegel
    A senior Australian government minister on Thursday called Donald Trump's campaign for the U.S. presidency "terrifying" and warned it risked casting the Republican Party into the wilderness if he wins nomination. Australian government ministers rarely make critical comments about elections in other countries, especially stalwart allies like the United States, which Australia relies on heavily for military backing in the Asia-Pacific. Australian Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a cabinet member of the ruling conservative Liberal-National coalition, criticized the violence at recent Trump rallies and said that his rise was casting a pall over American democracy. "Now, democracy should be robust but...
  • Trump admits he may pay legal fees for 78-year-old supporter who sucker-punched black protester

    03/13/2016 10:47:31 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 92 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 13 March 2016 | NIKKI SCHWAB
    Donald Trump said Sunday on Meet the Press that he's looking into paying the legal fees of the 78-year-old supporter who sucker-punched a black protester at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday. 'I've actually instructed my people to look into it, yes,' Trump told NBC's Chuck Todd. The Republican frontrunner did a tour of the Sunday shows this morning and was asked questions about the bouts of violence at his campaign events in recent days.
  • Obama: Cameron was 'distracted' after Libya intervention

    03/10/2016 4:10:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, March 10, 2016
    David Cameron became "distracted" after the 2011 intervention in Libya, US President Barack Obama has said. Speaking to the Atlantic magazine, he said the operation went as well as he had hoped, but Libya was now "a mess". The article also said he had warned the PM the UK would have to pay its "fair share" and spend 2% of GDP on defence. In response, Number 10 said there were "many difficult challenges" in Libya, while the White House said it deeply valued the UK's contributions. Downing Street did not comment on President Obama's remark to the PM about defence...
  • The 'WHITE squatter camps' of South Africa: Shanty towns built after the fall of Apartheid

    02/24/2016 6:17:55 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 February 2016 | THOMAS BURROWS
    Shanty huts sit next to clapped-out cars, as children sprint along the dusty wasteland under the scorching sun. Beyond the flimsy shacks lie ditches and pools of filthy, stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. These are the daily conditions endured by families in South Africa's 'white squatter camps' where there is little food, running water and no electricity.
  • On the Alawites

    02/23/2016 7:55:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/10/2016 | ELIEZER SIMINOVSKY
    Assad has done some bad things in his day. There is no doubt about that. What choice did he have? The Alawaites are a tiny minority group (12%) surrounded by a sea of intolerant radical Sunni Arabs. He has made deals with horrible people. As an Israeli, I know this all too well. At the same time, I can take a step back and understand that the Middle East is a tough place and tough places call for tough measures. As I mentioned above the Alawites are a 12% minority. Most of their neighbors consider them pagans who worship the...
  • The Rich Kids of Russia: Instagram reveals the lives of the billionaire offspring

    02/22/2016 3:42:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 22 February 2016 | COREY CHARLTON
    An anonymous Instagram account revealing the lifestyles of the rich children of Russian oligarchs has become an internet sensation. The biography of the anonymous profile says it is dedicated to documenting the lives of the children from Russia growing up in luxury. The account specialises in collecting photos of rich Russian youngsters that they post online themselves. Images on the profile feature them with everything from luxury cars through to selfies with expensive boats or famous people. The account, however, is clearly dedicated to mocking the offspring of the mighty men of the Russian Federation, known as mini-garchs.
  • Israel Is Changing Its Approach to Syria War Amid Assad's Battleground Advances

    02/21/2016 7:34:04 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb 21, 2016 | Amos Harel
    Throughout most of the civil war in Syria, Israel has maintained a more or less consistent policy. Now, in light of the Assad regime’s successes, assisted by Russia and Iran, Israel’s approach to events in Syria seems about to change. The change will not be translated into military action, but it is clear that the progress of the regime and its supporters, coupled with a lack of initiative by Western countries, are sources of concern and criticism in Jerusalem. So far, while paying lip service publicly to the suffering of the Syrian people in the civil war, which next month...
  • Turkey’s increasingly desperate predicament poses real dangers

    02/21/2016 11:13:33 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 20, 2016 | Liz Sly
    Turkey is confronting what amounts to a strategic nightmare as bombs explode in its cities, its enemies encroach on its borders and its allies seemingly snub its demands. As recently as four years ago, Turkey appeared poised to become one of the biggest winners of the Arab Spring, an ascendant power hailed by the West as a model and embraced by a region seeking new patrons and new forms of governance. All that has evaporated since the failure of the Arab revolts, shifts in the geopolitical landscape and the trajectory of the Syrian war. Russia, Turkey’s oldest and nearest rival,...