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  • Saudi arrests 431 ISIS-linked suspects

    07/19/2015 7:09:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | July 19, 2015
    Saudi Arabia arrested 431 people as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, the kingdom’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) said. Authorities also thwarted seven mosque attacks that had been planned by the suspects in the capital Riyadh as well as the Eastern Province, MOI Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki said in a press conference carried by Al Arabiya News Channel. Among the arrested were Saudi nationals and suspects from nine other nationalities, he said adding that the cluster of cells was divided by tasks and...
  • News Crew Mugged, Cameras Stolen at San Francisco Pier

    07/04/2015 6:30:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 45 replies
    An NBC Bay Area news crew was attacked early Thursday morning while reporting a story in a mugging that injured the photographer, whose camera gear was also stolen. A second station was also robbed of its gear. -excerpt- The brazen attack occurred just before 6 a.m. at Pier 14 in San Francisco, where the reporter and photographer – along with several other news stations – were covering a story about a woman who had been shot to death there the night before. -excerpt- As the two were about to go on air, a man pulled up to the curb in...
  • Movie: Inside Out

    Anyone seen the new Pixar movie Inside Out? What did you think? Something for 12yr olds? Would older adults like it?
  • Tunisia attack: Profile of gunman Seifeddine Rezgui

    06/30/2015 5:45:26 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 June 2015
    Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on a tourist beach leaving at least 38 people dead. But the people who knew him told the BBC he was polite, never swore, never fought and liked breakdancing. In the midday sun, Seifeddine Rezgui pulled a Kalashnikov from a parasol and opened fire on the beach, sending holidaymakers fleeing for their lives. He threw explosives at the pool area before continuing inside the Imperial Marhaba hotel. Rezgui was not previously known to the security services. But Islamic State (IS), which said it was behind the attack, referred to him by a nom de...
  • Yemen conflict: 'More than 1,000' prisoners escape

    06/30/2015 5:29:50 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/30/15
    About 1,200 prisoners, including al-Qaeda suspects, have escaped from a prison in central Yemen, officials say. There were clashes at the prison in the central town of Taiz ahead of the break-out.
  • At least 49 dead after military plane crashes in Indonesian city

    06/30/2015 4:54:14 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/30/15
    At least 49 bodies have been recovered after a military transport plane crashed in Medan, Indonesia,... -excerpt- the C-130 Hercules took off from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on Tuesday with about 113 people on board, but it's not clear how many people were on the plane when it crashed. It made two stops along the way -- in Pekanbaru and Dumai.
  • Should America be the World's Policeman? (5 min video)

    05/29/2015 7:31:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    youtube ^ | 5-25-15 | Bret Stephens
    Should America be the world's policeman? Does the world even need a policeman? Or would humanity be better off if America weren't the dominant military superpower? Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and foreign affairs expert Bret Stephens weighs in.
  • Exclusive Video Shows Battle Before ISIS Captured Ramadi

    05/25/2015 10:07:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | May 25, 2015
    Ash Carter & the official WH line is that the Iraqis don't have the will to fight. The video doesn't quite agree. *No air support; *No ammunition
  • Capitol Police destroy pressure cooker in suspicious car on National Mall

    05/25/2015 9:20:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | May 25, 2015
    A pressure cooker in a parked car on the National Mall aroused the suspicions of Capitol Police in Washington on Sunday, and they called out a bomb squad to do away with it. Officers spotted the car on routine patrol and found it suspicious. Inside were the pressure cooker and what appeared to be a propane tank. Officers smelled gasoline, U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement. -excerpt- The search and investigation turned up nothing harmful, USPC said. The driver was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license.
  • North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed'

    05/13/2015 5:02:05 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | May 13, 2915
    North Korea's Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea's spy agency has told parliament. MPs were told Mr Hyon was killed on 30 April by anti-aircraft fire in front of an audience of hundreds, the Yonhap news agency reports. It said Mr Hyon had fallen asleep during an event attended by Kim Jong-un and had not carried out instructions. The news comes weeks after the reported execution of 15 senior officials.
  • 6 Dead, Over 140 Hurt After Amtrak Train Derails, Rolls on Side in Philadelphia

    05/13/2015 4:56:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    NBC ^ | May 13, 2015
    At least six people were killed and over 140 people hurt after an Amtrak train, carrying 238 passengers and five crew members, derailed and rolled onto its side in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials. The death toll from the crash rose to six Wednesday morning when Temple University Hospital officials confirmed one patient had died of their injuries overnight. 54 patients were treated at Temple, 25 remained hospitalized Wednesday morning including eight patients in critical condition, chief medical officer Dr. Herbert Cushing said at a briefing. -excerpt- The derailment occurred at almost the exact...
  • Jihadis’ demand for self-censorship would spell the end of free expression

    05/11/2015 7:38:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2015 | Tammy Bruce
    -excerpt- Richard Fowler, a liberal radio talk show host, insisted that the cartoon contest was like “going into a theater and yelling out fire. … Freedom of speech comes with limits. This is a clear limit.” Furthermore, Mr. Fowler assured us, “If they never had that event, the jihadis would have never shown up.” Really? So, we should tell battered women that they should just learn to make the sandwich perfectly, so as to not incite a beating? -excerpt- As a reminder, you can yell fire in a crowded theater — when there’s a fire. Arguably, the culpability comes when...
  • Three survive eight days under Nepal quake rubble; but many trekkers dead

    05/03/2015 5:17:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2015
    Three people were pulled out alive from the rubble of their home eight days after Nepal's devastating earthquake, an official said on Sunday, but rescuers have found about 50 bodies on a popular trekking route that was hit by an avalanche. The current toll of 7,056 dead is likely to rise as an entire village was carried away by the avalanche and many more people are believed to have died, officials said. -excerpt- The entire village of Langtang was wiped out by the avalanche, said Ganga Sagar Pant, the head of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal... -excerpt- The village...
  • Report: ISIS executes 300 Yazidis in Iraq

    05/03/2015 5:03:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 2, 2015
    About 300 Yazidi captives of Islamic State were executed by the Islamist group west of the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul in Iraq on Friday, Iraqi and Yazidi officials said, according to the BBC. According to a statement released by the Yazidi Progress Party, the captives were killed in the Tal Afar district, near Mosul. Iraq's vice president, Osama al-Nujaifi, said the alleged massacre was "horrific and barbaric," BBC reported.
  • Who are the 5 Republicans that are going to vote for Lynch?

    04/23/2015 4:32:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 36 replies
    Has anyone heard? I assume it's the usual RINOS. What's the point of them being Republicans?
  • Chlorine ‘gas attack’ video moves U.N. delegates to tears

    04/17/2015 8:33:47 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 17 April 2015
    -excerpt A Syrian doctor who treated victims from half a dozen attacks over the past month, Mohammad Tennari was helped out of the country by the United States, which arranged for the closed-door briefing. He is the first witness to describe the attacks. He showed a video of a suspected chlorine attack on March 16 in his town of Sarmin in Idlib province, with images of three children, ages 1 through 3, dying despite attempts to resuscitate them. The medical area was so cramped that one of the children was lying on top of their grandmother, who also died. “Everyone...
  • Iran: Miltary Sites Off-Limits to Inspectors

    04/09/2015 6:27:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Commentary Mag. ^ | Michael Rubin
    President Barack Obama called the framework agreement Secretary of State John Kerry and other representatives of the P5+1 reached in Lausanne “historic.” Alas, as time passes and more is learned about the agreement and Iran’s understanding of it, the more it does seem to be “historic,” but for all the wrong reasons. -excerpt- Much of the work Iran conducted on military dimensions of a nuclear program occurred in Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps facilities and on their bases. Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan today said that the Lausanne Framework does not commit Iran to provide international inspectors access to such military...
  • Germanwings killer Andreas Lubitz 'trawled internet for suicide and sexual perversion websites'

    03/29/2015 5:30:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    Killer co-pilot Andres Lubitz trawled the internet for suicide websites in the months before the crash, it has been claimed. The 27-year-old also scoured the net for gay porn and ‘sexual perversions’ while apparently battling serious mental health conditions. The claims have come out after police began examining documents and a computer recovered from his flat in Dusseldorf – the same one where torn up sick notes were discovered. -excerpt- The co-pilot, who it is thought was suffering from severe depression and fears that he was losing his eyesight... -excerpt- Lubitz was also fearful of having his pay cut as...
  • War veteran Sarbi dies a hero dog

    03/28/2015 11:12:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    War veteran Sarbi dies a hero dog: Army explosive detection warrior gets highest canine military honour DECORATED canine war hero Sarbi died yesterday after a short battle with brain cancer. The army explosive detection dog was awarded the highest military honour for canine warriors, the War Dog Operational Medal, as well as the prestigious Purple Cross by the RSPCA for her war-time services. The 12-year-old newfoundland-labrador retriever cross suffered several seizures in recent weeks and scans detected a tumour in her brain. Sarbi had spent the past five years as a pet of her army handler Warrant Officer David Simpson...
  • Iranian Dissidents Criticize Obama’s Nuclear Diplomacy

    03/27/2015 6:12:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 17, 2015
    Claim White House ignoring human rights, working with murderous regime A group of Iranian dissidents and political prisoners have lashed out at the Obama administration, lambasting its ongoing diplomacy with Iran, according to two open letters sent to the White House in recent days. In each letter, the dissidents—most of whom are currently political prisoners in Iran—criticize the White House for ignoring the issues of human rights and democracy in Iran as they push to finalize a deal with a regime that the dissidents says is murderous and untrustworthy. Iranian reformers and those seeking a change in the country’s leadership...
  • News conference to begin shortly on Bergdahl charges

    03/25/2015 12:27:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 31 replies
    He will be charged with desertion among other charges.
  • Iran’s Coming Leadership Crisis

    03/24/2015 7:04:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 22, 2015 | Sohrab Ahmari
    Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has cancer. After him are men even less likely to comply with a nuclear deal. ********************** Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 powers led by the U.S. are racing against a March 31 deadline to conclude a nuclear deal in Lausanne, Switzerland. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Saturday that negotiators had made “genuine progress” but that “important gaps remain.” Yet what happens if the Iranian leadership that the U.S. and others are dealing with now is not in place to implement any agreement? Two recent developments suggest that the Islamic Republic may be...
  • Liar, Liar, are Hillary's pants on fire yet?

    03/10/2015 12:11:24 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 126 replies
    Watching HIllary's presser on her emails. What a liar. And she does it with a smile.
  • US offers $5 million reward for return of US Jew missing in Iran

    03/09/2015 5:41:25 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 9, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marked the eighth year since the disappearance in Iran of Jewish-American Robert Levinson with a plea for his safe return. Kerry in a statement issued Monday called on the government of Iran to “work cooperatively with us on the investigation into his disappearance so we can ensure his safe return.” Levinson, 67, of Coral Springs, Florida, disappeared from Kish Island. The statement said Levinson is one of the longest-held American citizens in history and that he has “spent more than 2,900 days separated from those who love him.” -excerpt- The FBI announced that it...
  • Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears in public amid rumors about his health

    03/08/2015 6:55:56 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Mar. 8, 2015 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a public appearance Sunday amid rumors about his health, as a relative dismissed the claims as gossip meant to derail ongoing nuclear talks with world powers. State television aired pictures Sunday of the 75-year-old Khamenei addressing a group of environmental officials and activists at his residence in central Tehran. He appeared to look comfortable and healthy in the footage. Foreign-based news websites in recent days have claimed that Khamenei, who has the final word on all matters in Iran, had been hospitalized in critical condition.
  • Saudis ‘would let Israeli jets use their air space to attack Iran’

    02/24/2015 6:02:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 77 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | February 25, 2015
    Saudi Arabia is prepared to let Israeli fighter jets use its airspace if it proves necessary to attack Iran’s nuclear program, an Israeli TV station reported Tuesday, highlighting growing ties in the shadow of Tehran’s nuclear drive. Riyadh’s only condition is that Israel make some kind of progress in peace talks with the Palestinians, Channel 2 reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed senior European source. “The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the European official in Brussels said. Jerusalem and Riyadh do not have diplomatic ties, but unconfirmed reports have swirled for years of...
  • 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    02/15/2015 5:40:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Just a reminder: MONDAY & TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16-17, 8PM-11PM (eastern) Monday night is LIVE ON CNBC from 8-11 PM Tuesday night is LIVE ON USA from 8-11 PM The American Kennel Club has made the Coton de Tulear (Non-Sporting Group) and the Wirehaired Vizsla (Sporting Group) eligible for competition in 2014 and they will be making their first appearance at Westminster in 2015.
  • Countering violent extremism? ‘It’s the theology, stupid’

    02/15/2015 7:21:51 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    AEI ^ | February 12, 2015 | Michael Rubin
    On February 18, President Obama will host a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” which, the White House promises, will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence.” A coordinated strategy has never been more imperative. Since the Arab Spring turned hot, “violent extremism” has only grown more severe, with the Islamic State now controlling an area larger than Great Britain; Boko Haram on the rampage in Nigeria; Yemen, Libya, the Sinai, and large parts of Afghanistan and...
  • Canada Halifax: Police say they foiled shooting plot

    02/15/2015 6:56:30 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Canadian police say they have foiled a plot to carry out a mass shooting in the Halifax area on Saturday. Three suspects were arrested and a fourth reportedly shot himself dead after police surrounded his home. At least two suspects had intended "to go to a public venue... with a goal of opening fire to kill citizens, and then themselves", police said. excerpt- Brian Brennan, commanding officer of the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said the plot had involved a 19-year-old man from the Halifax suburb of Timberlea and a 23-year-old woman from the US state of Illinois. When...
  • Bishop Jackson To Obama: ‘Frankly Sir, You Ought To Close Your Mouth’

    02/07/2015 7:24:32 AM PST · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Western journalism ^ | Feb.6, 2015
    There has been strong reaction to President Barack Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday when he compared the murderous acts being committed by Islamic terrorist groups and centuries-ago Christian campaigns. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. The founder of StandAmerica, Bishop E. W. Jackson, told Elizabeth Hasselbeck on Friday morning’s Fox...
  • Taliban was added to Specially Designated Global Terrorists list by executive order in July 2002

    01/31/2015 11:11:12 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 4, 2014
    In an article from ABC in June 4, 2014, " White House National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden noted that the Taliban was added to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) by executive order in July 2002, even if it is not listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the State Department." "Though the State Department has not designated the Afghan Taliban as an FTO, it has designated the group’s sister network, the Pakistani Taliban, as well as the Haqqani Network, a group closely associated with the Taliban "
  • Hard Times for Hezbollah

    01/31/2015 6:24:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Lee Smith
    Is Iran’s Lebanese client losing its grip? Last week Hezbollah buried one of its princes, Jihad Mughniyeh, the 22-year-old son of the late Imad Mughniyeh, a legendary Hezbollah commander implicated in such infamous operations as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The assassination of the elder Mughniyeh in Damascus in 2008, typically attributed to Israel, is regarded as one of the organization’s most traumatic blows. However, some in the Shiite community here say that Israel’s January 18 strike on a three-car convoy in the Golan Heights near the Syrian town of Quneitra—which killed the younger Mughniyeh...
  • Shiite Rebels Capture Yemen Military Base

    01/29/2015 9:05:37 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 29, 2015
    Yemeni officials said that Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital, where U.S. advisers had previously trained counterterrorism forces. They say that the Republican Guard camp captured on Thursday was used by American experts until 2012 to train local forces battling al Qaeda’s powerful Yemeni affiliate. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have seized a number of key military facilities in recent days, including the headquarters of the paramilitary special forces. They took control of the capital in...
  • Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor case

    01/25/2015 6:49:55 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Jan 25, 2015
    A reporter who broke the story that an Argentine prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner fled Argentina on Sunday after threats. -excerpt- A citizen of Argentina and Israel, he worked for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald. Pachter fled Argentina after receiving threats, and being followed, he told colleagues in other media. The reporter, who also worked with Israel's Haaretz, told colleagues his phones had been tapped in Argentina.
  • How to save Islam from the Islamists

    01/19/2015 11:16:43 AM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    Spectator ^ | January 17, 2015 | Qanta Ahmed
    It's time for Muslims to take a stand. Egypt may be showing the way The terror attack in Paris last week represents Islamism’s most explicit declaration of war on free society. Non-Muslims were slaughtered in a non-Muslim country to avenge a so-called crime against a blasphemy law that is not even Islamic — but merely Islamist. If there’s any blasphemy here, it’s that of Islamism itself against my religion, Islam. At last, on New Year’s Day, the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, did what no other leader of the Muslim world has done to date: he named Islam’s real...
  • Malian hero in Paris supermarket attack to be given French citizenship

    01/16/2015 6:57:41 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1-15-15
    Lassana Bathily, the Malian Muslim employee who helped save the lives of several customers during last week’s deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, will be awarded French nationality, France’s Interior Bernard Cazeneuve announced Thursday. In a statement applauding Bathily’s “act of bravery,” Cazeneuve said that the young man will become a French citizen during a ceremony on January 20. The move comes following an outpouring of public support for Bathily, whose striking story of courage trickled out in the days after the hostage crisis at the Hyper Casher supermarket in eastern Paris. The 24-year-old shop assistant was in...
  • Cotton talks about Iran

    01/15/2015 8:54:44 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 13, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    We suspected Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would have a positive effect on the Senate. The veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan did not disappoint in a speech today at the Heritage Foundation. He began with a simple reminder why we must oppose Iranian nuclear and territorial ambitions: Iran is a radical, Islamist tyrannical regime. Upon coming to power, among its first actions was to invade sovereign American territory — our embassy in Tehran — and hold Americans hostage for over a year, an act of war for which it has never fully answered. The Iranian constitution states that Iran’s Army and...
  • One dead, two critical and 82 hurt as DC Metro fills with smoke from huge electrical

    01/13/2015 3:25:55 AM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 12, 2015
    One dead, two critical and 82 hurt as DC Metro fills with smoke from huge electrical fault: Terrified passengers lie in the dark for an HOUR before help arrives - as announcers tell them to 'stay calm' *Passengers described being stuck inside a pitch-black train for 40 minutes with some lying down to avoid the smoke *One female passenger was reportedly taken to hospital after paramedics found her unresponsive. She later died *Two other passengers are said to be in a critical condition at George Washington Hospital *A firefighter was also hurt during the evacuation and was transported to hospital....
  • The chief rabbi's son, shop worker saving for his marriage, teacher and pensioner: Faces of kosher..

    01/10/2015 8:51:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9 January 2015 | Updated: 17:53 EST, 10 January 2015
    (Full headline) Pictured: Two of the hostages shot by Islamic extremist during siege at Jewish grocery store, as it emerges one shopper was executed when he grabbed one of terrorist's guns and it JAMMED excerpt- One hostage is said to have snatched one of terrorist Amedy Coulibaly's guns in the kosher grocery. Captive turned the weapon on the extremist - only to find it had been left on a counter because it was jammed The first pictures of two of the four hostages killed in yesterday's kosher supermarket siege in Paris have emerged. Yohan Cohen, 22, Yoav Hattab, 21, Philippe...
  • Terror Comes and Goes, Again

    01/09/2015 7:27:31 AM PST · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 7, 2015 | Daniel Henninger
    Terrorist attacks like Charlie Hebdo come and go. Mostly they go. For all the grief, pain and outrage of the past 24 hours—from as always President Barack Obama down to the streets of Paris—does any serious person doubt that by this time next week life in the West will be back to normal? Life, which is to say daily existence defined by staring at apps on smartphone screens, will resume. Is this too cynical for the Charlie-Hebdo moment? We live in times defined by the comedienne Lily Tomlin : “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep...
  • Blockbuster Story. Spiked!

    01/09/2015 4:43:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-6-15 | Michael Ledeen
    I had lunch yesterday with three gentlemen who are very well read, who follow the news attentively, and who would shudder to think they are victims of ideological censorship. Yet not one of them — and the trio includes a very famous former reporter (a first-class reporter at that) for one of the country’s top newspapers — had heard a word about Egyptian President Sisi’s remarkable New Year’s Day speech, in which he called upon Muslim leaders and scholars to carry out a “religious revolution.” All three watch TV news ... so they were surprised that they hadn’t heard about...
  • The Dream Palace of the Arab

    01/08/2015 7:12:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | Bret Stephens
    -excerpt- In 2008, Israel offered Mr. Abbas a state covering 94% of the West Bank, along with a compensatory 6% of Israeli territory and a land bridge to Gaza. Mr. Abbas never took up the offer. Last March, President Obama personally offered Mr. Abbas a U.S.-sponsored “framework” agreement. Again Mr. Abbas demurred. The following month, Mr. Abbas signed a “reconciliation” pact with Hamas. War came by summer. Now Mr. Abbas has moved to have “the state of Palestine” join the International Criminal Court, chiefly in order to harass and perhaps arrest Israeli military officers and politicians spuriously accused of war...
  • Paris shooting updates / Report: Two suspects barricaded, surrounded by police

    01/08/2015 6:57:29 AM PST · by nuconvert · 64 replies
    French anti-terrorism police converged on an area northeast of Paris on Thursday after two brothers suspected of being behind the attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were spotted at a petrol station in the region.
  • Letter from a Venezuelan Jail

    12/29/2014 12:52:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 26, 2014 | Leopoldo Lopez
    My country, Venezuela, is on the verge of social and economic collapse. This slow-motion disaster, nearly 15 years in the making, was not initiated by falling oil prices or by mounting debts. It was set in motion by the authoritarian government’s hostility toward human rights and the rule of law and the institutions that protect them. -excerpt- I am writing from a military prison, where I have been held since February as a result of speaking out against the government’s actions. I am one of scores of political prisoners in my country .... -excerpt- ... Venezuela’s road to ruin was...
  • Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair

    12/22/2014 12:15:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair video (don't know when this 1st aired)
  • War Clouds on the Horizon?

    12/06/2014 7:07:08 AM PST · by nuconvert · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | December 4, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A large war is looming absent preventive American vigilance The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous — in a way we’ve seen before. In the decade before World War I, the near-hundred-year European peace that had followed the fall of Napoleon was taken for granted. Yet it abruptly imploded in 1914. Prior little wars in the Balkans had seemed to predict a much larger one on the horizon — and were ignored. The exhausted Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were spent forces unable to control nationalist movements in their provinces. The British Empire was fading. Imperial Germany was rising....
  • Iranian Phantom jet strikes the Islamic State in Iraq

    12/02/2014 4:30:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 33 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | November 30, 2014
    An Iranian McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet has struck Islamic State targets in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, footage shot by regional media shows. At least one F-4 is seen conducting a bombing run against ground targets in the footage shot by Al Jazeera , which erroneously identified the aircraft as an Iraqi fighter. Iran and Turkey are the only regional operators of the F-4, and the location of the incident not far from the Iranian border, and Turkey's unwillingness to get involved in the conflict militarily, indicate this to be an Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force...
  • Kenya bus attack: Military 'kills 100 Shabab militants'

    11/23/2014 9:09:27 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | Nov. 23, 2014
    The Kenyan military has killed more than 100 al-Shabab militants linked to a deadly attack on a bus, Kenya's deputy president says. -excerpt- I can assure you that those behind the attack did not even take their supper," he was quoted as saying by the Standard newspaper. "They were killed by our officers who we sent out immediately after the attack. They did not find time to celebrate their heinous crime."
  • Kitten Therapy: The Prescription for Stress

    11/13/2014 8:02:01 AM PST · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    The secret to stress relief? Kitties! These stressed people are invited to step inside a big glass “therapy” office and are surprised with some kitten playtime. ( 3 min video at link )
  • If Iran says 'Yes'

    11/13/2014 7:43:11 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Brett Stephens
    I am on record predicting that a nuclear deal with Iran will founder on the opposition of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. Iranian diplomats, I wrote in May, “will allow this round of negotiations to fail and bargain instead for an extension of the current interim agreement. It will get the extension and then play for time again. There will never be a final deal.” I was vindicated on the first point in July, when John Kerry purchased a five-month extension for the talks with $2.8 billion in direct sanctions relief for Tehran. I’d be willing to make...