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  • 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...
  • Breaking Badr (very informative article)

    11/10/2014 3:32:35 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Nov. 6, 2014
    BAGHDAD — Over the past three decades, Hadi al-Amiri has gone from being a guerrilla fighting on behalf of Iran against his home country, Iraq; to notorious militia leader accused of running "death squads"; to parliament member in Baghdad, where he has emerged as a key player in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). “The Iraqi people, they love bravery,” Amiri said, by way of explaining his newfound influence. -excerpt- Amiri is the leader of the Badr Organization, a Shiite militia infamous during Iraq's civil war for its brutal tactics, which has now transformed into a political party that...
  • Obama’s Weak Diplomacy with Iran

    11/10/2014 3:22:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 7, 2014
    -excerpt- On September 15, roughly one month before Obama’s October letter, Khamenei openly dismissed the U.S.-led coalition’s efforts to fight the Islamic State as “empty” and “biased.” Khamenei explained, “I said we do not work with the Americans as they have evil intentions and stained hands. How is it possible to cooperate with Americans under such circumstances?" Iran’s supreme leader said America’s claims about fighting the Islamic State “are lies” and any successes against the group are owed due to the efforts of “the Iraqi people and Army,” not the U.S. or its foreign partners. -excerpt- Obama and his surrogates...
  • North Korea Releases 2 Detained Americans

    11/08/2014 7:54:26 AM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been released from North Korea, where they were detained for two years and seven months, respectively, the U.S. State Department announced Saturday.
  • WBUR Video: Celebrating 'Car Talk'

    11/08/2014 7:11:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    A WBUR video created in honor of "Car Talk's" 35th anniversary, in 2012. Posted for fans, in memory of Tom
  • Vowels to Bosnia (LoL)

    11/07/2014 6:10:42 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Car Talk ^ | April 10, 1996
    Vowels to Bosnia ask and you shall receive... Cities of Sjlbvdnzv, Grzny to Be First Recipients Before an emergency joint session of Congress yesterday, President Clinton announced US plans to deploy over 75,000 vowels to the war-torn region of Bosnia. The deployment, the largest of its kind in American history, will provide the region with the critically needed letters A,E,I,O,U, and Y, and is hoped to render countless Bosnian words more pronounceable. "For six years, we have stood by while names like Ygrjvslhv and Tzlynhrand Glrm have been horribly butchered by millions around the world,"Clinton said. "Today, the United States...
  • “Take Your Best Shot”, Was The Marine Guarding The Canada National War Memorial Real?

    11/03/2014 5:59:55 PM PST · by nuconvert · 96 replies
    Guardian of Valor ^ | Nov. 4, 2014
    Ottawa Canada – Since the terrorist attack in Canada that took the life of CPL. Nathan Cirillo, a guy in a Marine uniform sporting five Purple Hearts has been guarding the Canadian National War memorial. The below interview was done with him, and we began getting emails and wall posts from everyone wanting to know if he was really a Marine. He goes by the name of Major “Fox” Sinke, and he stated, Courtesy of Global News: “ “That’s how I see it. So I’m paying tribute to him, as best I can. We are not intimidated. Take your best...
  • Tom Magliozzi, one of NPR's 'Car Talk' brothers, dies at 77

    11/03/2014 2:07:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 32 replies
    -- Tom Magliozzi, half of the "Click and Clack" team of brothers who hosted NPR's "Car Talk" radio show, died Monday. He was 77. NPR reported the death Monday afternoon. The cause was complications from Alzheimer's disease, the radio network said. In a statement, his brother Ray remembered a jovial partner. "We can be happy he lived the life he wanted to live; goofing off a lot, talking to you guys every week, and primarily, laughing his ass off," he said.
  • How Sergeant-at-Arms hid behind same pillar as Canada gunman

    10/26/2014 4:57:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    How Sergeant-at-Arms hid behind same pillar as Canada gunman, then dived on the floor and shot him dead: Dramatic new details have emerged of how the hero Sergeant-at-Arms dove onto the floor from behind a pillar and shot the Muslim convert who attacked the Canadian parliament. Kevin Vickers was in his office when he heard masked gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fire a flurry of bullets while running down the Hall of Honour towards the doors to the Parliamentary Library. He immediately picked up his firearm, left his office and hid behind a pillar just an 'arm's length' from where the shooter...
  • American released from North Korea

    10/21/2014 10:14:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Jeffrey Fowle, an American arrested in North Korea in May for leaving a bible at his hotel, has been released and is on his way home, a senior State Department official told CNN on Tuesday. An American government plane picked up Fowle on Tuesday before flying to Guam, the official said. Fowle was arrested at the airport earlier this year while trying to leave North Korea.
  • Canadian Soldier In Critical Condition Due To Possible ISIS Attack in Quebec

    10/21/2014 3:23:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Oct. 20, 2014
    The Prime Minster is refusing to confirm or deny the terrifying report. According to reports out of the Quebec city of St. Jean sur Richelieu, a man went on a frenzied rampage targeting members of the military after he was heard speaking about the terrorist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. CJAD reported the man entered a Department of National Defense office late Monday morning and, prior to exiting, spoke to at least one individual inside about the Islamic extremist network. Upon leaving the military office, reports indicate he got into a vehicle and struck two soldiers, critically injuring...
  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

    From a globally lauded athlete to convicted killer, Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace culminated Tuesday with a five-year sentence in the shooting death of his girlfriend. The sentence was imposed for the charge of culpable homicide, which in South Africa means a person was killed unintentionally, but unlawfully. Under South African law, he will have to serve at least one-sixth of his sentence -- 10 months -- before he can ask to be considered for parole.
  • BBC to adapt John Le Carre's The Night Manager

    10/18/2014 11:50:33 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | October 7, 2014
    The BBC is adapting John le Carre's novel The Night Manager for a new six-part series. The book, published in 1993, is about a former British soldier who ends up going undercover as part of a sting against a black market weapons dealer. Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston are set to star, according to the Hollywood Reporter, but the BBC said that was just speculation. US networks are also looking to pick up the series, the magazine reported.
  • More Arbitrary Repression in Iran

    09/19/2014 8:37:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 16, 2014 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    -excerpt- On September 9, as reported by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), seven young Iranians went on trial. Their supposed crime? Producing a dance video of the Pharrell Williams’s pop hit “Happy” and uploading it to YouTube. You might think Iran’s rulers would be pleased at expressions of felicity by their citizens. In Tehran, however, cheerful enthusiasm outside a narrow religious context is illegal. -excerpt- ...(they) were detained on May 19 of this year and held for two days at the Vozara Complex of the Tehran Morality Police, until they posted bail of $10,000-$16,600 each. "While...
  • Iran's Expanding Military Role in Iraq

    09/11/2014 9:32:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Washington Institute ^ | September 8, 2014
    Despite the loss of a close ally in outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) appears ready to move on by offering substantial military support to his successor in Baghdad. As incoming Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi goes about the business of forming a new government, Iran seems intent on expanding direct military assistance to its neighbor. Tehran made a major military commitment to Baghdad while Maliki was still clinging to power, and the political and military steps it has reportedly taken since then indicate determined support for a nascent government that remains dominated by Maliki's...
  • Islamist Militants 'Steal' 11 Commercial Planes In Libya, Sparking Terror Attack Fears

    09/04/2014 6:37:45 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 126 replies
    Huffington Post UK ^ | Sept. 3, 2014
    -excerpt- Al Jazeera reported that the planes are now being held by a group called the Masked Men Brigade who plan to use them in terror attacks. Moroccan military expert Abderrahmane Mekkaoui told Al Jazeera there is "credible intelligence" that the Masked Men Brigade "is plotting to use the planes in attacks on the Maghreb state' on the 9/11 anniversary." A commander for the Libyan Dawn group said earlier this week his forces had entered and been in control of the US Embassy compound in Libya's capital since last week
  • CBS 48 Hours - A mother battles to prove her son died an American hero - Death in Singapore

    08/31/2014 9:32:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    On June 24, 2012, the body of Shane Todd, a young US electrical engineer, was found hanging in his Singapore apartment. The Singapore Police say it was suicide, but the Todd family believes he was murdered. -excerpt- ... Shane told his family that he was being asked to compromise US security and he feared for his life. Shane refused to do what he was being asked to do and turned in his sixty day notice at IME. Shane found a good job with a company in Virginia, and bought a ticket to fly back to the US on July 1,...
  • Yemen's President Blames Iran for Inciting Conflict

    08/29/2014 8:23:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    VoA ^ | August 28, 2014
    Yemen's president is accusing Iran of provoking current unrest in his country as Shi'ite Houthi rebels advance on the capital Sana'a. -excerpt- He claimed in a statement that Iran was trying to “trade Sana'a for the Syrian capital, Damascus,” a reference to Iranian support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.
  • Britain Raises Terrorism Threat Level (to 'Severe')

    08/29/2014 8:15:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Britain raised its terrorism threat level on Friday to “severe,” the second highest level, in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary Theresa May said. “That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent,” May said in a statement.
  • Young Turks (Mark Steyn)

    08/14/2014 4:59:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | August 13, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    A Tweet from Yasmina Haifi: ISIS heeft niets met Islam te maken ...is vooropgezet plan van zionisten die bewust Islam willen zwart maken Which translated into English means roughly: ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It's a preconceived plan by Zionists who want to deliberately blacken Islam's name. Who is Yasmina Haifi? She's an official at the Dutch Ministry of Justice who serves as project leader at the Netherlands' National Cyber Security Center. And she thinks Isis is a Zionist plot to make Islam look bad. She could be right. On the other hand, maybe Yasmina Haifi is a...
  • Iranians vs. ‘Hanging Judges’

    08/06/2014 6:02:24 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 5, 2014 | Stephen Schwartz
    Abulghasem Salavati, who heads Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, is known as one of Iran’s “hanging judges.” ...an Iranian opposition advocate now living in Norway, described Salavati ordering half a dozen death sentences against protestors in the reformist “Green movement” of 2009. More than 100 participants in the “Green movement” were charged in a mass show trial held in Tehran that year, over which Salavati presided. ... Mohammad Moghiseh, has meanwhile sentenced eight Iranian Facebook users—six men and two women—to a total of 127 years in prison. ... such verdicts “go beyond what Iran’s own laws dictate.”...
  • Israeli soldier captured, 70 Palestinians reported dead in worst day of conflict

    Seventy Palestinians were killed Sunday in a heavy bombardment of a Gaza neighborhood and 13 Israeli soldiers were slain in the most intense day of fighting in Israel’s current offensive against Hamas fighters, officials said. The Hamas military also announced its fighters had captured an Israeli soldier. Abu Obaida, a spokesman for the Al Qassam Brigades, appeared on Hamas TV to announce the soldier had been taken prisoner. Minutes later, there were fireworks in the streets and shouts of “God is great!” from loudspeakers in mosques. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was investigating the claim.
  • Iran, six powers agree to four-month extension of nuclear talks

    07/18/2014 3:35:54 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl
    Iran and six world powers on Friday agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, diplomats close to the talks said. Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China had set a July 20 deadline to complete a long-term agreement that would resolve the decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. But diplomats said they were unable to overcome significant differences on major sticking points
  • ‘Please Stop Helping Us’

    07/09/2014 4:32:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    Nat'l Review ^ | 7-8-14 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. “Please do not do any more good in my country,” he said. “We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done.” That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book by Jason Riley about blacks in America. Its title is Please Stop Helping Us. Its theme is that many policies designed to help blacks are in fact harmful, sometimes devastatingly so. These counterproductive policies range from minimum-wage laws to “affirmative action” quotas
  • The Sons of Iraq Abandoned By Their American Allies

    07/02/2014 10:49:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 1, 2014 | Philip 'PJ' Dermer
    ... Now the ISIS killers are slaughtering them. -excerpt- The Sahwa's decision to ally with us was the primary contributor to the calming of central Iraq from 2007-09. Without the Sahwa, I suspect the outcome of the vaunted military "surge" would have been vastly different. The number of Iraqis in the Sahwa movement grew into the tens of thousands, as U.S. forces' outreach to small groups of armed men evolved into larger circles of family members, friends and tribal groups. " -excerpt- Still, the goal of our office was to find ways to foster life after the fight with the...
  • Statement by John Raisian, Director of Hoover Institution, Stanford Univ. - Fouad Ajami has died

    06/22/2014 4:41:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of Fouad Ajami, who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. Fouad is truly one of the most brilliant Middle East scholars of our time. His Hoover Institution family will forever miss his superb scholarship, quick wit and gentle spirit. As we reflect upon a man whose life and intellectual contributions influenced so many, our thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife, Michelle. Fouad Ajami was born September 18, 1945 in Arnoun, Lebanon. Ajami was a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, and more recently the Herbert and...