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  • European Parliament taken to court by EU journalists

    11/24/2015 5:59:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 20 Nov 2015, 17:54 | Peter Teffer
    A group of 29 European journalists have filed complaints with the EU's Court of Justice, demanding access to documents that will show how members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have been spending their allowances. The reporters filed freedom of information (FOI) requests with the European Parliament, asking for copies of documents that show details for the MEPs' travel expenses, accommodation expenses, office expenses, and assistants expenses for the past four years. ...
  • MEPs snub regulation of cow methane [European Union]

    11/24/2015 5:55:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 23 Nov 2015, 09:27 | Peter Teffer
    It was perhaps not Eric Andrieu's most stately speech in the European Parliament. But when the center-left French MEP tabled a last-minute change to new air pollution rules, he did manage to elicit laughter and applause from several of his colleagues. "At the risk of disappointing you, mister president, the European Parliament does not yet have the power to stop cows from farting or burping," said Andrieu, in Wednesday 28 October's plenary session. The vice-chair of the EP's agriculture committee heard many of his fellow MEPs laugh, and smiled. [...] After Andrieu made his fart joke, MEPs passed his amendment,...
  • UK poll finds small majority of Britons in favor of 'Brexit'

    11/24/2015 5:47:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.11.2015 | tj/msh (dpa, AFP)
    A new opinion poll has found that just over half of Britons questioned wanted their country to leave the European Union. It is the first time such a result has been attained by the polling institute. According to the survey by ORB International released on Tuesday, 52 percent of the 2,000 respondents said they thought Britain should leave the EU, while 48 percent were in favor of it remaining in the bloc. The poll, which was conducted last week, did not allow respondents to give an undecided response. The result indicates a decline in the number of those wanting Britain...
  • Labour MPs who criticize Jeremy Corbyn online to be 'silenced'

    11/23/2015 10:21:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:18PM GMT 23 Nov 2015 | Michael Wilkinson
    Labour's ruling body will silence MPs and party members who criticize Jeremy Corbyn on social media. The National Executive Committee has agreed to create a new code of conduct to tackle the "very harmful leaks to the media" and curb the "very damaging way in which social media is being used". It comes after Mr. Corbyn's first 10 weeks as Labour leader have been dogged by open criticism by his own MPs. ...
  • Clinton: Stances against refugees could hurt law enforcement

    11/23/2015 6:18:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 23, 2015 8:46 PM EST | Michelle Rindels
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that hardline stances against admitting refugees to the United States are a mistake because they hurt law enforcement's ability to build ties within Muslim communities. Clinton said at a roundtable with Nevada reporters that the U.S. should not want to send a message that gives any support to terrorists looking create divisions between the U.S. and Muslims, adding, "That is not smart." [...] Clinton was campaigning in Nevada amid calls for new restrictions on refugees fleeing war-torn Syria in the aftermath of attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. The Islamic...
  • Jihad Central: Brussels Became A Terror Hotspot Because Of A Socialist Mayor’s Immigration…

    11/23/2015 8:20:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 23 Nov 2015 | Paul Nuttall, MEP
    So Brussels is on lockdown due to the heightened terror threat. Trains have been canceled, people have been told to stay away from crowded areas, meaning that the center is deserted and sporting events have been postponed. It's no surprise really, because about half a mile northwest of Brussels' city center lies the shabby suburb of Molenbeek. It is one of Brussels' nineteen districts. This run down area of the Belgian capital has become the epicenter of a media storm during the past week as a number of the terrorists behind the appalling Paris attacks came from Molenbeek. [...] In...
  • Jewish leaders call for limit on refugee numbers [Germany: Central Council of Jews]

    11/23/2015 6:35:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Nov 2015 14:55 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    The Central Council of Jews in Germany called Monday for a limit to the migrant influx because of problems with integrating the mainly Muslim newcomers, earning a quick rebuke from a pro-refugee charity. [...] "Sooner or later, we won't have a choice but to set an upper limit," the council's president Josef Schuster told Die Welt daily. "Many of the refugees are fleeing the terror of the Islamic State and want to live in peace and freedom, but at the same time they come from cultures where hatred of Jews and intolerance are an integral part." [...] Schuster's comments were...
  • Berlin turns Stasi HQ into a refugee shelter

    11/22/2015 8:08:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Nov 2015 14:17 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Berlin has opened a shelter at the former headquarters of communist East Germany's feared Stasi secret police to help house a record influx of asylum seekers, weekend media reports said. Nearly 500 people, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been staying in the foreign intelligence wing of the imposing former Ministry of State Security since late Friday, the daily Berliner Zeitung said. Up to 900 people will eventually be housed there temporarily. ...
  • Cruz seeks to cast himself as the electable conservative

    11/22/2015 2:44:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 5:39 PM EST | Steve Peoples
    Ted Cruz is among the most hated men in Washington, reviled by leaders of both parties as an ideological hard-liner loyal only to the far-right of the conservative movement. But racing down an Iowa highway on a snowy weekend morning, a solemn Cruz suggested some of his Republican rivals for president have amped up their rhetoric too much, especially on policy toward people who are in the U.S. illegally. "Tone matters," Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, told The Associated Press in an interview between campaign stops. "Are there some in the Republican Party whose rhetoric is unhelpful with...
  • Obama warns against overreaction to Islamic State attacks

    11/22/2015 9:39:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 106 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 12:35 PM EST | Josh Lederman
    Trying to reassure a nation on edge, President Barack Obama said Sunday the Islamic State group "cannot strike a mortal blow" against the U.S., and he warned that overreacting to the Paris attacks would play into extremists' hands. "We will destroy this terrorist organization," he vowed. Ending a trip to Asia, Obama implored Americans not to let the specter of terror cause them to compromise their values or change the way they live. [...] Since IS militants killed 130 in France nine days ago, Obama's strategy has come under repeated questioning. ...
  • Israeli premier accuses German department store of boycott

    11/22/2015 6:40:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2015 7:47 AM EST
    Israel's prime minister is accusing a German department store of a "boycott" after it removed products made in Israeli settlements under new European Union labeling guidelines. Benjamin Netanyahu noted Sunday that Berlin's KaDeWe department store was once owned by Jews before the Nazis seized it. He says its decision to label products from Israeli communities and remove them from its shelves is "a boycott in every respect." ...
  • Democrats push to prevent gun sales to terror-list suspects

    11/21/2015 10:03:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2015 3:24 AM EST | Alan Fram and Michael Biesecker
    Congressional Democrats are trying to build support for an effort to bar gun purchases by terror suspects, hoping to take advantage of the same public anxieties about security that gave Republicans a ringing House victory. The Democratic push seems likely to fall victim to opposition from the National Rifle Association and congressional gun-rights backers, chiefly Republicans, who have smothered firearms curbs for years. If the Republicans who control Congress block votes on the proposal, Democrats hope to profit politically by winning sympathy from angry voters. ...
  • Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW

    11/21/2015 9:54:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2015 8:15 AM EST | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers. The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants. ...
  • Germany’s largest trade union opening US office with UAW

    11/21/2015 9:50:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 6:52 PM EST | Erik Schelzig
    Germany's largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States. Frankfurt-based IG Metall estimates that 100,000 people work for German-owned automotive companies in the U.S. Most of those workers aren't represented by unions, unlike at their counterparts at plants in Germany. ...
  • Iran Guard simulates capture of Al Aqsa Mosque

    11/21/2015 9:42:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2015 4:48 AM EST | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Thousands of paramilitary forces from the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard have held a war game simulating the capture of Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque from Israeli control. Iran's state media reported Saturday that the forces stormed and "liberated" a replica of the mosque in the exercise. They say that 120 brigades from the Basij, the paramilitary unit of the Guard, participated in Friday's exercise outside the holy city of Qom in central Iran. ...
  • Obama Sees Worst Rating on Handling of Terrorism in His Career

    11/20/2015 9:56:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 20, 2015 4:35 pm | Morgan Chalfant
    In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, President Obama has earned his worst rating on his handling of terrorism in his career. Currently, 54 percent of U.S. adults disapprove of the way in which Obama is handling terrorism threats, the worst such rating in his White House career, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday. Forty-three percent of Americans disapprove strongly of the president's handling of terror threats. Americans are particularly critical of Obama's response to the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIL or ISIS), the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in...
  • Flashback: Intelligence Director Warned of Terrorists Disguised as Syrian Refugees

    11/20/2015 9:38:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    MRC TV ^ | November 19, 2015 5:34pm ET | Brittany M. Hughes
    Don't say he didn't tell you so. Speaking at a U.S. intelligence community conference back in September, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned Americans about the possibility of Syrian terrorists infiltrating the United States and other Western countries disguised as refugees. ...
  • China Quietly Expands Military Influence in Africa

    11/20/2015 9:34:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 10, 2015 5:00 am | Daniel Wiser
    A senior Chinese military official toured a Chinese warship docked in Djibouti during the weekend and met with the country's president, according to China's defense ministry, underscoring Beijing's efforts to expand its military operations in Africa. Djibouti, an East African country located near vital shipping lanes and terrorism hotspots in Yemen and Somalia, also hosts military bases for the United States and France. Some security analysts have raised concerns that China, which is reported to be in talks about constructing a base in Djibouti, could be seeking to exert more influence in the strategic country, a move that could disrupt...
  • Anti-Israel events skyrocket on US campuses

    11/20/2015 9:04:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 11/20/2015, 1:22 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a new report on Wednesday detailing a significant increase in anti-Israel activity on American university campuses over the 2014-2015 academic year. No fewer than 150 explicitly anti-Israel events were held in Fall 2015 alone, marking a noted increase from the 105 such events that took place in the same period during the previous year. Universities were themselves complicit in the anti-Israel events, with at least 15 of the events being sponsored or co-sponsored by university departments at institutions including the University of California-Berkley, Drew University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. ...
  • Germans overwhelmingly for tougher security

    11/20/2015 12:38:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Nov 2015 09:47 GMT+01:00
    More than nine in every ten Germans support the government increasing security measures on German streets in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The regular Deutschlandtrend poll by broadcaster ARD showed that 91 percent of Germans support "appropriate security measures" such as the heavier police presence and security checks which were announced in the immediate aftermath of last Friday's Paris terrorist attacks. At the same time, only five percent of those questioned were afraid that such security measures could impinge on their constitutional rights. ...
  • UnitedHealth Group May Leave Obamacare Exchanges By 2017

    11/19/2015 9:29:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 19, 2015 @ 06:28 AM | Bruce Japsen
    UnitedHealth Group, in a surprising announcement, said this morning it has revised its profit expectations for the rest of the year due to what it called a "deterioration" of its individual commercial insurance offerings on government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and offered no commitment it would stay in the business beyond next year. The nation's largest health insurer said it was "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment," pulling back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products for next year and "will determine during the first half of 2016 to what extent it can continue...
  • Two killed in Tel Aviv synagogue attack

    11/19/2015 6:44:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 11/19/2015, 3:36 PM | Ari Soffer
    Two people have been killed and one other person was injured in a stabbing attack at a synagogue in south Tel Aviv. The injured victim, a man in his 50s, is in moderate condition. He was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics before being evacuated to Ichilov hospital. The Arab terrorist who carried out the attack was tackled and held by a civilian until police arrived to arrest him, and sustained light injuries in the course of being captured. ...
  • Rubio says Cruz hurt US intelligence programs with stance

    11/18/2015 5:04:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 7:47 PM EST | Sergio Bustos
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says his rival Ted Cruz worked with Democrats to harm U.S. intelligence programs by restricting the federal government's bulk phone records collection program. [...] Cruz voted in favor of a bill Congress approved last June that killed the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone records collection program. ...
  • FDA clears new, easy-to-use version of heroin antidote (naloxone)

    11/18/2015 3:59:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 6:34 PM EST | Matthew Perrone
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved an easy-to-use version of the life-saving drug that reverses heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses, as communities across the country grapple with a wave of drug abuse. The reformulated drug, sold as Narcan, comes as a nasal spray and should help first responders, police and others deliver the antidote in emergency situations. Known generically as naloxone, the drug reverses the effects of opioids, drugs that include legal painkillers such as oxycodone and illegal narcotics such as heroin. ...
  • [Germany finance minister] Schäuble moots ordering soldiers onto streets

    11/18/2015 3:00:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Nov 2015 08:31 GMT+01:00
    Soldiers from the Bundeswehr (German army) might be called on to support police inside Germany as a precautionary measure against terrorist attacks, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Tuesday. "If we had a situation like the one in Paris, perhaps with attacks in three to four locations, we will have to think whether our police capabilities would be sufficient," Schaeuble said at a meeting in Duesseldorf, the Rheinische Post reported. But coalition allies from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) quickly pushed back against the idea of using soldiers within Germany in this role. ...
  • US Postal Service Loses $5.1B in FY2015, Ending 9th Year in the Red

    11/18/2015 11:44:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 18, 2015 | 11:29 AM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Despite an increase in revenue of $1.1 billion, the U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of $5.1 billion for Fiscal Year 2015, which ended on September 30th. [...] ... "[C]ontrollable expenses" also increased $1.3 billion, from $66.4 billion in FY2014 to $67.7 billion in FY2015. That included a 21 million increase in workhours, even though total mail volume declined from 155.5 billion pieces in 2014 to 154.2 billion pieces in 2015. USPS explained that the increase in operating expenses "was the result of a combination of factors, including higher compensation costs attributable to increased benefits expenses and additional work...
  • US, Cuba to sign first environmental accord since thaw

    11/18/2015 5:18:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2015 8:08 AM EST | Christine Armario
    The United States and Cuba are set to sign their first accord on environmental protection since announcing plans to re-establish diplomatic relations. Under the deal, scientists at U.S. marine sanctuaries in Florida and Texas will cooperate with their counterparts at two Cuban reserves on preservation and research. ...
  • Young men storm school claiming to be from ISIS (Gelsenkirchen, Germany)

    11/18/2015 2:34:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Nov 2015 08:56 GMT+01:00
    Eight young men in western Germany were arrested in a school yard on Monday after drawing fake guns on a teacher and claiming to be from terrorist group ISIS. The men stormed the school yard in Gelsenkirchen on Monday afternoon, WAZ newspaper reports, and started threatening people with the fake pistols. When a teacher confronted the men about what they were doing there they started hurling "disgusting insults" at her and one of the gang aimed one of the blank-firing guns at her, according to the school's headmaster, Berti Oberholz. The teacher, who was unable to identify that the pistol...
  • 57% of Arab Israelis say Islamic Movement represents them

    11/18/2015 2:02:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 11/17/2015, 8:40 PM | Ari Yashar
    Results of research showing the 2015 index for relations between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, published partially for the first time on Tuesday, show just how far the Arab population supports and identifies with openly pro-terror organizations. The research, conducted by Professor Sami Samucha, reveals that no less than 57% of Arab citizens of Israel say they feel the radical Islamic Movement in Israel faithfully represents them. Significantly, the movement was outlawed on Tuesday for its long history of inciting terrorism, organizing and funding violent riots on the Temple Mount, and its close connections with Hamas. ...
  • Dutch party head blames Israel for Paris attack

    11/17/2015 7:07:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 11/17/2015, 9:20 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Following on the heels of the Swedish foreign minister, the chairman of the Dutch Socialist Party in the Netherlands justified the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists who conducted Saturday's brutal attacks in Paris that left 129 dead, blaming it on "frustration" at Israel. According to Jan Marijnissen, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs somehow ignited the attack on French civilians at cafes, show venues, soccer stadiums and restaurants. "Their behavior eventually is connected also to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," claimed Marijnissen in an interview with the Dutch NPO Radio1 on Monday. ...
  • Obama says GOP incitement on Syria refugees 'needs to stop'

    11/17/2015 6:53:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 17, 2015 9:24 PM EST | Kathleen Hennessey and Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama lashed out Wednesday at Republicans who insist on barring Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., deeming their words offensive and insisting "it needs to stop." "Apparently they're scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America," Obama said. ...
  • French imam on day of Paris attacks: Muslims should rule France

    11/17/2015 6:50:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 11/16/2015, 8:29 PM | Ari Soffer
    As French authorities struggle to get to grips with the vast network of Muslim extremists in its country - some 10,000-strong according to official estimates - a sermon recorded at a mosque in southern France on the day of last week's attacks in Paris illustrates how extremist preachers are spreading radical Islamist doctrines, and talking openly about taking over the country During his sermon in Montpellier, translated by MEMRI, Imam Mohammed Khatabi sough to rile up the crowd by suggesting that "Westerners" do not see Muslims as human, while urging them to reject any affiliation with or loyalty to the...
  • Busted: ‘soybean oil’ shipment to Gaza was actually rocket fuel

    11/16/2015 10:41:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 11/16/2015, 4:36 PM | Kobi Finkler
    The security guards of the Defense Ministry's Transfer Authority and the Civil Administration's David division stopped a truck traveling from Hevron to Gaza at the Turkarmiya checkpoint Monday, after it noted it was shipping soybean oil. [...] The shipment was sent to a lab for testing, where it became clear the "soybean oil" was TDI - turbocharged direct injection - material, the fuel primarily used for rockets and diesel engines. ...
  • Court won’t hear case over grant to Planned Parenthood

    11/16/2015 7:09:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 16, 2015 9:39 AM EST
    The Supreme Court has rejected an anti-abortion group's bid to force disclosure of confidential Planned Parenthood and federal government records about a contract for family planning services in New Hampshire. The justices on Monday let stand a ruling that allowed the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to withhold some documents in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by New Hampshire Right to Life. ...
  • Germany to Afghans: think twice about coming

    11/16/2015 6:52:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Nov 2015 15:03 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany has launched a campaign in Afghanistan to tell its nationals to think carefully before embarking on the tough journey to seek asylum in Europe, the foreign ministry said on Monday. "This is not about deterrence, but about getting people to think it through," said a foreign ministry spokesman. Billboards bearing slogans in Dari and Pashtu including "Leaving Afghanistan? Are you sure?" or "Leaving Afghanistan? Thought it through?" have been put up at prominent sites in the capital Kabul, as well as in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat in the west. ...
  • ‘We can’t beat ISIS with military means’: Germany

    11/16/2015 6:45:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Nov 2015 11:31 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    The fight against ISIS will not be won with military action but by bringing an end to the civil war in Syria around the negotiating table, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday. "We stand before the dilemma that the battle against ISIS must be continued, but everyone also knows that in the end the battle against terrorism can't be won militarily," Steinmeier told journalists as he arrived at an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels. "I personally remain convinced that... we will only move forward in the Middle East if, above all, we work energetically on those questions which...
  • Police: Canada mosque deliberately set on fire

    11/15/2015 3:11:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 15, 2015 5:37 PM EST
    Police say a mosque in Peterborough, Ontario was deliberately set ablaze, but they are still looking into the motive and searching for suspects. Police said Sunday it was unclear whether the fire was connected to the attacks in Paris that left over 123 people dead. ...
  • Is There a Gun Violence Epidemic? The Numbers Say No

    11/14/2015 8:57:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 13, 2015 | 3:05 PM EST | Jason Snead
    The recent mass shooting in Oregon has brought the seemingly endless debate on gun control back into the national spotlight. Are we, as some insist, in the midst of a gun violence crisis? Gun control advocates would certainly have you think so. [...] A quick look into the facts reveals an entirely different picture. According to the FBI, in the past two decades, violent crime has been falling almost continuously. In 2013, the number of violent crimes perpetrated was 37 percent lower than it was just two decades earlier. ...
  • Baltimore records 300th homicide of the year

    11/14/2015 6:50:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2015 7:48 PM EST
    Baltimore has recorded its 300th homicide of the year. [...] The 300th victim was a 27-year-old man who was stabbed multiple times Saturday and later died. It's the first time since 1999 that the city has recorded 300 homicides. In 2014, the city saw 211 killings for the year. Baltimore crossed the 200 death mark in August. ...
  • Paris attacks may prompt Obama to step up military action

    11/14/2015 6:23:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2015 6:15 PM EST | Robert Burns
    The Paris terrorist attacks seem likely to compel President Barack Obama to consider military escalation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But that probably will not mean dramatic moves like launching a U.S. or international ground offensive or accelerating aerial bombing in hopes of eliminating the global threat of violent extremism. "You aren't going to bomb ISIS back to the Stone Age," Anthony Cordesman, a longtime Middle East analyst, said Saturday. [...] As Cordesman sees it, years of tragic terrorist attacks like Paris are almost inevitable, and there are no near-term solutions. ...
  • Berlin props up coal with €3 billion in subsidies

    11/13/2015 8:32:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Nov 2015 11:00 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    A new report reveals that Germany is subsidizing coal with more than 3 billion in public funds a year, even given the country's commitment to cutting carbon emissions. EU states are subsidizing climate-harming coal to the tune of 10 billion ($10.7 billion) a year, according to a German study due to be released next week. In Germany alone, the coal sector receives 3.7 billion of public money annually, according to the study by think tank the Heinrich Boell Foundation and environmental group Friends of the Earth, which gave excerpts to AFP. ...
  • EU officials ratted out VW to US: reports

    11/13/2015 8:15:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Nov 2015 15:12 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Frustrated European officials alerted the US to Volkswagen's emissions cheating scam after the European Commission failed to act on the intel for years, German media reported on Friday. [...] "Officials from the EU informed the US environment group ICCT about the possible cheating on nitrogen oxide emissions," Mary Nichols, who heads the California Air Resources Board, told WirtschaftsWoche. The weekly reported that the European Commission had been told by a Volkswagen supplier of the cheating as early as in 2011. ...
  • Germany 'more sexist than France and UK' ('gender equality' barf)

    11/12/2015 10:57:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Nov 2015 15:11 GMT+01:00
    Germans proved to hold less progressive ideas about gender equality than their European counterparts in the UK and France, but rose above the United States, according to a new report. Pollsters YouGov quizzed people from 24 countries in a survey published on Thursday, and found that Germany ranked eighth place for attitudes towards gender equality. The British scored just one point higher than Germans while French people gained two points more. The only Western country in the report that performed worse than Germany was the United States. ...
  • Pentagon plan to close Guantanamo expected in coming week

    11/12/2015 8:54:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 7, 2015 8:34 AM EST | Lolita C. Baldor and Kathleen Hennessey
    The Pentagon's plan outlining the long-stalled effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, expected in the coming week, includes details suggesting that the Centennial Correctional Facility in Colorado is one suitable site to send detainees whom officials believe should never be released, administration officials said. The plan represents a last-gasp effort by the Obama administration to convince staunch opponents in Congress that dangerous detainees who can't be transferred safely to other countries should be housed in a U.S.-based prison. ...
  • LiUNA on Keystone: Obama’s ‘Disdain for Working People is Evident,’ He’s ‘A Pompous…’

    11/12/2015 3:06:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 12, 2015 | 1:47 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    President Barack Obama's decision to not allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, Terry O'Sullivan, the president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA!), said Obama had "once again" thrown "hard-working, blue-collar workers under the bus" while "doing little or nothing to make a real difference in global climate change." "His actions are shameful," said O'Sullivan in a press release. "The president may be celebrated by environmental extremists, but with this act, President Obama has also solidified a legacy as a pompous, pandering job killer." ...
  • Obama approves of EU labeling of Jewish products

    11/12/2015 2:35:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 11/12/2015, 9:06 PM | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama's administration on Thursday voiced its approval of the discriminatory EU decision the day before to label Jewish goods from Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The administration said the move is only a "technical guideline," and is not a boycott, reports Associated Press - despite the obvious assumption that consumers would follow the labeling when choosing what products to buy. US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said, "we do not believe that labeling the origin of products is equivalent to a boycott. And as you know, we do not consider settlements to be part...
  • Distribution of any religious material banned from Bledsoe County Schools (TN; especially Bibles)

    11/12/2015 7:14:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    WRCB, NBC 3, Chattanooga ^ | Nov 11, 2015 11:17 PM EST | Natalie Potts
    The separation of church and state is an issue that has been discussed in our country for hundreds of years. Gideon Bibles have been made available in Bledsoe county schools for years. Residents say a recent complaint put a halt to the deliveries in school libraries. Gideon places free Bibles in hotel rooms, fire halls, army bases and hospitals. The non-profit group also visits prisons to spread the word of the New Testament worldwide. The big question circulating the Tennessee Valley is whether or not the New Testament Bible should be offered up to 5th grade students or not. Gideon...
  • Blaming Zionist Administrationfor Their Financial Plight CUNY Students to Hold Protest at Hunter Col

    11/11/2015 10:09:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | November 11, 2015 12:04 PM | Ruthie Blum
    Student groups planning a protest on Thursday at Manhattan's Hunter College are using classical antisemitic tropes for advertising. The rally is part of a nationwide campaign called "Million Student March," demanding tuition-free education and the cancellation of student debt. [...]... The Zionist administration invests in Israeli companies, companies that support the Israeli occupation, hosts birthright programs and study abroad programs in occupied Palestine, and reproduces settler-colonial ideology throughout CUNY through Zionist content of education. While CUNY aims to produce the next generation of professional Zionists, SJP [NYC Students for Justice in Palestine] aims to change the university to fight for...
  • ACLU: Missouri needs to protect students' free speech rights

    11/11/2015 5:15:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2015 4:36 PM EST | Summer Ballentine and Alan Scher Zagier
    Free speech advocates are expressing concern that instructions from University of Missouri police on how students should report "hateful and/or hurtful" speech could stifle legitimate differences of opinion. [...] The university's student conduct code prohibits harassment, which it defines as "unwelcome verbal or physical conduct" against "actual or perceived membership in a protected class ... that creates a hostile environment." The conduct code also forbids bullying, retaliation and threatening or intimidating behaviors. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri responded with a statement calling for the university to not compromise the right to free expression in its efforts to fight...
  • EU presses African nations to accept migrants back

    11/11/2015 4:18:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2015 4:31 PM EST | Lorne Cook and Eldar Emric
    The European Union pressed African leaders on Wednesday to take back thousands of people who do not qualify for asylum, as overwhelmed Slovenia began building a razor-wire border fence to keep migrants at bay, raising tensions with neighboring Croatia. Sweden, struggling to manage the influx too, became the latest EU nation to announce the introduction of temporary border controls, as of Thursday. According to the International Organization for Migration, almost 800,000 people have entered Europe by sea this year. The EU predicts that three million more could arrive by 2017. ...