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  • Iran Announces Two New Nuclear Facilities

    07/30/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2015, 7:02 PM | Ari Yashar
    Just half a month after the Iran nuclear deal was signed in Vienna on July 14, the Islamic republic of Iran announced on Thursday that it plans to build two new nuclear facilities in its southeastern Makran region on the Indian Ocean. Mohammad Ahmadian, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced the plans as quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency. “Two 100MW (megawatt) nuclear reactors will be constructed on Makran coastline of the Sea of Oman to generate electricity,” Ahmadian declared. […] The nuclear deal stipulates that Iran will not build any new uranium enrichment...
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia aim to enhance cooperation

    07/30/2015 4:43:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 1:33 PM EDT
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. In a statement released after a meeting between President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, el-Sissi’s office says the two leaders also will work to create a joint Arab military force. …
  • University removes ‘bias-free language guide’ from website

    07/30/2015 4:36:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 4:45 PM EDT | Holy Ramer
    The University of New Hampshire has removed from its website a “bias-free language guide” that warned against using the word “American” because it fails to recognize South America. The guide was developed in 2013 by several advocacy groups whose members are appointed by the university president. It was mentioned in an annual report submitted by at least one of those groups in 2014, but the university said administrators did not know about it until this week, when it was criticized in the media. […] It suggested replacements for common terms, such as “person of material wealth” instead of rich and...
  • Kerry: ‘I Have No Specific Knowledge of a Plan by Iran to Actually Destroy Us’

    07/30/2015 9:29:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 8:40 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry says he does not know whether the Iranian regime truly wants to destroy America, but views its policy as one “of opposition to us and of great enmity.” When Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday to defend the Iran nuclear agreement, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) asked him about Tehran’s policy in the light of the “death to America” chants common at events presided over by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hasan Rouhani. […] “Do you think it’s their policy to destroy us?” (Poe said.) “I think they have a...
  • Bosnians protest against EU-recommended labor law

    07/30/2015 8:14:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 10:35 AM EDT | Aida Cerkez
    Amid the protests of thousands of workers, the Bosnian-Croat regional parliament on Thursday adopted a new labor law that aims to create a more business-friendly environment with the intention of creating jobs. […] The law makes laying off workers somewhat easier and regulates severance terms. It introduces Western-style working contracts that no longer guarantee employment until retirement. […] The former labor law was inherited from the communist regime and offered wide protection to workers but was not business-friendly. It was partly the reason for the 40 percent unemployment rate. …
  • Afghan Taliban: ‘Family’ of Mullah Omar confirm his death

    07/30/2015 8:09:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 10:09 AM EDT | Lynne O’Donnell and Kathy Gannon
    The Afghan Taliban have released a statement purportedly from the family of Mullah Omar saying he has died of an unspecified illness. The statement, emailed to The Associated Press on Thursday, didn’t say when he died. It followed an announcement from the Kabul government the day before. Senior Taliban figures have also told the AP that Mullah Omar died. The statement says it’s being issued in the name of Mullah Omar’s brother, Mullah Abdul Manan, and his son, Mohammad Yaqub. It apologizes for “any mistakes Mullah Omar (made) during his rule of Afghanistan.” …
  • GOP Leader: ‘This Is 2nd Most Effective Republican-Majority Congress in Modern History” (McCarthy)

    07/29/2015 5:39:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “As we finish up the first seven months of this New American Congress, the statistics are in: This Congress is more accountable, more open, more productive and more effective,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told a news conference on Wednesday. He called it the “second most effective Republican-majority Congress in modern history,” and he used numbers to make his point. McCarthy said he judges accountability by the work that’s been done in committee: “The 30-year average is 7.4 percent of the bills get out of committee; this Congress is at 10.1,” he said. …
  • Kerry Acknowledges Iran ‘May’ Use Weapons Obtained Through Agreement to Kill Americans, Israelis

    07/29/2015 5:28:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 28, 2015 | 10:02 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry conceded on Tuesday that Iran “may” use weapons that it will acquire as a result of restrictions being lifted under the nuclear agreement to kill Americans and Israelis. Appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to defend the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Kerry was asked about recent belligerent statements by Iranian leaders. […] (Rep. Mo) Brooks … asked the secretary of state whether he believes that the Iranians “will use the conventional weapons made available by the Iran nuclear treaty to kill Americans or Israelis?” “Well, they may, they may,” Kerry said, adding...
  • Kerry: Iran Deal Not a Treaty ‘Because You Can’t Pass a Treaty Anymore’ (quoi?)

    07/29/2015 5:22:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 4:10 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The White House did not pursue the nuclear agreement with Iran as an international treaty, because getting U.S. Senate advice and consent for a treaty has “become physically impossible,” Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers on Tuesday. At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Kerry was asked about the administration’s approach of seeking a political accord between governments rather than an international treaty. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) recalled Kerry saying earlier in the hearing that if Congress rejects the JCPOA, other countries will in the future not...
  • Gallup: Liberals More Likely to Drink Than Conservatives

    07/29/2015 5:18:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 5:18 PM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    According to a Gallup survey conducted this month, American liberals are more likely to drink than American conservatives. From July 8-12, Gallup asked 1,009 adults in the United States: “Do you have occasion to use alcoholic beverages such as liquor, wine, or beer, or are you a total abstainer?” The results, which had a margin of error of ± 4 percentage points, showed a number of trends. Only 61 percent of self-identified conservatives said, yes, they do have occasion to use alcoholic beverages. However, 65 percent of moderates said yes, and 69 percent of liberals said yes. …
  • [SecTreas] Lew informs Congress he extending debt-limit measures

    07/29/2015 2:40:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 5:29 PM EDT | Martin Crutsinger
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Wednesday that he will extend for another three months the authority he is using to take emergency measures to keep from breaching the nation’s borrowing limit. In a letter to congressional leaders, Lew said he will extend the current debt-suspension period, which was set to expire Friday, through Oct. 30. He said he believes the emergency measures he is using may be sufficient to keep the government operating for a brief period after Oct. 30. Since March 16, Lew has been employing a variety of bookkeeping maneuvers such as removing investments from government...
  • Gov. Scott orders inspections of Planned Parenthoods

    07/29/2015 2:36:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 5:19 PM EDT | Kelly Kennedy
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices that perform abortions, saying he is troubled by videos describing the organization’s procedures for providing tissue from aborted fetuses for research. The Republican governor said Wednesday the state will take quick legal and regulatory action if any of the 16 facilities in Florida are found in violation of the law. “The videos coming out about Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling to say the least. It is against the law for any organization to sell body parts,” Scott said in a statement. Planned Parenthood has come under congressional...
  • Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

    07/29/2015 4:32:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 131 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 7:29 AM EDT | Dee-Ann Durbin
    In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession. Drivers behind the wheel of older cars aren’t enjoying some of the latest advanced safety features or infotainment systems that effectively turn cars into cellphones on wheels. Then again, they don’t have to worry about hackers finding their way in...
  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar ‘is dead’ (per Afghan gov’t sources)

    07/29/2015 3:42:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29/07/2015
    The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, Afghan officials say, but the militant group has not commented on the claim. The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released. A Taliban spokesman contacted by the BBC said the group would issue a statement shortly. There have been several reports of Mullah Omar’s death in the past. However, this is the first to be confirmed by top sources in the Afghan government. …
  • Bernie Sanders: Open Borders is a ‘Right-Wing Proposal’

    07/28/2015 6:30:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    MRC TV ^ | July 28, 2015 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    In a recent interview, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called open borders a “right-wing proposal” and vocalized his opposition to an open borders policy. On July 16, Sanders sat down with Vox’s Ezra Klein for an interview. During the interview, Klein asked Sanders about his identification as a socialist and its implications for his policy positions. […] At one point during the conversation, Klein began to ask Sanders, “You said being a democratic socialist means a more international view. I think if you take global poverty that seriously, it leads you to conclusions that in the US are considered...
  • From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

    07/28/2015 5:48:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2015 8:07 PM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up. The price increases remain modest. And in many cases, they’re canceled out by price declines for other items that are keeping overall inflation historically low. Yet the stepped-up price tags for a range of consumer items are the largest since the Great Recession ended six years ago. They actually reflect a...
  • Turkey Revealed to be Cooperating with ISIS

    07/28/2015 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 7/28/2015, 10:05 PM | Ari Yashar
    Damning evidence was found when US special forces killed Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Sayyaf in May, revealing that NATO member Turkey has in fact been collaborating with the brutal jihadists. The British Guardian reported on Sunday that when Abu Sayyaf’s compound was raided in eastern Syria, it was discovered that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled ISIS oil which was managed by Abu Sayyaf to economically prop up the terror group. The report quoted a senior Western official, who told the Observer that the findings at the compound showed direct deals between Turkish officials and ISIS leaders is...
  • Iran says will hold ‘high-level talks’ with EU

    07/28/2015 7:54:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 28, 2015 9:45 AM EDT
    Iran’s foreign minister says “high-level” talks will soon be launched with the European Union following a nuclear agreement reached with world powers earlier this month. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that the talks “in the near future” will focus on energy, environmental and human rights issues, as well as “extremism, terrorism and sectarianism” in the Middle East. …
  • George Washington University drops SAT, ACT requirement

    07/28/2015 7:42:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 28, 2015 10:34 AM EDT
    George Washington University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions. Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton said in a statement Monday that university administrators were concerned that below-average test scores were leading some otherwise strong students to not apply. […] School officials say testing will still be required for home-schooled applicants, students from high schools that provide only narrative evaluation of students, college athletes and those applying for a seven-year program that leads to a combined bachelor’s/medical degree. …
  • Feminist Writers: Office Air Conditioning Is ‘Sexist,’ Part of ‘Overbearing Patriarchy’

    07/28/2015 7:20:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 07/27/2015 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    Feminist writers across the Internet have unearthed the latest conspiracy against women: office air conditioning. The Washington Post published an “investigation” of the “sexism” of air conditioning. The author, Petula Dvorak, spoke to an array of women who felt as if their offices were too cold; meanwhile, the men did not feel uncomfortable. Therefore, Dvorak concluded, “That’s right, my friends. Air conditioning is another big, sexist plot.” …
  • State Dept. Inspector General Contradicts Clinton: Emails ‘Contained Classified Information When…’

    07/28/2015 12:23:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 27, 2015 | 11:04 AM EDT | Brittany M. Hughes
    The inspectors general for the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Intelligence Community issued a joint written statement late Friday afternoon asserting that emails that Hillary Clinton had on her personal email account while she was Secretary of State, and that she kept on a personal server after she left the government, “contained classified information when they were generated,” “remain classified today” and “should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.” This joint statement the two inspectors general issued late Friday contradicts what former Secretary Clinton said about the emails on Saturday. So far, the inspector general for...
  • Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

    07/27/2015 8:57:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 2015 10:53 PM EDT | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television cameras during a trip to Africa, Obama suggested the bellicose rhetoric from some GOP candidates was an attempt to divert attention from Donald Trump, the wealthy businessman-turned presidential contender whose popularity is confounding the Republican field. […] “In 18 months, I’m turning over the keys,” Obama said. “I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems...
  • Tax cuts to encourage emigrants to return says Prime Minister (of Ireland)

    07/27/2015 6:11:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 25, 2015 04:02 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he aims to reduce taxes to encourage the return of emigrants. Speaking at the MacGill Summer school on Friday, where several dozen anti-water charge protesters gathered ahead of his address, the Taoiseach said the tax rate was “too high a rate and kicks in too early.” Kenny said he plans to cut the 7 percent rate of Universal Social Charge in the forthcoming budget, the Irish Times reports. “In doing so, we will bring down the marginal rate of tax paid by people earning less than €70,000 to less than 50 percent.” …
  • New poll shows Ireland wants Leo Varadkar as leader (SSM pusher)

    07/27/2015 6:05:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 23, 2015 04:10 AM | Paddy Clancy
    Health Minister Leo Varadkar is the overwhelming favorite among the public and Fine Gael supporters to be the next leader of the party. A poll for The Sunday Times shows 34 percent of people would like to see Varadkar, who came out as a gay in January, take over from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “It’s always nice to get positive feedback from the public, but there is no vacancy. Enda is the leader and I have my hands full in health and a lot of work to do,” Varadkar said. …
  • State health insurance markets struggle with cost challenges

    07/27/2015 1:20:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 26, 2015 7:56 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.Hawaii’s marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. It has spent about $139 million and enrolled 8,200 customers for individual coverage in 2015. Unable to sustain itself, the state marketplace is turning over sign-ups to the federal HealthCare.gov for 2016. Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets. Experts estimate...
  • France targets carbon tax in energy transition law (quadruples rate in five years)

    07/27/2015 12:44:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 27 Jul 2015 08:03 | (Journal de l’Environnement | translated by Samuel White)
    The debate is finally over. After more than a year of national consultations, draft bills and parliamentary discussions, French MPs finally adopted the bill for an Energy Transition for Green Growth on Wednesday 22 July. The substance of this far-reaching bill was subject to significant re-shaping by both houses of the French parliament, as well as the government. […] The adopted bill contains several last minute additions, including a Senate amendment to increase the carbon tax on fossil fuel use to €56 per ton in 2020, a four-fold increase, and €100 in 2030. “The trajectory of the carbon tax increase...
  • EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid

    07/27/2015 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:55am EDT | Barbara Lewis
    EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue. The European Commission, the EU executive, urges tougher rules on when subsidies, known as coal export credits, can be used in a paper seen by Reuters, ahead of interim talks this week. Political pressure is growing to reach agreement on restricting the coal subsidies before United Nations climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year. But opposition is...
  • Russia prepares to seize Western assets

    07/27/2015 11:33:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 Jul 2015 13:36 | updated: 08:47 | (EurActiv with agencies, by Georgi Gotev)
    The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms. According to the new draft bill, Russia will be able to seize foreign state assets from countries which infringe on Russia’s jurisdictional immunity, according to the Russian press. The Ministry of Justice said the new law is meant to bring parity to the existing "jurisdictional imbalance" between Russia and other countries. In other words, Russia will now seize the state assets of other countries in proportion...
  • US Willing to be as ‘Flexible’ With North Korea as With Iran

    07/27/2015 11:14:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 7/27/2015, 5:28 PM | Ari Soffer
    Fresh from forging a controversial deal with Iran, which critics have blasted as a capitulation to Tehran’s demands, the Obama administration is willing to be just as “flexible” with North Korea, a US government envoy has said. Sydney Seiler, US special envoy for now-defunct six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, told Reuters Monday he hoped Pyongyang would take note of the Iran deal and return to the negotiating table. “The Iran deal demonstrates the value and possibilities that negotiation bring,” Seiler said. …
  • GOP Senators Lead Push to Allow States to Impose Internet Sales Tax

    07/26/2015 7:47:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 127 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 24, 2015 | 2:10 PM EDT | Rudy Takala
    Republicans in the Senate are leading efforts to pass legislation that would allow the states to impose a sales tax on online transactions. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has proposed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which would allow states to "collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales.” The bill includes an exemption for companies whose gross remote sales are less than $1 million per year. The legislation enjoys support particularly among legislators in rural states who believe that online retailers are encroaching on sales made out of traditional storefronts. […] This is not the first time...
  • Planned Parenthood videos: No sign of political issue fading

    07/25/2015 5:02:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2015 3:55 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    Two stealthily recorded videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide aborted fetal organs for research. The videos have put the group and its Democratic allies on the defensive.It’s unclear how long the political damage may last or whether Planned Parenthood has broken federal law—as abortion foes contend. What’s clear is that Republicans and anti-abortion groups are giving no signs of letting the issue fade quickly. …
  • Londonderry to be renamed Derry as Unionists cry foul (Northern Ireland)

    07/25/2015 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 24, 2015 09:04 AM | Cathy Hayes
    The Derry City and Strabane District Council have voted in favor of moving to officially changing the name of Londonderry to Derry. Unionists are describing the decision, voted upon on Thursday evening, as “sectarian” and “disgusting.” The vote passed with the full support of Sinn Féin, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and the Independent councillors, despite opposition from the minority unionist block. The council will now write to Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan of the SDLP, on how to go about the change. Durkan is himself a native of Derry. According to TheJournal.ie, 28 councillors voted to seek...
  • Ethical food does not matter to most Brits, survey finds

    07/25/2015 6:59:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:11PM BST 24 Jul 2015 | Camilla Turner
    Ethical food does not matter to most Britons, a survey has revealed, showing that half of people say they do not care where their food comes from. Almost half of people (48 percent) surveyed said they would not necessarily stop buying products from a company if they discovered it was acting unethically, when surveyed by consumer research company Mintel. Of the 15,000 UK shoppers who were questioned, only a quarter (24 percent) said that the range of ethical products on offer influenced which shops they visited. More than half of UK consumers say that organic food is too expensive to...
  • Eurotunnel warns of lengthy delays due to ‘migrant activity’ (France)

    07/25/2015 6:46:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:00AM BST 25 Jul 2015 | Camilla Turner
    Passengers using the shuttle to cross the channel face hours of delays following a brief suspension of services due to migrant activity at the French side of the Tunnel. On Saturday morning, those booked to take their vehicle to the continent were being warned of an hour delay to check in and a further four hours before departure. Frustrated car passengers in Folkestone—including local residents and people trying to go on holiday—face hours of queues. Eurotunnel suspended services for a brief period shortly before midnight due to “migrant activity”, adding that French authorities were dealing with the situation. …
  • Kyrgyzstan tears up cooperation accord with US

    07/24/2015 9:38:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | July 21, 2015 12:29 PM
    Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday announced it was tearing up a long-running cooperation agreement with the United States after Washington awarded a rights prize to a jailed ethnic minority campaigner. Central Asian Kyrgyzstan and the United States inked a cooperation deal in 1993 and the strategically located nation hosted a key US military base supplying the war effort in Afghanistan until 2014. Kyrgyzstan, however, has pursued a strongly pro-Russian foreign policy since incumbent President Almazbek Atambayev was elected in 2011. Washington warned Monday that any move to sever the agreement “could put assistance programs that benefit the Kyrgyzstani people in jeopardy”....
  • Should Germany exit the euro?

    07/24/2015 8:50:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.07.2015 | Maya E. Shwayder
    Through all the haggling and hair-pulling in the past months over more austerity, fewer creditors getting their money, and a dreaded “Grexit”—a scenario in which Greece would leave Europe’s currency union—at least four prominent economists in three major American publications have casually and quietly suggested there may be a third way: A German exit. That is, Germany should exit the euro, and clear the way for countries in the south of Europe—notably, Greece, Italy, Spain, and probably Portugal—to reconcile their debt with a greatly depreciated currency and maybe finally get a handle on their economies. The latest thinker to suggest...
  • Berlin conservatives say ‘no’ to gay marriage

    07/24/2015 7:13:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jul 2015 17:14 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Members of the Berlin faction of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) voted against gay marriage in a poll on Friday, denting hopes the Chancellor’s staunch opposition could be swayed. The Berlin faction of the CDU announced on Friday that 45 percent of its members voted against gay marriage while 35 percent voted in support in a survey, newspaper Tagesspiegel reported. […] The recent passage of same-sex marriage in Ireland and a US Supreme Court decision in favour of gay marriage has put more pressure on Merkel and her conservative Union (CDU and Christian Social Union parties), who...
  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

    07/24/2015 12:00:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:55 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet. The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got into the Jeep through an electronic opening in the radio and said it would update software to close it. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks, the automaker said in a statement. The vulnerability exposed by the hack rippled through the auto industry...
  • Debating The Donald: GOP rivals preparing with caution

    07/24/2015 11:46:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 12:50 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    Considered the ultimate wildcard, Donald Trump is complicating debate strategy for Republican presidential candidates now scrambling to prepare for their first face-to-face meeting on national television. The billionaire businessman, who has dominated the 2016 Republican race in recent weeks, threatens to do the same when the top 10 GOP candidates—as determined by national polls—face off in less than two weeks. It’s a high-risk, high-reward event for candidates eager to stand out yet wary to fall victim to one of Trump’s notorious bombastic political attacks. “It’s the No. 1 unavoidability,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a 2012 GOP candidate who...
  • Jewish Democrats Must Choose Obama or Israel

    07/24/2015 10:56:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2015, 2:29 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    There are 18 Jewish legislators acting on behalf of the Democratic Party in the US Congress, and they are perhaps the key to victory on both sides—for both opponents of the agreement with Iran and its supporters. “Everyone is looking for us,” Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D–California), who is Jewish, told Arutz Sheva. “Last week I met with a J Street lobby that tried to explain how good the agreement is at this point in time, and next week AIPAC officials will be here—I guess to push exactly the opposite position.” Lowenthal faces a difficult dilemma. “You have to make a...
  • Kerry Warns Israel: Strike on Iran Would Be ‘Enormous Mistake’

    07/24/2015 10:52:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2015, 3:00 PM | Ari Yashar
    Less than a day after indicating in a Senate hearing that the Iran nuclear deal would have the US defend Iran from Israel, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Friday that a unilateral strike on Iran’s covert nuclear program would be a “huge mistake.” Appearing on the NBC “Today” TV show, Kerry was asked if the Iran nuclear deal sealed last Tuesday would make it more likely that Israel will either physically strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, or else launch a cyber attack against them. “That’d be an enormous mistake, a huge mistake with grave consequences for Israel...
  • Obama Admits: Iran Being Given Billions for Terror Funds

    07/24/2015 10:47:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2015, 12:12 PM | Tova Dvorin
    US President Barack Obama admitted Friday that the Iranian nuclear deal gives Iran—the leading state sponsor of terror—ample funding to extend its terror network, in a revealing interview with BBC. “Does the IRGC [Revolutionary Guard] or the Quds Force have more resources?“ he asked. “Probably, as the economy in Iran improves.”Obama denied, however, that the funding would lead directly to more terror attacks on Israel and other US allies. […] The President instead maintained that preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear bomb is far higher priority for the West than preventing the spread of its large terror network on the...
  • Poll Finds Most in U.S. Hold Dim View of Race Relations

    07/24/2015 7:23:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 23, 2015 | Kevin Sack and Megan Thee-Brenan
    Seven years ago, in the gauzy afterglow of a stirring election night in Chicago, commentators dared ask whether the United States had finally begun to heal its divisions over race and atone for the original sin of slavery by electing its first black president. It has not. Not even close.A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted last week reveals that nearly six in 10 Americans, including heavy majorities of both whites and blacks, think race relations are generally bad, and that nearly four in 10 think the situation is getting worse. By comparison, two-thirds of Americans surveyed shortly after President...
  • Senate GOP setting up ‘Obamacare’ vote on highway bill

    07/24/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 24, 2015 9:55 AM EDT | Erica Werner
    Senate Republican leaders will use a must-pass highway bill to start another fight over the president’s health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce an amendment to the transportation bill to fully repeal “Obamacare.” […] The Senate is rushing to complete the highway legislation before states face a cutoff of highway and transit aid one week from now. …
  • Professor makes incendiary remarks about Jews, women, gays (Kaukab Siddique, Lincoln U.)

    07/24/2015 6:54:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 23, 2015 2:14 PM EDT
    A tenured university professor in Pennsylvania who previously questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel’s destruction is under fire again for incendiary remarks about Jews, women and gays. Kaukab Siddique, an English professor at Lincoln University outside Philadelphia, asked on Facebook this month whether Bill Cosby’s accusers took so long to come forward because “many women are sluts.” Another recent post on Facebook attributed the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage on “Obama’s homo uprising,” while a third post referred to “dirty Jewish Zionist White Supremacist thugs.” Lincoln University condemned Siddique’s remarks but said it does not plan to...
  • Iran sees unprecedented spike in executions with 694 people already put to death this year…

    07/24/2015 1:10:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:46 EST, 23 July 2015 | Sam Matthew
    The Iranian authorities have put to death nearly 700 people so far this year, in an unprecedented spike in executions. Amnesty International said this is the equivalent of three people being killed each day. […] The reasons behind this year’s shocking surge in executions are unclear, but the majority of those put to death in 2015 were convicted on drug charges. […] Amnesty International said in Iran, death sentences were handed down by courts “completely lacking in independence and impartiality.” “They are imposed either for vaguely-worded or overly-broad offenses, or acts that should not be criminalized at all, let alone...
  • Where’s the beef? Fast-food franchisees pan NY wage hike

    07/24/2015 12:28:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2015 8:56 PM EDT | David Klepper and Verena Dobnik
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York’s fast-food industry—and restaurant owners aren’t loving it. Franchise owners say they’re considering a lawsuit against Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum wage in their eateries to $15 an hour, arguing that it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant increase in labor costs that won’t apply to retail, landscaping, child care or other traditionally low-wage industries. “Singling out fast food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory, harms New York workers, and puts...
  • Some ‘sanctuary cities’ fear lawsuits

    07/24/2015 12:23:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 3:04 AM EDT | Amy Taxin
    The term “sanctuary city” has become a rallying cry for conservative Republicans seeking stiffer immigration laws. They characterize such places as havens where those in the country illegally are protected from immigration authorities. The reality behind the phrase is that while some cities actively thumb their noses at federal immigration policies, many refuse to enforce them not because of any moral obligation to immigrants; they fear lawsuits. Since the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle on a San Francisco pier allegedly by an immigrant who was released from jail even though U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sought to deport him for...
  • Report: Mitsubishi Motors to end US production

    07/23/2015 11:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:44 AM EDT
    Japanese media reports say automaker Mitsubishi Motors has decided to end production in the U.S. to focus on Asian markets. […] The company sold only 82,000 vehicles in the United States last year, less than one percent of the total market. …
  • BlackLivesMatter Pays Homage to Marxist Cop Killer at Every Event It Holds (Chesimard)

    07/23/2015 8:55:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    BlackLivesMatter—the activist group that demands a “racial justice agenda” that includes constant criticism and activism against police—invokes the words of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur at “all its events.” At a recent event for female bloggers, BlackLivesMatter leaders had a crowd of thousands repeating lines from a letter written by Shakur that include an explicit reference to the Communist Manifesto. The BlackLivesMatter group, which has met with President Obama and largely been given a free pass by the media, has skyrocketed to national prominence after its involvement with unrest and rioting in Ferguson, Baltimore, and a recent takeover of events...