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  • Silicon Valley throws big money at Clinton and virtually nothing at Trump (Video at Source)

    08/23/2016 1:04:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | August 23, 2016: 10:38 AM ET | by Seth Fiegerman
    Tim Cook will mark his five-year anniversary as the CEO of Apple by doing something that his predecessor Steve Jobs typically avoided: hosting a fundraiser for a presidential candidate. On Wednesday, Cook and Lisa Jackson, Apple's (AAPL, Tech30) head of environmental initiatives, will host an event in California to raise money for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Those invited have reportedly been asked to contribute as much as $50,000. Cook is just the latest in a growing list of tech executives and venture capitalists working to raise big money to help Clinton beat Donald Trump, who has repeatedly attacked tech companies...
  • Senate rejects Paul's crackdown on refugees

    12/05/2015 7:31:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-3-2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Thursday rejected a push by Sen. Rand Paul to tie a battle over accepting refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks to an ObamaCare repeal bill. Senators voted 10-89 on the amendment from the Kentucky Republican, who is running for president. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted. Republicans Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), David Vitter (La.) and Paul supported the amendment. Paul's amendment would place a "pause" on issuing visas to more...
  • Obama vows to veto sanctuary city crackdown

    10/20/2015 11:41:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/20/15 | Stephen Dinan
    The White House on Tuesday vowed to veto a bill designed to prevent sanctuary city deaths like the July killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, saying the solution is to legalize illegal immigrants, not to force cities and counties to cooperate in deporting them. In a state of policy, the Office of Management and Budget said if Congress won’t pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants, it should butt out and let President Obama carry out his own policies, which include narrowing the number of illegal immigrants he deems worthy of deporting. And he said trying to force local police...
  • China Announces Further Crackdowns on Christian Churches

    10/12/2015 4:59:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/11/15 | Thomas D. Williams
    In the lead-up to a major summit on religion, the Chinese Communist party is preparing intensified restrictions on Christian churches, according to the Party’s official newspaper on religious issues, Zhongguo Mingzu Bao. This latest announcement follows on a series of government measures meant to intimidate Chinese Christians, such as arbitrary detention of Christian clergy and the closing of churches. According to a Reuters report, under President Xi Jinping, China is conducting the worst domestic crackdown on human rights in two decades and much of this is against Christians. Nearly 1,000 rights activists were detained last year alone—almost as many as...
  • China cracks down on instant messaging services

    05/27/2014 7:31:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 10:22 PM EDT
    China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a month-long campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls “hostile forces at home and abroad,” the latest move to restrict online freedom of expression. The official Xinhua News Agency said the campaign started Tuesday and the services targeted included WeChat, a service run by TenCent Holdings Ltd, which incorporates social media functions that resemble microblog features and that has surged in popularity the last two years. Users can use such services to send messages to a select group of friends, or can follow public accounts,...

    04/04/2014 7:48:45 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 113 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, CEO Brendan Eich of Mozilla was forced out of his job thanks to his $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 pro-traditional marriage effort in California in 2008. At that point, he held the exact same position as Barack Obama on traditional marriage. Now, that position has soured in the nostrils of the militant left, which seeks to ruin the lives of those with whom it disagrees. ~~snip~~ Google Adsense Shuts Down WorldNetDaily. On February 6, Google Adsense notified WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah that it would be cancelling WND’s account thanks to a “policy violation email this morning regarding negative/hate...
  • Official’s testimony reveals IRS planned crackdown rules in 2012

    02/27/2014 8:17:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS’s new proposal to crack down on nonprofits was in the works a year before the tea party targeting scandal broke, according to a Treasury Department official who told congressional investigators it was spurred by pressure from outside parties. The revelation follows earlier testimony from former IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, who told investigators that they started “brainstorming” ways to crack down on nonprofits while under pressure from a senior Democratic senator who was “complaining bitterly to us” about the way groups were engaging in politics while organized as social welfare nonprofits. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and subcommittee...
  • Live Webcast: Things In Egypt Are Deteriorating Rapidly And Now The Vice President Resigns

    08/14/2013 4:56:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 8-14-13 | Tyler Durden
    •EGYPT VICE PRESIDENT ELBARADEI ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION: AFP •MURSI BACKERS SHOOT, KILL 4 POLICEMEN IN CAIRO STATION: REUTERS More on the resignation of the long-suffering ElBardei: Egypt's interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned on Wednesday after the security forces violently broke up protest camps set up by supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Mursi.
  • Egypt expected to act against pro-Mursi protesters Monday

    08/11/2013 1:08:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-11-13 | Yasmine Saleh
    Egyptian police are expected to start taking action early on Monday against supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi who are gathered in crowded protest camps in Cairo, security and government sources said, a move which could trigger more bloodshed. The sites are the main flashpoints in the confrontation between the army, which toppled Mursi last month, and supporters who demand his reinstatement. Western and Arab mediators and some senior Egyptian government officials have been trying to persuade the army to avoid using force against the protesters, who at times can number as much as tens of thousands. "State security troops...
  • Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.

    06/27/2013 7:35:14 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 12 replies
    McClatchy ^ | June 20, 2013 | Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landa
    President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.
  • First verified lie from Ed Snowden

    06/12/2013 1:58:38 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 143 replies ^ | 6-12-2013 | Uncle Jimbo
    NSA leaker Ed Snowden claimed to have broken both of his legs while training for Special Forces. "In 2003, he enlisted in the US army and began a training program to join the Special Forces. Invoking the same principles that he now cites to justify his leaks, he said: "I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression"." That is simply not true as the statement from the Special Warfare Center & School below clearly points out. "Snowden was never a student at...
  • We have been warned...

    03/18/2013 6:25:59 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/18/2013 | U.S. Soldier
    Published on Mar 9, 2013 It speaks for itself.. Subscribe! but really search for that info its all out there! All races need to stick together.its a matter of good and evil,not color. always remember that.GOD BLESS!
  • Egyptian Official: Beating of Naked Man Was Pre-Planned

    02/04/2013 5:20:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A former Egyptian presidential candidate told Al Arabiya TV in an interview on Sunday that the brutal dragging and beating of a naked man near the presidential palace last week was previously planned by the interior ministry in an effort to terrorize the public. Ahmed Shafiq, who lost the presidential race to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year, said the widely circulated video of 50-year-old Hamada Saber was intended to send a message of fear to those protesting in the streets against the brutal reign of the Muslim Brotherhood. The torture is a “new style of exaggerated terrorism used against...
  • Federal officials take down 132 websites in 'Cyber Monday' crackdown

    11/26/2012 1:14:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/12 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal officials take down 132 websites in 'Cyber Monday' crackdownBy Brendan Sasso - 11/26/12 12:20 PM ET U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and European officials seized 132 websites on Monday for allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise in a coordinated crackdown timed to coincide with the holiday shopping season. It is the third straight year that the government has seized websites on "Cyber Monday" — the marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving, when many online retailers offer steep discounts and promotions. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit coordinated with officials from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, the United Kingdom and the European Police...
  • Wave of Arrests of Father's Rights Activists

    09/01/2012 2:36:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/8/12
    Several campaigners for fathers' rights and shared parenting after divorce have been arrested or summoned for questioning in recent days and a Knesset member who sides with the fathers' movement says a "militant feminist crackdown" is under way. One activist father, Guy Shamir, has been held in jail for 21 days. He was arrested when Haifa Family Court Judge Esperanza Alon's clerk claimed that he used a threatening phrase in a telephone conversation with her. Shamir says he told the clerk: "The judge should mind her own children and I will mind mine." The clerk claimed that he told the...
  • Would Perry Crack Down on Illegal Immigration as President?

    08/15/2011 9:07:52 PM PDT · by magna carta · 178 replies ^ | August 15,2011 | Scott Braddock
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the most pressing issues for conservative Republican primary voters is illegal immigration. It’s also an issue that could prove troublesome for Gov. Perry in his presidential bid. The question of border security is something that has long been considered “red meat” for conservative grassroots activists whose support is crucial in Republican primaries.
  • Syrians Take to the Streets as Crackdown Continues

    07/01/2011 8:47:22 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets nationwide on Friday shouting that President Bashar Assad should "leave," Reuters reports. Video The wave of protests comes in answer to organizers calls to "light the flame of revolution" earlier in the week despite a military assault on northwestern towns, witnesses and activists say. Demonstrations ranged from the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo, to Lebanese border regions and the desert bordering Iraq, where tank assaults on villages near Turkey killed three civilians overnight. Last nights deaths raised the toll to at least 14 villagers in the last two days, human rights...
  • Tens of Thousands Rally in Syria Despite Crackdown

    06/18/2011 1:19:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/11 | Gavriel Queennan
    Tens of thousands emerged from Friday afternoon Muslim prayers to participate in rallies against the regime of President Bashar Assad Friday despite the harsh military crackdown in Syria, Reuters reports. Opposition leaders said tens of thousands rallied in the southern province of Deraa, the epicenter of the three-month revolt against Assad's rule, the Kurdish east, the cities of Homs and Hama north of Damascus, and suburbs of the Syrian capital itself. Friday prayers – and sermons – have been a platform for the biggest protests leading to the most bloodshed in Syria's "Arab Spring" inspired revolt. Similar revolts have topped...
  • Syria Claiming 120 Officers Killed Hints at Retaliation

    06/06/2011 11:41:24 AM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 6, 2011 | LIAM STACK and J. DAVID GOODMAN
    CAIRO — Syria’s state news agency reported Monday that “armed gangs” had killed 120 police, security personnel and civilians in multiple attacks in a northwestern town, and that residents were “pleading” for the army to intervene. The reports could not be independently verified, but regardless of whether the numbers are inflated, they appear likely to presage an even harsher crackdown on antigovernment protesters. The reported number of dead ballooned over the course of the day — from 28 to 40 to 80 to 120 — as state media described escalating violence in the town of Jisr al-Shughour by the unspecified...
  • EGYPT: Government 'Will Not Tolerate' Continued Cairo Protests

    02/09/2011 5:50:34 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 09, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    New VP/longtime security chief Omar Suleiman prefers "not to use police tools"... thereby implying he just might Starting to look like the party's almost over in Cairo: popular support for the protesters is fading as the dug-in Mubarak regime offers measured concessions... whilst preparing to turn the screws- VOA: Egypt's vice president says the government will not tolerate prolonged anti-government protests in Cairo's main square, where hundreds of thousands of people gathered Tuesday in the latest effort to force the ouster of long-serving President Hosni Mubarak.  Egypt's state-run MENA news agency quotes Vice President Omar Suleiman as saying that a crisis triggered by 16 days...
  • State legislators consider Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants (Georgia)

    11/23/2010 9:31:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | November 17, 2010 | Jeremy Redmon
    A state legislative panel studying whether Georgia should adopt an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration has received a long list of proposals to consider, including authorizing all local and state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. Also on the list is a proposed requirement for all businesses to use the federal E-Verify database to ensure their employees are in the country legally. Other proposals include creating new criminals offense for people who stop vehicles to hire and pick up day laborers; conceal, harbor, or shield illegal immigrants; or encourage illegal immigrants to move here. These proposals are outlined...
  • China: 20 detained in Beijing for celebrating Nobel to Liu

    10/08/2010 8:09:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Sifty ^ | 10/08/10
    20 detained in Beijing for celebrating Nobel to Liu 2010-10-08 05:30:00 Beijing, Oct 8 (DPA) Police in the Chinese capital detained at least 20 human rights activists who were celebrating Friday's award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the jailed dissident writer Liu Xiaobo, one of the activists said. 'First we went to karaoke because we feel happy and we also took photos (of each other),' activist Wang Lihong told DPA by telephone. When the group of about 20 activists moved to a restaurant near the east gate of Beijing's Ditan Park, more than 50 police in a dozen vehicles...
  • Sierra Vista plays key role in new border gunrunning crackdown

    09/18/2010 12:49:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is stepping up its effort to stop the flow of illegal guns flowing into Mexico and into the hands of drug cartels. The agency is setting up specialized teams along known trafficking hubs and routes, including Sierra Vista. Project Gunrunner will establish teams in seven U.S. cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Brownsville, Texas, Las Vegas, Miami, Oklahoma City and Sierra Vista. The move is a follow-up to the ATF’s Gun Runner Impact Team (GRIT) initiative, which saw a 100-day deployment of resources to the Phoenix Field Division, according to the...
  • Migrants sell up and flee Arizona ahead of crackdown

    07/25/2010 12:59:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 60 replies · 4+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 25, 2010 | Tim Gaynor
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Nicaraguan mother Lorena Aguilar hawks a television set and a few clothes on the baking sidewalk outside her west Phoenix apartment block. A few paces up the street, her undocumented Mexican neighbour Wendi Villasenor touts a kitchen table, some chairs and a few dishes as her family scrambles to get out of Arizona ahead of a looming crackdown on illegal immigrants."Everyone is selling up the little they have and leaving," said Villasenor, 31, who is headed for Pennsylvania. "We have no alternative. They have us cornered."The two women are among scores of illegal immigrant families across Phoenix...
  • Austin PD Cracks Down on Crime in Nightclubs

    05/22/2010 7:42:08 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 6 replies · 340+ views
    myfoxaustin ^ | Saturday, 22 May 2010, 7:45 PM CDT
    Austin police teamed up with code enforcement for a little club hopping last night. The goal was not the usual weekend checklist but reducing violent crimes. The party at La Rumba Night Club on East Riverside was cut short last night as police, fire and code inspectors hit the dance floor in search of violations. “We want to go out there and make sure everyone is in compliance. People aren't creating more victims by serving them too much alcohol so people can't make sound decisions and protect themselves at night,” said Lt. Paul Christ with the Austin Police Department. APD's...
  • Cigarette crackdown 'toughest in the world'

    04/29/2010 8:23:13 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 30 replies · 788+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 29, 2010 | staff writers
    THE tax on cigarettes will rise by 25 per cent from midnight as part of the Federal Government's crackdown on smoking. The Government will also force tobacco companies to use plain packaging from July 1, 2012. The changes will cut tobacco consumption by six per cent and the number of smokers by two or three per cent - about 87,000 Australians, the Government said. The 25 per cent tax increase will mean an increase of about $2.16 for a pack of 30, raising the cost to about $17.95.
  • Crackdown Continues on al-Qaida in Iraq

    04/21/2010 5:58:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 213+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 21, 2010 – Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors killed one senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader and captured two others in recent operations in Mosul, military officials reported. In eastern Mosul yesterday, Iraqi forces and U.S. advisors cornered Ahmad Ali Abbas Dahir al-Ubayd, also known as Abu Suhaib, the suspected military leader for the terror organization in northern Iraq. He allegedly is responsible for oversight of both bombing attacks against the Iraqi government and the people of Mosul. Ubayd refused to leave the building where he was hiding. Instead, he fired at Iraqi forces, who returned fire and...
  • Forces Continue Crackdown on Terrorists in Iraq

    04/09/2010 6:30:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 162+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2010 – Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, continued their assault on al-Qaida in Iraq this week, arresting one terrorism suspect near Baghdad and two others in Mosul, military officials reported. Iraqi security forces today arrested a man suspected in vehicle-borne bombings in the Baghdad area after a combined patrol searched a building just west of the capital city for another man believed to be his associate in the bombings. In the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on April 7, Iraqi forces arrested two suspected associates of an al-Qaida in Iraq leader for eastern Mosul during a combined...
  • N. Korea: A String of Arrests were Made on those Watching the Movie '2012': Why?

    03/25/2010 2:54:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 482+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/25/10
    /begin my excerpts A String of Arrests were Made on those Watching the Movie '2012': Why? 'Human race going extinct on the centennial anniversary of Great Leader's birth? Unacceptable!' Asahi Shimbun of Japan reported on Mar. 25 that a string of arrests were made on N. Koreans watching the movie '2012.' A man recently brought in a pirated copy of '2012' from China and watched it. He was arrested when his acquaintance reported it(to the authorities.) According to the newspaper, there has been several incidents like that in N. Korea, quoting its source. '2012' was directed by Roland Emmerich, in...
  • Hundreds rounded up in Tibet crackdown

    03/10/2010 6:31:32 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 219+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 03/11/10 | Jane Macartney
    March 11, 2010 Hundreds rounded up in Tibet crackdown Jane Macartney in Beijing Hundreds of Tibetans are being rounded up and detained in Lhasa and armed paramilitary groups are patrolling the streets in advance of the anniversary of fatal riots in 2008, The Times has learnt. Authorities are anxious to avoid a repeat of the anti-Chinese attacks, in which about 20 people were killed when Tibetans rampaged through the city, setting fire to shops and offices. This month marks a particularly sensitive period in the region as March 10 is also regarded by Tibetans as the anniversary of the start...
  • Foot Cop On Every Corner of Intersection Handing Out Tickets [vanity]

    02/24/2010 2:15:03 PM PST · by TruthHound · 127 replies · 1,856+ views
    TruthHound | Truthhound
    Just thought I'd get your take on this. I was coming home just now and went through a relatively busy intersection of San Pedro (13th and Grand). There were four cops--one on each corner at the 4-way stop with ticket books in hand. Actually one was just returning from a car he had just given some unknown citation to. Since it was nothing I had seen before, It got me thinking... I'm sure that there were some long-established violations that they were on the lookout for--not stopping, busted tail light, etc. But I'm sure that their real cash cow was...
  • Egypt arrests 3 top Muslim Brotherhood leaders (part of an ongoing crackdown)

    02/08/2010 1:00:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 128+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/10 | Paul Schemm - ap
    CAIRO – The No. 2 leader of Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood and two other top figures were arrested by police Monday in a dawn sweep targeting members of the nation's most powerful opposition group. The arrests, part of an ongoing crackdown, come as the group recently chose a new leadership and ahead of parliamentary elections set for October. Police arrested the new deputy leader, Mahmoud Ezzat, and two other members of the Guidance Council, Essam el-Erian and Abdul-Rahman el-Bir. A fourth member of the group's top level decision making body was not home when police raided his house. At least...
  • Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr.: the Coming Military Crackdown

    01/16/2010 2:59:17 AM PST · by B-Chan · 17 replies · 1,551+ views
    The Daily Bell ^ | January 10, 2010 | Scott Smith
    The Daily Bell is pleased to publish an interview with the distinguished libertarian attorney and activist, Edwin Vieira, Jr. Introduction: Dr. Vieira holds four degrees from Harvard: A.B. (Harvard College), A.M. and Ph.D. (Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and J.D. (Harvard Law School). For over thirty-six years he has been a practicing attorney, specializing in cases that raise issues of constitutional law. He has presented numerous cases of import before the Supreme Court and written numerous monographs and articles in scholarly journals. His latest scholarly works are Pieces of Eight: The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United...
  • Protests Spread, While Growing Larger And More Violent [Iran]

    12/25/2009 12:07:18 AM PST · by myknowledge · 28 replies · 2,039+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 24, 2009
    After three decades, the revolution is returning. Back the government of the Shah was corrupt and unpopular, and the small businessmen and clerics supported widespread discontent, which evolved into massive demonstrations that the security forces were not willing to put down with force. It's different this time, in that hundreds of thousands of hard core government supporters are in the Revolutionary Guard. Unlike the shah's forces, the Revolutionary Guard contains a lot of Islamic true believers, who will shoot to kill. They have already done this. Will they do it on a large enough scale to intimidate most Iranians? The...
  • Copenhagen crackdown 'preplanned'

    12/12/2009 4:15:47 PM PST · by myknowledge · 30 replies · 1,726+ views
    Nine News ^ | December 13, 2009 | Cathy Alexander
    A police crackdown on climate protesters in Copenhagen in which more than 960 people were arrested was preplanned and apparently without justification, according to an Australian eyewitness. Simon Sheikh, national director of the progressive Australian lobby group Get Up, watched the crackdown from his apartment - and has exclusive video footage of it. Mr Sheikh said the marchers were peacefully making their way through the bohemian district of Christianshavn on Saturday afternoon when the police moved in. "At a preplanned time they ran with full riot gear straight at women, children and families," Mr Sheikh told AAP. "We were taken...
  • With arrests, expulsions, more "Islamic" classes, Iran cracks down on university dissent

    12/05/2009 5:20:53 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 408+ views
    Canada East/ AP ^ | Scheherezade Faramarzi
    BEIRUT - As they gear up for a major anti-government protest Monday, Iranian students are besieged by a clampdown in the universities, with a wave of arrests and expulsions. At the same time, authorities are intensifying enforcement of Islamic morals on women's dress and men's hair length as a way to punish political dissent.
  • White House Crackdown: 'Name and Shame' Lenders

    11/30/2009 2:42:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 543+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/30/09 | MATTHEW JAFFE & RACHEL MARTIN
    The Obama administration today announced a new campaign to get mortgage companies to lower mortgage payments for struggling homeowners – and part of the strategy is some old-fashioned "name and shame." Share To date over 650,000 homeowners have entered into trial modifications under the Treasury Department's housing relief plan – a ratio of about one in five eligible borrowers. But the administration – frustrated with the performance of mortgage companies thus far – will now try to ratchet up the pressure on servicers, especially with 375,000 of these trial modifications set to convert to permanent ones by year's end.
  • MS-13 gang leaders puts out hit on ICE agent assigned to crackdown

    11/04/2009 6:59:15 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 28 replies · 2,232+ views ^ | November 4, 2009 | John Marzulli
    El Salvadoran leaders of the MS-13 gang allegedly put out a contract on the federal agent responsible for a crackdown on its New York factions, the Daily News has learned. The brazen plot to assassinate the unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was revealed in an arrest warrant for reputed gang member Walter (Duke) Torres. Torres tipped authorities to the plan after he and four other MS-13 members were stopped by NYPD detectives for hassling passersby on Northern Blvd. in Queens last month. He told cops he had information to pass on, and was debriefed Oct. 22 at Rikers Island,...
  • Obama declares swine flu emergency

    10/24/2009 8:38:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 886 replies · 28,784+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/24/09
    Obama declares swine flu emergency 9 mins ago WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama has declared swine flu a "national emergency," the White House said Saturday, as the United States reels from millions of cases of infection and over 1,000 deaths.
  • Thousands identify Guinea bodies

    10/02/2009 10:44:19 AM PDT · by George - the Other · 8 replies · 900+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2 October 2009 | BBC News
    "Thousands of people have gathered at a mosque in Guinea's capital, Conakry, to identify those killed in Monday's opposition rally against military rule ... Soldiers used live rounds against huge crowds of protesters on Monday ... Eyewitnesses have told human rights groups of soldiers raping women in the streets during the crackdown ..."
  • Iran police 'target mannequins'

    09/22/2009 8:39:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 870+ views
    Iranian police have warned shopkeepers not to display female mannequins without a hijab, or showing bodily curves, Irna news agency reports. Display of bow ties and neckties, and the sale of women's underwear by men are also banned, the police said. The move is part of a crackdown on Western influences and enforcement of dress codes in recent years.
  • Ex-Radio Host to Face Charge of Inciting Violence Against Lawmakers

    06/21/2009 1:36:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies · 1,409+ views
    Fox News ^ | 06/21/2009 | Fox News
    ...snip..."The 47-year-old former radio talk show host, who now broadcasts commentary on his Web site, urged his blog readers earlier this month to "take up arms" against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested government officials should "obey the Constitution or die."
  • Power Struggle Looms in N.Korea(rift bet. top and mid-level)

    05/08/2009 12:03:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 399+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/08/09 | Kang Chol-hwan
    Power Struggle Looms in N.Korea The North Korean elite lead insecure lives nowadays. Some members of the Unification and Propaganda Department of the Workers Party, accused of having bungled their South Korea policy, have recently been sent to the Yoduk concentration camp. All North Korean intelligence officers assigned overseas were called back home early this year to undergo questioning by the State Security Department. About 30 percent of them have yet to return to their overseas posts, and those who have returned were emaciated from harsh interrogations, according to sources. Asked what the food situation is like in North Korea,...
  • Egypt widens Hizbollah crackdown (got caught smuggling weapons from Egypt to Gaza Strip)

    04/13/2009 12:41:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 476+ views ^ | 4/13/09 | Anna Fifield
    Tensions between Egypt and Lebanon’s Hizbollah group have escalated after the Shia movement admitted that one of its members had been smuggling weapons from Egypt to the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian authorities were chasing 10 Lebanese men on Monday, allegedly members of a Hizbollah cell, on the Sinai peninsula, which shares a border with the Gaza Strip, in a crackdown on a group that they claim was planning to attack Egyptian institutions and Israeli tourists.
  • S. Korea: Seoul set to crack down on illegal immigration

    09/25/2008 2:07:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 566+ views
    Korea Herald ^ | 09/26/08 | Hwang Jang-jin
    Seoul set to crack down on illegal immigration The government will escalate its crackdown on illegal foreigners, with the goal of cutting their numbers in half by 2012, officials said yesterday. It will also overhaul the guest-worker program to better meet the need of local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. The labor and justice ministries reported to a presidential committee an array of measures to strengthen law enforcement and enhance public order. President Lee Myung-bak called for measures to stop the inflow of illegal migrants and to better supply much-needed foreign labor to local industries. "The massive presence of...
  • Iran: Building Iraq Roadside Bombs with US Parts; Palin Dis-Invited to Ahmadinejad UN Protest

    09/19/2008 6:21:12 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 3 replies · 190+ views
    DBKP ^ | September 19, 2008 | LBG
    American made hi-tech goods are being used by Iran controlled companies to produce the deadly roadside bombs used by terrorists in Iraq, according to the US government. According to the Miami Herald, the 13-count indictment was handed down by the Federal Government on Wednesday alleging 16 foreigners and overseas businesses had sold hi-tech "dual use" goods to businesses that were actually "fronts to Iran". The companies were doing "business" building roadside bombs, or IED's. Roadside bombs, or IED's, have killed 1722 troops since the US invaded Iraq in March 2003. "The 16 foreign defendants were charged with conspiracy and violations...
  • These Olympics unreal. And that's exactly how we planned it.

    08/23/2008 5:41:56 AM PDT · by sig226 · 8 replies · 136+ views
    ESPN ^ | Rick Reilly
    Can't excerpt due to file format (.gif). The story is an article filed from Beijing and "corrected" by the Chinese government. Pretty much dead on. LIFE OF REILLY
  • China: The Crackdown to Come (be very afraid)

    08/23/2008 2:40:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,345+ views
    WSJ ^ | 08/22/08 | WILLY LAM
    The Crackdown to Come By WILLY LAM FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA August 22, 2008 Not only have the Olympics failed to act as a catalyst for political liberalization in China, but the regime's pre-Olympics security buildup looks set to enable the government to crack down as hard as ever on dissent after the Games are over. In line with the time-honored Chinese tradition of "taking revenge after the autumn harvest," police and military authorities are planning major reprisals against a host of troublemakers. Punitive action has begun even before the athletes and the estimated 400,000 foreign tourists leave...
  • Dalai Lama says Tibet crackdown goes on despite Olympics: (French) lawmakers

    08/13/2008 10:05:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 219+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/08 | Samir Tounsi
    PARIS (AFP) – The Dalai Lama accused China on Wednesday of pursuing a crackdown in Tibet in spite of the Olympic Games, French lawmakers said following talks with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. Asked during a private meeting at the Paris Senate whether China was respecting the "Olympic truce", the Dalai Lama's "answer was very clear: no," said former French justice minister Robert Badinter. "While the Games are taking place, the oppression of the Tibetan people and repression continue," said the opposition lawmaker, who oversaw the abolition of the death penalty in France. The 73-year-old Buddhist leader, who arrived on...
  • China: Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 1 August 2008

    08/05/2008 6:35:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 109+ views
    Tibet ^ | 08/01/08
    Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 1 August 2008 Friday, 1 August 2008, 3:17 p.m. Dharamshala: Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 1 August 2008 Last updated 4 p.m. (IST) Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County, Karze "TAP", Kham Province (incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan) - A series of peaceful protests still being staged by the youth at the county government office On 17 July, Yonten Gyatso, a 19-year-old nun from Dhargye Yetsag Nang village in Karze county, staged a peaceful protest at the county government office. She was severely beaten and arrested by the People's Armed Police (PAP). On 15 July, Kunsang Tsering,...