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  • 45,000 Syrians fleeing ISIS flood into Turkey

    09/20/2014 8:17:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    AFP via The Gulf Today ^ | September 20, 2014
    ANKARA: Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, as Kurdish and opposition officials called for international help. The massive influx came as 49 Turks kidnapped by ISIS jihadists in Iraq in June were freed and returned to Turkey for emotional reunions with their families. On Saturday, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said at least 45,000 Syrian Kurds had crossed into the country. "As of now, 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border and entered the Turkish soil from eight entrance points," he said....
  • From Exodus to Exodus, Iraqi Christians Seek New Home

    09/14/2014 9:11:46 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-14 22:01 GMT | Kamal Taha
    (AFP) -- Threats by jihadists have sent a fresh wave of Christians fleeing their Iraqi homeland, bustling from exodus to exodus in search of a safe haven to rebuild their lives Raja Marzina, who has taken refuge in Jordan with her husband and their five children, never imagined she would one day have to leave Iraq for good. "But we had no choice; we had to flee to save our lives and our religion," she said. Like dozens of others who fled the orgy of violence unleashed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists this summer, Marzina goes to the Syriac Catholics...
  • 75 UN troops flee into Israel to escape Syrian rebels

    08/30/2014 4:22:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Seventy-five UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights fled Syrian territory for the Israeli-controlled Golan on Saturday after their positions were attacked by rebel forces. An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that a number of UN peacekeepers entered Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Channel 2 said 75 UN troops had crossed the borders, after two UN positions on the Syrian side of the border were targeted by al-Nusra rebel forces. Earlier in the day, the Philippine defense chief said that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were attacked by Syrian rebels, who are also holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage....
  • Fleeing Civilians ‘Burned Alive’ in Ukraine as Rebel Fighters Are Set to Cross the Border

    08/19/2014 3:15:10 PM PDT · by free_life · 8 replies
    Vice News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Harriet Salem
    Dozens of civilians, including women and children, were reportedly killed today after rebels hit vehicles carrying people trying to flee the ongoing fighting in the eastern Ukraine. According to military spokesperson Anatoly Proshin a "powerful artillery strike" hit a convoy, which was carrying white flags and under the escort of the Ukrainian army. "People were burned alive inside — they didn't have time to get out," he told Ukrainian news channel 112.ua. Andriy Lysenko, spokesperson for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, called the act a "bloody crime" and the work of "bandits" using weaponry given to them by the...
  • Ebola facility in Liberia attacked; patients flee

    08/18/2014 6:03:06 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 11 replies
    CNNN ^ | 8/18/14 | Ashley Fantz
    Ebola patients fled during an attack at a health care facility in Monrovia, Liberia, on Saturday, Liberian National Police spokesman Sam Collins told CNN on Sunday. All patients who ran away had Ebola, and some chose to stay at the facility, Collins said. The assailants stole mattresses and equipment, he said, adding that no one was injured in the incident and the attackers were not trying to free the patients; rather, they did not want the quarantine there. The assailants were using weapons but not wielding guns, according to Collins. "It was an attack from people afraid of Ebola," Collins...
  • France Opens Borders To All Christians Persecuted by Islamists In Iraq

    08/06/2014 1:12:14 PM PDT · by Controlling Legal Authority · 37 replies
    BarbWire ^ | 8-6-14 | Tim Brown
    France, the once atheistic land, has really began to find a spine in recent weeks. I reported a little over a week ago that France had banned Pro-Palestinian terror protests and leveled stiff penalties for violators. Now, word is that France is opening up their borders for asylum to Christians suffering persecution from Islamists in Iraq.
  • No room for Christians in Iraq anymore, fleeing residents say

    07/27/2014 6:05:38 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/27/2014
    Alive but not at peace, Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul are recounting their nightmares about the group, while also lamenting the ostensible end of a place for their community in Iraq. Thousands fled the violence after ISIL, which now calls itself the Islamic State (IS), took control of Mosul, and many others who were left behind were forced to flee the city last week under the threat of forced conversion or execution by jihadists. Not only were the Christians harried, but their heritage that is thousands...
  • Flee Rather Than Stand Your Ground

    07/25/2014 6:22:54 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 6 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 07/24/14 | Wendy McElroy
    What Exiting Is and Isn't Virno believes a radical disobedience is needed to challenge the state's ability to command. This cannot be expressed through resistance to a specific law on the grounds, for example, that it contradicts a constitution. Such resistance is actually a vote of confidence in the state qua state; that is, such activists fight to enable a purer vision of state authority rather than against the idea of a state itself. A wholesale rejection is required. And, yet, revolutionaries who violently confront the state usually suffer one of two fates: they are slaughtered or otherwise broken or...
  • Disenchanted with Putin, some Russians vote with their feet

    07/24/2014 2:32:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    "The official statistics on migration are very low," said Mikhail Gorshkov, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Sociology (ISRAS), a state-funded body. "It's a wake up call for our politicians when someone wants to leave their home country: What is missing for him?" Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly the kind of people it needs to plug a skilled labour shortage and diversify the economy away from reliance on energy exports. "We are losing the most educated, most active, most entrepreneurial people," Lev Gudkov, director of the independent Moscow-based Levada Centre pollster....
  • Meriam Ibrahim lands in Italy, on way to US; Update: Meets with Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 6:36:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    hotair ^ | Ed Morrissey
    There’s plenty of bad news already coming over the transom today and we’ll get to all of it, but one story we’ve followed here has a happy ending. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to death in Sudan for her Christian faith, has left Khartoum and landed in Rome, greeted by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the airport. Italy helped the US mediate her release with Sudanese officials in a quiet effort launched a few weeks ago:
  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians (leave money, gold, jewelry)

    07/21/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the city’s remaining Christians left for other parts of Iraq. ISIL, the jihadist group that controls large sections of Syria and Iraq, confiscated the Christians’ possessions as they departed from Iraq’s 2nd-largest city. “The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity,” said Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, as quoted by the Reuters news agency. In an urgent appeal, the Iraqi Patriarch reported...
  • Christians flee Iraq’s Mosul after Islamists tell them: convert, pay or die

    07/19/2014 8:02:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:21AM BST 19 Jul 2014 | (AFP)
    Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse on Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country’s Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said. Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities, but their numbers have plummeted as attacks against them mounted after the US-led invasion in 2003, which unleashed a wave of sectarian violence. “Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil,” in the neighboring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told AFP. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now...
  • The last Christian families leave Mosul

    07/18/2014 3:32:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/18/2014
    Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Erbil, Dohuk and other areas of Iraqi Kurdistan which are considered safer. This is confirmed by sources of the local Chaldean community to Fides Agency. The new exodus has accelerated in the past two days, after Sunni insurgents and militants of the Islamic Caliphate began to mark with letters of recognition the homes of Christians and Shiites. As reported by the website www.Ankawa.com, the evacuation of the last Christians is also due to the intensification of the bombing carried out...
  • Church Bells Fall Silent in Mosul as Iraq’s Christians Flee

    06/29/2014 3:17:03 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 29, 2014 | Staff
    The advance of ISIS has ended over a thousand years of Christian worship in Mosul—the latest chapter in the long decline of Christianity in the Middle East. Last Sunday, for the first time in 1600 years, no mass was celebrated in Mosul. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Iraq’s second largest city on June 10, causing most Christians in the region to flee in terror, in new kinship with the torment of Christ crucified on the cross. The remnant of Mosul’s ancient Christian community, long inhabitants of the place where many believe Jonah to be buried, now...
  • Sailors leaving Navy over stress on social issues, Top Gun instructor says

    03/26/2014 4:47:55 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/25/2014
    A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the military’s relentless social conditioning programs. Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass, until recently a Pentagon speech writer for the chief of naval operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues — an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment. “Sailors continue to cite the over-focus on social issues by senior leadership, above and beyond discussions on war fighting — a fact that demoralizes junior and mid-grade...
  • Shocking Opulence Revealed as Ukraine Leader Flees Home

    02/23/2014 8:18:05 AM PST · by rktman · 51 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 2/22/2014 | unknown
    A vast country estate, marble-lined mansions, a private golf course and zoo: the unimaginable luxury of the private residence of departed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych flung open for all to see. As parliament voted to oust Yanukovych Saturday and he fled to a pro-Russian bastion in east Ukraine after months of bloody protest again his rule, thousands of Ukrainians wondered awestruck around the breathtaking luxury of his abandoned property some 110 miles from Kiev after it was taken by demonstrators. "I am in shock," said retired military servicewoman Natalia Rudented, as she looked out over the manicured lawns studded with...
  • Kiev's Jews told to flee

    02/22/2014 8:41:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/22/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Some of you might recall that I visited Kiev and the Ukraine with one of my children in late September. A lot has changed since then, and now a rabbi in Kiev has urged his congregants to flee the city and the country, if possible. Ukrainian Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, called on Kiev's Jews to leave the city and even the country if possible, fearing that the city's Jews will be victimized in the chaos, Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday. "I told my congregation to leave the city center or the city all together and if possible the country too,"...
  • Running Scared - Senate Democrats flee from Obama

    01/30/2014 3:23:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/30/14 | David Rutz
    Vulnerable Senate Democrats in several states are running for re-election and away from President Obama in 2014. Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) is facing a difficult fight against Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton, with Pryor saddled particularly by his support for Obamacare. The president’s health care law is deeply unpopular there, and Pryor has done his best to distance himself, pronouncing himself “disappointed” with Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. A vulnerable Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) also said she was displeased with Obama’s speech, particularly for not tackling the issue of the Keystone Pipeline. Sen. Mark Begich...
  • What Pet Friendly Hotels Don’t Want You to Know

    01/16/2014 10:21:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Pet 360 ^ | unknown | Carol Bryant
    I’ve traveled the country with dogs for over 20 years, so I can honestly say I have slept in some not so swift rooms and some that have been oh-so-divine. Pet friendly, however, is not always what it’s cracked up to be, and if you’ve had a less-than-stellar experience at a supposed “pet friendly” establishment, you are nodding in agreement. How many of you, when calling a hotel or facility to ask if they are pet friendly ask something like this: “Hi. Can you tell me if you allow pets?” How many of you ask, “Hello, are you pet welcoming?”...
  • Report: Up to 600,000 Christians Have Fled Homes in Syria

    01/08/2014 5:49:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Up to 600,000 of Syria’s 2.2 million Christians have fled their homes and are now either refugees or internally displaced persons, according to Aid to the Church in Need. In all, 1.8 million Syrians have left their homes, the charity reported. “The number of Christians killed because they are targeted for their faith is growing,” said Father Andrzej Halemba, the charity’s Middle East projects coordinator. Referring to an October massacre, the priest said that “Sadad is a very clear case. They were slaughtered like animals.”
  • Over 3,000 Cuban doctors defected from Venezuela in 2013

    12/30/2013 4:38:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela] ^ | 12/30/13 | FRANK LÓPEZ BALLESTEROS
    Over the last 12 months some 3,000 Cubans, mostly doctors, have arrived in the United States after deserting one of the Venezuelan government´s social programs they staff. This accounts for a 60% increase as compared with 2012. In 2012 there were about 5,000 refugee Cuban doctors and nurses in the United States coming from all over the world. Through December 1, 2013 this figure had surged to 8,000, 98% of them came from Venezuela. These are estimates by Dr. Julio Cesar Alfonso, head of the South Florida group Solidarity Without Borders Inc. (SWB), which helps Cuban medical professionals who try
  • Young Turkish Jews Flee Growing Anti-Semitism

    10/23/2013 2:23:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 10/22/13 | Ari Soffer
    Turkish Jews are leaving the country due to growing anti-Semitism, exacerbated by the Islamist AKP government's antagonism towards Israel and Jews. So says Nesim Güveniş, deputy chairman the Association of Turkish Jews in Israel. Speaking to Turkey's Hurriyet Daily Güveniş claimed that young Jews are particularly keen to leave, hundreds of whom have already moved to the US and Europe in recent years. The infamous Mavi Marmara incident and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to storm out of a televised interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres were all contributing factors to the growing sense of unease among Turkey's...
  • The Christian Exodus

    09/13/2013 6:45:17 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 5 replies
    As I write, the city of Maaloula in Syria has become a ghost town after being briefly occupied by members of the al Qaeda–linked jihadist group al-Nusra Front. Conflicting reports claim that al-Nusra fighters have desecrated churches and statues in what may be one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, a place where residents still speak Aramaic, the language presumably spoken by Jesus. Sadly, the experience of Maaloula’s residents is becoming all too common in the Middle East, where examples of brutality against Christians have been mounting in recent weeks. In Egypt, the coup against President Mohamed Morsi...
  • Insurers flee States which will not permit them to make a profit. ObamaCare supporters stunned

    08/11/2013 8:53:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/11/13 | Doug Book
    “Looks like Obamacare is more “on track” than “train wreck,” gloated the experts on Barack Obama’s Think Progress website as they reported the Master’s healthcare scheme was literally forcing America’s insurers to lower their premiums. (1) The glad tidings arose back in May after Oregon providers Providence Health Plan and Family Care Health requested premium rate reductions from the state-run ObamaCare exchange. (Actually, the state just gets to PAY for the exchange. It’s RUN by Kathleen Sebelius at HHS.) Naturally this was big news for Affordable Care Act fans. After all, what could be better than private insurers wanting permission...
  • Religious family abandons US, gets lost at sea

    08/11/2013 10:14:41 AM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 19 replies
    Chron (Houston) ^ | August 10, 2013 | GREG MOORE
    Hannah Gastonguay, holding her baby Rahab, is followed by her husband Sean and the couple's 3-year-old daughter Ardith, as they disembark in the port city of San Antonio, Chile, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The northern Arizona family was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion. But just weeks into their journey the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift for weeks. They were eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel, transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and taken...
  • Where Afghan Christians Flee After Converting to Christianity

    07/29/2013 12:19:11 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/25/2013 | Abby Stocker
    Capital city of nearby country becomes haven for converts—even though denied refugee status. The New York Times sheds fresh light on the challenges faced by Afghan Christians seeking religious freedom, spotlighting the growth of a refugee church in India's capital city, New Delhi. As the Times observes in a report worth reading, more than 200 Christian converts from Muslim backgrounds have fled to New Delhi, seeking refuge from the Taliban and from political backlash after television coverage resulted in one Afghan politician's urging the government to execute converts in 2010. As CT noted in July 2010, the Afghan government also...
  • Baptists Plan Exodus from Boy Scouts

    06/02/2013 6:30:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/31/13 | Daniel Burke
    (CNN) – For Southern Baptist pastor Tim Reed, it was Scripture versus the Scouts. “God’s word explicitly says homosexuality is a choice, a sin,” said Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge in Jacksonville, Arkansas. So when the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift its ban on openly gay youths on May 24, Reed said the church had no choice but to cut its charter with Troop 542. “It’s not a hate thing here,” Reed told CNN affiliate Fox 16. “It’s a moral stance we must take as a Southern Baptist church.” Southern Baptist leaders say Reed...
  • Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: ...owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII

    05/13/2013 4:05:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    DailyMailUK ^ | 01:57 EST, 13 May 2013 | Leon Watson
    Caked in dust and full of turn-of-the century treasures, this Paris apartment is like going back in time. Having lain untouched for seven decades the abandoned home was discovered three years ago after its owner died aged 91. The woman who owned the flat, a Mrs De Florian, had fled for the south of France before the outbreak of the Second World War. She never returned and in the 70 years since, it looks like no-one had set foot inside.
  • Massachusetts Town Becomes Refuge for Fleeing Egyptian Christians

    04/29/2013 4:43:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    JNS.org ^ | 4/29/13
    (JNS.org) A small Massachusetts town has become a growing refuge for Egyptian Christians fleeing persecution in their homeland. Milford, located approximately 40 miles from Boston, has been drawing increasing numbers of Christians from Egypt, bolstering an existing community of Egyptians who settled in the area in the 1980s and founded St. Mark’s Church in nearby Natick, Mass. “Milford is one of the most famous cities that has a lot of Egyptians,” Maged Saad told the Boston Globe. “It is just by luck. We have no experience in USA, but we just asked one friend. He is here also.” As a...
  • Doctors flee Puerto Rico for US mainland

    04/17/2013 8:39:23 PM PDT · by Sergio · 11 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 4/17/2013 | DANICA COTO
    Per rules, AP stories cannot be posted. Rundown is that the lack of payments from insurers and Medicare is causing doctors to leave the island and leaving residents in a serious situation where there are not enough doctors to provide services.
  • Vermont Court to Sentence Pastor for Helping Virginia Ex-Lesbian, Child Flee Country

    03/04/2013 8:51:42 AM PST · by HokieMom · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 4, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    A federal court is scheduled on Monday to sentence a Mennonite pastor who was convicted of helping a Lesbian-turned-Christian woman to flee the country with her daughter after her former partner was awarded custody of the girl. Kenneth L. Miller of Stuarts Draft, Va., will appear before Burlington, Vt., Judge William Sessions on Monday afternoon, and faces up to three years in prison, according to The Associated Press. Prosecutors want Miller to be sentenced to two-and-a-half or three years in prison – the maximum sentence for his conviction in abetting international parental kidnapping. "Because of his brazen intervention, a child...
  • Christians in Syria Fleeing Country as Crisis Reaches 'Unprecedented Levels of Horror'

    02/04/2013 1:27:33 PM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | February 3, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    The Muslim ethnic cleansing of Christians in Syria has begun .... Christians in Syria Fleeing Country as Crisis Reaches 'Unprecedented Levels of Horror' CP World, February 2, 2013 The Hindus have suffered untold horror at the hands of jihadists. Here's an article about the crisis in Syria from a Hindu point of view. Mideast fears Syria crisis spillover, Madav Nalapat, Sunday Guardian, Kuwait City | 2nd Feb 2013 (thanks to Tom) ..... here are multiplying reports of the foreign fighters "marrying" unwilling Syrian women for short periods of time, or otherwise treating them as war trophies, reports thus far ignored...
  • The Christian Exodus From Egypt. For Copts, a dictator was preferable to the Islamist mob.

    10/12/2012 2:17:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/12/2012 | By SAMUEL TADROS
    Visit any Coptic church in the United States and you immediately recognize the newcomers. You see it in their eyes, hear it in their broken English, sense it in how they cling to the church in search of the familiar. They have come here escaping a place they used to call home, where their ancestors had lived for centuries. Waves of Copts have come here from Egypt before, to escape Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalizations or the growing Islamist tide. Their country's transformation wasn't sudden, but every year brought more public Islamization. As the veil spread, Coptic women felt increasingly different,...
  • U.S. Military Is Sent to Jordan to Help With Crisis in Syria

    10/10/2012 6:12:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | Michael R. Gordon and Elisabeth Bumiller
    The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict. The task force, which has been led by a senior American officer, is based at a Jordanian military training center built into an old rock quarry north of Amman. It is now largely focused on helping Jordanians handle the estimated 180,000 Syrian...
  • U.S. Pulls All Its Staff Out of Benghazi

    10/02/2012 5:58:33 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo News ^ | 2 Oct 2012 | Dashiell Bennett
    The State Department has officially removed all government personnel from the Libyan city of Benghazi, closing the consulate building and possibly ending any chance of an on-site investigation of the attack there. Although it has been three weeks since the assault there that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other embassy employees, the FBI has still not been able to visit the compound, set up any operations in the city, or even interview any witnesses who were present during the terrorist attack.
  • Hundreds of Thousands Flee Democrat-Run California

    09/29/2012 4:35:29 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 28, 2012 | TONY LEE
    Due to high taxes, burdensome regulations, lack of public sector reforms, and a lackluster job climate, more people have left California than come to the state since 2005, according to a comprehensive study by the Manhattan Institute released on Tuesday, suggesting California is no longer “perceived by most Americans as the land where dreams come true.” In the report, titled “The Great California Exodus: A Closer Look," Tom Gray and Robert Scardamalia found Californians have fled to states like Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, and Georgia because those states have a better economic climate with less taxes and...
  • Staffers flee Coney Island school where 'toxic' principal nixed a patriotic song

    08/19/2012 5:47:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    nypost.com ^ | August. 19, 2012 | SUSAN EDELMAN
    Staff at a Coney Island school where the principal barred kids from belting out “God Bless the USA” are singing a new tune: “Take This Job and Shove It.” In a mass exodus, 25 employees — or 40 percent of the staff, including 11 of 28 classroom teachers, aides, secretaries and custodians — have fled PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, over the year, insiders tallied. Most found jobs in other schools; some retired. Others are trying to escape a “toxic building,” they said. Principal Greta Hawkins caused an uproar in June when she axed the rousing Lee Greenwood anthem...
  • Syrian Prime Minister defects, flees to Jordan

    08/06/2012 11:31:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/06/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Another Arab dictatorship looks ready to collapse, and this one might have the biggest impact of them all. The embattled Bashar Assad regime in Syria lost its Prime Minister overnight, as Riyad al-Hijab fled to Jordan and announced his defection: SyriaÂ’s prime minister defected to Jordan on Monday, according to news reports, becoming the most senior official yet to quit the embattled government of President Bashar al-Assad.A statement read on the al-Jazeera Arabic news channel that was described as coming from Prime Minister Riyad al-Hijab said he had resigned to protest his governmentÂ’s harsh tactics as it escalates its efforts...
  • Investors flee Carbonite after Limbaugh announcement

    03/06/2012 3:13:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 103 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/6/12 | Jeff Poor
    On Saturday, Carbonite CEO David Friend released a statement on his company’s website declaring that Carbonite had decided to “withdraw” advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in the wake of his controversial remarks involving Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke because it will “ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse”: Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse. However, it hasn’t done much...
  • Missing Californians (The Number of Top-Income Californians Have Declined by a Third)

    02/15/2012 7:05:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/15/2012 | Russ Vaugh
    The Sacramento Bee website is reporting that the number of top-income taxpayers in California has declined by a third. In an article in its Capitol Alert section, the Bee says that those Californians with $500,000 and up taxable incomes have declined from almost 150,000 in 2007 to slightly under 100,000 in 2009. The article also notes that the 100,000, representing just over a half percent of the 14.6 million returns, accounted for 18.8 percent of total income reported, but paid 32 percent of all income taxes in 2009. If Governor Jerry Brown wonders where a whole bunch of those making...
  • You’re Gonna Need MORE Than Gold…

    08/23/2011 7:38:13 PM PDT · by blam · 115 replies
    The Daily Reackoning ^ | 8-22-1011 | Simon Black
    You’re Gonna Need MORE Than Gold… By Simon Black 08/22/11 Everyday more and more people are waking up to the idea that they MUST own gold if they want to protect their assets from an out of control government. Owning gold is a great first step, but as history tells us, responsible people can and should do more before it’s too late… History paints a bleak picture of the decline of Rome. Once warring consuls Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian were finished duking it out with each other in 31 BC, any semblance of the original Roman republic was gone forever....
  • Qaddafi and Two Sons Rumored To Have Fled Libya (Battle of Tripoli Begins)

    08/20/2011 3:50:59 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 173 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 4:38 PM ET | Ujala Sehgal
    Tension have been mounting in Libya today, with rebel forces encircling Tripoli, causing Qaddafi to lose his grip, according to the New York Times. "By Saturday afternoon, the rebels had driven Colonel Qaddafi’s forces out of the strategic oil refinery town of Zawiyah, 30 miles west of Tripoli. After a week of heavy fighting there, residents began to celebrate in the main square." Although, in Tripoli, still a Qaddafi stronghold, government officials "continued to insist that they would fight to the end," the Times wrote that "rumors swept Libya that [Qaddafi] was preparing to flee, if he had not already."...
  • Syrians flee to Jordan with stories of horror: Assad protesters tortured, killed

    08/08/2011 8:47:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, August 8, 2011 | Dale Gavlak
    In Syria on Monday, Mr. Assad continued his assault on the eastern town of Deir el-Zour, a day after his security forces killed 42 people there. The army also killed three people at a funeral in the town of Daraa, human rights activists said. Arab nations applied more diplomatic pressure, as Kuwait and Bahrain on Monday followed Saudi Arabia and withdrew their ambassadors to protest the ongoing violence. Saudi King Abdullah pulled his ambassador out of Damascus on Sunday, denouncing the "bloodshed" in Syria... A cabdriver from Daraa, who asked to be identified as Abu Mahmoud, said he and his...
  • Thousands flee Nigerian city after Islamist attacks

    07/12/2011 10:48:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Modern Ghana ^ | 7/12/11 | afp
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AFP) - Thousands of residents have fled the Nigerian city of Maiduguri over the past two days fearing more Islamist attacks and after soldiers were accused of shooting civilians, residents said on Tuesday. Residents piled into the backs of trucks and packed up their cars to leave the northeastern city, which has seen the brunt of the violence blamed on the Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. The government has deployed hundreds of troops to Maiduguri in a bid to stop the sect, and last weekend a shootout between soldiers and suspected sect members left at least 11...
  • Casey Anthony juror, 60, quits work and flees town in fear of her life

    A juror in the Casey Anthony trial has told how she received death threats and has been unable to work since she was cleared of murder. The woman, known only as juror number 12 left her job and went into hiding fearing co-workers would 'want her head on a platter'. Her husband said before leaving she told him: 'I’d rather go to jail than sit on a jury like this again.' He told NBC News he was worried for her health and had his bags packed ready to leave if his 60-year-old wife's name gets released. The woman, who moved...
  • Companies Leaving California in Record Numbers

    06/20/2011 8:15:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    CARPE DIEM ^ | June 17, 2011 | Mark J. Perry
    California currently ranks #49 among U.S. states for "business tax climate" (Tax Foundation) and #48 for for "economic freedom" (Mercatus). It shouldn't be any surprise then that companies are leaving the "Golden State" in record numbers this year (see chart above) for "golder pastures" and more business-friendly climates in other states.
  • Scores of Syrians Flee Violence to Lebanon

    05/14/2011 6:25:29 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | May 14, 2011 | Associated Press
    The officials said cracks of gunfire coming from the western Syrian town of Talkalakh could be heard on the Lebanese side of the border since morning hours. More than 5,000 Syrians have fled the area in the past weeks, with more than 500 people crossing the border on Saturday The shooting in Talkalakh comes a day after Syrian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters at different rallies across the country, killing at least six people. Human rights groups say more than 775 people have been killed since the start of the protest movement in Syria in mid-March. The...
  • Senate passes resolution finding Dems in contempt, authorizes they be taken into custody

    03/03/2011 10:57:49 AM PST · by bigbob · 27 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-3-11 | Greg Bump
    A resolution passed by all 19 Republicans authorizes that Senate Dems be taken into custody for being in contempt of the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the GOP majority has been "overly reasonable" with the missing 14 Dems to this point, but "they have pushed us to the edge of a constitutional crisis." The resolution passed without any remarks from the other 18 Republicans. Fitzgerald said the Democrats have insulted their constituents and "the very fabric of our representative democracy" with their actions. "This is not something we have taken lightly, and it is not something any member...
  • Aisha Qadaffi Flees The Country But Her Plane Is Denied Entry Into Malta

    02/23/2011 8:54:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/23/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Libyan leader Muommar Qaddafi says he'll stay and die on Libyan soil, but that apparently doesn't apply to his lone daughter, Aisha. Word is she's left the country, but having a hard time finding a country that will take her. A plane she was on just got denied entry into Malta, says Al-Jazeera. Meanwhile, the Lebanese wife of Qaddai son Hanibal was denied entry into Lebanon last night.
  • Wis. lawmakers flee state to block anti-union bill

    02/17/2011 12:41:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    ap ^ | 2/17/11 | SCOTT BAUER,
    MADISON, Wis. – A group of Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union bill Thursday by ignoring orders to attend a vote and instead left the state to force Republicans to negotiate over the proposal. As ever-growing throngs of protesters filled the Capitol for a third day, the 14 Democrats disappeared from the Capitol. They were not in their offices, and aides said they did not know where any of them had gone. Hours later, one of them told The Associated Press that the group had left Wisconsin. Sen. Jon Erpenbach said Democrats fled to slow down consideration of...