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  • Sen. Cruz Compares Nuke Deal to Munich, Netanyahu to Churchill

    03/03/2015 8:53:18 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/3/2015, 8:53 AM | Uzi Baruch, Gil Ronen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Monday night that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress Tuesday "focuses on the single greatest security threat facing America – the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons." "We're at a moment in history where echoes of the past can be heard," he added. "The nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran, I believe, would be a historic mistake on the same order as Munich."To allow the theocratic extreme mullahs in Iran to have nuclear weapon capability increases dramatically the likelihood that those weapons of great destruction will be used to murder billions," the senator warned.
  • UKRAINE: Children make videos: For peace and against war.

    I apologize. You must view at URL LINK These animated mini-movies, created by children of the children's animation studio to support our Ukrainian soldiers: For peace and against war. Children-young patriots, worry about the fate of their beloved homeland, worry about our heroic Ukrainian soldiers and try to support their fighting spirit. Any war is a disaster. This video creativity is of children calling for peace in Ukraine and all over the world! VIDEO 1 Sometimes lovers of war takes UFO rehabilitation. Recipe from children, we need to do to come the world! what you need to do is have...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu's resolve on Iranian nuclear threat has been decades in the making

    03/03/2015 7:26:00 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | 3/3/2015 | Joseph Brean
    On the threat of a nuclear Iran, Israel's long-serving hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frequently cited the wisdom of Israel Zangwill, an early 20th-century British Zionist who tried to establish a Jewish homeland in places as diverse as Canada, Australia and Uganda. Mr. Zangwill's motto, as the former commando and diplomat has often been recalled favourably, was "obsta principiis," Latin for "resist beginnings," or as he described it, "oppose bad things when they are small." For Mr. Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel proper, that meant railing against the Iranian threat back in the early 1990s...
  • Imagine if Republicans Walked out on the Israeli PM (VANITY)

    03/03/2015 7:24:01 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    "Anti-Semites!" "Nazis!" "Show a little respect for the nation and the office he holds!" The MSM and Democrats would be howling. Democrats do it and the Kapos in the leftist media back them on this profound act of disrespect.
  • Ted Cruz: US negotiators lack understanding of Iran

    03/03/2015 7:16:44 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | March 3, 2015, 11:18 am | Stuart Winer
    Texas senator joins Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel in drawing parallels between talks with Tehran and rise of Nazi Germany Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Monday slammed negotiators with Iran for “fundamentally” lacking understanding of their Iranian counterparts and warned that the Obama administration was leading the way to a nuclear armed Iran. Cruz joined Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel on a forum in a Senate hearing room for a debate chaired by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and titled “The Meaning of Never Again: Guarding Against a Nuclear Iran.”“Those who are leading this negotiation fundamentally don’t understand who it is they...
  • Bank Records Reveal the Saudi Millions Behind the Boston Marathon Bombers' Mosque

    03/03/2015 6:47:21 AM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    APT ^ | 1 March 15 | ILYA FEOKTISTOV
    The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), whose Cambridge mosque the Boston Marathon bombers attended during their increasing radicalization, was in large part established with money from Saudi Arabian elites. Indeed, former Saudi Minister of Petroleum Zaki Yamani gave the keynote speech at the celebration marking the transfer of public City of Boston land to the ISB for less than 10% of its market value to build the ISBCC mega-mosque. Now, for the first time, Americans for Peace and Tolerance is making publicly available the names of wealthy Saudi and Gulf sources who together paid for over $8.6 million of the...
  • Netanyahu's Speech Disses Black and Jewish Civil Rights Activists [Pulling the Race Card Again]

    03/03/2015 6:47:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | 03/03/2015 | Luther Campbell
    By going through with his speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran's nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not just insulting President Barack Obama. He's also dissing generations of African-Americans and Jewish Americans who have always worked together for equality and justice. For political reasons, Netanyahu went behind Obama's back and struck a deal with John Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to embarrass our commander in chief. Bibi might as well have given his speech before the white knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Boehner's invitation has nothing to do with Iran's nuclear program. His...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Address to Joint Meeting of Congress

    03/03/2015 6:32:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 2015-03-03 10:45 a.m. ET | C-SPAN
    Our coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint meeting of Congress gets underway at 10:45 a.m. ET. Mr. Netanyahu is expected to use the speech to lay out the case against a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
  • Congress Will Award Netanyahu With a Bust of Churchill Before His Historic Speech

    03/03/2015 6:30:12 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/3/15 | Jim Hoft
    Congress dedicated a bust of Winston Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century and an honorary American citizen, in a ceremony in the magnificent Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in 2013. (Daily Signal) In the 1930s, Winston Churchill warned Britain and the Western world about the dangers of Adolf Hitler and Germany. It was the strongest warning ever by a politician! Still, that warning was ignored and millions of Europeans lost their lives. Today Benjamin Netanyahu will warn the West of the perils of a nuclear Islamic Iran. Congressional leaders will give Netanyahu a bust of...
  • Even Saudis Want Netanyahu to Address Congress

    03/03/2015 6:28:10 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 25 replies
    ISRAEL TODAY ^ | 3 Mar 15 | Israel Today Staff
    As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared on Tuesday to address the US Congress regarding the Iran threat, in direct defiance of the Obama White House, at least one nation outside of Israel was supportive of the move: Saudi Arabia. Writing in the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Jazirah on Monday, columnist Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj called Netanyahus appearance before Congress under such circumstances unprecedented in US political history. Obama Administration officials and Netanyahus political rivals in Israel insisted the speech is a mistake and would only serve to damage US-Israel relations. But Dr. Al-Faraj said the Israeli leader was providing a vital service...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Address to Joint Meeting of Congress [Live Thread]

    03/03/2015 5:56:35 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 804 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 3, 2015 | C-SPAN
    Our coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint meeting of Congress gets underway at 10:45 a.m. ET. Mr. Netanyahu is expected to use the speech to lay out the case against a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
  • Is This The Shape Of Russia's Next Generation Long-Range Bomber?

    03/03/2015 5:10:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 03/02/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    While America's aerospace industry is hard at work creating the USAF's next generation bomber, Russia has a similar ongoing program known as the the PAK-DA. Now, after years of requirements changes, it appears that a blended wing, subsonic design, much like the one pictured above, will be the new jet's overall configuration. The PAK-DA, which literally means "prospective aviation complex for long-range aviation," is Russia's next generation long-range bomber project and it aims to one day replace the Tu-95 Bear and the Tu-160 Blackjack, and possibly the Tu-22M Backfire fleets. Much like America's next generation bomber, which has gone from...
  • Why Obama So Dislikes Netanyahu

    03/03/2015 4:55:22 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/3/2015 | Dennis Prager
    Those who do not confront evil resent those who do. There is no question about whether President Obama along with Secretary of State John Kerry and the editorial pages of many newspapers has a particular dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But there is another question: Why? And the answer is due to an important rule of life that too few people are aware of: Those who do not confront evil resent those who do. Take the case at hand. The prime minister of Israel is at the forefront of the greatest battle against evil in our...
  • Unplugging Putin TV

    03/03/2015 4:41:18 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 2 replies
    FOREIGN AFFAIRS ^ | 18 Feb 15 | Peter Pomerantsev
    Invading Ukraine with near impunity isnt the most impressive feat Russian President Vladimir Putin has pulled off lately. That distinction goes to his skill at keeping Russians in thrall to a virtual realityone in which NATO is about to invade their homeland, Ukraine has been taken over by neo-Nazis, and U.S. President Barack Obama spends all his waking hours scheming to subvert Moscow. Figuring out how Putin does this is the first step toward the Wests key strategic imperative: formulating an appropriate response. It isnt just a question of censorship. Inside Russia, many sources of accurate information survive. True, most...
  • UK ministers issue spaceport shortlist

    03/03/2015 4:36:17 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 March 2015 Last updated at 06:35 ET | Jonathan Amos, Science Correspondent
    The UK government has issued a shortlist of aerodromes that could host a UK The UK government has issued a shortlist of aerodromes that could host a UK spaceport. The list reduces the number of runways first suggested as candidates when last year's consultation got under way. Still in are Campbeltown, Glasgow Prestwick, and Stornoway in Scotland; Newquay in England and Llanbedr in Wales. RAF Leuchars is confirmed as a potential temporary facility. Ministers are keen to see the spaceport established by 2018. . The list reduces the number of runways first suggested as candidates when last year's consultation got...
  • Boris Nemtsov funeral: Russia restricts foreign mourners

    03/03/2015 4:28:30 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 March 2015 Last updated at 06:34 ET | Sarah Rainsford
    Several EU politicians and Russia's opposition leader have been barred from attending the funeral of murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. A Polish politician was denied a visa and a Latvian MEP turned back at a Moscow airport, while Alexei Navalny was denied permission to leave jail.
  • A Comedy of Terror

    03/03/2015 4:13:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies ^ | March 3, 2015 | Mark Tapson
    Last weekend Saturday Night Live presented a skit that mocked terrorists no, not Tea Partiers, the usual butt of Hollywoods jokes and DHS surveillance, but ISIS itself. The bit got mixed reactions some found it in offensively bad taste, some appreciated the dark humor. This raises a serious question about comedy: is it ever acceptable to joke about terrorism?
  • Netanyahus Message of Truth to the American People

    03/03/2015 4:01:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | March 3, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus address to a joint session of Congress on March 4th is a historic occasion. He is speaking directly to the elected representatives of the American people about the existential threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iranian Islamic theocracy.
  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 7 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Krecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Krecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • How Much More Economic Pain Can Vladimir Putin Take?

    03/03/2015 12:52:13 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2 Feb 15 | Matthew Philips
    Its been a little more than six months since the full brunt of Western sanctions took force against Russia. The punishment, while slow in coming, has proven devastatingly effectiveespecially when paired with the crash in oil prices.
  • Cypriot president scolds US ambassador over 'exceedingly undiplomatic' Cyprus-Russia tweet

    03/02/2015 10:16:10 PM PST · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 3 replies
    NICOSIA, Cyprus Cyprus' president on Monday sharply rebuked the U.S. ambassador on the Mediterranean island for a tweet he claims linked his visit to Russia to the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades concluded a four-day visit to Russia on Feb. 28, hours after Nemtsov was killed. U.S. Ambassador John Koenig asked on Twitter: "What do people in #Cyprus think about the week in Russia as seen from here? Anastasiades visit and statements, #Nemtsov assassination?"
  • Susan Rice: A Bad Deal is Worse Than No Deal (with Iran)

    03/02/2015 9:09:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    INN ^ | 3/3/2015, 2:15 AM | Elad Benari
    President Barack Obamas National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, on Monday recalled her first visit to Israel, speaking at the AIPAC policy conference. [] Washington would like to see a viable, sovereign Palestinian state living side by side with a Democratic, Jewish state of Israel, she added. [] A nuclear Iran is a threat to Israel and is also an unacceptable threat to the United States, stressed Rice, who then stressed, I want to be very clear: a bad deal is worse than no deal, and if that is the choice there will be no deal. [] Referring to the interim...
  • Hillary Clinton Used Private Email Account for State Department Business (Update)

    03/02/2015 9:01:12 PM PST · by kristinn · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11:04 p.m. EST Monday, March 2, 2015 | Josh Gerstein
    housands of emails Hillary Clinton generated as secretary of state were not archived as official government records because she used a private email account to conduct State Department business, the State Department acknowledged Monday. Aides to the former secretary of state turned over 55,000 pages of emails from her personal account to the State Department in December at its request, a department official said. Clintons use of the personal account for work-related emails and the State Departments effort to gain control over the information were first reported by The New York Times. Clinton did not use a State Department email...
  • Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume

    03/02/2015 9:01:02 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/2/15 | Arshad Mohammed
    MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut nuclear negotiations with Iran that resumed on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case in Washington against the diplomacy. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met for about 90 minutes on the first of what could be three days of talks in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux on curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The two men, along with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar...

    03/02/2015 8:36:44 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/2/15 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    President Barack Obama took a stab at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with Reuters on Monday, on the eve of Netanyahus controversial speech to a special joint session of Congress on Tuesday morning. Obama said that Netanyahu made all sorts of claims about the interim nuclear deal with Iran that turned out to be untrue. Yet Obama mischaracterized Netanyahus remarks, and misrepresented Iranian compliance with the terms of the interim deal. Obamas full comment on Monday was: Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in...
  • Report: China Believes Space War Is Inevitable, Sets Goal Of Space Supremacy

    03/02/2015 8:18:25 PM PST · by barmag25 · 20 replies
    The daily caller ^ | 3/2/15 | Jonah bennett
    The Chinese military believes war in space is inevitable, so China is developing a space program advanced enough to disrupt U.S. military communications. That, according to a new report prepared by the U.S.-China Economic and Secretary Review Commission for Congress. The report, compiled by the University of Californias Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), was released by the commission on Monday and reveals that China is interested in attaining space supremacy, adding that Chinese military leaders think that control of space determines control of Earth.

    03/02/2015 7:48:12 PM PST · by keat · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/02/15 | Nancy Youssef
    The Iraqi military launched a major campaign to take back a key city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State over the weekenda move that caught the U.S. by surprise, in the words of one American government official. The U.S.-led coalition forces that have conducted seven months of airstrikes on Iraqs behalf did not participate in the attack, defense officials told The Daily Beast, and the American military has no plans to chip in. Instead, embedded Iranian advisors and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are taking part in the offensive on the largely Sunni town, raising the prospect that the fight to beat back...
  • Hacked Emails Indicate that Hillary Clinton Used a Domain Registered the Day of her Senate hearings

    03/02/2015 7:24:07 PM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, March 2, 2015 | Philip Bump
    Hacked emails indicate that Hillary Clinton used a domain registered the day of her Senate hearingsSNIPIn March 2013, an adviser to Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal, had his email hacked by "Guccifer" -- the Romanian hacker perhaps best known for revealing George W. Bush's paintings to the world. At the time, Gawker reported that Blumenthal was communicating with an account that appeared to belong to Clinton at the "" domain. The content of some of those emails was published by Examining the registry information for "" reveals that the domain was first created on January 13, 2009 -- one week before...
  • NYT: Hillary conducted official State business on her private e-mail account all of it

    03/02/2015 7:06:13 PM PST · by upchuck · 59 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Ever wonder why multiple investigations of the Benghazi attack failed to turn up much from Hillary Clinton’s e-mails? So did the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the facility and the failures that led to it. To their surprise, the Secretary of State had conducted all of her e-mail on a private account rather than an official State Department account — and her aides had carefully culled only the e-mails they wanted investigators to see. The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt dropped that bombshell earlier this evening: Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahus Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 44 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Ral Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Canada Delays Opening of Crucial Arctic Naval Port Until 2018

    03/02/2015 6:54:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 2, 2015 | Mike De Souza
    Canadas military has again delayed the opening of a major new Arctic port, a sign the government is struggling to assert sovereignty over a remote resource-rich region. The planned deep water naval facility at Nanisivik some 3,100 km (1,900 miles) north of Ottawa is one of the key components of Prime Minister Stephen Harpers use it or lose it approach to the Arctic. The port, initially due to open in 2012, will now not be operational until 2018.
  • These Americans return to Iraq as Christian warriors against Islamic State

    03/02/2015 5:47:33 PM PST · by NRx · 24 replies
    WaPo ^ | 02 March 2015 | Loveday Morris
    DAHUK, Iraq In a smoky living room in a makeshift military headquarters, Brett, a former U.S serviceman with tattoos of Jesus etched on his forearms, explained how he hopes to help keep the church bells of Iraq ringing. Jesus tells us what you do unto the least of them, you do unto me, said the 28-year-old from Detroit who served an extended tour in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. He asked for his surname not to be published, to protect his family at home. I couldnt sit back and watch what was happening, women being raped and sold wholesale....
  • India to seek formal help from Four nations in Israel car bombing

    03/02/2015 5:23:14 PM PST · by piasa
    PTI/India TV ^ | June 24, 2012
    New Delhi, Jun 24: With no word from Tehran yet, India is all set to send legal request letters to four nations including Iran seeking help in its probe into the bombing of an Israeli embassys vehicle here in February. Official sources said today that Letters Rogatory for Iran, Malaysia, Thailand and Georgia has been sent to Union Home Ministry for vetting after which it would sent to Legals and Treaty Division of Ministry of External Affairs to be sent to these respective countries. The sources said Iran had been earlier requested through diplomatic channels for help in tracing Houshang...
  • John McNaughton has a new painting: Obama's Foreign Policy (must see)

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  • NBC Blasts Netanyahu Ahead of His 'Controversial Speech' to Congress (Weather man Roker takes shot)

    03/02/2015 5:01:31 PM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 2, 2015 | 12:00 PM EST | By Kyle Drennen
    Introducing a one-sided report on Monday's NBC Today that featured no criticism of President Obama, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived ahead of a controversial speech to Congress tomorrow. And that visit at the invitation of Republicans is threatening to further strain the Obama administration's relations with Israel." Correspondent Andrea Mitchell emphasized how unwelcome Netanyhu was for the White House: "Arriving in Washington without fanfare late Sunday, Israel's prime minister is at the center of a political firestorm. Shunned by the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State for coming to lobby Congress against a...
  • The Real Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Lies Ahead

    03/02/2015 4:38:56 PM PST · by Truth29 · 4 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | March 1, 2015 | Steven J. Rosen
    Israel will not have a fully functioning government for some weeks after the voting takes place on March 17, because, based on past experience, assembling a multiparty coalition to empower a viable government is not likely to be completed until about May 15. Most polls indicate that the next government will be headed by Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud, but there is uncertainty whether he will head a narrow government of the right and religious or a wider coalition including elements of the center-left. A deadlock is also possible, resulting in greater delays before control of the key ministries and...
  • Report: Some Syrian Hostages Released, Others Await Judgment of Sharia Court

    03/02/2015 3:55:04 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 2, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Aleteia partner Aid to the Church in Need is reporting that some of the Assyrian Christians taken hostage by the Islamic State group last week have been released but that the fate of hundreds of others may depend on a Sharia court. Quoting the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ACN said 19 captives have been released18 were from the village of Tel Goran, one of the Assyrian Christian villages in Hassake governorate taken over by the Islamist group February 23. TheAssyrian International News Agency(AINA) has photos ofthe released captives after they arrived at St. Marys Church in the...
  • Kerry: Public Talks on Deal Will Complicate Irans Disarmament

    03/02/2015 3:33:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/15
    US Secretary of State, John Kerry, warned that public talks on the formulating nuclear deal with Iran will make it exceedingly difficult for the US to prevent Ian from developing nuclear abilities. Kerry stated that he is concerned by reports that details of the nuclear talks will be exposed in the next few days. .....
  • Tamil escapees lies no bar to visa

    03/02/2015 3:23:45 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 3rd March 2015 | Jared Owens
    A TAMIL refugee who escaped to Australia while on bail for allegedly murdering his pregnant lover cannot be refused a visa despite repeatedly lying to the Immigration Department about his past, a tribunal has found. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is now reviewing the case of the Sri Lankan man, 36, whom his officials believe lied to cover up his role in the murder and secure residency. Under the Refugees Convention, countries are permitted to refuse visas where there are serious reasons for considering that the applicant has committed a serious non-political crime overseas. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal found the mans...
  • Vatican security chief says ISIS threat to Pope Francis is real

    03/02/2015 3:21:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    CRUX NOW ^ | 03/02/2015 | Ins San Martn, Vatican Correspondent
    ROME While acknowledging that ISIS represents a real threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says security services have no knowledge of a planned attack. The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues, said Domenico Giani, inspector general of the Corpo della Gendarmeria, the police and security service for the Vatican City State. At the moment, I can say that we know of no plan for an attack against the Vatican or the Holy Father, Giani said. The comments came in an interview with Giani...
  • Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay

    03/02/2015 2:50:45 PM PST · by keat · 14 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 3:27 PM EST | Peter Prengaman
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Every day during the 12 1/2 years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom. But since his release along with five other detainees in December, the 50-year-old Tunisian has struggled to cope with freedom as he never dreamed. Resettled in a foreign land, surrounded by a language he doesn't understand, he finds the challenges of everyday life to be daunting. "In Guantanamo, we only thought about leaving," El Ouerghi said in rapid-fire Arabic. "Here we have to think about food, clothes, all kinds of...
  • Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt nuclear work for at least a decade

    03/02/2015 2:46:27 PM PST · by keat · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 2, 2015 5:35pm EST | Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress opposing the Iran deal on Tuesday was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S. Israeli ties. But he said there was a "substantial disagreement" between his administration and...
  • Netanyahu so wrong in confronting Obama, so right on Iran

    03/02/2015 2:45:29 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 91 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Sunday, March 1, 2015 | David Horovitz
    With the US-Israel train wreck unavoidable on Tuesday, the challenge now is to pick up the pieces and refocus on thwarting Tehran The prime minister has created the dismal situation whereby even his speech to AIPAC, a day prior to Tuesdays address to Congress, becomes somewhat problematic. Not only are Americas legislators being asked to choose between their president and the Israeli prime minister, as the veteran administration official Dennis Ross observed at the weekend. But AIPACs 16,000-strong, overwhelmingly Jewish audience, in mightily applauding Netanyahu, will be seen by some critics as endorsing a stance against the White House ...
  • We are Israel

    03/02/2015 2:41:44 PM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 2, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    At a super-secret conservative confab last week a long-time friend and ally said that after 30 years of giving lectures and speeches to conservative groups there was only one event where he could show his true colors, and it wasnt the one we were attending.
  • White House: Netanyahu Has No Strategy on Iran Nukes

    03/02/2015 2:36:56 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 2, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    The top White House spokesman said Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no strategy for accomplishing his goal of dealing with Irans nuclear ambitions. "You said the United States is committed to a position where Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon, but Bibi Netanyahu today said what hes been saying all along is the goal is to make sure Iran doesnt get the capability to build a nuclear weapon, which he says, and it is, a different view, Karl said. He later elaborated that the prime minister was referring to uranium enrichment capability and a ballistic missile...
  • WHIP LIST: 51 Democrats to skip Netanyahu speech to Congress (what will the final tally be?)

    03/02/2015 2:14:24 PM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | last updated on March 2 at 5:06 p.m | By Mike Lillis
    SKIPPING House (44) Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.) In a statement, Bass said that she would be in Los Angeles for a city council election. My support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship has been consistent during my entire time in elected office, and that support will only continue in the years to come. Support for Israel has traditionally been a non-partisan issue, and I want it to remain so, she said. "Unfortunately, Speaker Boehner mishandled inviting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Prime Minister Netanyahus speech is now marred with controversy. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been provided...
  • UKRAINE: RUSSIAN FEDERATION through the Czech Republic is preparing a fake weapon in Donbass

    March 1, the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita published an article stating that the Russian Federation could use for provocations in the Ukraine American automatic arms purchases despite RUSSIA'S embargo imposed on the country. The Polish newspaper journalists conclude that use of the Donbass smuggled weapons could give the Kremlin an excuse to claim that the United States had already begun to secretly supply weapons to Ukraine. According to the Rzeczpospolita, despite imposed an embargo on the sale of weapons to the RUSSIAN FEDERATION, the Czech Republic as an intermediary sells Russia modern American weapons-machine type Bushmaster 90838, 90705 90899, DPMS, RFA...
  • Anti-Israel protesters stage sit-in amid Netanyahu visit (Code Pink Psychos back Iranian bomb)

    03/02/2015 2:01:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 2, 2015 | 4:26am | By Bruce Golding
    Anti-Israel protesters donned Benjamin Netanyahu masks and smeared their hands with fake blood for a Sunday sit-in against the Israeli prime minister in Washington. Activists led by the radical CODEPINK group demonstrated outside the pro-Israel AIPAC lobbys annual conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In addition to the masks, many protesters wore black-and-white keffiyeh scarves to give themselves a distinctly Arab look. The protesters were expected to return Monday, when Netanyahu is scheduled to address the conference. Netanyahu who opposes a pending nuclear deal with Iran is in the United States for a scheduled Tuesday address...
  • TPM: Three Reasons To Boycott Netanyahu's Speech To Congress (Projectile Vomit Alert!)

    03/02/2015 1:47:01 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 3-2-2015 | Sally Kohn
    On Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of the United States Congress. Netanyahu was invited to speak not through standard diplomatic proceduresthe kind of procedures, say, that the President of the United States might go through to speak to Israels Knesset. Instead, Netanyahu got a special invitation from Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. Boehner and Congressional Republicanswho can't seem to do the most basic parts of their job in funding government agencies and our national security apparatus for more than a week at a timeare trying to thumb their noses at the...
  • Joe Biden in Guatemala to talk Central America funding (guess he's gotten over his "cold" now?)

    03/02/2015 1:36:54 PM PST · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | 1:12 p.m.March 2, 2015
    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Guatemala for a two-day visit with Central American presidents to discuss funding priorities aimed at slowing migration.