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  • Obama on ISIS Threat: "Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns, They Are Defeated By Better Ideas"

    07/06/2015 2:04:17 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 130 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 7/6/15 | i schwarz
    After consulting with military leaders at the Pentagon this afternoon President Obama held a press conference on the growing threat of ISIS. President Obama declared the United States "will never be at war with Islam." Obama also said, "ideologies are not defeated with guns but better ideas." "We'll constantly reaffirm through words and deeds that we will never be at war with Islam," President Obama said Monday afternoon. "We are fighting terrorists who distort islam and its victims are mostly Muslims." "This challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort," the president said. "Ideologies are not defeated...
  • As Greece collapses, the big loser is socialism

    07/07/2015 2:44:01 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Stephen Moore
    There are no “good” options for now to end this Greek tragedy. It’s best for Greece to take the least bad option, which would be forced bankruptcy. Let Greece go bankrupt. And then let this once rich nation, hit the restart button to rebuild its economy. What I’m suggesting for Greece is what we might call the Detroit option. Put Greece under receivership and let these new authorities figure out how to manage the debt and decide who will take a hair cut – pensioners, bond holders, welfare recipients, government workers, the IMF. It’s tough love, but it’s the only...
  • Pro-Marxist Sells Greece to Moscow

    07/06/2015 6:19:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | July 6, 2015 | By Cliff Kincaid
    The coverage of the economic disaster in Greece, a strategic NATO country, has mostly ignored the role of Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the growing global turmoil. Reports continue to circulate that a new European Union (EU) bailout deal with Greece is possible, as Yanis Varoufakis, a self-described “erratic Marxist,” has resigned as finance minister. But these developments appear to be for the purpose of diverting attention away from the fact that Greece has already become, in effect, a satellite of Moscow. The Greek regime is a Moscow-backed left-right coalition led by Alexis Tsipras, the pro-Marxist and pro-Russia head of Greece’s...
  • The GOP’s Snake Oil Salesmen

    07/07/2015 12:38:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 6, 2015 | Noah Rothman, Asst. Online Editor & former Opie & Anthony Show intern
    Amid a truly devastating period for conservative culture warriors, the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat observed last week that those who consider themselves allies of the social conservative movement so often do it a disservice. “Politicians who stand with them on policy mislead them on politics,” he observed. The events that occurred following this remark proved Douthat prescient. Prisoners as they are of the news cycle, Republicans in the political consulting class have taken to rending garments over the reality television star Donald Trump’s alleged entry into the presidential race (a complete financial disclosure must be filed in 10...
  • Eric Holder: The Justice Department could strike deal with Edward Snowden

    07/06/2015 11:23:41 PM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6 JUL 2015 | Michael Isikoff
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder said today that a “possibility exists” for the Justice Department to cut a deal with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that would allow him to return to the United States from Moscow. In an interview with Yahoo News, Holder said “we are in a different place as a result of the Snowden disclosures” and that “his actions spurred a necessary debate” that prompted President Obama and Congress to change policies on the bulk collection of phone records of American citizens.
  • Irish teens in danger of becoming “jihadist brides”

    07/06/2015 10:24:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 06, 2015 04:28 AM | Jane Walsh
    Large numbers of young women are being lured from Europe to join the Islamic State militant group and become “jihadist brides,” and a leading academic says there are growing concerns that Irish teens could be duped online. Dr. Maura Conway, a senior lecturer in international security at the School of Law and Government in Dublin City University, says it’s important that parents and the government recognize the threat. “Islamic State (ISIL) is increasingly reaching out, so literally any young person, anywhere, could be influenced by their message,” Dr. Conway told the Sunday Independent. […] Last week, parents from Ireland’s Muslim...
  • Muslim leaders in Ireland split on plan to protest ISIS atrocities

    07/06/2015 10:17:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 04, 2015 06:43 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    Muslims in Ireland will hold a demonstration in Dublin to protest the violence inspired by terror group Islamic State. Three Irish people were gunned down in Tunisia by an ISIS fanatic while they were on vacation there. The “Not in Our Name” protest will take place at O’Connell Street on Sunday, July 26, reports the Irish Examiner. However, the leader of Ireland’s biggest mosque in Clonskeagh, Dublin, has refused to take part. Dr. Ali Salem, head of the Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland, which is part of the mosque, stated the organization had never been consulted. “If the biggest Islamic...
  • Low Turnout Marks Anti-Gay Demonstration in Kenya

    07/06/2015 10:14:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    kswo ^ | 7/6
    <p>A demonstration against homosexuality in Kenya fizzled Monday after attracting only a handful of protesters.</p> <p>The demonstration by about 35 people was called by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya and timed to coincide with the visit later this month of U.S. President Barack Obama. The group is calling on Obama not to advocate for gay rights during his visit to Africa July 24-28.</p>
  • China stocks extend falls, defying government efforts

    07/06/2015 10:10:14 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 10 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 7/7/2015 | Staffer
    Chinese shares sank further Tuesday, defying government efforts to arrest a precipitous fall that has wiped an estimated $3.2 trillion off markets and threatens the world's number two economy. The government over the weekend announced a halt to initial public offerings (IPOs) and moves to pour funds into the market to end three weeks of plunging prices. Analysts say the heavy-handed intervention throws into question the pace of China's economic reforms and the ability of the government to deflate what many describe as a stock market bubble. At midday on Tuesday, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was down 3.18 percent,...
  • CRUZ: It’s Time to Tell The American People the Truth about President Obama’s Sham Deal with Iran

    07/06/2015 8:16:03 PM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/06/15
    Cruz Calls upon Hillary Clinton, Other Presidential Candidates to Publicly Acknowledge Negotiations with Iran Will Not Make Us Safer and Demand that Sec. Kerry Leave Vienna ImmediatelyHOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding the disastrous nuclear deal the Obama Administration is trying to make with Iran:“It is time to acknowledge that the Iran talks have been a disaster. Today I am calling upon former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, under whose leadership this bad deal began, and other Presidential candidates to join me in demanding that Secretary Kerry stop negotiating with this hostile and...
  • Kenya protesters warn Obama not to bring up gay rights in visit

    07/06/2015 5:34:59 PM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | July 6, 2015 | Raphael Ambasu
    Nairobi (AFP) - Kenyan anti-gay protesters marched in Nairobi Monday warning US President Barack Obama not to speak about gay rights when he visits the country of his ancestors later this month. "We do not want Obama and Obama, we do not want Michelle and Michelle," they chanted. "We want Obama and Michelle and we want a child!" "It is important for us as Kenyans to know that the US is not God, and thus we cannot follow them blindly," said protest organiser and evangelical Christian pastor Bishop Mark Kariuki. Kariuki said Obama was welcome to visit "his father's home"...
  • Obama administration likely to block new Redskins stadium

    07/06/2015 5:32:50 PM PDT · by dennisw · 33 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 07/01/15 | By Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration will likely block Washington, D.C., authorities from building a new stadium for the NFL's Washington Redskins because of objections to the team’s name. The National Park Service (NPS) owns the land under the 54-year-old Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, a venue two miles east of the Capitol that hosted the Redskins from 1961 to 1996. Some city leaders want to demolish the current stadium and build a new one to lure the football team back from suburban Maryland. But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, whose department includes the NPS, told D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in April that, unless...
  • Border Force: what is it, and why do we need it? (Australia's new border security agency)

    07/06/2015 5:22:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 6th July 2015
    AUSTRALIANS leaving for holidays at the weekend will have noticed new signage at airport departure terminals announcing a new force watching us. Even the plastic tape marking queue lines to official counters proclaimed this new instrument of regulation and policing: Border Force. However, few of those travellers would have noticed anything else different, even though this agency is one of the most powerful in the country and one of the most important politically for the Abbott Government. It is another element of its promise to voters to “stop the boats”. The new body essentially combined the frontline functions of Customs...
  • Greek Debt Crisis Threatens Flow of Imports

    07/06/2015 4:29:59 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 6, 2015 | Juliet Samuel and Monica Houston-Waesch
    Greek voters’ decisive rejection of international creditors’ bailout terms adds to the pressure on foreign exporters already worried about getting paid for imports into Greece during the country’s capital controls. Some exporters have reduced the flow to Greece or insisted on payments upfront, while others keep up the imports into the country despite the increasing chance they won’t get paid. European pharmaceutical companies, for instance, are owed more than €1 billion for drugs and other goods already imported. snip Greece produces just 63% of the pork and 13% of the beef consumed in the country, according to government data. The...
  • White House Officials Plot Ways to Pressure Lawmakers Into Supporting Iran Deal (prepare for "war")

    07/06/2015 3:40:42 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 6, 2015 4:18 pm | Adam Kredo
    VIENNA—White House officials on Monday held a private conference call with liberal organizations to discuss ways of pressuring Democrats and other lawmakers on Capitol Hill into supporting a nuclear deal with Iran that is expected to be finalized in the coming days, according to an audio recording of that call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The call, in which there were more than 100 participants, was organized by the liberal pro-Iran group Ploughshares Fund, which has spent millions of dollars to slant Iran-related coverage and protect the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts. The White House officials described a nuclear deal...
  • Obama: Violent Extremism Not Restricted To One Group,US Has "All Kinds" Of Terrorism

    07/06/2015 3:26:09 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Pam Key
    Monday at the Pentagon, after meeting on the military efforts against ISIS with his national security team, President Barack Obama urged caution to the America people and said that not only Muslims commit acts of terror, saying, “Here in the United States, we’ve all kinds of home grown terrorism.”
  • ISIS Brings Reinforcements to Target the Pyramids and Sphinx

    07/06/2015 2:33:42 PM PDT · by pabianice · 40 replies
    ISIS has announced that it is setting its sights on Egypt’s pyramids, the Sphinx of Giza, and the country's unique historic monuments in general, after its savage vandalism and looting of other precious world heritage sites. The Islamic State is rushing reinforcements to Egypt from Libya and Iraq for its battle with Egyptian forces in northern Sinai, which went into its fifth day Sunday, July 5, and other offensives, debkafile’s intelligence and counter-terror sources report. After sustaining hundreds of casualties, both sides claim to have won the upper hand but the tenacious struggle is not over. An Islamist manpower pool...
  • Linda Chavez: No, Trump Does Not Have a Point on Immigration

    07/06/2015 2:09:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/06/2015 | Linda Chavez
    Donald Trump’s outrageous comments about Mexican immigrants in his announcement speech two weeks ago should have been an occasion for conservatives to say that we have no room for bigots in our midst. Instead, a host of conservatives, from Ted Cruz to National Review’s own Rich Lowry, have defended his message, if not the crude way he expressed it: When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best . . . They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume,...
  • "I'm HISPANIC and I'm NOT Offended by Trump's Remarks..."

    07/06/2015 2:04:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/6/15 | @JoetheMailman (twitter)
    I'm HISPANIC and I'm NOT Offended by Trump's remarks~ DUMP Macy's Stock ~ Support Donald's right to "FREE Speech
  • Cleric said to be behind Tunisian beach massacre is living on benefits in Britain

    07/06/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/06/2015 | By Victoria Ward
    Hani-al-Sibai, described as a 'key influencer' of Tunisian terror group, lives in a £1 million house on a leafy street in fashionable west London _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A leader of the terrorist group suspected of being behind the Tunisian beach massacre is living in benefits in Britain. Hani al-Sibai, an al-Qaeda cleric suspected of radicalising "Jihadi John", lives in a £1 million house leafy street in fashionable west London. He is said to be one of the "key influencers" of the Islamic fanatics believed to have recruited and trained gunman Seifeddine Rezgui. Egyptian-born al-Sibai, 54, reportedly lives on £50,000 a year in...
  • Mainstream Scream: Katie Couric presses Ted Cruz about 'empathy' for illegals [VIDEO]

    07/06/2015 1:59:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/06/2015 | Paul Bedard
    This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Yahoo's Katie Couric, who last week interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texan running for president, about his hardline against illegal immigration. It was loaded from the start. For Couric, it comes down to one word: empathy. On Yahoo News Monday, Couric said: "Well, let's talk immigration, because I'm very curious about your views on that. I know you've staunchly oppose President Obama's executive actions on immigration. You've worked to block every legislative effort to allow undocumented immigrants to remain legally in this country. So, given the fact that your father immigrated here from Cuba,...
  • Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Donald Trump

    07/06/2015 1:56:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 07/06/2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    They’re all hating on him now, but the fact is, when they’re just among themselves, Mexico’s elites roundly agree with The Donald on Mexican immigrants. Of the many different reactions to Donald Trump’s inaccurate and insulting comments about how Mexican migrants to the United States come from the bottom of the barrel, one of the most interesting has been that of wealthy and powerful Mexican elites who are suddenly long on indignation and outrage but short on memory and self-awareness. That’s because Trump’s dismissive comments about how the United States has become a “dumping ground” for castaways from Mexico sound...
  • How Unusual Is Francisco Sanchez Case? The (terrible) Facts About Illegal Immigrants and Crimes

    07/06/2015 1:55:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | July 6, 2015 | Diana Stancy
    According to a recent study released from the Center for Immigration Studies, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 30,558 criminally-convicted illegal immigrants, with a total of 79,059 convictions altogether, in 2014. Furthermore, the CIS report shows that among the 904,000 illegal immigrants who have ignored orders to leave the U.S., approximately 167,527 of these are convicted criminal immigrants. Likewise, CIS’s April 2015 statistics indicate ICE has only arrested 11,983 at-large convicted criminal immigrants—despite the fact 168,000 criminal immigrants were identified. The concern is that these convicted criminal immigrants will commit crimes upon being released, as in Sanchez’s case.
  • Zionist Entity Frustrated as Iran Nuclear Deal Looms

    07/06/2015 1:26:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Al-Manar ^ | 06-07-2015 - 23:10
    The Zionist entity is desperately trying to hinder a long-awaited nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, as the talks aimed at clinching the deal entered its final stage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is once again raising the specter of a bad deal, saying that such deal “will pave Iran's path to a nuclear arsenal." "This deal as far as we can see comes on almost daily concessions from the P5+1 to growing Iranian demands. Every day more concessions are made, and every day the deal becomes worse and worse," Netanyahu said Monday. "I can say that what...
  • US jets scramble to intercept Russian bombers off California, Alaska coasts on July 4

    07/06/2015 1:21:20 PM PDT · by dware · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.06.2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    While the United States celebrated Independence Day, two pairs of Russian bombers flew off the coast of California and Alaska -- forcing the Air Force to scramble fighter jets to intercept both flights, two senior defense officials tell Fox News. The first incident occurred at 10:30 a.m. ET on July 4 off the coast of Alaska, Fox News is told. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled from their base in Alaska to intercept two Tupolev Tu-95 long-range strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
  • EU Official: ISIS Set to Invade Europe, Via Refugee Ships

    07/06/2015 12:58:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 7/6/2015, 4:24 PM | Yaakov Levi
    Hundreds of ISIS members could infiltrate Europe together with masses of refugees from Libya, Syria, and Iraq—ironically fleeing ISIS terror in their homelands, said Michele Coninsx, head of the EU’s judicial cooperation agency Eurojust. Speaking Monday in Brussels, Coninsx told reporters that the EU was working together with other countries to prevent the migration of ISIS terrorists. She declined to specify exactly what steps were being taken. A video released last week by ISIS in Libya and published by the Arabic-language Asharq al-Awsat shows the two perpetrators of a deadly attack on the Corinthia Hotel in January threatening that ISIS’s...
  • Angela Merkel Faces Monumental Test of Leadership After Greek Vot

    07/06/2015 12:17:36 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 6, 2015 | ALISON SMALE and ANDREW HIGGINS
    As chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel leads a nation that prizes fiscal rectitude and adherence to the rules, and, after pledging tens of billions in bailout programs for five years, has expressed scant sympathy for Greece’s demand for more financial help. As de facto leader of Europe, Ms. Merkel faces a very different set of responsibilities, starting with maintaining European unity in general and holding the euro together in particular.
  • Donald Trump Deletes Tweet About Jeb Bush’s Wife: You Like ‘Mexican Illegals’ Because of Your Wife

    07/06/2015 7:34:00 AM PDT · by Mariner · 239 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 6th, 2015 | By Jordan Chariton
    Donald Trump appears to have deleted a tweet he quoted that made questionable comments about Jeb Bush and his wife. On July 4th, Trump quoted another users tweet which claimed to know why Bush likes “Mexican illegals.” The tweet appeared to be live for 24 hours before Trump deleted it. Bush’s wife, Columbia, is Mexican. Bush responded to Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists and drug lords over the weekend. “I don’t think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what most Republicans think.”
  • HIDDEN CAMERA: Muslim Lawyer Tells Kids ‘ISIS is Just Propaganda’ and ‘Extremism Doesn’t Lead to

    07/06/2015 10:21:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/6/15 | Pamela Geller
    More from the ‘moderates’ who Western elites are counting on. Imagine this, I was banned from entering the UK (along with Robert Spencer) for our work opposing jihad, but this jihad lawyer was invited to speak on the government’s ‘Prevent’ counter-extremism strategy wherein she tells the gathering that they should resist questions from officers, accusing Prevent of demonizing Muslims. For anyone who might still believe Western elites have any clue as to what their doing, this best illustrates the feckless, reckless suicidal policy of dealing with jihad ‘violent extremism. HIDDEN CAMERA: Muslim Lawyer Tells Kids ‘ISIS is Just Propaganda’ and...
  • Russian (Su-24) bomber crashes in Pacific region, both pilots killed

    07/06/2015 11:00:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/6/15 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military aircraft crashed Monday while taking off on a nighttime training flight and both pilots were killed, the Defense Ministry said. It was the fifth accident involving a Russian military aircraft in the past month, but the first with fatalities. The Su-24 bomber crashed while taking off from an airfield in the Khabarovsk region in Russia's Far East at 9:35 p.m. local time, the ministry said in a statement. Shortly after leaving the runway, the plane banked sharply to the left and struck the ground, the ministry said.
  • If You Liked Baghdad Bob, You’ll Love Iran’s Chief Nuclear Negotiator, Javad Zarif

    07/06/2015 10:29:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 5, 2015 | Claudia Rosett
    But he's much more dangerous. Here's why... At the Iran nuclear talks, one of the chief fixtures has been Iran’s foreign minister and chief negotiator, Javad Zarif. He’s the bearded fellow you’ve seen in the endless photo-ops of the murk-shrouded talks. He usually shows up flanked by dignitaries, in various permutations, of the six world powers, including the U.S., who in the current incarnation of the nuclear talks have been haggling with Iran over its nuclear program since cutting an interim deal in Nov. 2013. That was more than 19 months ago, which in terms of the amnesiac modern 24-hour...
  • Original suspect in murder of America's Next Top Model contestant and three others (Illegal)

    07/06/2015 10:29:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7/6/2015 | Snejana Farberov
    The original suspect in the murder of an America’s Next Top Model contestant and three others was scheduled to be ejected from the US in 2012 but was granted deferred deportation under President Obama’s amnesty policy, it was revealed today. Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, was arrested last month in connection to a triple-homicide in Charlotte, North Carolina, that claimed the lives of aspiring model Mirjana Puhar, 19, her 23-year-old boyfriend Jonathan Alvarado, and 21-year-old Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia. His alleged accomplice, 19-year-old David Ezequel Lopez, was taken into custody Thursday and jailed on three counts of first-degree murder.
  • Illegal alien who murdered woman went to San Francisco because it was a 'sanctuary city'

    07/06/2015 9:14:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/06/2015 | Rick Moran
    How nice that the city of San Francisco opens its arms to welcome anyone – legal or illegal, even murderers.  The city's "compassion" toward illegal aliens has now cost a young woman her life, and questions are being asked about how Francisco Sanchez was able to avoid being deported for the 6th time, leaving him free to walk the streets and "accidentally" kill Kathryn Steinle. Breitbart: Five-time deportee, seven-time convicted felon Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez said in a new interview Sunday with a local ABC News affiliate that he came to San Francisco because he knew the sanctuary city would not...
  • Reports of a gunshot at Walter Reed Medical Center on Rockville Pike (MD-DC area)

    07/06/2015 9:10:14 AM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies
    WTOP ^ | Monday, July 6, 2015
    Montgomery County Police are investigating a report of a single shot fired on the campus. Montgomery County Police and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating an unconfirmed report of a single gunshot at the Walter Reed National Medical Center, on Rockville Pike. At 10:48, someone on base reported hearing a shot. The U.S. Navy tweets employees are sheltering in place, but does not confirm any shots have been fired.
  • School teachers working in Israeli schools supported ISIS, Shin Bet says

    07/06/2015 9:09:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 6, 2015
    Security forces have arrested six Israeli Beduin men from the Negev town of Houra, four of whom work as school teachers, for allegedly supporting the Islamic State terrorist organization. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed Monday that the men were arrested over the past two months. They allegedly took part in secret meetings in which they discussed Islamic State doctrine, and spread the group's propaganda among their family members and associates. Some of the suspects planned to join the ranks Islamic State in Syria. Those who worked as teachers at schools in the Negev used their positions to spread...
  • Iranian official: US will remain our enemy despite emerging nuclear deal

    07/06/2015 8:55:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/06/2015
    A senior Iranian military official said Sunday that despite the emerging nuclear deal between Iran and the US-led P5+1 group of world powers, America will remain Tehran's enemy. Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said that even if a nuclear deal comes to fruition in Vienna, where Iranian and western negotiators are currently trying to reach an agreement by a Tuesday deadline, Tehran and Washington will not become friends. "The US might arrive at some agreements with us within the framework of the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), but we should...
  • Living here [UK] on £50,000 benefits, the hate preacher who inspired Tunisian beach killer

    07/06/2015 7:25:47 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 05 July 2015 | Paul Bentley
    A leader of the terror group behind the Tunisian beach massacre is living off benefits in Britain, the Mail can reveal. Jihadi preacher Hani al-Sibai – who described the 7/7 terror attacks in London in 2005 as a ‘great victory’ – is one of the ‘key influencers’ of the Islamic fanatics believed to have recruited and trained gunman Seifeddine Rezgui. But he is living on £50,000 a year in handouts with his wife and five children in a £1 million house in West London, after using human rights laws to thwart attempts to deport him for more than 15 years.
  • Greece votes No: The European Union is dying before our eyes

    07/06/2015 7:11:47 AM PDT · by Mariner · 49 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 6th, 2015 | By Nigel Farage
    Despite the scaremongering and bullying from those in Brussels, we are waking today with Greece having delivered a resounding No. That comes despite EU bosses saying that it would mean a Greek exit from the Euro, not to mention the heavy economic pressure placed on the Greek people to go along with the wishes of Brussels. It is a crushing defeat for those Eurocrats who believe that you can simply bulldoze public opinion. Chief bully-boy Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and other supposed leaders of the European Union did their best to terrify the Greek people into submitting...
  • Iran nuclear talks: Brothels, bike rides and Groundhog Day (diplomat calls talks "obsessional")

    07/06/2015 7:06:04 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 5
    VIENNA - Anyone who says it's all work and no play for the hordes of diplomats, officials, security agents, analysts and reporters who have descended on Vienna for what should be the finale of almost two years of Iran nuclear talks is dead wrong. As the manager of a local brothel said, when the Iran talks are in town, "business is booming". He declined to say who were his most frequent customers, but made clear that, as far as he was concerned, the longer the negotiations between Iran and six world powers drag on, the better. Some journalists are also...
  • Obama Heads to Pentagon for Meetings on Islamic State

    ....Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State. Obama's meetings follow a wave of weekend airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Syria. The coalition says it was one of the most sustained aerial operations carried out in Syria to date.
  • Netanyahu Says Nuke Deal getting Worse by the Day

    07/06/2015 6:55:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/6/2015, 2:38 PM
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Monday with Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias, and promised to support the flailing state of Greece as it deals with bankruptcy. "Recently we saw an Iranian-Hezbollah terror cell uncovered in Cyprus that had reportedly five tons of ammonium nitrate in one apartment. That's roughly the amount that took down the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. That's just one apartment. But this terror network expands to over 30 countries in many continents and we have just received a report of another Iranian terror cell operating in Jordan that was uncovered." Kotzias responded, saying, "I'm very...
  • Iraqi fighter jet accidentally drops bomb over Baghdad, kills 12 people

    07/06/2015 6:33:08 AM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2015 | Sinan Salaheddin
    An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said. The plane — one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group — was returning to base when the accident happened.
  • Syria's Last Best Hope: The Southern Front

    07/06/2015 5:18:41 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | 6 Jul 15 | Lina Khatib
    The Syrian regime is weakening militarily in the face of the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) as well as the Islamist rebel coalition Jaysh al-Fateh that is sponsored by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar; in addition, gains have been made by the moderate opposition coalition in the south known as the Southern Front. The regime’s strain means it is no longer able to fight all those groups directly. It has instead begun to indirectly use ISIS to fight them by not standing in the way of ISIS advances in their areas. This new regime strategy aims at letting ISIS...
  • Yanis Varoufakis Resigns as Finance Minister of Greece After Vote

    07/06/2015 4:49:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/06/2015 | By LIZ ALDERMAN and JACK EWING
    ATHENS — Greece’s combative finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who took a strong stand in demanding that creditors write off some of his country’s debts, abruptly resigned on Monday morning. Mr. Varoufakis had played a central role in rallying votes for a resounding no on a referendum on Sunday that asked Greeks whether they were willing to accept an arrangement with creditors that would require considerable further austerity, such as pension cuts. Mr. Varoufakis had threatened last week to resign in the event of a yes vote, and his decision to step down after he and his allies prevailed in the...
  • Greece votes No: The European Union is dying before our eyes

    07/06/2015 4:44:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nigel Farage
    Despite the scaremongering and bullying from those in Brussels, we are waking today with Greece having delivered a resounding No. That comes despite EU bosses saying that it would mean a Greek exit from the Euro, not to mention the heavy economic pressure placed on the Greek people to go along with the wishes of Brussels. It is a crushing defeat for those Eurocrats who believe that you can simply bulldoze public opinion. Chief bully-boy Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and other supposed leaders of the European Union did their best to terrify the Greek people into submitting...
  • SOCIALISM’S GREEK STARING CONTEST

    07/06/2015 4:03:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Greeks gambled in their referendum that European elites were more committed to their ideological obsession with integrating Europe than with mere economics. Stand up to a bunch of corrupt Greek civil servants and Europe risks going back to the bad old days of nation states and independent economies. It is likely that their bet will pay off.
  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns after 'no' vote against bailout

    07/06/2015 3:20:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/06/15
    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned from his post Monday after Greek citizens voted to reject further austerity measures the day prior, the Associated Press reported. Varoufakis said he was told shortly after the voters rejected Sunday's referendum regarding demands by international creditors to impose further austerity measures in exchange for a bailout package for its bankrupt economy, that the other eurozone finance ministers and Greece's other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers' meetings. Varoufakis issued an announcement saying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had judged that Varoufakis' resignation "might help achieve a deal" and that he was leaving...
  • Some White House Republican hopefuls want curbs on legal immigration [Walker, Santorum]

    07/06/2015 2:38:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 6, 2015 | Andy Sullivan, editing by Ross Colvin
    Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans' job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States. The notion, absent from presidential politics for at least 20 years, could help them tap into the frustrations of working-class voters who have struggled with stagnant wages and reduced job opportunities since the economic crisis of 2007-2009. It could also complicate prospects for a comprehensive fix to the nation's outdated immigration system and tar the Republican Party as anti-immigrant at a time when it needs to broaden its support base of Hispanics...
  • Armenians have lost faith in Russia

    07/06/2015 1:43:37 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    Al Jaseera ^ | 5 Jul 15 | Richard Giragosian
    After more than a week of sustained protests over increasing electricity prices, Armenian activists have demonstrated a new sense of empowerment in the face of an increasingly embattled government. But it is actually the broader implications of this unrest in Armenia that is much more significant, for two distinct reasons. First, although this wave of protests is clearly rooted in a set of underlying problems reflecting the unique socioeconomic and political conditions of Armenia, the discontent and dissent in Armenia have already reverberated well beyond the borders of this small, landlocked country. More specifically, the trajectory of the protests have...
  • [ From July 23, 2012 ] IS THERE ANY POINT IN THE ROYAL FAMILY? (In UK)

    07/05/2015 10:33:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    Joeybarton.com ^ | July 23, 2012
    Does Britain still need the Royal Family? All in favour – say aye Let’s start with the simple numbers; the Royal wedding cost approximately £20m and it is calculated to have generated £1bn for the economy. Now I’m no financial guru, but according to my calculations, that’s a hefty profit. God knows what the Jubilee did. OK, so we’ve established the wedding may have helped our struggling economy, but how else do we benefit from royalty? Aside from the millions of pounds earned from tourists visiting their endless estates and fancy buildings, the Royal Family are highly respected worldwide, they...