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  • Camden forum on driver's licenses for undocumented draws 300

    10/23/2014 9:17:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Julia Terruso
    Eufracia Mora and her husband run a commercial and residential painting business, and often have to drive from two to three hours for a job. The parents of two small children ride the whole way unlicensed and on edge. "I'm always nervous every time I get in the car," Mora said, "Every day I drive for work, or I drive the kids to school, I'm worried I'll see a police car." Mora is undocumented and cannot legally obtain a driver's license. She joined nearly 300 people Wednesday night for a forum on immigration issues largely focused on whether driver's licenses...
  • Canada: Ottawa shooter’s father waged jihad in Libya in 2011 (Shorten)

    10/23/2014 9:13:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | October 23, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Even while in the process of revealing these facts, the Globe and Mail does its best to divert attention away from them by quoting a friend asserting that Zehaf-Bibeau must be mentally ill, and marshaling evidence to support that claim.
  • Ebola Today: 322 Have Died in Five Days (720 new cases)

    10/23/2014 9:09:17 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    Boston.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | By Chelsea Rice and Jack Pickell
    2:15 p.m. ET: Sad and scary numbers. The World Health Organization updated case and mortality figures in the Ebola outbreak this afternoon. The latest numbers: Number of cases worldwide in the current outbreak: 9,936 (Climbed 720 in five days) Number of deaths: 4,877 (Climbed 322 in five days) Countries currently affected by Ebola: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America. Countries where the outbreak has ended: Nigeria (Oct. 19), Senegal (Oct. 17)
  • The Sikorski Flap

    10/23/2014 9:04:14 AM PDT · by mac_truck
    The American Conservative ^ | 10/22/2014 | Daniel Larison
    Unsurprisingly, it turns out that an alleged Russian proposal to partition Ukraine with Poland in 2008 never happened. Now the Polish politician who made the claim, the ex-foreign minister and current speaker Radek Sikorski, is in a bit of trouble back home: The claim of a Russian offer was explosive, and dominated Polish media for much of the day Tuesday. But after an embarrassing series of news conferences, Mr Sikorski was forced to admit it had never happened. A media-savvy former reporter who has handled the press with aplomb for years, Mr Sikorski acknowledged that “my memory failed me,” and...
  • AP-GfK Poll: Disapproval, Doubt Dominate on Ebola

    10/23/2014 8:37:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 23, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD and EMILY SWANSON
    Americans have at least some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country but generally disapprove of the way President Barack Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have handled the crisis so far. Most disapprove of Obama's handling of the Ebola outbreak, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll. Just 1 in 5 approve of the CDC's work on Ebola so far, and only 3 in 10 say they trust that public health officials are sharing complete and accurate information about the virus. And only 18 percent have deep confidence that...
  • UN proposal of debt relief for climate adaptation divides aid experts

    10/23/2014 8:22:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Karl Mathiesen
    A UN proposal that would see small island states offered debt relief to pay for climate change contains a “fundamentally unjust” blind spot, according to development groups. But advocates see the idea as an innovative way to increase the money available for climate change adaptation in the most vulnerable states. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working on an initiative that would see rich countries write off debt owed to them by Small Island Developing States (Sids) in exchange for the money being spent on climate change adaptation. Due to their disproportionate contribution to climate change, industrialised countries agreed to...
  • Hero of Canada's Parliament Shooting Greeted With Standing Ovation

    10/23/2014 8:17:52 AM PDT · by walford · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Good Morning America staff
    The hero sergeant-at-arms who killed the alleged shooter in Wednesday's attack on the Canadian Parliament was welcomed back into the building this morning with a prolonged standing ovation. Kevin Vickers, 58, nodded to acknowledge the spontaneous applause that washed over him by the officials in the chamber, which included Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
  • How Big Is the Canadian Terrorists’ Network?

    10/23/2014 7:57:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/23/2014 | BY Tim Mak, Eli Lake, Jacob Siege
    Canadian officials were quick to finger ISIS in this week’s attacks on government targets. But it’s still not clear whether or not the killers were part of a larger jihadist web. Terrorists have twice attacked Canadian government targets this week, with a shooting Wednesday at the country’s parliament in Ottawa. Now Canadian and American authorities are trying to learn whether the killers acted alone or were part of a larger extremist network. The mayhem caused by alleged Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau occurred just two days after another man, Martin Rouleau-Couture, struck two Canadian soldiers with a car in Quebec—killing one...
  • Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal is tip of iceberg, says police chief ( UK )

    10/23/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 15 October 2014 | Randeep Ramesh
    Child exploitation is a hidden crime, and offences at home are the biggest concern, says Norfolk chief constable Simon Bailey. There will be more Rotherham-style child sexual exploitation scandals unearthed in the coming months as the “stone is lifted” on the scale of abuse perpetrated on the young, one of Britain’s top police officers has warned. In an interview with the Guardian, Simon Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk police, who is the leading officer concerned with child abuse within the Association of Chief Police Officers, said that sex crimes involving children had for “too long been a hidden crime”. He...
  • Kelowna Muslims speak out about Ottawa shooting

    10/23/2014 6:13:57 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 50 replies
    Global News ^ | October 22, 2014 | kelly Hayes
    In an email to Global Okanagan, the Islamic Centre of Kelowna condemns the attack saying the incident has nothing to do with the Muslim faith. “I can understand and appreciate often people’s feelings that: ‘Oh we need to defend Islam again’ whereas I would rather express my feelings a bit differently,” says spokesman, Hamid Butt. “We don’t have to defend Islam rather our focus should be to educate (the) community at large that these types of incidents are sad indeed and has nothing to do with Islam.” Butt says he feels that Muslims are being singled out and misrepresented in...
  • Chris Christie: Don’t fuel Ebola ‘hysteria’

    10/23/2014 5:40:44 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 67 replies
    The Politico ^ | 10-23-14 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is urging calm on Ebola, warning elected officials against “stoking hysteria” about the virus."
  • European authorities aim to purge weak banks

    10/23/2014 4:29:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 6:22 AM EDT | David McHugh
    Europe’s biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances. It’s a step that comes none too soon for the struggling economy of the 18-country eurozone. The ECB review to be unveiled Sunday seeks to identify banks that are too weak to lend to businesses or make it through another recession and force them to strengthen their finances. It includes a detailed look at 130 banks’ loans, holdings and investments, as well as a so-called stress test that simulates how...
  • Terror in Canada

    10/23/2014 3:34:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | Nichole Austin
    The nation of Canada is reeling today from a brutal terrorist attack in the capital city of Ottawa that claimed the life of Canadian reservist Nathan Cirillo. The attacker has been identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 23-year-old convert to Islam, who was killed by authorities as he opened fire inside the Canadian Parliament.
  • China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties

    10/23/2014 3:17:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 5:15 AM EDT
    China’s defense minister met Thursday with Iran’s navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month. […] China has been building closer ties with the militaries of U.S. rivals such as Russia to help counter American naval dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.China and Iran also maintain close economic links, although Beijing has joined international efforts to prod Iran into cooperating with the global community over its nuclear programs. …
  • Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

    10/23/2014 3:14:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 4:47 AM EDT | Didi Tang
    China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. There was no explicit discussion of China’s ban on the social media site, which has been in place since 2009, though an indirect reference to it drew laughter during the question-and-answer session Wednesday at the prestigious Tsinghua University. Both Zuckerberg and the university posted video clips of the Q&A online. […] “Speaking of China, I have a more difficult question for Mark, which I hope will not get me fired. What are...
  • Irish senators build EU momentum on Palestine recognition

    10/23/2014 2:57:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 23.08.14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    Irish senators have adopted a non-binding motion on Palestine recognition, as the EU prepares to set out new red lines on Israel relations. The motion, tabled by Averil Power from the opposition Fianna Fáil party, passed without a vote on Wednesday (22 October) after winning cross-party support. It urges the Irish government “to formally recognize the state of Palestine and do everything it can to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. Power told the Senate that in the past 20 years “while pretending to talk peace … [Israel’s] illegal settlements in the West Bank have trebled...
  • China opposes sending North Korea to int’l court

    10/23/2014 2:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 4:28 AM EDT
    China says it’s against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record. The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to take that step, citing the North’s dismal and well-documented record of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions. …
  • Army’s deadly Tiger roars and has claws (Australia)

    10/23/2014 1:47:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, Australia ^ | OCTOBER 16, 2014 | GEOFF CHAMBERS
    ARMED with AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armour missiles, free-flight rockets, and 30mm automatic cannon, the army’s $40 million Tiger helicopters are ready for combat. And they were put through their paces yesterday as part of the Defence Force’s annual Exercise Chong Ju at Puckapunyal Army Base, with The Daily Telegraph given exclusive behind-the-scenes access. The Tiger’s state-of-the-art cannon can engage ground or air targets at a rate of 750 rounds per minute at a range of 1.5km. The choppers rockets are practising out of the Puckapunyal Army base in Victoria. Picture Craig Greenhill Using helmet-mounted sight displays, pilots only have to look...
  • Brazil, Argentina to strenghten aerospace cooperation; talk Gripen deal

    10/22/2014 9:53:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    UPI ^ | October 22, 2014 | Richard Tomkins
    Brazil and Argentina are to hold negotiations over the possible procurement of Brazilian-made, but Swedish-designed, jet fighters. GAVIAO PEIXOTO, Brazil, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Brazil and Argentina are to begin negotiations over the purchase of Swedish-designed Gripen fighters to be manufactured in Brazil. The decision was announced in Brazil by visiting Argentine Defense Minister Agustín Rossi. Brazil's Ministry of Defense said the talks over the possible purchase of 24 Brazil-produced Gripens would include not only the conditions of purchase but also Argentina's participation in the production of the Saab-designed aircraft. "Our willingness to cooperate with Argentina, our neighbor and ally,...
  • Indian Air Force warns against using Xiaomi phones (Largest Chinese smartphone maker)

    10/22/2014 9:18:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    India Today ^ | October 22, 2014
    There have been privacy and security concerns around Xiaomi phones in the past but now Indian Air Force (IAF) is reportedly warning against using the devices manufactured by the Chinese company. According to a report by the Sunday Standard, the IAF has told its officers and their families not to use Xiaomi devices, citing security concerns. The IAF reportedly suggests that Xiaomi devices send data to an agency which reports to the ministry of information industry in China. The IAF, according to the report, issued the advisory on the basis of information obtained from the Indian Computer Response Team, which...
  • Has Beijing Lost Taiwan for Good?

    10/22/2014 8:17:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | October 21, 2014 | Richard Rosecrance
    Taipei is very closely watching Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong—and so far it doesn’t like what it sees. The events of the past three weeks in Hong Kong have underlined two major points. First, Beijing’s policy has not changed. Second, China’s attempt to reintegrate Taiwan with the mainland has been postponed indefinitely—perhaps forever. Beijing’s preeminent leader, Xi Jinping, has refused to allow Hong Kongers to participate in the nomination process that is the first step in the selection of the next leader of the province. This does not surprise anyone in Taipei. Even though Beijing formally accepts the one country-two...
  • David Petraeus: ‘People Saw ISIS Coming’

    10/22/2014 8:07:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/22/2014 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus said in a new interview that the rise of the Islamic State was “well known” among people monitoring the situation within the U.S. government, and that it was able to flourish amid the chaos of the civil war in Syria. “ISIS in a sense is the evolution of an organization that we did defeat, Al Qaeda in Iraq,” Petraeus told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an interview published Monday. “Some of the very hard work we did to help re-establish the fabric of Iraqi society — to bring the Sunni Arabs back into Iraqi society and...
  • Canadian PM Calls Attacker ‘Terrorist,’ Vows ‘We Will Not be Intimidated’

    10/22/2014 7:29:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 22, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Speaking for the first time since a gunman attacked parliament earlier today, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the week’s multiple assaults “a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.” Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist serving in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was shot and killed while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Minutes later, a gunman opened fire inside the halls of parliament before he was shot to death by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vicker. The CBC reported that police confirmed a photo...
  • Reuters: Suspect in Ottawa attack identified, was a Canadian convert to Islam [SURPRISE? NOT]

    10/22/2014 7:26:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    That’s all Reuters has right now, apart from his name: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. One reporter notes, though, that that name appears several times in Montreal’s court database on drug charges. Martin Couture-Rouleau, the suspect in the other recent attack on Canadian soldiers and a convert to Islam himself, also lived in Quebec. Might be just a coincidence but the first thing police will be investigating is whether these two knew each other. The timing of the attacks suggests that there was some copycatting happening at least.Another interesting detail: A Twitter account linked to ISIS apparently tweeted a photo this afternoon...
  • Medieval Golden Age, Modern Barbarism (Islam more civilized 800 years ago)

    10/22/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 47 replies
    First Things ^ | ct 20, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    [Medieval Islamic astronomers predict eclipse of the moon] Earlier this year, as conflict raged in northern Syria, two professors, one Lebanese and the other American, both from elite universities in the Washington, D.C. area, passed the long night at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, drinking tea. They pondered the weighty issues of the region: whether the nation-state paradigm was the residue of colonialism or a reality to which nations of the Middle East must conform; American military engagement and its consequences; and, of course, the sources of violent extremism. At one point, the Lebanese professor lamented, “These...
  • China's leading solar firm files for bankruptcy protection in U.S.

    10/22/2014 4:56:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2014-10-22 22:08:57
    NANCHANG, Oct. 22 (Xinhua)-- China's leading solar firm LDK Solar Co., Ltd filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States Wednesday as a key step for the troubled company's overseas debt restructuring. The company started its overseas debt restructuring in Cayman Islands via provisional liquidation in February to resolve its offshore liquidity issues. The plan involves its subsidiaries in Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and the United States. The overseas debt restructuring will be completed this year, said Peng Shaomin, a spokesperson for the photovoltaic products manufacturer based in Xinyu, east China's Jiangxi Province. LDK Solar successfully listed in New York...
  • Soldiers told not to wear uniforms in public, bases hike security

    10/22/2014 3:18:56 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 38 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | Oct 22, 2014
    News / Canada Soldiers told not to wear uniforms in public, bases hike security Rear Admiral John Newton asked staff 'to restrict movement in uniform as much as possible' in light of the Ottawa attacks. By: The Canadian Press, Published on Wed Oct 22 2014 OTTAWA—Canadian Forces bases across the country were told Wednesday to consider increasing security levels after shootings on Parliament Hill and at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Maj.-Gen. Christopher Coates said bases were asked to take “precautions appropriate to their environments” to ensure the safety and security of personnel, equipment and buildings. Across the country,...
  • Hamas Welcomes Baby's Murder in J'lem Attack

    10/22/2014 3:15:11 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-22-14 | Tova Dvorin
    A Hamas spokesman openly welcomed news of a terror attack in Jerusalem by one of its terrorists, which left nine people injured and killed a three month-old baby. "This is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and invasion of our land by the Jews, particularly on the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Temple Mount - ed.)," Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran stated on official Hamas television. Hamas television has also confirmed the identity of the terrorist - who was shot and wounded by police, but is not dead, as initially reported in the press - as 21 year-old Abdur Rahman Slodi...
  • Baby Murdered in Jerusalem Terror Attack

    10/22/2014 3:12:51 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-22-14 | Tova Dvorin
    A baby girl was killed and eight people were injured Wednesday, after a terrorist hit them with his car outside the Givat Hatachmoshet (Ammunition Hill) Light Rail stop. "A private car hit passengers from the light rail near the police national headquarters. The car's driver attempted to escape and was shot, apparently by a police officer from the Jerusalem district," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. Footage of the attack has now begun to circulate. The grainy security video appears to show a white car careening across the median and straight at pedestrians, mowing down one of them....
  • Pictured: Soldier, 24, Shot Dead by 'Muslim Convert' Michael Zehaf-Bibeau Who Opened Fire on ....

    10/22/2014 2:42:20 PM PDT · by Cecily · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | October 22, 2014 | Lydia Warren & James Nye
    A gunman shot dead a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today before exchanging dozens of shots with guards inside Parliament in a terrifying attack that left the nation's capital on lockdown. Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who reportedly recently converted to Islam, fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old father, as he stood guard at the War Memorial on Wednesday morning. Zehaf-Bibeau then ran inside the Parliament, where he opened fire before he was shot dead by the House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall but recently converted to Islam,CBS reported. Sources...
  • Ali Mazrui, scholarly voice for African empowerment, dies at 81 (Kenyan Muslim, wanted reparations)

    10/22/2014 1:22:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | October 22, 2014 | Matt Schudel, The Washington Post
    Ali Mazrui, a Kenyan-born political scientist who was one of Africa’s leading public intellectuals and whose nine-part 1986 television documentary, “The Africans,” was praised in some corners but criticized in the United States as a diatribe against the West, died Oct. 12 at his home in Vestal, New York. He was 81. His death was announced by Binghamton University, the State University of New York, where Mazrui was a faculty member. The cause was not disclosed. Mazrui, the scion of a prominent Islamic family in Kenya, had been one of the foremost scholars of African politics and society since the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Islamic State supporters taking credit/cheering multiple attacks on Canada

    10/22/2014 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | October 22, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    The Islamic State has made repeated calls for Muslims in the West to attack military, government and law enforcement. ISIS Fighter Threatens West: We Will Conquer White House, Buckingham Palace…..
  • Ottawa shooting: Kevin Vickers hailed as hero who took down attacker

    10/22/2014 12:57:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies
    CBC ^ | 22nd October 2014 | Natasha Culzac
    The man reported to have shot an assailant on Parliament Hill today is a former police officer with a background in providing security services for dignitaries, including members of the Royal Family. Kevin Vickers, 58, a native of Miramichi, N.B., became the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons eight years ago after a varied career in security. He spent 29 years with the RCMP and rose to the rank of chief superintendent, often serving as the face of the national police force in New Brunswick. Before his appointment as sergeant-of-arms, Vickers was director of security operations for the House of...
  • How America learned to love gay marriage

    10/22/2014 12:38:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 13, 2014 | Peter Foster in Washington
    American attitudes to gay marriage have been turned on their head in the space of a single generation. After a US Supreme Court decision this month, 30 of America’s 50 states will have gay marriage laws, which is testament to the sudden shift in attitudes towards same-sex unions in the US. Two decades ago barely a quarter of Americans believed members of the LGBT community should enjoy equal marriage rights; now nearly two-thirds accept gay marriage. This quantum leap cannot be explained by what sociologists call generational shift – that is older, conservative folk dying off and younger, more liberal...
  • Blood on his hands: Brazilian murderer 'who killed 39 women' is pictured caged in prison

    10/22/2014 11:37:34 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 19 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 21 October 2014 | dailymail.co.uk/
    With his blood-covered arms sticking out through the bars of his prison cell, Tiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha has admitted to murdering at least 39 people - including 16 women as well as homeless people and transvestites. The 26-year-old Brazilian serial killer, whose wrists were covered in his own blood after he attempted to slash them with a broken light bulb, has claimed he became a murderer because he was sexually abused as a child. His nine-month random killing spree in Goiania, central Brazil, ended last week when he was arrested following a massive police manhunt.
  • Soldier fatally shot outside of Parliament, one gunman killed, but multiple shooters sought

    10/22/2014 11:35:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The National Post ^ | October 22, 2014 | John Ivison, Justin Ling, Josh Visser, Jake Edmiston, National Post Staff
    Ottawa shooting kills Canadian soldier at War Memorial A soldier was shot and killed at the National War Memorial Wednesday morning before a single suspect was shot dead at Parliament. The chaotic situation is ongoing as police seek multiple suspects in the attack. “One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones,” Ottawa police said in a statement. The soldier will not be identified until his family is notified, police added. The soldier is believed to be a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario. “One male...
  • Hamas Terror Attack in Jerusalem Kills Baby Girl (7 injured)

    10/22/2014 10:54:43 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    United with Israel ^ | 10/22/2014 | United with Israel
    A Hamas terrorist living in Jerusalem ran over pedestrians with his car, killing a 3 month old girl and critically wounding 2 others in Jerusalem. A baby girl was killed and 2 others were wounded critically, after a Hamas terrorist hit them with his car outside the Givat Hatachmoshet (Ammunition Hill) Light Rail stop.
  • Is Canadian parliament shooting a terrorist attack?

    10/22/2014 10:13:44 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 22, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The situation in Canada is still developing and many reports regarding the violence in Canada are unconfirmed, but what is known is that at least one police officer was wounded when a shooter attacked him at the war memorial in Ottawa. What was described as a “lone gunman” then entered Canada’s parliament building where this person engaged in a firefight with police before he or she was incapacitated. It seems that early reports which indicated the attack on parliament was the work of a “lone gunman” were inaccurate. At least one Canadian police official told an MSNBC anchor that multiple...
  • OTTAWA SHOOTINGS UPDATE 19: Obama to hold a briefing in a half hour

    10/22/2014 9:59:37 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 94 replies
    105.5 Moose FM ^ | 10-22-2014 | 105.5 FM
    President Barack Obama is watching the situation in Ottawa very closely. The CBC reports Obama will be holding a briefing in the next half hour. The U-S Embassy in Ottawa is on lock down. The front doors of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC have been locked but staff is allowed to come in and out. Ottawa police say no arrests have been made in today’s shootings in Ottawa. They do not have anyone in custody. One shooter is confirmed dead. The R-C-M-P is expected to be out with an update in the next 30 minutes.
  • Multiple shooters reported in Canada attack [Prime Minister Stephen Harper evacuated]

    10/22/2014 9:25:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/22/2014 | By Ashley Fantz and Josh Levs
    There were two soldiers standing guard at the war memorial in Ottawa near Parliament, and a gunman shot one of them, a witness told CNN on Wednesday. Peter Henderson, a journalist, said other soldiers doing drills nearby ran to help the fallen soldier. Henderson said he knew the person shot was a soldier because of the ceremonial uniform the soldier was wearing. There were "several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa" on Wednesday morning, police said on Twitter. "Incidents occurred at National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill." All Ottawa police buildings remain on lockdown and are closed...
  • Lockheed Martin and Turkey's Roketsan sign F-35 missile deal (new cruise missile)

    10/22/2014 9:20:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 22, 2014
    Lockheed Martin and Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan signed an agreement Wednesday to produce and sell Turkey's SOM-J air-launched cruise missile for the F-35 Lightning II combat jet, the companies said. The agreement, signed in the Turkish capital Ankara, envisages the development, production, marketing, selling and supporting the SOM-J for internal carriage on the F-35 or external carriage on other aircraft."Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnership with Turkey, and we look forward to working closely with Roketsan on this very important project," said Rick Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Edwards also said the...
  • Footage from Globe Reporter Captures Exchange of Gun Fire in Parliament Hill Building

    10/22/2014 8:45:33 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail via YouTube ^ | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Short video by gutsy reporter trailing police as they track gunman in Hall of Honour.
  • $7 Billion in Drug-War Spending Later, Afghan Poppy Cultivation in Full Bloom

    10/22/2014 8:33:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/21/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    The U.S. is losing the “war on drugs” in Afghanistan, with more than $7 billion invested in counternarcotics efforts since the fall of the Taliban yet poppy-growing at an all-time high. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction issued a report today detailing how the opium suppliers are flourishing thanks to better farm technology and more arable land, defying wipeouts from agricultural disease and interdiction programs to produce bumper crops.
  • Revealed: U.S. Cut Off Arms Supply to Israel During Gaza War

    10/22/2014 8:05:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/22/2014 | P. David Hornik
    Last August 14 the Wall Street Journal reported that, in July, after Israel had launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Washington had surprised Israel by turning down an Israeli request for “a large number of Hellfire missiles.” Hellfires are an important air-to-surface precision weapon, suited to the kind of warfare Israel was waging against Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza. But as Amir Rapaport, a veteran Israeli military-affairs writer and editor of the Israel Defense site, now reports: The full truth…is much more severe: apparently, during Operation Protective Edge, the USA had completely stopped all connections with Israel’s defense...
  • Shots fired on Parliament Hill, soldier shot at National War Memorial [Died](Canada)

    10/22/2014 7:44:43 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 33 replies
    CTV ^ | Oct 22 2014 [Last Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:28PM EDT] | Marlene Leung
    Parliament Hill is in under lockdown after reports of shots being fired from inside the halls of the centre block. Nearby, at the National War Memorial, a man believed to be a soldier was shot by an unknown gunman. CTV News' Katie Simpson was at the War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, and witnessed passersby attending to someone who had been shot. Police said a man believed to be a member of the Canadian Forces was shot at the memorial. Police said a man believed to be a member of the Canadian Forces was shot at the memorial. Jason...
  • ISIS’ Call For ‘Lone Wolf Attacks’ Hits Canada Where A Would-Be Jihadist Just Ran Down Two Soldiers

    10/22/2014 7:31:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | ‎10 ‎/‎22‎/‎ 2014‎ | Justen Charters
    ISIS’ call for “lone wolf attacks” has hit North America. The attack took place while two soldiers were standing in a parking lot in Montreal. One soldier was wearing his uniform. The man behind the wheel, 25-year-old Martin Roulea, intentionally hit the armed forces members and then attempted to make a getaway from police in pursuit. However, Roulea lost control of his getaway car during the chase and flipped. As Roulea made his exit from the vehicle, police exercised the use of deadly force. One of the soldiers Roulea hit didn’t survive. ... one thing is vividly clear: From the...
  • Shots Fired Inside Canadian Parliament Building

    10/22/2014 7:26:18 AM PDT · by pabianice · 6 replies
    Fox News Channel | 10/22/14
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  • Woman is thrown out of Paris opera after cast refused to perform unless she removed Muslim veil

    10/22/2014 7:23:59 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20OCT2014 | Peter Allen
    France's Socialist government today pledged to toughen up its anti face-covering law after a veiled Muslim woman was ejected from a major Paris opera house. In an incident which has divided opinion in the city's liberal arts community, cast members performing La Traviata 'objected strongly' to the presence of a woman in the audience wearing a niqab-type veil. 'A singer spotted her in the front row during the second act,' said Jean-Philippe Thiellay, director of the Bastille Opera, which was opened by Socialist president Francois Mitterand in 1989.
  • If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa

    10/22/2014 7:22:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 10/22/2014 | Maria Cheng
    LONDON (AP) — A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month. The hardest-hit West African nations have been checking passengers since summer, but the new work is a reminder of how much easier it could be for the virus to travel outside the outbreak region if those measures weren't in place — and that screening can't catch every case. Since the Ebola outbreak was first identified in March,...
  • 2003 Flashback: Soldiers examined for possible exposure to chemical agents (Sarin, Tabun, Lewsite)

    10/22/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Tom Lasseter
    SOUTH OF KARBALA, Iraq — Four soldiers from the 2nd brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, with red sores on their faces and hands, were sent by ambulance to a rear MASH unit Tuesday. They were told they would be examined for possible contact with nerve or blistering agents. Once at the 30th medical brigade's mobile hospital at the 101st's headquarters south of Karbala, the soldiers were isolated from other troops and photographed. A doctor at the MASH, Maj. David Wolken, interviewed each soldier and measured his pulse and heart rate in a tent with a dirt floor. One soldier...