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  • TV Ad in South Carolina: ‘Bring Americans Victimized by Immigration Out of the Shadows’

    02/10/2016 8:52:06 AM PST · by AuntB · 28 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Feb. 9, 2016 | Caroline May
    The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has launched a six-figure TV advertising campaign in South Carolina, in advance of the state's upcoming presidential primary. The anti-illegal immigration group's TV ad argues that the cliché call to "bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows" should be applied to Americans who have been hurt by illegal immigrants. "For years, Americans have been told that we need to bring illegal aliens out of the shadows. Here's a better idea. Bring Americans victimized by immigration out of the shadows," Dan Stein, the president of FAIR, says in the ad. The television commercial was...
  • The Latest: Trump: China should make Kim Jong-un 'disappear'

    02/10/2016 8:47:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 10, 2016
    ...."I would get China to make that guy disappear in one form or another very quickly," Trump said on "CBS This Morning." Host Norah O'Donnell asked whether Trump is calling for Kim Jong-un's assassination. Trump shrugged, "Well, I've heard of worse things frankly." He adds: "China has control, absolute control over North Korea...And they should make that problem disappear."..
  • North Korea reportedly executed its army chief of staff

    02/10/2016 8:15:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    SEOUL -- North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges, and disappearances under the country's young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding the isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test. A source familiar with North Korean affairs also told Reuters that Ri had been executed. The source declined to be identified, given the sensitivity of...
  • Physician: Lifting DDT Ban Could Stop Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus

    02/10/2016 7:45:51 AM PST · by rktman · 57 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/10/2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) asserts that a lifting of the ban on DDT could prevent the spread of the Zika virus, just as it could have wiped out malaria. Dr. Jane Orient tells Breitbart News the major public health measure required to combat the Zika virus pandemic is mosquito control and says, "DDT was the most effective public health weapon of all time." Orient continues: The ban on DDT was basically the decision of one man, William Ruckelshaus, going against a mountain of evidence on safety and enormous health benefits. It was...
  • North Korea 'executes army chief of staff'

    02/10/2016 7:02:36 AM PST · by NRx · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 02-10-2016 | Reuters
    North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, which came about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test. A source familiar with North Korean affairs also told Reuters that Ri had been executed. The source declined to be identified, given the sensitivity of the matter.
  • Kurds Backed by Russian airstrikes Attack Syrian Air Base Held by Insurgents

    02/10/2016 6:58:19 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Feb 10, 2016, 8:33 AM ET | bassem mroue, associated press
    Kurds Attack Syrian Air Base Held by Insurgents By bassem mroue, associated press BEIRUT — Feb 10, 2016, 8:33 AM ET Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, activists and a rebel commander said. Syria's Kurds have been among the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, but have remained largely neutral in the conflict between President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to overthrow him. But with Syrian troops backed by Russian warplanes waging a major offensive between...
  • Iran Publishes Pictures of Captured U.S. Sailors Crying

    02/10/2016 6:54:30 AM PST · by don-o · 63 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/10/16 | Adam Kredo
    Iran has released new photographs in which at least one of the recently captured U.S. sailors is crying, according to a series of the pictures posted on social media. The pictures, as well as an accompanying video, were released by Iranian state-controlled news outlets and disseminated on Twitter by Iranian reporters early Wednesday. The new photographs come on the heels of another set of pictures that showed Iranian military forces detaining the U.S. sailors at gun point and forcing them to place their hands upon their heads while kneeling on a ship.
  • A Call for Support to Provide for the Common Defense

    02/10/2016 6:18:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Allen West
    The preeminent responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, to protect the American people and our interests. It appears that when you listen to certain individuals debating, they believe the primary role of the federal government is to provide free stuff. This reflects those who have confused providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare. The former is an active verb, the latter a passive verb, but some have juxtaposed the meaning. The resulting new raison d'etre of the federal government is to provide the general welfare. Is there any wonder why we...
  • Trump puts a price on his wall: It would cost Mexico $8 billion

    02/10/2016 5:54:55 AM PST · by rktman · 69 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 2/9/2016 | Anna Brand
    Hall noted that just yesterday, the former president of Mexico called Trump's idea for a wall "stupid," adding that "we are not going to pay any single cent." Probing how he plans to get Mexico to pay for his wall, Trump responded, "Mexico makes a fortune. Mexico is going to pay. And I heard he said that we will not pay. Guess what? The wall just got higher."
  • ‘Vladimir’ tanks in battle for Aleppo (Russian T-90)

    02/10/2016 5:00:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    GAZETA.RU ^ | 10 February 2016 | YEKATERINA ZGIROVSKAYA, PAVEL KOTLYAR, GAZETA.RU
    The T-90 tank, among the newest pieces of military hardware to enter into service with the Russian armed forces, is having a baptism by fire on battlefields in Syria. Turkish and Iranian media first reported the presence of Russian T-90 ‘Vladimir’ tanks in Syria, after which sources in the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed their presence. Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak cited a local commander called Mahmut Hasan as saying that they “had been attacked by more than 80 T-72 and T-90 tanks.” Syrian government troops are reported to have recaptured the towns of Nubul and al-Zahraa to the north of...
  • Rebound To Russia: Amid Rafale Impasse, IAF To Buy 40 More Sukhois

    02/10/2016 2:31:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Arming India ^ | FEB. 10, 2016
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 10, 2016: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has initiated the procurement of a fresh lot of 40 additional Su-30MKI air dominance fighters at an estimated $75 million apiece, reliable diplomatic sources disclosed to Arming India. The procurement is being taken up as a follow-on order to the 222 Su-30MKI fighters already contracted to be made under transfer of technology at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)'s Nasik division. Along with the initial 50 aircraft acquired in a flyaway condition from Russia in the late 1990s, the latest increment of 40 aircraft will take the total number of Su-30MKIs ordered...
  • Exclusive: U.S. and India consider joint patrols in South China Sea - U.S. official

    02/10/2016 1:49:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | SANJEEV MIGLANI
    The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tensions have spiked in the wake of Beijing's construction of seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago. India and the United States have ramped up military ties in recent years, holding naval exercises in the Indian Ocean that...
  • WH Rescinds Objections, Israel to Receive Latest Long Distance Boeing Refueler

    02/10/2016 1:27:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    TheJewishPress.com ^ | February 9th, 2016 | David Israel
    After refusing to sell Israel new planes for several years, mostly for fear that Israel would turn around and go bomb Iran with them, the White House now agreed in principle to let Israel buy the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, using the US security assistance package. According to Walla, the Dept. of Defense initially offered Israel to purchase older models, to make room on its shelves for the new merchandize, but Israel refused, and started spreading hints that if Obama won’t give her what she needs, she can always get it from the next tenant in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So last...
  • N. Korea's military chief executed on corruption charges: source

    02/09/2016 11:12:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/02/10
    N. Korea's military chief executed on corruption charges: source 2016/02/10 16:07 SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- The chief of North Korea's military was executed this month on corruption and other charges, a source familiar with North Korean affairs said Wednesday. Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, also faced charges of pursuing personal gains, the source said. (END)
  • 6 founding EU nations commit to the original unity goals

    02/09/2016 7:07:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 9, 2016 5:53 PM EST | Raf Casert
    The six founding nations of the European Union on Tuesday stressed their commitment to seek an "ever closer union" ahead of next week's summit where Britain is expected to seek a new agreement to help convince a skeptical public to remain part of the EU. The foreign ministers of host Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg said in a joint statement Tuesday they reconfirm their "strong commitment to Europe and the European project and invite all other member states to join." ...
  • Pope Francis Will Stand With Migrants at U.S. Border

    02/09/2016 6:26:02 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 78 replies
    Pope Francis Will Stand With Migrants at U.S. Border Dudley Althaus And José de Córdoba Feb. 9, 2016 8:53 p.m. ET MEXICO CITY—Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday for a six-day visit that will end with a highly symbolic and potentially controversial act: the pontiff taking a stand on the fortified U.S. border to show solidarity with the migrants trying to cross it. The pope’s gesture comes at the height of a rancorous U.S. political season in which immigration has become a hot-button issue. Two leading candidates for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, have vowed to...
  • Gülen Movement’s Atlantic Institute Infiltrates Maitland, FL Holocaust Center

    02/09/2016 6:10:31 PM PST · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 9, 2016 | Alan Kornman
    The Atlantic Institute will be partnering with the Maitland Holocaust Center and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida on a special program entitled, Is History Repeating Itself? Jewish and Muslim Immigrant Experiences in America, scheduled for Thursday February 25, 2016 at the Holocaust Center, 851 N Maitland Avenue in Maitland, FL. The Atlantic Institute is partnered with the Alliance for Shared Values which is openly affiliated with the Gülen Movements Hizmet social initiatives in the United States. The Atlantic Institute on their website, praises Mr. Fethullah Gülen as their Imam and political leader. Fact #1 Recently, FBI agents carried out...
  • Remittances totaled more than oil income (Mexico)

    02/09/2016 5:58:16 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 29 replies
    Remittances sent home by Mexicans working outside the country surpassed petroleum revenues in 2015 for the first time. ADVERTISEMENT There was a 4.75% increase in money sent from abroad, most of which comes from the U.S., to total US $24.8 billion last year, up from $23.6 billion in 2014, said the Bank of México. The bank said it was the first time remittances had totaled more than petroleum revenues since it began tracking them in 1995. Oil revenues last year totaled $23.4 billion. - See more at: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/remittances-totaled-oil-income/#sthash.ZQr2Jt6S.apJQe72y.dpuf
  • Krauthammer: Christie's 'Suicide Attack' on Rubio Helped Trump Win NH

    02/09/2016 5:51:16 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 09, 2016
    Donald Trump had a "yuuuge" win in the New Hampshire Republican primary, and it was in part thanks to Chris Christie going after Marco Rubio during the GOP debate over the weekend, Charles Krauthammer said tonight.
  • Bowe Bergdahl court martial delayed pending appeals court ruling

    02/09/2016 5:04:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2016 | Victor Morton
    A dispute over classified information has put on hold the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on charges of desertion and cowardice. Col. Jeffrey Nance, the judge in the case, issued a stay in the proceedings while an appeals court rules on what classified information the Bergdahl defense team can receive from the prosecution. The military requested the delay, claiming an "abundance of caution" because some of the information sought hadn't been cleared with federal classification authorities.
  • U.S. Blows $5.7 Bil on Cyber Defense System That Doesn’t Work (DHS)

    02/09/2016 3:18:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 9, 2016
    Reckless government spending is at full throttle with the example du jour a $5.7 billion cyber defense system created to protect computers at federal agencies against hackers. Despite its mind-boggling price tag the system is seriously flawed and uses features already available in much cheaper commercial-grade products, according to a federal probe made public recently. The problem, besides sticking it to taxpayers for the exorbitant cost, is that the multibillion-dollar system simply doesn't work. Nevertheless, the bloated agency handling this particular boondoggle, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), insists the program, National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), is effective despite its...
  • Prominent Buddhist Monk Fans Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Thailand

    02/09/2016 2:26:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 08 Feb 2016 | Panu Wongcha-um
    Bangkok-based Buddhist monk Maha Aphichat is among a growing group of Thai monks who feel their religion is under threat from Islam.Anti-Islamic sentiment is brewing in Thailand, spurred-on by Buddhist monks who feel that their religion is under threat from Islam. This fear mongering has been exacerbated by the ongoing political conflict within Thai Buddhism, the 12-year-old armed-insurgency in Thailand’s deep south, and the growing influence of Buddhist radicals in neighboring Myanmar. Bangkok-based Buddhist monk Maha Aphichat is unafraid of speaking his mind. The 30-year-old gained notoriety last October, after he urged Thai Buddhists on social media to burn down...
  • Japan will destroy North Korea missile in case of threat: Tokyo

    02/09/2016 2:10:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Press TV ^ | 02/09/2016
    Tokyo has ordered ballistic missile defense units in the Sea of Japan and onshore to shoot down any North Korean missile that would threaten its territory. Japan's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that it would destroy any North Korean missile if it threatened to fall on its territory, after Pyongyang announced it planned to launch a space rocket this month. "Today the defense minister issued an order" to destroy such a missile if it "is confirmed that it will fall on Japanese territory," the Japanese ministry said in a statement. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who issued the order, cited the...
  • Pentagon, South Korea to Deploy Advanced Missile Defenses

    02/09/2016 2:08:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/09/2016 | Bill Gertz
    After delaying nearly two years, the Pentagon on Monday announced plans to deploy advanced missile defenses in South Korea as soon as possible. In early 2014 the U.S. military commander in South Korea, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, asked the Pentagon for ground-based Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (or THAAD) units to counter growing threats posed by North Korean nuclear arms and missiles. China's government, however, pressured the South Korean government of Park Geun Hye into blocking the deployment. In the interim, the Obama administration did not press Seoul to allow interceptor batteries to be fielded, according to U.S. officials. Scaparrotti repeated the...
  • Turkey's rising tension with Russia over Kurds puts Erdoğan in a corner (Kurds now in Moscow)

    02/09/2016 1:46:10 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 10.16 EST | Simon Tisdall
    Turkey's rising tension with Russia over Kurds puts Erdoğan in a corner Syrian Kurdish party opening a Moscow office marks new nadir in relations, and could lead to Turkish forces crossing border Escalating tension between Russia and Turkey will reach a new high when the Democratic Union party (PYD), the leading Kurdish political organisation in north-eastern Syria, which Ankara regards as a terrorist group, opens a representative office in Moscow on Wednesday at Vladimir Putin’s personal invitation. The development comes amid a dangerous tug-of-war between Russia and the US for power and influence in strategic areas along the Turkey-Syria border....
  • Police raid in German village after 'ISIS commander' living there gives a TV interview

    02/09/2016 1:26:46 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 16 replies
    DailyMail ^ | February 9, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    Police carried out anti-terror raids in a German village after a TV station interviewed a refugee suspected of being an ISIS commander. Officers searched the homes of two men living in migrant housing in Sankt Johann, near the western city of Mainz, after they were accused of being part of an extremist organisation. It came after Spiegel TV reported that it had tracked down one of the men, a 32-year-old Syrian which it claimed was an former ISIS commander. The suspect, named only as Bassam, allegedly fought with ISIS in the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor before leaving via...
  • Russia is 'trying to draw Turkey into a fight' in Syria, and it may be working

    02/09/2016 1:15:39 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 37 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is 'trying to draw Turkey into a fight' in Syria, and it may be working Natasha Bertrand 2h 3,495 7 The Russian Ministry of Defense warned Turkey against launching a military incursion into Syria last week, announcing on Thursday that it had seen "growing signs" that Turkish forces were preparing to intervene to bolster rebel forces battling pro-regime troops in the north. Some experts say, however, that Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to bait Turkey into entering the Syrian battlefield in order to retaliate for Ankara's decision to down a Russian warplane in November. "Russia is...
  • ‘Islamic State Commander’ Found Living As Refugee In Rural German Village

    02/09/2016 1:14:56 PM PST · by detective · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Feb 2016 | Sarkis Zeronian
    In the latest of a series of raids, German police have searched two homes in a rural village after a television channel interviewed a suspected Islamic State commander living there as a refugee. Sankt Johann is a small village in the south west German state, Rhineland-Palatinate. Something of a rural idyll, its 800 residents live between vineyards in the shadow of a 14th century Gothic church. And yet, as SPIEGEL TV reports, this weekend it was the scene of police raids on two Islamic State-linked suspects living in refugee housing.
  • 'We will encircle all of Israel with a security fence' (Netanyahu)

    02/09/2016 1:03:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2016, 5:14 PM | Nitsan Keidar
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured on Tuesday the route of the fence being built along Israel's eastern border with Jordan. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and Southern District commander Eyal Zamir also participated in the tour along the route of the anticipated 30-kilometer fence. So far, five kilometers of the border fence have been erected. [...] The Prime Minister expressed his opinion that all of Israel should be surrounded by some sort of border fence. "At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it...
  • Turkey summons US envoy over State Dept comments on Syria Kurds

    02/09/2016 12:38:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/16
    Turkey's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador on Tuesday, according to media reports, after State Department spokesman John Kirby angered Ankara by saying that Washington did not consider the main Syrian Kurdish party to be a terrorist organization. Turkish authorities, who consider the Democratic Union Party (PYD) a terrorist group, have expressed their "unease" over the remarks by Kirby....
  • Border arrests down in Upstate New York, and at Mexican border

    02/09/2016 11:21:08 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse, New York ^ | February 09, 2016 at 1:45 PM | By Mike McAndrew
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- U.S. border patrol agents are arresting fewer people on the border with Mexico and at the border with Canada in Upstate New York, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released Tuesday. Arrests by agents at ports of entry in Upstate New York dropped by 2.1 percent In the 2015 fiscal year over the preceding year, while the number of passengers crossing into the United States there fell by 9 percent. That decrease was nothing compared to the steep decline in arrests at the border with Mexico. During the 2015 fiscal year, total arrests by customs and...
  • Top intel official confirms ISIS made, used chemical weapons

    02/09/2016 9:48:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2016 | Catherine Herridge and AP
    Video at link. The nation's top intelligence official confirmed Tuesday that the Islamic State has succeeded in making and deploying chemical agents in Iraq and Syria -- calling it the first such attack by an extremist group in more than two decades. The confirmation of mustard gas use came during Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he spoke to the Islamic State's growing sophistication online and in the battlefield. He did not elaborate on where and when the chemical attacks occurred, though there has been mounting evidence the terror group was experimenting...
  • The Thorny Economics of Illegal Immigration

    02/09/2016 9:35:21 AM PST · by Cheerio · 32 replies
    MSN Money ^ | unk | Bob Davis
    MARICOPA, Ariz. - After Arizona passed a series of tough anti-immigration laws, Rob Knorr couldn't find enough Mexican field hands to pick his jalapeno peppers. He sharply reduced his acreage and invested $2 million developing a machine to remove pepper stems. His goal was to cut the number of laborers he needed by 90% and to hire higher-paid U.S. machinists instead. 'We used to have many migrant families. They aren't coming back,' says Mr. Knorr, who owns RK Farms LLC, an hour's drive from Phoenix. Few issues in the presidential campaign are more explosive than whether and how much to...
  • Irish deploy military-style checkpoints to suppress gang war

    02/09/2016 9:28:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    philly.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK,
    Taxi driver Eddie Hutch, 59, was shot several times in the hallway of his home. He was targeted in apparent retaliation for Friday's gun attack on a boxing weigh-in being attended by senior figures from a rival gang led by Irish fugitive Christy Kinahan, the other key figure in the underworld bloodletting. In Friday's attack, five gunmen allegedly from the Hutch camp targeted Kinahan loyalists arriving at the hotel for the boxing event. The gunmen, including three armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and disguised as an elite police unit, shot three men, killing one, in front of scores of civilians...
  • North Korea Has Resumed Weapons-Grade Nuke Work, Intel Chief Says

    02/09/2016 9:19:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | 02/09/2016 | jon schuppe
    North Korea, which in recent weeks has conducted a nuclear test and fired a long-range rocket in defiance of United Nations sanctions, has also resumed its efforts to produce weapons-grade nuclear material, National Intelligence Director James Clapper told Congress Tuesday. A North Korean uranium enrichment facility has been expanded, and a plutonium reactor, closed in 2007, is back up and running, Clapper testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee. The reactor could begin to recover plutonium "within a matter of weeks to months," he said. The dictatorship's growing menace also includes a growth in the "size and sophistication of its...
  • Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': UN War Crimes Investigator Del Ponte

    02/09/2016 9:09:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 02/08/2016 | AFP
    Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': Del Ponte AFP 21 hours ago Geneva (AFP) - Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is currently probing rights abuses in Syria, on Monday backed Russia's air strikes on "terrorist groups" in the war-torn country. "Overall, I think the Russian intervention is a good thing, because finally someone is attacking these terrorist groups," Del Ponte told Swiss public broadcaster RTS, listing the Islamic State group and Al-Nusra among the groups targeted. But Del Ponte, a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, quickly added that the Russians apparently "are...
  • Fiorina: Marine Corp leaders should decide on jobs open to women

    02/09/2016 8:58:49 AM PST · by Bruce Campbells Chin · 37 replies
    The Greenville News ^ | September 24, 2015 | Rudolph Bell
    Fiorina: Marine Corp leaders should decide on jobs open to women Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said in Greenville Thursday that Marine Corps leaders should be allowed to make their own decisions about whether to let women join ground-combat units without political interference from above. The Obama administration and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus are pushing to open all military jobs to women, despite a Marine Corps study of women in combat that found all-male units performed significantly better than mixed-gender units on tactical tests and that women were injured more than twice as often as men. Asked about the issue...
  • Germans rush for weapons licenses amid public anxiety (non-lethal)

    02/09/2016 8:36:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Feb 2016 12:22 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The number of Germans holding licenses for non-lethal weapons rose sharply over the last three months, as the refugee influx appears to have unleashed a wave of public insecurity. Between November and January the number of non-lethal weapons licenses rose by 21,000, bringing the total to 301,000 nationwide. The numbers come from a request made to the interior ministry by Green Party MP Irene Mihalic. [...] These licenses allow holders to carry blank-firing guns, pepper spray and other sprayed deterrents. ...
  • Proactive Redemption in Responding to Palestinian Violence

    02/09/2016 8:09:06 AM PST · by zlando · 3 replies
    BESA: Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies ^ | Oct. 11, 2015 | Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen IDF
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Those who view Israel as a stepping stone for redemption and as the Jewish national spiritual homeland will act differently in responding to Palestinian violence than those who view Israel merely as a safe haven. Thus, the government should do more than just approve security operations against the terrorists. It should approve increased construction in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem. Read the full article....
  • North Korea blew up rocket stage to confound analysts: South Korea

    02/09/2016 7:53:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies
    Indian Express ^ | February 9, 2016
    North Korea blew up rocket stage to confound analysts: South Korea The U.S., Japanese and South Korean militaries are scouring the seas for debris and analysts are studying photos, trajectories. Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea's navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong. South Korean officials and foreign analysts say they now believe the first stage of the rocket had a cagey new feature:...
  • Pope believes Putin is the man to help Christians around the world

    02/09/2016 7:45:47 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 25 replies
    trunews.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | TRUNEWS
    (TRUNEWS) Pope Francis believes Russian President Vladimir Putin can help Christians around the world. A few days ago, TRUNEWS reported the pope’s and Russian Patriarch Kirill planned a last minute meeting, which is set for Friday. Now it is believed Putin played a role in bringing the two sides together, according to Kommersant, after centuries of silence between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, due to the Great Schism of 1054. They are expected to sign a joint declaration, and discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. The Guardian has indicated the discussions could lead to...
  • President Calderon: Mexico won't pay 'a single cent' for Trump's 'stupid wall'

    02/09/2016 7:34:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2016 | Rick Moran
    Former Mexican president Felipe Calderón harshly criticized the notion that Mexico would pay anything for Donald Trump's planned wall on our southern border. The HIll: “Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!” Calderón told CNBC on Saturday. “And it’s going to be completely useless.”  Calderón, who served as president from 2006 to 2012, said Trump is “not [a] very well-informed man.”  “The first loser of such a policy would be the United States,” he added. “If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going...
  • Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces

    02/09/2016 6:38:59 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Associated Press
    Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces By Associated Press February 7 ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama’s envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists. In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner. That came after envoy Brett McGurk’s visit to Kobani, where the PYD’s military wing, aided by U.S.-led airstrikes, drove back Islamic State militants a year...
  • EXCLUSIVE – Geert Wilders: Stopping Islamic Immigration Is a Matter of Survival

    02/09/2016 5:48:47 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/9/2016 | Geert Wilders
    In April last year, the renowned nonpartisan Pew Research Center released a report on the future growth of world religions. The content was shocking. The report states that, if current trends continue, Islam will almost equal Christianity by 2050. While the world's population is expected to rise by 35 per cent until the middle of this century, Islam will grow with a staggering 73 per cent.
  • Canada: Liberals Turning Military Bases into Refugee Camps with Mosques, Qurans, Prayer Mats (etc)

    02/09/2016 5:17:31 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 13 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 2/8/2016 | Pamela Geller
    (Watch the video at link) This is unforgivable in light of what we have seen in Europe. Turning military bases into refugee camps complete with mosques is a stunning metaphor for what is going on as the sun sets on the West. "BREAKING: Liberals to build refugee camps on seven Canadian military bases -- Taxpayers will fund mosques, Korans" By Ezra Levant, The Rebel, February 8, 2016 The Canadian military has been ordered by Justin Trudeau's Liberals to draft plans to house more than 6,000 Muslim migrants on a long-term basis at military bases, according to documents obtained exclusively...
  • U.S. bank stocks and bonds clobbered by recession worry

    02/09/2016 4:31:58 AM PST · by EBH · 17 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/9/2016 | Caroline Valetkevitch and Will Caiger-Smith
    NEW YORK (Reuters/IFR) - U.S. bank stocks and bonds took a pounding on Monday as recession fears compounded concern about their exposure to the energy sector and expectations that global interest rates are unlikely to rise quickly.... Meanwhile, bonds issued by U.S. banks extended their decline, with the yield premium demanded by investors to hold these securities, rather than safer U.S. Treasury debt, climbing to the highest in three-and-a-half years, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Fixed Income Index data. "Investors' attitudes seem to be worsening relative to the likelihood of a global recession. I think that's what financials...
  • ISIL, said to fear uprising, executes 300 by firing squad in Mosul

    02/09/2016 12:32:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    World Tribune ^ | February 8th, 2016
    Monday, February 8th, 2016 ISIL, said to fear uprising, executes 300 by firing squad in Mosul Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has executed 300 people in Mosul, Iraq. "Daesh (ISIL) terrorists executed 300 people by firing squad in Mosul," said Mahmoud al-Sourji, a spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces on Feb. 7. Those executed were "Iraqi police personnel, army troopers and civilian activists," Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported. Sourji said that ISIL "lives in a state of tension in Mosul" and fears an uprising from residents who remain in the city. On Feb. 6, ISIL publicly amputated...
  • How the Chinese Basketball Association Became the Hot Destination for NBA Talent

    02/08/2016 9:50:14 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Jared Zwerling
    Now in its 19th season, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season will tip off next week with its most prized class of Americans. Many have played in the NBA and are still young and talented enough to return to the world's top hoops league. The groundwork for the popularity of today's CBA was laid in the mid-1990s, under sometimes difficult conditions. Since then, everything from the league's rising salaries to Stephon Marbury to the 2011 NBA lockout to the struggling European economy to the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement have made China the top overseas option for American players. In...
  • Charges dropped against soldier who ran through Brisbane suburb with gun-shaped object

    02/08/2016 9:14:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 9th February 2016 | Josh Bavas
    Police prosecutors have dropped a charge against a soldier who caused panic after jogging through suburban Brisbane with a gun-shaped object last year. A full-scale police response was launched after 26-year-old Nicholas Paul Latham was spotted running through Rochedale South wearing camouflage clothing and carrying the object in December last year. Several schools were shut down and Mr Latham was eventually tackled by police. He told police it was all a misunderstanding as he was training with a metal object shaped like a gun, but was charged with public nuisance. His matter went before the Holland Park Magistrates Court on...
  • Former ISIS sex slaves now army of ‘Sun Ladies’ ready to defeat terror group

    02/08/2016 9:06:35 PM PST · by Daffynition · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/8/16 | Hollie McKay
    ERBIL, Iraq – They witnessed the slaughter of their families on Mount Sinjar, and then were forced by ISIS into sexual slavery. Now the “Sun Ladies” are ready to fight - for veangeance as well as survival. Some 2,000 Yazidi women who were captured in the brutal August 2014 attack on their mountain stronghold have escaped and have taken up arms against their former tormentors. Driven by the fresh memories of unspeakable atrocities and the survival of their people, hundreds have signed up to fight the black-clad terrorist army.