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  • America's Moment Of Truth (New Pat Condell video)

    10/25/2016 4:59:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 ^ | 10-25-2016 | Pat Condell
    Finally a real choice. The American way, or the European way?
  • Putin Blasts Clinton & Tells US To Stop Criticising Russia Or 'There Will Be Consequences'

    10/25/2016 4:54:29 AM PDT · by Strategy · 5 replies
    Daily Express ^ | October 25, 2016 | By Zoe Efstathiou
    IN A SHOCKING video, Vladimir Putin has warned the US to stop stoking tensions with Russia or "there will be consequences". The Russian president delivered the ominous threat as tensions between the West and Russia hit all-time highs over Russian airstrikes in Syria. In the clip, which was filmed at a Russian press conference, Mr. Putin claimed the US is focusing on Russia and Iran "to distract voters from the country's problems" by creating "an enemy and uniting the nation against them". He said: "Jeopardising Russian-American relations in order to gain brownie points internally - I consider this to be...
  • Kremlin In Turmoil After Clinton Foundation CEO Requests “Urgent And Immediate” Asylum

    10/25/2016 4:42:25 AM PDT · by WellyP · 14 replies
    Western Sential ^ | 24 Oct. 2016 | WS Staff Editor
    An extraordinary Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today says this morning President Putin was “officially presented” with a Main Directorate for Migration Affairs (GUVM) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) “file for review” relating to a request for “urgent and immediate” political asylum requested by an American citizen named Eric Braverman—who was the former CEO of the Clinton Foundation, and is known as the man who can expose “The Real Hillary Clinton Scandal”. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
  • New push to name Xi Jinping as Chinese Communist Party's 'core leader'

    10/25/2016 4:41:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Oct. 25, 2016 | Kor Kian Beng
    New push to name Xi Jinping as Chinese Communist Party's 'core leader' Kor Kian Beng China Bureau Chief In Beijing There are strong signs of a renewed effort to formally name President Xi Jinping as the "core" of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which will cement his power ahead of a leadership reshuffle next year. A magazine linked to People's Daily, the CCP's official mouthpiece, said in an article on Oct 18 that China needs a strongman leader like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, and that Mr Xi fits the bill. The People's Tribune made the call based on the...
  • Vatican to Act as Mediator Between Venezuela’s Dueling Sides

    10/24/2016 10:11:18 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | OCT. 24, 2016 | ANA VANESSA HERRERO and ELISABETH MALKIN OCT. 24, 2016
    As President Nicolás Maduro flew to Rome for a hastily arranged meeting with Pope Francis, representatives of Venezuela’s government and a leader of the opposition agreed on Monday to allow the Vatican to mediate a dialogue intended to solve the country’s political crisis. The accord appeared to mark a pause in Venezuela’s escalating tension, which intensified last week when the country’s electoral council suspended the opposition’s drive for a referendum to recall Mr. Maduro. This is the first time that the Vatican has succeeded in bringing representatives of the two sides together since it began attempts to intercede in May.
  • RIP, Schiaparelli: European Mars Lander's Crash Site Seen By NASA Probe

    10/24/2016 9:38:14 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 30 replies ^ | October 21, 2016 | Mike Wall
    Europe's ExoMars lander apparently crashed on the Red Planet, and an orbiting NASA spacecraft has spotted its grave, European Space Agency (ESA) officials said. The lander, named Schiaparelli, stopped communicating with mission control about 1 minute before its planned touchdown on Mars Wednesday morning (Oct. 19). Newly released photos of the landing site by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) seem to confirm what ExoMars team members had suspected — that Schiaparelli died a violent death. The photos show a bright feature consistent with the lander's 39-foot-wide (12 meters) parachute, as well as a 50-by-130-foot (15 by 40 m) dark patch...
  • State Dept Defends Kerry Receiving Prize for Iran Nuke Deal

    10/24/2016 4:14:03 PM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 24, 2016 | Jack Heretik
    State Department spokesman John Kirby defended his boss, Secretary of State John Kerry, on Monday for accepting an award for his role in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal along with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Kirby and Zarif were given the annual Chatham House Prize for finalizing the agreement in July 2015 and working to implement it in January 2016. Critics of the deal in the United States say that it does not do enough to curb Iran’s nuclear capabilities and gives the Islamic Republic too much sanctions relief without addressing the country’s malign activities in the Middle East.
  • Tech blogger finds proof DNC chief's emails weren't 'doctored' despite claims

    10/24/2016 4:01:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | October 24, 2016
    After Democratic Party boss Donna Brazile claimed emails showing her apparently tipping off Hillary Clinton to questions at a March town hall were “doctored,” tech sleuths got to work -- and now say they've found proof the emails are authentic. Fox News' Megyn Kelly questioned Brazile last week about an email that surfaced in hacked messages from Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s account. The email, posted by WikiLeaks and attributed to Brazile, passed on a question to campaign adviser Jennifer Palmieri about the death penalty, under the subject line: “From time to time I get questions in advance.” The exchange came...
  • Clinton slams Trump for comments on offensive against Islamic State

    10/24/2016 3:07:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 24, 2016 | Luciana Lopez
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed her rival Donald Trump on Monday for saying that the week-old effort to re-take the Iraqi city of Mosul from the control of Islamic State was going badly. “He’s basically declaring defeat before the battle has even started,” Clinton said at a campaign event in New Hampshire. “He’s proving to the world what it means to have an unqualified commander in chief.” In a tweet on Sunday, Trump, the Republican nominee for the Nov. 8 election, said the “attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months...
  • Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits new high: UN (El Nino, Bovines, Deplorables to blame)

    10/24/2016 3:05:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/16 | Marie-Noëlle BLESSIG
    Geneva (AFP) - The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has passed an ominous milestone, ushering the planet into "a new era" of climate change, the UN said Monday. For the first time on record, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere averaged 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. CO2, the main greenhouse gas driving climate change, has previously passed the 400 ppm threshold on certain months in specific locations but never on a globally averaged basis, WMO said. The UN agency also reported that...
  • Chinese firm admits its hacked DVRs, cameras were behind Friday's massive DDOS attack

    10/24/2016 12:26:19 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | 10/23/2016 | Michael Kan
    Chinese firm admits its hacked DVRs, cameras were behind Friday's massive DDOS attack Botnets created from the Mirai malware were involved in Friday's cyber attack. Michael Kan - IDG News Oct 23, 2016 A Chinese electronics component manufacturer says its products inadvertently played a role in a massive cyberattack that disrupted major internet sites in the U.S. on Friday. Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology, a vendor behind DVRs and internet-connected cameras, said on Sunday that security vulnerabilities involving weak default passwords in its products were partly to blame. According to security researchers, malware known as Mirai has been taking advantage of these vulnerabilities...
  • Philippines seals deal for frigates

    10/24/2016 10:47:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Shephard ^ | 23rd October 2016 | Gordon Arthur
    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 24 October that it had won a contract to build two frigates for the Philippine Navy (PN). The lot 1 contract covers the ship platform and launchers. This contract for the most advanced vessels the PN has ever operated was signed during a ceremony in Manila. A notice of award worth PHP15.7 billion (US$337 million) for these South Korean-built warships was delivered last month. HHI offered its HDF-3000 design as the basis for the PN requirement, upon which South Korean Incheon-class frigates are also based. The company said in a press release, ‘The frigates...
  • America and Britain's War over Cold War Missiles

    10/24/2016 10:43:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 24, 2016 | Steve Weintz
    Mark Twain probably didn’t make the famous quip, “History doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes,” but the phrase’s sentiment often feels right. In discussing British independence, U.S. nuclear policy, strategic-weapons upgrades and a fraying “special relationship,” we could be discussing current events—or those of a half-century ago. In the late 1950s, Britain’s defense establishment faced some grim realities. The empire and its wealth were no more, and nuclear weapons were very costly. Although UK scientists played major roles in the Manhattan Project, postwar espionage and U.S. mistrust of the British led to a chill in collaboration and to the UK’s...
  • Ferocity of Kirkuk attack points to tough fight for Mosul

    10/24/2016 10:05:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 24 October 2016 | Babak Dehghanpisheh and Michael Georgy
    The scale of the operation - the largest of several by Islamic State to divert an advance on their stronghold in Mosul - shows how tough the battle for Mosul may become and points to a continued ability of the militant group to undermine security across the country even if its northern bastion falls. Accounts gathered by Reuters from residents, police, security and intelligence officials suggest it was carried out by forces that were highly trained, well-prepared and - alarmingly for the government - supported from inside Kirkuk. “What was surprising is it was done so easily,” said Ranj Talabani,...
  • US Preps for More Training of Iraqi Troops After Mosul

    10/24/2016 9:57:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies ^ | 24 October 2016 | Richard Sisk
    The fall of Mosul will set in motion yet another training cycle for the Iraqi Security Forces and a return to the counter-insurgency strategy that will keep U.S. troops in Iraq indefinitely, according to U.S. military officials. The battle for Mosul "will not be the last stand"ť in Iraq for Daesh, an Arabic acronym for the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, a U.S. military official who spoke on grounds of anonymity said last Friday. "Clearing Mosul of Daesh will not be the end of Daesh and will not mark their military defeat,"ť the official said. The U.S. defense establishment...
  • Limited gains in first week of Iraq’s Mosul offensive

    10/24/2016 9:44:19 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 24 October 2016 | Susannah George and Joseph Krauss 
    In the week since Iraq launched an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, its forces have pushed toward the city from the north, east and south, battling the militants in a belt of mostly uninhabited towns and villages. In the heavily mined approaches to the city, they met with fierce resistance as IS unleashed suicide truck bombs, rockets and mortars. In other areas, the militants retreated, and in at least one village civilians rose up and overthrew them before the troops arrived. IS meanwhile launched a massive assault on the city of Kirkuk, some 170 kilometers (100...
  • MOSUL OFFENSIVE DAY 7: Live Updates

    10/24/2016 9:31:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 23 October 2016
    6:45pm “It was a very good meeting, seeing everybody here in Erbil, very encouraged by the progress of your Peshmerga and Iraqi forces, so I’m feeling very good about it,” said Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. 5:33pm Turkish artillery and tanks in Bashiqa have fired on ISIS positions, Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday, Turkish media has reported. 5:25pm The airbase at Qayyara is now operational, with planes landing, says US Central Command. 4:50pm Peshmerga forces have “achieved their primary objective” for today, the General Command of the Peshmerga Forces announced...
  • Pakistan cannot be isolated in the world: Pakistan HC to India

    10/24/2016 8:42:52 AM PDT · by tekrat · 4 replies
    GEO news ^ | 10/24/2016
    Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Monday said how come a country that is the biggest victim of terrorism be isolated, adding that Pakistan would not be isolated in the world. The Pakistani HC to India was delivering address at New Delhi’s Indian Institute of Peace and Conflict, where he said that all the issue could be solved between the two countries through negotiations. He said that Kashmir is the bone of contention between Pakistan and India, adding that the 2003 Ceasefire should be made formal.
  • NSA Whistleblower: US Intelligence Worker Likely Behind DNC Leaks, Not Russia

    10/24/2016 8:09:55 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Anti Media ^ | 21 October 2016 | Alice Salles
    During the third and last presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, debate moderator Chris Wallace pulled a quote from a speech Clinton had given to Brazilian bankers, noting the information had been made available to the public via WikiLeaks. Instead of answering the question, Clinton blamed the Russian government for the leaks, alleging “[t]he Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans,” hacking “American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions … in an effort, as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed, to influence our election.” Following the claim, Clinton criticized Trump for saying...
  • 'Error' to Think That 'America Is Invincible,' Ayatollah Tells Venezuela’s Maduro

    10/24/2016 7:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 24, 2016 | 4:23 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Two world leaders who are among Washington’s most outspoken critics met in Tehran at the weekend and discussed whether the United States is unbeatable. Also on their minds — the two candidates running for the White House. “Some people think that America is invincible, while this notion is a big error,” Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Frequent mistakes made by Americans during the past 15 years have caused them to seriously run aground in the region and be hopeless now,” he added. “Steadfastness and rational resistance combined with foresight in the face of pressures...
  • The Algerian Su-34 Is a Myth

    10/24/2016 6:50:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 24, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    Su-34. Photo via Wikipedia On Dec. 30, 2015, some Russian media outlets—this one, for example — claimed Algeria had placed an order for powerful, twin-engine Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers. Western observers concluded that the order was a given — and now it’s only a matter of time until the Algerian air force starts operating Su-34s. No so fast. In fact, the Algerian Su-34 story is mostly rumor and hyperbole. In the immediate aftermath of the Russian intervention in Syria in late September 2015, world media attention focused on the Russian air force and, in particular, Russia’s photogenic Su-34s. The reporting had a profound effect on...

    10/24/2016 6:10:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 23, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    A left wing expert on Salafism has suggested that Germany has no real culture and that Syrians should be allowed their own city rather than be forced to integrate into German society. Expert on Salafism and Green party member Kurt Edler is proposing a radical idea on how the German government should handle the integration of Syrians and other migrants into German society.
  • The Kilo-Class Submarine: Why Russia's Enemies Fear "The Black Hole"

    10/24/2016 6:39:15 AM PDT · by Strategy · 49 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 23, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Unlike the United States Navy, which went all-in on nuclear power, Russia maintains fleets of both diesel and nuclear-powered submarines. A land power encompassing much of Eurasia, Russian submarines are based much closer to "the action" than American submarines are. While Russia maintains nuclear submarines for distant ocean patrols, its fleet of diesel submarines is more than adequate for conflicts in Europe, the Middle East and the Russian near abroad. The mainstay of the Russian Navy's conventionally powered fleet are Project 877-class submarines, known as the Kilo class to NATO and the West. Nicknamed the "Black Hole" submarine by the...
  • The UN Commissars of Climate Change

    10/24/2016 6:10:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    pjmedia ^ | 10/23/2016 | Claudia Rosset
    It is one of the stock hypocrisies of United Nations climate careerists, that while deploring carbon-emitting travel by everyone else, they have turned the UN into a prodigious generator of long, lavish and frequent "climate-change" conferences, held in enticing or exotic locales worldwide -- in places such as Bali, Rio, Cancun and Paris. From around the globe, participants board airliners (many of their tickets subsidized by your tax dollars) and carbon-emit their way to the next jamboree. From these grand climate shindigs, UN officials emerge to promise that if we'll just trust them to allocate a couple of things of...

    10/24/2016 5:47:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | October 23, 2016 | Bill Federer
    Signing of the United Nations charter The United Nations officially began Oct. 24, 1945. Its name coined by President Franklin Roosevelt. The United Nations was created to prevent future wars. Unfortunately, there have been nearly 150 wars with over 100 million casualties from the day the United Nations’ charter was drafted in the Garden Room of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel: 5 in Central Asia 11 in South Asia 20 in Southeast Asia 13 in Eastern Europe 23 in the Middle East 25 in Latin & South America 50 in Africa The Secretary-General at the United Nations Charter Conference in 1945...
  • Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup

    10/23/2016 7:29:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2016 8:38 PM EDT | Hannah Dreier
    Venezuela’s Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber. Opposition lawmakers vowed to put Maduro on trial after a court friendly to his socialist administration on Thursday suspended their campaign to collect signatures to hold a referendum on removing the deeply-unpopular president. Lawmaker Julio Borges said the opposition-led congress is now in open rebellion after a majority of its members voted that the decision constituted a coup with government participation. …

    10/23/2016 6:11:53 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 52 replies
    EXPRESS.CO.UK ^ | October 15, 2016 | REBECCA FLOOD
    The radical report, titled ‘Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Declining and Ageing Populations?’ advocates an influx of immigrants as a means of supporting an ageing population. It projects that over the next 50 years the population of several western countries, including the UK, Germany, France and Italy, will steadily decline unless measures are taken to reverse the trend. Penned in 2001, the report has resurfaced in the wake of the migrant crisis sweeping Europe. It reads: “The new challenges of declining and ageing populations will require comprehensive reassessments of many established policies and programmes, including those relating to...
  • Blowback for American sins in the Philippines

    10/23/2016 4:41:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 16, 2016 | Stephen Kinzer
    SOMETIMES AMERICANS THINK we have won a war, only to realize years or decades later that our victory was incomplete. Now we are facing an eruption of anger over a war we waged more than a century ago. Rarely has blowback from an overseas intervention come back to haunt us so long after the shooting stopped. This unexpected challenge has emerged from the Philippines. The new president, Rodrigo Duterte, recently announced plans to pull his country out of America’s orbit and adopt an “independent” foreign policy. “I am anti-West,” he explained. “I do not like the Americans. It’s simply a...
  • A nation wrecked by immigration: Do-gooding Swedes turn against migrants amid violence

    10/23/2016 4:09:54 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    UK Express ^ | Oct 23, 2016 | REBECCA PERRING
    SWEDEN’S open-door policy has WRECKED Europe’s most liberal nation as the Swedes turn against migrants amid an unprecedented rise in violence and sex attacks. For years Sweden has regarded itself as a “humanitarian superpower” - making its mark by offering refugee to those fleeing war and persecution. But people’s patience with their visitors is wearing thin following a year of violence, sickening sex assaults and the death of social worker Alexandra Mezher, 22, who was knifed to death at an asylum centre for unaccompanied children at the hands of a Somalian migrant who claimed he was 15. At the time,...
  • Who Is Saudi Arabia’s ‘Bravest Woman’ Fighting Domestic Abuse?

    10/23/2016 1:44:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 19 October 2016
    Saudi Dr. Maha al-Muneef received the US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award in 2014. During his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, US President Barak Obama formally presented Muneef with the award for playing her role in protecting women and children in the Saudi Arabia from domestic abuse and violence. recently sat down with Muneef to understand her work as a doctor helping others. Muneef is a mother and knows that courage lies in choosing the right education for her children. She does not want to raise them the same way as her father did to her,...
  • Turkey appoints permanent imam for Hagia Sophia; will lead five daily prayers

    10/23/2016 1:09:57 PM PDT · by cutty · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | October 22, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Observers are warning about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly neo-Ottoman stance and disregard for secular prerogatives.” Indeed, and this new appointment essentially completes the motion of making the Hagia Sophia into a functioning mosque again. European Union officials ought to see this for what it is: a decisive rejection of any pretense of dealing with the Christian or post-Christian West on a mutually respectful basis. Erdogan is an Islamic supremacist and is pursuing an openly supremacist imperative. European officials who are still pushing for Turkey’s entry into the EU, as well as the ongoing phenomenon of massive Muslim immigration...
  • ‘Make a wish list’: Russian ambassador says Moscow ready to provide assistance to Philippines

    10/23/2016 12:31:35 PM PDT · by mr_griz · 21 replies
    After the president of the Philippines announced a separation from the US – a statement which his government has since walked back – Russia’s ambassador to the country said Moscow is ready to provide assistance to and fully cooperate with Manila. “Formulate your wish list. What kind of assistance do you expect from Russia and we will be ready to sit down with you and discuss what can and should be done,” Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev told GMA News on Friday. He went on to state that Russia is open to working with the Philippines in “any area, any field...
  • Is THIS what is Happening?

    10/23/2016 10:49:43 AM PDT · by Hillary'sMoralVoid · 37 replies
    Self ^ | 10/23/2016 | HMV
    Is this the blueprint? Step 1: Destabilize as many predominantly Islamic states as possible. Step 2: Create a refugee crisis and guilt European countries into accepting refugees.. Step 3: Foment tensions created by refugees in Europe. Step 4: promote civil unrest and instability in European nations. Step 5: Ignite warfare between native European citizens and immigrants. Step 6: Witness the destruction of western society with major loss of life, culture and the crippling of industries. Arab Spring making more sense now?
  • Who’s in Putin’s Pocket — Clinton or Trump? (Clinton Uranium RussiaGate scandal)

    10/23/2016 10:58:13 AM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | August 3, 2016 | William F. Jasper
    While serving as secretary of state to President Obama, Hillary Clinton delivered one fifth of America’s uranium deposits to Russia. So charge investigators who have been delving into the murky — and very alarming — dealings of Secretary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation with a company known as Uranium One, and various “private” Russian companies and official Russian agencies. Moreover, her critics accuse Hillary and Bill Clinton of raking in a huge fortune (over $130 million) from the American, Canadian, and Russian investors who helped arrange for these Russian companies — under the control, ultimately, of Vladimir Putin — to...
  • Hillary Sent Classified Email to Home for Printing by Household Employee

    10/23/2016 8:41:04 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 20 replies
    Fox News Channel ^ | October 21, 2016 | Ed Henry
    On the October 21, 2016 broadcast of Fox News Channel's Special Report, correspondent Ed Henry gave the report linked below. At 2:32 into the broadcast he stated something that I cannot find reported anywhere else. He stated: "Now the State Department revealed late today that the FBI found one more Clinton email that has classified information. This note was about the UAE [United Arab Emarites] and [Huma]Abedin sent it to Clinton and then she forwarded it on to a household employee in Chappaqua and said please print this out, even though it had classifed information."
  • In Britain, Bernie Sanders's Brother Falls Short of Election

    10/23/2016 7:50:55 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 4 replies
    Former U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' elder brother has failed to be elected to the British parliament. Larry Sanders was running as the Green Party candidate for the vacated House of Commons seat of former prime minister David Cameron in Witney, in the southern English countryside near Oxford.
  • Vehicle-Born IED Destroys Entire Afghan Compound In Seconds [VIDEO]

    10/23/2016 7:26:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 10/22/2016 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Strikingly clear drone footage shows a vehicle laden with explosives destroy an entire Afghan army compound in a matter of seconds, after a Taliban militant drives unhindered onto the base. A vehicle is seen approaching the outpost in the footage published Friday. The vehicle drives through the open gates and continues apparently unchecked into the heart of the outpost. Seconds later, the entire compound goes up in flames.
  • America Has Stashed Thousands Of Tanks, Artillery In Secret Caves In Norway For War With Russia

    10/23/2016 6:28:31 AM PDT · by Strategy · 39 replies
    The Sun ^ | October 20, 2016 | By Danny Collins
    US MILITARY chiefs have hoarded masses of military gear in underground Norwegian caves to ward off Vladimir Putin, it is claimed. The US has already announced the deployment of 300 Marines to the Scandinavian country that shares a 120-mile border with Russia. The US military is understood to be hoarding equipment in Norwegian storage centres in the event war breaks out with Russia. The method is similar to the ones used by Nato powers during the Cold War. It comes amid deteriorating relations between Moscow and the US over the former's role supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the country's...
  • China likely to repeat Japan’s lost decades with debt, unbalanced economy, Senate hearing finds

    10/23/2016 2:22:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 14, 2016 | Harvard Zhang
    China likely to repeat Japan’s lost decades with debt, unbalanced economy, Senate hearing finds By Harvard Zhang Published: July 14, 2016 3:16 p.m. ET WASHINGTON ? China is likely to fall into the same economic trap as Japan did to muddle along with sluggish growth as it hesitates to deal with the overcapacity and excess debt issues, economists told a Senate hearing Thursday. A further slowdown in the Chinese economy would affect the U.S. by denting the exports of China’s Asian and European trading partners and encouraging a flurry of global currency depreciation, witnesses told the Senate Banking Committee. “China’s...
  • Gaza Agriculture on Brink of Collapse

    10/23/2016 12:40:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 1p/22
    h small manufacturing plants in the Gaza Strip shutting down one after the other and the bigger ones barely holding on against impossible odds, agriculture there is next in line for a resounding crash. Unlike other manufacturing sectors, the farmers’ economic downfall will have immediate and dire consequences for residents of the Gaza Strip. Even now, the UN’s Relief and Works Agency regularly supplies more than half the residents with sacks of flour, rice, sugar and oil. Fruits and vegetables grown locally make up an important part of their meager diets. The slow ruin of Gaza’s agricultural sector began about...
  • Oklahoma, Louisiana Decline Russian Request to Monitor Polling Stations on Election Day

    10/23/2016 12:16:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Louisiana and Oklahoma have declined a Russian request to send its diplomats to monitor polling stations on Election Day, according to letters from state officials provided to CNN. In turning down the request from the Russian consulate in Houston, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler wrote that recent flooding had left his office extremely short-staffed trying to deal with the damage and prepare adequately for the vote on November 8.
  • Iraq Parliament in Surprise Vote to Ban Alcohol

    10/23/2016 12:06:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 23 October 2016
    Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties. Proponents of the ban argue that it is justified by the constitution, which prohibits any law contradicting Islam. But some opponents argue that it also violates the same constitution which guarantees the traditions of religious minorities.
  • Texas Denies Russian Consulate Request to Observe Voting

    10/22/2016 11:26:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Oct 21, 2016 | Julie Fine
    Similar requests were denied by Oklahoma and LouisianaThe state of Texas has denied a request to have Russian officials be present at polling stations during the Nov. 8 general election, according to a letter obtained by NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. The Texas secretary of state's office said it received a letter from Russia's consulate general in Houston seeking to have one of its officers present at a voting precinct to study the "US experience in organization of voting process." Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos said no, adding that "only persons authorized by law may be inside of a polling location...
  • 11 Items from Clinton Foundation's Dealings with Russian Uraniium (Americans Worried)

    10/22/2016 9:55:03 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 11 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | April 2015 | Michael Hausum
    The New York Times on Thursday [April 2015] published an article about the Clinton Foundation, its receipt of millions of dollars from foreign governments and other interests, and the U.S. government's involvement in Russia's stated goal to expand its control of the world's uranium market. All while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. The NY Times didn't reach a conclusion, but one question looms very large: As Secretary of State, did Hillary influence an international deal giving a Russian company 20% ownership of America's uranium production, in return for millions of dollars of cash donations to the Clinton Foundation? Here...
  • Hillary Clinton Tops Middle East Forum’s ‘Islamist Money List’

    10/22/2016 8:25:22 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 21, 2016 | Allum Bokhari
    The Middle East Forum has released its 2015-16 “Islamist Money In Politics” list, charting the top ten recipients of contributions from Islamic organizations — and Hillary Clinton is at the top of the list. According to the Middle East Forum, their list tracks political donations from “from individuals who subscribe to the same Islamic supremacism as Khomeini, Bin Laden, and ISIS.” Clinton has received a total of $41,165 from individuals that the Middle East Forum describes as “prominent Islamists,” including $19,249 from senior officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was declared a terrorist organization by the United...
  • Amb. Stevens’s Deputy in Libya: Washington Did Not Ensure We Had Ability to Protect Ourselves

    10/22/2016 7:30:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 21, 2016 | 5:48 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The State Department’s second-ranking diplomat in Libya on the day that terrorists attacked the U.S. facilities in Benghazi and killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods says a key lesson Americans should take from that event is that officials in Washington, D.C. have a responsibility to make sure Americans serving their country abroad have the ability to protect themselves. “That did not happen in Benghazi,” says Gregory Hicks, who was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli on Sept. 11, 2012. […] Hicks told that he and Stevens saw the move...
  • Former ICE Agent: Smugglers Have ‘More Effective’ Intel Network Than US Gov’t.

    10/22/2016 7:09:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 20, 2016 | 3:03 PM EDT | Amy Furr
    Drug smugglers and human traffickers “have a very effective intelligence gathering system” that is “much more effective than what we have in the U.S. government,” former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent A.J. Irwin said Wednesday during a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington. The discussion highlighted recent statistics from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency showing a dramatic ten-fold increase in the number of illegal immigrants claiming asylum when they reach the U.S. border since 2009. Irwin said that smugglers quickly find out about changes in U.S. law or policy and then move...
  • Official publication says China needs Mao-like strongman leader, and that Xi fits the bill

    10/22/2016 6:07:58 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    The exhortation was made by Peoples’ Tribune, which is affiliated with party organ People’s Daily and came just ahead of a key meeting of top officials this week to lay the groundwork for the leadership reshuffle next year. The article, published on October 18, also echoed praise from senior politicians earlier this year, calling for Xi to be named “the core” of the party leadership – a term that carries strong political meaning. People’s Tribune said that modern China needed a strongman leader, and that President Xi Jinping had the qualities to make one. China needed a strongman politician so...
  • Clinton lawyer may have exposed entire server to China

    10/22/2016 5:57:46 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | OCT 21 2016 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Hillary Clinton's lawyer may have allowed hackers to obtain all of the former secretary of state's emails by reviewing the contents of her private server on a laptop tied to Chinese cyberspies, a House Republican charged on Friday. Heather Samuelson was one of the Clinton aides who sifted through the private email server used during Clinton's tenure at the State Department, and helped decide which would be designated as personal messages and which were work-related. That's when the potential Chinese hacks may have taken place, because she used two laptops made by Lenovo, a company with ties to the Chinese...
  • $770,000,000 In Taxpayer Money Obama Just Paid to Renovate Overseas Mosques [VIDEO]

    10/22/2016 5:52:55 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 57 replies
    Seven hundred and seventy million dollars. That’s right, Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton conspired together to send nearly $1 billion to the Middle East to renovate mosques.