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  • Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

    07/30/2014 12:35:12 AM PDT · by blueplum
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2014 7:36pm EDT | Dan Whitcomb
    (Reuters) - A Northern California man who refused treatment and disappeared after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis has been arrested and admitted to a local hospital under guard, law enforcement and local health officials said on Tuesday. :snip: Cruz was taken into custody on Monday night during a traffic stop in the community of Lamont, California, about 15 miles north of Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said. "We took him to Kern Medical Center and had him admitted there, under guard," Pruitt said. The Fresno Bee newspaper reported Cruz was a transient who had come from an area...
  • Ebola: White House Raises Specter of Gov’t Closure During D.C. Africa Summit

    07/29/2014 10:51:00 PM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Obama administration is urging federal employees to stay home during the summit of African leaders being held in Washington, D.C. next week and to monitor local news for announcement of a possible “closing of the federal government” —ostensibly over traffic issues. At the same time the administration said the federal government is taking no “additional precautions” to deal with the potential spread of the Ebola virus by those attending the summit. In a twelve paragraph article on the summit of African leaders hosted by President Obama, the New York Times devotes five paragraphs to the issue of Ebola affecting...
  • Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as Tripoli fire rages

    07/29/2014 10:48:25 PM PDT · by george76
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 30 2014 | Imed Lamloum
    Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Libya's second city Benghazi after days of fighting, as a huge blaze raged at a fuel depot near the capital's airport. An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture Tuesday of the main military base in the eastern city in a statement which was confirmed by an army official. He said jihadists of Ansar al-Sharia, blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Washington, were among the groups. Intense fighting in Benghazi for the past week has claimed about 60 lives since Saturday, medical officials in the city said. "Special...
  • HAMAS Main Compound Bunker Located Under Central Gaza Hospital

    07/29/2014 10:28:22 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7-30-2014 | sundance
    GAZA - The idea that one of Hamas’ main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war. Muslim Brotherhood Soldiers So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk. So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as...
  • Former CIA spy: Putin using Soviet tactics to confuse US

    07/29/2014 10:14:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Christopher Snyder
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Russian President Vladimir Putin does a “good job” confusing the West, as evidenced most recently by the leader’s denial that his country is firing rockets into Ukraine, according to one former top CIA spy. Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to Jack Devine about U.S. strategy against Russia. Devine is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, along with being president of The Arkin Group, an international risk consulting and intelligence firm. He says so far Putin’s regional strategy is working in Russia’s favor. “Plausible denial does not mean credible denial, so he’s doing all the things...
  • Israel, Hamas and Obama’s foreign policy

    07/29/2014 9:21:06 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Caroline Glick ^ | 7-29-14 | Caroline Glick
    When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas. Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that Hamas has dug throughout Gaza and into Israeli territory. Others argued that the only way to truly destroy the tunnels, and keep them destroyed, is for...
  • DIA Chief: Terrorists, Their Ideology Are 'Exponentially Growing'

    07/29/2014 9:13:43 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    NewsMaxWorld ^ | July 29, 2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    President Barack Obama repeatedly asserted during the 2012 campaign that al-Qaida had been "decimated" and was "on the run," but according to remarks made by a senior intelligence official, "it's exponentially growing." "It's not on the run, and that ideology is actually ... sadly, it feels like it's exponentially growing," Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Saturday at the Aspen Institute's Security Forum. Flynn said the current terrorist threat is not coming from a collection of lone actors, but from a well-financed and cohesive group that is effective at exploiting young jihadists. "These organizations that...
  • A Letter of Thanks from Hamas to the Media (satire)

    07/29/2014 9:10:01 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 2 replies
    Dear Members of the Mainstream Media, You’ve been awesome! Everyone knows that we start unwinnable wars with Israel because the real victory happens when you predictably side with us each time. And you’ve been so supportive of our strategy that we really want to acknowledge your helpfulness. In particular, we thank you for: - Focusing so much more on our suffering than anyone else’s. Nigerians must die in far greater numbers before you take notice, so we’re glad that you value our lives so much more. - Minimizing your coverage, if any, of our attacks that led up to Israel’s...
  • UKRAINE: Summary for July 29, 2014 Dmitry Tymchuk

    Brothers and sisters! Here’s the Summary for July 29, 2014 The bad news: 1. Russia continues to attack. The NSDC [National Security and Defense Council] states: Russian troops daily conduct on average 3 to 5 artillery shellings of Ukrainian security forces at the territory of Ukraine from the territory of the Russian Federation. I cannot understand why no one is able to beat an explanation out of Putin about these mad and bloody provocations. Americans have already provided illustrative evidence that Russia is waging these attacks. We have plentry of evidence ourselves. But nobody wants to put pressure on Moscow...
  • Israel says it has targeted and killed high-profile terrorists during Gaza fighting

    07/29/2014 9:02:30 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 6 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Media Line ^ | July 29, 2014 | Felice Friedson
    Israel says it has killed a number of high-profile terrorists in its targeting of Gaza. Israel’s strongest blow to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a guerrilla-like army that participated in the previous rounds of fighting against Israel in 2009 and 2012, was the assassination of Salah Abu Hassanein, commander of its Military Media Division.... The Israeli army also killed PIJ’s regional commanders who controlled the northern and central sectors of the Gaza Strip, as well as Shaaban Dakhdoukh, commander of the forces in Zeitoun, who worked on burying long-range rockets and helped to smuggle weapons for his forces, according to the...
  • Venezuela: Ex-Intel Chief's Release a 'Victory' over US Ideological Foes

    07/29/2014 9:01:55 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    NewsMaxWorld ^ | July 29, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters.
    WASHINGTON — The United States is "deeply disappointed" the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over U.S. drug trafficking allegations, and is "disturbed" at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said on Monday. Instead of being extradited to the United States, retired Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal flew home on Sunday from the Netherlands' Caribbean island of Aruba after the Dutch government ruled he had diplomatic immunity. He had been arrested on Aruba on Wednesday. Jubilant Venezuelan officials hailed Carvajal's release at a ruling Socialist Party congress, calling it a "victory" over...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk oblast: PRAYER REQUEST Rev Alexander Kobzev, Church of Christ abducted

    07/29/2014 8:52:37 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    Alexander Kobzev, Pastor of the Church of Christ has almost certainly been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants. His wife informs that contact with him was lost near 10 p.m. on July 27 near the approach to Ilovaisk. The bad news comes from Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine. He and Pastor Alexander have both been taking part in the inter-faith prayer marathon in the centre of Donetsk which has been continuing now for almost 150 days. One other priest (at least) remains in captivity. Father Yury Ivanov, from the Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate was...
  • A GOP ULTIMATUM TO VLAD

    07/29/2014 8:51:21 PM PDT · by duckln · 2 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/29/14 | Pat Buchanan
    With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November. But before traditional conservatives cheer that prospect, they might take a closer look at the foreign policy that a Republican Senate would seek to impose upon the nation.
  • Hamas footage on the infiltration via tunnel to Nahal Oz village, Israel (WARNING: GRAPHIC)

    07/29/2014 8:30:49 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    Five IDF soldiers were killed in that incident and 1 of the terrorist was killed while trying to drag the body of one of the soldiers - 4 terrorist escaped back through the tunnel Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=db0_1406663438#piHtkmpOzjyZgATQ.99
  • (House Armed Services) Committee Passes Resolution Condemning Obama for Taliban 5 Swap

    07/29/2014 8:11:35 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-29-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    July 29, 2014 Committee Passes Resolution Condemning Obama for Taliban 5 Swap by Bridget Johnson The House Armed Services Committee today advanced a bill to condemn President Obama for releasing five Taliban leaders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Obama didn’t notify Congress before the early June swap, which brought to an end five years of captivity for Bergdahl. The administration claims they had to make an emergency decision because of concerns about Bergdahl’s health. Bergdahl has completed his reintegration process and is now back on active duty in Texas while the Pentagon investigates the circumstances surrounding his capture. The...
  • Louie Gohmert: If Obama Legalizes 5 Million Illegals, Cut Off White House Funding

    07/29/2014 7:50:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | July 29, 2014
    Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) joined Gibson with the latest on Obama’s plan of granting amnesty to illegals. Gohmert told Gibson that some of the illegal immigrants are admitting that they are not fleeing gang violence but are paying gang members to sneak them in illegally into America. On stopping Obama’s agenda, Gohmert said when A President is completely lawless it is time to shut down funding to anyone who will act illegally. We must use the powers of the purse granted by the constitution to reign in Obama.
  • Top Secret Hamas Command Bunker in Gaza Revealed

    07/29/2014 7:37:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | July 29, 2014
    And why reporters won’t talk about it. The idea that one of Hamas’ main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war. So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk. So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa...
  • Pelosi: Qataris Have Told Me 'Hamas Is a Humanitarian Organization'

    07/29/2014 7:06:27 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the United States must look to Qatar, an ally of the terrorist group Hamas, for advice in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. "And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization," she told CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley.
  • Shadowy veteran of pro-Russian rebellions in Ukraine

    07/29/2014 7:03:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    irishtimes.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Daniel McLaughlin
    If John le Carré were to visit the pseudo-statelet run by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, he might feel oddly at home with Vladimir Antiufeyev. The onetime British agent in le Carré would recognise a fellow survivor of the cold war’s shadow games, and the great spy novelist would glimpse some of his characters in the mysterious Siberian veteran of the Soviet security services. Antiufeyev arrived secretly in eastern Ukraine early this month before being named deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs for the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic. This week he became its acting prime minister, when incumbent...
  • AWESOME: Mark Levin interviews Son of Hamas founder Mosab Hassan Yousef

    07/29/2014 6:47:38 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    Mark Levin interviewed the son of the founder of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef, tonight on his show to get more insight into the terrorist group that runs the Gaza Strip. Yousef made it crystal clear that Hamas doesn’t just want to destroy the state of Israel, but wants a global caliphate on every inch of land around the world, and he said they will kill as many palestinians as they need to accomplish this goal. Yousef said the fight that Israel is waging against Hamas isn’t just for their own existence, but for the entire world. He emphasizes that now...
  • Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses off limits, including Clinton (Fox News Exclusive)

    07/29/2014 6:46:10 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-29-2014 | Catherine Herridge
    July 29, 2014 Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses off limits, including Clinton by Catherine Herridge The Republican head of the Benghazi Select Committee warned Tuesday that no witnesses would be off limits in its upcoming probe and that he would consider going to court, if necessary, to compel testimony. "I can't skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity,"Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Fox News in an exclusive interview. He said that while he has received good cooperation to date, and...
  • E.U. offshore wind targets look iffy as France and Germany fall behind

    07/29/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    EE Publishing ^ | 08 July 2014
    MUNICH, Germany -- Offshore wind is the key to the European Union's commitment to a legally binding target to meet 20 percent of its energy consumption through renewable energy by 2020. Under plans submitted by E.U. member states, as much as 43.3 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity is supposed to be deployed by 2020. But the pace of installation is falling well behind this ambitious target -- roughly the equivalent of 40 large electric generating plants. The gap is 14 percent at the moment, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), with France and Germany, in particular, significantly behind....
  • Jaded Argentines brace for looming debt default

    07/29/2014 6:12:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 July 2014 | Eliana Raszewski and Richard Lough
    Factory owner Norberto Garcia was poised to launch a series of new toys this year after grafting hard for the past decade to rebuild his business following Argentina's 2001-2002 economic crash and debt default. Instead, he's hunkering down for a possible second default this Thursday, cutting investment plans and scaling back his targets. "We had plans to launch 11 new products. Now we are going to release just three," Garcia, 70, told Reuters inside a cavernous warehouse piled high with boxes of dolls, balls and plastic rabbits. "We would rather keep the money to support the company's structure as it...
  • Kerry, Hillary Both Get Caught Helping Hamas

    07/29/2014 5:56:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Mideast: Secretary of State Kerry practically acts as proxy for the Hamas terrorist group, and his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, excuses Hamas' use of human shields. As President Obama likes to say, "That's not who we are." 'Our starting point must always be a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel," Obama wrote in a much-celebrated 2007 Foreign Affairs magazine article. "That commitment is all the more important as we contend with growing threats in the region — a strengthened Iran, a chaotic Iraq, the resurgence of al-Qaida, the reinvigoration of Hamas and Hezbollah." Seven years later, Iran is...
  • A GOP Ultimatum to Vlad [Pat Buchanan warns against US involvement in Ukraine and Eastern Europe]

    07/29/2014 5:48:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/29/2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November. But before traditional conservatives cheer that prospect, they might take a closer look at the foreign policy that a Republican Senate would seek to impose upon the nation. Specifically, they should spend time reading S. 2277, the "Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014," introduced by Sen. Bob Corker on May 1, and endorsed by half of the Senate's GOP caucus. As ranking Republican on the foreign relations committee, Corker is in line to...
  • Kiev intensifies combat operations in MH17 crash zone to evade exposure

    07/29/2014 5:44:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 27 May 2014 | Zurab Jhavahadze
    Kiev is seeking to evade exposure of truth over a Malaysian MH17 crash near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine by intensifying combat operations around the crash site, the press centre of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said on Sunday, citing DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai. Donetsk People’s Republic hopes for objective investigation of Malaysian Boeing crash Earlier, the mass media reported that the Ukrainian military planned to take control over the Malaysian jet crash area, for which ends they were shelling Gorlovka and other settlements controlled by the DPR forces. Intensified combat operations “are irrefutable evidence proving that Kiev is...
  • ‘Jews, the End is Near’, Says Graffiti in Rome

    07/29/2014 5:24:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2014, 3:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Rome’s mayor has denounced anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas that have appeared across the city, The Associated Press (AP) reported on Tuesday. Some of the graffiti referred to the escalating violence in Gaza and included taunts such as “Jews, the end is near.” […] The head of Rome’s Jewish Community, Riccardo Pacifici, was quoted by AP as having said, “Rome cannot become like Paris where Jews are assaulted, synagogues are surrounded and where wearing the yarmulke is a concrete danger.” …
  • Gaza as the EU's Second Front

    07/29/2014 5:23:48 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Archibald
    Gaza as the EU's Second Front By David Archibald As Glenn Reynolds has reminded us, the EU has been the major funder of the Palestinians in Gaza and is well aware that 250 million Euros-odd a year of their funding goes to buying weapons for attacking Israel. Eleven years ago, European Union Parliament member Ilka Schroeder noted that the Europeans saw themselves as the future global power and that, in effect, their support for the Palestinians should be understood as a proxy war by the Europeans against the United States. That sounds bizarre but the Europeans have done it...
  • Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?

    07/29/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Let’s concede for a moment that most of us don’t believe the United States should be taking sides in conflicts abroad. Even so, most Americans would probably agree that at a minimum our diplomatic efforts should not cause unnecessary harm. Which brings me to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent misadventure in the Middle East. It seems like a rather big deal that Egypt, Israel, Fatah, Jordan, Saudi Arabia—ostensibly, all allies of ours—agree on anything. This development, one imagines, might be something the United States would be interested in fostering rather than destroying. Certainly, the idea that Hamas’ power should...
  • Body of child found in wheel well of US military plane

    07/29/2014 4:28:40 PM PDT · by bgill · 32 replies
    ABC via kvue ^ | July 29, 2014 | ABC
    The body of a male adolescent was found Sunday night in the wheel-well of a U.S. Air Force C-130 at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany after the plane had arrived from a flight that originated in Mali... The aircraft had made one other stop in Africa and another in Sigonella, Italy, before arriving at Ramstein, Kirby said. It's unclear whether this child was a stowaway or where the child had boarded the plane.
  • Rubio: Iran Nuclear Negotiations a ‘Disaster’

    07/29/2014 4:28:07 PM PDT · by mgist · 25 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/29/14 | Free Beacon Staff
    BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff July 29, 2014 12:28 pm Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) blasted U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran Tuesday, saying the rolling back of sanctions and allowance of the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism to enrich uranium constituted a “dangerous national security failure.” “This entire thing is a disaster,” Rubio said. “It’s not just an embarrassing diplomatic failure. This is a dangerous national security failure, in my opinion.” News broke earlier this month that nuclear talks were extended until November as the sides sought a more comprehensive deal. During that time, however, the U.S. will give Iran...
  • Court to start genocide trial of top Khmer Rouge leaders

    07/29/2014 4:25:07 PM PDT · by BlueHorseShoe · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 07-29-2014 | AFP
    Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge court was Wednesday set to begin a second trial of two former regime leaders on charges including genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape. The complex case of the regime's two most senior surviving leaders has been split into a series of smaller trials, initially focusing on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and related crimes against humanity. The first trial against "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 88, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, was completed late last year, with the verdict -- and possible sentences --...
  • Tell Boehner: “No New Laws”

    07/29/2014 4:03:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Senate Democrats are now explicitly saying they will try to use Boehner’s border bill as a vehicle for broad, “Gang of 8″ style amnesty, and immigration activists are urging them on. All the more reason to call ((202) 224-3121). A House vote on Boehner’s bill is expected Thursday. Beware a Boehner Supertrap: Today (Tuesday 7/29) looks like Crunch Day for the House when it comes to finalizing a pre-August bill to deal with the surge of Central American immigrants coming across the Southern border. Aides to Speaker Boehner have been blowing a lot of smoke about how Republicans are desperate...
  • Last surviving Enola Gay crewman dies in Stone Mountain

    07/29/2014 3:47:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/29/2014 | Mike Morris and Steve Visser
    The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, died overnight at his Stone Mountain home. Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, 93, was the navigator on the Aug. 6, 1945 flight that dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb. With the 2010 death of Morris Jeppson, Van Kirk became the only one of the dozen crew members left. For a number of years, he lived at a retirement community in Stone Mountain where by chance he found himself sharing the place with James Starnes, an Atlantan who had a front-row seat at history. Starnes...
  • My thoughts On Pat Buchanan’s Brilliant And Incisive Take On Washington’s Ukrainian Fiasco

    07/29/2014 3:03:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 37 replies
    Conta Corner ^ | David Stockman
    In just 800 words Pat Buchanan exposes the sheer juvenile delinquency embodied in Washington’s current Ukrainian fiasco. He accomplishes this by reminding us of the sober restraint that governed the actions of American Presidents from FDR to Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush I with respect to Eastern Europe during far more perilous times. In a word, as much as they abhorred the brutal Soviet repression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956, the Prague Spring in 1968 and the solidarity movement in Poland in the early 1980s, among many other such incidents, they did not threaten war for one simple reason: These...
  • BP and Shell: Are we on the cusp of the oil mega mergers?

    07/29/2014 3:01:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 26 July 2014 | Ben Marlow
    A slump in profits could reignite a flurry of deal-making and see a return to mergers of the big oil companies ___ Ten years ago, Lord Browne, the then chief executive of BP, flew to Williamsburg, Virginia, for a board meeting, where he planned to outline detailed proposals for a mega-merger with Royal Dutch Shell. The radical tie-up had been discussed in secret weeks earlier with Jeroen van Der Veer, his counterpart at Shell, during a stroll around Lake Como in Italy. With an estimated $9bn (£5.3bn) of synergies from the deal and Browne’s conviction that he had the backing...
  • Ukraine’s Yatsenyuk Says Resigns in Protest at Parliament’s Decisions

    07/29/2014 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 26 July 2010
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Friday he has announced his resignation amid the Verkhovna Rada’s refusal to vote in favor of increasing the funding of troops involved in the special operation in the country’s east. “My decision to resign has one motive: I want the whole country to see that the parliament refuses to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the parliament refuses to fight for the east and impose taxes on those who need to pay taxes,” Yatsenyuk said in a Shuster LIVE Ukrainian talk show. Yatsenyuk said the country’s parliament needs a “reset” and also called to carry...
  • Troops told to refrain from eating, drinking in front of Muslims

    07/29/2014 2:33:59 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 58 replies
    Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion. That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md. The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month – just before the start of Ramadan – advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.
  • Gaza Live Feed - July 29, 2014

    07/29/2014 2:32:05 PM PDT · by keat · 53 replies
    ustream ^ | July 29, 2014
    The sun is down and the drones are up, as is the live feed!Grab a cold one, sit back and relax. Enjoy the show!
  • Israeli Amb. Ron Dermer OWNS CNN's Coverage of Conflict

    07/29/2014 2:27:46 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    LINK ONLY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX2h-6yZTHk#action=share
  • Leaked “transcript”: Obama demands unilateral ceasefire from Netanyahu [Yes, UNILATERAL!]

    07/29/2014 2:08:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/29/2014 | AllahPundit
    David Harsanyi and Philip Klein are right. No one talks like this. This might be a fair summary of what they said but it’s obviously not a transcript. Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all...
  • Iraqi Christians brave heat to demand help from United Nations

    07/29/2014 2:06:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 29, 2014 | SIMON CALDWELL
    Christian refugees march against persecution by Islamic State fighters outside the UN compound in Irbil, Iraq (also below - CNS) Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 50ºC (122ºF) to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist militants.Sahar Mansour, a Chaldean Catholic who fled Mosul, Iraq, in June, told Catholic News Service by email that she saw some of the demonstrators faint in the heat as they marched from their refugee camp in Ankawa to the UN base in Irbil.“We were holding banners in Arabic, English, Chaldean and French against the violence that...
  • In Leaked Tape, Hostile Obama Tries to Force PM to Accept Truce

    07/29/2014 1:51:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/7/14 | Ari Soffer
    Damning evidence has emerged of US President Barack Obama's dismissal of Israel's position in favor of supporting the position of Hamas and its allies... A "senior US official" leaked an audio recording of a telephone conversation between Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Channel One. In it the 35-minute conversation, which took place on Sunday, the US President appears downright hostile at points, and even cuts off Netanyahu in the middle of his protestations over a one-sided truce proposal which would have seen Hamas receive all its key demands, but that Israel ultimately rejected. The following is an excerpt...
  • Iraq jihadists dynamite Shiite shrine in Mosul (destroy anything deviating from their views)

    07/29/2014 1:43:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | July 26, 2014
    People walk through the rubble of the Prophet Younis Mosque after it was destroyed in a bomb attack by militants ISIS in the city of Mosul, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer MOSUL: Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that controls large parts of Iraq have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said Saturday. Jihadists destroyed the Nabi Shiyt (Prophet Seth) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the "caliphate" proclaimed last month by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. " ISIS militants stopped people from coming...
  • 'Palestinian' Man Detained Over Firebombing of German Synagogue

    07/29/2014 1:32:43 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-29-14 | Ari Soffer and AFP
    German police detained an 18-year-old man over an attempted arson attack against a synagogue Tuesday which drew a shocked reaction from the country's Jewish community. The building in the western city of Wuppertal was not damaged in the incident and no one was hurt, a police spokesman said. The suspect was arrested soon after the early-morning attack, in which incendiary devices were thrown at the building. "He identified himself as Palestinian," a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said, adding that his identity could not immediately be verified. Witnesses said they saw another two men hurling flaming bottles but they evaded...
  • Anti-Israel Protesters Block London Traffic, Wave Al Qaeda Flag

    07/29/2014 1:30:11 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 29, 2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    A shocking video from a major traffic artery in London shows Islamist protesters blocking the route in a loud protest which included the waving of an Al Qaeda flag. The footage was taken last week in Blackwell Tunnel - a major traffic route which runs underneath the River Thames in Britain's capital city, leaving motorists temporarily trapped in the tunnel. Anti-Semitism has spiked sharply in the UK during the past few weeks, as clashes between the IDF and terrorists in Gaza prompted anti-Israel groups to mobilize en-masse. Earlier this month the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitism in the...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • Jerry Brown urges ‘religious call ... to welcome the stranger’ in border crisis

    07/29/2014 1:09:01 PM PDT · by Wuli · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Siders
    MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ordering of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the surge in border crossings is misguided, urging politicians instead to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing the crisis. [snip] Brown did not say what specific actions could be taken on the border, but he suggested the response in Texas by Perry, a Republican, is misguided. [snip] Brown’s remarks come a day after he announced a private meeting Tuesday with José Horacio Gómez, the Mexico-born archbishop of Los Angeles, and “more...
  • Amir Mousavi, Former Advisor to Iranian Minister of Defense: Iran to Provide Missiles to West Bank

    07/29/2014 1:08:16 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 25, 2014 | Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)
    Iranian researcher Amir Mousavi was interviewed on July 25, 2014 on the Lebanese Mayadeen TV channel. Mousavi, a former advisor to the Iranian Minister of Defense, elaborated on Khamenei's statement about providing arms to Gaza as well as to the West Bank, and said that Iran and its allies would deliver missiles through Jordan and the Golan Heights to the West Bank. Interviewer: "Ali Khamenei talked about arming the Palestinian resistance in Gaza as well as the West Bank. What does 'as well as in the West Bank' mean? How will this arms supply be performed?" Amir Mousavi: "What I...
  • Hamas Sermon from the Gaza Strip: Our Doctrine Entails Exterminating the Jews

    07/29/2014 1:06:09 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 25, 2014 | Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza)
    Al-Aqsa TV, the Hamas TV channel, aired on Friday, July 25, 2014 a sermon from a Deir Al-Balah Mosque, in which an unnamed imam called for the extermination of the Jews. "We will not leave a single one of you alive," declared the imam. "Our doctrine in fighting you (the Jews) is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive, because you are alien usurpers of the land and eternal mercenaries. You are the mercenaries of all times. Research the history, my brothers. Wherever the Jews lived, they spread corruption. Oh Muslims,...