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  • Turkish cxartoonists Sentenced to Jail for Insulting Erdoğan

    03/26/2015 11:05:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan were sued for the Aug. 21, 2014, cover of the magazine, which satirized Erdoğan’s election as Turkey’s president. In the drawing, Erdoğan is seen asking whether officials at the new presidential palace in Ankara have prepared “any journalists to slaughter,” referring to ritual sacrifice in Islam, to mark his inauguration. Soon after the publication, a...
  • Community Rallys to Support Carmel Clay Teaching Assistant Arrested in Spain

    03/26/2015 10:29:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Fox59 ^ | 3/26/15 | Nicole Pence
    A Carmel teaching assistant is still behind bars in Spain after he was arrested and charged with assault and resisting arrest. Now, his church community in Indiana is doing what they can to help the family bring Brett Wright home. The 23-year-old man is a special education teaching assistant at Clay Middle School. Wright was arrested in Spain on March 15 after he fought with police officers. This was Wrights first trip outside the country, and he doesnt know Spanish.
  • Saudi-led coalition strikes rebels in Yemen, inflaming tensions in region

    03/26/2015 9:39:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | March 26, 2015 | By Greg Botelho and Saeed Ahmed
    (CNN)Saudi and allied warplanes struck rebels in Yemen on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia threatening to send ground troops and inserting itself into its southern neighbor's civil war, potentially opening up a broader sectarian conflict in the Middle East. The swift and sudden action involved 100 Saudi jets, 30 from the United Arab Emirates, 15 each from Kuwait and Bahrain, 10 from Qatar, and a handful from Jordan, Morocco and Sudan, plus naval help from Pakistan and Egypt, according to a Saudi adviser. The Egyptian state news agency on Thursday quoted Egypt's Foreign Ministry as saying Egypt's support also could involve...
  • White House defends Yemen strategy as Iran-backed rebels surge

    03/26/2015 9:29:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | March 26, 2015 | By NICK GASS
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest says the success of U.S. foreign policy in Yemen should not be assessed in relation to the success or the stability of the countrys government, noting that the Middle Eastern nation the regions poorest has long been in a chaotic situation. The measure of U.S. policy should not be graded against the success or the stability of the Yemeni government. Thats a separate enterprise, Earnest said in a roundtable discussion on MSNBCs Morning Joe on Thursday, adding that the goal of U.S. policy toward Yemen has never been to try to build...
  • Egypt: US Playing 'Double Game' in War on Terror

    03/26/2015 9:23:24 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 12 replies
    CBN News ^ | February 24, 2015 | Julie Stahl and Chris Mitchell
    JERUSALEM -- Egypt is now on the front lines of the battle against ISIS, and some of its leaders are making new accusations about the Obama administration's war on terror. They accuse the United States of playing a double game, fighting terrorists abroad while meeting with them at home. A recent White House meeting between President Barack Obama and Muslim leaders sent shockwaves through the Middle East, specifically in Israel and Egypt. The cause of the uproar: the group included leaders with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. "We just don't understand because we know the history of the Muslim Brothers,"...
  • Obama's Mideast 'free fall'

    03/26/2015 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | March 26, 2015 | By MICHAEL CROWLEY
    Mounting chaos in the region puts the administration on the defensive. Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations is confounding the presidents efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran. The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management of a region that some call impossible to control, even as critics say U.S. policies there are partly to blame for the spreading anarchy. If theres one lesson this administration has learned, from President...
  • Palin Facebook Statement - Bergdahl

    03/26/2015 8:12:14 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 14 replies
    Facebook ^ | 3/26/15 | Sarah Palin
    When President Obama traded one deserter for five evil terrorists hell-bent on destroying America, rational people did not believe the Obama administrations claims about this traitors health crisis, or claims that he served with honor and distinction, and certainly not President Obamas claim that this was a good deal for America. After putting the country in danger, President Obama celebrated Bergdahl in our Rose Garden, arm in arm with his smiling father greeting Americans in Arabic and Pashtu, as our loyal troops cringed. In fact, in the days that followed, the Obama administration actually smeared the vets who came forward...
  • Obamas Mideast Vacuum [Obama's Policies Have Left Behind a "Region On Fire"]

    03/26/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | March 26, 2015
    Obamas Mideast Vacuum March 26, 2015 An abiding goal of President Obamas foreign policy has been to reduce Americas role in the Middle East, in the belief that it would lead to greater stability and serve U.S. interests. Has a policy ever been so thoroughly repudiated in so short a time? Mr. Obama has succeeded in his retreat, but the vacuum hes left has produced a region on fire that is becoming a broad Sunni-Shiite war. Thats the context for this weeks meltdown in Yemen, which has now escalated with the military intervention of Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab...
  • Germanwings plane crash: 'Significant discovery' made by police at murder-suicide pilot home

    03/26/2015 7:44:41 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 56 replies
    Mirror uk ^ | 3/26/15 | John shammas
    Officers spoke to reporters outside the co-pilot's home, indicating that the discovery could be a "clue" to his motivations investigating the Germanwings air disaster co-pilot Andreas Lubitz have made a "significant discovery" at his home, according to reports. While the officers confirmed that the discovery was not a suicide note, they would not reveal any further details as this next stage of their investigation deepens.
  • Officials: Relationship Between Obama Administration and Israeli Government is Irreparable

    03/26/2015 7:27:57 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 26, 2015 9:52 pm | Davi Daoud
    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahus senior advisers have described the relationship between the Obama Administration and the Israeli government as irreparable, the UKs Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday. Their dire evaluation comes on the heels of weeks of hostility from the White House and State Department towards Netanyahu, a situation which has intensified since Netanyahus Likud party won the largest amount of Knesset seats in Israels general election last week. Less than 24 hours after polls closed in Israel, and Likuds win became evident, the administration was already openly talking about a reevaluation of the relationship with Israel. The stance was...
  • Hero CIA officer who led the hunt for Bin Laden and converted to Islam is removed from his post in

    03/26/2015 6:14:09 PM PDT · by null and void · 32 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 13:48 EST, 26 March 2015 | Wills Robinson
    The CIA official who led the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is being removed from his post, it has been revealed. The head of the agency's Counterterrorism Center, who also directed drone campaigns which killed thousands, has been in the position for nine years and is described as a 'true hero'.
  • Obama Sells Out Israel to Iran

    03/26/2015 5:40:53 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 33 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 26, 2015 | Stephen Green
    Our peevish, petulant, and impetuous president has struck again: In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israels nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israels nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. The...
  • National Guardsman, cousin charged in ISIS plot

    03/26/2015 5:11:39 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 26 Mar 15 | WND Staff
    A national guardsman from Aurora and his cousin were arrested Wednesday night, for allegedly conspiring to join the Islamic State terrorist group, and attack a military facility in Joliet. Federal prosecutors said 22-year-old Army National Guard Spc. Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Midway International Airport, while trying to fly to Cairo, Egypt. His cousin, 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, was arrested at his home in Aurora. Each has been charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.
  • Djibouti government criticised as UK court unfreezes businessmans assets

    03/26/2015 4:50:00 PM PDT · by piasa
    Ghana News Agency ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    London, Mar. 25, GNA - The government of Djibouti came in for strong criticism on Monday, as the High Court in London unfroze the worldwide assets of multimillionaire Djiboutian businessman Abdourahman Boreh who had been wrongly found guilty on terrorism charges in Djibouti. The English solicitor who represented the Djiboutian government, Peter Gray of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, was equally censured by Mr Justice Flaux for misleading the court, which led to the initial freezing order on Mr Borehs assets. Mr. Boreh, a former confidant of President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, challenged the freezing order. He had been charged...
  • Did an Ivy League Dean Really Welcome ISIS Fighters to Host a Training Camp on His Campus?

    03/26/2015 4:35:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | BY SAMUEL SMITH
    A recently released undercover investigative video purports to show a dean at Cornell University telling a prospective Moroccan student that the school would welcome student groups to invite ISIS fighters to conduct training camps for students on campus, but the school has since decried the video as misleading. Project Veritas, an investigative nonprofit firm that claims to expose corruption, released a video on Tuesday where one of its reporters disguised himself as a student from Morocco looking to start a "humanitarian group." The undercover reporter went to visit with Cornell's assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, in his office to...
  • Yemen: Egyptian Navy Chases Iranian Warships to Retreat from Port of Aden

    03/26/2015 3:33:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3-26-2015 | Arutz
    Senior editor of Saudi online paper Arab News, Siraj Wahab, has just tweeted that Egyptian ships forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden. A statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that Egypt is coordinating with Saudi Arabia, together with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the participation of its Air Force, Navy, and ground forces, should it prove necessary. However, it should be noted that Iran threatened Saudi Arabia today (Thursday), announcing that its foray into Yemen would end up costing it dearly.
  • Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology

    03/26/2015 3:29:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/26/2015 | C. J. CHIVERS
    The under secretary of the Army on Wednesday apologized for the militarys treatment of American service members exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and he announced new steps to provide medical support to those with lingering health effects and to recognize veterans who had been denied awards. Under Secretary Brad R. Carson acknowledged that the military had not followed its own policies for caring for troops exposed to old and abandoned chemical munitions that had been scattered around Iraq, and he vowed improvement. He also said that the Army had reversed a previous decision and approved a Purple Heart medal...
  • Official: At least 3 of 'Taliban 5' swapped for Bergdahl tried to reconnect with terror networks

    03/26/2015 3:12:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/26/2015 | Catherine Herridge
    EXCLUSIVE: At least three of the five Taliban leaders traded last year for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have tried to plug back into their old terror networks, a government official familiar with the intelligence told Fox News, describing it as an attempt to "re-engage." The new allegations come as Bergdahl now faces desertion charges, and as the one-year deal governing the former Guantanamo detainees' supervised release in the Gulf nation of Qatar is set to expire -- at the end of May. The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency recently told Congress that, after that expiration, all his officers can do...
  • Clinton Camp Warns Us Not to Use Certain "Sexist" Words

    03/26/2015 2:34:37 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 49 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The Clinton campaign has issued a list of words and terms to the Drive-By Media in the form of a threatening e-mail to a New York Times infobabe telling them, "These are the words you cannot use to describe Mrs. Clinton." One word that's not on the list is "cankles." (SNIP) CALLER: In one minute or less, here is an additional list of words, phrases, proper names, and topics that are banned for the bimbo from the New York Times: "Manly, cattle futures, Bonnie and Clyde, Vince Foster, Travelgate, impeachment, Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, the...
  • Why Are We Revealing Israels Nuclear Secrets?

    03/26/2015 2:17:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 66 replies
    TheRightToBear.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | Jim Treacher
    I sure hope one of the smart people can explain this to me, because I just cant figure it out.Ari Yashar and Matt Wanderman, Israel Nation News: In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israels nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to...
  • Travel Schedules Suggest Iran Deal To Be Staged Sunday

    03/26/2015 2:12:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 18 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 3/26/15 | Joel Pollak
    <p>Travel schedules of Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggest that the parties may gather for a signing ceremony on Sunday, March 29 in Lausanne, Switzerland.</p> <p>Omri Ceren, press director at The Israel Project, told reporters via email from Switzerland: Rumors are swirling about a deal as early as Sunday the 29th: Lavrov is slated to fly in for the 27th-29th, Kerry is supposed to be in Boston on the 30th, and the Iranians are talking about where they want to move the talks for the signing ceremony.</p>
  • On an Iran deal, reports of concessions galore

    03/26/2015 1:40:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26 at 3:00 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    News reports over the past few days have featured a string of once unimaginable concessions from the P5+1 in the Iran nuclear talks. (One can imagine the French are feeding the media a steady diet of leaks. It is the French who have expressed the most concern about the bonanza of concessions, so leaks and ensuing public outrage is an understandable strategy if one is trying to stop a bad deal.) The Wall Street Journal reported: Talks over Irans nuclear program have hit a stumbling block a week before a key deadline because Tehran has failed to cooperate with a...
  • Obama Accused of Obstructing Battle against Boko Haram to Promote Axelrods Nigerian Muslim Client

    03/26/2015 12:52:34 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    AIM ^ | March 24, 2015 | James Simpson
    When the notorious Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, kidnapped 278 school girls [1] from the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria last year, Michelle Obama began a Twitter hashtag campaign [2], #BringBackOurGirls. But behind the scenes, the Obama administration was undermining Nigerias efforts to take the battle to the terrorists. Obama refused to sell Nigeria arms and supplies critical to the fight, and stepped in to block other Western allies from doing so. The administration also denied Nigeria intelligence [3] on Boko Haram from drones operating in the area. While Boko Haram was kidnapping school girls, the U.S. cut petroleum...
  • Germanwings crash prompts airlines to introduce cockpit 'rule of two'

    03/26/2015 12:26:50 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 March 2015 | Holly Watt
    Some airlines are to change their rules to ensure two crew members are in plane cockpits at all times, after a co-pilot appeared to deliberately crash a Germanwings plane into the French Alps this week, killing all 150 on board. Two low-cost European carriers easyJet and Norwegian Air Shuttle said on Thursday that they would bring the new rule into effect almost immediately.
  • Yemen Ground Invasion By Saudi, Egyptian Troops Imminent

    03/26/2015 10:52:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 89 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-26-2015 | Durden
    As reported first thing today, while the initial phase of the military campaign against Yemen has been taking place for the past 18 hours and been exclusively one of airborne assaults by forces of the "Decisive Storm" coalition, Saudi hinted at what is coming next following reports that it had built up a massive 150,000 troop deployment on the border with Yemen. And as expected, moments ago AP reported that Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that the military intervention will go further, with a ground assault into Yemen by Egyptian, Saudi and other forces, planned once...
  • Iran demands immediate halt to military actions in Yemen

    03/26/2015 10:52:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 26, 2015 | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday and said it would make all necessary efforts to control the crisis there, Iranian news agencies reported. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Thursday struck Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting to oust the country's Western-backed president. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported a ground offensive with troops from other Muslim states was being prepared.
  • French Govt Formally Asks FBI To Assist In Investigation of Germanwings Flight 9525 Co-Pilot

    03/26/2015 10:49:11 AM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    WPTZ.com ^ | 10:28 AM EDT Mar 26, 2015
    The French government has formally asked the FBI to assist in an investigation of the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 and of the plane's crash in France on Tuesday, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
  • Deal may let Iran keep centrifuges at fortified site [Israel & Iran]

    03/26/2015 10:32:18 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 17 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | George Jahn, Matthew Lee
    Tehran would be allowed to maintain Fordo facility, as long as it allows inspection and doesnt pursue an atomic bomb. LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject...
  • A tidal wave of nipples sweeps Iceland

    03/26/2015 10:11:17 AM PDT · by rey · 131 replies
    Mbl.Is ^ | 27 Mar 2015 | Ann Margret Bjornsson
    Today is a #freethenipple day in Iceland, a day in which a feminist wave has swept the country. The day was particularly celebrated in Reykjavik's Universities and colleges and an endless amount of women tweeted their support, and their nipples, including an MP. Here's a look at the day in pictures in which women went braless or topless to show their support. The international #freethenipple cause addresses equal rights for men and women, a more balanced view of censorship and the rights for all women the world over to breastfeed in public.
  • Jeh Johnsons malfeasance

    03/26/2015 10:15:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-26-15 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared Monday that reading the Quran reminds him of quintessential American values. The Muslim Brotherhood-aligned influence operation he addressed was pleased. The rest of us should be alarmed. There are, of course, passages of the Koran that are peaceable and encourage tolerance. Presumably, those are the ones to which Mr. Johnson was referring. Unfortunately, according to the authorities of Islam and their supremacist doctrine of shariah, such passages have been explicitly replaced by others that are virulently hateful and intolerant. They demand adherents engage in holy war, not practice true American values. Mr. Johnson is...
  • This Year's Hottest Destination for GOP Candidates Is the Mexican Border

    03/26/2015 10:11:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 26, 2015 | Tim Murphy
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will visit the US-Mexico border on Friday with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Walker, who is considering a run for president, is aiming to bolster his credentials as a critic of President Obama's immigration policies. A photo wouldn't hurt either. The Mexican border is now an almost mandatory pit stop for Republican politicians (especially presidential aspirants) looking for the aura of on-the-ground experience on immigration. Sure, talking to a rancher, staring across a river, and visiting a detention facility in McAllen for 30 minutes might not offer much of a big-picture perspective. But that hasn't stopped lawmakers...
  • UN Envoy Says Security Council can Force 'Peace Framework' [Israel]

    03/26/2015 10:05:45 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Ari Yashar
    The outgoing UN Middle East envoy said in his last report Thursday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's new coalition government must freeze Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for "peace." The Jewish building threatens to "kill the very possibility of reaching peace," Middle East coordinator for the UN Security Council Robert Serry said. "Illegal settlement activity cannot be reconciled with the objective of a negotiated two-state solution and may kill the very possibility of reaching peace on the paradigm of two states for two peoples," Serry said. The envoy said he was "frankly concerned" by Netanyahu's pre-election remarks...
  • WHY IT MATTERS: The Saudi-led intervention in Yemen

    03/26/2015 9:57:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | AP
    Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against Iran-backed Shiite rebels in turbulent Yemen have added a regional dimension to the conflict in the Arab worlds poorest country. Five reasons why the world should care about what is happening there: Yemen is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, which Washington has viewed as the most lethal branch of the global network founded by Osama bin Laden. AQAP has been linked to several attempted attacks on the U.S., including the underwear bomb plot of December 2009, and it claimed the January killings at the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie...
  • Clintons Received Money from 'Front for the Government of Iran'

    03/26/2015 9:48:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3-26-15 | Daniel Halper
    As President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry close in on a nuclear deal with Iran, it's worth remembering that the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation received money from "a front for the government of Iran" called the Alavi Foundation. The front gave the Clintons $30,000 between April 2005 and March 2006, according to tax forms. This occurred years after law enforcement officials tied the group to Iranian radicals. The center is funded by the New York-based Alavi Foundation, which law enforcement officials say is closely tied to the mullahs who dominate Iran, the Washington Post reported...
  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Situation in Yemen

    03/26/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    White House Office of the Press Secretary ^ | 3/25/2015 | Bernadette Meehan
    The United States strongly condemns ongoing military actions taken by the Houthis against the elected government of Yemen. These actions have caused widespread instability and chaos that threaten the safety and well-being of all Yemeni citizens. The United States has been in close contact with President Hadi and our regional partners. In response to the deteriorating security situation, Saudi Arabia, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, and others will undertake military action to defend Saudi Arabias border and to protect Yemens legitimate government. As announced by GCC members earlier tonight, they are taking this action at the request of Yemeni President...
  • Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

    03/26/2015 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015 | By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
    The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the...
  • Watch: 'Obama is Out of Control'

    03/26/2015 9:20:13 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Eliran Aharon, Eli Yashar
    Democratic assemblyman slams Obama who is 'desperate' for a foreign policy accomplishment at Israel's expense. Arutz Sheva got the chance to speak with Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-NY) about the fallout between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which historians have assessed as being "unprecedented." Hinting at the Senate probe investigating whether Obama funded the V15 campaign against Netanyahu, Hikind remarked that Obama "worked very very hard" to try and prevent Netanyahu from succeeding - which in the end he did, outpacing Labor by 30 seats to 24. The Democratic assemblyman admitted "I don't understand Obama, you know...
  • 'Liberal' Putin could be toppled 'like the tsar', warns Russian ultra-nationalist

    03/26/2015 9:16:30 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    ibtimes.co.uk ^ | March 22, 2015 | Yasmin Kaye
    Russian ultra-nationalist Igor Strelkov has said President Vladimir Putin could be toppled "like the last tsar" if he does not fully support pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. According to the Sunday Times, the former commander of the pro-Russia rebels in the disputed region speculated about Putin's removal from power when he addressed supporters last week. Although Putin is seen as a hardliner in the West, Strelkov believes the Russian premier is too liberal, and has failed to act decisively enough in the region due to his decision not to annex Donetsk and Luhansk. "Ukraine was, is and remains a part...
  • As US lets Yemen fall, Israeli ire pales next to Arab fury [Against USA/Obama]

    03/26/2015 8:35:21 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 25 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Avi Issacharoff
    Jerusalem is worried by the Iran-backed Houthi takeover of Aden, but Saudi Arabia is burning with anger, and not at Tehran Its little surprise the group got Jerusalems attention. In almost every demonstration held by Houthis in recent months, the slogans heard may as well have been taken straight out of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran: Death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam. The Houthi Zaidiyyahs belong to a Shia school of Islamic thought which is distinct from the beliefs held by Shiites in Iran, but they act in accordance with the regime in...
  • U.S. Begins Airstrikes in Support of Effort to Liberate Tikrit From Islamic State

    03/26/2015 8:14:51 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 30 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 25 March 2015 | Elias Groll
    On Wednesday, after entirely sitting out the three-week offensive, U.S. forces began carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit at the request of the Iraqi government, according to Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren.
  • PM Re-Named Finance Minister to Prevent 'Passover Emergency' [Netanyahu & Passover]

    03/26/2015 8:11:49 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2016 | Moshe Cohen
    Binyamin Netanyahu is once again Finance Minister - thanks to none other than Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef. But according to the Kikar Shabbat web site, the re-appointment of Netanyahu to the post was prompted by phone calls to cabinet members by none other than Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef who was concerned that, without a Finance Minister, the sale of leaven (chametz) before the upcoming Passover holiday would be nullified. While many Jews consider the personal or commercial sale of chametz, the leavened products from bread to beer that are forbidden on Passover, to be a mere technicality,...
  • [from June 5, 2014] Obama: "Absolutely no apologies"

    03/26/2015 8:03:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2014 10:33 AM EDT | Justin Sink
    President Obama said Thursday he would make absolutely no apologies for ordering the controversial prisoner swap to rescue Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
  • 'Moral Bankruptcy': No Death Penalty for Lemkos's Murderer [Israel & Terrorists]

    03/26/2015 7:55:17 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 25, 2015 | Yedidya Ben-Or, Ari Yashar
    Arab terrorist who murdered 25-year-old from Tekoa gets 2 life sentences, not death as demanded by family; 'this policy must change.' The military court in Ofer Prison north of Jerusalem on Thursday sentenced the Arab terrorist who murdered 25-year-old Dalia Lemkos of Tekoa last November to two life sentences, rejecting the family's request for the death penalty. The terrorist, Maher Al-Hashalmoun of Hevron, ran over Lemkos at a bus stop outside Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion region of Judea before getting out of his car and stabbing her to death. He then attacked two other Israelis with the same...
  • One Professional Russian Troll Tells All

    03/26/2015 7:55:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 107 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | March 25, 2015 | Dmitry Volchek and Daisy Sindelar
    More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremlin dialogue online. There are thousands of fake accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and vKontakte, all increasingly focused on the war in Ukraine. Many emanate from Russia's most famous "troll factory," the Internet Research center, an unassuming building on St. Petersburg's Savushkina Street, which runs on a 24-hour cycle. In recent weeks, former employees have come forward to talk to RFE/RL about life inside the factory, where hundreds of people work...
  • AP: 'Not So Clear' That Israel Is Democratic

    03/26/2015 7:45:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 25, 2015 | 10:50 PM EDT | Tom Blumer
    The pundit class in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world is still seething over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's electoral triumph last week. On Monday, Dan Perry at the Associated Press took that hysteria to a new level, in effect attempting to discredit Bibi's win by writing that, after all, it may not really be correct to call Israel a democracy. That's because "Palestinians" who are in the occupied territories whose leaders, and more than likely a majority of its residents would vote to expel all Jews from Israel in a heartbeat if they could ...
  • To Stop Irans Bomb, Bomb Iran

    03/26/2015 7:35:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | Today | John Bolton
    In theory, comprehensive international sanctions, rigorously enforced and universally adhered to, might have broken the back of Irans nuclear program. But the sanctions imposed have not met those criteria. Naturally, Tehran wants to be free of them, but the presidents own director of National Intelligence testified in 2014 that they had not stopped Irans progressing its nuclear program. There is now widespread acknowledgment that the rosy 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which judged that Irans weapons program was halted in 2003, was an embarrassment, little more than wishful thinking. The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear...
  • Is Netanyahu backing off key demand for Iran nuclear deal? [Israel]

    03/26/2015 7:27:06 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    YNetNews ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Staff
    Realizing deal could leave Iran with some enrichment capability, Israel appears to be focusing on placing most restrictions possible on Iran R&D. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed. The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech to the US Congress earlier this month in which he argued against world powers letting Tehran keep thousands of uranium centrifuges and remain on possible course to a bomb. But faced with Western impatience and...
  • Netanyahu Not Replacing Dermer (government responds to "rumors" he'd be canned)

    03/26/2015 7:15:32 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 4 hours ago
    A source in the Prime Ministers office said that PM Netanyahu is not planning to replace Israels Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, according to Galey Tzahal. The Obama administration, besides their open dislike for Netanyahu, apparently arent enamored by Ambassador Ron Dermer either, and the administration has purportedly demanded that Netanyahu replace him. The source was responding to the rumors that Dermer would instead be made Ambassador to the UN, and either Yuval Steinitz or Ron Prosor would replace him.
  • Israel fears for safety of Yemen's remaining few Jews

    03/26/2015 7:14:27 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 6 replies
    YNetNews ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Danny Adino Ababa, Itamar Eichner, Benjamin Tobias
    With Saudi and allies striking Iranian-backed fighters, Israel and Jewish Agency increasingly frustrated by refusal of handful of Jews left in the country to leave. Israel is closely following developments in Yemen, where Gulf states are bombing Iranian-backed fighters, and has expressed deep concern over the fate of the last few Jews in the country. Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a series of air strikes overnight Wednesday, battling Iranian-backed Houthi fighters who have captured swathes of the country. Israel believes that there are less than 100 Jews remaining in Yemen. Most of that number is concentrated in Sanaa, which...
  • Zionist Union MK calls on Netanyahu to fire envoy to US (losing side thinks they can order Bibi!)

    03/26/2015 7:08:30 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 25, 2015, 8:37 pm | Daniel Bernstein
    As US pressure to dismiss Ron Dermer reportedly mounts, Erel Margalit says ambassadors ouster needed to help rebuild ties A Zionist Union MK called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to fire ambassador to the US Ron Dermer as a necessary first step in efforts to rehabilitate fractured Israel-US relations. Dermer is a close confidant of Netanyahu, but has raised hackles in Washington for helping engineer the prime ministers controversial address to Congress earlier this month, which was not coordinated with the White House. In a letter sent to Netanyahu Wednesday, MK Erel Margalit said the Obama administration has been giving Israel...