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  • Netanyahu: ‘You don’t murder a sleeping child for peace’ (Must see video)

    07/01/2016 10:43:19 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 9 replies
    Full text of a video message by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the killing of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, 2016: “This morning a terrorist sneaked into the bedroom of a 13-year-old girl, Hallel-Yaffa Ariel. He murdered young Hallel in cold blood. A picture of her blood stained room is almost too hard to see. There’s a teddy bear still on her bed, a red beanbag chair, some pictures on the wall, shoes tightly packed in a bin next to her bunk bed. “Why would any person do this? “You don’t...
  • Academics: Nature Needs Seats At UN And ‘Crimes Against Biodiversity’

    07/01/2016 10:29:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | Andrew Follett
    The article, written by Anthony Burke and Stefanie Fishel, professors who study international relations and gender studies respectively, concludes massively empowering the U.N. is the best way to slow global warming. “A ‘crimes against biodiversity’ law would act like a [crime against humanity] for the environment,” Burke and Fishel’s article states. “Unlike international laws that punish genocide, our suggested law would not require proof of intent to commit the crime, but merely a strong link between the activity and the destruction of biodiversity or industrial and systemic harm to animals.”
  • ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban, Firearms Licensing Did Not Stop Terrorist with AK-47 in Istanbul(T)

    07/01/2016 10:10:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    Turkey, which recently suffered an attack in the Istanbul airport by a terrorist with an AK-47, has a complete prohibition on private ownership of semiautomatic rifles, firearm licensing requirements, and background checks. In American leftist lingo, an AK-47, a type of semiautomatic rifle, is an “assault weapon.” AK-47s are completely banned from private possession. That, however, did not keep a terrorist from getting one. And that alone highlights the foolishness of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) pursuit of more gun control following the June 12 Orlando terror attack. In fact, the gun controls in Turkey are so strict that a...
  • Sources: Obama to reveal civilian deaths from drones

    07/01/2016 9:14:31 AM PDT · by McGruff · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 01, 2016
    President Barack Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the number of civilians killed in U.S. military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took office and will issue an executive order that makes protecting civilians a more integral part of planning U.S. military operations, according to activists and other individuals familiar with the report. The White House is to disclose the casualties with a range of numbers indicating that an estimated 100 civilians have been inadvertently killed by 500 drone strikes since 2009. The estimate is said to cover drone strikes in Pakistan,...
  • Obama: I'm Still Not Enforcing Immigration Law, No Matter What The Court Says

    07/01/2016 7:08:18 AM PDT · by LucyT · 87 replies
    FoxNation ^ | June 23, 2016 | Christian Datoc
    Speaking shortly after the Supreme Court’s immigration decision, President Obama made it “very clear” that deporting illegal immigrants is not a priority of his administration. ‘Enforcement Priorities Developed by My Administration Are Not Affected’ by SCOTUS Ruling .......................................................................................
  • Obama, in Canada, Rejects 'Bygone Days of Order and Predictability and National Glory'

    07/01/2016 5:48:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 30, 2016 | 6:06 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    In a speech to Canada’s parliament on Wednesday, the president of the United States embraced globalization and the “international order,” rejecting politicians who hearken back to “bygone days of order and predictability and national glory.” Without naming Donald Trump, President Barack Obama warned that the Republican presidential candidate is playing on people’s fears of globalization: “The world is more prosperous than ever before. But alongside globalization and technological wonders, we also see a rise in inequality and wage stagnation across the advanced economies, leaving too many workers and communities fearful of diminishing prospects, not just for themselves, but more importantly,...
  • Donald Trump’s Alt-Earth—Where America Is Poor, Weak, and Terrified

    07/01/2016 4:51:58 AM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies
    Dailybeast ^ | July 1, 2016 | Stuart Stevens
    You can’t make it up—there’s a 25 percent or so chance that an unhinged demagogue will be America’s next commander in chief. A few years ago I started noodling on a novel that I hoped would expose the fault lines that seemed to be splitting our politics. My thought was to take reality and push it to the edge both for comic affect and to offer up a cautionary tale of where our politics might be headed. I finished the book in the summer of 2015 and I was a little worried that I had gone too far. How believable...
  • The Lesson of Margaret Thatcher’s Demise and the Brexit Vote

    07/01/2016 4:55:55 AM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 June 2016 | Steve Byas
    “No, no, no!” British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (shown) told the House of Commons on October 30, 1990, to a proposal for a more centralized government in Europe. European Commission President Jacque Delors had announced his support for centralizing power in Europe, away from national governments such as the United Kingdom. He proposed that the European Parliament become the “democratic” body of the European Community, with the Commission as the executive and the Council of Ministers the senate.
  • [N. Korea]Bingeing Kim Jong-Un piling on the pounds: Seoul's spies

    07/01/2016 4:38:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | Jul 01, 2016
    Bingeing Kim Jong-Un piling on the pounds: Seoul's spies Posted 01 Jul 2016 18:36 Updated 01 Jul 2016 18:40 SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has piled on around 40 kilos (90 pounds) since he took power four years ago, bingeing on food and drink, South Korea's spy agency said Friday (Jul 1). The young leader is also suffering from insomnia and is paranoid about his personal safety, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported to a parliamentary committee behind closed doors. When he took over from his late father in 2012, Kim's weight was believed to be 90 kilograms. He...
  • 30 Years In The Making, Tejas Joins Air Force. A Very Big Step. (India)

    07/01/2016 4:31:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 01, 2016 | Vishnu Som
    New Delhi: It's been almost every Air Chief's favourite whipping boy - an Indian-built fighter jet delayed so inordinately that it came to be seen as a promise that would never be kept. But three decades after the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft went into development, there is a grudging acceptance that the fighter officially inducted into the Air Force this morning in Bengaluru is, in many ways, world-class. While the delay in delivery cannot be justified, there have been fierce debates on why that happened. State-run Hindustan Aeronautics or HAL, which is the lead player in the Tejas project, says...
  • Globalists Move to Sabotage Brexit

    07/01/2016 4:13:43 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 June 2016 | William F. Jasper
    The Brexit vote on June 23 means Britain will exit the European Union, right? Isn’t that what it was all about? Well, not really, according to a growing chorus of voices that insists “No” doesn’t mean no, “Out” doesn’t mean out, “Leave” doesn’t mean leave, “irreversible” doesn’t mean irreversible, etc. Yes, it is true that "Remain" lost and "Leave" won. And, yes, it is true that Remain advocate Prime Minister David Cameron, just two days before the Brexit referendum vote, cranked up a last-ditch “Project Fear” blitz imploring British voters not to take the “irreversible” step of serving Brussels with...
  • Cops alarmed by increase in roadwork site crashes

    07/01/2016 4:03:45 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 01, 2016 | Matt Stout
    Cops alarmed by increase in roadwork site crashes Nearly 900 reckless drivers crashed through a work zone on a Bay State road or highway last year ... a 35-percent spike that has the state police colonel stepping up patrols amid fears the deadly wrecks are only going to climb ... State police also handed out 529 work-zone driving citations last year ... McKeon said he can’t pinpoint an exact reason for the spike [BUT later noted] ... The latest crash came around 3:10 a.m. yesterday, when police say 29-year-old Maria Nunes-Daveiga — whose driving record spans four pages and 38...
  • Battle of the Somme remembered: Nation falls silent 100 years after Britain's bloodiest day

    07/01/2016 3:59:22 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    The Mirror (UK) ^ | 1st July 2016 | Victoria Murphy, Gemma Mullin
    Britain has fallen silent this morning to honour thousands of the nations soldiers killed in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. July 1 1916 was the the bloodiest day in British military history as tens of thousands of British, Commonwealth and French forces went "over the top". Ceremonies across the United Kingdom today honoured the hundreds of thousands of victims of the brutal offensive which started a century ago.
  • Austria Poll Result Overturned (Federal Constitutional Court Annuls Election)

    07/01/2016 3:36:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/01/2016 | BBC News
    Austria's highest court has annulled the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by the far-right candidate of the Freedom Party. The party had challenged the result, saying that postal votes had been improperly handled. The Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost the election to the former leader of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, by less than a percentage point. The election will now be re-run. Announcing the decision, Gerhard Holzinger, head of the Constitutional Court, said: "The challenge brought by Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache against the 22 May election... has been upheld.
  • Austrian presidential election result overturned and must be held again

    07/01/2016 3:34:07 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7-1-16 | Philip Oltermann
    Austria’s constitutional court has annulled the result of the country’s presidential elections a week before the winning candidate was due to be sworn into office. The court president, Gerhart Holzinger, announced on Friday that the run-off vote between Norbert Hofer of the populist rightwing Freedom party and Green-backed Alexander Van der Bellen would have to be repeated across the whole country after an investigation had revealed irregularities in the count of the vote in several constituencies. In May, Hofer had lost out to Van der Bellen in a knife-edge election, with a majority of only 30,863 votes. While the Austrian...
  • Taiwan Mistakenly Fires Supersonic 'Carrier Killer' Missile Towards China

    07/01/2016 12:50:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 01, 2016
    <p>TAIPEI, TAIWAN: A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile towards China on Friday, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate.</p> <p>The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) missile, with a range of 300 kilometres (around 200 miles), flew about 75 kilometres before plunging into waters off Penghu, a Taiwanese-administered island group in the Taiwan Strait.</p>
  • Japanese Court Rules Blanket Surveillance Of Muslims Is ‘Necessary’ To Stop Terrorism

    07/01/2016 12:21:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2016 | Jacob Bojesson
    Muslims in Japan lost a lawsuit over the government’s surveillance of them in May, with the court saying it’s a “necessary” counter-terrorism tactic. Japanese police have monitored places of worship, halal restaurants and Muslim organizations for years in what they label a counter-terrorism measure. A 2010 leak of 114 Japanese police files quickly spread across the world with 10,000 downloads in 20 countries. The files contained personal information of 72,000 Muslims in several countries, showing just how widespread the surveillance is. A group of 17 Muslims living in Japan sued the government for infringing on their constitutional rights. The Muslims...
  • Another Brexit fallout bombshell for British politics

    06/30/2016 11:32:43 PM PDT · by SteveH · 25 replies
    ap / cbs ^ | June 30, 2016, 9:38 AM
    In a morning of political machinations and mutterings of treachery that had commentators reaching for Shakespearean parallels, Justice Secretary Michael Gove abruptly withdrew his support for Johnson and announced he was running for the Conservative Party leadership himself.
  • Obama Legacy: Immigration stands as most glaring failure

    06/30/2016 9:02:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 4:31 PM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey
    Hours after the Supreme Court sent his immigration policy into legal limbo, President Barack Obama huddled around a long conference table in the Roosevelt Room with disappointed activists. The president looked out at familiar faces, some teary. It had been a long and tough fight, Obama said, and he had taken some beatings — even from supporters who “whupped on me good.” He believed his policies would prevail, according to participants in the meeting, but said it was now up to voters and the next president to take up the baton. And with that, Obama delivered his version of a...
  • Connecting Dots Benghazi 2016 to Istanbul 2016. @aaronkleinshow, Breitbart Jerusalem.

    06/30/2016 7:49:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 29 June 2016 | john batchelor interview Aaron Klein
    audio 20:54 “…The report contains new details, revealing the arrival of a 30-vehicle motorcade of ex-Qaddafi generals backed by 50-heavily armed security vehicles. The former generals were part of a unit called the #Libyan Military Intelligence, a grouping so secretive that even the #CIA Annex didn’t know it existed. “The report relates: “At 6:16 a.m., a 30-vehicle motorcade arrived at the Annex to provide transport support by the Libyan Military Intelligence. The motorcade, including technical, pick-up trucks retrofitted with mounted machine gun-like weapons, arrived. “The forces that arrived at the Annex shortly after the mortar attacks were able to transport...
  • U.S. accepts record number of Syrian refugees in June despite terrorist screening worries

    06/30/2016 7:40:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The U.S. accepted more than 2,300 Syrian refugees in June alone, sending the fiscal year total soaring past the 5,000 mark and putting the government on track to surpass resident Obama’s goal of 10,000 by the end of September, but raising questions about screening out potential terrorists. ... more than 99 percent are Sunni Muslims. Just eight identified themselves as Christian, eight identified as a non-Sunni form of Islam, and one reported having no religious affiliation. Those numbers have drawn criticism because the percentage of Sunni Muslims is far greater than that of the Syrian population as a whole, which...
  • India successfully tests missile defense system developed with Israel

    06/30/2016 7:37:00 PM PDT · by cold start · 7 replies
    The Timesof Israel ^ | 30 June 2016
    Illustrative: The Israel Navy launches its new 'Barak 8' missile defense system on November 26, 2015. (screen capture: IDF Spokesperson's Unit) The Indian military on Thursday successfully test fired the Barak 8, a surface-to-air missile defense system it developed jointly with Israel, reports in Indian media said. The system, made up of a radar array and missile launcher, successfully detected and downed an unmanned aerial vehicle, an official from India’s Defense Research and Development Organization said. “The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets,” he told the local NDTV News. Developed jointly by the DRDL...
  • Lifting away the weight of 3 years: Why we Israelis go to India after the army

    06/30/2016 7:25:25 PM PDT · by cold start · 11 replies
    The Timesof Israel ^ | June 29 2016 | Shalev Paller
    It is almost the norm for soldiers, on leaving the IDF, to fly to India to ‘decompress.’ Here, a tank commander who served in the 2014 Gaza war explains the appeal, and details the process of regaining control over his life after ‘3 years of alarms each morning, of always having an assignment, of constant uncertainty as to when I’d be home next’ I wake up to the sound of laughing children, stare out the window at the blanket of clouds covering the valley below, and think of nothing. Finally, nothing. Like many of those traveling to India, I have...
  • Judicial Watch Asks Justice Inspector General to Investigate Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Meeting

    06/30/2016 6:48:55 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 30, 2016
    Judicial Watch today requested that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigate the meeting yesterday between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch: Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President William J. Clinton on board a parked private plane on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona on June 29, 2016, according to multiple press reports. President Clinton is the spouse of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Secretary of State, who is purportedly the subject of a national security crime investigation pertaining to the mishandling of national defense information processed...
  • Navy says American sailors blabbed to Iranian captors

    06/30/2016 3:49:25 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 108 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 30, 2016 | Bob Fredericks
    The US sailors who were detained by the Iranian navy last winter provided their name, rank and serial numbers - and pretty much everything else their captors demanded, the US Navy said in a blistering report Thursday. The 10 crew members, captured at gunpoint in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 12 by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, improperly revealed passwords for laptops and cellphones and even sensitive technical details about their two ships, including their top speed, capabilities and missions, the report said. [Snip] The Navy report blamed the incident on a combination of poor planning, clueless leaders who did...
  • Police Launch ‘Don’t Touch Me’ Wristbands to Stop Migrant Sex Attacks in Sweden

    06/30/2016 3:30:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 138 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Sweden’s police chief unveiled the force’s latest weapon in the fight against sexual assault: wristbands reading “Don’t touch me”. -snip The press release announced that police intend to equip young women with wristbands with the slogan “don’t touch me”. This will happen over the summer, at festivals and other events for young people. “By wearing these wristbands,” Sweden’s police chief said, “young women will be able to make a stand”. It is unclear how effective the wristbands, which read “don’t touch me” in Swedish, will be in preventing attacks, as the majority of sex attack perpetrators are thought to be...
  • UN body creates post on sexual orientation, gender identity

    06/30/2016 2:42:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 5:23 PM EDT
    The U.N.’s top human rights body has decided to appoint an expert to monitor violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In a narrow 23-18 vote with six abstentions, the Human Rights Council called for the creation of a three-year position for an independent expert to look into wrongdoing against gays, lesbians and transgender people. The expert is expected to be appointed at the next meeting of the 47-member, Geneva-based body in September. …
  • Shouldn’t we first help the Christian victims of Mideast genocide?

    06/30/2016 1:16:03 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 17 replies
    nypost.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | 8:37pm | Phyllis Chesler
    Before dawn Monday, four suicide bombers killed five and wounded at least a dozen in the Lebanese Christian town of al-Qaa. Later that night, as townspeople prepared to bury their dead, four more suicide bombers hit. The attacks underscored just how endangered are Christians who live in today’s Muslim world. As the United States debates how many Mideast refugees to accept and who should get priority, the answer is staring us in the face: Those most in need of refuge are Christians and Yazidis who live among Muslims. On June 19, a suicide bomber killed three people as he detonated...
  • The America-Hating Obama 'Homeland Security' Appointee

    06/30/2016 1:09:07 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Front Page ^ | June 30, 2016 | John Perazzo
    Good ol' Barack Obama. So deeply do he and his administration love America, that they felt secure enough in their own patriotism to appoint an America-hating radical to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism (SCVE). After all, they undoubtedly reasoned, what possible harm could such an individual do in that kind of a setting? Perhaps you've heard of her—a young woman named Laila Alawa, born to Syrian parents who immigrated to the United States when the girl was ten. Soon after she became a U.S. citizen in April 2015, Ms. Alawa wrote: “I will always be...
  • US military lifts ban on transgenders serving openly

    06/30/2016 12:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2016
    The Pentagon on Thursday lifted its ban on transgender service members serving openly in the U.S. military effective immediately, as Defense Secretary Ash Carter cited a need for clearer guidelines and the ability to maximize the military's all-volunteer force. Senior military leaders had sought more time to fully develop and implement the complex new rules, arguing that the department was moving too fast, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. The move ends one of the last bans on service in the military....
  • French President Hollande endorses Clinton

    06/30/2016 11:14:25 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/30/16 | LOUIS NELSON
    French President François Hollande endorsed Hillary Clinton in a newspaper article published Thursday, likening Republican Donald Trump’s nativist bombast to anti-immigrant movements across Europe. Hollande said “the best thing the Democrats can do is to get Hillary Clinton elected” in the article, published Thursday in France’s Les Echos newspaper. The socialist president also said electing Trump “would complicate relations between Europe and the U.S." and agreed with the notion that it would be dangerous.
  • Op-Ed: Dear Diaspora Jews: Your money is killing us (to all Americans)

    06/30/2016 11:11:50 AM PDT · by Lera · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | June 30, 2016 | Ari Soffer
    Against your will, your governments will be donating a paycheck to the family of the terrorist who murdered a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her sleep. Stop this madness. Shock, crippling sadness, despair, fury. No doubt most people reading this article will have experienced that all too familiar, gut-wrenching roller coaster of emotions since the news broke this morning. Another deadly terrorist attack; this time, the horrific murder of an innocent 13-year-old Israeli girl by a Palestinian knifeman. There is so much one could say - but what hasn't already been said? We've been here so many times before. Yes, the...
  • The Most Essential Issue In A Trump Victory

    06/30/2016 10:28:07 AM PDT · by Ohioan · 26 replies
    Truth Based Logic ^ | June 28, 2016 | William Flax
    Trump: The Issue America First: The issue in 2016 Presidential Campaign. Constitution requires putting America & the Americans first. All duties flow from that requirement. Whether or not there is ambiguity as to American Constitutional intent on some matters, there is absolute clarity as to functional intent with respect to one overriding issue. The primary issue in the 2016 Presidential campaign is clearly to determine whom an American President has the duty to serve; whose interests must be honored; who favored. To address this issue, consider the stated purpose of the Constitution--the avowed intent of the framers--the ratified intent of...
  • Canada: Adult Muslim migrants enrolled in high school, sexually harass teen girls, threaten teachers

    06/30/2016 9:52:34 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 33 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | JUNE 29, 2016 | ROBERT SPENCER
    “I know this, because we received a confidential tip from a parent, who couldn’t get anyone in New Brunswick to help. The media, the police, the politicians — everybody is petrified of being called ‘racist’ for even mentioning the disaster that has come from putting unassimilated Muslim migrant men right into our schools.” Just as in Rotherham, England: officials were so afraid of being accused of “racism” and “Islamophobia” that they let Muslim rape gangs destroy the lives of hundreds, and maybe over a thousand, non-Muslim girls. The fear of “racism” will be the death of the free West. ===========================================================...
  • Obama admin changing coal royalty program to boost revenue

    06/30/2016 9:06:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 11:43 AM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Interior Department is changing the way it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure mining companies are not shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia and other markets. […] Under rules in place since the 1980s, companies can sell the fuel to affiliates and pay royalties to the government on that price, then turn around and sell the coal at higher prices, often overseas. …
  • Michelle Obama arrives in Spain to promote girls' education

    06/30/2016 8:46:03 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/30/2016 | Staff
    First lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Spain on the final leg of a three-nation tour to promote her global girls' education initiative. Obama, accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, flew into Torrejon air base outside Madrid on Wednesday from Morocco. She started the tour in Liberia. She is due to give a speech on her "Let Girls Learn" initiative Thursday to a group of girls and young women in Madrid. Spain's Queen Letizia is also to address the conference and later meet with Obama. President Barack Obama and the first lady launched the initiative last year to address the...
  • German regional official: cut EU spending after UK exit

    06/30/2016 8:17:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 2:54 AM EDT
    A German regional official says the European Union should cut spending rather than compensate for Britain’s EU budget contribution by making his country pay more. […] Bavaria’s state finance minister, Markus Soeder, told daily Die Welt’s Thursday edition: “We Germans must take care that, after a Brexit, the British payments are not simply transferred to Germany and the other net contributors.” Asked how the EU should make up the money, he was quoted as saying: “Very simple. By saving.” …
  • China is crushing the U.S. in 'economic warfare'

    06/30/2016 7:35:48 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 18 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 30, 2016 | Heather Long
    As China has risen to become the world's No. 2 economy, it has repeatedly used its business and financial clout to get what it wants on the world stage, say foreign policy experts Robert Blackwill and Jennifer Harris. When Norway gave Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, China dramatically scaled back its salmon purchases from Norway and halted trade talks. When tensions escalated between the Philippines and China over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, China let Philippine bananas rot in its ports. Over the years, Beijing has retaliated so strongly by cutting (or...
  • CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT DUTERTE

    06/30/2016 7:17:32 AM PDT · by knarf · 39 replies
    The Philippines ^ | June 30, 2016 | The Philippine people
    They're 12 hours ahead of usTotal clip about twenty minutes
  • Report: US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf

    06/30/2016 7:12:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 9:58 AM EDT | Robert Burns
    Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of “warfighting toughness” and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday. Six officers and three enlisted sailors have been disciplined or face disciplinary action. The trouble began even before the sailors left port in Kuwait aboard two 50-foot boats on a short-notice, 300-mile journey to Bahrain. They were delayed, unprepared, poorly supervised and ill-suited for the mission, the report said. …
  • EU opens probe of global beer giant AB InBev

    06/30/2016 7:01:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 8:35 AM EDT
    The European Union opened an investigation Thursday into global beer giant AB InBev to determine if it has abused its dominant position in Belgium by hindering cheaper imports of its products from neighboring countries. EU officials said there are suspicions the company, based in Leuven, Belgium, may be pursuing a deliberate strategy to block imports of its beer from less expensive countries, including France and the Netherlands, to the pricier Belgian market. …
  • Albanian southern town erects bust of Hillary Clinton

    06/30/2016 6:54:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 8:42 AM EDT
    A bust of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been erected in Albania’s southernmost city of Saranda to honor what officials say is her contribution to Albania in the international arena. […] The city council took a unanimous decision more than a month ago to put up the bust to depict Clinton’s “dimension as a woman in politics, as a representative of the old Albania-U.S. friendship, for her contribution to the Albanian nation in different historical moments.” …
  • Russia To Move 10,000 Troops To West; Baltic Fleet Chief Sacked

    06/30/2016 6:22:50 AM PDT · by Strategy · 17 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | June 30, 2016
    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia will deploy some 10,000 soldiers to the western part of the country because the situation there is "unstable."
  • Obama given rapturous welcome in Canada's House of Commons (Weapons Grade Barf Alert)

    06/30/2016 6:21:25 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    NBC News via AOL ^ | June 30, 2016 | TIM STELLOH
    Before a rapturous Canadian House of Commons on Wednesday, President Barack Obama grappled with the cascade of grim and chaotic news — with Orlando and Istanbul, Brexit and what he called an "increasingly strained" international order that is "riven by old divisions and fresh hatreds." But Obama also used the speech — the first to be delivered in the Commons by a U.S. president since Bill Clinton in 1995 — to talk up the "extraordinary alliance" between Canada and the United States. "In a world where too many borders are a source of conflict, our two countries are joined by...
  • Poland calls for Juncker to QUIT as other nations fume that EU has too much power

    06/30/2016 6:03:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
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  • Navy Harpoon to Hit 50 Years Service

    06/30/2016 4:54:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | 06/23/2016
    Boeing’s Harpoon Missile System is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship weapon that is extremely versatile. The U.S. started developing the Harpoon in 1965 to target surfaced submarines up to 24 miles away, hence its name “Harpoon,” a weapon to kill “whales,” a naval slang term used to describe submarines. It was a slow moving project at first until the Six-Day War of 1967 between Israel and Egypt. During the war, Egypt sunk the Israel destroyer INS Eilat from 14 miles away with Soviet-made Styx anti-ship missiles launched from a tiny patrol boat. It was the first ship in history to be...
  • President Of The EU Parliament: "It Is Not The EU Philosophy That The Crowd Can Decide Its Fate"

    06/30/2016 2:46:46 AM PDT · by cartan · 22 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2016-06-27 | Tyler Durden
    If anyone needs another confirmation that the European Union is fundamentally the most anti-democratic entity currently in existence, then the following statement by European Parliament Martin Schultz should put all confusion to rest. Schulz: "The British have violated the rules. It is not the EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate". Schulz: "The British have violated the rules. It is not the #EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate". #TBC https://t.co/z0mujO09eG— TaleofTwoTreaties (@Taleof2Treaties) June 27, 2016 Confused: Here is what Deutsche Bank said earlier today: The shockwaves and consequences around Brexit will resonate for years. It's...
  • Here’s Why Clinton Will Lose the Election to Donald Trump

    06/30/2016 12:43:44 AM PDT · by vannrox · 42 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 11 MAY 2016 | Liz Peek
    Here’s how Hillary Clinton plans to beat Donald Trump: She will replay the very successful 1964 campaign against Barry Goldwater. That is, she will scare the bejeezus out of Americans by describing Trump as a “loose cannon,” someone who cannot be trusted with America’s nuclear arsenal. At the same time, she will convince Republicans, alarmed at the prospect of a Goldwater-scale defeat, that backing her is the sensible choice. Her surrogates in the media are already spreading this narrative, which may prove as empty as Clinton’s record as secretary of state. Goldwater was the conservative presidential candidate who went down...
  • Hillary Clinton Will Win by a Landslide Against Donald Trump

    06/30/2016 12:37:28 AM PDT · by vannrox · 46 replies
    Observer ^ | 06/07/16 8:00am | Brent Budowsky
    I try to minimize election predictions—especially long before the voting on election day—but I consider this prediction one of the easiest I have ever made. Hillary Clinton will win by a landslide against Donald Trump. I expect her to win 46 states, and if I am wrong, it is equally likely she will win more than 46 states in November, rather than less. FBI Director James Comey will announce that he is not recommending a criminal prosecution in the Clinton email case, which will give her a tremendous boost. To understand the full magnitude of Clinton’s coming victory consider the...
  • Islamic State routs Pentagon-backed Syrian rebels in fresh setback for U.S. strategy

    06/30/2016 12:29:40 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 29 June 2016 | Liz Sly
    The U.S. military’s efforts to confront the Islamic State in Syria suffered another setback Wednesday after the militants routed the only group to have survived intact an ill-fated Pentagon program to train and equip moderate rebels last year. The U.S.-backed New Syrian Army said it was forced to withdraw its forces to its base at Tanf near the Jordanian border after launching what to have been a poorly conceived offensive aimed at capturing the strategically important eastern Syrian town of Abu Kamal on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Islamic State claims published by its Amaq news agency that its fighters had killed...