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  • Putin proves Obama wrong with his ugly military solution in Syria

    02/13/2016 9:26:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 16 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Post Editorial Board
    <p>President Obama declared last year that “There is no military solution in Syria.” Sadly, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has now proved him wrong by imposing one.</p> <p>Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and the last rebel stronghold, is about to fall, thanks to withering Russian air bombardment backing government and Iranian troops. That effectively secures Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power in at least a large rump of Syria.</p>
  • Military Analysis: The Turkish 2nd Army. Invasion Force for Syria?

    02/13/2016 8:57:24 PM PST · by amorphous · 15 replies
    SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence ^ | 12 Feb 2016 | Brian Kalman
    Recent public comments by the Turkish government have hinted at a possible invasion into Syrian territory to “stabilize” the situation and secure Turkey’s national security. Significant clashes between Turkish army and security forces with elements of the YPG and PKK, which have exacted a costly toll on the Kurdish civilian population have been raging in southern Turkey and northern Syria in recent months. Russian satellite surveillance and human intelligence employed by both Russian and Syria in the region have confirmed the build-up of troops and material on the border. It is reasonable to believe that Turkey is preparing to salvage...
  • Syrian army gains ground around Aleppo, looks to Raqqa

    02/13/2016 8:41:37 PM PST · by Mariner · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Paul Carrel, Shadia Nasralla and Tom Perry
    Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated accusations that Russia was hitting "legitimate opposition groups" and civilians with its bombing...
  • Oops! Arab Terrorist Stabs Arab After Failing to Kill IDF Soldier

    02/13/2016 4:39:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | February 13th, 2016
    An Arab teenager from Hebron tried to stab an IDF soldier at a Hebron checkpoint on Saturday, after she aroused his suspicions. The soldier asked the 17-year-old woman to show him what was in her bag, at which point she pulled out a knife and tried to stab him. The soldier was lightly wounded. The soldier succeeded in pushing the woman away, and she collided with another Arab civilian, also from Hebron, who apparently tried to grab her and stop her terror attack. The terrorist then proceeded to stab the Arab man, wounding him moderately. At which point the soldier...
  • CHP OFFICER IN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S MOTORCADE CRASHES ON 405 FREEWAY IN WEST LA

    02/13/2016 1:09:47 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    ABC 7 NEWS ^ | 13 FEBRUARY 2016 | JOHN GREGORY
    LOS ANGELES -- A California Highway Patrol officer in President Barack Obama's motorcade was injured in a crash while escorting the president through West Los Angeles on Friday. The motorcycle officer went down around 10 a.m. on the southbound 405 Freeway at Olympic Boulevard. The officer was taken to a local hospital, but was said to be OK. Further details regarding the crash were not released. An Eyewitness News viewer captured part of the crash on cellphone video.
  • 'The Roof of the Bus Goes Flying' - Music Video Glorifies Palestinian Bus Bombings​

    02/13/2016 11:14:30 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 13 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 2/7/16
    A music video titled "The Roof of the Bus Goes Flying" was posted on the Internet on February 7. Dancing against the backdrop of a burnt-out Israeli bus, the singers of the Al-Wa'ed Band praise Hamas terrorist mastermind Yahya Ayyash with the words "You did not let a single bus drive through a neighborhood without having chunks of the bus and body parts go flying," and call on "bearers of good tidings" to "wrap the explosive belt around their waists." The song includes lyrics such as: "We want the dead to fill the streets and the blood to intensify the...
  • Turkey Shells Aleppo, Says "Massive Escalation" In Syria Imminent As Saudis Ready Airstrikes

    02/13/2016 10:50:27 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 128 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 02/13/2016 | Tyler Durdin
    As you can see, Turkey has begun shelling Aleppo in what is indeed a very serious escalation that will likely prompt a Russian response. "Shelling was reported at Menagh air base, a former Syrian Air Force facility that Kurds seized from Islamist rebels just days ago, and at three other positions between the airport and Turkish border," The Independent reports. "The air base has been a key target for several parties in the Syrian civil war since 2012, being besieged by rebels for almost a year until it was seized by a coalition including an early form of Isis and...
  • George Clooney Praises Merkel’s Openness to Migrants as He Seeks Greater Seclusion in Italy

    02/13/2016 9:02:40 AM PST · by dennisw · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12 Feb 2016 | by Thomas D. Williams,
    According to one source, Clooney loves his estate and the area, but he has received a huge offer for the villa, which he is considering, and "he would buy another, less accessible property in another area of Italy." George Clooney, and his wife Amal, met in private with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday and praised her leadership during the migrant crisis, as rumors circulate that the American actor may sell his luxurious Lake Como property because it isn't isolated enough. Clooney, who was accompanied to the Merkel meeting by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, told reporters that he...
  • Tensions simmer as Cubans breeze across Texas border

    02/13/2016 8:56:18 AM PST · by yoe · 17 replies
    Statesman ^ | February 12, 2016 | Julia Preston
    LAREDO — A fast-rising influx of Cubans are crossing the border into Texas by the hundreds each day, approved to enter the United States in a matter of hours. They walk out to a Laredo street and are greeted by volunteers from Cubanos en Libertad, or Cubans in Freedom, a nonprofit. The volunteers help them arrange travel to their U.S. destination — often Miami — and start applying for work permits and such federal benefits as food stamps and Medicaid, available by law to Cubans immediately after their arrival. “Right now I feel like the freest Cuban in the whole...
  • Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich

    02/13/2016 8:31:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Feb 2016 11:29 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War". With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: "All that's left is an unfriendly policy of NATO against Russia". "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War," he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or...
  • Frank Gaffney: Southern Poverty Law Center Is Acting as a Surrogate Group for Islamic Supremacists

    02/13/2016 7:32:29 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 12 Feb 2016 | Jordan Schachtel
    Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, tells One America News Network that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is attempting to silence him for speaking out about the threat posed by radical Islam. ... Gaffney said that the SPLC used to be a legitimate civil rights organization, but now the group is a militant left wing outfit that targets pro-freedom groups. "These days ... It seems as though the Southern Poverty Law Center is now mostly about trying to suppress freedom of speech by people like us and others they disagree with politically," he...
  • Knife Control: This Guy Explains the Crazy Knife Laws in the UK Which Are Very Disturbing

    02/13/2016 7:29:26 AM PST · by rktman · 79 replies
    gunsnfreedom.com ^ | 2/12/2016 | unknown
    If you want to know what knives are actually legal to own or even to carry in the UK, you better bring a legal pad and a pen with a lot of ink in it. We've said it before. Gun control isn't about guns. It's about control. And the same can be said for the route the UK is taking in having some of the strictest knife control laws on the planet.
  • Venezuela’s Collapse Brings ‘Savage Suffering’

    02/13/2016 7:24:51 AM PST · by grimalkin · 85 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/12/2016 | ANATOLY KURMANAEV and MAOLIS CASTRO
    Dying infants, chronic power outages and empty shelves mark the world's worst-performing economy CARACAS, Venezuela--In a hospital in the far west of this beleaguered country, the economic crisis took a grim toll in the past week: Six infants died because there wasn't enough medicine or functioning respirators. Here in the capital, the crisis has turned ordinary life into an ordeal for nearly everyone. Chronic power outages have prompted the government to begin rationing electricity, darkening shopping malls. Homes and apartments regularly suffer water shortages. Rosalba Castellano, 74 years old, spent hours this week in what has become a desperate routine...
  • Will crash of 2016 be worse than 2008? Interview with Charles Ortel

    02/13/2016 7:15:33 AM PST · by Randall_S · 19 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 13, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Will the crash of 2016 be worse than 2008? Central banks have failed to solve the crisis, and instead have taken on more debt than any time in history. At the same time, western institutions are welcoming in Islamic money. Does this mean Sharia-compliant finance? Listen here: http://usatransnationalreport.org/2016/02/13/usa-transnational-report-february-13-2016-guest-charles-ortel/ While European banks, such as Deutsche Bank, falter, what does this mean for the U.S. economy? And what does the future look like? Charles Ortel is an investor and writer interested in economics, geo-politics, history, travel and just, lasting peace. He has done extensive research on the fraudulent activities of the Clinton...
  • More major attacks in Europe 'a certainty': French PM

    02/13/2016 6:49:25 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 2/13/2014 | unknown
    More major attacks in Europe are a "certainty", French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told an audience at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. "We have entered -- we all feel it -- in a new era characterised by the lasting presence of 'hyper-terrorism'," said Valls, whose country was hit by two Islamist attacks last year.
  • EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel

    02/13/2016 6:22:31 AM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Associate Press (AP) ^ | 12 February 2016 | Derek Gatopoulos, Raf Casert
    European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to keep some border controls for two more years because of the migration crisis and Greece's troubles in controlling its border, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press. The switch would reverse a decades-old trend of expanding passport-free travel in Europe. Since 1995, people have been able to cross borders among Schengen Area member countries without document checks. Each of the current 26 countries in the Schengen Area is allowed to unilaterally put up border controls for a maximum of six months, but that...
  • Russia May Soon Ink Free Trade Pact With Israel

    02/13/2016 5:52:41 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 12 Feb, 2016 | RT
    Moscow and Tel Aviv are planning to sign a free trade agreement in the near future, Russian Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergey Levin told journalists on Friday. "Such decisions aim at maximizing cooperation between Russia and Israel in terms of agriculture and new technologies; creation of joint ventures, as well as the prospects of a free trade zone agreement which the government expects to sign with Israel as soon as possible," Levin said following Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich's meeting with Israeli businessmen. Israel's Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel also expressed hopes the two countries would sign the agreement soon....
  • Turkish Media Say Saudi Arabia, Turkey May Strike In Syria

    02/13/2016 5:40:05 AM PST · by Strategy · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 13, 2016 | By The Associated Press
    ISTANBUL -- Turkish media are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria. After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia was "ready to send both jets and troops" to Turkey's Incirlik airbase. "Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation (against IS) from the land," Saturday's edition of the Yeni Safak pro-government newspaper quoted him as saying.
  • One-Man 'Rabbi for Trump' Dumps Donald Trump After Iowa

    02/13/2016 4:34:32 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The Forward ^ | February 3, 2016 | Nathan Guttman
    Donald Trump not only lost Iowa, he also lost his rabbi. Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg, the founder and sole member of the Facebook group named "Rabbi for Trump" announced Tuesday he is closing the group. "Ladies and gentlemen of Facebook: Rabbi For Trump will be closing down," Rosenberg, a rabbi from Edison, New Jersey, announced. Rosenberg went on to accuse Trump's campaign of ignoring Jewish supporters in the Republican primary race. "It seems to me that representatives of his campaign don't care about the Jewish vote. They think they can win without it," he wrote, explaining that he had "pleaded" with...
  • Henry Kissinger's War Crimes Are Central to the Divide Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

    02/13/2016 4:26:54 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 18 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Feb. 12 2016 | Dan Froomkin
    The sparring during Thursday's Democratic presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over whether Henry Kissinger is an elder statesman or a pariah has laid bare a major foreign policy divide within the Democratic Party. Clinton and Sanders stand on opposite sides of that divide. One represents the hawkish Washington foreign policy establishment, which reveres and in some cases actually works for Kissinger. The other represents the marginalized non-interventionists, who can't possibly forgive someone with the blood of millions of brown people on his hands. Kissinger is an amazing and appropriate lens through which to see what's at stake...
  • WJC honors Henry Kissinger with Theodor Herzl Award

    02/13/2016 4:02:28 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 1 replies
    World Jewish Congress ^ | 12 Nov 2014 | WJC
    Former US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger was this year's laureate of the World Jewish Congress Theodor Herzl Award. At the annual gala dinner in New York, the 91-year-old Kissinger was presented with the award by US journalist Barbara Walters. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said in his address that "Henry Kissinger brought an unusual combination of knowledge, brilliance and skill to the office of Secretary of State." More than 500 guests attended the dinner at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Introducing the laureate, Lauder particularly highlighted Kissinger's efforts to secure peace in Vietnam and in the Middle East....
  • In Syria, Obama-backed "Rebels" Battle Obama-backed Militias

    02/13/2016 2:06:54 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 February 2016 | Alex Newman
    Further illustrating what would at least appear to be the incredible absurdity of what passes for U.S. government "foreign policy," Sunni jihadist "rebels" in Syria backed by al-Qaeda and the Obama administration have been battling against Shia militias that have also been backed by Obama. Both sides are fighting with American weapons, according to news reports. How much money U.S. taxpayers forked over to arm the two warring Islamic factions was not immediately clear. But the enormous human tragedy on the ground is getting worse quickly.The latest battle between feuding Obama-backed forces was first reported by the far-left Daily Beast,...
  • We must stay in EU to unite against aggression, says David Cameron

    02/13/2016 12:14:32 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Friday 12 February | Mason, Perraudin, Oltermann
    Britain should stay in a reformed European Union so countries can stand together against the aggression of Russia, North Korea and Islamic State, David Cameron has said. At a dinner in Hamburg hosted by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, the prime minister gave his strongest comments yet about what he sees as a need to stay in the EU for national security reasons.
  • Carrier Air Conditioner (part of United Technologies) Moving 1,400 Jobs to Mexico

    02/12/2016 10:05:29 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 109 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/11/16 | Joe Brunner
    Carrier Air Conditioner is moving production to Monterrey, Mexico putting 1,400 Indianapolis Jobs south of the border in 2017.
  • What If Vladimir Putin Has Hillary Clinton's Emails?

    02/12/2016 9:49:05 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 55 replies
    Despite a clear warning received almost three years ago, it has taken a heated presidential campaign and an FBI investigation to make us aware of the national security threat of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured state department e-mails. The Kremlin’s cyber warfare army has had ample opportunity to steal Clinton’s entire e-mail cache (including 31,830 “private” e-mails). Such hacking would likely have taken place before the Kremlin’s propaganda arm, RT (Russia Today), published Sidney Blumenthal’s e-mails to Clinton on March 20, 2013, presumably sending out alarms at that late date to Clinton to secure her private server. The Clinton cache of e-mail...
  • Mexican Drug Cartel Slaughters Three Hundred People,...

    02/12/2016 9:25:35 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 26 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | Feb. 12, 2012 | Theodore Shoebat
    (Too long title: Mexican Drug Cartel Slaughters Three Hundred People, They Take The Victims, Murder Them And Burn Their Bodies To Nothing But Chard Pieces Of Human Flesh) In the El Limón Rance, which lies in the Mexican state of Veracruz, in the town of Tlalixcoyan, almost three thousand fragments of human corpses were discovered, leading investigators to believe that around three hundred bodies were buried on this very spot. The three thousand human remains were found after three days of investigation by forensic experts. The investigation was launched after locals began to make reports on the bodies to authorities....
  • No escape? China's crackdown on dissent goes global

    02/12/2016 7:47:24 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:25 PM ET, Thu February 4, 2016 | Ivan Watson, Pamela Boykoff, Kocha Olarn and Judy Kwon
    Last October, two members of a small exile Chinese opposition political party -- Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping -- were arrested by Thai police. Several weeks later, despite protests from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the two men were extradited to China and promptly thrown in prison. Since the extradition of Dong, his wife, Gu Shuhua, and daughter fled Thailand for Canada. Speaking from Toronto, she says Dong's capture has devastated her small family. "The Chinese government put pressure on my husband for so long that he ran away [from China]. Why did they still need to chase...
  • Former Obama intel official: Hillary Clinton should drop out

    02/12/2016 7:24:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 12, 2016 | Nicole Gaouette
    President Barack Obama's former top military intelligence official said Hillary Clinton should pull out of the presidential race while the FBI investigate her use of a private email server for official government communication while secretary of state. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the retired chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the call in an interview with Jake Tapper on "The Lead." "If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail," said Flynn, who decried what he said was a "lack of accountability, frankly, in a person who should have been much more responsible in...
  • India 'disappointed' as US decides to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan

    02/12/2016 6:49:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    IBNLIVE.COM ^ | Feb 13, 2016
    Washington: The Obama administration on Friday notified the US Congress of its decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan worth nearly $700 million. Upset with the decision, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said,"We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan." He also said that India disagrees with the rationale of the US that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism. The MEA will summon US ambassador to convey India's displeasure over the decision of the Obama government. Despite mounting opposition from influential lawmakers from both...
  • World's oldest aircraft carrier to be converted into luxury hotel

    02/12/2016 6:44:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    The Khaleej Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | P S Jayaram
    The world's oldest aircraft carrier INS Viraat will be converted into a hotel to attract tourists after it is decommissioned from service later this year. The Defence Ministry has approved a proposal from Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) to convert the Centaur-class aircraft carrier into a hotel. The decision was conveyed to the state authorities on the sidelines of the International Fleet Review (IFR- 2016) at the coastal Andhra city of Visakhapatnam. The state government has drawn up plans to convert Viraat into a 500-room hotel, the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said. The warship would be docked at...
  • Dutch try and fail to stop export of dogs to Israel

    02/12/2016 5:20:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    INN ^ | 2/12/2016, 1:46 PM | Matt Wanderman
    The government in the Netherlands attempted to ban the export of dogs to Israel, claiming that the IDF uses them as "weapons," but was unable to find a legal means to do so. EU Observer reports that Minister for Foreign Trade Lilianne Ploumen investigated the possibility through the European Commission and other supervisory organizations. EU countries can only restrict exports in certain cases, and such cases are typically decided by the EU as a whole. Ploumen had suggested to the European Commission that service dogs could fall under the dual-use regulation, which deal with objects that have both civilian and...
  • LIVE Interview with Charles Ortel on Banking Crisis, Hillary Clinton, and more... 2/13 8 AM EST

    02/12/2016 5:17:35 PM PST · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 12, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Don't miss this live interview!! Tomorrow, Saturday 2/13, 8 AM EST! SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES ORTEL! Saturday (2/13) LIVE 8 AM EST!!! Charles Ortel is an investor and writer interested in economics, geo-politics, history, travel and just, lasting peace. He has done extensive research on the fraudulent activities of the Clinton Foundation, and is known for predicting the revelation of fraud at General Electric. His work can be found at CharlesOrtel.com. Topics of Discussion: > The Bank of England joins the IMF to embrace Islamic Finance - really? > European banks face a 2008-like crisis - will it spread? >The...
  • Cologne attacks 'not organized': police chief

    02/12/2016 5:17:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Feb 2016 09:13 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Cologne's new police chief Juergen Mathies said on Thursday that there is no evidence the sexual assaults in the city on the Rhine were organized -- but admits it will be tough to bring the perpetrators to justice. "There is no evidence that we are dealing with structures of organized crime here," Mathies said. "We believe this was transmitted through social networks. A few people did in fact say, 'hey, we're going to Cologne, there's going to be a big party.'" Mathies did acknowledge that many of the alleged perpetrators were from countries where they might be familiar with "this...
  • How Republics Perish

    02/12/2016 4:43:08 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 14 replies
    Buchanan.org ^ | 6/12/2016
  • Are Germans right to fear limit on cash payments?

    02/12/2016 3:48:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Feb 2016 09:43 GMT+01:00 | Jörg Luyken
    When it was announced late last week that the German government planned to set a 5,000 limit on payments with cash, it barely raised an eyebrow in our newsroom. Limits on cash transactions are standard in other large European countries, including Italy, France and the UK, and this seemed to be a case of conservative Germany slowly falling in line with its neighbors. We should have known better. The outcry came from all quarters, with the populist right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) just as vocal as the right-on left-wing Green Party and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). Economic weekly...
  • Top German general praises Russian bombing in Syria

    02/12/2016 3:21:53 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 12 Feb 2016 12:46 GMT+01:00 | DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)
    Harald Kujat, former chief of staff of the Bundeswehr (German army) inspecting Ukrainian troops in Kiev in 2004. File photo: DPA Top German general praises Russian bombing in Syria Published: 12 Feb 2016 12:46 GMT+01:00 Russian bombing in Syria against opponents of the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad has "enabled the peace process" to get started, a former top-ranked German general said on Friday. "With its military intervention, Russia has enabled the peace process," Harald Kujat, former chief of staff of the Bundeswehr (German army) told the Passauer Neue Presse. Kujat argues that the Syrian civil war was in...
  • Germany ‘must act now to defuse debt time bomb’

    02/12/2016 2:25:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Feb 2016 15:36 GMT+01:00
    An internal government report seen by Die Welt am Sonntag predicts that Germany will have to take on uncontrollable debt if it doesn't start making huge budget cuts now. It's the same old problem: not only Germans are living longer than ever before, they're not producing enough offspring to replace them in the workforce. The result will be levels of debt reaching 220 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2060 - well above the 60 percent limit for EU member states set out by the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 - experts from inside Wolfgang Schaeuble's finance ministry have calculated....
  • UN “Climate” Deal in Jeopardy After Court Blocks Obama Decrees

    02/12/2016 2:17:47 PM PST · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/12/2016 | Alex Newman
    The United Nations "climate" regime negotiated in Paris last year could be dead in the water before the pseudo-treaty underpinning it is even formally signed in April at UN headquarters. That is because the U.S. Supreme Court this week, in a potentially devastating setback to the UN and Obama, temporarily blocked the centerpiece of the White House's global-warming agenda, the so-called Clean Power Plan. The administration scheme, which sought to regulate emissions of the "gas of life," was imposed by executive decree, leading countless experts to point out that Obama's agenda was on thin ice at best. Now, with the...
  • Hillary Clinton Is Now Tied To At Least Four Investigations By Federal Agencies

    02/12/2016 2:07:13 PM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 11, 2016 | Chuck Ross
    The State Department's inspector general last year subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation for documents related to work that required approval from the Hillary Clinton State Department, making it now at least four investigations involving the Democratic presidential candidate being conducted by federal agencies.
  • US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

    02/12/2016 1:30:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 4:24 PM EST | Michael Weissenstein
    U.S. officials say the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx flies to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal. It will let U.S. airlines bid on routes for dozens of U.S.-Cuba flights per day. That's more than five times the current number of flights, all of which are charters. ...
  • Maine governor accused of insensitivity with 'Mr. Chiu' joke

    02/12/2016 12:08:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 2:29 PM EST
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage is being accused of racial insensitivity over a joke about a Chinese investor's name. The man's first name is Chiu -- pronounced "choo." When LePage mentioned him Thursday at a Lewiston business breakfast, the Republican governor pronounced it with an emphatic fake sneeze. LePage smiled, and many at the luncheon laughed. ...
  • How Republics Perish

    02/12/2016 10:45:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    If you believed America's longest war, in Afghanistan, was coming to an end, be advised: It is not. Departing U.S. commander Gen. John Campbell says there will need to be U.S. boots on the ground "for years to come." Making good on President Obama's commitment to remove all U.S. forces by next January, said Campbell, "would put the whole mission at risk." "Afghanistan has not achieved an enduring level of security and stability that justifies a reduction of our support. ... 2016 could be no better and possibly worse than 2015." Translation: A U.S. withdrawal would risk a Taliban takeover...
  • Rating 20th Century Presidents

    02/12/2016 10:40:25 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 26 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 12, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Since everybody else is rating presidents, we thought we'd give it a shot too, since we've covered many of them, especially those who served in the last century. The root of the word president, eminent historian Steve Hayward reminds us, is preside. Thus, we looked at the economies and foreign policies that these leaders presided over as well as their Supreme Court picks. Our greatest concern, taking those considerations down in order, were whether the presidents meddled in the economy, could distinguish friends and foes abroad, and chose justices and judges guided by the U. S. Constitution. The top five...
  • The Muslim Man’s Sexual “Rights” Over Non-Muslim Women

    02/12/2016 10:05:29 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Feb 12, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In word and deed, in Islamic and non-Islamic nations, Muslim men appear to think that non-Muslim women--impure "infidels"--exist solely to gratify their sexual urges. First, consider the beliefs and actions of those committed to waging jihad for the cause of Allah, such as the Islamic State: In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old [non-Muslim] girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her -- it condoned...
  • Likud MK sparks outrage after questioning the 'P' in 'Palestine'

    02/12/2016 9:59:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 2/11/2016, 1:32 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    An Israeli parliamentarian has drawn ire and ridicule after suggesting "Palestine" is a borrowed term that Palestinians themselves cannot pronounce. "The letter P doesn't exist in Arabic, so the borrowed term Palestine is worth debating," MK Anat Berko (Likud) said during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday night. [...] In Arabic, the word is written with an F and is pronounced "Falesteen." Palestinian Arabs not fluent in English often use the letter B as a substitute for P when speaking the language. [...] "Don't you have a brain?" MK Tamar Zandberg, from the left-wing Meretz party, shouted during the session. ...
  • 95% of Arab Students Who Study Abroad Do Not Return Home

    02/12/2016 9:57:22 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, February 12, 2016
    Lack of resources and instability main causes of emigration Arab governments need to create the opportunities for young people to fulfil their aspirations if they are to reverse the brain drain which sees 95 per cent of students who study at universities in the United States and Europe stay overseas. According to Mohammed Gawdat, Vice President - Business Innovation at Google(X), the Arab brain drain is the result of two major factors: lack of resources and instability in the region. 'It is not about money. It is about taking the right decisions to allow young people to succeed. Once...
  • South African Students Protest Tuition by Vandalizing School with ‘F--- White People’

    02/12/2016 9:49:06 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 14 replies
    MRCTV.org ^ | February 10, 2016 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    As Americans are observing Black History Month, black students in South Africa are sending a message to their fellow countrymen: F--- white people. Times LIVE reports students at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa protested the existence of white people by wearing shirts decrying white people and by spraying painting f--- white people across campus (explicit language warning): According to Wits 2014 demographic information, the school where students are announcing their hatred of white people is only 22.49 percent white, compared to 77.48 percent black. (Black, by the standards of Wits, appears to also include individuals who...
  • Did American Corporations Create and Sustain Communism in the Soviet Union?

    02/12/2016 9:39:39 AM PST · by pinochet · 31 replies
    There are some undeniable facts about America's history with communism that make many "mainstream" conservatives uncomfortable. These troubling facts fall into a category that I call "Facts About Communism that Your Favorite Conservative Columnist Did not Tell You About". 1. Karl Marx was the European correspondent for America's largest circulation newspaper, "The New York Daily Tribune", from 1852 to 1863. The paper was the New York Times of its day, and the paper carried Marx's articles for an amazing 11 years, which was long enough for his ideas to gain influence. Marx's articles were very popular among liberal elites in...
  • 'Combat Hawk' aircraft by next year's 'Aero India'

    02/12/2016 9:13:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | February 11, 2016
    The combat version of Advanced Jet Trainer, Hawk aircraft, is likely to be showcased in the next year's Aero India, a biennial air show of India. State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is hoping that the 'Combat Hawk' will be an ideal export product besides being used domestically. Highly placed sources said a foreign country has already evinced interest in the product. They said that such an aircraft, slower than a fighter jet, can be useful for operations in forested areas and in low mountains. Moreover, many countries cannot afford to spend big on bigger fighter aircraft and hence the project has...
  • Ted Cruz, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Team Up Against PLO

    02/12/2016 9:01:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 13 replies
    Shunshine State News ^ | February 12, 2016 | Kevin Derby
    ... "The Palestinian Liberation Organization has for decades been a relentless advocate for terrorist violence against the Jewish people," Cruz said. "The United States needs to make it perfectly clear to the Palestinians that this behavior is intolerable, and that we stand with our ally Israel."Closing the PLO office in Washington D.C. sends the clear signal that the days of America turning a blind eye to the militant anti-Semitism of this organization are over, and that we will no longer allow political correctness to force us to host terrorist organizations in Washington, D.C.," Cruz added. ...