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  • N Korea Race-Hate Outburst At Obama [Obama Called ""Monkey Inhabiting A Tropical Forest"]

    12/26/2014 9:23:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Telegraph (Belfast) ^ | December 26, 2014
    N Korea Race-Hate Outburst At Obama 27 DECEMBER 2014 North Korea has hurled racial slurs at President Barack Obama as the communist state blamed the US for shutting down its internet amid the Sony hacking row. The North's powerful National Defence Commission said Mr Obama was behind the release of Sony Pictures' film The Interview and called him a "monkey inhabiting a tropical forest". North Korea has denied being involved in the crippling cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. After Sony initially called off the release in...
  • USA Offering $5 Million Reward for Terrorist Released From Club Gitmo

    12/26/2014 9:11:38 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Declember 23, 2014
    What happens when liberal authorities release the worst-of-the-worst Muslim terrorists vacationing at Club Gitmo? They return to their terrorist activities, as any idiot would be able to foresee. What happens then? The US government attempts to capture them again — at considerable expense. Take the case of Saudi national Ibrahim al-Rubaysh:
  • UN chief urges Pakistan’s leader to stop executions

    12/26/2014 8:18:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2014 4:48 PM EST
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Pakistan’s leader to stop the execution of convicts and re-impose a moratorium on the death penalty. […] In the wake of the Pakistani Taliban school massacre on Dec. 16 that killed 149 people, most of them students, the government reinstated the death penalty and has already executed six people. …
  • New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

    12/26/2014 5:15:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By NICOLE PERLROTH
    A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea. President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea of targeting Sony and pledged a “proportional response” just hours before North Korea’s Internet went dark without explanation. But security researchers remain skeptical, with some even likening the government’s claims to those of the Bush administration in the build-up to the Iraq war. Fueling their suspicions is the fact that the government based its findings, in large part, on evidence that it will not release, citing the...
  • China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

    12/26/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/26/2014 | Benjamin Haas
    North Korea may be facing explosive hacking accusations, but analysts are questioning how an isolated, impoverished country with limited Internet access could wage cyber sabotage -- and many experts believe China plays a role. The US has accused Pyongyang of hacking Sony Pictures, which was intimidated into initially cancelling the comedy film "The Interview" that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before deciding to release it online and in selected US cinemas on Christmas Day. While much of the focus has been on the so-called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang -- especially after North Korea's Internet temporarily went down...
  • Demand For ‘The Interview’ Is Shooting Up In North Korea And Its Government Is Freaking Out

    12/26/2014 4:50:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/26/2014 | Eugene Kim
    More and more North Koreans are becoming aware of the North Korea-mocking movie “The Interview,” and the government is doing everything to block it from getting smuggled in to the country. According to Free North Korea Radio, an online radio network made by North Korean defectors, demand for “The Interview” has been shooting up among North Koreans. It says people are willing to pay almost $50 a copy of the movie, which is 10X higher than what a regular South Korean TV show’s DVD would cost in the black market. In response, North Korea’s State Security Department and The Ministry...
  • Israel buying 4 new warships from Germany, PM confirms

    12/26/2014 4:03:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | Ilan Ben Zion
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday confirmed that Israel had acquired four new Sa’ar-class warships from Germany, reportedly to help protect off-shore gas extraction facilities. ... A spokesperson from the Prime Minister’s Office said that for the time being the deal remained an understanding, and that Germany would be footing a “nice” part of the cost. He refused to detail the cost of the ships.
  • Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns

    12/26/2014 3:41:58 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 December 2014
    The consortium building the third set of locks for the Panama Canal is making fresh claims for cost overruns totaling $737 million ... Work began in 2007 to expand the canal with a third set of locks to enable it to handle the modern mega-freighters that global shipping companies prefer. But the $5.25 billion project has been plagued by delays, strikes and a bitter dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns with the consortium carrying out the upgrade, led by Spanish construction firm Sacyr. Initially scheduled for completion in 2014, the project's due date has been pushed back to early...
  • Europe is Gone

    12/26/2014 3:18:37 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Berel Wein
    What can one say about Europe? I imagine that if one wants to be bitterly truthful then one could easily say that Hitler has in effect triumphed. He branded the Jews as the root of all troubles and proclaimed that the “final” and only solution to the “Jewish problem” was to eradicate all Jews from the face of the earth. And as we all know, he followed through on his genocidal program. A great deal of Europe, its leaders, intellectuals and common folk, willfully and almost gleefully cooperated in this genocide. Many did so actively while many more Europeans did...
  • Catch and Release in the Land of Two Rivers

    12/26/2014 2:27:10 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    WarOnTheRocks.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Craig Whiteside
    National security officials are slowly realizing that its foes in the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) look very familiar—embarrassingly so. They look an awful lot like the people in various mugshots dressed in identical, yellow, made-in-the-USA jumpsuits that were released in years past. Reports by numerous researchers revealed that ISIL’s top twenty leadership posts are almost entirely filled by former detainees held by the United States in Camp Bucca, Iraq from 2004-2009. Worse, a recent interview in The Guardian had a long time ISIL member gleefully point out how the group was able to recruit, network, and...
  • Can Russia's Vladimir Putin help deliver a Palestinian state?

    12/26/2014 2:05:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Shamir | Shlomo
    Russia has finally found a lever with which to gain revenge on the United States and the West for its support for Ukraine. As payback for the painful sanctions imposed on its economy, Moscow is now brandishing a new diplomatic sword. The man who handed the Kremlin this sword on a silver platter, thereby enabling it to divert the world’s attention away from what is taking place in Ukraine, is none other than Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Security forces kill school massacre planner in Pakistan shootout

    12/26/2014 1:55:58 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 26, 2014
    The alleged planner of the deadly massacre at a school in Pakistan last week has been killed in a gun battle...
  • Why South Korean filmmakers would never make movie like 'The Interview'

    12/26/2014 1:25:54 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    La La Times ^ | December 26, 2014 | Steven Borowiec
    South Korean filmmakers have long believed that when it comes to depicting North Korea, it's best to use the utmost caution. Even with South Korea's robust film industry, there have been no notable cases of the North's leadership being depicted in a film. The bloody scene in Sony Pictures Entertainment's movie "The Interview," in which it appears that the head of an actor playing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blows up, would never happen in South Korea, film experts say.
  • Max Blumenthal: ‘America Sniper’ Chris Kyle was just a popular mass murderer [Immoral equivalency]

    12/26/2014 11:48:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    IÂ’ve watched the film depiction of the life of the late Chris Kyle, AmericaÂ’s deadliest sniper, Navy SEAL, and veterans advocate, twice. It is a gripping portrayal, but it is a portrayal nonetheless. While the screenplay perhaps lacks nuance, it is also a product of Hollywood and should be considered a truncated and dramatized version of one manÂ’s life story. The complexities of biography often elude filmmakers who are charged with creating dense and intricate portraits of a human being in 120 minutes. Nevertheless, the movie is quite enjoyable. The performances are stirring and the wartime themes, difficult as...
  • Third Priest Killed In Dangerous Southern Mexico [A Corrupt And Deadly Crime-Ridden Nation?]

    12/26/2014 10:47:05 AM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 26, 2014 | MARK STEVENSON
    Third Priest Killed In Dangerous Southern Mexico By MARK STEVENSON A priest was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, his diocese said Friday, marking the latest in series of abductions, attacks and highway robberies against Roman Catholic clerics in an area of southern Guerrero state dominated by drug cartels. Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta is the third Catholic priest to have been killed in the region this year, and the first to die since the federal government launched a special, stepped-up security operation in the area following the disappearance of 43 teachers' college students three months ago. The...
  • 13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram to be a suicide bomber

    12/25/2014 9:48:45 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Dec 25 2014 | IBRAHIM GARBA
    A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb. ... The girl told a news conference Wednesday night that she saw many people being buried alive at the Boko Haram camp where her father took her in Bauchi state, east of Kano.
  • Security intensified to keep women out of Jeddah football match ( Saudi Arabia )

    12/25/2014 8:15:53 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Gulf News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Habib Toumi
    Authorities on the alert to ensure only men attend much-anticipated football match in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian authorities have intensified security around a stadium in the Red Sea city of Jeddah to ensure no woman could sneak in to watch a football match. ... Saudi Arabia has a very strict policy regarding female attendance at sports matches. Permissions are needed to allow foreign women to watch the matches in which their home teams play.
  • UPDATE 3-Saudis to keep spending heavily in 2015 budget, shrug off oil plunge

    12/25/2014 7:28:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 25, 2014 | Andrew Torchia
    UPDATE 3-Saudis to keep spending heavily in 2015 budget, shrug off oil plunge Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:14am EST * Figures suggest Saudis could cope with years of cheap oil * State spending to edge up 0.6 pct from 2014 plan * Big economic development projects to continue * Budget slashes revenue projection by 16 pct * $39 bln deficit to be covered by fiscal reserves (Adds comments by finance minister, stock market reaction) By Andrew Torchia DUBAI, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will lift state spending to a record in its 2015 budget while covering a deficit with...
  • Harsh interrogations crucial in Osama bin Laden capture, Republicans say

    12/25/2014 6:44:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Senate Democrats’ ‘torture report’ claims tactics played no role in finding al Qaeda leaderSenate Democrats’ argument that harsh CIA interrogations played no role in finding Osama bin Laden revolves in crucial ways around the life of Hassan Ghul. It was Ghul, an al Qaeda operative who moved between Pakistan and Iraq, who turned out to be the most informative biographer of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. It was al-Kuwaiti who eventually led the CIA to bin Laden’s home address in Abbottabad, Pakistan. To Democratic staffers who wrote the Dec. 9 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation...
  • Report: Prisoner swap with ISIS could be possible for captured Jordanian pilot

    12/25/2014 6:11:27 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/25/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    A prisoner exchange may be in the cards for a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria, according to a report in the Arab press. Jordanian political activists told the London-based daily Al-Quds al-Arabi on Thursday that a prisoner exchange could be possible if the Jordanian government released people affiliated with the group al-Qaida in Iraq, the precursor to Islamic State. Tareq al-Fayed, a Jordanian political activist close to the Salafist movement mentioned Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who was caught trying to blow herself up in a failed suicide bombing during a wedding...
  • Snow globe caused charity shop fire

    12/25/2014 3:50:34 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    belfast telegraph ^ | 25 December 2014
    The sun's rays ignited fake reindeer food and snow on display in the window of the shop in Bournemouth, Dorset. Firefighters from Dorset Fire Service attended the incident at the shop in Wimborne Road, Winton, at around 11.30am. Occupants of neighbouring properties were advised to evacuate and firefighters put the flames out within 10 minutes of arriving on the scene. A fire service spokesman said: "At the risk of sounding like a Christmas tale, the cause of the fire was believed to be sun refracting through a snow globe in the shop window which then ignited 'reindeer food' and fake...
  • Little Noticed in Immigration Overhaul: A Government Hiring Rush [Funded By Republicans!]

    12/25/2014 1:51:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    NYTimes ^ | December 25, 2014 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ROBERT PEAR
    Little Noticed in Immigration Overhaul: A Government Hiring Rush By MICHAEL D. SHEAR DEC. 25, 2014 WASHINGTON — This is how a bureaucracy grows. Only 10 days after President Obama announced in a prime-time address that millions of undocumented people would soon “be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation,” an electronic bulletin reached inboxes across Washington. In a crucial detail that Mr. Obama left out, the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency said it was immediately seeking 1,000 new employees to work in an office building to process “cases filed as a result of...
  • Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court

    12/25/2014 12:17:19 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    cns ^ | December 25, 2014 | AYA BATRAWY
    Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases ... The Specialized Criminal Court, to which their cases were referred, was established in the capital Riyadh to try terrorism cases but has also tried and handed long prison sentences to a number of human rights workers, peaceful dissidents, activists and critics of the government. For example, this year it sentenced a revered Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a vocal critic of the government, to death for sedition and sentenced a prominent...
  • U.S. offering $5 million reward for Al Qaeda capo … who was released from Gitmo in 2006

    12/25/2014 9:51:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/25/2014 | AllahPundit
    I wish I could tell you that this is a bad Bush policy that Obama’s long since discontinued but we know better, don’t we? I wonder what reward we’ll be offering for this turd, say, circa 2020.The defense here, I take it, will be to point to the amount of time that’s elapsed since they released him and claim that no one could have known in 2006 that this guy would grow into a fish big enough to justify a multimillion-dollar reward. Which raises the question: What sort of fish did they think he’d grow into? A garden-variety battlefield...
  • Feds give emergency approval to new Ebola testing kit for Americans

    12/25/2014 7:02:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    <p>The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval for a new diagnostic kit to test blood for the deadly Ebola virus, even as doctors are reporting a survival rate in one hard-hit area that has climbed to about 70 percent.</p>
  • Christian priest: Thanks to Israel, I can have a Merry Christmas

    12/25/2014 6:52:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | December 25, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    A message of truth going out to a world drowning in lies. “Thanks to Israel, I Can Have a Merry Christmas,” by Father Gabriel Nadaf (translated by Avi Woolf), Mida.org, December 24, 2014:"Right now, while Christians the world over are celebrating Christmas, entire communities of the followers of Christ cannot rejoice. The Middle East and parts of Africa continue to drown in rivers of blood, with various minorities being targeted by radical Islamic organizations such as ISIS, Hamas, Jabhat al-Nusra, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and others.
  • How the U.S. helped a Cuban prisoner impregnate his wife. (This is no joke.)

    12/25/2014 6:21:36 AM PST · by Din Maker · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 22, 2014 | Caitlin Dickson
    Up until last week, it looked like Gerardo Hernandez would spend the rest of his life behind bars. Part of a spy cabal known as the “Cuban Five,” Hernandez had been in federal prison since 1998, serving out two consecutive life sentences for espionage. But in a prisoner exchange to free detained American contractor Alan Gross, Hernandez and two other members of the “Cuban Five” were released. At a public homecoming event, Hernandez was seen rubbing his wife Adriana Perez’s pregnant belly. He returned home just in time for the birth of their child, who they’d conceived long distance with...
  • Grisly finds in Iraqi Yazidi village taken back from ISIS militants

    12/25/2014 4:53:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    HARDAN, Iraq – After he fled from this tiny northern Iraqi hamlet four months ago, Hayder Khalef got panicked phone calls from his relatives who had remained behind. They were at that moment being led by Islamic State group gunmen toward a checkpoint on the edge of town. "If you don't hear from us, you'll find our bodies near the checkpoint," Khalef said they told him in the calls.
  • Operation Christmas Child - Northern Iraq Airlift of Joy

    12/25/2014 4:27:40 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Samaritans Purse Canada ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | Samaritans Purse Canada
    Samaritan's Purse included 60,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in our latest airlift from Baltimore to Erbil. These special gifts will bring much needed joy to children displaced by ISIS. Speakers: Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren www.samaritanspurse.ca/occ
  • FBI busts Colorado veteran for making violent threats online against police officers: report

    12/24/2014 10:57:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Adam Edelman
    In a series of comments written on YouTube earlier this month, Jeremiah Perez, under the name 'Vets Hunting Cops,' threatened violence against a variety of politicians, celebrities and police officers, the Smoking Gun reported Wednesday. 'Join us and kill any cop or any retired cop !!!!!!!' he wrote.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)An unstable Colorado military veteran was arrested by the FBI after he allegedly posted retaliatory threats online against police officers in return for no charges being filed against the cops who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In a series of comments written on YouTube earlier this month, Jeremiah Perez, under the name...
  • North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film

    12/24/2014 9:40:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    WP ^ | December 24, 2014
    North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film By Associated Press December 24 at 5:21 PM UNITED NATIONS — North Korea says it likely will have no “physical reaction,” just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un. A North Korea diplomat to the United Nations told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his country opposes the film’s release online and in over 300 U.S. theaters this week.
  • New issue of jihadist magazine produced by al-Qaeda in Yemen suggests attacks on U.S.

    12/24/2014 9:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    A new issue of Inspire, the English-language online magazine produced by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, is devoted to “jihad on America” and suggests targeting major American figures as well as Western commercial airliners, according to a report Wednesday by SITE Intelligence Group. The issue is the 13th since Inspire was first published online in 2010. Its founder, Samir Zafar Khan, was born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents but grew up in New York state. Khan, a blogger on jihadist themes who was well-known to U.S. intelligence, is believed to have traveled to Yemen and joined al-Qaeda in the Arabian...
  • As World Turns Its Back on Israel, a Surprising Ally Emerges in India

    12/24/2014 7:58:41 PM PST · by cold start · 22 replies
    BreakingIsraelNews ^ | 23rd December 2014 | Lea Speyer
    Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meets with Narenda Modi in New York City on September 28, 2014. (Photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO) With the EU moving farther away from its traditional support of Israel, it seems as if the Jewish state is finding a new ally in an uncommon place. According to The Hindu newspaper, India is considering moving away from supporting the Palestinian cause at the UN, Indian government sources said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking to move his foreign policies regarding the Palestinians to a state of abstention, the two sources claimed. “Like other foreign policy issues, the Modi...
  • Chinese Gold Diggers Drop Their Shovels As Gold Miner Bankruptcies Begin

    12/24/2014 5:04:32 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 22 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    For those wondering where US shale exploration and production companies will be in about 2-3 years, look no further than the gold miners, where the disconnect between undaunted physical demand and relentless paper supply (after rebounding above 0%, GOFO is once again negative through the 3 month mark), and where high production costs and low selling prices, after two years of balance sheet pain, is finally leading many over the cliff. Case in point, Canadian gold-miner San Gold, which had a capitalization of over $1 billion in 2010 just filed for bankruptcy protection. It isn't the first gold-miner to wave...
  • "As a Cuban exile, I feel betrayed by President Obama

    12/24/2014 4:58:48 PM PST · by Veto! · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 22, 2014 | By Carlos Eire
    I am furious, in pain, and deeply offended by those who laud this betrayal of the Cuban people as a great moment in history. My family and native land were destroyed by the brutal Castro regime. In 1959, as an 8-year-old, I listened to mobs shout “paredon!” (to the firing squad!). I watched televised executions, and was terrified by the incessant pressure to agree with a bearded dictator’s ideals. I am now a professor of history and religion at Yale University….
  • "Soldier's Christmas": How a Rock Band Is Raising Awareness For Military Families This Season

    12/24/2014 4:21:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    Soldier's Christmas“Music with meaning.” It’s how rock band Madison Rising describes what they’re trying to accomplish, and this Christmas season, they’re putting their efforts to a good cause. They’ve released the song “Soldier’s Christmas,” which draws on lead singer David Bray’s experience as a member of the military and the band’s work with veterans’ groups to both raise awareness of what military families go through during the holidays and raise money directly for the families of the fallen. “It’s to bring awareness to those families,” Bray tells Townhall, “to say that we are grateful for the sacrifice and what they’ve...
  • CUBAN GOVERNMENT SINKS BOAT CARRYING 32 REFUGEES, INCLUDING CHILDREN

    12/24/2014 2:45:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 23, 2014 | frances martel
    The maritime horror that has become a centerpiece of the Cuban experience will continue even after President Obama’s overtures to the communist regime, it appears. According to witnesses aboard, the Cuban government sank a boat attempting to reach American shores carrying 32 people, including an 8-year-old child, and some passengers remain missing. The Miami Herald reports that Masiel González Castellano, a woman who was aboard the boat with her husband and 8-year-old son, told reporters her husband remains missing after the assault. She and all those the government could pick out of the water were arrested, and the men remain under custody. “We...
  • Government Offers Bounty on Terrorist We Already Paid For

    12/24/2014 12:44:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | John Ransom
    The U.S. is now looking for a GITMO detainee released by the Bush administration who supposedly went through sensitivity training under the auspices of the Saudi’s Terror-to-Teachers program. The Saudi national is now head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula. “Now we learn that the U.S. government is secretly admitting that it erred in at least one case the release of a Saudi national named Ibrahim al-Rubaysh,” reports our friends over at Judicial Watch, who first reported the government snafu. “In late 2006 the Bush administration repatriated him back home under a Saudi Arabian ‘rehabilitation’ program that supposedly reformed...
  • How Turkey Went Bad

    12/24/2014 11:36:17 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | 12/13/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    Only twelve years ago, the Republic of Turkey was correctly seen as a stalwart NATO ally, the model of a pro-Western Muslim state, and a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. A strong military bond with the Pentagon undergirded broader economic and cultural ties with Americans. For those of us who work on the Middle East, time in Istanbul, Ankara, and other Turkish cities was a refreshing oasis from the turmoil of the region. And then, starting with the still-astonishing election of 2002, the country dramatically changed course. Slowly at first and then with increasing velocity since mid-2011, the...
  • India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions of Christians & Muslims in challenge to PM Modi

    12/24/2014 10:20:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/2014
    The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda. Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the ideological wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, said India was a "Hindu nation" where many Hindus had been forcibly converted to other religions. "We will bring back those who have lost their way. They did not go on their own," Bhagwat said in a speech late on Saturday. "They...
  • IS Shoots Down Warplane in Syria, Captures Jordanian Pilot

    12/24/2014 10:09:09 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 12-24-2014 | OMAR AKOUR and BASSEM MROUE
    The Islamic State group captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane over Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, in the extremists' first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an air campaign against the extremists. The show of the extremists' capabilities underscored the risks for the United States and the multiple Arab and European countries whose warplanes are participating in bombing campaign aimed at pushing back the jihadis' control across much of Syria and Iraq. It also posed Jordan with a nightmare scenario ? its pilot was the first foreign soldier to fall into the extremists' hands....
  • Opinion: Why the US isn't behind the North Korean Internet outage

    12/24/2014 8:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 12/24/2014 | Jason Healey, Passcode columnist
    North Korea has a fragile Internet, with a risk of being disconnected from the Web for any number of minor sneezes. But an attack of this nature can be easily attributed to the US and the administration should be up front about it. It's unlikely the US government was behind the recent disruption of the North Korean Internet. First, this kind of "you-slap-me-I-slap-you" response is not the US style. Instead, the Americans are more likely to come up with some epic, uber-technological hack that cleverly inverts the North Koreans internal systems, such as Stuxnet did to the Iranians. What's more,...
  • FBI warns of Islamic State threat to Mississippi River bridge

    12/24/2014 8:08:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The FBI has warned local authorities of a threat that Islamic State militants would blow up the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The bridge is a major route connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation passed the threat on to local police in a bulletin out of an "abundance of caution," spokesman Chris Allen said. "This is an unsubstantiated, anonymous threat," he said, adding that there was no useful intelligence arising from it.
  • A Maccabean solution for the Gaza Strip [Zephaniah 2]

    12/24/2014 7:39:55 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/22/2014 | Michael Freund
    This past Friday, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel without any provocation, setting off air-raid sirens and rekindling fears of a return to this past summer’s hostilities. Indeed, although barely four months have passed since the end of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas is said to be actively preparing for the next round of conflict, rebuilding its network of terror tunnels and working to improve the accuracy of its arsenal. It is no wonder, then, that Israel’s Military Intelligence is forecasting a possible resumption of fighting in 2015...
  • Women excised from public life, abused by Islamic State

    12/24/2014 7:33:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 7 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 12/24/14 | Karam
    <p>BEIRUT — The gunmen came to the all-girls' elementary school in the Iraqi city of Fallujah at midday with a special delivery: piles of long black robes with gloves and face veils, now required dress code for females in areas ruled by the Islamic State group.</p>
  • 'Three Wise Men' fined for not wearing helmets

    12/24/2014 7:27:47 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    the Local (Spain) ^ | 23 Dec 2014 09:06 GMT+01:00
    Police in Zaragoza have fined the three kings who rode their motorbikes without wearing helmets while en route to an appearance at a local school. Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reported that rather than wearing the legally required helmets, the three kings were sporting their usual headgear of golden crowns as they made their way to Recarte y Ornat primary school in Zaragoza.The three wise men were stopped by local police in the centre of the city and were made to wait for 45 minutes, while across the city 400 pupils eagerly awaited the arrival of the kings and their gifts.Organizers...
  • 1,000 Soldiers Deployed on French Streets to Combat Christmas Terror Attacks

    12/24/2014 7:23:22 AM PST · by PROCON · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 24, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    More than 1,000 soldiers have been deployed on the streets of France for Christmas after a spate of suspected festive-season terrorist attacks across the nation have left many French citizens critical of the government’s denialism, and fearful of increasing violence. The move stands in contrast to the official line of the French government that the attacks, in which the assailants were reported in all cases to have shouted the Arabic salutation “Allahu Akbar” as they commenced their rampages, had nothing to do with terrorism, and were completely unrelated. The government has come under fire from opposition parties for its denial...
  • Mum says toddler taken to Syria by Isis dad

    12/24/2014 7:21:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | 22 Dec 2014 16:30 GMT+01:00
    A mother has claimed to have recognized her three-year-old boy in photos distributed on jihadist forums promoting terrorist organization Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), more than a year after he disappeared from northern Italy. Lidia Solana Herrera, who was born in Cuba, claims her son Ismail Mesinovic was kidnapped by her estranged husband and son’s father, Ismar Mesinovic, from her home in Belluno in northern Italy in November 2013. Mesinovic, a Bosnian native, is alleged to have taken the child with him when he left Italy and volunteered to fight for Isis in Syria. The father has reportedly...
  • Former Fla. gov. Crist on reopening Cuba ties

    12/24/2014 7:02:04 AM PST · by shove_it · 19 replies
    SeeBSnews ^ | 17 Dec 2014
    Florida has long been the home of a large Cuban-American community. The issue of American-Cuban relations is a major issue in the state. Charlie Crist, Florida's former governor, joined CBSN on Wednesday to discuss how President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba will impact the state. According to Crist, the economic impact will be significant because the easing of restrictions on the island will spur redevelopment. Former Florida gov. Charlie Crist GETTY IMAGES "You talk about housing changes, schooling, infrastructure, the natural launching pad for much of that redevelopment is the state of Florida," Crist said. Cuba is...
  • Obama’s nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...