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  • "MUMMY, WHAT HAVE I DONE TO HAMAS?": THE HEARTBREAKING QUESTION FROM ISRAELI CHILDREN

    07/10/2014 3:14:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 10,2014 | Anna Ahronheim
    I was busy washing dishes yesterday evening when all of a sudden I heard a wailing sound and doors slamming in my building. An air raid siren; the first in Tel Aviv since Operation Pillar of Defense back in November of 2012.
  • Islamist plot to blow up Eiffel Tower, Louvre and nuclear power plant foiled, say French police

    07/09/2014 12:38:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 9, 2014 | Henry Samuel
    France foiled an Islamist terrorist plot to target the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and even a nuclear power plant, it emerged on Wednesday, as the country unveiled new, tougher anti-terror rules. French police stumbled on the plans after decrypting coded messages between a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in the Vaucluse, southern France, known only as Ali M, and one of the highest-ranking members in al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM. According to Le Parisien newspaper, in April last year, the married father of two who went by the pseudonym Abu Jaji was asked by his AQIM contact, whose web...
  • Mideast Minefield Keeps 'Tyrant' Producer Nimble

    07/09/2014 11:18:03 PM PDT · by Thickman · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 8, 2014 | Dan Williams
    It's hard to keep up with the social and political hurly-burly of the Middle East, but U.S. TV producer Howard Gordon got a hit out of it with "Homeland" and hopes to do the same with new series "Tyrant", even if it requires last-minute tweaks. While fellow Americans celebrated over the July 4 weekend, Gordon was back in Israel for his latest whirlwind visit to fine-tune upcoming episodes, based on feedback he has received about the series set in a Middle Eastern dictatorship buffeted by demands for change arising from the Arab Spring.
  • Leaked paper: EU wants ‘guaranteed’ access to US oil and gas

    07/09/2014 11:07:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/09/14 @ 09:27 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU wants the US to lift its restrictions on exporting gas and crude oil as part of ongoing trade talks, according to a leaked European Commission document. The strategy paper by the EU executive, obtained by the Washington Post, calls for “a legally binding commitment … guaranteeing the free export of crude oil and gas resources”. EU and US trade officials will hold their sixth round of talks on an ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Brussels next week, which officials argue could be worth €100 billion per year, equivalent to an additional 0.5 percent of EU...
  • Motion approved to keep immigrant children from relocating to Washington County, VA

    07/09/2014 9:14:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    WCYB-TV ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Callan Gray
    We told you two weeks ago about rumors immigrant children could relocate to the Virginia Intermont College campus. At that time, we also found out the Washington County Board of Supervisors were planning to take action to keep that from happening. We spoke with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services to see if VI was an option for housing the children. They told us the list of sites being considered is not available. On Tuesday night, the Washington County, Va. Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution saying they do not want...
  • Hamas firing long-range M-302 rockets at Israel, capable of 150-km distance

    07/09/2014 8:55:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 9, 2014 | 12:26 PM | | Gili Cohen
    Hamas firing long-range M-302 rockets at Israel, capable of 150-km distance Rockets smuggled into Gaza before Klos-C cache discovered are considered more accurate than makeshift projectiles made in the Strip; Hadera struck by M-302, dozens are estimated to exist in Gaza arsenal. By Gili Cohen | Gaza militants have several dozen long-range M-302 rockets in their arsenal and have been using them in the current round of rocket fire, Israeli officials say. One of the rockets, which the army's intelligence division says are considered more accurate than the makeshift rockets manufactured in Gaza and can be stored more easily because...
  • Isis Seizes Former Chemical Weapons Plant in Iraq

    07/09/2014 8:53:53 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 0709/14 | The Guadian
    The Islamic State extremist group (Isis) has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility north-west of Baghdad, where 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents, Iraq has said in a letter circulated at the United Nations. The US played down the threat from the takeover, saying there were no intact chemical weapons and it would be very difficult to use the material for military purposes. Iraq's UN ambassador, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, told the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, in a letter that "armed...
  • Could ISIS Force an Israeli Intervention?

    07/09/2014 8:51:22 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 3 July 2014 | Allan Johnson
    Could ISIS Force an Israeli Intervention? 3 July 2014 Having declared a caliphate stretching across Iraq and Syria, the Sunni jihadists of ISIS may now pose a threat to the kingdom of Jordan. If they do, Israel will feel its own interests would be directly threatened, and could ultimately intervene. Share submit to reddit inShare EmailEmail PrintPrint Watching the Arab Spring degenerate into sectarian slaughter, Israel has sought to protect itself from the chaos, and, above all, avoid being sucked into the tribal, religious, and sectarian conflicts that have been eroding the Sykes-Picot borders and are now dissolving the “countries”...
  • 53 Palestinians killed, over 450 injured in Gaza assault

    07/09/2014 8:48:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Thursday 10/07/2014, 06:47 | Jack Guez
    53 Palestinians killed, over 450 injured in Gaza assault Published yesterday (updated) 10/07/2014 02:22 Jack Guez BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Five Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on northern and southern Gaza Wednesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Gaza to 53, medical officials said. An Israeli airstrike struck the Hamad family home in Beit Hanoun, killing Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, and Ibrahim Hamad, 20. Five members of the same family were killed late Tuesday as Israeli warplanes bombed the home of senior Islamic Jihad militant Hafiz Hamad in the same area. Another airstrike in Rafah killed Samia al-Arja, 65,...
  • Israel steps up Gaza offensive as rockets fall and diplomatic efforts get underway

    07/09/2014 8:38:38 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Published Wednesday, Jul. 09 2014, 2:41 AM EDT | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    Israel steps up Gaza offensive as rockets fall and diplomatic efforts get underway JOSEF FEDERMAN Published Wednesday, Jul. 09 2014, 2:41 AM EDT Last updated Wednesday, Jul. 09 2014, 7:17 PM EDT With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway. Egypt, which has mediated before between Israel and the Hamas militant group, said it spoke to all sides about ending the violence. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in touch with...
  • Bill Whittle: Where Do You Live Mark Zuckerberg?

    07/09/2014 8:35:53 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 7-9-2014 | Bill Whittle
    The crisis on the Mexican border is worsening by the hour. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle hammers home three devastating points regarding the dangerous legal precedents, the morally gray areas, and the hypocritical pose of unearned moral superiority on the part of those proposing amnesty and open borders. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkN4XiqRnrE TRANSCRIPT: WHERE DO YOU LIVE, MARK ZUCKERBERG? "Hi everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall. Today I want to make three points regarding the current, artificially created emergency on the southern border, as children are used as innocent pawns to force an issue in order to gain political...
  • India, UK sign deals worth Ł250 million for ASRAAM Missiles

    07/09/2014 8:30:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Livemint, India ^ | July 08, 2014
    Mumbai: Deals worth at least Ł370 million (around Rs.3,800 crore) were signed between India and the UK on Monday, the first day of a visit by George Osborne, the British chancellor of the exchequer, and William Hague, the country’s foreign secretary. The Indian Air Force and companies such as the Mahindra Group and Cipla Ltd were among those that signed business agreements with UK-based corporations. Osborne told a press conference in Mumbai that India’s defence ministry has signed a Ł250 million contact with missile maker MBDA of the UK for the supply of advanced short range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAM) to...
  • Gen. Michael Hayden: Treat Immigration Crisis Like Insurgency

    07/09/2014 8:25:07 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 09 Jul 2014 12:19 PM
    Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 12:19 PM By Courtney Coren Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and CIA, said the constant flow of illegal immigrants should be treated like an insurgency. "It's not an insurgency. I mean an insurgency has a political aim to overthrow the government," Hayden said on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum." "This is a criminal enterprise that's so big and so powerful that as a byproduct, it actually threatens the government." Urgent: Don't Underestimate Your Risk for Heart Disease. Free Online Test Now Story continues below video. Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV...
  • Sunni insurgents take over nuclear materials in northern Iraq

    07/09/2014 7:41:15 PM PDT · by exbrit · 14 replies
    RT ^ | 7/11/14 | Not specified
    "The Republic of Iraq is notifying the international community of these dangerous developments and asking for help and the needed support to stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad," Alhakim said in a letter.
  • Sarah Palin's Immigration-Impeachment Bonfire

    07/09/2014 7:39:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Jill Lawrence
    Just when you think it's safe to go back in the water, Sarah Barracuda comes back to bite. SNIP But now Palin has burst back onto the political stage with a call to impeach President Barack Obama over immigration — a double-whammy from a celebrity with a following that's ripe for mobilization... SNIP Palin goes on to charge that "because of Obama's purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in," summoning the image of strangers streaming into your living room and plopping their bare or stockinged feet on the...
  • ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

    07/09/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/9/2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca -- Islam's holiest site. The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does not measure up to their twisted vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself "Islamic...
  • Reuters Exclusive: Iraq Tells U.N. that 'Terrorist Groups' Seized Nuclear Materials

    07/09/2014 6:18:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Michelle Nichols (with Mark Hosenball)
    Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding...
  • Mexico made deal to send more illegal aliens to the U.S

    07/09/2014 6:09:20 PM PDT · by blueyon · 48 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 7/09/14 | Dave Gibson
    On Monday, Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico. The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, will provide for more border checkpoints along Mexico's border with Guatemala, and offer more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north. The illegal aliens will receive a so-called Regional Visitor's Card, according to El Universal.
  • Rockets intercepted over greater Tel Aviv; IAF targets 160 Gazan terror sites overnight

    07/09/2014 6:08:12 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9JUL2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    As Operation Protective Edge entered its second day on Wednesday, the Israel Air Force attacked terror sites in the Gaza Strip, while residents of greater Tel Aviv heard sirens and explosions. Sirens wailed in 20 different municipalities, including Tel Aviv, Rishon Letzion, Modi'in, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and the Eshkol regional council. Residents of Ra'anana also reported hearing sirens. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted at least two of the missiles, though residents of Tel Aviv heard more explosions. The remnants of a rocket intercepted by Iron Dome fell on a road in Ness Ziona. The Hamas military wing has claimed responsibility...
  • Beck To Differ: No, Glenn, liberals were never right on Iraq

    07/09/2014 6:07:52 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 19 replies
    Beck To Differ: No, Glenn, liberals were never right on Iraq by Daniel Clark Since Glenn Beck’s June 17th broadcast, liberals have seized on his “admission” that they were right about Iraq. It’s not really an admission, though, if it’s something that he wants to believe anyway. Beck supported the Iraq War when he was a conservative, which he hasn’t been for quite some time. The new Glenn Beck has contracted Bush Derangement Syndrome, says we should’ve listened to Ron Paul, indulges in paranoid drone fantasies, says our response to terrorism should be to turn inward and love each other,...
  • Migrant children are fleeing violence, but so are ours

    07/09/2014 4:51:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 9, 2014 | BY KELI GOFF, The Root
    ...I, too, care about children facing violence and poverty, and that’s why I support the Obama administration’s plan to expedite deportations. Last weekend, 82 people were shot in Chicago, the president’s hometown — 16 died. But don’t feel bad if you didn’t know this. Recent media coverage of the child border crisis has dwarfed coverage of many of the very real problems Americans are already grappling with, particularly low-income Americans of color. The shootings that took place this week were concentrated on Chicago’s South Side, which consists predominantly of African Americans, including plenty of children. Yet despite the fact that...
  • Ukraine Rebels Call Putin a Coward After Russian Inaction [boo hoo]

    07/09/2014 4:31:42 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies
    TIME ^ | July 9, 2014 | Simon Shuster
    The change in tone is already evident on Russia’s propaganda channels, which still depict the rebel fighters as heroes and martyrs—but not a part of any Russian war. “No one is talking about sending in troops anymore. That conversation is over,” says Mikhail Leontiev, one of the leading spin doctors on state-controlled TV. “Now the people need to understand that if Russia falls into this military trap, it will be worst of all for the people of eastern Ukraine, even for the fighters...."The fighters would beg to differ. In endless missives to the Russian leadership over the past few months,...
  • Fmr. Top CIA Analyst: Chinese ‘Believe Obama Is Fundamentally Weak and Disinterested’

    07/09/2014 4:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 8, 2014 - 10:48 AM | Tyler McNally
    Chinese officials believe that Pres. Obama is “fundamentally weak and disinterested” regarding Chinese aggression, says Christopher Johnson, a former top CIA analyst and current senior advisor to the Center For Strategic & International Studies on China Studies. “They believe Obama is fundamentally weak and disinterested,” Johnson says, warning, “We need a lot more weight on the economic side, because that’s what keeps your relationship from tipping into a Cold War relationship.” The Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and India all face illegal maritime or territorial claims by China, Forbes reports, citing China’s interest in taking over the natural resources...
  • Pro-Erdoğan group hacks Armenian weekly’s website, threatens community with ‘eradication’

    07/09/2014 4:07:47 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    Hürriyet ^ | July/09/2014
    The website of the weekly Armenian newspaper Agos was hacked in the late hours of July 8, posting a message and a photo of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with an Ottoman stamp in the background. The hackers, calling themselves “Herakles Fearlesleon,” threatened to “eradicate” the community and accused it of “treason,” while also sending messages of support to Erdoğan. “We have seen a lot of traitors like you. We know what you did and what you will do in the future. But from now on the great Ottoman state will be reborn with the master Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” a...
  • Why the Border Bigots Are Beating Obama (Yes, that's the actual headline)

    07/09/2014 3:27:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 9, 2014 | Michael Tomasky
    Yes, Rick Perry is awful for not shaking his hand, but the president needs a Pope Francis-like moment with the border kids to signal America is more than blowhards and racists.Let’s get Rick Perry’s jackass-ery out of the way quickly: Refusing to shake hands in public with the president of the United States is just an idiot thing to do. Perry is trying to claim the faux moral high ground here by arguing that he held out for a more substantive meeting and got it, but come on. It’s not as if that meeting wouldn’t have happened if the governor...
  • Mexico’s cartel-fighting vigilantes get closer to the Texas border

    07/09/2014 3:23:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Global Post ^ | 08 July 2014 | Ioan Grillo
    Armed residents are taking on the feared Zetas cartel in Tamaulipas state. One desperate town’s mayor applauds them ___ HIDALGO, Mexico — The gunmen nabbed watermelon farmer Jesus Manuel Guerrero as he drove from his ranch to buy supplies and held him for five painful days in the trunk of a car. When family members finally paid a $120,000 ransom and they released him, he was urinating blood. He’s just one of hundreds of victims of a wave of kidnapping that’s swept this once peaceful farming town, about 130 miles south of Texas. But almost three years after his brutal...
  • ISIS Crucifies Young Men For Leaving The Peaceful Religion of Islam

    07/09/2014 3:19:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    ISIS has crucified more young men for being accused of “Ridda”. Ridda in Islam means defection from the religion. ... Crucifixions has become a normal occurrence in Syria and Iraq in which young men are seen crucified on trees .... And on scaffolds ... Mass slaughter has become a way of life in Caliphate controlled areas: ... This is all part of Hiraba which is Islamic law regarding punishments. We are beginning to see an escalation of crucifixions and it will soon get applied in full force in all the areas that the Caliphate rules. A nightmare is on the...
  • Illegals Continue To Walk All Over Obama, Now With Obama-Themed Shoes [Photos]

    07/09/2014 3:03:41 PM PDT · by markomalley
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/9/2014 | Eric Owens
    Some of the illegal immigrants surging across the U.S. border from Central America and creating a growing humanitarian crisis may be wearing tennis shoes emblazoned with images in praise of President Barack Obama, according to Dennis Michael Lynch at his website, DMLDaily.“I’ve received two sets of photos from two contacts at the border,” Lynch explains. “I cannot validate the authenticity of the pictures. But I can say the agents who sent these to me is among a handful of agents who have sent me accurate information over the past few months.”The agent works at a processing center in South Texas...
  • Obama’s counterterrorism director resigns

    07/09/2014 2:49:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 9, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is thanking the outgoing director of the National Counterterrorism Center as he wraps up a 24-year career in the federal service. Obama says most Americans may not know Matt Olsen’s name, but he says they are safer because of his dedicated service. …
  • Iran wants to greatly expand uranium enrichment

    07/09/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 9, 2014 5:05 PM EDT | George Jahn
    Iran said Wednesday it wants to greatly expand its uranium enrichment program despite Western fears that it could be used to make atomic arms. The position outlined by Iranian nuclear agency head Ali Akbar Salehi appeared to be the most detailed yet of what Tehran wants at its closed-door negotiations with six world powers. It also highlighted the huge obstacles in the way of an agreement by a July 20 target date, since the world powers want Iran to reduce its enrichment program. …
  • Iran connection: Why are Gaza rockets reaching so deep into Israel?

    07/09/2014 2:44:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Howard LaFranchi
    A recent United Nations report, still classified, confirms that Iran is implicated in exporting longer-range missiles to the region, such as the M-302 rockets launched from Gaza. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — Evidence that Hamas is firing more sophisticated weapons at Israel – including longer-range rockets – than in past conflicts is focusing a new light on Iran’s role in arming the militant organization....
  • Hamas Spokesman Encourages Gazans to Serve as Human Shields: It's Been Proven Effective

    07/09/2014 2:26:38 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 13 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 8, 2014 | Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza)
    Following are excerpts from an interview with Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on July 8, 2014: Interviewer: "Are people still going up to the rooftops?" Ayad Abu Rida (Reporter) : "Witnesses told us that there is a large gathering, and people are still going to the Kawari family house, in order to prevent the Zionist occupation’s warplanes from targeting it." Interviewer: "What is your comment about this? People are reverting to the (human-shield) method, which proved very successful in the days of martyr Nizar Riyan…" Sami Abu Zuhri: "This attests to the character of our...
  • Tom Coburn: Obama's border funding 'wrong approach,' offers first class seat home to every child

    07/09/2014 2:22:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/09/2014 | Sean Kennedy
    <p>Sen. Tom Coburn said Tuesday he opposes President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of unaccompanied minors across the southwest border.</p> <p>"That's $60,000 per child we will spend, in emergency money," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."</p>
  • Matt Bracken being interviewed on WYAB.com Radio now - His Book, "Domestic Enemies"

    07/09/2014 2:12:48 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    WYAB FM Radio ^ | July 9, 2014 | Self
    On the radio now
  • UKRAINE: Wedding in Kiev military hospital for severely wounded ATO paratroopers - VIDEO

    07/09/2014 2:11:25 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    www.5.ua ^ | youtube
    Marriage occurred during war. The injured soldiered got married on hospital bed. Bitter was in the Kiev military hospital. They celebrated 2 weddings. Severely wounded paratroopers of the 79th Brigade married with her fiance - two deer. On their war wedding the grooms did not come to festively dressed by car, but a hospital bed. Hope recovery for them will be only one and a half years. The whole hospital greeted the newlyweds and cried. Pray for their healing. Honor to these soldiers who fight for the freedom of Ukraine. https://www.facebook.com/5kanal?fref=nf
  • Texas officials tour school as possible shelter for migrant kids

    07/09/2014 1:41:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NBC Local News ^ | July 9, 2014
    As officials from three government agencies toured a vacant Houston, Texas middle school, residents from the surrounding neighborhood showed up to express their anger. The Houston Independent School District's Terrell Middle School is being considered as a possible temporary shelter for unaccompanied Central American children. "I'm sorry that the parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever is going on out there, I don't care," said resident Bernadette Lancelin. "I care about what's going on right here, in my own backyard, my neighborhood." "What's going to keep them from escaping here and just moving around? Around Houston, around...
  • UKRAINE: 1st Person Account of Terrorist/Pro-Russian Separatists in action

    07/09/2014 1:39:19 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    21.55 During the day, militants fired Lugansk suburbs of multiple rocket launchers BM-21 "Grad". Militants use familiar tactics for Slavic, place the BM-21 on the territory of social facilities: hospitals, schools, kindergartens. According to sources today "Grad" was shooting near the village of prominent suburbs and Lugansk. Missiles aimed at the airport, flying over residential areas. The day before, in the result of the actions of the militants were damaged roofs of apartment buildings. Locals try to resist the placement settings "Grad" near residential neighborhoods. Sources report that documented cases when terrorists opened fire on locals who tried to prevent...
  • Groups: Immigrant minors lack legal representation

    07/09/2014 1:37:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC Local News ^ | July 9, 2014
    SEATTLE (AP) - A coalition of immigrant rights advocacy groups is suing the federal government over the fact that few minors have legal representation during deportation proceedings. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Seattle on behalf of eight plaintiffs, all minors. The plaintiffs are from Mexico and Central America, and they range in age from 10 to 17.
  • Escalating crisis drives surge in Iraq's messianic movements

    07/09/2014 1:35:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    AL Monitor ^ | June 19, 2014 | Ali Mamouri
    Escalating crisis drives surge in Iraq's messianic movements The radicalization of Iraqi politics that has contributed to the current crisis in the country can be better understood with an appreciation of the role of Islamic messianism, especially among Iraqi Shiites. This trend may even be more prominent, because if there is a battle for Baghdad, it will be fought along religious and sectarian lines. Political and economic hardships in Iraq have contributed to the rise of radical Messianic movements that claim to represent the return of the Mahdi. Author Ali MamouriPosted June 19, 2014 Translator(s)Kamal Fayad The advent of saviors...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk:Gubarev met Russian volunteers who came to fight for the "New Russia" (VIDEO)

    07/09/2014 1:32:00 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 23 replies
    In Donetsk Gubarev met a group of Russian volunteers who came to fight for the "New Russia" (VIDEO) 15:0909.07.2014 Militants do not hide what is on their side fighting Russian "volunteers". Thus, the network service YouTube correspondent so-called national militia Donbass posted video of July 8 "popular governor" Paul Gubarev meets mercenaries. At the same time the Russians do not hide the fact that "a ticket to Ukraine" they received in the Moscow military. Among those who arrived in Donetsk - the inhabitants of Astrakhan, Vladivostok and other cities.
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry's letter to President Obama on border security

    07/09/2014 1:28:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
    Letter dated May 4, 2012, details problems in Texas related to an influx of unaccompanied children crossing the state's border with Mexico.
  • Netanyahu under pressure for a large military operation

    07/09/2014 1:21:54 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    AL Monitor ^ | July 8, 2014 Translator(s)Simon Pompan | Ben Caspit
    Netanyahu under pressure for a large military operation Summary⎙ Print Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces demands by his coalition partners for a strong reaction to the Gaza rocket fire, while the international community will surely refrain from backing him on a large-scale military operation. Author Ben Caspit July 8, 2014 Translator(s)Simon Pompan In honor of the event, the newspaper published a special column written by US President Barack Obama. “Peace is necessary, just, and possible,” he wrote. “True safety will only come with a comprehensive negotiated settlement,” he asserted. The American president dispatched his Middle East adviser, Phil Gordon, to...
  • Glenn Beck to Bring Soccer Balls, Teddy Bears, Hot Meals to Illegals: "We Must Open Our Hearts"

    07/09/2014 1:20:14 PM PDT · by Cato in PA · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/8/2014 | Tony Lee
    Glenn Beck said bringing soccer balls, teddy bears, and hot meals to illegal immigrants who have been detained along the U.S.-Mexico border will be the most right thing he has ever done. On July 19, Beck will travel to McAllen, Texas, because he believes Americans must "open our hearts" to the illegal immigrant children who have been unlawfully entering the country.
  • Humanitarianism Can Be an Effective Disguise for Profiteering

    07/09/2014 1:10:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Billionaire Hungarian-American oligarch George Soros is an extremely concerned humanitarian who can be counted on to put his considerable bank balance where his concerns are. Lately, those concerns have included Ukraine and other former Soviet satellite states; Syria; immigration rights in America; the U.S. banking system; and the Great Lakes region of Africa, where all the mining opportunities just happen to be. Perhaps he could lay off the generosity long enough for us to recover from it all. Humanitarianism and charity can't always be taken at face value, if only because there is no better front for...
  • The Border Crisis Is Not "Obama's Katrina." Not Even Close. (This must be really hurting him)

    07/09/2014 1:03:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New Republic ^ | July 8, 2014 | Alec MacGillis
    Rarely have we been presented with a policy problem as complex as the crisis unfolding on the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas, where thousands of women and children, including many unaccompanied minors, have been making their way from Central America to the Rio Grande Valley under the impression, or simply the hope, that they will be able to remain in the U.S. once across the border. There are countless facets of the crisis to consider. What role are child trafficking laws playing in hamstringing the Obama administration in sending the kids back home? Should we, in fact, reevaluate our asylum...
  • Guardian Website Spews Lies About Gaza Conflict

    07/09/2014 1:01:02 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JULY 9, 2014 12:12 PM | Adam Levick
    Guardian Website Spews Lies About Gaza Conflict JULY 9, 2014 12:12 PM Adam Levick In the early hours of Tuesday, Israel launched a military operation against Hamas, Operation Protective Edge, in response to incessant Hamas rocket fire and the terror group’s refusal to agree to a ceasefire. Though the Guardian was relatively slow to respond to the story, at 13:45 Israeli time they finally launched a Live Blog on the war, titled ‘Israel steps up offensive against Gaza – live updates,’ edited by Matthew Weaver. One of the first blog entries highlighted the analysis of Chris Doyle, Director of the...
  • China puts prominent writers under house arrest as Kerry visits

    07/09/2014 1:00:56 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 10, 2014 | Megha Rajagopalan
    A prominent writer who has angered China by advocating Tibetan rights said she and her husband were placed under house arrest during a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Tsering Woeser told Reuters that state security officers had prevented her and her spouse, author Wang Lixiong, from leaving their home since they returned from a trip to the north of China on Tuesday. Woeser, who has written several books on Tibet and last year was given a U.S. State Department "International Women of Courage Award," said she was detained after a U.S. Embassy staffer telephoned to...
  • Illegals Continue To Walk All Over Obama, Now With Obama-Themed Shoes [PHOTOS]

    07/09/2014 12:53:36 PM PDT · by Cato in PA · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/9/2014 | Eric Owens
    Some of the illegal immigrants surging across the U.S. border from Central America and creating a growing humanitarian crisis may be wearing tennis shoes emblazoned with images in praise of President Barack Obama, according to Dennis Michael Lynch at his website, DLM Daily.
  • Former Deputy Secretary of Defense's Dire Warning on America’s Military Future

    07/09/2014 12:50:03 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Blaze ^ | Jul. 9, 2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    Jul. 9, 2014 1:49pm Elizabeth Kreft A former Defense Secretary is trying to warn government and industry leaders that their processes and assumptions must change if America hopes to maintain a military edge on the rest of the world. And he’s also issuing some eye-opening warnings about America’s vulnerability to damaging warfare tactics. “The good news is we still clearly have the strongest industrial base, the best technology, the best equipped force in the world,” William Lynn III, former Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2009-2011, said during a speech Tuesday at the Atlantic Council. “The bad news is given the...
  • Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa - WHO

    07/09/2014 12:45:07 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-8-2014 | Reuters
    Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3, as the deadly virus continues to spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.