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  • Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, the biggest threat to internet, signed (Internet Censorship)

    10/06/2015 7:53:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 10/06/15 | Andrew Griffin
    An agreement that some campaigners have called the "biggest global threat to the internet" has just been signed, potentially bringing huge new restrictions on what people can do with their computers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the conclusion of five years of negotiations, and will cover 40% of the world's economy. Its claimed purpose is to create a unified economic bloc so that companies and businesses can trade more easily — but it also puts many of the central principles of the internet in doubt, according to campaigners. One particularly controversial part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal...
  • President ‘Mumbo-Jumbo’

    10/06/2015 7:46:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | Bret Stephens
    President ‘Mumbo-Jumbo’ Obama’s preferred method for dealing with disagreement is denigration. Bret Stephens David Petraeus testified last month to the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Regarding Syria, the former general and CIA director urged a credible threat to destroy Bashar Assad’s air force if it continues to bomb its own people. He also recommended “the establishment of enclaves in Syria protected by coalition air power, where a moderate Sunni force could be supported and where additional forces could be trained, internally displaced persons could find refuge, and the Syrian opposition could organize.” But Barack...
  • Who Will Save Middle East Christians: Obama or Putin?

    10/06/2015 7:30:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2015 | Fay Voshell
    Few Western foreign policy analysts have taken seriously Vladimir Putin's radical reorientation of Russia from communism back to Russian Orthodox Christianity. Putin is perhaps uniquely qualified to discern that his nation's identity has been for centuries within a spiritual, distinctly Christian narrative and that a violent rending of Russia's historically religious roots led to utter disaster for the Russian peoples. Son of a militant atheist and a pious mother, Putin lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of capitalism as defined in Russian terms. Though raised a secularist, he is now a devout Christian in the...
  • New American Century: Arabic Is Fastest-Growing Language In USA

    10/06/2015 7:21:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/05/15 | Julian Hahn
    A new report shows that languages spoken in Muslim countries are surging into U.S. households, thanks in large part to immigration from Muslim nations. 2014 data from the American Community Survey reveals that Arabic and Urdu – Pakistan’s national language – are the fastest-growing foreign languages spoken at home, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies. A record 63.2 million U.S. residents, or more than one-in-five, speak a language other than English when at home, after five decades of large-scale immigration, according to Census Bureau data authored by the Center for Immigration Studies. The data also...
  • Surprise! The Soviets Nearly Won Afghan War

    10/06/2015 6:59:21 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 52 replies ^ | December 26, 2004 | Mark Kramer
    Surprise! The Soviets Nearly Won Afghan War December 26, 2004|Mark Kramer | Mark Kramer is director of the Harvard Cold War studies program and a senior fellow at the university's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies. Twenty-five years ago, on Christmas Eve, Soviet troops marched into Afghanistan with the aim of restoring order in a few months. Nine years later they withdrew amid continued violence. In their wake, civil war erupted and the Taliban rose to power, providing a haven to Al Qaeda. Critics of the U.S. military effort in Iraq often cite the Soviet experience in Afghanistan as...
  • Top International Lawyer: Make Climate Change Illegal And Silence Skeptics Forever

    10/06/2015 6:56:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | James Delingpole
    Climate change is such a pressing, dangerous and universal threat that it should be made illegal under international law, a top barrister has told a conference of leading lawyers in London. Philippe Sands QC, an international law specialist and Professor of Law at University College London, argued that the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) should make it an “obligation under international law” to ensure that global temperatures never rise more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This would follow the precedent of a landmark decision in June this year by a Dutch court as a result of a...
  • Statement by the North Atlantic Council on incursions into Turkey’s airspace by Russian aircraft

    10/06/2015 6:27:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    NATO ^ | Last updated: 05 Oct. 2015 17:23 | NATO
    The North Atlantic Council met today to hold consultations on the potential implications of the recent dangerous military actions of the Russian Federation in and around Syria. Allies expressed their deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs, and Idlib which led to civilian casualties and did not target Da’esh. Allies call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians, to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL, and to promote a solution to the conflict through a political...
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu adopts a rescue dog and the left goes ballistic

    10/06/2015 6:18:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | Carol Brown
    Prime Minister Netanyahu adopted a 10-year-old rescue dog this summer. Apparently his son urged him to do so after hearing that the dog was about to be put down. The left being the left could not allow this to go without comment. I mean, it is outrageous when you think about it! Adopting an elderly dog from a rescue organization. Who does Prime Minister Netanyahu think he is? And so the left weighed in as only they can – with a level of hate and certifiable madness that truly boggles the mind. Israel National News reports:
  • UN releases draft agreement on climate change

    10/06/2015 5:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 10/5/2015 | unknown
    The United Nations on Monday released a first draft of the negotiating text for the major conference on climate taking place in Paris in December. The document is a step forward for the talks, slimming down the text from more than 90 pages earlier this year to just 20. Negotiators from 195 countries are to gather for a new session of talks Oct. 19-23 in Bonn, Germany.
  • Syria’s skies crowded with multiple air forces

    10/06/2015 5:50:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    ABC27 ^ | October 6, 2015 | ROBERT BURNS
    Syria’s skies crowded with multiple air forces ROBERT BURNS, The Associated Press Published: October 6, 2015, 3:18 am | Updated: October 6, 2015, 3:37 am WASHINGTON (AP) — The skies over Syria are increasingly crowded — and increasingly dangerous. The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria’s civil war, sometimes without coordination. And now, it seems, they are at risk of unintended conflict.
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Faces Populist Backlash

    10/06/2015 5:44:46 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 19 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 10/05/2015 | JED GRAHAM
    The biggest trade agreement since NAFTA has run into the most populist presidential campaign in memory. It's a sure bet that sparks will fly. What's not clear is when the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership linking 40% of global GDP and 800 million consumers will come to a vote in Congress — it might have to wait until after the election — much less whether it will pass. After five years of negotiations, trade officials sealed the deal in Atlanta on Monday, but the reception wasn't exactly celebratory. Populism Rises On Left, Right Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries...
  • Putin's fearsome Spetsnaz units are preparing ground assault to 'wipe out' rebels [tr]

    10/06/2015 5:44:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Russia has sent fearsome teams of special forces into Syria to help prop up President Bashar Al Assad, it has been reported. Vladimir Putin's crack Spetsnaz units are said to be preparing a ground assault on rebels fighting the Syrian President – most of whom are backed by the West. They have been ordered to wipe out opponents 'by any means'.
  • End of ISIS? Putin sends in his most ruthless special forces killers to finish off jihadis

    10/06/2015 5:33:14 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 53 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 5th October 2015 | Nick Gutteridge
    'LADIMIR Putin has dispatched his most elite special forces team to Syria to hunt down and wipe out Islamic State (ISIS) militants. The Russian supremo ordered the deployment of soldiers from his fearsome Spetsnaz unit to root out and eliminate packs of fleeing jihadis. A battalion of elite paratroopers also ghosted into the war-torn country this week as Putin ramps up his assault on the Islamist fanatics and rebel forces fighting to topple dictator Bashar al-Assad. The deployment of the Spetsnaz - the elite of the elite in Russia's army who have to undergo a gruelling training programme to earn...
  • The Roots of Obama’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy

    10/06/2015 5:29:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 10-6-15 | The Roots of Obama’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy
    And why the catastrophes are so consistent. Russia’s armed intervention in the Syrian civil war is but the latest foreign policy disaster of Barack Obama’s tenure. Yet Obama has been nothing if not consistent. What many see as bungling, naiveté, or evidence of a plot to destroy America is simply the consequence of a particular view of interstate relations he has openly and frequently endorsed. Obama came into office chanting all the mantras of idealistic internationalism. In contrast to the caricature of George W. Bush as a unilateralist cowboy disdainful of diplomacy, Obama promised to “rebuild the alliances, partnerships, and...
  • Willie Geist: More Laws Won't Stop Bad Guys from Getting Guns

    10/06/2015 4:57:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A week ago, we noted that—negating Nicolle Wallace's notion that the woman who aided the New York prison break shouldn't do any time herself—Willie Geist observed "you can't help convicted murderers escape from jail." An NB reader remarked: "I get the sense that Willie Geist is a good guy trapped inside the leftwing matrix." Far be it from us to cause workplace problems for Willie by praising him too much, but Geist was at it again on today's Morning Joe, this time making some common sense remarks on gun control. After Eugene Robinson praised Australia's "very serious" gun control laws,...
  • Blumenthal announces plan to bring Syrian refugees to U.S. much quicker [eliminate security checks]

    10/06/2015 3:53:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    WTNH ^ | 10/5/15 | Brian Spyros
    All eyes are on the 4 million people who’ve fled a brutal civil war in Syria that’s been raging for four years. Several European countries are offering to take in many of the refugees. The United States has also offered to help by possibly taking in 10,000 people. Senator Richard Blumenthal wants to see the process sped up.“The magnitude of the refugee crisis is staggering and horrifying,” said Blumenthal.Currently, it takes 18 months to two years for a refugee to come to the United States because of the lengthy process that’s involved. Sen. Blumenthal will submit a four point plan...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Allowing Syrian refugees into US is 'crazy'

    10/06/2015 3:49:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    AP/Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/5/15 | David Eggert
    Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz on Monday called the Obama administration's plan to accept refugees from war-torn Syria "nothing short of crazy," because he believes some are Islamic State terrorists. "There is a reason the director of national intelligence said among those refugees are no doubt a significant number of ISIS terrorists," the Texas senator told a crowd of hundreds in a Michigan campaign stop, using an acronym for the Islamic State group. "It would be the height of foolishness to bring in tens of thousands of people including jihadists that are coming here to murder innocent Americans."
  • State Dept to Spend $49,083 to Create a Network to Support the LGBT Community in India

    10/06/2015 3:11:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/2/15 | Melanie Hunter
    The State Department is planning to spend $49,083 in taxpayer funds for a one-time grant to establish a network to support the LGBT community in India. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is soliciting proposals for the grant titled, “Creating a Network to Support the LGBT Community in India,” which will create a “national network focused on LGBT issues in India.” The grant will pay for “leadership development programs for existing LGBT organizations with the goal of providing them the tools to establish capabilities to advance LGBT access to services available to all Indian citizens including health care and government...
  • Women sold as sex slaves in Tanzania and Qatar

    10/06/2015 2:49:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Asia News ^ | 10/5/15 | Christopher Sharma
    Scores of young women from Nepal have been caught up in the sex trade. Rima Basnet and Kamala Tamang (not their real names) are two of them. Rima Basnet is 22. Her painful journey began when she was lured by a job promise that ended up with her becoming a sex slave in Tanzania. “Our job,” she told AsiaNews, "was to dance and satisfy the sexual desires of the customers who came to the club and picked us. We could not tell our families what was happening. The owner always carried a loaded pistol, ready to shoot if we told...
  • NDP continues decline as Tories, Liberals battle for first in new Ipsos poll (Canada)

    10/06/2015 2:03:12 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Global News ^ | 10/5/2015 | James Armstrong
    With just two weeks left in the federal election campaign, the Conservatives are now the top choice for voters, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted for Global News. But their lead is about as small as it can get-just one percentage point ahead of the Liberals. The poll, conducted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, surveyed 1,441 people online and found that 33 percent of decided voters would vote for the Conservative Party, while 32 percent would vote for the Liberal Party..... The NDP-once the clear frontrunners in the campaign-has dropped to third with 26 percent support...... Tom Mulcair's...
  • The Palestinian connection - From the very beginning

    10/06/2015 12:12:19 AM PDT · by 100American · 13 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 04/24/2001 | ANTHONY C. LOBAIDO
    “In 600 B.C., when Babylon invaded Israel, thousands of Israelis were moved to Babylon (today’s Iraq) and the Edomites were moved into Israel. The Edomites even helped the Babylonians destroy Jerusalem and the temple (Psalm 137). When a remnant of Israel returned after the Babylonian captivity, the Edomites were there to wage war against them while the city and the temple were being rebuilt. “While the scriptures are silent for the 400 years between the book of Malachi and the birth of Jesus, Josephus records the struggle between the Edomeans and the Israelites. This racial division and strife in the...
  • Russia and America prep forces for Arctic war

    10/05/2015 10:45:32 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | David Axe
    President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Alaska helped draw attention to global climate change — and to the national-security tensions that could result from a warming Arctic region. Surveyors believe that the seabed under Arctic waters could contain hundreds of billions of barrels of untapped oil. As the North Pole becomes more accessible, and so more valuable, Arctic countries — each with its own and in some cases overlapping territorial claims — are getting ready for some serious competition. The United States and Russia are geopolitical rivals and uneasy Arctic neighbors. More and more Russian and U.S. military forces are...
  • In the ranks of the militants started to panic. An expert on the operation in Syria

    10/05/2015 9:38:30 PM PDT · by MrShoop · 16 replies
    Argumenty i Fakty (Russian Newspaper) ^ | 10/5/2015 | Natalia Kozhin
    (Google Translation)With the start of operations in Syria began an active information war against Russia. As our country should act in these circumstances? - I would not attach any special significance. We must be prepared for such an attack. Although neither Russian nor American nor European politicians do not like to talk, and carefully avoided the phrase "cold war", but we have a de facto live in a "cold war" with the United States. Not with Europe, and it is with America. Some of its manifestations could be seen in 2008 in South Ossetia, and then during a sharp aggravation...
  • Syria conflict: Turkey summons Russian ambassador a second time

    10/05/2015 8:14:58 PM PDT · by amorphous · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 Oct 2015
    Turkey has again summoned the Russian ambassador after a second violation of its airspace by a Russian warplane operating in Syria in two days. It did the same after the first violation on Saturday, after which two Turkish F-16 jets were scrambled. Turkey said the second violation occurred on Sunday. Nato has urged Russia to end air strikes "on the Syrian opposition and civilians". Russia says it is targeting Islamic State and other Islamists.
  • N. Korea: Student loyalty to Kim Jong Un at all-time low

    10/05/2015 7:57:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Student loyalty to Kim Jong Un at all-time low Lee Sang Yong | 2015-10-05 10:14 Images of Kim Jong Un at a young age utilized in various state-run media for propaganda purposes. Image: Korean Central Television (KCTV) In order to consolidate his legitimacy as a descendant of the Mt. Baekdu bloodline and third generation ruler of the Kim Dynasty, the regime is trying to stimulate the public’s adoration for Kim Jong Un, but inside sources are reporting that school students do not even consider Kim Jong Un to be a real leader. “Ever since Kim Jong Un rose to power,...
  • Saudi opposition clerics make sectarian call to jihad in Syria

    10/05/2015 7:33:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Angus McDowall
    Dozens of Islamist Saudi Arabian clerics have called on Arab and Muslim countries to "give all moral, material, political and military" support to what they term a jihad, or holy war, against Syria's government and its Iranian and Russian backers. Although the clerics who signed the online statement are not affiliated with the government, their strong sectarian and anti-Christian language reflects mounting anger among many Saudis over Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria's civil war. Russia last week started air strikes against Syrian opposition targets that it describes as aimed at weakening the jihadist Islamic State group, a move Riyadh...
  • Schoolboy error: Kid arrested outside teen shooters school

    10/05/2015 7:09:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 6th October 2015
    POLICE have this morning arrested a student on his way to Arthur Phillip High School, the same school attended by the 15-year-old who shot a man dead at Parramatta’s police headquarters last week. Police say the teenager was spoken to by officers on his way to school when during the interaction the boy threatened and intimidated police, officers allege. The student claimed he was being arrested because police took offence at him videoing them, the ABC reported, however police say the boy was spoken to in relation to alleged posts made on social media. The arrested student had allegedly published...
  • Iraq militia boss says US not serious about fighting IS(key MP in Badr/Tehran-backed Shiite party)

    10/05/2015 6:03:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/5/15 | AFP
    Najaf (Iraq) (AFP) - A top leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation paramilitary organisation said Monday that Baghdad had turned to Russia because the US-led coalition was not serious about fighting the Islamic State group. A spokesman for the US-led coalition retorted that it had spent $2.3 billion to train and equip Iraqi forces over the past year. "To this day, we have not seen a really serious effort to fight Daesh," Hadi al-Ameri said in the holy city of Najaf, using an Arab acronym for the jihadist organisation. "There are some who try to contain Daesh but not really eliminate...
  • Germany expects up to 1.5 million migrants in 2015 Refugee influx twice the official estimate

    10/05/2015 5:45:04 PM PDT · by dennisw · 37 replies ^ | 7:37PM BST 05 Oct 2015
    Germany is facing an influx of 1.5 million refugees this year, almost twice the official estimate, leaked government figures say as the EU struggles to find a solution to the migrant crisis. The German authorities expect 920,000 new asylum-seekers to arrive in the country between October and December alone, according to the previously classified figures. With each migrant having an estimated four to eight family members that could be permitted to enter, the total number resettled could ultimately top seven million. The figure is drastically higher than the official estimate, that Germany will host 800,000 asylum-seekers this year, and could...
  • We Continually Underestimate Russian President Putin

    10/05/2015 5:31:50 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | Oct. 4, 2015 | Daniel Gouré
    A few months ago I attended a two day conference on the subject of the future of U.S.-Russian relations, attended by an impressive array of officials from Administrations past and present and experts on things Russian. One of the subjects discussed was the possibilities for additional, even more dangerous crises between our two countries. There were lots of potential flash points identified, beyond the current crisis in Ukraine, ranging from the Baltics to Kaliningrad, Moldova, Kazakhstan and the Arctic. But for each of these there were also “cooler” heads who argued that it would be stupid for Putin to initiate...
  • Sharyl Attkisson does Lewiston, Maine; Trump says no Syrians [Video]

    10/05/2015 5:19:50 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    refugeeresettlementwatch ^ | Oct 5 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Watch investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s debut of her new show—Full Measure. (Hat tip: Joanne). This is the “tease” for the show. You will have to click here to watch the whole episode. Immigration took center stage in the show’s debut. Host Attkisson explored why Lewiston, Maine has become an unlikely refuge for Somali asylum-seekers, “Full Measure” correspondent Scott Thuman examined life in European refugee camps, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump explained why he wouldn’t welcome any Syrian refugees to America. In the program, please note the discussion about refugees vs. asylum seekers. Remember the Somalis in the program were...
  • Iran: Missiles Pointed at U.S. Targets; Iran, Russia, Syria, Iraq form joint war room

    10/05/2015 5:17:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 5, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian military leader warned this weekend that “all U.S. military bases in the Middle East are within the range of” Iran’s missiles and emphasized that the Islamic Republic will continue to break international bans on the construction of ballistic missiles. Much of this missile work, like the details of Iran’s advanced arsenal, remains secret, according to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force. Hajizadeh dismissed the threat of military action by the United States, warning that all U.S. assets and allies are in range of Iran’s current missile arsenal, according to...
  • Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad

    10/05/2015 5:08:54 PM PDT · by amorphous · 53 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chris Hughes
    The move is a blow to Britain and America’s mission to wipe out Islamic State but maintain an opposition to brutal dictator Assad Russia has sent its crack special troops into Syria to back up ­ President Bashar al-Assad’s bid to wipe out his opposition. Vladimir Putin’s feared Spetsnaz unit and a covert para battalion ghosted into the war-torn country and are preparing for an all-out assault on rebels fighting the regime – including moderate units such as the western-backed Free Syrian Army. A military source said last night: “Putin’s marines are there to guard the airbases they are using...
  • Bombshell: ISIS just hours from destruction ('It won't take very long at all to drive them out')

    10/05/2015 4:53:25 PM PDT · by amorphous · 68 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chelsea Schilling
    A top terror expert says ISIS is now so weak that it could be decimated within hours. According to a London Express report Monday evening, Russian airstrikes, unruly leadership and numerous defections have destabilized the terror organization to the point that it wouldn’t be capable of fighting off even a small attack. Terror analyst Dr. Afzal Ashraf told the paper that ISIS has drastically exaggerated its military power, prompting an international counterattack. Ashraf urged Western leaders to act now to wipe out the jihadi group. The U.S. has led a coalition of airstrikes against ISIS. The New York Times reported...
  • ‘Let Them Eat Rocks’ Suggests Socialist Pig in Venezuela

    10/05/2015 3:53:15 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies ^ | october 5, 2015 | joey clark
    And as bad luck would have it, we have Francisco Rangel, governor of the state of Bolívar, to provided us with an ample example of such absurdity in a single phrase. In response to widespread food shortages across Venezuela–a product of inflationary policies and price controls–Rangel had this to say to the struggling Venezuelan people: “Let them take away whatever they want. We are capable of eating a stick, or instead of frying two eggs, fry two rocks, and we will eat fried rocks, ” he said, “but no one can beat us.” I wonder if Mr. Rangel has any intention of following his own...
  • Israeli PM vows 'strong action' against Palestinian unrest

    10/05/2015 3:50:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | IAN DEITCH and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that he will use a "strong hand" to quell violent Palestinian protests and deadly attacks, signaling that the current round of violence is bound to escalate at a time when a political solution to the conflict is increasingly distant. Netanyahu said he has sent thousands more soldiers and police to the West Bank and Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem and that "we are allowing our forces to take strong action against those who throw rocks and firebombs." He said restrictions limiting what security forces can do were being lifted, but did not elaborate.
  • Obama wanted Argentina to provide nuke fuel to Iran, Argentine president discloses

    10/05/2015 3:24:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 02 October 2015 | Andre Mitchell
    US President Barack Obama continues to receive heavy flak for defending the nuclear deal he initiated with Iran, and then enlisting the support of his allies in the Senate to prevent rival Republican leaders from blocking its implementation. Now, Obama will likely face more criticism after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner revealed in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday that a former Obama administration official tried to convince Argentina to provide nuclear fuel to Iran sometime in 2010. In her remarks witnessed by world leaders, Kirchner recalled how Gary Samore, who once worked as the...
  • US: Afghan forces called in strike on Kunduz that hit medical facility

    10/05/2015 3:19:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot ^ | October 5, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Critics have begun using the words “war crime” to describe a US airstrike in Kunduz that hit a Doctors Without Borders facility, killing 22 people, including children. The US pushed back against the allegations, claiming that they were responding to a call for close air support from Afghan forces and did not know of any civilian medical facilities in the area: Afghan forces called for U.S. air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before a hospital was struck, killing 22 people, the U.S. commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday. …“We have now learned that on...
  • Hillary’s flash of fury at Benghazi committee that uncovered her secret email server....

    10/05/2015 2:46:55 PM PDT · by dennisw · 68 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 5 October 2015 | Francesca Chambers
    Clinton said the committee is trying to 'exploit' the deaths of the deaths of four Americans killed in a September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Libya She said she'd appear before the committee on October 22, as scheduled - if it's 'still running' by then Leading House Democrats want the committee dissolved following GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's suggestion that the investigative unit is trying to undercut Clinton's presidential campaign Casting it as a partisan witch hunt dedicated to destroying her career, Clinton accused the committee - which discovered her private email server - of trying to 'exploit' the deaths...
  • Farhad Jabar: Police believe gunman was no ‘lone wolf’ but part of an extremist pack

    10/05/2015 2:44:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 6th October 2015
    POLICE are working on the ­theory that teen terrorist Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar was acting on the orders of other radicals and was not a “lone wolf" killer. NSW counterterrorism ­officers are investigating who may have supplied the gun he used to carry out the brutal ­murder of a civilian staffer at Parramatta police headquarters on Friday afternoon. “The possibility the teenager was used by extremists is a strong line of inquiry,’’ a senior officer involved in the operation told The Daily Telegraph. “That includes searching his computers, electronic devices and who he was in contact with on the days...
  • Obama vs Putin

    10/05/2015 2:33:24 PM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies
  • Robert Spencer: The speech the U.S. Catholic bishops don't want you to see

    10/05/2015 2:06:31 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 151005 | Robert Spencer
    Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer was the keynote speaker at the annual convocation of the North American Lutheran Church, Dallas, Texas, August 13, 2015. He spoke about Muslim persecution of Christians. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops pulled their representative from the North American Lutheran Church convocation when they found out Spencer was the keynote speaker. Watch this speech and see what the Catholic Bishops of the United States don't want you to know.
  • ISIS sliced off 12-year-old Syrian boy's fingertips

    10/05/2015 2:02:40 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/5/15
    ISIS militants sliced off the fingertips of 12-year-old boy in a bid to convert a group of Syrian Christians to Islam - but when they refused the terrorists executed all 12 people. The unnamed boy's fingertips were hacked off because he was the son of a Syrian Christian ministry team leader who, along with the rest of the group, refused to renounce his faith. The Gospel Herald reports one woman shouted out 'Jesus' moments before she and others were beheaded by the terror group.
  • Ham Sandwiches And Sausage Rolls May Be Banned From Office Kitchens For Being ‘Offensive’

    10/05/2015 10:10:17 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 101 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 5, 2015 | Andy Wells
    Kitchens that are shared between office workers may soon be banned from storing pork products like sausage rolls over fears that they are “offensive”. New guidelines proposed by interfaith group CoExist House say that employers should consider worker’s religions before allowing ham sandwiches placed in the fridge alongside other products. The group also suggests that alcohol should not be served at corporate events in case it upsets members of certain faiths.
  • Could (deposed Australian conservative Prime Minister) Tony Abbott make a comeback?

    10/05/2015 1:02:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia) ^ | 4th October 2015 | Rowan Dead
    COULD Tony Abbott make a comeback? The Abbott-haters and the feral army of Twitter addicts who are so delighting in his downfall will pour their usual bile-laden scorn on such a suggestion, but they clearly don’t know their history. Political precedent tells us that Abbott returning to the leadership of the Liberal Party is not only possible, but worth punting a few bob on. Forget Abbott’s current unpopularity, because the public soon will. John Howard was publicly derided after he lost the 1987 election to the charismatic Bob Hawke, so much so that the Bulletin magazine, the trendy political rag...
  • The problem wasn’t Abbott or us. It’s Islam (Australia)

    10/05/2015 12:51:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | 5th October 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    LAST Friday morning — just before Curtis Cheng was murdered — Malcolm Turnbull revealed he would be more sensitive in tackling terrorism. Gone would be “the blunt and often divisive language used by his predecessor Tony Abbott”, The Australian reported, clearly briefed by our new Prime Minister or his team. Abbott’s rude talk had just “alienated many in the ­Islamic community”, and “Mr Turnbull will adopt a new, more inclusive tone”. This was just what the media Left had claimed to want when it was looking for excuses to kick Abbott. How those journalists had savaged Abbott for what they...
  • Source: Philly threat tied to website that Ore. shooter may have used (Penn.: Another terrorist?)

    10/05/2015 12:49:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 4, 2015 | Joe Brandt
    Colleges and universities in and around Philadelphia are bolstering police patrols today after federal agencies notified them of a threat made on an Internet post. The threat was posted Friday on 4chan, the same website that carried postings threatening a school in the "northwest" the day before nine people were slain at an Oregon college, a law-enforcement source with knowledge of the Philly threat confirmed to the Daily News. "This is only the beginning, . . . " the Philly-area threat says. "On October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM CT, a fellow robot will take up arms against a university...
  • Prague to send soldiers to Hungary to secure Europe's borders

    10/05/2015 12:48:04 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    The Czech Republic announced on Monday it would send soldiers and equipment to neighbouring Hungary to help secure Europe's borders in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants. "About 25 soldiers" will be stationed in Hungary -- the migrants' main entry point to the European Union -- from October 15 to December 15, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky told reporters.
  • U.S. sees Russia readying ground campaign in Syria

    10/05/2015 12:17:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr
    The latest U.S. assessment of Moscow's activity in western Syria indicates Russia has moved several ground combat weapons and troops into the area to potentially back up Syrian forces in the field planning to attack anti-regime forces, according to two U.S. defense officials. The U.S. views the move as Russia "stepping up its ground activity" in Syria to attack those forces, rather than ISIS elements, according to one of the officials. It's believed the Russians are positioning the weapons to be able to support a Syrian ground offensive, the officials said. The equipment includes several piece of artillery, as well...
  • With Russia’s Dep. Army Chief due in Israel, Moscow posts 64 S-300 ship-to-air missiles...

    10/05/2015 11:55:45 AM PDT · by amorphous · 63 replies
    Debka.Com ^ | 5 Oct 2015
    Russia’s deputy chief of staff, Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky, accompanied by a large military delegation, arrives in Israel for a two-day visit on Tuesday, Oct. 6, to discuss increased coordination between the two militaries. However, Moscow seems to be sending Jerusalem an altogether different message: Friday, Oct. 2, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the surprise deployment of Navy cruiser, the Moskva, armed with 64 advanced anti-aircraft missiles S-300 ship-to-air missiles opposite the Syrian coastal town of Latakia. debkafile’s military sources point out that Russia, without saying so publicly, has thus created an effective no-fly zone over most of Syria, most of...