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  • US and Islamic State: "We did see this coming"

    07/25/2014 4:33:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Mercedsunstar.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Johnathan S. Landay
    WASHINGTON — Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad.
  • Israel-Gaza: Hamas calls for 'third intifada' after violent riots in Jerusalem and West Bank

    07/25/2014 4:28:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    Hamas and Palestinian Authority call for "day of rage" over Israeli assault on Gaza after two Palestinians killed in overnight riots north of Jerusalem. Hamas leaders, both in Gaza and abroad, have called for the start of the third intifada - or Palestinian uprising - after violent riots with live fire erupted throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank last night. Violence flared up as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, rioting and protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli police. In Gaza, Hamas TV played pro-intifada songs, while...
  • Army officials on ‘pink slip’ controversy: We don’t have a choice

    07/25/2014 4:25:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Dan Lamothe
    For weeks, the Army has been taking a verbal beating for sending “pink slips” to officers while they were deployed. It was no joke or Internet rumor, either: About 1,100 captains received notice last month that they would be required to leave active duty within a year as the service shrinks, and some of them were in Afghanistan and other volatile areas. Reaction was swift. It was a “stunning display of callousness,” one Army veteran wrote earlier this month in the New York Daily News. It was an “outrageous and and heartless way to ‘thank’ combat veterans,” responded one writer...
  • Army: Of 1,100 captains pink-slipped, 48 were in Afghanistan

    07/25/2014 4:21:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | July 23, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    Of the more than 1,100 Army captains notified last month their military careers would soon end, 87 were deployed worldwide and 48 were serving in Afghanistan at the time, Army officials said Wednesday. The Army has been talking for months about the need to separate the captains as well as more than 500 majors this summer as part of the broad Army drawdown, but it’s the first time details have emerged about the sobering business of delivering pink slips to troops in harm’s way.
  • Israel On Alert After Deadly West Bank Clashes

    07/25/2014 4:21:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    Sky News ^ | July 25, 2014
    Israeli security forces have been put on heightened alert after two Palestinians were killed during a massive protest in the West Bank. The victims were among an estimated 10,000 people who clashed violently with soldiers and border police at a checkpoint in Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Israel said today it had deployed thousands of security forces were deployed in and around Jerusalem to "deal with any disturbances". Sky's David Bowden in Ashkelon, near Israel's border with Gaza, said: "After Friday prayers who knows what might happen. We are coming to the end of Ramadan. All of this is boiling...
  • Hamas has been looking for allies, so far in vain [Israel]

    07/25/2014 4:06:05 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Zvi Bar'el
    While Islamic Jihad remains an Iranian protégé, Hamas decided two and a half years ago to break with Iran and return to its natural Arab and Sunni home. This decision was sparked by the Iranian-backed Syrian government’s slaughter of its largely Sunni citizens, which generated pressure to sever ties from both fellow Palestinians and Arab states. But Hamas also thought this move wouldn’t exact too high an economic price, thanks to the support it received from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government. That calculation collapsed when Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted last year; Egypt’s new government is waging war on the...
  • Anti-Tank Missiles Deflected by New Israeli Defense System

    07/25/2014 3:26:10 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Abraham Rabinovich
    JERUSALEM–At least five times in the past week in Gaza, Israeli tanks equipped with a revolutionary defense system have deflected anti-tank missiles fired at them by Hamas fighters, according to the Israeli army. The success of the Windbreaker system, as it is called in Israel, augments on the ground the technological achievement in the air of the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system which Israel credits with neutralizing the intensive rocketing from Gaza of the past two weeks. The Windbreaker system (known abroad as Trophy), which became operational in 2009, has since been successfully tested by live fire twice when Israeli...
  • Hamas Social Media Rules: Describe Terrorists as Innocent Civilians [Israel]

    07/25/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    IDF (Israel Defense Forces) ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | Israel Defense Forces
    Hamas is employing a new tactic to conceal its true terrorist nature from the world. It has begun asking Gaza’s social media users to disseminate lies throughout the West and the Arab world. This news will come as no surprise to those familiar with the radical Islamist organization’s usual methods. However, now mainstream media outlets will have to think twice before blindly quoting reports from Hamas about what’s really happening in Gaza. The Middle East Media Research (MEMRI) published Thursday a translation of a new Hamas internet campaign to provide guidelines for Gaza’s social media users. According to MEMRI, the...
  • Why has the IDF lost 32 soldiers in the Gaza ground offensive?

    07/25/2014 2:34:14 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    The Times of a Israel ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Mitch Ginsburg
    As opposed to previous campaigns, the army has a concrete goal — finding the tunnels — which means Hamas knows precisely where to strike. On Wednesday morning three paratroopers were killed, bringing the death toll since the beginning of the ground operation in Gaza to 32. It’s highly possible that those sitting around the General Staff table knew that this would be the price Israel would have to pay if it sought to neutralize the tunnel threat from Hamas. The public, still very much supportive of the operation, has been surprised. After all, during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, over...
  • Obama set to give child immigrants refugee status BEFORE they arrive in the US

    07/25/2014 2:25:42 AM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
    dailymail ^ | 24 July 2014 | dailymail
    Similar in-country screening programs were set up in East Asia after the Vietnam War and in Haiti in the 1990s. The government is considering a program to give refugee status to young people from Honduras The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras to determine whether they qualify for refugee status If successful the program could be expanded to other Central American families The goal is to deter children who would not ultimately qualify for refugee status from attempting the dangerous trek to the U.S The plan would involve screening youths in their home country to determine whether they qualify...
  • In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border [Israel and Hamas]

    07/25/2014 2:17:02 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    The a Times of Israel ^ | Friday,a July 25, 2014 | Lee Keith and Maggie Michael
    Vilification of Hamas in Cairo has only increased since Operation Protective Edge erupted. CAIRO (AP) — In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas’ battle isn’t only with Israel, even though that’s the country it is firing rockets at. The terrorist group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory Even as it presents itself as a mediator in the conflict, Egypt is taking a hard line, refusing any opening that would strengthen Hamas, a group it accuses of fueling militancy on its soil. And so far, the Egyptian...
  • Gaza Underground, the threat Israel chose to ignore [Israel and Hamas]

    07/25/2014 2:08:48 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    Hamas’s attack tunnels are now recognized as a major danger, but Israel would have to reconquer Gaza to make sure they aren’t rebuilt, and that would cause untenable losses. The tunnels inside Gaza and under the Israeli border are not a secret project Hamas ran under the noses of Israel and the Palestinian public. Every child in Gaza, like every junior officer in IDF Military Intelligence, knew that, beneath Gaza City and beyond, a network of tunnels was being dug over the past five years, with an investment of millions of dollars. In other words, Gaza Underground Yet the Israeli...
  • 1,000 in Pro-Israel Rally in Helsinki

    07/25/2014 1:03:12 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25 July 2014
    More than 1,000 people took part, Thursday, in a pro-Israel rally in front of the Finnish parliament building in Helsinki.
  • U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea

    07/24/2014 10:41:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-07-25
    U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea 2014-07-25 10:44 The United States said Thursday an advanced missile defense battery it plans to deploy to South Korea is not aimed at Russia, after Moscow expressed concern that the system would negatively affect the regional situation and provoke an arms race. The U.S. military plans to bring a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery into South Korea to help deter threats from North Korea. The U.S. has conducted a site survey for the system, though no decision has been announced as to where to put it. Russia's...
  • North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan

    07/24/2014 10:32:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    NK News ^ | July 21st, 2014 | Hamish Macdonald
    North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan North Korea announces major plan to renovate Wonsan beach area North Korean authorities have announced an expansive development project for the east coast city of Wonsan that will include the construction of an underwater hotel, a Pyongyang Times article said last Tuesday. The ambitious plan, which focuses on the construction and development of infrastructure and buildings primarily related to the leisure sector, will see Wonsan become a “tourist city,” the Pyongyang Times said.
  • Ukrainian government has no cash for army salaries from after August 1

    07/24/2014 9:32:02 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 17 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | 07/24/2014
    The protracted hostilities have used up the financial resources set aside for the conduct of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), thus undermining salary payouts to the Ukrainian military as early as from August 1, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said on July 24.
  • Under Putin, Russia seeing an exodus of ‘ the most educated ... most entrepreneurial people’

    07/24/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 22 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    ... “They are people who have already made money and are now scared to lose it,” Paley said.... “I don’t share the opinion of 90 percent of the country: I feel like a foreigner here now so why not leave?” said Tatiana Konkova, a Russian literature teacher and singer, giving her last concert in Moscow this month.... The number of Russians emigrating in the last two years was some five times higher than in the two before Putin began a new six-year term in May 2012, official figures show.... Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly...
  • ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling is backfiring, says Data watchdog (European Union ruling)

    07/24/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Irish Times ^ | Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 01:00 | Laura Slattery
    Google’s interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” ruling is prejudicing the intention of the court, the State’s data protection watchdog said yesterday, as regulators and search engine giants met in Brussels to discuss the matter. Billy Hawkes, who will shortly retire as Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, described the ruling as “a very difficult decision by the European Court of Justice”. The ruling, made in May, has effectively exposed Google to criticism both for removing links and for refusing requests for links to be removed. …
  • New solution to border crisis: Send U.S. officials to Honduras to give kids refugee status?

    07/24/2014 8:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2014 | Allahpundit
    A foolproof plan to ease pressure on the border that’s currently being considered by the White House. Why force kids to make a dangerous trip through Mexico only to end up as illegal immigrants in the United States when we could go to them, grant them legal status, and send them north to America ourselves? It’s so crazy it just. might. work. Minor footnote: Federal law doesn’t allow refugee status to be granted for fear of street gangs, only for fear of racial/religious/political persecution, but oh well. Legal details never stopped Obama before. If approved, the plan would direct the...
  • Vladimir Putin's daughter flees Ł2million Dutch penthouse flat as fury grows over jet tragedy

    07/24/2014 8:18:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 55 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Collins, Andy Lines
    Vladimir Putin’s daughter has fled her Dutch home as fury grows over Flight mH17. Maria Putin lived just 20 miles from the airport where the doomed jet dpoarted from. News that the Russian president's daughter was living among a nation of people still fuming over Russia’s role in the downing of Flight MH17 was only going to spark more outrage. And once it became known the 29-year-old had a Ł2million apartment not far from the Dutch airport where the doomed jet left on its final, tragic journey, the angry protests quickly started. There were demands for Maria to be deported...
  • Eurozone economy dead in the water, with crisis expected to carry on 'a long time'

    07/24/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 July 2014 | Jeremy Warner
    It's taken a long time, but the International Monetary Fund finally seems to be talking some sense about the beleaguered deficit economies of the eurozone. In a new analysis of continuing imbalances within the single currency area, it pretty much concludes that the situation is hopeless without the sort of eurozone-wide macro economic policies – monetary as well as fiscal – which are specifically rejected by the high command in Berlin. OK, so it doesn't quite say that, but even so, this will make deeply depressing reading for the struggling economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
  • Disarming the Bear

    07/24/2014 8:13:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Charles Payne
    How to curb the reemergence of the old Soviet bear can be described as the greatest gut-check that the western nations have faced in a long time. Right now, there is increasing talk of an arms embargo against Russia. The timing would be perfect as Russia’s military capacity is in tatters. Two years ago, Russia embarked on a ten-year rearmament plan; its Soviet era weapons were largely ineffective against advanced military rivals as they had all gone past their expiration dates. Economic sanctions in a global economy mean collateral damage for all the players, and possibly a winter without gas...
  • Stalled recovery leaves Europe defenceless against economic shock from Russia

    07/24/2014 8:12:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 23 July 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Stagnation is automatically causing debt ratios to spiral upwards yet again across a large part of the currency bloc ___ Europe's economic recovery has stalled. The EMU policy elites took a fateful gamble that global growth alone would lift the eurozone off the reefs, without the need for serious monetary stimulus or a reflation package to ensure take-off velocity. Their strategy has failed. The Bundesbank says German growth may have slumped to zero in the second quarter. French industrial output has fallen for three months in a row. French business surveys point to an outright contraction of GDP, with a...
  • UKRAINE: U.S. says Russia firing across border into Ukraine VIDEO

    07/24/2014 8:11:20 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Julian Barnes & William Mauldin
    U.S. defense and diplomatic officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, an assertion that Moscow now is directly engaging in hostilities directly against Ukrainian government forces. The accusation represents a harsh new U.S. stance against the Kremlin in the aftermath of the crash of Malaysian aircraft flight 17, downed last Thursday by am antiaircraft missile. The U.S. has been accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting armed pro-Russian Separatists in Eastern Ukraine
  • Ukraine’s prime minister quits

    07/24/2014 8:09:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 24 July 2014 | Mark Odell
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fd99c65c-1347-11e4-84b7-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz38Rii5rLH Arseniy Yatseniuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, resigned on Thursday after two parties quit the ruling coalition government in a move designed to trigger early elections. The country’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, signalled his support for new polls, which are expected by the end of October. The dissolution of the coalition was expected after Mr Poroshenko promised to call parliamentary elections after he...
  • IDF Calls Out UN for Lying About Gaza Civilian Casualties

    07/24/2014 7:43:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Israel is calling out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed today. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA—which has been under fire in recent days for allowing Hamas to use its facilities to store rockets—released a statement claiming: “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they...
  • The Great Escape

    07/24/2014 7:34:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    Seventy years ago—July 23, 1944—signs suddenly appeared at prisoner of war camps in Germany: “ESCAPE FROM PRISON CAMPS IS NO LONGER A SPORT.” Those signs meant the Gestapo had murdered 50 escapees from Stalag Luft III. A terrific film you might watch this summer, “The Great Escape” (1963), commemorates that heroic-turned-tragic adventure. Let’s review the reality, the movie, and the metaphor. The reality: A 33-year-old British air force squadron leader, Roger Bushell, organized the great escape. As “Big X” of the camp escape committee, he proposed that the prisoners dig not one but three tunnels—Tom, Dick, and Harry—so if...
  • Russia Accuses the U.S. of Faking MH17 Evidence

    07/24/2014 6:45:18 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | Ju;y 24, 2014 | Wire / Polly Mosendz
    Today, Kremlin officials suggested that the United States has created fake evidence to implicate pro-Russian separatists in the shooting of Malaysia Airline Flight 17. Anatoly Antonov, deputy defense minister, said that U.S. intelligence did not do diligent research, and instead "mostly cited social networks." In fact, had U.S. intelligence cited only social networks, they would have been able to confirm the separatists were responsible almost two hours before anyone knew the plane crashed. Before news of the MH17 crash broke, rebel leader Igor Girkin posted on social media that rebels had shot down a "military transport aircraft." Instead, it ended...
  • Susan Rice Calls Out Russia for Shelling Ukraine, Threatens "Further Costs"

    07/24/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | 9:09 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 24. 2014 | Amb. Susan Rice, Nat'l Security Adv.
    Putin is doubling down on the separatists. We continue to see arms flow across border from Russia to Ukraine.Russia is also firing artillery from within Russia into Ukraine.Although our preference is a diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis, we remain ready to impose further costs on Russia as warranted
  • U.S. Considering Refugee Status For Hondurans

    07/24/2014 6:02:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House...
  • Official: Terrorists in Syria Now As Dangerous to US As Those in Yemen

    07/24/2014 5:44:28 PM PDT · by kristinn · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | James Gordon Meek and Rhonda Schwartz
    Syria has risen as a top threat to the U.S. homeland that rivals Yemen's al Qaeda affiliate known for its innovative bombs successfully smuggled aboard airplanes, a top Pentagon official said on Thursday. "Syria is probably the number one threat -- or, with... threats out of Yemen -- to the American homeland right now and elsewhere in the west," said Michael Vickers, the Pentagon’s Under Secretary for Defense Intelligence. In answer to a question by moderator Brian Ross of ABC News at a panel at the Aspen Security Forum, an annual gathering of national security veterans, Vickers, himself a former...
  • The Man Who Never Calls

    07/24/2014 5:21:37 PM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 10 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | July 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    There was an odd moment during Tuesday's White House press briefing when Ed Henry of Fox News noted that the President was spending three out of five days this week fundraising for his party, and wondered, in effect, whether he still did any work. ... Shuttle diplomacy, of the kind the vainglorious Kerry is attempting, only works if you already have a relationship. You can't start trying to build one after the shooting's started. And in this case the regional leaders' crude self-interest outweighs whatever value they might place on staying on the right side of President Fundraiser and Secretary...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-23 : Obama’s Attack on Israel

    07/24/2014 5:18:11 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 16 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-23 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 23, 2014 Newt Gingrich : Obama’s Attack on Israel ===================================================== "The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel’s failure,” a Hamas spokesman said today. When Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, the United States became the first country in the world to recognize the Jewish state, just 11 minutes later. That recognition, however, came after one of the greatest foreign policy disputes in American history—a fight in which Secretary of State George C. Marshall told President Truman that “if the President were to [recognize...
  • Deputy Prime Minister Groysman Picked as Acting Ukrainian PM - Minister Avakov

    07/24/2014 5:00:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 7-24-2014 | RIA
    Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman was appointed Thursday as acting prime minister following the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in his Facebook blog. “Volodymyr Groysman was appointed acting prime minister at a government meeting,” Avakov said. Yatsenyuk announced his resignation earlier on Thursday following the collapse of the ruling European Choice coalition in the Ukrainian parliament. According to Ukrainian constitution, the resignation of Prime Minister must be approved by the parliament. Earlier Thursday, Ukraine’s Svoboda and UDAR parties announced their factions were quitting the majority coalition, paving the way for the dissolution of parliament....
  • Japanese Inflation Holds Near 23 Year Highs As Food, Energy, & TV Costs Soar

    07/24/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Japanese CPI printed 3.6% in June, modestly down from May's 3.7% YoY, but hotter than the expected 3.5% YoY analysts predicted. If you don't eat food or use energy then inflation merely bit 2.3% of your income this year but if you did then you may have noticed that energy costs are 9.1% higher YoY, TVs +8.0%, and Food +4.1%
  • In the Middle East, a New Alignment Being Born?

    07/24/2014 4:56:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It did not take all that long, when you think about it, for America's Nobel Prize-winning statesman to bring the world to a boil. Perhaps our Nobel Prize-wining president was only a community organizer all along. He has brought the world to a boil not by his use of force but by his inattentiveness. He has been playing golf or lecturing the world from a higher plain. He has been picking fights with the Republicans or devising new ways to thwart the Constitution. He has not reacted to provocations around the world that threaten peace and our allies....
  • Doubts grow over Isis 'FGM edict' in Iraq

    07/24/2014 4:36:50 PM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/24/14 | Staff written
    Doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about female genital mutilation (FGM). A top UN official quoted from a statement saying that Isis wanted all females aged between 11 and 46 in the northern city to undergo the procedure. Jacqueline Badcock said the decree was of grave concern.
  • Israeli Islamist Leader Kamal Al-Khatib: Gaza Will Rub Israel's Nose in the Mud

    07/24/2014 3:56:00 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | JUly 19, 2014 | Al-Quds TV (Lebanon)
    In an address in Kafr Kanna on July 19, 2014, Sheik Kamal Al-Khatib, deputy leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, glorified martyrdom and Jihad and said to Israel: "The David of Gaza tells you that he will repay you in spades, and will rub your nose in the mud." Following are excerpts: Sheik Kamal Al-Khatib: Gaza, which vanquished the Tatars and the Mongols in July 1260, is the same Gaza that is vanquishing the Israelis in July 2014. The Israelis are the new Tatars. [...] The Palestinian David of our times is terrifying you, oh Israelites. The Gazan David...
  • Jordanian TV Host Burns Israeli Flag Live on Air, Demands to Shut Down U.S. Embassy

    07/24/2014 3:52:47 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | july 2014 | 7 Stars TV (Jordan)
    During a recent TV, TV host Zoher Al-Azzeh set light to an Israeli flag and spit on it. He called to shut down the U.S. embassy in Amman, which he called "that espionage den," which has become "a center for spying on Jordan and on the phones of the Jordanians." Following are excerpts from the show, which aired on 7 Stars TV and was posted on the Internet on July 21, 2014. Jordanian commentator Sheik Trad Al-Fayez: The Jordanian foreign minister must expel the Israeli ambassador. I support the expulsion of the Zionist ambassador. Expel the Zionist ambassador from Jordan!...
  • Dispatches: Mass Grave Found in Eastern Ukraine

    07/24/2014 3:47:37 PM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | July 24, 2014 | Yulia Gorbunova
    Today, Ukrainian authorities exhumed a mass grave in Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. By the time I left the site, they had discovered eight decomposed bodies and they were still searching for more. From April until July 2, the city, now back under Ukrainian government control, had been under the control of anti-government insurgents. Two neighbors who usually walk their dogs on the lawn next to the burial site told me that on the morning of June 11 an excavator arrived and dug a hole. Later, they said, they saw two men in camouflage drive a truck to the newly dug...
  • Ukraine: Ato: Daily Summary 24.07.14

    07/24/2014 3:42:15 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    BurkoNews ^ | 24/07/14 | burko
    Overview of main theater of combat in the East of Ukraine: in the morning continued the battle for Gorlovka. The militants left the village. Today the Group of terrorists has increased because additional convoy proceeded to Gorlovka engineering terrorists from Debalcevo. No accumulation of groups of fighters in the petrovske, where they pull together the forces of Snow and the Red beam. It means two possible options: either the strike preparation aside, either side of the Lisichansk city Gorlovka. Lisichansk pockets of resistance still remain terrorists and this cannot be ignored, even by the official MEDIA and information on the...
  • Illegal Immigrant Children Fail to Show at Immigration Hearings

    07/24/2014 3:36:29 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Written by Warren Mass
    Judge Michael Baird of the federal Dallas Immigration Court said on July 22 that 18 of the children whose cases he was scheduled to hear on that day didn’t show up for court. The unaccompanied children were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala who were set to appear in Baird’s court for initial deportation hearings. The Dallas Morning News cited Baird’s statement describing the absentee rate that day as “highly unusual” — so high that he reset the hearings for August 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order. Baird said he was concerned that the children may...
  • To Ease Crisis, U.S. May Vet Young Refugees Inside Honduras

    07/24/2014 3:33:13 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House...
  • Peters: White House doesn't understand Putin's 'heart of stone'

    07/24/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | July 22, 2014
    <p>"President Obama and those around him simply do not understand the world," Fox News strategic analyst Ralph Peters cautioned Tuesday while discussing the MH17 crash on "America's Newsroom."</p> <p>"They don't understand the world's brutality, its cruelty, its savagery. They just don't get it."</p>
  • Ukraine fighting rages as Australia ready for MH17 site deployment

    07/24/2014 3:08:09 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Dario THUBURN with Hui Min NEO in Kiev
    Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels raged Thursday near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as countries which lost 298 citizens in the disaster moved to deploy their police to secure the impact zone. The Dutch team leading the crash probe was stuck in Kiev, unable to join a handful of international investigators at the rebel-controlled site.... And in eastern Kiev, investigators said human remains were still strewn amidst the debris of the wreck, where recovery work has been at a standstill since Tuesday. Dutch authorities said they can only be sure that 200 corpses have been recovered out...
  • Smoke Detector

    07/24/2014 3:03:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | July 23, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    The New York Times notices the smoke collecting on the ceiling of the auditorium of the world and wonders whether there might be something to worry about. Peter Baker in an article titled “Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama” notices that things are falling apart. “Not long after a passenger jet exploded in midair and plummeted to the ground in Ukraine last week, escalating a volatile crisis pitting the United States and Europe against Russia, President Obama’s thoughts turned to Syria.” Baker has a thought. These problems may be linked. Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly...
  • US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya

    07/24/2014 3:00:37 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 14 replies
    AP/MSN ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jason Straziuzo
    The decision comes amid a tightening of security by the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, which has seen dozens of grenade and gunfire attacks the last two years. Earlier this year the U.S. increased the number of security personnel at the embassy and put armed Marines behind sandbag bunkers on the embassy roof. The State Department also reduced the number of U.S. personnel here by moving a regional USAID office out of the country.
  • Rick Perry's Bold Border Move

    07/24/2014 2:53:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state's border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they've made it into Texas. Critics will call it a stunt and accuse Perry of showboating, but at least he is taking action, while President Obama, who took an oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, drinks beer, plays pool and attends fundraisers as our borders are overrun. Enemies are more than adversary nations with weapons. An enemy can...
  • New Cold War or same one that never ended

    07/24/2014 2:17:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Christine O’Donnell
    The term “Cold War” is traced back to George Orwell’s 1945 essay “You and the Atomic Bomb.” Like Orwell’s other works, this essay can be called prophetic. In it, he describes what the world would look like if the atomic bomb, although costly and complicated, was accessible to all regimes. He describes countries as living in a perpetual state of “cold war” with their neighbors in a time of “peace with no peace.” The Cold War started immediately after World War II, when former allies began to clash in ideology. In one corner, you had the WWII Western allies, represented...
  • We Sent Back Elian {And we acted decisively then]

    07/24/2014 2:17:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/24/2014 | Bernie Reeves
    <p>The US government, which has refused to act decisively to control the horde of children entering the US via Mexico from Central America (estimated to be nearly 60,000 from October 2013 to June 2014) certainly had no compunctions about expelling a helpless child back to terrible conditions in the case of Elian Gonzalez back in 1999 during the Clinton regime.  In that case, the Feds were wrong to send a child back to a communist dictatorship, where he lives today, a member of the Union of Young Communists, propagandist for the regime, and personal “friend” of Fidel Castro.</p>