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  • France: Huge Fire Breaks Out at Radio France Headquarters in Paris

    10/31/2014 5:36:07 AM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES ^ | October 31, 2014 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    A massive fire has broken out at the Radio France headquarters building in Paris, causing the evacuation of personnel, according to reports. The fire engulfed the seventh and eight floors of Maison de la radio (Radio House) in the 16 arrondissement of Paris. Several windows exploded due to the extreme heat. Firefighters were called to the scene. Radio programmes of France Inter and France Info were suspended as a necessary safety measure. The fire reportedly hit the area of a ventilation system under works. No injuries were immediately reported. "I hope we can resume our radio programmes as soon as...
  • North Korea to quarantine all foreigners because of Ebola fears (for 21 days)

    10/31/2014 1:12:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 30 October 2014
    North Korea to quarantine all foreigners because of Ebola fears Pyongyang says foreign nationals will be put under medical observation for 21 days regardless of country or region of origin Associated Press in Pyongyang The Guardian, Thursday 30 October 2014 14.22 GMT North Korean officials have announced they will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and few foreigners are allowed to enter.
  • Officials Reveal US is Cozying Up to Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas

    10/31/2014 12:42:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-29-14 | Ari Yashar
    The same Tuesday night that a senior official in US President Barack Obama's administration was quoted calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "chickens**t," yet more officials indicated the US is warming up to cooperation with Iran - the Islamic regime seeking nuclear weapons that has repeatedly declared its desire to destroy Israel. Senior US and Arab officials were cited by the Wall Street Journal saying that in recent months, America and Iran have grown closer through cooperation against their "common enemy", the Islamic State (ISIS), as well as over a shared interest in "stability" in Iraq and Afghanistan. American officials revealed...
  • Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal (YOU get to pay for it!)

    10/30/2014 11:31:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-30-2014 | Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop
    Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors. After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June. With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President...
  • Report: Troops, vets to get checked for chemical exposure in Iraq

    10/30/2014 9:32:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to servicemembers and veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with chemical munitions during the American occupation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. An Oct. 15 Times story found that while the United States had gone to war looking for an active weapons of mass destruction program, troops instead quietly found and suffered from the remnants of the long abandoned arsenal. Since that article, which detailed instances of exposure that the military kept secret in some cases for...
  • Spanish Intelligence Intercepts Plot to Weaponise Ebola

    10/30/2014 8:57:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 30, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over Ł200 million. The national secretary of state for security in giving evidence to the Spanish Senate revealed online jihad propagandists had issued an edict to followers to kill Westerners by any means possible. Some of the methods suggested included “deadly chemical products from laboratories”, “poisonous injections” and “Ebola as a poisonous...
  • Russia's Jet Incursions Buzz An Alarm For Europe

    10/30/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    IBD ^ | October 30,2014 | IBD
    This should be a wake-up call to Europe, long accustomed to living under the U.S. defense umbrella, to take more responsibility for its own defense. So far this year, NATO jets have had to scramble 100 times to intercept these airspace intruders just to show that the West's perimeters are still protected. That's three times as many as intercepted in 2013. It also coincides with a strange submarine incursion in Swedish waters, believed to have been Russian. There's no doubt about it, Russia wants its Cold War empire back, and a complacent, "Finlandized" Europe. Vladimir Putin continues in his quest...
  • Louisiana tells anyone who's been exposed to Ebola: Stay away

    10/30/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    Louisiana is set to host one of the year’s biggest gatherings of infectious disease experts next week, but anyone's who's recently been to West Africa won’t be welcome.A pair of top state officials wrote a letter to the more than 3,500 members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene who planned to attend the conference this week, warning them to stay away if they’ve had potential Ebola exposure.“In Louisiana, we love to welcome visitors, but we must balance that hospitality with the protection of Louisiana residents and other visitors,” wrote Kathy Klieber, Louisiana’s secretary of Health and Hospitals,...
  • Israel to Reopen Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem

    10/30/2014 7:03:32 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | JODI RUDOREN and ISABEL KERSHNER
    <p>Israel barred all access to a contested sacred site in the Old City for the first time in many years on Thursday, a step that a Palestinian spokesman denounced as “a declaration of war” and one that strained Israel’s crucial alliance with neighboring Jordan.</p>
  • 26 Russian fighter pilot in two days [Putin war games]

    26 Russian fighter pilot in two days, seconds can decide - How dangerous are Putin's maneuvers for the passenger planes Today Russians Vani on the Baltic Sea got fierce criticism from NATO, as well as shut down the aircraft sensors to systems on the ground and other aircraft to identify who or what is in front of them. 4 German interceptor observed and saw off Russian fighter group to these ojlopy not encountered by passenger aircraft. the Germans were said to one of the most powerful Russian squadrons, consisting of two MiG-31 Foxhound, two Su-34 Fullback, one Su-27 Flanker und...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama’s Unprecedented Attack on Israel

    10/30/2014 6:00:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 23 replies
    Time ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Sen Ted Cruz
    This week, the world was treated to yet another embarrassing display of the Obama administration’s incompetent foreign policy. According to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, various anonymous officials referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as both “a chicken****” and “a coward.” While these indefensible comments have received the lion’s share of media attention, the substantive remarks about Iran were even more troubling. Goldberg wrote that another senior official claimed that due to their pressure on Netanyahu, it is now “too late” for Israel to stop Iran from amassing an “atomic arsenal.” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told the White...
  • GOP lawmakers urge administration to suspend Gitmo transfers over ISIS concerns

    10/30/2014 2:50:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2014
    Republican lawmakers called Thursday for the Obama administration to suspend detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay following a Fox News report that as many as 20 to 30 former prisoners are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria. Some of those former Guantanamo detainees were released within the last three years. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a statement the development "underscores the risks we face when Guantanamo detainees are released based on a misguided desire to close Guantanamo -- rather than the national security interests of the...
  • Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over

    10/30/2014 1:57:57 PM PDT · by drypowder · 78 replies
    ClubOrlov ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin's speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn't get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don't think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is...
  • Why Obama Hates Netanyahu

    10/30/2014 7:05:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 68 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 10-30-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama’s foreign policy was supposed to reboot America’s relationship with the rest of the world. Old allies would become people we occasionally talked to. Old enemies would become new allies. Goodbye Queen, hello Vladimir. Trade the Anglosphere for Latin America’s Marxist dictatorships. Replace allied governments in the Middle East with Islamists and call it a day for the Caliphate. Very little of that went according to plan. Obama is still stuck with Europe. The Middle East and Latin American leftists still hate America. The Arab Spring imploded. Japan, South Korea and India have conservative governments. And then there’s Israel. The...
  • Possible Islamic State Leaflets Found in Quantico Marine Base

    10/30/2014 1:49:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 30, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Leaflets found at the site of the Marine Corps headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, Wednesday may have ties to the international terrorist organization ISIS, a source told the Tatler today. The leaflets, which portray the flag of the Islamic State, include a message in Arabic that says “We came from Mexico on a train.” The leaflets raise the questions of whether the Islamic State has operatives in the heart of the United State’s Marine Corps headquarters, or alternatively, whether someone is testing security responses and military command communications. The Tatler obtained a digital copy of the leaflet today, which is being...
  • Bad news: Operation Inherent Resolve isn’t accomplishing much at all

    10/30/2014 1:29:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/30/2014 | Noah Rothman
    For months, the White House resisted calls by concerned observers to intervene in the conflict in Iraq and Syria where the Islamic State was capturing territory and massacring locals. Only after it appeared likely that the ancient Yazidi minority would be exterminated by ISIS fighters did the United States consent to intervene in Iraq. Similarly, America and its coalition allies attacked ISIS in Syria only when it seemed likely that the al-Qaeda affiliated Khorasan Group was plotting imminent attacks. This week, however, we learn that the Pentagon has effectively failed to achieve either the objective of preventing massacres in...
  • Obama May Cut Deportations

    10/30/2014 11:42:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | 10-30-2014 | LAURA MECKLER
    WASHINGTON—The White House is considering two central requirements in deciding which of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants would gain protections through an expected executive action: a minimum length of time in the U.S., and a person’s family ties to others in the country, said people familiar with the administration’s thinking. Those requirements, depending on how broadly they are drawn, could offer protection to between one million and four million people in the country illegally. The deliberations follow President Barack Obama ’s promise to act to change the immigration system, after legislation overhauling immigration law died in Congress. Republicans have...
  • Netanyahu Blasts Obama Admin for Cursing Him

    10/30/2014 5:55:44 AM PDT · by xzins · 103 replies
    CBN ^ | October 30, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's under fire because he won't compromise the safety of Israel. "When there is pressure on Israel to give up on its security, the easiest thing is to give up," Arutz Sheva quoted Netanyahu's response at the Knesset. "As prime minister, I stand for the security of Israel," he continued. "The life of every single citizen and soldier matters to me, and I am not prepared to make comprises that will endanger our country." "Our interests are not on the minds of those who attack us -- or me -- personally,"...
  • Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden

    10/30/2014 11:25:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 30, 2014 1:53 PM EDT | Karl Ritter
    Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest. Coming during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip. …
  • WHO: Liberia’s Ebola Infection Rate Declines

    10/30/2014 11:17:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 10/30/2014 | Lisa Schlein
    After months of near-futile battle with Ebola, a World Health Organization official said a glimmer of hope is beginning to emerge in the worst-affected country, Liberia. The West African country has recorded 6,535 cases, almost half of the 13,703 total reported in the current outbreak. But Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general, on Wednesday said the infection rate appears to be falling "and there may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there." Aylward said Liberia's caseload may be dropping by as much as 25 percent a week. However, he added, "This is no time to let up." The outbreak's...
  • For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

    10/30/2014 11:05:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Liz Sly
    he increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all. Turkey’s refusal to allow the United States to use its bases to launch attacks against the Islamic State, quarrels over how to manage the battle raging in the Syrian border town of Kobane and the harsh tone of the anti-American rhetoric used by top Turkish officials to denounce U.S. policy have served to illuminate the vast gulf that...
  • IDF: Threat from Hezbollah greater than Gaza

    10/30/2014 10:31:49 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    www.jpost.com ^ | 10/30/2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    Hezbollah is many times more dangerous than the terrorist organizations in Gaza, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan, the outgoing head of the IDF’s Northern Command, told Army Radio on Wednesday. He warned Israelis not to expect the same level of air defense cover that the South and Center of the country received during the war with Hamas in Gaza City this summer...
  • Obama's quarantine remarks draw fire from military spouses

    10/30/2014 9:30:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | By Kristina Wong
    ... The president's comments sparked immediate criticism online, including from military spouses who said soldiers were also "volunteers" whose time away from family and loved ones was not any less valuable than for civilian volunteers. "The President's comments on the differences between the quarantine policies for members of the military and civilian volunteers seemed to dismiss the fact that every member of military has, indeed, volunteered to serve," said Rebekah Gleaves Sanderlin, Army wife and board member for the Military Family Advisory Network. "In pointing out that the civilian volunteers would be sacrificing time away from their families, the President...
  • EU holds largest-ever cyber security exercise

    10/30/2014 9:24:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 30, 2014 11:27 AM EDT
    A European Union cyber-security agency was in Athens to conduct the largest exercise ever held on the continent to prevent attacks on Europe’s public utilities and communications networks. The director of the European Network and Information Security Agency, Udo Helmbrecht, told The Associated Press that Thursday’s one-day exercise involving 29 countries and 200 agencies dealt with attack scenarios against “critical infrastructure.” …
  • NYPD: Threat Of Terrorists With Drones Is A Growing Concern

    10/30/2014 9:08:02 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jeff Pegues
    Police brass haven’t talked about drones as potential weapons, until now, CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reported Wednesday. The NYPD is actively looking for ways to stop an attack by a drone. The department told Pegues there is no intelligence showing an imminent threat, but over the last year the country’s largest police force has been increasingly concerned about a potential terror attack from the air by a drone. “We look at it as something that could be a terrorist’s tool,” Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace said. “We’ve seen some video where the drone was flying at different targets along the...
  • When Egypt Has More Guts Than America

    10/30/2014 8:14:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/30/2014 | By Karin McQuillan
    Egypt responded strongly to a Hamas jihadi terror attack that killed 30 Egyptians soldiers, with helicopter strikes, a curfew of 100,000 people, and the announcement they are going build a security wall.  to control the border with Gaza.  Unlike President Obama, Egyptian President Al-Sisi has no trouble identifying the enemy and didn’t feel the need to assure people that Islamic terrorists are lone wolves, representing nothing and no one.  Instead he asserted the attack was supported by foreign forces.  He vowed to protect the lives of Egyptian military at home and to pursue an “extensive war” against the jihadists,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident in Afghan war

    10/30/2014 7:49:19 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Rowan Scarborough
    The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the military’s official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four-man crew on the B-1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. PHOTOS: Top 10 U.S. fighter jets But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of...
  • North Korean officials executed ‘for watching South Korean TV soap operas’ in Kim Jong-un’s latest

    10/30/2014 7:44:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Ten senior members of North Korea’s ruling party have been executed after they were caught watching soap operas. The officials were killed on the order of dictator Kim Jong-Un, taking the number of senior government and military members executed this year to 50, South Korea's intelligence agency have said. The ten were ‘executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanising’.
  • Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels' (A Muslim tells the truth)

    10/30/2014 7:31:50 AM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel online ^ | October 28, 2014 | Hosnain Kazim
    * * * SPIEGEL ONLINE: You constantly speak of fighting. Do Muslims not constantly speak of Islam being a religion of peace? Abu Sattar: It is when people submit to Allah. Allah is merciful and forgives those who follow him.
  • Post-Cold War Recession Myths Debunked

    10/30/2014 6:36:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 29, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The oft-perpetuated myth, that rapid economic reforms post-Cold War drove the Eastern bloc into early recession, has been debunked by an economics professor at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute’s conference on the Cold War. In his research, economics professor Oleh Havrylyshyn, who works at the University of Toronto and George Washington University, found that “countries that moved early, moved fastest, and went furthest in market liberal and market reforms are the very same countries that have had very sharp increases in GDP per capita.” He compared Ukraine to Poland and concluded, “Poland and Ukraine had about the same standard...
  • Sources: Former Guantanamo detainees suspected of joining ISIS, other groups in Syria

    10/30/2014 6:34:53 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 15 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 10/30/14 | Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin
    As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned. The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield. The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others...
  • Sources: Former Guantanamo detainees suspected of joining ISIS, other groups in Syria

    10/30/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin
    As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned. The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield. The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others...
  • Scarborough: Obama's Self-Righteous Quarantine Hypocrisy 'A Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker Moment'

    10/30/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You really have to watch the clip of President Obama strutting his self-righteous anger at states that are imposing Ebola quarantines. I, Barack thunders that such quarantines reflect a lack of leadership, and "that's not who I am." Thanks, sir, for letting us know what a strong leader you are. On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough scalded President Obama's self-righteous hypocrisy. Mockingly quoting the President, Scarborough said "'This is America. And we do things differently.' Unless it's Barack Obama's overseeing the military." Where of course a quarantine is being imposed on soldiers returning from Ebola hot zones. In the unkindest...
  • SodaStream to move factory out of West Bank Israeli settlement

    10/30/2014 6:13:19 AM PDT · by Catphish · 11 replies
    The Gaurdian ^ | 10/29/2014 | Unkown
    Palestinian activists have hailed a decision by SodaStream International, an Israeli-owned soft drink company, to close its controversial factory in a settlement in the occupied West Bank, calling the decision a victory for the campaign for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions.
  • Apple CEO Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

    10/30/2014 5:10:01 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 129 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/30/2014 | CNN
    Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, announcing that he is gay in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek. "Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," he wrote. Cook has not publicly discussed his sexual preferences before now, despite some rumors and speculation that he is gay. A year ago he announced support for a federal law which would have protected workers from facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation. "For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in...
  • McINNES: Why They Hate Us

    10/30/2014 4:18:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | 10-29-2014 | Gavin McInnes
    Bill Maher has been banned from Berkley due to his Islamaphobic beliefs. He’s been in the hot seat for weeks now because he dared to imply there may be an innate streak of violence within Islam that has nothing to do with our foreign policy. This is blasphemy among the left; they are happy to sacrifice one of their own to the Gods of political correctness if he strays from the path. The “Why they hate us” meme is the myth that will not die. Suicidal maniacs are portrayed by both sides of the American political spectrum as rational adults...
  • U.S. Special Operations Vets Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

    10/30/2014 4:17:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    A group of former U.S. Special Operations Veterans have launched a crowdfunding campaign, Operation Limitless Compassion, to help the Kurds fight off ISIS terrorists in Iraq. Castle International, a world-wide air ambulance company founded and operated by former special operations volunteers, is leading the way to provide pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters with desperately needed humanitarian aid, medical training, medical supplies, and combat training. Recon teams from Castle International have already deployed to northern Iraq to offer direct assistance to Kurdish fighters and more will head to the region in November. Castle International has launched two crowdfunding sites to gather donations, GoFundMe...
  • Obama Getting Hell Over Netanyahu ‘Chicken****’ Slam

    10/30/2014 1:54:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    NYMAG.com ^ | 10/29/14 | Katie Zavadski
    ....Obama administration officials have called Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu "chickenshit" and other impolite words has raised eyebrows at home and abroad. President Obama — who is much too diplomatic to use those terms himself, even if he was really thinking them — has endured a day full of jabs about his loose-lipped underlings.... .....Not that Bibi will admit to those charges. "Our supreme interests, chiefly the security and unity of Jerusalem, are not the main concern of those anonymous officials who attack us and me personally, as the assault on me comes only because I defend the State of...
  • Pinoys urged to leave Ebola-hit West Africa (Philippines)

    10/30/2014 1:10:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Philippines on Thursday urged hundreds of its citizens to leave Ebola-hit west African nations, as it announced anyone who returned would be placed under a 21-day quarantine. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the government had made a "voluntary repatriation" call to about 900 workers in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. He told a local television network that President Benigno Aquino III had also ordered those who did return would have to be isolated in a government facility. "The president has asked us to come down with a ruling, anyone coming from those countries, they must undergo a...
  • France says conditions still not met to deliver warship to Russia

    10/30/2014 12:49:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:24am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - France said on Thursday that the conditions were not yet met to deliver the first of two controversial Mistral warships to Russia, contradicting reports that Russia had received an invitation to take delivery on Nov. 14.
  • U.S. attends Ebola meeting in Cuba called by leftist bloc

    10/29/2014 11:46:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 30, 2014 | Nelson Acosta in Havana
    U.S. government officials joined health experts from throughout the Americas at an Ebola conference in Cuba on Wednesday, the latest show of cooperation between the historic adversaries on fighting the disease. The meeting organized by ALBA, a bloc of leftist-governed countries, aims to coordinate a regional strategy on the prevention and control of Ebola, which has killed about 5,000 people in West Africa but in the Americas has only reached the United States. U.S. military personnel and Cuban medical specialists are already posted in West Africa and prepared to work side by side if needed, officials have said, and Washington...
  • White House tries to ease flare-up over Netanyahu insults

    10/29/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/29/14
    The White House on Wednesday sought to tamp down the controversy over a magazine piece that detailed deep tensions between the U.S. and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official calling the Israeli leader a “chickenshit.” Administration officials, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not deny the quote. They also did not signal there would be any robust effort to find out who said it. But Alistair Baskey, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the criticism does not reflect how the rest of the administration views Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Certainly that's not the...
  • The science on isolating health care workers

    10/29/2014 10:39:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 29, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    On Monday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Thomas Frieden announced a new policy on health care workers returning from Ebola-plagued West Africa. Parroting President Obama’s Saturday radio address, Frieden cautioned that Americans must be “guided by the science,” not fear. Sorry. The Obama administration’s halfway approach is based on political correctness, not science. And it is a gamble. According to Frieden, about five health care workers fly back from West Africa to the U.S. every day, landing at Chicago, Newark, Atlanta, New York’s JFK or Dulles outside of Washington, D.C. For months, the CDC did almost nothing to...
  • Obama Launches Drive to Counter Quarantine Movement

    10/29/2014 10:20:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | October 28, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    The White House is launching an aggressive, public campaign to counter the movement of some states – most notably New York and New Jersey – to quarantine American health care professionals who return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa. Obama made an unscheduled statement on the South Lawn this afternoon to highlight what he said was the need to support health care workers when they return home, support which presumably would not include isolating them. And in a staged event designed to draw attention to the issue, Obama will meet at the White House Wednesday with a group of...
  • Elizabeth Warren Blames Republicans for Ebola

    10/29/2014 10:11:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 28, 2014 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) blamed Republicans for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by suggesting funding cuts to certain programs were the culprit. "Instead of making those investments up front, we wait until people die," Warren said. "Of course I'm worried, but part of this reminds me -- this is why elections matter and why they matter over time. you know, Ebola is not new. We've known about it for a long time. We were putting money into funding Ebola many years ago and the republicans have cut funding overall for medical research, for the...
  • Report: Official probing Secret Service scandal quits over prostitution incident

    10/29/2014 10:09:39 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 28, 2014
    <p>The investigator who led the Homeland Security Department's internal review of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents on assignment in Colombia in 2012 has himself resigned over an incident involving a prostitute in Florida, The New York Times reported.</p>
  • NATO Intercepts at Least 19 Russian Military Planes in 1 Day

    10/29/2014 8:33:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-29-2014 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia's airspace today, worrying the organization's officials. "These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said in a statement released this afternoon. The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden. The North Sea and Atlantic Ocean had the largest fleet of Russian aircraft activity, with eight planes detected by NATO radar flying in formation from Russian airspace...
  • Hit comedy on Iraqi TV depicts ISIS as child of Satan and a Jewish woman

    10/29/2014 7:58:01 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 12 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 29, 2014 | David Zucchino
    This is Iraq under a future Islamic state, as imagined in “State of Superstition,” a hit comedy on state-run Al Iraqiya TV. The half-hour show turns a deadly serious subject — the reign of terror imposed by the extremist group Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria — into fodder for spoof and satire. The Beheader character is a comic takedown of Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph and Islamic State leader. An actor in a preposterously long and tangled fake beard — one of a couple of dozen fake beards glued on to characters each episode by an...
  • UKRAINE: Operational Group Summary of InformNapalm for October 29, 2014

    Material prepared by: military analyst group InformNapalm- Artem Vasilenko and coordinator of the group, the military correspondent Roman Burco . Operational Group Summary InformNapalm on October 29, 30/10/14 will be a turning point in the frozen conflicts in the south-east of Ukraine. The truce allowed the terrorists to regroup their forces. Again earned the "Russian Voyentorg": Only for the last two days in Ukraine airlifted more than 300 pieces of equipment. The main direction of movement - in Anthracite on Donetsk and away boldly, as well as through marinating in Telmanovo and Komsomol. Technology transfer was seen in the direction...
  • Hillary, Haqqani, Taliban and Bergdahl

    10/29/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 9 replies
    Founders' Code ^ | October 27, 2014 | Denise Simon
    Beau Bergdahl was a proven risk in Afghanistan going back as far as 2009, when more than once he left his post telling some in his unit he no longer believed in the American mission and wanted to do something else. A full (AR-15-6) investigation began then and remains classified. Bergdahl has a charge sheet and there is indisputable evidence that he willingly and with purpose left his base. It must be noted and remembered that at least 6 fellow soldiers died looking for Bergdahl and an unknown number to date were injured due to IED’s. So, it is important...