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  • Christian boy, 16, facing death penalty for offending Muslims in Facebook post

    09/30/2016 9:29:40 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 13 replies
    UK Express ^ | Sep 30, 2016 | KATIE MANSFIELD
    A 16-YEAR-OLD Christian boy faces the death penalty after he was accused of insulting Islam in a Facebook post. The boy has been arrested and charged with blasphemy after a photo of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, appeared on his profile. A Muslim man told police the image, which was part of an alleged derogatory post against Islam on the boy’s profile, was insulting and sacrilegious. The black cube-shape is built around an ancient stone at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Locals reportedly claimed the image...
  • PM's top adviser compares Maryam Monsef criticism to U.S. 'birther' movement... This is too funny.

    09/30/2016 9:24:52 AM PDT · by jerod · 1 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Sep 29, 2016 10:09 PM ET | By Katie Simpson
    The prime minister's top adviser is comparing questions about Maryam Monsef's family history to the racially charged "birther" movement in the United States. Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Justin Trudeau, used social media to make the link between criticism of the Liberal cabinet minister and a campaign that falsely claimed that U.S. President Barack Obama was not born in America. Butts specifically called out the Globe and Mail on Wednesday evening after it published an editorial about Monsef online. The editorial appeared in Thursday's newspaper. The prime minister's top adviser is comparing questions about Maryam Monsef's family history to the...
  • During Peres's Funeral: Protesters in Gaza Strip Burn His Picture [and Bibi's and Obama's]

    09/30/2016 9:08:22 AM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 2 replies
    Walla! News ^ | September 30, 2016 | unsigned
    Palestinian protesters in Gaza today burned images of former President Shimon Peres while his funeral took place on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem - acording to a report by the Palestinian news agency Shams News. Also, the protestors chanted slogans against Abbas because he came to Jerusalem with his entourage to attend the funeral. In addition to photos of Peres, protesters also burned the portraits of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama who attended the funeral. The demonstrators expressed anger at Abbas, who was recorded at the funeral holding his head, and bowing his head,[and apparently] expressing sadness...
  • Sweden to reintroduce [compulsory] military service

    09/30/2016 8:43:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 28 September 2016
    Sweden said Wednesday it would reintroduce compulsory military service from 2018, eight years after it was abolished. The Scandinavian nation, which has not seen armed conflict on its territory in two centuries, ended conscription in 2010 after it was deemed an unsatisfactory way of meeting the needs of a modern army. "I hope that we are going to find a path to a more stable, robust and functional means of recruitment," Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told a news conference. The new policy will affect Swedes born after 1999, according to a report by a former member of parliament for the...
  • 9/11 Bill Crashes Saudi Stock Exchange, Bond Market Ambitions

    09/30/2016 8:33:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 28 September 2016 | Nick Cunningham
    With oil prices continuing to languish below $50 per barrel, the major oil producers in the Middle East are seeing their financial positions deteriorate. To plug the gap in the government budgets, the Gulf States are having to turn to the international bond markets. Saudi Arabia plans on taking out $10 billion to $15 billion in debt from international financial markets, but a controversial piece of legislation passed by the U.S. Congress could complicate Saudi Arabia’s plans. Congress passed a bill that would allow the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for its potential involvement....
  • Colin Powell: U.S. Should Not ‘Single Out Just Muslims as Being Bad’

    09/30/2016 7:45:36 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 55 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-28-2016 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON – Using the war in Libya and the conflict in Syria as examples, former Secretary of State Colin Powell cautioned against U.S.-backed regime changes. Touching upon the debate surrounding U.S. immigration from the Middle East, Powell said Muslims should not be “singled out” as threats. “You better be careful because – and I have considerable experience with this – just taking out the regime doesn’t necessarily fix the problem. ...... (snip) “As I have said to my old bosses, President Bush and others, be careful what you do. Remember if you take out a regime you become the new...
  • Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks (I-net giveaway)

    09/30/2016 7:21:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 9/29/2016 | Drew FitzGerald
    Attackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices​in homes and businesses connected to the internet. The assaults raised eyebrows among security experts both for their size and for the machines that made them happen. The attackers used as many as one million Chinese-made security cameras, digital video recorders and other infected devices to generate webpage requests and data that knocked their targets offline, security experts said. Those affected include French web hosting provider OVH and U.S. security researcher...
  • Clinton Names Mother of the Migrant Crisis Merkel As Favourite World Leader

    09/30/2016 7:07:35 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Sep 2016 | Oliver JJ Lane
    U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as her favourite world leader, choosing specifically to praise her record on the migrant crisis — despite her policies on opening Europe’s borders now providing a source of immense regret for her party and Germany. The comments were made during a question and answer session on board Mrs. Clinton’s campaign aeroplane in Chicago yesterday, when a member of the press asked what the presidential candidate’s favourite world leader is. Initially leaving her answer quite open, remarking: “Look, I like a lot of the world leaders”, Mrs. Clinton then settled...
  • Obama's Secret Bank Deal Helps Iran Get Nuke Missiles

    09/30/2016 6:56:02 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    Frontpage ^ | September 30, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Treason. This is what it looks like. The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations. The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted until 2023, under a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers that went into effect on Jan. 16. But Obama is now more pro-terror than the UN.
  • Jewish leaders react to Rodrigo Duterte Holocaust remarks (Philippine President)

    09/30/2016 4:56:10 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/30/2016 | BBC
    Jewish leaders have reacted angrily after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte compared his anti-drug campaign to the Holocaust. The comment-wrongly citing numbers killed by the Nazis-was inhumane and deeply offensive. Mr. Duterte said he would kill as many addicts as Hitler did Jews in his crackdown on users and dealers. "Hitler massacred three million Jews...there's three million drug addicts. I'd be happy to slaughter them," he said.......
  • Was NAFTA Really So Bad for the Economy? Will NAFTA Come Back to Haunt Hillary Clinton?

    09/30/2016 4:32:46 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 57 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | September 28, 2016 | Janna Herron
    ...Trump called the trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country” during the first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton. Earlier this year, Bernie Sanders leveled a similar criticism, calling it disastrous when debating the former secretary of date... ...But whether NAFTA has been good or bad for the U.S. economy depends largely on who you ask... ...NAFTA “means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't support this agreement,” then-President Clinton said in 1993. Fast forward more than two decades later and NAFTA...
  • Russia beefs up its air force in Syria - paper

    09/30/2016 3:45:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 30, 2016
    Fri Sep 30, 2016 | 3:47pm IST Russia beefs up its air force in Syria - paper Russia has reinforced its air base in Syria with several bombers and is ready to send ground attack aircraft as it intensifies support for Syrian government troops after the collapse of a ceasefire plan, Russia's Izvestia daily reported on Friday. A group of Su-24 and Su-34 frontline bombers have already arrived at the Hmeymim base, Izvestia wrote, quoting an unnamed military official. "If need be, the air force group will be (further) built up within two to three days," he said. "Su-25 ground...
  • Progressive Traitors Stand With Saudis Over 9/11 Families

    09/30/2016 3:29:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 30, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    On September 28, 2016, the two co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Keith Ellison and Raúl Grijalva, betrayed the country they claim citizenship in by standing with Saudi Arabia and Obama against 9/11 families. Joining them in this political treason was Progressive Caucus Whip Barbara Lee. Ellison’s treason was unsurprising. He was the first Muslim elected to Congress. Andre Carson, the second Muslim in Congress, also joined Ellison in siding with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, also known as the King of Saudi Arabia. Saudi money has sponsored the international spread of Islam. Keith Ellison has made multiple...
  • OBAMA: "HERE’S NO RELIGIOUS RATIONALE" FOR JIHAD TERROR

    09/30/2016 3:23:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 50 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 30, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Here we go again. This is like having to prove that water is wet or that Hillary Clinton is crooked, but since Barack Obama has once again affirmed that jihad terrorists are twisting and hijacking the Religion of Peace, once again it is necessary to prove that unfortunately that is not the case. Obama is right about one thing: this question matters for what strategy the U.S. and the free world should pursue against the jihadis. That’s what makes his denial and willful ignorance nothing short of catastrophic.
  • Man in (Prime Minister) Trudeau's selfie linked to RCMP terror investigation

    09/30/2016 2:17:20 AM PDT · by jerod · 8 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | Posted: Sep 29, 2016 7:10 PM ET| | By Adrienne Arsenault, Nazim Baksh
    The worries about a suspect in a terror investigation seen posing for a selfie last year with the prime minister go far beyond the anxiety of how he got that close. A joint CBC News/Radio-Canada investigation has learned that the man is one of at least four Quebec men of interest to the RCMP for their alleged connection to the 2012 kidnappings of two Americans in Syria. The man in the selfie, in his mid-20s, is believed to be on a U.S. no-fly list. His home was raided by police as part of a terror investigation a few months before...
  • At the time of India’s surgical strikes, mortar shells fired by Iran into Pakistan’s Balochistan

    09/30/2016 1:04:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Indian express ^ | 30 Sep 2016 | PTI
    Iran border guards on Thursday fired three mortar shells into Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, triggering panic among the local population. “Mortar shells fired by Iranian border guards landed in the district of Panjgoor,” a provincial government official said.Two of the shells landed near Frontier Corps check-post, while the third landed at Killi Karim Dad, the Dawn quoted the official as saying. No property or human loss was reported in the shelling. Locals panicked as a result of the attack, and Frontier Corps personnel reached the site to initiate investigations. Security forces tightened security at the border after the incident. Pakistan...
  • India says troops cross Kashmir border to attack as crisis escalates

    09/30/2016 12:50:27 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | September 29, 2016 | Jon Boone and Michael Safi
    Elite troops have launched “surgical strikes” on Pakistan-based terrorists in the contested territory of Kashmir, India said on Thursday, in a major escalation of a deepening crisis between the nuclear-armed rivals. The Indian army said troops conducted multiple nighttime raids across the line of control (LOC), the ceasefire line agreed in 1972 that divides the Himalayan region, to attack militants preparing to cross into Indian-controlled territory. Pakistan said two of its soldiers had been killed in exchanges of fire, but denied India had made any targeted strikes. Pakistan later captured an Indian soldier on its side of the border, military...
  • Poor taste: A Delhi burger chain offers discount to mark India's strikes along LoC

    09/29/2016 11:37:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Scroll.in ^ | Sep 29, 2016 | Rhema Mukti Baxter
    On Thursday, as the Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations Ranbir Singh revealed that the Army had carried out surgical strikes on "terror launchpads" along the Line of Control, social media exchanges began to heat up in both India and Pakistan. Within minutes of Singh's press conference, cashing in on the virtual jingoism, a food joint in National Capital Region, Burger Singh, sent out a mass text message that read: "In light of the surgical strike by Indian defence forces on terrorist camps (POK). We offer 20% discount on all orders..." Scroll.in spoke to Prashant, a call operator at...
  • France 'conducts air strikes against IS'

    09/29/2016 11:27:23 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Sep 30 | BBC
    France has begun air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Iraq from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, reports say. A number of Rafale fighter planes took off from the carrier early on Friday, news agency AFP said. It quoted an officer on board, who said the planes would take part in an attack on Mosul, an IS stronghold in Iraq. The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, was sent to the region earlier in September.
  • Deficit pain prompted Saudi Arabia to agree to oil production cuts

    09/29/2016 9:39:17 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 16 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | September 29, 2016
    It took the kingdom’s new oil minister, Khalid Al-Falih, just six months to blink, ending the country’s two-year policy of pump-at-will. The decision at this week’s meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Algiers to cut production was necessitated by Saudi Arabia’s tattered finances. The kingdom has the highest budget deficit among the world’s 20 biggest economies, may delay its first international bond issue and now faces fresh legal uncertainty after the U.S. Congress voted Wednesday to allow Americans to sue the country for its involvement in 9/11. “Saudi Arabia wants higher prices,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil...
  • Russia Rejects John Kerry’s Demands on Syria, Accusing U.S. of Promoting Terror

    09/29/2016 7:50:53 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | September 29, 2016 | ANNE BARNARD, SEWELL CHAN and RICK GLADSTONE
    Russia escalated its anti-American invective Thursday in the deadlocked diplomacy over the Syrian war, dismissing a threat by Secretary of State John Kerry to halt talks and accusing his spokesman of abetting global terrorism — including against Russian military personnel in Syria. The Russian response came as United Nations officials warned that 600 wounded civilians in the rebel-held districts of the divided northern city of Aleppo must be evacuated and that food is nearly exhausted for the 275,000 residents trapped there. The residents have been pummeled for the past week by Syrian and Russian airstrikes, including by powerful bombs that...
  • Hedge Funds Pull Business From Deutsche Bank

    09/29/2016 7:40:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 11 replies
    The Financial Times of London ^ | James Shotter in Berlin, Martin Arnold and Laura Noonan in London | 6 HOURS AGO by: James Shotter in Berlin, Martin Arnold and Laura Noonan in London
    Hedge funds have started to pull some of their business from Deutsche Bank, setting up a potential showdown with German authorities over the future of the country’s largest lender. As its shares fell sharply in New York trading, Deutsche recirculated a statement emphasising its strong financial position. European regulators and government officials have kept a low profile in public over Deutsche’s deepening woes. However, in private they have struck a sanguine tone, stressing that in extremis there is scope under European regulation to inject state funds to support the bank, provided it is done in line with market conditions. Marcel...
  • Duterte of the Philippines: 'I'd be happy to "slaughter" drug addicts like Hitler massacred Jews.

    09/29/2016 7:30:33 PM PDT · by sunrise_sunset · 27 replies
    President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday indicated that he was willing to do what Hitler did to the Jews to the country's drug addicts. "Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are three million drug addicts... I'd be happy to slaughter them," Duterte said upon his arrival in Davao City from an official visit to Vietnam."
  • Deutsche Bank Woes Stoking Fears of 2008 Financial Crisis Repeat (election black swan?)

    09/29/2016 7:27:42 PM PDT · by drewh · 8 replies
    Russian Times ^ | 28 Sep, 2016 11:32
    Europe’s biggest lender Deutsche Bank has lost more than half of its value since January, posing a threat to the stability of other banks across the continent. Some analysts are worried it could invoke a large-scale crisis, bigger than in 2008. Bank shares plummet to record low as Merkel rules out bailout After a massive sell-off, Deutsche Bank’s market value shrank to €14.5 billion. In dollar terms it is only $2 billion more than the $14 billion penalty the bank faces from the United States Department of Justice over its mortgage-backed securities business before the 2008 global crisis. Deutsche's problems...
  • Was the Iran Hostage Crisis a ruse to divert billions of dollars to Iran? <vanity>

    09/29/2016 6:08:50 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 11 replies
    Sep 29, 2016 | Me
    After hearing about the latest shenanigans I thought I'd post the suggestion. It fit's perfectly with past history and explains an awful lot. Maybe the right person will see this. U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks Administration backed measures on the same day Tehran released four American citizens from prison
  • Afghan military students go AWOL from Fort Benning, other U.S. posts

    09/29/2016 2:59:48 PM PDT · by lyby · 25 replies
    WTVM ^ | September 28, 2016 | Jason Dennis, Anchor
    Seven Afghan students in U.S. military programs went absent without leave or AWOL this month, including two from Fort Benning. Patrick Evans, the Commander of the U.S. Navy Defense Press Operations confirms that four went AWOL over the Labor Day weekend - the two from Fort Benning, one from Fort Lee, VA and one from Little Rock, AR.
  • Archaeologists unearth ancient gate-shrine in Israel [Psalm 85]

    09/29/2016 2:49:44 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/28/2016 | Staff
    Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a 2,900-year-old gate-shrine they say confirms the biblical story of King Hezekiah, who mandated the worship of God and the rejection of all other deities. The gate-shrine in Tel Lachish National Park was uncovered decades ago, but a new excavation has completely exposed the gate, which is the largest one known from the First Temple period. "The size of the gate is consistent with the historical and archaeological knowledge we possess, whereby Lachish was a major city and the most important one after Jerusalem," said excavation director Sa'ar Ganor. According to the Book of Kings, he...
  • 2012: Secret UN Document Lays Out Plan to Seize Control of Internet

    09/29/2016 11:12:55 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 37 replies
    The New American ^ | 16 November 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    A report by a United Nations organization calls for the international body to seize control of information shared over the Internet should the governments of member nations fail to pass sufficient cybersecurity regulations.In the document, called “Trends in Telecommunication Reform: Smart Regulation in a Broadband World,” the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) points to the specter of an attack on the cyber infrastructure of a country as justification for the world body’s assumption of regulation and monitoring of traffic on the information superhighway.That frightening prospect was first reported by the News Limited Network out of Australia. Paola Totaro and Claire...
  • Meet the New Authoritarian Masters of the Internet

    09/29/2016 10:55:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breibart.com ^ | September 29, 2016 | John Hayward
    President Barack Obama’s drive to hand off control of Internet domains to a foreign multi-national operation will give some very unpleasant regimes equal say over the future of online speech and commerce. In fact, they are likely to have much more influence than America, because they will collectively push hard for a more tightly controlled Internet, and they are known for aggressively using political and economic pressure to get what they want.
  • Obama-UN Internet Takeover Is Just Hours Away

    09/29/2016 10:50:13 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 86 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 September 2016 | William F. Jasper
    October 1 is D-Day for the start of the international takeover of the Internet, a scheme the Obama administration and the United Nations have been advancing for years. Why are GOP leaders AWOL as President Obama and the United Nations move to transfer critically important jurisdiction over the Internet to an unaccountable UN-aligned monopoly? Why are Ryan and McConnell doing nothing?On October 1 — which is only hours away — U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system is scheduled to be stripped from the U.S. and transferred to the new Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) designed...
  • School grants Satanic Temple permission to run after-school club for 10-year-olds

    09/29/2016 10:08:34 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 20 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 9/28/16 | Adam Boult
    A school in Portland, Oregon, has granted approval to a local Satanic Temple’s request to set up an after-school programme for pupils. Children at Sacramento Elementary School, which educates pupils aged between 5 and 10, will have the opportunity to attend the Satanic club’s inaugural meeting on October 19. Satanic Temple spokesman Finn Rezz told Oregon Live the club would focus on "on science and rational thinking," promoting "benevolence and empathy for everybody" – while providing an alternative voice to the Bible-centred “Good News Club”. On its After School Satan Club website, the Satanic Temple says it has been starting...
  • Saudi Threatens 'Dire Implications' Over U.S. Law Allowing 9/11 Victims to Sue

    09/29/2016 9:59:07 AM PDT · by tekrat · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 9/29/2016
    Saudi Arabia could reduce valuable security and intelligence cooperation with longstanding ally Washington after a Congressional “stab in the back” allowing 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom, experts warn. Cutting such cooperation is among the options available to Riyadh after Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). “I’m afraid that this bill will have dire strategic implications” for the United States, Salman al-Ansari, the president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), told AFP.
  • Deutsche Bank can only be saved by the German government, strategist says

    09/29/2016 9:28:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2016/09/29 | Matt Clinch
    Deutsche Bank can only be saved by the German government, strategist says Matt Clinch | @mattclinch81 Only a substantial intervention by the German government can stop the collapse of the country's largest lender, Deutsche Bank, according to Stefan Müller, the CEO of Frankfurt-based boutique research company DGAW. "Deutsche Bank doesn't realize that something serious needs to happen," he told CNBC via telephone on Thursday morning. "(CEO John) Cryan clearly showed that he has no idea how to survive." The embattled German lender saw a respite on Wednesday from hefty selling seen in previous sessions amid contradictory reports on whether the...
  • North Korean Soldier Defects to South Korea

    09/29/2016 9:23:57 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 18 replies
    ElVocero.com (Spanish) ^ | September 29, 2016 | AP
    <p>SEOUL, South Korea - A North Korean soldier crossed the border that separates the country from one of its major rivals, South Korea, to defect, the South Korean Army announced on Thursday.</p> <p>The military authorities are now investigating the North Korean soldier who defected by crossing the central-eastern zone of the military demarcation line located inside the 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) wide Demilitarized Zone that separates the two countries, the South Korea Defense High Command said.</p>
  • Did Clinton's E-mail Server Help Betray Iranian Scientist?

    09/29/2016 9:12:27 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 August 2016 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    State-sponsored hackers penetrate the systems of other nations. It happens regularly. The United States does it. China does it. Russia does it. Iran does it. Sometimes, hacking reveals that someone in the hacking nation is working with the enemy. When that happens, someone dies. Sometimes, a secretary of state receives e-mails — on her unsecured, private e-mail server — about an Iranian scientist who is providing information to the United States and then that scientist is later executed for espionage.Throughout the scandal surrounding her use of an unsecured, private e-mail server, Hillary Clinton claimed that she “never sent or received...
  • Obama Officials Wonder: Why Won’t the Boss Stand Up to Putin?

    09/29/2016 9:04:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef and Shane Harris
    Russia and Syria appeared to attack two more hospitals and a bakery in the already besieged eastern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, in an aggressive push to seize and starve the city—home to as many as 100,000 children—back into regime control. So how will the Obama administration respond to an increasingly provocative Russia? For now, it won’t. There is an unspoken understanding within the administration that despite the many provocations Russia has carried out in Syria, there will be no major American response, a position that increasingly is drawing the ire of top national security officials, three U.S. officials told...
  • Four Pakistani teenagers are arrested after being accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old boy (TR)

    09/29/2016 8:18:45 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 28, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    Four Pakistani teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of gang-rape They are accused of attacking a fellow Pakistani teenager at Lesbos campThe group also face pornography charges for allegedly filming the attack Some 5,000 people are currently living at the Moira migrant camp in Lesbos Four Pakistani teenagers have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 16-year-old boy in a Greek migrant camp and recording it on their mobile phones. The 16 and 17-year-olds were detained at the Moira camp on the island of Lesbos on Sunday and now face felony rape and child pornography charges. The four are accused of...
  • Indian Army strikes terrorists across LoC (Pakistan): Years of Indian indecision, inaction end

    09/29/2016 7:50:05 AM PDT · by jennychase · 20 replies
    Hindutan Times ^ | 9/29/2016 | Brahma Chellaney
    Although a limited but unprecedented action, in which Indian paratroopers destroyed multiple terrorist launchpads, it will help to dispel the sense of despair that had gripped India over its prolonged failure to respond to serial Pakistan-backed terrorist attacks.
  • Royal visit: ...and no high-5 from Prince George (Trudeau snubbed by 3 year old)

    09/29/2016 7:00:55 AM PDT · by jerod · 4 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Posted: Sep 28, 2016 4:52 PM E | By Thomas Daigle
    ROYAL VISIT: First Nations, fashion and no high-5 from Prince George: How the royal tour is seen in Britain The star power of Prince William and Kate and the overseas popularity of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, have combined to make a British tabloid editor's dream come true. But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip to Canada's Pacific coast is also giving Britons a look at regions and issues that would usually go unnoticed on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean. Several British news outlets have sent their royal correspondents on the 7,600-kilometre...
  • Expert: China-Made Aircraft Carrier May Enter Water At Year End

    09/29/2016 6:11:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    China Military Online ^ | September 28, 2016
    BEIJING --- Photos about the progress of China's first home-made aircraft carrier were revealed online again lately. Britain's Jane's Defence Weekly claimed that the carrier island is already lifted in place, a milestone before China's second aircraft carrier enters water. Military expert Cao Weidong said in an interview that China's first home-made aircraft carrier is likely to have Active Phased Array Radar (APAR) and can carry 40-50 aircraft of various types at most. Laser weapon will probably find its way to future carriers and large vessels too. According to Cao, carrier island installation is the last step of building the...
  • Meet the New Authoritarian Masters of the Internet

    09/29/2016 5:54:24 AM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Sep 2016 | John Hayward
    President Barack Obama’s drive to hand off control of Internet domains to a foreign multi-national operation will give some very unpleasant regimes equal say over the future of online speech and commerce. In fact, they are likely to have much more influence than America, because they will collectively push hard for a more tightly controlled Internet, and they are known for aggressively using political and economic pressure to get what they want. Here’s a look at some of the regimes that will begin shaping the future of the Internet in just a few days, if President Obama gets his way.
  • U.S. boots on ground in Iraq to rise to 5,000

    09/29/2016 5:42:59 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    news-daily.com ^ | 28 Sept 2016 | By TN News Service
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it is sending another 600 troops to Iraq, raising the U.S. military presence in that war-torn country to some 5,000 American soldiers and special forces. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the additional troops. He said, “The coalition to defeat ISIL continues to achieve results on the battlefield, and I congratulate Iraqi security forces on their recent progress, including the operation to free Sharqat. The coalition will continue to increase the pressure on ISIL in Mosul and wherever it seeks refuge in Iraq. “In anticipation of the Mosul fight, the United States...
  • Congress Can Save the Internet

    09/29/2016 5:38:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 11, 2016 | L. Gordon Crovitz
    The White House will end U.S. oversight at month’s end, unless lawmakers step in. resident Obama wants this to be the last month of an open, uncensored internet guaranteed by the U.S. government. His plan to end American stewardship would hand new power to authoritarian governments offended by the internet as we know it. The good news is it appears congressional leaders have agreed to rescue the internet in time to prevent the Sept. 30 expiration of U.S. oversight. Sen. Ted Cruz, who has pushed hard against the plan since it was announced two years ago, told me last week...
  • Islamic-State-battle-Dabiq-US-special-forces-town-ancient-apocalypse-prophecy

    09/29/2016 4:30:46 AM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 6 replies
    Express.co.uk ^ | 09/29/2016 | Tom Batchelor
    ISIS prepares for FINAL BATTLE: US troops 3 MILES from site of ancient APOCALYPSE prophecy Sounds like a shootout at the Coming of the Mahdi Corral. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/715334/Islamic-State-battle-Dabiq-US-special-forces-town-ancient-apocalypse-prophecy
  • FBI WARNS OF "TERRORIST DIASPORA" OF ISIS MIGRANTS TO WEST

    09/29/2016 3:11:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 29, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    He might want to talk to his boss about it. Because his boss is the one bringing them here to enrich us and become "part of our story". Just like in New York, Boston and Orlando. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies worry that a surge of violent extremists will eventually move from ISIS-controlled areas in Syria and Iraq into Western nations with the aim of committing terrorist attacks, FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Tuesday. "The caliphate will be crushed," but hundreds of people will remain and become part of a "terrorist diaspora" in the next two to five...
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  • Kashmir attack: India 'launches strikes against militants'

    09/29/2016 1:26:01 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/29/2016 | BBC
    India's army says it has carried out 'surgical strikes" against suspected militants along the de-facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir. The operation was aimed at preventing a series of attacks being planned..... Pakistani army officials said the fighting started in the early hours of the morning and continued for about six hours. The country's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, criticized the "unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces" and said his military was capable of thwarting "any evil design to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan."....
  • Pakistan humiliated by south Asian countries' boycott of summit

    09/29/2016 12:09:51 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 28 Sep 2016 | Jon Boone, Michael Saafi
    India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan cite regional interference as they pull out of what was set to be a historic meeting Four south Asian countries are to boycott what was set to be a historic regional summit in Islamadad in November, dealing a humiliating blow to Pakistan and isolating it diplomatically. India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan all said they would pull out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting following a collapse in relations between Pakistan and India, the subcontinent’s nuclear-armed rivals. Statements by the region’s foreign ministries echoed India’s criticism on Tuesday night, which blamed “increasing...
  • The Navy’s New Stealth Destroyer Has Watered Down Capabilities, Questionable Future

    09/28/2016 11:43:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Next month the first DDG-1000 Zumwalt class stealth destroyer will be commissioned into US Navy service. The program has been through three name changes since it began two decades ago and the design’s planned production run has been slashed dramatically from nearly three dozen hulls to a measly three. The truth is that the assault on the Zumwalts started long before production was cut. The ship you see today, even in all its exotic glory, is the sad result of a long series of illogical cost-cutting initiatives and spastic fiscal re-prioritizations by the Navy. These misguided measures left the final...
  • Exclusive: U.S. approves Boeing, Lockheed fighter jet sales to Gulf - sources

    09/28/2016 11:12:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 28, 2016 | Andrea Shalal
    The United States on Wednesday began notifying lawmakers that it has approved $7 billion in long-stalled sales of Boeing Co (BA.N) fighter jets to Kuwait and Qatar, and more than $1 billion in Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) jets to Bahrain, sources familiar with the decision said. The sales had been pending for more than two years amid concerns raised by Israel, Washington's closest Middle East ally, that arms sold to Gulf Arab states could be used against it, and criticism of Qatar for alleged ties to armed Islamist groups. U.S. officials began notifying lawmakers informally about the sale of 36...