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  • Vote on Srebrenica resolution delayed by Russian veto threat

    07/07/2015 3:45:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2015 6:35 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a British-drafted resolution that would condemn the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as “a crime of genocide” until Wednesday after Russia informed council members it would veto the measure. Supporters of the resolution had been hoping for its unanimous approval to mark the 20th anniversary of the slaughter by Bosnian Serbs of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys who had sought refuge at what was supposed to be a U.N.-protected site. But leaders of the Bosnian Serbs and Serbia, who have close religious and cultural ties to Russia, have...
  • Chairman Royce Comments on Latest Iran Extension Announcement

    07/07/2015 2:51:56 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    foreignaffairs.house.gov ^ | Jul 7, 2015 | Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
    What is the rush? asks Foreign Affairs Chair Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement after it was announced that negotiations surrounding Iran’s nuclear program will be extended until July 10th: “While negotiations with Iran can’t continue forever, there is no push from Congress to conclude negotiations in the next few days. The only one pushing to get this done quickly – and reduce congressional scrutiny – is the Obama Administration. If the Administration negotiates a sound agreement, it should be able to withstand congressional scrutiny for 30,...
  • The Most Idiotic Comment in Presidential History

    07/07/2015 2:34:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, President Obama spoke about his new strategy to take on the terrorist entity Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In doing so, he explained that the battle against that terrorist group — a group he had once termed "JV" — would amount to a "generational struggle." Why would defeating a ragtag army of primitives take generations? Because, Obama explained, "This is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated by guns. They're defeated with better ideas." To cap off this airsickness bag of gobbledygook, Obama then concluded, "We will never be at war with Islam." So let's...
  • Nobel Laureate Says Obama's 'Dead Wrong' on Global Warming

    07/07/2015 1:42:23 PM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 07 Jul 2015 | Melanie Batley
    A Nobel Prize-winning scientist who supported President Barack Obama has said that he does not believe global warming is a problem, and has openly criticized the president for his position on the issue. "I would say that basically global warming is a non-problem," Dr. Ivar Giaever announced during a speech at the 65th Nobel Laureate Conference in Lindau, Germany, last week, according to Climate Depot. Quoting Obama's warning that "no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change," Giaever said it was a "ridiculous statement." "I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you're wrong....
  • TEDxAcademy - Yanis Varoufakis - A Modest Proposal for Transforming Europe (bypass of old media)

    07/07/2015 1:31:57 PM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 4 replies
    Ted Talks ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Yanis Varoufakis
    Uploaded on Oct 18, 2011 Professor Varoufakis proposes a decentralized system for europe in order to transform it before the crisis of the system crashes Europe. He studies all the different possibilities of actions that can be taken and explains why his proposal is the best option. Studied mathematics at Essex University, received an MSc in mathematical statistics from the University of Birmingham and then, curiously, completed a PhD in... economics at Essex University. Between 1982 and 1988 he taught at the Universities of Essex, East Anglia and Cambridge. From 1988 to 2000 he lived in Sydney, where he lectured...
  • Kim Jong-Un has farmer shot for not producing any lobsters at turtle farm [tr]

    07/07/2015 12:52:41 PM PDT · by pabianice · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/7/15 | Boyle
    Kim Jong-Un said the manager was a 'defeatist' and had him put to death He had been offering field guidance to managers at a terrapin farm The dictator was angered by their inability to breed any lobsters North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ruthlessly executed a 'defeatist' terrapin farm owner after reacting furiously to the farm on a tour in May. Following the embarrassing tour, Kim reportedly lashed out at the owner, promising 'grave consequences' for not producing any lobsters. According to Daily NK, the dictator was enraged by the farm not keeping the tanks clean and allowing several baby...
  • Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House

    07/07/2015 12:02:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 26 replies
    CBS ^ | 7 JUL 2015
    WASHINGTON --President Obama said Tuesday that despite differences between the United States and Vietnam over "political philosophy," the two countries are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues. Obama spoke following an Oval Office meeting with Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnam's Communist Party. Trong is the de facto leader of Vietnam despite holding no official government post.
  • In crisis, Chanel becomes more valuable than cash

    07/07/2015 11:57:05 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/7/15 | Ylan Mui
    Even those who have hoarded cash fear that the value of the euro will plummet, or that a return to the drachma could leave them stranded with the wrong currency. And so 48-year-old Sophia Marcoulakis is considering converting her cash into something more stable: a designer handbag. It’s a luxury the mother of two never would have allowed herself before the banks shut down. But now she considers it an investment, a tangible possession that the government cannot take away. “You have a feeling that money has lost its value,” said Marcoulakis, a corporate lawyer. “It’s just a number.”
  • China Bans Use Of Terms “Equity Disaster” And “Rescue The Market"

    07/07/2015 11:28:26 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 7, 3015 | Tyler Durden
    Although it’s not possible to know exactly what the mood is among Party officials in China regarding the inexorable slide in stock prices that’s unfolded over the course of the last three weeks, it’s reasonable to assume that at least some officials in Beijing are in the throes of Politburo panic after watching some $3 trillion in market value disappear into thin (and probably polluted) air. Amid the turmoil, China has resorted to an eye-watering array of policy maneuvers, pronouncements, and plunge protection schemes aimed at arresting the slide. Nothing has worked. Not suspending compulsory liquidation for unmet margin calls,...
  • Seven reasons why Yanis Varoufakis is now a political legend (Humor at EU, "Minister of Awesome")

    Whether you like him or not, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is now a political legend. Here’s why: 1. The way he communicates With his blog and his Twitter account , he speaks directly to the people, his fans and his detractors, when he wants, how he wants it, without the media filter. Non-verbal communication is important too. The infamous video of Varoufakis ‘flipping his middle finger’ to Germany, which caused uproar in German media, may or may not have been faked by a German satirical TV show. In the end it doesn’t really matter. He may have an...
  • Chinese chaos worse than Greece

    07/07/2015 11:18:21 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    News.com.au ^ | July 7, 3015 | FRANK CHUNG and AFP
    WHILE the world worries about Greece, there’s an even bigger problem closer to home: China. A stock market crash there has seen $3.2 trillion wiped from the value of Chinese shares in just three weeks, triggering an emergency response from the government and warnings of “monstrous” public disorder. • LATEST: CHINESE INVESTORS FLEE FOR SAFETY And the effects for Australia could be serious, affecting our key commodity exports and sparking the beginning of a period of recession-like conditions. “State-owned newspapers have used their strongest language yet, telling people ‘not to lose their minds’ and ‘not to bury themselves in horror...
  • NORTH KOREA UNVEILS NEW AIRPORT, EXECUTES ARCHITECT

    07/07/2015 11:13:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/07/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Liberals often wish we had the same infrastructure expansion as Communist China. The Commies are of course famous for getting things done, even if the things are broken, don't work and aren't actually useful. The USSR got a lot of things done that didn't need doing. The end result were actual environmental catastrophes that liberals don't like talking about. Meanwhile here their infrastructure projects are unworkable and can't get done because of their own senseless environmental reviews in which you have to spend years and millions of dollars on consultants just to repair a bridge. Meanwhile North Korea is...
  • Long-Range Bomber May Be In China's Plans

    07/07/2015 10:34:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    China Daily ^ | Jul 7 2015
    A fast-flying, heavy strategic aircraft is needed and long overdue, defense experts say. "Please try your best to develop new bomber aircraft." That was the last wish of the dying Lieutenant General Liu Yudi, 92, a flying ace from the Korean War and a former senior officer of the People's Liberation Army air force. Lying on his deathbed in the PLA Air Force General Hospital in Beijing, the legendary war hero used his last strength to write those words on a piece of paper and give it to General Ma Xiaotian, the air force commander who came to bid him...
  • Where Are the China Hawks?

    07/07/2015 10:30:26 AM PDT · by Theoria · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03 June 2015 | Peter Beinart
    On Monday, Lindsey Graham announced his presidential candidacy in a speech devoted mostly to foreign policy. He mentioned variations of the word “Islam” six times. He said “the nuclear ambitions of the radical Islamists who control Iran” constitute the “biggest threat” to the United States. He twice emphasized his devotion to Israel. And once, about halfway through his remarks, he mentioned China. In American politics today, especially in the GOP, Graham’s priorities are typical. Two years ago, during Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel’s contentious seven-and-a-half-hour grilling by the Armed Services Committee, senators mentioned Israel 178 times and Iran 171...
  • Defense Secretary Carter says just 60 Syrian rebels in training

    07/07/2015 10:11:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    AP and FoxNews ^ | July 7, 2015 | Staff
    President Obama's $500 million plan to raise an army of Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State horde is falling far short of its target, attracting only a few dozen recruits to the cause. "As of July 3, we are currently training about 60 fighters," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told lawmakers Tuesday.
  • World’s Oldest Active Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat Set to Be Museum Ship in India

    07/07/2015 9:58:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | 06 Jul 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    INS Viraat on its 50th anniversary in 2009. Indian Navy Photo The oldest active aircraft carrier in the world will be converted into a docked museum when the ship, now in the Indian Navy, decommissions next year. INS Viraat (R-22) was commissioned in 1959 into the Royal Navy as HMS Hermes (R-12), the last of the Centaur-class conventional aircraft carriers. It was transferred to India in 1987 after undergoing refits and equipment upgrades, according to The Tribune in India. After 57 years of service life, the ship will decommission in 2016. The Tribune reported that Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation...
  • PM's floating fighter jet plan quietly sunk by Defence (Australia)

    07/07/2015 9:54:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Financial Review, Australia ^ | Jul 7 2015 | John Kerin
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott's proposal to put F-35 fighter jets on the Navy's two 27,000-tonne troop transport assault ships has been quietly dropped ahead of the government's defence white paper after it was found the ships would require extensive reworking and the project was too costly. Mr Abbott asked defence planners in May last year to examine the possibility of putting up to 12 of the short-take-off and vertical-landing F-35 Bs on to the two ships – the largest in the Navy – which carry helicopters and are likely to be primarily used to transport troops and equipment to war...
  • This Is A Fully Armed F-15SA, The Most Advanced Production Eagle Ever (for Saudi Arabia)

    07/07/2015 9:46:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05 Jul 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    The F-15SA is the most advanced production F-15 Eagle ever built. Saudi Arabia ordered 84 new build F-15SAs and close to 70 kits to upgrade their existing F-15S fleet to the SA configuration. Just one part of this upgrade is the activation of Eagle’s outboard wing stores stations, which will expand the jet’s already heavy combat punch. Update: Boeing reached out to tell us they’re marketing the F-15SA configuration for export to other potential users as the “F-15 Advanced.” The F-15SA is an incredibly capable machine, featuring some key changes from its progenitor, the F-15E Strike Eagle. These include a...
  • Kenyan Leader: If Obama Brings 'Gay Agenda, We Will Tell Him to Shut Up and Go Home'

    07/07/2015 9:09:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/7/2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    When he visits his father’s homeland in Africa later this month, President Obama is expected to run into vocal opposition over his administration’s high-profile promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. Obama’s trip to Kenya, his first as president, is scheduled to take place four weeks after the White House was bathed in rainbow colors to mark the U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that same-sex marriage is a right. At a small pro-family demonstration at the parliament in Nairobi Monday, organized by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, participants called on the American president not to raise the subject...
  • US says Iran interim deal extended to Friday (another extension of sanction relief)

    07/07/2015 8:26:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Bankok Post ^ | 7 Jul 2015 at 20:44
    VIENNA - The terms of the 2013 interim nuclear deal between Iran and major powers have been extended until Friday, the US said Tuesday, meaning this is the new effective deadline for talks on a final deal. "To allow for the additional time to negotiate, we are taking the necessary technical steps for the measures of the Joint Point of Action (the 2013 agreement) to remain in place through July 10," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
  • Illegal immigrant leaves blood on the streets of Omaha

    07/07/2015 7:35:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/07/2015 | By Robert Klein Engler
    On Sunday morning, June 22, 2014, Edward Horowitz, M.D. was crossing with the green light at 38th Street and Dodge, in Omaha, Nebraska.  Out of nowhere came a speeding blue car, which struck Horowitz hard with such a “horrific bang” that he was thrown against the window of a U-Hall van stopped for the red light.  He later died. The woman driving the U-Haul became hysterical.  A witness said a blue car hit Dr. Horowitz while he was walking in the crosswalk.  The driver of the car that hit Dr. Horowitz then sped off. div class="article_body bottom"> The driver...
  • WHO: Governments Need to Tax Cigarettes by 75 Percent or More

    07/07/2015 7:07:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 7/7/2015 | Liz Klimas
    In its latest report on the “global tobacco epidemic,” the World Health Organization says that raising taxes is the No. 1 way to reduce use of the substance that can be harmful to human health. The sweet spot, it says, is taxing products about 75 percent of their retail price. “Raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to reduce consumption of products that kill, while also generating substantial revenue,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said in a statement. “I encourage all governments to look at the evidence, not the industry’s arguments,...
  • Israel, China in Talks to Become Major Financial Allies

    07/07/2015 6:57:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 7, 2015 | Ari yashar
    Israel has been rapidly expanding ties with leading Asian nations even as threats of boycotts continue to emanate from Europe, and a major breakthrough regarding Israel's presence in Asia appears to be imminent as the state moves towards a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. Chinese media began discussing the prospect of a FTA with Israel last December, and on Monday Economics Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) met in Jerusalem with Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin for the first time to discuss establishing a free trade zone. In the meeting Deri expressed Israel's strong desire to establish a free trade...
  • Donald Trump Unloads on Immigration Critics: ‘The United States Has Become a Dumping Ground’

    07/07/2015 6:20:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 134 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 6 July 2015
    NEW YORK (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stood firm Monday on his description of Mexican immigrants as criminals. The businessman, under fire from critics in and out of his party, issued a lengthy statement refusing to back off comments he made in the speech launching his presidential bid last month. In it, he called Mexican immigrant criminals and rapists, prompting several businesses, including NBC, Univision and Macy’s, to cut ties with Trump. In his new statement, Trump said “the Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States” and claimed that in many cases, they...
  • Stock bubble in China is bursting

    07/07/2015 6:15:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/07/15 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Looking to bargain hunt the recent plunge in Chinese stocks—bid up in an "enormous speculative frenzy" over the past year—would be like "catching a falling knife," former Morgan Stanley Asia Chairman Stephen Roach said Tuesday, just days after returning from a trip to China. Chinese stocks were volatile again overnight, but closed well off session lows, as investors remained doubtful of the efficacy of Beijing's recent market rescue measures. "The bubble is bursting" and predicting the bottom is anyone's guess, Roach told CNBC's "Squawk Box" in an interview. He added, however, that China's efforts to transform its economy remain unchanged....
  • Hillary Flashback: Sanctuary Cities Keep All Citizens Safe

    07/07/2015 6:11:45 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Brietbart ^ | July 6, 2015 | Pam Key
    On Sept. 6, 2007 at Dartmouth College while debating during her last attempt to become president, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton supported sanctuary cities saying they help ensure the “personal safety and security of all the citizens.” [Snip] When pressed if that means she supports the sanctuary cities policy Clinton replied, “Well, I don’t think there is any choice.”
  • Illegal Immigrant Deported 6 Times Charged in Felony Hit-and-Run of Family that Injured ... Children

    07/07/2015 6:01:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Brietbart ^ | July 7, 2015 | Brandon Darby
    Complete Headline: Illegal Immigrant Deported 6 Times Charged in Felony Hit-and-Run of Family that Injured Young Children A six-time-deported illegal immigrant is charged in the felony hit-and-run of an Arizona mother and her two young children. The man allegedly admitted to being high on marijuana while causing the severe lacerations to a five-year-old boy. The five-year-old and a two-year-old were both taken to an area hospital.
  • Jimmy Carter: America in 'Inevitable Decline,' Not Obama's Fault

    07/07/2015 5:52:35 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    From the man who brought you malaise, now an even more depressingly negative view of America . . . On today's Morning Joe, Jimmy Carter declared that America is in "inevitable decline." But no finger-pointing at President Obama, please: Carter declared that the decline is "not because of any defect or fault on the part of the President of the United States." Cue the Cole Porter: it's just one of those things. View the video here.
  • Obama on ISIS Threat: "Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns, They Are Defeated By Better Ideas"

    07/06/2015 2:04:17 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 136 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 7/6/15 | i schwarz
    After consulting with military leaders at the Pentagon this afternoon President Obama held a press conference on the growing threat of ISIS. President Obama declared the United States "will never be at war with Islam." Obama also said, "ideologies are not defeated with guns but better ideas." "We'll constantly reaffirm through words and deeds that we will never be at war with Islam," President Obama said Monday afternoon. "We are fighting terrorists who distort islam and its victims are mostly Muslims." "This challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort," the president said. "Ideologies are not defeated...
  • As Greece collapses, the big loser is socialism

    07/07/2015 2:44:01 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Stephen Moore
    There are no “good” options for now to end this Greek tragedy. It’s best for Greece to take the least bad option, which would be forced bankruptcy. Let Greece go bankrupt. And then let this once rich nation, hit the restart button to rebuild its economy. What I’m suggesting for Greece is what we might call the Detroit option. Put Greece under receivership and let these new authorities figure out how to manage the debt and decide who will take a hair cut – pensioners, bond holders, welfare recipients, government workers, the IMF. It’s tough love, but it’s the only...
  • Pro-Marxist Sells Greece to Moscow

    07/06/2015 6:19:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | July 6, 2015 | By Cliff Kincaid
    The coverage of the economic disaster in Greece, a strategic NATO country, has mostly ignored the role of Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the growing global turmoil. Reports continue to circulate that a new European Union (EU) bailout deal with Greece is possible, as Yanis Varoufakis, a self-described “erratic Marxist,” has resigned as finance minister. But these developments appear to be for the purpose of diverting attention away from the fact that Greece has already become, in effect, a satellite of Moscow. The Greek regime is a Moscow-backed left-right coalition led by Alexis Tsipras, the pro-Marxist and pro-Russia head of Greece’s...
  • The GOP’s Snake Oil Salesmen

    07/07/2015 12:38:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 6, 2015 | Noah Rothman, Asst. Online Editor & former Opie & Anthony Show intern
    Amid a truly devastating period for conservative culture warriors, the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat observed last week that those who consider themselves allies of the social conservative movement so often do it a disservice. “Politicians who stand with them on policy mislead them on politics,” he observed. The events that occurred following this remark proved Douthat prescient. Prisoners as they are of the news cycle, Republicans in the political consulting class have taken to rending garments over the reality television star Donald Trump’s alleged entry into the presidential race (a complete financial disclosure must be filed in 10...
  • Eric Holder: The Justice Department could strike deal with Edward Snowden

    07/06/2015 11:23:41 PM PDT · by South40 · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6 JUL 2015 | Michael Isikoff
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder said today that a “possibility exists” for the Justice Department to cut a deal with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that would allow him to return to the United States from Moscow. In an interview with Yahoo News, Holder said “we are in a different place as a result of the Snowden disclosures” and that “his actions spurred a necessary debate” that prompted President Obama and Congress to change policies on the bulk collection of phone records of American citizens.
  • Irish teens in danger of becoming “jihadist brides”

    07/06/2015 10:24:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 06, 2015 04:28 AM | Jane Walsh
    Large numbers of young women are being lured from Europe to join the Islamic State militant group and become “jihadist brides,” and a leading academic says there are growing concerns that Irish teens could be duped online. Dr. Maura Conway, a senior lecturer in international security at the School of Law and Government in Dublin City University, says it’s important that parents and the government recognize the threat. “Islamic State (ISIL) is increasingly reaching out, so literally any young person, anywhere, could be influenced by their message,” Dr. Conway told the Sunday Independent. […] Last week, parents from Ireland’s Muslim...
  • Muslim leaders in Ireland split on plan to protest ISIS atrocities

    07/06/2015 10:17:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 04, 2015 06:43 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    Muslims in Ireland will hold a demonstration in Dublin to protest the violence inspired by terror group Islamic State. Three Irish people were gunned down in Tunisia by an ISIS fanatic while they were on vacation there. The “Not in Our Name” protest will take place at O’Connell Street on Sunday, July 26, reports the Irish Examiner. However, the leader of Ireland’s biggest mosque in Clonskeagh, Dublin, has refused to take part. Dr. Ali Salem, head of the Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland, which is part of the mosque, stated the organization had never been consulted. “If the biggest Islamic...
  • Low Turnout Marks Anti-Gay Demonstration in Kenya

    07/06/2015 10:14:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    kswo ^ | 7/6
    <p>A demonstration against homosexuality in Kenya fizzled Monday after attracting only a handful of protesters.</p> <p>The demonstration by about 35 people was called by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya and timed to coincide with the visit later this month of U.S. President Barack Obama. The group is calling on Obama not to advocate for gay rights during his visit to Africa July 24-28.</p>
  • China stocks extend falls, defying government efforts

    07/06/2015 10:10:14 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 13 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 7/7/2015 | Staffer
    Chinese shares sank further Tuesday, defying government efforts to arrest a precipitous fall that has wiped an estimated $3.2 trillion off markets and threatens the world's number two economy. The government over the weekend announced a halt to initial public offerings (IPOs) and moves to pour funds into the market to end three weeks of plunging prices. Analysts say the heavy-handed intervention throws into question the pace of China's economic reforms and the ability of the government to deflate what many describe as a stock market bubble. At midday on Tuesday, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was down 3.18 percent,...
  • CRUZ: It’s Time to Tell The American People the Truth about President Obama’s Sham Deal with Iran

    07/06/2015 8:16:03 PM PDT · by Isara · 13 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/06/15
    Cruz Calls upon Hillary Clinton, Other Presidential Candidates to Publicly Acknowledge Negotiations with Iran Will Not Make Us Safer and Demand that Sec. Kerry Leave Vienna ImmediatelyHOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding the disastrous nuclear deal the Obama Administration is trying to make with Iran:“It is time to acknowledge that the Iran talks have been a disaster. Today I am calling upon former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, under whose leadership this bad deal began, and other Presidential candidates to join me in demanding that Secretary Kerry stop negotiating with this hostile and...
  • Kenya protesters warn Obama not to bring up gay rights in visit

    07/06/2015 5:34:59 PM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | July 6, 2015 | Raphael Ambasu
    Nairobi (AFP) - Kenyan anti-gay protesters marched in Nairobi Monday warning US President Barack Obama not to speak about gay rights when he visits the country of his ancestors later this month. "We do not want Obama and Obama, we do not want Michelle and Michelle," they chanted. "We want Obama and Michelle and we want a child!" "It is important for us as Kenyans to know that the US is not God, and thus we cannot follow them blindly," said protest organiser and evangelical Christian pastor Bishop Mark Kariuki. Kariuki said Obama was welcome to visit "his father's home"...
  • Obama administration likely to block new Redskins stadium

    07/06/2015 5:32:50 PM PDT · by dennisw · 34 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 07/01/15 | By Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration will likely block Washington, D.C., authorities from building a new stadium for the NFL's Washington Redskins because of objections to the team’s name. The National Park Service (NPS) owns the land under the 54-year-old Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, a venue two miles east of the Capitol that hosted the Redskins from 1961 to 1996. Some city leaders want to demolish the current stadium and build a new one to lure the football team back from suburban Maryland. But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, whose department includes the NPS, told D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in April that, unless...
  • Border Force: what is it, and why do we need it? (Australia's new border security agency)

    07/06/2015 5:22:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 6th July 2015
    AUSTRALIANS leaving for holidays at the weekend will have noticed new signage at airport departure terminals announcing a new force watching us. Even the plastic tape marking queue lines to official counters proclaimed this new instrument of regulation and policing: Border Force. However, few of those travellers would have noticed anything else different, even though this agency is one of the most powerful in the country and one of the most important politically for the Abbott Government. It is another element of its promise to voters to “stop the boats”. The new body essentially combined the frontline functions of Customs...
  • Greek Debt Crisis Threatens Flow of Imports

    07/06/2015 4:29:59 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 6, 2015 | Juliet Samuel and Monica Houston-Waesch
    Greek voters’ decisive rejection of international creditors’ bailout terms adds to the pressure on foreign exporters already worried about getting paid for imports into Greece during the country’s capital controls. Some exporters have reduced the flow to Greece or insisted on payments upfront, while others keep up the imports into the country despite the increasing chance they won’t get paid. European pharmaceutical companies, for instance, are owed more than €1 billion for drugs and other goods already imported. snip Greece produces just 63% of the pork and 13% of the beef consumed in the country, according to government data. The...
  • White House Officials Plot Ways to Pressure Lawmakers Into Supporting Iran Deal (prepare for "war")

    07/06/2015 3:40:42 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 6, 2015 4:18 pm | Adam Kredo
    VIENNA—White House officials on Monday held a private conference call with liberal organizations to discuss ways of pressuring Democrats and other lawmakers on Capitol Hill into supporting a nuclear deal with Iran that is expected to be finalized in the coming days, according to an audio recording of that call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The call, in which there were more than 100 participants, was organized by the liberal pro-Iran group Ploughshares Fund, which has spent millions of dollars to slant Iran-related coverage and protect the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts. The White House officials described a nuclear deal...
  • Obama: Violent Extremism Not Restricted To One Group,US Has "All Kinds" Of Terrorism

    07/06/2015 3:26:09 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Pam Key
    Monday at the Pentagon, after meeting on the military efforts against ISIS with his national security team, President Barack Obama urged caution to the America people and said that not only Muslims commit acts of terror, saying, “Here in the United States, we’ve all kinds of home grown terrorism.”
  • ISIS Brings Reinforcements to Target the Pyramids and Sphinx

    07/06/2015 2:33:42 PM PDT · by pabianice · 56 replies
    ISIS has announced that it is setting its sights on Egypt’s pyramids, the Sphinx of Giza, and the country's unique historic monuments in general, after its savage vandalism and looting of other precious world heritage sites. The Islamic State is rushing reinforcements to Egypt from Libya and Iraq for its battle with Egyptian forces in northern Sinai, which went into its fifth day Sunday, July 5, and other offensives, debkafile’s intelligence and counter-terror sources report. After sustaining hundreds of casualties, both sides claim to have won the upper hand but the tenacious struggle is not over. An Islamist manpower pool...
  • Linda Chavez: No, Trump Does Not Have a Point on Immigration

    07/06/2015 2:09:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/06/2015 | Linda Chavez
    Donald Trump’s outrageous comments about Mexican immigrants in his announcement speech two weeks ago should have been an occasion for conservatives to say that we have no room for bigots in our midst. Instead, a host of conservatives, from Ted Cruz to National Review’s own Rich Lowry, have defended his message, if not the crude way he expressed it: When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best . . . They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume,...
  • "I'm HISPANIC and I'm NOT Offended by Trump's Remarks..."

    07/06/2015 2:04:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/6/15 | @JoetheMailman (twitter)
    I'm HISPANIC and I'm NOT Offended by Trump's remarks~ DUMP Macy's Stock ~ Support Donald's right to "FREE Speech
  • Cleric said to be behind Tunisian beach massacre is living on benefits in Britain

    07/06/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/06/2015 | By Victoria Ward
    Hani-al-Sibai, described as a 'key influencer' of Tunisian terror group, lives in a Ł1 million house on a leafy street in fashionable west London _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A leader of the terrorist group suspected of being behind the Tunisian beach massacre is living in benefits in Britain. Hani al-Sibai, an al-Qaeda cleric suspected of radicalising "Jihadi John", lives in a Ł1 million house leafy street in fashionable west London. He is said to be one of the "key influencers" of the Islamic fanatics believed to have recruited and trained gunman Seifeddine Rezgui. Egyptian-born al-Sibai, 54, reportedly lives on Ł50,000 a year in...
  • Mainstream Scream: Katie Couric presses Ted Cruz about 'empathy' for illegals [VIDEO]

    07/06/2015 1:59:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/06/2015 | Paul Bedard
    This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Yahoo's Katie Couric, who last week interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texan running for president, about his hardline against illegal immigration. It was loaded from the start. For Couric, it comes down to one word: empathy. On Yahoo News Monday, Couric said: "Well, let's talk immigration, because I'm very curious about your views on that. I know you've staunchly oppose President Obama's executive actions on immigration. You've worked to block every legislative effort to allow undocumented immigrants to remain legally in this country. So, given the fact that your father immigrated here from Cuba,...
  • Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Donald Trump

    07/06/2015 1:56:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 07/06/2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    They’re all hating on him now, but the fact is, when they’re just among themselves, Mexico’s elites roundly agree with The Donald on Mexican immigrants. Of the many different reactions to Donald Trump’s inaccurate and insulting comments about how Mexican migrants to the United States come from the bottom of the barrel, one of the most interesting has been that of wealthy and powerful Mexican elites who are suddenly long on indignation and outrage but short on memory and self-awareness. That’s because Trump’s dismissive comments about how the United States has become a “dumping ground” for castaways from Mexico sound...