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  • With Troops On the Ground, Did Russia Just Take Over OPEC?

    10/06/2015 3:00:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | October 6,2015 | Mark Mills
    Here's the rub: A new normal price of even $60 remains economically devastating for OPEC at large, for the Middle East, and, in particular, for Russia. But a $60 price (it's still $45 at press time) would re-ignite a profit-seeking land rush in America's shale fields. Russian oil experts likely remember that the rise of America's shale began when oil was below $60. And it was wildly profitable back then with technology and techniques that were half as efficient as those now available. Thus the emerging global petroleum pricing problem for Russia is severely constrained by the sheer quantity of...
  • France plots next move as Russia extends hold in Syria

    10/06/2015 2:31:51 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    france24 ^ | October 6th, 2015 | by Sophie PILGRIM , in New York
    Western diplomats have been left scrambling to revise their Syria game plans as Russia accelerates its ruthless offensive in the country, with the French seeking leverage over Moscow as its manoeuvres threaten to destabilise the region even further. Not even a week after Moscow launched its first air strikes in Syria, startling its Western counterparts and sending the UN General Assembly into a diplomatic frenzy, the Russians continue to swing at anyone who opposes President Bashar al-Assad, from alleged CIA-trained rebels to Islamic State group militants. They've even 'strayed' into Turkish airspace. Their offensive comes on the back of a...
  • Women Are Committing Suicide 'by the Hundreds' to Escape ISIS' Sex Slavery

    10/06/2015 2:19:38 PM PDT · by detective · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 6, 2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A Yazidi woman who fled captivity at the hands of the Islamic State terror group has claimed that hundreds of others are taking their own lives rather than be subjected to sex slavery by the jihadists. "We just want them to be rescued," Ameena Saeed Hasan said in a CNN report. "Hundreds of girls have committed suicide.
  • Ex-UN President Arrested, Charged For Accepting $1.3MM in Bribes

    10/06/2015 1:36:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/6/15 | Amy Miller
    Today US authorities charged former United Nations General Assembly President John Ashe with accepting over a million dollars in bribes from Chinese real estate mogul Ng Lap Seng in exchange for lucrative government contracts. More via Fox News: In exchange for the money, federal prosecutors say Ashe used his position as Permanent Resident to the United Nations for Antigua and Barbuda and General Assembly head to introduce a U.N. document in support of a real estate project being developed by Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng.Prosecutors say some of the bribe money was used to pay for Ashe’s family vacation and...
  • Merkel's office to take lead on refugee crisis amid growing worries

    10/06/2015 1:21:39 PM PDT · by Mariner · 11 replies
    DPA International ^ | October 6th, 2015 | By dpa correspondents
    Berlin (dpa) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's office is to take charge of the German refugee crisis amid signs of deepening concerns in the electorate about the way her government is handling the surge in the numbers of asylum seekers arriving in the nation. Merkel's cabinet is expected to agree on Wednesday to her plan to hand over coordination of the government's response to the crisis to Peter Altmaier, who heads up the chancellor's office in Berlin, officials told dpa. The chancellor's move follows opinion polls pointing to growing disquiet among voters about media coverage of refugees crossing the border into...
  • Five men arrested in terror raids across Sydney following Parramatta shooting

    10/06/2015 1:20:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies ^ | 7th October 2015
    POLICE have arrested five men in raids across Sydney’s west following Friday’s terrorist attack on police headquarters and the murder of Curtis Cheng, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. ..... More than 200 armed officers with the state’s counter-terrorism and homicide commands as well as the Australian Federal Police have arrested five men aged between 16 and 24.
  • U.N. General Assembly president John Ashe accepted over $1M bribes: authorities 

    10/06/2015 1:20:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies ^ | october 6, 2015 | Stephen rex brown
    The former United Nations General Assembly president accepted over $1 million in bribes from Chinese execs that scored him a pricey private basketball court at his Westchester home, authorities charged Tuesday. John Ashe, the former ambassador for Antigua and ceremonial head of the General Assembly accepted at least $500,000 from billionaire Macau developer Ng Lap Seng and $800,000 from Chinese executives in the tech and media industry, according to a criminal complaint.  In addition to the $30,000 basketball court at his Dobbs Ferry home, Ashe spent the dirty money on $50,000 in Rolex watches, and $59,000 in tailored suits ,...
  • Putin's boost in battle against ISIS: China preparing to 'team up with Russia in Syria'

    10/06/2015 1:09:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Express ^ | 10/06/2015 | Rob Virtue
    Russia has carried out a series of deadly airstrikes against the terrorist group over the last few days and Vladimir Putin has now sent the country's most elite special forces team into the war zone. And speculation is heightening that offensive will be bolstered by the China's People's Liberation Army, following a number of reports of military movements in the region backed up by strong words from a senior government member at a United Nations meeting. Reports emanating from the Middle East last week said China was planning on joining the fight against ISIS "in the coming weeks", according to...
  • Top Law Enforcement Official: Terrorists Have Infiltrated U.S. Through Mexico

    10/06/2015 12:34:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 6, 2015
    A few days ago a top law enforcement official finally confirmed that Islamic terrorists have infiltrated the United States through Mexico, a story that Judicial Watch broke last year as part of an ongoing series involving the dangerously porous southern border. Last October JW reported that four members of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), who entered the U.S. through the Mexican border, were arrested in McAllen and Pharr Texas. Then, over the summer, JW reported that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town near...
  • A God who delights in his children's despair

    10/06/2015 12:26:00 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 24 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 10/1/15 | Alec Rooney
    The video was even more heartbreaking than most coming out of Syria. Posted on the newspaper web site, it claims to show a young fighter leaving on his final, suicidal mission against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Fua, Syria. There is no date on the video, but Fua has been the scene of intense fighting for the past few months. He climbs into a Soviet-era armored personnel carrier, probably captured from government forces, which the news story describes as “packed with explosives.” Men are all around him, offering encouragement, taking video with their phones,...
  • Russia offers to reopen military talks with Pentagon over Syrian airstrikes

    10/06/2015 12:21:20 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies ^ | October 6 at 1:52 PM | By Liz Sly, Craig Whitlock and Brian Murphy
    BEIRUT — Russia offered Tuesday to resume talks with the United States on managing separate airstrike operations in Syria, even as the former Cold War foes bicker over Moscow’s objectives in the civil war. The Russian opening for more military-to-military dialogue was welcomed by the Pentagon after urgent appeals for the Kremlin to keep open channels to discuss its widening air campaign in Syria and ways to avoid possible conflicts.
  • The Russian navy created a de facto aerial defense zone to protect its Syria bases

    10/06/2015 12:09:15 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jeremy Bender
    A large deployment of ships that Russia sent to the eastern Mediterranean under the guise of naval exercises at the end of September are actually being used to provide an aerial defense zone for Russian jets, Sam LaGrone reports for USNI News. The "Black Sea-based Russian surface action group" in the eastern Mediterranean are based along Syria's coast by the Bassel al-Assad Airport and the Tartous naval facility, which is home to a Russian port. The ships are intended to provide aerial defense for the Russian aircraft that Moscow is currently using to carry out airstrikes against Syrian rebels throughout...
  • Russia Is Bombing Ambulances in Syria

    10/06/2015 12:07:39 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 55 replies ^ | 10.06.151:08 AM ET | Michael Weiss
    Hunted 10.06.151:08 AM ET Russia Is Bombing Ambulances in Syria Michael Weiss On the same day the U.S. struck a hospital in Afghanistan, Putin’s pilots struck medical facilities and vehicles nowhere near ISIS. Dr. Ammar Martini has a simple question he would like answered: “Why are the Russians bombing my hospitals and ambulances?” One of the cofounders of Orient Humanitarian Relief, a non-profit that provides medical treatment and educational services in northern and central Syria, Martini was recounting to The Daily Beast how Russian airstrikes in the Idlib countryside Saturday destroyed a part of his emergency ambulance center. “They destroyed...
  • Russia says militants in Syria are moving armour close to mosques

    10/06/2015 11:51:43 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 58 replies ^ | 10/06/2015 | Reuters
    Russia says militants in Syria are moving armour close to mosques Reuters – 1 hour 13 minutes ago. MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian defence ministry said its planes had struck 12 Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, saying the militants had begun to move their weapons and armoured vehicles into residential areas to try to protect them. ... "The terrorists are undertaking efforts to move their weapons into the residential areas of cities," the ministry said. "As a rule the militants place armoured vehicles close to mosques knowing very well that we would never target them (mosques)." ... "We...
  • Hillary Clinton calls for no-fly zone in Syria (War with Russia??)

    10/06/2015 11:19:43 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    In an apparent break with the Obama White House, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for the creation of a no-fly zone inside Syria Thursday, the day after Russian warplanes started bombing rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • White House: DOJ investigating US airstrike on Afghan hospital

    10/06/2015 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Foxnews.Com
    The White House announced Tuesday that the Justice Department is investigating the U.S. airstrike on an Afghanistan hospital where aid workers were operating, as the top U.S. commander in the country said the strike was an accident.
  • Islamic halal economy set to grow

    "Dubai (AFP) - The halal economy is set to grow as the world's Muslim population expands and more products are certified to comply with Islamic sharia law, experts said on Tuesday. The range of halal products, from goods not containing pork or alcohol to financial and tourism services, is rising as the global Muslim population grows."
  • ISIS claims deadly attacks on Yemen govt, Arab troops in Aden

    10/06/2015 9:35:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Oct. 6, 2015
    ISIS claims deadly attacks on Yemen govt, Arab troops in Aden DUBAI (AFP) - The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, ISIS, claimed responsibility for deadly attacks Tuesday on the government headquarters and positions of the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni city of Aden. In a statement posted online, the Sunni extremist group said it carried out four suicide bombings against the targets, contradicting accounts from officials that the attacks involved rockets fired by Iran-backed Shiite rebels. ISIS said two attacks targeting the government headquarters at Al-Qasr hotel were carried out using bomb-laden vehicles driven by members it identified...
  • NY Times: The Taliban's new leader is a Pakistani ISI agent/asset.

    10/06/2015 9:06:46 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies ^ | 10/04/2015 | Joseph Goldstein
    He has also benefited from a powerful alliance with the Pakistani military spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, the original sponsor of the Afghan Taliban insurgency. ...snip... Mullah Mansour, a stout man believed to be just under 50, does not, unlike his famously reclusive predecessor, live in hiding. His circumstances are not those of a jihadist leader living a fugitive existence, fearing drone strikes and avoiding cellphones in case they are tracked — in fact, one person who knows him says the Taliban leader owns a cellphone company. Some of the time, he lives in a southern neighborhood of Quetta, Pakistan, known...
  • US Should Attempt To Disarm Russians In Syria: Brzezinski

    10/06/2015 8:16:46 AM PDT · by Fennie · 83 replies
    Press TV ^ | October 6, 2015
    US foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski says the United States should retaliate if Russia does not stop bombing its assets in Syria. Brzezinski, the national security advisor for former President Jimmy Carter, advised President Barack Obama to attempt to disarm the Russians if they keep attacking the CIA-trained militants in Syria. "The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland," Brzezinski wrote in an article published by the Financial Times on Sunday. "They could be 'disarmed' if they persist in provoking the US."
  • Obama authorizes resupply of Syrian opposition

    10/06/2015 8:16:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr, Elise Labott and Jim Acosta,
    President Barack Obama authorized the resupply of Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition as part of a strategy to put pressure on ISIS from the north and strengthen the border, according to two senior administration officials. The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday. CNN reported over the weekend that the President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country. "President Obama was clear that we intend to continue our efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Syria and to keep supporting the...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, the biggest threat to internet, signed (Internet Censorship)

    10/06/2015 7:53:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 10/06/15 | Andrew Griffin
    An agreement that some campaigners have called the "biggest global threat to the internet" has just been signed, potentially bringing huge new restrictions on what people can do with their computers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the conclusion of five years of negotiations, and will cover 40% of the world's economy. Its claimed purpose is to create a unified economic bloc so that companies and businesses can trade more easily — but it also puts many of the central principles of the internet in doubt, according to campaigners. One particularly controversial part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal...
  • President ‘Mumbo-Jumbo’

    10/06/2015 7:46:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | Bret Stephens
    President ‘Mumbo-Jumbo’ Obama’s preferred method for dealing with disagreement is denigration. Bret Stephens David Petraeus testified last month to the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Regarding Syria, the former general and CIA director urged a credible threat to destroy Bashar Assad’s air force if it continues to bomb its own people. He also recommended “the establishment of enclaves in Syria protected by coalition air power, where a moderate Sunni force could be supported and where additional forces could be trained, internally displaced persons could find refuge, and the Syrian opposition could organize.” But Barack...
  • Who Will Save Middle East Christians: Obama or Putin?

    10/06/2015 7:30:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2015 | Fay Voshell
    Few Western foreign policy analysts have taken seriously Vladimir Putin's radical reorientation of Russia from communism back to Russian Orthodox Christianity. Putin is perhaps uniquely qualified to discern that his nation's identity has been for centuries within a spiritual, distinctly Christian narrative and that a violent rending of Russia's historically religious roots led to utter disaster for the Russian peoples. Son of a militant atheist and a pious mother, Putin lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of capitalism as defined in Russian terms. Though raised a secularist, he is now a devout Christian in the...
  • New American Century: Arabic Is Fastest-Growing Language In USA

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

    10/06/2015 6:59:21 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 80 replies ^ | December 26, 2004 | Mark Kramer
    Surprise! The Soviets Nearly Won Afghan War December 26, 2004|Mark Kramer | Mark Kramer is director of the Harvard Cold War studies program and a senior fellow at the university's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies. Twenty-five years ago, on Christmas Eve, Soviet troops marched into Afghanistan with the aim of restoring order in a few months. Nine years later they withdrew amid continued violence. In their wake, civil war erupted and the Taliban rose to power, providing a haven to Al Qaeda. Critics of the U.S. military effort in Iraq often cite the Soviet experience in Afghanistan as...
  • Top International Lawyer: Make Climate Change Illegal And Silence Skeptics Forever

    10/06/2015 6:56:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | James Delingpole
    Climate change is such a pressing, dangerous and universal threat that it should be made illegal under international law, a top barrister has told a conference of leading lawyers in London. Philippe Sands QC, an international law specialist and Professor of Law at University College London, argued that the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) should make it an “obligation under international law” to ensure that global temperatures never rise more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This would follow the precedent of a landmark decision in June this year by a Dutch court as a result of a...
  • Statement by the North Atlantic Council on incursions into Turkey’s airspace by Russian aircraft

    10/06/2015 6:27:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 57 replies
    NATO ^ | Last updated: 05 Oct. 2015 17:23 | NATO
    The North Atlantic Council met today to hold consultations on the potential implications of the recent dangerous military actions of the Russian Federation in and around Syria. Allies expressed their deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs, and Idlib which led to civilian casualties and did not target Da’esh. Allies call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians, to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL, and to promote a solution to the conflict through a political...
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu adopts a rescue dog and the left goes ballistic

    10/06/2015 6:18:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | Carol Brown
    Prime Minister Netanyahu adopted a 10-year-old rescue dog this summer. Apparently his son urged him to do so after hearing that the dog was about to be put down. The left being the left could not allow this to go without comment. I mean, it is outrageous when you think about it! Adopting an elderly dog from a rescue organization. Who does Prime Minister Netanyahu think he is? And so the left weighed in as only they can – with a level of hate and certifiable madness that truly boggles the mind. Israel National News reports:
  • UN releases draft agreement on climate change

    10/06/2015 5:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 10/5/2015 | unknown
    The United Nations on Monday released a first draft of the negotiating text for the major conference on climate taking place in Paris in December. The document is a step forward for the talks, slimming down the text from more than 90 pages earlier this year to just 20. Negotiators from 195 countries are to gather for a new session of talks Oct. 19-23 in Bonn, Germany.
  • Syria’s skies crowded with multiple air forces

    10/06/2015 5:50:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    ABC27 ^ | October 6, 2015 | ROBERT BURNS
    Syria’s skies crowded with multiple air forces ROBERT BURNS, The Associated Press Published: October 6, 2015, 3:18 am | Updated: October 6, 2015, 3:37 am WASHINGTON (AP) — The skies over Syria are increasingly crowded — and increasingly dangerous. The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria’s civil war, sometimes without coordination. And now, it seems, they are at risk of unintended conflict.
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Faces Populist Backlash

    10/06/2015 5:44:46 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 27 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 10/05/2015 | JED GRAHAM
    The biggest trade agreement since NAFTA has run into the most populist presidential campaign in memory. It's a sure bet that sparks will fly. What's not clear is when the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership linking 40% of global GDP and 800 million consumers will come to a vote in Congress — it might have to wait until after the election — much less whether it will pass. After five years of negotiations, trade officials sealed the deal in Atlanta on Monday, but the reception wasn't exactly celebratory. Populism Rises On Left, Right Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries...
  • Putin's fearsome Spetsnaz units are preparing ground assault to 'wipe out' rebels [tr]

    10/06/2015 5:44:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Russia has sent fearsome teams of special forces into Syria to help prop up President Bashar Al Assad, it has been reported. Vladimir Putin's crack Spetsnaz units are said to be preparing a ground assault on rebels fighting the Syrian President – most of whom are backed by the West. They have been ordered to wipe out opponents 'by any means'.
  • End of ISIS? Putin sends in his most ruthless special forces killers to finish off jihadis

    10/06/2015 5:33:14 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 58 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 5th October 2015 | Nick Gutteridge
    'LADIMIR Putin has dispatched his most elite special forces team to Syria to hunt down and wipe out Islamic State (ISIS) militants. The Russian supremo ordered the deployment of soldiers from his fearsome Spetsnaz unit to root out and eliminate packs of fleeing jihadis. A battalion of elite paratroopers also ghosted into the war-torn country this week as Putin ramps up his assault on the Islamist fanatics and rebel forces fighting to topple dictator Bashar al-Assad. The deployment of the Spetsnaz - the elite of the elite in Russia's army who have to undergo a gruelling training programme to earn...
  • The Roots of Obama’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy

    10/06/2015 5:29:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 10-6-15 | The Roots of Obama’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy
    And why the catastrophes are so consistent. Russia’s armed intervention in the Syrian civil war is but the latest foreign policy disaster of Barack Obama’s tenure. Yet Obama has been nothing if not consistent. What many see as bungling, naiveté, or evidence of a plot to destroy America is simply the consequence of a particular view of interstate relations he has openly and frequently endorsed. Obama came into office chanting all the mantras of idealistic internationalism. In contrast to the caricature of George W. Bush as a unilateralist cowboy disdainful of diplomacy, Obama promised to “rebuild the alliances, partnerships, and...
  • Willie Geist: More Laws Won't Stop Bad Guys from Getting Guns

    10/06/2015 4:57:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A week ago, we noted that—negating Nicolle Wallace's notion that the woman who aided the New York prison break shouldn't do any time herself—Willie Geist observed "you can't help convicted murderers escape from jail." An NB reader remarked: "I get the sense that Willie Geist is a good guy trapped inside the leftwing matrix." Far be it from us to cause workplace problems for Willie by praising him too much, but Geist was at it again on today's Morning Joe, this time making some common sense remarks on gun control. After Eugene Robinson praised Australia's "very serious" gun control laws,...
  • Blumenthal announces plan to bring Syrian refugees to U.S. much quicker [eliminate security checks]

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

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

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

    10/06/2015 2:49:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Asia News ^ | 10/5/15 | Christopher Sharma
    Scores of young women from Nepal have been caught up in the sex trade. Rima Basnet and Kamala Tamang (not their real names) are two of them. Rima Basnet is 22. Her painful journey began when she was lured by a job promise that ended up with her becoming a sex slave in Tanzania. “Our job,” she told AsiaNews, "was to dance and satisfy the sexual desires of the customers who came to the club and picked us. We could not tell our families what was happening. The owner always carried a loaded pistol, ready to shoot if we told...
  • NDP continues decline as Tories, Liberals battle for first in new Ipsos poll (Canada)

    10/06/2015 2:03:12 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    Global News ^ | 10/5/2015 | James Armstrong
    With just two weeks left in the federal election campaign, the Conservatives are now the top choice for voters, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted for Global News. But their lead is about as small as it can get-just one percentage point ahead of the Liberals. The poll, conducted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, surveyed 1,441 people online and found that 33 percent of decided voters would vote for the Conservative Party, while 32 percent would vote for the Liberal Party..... The NDP-once the clear frontrunners in the campaign-has dropped to third with 26 percent support...... Tom Mulcair's...
  • The Palestinian connection - From the very beginning

    10/06/2015 12:12:19 AM PDT · by 100American · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 04/24/2001 | ANTHONY C. LOBAIDO
    “In 600 B.C., when Babylon invaded Israel, thousands of Israelis were moved to Babylon (today’s Iraq) and the Edomites were moved into Israel. The Edomites even helped the Babylonians destroy Jerusalem and the temple (Psalm 137). When a remnant of Israel returned after the Babylonian captivity, the Edomites were there to wage war against them while the city and the temple were being rebuilt. “While the scriptures are silent for the 400 years between the book of Malachi and the birth of Jesus, Josephus records the struggle between the Edomeans and the Israelites. This racial division and strife in the...
  • Russia and America prep forces for Arctic war

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

    10/05/2015 9:38:30 PM PDT · by MrShoop · 17 replies
    Argumenty i Fakty (Russian Newspaper) ^ | 10/5/2015 | Natalia Kozhin
    (Google Translation)With the start of operations in Syria began an active information war against Russia. As our country should act in these circumstances? - I would not attach any special significance. We must be prepared for such an attack. Although neither Russian nor American nor European politicians do not like to talk, and carefully avoided the phrase "cold war", but we have a de facto live in a "cold war" with the United States. Not with Europe, and it is with America. Some of its manifestations could be seen in 2008 in South Ossetia, and then during a sharp aggravation...
  • Syria conflict: Turkey summons Russian ambassador a second time

    10/05/2015 8:14:58 PM PDT · by amorphous · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 Oct 2015
    Turkey has again summoned the Russian ambassador after a second violation of its airspace by a Russian warplane operating in Syria in two days. It did the same after the first violation on Saturday, after which two Turkish F-16 jets were scrambled. Turkey said the second violation occurred on Sunday. Nato has urged Russia to end air strikes "on the Syrian opposition and civilians". Russia says it is targeting Islamic State and other Islamists.
  • N. Korea: Student loyalty to Kim Jong Un at all-time low

    10/05/2015 7:57:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Student loyalty to Kim Jong Un at all-time low Lee Sang Yong | 2015-10-05 10:14 Images of Kim Jong Un at a young age utilized in various state-run media for propaganda purposes. Image: Korean Central Television (KCTV) In order to consolidate his legitimacy as a descendant of the Mt. Baekdu bloodline and third generation ruler of the Kim Dynasty, the regime is trying to stimulate the public’s adoration for Kim Jong Un, but inside sources are reporting that school students do not even consider Kim Jong Un to be a real leader. “Ever since Kim Jong Un rose to power,...
  • Saudi opposition clerics make sectarian call to jihad in Syria

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

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

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

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