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  • Female Violence Against Men 'Widespread'

    11/29/2014 1:03:36 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/27/2014 | Avraham Ben Horin, Hezki Ezra
    Female Violence Against Men 'Widespread' As Israel marks Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women, Knesset notes women can be victimizers, too. By Avraham Ben Horin, Hezki Ezra First Publish: 11/27/2014, 7:15 PM Israel marked the UN's International Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women this week, but one Knesset Committee took the opportunity to note that women can be victimizers and not just victims. The Knesset's Internal Affairs and Environmental Protection Committee devoted a special session week to the subject of domestic violence, as part of the Knesset's activities marking November 25, the International Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women, which...
  • Venezuela looks to cut spending as oil prices fall

    11/28/2014 9:48:05 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsday ^ | November 28, 2014
    President Nicolas Maduro is ordering a cut in government spending as Venezuela grapples with a plunge in world oil prices that threatens to bring more hardship for the petroleum-dependent economy. ... More than 95 percent of Venezuela's export earnings come from crude oil exports, and economists say the recent decline in prices will reduce the amount of dollars available for imports when Venezuelans are already suffering from widespread shortages and the world's highest inflation.
  • Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

    11/28/2014 8:45:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 28, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    The first of two 27,000-ton amphibious warships was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on Friday, according to information from the service. HMAS Canberra (L-02) entered the RAN fleet on Friday during a ceremony at the service’s Fleet Base East in Sydney. Canberra and sister ship HMAS Adelaide will be the two largest ships in RAN history as part of about a $2.5 billion (USD) shipbuilding program. The ship’s design is based on a Spanish amphibious assault ship Juan Carlo I and built and designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and BAE Systems Australia. The pair will be the first ships...
  • Fort Carson troops will soon deploy, 'supporting Ukraine'

    11/28/2014 7:38:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies
    gazette.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Tom Roeder
    Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division will lead an American effort to bolster European allies and deter Russian aggression, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. The post just got a team of soldiers back from Germany where they led a NATO exercise, but the new mission is wider and will last longer. "This is not going to be a three-week or a month deployment," said a source at the post familiar with the new mission. The Army hasn't said how long the division troops will be overseas, leaving the deployment indefinite. U.S. European Command said that a 100-soldier team from the 16,000-soldier division...
  • Russian Navy successfully tests new missile

    11/28/2014 7:30:57 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 28, 2014 | By Vladimir Isachenkov
    The Russian Navy on Friday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time in as many months, proving its reliability following a troublesome development. The Defense Ministry said the Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine test-fired a Bulava missile from an underwater position in the Barents Sea. The missile's warheads reached designated targets at a testing range in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula. The Bulava suffered many failures during a decade of tests, raising doubts about the fate of Russia's most expensive and ambitious weapons program since the Soviet collapse. But a series of recent launches has been successful...
  • In Northern Ireland, Immigrants Are Increasingly Met With Fists

    11/28/2014 7:01:33 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 28, 2014 | Douglas Dalby
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland — More than 16 years after the Good Friday peace deal brought real hope that Protestants and Roman Catholics could live together in relative harmony, Northern Ireland is being racked by another wave of violence. The expanding problem appears to be partly racial and partly directed at immigrants of all backgrounds at a time when open borders in the European Union have led more legal migrants to Britain and Ireland in search of work. At the same time, war and economic deprivation have driven waves of legal and illegal migrants toward Europe from Asia, the Middle East...
  • Inside Australia's biggest ever warship: $1.5BILLION monster HMAS Canberra ...

    11/28/2014 6:17:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 29th November 2014 | May Slater
    Australia has officially welcomed its largest ever warship to the Naval fleet in a ceremony at Sydney's Garden Island. Before a cheering crowd of more than 1500 on Friday, NUSHIP Canberra became the HMAS Canberra, entitled to fly the historical white ensign in the name of the nation. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Navy Chief Vice-Admiral Tim Barrett attended the ceremony, together with family members of the ship's 400-strong crew. PM Tony Abbott said it marked a proud day for the Navy and for Australia. 'We are a nation girt by sea. So it is the...
  • Revealed: Vladimir Putin Plotting To Invade Europe

    11/28/2014 4:04:07 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 49 replies
    International Business Times - Australia ^ | 11/28/2014 | Athena Yenko
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a concrete plan of invading Europe, taking it under his total rule. The covert plot was exposed by Germany's well-known newspaper, the BILD, citing credible sources from the intelligence community. Mr Putin's grand plan was reportedly outlined in a supposedly classified document titled "Putin: the new leader of international conservatism." The blueprint was drafted by Moscow's Centre for Strategic Communications...
  • Hungary's Orbán admits he had "uneasy" moments with Putin

    11/28/2014 2:13:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    portfolio.hu ^ | November 24, 2014
    Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has given an interview to Germany newspaper Handelsblatt. According to an abridged version of the interview available online, the PM talked about Ukraine, saying that Hungary needs a neighbour that separates it from Russia. Kiev, however, cannot yet stand on its own feet. That is why a sovereign Ukraine is needed Orbán underlined that it is Hungary’s interest to always have something between itself and Russia and this something could be a sovereign Ukraine. "The country [Hungary] had shared a border with the Soviet Union before and it took a long time before it could...
  • Why Do British Royals Refuse To Visit Israel?

    11/28/2014 1:53:46 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2014 | Elliot Abrams
    The bizarre story of the refusal of British royals to visit Israel, while they are constantly in the Arab world, continues. I wrote about this phenomenon here, last February, when Prince Charles visited Saudi Arabia. As I noted then, the Queen has never set foot in Israel and Prince Charles set foot there briefly only once, for the Rabin funeral. By contrast, in just the month of November 2014 we found Prince Andrew and Prince Harry at what the Foreign Office must have considered a diplomatic necessity: the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Prince Andrew also visited Saudi Arabia (at the...
  • Veterans Slam Obama's Leadership On Iraq (What Leadership?!!!)

    11/28/2014 12:41:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Veterans Day has come and gone, but the Media Research Center’s Dan Joseph had just one question to ask the Iraq War veterans: How do they feel about the Obama administration’s decision to pull all combat troops out of Iraq. In short, they weren’t pleased at all. One veteran called the president a “moron,” and that his friends who died over there would be rolling in their graves over Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq and end combat operations. Others also voiced their opposition to the decision, noting that there’s a reason why civilian control of the military comes with...
  • Should Putin fear the man who ‘pulled the trigger of war’ in Ukraine?

    11/28/2014 12:25:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Lucian Kim
    Igor Girkin, a retired Russian special ops officer also known as Igor Strelkov or simply “Strelok” (Shooter), was the military commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic before getting abruptly recalled to Russia. In an interview published last week in the Russian ultranationalist weekly Zavtra (Tomorrow), Girkin details how he helped instigate the insurrection and active-duty Russian soldiers later intervened to save the rebels from the jaws of defeat. Girkin is a loose cannon. He views himself as a warrior in a bigger war against a godless West that has lost its Christian roots and thirsts for Russia’s resources to...
  • Is This Song Racist or Reality? [Lyrics of, "Ahmed Loves Israel"]

    11/28/2014 12:02:01 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 1 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/26/2014 | The Jewish Press
    Amir Benayoun is a popular Mizrachi Israeli singer/composer with a small problem. He's not left-wing, and sometimes his songs are political commentary -- and not from a left-wing perspective. This past week he released a song called "Ahmed Loves Israel" (song and translated lyrics below) In particular, it reminds the listeners that the Arab terrorists in Har Nof Massacre, in the Merkaz HaRav Massacre, in the Rechavam Ze'evi assassination, in the Yehuda Glick assassination attempt, and in many of the other terror attacks worked near the places where they committed their terror attacks, and they seemed normal, until they weren't....
  • Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest

    11/28/2014 11:52:37 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Bitawi says 30-year-old Patrick Corsi was shot during a peaceful protest Friday in the village of Kufr Qadom, near Nablus. -snip- The Israeli military said it opened fire on the demonstrators with low caliber bullets after tear gas and other crowd control measures failed to stop them from burning tires and throwing rocks.
  • Russia's Northern Fleet is in the English Channel

    11/28/2014 11:20:50 AM PST · by yldstrk · 67 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | November 28, 2014 | Tomas Hirst
    A squadron of ships from Russia's Northern Fleet is currently conducting drills in the English Channel, according to Russian media. The squadron, lead by the Udaloy-class destroyer Severomorsk and including the Alexander Otrakovsky amphibious ship and a tanker, are conducting exercises such as assisting a vessel in distress, communication training and transferring fuel in international waters. The ships are crewed by a total of 250 Russian marines. Russian media reports that the ships were also conducting drills to "repel air attack". According to the Russian navy's press service: "Today, a squadron of ships and support vessels from the Northern Fleet...
  • New 15-minute Test for Ebola to Undergo Trials in West Africa

    11/28/2014 11:14:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 28, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    A new test designed to rapidly diagnose Ebola virus infection is to be tried out at a treatment centre for the disease in Guinea, international health charity The Wellcome Trust said on Friday. Researchers developing the 15-minute Ebola test say it is six times faster than similar ones currently in use and, if it proves successful, could help medical staff identify and isolate confirmed Ebola patients faster and start treating them sooner. The trial, led by researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal, and funded by Wellcome and the UK government, will use a "mobile suitcase laboratory" -- a...
  • David Cameron seeks EU support for new migration curbs

    11/28/2014 9:42:54 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/28/2014 | BBC
    David Cameron has passionately urged other EU leaders to support his "reasonable" proposals for far-reaching curbs on welfare benefits for migrants. Britain's prime minister said lower EU migration would be a priority in future negotiations over the UK's membership and he would "rule nothing out" ....... The main proposals in the speech-which are dependent on Mr. Cameron remaining in power after May's general election-are: . Stopping EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits, such as tax credits, and getting access to social housing for four years. . Stopping migrants claiming child benefit for dependents living outside the UK . Removing migrants...
  • 900 Austrian Police Raid Mosques and Homes in Terrorist Search [Why Don't We Do This In US?]

    11/28/2014 9:20:56 AM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 28, 2014
    900 Austrian Police Raid Mosques and Homes in Terrorist Search MAINZ, Germany — Some 900 police officers swooped in on mosques, prayer rooms and homes across Austria early Friday in an operation against suspected jihadi recruiters and alleged financiers of the ISIS terror group, local media reported. Prosecutors confirmed to NBC News in a statement that 13 people were arrested in the raids. They provided limited details but, according to Austrian newspapers, the raids took place in in Vienna, Graz and Linz and were the culmination of a two-year investigation into people suspected of recruiting young people to fight in...
  • Venezuela opposition leader will appear in court

    11/28/2014 9:12:13 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 2 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Nov. 27, 2014 | HANNAH DREIER
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said Thursday she will continue working toward a peaceful change of Venezuela's government even as she complies with an order to face charges of plotting to kill the president. Venezuela's chief prosecutor on Wednesday ordered the former congresswoman to appear in court next week on charges of participating in what the government described back in May as a U.S.-backed plot to assassinate socialist President Nicolas Maduro. She denies the allegations. Machado told journalists the charges are further evidence that the Maduro administration has become a dictatorship and said the charges may have...
  • Master Spies or Masters?

    11/28/2014 9:02:57 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 28, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Alarm over the growth of the national security state seems to wane among liberals when Democrats are in the White House but the sheer magnitude of the enterprise should be of concern to all no matter which party is in nominal control of the executive branch. When Thomas Jefferson was president, “the entire executive branch consisted of 132 people,” Michael Glennon, a law professor at Tufts University, said recently at the Cato Institute. “The White House staff consisted of one person: Jefferson’s personal secretary.” Today, on the national security side alone, “This little apparatus that Truman set up consists of...
  • The A-10 is back in the Middle East

    11/28/2014 7:12:52 AM PST · by pabianice · 105 replies
    War if Boring ^ | 11/28/14 | Beckhusen
    The low- and slow-flying A-10 Warthog jet is back in the Middle East—seven years after the attack planes withdrew. The prospect of A-10s joining the war against Islamic State was subject to rumors in September, when elements of the Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing—which flies the twin-engine A-10—deployed to Southwest Asia. The Air Force finally confirmed the A-10s were in the region on Nov. 24, noting the aircraft “landed here over several days” between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21. While it’s not clear whether the Indiana A-10s have carried out any strikes against Islamic State yet … they...
  • Post-Soviet Aircraft Graveyard Discovered on Abandoned Far East Russian Air Base

    11/28/2014 5:06:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Urban Ghosts ^ | 7 September 2011 / 6 | Urban Ghosts
    During the Cold War CIA and U.S. Air Force pilots risked life and limb to spy on the Soviet Union. Today, we too can peer behind the former Iron Curtain, all from the comfort of our personal computers. Intriguingly, such virtual exploration has revealed abandoned military bases in the far reaches of Russia that – even today – house the rusting remnants of the feared Soviet bomber force. Littered with at least 18 gutted Tupolev Tu-22M Backfires of the 444th Heavy Bomber Regiment, Vozdvizhenka air base resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape. Entering this barren place, located near Ussuriysk in the Primorsky...
  • British F-35B Begins Weapons Testing in the US

    11/28/2014 5:05:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 27/11/2014
    The F-35B carrying two ASRAAM missiles on outboard pylons. Photo: BAE Systems In recent test series, US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II the combined test force configured to carry weapons load operated by the Royal Air Force completed initial aircraft handling trials carrying ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons. The tests were carried out at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD in the USA by a test team including personnel from the UK BAE Systems. Two F-35B Short Take Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft, flown by Billie Flynn, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 test pilot, and Squadron Leader Andy Edgell from the...
  • The vast aeroplane graveyard in Russia where 9,000 giants of the sky have been left to rust

    11/28/2014 4:44:39 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    Mail online, Daily Mail ^ | 20:45 EST, 13 December 2012 | Updated: 06:24 EST, 18 December 2012 | Leon Watson
    Sat rusting away in a field 555 miles east of Moscow, these relics are all that's left of a bygone era of Soviet innovation in military and civilian aircraft. Among them are some of the former Communist regime's greatest achievements in air travel, that have since been superseded many times and rendered redundant. Nine thousand of the hulking Cold War wrecks can be seen at the vast plane and helicopter graveyard at Russia's largest aviation museum in Ulyanovsk, in the Middle Volga region. Each off the exhibits had to make their last flight here, touching down at the Ulyanovsk-Central airport,...
  • Oregon veterinarian imprisoned in Southeast Asia

    11/28/2014 4:37:37 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Vetrinary News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Katie James
    Stacey Addison, DVM, 41, of Portland, Oregon, is in a Timorese prison after being arrested in early September while traveling abroad. A chance encounter—a cab shared with a stranger—led to her witnessing a crime, which kicked off a chain of events that has family and friends doing everything they can to bring her home. Addison, a graduate of University of California-Davis, left her job of 10 years at a Portland veterinary hospital in January 2013 and set off on a year-and-a-half-long dream trip around the world to see wildlife. She had been planning the trip for two years. Addison began...
  • North Korea Blasts James Franco and Seth Rogen ... Again

    11/28/2014 3:42:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/27/2014 | Lee Hyo-won
    North Korea Blasts James Franco and Seth Rogen ... Again 10:22 PM PST 11/27/2014 by Lee Hyo-won Ahead of the film's release, the secretive regime says the stars deserve "stern punishment" North Korean government-controlled website Uriminzokkiri released a statement on Friday condemning The Interview, ahead of next month's opening of the film by James Franco and Seth Rogen. A statement, published under a pen name, denounces the film that depicts a farcical mission to assassinate Kim Jong Un, as an "evil act of provocation" that deserves "stern punishment." See more Kim Jong Un Is Quite Lovable in Final Trailer for...
  • EU exit would be self-destruction - Blair

    11/28/2014 12:37:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    timesofmalta.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | timesofmalta
    "extraordinary act of self-destruction"
  • Russian oil industry facing deep freeze

    11/28/2014 12:23:06 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 27 November 2014 | Olga Ivshina
    Without visiting a well in Western Siberia, you would never realise just how hard it is to extract oil in Russia. Two hours' drive from the nearest village of Salym, the snow banks are huge and the closest airport is over 300km (185 miles) away. The temperature is down to -26C, but locals say winter temperatures normally drop to -40C, and Russia's oil industry has more serious challenges than the cold.
  • Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground - WHO

    11/28/2014 12:08:59 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    reuters ^ | 11-27-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    - The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update. "The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia," it said. The former British colony has reported 6,599 cases...
  • Greece tows migrant-packed ship to safety off Crete+ (Camp of the Saints 2014)

    A Greek frigate has towed a disabled cargo ship packed with 700 migrants to safety just off the island of Crete on Thursday, in one of the biggest sea rescues mounted by the Mediterranean nation, coastguard officials said. The Kiribati-flagged MV Baris issued a distress call on Tuesday after developing engine problems 30 nautical miles (45 km) southeast of Crete. A Greek frigate dispatched to the scene spent over 24 hours fighting off strong winds and waves to tow the ship close to the southeastern port of Ierapetra, where boats had begun transferring migrants to the town. "The coastguard has...
  • Some in US Illegally Could Get Retirement Benefits

    11/27/2014 9:31:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    ABCNews ^ | November 27, 2014 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Some in US Illegally Could Get Retirement Benefits Nov 27, 2014 By JIM KUHNHENN Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House. Under Obama's actions, immigrants who are spared deportation could obtain work permits and a Social Security number. As a result, they would pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. No such "lawfully present" immigrant, however, would be immediately entitled to the benefits because like all Social Security...
  • Cameron accused of 'total failure' on immigration

    11/27/2014 8:27:46 PM PST · by Nextrush · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/27/2014 | BBC
    New figures show a "total failure" by David Cameron to reach his target of cutting migration to less than 100,000, says UKIP's Nigel Farage. He told the BBC it had "never been a genuine pledge" because the UK's EU membership meant "we have a total open door to nearly half a billion people". The prime minister's spokesman said immigration from outside the EU was down and more would be done. But Labour said the PM had made a promise with "no idea" how to keep it..... The Office of National Statistics said on Thursday that 583,000 people moved to the...
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott christens Royal Australian Navy’s biggest ship HMAS Canberra

    11/27/2014 6:06:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th November 2014
    WITH all the pomp and ceremony that the Navy can muster, its biggest ever ship — HMAS Canberra — will join the fleet at Garden Island this morning. More than 1500 people will attend its launch in the 27,500 tonne amphibious attack vessel’s helicopter hangar. Governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Navy Chief Vice Admiral Tim Barrett will welcome the ship to the Royal Australian Navy. Mr Abbott was given a VIP tour of the ship prior to the ceremony. The guests include more than 800 family members of the ship’s 400-strong tri-service crew. The commissioning ceremony...
  • Army mobilised to help cleanup after Brisbane’s freak storm

    11/27/2014 4:12:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 28th November 2014 | Rose Brennan, Connor O’Brien
    SOLDIERS have hit the streets of storm-ravaged Brisbane to help clean up after the state’s worst storm in decades, after 141km/h winds, large hail stones and heavy rain battered the city.
  • London woman charged with encouraging terrorism on Twitter

    11/27/2014 3:50:27 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 7 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 27 Nov 14 | Ryan Hooper
    A woman has been charged with encouraging terrorism on Twitter, police have said. Alaa Abdullah Esayed, 22, of Kennington, south London, will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 10. She has been charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act - encouraging terrorism, and the dissemination of terrorist publications and released on bail. Police said one of the charges related to posts on Esayed's Twitter account, along with photographs and video links. The charge states "she intended, or was reckless as to whether, members of the public would be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement...
  • Gerard Baden-Clay’s guilt encoded in councillor Paul Tully’s blog

    11/27/2014 3:44:03 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th November 2014 | Kate Kyriacou
    MAVERICK Ipswich councillor Paul Tully embedded a hidden message in a blog about Allison Baden-Clay, accusing her husband of killing her before he was charged. Cr Tully used a code to share his thoughts on what happened to Allison, with the first letter of every sentence in the blog spelling out an accusation of murder. Incredibly everyone missed the coded message, written only days after her body was discovered, which spelt out: “THE HUSBAND DID IT”.
  • Oil prices in freefall as OPEC fails to agree output cut

    11/27/2014 3:06:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 59 replies
    Fortune ^ | November 27, 2014 | Geoffrey Smith
    Oil prices in freefall as OPEC fails to agree output cut by Geoffrey Smith @Geoffreytsmith November 27, 2014, 11:31 AM EST Oil futures fall nearly 8% to their lowest in five years as Saudi Arabia tries to squeeze U.S. shale industry. Oil prices fell to their lowest level in over five years Thursday as the cartel that produces one third of the world’s output failed to agree on measures to tackle the current glut. In what had been billed as their most important meeting in decades, ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to keep their self-imposed output...
  • US Special Forces funds drug that can put soldiers injured... into HIBERNATION

    11/27/2014 12:43:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th November 2014 | Mark Prigg
    US Special Forces soldiers injured on the battlefield could soon be put into 'hibernation' until they can be moved to safety, it has been revealed. The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is providing $550,000 to fund a radical new drug being developed by Australian scientists. It can put people into a 'survival window' low enough to reduce blood loss, but high enough to prevent brain injury. Experts say the drug therapy they're working on may be the first big advance in treating battlefield casualties since the Vietnam War. Professor Geoffrey Dobson and Research Associate Hayley Letson from James Cook University's...
  • Is Russia Preparing to Ban Islam?

    11/27/2014 12:22:34 PM PST · by yoe · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 26, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the “radicalization” of Muslims within its border. Recent pro-Islamic (Russian Muslims slam ban on books) and that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab—the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear—and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism. In the words of Arabic news site (Elaph) “Russia is witnessing a relentless war on the hijab. It began in a limited manner but has grown in strength, prompting great concern among Russia’s Muslims.” The report continues by saying that women wearing the hijab are being...
  • Iran Celebrates ‘Great Victory’ Because ‘Americans Have Clearly Surrendered’

    11/27/2014 12:03:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/27/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    President Obama’s most recent capitulation in sham “negotiations” over Iran’s nuclear program is his agreement to a seven-month delay in the deadline for a final settlement, which was to have been this past Monday. As the president must know, this delay gives the revolutionary jihadist regime everything it needs: time; further preservation and legitimization of its nuclear program; continued sanctions relief, including $700 million per month from the United States; and no pressure to acknowledge, much less repudiate, its status as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism (i.e., the reason why its acquisition of nuclear weapons is — or...
  • Dysfunction Washington can agree on: Firing Hagel won’t fix Obama’s foreign policy team.

    11/27/2014 11:44:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/2014 | By MICHAEL CROWLEY
    It isn’t often that left, right and center agree about the Obama White House. But the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week produced a near-unanimous reaction: President Obama’s foreign policy team is dysfunctional and in need of a stronger tonic than the exit of a low-profile cabinet member with a light policy footprint. Both Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and The New York Times editorial page agreed that, in the words of the Times, Hagel “was not the core of the Obama administration’s military problem. That lies with the president and a national security policy that has too often...
  • Russian insider says Putin openly planned invasion of Ukraine since 2003

    11/27/2014 10:23:23 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 23 replies
    EuromaidanPR ^ | 25 Nov. 2014
    A former Russian insider says he was there when Putin began openly planning the present invasion of Ukraine back in 2003. At a conference in Brussels this week, Andrey Illarionov, a Russian economist and former economic advisor to Vladimir Putin informed that the invasion of Ukraine has been in official planning since at least 2003. [more at link] “Since 2003. I can say that certain questions relating to the future war with Ukraine were discussed in my presence. I didn’t think the talks would really lead to a real war,” he said. In an anguished response to the Orange Revolution...
  • Bahamas fends off critics over new migrant rules (illegal aliens)

    11/27/2014 10:20:27 AM PST · by RightGeek · 12 replies
    Fresno Bee/AP ^ | 11/27/2014 | Ava Turnquest, Ben Fox
    NASSAU, Bahamas — On the first day new immigration rules took effect this month in the Bahamas, officers in green fatigues swept through poor sections of the capital filling two yellow school buses with dozens of people who couldn't document their right to be in the island chain. The government, amid fierce criticism of the raid, later insisted the timing of the operation was coincidence. Still, the message of the surprise morning raid, in which the officers were accompanied by local media, couldn't be clearer: The Bahamas aims to become less hospitable to its swelling population of migrants lacking legal...
  • Gone With The WMD: Recalling the fleeting facts about Iraq

    11/27/2014 10:08:47 AM PST · by Daniel Clark · 8 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | November 26, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Gone With The WMD: Recalling the fleeting facts about Iraq by Daniel Clark The Ocober 14th New York Times story revealing a stockpile of 5,000 chemical weapons in Iraq was not news. That’s why baffled conservatives like National Review’s Deroy Murdock are mistaken when they wonder why George W. Bush would “cover up” this information. The bulk of these pre-1991 weapons were stored at Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons facility in al-Muthanna, and had actually been declared to the United Nations at the end of that conflict. The existence of al-Muthanna’s chemical weapons stockpile had been revealed in the Duelfer Report...
  • Mitt Romney: Republicans Should 'Swallow Hard,' Pass 'Permanent' Amnesty Bill

    11/27/2014 6:42:56 AM PST · by Cheerio · 317 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes Republicans should "swallow hard" and pass a permanent amnesty bill in the wake of President Barack Obama's executive amnesty that even Romney conceded would encourage more illegal immigrants to enter the country.
  • Communist, Palestinian Groups Join Ferguson Protesters In Oregon

    11/27/2014 6:24:35 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    http://seattle.cbslocal.com/ ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. .....The protest had many elements of the Occupy Portland movement, which galvanized protesters in the city and formed a network of people who still communicate via mass text message. As with Occupy, the vast majority of protesters preached peace, but a fringe group of people — some covering their faces with black bandannas — advocated violence and confrontations with police. And like Occupy, the original protest drew a disparate group of people together, not all of whom agreed with one another. Military veterans called for peace, a communist group called for the overthrow of capitalism, and a group...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister named as senior official

    11/27/2014 5:52:00 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies
    CBC ^ | Nov 27, 2014
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister named as senior official Kim Yo Jong named as a departmental vice director within ruling party's Central Committe The Associated Press Posted: Nov 27, 2014 5:55 AM ET| Last Updated: Nov 27, 2014 5:55 AM ET North Korea has revealed that leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister is a senior official in the ruling Workers' Party, strengthening analysts' views that she is an increasingly important part of the family dynasty that runs the country. State media on Thursday referred to Kim Yo Jong as a departmental vice director within the party's Central Committee. Analysts say...
  • Ebola vaccine WORKS: Drug passes first-round of trials

    11/27/2014 3:13:49 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 9 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 26 November 2014 | Associated Press Reporter
    An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday. The vaccine is designed to spur the immune system's production of anti-Ebola antibodies, and people developed them within four weeks of getting the shots at the National Institutes of Health. Half of the test group received a higher-dose shot, and those people produced more antibodies, said the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Some people also developed a different set of virus-fighting immune cells, named T cells, the study found.
  • China signs $3 billion S-400 Triumf contract with Russia

    11/26/2014 10:04:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | November 26, 2013
    The first-ever contract for exports of the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system has been signed. "A contract between Rosoboronexport and the Chinese Defense Ministry was signed at the beginning of this fall for the delivery of at least six battalions of S-400 air defense missile systems worth of more than $3 billion," Vedomosti reported on Wednesday. Negotiations on the delivery of S-400 systems to China had been in progress for several years and the Russian Defense Ministry said in 2011 that exports might begin no earlier than 2016 because the Russian Armed Forces would have to be provided for...
  • Near-collisions between drones, airliners surge, new FAA reports show

    11/26/2014 6:34:41 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 26, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    Pilots around the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nation’s skies to remotely controlled aircraft, according to FAA records. Since June 1, commercial airlines, private pilots and air-traffic controllers have alerted the FAA to 25 episodes in which small drones came within a few seconds or a few feet of crashing into much larger aircraft, the records show. Many of the close calls occurred during takeoffs and landings at the nation’s busiest airports, presenting...