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  • Can the United States Stop a War With Russia?

    08/04/2015 11:46:36 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot
    New York Observer ^ | August 4, 2015 | Jack Hanick
    America is heading for war with Russia. Some call the current situation “an increase of hostility” or “Cold War II.” There are two sides to this story. I believe that American journalists from all political persuasions are not offering critical analysis. Understanding the Russian side and taking their arguments seriously can help prevent serious consequences. Americans believe that Russians are fed propaganda by the state-controlled media. If Russians only could hear the truth, the thinking goes, they would welcome the US position. This is not so. There are more than 300 TV stations available in Moscow. Only 6 are state-controlled....
  • Pictures: Tomorrow’s Calais Migrants Make Landfall in Italy in Their Thousands as Crisis Rolls on

    08/04/2015 10:58:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Aug 2015 | Oliver Lane
    Over 2,000 migrants have been ‘saved’ by the Italian coastguard over the past three days, just a fraction of the so-called ‘swarm’ presently migrating north through Europe. As illegals attempting to cross the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats to Europe were being rescued, yet more found themselves near the end of their perilous journeys just yards away from the British forward border at Calais, France. Despite significant deployments of riot police, security equipment, and sniffer dogs thousands of desperate attempts to break into the Calais port facilities are still made every night. Britain has deployed 100 new border force guards to...
  • North Korea’s Private Finance: No Banks but Lots of Loans

    08/04/2015 8:08:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 4, 2015 | Jeyup S. Kwaak
    North Korea’s Private Finance: No Banks but Lots of Loans Unauthorized market activity boosts incomes and leads to unregulated lending for profit By Jeyup S. Kwaak Aug. 4, 2015 3:30 p.m. ET SEOUL—For decades after North Korea’s founding in the 1950s, financial security wasn’t a major concern for its citizens. A communist system provided most daily needs, and for many years living standards outstripped those of South Korea. Then a devastating famine in the 1990s and a subsequent economic collapse crippled the public distribution system and forced citizens to fend for themselves. The semimarket economy that emerged has expanded rapidly...
  • Walmart-Sponsored Site Accuses U.S. of War Crimes, Defends North Korea

    08/04/2015 7:55:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 4, 2015
    Walmart-Sponsored Site Accuses U.S. of War Crimes, Defends North Korea BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff August 4, 2015 4:11 pm An explanatory news aggregation website sponsored by corporate giant Walmart has accused the United States of engaging in major war crimes against North Korea and defended the rogue nation in a recent blog post. Max Fisher, a writer for the Walmart-sponsored site Vox.com, accused America of doing “something terrible” and “evil” to North Korea in a recent blog post that also defends the DPRK’s anti-American attitudes. “The US did in fact do something terrible, even evil to North Korea, and...
  • Here we go: Senate Dems falling into line to support Obama’s disastrous Iran deal

    08/04/2015 5:41:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    Honestly, I’d much prefer a pure party-line vote in which the GOP’s bid to block the deal goes down in flames rather than some excruciating Senate kabuki where they almost — but not quite — get enough Democratic votes to reach a two-thirds majority. If Chuck Schumer’s going to let his caucus force America to swallow this sh*t sandwich because it would be too embarrassing for poor Barack if they joined Republicans in stopping it, he should have the balls to vote with them. Instead we’re almost certainly going to be treated to a Democratic version of “failure theater,”...
  • No Military Site Inspections?

    08/04/2015 4:54:46 PM PDT · by yoe · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 3, 2015 | Editor
    President Obama says his nuclear deal with Iran depends on verification, not trust. But what if Iran has a very different interpretation of what verification entails than does Mr. Obama? Take Ali Akar Velayati, a top adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who appeared on Al-Jazeera on July 31 and was asked about U.N. inspections of Iran’s military sites. Here’s how he replied, according to the Memri translation service: “Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, their entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden. The entry of any foreigner, including IAEA inspectors or any other inspector,...
  • (Prime Minister) Sir Edward Heath Child Abuse Claims: 4 Police Forces Have Received Allegations

    08/04/2015 4:41:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Mirror ^ | 8/4 | Mikey Smith
    Detectives in London, Kent, Jersey and Wiltshire have received allegations of child abuse linked to the former Prime MinisterFour police forces now say they have received sex abuse allegations linked to Sir Edward Heath. The former Prime Minister has now been named in connection with inquiries carried out by detectives in London, Kent and Jersey. The dramatic revelations follow Wiltshire Police's appeal on Monday for potential victims and witnesses to come forward after the late politician became the most high-profile figure embroiled in historical child sex claims. It comes hours after the Mirror detailed claims that a 12-year-old boy...
  • Assyrian Christian Woman Shares Story of Captivity by Islamic State

    08/04/2015 4:15:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015 | Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli
    In this interview with Al-Monitor, a Christian Assyrian woman recounts her experience of being kidnapped by Islamic State militants.They were kidnapped by the Islamic State on Feb. 23 in the governorate of Hasakah, Syria. A total of 253 Assyrian Christians, from 35 different villages along the Khabur River. A small group of 23 elderly individuals were released March 1, allegedly due to their age. Among the sources who spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, the exact number of those initially abducted varies slightly. Since then, little more has been learned about the fate of those who are still...
  • Prosor: Time for the International Community to Wake Up

    08/04/2015 3:57:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/15 | Nitzan Kedar
    Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, on Tuesday asked the UN Security Council to condemn the Palestinian incitement to terrorism, following Monday’s firebomb attack in Jerusalem. "While Israel is strongly opposed to any terrorist incident and condemns any terrorist attack, how surprising it is to see that after an Israeli citizen was wounded, the Palestinian leadership and the international community continue to maintain silence,” he said, noting that attacks against Israel have continued on other fronts as well. “We are marking this summer a year since the end of Operation Protective Edge, but Hamas continues to fire rockets...
  • Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter

    08/04/2015 3:54:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Time ^ | 7/28 | Dan Kedrney
    “Animal rights come before religion” Editor’s note: This story was published in error; it incorrectly suggested that Denmark’s ban is new. See correction appended Denmark enacted a sweeping ban on the religious slaughter of animals in 2014, prompting a furious backlash from Jewish and Muslim community representatives.
  • 5 Killed in Fresh Adamawa Attack (Boko Haram)

    08/04/2015 3:45:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Pulse (Nigeria) ^ | 8/4 | 'Jola Sotubo
    The attack was confirmed by state lawmaker, Emmanuel Tsamdu, who said that residents of the area had been trained to repel further attacks.About five people have been killed in Adamawa State following an attack by terrorist sect, Boko Haram. The incident is said to have occurred on Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Kobachwa village in the Madagali area of the state. The attack was confirmed by state lawmaker, Emmanuel Tsamdu, who said that residents of the area had been trained to repel further attacks. “It is from these hideouts in the surrounding mountains which dots its landscape that the insurgents...
  • US military tests ballistic missile interceptor off Hawaii

    08/04/2015 2:00:04 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Associated Press, Hawaii News Now ^ | Monday, August 3, 2015 | Audrey McAvoy
    HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. military says it has successfully tested an interceptor that can shoot down ballistic missiles as well as airplanes. The Missile Defense Agency said Monday the destroyer USS John Paul Jones tested the technology during a series of flight tests off the Hawaiian island of Kauai over the past week. Raytheon Missile Systems spokeswoman Heather Uberuaga says the tests used a modified version of the SM-6 missile the Navy already uses.
  • Walmart-Sponsored Site Accuses U.S. of War Crimes, Defends North Korea

    08/04/2015 1:50:51 PM PDT · by lbryce · 65 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Auugst 4, 2015 | Staff
    An explanatory news aggregation website sponsored by corporate giant Walmart has accused the United States of engaging in major war crimes against North Korea and defended the rogue nation in a recent blog post. Max Fisher, a writer for the Walmart-sponsored site Vox.com, accused America of doing “something terrible” and “evil” to North Korea in a recent blog post that also defends the DPRK’s anti-American attitudes. “The US did in fact do something terrible, even evil to North Korea, and while that act does not explain, much less forgive, North Korea’s many abuses since, it is not totally irrelevant either,”...
  • B-52 bombers demonstrate their long reach in mock bombing run from US to Australia

    08/04/2015 1:33:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 4th August 2015
    TWO B-52 bombers flew 44 hours non-stop from Louisiana to the Northern Territory on a simulated bombing run last month — all to deliver a message to China. The lumbering, 1950s vintage dinosaurs lifted off from the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, United States, on July 1. Their mission: to be BAAD. That’s military speak for yet more military speak: “bomber assurance and deterrence”. Translated, it means sending a message to Australia and the nations of South East Asia that the United States is willing and capable of assisting its allies. It was also a demonstration — to China...
  • Solar Modules Cause More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Modern Coal Power Plants! (WTF)

    08/04/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    NotrickZone ^ | 3/25/3014 | P Gosselin
    It turns out that because of the emissions of extraordinarily potent greenhouse gases NF3 and SF6 and energy during the manufacture of solar modules, solar energy ends up being worse for the climate than burning coal (assuming the global warming hypothesis is valid). A Swiss engineer has made a thorough analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacture, transport and operation of solar panels. His conclusion: Ferrucio Ferroni writes here how China is the number 1 manufacturer of solar panels globally and that the production of solar panels there requires immense amounts of electricity, which in China is...
  • PM Netanyahu's Address to the Jewish Federations of North America

    08/04/2015 12:33:28 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    PMO ^ | 8/4/15 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    Following is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the Jewish federations of North America: Thank you. It’s good to be with you today. I want to thank our hosts, the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents. And I want to thank all of you for taking the time in the middle of a busy day. Our time today is short, so I’d like to get right to the point. I want to talk with you about three fatal flaws in the nuclear deal with Iran. And I also want to dispel some of the misinformation and,...
  • A Time for Truth: Ted Cruz’s Address to Persian Jews Who Fled the Evil of Iran

    08/04/2015 10:51:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | 4 August 2015 | Paul Dowling
    “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” —Winston Churchill A Time for TruthSenator Ted Cruz, having been introduced by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, greeted the Persian Jews of Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, on Saturday, August 1, 2015. “You know, this week’s Torah reading covered the Ten Commandments,” Cruz opened, “a topic rarely discussed, or followed, in Washington, DC.” The crowd laughed, and Cruz continued: “Among them is the fairly simple and straightforward proposition: ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness.’ That, in particular, is an admonition from God...
  • The Donald Could Prove Hillary’s Trump Card

    08/04/2015 10:20:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 112 replies
    National Review ^ | August 4, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    With Hillary Clinton’s multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by “The Donald,” who can turn out to be their Trump card. Donald Trump has virtually no chance of becoming even the Republican party’s candidate in 2016, much less being elected President of the United States. The reason is not hard to understand: Republican voters simply do not trust him, as the polls show. Nor is there any reason why...
  • Concorde Mark 2: Airbus files plans for new supersonic jet

    08/04/2015 10:08:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3:20PM BST 04 Aug 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    New jet could cut flight time from London to New York to just one hour The new jet could fly from London to New York in an hour - opening up the possibility of a transatlantic return journey in a day. Concorde 2 would be capable of flying more than four times the speed of sound – or more than 2,500mph, according to documents lodged with the US Patent Office by the aerospace and defence group The filings refer to an “ultra-rapid air vehicle” and “method of aerial locomotion” for the aircraft, which would cruise at an altitude of more...
  • Report: Obama Admin Taking the Side of Palestinians Over U.S. Citizens in Terror Case

    08/04/2015 9:29:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 8/4/15 | Debra Heine
    The Obama administration is reportedly mulling an intervention next week in a civil lawsuit involving the Palestinian leadership and American victims of Palestinian terror. Guess which party the administration is siding with? The lawsuit was filed over a series of bombings and shootings in or around Jerusalem that killed dozens of U.S. citizens during the second Palestinian intifada a decade ago. The case was delayed for years while Palestinian lawyers tried to challenge the American court’s jurisdiction, but last February the families won a $218.5 million judgment after a seven-week trial in a Manhattan federal court. The jury found that...
  • Syria approaching de facto partition amid Assad military setbacks

    08/04/2015 9:18:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | August 4, 2015 | Kareem Shaheen
    The growing anarchy and stalemate in Syria has brought the country closer to de facto partition, as the overstretched and exhausted army of the president, Bashar al-Assad, retreats in the face of a war of attrition that has sapped its manpower. The regime’s military has sought to retain a footprint in far-flung areas of the country, from Deir Ezzor in Syria’s eastern desert to Aleppo in the north and Deraa in the south, attempting to consolidate its hold over state institutions and protect its officer corps by retreating in the face of overwhelming offensives and subjecting lost territory to relentless...
  • Russia Ready To Send Paratroopers To Syria

    08/04/2015 9:13:40 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 08-04-2015 | Durden
    As Syria’s civil war enters its fourth year, it’s become something of an open secret that ISIS, for all their bluster and Hollywood-level video editing capabilities, are at best an unhappy side effect of efforts to train and arm the Syrian resistance and at worst, are a "strategic asset" funded and supported by coalition governments. In other words, there is indeed a geopolitical chess match going on here that will have far-reaching consequences when the blood and dust settle, but it has nothing to do with ISIS’ far-fetched quest to establish a Medieval caliphate and everything to do with installing...
  • Live Webcast - PM Benjamin Netanyahu - 1pm ET to 2pm ET

    08/04/2015 9:11:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 62 replies
    livestream.com ^ | Today at 1pm ET
    Netanyahu addresses American audience on Iran deal.
  • There's a Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby now

    08/04/2015 8:44:17 AM PDT · by dware · 46 replies
    Fortune ^ | 08.03.2015 | Michal Addady
    Plush toy manufacturer Ty Inc. announced Monday that it’s making a Beanie Baby to commemorate Cecil the Lion, a Southwest African Lion killed last month by American tourist Walter Palmer. The company says it will donate all profits from the new toy to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford, the organization that had been tracking Cecil since 2008.
  • Chuck Schumer ‘loses it’ in meeting with Jewish leaders ( New York )

    08/04/2015 8:22:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 4, 2015 | Geoff Earle
    Charles Schumer was ready to discuss everything from gun control to drones during a press conference in his Midtown office Monday — except his position on the Iran nuclear deal. “This is such an important decision that I will not let pressure, politics or party influence [me],” Schumer said, holding fast to his weeks-long insistence that he’s still in the decision-making stage. ... “exploded” during a meeting last week with about 60 Jewish leaders.
  • WASHINGTON DIARY: IRAN DEAL COMES BETWEEN THE JEWS [Bibi to give another speech against Obama]

    08/04/2015 7:36:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    i24.com ^ | 8/3/15 | Tal Shalev
    Jewish leaders are targets of intense and vicious campaigns. 'This type of fight leads to divorce,' says one WASHINGTON. Almost three weeks after the Iran deal was signed in Vienna, the storm winds in Washington and Jerusalem refuse to die down. As the US Senate begins its final week of deliberations before lawmakers leave for their summer recess, both the Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu are set to give major policy speeches regarding the deal, targeting, among others, the hearts and minds of the Jewish senators who will be key to determining the outcome of the scheduled September vote on...
  • Netherlands abandoning multiculturalism

    08/04/2015 7:32:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/04/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Famously progressive and permissive Holland has tried multiculturalism and decided that it just doesn’t work.  In a historic reversal, the Dutch are abandoning government policies in support of multiculturalism and demanding intregration and acceptance of Dutch values from immigrants, mostly Muslims, who now constitute 6% of their population. The Gatestone Institute reports: A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: "The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people....
  • Netherlands abandoning multiculturalism

    08/04/2015 7:32:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/4/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Famously progressive and permissive Holland has tried multiculturalism and decided that it just doesn’t work. In a historic reversal, the Dutch are abandoning government policies in support of multiculturalism and demanding intregration and acceptance of Dutch values from immigrants, mostly Muslims, who now constitute 6 percent of their population.
  • Saudi king leaves France 'without paying €3.7m medical bills'

    08/04/2015 7:20:56 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 14 replies
    The Week ^ | Aug 4, 2015 | Gavin Mortimer
    One of France's best known doctors tweeted that the king 'could have paid his bill of €3.7m to the Paris hospitals. A polite gesture!'
  • Bombing attempted on monument to North Korea regime, says report

    08/04/2015 7:19:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | July 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    Bombing attempted on monument to North Korea regime, says report Clues at the scene indicated more than one suspect may have been involved in the plot on the night of July 2. By Elizabeth Shim | July 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM SEOUL, July 10 (UPI) -- Suspects with homemade bombs attempted to detonate a symbol of the North Korean regime in July, according to a source inside the country. The monuments known as the towers of "eternal life" are frequently found in North Korean towns and cities, and used to idolize the Kim regime. A tower in Dokchon, South...
  • Birds of Prey Circling Over Syria [Isaiah 17]

    08/04/2015 6:29:34 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8/4/2015 | Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    Anyone who spends some time in the hills of Galilee or the Golan Heights is familiar with the arresting sight of flocks of ravens, eagles, vultures and other birds of prey, circling the same spot in the sky for hours. Their objective is clear: down below that circle lies the body of a cow, sheep or other animal, whose movements attest to its approaching death. The birds follow the death throes carefully, flying lower and lower as the signs of life become fainter. As soon as the animal ceases to move, they pounce on their prey to begin gouging out...
  • Will Iran buy French warplanes?

    08/04/2015 6:10:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    AL MONITOR ^ | August 03, 2015
    There were important security aspects to Laurent Fabius’ visit to Iran last week — the first by a French foreign minister in 12 years. After the trip, Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nowbakht said that “France could satisfy our need for Mirage warplanes ... buying new Mirage planes is the first priority of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force [IRIAF].” During the first Gulf War, Iran gained access to a small number of Iraqi Dassault Mirage F-1 warplanes. The aircraft were moved to Iran from fear of destruction in dogfights with more modern Western planes. Rather than returning them,...
  • Australia to build new naval fleet in US$65 billion package

    08/04/2015 6:01:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Tuesday, 04 August, 2015
    Australia on Tuesday announced a A$89 billion (US$65 billion) shipbuilding package to construct new frigates and patrol boats locally, with a decision on an international supplier for replacement submarines made “in coming months”. The “continuous shipbuilding” proposal, which involves the replacement of frigates, patrol boats and submarines over two decades, is expected by the government to keep up to 2,500 jobs in the sector in what Prime Minister Tony Abbott said was “a very historic announcement”. “Previous Australian governments have announced that individual ships or classes of ships will be built here in Australia,” Abbott said at a press conference....
  • Cut of ties with Israel prompted local development of weapons by Turkey

    08/04/2015 5:40:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    iHLS ^ | Aug 1, 2015
    The complete cut of ties between Israel and Turkey has accelerated the development of advanced weapon systems in Turkey. When the “Honeymoon” between the two countries was on, Turkey purchased and planned to purchase all types of Israeli made weapon system. The Turkish military does not boast the world’s most advanced gear for precision strikes, but a number of local programs are progressing, signaling reduced future dependence on foreign systems. That has changed. According to Defense News Turkish officials recently reported “critical progress” in three systems they have been developing over the past years. Procurement officials said the first critical...
  • What the Israelis Have Learned

    08/04/2015 4:59:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/4/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Will Israel do the unthinkable to stop the unimaginable? The Obama administration seems peeved that almost everyone in Israel, left and right, has no use for the present Iranian–American deal to thwart Iran’s efforts to get the bomb. Indeed, at times John Kerry has hinted darkly that Israel’s opposition to the pact might incur American wrath should the deal be tabled — even though Kerry knows that the polls show a clear majority of Americans being against the proposed agreement while remaining quite supportive of the Jewish state. President Obama, from time to time, suggests that his agreement is being...
  • Cruz: Obama Admin "Responsible" If Iranian-Backed Terrorists Kill

    08/04/2015 4:54:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 4, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that if Iran uses the money it gets under the nuclear deal to fund terrorists that kill Americans, Israelis, or Europeans, “then this administration is responsible” at Monday’s Voters First Presidential Forum in New Hampshire.
  • Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, may have 'delivered favors' for friends, IG finds (grabbed tax dollars)

    08/04/2015 3:11:48 AM PDT · by Liz · 48 replies
    WashingtonExaminer.com ^ | 8/3/15 | Sarah Westwood
    An IG probe uncovered evidence that Hillary aide, Huma Abedin, took advantage of her special State Dept employment status that involved potential conflicts of interest, and Abedin pocketing overpayments of tax dollars. In a letter to Secy of State John Kerry, Sen. Chuck Grassley (Rep-Iowa), Senate Judiciary Committee chair, said an IG probe suggested Huma Abedin leveraged her State Department job to benefit her two other employers at the time: the Clinton Foundation and a consulting firm, Teneo Strategies founded by Doug Band longtime aide to Bill Clinton, which boasted the ex-president as a paid board member when launched in...
  • Shakeup expected for Turkish military leadership

    08/03/2015 7:45:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 8/4/15 | Metin Gurcan
    The first week of August is of critical importance for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The High Military Council (HMC) that will decide the high-level new appointments and promotions in the TSK will meet in Ankara on Aug. 3-5 under Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. This session is considered pivotal for Turkey, which has been in political turmoil since the June 7 general elections and has now plunged into a two-front struggle against the Islamic State (IS) and the Kurdistan Workers Party, making security the overriding consideration in the country. Although the annual August meetings of the HMC are always followed...
  • Gulf Arab States Voice Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

    08/03/2015 7:37:39 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 3 2015 | Jay Solomon and Carol E Lee
    Gulf Arab states publicly backed the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran, giving the White House a potentially important diplomatic win as it seeks to build support for its signature foreign policy initiative. The positive response from the Gulf Cooperation Council—composed of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain—followed months of intense lobbying by the White House that included offers of increased arms sales, intelligence-sharing and military training.
  • White House confident Dems will back Iran deal

    08/03/2015 6:27:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/3/15 | Jordan Fabian
    The White House expressed confidence Monday that the House could sustain a presidential veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval against the Iran nuclear deal. “We do feel confident that, if faced with the choice of sustaining the president’s veto of a resolution of disapproval, that we’ve got enough support in the House of Representatives to sustain that veto,” press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. That is one of the strongest statements yet from the White House that it believes it could defeat an effort by Republicans in Congress to kill the agreement. Earnest’s comments came on the same day...
  • Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

    08/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | August 2, 2015 | Duncan Campbell
    I stepped from the warmth of our source's London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived. Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad...
  • Puerto Rico just defaulted for the first time

    08/03/2015 5:27:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/03/15
    Puerto Rico just went into default for the first time in its history. The commonwealth paid a mere $628,000 toward a $58 million debt bill due Monday to creditors of its Public Finance Corporation. This will hurt the island's residents, not Wall Street. The debt is mostly owned by ordinary Puerto Ricans through credit unions. "This was a decision that reflects the serious concerns about the Commonwealth's liquidity in combination with the balance of obligations to our creditors and the equally important obligations to the people of Puerto Rico," Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank president Melba Acosta Febo said in...
  • Iran: U.S. Banned from Knowing Details of Iran Nuclear Inspection Agreement

    08/03/2015 5:11:58 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Adam Kredo
    Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the nuclear inspection organization is barred from revealing to the United States any details of deals it has inked with Tehran to inspect its contested nuclear program going forward, according to regional reports. Recent disclosures by Iran indicate that the recently inked nuclear accord includes a series of side deals on critical inspections regimes that are neither public nor subject to review by the United States. Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador and permanent envoy to the IAEA, stated over the weekend that no country is permitted to know the details of...
  • Why Empower Iran

    08/03/2015 5:00:02 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 10 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | August 3, 2015 | Alexander H. Joffe
    Unless the US Congress votes in opposition, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal with Iran with go through. What really happened and why did it happen the way it did? What happened is gradually becoming clear. It is revealed daily just how horrendous the deal really is. On every point — enrichment, centrifuges, stocks of fissile material, inspections, sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps members and businesses, "snapback," etc. — the Obama administration caved completely. Concessions on ballistic missiles and arms sales were thrown in at the last minute; the administration lied about it all, while Iran...
  • When it comes to Islam, Sunni or Shia, Obama Chooses the Terrorists

    Summary: Like his support for the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood terrorists across the region, the facts of the Iran deal with Shiite terror regime in Tehran point to a deliberate plan of allying the United States with the worst of Islamic terrorists. Obama’s nuclear “deal” with Iran has been compared to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. For those less familiar with the history of the Second World War, Chamberlain’s Munich deal was a betrayal of Czechoslovakia. Students of World War II know, however, that Chamberlain ultimately led the early British war effort against the Nazis. Chamberlain may have...
  • BREAKING: GUN USED IN GARLAND, TEXAS ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACK BOUGHT UNDER OBAMA’S ‘FAST AND...

    08/03/2015 4:47:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 23 replies
    100 percentfedup.com ^ | 8/01/15 | By 100% FED Up
    BREAKING: GUN USED IN GARLAND, TEXAS ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACK BOUGHT UNDER OBAMA’S ‘FAST AND FURIOUS’ You can thank Eric Holder for this. Remember Fast and Furious was a gun running program under Obama and Eric Holder. Hundreds of people have been murdered with these guns. Just another total screwup and coverup from the Obama regime. Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol. At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal...
  • Cecil: What's going on? [How Zimbabwe sees Cecil the Lion - Romans 1]

    08/03/2015 3:42:46 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 53 replies
    Zimbabwe Chronicle ^ | 7/30/2015 | Staff
    AT LEAST five British national newspapers yesterday screamed in front page stories about Cecil, the lion that was killed by an American tourist, Walter Palmer, on July 1 at a game farm in Gwayi Conservancy. The Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, The Mirror and The Independent — all British heavyweights — ran with the story, condemning Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, for taking down Cecil after paying $50,000 for the hunt. The lion was also a big news item on Sky News, the BBC and CNN. Many American news outlets, including The New York Times gave Cecil much prominence too. Why...
  • Aussie PM Tony Abbott Goes Full Dictator in Shotgun Grab

    08/03/2015 3:16:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 2 August, 2015 | Dennis DeMartins
    Australia’s descent into full blown fascism just accelerated again. The Adler lever-action ban in Australia just got serious as Prime Minister Tony Abbott has now decided to personally intervene and ban the firearms completely pending completion of a review of the NFA. Australian Customs and Border Protection have been ordered to detain all shipments of the Adler until the review is complete. Amidst the backlash from firearms owners and running out of concocted reasons and emotive rhetoric based arguments as to why law-abiding firearms owners are responsible for the actions of criminals, and that 128-year-old technology has now suddenly become...
  • Oil dives 5 percent to six-month low under $50 on China worry (deflation?)

    08/03/2015 2:57:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | Barani Krishnan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices lurched 5 percent lower on Monday to their lowest since January, taking global benchmark Brent below $50 a barrel as weak factory activity in China deepened a commodity-wide rout. Growing concerns over excess global oil supplies, heavy selling in pumped-up gasoline futures and technically driven momentum trading knocked prices to within a few dollars of the six-year lows touched at the start of this year. U.S. crude had already fallen 21 percent in July, its worst month since 2008 amid mounting evidence of an expanding global glut and a stock market collapse in China,...
  • Healthy British nurse ends her life in a Swiss clinic because of fear of getting old

    08/03/2015 2:39:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    wapo ^ | Aug. 3, 2015 | Daniela Deane
    A healthy retired British nurse who had worked with the elderly has ended her life in a Swiss clinic because she was afraid of getting old and being unable to to kill herself, a British newspaper reported Monday. Gill Pharoah, 75, who suffered no serious debilitating illness and was still active, was given a lethal injection and was in good enough spirits to joke with a doctor before she died, the London Times newspaper reported. Pharoah was afraid of suffering a stroke as happened to one of her friends, who then lived on for many years with a poor quality...