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  • US Special Forces funds drug that can put soldiers injured... into HIBERNATION

    11/27/2014 12:43:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 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 · 15 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 · 9 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 · 10 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...
  • NYPD Arrests Ferguson Protesters Trying to Disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    11/27/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Slate ^ | 11-27-2014 | Daniel Politi
    Police in New York arrested a number of protesters on Thursday who were apparently part of a movement to disrupt the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in order to demonstrate against the failure to indict Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown. At least seven people were detained, according to the New York Post, which had warned in its front page today about a “plot against Snoopy.” The seven people who were arrested were apparently part of a group of people who overturned a trash can and tried to “run toward the floats,” according to WPIX-TV. “But an hour later,...
  • Russian insider says Putin openly planned invasion of Ukraine since 2003

    11/27/2014 10:23:23 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 13 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 · 8 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 · 7 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 · 154 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 · 16 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...
  • Thousands protest at US embassy in London over Ferguson case

    11/26/2014 4:34:46 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 76 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | AFP
    Thousands protested in London on Wednesday in sympathy with demonstrations across the US over the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer. ... Following the vigil at the embassy, the crowd marched through London's central shopping district, stopping traffic
  • US squadrons 'may use UK carrier' for operations

    11/26/2014 3:31:24 PM PST · by the scotsman · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th November 2014 | BBC News
    'The Royal Navy may ask US squadrons to fly off its new aircraft carrier following delays to its new F35B fighters, BBC Newsnight has learned. MoD insiders said the US Marine Corps would be offered the use of HMS Queen Elizabeth II for flight operations. The UK plans to have its first F35 squadron operational by 2018, but Newsnight has learned that there may be further delays.'
  • Special Report - Putin's allies channelled billions to Ukraine oligarch

    11/26/2014 3:16:43 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Stephen Grey, Tom Bergin, Sevgil Musaieva and Roman Anin
    He is Dmitry Firtash, a former fireman and soldier. In little more than a decade, the Ukrainian went from obscurity to wealth and renown, largely by buying gas from Russia and selling it in his home country. His success was built on remarkable sweetheart deals brokered by associates of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, at immense cost to Russian taxpayers, a Reuters investigation shows. Russian government records reviewed for this article reveal for the first time the terms of recent deals between Firtash and Russia's Gazprom, a giant gas company majority owned by the state. According to Russian customs documents detailing...
  • US military urged to allow transgender troops to serve openly

    11/26/2014 2:54:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 26, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    Retired military personnel are calling on the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines to change their lists of disqualifying conditions to allow transgender people to serve openly. Though the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed, allowing openly gay people to serve in the military, there is still a ban on transgender service members. In May, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the ban should be “continually reviewed.” A report released by the Palm Center on Tuesday, however, said the Department of Defense deleted its list of medically disqualifying and administratively disqualifying conditions in August. Now only conditions that...
  • Egypt would be interested in purchasing a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France

    11/26/2014 11:01:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 26 November 2014
    According to French financial newspaper La Tribune, Egypt would like to quickly procure a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France, following the deal the country has just signed with DCNS for four Gowind 2500 corvettes (the lead ship to be built in France and the 3 others to be built in Egypt as part of a transfer of technology). Egypt is reported to have requested a FREMM for as early as 2015. La Tribune is reporting that France could sell Aquitaine class Frigate Normandie which is set to be delivered to the French Navy by year end. This would come as...
  • Defense Secretary pick will be a challenge for Obama

    11/26/2014 10:04:50 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published November 26, 2014 | Fox News
    The Defense Secretary job opening is emerging as a thanks-but-no-thanks opportunity, as some of the top potential prospects have already said they’re not interested in the job. Within minutes of reports Monday that Secretary Chuck Hagel would resign, the names of Michele Flournoy and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed emerged as top prospects. But each made clear by the end of the day that they didn’t want the coveted but high-wire, Cabinet-level post. The new secretary would indeed step into a difficult and complicated world, with the emergence of the deadly and unpredictable militant group Islamic State, amid Defense Department...
  • Le Pen forced to justify €9m loan from Russia

    11/26/2014 9:55:57 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    thelocal.fr ^ | November 24, 2014 | Louise Nordstrom
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s cash-strapped far-right National Front (FN), on Sunday justified her party's €9 million loan from a Russian Bank saying it was needed to beef up their war chest ahead of local elections, saying “French banks won’t lend to us”. The loan, from Moscow-based First Czech Russian Bank (FCRB), was signed in September and was first revealed by French investigative website Mediapart on Saturday. In an interview with French daily Le Monde, Le Pen said her party had had no choice but go to a Russian bank for funds, with the departmental elections coming up...
  • Obama insults Australia: Why did president diss close ally's prime minister?

    11/26/2014 9:17:28 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 29 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Nick Adams
    President Obama’s defiance appears to know no bounds. Why do I say this? Consider this: Since the beginning of the last century, Australia is the only country to have fought alongside the United States in every single major conflict. Australia is America’s closest ally in Asia, and indeed, the world. So, what President Obama did when he came to the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, was stunning and offensive. Mirroring his action in sending the bust of Winston Churchill back to England, the President gave a provocative, anti-Abbott (Australia’s PM) speech on climate change at the University of Queensland. But...
  • Austria's far-right 'courting' Russia

    11/26/2014 9:03:03 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    thelocal.at ^ | November 25, 2014
    The leader of Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, is in Moscow for a discussion on “overcoming the crisis in Europe”. This comes amid speculation as to whether the FPÖ might have received financial support from Russia, after a Moscow strategy paper seen by German media revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been advised to influence Europe through right-wing populist parties including Alternativ für Deutschland (AfD). The round-table discussion is being chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Strache is accompanied by the chairman of the Vienna FPÖ Johann Gudenus, the party’s foreign policy spokesman Johannes Hübner, and...
  • Hagel Dismissed, But Not Missed

    11/26/2014 9:01:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Nearly two years ago, these writers urged President Obama to “Chuck Hagel.” Today, it seems, the hapless Secretary of Defense is on his way out. We wish him no ill. And we certainly don’t rejoice in his forced resignation. The timing of his dismissal could hardly be worse. It comes on the eve of another “deadline” in our dealings with an Iran bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. Secretary Hagel never overcame his stumbling debut. A recent poll of national security personnel gave him an abysmal 26% approval rating. And while we...
  • This week’s OPEC meeting is the most important in years

    11/26/2014 9:00:12 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 25,2014 | Steven Mufson
    For most of the past four years, OPEC has had an easy time. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries hasn’t had to do much to keep oil prices over $100 a barrel. Disruptions in supply — most notably the Libyan civil war — and rising demand have kept the cartel’s coffers full. It has been, say Barclays’ commodities analysts, the culmination of OPEC’s “golden age.” Saudi Arabia, which has played the role of swing producer balancing the market, has not trimmed its output as it often has in the past, instead cutting prices to hang onto market share while...
  • Escalation 101: USA To Deploy 150 Tanks Near Russian Border

    11/26/2014 8:03:01 AM PST · by Fennie · 171 replies
    MINA ^ | November 26, 2014
    The US Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armoured vehicles to NATO countries next year and some of the heavy armour may be stationed in Eastern Europe, a top American general said on Tuesday. The move is part of a US effort dubbed Operaton Atlantic Resolve in the Baltic states and Poland to reassure allies anxious about a 'resurgent Russia', with American troops deploying for several months at a time to conduct joint exercises. Nearly 50 armoured vehicles are already in place and another 100 M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles will be "pre-positioned" in Germany and...
  • India’s state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund

    11/26/2014 6:28:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2014 8:38 AM EST | Nirmala George
    India’s largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country’s 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country’s capital markets regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Shariah funds. […] A large section of India’s Muslim population remains outside the banking system, partly because Islamic law known as Shariah prohibits interest. Shares of companies linked to alcohol, tobacco, gambling and casinos and financial institutions that earn interest would be excluded from the fund. […] India’s stock exchanges have between...
  • I Went Halfway Around the World with Chuck Hagel—and All I Learned Was That He Was Doomed

    11/26/2014 6:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    TNR ^ | 11/26/2014 | By Reid Cherlin
    Last August, I flew halfway around the world with Chuck Hagel to try to see what made him tick, and why he’d been chosen as Secretary of Defense at such an unsettled, seemingly crucial period for our national security. I watched Hagel in bilateral meetings with Southeast Asian ministers of defense, and I watched him take questions from American marines in Hawaii. I saw him in a bathing suit (he’s an avid morning lap-swimmer), and I saw him in a business suit, and I saw him in leisurewear on the interminable flights across the Pacific. I interviewed him twice, generating...
  • Putin's tiger kills 15 goats in China

    11/26/2014 6:18:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    BEIJING – A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge. China's official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the animal, named Ustin, bit and killed 15 goats and left another three missing on Sunday and Monday on a farm in Heilongjiang province's Fuyuan county.
  • Biden dodges angry mob in Ukraine

    11/26/2014 5:41:47 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | November 21, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    Vice President Joe Biden backed out from appearing with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at a memorial ceremony in Kiev on Friday, when the Secret Service determined it “wasn’t a good idea” after a crowd became “unruly,” a pool report said. “When Biden’s motorcade arrived on outskirts of what had become very large and somewhat unruly gathering, many chanting ‘shame’ at Poroshenko. … [U.S.] [S]ecret [S]ervice decided wasn’t a good idea for Biden to wade in,” according to the pool report.
  • Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions

    11/26/2014 4:57:42 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Robin Emmott
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago. "The impact on business couldn't be clearer. Fewer stands, fewer companies," said Mark Bultinck, a sales executive for Belgian digital screen maker Barco, which had a booth at the annual expo for the audiovisual industry. The impact of the sanctions was already clear to Barco. The company lost Russia's biggest shipbuilder as a client when the United...
  • After Obama’s Immigration Action, a Blast of Energy for the Tea Party

    11/25/2014 11:57:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 25, 2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    In all its fury and unanimity, the response from the right to President Obama’s decision to change immigration policy without the consent of Congress was the manifestation of a major transformation within the Tea Party. What started five years ago as a groundswell of conservatives committed to curtailing the reach of the federal government, cutting the deficit and countering the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party has become a movement largely against immigration overhaul. The politicians, intellectual leaders and activists who consider themselves part of the Tea Party have redirected their energy from advocating fiscal austerity and small government...
  • Elian Gonzalez: 15 years after his rescue, a quiet life

    11/25/2014 8:41:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Portia Siegelbaum
    Havana -- Fifteen years ago today two fishermen plucked an exhausted, frightened five-year-old tied to an inner tube out of the waters off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale. Elian Gonzalez, less than two weeks short of his 6th birthday, was the young Cuban boy whose rescue set off an international custody battle and reverberated in the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign. Now nearly 21 and out of the public eye, Gonzalez is studying industrial engineering at the university in his home province of Matanzas in Cuba.
  • Maryam Rajavi: Iran Nuclear Negotiations a Serious Threat

    11/25/2014 6:05:35 PM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Scoop ^ | Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:31 pm | Maryam Rajavi
    Failure of the year-long negotiations, seven months extension of endless negotiations, ignoring Security Council resolutions, leave the way open for mullahs to acquire nuclear bomb, entailing serious threat to world peace and security Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the failure of negotiations by the United States and the five powers with the religious fascism ruling Iran due to unjustified concessions to the regime and flexibilities exercised in dealing with the regime and said: Ignoring Security Council resolutions and extending endless negotiations with the Iranian regime leave the way open to acquire nuclear bomb which is considered...
  • Another cut borrowing rate expected as Poland's economy slows

    11/25/2014 5:59:21 PM PST · by Bettyprob
    Thenews.pl ^ | November 5, 2014
    As economists expect another cut in Poland's interest rates, Wednesday, the European Commission has cut its forecast for Polish GDP growth in 2014. "Growth in Poland will slow in the last months of the year due to a decline in exports as demand in the eurozone slows,” the EC says, adding that Poland's economy is also being hit by the Russian embargo on food imports from the EU. The commission has cut its prediction for Poland's economic growth this year from the 3.2 percent it forecast in May to 3 percent. GDP growth in the EU as a whole will...
  • Did pressure on Gitmo releases doom Hagel?

    11/25/2014 5:11:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s no secret that Barack Obama wants to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, although his zeal for the project has often been questioned. Obama’s first action as President consisted of a directive to close the prison, but almost six years later, it’s still in operation — and relatively popular, at least in contrast with the alternatives. Obama has embarked on a strategy to close Gitmo through default by emptying it of its detainees, but there has been one impediment to that strategy. Congress requires the Secretary of Defense to attest that any released detainees pose no threat...
  • Michčle Flournoy Takes Herself Out of Running for Top Pentagon Job

    11/25/2014 4:54:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11/25/2014 | BY JOHN HUDSON , YOCHI DREAZEN
    Michčle Flournoy, widely seen as the front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, abruptly took herself out of the running for the job Tuesday, complicating what will be one of the most important personnel decisions of President Barack Obama's second term. Flournoy, the co-founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a think tank that has served as a farm league for future Obama administration officials, would have been the first female secretary of defense had she risen to the position. The news of her decision to withdraw was first reported by...
  • Pope Francis urges Europe to reject ‘throwaway culture’ (tells EU Parliament, "No to Abortion")

    11/25/2014 4:31:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    St. Louis Tribune ^ | Nov 25 2014 | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA
    Strasbourg, France • Pope Francis on Tuesday urged European leaders to reject a "throwaway culture" that treats people like "cogs in a machine" too easily discarded through abortion and euthanasia. Francis made the comments Tuesday to the European Parliament during a brief visit meant to highlight his vision for Europe a quarter-century after St. John Paul II travelled to Strasbourg to address a continent still divided by the Iron Curtain. In a highly critical address amid tight security, Francis blamed "selfish lifestyles" and "uncontrolled consumerism" for promoting alienation and indifference to the poor during a time of economic crisis....
  • Hong Kong moves to clear unruly protest site

    11/25/2014 3:50:39 PM PST · by robowombat · 2 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | November 26, 2014, 12:03 am TWN | Kelvin Chan
    Hong Kong moves to clear unruly protest site By Kelvin Chan November 26, 2014, 12:03 am TWN HONG KONG -- Hong Kong authorities began clearing a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district Tuesday, risking confrontation with demonstrators in the neighborhood, a flashpoint for previous violent clashes with police and angry mobs. A total of 80 people were arrested, police said. Twenty-three were detained for contempt of court after police warned them not to interfere with workers and bailiffs enforcing a court order to remove obstructions from part of the protest area, one of three sites in the city...
  • 69% of Americans oppose deal leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities

    11/25/2014 3:43:58 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 25, 2014, 6:44 pm | David Horovitz
    Survey shows ‘Netanyahu closer to the American people than Obama’ on Iran, says pollster Frank Luntz More than two-thirds of Americans oppose a deal with Iran that would allow it to maintain nuclear weapons capabilities, according to a new survey by American political strategist Frank Luntz. Americans are also overwhelmingly mistrustful of Iran, and consider it to be the country that poses the greatest threat to the United States. The survey, shown to The Times of Israel on Tuesday, the day after US-led talks with Iran were extended till next July, also found an overwhelming majority of Americans believe the...
  • U.S. to leave more troops than first planned in Afghanistan: sources

    11/25/2014 3:11:19 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | November 25, 2014 | Tribune wire report
    The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. "If they hadn't done that, the mission would have lost bases," the source said. Under the U.S. commitment, described as a "bridging solution" until other nations fulfill their pledges later in the year or the troops...
  • Russian Official: Ferguson Highlights ‘Serious Challenges to American Society and its Stability’

    11/25/2014 3:09:24 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 25 replies
    stlouis.cbslocal.com ^ | November 25, 2014
    MOSCOW (CBS St. Louis/AP) — The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country’s stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday. The comments by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov, were among the sharpest from a foreign official as images of violent protests in Ferguson topped newscasts around the world. The protests came after a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown. “The developments in Ferguson and other cities highlight serious challenges to the...
  • How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants?

    11/25/2014 3:05:22 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2014 | By Valerie Strauss
    According to the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project, 6.9 percent of K-12 students had parents of illegal immigrants in 2012, while far less — 1.4 percent — of all students were illegal immigrants themselves. Nevada had the biggest percentage of students with parents who were illegal immigrants, followed by California, at 13.2 percent; Texas, at 13.1 percent; and Arizona, at 11 percent. The figures come from a new report that says there were an estimated 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the United States in 2012 (the latest year for which there is data), the same as in 2009. (The...
  • Flournoy drops out of running for Pentagon job

    11/25/2014 2:25:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Michčle Flournoy, a former Pentagon official who was viewed as a front-runner to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of contention for the Cabinet post. Flournoy on Tuesday sent a letter to the board of directors for the Center for a New American Security saying she plans to remain in her position as the think tank’s chief executive officer,Foreign Policy reported. Flournoy had previously served as undersecretary of Defense for policy from 2009 to 2012, working under both Robert Gates and Leon Panetta. She was viewed as a possible replacement for Panetta when he announced his...
  • Hagel Didn't Start the Fire

    11/25/2014 2:18:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran and the lone Republican on Obama's national security team, has been fired. And John McCain's assessment is dead on. Hagel, he said, "was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible debacle that we're in today throughout the world." Undeniably, U.S. foreign policy is in a shambles. But what were the "decisions" that produced the "incredible debacle"? Who made them? Who supported them? The first would be George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, a war...
  • The Clock is Ticking in Switzerland

    11/25/2014 2:01:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/25/2014 | Peter Schiff
    For most of my career in international investing, I had always placed a great deal of faith in Switzerland's financial markets. In recent years, however, as the Swiss government has sought to hitch its wagon to the flailing euro currency and kowtow increasingly to U.S.-based financial requirements, this faith has been shaken. But this week (November 30th) a referendum in Switzerland on whether its central bank will be required to hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold, will offer ordinary Swiss citizens a rare opportunity to reclaim their country's strong economic heritage. It's a vote that few outside...
  • U.S. authorities need to build trust on race issues: U.N. rights chief (Jordanian Prince)

    11/25/2014 1:57:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada / Reuters ^ | November 25, 2014 | Tom Miles
    GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. authorities need to tackle a "deep and festering" mistrust in some sectors of the population and examine how race relations affect law enforcement, the U.N.'s human rights chief said on Tuesday. About a dozen buildings in surburban Ferguson, Missouri, burned overnight and police fired tear gas at protesters angry that a grand jury had cleared police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the United Nations said he was "deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers,...
  • What Scares China's Military: The 1991 Gulf War

    11/25/2014 1:31:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The National Interest ^ | November 24, 2014 | Robert Farley
    In 1991, Chinese military officers watched as the United States dismantled the Iraqi Army, a force with more battle experience and somewhat greater technical sophistication than the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The Americans won with casualties that were trivial by historical standards. This led to some soul searching. The PLA hadn’t quite been on autopilot in the 1980s, but the pace of reform in the military sector had not matched that of social and economic life in China. Given the grim performance of the PLA in the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War, as well as the collapse of the Soviet Union, something...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities

    11/25/2014 12:49:26 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 25 Nov 2014 | Leon Siciliano,
    Kim Jong-un tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has described Americans as "cannibals" after visiting an anti-US museum in Pyongyang By Leon Siciliano, and AFP, video source ITN 2:36PM GMT 25 Nov 2014 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, under pressure over Pyongyang's human rights record, has toured a museum dedicated to alleged atrocities by US forces during the Korean War, state media said Tuesday. The visit to the Sinchon Museum of United States War Atrocities was aimed at rousing the whole country "to an all-out anti-US struggle," the state-run KCNA news agency said. It comes...
  • Erdogan: Of course women aren’t equal to men ( Moslem Turkey )

    11/25/2014 11:13:41 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 25, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you were looking for an actual “war on women” as opposed to some fictional hysteria constructed for the entertainment of daytime cable news soap operas, you might want to take a look at Turkey. The new president of our “ally” in the region near Syria, Tayyip Erdogan, decided to opine on the subject of gender relations this week and he really wasn’t worried about mincing words. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said women cannot be treated as equal to men, and has accused feminists of rejecting motherhood. “You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,”...