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  • Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak

    08/28/2014 4:29:36 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/28/14 | Brady Dennis
    The Ebola virus sweeping through West Africa has mutated repeatedly during the current outbreak, a fact that could hinder diagnosis and treatment of the devastating disease, according to scientists who have genetically sequenced the virus in scores of victims. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, also offer new insights into the origins of the largest and most deadly Ebola outbreak in history, which has killed more than 1,500 people in four countries and shows few signs of slowing. It also provided another reminder of the deep toll the outbreak has taken on health workers and others in the...
  • Videos Show Mass Killing of Captives by ISIS in Syria

    08/28/2014 4:28:59 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | AUG. 28, 2014 | BEN HUBBARD
    BAGHDAD — Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have killed more than 100 Syrian soldiers they captured after seizing an airbase in the northeastern part of the country, according to activists who track casualties in the Syrian conflict and an ISIS fighter who was reached through the Internet....
  • UKRAINE: 40 soldiers of 331 Russian AIRBORNE Regiment refused to fight with Ukraine

    08/28/2014 4:04:27 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    Censor.net ^ | 29.08.14 00:16 | Elena Racheva
    40 soldiers 331 Russian AIRBORNE Regiment refused to fight with Ukraine and have been discharged from the army Some Russian paratroopers from the regiment of VDV 331 guessed on which "exercise" their ship refused to go there and were immediately discharged from the army. In his report on the fate of 331 paratroopers regiment she quotes the words of one of the wives of the soldier: "wives banned tosee off their husbands": "They said, bad luck - no expression says Elena. - I still came to my husband at the checkpoint, I brought things. ECHELON leaving with a technique very...
  • It ain’t half hot here, mum [Syria, Iraq]

    08/28/2014 3:38:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    The Economisit ^ | 30 August 2014
    It ain’t half hot here, mum : Why and how Westerners go to fight in Syria and Iraq ___ THE two young men in the bus from Antakya, in south-eastern Turkey, to Reyhanli, nearer the border with Syria, sported long beards, calf-length trousers and toted small drawstring bags with their minimal belongings. They spoke in broken Arabic to the bus driver (local Turks usually have a smattering of the language) but to each other in a regional British accent. They were just two out of hundreds of Muslims from Europe, setting off to Syria to join the battle. That was...
  • Another Bad War in Iraq

    08/28/2014 3:01:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In fighting disease, aggressive action is not always advisable. Two years ago a federal panel recommended against routine use of a test for prostate cancer because it carries "a very small potential benefit and significant potential harms." Some men get false positives, and many true positives lead to risky surgery for cancers that grow so slowly as to pose no threat. Then there is power morcellation, which uses a device to shred uterine fibroids. The Food and Drug Administration has warned against its use in hysterectomies because "there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within...
  • Obama dodges on Ukraine invasion

    08/28/2014 2:48:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Thursday sidestepped the question of whether Russia has mounted an invasion of Ukraine, describing the movement of troops and equipment across the border as an "incursion" and "continuation of what's been taking place" in the region. Obama accused Russia of "deliberately and repeatedly" violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and vowed "more costs and consequences" from the United States and its allies. "The separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia," Obama said. "Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the...
  • Sheikh Qaradawi: The Caliphate in Iraq is Invalid

    08/28/2014 2:44:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/8/14
    Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who is the head of the Muslim Scholars Association and who serves as spiritual mentor for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, attacked the Islamic Caliphate State established by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in large parts of Syria and Iraq. In an interview with a Turkish news agency, Qaradawi said that the caliphate is meaningless as it does not meet the requirements as dictated by Islam. It should be noted that Sheikh Qaradawi supports Hamas, operates a jihad against Israel, and in the past has made rulings permitting suicide bombings ...
  • Obama: We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet to Defeat ISIL

    08/28/2014 2:42:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 28,2014 | Staff
    “I am confident that as commander in chief, I have the authority to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think it will be important for Congress to weigh in, and that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are part of the debate. But, I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet. What I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead...
  • London Imam Choudary to Hannity: You Have 'No Choice,' Sharia Is 'Coming to a Place Near You'

    08/28/2014 2:41:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | August 28, 2014 | Caleb Howe
    "The Sharia will be implemented in America. It's coming to a place very close to you." On Wednesday night, Fox News' Sean Hannity interviewed Muslim cleric, Imam Anjem Choudary, who made outrageous claims including direct threats against the United States, should give any non-Muslim pause, . His point of view closely aligns with ISIS and is all too common in Great Britain. Not only is Choudary a controversial and high profile cleric, but his followers reportedly indoctrinated and radicalized Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, the main suspect in the barbaric beheading of James Foley. He also recently sent some terrible, treasonous tweets...
  • Russia Is Burying Soldiers in Unmarked Graves Just to Conceal Their Role in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 2:37:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    newrepublic.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Josh Kovensky
    ussia invaded Ukraine months ago, but President Vladimir Putin’s forces escalated the fighting this week. NATO announced that over 1,000 Russian soldiers are operating in the country’s Eastern region, while there are reports that regular Russian forces are barreling along the Sea of Azov toward the port city of Mariupol. Ongoing fighting between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers has left scores of Russians dead and wounded, with military hospitals near the border overflowing with injured troops and 100 Russian soldiers possibly killed in a single battle last week. So, with dead and wounded Russian soldiers now being trucked back to the...
  • Canada’s Baird slams Putin over ‘invasion’ of Ukraine

    08/28/2014 2:25:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | JOSH WINGROVE
    The apparent presence of Russian troops in Eastern Ukraine amounts to an “active invasion,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said, calling Russia’s advance an “absolutely reckless” and “shamelessly dishonest” provocation leading up to a NATO summit next week. .... “This is absolutely unacceptable, irresponsible and absolutely reckless. It is also deeply and shamelessly dishonest. While Russian President Putin talked about ceasefires with [Ukraine] President [Petro] Poroshenko in Minsk, his military was busy fighting on Ukrainian soil,” Mr. Baird told reporters Thursday in a conference call from Croatia. “Russia’s credibility was very limited after the dishonesty and deception over Crimea....
  • Constitutional Court hears 'down syndrome' case (Failure to have abortion)

    08/28/2014 2:15:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    SABC ^ | SABC
    A disabled boy wants to be able to sue the Cape Town based Foetal Assessment Centre over its failure to inform his mother that he had down syndrome before he was born. The child's mother said that had the Foetal Assessment Centre properly informed her of the risks of down syndrome, she would have terminated the pregnancy. The mother missed the window period to file a claim on her own behalf.
  • Vladimir Putin: The Return of the CommuNazi

    08/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Austin Bay
    In August 1939 -- 75 years ago this week -- Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term "ComunNazi." Communist-Nazi. Yes, "red" and "brown" entwined as the dictatorships they are. The two dictators' legions of liars hailed the deal as a peace treaty. Peace? Eastern Europeans in the dictators' gun sights scorned the falsehood. "Peace in our time, " Neville Chamberlain had proclaimed after the wretched Munich deal of 1938, which gave Hitler permission to annex slices of Czechoslovakia. Of course, when given a slice, Hitler annexed...
  • Obama's Grand Plan For Crushing ISIS: "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet"

    08/28/2014 2:11:37 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 46 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8/28/2014 | Tyler Durden
    President Obama 'knows' how to handle Putin's 'continuation' - more sanctions (and costs for Europe) - but when it comes to beating the most "barbaric" terrorists known as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State; he had this to offer... "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet." Rest assured Americans - who have been told that ISIS could be crossing the borders every day and a constant threat, President Obama is 'working on it'. Perhaps most crucially, while we 'joke' that the administration has no strategy, it is noteworthy that Obama stated...
  • Obama confesses: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’ for dealing with Islamic State

    08/28/2014 2:03:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Updated: 4:53 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014 | By Dave Boyer
    <p>President Obama said Thursday he doesn’t have a strategy yet for defeating Islamist militants in Syria.</p> <p>“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Mr. Obama said in a news conference at the White House. “We don’t have a strategy yet. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.”</p>
  • UKRAINE: NATO Releases Satellite Evidence That Russia Is Lying About Invading Ukraine

    08/28/2014 1:51:50 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 11 replies
    NATO released a series of satellite images: "Russian combat soldiers, equipped with heavy weaponry ... operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory." NATO website, the photos "confirmed what NATO and its Allies had been seeing for weeks from other sources." This is a direct contradiction of statements made by Kremlin officials and a pro-Russian separatist leader all of the Russian troops who had entered the country were on "their vacations" and assisting the separatists on a volunteer basis. Tak said indicated "substantial numbers of Russian combat troops inside Ukraine" as well as "large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defense systems, artillery,...
  • Obama Pressured Israel to Stop Demanding Demilitarization of Hamas

    08/28/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/28/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The ceasefire agreement didn’t give Hamas everything it wanted, but it gave Israel nothing at all.Israel’s insistence on demilitarizing Gaza fell by the wayside.Why? Here’s one answer. Nabil Shaath, a senior PLO official and confidante of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said that Israel dropped the demand that Hamas be demilitarized, due to American pressure, in an interview with the Arabic Ma’an News Agency. As usual the war was won on the battlefield and lost at the negotiating table. Which means it will have to be repeated in a year or two with a stronger Hamas.Without demilitarizing Gaza, the entire...
  • FINLAND, Helsinki: Finland Suspects Russian Airspace Violation

    08/28/2014 1:09:43 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014, 9:35 AM ET
    This handout picture from the Finnish Air Force taken Thursday shows a Russian AN-72 transport plane, taken by a Finnish aircraft pilot. Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days. Ministry spokesman Max Arhippainen told The Associated Press that a Russian AN-72 transport plane is believed to have crossed into the Nordic country's airspace over the Gulf of Finland for a few minutes. (Finnish Air Force/Lehtikuva via AP) Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the...
  • Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

    08/28/2014 12:50:09 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 25 replies
    WashPost ^ | 8/28/2014 | Adam Goldman and Julia Tate
    At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The victims of waterboarding are often strapped down on gurneys or benches while cold water is poured over a cloth covering...
  • Ukraine will hold consultations with the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum

    08/28/2014 12:49:48 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    hvylya.net ^ | 28.08.14, 21:00
    Council of National Security and Defense of Ukraine instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately turn to the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum 1994 for consultations on the situation in the east of Ukraine. This was after the meeting with the participation of the National Security Council President Poroshenko told the deputy secretary of the NSDC Michael Koval. "The Council has asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs immediately appeal to States that have signed the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, regarding the consultation on the situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions", - he said. Also added Koval, "Ukraine asks for help...
  • Gaza sees that violence works, Indyk says (0bama "enraged" at Israel)

    08/28/2014 11:48:22 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    JPost ^ | 8/27/2014 | Michael Wilner
    Palestinians are taking notice of the effectiveness of extremist, violent resistance movements against the governments of Israel and Iraq, said former US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk in an interview published this week. Speaking extensively on US relations with Jerusalem since the end of the latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians last April, and throughout Operation Protective Edge, a candid Indyk said at times US President Barack Obama has become “enraged” at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, US Secretary of State John Kerry. [....]...
  • When Political Correctness Took Over in Yorkshire

    08/28/2014 11:36:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 2:08 p.m. ET | Brendan O'Neill
    Perfect storms don't come much more perfect than the Rotherham child-abuse revelations currently rocking the U.K. Everything modern Britain is famous for fretting over—from class to race, pedophiles to official incompetence—is implicated in this sordid story of abuse in and around a northern English town once known for producing steel. All eyes have been on Rotherham since a report into child sexual abuse there was published on Tuesday. Commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council and wrote by Professor Alexis Jay, the report makes grim reading. It says that from 1997 to 2013, 1,400 children and teenagers were subjected to "appalling abuse"...
  • U.S. Officials Won’t Call Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine An “Invasion”

    08/28/2014 11:16:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 80 replies
    BuzzFeedNews ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rosie Gray
    Whatever you do, don’t call it an invasion. U.S. officials are refusing to call Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine this week an invasion, and the issue is not on the agenda for Thursday’s National Security Council meeting. “Today the president is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL,” a White House official said on Thursday when asked if the situation in Ukraine would also be a part of the meeting. “You should not expect that...
  • 'Promising' Ebola vaccine to go into trials - and it could be available by the end of the year

    08/28/2014 11:07:23 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 August 2014 | Jenny Hope for the Daily Mail
    Britons are to be the first in the world to test a new vaccine against the deadly ebola virus. Altogether 60 healthy volunteers will be given the vaccine next month in a trial led by Oxford University scientists. If the vaccine performs as well in humans as in monkeys, the trial will be extended to 80 people in The Gambia and in Mali. The entire trial programme is being fast-tracked – subject to ethical approval – with the intention of using the vaccine in people at high risk in West Africa early next year. Latest figures show that more than...
  • Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine: Russian rights activists

    08/28/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Christian Lowe
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts of eye-witness and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council, said around 300 people were also injured in the violence on Aug. 13 near the town of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province, when a column of trucks full of ammunition they were driving was hit by a sustained volley of Grad missiles. "A column of...
  • Likud's Danon: Netanyahu in Political Trouble After Hamas Deal (could be ousted in October)

    08/28/2014 10:45:17 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 05:07 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Benjamin Netanayu's days as Israeli prime minister may be numbered following his agreement with Hamas for an extended ceasefire, says Danny Danon, a Likud party member of the Knesset and Netanyahu's former deputy minister of defense. Netanyahu inexplicably accepted the ceasefire even though a majority of the cabinet members would have wholeheartedly voted no, Danon explained Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "We are disappointed … You fight with the Hamas you don't negotiate with the Hamas. You don't negotiate with a terrorist organization," Danon said. "We should fight against the Hamas. We have the ability and...
  • Russia denies reports of military presence in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 10:16:01 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    Russia's defence ministry on Thursday strongly denied reports that Russian military units were operating in Ukraine.
  • ISIS: Surprisingly Sophisticated, Extremely Well-Funded ($2 billion in the bank)

    08/28/2014 9:49:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 26, 2014 | STEVE SKOJEC
    In a very interesting infographic on Medium, Matter Magazine offers us a paint by numbers assessment of the ISIS threat. Among other things, the Islamic State has a shocking amount of money — $2 BILLION dollars — four times as much as the Taliban. And their wealth is growing, with $3 million dollars a day in oil and gas revenue from captured facilities. (If you’re wondering who is buying, it’s all black market.)And they have other sources of income besides:The statistics go on, and they’re surprising. 80,000 fighters control 470,000 square miles and 6,000,000 people.And of course, they have vowed...
  • ISIL executes dozens of soldiers in Syria army

    08/28/2014 9:44:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    REUTERS / AP / / BEIRUT via TZ ^ | August 28, 2014, Thursday/ 16:47:33/
    Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have executed dozens of members of the Syrian army they captured after seizing an air base in the northeast of the country, a group monitoring the violence said on Thursday. ISIL, a radical offshoot of al-Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base on Sunday after days of clashes with the army and said it had captured and killed soldiers and officers in one of the fiercest confrontations yet between the two sides. The capture of Tabqa, the Syrian army's last foothold in that area, and apparent killing of large numbers of its soldiers...
  • Russia Economy in Trouble, Official Says

    08/28/2014 9:32:03 AM PDT · by Tau Food · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 25, 2014 | Kenneth Rapoza
    Not too long ago, top officials within the Russian government said Western sanctions were not going to hurt. A couple of months later, reality has settled in. Russia’s Economic Development Minister, Alexei Ulyukayev, said the economy had many obstacles and entered a negative growth cycle. In an op-ed published in the Vedomosti newspaper Monday, Ulyukayev wrote, “ It could be said that we have entered a negative stage of the economic cycle. Lack of demand is a significant obstacle on the way to restoring steady growth.” Sanctions are not helping matters.
  • Border chaos: 375,000 pending immigration cases, Obama lawyers AWOL

    08/28/2014 9:10:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/28/2014 | Paul Bedard
    Two top federal judges Wednesday said the nation’s immigration courts are in chaos, with the backlog of cases at an historic high of 375,000 for just 227 judges, leading to a minimum three-year delay in hearings for illegal immigrants. In Washington to take advantage of the current crisis to demand a new court system, the judges accused the Justice Department of treating their courts like Cinderella’s abusive family by starving them of money and support and blamed the insufficient Justice funding for letting illegals “linger” in the country. “Immigration courts are the forgotten stepchild,” said Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks...
  • UN confirms 43 UN peacekeepers seized in Syrian Golan (UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF))

    08/28/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/28/14 | AFP
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations said that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday and that it was doing everything to secure their release. An additional 81 peacekeepers were "currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah," it added. Israel closed off the area around Quneitra on Wednesday after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels, including fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra front, stormed the crossing. No details were released on the nationalities of the detained...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga recapture oil, farming center in wake of airstrikes

    08/28/2014 8:41:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 08/28/2014 | Seth Robson
    MAKHMUR, Iraq — Bullet-riddled walls, burned-out buildings and a hastily dug grave in this town where U.S. troops were once stationed mark the northernmost advance of Islamic State militants along one of the main highways leading into Iraqi Kurdistan. Kurdish forces recaptured Makhmur, an oil and farming center just 40 miles south of the Kurdish capital, Irbil, in the wake of U.S. airstrikes launched this month on Islamic State positions, pushing the militants back to the town of Qarach, a 15-minute drive down the road. Few of the 18,000 people who lived in Makhmur have returned, fearing that Islamic State...
  • Hamas’s Media Strategy

    08/28/2014 8:34:14 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Hamas’s Media Strategy
    During the six weeks of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has used human shields—women and children—to protect its infrastructure in Gaza. This tactic is meant either to deter Israel from striking at the rockets, attack tunnels, and terrorists that threaten it, or—and for Hamas this is much preferable—to force the Israeli military to fire on Palestinian civilians. Without reporters and cameras there to document the carnage, the blood that Hamas compels Gazans to shed on its behalf would be wasted. Hamas thus needs reporters in Gaza. But the last thing it wants is a press corps reporting both sides of...
  • Joint US-German ship-defense rollout buoys Raytheon

    08/28/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | August 28, 2014 | David Wichner
    At a time when many U.S. defense programs are facing the budget ax, Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems is looking forward to an important stream of new international business from a ship-defense missile system co-developed with Germany. On Wednesday, Raytheon commemorated the first delivery of a new version of the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) to the U.S. Navy with a ceremony at its sprawling airport-area missile plant. RAM — which gets its name from its spinning action in flight — is a 30-year-old, cooperative program between the U.S. and German governments with industry support from Raytheon and RAMsys of Germany. Deployed...
  • CDC whistleblower makes statement regarding cover up of relationship of MMR and autism

    08/28/2014 8:24:02 AM PDT · by mgist · 63 replies
    Morgan Verkamp ^ | 8/27/14 | William Thompson
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-AUGUST 27,2014 STATEMENT OF WILLIAM W. THOMPSON, Ph.D., REGARDING THE 2004 ARTICLE EXAMINING THE POSSIBILITY OF A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MMR VACCINE AND AUTISM My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998. I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report...
  • Kurdish forces reclaim seven villages in northern Iraq from militants

    08/28/2014 8:15:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Alliance News LSE ^ | Thu, 28th Aug 2014 10:40
    Baghdad (Alliance News) - Kurdish Peshmerga forces Thursday took control of seven villages from the Islamic State in northern Iraq in a major offensive against the radical group, the Iraqi government-run TV al-Iraqiya reported. The villages are located near the strategic Mosul Dam, which the Peshmerga had recaptured from the extremists in mid-August.The dam, Iraq's largest, is located on the Tigris River, which flows through the capital Baghdad.After having suffered setbacks by the Islamic State early this month, the Peshmerga, backed by US airstrikes, have been able to retake several areas from the al-Qaeda splinter group in the past two...
  • Russian media report 'invasion of Ukraine'

    08/28/2014 7:52:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 August 2014 Last updated at 08:32 ET | BBC
    Reports that Russian troops are intervening directly in the fighting in south-east Ukraine have started to appear in Russian media, despite repeated denials from the Kremlin. Newspapers and websites are quoting mainly Ukrainian and Western media reports about a Russian invasion, but some have also started to ask whether Moscow is now "fighting a war". Many Russian social media users, however, say they have no doubt that Ukraine has been "attacked". They echo sentiments in the Ukrainian twitter-sphere where #russiainvadesukraine, #StopPutin, and #UkraineUnderAttack have become the top trending hashtags.
  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 7:42:34 AM PDT · by GeronL · 144 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Ukraine Today
    Ukraine Today: A militant leader in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk has admitted that Russian soldiers are fighting among his forces in the insurgency. Alexander Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, told Russian media that between 3,000 and 4,000 Russian soldiers on leave from their posts have been fighting in the insurgency.
  • Russian armored columns said to capture key Ukrainian town

    08/28/2014 7:36:36 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 57 replies
    WP ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Annie Gowen and Karoun Demirjian
    KIEV, Ukraine — Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said. The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov after a battle in which Ukrainian army positions came under fire from Grad rockets launched from Russian territory, according to the spokesman, Col. Andriy Lysenko. “Our border servicemen and guardsmen retreated as they did not have heavy equipment,” Lysenko said in a statement. Ukrainian authorities...
  • Leonid Kravchuk: Crimea will soon ask to be readmitted back into Ukraine

    08/28/2014 7:36:29 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Friday 11 july, 2014, 07:00 | Zik TV
    Addressing an international forum in Warsaw, ex-Pres Leonid Kravchuk said time will soon come when Crimean residents will ask to readmit them back into Ukraine, Ukrinform reports July 11. “Three million Crimeans cannot tolerate their present miserable life,” he said.
  • Ebola virus disease update, West Africa - update 28 August 2014

    08/28/2014 7:07:05 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 17 replies
    WHO-Africa ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | WHO-Africa
    Ebola virus disease update, West Africa - update 28 August 2014 Epidemiology and surveillance The total number of probable and confirmed cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the four affected countries as reported by the respective Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone is 3 069, with 1 552 deaths. The outbreak continues to accelerate. More than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities. The overall case fatality rate is 52%. It ranges from 42% in Sierra...
  • U.S. Coast Guard vessel fires at Iranian boat in Persian Gulf

    08/28/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/28/2014
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program. Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said personnel on a small boat dispatched from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired a single shot when it saw crew on a nearby Iranian dhow training one of its two .50-caliber machine guns on them and preparing...
  • JIMMY CARTER TO HEADLINE FUNDRAISER FOR HAMAS FRONT GROUP

    08/28/2014 6:42:26 AM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Breibart ^ | August 27, 2014 | Thomas Rose
    Former President Jimmy Carter is the featured keynote speaker at this weekend’s Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. The Justice Department recently implicated ISNA, which claims to be America’s largest Muslim organization, as the lead conduit in a scheme to illegally pass on $12 million to Hamas, the Palestinian terror group established to annihilate the State of Israel. Hamas is officially designated a terrorist group by the US government. The Justice Department officially designated ISNA as an un-indicted co-conspirator as part of its successful 2007 trial of those accused of coordinating fundraising efforts for Hamas...
  • Al-Qaeda advances to Israel's northern border

    08/28/2014 6:40:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/28/2014 | Carol Brown
    Israelis are not happy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And they shouldn’t be.The headline at Israel National News reads: “Majority of Israelis Think Israel Didn't Win Gaza Operation” Journalist Ari Yashar writes: Poll: 59% say op. not a success, as Netanyahu's approval rating nose-dives further to a paltry 32%; majority oppose ceasefire.  snip Clearly the disappointment is not directed at the IDF, which 83% of the public said it was satisfied with - instead Israelis apparently are severely dissatisfied with the political echelon, and Netanyahu at its head.  (snip) Criticism has been pouring in from all corners over Netanyahu's apparent...
  • OBAMA WANTS NEW ISIS WAR PLAN ASAP

    08/28/2014 6:39:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 8/27/14 | Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
    ....Obama wants to decide by the end of the week whether or not his war in Iraq against the Islamic State will expand to the group’s haven in eastern Syria. But nearly everything about the potential military campaign is still in flux, administration officials tell The Daily Beast—from the goals of the effort to the intelligence needed to carry it out.....
  • Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East

    08/28/2014 6:34:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    New York Times via CNBC ^ | 08/27/14 | Andrew E. Kramer and Michael R. Gordon
    Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border town but a wide swath of territory, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials are calling a stealth invasion. The attacks outside this city and in an area to the north essentially have opened a new, third front in the war in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, along with the fighting outside the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.
  • Who are the Americans Fighting in Syria?

    08/28/2014 6:27:50 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 4 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 08/27/2014 | Jordan Long
    The shocking and disturbing videotaped execution of American journalist James Foley had, besides the most gruesome and obvious, another jarring element: the composed British voice of his murderer, repeating fanatical Islamist propaganda and making terroristic threats in impeccable English. Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, an up-and-coming rapper who abandoned making music in London to make war in Syria in 2012, is far from the first UK national to embrace the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Great Britain’s Foreign Office estimates that at least 400 British citizens have gone to join the carnage in Syria. One member of Parliament thinks Merry...
  • Swedish-Algerian Journalist Yahya Abu Zakariya: The U.S. Invented Beheadings

    08/28/2014 6:26:01 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    Memri TV ^ | 8-22-14 | NBN TV (Lebanon)
    In a TV interview, Swedish-Algerian journalist Yahya Abu Zakariya said that the first to slaughter humans were the Americans. "They were the ones who taught the world how to slit throats," he said in the interview, which aired on August 22, 2014 on the Lebanese NBN TV channel. "They would scrape out the skull, scoop out the brain, and turn the skull into a drinking cup," said Abu Zakariya, a TV host on the Lebanese Mayadeen TV channel. Following are excerpts: Yahya Abu Zakariya: I'd like to point out that the U.S. is a veteran terrorist. It was the U.S....
  • UKRAINE: GREATLY REQUEST PRAYER Father Tikhon Sergiy Kulbaka

    08/28/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    TODAY PRAY FOR UKRAINE WITHOUT CEASING Prayer request from a priest, Tikhon Sergiy Kulbaka Father Tikhon is also the secretary of the inter-faith Council of Churches and Religious Organizations of the Donetsk Oblast, and is one of the organizers of the prayer ‘marathon’ in Donetsk. He had previiously been captured, imprisoned & beaten by Pro-Russian Separatist Terrorist: “Our volunteers, the first time for all the time of their labour, failed today to reach Ukrainian block-posts through constant shelling. GOD, HELP OUR SOLDIERS!!!! Novoazovsk, Starobeševo occupied by, the fight between Mar’ďnkoű and Oleněvkoű, the constant kanonada on line Gorlovka-Yasinovataya. I’m just...