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  • Germany braces as thousands of new migrants begin to arrive

    09/01/2015 1:51:36 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    dpa international (German UPI) ^ | September 1st, 2015 | By dpa correspondents
    Berlin (dpa) - The southern German state of Bavaria pleaded for aid from the rest of the country Tuesday as it became the latest beachhead in the epic arrival of African and Middle Eastern migrants in Europe. Trains full of migrants who have made it to Greece and then through Eastern Europe on the so-called Balkan Route have begun arriving in Germany - the country many of them wanted to reach in the first place. Even though the arrivals had been expected and Germany has committed itself to taking in 800,000 migrants this year, the arrival has still come as...
  • U.S. Ambassador: 17,000 Syrian Refugees Waiting to Come Here

    09/01/2015 1:51:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 31, 2015 | Sam Dorman
    U.S. Ambassador Brett McGurk said that 17,000 Syrian refugees have applied to enter the U.S. and that the nation will likely take in “more” of them next year. “We took in about 1,500 last year. We think we’ll take in more next year,” McGurk, who serves as the deputy special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, said Sunday on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. McGurk’s comments came in response to Todd’s question about whether the U.S. would increase the number of refugees it takes in from Syria. “The United States takes in more refugees than any...
  • Budapest Train Station Cuts Off Service to Migrants Amid Crisis

    09/01/2015 1:46:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 2 replies
    the New York Times ^ | September 1st, 2015 | By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS and DAN BILEFSKY
    BUDAPEST — The Keleti train station in Budapest, which has emerged as ground zero in Europe’s spiraling migration crisis, cut off service to migrants on Tuesday as European countries remained bitterly divided and confused over how to handle the thousands trekking northward. As migrants were greeted early Tuesday by an announcement that the station was “shut down for departure and arrivals for an indefinite time” and told to leave, thousands of others were pouring into stations at the preferred destination for many of the migrants, Germany, and being greeted with promises of accommodations and legalized status. The contrasting scenes in...
  • Murder of elderly couple in Sicily fuels Italy's growing anti-immigrant sentiment

    09/01/2015 1:37:10 PM PDT · by Mariner · 8 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 1st, 2015 | By Nick Squires, Rome
    Italy’s simmering anti-immigrant sentiment has been stoked by the murder of an elderly couple in their home in Sicily, allegedly by an African asylum seeker. Mamadou Kamara, an 18-year-old from the Ivory Coast, allegedly slit the throat of Vincenzo Solano, 68, and then attacked his Spanish-born wife, Mercedes Ibanez, 70. Ms Ibanez fell to her death from a second-floor balcony, during a robbery that turned violent. Mr Kamara is one of thousands of migrants and refugees living at a vast reception centre at nearby Mineo, in south-eastern Sicily. They are accommodated there after arriving by boat from Libya, and wait...
  • James O’Keefe, a Political Sleuth, to Stalk Campaigns for Wrongdoing

    09/01/2015 1:10:37 PM PDT · by GilGil · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/1/2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Mr. O’Keefe’s team — which he billed as an investigative SEAL Team Six — fired an opening salvo on Tuesday by calling a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to reveal a purported violation of campaign finance laws by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s staff members. In a five-minute video compilation, Veritas showed senior members of Mrs. Clinton’s team appearing to accept a donation from a Canadian women at Mrs. Clinton’s campaign announcement rally in exchange for hats and pins bearing the candidate’s name. The staff members — Molly Barker and Erin Tibe — express awareness that they cannot...
  • 15 Arrested in Spain for Smuggling Migrants on Jet Skis From Morocco

    09/01/2015 12:58:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Aug 2015
    Fifteen people were arrested this month in Spain for smuggling Moroccan migrants into the country on water scooters, authorities said on Saturday, terming it a "very dangerous practice." The revelation came as Europe's migrant crisis snowballed with Austrian police rescuing a group of dehydrated migrants found in a truck, days after the bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, were found in an abandoned former poultry lorry. "In August, 15 people were arrested for bringing Moroccan migrants to Spanish shores," the Guardia Civil, a paramilitary police force, said in a statement without specifying the nationality of those held. In...
  • Senators Chris Coons and Bob Casey back Iran deal; Obama one vote from major diplomatic victory

    09/01/2015 12:37:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | By Paul Kane
    Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have decided to support the Iran nuclear deal, putting President Obama on the brink of a major diplomatic breakthrough that will allow him to fully implement the controversial deal over the objections of the Republican-led Congress. Coons's decision, disclosed in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, delivered a powerful blow to opponents of the plan because the Delaware Democrat had previously voiced some of the deepest skepticism about the controversial deal. It came as Casey announced support for the deal and left Obama needing just one more vote in the Senate...
  • Judicial Watch: Hillary Clinton ‘Had No Right’ to Use Private Email Server

    09/01/2015 12:26:22 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | Sept 1 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “had no right” to use a private email server when conducting government business, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told CNSNews.com. “This was a State Department system,” Fitton said. “I think the State Department knew about it. She's the head of the agency, she knew about it, so the agency knew about it. And they didn’t feel like managing the records according to regulation and law. And they were happy to obstruct the courts, lie to judges, lie to Congress. snip On Monday, the State Department released more than 7,000 emails, some containing classified information,...
  • Tom Joscelyn Long War Journal. Bill Roggio, Long War Journal ... latest on ISIS, AQ etc.

    09/01/2015 12:16:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 31 August 2015 | John Batchelor inteviews Long War Journal journalists
    "This is what Bill and I have been warning about for a long time. You can't back Shiite terrorists or Shiite extremists against Sunni terrorists and Sunni extremists and expect that to quell the violence or actually be an effective bulwark against violence in the region. In fact, the effect is exactly the opposite"
  • LIVE STREAM: Watch Stop Iran Rally LIVE on Tuesday Outside Senator Gillibrand’s Office (5:30 - 7:30)

    09/01/2015 12:11:41 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Stop Iran Rally ^ | 09, 01, 2015
    Tune in live on Tuesday via the below LiveStream feed, direct from Senator Gillibrand’s office, at 780 Third Avenue. The rally is from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Tuesday evening.
  • Chaos in Hungary as Huge crowd of migrants [to Germany] force Budapest station to evacuate

    09/01/2015 11:01:15 AM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/1/15 | Stanton
    <p>Hundreds of angry migrants, some waving tickets and holding their babies in the air, staged protests outside a Budapest station on Tuesday and demanded they be allowed to board trains to Germany and Austria.</p> <p>Hungarian authorities evacuated and closed the city’s Eastern Railway Terminus when scuffles broke out between people storming their way onto carriages.</p>
  • Somali Militants Overrun Base of African Union Forces

    09/01/2015 9:50:47 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 9 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | SEPT. 1, 2015, 10:19 A.M. E.D.T | AP
    Somali Militants Overrun Base of African Union Forces By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSEPT. 1, 2015, 10:19 A.M. E.D.T. MOGADISHU, Somalia — Al-Shabab overran an African Union base in southern Somalia early Tuesday, a Somali military official said, in the latest display of the Islamic extremists' capacity to hit back amid a prolonged offensive against them. The attack in the small farming town of Janale started with a suicide car bombing at the base's gate, followed by a firefight which lasted more than an hour, said Col. Ahmed Hassan. The African Union force in Somalia, known by its acronym as AMISOM, insisted...
  • Camp of the Apocalypse

    09/01/2015 8:14:44 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 6 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 8-30-15 | Nelson Hultberg
    “The West is empty, even if it has not yet become really aware of it. An extraordinarily inventive civilization, surely the only one capable of meeting the challenges of the third millennium, the West has no soul left.” “At every level – nations, races, cultures, as well as individuals – it is always the soul that wins the decisive battles. It is only the soul that forms the weave of gold and brass from which the shields that save the strong are fashioned. I can hardly discern any soul in us.” So wrote the great French novelist, Jean Raspail, in...
  • Fake Syrian Passports a Way Out of Africa, Mideast Into Europe

    09/01/2015 8:11:58 AM PDT · by McGruff · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | LOUISE DEWAST
    A number of migrants arriving in Turkey hoping to reach Europe are purchasing fake Syrian passports in order to claim asylum at the end of their journey, the head of the European border management agency Frontex told French radio today. “There is a traffic of Syrian passports,” Fabrice Leggeri told Europe 1, “because it’s extremely lucrative for smugglers.”
  • Hamas 'accepts terms' of 8-year truce with Israel

    09/01/2015 8:05:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8-17-2015 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – Hamas’ political leadership tentatively accepted the terms of an eight-year truce with Israel, according to sources within Hamas.
  • Ukraine’s far-right menace

    09/01/2015 7:59:34 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 9/1/15 | LEV GOLINKIN
    On Monday, an eerily familiar scene in the streets of Kiev heralded a dangerous new phase in the Ukraine crisis. Once again, riot police faced angry demonstrators who claimed that the government was betraying their country; once again, blood spilled on the pavement, resulting in at least one death and over 100 injuries. This time, however, the players’ roles had shifted. The ones fighting the government were grenade-wielding members of Svoboda and Right Sector, radical militants who had, until that point, been allied with Kiev. Their target was the democratically elected, Western-leaning government of Petro Poroshenko which is working on...
  • Iran's Chief Judge: Attempts to Free Captive Americans 'Useless' (slaps down John Kerry)

    09/01/2015 7:56:42 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/1/2015, 2:46 PM
    Iran's judiciary chief has urged the United States not to interfere in cases of detained Americans, days after US Secretary of State John Kerry said a jailed Marine should be freed. Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani's remarks followed the fourth anniversary of Amir Hekmati's imprisonment in Tehran on what Kerry called "false espionage charges." Hekmati was visiting relatives in the Islamic republic when he was arrested. Larijani, quoted in Iranian media on Tuesday, said Iran examined legal cases "including those accused of spying for America, with absolute composure and dignity, based on duty and procedure." "The judiciary does not need American officials...
  • Iran: Never Held Accountable

    09/01/2015 7:49:28 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 30 Aug 15 | Christopher Holton
    The Obama administration has embarked upon a path to reward decades of bad behavior by the Islamic Republic of Iran in the futile hope that Iran will become benevolent and cease its warlike actions and intentions toward the West in general and the U.S. and Israel in particular. As futile as the idea of negotiating a nuclear deal with the Ayatollahs seems to sober Americans and our allies today, we must first set the record straight on those policies of the past that Obama and his supporters say that they are determined to change: America has never had a “tough”...
  • Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS; Russia begins military intervention against IS

    09/01/2015 7:40:14 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 72 replies
    i24news.tv ^ | August 31st 2015 10:08pm | i24news
    i24news Published August 31st 2015 10:08pm Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS Russia begins military intervention against IS in Syria; IS closes in on Damascus Russian fighter pilots, jets and helicopters will begin arriving in Syria in the coming days to join in the offensive against the Islamic State (IS) and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state Israeli news site Ynet News reported Monday. According to Western diplomats, Russian expeditionary forces have already arrived in Syria to set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase near Damascus, and will operate as a Russian forward operating base. Thousands of...
  • Democrat Congressman Echoes Munich: Iran Deal Will Bring ‘Peace In Our Time’

    09/01/2015 7:25:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7:56 PM 08/31/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Someone needs to buy Patrick Murphy a history book. The Democratic congressman from Florida, who is running for Senate in 2016, came out in support of the Iran deal Monday, unironically declaring the agreement between the world powers and Iran would bring “peace in our time.” “I believe deeply in the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel,” Murphy said in a statement. “This debate has proven to me that America and Israel are fortunate to have so many passionate, diverse voices who all want the same things: a nuclear-free Iran, a secure Israel, and peace in our time....
  • LA Mayor Wants Jenner to Carry Olympic Torch (and light the cauldron)

    09/01/2015 7:05:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dylan Gwinn
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti apparently doesn’t think Bruce Jenner has won enough laurels in his heroic struggle against biology, so the mayor is recommending that Jenner headline an event with a wee bit more visibility than his foundering E! Channel reality series. According to TMZ: If L.A. gets the Olympics in 2024, the Mayor says he already has one person in mind for the all-important lighting of the Olympic Cauldron ... Olympic legend Caitlyn Jenner!!! The lighting of the cauldron is a HUGE honor – with the host country usually selecting someone it feels can proudly embody what the...
  • Suspected location of mystery Nazi gold train set ablaze but authorities insist it wasn't arson

    09/01/2015 6:53:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Matthew Day and Gregory Walton
    The mystery surrounding a legendary Nazi gold train buried in Poland took a new twist after the suspected location of the armoured train and its cargo went up in flames. The embankment by the Wroclaw-Walbrzych main line considered to be the favourite for the train’s location in the town of Walbrzych, southern Poland, was burnt along with 219 square yards of forest and bush on it.
  • 911: An Emergency Recall to Pray for Jerusalem

    09/01/2015 6:40:38 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 1 replies
    Anne Graham Lotz Angel Ministries ^ | 9/01/2015 | Anne Graham Lotz
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.” Psalm 122:6 On September 1, 2014, Anne invited believers around the globe to join her in praying and fasting for all those living in His Land…Now, she is recalling each one of us to continue to pray for Jerusalem! Please join us TODAY to pray and fast for 1 hour for Jerusalem…
  • Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS

    09/01/2015 6:33:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 31, 2015 | Shane Harris
    To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe. Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast....
  • Hillary and Obama Own the Tragic Libyan Exodus

    09/01/2015 6:21:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/01/2015 | Jack Cashill
    Last week, in one incident, as many as 180 men, women and children drowned when the boat carrying them capsized off the Libyan coast. “Libya is a major transit route for migrants hoping to make it to Europe,” reported Reuters. “Smuggling networks exploit the country's lawlessness and chaos.” What Reuters did not explain, at least in any detail, is “why Libya?” In this, Reuters was hardly unique. The same media that gleefully blamed Iraq’s post-Saddam disorder on George Bush refuse to even address the question of who is to blame for the “lawlessness and chaos” in post-Qaddafi Libya. If the...
  • ISIS Threatens Again To Destroy Holy Kaaba

    09/01/2015 5:59:02 AM PDT · by Fennie · 36 replies
    Albawaba News ^ | September 1, 2015
    The ISIS Takfiri group has threatened to destroy the holy Kaaba in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. A member of the terrorist group posted a message on Twitter, saying that people worship a stone building instead of God and so it should be demolished. The message said if Daesh manages to conquer Makkah, it would raze the Kaaba to the ground on the order of the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Bawaba news reported. This is not the first time the Takfiri group talks of demolishing the holy place in Makkah.
  • Hungary shuts down rail traffic for westward-bound migrants, clears train station

    09/01/2015 5:53:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 01, 2015
    Hungary suspended all rail traffic Tuesday from its main terminal in Budapest and cleared the train station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany — the hoped-for end destinations in their flight from turmoil in the Mideast and Asia. Migrants chanting "Freedom! Freedom!" congregated outside the station after being pushed out of the building, joining hundreds more in what has become a transit zone and place of refuge for those fleeing Syria's war and other hotspots.
  • No, That Report Of Dead Russian Soldiers In Ukraine Wasn’t True

    09/01/2015 4:00:32 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/31/15 | Ivan Plis
    A widely-circulated report, which many saw as an accidental admission that Russian troops are fighting in Ukraine, has been exposed as a hoax. The report, which outlets including The Daily Caller News Foundation reported at face value, claimed to expose a secret memo. It purportedly described Russian government compensation to the families of 2,000 soldiers who had died in Ukraine’s civil war. The story, which Forbes first broke in English, understandably attracted significant Western media attention and was promoted online by several prominent figures, including former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and ex-U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. If the...
  • Communist China Dumps U.S. Debt Amid Economic Turmoil

    09/01/2015 3:28:56 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 9/1/2015 | Alex Newman
    Facing an imploding stock market and the potential for even more widespread economic chaos, the dictatorship ruling mainland China — the top foreign holder of U.S. Treasury bonds — is selling U.S. debt to prop up the Chinese yuan (renminbi), according to news reports. The move, which has long been anticipated by analysts, could have major implications for the American economy and especially the U.S. dollar — particularly if the pace of liquidation were to accelerate. As of now, confusion about the developments is running rampant. Analysts have been warning of the sales since at least early last week. However,...
  • N. Korea: Truth behind Kim's pass on China trip revealed

    09/01/2015 2:56:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2015-09-01 | Choi Song Min
    Truth behind Kim's pass on China trip revealed Choi Song Min | 2015-09-01 17:38 North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is said to have backed out of attending a massive military parade in China, which will celebrate the country’s 70th anniversary victory in World War II, after Beijing refused to receive the leader with ‘highest respects’. Pyongyang specifically requested that Kim stand side by side with President Xi Jinping up on the official balcony overlooking Tiananmen Square but was turned down, Daily NK has learned. “Talk of the massive military parade in China and V-day celebrations that fall on the 3rd...
  • Sid Blumenthal Rips Netanyahu; Hillary: ‘I Told You So’

    09/01/2015 1:11:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 9-1-15 | Bridget Johnson
    A new trove of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department tonight includes scathing opinions about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from close confidante Sidney Blumenthal — and an agreement in internet slang from Hillary. Blumenthal was an aide to President Clinton and has been a longtime loyalist of the Clinton family, so fiercely loyal that he wasn’t welcome in any State Department position in the Obama administration. He went to work for the Clinton Foundation and has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on Benghazi to testify about his communication with Clinton in his time period. His...
  • Israeli Tourists Shocked by Misting Sprinkles Outside Auschwitz

    09/01/2015 12:36:38 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 17 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 08/31/2015 | David K. Li
    <p>Operators of the historical Auschwitz concentration camp site set up misting showers outside prison gates, angering Israeli tourists who were shocked by the insensitivity.</p> <p>Nazis used showers to kill millions of Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust, so modern-day tourists were taken aback when they saw an outdoor sprinkler shower system — installed to cool down summer visitors – on the solemn grounds in Poland, according to the news Web site Ynet.</p>
  • Scott Walker campaign clarifies Canadian wall comments after backlash (media construct)

    09/01/2015 12:27:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Madison Wisconsin State Journal ^ | August 31, 2015 | MATTHEW DeFOUR
    As Gov. Scott Walker faced ridicule Monday for calling the building of a wall on the Canadian border a “legitimate issue,” his presidential campaign said he isn’t pushing for the idea. “Despite the attempts of some to put words in his mouth, Gov. Walker wasn’t advocating for a wall along our northern border,” Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement. The campaign responded after Walker’s comment was widely mocked, from a Democratic senator calling it one of the “craziest” ideas of the campaign so far to fellow GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, saying building a Canadian wall...
  • CAIR Claims Scott Walker "Enables" ISIS by Calling Them Muslim Terrorists

    08/31/2015 11:58:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 31, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    This argument is so stupid that it really ought to come with its own frontal lobotomy. But that doesn't stop assorted Muslim Brotherhood front groups and their lefty useful idiots from making it anyway. "With this, Scott Walker is actually enabling ISIS by characterizing their acts as being Islamic terrorism," said Robert McCaw, government affairs manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "He is taking a peaceful religion of 1.6 billion people and misappropriating it to ISIS, allowing them to wrap themselves in the religion's name and stake a claim to it." McCaw was referring to Walker's first foreign policy...
  • To Jar North, South Korea Used a Pop-Music Barrage

    08/31/2015 11:57:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    NYT ^ | AUG. 30, 2015 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    To Jar North, South Korea Used a Pop-Music Barrage By CHOE SANG-HUN AUG. 30, 2015 SEOUL, South Korea — Chirpy bubble-gum harmonies bop across the desolate Demilitarized Zone. “Look at me, I’m your genie, your dream, your genie,” the K-pop band Girls’ Generation beckons as grim-faced soldiers patrol the border. In what might be called the Hello Kitty offensive, the relentlessly upbeat girl group, a sugary confection better known for its hot-pants choreography than political statements, has become the latest weapon in the Korean cold war. The group’s hit “Genie” was among the barrage of pop songs and polemics South...
  • Indira Gandhi planned attack on Pakistan's nuclear facilities: CIA document

    08/31/2015 11:50:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Mail Today, India ^ | September 1, 2015
    Former prime minister Indira Gandhi had considered preventing Pakistan from becoming a nuclear state by attacking its strategic programme installations. A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) document titled "India's Reaction to Nuclear Developments in Pakistan" was declassified in June this year. The paper highlighted that Gandhi was unhappy over US move to arm Pakistan with F-16 fighter jets in the early 1980s. The paper dated September 8, 1981 claimed that New Delhi was also concerned about advances made by Pakistan in acquiring a nuclear weapon. India was not off the mark in its assessment as Washington had the similar lead. The...
  • Israel Navy: Technical Failure Likely Sank Sub in 1968 With 69 Sailors Aboard

    08/31/2015 11:12:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Sep 01, 2015 | Gili Cohen
    An Israeli submarine that sank 47 years ago probably went down due to a technical failure, according to a report released by the navy yesterday. The report was released at a gathering of the families of the 69 sailors killed when the Dakar went down. Exactly what happened in the critical moments before the submarine sank remains unknown. But yesterday the navy released all the reports drafted after the incident, which had hitherto been classified, as well as a document summarizing all the efforts to search for the sub and any other information the defense establishment has about it. According...
  • Worldview: A shocking silence on ISIS's sex slavery

    08/31/2015 10:24:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Inquirer ^ | August 30, 2015 | Trudy Rubin
    One of the most heinous of the endless war crimes of the Islamic State has been the systematic rape of thousands of young girls and women - who are sold as sex slaves. Most of the victims come from the Yazidi religious minority, labeled nonbelievers by ISIS. They were captured when ISIS invaded northern Iraq last year and wiped out their communities. But one of the sex slaves was a fresh-faced blond American, a 25-year-old aid worker who was captured in Syria in August 2013. Kayla Mueller was chained in a room and raped for months by the leader of...
  • China explosion: City of Dongying rocked as huge blast rips through chemical factory (Again!)

    08/31/2015 9:33:37 PM PDT · by Company Man · 25 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 8/31/2015 | Alex Wellman
    The massive blast was heard and seen from a great distance - just a fortnight after a different blast killed more than 100
  • Here are the first pictures of the U.S. F-22s deploying to Poland for the very first time

    08/31/2015 8:13:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Aviationist ^ | Aug 31, 2015 | Jacek Siminski
    Two Raptors have deployed to Lask, along with four F-16s and one C-130. Two of the four F-22 Raptor jets belonging to 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, currently deployed to Spangdahlem airbase, in Germany, have landed at Łask airbase, in Poland, at 08.30 local time (06,30 UTC).
  • Meet the Hasidic-slogan-tagging Jew fighting in Syria

    08/31/2015 6:16:43 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Liron Nagler-Cohen
    In a special interview to Ynet, Batn El Ghoul, also known as Timothy Paul Jacobs Wordsworth, tells the story of how a British man ended up tagging the walls of former ISIS positions in Syria with Breslov Hasidic chants. ...
  • Israel charges 2 Druze in assault on wounded Syrian rebels

    08/31/2015 6:09:51 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | August 10, 2015 | By Daniella Cheslow
    An Israeli court charged two Druze from the Golan Heights with murder Monday in the mob killing of a Syrian rebel who was being taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment. The grisly attack in June highlighted the anger and suspicion among Israel’s Druze that Israeli hospitals may be treating Islamists ...
  • Israel confirms jail for Druze ex-MP over Syria trip

    08/31/2015 6:04:12 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    AlArabia ^ | 31 August 2015 | anon
    Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday confirmed a one-year jail sentence handed down to a Druze former MP for visiting Syria, an “enemy country”. ... He went in 2007 to Syria, with which Israel is technically still at war, as part of a delegation of 300 Druze religious leaders. ...
  • Shock Poll: 59% Back Trump On Deportation of Illegals

    08/31/2015 5:27:25 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 109 replies
    Investor's Businness Daily ^ | Aug 31, 2015, 6:58 pm ET | IBD Editorials
    Immigration: When Donald Trump proposed mandatory deportation of illegal aliens, pundits and politicians on both sides of the political aisle were appalled. But on this issue it looks like Trump has the public on his side. The fire from the right was almost as fierce as that from the left. "It's not conservative and it's not realistic and it does not embrace American values," said Jeb Bush. Sen. Lindsey Graham called it "absolute gibberish." Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer called the idea "crackpot" and "morally obscene." But the prize for overheated rhetoric goes to Hillary Clinton, who said Trump wants to...
  • A Break in the Khobar Towers Case (NY Slimes is "suspicious" of timing of arrest)

    08/31/2015 5:19:58 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | AUG. 28, 2015
    The 1996 terrorist attack on Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 United States airmen was among the defining events of America’s recent experience in the Middle East. But there has been no judicial accountability. With the reported arrest of the man accused of masterminding the crime, a resolution of the case may be closer. The truck bombing at the eight-story dormitory near the Dharan Air Base was the deadliest such attack on American forces since the 1983 bombing of the Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American service members. In 2006, a federal court concluded that elements...
  • ‘No limit to refugees Germany can take in’

    08/31/2015 4:42:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 Aug 2015 10:34 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s top official dealing with refugees said on Monday that there was “no upper limit” to Germany’s capacity for taking in people in need of asylum. The comments from Manfred Schmidt, head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) are certain to provoke anger in some quarters of the political spectrum. Schmidt told Der Spiegel he was “convinced” that Germany and its citizens were prepared for the task that is entailed by taking so many people into the country. …
  • Venezuelan leader says Colombia plotting his assassination

    08/31/2015 4:24:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 31, 2015 7:10 PM EDT | Libardo Cordona
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday accused Colombia’s government of giving its consent to a plan to assassinate him as both countries try to rally regional support in a border dispute exacerbating tensions between the two neighbors. Maduro said during a visit to Vietnam that the conspiracy has the consent of Colombia’s government. Maduro, who frequently accuses Colombia of trying to topple his government, didn’t present any details or evidence to back the claim but said he would soon. Officials in Bogotá didn’t immediately respond. The president’s remarks come as diplomats from 34 Western Hemisphere nations gather at the Organization...
  • Endgame: Iran Deal Opponents Concede They Lack Votes to Overcome Veto

    08/31/2015 3:31:39 PM PDT · by detective · 46 replies
    Townhall ^ | Aug 31, 2015 | Guy Benson
    This was the whole strategy behind President Obama's decision to declare the Iran accord an "executive agreement" rather than a treaty. Treaties require two-thirds support from the Senate for adoption; executive agreements, Obama has argued, don't require any vote at all. Ultimately, even Congressional Democrats were unwilling to accede to a power grab quite that brazen, especially on a deal with major geopolitical implications and that is intended to bind future presidents and Congresses. Thus, a bipartisan bill was passed that asserted the right of Congress to vote to approve or disapprove the final agreement. But with Obama's veto pen...
  • Rep. Alcee Hastings: Instead of signing Iran deal, let’s give Israel bunker-buster bombs

    08/31/2015 3:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/31/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House had better mark Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings as a firm “no” on the Iran deal. In a lengthy speech to Nova University in Davie, Florida at an AIPAC event, the liberal Democrat blasted Barack Obama and John Kerry for cutting a bad deal and Iran as entirely untrustworthy. Javier Manjarres reports on the speech, and of Hasting’s sharp rejoinders to the Obama administration — and demands that Obama immediately provide Israel with bunker-buster bombs.I wonder what he thinks Israel would do with those, huh?CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “If I was at table, what would...
  • State Department says 150 more Hillary Clinton emails have been 'upgraded' to classified

    08/31/2015 2:49:10 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08/31/15
    • State will publish about 7,000 pages of emails at 9:00 p.m. from Hillary's private home-brew server after scouring them for classified material • Another 150 messages will be added to the 63 that were already classified retroactively • Clinton faces political pressure from both her right and left flanks as her email crisis deepens • Asked if he could state categorically that Clinton 'followed the rules and the law,' a State Department spokesman said: 'I'm just not going to answer that question' The State Department said Monday afternoon that when it releases the latest tranche of Hillary Clinton's emails...