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  • King receives US senators’ delegation (McConnell in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:45:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Petra ^ | March 30, 2015
    Amman - His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Monday, received a delegation of US senators, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The meeting reviewed ways to strengthen Jordan-US relations in various fields, and the latest regional and international developments. His Majesty the King expressed his appreciation for the United States' efforts to support Jordan in dealing with various challenges facing the region, and the aid that the US provided to the Kingdom, which helps Jordan implement its comprehensive and development plans and programs. The meeting tackled the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly endeavors to combat the threat...
  • Who’s fighting for whom in Yemen’s proxy war?

    03/30/2015 9:43:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 March 2015 | Laura Kasinof
    The Saudi kingdom long was Yemen’s largest benefactor and held sway over powerful Yemeni tribal leaders. Yet following Saleh’s resignation in November 2011, Iran swiftly worked to increase its influence in Yemen by creating ties with whomever shared a common disdain for Saudi Arabia, including liberal anti-Saleh activists. The Houthi rebels, an oft-ignored militia from Yemen’s far north, were an obvious ally for Iran. Houthi fighters, who follow a sect of Shi’ite Islam known as Zaydism, consolidated power in the wake of the 2011 government collapse. They are staunchly anti-Saudi. They believe that the Kingdom was involved in the systematic...
  • USAREUR commander faces the cameras and Russia

    03/30/2015 9:36:52 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    stripes.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Vandiver
    SMARDAN TRAINING AREA, Romania — The one-on-one interview request was an unexpected curveball in a carefully choreographed itinerary, but Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges quickly dismissed any suggestion by a staffer that he politely decline. “Let’s do it,” said Hodges, marching off to meet a Romanian television journalist. As the camera crew struggled to get the sound right on the windy Romanian training ground, asking Hodges repeatedly to speak into the microphone for sound tests, Hodges complied without complaint. “This is very important. I am willing to do anything,” he said. Such occurrences are routine for Hodges. In nearly five months...
  • King, U.S lawmakers discuss Mideast, ties (Boehner delegation in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:18:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    AMMONNEWS ^ | 3/29/2015 6:02:57 PM
    His Majesty King Abdullah II received on Sunday, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, and his accompanying delegation to discuss Middle East issues. The meeting, which was attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein, dealt with Jordanian-US ties and ways to enhance these, especially in political and economic fields, in addition to regional and international developments, top of which are efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology and achieve peace in the region. The King said efforts should be ramped up to fend off the threat of...
  • WaPo: Even the backstory on Kerry’s climate-change brag was a lie

    03/30/2015 8:22:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler uses a “Pinocchio” scale to assign a level of egregiousness to lies he uncovers, with four Pinocchios as the maximum … until now. Secretary of State John Kerry earned himself the full complement two weeks ago from Kessler for bragging about his management of the first global-warming hearing in the Senate, a hearing that he not only didn’t arrange but didn’t even attend. Kessler dug deeper on the tall tales emanating from the event, and found that one of the real organizers has been lying about what took place in the hearing in order to...
  • Foreign Groups Outspent Israelis 2/1 in Israeli Election

    03/30/2015 7:57:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The whole Netanyahu demonization narrative is an attempt to distract from what really happened. A lot of money spent in a failed effort to steal an election. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign manager is predicting a wave of outside spending in future Israeli elections.“I think in every election campaign from this point onward, you’ll see external groups slugging the market. It’ll be very interesting,” Netanyahu’s top strategist, Aron Shaviv, told The Hill.During the campaign, Netanyahu allies decried the influence of foreigners, a group that saw a higher profile this year, arguing they found a loophole by not directly supporting...
  • Hillary Clinton Wants to Improve Ties With Israel

    03/30/2015 7:14:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/29/2015 | By MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a representative of a group of prominent Jewish leaders on Sunday that she wanted to put the relationship between the United States and Israel back on “constructive footing,” the representative said. Mrs. Clinton’s comments, made in a phone call to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, contrasted in tone from recent remarks by members of the Obama administration, who have publicly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel amid tensions over a nuclear deal with Iran and comments Mr. Netanyahu made in the...
  • Netanyahu: 11th-hour Iran talks reward ‘aggression’

    03/30/2015 7:09:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 30, 2015, 4:55 pm
    In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Western powers that any agreement with Tehran would be seen as a reward for the country’s alleged “aggression” in Yemen. “The agreement being formulated… sends a message that there is no price for aggression and, on the contrary, that Iran’s aggression is to be rewarded,” Netanyahu said, referring to Iranian support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. “The moderate and responsible countries in the region, especially Israel and also many other countries, will be the first to be hurt by this agreement,” said the prime minister, who has waged a campaign against a...
  • Obama to make first visit to Kenya as president

    03/30/2015 7:04:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    ap ^ | 3/30/2015
    Barack Obama will make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father's birth. ... The resident's father came to the United States from Kenya for school and returned to his home country after his son's birth. The elder Obama died more than 30 years ago, though the resident has other family still living in Kenya
  • In Jordan, Boehner Delegation Discussions Focus on Iranian-Backed Violence, Growing Terrorist Threat

    03/30/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 30, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    AMMAN, JORDAN – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior lawmakers met with His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday during a visit to Jordan where talks focused on Iranian-backed violence in the region and the growing terrorist threat. King Abdullah hosted the delegation for a luncheon at Beit al-Urdun Palace. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells, Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, as well as senior embassy officials. Discussions focused on two major trends in the region: the violence caused by Iran’s allies and proxies, and the spreading of the terrorist threat. There was also...
  • Alps crash: Lubitz 'had treatment for suicidal tendencies'

    03/30/2015 6:58:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 30, 2015
    The co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane, Andreas Lubitz, had received treatment for suicidal tendencies years ago, investigators have said, but not in recent doctor visits. Officials in Duesseldorf said that the investigation had so far shown no clue to any motive.
  • Stumped: Urban Radio Reporter Can't Cite Obama Foreign Policy Successes

    03/30/2015 6:58:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not even a lifeline could have helped her . . . There was a telling moment on today's Morning Joe when Joe Scarborough challenged April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks to cite some of President Obama's foreign-policy successes. Ryan was reduced to replying "that's kind of tough. Hmm, that's a tough one . . . I have to really ponder that." View the video here.
  • #BREAKING: Provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal: diplomats

    03/30/2015 6:14:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | March 30, 2015 | Staff
    #BREAKING: Provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal: diplomats
  • UK election campaign begins

    03/30/2015 6:00:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/30/15 | Susannah Cullinane
    David Cameron formally asked Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve his country's Parliament on Monday, opening the way for campaigning ahead of the May 7 general election. The procedural step means there are officially no members of Parliament until it reconvenes on May 18 for the swearing-in of members and the official state opening of Parliament on May 27.
  • The Long, Complicated Story of Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Subpoena

    03/30/2015 5:57:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, March 30, 2015 | Byron York
    Now that the public knows Hillary Clinton destroyed all the emails on her secret server — her lawyer told the House Benghazi Select Committee that there's nothing left to search — a question remains: Did Clinton destroy documents that were under subpoena from Congress? The answer is more complex than it might seem. There's no doubt Clinton withheld information that Congress demanded she turn over, and some Republicans believe the documents she destroyed were covered under a subpoena as well. But a look at the story behind the subpoena and other document requests from congressional Benghazi investigators is a tale...
  • Canada: Three Muslims charged with sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

    03/30/2015 5:37:30 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 31 replies
    Pamela Geller.Com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Pamela Geller
    I have predicted that these Muslim “grooming gangs” would not be limited to Britain, and now here is one in Canada. Not a day goes by in the UK, where islamization is much further along, that these monstrous news stories emerge of sexploitation of non-Muslims by Islamic supremacists. The Brits have 20 years on us, but Obama is working hard to catch up. Expect a lot more of these cases to start popping up in North America — for example, the conviction in Tenneseee a few years ago of three Muslim men: A Tennessee federal jury split its verdict Friday...
  • Britain to blame for illegal immigrant crisis, says Calais mayor

    03/30/2015 5:25:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 30, 2015 | By David Barrett
    Britain is to blame for illegal immigrant problems on the French side of the Channel because of its lack of commitment to the “European project”, the mayor of Calais has claimed. Natacha Bouchart accused the British government of “despising” the native population of Calais and said the UK should be forced to sign up to Europe’s open borders agreement. Miss Bouchart intensified her war of words with Britain as the French port struggles to cope with thousands of illegal immigrants, mainly from African countries, who have gathered in the town to attempt illegal crossings into this country. She repeated previous...
  • The Bear and the Community Organizer

    03/30/2015 5:19:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Vladimir Putin scheduled the war to retake the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – for the first half of the last Final Four college basketball game. He anticipated, correctly, that the President’s focus would be on his brackets instead of Russia’s plan to recapture its former glory. The signs were all there – prior aggression in Georgia, the invasion of Ukraine, the unscheduled “maneuvers” in both Russia and Belarus adjacent to the panicking Baltic States’ borders, the provocative military flights into their airspace and that of nearby Sweden. And the administration, fixated on pushing through its domestic agenda...
  • Israel Is Not America’s Vassal State

    03/30/2015 4:45:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Ronn Torossian
    Media has reported that the Obama Administration has threatened to support a United Nations resolution calling on Israel to retreat to the pre-1967 armistice lines. Obama is lashing out at Israel – this time because the Israeli public re-elected Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Obama’s Coming Break with Israel

    03/30/2015 2:39:21 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 35 replies
    NRO Online ^ | March 30, 2015 1:55 AM | Reihan Salam
    First, let me just say that I hope Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post is wrong and that President Obama has no intention of making a dramatic break with Israel in the coming months. But alas, the story he tells is very convincing. According to Diehl, the Obama administration is getting ready to back a U.N. Security Council resolution that would, in his words, “mandate the solution to the questions Israelis and Palestinians have been unable to agree upon for decades, such as the future status of Jerusalem.” Why does this matter? If Israel rejects peace terms imposed on it...
  • 'The US Will Let Iran Spread Terror and Go Nuclear'

    03/29/2015 11:07:01 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30 Mar 2015 | Ari Yashar
    As reports continue to indicate a deal will be reached between the US and world powers on one side, and Iran on the other, regarding the Islamic regime's nuclear program, and just a day or so before the deadline set for a provisional deal passes on Tuesday, a senior Israeli security source appraised that Iran will get a free pass to go nuclear and keep spreading terrorism. Speaking to Walla! on Sunday, the source said, "even while according to the deal the dimensions of the nuclear project won't be disclosed, we appraise that under pressure America will approve the (UN)...
  • O'MALLEY: NO MORE ROYALS

    03/29/2015 10:49:14 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/29/15 | Nick Corasaniti
    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who has been promoting himself to Democrats as a potential alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 race for the White House, on Sunday spoke out against the possibility of a dynastic rematch between Mrs. Clinton and Jeb Bush. "The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families," Mr. O’Malley said on ABC’s "This Week."
  • Stumbling through history: How did U.S. foreign policy end up in such disarray?

    03/29/2015 6:57:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | Joe Scarborough
    Yemen is in flames, ISIL is on the march, Syria is apocalyptic, Iran is racing through Iraq, anarchy reigns in Libya, Jordan is on the brink, Turkey is slipping away, and America’s relationship with the Middle East’s only democracy has hit an all-time low.When academics look back to survey the wreckage of U.S. foreign policy at the start of the 21st century, many will wonder how a superpower with unrivaled military, economic, and cultural dominance lost that historic advantage so quickly. The answer? George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Story Continued Below Liberal historians will trace much of the region’s...
  • Fears of a new global crash as debts and dollar’s value rise

    03/29/2015 6:19:27 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 13 replies
    the guardian ^ | Saturday 28 March 2015 12.00 EDT | Heather Stewart
    Greek ministers are spending this weekend, almost five grinding years since Athens was first bailed out, wrangling over the details of the spending cuts and economic reforms they have drawn up to appease their creditors. As the recriminations fly between Europe’s capitals, campaigners are warning that the global community has failed to learn the lessons of the Greek debt crisis – or even of Argentina’s default in 2001, the consequences of which are still being contested furiously in courts on both sides of the Atlantic. As Janet Yellen’s Federal Reserve prepares to raise interest rates, boosting the value of the...
  • Budget 2015: Federal Government set to introduce tax on bank deposits (Australia)

    03/29/2015 5:32:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    http://www.abc.net.au/ ^ | 3-29-15 | ABC Australia
    The Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget. The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers. Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government's Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details.
  • BREAKING - 7.7 Earthquake 54km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea (Tsunami Warning)

    03/29/2015 5:22:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    USGS ^ | 5-29-2015 | USGS
    Event Time 2015-03-29 23:48:34 (UTC) 2015-03-29 19:48:34 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone Times in other timezones Nearby Cities 54km (34mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea 282km (175mi) ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea 309km (192mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea 367km (228mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea 789km (490mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Undocumented immigrants should be able to be licensed drivers

    03/29/2015 4:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 29, 2015 | Editorial Board
    Driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants are under discussion at the Minnesota Legislature — again. Previous attempts to allow the undocumented to drive legally have failed, but this year the measure should pass. As public safety officials have argued for years, the change would make roads safer. Opponents of the proposal say that the licenses would enable voter fraud, cause homeland security risks and reward those who have already broken immigration law. However, in this case public safety interests trump other concerns. The driver’s license dilemma is yet another result of America’s broken, outdated, schizophrenic immigration policies. The honest reality is...
  • French local elections: Exit polls suggest Conservative win

    03/29/2015 4:05:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 29, 2015
    France's Conservative UMP Party and its allies appear to have come first in the final round of departmental elections. The UMP, led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, appeared set to secure at least 65 local councils, exit polls suggested, up from 41. Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front also appeared to have made gains, while the ruling Socialists and their allies may lose about 30 departments. These elections are seen as a test case ahead of 2017's presidential election. French Prime Minister Manual Valls admitted it was "incontestable" that the Socialist Party had lost ground.
  • Boehner: Iran has 'no intention' of keeping its word on nuclear deal

    03/29/2015 3:56:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Dominic Rushe
    Speaker slams Obama, says Iran has ‘never kept their word about anything’Promises new sanctions will ‘come quickly’ if no agreement reached House Speaker John Boehner says Iran has ‘no intention’ of adhering to a nuclear deal. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Dominic Rushe in New York @dominicru Sunday 29 March 2015 10.34 EDT Last modified on Sunday 29 March 2015 13.13 EDT
  • John Kerry Invokes “Allah” to Help Him Commit TREASON Against the United States

    03/29/2015 3:21:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    In a tweet, Middle East reporter Laura Rozen discussed a friend’s meeting with Kerry at a Lausanne chocolate shop. “Friend of colleague ran into @JohnKerry at chocolate shop tdy. She said friends in #Iran are looking forward to deal. He said ‘inshallah,'” Rozen tweeted. “Inshallah,” for those of you not up on your Arabic, means “Allah willing.” “Inshallah,” of course, may come to be the 21st century version of Neville Chaimberlain’s “Peace in our time.” It’s clear that Kerry has been sent on a blatant appeasement mission that he seems to be carrying out flawlessly. It’s so bad that we’ve...
  • Bill Whittle: American Deserter

    03/29/2015 1:20:13 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 3-29-2015 | Bill Whittle
    The first time most of us heard the name Bowe Bergdahl was when President Obama stood with his parents in the Rose Garden, announcing that after having been captured in Afghanistan in June, 2009 he was going to be released – traded, as it turns out, for five top-level terrorists being held in Guantanamo Bay. It’s funny how hindsight works. I’ve known several military families in my day, but Bergdahl’s parents – his father especially – not only did not strike me as a military dad: he struck me as man who had never put on a tie in...
  • Renovated Turkish synagogue empty after reopening as it lacks community

    03/29/2015 12:55:07 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Members of Turkey’s Jewish community attend the reopening ceremony of the Great Synagogue in Edirne on March 26 after a five-year government restoration project. REUTERS Photo Just a week before Passover, Turkish Jews woke up to a morning full of excitement and hope. They got on the buses waiting to take them to Edirne, to the city that their families once had to leave following the Thrace pogroms in 1934. It was the reopening day of the Great Synagogue, which had been left in ruins for decades. “I was the last rabbi that had served in the synagogue,” said David...
  • Sen. Cruz: America Should Not Dictate Two-State Solution to Israel

    03/29/2015 12:49:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 11:39 AM | Greg Richter
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said the United States should not be attempting to tell Israel how to negotiate peace with the Palestinians, and he wouldn’t do so if elected president. “Israel is a sovereign nation, and I trust the leaders of Israel to determine whether they want to adopt a one-state solution or a two-state solution,” Cruz said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The Obama administration has “demonstrated an arrogance that America’s going to dictate the terms of security in Israel. It’s not our place to do it,” Cruz said. …
  • Hoover Roundtable: Perspectives On Russia’s Hybrid War On Ukraine And US Foreign Policy

    03/29/2015 12:04:03 PM PDT · by tlozo · 10 replies
    Hoover Institute ^ | March 10, 2015 | Paul Gregory.
    On March 10, the Hoover Institution held a roundtable discussion on “Perspectives on Russia’s Hybrid War on Ukraine and US Foreign Policy."… General Mattis noted that Russia at first hoped that it could occupy East Ukraine without loss of life as it did in Crimea but was surprised by the Ukrainian forces fighting back with vigor. Russian military had to increase its logistic and military support for its rebel forces and then, in August, had to use regular troops to save the encircled Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” from defeat. With regular Russian forces involved, Ukrainian forces have been outmatched,...
  • Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall

    03/29/2015 11:11:37 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    NPR ^ | MARCH 28, 2015
    more than two weeks, public debate in South Africa has been dominated by a statue. Students at the University of Cape Town have been demonstrating to have the bronze figure of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed from its central position on campus. Rhodes bequeathed the land on which the university was built, but he also slaughtered Africans by the thousands in colonial conquest and helped lay the foundations of apartheid in South Africa.
  • ‘Wrong’ kind of hero: Why feminists diss Hirsi Ali

    03/29/2015 10:52:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be the perfect feminist hero. In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: She’s an escapee from an abusive patriarchy. She’s an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. She’s a fierce advocate for women’s rights. She’s a target for deadly violence by angry men who want to shut her up. She left her religion and became a scourge of its repressive practices. Except for the blemish on her record: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a dissident from the wrong religion. Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation...
  • Feldman: Obama's One Fine Mess of Potage

    03/29/2015 10:23:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 29, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    In the Bible, Esau sold his birthright for a mess of potage -- some red lentil soup, to be exact. Looking at the week’s events, it seems that this country has sold its glorious birthright of constitutional government by honest men and women for a mess of potage -- a false promise of hope and change delivered by a glib huckster and his shady friends. The deceit and lawlessness of Obama and those around him and the consequences have never been clearer than they were this week. Nothing shows better the unprincipled nature of the administration and the acquiescence of...
  • NETANYAHU WARNS IRAN DEAL ‘EVEN WORSE'; OBAMA GOES GOLFING

    03/29/2015 10:16:28 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 31 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 29 Mar 2015 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that an emerging nuclear deal with Iran was “even worse” than Israel had feared, warning of a new Iranian “axis” that was “dangerous for all of humanity and which much be stopped.” Netanyahu’s comments, reported by news agencies, came as Western leaders changed travel plans to extend negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland in the hopes of reaching agreement on a framework for a deal before Tuesday’s March 31 deadline. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama “kicked off the spring season on Saturday with a weekend golf getaway in Florida, teeing off with former NBA star Alonzo...
  • Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge

    03/29/2015 10:07:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 29, 2015 12:27 PM EDT | Seth Robbins
    A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly discovery last month is part of a spike in drownings since October. Immigrants, desperate to avoid detection at a time of increased patrols, are choosing more dangerous and remote crossings into South Texas. The Border Patrol has responded by expanding its search-and-rescue teams to monitor the area, particularly weed-choked...
  • Yes, Barney Frank Admits, I Want to Blame Only Bush

    03/29/2015 9:42:28 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    News Busters ^ | 3/28/15 | Jack Coleman
    As a long-term strategy for defeating jihadists, Americans blaming George W. Bush ad infinitum is sure to be a winner -- for jihadists. It's right up there with American retreat from leadership in the world as high on their list of goals. And sure enough, former congressman Barney Frank heartily endorses both. Frank was among the guests on last night's Real Time with Bill Maher, brimming with his usual persnickety bluster. At one point he tangled with conservative columnist S.E. Cupp on the subject of the abrupt US military withdrawal from Yemen. This led to a pair of candid admissions...
  • Time to re-evaluate the peace process

    03/29/2015 9:42:14 AM PDT · by tedbel · 2 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | March 29/15 | Ted Belman
    Obama is insisting on the creation of Palestine with a border separating it from Israel based on the ’67 lines plus swaps. In doing so he is ignoring UNSC resolution 242 which grants Israel the right to secure and recognized borders and does not demand a full retreat to the ’67 lines. He is also threatening to allow the UNSC to impose such borders on Israel thereby circumventing his oft stated insistence that all matters are to be negotiated between the parties. Ben-Dror Yemini, writing in YNET, which is left of center and Netanyahu's arch enemy, makes the case, "Given...
  • Former intelligence official: Obama’s Middle East policy is ‘willful ignorance’

    03/29/2015 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | By Josh Hicks
    The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Sunday described President Obama's Middle East policy as one of "willful ignorance," saying the administration needs a clearer strategy for dealing with conflicts emerging across the region. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that recent developments in the Middle East are moving in a bad direction for the United States, with Iran "clearly on the march" to influence events in a "regional sectarian war." “At the end of the day, we have just this incredible policy confusion — never mind what our strategy is to...
  • Pro-Hassan Rouhani Iranian editor defects while covering nuclear talks in Lausanne

    03/29/2015 8:42:18 AM PDT · by married21 · 12 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:21PM GMT 27 Mar 2015 | Ahmed Vahdat and Richard Spencer
    A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA). He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told. “There are a...
  • UKRAINE: Russian soldier, throw away your gun, go home! (CH.XIV)

    Antiwar pickets in Moscow. Moscow continues to arm terrorists in eastern Ukraine and worldwide threaten nuclear holocaust in Lent. While the "I-Putin & Co." releases to the 15th anniversary of the reign of aircraft " visiting the Kremlin "worth billions of dollars, his serfs trample each other in line for free hot dogs and eat pancakes with shovels. Here's a "spirituality" of cheap brace. But not all Russia is in lethargic sleep and propaganda has not poisoned all Russians. And Eclipse always ends with light. Most importantly, is the desire to go to the light and know the truth. Photo:...
  • Afghan Gratitude, American Folly

    03/29/2015 7:30:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    If you're looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress Wednesday, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, Barack Obama and "ordinary Americans whose hard-earned taxes have over the years built the partnership" between the United States and Afghanistan. He couldn't have laid it on any thicker if he'd been using a trowel. Americans in uniform, he attested, "have come to know our snowcapped mountains, our verdant valleys, our windswept deserts, our parched fields, our unharnessed, flowing rivers, and our plains of waving wheat." He said, "Veterans will always...
  • Netanyahu aide predicts wave of money in future Israeli elections (2/3rds ads were foreign funded!)

    03/29/2015 7:21:38 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015, 09:30 am | Jesse Byrnes
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign manager is predicting a wave of outside spending in future Israeli elections. "I think in every election campaign from this point onward, you'll see external groups slugging the market. It'll be very interesting," Netanyahu's top strategist, Aron Shaviv, told The Hill. "This precedent, I think that we're about to see in Israeli elections, is the same effect that Citizens United vs. FEC had in the United States," Shaviv said, referring to the controversial Supreme Court ruling that allowed nonprofit groups to make unlimited independent political expenditures. In light of the precedent, Shaviv is considering...
  • Iran will not abide by nuclear agreement: House speaker Boehner

    03/29/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/29/2015 16:58
    House Speaker John Boehner said Iran would not hold up its end of any agreement over its nuclear program, and that he was ready to ratchet up sanctions on the country if needed. Boehner said on CNN's state of the union that Iran's leaders "have no intention of keeping their word," and the fact that they are even negotiating is evidence current sanctions on Iran are working. Boehner opposes an agreement the Obama administration and other countries are negotiating to try to convince Iran to curtail its nuclear program in return for an easing of economic sanctions.
  • Boehner: Obama treatment of Netanyahu 'reprehensible'

    03/29/2015 7:13:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015, 09:58 am | Jesse Byrnes
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted President Obama on Sunday for his treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible," Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And I think the pressure they've put on him over the last four or five years have frankly pushed him to the point where he had to speak up," Boehner added. Boehner's remarks came when asked about criticism from Obama and the White House over Netanyahu's pre-election comments on the Palestinian state and Arab Israeli citizens. Boehner, who...
  • Arab League agrees to create joint military force

    03/29/2015 6:51:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 29, 2015
    The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, analysts say. A 10-nation, Saudi-led coalition is currently carrying out air strikes against rebels in Yemen.
  • Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared: Netanyahu

    03/29/2015 6:42:32 AM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2015 | DAN WILLIAMS
    (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared. Israel has mounted what it terms an "uphill battle" against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful. "This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the United States, five other world powers and...