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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Russia's Gazprom Cuts Off Gas Supplies to Ukraine

    11/25/2015 3:51:13 PM PST · by McGruff
    NBC News ^ | November 25, 2015
    Russia's state-controlled gas company is halting supplies to Ukraine, its chief executive said Wednesday, less than two months after the two countries struck an EU-sponsored deal. Gazprom's CEO Alexei Miller said Russia sent the last shipment to Ukraine at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday and send no more because Ukraine has not paid in advance for future supplies. Temperatures in Ukraine where most homes rely on piped gas for central heating were below freezing Wednesday morning.
  • Is Israel considering giving land to the PA? (i.e. Palestinian Authority; Area C land)

    11/25/2015 3:34:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2015, 1:15 AM | Nitsan Keidar
    Israel is considering the possibility of transferring land from Area C, which is under complete Israeli control in accordance with the Oslo Accords, to the Palestinian Authority, Channel 2 News reported on Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel later made clear that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu goes through with the plan, he will not have a coalition. ...
  • Syrian Leader: Impossible to Weed Terrorists Out of Migrants Coming to U.S.

    11/25/2015 3:10:41 PM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | Selwyn Duke
    It has now been confirmed: It is simply impossible to sufficiently vet the Muslim migrants entering our nation. Intelligence officials have said it. The Greek government has said it. And now a New York City Syrian community leader has this to say about Barack Obama' ’s claim that it is possible to distinguish between terrorists and other migrants: "Are you out of your mind?"
  • Gallup: Americans Evenly Split on Sending Troops to Fight Islamic State

    11/25/2015 3:03:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Gallup ^ | 11/25/2015 | Lydia Saad
    As many in U.S. favor sending ground troops as are opposed Prior to now, a majority of Americans opposed sending ground troops Support is up among Republicans and independents, not Democrats Since the Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, Americans' reaction to sending U.S. ground troops to assist groups fighting Islamic militants has shifted from majority opposition to an even divide. Forty-seven percent of Americans now favor committing U.S. ground troops to Iraq and Syria for this purpose, while 46% are opposed. In early November, opponents surpassed supporters by 10 percentage points. The latest survey was conducted a...
  • Sen. Sessions Wants to Defund Refugee Admissions Program

    11/25/2015 3:03:16 PM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | November 24, 2015 | Warren Mass
    Speaking on the Senate floor on November 19, Senator Jeff Sessions (shown, R-Ala.) strongly condemned President Obama's request for funding for refugee resettlement, basing his opposition on both economic and security threats found in the president's plan. In his speech, Sessions outlined the reasons behind his opposition to more federal spending for refugee resettlement: Refugees are among the most costly immigration program for several reasons. Refugees are instantly eligible for federal welfare and entitlements. They are low-skilled and frequently lack any kind of formal education. There is a great cost involved - about $6.5 billion lifetime cost per each 10,000...
  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

    11/25/2015 2:30:07 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies
    Yahoo News AP ^ | November 25, 2015 | NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas, hoping to rely on supplies from other countries, and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor.Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its support for separatist rebels in the east has brought relations between the two countries to a post-Soviet low. Ukraine has since been trying to cut its dependence on Russian gas. Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, said Wednesday that it stopped sending gas to Ukraine on Wednesday morning and will supply no more because Ukraine has not paid in...
  • (UK) Defence review: 10,000 troops could tackle terror attacks - PM

    11/25/2015 1:51:55 PM PST · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23rd November 2015 | BBC News
    'Up to 10,000 troops could be deployed in the UK in the event of a Paris-style attack, David Cameron has said, as he announced £12bn extra defence spending. The PM said ministers wanted to replace the Trident nuclear deterrent, but the estimated cost had risen and completion been put back until "the early 2030s". The number of civilians employed by the MoD is to be reduced by almost 30% by the end of the Parliament, he added. Dai Hudd, the Prospect union general secretary, called this "devastating". Setting out the government's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), Mr Cameron announced...
  • Obama signs defense bill but blasts Gitmo restrictions

    11/25/2015 1:40:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama on Wednesday signed a $607 billion annual defense policy bill, even though it includes language that hampers the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison. As a presidential candidate Obama pledged to close the controversial detention facility, but has been thwarted repeatedly by Congress, which opposes transferring detainees to the mainland United States. In a rare move, the president issued a signed statement blasting provisions in the bill intended to block the president from moving Guantanamo Bay prisoners to facilities within the U.S. "I am, however, deeply disappointed that the Congress has again failed to take productive action...
  • Erdogan in 2012: Brief Airspace Violations Can't Be Pretext for Attack

    11/25/2015 12:01:42 PM PST · by McGruff · 17 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | November 25, 2015
    Turkey has cited airspace violations as its justification for shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday. But only three years ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan specifically stated that such actions should "never be a pretext for an attack." In response to the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted that the military's actions were justified. "We did not want this situation to happen, but everybody has to respect Turkey's right to defend its borders," he told reporters, adding that the military's actions were "fully in line with Turkey's rules...
  • State Department: Iran Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding’ and Iran Didn’t Sign It

    11/25/2015 11:45:47 AM PST · by GilGil · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/24/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not “legally binding,” his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.
  • Obama welcomes an Islamist Trojan horse: Consider who is selecting our refugees

    11/25/2015 11:39:03 AM PST · by taildragger · 11 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 11/24/2015 | Jeff Kuhner
    “President Obama is a threat to our country,” Donald Trump told me in a recent interview. He’s right. Mr. Obama now poses a clear and present danger to America. His stubborn insistence on resettling so-called “refugees” from Syria threatens to Balkanize our country and subvert it from within. The president is willing to potentially sacrifice countless Americans on the altar of liberal multiculturalism. He is gambling with our lives.
  • Amid terror wave, UN adopts six resolutions — all anti-Israel

    11/25/2015 11:30:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2015, 2:25 PM | Ari Soffer
    In a move dubbed "surreal" by a leading UN watchdog, and as a campaign of daily Palestinian terrorist attacks continues to target Israelis, the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted six resolutions - all of which bar none condemned Israel. Not a single mention was made of the Palestinian attacks, which have left 22 Israelis dead and hundreds wounded, nor did any other countries - even serial human rights violators such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and others - receive any of the General Assembly's attention. More disturbingly still, five of the the UNGA resolutions were sponsored by the...
  • Isis: Shocking video shows Islamic State child executioner beheading victim

    11/25/2015 11:17:08 AM PST · by detective · 25 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 17, 2015 | Priya Joshi
    A shocking video has been released showing a child being forced by depraved Islamic State fighters into carrying out the savage beheading of a Syrian regime army officer
  • No future for Jews in Europe

    11/25/2015 10:36:48 AM PST · by No One Special · 16 replies
    World Jewish Daily ^ | November 25, 2015 | unknown
    The chief rabbi of Belgium had some startling comments for the future of Jews in Europe. Amid a terror crackdown in Brussels, where police arrested at least 16 terrorists, and after an attack in Paris that took the lives of 130 people, Rabbi Avraham Gigi said: "There is a sense of fear in the streets, the Belgians understand that they too are targets of terror. Jews now pray in their homes [as opposed to at synagogues] and some of them are planning on emigrating," Gigi said. "Since Shabbat the city has been paralyzed. The synagogues were closed, something which has...
  • Repugnant Religious Litmus Tests

    11/25/2015 10:25:57 AM PST · by detective · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | NOV. 24, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    During the terrorist attack on a hotel in Mali last Friday, there were reports that hostages who could recite the Muslim profession of faith were set free; those who could not were killed. That the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, the Taliban or other fanatical Islamist sects measure the worth of a human life according to his or her religious belief is barbaric. Yet the impulse among American politicians like Jeb Bush and Senator Ted Cruz and Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, to offer refuge only to Christians fleeing war is as appalling.
  • West Germany’s Former Chancellor Predicted Europe Would Have an Assimilation Problem

    11/25/2015 10:12:22 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 11/25/15 | Mike Gonzalez
    In 1990 former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt told me in an interview that massive Islamic immigration into Europe kept him awake at night. Between pinches of snuff, Schmidt said he worried Muslims wouldn’t assimilate, and that this would become a big problem for the continent.Schmidt’s ruminations are worth remembering following French President Francois Hollande visit to President Barack Obama Tuesday to ask for help in what he has called France’s war on ISIS. Hollande, who has been much more assertive than his host on defeating ISIS, to say the least, has been candid that “complicity from the inside” is...
  • ISIS teenage 'poster girl' Samra Kesinovic 'beaten to death' as she tried to flee the group

    11/25/2015 10:04:42 AM PST · by McGruff · 53 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 25, 2015
    A teenage girl who ran away from her Vienna home to join ISIS in Syria has reportedly been beaten to death by the group after trying to escape. Samra Kesinovic, 17, travelled to Syria last year with her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15. The two became a 'poster girl' for ISIS, also known as Islamic State, appearing on social media websites in images showing them carrying Kalashnikovs and surrounded by armed men.
  • Obama: No ‘credible intelligence’ of imminent attack on U.S. over Thanksgiving

    11/25/2015 9:59:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Saying U.S. counter-terrorism officials haven't uncovered any credible threat of pending attacks, President Obama urged Americans Wednesday to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. "Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," Mr. Obama said after meeting in the White House situation room with FBI Director James B. Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others. "We continue to do everything possible to prevent attacks at home and abroad." Mr. Obama said it's "understandable" for Americans to worry about terrorist attacks following the Nov. 13 killing spree in Paris by extremists of the Islamic...
  • Erdoğan tacitly acknowledges claim MİT transported arms to Syria

    11/25/2015 9:55:35 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    todayszaman.com ^ | November 25, 2015, Wednesday/ 17:32:45 | TODAY'S ZAMAN
    Erdoğan tacitly acknowledges claim MİT transported arms to Syria Syria-bound trucks operated by MİT were searched in January 2014 after prosecutors received tip-offs that they were illegally carrying arms to Syria. (Photo: DHA) November 25, 2015, Wednesday/ 17:32:45/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ANKARA President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday seemingly validated claims previously made by critics who alleged that the Turkish government was sending weapon-filled trucks to radical groups in Syria by sarcastically asking, “So what if the MİT [National Intelligence Organization] trucks were filled with weapons?”
  • UK-made missile hit civilian target in Yemen, say human rights groups

    11/25/2015 9:41:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 25, 2015 | Peter Walker and Richard Norton-Taylor
    Human rights groups say they have uncovered definitive proof a UK-made cruise missile was used to destroy a civilian target in Yemen in September and have called for Britain to end arms sales to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting a bloody campaign against rebel forces there. Such a use of the missile, made by Marconi and sold to Saudi Arabia during the mid-1990s, was “depressingly predictable”, said Amnesty International, which conducted the investigation alongside Human Rights Watch. According to research at the scene and interviews with witnesses, the groups say the missile was used on 23 September to destroy a...
  • Is Turkey Lying: Rescued Russian Pilot Says There Was No Warning Before F-16 Opened Fire

    11/25/2015 9:26:30 AM PST · by amorphous · 77 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    The conflicting stories over yesterday's dramatic downing of a Russian jet on the Syria-Turkish border continue to grow, and after the ongoing confusion whether the Russian pilot did or did not enter Turkish territory for a grand total of 17 seconds, moments ago Konstantin Murahtin, the co-pilot from the downed Russian jet who survived the ground fire by US-armed rebels unlike his pilot, and who was rescued by the Syrian army, said that contrary to official reports that Turkey had somehow warned the Russian jet "10 times" (in 17 seconds?) that it would fire, Turkey had in fact given no...
  • Ted Cruz Super PAC Responds To Rubio Attack

    11/25/2015 9:20:05 AM PST · by Isara · 19 replies
    Red State ^ | November 25th, 2015 | streiff
    Yesterday we reported on how a Super PAC that has apparently supports Senator Marco Rubio has taken up Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s attack line against Senator Ted Cruz. Back in July, Ted Cruz was one of a super-majority of senators who voted to curtail the ability of the NSA to bulk collect the phone use data of Americans. In the wake of the Paris attack, Rubio perceives there is a) a disadvantage to Cruz in his vote and b) highlight that vote and painting Cruz as “weak on terrorism” will work to Rubio’s advantage. I suppose there are GOP...
  • Putin’s Strategy for Mideast Takes a Hit

    11/25/2015 9:12:58 AM PST · by tlozo · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 24, 2015 | Thomas Grove
    The downing of a Russian jet fighter by Turkey threatens to disrupt President Vladimir Putin's plan to bring more countries into his antiterrorism tent, as well as any potential rapprochement with the West. Since launching airstrikes in Syria at the end of September that he said were directed against Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Mr. Putin had called on other countries to join an alliance that includes Iran, Iraq and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. The recent terror attacks in Paris created an opening for the Kremlin: Moscow is preparing for a visit Thursday by French President Francois Hollande...

    11/25/2015 9:12:33 AM PST · by knarf · 5 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2015 | KNARF
  • Furious #Assad/#Putin forces shell the Syrian-Turkish border areas in #Latakia w/ MLRS video

    11/25/2015 9:05:30 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 3 replies
    https://twitter.com/JulianRoepcke ^ | 11/25/2015 | Julian Röpcke
    Furious #Assad/#Putin forces shell the Syrian-Turkish border areas in #Latakia w/ MLRS. https://t.co/xxNb2vrS6r pic.twitter.com/LT5vugEl2M— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHgdAbTtwEc #Russia's message to #Turkey: 'If we bomb your allies only meters from your border but stay in Syria, you can't do anything about it!'— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015
  • Breaking Report: Russia bombs the heart of the Turkish-aspired "safe zone" in northern Syria

    11/25/2015 9:01:43 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 31 replies
    https://twitter.com/JulianRoepcke ^ | 11/25/2016 | Julian Röpcke ‏@JulianRoepcke 4h
    #BreakingReport #Russia bombs #Azaz today, the heart of the Turkish-aspired "safe zone" in northern #Syria. pic.twitter.com/jl5aBHllaO— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015 Clear message to #Turkey and the West: "We won't allow you to save anyone in #Syria. Not even 4 km South of you. This is OUR battlefield."— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015
  • Breaking Footage: 3 Russian Su-34 bomb the Syrian-Turkish border areas north of Aleppo

    11/25/2015 8:58:14 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 26 replies
    https://twitter.com/JulianRoepcke ^ | 11/25/2015 | Julian Röpcke ‏@JulianRoepcke 3h
    #BreakingFootage THREE #Russian Su-34 bomb the Syrian-Turkish border areas north of #Aleppo https://t.co/d2f3NbgScj pic.twitter.com/fIYXCfo57H— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I-EH7Jk1vk
  • Some in military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack

    11/25/2015 8:56:09 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 18 replies
    Yahoo News AP ^ | November 25, 2015 | ROBERT BURNS and KEN DILANIAN
    American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated the rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.Briefing reporters on the results of two investigations, Gen. John Campbell, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, described an egregious series of human and technical failures that led a U.S. warplane to mistakenly destroy a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month. But Campbell and other officials would not say how many people had been removed from their jobs nor whether those high up...

    11/25/2015 8:49:32 AM PST · by Biggirl · 62 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Foxnews.Com
    Via Live FoxNews.com Video.
  • Operation Chammal: New Configurations for French Aircraft

    11/25/2015 8:45:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    French Air Force ^ | November 25, 2015
    In recent weeks, the French Air Force has significantly expanded the scope of its strike opportunities within Operation Chammal, its air strikes against Daesh. On October 14, 2015, a Rafale for the first time dropped fired a BLU-126 bomb fitted with the Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon (AASM) with GPS / laser guidance. The introduction of this weapon into operational service was decided on October 1 by the air force command, in the wake of operational test and evaluation carried out by the program team at the air force’s Centre d’Expertise Aérienne Militaire (CEAM) trials unit at Mont-de-Marsan air base. On October...
  • A Rotten Turkey for Thanksgiving

    11/25/2015 8:23:37 AM PST · by amorphous · 20 replies
    Jim Sinclair's Mine Set ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | Jim Sinclair & filed under Bill Holter
    By now you have heard the news of a Russian fighter being shot down over Turkey. There are conflicting reports as to whether the plane was in Turkish or Syrian airspace. Another unknown is whether the plane was shot down from the air or ground. Also conflicting as to whether the pilots were dead prior to landing, or executed while parachuting down or after landing. Add to this the destruction of a Russian search helicopter by an anti tank "TOW". The ramifications of these events are mind boggling to say the least. While sitting down to write this, a news...
  • Russian holidaymakers run out of sunny options as Turkey tensions rise

    11/25/2015 8:13:47 AM PST · by tlozo · 10 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Nov. 25, 2015
    Tensions following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search for sunnier climes, and for battered tour operators. Foreign travel had already been under a dark shadow from a weak economy and the severing of air ties with Egypt after the bombing of a passenger jet. Officials led by strongman Vladimir Putin warned Russians against travelling to Turkey and insisted the country was no safer than Egypt, where a Russian charter plane flying from the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg was downed by a bomb last month, killing all...
  • The Turkey-Russia Confrontation Reminds US: War Is Too Important To Be Left To Generals

    11/25/2015 8:09:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Virgil
    The first thing to remember about the Turkish downing of a Russian fighter-jet is that it could just as easily have happened to an American aircraft. Yes, the situation in Syria is that complex; there’s plenty of risk to go around—and that’s before anyone starts putting “boots on the ground.”
  • Hillary Clinton visits Colorado, but dodges the state’s big issues (her Churchillian moment)

    11/25/2015 8:02:59 AM PST · by doug from upland · 11 replies
    EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE: She also outlined her plans to take on Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. "We need to fight them in the air, on the ground and online," and the United States can do that by drawing together a coalition of countries and working with Muslim communities, she said. ---end excerpt--- DFU COMMENTARY: Those are inspiring words. We have heard similar before -- "We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend...
  • Russian warplanes bombed the Syrian Turkey border crossing at Azaz - trucks burning

    11/25/2015 7:45:37 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 45 replies
    https://twitter.com/markito0171/status/669517052386918400 ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Mark ‏@markito0171 2h
    Mark ‏@markito0171 2h2 hours ago #Russia'n warplanes bombed the #Syria'n - #Turkey border crossing at #Azaz -trucks burning https://twitter.com/markito0171/status/669517052386918400 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuy_5U8uaG0
  • Ankara explosions: Reports of multiple blasts and injuries in Turkish capital

    11/25/2015 7:41:46 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 90 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 15:27, 25 Nov 2015 | Anthony Bond
    Ankara explosions: Reports of multiple blasts and injuries in Turkish capital 14:35, 25 Nov 2015 Updated 15:27, 25 Nov 2015 By Anthony Bond Multiple explosions have taken place in the Turkish capital Ankara, it has been reported. Witnesses say the blasts resulted in several popping sounds and caused a number of injuries. Reports from the city said the violence explosions caused panic with many people taking to social media fearing a coordinated attack. Emergency services rushed onto the streets shortly after the blasts at about 1.30pm local time. Military personal and firefighters were also deployed. Local police said they investigated...
  • Russian crackdown on Muslims fuels exodus to Islamic State

    11/25/2015 7:34:57 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 25, 2015 | NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    KOMSOMOLSKOYE, Russia (AP) -- Security forces in Russia's southernmost republic of Dagestan keep devout Muslims under surveillance, routinely raid their homes and haul them to police stations to give DNA samples and fingerprints. So it was no surprise to many in the village of Komsomolskoye that Rashid Magomedov fled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, leaving behind a pregnant wife and two children.
  • Will Senator Cruz Follow Reagan’s Lead on the NSA?

    11/25/2015 7:26:51 AM PST · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Nov. 24, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Craig Shirley, author of Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan, is an impressive writer with a vast knowledge of Reagan's terms as president who has nonetheless gotten a very important part of Reagan's legacy wrong. Shirley has written about how Reagan would have reacted to the Paris massacre by enlisting today's "Christian Russia" and "free market China" in a coalition against Islamic terrorism.
  • State Department: Iran Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding’ and Iran Didn’t Sign It

    11/25/2015 7:20:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/25/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama didn't require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not "legally binding," his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document," wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter. Frifield wrote the letter in response to a letter Pompeo sent Secretary of State John Kerry, in which he observed that the...
  • Russian jet pilot says there were 'no warnings' by Turkey before plane was shot down

    11/25/2015 7:18:14 AM PST · by McGruff · 66 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 25 NOV 2015
    The surviving pilot of a Russian jet downed by Turkey has said there were no warnings before they were struck out of the sky, it's reported. Captain Konstantin Murakhtin told a Russian TV station that his plane was flying over Syrian territory and did not violate Turkish airspace. Speaking for the first time since the incident yesterday, the pilot said he knew the region like the back of his hand and "couldn't possibly have flown into Turkish airspace".
  • Fmr. NATO Cmdr.: Turkey has funneled fighters to ISIS

    11/25/2015 7:07:27 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Fmr. Commander of NATO, Gen. Wesley Clark says Turkey could do more to stop the flow of foreign fighters to ISIS.
  • Russia Says Turkey's Attack On Jet Was "Planned Provocation"...

    11/25/2015 6:53:49 AM PST · by amorphous · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    On Tuesday evening, we took a close look at the circumstances surrounding Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border. The incident was the most meaningful escalation in the conflict to date and marks the first time a Russian or Soviet plane has been downed by NATO since 1953. The pilots ejected, one of whom was shot in his parachute by FSA-affiliated Alwiya al-Ashar militiamen who subsequently celebrated over the body. About an hour later, the FSA's 1st Coastal Brigade used a US-made TOW to destroy a Russian search and rescue helicopter, killing one Russian marine....
  • EU flags disappear from Polish government press briefings

    11/25/2015 6:44:45 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 11/24/15
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister has broken with the practice of pro-European predecessors and has removed the EU flag from her weekly news conference. Beata Szydlo appeared Tuesday to brief reporters after the first working meeting with her Cabinet since the conservative Law and Justice party took power last week, and stood in front of Polish flags only. Asked about the change, Szydlo said that in these difficult times she is grateful that Poland belongs to NATO and the EU, but that government press briefings devoted to national matters will from now on take place "against the...
  • Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it? (ISIS are allies)

    11/25/2015 6:28:57 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 25 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 19 November 2015 12.04 EST | David Graeber
    Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it? David Graeber Last modified on Thursday 19 November 2015 12.04 EST Western leaders could destroy Islamic State by calling on Erdoğan to end his attacks on Kurdish forces in Syria and Turkey and allow them to fight Isis on the ground How could Isis be eliminated? In the region, everyone knows. All it would really take would be to unleash the largely Kurdish forces of the YPG (Democratic Union party) in Syria, and PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ party) guerillas in Iraq and Turkey. These are, currently, the main forces...
  • French Prime Minister: Europe can't take any more refugees

    11/25/2015 6:16:09 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/25/2015 | Rick Moran
    EU countries are lining up in opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open door refugee policy with some countries closing their borders and others establishing strict border controls to try and slow the flood of refugees. Not Merkel. The German leader is defiantly standing by her policy despite the Paris attacks, even though her position is putting enormous strain on her government coalition.
  • Putin sends air defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

    11/25/2015 5:55:53 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 85 replies
    Yahoo News AP ^ | November 25, 2015 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow.The S-400 missile systems will be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey. The systems are capable of targeting Turkish jets with deadly precision. If Russia shot down a Turkish plane, NATO would be required to...
  • Obama 2013: Assad must go. Obama today: Hopefully Assad won’t run for president again.

    11/25/2015 5:27:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A nifty catch by Josh Rogin from today's presser. If you want to see what "Smart Power" resolve looks like in practice, here’s where we are right now with a guy whom the supposed leader of the free world has been insisting for years must step down as president of Syria. (snip) As our rotten luck would have it, Assad is interested in running again for the presidency, according to Russian diplomats who recently spoke to him. Either Obama's kidding himself about Assad "choosing not to run" or he's hinting here that there may be ways to force Assad out,...
  • Obama Basically Gives Putin an Ultimatum: One Way or Another, Assad Must Go

    11/25/2015 4:56:32 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 45 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 11/23/2015 | Melissa Dykes
    Over the weekend at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, President Obama called out President Putin in regards to making a decision as to whether or not Russia would continue to support the Assad regime in Syria. "I've said this before; I said it to President Putin five years ago and I repeated it to him just a few days ago -- the issue with Assad is not simply the way that he has treated his people. It's not just a human rights issues. It's not just a question of supporting somebody who has been ruthlessly dropping bombs on...
  • Obama: “They’re just like our kids” — ISIS child executioners

    11/25/2015 4:40:52 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 11/22/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Islamic State fanatics release sickening new footage of mass executions. Included are horrifying scenes of a child executing several prisoners. The 22-minute film shows wholesale slaughter of Iraqi military cadets. It was filmed at last year's notorious Speicher massacre, in Tikrit, Iraq. Men are machine gunned in mass graves, while others are shot in the head. WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT Harrowing new footage has emerged of a young boy executing prisoners on the banks of the Tigris River, amid one of the biggest massacres ever committed by Islamic State fanatics. Filmed during the ISIS killing spree in Tikrit last year,...
  • 5 Hispanic Boys Gang Rape Girl in North Carolina

    11/25/2015 4:21:27 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 67 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 11/22/2015 | Michael Ware
    When you tell people that our society glorifies sex and power, they look at you like you have another head growing out of your neck. They look this way because they like what they watch on television. They like going to the movies They love their music These things cannot be bad, can they? I do not want you to think that I am anti any of these things. I watch T.V., go to movies, and listen to music. I am also not one that thinks that these things are ultimately responsible for our actions or the actions of others....