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  • [N. Korea] Olympics: France to skip 2018 Winter Games if security risk too great

    09/21/2017 6:34:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2017/09/21 | Richard Lough
    Olympics: France to skip 2018 Winter Games if security risk too great PARIS (Reuters) - France’s Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed, French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said on Thursday, raising the first major doubts by a participating country over the event. Tensions in the region have escalated since reclusive North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sept. 3, prompting global condemnation. U.S. President Donald Trump is locked in a stand-off with Pyongyang and has threatened to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million...
  • ISIS has planted a ticking bomb that is hard to defuse: traumatized children

    09/21/2017 6:12:15 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 6 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 21, 2017 | Taylor Luck
    SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS   Iraq hasn't enough mental health professionals to handle the legions of traumatized children who, because of ISIS, saw and did things they never should have. But if enough teachers can be found, schools could help put them on a path to healing. AMMAN, JORDAN—In camps for internally displaced persons and in the war-torn towns and villages of western Iraq, there is one legacy of the so-called Islamic State’s brutal reign whose magnitude experts and authorities are only beginning to understand: traumatized children. From the stateless children of ISIS members, to child soldiers and the tens of...
  • (URGENT) N.K. FM says 'highest-level' actions in Kim's remarks may be H-bomb detonation in Pacific

    09/21/2017 6:03:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/09/22
    (URGENT) N.K. FM says 'highest-level' actions in Kim's remarks may be H-bomb detonation in Pacific Headline only for now
  • Is it the Kremlin’s turn to get WikiLeaked?

    09/21/2017 6:02:17 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 6 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 21, 2017 | Fred Weir
    MODES OF THOUGHT   The online activist group this week leaked documents from a company that provides ‘solutions’ for Russian telecom giants and state agencies. The dump could signal new scrutiny of Russia from the long-time US bugbear. MOSCOW—It’s been seven years since WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange threatened to drop an information bombshell on the Kremlin that would show Russians the inner workings of their government and business world. That threat never materialized, though a handful of fairly tame Russia-related documents were published. WikiLeaks went on to publish hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables and, more recently, a...
  • In Germany's east, populist vote finds root in reunification woes

    09/21/2017 5:54:47 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 3 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 21, 2017 | Isabelle de Pommereau
    HOW OTHERS SEE IT   The anti-immigration AfD party is set for its best-ever national election Sunday, largely due to its popularity in the former East Germany. There, voters say they were left behind during reunification – and resent efforts to integrate immigrants while they still feel like second-class citizens. GROSSDUBRAU, GERMANY—“Traitor!” “Merkel, out!” The anger, boos, and whistles greeting Angela Merkel in Germany’s east earlier this month are not the sort of reception many outside observers expect the country’s popular chancellor to receive. But not so for people like Regina Bernstein, who lives near this small village of 4,200...
  • 45 National Security Experts Urge Trump to Withdraw from Iran Deal

    09/21/2017 5:20:47 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies ^ | 9/21/17 | Charles Fain Lehman
    A group of some 45 national security experts signed a letter, released Tuesday, calling on President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The letter, released by the Center for Security Policy, called on Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the so-called "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" (JCPOA) using a plan proposed by former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. It also asks Trump to not certify that Iran has been in compliance with the agreement. Trump has in recent weeks renewed his criticism of the deal, which he attacked vehemently on the campaign trail. Amid speculation...
  • Tony Abbott ‘assaulted’ by same-sex marriage campaigner (former Australian Prime Minister)

    09/21/2017 5:12:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 22nd September 2017 | Liz Burke, Victoria Craw and James Law
    POLICE are investigating after Tony Abbott alleged that he was headbutted in the face by a tattooed pro-gay-marriage campaigner in Hobart. The former prime minister said he was the victim of “politically motivated violence” when he was confronted by a man after attending a private function in the Tasmanian capital on Thursday afternoon. “A fellow sung out to me, ‘Hey, Tony’. I turned around, there was a chap wearing a ‘vote yes’ badge. He says ‘I wanna shake your hand’,” Mr Abbott told 2GB radio. “I went over to shake his hand and he headbutted me.” Mr Abbott said his...
  • Kim Jong-un calls President Trump 'deranged' and said he will 'pay dearly' for threatening to

    09/21/2017 5:05:14 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 9/21/17 | ap
    Full title.......................Kim Jong-un calls President Trump 'deranged' and said he will 'pay dearly' for threatening to destroy North Korea........................... North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un called President Donald Trump 'deranged' and said that he will 'pay dearly' for his recent threats The comments were made just hours after Trump signed an executive order that would enable the US to sanction entities that finance trade with North Korea 'I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire,' Kim said of Trump
  • Valerie Plame: Hey, Check Out This Thought-Provoking Article About Jews Driving America’s Wars

    09/21/2017 4:24:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/21/2017 | AllahPundit
    Something zesty to cleanse the palate. Remember her? Outed as a CIA analyst by Richard Armitage in Plamegate, she was a cause celebre of the anti-war, anti-Bush left in the middle of the last decade, right around the time that Cindy Sheehan was. Sheehan turned out to be a bit … eccentric politically, but oh well.Not good ol’ Valerie Plame.The politically correct term is “globalists” but we live in a politically incorrect age. Anyway, much outrage and dark humor ensued on Twitter after she tweeted that, leading to Plame’s first ill-advised attempt at spin. Chill out, she responded. The...
  • ‘Women’s march’ leader was just BOOTED from America

    09/21/2017 4:23:40 PM PDT · by Syncro · 15 replies and AP ^ | Sept 20, 2017 | By Matt Palumbo/ teresa crawford
    Of all the leaders in the anti-Trump Women’s March earlier this year, Linda Sarsour’s name has stood out the most. After all, she’s been the subject of much media attention — most of it hardly positive, and for good reason. One need only go through her social media history to see that she supports Sharia Law, even calling for anti-Islam apologists Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brigette Ganriel to have their vaginas taken out (Ali was the victim of female genital mutilation as a child), and praising cop killers. She’s also public about her friendship with Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whom she describes as her...
  • Must A Baker Make A Gay Couple’s Wedding Cake? Surprising Number Of NY Times Readers Say No

    09/21/2017 4:21:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/21/2017 | John Sexton
    At this point, you’re probably already familiar with the case of baker Jack Phillips who declined to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding on the grounds that it went against his beliefs as a Christian. In June, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case which suggests the legal issue here isn’t as simple as it might appear (to some) at first glance. Today the NY Times published a sample of the 4,500 responses to the story written on the website or on Facebook by their readers. To the Times’ credit, they didn’t use this as an...
  • Sanders Scare-Quotes ‘Enemy’ in Describing Soviet Union During Foreign Policy Speech

    09/21/2017 4:03:51 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | September 21th 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) seemed to think Thursday that describing the Soviet Union as an "enemy" deserved scare quotes in a speech on foreign policy. Sanders delivered a speech on his vision of "progressive foreign policy" at Westminster College. "I was Mayor, as some of you may know, of the city of Burlington, Vermont, in the 1980s, and that was a time when the Soviet Union was our ‘enemy'," Sanders said, emphatically flexing his fingers to suggest his disagreement with the labeling. Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington running against the incumbent Democrat; while in office, he self-styled...
  • Turkey's Erdogan Tries (and Fails) to Censor an American Think Tank

    09/21/2017 4:01:30 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 21, 2017 at 10:52 am | Winfield Myers
    Turkey's descent into Islamist despotism distorts the NATO alliance: how can Turkey combat a external threat from without, Daniel Pipes asked, when a member state poses the same threat from within? No one tells us what we can say. We are a free people, and we will act in complete freedom. – Daniel Pipes, President, Middle East Forum (MEF) The purging of 120,000 government employees following last year's failed coup means that "more police counter-terrorism experts are in prison than ISIS members." A democratic Turkey is a must for NATO, both for the alliance's success and for Turkey itself. –...
  • Turkey Uncensored: A History of Censorship and Bans

    09/21/2017 3:52:00 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Philos Project ^ | Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    On April 29, the Turkish government announced that it completely blocked Wikipedia over the online encyclopediaÂ’s refusal to delete articles and comments that suggest that Ankara is co-operating with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.Despite multiple requests by Turkish officials, Wikipedia refused to take down the content the Turkish government objected to. In response, Turkish authorities blocked online access to Wikipedia in all languages across the country.Wikipedia continues to be blocked in Turkey. But it is not the only restricted website in the country. An estimated 127,000-plus websites have been blocked in Turkey, along with another 95,000...
  • S&P Downgrades China’s Credit Rating, Saying Rocketing Debt Is Stoking Economic Instability

    09/21/2017 3:27:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies ^ | 9/21/17 | John Carney
    Standard & Poors lowered its view of China’s creditworthiness, less than a month ahead of the country’s most important and sensitive political gatherings. S&P downgraded China to A+ from AA-, a one notch change. It also changed its outlook for the country’s credit rating from negative to stable, implying that investors should not expect further downgrades in the near future.
  • Tillerson: ‘We Have Seen Anything But a Peaceful, Stable Region' Since the Iran Deal

    09/21/2017 3:25:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 9/21/17 | Melanie Arter
    ( - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that since the Iran deal was confirmed, “we have seen anything but a peaceful, stable region” and that’s the “real issue” with the agreement. “And that’s why we talk about Iran defaulting on these expectations, because those expectations clearly have not been met,” said Tillerson told reporters during a press conference in New York City. He said that since the deal, Iran has “continued to prop up” the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad “and its horrible way in which it has brought violence to its own people.” “They have continued...
  • Trump unveils sweeping sanctions to shut down North Korea's economy

    09/21/2017 12:33:55 PM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/21/2017 | David Martosko and Francesca Chambers
    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to choke North Korea's economy by penalizing nations that trade with the communist dictatorship. The order enables the Treasury Department to ramp up punishing sanctions in an effort to dissuade Pyongyang from pursuing its nuclear missile program. 'Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind,' the president told reporters ahead of a luncheon meeting with the leaders of Japan and South Korea. Trump warned that Pyongyang's textiles, fishing, information technology and manufacturing industries were potential...
  • Saudi government allegedly funded a 'dry run' for 9/11, report says

    09/21/2017 1:17:42 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    Fox News & New York Post ^ | September 9, 2017, update 9/11/2017
    Fresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a “dry run” for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters. Two years before the airliner attacks, the Saudi Embassy paid for two Saudi nationals, living undercover in the US as students, to fly from Phoenix to Washington “in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks,” alleges the amended complaint filed on behalf of the families of some...
  • China banks reportedly to halt business with North Korea as South Korea sends $8 million

    09/21/2017 12:08:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Foxnews ^ | today
  • Meet the Swede Who Went Undercover for a Whole Year With the Alt-Right in the US and UK

    09/21/2017 12:01:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    The Local ^ | 9/20 | Emma Löfgren
    Swedish student Patrik Hermansson, 25, talks to The Local about what he learned when he went undercover for a year with the international alt-right movement. Hermansson spent a whole year with far-right extremist groups in the UK and US on behalf of anti-racism organization Hope Not Hate. Pretending to be a Swedish student writing about the suppression of right-wing speech in Sweden, he met and spoke with alt-right members, while wearing a hidden camera. He recorded one founding member claiming he had links all the way to the Donald Trump White House Administration. His work forms part of a new...