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  • Ebola Czar Ron Klain Says "Overpopulation" Top Concern

    10/21/2014 1:00:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1
    Ron Klain on the "top leadership issue in the world today."
  • Ebola, race and fear (Only in the US, of course)

    10/21/2014 12:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    BBC News Echo Chambers ^ | October 21, 2014 | Anthony Zurcher, Editor, Echo Chambers
    The examples of Ebola hysteria in the US are starting to get too numerous to count. Two students from Rwanda, 2,600 miles away from West Africa, are sent home from a New Jersey elementary school for 21 days. A Maine high school teacher is given three weeks off because she attended a convention in Dallas, Texas. A Texas college sends out letters to prospective students from disease-free Nigeria that informing them that they are no longer accepting applications from countries with "confirmed Ebola cases". A Pennsylvania high-school football player is met by chants of "Ebola" from the opposing team. A...
  • Watchdog: Afghan poppy cultivation surging, after US spent $7.6B on anti-drug campaign

    10/21/2014 12:53:12 PM PDT · by dware · 4 replies
    Washington Beacon via Fox News ^ | 10.21.2014 | Adam Kredo
    Cultivation of the illegal poppy plant in Afghanistan has reached an “all-time high” following a $7.6 billion counternarcotics campaign paid for by the United States, according to government oversight investigators.
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 9 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus Jim Hoft Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola. Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.Investors.com reported: Islam isn’t just at the heart of the terror threat posed by the Islamic State. The...
  • ISIS Massacred Every Man And Boy Over 15 In Muslim Town

    10/21/2014 12:40:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/14 | Christian Datoc
    When ISIS militants publicly beheaded a Shaitat man who had fired on one of their patrols, local residents overpowered the small garrison of terrorist fighters and forced them from the town, only to see them return with reinforcements and artillery from Mosul. After shelling Abu Hamam for days, ISIS forces once again captured the town and began systematically executing every Shaitat male over the age of 15.
  • The Shilka air defense system: Half a century guarding the skies

    10/21/2014 12:34:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | October 20, 2014 | Alexander Korolkov
    The term air defense is associated more with interceptor aircraft and missile and radar systems than tanks bristling with barrels. But the Shilka is the air defense system closest to the troops, having followed Soviet and Russian motorized infantry and tank battalions for five decades in which it also made its mark in ground engagements. There is a joke in the Russian military that air defense troops are failed pilots who donÂ’t like anyone else flying. But not even these zealous forces could keep the skies completely clear in the post-war period. Anti-aircraft weapons available in the 1950s were not...
  • New-generation missile destroyer under development in Russia

    10/21/2014 11:59:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | 21/10/2014
    Russia’s Defense Ministry has approved the technical design specification for the Leader class destroyers, a high-ranking source in the ministry told TASS on Tuesday. The destroyer’s nuclear-powered and gas turbine versions are planned. He said there was no clarity yet concerning the weapons, but the new ship will be most likely equipped with the Caliber high-precision cruise missile system and the S-500 antiaircraft defense system. “The Leader technical design specification prepared by the Navy command has been signed by the Defense Ministry leadership that approved the engineering design for two versions of the destroyer — nuclear-powered and gas turbine,” the...
  • Iran says it needs more nuclear plants (20 more like Bushehr)

    10/21/2014 11:59:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Azernews ^ | October 2014, 11:29 (GMT+05:00)
    Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the country needs 20 new nuclear power plants like the Bushehr plant. "Bushehr power plant currently produces 7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year," Salehi said, ISNA News Agency reported."Some countries have declared their readiness to construct new nuclear power plants in Iran." Earlier, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said they have been informed that Iran plans to construct 20 new nuclear power plants. Iran announced in June that it has reached an agreement with Russia to construct two more nuclear power plants. The two sides are negotiating...
  • Jordan's King Abdullah warns against Islamic and Zionist extremism

    10/21/2014 11:31:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/21/2014 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    Afted Islamic extremism with “Zionist extremism” in remarks on Monday regarding the fight against terrorism. He made the comments during a meeting with Jordan’s president and members of the Lower House’s Democratic Gathering Bloc. While saying that there was a civil war taking place between moderate and extremist camps within Islam, the Jordanian monarch added that at the same time, “there is Zionist extremism,” and that “stakeholders should acknowledge there is extremism in all camps,” The Jordan Times reported...
  • U.S. to Route Passengers From Ebola-Hit Nations to 5 Airports

    10/21/2014 11:20:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10-21-2014 | MATT APUZZO
    Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports screening for the disease, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said Tuesday as the Obama administration stepped up precautions to stop the spread of the virus. Last week, the government instituted temperature checks for West Africans arriving at Kennedy International in New York, Newark Liberty International, Washington Dulles International, O’Hare International in Chicago, and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta. The five airports already account for 94 percent of all arrivals from the affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A...
  • Senator Mark Kirk: Congress Will Not Support ‘Obama-Khamenei’ Nuclear Deal

    10/21/2014 10:50:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 20, 2014 5:10 pm
    A leading United States senator has warned that the Obama Administration is heading for confrontation with Congress over its refusal, as reported by the New York Times, to allow congressional approval of a final nuclear deal with Iran. In a statement to The Algemeiner, Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) declared: “By threatening to cut out Congress from the Iran nuclear deal, the Administration is actually uniting Congress. We will not support an Obama-Khamenei deal that condemns our children to a future where the Middle East is full of nuclear weapons.” After the signing of the Geneva Accord with Iran in November 2013,...
  • Ukrainian military accused of repeatedly using cluster bomb rockets against separatists

    10/21/2014 10:40:57 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-21-2014 | Dan Lamothe
    The Ukrainian military has used cluster munitions numerous times in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists, likely scattering deadly bombs that did not immediately explode and putting civilians at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. An investigation earlier this month found that the weapons were used more than a dozen times in fighting in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch reported. Dozens of countries, including the United States, agreed not to use cluster munitions in a treaty signed in 2008, citing the indiscriminate nature of the weapon. Ukraine has not signed the treaty. “While it was not possible to...
  • Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

    10/21/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    The Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATED: Sweden's military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface "with weapons if necessary". Battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops are scouring an area about 30 to 60 kilometres from the Swedish capital after a "man-made" and foreign object was spotted in the waters. "The most important value of the operation - regardless of whether we find something -- is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we think...
  • American released from North Korea

    10/21/2014 10:14:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    Jeffrey Fowle, an American arrested in North Korea in May for leaving a bible at his hotel, has been released and is on his way home, a senior State Department official told CNN on Tuesday. An American government plane picked up Fowle on Tuesday before flying to Guam, the official said. Fowle was arrested at the airport earlier this year while trying to leave North Korea.
  • Nameless

    10/21/2014 9:35:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-21-14 | Richard Fernandez
    Spengler (David Goldman) observes that the Muslim world is experiencing a “social unraveling on a scale not seen in the region since the Mongol invasion”. It’s at 18 million refugees and counting. “There are millions of young men in the Muslim world sitting in refugee camps with nothing to do, nowhere to go back to, and nothing to look forward to. And there are tens of millions more watching their misery with outrage. Never has an extremist movement had so many frustrated and footloose young men in its prospective recruitment pool.” Actually it’s worse than that. Spengler’s table omits Mali,...
  • Got goat milk? Kurds mock ISIS with SNL-like video (Watch Video)

    10/21/2014 8:53:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    CSM ^ | 10/21/2014 | Husna Haq
    A new music video from Iraqi Kurds mocks the terrorist group, Islamic State aka ISIS. It's the latest effort by Iraqis fighting horror with humor. How to combat the ruthless tactics and gruesome crimes of the terrorist group ISIS? For a group of Iraqi Kurdish entertainers, it's not with guns, bombs, or munitions. They're fighting back with humor. Iraqi Kurdish KurdSat TV broadcast a new musical parody video on Oct. 12 that mocks the terrorist group ISIS in Saturday Night Live fashion: a group of bearded men pretending to be ISIS fighters play air guitar on rifles, pretend to sword-fight,...
  • Now an African country is screening incoming Americans and Spaniards for Ebola

    10/21/2014 8:48:33 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 6 replies
    WP ^ | 10/21/14
    The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States last month brought with it a fair share of panic to American shores, with questions raised about travel bans on the West African nations hit hardest by the disease and airport screening to find and isolate those who are already sick.
  • Charges Against Liberty GB Leader Paul Weston Are Dropped

    10/21/2014 8:31:23 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Liberty UK ^ | 11th June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    'Paul Weston, candidate in the 22 May European Elections in the South East constituency and leader of the Liberty GB party, who was arrested in Winchester, Hampshire, on the 26 April, has had the charges against him dropped. Mr Weston was arrested for publicly quoting an excerpt critical of Islam from the book The River War by Winston Churchill. After spending several hours in a cell at Winchester Police Station, he was charged with Racially Aggravated Crime, under Section 4 of the Public Order Act, which carries a potential prison sentence of 2 years. He was then bailed with a...
  • How Goldman's Libya case could disrupt derivatives

    10/21/2014 7:47:02 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 21 October 2014 | Matt Clinch
    A costly legal battle between Goldman Sachs and the Libyan sovereign wealth fund could have more permanent repercussions for the global banking industry, experts have told CNBC. The Libyan Investment Authority has accused Goldman of misleading it and taking advantage of its lack of financial knowledge to make "substantial" profits on a series of derivative trades back in 2008. The bank denies the allegations and a full hearing has been touted to begin in early 2016 after a preliminary hearing was completed earlier in the month. The LIA claims the disputed derivative trades in early 2008 cost $1 billion, and...
  • Michele Bachmann must be doing something right if ISIS is after her

    10/21/2014 7:05:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/21/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Her name doesn’t appear in the national headlines nearly as often as it used to, but apparently there are those in other parts of the world who remember who Michele Bachmann is. Yet another ISIS video has popped up, and it includes the Minnesota congresswoman making remarks about terrorism. This has set off enough alarms that Bachmann has been assigned her own security team. Rep. Michele Bachmann has been provided with a “limited” protection detail after a picture of her appeared in a video by the Islamic State, a source confirmed to Fox News.However, the source said, the temporary...
  • German police seize Muslim man codenamed 'The Tailor' who is suspected of equipping ISIS

    10/21/2014 7:01:43 AM PDT · by dennisw · 3 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 20 October 2014 | Allan Hall
    German police seize Muslim man codenamed 'The Tailor' who is suspected of equipping ISIS with combat suits - and 7,500 pairs of boots Lebanese man, identified as 31-year-old Kassem R, arrested in dawn raid Suspected of supplying ISIS with equipment produced in a secret factory He is believed to have sent combat suits, 7,500 pairs of boots, 6,000 parkas and 100 military shirts Similar raids at other addresses in Germany resulted in more arrests of ISIS sympathisers Germany has seen some 400 citizens leave to fight for the jihad in Syria Anti-terror police in Germany have arrested a man codenamed...
  • One of two Canadian soldiers hit by 'radicalized' driver dies of his injuries

    10/21/2014 6:22:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2014
    One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car driven by a Quebec man whom authorities said had been "radicalized" by Islamists has died of his injuries. The Associated Press, citing Quebec provincial police, reported that the soldier had died of his injuries early Tuesday after being struck by the car Monday. The soldier's name has not been released at the request of his family. The suspect in the attack, which took place in a mall parking lot near Montreal, has been identified as 25-year-old Martin Rouleau. [Snip] One neighbor told reporters that Rouleau stopped wearing jeans and started wearing...
  • Supreme Court Overturns Illegal Immigrant’s ID Theft Conviction (2009)

    10/21/2014 6:10:29 AM PDT · by dennisw · 100 replies
    judicialwatch ^ | MAY 04, 2009 | judicialwatch
    Supreme Court Overturns Illegal Immigrant’s ID Theft Conviction MAY 04, 2009 The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that an illegal immigrant who used stolen documents to work is not guilty of identity theft because he didn’t know the information belonged to another person. The ruling eliminates an important tool for prosecuting and deporting illegal aliens who victimize Americans by stealing their identities to get jobs in this country. In its 18-page decision the court says that the crime of identity theft is limited to those who actually know they stole someone else’s information. Prosecutors must therefore prove that illegal immigrants...
  • Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials

    10/21/2014 5:04:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The pitch was intriguing: U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for volunteers. Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of Health already had filled its queue and wouldn’t need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of shots of a deactivated virus, a year’s worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising. A decade later, the country is still waiting for a vaccine amid a worldwide Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Sullivan...
  • Canadian Soldier In Critical Condition Due To Possible ISIS Attack in Quebec

    10/21/2014 3:23:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Oct. 20, 2014
    The Prime Minster is refusing to confirm or deny the terrifying report. According to reports out of the Quebec city of St. Jean sur Richelieu, a man went on a frenzied rampage targeting members of the military after he was heard speaking about the terrorist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. CJAD reported the man entered a Department of National Defense office late Monday morning and, prior to exiting, spoke to at least one individual inside about the Islamic extremist network. Upon leaving the military office, reports indicate he got into a vehicle and struck two soldiers, critically injuring...
  • Gen. Wesley Clark: ISIS Part Of A 300-Year Struggle Over Islam's Power In The World

    10/21/2014 3:05:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Monday on Newsmax TV's "MidPoint," former U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark called ISIS the latest form of Islam's 300-year struggle against the West to regain its dominance in world power.
  • Red Crescent calls for truce in Benghazi

    10/18/2014 11:11:51 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Ayman al-Warfalli and Feras Bosalum
    The Red Crescent in Libya has called for a ceasefire in Benghazi to allow the evacuation of families trapped by street fighting between an alliance of Sunni groups and a mix of government forces. Banks, government offices, and some hospitals are closed in Libya's second-largest city. Egyptian war planes, continued to bomb Sunni positions.
  • Spotlight: China, U.S. exchange views ahead of Obama's visit

    10/19/2014 9:37:24 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Oct. 19 | Staff
    State Councilor Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit early next month, to China, to prep him for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Beijing. Chinese official said China welcomes Obama's visit and is willing to work with the U.S. side to make sure that the upcoming Xi-Obama summit will achieve positive results, The state councilor reiterated China's "clear, determined and consistent position" that realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula..are in the common interest of China and the United States,"
  • Bachmann under 24/7 guard after ISIS threat

    10/21/2014 12:46:36 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 10-20-14 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – The danger posed by ISIS to Americans has come to the homeland for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a national publication may be making the ominous threat even worse. Politico has reported federal officials are taking an online threat to the congresswoman so seriously she in now under 24-hour protection by a security detail. However, Politico may be adding fuel to the fire by incorrectly reporting that the congresswoman had called on President Obama to declare war on Islam. “Bachmann has been publicly critical of not only ISIL, but also Islam, calling on President Obama to declare war...
  • CNN’s Isha Sesay is ‘an angry black woman’ over Ebola

    10/20/2014 10:36:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    South Africa's News 24 ^ | October 20, 2014 | Thinus Ferreira
    Dar es Salaam – The CNN International (DStv 401) anchor Isha Sesay whose parents are from Sierra Leone – the epicentre of the Ebola pandemic devastating West Africa – says she is "an angry black woman" over the media coverage and the world's inadequate response to Ebola. "I am an angry black woman. I have a very tense relationship with the story because I'm living in the United States but my family is in Sierra Leone. My mother, brother, grandmother – most of my family – are in Sierra Leone right now.” Isha Sesay was speaking as a panelist member...
  • Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow business jet accident

    10/20/2014 7:54:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:14pm EDT | Vladimir Soldatkin
    The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. The collision occurred late on Monday, just minutes before midnight Moscow time, the airport said in a statement. The Dassault Falcon business jet carrying de Margerie had been due to travel to Paris. ... De Margerie, 63, was on a list of attendees at a Russian government meeting on foreign investment in Gorki, near Moscow, on Monday. With his distinctive bushy moustache and outspoken manner,...
  • UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

    10/20/2014 9:07:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 6:28 PM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    United Nations human rights experts described Detroit’s mass water shut-offs as “a man-made perfect storm” Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, Detroit’s officials said the two lawyers’ actions and conclusions were agenda-driven and not based on “facts” about the city’s progress in helping residents keep or regain service. Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque, who were in town to observe the effect of water service shut-offs, said they affect the poorest and most vulnerable—and particularly discriminate against Detroit’s majority black population. …
  • Radicalized Canadian Muslim convert runs down two young soldiers in his car before being shot dead

    A radicalized Muslim convert ran down two soldiers in his car in an apparent terror attack Monday, before being shot dead by police. Martin Couture-Rouleau, 25, sped into the two young soldiers - one uniformed and one not - around 11.30am in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, not far from Montreal. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2801102/radicalized-canadian-muslim-convert-runs-two-young-soldiers-car-shot-dead-police.html#ixzz3GkUi5tSu Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Jews buy homes in contested Arab area of Jerusalem

    10/20/2014 8:14:08 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 10/20/14 | DANIEL ESTRIN
    -snip- Ateret Cohanim, an organization that settles Jews in Arab areas of east Jerusalem, said it facilitated the purchase of the two buildings from their Arab owners. Spokesman Daniel Lurie said the buildings contain nine apartment units and that Jewish families and religious studies students would soon move into the properties, immediately doubling the Jewish presence in that section of Silwan. -snip-
  • After A Month Of Silence, We Finally Know What Happened To Emory's 3rd Ebola Patient

    10/20/2014 5:33:20 PM PDT · by bgill · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | Lauren F. Friedman
    A patient who was transported to Emory University Hospital on Sept. 9 with Ebola virus disease was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 19, 2014. In coordination with the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health, the patient was determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat. The patient has asked to remain anonymous and left the hospital for an undisclosed location. He will make a statement at a later date.
  • Suspect in attack on 2 soldiers in Quebec 'had become radicalized': PMO

    10/20/2014 5:16:47 PM PDT · by xp38 · 19 replies
    CTV News ^ | Oct. 20 2014 | CTV News
    The man who allegedly struck two soldiers with his car in Quebec and was killed after a police chase had become “radicalized” and was known to federal authorities, the Prime Minister’s Office said Monday. The 25-year-old hit-and-run suspect was shot after a police chase Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, located about 50 kilometres southeast of Montreal. Before the chase ensued, he allegedly struck two members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who were on foot in a strip mall parking lot. One of the soldiers is now in critical condition, while the other suffered minor injuries.
  • Did Chris Matthews Just Make the Most Illogical Argument Yet Against Ebola Travel Ban?

    10/20/2014 5:12:16 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    Greatest, latest parlor game: watching liberals pretzel-ize logic in arguing against a travel ban on people from Ebola-affected countries. We've noted a few examples here, here and here. But as wacky as those assertions were, they might all have to take a back seat to the absolutely absurd argument offered up by Chris Matthews on this evening's Hardball. Matthews suggested that a travel ban wouldn't work since Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who infected two people before dying of Ebola, lied to get into the US. Can't Chris see that his argument runs headlong against logic? That it is precisely...
  • Qatar Awareness Campaign – ExxonMobil @StopQatarNow

    10/20/2014 4:39:45 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | October 20, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign
    Rex W. Tillerson ExxonMobil Corporate Headquarters 5959 Las Colinas Boulevard Irving, Texas 75039-2298 Dear Mr. Tillerson: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. Of all the American companies currently involved with Qatar, none is more responsible for Qatar’s economic success than ExxonMobil. Indeed, Qatar has the world’s highest per capita GDP, at $102,100 (2013). The United States has two massive military bases in Qatar: Al Udeid, the home of CENTCOM for the region, and As Sayliyah, the largest...
  • Valley's undocumented gear up for driver's licenses

    10/20/2014 4:07:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Merced Sun-Star (CA) ^ | October 19, 2014 | BY ANDREA CASTILLO
    Graciela Iniguez guesses she has spent $12,000 on traffic tickets and vehicle impound fees since she started driving 20 years ago. As an undocumented immigrant from Jalisco, Mexico, Iniguez drives without a license. But that's soon to change. Starting Jan. 1, California residents who can't prove they are in United States legally will be allowed to obtain driver's licenses under Assembly Bill 60, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year. "This law is going to benefit us so much," she said. "Thank God, now we won't have to be afraid to drive." "Unfortunately, it's not a privilege to...
  • In Philly court, a parade of undocumented minors

    10/20/2014 4:01:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 20, 2014 | by Michael Matza
    Seated at the defense table in U.S. Immigration Court in Philadelphia, the 10-year-old looked down at his feet, which barely reached the floor. Coal-eyed, he resembled a Latino Dennis the Menace, with a "fauxhawk" instead of a cowlick and clad in a shirt that read: Last name: Maker. First name: Trouble. Having entered the U.S. illegally eight months ago, the boy, Carlos, was arrested on the Texas border, given a notice to appear in court to face deportation. In a daylong court session this month, Judge Steven Morley, presiding at the federal building at Ninth and Market Streets, heard Carlos'...
  • Former Prime Minister (of Australia) Gough Whitlam has died, aged 98

    10/20/2014 2:51:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | 21st October 2014
    FORMER prime minister Gough Whitlam, who died this morning aged 98, has been hailed as a “generous father” and a “source of inspiration” for millions.
  • Europe must drop the euro, Germany abandon mercantilism

    10/20/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/20/2014 | Peter Moricici
    Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism. When the euro was adopted in 1999, domestic prices -- the face values for bonds and loans -- and bank accounts were translated into euros according to prevailing exchange rates for national currencies at the time. Initially, the single currency posed few significant problems. Over time, however, differences in labor market policies and geographic conditions that are difficult for governments to alter caused productivity to grow more rapidly in Germany...
  • The Obama-Khamenei alliance

    10/20/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot. While the foreign ministers were busily counting how many centrifuges could spin in Iranian facilities, President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran.Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two...
  • Confirmed: Israel to Supply Gas to Egypt in $4 Billion Deal

    10/20/2014 1:50:39 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    An Israeli firm will supply Egypt with natural gas, a company spokesman said Monday, more than two years after sabotage halted the flow of Egyptian gas to Israel. For more than a decade Israel relied on Egypt for roughly 40 percent of its gas needs in line with an export accord signed in 2005 by the two countries which are bound by a peace treaty. But in April 2012 Egypt annulled the contract, saying Israel had not met the financial obligations of the agreement, in a decision that came amid a spate of bomb attacks that targeted the pipeline used...
  • Khamenei: 'West Bank' Should Hound Israel Like Gaza

    10/20/2014 1:46:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Mark Langfan
    Fars, the semi-official press agency of Iran, has reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told the visiting Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, in Tehran on Thursday, "The enemy [Israel] should feel the same worries in the West Bank as it does in Gaza." The comments came at the same meeting in which Shalah praised Iran's own role in the conflict. “The Islamic Republic and the Iranian people are proud of your [Islamic Jihad’s] ‘victory’ and resistance [in Gaza], and hope that the back-to-back ‘triumphs’ of resistance groups will continue until final victory,” Iran's Supreme...
  • Netanyahu Furious over Jerusalem Anarchy, Demands Crackdown

    10/20/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Gil Ronen
    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has spelled out his plan for restoring order to neighborhoods in Jerusalem where Arab attacks on Jews have become daily occurrences, and said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also forcefully demanded action by the security forces in a recent high-level discussion. Barkat enumerated the neighborhoods currently under attack – from Armon Hanatziv, Har Homa, and Gilo in southern Jerusalem, through the Mount of Olives area, Issawiya and Silwan, northward to Shuafat and Beit Hanina, where the Light Rail has repeatedly come under brutal attack. He commended Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who he said took very seriously...
  • Isis: a CIA-Mossad-MI5 creation?

    10/20/2014 1:42:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Philippine Inquirer ^ | 10/20/2014 | Bernie V. Lopez
    The term “conspiracy theory” refers to a covert geopolitical grand plan that cannot be proven (hence a theory) but can be discerned (meaning there is “evidence”). It is like smelling a rat that cannot be found. When the “evidence” becomes overwhelming, the theory begins to move into a gray area toward reality. It is therefore up to readers to make their own conclusions. The “theory” that the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (Isis) was created by the US-Israeli-UK triumvirate is all over the Internet. The supposed grand plan hits two birds with one stone: to pit Arab against Arab...
  • Is Israel Moving Closer to Full Sovereignty in Judea-Samaria?

    10/20/2014 1:37:00 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Members of Knesset, Orit Struk and Yariv Levin, heads of the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset, have prepared ten laws for applying sovereignty over ten different areas in Judea and Samaria. We discussed with MK Struk the laws that have been proposed and that are awaiting for the right moment to be moved along in the path of parliamentary legislation. “The laws of sovereignty are actually intended for the application of Israeli sovereignty gradually over the areas of settlement in Judea and Samaria, which is called Area C, in keeping with the idea that the entire process of...
  • Plea to honour father who foiled Sydney Harbour mini sub (Japanese attack on Australia - WWII)

    10/20/2014 1:29:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | 21st October 2014
    THE Australian sailor who was the first to identify and then attack a Japanese midget submarine in Sydney Harbour in 1942 has been written out of history because of spite, according to his son Brian Anderson. Mr Anderson says the heroic actions of his father, Warrant ­Officer Herbert Anderson, were glossed over in official reports ­because he had clashed that evening with his “drunken” commander, Rear Admiral Gerard Muirhead-Gould. Now Mr Anderson has ­appealed to Tony Abbott to correct the record after an eight-year legal battle with Defence to seek recognition for his father’s ­actions, which he claims saved many...
  • Fort Campbell Troops On Ebola Mission to West Africa Won’t Get Full Protective Gear

    10/20/2014 1:27:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Nashville Public Radio ^ | 10/20/2014 | Blake Farmer
    Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday. “They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military...