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  • Greece's Tsipras heckles Turkey on Twitter over airspace violations

    11/30/2015 7:45:44 PM PST · by Mariner · 2 replies
    DPA International ^ | November 30th, 2015 | Unattributed
    Athens (dpa) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took to Twitter to lash out at his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu over Ankara's downing of a Russian jet and its violations of Greece's airspace. The tweets came after a summit in Brussels on Sunday - at which both Tsipras and Davutoglu were present - where the European Union agreed to grant Turkey 3 billion euros in aid for Syrian refugees and promised to ramp up membership talks in return for steps to curb the flow of migrants to the bloc. In the first of four tweets, still available on Tsipras' Greek-language...
  • Possible boot camp for Canadian teen charged in fatal Miami shootings

    11/30/2015 7:14:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 30, 2015 | David Ovalle
    The Canadian teen charged in connection with a fatal Miami shooting is eligible for a county boot-camp program that would spare him significant time in jail, a court heard on Monday. Now, Miami-Dade prosecutors must decide if they will allow 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu to enter the program as punishment for his role in a botched drug rip-off that left his older brother and another teen shot to death in March.
  • Syrian Civil War Brilliantly Explained By This Five-Minute Vox Video

    11/28/2015 10:28:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    This video brilliantly explains Syria's four-year civil war became so complicated, as we teeter on the edge of becoming militarily involved in it for the first time. Taking us from the first protests against Assad's regime in early 2011, the Vox video explains how different factions emerged over time and the war evolved into a confrontation between regional powers as well as the US and Russia. Next time someone argues for or against whether we should bomb Islamic State in Syria as if it's straight forward, suggest they watch this.
  • Weekly "Talking Points" on Middle East, Iranian Deal, Refugees

    11/30/2015 6:44:55 PM PST · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | November 30, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    Following the Turkish downing of a Russian SU-24 warplane in the border zone between Turkey and Syria, a new order is beginning to emerge in the Middle East. While America's influence in the region is dramatically reduced, Russia is rapidly gaining the trust of our former allies. This is the result of the Obama administration's undeniable cooperation and coordination with the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey included, on the Arab Spring. - Turkey should be kicked out of NATO, and their attack on the Russian plane should be viewed as intentional incitement. Israel has admitted that Russian planes have crossed into Israeli...
  • Israel Aims to Recreate Wine That Jesus and King David Drank

    11/30/2015 6:28:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 29, 2015 | JODI RUDOREN
    HEFER VALLEY, Israel — The new crisp, acidic and mineral white from a high-end Israeli winery was aged for eight months — or, depending on how you look at it, at least 1,800 years. The wine, called marawi and released last month by Recanati Winery, is the first commercially produced by Israel’s growing modern industry from indigenous grapes. It grew out of a groundbreaking project at Ariel University in the occupied West Bank that aims to use DNA testing to identify — and recreate — ancient wines drunk by the likes of King David and Jesus Christ. Eliyashiv Drori, the...
  • Obama’s anti-Islamic State coalition crumbles as Arab allies abandon effort

    11/30/2015 6:06:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    The major Arab powers once deemed essential to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have largely pulled back from the U.S.-led military campaign, undercutting the Obama administration's claims about the depth and reach of the coalition it has built with allies in the region. The Obama administration consistently touts the "65-nation coalition" it has assembled to fight the group also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh -- but critics say the fewer than a dozen nations today are contributing anything significant to the campaign. And behind closed doors, administration and military officials admit that air support...
  • Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Were Too Dumb'

    11/30/2015 6:02:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 29, 2015 – 07:11 PM | Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark
    Without the Iraq war, Islamic State wouldn't exist today, former US special forces chief Mike Flynn openly admits. In an interview, he explains IS' rise to become a professional force and how the Americans allowed its future leader to slip out of their hands. [...] 'There were all kinds of strategic and tactical warnings and lots of reporting. And even the guys in the Islamic State said that they were going to attack overseas. I just don't think people took them seriously. When I first heard about the recent attacks in Paris, I was like, "Oh, my God, these guys...
  • Hot Issue: How DAESH’s Lone Wolf Guidance Increases the Group’s Threat to the United States

    11/30/2015 5:53:15 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | November 24, 2015 04:27 PM | Michael W. S. Ryan
    Hot Issue: How DAESH’s Lone Wolf Guidance Increases the Group’s Threat to the United States Publication: Volume: 0 Issue: 0November 24, 2015 04:27 PM Age: 6 days By: Michael W. S. Ryan The cover of a recently released DAESH manual intended for lone wolf terrorists in the United States and other English speaking countries. Executive Summary On October 18, 2015, a DAESH promoter posted a 63-page English-language manual entitled Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen on Twitter. [1] Reportedly, three former members of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence service now with this jihadist organization in Raqqa, Syria, produced the document,...
  • We deride chances of Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump at our peril

    11/30/2015 5:44:44 PM PST · by Mariner · 15 replies
    Financial Times ^ | November 30th, 2015 | Gideon Rachman
    I have a nightmare vision for the year 2017: President Trump, President Le Pen, President Putin. Like most nightmares, this one probably won’t come true. But the very fact that Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen are running strongly for the American and French presidencies says something disturbing about the health of liberal democracy in the west. In confusing and scary times, voters seem tempted to turn to “strong” nationalistic leaders — western versions of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In Washington recently, I found most mainstream political analysts dismissing the idea that Mr Trump could win the Republican nomination, let alone...
  • Netanyahu and Putin agree to expand and deepen military coordination

    11/30/2015 4:42:10 PM PST · by Mariner · 19 replies
    i24 News ^ | November 30th, 2015 | Tal Shalev
    Putin also extended his good wishes ahead of the "very bright" Jewish holiday of Hanukkah Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Paris climate summit on Monday. The two leaders, who last met in Moscow in September have reportedly agreed to deepen military coordination in order to avoid unwanted clashes in Syria, an Israeli official told i24news diplomatic correspondent Tal Shalev. During the meeting, Netanyahu told Putin that the "events of recent days prove the importance of our coordination, our de-confliction mechanisms, our attempts to cooperate with each other to prevent...
  • India opposes deal to phase out fossil fuels by 2100 at climate summit

    11/30/2015 4:10:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 November 2014 | Rupak De Chowdhuri
    India would reject a deal to combat climate change that includes a pledge for the world to wean itself off fossil fuels this century, a senior official said, underlying the difficulties countries face in agreeing how to slow global warming. Almost 200 nations will meet in the French capital on Nov. 30 to try and seal a deal to prevent the planet from warming more than the 2 degrees Celsius that scientists say is vital if the world is to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. To keep warming in check, some countries want the Paris agreement to...
  • Tests showcase missile vs. missile technology

    11/30/2015 3:25:28 PM PST · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Fox News Technology ^ | November 30th, 2015 | By Allison Barrie
    In a battle of missile versus missile, the PAC-3 continues to blast threats out of the sky. In two separate tests at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico earlier this month, the PAC-3 performed well. As part of U.S. Army upgrade testing on the Patriot Air Defense System - essentially a military and civilian missile shield - Lockheed Martin’s missile successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a Patriot missile on Nov. 19. The missile was modified to be consistent with the sorts of tactical ballistic missiles forces face. On Nov. 12, a PAC-3 also intercepted an airborne target as part...
  • Iraqi PM: We don't need more US troops to fight ISIS

    11/30/2015 3:08:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/15
    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday that Iraq has sufficient forces to fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), after American senators called for more US troops to be deployed to the country. "The Iraqi government welcomes an increase in support in weapons and training and (air) support from international partners in our war against Daesh," Abadi said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. But "we confirm that Iraq has enough men and resolve to defeat Daesh and other similar criminal groups," he said. Abadi's remarks came a day after American senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham advocated...
  • Joint Staff Warns Islamic State Terrorists Travel to Europe Unimpeded

    11/30/2015 3:05:04 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/30/15 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon’s Joint Staff warned in a recent intelligence briefing that Islamic State terrorists are entering Europe “mostly unimpeded,” according to defense officials.The briefing last week by the J-2, as the joint staff’s intelligence directorate is known, outlined both legal and illegal methods being used by terrorists to gain access to the continent.The briefing included a title slide that read “ISIL traveling to Europe mostly unimpeded,” and warned that European security measures have minimally impeded the flow of terrorists. ISIL is an alternative name for the terrorist organization, which is also known as ISIS.Additionally, the refugee flow from Syria to...
  • FYROM [Macedonia] border tension peaks as fence erected

    11/30/2015 2:15:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 28 November 2015
    Tensions peaked at Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the weekend after the FYROM army started building a border fence to keep out would-be migrants. FYROM border guards were photographed by foreign news agencies as they erected a 2.5-meter-high fence along the Greek border on Saturday. A FYROM army source quoted by Agence France-Presse said the crossing from Greece to FYROM would remain open and that the fence was aimed at ensuring migrants did not try to slip across at other spots. FYROM authorities had indicated in recent weeks that they might build a fence to...
  • Benghazi Commission: Obama Admin Gun-Running Scheme Armed Islamic State

    11/30/2015 2:14:32 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-30-15 | Edwin Mora
    The Obama administration pursued a policy in Libya back in 2011 that ultimately allowed guns to walk into the hands of jihadists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda (AQ) in Syria, according to a former CIA officer who co-authored a report on behalf of the Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi (CCB), detailing the gun running scheme. In Congress, the then-bipartisan group known as the “Gang of Eight,” at a minimum, knew of the operation to aid and abet America’s jihadist enemies by providing them with material support. So says Clare Lopez, a former CIA officer and the primary author...
  • Crystal Ball Communism: "Toward Soviet America"

    11/30/2015 1:58:14 PM PST · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Toward Soviet America by William Z. Foster, CPUSA chairman, was first published in 1932. Later, copies of the book would be purged and almost eliminated entirely from American bookstores and libraries in what was presumably the CP response to the latest Moscow line; but surely it was also to try to put this spitting Soviet-American cat back in the bag. Interestingly, the book would be reprinted in 1961 with a foreword and commentary by the chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Rep. Francis E. Walter, who recommended that every American read it as a blueprint of Soviet intentions...
  • Iraqi Politician Claims Turkey Lets ISIL Sell Oil for Meager $20 a Barrel

    11/30/2015 1:52:04 PM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 28 November 2015
    Turkey allows the Islamic State terrorist group to sell Iraqi and Syrian oil for just $20 a barrel, Iraq's former National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie wrote on Saturday. In a statement posted on his Facebook page al-Rubaie, who is also a leader of the Law-Governed State parliamentary coalition, outlined Ankara’s four-pronged support for the Islamic militants, with the illegal oil trade topping the list. “First and foremost, the Turks help the militants sell stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil for $20 a barrel, which is half the market price,” Mowaffak al-Rubaie wrote. Turkey in general, and Istanbul in particular, is also...
  • Red Pill Brief on Islam and Jihad

    11/30/2015 1:40:06 PM PST · by PoliticallyShort · 7 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 11/28/2015 | Nick Short
    “Ignorance kills. In war, ignorance brings defeat, especially for those who are sworn to support and defend us,” writes Stephen Coughlin in his latest book Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad. Coughlin continues, “While ignorance is not a crime for the average person, it is for professionals concerning subject matter that is the object of their professions. Why shouldn’t this hold true for national security professionals? For them, one requirement is that they know the enemy by undertaking real threat identification of entities that constitute actual threats to the Constitution and people of the United States.” The...
  • US Taxpayer Faces $230 Million Loss As Spain's 'Solyndra' Files For Creditor Protection

    11/30/2015 1:38:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 November 2015 | Taylor Tyler
    "The future of the company seems very black," notes on trader as the bonds and stocks of Spanish renewbles form Abengoa lives up to its name and files for creditor protection, just as we warned was likely. With the stock crashing 70% to 28c and 4-month bonds trading at just 22c on the dollar, market participants face an almost total loss.. but, as we detailed previously, it is the American taxpayer - who thanks to Ex-Im Bank loans to keep this zombie alive - face losses of $230 million as Spain's Solyndra exposes another symptom of the Oligrachic ignorance of...
  • Hillary Clinton and State Department, Inc.

    11/30/2015 1:28:09 PM PST · by yoe · 2 replies
    Powerline ^ | November 30, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    (Fox News report), via the Associated Press, that as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton “opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family’s global charity.” The report is based on a review of State Department scheduling calendars. The woman who would become a 2016 presidential candidate met or spoke by phone with nearly 100 corporate executives and long-time Clinton political and charity donors during her four years at the State Department between 2009 and 2013, records show. Those formally scheduled meetings involved heads of companies and organizations...
  • Turkey to act 'patiently' before taking any measures against Russia: Erdogan

    11/30/2015 1:18:22 PM PST · by Mariner · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30th, 2015 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    urkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday his government would act "patiently and not emotionally" before taking any measures in response to Russia's decision to impose sanctions on Turkey. Moscow said earlier in the day that it would ban mainly imports of agricultural products from Turkey after the Turkish military downed a Russian warplane on Nov. 24 which Ankara said had breached Turkish airspace while flying missions in Syria. "Let's act patiently and not emotionally," Erdogan told reporters when asked whether Turkey would hit back with its own sanctions. "Let's let their chips fall as they may, then if we...
  • Homeland Security Chair: Increase Funding to FBI, DHS to Combat Threat Inside U.S.

    11/30/2015 12:54:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2015 | 4:41 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says "an increase in funding" is needed to protect the United States in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," McCaul was asked by host Martha Raddatz, "What about here in the homeland...what do we really have to do?" [...] Appearing with McCaul, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, agreed that "we certainly have resource challenges, but we are fortunate that we don't have anywhere near the number of foreign fighters to track that Europe does." ...
  • Prosecutors ban Soros Foundation as ‘threat to Russian national security’

    11/30/2015 12:52:49 PM PST · by yoe · 39 replies
    RT ^ | November 30, 2015
    The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has recognized George Soros’s Open Society Institute and another affiliated organization as undesirable groups, banning Russian citizens and organizations from participation in any of their projects. In a statement released on Monday, prosecutors said the activities of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation were a threat to the foundations of Russia’s Constitutional order and national security. They added that the Justice Ministry would be duly informed about these conclusions and would add the two groups to Russia’s list of undesirable foreign organizations.[snip] "...In late July, the Russian Justice Ministry recognized...
  • Navy's New Destroyer's Seaworthiness, Stability Questioned

    11/30/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by Mariner · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 30, 2015 | by David Sharp
    BATH, Maine -- The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides a style of hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it can be unstable. The Navy will soon learn how this modern take on the "tumblehome" hull holds up when the first-in-class Zumwalt heads out to sea in December for builder trials in the rough-and-tumble North Atlantic. Amy Lent, of the Maine Maritime Museum, which works closely with the shipyard, said taxpayers...
  • Erdogan Says Will Resign If Oil Purchases From ISIS Proven After Putin Says Has "More Proof"

    11/30/2015 11:59:11 AM PST · by amorphous · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Tyler Durden
    "I've shown photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products," Vladimir Putin told reporters earlier this month on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Antalya. Putin was of course referencing Islamic State's illicit and highly lucrative oil trade, the ins and outs of which we've documented extensively over the past two weeks:
  • Trucks carrying Turkish exports blocked at Russian border: association

    11/30/2015 11:50:40 AM PST · by amorphous · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Ceyda Caglayan
    Around 1,250 trucks carrying Turkish exports have been blocked from entering Russia and are stranded at border posts awaiting clearance, a senior shipping industry representative told Reuters on Monday. Six days after NATO-member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet in the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, calls for calm have gone largely unheeded. Ankara refuses to back down and Russia responds with sanctions. "Russia has not given permission to Turkish trucks for entry or transit passage for the past four days," Fatih Sener, managing director of Turkey's International Shippers Association (UND) said in an...
  • New York Times: Two-Thirds of Americans Want U.S. to Join Climate Change Pact

    11/30/2015 11:19:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/30/2015 | By GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO
    A solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming, but on this and other climate-related questions, opinion divides sharply along partisan lines, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Two-thirds of Americans support the United States joining a binding international agreement to curb growth of greenhouse gas emissions, but a slim majority of Republicans remain opposed, the poll found. Sixty-three percent of Americans -- including a bare majority of Republicans -- said they would support domestic policy limiting carbon emissions from power plants. Public support for...
  • Russia has received more proof that ISIS oil routed through Turkish territory – Putin

    11/30/2015 11:02:13 AM PST · by Mariner · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 30, 2015 | unattributed
    Russia has received additional intelligence confirming that oil from deposits controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) goes through Turkey on an industrial scale, President Vladimir Putin said speaking on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris. Moscow has grounds to suspect that the Su-24 was downed by Turkish jets on November 24 to secure illegal oil deliveries from Syria to Turkey, he said. “At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on industrial scale,” he said. “We have every reason to believe...
  • Ten thousand troops to flood Britain's streets in fight against terrorism

    11/30/2015 10:28:25 AM PST · by Swashbuckler99 · 23 replies
    Mirror ^ | 23 Nov 2015 | Ben Glaze, Jack Blanchard
    Ten thousand troops could flood Britain's streets to fight terrorists as David Cameron abolishes the "divide" between the Army and police. In a landmark move, the PM announced a 10,000-strong fighting force to support cops in the face of Islamic terrorism. Labour accused him of using soldiers to plug gaps when the Tories slash police budgets in the Spending Review.
  • Censored Women Rejected by Feminists

    11/30/2015 10:12:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 25, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    At George Washington University, feminists, documentarians and activists alike gathered and voiced their criticisms about the feminist movement at large and their resistance to acknowledge abuse of women in Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities. In a panel discussion entitled, “Censorship and Free Speech,” a human rights lawyer-turned-documentarian and two activist directors and producers discussed their personal experiences with censorship from the Left and from Hollywood. Paula Kewskin, an attorney in international humanitarian and human rights law, also wrote and produced the documentary “Honor Diaries.” According to its website, the documentary “gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to...
  • Turkey stopped violating Greek airspace after Russian Su-24 downing - Athens source

    11/30/2015 10:06:29 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 17 replies
    RT ^ | November 29, 2015 | Staff
    Turkish warplanes abruptly ceased violating Greek airspace after downing a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber on November 24. Previously, air intrusions made by Turkish fighter jets took place on a daily basis and amounted to thousands a year. The data comes from a diplomatic source in Athens, cited by RIA Novosti. The last time Turkish warplanes were spotted in Greek airspace was on November 25, when six jets, two of them carrying weapons, entered the neighbor's aerial domain.Intrusions of Turkish jets into Greek national airspace remain a constant headache for Athens. Turkey and Greece, while partners in NATO, have been adversaries...
  • Turkey Arrests Generals Who Stopped Syria-Bound, Weapons-Laden, Spook Trucks

    11/30/2015 9:58:35 AM PST · by amorphous · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Tyler Durden
    If there's a silver lining to last Tuesdays downing of a Russian Su-24 warplane by two Turkish F-16s it's that the world is now starting to scrutinize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Even to the uninitiated it seemed strange that a NATO member would shoot down a Russian fighter jet over an alleged 17 second violation of Turkish airspace. Why, one wonders, would the democratically elected leader of one of the world's foremost up and coming emerging markets decide, out of the blue, to become the first member of the alliance to engage a Russian or Soviet aircraft in more than...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Isn't A Bad Deal After All; It's No Deal

    11/30/2015 9:54:57 AM PST · by maddog55 · 11 replies
    Investors.Com ^ | 11/25/2015 06:40 PM ET | IBD Editorial
    Nuclear Charade: The Obama administration admits to Congress that its nuclear pact with Iran has not been signed by the Iranian regime and has no legal force. Obama's "tough diplomacy" is puff diplomacy. The White House's latest updated "Strategy for American Innovation" left one innovation out: diplomatic pacts with other countries that don't have to be signed. Maybe President Obama will say that it saves the taxpayers money, since it eliminates signing ceremonies in lavish locales. Going back to when, as a candidate, he expressed a willingness to talk directly with Iran, then through months of negotiations on its nuclear...
  • Obama Ignores 'Wrap-It-Up' Beeps, Talks and Talks at Climate Summit (given 3 minutes, speaks for 14)

    11/30/2015 9:45:53 AM PST · by Dave346 · 71 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 30 2015, 11:08 am ET | Alexander Smith
    President Barack Obama was met with what appeared to be the U.N.'s version of the Oscars' "wrap-it-up" music Monday after he significantly overran his allotted time to speak at a global climate change summit. Obama was one of 147 world leaders given a three-minute slot at the COP21 conference to outline their vision for the future of the planet. The president of the free world, however, had other ideas. More than eight and a half minutes into Obama's address — and with no sign he was stopping soon — three beeps sounded across the auditorium, clearly audible to everyone present...
  • Pope Francis: 'Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters' [1 Cor 5]

    11/30/2015 9:43:08 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/30/2015 | Staff
    Pope Francis has told worshippers in a mosque in the Central African Republic that "Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters". He was speaking to Muslims who had sought shelter in the capital Bangui after nearly three years of violence between Christians and Muslims. The mosque visit was seen as perhaps the most difficult part of his Africa tour, a BBC correspondent says. Pope Francis then held the final Mass of his Africa trip in Bangui. He was speaking in Latin, which was then translated into the local Sango language. His message of reconciliation appeared to have an immediate impact,...
  • 150 leaders pose for global 'family photo' at Paris talks (have they saved the world yet?)

    11/30/2015 8:40:08 AM PST · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    ITV ^ | 30 November 2015 at 1:29pm
    World leaders have posed for a vast group photograph on the first day of the climate change conference in Paris. The UN's climate change secretariat tweeted an image of the 150 figures:
  • How Offering Tomahawks for Foreign Military Sales Will Strengthen Allies and Deter Adversaries

    11/30/2015 8:38:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 30, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) has long been a mainstay of the U.S. strike weapon inventory. Launching from ranges out to 1,000 miles and armed with a 1,000-pound warhead, it is the Navy’s “Kick Down the Door” weapon, attacking well-defended high-value land targets. The BLK IV missile is the latest variant in a steady progression of capability, incorporating mission planning, navigation and guidance, and command and control upgrades designed to improve responsiveness and target flexibility. Combat-proven and operationally reliable, Tomahawk remains a weapon of choice for planners and commanders alike. The FY 2016 budget maintains production and inventory levels,...
  • Witness the Carbon Footprint of This Fully Armed and Operational Climate Summit

    11/30/2015 8:11:00 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/30/2015 | John Hayward
    It’s not easy to calculate the total carbon footprint of such an event, especially since so many of the attendees are extremely reluctant to discuss their personal impact on Mother Earth, but Wired took a stab at it, and came up with an estimate of fifty thousand total attendees at the Paris talks, traveling an average of 9,000 miles round-trip apiece, burning 27 million gallons of jet fuel along the way. Adding in sundry ground emissions, the total carbon footprint works out to 300,000 tons of CO2, or over 23,000 times the carbon emissions of an average American for an...
  • Obama Apologizes to the World for Causing Global Warming

    11/30/2015 7:59:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/30/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    I rarely agree with Obama, but this time he has a point. We've certainly done our share of producing hot air. And by "us", I mean him. Because Obama just does not stop talking. In a speech interrupted by repeated beeps warning that he had exceeded his time limit, Mr. Obama said in Le Bourget that the climate conference represented an important turning point in world history because the leaders attending the meeting now recognize the urgency of the problem. The urgency of the problem is how to shut him up. All the world leaders agree on that. Every...
  • Paris climate change conference: Everything you need to know about the UN summit

    11/30/2015 7:53:24 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 11/30/2015 | Emily Gosden
    World leaders will meet in Paris on November 30 for the start of a two-week UN climate change summit, COP21. What's it all about?
  • Sweden: "No Apartments, No Jobs, No Shopping Without A Gun"

    11/30/2015 7:52:11 AM PST · by amorphous · 89 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Tyler Durden
    The week after the double murder at IKEA in Vasteras, where a man from Eritrea who had been denied asylum grabbed some knives and stabbed Carola and Emil Herlin to death, letters and emails poured into the offices of Swedish Prime Minister (PM) Stefan Lofven. Angry, despondent and desperate Swedes have pled with the Social Democratic PM to stop filling the country with criminal migrants from the Third World or, they write, there is a serious risk of hatred running rampant in Sweden. One woman suggested that because the Swedish media will not address these issues, Lofven should start reading...
  • John McCain and Lindsey Graham call for 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq

    11/30/2015 7:51:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/30/2015
    Two senior senators called on Sunday for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000 and send an equal number of troops to Syria as part of a multinational ground force to counter Islamic State in both countries. Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticised Barack Obama's incremental Islamic State strategy, which relies on airstrikes and modest support to local ground forces in Iraq and Syria, and said the need for greater US involvement was underlined by this month's Paris attacks. "The only way you can destroy the caliphate is with a ground component,"said Graham, who is...
  • Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions

    11/30/2015 7:46:43 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 30, 2015 | SETH BORENSTEIN and ANGELA CHARLTON
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- Addressing the twin threats of global warming and extremist violence, the largest group of world leaders ever to stand together kicked off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks outside Paris on Monday, saying that by striking an ambitious deal to cut emissions they can show terrorists what countries can achieve when they are united. "What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it?" President Barack Obama asked his fellow world leaders.
  • Russia arms Su-34s with air-to-air missiles in Syria for 1st time

    11/30/2015 7:46:03 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 12 replies
    RT ^ | November 30, 2015
    Russian Su-34 bombers, additionally equipped with air-to-air missiles, have set out on their first mission in Syria, said Igor Klimov, spokesman for the Russian Air Force."Today, Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers have made their first sortie equipped not only with high explosive aviation bombs and hollow charge bombs, but also with short- and medium-range air-to-air missiles," Klimov said. "The planes are equipped with missiles for defensive purposes," he added. The missiles have target-seeking devices and are "capable of hitting air targets within a 60km radius," he said.
  • Anger as protesters trash Paris attacks memorial

    11/30/2015 7:21:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Local (FR) ^ | 11-30-15
    Since November 13th and indeed the terror attacks of January Place de la Republique in Paris has become the focal point for locals to show their unity and solidarity. The Marianne statue at the centre of the square has also become a makeshift memorial, with mourners leaving bouquets, candles and other objects in memory of the victims. On Sunday, demonstrators left an estimated 10,000 pairs of shoes beneath the statue and across the square (see picture below). But on Sunday the square became the centre of violent clashes between French police and extreme left-wing groups on the eve of the...
  • Russian MP: Turkey to Return Hagia Sophia to Greece as Friendly Gesture

    11/30/2015 7:05:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Nov 30, 2015 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    Russian MP: Turkey to Return Hagia Sophia to Greece as Friendly Gesture By Philip Chrysopoulos - Nov 30, 2015 Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov suggested that Turkey should return Hagia Sophia to the Greek Orthodox Church as a gesture of good will, in light of the refugee issue and the Turkey-Russia diplomatic episode. "The Russian side considers it possible to remind of Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest Christian holy places and the ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is now situated in Turkey. We expect from the Turkish side a friendly step - to return the Cathedral to the hands of the...
  • 'We are becoming the architects of our own destruction': Prince Charles(T)

    11/30/2015 6:49:00 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/30/2015 | Peter Allen and Victoria Woollaston and Simon Tomlinson
    Around 150 world leaders have gathered at conference centre in Paris suburbs in a bid to stave off global warming They include PM David Cameron, China's Xi Jinping, India's Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin Prince Charles tells leaders to 'think of your grandchildren, as I think of mine' in rallying call for immediate action Bill Gates leads scheme where 19 countries pledge to double spending on low or no-carbon energy to $20billion Some 2,800 police and soldiers form a ring of steel around centre in wake of ISIS terror attacks in French capital
  • Mysterious 'Christian State' surfaces in Belgium, threatens to kill Muslims and destroy their

    11/30/2015 6:27:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 11-29-15 | Shianee Mamanglu-Regala
    A mysterious group that calls itself "Christian State'' has threatened to kill Muslims and destroy their establishments in Belgium, apparently in retaliation to the Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Paris that killed 130 people on Nov. 13. The warning was written in a letter delivered last week to the Attadamoune mosque in Molenbeek, Belgium, according to French and Belgian media reports. "No mosque and none of your businesses will be safe,'' and "brothers [Muslims] will be slaughtered like pigs and crucified as our Lord converts their souls,'' the group said in the letter that was found in the mosque's mailbox...
  • Muslim “Refugees” : The Issue Is National Security, NOT Racial Or Religious Bias

    11/30/2015 6:20:43 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 10 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 11/30/15 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    By Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.), Right Side News Syrian Refugees And The Paris Jihadist Massacre The concurrent Islamic-sponsored atrocities occurring in Syria and Paris have finally focused an intense level of attention from the U.S. media and public on the peril of importing Islamic jihad in the persons of Muslims claiming “refugee” status. Obama and the Democrats are defying common sense in their desire to bring Syrian Muslims who cannot be vetted to this country. To quote the FBI Director, James Comey: The challenge we’re all talking about is that, we can only query against that (data) which we have...