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  • African Refugees flood Europe (Obama over throwing Gaddafi the cause)

    07/25/2014 8:27:11 PM PDT · by garjog
    Think Africa Press ^ | 10 JUNE 2014 | BY YOHANNES WOLDEMARIAM
    Under a 2009 agreement, Libya also agreed to allow Italian coastguard to stop boatloads of African migrants on the seas and forcibly return them to Libya. ... Europe's reliance on Libyan complicity in holding back asylum seekers became particularly clear in the final days of Gaddafi's regime when the threatened dictator warned that if he was deposed, "thousands of people from Libya will invade Europe and there will be no one to stop them." In fact, Gaddafi made good on his promise when, in May 2011, Libyan authorities reportedly began putting non-Libyan citizens on boats and sending them north to...
  • (UN) War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State (i.e. ISIS)

    07/25/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 8:08 PM EDT
    The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are “good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators. Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the al-Qaida breakaway group, which now controls a swath of north and eastern Syria, has carried out public executions, crucifixions and other “gross human rights violations.” […] He said the list includes people who are “criminally responsible for hostage-taking, torture and executions;” heads of Syrian intelligence branches and detention facilities where detainees are tortured; military commanders who target...
  • Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?

    07/25/2014 8:22:48 PM PDT · by duckln · 2 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 7-25-14 | Pat Buchanan
    In Ukraine, Putin responded to a U.S.-backed coup, which ousted a democratically elected political ally of Russia, with a bloodless seizure of the pro-Russian Crimea where Moscow has berthed its Black Sea fleet since the 18th century. This is routine Big Power geopolitics.
  • President Obama: Border crisis is a ‘shared responsibility’

    07/25/2014 8:21:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    PMS NBC ^ | 07/25/14 | Rachel Kleinman
    <p>The ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is a “shared responsibility,” President Obama said Friday after meeting with the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala at the White House on Friday.</p>
  • JOAN RIVERS DEFENDS ISRAEL IN EPIC RANT (Strong language)

    07/25/2014 8:18:16 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/14
    When TMZ caught up with comedian Joan Rivers Thursday outside of LAX she unleashed an emotional rant on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, screaming, "You are all insane, they [Palestinians] started it!" Rivers got animated at the paparazzi's question about the mounting civilian casualties, saying, “Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey." Raising her voice, Rivers said, "Don't put your God damn things in private homes, don't put your...
  • JOAN RIVERS DEFENDS ISRAEL IN EPIC RANT (Strong language)

    07/25/2014 8:18:16 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/14
    When TMZ caught up with comedian Joan Rivers Thursday outside of LAX she unleashed an emotional rant on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, screaming, "You are all insane, they [Palestinians] started it!" Rivers got animated at the paparazzi's question about the mounting civilian casualties, saying, “Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey." Raising her voice, Rivers said, "Don't put your God damn things in private homes, don't put your...
  • ‘Rat Tribe’ Lives in Shadows of China’s Cities

    07/25/2014 7:38:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 24, 2014 | Yan Dan
    Disadvantaged groups in China have been dubbed a variety of names, such as the “ant tribe,” “cupboard tribe,” “well tribe,” and now “rat tribe.” A large number of people belong to these groups whose living conditions paint a clear picture of the sad and bitter life they are facing. The names given these groups are taken from how they live. It is hard for people to imagine there are still people living under wells, inside shipping containers, or even inside air shelters and basements with no exposure to the sun. According to definitions given on the Hudong Chinese encyclopedia website,...
  • European airlines begin lifting flight bans on Israel

    07/25/2014 7:29:51 PM PDT · by Star Traveler
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Leigh Thomas
    REUTERS - Air France said on Friday it would resume flights to Tel Aviv later in the day, the latest major airline to lift a ban on flights to Israel imposed earlier in the week over security concerns. The airline suspended flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Ben-Gurion International Airport, Israel's main hub. Germany's Lufthansa said it would resume flights to Israel's Tel Aviv airport on Saturday.
  • The airline that kept flying to Israel: Egypt's Air Sinai [Israel]

    07/25/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Staff
    Egypt's Air Sinai has continued its scheduled flights to Israel, despite the cancellation of flights by numerous American and European airlines, according to Calcalist. The Egyptian carrier runs four weekly flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport. The decision to continue flying to Israel must have been made at the highest echelons, and is meant to send a message to Hamas, which Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi regards with disdain, Calcalist reported. The Egyptian decision has prompted harsh criticism by many Arab web users on social networks.
  • Motyl: Putin, Just Evil Enough

    07/25/2014 7:11:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    cnn ^ | July 25, 2014 | Alexander Motyl
    Vice President Joe Biden recently confided a sensational bit of news to the New Yorker magazine: In a 2011 meeting with Vladimir Putin, he had actually told Russia's then-prime minister that he had no "soul." Even more remarkable was Putin's response. "And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, 'We understand one another.' " Many people -- in Ukraine, Europe, America and even Russia -- probably share Biden and Putin's estimation of the Russian president's spiritual condition. In saying Putin has no soul, it means he seems to lack both the capacity to feel emotions and...
  • REPORTS: MASSIVE NEW YEAR'S TERRORIST INVASION OF ISRAEL THWARTED BY SECURITY FORCES

    07/25/2014 7:09:50 PM PDT · by PA Engineer · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7/25/14 | PAUL MILLER
    Thousands of Hamas-linked terrorists planned to invade Israel on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), which begins on September 24, according to an Israel security source. First reported by Ma'ariv, then in English by i24news, “thousands of terrorists were meant to cross over to Israel from Gaza through the tunnels and kill and kidnap as many Israelis as they could. The source added that the army learned about the huge planned attack during the interrogations of Hamas prisoners, captured during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.” Reports state that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his cabinet about the foiled plot...
  • Satellite Image Search For Missing Plane Lead By San Jose Teenager

    07/25/2014 7:02:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    For a period of nearly two months this past winter, if Susannah Goldberg wasn't sleeping, she was on Facebook. She cut back on her schoolwork. Her siblings took over some of her regular chores. "It was pretty much around the clock," Susannah says of the time she spent at the kitchen table with her laptop open in front of her. Typical, technology-addicted, social-network-obsessed 17-year-old, right? Not even close. For evidence to the contrary, Susannah points to her very, un-smart phone. "It's an old-style flip phone," she says. "I use it to make phone calls. I can text if it is...
  • Russia says Ukraine tried to kill officers in cross-border mortar bombing

    07/25/2014 6:50:34 PM PDT · by McGruff · 3 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 7/25/2014 | Thomas Grove
    Russian authorities accused Ukraine of trying to kill law enforcement officials who were checking reports of cross-border shooting on Friday by firing a volley of mortar rounds over the frontier into Russia. A Russian security official said up to 40 mortar bombs fired by Ukrainian forces had fallen in the Russian province of Rostov near the border where Ukrainian government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists. "Those who shot from Ukraine carried out the shooting purposefully with an intent to kill Russian law enforcement officials," said Russia's Investigative Committee, which answers only to President Vladimir Putin.
  • US Military Dusts Off Decades-Old 'Readiness' Plans for Russia

    07/25/2014 6:33:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 52 replies
    Yahoo News/ABC ^ | 7-25-2014 | Lee Ferran
    As American officials fire off diplomatic salvos at Russia in response to that nation’s purported actual artillery salvos into Ukraine, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently that among other actions, the U.S. military is dusting off decades-old plans, just in case. “We’re looking inside our own readiness models to look at things that we haven’t had to look at for 20 years, frankly, about basing and lines of communication and sea lanes,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, America’s top military officer, said at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday evening. “What the military does when faced with these crises...
  • Underpants bomber failed in mission to blow up airliner because...

    07/25/2014 6:32:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 25 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 7/25/14 | James Rush
    The notorious underwear bomber's plot in 2009 to blow up a plane on Christmas Day failed because the explosives became 'degraded' after he wore the same pair of underpants for two weeks, according to a U.S. official. Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was on a suicide mission when he attempted to detonate a bomb in his underpants as the plane, en route from Amsterdam, approached Detroit.
  • Dems Wrong: 2008 Law Does Not Allow Alien Child Invasion

    07/25/2014 5:59:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 25, 2014 | IIBD EDITORIALS
    Border Crisis: A new report shows the vast majority of unaccompanied minors aren't unaccompanied at all, have family members inside the U.S., are not victims of human trafficking and thus can be deported immediately. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and other Democrats have repeatedly made the argument that Republicans shouldn't complain about the current border invasion since it was a 2008 law that automatically entitles minors from noncontiguous countries to asylum hearings before they face deportation. Gutierrez and his liberal colleagues in Congress and the media should read the law to find out what's in it. As the Center for...
  • Feds: Minnesota Receives 173 (ILLEGAL) Immigrant Children

    07/25/2014 5:47:23 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/25/14 | KSTP/AP
    The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement on Thursday. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. "These children are leaving their countries as a matter of survival," said Jane Graupman, with the International Institute of Minnesota. "Their sibling has been murdered, their parents have been murdered, and so these children are desperate.
  • Assemblywoman: NY City has other priorities before helping migrant children streaming into U.S.

    07/25/2014 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 25, 2014 | BY CORINNE LESTCH
    A state assemblywoman says New York City has other issues to deal with before taking in some of the migrant children from Central America streaming across the U.S. border. Nicole Malliotakis - the daughter of immigrants - fired off a tweet in response to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s suggestion Thursday that the city should offer to shelter some of the new arrivals. "I think the priorities should be more focused on the citizens of this city as opposed to indidivudals who are entering the country illegally," she told the Daily News in an interview on Friday. Mark-Viverito "should put...
  • NYC Struggles To Address Influx Of Migrant Children

    07/25/2014 5:10:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Gothamist ^ | July 25, 2014 | by Gabrielle Sierra
    A task force has been formed to address the flood of unaccompanied migrant minors streaming into New York. This new coordinated effort was announced on Wednesday during a meeting hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), where officials discussed a new strategy for handling the children, involving a partnership with local church charities, health care organizations, and legal groups. According to the NYIC, close to 3,300 migrant children have already arrived in New York State since January 2014, with another 7,000 minors expected to reach the state in the coming months. Many children are emigrating from Central America, and...
  • UKRAINE: ATO move: the choice of the next main attack

    07/25/2014 5:02:02 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    /sprotyv ^ | 25/7/2014 | Konstantin Mashovets
    The situation in the area of ​​ATO on the results on July 25. 1. As I said, the release Lysychansk actually unleashes Ukrainian command in choosing, organizing and applying the next main attack. And it does not have to be a "kingdom of Besa" (Gorlovka). This, incidentally, understands itself Ukrainian command - to oust the enemy abroad Golmovskoe-Lozovoye - Debalcevo morning and kick Ukrainian troops on Svetlodarsk Lugano and that very eloquent confirmation. 2. Yes, Gorlivka is essential for the sustainability of operational defense throughout Donetsk grouping. In fact, she locks for all Ukrainian troops northwest direction towards Donetsk. But...
  • UKRAINE: Brothers and sisters, a summary of July 25: the Bad News & the Good News- Dmitry Tymchuk

    07/25/2014 4:57:22 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk?fref=ts&ref=br_tf ^ | 25/7/2014 3 hours ago | Dmitry Tymchuk
    [TRANSLATION FROM POLISH] Brothers and sisters, a summary of July 25. The bad news: 1 Security Service of Ukraine published the recordings terrorist leaders that prove that the Russian artillery shelled positions of the Ukrainian military in the territory of Ukraine at the request of the militants. As for the fact that Russia is killing our boys not only the hands of their mercenaries in the Donbas, but also the hands of soldiers and officers of his army, we had no doubt. Now I want to tell you about something else. At one time, many Russian commanders, being your learners,...
  • State-by-State Map: Where Migrant Children Are Placed

    07/25/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2014 | By LAURA MECKLER and MATT STILES
    Here are data showing, state-by-state, where the children have been placed, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency responsible for caring for unaccompanied immigrant children. Data are for Jan. 1, 2014 through July 7, 2014.
  • IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access

    07/25/2014 4:20:32 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 15 replies
    IDF ^ | July 25, 2014 | IDF
    IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access The IDF has opened a temporary hospital for Palestinians on the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing. Even as terrorists fire rockets at Israel, the hospital is treating wounded civilians in cooperation with the Red Crescent. Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules Gaza, has prevented Palestinians from entering Israel in order to reach the hospital.Click for video: Israeli doctors treat wounded Palestinians at an IDF hospital near Gaza.
  • A supportive British colonel, and a bleak vision of endless costly military operations [Israel]

    07/25/2014 4:07:56 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | David Horovitz
    I asked Richard Kemp how Israel might achieve a demilitarized Gaza. He shook his head at the improbability of it. ‘Some kind of peacekeeping force would be essential, but who’d do that? Not the US, not the UK, nobody’. Col. Richard Kemp CBE, a former commander of British troops in Afghanistan, is notorious among Israel-bashers for his robust defense of the morality of Israel’s army and his empathy for the challenges Israel faces from Hamas and other Islamic extremist groups seeking its destruction. I asked Kemp first, simply and unfairly, how Israel could win out over Hamas in the military,...
  • French unemployment hits new record in June

    07/25/2014 4:04:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    EuroNews ^ | 25 July 2014
    The number of people without a job in France rose in June to a new record. The Labour Ministry said the unemployment total in mainland France rose by 9,400 to 3,398,300. That is a 4.0 percent increase on June last year and up 0.3 percent from May. It is another blow to Socialist President Francois Hollande.
  • Hamas Terror Tunnels: What Did the UN Know and When Did It Know It?

    07/25/2014 3:42:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Roger Simon
    Amidst news the Israelis have turned down secretary of State Kerry’s latest, apparently Qatar-inspired, ceasefire, not to mention the other day’s nauseatingly familiar anti-Israel fusillade from the mega-Orwellian UN Human Rights Council, comes word that Hamas had been planning a gigantic attack on Israel this September via its dozens of tunnels.From the Gatestone Institute [1]: Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today [2] by the Israeli daily Maariv.The Hamas...
  • A U.N. with Standards: It’s time for an Alliance of Democracies.

    07/25/2014 3:31:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.” At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence. Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan, and numerous locales from the TV series MacGyver (Gnubia, Kabulstan, et al.). But if you’re a nation-state that actually exists, you’re a shoo-in, like Kate Upton trying to get...
  • US Official: Israel Declares 12-Hour Cease-fire in Gaza Saturday

    07/25/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 46 replies
    Voice of America ^ | July 25, 2014
    News / Middle East US Official: Israel Declares 12-Hour Cease-fire in Gaza Saturday OA News Last updated on: July 25, 2014 3:19 PM A U.S. official says Israel has declared a 12-hour-long cease-fire in Gaza for Saturday. The pause in fighting would take effect 7:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT).
  • Ahmad Jibril: Syria, Iran Trained Hamas; Missiles Got to Gaza through Hizbullah Cells in Sinai

    07/25/2014 2:56:29 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 17, 2014 | Al-Manar TV (Lebanon)
    In a recent TV interview, PFLP-GC Secretary-General Ahmad Jibril said that Hamas had received help from Syria, Iran, and Hizbullah in training and in transferring weapons to the Gaza Strip. The weapons were transferred from Tehran to the Sinai, where Bedouin cells established by Hizbullah smuggled them into the Gaza Strip, he said in the Al-Manar TV interview, broadcast on July 17, 2014. Following are excerpts. Ahmad Jibril: The axis of resistance extends from Palestine to Lebanon, Syria, and Tehran. It has been active day and night so that the Gaza Strip could be steadfast... Interviewer: To arm these factions......
  • 'They are savages,' say Christians forced to flee Mosul by Isis

    07/25/2014 2:48:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 24, 2014 | Fazel Hawramy
    Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee the northern city of Mosul under threat of forced conversion or execution by jihadists have spoken of their terror as churches were turned into mosques and their homes and property confiscated.SNIP Hundreds have found shelter in areas between Mosul and Irbil – the capital of the Kurdistan regional government – that are controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, but they face an uncertain future. SNIP Monks at the 4th-century Mar Behnam monastery, a major pilgrimage site run by the Syriac Catholic church, were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing.Two nuns who...
  • Ukrainian ‘posing in make-up looted from Malaysian Airlines crash site’(shortened title)

    07/25/2014 2:33:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 28 replies
    Metro ^ | 7/25/2014 | Metro
    A young Ukrainian has prompted widespread outrage after posing in make-up apparently looted from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Ekaterina Parkhomenko, who describes herself as a ‘separatist’ from the eastern region of the country, posted images of herself on Instagram along with the claim that she was wearing make-up ‘from the field’ – hinting the products were taken from the same area where the bodies of victims of the plane crash lay. ‘Mascara from Amsterdam, or rather from the field. Well, I think you know what I mean,’ she reportedly wrote on her social media page, before...
  • Russia intends to expand military-technical cooperation with Iraq — Shoigu

    07/25/2014 2:32:07 PM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 2 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | July 24,2014 | ITAR-TASS
    MOSCOW, July 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia intends to expand military-technical cooperation with Iraq, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday. “Military-technical cooperation between our countries develops successfully. The intergovernmental agreement proves its efficiency,” he said. “We’re meeting with the Iraqi officials when the country faces difficulties,” Shoigu said. “We support your efforts in fighting terrorism,” he said.
  • John Kerry still the only Secretary of State in 20 years to fail at ceasefire efforts in Mideast

    07/25/2014 2:32:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Secretary of State John Kerry failed on Friday to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and forces loyal to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Security Cabinet unanimously rejected the latest ceasefire proposal, which called for only a week-long cessation of hostilities. This is only the latest in a series of ceasefire proposals advanced by the United States and its regional allies the either Israel or Hamas have rejected. “The agony of events on the ground in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, all of them together, simply cannot be overstated,” Kerry said in a statement in Cairo on Friday announcing...
  • Netherlands: Muslim protesters scream “Death to all Jews”

    07/25/2014 2:30:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | July 25, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    “A spokesman for Van Aartsen told local broadcaster Omroep West no boundaries had been overstepped.” Europe, under the influence of its massive influx of Muslim immigrants, seems eager to travel down the same road it took in the 1930′s. We have seen similar genocidal chants recently in France and Germany. Will European authorities at any point put at stop to this, or will they just continue with their policies of appeasement and surrender until it is far too late?“The Hague mayor urged to get tough after anti-Jewish chanting at rally,” Dutch News, July 25, 2014 (thanks to Fjordman): The Hague’s...
  • Nigeria government confirms Ebola case in megacity of Lagos

    07/25/2014 2:29:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/25/14 | Tom Miles; Additional reporting by Tim Cocks and Oludare Mayowa in Lagos, Kate Holtan in London, Cla
    A Liberian man who died in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Friday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on Sunday after flying into Lagos, a city of 21 million people, and was taken from the airport and put in isolation in a local hospital. Nigeria confirmed earlier on Friday that he had died in quarantine. "His blood sample was taken to the advance laboratory at the Lagos university teaching hospital, which confirmed the diagnosis of the Ebola virus disease in the...
  • U.S. signs agreement for $11 billion arms sale to Qatar

    07/25/2014 2:18:40 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Staff
    (Reuters) - The United States signed an agreement with Qatar on Monday to sell the Gulf Arab ally Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems valued at $11 billion. "Today's signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. It was the biggest U.S. arms sale so far this year, according to media reports. "This is a critically important relationship in the region," said Kirby....
  • No Rest For The Wicked [Excellent read w/ links]

    07/25/2014 1:58:32 PM PDT · by upchuck · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C., and wrote in a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, “We will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.”He then departed for a three-day fundraising trip to the West Coast. Obama’s pledge that “we will not rest until . . . ” may sound familiar to you. In fact, the pledge is so chronically overused, and issued so casually, that it no longer carries much meaning. Here’s a brief history:April 9, 2009: “We will not rest until we reach a day when not...
  • Israeli Amb. Blasts CNN’s Coverage of Conflict

    07/25/2014 1:36:43 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, calls out CNN’s coverage of the conflict in Gaza as irresponsible and one-sided.
  • Turkish Prime Minister: Israel Has ‘Surpassed What Hitler Did To Them’

    07/25/2014 1:31:17 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 57 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ridiculed Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza, accusing the Israeli government of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler.” Speaking at a political re-election rally in the Turkish city of Ordu, Turkey’s prime minister said that Israel has “surpassed what Hitler did to them” and declared the country a “terrorist state.” “[Israelis] have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism,” said Erdoğan. He accused Israel of rejecting ceasefires that Hamas has proposed and “spitting death, spitting blood.” Erdogan reiterated his opposition to Israel’s...
  • PM Tony Abbott deploys troops to eastern Ukraine to protect Australian Federal Police officers

    07/25/2014 12:36:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    dailytelegraph.com.au ^ | July 16, 2014 | SIMON BENSON AND JACQUELIN MAGNAY
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has ­confirmed troops will be deployed to eastern Ukraine to protect Australian Federal Police officers working on the crash site investigation. The Saturday Telegraph understands they will be deployed through the ­United Arab Emirates, which was the operating base for Australian ­deployments to Afghanistan. Another 100 AFP officers are flying to Ukraine today to join 90 of their ­colleagues already deployed to Europe under a Dutch-led investigation. Mr Abbott said the AFP officers, some of whom would be armed, would be entering the crash site under the protection of Australian soldiers. A number of troops are...
  • Israeli defense minister tells troops Israel might significantly widen Gaza ground operation

    07/25/2014 1:08:24 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/25/2014 | Reuters with AP
    Israeli defense minister told troops that Israel might significantly widen Gaza ground operation. Earlier on Friday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has rejected proposals for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and is seeking changes to the plans, a government source said.
  • Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

    07/25/2014 1:05:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | Jul 25, 3:22 AM (ET) | By TIA GOLDENBERG
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat and that destroying the sophisticated underground network is a key objective of its invasion of Gaza.
  • Israel cabinet rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza

    07/25/2014 1:03:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/25/2014
    Diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has rejected proposals for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and is seeking changes to the plans, a government source said on Friday. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a halt to 18 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Full details of the proposed truce have not been released, but the government official, who declined to be named, said Israel wanted modifications before agreeing to any end to...
  • Putin's 'Gunman' Demanding More Russian Support in Ukraine

    07/25/2014 12:51:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    The Russian commander in charge of separatist militia forces in Ukraine has a warning for Russia President Vladimir Putin: Lose Ukraine and you'll lose your power. Col. Igor Strelkov, a former commander of Russian special forces during the Chechen war in 2011, has been commanding rebel units with the MH17 in Ukraine, reports The Daily Beast. His command is under direction from Moscow, but made up of unprofessional fighters, not normal Russian military, and his troops have been losing to advancing troops from the Donetsk Ukrainia Anti-Terror Operation Forces. And then last week, Strelkov was labeled a possible war criminal...
  • Dutch commandos poised to leave for eastern Ukraine:

    07/25/2014 12:45:41 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    dutchnews.nl ^ | July 25, 2014
    The Netherlands is poised to send its most elite soldiers to secure the crash site of Malaysian Airways MH17, the Telegraaf reports on Friday. The paper says all leave for the commandos of the 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade based in Schaarsbergen and Assen has been cancelled and that soldiers will leave for eastern Ukraine this weekend. In addition, Dutch special forces currently in Mali are being recalled and sent on to the area around Donetsk, the paper says, without quoting sources. The aim of sending troops is to ensure the 23 Dutch crash investigators and 40 unarmed military police officers can...
  • Congressman Urges Obama To End Deals Between Ex-Im Bank, Russia

    07/25/2014 12:25:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    dailycaller.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Chairman is calling on President Obama to cut off all business pending between the Export-Import Bank and Russia because of the nation’s recent actions in Ukraine. “The situation in Ukraine grows worse every day,” wrote Texas U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling in a letter to Obama, Sec. of State John Kerry, Sec. of Treasury Jack Lew, and others. “Russia bears responsibility for this conflict, including the atrocity of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, because Russia is supplying the separatists with advanced weapons and encouraging their attacks on aircraft and on the...
  • Putin Robbed Blind in Cuba

    07/25/2014 12:13:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Russian president Vladimir “Teflon” Putin is on a roll—or so we’re led to believe by the media. The Russian president combines the slick machismo of James Bond, the cojones of George Patton and the craftiness of Cardinal Richelieu. Actually, in his dealings with Cuba, Putin looks more like Barney Fife. We’re not accustomed to seeing Mr Macho-Cool Vladimir Putin made an international jackass. But many Cuba-watchers snickered as the hapless Russian President met with the Castro brothers on July 11th and “wrote off” their $32 billion debt to the Soviet Union. “That old thing? I never liked it anyway,” Cuba-watchers...
  • US discussing Russian aggression in Ukraine with India: Biswal

    07/25/2014 12:28:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    business-standard.com ^ | July 26, 2014
    The United States is in touch with India over the alleged Russian aggression in Ukraine, a senior Obama Administration official has told lawmakers, who expressed concern over India's close relationship with Moscow. "We do make the point to our Indian colleagues, as we do to friends around the world, about our perspective, particularly with respect to Russian aggression in the Ukraine and the implications that that has," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal said during a Congressional hearing. "And we will continue to have those conversations with India and with other partners around the...
  • Joan Rivers Defends Israel in Epic Rant

    07/25/2014 12:14:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Breitbart via TMZ ^ | 7/25/2014 | Breitbart TV
    (Language Warning) When TMZ caught up with comedian Joan Rivers Thursday outside of LAX she unleashed an emotional rant on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, screaming, "You are all insane, they [Palestinians] started it!" Rivers got animated at the paparazzi's question about the mounting civilian casualties, saying, “Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey."
  • Israel rejects Kerry ceasefire proposal; IDF death toll rises to 35

    07/25/2014 12:03:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774 9:56 pm | By Ricky Ben-David, Lazar Berman and Ilan Ben Zion
    Operation Protective Edge. Israel’s government unanimously rejected a ceasefire offer advanced by US Secretary of State John Kerry while Hamas officials were said to still be considering the plan. West Bank violence continued to escalate, with five Palestinians reported killed in riots. With the Gaza death toll said to pass 700, Israeli military sources said several hundred Hamas gunmen had been killed. The IDF death toll is 35. IDF-Hamas fighting in Gaza remains intensive, and rockets are still being fired into Israel, but foreign airlines are returning to Ben-Gurion airport. Read more: Israel rejects Kerry ceasefire proposal; IDF death toll...