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  • Prison for Afghan mullah who raped a 10-year-old girl inside his mosque

    08/01/2015 7:19:38 PM PDT · by TigerClaws
    Extraordinary events have taken place inside a Kabul courtroom this week. Back in May, a 10-year-old girl was raped inside a mosque in a remote Afghan village. The mullah responsible – Mohammad Amin – had asked three young girls to clean for him when he started behaving inappropriately. The girls made a run for it, only one of them tripped and fell in a stream. Amin dragged her back inside the mosque, where she was raped and left with serious injuries. According to Sharia Law, which the Mullah tried to rely on in court, rape is considered a form of...
  • 'What lion?' Zimbabweans ask, amid global Cecil circus

    08/01/2015 5:33:49 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/30/2015 | MacDonald Dzirutwe
    As social media exploded with outrage this week at the killing of Cecil the lion, the untimely passing of the celebrated predator at the hands of an American dentist went largely unnoticed in the animal's native Zimbabwe. "What lion?" acting information minister Prisca Mupfumira asked in response to a request for comment about Cecil, who was at that moment topping global news bulletins and generating reams of abuse for his killer on websites in the United States and Europe. "Are you saying that all this noise is about a dead lion? Lions are killed all the time in this country,"...
  • Trump: Crimea is Europe's problem

    08/01/2015 5:10:41 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2015 | Tom LoBianco
    "Let me explain first of all — this is Europe's problem much more than ours, OK?" Trump told CNN during a trip to Scotland. "And Europe isn't complaining as much as we are. But this is more of a Europe problem," Trump continued. "And when Europe comes to us and says, 'We want your help, we want your help,' but they're not really doing that. They're dealing with Russia, they're taking in the gas, they're taking in the oil — they're not really doing that. And you know, we're making a big deal out of it." "But why isn't Germany...
  • Turkey Launches All-Out War: 260 Kurds Dead in a Week

    08/01/2015 4:39:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/15
    Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants based in northern Iraq after a wave of attacks inside Turkey. But so far the bombardments have focused far more on the Kurdish rebels and a report by the official Anatolia news agency of 260 alleged PKK militants killed was the first...
  • Who’s Really Responsible for the Killing of Zimbabwe’s Lions and Other Wildlife?

    08/01/2015 4:01:55 PM PDT · by digger48 · 23 replies
    Time ^ | July 29, 2015 | Nash Jenkins
    Until 2000 Zimbabwe had a successful wildlife-management program, with many big-game animals flourishing. But by 2003, a staggering 80% of the animals that had lived on Zimbabwean safari camps (which employed firm quotas to regulate animal population sizes) had died. By 2007, there were only 14 private game farms in the country, compared with 620 prior to the land seizures of 2000, according to a National Geographic report. With the protection of private game reserves nearly nonexistent, once abundant wildlife began dying off, hunted by desperate farmers with no other options for sustenance. Despite the passing of harsher laws for...
  • Sen. Bob Menendez intros CECIL Act to restrict big-game hunting

    Sen. Bob Menendez has introduced legislation to curb trophy hunting of endangered and threatened species after the demise of Cecil, an African lion whose death at the hands of an American hunter touched off a social media firestorm. The Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act would extend restrictions on the import and export of animals that are being considered for inclusion under the Endangered Species Act. Currently, the restrictions apply only to animals already on the list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had suggested the African lion be listed as “threatened” in October, but...
  • Hunt is on for 33 slave ships off coast of Papua New Guinea

    08/01/2015 12:22:08 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/1/15
    A fleet of at least 30 fishing trawlers crewed by slaves is being hunted off the coast of Papua New Guinea as the true extent becomes apparent of the trafficking of Burmese men by a massive Thai-run criminal syndicate operating throughout the East Indies. Immigration officials have so far intercepted one of the fishing vessels, called the Blissful Reefer, and rescued its trafficked crew. Another 33 Thai trawlers thought to be crewed by slaves are being tracked in fishing grounds off the south coast of Papua New Guinea, known locally as the Dog Leg. The trawlers are thought to be...
  • US to build $200 million embassy compound in Harare

    08/01/2015 11:53:07 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 14 replies
    News Zimbabwe ^ | 31/07/201
    THE US government will this year begin the construction of a new Embassy compound in Harare valued at $199 million. This comes after the Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) awarded a tender to B.L. Harbert, International of Birmingham, Alabama for the construction work. The new Embassy will be located on a 16.5-acre site in the Bluff Hill area. The complex will include an office building and associated support facilities. US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, revealed this information in Harare recently. He told delegates at an embassy function that the decision was a sign of US...
  • Heading Toward An EMP Catastrophe

    08/01/2015 11:09:02 AM PDT · by TXnMA · 96 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 23, 2015 | AMBASSADOR R. JAMES WOOLSEY, DR. PETER VINCENT PRY
    Texas State Senator Bob Hall, a former USAF Colonel and himself an EMP expert, characterizes as "equivalent to treason" the behavior of the electric utilities and their lobbyists: "As a Texas State Senator who tried in the 2015 legislative session to get a bill passed to harden the Texas grid against an EMP attack or nature's GMD, I learned first hand the strong control the electric power company lobby has on elected officials. We did manage to get a weak bill passed in the Senate but the power companies had it killed in the House. A very deceitful document which...
  • Trump companies sought to bring in 1,100 foreign workers: report

    08/01/2015 10:44:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/1/2015 | Peter Schroeder
    Companies owned by Donald Trump have reportedly tried to import at least 1,100 foreign workers since 2000. A Reuters review [link at URL] of Labor Department data found that Trump Enterprises have requested temporary work visas for over a thousand foreign workers. ... The desired workers include waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers, as well as positions as assistant golf-course superintendent, assistant hotel manager and banquet manager. ... Reuters found that most of the visa requests were granted, as Trump has vowed to create and protect jobs for American workers. ... The Labor Department data did not specify the nationality of the...
  • Lockheed Martin's Littoral Combat Ship Is Finally Making Headway -- but Is It Too Late?

    08/01/2015 9:12:31 AM PDT · by Mariner · 79 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 1st, 2015 | Katie Spence
    The Littoral Combat Ship, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Austal USA, has been plagued with cost overruns, design flaws, and a number of failures. In fact, the LCS performed so poorly that then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel cut the Navy's LCS acquisition from 52 to 32 ships, and directed the Navy to appoint a Small Surface Combatant Task Force, or SSCTF, to "submit alternative proposals to procure a capable and lethal small surface combatant, consistent with the capabilities of a frigate." The good news is Lockheed Martin addressed many of the issues plaguing the LCS, and now production...
  • State emails offer glimpse into Hillary Clinton's world

    08/01/2015 8:15:58 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 31 July 2015 | Rachael Bade
    “Secretary of Awesome” The first two Clinton email releases from State made clear her top aides often gushed over her work. More evidence surfaced Friday, including an exchange in which top Clinton aides praised their leader for her dance moves under the subject line: “Secretary of Awesome.” The group of aides was emailing about a New York Magazine video of her dancing in Kenya. “[S]he moves like a Sistah,” wrote Clinton adviser Minyon Moore. “This is fabulous.” Mills forwarded the conversation to Clinton: “You shake your tail feathers girl.” [snip] In an Aug. 3, 2009 email, Abedin told Clinton at...
  • Jewish Democrats Livid over Huckabee's 'Oven' Comment

    07/27/2015 4:30:16 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 60 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 7/27/15 | Gil Ronen
    Jewish Democrats are very upset with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee after he compared the nuclear deal with Iran to “marching [Israel] to the door of the oven.” Following Huckabee’s comments, Representative for Florida and head of the Democratic National Committee Deborah Wasserman-Schultz called on him to apologize for what she called “cavalier analogies” to Nazi death camps. “This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics,” she said. The National Jewish Democratic Council said in a statement, “Republicans have fallen over themselves to speak out against Donald Trump’s outrageous rhetoric on immigration and...
  • Bill launched to halt refugee resettlement (Syrian Muslims)

    08/01/2015 6:43:45 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    WND ^ | July 31 2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    A Texas congressman has introduced legislation that would halt the resettlement of United Nations-certified refugees in the U.S. pending a full study on the program’s impact on the nation’s economy and national security. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, introduced the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act, or HR 3314, which places an “immediate suspension on allowing immigrants into the United States under the refugee resettlement program, until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) completes a thorough examination of its costs on federal, state and local governments.” According to US government data, nearly 500,000 new immigrants have come to the U.S. under the resettlement...
  • Planned Parenthood Received Millions of Dollars After Lobbying Clinton’s State Department

    08/01/2015 6:19:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 30, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    Planned Parenthood lobbied the Department of State many times during Hillary Clinton’s tenure there and received tens of millions of dollars from foreign policy agencies over the past few years, according to a new report. As secretary of state, Clinton attacked the Mexico City Policy, which bans federal funding of abortion overseas. Her husband revoked the policy during his administration and President Obama lifted the ban upon taking office in 2009. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is tied to the State Department, steered more than $100 million in funding to Planned Parenthood, its international affiliates, and...
  • California Dem: Obama can just ignore Congress if they kill the Iran deal

    08/01/2015 6:13:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    At least according to one California congressman, all of this debate in Congress over the Iran nuclear deal is much ado about nothing. If Congress wants to approve it (or if they fail to override the President’s expected veto) that’s fine. But if they shoot it down there’s really no need to worry. Barack Obama can just ignore them. Kerry Picket reports at the Daily Caller. California Rep. Brad Sherman warns that even if Congress were to override Barack Obama’s veto of the Iran deal, the president could still get the deal he wants.Sherman, a Democrat who serves on...
  • This Is the Email a Former Clinton Aide Sent Hillary On How to Make Netanyahu’s ‘Politics Uneasy’

    08/01/2015 5:59:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 31, 2015 8:42pm | Oliver Darcy
    A former national security adviser to President Bill Clinton wrote an email to Hillary Clinton in 2009 advising the then-secretary of state how to deal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he continued to “be the obstacle” in negotiations with Palestinians. The email from Samuel Berger advised Clinton on how to navigate the waters with Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Abu Mazen. “Going forward, if Bibi continues to be the obstacle, you will need to find the ground from which you can make his politics uneasy,” the September 22 email said. “I think you can do that even with current...
  • $2 gas will be back after Iran nuclear deal

    07/31/2015 10:32:58 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 52 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 14 2015 | Chris Isidore
    U.S. drivers can look forward to $2 gas later this year, thanks in part to the Iran nuclear deal announced Tuesday. Gas may only dip a few cents when the Iranian oil first starts to flow again, but by September drivers could see big savings. "Once we get past Labor Day, we should see gas falling by 10 to 15 cents a month," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. "By December a lot of places are going to see gasoline at $2 or less." Iran hasn't been able to sell oil to the United...
  • Beware the perils of a ‘Little Britain’ and a ‘Little Japan’

    07/31/2015 10:19:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Jul 10, 2015 | Yoichi Funabashi
    Beware the perils of a ‘Little Britain’ and a ‘Little Japan’ by Yoichi Funabashi Jul 10, 2015 Article history Japan and Britain have responded in completely different ways to the China-led initiative to create the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which the United States has opted not to join. In a rebuff to the U.S., Britain was the first Group of Seven member to announce that it would join the AIIB as a founding member. Out of courtesy, Britain informed the U.S. government of its intention just one day before its official announcement. Some within the U.S. government are still...
  • Top Canadian abortion org. encourages women to donate aborted baby tissue

    07/31/2015 9:42:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jul 30, 2015 | Steve Weatherbe
    TORONTO, July 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Though Planned Parenthood in the United States is reeling from videos showing senior staff selling fetal body parts from its abortion facilities, in Canada the Abortion Rights Coalition (CARC) has responded by blithely encouraging women to donate their own aborted children for research. “If you ever need an abortion and would like to donate your fetal tissue towards research, here's how,” the Canadian Abortion Rights Coalition posted on its Facebook page on July 23, adding, "Canadian clinics do this too. Everything is handled under strict regulations and ethical guidelines.” But when asked to confirm...
  • Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”

    07/31/2015 9:37:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    The Intercept/First Look Media ^ | July 30 2015, 7:09 p.m. | Jon Schwarz
    Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.” Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United. …
  • U.S. soldiers making maps of underground military facilities in N. Korea

    07/31/2015 9:30:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/01
    U.S. soldiers making maps of underground military facilities in N. Korea 2015/08/01 11:09 SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea have been making sophisticated maps of underground military facilities in North Korea to better deal with threats posed by the North, a military journal showed Saturday. U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has been also running an education program for senior South Korean and American military officers to share information on North Korea's underground facilities and to jointly respond to the North's military threats, according to a contribution by Korean Army Maj. Park Sung-man in a journal titled...
  • Calais goes UP IN FLAMES: Migrants fight to get into UK as ferry workers block harbour

    07/31/2015 8:51:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    Express ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | MARK REYNOLDS, ROB VIRTUE
    FLAMES filled the air in Calais after striking French ferry workers blocked roads with burning tyres leaving the port now resembling a WARZONE. ... Fires, which are currently blocking access to the harbour, have plunged the crisis zone into further chaos. It comes after Britain's borders faced more disruption last night as hundreds of migrants including children stormed the Eurotunnel. David Cameron has said Britain is threatened by a “swarm” of foreigners and the migrant crisis in Calais was likened to a “warzone.” Migrants were pictured clinging to a lorry as they left the port of Dover, while others in...
  • Marines Declare F-35B Operational, But Is It Really Ready For Combat?

    07/31/2015 8:48:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 7/31/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Marine Corp has declared initial operational capability for their first squadron of F-35Bs. The announcement is seen by some as more of PR achievement as the aircraft still has years of testing ahead of it. Others will argue that it represents a major accomplishment for the beleaguered F-35 program. But regardless of who you agree with, the USMC have succeeded at ramming the aircraft through a marker post that has always been a huge point of contention. Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford made the following statement: I am pleased to announce that VMFA-121 has achieved initial...
  • Islamic State document reveals plan to bring 'end of the world'

    07/31/2015 8:18:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan, obtained by the American Media Institute and reviewed by USA Today, reveals that the extremist group wants to build a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan to trigger an Armageddon-like "end of the world" war in India. The 32-page Urdu-language document also details machinations to attack U.S. soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials. AMI obtained the document from a Pakistani citizen with connections to the Pakistani Taliban and had it independently translated from Urdu by Harvard researcher and translator Mustafa Samdani. The document,...
  • UK, US turn blind eye to Islamic State oil sales

    07/31/2015 8:08:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | 7/31/15 | Nafeez Ahmed
    Amid the scramble for Kurdistan’s oil and gas wealth, the US and UK are tied to Kurdish and Turkish institutions accused of facilitating IS oil sales Key allies in the US and UK led war on Islamic State (IS) are covertly financing the terrorist movement according to senior political sources in the region. US and British oil companies are heavily invested in the murky geopolitical triangle sustaining IS’ black market oil sales.The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq and Turkish military intelligence have supported secret IS oil smuggling operations and supplied arms to the terror group, according to Kurdish, Iraqi...
  • Donald Trump: Crimea is Europe's problem

    07/31/2015 8:08:00 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 85 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31 3015 | Tom LoBianco
    Washington (CNN)Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. should only step in on Crimea if European countries ask for help and, until then, it remains "Europe's problem." "Let me explain first of all — this is Europe's problem much more than ours, OK?" Trump told CNN during a trip to Scotland. "And Europe isn't complaining as much as we are. But this is more of a Europe problem," Trump continued. "And when Europe comes to us and says, 'We want your help, we want your help,' but they're not really doing that. They're dealing with Russia, they're taking...
  • Hijab-wearing women say they are being 'turned away' at Egyptian resorts

    07/31/2015 7:49:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 7/27/15 | Shounaz Meky
    Many Egyptian women say they are facing a difficult summer season as Hijab-free zones seem to have soared in popularity, as more restaurants and high-end resorts enforce a de-facto ban on wearing headscarves.Social media users in Egypt flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the past week to condemn the apparent decision by some venues to deny veiled women entry.Many deemed the ban as “discriminatory” against practicing Muslim women in Egypt - a country in which 90 percent of its 80-million population are Muslim.The ban is not completely new, it was reportedly common at resorts and restaurants frequented by foreigners, in...
  • Trump attacks Hillary's right-hand-woman Huma, calls her husband Anthony Weiner 'the worst deviant'

    07/31/2015 7:23:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 30, 2015 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    Donald Trump charged Wednesday that a sexually 'deviant' former congressman who is married to Hillary Clinton's closest aide has likely seen the contents of classified emails that passed through the former secretary of state's private home-brew server. Huma Abedin, the Pakistani-American chief of staff to Clinton, was wed in 2010 to then-Congressman Anthony Weiner, the Democrat whose star fell to earth amid lewd sexting scandals. Republicans in Washington are furious with Clinton for destroying tens of thousands of emails dating from her time in office, and for including classified information in an unknown number of others. Trump told DailyMail.com during...
  • Iran’s foreign minister: Israel should disarm, too

    07/31/2015 7:12:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 31, 2015 | Adam B. Lerner
    Now that Iran has agreed to curb its nuclear program, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says it’s time for Israel to follow suit and abandon its long-rumored nuclear arsenal. “Iran’s push for a ban on weapons of mass destruction in its regional neighbourhood has been consistent,” Zarif wrote in an editorial for the Guardian. “And while Iran has received the support of some of its Arab friends in this endeavour, Israel — home to the Middle East’s only nuclear weapons programme — has been the holdout.” The nuclear deal signed in Vienna by Iran and the P 5 + 1 countries...
  • A Truck Stop in Europe – Why the Euro and European Union Will Fail

    07/31/2015 5:45:30 PM PDT · by NRx · 67 replies
    Crawling Road ^ | 07-28-2015 | Craig Rowland
    Everything I needed to know about why the European Union would fail I learned at a truck stop. It was in 2001 when a bus tour I was on stopped at a truck stop on the German Autobahn. For the American readers, you must understand that European truck stops are much different from what you get in the states. In Europe, the facilities are clean and the food is actually decent. They don’t have the same hot dogs sitting in the cooker for five days. And no, you can’t buy six gallon soda cups. As it were, in this truck...
  • King: Kerry "Incredibly Arrogant" Treats Dissenters Of Iran Deal Like "Dope, Rednecks"

    07/31/2015 5:33:13 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday on AM 970’s “The John Gambling Show,” Rep. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said Secretary of State John Kerry came across as “incredibly arrogant” while pitching his nuclear deal with Iran during his appearances on Capitol Hill this week.
  • Venezuela supermarket looting leaves one dead, dozens detained

    07/31/2015 5:17:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    reuters ^ | July 31, 2015
    One person was killed and dozens were detained following looting of supermarkets in Venezuela's southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana, the state governor said on Friday, amid the ongoing food shortages in the recession-hit OPEC nation. Shoppers seeking scarce consumer staples including milk, rice and flour broke into a supermarket warehouse on Friday morning, leading businesses in the area to shut their doors, local newspaper Correo del Caroni reported.
  • Federal Agency Confirms Legal Status of Pryor Shooting Suspect [Montana Samaritan Shooter]

    07/31/2015 12:55:09 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 21 replies
    KULR Channel 8 ^ | July 31, 2015 18:41 UTC | Not Listed
    According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 18-year-old Jesus Yeizon Deniz-Mendoza, from Mexico, was legally admitted to enter the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry May 31, 2013. The following is an official statement from ICE, regarding what could happen if Deniz is convicted of a crime: This individual does not have any criminal convictions, and, as a permanent resident, is not currently removable. Thus, an ICE detainer cannot be placed on the individual at this time. However, ICE is closely monitoring this case and coordinating with local authorities. If he is convicted for a...
  • Does Iran Already Have Nuclear Weapons?

    07/31/2015 12:53:07 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 31, 2015 | Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen
    What happens to the Iran nuclear deal if Iran already has a nuclear weapon? Both Iran and North Korea were part of the A.Q. Kahn proliferation network, and bilateral trade in oil and weapons has continued despite UN resolutions designed to stop it. Ballistic missile cooperation is documented, and nuclear cooperation has been an unspoken theme in Washington. Pyongyang helped Damascus, Iran’s ally, build a secret reactor. There are reports that North Korean experts visited Iran in May to help Iran with its missile program. Pressed by reporters on the subject of North Korea-Iran nuclear cooperation a few weeks ago,...
  • Obama team, Navy at odds over South China Sea

    07/31/2015 12:42:39 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/31/15 | Austin Wright
    The Pentagon has repeatedly maintained it reserves the right to sail or fly by a series of artificial islands that China is outfitting with military equipment. The Navy won’t say what it has or hasn’t done, but military officials and congressional hawks want the U.S. to make a major demonstration by sending warships within 12 miles of the artificial islands and make clear to China that the U.S. rejects its territorial claims. By not doing so, they charge, Washington is tacitly accepting China’s destabilizing moves, which are seen by U.S. allies in the region such as Japan, the Philippines and...
  • Obama tells liberals: I can't carry Iran deal on my own

    07/31/2015 12:36:43 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jullan Hattem, Jordan Fabian
    The White House is mounting a vigorous push to convince liberals to back the Iran deal. In recent days, President Obama, Vice President Biden and other top officials have reached out a number of times to persuade Democrats — especially in the House — to back the agreement, amid signs that the crucial bloc may be splintering. On Thursday evening, Obama spoke by phone with thousands of people affiliated with liberal activist groups Organizing for Action, the Center for American Progress and Credo Action.
  • Live Webcast: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran (Tuesday at 1PM ET - submit questions now)

    07/31/2015 12:36:38 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Jewish Federations from across North America and the member organizations of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations are honored to host a LIVE webcast featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, August 4 at 1PM ET. Please register for this event here. Please submit a short question for the Prime Minister below.
  • Russia racism debate rages after stunt with Obama impersonator and banana

    07/31/2015 12:03:27 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 31 July 2015 | Alec Luhn
    Video emerges of Red Bull Flugtag competition showing men apparently in blackface makeup, one dressed as US president, chasing banana off a ramp The recent scrutiny of racism in World Cup host Russia has expanded to include the world’s largest energy drink brand, after a video from a Red Bull event in Moscow showed a Barack Obama impersonator chasing a banana. The controversy emerged over a highlights video from last week’s Red Bull Flugtag competition, in which participants send whimsical “flying” machines crashing off a ramp into water. In the video, at least four shirtless men who appeared to be...
  • Six Myths about the Coup against Iran's Mossadegh (Not democratically elected)

    07/31/2015 12:01:26 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 3 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 9/2/2014 | Morgan Carlston
    The United States government, namely the CIA, is often blamed for the August 1953 coup removing Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from power, however a careful examination of older studies, in addition to newly accessible information, reveal that common conceptions of the events and chronology are flawed, despite their prevalence. One reason why these misconception exist is that many files from US government sources relating to this time period, and in particular to this event, remain classified or are otherwise inaccessible (most CIA documents regarding the events have allegedly been destroyed). Under United States law, special exceptions can be made...
  • UN chief calls attack that killed a Palestinian toddler a 'terrorist act,' blames impunity

    07/31/2015 11:50:03 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/31/15 | Associated Press
    UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling the arson attack on a West Bank home that killed a Palestinian toddler a "terrorist act" and is blaming Israel's failure to punish repeated acts of settler violence for the tragedy. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban strongly condemns Friday's "murder" of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
  • Attention Cecil The Lion Fans: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Allegedly Ate A Baby Elephant

    07/31/2015 10:20:42 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Inquisitr.com ^ | July 30, 2015
    Attention Cecil The Lion Fans: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Allegedly Ate A Baby Elephant Outraged animal lovers and conservationists petitioning the White House to extradite big-game hunter Walter Palmer to Zimbabwe for killing Cecil the lion may be unaware the the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, reportedly ate baby elephant meat during his lavish 91st birthday party in late February. A deceased lion was also allegedly involved in those festivities, a bash that cost about $1 million and was staged at a luxury resort with thousands of party guests in attendance. “Held a week after his birthday, the celebrations were described...
  • Sen. Cruz Introduces Legislation Clarifying Congressional Review Period for Iran Nuclear Deal

    07/31/2015 10:09:50 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | July 31, 2015
    Gathered bipartisan grassroots leaders to combat devastating agreementWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday introduced a resolution, S. Res. 238, defining the start of Congress’ 60-day review period and detailing flaws within the submittal of the agreement. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 mandates that the 60-day congressional review period cannot begin until the nuclear agreement with Iran, and all related materials outlined in the Act, are transmitted to Congress. President Obama has failed to provide separate side agreements and federal guidance materials to Congress, so the review period cannot have begun without the majority leader’s consent. On Tuesday, Sen....
  • Donald Trump Interview with Michale Savage (Video)

    07/31/2015 8:59:39 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 3 replies
    headlinepolitics ^ | 7/29/15 | Rusty Weiss
    Donald Trump has yet another supporter it would seem – the wildly popular conservative talk show host, Michael Savage.
  • Zimbabweans can't understand why everyone is so upset over 'Cecil the lion'

    07/31/2015 7:17:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/31/2015 | FARAI MUTSAKA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    While the death of a protected lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage in the United States — much of it centered on the Minnesota dentist who killed the animal — most in Zimbabwe expressed a degree of bafflement over the concern. The discovery that Cecil, the star of Zimbabwe national park had been lured out and killed by American bow hunter Walter James Palmer has resulted in online anger and protests at his dental clinic. Outside Zimbabwe's environmental and activist circles, however, the reaction been muted. "It's so cruel, but I don't understand the whole fuss, there are so many...
  • China is asking for stock trading records from Chinese and foreign brokerages .... shorting stocks

    07/31/2015 6:42:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2015/07/31 | Michelle Price, Pete Sweeney
    China is asking for stock trading records from Chinese and foreign brokerages to find investors who are shorting stocks Michelle Price, Pete Sweeney Today at 6:06 PM HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China is asking foreign and Chinese-owned brokerages in Hong Kong and Singapore to hand over stock trading records, sources with direct knowledge of the requests told Reuters, extending its pursuit of investors shorting Chinese stocks to overseas jurisdictions. Three sources at Chinese brokerages and two at foreign financial institutions said the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) had sought to identify traders and investors who had taken net short positions,...
  • Court: German spy agency need not give info on NSA list

    07/31/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2015 8:03 AM EDT
    A German federal court has ruled that the country’s spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency. A newspaper publisher sought an injunction forcing the Germany agency, the BND, to disclose information about what German companies and citizens were on the list after the spy agency refused to answer questions. …
  • U.S. intelligence assessment focuses on cockpit activities of MH370

    07/31/2015 6:28:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 2015/07/30 | Evan Perez
    U.S. intelligence assessment focuses on cockpit activities of MH370 By Evan Perez, CNN Justice Reporter Updated 2359 GMT (0659 HKT) July 30, 2015 (CNN)—A preliminary assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies, produced in the wake of the MH370 disaster, suggested it was likely someone in the cockpit deliberately caused the aircraft's movements to go off course before the Malaysian airliner disappeared. Two U.S. officials briefed on the matter said the assessment, which was not intended for public release, was prepared months ago and was solely based on available satellite and other evidence, and not based on more detailed findings by investigators....
  • Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert [to Catholicism, says Amnesty International]

    07/31/2015 6:15:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2015 8:42 AM EDT | Carley Petesch
    Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International said Friday. […] Widespread human rights abuses committed by Seleka led to the formation of a Christian militia known as the anti-Balaka, who have targeted Muslims and sent tens of thousands fleeing to neighboring countries. Muslims told Amnesty International they’ve been forced to convert or hide practices. “We had no choice but to join the Catholic Church. The anti-balaka swore they’d kill us if we didn’t,” said a 23-year-old man in the Sangha-Mbaere prefecture,...
  • Obama’s Egypt Policy Breeds Terrorism

    07/31/2015 6:10:17 AM PDT · by A Vaster RightWing Conspirator · 13 replies
    consortiumnews.com ^ | July 29, 2015 | Jonathan Marshall
    Last year, Robert Kagan became one of the first neoconservatives to break with conservatives in Congress, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Netanyahu regime to warn about prospects for “a new Egyptian jihadist movement brought into existence by the military’s crackdown.” “To Israel, which has never supported democracy anywhere in the Middle East except Israel, the presence of a brutal military dictatorship bent on the extermination of Islamism is not only tolerable but desirable,” Kagan wrote. But “In Egypt, U.S. interests and Israel’s perceptions of its own interests sharply diverge. If one believes that any hope for moderation...