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  • The West Has Cornered Putin—and That's When He's Most Dangerous

    07/30/2014 1:58:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 07/30/2014 | By Julia Ioffe
    Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, and there’s word that it’s on the verge of splitting the rebel-held territory in two and that two major rebel leaders have fled. Putin's supporting these guys because of a position he staked out months ago, even though they’ve just gotten him into a whole lot of trouble by mistakenly shooting down a plane full of Dutch people....
  • Experts Estimate Isis Is Making Up To $3 Million A Day Selling Oil From Captured Fields

    07/30/2014 1:48:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | july 29, 2014 | frances martel
    The terrorist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), could be making up to $3 million a day in illicit oil sales using captured oil fields in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi officials are warning that the jihadists are selling their own oil in ISIS-controlled areas and shipping it out to shady buyers in nearby countries. According to NBC, the Islamic State – which is attempting to transition from terrorist group to, precisely, a state – has begun to sell gas from oil fields and wells it has acquired at gas stations in Mosul, the second-largest city in...
  • First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

    07/30/2014 1:37:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 4:09 PM EDT | Stacy A. Anderson
    Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens,” Mrs. Obama said. The first lady spoke Wednesday to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. …
  • 2 U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Exposed to Ebola, N.Y. Daily News Learns

    07/30/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 6 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Meredith Engel
    Two Americans volunteering in the Peace Corps are now isolated after being exposed to the Ebola virus, but are not showing symptoms yet. Their names have not been released. "We can confirm that two Peace Corps volunteers have had contact with an individual who later died of the Ebola virus," a Peace Corps representative told the News. "These volunteers are not symptomatic and are currently isolated and under observation. When they receive medical clearance for return to the U.S., we will work with them to travel safely back." On Wednesday, the Peace Corps announced that it would temporarily remove its...
  • New SPC Video on Israel

    07/30/2014 1:36:01 PM PDT · by Bratch · 4 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 29, 2014 | Steve Flesher
    Governor Palin has a great new video up at the Sarah Palin Channel.Via Facebook: Sarah Palin Politician · 4,299,885 Likes · 20 hrs ·  I posted a new video to the top of my channel called "The Truth About the War in Israel." I look to two very unlikely sources for wisdom on what's really going on there. Please check it out and let me know what you think: https://sarahpalinchannel.com/ - Sarah Palin You can watch the video here.
  • Group says Canadian doctor who treated Ebola patients not in self-imposed quarantine

    07/30/2014 1:04:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    CTV News ^ | 29 July 2014 | Andrea Janus
    A spokesperson for the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse says a Canadian doctor is not in self-imposed quarantine after treating patients in West Africa for Ebola. The group earlier said Dr. Azaria Marthyman of Victoria, B.C., had voluntarily quarantined himself after spending nearly a month treating patients for the deadly disease. “Dr. Marthyman has assured us that (‘self-imposed quarantine’) is not a correct term to be applied to this situation,” spokesperson Jeff Adams told CTV News on Tuesday. Marthyman was among a handful of Canadian health-care workers who travelled to Liberia, one of three countries hit by the outbreak. He...
  • House passes resolution to condemn Hamas for Israel rocket attacks

    07/30/2014 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014, 03:20 pm | Cristina Marcos
    The House on Wednesday passed a resolution to condemn the extremist group Hamas for its recent rocket attacks against Israel. The measure, passed by voice vote, specifically denounces Hamas's use of civilians as "human shields" during combat. "Hamas is engaging in a crime of enormous proportions, perpetrated by those who are deliberately hiding among civilians to protect themselves," said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.). "The world can't let terrorists embed their forces among the civilian population, using them as human shields, without speaking out." It also expresses support for Israel to defend itself against Hamas, as well...
  • Ukraine's pipelines will lose 50% of value when South Stream starts - Naftogaz head

    07/30/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 29 July 2014
    The South Stream gas pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine, may halve the value of Ukraine’s gas transportation system (GTS), according to Andrey Kobolev, head of Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz. After the Russian–led South Stream project is complete and working at full capacity, the value of Ukraine’s GTS may fall as much 50 percent from the present estimate of $25-$35 billion, RIA Novosti quotes the head of the company. “We have no wish to lose it, and it’s unreasonable," Kobolev said on a Ukrainian local TV channel. Construction of the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria and Serbia was suspended...
  • From Andropov to Putin: The Last Spasm of a Decrepit Dictatorship

    07/30/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Vladimir Tismaneanu
    Years ago, the Soviet dissident Yuri Glazov, one of the most lucid interpreters of the Soviet experience, diagnosed Andropov’s neo-Stalinism, more sophisticated but no less repressive than Leonid Brezhnev’s, as the last gasp of the nomenklatura’s squalid rule. The same can be said about Putinism, this latter-day incarnation of the Andropov model. .... Putinism meant imposing a disguised dictatorship of the KGB’s successor, the new/old secret police known as the FSB. The FSB’s “ethos” is deeply rooted in the tradition which began with the Cheka and the entranced Polish-Russian Bolshevik, Feliks Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. .... Putin’s propaganda has gone once more...
  • Ted Cruz Channels Reagan: 'Mr. Putin, Give Back Crimea'

    07/30/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    businessinsider.in ^ | July 30, 2014 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed Ronald Reagan's famous challenge to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday when he officially called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to return territory Russia annexed earlier this year back to Ukraine. "Mr. Putin, give back Crimea," Cruz said at the Young America's Foundation in Washington. "Why is it so unimaginable for President Obama to utter those words?" Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential contender, has made foreign policy hawkishness a key part of his political brand. Speaking before the group of conservative college students Tuesday, he repeatedly accused Obama of being unwilling to aggressively challenge...
  • Three Israeli soldiers killed in action in Gaza and 27 injured. Cabinet orders operation expanded

    07/30/2014 12:01:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 30, 2014, 9:30 PM (IDT)
    Three Israeli soldiers were killed and 27 injured in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 30, on the 23rd day of Israel’s counter-terror operation Defensive Edge against Hamas. A bomb planted in the wall of a building in Khan Younes blew up as the soldiers went in to examine a tunnel shaft. Maj. Gen. Sami Torjeman, OC Southern Command, told reporters that the soldiers had fought “stubbornly” and “seriously impaired” Hamas’ strength. Hundreds of enemy fighters have been killed, he reported, including scores of Hamas’ elite troops and some of the commanders hunkered down in their hideouts. Dozens too had been...
  • The Home Front

    07/30/2014 11:59:51 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 July 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On Friday, writing about the four-hour detention by US Customs & Border Protection of a troop of Iowa boy scouts, I put it this way: American life is bifurcating into the undocumented and the overdocumented. On the southern border, the bazillions of US laws are meaningless - proof of identity, medical tests, none of it matters. And the less it matters on the Rio Grande the more the zealots on the 49th Parallel will take apart your car if they think you've got a Kinder egg in there. Anyone who thinks that attitude can be confined to the border and...
  • UKRAINE: NATO says Russia's escalating troops close to the border with Ukraine

    The North Atlantic Alliance has announced an increase in the number of Russian troops and weapons along the border with Ukraine, it said the Commander of NATO forces in Europe, General United States Philip Breedlove, informs Reuters. According to his data, is now on the border with Ukraine is more than 12 thousand troops from Russia. "We're seeing the movement of people and technology from the central military district in Russia in the region of Rostov-on-Don, where are they going to pass training and moving towards the border," said the General. Previously this information was also presented at the Pentagon....
  • Hamas Training in Malaysia for 'Advanced' Terror Attacks

    07/30/2014 11:50:55 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Uzi Baruch, Ari Soffer and Tova Dvorin
    Israeli security forces have captured a senior Hamas commander in the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip - and in doing so thwarted a creative plan to infiltrate Israel to commit a terrorist attack. The terrorist - said to be a member of an elite commando unit within Hamas's "military wing", the Ezzadine Al Kassam Brigades - was interrogated by the Shabak (Israel Security Agency), and confessed to having been sent to Malaysia to gain paragliding training, which he was to use to infiltrate into southern Israel to carry out an attack - potentially a kidnapping - in...
  • Our world: Israel, Hamas and Obama’s foreign policy

    07/30/2014 11:49:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    JPost ^ | 7/30/2014 | Caroline Glick
    When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas. Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that Hamas has dug throughout Gaza and into Israeli territory. Others argued that the only way to truly destroy the tunnels, and keep them destroyed, is for...
  • US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis

    07/30/2014 11:49:16 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Tova Dvorin
    The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security. "Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services," the statement says. "Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis." The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and...
  • General: Operation in Gaza 'A Few Days from Completion'

    07/30/2014 11:45:54 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin
    The GOC of the Southern Command, Major General Shlomo Turgeman, gave a detailed update on Operation Protective Edge Wednesday, as Cabinet ministers debate on the future of the operation. "Fighting against Hamas persists continuously and intensely," Turgeman stated. "We have killed hundreds of Hamas terrorists, dozens of them in terrorist 'special forces.'" "We have attacked hundreds of safe houses and war rooms, destroyed infrastructure, struck a number of senior commanders of terrorist organizations," he added. According to Turgeman, the war is progressing well. "As every day passes, we continue to get closer to achieving our goals - destroying the terror...
  • Jon Voight Slams Obama, Kerry At Pro-Israel Rally

    07/30/2014 11:41:44 AM PDT · by South40 · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/22/2014 | Jon Voight
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLaOrOct2FE
  • In Slaviansk, rebels leave behind trail of Russian expertise – and Ukrainian ruin

    07/30/2014 11:41:09 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    csmonitor.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Scott Peterson
    Before fleeing Slaviansk on July 5, rebel units here were commanded by Igor “Strelkov” Gilkin, a Russian from Moscow. Strelkov is known for his experience in Bosnia, fighting for Serb forces, and in Chechnya, and reportedly also has links to Russian security services. In addition to the Russian leadership came rough-hewn recruits from Kazakhstan and Chechnya, and more Russians from as far afield as Moscow or Vladivostok in the east. Even today, most social media references of those who fought here are Russians, not locals. The military professionalism of the rebels stands out in the defenses they left behind: a...
  • Pro-Russian rebels have booby-trapped MH17 crash site with landmines ...

    07/30/2014 11:12:03 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jill Reilly
    claim Ukraine one day ahead of talks with Russia over access to the scene Pro-Russian rebels have booby-trapped MH17 crash site with landmines, according to Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, making it impossible for international investigators to access the scene of the crash. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the rebels were digging in for battle near the crash site: 'They have brought a large number of heavy artillery there and mined approaches to this area. This makes impossible the work of international experts trying to start work to establish the reasons behind the Boeing 777 crash.' The fighting...
  • Did Alan Dershowitz Make Marc Lamont Hill Cry During Israel Debate?

    07/30/2014 10:55:18 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Are you okay, Marc? I have a hankie you can use to wipe away that rolling teardrop that Alan Dershowitz possibly caused during your heated debate on Israel and Gaza during CNN Tonight on Monday. The weird thing is that Marc Lamont Hill was actually crying over Israel (GASP!) defending itself against both rocket attacks and secret tunnels built from Gaza into Israel for the purpose of killing and kidnapping. A video was posted by Soopermexican showing Hill's tear of absurdly misplaced compassion (or was it frustration from arguiing with Dershowitz?) rolling down his cheek.
  • Will Speaker move bill on the pope?

    07/30/2014 10:06:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/2014 | Molly K. Hooper
    A popular piece of legislation that seeks to honor Pope Francis is stuck in Congress. With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The resolution, written by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), congratulates Francis on his March 2013 election and recognizes “his inspirational statements and actions.” The seemingly innocuous resolution was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which hasn’t acted on it. The panel didn’t comment for this article. The inaction and the lack of a white smoke signal from...
  • White House Slams "Fabrication" After Israel TV Leaks Transcript Of Obama-Netanyahu Phone Call

    07/30/2014 10:03:34 AM PDT · by mojito · 52 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 7/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The following is an English translation of the Hebrew account of the talk given in the report: B. Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes. B. Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire? BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence. BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction...
  • Enlisted Women to Join Sub Crews Starting in 2016

    07/30/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 62 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Johanna Somers
    The Department of the Navy plans to add enlisted women crewmembers to seven Ohio-class submarines starting in 2016 and to four Virginia-class attack submarines beginning in 2020. "I think this is just the next step in a process that started a number of years ago to tap into a talented part of the Navy to help run very sophisticated vessels, and to me that's a real huge advantage that the Navy is capitalizing on," said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. "... Women sailors do a great job on surface ships. They have been doing it for a long time,...
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • Congressman: Close Border to Ebola Countries (Democrat Alan Grayson)

    07/30/2014 9:25:21 AM PDT · by kristinn · 33 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Steven Nelson
    The dreaded Ebola virus has spread from the jungle into major cities in West Africa, and at least one American congressman believes it’s time to ban citizens of the three hardest-hit countries, as well as foreigners who recently visited them, from entering the U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., requested the travel ban in a Tuesday letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry. Citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone should be barred from entry, Grayson wrote, as should any foreign national who visited one of the countries 90 days before their intended...
  • ‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband

    07/30/2014 9:24:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    daily beast ^ | 7-30-14 | Michael Daly
    Patrick Sawyer was supposed to be at his kids’ birthday party in a few weeks—but he died of the virus before he could board a flight to Minneapolis. His wife on the epidemic’s toll. Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia. That hot zone chill now reaches America, with word that the same man was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in time for an August 16 party celebrating the birthdays of two of his three young daughters. Patrick Sawyer was a naturalized...
  • New poll finds many Russians believe Ukraine shot down MH17

    07/30/2014 9:23:05 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 8 replies
    WP ^ | July 30, 2014 | Adam Taylor
    A poll released by the independent Russian pollster Levada on Wednesday has found that a large number of Russians believe that Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with 46 percent saying they think it was brought down by a Ukrainian army antiaircraft missile and 36 percent saying a Ukrainian military plane shot it down (multiple answers were allowed, meaning the percentages do not add up to a hundred and people may have chosen more than one answer).The results appear to show the gap between Western and Russian perceptions of the Malaysia Airlines crash, which the United States and other nations believe...
  • American Voices

    07/30/2014 8:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    Barack Obama's foreign policy disasters are about what one might expect from a leftist community organizer elected to be leader of the free world. So many of the countries this administration has touched -- Ukraine, Libya, Iraq -- have descended into acute civil war on Obama's watch. It's worth asking why, exactly, this has been the case. It's not quite as simple as "the left sucks at war." French Socialist President Francois Hollande, for example, isn't too bad at it. He's been successfully running a series of ongoing foreign interventions in Africa. So what does a French Socialist have that...
  • Turkey may woo Greek doctors to fill vacancies

    07/30/2014 8:53:16 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/30/2014
    Turkey is considering employing foreign doctors in order to fill vacancies in public hospitals, with Greek professionals being one of their main targets, Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu has said. “We are thinking of employing doctors from Greece and other countries, who we believe would fulfill the needs of our people and who will be accredited by YÖK [the Turkish Higher Education Board] after the related legal regulations have been made,” Müezzinoğlu told journalists during an Eid al-Fitr visit to an Istanbul hospital on July 29. “We [Turkey] have been increasing the capacity of our medical faculties since 2007, but such...
  • Christians United For Israel Rocks Washington D.C.

    07/30/2014 8:24:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/30/2014 | Edwin Black
    Recent events have propelled Christians United for Israel (CUFI) to the front row of pro-Israel organizations. The group advertised last week’s Washington D.C. Summit, held July 21, as a more compact two-day program. Last year’s conclave offered a three-day affair. But if anyone thought the faith-based pro-Israel organization was becoming less relevant, they would think otherwise after attending the latest confab.At the very moment when the Jewish State was under a crushing vise of global criticism for its involvement in Operation Protective Edge, CUFI (pronounced koo-PHI and not koo-FEE) roused its American heartland membership in loud, rollicking support of Israel....
  • Judge says US can't seize tanker full of Kurdish oil off Texas coast

    07/30/2014 8:17:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-30-14
    A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that U.S. Marshals will not be able to able to carry out her earlier order to seize a million barrels of Kurdish crude oil unless the tanker carrying the cargo comes closer to the Texas shore. The Wall Street Journal reported that federal magistrate judge Nancy Johnson said that the United Kalavrvta tanker was not within the boundaries of the state or the court's authority. She also said that the matter of who owned the oil should be decided in Iraq, not the United States. "Seems to me this is not a matter for...
  • As Sanctions Pile Up, Russians’ Alarm Grows Over Putin’s Tactics

    07/30/2014 8:14:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/30/2014 | By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    MOSCOW — Russia, facing the toughest round of Western sanctions imposed since the Ukraine crisis erupted, has adopted a nonchalant public stance, with President Vladimir V. Putin emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and a new poll released Tuesday indicating a “What, me worry?” attitude among the bulk of the population. But beneath that calm facade, there is growing alarm in Russia that the festering turmoil in Ukraine and the new round of far more punitive sanctions — announced Tuesday by both European nations and the United States — will have an impact on Russia’s relations with the West for years...
  • Obama demands that Netanyahu agree to ceasefire: Israeli TV

    07/30/2014 7:51:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-29-14 | Bob Fredericks
    <p>President Obama demanded that Israel agree to a one-sided ceasefire during a heated phone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a report aired on Israeli TV Tuesday.</p> <p>Both leaders quickly denounced the purported transcript of their private discussion as fake.</p>
  • Hamas Intensifies Barrage as Israel Agrees to 4-Hour Ceasefire

    07/30/2014 7:43:10 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 17 replies
    Arut Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    The Israeli government has agreed to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire starting at 15:00 today (Wednesday). "The IDF (army) has authorized a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The window will commence today between 15:00-19:00 (1200 - 1600 GMT)," it said. But the lull would not apply in areas where ground troops were "currently operating", it said. The four-hour ceasefire was declared as the Security Cabinet meets at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss whether to expand or end Operation Protective Edge, after 23 days of fighting in Gaza. It comes as the IDF has stepped up its operations against...
  • Hamas Calls on Hezbollah to Join 'Resistance' Against Israel

    07/30/2014 7:38:42 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 14 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 30, 2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Hamas has urged Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel, according to multiple sources, after Israel's self-defense operation against the terror organization in Gaza has expanded further. “We hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel],” deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. “There’s no arguing that Lebanese resistance could mean a lot,” Abu Marzouk stressed. The remarks surface just minutes after Hamas rejected yet another humanitarian ceasefire from Israel, which had expanded its operation in Gaza earlier Wednesday. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has expressed...
  • The July Crisis of 1914

    07/30/2014 7:09:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Austin Bay
    On July 28, 1914, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II returned to Berlin after a long sailing holiday in the North Sea and off Norway. While vacationing, Wilhelm had tried to follow the events of July 1914 -- a tumult spawned by the June 28 murder of Austro-Hungarian Empire Archduke Ferdinand. Radical Serbian nationalists assassinated Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Bosnia, to send the world a message. Serb extremists would never accept Vienna's 1908 unilateral annexation of Bosnia. Wilhelm promised Vienna German support in obtaining restitution. Serbia might resist the Habsburgs' rickety empire, but German power gave Vienna the diplomatic heft to pursue tough,...
  • Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror

    07/30/2014 7:00:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/30/14 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    BAMAKO, Mali — The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros. The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali, who had offered Europe a face-saving solution to a vexing problem.
  • COLLECT MORE THAN $7,000 PER MONTH FOR 'FOSTERING' ADULT ILLEGAL ALIENS

    07/30/2014 6:53:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 07/29/2014 | by KRISTIN TATE
    HOUSTON, Texas--The federal government is in dire need of U.S. citizens willing to house the thousands of illegal immigrants who enter the country each week, and they are willing to pay them to do so. The Texas-based nonprofit Catholic Charities is currently seeking out foster families for the migrants, most of whom come from Central America. Ruth Braiser, a spokeswoman for the organization, told Breitbart Texas that foster families can receive monthly payments for housing adult immigrants who are under 23-years-old. "Most of our children are 15 to 17-years-old," she said. "But some stay in our program until they are...
  • Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

    07/30/2014 6:43:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 30, 2014 | Dima Lovetsky
    International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.... Safety concerns and hindrance from the separatists who control the area have kept the investigation team away. Foreign governments whose citizens died have complained the site is not secured and some human remains have not been recovered. Government security spokesman Andriy Lysenko added to those concerns Wednesday by saying separatists "have mined the approaches to this area. This...
  • After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

    07/30/2014 6:36:01 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 61 replies
    AFP ^ | Oleksandr Savochenko
    When Ukraine's military offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels from the restive east began in mid-April with humiliated soldiers meekly surrendering their armoured vehicles it looked doomed to failure. But after more than three months of brutal fighting that has claimed some 1,100 lives, a sudden advance by battle-hardened government forces in recent weeks has seen them snatch back a string of key towns and left the once confident insurgents scrambling.
  • Levin Slams Obama For "Bullying" Israel

    07/30/2014 6:13:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Talk show host Mark Levin slammed President Barack Obama for a report by a member of the Knesset published by Newsmax that Obama “yelled” at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a discussion on the Israel-Hamas conflict.
  • The Truth About the War in Israel

    07/30/2014 6:07:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Sarah Palin Channel ^ | 7/29/2014 | Sarah Palin
    Governor Palin uses two unlikely sources to get to the truth about what’s happening in Israel.
  • MH17: The full story of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight

    07/29/2014 11:22:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper
    heraldsun.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | PATRICK CARLYON
    “Ready for home. Boarding shortly.”
  • Cash for Russian Clunkers

    07/30/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Something stinks here. And it’s more than just wastewater from the marshy ground in and around Washington, DC. When a commercial airline is shot out of the sky it immediately triggers a number of questions. What kind of projectile? Where did it come from? Who fired it? All of these questions are answered by spy satellites. But getting one of these expensive satellites into orbit requires we launch a rocket. At present, the United States is buying rocket engines from Russia for these critical national security launches . That is right. Even while a domestic supply of launch vehicles is...
  • UKRAINE: Russia has recognized the military from Crimea "prone to trason"

    07/30/2014 4:54:29 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    Ukrainian Pravda ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 13:40
    Russia recognized military in the war of Crimea "prone to treason" Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 13:40 Ukrainian military units, which, after the annexation of the Crimea passed into the service of Russia, are recognized now as "prone to treason." This was told at a briefing on Wednesday the National Security Council spokesman Andrei Lysenko. According to him, all soldiers who served Ukraine, had to undergo re-certification. "The former Ukrainian soldiers, who remained after Crimea that recently held certification received on account of personal matters" have a tendency to treason, "- said Lysenko. Ukrainian Pravda
  • If It Looks Like a Duck: The Islamist-Nazi Connection

    07/30/2014 4:50:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One of the great advantages we have over our ancestors is hindsight. With a clearer picture of the past, we can avoid making the same mistakes they made. But what if weÂ’re not allowed to use our hindsight? What if weÂ’re forced to pretend that what happened in the past bears no relation to what is happening now?Of course, thereÂ’s something to be said for learning from your own mistakes, but some mistakes are so costly that itÂ’s far better to learn about them in history books. The appeasement of the Nazis prior to World War II is an...
  • UKRAINE Gorlovki: WARNING! DNI detained evacuation coordinator of Constantine Piskun.

    07/30/2014 4:44:14 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    WARNING! 30 minutes ago -30/07/2014 Today, representatives of the DNI detained evacuation coordinator of Gorlovki - Constantine Piskun. Constantine helped women, children and the elderly to leave the combat zone. He did not conduct any propaganda is absolutely neutral person and the Christian church parishioner. He was detained at the bus station in Gorlovki when it loads people into the buses. We ask all who are able to contact representatives of the DNI in Gorlovka, please contribute to his release. Due to the fact that Constantine Piskun was detained for evacuation of Gorlovki, the free buses are temporarily suspended
  • UKRAINE Donetsk Region: The terrorists MINED the area around crash site of Boeing 777-PHOTOS

    07/30/2014 4:21:50 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 16 replies
    tsn.ua ^ | Today, 13:27
    OSCE representatives were NOT allowed to wreckage. The terrorists brought heavy equipment to the area around the crash site of the Malaysian Boeing 777 National Security Council reported. "The terrorists had been brought heavy artillery and mined the area around the crash site MH17. This makes it impossible [for investigation] of international experts," - said the Security Council. In addition, terrorists equipped new combat positions near the Torres where liner of Malaysian Airlines was brought down. Now today, the militants once again not allowed OSCE representatives to debris. It is reported that observers have been trying several days to get...
  • Libyan militants capture Benghazi’s main army base

    07/30/2014 4:17:06 AM PDT · by mgist · 26 replies
    Press TV ^ | Wed Jul 30, 2014 | NA
    Militant groups have seized the headquarters of the Libyan army’s special forces in the volatile city of Benghazi after several days of fighting. Military officials and the militants made the announcement on Wednesday. On Tuesday, militants said in a statement that the main military base in the city was captured. According to military officials and residents, special forces troops had to abandon their main camp in southeastern Benghazi after coming under attack from a coalition of former rebels. “We have withdrawn from the army base after heavy shelling,” Saiqa Special Forces official Fadel Al-Hassi said. Medical sources say at least...