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  • Malcolm Turnbull's leadership crisis deepens as Greg Hunt, Steve Ciobo also offer resignations

    08/21/2018 4:26:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 22nd August 2018 | Tom Iggulden
    Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership is in crisis, with 10 of his frontbench offering to resign. The ABC understands Cabinet ministers Greg Hunt, Michael Keenan and Steve Ciobo, as well as Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge, are the latest frontbenchers to offer their resignations, but they have not been accepted. Former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton quit yesterday after Mr Turnbull narrowly fended off his leadership challenge by seven votes. He continues to keep pressure on Mr Turnbull by refusing to rule out another challenge, with his supporters saying it is likely. Another five junior ministers have also offered their resignations, creating...
  • Pentagon officially recognizes China’s ‘third naval force’ as threat to U.S. security

    08/21/2018 3:20:03 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 6 replies ^ | 8/21/18 | USA Features
    The 2018 annual Defense Department report to Congress, released last week, for the first time provides official recognition, and extensive coverage of, China’s “third naval force” — the shadowy People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM). The PAFMM is its own naval entity behind the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Chinese Coast Guard, but the way in which Beijing utilizes the force is what’s noteworthy.
  • See how many bills it took to buy a chicken in Venezuela [Photo]

    08/21/2018 2:30:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | August 21, 2018
    The once-booming nation is now suffering from Soviet-style product shortages and a mass exodus of citizens fleeing for other South American countries. This stack of 14,600,000 bolivars, or about $2.22 U.S., would buy this chicken at a mini-market in Catia, a low-income neighborhood of Caracas on Aug. 16.
  • Venezuela's economy in complete collapse – and the mother of all human waves outward begins

    08/21/2018 1:25:00 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 21, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    As Brazilian troops move toward the Venezuelan border to sort that hell out, and Argentina of all places takes Venezuela to the World Court for crimes against humanity, and the U.S. sends out the USNS Comfort to aid thousands of Venezuela's starving, sick refugees desperately huddled in Colombia, there's obviously a whirlwind coming that that socialist regime is overdue to reap. Economically, they've just committed suicide, with dictator Nicolás Maduro's socialist solution for the country's economic meltdown a simple matter of lopping five zeros off the virtually worthless currency, as if that will fix the five-digit-going-on-a-million-percent inflation, devaluing it 95%,...
  • Brazilians Attack, Burn Migrant Camps Of Venezuelan Refugees

    08/21/2018 1:09:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    A few weeks ago we discussed the ongoing refugee crisis involving Venezuelans fleeing starvation, disease and violence in their home country. The majority of them have been attempting to travel through Colombia to Ecuador because there are more roads and civilization in general along that route. Some, however, have chosen to take the more dangerous route to the southeast through Brazil, likely heading for Peru and Chile. Unfortunately, while the government of Brazil is officially calling for peace, many Brazilian citizens are angry about the influx of Venezuelan travelers and have taken to attacking them. One group of Brazilian...
  • More Russians Approve of Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia Than Oppose It

    08/21/2018 1:05:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Aug 21, 2018
    Tuesday, Aug. 21, marks the 50th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia that crushed the Prague Spring, an attempt by local reformists to establish “socialism with a human face.” More Russians have said that they approve of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 than view it as a mistake, an independent Levada Center poll has said. Czechoslovakia remained under Soviet influence for the next 20 years until change came peacefully in the 1980s. Thirty-six percent of Levada’s respondents said the decision to quash the Prague Spring was “definitely” or “rather” correct, while 19 percent said the Soviet Union...
  • Russia is preparing to search for a nuclear-powered missile that was lost at sea

    08/21/2018 12:54:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | Aug. 21, 2018 | Amanda Macias
    Moscow is preparing to recover a nuclear-powered missile lost at sea, according to sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report. Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged earlier this year that the new missile had unlimited range. The missile was tested four times between November and February, each resulting in a crash, according to sources who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. Crews will attempt to recover a missile that was test launched in November and landed in the Barents Sea, which is located north of Norway and Russia. The operation will include three vessels, one of which...
  • No,Venezuela doesn't prove anything about Socialism

    08/21/2018 11:59:33 AM PDT · by Del Rapier · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 08/21/2018 | Fransisco Toro
    Venezuela is clearly having its moment in the American conservative mediasphere. The country’s catastrophic collapse is, we’re told, all we need to know about the terrifying dangers of socialism. First there was Meghan McCain turning Venezuela into Exhibit A in her screed against socialism on ABC’s “The View.” On Fox Business Network, Stuart Varney used Venezuela’s latest bout of instability as a “teaching moment” for Americans tempted by “pie-in-the-sky” socialism. Off on the fringes, it’s a popular theme, too: Remember that the priceless Infowars gotcha video with the world’s most unflappable sailor girl turned on the killer line: “You know...
  • The End of South Africa. Prepare Yourself.

    08/21/2018 11:54:34 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 68 replies
    Stefan Molyneux (YouTube channel) ^ | Aug 21, 2018 | Stefan Molyneux
    "The farms aren't just owned. They were created." The track record is that irrigation technology transfer hasn't worked; and transferred land mostly ends up lying fallow. "Let's say 15,000 farmers decide to stop farming in South Africa. That's 30,000,000 fewer meals every day."
  • Real Treason: Brennan Defended Hamas and Hezbollah

    08/21/2018 11:40:03 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 21, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam”.John Brennan John Brennan is all over the news, playing the victim for having his security clearance pulled. It's obvious from his record that he should have never had any access to classified information considering his toxic and radical views. After Helsinki, Brennan accused President Trump of treason. He's since doubled down on the accusation. But if you want to see treason, look at his own past comments. As I discuss in today's article on Twitter's censoring of David Horowitz when he tried to discuss Brennan's record and Islamic anti-Semitism.
  • South Africa's Land Bank says land expropriation could trigger default

    08/21/2018 11:03:50 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 21 2018
    South Africa's state-owned Land Bank said on Monday a plan to allow the state to seize land without compensation could trigger defaults that could cost the government 41 billion rand ($2.8 billion) if the bank's rights as a creditor are not protected. Land Bank is a specialist bank providing financial services to the commercial farming sector and other agricultural businesses. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Aug. 1 that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is forging ahead with plans to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation, as whites still own most of South Africa's land...
  • Is Andrew Brunson's Release More Important Than Alliance With Turkey?

    08/21/2018 10:00:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/21/2018 | Mark Tooley
    American evangelicals and human rights advocates are encouraging the United States to pressure Turkey to release American missionary Andrew Brunson, who faces ridiculous allegations of complicity in Kurdish terrorism. Are they right to do so, even if the price is estrangement with a key NATO member and harm to US regional interests? How should Christians in their political witness balance Christian causes versus the wider national good? The president, vice president and secretary of state have all denounced Turkey's imprisonment of Brunson. Economic sanctions have been levied against Turkish products, and personal sanctions have targeted two Turkish officials. Congress has...
  • Details of Democrat Communist Antisemite Ocasio-Cortez’s Ties To George Soros Revealed

    08/21/2018 9:29:52 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 23 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | August 21, 2018 | Pamela Geller
    Hungary and Poland are smart enough to have thrown the infamous Nazi collaborator George Soros out of their countries, but here in America, the party of treason has canonized him and allowed him to anoint our destroyers. Hungary and Poland are smart enough to have thrown the infamous Nazi collaborator George Soros out of their countries, but here in America, the party of treason has canonized him and allowed him to anoint our destroyers. Details of Ocasio-Cortez’s Ties To George Soros Revealed NEW DETAILS HAVE EMERGED REVEALING THAT GEORGE SOROS HELPED PROP-UP DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ’S POLITICAL CAREER IN AN...
  • (Australia) Sydney man avoids jail after 3D printing replica guns

    08/21/2018 9:10:48 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 10 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 08/21/18 | Jonathan Chadwick
    A 28-year-old Sydneysider who 3D printed guns with the aim of selling them on Facebook has on Tuesday been given a suspended sentence by the New South Wales District Court. Sicen Sun 3D printed replica guns and advertised one of them for sale for AU$1 million on the social network site. Judge Penelope Wass sentenced the man to a 12-month suspended sentence after finding he posed a low overall risk to the community and assessing him as having a low risk of reoffending. "No gun was loaded nor was it capable of being loaded with ammunition," she said. "They were...
  • Walter Williams: Bad Men, Good Presidents

    08/21/2018 8:54:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 21, 2018 | Walter Williams
    President Donald Trump (Screenshot) With the continuing hysteria about Donald Trump's presidency, a few questions come to mind. The first: Can a bad man become a good president? The second: Does one's being a good man guarantee he'll be a good president? Third: Does having a good president require a good man? Is there any evidence of Lord Acton's argument that "great men are almost always bad men"? I think former President Jimmy Carter was a good man who became a weak and bad president, both in domestic matters and in foreign affairs. President Bill Clinton was a bad...
  • The dollars that fund spies from Iran [are your tax dollars, given to Iran by President Obama]

    08/21/2018 7:47:54 AM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 8 replies
    Jewish News Service ^ | 08/21/2018 | Jerome M. Marcus
    Several weeks ago, an article in the Hebrew-language Yediot Achronot revealed that, according to Palestinian sources, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have received more than $100 million per year over the last few years from Iran. That represents a substantial fraction of the cash that President Barack Obama put on pallets and flew to Tehran shortly before he left office. Today it was announced that two Iranians had been indicted for spying in the United States for the Iranian government. What were they looking at? Missile bases? Nuclear reactors? Grand Central Station? No. They were indicted for taking pictures of “Israeli...
  • No indication North Korea nuclear activities stopped: UN's IAEA

    08/21/2018 5:27:45 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 21 August 2018 | Channel News Asia
    VIENNA: The UN's nuclear watchdog said it had not seen any indication that nuclear activities in North Korea have stopped despite its pledges to denuclearise. "The continuation and further development of the DPRK's nuclear programme and related statements by the DPRK are a cause for grave concern," said a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), referring to North Korea's official name. The report, published late Monday (Aug 20), by the director general of Yukiya Amano is to be submitted to an IAEA board meeting in September. In 2009 Pyongyang expelled IAEA inspectors from its Yongbyon nuclear site and...
  • Statement from Press Secretary (Deportation of Nazi Way Criminal)

    08/21/2018 12:29:37 AM PDT · by Cementjungle · 22 replies
    The White House ^ | 8/21/2018 | White House Press Secretary
    Early this morning, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implemented a 2004 order of deportation to the Federal Republic of Germany of Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi SS labor camp guard in German-occupied Poland and a postwar resident of Queens, New York. President Trump commends his Administrations comprehensive actions, especially ICEs actions, in removing this war criminal from United States soil. Despite a court ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij. To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij. Through extensive negotiations, President...
  • A Tale of Two Triggermen

    08/20/2018 11:18:30 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | August 21, 2018 | Gigi Grande
    Rolando Galman was said to have been a thoughtful brother and neighbor, and Rogelio Moreno a caring husband and father. Both men were once farmers. The two men were also accused of firing the single shot that killed opposition leader Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. on Aug 21, 1983, at the tarmac of the then Manila International Airport. Along with Aquino, Galman fell dead on the spot, his body shot by soldiers 16 times. Moreno is still alive, but was convicted of the accusation along with several others. Senator Aquino's murder in broad daylight at the heavily guarded tarmac sparked anger...
  • French energy giant Total officially pulls out of Iran

    08/20/2018 10:25:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.20.2018 | dm/jm (AFP, Reuters, AP)
    Total, France’s largest energy company, announced on Monday it was pulling out of a $4.8 billion (€4.1 billion) Iranian gas field project, after admitting it was extremely vulnerable to the threat of US penalties against those doing business with Iran. The French group was one of three major energy companies set to help supply the state-of-the-art technology needed to tap into South Pars, the world’s largest natural gas field shared by Iran and Qatar. However, after abandoning the 2015 Iran nuclear accord in May this year, the United States has said it will reimpose sanctions on Iran in two phases,...