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  • Realtor loses testicles over financial dispute

    08/27/2014 4:50:46 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    BANGALORE: Gangadasappa, 40, paid a heavy price for playing truant with his creditors: he lost his testicles. On the night of August 4, the moneylenders kidnapped and sedated the realtor, before surgically removing his testicles, in Anjananagar, near Magadi, West Bangalore. They later admitted him to KIMS Hospital, where he is still recovering. He is out of danger, police said, quoting doctors. A city police head constable's wife, who is also a schoolteacher, and four others involved in the crime are on the run. Gangadasappa alias Dasappa is a resident of Visvesvaraya Layout, near Sunkadakatte, off Magadi Road, and is...
  • Poll: 1 in 6 in France support Islamic State

    08/27/2014 4:16:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 8/27/2014 | JUSTIN JALIL
    A poll conducted last month in Germany, the United Kingdom and France uncovered sobering news that suggests the Islamic State may be more popular in Western Europe than originally believed. The survey, conducted by ICM Research on behalf of Russian state news agency Rossiya Segodnya, reported that 2 percent of Germans, along with 7% of British and 16% of French respondents, claimed to have “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” views of the rogue Islamic caliphate.European governments may find the growing popularity alarming, as unprecedented number of their citizens have left the continent to join extremist groups in Iraq and Syria....
  • If Britain were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest, behind Alabama and before Mississippi

    08/27/2014 3:57:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2014 | Hunter Schwarz
    If Britain were to join the United States, it would be the second-poorest state, behind Alabama and ahead of Mississippi. The ranking, determined by Fraser Nelson, an editor of The Spectator magazine, was made by dividing the gross domestic product of each state by its population, and it took into account purchasing power parity for cost of living. Several other European countries were also included in the ranking.
  • These Foreign U.S. Allies Just Did Something Major Behind Obama’s Back, And He Will NOT Be Happy

    08/27/2014 3:47:27 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | august 26, 2014 | norvell rose
    “The Obama administration did not know ahead of time about the highly unusual military intervention….” That’s how the Washington Post describes a recent series of airstrikes in the Libyan capital of Tripoli by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The secret attacks, according to the New York Times, were aimed at Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli; and they represent “a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts.” In what could be a sign of increasingly strained international relations, the Times also reports: The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies...
  • US Sen. Bernie Sanders visits North Carolina with 2016 on his mind

    08/27/2014 3:38:11 PM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    news observer ^ | 8-27-14 | John Frank
    US Sen. Bernie Sanders visits North Carolina with 2016 on his mind Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, addresses a rally in front of the White House against proposed changes to Social Security benefits, on April 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C. KEVIN G. HALL — MCT A potential 2016 contender is visiting Raleigh on Wednesday and getting a boost from the state Democratic Party. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who aligns with Democrats, will host a town hall forum at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. The topic: “The fight for economic justice.” Sanders is not considered a serious contender for...
  • Hollande [pres. France] entrusts French economy to ex-banker Macron

    08/27/2014 3:20:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Europe News/Reuters ^ | 26 August 2014
    By making ex-banker Emmanuel Macron his new Economy Minister, French President Francois Hollande will be hoping to boost his pro-reform agenda and end two years of infighting on his economics team. Macron, 36, Hollande's top economic adviser until a few weeks ago, has the business community's ear, although his appointment will not ease the cabinet's relations with rebel lawmakers who want an economic policy U-turn. The contrast could not be starker between Macron, who helped draw up Hollande's pro-business agenda, and the man he will replace, firebrand, anti-austerity advocate Arnaud Montebourg, who was ousted on Monday for slamming the government's...
  • Chinese-made U.S. military coins should be outlawed, Stilp says

    08/27/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    PennLive ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jan Murphy
    Learning that U.S. Navy commissioning coins were made in China is more than Middle Paxton Twp. resident Gene Stilp can tolerate. The citizen activist doesn't like seeing the "Made in China" label on any product, knowing it signals the continued erosion of America's manufacturing base. But having the United States military buying Chinese-made commemorative coins is an insult to those who wear its uniforms, he said. On Monday, Stilp asked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to push for a federal law barring any branch of the military from buying collectible coins minted outside the nation's borders. The Democratic state House...
  • Obama’s Family Are Involved In Purchasing Slave Girls In Africa

    08/27/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 29 replies
    No your eyes are not playing games, its President Obama’s brother, indeed saying that “the brother and mother signed off on the deal” to sell him the underaged girl. Malik Obama proudly talking about how he purchased an African girl as his slave “wife”. Of course, he erupted once he found out he was being recorded.
  • Russian ’Resolution’ of a Russian-manufactured Crisis

    08/27/2014 3:05:35 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Finnish foreign ministry announced on Tuesday that back in June the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine on Boisto Island in Finland. This startling announcement and synchronised information about the result – a ‘24-Step Plan to Resolve the Ukraine Crisis’ - were clearly timed to coincide with the meeting in Minsk between, among others Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. There were a number of crucial differences between the peace initiatives and one key similarity. Despite the Finnish report, the Boisto meeting, albeit sponsored by Finland’s foreign ministry, was between Russian and US...
  • Poland knows about Russian ‘humanitarian convoys’. It didn’t let one in.

    08/27/2014 2:54:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Grzegorz Kostrzewa-Zorbas, Polish journalist and former diplomat, writes that Poland has also been through a ‘humanitarian convoy’ crisis. It came through it unscathed by refusing to allow the convoy in. Georgia was less fortunate. Kostrzewa-Zorbas explains that the Soviet tactics used in 1991 to get into Poland through camouflage, distortion of reality and psychological pressure were similar to those now seen in Ukraine. it would be easier, he suggests, to counter what he calls the Russian military operation “humanitarian convoy” if politicians, as well as public opinion in Ukraine, in the EU and NATO remembered that the Soviet Union tried...
  • Macabre Convoy: Cargo 200 from Ukraine to Russia

    08/27/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    There is more and more evidence that Russian soldiers are fighting – and dying – on Ukrainian territory, and that the so-called ‘humanitarian convoy’ may have been used to take the dead back to Russia, including paratroopers from Pskov killed near Luhansk A day of mourning has been declared in the Russian city of Pskov on Aug 26. This comes five days after the Ukrainian armed captured two armed personnel carriers and reportedly discovered documents identifying men as paratroopers from the Pskov airborne brigade No. 74268. It has long been known that a large number of Russian mercenaries, as well...
  • Russian NGO has list of 400 killed or wounded Russian soldiers

    08/27/2014 2:43:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KHRPG ^ | 28.08.14 | Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KHRPG
    It looks extremely likely that at least some of the considerable number of men from the Caucuses long known to be fighting on the side of the Kremlin-backed militants in eastern Ukraine are or died as soldiers of the Russian Army. The Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers in the Stavropol area has drawn up a list of around four hundred Russian soldiers killed or injured. The head of the Committee Ludmila Bogatenkova told TV Dozhd that the list was put together from various sources in the armed forces which, for obvious reasons, she cannot reveal.. The names are from several mechanical...
  • If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves?

    08/27/2014 2:36:50 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    In its editorial comment, Vedomosti.ru warns that “in the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine the Russian authorities are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the Soviet regime”/ It asks: “Is Russia fighting in Ukraine and if so, then on what grounds? If not, then who is in those freshly-dug graves or giving testimony at SBU interrogations?” Even Russian President Vladimir Putin’s KGB predecessors were unable to keep the death of large numbers of people secret, though they certainly tried. Efforts are still underway in Pskov and other parts of Russia to conceal the death or injury of a...
  • Italian refugees protest against 'monotonous' Italian food

    08/27/2014 2:34:27 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 30 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | 27 Aug 2014 12:24 GMT+02:00
    A protest held by refugees against “monotonous” Italian food was “excessive”, especially at a time when thousands of Italians go hungry, the president of a police organization told The Local. For two days, a group of about 40 asylum-seekers staying at a refugee centre in the Veneto province of Belluno refused to eat the “pasta with tomato sauce, bread and eggs” meals they were given and called to be fed food from their own countries, Libero Quotidiano reported. To reinforce their point, they blocked a street with a wooden bench, put their lunch on the ground along with bags of...
  • Paratroopers' Grave Markings Vanish as Rumors Circulate They Were Killed in Ukraine

    08/27/2014 1:58:32 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Aug. 27 2014 20:15
    A day after RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS claimed they were ATTACKED at a Pskov, Russian cemetery while investigating reports that PARATROOPERS recently buried there had been killed in Ukraine, the GRAVE MARKERS featuring the troops' NAMES have been MYSTERIOUSLY REMOVED, Russian media reported. Wreaths and other decorations marking the spot have also been removed, according to the independent Dozhd television channel. It was unclear who might have removed the markings. Prior to the apparent gravesite tampering, Russian journalists Vladimir Romensky of Dozhd TV and Ilya Vasyunin of the Russkaya Planeta news site said they were ATTACKED, threatened and told to leave town...
  • 2nd American ISIS Fighter Killed In Syria, CNN Reports

    08/27/2014 1:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/27/2014 | Tyler Durden
    <p>The anti-ISIS operation, Naharawan al-Sham, who distributed images of the first American to be killed fighting for ISIS yesterday, has according to CNN announced a second American was killed in battle representing ISIS. So far, neither ISIS (which often comments on death of its "martyrs") or Naharawan al-Sham has released any images or evidence of the second death.</p>
  • UKRAINE: Russian Soldier: My Unit Supplied Military Equipment Grads, IFVs & APCs to Terrorists VIDEO

    08/27/2014 1:26:57 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    En.glish censor.net ^ | 27.08.14 20:17
    In the Luhansk region the SBU detained a Private of the 9th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, which is deployed in the Rostov region. This is stated by the press service of the SBU, Censor.NET reports. Read also: BTR-80 with the Emblem of Russian Troops Exploded on a Land Mine Near Novoazovsk. The Crew Escaped - Interior Ministry Russian soldier Petr Khokhlov, born 1995, during the questioning said that his military unit transfers military equipment and ammunition, in particular, multiple rocket launchers BM-21 Grad, IFVs (BMP-2) and APCs (BTR-80) to terrorist organizations LPR and DPR. Read also:...
  • Mexican National Busted in US with 500k of Narcotics

    08/27/2014 12:27:18 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 20 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | by Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas -- On Sunday a 33-year-old Mexican national was busted by Border Patrol agents for having large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin hidden inside her vehicle. According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the suspect, a female, ignored an agent when he asked her to roll her window down for questioning at the Pine Valley Checkpoint near San Diego. The woman's behavior caused her to be referred to an inspection area, where drug-sniffing dogs found 39 bundles of meth and heroin. The recovered drugs had a street value of more than $500,000. In total, the drugs weighed about...
  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of Congo (Shocking Medical Personnel Death Rate)

    08/27/2014 12:24:17 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 27 replies
    World Health Organization ^ | August 27, 2014 | http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_08_27_ebola/en/
    Epidemiology and surveillance On 26 August 2014, the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Equateur Province. The index case was a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village who butchered a bush animal that had been killed and given to her by her husband. She became ill with symptoms of EVD and reported to a private clinic in Isaka Village. On 11 August 2014, she died of a then-unidentified haemorrhagic fever. Local customs and rituals associated with death meant that several health-care workers were exposed...
  • Second American killed fighting for ISIS, Syrian opposition coalition says

    08/27/2014 12:18:46 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/27/2014 | Greg Botelho, Raja Razek, and Josh Levs
    (CNN) -- Douglas McAuthur McCain is not the only American killed while fighting for ISIS in recent days, a coalition of Syrian opposition groups said Wednesday. A second American was killed in a battle with rival opposition groups as well, said the coalition, which calls itself the Nahrawan of Syria. But while the coalition released photos of McCain's body and his passport, it did not offer any evidence of a second American's death. ISIS, which sometimes comments on the death of its "martyrs," has made no official mention of the death of any American fighters.
  • Ukraine says convoy of 100 Russian tanks have crossed into east

    08/27/2014 12:08:11 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Aug 2014
    Kiev on Wednesday said a massive convoy of tanks and heavy weapons from Russia was travelling towards a government-held town in restive east Ukraine. A convoy of "up to 100" tanks, armoured vehicles and rocket launchers was seen travelling on a road toward Telmanove, a town about 50 miles south of rebel stronghold Donetsk and 15 miles from the Russian border, Ukraine's army said in a statement.
  • Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi

    08/27/2014 11:48:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    spectator.co.uk ^ | 22 August 2014 10:41 | By Fraser Nelson
    Now and again, America puts its inequality on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A white police offer shoots dead a black man, after having stopped him for jaywalking. Britain’s police don’t have guns, so these scenes are unthinkable to us. But American-style inequality? We have plenty of that too, we’re just better at hiding it – as I say in my Telegraph column today. I came across a striking fact while researching this piece: if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and...
  • Report urges Pentagon to allow transgendered military personnel to openly serve

    08/27/2014 11:13:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Gay military service personnel may now serve openly, and now former top Pentagon officials believe that another group should be afforded the same treatment: transgendered Americans. A report issued Tuesday by retired Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, former acting surgeon general of the Army; Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, former chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Kolditz, a Yale University professor and professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, opened the door for ending a de-facto “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for transgendered individuals, the Washington Examiner reported.
  • Air France suspends Sierra Leone flights over Ebola

    08/27/2014 10:00:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Yahoo News/AFP ^ | 8-27-2014 | AFP
    Air France said it was suspending its flights to Sierra Leone from Thursday because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa. The French flag carrier announced the "temporary suspension" of its flight to Freetown that it runs three times a week but insisted it would continue to serve Guinea and Nigeria, other Ebola-hit countries. Wednesday's announcement followed advice from the French government to stop flights to Sierra Leone's capital Freetown given "the way the epidemic has evolved and the condition of the health systems".
  • IDF officer injured as Islamist rebels seize Syria-Israel crossing

    08/27/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 25 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Spencer Ho and Times of Israel staff
    An Israeli officer in the Golan Heights was moderately injured by apparent stray fire from fighting in Syria Wednesday morning, as an al-Qaeda linked rebel group took control of the only crossing between Israel and Syria. At least six mortars fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights over the course of the day as rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fought for control of the Quneitra crossing, near Israel’s northeastern border. The IDF said it had not completely determined whether the mortars were fired into Israel intentionally or were a spillover from fighting between rival factions...
  • Counter-Jihadist Chief Admits Half of UK Jihadists Have Evaded Police

    08/27/2014 9:30:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Aug 2014, 8:55 AM PDT | Nick Hallett
    Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer has said that almost half of British jihadists who travelled to Syria have evaded police detection. The Times says Mark Rowley, of London's Metropolitan Police, made the admission as he called for friends and relatives to report people they believe to be “aspiring terrorists”, saying there was “a lot at stake” following the killing of American journalist James Foley.He said that the growth in the number of radicalised individuals was posing a serious problem for police, especially as nearly half of those travelling to Syria were previously unknown to them.Mr Rowley added that police activity...
  • Justice Dept. Opens New Asylum Gate For Guatemalans

    08/27/2014 8:47:07 AM PDT · by evaporation-plus · 30 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Neil Munro
    <p>Now, any Guatemalan women can claim spousal abuse and receive asylum and all the goodies that comes with that. When does it end ?</p>
  • 'Incubator for terrorism': UK leaders under pressure to take on jihadist problem

    08/27/2014 8:52:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Adam Shaw
    A British jihadist’s apparent role in the beheading of American journalist James Foley shows Britain has become an “incubator for terrorism,” and cries out for Prime Minister David Cameron to tackle the growing problem of radical Islam, critics of the government say. Former rapper Abdel Majed Abdel Bary, 23, is believed to be the hooded figure who loomed over Foley and blasted the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq before cutting off his head in a gruesome video released Aug. 19, a senior Western intelligence official told Fox News. If that proves true, it would only be the latest example of barbarism...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister: Time for Islamic World to Recognize Israel

    08/27/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | 8-27-14 | Jordan Schachtel
    Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister said that now is the time to recognize Israel as a legitimate entity in the Middle East, stressing that the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, terror group Hamas, is responsible for fanning the flames of war between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking at the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud reiterated that the Arab world must also reject Hamas as the representatives of the Palestinian movement, AWDnews reports. Saudi media has consistently been against Hamas in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the Middle East...
  • Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

    08/27/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via BI ^ | Aug. 27, 2014, 9:33 AM | Marwan Ibrahim
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin province,...
  • EU summit only to decide Van Rompuy and Ashton successors

    08/27/2014 8:37:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 27/08/2014 - 16:20
    The extraordinary EU summit on 30 August, which was expected to put together “the full puzzle” of the EU top jobs for the next five years, will only decide on the successors of Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, sources told EurActiv today (26 August). Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission President-elect, is reported to be convinced that it is not possible to decide on the composition of the future Commission before leaders decide who will succeed Van Rompuy and Ashton. If the summit decides on the two top jobs, it is expected that Juncker would...
  • 1 in 6 in France Support ISIS

    08/27/2014 8:23:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | August 26, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    France does host one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe so the results are not especially surprising. Also France draws more Middle Eastern and North African Muslims than the UK does. If you asked about support for the Taliban, you might get better numbers in the UK. One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS....
  • Allying with Assad to Stop ISIS is 7 Different Kinds of Stupid

    08/27/2014 8:15:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/27/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The latest genius to come up with this particular plan is Pat Buchanan. It’s not unique, but it’s a refreshing change from all the proposals that we ally with Iran to stop ISIS. Alternative proposals that we ally with Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy to stop ISIS are on the table. Here’s why it’s stupid 1. Assad is getting his ass kicked by ISIS and most of the other rebel groups. In other words what is the point of this alliance exactly? We’re already allied with an Iranian client in Baghdad that’s incapable of fighting its own battles and is...
  • Liberia: 4 West Point 'Looters' Tested Positive of Ebola

    08/27/2014 8:15:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies
    AllAfrica.com ^ | August 27, 2014
    The Minister of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Lewis G. Brown, has disclosed that four of the protesters, who recently broke into and ransacked the Ebola Quarantine Center in the West Point Township, have been tested positive of the Ebola virus. The protesters, who said there was no Ebola in Liberia, stormed and ransacked the Ebola Quarantine Center and made away with bloodstained mattresses and bed sheets after chasing away patients who were quarantined there. Minister Brown, who did not give the identities of the protesters that he said got tested positive of Ebola, made the...
  • Obama Wants New ISIS War Plan ASAP

    08/27/2014 8:06:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Obama Wants New ISIS War Plan ASAP Leading U.S. officials now believe that America has to expand its air war against ISIS into Syria, but nobody knows yet how we can do it… or what will happen next. President Obama wants to decide by the end of the week whether or not his war in Iraq against the Islamic State will expand to the group’s haven in eastern Syria. But nearly everything about the potential military campaign is still in flux, administration officials tell The Daily Beast—from the goals of the effort to the intelligence needed to carry it out.ISIS’s murder...
  • Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

    08/27/2014 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 9:14 AM EDT
    The German government proposed measures Wednesday to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet was proposing a six-month limit on EU citizens staying in the country, which is Europe’s biggest economy, without a job. In addition, he said EU citizens suspected of having abused Germany’s welfare system can be banned from re-entering the country. “Freedom of movement is an essential part of the European integration, which we fully stand behind,” de Maiziere told reporters...
  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    08/27/2014 7:57:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. The mission, if it went forward, would be the second recent U.S. military humanitarian intervention in Iraq. U.S. cargo planes dropped tons of food and water to displaced Yazidis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq earlier this month, supported by U.S. airstrikes on nearby Islamic State fighting positions. The administration is now focused on the imperiled town of Amirli, which is situated about 105 miles...
  • Pentagon unsure if Qatar is a state sponsor of terror

    08/27/2014 7:34:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Carol Brown
    At a recent press conference with a spokesperson for the Pentagon, a journalist asked if the spokesperson could characterize the relationship between the United States and Qatar, noting reports that Qatar supports Islamist terror groups. To which the man replied: We continue to have a solid military to military relationship with Qatar…. Obviously, we don’t encourage any support by any nation for terrorist groups and extremists, particularly in that part of the world. Asked if he was concerned that Qatar has supported terrorist groups, he stated: I’ve seen those reports and if the reports are true absolutely that’s concerning. “If...
  • China, Vietnam call truce on maritime tensions

    08/27/2014 7:34:36 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    Xinhua ^ | 2014-08-27 19:48:40
    Liu Yunshan (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, holds talks with Le Hong Anh, special envoy of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam(CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, also a Politburo member and standing secretary of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 27, 2014. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo) BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- China and Vietnam will avoid any actions that might worsen their disputes on maritime issues, Chinese...
  • Chicago native suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

    08/27/2014 7:28:58 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug 27, 2014
    Chicago native suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed Militants in Syria A Chicago-born man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. "We were aware of U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of New Hope, Minn. McCain, who was born in Chicago, was killed...
  • US court scraps order to seize Kurdish crude from tanker near Texas

    08/27/2014 7:27:51 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/26/2014
    A U.S. court on Aug. 25 threw out an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil from a tanker near Texas, a move that could allow the cargo to be delivered and end a nearly month-long impasse. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, as the Iraqi region of Kurdistan wages a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq. At the request of Baghdad, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July...
  • Restoration of Ottoman Sultan mansion for President Erdogan

    08/27/2014 7:24:43 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/27/2014
    The restoration of a historical mansion in Istanbul, a possible residence for President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been strongly criticized by Ilber Ortaylı, a Turkish historian of the Ottoman era. Works in the mansion of the last Ottoman Sultan Vahideddin (also known as Mehmed VI) were launched two months ago, amid controversy over the possible destruction of nearby buildings. Ortaylı said that although he supported the use of historical buildings, he found the Vahdettin Mansion’s current restoration incompatible with the historical reality and architectural rules of its epoch. “Ask the heirs of the property, or architectural historians – no one...
  • How Obama Caused ISIS

    08/27/2014 7:19:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/27/2014 | Ira Strauss
    The Syria policy of the Obama administration is the main reason for the growth of the Islamic State (or ISIS) – and with it, for the current crisis in Iraq, and for a greatly increased danger of terrorism in Europe and America. Administration policy has fanned the rebellion in Syria and kept it going for three full years, while doing nothing to bring it to a successful close. Sometimes the administration has explicitly tried to keep the rebels in a stalemate with Assad; Secretary of State Kerry said that it was his policy to do just that, in order to...
  • Senate Dems frustrated by colleague's push for ISIS vote

    08/27/2014 7:15:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 27, 2014 | Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes
    Sen. Tim Kaine’s outspoken push for a vote to approve military strikes in Iraq and Syria has cranked up tensions with fellow Democrats who worry it could hurt them on Election Day. Vulnerable Democrats fighting for their political lives are frustrated that Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is pressing for a debate on giving President Obama new war powers at a time when the commander-in-chief has become a political liability for them. “Asking anybody to take that vote within two months of an election is just stupid. Why would you put people in that position?” said a Senate Democratic aide....
  • Obama's Reign Of Error:How America Lost Its Way And Is Losing The War Against Jihad (Part 3)

    08/27/2014 7:14:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Dr. Sabastian Gorka
    BREITBART: Let’s cut to the current geostrategic situation. Let’s envisage there’s a snap election tomorrow, America has a new Commander-in-Chief. What is Ralph Peters’ delineation of what the real threats are? What are the top 1 or 2 real threats to US National Security and what should be done about them immediately?
  • China's new foe {Microsoft Windows}

    08/27/2014 7:07:34 AM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Susan Li
    CNBC's Susan Li reports China is building its own operating system to compete with companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft... (short vid at link)
  • Exclusive: In Ukraine, an armored column appears out of nowhere [Putin continues illegal war]

    08/27/2014 6:58:48 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Aug 14 | Christian Lowe and Maria Tsvetkova
    MOSCOW/ NOVOAZOVSK Ukraine (Reuters) - On Monday, a resident of Novoazovsk in south-eastern Ukraine said she saw a column of armored vehicles approach the town and start shooting. "It all started at 8:00 this morning, tanks appeared, no fewer than seven of them," the woman, who gave her name only as Lyudmila, told Reuters by telephone. "Right now I can hear rumbling, explosions ... the residents are hiding."
  • American Legion Silent As Obama Pauses For Applause

    08/27/2014 6:56:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama received a tepid response from veterans as he voiced his foreign policy ideals during a speech at the American Legion’s 96th national convention in North Carolina. Staring blankly at his teleprompter, Obama recited his speech, pausing for applause that never came.
  • Watch: Iron Dome Intercepts More Than 10 Rockets at Once

    08/27/2014 6:56:04 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-27-14 | Gil Ronen
    A video showing Iron Dome rockets fanning out to intercept multiple enemy rockets has gone contagiously viral worldwide. The video appears to have been shot at a military checkpoint of some sort – possibly the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza. The white-smoke remains of at least 10 bursts that usually indicate an interception can be identified in the sky.
  • The U.N.'s upcoming grab for global tyranny

    08/27/2014 6:39:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | Lord Monckton
    The EU advisers have been telling the U.N. secretary-general that the process of annual agreements by which individual states have already signed away much of their sovereignty and independence has now gone far enough for the final stage to be achieved without anyone really fighting back. The one thing neither the EU nor the U.N. has sufficiently understood is the wisdom and prescience of your Founding Fathers. Mr. Obama may mark his “X” on the draft world-government treaty (it won’t be called that, of course, but that is what it will be). But unless two-thirds of the Senate can be...