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  • Saudis on $250K A Month to Protect Obama's Veto of 9/11 Victims Bill

    09/27/2016 3:41:04 AM PDT · by detective · 2 replies
    Frontpage ^ | September 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Saudis have Obama in their corner. And Obama has the Saudis in their corner. And this dirty alliance of terror and hate has teamed up against 9/11 families. The Saudis are now spending more than $250,000 a month fighting the bill, retaining powerhouses Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Glover Park Group, Sphere Consulting and Squire Patton Boggs. Besides working with companies invested in Saudi Arabia, the lobbyists are directly contacting lawmakers, placing opinion articles and seeking support from think tank scholars. GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee are trying to hammer out a compromise...
  • Poll’s prognosis: Haggard health dogging Hillary Clinton

    09/27/2016 3:22:56 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 9 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 09-27-16 | Tom Shattuck
    The debate audience last night was instructed to remain silent, but American voters have grown louder and louder in recent weeks, and what once was a clamor is now a roar. Hillary Clinton, show us your medical records. Yesterday’s Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll paints an ugly prognosis for the Democratic nominee, that shows voters have real concerns about her health. Asked if Clinton should be required to release more of her medical records to the public, 57 percent think that she should release all of them. Making things worse is that 65 percent of independents also want to see...
  • URGENT!!! THREE DAYS LEFT TO CALL A VOTE FOR PROTECT THE INTERNET FREEDOM ACT...

    09/26/2016 11:45:08 PM PDT · by bushwon · 6 replies
    bushwon ^ | 9/27/16 | bushwon
    Folks, it is crunch time...Do what you can. Call, Email, or Tweet to the following: SENATE BILL SB3031 MITCH MCCONNELL http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact (Bring Bill to floor & include in CR) 202-224-2541 Washington - I have been told easier to contact satellites (502) 582-6304 Louisville (270) 442-4554 Padukah (270) 781-1673 Bowling Green (859) 224-8286 Lexington JOHN CORNYN: Majority Whip, (bring SB3031 to floor NOW) https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact 202-224-2934 Washington I have been told easier to contact satellites 713-572-3337 Houston 956-423-0162 Harlington 806-472-7533 Lubock 210-224-7485 San Antonio 512-469-6034 Austin 903-593-0902 Tyler 972-239-1310 Dallas HARRY REID: http://www.reid.senate.gov/contact 202-224-3542 (stop playing politics w/ our internet) HOUSE RESOLUTION...
  • Europe pushes to further curb aviation emissions

    09/26/2016 11:22:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 27, 2016 0:50 | Jorge Valero
    Member states will conduct a last-ditch offensive on a proposal to limit CO2 gases emitted by aircraft during the International Civil Aviation Organization conference in Montreal opening on Tuesday (27 September). The 191 members of the UN body responsible for air transport are expected to adopt a global market-based mechanism to achieve carbon-neutral growth for the aviation sector from 2020 onwards. The number of passengers flying each year is expected to double by 2035, surpassing 6.5 billion travelers. …
  • EU open to removing FARC from terrorist blacklist

    09/26/2016 10:28:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 26, 2016 | By euroefe.es (EurActiv Spain) | Translated By Samuel Morgan
    The European Union could remove Colombian guerilla movement FARC from its list of known terrorists, pending the signing of the peace agreement between the group and the country’s government. EurActiv Spain reports.Ahead of a formalization of the deal between FARC and the Colombian government, the EU indicated that it could soon remove the group from its terrorist blacklist. “FARC currently sits on the list of terrorist organizations in Colombia,” confirmed European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic today (26 September), adding that the EU “has strongly supported the Colombia peace deal”. […] The European Court of Justice last week recommended that Hamas...
  • Italy's migrant centers are running out of money

    09/26/2016 10:02:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 26 Sep 2016 11:34 GMT+02:00 | Catherine Edwards
    The accommodation centers which house migrants across Italy are running out of money and if the funds don’t turn up by the end of the month, they may be unable to continue. The centers are run by charitable organizations and NGOs, which provide accommodation, food and health care to those living there. But the Italian Treasury owes them €600 million, according to Il Corriere, and the organizations have set the government a strict deadline to pay up: this Friday. […] The cost of providing accommodation, food and healthcare for new arrivals cost Italy over €1 billion in 2015. …
  • Danish nationalists hand out cans of 'refugee spray'

    09/26/2016 9:46:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 26 Sep 2016 13:09 GMT+02:00
    The nationalist Danes’ Party elicited strong reactions went it took to the streets of Haderslev to hand out cans of what it called “refugee spray”. The party, which was founded by a former Neo-Nazi and wants to see all non-Western immigrants kicked out of Denmark, put labels on cans of hair spray reading “Refugee Spray: Legal [and] effective”. The party’s chairman, Daniel Carlsen, said the spray is a necessary legal alternative to pepper spray, which is illegal in Denmark. He said that Haderslev was the perfect location to hand out the cans, given the reports of local women being harassed...
  • Hungary Says Migration Spreads Terror

    09/26/2016 3:05:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | 23 September 2016 | Michael Astor
    Migratory policies around the world have failed, leading to the spread of terrorism, Hungary's foreign minister told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday. Peter Szijjarto said the international community must make it clear that there is no excuse for violating the borders between two peaceful countries and do its best to keep migrants and refugees as close to their home countries as possible. "The uncontrolled and unregulated mass migration offered opportunity for terrorist organizations to send their fighters and to send their terrorists to other countries and continents," Szijjarto said. He added that Hungary is "a Christian country" and expressed...
  • The Natural Gas War Burning Under Syria

    09/26/2016 2:50:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 22 September 2016 | James Durso
    Qatar always wanted to punch above its weight. In Syria, it got the chance. In 2009, Qatar, a leading natural gas producer, approached Syria about routing its planned 1,500 mile pipeline to the gas markets of Europe through Syria’s Aleppo province. Qatar wanted a pipeline straight to Europe as its current gas transport modes were limited to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker, mostly to Asia with limited spot shipments to Europe or the Dolphin pipeline to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The pipeline would head north and end in Turkey after crossing Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria. Syria declined...
  • House to vote this week on contempt for former Clinton IT staffer

    09/26/2016 2:41:36 PM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 26, 2016 | Katie Bo Williams
    The House will vote this week on a resolution to hold former State Department IT technician Bryan Pagliano in contempt of Congress, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday. “We’ll be taking up contempt on Bryan Pagliano for his lack of attending,” McCarthy said, referring to a committee hearing Pagliano skipped. McCarthy provided no further details on plans for the vote. Pagliano was responsible for setting up Hillary Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. The former State Department employee declined to appear at an Oversight Committee hearing on Clinton's server earlier this month, in spite...
  • EU Parliament President: 'Trump Is a Problem for the Whole World' (barf)

    09/26/2016 12:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 15, 2016 04:58 PM | Markus Becker, Florian Gathmann and Roland Nelles
    On Friday, leaders European Union member states will meet for their next informal meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia — the second one without Britain. Also in attendance will be Martin Schulz, the German president of the European Parliament. Schulz is very concerned about the current state of the EU. […] Schulz also expressed his fears of a possible US President Donald Trump. “Then you will have an obviously irresponsible man sitting in a position that requires the utmost sense of responsibility,” he says. “Trump is not just a problem for the EU, but for the whole world.” […] … “When a...
  • EU Launches Program To Issue Cash Cards To Migrants In Turkey

    09/26/2016 12:26:53 PM PDT · by tekrat · 8 replies
    The European Union launched a program on Monday to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe. The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) will give refugees pre-paid cards for food, housing, schooling or medical expenses in Turkey. Earlier this year, EU countries approved a fund of 3 billion euros ($3.37 billion) to help Turkey improve living conditions for some 3 million Syrian migrants on its territory. The ESSN is part of that deal.
  • Venezuelan children fainting in school because they are hungry

    09/26/2016 12:15:15 PM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    Klaireth Díaz is a 1st-grade teacher at Elías Toro School, one of the biggest public schools in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Last year, she says, attendance was painfully low. Every day, of a class of 30 children at least 10 would be absent. “The reason was always lack of food,” she told Fox News Latino. She said she had a student who skipped class every single Thursday and when she asked his mother about it, she explained that Thursday was the day of the week assigned to her family to buy food at government-regulated prices – which involves standing...
  • Besieged Globalists Ponder What Went Wrong

    09/26/2016 12:11:41 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 93 replies
    Until recently, you didn’t hear people being referred to as “globalist” very often. But in a time of rising nationalism, those who see the upside of globalism have become a distinct — and often embattled — tribe.
  • Polish MP Demands ‘Pest’ Soros Is Stripped Of Country’s Highest Honour

    09/26/2016 10:53:17 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Sep 2016 | Przemek Skwirczynski
    The recent deterioration of George Soros’s public image has been astonishing. Following coverage of his subversive operations across the world – including his efforts to destabilise Poland – now even the establishment media have picked up on his destructive activities, with Bloomberg recently covering his plan to marginalise Israel. Similarly, the list of Soros’s safe havens has also been shrinking dramatically. Until recently, out of all the EU countries, only his native Hungary had the courage to suggest his carefully crafted image of ‘global philanthropist’ may be a smoke screen. The country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban pointed out that Soros...
  • War crimes tribunal for ISIS detainees lacks support

    09/26/2016 10:36:19 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    The Telegram ^ | September 25, 2016 | Desmond Butler and Lori Hinnant (AP)
    War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal. Two years after the IS onslaught in northern Iraq, the investigators, as well as U.S. diplomats, say the Obama administration has done little to pursue prosecution of the crimes that Secretary of State John Kerry has called genocide. Current and former State Department officials say that an attempt in late 2014 to have...
  • Egyptian-American Activist Calls for Boycott of Copts: Crescent Must Always Be on Top of the Cross

    09/26/2016 9:59:13 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 19 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 9/21/16
    In a video posted on her Facebook page on September 21, New York-based Egyptian-American activist Ayat Oraby called the Coptic church "a gang, striving to establish a Coptic mini-state," and "a full-fledged mafia," and described Pope Tawadros as "a criminal." Oraby called upon Muslims to participate in an economic boycott of Copts, saying that: "They must be made to understand that the crescent must be on top of the cross."
  • Israel’s Leviathan Partners Sign Gas Export Deal With Jordan

    09/26/2016 9:33:31 AM PDT · by rktman
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/26/2016 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    Bloomberg reports: Partners in Israel’s Leviathan field, the country’s largest natural gas reservoir, signed an export agreement with Natural Electric Power Co. of Jordan. Tel Aviv gas stocks rose. The partners, including Noble Energy Inc. and Delek Drilling-LP, will supply a gross 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from the Leviathan field over a 15-year period, Noble said in a statement. Gross contract revenue is estimated to be about $10 billion.
  • ISIS Executes 100 Iraqi Civilians

    09/26/2016 9:24:50 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    The Clarion Projest ^ | September 25, 2016
    shocking new video put out by the Islamic State shows the organization’s fighters shooting at least 100 captured male Iraqi civilians in a trench. The clip begins with the fighters shepherding a line of captured Iraqis into a trench. It then cuts to the civilians kneeling in a room being beaten by the fighters. They are then taken outside and lined up in a trench. Fighters execute them one by one, while slow dramatic jihadi music plays. The clip ends with ISIS fighters in uniform slowly walking down a road, as seen through the lens of night-vision goggles.
  • Islamic State sex slaves auctioned off in UK/US ally Saudi Arabia

    09/26/2016 8:56:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 25 September 2016 | Christine Williams
    It isn’t news that the Islamic State has long been abusing and trafficking sex slaves – especially Yazidi girls – but it has been now discovered that the sex slaves of IS are being “sold in horrifying auctions to UK ally Saudi Arabia.” An eyewitness reported: “Dozens of women were being held in a large room, and it was not only Iraqis and Syrians trading women but also Saudis and Westerners, whose actual nationality was not clear. nationality was not clear. Western women have also been reported to be among the victims in keeping with the Islamic State’s practice of...
  • Homa Hoodfar released from Tehran jail, Trudeau confirms

    09/26/2016 8:40:08 AM PDT · by jerod · 2 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Sep 26, 2016 10:17 AM ET
    Concordia University professor Homa Hoodfar, who has been detained in Tehran's infamous Evin prison since June 6, has been released, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed. Hoodfar, who is 65 and suffers from a rare neurological disease that causes severe muscle weakness, was in hospital at one point before being returned to her cell, according to her family. They said she could barely walk or talk. The Iranian-Canadian anthropology professor was arrested while on a personal and research visit to Iran, her family said. "Canadians are relieved that Dr. Hoodfar has been released from jail and will soon be reunited...
  • Russia accused of war crimes in Syria at UN security council session

    09/26/2016 8:05:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 26, 2016 | Julian Borger and Kareem Shaheen
    Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regime’s assault on eastern Aleppo. The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscow’s accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft.
  • Priest reported kidnapped found dead, 3rd slain in Mexico in last week

    09/26/2016 7:42:23 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 4 replies
    CBSNews ^ | September 25, 2016
    MEXICO CITY -- A missing Mexican priest was found shot dead off the side of a highway in western Mexico days after he was kidnapped from his parish residence, state prosecutors said Sunday. He was the third Roman Catholic priest to be slain in Mexico in the last week. The Michoacan state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the Rev. Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen’s body was found Saturday night in an area called Las Guayabas on the highway between Puruandiro and Zinaparo. Lopez was kidnapped last Monday, the same day authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz...
  • Rancid small-state nationalism surges in Europe: Don Murray analysis.

    09/26/2016 7:35:09 AM PDT · by jerod · 15 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Sep 26, 2016 5:00 AM ET | Don Murray
    Ah, there's nothing like a referendum or two to set the emotions swirling and stir up political havoc. Add a nasty election to the mix, and you have a savoury stew of rancid, small-state nationalism along Europe's southern flank. Let's start with the referendum vote in Republika Srpska, which took place on Sunday. This entity has a violent and sordid history. Officially it is part of Bosnia, and once it was part of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia cracked apart into warring pieces in 1991. On Jan. 9, 1992 the self-declared Republika Srpska, made up almost entirely of Bosnian Serbs, asserted its "independence"...
  • Obama’s refugee screening default

    09/26/2016 6:24:02 AM PDT · by detective · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2016 | Rachel Ehrenfeld
    One hot-button issue in the first Presidential debate will be the Syrian and other refugees that are allowed into the country. The vetting process of asylum seekers for resettlement in the United States usually takes between 18 to 24 months. But to meet President Obama’s goal of bringing in “at least 10,000” more Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, the process was cut to 3 months. And on August 29, White House spokesman Josh Earnest announced, “this goal that was met a month ahead of schedule.”
  • Leaked FBI Data Reveal 7,700 Terrorist Encounters in USA in One Year; Border States Most Targeted

    09/26/2016 4:38:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breibart.com ^ | September 26, 2016 | Brandon Darby
    Leaked documents with sensitive FBI data exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that 7,712 terrorist encounters occurred within the United States in one year and that many of those encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border. The incidents are characterized as “Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounters.” Some of the encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border at ports-of-entry and some occurred in between, indicating that persons known or reasonably suspected of being terrorists attempted to sneak into the U.S. across the border. In all, the encounters occurred in higher numbers in border states.
  • Russia And The West's Insane Syrian War

    09/26/2016 3:45:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 26, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Russia and the West are fighting to decide whether Syria will be run by Sunni Islamists backed by Saudi Arabia or Shiite Islamists backed by Iran. This insane civil war has burned up countless lives, not to mention plenty of dollars, rubles, euros and pounds. The only certain winners of this war, once the dust has settled, will chant “Allahu Akbar” and call for the death of the infidels. Sadly this is nothing new. Russia got the PLO started before Bill Clinton decided to become its sugar daddy. Smuggling weapons to the Mujahedeen to fight the Russians got us into...
  • Jamaica Needs A Donald Trump!

    09/25/2016 10:50:39 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 17 replies
    http://jamaica-gleaner.com ^ | Sept 24, 2016 | Laurene Ward
    THE EDITOR, Sir: Aren't you just tired of all our government leaders making all these promises that they will 'make Jamaica great again', but has never made good on it? I have lived long enough to see more than seven elections, and Lord knows I have had it with all the promises of a paradisiac condition, a crime-free country, great health-care facilities, excellent schools with affordable, if not free, education. Equality for all. No corruption. Transparency in government and state businesses. When will I see any radical changes? Since Jamaica always emulates other First World countries, like the United States,...
  • Hillary staffer left classified document in Russian hotel room

    09/25/2016 10:45:58 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 25, 2016 | John Smith
    When Hillary chastises Trump for supposedly being allied with Putin or claims that the Russians hacked the DNC email, she should really reflect on her own staff’s actions in aiding and abetting Putin’s intelligence gathering. Russian TV reports that the FBI discovered another security violation when US Diplomatic Security (DS) found a classified document from then Sec State Clinton’s briefing book left behind in a Russian hotel room. Monica Hanley, one of Hillary’s former aides, was given a diplomatic pouch with the Sec State’s briefing book and took the pouch to the suite of the Russian hotel she was sharing...
  • Mother-of-three, 26, abducted and raped by a gang of six Moslem migrants (UK)

    09/25/2016 9:54:01 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 25, 2016 | Matt Hunter
    A mother-of-three has allegedly been drugged and raped by a gang of migrants – sparking violent demonstrations. The 26-year-old said she woke up in a strange house with cuts and bruises, and believes her drink had been spiked on a night out before she was abducted and sexually assaulted. Police arrested and bailed six men - aged between 20-30 - from Iraq, Syria and Bahrain over the September 4 attack in Sunderland. Far-right supporters organised a protest six days in the city after the alleged attack which turned violent. Those on the march, including members of the Sunderland Defence League,...
  • Holidays, Motivation and Shaheeds (islamic terrorism)

    09/25/2016 9:50:55 PM PDT · by Lera · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/25/16 | Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    These holidays are the culmination of a period in which religion, faith in Allah, stringent observance of the commandments and the avoidance of sin, in addition to the vilification of infidels, are paramount. The new wave of knife stabbing terror in Israel this past week, almost in sync with the terror attacks in the USA, raises the question: "Why now?" The most facile answer is pointing to the Muslim "Id al Adha" - "holiday of offering" - that also took place last week. The holiday has great significance for Muslims because their entire calendar has only two holidays, both of...
  • Ecuador hopes hearing marks ‘beginning of the end’ of Assange saga

    09/25/2016 9:36:18 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 8 replies
    Himalayan Times/Reuters ^ | September 25, 2016 | Unknown
    UNITED NATIONS: Ecuador hopes that the October questioning of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the country’s London Embassy since 2012, will mark the “beginning of the end” of the legal deadlock over case, Ecuador’s foreign minister said.
  • Will Republican leaders rubber stamp Obama’s internet giveaway? [Updated With Cartoon]

    09/25/2016 9:31:10 PM PDT · by bushwon · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9/22/16 | Paul Mirengoff
    Congress is ironing out another of its continuing resolutions. Conservatives led by Ted Cruz are insisting that the resolution include language that would block the transition away from U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system. Donald Trump has backed Cruz in this fight. Why is ongoing U.S. oversight so important? Because, as Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, says: Continuing U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system protects the First Amendment rights of everyone who uses the Internet and prevents the creation of a global monopoly that one day could censor the Internet absent U.S. governance....
  • British ambassador accuses Russia of war crimes

    09/25/2016 8:38:45 PM PDT · by keat · 10 replies
    Russia is partnering with the Syrian government to carry out war crimes, Britain's ambassador to the UN has said. Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Matthew Rycroft said the push by the US and Russia to stop the fighting is "nearing the end of its life". But UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world powers to redouble their efforts to end Syria's "nightmare". He said: "What excuse is there for anything less than determined action to stop the mayhem? "How much longer will all those with influence allow such cruelty. "I urge all involved to work harder...
  • Syria airstrikes kill 85 people in Aleppo amid diplomatic row

    09/25/2016 8:32:17 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 53 replies
    CNN Clinton News Network ^ | September 25, 2016 | Tim Hume, Joe Sterling and Chandrika Narayan
    Syrian forces pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and wounding more than 300 others, an activist group reported. The bombardment destroyed residential centers, overwhelmed hospitals and angered diplomats meeting at the United Nations. "Everyone in Aleppo is depressed," an activist on the ground told CNN. "They don't know what they have done to become targets for warplanes. Fear is clear in the eyes of anyone you see walking the streets of Aleppo. Yesterday I saw a woman walking on the street and crying , no clear reason, just crying."Hundreds of airstrikes have pummeled the city,...
  • Presidential campaigns square off over U.S. military superiority

    09/25/2016 8:12:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sept. 25, 2016 | Carlo Muñoz
    As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump square off for their first debate of the election season, one question the candidates will tackle is the state of the American military. The Clinton camp has touted America’s military prowess as the best in the world, while the Trump campaign has claimed that the Obama White House has decimated U.S. forces, allowing for the rise of near-peer states such as Russia and China. Top military officials and analysts, however, say the answer lies somewhere in the middle, saying the U.S. military maintains its world superiority but proposed cuts...
  • US Deploying Forces in 7 Bases in Northern Syria

    09/25/2016 7:39:03 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 94 replies
    FarsNews.com ^ | 24SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    TEHRAN (FNA)- The US has deployed its special forces in at least 7 bases in Northern Syria which are located in Qamishli, Ain Issa, Kobane, Hasaka and Tal Abyadh regions. The Pentagon admitted last week that it has stationed its forces in Northern Syria but didn’t reveal any details. Based on information obtained by FNA from media outlets and field sources, the 7 bases in which the US forces are deployed are: 1.The US forces are seeking to turn Rmeilan airfield in Syria's Northern province of Hasakah into their new operations room and build helipads in there. 2. Mabrouka village...
  • US to deploy new nukes in Europe - Moscow expresses 'concern'

    09/25/2016 7:33:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 38 replies
    Fort-Russ.com ^ | 23SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    NATO continues to expand its missile potential in Europe and Moscow is concerned over the deployment of NATO infrastructure near its borders, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated. “NATO members are continuing to expand their anti-missile capability in Europe in the framework of the so-called ‘phased adaptive approach.’ We have repeatedly expressed concern over the placement of elements of strategic infrastructure in the immediate vicinity of our borders, which directly affects our interests in the field of security,” he said at a session of the Russian Public Council on International Cooperation and Public Diplomacy in the Public Chamber. Ryabkov added...
  • US Has Duty to Ensure Internet Freedom, Cruz Says at Hearing on Obama Plan

    09/25/2016 7:23:43 PM PDT · by bushwon · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/15/16 | Leah Jesson
    Cruz and Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., introduced the Protecting Internet Freedom Act in June to prevent the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency of the Commerce Department, from allowing an ICANN-related contract to expire at the end of this month. The internet, an “oasis of freedom,” could become much less free if the United States doesn’t keep guardianship over it, Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday during a hearing on Capitol Hill. “The internet is one of the most revolutionary forces ever unleashed on the world,” Cruz, R-Texas, said during the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing. “People even meet and get...
  • Ex-CIA director: Trump knows what he's doing with Putin

    09/25/2016 7:01:09 PM PDT · by Innovative · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 25, 2916 | Jason Kurtz
    Donald Trump's strategic approach to confronting Russia under President Vladimir Putin is more complex and nuanced than the Republican nominee's campaign trail rhetoric often indicates, his new senior adviser, former CIA Director James Woolsey, said Tuesday. "I think what Mr. Trump does is much more important than what he says," Woolsey said. "You don't succeed at something like this based just on language. Language is a tool. I don't think it is an absolute."
  • After striking murky gas deal, Ukraine bows to West

    09/25/2016 6:49:02 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | September 24, 2016 | Dmitry Zaks
    The scandal was complex but its outcome potentially simple -- Ukraine tried to fiddle with its murky gas sector and upset its EU partners enough to freeze huge sums of financial help. The fight for control over a profitable company that transports Russia's blue fuel to Europe also exposes the clan warfare and backstabbing that surrounds Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and hampers Kiev's bid to anchor its ties to the West. Ukrtransgaz is the money-making branch of the former Soviet republic's chronically struggling state oil and natural gas company. It moves about half the gas purchased by Europe from Russia...
  • BREAKING: Explosion Rocks Malmo, Sweden Hours After Gun Attack (VIDEO)

    09/25/2016 5:51:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 33 replies
    GP ^ | September 25,2017 | Jim Hoft
    POLICE are on high alert after an explosion rocked Malmo, Sweden just two hours after a gun attack left several people injured. Witnesses reported hearing 20 gunshots during a football derby at around 7pm local time. One eyewitness claimed the shots were fired by people in an Audi which drove off at high speed. Police found shell casings at the scene in Censorgatan and say the suspects may have escaped by moped. Officers said four people were shot in the attack and they are treating the incident as attempted murder. Witnesses told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper the shots were fired in...
  • No-fly zone would ‘require war with Syria and Russia’ – top US general

    09/25/2016 4:32:39 PM PDT · by Mariner · 79 replies
    Russia Today ^ | September 22nd, 2016 | Unattributed
    Speaking to the US Senate, the Pentagon’s leaders blamed Russia for the Aleppo aid convoy attack, but admitted they “had no facts.” Only US coalition planes should be allowed over Syria, they said, though that would require war against both Syria and Russia. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday to report on the ongoing military operations and “national security challenges” faced by the US. They also asked the senators for more reliable funding, saying the uncertainty was hurting the defense industry. “Not only...
  • Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants free movement between UK,Canada,NZ and Australia

    09/25/2016 4:02:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th September 2016
    <p>WHILE much of the world is throwing up new borders to clamp down on unwanted migrants, one organisation is pushing for free movement between Australia and a select group of countries.</p> <p>The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants to see unrestricted movement for citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK between nations.</p>
  • Replica of Syrian arch destroyed by Isis unveiled in New York City [Baal]

    09/25/2016 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 20 September 2016 | Raya Jalabi
    Model of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, an 1,800-year-old Roman arch blown up by the extremist group last year, was made using 3D printing technology The arch historically served as the entrance to the 2,000 Temple of Baal, which was then converted to a Christian church and finally, a mosque. First put on display in Trafalgar Square in London last April, it will stay at City Hall park for one week, before moving to its next destination, Dubai. The 11-tonne arch was placed in the small park directly outside of New York’s city hall, in the heart of the financial district....
  • Massive Fire Engulfs Pemex Oil Tanker in Gulf of Mexico

    09/25/2016 3:11:01 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 9 replies
    gcaptain/Reuters ^ | September 25, 2016 | Natalie Schachar and Noe Torres
    MEXICO CITY, Sept 24 (Reuters) – A fire broke out on an oil tanker of Mexican state oil company Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, forcing all the crew to be evacuated in the latest accident to plague the struggling firm.
  • UN Chief: End the nightmare in Syria

    09/25/2016 2:40:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations urged world powers on Sunday to work harder to end Syria's civil war. The conflict has taken half a million lives and created an international refugee problem since it started in March of 2011. Addressing an emergency session of the Security Council, Ban asked, "What excuse is there for anything less than determined action to stop the mayhem? How much longer will all those with influence allow such cruelty to continue? I urge all involved to work harder...
  • Kingdom Comedown: Falling Oil Prices Shock Saudi Middle Class

    09/25/2016 2:32:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 September 2016 | Ahmed Al Omran, Nikhil Lohade
    Lower revenue hurts economy, prompting government to withdraw some benefits; as cost of living rises, consumers cut back on spending ___ With a slowing economy and shrinking foreign reserves, the kingdom is coming under pressure to take steps that support the price of oil, as it did this month with an accord it struck with Russia. ... a sharp drop in the price of oil, Saudi Arabia’s main revenue source, has forced the government to withdraw some benefits this year—raising the cost of living in the kingdom and hurting its middle class, a part of society long insulated from such...
  • Hillary’s Campaign Manager Goes Into Full Spin Mode When Asked About ‘Sanctuary Cities’

    09/25/2016 12:45:16 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/25/2016 | Christian Datoc
    Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, totally ignored a question about sanctuary cities on Sunday’s broadcast of “State of the Union.” "I know you have a lot of criticism of Donald Trump’s position [on immigration]," host Jake Tapper posed to Mook. "When it comes to Hillary Clinton I have to ask about sanctuary cities, cities where they don’t enforce federal immigration laws and that sometimes means people who are criminals, who are in this country illegally end up getting free and committing worse crimes. It’s a fact that that does happen. Does Hillary Clinton consider sanctuary cities to be a...
  • Hewitt Zings Joy Reid on Hillary ‘Fleeing State Department’ on Night of Benghazi

    09/25/2016 12:08:58 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You know that feeling when during an interview or a debate your guy is hit with a question, and you sit there just praying that he will give a certain answer? Wish fulfilled for this Insurrectionist during Joy Reid’s MSNBC show today. Reid asked conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt whether he doesn’t “worry” about how a President Donald Trump would make a life-or-death decision given his “comportment and demeanor.” Shot back the nimble Hewitt: “No. I am much more worried about Secretary Clinton fleeing the State Department at 1:00 A.M in the morning on the night of Benghazi.” Zing! View the...