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  • Deep State Resisters At State Dept. Defy Jerusalem Directive

    12/11/2017 11:42:42 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 3 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Dec 12, 2017 | Ari Lieberman
    Following President Trump’s historic declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, West Bank and Gazan Arabs took to the streets in rage. They burned U.S. and Israeli flags. They cursed America, Israel and the Yahuds (Jews). Their imams cited verses from the Koran and the Hadiths about the usurpers and interlopers and the “descendants of apes and pigs.” In other words, it was business as usual for the Palestinians. Nothing had changed. At the State Department too, it was business as usual. In a transparent effort to placate the Arab bloc, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the process...
  • Former secretary of state: Stop talking about 2 states

    12/11/2017 11:18:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/12/17
    Former United States secretary of state George Shultz says it is time to stop talking about a two-state solution. Interviewed by Maariv, Shultz said, "We must stop talking about a two-state solution and embark on a process in which people learn to live together. There is obviously suspicion, but...
  • Returning Jihadists Need Prison, not Couches

    12/11/2017 11:16:02 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 12, 2017 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- The Russian Defense Ministry and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made separate announcements last week that the Islamic State had been defeated. Of course, this doesn't mean that these terrorists won't be popping up elsewhere like bomb-toting, head-chopping Whac-A-Moles. Last month, the BBC reported a deal that allowed some ISIS fighters to escape the Syrian city of Raqqa -- the Islamic State's former "caliphate" -- under the nose of Western and Kurdish officials, ostensibly to facilitate a declaration of "mission accomplished." The question is where these fighters will pop up next. Are we supposed to believe that they're...
  • No King but Caesar

    12/11/2017 10:57:38 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 12, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a "memorial" (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery. Lincoln had also heard from Southern clergy who used the same scriptures to justify slavery's preservation. In response, Lincoln wrote the Chicago group with words that today's Christians might consider when it comes to matters involving sexual harassment and the setting aside of moral and biblical principles to achieve temporary political goals. "I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and that by religious men, who are equally...
  • What Should We Fight For?

    12/11/2017 10:42:56 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 12, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    "We will never accept Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea," declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. "Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine." Tillerson's principled rejection of the seizure of land by military force -- "never accept" -- came just one day after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and pledged to move our embassy there. How did Israel gain title to East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Golan Heights? Invasion, occupation, colonization, annexation. Those lands are the spoils of victory from Israel's 1967 Six-Day War. Is Israel...
  • Russian social media executive sought to help Trump campaign in 2016, emails show

    12/11/2017 10:35:08 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7 Dec 2017 | By Rosalind S. Helderman, Anton Troianovski and Tom Hamburger
    blah, blah, blah ... "The executive at Vkontakte, or VK, Russia’s equivalent to Facebook, emailed Donald Trump Jr. and social media director Dan Scavino in January and again in November of last year, offering to help promote Trump’s campaign to its nearly 100 million users, according to people familiar with the messages...." Looks like Nellie Ohr was looking for Russian Social Media Users in 2014:
  • EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits

    12/11/2017 9:36:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2017 10:49 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital met with widespread condemnation and triggered clashes in the Palestinian territories. Netanyahu, making the first official visit by an Israeli premier to the EU’s Brussels headquarters in 22 years, told reporters that recognizing Jerusalem merely stated the reality on the ground. He said he expected many European countries to follow Trump’s lead. But EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who chaired talks between Netanyahu and EU...
  • Top EU economic powers warn US about tax plans

    12/11/2017 9:31:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2017 12:02 PM EST | Raf Casert
    The European Union’s top five economies are warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and risks having “a major distortive impact” on trade. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the finance ministers of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain wrote they had “significant concerns” about three tax initiatives in particular. In the letter, seen by The Associated Press, the five wrote that “it is important that the U.S. government’s rights over domestic tax policy be exercised in a way that adheres with international obligations to which...
  • Melilla Border Police Find 12-Year-Old Boy Hidden Inside BMW Dashboard

    12/11/2017 8:59:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 11 December 2017
    Police in Spain discovered a 12-year old boy hidden inside the dashboard of a BMW car at a checkpoint at the border with Morocco in the north African enclave of Melilla. A Moroccan pensioner who was driving the car was arrested for trying to smuggle in the youth, who was curled up inside the tiny space behind the dashboard. Border guards discovered the boy, who is believed to be from Guinea, after detecting his heartbeat using a special machine designed to screen vehicles for stowaways. When the child was freed from his cramped hiding space he was reportedly disorientated and...
  • How Norway's high-speed missile boats pack a big punch

    12/11/2017 8:40:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    We are the Mighty ^ | December 11, 2017 | Harold Hutchison
    The Royal Norwegian Navy has been around, in one form or another, for over a millennium. Though once a loose conscription of seafaring coastal communities, the Royal Norwegian Navy has, for the last 200 years, been an organized force responsible for the defense of the Nordic country’s deceptively long coast. During the Cold War, the Norwegian Navy turned to fast patrol boats armed with guided missiles and torpedoes. Most of these vessels were armed with the “Penguin” anti-ship missile, which had a range of roughly 34 miles and used infra-red homing for deadly precision. Additionally, some of the Norweigan patrol...
  • Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

    12/11/2017 8:14:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 12, 2017 | Sabine Siebold
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. The ministry’s position appears to contradict that of the German air force, whose chief indicated last month that he preferred Lockheed Martin’s F-35, which meets the military’s requirements of stealth and long-distance operational capabilities. In a letter to a Greens lawmaker who had inquired about the deliberations, the ministry said the F-35 and Boeing’s F-15 and F-18 fighters were secondary options. “The indicated view of the inspector...
  • Sam Dastyari quits Federal Parliament (Australia - Chinese "double agent")

    12/11/2017 6:33:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12th December 2017 | Malcolm Farr
    LABOR’S Sam Dastyari today quit the Senate as the accumulation of questionable ties to Chinese contacts made his continued service impossible. The 34-year old former party whiz-kid said he wanted to “spare the party any further distraction”. His decision to quit the Senate ultimately was his own, Bill Shorten said today. But the Opposition Leader pointed to his own barbed comments last Friday that Senator Dastyari’s career was going nowhere. “His career in federal politics is over. He’s resigned. It was a tough decision,” Mr Shorten told reporters in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. ..... His shock decision followed claims...
  • China's banks dole out record credit in 2017 as Nov loans blow past forecasts

    12/11/2017 3:25:20 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 4 replies
    BEIJING, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Bank lending in China hit a fresh record after a much stronger-than-expected surge in credit in November, even as authorities step up efforts to reduce risks in the financial system from a rapid build-up in debt. Chinese banks extended 1.12 trillion yuan ($169.27 billion) in net new yuan loans in November, data from the People's Bank of China showed on Monday, well above analysts' expectations. Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted new yuan loans would rise to 800 billion yuan, from October's 663.2 billion yuan. The November figure was well above the highest forecast in...
  • China rejects accusations from Germany of espionage via social media

    12/11/2017 3:12:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 December 2017 13:56 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    After the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) had warned that China was trying to recruit German informants for intelligence services via social media networks, Beijing denied these accusations on Monday. They are “baseless accusations” for which there is no evidence, said Lu Kang, a Chinese state department spokesman, adding that the relevant organizations and the German government should act “more responsibly.” The BfV had previously warned that Chinese intelligence were trying to infiltrate parliaments, ministries and authorities with informants, particularly via the professional social media network LinkedIn. […] The BfV added that the aim of Chinese...
  • Judge questions three-month detention of American enemy combatant

    12/11/2017 3:07:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2017 | Andrea Noble
    A federal judge was aghast over the Trump administration’s assertion it could indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen as an enemy combatant without providing access to a lawyer, saying the Justice Department’s defense of the practice amounted to “an end run” around the man’s Constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan is weighing a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to allow the group access to the man in order to provide him legal representation. “He wants counsel, which is an assertion and a request that I don’t think I can ignore,” Judge Chutkan said Monday, adding that she plans...
  • DHS: Chain Migration Makes Up 70% of Legal Immigration

    12/11/2017 2:13:50 PM PST · by Envisioning · 19 replies
    OAN Newsroom ^ | December 11, 2017 | OAN Newsroom
    A report released by the Department of Homeland Security finds up to 70 percent of immigrants enter the U.S. through chain migration.
  • Condemn the New York attacker, but respect Bangladesh

    12/11/2017 2:00:19 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Tom Rogan
    Don't read too much into the fact that Akayed Ullah, the suspect in Monday's New York terrorist attack, is a Bangladeshi immigrant to the United States. While Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim nation, it is no hotbed of terrorism and shouldn't be added to Trump's travel ban list. Of course, some aligned with the alt-right are jumping on Ullah's citizenship as further evidence of America's looming infection by Muslim extremism. Take John Cardillo... John Cardillo @johncardillo Thank God Bangladeshi pipe bombs are the same shitty quality as everything else made in Bangladesh. 3:27 PM - Dec 11, 2017 John Cardillo‏...
  • Nikki Haley to Jake Tapper: I Can't Wait to Tell You 'I Told You So' on Jerusalem

    12/11/2017 1:35:28 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley knew exactly how to respond to CNN anchor Jake Tapper's depressing assessment of the U.S. embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during their interview on Sunday. "President Trump is supposed to be a master negotiator," Tapper noted. "Isn't this just cashing in a chip and getting nothing for it? How does this move the peace process forward in any way?" Watch Video HereIn addition to leading questions like that, Tapper quoted the Arab League calling the move a "dangerous development," then played a clip of the PLO Secretary-General declaring that Trump had...
  • Pentagon says transgender people can elist in military despite Trump opposition

    12/11/2017 10:23:03 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 79 replies
    Star Tribune/AP ^ | 12/11/2017 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    A Pentagon official tells The Associated Press that transgender people can enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services. Maj. David Eastburn says the...
  • Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Doomed to Fail

    12/11/2017 10:11:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 11, 2017 | Tom Cooper
    Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. Postponements, cost-overruns and research and development-related problems mar the project. This should come as no surprise. The Su-57 program was never really viable. Back in early 2006, Russian president Vladimir Putin integrated all of Russia’s aviation companies into a single, state-owned holding — the United Aircraft-building Corporation. Over the time, UAC absorbed more than 20 aviation companies, and re-organized these into four aircraft-manufacturing divisions. One for combat aircraft, one for military transport aircraft, one for civilian aircraft and one for aircraft...