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  • President Obama Must Not Complete a Disastrous Deal With Iran (Blistering Piece)

    04/01/2015 2:48:08 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 1 replies
    The Observer ^ | 31 March 15 | The Editors
    With the US on the brink of signing an agreement that will lift the crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for alleged guarantees that Iran will limit its nuclear ambitions to peaceful means, the Observer urges President Obama not to place his personal hunger for a legacy issue ahead of his most solemn duty – protecting America’s national security. Barack Obama has been compared to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain , who concluded the ill-fated Munich Pact with Hitler in 1938. But Chamberlain acted out of a sincere belief that he was avoiding a greater evil. Chamberlain was...
  • APRIL FOOL’S DAY ACCORD: IRAN DEAL REACHED, DETAILS TO FOLLOW

    03/31/2015 6:00:05 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 39 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 31 Mar 2015 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    After a marathon negotiating session that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, April 1–hours after the official deadline–the parties gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland reached a tentative deal on Iran’s nuclear program. Russian media, according to AFP, quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: “”One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue, which will be put on paper in the coming hours or perhaps within one day.”
  • Nostalgia for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein flowers on social media

    03/31/2015 4:51:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | March 31, 2015 | BY HANNAH ALLAM - MCCLATCHY
    On a recent Saturday evening, Ahmed al-Shabibi relaxed at a hookah café in England with other Iraqi friends – both Shiite and Sunni Muslims – when the conversation turned to the ongoing battle to reclaim the city of Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists. A Sunni in the group lamented Iranian interference in the fight and boasted that such meddling never would’ve occurred under the former Sunni dictator, Saddam Hussein. Al-Shabibi said he and the others agreed because, “Saddam, as you know, had a very interesting idea of security.” Nostalgia for Saddam is hardly new, but it appears to be reaching...
  • Tomorrow at noon: Netanyahu and Boehner give statements to the press in Jerusalem (5am EDT)

    03/31/2015 4:51:42 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2:03 PM - 31 Mar 2015 | Barak Ravid
    Tomorrow at noon: Netanyahu and Boehner give statements to the press at the top of their meeting in Jerusalem. It will be interesting
  • AFL-CIO to help Hispanics take advantage of immigration relief measures

    03/31/2015 4:14:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | March 31, 2015
    The largest labor organization in the United States on Tuesday launched a national immigration training plan called "We Rise!" to help Hispanics take advantage of the immigration relief measures announced by President Barack Obama last November. The effort is designed to reach, mobilize and organize immigrant workers in their workplaces and in their communities. The AFL-CIO on Tuesday in Washington began preparing representatives who have arrived from all over the country to support and teach undocumented workers how to request protection under Deferred Action, or DACA, for children born in the United States and under DAPA for parents of permanent...
  • 'Kidnap Obama' UKIP candidate Jeremy Zeid replaced

    03/31/2015 3:39:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 31, 2015
    A UKIP parliamentary candidate who said in a Facebook post that Israel should "kidnap" US President Barack Obama has been replaced by his party. Jeremy Zeid, who was standing in Hendon, said President Obama should be "locked up" by the Israelis for "leaking state secrets". He was referring to the declassifying of documents on Israel's secret nuclear programme. Mr Zeid also said Israel should "do an Eichmann" on President Obama.
  • Third Catholic church in Melbourne set on fire (third in three days)

    03/31/2015 3:25:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 1st April 2015 | Monique Hore
    A MELBOURNE bishop believes the third suspicious church fire in as many days is not linked to clergy sexual abuse. Fire crews and police are investigating a fire at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Foster St, Dandenong, that started about 2.30am. The fire, which caused $250,000 damage, was started in the church’s storeroom. Another was sparked near the altar. A team of about 40 firefighters took about an hour to control the blaze. It comes after fires on Monday at St James in Brighton and St Mary’s in St Kilda East - two parishes home to notorious paedophile priest, Ron...
  • Boehner Delegation Meets With Saudi Leaders on ISIL & Iranian-Backed Violence

    03/31/2015 2:52:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 31, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior committee leaders were in Saudi Arabia’s capital on Tuesday to continue a series of visits with key allies in the Middle East. In meetings with Saudi Interior Minister Mohammad bin Naif and Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, lawmakers expressed appreciation for the historic partnership between the two countries. Talks focused on our efforts to address the threats posed by ISIL and Iran’s rising influence in the region. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab states in a campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen....
  • Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now

    03/31/2015 2:41:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2015 5:24 PM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, the world’s No. 3 economy, is still seeking answers about how the regional financing institution would be governed. “As of today, Japan will not join AIIB and a clear explanation has not been received from China,” Suga said. The U.S. has found itself isolated in its resistance to the bank, with more than...
  • Lawsuit alleges Iran behind killing of 3 US soldiers in Iraq

    03/31/2015 2:29:37 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 31, 2015, 11:24 pm | Richard Lardner
    Families of Jacob Fritz, Johnathan Chism and Shawn Falter claim Tehran orchestrated retaliatory attack The families of three American soldiers killed during a brazen attack in Iraq are suing the Iranian government for allegedly orchestrating the raid. Filed late Monday in US District Court in Washington, the lawsuit says Lt. Jacob Fritz, Specialist Johnathan Chism, and Private First Class Shawn Falter were taken prisoner and then murdered in January 2007 by Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents and the Khazali network, an Iraqi militant group also funded and trained by Iran. The lawsuit says Iran directed the assault on the provincial headquarters in...
  • Australia's most decorated CANINE who went missing in Afghanistan...

    03/31/2015 1:38:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 1st April 2015 | Freya Noble
    Australia's most decorated canine war hero, who was at one stage missing in action for nearly 14 months in Afghanistan, has lost her battle with brain cancer. Sarbi, who worked as an explosive detection dog for the Australian Army, suffered a number of seizures in recent weeks and scans revealed a brain tumour. The canine, affectionately known as 'the wonder dog', lost her short battle with the terminal illness on Friday, and died surrounded by her loved ones, according to her handler.
  • Hillary Clinton replied to drone crash email with furniture inquiry: ‘Sorry!’

    03/31/2015 1:27:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-31-15 | Douglas Ernst
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s mixture of personal and work email once resulted in a reply to a crashed drone story with inquiries about home decorations. Files obtained by The Associated Press show that Mrs. Clinton accidentally sent adviser Huma Abedin questions about the attractiveness of shelving units in response to a drone crash in Pakistan. “I like the idea of these. How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And I’d prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers (sic) on one. What do you think?” Mrs. Clinton wrote, AP reported Tuesday. When Mrs. Abedin then asked if she...
  • Powers blow past deadline with Iran in nuclear negotiations (deal on April Fool's day?)

    03/31/2015 1:05:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/31/2015 23:01 | MICHAEL WILNER
    US threatens to walk; Germany suggests 'stopping the clock'; China departs and Iran says world powers lack coordination. LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Sunset fell on a deadline with Iran over its nuclear program with no agreement among diplomats gathered here in the Swiss Alps, who worked through the night unclear on the path forward. US negotiators said they would continue sleeplessly into the morning hours in order to hammer out a political framework with Iran, which they hope will address all major elements of a comprehensive accord ending concerns with Iran's decades-old nuclear program. The deadline for a far-reaching deal is...
  • French Officials: Obama Plans To Make Iran His Key Middle East Ally

    03/31/2015 12:17:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 72 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/31/15 | Alex Griswold
    In a shocking accusation, French diplomats told Foreign Policy that they believe the Obama administration plans to replace Saudi Arabia with Iran as the central U.S. ally in the Middle East. (VIDEO: Reporter Grills State Department: Is United States Now A ‘Functional Ally Of Iran?’) “Numerous French diplomats suspect that the United States… is on the verge of profoundly reshaping of [sic] its traditional alliance system in the Middle East,” reporters Joseph Bahout and Benjamin Haddad write, ”moving [to] a system where Iran replaces Saudi Arabia as the central pillar of regional stability.” “The nuclear talks, French diplomats suspect, are...
  • Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, Syria

    03/31/2015 11:36:50 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 31, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A top State Department official on Monday dismissed reports that Iran may be hiding key nuclear-related assets in North Korea and implied that she was unaware of the possibility, despite the publication this weekend of several articles by top analysts expressing alarm at the extent of nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Pyongyang.
  • Why US State Department Declassified the Report on Israel’s Nuclear Capabilities

    03/31/2015 11:36:25 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/31/2015 | Lee Kaplan
    Normally when somebody wants something from somebody else, they show their best behavior toward the person they want it from. Even a child knows this and will do what its parents want in order to get that ice cream cone or trip to Disneyland. Why is it we never see this normal human reaction from the Palestinians with regards to USAID and the President of the United States in order to get their “Palestinian state”? Machmoud Abbas continually praises terrorists who murder Jews, declaring memorials and naming streets after them. Abbas makes daily threats to the long term existence of...
  • Flashback: Obama: Iran Only Wants ‘Defensive’ Nukes

    03/31/2015 11:27:00 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/31/15 12:41pm | Joel Gehrke
    If President Obama seems less worried than Israel that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons as a result of his administration’s negotiations with the regime, maybe that’s because he’s less worried than Israel about Iran having nuclear weapons. “I think Iran is like North Korea,” Obama told David Brooks when he was running for president in 2007. “They see nuclear arms in defensive terms, as a way to prevent regime change.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagrees. “The ideology of Iran’s revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that’s why this regime will always be an enemy of America,”...
  • Power outage hits much of Turkey; officials won't rule out terrorism

    03/31/2015 10:56:30 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/31/15 | Don Melvin
    Official won't rule out cyberattack The Turkish capital, Ankara, some 250 miles from Istanbul, was also affected. The outage extended to 45 of Turkey's 81 provinces. Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu Agency quoted Energy Minister Taner Yildiz as saying the cause of the outage was unknown. Yildiz, speaking during a visit to Slovakia, said he could neither confirm nor deny that a cyberattack had triggered the blackout, the Anadolu Agency reported. Flightradar24, which maps real-time flight data on the Internet, tweeted that the outage was "affecting flights," and said 11 of its 16 air traffic monitoring systems receivers -- as distinct from...
  • Obama's Nuclear Deal With The Devil

    03/31/2015 10:52:01 AM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 29 replies
    PoliticallyShort ^ | 03/31/2015 | Nick S.
    On March 20, 2009, delivering his first message to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran in celebration of the Iranian holiday of Nowruz, Barack Obama stated, “the United States wants the Islam Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations”. On March 31, 2015, Iran will have taken “its rightful place in the community of nations” in a way only Barack Obama could have imagined as a final nuclear agreement is reached. Moreover, “by the time Obama leaves office”, writes David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy, “no country on Earth will have...
  • Netanyahu catches Obama in Iran-nuclear flip-flop

    03/31/2015 10:40:05 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 31 Mar 2015 | Herb Keinon
    PM points out elements "apparently" in nuclear deal that Obama said last year are things that Iran does not need in order to have a peaceful program. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election flip flop on a two state solution, which he later walked-back, will pale in comparison to a US presidential zig-zag if Netanyahu reported accurately to the Knesset on Tuesday on what will be in the nuclear accord being negotiated in Lausanne. SNIP It was US President Barack Obama who said that each of those elements was not needed for a peaceful program. Obama, during a question-and answer...
  • ISIL & Iranian Influence Are Focus of Boehner Delegation Visit to Iraq (now in Kuwait)

    03/31/2015 10:36:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 31, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT – During a visit to Iraq on Monday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and senior lawmakers met with the country’s leaders and our ambassador and commanders on the ground to assess efforts to defeat ISIL and combat Iran’s rising influence. In Baghdad, the delegation met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Salim al-Jabouri. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones and Lt. General James L. Terry, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Similar to the delegation’s visit to Jordan, discussions in Baghdad focused on Iran’s rising...
  • Apple Bashes Indiana – But Promotes Business in Countries That Execute Gays

    03/31/2015 10:35:44 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 03/30/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Apple CEO Tim Cook attacked Indiana this weekend for passing a religious freedom bill. Cook said, “There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.” Cook may believe Indiana’s new law is very dangerous towards gays…But it’s not as dangerous as the several countries Apple does business with where they execute gays. Four of the ten countries where they kill gays are on this Apple list:– Uganda– Nigeria– Qatar– Saudi ArabiaIf Tim Cook really wanted to help gays, he might want to focus on the Apple customers who execute them.
  • First on CNN: Iranian aircraft buzzes Navy helicopter in Persian Gulf

    03/31/2015 10:32:18 AM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | March 31, 2015 | Barbara Starr
    An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned. The incident, which has not been publicly disclosed, troubled U.S. military officials because the unsafe maneuver could have triggered a serious incident. It also surprised U.S. commanders because in recent months Iranian forces have conducted exercises and operations in the region in a professional manner, one U.S. military official told CNN. "We think this might have been locally ordered," the official...
  • Iranian aircraft buzzes Navy helicopter in Persian Gulf

    03/31/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-31-2015 | Barbara Starr
    An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned. An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in November 2014. An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in November 2014. The incident, which has not been publicly disclosed, troubled U.S. military officials because the unsafe maneuver could have triggered a serious incident. It...
  • Russian analyst urges nuke attack on Yellowstone National Park to destroy U.S.

    03/31/2015 10:22:52 AM PDT · by GraceG · 46 replies
    April 2015 – YELLOWSTONE - Russian geopolitical analyst says the best way to attack the United States is to detonate nuclear weapons to trigger a supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park or along the San Andreas fault-line on California’s coast. The president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems based in Moscow, Konstantin Sivkov said in an article for a Russian trade newspaper on Wednesday, VPK News, that Russia needed to increase its military weapons and strategies against the “West’ which was “moving to the borders or Russia.” He has a conspiracy theory that NATO – a political and military alliance which...
  • [Israeli] PM: Deal Leaves Iran with Underground Facilities, Centrifuges

    03/31/2015 10:14:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 3/31/2015, 7:27 PM | Ari Yashar
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanayhu addressed the swearing-in ceremony of the 20th Knesset on Tuesday, using the occasion to warn against the Iran nuclear deal being formulated with world powers in Switzerland’s Lausanne ahead of a deadline this Tuesday. “The greatest threat to our security and to our future was and remains Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” emphasized Netanyahu. “The agreement being formulated in Lausanne paves the way to this outcome. …We will do everything to protect our security and our future.” Outlining the highly secretive deal being crafted, Netanyahu stated, “it seems that it will leave in...
  • Nuclear Talks With Iran Could Extend to Wednesday, Negotiators Say

    03/31/2015 10:04:07 AM PDT · by McGruff · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 31, 2015 | MICHAEL R. GORDON and DAVID E. SANGER
    With a deadline just hours away, negotiators from the United States, Iran and five other nations appeared on Tuesday to be struggling to move closer to a preliminary accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program, and signaled that they might be prepared to work into Wednesday. Even if an agreement is struck, there have been signs that several of the most difficult issues will be deferred for a final agreement in three months.
  • ‘Nuclear 9/11’ victims remembered in solemn ceremony.

    03/31/2015 9:49:03 AM PDT · by HammerT · 29 replies
    n/a | Sep 11, 2017 | Anonymous
    Dateline: Sep 11, 2017 Richmond VA The remembrance service for the untold victims of the first ‘terrorist’ nuclear attack on US soil took place today. The temporary memorial set up just south of Richmond VA was the site for the solemn ceremony due to high radiation levels at the actual location of the attack. It was one year ago today that an alleged Iranian ‘suicide ship’ detonated it’s deadly cargo in the harbor of Hampton roads. The incident killed upwards of 1 Million people in an instant, while an estimated 350 thousand also died in the weeks that followed due...
  • As U.S. and Iran Seek Nuclear Deal, Saudi Arabia Makes Its Own Moves

    03/31/2015 9:35:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | March 30, 2015 | By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    CAIRO — As America talks to Iran, Saudi Arabia is lashing out against it. The kingdom, Iran’s chief regional rival, is leading airstrikes against an Iranian-backed faction in Yemen; backing a blitz in Idlib, Syria, by jihadists fighting the Iranian-backed Assad regime; and warning Washington not to allow the Iranian-backed militia to capture too much of Iraq during the fight to roll back the Islamic State, according to Arab diplomats familiar with the talks. Through Egypt, a major beneficiary of Saudi aid, the kingdom is backing plans for a combined Arab military force to combat Iranian influence around the region....
  • Iran Calls for Talks on Yemen: Deputy Foreign Minister denounces Saudi Arabia, allies for airstrikes

    03/31/2015 9:24:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/31/2015 | By HAKIM ALMASMARI in San’a Yemen, and RORY JONES in Dubai
    Iran called for political talks between all parties in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday extended its campaign of airstrikes against Houthi militants in provinces across the country. Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said intervention in Yemen wouldn’t solve the country’s problems and that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies “were putting themselves in a very difficult position” by launching airstrikes. “We believe that the situation in Yemen should be resolved through political means only,” he said in a Monday interview with the Russian state-run news channel Russia Today, the first such Iranian comments since Saudi Arabia began...
  • Iraqi forces take back Tikrit from ISIS, official says

    03/31/2015 9:20:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/31/2015 | By Hamdi Alkhshali and Jason Hanna,
    Iraqi forces battling to wrest Tikrit from ISIS are now in control of the city, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday on Iraqiya TV. Al-Abadi, who is also the top military commander, said on state television that the city was liberated. Tikrit had been under ISIS control since June. The push into Tikrit comes days after a series of U.S.-led airstrikes targeted ISIS targets around the city. The airstrikes made it possible for the Iraqi forces to move through the city. Troops reported finding dozens of roadside bombs and booby-trapped buildings as they combed the city. At a Cabinet...
  • Iran militia chief: Destroying Israel is ‘nonnegotiable’

    03/31/2015 9:10:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 63 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | 3/31/15 | Lazar Berman
    The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday. Militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi also threatened Saudi Arabia, saying that the offensive it is leading in Yemen “will have a fate like the fate of Saddam Hussein.” Naqdi’s comments were made public as Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue nuclear negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June.
  • Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Surfed Gay Porn and Suicide Websites Before Crash

    03/31/2015 8:49:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 30 Mar 2015 | John Hayward
    The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Times, that investigators have discovered that Lubitz “trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions.” This sheds new light on a seemingly minor detail from early reports: other pilots teased Lubitz by calling him “Tomato Andy” because he worked as a flight attendant before becoming a pilot. According to IBT, this was not merely an insulting reference to the food and beverage duties of a flight attendant;...
  • 62% of Americans Want Congress to Have Final Say on Iran Deal (per Pew)

    03/31/2015 8:44:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 03/31/2015
    A new study from the Pew Research Center found that Americans approve of negotiating directly with Iran, but they do not trust President Obama in the talks. Only 29% of respondents said that Obama should have the final authority over any agreement, while 62% preferred for Congress to have that power. …
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Hillary Must Be Hiding Something 'Very Bad'

    03/31/2015 8:43:01 AM PDT · by mojito · 76 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 3/30/2015 | Cathy Burke/Sharyl Attkisson
    There must have been "very, very bad or embarrassing" things on Hillary Clinton's personal email server that was wiped clean – including information on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, says former CBC News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson. In an interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV on Monday, Attkisson said it was just "common sense" that the deleted data was likely worse than the firestorm created by its deletion. "In my experience, there must've been some very, very bad or embarrassing things on there, because it appears as if she'd rather take...
  • Has Obama Inadvertently Brokered a Middle East Alliance

    03/31/2015 8:36:31 AM PDT · by yoe · 12 replies
    Back in 2013 the London’s Sunday Times reported that “Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together to bring down Iran’s nuclear activities.’ Clearly, having a mutual interest in stopping the threat of a hegemonic and nuclear Iran has made the two unlikely allies.”[snip]Unlike the U.S., Israel isn’t interested in bogus and political coalition building that may later bind them to their enemies. They are more than willing to engage a common adversary without entanglement with the very Arab nations they also know to be their enemies. They evidently understand better than we the potential pitfalls of such fool hardy policy....
  • Turkish special forces enter courthouse as prosecutor held at gunpoint

    03/31/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mar 31, 2015 | OSMAN ORSAL AND HUMEYRA PAMUK
    A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) published a picture of the prosecutor with a gun to his head and said it would kill him at 1236 GMT, three hours after gunmen stormed his office, unless its demands were met.
  • Home> International Turkey Blackout: Massive Power Outage Plunges Country Into Darkness

    03/31/2015 8:14:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3-31-2004 | Patrick Reeval
    A massive nationwide power outage has struck Turkey today, causing travel chaos in major cities and leaving roughly three-quarters of the country with limited electricity. The blackout -- the worst in Turkey for over a decade -- has affected around 40 provinces. In Istanbul traffic lights and much of the city’s subway went dark after power stopped around 10:30 a.m., officials said. Local airports were forced to close and flights are disrupted.
  • US Forces to Hold Exercises in Ukraine

    03/31/2015 8:07:36 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Mar 31, 2015
    The United States plans to send soldiers to Ukraine in April for training exercises with units of the country's national guard. Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the units to be trained include the Azov Battalion, a volunteer force that has attracted criticism for its far-right sentiments including brandishing an emblem widely used in Nazi Germany.
  • With #BringBackOurGirls no longer trending, Nigerians aghast at 'inaction' from donors

    03/31/2015 7:53:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/30/2015 | Matt Hadro
    Abuja, Nigeria, Mar 30, 2015 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Almost a year after the terror group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian school girls, humanitarian workers are fighting what they call global inaction in the face of the humanitarian crisis. Most of the girls abducted from Chibok have not been rescued, though some have escaped on their own. “That sends a strong message to us – not just to Nigerians, but to the human race – that 200 and something girls could be abducted somewhere and 343 days after they are not back. That is a big problem we...
  • RUSSIA: Truth and Lies in the tragedy of the "Kursk"

    03/31/2015 7:19:50 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    http://a.kras.cc/2014/02/blog-post_3585.html?m=1 ^ | February 26, 2014 | Arkady Dyers
    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Truth about the death of "Kursk" that died in the Barents Sea underwater atomic submarine "Kursk". The latest and absolutely, in the opinion of experts, reliable. Killed 118 people. The tragedy of the submarine became the subject of many books, plays, movies and ... legends. According to the official version, there was a force majure, starring an irresistible force and, therefore, no one is to blame. It was the first major accident after the country was headed by Vladimir Putin. This is how journalist Sergei Dorenko describes the reaction head of state after the tragedy: - He called...
  • Hey John, Why the Long Face? (Kerry)

    03/31/2015 5:34:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    finance.townhall.com ^ | 3/31/15 | D.W. Wilber
    As Secretary of State John Kerry frantically tries to reach an appeasement agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, yes it indeed is a nuclear weapons program, the security of Israel and the United States continue to hang in the balance. With tomorrow’s deadline rapidly approaching, ‘agreement at all costs’ appears to be the negotiating tactic employed by the United States negotiating team, led by Secretary Kerry. The Iranians certainly recognize the Obama Administration’s desperation and will exploit to their advantage as much as possible the negotiating weakness on display in Switzerland. Weakness they have...
  • Where the Red Line Came From -- Before it Was Crossed

    03/31/2015 5:26:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Michael Barone
    There are still nearly two years left in Barack Obama's presidency, but historians looking back on his record in foreign policy will surely identify one costly error: his refusal to follow through on the implied threat in stating that the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons would be a "red line." That statement was made in a press conference on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The president was not scheduled to appear; press secretary Jay Carney said, "Looks like there's a surprise guest here." After fielding questions on other topics (Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, Mitt Romney's attack ads and tax...
  • Nuclear talks reach dead end. Partial document to be released

    03/31/2015 5:19:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | March 31, 2015, 3:16 PM (IDT)
    Officials close to the nuclear talks in Lausanne between the six power and Iran confirm that this round has come to a dead end, having failed to reach agreement on fundamental questions by the March 31 deadline.. DEBKAfile has reported consistently that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s radical clergy and Revolutionary Guards had set their faces firmly against this deal, preferring to leave a diplomatic void for Tehran to continue to develop a nuclear weapon, without US interference. Sources in Lausanne report that the diplomats gathered there are working on a joint partial communiqué to mask the fiasco and...
  • Unease About Immigration at Core of UK Election Campaign

    03/31/2015 5:12:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 31, 2015 | By JILL LAWLESS
    BOSTON, England - Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the local Lincolnshire accent. Immigration has transformed Boston in the last decade. At least one in eight residents comes from eastern Europe, and the population is growing at double the national rate. "I think there are a few too many of the foreign brigade here at the moment," said butcher Nigel Lote. His customers come almost exclusively from the long-settled English population of Boston, a town of...
  • India, France to jointly develop naval missile

    03/31/2015 4:57:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Hindu ^ | March 31, 2015 | DINAKAR PERI
    The Defence Acquisition Council has approved the ‘Maitri’ project for the co-development of a Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM) by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with MBDA of France, Navy officers said on Monday. “The DRDO has been directed by the government to engage Original Equipment Manufacturer for joint development,” a Defence Ministry official said. The project has been in the works since 2007 to meet the requirements of the Army and the Air Force. MoU with MBDA The DRDO had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MBDA in 2013, but there has hardly been any progress because...
  • Will deserter Bergdahl get a Rose Garden pardon?

    03/31/2015 4:38:24 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 37 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 3/31 | peter lucas
    It's a good day," President Barack Obama said, as he hugged Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, upon his announcement last May that Bergdahl had just been released from five years of Taliban captivity.
  • Iran Likely to Force Obama to Back Down on ‘Deadline Threat’ [Update: Obama Backs Down]

    03/31/2015 3:46:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 3/31/15 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers are likely to extend beyond President Barack Obama’s self-imposed deadline of midnight Tuesday night, the Associated Press reported. Quoting anonymous sources, AP said that marathon talks have produced “mixed results” but that both sides will issue a general statement to continue negotiations, exactly what President Obama said would not happen.
  • Official: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase (No deal reached)

    03/31/2015 3:31:07 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3 hours ago
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The joint statement is to be accompanied by additional documents that outline more detailed understandings, allowing the sides to claim enough progress has been made thus far to merit a new round, the officials said. One of the officials said the statement was general in part because differences...
  • Pakistani defense chief due in Riyadh, airlifts troops for Saudi Yemen war. Landings imminent.

    03/30/2015 11:39:49 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 25 replies
    DEBKAFile ^ | March 30, 2015 | Special Report
    The US-led world powers and Iran Monday, March 30, entered the last tense hours for a nuclear deal as though Lausanne was on a different planet from the Middle East, where the Yemen war, in which Iran is deeply involved, abruptly scooped up a power outside the region, Pakistan. A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday reaffirmed Pakistan’s “firm commitment to supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.” Among those attending were Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Defense Minister...