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  • Will There Always Be an England?

    03/07/2012 8:13:43 AM PST · by bayouranger · 27 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 07MAR12 | Bruce Bawer
    It’s always refreshing when mainstream-media bigwigs are actually honest about the prejudices that guide their institutions. So one could only applaud when Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, admitted the other day something that is already obvious to anyone who watches or listens to the Beeb – namely, that the folks who run the shop are as quick to broadcast works that mock Christianity as they are to forbid the mockery of, shall we say, certain other faiths, and that the main reason is, quite simply, fear. Thompson actually gave three reasons for the BBC’s all-religions-are-not-created-equal policy. First, he said...
  • Geert Wilders: Change Jordan's name to Palestine

    03/07/2012 7:53:29 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 23 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 06.20.10
    Geert Wilders, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) in Holland, said last week he believes Jordan should be renamed Palestine. The Jordanian government responded by saying Wilders' speech was reminiscent of the Israeli right wing. Wilders added that Israel deserved a special status in the Dutch government because it was fighting for Jerusalem in its name. "If Jerusalem falls into the hands of the Muslims, Athens and Rome will be next. Thus, Jerusalem is the main front protecting the West. It is not a conflict over territory but rather an ideological battle, between the mentality of the liberated...
  • US May Sell Israel Advanced 'Bunker-Busters' Enabling Iran Strike

    03/07/2012 6:39:49 AM PST · by Strategy · 73 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | March 7, 2012 | By Aaron Kalman
    The US might sell Israel special arms and munitions that would enable an Israeli strike on Iran, an unnamed military source told Army Radio Tuesday night.
  • Carter: Netanyahu too eager for war with Iran

    03/07/2012 6:34:57 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6 March 2012 | David Eldridge
    Former President Jimmy Carter expressed concerns Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be too willing to go to war with Iran. “I don’t think that’s his first preference, but I think he’s much more eager to go to war with Iran than President Obama [is]. And I was glad to see President Obama discourage that immediate resumption of hostilities between Israel and its neighbors that the Israelis seem to be inclined to do,” the former president said in an interview with The Washington Times-affiliated “America’s Morning News” radio broadcast. Mr. Netanyahu is in Washington this week to meet...
  • The Appalling Crusade to Free Jonathan Pollard; Unhappiness in Jordan; and More

    03/07/2012 6:22:33 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 3-6-2012 | Martin Peretz
    It is not the business of Israel, although it seems to be the business of the politicians of Israel, to hector and harass President Obama about the release of Jonathan Pollard, who served as a certified espionage agent of the Jewish state in and against its one truly reliable ally, the United States of America. Maybe Pollard’s sentence was a bit harsher than it should have been. But I don’t even concede that. In any case, there are probably hundreds of thousands of convicts now in jail who can argue that their prison sentence was not equable or even just...
  • The Falklands War: China Learns From Argentina's Mistake

    03/07/2012 5:38:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | Austin Bay
    Argentina is using the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War to tout its historical claim to the South Atlantic islands. The diplomatic ballyhoo includes trade threats aimed at Great Britain, with a belligerent hint of saber-rattling. Argentina's April 2, 1982, invasion of the islands caught the world and Great Britain by surprise. Argentine forces smashed Britain's tiny garrison and proclaimed Las Islas Malvinas (The Falklands) sovereign Argentine territory. The Royal Navy did not have a U.S. Navy-type super aircraft carrier. Argentina's military junta convinced itself that its superior jet aircraft would savage a Royal Navy fleet only possessing anti-aircraft missiles...
  • Brokaw: George H.W. 'Most Underrated Modern President Of Our Time'

    03/07/2012 5:22:52 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Tom Brokaw is the man that our Brent Bozell recently described as having "used NBC and [his] anchor chair as a platform to promote Democratic agendas and delight in Republican setbacks for more than 20 years." But every once in awhile, perhaps out of Greatest Generation nostalgia, Brokaw has something kind to say about a Republican. As was the case on Morning Joe today, when, after reciting a list of the 41st president's accomplishments, said that George H.W. Bush was "the most underrated modern president of our time." View the video here.
  • ATF trivializing Fast and Furious with Ziegler defense(gunwalker)

    03/07/2012 5:17:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    “ATF’s #2 Says Agency Mistakenly Used Drug Strategy in Operation Fast and Furious,” Tickle the Wire reported yesterday, citing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon’s appearance on the radio program “The Badge.” “Being totally candid with you and the public, we made mistakes and we’re owning up to them,” Brandon told host Howard Safir, citing good intentions but bad decisions to apply a drug and money-walking strategy to gun investigations. “You’re on the street and you’re watching dope deals go down, and you’re trying to locate the stash house so you let…you know…you follow...
  • Just Words, Mr. President

    03/07/2012 4:49:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    “Just words? Just words? Don’t tell me words don’t matter,” said Barack Obama in 2008. He was responding to criticisms from the Hillary Clinton campaign that he had never done anything but deliver speeches. Mr. Obama then recited the lines from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He followed it by offering “All Men are Created Equal,” from the Declaration of Independence. And he closed with “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” All those hallowed words were followed up by actions. Dr. King went from the National Mall to “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund...
  • Israel is World Leader in Medical Marijuana Use

    03/07/2012 4:22:54 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 37 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/06/12 | Lahav Harkov
    Anesthesiologist and pain relief expert tells Knesset Committee on Drug Abuse that Israel is leader in the field. By MCT Israel is the world leader in medical marijuana use, anesthesiologist and pain relief expert Dr. Bareket Schiff- Keren told the Knesset Committee on Drug Abuse on Tuesday.
  • Brazil overtakes UK to become world's sixth-largest economy

    03/07/2012 4:22:12 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Mar 6, 2012 | Angela Monaghan
    Despite lower annual growth, economists at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said Brazil still managed to take Britain's spot as the world's sixth-largest economy last year, behind the US, China, Japan, Germany and France. By CEBR's calculations, Brazil's GDP totalled $2.469 trillion (£1.568 trillion) in 2011, while UK GDP was $2.420 trillion.
  • Abu Dhabi plans to build stealth ships

    03/07/2012 4:17:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Khaleej Times, UAE ^ | 7 March 2012 | Haseeb Haider
    Abu Dhabi plans to build stealth ships Haseeb Haider 7 March 2012 ABU DHABI - A new joint venture shipyard in Abu Dhabi will construct stealth vessels and in the future plans to build upgraded marine engines in collaboration with Italy’s Fincantieri, which builds naval and merchant ships. Etihad Ship Building (ESB), in a joint venture deal with Abu Dhabi’s Al Fattan Ship Industries, weapons suppliers Melara Middle East of Dubai and Italy’s Fincantieri, will construct, refit and carry out maintenance of stealth vessels for the UAE Navy and regional navies. Initially, the joint venture shipyard will install the Rolled...
  • 6 UK troops missing, presumed dead in Afghanistan

    03/07/2012 2:00:58 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 7 2012 | AP
    Britain's Ministry of Defense says six service members are missing and presumed dead after an explosion hit their vehicle in southern Afghanistan. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday the six were on patrol in Helmand province at the time of the blast.
  • Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 294

    03/07/2012 1:12:03 AM PST · by bruinbirdman
    AFPC Missile Defense Briefing Report ^ | 3/7/2012 | Ilan Berman and Richard Harrison , eds.
      RUSSIA TO BOLSTER NUCLEAR SUB FLEETWhile abiding by the provisions of the New START treaty signed with the U.S. in late 2010, Russia has nonetheless been able to augment its nuclear forces considerably - most recently through plans to deploy two additional submarines with nuclear launch capability. By 2018, the Kremlin reportedly will possess eight additional such submarines, further bolstering its already formidable nuclear deterrent. Moreover, a number of the new vessels reportedly will be stationed below the thick ice of the Artic, rendering them more difficult to detect. (Voice of Russia, January 24, 2012)  SEARCHING FOR THE ARROW...
  • Hamas rules out military support for Iran in any war with Israel

    03/07/2012 12:59:19 AM PST · by U-238 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/6/2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    Hamas will not do Iran's bidding in any war with Israel, according to senior figures within the militant Islamic group. "If there is a war between two powers, Hamas will not be part of such a war," Salah Bardawil, a member of the organisation's political bureau in Gaza City, told the Guardian. He denied the group would launch rockets into Israel at Tehran's request in response to a strike on its nuclear sites. "Hamas is not part of military alliances in the region," said Bardawil. "Our strategy is to defend our rights" The stance underscores Hamas's rift with its key...
  • Testing Indian aircraft carrier in Barents Sea

    03/07/2012 12:50:42 AM PST · by U-238 · 10 replies
    BarentsObserver ^ | 3/6/2012 | BarentsObserver
    The 45,000 tons and 273 meter long ship is expected to undergo testing in the Barents Sea in the course of May, a source associated with the Russian military industrial complex told Itar-Tass. In addition, the ship will undertake a 3,5 month test expedition Then, on 4 December, the ship will be handed over to the Indian Navy, the source says. It has taken the Sevmash yard more than eight years to complete the extensive upgrade of the vessel. The yard signed a contract with Indian authorities in 2004. However, it soon turned out the the yard was incapable of...
  • Is Obama trying to leave Israel no choice?

    03/06/2012 11:51:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 7, 2012 | Professor Clifford Orwin
    “Obama to warn Netanyahu against military strikes on Iran.” So proclaimed the headline in Saturday’s Washington Post. At their meeting on Monday, Barack Obama reportedly did just that, while reaffirming America’s commitment to Israel’s safety. And yet … could this be very different than it seems? Is it the cagey exterior of a policy aimed at leaving Israel no choice but to strike? Look at it this way. Suppose you were the Obama administration, confronted by an intransigent Iran but facing an election in November and an American public weary of Middle Eastern wars. Wouldn’t you rather shoehorn an ally...
  • A Quiet Farewell For the M-2 Bradley

    03/06/2012 11:25:30 PM PST · by U-238 · 19 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Strategy Page
    One of the little-known casualties of the Iraq war was the American M-2 Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). Five years ago the U.S. Army stopped using the M-2 in combat. By then it was clear that the enemy was intent on using mines and roadside bombs in a big way and the M-1 tank, Stryker, and MRAP vehicles were much better able to handle these blast weapons than the M-2. This was a hard decision to make because up until then it was believed that the M-2 could be made competitive with upgrades. For example, the BUSK (Bradley Urban Survival...
  • Taking The Pressure Off U-2s

    03/06/2012 11:18:23 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/6/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Last year the U.S. Air Force decided to extend the life of its U-2 fleet and cut back on the use of large UAVs for strategic reconnaissance. One of the many upgrades U-2s will now receive will be better cockpit pressurization. Currently, pilots operate in a cockpit pressurized to conditions found at 9,600 meters (30,000 feet). This puts more strain on the pilot's body. That, and the fact that they breathe pure oxygen while up there, means they tend to be completely exhausted after returning from a long mission. So pressuring the cockpit to the level of a lower altitude...
  • Kill the Messenger:What Russia taught Syria

    03/06/2012 10:22:50 PM PST · by U-238 · 28 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 3/2/2012 | Robert Young-Pelton
    It was a star-filled night in Chechnya's besieged capital of Grozny. The snow crunched under my feet as I walked with the Chechen rebel commander away from the warmth of our safe house. When we entered a bombed-out neighborhood 15 minutes away, I put the battery in my Iridium satellite phone and waited for the glowing screen to signal that I had locked on to the satellites. I made my call. It was short. Then the commander made a call; he quickly hung up and handed me back the phone. "Enough," he said, motioning for me to remove the battery....