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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 · 45 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....
  • Seoul fears delivery delays of F-35 jets

    03/06/2012 9:19:28 PM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Korean Times ^ | 3/5/2012 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Chances are high for the government to pick the F-35 fighter jet as the mainstay of the Air Force later this year, but it is doubtful whether the new aircraft can be delivered to Korea as promised from 2016. Seoul is expected to announce the winner of the bidding for its next-generation fighter acquisition project in October this year in line with its plan to introduce 10 advanced jets in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and the remaining 40 by 2020. “Lockheed Martin officials recently informed us that the F-35 development and testing is progressing faster than anticipated and that they...
  • Syrian air defense complicates US options

    03/06/2012 9:15:36 PM PST · by U-238 · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/5/2012 | Lolita C. Baldor
    The advanced air defense weapons Russia has provided to Syria's regime would make it difficult to establish a no-fly zone there as part of an effort to help the rebellion, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East told senators Tuesday. Marine Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command, declined to detail any military options the Pentagon has developed for action against the regime. But he told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it would take a significant military commitment to create even safe havens in Syria where aid could be delivered, as Sen. John McCain suggested Monday. Mattis...
  • NK boosts anti-aircraft missiles to defend Pyongyang: source

    03/06/2012 9:12:45 PM PST · by U-238 · 4 replies
    The Korean Hearld ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Korean Hearld
    North Korea has increased its number of long-range anti-aircraft missiles aimed at targeting high-altitude threats over the capital Pyongyang over the past decade, a Korean military source said Wednesday. The number of SA-5 surface-to-air missiles with a range of 260-300 kilometers deployed near Pyongyang has risen from two in 2000 to 40 in 2010, the source said on condition of anonymity. The Soviet-designed SA-5 missiles are believed to be the North's most capable air defense against enemy planes flying over Pyongyang. During the same period, the number of SA-3 missiles, which offer short-range defense against low-flying aircraft, jumped to some...
  • In event of an Iran-Israel showdown, what would US military do?

    03/06/2012 9:08:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/5/2012 | Anna Mulrine
    How would the US military respond if Iran attacked US interests – in retaliation for, say, an Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities? What would a US counterattack look like? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington Monday to meet with President Obama – which comes in the midst of increasingly vocal warnings from Pentagon officials urging caution on any military action in the region – has brought these questions into sharp focus this week. These questions, too, were at the heart of one of the largest US military war-game exercises in a decade, meant to mirror the conditions...
  • Indonesia to build missile manufacturing plant (with China)

    03/06/2012 9:05:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ANTARA, Indonesia ^ | March 7, 2012
    Indonesia to build missile manufacturing plant วันพุธ ที่ 07 มี.ค. 2555 Jakarta, March 7 (ANTARA) - Indonesia plans to build a plant to produce C-705 missiles as a follow-up to the cooperation agreement with China made some time ago, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said. "The plan is now still being discussed to manufacture C-705 missiles that have a shooting range of up to 140 kilometers," he said here on Tuesday. He said the cooperation would help strengthen Indonesia`s defense and give a financial income for the country. He said the missiles would later be stationed in border regions to protect...
  • An Inexpensive Solution for Quickly Launching Military Satellites Into Space

    03/06/2012 6:57:53 PM PST · by U-238 · 59 replies · 1+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | William I. Oberholtzer
    During a recent trip to Yuma Proving Ground, in Arizona, I passed a unique looking artillery piece in a remote area of the installation. It has an extremely long barrel and appeared to be anchored in a concrete abutment. Having more than a passing interest in ordnance I made some inquiries as to origins and purpose of the gun. What I had stumbled across, on that hot desert day, was one of three unique guns that had been part of a very ambitious undertaking called the “High Altitude Research Project,” or HARP. The brainchild of Jerry Bull (of “Iranian Super...
  • Air Force Playing Hardball With Space Industry

    03/06/2012 6:48:11 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/29/2012 | National Defense Magazine
    Over the past decade, the Air Force has poured more than $80 billion into space technologies, including new satellites, launch services and information systems. The plan for the coming years is to spend considerably less as pressure grows to reduce the U.S. defense budget. The Air Force still intends to modernize key satellite constellations and provide space-based communications and surveillance services for the military and intelligence community. But program costs are going to be scrutinized at an unprecedented level of detail, Air Force officials said. Every major space program is now the subject of “should-cost” reviews, which is the Pentagon’s...
  • Obama Is Waiting Too Late To Get Tough On Tehran

    03/06/2012 4:40:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 6, 2012 | THOMAS SOWELL
    What are we to make of President Barack Obama's latest pronouncements about Iran's movement toward nuclear bombs? His tough talk might have had some influence on Iran a couple of years ago, when he was instead being kinder and gentler with the world's leading terrorist-sponsoring nation. Now his tough talk may only influence this year's election — which may be enough for Obama. The track record of Obama's pronouncements on a wide range of issues suggests that anything he says is a message written in sand, and easily blown away by the next political winds. Remember the "shovel-ready projects" that...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy Says France Has Too Many Foreigners [But France Has No H1B Visas!]

    03/06/2012 4:16:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    BBCNews ^ | March 06, 2012
    Nicolas Sarkozy Says France Has Too Many Foreigners Nicolas Sarkozy says the system for integrating immigrants is at risk of breaking down French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said there are too many foreigners in France and the system for integrating them is "working more and more badly". In a TV debate, Mr Sarkozy defended his plan to cut the number of new arrivals in half if he is re-elected next month. Mr Sarkozy is trailing in the opinion polls behind the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande. He is also competing for conservative voters with the far-right National Front party led by...
  • Wikileaks: Stratfor analysts think bin Laden was not buried at sea

    03/06/2012 3:19:18 PM PST · by IbJensen · 30 replies
    Human Events ^ | 3/6/2012 | John Hayward
    WikiLeaks has been releasing emails pilfered from Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm. One email thread in particular has been grabbing headlines today, even though it was actually disclosed last week – The Journal has a story dated March 1st about them. In this exchange, Stratfor’s vice-president for intelligence, Fred Burton, discusses the disposal of Osama bin Laden’s corpse with CEO George Friedman, and suggests he thinks the official account of bin Laden’s burial at sea is false. These were internal and confidential emails, sent between the officers of a private firm. They’re big news today because a hacker group...
  • US, Israel gap on Iran widens after Obama-Netanyahu talks

    03/06/2012 3:18:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has asked Israel to give diplomacy a chance before deciding on an attack on Iranian nuclear sites to curb the Islamic republic's atomic ambitions but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retorted that his country must be the "master of its fate". Obama made the appeal to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday when the two leaders held talks in the White House on the Iranian nuclear standoff. "We do believe there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution to this issue," Obama said. But Netanyahu showed no sign of backing away from...
  • Obama ‘Has Turned His Back’ on Israel, Santorum Says

    03/06/2012 1:48:18 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | March 6, 2012 | JODI RUDOREN
    Rick Santorum on Tuesday called Iran “a nightmare for all freedom-loving people in the world,” promising that if he is elected president, “we would find no gap between Israel and the United States because our interests are united.” Speaking to thousands of delegates at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Conference in Washington, Mr. Santorum took every opportunity to swipe at President Obama and other members of his administration, describing him as “reticent” regarding the threat Iran presents. “He says he has Israel’s back,” Mr. Santorum said. “He has turned his back.” As 10 states vote in Republican primaries and...
  • Anonymous in disarray after major crackdown snares leaders

    03/06/2012 12:57:02 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 42 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 3/6/12 | David Goldman
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- In the U.S. government's biggest crackdown to date on a hacktivist group calling itself "Anonymous," four leaders and one other activist were arrested Tuesday and charged with a computer hacking conspiracy. The U.S. Department of Justice also revealed Tuesday that it had snared the prime leader of an Anonymous offshoot group called LulzSec, which conducted a high-profile, two-month hacking rampage last summer against corporate and government targets. -snip- What particularly set the movement on edge was the conviction and apparent turning of the LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, known by his hacker alias Sabu.
  • Libya: fears of disintegration as tribal leaders declare semi-autonomous region

    03/06/2012 12:45:47 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/6/2012 | Alex Spillius
    Tribal leaders and militia commanders in eastern Libya declared the formation of a semi-autonomous region, raising fears that the country is witnessing the first stages of disintegration just six months after the fall of Col Muammar Gaddafi. A conference of about 3,000 delegates in Benghazi installed Ahmed al-Senussi, a great nephew of Libya's former king, as head of the new Cyrenaica Provincial Council. It proposed that an eastern region should run its own affairs apart from foreign policy, the national army and oil resources, which would be left to a federal government in Tripoli. The province would cover nearly half...
  • How the Obama Administration Has Changed Its Tune on Israel

    03/06/2012 12:20:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Mar 6, 2012 4:45 AM EST | Eli Lake
    It wasn’t long ago that the White House was angering Israeli leaders with statements seen as critical. But 2012 is an election year, and that makes all the difference. It was one of those moments you could experience only at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference. At the lectern was Susan Rice, President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations. In the audience were 300 rabbis, Jewish-community leaders, and AIPAC delegates who were allowed to attend Rice’s speech, an event left off the public agenda for the conference. Rice, an African-American, began her remarks by quoting in stilted...
  • Iran and Obama (Thomas Sowell)

    03/06/2012 12:19:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 6, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    What are we to make of President Barack Obama's latest pronouncements about Iran's movement toward nuclear bombs? His tough talk might have had some influence on Iran a couple of years ago, when he was instead being kinder and gentler with the world's leading terrorist-sponsoring nation. Now his tough talk may only influence this year's election — which may be enough for Obama. The track record of Barack Obama's pronouncements on a wide range of issues suggests that anything he says is a message written in sand, and easily blown away by the next political winds. Remember the "shovel-ready...
  • US drags India to WTO over chicken trade ban

    03/06/2012 11:46:13 AM PST · by ravager · 5 replies
    ibnlive ^ | Mar 06, 2012 at 11:54pm IST
    Washington: The US on Tuesday dragged India to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against New Delhi's ban on imports of certain American farm products, including poultry meat and eggs, on what Washington called "unjustified" health-safety worries. India claims that this trade ban is aimed at preventing avian influenza, but it has not provided scientific evidence in line with international standards on avian-influenza control, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said. As such the US is requesting consultations with India under the dispute settlement provisions of the WTO concerning India's prohibition on certain American agricultural exports, including poultry meat and chicken eggs....
  • Did Iran Test a Nuclear Bomb in North Korea in 2010?

    03/06/2012 11:24:58 AM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/4/2012 | David "Spengler" Goldman
    The Sunday morning edition of Germany’s Die Welt reports that Western intelligence agencies detected two nuclear weapons tests in North Korea in 2010, and that one or both of them might have been conducted for Iran. Die Welt sets the reported nuclear tests in the context of new documentation showing that the Iranian regime began its drive for nuclear weapons as early as 1984, under the direct orders of the late Ayatollah Khomeini. The author is the respected German analyst Hans Rühle, whose evaluation of Israel’s capacity to cripple the Iranian nuclear program created a stir last month. [....] Evidence...
  • NEWT GINGRICH'S REMARKS AT AIPAC TODAY (VIDEO)

    03/06/2012 11:06:41 AM PST · by onyx · 35 replies
    C-SPAN3 ^ | MARCH 6, 2012 | C-SPAN3
    DIRECT LINK Newt Gingrich spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.
  • Calderon and Biden: U.S. guns fuel Mexican violence and crime

    03/06/2012 10:31:14 AM PST · by GregNH · 36 replies
    During his meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Mexico City, President Felipe Calderon said the only way to win his country's war with the drug cartels is to jointly tackle organized crime including arms trafficking along the border as well as ceasing the rampant cross-border money laundering, according to a press statement. The Mexican government has waged a war to eradicate organized crime gangs that has killed more than 47,700 victims over the past five years, according to figures released earlier this year by the Attorney General's Office. Calderon claimed -- and Biden on behalf of the Obama...
  • Israeli Minister Demands Air, Sea Blockade On Iran

    03/06/2012 10:25:32 AM PST · by Strategy · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 6, 2012
    Tel Aviv, March 6 (IANS) An Israeli cabinet minister Tuesday called on placing Iran under an air and sea blockade if it does not stop its presumed drive for nuclear arms. "The time has come for the United States to place a clear ultimatum and deadline before Iran, and say that 'if Iran does not stop its drive for nuclear weapons by such and such a date, an air and sea blocade must be imposed," Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tuesday in an interview with Israel Radio. "We appreciate the cooperation between the US and us and the sanctions that...
  • Fox: Obama says he will depend upon diplomatic talks with Iran (Obama skunks Israel)

    03/06/2012 10:19:47 AM PST · by pabianice · 49 replies
    Fox News Channel | 3/6/12
    Amb. Gillerman on Fox now. He is amazed that one day after talking with Israel's Netanyahu and saying "all options are on the table," Obama today has announced that he will depend upon discussions with Iran to stop their creation of a fission bomb.
  • Netanyahu Controls Obama’s Fate

    03/06/2012 9:27:43 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    Dick Morris.Com ^ | March 6, 2012 | Dick Morris
    If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to seal President Obama’s fate, all he has to do is to attack Iran. It is clear from Obama’s AIPAC speech that the president will continue to talk about diplomacy and sanctions for the remainder of his term and will take no military action against Iran. If Israel attacks Iran, she will achieve three things: a. Israel will buy time by delaying the Iranian nuclear program by one to three years. b. Those extra years will give the effective sanctions, only now being imposed, time to work. c. The resulting increase in the...
  • Egyptian Court Sentences Priest to Six Months for Excess Church Height

    03/06/2012 9:09:07 AM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    aina.org ^ | 06MAR12 | Mary Abdelmassih
    (AINA) -- A court in Edfu has sentenced Reverend Makarios Bolous, pastor of St. George's Church in the village of Elmarinab, Edfu, in the Aswan province, to six months prison and a fine of 300 pounds for violations in the height of the church building. The court also ordered the removal of the excess height. The church had received a license from the Governor of Aswan and was still under construction, but it was torched by a Muslim mob on September 30, 2011 (AINA 10-1-2011). Construction workers had started removing the excess height before the torching of the church. "Since...
  • PM hands Obama a Megila: Persian plot against Jews

    03/06/2012 8:48:39 AM PST · by KyGeezer · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/6/12 | Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu handed US President Barack Obama a gift on Monday that spoke volumes about Israel’s tensions with Iran – an ancient Hebrew tome about a Persian plot to annihilate Jews, otherwise known as the Scroll of Esther. The Scroll, or the Megila, tells a tale of palace intrigue featuring a Jewish beauty, Queen Esther, who charms a Persian king into foiling an evil adviser’s genocidal plans for her people some 2,500 years ago. “Then too, they wanted to wipe us out,” Netanyahu told Obama, according to an Israeli official. Jews around the world will gather in synagogues...
  • Australia: Common sense to become law

    03/06/2012 8:16:26 AM PST · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 05MAR12 | Timothy Whiteman
    Face must be visible on ID pic... Common sense dictates there's no better form of positive identification as actually showing your face. Signing official documents, obtaining a driver's license, or for those who require a Military ID Card... The reason for the photograph on the identification card need not be explained, per basic common sense. As reported by Australia's The Daily Telegraph, the Aussie state of New South Wales has been forced to legalize common sense. The Burqa Conundrum... The Carnita Matthews Case in Australia hit the headlines last year when the 50-ish Australian convert-to-Islam was stopped by a policeman...
  • US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute (British sub)

    03/06/2012 8:15:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Defence Management ^ | 06 March 2012
    US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute 06 March 2012 The United States Navy was 'blown away' by the performance of HMS Astute during sea trials in the Atlantic recently, the ship's commanding officer has said. Commander Ian Breckenridge, 45, led HMS Astute through four-and-a-half months of sea trials off the US east coast and said the submarine had demonstrated "tremendous capability". "We met and surpassed every expectation. She is just better than any other submarine I have ever been on," he said. During the trials, Astute took part in simulated battles with American Virginia Class submarine USS New Mexico, deep...
  • Sweden 'helping plan secret arms factory in Saudi'

    03/06/2012 7:39:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | 03/06/2012 | Pia Ohlin
    Sweden 'helping plan secret arms factory in Saudi' STOCKHOLM — Sweden has in secret been helping Saudi Arabia plan the construction of an arms factory to produce anti-tank missiles, public broadcaster Swedish Radio reported Tuesday. The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) has helped Saudi Arabia since 2007, though construction on "Project Simoom" has yet to begin, the radio said citing hundreds of classified documents and interviews with key players. Sweden has in the past sold weapons to Saudi Arabia, but classified government documents state that Project Simoom "pushes the boundaries of what is possible for a Swedish authority," the radio...
  • Who conspired? (Eurabia)

    03/06/2012 7:29:49 AM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    dreuz.info ^ | 05MAR12 | Bat Ye’Or
    A bad wind blows from Norway onto the world. It is not only the monstrous massacre by the deranged Breivick perpetrated for several hours without the police intervention. Now is added the political violence of a desperate government before the past elections— that it would probably have lost— if the horror caused bythe killing spree of a psychopath, had not given it victory. Exploiting politically this crime, the government launched its bloodhounds, its anathemas, its fatwas and edicts against all writers on the planet who, painfully defying terrorism, professional ruin and social ostracism imposed by the single thought, struggle to...
  • Eurozone Recession Could Be a Long One

    03/06/2012 6:39:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Markit Eurozone Services and Composite PMIs show renewed contraction due to drop in services activity, making it extremely difficult to deny that Europe is in a recession. Let's take a look at some numbers. Markit Eurozone Composite PMI® The Markit Eurozone PMI® Composite Output Index fell from 50.4 in January to 49.3 in February, dropping below the earlier flash estimate of 49.7. The final reading confirmed that business activity contracted in February, having briefly returned to growth in January following four months of decline at the end of last year. Key points: Final data confirm slide back into contraction, as...