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  • AFL star Liam Jurrah arrested after wild machete brawl (Aboriginal tribal war in northern Australia)

    03/08/2012 1:04:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies ^ | 9th March 2012
    AFL star Liam Jurrah is in an Alice Springs jail after a machete attack that left a man with serious head injuries. Police said two 23-year-old men were arrested following an incident on Wednesday night at the nearby Little Sisters Town Camp. Jurrah, a forward for Melbourne Football Club, had been caught in the middle of a tribal war that has split the remote community of Yuendumu, 300km northwest of Alice Springs, since the murder of a family friend in 2010. Jurrah's club, the Demons, had announced on Monday that they had granted Jurrah personal leave so he could return...
  • Gilad Atzmon: Israeli Jews are the last Nazis because of their persecution of the Palestinians

    03/08/2012 12:55:39 PM PST · by pabianice · 9 replies
    Cynthis KcKinney's Blog Page ^ | feb 2012 | Atzmon
    Cynthia just gets more evil. She is urging people to attend this meeting of rabid Jew-haters. Watch the video of this character.===================================================== The American Grass Roots Tour Saturday March 10th, 2012 - 6:30 to 8:00pm Sponsored by - Jim W. Dean, Editor and Joining Hands for Justice in Israel and Palestine - Greater Atlanta Presbytery Villa International Atlanta 1749 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329 Join us for an evening with the infamous Gilad Atzmon, the man, his sax, and his social justice causes, on his current book tour - Gilad writes on political matters, social issues,...
  • Hostages in Nigeria killed before rescue attempt

    03/08/2012 12:53:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    A Briton and Italian held hostage for 10 months in northern Nigeria died Thursday, apparently killed by their captors before they could be rescued, the British prime minister said. Nigerian security forces, with support from Britain, launched an operation Thursday to free British citizen Chris McManus and Italian national Franco Lamolinara, Prime Minister David Cameron said. But the effort did not succeed.
  • The new authoritarians

    03/08/2012 10:05:53 AM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 1 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mindy Belz
    Through their U.S. front groups, Muslim radicals overtaking the Middle East have found support in the Obama administration The last time we saw one whole despotic region of the world come tumbling down we could name the heroes and the moments that propelled it: An electrician named Lech Walesa, jumping a wall at the Gdansk shipyard. Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in front of the Russian White House, defying the Communist old guard in 1991. Pastor Laszlo Tokes, refusing an eviction notice from his Romanian flat as crowds of demonstrators gathered. A playwright named Vaclav Havel before a joint session...
  • 'The attacks against me are working': Lars Vilks

    03/08/2012 10:04:51 AM PST · by bayouranger ^ | 07MAR12 | Not Listed
    The strategy of attacks and intimidation employed by critics of Lars Vilks is working, argues controversial Swedish artist, who has seen his lecturing activities dry up over organizers fears of riots and being labelled as "racist". * Lars Vilks egged at 'Mohammad' lecture (22 Feb 12) * Vilks murder plot suspects acquitted (20 Jan 12) * Cartoons made Scandinavia terror threat 'much bigger': experts (3 Jan 11) Just as a circle has no end, the same fate seems to have hit the national scourge which is the roundabout dog. It keeps coming back as if it was today’s news. Recently,...
  • US offered Israel advanced weaponry in exchange for delaying Iran attack: report

    03/08/2012 9:25:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/08/2012
    WASHINGTON -- The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry -- including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes -- in exchange for Israel's agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday. President Obama reportedly made the offer during Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week. Under the proposed deal, Israel would not attack Iran until 2013, after US elections in November this year. The newspaper cited unnamed Western diplomatic and intelligence sources. Netanyahu said Monday that sanctions against Iran had not worked, adding that "none of us can afford to wait much longer" in...
  • Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize criticism

    03/08/2012 7:11:54 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies ^ | 03/08/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The Nobel Foundation, which administrates the prestigious prizes in line with the will of Alfred Nobel, on Thursday rejected criticism of recent choices for the Peace Prize. "Despite that many lively discussions have been held on whether the chosen Peace Prize laureates fulfilled the prescribed provisions, the Foundation does not consider that the prize decisions made by the Norwegian Nobel Committee have entailed any such deviation," it said in a statement. Swedish authorities had asked the foundation to look into claims from Fredrik Heffermehl, a lawyer and author of the book "The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted," that...
  • Video: CBN Interview on Iranian Jew-Hatred, and General Presentation on Islamic Antisemitism

    03/08/2012 7:01:35 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies ^ | 06MAR12 | Andrew Bostom
    Watch this week’s episode of the Stakelbeck on Terror show below. CBN News examines the roots of the Islamic world’s animosity toward the Jewish people. Watch as author Andrew Bostom discusses the history of Muslim Antisemitism and shows how Islam’s core texts promote these beliefs, which have been made official state policy by the Iranian regime today.
  • Afghan president backs strict guidelines for women (Karzai panders to Taliban. Back to square one)

    03/08/2012 6:59:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/08/2012
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president on Tuesday endorsed a "code of conduct" issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women's rights in the country. President Hamid Karzai's Tuesday remarks backing the Ulema Council's document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban. Both the U.S. and Karzai hope that the Taliban can be brought into negotiations to end the country's decade-long war. But activists say they're worried that gains made by women...
  • Pakistani Hindus seek safety in India

    03/08/2012 6:28:36 AM PST · by Cronos · 41 replies
    Daily Time ^ | 5th March 2012 | Daily Times
    KARACHI: Preetam Das is a good doctor with a hospital job and a thriving private clinic, yet all he thinks about is leaving Pakistan, terrified about a rise in killings and kidnappings targeting Hindus. A successful professional, he lives in Karachi with his wife and two children, but comes from Kashmore, a district in north of Sindh. His family has lived there for centuries, and in 1947, when the sub-continent split between India, a majority Hindu state, and Pakistan, a homeland for Muslims, Das’ grandparents chose to stay with the Muslims. They fervently believed the promise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali...
  • On Iran and Entitlements, Obama Kicks the Can Down the Road

    03/08/2012 6:26:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Kicking the can down the road. That's been the Obama administration's response on issues from Iran's nuclear weapons program to America's entitlement systems. Start with Iran. In a statement in the Oval Office before his meeting with President Obama on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted that Obama had "reiterated yesterday" the principle that "when it comes to Israel's security, Israel has the right, the sovereign right, to make its own decisions." That evening, speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Netanyahu said: "Israel has waited patiently for the international community to resolve this issue. We've waited for...
  • President Sarkozy says France has “Too many foreigners,” and Plans Changes

    03/08/2012 5:26:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies · 1+ views
    JD Journal ^ | 3-8-12
    France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has stirred some controversy just in time for France’s presidential campaign; to close the narrow gap between him and Francoise Hollande, who is outshining him in the polls, he has reached out to the Right: “Today, we have a problem,” Sarkozy said on a televised speech Tuesday night, “Our system of integration is working worse and worse, because we have too many foreigners on our territory and we can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school.” Such words were sure to push some buttons with this hot topic on the French scene,...
  • Sick and Tired of the Middle East

    03/08/2012 5:09:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | March 8, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Americans -- left, right, Democrats and Republicans -- are all sick of thankless nation-building in the Middle East. Yet democratization was not our first choice, but rather a last resort after prior failures. The United States had long ago supplied Afghan insurgents, who expelled the Soviets after a decade of fighting. Then we left. The country descended into even worse medievalism under the Taliban. So after removing the Taliban, who had hosted the perpetrators of 9/11, we promised in 2001 to stay on. We won the first Gulf War in 1991. Then most of our forces left the region. The...
  • Azerbaijan’s Arms Deal with Israel Raises Caucasus Tensions

    03/08/2012 12:27:33 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Already in 2012, two Iranian terrorist plots against Azerbaijan have been exposed, Moscow has substantially reinforced its garrisons in the Caucasus in expectation of a war involving Iran by this summer, and Russia has also warned Georgia against hosting US troops there for purposes of conducting such a war. These extraordinary moves testify to the importance the Caucasus has in conjunction with the possibility of a war against Iran. Therefore the recent announcement of a large-scale Israeli arms sale to Azerbaijan only adds to the high degree of tensions there. Israeli Hermes 450 Drone In late February, Israeli officials confirmed...
  • China cyber capability puts U.S. forces at risk: report

    03/07/2012 11:27:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 8, 2012 12:11am EST | Jim Wolf
    Chinese cyberwarfare would pose a "genuine risk" to the U.S. military in a conflict, for instance over Taiwan or disputes in the South China Sea, according to a report prepared for the U.S. Congress. Operations against computer networks have become fundamental to Beijing's military and national development strategies over the past decade, said the 136-page analysis by Northrop Grumman Corp released on Thursday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Chinese commercial firms, bolstered by foreign partners, are giving the military access to cutting-edge research and technology, the analysis said. The Chinese military's close ties to large Chinese telecommunications...
  • China parliament unveils dissident detention powers

    03/07/2012 10:56:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 8, 2012 1:03am EST | Chris Buckley
    China's parliament unveiled legislation on Thursday solidifying police powers to hold dissidents in secret criminal detention, prompting an outcry from artist Ai Weiwei and rights advocates caught in a surge of clandestine detentions last year. Others said, however, the ruling Communist Party had retreated from the most draconian part of new rules for another kind of secretive detention, called "residential surveillance", which were proposed last year. Police powers to hold suspects facing subversion and other state security charges are set out in revisions to China's Criminal Procedure Law sent to the annual parliament, the National People's Congress, for approval. "Detainees'...
  • Syrian deputy oil minister announces resignation [defects]

    03/07/2012 10:25:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2012 | Amy Willis
    Syria’s deputy oil minister has announced his resignation, saying he is instead joining the anti-government revolt against President Bashar Assad in a video posted on YouTube overnight. Abdo Hussameddin Abdo Hussameddin, 58, one of the highest ranking Syrian officials to defect since the uprising began one year ago, said he did not want to die “serving a criminal regime”. Mr Hussameddin, who served in the Syrian government for 33 years, also denounced Russia and China for backing the regime saying they were not "friends of the Syrian people but partners in the killing of the Syrian people". The resignation came...
  • Biden drug talk with Lobo (Pres. Honduras)

    03/07/2012 10:08:52 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    La Prensa (Honduras) ^ | March 2, 2012 | Redaccion
    Vice President (Biden) began a tour of Mexico and Honduras. Tegucigalpa, Honduras U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, takes a trip on Sunday in Mexico and Honduras to protect the region's leaders that his country is willing to do more against organized crime and drug trafficking, which have no mercy against the region. But the trip comes at a time of fiscal constraints in the U.S. and a growing frustration among the Central American leaders for the violence. Biden, who on Tuesday in Honduras will meet with Central American Presidents also seek to prepare the Summit of the Americas in mid-April...
  • Southern Exposure: Iran, Terror Groups Setting Up Shop in South America

    03/07/2012 8:50:53 PM PST · by U-238 · 1 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | 3/7/2012 | U.S. News and World Report
    Iran and Middle East-based extremist groups are stepping up their activities in South America, aiming to make friends and score cash, a senior U.S. military official says. Tehran intends to build military drones in Washington's backyard for the Venezuelan military led by Hugo Chavez, U.S. Southern Command chief Gen. Douglas Fraser told reporters Wednesday during a breakfast meeting in Washington "I would put it in the Scan Eagle class of UAV," Fraser said. "It's not up into the Predator class." The Southern Command chief was referring to two U.S.-made drone aircraft used by the American military. The Scan Eagle is...
  • Air Force Contradicts Itself in Blame for F-22 Fighter Crash

    03/07/2012 8:42:57 PM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/7/2012 | Lee Ferran
    Three months after the Air Force placed blame squarely on an F-22 fighter pilot who died when he crashed in the service's most expensive plane after his oxygen system failed in mid-air, a top Air Force official is apparently backtracking -- saying that the pilot was not blamed and that he did the best he could in the situation he was in. "We did not assign blame to the pilot," U.S. Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said before a House subcommittee Tuesday when asked about the crash and the troubled F-22 program by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.,...
  • Putin’s Military: Let the Good Times Roll

    03/07/2012 8:37:54 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    In the aftermath of the long-anticipated presidential election victory secured by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on March 4, Russian media coverage of issues related to the future of the Armed Forces emphasize a bright future for the country’s conventional military power. However, as the country awaits some level of reshuffling or recalibrating “team Putin,” there are signs that the Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff may be sacrificed in the impending ministerial spring cleaning. Yet, beyond the personality clashes, the Kremlin’s information machinery is struggling to maintain the mirror tricks involved in supporting the complex mythology surrounding...
  • Ballistic missiles: a unique instrument for Russia's long-range aviation

    03/07/2012 8:30:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | Mar 7, 2012 | Ilya Kramnik
    Ballistic missiles: a unique instrument for Russia's long-range aviation Russia is developing the air force component of its strategic forces. The Air Force will receive modernized bomber aircraft with new armament. Modern missiles broaden the capabilities of long-range aviation by facilitating its use in various types of combat. From Bludgeon to Sward/Rapier In February 2012 the Russian Air Force received the first upgraded bomber plane Tu-22M3M. With the new armament and equipment these planes will become an important element of the combat power of the Russian military aviation of the 2020-30s. Along with the TU-22M planes Russia is upgrading its...
  • USAF criticised over Global Hawk cuts

    03/07/2012 7:22:09 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/7/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Members of Congress on 6 March harshly criticised the US Air Force's decision to place its recently acquired fleet of Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned high altitude reconnaissance aircraft into storage. The air force has 14 aircraft in service, while four more are being built by Northrop. All 18 would be retired in the fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. Among the most vocal critics was Congressman Norman Dicks, but almost every member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee present voiced their dismay at the perceived waste of taxpayer dollars. Testifying before the committee, USAF chief of staff...
  • Loose wire caused Afghanistan Global Hawk crash

    03/07/2012 7:16:58 PM PST · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/7/2012 | Zach Rosenberg
    In-flight electrical failure caused a Northrop Grumman EQ-4 to crash in Afghanistan on 20 August, says a newly-released accident investigation report. The aircraft crashed approximately 195km (120 miles) northwest of Kandahar. Specificlly, an electrical connector to an unidentified line replacement unit partially separated. This caused electrical damage inside the LRU, which cut power to the actuators that controlled ailerons and spoilers. Within 1min of the power failure, the aircraft lost control after hitting minor turbulence. "The Board President also found, by a preponderance of the evidence, that LRU installation methods were a contributing factor in the mishap," continues the report....
  • USAF seeks to bypass aircraft engine manufacturers

    03/07/2012 7:13:34 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/7/2012 | Flight Global
    The US Air Force is considering buying engine parts for some of its aircraft from third-party manufacturers, the service's top officials told the US Congress on 6 March. "We have taken a look at competing some aspects of engine components and have seen potential for significant [cost] reductions," said air force secretary Michael Donley, during his testimony before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. "We forecast a saving of $40 million," he added. In recent years, several companies have received regulatory approval under the parts manufacturing approval (PMA) category to sell reverse-engineered parts for popular commercial engines, such as the CFM...
  • Maddie Pulver collar accused Paul Douglas Peters pleads guilty (collar bomb extortion attempt)

    03/07/2012 5:05:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 ^ | 8th March 2012
    PAUL Douglas Peters has admitted to attaching a fake collar bomb around the neck of Sydney schoolgirl Madeleine Pulver. Peters appeared briefly in Sydney's Central Local Court today via audio-visual link and pleaded guilty to aggravated break enter and commit serious indictable offence. The charge specifies he knowingly detained Ms Pulver for his own advantage. Peters, 50, appeared in prison greens and did not express emotion when his lawyer entered the plea on his behalf. Outside court, his lawyer Kathy Crittenden said Peters was "profoundly sorry" to the Pulver family. Peters was arrested in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, in...
  • Greece on brink of default as bond deal falters

    03/07/2012 3:17:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/7/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    Less than half of Greece’s international creditors had agreed to a vital €206bn (£172bn) bond swap on Wednesday night, leaving Athens dangerously exposed to default. The Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC joined 30 European banks and institutions in declaring their acceptance of the deal - but the tally was still far short of the 95pc needed to avoid being officially declared in default. The International Institute of Finance (IIF), the body that has negotiated with the Greek government on behalf of bondholders, put out several announcements on Wednesday, counting the proportion of the vote as it inched up....
  • What Netanyahu May Have Added...

    03/07/2012 2:46:39 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Stonegate Institute ^ | March 7, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    "We do not 'go' to war; war comes to us." "Mr. President, you live in a big country: wide and long with friendly neighbors and oceans. The distance of your journey from Honolulu to Washington, DC is 4,835 miles – 25% farther than the distance from Tel Aviv to Tehran. Even from Los Angeles to Washington is 2,308 miles. From our southern tip in Eilat to Metullah in the north is 298 miles – just about Washington, DC to New York. Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is 37 miles – although it feels longer in traffic. From Gaza City to Sderot...
  • China Rushes To Fill America's Military Vacuum

    03/07/2012 2:11:00 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 7, 2012 | IBD staff
    Defense: Beijing announces another double-digit jump in military spending as the U.S. disarms and sacrifices its defense budget on the altar of entitlement spending. We have many duties; the Chinese have but one target. China announced this week that its military budget this year would rise 11.2% on top of a 12.7% increase last year. This does not bode well as the U.S. defense budget and force levels decline as a result of cuts mandated by our failure to come to grips with runaway spending. As China ramps up military spending, President Obama's budget contains $487 billion in cuts that,...
  • Merkel Gets Beer Shower

    03/07/2012 12:34:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Feb 12
    An unremarkable party meeting for German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week has turned into an internet sensation after a waiter dropped five glasses of beer down her back – and the whole thing was caught on video. Nuke shutdown costs energy giant €1 billion (6 Mar 12) The waiter, identified by the German press as Martin D., said he could not stop himself shouting out a profanity as the glasses slipped off his tray, pouring beer down the back of the country’s leader. “A colleague should have brought her the beer. But she was so nervous, she asked me to...
  • Sorry, Mr Smith, you're the stupid one (On Australia's Defence Minister and incompetence)

    03/07/2012 11:53:10 AM PST · by naturalman1975
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 8th March 2012 | Andrew Bolt
    DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith should have crawled to an officer and a gentleman yesterday and apologised for dragging his name in the dirt. But he gave no apology to Bruce Kafer, head of the Australian Defence Forces Academy. ..... Last April some low-life at ADFA had sex with another cadet - 18-year-old Kate - and got six mates to secretly watch via Skype. ADFA called the police. In the meantime, widely admired Kafer punished Kate for two earlier breaches of his academy's rules - drinking alcohol and being absent without leave. He asked if she wanted to delay the hearing,...
  • Three aircraft in one (Russian SU-34)

    03/07/2012 10:05:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | March 6, 2012 | Victor Litovkin
    Three aircraft in one In late February, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Sukhoi Company General Director Igor Ozar signed a contract to deliver 92 Su-34 frontline fighter-bombers to the Air Force. This is quite a remarkable event not only because of its sheer scope (according to unofficial sources, the contract is worth an estimated 100 billion roubles), but also because of the high technologies used in producing the domestic aircraft procured. The export cost of the Su-34 frontline fighter-bomber is said to be at least $50 million. Source: In late February, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Sukhoi...
  • Canadian Muslim youth group tied to al-Qaeda stripped of charitable status

    03/07/2012 9:00:04 AM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies ^ | 06MAR12 | Sarah Boesveld
    A Canadian Muslim youth organization has been stripped of its charitable status after a Canada Revenue Agency investigation linked it to a Saudi-based group that allegedly financed Islamist terror campaigns. An audit of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth revealed the charity had developed ties to a number of organizations that allegedly helped fund al-Qaeda operations around the world and failed to comply with a number of standards required for charities to maintain their status. In a warning letter to the Toronto-area organization last summer, CRA director-general Cathy Hawara said “our analysis of the Organization’s operations has led the CRA...
  • Will There Always Be an England?

    03/07/2012 8:13:43 AM PST · by bayouranger · 27 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...