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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
    news.com.au ^ | 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 www.VeteransToday.com - 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 www.VillaInternational.org Join us for an evening with the infamous Gilad Atzmon, the man, his sax, and his social justice causes, on his current book tour - www.wanderingwho.com 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
    thelocal.se ^ | 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
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 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
    andrewbostom.org ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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.,...