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  • Ayatollah Khamenei praises Barack Obama’s anti-war comments

    03/09/2012 3:23:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2012
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, has welcomed comments by President Barack Obama pushing diplomacy and not war as a solution to Tehran’s nuclear ambition. Iran’s state TV reports Khamenei as praising a recent statement by the US president saying he saw a “window of opportunity” to use diplomacy to resolve the nuclear dispute. It is one of the rare cases in which Iran’s top leader praised an American leader.
  • Israel ex-spy chief urges caution on Iran strike [Agrees with Obama, smells like manipulation]

    03/09/2012 2:50:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/9/2012
    Israel's recently retired spy chief says more time and efforts are needed before considering a military strike on Iran. Meir Dagan, who served as Mossad's head from 2002 to 2010, told CBS's 60 Minutes that he believes Tehran is being "rational" and "very careful" now, and is considering the consequences of continuing the country's controversial nuclear program. Dagan also says world powers should assist opposition groups in Iran to foment regime change. He would not say if Israel supported protest groups against the regime in the past. Mossad is thought to have played a role in the assassinations of Iranian...
  • F-35B training kick-off set for early April

    03/08/2012 10:56:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/9/2012 | Flight Global
    The US Marine Corps hopes to start F-35B local area flights at Eglin AFB, Florida, in early April with operational student pilots starting to train in the autumn, a service senior official says. "We anticipate flying at Eglin to start in the next month," the official says. "And our first student pilots to start training next fall to coincide with the delivery of the operational squadron aircraft at MCAS [Marine Corps Air Station] Yuma [Arizona]." But before training operations can begin, the Marines and other services need to be confident that the F-35 is robust enough to withstand the rigors...
  • Norway F-35 decision about 4 to 5 weeks away

    03/08/2012 10:51:12 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/8/2012 | Flight Global
    Norway's defence secretary Roger Ingebrigtsen and an entourage of military officials visited the F-35 test force at Edwards AFB, California, during the last week of February. The visit to the desert base comes at a time when Norway is trying to finalise how many aircraft it will ultimately buy. "Right now we're in the process where the Norwegian government is about to make a recommendation to their parliament as far as how many F-35s we want to buy and where we should base these aircraft," says Major Eystein Kvarving, a spokesman for the Norwegian Defence Ministry on 29 February in...
  • The Looming Storm in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency

    03/08/2012 10:07:20 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 3/8/2012 | John Ty Grubbs
    Security has worsened significantly in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency this year. In the latest incident, Pakistani fighter jets responded to a series of attacks by bombing militant positions in the Kurram and Orakzai tribal agencies on March 1, killing an estimated 22 Islamist fighters (Dawn [Karachi], March 1; Central Asia Online, March 1). This rise in violence can be attributed to the area’s increasing strategic importance. Physically jutting into Afghanistan, Kurram is an attractive haven for fighters fleeing from drone strikes in North Waziristan and is the ideal entry point into Afghanistan for the Haqqani Network. Therefore, it is crucial for...
  • Gripen: Long-Term, Cost Effective Multi-role Combat Aircraft

    03/08/2012 7:08:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Bernama ^ | March 7, 2012
    Gripen: Long-Term, Cost Effective Multi-role Combat Aircraft (Source: Bernama; published March 7, 2012) BANGKOK --- As Malaysia listed the Swedish-made Gripen multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) as one of its possible choices for its new generation fighter jets, Saab, the manufacturer of the aircraft, is harping on its long-term cost effectiveness. Saab media relations manager Peter Liander said the cost of the whole life cycle of its MRCA in terms of maintenance, operations and flying was more effective as compared to other MRCA of its class. "Generally, potential buyers should not just look at the buying price only, but also the...
  • General Boykin to Beck: ‘I Believe Iran Has a Nuclear Warhead Now’

    03/08/2012 5:57:37 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/8/2012 | Mytheos Holt
    General Boykin was more pessimistic. "I have a different view, Glenn, I believe that Iran has a nuclear warhead now. Now, that's gonna shock a lot of people, but they've been working for 25 years and they've had the assistance of North Korea as well as the Russians. You don't work for 25 years without succeeding in the development of a warhead."
  • Netanyahu: Israel won’t attack Iran in days, weeks

    03/08/2012 4:55:04 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ori Lewis
    Israel will give sanctions on Iran a chance to work and will not attack its nuclear installations in the coming days or weeks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday after returning from talks in Washington. “I am not standing with a stopwatch in hand. It is not a matter days or weeks, but also not a matter of years. Everybody understands this,” Netanyahu told commercial Channel 10 in an excerpt from a recorded interview. Netanyahu has hinted Israel could resort to force should Tehran - which denies suspicions it is covertly trying to develop atomic bombs - continue to...
  • Constitution Flouted On War If Panetta Testimony To Congress Says Anything

    03/08/2012 5:36:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 8, 2012
    Politics: Does the Constitution matter in executive decisions to go to war, or is the U.S. military just the president's plaything, subject to his getting U.N. "permission" to use it? Unsettling testimony this week suggested the latter. As a revolt in Syria heats up with talk of U.S. intervention, Senate Armed Services Committee member Jeff Sessions stumbled upon an astounding discovery about the White House attitude toward its oath of office and putting U.S. troops in harm's way. "We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO, and too little time, my opinion, worrying about the elected...
  • EU: Legal skull-duggery in Greece may doom Portugal

    03/08/2012 5:26:58 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Europe has ring-fenced Greece's debt crisis for now but its escalating recourse to legal legerdemain has shattered the trust of global bond markets and may ultimately expose Portugal, Spain, and Italy to greater danger. "The rule of law has been treated with contempt," said Marc Ostwald from Monument Securities. "This will lead to litigation for the next ten years. It has become a massive impediment for long-term investors, and people will now be very wary about Portugal." At the start of the crisis EU leaders declared it unthinkable that any eurozone state should require debt relief, let alone default. Each...
  • O'Brien: Kony 2012 campaigns tests impact of online activism

    03/08/2012 5:11:10 PM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 17 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8 March 2012 | Chris O'Brien
    If you had any lingering doubts about the power of the Web to spread a message, consider the astonishing impact of "Kony 2012." Over the past 48 hours, it would have been all but impossible to log into Facebook or Twitter and not see someone pointing to a stirring 30-minute video about Joseph Kony, a once-obscure Ugandan rebel leader alleged to have abducted, abused and killed thousands of children for more than two decades. The goal is simple enough: Make Kony's a household name to create a groundswell of outrage that would pressure governments to demand his arrest. This is...
  • Al-Qaeda in Rebel Syria (McCain's call for airstrikes could lead to Al Qaeda-ruled Syria)

    03/08/2012 4:54:53 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | March 8, 2012 | John Rosenthal
    On Monday, in calling for airstrikes on Syria, Senator John McCain reprised much the same role he played one year ago at the outset of the Libyan war. (snip) With Senator McCain again pushing from the right, America risks yet again lending support to its old nemesis on ostensibly “humanitarian” grounds. (For perhaps the only serious attempt yet made to assess the solidity of those grounds, see Sharmine Narwani’s analysis of the Syrian casualty figures here.) If, this time, the senator is not pushing on a fully open door, the door is clearly not shut either. Apparently in an effort...
  • Pakistan charges Osama Bin Laden's widows

    03/08/2012 4:18:34 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 March 2012
    Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the women, reported to be two Saudis and a Yemeni, had been charged but did not say when the hearing took place. The wives and about 10 children were taken into custody last May when US commandos raided their safe house. The three women had been living in the compound in Abbottabad that Navy Seals attacked, killing Bin Laden.
  • White House pushes back on report of deal with Israelis over Iran strike

    03/08/2012 3:57:21 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies ^ | March 08, 2012 | unattributed
    The White House artfully pushed back Thursday on a report in an Israeli newspaper that claimed the U.S. offered Israel high-tech weaponry like bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes in exchange for a pledge to hold off on attacking Iran until 2013. Press Secretary Jay Carney, asked about the article at the daily briefing, said "there was no such agreement proposed or reached" in meetings President Obama held -- without appearing to comment on what other officials might have discussed. "We have ... high-level cooperation between the Israeli military and the U.S. military, at other levels with other agencies in their...
  • Obama To Give Missile Secrets To Russia With Love?

    03/08/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 8, 2012 | IBD staff
    Security: A deputy defense secretary tells Congress that the administration is indeed considering giving Moscow sensitive Aegis ballistic missile defense data. We've gone from "trust but verify" to "appease and surrender." Brad Roberts testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday that the Obama administration was actively considering giving Moscow classified missile defense data to allay Russian concerns about the capabilities and intent of our proposed ballistic missile defense system based in Europe to guard against missiles launched from Iran. Roberts testified that the administration believes "cooperation could be well-served by some limited sharing of classified information of a certain...
  • 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,...