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  • Osama bin Laden hoped to kill Obama, make 'utterly unprepared' Biden president

    05/04/2012 7:37:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    ny daily news ^ | may 3, 2012 | jonathan lemire
    But Bin Laden, who was killed in a Navy SEALs raid a year ago this week, still believed his fragmented organization could deliver a horrific blow to the U.S. He wrote that he wanted to target airplanes carrying President Obama and Army Gen. David Petraeus, at the time the leader of the American military effort in Afghanistan. Bin Laden wrote that a successful assassination would propel an “utterly unprepared” Vice President Biden into the Oval Office and send the United States spiraling into chaos.
  • Osama Bin Laden thought CBS might be a good network to air his propaganda

    05/04/2012 7:11:50 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 3, 2012 | jonathan lemire
    “We should also look for an American channel that can be close to being unbiased, such as CBS, or other channel that has political motives that make it interested in broadcasting the point of view of al Mujahadin,” Bin Laden wrote in one of the letters uncovered in the raid that killed him. But one of his top aides, American-born Adam Gadahn, raged against coverage of the terror group on U.S. television. Gadahn believed that several of the American networks, in particular CNN, were “in cooperation with the government” —and saved much of his scorn for Fox News. -snip However,...
  • Argentina the Outcast

    05/04/2012 7:03:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | May 4, 2012 | Luiz F Lampreia
    Roughly 20 years ago, an important Argentine minister startled a newly arrived Brazilian ambassador by telling him that “Argentina is prodigal in three things: meat, wheat, and insane gestures.” The decision to expropriate 51% of YPF, Argentina’s biggest energy firm, from the Spanish company Repsol is one of those gestures. Added to its contempt for foreign creditors, and to the growing and arbitrary protectionism that violates all global and regional rules, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s decision pushes Argentina closer to being deemed internationally as a lawless country.
  • China: We’ll let Chen, er, study abroad

    05/04/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Both China and the US acted overnight to bring an embarrassing string of incidents with dissident Chen Guangcheng to a rapid conclusion. Beijing announced earlier that they would look favorably on a request from Chen to "study abroad", which would rid them of the international focus on their repressive regime that suddenly erupted this week: ChinaÂ’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the dissident Chen Guangcheng can apply to study outside China in the same manner as more than 300,000 Chinese students already abroad, signaling a possible breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis that has deeply embarrassed the White House and...
  • Georgetown prof: US not overstretched; ‘our world role is affordable’

    05/04/2012 5:55:13 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/02/2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Don’t believe the claims by those on the left — and some on the right — that America is overstretched abroad, says Georgetown University professor Robert J. Lieber. “[W]e managed to maintain the world’s most advanced and capable military (including a volunteer army), fight two wars plus a global war on terror, and yet at the peak last year we spent just 5 percent of gross domestic product on defense — a figure lower than the average during any of the Cold War years,” Lieber told The Daily Caller. “The percentage is already on the way down, toward less than...
  • The Foggiest War

    05/04/2012 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Cliff May
    The “fog of war” is a concept derived from the writings of Carl von Clausewitz, the great 19th century Prussian military theorist who recognized that those leading troops into battle often lack data, perspective and situational awareness. Enveloped within this “fog of uncertainty,” they may not know whether they are winning or losing, and they may take actions that weaken their position and strengthen their enemies. Would Clausewitz not be fascinated by the war dominating the 21st century, a conflict so murky we can’t even agree on its name? It is the War on Terrorism or the Long War or...
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    05/04/2012 4:56:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Diana West
    Remember the sci-fi cult classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"? The 1956 movie is about a small town where extraterrestrial "pods" take over the townspeople. Even pillars of the community change into zombielike clones, as revealed by their blank stares and abnormal impulses. Outwardly, though, the "pod people" remain unchanged. The town doctor, played by Kevin McCarthy, figures out what's going on, but, as the movie progresses, there are fewer real people to warn. Soon, they've all gone over to the Other Side! The climactic sequence features McCarthy, the last free man, running across a rugged landscape and onto a...
  • Obama Fails on Human Rights

    05/04/2012 3:58:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The Obama administration's record on human rights, never strong, just got a whole lot worse. This week's dramatic saga of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's escape from house arrest in Shandong province to safety inside the U.S. Embassy to the embassy's role in handing him over to Chinese authorities is a disgraceful tale. Once again, the Obama administration has chosen to put human rights violations on the back burner, as it has nearly every time it has been asked for help, whether from Iranian protesters in 2009 or Syrian freedom fighters today. Chen's fate was complicated by the arrival in...
  • Obama's Disgraceful Abandonment of Chen Guangcheng

    05/04/2012 3:43:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Mona Charen
    It's hard to know which is worse: one's grief over Chen Guangcheng's fate or the fury over the Obama administration's abandonment of him to that fate. Chen was already an internationally known human rights activist when he remarkably showed up at the U.S. embassy in Beijing last week seeking refuge. A blind, self-taught lawyer from Shandong province, Chen had been held prisoner for 19 months for the crime of publicizing Chinese atrocities by those enforcing the "one child" policy. Chen had chosen a moonless night (his captors were not blind) to scale several high walls and stumble his way to...
  • Allen West Blames Obama for Afghanistan Suicide Bombing [If the shoe fit, liberal whiner]

    05/04/2012 1:58:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    browardpalmbeach.com ^ | 5/2/12 | Rich Abdill
    In a tweet this morning, Congressman Allen West linked to an article detailing a suicide bombing in Kabul, the Afghan capital that President Barack Obama had just departed from, and... took the side of the Taliban. "Pres flew into Afghanistan at night for 7 hrs," West wrote. "As sun came up, Taliban gave its response 2 his Chamberlain like actions."
  • Great New Video: Two Taliban Carrying IED... One Trips... Wait For It... Wait... Oooops

    Oooops! Great closeup color video
  • [Red] China takes interest in South Sudan pipeline

    05/04/2012 12:54:00 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 5/3/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    President Salva Kiir of South Sudan is in China to open a new embassy and meet with President Hu Jintao. Kiir is seeking Chinese financing for an oil pipeline through Kenya that would bypass Sudan. Beijing has already pledged technical assistance for the pipeline and will contribute heavily to the project, including labor, loans and development aid. Chinese construction companies and oil companies are likely to bid for the project, the Associated Press reports. This month Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corporation completed a feasibility study for the pipeline and is putting together a proposal to begin construction. Landlocked South Sudan is...
  • PLA Daily takes aim at the Philippines

    05/04/2012 12:11:13 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 5/3/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    The official PLA Daily has issued Beijing’s harshest warning yet about tensions with the Philippines, claiming that U.S.-Philippine military exercises have increased the likelihood of armed confrontation over the disputed South China Sea. “Behind these drills is a mentality that will lead the South China Sea issue down a fork in the road towards military confrontation and resolution through armed force. Through this kind of meddling and intervention, the United States will only stir up the entire South China Sea situation towards increasing chaos and this will inevitably have a massive impact on regional peace and stability. The U.S. strategy...
  • The euro crisis just got a whole lot worse

    05/03/2012 11:38:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/2/2012 | Jeremy Warner
    With Europe plunging back into recession and unemployment soaring, Francois Hollande, the French presidential candidate, is calling for growth objectives to be reprioritised over the chemotherapy of austerity. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has meanwhile continued to insist that on the contrary, Europe must persist with the hairshirt. What's needed is political courage and creativity, not more billions thrown away in fiscal stimulus. Stick with the programme, she urges, as the anti-austerity backlash reaches the point of outright political insurrection. Hollande and Merkel are, of course, both wrong. What Europe really needs is a return to free-floating sovereign currencies. Only...
  • Attorney for Christian pastor on death row in Iran reportedly sentenced to 9 years

    05/03/2012 10:18:03 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 03, 2012
    Prominent human rights advocate and attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who represents the Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran in a case that sparked international condemnation, has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in jail for allegedly "acting against national security" in Iran. Dadkhah has represented several political and human rights activists jailed since Iran's 2009 disputed elections, including Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian pastor charged with apostasy and sentenced to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity. "I have been convicted of acting against the national security, spreading propaganda against the regime and keeping banned books at home," Dadkhah...
  • Welcome to the G-Zero World

    05/03/2012 10:01:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Realclearworld.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Ian Bremmer
    For the first time in seven decades, we live in a world without global leadership. In the United States, endless partisan combat and mounting federal debt have stoked fears that America's best days are done. Across the Atlantic, a debt crisis cripples confidence in Europe, its institutions and its future. In Japan, recovery from a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown has proven far easier than ending more than two decades of political and economic malaise. A generation ago, these were the world's powerhouses. With Canada, they made up the G7, the group of free-market democracies that powered the global...
  • EU PLOT TO SCRAP BRITAIN

    05/03/2012 7:55:53 PM PDT · by garjog · 39 replies
    UK Daily Express ^ | Friday May 4,2012 | By Macer Hall
    SENIOR Eurocrats are secretly plotting to create a super-powerful EU president to realise their dream of abolishing ­Britain and other nation states, the Daily Express can reveal. A covert group of EU foreign ministers has drawn up plans for merging the jobs currently done by Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission. The new bureaucrat, who would not be directly elected by voters, is set to get sweeping control over the entire EU and force member countries into ever-greater political and economic union.
  • Second Inaugural Address: President George W. Bush, January 20, 2005

    05/03/2012 7:46:19 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 9 replies
    Vice President Cheney, Mr. Chief Justice, President Carter, President Bush, President Clinton, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, fellow citizens: On this day, prescribed by law and marked by ceremony, we celebrate the durable wisdom of our Constitution, and recall the deep commitments that unite our country. I am grateful for the honor of this hour, mindful of the consequential times in which we live, and determined to fulfill the oath that I have sworn and you have witnessed. At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For...
  • Free Chen, Free China, Free the Children in the Womb from Forced Abortion

    05/03/2012 7:38:57 PM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/3/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Over the last several days the sad, confusing and now disheartening saga of a courageous man named Chen Guangcheng has filled the news. Much of the focus seems to be on who botched this entire affair diplomatically, rather than the even more important underlying issues. Chen is a 40 year old Chinese citizen who taught himself the law and, as a human rights lawyer, courageously stands up against the evil, inhumane and barbaric forced abortion and sterilization policies of the nation he loves, the Peoples Republic of China. Chen was released from jail in 2010 and placed under house arrest....
  • Destabilizes (Chen Guangcheng) China

    05/03/2012 7:27:16 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | May 2, 2012 | John Batchelor
    Spoke China hands Gordon Chang, Perry Link, Kelley Currie, Ann Lee, Bob Fu, Joseph Sternberg, re the Chen Guangcheng crisis in Beijing to learn the the US Embassy had plenty of reason to know that Chen was threatened BEFORE he decided to leave the sanctuary of the U.S. Embassy and enter a Chinese hospital. This is a major detail and will be the center of contention when Congress insistes upon hearings with China Ambassador Gary Locke and SecState HRC. What did you kno and when did you know it about threats to Chen's family by Chinese authorities? All this is...
  • Pastor Youcef’s Attorney to be Jailed for Representing the Persecuted

    05/03/2012 7:16:32 PM PDT · by blueyon · 3 replies
    ACLJ ^ | 5/3/2012 | By Jordan Sekulo
    Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Iranian attorney has been convicted for his work defending human rights and is expected to have to begin serving his nine-year sentence in the near future. As we have previously reported, Pastor Youcef’s attorney, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, was sentenced to nine years in prison and banned from practicing law or teaching for ten years by the Iranian government, essentially for representing individuals like Pastor Youcef. Dadkhah recently stated, “I was in a court in Tehran defending one of my clients, Davoud Arjangi, a jailed political activist on death row when the judge told me that my own...
  • Argentina Politicizes the Olympics with Commercial shot stealthily on the Falklands

    05/03/2012 6:35:52 PM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 7 replies
    Argentina has riled the Falkland Islands by broadcasting a political advert filmed on the territory without authorisation. The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July. It ends with the slogan: "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil." Falklands legislator Ian Hansen dismissed it as a piece of "cheap and disrespectful propaganda". The advert - broadcast in Argentina on Wednesday night - is the latest measure by Argentina to reassert its claim to the British overseas territory it calls the Malvinas.
  • An ugly day of american diplomacy

    05/03/2012 6:25:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | benny avni
    The State Department painted it as an elegant way out of a ballooning crisis involving Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng — but by day’s end, it looked like a disgraceful performance by US diplomats. Initial reports had Chen so pleased by the deal that he told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “I want to kiss you.” The agreement Clinton negotiated with Beijing yesterday supposedly allowed Cheng to stay in China and get medical attention, with the authorities guaranteeing his future safety. But things started unraveling just hours after the compromise was inked. First, while State claims Chen never wanted to leave...
  • US F-15 crashes in Mideast, crew ejects safely

    05/03/2012 6:16:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 3, 2012 | Stars and Stripes
    <p>DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter crashed Thursday during a routine training mission in the Middle East, but investigators have ruled out insurgent activity as a cause, the military said. Both crew members ejected safely.</p>
  • UK: Chancellor George Osborne blocks EU's Basel III rules

    05/03/2012 5:52:07 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/3/2012 | Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
    Britain has blocked a European Union agreement on new rules to increase capital requirements for banks in a row over sovereignty and national "macro-prudential tools" to protect the economy against future financial crises. During heated exchanges and after 16 hours of talks ending early on Thursday morning, George Osborne refused to support EU measures that, he argued, were too weak and impinged on national decision-making. The Chancellor also pushed for standardised definitions of banking capital rather than allowing country-by-country variations. EU finance ministers meet again on May 15 to discuss Basell III rules amid threats from France, Germany and the...
  • NBC Wags Dog For Bill Clinton, Who Let Osama Escape

    05/03/2012 4:57:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 3, 2012
    Media: NBC's presentation of "Rock Center with Brian Williams" last Wednesday night demonstrated that MSNBC's Chris Matthews isn't the only one who feels tingles up his leg when he talks with or about President Obama. President Obama's victory lap and shameless, media-assisted political exploitation of the Navy SEALs' triumph continued with the program opening with the photograph taken in the White House Situation Room, now apparently open to public tours. Administration bigwigs were shown watching the fruits of President George W. Bush's labors as Navy SEALs, acting on a trail of evidence gathered using enhanced interrogation techniques President Obama opposed,...
  • Under Obama, U.S. Is No Beacon To Chinese Dissidents

    05/03/2012 4:45:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 3, 2012
    Leadership: The Obama administration's shoddy rebuff of a blind Chinese dissident seeking asylum underlines a sorry reality: The White House will sell out American interests for political advantage. Where is the courage? Chen Guangcheng, 40, a blind Chinese human rights advocate of extraordinary courage, made a daring escape from an illegal house arrest last week and made his way to Beijing to stagger into the U.S. Embassy to seek asylum. He was no ordinary applicant. The self-taught lawyer had been imprisoned for four years and continuously menaced by Chinese officials for the "crime" of standing up for the human dignity...
  • Russia's military threatens pre-emptive strike if NATO goes ahead with missile plan

    05/03/2012 4:29:29 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 03, 2012 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW – Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system. Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further Thursday. "A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens," he said at an international conference attended by senior U.S. and...
  • Theater of War (North on Obama)

    05/03/2012 3:58:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 4, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — My old American Heritage Dictionary defines the word "theater," inter alia, as "a large geographic area in which military operations are coordinated." Throughout World War II, official dispatches and press reports described military action and events in the European, Pacific and China-Burma-India "theaters of war." We now have a new definition, courtesy of our present commander in chief: a place to remind everyone that Osama bin Laden is still dead. On the anniversary of bin Laden's demise at the hands of U.S. special operators, the Barack Obama re-election campaign made a "surprise" middle-of-the-night visit to Kabul, Afghanistan....
  • North’s submarines go off the radar (North Korea)

    05/03/2012 2:30:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | May ?, 2012 | Jeong Yong-soo, Kim Hee-jin
    After Pyongyang threatened to wage “special action” against Seoul, a number of North Korean submarines have disappeared, a South Korean government official told the JoongAng Ilbo. “Eight or nine submarines of the North’s East Sea Fleet are missing from our radar,” the high-ranking South Korean official said on Monday. “We are figuring out whether the submarines are conducting a military drill or an actual mission. “The missing submarines vary in size, from the 1,000-ton shark-class vessel to a former Soviet Romeo-class one (1,300 ton),” the official added. Military sources say that North Korea currently owns roughly 70 submarines, including the...
  • US Military Drills Day One After Strike On Iran, Deploys F-22s To Gulf

    05/03/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies
    Debka.com ^ | May 4, 2012 (Middle East) | Debka.com
    US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US-Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, debkafile’s exclusive military and Washington sources report. Sunday, April 22, the US also transferred a number of advanced stealth F-22 fighter bombers, believed to be from the 302nd Fighter Squadron 302, from the joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. According to our sources, the F-22 jets...
  • The Truth about the Killing of Bin Laden

    05/03/2012 1:06:17 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 37 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | May 3, 2012 | Jeff Head
    THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MISSION TO KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN Activity Description Decision Maker Those Opposing Time Frame Going to war with Al Quida and the Taliban Bush, CIA, NSA, Military - 2001 Setting up the intelligence apparatus Bush, CIA, NSA Obama & DNC - Establishing the enhanced interrogation Bush, DOJ, CIA, Military Obama & DNC 2002-2003 Establishing off-shore holding areas (Gitmo Bush, CIA, NSA Obama & DNC - Capturing the terrorists CIA, Military - 2003-2006 Interrogating with enhanced methods CIA, Military Obama & DNC - Analyzing the info Bush, CIA, Military - - Tracking the Intel CIA, NSA, Military...
  • Russia threatens to strike NATO missile defense sites

    05/03/2012 12:33:33 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 156 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | Shaun Waterman
    Russia’s most senior military officer said Thursday that Moscow would preemptively strike and destroy U.S.-led NATO missile defense sites in Eastern Europe if talks with Washington about the developing system continue to stall. “A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov said at an international missile defense conference in Moscow attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials. The threat comes as talks about the missile defense system, which the U.S. and its allies insist is aimed at Iranian missiles, appear to have stalled. “We have not been...
  • White House is silent on fate of Chinese activist

    05/03/2012 11:21:28 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is sidestepping questions about how the U.S. might resolve the predicament surrounding a blind Chinese activist who sought refuge in the American embassy and who no longer wants to remain China. White House spokesman Jay Carney referred questions about asylum for the activist, Chen Guangcheng, to the State Department.
  • Unemployed African refugees turning Tel Aviv beaches into high crime spots

    05/03/2012 10:03:03 AM PDT · by cowboybeebop · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5-2-12 | Yaniv Kubovich
    Police say small groups composed of up to five refugees roam the beach looking for easy pickings. Young lovers or teens in the water are the preferred targets, but the main goal is to find a bag or something else lying around that is easy to grab and then sell at the city's Central Bus Station. Police describe the gangs' activities as follows: they begin by surveying the beach. The moment one of the thieves spots a likely item, he signals his buddies. Then the group strolls toward the promenade to plan the theft.
  • Eurozone unemployment hits new record

    05/03/2012 8:48:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02.05.12 @ 15:43 | Honor Mahony
    There was more grim news for the 17-nation eurozone on Wednesday (2 May) as new figures showed that the unemployment rate reached 10.9 percent in March with a further 169,000 people losing their jobs compared to February. The figure—translating into 17.4 million looking for work in the eurozone and the highest rate since the euro's introduction in 1999—is up from 10.8 percent in February of this year and 9.9 percent in March 2011. The highest jobless rate was recorded in Spain—currently battling for a sharp reduction in its budget deficit—at 24.1 percent, followed by bailout countries Greece (21.7 percent in...
  • China Contracting or Expanding?

    05/03/2012 8:43:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    China manufacturing is reported to be in contraction and expansion simultaneously. The Chinese government reports expansion. The HBSC PMI says China is in contraction for the 6th consecutive month. Obviously this is impossible, so the question is "who to believe?" China Manufacturing Expands at Faster Pace Bloomberg reports ChinaÂ’s Stocks Rise Most in Two Weeks on Manufacturing, Fee Cut ChinaÂ’s stocks rose the most in two weeks after manufacturing expanded at a faster pace and the nationÂ’s two stock exchanges said they will cut trading fees by 25 percent to attract investors. Citic Securities Co. and Haitong Securities Co. led...
  • EU austerity is feeding racism, report says

    05/03/2012 8:39:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.05.03 @ 09:55 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    EU austerity measures are helping to feed racism and intolerance, according to a report by the Strasbourg-based human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe. In its annual survey out on Thursday (3 May), the council's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), said welfare cuts and shrinking job opportunities are factors behind the recent rise in intolerance and violence directed at immigrants and other vulnerable minorities. "Immigration is [being] equated with insecurity, [that] irregular migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees either steal jobs or risk capsizing our welfare system, while Muslims are not able to integrate in Western societies," the survey says....
  • In N. Mali, Islamists flex muscles, banning booze, uncovered women and whipping violators

    05/03/2012 8:15:20 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    AP ^ | May 2, 2012
    BAMAKO, Mali — In one town in northern Mali a man has been whipped for drinking alcohol. In another, pictures of unveiled women have been torn down. In a third, traditional music is no longer heard in the streets.
  • Can Obama Run on His Foreign-Policy Record?

    05/03/2012 8:01:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Hoover Institute ^ | May 2, 2012 | Fouad Ajami
    <p>In a speech at New York University last week, Vice President Joe Biden laid out the case for the Democratic ticket's re-election: "Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."</p> <p>Good riddance to bin Laden. That our Navy SEALs killed him is the settlement of an account overdue. The commander in chief who authorized and oversaw that operation deserves his satisfaction—and the country grants it to him. But the public will draw its own subtle line on the exploitation of that event, and it will not abide the SEALs' bravery being used as a campaign prop.</p>
  • Chen Guangcheng was ready 'to spend many years' in US embassy

    05/03/2012 7:49:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05/03/2012 | Tania Branigan in Beijing and agencies
    Blind Chinese Human Rights activist causes diplomatic crisis after asking Hillary Clinton to take him back to the US on her plane. The blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was prepared to spend years in the US embassy in Beijing if necessary as he weighed his next move after escaping house arrest, the US ambassador has said. But the future of the "barefoot lawyer" and his family is now uncertain, after he agreed to a deal allowing him to stay in China and study, with assurances from the government, only to then change his mind and ask to go to the...
  • Dissident makes plea to leave China [Obama Hates Blind Anti-Abortionists]

    05/03/2012 7:38:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    abc.net ^ | 5/3/12
    The Chinese dissident at the centre of a diplomatic storm has told the ABC he now believes he and his family are in danger in China and he wants the United States government to get him out of the country. That's despite a deal between Beijing and Washington under which he left the US embassy in Beijing last night in return for guarantees of his safety. But Chen Guangcheng, who's in hospital in Beijing, says he now knows more about the danger he faces in China.
  • Dissident makes plea to leave China [Obama Hates Blind Anti-Abortionists]

    05/03/2012 7:38:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    abc.net ^ | 5/3/12
    The Chinese dissident at the centre of a diplomatic storm has told the ABC he now believes he and his family are in danger in China and he wants the United States government to get him out of the country. That's despite a deal between Beijing and Washington under which he left the US embassy in Beijing last night in return for guarantees of his safety. But Chen Guangcheng, who's in hospital in Beijing, says he now knows more about the danger he faces in China.
  • Dissident makes plea to leave China [Obama Hates Blind Anti-Abortionists]

    05/03/2012 7:38:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    abc.net ^ | 5/3/12
    The Chinese dissident at the centre of a diplomatic storm has told the ABC he now believes he and his family are in danger in China and he wants the United States government to get him out of the country. That's despite a deal between Beijing and Washington under which he left the US embassy in Beijing last night in return for guarantees of his safety. But Chen Guangcheng, who's in hospital in Beijing, says he now knows more about the danger he faces in China.
  • American Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attacks (UK PM) Cameron over his Obama 'love-in'

    05/03/2012 5:59:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 3, 2012 | Tim Shipman
    David Cameron has come under fire for ‘taking sides’ in the US Presidential election. Aides to Republican candidate Mitt Romney have accused the Prime Minister of staging a ‘love in’ with Barack Obama during his recent trip to Washington which will help the president get re-elected. In a highly unusual attack on Mr Cameron, the Romney camp yesterday accused the Prime Minister of showing a ‘lack of experience’ and being ‘not very skilful’ when he gave a toast in Mr Obama’s honour during a White House banquet.
  • Activist Chen Guangcheng: Let Me Leave China on Hillary Clinton’s Plane

    05/03/2012 5:26:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 2, 2012 | Melinda Liu
    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast’s Melinda Liu, blind dissident Chen Guangcheng says he’s been abandoned by American officials at a Chinese hospital and begs to leave the country on Hillary Clinton’s plane. I’ve known Chen Guangcheng for more than a decade—he’s been through intimidation, beatings, jail, and extralegal house arrest—but through it all I never sensed he was scared. Now he’s scared. Chen, whose case has escalated into a bilateral crisis that threatens to dominate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Beijing this week, was weeping as he talked to me over the phone from his...
  • Obama's Dangerous Approach to Missile Defense

    05/03/2012 4:36:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    When Congress returns after recess, the astronomical levels of spending included in President Obama’s budget will face a vicious show down in this election year, which will make the debt ceiling debate look tame. And while our Campaigner in Chief is busy making jokes about eating dogs and claiming credit for the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is facing intense scrutiny for his proposed changes to the military which will leave American vulnerable to future terrorist attacks. Last week in my leadership role at the Faith and Freedom Coalition of Ohio, I signed a letter along with...
  • Video: Bill Ayers awfully confident that America’s best days are behind us

    05/03/2012 4:19:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:41 pm on May 2, 2012 | Morgen Richmond
    While Bill Ayers roots for the demise of America some guy from his old neighborhood is presiding over it in Washington. Coincidence? You be the judge.This is from an event last week at the University of Oregon where Ayers was speaking on “teaching and organizing for social justice”. Most of his presentation was about as dull as you’d expect, but you can find it here if you are interesting in watching any more of this.So did Ayers leave out any tired stereotypes of the right? We get it, we’re a bunch of war hungry racists, hell bent on exploiting the...
  • Vice President’s office behind turning away of senior Chinese defector from consulate in China

    05/03/2012 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 41 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 1, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    The office of Vice President Joe Biden overruled State and Justice Department officials in denying the political asylum request of a senior Chinese communist official last February over fears the high-level defection would upset the U.S. visit of China’s vice president, according to U.S. officials. The defector, Wang Lijun, was turned away after 30 hours inside the U.S. Consulate Chengdu and given over to China’s Ministry of State Security, the political police and intelligence service. Wang has not been seen since Feb. 7 and remains under investigation. His attempt to flee China set off a major power struggle within the...
  • Korean War POW's remains return to U.S. 61 years after his death

    05/03/2012 2:25:51 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 1 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | May 2, 2012 | Scott Rochat
    LAFAYETTE -- The last wish of Josie Tibbitts' mother was to have her ashes laid in her husband's empty grave. That wish isn't going to come true -- and Tibbitts couldn't be happier for it. That's because in a week, the remains of her father are coming home at last. Master Sgt. Elwood Green died in the Korean War at the age of 33. That much has been known. But it was only this year that two pieces of reburied bone -- a tibia and part of the jaw -- were identified as belonging to Green, a prisoner of war...