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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Al-Qaeda Coming Back Despite Obama's Claims, Says Expert

    05/08/2012 8:24:43 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/5/12 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama said last week that the Al-Qaeda was “on a path to defeat,” but Seth Jones, a former U.S. Special Operations Command senior adviser, says the evidence he has collected points to the contrary. Jones recently wrote a book called “Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of Al Qa'ida Since 9/11”, .... Jones spoke with the U.S. News website last week about his theory of “waves” of violence from Al-Qaeda and what needs to be done to prevent the next cycle. “When you look at fatality data, what you see is three major waves of activity,” he...
  • Egyptian Cleric...: Mursi Will Restore "United States of the Arabs" with Jerusalem as Its Capital

    05/08/2012 7:55:07 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5-1-12 | Al-Nas TV (Egypt)
    Following are excerpts from an address made by Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi at a rally in which he launched the presidential elections campaign for Muslim Brotherhood candidate Muhammad Mursi. The rally aired on Al-Nas TV on May 1, 2012. Safwat Higazi : We can see how the dream of the Islamic Caliphate is being realized, Allah willing, by Dr. Muhammad Mursi and his brothers, his supporters, and his political party. We can see how the great dream, shared by us all - that of the United States of the Arabs... The United States of the Arabs will be restored, Allah...
  • John Kerry acting as key Obama surrogate, fuelling secretary of state buzz

    05/08/2012 7:40:55 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 49 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | 30/04/2012 | Lee-Anne Goodman,
    John Kerry acting as key Obama surrogate, fuelling secretary of state buzz By: Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press 30/04/2012 WASHINGTON - John Kerry, the Democratic senator whose patrician ways helped seal his defeat to George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election, is emerging one of Barack Obama's top lieutenants in the U.S. president's battle for re-election. Kerry's foreign policy gravitas makes him a natural to tout Obama's achievements on everything from ordering the successful hit on 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden a year ago to working to topple Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. The long-serving Massachusetts lawmaker has been the chairman...
  • China is prepared for escalation of Huangyan Island incident

    05/08/2012 7:27:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Xinhua) ^ | 05-08-2012 13:37 BJT
    BEIJING, May 8 (Xinhua) -- China's Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying said China is not optimistic about the situation concerning Huangyan Island, and the country is fully prepared to respond to anything the Philippine side does to escalate the situation. Fu made the remarks when meeting with Alex Chua, Charge D'affaires of the Philippine Embassy in China, on Monday, China's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday in a press release. Fu requested the meeting and made a serious representation to the Philippine side over the current incident at Huangyan Island. It was the third meeting between the two sides in a month....
  • “We Embittered the People to Protect the Future of the Nation"

    05/08/2012 6:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 8, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    If you want to understand the reason PASOK went down in flames in a crushing defeat in Greek elections, simply look at the arrogance and gall of party leader Evangelos Venizelos in a statement following the election. “We embittered the people so we could protect the future of the nation", said PASOK party leader and troika sponsored clown, Evangelos Venizelos. Ekathimerini reports Election swing leaves Greece teetering. PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and New Democracy chief Antonis Samaras both declared themselves open to the idea of forming a pro-European national unity administration that would include other parties and would seek to...
  • Austerity is blamed (It was never tried and found wanting... it was never really tried at all)

    05/08/2012 6:25:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/08/2012 | Richard Rahn
    Denial is leading to collective economic suicide in Europe and the United States. The French on Sunday elected a socialist president who wants to raise taxes on those elusive rich and keep spending as if there is no tomorrow. Many on the left, including European socialists, the New York Times and its economist Paul Krugman, are falsely claiming that Europe and even the United States are being saddled with austerity. Their claim is that governments are not spending enough to reduce unemployment. They want higher taxes on the most productive plus bigger government. They suffer from a collective memory loss....
  • Is This the End of 'One Europe'?

    05/08/2012 5:25:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | May 8, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    How Europe's crisis resolves itself as yet remains unknown. But with Sunday's returns from France and Greece, the mega-trends on the Old Continent are unmistakable. And for the European Union, they are ominous. Nationalism -- be it economic nationalism or ethnic nationalism -- is ascendant. Transnationalism and multiculturalism are in headlong if not irreversible retreat. The European project is itself imperiled. To be sure, no one should underestimate the commitment of Europe's elites to the vision of One Europe as challenger to the United States. In the capitals and corporate headquarters of the continent, these elites are, almost to a...
  • House Oversight Committee Makes Case for Contempt of Congress in “Fast & Furious”(Murdergate)

    05/08/2012 4:51:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( Back in February, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) promised to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if Holder didn’t hand over Justice Department documents that had been subpoenaed as part of an ongoing investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ now-infamous “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-walking operation. This week, Rep. Issa –chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee– made good on the pledge and sent out a draft Contempt Order against Holder to members of the committee. The document makes a case for holding the beleaguered U.S. Attorney General...
  • In surprise deal, Israeli leader cancels election

    05/08/2012 4:49:49 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    In a stunning reversal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off early elections Tuesday after reaching an agreement to bring Israel's main opposition party into the government, a move that puts a more moderate face on his hawkish coalition.
  • Clinton: Obama Has Sent Message of Respect For All Religions--‘in Particular of Islam’

    05/08/2012 4:46:13 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 30 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/6/2012 | Patrick Goodenough – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday disputed charges that the United States is “anti-Islam,” telling an audience in Bangladesh that the perception was deeply hurtful. “I certainly think President Obama has sent a very clear message of respect and appreciation of all religions, and in particular of Islam,” she said. Addressing a public forum at the International School in Dhaka, Clinton was asked for her reaction to “the common perception held by many young people that the U.S. is anti-Muslim.” “Oh, that hurts me,” she replied. “That hurts me so much, honestly. I mean, it’s a painful...
  • First coalition attempt fails in Greece

    05/08/2012 1:20:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 08.05.12 @ 08:40 (May 8) | Valentina Pop
    Greek Conservatives failed to cobble together a coalition on Monday (7 May), with leftist leader Alexis Tsipras set to try and form a government opposing the "barbaric" bailout, a move that would put into question the country's future in the eurozone. "I tried to find a solution for a government of national salvation, with two aims: for the country to remain in the euro and to change the policy of the bailout by renegotiation," Conservative leader Antonis Samaras said in a televised address on Monday. "We directed our proposal to all the parties that could have participated in such an...
  • EU: Extremists vs. Extremists - Salafists and Right-Wing Populists Battle in Bonn

    05/08/2012 1:13:15 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 5/7/2012 | Charles Hawley
    Germany's right-wing populists are fond of insulting Islam in order to attract attention. On Saturday, violence prone Salafists took the bait, resulting in a riot that left 29 police injured. Despite the clash, however, the anti-Islam party can continue to display their anti-Islam caricatures, a court has decided. It was clear from the start that the tiny, right-wing populist group Pro-NRW would stop at nothing to attract attention in the run-up to state elections in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia this Sunday. With Salafists in the state now reacting violently to Pro-NRW's inflammatory parading of Muhammad caricatures in front...
  • Russia: Putin Begins the Countdown of His Rule

    05/07/2012 11:51:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Vladimir Putin’s presidential inauguration has taken place today in the Kremlin with all the ceremonial pomp and fanfare that is supposed to create the impression of invincibility of his quasi-monarchic reign. Later this week, he will appoint Dmitri Medvedev as the Prime Minister in acknowledgement of his loyal service in the presidential position for the last four years. He will also announce the make-up of the next cabinet of ministers, ending the seven-month-long period of bureaucratic anxiety, and command the resumption of business as usual. Yet, three events have marred the solemnity of the day and revealed that Putin’s trademark...
  • New eurozone crisis looms as Spain prepares bail-out

    05/07/2012 11:29:53 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/7/2012 | Roland Gribben and Fiona Govan, Madrid
    A new eurozone crisis is looming as Spain signalled on Monday it was ready to bail out ailing banks after markets shrugged off election results in France and Greece. Spain is already struggling to cope with an austerity drive that has pushed the jobless total up to nearly 25pc of the workforce. Prime minister Marian Rajoy indicated the Government was ready to intervene to save banks wrestling with the collapse of the housing market. Bankia, Spain's fourth biggest bank, is the first in line for state aid. Rodrigo Rato, chairman and former IMF managing director, swiftly resigned after it was...
  • Jetliner Bomb Plot Is Foiled

    05/07/2012 10:30:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    The U.S. thwarted a bomb plot by al Qaeda's Yemeni branch aimed at bringing down a jetliner with a more advanced version of an underwear bomb used in a failed 2009 Christmas Day attempt, officials said Monday. The Central Intelligence Agency, working with foreign security services, was able to seize the bomb—which they believed was intended for a U.S.-bound flight—before the would-be suicide bomber was able to move ahead with his plot, officials said. Because the plot was headed off in its early stages, officials said the effort never represented a threat to Americans or to U.S. allies, nor did...
  • Reflections upon leaving Iraq

    05/07/2012 9:39:26 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 6 replies
    Email - Warrior Feedback: Air and Space Power Journal | May 2012 | Lt Gen Dave Goldfein
    Mr. Secretary, Chief, and Air Force Leaders: As we enter the 2012 fighting season, I wanted to share what the final days in Iraq felt like here in the area of responsibility. Many of us have spent the majority of our adult lives engaged in the campaigns to first free Kuwait . . . then contain Iraq . . . and then free Iraq. For our Airmen, it is all that most of them have ever known. We have good reason to stand tall today.The date 19 December 2011 marked the first day since 17 January 1991 that we did...
  • AQAP overruns Yemeni Army bases, kills 32 soldiers

    05/07/2012 8:31:49 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | May 7, 2012 | BILL ROGGIO
    AQAP overruns Yemeni Army bases, kills 32 soldiers By BILL ROGGIO May 7, 2012 Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula attacked two Yemeni military bases in a contested area of southern Yemen today, killing 32 troops and capturing several more after overrunning the outposts. The AQAP assault teams overran two bases in Dawfas and Al Koud, areas outside of the city of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, according to The Yemen Post. At least 32 Yemeni soldiers were killed and 40 more were wounded in the attacks. A spokesman for Ansar al Sharia, the political front for AQAP, claimed...
  • USS Cole bomber killed in US drone strike in Yemen (We Hope)

    05/07/2012 8:28:18 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | May 6, 2012 | BILL ROGGIO
    USS Cole bomber killed in US drone strike in Yemen By BILL ROGGIO May 6, 2012 A senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader who is wanted for his involvement in the USS Cole attack in 2000 and a failed airplane bombing over Detroit in 2009, and who currently leads a terrorist cell in Yemen, was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen today. AQAP confirmed the report. The Yemeni Embassy in Washington, D.C. issued a statement saying that Fahd al Quso was killed in an airstrike in Rafth in Shabwa province. "Today, an airstrike killed Fahd al...
  • Netanyahu To Form Unity Governement

    05/07/2012 8:03:28 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 5 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 5/8/2012 | Elad Benari
    Kol Yisrael radio reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Opposition leader MK Shaul Mofaz have reached an agreement to form a national unity government.
  • The ultimate tool of warfare (new Israeli sub)

    05/07/2012 7:56:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Israel Defense ^ | 7/5/2012 | Arie Egozi
    The ultimate tool of warfare New details regarding the capabilities of the 4th Dolphin submarine that the Israeli Navy is expected to receive in 2013 The Israeli Navy's new Dolphin submarine is the ultimate tool of warfare. Forget everything you knew about submarines, most of which is probably from watching war movies. This is something entirely different. We will not list all the measures installed onboard the submarine. This is in part because not all is known to us, and also because parts of it are classified. However, according to foreign publications, the submarine has two systems from which one...