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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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 --(Ammoland.com)- 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
    CNSNews.com) – 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
    WallStreet Journal ^ | By SIOBHAN GORMAN, LAURA MECKLER and EVAN PERE
    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...
  • In New Biography, Obama Asks: Am I an American?

    05/07/2012 7:29:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, May 7, 2012 | Byron York
    ...the Maraniss book published last week in Vanity Fair reveals a portrait of Obama that might have enriched the voters' understanding of him in the 2008... The excerpt focuses on Obama's brief time in New York after his graduation from Columbia University. The son of a Kenyan father and an American expatriate mother, Obama emerges as a man questioning whether he viewed himself, or wanted to be viewed by others, as an American. Not in a citizenship sense -- Obama was born in the United States and that was that -- but in the sense of how he saw the...
  • Europe Faces New Greek Test [Euro Break Up Inevitable?]

    05/07/2012 5:43:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | May 07, 2012 | BRIAN BLACKSTONE, COSTAS, AND STELIOS BOURAS
    May 7, 2012 Europe Faces New Greek Test Political Tumult After Elections Revive Worries About Risks to Monetary Union BY BRIAN BLACKSTONE, COSTAS, AND STELIOS BOURAS Political tumult in Greece stoked new worries about the fragility of Europe's monetary union on Monday, as talks to form a new government among the winners of the weekend's elections quickly fell apart in Athens. The collapse revived fears that political turmoil will keep Greece from meeting the stiff terms of its European bailout, ultimately leading to its exit from the euro zone, a move that would threaten the euro's future and reverberate through...
  • The courtroom jihad--Islamist antics make a mockery of justice in 9/11 trial

    05/07/2012 5:35:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2012 | Editorial
    Five planners of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were arraigned on Sunday before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The 13-hour proceeding was a theatrical farce, which unfortunately gives a taste of things to come. The five terrorist defendants - Ramzi Binalshibh, Walid bin Attash, Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, Ammar al-Baluchi and reputed mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed - face 2,976 counts of terrorism and capital murder for their role in the 9/11 attacks. The arraignment was the first step in a lengthy process of trial and appeal that is likely to stretch for years, if the arraignment...
  • Those Revolting Europeans (Paul Krugman is glad the Europeans are revolting against austerity)

    05/07/2012 5:32:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/07/2012 | Paul; Krugman
    The French are revolting. The Greeks, too. And it’s about time. Both countries held elections Sunday that were in effect referendums on the current European economic strategy, and in both countries voters turned two thumbs down. It’s far from clear how soon the votes will lead to changes in actual policy, but time is clearly running out for the strategy of recovery through austerity — and that’s a good thing. Needless to say, that’s not what you heard from the usual suspects in the run-up to the elections. It was actually kind of funny to see the apostles of orthodoxy...
  • Why Are We Releasing, Not Exchanging, Taliban Prisoners?

    05/07/2012 5:25:34 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 21 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 5-7-2012 | Bethaney Mandel
    May 7, 2012 Why Are We Releasing, Not Exchanging, Taliban Prisoners? Bethaney Mandel Today, the Washington Post reported, The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks.As the United States has unsuccessfully pursued a peace deal with the Taliban, the “strategic release” program has quietly served as a live diplomatic channel, allowing American officials to use prisoners as bargaining chips in restive provinces where military power has reached its...
  • EU tells defiant Iran it "must" suspend atom activity

    05/07/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 7, 2012 2:29pm EDT | Fredrik Dahl and Justyna Pawlak
    The European Union told Iran on Monday it must suspend uranium enrichment, a few days after the Islamic state ruled out doing just that, as Tehran and the West engaged in diplomatic shadow-boxing ahead of nuclear talks this month. The United States called on Iran to take "urgent practical steps" to build confidence during negotiations with world powers on Tehran's nuclear program, which Washington and its allies suspect is a bid to develop an atomic bomb capability. Iran, attending an international conference in Vienna alongside its Western foes, for its part accused the United States of supporting Israel's atomic activities....
  • French Muslims Get Call to Vote for President

    05/07/2012 4:47:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 30, 2012 | ELAINE GANLEY
    a special new effort to mobilize French Muslims to speak up at the ballot box in Sunday's presidential race — amid a surge of Islam-bashing among the French right. Imams and Islamic associations are calling on Muslims ... French Muslims have been pounded with blame throughout the campaign for what they eat (halal meat), how they pray (in the street), and for allegedly using their growing numbers to supplant France's civilization with their own. The massacre of Jewish schoolchildren and French paratroopers in March by an alleged Islamic extremist put Muslims in the spotlight anew and fed far-right fear mongering.
  • Germany says renegotiating EU pact “not possible”

    05/07/2012 4:35:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/07/2012 | (AFP)
    The German government on Monday ruled out reworking the European Union's fiscal pact despite calls to do so by French president-elect François Hollande. "It is not possible to renegotiate the fiscal pact," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference. He noted that 25 of the 27 EU member states had already signed the accord imposing strict budgetary discipline in March after major wrangling. Hollande has called for a shift in strategy toward more growth-oriented measures including more public spending. But Seibert said Merkel would not accept "deficit spending" to feed economic expansion, and believed in "growth through structural...
  • Athens (Greece) tops office space availability chart

    05/07/2012 3:37:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 5-7-12 | Nikos Roussanoglou
    Athens has the highest rate of empty office space in Europe, according to data for the year’s first quarter presented by BNP Paribas Real Estate. Its report on the course of the European office market showed that the availability rate in the Greek capital soared to 20 percent in the January-March period from 15.5 percent in the same period last year.
  • Sink the Law of the Sea Again (UN Treaty being pushed by Obama)

    05/07/2012 2:32:18 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | Apr 27, 2012 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    The United Nations treaty called Law of the Sea was negotiated by the State Department, and then presented to Ronald Reagan for signing as soon as he became President in 1981. Reagan immediately recognized it as a bad treaty that would restrict U.S. sovereignty and require us to pay an international body half of all our royalties from offshore drilling. UN bureaucrats would then distribute the money as they wanted, because the U.S. would have only one vote out of 160. Reagan rejected the Law of the Sea Treaty, and we thought that took care of the problem. The American...
  • Show Me the ‘Savage’ Spending Cuts in Europe, Please (Austerity? what austerity?)

    05/07/2012 2:26:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/07/2012 | By Veronique de Rugy
    Austerity is destroying Europe, we are told. In fact, this “anti-austerity” slogan was a big reason for the victory of newly elected socialist François Hollande to the presidency of France. Interviewed in The Economist a few weeks ago, Hollande’s campaign director said “We are not disciples of savage spending cuts.”But then, I look at the data and I am asking: What “savage” spending cuts?Look at this chart. It is based on Eurostat data which you can find here. Following years of large spending increases, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, and Greece — countries widely cited for adopting austerity measures...
  • Greek Communist Leader Supports Staying in Euro Zone

    05/07/2012 2:19:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | May 07, 2012 | Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
    The surprise winner in the Greek elections is a communist party called the Coalition of the Radical Left, led by a young, charismatic leader named Alexis Tsipras. At the age of 37, he now commands the second largest party in the new government — provided a coalition government can be formed — winning nearly 17 percent of the vote. He spoke exclusively with CNBC back in September 2011 to make clear that he did not support the program that the then-Greek government agreed to in order to secure more than $200 billion in loans to keep the country financially afloat....
  • Hugo Chavez looks to God as cancer clouds future

    05/07/2012 2:17:18 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 44 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 5/7/2012 | yahoo news
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spent much of his career praising the socialist ideas of famed atheists such as Karl Marx and Fidel Castro. Now in the thick of a prolonged battle against cancer, however, the leftist leader is drawing inspiration from a spiritual leader: Jesus Christ. Chavez has been praying for divine intervention during increasingly infrequent appearances on television, holding up a crucifix while vowing to overcome his illness. He says living with cancer has made him "more Christian," talk that has spurred speculation that cancer might cut short his bid for re-election in October....
  • Hugo Chavez looks to God as cancer clouds future

    05/07/2012 2:16:59 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 16 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 5/7/2012 | yahoo news
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spent much of his career praising the socialist ideas of famed atheists such as Karl Marx and Fidel Castro. Now in the thick of a prolonged battle against cancer, however, the leftist leader is drawing inspiration from a spiritual leader: Jesus Christ. Chavez has been praying for divine intervention during increasingly infrequent appearances on television, holding up a crucifix while vowing to overcome his illness. He says living with cancer has made him "more Christian," talk that has spurred speculation that cancer might cut short his bid for re-election in October....
  • U.S. won't negotiate with al Qaeda on American hostage Warren Weinstein

    05/07/2012 2:01:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    cbs.com ^ | 5/7/12 | AP
    AP) WASHINGTON - The White House says the Obama administration does not and will not negotiate with al Qaeda even though it is concerned about the safety and well-being of a 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan nine months ago. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration condemns the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein and called for his immediate release. In a video released by al Qaeda, Weinstein said he would be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the group's demands.
  • Moment of Armenian concert balloon explosion caught on camera

    05/07/2012 1:29:25 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | May 4, 2012 | telegraphtv
    More than 140 people were injured when gas-filled balloons exploded at a governing party campaign concert in the Armenian capital.
  • EU: German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a fight for the eurozone's future

    05/07/2012 1:27:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/7/2012 | Roland Gribben
    Angela Merkel could be forgiven if she had taken to her bunker on Monday. It was, after all, the 67th anniversary of the German surrender to end the Second World War in Europe. Activists wearing masks of Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande perform a fake marriage in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin There is little prospect of the German chancellor putting her hands up and losing the economic war she has been waging with her eurozone partners for two years now. Austerity Rules OK might be the graffiti shorthand for the debt and public spending reduction programmes that...
  • New Threats for Old: New Russian regime more dangerous than old - S. Grigoryants warned in 1990

    05/07/2012 12:39:06 PM PDT · by JRNyquist · 12 replies
    Once upon a time the Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation helped to maintain a certain focus. America and its European allies were supposedly upholding capitalism and freedom against Soviet Communism. Then the Soviet Union broke apart and we got our hands on the “peace dividend.” Money could be diverted from weapons to social programs. The West was free to pursue its own socialism – leading to bankruptcy. In 1990 a Soviet dissident named Sergei Grigoryants, who was twice imprisoned by the KGB, gave a speech in which he warned of the deceptive reality behind of the collapse...
  • Thousands March As Japan Shuts Off Nuclear Power (stupidity alert)

    05/07/2012 12:36:44 PM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Mon, 05/07/2012 - 9:32am | Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer
    TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation's 50nuclear reactors Saturday, waving banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol. Japan was without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades when the reactor at Tomarinuclear plant on the northern island of Hokkaido went offline for mandatory routine maintenance. After last year's March 11 quake and tsunami set off meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, no reactor halted for checkups has been restarted amid public worries about the safety of nuclear technology. "Today...
  • Explosions, Fire At Thai Petrochemical Plant Kill 12

    05/07/2012 12:19:11 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    AP ^ | Mon, 05/07/2012 - 9:05am
    BANGKOK (AP) -- Officials say explosions and a fire at one of the world's largest petrochemical industrial estates have killed 12 people and injured more than 100 others in eastern Thailand. The blasts Saturday forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 people living near Map Ta Phut industrial estate, Thailand's largest industrial park. The park is in Rayong province, 180 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Bangkok. Rayong Gov. Seni Jittakasem says authorities are investigating the cause of the explosions, which occurred when workers were cleaning a chemical tank at a Bangkok Synthetics plant, a synthetic rubber manufacturer. He said Sunday...
  • Takers Overwhelm Producers in France

    05/07/2012 11:11:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So a lot of people are asking me, "What does this mean, the election of the avowed socialist in France, Monsieur Hollande? What does it mean?" It means that France is gone. It means that there are more people on the take than there are producing, pure and simple. They fell for it. Don't think Obama hasn't noticed this. What it means? It only means what it means for France. It's impossible to extrapolate this, unless you want to say that we've become France. And if we have become France... I don't think we're there yet, but...
  • Minsk nabs group of Egyptians travelling to EU states “with extremist aims”

    05/07/2012 10:16:19 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 5-7-12 | TASS
    MINSK, May 7 (Itar-Tass) — Police in the Belarussian capital detained a group of Egyptian citizens, travelling to European Union countries “with extremist aims”, reported on Monday the police department of the Minsk city government. “As a result of holding search measures, Minsk law enforcers detained five Egyptian citizens who illegally arrived in our country so as to go later to European Union countries. During investigations, it turned out that the detainees had participated in combat operations in Egypt and are heading for EU countries with extremist aims,” noted the police department. According to information of Minsk police, while searching...
  • Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

    05/07/2012 9:54:49 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2012 | By Kevin Sieff
    KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks. ****************** But the releases are an inherent gamble: The freed detainees are often notorious fighters who would not be released under the traditional legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence — and U.S. officials warn them that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be detained once again.
  • Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights

    05/07/2012 9:21:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 30, 2012 | MICHAEL B. MUKASEY
    The first anniversary of the SEAL Team 6 operation that killed Osama bin Laden brings the news that President Obama plans during the coming campaign to exploit the bragging rights to the achievement. That plan invites scrutiny that is unlikely to benefit him. Consider the events surrounding the operation. A recently disclosed memorandum from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta shows that the president's celebrated derring-do in authorizing the operation included a responsibility-escape clause: "The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven's hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are...
  • Is Fast and Furious the Next Watergate?

    05/07/2012 8:45:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    expertclick.com ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    When suspects in a crime are interrogated, they often develop memory loss. When the crime is running guns to drug cartels on both sides of the border, the crime involves the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, Brian Terry, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, Jaime Zapata, and countless Mexican citizens. Katie Pavlich has written an extraordinary expose, "Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-Up" (Regnery Publishing). She is a veteran agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) who has meticulously documented a story that should result in contempt of Congress action...
  • FEATURE - Syria's Muslim Brotherhood rise from the ashes

    05/07/2012 8:03:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    At a meeting of Syria's opposition, Muslim Brotherhood officials gather round Marxists colleagues, nudging them to produce policy statements for the Syrian National Council, the main political group challenging President Bashar al-Assad. With many living in the West, and some ditching their trademark beards, it is hard to differentiate Brotherhood from leftists. But there is little dispute about who calls the shots.
  • Obama’s disastrous war [U.S. president all but concedes Afghanistan defeat]

    05/07/2012 7:43:15 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies
    QMI Agency via Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2012-05-07 | Peter Worthington
    We’ve seen this before, and now we are seeing it again. This time it was U.S. President Barack Obama’s quick, unadvertised visit to Afghanistan to sign a partnership deal with President Hamid Karzai, and to assure U.S. troops and all Americans that “there is light on the horizon.” In other words, Obama is all but conceding defeat. We saw it in Vietnam when then-president Richard Nixon assured that the withdrawal of American troops meant “peace with honour” — and America’s South Vietnamese allies were abandoned to the forces of Ho Chi Minh. President Obama promises U.S. forces will mostly be...
  • General Motors is becoming China Motors

    05/07/2012 7:37:05 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | May 4, 2012 | Vince Wade
    General Motors is becoming China Motors. Forget the spin. The evidence is clear and convincing. Did U.S. taxpayers save GM for China? Listen to the candid comments of GM's CEO.
  • What’s Wrong with Argentina? A quick tour of the country tells us the story clearly.

    05/07/2012 7:10:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/07/2012 | Matthew Schaffer
    When President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner initiated the nationalization and expropriation of the Argentine assets of YPF, an oil company owned mostly by Spanish interests, it came as no surprise to anyone who has visited the country recently or watched it closely. The theft, a consistent manifestation of the Kirchner personality and the mercurial character of the Argentine political class, was more a return to business as usual for the country than a shock — and goes a long way toward explaining why Argentina is poor. In January 1912, an impartial observer of Argentina and the United States would have...
  • Merkel says (European Union) fiscal pact not up for renegotiation

    05/07/2012 7:04:18 AM PDT · by Qbert · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2012 | Reuters
    May 7 (Reuters) - The European Union's fiscal compact is not up for renegotiation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, a day after Socialist Francois Hollande won France's presidential election. [Snip] "We in Germany are of the opinion, and so am I personally , that the fiscal pact is not negotiable. It has been negotiated and has been signed by 25 countries," Merkel told a news conference.