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  • Pride funding in peril as 'Queers Against Israeli Apartheid' plans to march

    05/21/2012 7:38:01 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    The Globe And Mail ^ | May 17, 2012 | Kelly Grant
    Toronto’s Pride Week is at risk of losing its city funding now that Queers Against Israeli Apartheid has confirmed its intention to return to the parade this year. Council is slated to vote next month on providing a $123,807 grant to Pride Toronto, a decision that would have been routine if not for QuAIA’s plan to apply for a spot in the parade before the June 1 deadline. ... On top of the grant, the city provides about $300,000 worth of police, clean-up and other services for Pride Week, which runs from June 22 to July 1 and has a...
  • Two are arrested in school bomb attack (Brindisi Italy)

    05/21/2012 5:07:50 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 7 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | May 21, 2012
    Italian police have arrested two suspects over the bombing of a school that killed a 16-year-old girl and seriously injured five more teenagers, media reports said yesterday. The men were identified from security cameras at the vocational school in the southern city of Brindisi, where the bomb ripped through a group of students as they waited to begin classes early Saturday. One of the suspects is an ex-soldier with knowledge of electronics, the daily Corriere della Sera reported, citing local news website Brindisireport. Melissa Bassi died from her injuries in hospital, an only child from a working-class family who was...
  • Obama Cites Kenyan Family Members’ Pledge ‘Economic Growth Can’t Just Be for the Lucky Few’

    05/21/2012 5:04:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 52 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 18, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    ( – President Barack Obama invoked his poor family members in Kenya as a reason why “economic growth can’t just be for the lucky few at the top, it’s got to be broad-based, for everybody.” Obama delivered remarks Friday at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington where he talked about plans for the United States and developed countries from the Group of Eight (G8) nations to assist African countries in agriculture. “I’ve spoken before about relatives I have in Kenya, who live in villages where hunger is sometimes a reality --...
  • India's proposal for government control of Internet to be discussed in Geneva

    05/21/2012 3:00:14 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 2 replies
    The Hindu ^ | May 15, 2012 | Shalini Singh
    Move to form body with 50 governments to oversee internet governance The raging controversy over possible excessive state regulation of the internet based on the IT Rules 2011 is now likely to be dwarfed by discussions in Geneva later this week over India's proposal to the United Nations General Assembly, for government control of the Internet. Led by the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, the Geneva meet is a multi-stakeholder discussion platform on Internet governance structures. In its proposal submitted to the General Assembly in New York on October 26, 2011, India has argued for a radical shift...
  • South African Ambassador 'Hiding' from Foreign Ministry

    05/21/2012 2:43:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said Monday that efforts will continue to summon South Africa's ambassador for censure over his country's announcement on Saturday that products made in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) will be marked as being from "Occupied Palestinian Territory". The South African ambassador disconnected his telephone on Sunday, however, apparently to avoid the summons, sources in the Foreign Ministry said. Arutz Sheva's attempts to reach the South African embassy for a reaction were not successful. Rabbi Natan Alexander, a Bnei Akiva emissary in Johanesburg, told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that he was not surprised by the...
  • Lone Bomber, Not Mafia, Sought for Italy School Attack

    05/21/2012 1:44:11 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sun May 20, 2012 3:31pm EDT | By James Mackenzie
    SNIPPET: "Dinapoli said police already had a facial composite picture of the suspect they believe was behind the attack which killed 16-year-old Melissa Bassi." SNIPPET: "He said investigators had acquired "significant" video evidence that suggested one man had set off the device which exploded as pupils were getting off a bus for the start of lessons on Saturday morning. The footage showed a man of about 50-55 years of age activating a remote control to detonate a rudimentary bomb made of three gas canisters hidden in a container outside the school gates, he said."
  • Chinese company to buy US movie theater chain AMC

    05/20/2012 8:07:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2012
    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese conglomerate has announced it will buy U.S. cinema chain AMC Entertainment Holdings for $2.6 billion to create the world's biggest movie theater operator. Dalian Wanda Group Co. said Monday it is willing to invest an additional $500 million to fund AMC's strategic and operating initiatives.
  • Red China: Beijing Sets its Sights on Central Europe

    05/21/2012 12:04:30 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    Spiegelonline ^ | 5/18/2012 | Caille Millner
    In recent months, China has begun to invest more heavily in Central and Eastern Europe. The new initiative reflects both Beijing's desire to develop beyond the production of cheap goods and its goal of establishing a presence in the European market for those products. With much of Western Europe distracted by the euro crisis, China has begun in recent months to intensify its role as an investor in Central and Eastern Europe -- both through loans and the acquisitions of firms. Beijing has estimated foreign currency reserves of $3.2 trillion (€2.52 trillion), and some say the investment spree could be...
  • EU: Cracks are appearing in Europe's state-backed lenders

    05/20/2012 11:36:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/20/2012 | Harry Wilson and Philip Aldrick
    European taxpayers face having to bankroll a new wave of bailouts amid growing funding problems at state-backed borrowers across the region, according to senior bankers. Financiers are becoming increasingly concerned that many taxpayer-backed borrowers are losing their ability to access private funding markets. The development raises the prospect of already heavily indebted eurozone national governments being forced to take on hundreds of billions of euros of additional debts. “Cracks are appearing in the funding markets for these institutions. If you don’t like the sovereign risk, why would you take the risk of buying the debt of the institutions they support,”...
  • As presidential election nears, Egypt's Christians worry

    05/20/2012 10:52:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 20, 2012 7:22 PM | Elizabeth Palmer
    Egyptians vote this week in their first free presidential election in six decades. Thirteen candidates, from all over the political spectrum, are running. CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports Egypt's largest minority fears their situation may go from bad to worse. Mass at St. Mary's in Cairo starts early, at 7:30 a.m. Even so, the church is nearly full. The Coptic Christian ritual is ancient and familiar, but outside the door Egypt now feels unwelcoming and unsafe. Last May, a Coptic church was set on fire. Locals blamed Muslims in the neighborhood. Then in October, Christians protesting the destruction of...
  • Iran committed to ‘full annihilation of Israel,’ says top Iranian military commander

    05/20/2012 8:39:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/20/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran is dedicated to annihilating Israel, the Islamic regime’s military chief of staff declared Sunday. “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel,” Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said in a speech to a defense gathering Sunday in Tehran. His remarks came on the day International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukiya Amano flew to Tehran to negotiate for inspections of Iran’s nuclear program. They were reported by the Fars News Agency, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. While many within the Islamic regime, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have often stated that...
  • Obama presses EU leaders on growth

    05/20/2012 10:25:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 20.05.12 @ 21:28 (May 20) | Valentina Pop
    A weekend summit of G8 leaders hosted by US President Barack Obama stressed the need for the eurozone to focus on keeping Greece inside the euro—although plans are reportedly being drafted to deal with its potential exit. "Our imperative is to promote growth and jobs.The global economic recovery shows signs of promise, but significant headwinds persist," leaders from the US, Japan, Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Russia, as well as the heads of the EU commission and the European Council, said in their final statement on Saturday (19 May). The informal meeting at Obama's retreat in Maryland was...
  • European Commission should be EU government, says Germany

    05/20/2012 10:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.05.12 @ 09:01 (May 17) | Honor Mahony
    The European Union needs to become more integrated with a common finance policy and a central government, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Wednesday (16 May). "I would be for the further development of the European Commission into a government. I am for the election of a European president, he said at an event in Aachen, reports Reuters. "I am in favor of being more courageous on Europe," said Schäuble, who is one of the German government's most pro-European ministers. He said this is a long-term response to the current eurozone crisis, which many have said has been exacerbated by...
  • Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets

    05/20/2012 7:51:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2012 | 10:32 PM EDT | ZARAR KHAN
    Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials. The tweets were promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, said Mohammad Yaseen, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication's Authority. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous. The government restored access to Twitter before midnight Sunday, about eight hours after it initially blocked access. Twitter spokesman Gabriel Stricker said the company had not taken down any tweets or made any other changes...
  • Obama: Slaughter of Christians a misunderstanding

    05/20/2012 4:50:43 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 47 replies
    WND ^ | May 19, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The violence in northern Nigeria is mistakenly viewed as a religious conflict rather than simply a tribal dispute over land, according to the Obama administration. Despite the ongoing Muslim destruction of churches and the slaughter of Christians – including many murdered during worship services – the U.S. Agency for International Development claims that the misunderstandings make it difficult to administer aid programs. USAID, therefore, has launched a program titled Project PEACE – an acronym for Programming Effectively Against Conflict and Extremism.
  • Return to Normalcy: The False Argument of "Austerity" vs. Growth

    05/20/2012 4:11:33 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Institutional Risk Analyst ^ | May 21, 2012 | Chris Whalen
    "I do not think it an exaggeration to say that it is wholly impossible for a central bank subject to political control, or even exposed to serious political pressure, to regulate the quantity of money in a way conducive to a smoothly functioning market order. A good money, like good law, must operate without regard to the effects that decisions of the issuer will have on known groups or individuals. A benevolent dictator might conceivably disregard these effects; no democratic government dependent on a number of special interests can possibly do so."F.A. Hayek, 1978 In this issue of The Institutional...
  • The Rottweiler bears her teeth: Awkward Michelle and French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler....

    05/20/2012 2:32:45 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 85 replies
    The Rottweiler bears her teeth: Awkward Michelle and French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler grin and bear it for the cameras By Laura Cox and Associated Press Reporter PUBLISHED: 14:35 EST, 20 May 2012 | UPDATED: 15:58 EST, 20 May 2012 The U.S. and French First Ladies couldn't hide their awkwardness as they posed for photos ahead of a youth centre visit in Chicago. Michelle Obama wrapped with one arm around the waist of Valerie Trierweiler and with the other she gripped the French First Lady's hand tightly. Towering above Miss Trierweiler, Mrs Obama was very much in control. She didn't...
  • Former PA Mufti Sheik Ikrima Sabri: Jerusalem Is Not Holy for the Jews

    05/20/2012 1:40:55 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5-11-12 | Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai/Saudi Arabia)
    Following are excerpts from an interview with former PA Mufti Sheik Ikrima Sabri, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on May 11, 2012: Interviewer: Do you agree that in Jerusalem, there are places that are holy to the Muslims, the Jews and the Christians? Ikrima Sabri: No, not to the Jews. I didn't say to the Jews. Omar Ibn Al-Khattab didn't find any synagogues of the Jews. There weren't any. Interviewer: So in your opinion, today there are no places whatsoever in Jerusalem that are holy to the Jews? Ikrima Sabri: No, none. They build new synagogues, but there are no...
  • Serbian nationalists claim victory in presidential run-off vote

    Tomislav Nikolic, nationalist challenger to incumbent and pro-European Serbian President Boris Tadic, has won the presidential run-off vote, according to initial estimates. His party has claimed victory already. Nationalist presidential hopeful Tomislav Nikolic is leading the residential run-off vote in Serbia with a two-percent lead over pro-European incumbent Boris Tadic, initial estimates by independent election monitor CESID showed. Nikolic led with 49.4 percent in 70 percent of the polling stations surveyed while Tadic obtained 47.4 percent. "Serbia has got a new president tonight: Tomislav Nikolic," Aleksandar Vucic of Nikolic's Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) claimed. Nikolic twice lost a run-off to...
  • Angela Merkel Stands Firm On Greece At G8 Talks [Another Obama Flop Om World Stage!]

    05/20/2012 1:01:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | May 20, 2012 | Patrick Wintour
    Angela Merkel Stands Firm On Greece At G8 Talks After inconclusive discussions, leaders issue communique saying 'the right measures are not the same for each of us' Patrick Wintour 20 May 2012 Angela Merkel has declined to shift position on fresh measures to stimulate demand in the euro area, including the idea of eurobonds, leaving other EU countries hoping she will adopt a more conciliatory mood when the EU heads of government meet on Wednesday for the next round of discussions. Barack Obama left the German chancellor in no doubt that he would like to see her adopt a less...
  • Argentina: Black Market Grows With Currency

    05/20/2012 12:35:26 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 19, 2012 (AP) | By DEBORA REY
    Along a busy street in the Argentine capital, the man in the brown suit doesn't need to speak above a whisper to sell his goods: "Money change. Money change." Those who want to swap pesos for dollars follow him through a run-down mall to a lingerie store. There, amid bras and pantyhose, he closes deals for greenbacks. Argentines have increasingly turned to such black market money changers since President Cristina Fernandez sharply restricted purchases of dollars in banks and exchange houses to try to keep hard currency from pouring out of the country. Argentina has been kept from global capital...
  • Will U.S. Sovereignty Be LOST At Sea? Obama Signs U.N. Treaty That Redistributes Drilling Revenues

    05/20/2012 10:18:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 207 replies
    Forbes ^ | may 20, 2012 | Forbes OpEd
    A proposed Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which has been signed by President Obama but not yet ratified by Congress, will subordinate U.S. naval and drilling operations beyond 200 miles of our coast to a newly established U.N. bureaucracy. If approved, it will grant a Kingston, Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority (ISA) the power to regulate deep-sea oil exploration, seabed mining, and fishing rights. As part of the deal, as much as 7% of U.S. government revenue that is collected from oil and gas companies operating off our coast will be forked over to ISA for redistribution to poorer, landlocked...
  • Emerging US-Iran interim nuclear deal endangers Israel

    05/20/2012 10:27:50 AM PDT · by AU72 · 3 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | May 19m 2012 | DEBKAfile
    negotiations Dangerously fruitful dialogue Dangerously fruitful dialogue Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is entrusted with a decisive mission in Tehran Sunday, May 20: collecting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s broad endorsement of the interim eight-point deal he and US President Barack Obama have drafted through secret dialogue. debkafile has obtained exclusive access to the eight points - with the caveat that they may not be final. The details are still to be hammered out and proved practicable. But the way the deal stands now, it will be unacceptable to Israel because if affords Iran enough leeway to carry...
  • Exclusive: Did White House "spin" tip a covert op?

    05/20/2012 10:27:24 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 18, 2012 | Mark Hosenball
    White House efforts to soft-pedal the danger from a new "underwear bomb" plot emanating from Yemen may have inadvertently broken the news they needed most to contain. At about 5:45 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 7, just before the evening newscasts, John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top White House adviser on counter-terrorism, held a small, private teleconference to brief former counter-terrorism advisers who have become frequent commentators on TV news shows.
  • At Camp David, world leaders agree on more spending to boost Europe’s economy

    05/20/2012 9:22:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 81 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 5/19/2012 | David Nakamura and Howard Schneider
    CAMP DAVID, Md. — Leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations opened the door Saturday to more government spending in Europe as way to revive the continent’s struggling economy, shifting away from the idea that the surest way to recovery was through strict fiscal austerity. Meeting at the Group of Eight summit at Camp David, President Obama and his fellow leaders said they were committed foremost to creating jobs and growth, a shift, at least in emphasis, from previous gatherings dominated by German efforts to reduce high government debt through drastic fiscal reform. In a joint statement, the leaders of eight...
  • Italy Deploys 20,000 Law Enforcement Officers to Protect Individuals and Sensitive Sites

    05/20/2012 6:41:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | May 20, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Italy Deploys 20,000 Law Enforcement Officers to Protect Individuals and Sensitive Sites The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Italy deploys 20,000 to protect sensitive targetsItaly increased security Thursday at 14,000 sites, and assigned bodyguards to protect 550 individuals after a nuclear energy company official was shot and letter bombs directed to the tax collection agency. Under the enhanced measures, Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri deployed 20,000 law enforcement officers to protect individuals and sensitive sites. In addition, 4,200 military personnel already assigned throughout Italy will be redeployed according to new priorities. Authorities will also increase intelligence to "neutralize" the risk of...
  • Nightmare foretold if Greece heads for euro exit

    05/20/2012 6:32:17 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 61 replies ^ | Saturday May 19, 2012 (14:03) | By Harry Papachristou & Giles Elgood
    In Athens, the homeless are on the streets in growing numbers, soup kitchens feed twice as many people as a year ago, and the poor are diving into garbage bins in search of scrap they can sell. Greece is close to breaking point as it struggles with austerity targets set by creditors, but this is just a foretaste of the nightmare of unrest, hunger and even anarchy that could engulf the debt-crippled nation if it is forced out of the euro. If the exact economic impact of such a move is hard to nail down - newly issued drachmas devalued...
  • Lockerbie Bomber Dies in Libya (May he Rot in Hell)

    05/20/2012 6:11:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 20, 2012
    TRIPOLI, Libya – The former Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has died in Libya, his brother told AFP on Sunday. "He died an hour ago," Abdelhakim al-Megrahi said, putting the time of death at shortly after 1:00pm local time. The UK Foreign Office could not confirm the report Sunday, however it said it was "seeking further information." Megrahi, 60, was convicted in a Scottish court in 2001 for his role in the December 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Most of those killed in the bombing of the Boeing 747...
  • Appeals court denies extension in Shipley case despite strangely lost testimony(Gunwalker)

    05/20/2012 5:48:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 May, 2012 | David Codrea
    Despite the government losing records for a full day of testimony in a gun conviction case involving a former FBI agent, the United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit has denied a 30-day extension for his attorney “as moot.” A late-April order in the case of USA v John Shipley, sent to Gun Rights Examiner recently by a confidential source, was reviewed this morning by this correspondent. It raises serious questions about the fairness of the proceedings and both the actions and motives of those behind the prosecution. Longtime readers will recall Shipley’s name surfaced in this column in July,...
  • Electricity bills set to rise to pay for wind farm subsidies

    05/20/2012 5:46:53 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00AM BST 20 May 2012 | By Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter
    Household electricity bills will rise by as much as a quarter to pay for wind farms and other forms of renewable energy, according to a new report. The study challenges the Government’s claims that energy bills will actually fall in the next eight years because of energy efficiency savings. This week the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will publish its draft energy bill, setting out how it plans to reform the electricity market and reduce the cost to households. DECC has insisted that energy bills will begin to fall from next year and will be reduced by seven...
  • UN Ridiculed for Attacking Poverty and Demanding Tax Hikes in Canada

    05/20/2012 5:32:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/17/2012 | Alex Newman
    Commentators and officials said Wednesday that the United Nations had cemented its position as a discredited global laughing stock after the UN “Food Envoy” criticized Canada — one of the wealthiest and healthiest nations in the world — for alleged inequality, poverty, and obesity. Critics of the global body and top Canadian policy makers promptly lambasted the organization for wasting scarce taxpayer resources “investigating” the nation and demanding reforms even as millions of people around the world starve. UN “Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food” Olivier De Schutter presented his demands for Canada in a dubious report released Wednesday...
  • Obama State Dept. Grants Visa to Castro's Daughter

    05/20/2012 5:13:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | May 20, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    A top apparatchik of the only regime in the Western Hemisphere to herd thousands of men and boys into forced labor camps at Soviet-bayonet point for the crime of fluttering their eyelashes, flapping their hands and talking with a lisp was just granted a U.S. visa to lecture Americans on “Gay Rights.” "Work Will Make Men Out of You" read the sign at the Cuban prison-camp’s gate, right over the barbed wire and next to the machine gunners posted on the watchtowers. The initials for these camps were UMAP, not GULAG, but the conditions were quite similar. The venue for...
  • Zimbabwe Party Presses Black Ownership

    05/20/2012 5:05:27 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2012 | LYDIA POLGREEN
    More than a decade after Zimbabwe’s government began seizing sprawling white-owned commercial farms, a new fight is brewing here over who will profit from the nation’s vast bounty of platinum, chromium, nickel and diamonds. In a move rooted in politics, the party of the aging president, Robert G. Mugabe, has begun pressuring companies operating in the country to comply with a law requiring that black Zimbabweans own more than half their shares. Mr. Mugabe has ruled the country since its independence in 1980 but has seen his popularity recede considerably in recent years. He won fewer votes than the opposition...
  • Syrian Opposition Leader to Step Down

    05/20/2012 4:59:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/17/2012
    Syrian National Council head Burhan Ghalioun announced he would step down amid allegations the Muslim Brotherhood secured his re-election Syrian opposition leader Burhan Ghalioun announced Thursday that he is resigning from his post just two days after being re-elected by a vote of 21-19. “I will not allow myself to be the candidate of division, I am not attached to a position, so I announce that I will step down after a new candidate has been chosen, either by consensus or through new elections," he said in a statement. Ghalioun, who has led the dissident Syrian National Council by consensus...
  • Let Us Embrace Our Friends

    05/20/2012 4:57:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | May 20, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    Two weeks ago, US Congressman Joe Walsh published an op-ed in the The Washington Times in which he called for the US and Israel to abandon the two-state solution. After running through the record of Palestinian duplicity, failed governance, terrorism and bad faith, he called for Israel to apply its sovereignty to Judea and Samaria. In his words, Israel should "adopt the only solution that will bring true peace to the Middle East: a single Israeli state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Israel is the only country in the region dedicated to peace and the only power...
  • Israel To Remain an Enemy, Says Syrian Rebel Leader

    05/20/2012 1:30:01 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    As the Syria creeps into total anarchy, rebels also insist that Israel will remain an enemy after the anticipated fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad. President Barack Obama told the G-8 Summit Saturday that Assad must leave. Regardless of whether he continues in power or is replaced, Israel is destined to remain an enemy state. Syrian opposition leader Burhan Ghalioun told a Saudi Arabian newspaper Saturday that Israel is "the main enemy of the Syrian revolution,” and he accused Jerusalem of being Assad’s “strongest ally.” .....

    05/19/2012 8:00:56 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    Passing this on, please help spread it around.This is a release from First Coast Tea Party. It applies to all of us. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING TREATIES - IF PASSED THEY CAN ONLY BE REPEALED WITH A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.. ACTION IS NEEDED Ya know that button with George Bush's picture asking "DO YOU MISS ME YET" on it? Well I own one of those buttons and I think it is time to put in on my jacket. In my last email I sent you all an attachment with 6 Treaties that are in the pipeline. Do your own research about...
  • Japan and Europe Are Killing Themselves

    05/19/2012 6:19:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/16/2012 | Steve Forbes
    Can the U.S. lead the world back to prosperity? The global economy is lurching toward the cliff. Twice before over the last 75 years Washington took the necessary action, and after November, with a new President and Congress, there will be the opportunity—and imperative—to do so again. The 1970s were a decade of economic turmoil and stagnation. The 1930s were worse. And now the world is headed to the brink again. ~snip~ The destruction of Bretton Woods in early 1970s led to a horrific, inflation-wracked decade. The U.S. experienced a stagnant economy and rising inflation and was seen as a...
  • Fighting at gay rights march in Tbilisi Georgia [awesome pic]

    05/19/2012 5:50:38 PM PDT · by kevcol · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | May 17, 2012 | News
    Fighting broke out as protesters attacked marchers, tearing up placards, and police made several arrests. "How can you promote such a thing in the streets where there are children?" a priest told AFP news agency. A march organiser said they had expected a "negative reaction" but not to be attacked physically. .. Some priests approached nearby police officers asking them "to stop this indecency" but an officer responded that the police could not "ban them from [marching]", according to the Civil Georgia website. "Then we have to do that," the priest reportedly replied.
  • Pakistan: Life Sentences For Blasphemy Overturned

    05/19/2012 4:13:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | May 19, 2012 | Murad Khan
    A court acquitted a Christian couple of “blasphemy” charges yesterday, overturning their life sentences, their lawyer said. Chaudhry Naeem Shakir told Compass that Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi of the Lahore High Court accepted the couple’s appeal because prosecutors failed to prove allegations that 32-year-old Munir Masih and his wife Ruqayya defiled the Quran or insulted Muhammad on Dec. 8, 2008. The allegations by Muhammad Nawaz in Mustafabad, Kasur district, came under sections 295-B and 295-C respectively of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which are routinely employed to exact revenge on Christians over personal disputes; in this case, the Christian couple’s children...
  • Outgoing IAF Commander: Best to Keep Quiet on Iran

    05/19/2012 3:49:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/12 | Elad Benari
    Outgoing IAF commander Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan suggested on Friday that it would be better to keep quiet on the subject of Iran and a possible Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities. In a special interview with Channel 2 News, Nechushtan, who is retiring from the IDF after 37 years of service, said, “We are not commentators of this situation, we are not closely following the events. We are on the side of the solutions. We come from the side of the tools that are at the country’s disposal.” He added, “I think that some of the public discourse being...
  • Two Obama Administration Scandals on Syria?

    05/19/2012 3:18:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NOW Lebanon ^ | Saturday, May 19, 2012 | Barry Rubin, PJ Media
    When a delegation of Syrian Kurdish rebels recently visited Washington, D.C., the State Department met them to ask for a favor. What was it? The Obama administration urged them to join the Syrian National Council (SNC), the organization created by the U.S. government through Turkey to lead the opposition movement and receive Western aid for all Syrian opposition groups. But the Turkish Islamist regime, which Obama put in charge of forming the SNC, put the Muslim Brotherhood in control, a fact I pointed out within hours of the announcement of the SNC leadership's names. Now that several SNC leaders have...
  • India's dam plans anger Pakistan, symbolise global water woes

    05/19/2012 2:33:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    South Asian News Agency ^ | May 19, 2012 | SANA
    Its three great basins -- the Indus, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra -- are the most densely populated area in the world. The Ganges alone supports half a billion people. Seventy per cent of South Asia's 1.5 billion people live in farming families, and depend on the water of those basins for their survival. That number grows by 25 million every year. For generations the rivers have watered the bread basket of the Punjab, the cotton plants and fruit trees of the Sindh, and the rice paddies of Bangladesh, and grown this region faster than anywhere else. But South Asia's...
  • Syria Accuses Lebanon Of 'Incubating' Terrorists

    05/19/2012 1:19:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/12
    Damascus has sent a letter to the United Nations accusing some Lebanese areas of helping al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood to take root along the Syrian border, adding to its criticism of Turkey and Libya for allegedly providing arms to Syrian rebels. "Some Lebanese areas next to the Syrian border are incubating terrorist elements from al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, who are messing with the security of Syrian citizens and work on undermining the United Nations Special Envoy's plan," ...
  • PA Request To Arrest Arafat Adviser Denied By Interpol

    05/19/2012 1:15:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/12
    Interpol has rejected the Palestinian Authority's request to arrest Mohammed Rashid, a, who is wanted for embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, the PA attorney-general, Ahmed al-Mughni, announced over the weekend. Rashid is wanted by the PA in connection with 21 cases of embezzlement, fraud and money-laundering, al-Mughni revealed. He said that he personally had contacted Rashid and asked him to hand himself in to the PA authorities, but to no avail. "The problem with Interpol is that they are saying that we are not a sovereign state and that's why they won't comply," al-Mughni told...
  • Fleeing the Wealth Tax: Wealthy French Take Their Assets to London

    05/19/2012 1:07:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Marco Evers in London
    Real estate agents have been aware of a new wave of interest for months, but it's been especially noticeable since Feb. 28. The night before, the then Socialist candidate for French president, François Hollande, who famously said "I don't like the rich," announced that, if elected, he would raise the top rate of tax on incomes over €1 million to 75 percent. At home, he got much applause for the announcement. But in London, the news produced a reaction that was noticeable on the computers of the London-based property company Knight Frank. "Since February, when Hollande announced his wealth tax,...
  • Crisis of Confidence: Fears of Bank Runs Mount in Southern Europe

    05/19/2012 12:57:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Stefan Kaiser
    Reports began trickling in earlier this week that savers in Greece were withdrawing hundreds of millions of euros from their bank accounts—the German news agency DPA reported that almost €900 million was withdrawn just on Monday alone. Since then Europe has been seized by the fear of a worst-case scenario in Greek's banking system: a so-called bank run, as customers who have lost confidence in their banks rush to take out their savings. Such a run would be the final stage in the loss of confidence in the banks. For months now, wealthy individuals in crisis-hit countries have already been...
  • Europe's Failed Natural Gas Strategy: Gazprom Hopes to Build Second Baltic Sea Pipeline

    05/19/2012 12:41:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Frank Dohmen and Alexander Jung
    With the planned Nabucco natural gas pipeline in southern Europe hitting snag after snag, Russian natural gas giant Gazprom is considering the construction of a second Baltic Sea pipeline to go with the just-finished Nord Stream. With unconventional natural gas from the US flooding the market, however, the strategy is not without risk. … Indeed, it is beginning to look as though the erstwhile competition between the two pipelines has been overwhelmingly won by Nord Stream. (Gerhardt) Schröder's team has just decided to expand the Baltic Sea pipeline's capacity. The owners, Gazprom, E.on-Ruhrgas, Wintershall, Gaz de France and the Dutch...
  • Taliban Death Threats: The West's Afghan Workers Fear NATO Withdrawal

    05/19/2012 12:17:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Matthias Gebauer and Shoib Najafizada in Berlin and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
    … By the end of 2014, at the latest, almost all international troops are to be withdrawn from the country in the Hindu Kush mountains, at least according to plans by nations present in the country going into the NATO summit in Chicago that begins on May 20. NATO leaders are hoping that the Afghan security forces can take over full responsibility for their country by then. The German government likes to call this plan the "responsible handover." But if that happens, then (Muhammad) Shah* and his colleagues will have to fear for their lives. "The Taliban knows exactly who...
  • Exploratory oil well off Cuba comes up dry

    05/19/2012 11:36:02 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    AP/NY Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | Peter Orsi
    An exploratory oil well off the northern coast of Cuba has proved a failure and will be capped and abandoned. “Mapping an (offshore) oil field is like trying to draw a map of a city when all you have is one in 10 lampposts working and a bit of a fog,’’ Rix said by phone from Madrid. “It’s very hard to do, so I can’t draw any conclusions from one well about the whole rest of it.’’ Nor does the failed well mean that the rest of Cuba’s offshore exploratory area, which has been estimated to hold 5 billion to...