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  • EDITORIAL: Obama to shoot down armed pilots

    06/26/2012 6:02:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2012 | Editorial
    Removing ‘last line of defense’ would be risky moveThe Obama administration’s hatred for the Second Amendment has reached new heights. After nearly a decade of safe operation, the White House is looking to reduce the number of pilots who provide an extra layer of security against airborne terror by packing a pistol in the cockpit. This plan shouldn’t fly. The federal flight-deck officer program was put in place as a direct response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists barged into the cockpits and seized control of airliners. The initiative provides $25.5 million for weapons training for pilots,...
  • 'Operation High Roller' bank hack nets cybercriminals Ł48 million

    06/26/2012 4:19:22 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    Tech World ^ | 6/26/12 | Ellen Messmer
    A global fraud ring has been targeting high net-worth businesses and individuals has netted the criminals an estimated €60 million (Ł48 million). According to McAfee and Guardian Analytics which today issued a report on the fraud, "Dissecting Operation High Roller," the attacks, first identified this winter, have hit 60 or more institutions and the total amount stolen may in fact be may be much higher. The two security firms say they have tracked "at least a dozen groups" that are relying on "server-side components and heavy automation" with about 60 servers processing thousands of attempted thefts from commercial accounts and...
  • Turkey warns Syria away from its border

    06/26/2012 3:15:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/12 | Elizabeth A. Kennedy
    BEIRUT (AP) - Turkey warned Syria on Tuesday to keep its forces away from the countries' troubled border or risk an armed response - a furious reply to the downing of a Turkish military plane last week by the Damascus regime. NATO backed up Turkey and condemned Syria for shooting down the plane but stopped short of threatening military action, reflecting its reluctance to get involved in a conflict that could ignite a broader war. Near the capital of Damascus, meanwhile, Syria's elite Republican Guard forces battled rebels in some of the most intense fighting involving the special forces since...
  • Iranian VP Blames 'Zionists,' Talmud for Inciting Drug Trade

    06/26/2012 3:04:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi condemned the 'Zionists' for inciting global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities in accordance with Talmudic teachings, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported. Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the prevalence of narcotics and drug-addiction throughout the world is rooted in the Talmud. “The book teaches them how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother,” Rahimi stated. The Iranian vice-president said that the Zionists' direct involvement...
  • The War Zone Cargo Copter That Lifts 6,000 Pounds Without a Pilot

    06/26/2012 2:57:12 PM PDT · by q_an_a · 26 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 6.26.2012 | Andrew Tarantola
    But for work in a war zone, Lockheed modified the K-1200 to operate via remote control—because, with a couple of tons worth of cargo swaying beneath it, the K-1200 isn't particularly quick or nimble. By removing the pilot, and necessary interfaces and life support systems, the autonomous K-1200 can fly higher and with more and heavier loads than any other helicopter in service.
  • Syria in a Real Situation of War, Says Assad

    06/26/2012 2:51:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/6/12 | Elad Benari
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday that his country, in the grips of an anti-regime uprising now in its 16th month, is in a “real situation of war.” “We are witnessing a real situation of war,” the state news agency SANA quoted Assad as telling a meeting of the new Syrian cabinet. However, he insisted that “when one is in a state of war, all our policies and capabilities must be used to secure victory.” Meanwhile, AFP reported, the United States on Tuesday said that a “desperate” Assad was slowly losing his grip on power, citing recent defections of...
  • Egan-Jones Downgrades Germany to A+ from AA-

    06/26/2012 2:35:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 26, 2012 | By Stephen L. Bernard
    Egan-Jones Ratings Co. downgraded Germany's rating one notch Tuesday to single-A-plus. Regardless of whether Greece or other members of the 17-nation common currency bloc leave the euro zone, Germany will be left with "massive, additional, uncollectible receivables," Egan-Jones said in downgrading the country. The ratings company estimates that Germany is owed EUR700 billion, of which only about 50% is collectable. That figure doesn't include the exposure of Germany's banks to troubled countries in the euro zone. Egan-Jones's rating of Germany is four notches lower than the big three ratings firms', Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings, view...
  • U.S. will have to heed Russia's, China's stance on Syria - expert

    06/26/2012 1:33:36 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Jun 26, 2012 16:36 Moscow Time | Yekaterina Kudashkina
    U.S. will have to heed Russia's, China's stance on Syria - expert Yekaterina Kudashkina Jun 26, 2012 16:36 Moscow Time The United States is not the only super power any more. I believe Washington will have to take into consideration what the Russians and the Chinese would say about the Syrian crisis. Interview with Dr. Camille Habib – Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration at the Lebanese State University in Beirut. From the Syrian viewpoint, Syria was protecting its own sovereignty. And in what happened was by international standards and international law Syria was correct and...
  • No plans to evacuate Russians from Syria

    06/26/2012 1:27:43 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Jun 22, 2012 17:25 Moscow Time | Denisova Olga
    No plans to evacuate Russians from Syria Denisova Olga Jun 22, 2012 17:25 Moscow Time Media reports about the possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria - in particular, of the military-technical personnel of the Russian naval base of Tartus (Syria) - have nothing to do with reality, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Media reports about the possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria - in particular, of the military-technical personnel of the Russian naval base of Tartus (Syria) - have nothing to do with reality, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. No evacuation is planned, and...
  • [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel rules out eurobonds for 'as long as I live'

    06/26/2012 1:27:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/26/2012 | Szu Ping Chan
    Angela Merkel has firmly rejected the use of eurobonds ahead of a crucial summit in Brussels this week, ruling out jointly guaranteed eurozone debt for "as long as I live". The German Chancellor's comments were met with applause as she briefed MPs from the Free Democrats party, her junior coalition partner, at an assembly meeting on Tuesday. One official told AP that the crowd "reacted with applause to hearing that the Chancellor does not want a joint debt liability," while one participant reportedly shouted: "We wish you a long life!" Several eurozone leaders, including French President Francois Hollande and Italian...
  • Russia to send marines to Syria

    06/26/2012 1:21:55 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2012 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation's base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow's growing concern about Syrian President Bashar Assad's future. The Interfax news agency quoted an unidentified Russian navy official as saying that the two amphibious landing vessels, Nikolai Filchenkov and Caesar Kunikov, will be heading shortly to the Syrian port of Tartus, but didn't give a precise date. The official said the ships will carry an unspecified number of...
  • Louisiana Continues To Lead In Fight Against Sharia

    06/26/2012 12:50:19 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 16 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 26 June 12 | Christopher Holton
    Over the past two years no state in America has done more to prevent the infiltration of Shariah law into our legal system, culture and financial system than Louisiana. During this time period, Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law no fewer than 6 pieces of legislation that can be classified as attempting to guard against the Islamization of America. The flagship legislation in this regard was American Laws for American Courts legislation signed into law by Governor Jindal in 2010. Louisiana’s leadership to guard against the infiltration of Shariah continued in the 2012 legislative session with three more pieces...
  • Israel Police deploys large forces in central Tel Aviv as protesters gather for mass rally

    06/26/2012 11:15:12 AM PDT · by EBH
    Haartz ^ | 6/23/12
    A large number of police officers were stationed on Saturday in central Tel Aviv as social activists prepared to march in protest of Friday' arrests. 12 people were taken into custody as police used what the protesters called excessive force. Under the banner "Emergency protest! Returning the power to the people," activists plan to march on Rotchild Blvd, the site of last year's most prominent "tent city," and hold a rally at Habima Theater Square. They plan to join forces with another demonstration in support of Israel's gay community, which has been attacked by several Israeli politicians in recent days....
  • CBS News Launches 'Fast and Furious' Web Site

    06/26/2012 10:46:08 AM PDT · by kristinn · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    What is "Fast and Furious?" In late 2009, ATF agents noticed a surge in gun purchases in the U.S. by suspected Mexican drug cartels and were tasked with following the guns. Sharyl Attkisson reports on the infamous program now known as "Fast and Furious." (Click and bookmark source link for Fast and Furious reporting by Sharyl Atkisson and CBS News.)
  • Russian Nuclear Bombers Test U.S. Air Defenses in Arctic War Games During Chilly Obama-Putin Summit

    06/26/2012 9:53:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials. The Russian war games began the same day President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a frosty summit meeting in Mexico June 18. U.S. officials said the arctic exercises over the Russian Far East and Pacific appeared to be a further sign of Russia’s hardening posture toward the United States. The Obama administration made no protest of the bomber intrusions, according to the officials, in line with its...
  • FBI investigating over 100 suspected Islamic jihadists in U.S. military

    06/26/2012 9:53:37 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 9 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | 25JUN12 | Robert Specer
    But doing anything other than assuming the loyalty of Muslims in the military would be "Islamophobic." It would be better for hundreds or thousands die in a jihad attack by one of these Muslims in the military than for military officials to commit an act of "Islamophobia." Death (other peoples') before political incorrectness! "FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists In Military," by Dina Temple-Raston for NPR, June 25 (thanks to Holly): The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious. That probably means...
  • Does Your Financial Institution Participate in Shariah Compliant Finance?

    06/26/2012 9:20:16 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 26 June 12 | Unattributed
    The most common requests we receive at Shariah Finance Watch are questions as to whether banks or brokerage houses “are Shariah-compliant?” As a result of these numerous inquiries, for the past several weeks, we have carefully compiled a list of financial institutions active in the USA that have some form of tie to Shariah Compliant Finance. In some cases, the entire institution is Shariah-compliant. In other cases, the overall institution is not Shariah-compliant but it has a division or subsidiary that is, or it offers a product that is Shariah-compliant. In still more cases, some of the entities listed below...
  • A new world order is coming and we are sleepwalking into it

    06/26/2012 9:10:52 AM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 16 replies
    The Economic Voice - UK ^ | June 19, 2012 | Richard Henley Davis
    A new world order is coming and we are sleepwalking into it Posted By Richard Henley Davis On June 19, 2012 @ 8:00 pm For the past six years or so our leaders and economists have told us that no one could have seen this financial crisis coming, they were lying. There comes a point where you have to stick your neck out and say it as it is, regardless of what your peers and the media think about your conclusions and that is exactly what I am going to do today so here goes my reputation. Let’s start not...
  • Turkey dubs Syria 'a clear threat', vows to retaliate

    06/26/2012 8:32:58 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    Turkey dubs Syria 'a clear threat', vows to retaliate AFPAFP – 3 hrs ago Turkey branded its former ally Syria "a clear and imminent threat," on Tuesday as its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vented his fury over the downing of a Turkish fighter jet. In his most outspoken criticism of the Damascus regime, Erdogan vowed to retaliate against the "heinous act" and promised a change of military attitude to any Syrian officer approaching the common border. "The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed given this new development," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament following...
  • Turkey Sends Military Convoy To Syrian Border

    06/26/2012 8:29:17 AM PDT · by Fennie · 32 replies
    Timeturk ^ | June 26, 2012
    Turkey has deployed a large number of military vehicles to the Syrian border.
  • Top Republican Senator Suggests Impeaching Obama Over Immigration Policies (AZ's Jon Kyl)

    06/26/2012 8:07:40 AM PDT · by kristinn · 21 replies
    Think Progress | Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | Igor Volsky
    Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) floated the possibility of impeaching President Obama over the administration’s recent decisions on immigration, during an appearance on Bill Bennett’s radio show on Tuesday. SNIP ...If the president insists on continuing to ignore parts of the law that he doesn’t like, and simply not enforce that law, the primary remedy for that is political. And you have it two ways: one is oversight through the Congress to demonstrate what they’re doing wrong and there are some potential criminal charges there for dereliction of duty. Although, I haven’t looked that up yet. And the other part of...
  • The Strategic Imperative of Security

    06/26/2012 7:01:23 AM PDT · by se99tp · 2 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | June 26th, 2012 | Dr. Earl Tilford
    ...Admissions from “the highest levels” of the U.S. government that it was party to a cyber attack on Iran risks a retaliation that could take many forms, compelling further escalation. ...
  • Putin praises Palestinians’ ‘responsible’ stance in peace negotiations

    06/26/2012 5:42:59 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    AP ^ | June 26, 2012
    Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart Tuesday for what he said was a “responsible” position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state. Mr. Putin also offered veiled criticism of Israel, saying unilateral actions — an apparent reference to continued Israeli settlement expansion on war-won land — is not constructive. Mr. Putin spoke at the end of a visit to the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by his side. Mr. Putin inaugurated a Russian cultural and language centre in Bethlehem...
  • Waking from the Democratic Dream (in the Middle East)

    06/26/2012 5:21:27 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 25, 2012 | Robert Merry
    The time has come for the United States to give up on the notion of democracy in the Middle East. It isn’t going to happen, at least not anytime soon, and the country is starting to look silly with so many of its intellectuals clinging to a notion that has no basis in reality. Just look at Iraq, set upon a course that many Americans thought would lead to democracy, and paid for with the blood of more than four thousand American dead and some thirty-three thousand wounded. What do we see in today’s Iraq? A budding dictatorship moving in...
  • 55% Want U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Arizona Immigration Law, only 26% want it dropped.

    06/26/2012 2:15:25 AM PDT · by sunmars · 86 replies
    Most voters still want an immigration law like Arizona’s in their own state and hope the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the legality of the Arizona law this week. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters would like to see the Supreme Court uphold the law that Arizona adopted to reduce illegal immigration in the state. Just 26% would like to see the high court overturn the law. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided.
  • Germany Rejects Obama's Criticism in Euro Crisis

    06/26/2012 1:44:12 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 6/25/2012
    In a sign of tensions between Berlin and Washington, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Sunday that President Barack Obama should focus on cutting America's own budget deficit before advising Europe on how to tackle its debt problems. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble rebuffed recent criticism of Germany's handling of the euro crisis from Barack Obama, telling the US president to get his own house in order before giving advice. "Herr Obama should above all deal with the reduction of the American deficit. That is higher than that in the euro zone," he told German public broadcaster ZDF on...
  • 32 Grieving Parents with Absolute Moral Authority over Obama

    06/26/2012 1:20:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    A ^ | June 26, 2012 | Stella Paul
    I know you're busy writing to your friends to ask them to skip your birthday present this year and send the cash to Obama, but I just want to interrupt you for a minute to introduce you to 32 parents who probably won't be fundraising for Obama anytime soon. Kent and Josephine Terry are the parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who sacrificed his life protecting ours. Last week, they spoke up for the first time with a message to Obama, who has asserted executive privilege to hide documents on Operation Fast and Furious. When asked what they'd...
  • Father in China Abortion Scandal Is Said To Be Missing

    06/25/2012 11:51:00 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 4 replies
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 26, 2012 | MARK MCDONALD
    HONG KONG — The Chinese man who published photographs online of his wife and their dead fetus — government officials forced her to submit to an abortion at seven months — has gone missing after being tracked by security officials and thugs, according to his sister. The family has been hounded by banner-waving protesters who called them traitors and said they should be beaten and expelled from their town. The South China Morning Post reported Tuesday that the husband and father, Deng Jiyuan, had been “constantly followed” for the past week by several men — “local officials and thugs,” according...
  • North Korea executes four refugees, says South Korean activist

    06/26/2012 12:00:43 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 4 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | June 25, 2012
    <p>NORTH Korea has publicly executed four refugees who were repatriated by China, a South Korean activist says. China has repatriated 44 people in recent months, said Kim Heung-Kwang, who heads NK Intellectuals Solidarity, a Seoul-based defectors' group.</p>
  • The Disastrous Consequences of a Euro Crash

    06/25/2012 11:56:28 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 81 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 6/25/2012 | SPIEGEL Staff
    As the debt crisis worsens in Spain and Italy, financial experts are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a crash of the euro: the destruction of trillions in assets and record high unemployment levels, even in Germany. By SPIEGEL Staff Collapse of Currency a 'Very Likely Scenario' Investment experts at Deutsche Bank now feel that a collapse of the common currency is "a very likely scenario." German companies are preparing themselves for the possibility that their business contacts in Madrid and Barcelona could soon be paying with pesetas again. And in Italy, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is thinking of...
  • India to add $10 bn to aid Europe

    06/25/2012 11:10:53 PM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | 19 June 2012 | Pramit Pal Chaudhary
    India will pledge an additional $ 10 billion to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) firewall against a eurozone financial conflagration. This was announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his opening speech at the Group of 20 summit in Mexico. The money will be part of an estimated $63-billion contribution by the BRICS countries, the emerging group og economies currently chaired by India, to the IMF’s $430-billion emergency fund. The BRICS countries, comprising Brazil Russia India China and South Africa, had earlier agreed that their contributions would be conditional on the IMF enhancing their voting rights and “that this recourse...
  • EU: Moody's downgrades 28 Spanish banks

    06/25/2012 10:54:11 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/25/2012 | Louise Armitstead, and Szu Ping Chan
    Moody’s downgraded 28 Spanish banks last night just hours after the country formally requested aid from Brussels for its shattered lenders. All of Spain’s major banks were hit with cuts of one to four notches – worse than expected and sending several deeper into junk status. The move followed Moody’s decision this month to slash the sovereign rating from A3 to Baa3, but also reflected the mounting risk of real estate losses, the agency said. Comparing Spain’s property crisis to Ireland’s, where values have fallen almost twice as much, Moody’s said: “The banks’ exposures to commercial real estate will likely...
  • Mark Steyn: Brothers’ Day

    06/25/2012 10:02:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 25, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Last year at NRO I wrote: “The short 90-year history of independent Egypt is that it got worse” — and was about to get “worse still.” Eighty years ago, Egypt was ruled by a ramshackle, free-ish monarchy in mimicry of the Westminster system; forty years ago, it was under the control of authoritarian, secular pan-Arab nationalists; and now the Muslim Brotherhood guy has won the election.But don’t worry, on the day Mubarak stepped down, America’s director of national intelligence, who presides over the most lavishly funded intelligence bureaucracy on the planet, was telling the world that the Muslim Brotherhood...
  • N. Korea blasts use of its flag in US-S. Korea exercise

    06/25/2012 8:07:50 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | June 25, 2012 | Yoo Kyong Chang / Jon Rabiroff
    North Korea vowed to step up its nuclear arms program in an angry response to the use of its flag during a live-fire exercise Friday by the South Korean and U.S. militaries.
  • N. Korea: Pyongyang denounces U.S. for firing at N. Korean flag

    06/25/2012 7:54:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/25/12
    Pyongyang denounces U.S. for firing at N. Korean flag SEOUL, June 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea vowed Monday to further strengthen its nuclear deterrent to cope with what it called U.S. hostile policy, leveling criticism at the latest South Korea-U.S. joint military drill. The latest rhetoric came after North Korea's flag was fired upon during a South Korea-U.S. joint live-fire drill near the border with the North on Friday. The communist nation, which conducted two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, has made similar threats in recent years. "It is an extremely grave military action and politically-motivated provocation to fire...
  • Congressman Calls for Hearings on 'Radicalization' of White Christian Women

    06/25/2012 7:22:13 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 20 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | 25 June 12 | Raymond Ibrahim
    During a Homeland Security committee hearing last week on the "Radicalization of Muslim-Americans," Texas Congressman Al Green (D) criticized the hearings as biased and unfair to Muslims, suggesting that the only way to justify them is if Congress would also conduct a "hearing on the radicalization of Christians." Though his position may seem balanced, in fact, it reveals a dangerous mix of irrationality, moral relativism, and emotionalism—all disastrous traits in a U.S. Congressman. Consider some of Green's assertions: "I don't think that most people oppose hearings on radicalization. I do not, not — N-O-T — oppose hearings on radicalization. I...
  • Arizona Senate President Says Obama Is Acting Like a 'Spoiled Child'

    06/25/2012 6:50:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies
    KTAR ^ | Monday, June 25, 2012
    Arizona's Senate President Steve Pierce had strong words about President Barack Obama after 287(g) was suspended between the government and many Arizona law enforcement agencies. "Acting more like a spoiled child than a President, the Obama administration today pulled the agreement to have Arizona law enforcement officers enforce federal laws on illegal immigration. "These are agreements used across the country to protect citizens, but President Obama and his accomplice, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, only ripped up the agreement with one state, Arizona..."
  • U.S. tomato farmers say want to dump Mexico deal (that they say has become "a charade".)

    06/25/2012 6:32:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/12 | Doug Palmer - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. tomato growers on Monday said they have formally asked the U.S. Commerce Department to tear up a pricing agreement with Mexican producers that they say has become "a charade." Reggie Brown, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Exchange, told Reuters U.S. producers want the pact voided so they can file a new anti-dumping complaint against Mexico. The rare request comes in a dispute that dates back to 1996, when U.S. industry filed a petition accusing Mexican producers of selling in the United States at unfairly low prices. Brown said the Commerce Department found that Mexican...
  • Putin: Don't rush to strike Iran

    06/25/2012 4:58:03 PM PDT · by MCSP2008 · 16 replies
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4247178,00.html ^ | Latest Update: 06.25.12, 22:47 / Israel News | Attila Somfalvi
    President Vladimir Putin expressed his reservations over the prospect of a military strike in Iran, urging Israel Monday to learn from negative US experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • The $5 Billion Camo Snafu (Army retiring ACU)

    06/25/2012 4:53:08 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 78 replies
    The Daily ^ | June 24, 2012 | Erik German
    The Army is changing clothes. Over the next year, America’s largest fighting force is swapping its camouflage pattern. The move is a quiet admission that the last uniform — a pixelated design that debuted in 2004 at a cost of $5 billion — was a colossal mistake. Soldiers have roundly criticized the gray-green uniform for standing out almost everywhere it’s been worn. Industry insiders have called the financial mess surrounding the pattern a “fiasco.” As Army researchers work furiously on a newer, better camouflage, it’s natural to ask what went wrong and how they’ll avoid the same missteps this time...
  • US jury slaps $954.6 million judgment against French entertainment group Vivendi

    06/25/2012 4:52:45 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    Times of India ^ | Jun 26, 2012, 03.44AM IST
    NEW YORK: A US federal jury found on Monday that French entertainment group Vivendi must pay $954.6 million in damages to Liberty Media Corp in a 2003 breach of contract lawsuit. The Manhattan federal court jury found that US cable operator Liberty Media was entitled to 765 million euros in damages after it sued Vivendi accusing it of fraud in a 2001 agreement where Liberty Media swapped its stock in the USA Network in exchange for a stake in Vivendi. The four-week trial was overseen by US district judge Shira Scheindlin. The jury voted against Vivendi on one breach of...
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram free 40 inmates in prison break

    06/25/2012 4:41:53 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Times of India ^ | Jun 24, 2012, 08.19PM IST
    LAGOS: Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram stormed a prison in their northeastern heartland on Sunday, freeing 40 inmates, police said, in the latest of a string of attacks blamed on the group. "There was an attack on the Yobe prison this morning, the Boko Haram sect attacked the prison through the Emir palace, 40 inmates escaped," said Patrick Egbuniwe, Yobe State police commissioner. "They attacked with rifles, the police and the joint task force confronted them and the Boko Haram members that were shot were carried away by the sect." He said two of the attackers were shot dead and...
  • Chief Justice Roberts backs Obama in Arizona immigration ruling

    06/25/2012 4:23:29 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    [June 25, 2012] Chief Justice Roberts backs Obama in Arizona immigration ruling WASHINGTON, Jun 25, 2012 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Helping drive (albeit from the back seat) the Supreme Court toward what amounted to a victory for the Obama administration in the Arizona immigration case was a man often seen as one of Obama's chief antagonists at the court -- Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
  • US will help Turkey hold Syria ‘accountable’ for jet shoot-down, says Obama spokesman

    06/25/2012 4:11:40 PM PDT · by EBH · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/25/12 | Oliver Knox
    The White House on Monday promised to work with Turkey and other NATO allies to hold Syria "accountable" for what American officials have described as the deliberate downing of a Turkish military jet, apparently in international airspace. Turkey said it would push NATO, whose governing body meets Tuesday to discuss the matter, to consider the June 22 incident an attack on the entire alliance. Under Article V of NATO's founding document, an attack on one member is considered an attack on all. "We stand in solidarity with Turkey, a key U.S. ally," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force...
  • Turkey Claims Syria Fired On Second Turkish Jet, Says "Act Won't Go Unpunished"

    06/25/2012 3:17:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/25/2012 | Tyler Durden
    At this point even those who have never heard of the Gulf of Tonkin know where this is headed: SYRIAN ACT 'WON'T GO UNPUNISHED,' TURKEY'S ARINC SAYSSYRIAN ACT 'HOSTILE,' 'COLD-BLOODED,' ARINC SAYSSYRIA SHOT DOWN TURKISH JET WITHOUT WARNING, NULAND SAYSTURKEY INVOKED ARTICLES 4 & 5 FOR NATO MEETING, ARINC SAYSTURKEY TO PROCEED AGAINST SYRIA USING LEGAL RIGHTS, ARINC SAYSTURKISH JET SHOT DOWN IN INTERNATIONAL AIRSPACE, ARINC SAYS And yet: TURKISH JET 'MISTAKENLY' ENTERED SYRIAN AIRSPACE, ARINC SAYSTURKISH JET WAS IN SYRIAN AIRSPACE ONLY 5 MINUTES, ARINC SAYS Just the tip, eh? And finally this, which makes it all too...
  • The New Egyptian Pres. Reportedly Said 'Jihad Is Our Path, Death In The Name Of Allah Is Our Goal'

    06/25/2012 3:12:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/25/2012 | Ashley Lutz
    Comments reportedly made just over a month ago by new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have some spooked. The Voice of Russia radio website reported that Mordi made the following remarks on May 13: “The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal,” Morsi said in his election speech before Cairo University students on Saturday night. Today Egypt is close as never before to the triumph of Islam at all the state levels, he said. “Today we can establish Sharia law because our nation will acquire...
  • Queen to Unveil WWII Monument in London: Germans Grudgingly Accept Bomber Memorial

    06/25/2012 2:55:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 118 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 06/25/2012 | David Crossland in Berlin
    The planned unveiling in London of a memorial to the 55,573 Royal Air Force Bomber Command airmen killed in World War II has sparked muted criticism in Germany, where many regard the Allied air raids that destroyed entire cities and killed over 500,000 civilians as unjustified and criminal. Helma Orosz, the mayor of Dresden, which was devastated in an Allied attack in February 1945, criticized the plans for the monument when they first became public in 2010, and spoke to London Mayor Boris Johnson about it. "The planned memorial triggered astonishment in Dresden and was judged critically by us in...
  • U.S. Attorney: Man named "Jihad Hatem" tried to bribe Harahan Police Chief

    06/25/2012 2:51:19 PM PDT · by LSUfan
    WWL-TV ^ | 25 June 12 | Unattributed
    A Gretna man has been charged with trying to bribe the Harahan Police Chief in an effort to get a liquor license for his business in that city. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Jihad Hatem Hamad, 26, approached Police Chief Jacob "Mac" Dickinson in March and requested his support for a liquor license for Hamad's business, Harahan Cheap Smokes. Court documents said Hamad told Dickinson that a wealthy person would be willing to make a campaign contribution to the chief if he supported the defendant's application for a liquor license.
  • (Italian pro-EU politican Emma) Bonino: The euro is not the problem; governance is

    06/25/2012 2:49:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 June 2012 | (EurActiv.com with EurActiv Italia)
    The eurozone crisis can be traced more to political than economic and financial causes, Emma Bonino, vice president of the Italian Senate and a former European Commissioner told EurActiv Italia. She says it is mostly a problem of governance. The EU Summit this week (28-29 June) is not a meeting as many others: “It’s a key date for the EU, almost a point of no return,” she said, reasserting the need for a United States of Europe. She spoke on the margin of a conference organized by European Movement Italy, ahead of the Rome mini-summit on 22 June. Bonino shares...
  • Syria Shoots at Second Turkish Aircraft

    06/25/2012 2:28:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/6/12 | Chana Yaar
    Syria has attempted to shoot down a second Turkish aircraft searching for missing pilots, Ankara announced Monday. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told a news conference the Turkish plane, which was searching for the jet that was shot down last week, was not damaged in the incident. He met with reporters following a seven hour cabinet meeting that focused on Syria's attack last week on Turkey's war plane. The F-4 reconnaissance aircraft was allegedly shot down while still technically in international air space near the border with Syria – about 13 nautical miles away, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet...