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  • Greek bank union calls strike for Monday

    07/27/2012 6:39:15 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Friday Jul 27, 2012 (21:33)
    Greek bank workers will hold a 24-hour warning strike today to protest decisions being made by international creditors and the government that may result in job losses. The government “must realize it doesn’t have the moral or political right to show weakness, ignore the historical moment for Greek banks and succumb to the pressures of the creditors,” OTOE, the bank union federation, said in a faxed statement on Friday. OTOE said Greek banks, including state-controlled ATEbank and Hellenic Postbank SA, should all be recapitalized and that jobs should be guaranteed. Lenders need recapitalizing after suffering losses on their holdings of...
  • White House can’t name Israel’s capital

    US White House spokesman Jay Carney refused to state the US position on the location of Israel’s capital during a press briefing, Thursday, despite several requests for clarification from a pair of reporters. The exchange, caught on video and uploaded to YouTube, quickly made the cyberspace rounds as the latest example of world bodies’ refusal to name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the video, a female reporter asks about the administration’s position on the capital of Israel, as several other reporters lightly chuckle. “I haven’t gotten that question in a while,” Carney responds. “Our position has not changed.”...
  • UN Arms Treaty Dead

    07/27/2012 6:05:39 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 78 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2012 | James S. Robbins
    Talks over the UN Arms Trade Treaty fell apart today, effectively killing the agreement. The Arms Trade Treaty Legal Blog reports that the process seemed to be moving to completion when the United States requested an extension to the time to negotiate the agreement. This opened the door to other countries to begin registering objections, and it soon became clear that reaching agreement within the allowed timeframe would be impossible. The proposed treaty, which raised considerable domestic opposition from gun rights advocates in the United States, died before it had a chance to become a threat. As a delegate from...
  • EU: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande pledge to back euro

    07/27/2012 5:44:37 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/27/2012 | Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
    Angela Merkel and François Hollande pledged on Friday "to do everything to protect" the European Union's single currency, papering over deep divisions between them over how to tackle the Spanish and Italian debt crisis. The German chancellor and French president issued a joint statement following a crisis telephone call echoing Mario Draghi's promise on Thursday that the European Central Bank would do whatever it took to save the euro. "France and Germany are fundamentally tied to the integrity of the euro area," they said in the statement. "They are determined to do everything to protect it. "Member states, like the...
  • Son of 'Blind Sheikh' Threatens US Embassy Employees (Egypt)

    07/27/2012 4:48:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | Friday, July 27, 2012 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    The son of Omar Abdel Rahman, a Jama’a al-Islamiya leader known as the “Blind Sheikh” who was convicted of terrorism charges in the US in 1995, threatened to organize a protest at the US Embassy in Cairo and detain the employees inside. Abdallah Abdel Rahman’s threat came during a press conference organized by the sheikh’s family near the highly fortified American embassy compound on Thursday evening. Abdel Rahman demanded that President Mohamed Morsy intervene for the release of his father as he did in the case of Egyptian journalist Shaimaa Adel who was detained for nearly two weeks for covering...
  • Rudy Giuliani: Obama Friend to Israel, “Biggest Joke I’ve Ever Heard” (Video at link))

    07/27/2012 2:52:28 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 9 replies
    It depends on what your definition of friend is… If pushing policy that will ultimately endanger Israel is regarded as friendly then Barack Obama is a friend of Israel. Rudy Giuliani told THE SHARK TANK that it’s “a joke” to consider Obama as a friend to Israel....
  • Kuwait: Top Muslim Clerics Say Churches Should Not Be Built In Islamic Countries…

    07/27/2012 2:30:37 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 20 replies
    WeazelZippers.com ^ | 26JUL12 | Posted at WeaselZippers
    A group of Islamic preachers claimed that churches should not be built in Islamic countries particularly in the Arabian Peninsula following the issuance of an approval for constructing a church in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. Undersecretary of Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Mutlaq Al-Qarawi stressed that the ministry is not responsible for issuing licenses for building churches, and only receives the applications for licenses, which they refer immediately to the Municipality for review. Meanwhile, Sheikh Nazem Al-Misbah pointed out that the Fatwa and Legislation Department should be questioned for such issues, stressing that based on his knowledge...
  • Romney Told the Truth in London

    07/27/2012 2:09:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 27, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to go to this Romney business. Romney went to the UK. He's over there for the obligatory foreign trip for presidential candidates. And here is supposedly Romney's big gaffe. This was Wednesday night on the NBC Nightly News with the anchor Brian Williams who said, "In the short time you've been here in London, do they look ready for the Olympics to your experienced eye?" ROMNEY: You know, it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not...
  • Russia Looking to Add Naval Base in Cuba

    07/27/2012 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    latino.foxnews.com ^ | July 27, 2012
    Russia is talking to Cuba about housing Russian navy ships, the nation's navy chief said Friday, in a move seen as an attempt to challenge Washington. Russia is also talking to Vietnam and the Indian Ocean island country of Seychelles as possible naval hubs. Relations with Washington have deteriorated since President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a third term in March largely in part to the violence in Syria. Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov told the state RIA Novosti news agency that Russia is in talks about setting up maintenance and supply facilities for Russian ships in those countries but wouldn't...
  • Iran Is Readying A 'Nightmare Scenario' For The US Navy

    07/27/2012 1:11:47 PM PDT · by Dysart · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-27-12 | Robert Johnson
    It's getting easy to overlook the tired rhetoric and hollow tension surrounding Iran, the U.S. and Israel. It's been months, and months since the back-and-forth began. First, Iran's shutting the Strait of Hormuz, then its saying it'd never shut the strait. Then Israel's planning a solo attack. No, they're not. It's frustrating, but that doesn't mean the situation couldn't turn ugly at the drop of a hat. Joby Warick at The Washington Post reports improved Iranian weapons and an enhanced plan of attack could nail the U.S. fleet parked in the Gulf and there may be little Navy officials can...
  • Will U.S. Dip American Flag at Olympic Ceremony?

    07/27/2012 12:52:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    FOX News Radio ^ | July 27, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    A controversy is brewing over whether the United States might break tradition and dip the American flag at the opening ceremony for the London Olympics. However, the American Legion said to do so would not only violate the U.S. Flag Code, but would also be un-American. Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, told Reuters they were discussing the matter internally. “We’ve talked about that a little bit and you never know what is going to happen,” Blackmun told the news agency. But later a spokesman for the USOC sent Fox News a statement Blackmun’s comments and...
  • London Olympics Logo Running Man

    07/27/2012 11:45:09 AM PDT · by Talisker · 26 replies
    So after seeing the thing for what, two years now? It occurred to me last night that the London Olympics logo looked like puzzle pieces. They even have 3-D shaddow to make them look like you can pick them up and move them around. So I did. And I found a running man! But even weirder, it seem the running man is supposed to be upside-down, on his head. Because only then can you read the "London" pice properly. Oh, and as a check, besides all the exact angles of the piece sides that line up, the word "London" is...
  • Should Anglo-Saxon Americans Be Proud of their Heritage?

    07/27/2012 11:28:07 AM PDT · by pinochet · 68 replies
    Barack Obama made a trip to Ireland when he became President, and he bragged about the Irish heritage that he has on his mother's side. In his first book, he wrote about visiting Kenya, to celebrate his father's Kenyan roots. Then why is Mitt Romney being given a hard time on his visit to England, when one of his advisers mentioned that Romney is proud of his Anglo-Saxon heritage? Romney should tell his non-Anglo critics that they are guests and freeloaders, living in a country (America) that was founded by Anglo-Saxons. The Irish are cheered when they have their St....
  • Al-Qaeda In Iraq Threatens To Attack Targets In U.S.

    07/27/2012 11:09:54 AM PDT · by robowombat · 16 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 27, 2012 | BRIAN BENNETT
    Al-Qaeda In Iraq Threatens To Attack Targets In U.S. by BRIAN BENNETT July 27, 2012 WASHINGTON - The militant organization that was once the scourge of the U.S. militarycampaign in Iraq and probably is responsible for more than 100 deaths in the country over the last few days has set its sights on launching attacks in the United States, intelligence officials said. Al Qaeda in Iraq released a message this week that threatened to strike at the "heart" of the United States, and several associates of the group have been arrested in the U.S. and Canada in the last two...
  • Obama releases $70M aid increase to Israel a day before rival Mitt Romney visits Jerusalem

    07/27/2012 9:40:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 27, 2012
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday he is releasing an additional $70 million in military aid for Israel, a previously announced move that appeared timed to upstage Republican rival Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel this weekend. As he sought to underscore his commitment to Israel, the president first said the increased aid totaled $70 million, then said the number was actually $70 billion, even though the smaller figure is correct.
  • Why GOP leaders slur Bachmann, defend Obama

    07/27/2012 9:20:40 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 50 replies
    WND ^ | July 27, 2012 | Alan Keyes
    During the GOP’s blatantly rigged 2012 primary season, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., distinguished herself as a sincere spokeswoman for the conservative grass-roots constituency the nomination of Mitt Romney will emphatically betray. Just recently she joined with several of her colleagues courageously to demand an investigation into evidence the Obama faction has placed people associated with organizations that promote Islamic jihad and Shariah law into high-level positions in the U.S. government, from which they may be exerting inordinate influence on America’s foreign and national-security policy. Now key members of the elitist faction’s leadership in the Democratic and Republican parties have embarked...
  • EXCLUSIVE: The Muslim Brotherhood Ties Of A DHS Advisor Redux

    07/27/2012 8:36:13 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 26JUL12 | GlobalMB
    The Huffington Post has posted an article which cited DHS advisor Mohamed Elibiary as claiming that his name “has been dragged through the mud” by U.S. Congressional representatives who haves identified him as a potential example of Muslim Brotherhood influence inside the U.S. government. The article begins: Posted: 07/25/2012 4:46 pm Updated: 07/25/2012 9:41 pm WASHINGTON — Huma Abedin is, in some ways, lucky. Although a group of five conservative lawmakers have alleged that she may have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, public officials on both sides of the aisle have since rushed to defend the character and good name...
  • gut-infection-denies-iranian-chance-compete-olympics-against-israeli

    07/27/2012 8:36:14 AM PDT · by oldernittany · 7 replies
    “Not competing with the Zionist athletes is one of the values and prides of the Iranian athletes and nation,” "Iranian athletes have ever since the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution been boycotting entire competitions against the Zionist regime athletes and athletic teams, even at cost of losing valuable medals, to protest to the illegitimate occupation of Palestine by that usurper regime and the sixty year massacre, deportation, and siege of its real owners, the Palestinians.”
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's American defenders

    07/27/2012 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/27/2012 | Caroline B. Glick
    By Wednesday John Brennan, US President Barack Obama's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism made a quick trip to Israel to discuss Hezbollah's massacre of Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria last week. Hopefully it was an instructive meeting for the senior US official, although his Israeli interlocutors were undoubtedly dumbstruck by how difficult it was to communicate with him. Unlike previous US counterterror officials, Brennan does not share Israel's understanding of Middle Eastern terrorism. Brennan's outlook on this subject was revealed in a speech he gave two years ago in Washington. In that speech Brennan spoke dreamily about Hezbollah. As...
  • 'Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gulf states'

    07/27/2012 7:51:09 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 26JUL12 | Not Listed
    DUBAI - Dubai's chief of police has warned of an "international plot" to overthrow the governments of Gulf Arab countries, saying the region needs to be prepared to counter any threat from Islamist dissidents as well as Syria and Iran. The comments by Dahi Khalfan, one of the most outspoken security officials in the United Arab Emirates, follow the detention in the UAE since April of at least 20 dissidents, according to relatives of the detainees and activists. "There's an international plot against Gulf states in particular and Arab countries in general...This is preplanned to take over our fortunes," Khalfan...
  • ‘Super-JAS’ Costlier Than Expected: Report

    07/27/2012 7:33:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Local.se ^ | July 27, 2012
    ‘Super-JAS’ Costlier Than Expected: Report (Source: The Local.se; published July 27, 2012) The Swedish Armed Forces will have to cut back on billions of kronor by next year if they want to afford putting the new super jet JAS Gripen into production, according to a report by national broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR). The military in March supported an earlier proposition voted through in the Riksdag that Sweden should develop up to ten of the E/F model JAS. But according to SR, the army and the government in May received a cost prediction from the Saab Defence Group, a figure reportedly...
  • Lockheed Martin Completes JASSM F-15E Integration with Successful All-Up Round Flight Test

    07/27/2012 7:29:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | July 26, 2012
    Lockheed Martin Completes JASSM F-15E Integration with Successful All-Up Round Flight Test (Source: Lockheed Martin; issued July 26, 2012) ORLANDO, Fla. ---- Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) recently completed F-15E platform integration with a successful all-up round (AUR) flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The successful AUR test marked the first time JASSM, or any missile, has been integrated onto a platform using the Universal Armament Interface (UAI). The U.S. Air Force initiated the UAI program with the goal of improving the integration cycle of new precision-guided munitions onto aircraft without changing each weapon and platform's...
  • India’s Military Comes of Age: The BrahMos Missile

    07/27/2012 7:22:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | July 27, 2012 | James R. Holmes
    India’s Military Comes of Age: The BrahMos Missile By James R. Holmes Indians take pride in the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile, or ASCM. I was taken aback some years ago when some Indian friends—gentle souls with little interest in military affairs—professed satisfaction at this successful venture into defense R&D.While that encounter induced some vertigo, it makes sense when you think about it. The Indian military has long been a consumer of hardware manufactured by others. By fielding the BrahMos, India in effect kicked in the door to an exclusive club of nations that design and produce high-tech defense articles. Beyond...
  • ‘Gut Infection’ Denies Iranian Chance to Compete in Olympics Against Israeli

    07/27/2012 7:18:10 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 15 replies
    CNSNEWS.COM ^ | July 26, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – So much for the Olympic spirit. Just days after U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced the traditional Olympic Truce – for people and nations to “set aside their differences” during London 2012 – news emerged that the one Iranian athlete likely to face an Israeli in competition has withdrawn with a “gut infection.”
  • Beijing Proves Its Aggressive Intentions

    07/27/2012 6:34:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 26, 2012 | Michael Auslin
    ........This week, Beijing set up a new provincial-level city government to administer all its island claims in the South China Sea, as well as administer all the waters in the Sea, and “elected” a mayor for its insta-city of Sansha. The new governing council will represent approximately 1,100 Chinese residents of three island groups, all of which are claimed by multiple countries, including Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam, in addition to China. The real news, however, is that Beijing is also setting up a military garrison on Yongxing Island, which is also claimed by Vietnam. The garrison will serve “self-defense”...
  • More empty stomachs in North Korea as Kim plans reforms

    07/27/2012 5:45:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/27/12 | Ju-min Park
    More empty stomachs in North Korea as Kim plans reforms By Ju-min Park SEOUL | Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:39am EDT (Reuters) - Talk that North Korea's young leader plans to reform the broken economy is already having an impact. It's helping send rice prices even further out of the reach of most families in one of the world's most under-fed societies. Seo Jae-pyoung, a defector who now lives in South Korea, spoke this week to a friend in the secretive North who had furtively called him by mobile phone from a mountain-side to plead for cash to be smuggled...
  • Spain unemployment hits new high of 24.6%

    07/27/2012 5:26:22 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 July 2012 | Staff
    Some 5.7 million Spaniards, equivalent to almost one in four, are now seeking work, according to official figures. The country's unemployment rate rose to 24.6% during the April to June quarter, up from 24.4% during the previous quarter. Separately, Spain's third largest bank reported an 80% fall in net profits. CaixaBank said net profits fell to 166m euros ($203m; £129m) during the January to June period. CaixaBank also set aside 2.7bn euros against its property assets, in accordance with reform requirements stipulated by the government in May. On Thursday, Spain's biggest bank, Santander, reported that its profits halved during the...
  • Despite Press Corps Guffaws, Yahoo News Claims 'No Political Motive' In Carney's Olympics Comments

    07/27/2012 4:05:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Next time Jay Carney goes on vacation, maybe Olivier Knox could fill in for him. After all, the Yahoo News reporter is willing to defend the Obama spokesman against charges of making politically-inspired comments about the Olympics, even while others in the press corps were literally laughing at Carney's denial. H/t Mike Allen's Politico Playbook. After Mitt Romney had caused a minor kerfuffle with this comments about the Olympics, Carney began his press briefing by highlighting Obama admin efforts to assist the UK with security planning for the Games. Asked whether his remarks were tied to Romney's trip, Carney countered:...
  • N. Korea: AshleyMadison's Dumbest Ad Yet Stars Kim Jong Un Billboard goes up in L.A.

    07/27/2012 3:00:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Adweek ^ | 07/26/12 | David Kiefaber
    AshleyMadison's Dumbest Ad Yet Stars Kim Jong Un Billboard goes up in L.A. By David Kiefaber Not content with ruining marriages on the East Coast, adultery website AshleyMadison.com is expanding into Los Angeles with a billboard near the airport that features a picture of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, alongside the headline, "Affairs now guaranteed. Even if you look like him." Like what, an Asian guy? Nice. Have fun settling that out of court. The ad refers to the recent surprise news that Kim is married, and is a cheap shot at a guy who, whatever any other issues...
  • EU: Sceptics abound as Mario Draghi's ECB bond 'bluff' electrifies global markets

    07/26/2012 11:33:38 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/26/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The European Central Bank has opened the door to emergency support for the Spanish and Italian bond markets, setting off a blistering rally on bourses across the world. Picking codewords instantly understood by traders, Mr Draghi said the violent spike in bond yields in recent days was hampering "the functioning of the monetary policy transmission channels" - the exact expression used to jusfify each of the ECB's previous market interventions. Yields on Spanish two-year debt plunged 72 basis points to 5.47pc in barely an hour, with comparable moves on Italian debt - easing the pressure before a string of debt...
  • Purged North Korean army chief ousted for 'defying orders'(moving troops near Pyongyang)

    07/26/2012 11:14:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07/27/12 | Martin Foster
    Purged North Korean army chief ousted for 'defying orders' North Korea's Army chief Ri Yong-ho may have been ousted for defying orders and moving troops near Pyongyang during a military exercise, South Korean intelligence sources told a major South Korean news agency. Martin Foster, Tokyo 7:00AM BST 27 Jul 2012 The troop move drew the ire of Ri's main rivals Jang Song-taek, the uncle and guardian of leader Kim Jong-un, and Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, Chosun.com reported. While it is clear that the situation on the Korean peninsula was unstable following the death of Kim Jong-il, the news agency makes...
  • Madonna Booed, Called 'Slut' in France, Starts Riots 

    07/26/2012 11:01:04 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 42 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 27, 2012 | Staff
      After performing for only 45 minutes, the pop star incurred the wrath of concertgoers who gathered in front of the Paris concert venue to demand their money back. French fans took Madonna’s “Express Yourself” lyrics seriously on Thursday night when they booed and expressed anger at the singer for cutting her show at famed Paris concert hall l’Olympia short after around just 45 minutes. After Madonna left the stage, fans remained in their seats booing and yelling insults like “salope,” the French word for “slut.” PHOTOS: Madonna's Iconic Career and Life in Pictures Madonna took the stage around 10:15 p.m....
  • The Threat to Greek Democracy

    07/26/2012 10:13:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 7/23/2012 | E. Wayne Merry
    Everyone knows Europe faces the potential for Greek financial collapse, with serious ramifications for the euro zone and its financial institutions. Less discussed is the Greek impact on another key European institution, the less restrictive border regime instituted under the Schengen Treaty, and the danger of failure of constitutional democracy in an EU member state. Perhaps the smartest thing modern Greece ever did was join the European Community (now the European Union) in 1981. The Greeks’ dumbest move was to join the euro twenty years later. The EU gave their Third World economy a First World lifestyle. This miracle was...
  • Russia to Build New Aircraft Carrier After 2020

    07/26/2012 9:17:19 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 26 July 2012 | Staff
    Russia will begin building new aircraft carriers after 2020, Russian navy chief Viktor Chirkov said on Thursday, in a major boost to Moscow's ability to deploy air power abroad. “At the moment, the construction bureau has received its assignment, the documents are being processed, and the money for the construction program has been allocated,” Chirkov said. If the plans reach fruition, it would be a major boon to the Russian navy, which currently fields only one aging aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. The Kuznetsov, part of the navy’s Northern Fleet, was built in 1985 and has been scheduled to undergo...
  • EU’s leaders roam uncharted waters

    07/26/2012 9:04:22 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    NRC Handelsblad, Rotterdam ^ | 7/26/2012 | Melle Garschagen
    European leaders have been have been accused of “improvising” their way through the debt crisis for the last two and a half years. But given the uniqueness of the event, are they completely to blame? wonders an NRC Handelsblad columnist. But who's the skipper? François Hollande, Mario Monti, Angela Merkel, Antonis Samaras, David Cameron, Herman Van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso, Mariano Rajoy Melle Garschagen There are many metaphors for the crisis. A car accident in slow motion: you can see it happening, but are powerless to stop it. A vortex, with financially strong countries being sucked down by the weaker...
  • Soldier battling bombs irked by software switch

    07/26/2012 8:17:04 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times ^ | July 22, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    "The Army ordered the destruction of a report that praised the performance of an off-the-shelf software program that finds buried explosives in Afghanistan and replaced it with a revised, less-favorable assessment, according to internal Pentagon documents." --------------- At one point, a frustrated 82nd Airborne intelligence officer wrote to higher-ups, “We are trying to solve some very hard problems that pose life or death issues for the soldiers under this command, and [DCGS] is not making our job easier, while Palantir is giving us an intelligence edge. This is a pretty big redline for many of the units in the field,...
  • Women bridge Afghan divide

    07/26/2012 7:35:55 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    | The Tampa Tribune ^ | July 25, 2012 9:54 AM | HOWARD ALTMAN
    For Air Force Lt. Col. Sarah Cleveland, reaching out to Afghan women sometimes meant 10-day trips to remote villages. It meant eating the local delicacy of fried sheep rump fat and letting women and girls paint her face with their traditional blue eyeliner. But mostly it meant directing 17 teams of women fanned out across Afghanistan as the officer in charge of the first formal class of cultural support teams. The all-female groups of service members help Army special operations forces engage with women and girls in Afghan villages. The experience working in remote villages was a far cry from...
  • US plans $4.2 bn Patriot missile sale to Kuwait

    07/26/2012 7:31:02 PM PDT · by robowombat
    AFP ^ | Wed, Jul 25, 2012
    The Pentagon said Wednesday it planned to sell 60 Patriot missiles to Kuwait in a deal worth an estimated $4.2 billion, as the emirate tries to bolster its defenses against the threat from Iran. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which is in charge of US weapon sales to foreign countries, notified the US Congress of the intended sale on July 20, the agency said in a statement on its website. Congress has 30 days to raise any objections it may have. If nothing is said, the contract is deemed valid after that waiting period. The deal involves the sale...
  • Burning Bridges (Oliver North)

    07/26/2012 7:30:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 27, 2012 | Oliver North
    GEORGETOWN, S.C. — When Alexander the Great died at the age of 32 in 323 B.C., his once unbeatable army began a 2,900-mile withdrawal from India and headed home to Macedonia. As they retreated, the empire they had created collapsed behind them. To prevent pursuit, Alexander's royal cavalry and infantry dealt viciously with all internal dissent, destroyed cities and burned bridges. The Russians employed a similar scorched-earth tactic against Napoleon in 1812, as did the Red Army when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. It's a maneuver now being employed both domestically and internationally by Barack Obama. The...
  • 'Bombing facilities better than nuke-armed Tehran'

    07/26/2012 7:25:17 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/26/2012 01:21 | HERB KEINON
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday – the same day Iran announced it had added 1,000 more centrifuges – that dealing with a nuclear-armed Iran would be much more deadly and costly than confronting Tehran before it goes nuclear. Barak, speaking to the graduating class of the National Defense College, said that Israel’s leaders were facing the most “complicated and complex” security challenges the country had ever faced. Related: Khamenei urges halt to public spats amid sanctions US Congress pushes new Iran sanctions package Barak touched on a recurrent theme in his comments – that the international community’s failure...
  • Israel’s Channel 10: U.S. Officials Believe Israel Will Strike Iran at End of Summer

    07/26/2012 7:18:03 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JULY 26, 2012 11:34 AM
    Israel’s Channel 10: U.S. Officials Believe Israel Will Strike Iran at End of Summer JULY 26, 2012 11:34 AM According to Israel’s channel 10 news, “many U.S. officials” believe that Israel is tired of diplomacy with Iran, and in the estimation of the officials, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already decided on an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in the fall, right at the conclusion of the summer. The report, by journalists Emmanuel Rosen, Or Heller and Omri Nehemias adds that Israel’s ‘Octet’ -the name given to the Prime Minister’s inner cabinet that would be responsible for the initial...
  • Romney: 'Nuclear Iran Represents the Greatest Threat to the World'

    07/26/2012 6:47:31 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 26 July 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney bluntly states that "A nuclear Iran represents the greatest threat to the world." "I have said in the past and I can reiterate now that it is essential that Iran does not become nuclear," Romney says, according to a transcript of the interview. "A nuclear Iran represents the greatest threat to the world, to the United States and to the very existence of Israel. A nuclear Iran would mean that Hezbollah or other actors would potentially someday be able to secure fissile materials which would threaten the...
  • The Air Force's 30,000 Pound Bunker-Busting Bomb Is Ready For Action

    07/26/2012 4:45:36 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 26 July 2012 | Robert Johnson
    Its been nearly eight months since the Pentagon sent its largest and most powerful bomb, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), back to Boeing for modifications necessary to take out Iranian nuclear facilities, but the Air Force says it's now ready to go. Jeff Schogol at Defense News reports that Air Force Secretary Michael Donley says that while the MOP bomb continues to be refined and optimized, the Pentagon feels the 30,000 pound piece of ordnance is now sufficient to strike whatever targets the military may have in mind. While the bomb went back to the drawing board with Pentagon planners...
  • Upgraded 30,000-lb Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb ready to destroy deeply buried bunkers in Iran

    07/26/2012 4:34:15 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | David Cenciotti
    The GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, a massive 30,000-lb bomb that can destroy deeply buried bunkers, has been upgraded and ready to be carried by the U.S. Air Force B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers. “If it needed to go today, we would be ready to do that,” he said. “We continue to do testing on the bomb to refine its capabilities, and that is ongoing. We also have the capability to go with existing configuration today” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said on Jul. 25. The GBU-57 is a 20 foot long GPS-guided bomb believed to be able to...
  • Assad on the way out says Turkish Prime Minister

    07/26/2012 3:53:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    euronews ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | unattributed
    Assad's days are numbered according to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The news comes as Syrian government forces say they are preparing for a major push against the rebels in Aleppo on Friday. Speaking on Thursday the Turkish prime minister said that the Syrian President and his inner circle were on their way out which would usher in a new era. He also said that Turkey could act against a 'terrorist' organisation in northern Syria if it sees it as a threat. A warning to Kurdish militants thought to be operating in the region. In Moscow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei...
  • Romney: 'Looking Forward to the Bust of Winston Churchill Being in the Oval Office Again'

    07/26/2012 3:48:22 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 26, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    At an event in London, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, "I'm looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again." Mitt Romney at London fundraiser: "I'm looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again." #watersedge? — Kasie Hunt (@kasie) July 26, 2012 President Obama famously sent Churchill's bust back to Britain soon after coming into office. As the Telegraph reported then: A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government's art collection after...
  • Turkey could act against Kurdish rebels in Syria

    07/26/2012 3:37:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Ozge Ozbilgin
    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey could act against a "terrorist" organisation in northern Syria if it sees it as a threat, in a warning to Kurdish militants believed to be active in the region. Erdogan's talk of possible intervention marked a new escalation in tensions between Turkey and its southern neighbour, which have been increasingly at odds since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to heed Ankara's calls to quit... His comments were Ankara's first acknowledgement of concern about the growing influence of Syria's Democratic Union Party (PYD) - linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has...
  • Syria conflict: Troops 'mass before Aleppo battle'

    07/26/2012 3:28:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 July 2012 Last updated at 13:03 ET
    Syria conflict: Troops 'mass before Aleppo battle' Advertisement The BBC's Ian Pannell travels with cheering rebels in Aleppo. His report contains unverified graphic images of the victims of Syria's conflict Continue reading the main story Syria conflict Syrian rebels in Aleppo have begun stockpiling ammunition and medical supplies as government forces prepare outside the city for a major battle.Artillery and helicopter gunships have resumed attacking rebel targets and 14 people have been killed, activists say.Troops and tanks are said to be ringing the city and reinforcements are reportedly on their way to join them.In Damascus, activists said the army had...
  • America’s ‘Iron Lady’ Michele Bachmann is fearless in challenging Islamist influence

    07/26/2012 1:45:39 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 21 replies
    WashingtonTimes.com ^ | 23JUL12 | Frank Gaffney Jr
    Movie theaters across America have recently showed a film depicting former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a woman whose visionary leadership and fortitude — particularly in the fight against Soviet communism — earned her the sobriquet “the Iron Lady.” Lady Thatcher’s partner in dispatching that toxic ideology to the “ash heap of history,” Ronald Reagan, famously declared in 1961 — at a time when the USSR was still very much a going concern — that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Today, it is threatened by another totalitarian ideology that some have aptly described as “communism...
  • A Morsi-Napolitano Jihadist Pipeline to America?

    07/26/2012 1:13:00 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 9 replies
    Americanthinker ^ | 26JUL12 | Andrew Bostom
    Team Obama saw fit to delay construction of the desperately needed Keystone pipeline --jeopardizing U.S. energy security by extending our unnecessary reliance on fossil fuels from Muslim countries which use their profits from this trade to foment and actively fund jihadism. Now it seems the Muslim Brotherhood (and its even more overtly bloody offshoot)-supporting Team Obama policymakers are creating another variety of "pipeline," compatible with their repeatedly ludicrous, see-no-jihad ideological predilections. Here is the depressingly plausible scenario by which such a dangerous travesty could unfold. Al-Masry Al-Youm reported this past Saturday, July 21, 2012, that the recently elected MB President...