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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Greek bank union calls strike for Monday

    07/27/2012 6:39:15 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...