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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Defeatism

    10/04/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 5, 2012 | Oliver North
    HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — When our Fox News team left for Afghanistan last week, there was a palpable sense of imminent calamity in the air. Gloom and doom news from here is now a staple in our so-called mainstream media. Reports of "green-on-blue," or insider, attacks by our Afghan allies against American and NATO troops are depicted as a sure sign of mission failure and portend of worse to come. Commentaries, columns and "analysis" from "experts" urging our political and military leaders to "get out now" routinely grace our print and broadcast outlets. The terms "betrayed," "cut our losses" and...
  • French Economy Implodes

    10/04/2012 2:48:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | October 4, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    As expected, at least in this corner, the French economy has started to implode. Service sector business activity is dropping at fastest rate since October 2011. More importantly, the Markit Composite PMI sports the steepest rate of contraction since March 2009 with job losses accelerating at the fastest pace in 33 months and output plunging at the fastest rate in 42 months. Key points: Final Markit France Services Activity Index at 45.0 (49.2 in August), 11-month low.Final Markit France Composite Output Index at 43.2 (48.0 in August), 42-month low. Summary: French service providers reported a steeper decrease in business activity...
  • Iran Loses the Economic Battle

    10/04/2012 1:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 4, 2012 | John Allen Gay
    While negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program are at a standstill, news this week indicates that Iran is clearly losing the economic battle. As in other cases, currency problems in Iran may contribute to an unpredictable and destabilizing political outcome. Iran’s currency fell by more than 18 percent against the dollar on Monday and another 8 percent on Tuesday, marking a new low in Iran’s continuing economic crisis. The figures are grim: a sheaf of rials worth ten thousand dollars a year ago would be worth about $3,750 Monday and $3,500 Tuesday; on Wednesday, there were protests in the bazaar.Short of...
  • U.S. Dithers while World Feasts on New Energy Discoveries

    10/04/2012 1:16:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 4, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Countries around the world are celebrating new oil and natural gas discoveries that hold the promise of greater prosperity for their citizens. Argentina has just announced a find described by YPF CEO Miguel Galuccio as a “mother rock,” a shale formation that elevates the country to having the third largest shale energy potential behind the United States and China. The new discovery of a 3.3 billion barrel oil deposit off Norway’s coast cements that nation’s claim to being Europe’s second largest oil producer. In southwest Poland, San Leon Energy PLC drilled into a dolomite formation and discovered oil as it...
  • Radical Islamist leader threatens Serbia

    BUCHAREST -- Radical Islamist leader Omar Bakri has warned that terrorist attacks would be launched against Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and other countries in the region. The reason for this, the Syria-born extremist told Bulgaria's newspaper 24 Chasa, is that those were "territories that belong to Islam". Bakri further explained: "When Islam enters a territory, it becomes Islamic, therefore Islam is under obligation to eventually liberate it." The Mediafax news agency is also reporting that he listed all "Muslim territories" as follows: "Spain, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia": "Spain, for instance, is a Muslim territory. Eastern Europe as well....
  • TEXAS: SAUDI MUSLIM arrested with fake military ID, weapons, access to chemical agents

    10/04/2012 12:33:50 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 22 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 3 Oct 12 | Unknown
    Azeez Al-Ghazian, 29, a Saudi national from Fort Worth, TX, is in custody after authorities found counterfeit military identification documents and weapons in his wrecked truck behind Hurst shopping center, which prompted authorities to evacuate it.
  • Turkish Artillery Barrage Cuts Out 10-km Buffer Strip Inside Syria

    10/04/2012 12:31:29 PM PDT · by drewh · 12 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | October 4, 2012, 1:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Constrained from a substantial military incursion into Syria by US President Barack Obama’s veto and Saudi and Qatari refusals to help pay for it, Turkey’s government and military decided to make do with carving out a buffer strip 10 kilometers deep into Syria by continuous artillery barrages. Thursday morning, Oct. 4 at 0300 GMT, Ankara ordered the Turkish army to keep up its cross-border shelling of Syria after the first bombardment Wednesday night in response to the deaths of five Turkish civilians and eight injured by Syrian mortar shells which exploded in their village. Military sources report the artillery squads...
  • Muslim rage is not about Islam [Op-Ed]

    10/04/2012 12:05:26 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Mayuri Mukherjee
    The outrage and the violent protests organised by Islamists across the world have nothing to do with the supposed desecration of religion. Instead, these incidents are calibrated attempts by so-called religious leaders to firm up their politics, even at the cost of people’s lives Even before the crowd from the previous protest had returned home, a new mob had gathered on the streets. It had been gaining strength throughout the day as hundreds arrived loaded in trucks and buses, and more people from the outside kept pouring in. Over the next couple of hours, the crowd swelled in numbers and...
  • Despite Threats, U.S. Cut Security in Libya Before Attacks

    10/04/2012 12:04:13 PM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/4/2012 | Eli Lake
    In the six months leading up to the assault on the United States consulate in Benghazi, the State Department reduced the number of trained Americans guarding U.S. facilities in Libya, according to a leading House Republican investigating the Sept. 11 anniversary attacks. The reduction in U.S. security personnel increased America’s reliance on local Libyan guards for the protection of its diplomats. This is the latest charge from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican leading a House investigation on the Benghazi attacks, regarding alleged security defects in Benghazi. Chaffetz said the information comes from whistleblowers who have approached the House Committee...
  • Global food prices rise 1.4 per cent in September -- UN

    10/04/2012 11:51:47 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 4 Oct, 2012, 06.11PM IST,
    ROME: World food prices rose in September and are seen remaining close to levels reached during the 2008 food crisis, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday, while cutting its forecast for global cereal output. The worst drought in more than 50 years in the United States sent corn and soybean prices to record highs over the summer, and, coupled with drought in Russia and other Black Sea exporting countries, raised fears of a renewed crisis. Grains prices have retreated in recent weeks due to rapid harvest progress and concerns about weak demand in a slowing global economy. But...
  • 16-year-old Indian kidnapped, hung to death for stealing mobile phone in India

    10/04/2012 11:46:50 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Times of India ^ | Oct 4, 2012, 08.10PM IST
    GHAZIABAD: In an act of brutality, a 16-year-old boy was kidnapped, tortured and hung to death by nine men and women who accused him of stealing a mobile phone, police said on Thursday. The victim's distraught mother Sunaina Jha told police that her son was dragged away from their house in Wasimpur Phase I here around 8.30 Thursday night. He was taken to the Arun Enclave house of one of the kidnappers, Naeem, who accused the boy of stealing his phone. The victim was reportedly tortured, his legs were tied with a rope and he was hung from the ventilator...
  • Turkish parliament approves military intervention in Syria

    10/04/2012 11:27:18 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10-4-2012 | Ilan Ben Zion
    he Turkish parliament on Thursday approved a government proposal to use military force against Syria “when necessary” in response to Wednesday’s cross-border bombardment that killed five civilians. In an emergency meeting of parliament convened on Thursday morning, the Grand National Assembly voted 320-129 in favor of a bill calling for “a one-year-long permission to make the necessary arrangements for sending the Turkish Armed Forces” into Syria in light of the “negative impact of the ongoing crisis in Syria on our national security, as well as on regional stability and security.” Turkey’s deputy prime minister Besir Atalay explained that the bill...
  • Jihadis in Syria: The Cracks Start to Show

    10/04/2012 11:06:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Al-Akhbar ^ | October 3, 2012 | Radwan Mortada
    The emergence of extremist Islamists groups joining in the war against the Syrian regime has been a cause of serious concern to many on both sides of the conflict. As groups and factions split over their ideological and political agendas, fierce fighting is repeatedly breaking out in the opposition camp. Several days ago, the commander of a group calling itself al-Qaeda in the Levant, was assassinated. Abu Mohammad al-Shami, better known as al-Absi, was killed by Islamist fighters from the Salafi-leaning al-Farouq Battalion, which is also ideologically affiliated with al-Qaeda. ... Absi’s assassination was not the first time the Jihadis...
  • Lawmakers renew demand for documents on Libya as Clinton urges patience

    10/04/2012 10:42:16 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies ^ | Published October 04, 2012 | Catherine Herridge contributed
    Capitol Hill lawmakers expressed frustration after their requests for more information on the Libya attack were rebuffed by the State Department, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging lawmakers to wait for the conclusion of an internal review. That review, though, could take months. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., on Wednesday renewed their demand for documents after Clinton declined to hand over the cables they initially requested. The House Intelligence Committee has not received any documents from the department either, Fox News has learned. "We hope that in the next few days you follow through with transmitting...
  • Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires

    10/04/2012 10:39:07 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:10PM BST 03 Oct 2012
    Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia's Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group's low-cost attack strategy. "One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda's strategy of a 'thousand cuts'," Alexander Bortnikov said. "This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses." In linking al-Qaeda to the deadly wildfires, Mr Bortnikov pointed to calls to launch a "forest...
  • Sensitive documents left behind at U.S. diplomatic post in Libya (still scattered on floor)

    10/04/2012 10:19:59 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2012 | Michael Birnbaum
    BENGHAZI, Libya — More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the wreckage of the U.S. mission on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate information about American operations in Libya. Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and an interpreter...
  • Foreign aid has become 'real money'($20+ Billion)

    10/04/2012 10:08:48 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies ^ | October 03, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah compares billions given away to what's spent on border security It may be an apocryphal quote attributed to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen: “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” There’s really no credible citation one can find that suggests he actually ever said those famous words – though I swear I can still hear him saying them when I was a child. Those words were reverberating in my mind again this week as it was revealed that Barack Obama has increased spending on foreign aid by 80 percent through last...
  • Romney's strong debate showing puts Europe on edge

    10/04/2012 9:47:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | Luke Baker
    President Barack Obama's lackluster performance in the first U.S. election debate provoked uneasiness in European capitals on Thursday, where hopes are mostly, if unofficially, pinned on his securing a second term. ....there was particular consternation at Romney's singling out of deficit-ridden Spain as a poorly administered economy. "Spain has never been mentioned in a presidential debate as a symbol of failure," the left-leaning newspaper lamented. "What happened last night makes history. And not in a good way."
  • Iran in economic meltdown (Worthless currency and hyperinflation recalls Nazi Germany)

    10/04/2012 9:44:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/04/2012 | Rick Moran
    A currency disappearing in value and hyperinflation as a result. Not surprisingly, people don't like it very much when they go to sleep with their money being worth one amount and then wake up the next morning to find their money worth a lot less. New York Times: The first outbreak of public anger over Iran's collapsing currency and other economic maladies jolted the heart of the capital on Wednesday, with the riot police violently clamping down on black-market money changers, hundreds of citizens marching to demand relief and merchants in the sprawling bazaar closing their shops in protest. Iran's...
  • Egypt: 2 Coptic Boys Are Held as Contempt of Religion Cases Rise

    10/04/2012 9:04:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 4, 2012 | KAREEM FAHIM and MAI AYYAD
    Two Coptic Christian boys have been detained by the authorities on charges that they defiled the pages of a Koran, the latest in a spate of recent cases involving accusations that people have insulted Islam. The boys, ages 9 and 10, are being held in juvenile detention in the village of Ezbet Marco, south of Cairo, according to Ishak Ibrahim, a researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights who is investigating the case. They were detained last Sunday, when the imam of the local mosque claimed that he saw the children tearing the pages of a Koran. Other news...