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  • Top Iranian Official: Iran Needs “24 Hours And An Excuse” To Annihilate Israel

    10/05/2012 6:04:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WNEW-FM ^ | October 4, 2012
    A top Iranian official says that Iran will be able to annihilate Israel within a day. According to The Jerusalem Post, Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Shirazi, representative to Iran’s Qods Force for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claims that all they need is “24 hours and an excuse” to attack the Jewish state. “If such a war does happen, it would not be a long war, and it would benefit the entire Islamic umma [the global community of Muslims],” Shirazi said, according to the Post. “We have expertise in fighting wars of attrition and Israel cannot fight a war of attrition.”...
  • Hundreds of Arabs Assault Guards at Temple Mount

    10/05/2012 4:58:04 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Oct. 5th 2012 | By Yoel Goldman and Gabe Fisher
    Following the conclusion of Friday prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, hundreds of Arabs threw stones at security guards in the area. Police charged through the Mughrabi Gate in the Old City and fired stun grenades to disperse the angry mob. Several people were lightly injured, according to Palestinian sources. On Thursday, a confrontation at the Temple Mount plaza led to six arrests as a group of Muslim worshipers threatened Jewish visitors to the site. According to a police spokesperson, about 30 Muslims began chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and tried to attack a group of Jews who...
  • Greek food prices remain stuck at stubbornly high levels

    10/05/2012 4:44:12 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies ^ | Friday October 5, 2012 (00:06) | By Dimitra Manifava
    Retail prices for basic commodities remain at particularly high levels in Greece, in spite of shrinking disposable incomes and a drop in demand, according to Eurostat data presented this week by the Development Ministry. Eurostat figures show that Greece is among the most expensive countries in the European Union, and in certain cases, such as dairy products, it has the highest prices in the whole bloc. Dairy products in this country cost 31.5 percent more than the EU average in 2011, while prices rose an additional 1.17 percent in the first eight months of 2012. This is mostly attributed to...
  • Britain faces risk of blackouts, warns Ofgem

    10/05/2012 4:37:51 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:31AM BST 05 Oct 2012 | By Telegraph Staff
    An "unprecedented combination" of the eurozone crisis, tough EU environmental laws and the closure of ageing coal and oil-fired power stations, has increased "the risk to consumers’ energy supplies", Ofgem said in its annual Electricity Capacity Assessment on Friday. The regulator, which first highlighted the problems in its Project Discovery report in 2009, said: "Today’s report shows that these problems have not gone away." It said spare generation capacity – the margin the power system has to respond to increases in demand – could fall to 4pc by 2015/2016 from 14pc today and tightening electricity supplies "could lead to higher...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Expects 50,000 at Amman Protest

    10/05/2012 4:31:31 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/10/12
    The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan expects 50,000 people to turn out after Friday prayers in Amman for a demonstration on behalf of major political and economic reforms and an end to corruption, according to Agence France Presse. The protest comes about a day after King Abdullah II dissolved parliament and called early elections. A rally on behalf of the king's more moderate reform policy was postponed indefinitely "avoid problems," according to one of the event's organizers. The anticipated attendance for that event was...
  • Maple Syrup Plot Thickens in Canada

    10/05/2012 4:12:38 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 3, 2012
    The plot thickened Wednesday in the heist of a big dollop of Quebec's strategic maple-syrup reserve. The Canadian province's maple syrup-producers' trade group said Quebec police appear to have found some of the syrup it reported missing just over a month ago. The syrup group said police informed it that authorities seized more than $1.4 million worth of the sticky stuff in neighboring New Brunswick.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Cameraman Defects To US

    10/05/2012 3:39:28 AM PDT · by Fennie · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 1, 2012 | By Mark Hughes, New York and Adrian Blomfield
    Hassan Gol Khanban is thought to have planned his defection in advance of his trip to the United States, taking steps to have his family flee Iran in the hope that they too can gain asylum, his lawyer, Paul O'Dwyer, said. Mr Khanban, who is believed to have worked for the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB for several years, had accompanied Mr Ahmadinejad to New York to attend last week's session of the UN General Assembly. Mr O'Dwyer said that his client's wife and two children had left Iran while he was in New York and that efforts were being made...
  • Syrian-Turkish Hostilities: NATO Wary of Involvement as Situation Escalates

    10/05/2012 12:37:47 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 10/4/2012 | Benjamin Bidder, Matthias Gebauer and Carsten Volkery
    Ankara was quick to respond to Syria's Wednesday shelling of a Turkish border town. But NATO is worried that the escalation could make Western involvement in the Syrian conflict inevitable. Capitals across the alliance are urging calm. In the jargon of diplomats, a "game changer" is an event that completely changes a situation. It doesn't even have to be particularly spectacular. Just a small incident can sometimes be enough to alter the view of those involved and give a conflict an entirely different dynamic. Syria's cross-border shelling of a Turkish village may ultimately be seen as just such an event....
  • Russian Policy in Georgia in a State of Flux

    10/04/2012 11:25:41 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 10/4/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The victory by the Georgian Dream (GD) opposition coalition in the parliamentary elections on October 1 has surprised outside observers. According to the latest official results after practically all votes were counted by the Central Election Commission, the GD, lead by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, received 54.92 percent of the popular vote, while the ruling United National Movement (UNM) of President Mikheil Saakashvili got 40.35 percent. According to preliminary results, in the new Georgian parliament the GD will obtain 82 seats and the UNM will have 68 seats. The opposition is contesting the results in some constituencies, but it seems clear...
  • The Downside of Obama’s Foreign Policy

    10/04/2012 11:09:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 2, 2012 | John Cornyn
    Addressing the Democratic National Convention on September 6, President Obama proudly highlighted his foreign-policy achievements, boasting that “al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat” and affirming that “our longest war” — the war in Afghanistan — would be over by 2014. Then he drew laughter by painting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as diplomatic lightweights: “My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy.”Talk about bad timing. Less than a week after the president’s speech, on the anniversary of 9/11, four American officials were killed in a terrorist attack at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, and...
  • The Vote in Georgia: Why Saakashvili Lost, Why Ivanishvili Won, and What This Means for the Future

    10/04/2012 10:01:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The final results of the Georgian parliamentary elections were not announced yet when President Mikhail Saakashvili conceded that his party lost the majority of the vote; Bidzina Ivaanishvili has begun talks about forming a government and suggested that Saakashvili resign as president to preclude a “dual power” situation (Civil Georgia, October 2 and 3). Analysts around the world are speculating about what this change means, with suggestions ranging widely from the banal to the apocalyptic. Bidzina Ivaanishvili Before anyone is swept along by the most sweeping of these commentaries—forgetting that Saakashvili will remain president for another year and that the...
  • Back to gold - eventually

    10/04/2012 9:25:25 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    asia times ^ | By Martin Hutchinson
    To see a world with multiple reserve currencies, you need to go back to a world before Britain's smashing victory in the Seven Years War (1756-63) took it to both military and economic supremacy. In those years numerous currencies circulated, with their use determined largely by local availability. In the American colonies, the greatest circulating medium was not gold (British) guineas, whose supply was very limited, but silver "pieces of eight" from the Spanish colonies, coins of 8 reals that had been minted to the same standards since a currency reform in 1497 - these remained legal tender in the...
  • Divisive Mexico labor reform signals battles ahead for Pena Nieto

    10/04/2012 9:16:01 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile
    China Post ^ | October 4, 2012 | Dave Graham
    By the time Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, takes office in December, he will almost certainly have a labor reform law on the books and one less battle to fight with skeptics inside his party. But plenty more skirmishes await as the youthful Pena Nieto, 46, faces a showdown with traditionalists in his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), commonly dubbed “dinosaurs.” On Saturday, the lower house of Congress gave its approval to the biggest overhaul of Mexico's job market in over 40 years, a bill designed to re strict labor lawsuits, regulate outsourcing and make it easier for employers to hire...
  • Obama’s State Department CUT Security at ????

    10/04/2012 9:13:01 PM PDT · by Snuph · 15 replies
    The Jawa Report ^ | 10/04/2012 | Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D.
    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.
  • Morocco denies entry to Dutch "abortion ship"

    10/04/2012 8:04:19 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 13 replies
    Rooters ^ | 10-4-12 | Souhail Karam
    Morocco blocked a Dutch "abortion ship" from entering one of its harbours on Thursday during a campaign group's first attempt to visit to a Muslim country to raise awareness about safe methods of abortion. The Women on Waves ship, which already has visited traditionally Roman Catholic countries Spain, Portugal and Ireland at the invitation of local women's groups, had planned to arrive at Smir, northern Morocco, but was denied entry.
  • Obama aides internally disputed terrorism finding for several days, sources say

    10/04/2012 7:45:17 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 16 replies ^ | October 04, 2012 | James Rosen
    The day after U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told five Sunday shows that the Benghazi attacks were spontaneous mob actions and not premeditated, Fox News has learned, U.S. intelligence officials contacted independent security contractors to review critical evidence in the case. Their purpose was to help these officials rebut Ambassador Rice’s claim in a high-stakes internal dispute that was still taking place at the highest levels of the intelligence community and the Obama administration, sources close to the process tell Fox News. The disclosure shows that U.S. policymakers and intelligence chieftains were debating how to characterize the Benghazi attacks fully five...
  • Lithuania suing Russian energy giant Gazprom

    10/04/2012 7:04:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.10.12 @ 09:25 (October 4) | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Lithuania has highlighted that Russian energy giant Gazprom is facing a series of billion-euro lawsuits on alleged price-fixing, as well as the recently-opened European Commission probe. Vilnius is prosecuting a €1.4 billion legal action against it at the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal for alleged distortion of gas prices in Lithuania between 2004 and 2012. Lithuania's Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius on Wednesday (3 October) said in a statement that German and Polish companies have also filed Gazprom cases. "In this respect, Lithuania is following suit," said Kubilius. Lithuania is entirely dependent on Gazprom for its gas supplies and imports more than 80...
  • Egypt: Christian Children Arrested for 'Insulting Religion'

    10/04/2012 5:16:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/10/12 | Elad Benari
    Two Coptic Christian children, aged 10 and 9, have been arrested for insulting religion in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef, Ahram Online reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the two children were arrested on Tuesday after the imam of their local mosque filed a complaint against them. By order of the prosecution the two boys, Nabil Nagy Rizk and Mina Nady Farag, are now being held in the Beni Suef juvenile detention pending further investigation on Sunday, said the report. Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, the village imam, has accused the children of tearing up pages of the Koran....
  • Report: Syria Sought Security Cooperation with Israel

    10/04/2012 5:09:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/10/12 | Elad Benari
    Classified documents obtained by the Al Arabiya network and released Thursday have revealed that the Syrian regime moved a chemical weapons stockpile with the help of Iran and knowledge of Russia. Furthermore, additional documents also reveal that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has also sought cross border cooperation with the State of Israel. The confidential files were acquired by Al Arabiya with the assistance of members of the Syrian opposition who refused to elaborate on how they got hold of the documents. Al Arabiya said it verified and authenticated hundreds of these documents and that it has decided to disclose the...
  • Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan: We’re Willing to Fight – But ‘Not Willing to Be Murdered'

    10/04/2012 4:41:03 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    CNS ^ | October 1, 2012 | Susan Jones
    Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan: We’re Willing to Fight – But ‘Not Willing to Be Murdered' By Susan Jones October 1, 2012 ( - Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says he's "mad as hell" about the increasing number of insider attacks, in which Afghan soldiers and police murder the Americans who are trying to train them. "You know, we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we're not willing to be murdered for it," Gen. Allen told CBS' "60 Minutes" in a segment that aired on Sunday. Gen. Allen told CBS Correspondent Lara Logan...
  • 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...
  • Iran linked to al-Qaeda's web jihadi crew by old-school phone line

    10/04/2012 8:50:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 4th October 2012 11:44 GMT | John Leyden
    Exclusive An organisation that attempts to recruit Westerners to carry out terrorist attacks on their home soil was backed by the Iranian state, according to an unlikely source of information: leased telephone line records. Security researcher Michael Kemp found a list of the Middle East nation's leased lines that use the packet switching protocol X.25, and discovered that it included a line allocated to Ansar Al-Mujahideen - a popular hangout for Islamic militants. "In the course of doing some research on X.25 - the network that existed before there was the internet - I stumbled across a document detailing all...
  • First Witnesses Called for House Hearings on Benghazi

    10/04/2012 8:35:03 AM PDT · by LittleSpotBlog · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/3/12 | Jake Tapper
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call two witnesses for its October 10 hearings on what went wrong at the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
  • FBI at attack site in Libya's Benghazi

    10/04/2012 7:28:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | October 4, 2012
    Benghazi - A team of US investigators visited Libya's second city Benghazi on Thursday to examine the site where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack last month. "An American investigative committee visited the site where the US ambassador was killed," a defence ministry official in Benghazi told AFP, confirming that the team included FBI agents.
  • A Capitalist Revolt In Socialist France

    10/04/2012 7:26:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/04/2012 | Wolf Richter, Testosterone Pit
    The French government is trying to reign in its deficit by jacking up taxes, including the capital gains tax, which it wants to bring to the same level as the tax on income earned by the sweat of your brow—an old philosophical pillar of the French left. But an explosive essay published last Friday hit a nerve with entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, artisans, and mom-and-pop business owners. And their anger, which spread across the social media, the papers, and finally TV news, turned into an open revolt. The trigger was an editorial in La Tribune by John-David Chamboredon, Executive President...
  • Turkey's parliament authorises military action in Syria

    10/04/2012 5:37:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/04/12
    4 October 2012 Last updated at 12:31 GMT Turkey's parliament authorises military action in Syria Turkey's parliament has authorised cross-border military action against Syria, if required by the government. The bill, which was passed 320-129, gives the government authority for one year to send troops into Syria or carry out strikes against Syrian targets. Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said the priority was to act in co-ordination with international bodies. Turkey has been firing at targets inside Syria, in retaliation for the deaths of five civilians. Two women and three children died in Akcakale or on the Turkey-Syria border in...
  • Win or lose, Capriles may win in Venezuela [Chavez vote on Sunday]

    10/04/2012 5:31:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 3, 2012 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Anything is possible in Venezuela’s elections Sunday,but there is a good chance that opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski will do better than any of his predecessors in the polls,and that—win or lose—he will put President Hugo Chavez’s 14-year-old regime against the ropes. There is a plausible scenario that even if Capriles loses by a narrow margin,a good showing in Sunday’s election will allow him to keep the opposition unified,and to become a viable alternative to a president who may have terminal cancer, and who has no successor who could beat Capriles. Under Venezuela’s constitution,if the president dies within the first...
  • Adios Espana! The Talent Outflow From Spain

    10/04/2012 5:19:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    RCM ^ | 10/04/2012 | By I-Ling Shen & James Barth
    Spain appears to be ever closer to asking for outside financial aid to help it recover from a deep recession and cope with severe unemployment. The interest rate Spain must pay to finance its steep budget deficits remains too high to permit a sustainable economic recovery. And some of its banks still need to be bailed out due to a huge portfolio of poor loans. The world is anxiously watching as Spain faces a myriad of financial, economic, and political challenges. But less known is the effect the crisis is having on the movement of people in and out of...
  • The Bottom of Benghazi [Can the media be shamed into uncovering truth of Obama's foreign policy?]

    10/04/2012 4:13:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 4, 2012 | The Editors
    Between reverences to the majesty of abortion, the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte regularly collapsed into displays of facile jingoism that would have sent liberals for their fainting couches had the streamers in the hall been red instead of blue, or had they occurred in, oh, say, 2004. Opaque and vaguely sinister phrases like “economic patriotism” were bandied about freely, and the laudable extirpation of Osama bin Laden was milked for all it was worth. The frenzy reached its climax with Vice President Biden’s sloganeered boast that “bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!” Less than a week...
  • TV snow job meets the Arab Spring

    10/04/2012 2:09:43 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2012
    Given that there have been no reminders, it seems that we’re supposed to forget. Twenty months ago, the entire TV news media, individually and as a whole, reported a sensational, world-changing story: the Arabic-Islamic world suddenly and spectacularly had been overwhelmed by a wave of Western-style democracy. That’s right; religious, political and social freedom was breaking out all over the Middle East. In Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain and, most significantly, Egypt. And soon this revolution would conquer the forces of evil ruling Syria. For one week, our TVs reported that the bells of freedom were ringing, from Tunis to Cairo. One...
  • Another US submarine to dock at Subic (USS Olympia: LA class attack sub)

    10/04/2012 1:08:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Manila Standard ^ | October 04, 2012 | Florante S. Solmerin
    Another US submarine to dock at Subic By Florante S. Solmerin | Posted on October 04, 2012 | 12:01am The United States has sent its fourth submarine to the Philippines this year, and it’s expected to dock at Subic Bay in Zambales on Thursday, according to a statement released on Wednesday by the US Embassy in Manila. The submarines have been visiting the country amid the territorial disputes of the countries claiming all or part of the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, with China increasingly imposing its will on the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei over the...