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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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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...