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  • United States of Europe dream CRUMBLES - Martin Schulz's scheme PANNED in shock poll

    12/28/2017 5:08:42 PM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Express UK ^ | Fri, Dec 29, 2017 | Joey Millard
    MARTIN Schulz’s dream of a United States of Europe is crumbling before his eyes after a shock poll revealed low support for the controversial super-bloc. Earlier this month Martin Schulz said he wanted a “United States of Europe” by 2025 but dire approval ratings for the superstate may scupper the former European Parliament president’s vision. A poll by YouGov has put pressure on Mr Schulz to prove a United States of Europe is desired by the bloc - let alone beneficial. The survey of 8,138 people earlier this month showed disapproval for the project in six European Union member states....
  • US, Israel reach cooperation agreement on Iran: report

    12/28/2017 2:28:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    © Courtesy WhiteHouse.gov U.S. and Israeli officials reached a closed-door cooperation agreement on how to deal with Iran, according to Israel's Channel 10 News. The agreement, which was reportedly signed on Dec. 12 at the White House, aims to counter Iran's missile and nuclear programs. According to Channel 10, the agreement would translate President Trump 's Oct. 13 speech decertifying the Iran deal into "steps on the ground." The two countries have reportedly decided to set up joint teams to combat Iran in the region. One joint team would grapple with Iran's ties to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah,...
  • Iran votes to declare Jerusalem 'capital of Palestine'

    12/28/2017 9:53:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/27/17 | Olivia Beavers
    Iran declared Jerusalem the "capital of Palestine" on Wednesday following a parliamentary vote, according to the country's semi-official Fars news agency. Iran's announcement to recognize the holy city as the “Palestinian capital forever” comes in direct response to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “It comes in response to the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in hopes of dealing a blow to Muslims,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, according to Turkey's Anadolu news agency.
  • Cologne Plans 10-Fold Increase in Police [1,500 police officers on New Year's Eve]

    12/28/2017 8:34:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | December 29, 2016 | David Crossland
    Cologne will flood the city center with 1,500 police officers on New Year's Eve, 10 times more than in 2015, to prevent a repeat of the sexual assaults and robberies committed mainly by young North African and Arab migrants last year. The police chief of Cologne on Thursday promised New Year’s Eve revellers that they can party safely this year after the city made global headlines in 2015 with hundreds of sexual assaults and robberies committed predominantly by young men of North African and Arab origin around the train station and cathedral.
  • UK refuses to apologize for Balfour Declaration, Palestinians threaten to sue

    04/25/2017 2:11:53 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 14 replies
    Ma'an News Agency ^ | April 25, 2017 | Ma'an News Agency
    Palestinian leaders have continued to issue threats of suing the UK government over the declaration, with Hassassian reportedly saying that there are a “number of attorneys in the UK” who are already making steps to sue the government.
  • Every second German wants Merkel to step down early: survey

    12/27/2017 3:15:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 December 2017 10:03 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    A new survey shows that Germans are losing patience with Frau Merkel, after she has failed to form a new government three months after the national election. The poll, conducted by YouGov for the German Press Agency, shows that 47 percent of respondents want Angela Merkel to step down from her office as German Chancellor before the next national election, scheduled to take place in 2021. Meanwhile, only 36 percent said that if Merkel is eventually re-elected as Chancellor, that she should stay in office for the full four years. The results of the poll show a marked drop in...
  • Jerry Yellin, 93, Dies; Flew the Last World War II Combat Mission

    12/27/2017 12:19:33 PM PST · by oh8eleven · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 24 December 2017 | RICHARD GOLDSTEIN
    When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunging the United States into World War II, Jerry Yellin was a teenager living with his family in Hillside, N.J. Having been intrigued by flight since he was a youngster — he constructed planes modeled on World War I aircraft — he joined the Army Air Corps in February 1942, on his 18th birthday, and became a fighter pilot.
  • Lawyer for convicted Dieselgate manager blames VW bosses

    12/27/2017 8:36:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | December 15, 2017 | Volker Votsmeier
    Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt was imprisoned for 7 years in the US for his role in the diesel emissions scandal. But his lawyer says the sentence is unfair and that he was only acting on management orders. Alexander Sättele, defense attorney for imprisoned Volkswagen manager Oliver Schmidt, said his client was following instructions from VW’s management in the Dieselgate scandal. In an exclusive interview, Mr. Sättele told Handelsblatt that Mr. Schmidt has become a symbolic figure in criminal investigations into the scandal and was forced to take responsibility for actions beyond his control.
  • Trump’s tax gift to corporate Germany

    12/27/2017 7:52:10 AM PST · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | Dec 27, 2017 | Ulf Somme
    President Donald Trump’s new tax law spells savings for BMW and other big German companies that produce and sell their products in the United States. Not so for smaller firms. And so there’s a certain irony to the fact that the tax reform bill, signed into law last week, has also given a gift to some of Germany’s larger companies, including its carmakers. The simple reason is that some of these companies already produce a large amount of their goods in the United States....
  • Abbas' Fatah: Trump is Hitler - no difference

    12/26/2017 6:27:04 AM PST · by richardtavor · 34 replies
    Palestinian Media Watch ^ | December 26, 2017 | Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    In another demonization of US President Trump because of his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Movement compared Trump to Hitler, posting the image above and stating on Twitter that it does not see any difference between them: Posted text in English (all errors in source): "I don't see any different, do you ? #HandsOffAlQuds" [Official Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 14, 2017] Fatah also tweeted the following poster, stating that "Trump is an irrelevant clown":
  • Last Four Democratic Party Platforms Have Called Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

    12/26/2017 6:24:30 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 5, 2017 | David Rutz
    The past four official Democratic Party platforms have recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The 2016 party platform read, "While Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations, it should remain the capital of Israel, an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths. Israelis deserve security, recognition, and a normal life free from terror and incitement."
  • trump’s principled move vs. eu’s cowardice

    12/26/2017 5:48:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 26, 2017 | Joseph Puder
    Why the president's Jerusalem decision was the right thing to do. The Trump administration vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution last week that called on the U.S. to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and ultimately move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the seat of Israel’s parliament (Knesset), the Supreme Court, and where the Prime Minister and President of the Jewish State reside.  The UNSC resolution drafted by Egypt and backed by 13 other members of the Security Council affirms that “any decision and actions which purport to have altered the character,...
  • Donald Trump on track to win in 2020, British diplomats believe

    12/26/2017 1:07:36 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 December 2017 | Ben Riley-Smith
    Donald Trump is on course to win re-election in 2020, senior British diplomats believe, as he approaches his first full year in office.   They think that despite a string of negative headlines the US president has largely kept his support base onside since entering White House Possible Democratic contenders are seen as either too old – such as Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden – or lacking in the name recognition needed to defeat Mr Trump.    The analysis is significant as it underpins the advice Theresa May is given and shapes how she approaches the UK-US “special relationship”.  ...Should Mr Trump’s presidency...
  • Trump Takes a Lesson From Winston Churchill

    12/25/2017 10:30:08 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Dec 26, 2017 | Lloyd Billingsley
    On December 18, President Trump invited lawmakers to the White House for a screening of Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Such a screening would never have happened under the previous president. On his first day in office, POTUS 44 removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and returned it to Britain. When the eviction made news, White House mouthpiece Dan Pfeiffer said the story was “100 per cent false.” But as the Telegraph reported, long after the denial, “Barack Obama’s White House has been forced to admit that it did return a bust of...
  • trump takes a lesson from winston churchill- potus 44 would not have screened darkest hour

    12/26/2017 5:35:16 AM PST · by SJackson · 50 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 26, 2017 | Lloyd Billingsley
    Why POTUS 44 would not have screened Darkest Hour at the White House On December 18, President Trump invited lawmakers to the White House for a screening of Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Such a screening would never have happened under the previous president. On his first day in office, POTUS 44 removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and returned it to Britain. When the eviction made news, White House mouthpiece Dan Pfeiffer said the story was “100 per cent false.” But as the Telegraph reported, long after the denial, “Barack Obama’s White...
  • Guatemala follows in Trump's footsteps, announces embassy move to Jerusalem

    12/24/2017 6:43:13 PM PST · by familyop · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2017 | Fox News
    Less than a month after President Trump announced the U.S. would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Guatemala became the first nation to follow his lead, announcing on Christmas Eve that it would move its embassy as well...No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.
  • Hamas leader to U.S.: We will shut down your embassy

    12/25/2017 8:31:00 PM PST · by Lera · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/25/17 | Ben Ariel
    Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar says the group will shut down the U.S. embassy in Israel once it “liberates Palestine”. Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar recently threatened that the terrorist group will shut down the U.S. embassy in Israel once it “liberates Palestine”. In an interview on Al-Jazeera on December 17, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Hamas leader also made clear that the group "would not relinquish a single gun, not even a single bullet." “Annihilation will be the fate not only of the Jews, but also of their helpers and of the people...
  • Israel says 10 more countries in talks about moving embassies to Jerusalem

    12/25/2017 2:32:51 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 25 replies
    Geller Report ^ | December 25, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    Goodness is contagious. The Trump presidency will go down in history as a triumph for American freedom and goodwill towards men, a return to America being a force for good across the world. Merry Christmas! Israel says 10 more countries in talks about moving embassies to Jerusalem Honduras reportedly next in line after Guatemala announces relocation of mission; Togo, Paraguay, Romania and Slovakia also floated Following Guatemala’s announcement Monday that it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, at least 10 other countries are in talks to move their own missions, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said. In...
  • Turkish lawyers say decree grants impunity for political violence

    12/25/2017 12:29:11 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2017 / 1:27 PM / Updated 3 hours ago | Tuvan Gumrukcu, Ece Toksabay
    A new emergency decree in Turkey could allow vigilantes to carry out political violence with impunity against opponents of the government suspected of involvement in last year’s coup attempt, Turkey’s main lawyers’ groups said on Monday. snip A separate decree on Sunday dismissed 2,756 more people from their jobs, accusing them of links to terrorist organizations. snip In a joint statement, the Ankara and Istanbul bar associations called Sunday’s two decrees “the last two nails in the coffin of the law”.
  • German Gov’t ‘Anti-Extremism’ Initiative Funds a Pro-Iranian Regime Group

    12/24/2017 6:19:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 20, 2017 | 7:41 PM EST | James Carstensen
    The German government is under fire for funding an allegedly Iranian-linked Islamic non-governmental organization (NGO) as part of a program designed to draw German-based Muslim communities away from extremism. According to the Interior Ministry, the program aims to signal to local Muslims that they play an essential role in the prevention of extremism. But critics claim the Islamic Community of Shi’ite Communities in Germany (IGS), an umbrella organization, has links to pro-Iran and anti-Semitic extremism. The Bild newspaper reported early this week that a first payment of €19,739 ($23,500) has already been processed for transfer to the IGS. The head...