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  • Russia May Soon Ink Free Trade Pact With Israel

    02/13/2016 5:52:41 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 12 Feb, 2016 | RT
    Moscow and Tel Aviv are planning to sign a free trade agreement in the near future, Russian Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergey Levin told journalists on Friday. "Such decisions aim at maximizing cooperation between Russia and Israel in terms of agriculture and new technologies; creation of joint ventures, as well as the prospects of a free trade zone agreement which the government expects to sign with Israel as soon as possible," Levin said following Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich's meeting with Israeli businessmen. Israel's Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel also expressed hopes the two countries would sign the agreement soon....
  • Former IDF-General: Israel’s Next Northern War Will Be With Lebanon, Not Just Hezbollah

    02/11/2016 3:53:47 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 26 Jan 2016 | Staff
    “The next war in the North will have to be against Lebanon because Hezbollah is a part of the Lebanese system,” Maj. Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland told Walla News on Wednesday. Eiland, former head of the IDF Planning Directorate and National Security Council, was responding to IDF assessments earlier this week which said that although the chances for armed conflict with Hezbollah at the moment are very low, if a confrontation were to occur, ...
  • Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich

    02/13/2016 8:31:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Feb 2016 11:29 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War". With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: "All that's left is an unfriendly policy of NATO against Russia". "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War," he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or...
  • Turkish Media Say Saudi Arabia, Turkey May Strike In Syria

    02/13/2016 5:40:05 AM PST · by Strategy · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 13, 2016 | By The Associated Press
    ISTANBUL -- Turkish media are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria. After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia was "ready to send both jets and troops" to Turkey's Incirlik airbase. "Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation (against IS) from the land," Saturday's edition of the Yeni Safak pro-government newspaper quoted him as saying.
  • Dutch try and fail to stop export of dogs to Israel

    02/12/2016 5:20:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    INN ^ | 2/12/2016, 1:46 PM | Matt Wanderman
    The government in the Netherlands attempted to ban the export of dogs to Israel, claiming that the IDF uses them as "weapons," but was unable to find a legal means to do so. EU Observer reports that Minister for Foreign Trade Lilianne Ploumen investigated the possibility through the European Commission and other supervisory organizations. EU countries can only restrict exports in certain cases, and such cases are typically decided by the EU as a whole. Ploumen had suggested to the European Commission that service dogs could fall under the dual-use regulation, which deal with objects that have both civilian and...
  • Huma Abedin and the Tangled Clinton Web

    02/12/2016 1:05:01 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/12 | Andrea McCarthy
    Ms. Abedin, a longtime Clinton confidante, served as Secretary Clinton’s deputy chief-of-staff at the State Department and is now vice chairwoman of Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign for the presidency. For about a half-year toward the end of Abedin’s tenure at the State Department, which coincided with Secretary Clinton’s own departure from the State Department in February 2013, Abedin was given a highly unusual and ethically dubious arrangement. She was permitted to work simultaneously for the State Department, Teneo, the Clinton Foundation, and even in a personal capacity for Mrs. Clinton in order to manage the secretary’s transition back to the...
  • The Hydra-Headed Monster Stalking Hillary Clinton

    02/12/2016 1:06:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Suzanne Fields
    Feminism is the hydra-headed monster stalking Hillary Clinton's campaign for president. She once thought her appeal to women, as the first of her "gender" to get a real crack at the presidency, was straightforward, unambiguous and unstoppable, but now she can't hear the cheers for the cacophony of squabbling female voices. The first wave of feminism, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, appealed to a new version of womanhood. But after winning the vote with the 19th Amendment, most of the "new women" retired to the hearth and nursery to look and act a lot like their grandmothers. Women...
  • Donald Trump Is An �Authoritarian� and Is �Dangerous�, says Ron Paul

    08/25/2015 3:26:55 PM PDT · by z taxman · 121 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | July 20, 2015 | Lina Bryce
    Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul blasted the presidential hopeful, Donald Trump for being authoritarian on Alan Colmes Show recently. Pauls comments about Trump came about when he was asked if Donald Trump was good or bad for the Republican Party, to which Paul replied, chuckling, Well I dont even care whether hes good or bad for the Republican party. I dont have much interest in that per se. But, I think hes a dangerous person and a lot of people find him kind of funny and they love him, even libertarian types love him When Colmes presses Paul to explain...
  • U.S., Russia and other powers agree on ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria’s civil war

    02/11/2016 4:51:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    washington post ^ | 02/11/2016 | Karen DeYoung
    The United States, Russia and other powers have reached agreement on a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war that allows for immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced here early Friday morning. The end of hostilities, which Kerry avoided calling a cease-fire, is scheduled to go into effect "in one week’s time," Kerry said. Humanitarian access to towns and cities in Syria where food and medical supplies have been blocked, sometimes for months, is to begin immediately. ... The plan, drafted by United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura, in consultation with Kerry and...
  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry announces ceasefire in Syria 'within a week' following a summit in Munich

    02/11/2016 4:55:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 85 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/16 | Chris Pleasance
    Secretary of state John Kerry has tonight announced a deal that will see a ceasefire in Syrian within a week following a meeting of The International Syria Support Group in Berlin. Earlier in the day, Kerry tweeted that he had spoken with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, about the need for an end to fighting in the Middle Eastern nation. However, it is unclear which of the multiple forces fighting in Syria have signed up to the ceasefire, or how it will be enforced.
  • FIX IS IN: PBS Moderators Ignore Clinton Scandals

    02/12/2016 3:40:49 AM PST · by detective · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Peter Schweizer
    So let me get this straight: on the same day that the Washington Post reports that the State Department issued subpoenas to a family foundation bearing Hillary Clinton's name as part of a federal investigation, the PBS debate moderators didn't ask her about it.
  • Iran rules "decadent" Valentine's Day celebrations a crime

    02/12/2016 8:20:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2016 10:40 AM EST
    Iran says it is cracking down on Valentine's Day celebrations and shops engaging in them will be guilty of a crime. Iranian news outlets reported the police directive Friday warning retailers against promoting "decadent Western culture through Valentine's Day rituals." Police informed Tehran's coffee and ice cream shops trade union to avoid any gatherings in which boys and girls exchange Valentine's Day gifts. ...
  • Obama to reluctantly sign trade bill that lumps together Israel and settlements

    02/11/2016 5:54:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/11/16 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama will sign a trade bill despite it containing a provision that lumps together Israel and “Israeli-controlled territories.” Such language, meaning that the bill is applicable to Israel and the settlements, “contravenes longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and the occupied territories, including with regard to Israeli settlement activity,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement, hours after the measure was approved in the Senate by a vote of 75-20. Nonetheless, while the president objects to that particular facet of the legislation, Earnest suggested his accepting it, and...
  • Russian PM: Foreign offensive in Syria could spark 'world war'

    02/11/2016 12:25:26 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2-11-2016 | Staff
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that if Arab forces entered the Syrian war, they could spark a "new world war" and urged ceasefire talks instead.
  • On the Run from Everyone

    02/11/2016 6:21:58 PM PST · by pboyington · 11 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    ISIS has us on the run… They know our air campaign is a joke. They know that their enemy, the great United States of America is afraid to bomb their oil tankers, afraid to bomb their headquarters, afraid to bomb their training camps and target their leaders because of concerns over environmental damage or collateral damage. They know they are fighting an enemy that is more concerned with organic foods, LED batteries, climate change and being gender neutral than destroying the most evil entity the world has seen since Nazi Germany. The Iranians have us on the run…and crying… The...
  • Jewish groups press Cruz to explain controversial backer

    02/11/2016 3:30:16 PM PST · by Tareli · 52 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 11, 2016 | Eric Cortellessa
    Republican hopeful touts endorsement of Mike Bickle, who seeks to convert the Jews and says God sent Hitler to hunt them. American Jewish groups have demanded that presidential hopeful Ted Cruz clarify his position on his provocative endorsement from an evangelical leader whose views on Jews are highly controversial.
  • Official unsure of where Iran's enriched uranium is stored

    02/11/2016 3:09:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ap ^ | 02/11/2016 | richard lardner
    A State Department official told lawmakers Thursday he was unsure of the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel as part of the landmark nuclear agreement. Ambassador Stephen Mull, the lead U.S. official overseeing the deal's implementation, said during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the stockpile is a Russian custody issue. He said the U.S. is confident the material will be controlled properly. "We obviously have had many differences for many years with Russia," Mull said. "But one of the features of our relationship is pretty close cooperation and...
  • Op-Ed: A courageous idea to stop the murders

    02/10/2016 3:49:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/16 | Leonie Ben Simon
    t takes a village to raise a child. Children are being raised in many Arab villages to hate from birth with the ultimate aim and honour of being a shahid – a martyr - if they kill Jews. Their schoolbooks and their media bring them up to believe this. Their teachers, their parents and their whole villages dance and celebrate when Jews are murdered by their own teenagers. It is no accident that their young people are murdering Jews. All efforts to stop this have not worked. The left has failed miserably in its integration efforts. Politicians are afraid of...
  • Sprint and stab: Footage shows Arab attack on Israeli jogger

    02/10/2016 3:39:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/16 | Ari Soffer
    Police have released footage showing the moment an Arab terrorist stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli jogger in Gush Etzion, and then fled from the scene. His victim, a Jewish man in his 30s, had been running outside the town of Neve Daniel when he was stabbed and seriously injured. He managed to reach the gate of the town, where security guards called an ambulance and initiated a manhunt. Following the attack, security forces closed off the Arab village of Nahalin, where the attacker is believed to have come from and fled to, as part of efforts to track him...
  • Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured

    02/10/2016 4:51:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 10 February 2016 | Ian Black
    Syria’s national wealth, infrastructure and institutions have been “almost obliterated” by the “catastrophic impact” of nearly five years of conflict, a new report has found. Fatalities caused by war, directly and indirectly, amount to 470,000, according to the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) – a far higher total than the figure of 250,000 used by the United Nations until it stopped collecting statistics 18 months ago. In all, 11.5% of the country’s population have been killed or injured since the crisis erupted in March 2011, the report estimates. The number of wounded is put at 1.9 million. Life expectancy...
  • Newsmax Pledged $1 Million to Clinton Foundation (SMH!)

    02/18/2015 6:00:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 67 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/18/2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    Conservative website Newsmax has pledged a very large donation to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, a new report in the Wall Street Journal states. "Newsmax, a conservative news organization, last year pledged $1 million to the Clinton Foundation over a five-year period, according to a spokesman for Chris Ruddy, the organizations CEO. Mr. Ruddy has been friends with the Clintons since 2007," reports the Journal. "Through a spokesman, he said the donation wasn't tantamount to an endorsement of Mrs. Clintons potential campaign, though he thinks she would 'make a great presidential candidate.'" Ruddy himself has even written a...
  • Iran to Unveil Drone at Ceremony Featuring Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan

    02/11/2016 12:50:52 PM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Adelle Nazarian
    The Iranian regime will host a ceremony and official unveiling of its new drone, the "Shahed 129," this Thursday, which, according to Iranian state-controlled outlet Tasnim News Agency, will be attended by Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan. "Shahed" is Persian for "eye-witness." Tasnim News Agency indicates that Farrakhan, 82, will be the guest of honor and deliver a speech to mark the occasion. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, 67, will also be present, as will several other leaders involved in the global Islamic movement.
  • Iran Publishes Pictures of Captured U.S. Sailors Crying

    Iran has released new photographs in which at least one of the recently captured U.S. sailors is crying, according to a series of the pictures posted on social media.
  • The Story Behind Iraq’s Iran-backed Shiite militias

    02/11/2016 8:34:39 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/11/16 | Heshmat Alavi
    The situation in Iraq, rendered through Iran's lethal meddling, has left the region and the world facing grave dangers. The only solution lies in taking solid action against Iran-backed Shiite militias as the other side of the ISIS coin. As the international coalition in Iraq may be tightening their grip over ISIS, another very dangerous phenomenon spiraling out of control are the Iran-backed Shiite militias roaming freely on killing sprees across Mesopotamia. This is a dire menace called Islamic extremism that can threaten the very fabric of this once iconic cradle of humanity. True is the undeniable fact that ISIS...
  • Iran, Russia Likely to Sign Su-30 Warplane Deal Next Week: Source

    02/11/2016 5:27:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tasnim News Agency, Iran ^ | February, 11, 2016
    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan will probably sign a contract in his forthcoming trip to Moscow on Tehran’s purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, a Russian source announced Thursday. Sputnik quoted a source in Iran’s Defense Ministry as saying on Thursday that General Dehqan will go to Moscow on February 16 to discuss Russia’s delivery of S-300 air defense missile system to Iran as well as purchase of Su-30 Flanker multirole jet fighters. “Minister Dehqan is taking a number of the Defense Ministry’s representatives to the Russian capital to meet with their Russian colleagues...
  • US missile defense aid to Israel to cut sharply in 2017

    02/10/2016 10:41:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2016, 8:13 AM | Ari Yashar
    Pentagon documents released on Tuesday indicate that the 2017 budget requests of the US Defense Department include a total of $145.8 million for Israeli missile defense programs, a sharp drop in financial support amid a standoff over American military aid. The aid, meant for Israel's missile interceptor programs including the short-range Iron Dome, medium-range David's Sling and Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, includes far lower figures than those recorded the year before in 2016, reports Reuters. A total of $103.8 million for Israeli cooperative programs was listed in the 2017 budget request, in a serious cut from $267.7 million in 2016....
  • Crying Sailors, Climate Change and Draft our Daughters – Another Stellar Week for the Pentagon

    02/10/2016 8:44:22 PM PST · by pboyington · 27 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 10, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It’s been another spectacular week for the Pentagon. From US Navy sailors crying in front of their Iranian captors to Pentagon climate change mandates and the Draft our Daughters bill proposed by Congressman Duncan Hunter, the US military is being tossed to and fro inside a White House snow globe. Our new best friend forever, Iran, released several pictures yesterday of an unidentified US Navy sailor bawling his head off like a overweight woman confessing her cookie eating disorder to Marie Osmond and Oprah. Seated next to the crying sailor was his commander, the Once and Future Chief of Naval...
  • Cruz Scolds Obama: 'Stop Protecting China'

    02/10/2016 4:59:13 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) directed President Obama to "stop protecting China" in order to more effectively respond to hostile actions from North Korea. Cruz, a presidential candidate, penned the letter to Obama Wednesday to express concern with his policy of "strategic patience" toward North Korea. Earlier, the Texas senator announced that he would vote in favor of legislation that would impose nuclear weapons-related sanctions in North Korea, which is expected to gain passage in the Senate. Cruz outlined several means of more effectively responding to aggressive actions from North Korea, which over the weekend launched a long-range rocket and...
  • Ignoring Obama, Iran upgrades its nuclear-capable Emad missile

    02/10/2016 5:00:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2016, 2:10 PM | Ari Yashar
    In open defiance of recent US sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on late Tuesday told local media that Tehran will soon be rolling out an upgrade of its nuclear-capable medium-range Emad missiles. The "next generation of Emad with improved precision" will be unveiled in the next Iranian year which starts on March 20, Dehghan said as cited by the semi-official Fars News Agency. Emad is said to have a 1,700 kilometer range, putting Israel and much of eastern Europe squarely in its sights. [...] In light of an Iranian Emad test on October 10,...
  • Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks

    02/10/2016 12:17:50 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC | MEE staff
    Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks MEE staff Tuesday 9 February 2016 15:40 UTC Last update: Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC King Hamad expresses hope for 'imminent victory' after presenting Russian president with sword made of Damascus steel Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a "sword of victory” made from Damascus steel during a visit to Russia that included talks with his host about the crisis in Syria. King Hamad and Putin exchanged gifts during a meeting at the Russian leader's residence in Sochi on the Black Sea...
  • Athens Given Deadline as EU Looks to Send More Refugees Back to Greece

    02/10/2016 2:35:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/10 | Jennifer Rankin
    EU authorities want to reintroduce Greece to ‘Dublin system’, which lets governments send asylum seekers back to the first country they arrived inEuropean Union authorities have given Athens one month to improve conditions for asylum seekers in the hope of eventually sending more refugees back to Greece. The plan to overhaul Greece’s migration and asylum system is part of the EU’s effort to get to grips with the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, amid apocalyptic warnings that the union is falling apart. The European commission issued Athens with a list of instructions on Wednesday to bring Greece...
  • Eight ISIS, Taliban recruits joined Galloway convoy to Gaza

    02/10/2016 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2016, 5:05 PM | Ari Soffer
    A brutal ISIS torturer wasn't the only jihadist terrorist who traveled with former British MP George Galloway to Gaza, it has been revealed. According to a recent report, Alexander Kotey left the UK on Galloway's "Viva Palestina" convoy to Gaza in 2009, and from there eventually made his way to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group. [...] As many as eight Muslim extremists who would later be convicted of or involved in terrorist activities joined the convoy, according to The Times. Among them were Amin Addala and Reza Afsharzadegan, both known associates of Emwazi from west London; and...
  • Obama/Trump Back Russian Invasion of Syria

    02/10/2016 12:33:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 9, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    ... There is no other way to describe it: the Obama policy is to let the Russian/Iranian/Hezbollah axis take over Syria. That is what the current battle for Aleppo is all about. Times columnist Roger Cohen argues that "It is too late, as well as pure illusion, to expect significant change in Obama's Syria policy." But he proposes that Obama should at least increase the number of Syrian refugees taken in this year to 65,000, as opposed to his currently proposed 10,000. But letting in more refugees scares Americans who suspect that there will be terrorists among them. Such a...
  • Congress Considering Safe Zone for Persecuted Christians, Yazidis in Iraq

    02/10/2016 11:07:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 9, 2016 | 5:37 PM EST | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said that Congress is considering the creation of an autonomous region in Iraq to protect Christians and Yazidis from persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and criticized the State Department's lack of involvement in the ongoing discussions. "There are discussions and there will be a resolution introduced in the House, I believe, to set up an into-the-plains, basically a protectorate, whereby Christians, Yazidis and other minorities [will be protected]," Wolf said at an event last week at the National Press Club in Washington. However, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's...
  • Iran Publishes Pictures of Captured U.S. Sailors Crying

    02/10/2016 6:54:30 AM PST · by don-o · 78 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/10/16 | Adam Kredo
    Iran has released new photographs in which at least one of the recently captured U.S. sailors is crying, according to a series of the pictures posted on social media. The pictures, as well as an accompanying video, were released by Iranian state-controlled news outlets and disseminated on Twitter by Iranian reporters early Wednesday. The new photographs come on the heels of another set of pictures that showed Iranian military forces detaining the U.S. sailors at gun point and forcing them to place their hands upon their heads while kneeling on a ship.
  • Intel Chief: ‘We Don’t Know’ Whether Iran Will Build Nuke Weapons

    02/09/2016 2:11:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/9/16 | Adam Kredo
    The top U.S. intelligence official told Congress on Tuesday that Iran could move forward with the construction of a nuclear weapon at any time and that there is no way to know the Islamic Republic will build these weapons following the implementation of a landmark agreement hailed by the Obama administration as a definitive step towards preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress during an open hearing that despite an intelligence budget in the billions, his office remains uncertain about Iran’s nuclear intentions. “We do not know whether Iran will eventually decide to...
  • Iran to unveil drone; Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan to attend ceremony

    02/09/2016 9:58:57 AM PST · by Fali_G · 12 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/09/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Iran's regime will parade a homegrown drone in a ceremony Feb. 11, marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian media announced Tuesday. The drone, known as Shahed 129, which means 'witness' in Persian, will be displayed at an event Thursday with remarks by President Hassan Rouhani and special guest Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who will deliver a speech. The announcement comes from Tasnim News, a Tehran-based media outlet with strong ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), with stated aims to defend Iran's Islamic government against damaging media propaganda. First introduced by Iran's Revolutionary Guard in...
  • Cruz blocks nominees to the State Depart for a third time [Cruz's Senate "enemies?" help the cause]

    02/09/2016 2:09:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 8, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    ...Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, objected, and said he was doing so on behalf of Cruz, who has spent much of the last week campaigning in New Hampshire where he is trailing businessman Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday's primary. Klobuchar slammed Cruz after McConnell's move, saying the Texas Republican was the only remaining hurdle to getting the ambassador nominations confirmed. "We ask him to remove these holds. He has not voiced any concerns about these individual nominees. He voiced concerns about unrelated policy issues," she said, noting that Cruz hasn't been in the Senate to object to the...
  • DoJ, DHS hacked; employee data exposed by “Free Palestine” hacktivists

    02/08/2016 12:44:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    The FBI’s jurisdiction and its digital presence have intersected in an embarrassing and highly damaging manner. Hackers penetrated networks at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, gaining access to employee records at the FBI and other agencies. Hundreds of gigabytes worth of data have been stolen, the hackers claim, and they are using the hack as a protest for the #FreePalestine movement.Motherboard first reported on the hack, and corroborated at least some of the claims: A hacker, who wishes to remain anonymous, plans to dump the apparent names, job titles, email addresses and phone numbers...
  • Turkey planning $5 billion for Gaza seaport

    02/05/2016 12:57:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 2/5/2016, 10:13 AM | Ari Yashar
    In the midst of ongoing normalization talks with Israel, Turkey is planning to invest $5 billion in reconstructing the Hamas stronghold of Gaza including a seaport - which Israel has fiercely opposed due to the blatant threat of weapons smuggling. The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News on Friday reported that a team of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) announced the expensive rebuilding plan, which is being prepared by the Center for Multilateral Trade Studies at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV). The plans to reconstruct the Hamas-held region came after meetings with Palestinian Authority...
  • EU representative in Israel caught smuggling gold, drugs

    02/04/2016 4:53:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 2/4/2016, 4:38 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    A very unusual case of smuggling took place on Thursday, as huge quantities of gold, steroids and smart phones were found in the car of a European Union (EU) representative in Israel, as he drove into the country from Jordan. Dozens of kilograms of gold, hundreds of smartphones and a full package of steroid drugs were discovered by customs inspectors in the car as it tried to pass through the Allenby Border Crossing from Jordan, reports Channel 2. The EU diplomat was detained and later released, and his driver - an Arab resident of the northern Atarot neighborhood of Jerusalem...
  • Arab MKs suspended for visit with terrorists' families

    02/08/2016 11:11:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 2/816 | Cynthia Blank
    The Knesset Ethics Committee ruled on Monday night to suspend three Arab Knesset members following a public uproar over their meeting with the families of terrorists who committed murderous attacks against Israelis. MKs Hanin Zoabi and Basel Ghattas were suspended for a period of four months, while MK Jamal Zahalka was suspended for two months. All three are members of the Joint List's Balad faction. The three Knesset members will be barred from attending the Knesset plenum until the end of the winter session, but will still be able to vote there and in committee meetings. In the meeting last...
  • Egypt Military Restoring Churches Destroyed Following Morsi's Ouster

    02/08/2016 9:53:19 AM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    AINA ^ | 02-07-2016 | Sherry El Gergawi
    After Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi apologised for not finishing the reconstruction work of Christian properties damaged in the aftermath of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013, the engineering unit of the Armed Forces immediately started cooperating with Coptic authorities to wrap up the pending renovations, religious Coptic figures said. While visiting Cairo's St. Mark Cathedral on Christmas Eve, El-Sisi apologised to the country's Christians over the delay in the completion of renovations, which he says will be done by the end of 2016.The churches undergoing renovation were attacked in August 2013 on the day of the dispersals of pro-Morsi...
  • Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

    02/08/2016 11:30:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    cns ^ | 02/08/2016 | ap
    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District. The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine. ... According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges. The maneuvers will...
  • North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016 5:50:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 83 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nicole Hensley
    North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50 BY Nicole Hensley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:29 AM Kim Kwang Hyon/AP North Korea's satellite, which was launched on Feb. 7, passed over the Super Bowl 50 game. Pictured is the country's Unha 3 at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang in 2012. A "Shining Star" was watching over Levi's Stadium after the Broncos 24-10 win. As football fans poured out of the Bay Area stadium, North Korea's observational satellite zipped by the field at an orbit 300 miles above the Earth at...
  • Cruz: 'What We Are Seeing With N. Korea Is Foreshadowing of Where We Will Be With Iran'

    02/08/2016 11:38:46 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), asked to respond to North Korea's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, called for an expanded missile defense capacity and a "hardened" electrical grid. But first, he noted that President Bill Clinton relaxed sanctions against North Korea, just as President Obama has relaxed sanctions against Iran: "So, what we are seeing with North Korea is foreshadowing of where we will be with Iran." At Saturday's Republican debate...
  • In Tehran, Tsipras says he hopes Greece will be Iran-EU bridge

    02/08/2016 10:18:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2016, 3:49 pm | (Times of Israel Staff and Agencies)
    Greece aims to play the role of an economic force to strengthen ties between the European Union and Iran, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday after he arrived in Tehran for an official visit. "Greece will become an energy, economic and trade bridge between Iran and European Union," Tsipras said, according to a translation by the Mega television channel. He further called Iran "a key player for stability and peace in the Middle East, and a significant economic partner." Tsipras's comments come after Iran's nuclear deal with world powers came into force, allowing the United States and the European...
  • Iran: We still fund Hamas as fighting Israel is our policy

    02/08/2016 8:42:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2016, 6:33 pm | (Staff)
    An Iranian official on Monday rejected reports that Tehran has ceased funding the Palestinian terror group Hamas, claiming that supporting the fight against Israel remains a "principled policy," the semi-official Tasnim news agency said. Speaking at his weekly press conference in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari rejected media reports that funding for the Gaza-based group ceased in 2009. Ansari said that supporting "Palestinian resistance movements" is part of Iran's foreign policy, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. He called the Palestinian issue "pivotal and basic" for Muslims, according to the agency. ...
  • UN's Ban gets booed at New York synagogue

    02/07/2016 2:52:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/2/16
    UN Director-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at Park East Synagogue in New York on Saturday, in a speech for International Holocaust Remembrance Day - but he was met with boos in light of his recent virulently anti-Israeli statements. Two weeks ago on Tuesday Ban expressed sympathy for murderous Palestinian terrorism in Israel, saying, "it is human nature to react to occupation." The comment was met with outrage in Israel. In his speech at the synagogue Ban steered completely clear of Israel, instead only speaking about the universal messages from the Holocaust regarding the need to combat racism and violence. But the...
  • The Great Social Experiment Takes the Field – In the War of 2020

    02/07/2016 8:34:33 PM PST · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The United States of America, 2020 President Hillary Clinton has been in office since January of 2017, after defeating Donald J. Trump in the closest and most litigated election in American history. Disliked as a candidate by the right, as President she is despised by Congress and most Americans, who are now well aware that an incompetent criminal sits in the Oval Office. The vast social engineering of the US military that rode roughshod over the armed services under Barack Obama is now legal policy. Open homosexuality is common in all branches. Transgenders who have undergone sex change operations, those...