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  • ISIS Claims Killing of Senior Iranian Military Officer

    12/28/2014 2:16:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/14
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for killing a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer earlier Sunday. Iranian military sources had simply stated that Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi was killed in Samarra, north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, but did not elaborate ...
  • Hamas bars Gaza children from Israel trip

    12/28/2014 10:20:38 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | FARES AKRAM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers prevented a group of children from entering Israel on Sunday for a postwar conciliatory trip meant to foster peace, Hamas and organizers said. The 37 children, most of whom have lost a parent in fighting between Hamas and Israel, were to enter Israel on Sunday and spend a week visiting Jewish and Arab communities and a zoo. They were also going to travel to the West Bank for a meeting with the Palestinian president. But a bus carrying the children and their adult chaperones was turned back when it reached the...
  • Palestinians desire only true Islamic peace with Jews.

    12/28/2014 10:44:03 AM PST · by DanMiller · 15 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 28, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Palestinians are Islamic and Islam is the religion of peace. Don't forget it, unless you are a hateful Islamophobe and look forward to being murdered.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1N1zhUm84w] Video linkA You Tube copy of a heart-warming Palestinian instructional video on how to achieve blessed Islamic peace with Jewish oppressors is embedded a few paragraphs below. The video has "gone viral" in the Palestinian social media. The 1 minute and 13 second-video, as seen below, shows the “teacher” calmly walking up to a “victim,” stabbing him, and walking away. One of the tactics appears to imitate the Islamic State method of beheading. The guide to killing Jews teaches that...
  • Iran general killed during battle against ISIL in Iraq

    12/28/2014 8:37:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Press TV ^ | Dec 28, 201404
    Iran general killed during battle against ISIL in Iraq A senior Iranian military officer has lost his life in the battle against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Iraq. The Public Relations Department of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) stated on Sunday that Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi was killed while on “an advisory mission” in the holy city of Samarra. The statement added that Taghavi was killed while conducting the mission in cooperation with the “Iraqi army and popular mobilization (forces) to counter the ISIL Takfiri militants in the vicinity of the shrine of (the eleventh Shia Imam) Hasan al-Askari...
  • Russia Debt One Grade Above Junk With Downgrades Coming, How Likely is Default?

    12/28/2014 6:24:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    All three rating agencies are expected to downgrade Russia's debt to junk soon and bailouts to Russian banks are on the rise, but how likely is default? The Financial Times reports ... Russia trebled the size of its bailout of troubled lender Trust Bank to Rbs99bn ($1.9bn) on Friday, laying bare the growing financial fallout from its currency crisis and the slump in the price of oil, its main export. The rapidly rising cost makes the rescue of Trust bank, which foundered as the rouble collapsed early last week, the second-largest seen in Russia. It has now consumed a tenth...
  • The Destruction of the Middle East ( Moslems on Jihad )

    12/28/2014 6:25:09 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 27, 2014 | Denis MacEoin
    The heritage of centuries has been wiped out in little more than a year. Eventually the need to wipe out all traces of unbelief becomes obsessive. At one time, for instance, Egyptian law demanded that any house found to contain a copy of The Apology of al-Kindi (a book containing a polemical dialogue between a Muslim and a Christian) would be demolished along with 40 houses around it. Ethics were defined by what Allah said was good or evil in Sharia law. The Islamic State's behaviour is solidly rooted in Islamic ideology, law and practice. It is only when this...
  • ‘ISLAMIC STATE’ – Seven Impressions Of A Difficult Journey (First Hand Account)

    12/28/2014 5:07:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Jürgen Todenhöfer ^ | December 28, 2014 | Jürgen Todenhöfer
    Dear friends, we are slowly recovering from the stress the journey into the “Islamic State” has induced on us. Frederic, my son, has lost several pounds. Of course, I have been aware that both, meeting with ISIS and American and Syrian bomb attacks, could put me into high risk. In Mosul, low-flying US aircraft circled over us numerous times. And our “apartment” in the Syrian town Raqqa was largely destroyed by a Syrian bomb while we were staying in Mosul, Iraq. Hence, our last night in Raqqa had to be spent in a bombed-out and glass-splittered apartment. It’s difficult to...
  • Is Al Jazeera changing its tune on Syria?

    12/28/2014 12:47:36 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    Al-Akhbar ^ | December 27, 2014 | By: Wissam Kanaan
    It is no secret that Al Jazeera is the media arm of Qatari foreign policy, which has suffered a successive series of setbacks, particularly in Syria. But some time ago, signs that changes had taken place in the editorial line of Al Jazeera began to emerge, as evident in the terminology the Qatari satellite channel started using. For example, Al Jazeera no longer refers to opposition fighters as “rebels.” Moreover, Al Jazeera has been giving airtime for discussions about the mistakes of the Free Syrian Army. Soon enough, coverage of Syria in Al Jazeera news bulletins started decreasing. A few...
  • Europe Gave the Green Light to Burn a Jewish Child (by de-listing Hamas)

    12/27/2014 9:12:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | Saturday, December 27, 2014 6:24 PM | Giulio Meotti
    Ayala Shapira is an 11 year old Jewish girl. She was badly injured in a Palestinian Arab firebomb attack and suffered life-threatening smoke inhalation and third-degree burns over the majority of her body and face. […] Several days have passed since the attack on Ayala and you will not find a single European official who condemned Arab terrorism and the vicious attempt to burn alive a Jewish girl. Think about it. Burnt alive: the same thing the Nazis did. […] A few days before the attack on the Shapira’s family, the European Union took Hamas off the black list of...
  • Nevermind U.S. shale, Saudi Arabia’s oil power play targets Iran’s economy

    12/27/2014 6:40:43 PM PST · by Red Steel · 21 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Updated: Dec 27 7:00 AM ET | Diane Francis
    All politics are local, except for oil politics. The Russians think these low oil prices are an American-Saudi conspiracy. American commentators believe that the Saudis have driven down prices to punish North Dakota’s shale oil revolution and drive its high-cost producers out of the game. In Canada, the paranoia in Calgary is that the Saudis and other Gulf oil producers want to drive the oil sands out of business. But what are the Saudis up to and are they powerful enough to control prices? This week the Saudi minister blamed low prices on oversupply from North America. But that is...
  • Armenians in Iran preparing for Christmas [Jan 6]

    12/28/2014 12:54:22 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    Public Radio of Armenia ^ | 26 Dec 2014 | Siranush Ghazanchyan
    Iran’s Christian Armenian minority is storming the gift shops in Tehran, buying them out of all their ornaments, Santa figures and pine trees to hang in their stores and homes, the Jerusalem Post reports. As Christians all over the world geared up for Christmas this week, so too were Iranians preparing to celebrate the festive holiday in all its glory. Iran’s Christian Armenian minority in particular ...
  • 'If UN Recognizes Palestine, Israel Must Annex in Judea-Samaria'

    12/27/2014 3:49:20 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/14 | Ari Yashar
    Likud Central Committee chairman Danny Danon, who is challenging Binyamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party, on Saturday night called on Israel to respond to an expected UN recognition of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as the "state of Palestine" by declaring sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. "We must clarify in the clearest terms to the world that every unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state will bring Israeli sovereignty," declared Danon in a meeting with Likud activists in Judea's Gush Etzion region. Prime among the attendants at the meeting were Kiryat Arba Regional Council head Malakhi Levinger and Deputy Gush Etzion...
  • Watch: Hamas Shows Off Army 'Ready to Conquer Jerusalem'

    12/27/2014 3:35:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/14 | Dalit Halevi & Ari Yashar
    he propaganda unit of Hamas's "military wing", the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, kicked into overdrive recently with a new film, which attempted to portray the terrorist organization's Gazan fighting force as a modern Islamic army, exhibiting advanced weaponry training for a wide range of scenarios - and with its sights on Jerusalem. Video In the video a large unit of terrorists are shown with all the equipment of a modern army, from combat vests to advanced assault rifles. Several are seen bearing a flag reading "the army of Al-Quds (Jerusalem)." The Hamas "army" is seen conducting an array of operations modeled...
  • Graham: Senate will vote on Iran sanctions legislation in January

    12/27/2014 3:13:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 27, 2014, 04:10 pm | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Saturday that the Senate will take up an Iran sanctions bill in January, setting up a tough vote for Democrats. During an appearance alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, Graham said there will be a vote on legislation drafted by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in January. The measure would impose additional sanctions on Iran if it violates the interim nuclear agreement or walks away from talks. "I’m here to tell you, Mr. Prime Minister, that the Congress will follow your lead," Graham said. "In January...
  • Russia's Economic Crisis: Can Putin Be Saved By His Own Propaganda?

    12/27/2014 12:49:47 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/27/14 | Jim Maceda
    Runs on the bank. Hyperinflation. A plummeting ruble. It sounds like today's Russia, but these were also the symptoms of its last economic meltdown, in 1998. That would eventually force Russian President Boris Yeltsin out of power, and put an awkwardly shy and relatively unknown KGB official named Vladimir Putin in his place. No one believed Putin would survive more than a few months in the Kremlin. But 'Putinism' - a mix of authoritarian rule and economic prosperity based almost entirely on vast oil and natural gas reserves - has kept its namesake in power for the past 15 years....
  • Ukraine crisis: Separatist rebels free more soldiers

    12/27/2014 12:52:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum
    BBC News ^ | 12/27/14
    Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have freed four Ukrainian prisoners a day after the two sides exchanged hundreds of captives. The release was announced by a Ukrainian defence ministry adviser, Vasyliy Budik, who said three were soldiers and the fourth a civilian.
  • Bachmann: Obama Embraces Agenda of Jihad to Convert USA into Islamic Caliphate”

    12/27/2014 4:52:50 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Sons Of Liberty Media+ ^ | 12/26/2014 | Tim Brown
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been an outspoken voice against the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the halls of the United States federal government, and she has taken the shots against her, even by those who claim they are on her side. Recently, the Minnesota congresswoman was interviewed by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) and told him that Barack Obama has embraced “the agenda of Islamic jihad,” and that agenda includes both the destruction of Israel and converting the “United States into an Islamic Caliphate.” “While the president continues to say that this is not about...
  • IRAN: Pastor Irani Faces 18 New Charges

    12/26/2014 9:18:39 PM PST · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Voice of the Martyrs ^ | 10 September 2014 | VOM
    Iranian pastor Behnam Irani is being held in solitary confinement and is facing 18 new charges, including "spreading corruption on Earth," which is a capital crime. This is similar to "Moharabeh," or "warring against God," which was recently charged to another Christian, Pastor Matthias Haghnejad. Pastor Irani was arrested in December 2006, and sentenced in 2011 to six years imprisonment for "action against the state" and "action against the order." The fresh charges appear to be part of a surge in repression under the Rouhani presidency targeting religious and ethnic minorities. In June, Pastor Irani was removed from prison and...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • Egypt floods Gaza tunnels, cut Palestinian lifeline

    02/14/2013 4:26:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/13/2013
    Up to 200 smuggling tunnels shut since Egyptian President Morsi took office; some 30% of all goods reach Gaza through tunnels. Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years. Reuters reporters saw one tunnel being used to bring in cement and gravel suddenly fill with water on...
  • ISIS Prepares to Attack Israel in North and South Pincer Movement

    12/26/2014 8:17:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 24, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    With ISIS continuing to hold the upper hand in Syria and Iraq, it appears that the terrorist network is planning what military strategists call a pincer movement to attack the Israeli homeland from the north and south. Three Syrian rebel groups switched loyalties to gain ISIS support for attacks on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, according to a report by the Fiscal Times. ISIS is now able to coordinate with Egyptian ISIS-aligned terror group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Sinai to simultaneously pressure Israel's northern and southern borders... Although the U.S. led Coalition Joint Task Force named "Operation Inherent Resolve" claims to...
  • Condi backed down after Bush backed Olmert plan

    07/20/2006 2:49:24 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 95 replies · 2,292+ views
    World Tribune ^ | Wednesday July 19, 2006
    WASHINGTON — Officials said the Bush administration, after initial hesitation, has determined that the Israeli military campaign against Hizbullah was vital in the effort to reduce the threat from Iran and Syria in the Middle East. They said the administration would not pressure Israel to agree to an immediate ceasefire. Officials said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice initially sought to halt Israel's massive retaliation against Hizbullah, which abducted two Israeli soldiers on July 12. They said Ms. Rice, in twice-a-day phone calls, pressed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to significantly reduce the operation to prevent casualties and maintain the Lebanese...
  • Syria to help Russia retrieve influence in Middle East

    01/25/2005 12:55:09 PM PST · by Cornpone · 8 replies · 369+ views
    Pravda-World ^ | 24 Jan 2005 | Pravda
    European states, not to mention China, will not come into conflict with the USA over Syria - Iraq is enoughSyrian President Bashar al-Asad is starting his official visit to Russia today. It is definitely an extraordinary event in the world of politics. Syria is one of the main candidates for "democratization" according to the incumbent US administration. The USA and Israel will undoubtedly be watching the process of negotiations in Moscow. It is noteworthy that the visit of the Syrian president to Russia was preceded with an international scandal that the Israeli government caused. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon addressed to...
  • Report: Prisoner swap with ISIS could be possible for captured Jordanian pilot

    12/25/2014 6:11:27 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/25/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    A prisoner exchange may be in the cards for a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria, according to a report in the Arab press. Jordanian political activists told the London-based daily Al-Quds al-Arabi on Thursday that a prisoner exchange could be possible if the Jordanian government released people affiliated with the group al-Qaida in Iraq, the precursor to Islamic State. Tareq al-Fayed, a Jordanian political activist close to the Salafist movement mentioned Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who was caught trying to blow herself up in a failed suicide bombing during a wedding...
  • Putin to push trade in Turkey despite disagreement on Syria

    11/29/2014 11:09:03 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Tulay Karadeniz and Gabriela Baczynska
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey on Monday will have trade and energy issues at its heart, but is not expected to bridge deep differences over Syria and Crimea. The two issues have tested a relationship usually kept on track by mutual economic advantage: Russia is Turkey's main energy supplier, and Ankara is Moscow's second biggest trade partner after Germany. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has strongly criticized Russia's backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And Turkey has strong links with the Muslim Tatar population of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. With Erdogan and Putin set to...
  • Putin Promises to Support Turkey in Cyprus

    01/25/2006 5:17:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Zaman ^ | January 24, 2006
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated the country's request to Russian leader Vlamidir Putin during a telephone conversation to increase its gas supply following a drop in the supply of natural gas from Iran. In response to Erdogan's request, Putin promised to help Turkey despite the drastic seasonal conditions in Russia. The Russian leader also invited Turkish President Ahmed Necdet Sezer to Russia. Asking Russia to give full support to Turkey on Cyprus, the Turkish prime minister emphasized, "Turkey continues to support the scaled solution efforts as part of the United Nations good will mission." Erdogan requested support from...
  • Putin to Take Concrete Steps to Support Turkish Cyprus

    07/19/2005 2:14:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Zaman ^ | July 20, 2005 | Mirza Cetinkaya
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said economic isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) should be ended. Putin has signaled for concrete steps to be taken in this regard. Russian President hosting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an "honorary guest" in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi noted, the "meaningless" embargo imposed on TRNC must be lifted and his country will have direct contacts with both the Turkish and Greek Cypriot societies on the island. The two leaders emphasized their opinions overlapped on many issues. "The first thing we must do is to solve the problem...
  • Russian Leader Putin: Isolation of Turkish Cypriots is not Fair

    01/12/2005 1:08:11 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 604+ views
    Turkish Weekly ^ | 12 January 2005
    A surprising support came from Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Cyprus Issue. ''We do not think that the economic isolation of northern Cypriots is fair,'' Putin told visiting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan at a gathering in Moscow attended by reporters. Putin argued "economic relations with the Turkish Cypriots should be developed". Putin declared that Russian federation would support a UN settlement in Cyprus. “Cyprus was a sensitive issue and therefore must be treated carefully” added Putin. Putin and Erdogan answered questions of the press in President Hotel. ''With regard to our future position, we will support the plan of...
  • As World Turns Its Back on Israel, a Surprising Ally Emerges in India

    12/24/2014 7:58:41 PM PST · by cold start · 23 replies
    BreakingIsraelNews ^ | 23rd December 2014 | Lea Speyer
    Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meets with Narenda Modi in New York City on September 28, 2014. (Photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO) With the EU moving farther away from its traditional support of Israel, it seems as if the Jewish state is finding a new ally in an uncommon place. According to The Hindu newspaper, India is considering moving away from supporting the Palestinian cause at the UN, Indian government sources said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking to move his foreign policies regarding the Palestinians to a state of abstention, the two sources claimed. “Like other foreign policy issues, the Modi...
  • How Turkey Went Bad

    12/24/2014 11:36:17 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | 12/13/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    Only twelve years ago, the Republic of Turkey was correctly seen as a stalwart NATO ally, the model of a pro-Western Muslim state, and a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. A strong military bond with the Pentagon undergirded broader economic and cultural ties with Americans. For those of us who work on the Middle East, time in Istanbul, Ankara, and other Turkish cities was a refreshing oasis from the turmoil of the region. And then, starting with the still-astonishing election of 2002, the country dramatically changed course. Slowly at first and then with increasing velocity since mid-2011, the...
  • Bachmann: Obama embraced 'agenda of Islamic jihad'

    12/24/2014 5:22:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/24/14 | David McCabe
    Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says President Obama has embraced the “agenda of Islamic jihad” at every turn. “I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad,” she said in an interview released Wednesday with "Washington Watch," a radio show produced by the socially conservative Family Research Council. Bachmann criticized the president for writing to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to encourage a deal on Tehran's nuclear program....
  • French President won't add Hezbollah to EU terror list

    07/29/2002 9:45:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 99+ views
    Ha'aretz Daily ^ | 7/29/02 | Aluf Benn
    French President Jacques Chirac rejected Monday Israel's request to add Hezbollah to the European Union's list of terror organizations. Chirac told Foreign Minister Shimon Peres that the Hezbollah had a political-social branch that fulfills a "social mission in Lebanon." Chirac said that it is not clear whether denouncing the organization will benefit Israel, because such a denouncement would strengthen Hezbollah and weaken the central government in Beirut. During his meeting with Peres, the president raised the "anti-France campaign" he says is being held in the United States, presenting France as an anti-Semitic country. Peres said that there has been a...
  • Report: France Urged Israel to Hit Syria

    03/18/2007 2:34:12 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 24 replies · 1,072+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 18, 2007 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    French President Jacques Chirac told Israel at the start of the war in Lebanon that France would support an Israeli assault on Syria, it was reported on Sunday. Army Radio reported that in the message, which was delivered by Chirac to Israel via a secret channel, the French president suggested that Israel invade Damascus and topple the regime of Bashar Assad. In exchange, Chirac assured Israel full French support for the war. According to the message delivered from Paris, Syria was responsible for the flare up in the North and encouraged Hizbullah to attack. "Former prime minister Ariel Sharon had...
  • Casting a Paul on American Strength: In defense and foreign policy, Rand Paul is a menace.

    04/21/2014 6:27:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2014 | Quin Hilyer
    Again and again, conservatives have cut Senator Rand Paul at least some slack when his pronouncements have moved in the realm of, but not fully shared, his father’s nuttiness on foreign affairs. It’s almost as if some nuttiness of his own was allowable as long as it didn’t go as far as his father’s did. But just about every fortnight or so, a new Rand Paul speech or a newly resurfaced old video or news report shows not only that the senator is dangerously neo-isolationist and militarily penurious, but that he is also bizarrely spiteful toward those who disagree. Worse,...
  • Rand Paul Defends President Obama From Dick Cheney

    06/20/2014 12:02:44 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/20/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) defended President Obama from former vice president Dick Cheney’s critiques of his policy in Iraq, saying that he faults Cheney and the rest of President George W. Bush’s team for launching an invasion of Iraq that ultimately strengthened Iran. “What’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama,” Paul told NBC’s David Gregory. “But I do blame the Iraq War on the chaos that is in the Middle East. I also blame those who were for the Iraq war for emboldening Iran.”
  • Rand Paul clarifies: No containment on Iran

    04/17/2014 7:40:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 16 at 1:29 pm | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is out with another clarification of his foreign policy positions, saying unequivocally in a Washington Post op-ed that he is against a strategy of containment when it comes to Iran.Asked Sunday about his 2012 vote against a bill that would have prevented a policy of containment -- that is, allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons programs but keeping tabs on them -- Paul said all options should be left on the table. (Paul was the lone vote against the legislation.)That led some to say that the potential 2016 presidential candidate was open to...
  • Rand Paul: I don’t think we should impose new Iran sanctions while negotiations are ongoing

    02/01/2014 5:57:04 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Think Progress, this one’s a few days old but worth noting belatedly. Skip to 4:25 for the key bit. Three weeks ago, this would have been a big deal legislatively. Rumors were swirling at the time that the Senate had 67 votes — a veto-proof majority — to slam Iran with a new round of sanctions that would, in theory, pressure them to faithfully carry out their obligations under the Geneva nuclear deal. The Iranians countered that new sanctions would be a dealbreaker; Obama threatened to veto them if they passed, but 67 votes would mean taking the pen...
  • Sliding oil prices leave socialist Venezuela on brink of financial collapse

    12/24/2014 5:01:35 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | Guy Taylor
    The ongoing plunge in global oil prices is pushing Venezuela toward economic collapse just as President Nicolas Maduro — the hand-picked successor to the late socialist Hugo Chavez — faces mounting international criticism for jailing opposition figures after months of street protests. Where Chavez once drew praise from the world’s leftist elite for using the high price of crude oil during the 2000s to underwrite a socialist revolution, a growing number of analysts in Washington say Mr. Maduro is clinging to power in a country on the edge of becoming a failed state. Venezuela still boasts some of the world’s...
  • Ya'alon: Hamas rebuilding defensive tunnels; Israel looking for new digging of offensive tunnels

    12/24/2014 4:38:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Defense minister: In north, Hezbollah remains deterred, and Free Syrian Army-linked groups are preventing radical Islamists from approaching our border. gaza tunnel A Palestinian tunnel in Gaza. . (photo credit:REUTERS) Hamas has begun to reconstruct its network of tunnels within Gaza, and Israel is watching for signs it is working on cross-border attack tunnels as well, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Tuesday. Under no circumstances will Israelis have to get used to a “drizzle of rockets” anywhere, “not in the North and not in the South,” Ya’alon vowed. Israel retaliated for Friday’s Gazan rocket attack on the Eshkol region...
  • Why there are so many kooky conspiracy theories about oil

    12/24/2014 4:50:47 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2014 | Chris Mooney
    The sudden, dramatic drop in oil prices has changed the world almost overnight. Russia's facing an economic crisis, and U.S. consumers are saving a fortune at the pump. The reasons for the sudden swing are not particularly glamorous: They involve factors like supply and demand, oil companies having invested heavily in exploration several years ago to produce a glut of oil that has now hit the market -- and then, perhaps, the "lack of cohesion" among the diverse members of OPEC. But now, right on cue, out come the conspiracy theorists — including Vladimir Putin — to tell us what's...
  • A "Crude" Approach to Evaluating the US Oil Export Ban

    12/24/2014 5:24:19 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/23/2014 | Michael Maher
    With the U.S. experiencing a period of rapidly increasing production of light tight oil (LTO) and Gulf Coast refining configurations geared toward processing medium and heavy crude, a growing chorus is calling for the end of the ban on US crude exports. The concern is, due to the medium/heavy orientation of the US refining sector, LTO will continue to be sold at a discount to foreign light oil prices (Brent). This discount will grow as increased LTO production is faced with growing refining bottlenecks and, eventually, will restrict LTO production in the U.S. Moreover, the issue becomes even more relevant...
  • Valerie Plame proves she is a big phony

    12/23/2014 6:48:01 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember when Valerie Plame was the poster girl for Bush and Cheney-haters? A desk jockey at the CIA with some flowing blonde hair claim to glamour (in terms of image exploitation, a Wendy Davis-like figure), Plame was supposedly endangered when her name was supposedly leaked by someone in the Bush administration, supposedly in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s criticism of Iraq War policy.
  • Iran rules out friendship with Washington, nuclear deal or not

    12/23/2014 10:10:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/24/2014 02:35 | Michael Wilner
    Congress will be so disappointed: A comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the West will not lead to a larger rapprochement between Tehran and Washington, according to one senior Iranian official. Iran and the US “can behave in a way that they do not use their energy against each other,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, told the Financial Times on Monday in his first interview with international press. “Everything will depend on the honesty of the Americans in the nuclear talks,” he said. “We will not die if there is no agreement, and we will not...
  • Iran’s IRGC 'Massacring' Iraqi Sunnis It 'Saves' from ISIS

    12/22/2014 12:19:34 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/21/2014, 6:50 PM | Mark Langfan
    Iraq’s Grand Mufti accuses IRGC, Iraqi government, Shiite militias of genocide and rape of Sunnis they 'liberated' from ISIS In an explosive TV interview aired last week, Iraq’s Grand Mufti Rafi Al-Rifa’i, the highest Sunni authority in the country, accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Iraqi government, and Iraqi Shiite militias of mass genocidal killings and rape of Sunni men and women from Iraqi towns and villages “liberated” from ISIS (Islamic State). Mufti Al-Rifa’i posed the unanswerable question, “Why should we fight ISIS? So the Iranian IRGC can take over? The same Iranian IRGC that is running operations...
  • Saudi Arabia: We'll never cut oil production {OPEC really dead?}

    12/22/2014 5:28:28 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 22, 2014 | John Defterios
    In an exclusive interview with CNN, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi also said he wasn't conspiring to take out rival producers by driving down the price. "These rumors or whoever generated them, is completely mistaken," he said. U.S. crude prices have slumped by nearly 50% in six months, the sharpest fall for many years. That has unsettled stock markets, accelerated a financial crisis in Russia, raised the risk that Venezuela will default and forced some U.S. producers to shed jobs and scale back investment. Depending on which conspiracy theory you subscribe to, Saudi Arabia is waging an oil price war...
  • Create a New Kurdistan and Destabilize Iran (Part III)

    09/07/2014 10:20:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Larry Kelley
    The U.S. now needs a free and stable ally in Kurdistan which can supply basing rights, intelligence, logistical support, and trained military personnel to successfully prosecute this new phase in the West’s war with militant Islam. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently held a Pentagon briefing regarding the threat posed by IS (Islamic State), a threat once dismissed by Obama, as “junior varsity.” “This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision, which will eventually have to be defeated,” Dempsey said. Hagel characterized the Islamic State as “beyond...
  • VIDEO: Turning the tide against ISIS on the Kurdish frontier

    12/22/2014 12:24:05 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 1 Hour ago
    VIDEO: Turning the tide against ISIS on the Kurdish frontier
  • Iraqi Kurd Fighters Take Sinjar Back From ISIS

    12/21/2014 11:40:43 PM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 21, 2014| | Anugrah Kumar
    Iraqi Kurd Fighters Take Sinjar Back From ISIS (Photo: Reuters/Azad Lashkari) A convoy of Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive through Arbil after leaving a base in northern Iraq, on their way to the Syrian town of Kobani, October 28, 2014. By Anugrah Kumar December 21, 2014|9:38 am Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have announced that they've taken the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar back from Islamic State militants in a battle months after tens of thousands of minority Yazidis had to flee their homes while others remained trapped after the town's capture by the terrorists.The Kurd soldiers, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, Saturday reached...
  • The Syrian Army Is Shrinking, And Assad Is Running Out Of Soldiers

    12/21/2014 11:44:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | December 17, 2014 | Alessandria MasI
    When the U.S. launched an airstrike campaign in Syria to “degrade and destroy” the so-called Islamic State, some were concerned that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would indirectly benefit from the destruction rained down on its enemies by America and its allies. Now, nearly three months later, Assad is desperate for manpower to maintain control in areas where pro-regime support is dwindling. U.S. airstrikes, concentrated in areas with a heavy Islamic State presence, have allowed Assad to reallocate some resources, but his army is facing a huge problem: It's running out of soldiers. Ground forces have shrunk from...
  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/21/2014 8:57:14 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 122 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/20/2014 | AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV – Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow...