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  • Investigators: Soldier shot terrorist due to 'twisted ideology'

    04/30/2016 1:08:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/4/16
    "A 'twisted ideology' drove an Israeli soldier to fatally shoot a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay subdued in the road," the US news site Vice claims, based on a classified IDF report on the recent incident. "A few seconds before the attack, few seconds before the attack, as came up in the investigation with Sergeant M, (Azariya) told him that 'a terrorist that wounded their friend needs to die," the site reported, adding that "Sergeant M tried to calm the soldier down telling him, 'Relax, our wounded friend will be just fine.'" Despite this, Azariya still shot...
  • Storming of the barricades: Hundreds of Shia protesters invade Baghdad's Green Zone, tearing down th

    04/30/2016 10:43:22 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 4/30/16 | DailyMail
    Hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad's Green Zone and broke into the Iraqi parliament building. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district, known as the Green Zone, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: 'The cowards ran away!' in apparent reference to departing lawmakers before breaking into the parliament building. The staggering scenes came after Sadr denounced Iraq's politicians' for their failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.
  • Russia: US deployment violates Syria's sovereignty

    04/30/2016 6:07:05 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 11 replies
    dw.com ^ | 4/29/16
    A Russian official has criticized Washington's lack of authorization from Syria to deploy troops. The UN warned Damascus and Moscow of increased violence against civilians after a hospital was bombed, leaving 30 dead. Moscow sees the deployment of an additional 250 US military personnel in Syria as an affront to Damascus' territorial sovereignty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's state-owned TASS news agency on Friday. "If we are talking from the position of the foreign minister, we - of course - cannot not be concerned over the fact that the US carries out such actions without coordination with...
  • Can 250 more U.S. troops make a difference in Syria?

    04/29/2016 11:54:56 AM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 14 replies
    Keyvan Salami
    One day after declaring there is no military solution to Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama recently announced the deployment of 250 more special operations forces for the fight against Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS). This new troop deployment will be missioned to advise and assist local fighters, and beef up 50 other such troops on a similar mission in the past few months. This move comes after an escalation of violence in the strategic city of Aleppo where the Assad regime has intensified its lethal airstrikes, bringing a drastic end to the UN-brokered cessation...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Assad siege of Aleppo could be 'imminent,' experts warn

    04/28/2016 7:01:05 PM PDT · by Fhios · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/28/2016 | George Russell
    ... If Syria’s largest city is surrounded by government troops, the strategic situation in Syria could change very rapidly for the worse, not only for Syrians, but also for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—and for the Obama Administration, which has banked heavily on the crumbling peace talks to end five years of civil war and an expanding presence for ISIS amid the chaos. The encirclement would also be a major strategic advance for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn his forces in Syria, but has also been helping the Assad regime conduct more focused military operations under a two-month...
  • Obama-Netanyahu Rift Impedes U.S. Offer of Record Aid Deal for Israel

    04/29/2016 7:20:18 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/28/16 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    President Obama has proposed granting Israel the largest package of military aid ever provided by the United States to another nation, but he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain deeply at odds over a figure for the assistance despite months of negotiations. American officials have balked as their Israeli counterparts insisted on more generous terms for a new 10-year military aid package that could top $40 billion. The divide, which could have broad national security implications for both the United States and Israel, is exacerbated by the pent-up animosity between Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu, which has been stoked by...
  • Obama Admin Dodges Congressional Inquiry Into Illicit Iranian Missile Tests

    04/28/2016 7:01:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/28/16 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is dodging a congressional inquiry into its refusal to designate recent Iranian ballistic missile tests as a violation of an international statute barring such tests, prompting frustration on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who accuse the administration of breaking past promises to enforce the missile ban, according to recent communications sent by the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Lawmakers launched an investigation earlier this month into what they describe as Obama administration efforts to mislead Congress about the nature of last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement. The administration’s refusal to say that Iran’s missile tests...
  • Labour head's charity funds Palestinian terror incitement (UK)

    04/28/2016 11:17:10 AM PDT · by Lera · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/28/2016 | Ari Yashar
    Interpal - outlawed group heavily backed by Jeremy Corbyn - exposed funding Gaza festival in which 7-year-old girl 'stabs Jews.' An horrific children's play in which a seven-year-old Palestinian girl "stabbed Jews" took place at a recent event partly funded by Interpal, a UK charity supported by Labour party head Jeremy Corbyn and MPs of his party, reports the UK Daily Mail on Thursday. Footage of the play, in which the girl pretends to stab two boys dressed as IDF soldiers who "shoot" her before a boy in a mask "shoots" them back with a toy semi-automatic weapon, was aired...
  • Iran discovers shale oil reserves

    04/28/2016 12:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | April 28, 2016 | Azer News
    Energy-rich Iran, which is the fourth country in the world for its proven oil reserves of 158 billion barrels, has discovered shale oil reserves in the Lorestan Province. This was announced by the Director of Center for Exploration and Production at the country’s Oil Ministry, Mohammad Reza Kamali on April 25. The project of studying the shale reserves is completed by 47 percent, he said, adding that the studies, conducted in cooperation with German RWTH Aachen University prove the existence of significant reserves of shale oil in Lorestan Province. However, Kamali did not disclose whether Iran plans to extract shale...
  • UN Security Council to informally discuss international protection for Palestinians

    04/27/2016 9:23:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 4/27/16 | Tova Lazaroff
    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will discuss providing international protection for Palestinians during an informal May 6 meeting, PLO Ambassador to the UN in New York Riyad Mansour said on Wednesday. “We would like to see an international force to separate between us and the Israeli occupying authorities,” Mansour said. Such a step is not feasible at this time, so it is possible for the UNSC to take a smaller step to help the Palestinians, he said. “Now the security council is beginning the discussion,” Mansour told reporters. The Palestinians have persistently called for the UNSC to hold a...
  • White House blasts Cotton for failed amendment on Iran nuclear deal

    04/27/2016 7:17:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/27/16 | Dave Boyer
    After Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas failed Wednesday in a bid to restrict President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the White House decided to give the lawmaker a kick in the pants for good measure. Referring to Mr. Cotton’s amendment to stop the U.S. from purchasing heavy water used by Iran in nuclear production, White House press secretary said, “Senator Cotton is certainly no expert when it comes to heavy water. I’m confident that he couldn’t differentiate heavy water from sparkling water.” He said Mr. Cotton is focused “on undermining the effective implementation of this agreement that prevents Iran...
  • Gov. McCrory Rejects Obama Admin’s Request to Reverse Iran Sanctions

    04/27/2016 5:55:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Pat McCrory ^ | 4/26/16
    Today, Governor Pat McCrory rejected the Obama administration’s request for North Carolina to reverse its state-imposed ban on investments in Iran “Under President Obama’s questionable Iran deal, billions have already been paid or released to Iran’s regime with little to show for it,” said Governor McCrory. “So long as I am governor, North Carolina will not subsidize a regime which remains the world’s lead sponsor of terrorism. It’s time for Washington, D.C. to put the safety, security and best interests of North Carolinians and Americans first Last year, Governor McCrory signed the bipartisan Iran Divestment Act of 2015, which prohibited...
  • Trump on foreign policy: Iran deal allowed it to become a ´great power´ at Israel´s expense

    04/27/2016 11:12:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/27/16 | Staff
    Republican front-runner Donald Trump said in his first future foreign policy speech on Wednesday that if elected president in November he would make US allies bear more of the financial burden for their defense, and be tougher on Iran, which has become a "great power" at Israel´s expense. In a major speech, Trump said that as president he would "shake the rust off America´s foreign policy" and rebuild the US military. Trump criticized the US´ relationship with its allies under the Obama administration, saying: "Our friends cannot depend on us. We have had a president who bows to our enemies...
  • Poll: Overwhelming majority of Palestinians support terror

    04/26/2016 5:09:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16
    The overwhelming majority of young Palestinians believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved through negotiations. A poll of Palestinian youth, defined as ages 16-30, published Monday by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center depicts a community that is socially conservative, supports violence against Israel, is skeptical about its leadership and opposes the Islamic State. It also shows significantly greater support for violence among Palestinians in the Gaza Strip than among those in Judea and Samaria While 47.4 percent of youths in Judea and Samaria oppose stabbing attacks, 78.6 percent of Gaza youths support them, according to the poll. In addition,...
  • UK: Muslim MP Calling for Israel to be ‘Relocated’ to U.S.

    04/27/2016 8:27:04 AM PDT · by Lera · 13 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | April 26, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    slamic Jew-hatred - it's in the Quran. Is this surprising? No. And it's proof of the nefarious convergence of leftism and antisemitism. Labour is left. Interesting note: it was a blogger who discovered the hate-filled post. Bloggers are doing the work the media won't. "Labour MP forced to resign after calling for Israel to be 'relocated' to the US," By Greg Heffer, Political Reporter, The Express, April 26, 2016: A LABOUR MP has been forced to resign her role as an aide to shadow chancellor John McDonnell after supporting calls for Israel to be 'relocated' to the United States. Labour...
  • Russia restarts bombings targeting Syrian opposition, US officer says

    04/26/2016 2:35:40 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2016 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russia has resumed bombing moderate opposition fighters in Syria, a U.S. military officer from Baghdad told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. "We have seen them begin operations again in that region," Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten, the U.S.-led coalition's deputy commander for operations and intelligence, told Fox News. President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin last week asking him to help "press" Syria to end its airstrikes, according to a White House statement. The strikes appeared to violate the ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in February. "The two leaders committed to intensify their efforts to shore...
  • State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch

    04/26/2016 1:17:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 49 replies
    Judical Watch ^ | 4/26/2016 | Judical Watch
    (Washington, DC) – The Obama State Department last week admitted it withheld a key Benghazi email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Judicial Watch since at least September 2014. If the State Department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton’s email server and her hidden emails would have been disclosed nearly two years ago, before Clinton authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands of emails. The developments come in a July 2014 Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records related to the drafting and use of the Benghazi talking points (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of...
  • anti-Semitic storm: Muslim MP suggested Israel should be moved to US [tr]

    04/26/2016 9:10:14 AM PDT · by pabianice · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/25/16 | Sculthorpe
    Labour in fresh anti-Semitic storm: Muslim MP quits as aide to John McDonnell after sharing toxic Facebook post which suggested Israel should be moved to US Naz Shah today apologised for 'offence caused' by her Facebook post The Bradford West MP shared the claim and added supportive comments The post was made in 2014 before Ms Shah became an MP in the Commons Labour has been rocked by a series of anti-Semitism rows in recent weeks Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly urged to speak out clearly against abuse Labour MP Naz Shah today apologised and quit as an aide to John McDonnell...
  • US to give Israel 'largest military aid package in history'

    04/26/2016 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 4/26/2016, 9:55 AM | David Rosenberg
    The White House is reportedly planning to accept Israeli demands for increased military aid, following pressure by the US Senate to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding laying out US support to Israel for the next decade. With the current Memorandum of Understanding set to expire in 2018, Israel has been pressuring the White House to enlarge the annual aid package from $3.1 billion to between $4-4.5 billion. Israel has stated that it must increase its military spending to cope with growing threats from ISIS and the Iranian regime following last year’s nuclear deal. …
  • Terror ties of BDS backers revealed

    04/26/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16 | David Rosenberg
    While the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has done little to hide its malicious anti-Israel hatred, the movement hitherto has succeeded in maintaining the appearance of legitimacy, presenting itself as the peaceful alternative to terrorism. Despite rhetoric which pro-Israel activists have noted signals a rejection of Jewish statehood per se and draws upon the kind of terrorist propaganda disseminated by Hamas and the PLO, no clear link tying BDS to supporters of terror organizations could be found. Last week, however, a former terrorism finance analyst for the US Treasury Department offered testimony to congress suggesting connections between the BDS movement...
  • How many more Lies are we Really Willing to Accept from our Politicians?

    04/26/2016 7:02:24 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 31 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | April 26, 2016 | Wallace Bruschweiler & William Palumbo
    By Wallace Bruschweiler and William Palumbo The lies from this administration are well-known and numerous. Among only some of the most infamous: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. ISIS is a non-threat, the “JV team.” The economy is in great shape after years of sustained recovery, and unemployment is at a de minimis 5%. Daily life over the past seven and a half years and the six o’clock news will relieve you of these fictions. The Barack Hussein Obama administration’s deceit is deployed deliberately to assuage our deepest fears concerning the state of our country and...
  • The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Killed Doha

    04/25/2016 11:46:55 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-04-2016 | Captain Hook
    Saudi Arabia single-handedly scuttled the Doha meeting, knowing all along that Iran would not participate, with a valid reason. The Russians and others agreed to proceed without Iran, planning to include them at a later date. So if everything was known beforehand, why did the Saudi’s pour cold water on the aspirations of the remaining members, risking its alienation from Russia and the OPEC community? Was it simply Saudi enmity toward Iran? Not exactly. Upon closer scrutiny, we can find the Saudi masterstroke behind Doha. It is well known that Saudi Arabia is heavily dependent on oil revenues, and that...
  • Israelis optimistic Obama's successor will be more pro-Israel

    04/25/2016 7:55:26 AM PDT · by Lera · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/25/2016 | David Rosenberg
    Poll shows Israelis give mixed marks on Trump and Hillary, believe next president will be better for Israel than Obama. While neither party has settled on a nominee, and with the Republican nomination process still very much in the air, Israelis are certain about one thing - the next President of the United States cannot be worse than Barack Obama. According to a TNS Teleseker poll publicized on Sunday, Israelis are generally optimistic that President Obama's successor will be better for Israel than the incumbent, whose pursuit of the Iran nuclear deal and diplomatic dust-ups with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin...
  • Report: Iran looks to deploy Hamas in the battle to liberate Mosul from ISIS

    04/25/2016 8:24:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 4/22/16 | MAAYAN GROISMAN
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guards plan to deploy Hamas forces in the battle for Iraq's second biggest city, Mosul, which has been controlled by ISIS since June 2014, the London-based Arab daily a-Sharq al-Awsat reported Sunday. According to the report, Hamas forces would fight for Mosul's liberation alongside Hezbollah fighters and the Shi'ite Houthi militias which are currently struggling in Yemen against the Sunni coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia. Located in northern Iraq, Mosul is a cultural heritage asset for Iran, due to the slew of holy Shi'ite sites located in the city, such as al-Qubba al-Husseniya mosque,...
  • Israeli Anti-Tunnel System Could Put End To Smugglers, Migrants From Mexico

    04/25/2016 7:32:05 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 23 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 24 Apr 2016 | Deborah Danan
    TEL AVIV – The U.S. is cosponsoring an Israeli-invented tunnel detection system that could prevent drug smugglers and illegal migrants from cross-border passage with Mexico, ISRAEL21c reported. The technology, which is being heralded as the underground Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, was behind the IDF’s recent discovery of a 1.5 mile-long Hamas terror tunnel from Gaza and into Israeli territory. The U.S. has earmarked $120 million over the next three years to help develop the system, the Financial Times reported. Meanwhile, other anti-infiltration innovations include a counter-tunnel barrier along the Israel-Gaza border that “will also feature a state-of-the-art fence, complete...
  • UNREAL: Russia FIRES on Israel…

    04/23/2016 6:32:30 PM PDT · by Lera · 17 replies
    AllenBWest.com ^ | April 23, 2016 | Allen West
    Back in August 2011, I was part of a Congressional delegation weeklong visit to Israel. One of the special parts of this visit, which included our spouses, was to sit with Prime Minister Netanyahu in his cabinet room and discuss Middle East security policy. It was there -- and I will never forget -- that PM Netanyahu very presciently warned we should not consent to a complete withdrawal of our military footprint from Iraq. He strenuously conveyed to us there would be a vacuum created and who -- or what -- would fill that void could be very dangerous. And...
  • Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president

    04/15/2016 7:41:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 15 at 9:30 AM | Rick Noack
    Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president By Rick Noack April 15 at 9:30 AM German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan Böhmermann, whose poem mocking Turkey's president has become the centerpiece of a clash between Germany's free-speech traditions and the government's efforts to safeguard its important relations with Turkey. In a news conference Friday, Merkel emphasized that it will now be up to German courts to decide whether Böhmermann is guilty of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But critics — including members of her own government —...
  • German Comic In Turkish President Erdogan's Satire Row Suspends TV Show

    04/17/2016 7:24:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    | Agence France-Presse ^ | April 17, 2016
    A German comedian whose satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unleashed a bitter row about freedom of speech has decided to suspend his own TV show, he announced on his Facebook page on Saturday. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday authorised criminal proceedings sought by Turkey against the popular comic Jan Boehmermann who could be convicted under the rarely-enforced section 103 of the criminal code -- insulting organs or representatives of foreign states. Merkel's decision has appalled rights bodies such as Human Rights Watch which on Saturday called on the German authorities to defend freedom of speech "even...
  • Germany bows to 'emerging Adolf Hitler of the Middle East'

    04/24/2016 6:33:52 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 4/23/2016 | Joel Richardson
    Erdogan Germany has a well-known period in its history where it gave in to a dictator. Things didn’t work out so well for a lot of people. Now there’s another dictator exerting his influence, apparently. This time, the dictator is from Turkey. New York Times bestselling author and Christian evangelist Joel Richardson blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for approving a criminal probe against German comedian Jan Böhmermann. The satirist’s supposed crime is reading a satirical poem about Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Richardson, who highlights the plight of Middle Eastern Christians in his new documentary “Global Jesus Revolution,” said...
  • First, Let’s Get the Facts on Saudis and Iranian Involvement in 9/11

    04/24/2016 5:22:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    The 9/11 attacks were not civil torts. They were acts of war. It is important to keep that fact in the front of our minds as we press for long-overdue disclosure of evidence linking the Saudi Arabian government to the mass murder of nearly 3,000 Americans, to say nothing of the even more overdue investigation of Iran’s contributory role — an investigation that should have been in high gear immediately after the planes struck their targets. Over the years in these pages, we have catalogued the damage done to national security by regarding international terrorism as a mere law-enforcement problem...
  • Where UNESCO and ISIS Converge

    04/23/2016 5:57:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    Last month, UNESCO’s director general Irina Bokova issued a statement congratulating Russian- backed Syrian forces for liberating the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State (ISIS). Bokova said Palmyra “carries the memory of the Syrian people, and the values of cultural diversity, tolerance and openness that have made this region a cradle of civilization.” Bokova added, “The deliberate destruction of heritage is a war crime, and UNESCO will do everything in its power to document the damage so that these crimes do not go unpunished. I wish to remind all parties present of the absolute necessity to preserve this unique...
  • Bipartisan Push on to Oppose 9/11 Bill

    04/22/2016 9:47:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 9 replies
    RollCall.com ^ | 19 April 2016 | John T. Bennett
    A Senate bill that would allow families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudi government has achieved a rare Washington distinction, by uniting the Obama administration and some of its fiercest GOP critics. President Barack Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are rallying to kill the bipartisan plan that would make it possible for American citizens to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said the plan should be reviewed through regular order before decisions are made about advancing the measure. White House Press...
  • U.S. To Buy Heavy Water From Iran’s Nuclear Program

    04/22/2016 3:58:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/22/16
    The United States will buy heavy water from Iran’s nuclear program and expects it to be delivered within weeks, U.S. officials said on Friday, a move that Republican lawmakers quickly criticized. The U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, will buy 32 metric tonnes of heavy water from Iran worth $8.6 million, a department spokeswoman said. Heavy water is a component of making nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, that is not radioactive. Under last year’s landmark nuclear deal between Iran, the United States and five other world powers, Tehran is responsible for reducing its stock of heavy water, which it can...
  • Great Lengths Taken to Conceal Identity of Harvard Law Anti-Semite Who Called Tzipi Livni 'Smelly'

    04/22/2016 7:58:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 4/22/16 | Tiffany Gabbay
    t seems a concerted effort is under way to conceal the identity of the Harvard law student who hurled anti-Semitic epithets at Israel's former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during her recent address at the university. During the question and answer session at her speaking engagement, someone identified merely as "the president of a student organization," invoked an age-old anti-Semitic slur, asking Livni, "how is it that you are so smelly?” He then repeated the question: "A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I was just wondering." CanaryMission.org notes that great lengths are being taken...
  • Palestine—France Embarks On Flight Of Fancy

    04/22/2016 4:10:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/22/16 | David Singer
    Pushing the 2002 Arab Initiative whilst ignoring the 2004 Bush-Congress Initiative is destined to become an exercise in futility and certain failure The announcement by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault that France will host a meeting of ministers from 20 countries in Paris on May 30 to try and relaunch the Israel-Palestinian peace process seems to be yet another flight of fancy that is destined to end up where the Oslo Accords and the Bush Roadmap presently find themselves after decades of fruitless negotiations. Who those 20 countries are that will attend such a meeting will make fascinating reading.
  • Republicans accuse Obama administration of back door in Iran sanctions fight

    04/22/2016 4:34:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/22/16 | Karoun Demirjian
    House Republicans are doubling down against the White House in a campaign to prevent Iran from doing business in U.S. dollars, the latest political spat between them and the Obama administration over implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) introduced a measure this week to make denying Iran access to dollars a hard-and-fast law, while GOP leaders have issued near-daily condemnations of the administration for not promising more forcefully that Iran won’t find a backdoor to the U.S.-based financial system. “If President Obama won’t rule out new concessions to the Iranian regime, Congress...
  • Prince Of Beheading Champ Saudi Arabia Calls Trump "Disgrace To America"

    12/11/2015 12:12:45 PM PST · by amorphous · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    You know you've 'made it' when the prince of one of the world's biggest human rights abuser (and leading 'beheader') nations calls you a "disgrace to America."
  • Netanyahu: I'm in Moscow with Israel Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel for a meeting with Putin.

    04/21/2016 11:42:02 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 41 replies
    https://twitter.com/netanyahu ^ | 6:10 AM - 21 Apr 2016 | Benjamin Netanyahu ‏@netanyahu
    I'm in Moscow with Israel Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. pic.twitter.com/hfiUetOdcy— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) April 21, 2016
  • Obama in Riyadh: Iran nuclear deal sign of 'strength, not weakness'

    04/21/2016 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/21/16 | Susan Crabtree
    President Obama vigorously defended his nuclear negotiations at the end of a summit of Persian Gulf state leaders and a rocky visit to Saudi Arabia aimed at reassuring the anxious ally and seeking more support for the fight against the Islamic State. While the president acknowledged Saudi concern that the United States should not be "naïve" when dealing with Iran, he cited previous presidents' willingness to engage in talks with Russia during the height of the Cold War as models to follow. "John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan still negotiated with the Soviet Union even when the Soviet Union was...
  • A 1979 Time Magazine Article about Islam

    04/21/2016 12:14:54 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/21/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Media spins Islam then and now: Sharia Law, our U.S. Constitution are not compatible. Moral relativism, tolerance to the point of ignorance will result in national suicide “We Muslims are one family even though we live under different governments and in various regions.” —Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of Iran’s revolution Thirty-seven years ago, Time magazine dedicated its cover to “Islam, The Militant Revival,” and published a lengthy article, “The World of Islam,” in which John A. Meyer wrote, “We want to examine Islam’s resurgence, not simply as another faith but as a political force and potent third ideology competing with...
  • Republicans want Obama to rule out Iran's access to dollar

    04/21/2016 10:06:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2016 12:51 PM EDT | Richard Lardner
    House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling on the Obama administration to rule out the possibility Iran will be given access to the dollar and the U.S. financial system. The Wisconsin Republican on Thursday criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for leaving the door open for Tehran to score what he describes as an unprecedented economic windfall as part of sanctions relief from the landmark nuclear deal. Administration officials have said repeatedly Iran will not get access to the dollar. …
  • Cotton Puts His Foot Down on Iran Deal

    04/21/2016 7:31:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/21/16 | Lee Smith
    Yesterday Sen. Tom Cotton moved to block confirmation of an Obama nominee for an important post at the Department of Treasury. Adam Szubin was nominated last year to fill the position of Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes, and when the Democratic Senator from Ohio Sherrod Brown pressed for a vote yesterday, the Republican from Arkansas spoke out. Cotton believes that the White House has lied to and continues to lie to the representatives of the American people about the Iran nuclear deal, specifically right now about letting Iran have access to the dollar, which the White House said...
  • Backlash grows over Obama’s Iran concession

    04/20/2016 2:49:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM | Jennifer Rubin
    The Obama administration’s hint that it was considering allowing Iran to access directly or indirectly U.S. dollars drew furious, negative reaction from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) denounced the effort and called for the administration to reaffirm definitively its explicit promise that barriers to Iran’s accessing dollars would remain in place. “Our concern is that there are at least four workarounds to provide Iran with access to the dollar, including dollar-denominated transactions, dollar-clearing, dollar-based conversions, and dollar-related foreign currency transactions,” he said. “Here’s the bottom line: The administration should definitively rule out any potential...
  • Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President

    04/20/2016 2:13:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President Adam Kredo April 20, 2016 4:06 pm President Barack Obama has sent two letters to senior Iranian leaders in recent months requesting a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to Persian language reports recently translated by a Middle East research organization. “President Obama asked to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in two secret letters sent in late March to both Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani,” according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, which translated a Farsi-language report published Tuesday by a website affiliated with Iran’s...
  • Germany to consider stripping IS fighters of citizenship: document

    04/20/2016 2:29:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:06pm EDT | (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Andrew Roche)
    Germany’s ruling coalition plans to look into stripping Islamic State fighters of their German citizenship to prevent them from coming back to the country, a draft document seen by Reuters on Wednesday shows. More than 800 people have traveled from Germany to Syria and northern Iraq in recent years and around 70 returnees took part in combat or military training there, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said earlier this month. […] The coalition is also considering depriving German supporters of Islamic State of identity cards and passports to prevent them from traveling to areas controlled by Islamic State,...
  • Bernie Sanders and the Israel Blame Game

    04/20/2016 7:56:32 AM PDT · by rktman
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/20/2016 | Steve Postal
    Blunders on Israel abound in the Bernie Sanders camp. On April 14, Sanders suspended his new national Jewish outreach communicator, Ms. Simone Zimmerman, after just two days on the job. Her sacking followed discovery of her calling Benjamin Netanyahu “an arrogant, deceptive, cynical, manipulative a[**]hole,” accusing him of “sanctioning the murder of over 2,000 people,” and presiding over a “brutal military occupation” of the West Bank (a canard I debunk here). In an April 1 interview with the NY Daily News, Mr. Sanders stated that Israel killed over 10,000 Gazans in the 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas. He later...
  • Obama to host late Passover seder this year; President to be in Saudi Arabia on first and second

    04/20/2016 6:32:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/20/16 | JTA
    President Barack Obama will host a Passover seder this year, but not on either of the nights it is required according to Jewish custom. A spokeswoman told JTA that Obama will host the seder next week following his return from travel overseas. Obama will be in Saudi Arabia on the first and second nights of Passover, Friday and Saturday, attending a regional cooperation summit.
  • Harvard Students Hurl Anti-Semitic Slurs at Liberal Israeli MK “A question about the odor of

    04/20/2016 12:40:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 4/20/16 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Just when you think once-prestigious Harvard could fall further from grace, Harvard students hurled anti-Semitic epithets at Israel's former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during her recent talk at the University. Last Thursday, Harvard Law School hosted a panel discussion with guest speakers Dennis Ross and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. During a question and answer session a president of a student organization mocked the Israeli leader, asking her, “How is it that you are so smelly?” When his question drew stunned silence, he clarified his "question." “A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I...
  • Palestinian sister-city proposal stirs rancor in Colorado

    04/20/2016 2:48:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 3:37 AM EDT | Dan Elliott
    This peaceful university town is 7,000 miles from the violence of the Middle East, but a proposal to become sister cities with a Palestinian community has stirred such rancor that the City Council is trying to negotiate a truce among its own residents. The council decided Tuesday to hire a moderator and convene a citizen panel in hopes of settling differences between two sides arguing about whether Boulder should have a formal sister-city relationship with Nablus on the West Bank. …
  • Reply to Slander--Being defamed by a UCLA Vice Chancellor for defending the Jews

    04/20/2016 5:04:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-20-16 | David Horowitz
    Reply to Slander Being defamed by a UCLA Vice Chancellor for defending the Jews. April 20, 2016 David Horowitz    Today a letter attacking me was sent to all members of the UCLA community – that would be nearly 50,000 people I think – by Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Jerry Kang. The Vice Chancellor’s letter attacked me as a “provocateur” who last year “put up hostile posters accusing two student organizations — the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) — of being murderers and terrorists.” This is a lie. Actually it...