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  • U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

    12/17/2014 11:08:44 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 70 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Daniel Trotta
    (Reuters) - The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States would move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. Obama discussed the changes with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday in a nearly hour-long telephone call. Castro spoke in Cuba as Obama made his announcement on a...
  • Kerry Excited to Be ‘First Sec. of State in 60 Years to Visit Cuba’

    12/17/2014 10:50:05 AM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    mediaite ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    John Kerry’s going to Cuba. The Secretary of State praised President Barack Obama’s announcement of the normalization of relations with Cuba, the neighboring country under an embargo for over fifty years, in a statement Wednesday. As Obama did in his noon remarks, Kerry likened the thaw of relations to those that followed with Vietnam after the Vietnam War, in which Kerry served. “This new course will not be without challenges,” Kerry said, “but it is based not on a leap of faith but on a conviction that it’s the best way to help bring freedom and opportunity to the Cuban...
  • The U.S. Will Soon Stand Alone vs. the Nations of the World

    12/10/2014 5:26:34 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 32 replies
    Christian Patroits ^ | 12/9/2014 | David Hodges
    This article represents the beginning of the end of the United States. Many who will read this article will find themselves in agreement, at least initially, because the developments which serve to threaten the future existence of the United States because the events are well-documented. However, many will reach a saturation point and will close their computer screen and write an angry response and accuse the author of “fearmongering”. I would rather be labeled a fear monger than be correct about the developments contained in this article. Americans need to deal realistically with the real reasons why America is about...
  • Rand stands with Obama and Kerry on Iran

    12/04/2014 8:35:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 4, 2014 | Philip Klein
    There may be disagreements on foreign policy among conservatives, but one thing that there's near universal agreement on is that President Obama's foreign policy has been an abysmal failure. That's why it was especially noteworthy that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., already facing an uphill battle in winning over conservative primary voters on foreign policy, has embraced the disastrous, John Kerry-led negotiations with the radical Islamic Iranian regime. Speaking at a meeting sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Paul said he doesn’t favor increasing sanctions on Iran as the U.S. continues diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the Iranian nuclear weapons...
  • Kerry: Sanctions haven't altered Moscow stance on Ukraine but hit its economy

    12/03/2014 12:45:46 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | Lesley Wroughton
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Western sanctions have not halted Russia's support for separatists in Ukraine but have damaged the Russian economy, which is now projected to slide into recession next year. A senior State Department official, accompanying Kerry to a NATO meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, said he would talk to allies about imposing further sanctions on Russia if pro-Moscow separatists do not cease violence in Ukraine. Kerry told a news conference Russia could avoid further sanctions by agreeing to steps towards ending backing for the rebels, who seized mainly Russian-speaking areas of eastern...
  • Kerry Hopes Next Knesset Holds 'Peace Talks'

    12/02/2014 2:39:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/14
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to disband the Knesset. Kerry said that whatever government will be formed, he hoped it would be able to "negotiate and move towards resolving differences between Israelis and Palestinians." In April, Kerry's push for peace talks were torpedoed right ahead of their nine-month deadline by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which formed a unity agreement with Hamas after breaching the Oslo Accords by making unilateral moves to join international conventions. The PA has been inciting and praising the recent spree of high-profile terror attacks concentrated in...
  • John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’

    11/25/2014 8:58:19 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    observer.com ^ | Nov. 24, 2014 | Kevin B. Sanders
    US Secretary of State Adivses Russian Counterpart Not To Take US President's Words At Face Value Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: “Just ignore Obama’s statements.” According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to...
  • US Secretary of State Adivses Russian Counterpart Not To Take US President's Words At Face Value

    11/24/2014 11:17:49 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 22 replies
    NYObserver ^ | 11/24/14 10:03am | Kevin B. Sanders
    Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: “Just ignore Obama’s statements.” According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, Mr. Obama puzzled and shocked Mr. Lavrov by...
  • Report: Kerry Offers Iran an Extension of Talks

    11/23/2014 3:55:30 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    Photo (of Lurch and Zarif not shaking hands) The United States suggested to Iran on Sunday that it consider extending nuclear talks, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Iran and six world powers are holding talks in Vienna in an attempt to reach a lasting agreement on Tehran's disputed nuclear program before a deadline on Monday, but little progress has been made. A senior U.S. official told AP that with the Monday evening cutoff date a little more than a day away, Secretary of State John Kerry proposed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that the two sides start discussing...
  • John Kerry arrives for Iran nuclear talks in Vienna (4 days to deadline)

    11/20/2014 10:48:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 20 November 2014 11.32 EST | Julian Borger
    The US secretary of state, John Kerry, arrived at nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Thursday, insisting negotiators were focused on reaching agreement by the Monday deadline. Kerry was responding to remarks on Wednesday by his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, who suggested that the deadline would have to be extended. “We are not discussing an extension. We are negotiating to have an agreement. It’s that simple,” Kerry said in Paris before boarding the flight to Vienna. “I know that secretary Hammond is concerned about the gaps. We all are. Both sides are taking this process seriously and both sides...
  • Report: Kerry Threatens Abbas with Sanctions Over UN Bid

    11/17/2014 3:18:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/11/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it goes ahead with unilateral moves, such as asking the United Nations Security Council to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper reported on Monday Speaking on condition of anonymity, official sources confirmed to the newspaper that Kerry called PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and warned him against taking any unilateral measures, threatening to impose financial and political sanctions on the PA. He said the most effective way forward would be to resume negotiations. The sources...
  • Kerry to Focus in Jordan on Jerusalem Tensions, Islamic State

    11/15/2014 10:27:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov ^ | Sat Nov 15 2014 | VOA
    <p>From Jordan... a dramatic steps backward, 50-day war in July and August, and numerous recent clashes at a key religious site in Jerusalem.</p>
  • Gun Grab U.N. Arms Treaty To Take Effect Dec. 24

    11/13/2014 10:12:32 AM PST · by raptor22 · 41 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 13, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: To some, concern over a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty set to take effect Dec. 24 is much ado about nothing. But a president unconstrained by Congress or the Constitution may try to impose severe limits on gun rights. All treaties must be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate, and that's not about to happen in the case of the unratified Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), particularly after the 2014 election that gave the GOP Senate control. The same, of course, could have been said about the Kyoto Protocol and other climate change deals that mandate that governments tie their...
  • Psaki: Jerusalem Construction 'Exacerbates' Violence

    11/12/2014 3:40:00 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/14
    The United States Wednesday sharply condemned Israeli plans to build 200 new Jewish homes in Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood, according to AFP, warning such moves would only "exacerbate" spiraling tensions in the city. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also denounced the alleged torching of a mosque blamed on suspected Jewish extremists calling it a "hateful and provocative" act and urging officials to investigate. "We are deeply concerned by this decision, particularly given the tense situation in Jerusalem, as well as the unequivocal and unanimous position of the United States and others in the international community opposing such construction in east Jerusalem,"...
  • Top aide to Iran Supreme Leader may join Oman talks with John Kerry (16 days left until deadline)

    11/08/2014 2:03:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 2 hours ago
    A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may join talks in Oman between the United States and Iran in the coming days, in a sign that a breakthrough may be imminent in reaching a nuclear deal, Al-Monitor has learned. Ali Akbar Velayati, longtime foreign policy adviser to Khamenei and a former Iranian foreign minister, may join the talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union negotiator Catherine Ashton, in a signal that the Supreme Leader may be preparing to sign off on a deal, sources told Al-Monitor on...
  • What Do John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan Have in Common?

    01/22/2013 5:33:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2013 | Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel
    President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia; seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad; pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program; and putting “daylight” between his administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA. Kerry opposed Congress’ 2009 hold on appointing an ambassador to a regime...
  • Barack Obama a 'dithering, controlling, risk-averse' US president

    03/04/2013 6:46:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/04/2013 | Peter Foster
    The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East. Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama. "The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy...
  • Kerry Warns: 'Our Planet Is Warming'--During Record-Breaking Blizzard

    11/03/2014 2:17:46 PM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 3, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    “The bottom line is that our planet is warming,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Sunday -- the same day he braved the cold and and the snow to watch the New England Patriots play football in his home state of Massachusetts. Sunday's snowstorm in Foxborough was the strongest early-November snowstorm in over a century. Groundskeepers had to clear the field before the Patriots could play. “The bottom line is that our planet is warming due to human actions, the damage is already visible, and the challenge requires ambitious, decisive and immediate action,” Kerry said in...
  • (Satire) Kerry May Be on Way Out at State

    11/03/2014 5:40:46 AM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) hints that Secretary of State John Kerry may be ousted sometime after the November elections are over. “At best, his performance at this job has been underwhelming,” Blumenthal asserted. “Many of his public statements evince a poor and almost dimwitted perception of the issues. He has grievously embarrassed both himself and President Obama.” Anonymous White House officials complain that “Kerry is out of sync with the Administration. It’s not so much a case of being wrong about the President’s policies as it is too openly expressing them. On issue after issue Kerry’s candor is repeatedly disclosing...
  • Iran Nuke Deal is Biggest Obama Foreign Policy Focus

    11/01/2014 6:10:15 PM PDT · by jonatron · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/1/2014 | By AFP and Times of Israel staff
    In newly surfaced (audio) recording, White House adviser compared possible deal with Tehran to health care coup; Kerry says gaps have narrowed ... The US has indicated readiness for an agreement that leaves Iran with some of its uranium enrichment capabilities. Israel has urged the dismantling of Iran’s entire “military nuclear” capacity. The differing positions are one of the key points of ongoing friction between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government. The main players — Kerry, his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton — will crisscross the globe ahead of the November...
  • The United States' Adversarial Stance with Israel

    11/01/2014 1:51:48 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    YNET News ^ | Alex Fishman
    When senior US administration officials say to you, "I won't be in town when you get here," they're actually saying, "It doesn't suit me to meet with you now." And sometimes, the response is a little more subtle: "I won't be in town, but let's coordinate your visit at a later date." In the case of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon, Washington experienced a mass exodus; all of a sudden, no one was home...
  • Kerry Says Only Muslims, Not Jews, May Pray at Jewish Holy Site

    10/31/2014 7:29:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 74 replies
    Front Page ^ | October 31, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Why exactly is the Secretary of State trying to dictate who can and can’t pray at a particular place? Does Kerry think that the Temple Mount is a public school? Washington called for Israeli authorities to reopen the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers Thursday, while also condemning the shooting of a US-born activist who lobbied for Jewish rights on the holy site “It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount – in word and in practice,” Kerry said in a statement. “The...
  • US Officials Say Obama May Replace Kerry

    10/31/2014 12:35:13 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 79 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-31-14 | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama's administration is coping with underwhelming performance on various fronts according to officials cited in the New York Times on Friday, who suggested he may replace some senior administration officials - including US Secretary of State John Kerry. "There is an inflection point in every presidency, and this certainly is a logical one, if the president feels he might be better served by some replacements on his team,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the paper. Citing the Ebola crisis in Africa that has spread to a few isolated cases...
  • Kerry, Qatar and the Poisonous Tree

    10/28/2014 5:09:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 28, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. It would be interesting to know which Arab leaders are telling US Secretary of State John Kerry that the absence of peace between Israel and the Palestinians is “a cause of recruitment” to Islamic State. Is that something he is hearing from Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani? The Qatari leader, whose kingdom has been cited by the US Treasury Department as a major funder of Islamic State (IS), is certainly one of Kerry’s favorite regional leaders. If Thani did blame Israel for the rise of IS, then his statement would constitute yet...
  • PLO Supports Kerry Claim That 'Israeli Occupation' Behind ISIS

    10/18/2014 3:48:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the terror organization behind the Palestinian Authority (PA), called for a comprehensive strategy against Islamic extremism on Saturday - by blaming Israel for rising radicalization a la' the remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry insisted on Friday that the failure of peace talks between Israel and the PA - not Western apathy to Islamism nor the US's failures to resolve tensions in Iraq - was the culprit for the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, sparking outrage from Israeli officials. "There wasn't a leader I met... who didn't raise with me...
  • Ya'alon Warns Bennett Over Kerry Criticism

    10/18/2014 2:56:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Hezki Ezra & Tova Dvorin
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon criticized Economic Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) on Saturday night, after the latter issued a fiery response to the words of US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday linking peace talks with ISIS. According to Ya'alon, Bennett's criticism lacks respect for the financial and diplomatic support the US has provided for Israel's right to self-defense against Hamas terrorism. "Relations between the United States and Israel are based on shared interests and values​​, and a dispute or other comments should not cast a shadow over that," Ya'alon stated. "The United States supports Israel in a variety of...
  • State Department Accuses Bennett of 'Distorting' Kerry Comments

    10/18/2014 2:49:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The US State Department highly disparaged the remarks of Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) against Secretary of State John Kerry's linkage of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and ISIS, claiming that Bennett was "distorting" the remarks for his "own political purposes." "I would take issue with the part of your question that Israeli leaders, plural, have disagreed with what they thought the Secretary said," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf stated Friday, when questioned over Kerry's remarks at a press briefing. "I saw one in particular. And we would say to that that we know passions run high, politics are intense,...
  • The Shadow Party: Part III (Important)

    10/12/2004 3:01:50 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 6 replies · 1,340+ views
    FPM ^ | October 11, 2004 | David Horowitz and Richard Poe
    At the Shadow Party’s "Take Back America" conference in Washington on June 3, 2004, following a glowing introduction from Hillary Clinton, George Soros stepped to the podium to explain to the audience that when it came to electoral politics in the USA, he was a newcomer. Only his outrage over Bush’s invasion of Iraq had stirred him to get involved in the partisan struggle. "[I]t is the first time that I feel that I need to stand up and do something, and become really engaged in the electoral process in this country," Soros said.[1] This was far from the truth,...
  • Bennett Blasts Kerry's Comments Blaming Israel for Rise of ISIS

    10/17/2014 11:11:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-17-14
    Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett fired back at US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, after the latter claimed Israel's failures to forge a peace deal with the intransigent Palestinian Authority (PA) - not the US's failures in the Middle East - are to blame for the rise of Islamic State (ISIS). "Even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews," Bennett stated. "We don't justify terror; we fight terror," he added. "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict statement encourages ISIS, and is a boost to terrorism worldwide." Bennett also...
  • Defense Department fights global warming with courage and determination

    10/16/2014 12:11:02 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | Octiver 16, 2014 | Dan Miller
    It's the greatest threat of all time. Aside from Ebola, the DUH DOD has little else to do. According to the Daily Pest Beast, nurses fight Ebola more bravely than members of our military, so only 4,000 of our bravest and best boots on the ground are being ordered to Africa to fight it. Although the (non-Islamic) Islamic State is a bit of a nuisance now that Al-Qaeda is on the run, whatever we say or do about it might defame Islam. Since that would be "as bad as rape," we must not do it.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r05tdDB5NU] Video linkWe have much to learn from Secretary Kerry, even beyond the horrors of...
  • JOHN KERRY Lectures ISIS on Appropriate 21st Century Behavior

    10/15/2014 9:01:17 AM PDT · by NCjim · 9 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 15, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    In March, Secretary of State John Kerry lectured Russia on appropriate 21st century behavior. “This is the 21st century and we should not see nations step backwards to behave in 19th and 20th century fashion.” Now he’s lecturing ISIS… On Tuesday, John Kerry lectured ISIS on appropriate 21st century behavior. Novinite reported: Russia and the United States have agreed to step up intelligence sharing about Islamic State group despite stark differences over the Ukraine crisis. After more than three hours of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris on Tuesday the US Secretary of State John Kerry told...
  • John Kerry: Life as you Know it on Earth Ends

    10/14/2014 9:47:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/14 | Joseph A. Klein
    Next to the immediate threats posed by Ebola and global jihad, climate change pales by comparison Speaking at the Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston Massachusetts on October 9th, the windsurfer and windbag-in-chief himself, Secretary of State John Kerry, pronounced that climate change, if left unaddressed, will result in the end of times: “Life as you know it on Earth ends,” Kerry said. Last February, Kerry claimed that climate change was the world’s “most fearsome” weapon of mass destruction. Not nuclear arms in the hands of the terrorist sponsoring regime of Iran or in the hands of ISIS or al...
  • Pentagon Says Global Warming Presents Immediate Security Threat(Not Russia, Iran, ISIS)

    10/13/2014 12:49:18 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 57 replies
    nyt ^ | 10/13/14 | c davenport
    The Pentagon released a report Monday asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster response as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises. The report lays out a road map for how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic defense planning situations to a rethinking of the...
  • Kerry: 'Life as You Know It on Earth Ends' If Climate Skeptics Are Wrong

    10/13/2014 12:43:39 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 67 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/13/14 | c bannister
    "Life as you know it on Earth ends" if climate change skeptics are wrong, Sec. of State John Kerry declared Thursday. But, even if climate alarmists are wrong, nothing bad can come of enacting their taxes, restrictions and regulations, Kerry said in a speech at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center: "I'd just say to all of you here that people need to feel the pressure from you. You all know what politics is about. I'm not in it now, but I'm dependent on it to help make the right decisions so that we move in the right direction. A clean...
  • $5.4 Billion Pledged Toward Gaza Rebuilding

    10/12/2014 12:17:10 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 9 replies
    Voice of America ^ | October 12, 2014 | VOA News
    Countries from around the world have pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild the war-torn Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave along the Mediterranean. Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende announced the total Sunday at the close of a 30-nation donor conference in Cairo. Earlier, Brende had said there were many legitimate questions about “why donor countries should once again pick up the bill for rebuilding what warring parties have torn down” at a time when there was no agreement on a lasting cease-fire or sound political framework.
  • US pledges $212M to Palestinians, Kerry says

    10/12/2014 11:54:21 AM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | AP
    The United States is promising $212 million in immediate assistance to the Palestinians as part of an international effort to rebuild the Gaza Strip after this summer's 50-day war. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says people in Gaza "need our help desperately.
  • Kerry on Response to Ebola Death: ‘We Need Borders To Remain Open’ (Video)

    10/08/2014 4:28:26 PM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    Grabien.com ^ | 10/08/14 | Tom???
    Video is From Fox News..... “— are frankly urgent to be able to quickly move to contain the spread of Ebola. We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa, and we need borders to remain open..............."
  • State Department Endorses Handbook Calling Jihad ‘Noble’

    10/08/2014 10:36:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/8/14 | Adam Kredo
    The U.S. State Department endorsed on Wednesday a controversial anti-terror handbook published by Canada’s Muslim community that refers to jihad as “noble” and urges law enforcement to avoid using terms such as “Islamic extremism.” The handbook, published earlier this month by two Canadian Muslim community organizations, was so controversial that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) flatly rejected the manual and ordered its officers not to use it. Yet the State Department’s official anti-terrorism Twitter feed, called Think Again Turn Away, appeared to endorse the controversial handbook on Twitter and linked to a positive article about it.
  • WH: Turkey to join coalition against ISIS

    09/24/2014 1:12:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 24, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Turkey is expected to join a handful of Muslim nations supporting the U.S. fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the White House said Wednesday. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Turkey faced a "complicated situation" but that the NATO ally bordering Syria had a mutual interest in defeating ISIS. "There is a clear interest for Turkey to be involved in this and we do anticipate that they will be working constructively with the broader international coalition to combat ISIL," Earnest said on MSNBC, using an alternate acronym for the group. Turkey has been reluctant to...
  • The Air Comes Out of the Climate Change Talks

    09/24/2014 7:25:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 9-24-14 | Rupert Darwell
    Tuesday's climate summit at the U.N. may well mark a turning point in the long-running talks as the reality sinks in that they are heading nowhere. For sure, the rhetoric is unchanged. Recently appointed U.N. peace messenger Leonardo DiCaprio is the show’s newest star, telling the meeting that it was "humankind’s greatest challenge." But the older acts sounded stale. Former Vice President Al Gore demonstrated his green credentials when he said that political will was "a renewable resource," recycling a line he’d first used at the 2007 Bali climate conference. For small countries, the U.N. climate change talks provide an...
  • IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas

    09/22/2014 8:20:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 85 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | Shwan Barzinji
    IS has used chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers News / World IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas 22.09.2014 Shwan BarzinjiBasNews, Erbil Iraqi Member of Parliament Ali al-Bredi has claimed that Islamic State (IS) militants are using Chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah. In a press conference on Monday, al-Bredi revealed that IS have killed 300 Iraqi soldiers with chlorine gas. He said that the militants deployed the gas in the Siqiliya area located of northern Fallujah, a city in Anbar province, about 70 km from the capital of Iraq, Baghdad. “Responsibility for this lies with...
  • Kerry: Islamic State Not Driven By . . . Islam

    09/22/2014 6:29:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Could the "Islamic" in "Islamic State" be a clue? Not for John Kerry. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, our clueless Secretary of State insisted that what drives ISIS is a "radical, extremist, cultish" philosophy, but not--perish the thought!--a "religious attitude." Kerry was of course echoing the analysis of that noted theologian, Barack Obama, who two weeks ago declared that ISIS is "not Islamic." In fairness, Presidents George W. Bush and Clinton have expressed similar sentiments. For a thorough debunking of the ISIS Islam-deniers, see here. View the video here.
  • Obama's ISIS Tap Dance

    09/20/2014 12:20:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Amanda Munoz
    Don’t let a rare act of bipartisanship fool you. Just because Congress came together (miraculously and quickly before, ahem, their midterm elections) in passage of a continuing resolution which also authorizes the training and arming of Syrian troops, doesn’t mean that the American people - or the military for that matter – are fully buying into the president’s plan. All the hustle and bustle on Capitol Hill this week laid bare the confusion and political calculation behind the White House’s recent push to go after the ISIS (ISIL) terrorist group, which increases its threats against the U.S. and its...
  • Secy. Kerry says Iran can help defeat ISIS

    09/19/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States welcomes potential action on the part of Iran to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while the Obama administration maintains it is not coordinating militarily with the nation. In remarks to the United Nations Security Council in New York on Friday, Kerry called for a "holistic, global campaign" to defeat ISIS, noting, "the coalition required to eliminate ISIL is not only, nor even primarily, military in nature," he said using an alternate acronym for the group. "The fact is there is a role for nearly every country...
  • Kerry is Wrong, Selling Girls as Sex Slaves is Islam

    09/18/2014 9:42:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    · FRONT PAGE MAG ^ | September 18, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    John Kerry was speaking about ISIS. And he’s wrong. As usual. 1. Mohammed practiced slavery 2. The Islamic campaigns were carried out for loot. Including the human kind. Many of Mohammed’s first Muslims were out for slaves. Including female slaves. 3. Mohammed enslaved and raped women These are all facts that are not seriously in dispute. ... Mohammed’s armies looted and killed the men and enslaved the women. It’s elementary Islamic history. The only thing Kerry got right is that there’s nothing in the Koran about shooting the men. Guns didn’t exist then. That’s why they chopped off their heads...
  • Obama's ISIS Policy is a Total Joke

    09/18/2014 12:38:57 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 9-18-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: So I checked the e-mail again, and I can guarantee what's gonna happen. When I quote an e-mail asking me, "Why aren't you doing X?" then the, "Why aren't you doing Y?" crowd shows up, and the next crowd asks, "Why aren't you spending more time talking about what Obama's doing in Syria with ISIS and ISIL?" I'll tell you why. Because I don't think he even cares what he's doing! This is an absolute joke. John Kerry gets up there and says absolutely inane things. He was taken to down by Bob Corker yesterday, sent Boxer shuttering away...
  • Another crazy Kerry quote on the Islamic State: America is at “war against this enemy of Islam”

    09/18/2014 12:32:16 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | September 18, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    Here again the leading scholar of Islam tells us what it is. But Secretary Kerry, half a billion Muslims can’t be wrong.Oh, how the poor clown struggles between smirks and condescending snickers. He struggles to answer whether to call it war. It tells us what it’s not. He “doesn’t care about what we call it.” It’s not this kind of war, it’s not that kind of war.’
  • John Kerry is a windbag (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 12:15:40 PM PDT · by estrogen · 34 replies
    observation | September 17,2014 | estrogen
    John Kerry in front of congress
  • Kerry: We Must 'Put Real Islam Out There'

    09/16/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that to counter the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its claim of a "religious foundation" for its actions, part of the strategy of the international coalition he is attempting to assemble must be to "begin to put real Islam out there." Kerry, in Paris for talks with various world leaders to build that coalition, further said that all of the Arab leaders he had spoken with earlier concurred about their focus on "real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are." The secretary of state recently...
  • Kerry: 'We're Not Looking to Put Troops on the Ground...At This Moment, Anyway

    09/15/2014 8:04:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/15/14 | staff
    (CNSNews.com) - Asked if the United States has found any country "that is willing to put troops on the ground" in Syria and Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "Well, we're not looking to put boots on the ground. There are some who have offered to do so. But we are not looking for that, at this moment, anyway." President Obama has said the effort to defeat ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria will not involve American "boots on the ground." Obama says other countries must step up. Schieffer asked Kerry, "Do you really...