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  • Kurdish government responds to US allegations of rights violations

    12/06/2016 7:37:24 PM PST · by odds · 14 replies
    Rudaw English (Kurdish Website) ^ | December 6 2016 | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a report on Monday responding to allegations by the US State Department that ranged from press violations to torture in the Kurdistan Region. The report by the KRG’s High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports comes after nearly a year of investigations that examined various points addressed in the 2015 US Department of State’s annual report on Human Rights Practices in Iraq, which also examined the rights situation in Kurdistan. Among other things, the US report contained allegations that the Peshmerga were systematically destroying Arab homes in towns...
  • ‘Trump Fish’ restaurant opens in Iraqi Kurdistan

    12/06/2016 4:20:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 6, 2016 | Bob Fredericks
    Donald Trump may be a McDonald’s man – but the owners of a new restaurant in Iraqi Kurdistan hope his famous name will help boost sales of seafood. “Trump Fish” recently opened in the city of Duhok, the local Duhok Post reported. The restaurant uses a cartoon version Trump’s face as a logo — though his hair and eyebrows are a bright yellow rather than the burnt orange the president-elect favors. “Trump Fish” reportedly serves up grilled carp at $10.50 a plate that are caught from a nearby lake. During the campaign, Trump won fans among the Kurdish populations of...
  • Head of Zoroastrian temple says people are returning to their roots

    09/16/2016 7:15:44 PM PDT · by odds · 41 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | 1/2/2016 | Rudaw
    There has been a recent surge in conversions to Zoroastrianism among Kurds at home and abroad. Andaz Hawezi, chief of the Zoroastrian Temple in Sweden says thousands have joined the faith. In 2011 he was elected to lead the temple. Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions to which most Kurds trace their ancestral faith. Hawezi says not all the new converts or followers are Kurds. There are Arabs, Turks, Persian, Swedish, Polish, British and other nationalities. “We hope to come back to Kurdistan. That’s why we named the Temple Kurdish Zoroastrian.” Hawezi says. The Temple in Sweden is...
  • Syrian Kurds, allies to approve federal plan despite Turkey

    09/08/2016 7:54:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin
    reuters.com ^ | Thu Sep 8, 2016 8:40am EDT | Tom Parry
    Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies will approve a constitution for a new system of government in northern Syria next month, a top Kurdish politician said, defying a Turkish incursion aimed at curbing Kurdish influence in the area. The new system will be established in parts of the north where Kurdish groups have already carved out autonomous regions since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, alarming Turkey which fears the rise of Kurdish influence on its border. "We have decided to convene a meeting of the founding assembly of the federal system at the start of October, and...
  • Palestinian Nationalism and the Case for Kurdish Statehood

    07/12/2016 4:32:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 7-15-16 | Noah Beck
    An Israeli Orthodox Jew protesting in front of the US Embassy, in Tel Aviv, for Kurdish independence. Photo: Twitter / Screenshot.Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state?The Kurds have been instrumental in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS); have generously accepted millions of refugees fleeing ISIS to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and embrace Western values such as gender equality, religious freedom and human rights. They are also an ancient people with an ethnic and linguistic identity stretching back millennia and have faced decades...
  • Clinton backers nix Israel 'occupation' add to Democratic platform

    07/10/2016 1:26:50 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 9 replies
    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday rejected a proposal to include a statement in the party's platform calling for Israel's "end to occupations and illegal settlements," CNN reported. ... While the committee voted against the addition 95-73, CNN reported that the move garnered the loudest negative response of the day from the audience. ... One crowd member was escorted out of the meeting after he stood up and yelled that the party had "sold out" to AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
  • Iranian commander: Ground is ready to destroy 'Zionist regime'

    07/06/2016 10:55:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/7/16 | Elad Benari
    A senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently threatened Israel, saying the ground is ready for the annihilation of “the Zionist regime”. The comments by IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami were made at a sermon in Tehran this past Friday prior to prayers marking Al-Quds Day. He also declared that Iran has over 100,000 missiles waiting in Lebanon alone and that tens of thousands of other missiles were placed throughout the Muslim world in order to wipe "the accursed black dot" – that is Israel – from the map of the world. Salami also threatened Kurdish leaders...
  • Iranian military official: We have 100,000 missiles in Lebanon ready to hit Israel

    07/04/2016 2:36:20 PM PDT · by Roberts · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/3/16 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    President Hassan Rouhani said the last year’s nuclear deal “was the cheapest way to achieve Iran’s goals and interests.” Speaking in Tehran on Saturday at an iftar meal breaking the Ramadan fast, Rouhani said the pre-Iran nuclear-deal era is past and Iran now needs to take advantage of the new atmosphere to pursue its “national interests more than before,” Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for student associations to establish a “unified anti-US and anti-Zionist front” among the Muslim world’s students, Tasnim News Agency reported. “By using advanced means of...
  • In anger, Obama questioned necessity of Israel's qualitative military edge

    06/20/2016 4:41:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/20/16 | Michael Wilner
    WASHINGTON -- Frustrated over a stall in an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Obama once questioned the necessity of maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge in the region, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. Panetta was confirming a report from Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg, who attributed the claim to him in an article on Obama's foreign policy doctrine published last March. The former Pentagon chief said the White House, at the time, was deeply concerned that Israel was preparing to unilaterally strike Iran. Simultaneously, the administration was also hoping to complete with Riyadh a significant sale of fighter jets....
  • The continuing reign of terror in Iran

    07/04/2016 3:34:37 AM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 9 replies
    Keyvan Salami
    Three years into the tenure of Hassan Rouhani who himself and many in the West promised to be a “moderate” and “reformist” poised to bring about change in Iran, we have only witnessed an unprecedented spike in human rights violations, including horrendous public floggings and especially executions. Overt 2,400 executions in the past three years is the report card Iran and Rouhani carry, with Amnesty International and many other international human rights organizations registering Iran sent nearly 1,000 people to the gallows in 2015 alone. Various religious minorities, including Arabs, Baha’is, Christians, Jews and others have also been targeted...
  • Trump gets it right on Jerusalem

    06/29/2016 7:11:44 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Jason Greenblatt
    It seems to be a regular feature of the U.S presidential election cycle: Candidates from both parties solemnly pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, only to sidestep the issue upon taking office. Shouldn't the selection of a capital city rest solely with the people of the country who reside there? Donald Trump believes it should. As president, he would recognize the right of the Israeli people to choose their capital city (a choice, incidentally, that has remained unchanged throughout 3,500 years of uninterrupted Jewish presence in Israel). That choice is Jerusalem. Ever since King David established Jerusalem as the...
  • Istanbul airport attacks: 28 killed, 60 wounded in suicide attacks at Ataturk airport in Turkey

    06/28/2016 2:19:42 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 45 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | 28 JUNE 2016 | David Lawler
    Istanbul governor: 28 killed and 60 wounded We have just received an update on the casualties from the attack from Istanbul's governor. At least 28 people have died, with approximately 60 more wounded.
  • Ayatollah Khamenei is Dead, but Remains Alive [DEBKA]

    06/25/2016 2:08:08 PM PDT · by Jumper · 259 replies
    Debka ^ | June 25,2016 | self
    Ayatollah Khamenei reported Dead
  • UN Schools Caught Teaching Arab Children to Wage Jihad on Jews

    06/23/2016 5:04:00 AM PDT · by detective · 35 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 June 2016 | Alex Newman
    Using funding from Western taxpayers, and Americans in particular, United Nations schools are teaching Arab children to glorify terrorism and wage constant war against their Jewish neighbors, according to a new film. In the explosive documentary released late last month by a pro-Israel watchdog group, schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are even exposed offering military-style training to young children. That training, combined with a curriculum that teaches fervent hatred of Jews, is a recipe for disaster, the producer said, citing the recent wave of attacks. But now, U.S. lawmakers are speaking out, with media reports...
  • Payback: Israel Destroys Home of Palestinian Terrorist Who Killed US Veteran

    06/23/2016 4:39:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 22, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Israeli military has demolished the home of the Palestinian terrorist who fatally stabbed American tourist and former U.S. Army officer Taylor Force in a terror attack back in March. Ten others were also wounded in the attack. The troops entered the West Bank village of Hajjah early on Tuesday to knock down the residence of Bashar Masalha. […] Force was a Vanderbilt University graduate student visiting Israel during a school trip. He previously graduated from West Point and served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Masalha was killed by police after the attack. The assault was part of...
  • Univ. of Jordan Prof. on Orlando Attack: Shooter Evoked Western, Not Islamic, Model of Heroism

    06/20/2016 9:50:50 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 11 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 6/17/16 | Yarmouk TV (Jordan)
    Following the Orlando terror attack, Professor Ahmad Nofal of the University of Jordan said in his weekly program that gunman Omar Mateen was a "sick personality" with "perverse tendencies" and that "[homosexuality] is controlled and imposed upon the world by global Zionism, Allah's number one enemy on Earth." Professor Nofal added that Mateen "evoked the Western model of heroism," represented in the massacre of Native Americans. His address aired on the Jordanian Yarmouk TV channel on June 17. Ahmad Nofal: "(Omar Mateen) is a dramatic character that requires a film - a Hitchcock-style horror movie, like 'Psycho' from over 50...
  • On the Brighter Side: Hezbollah Getting Hammered

    06/17/2016 10:29:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 17, 2016 | P. David Hornik
    Last fall, amid concerns that the Iran deal would result in a financial windfall for Iran’s proxy terror organization, Hezbollah, Congress passed the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act. It mandated new, stringent sanctions against banks and other financial institutions doing business with Hezbollah.The bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House, leaving President Obama little choice but to sign it into law on December 18.Though less in the spotlight recently than the Islamic State, Lebanese-based Hezbollah has killed more Americans than any terror organization except al-Qaeda; has a vast global reach encompassing Europe, Africa, and Central and South...
  • 31 Years After Terrorists Murdered Malcolm Kerr, His Son Coaches on Brink of NBA Title

    06/16/2016 11:41:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jun 2015 | DANIEL J. FLYNN
    Thirty-one-years ago, Islamic terrorists murdered the president of the American University of Beirut. Tonight, his son coaches a Golden State Warriors team on the verge of an NBA championship. “The president of the American University of Beirut, Malcolm H. Kerr, was killed here today when unidentified gunmen fired two bullets into his head while he was walking to his office,” Thomas Friedman reported from Beirut on January 18, 1984. The New York Times correspondent continued, “Dr. Kerr, carrying his briefcase in one hand and an umbrella in the other, stepped off the elevator on the third floor and walked about...
  • Preoccupied Western Media Fails to Appreciate the Historic Revival of Ties Between Russia and Israel

    06/14/2016 6:36:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    TASS Russian News Agency via CAMERA ^ | June 13, 2016 | TASS Russian News Agency via CAMERA
    A Preoccupied Western Media Fails to Appreciate the Historic Revival of Ties Between Russia and Israel Putin Netanyahu.JPG The recent meeting in Moscow between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin marks a milestone in the continuing rapproachment between Israel and Russia. The growing engagement between these former bitter adversaries has attracted limited attention in the Western media, obsessed as it is with Israeli-Palestinian issues. In its prior embodiment as the Soviet Union, the Russian government armed and abetted Israel's enemies and had a central role in the worldwide campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state. Ironically, while...
  • Russia Might Use Veto Power to Protect Israel at United Nations, Israeli Official Says

    06/14/2016 6:37:46 PM PDT · by SJackson · 30 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JUNE 14, 2016
    Russia is not ruling out using its veto power at the United Nations Security Council to thwart anti-Israel resolutions, an unnamed Israeli diplomatic official involved in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Moscow last week told the Israeli news site nrg. However, the official did qualify his statement, saying that the chances of Russia wielding its veto power in such a manner were very low. The official noted that the high level of respect Russian President Vladmir Putin demonstrated toward Netanyahu and his traveling entourage last week was unprecedented and indicated Russia’s deep desire to bolster its relationship with Israel....
  • Russia Quietly Strips Emigres of Dual Citizenship

    06/14/2016 7:08:13 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 35 replies
    Forward ^ | June 12, 2016 | Julie Masis
    Tens of thousands of Russian dual nationals are being effectively stripped of their Russian citizenship via a quiet policy of Russian consulates worldwide refusing to renew their passports. Under new regulations the consulates are enforcing, anyone seeking to renew a passport who was not registered as living in Russia on February 6, 1992, will be rejected, even if his or her passport had been renewed on previous occasions. It is unclear just how many people this new policy will affect. But it will certainly apply to thousands of Jews who emigrated from Russia after July 1, 1991 — the date...
  • Jordanian Professor Ahmad Nofal: Jews Were in Charge of the Holocaust

    06/11/2016 2:43:02 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 48 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5/27/16 | Yarmouk TV (Jordan)
    In his weekly lesson, which is broadcast on the Jordanian Yarmouk TV channel, Professor Ahmad Nofal of the University of Jordan said that the Holocaust happened because of the "treachery" of the Jews and that "most of Hitler's ministers who perpetrated the Holocaust were Jews." Citing Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, he said that the number of Jews killed had been 600,000, and not six million. "They added a zero," he said. Nofal further claimed: "We, the Palestinian people, are the victims of your Nazism... Your Holocaust lasted six months, but ours has been going on for 68 years."
  • The Israeli Left's War Against the Israeli Flag (and the true impulses behind it)

    06/11/2016 10:55:51 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 3 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 9, 2016 | Steve Plaut
    The Israeli Left has a serious flag problem. Well, a problem with the Israeli flag to be precise. The one with the six-pointed blue star. Not the ISIS flag. The Left intensely dislikes people who wave Israeli flags, although I think it would be okay with those radical anti-Trump protesters waving Mexican and Iranian flags. At the Israeli Left's own rallies, like one widely reported recently, one sees oodles of Stalinist red flags, lots of PLO flags, and sometimes one may see Hamas flags, but no Israeli flags. In a few famous cases, the Left's contempt for the flag goes...
  • 'There is no money left, bye!': Russian PM causes social media storm

    06/09/2016 12:16:09 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 15 replies
    Yahooooo ^ | June 9, 2016 | CNBC
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev has whipped up a storm on Russian social media for an off-the-cuff comment he made to a Russian pensioner last month. Medvedev was caught on camera telling an elderly woman in Crimea, a region annexed by Russia from Ukraine in spring 2014, that there was "no money left" in Russia's budget when he was asked why the state pension of 8,000 Russian rubles a month (around $125 a month) was not higher given the rising cost of living. "There just isn't any money now. When we find money, we'll make the adjustment," Medvedev replied to...
  • Op-Ed: Roundup the usual suspect, Mahmoud Abbas

    06/09/2016 8:54:02 AM PDT · by Lera · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | June 09, 2016 | Jack Engelhard
    He is the head of the snake. There will be the usual roundups after Wednesday's bloodshed in Tel Aviv - four dead, more wounded from the hands of Palestinian Arab terrorists. Two men are said to be responsible for this act of savagery against innocent civilians enjoying a day at the Sarona Market in the heart of town. This was Israel's mistake. The mistake was to grant respectability to a group of thugs. They were captured. They are in custody and Israel's law enforcement and security services are in the process of finding out who they are, where they came...
  • Istanbul rush hour car bomb kills 11

    06/07/2016 11:40:13 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    The National - World ^ | June 7, 2016 | staff
    ISTANBUL // Turkish police detained four people in a hunt for the perpetrators of a car bombing in central Istanbul on Tuesday that killed seven police and four civilians. The third deadly attack in Turkey’s biggest city in six months targeted a bus transporting anti-riot police in Beyazit district, close to many of the city’s top tourist sites, said Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin. Thirty-six people were wounded, three of them seriously, he added. The four suspects were taken to police headquarters in Istanbul for interrogation, the state-run Anatolia news agency said, without providing further information. There was no early claim...
  • Spinning and Spinning: The Ceiling Fan State Department

    06/06/2016 2:14:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2016 | Michael Curtis
    Have the Obama White House, the U.S. State Department, and part of the Washington media, press, and TV been engaged in a vast left-wing conspiracy to lie to and deceive the American public about the nuclear deal with Iran? One might think so, since no U.S. official or politician has been held responsible for the tangle of lies, attempt at censorship, and linguistic equivocations on the issue. The great Machiavelli observed that "occasionally, words must veil the facts. But let this happen in a way that no one become aware of it." This seems to have been the objective of...
  • #Anonymous Declares War on Mainstream Media: Attacks Fox, CNN, NBC and More

    06/06/2016 12:56:50 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Anti Media ^ | 03 June 2016 | Nick Bernabe
    As of June 1st, Ghost Squad Hackers – the same group leading #OpIcarus – have launched a series of coordinated attacks against leading members of the corporate mainstream media. Giving credit where credit is due, Tec.mic and Softpedia were the first to report the operation. But their reports only tell a portion of the whole story, we will explain why in a moment. Broadly speaking, the goal of the #OpSilence is to attack all the corrupt major news networks that mislead and censor information from the general public. More specifically, the news agencies who conceal the crimes of Israel, while...
  • Bodyguard to Assad’s wife killed by anti-regime Alawites, Syrian media and attackers say

    06/06/2016 10:32:46 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 3 replies
    Albawaba ^ | June 6, 2016 | Non-attributed
    Multiple Syrian and other media outlets are reporting that Alaa Makhlouf-the personal bodyguard to Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad-was killed via a car bomb on Saturday, June 4th by members of the Free Alawite Movement. Syria Mubasher and Baladi appear to have been the first outlets to break the story, citing regime sources and the Free Alawite Movement’s Facebook page respectively. “We’ve killed Alaa Makhlouf, bodyguard to the wife of Bashar the beast,” the group declared coldly on Facebook after the attack. The attack took place in central Damascus. Rumors of a possible assassination against Makhlouf had been circulating for...
  • ISIL Leaders Escaping Raqqa to Mosul

    05/26/2016 11:58:04 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 16 replies
    Fars News (Iranian) ^ | Thu May 26, 2016 | Fars News Agency
    Sources said on Thursday that ISIL's foreign commanders... have been transferred to Mosul. ...ISIL is transferring its heavy weapons and equipment from Raqqa to Deir Ezzur, while preventing Raqqa residents from leaving the region. ..."ISIL has been transferring a large number of its forces and their heavy military equipment to the energy-rich regions in the Eastern Syria, mainly in Deir Ezzur and Eastern Homs, to save its revenues from smuggling of oil and gas," sources said,
  • Twin assaults in Syria, Iraq pile pressure on IS

    05/24/2016 2:03:35 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 6 replies
    Yahoo News (AU), from AFP ^ | May 25, 2016 | AFP
    Kurdish-Arab forces launched a major assault against the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqa province Tuesday and Iraqi forces advanced on it in Fallujah, piling pressure on the jihadists in two strongholds. The twin offensives marked some of the most serious ground efforts against IS since the group declared its self-styled "caliphate" straddling the Syrian-Iraqi border in 2014.
  • Raqqa INVASION: Russia, Syrian army and US march on ISIS capital for explosive finale

    06/03/2016 10:42:29 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 29 replies
    dailystar.co.uk ^ | Published 3rd June 2016 | Peter Walker
    Raqqa INVASION: Russia, Syrian army and US march on ISIS capital for explosive finale ISIS militants could be flushed out of their de facto capital in an explosive battle with the terror nuts. By Peter Walker / Published 3rd June 2016 The Syrian army and US-backed militias are reportedly marching on Raqqa in what could be a defining landmark moment. Russian air strikes today blasted Daesh-held territory around seven miles from the extremists' stronghold. A military source said: "The field leadership does not give information about the main direction or the secondary direction, but the direction is open to two...
  • Trump: Israel Is Victim In Conflict With Palestine, If Attacked "100% I'D Come To Their Defense"

    02/23/2016 5:46:59 AM PST · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that he sees Israel as the victim in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and he would “100%” come to its defense if it was attacked in an interview broadcast on Monday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Assyrian community speaks Aramaic, provides a warm welcome to Israelis

    02/28/2003 1:09:42 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 12 replies · 718+ views
    JTA.org ^ | February 27, 2003 | Gil Sedan
    Assyrian community speaks Aramaic, provides a warm welcome to Israelis ADABASHI, Turkey, Feb. 27 (JTA) — I never intended to visit Adabashi. I was heading toward the border crossing between Turkey and Iraq, hoping to get to northern Iraq before the widely anticipated war began. But the Turkish border authorities would not hear of any journalists running around in that Kurdish-dominated part of Iraq. Not just Israeli journalists, any journalists. As a result, I and a group of fellow journalists found ourselves traveling along the long Turkish border between Iraq and Syria — until we spotted a church tower off...
  • Palestinian-American activist accuses Israel and US of Shared Legacy of Ethnic Cleansing

    05/30/2016 12:13:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/30/16 | Hannah Broad
    A Palestinian-American activist asserted earlier this month that the United States and Israel share a common legacy of ethnic cleansing as the foundational basis of the two nations in a video posted to the online news outlet The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). In the clip Osama Abu Irshaid, the National Director of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), claims that the "Zionists" have co-opted the "racist" narrative of the founding of America to mirror that of the establishment of the State of Israel in order to convince Americans that the two peoples have a similar history. "We came to...
  • Smuggling network guided illegals from Middle East terror hotbeds to U.S. border

    06/02/2016 4:38:26 PM PDT · by Mariner · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2nd, 2016 | By Stephen Dinan
    A smuggling network has managed to sneak illegal immigrants from Middle East terrorism hotbeds straight to the doorstep of the U.S., including helping one Afghan man authorities say was part of an attack plot in North America. Immigration officials have identified at least a dozen Middle Eastern men smuggled into the Western Hemisphere by a Brazilian-based network that connected them with Mexicans who guided them up to the U.S. border, according to internal government documents reviewed by The Washington Times. Those smuggled included Palestinians, Pakistanis and the Afghan man who Homeland Security officials said had family ties to the Taliban...
  • Anti-Israel boycott movement suffers a slew of cyberattacks

    06/02/2016 6:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2016 9:26 AM EDT | Josef Federman
    The international movement calling for a boycott against Israel on Thursday said its website was repeatedly attacked earlier this year and raised suspicions that Israel was behind the attacks. The BDS movement released a report Thursday showing that its main website suffered six attacks in February and March. The denial of service attacks, which work by flooding a target website with bogus traffic, knocked out the BDS website for several hours at a time. The report, compiled by nonprofit online security service eQualit.ie, said the attacks had a level of “sophistication and commitment” it normally does not see. It also...
  • Say 'no' to Iran, because our Middle East allies deserve better

    06/01/2016 5:43:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6-1-16 | Adonis Hoffman
    At some point in the second term of any presidency, the soaring eagle becomes a lame-duck with more quack than quake in its steps. With his place in history assured, President Obama has forged a new healthcare regime, restored relations with Cuba, made unprecedented visits and negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran. The latter of these strains U.S. relations with America's staunchest Middle East allies — Israel and Saudi Arabia — beyond credulity, and suggests the president may be too absorbed in creating his own legacy to think clearly. Obama called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) "the most...
  • The expulsion that backfired: When Iraq kicked out its Jews

    05/31/2016 11:39:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5-31-2016 | Edwin Black
    Bent on destroying Israel, and gripped by vicious anti-Semitism, Baghdad ‘pauperized’ its Jews and forced them to leave for the nascent Jewish state in 1951-2. It believed Israel would collapse under the strain. But the immigrants ultimately helped Israel thrive, and it was Iraq that suffered After Adolf Hitler’s defeat in May 1945, many Nazis melted away from the Reich, smuggled out by such organizations as the infamous Odessa group and the lesser-known Catholic lay network Intermarium, as well as the CIA and KGB. They ensured the continuation of the Nazi legacy in the postwar Arab world. Egypt was a...
  • Obama’s Fancy New Mansion Is Located 1,000 Feet From The Islamic Center Of Washington DC

    05/26/2016 6:38:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/26/2016 | Eric Owens
    The mammoth, multi-million-dollar mansion where resident Barack Obama and his family will reportedly live after the first family exits the White House is located 1,096 feet from the Islamic Center of Washington — one of the largest mosques in the Western Hemisphere. ... The exterior of the Islamic Center features horseshoe arches, Arabic script and tall, ornate minaret. The building is surrounded by an array of flags representing the countries of the world where Islam is the state-sanctioned religion. ... In addition to the Islamic Center of Washington, the embassy of Oman and the former embassy of Iran are very...
  • Iranian TV Report on International Holocaust Cartoon Contest Held in Tehran

    05/29/2016 11:23:29 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5/15/16 | Al-Alam TV (Iran)
    On May 15, Al-Alam TV broadcast a report on the opening of the third International Holocaust Cartoon Contest in Tehran. The exhibition features caricatures of Israeli PM Netanyahu, comparing him to Hitler and to ISIS terrorists. The organizer, Shojai Tabtabai, said that the exhibition was "a response to the publication of cartoons by the French Charlie Hebdo magazine, which affronted the Prophet Muhammad, as well as an expression of [our opposition] to the massacres perpetrated against the Palestinian people." Reporter: "As a form of expression of the Palestinian cause, and in the context of the massacres, perpetrated by the Zionists...
  • WaPo: “U.S. Forces Now on the Ground” in Yemen

    05/29/2016 12:21:27 AM PDT · by hamilton_1800 · 19 replies
    In significant news that has thus far either gone under or outright unreported by the media, U.S. military advisors have “boots on the ground” in Yemen, according to a recent report in the Washington Post by Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Missy Ryan: “The Pentagon has placed a small number of U.S. advisors on the ground in Yemen to support Arab forces battling al-Qaeda, military officials said on Friday, signaling a new American role in that country’s multi-sided civil war. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said U.S. personnel had been in the country for about two weeks, supporting Yemeni and...
  • Biden: Israel right to search ships-White House hints that time for new Gaza policy

    06/03/2010 4:58:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies · 507+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/03/2010
    White House hints that time for new Gaza policy is near. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday that it had warned Israel's government repeatedly to use "caution and restraint" with half a dozen aid boats bound for the Gaza Strip before Israeli commandos raided the flotilla this week in an operation that killed nine people. In an interview with Charlie Rose broadcast Wednesday night, Vice President Joe Biden agreed that Israel had a right to inspect the cargo. "You can argue whether Israel should have dropped people onto that ship or not ... but the truth of the matter...
  • Op-Ed: Iran is an artificial country

    05/28/2016 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/5/16 | Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    Iran is an artificial country which includes a large number of ethnic groups: Persians, Azars, Kurds, Turkmen, Baloch, Arabs and more.... Southwestern Iran, the Khuzistan region, is home to the Arab minority group, but that is where most of the oil and gas resources are to be found underground, right under the feet of that Arab minority. They are Shiites, exactly like the majority Persians, but are treated with disdain by the government. In the past, the region was called Arabistan to allude to the ethnic group living there, but after the 1925 Persian Conquest, the Persians changed its name...
  • Saudi Arabia and Iran Fail to Reach Hajj Deal

    05/28/2016 1:24:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 28 May 2016
    An Iranian delegation wrapped up its visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday without signing a final agreement on arrangements for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said. The ministry said the delegation decided to return to Tehran without signing the final agreement despite two days of extensive talks. “The Iranian Organization of Hajj and Visit will be held responsible before God and the people of Iran for the inability of its pilgrims to perform Hajj this year,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. The ministry said it offered...
  • Boots on the ground: U.S. Special Forces pictured fighting side-by-side with Kurds

    05/27/2016 3:44:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 27, 2016 | OLLIE GILLMAN
    U.S. Special Forces fighting side-by-side with the Kurds in Syria are now just 18 miles from ISIS' de facto capital, Raqqa. American soldiers were seen at an outpost in Fatisah alongside Kurdish soldiers, with some even seen wearing the badges of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG). Fatisah is around 30 miles from Raqqa, but the Daily Beast claimed American forces were now just 18 miles from the ISIS stronghold.
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force

    05/23/2016 10:33:20 AM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel.
  • German-funded school in Gaza teaches military training

    05/23/2016 1:27:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16
    A school built in Gaza using German funds is educating their students on hatred and violence for Israel and providing children with military training At the end of March, a Hamas-affiliated news agency distributed a video showing a Palestinian teacher indoctrinating school children with hatred for Israel and support for an armed struggle against it. The teacher used the letters of the Arabic alphabet as a didactic tool to teach them "the fundamental Palestinian national principles" even before they learn to read. The video did not specify the name of the school; however, data collected by the Intelligence and Terrorism...
  • Hamas slams 'Arafat the coward'

    05/22/2016 3:08:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16 | Dalit Halevi
    Senior Hamas politburo official Mahmoud al-Zahar reignited the war of words between his terrorist organization and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, which have long been bitter rivals. Hamas and Fatah have remained violently divided despite the unity deal sealed by Abbas in April 2014 when he torpedoed the US-led peace talks. In recent days - even as Egypt is leading talks in Cairo to try and unify the Palestinian factions - al-Zahar upped the ante on Hamas-Fatah tensions by slamming Fatah founder and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat for being a "coward" and fleeing a battle with Israel, before...