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  • U.S. Arrests Former Green Beret, Son, in Connection with Carlos Ghosn Escape From Japan

    05/20/2020 9:33:35 AM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 May 2020 | Mark Maremont and Nick Kostov
    U.S. authorities arrested a former Green Beret and his son on suspicion they helped smuggle auto titan Carlos Ghosn out of Japan inside a musical equipment box. In a criminal complaint, federal prosecutors said they were acting on a request from Japanese authorities to extradite Michael L. Taylor and his son, Peter M. Taylor, for their alleged roles in helping Mr. Ghosn escape from Japan. Michael and Peter Taylor didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Mr. Ghosn, a former Chairman and Chief Executive of Nissan Motor Co., had been charged in Japan with financial crimes and was living in...
  • Another Pa. lawmaker calls for resignation of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine

    05/19/2020 4:06:15 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 19 May A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    A Lebanon County Republican lawmaker is adding his voice to the calls for the immediate resignation or removal of Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. Rep. Russ Diamond said Levine needs to go. He cited “the horrific results of the department’s COVID-19 policy” in regard to the number of cases and deaths that have occurred in nursing homes and other facilities under the department’s oversight. More than two-thirds of the state’s coronavirus deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities. Diamond has introduced a resolution calling for Levine’s ouster or for Gov. Tom Wolf to demand the health secretary’s resignation. Last...
  • Lebanon County commissioners rebel, vote 2-1 to move to ‘yellow’ ahead of state’s timetable

    05/15/2020 10:38:31 AM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 May A.D. 20202 | Charle Thompson
    Lebanon County commissioners have passed a protest resolution declaring the county in the yellow phase of the state’s pandemic reopening plan, effective immediately. The 2-1 vote came hours before Gov. Tom Wolf named 12 more counties to start a limited reopening next week; Lebanon was not among them. The board may be the first to have taken a formal action to break out from the governor’s plan, though legal experts say that given the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision affirming Wolf’s public health emergency disaster declaration, it’s likely has no legal relevance. The court, in that case, noted longtime Perry County...
  • Iran Is Losing Its Grip in Iraq

    05/10/2020 10:56:58 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 10, 2020 | Eli Lake
    When U.S. missiles killed Iran’s most important general and its most important militia leader in early January as they were visiting Baghdad, it looked like American forces would be kicked out of Iraq... More than four months later, not only are U.S. forces still there, but it’s clear that the killings have created space for a new Iraqi government to assert some independence from its powerful neighbor. The signs of this new approach have been building over recent months, and the ascendance last week of Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the post of transitional prime minister is the latest and most profound......
  • Is Iran really leaving Syria?

    05/08/2020 2:00:25 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post (Israel) ^ | MAY 7, 2020 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    Earlier this week senior defense officials in Israel announced that after years of Israel’s war-between-war campaign to drive Iran out of Syria, the Islamic Republic was finally withdrawing from the war-torn country. The news came just hours after an airstrike blamed on Israel targeted a research facility in Aleppo in Syria’s north. But the announcement also came as Iran is still regrouping from the targeted killing of Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in January and as it continues to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a disastrous economic crisis hitting the country... Almost on a weekly occurrence foreign publications...
  • Germany raids sites linked to Hezbollah, extends ban

    05/01/2020 10:09:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    cbs4local.com ^ | April 30th 2020 | Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — German police raided five sites linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, as authorities announced Thursday that they were banning activities by its political wing in Germany. The raids, intended to prevent evidence about possible front organizations being destroyed, took place at mosques and community centers in Berlin, Bremen, Muenster, Recklinghausen and Dortmund.
  • Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques

    04/30/2020 2:10:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    France24 ^ | April 30, 2020
    Berlin (AFP) - Germany on Thursday completely banned Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement from carrying out activities on its soil, as police raided mosques and venues linked to the group. Like the European Union, Germany had until now only outlawed Hezbollah's military wing while tolerating its political wing. But in a shift immediately welcomed by the United States and Israel, the German interior ministry said it now considered the entire movement a "Shiite terrorist organisation". "Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation deemed responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings worldwide," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Germany's Bild daily. The interior minister "has banned...
  • Unrest escalates in Lebanon as currency collapses and prospect of hunger grows

    04/29/2020 4:08:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/28/2020 | Sarah Dadouch
    BEIRUT — Violence escalated Tuesday in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli as protesters angered by the collapse of the country's currency and spreading economic upheaval burned down a series of banks and countered volleys of tear gas by pelting security forces with stones. These latest arson attacks came at the end of a large funeral for 26-year-old Fawwaz al-Samman, who died Monday from gunshot wounds, which his sister said on Facebook he had suffered during clashes with the army. The army released a statement Tuesday expressing regret for his death, without claiming responsibility, and announced it is opening an...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Tuesday 4/28/2020

    04/28/2020 8:47:15 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/28/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Mainstream media journalists in Oregon including investigative reporter Rob Davis of the "Portland Oregonian/OregonLive" have been able to obtain detailed information about Covid-19 cases in the state including the race and ethnicity of those testing positive, the underlying conditions in reported deaths and details about reported cases at nursing homes and retirement communities.... President Trump issuing an executive order tonight to keep meat processing plants open in the United States..... Yesterday's ramming attack on two French police officers in a Paris suburb being investigated as a terrorist attack.... Rioting in northern Lebanon with one dead and dozens injured in the...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 4/26/2020

    04/26/2020 9:56:01 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/26/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Breaking News: Syrian air defenses repelling an attack in the Damascus area where its Monday morning. Israel aircraft from Lebanese airspace launching the attack..... Here in the United States People's Rights sponsoring an event at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia on Friday advocating the opening of Washington state..... The scope of the Saturday protest in Berlin against house arrest measures was greater than earlier reported. The protest involved nearly one thousand people. There was also a protest in another German city Stuttgart... "It's a real fear that if you have too harsh measures, then they can't be sustained over...
  • PA and Hamas try to ‘coronawash’ their own corruption

    04/16/2020 10:01:27 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/16/20 | Sander Gerber
    Israel has no role in the Palestinians' medical supply shortage. The real story is a shortage of leadership -- and rampant corruption We are in the midst of a global health crisis unlike any we have faced in our lifetime. A pandemic has filled the future with uncertainty and the world community is scared, but even dark times have a silver lining. All over the world, people are uplifting and supporting each other from a distance. Now is a time to come together. Sadly, Israel’s enemies are a clear exception to this. They never miss an opportunity to criticize the...
  • Hamas Top Dog Tells Israel to Deliver Ventilators, Or 'We’ll Stop the Breathing of Six Million Israelis'

    04/09/2020 6:50:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Apr 9, 2020 | Robert Spencer
    Where have we heard that number before? Yahya Sinwar, the leader of the jihad terror group Hamas, on Thursday boasted that if Israel didn’t come across with more ventilators for “Palestinian” coronavirus victims in Gaza, the jihadis “take them by force.” As if that weren’t enough, Sinwar added: “If ventilators are not brought into [Gaza], we’ll take them by force from Israel and stop the breathing of 6 million Israelis.” Of course, Sinwar wasn’t articulating any new imperative for the jihad group: a new genocide of the Jews has always been a cherished Hamas aspiration. As The Palestinian Delusion explains,...
  • Mossad blamed for assassination of Hezbollah commander - report

    04/06/2020 8:05:54 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 39 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 6, 2020 | Tzvi Joffre
    Younis was 'responsible for pursuing spies and collaborators.' Sources stated that Younis was on a mission pursuing a target when he was ambushed... Younis was a “close associate” of former IGRC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, Sputnik reported.
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 4/6/2020

    04/06/2020 7:58:20 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/6/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Late Breaking News from Australia where its Tuesday. The child sex abuse convictions of Australia's Cardinal George Pell have been overturned.... Lack of agreement on preliminary targets to cut oil production holding up the OPEC+ nations from starting their talks... But other talks between Russia and Saudi Arabia are moving forward.... In Iraq early this morning rockets struck a facility connected with foreign oil firms operating in Iraq including the American Haliburton... There's a report that an American military officer has been killed in an ambush in northeastern Syria.... Easter is coming this Sunday and in Idaho Ammon Bundy and...
  • Saudi-led coalition intercepts missiles fired by Yemen's Houthis - spokesman

    03/30/2020 7:03:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 11 replies
    Thompson Reuters Foundation News ^ | March 29, 2020 | Nayera Abdallah
    CAIRO, March 29 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early on Sunday that the kingdom's air defences intercepted two ballistic missiles on Saturday night launched by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group towards Riyadh and the city of Jizan, Saudi state news agency (SPA) said citing the coalition's spokesman. The coalition's spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki, said in a statement that no fatalities had been recorded so far. He said destroying the missiles caused some shrapnel to fall on residential neighbourhoods in the two cities, SPA reported. The spokesman added that firing missiles at this time by the Houthis and...
  • Gaza Preacher Praises Allah for Infecting Israelis, Americans -- Day Before First Cases Reported in Gaza

    03/25/2020 2:07:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 25, 2020 | Patrick Goodenough
    “Look how empty their streets are and look how crowded this mosque is,” he said, in comments translated by the East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “Who is it that has given us security and terrified them? Who is it that has protected us and harmed them? It is Allah!” Less than 48 hours after al-Mutawa’s sermon, Gaza’s deputy health minister announced the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Hamas-ruled territory.
  • Meet the Other Major Terrorist Killed in Soleimani Drone Strike [Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis]

    01/03/2020 12:03:25 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JANUARY 3, 2020 | RICK MORAN
    Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qasem Soleimani wasn't the only major-league terrorist killed in the drone strike ordered by Trump. Also killed was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a top Iraqi paramilitary leader whose long, bloody career includes attacks on American and other Western embassies, as well as being a founder of Kata'ib Hezbollah, a group responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq. In 2009, the U.S. sanctioned both al-Muhandis and Kata'ib Hezbollah as terrorist entities. In some ways, killing al-Muhandis was more significant than the death of Soleimani. He's been an active terrorist against the U.S. since the...
  • Declaring it cannot pay debts, Lebanon sets stage for default

    03/07/2020 12:15:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 7, 2020 | by Tom Perry, Ellen Francis
    BEIRUT - Lebanon announced it cannot meet its debt payments and halted a March 9 bond payment of $1.2 billion on Saturday, setting the heavily indebted state on course for a sovereign default as it grapples with a major financial crisis. In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said foreign currency reserves had hit a “critical and dangerous” level and were needed to meet basic needs. He called for “fair” negotiations with lenders to restructure the debt. The default will mark a new phase in a crisis that has hammered the economy since October, slicing around...
  • The Translator Scandal Ripens

    05/05/2008 2:50:14 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 32 replies · 358+ views
    New English Review ^ | May 2008 | Jerry Gordon
    For over a year, we have been waging a relentless, nearly solitary battle in apprising the Congress and the American public about a billion dollar boondoggle and scandal: the lack of credible Arabic translators for our national security and intelligence agencies. As a result hundreds have been killed in Iraq from infiltration of our military and civilian intelligence agencies by agents of Islamist terrorists. Our FBI and CIA have been infiltrated by Muslim linguists who have successfully evaded polygraph tests and been able to pass on vital information to terror groups in the Middle East such as Hezbollah. Tens of...
  • Pentagon Linguist Charged with Exposing U.S. Spies to Hezbollah

    03/04/2020 8:17:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | March 4, 2020 | ZACHARY EVANS
    A contractor for the Pentagon has been charged with providing classified U.S. intelligence to a Lebanese national connected with terrorist group Hezbollah, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. The department alleges Mariam Taha Thompson, 61, began transmitting the classified intelligence around December 30, when Iraqi militiamen stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Thompson is a linguist who at the time was working at a U.S. special forces base in Erbil in northern Iraq. The classified “files contained classified national defense information including true names, personal identification data, background information, and photographs of the human sources, as well as operations cables...