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  • Saudi Arabia bans Ebola-stricken countries from hajj pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    PBS ^ | 10-2-14 | Ayan Sheikh
    With the arrival of approximately two million people from around the world in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, there are a group of pilgrims who were not welcomed. The Saudi government has banned the entry of travelers from three countries currently dealing with the Ebola epidemic: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The decision to reject visa requests from these countries has affected 7,400 people, according to the Associated Press. Hospitals in Saudi Arabia are also preparing in the event of an outbreak by setting up isolation and surgery units as well as dispatching medical staff to airports. Despite...
  • Iron Dome intercepts second rocket over greater Tel Aviv

    07/08/2014 12:25:03 PM PDT · by illiac · 42 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/8/14 | Yaakov Lappin
    For the second time on Tuesday evening, a rocket was launched at central Israel from the Gaza Strip. An Iron Dome battery intercepted a projectile over the greater Tel Aviv area. Sirens sounded in various cities in central Israel on Tuesday night and blasts were heard in Tel Aviv. The air raid siren was activated in cities including Rishon Lezion, Bat Yam, Holon and Bnei Barak, but not in Tel Aviv. Earlier on Tuesday evening, the Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted a projectile near Tel Aviv over the city of Rishon Lezion, as air raid sirens sounded in central...
  • Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

    07/05/2014 7:35:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 7/04/14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    obama-is-a-terrorist-A recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region. Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context: Dubai: For the past decade, two successive US administrations have maintained close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, to name just the most prominent cases. The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events...
  • The Middle East That France and Britain Drew Is Finally Unravelling

    06/28/2014 7:33:29 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 26, 2014 | John Judis
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) publishes a weekly webzine, The Islamic State Report. The latest issue is headlined “Smashing the Borders of the Tawaghit.” (“Tawaghit” are non-Muslim creations.) ISIS, citing the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916 between the British and French, boasts that it is destroying the “partitioning of Muslim lands by crusader powers.” That may seem like a quixotic task for a relatively small band of irregulars, but in trying to redraw the map of Iraq and Syria, ISIS has hit upon a weak link in the chain holding the nations of the Middle East together. It...
  • Islam and the messes in the Middle East

    06/14/2014 8:48:43 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 10 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 14, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The Obama Administration has led America down the wrong road.An article at Front Page Magazine presents two excellent YouTube videos. The first video knits together the multiple kerfuffles in the Middle East -- Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and, indeed, the entire Middle East. The discussion of Iraq begins at 00:08:00. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUz9-fhF9uw] Video link President Obama discusses the Middle East with His chief military adviserThe second video suggests why libruls make themselves dangerously unaware of the evils of Islam. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn0km52dCIg] Video linkWhy do librul feminists tend to ignore female genital mutilation? Do they lack compassion or simply hope to ignore what is...
  • The Mideast Peace Process Peters Out

    04/10/2014 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Cliff May
    Blessed are the peace makers. But don’t confuse peace makers with peace processors. The latter think they can persuade the lion to lie down with the lamb. The former are realistic enough to grasp how perilous that is unless the lion has just had a big dinner and a couple of stiff drinks. Sad to say, Secretary of State John Kerry has proven to be a peace processor, one loath to acknowledge that the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks have come to a very dead end. Actually, they never moved off the starting blocks. Let’s stipulate that Kerry is...
  • Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy

    11/25/2013 7:35:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2013 | By Mark Ländler
    The weekend ended with the first tangible sign of a nuclear deal with Iran, after more than three decades of hostility. Then on Monday came the announcement that a conference will convene in January to try to broker an end to the civil war in Syria. The success of either negotiation, both long sought by President Obama, is hardly assured — in fact the odds may be against them. But the two nearly simultaneous developments were vivid statements that diplomacy, the venerable but often-unsatisfying art of compromise, has once again become the centerpiece of American foreign policy. But it also...
  • Obama: Iran nuclear deal limits ability to create nuclear weapons

    11/23/2013 8:16:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CNN News ^ | November 23, 2013 | By Jim Sciutto and Chelsea J. Carter
    A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program that freezes the country's nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanction while a more formal agreement is worked out. The agreement -- described as an "initial, six-month" deal -- includes "substantial limitations that will help prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address.
  • Cheney: Mideast Allies No Longer Trust The US, Enemies ‘Don’t Fear Us’

    10/27/2013 7:04:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    cbs local ^ | 10/27/13 | staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown. The former vice president said Republicans have faced challenges before and it’s healthy for the party to work to rebuild. The GOP “got whipped” in the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Barack Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney, and the party needs to build its base of supporters and find “first-class” candidates and turn to a new generation of leaders, Cheney told ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s not the first time...
  • Cheney: Mid East Allies No Longer Trust The US, Enemies ‘Don’t Fear Us’

    10/27/2013 5:13:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/27/13
    Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown. The former vice president said Republicans have faced challenges before and it’s healthy for the party to work to rebuild. The GOP “got whipped” in the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Barack Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney, and the party needs to build its base of supporters and find “first-class” candidates and turn to a new generation of leaders, Cheney told ABC’s “This Week.”
  • Analysis: Obama's aversion to Mideast conflicts fuels backlash from allies

    10/25/2013 6:54:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/25/13 | Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From Saudi Arabia to Israel, traditional U.S. allies in the Middle East are beginning to ask: Is America turning its back on us? President Barack Obama's diplomatic overtures to old foe Iran and his last-minute refusal to attack Syria have officials in Israel, the Gulf countries and Turkey wondering if Washington is deliberately neglecting them to avoid being dragged into a Middle East facing deeper sectarian strife and concerns that Tehran may be seeking a nuclear bomb. Media reports that the U.S. National Security Agency may have spied on the leaders of Germany, Mexico and Brazil have...
  • Health Officials To Watch For Muslim Pilgrims With SARS-Like Symptoms

    10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 10, 2013 12:04 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern California doctors and health officials will be on the lookout for Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia with flu-like symptoms in the wake of a reported outbreak of a SARS-like virus in the Middle East, according to a report. L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Los Angeles Times severe coughs or other similar symptoms could signal the arrival of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, to the Southland. While MERS-CoV has so far only been reported in the Mideast and Europe, doctors and emergency departments will be...
  • First Syria, now Iran; Obama being played for a fool

    09/30/2013 12:21:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 01, 2013 12:00AM | John Bolton
    <p>The Syrian diplomatic and political debacle was bad enough, but last week at the UN President Obama embarked on a campaign for "progress" with Iran that will prove much more dangerous for American interests.</p> <p>Just as Vladimir Putin had played him for a fool over Syria, Barack Obama was initially snubbed by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani despite frantic White House efforts to produce a handshake.</p>
  • Obama’s Proxy War on Mideast Christians

    09/05/2013 1:35:03 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 27, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    With the recent decision to arm the opposition fighting Syrian President Assad, the United States has effectively declared a proxy war on Syria’s indigenous Christians — a proxy war that was earlier waged on Christians in other Mideast nations, resulting in the abuse, death, and/or mass exodus of Christians. Ironically (if not absurdly) this proxy war on Christians is being presented to the American people as a war to safeguard the “human rights” and “freedoms” of the Syrian people. Left unsaid by the Obama administration is the egregiously inhuman behavior these jihadis visit upon moderate Syrians in general and Christians...
  • Egyptian authorities detain suspected 'spy' bird

    09/03/2013 2:50:06 AM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 5 replies
    kvue.com ^ | September 2, 2013 | The Associated Press
    CAIRO (AP) -- In a case that ruffled feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a migratory bird that a citizen suspected of being a spy.There, officers and the man puzzled over the electronic device attached to the suspected winged infiltrator...Instead, they discovered it was a wildlife tracker used by French scientists to follow the movement of migrating birds, said Ayman Abdallah, the head of Qena veterinary services.
  • Chinese navy escort taskforce starts mission at Gulf of Aden

    08/27/2013 5:34:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Xinhua News ^ | August 26, 2013 | by Chen Geng
    The 14th and the 15th Escort Taskforces of the Chinese Navy break sailing formation at the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 26, 2013. The 14th and the 15th Escort Taskforce of the Chinese Navy broke the sailing formation and started their mission respectively after accomplishing the joint convoy mission.
  • Have U.S. 'investments' in Mideast paid off?

    08/04/2013 8:57:52 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 3, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    WND examines some of Obama's proposed aid for regionContradictory claims of total dollar figures for U.S. foreign aid circulate around the Internet, containing oft-repeated figures that may or may not reflect reality. In response to those conflicting claims, WND has compiled a list of significant U.S. aid totals based on a review of congressional and Obama administration documents and databases. As the debate often focuses on whether the U.S. receives, in financial parlance, an adequate return on its investment, WND decided to first focus on arguably the world’s greatest hot spot, the Middle East/North Africa, or MENA, home to three...
  • Egypt: Coup or not a coup?

    07/26/2013 11:47:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 26, 2013 | By Major Garrett
    Coup or not a coup? That question bedeviled the Obama White House in the immediate aftermath of the military-led sacking of the Egyptian government led by the nation's first democratically-elected president, Mohammed Morsi. Members of Congress branded the ouster of Morsi a coup and urged the White House to suspend $1.5 billion in military and non-military aid in accordance with federal law. The administration said repeatedly it would study the "complex" facts in Egypt and render a verdict. Now it has. Never mind. The White House will not make a determination on whether Egypt's tumultuous change of government constitutes a...
  • Palestinians undecided on Kerry peace talks plan

    07/18/2013 9:36:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 18, 2013
    Palestinian leaders have ended a meeting to discuss a possible revival in peace talks with Israel without reaching a decision. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had briefed them on the latest US proposal to restart talks. Reports suggest many present felt the plan did not do enough to ensure talks about borders would be based on pre-1967 ceasefire lines. After a meeting in Amman, the Arab League supported the latest US proposals saying they "provide the ground and a suitable environment to start negotiations".
  • Mideast filmmakers promote movie of Muslims MASSACRING JEWS for Ramadan ‘entertainment’

    07/15/2013 4:47:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 7/15/13 | The Right Scoop
    Nothing like a good old anti-Semitic movie to watch after a long day of fasting for Ramadan. Get some popcorn, kick your feet up, and shout ‘Allahu Ackbar’ as Jews are getting their heads chopped off. Refreshing! CBN NEWS – Film makers are promoting an anti-Semitic mini-series on the Muslim massacre of Jews as “family entertainment” for Ramadan. During Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, families and friends share an evening meal and fellowship after fasting from dawn till dusk. The 30-day holiday began Tuesday, July 9, and ends Aug. 7. This year features a mini-series entitled Khaibar, referring to a...
  • Why Obama Will Not Admit Mistakes

    07/08/2013 10:00:38 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 32 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 7/8/2013 | Shout Bits
    The Old Media's strongest advantage against Pres. Bush (43) was pressing him to admit he had made mistakes. The Left hammered the meme until well after Bush left office. They argued that Bush was too stupid to recognize his mistakes, or he was too arrogant to acknowledge them. In hind-sight, nobody was clairvoyant, and many mistakes were made. Iraq, the war everybody hated and Sen. Reid said was lost, is largely won, and the war's goals achieved. Perhaps the price was not worth the results, but there are results. The war most people including Sen. Obama supported, Afghanistan, is probably...
  • Obama leery of intervention in Mideast

    07/03/2013 6:19:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 3, 2013 3:03 AM EDT | Lara Jakes
    From Egypt to Syria to Iraq and beyond, the Obama administration is determined to show it will only go so far to help save nations in chaos from themselves. President Barack Obama has long made it clear that he favors a foreign policy of consultation and negotiation, but not intervention, in the persistent and mostly violent upheavals across the Mideast. And he appears determined not to deviate this week even to help reverse turbulence in Egypt, one of the United States’ most important Arab allies. U.S. officials say the Obama administration delivered pointed warnings Tuesday to three main players in...
  • Wrong Mideast Choices Will 'Reverberate for Generations'

    05/07/2013 2:54:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/5/13 | Eliran Aharon
    “Israel, obviously, must do everything necessary to protect itself,” a top United States Army Lieutenant Colonel told Arutz Sheva in an exclusive interview. “For Washington, Iranian nuclear weapons are a strategic question. For Israel, Iranian nuclear weapons are an existential question,” said Ralph Peters, who spent ten years in Germany working in military intelligence and later became a Foreign Area Officer, specializing in the Soviet Union. ..... “My fear is that strategic circumstances will force Israel to act unilaterally and as brave and as capable as the IDF is, the IDF has the ability to start a fight with Iran....
  • Is Earth becoming Purgatory or Hell?

    03/20/2013 12:24:09 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 21 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 20, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Or is it already one or the other? I don't know the answer, but the question is a basis for this article. I am not a student of religion and know little of Roman Catholic doctrine concerning Purgatory and Hell. Nor, as best I can remember, have I ever stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. However, my wife and I on several occasions back in 1997 and 1998 did enjoy our stays at Los Fraelis, a former (seventeenth century) monastery up in the mountains of the Venezuelan State of Merida that had been converted into a resort hotel. Los Fraelis...
  • The secret war behind Benghazi (lot's of good info)

    02/10/2013 2:14:36 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | 2/10/2013 | KYLE SMITH
    Obama gave his chief counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, who is now the nominee to be the next leader of the CIA, a blank check. Brennan could do just about whatever he needed to do in North Africa and the Mideast, contend Murphy and Webb. Brennan chose to conduct a dangerous classified war without looping in Stevens, who paid with his life for his ignorance, according to the book. The Joint Special Operations Command, which Brennan controls, is a collection of special forces outside of the regular military command originally formed as a hostage-rescue team. But in the middle of last...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 13th, 2013 (Dispensational Caucus)

    01/14/2013 3:00:20 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 133, 2013 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 13th, 2013 Pastor JD conducts a forensic investigation of history and prophecy proving that the "so-called" Palestinians never occupied the land belonging to Israel.
  • Obama Sends $147 Million to Hamas-Run Gaza(Flashback to April 2012)

    11/19/2012 6:59:24 PM PST · by Revel · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4-13-12 | AWR Hawkins
    Against GOP objections, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the Obama administration is sending $147 million in funding to the West Bank and Hamas-run Gaza. Despite a “hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.,” the administration is arguing the money needs to be sent on humanitarian grounds. They did not, however, explain how they plan to force Hamas to use the money for humanitarian purposes. And while “administrations generally do not disburse funding over the objections of lawmakers on relevant committees,” those associated with Obama have proven more than willing to sidestep Congress to place...
  • Navy replaces admiral leading Mideast strike group

    10/27/2012 10:21:29 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 7 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | October 27, 2012 | Robert Burns
    WASHINGTON -- The Navy said Saturday it is replacing the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment. Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette is being sent back to the USS John C. Stennis' home port at Bremerton, Wash., in what the Navy called a temporary reassignment. The Navy said he is not formally relieved of his command of the Stennis strike group but will be replaced by Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the investigation is completed. It...
  • Coming very soon: Spring of Persia

    09/25/2012 12:47:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Ashok K. Mehta
    Israeli intelligence believes that March 2013 will be the decisive moment when Israel has to act jointly with the US against Iran, as a de-coupled attack is unlikely to derail Tehran's nuclear programme The mood at the World Summit on Counter-terrorism at Herzliya, Tel Aviv, this month was sombre. Mixed feelings about the Arab Spring —which many called an ‘uprising’ — and what to do about Iran were dominant. While placards on the streets in Tel Aviv read: “Don’t Bomb. Talk”, discussions on ‘deciding on the bomb or bombing’ and ‘preparing for The Day After were plentiful’. The regional scene...
  • You Broke Mideast, Mr. President, Now You Own It

    09/22/2012 3:18:49 AM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    IBD ^ | September 21 2012 | Editor
    With the Middle East now more hostile to U.S. interests than ever, the "Arab Spring" has become a major political liability for the president. Try as he may, he can't distance himself from it. Betraying his frustration with Cairo's Muslim Brotherhood, which egged on U.S. embassy rioters, President Obama said, "I don't think we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy." But in a May 2011 speech at the State Department, Obama essentially took credit for Islamists' rise to power as part of his broader Mideast strategy to help free them from the "repression" of...
  • Freep a Poll!(With craziness going on in the Middle East what should the United States do?)

    09/19/2012 3:49:33 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    columbian.com ^ | 9-19-12 | The Columbian
    With all the craziness going on in the Middle East what should the United States do? . Continue to work the diplomatic channels, building trust and friends the best we can. Get out! We should be tired of being the world's cops. If they want to self destruct, so be it. Use a little of that military firepower to get their attention.
  • Buchanan: Unrest is Obama’s ‘naïve’ Middle East policy ‘collapsing right in front of us’

    09/15/2012 1:21:46 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/15/2012 | Jeff Poor
    Add conservative commentator Pat Buchanan to the growing list of critics of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, as anti-American unrest continues throughout Egypt, Libya and now Yemen. Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Buchanan, author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?,” pointed to Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo as the beginning of the administration’s “utterly naïve” foreign policy. “What’s happening is the Obama administration’s Middle East policy is collapsing right in front of us,” Buchanan said. “He had his famous Cairo speech, and then he got behind the Arab...
  • The Video Didn't Do It

    09/15/2012 12:46:09 PM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 24, 2012 | Lee Smith
    It was bad enough, two years ago, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates called fringe Florida pastor Terry Jones to ask him not to burn copies of the Koran, or last week, that chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey took his turn to call Jones to ask him to stop publicizing a YouTube video, The Innocence of Muslims. But then on Friday, White House spokesman Jay Carney told the world that the violent protests in Cairo and Ben­ghazi and elsewhere were a “response not to United States policy, and not obviously the administration or the American people,” but were...
  • The Middle East Mess Part One: Over There

    09/15/2012 9:49:57 AM PDT · by radioone · 8 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 9-14-12 | Walter Russell Mead
    If Americans are going to understand what’s going on and process it effectively, the first thing we’ve got to realize is that this isn’t all about us. The riots in Cairo are basically part of a local power struggle. Radical Salafists are in a power struggle with the Muslim Brotherhood; attacking the US embassy forces President Morsi (as the radical strategists presumably expected) to side with the US, however slowly or reluctantly. That’s a win for the radicals, who want to tar the Muslim Brotherhood as soft appeasers who side with the Americans against their own outraged people. Striking at...
  • Jerusalem Post: Protesters jump over US Embassy walls in Sudan [Khartoum]

    09/14/2012 8:01:55 AM PDT · by topher · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post is reporting that protesters have jumped over the US Embassy walls in Khartoum, Sudan. This is on there scrolling breaking news. The next item is about the German Embassy in Khartoum being set on fire (about 30 minutes earlier).
  • Mideast hooligans know change is coming

    09/13/2012 12:17:35 PM PDT · by From The Deer Stand · 15 replies
    Local | September 13, 2012 | From The Deer Stand
    There is a theory that the reason for the sudden unrest in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere is a last stand before the November election. Knowing there will be little reaction from a now-wimpy USA under the Obama Administration the radicals in the Mideast are tooting their horn before Obama is voted out of office. When that happens and we have a new president they know the US military will be beefed-up, we will again adopt the "Peace Through Strength" philosophy, and that nobody will be kicking sand in our face. Interesting.
  • NEW DETAILS: Former U.S. Ambassador Arrested For DUI, Hit And Run

    08/23/2012 6:45:39 PM PDT · by IYellAtMyTV · 6 replies
    KHQ-TV ^ | 08-23-12 | KHQ-TV
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, was twice the legal limit when he side-swiped a semi-truck at an intersection in Spokane Valley on August 14, according to Trooper Troy Briggs with the Washington State Patrol. Crocker, 63, who's from Spokane, was arrested for DUI and hit and run after a collision with the semi at the intersection of Sprague Ave. and Pines Road at 2:05p.m. Crocker's blood alcohol content (BAC) was .160 and .152 following two breathalyzer tests. The legal limit in Washington is .08.
  • Lebanon's Salafi scare (Anti-American, Anti-Iranian, Anti-Hezbollah)

    08/02/2012 7:07:14 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo
    Foreign Policy ^ | July 17, 2012 | Geneive Abdo
    Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, a self-proclaimed religious authority with a bushy long beard, is no stranger on the Lebanese scene. His latest incarnation, from his mosque in the coastal town of Sidon, is as a firebrand political Salafist whose objectives transcend the confines of Lebanon. He is part of a growing movement in Lebanon and other Arab countries in which the Salafists -- acting as guardians for Sunni interests -- are using the civil war in Syria to gain political power and revive the sectarian conflict with their historical foes, the Shiites. In Lebanon, sectarianism has been a primary feature of...
  • I think I found the real 57 states. ( 7th paragraph.)

    07/28/2012 4:21:41 AM PDT · by sopwith · 11 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | Thursday, 19 July 2012 15:00 | Dr. Daud Abdullah
    Has the struggle for occupied Jerusalem finally revealed its religious character? The recent claim by Israel's Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, that Al-Asqa Mosque is part of Israeli territory has drawn unprecedented condemnation from across the Islamic world. His assertion that Islam's third holiest mosque should be subject to Israeli law, including antiquities laws and laws regarding building and planning was seen as an obscene provocation. This twist marks a dangerous escalation by the Netanyahu government in an atmosphere already charged with rage and tension.
  • ‘Iran, Russia, China, Syria to launch biggest joint war game in Mideast’

    06/18/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT · by Errant · 54 replies
    The Tehran Times ^ | 18 June, 2012
    TEHRAN – An informed source has announced that Iran, Russia, China, and Syria plan to stage a joint war game in Syria in the near future, the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported on Monday. 90,000 forces from the four countries will be involved in the war game, the informed source said. No official from the countries has confirmed the news report, but a Syrian official, who spoke on conditional anonymity, announced that the joint war game will be launched in Syria.
  • Mideast officials: Obama in secret talks with Iran Asking Tehran to guarantee it won't hit U.S. if

    03/29/2012 7:44:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/29/12 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – President Obama has been engaged in secret, back-channel talks with Iran in which he informed Tehran’s leaders he is completely opposed to any Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to informed Middle Eastern officials. The officials told WND the behind-the-scenes talks aim to secure a guarantee from Iran that it will not retaliate against the U.S. in the event of any Israeli military strike, the officials said. It was unclear what, if anything, Obama offered Iran in exchange for a pledge against targeting U.S. installations, including in the Gulf. The State Department did not immediately return a...
  • 'Israel is only safe state for Mideast Christians'

    03/09/2012 5:10:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/9/12 | Staff
    Israel has become the only safe haven for Middle Eastern Christians, Ambassador to the United State Michael Oren wrote in an op-ed piece published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday. "In contrast to elsewhere in the Middle East where hatred of Christians is ignored or encouraged, Israel remains committed to its Declaration of Independence pledge to 'ensure the complete equality of all its citizens irrespective of religion,'" (Snip) Oren touted Israel's integration of its Christian community, noting that Christians serve in government posts and in the country's Supreme Court, and are "on average more affluent than Israeli Jews and
  • Israel and the plight of Mideast Christians

    03/09/2012 10:51:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/9/12 | Michael Oren
    The church in Bethlehem had survived more than 1,000 years, through wars and conquests, but its future now seemed in jeopardy. Spray-painted all over its ancient stone walls were the Arabic letters for Hamas. The year was 1994 and the city was about to pass from Israeli to Palestinian control. I was meeting with the church's clergy as an Israeli government adviser on inter-religious affairs. They were despondent but too frightened to file a complaint. The same Hamas thugs who had desecrated their sanctuary were liable to take their lives.
  • Iran threatens to cut off Mideast oil

    12/27/2011 2:04:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    JTA ^ | 12/27/11 | staff
    (JTA) -- Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz if its oil exports are subjected to foreign sanctions, the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported. "If they impose sanctions on Iran's oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Straits of Hormuz," IRNA quoted Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's first vice-president, as saying, referring to Western countries. Oil from Persian Gulf countries travels through the Straits of Hormuz on its way to oil-importing countries around the world. The strait is the Persian Gulf's only outlet and is bordered by Iran, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Syria, Iran and the Balance of Power in the Middle East

    11/22/2011 6:00:01 AM PST · by arthurus
    Stratfor ^ | November 22, 2011 | George Friedman
    Iran has been preparing for the U.S. withdrawal. While it is unreasonable simply to say that Iran will dominate Iraq, it is fair to say Tehran will have tremendous influence in Baghdad to the point of being able to block Iraqi initiatives Iran opposes. This influence will increase as the U.S. withdrawal concludes and it becomes clear there will be no sudden reversal in the withdrawal policy. Iraqi politicians’ calculus must account for the nearness of Iranian power and the increasing distance and irrelevance of American power.
  • Hizbullah has canceled leaves and is preparing for war!

    11/15/2011 8:20:36 PM PST · by eglman · 45 replies
    No more vacations for Hezbollah soldiers, and stay out of sight for a while, that is the order from Nasrallah as they move to a war-footing within the Middle East. Combat units and missile units are on a standby status and reconnaissance flights are taking place over Lebanon
  • German/Turkish Axis

    09/17/2011 9:10:30 AM PDT · by tedbel · 7 replies
    Israpundit ^ | Sept 17/11 | Ted Belman
    Of course you know that Germany and the Ottoman Empire were allies in WWI. With their defeat they were both cut down to size and in the case of the latter, Turkey was all that was left. But did you know that Germany’s historic Middle East policy had always given primacy to German relations to Turkey. Yet these relations are dicey due to the backlash in the EU to accepting Turkey for membership and the current debate in Germany regarding immigration. Paul Williams writing in Family Security Matters on 22 September 2010 reports "Our country is going to carry on...
  • Obama U.N. agenda aims to lower Mideast tensions

    09/16/2011 2:53:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/16/11 | Matt Spetalnick - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing a U.N. showdown over Palestinian statehood, President Barack Obama plans talks with feuding Israeli and Turkish leaders and renewed efforts to revive Middle East peace talks in a diplomatic push next week to ease rising regional tensions. Obama will meet Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu separately on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, the White House said on Friday. The president will urge the two U.S. allies to heal a damaging diplomatic split over the 2010 killing of Turkish activists in a Gaza-bound aid convoy, a...
  • Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Watcha Gonna Do When They Come for You?

    09/02/2011 8:59:17 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 15 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 09-03-11 | stolinsky
      The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. Rather than ruminating on pious platitudes or reporting the trite remarks of gaseous politicians, I thought it might be appropriate to update some prior columns that attempt to shed light on the subject. This is this second. Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You? David C. Stolinsky Sept. 3, 2011 Let me begin by expressing profound gratitude for the courage and professionalism of our first responders on 9/11, our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, our CIA personnel who worked tirelessly to reveal the terrorist network,...
  • Fiasco: Obama's Mideast Mess (Oliver North)

    08/18/2011 5:23:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 18, 2011 | Oliver North
      WASHINGTON — Having completed his three-state "Midwest listening tour," President Barack Obama is now on vacation on Martha's Vineyard. According to his handlers, in between golf outings and cocktail parties, our president also is working on yet another speech on how he will balance our government's books and put Americans back to work. Those who believe that ought to recall his remarks March 22, five days after U.S. and allied military operations began in Libya: "I said at the outset that this was going to be a matter of days and not weeks."This week, we passed the five-month...