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  • Austria Plans Fence to Stop Migrants at Border With Italy

    04/28/2016 4:19:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 27, 2016 | Reuters
    Austria outlined plans Wednesday to erect a fence at a border crossing with Italy that is a vital link between northern and southern Europe, escalating a stand-off over how to handle a migration crisis. Migrants are crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Italy in growing numbers, and Austria has said Rome must stop them from traveling onward toward northern Europe or it will have to introduce border controls at the Brenner Pass in the Alps. But with Austrian preparations for controls already under way, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Austria's move was "shamelessly against European rules, as well...
  • U.S. and Turkish-Backed Forces Attack ISIS, Are Quickly Repelled.

    04/15/2016 2:14:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 15, 2016 | Michael Van Der Galien
    American and Turkish-backed forces have launched an offensive in the Turkish-Syrian border region. However, ISIS is fighting back. Aggressively. The Western-allied forces are being pushed back, and many refugee camps are in danger of being conquered by ISIS.The Wall Street Journal: Islamic State militants have responded with a fierce counteroffensive that has repelled the U.S.-backed fighters from key towns and triggered an exodus of families from camps temporarily seized by the extremist group. One worker in the region told the The Wall Street Journal that the "entire Syrian-Turkish border region is on fire now." And that's not an exaggeration. From...
  • Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria

    02/24/2016 7:36:00 AM PST · by Vostok-1 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/23/16, 8:50 AM CET Updated 2/24/16, 6:08 AM CET | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
    They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil.
  • Earnest: White House Delaying Iran Missile Sanctions Until They'd Have 'Maximum Impact'

    01/05/2016 8:15:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 5, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The White House said it pulled back on levying sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile violations because they're just trying to determine when they'd have "maximum impact."A couple dozen Senate Democrats have been heaping pressure on the Obama administration to do something in response to the October and November launches, which run afoul of UN Security Council Resolution 1929.Last week, Iran President Hassan Rouhani ordered his defense department to step up the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program in response to a report that the Treasury Department was preparing sanctions in response to two illegal missile tests.The Wall Street Journal reported...
  • Congressional Panel Hears Calls for Genocide Designation for Mideast Christians

    12/10/2015 2:15:28 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 10, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The United States should formally recognize that a genocide of Christians in the Middle East is taking place, and take steps to protect the vulnerable population.That is the consensus of several witnesses who testified Wednesday before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.The subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), held the hearing to bring attention to the plight of Christians in the region and grow congressional support possibly for a resolution calling the persecution of Christians genocide at the hands of the Islamic State group.Several witnesses alluded to a...
  • How One Religious Organization Is Helping Syrian Refugees as They Arrive in Europe

    11/24/2015 8:25:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 23, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    As the United States debates how to properly vet 10,000 Syrian refugees expected to resettle here, employees with Samaritan’s Purse are stationed on the frontlines in Greece, working to be a “face of compassion” for refugees fleeing war and terror. Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse, spent a week in Greece, where the Christian organization has deployed employees and contractors to the region to assist scores of refugees flowing into the country, with hopes of continuing deeper into Europe. There, the group’s workers meet refugees arriving by rubber rafts on Greek islands and provide...
  • The Middle East Could Face A Historic Crisis By Century’s End

    11/10/2015 7:55:54 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 11 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 10-11-2015 | towelhead
    Regarding the Middle East and its oil, the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saed Al Maktoum, longtime Emir of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, once famously remarked: “My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel.” It’s an apt reminder of the finite nature of oil resources, and, of course, the wealth it brings. But, and this is what the Sheikh was getting at, it’s also a call for prudence and thoughtful...
  • Taxpayer bill to resettle 35,000 Mideast refugees: $2.3 billion

    11/05/2015 6:49:44 AM PST · by amorphous · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Nov 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    It costs U.S. taxpayers nearly $65,000 to resettle one Middle Eastern refugee over the first five years, which is 12 times what it would cost to care for that same refugee in a neighboring country in the region, according to a new study. The Center for Immigration Studies cites “heavy welfare use” as the main reason why refugees are so costly to resettle. This flies in the face of oft-quoted comments by U.S. mayors who claim refugees add to their tax base and promote economic growth, making for a more “culturally diverse” and “economically resilient” city. The CIS study indicates...
  • Russia Takes Over Mid-East: Gets Green Light For Strikes In Iraq, Sets Up Alliance With Jordan

    10/24/2015 5:27:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/24/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Once it became clear that Moscow and Tehran had jointly planned the incursion in Syria with Russia promising full air support and Iran pledging ground troops from Hezbollah, its various Shiite militias, and the IRGC, we immediately suggested that Iraq was next on the agenda after the Assad regime is restored.For those unfamiliar with the situation on the ground, we encourage you to read Who Really Controls Iraq? Inside Iran's Powerful Proxy Armies, in which we outline the extent to which Tehran effectively controls both the Iraqi military and the politicians in Baghdad.The US allows this because i) theres...
  • Obamas Mideast Policies Are Paid for in Christian Blood

    10/15/2015 1:21:32 PM PDT · by detective · 1 replies
    The New American ^ | October 13, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    They cut off the 12-year-old boy's fingertips, but still he refused to convert to Islam. They then severely beat him, reports the group Christian Aid Mission, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam. When the [father] refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion. Perpetrated by Islamic State (IS) jihadists, the above crime occurred near Aleppo, Syria, just last month. But its a scene that has been replayed over and...
  • THE MIDEAST MIGRANT CRISIS REQUIRES MIDEAST SOLUTIONS

    09/08/2015 3:57:21 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 8, 2015 | Noah Beck
    Political responses to crises are often tardy and embarrassingly fad-driven, as with the current global outcry over the image of a three-year-old Syrian boy washed up on the Turkish shore. He was hardly the first innocent victim of one of this century's most brutal wars. Where has the world been for the last 54 months?
  • Church Bells in France to Ring for Persecuted Christians in the Mideast

    08/06/2015 8:54:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 6, 2015
    Frjus-Toulon, Gap and Embrun, Bayonne, Avignon, Ajaccio, and now Digne ... So far, six bishops have decided that the bells will ring in all the churches of their diocese on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The faithful are called to gather in front of their churches at noon to show their brotherly support of the Eastern Christians who are prey to the wickedest persecutions because of their faith. A year after the fall of Mosul and Qaraqosh This initiative comes exactly a year after the dramatic events that Aleteia wasamong the first to relay, as early as August 7, 2014:...
  • Obama Achieves the Impossible: Hes United Israel and Saudi Arabia

    05/19/2015 9:46:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | May 19, 2015 | Kalman Sporn
    From Left to Right: Mati Weiderpass, Ted Cruz, Kalman Sporn and Heidi Cruz at a literal fireside chat in Mr. Weiderpass apartment.The organizer of the controversial 'Ted Cruz fireside chat' on strange alliances and misguided boycotts.A nuclear-armed Tehran presents an urgent threat to freedom. Opposing the Iran deal are two unlikely allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel. And its just the latest sign of a thaw in a relationship that proves the wisdom of the old Sanskrit proverb, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Saudi Arabia officially dropped the Arab boycott against Israel in 2005 as a condition of...
  • For a Possible Preview of Their Future, Western Christians Should Consider the Mideast

    04/22/2015 3:05:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/21/15 | Kathryn Jean Lopez / Raymond Ibrahim
    This weekend ISIS released a new video showing some 30 Ethipioan Christian men being beheaded in Libya for refusing to convert to Islam (or to pay a tax for refusing to do so). This comes two months after 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian men were martyred at the hands of ISIS for the same reason. Christians and other religious minorities are being targeted, and their future in the Middle East is in peril. Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islams New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007), and Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center...
  • Kerry: We're There for our Mideast Allies

    04/08/2015 9:49:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    inn ^ | 4/8/15 | Yaakov Levi
    The United States plans to continue its efforts to pursue a nuclear deal with Iran, but will not allow Tehran to run amok and do as it pleases, said Secretary of State John Kerry. If needed, the US will respond forcefully to Iranian efforts to destabilize the Middle East, Kerry said in an interview. "Iran needs to recognize that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines - international boundaries - in other countries, Kerry told PBS in an interview Wednesday. The US is well...
  • No peace for Iraqi Christians this Easter

    04/04/2015 6:32:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | April 3, 2015 | By Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett
    This is the time of the year when Christians the world over -- more than 2 billion of us -- reflect upon the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord. In light of the tragic massacre of Christian college students in Kenya on Thursday, and the ongoing threat against Christians in other nations, this Holy Week we are calling upon Christians to also reflect upon the crucifixion, beheading, stoning, enforced slavery, sexual abuse, human trafficking, harassment, bombing and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Christians -- and others -- whose faith alone has made them a target of religious extremists. Countless...
  • Obama abducted by aliens [Humor?]

    04/01/2015 11:27:49 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 1, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Today, April fool's day first, Obama was abducted by aliens from Venus who were concerned about His warlike stance toward the peaceful Islamic Republic of Iran.Mars is the god of war, Venus is the goddess of peace. Aliens from Mars had been slightly disturbed thatObama's efforts to give Iran nuclear weapons might fail, but had seen that herstatus as a nuclear powerwas inevitable and hence did nothing. Aliens from Venus were equally pleased withthe prospects of Iranian nuclear weapons but were very concernedthat Obama, by failing adequately to praiseIranian attempts to extend its hegemony over the entire Middle East and...
  • Former intelligence official: Obamas Middle East policy is willful ignorance

    03/29/2015 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | By Josh Hicks
    The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Sunday described President Obama's Middle East policy as one of "willful ignorance," saying the administration needs a clearer strategy for dealing with conflicts emerging across the region. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that recent developments in the Middle East are moving in a bad direction for the United States, with Iran "clearly on the march" to influence events in a "regional sectarian war." At the end of the day, we have just this incredible policy confusion never mind what our strategy is to...
  • Arab League agrees to create joint military force

    03/29/2015 6:51:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 29, 2015
    The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, analysts say. A 10-nation, Saudi-led coalition is currently carrying out air strikes against rebels in Yemen.
  • Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

    03/26/2015 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015 | By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
    The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the...
  • Myths & Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Chapter 12 - Refugees)

    03/21/2015 2:27:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    Jewish Virtual Library ^ | Mitchell Bard
    MYTH One million Palestinians were expelled by Israel from 194749. FACT The Palestinians left their homes in 194749 for a variety of reasons. Thousands of wealthy Arabs left in anticipation of a war, thousands more responded to Arab leaders calls to get out of the way of the advancing armies, a handful were expelled, but most simply fled to avoid being caught in the cross fire of a battle.Many Arabs claim that 800,000 to 1,000,000 Palestinians became refugees in 194749. The last census taken by the British in 1945 found approximately 1.2 million permanent Arab residents in all of Palestine....
  • Israel-Palestinian 'war crimes' probed by the ICC

    01/16/2015 9:36:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 16, 2015
    The International Criminal Court has begun considering whether to investigate alleged war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Hague-based ICC said on Friday it had "opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine". It is an automatic step taken by the court upon a referral. The Palestinians have asked the ICC to investigate Israeli "crimes" since June 2014. Israel and the US have strongly criticised the Palestinians' move. After the Palestinians applied to join the ICC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they had chosen "a path of confrontation" and that Israel would "not sit idly by". Israel...
  • 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...
  • Obamas 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 videoknits together the multiplekerfuffles 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 linkWhydo 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 dont 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. Lets 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 Lndler
    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 Dont 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 its 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 ABCs This Week. Its not the first time...
  • Cheney: Mid East Allies No Longer Trust The US, Enemies Dont 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 its 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 ABCs 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>
  • Obamas 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 Syrias 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 worlds 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 Islams 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...