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  • Bill Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions

    06/02/2015 5:21:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/2/2015 | John Solomon and Kelly Riddell
    Bill Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times. The Swedish entity, called the William J. Clinton Foundation Insamlingsstiftelse, was never disclosed to or cleared by State Department ethics officials, even though one of its largest sources of donations was a Swedish government-sanctioned lottery. As the money flowed to the foundation from Sweden, Mrs. Clinton’s team in Washington declined to...
  • French Police Dismantle Migrants’ Camps in Paris and Calais After Weekend Clashes

    06/02/2015 11:53:45 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 2, 2015 | By NOEMIE BISSERBE
    About 380 migrants are taken by bus to emergency housing in and around Paris PARIS—French police dismantled a makeshift migrant camp that had popped up in the heart of the capital, the latest sign of a major influx into Europe that France and other countries are struggling to contain. About 380 migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia had set up tents under a subway bridge in northern Paris—the largest migrant camp to appear in the city in recent years, according to authorities. The migrants, including about 76 women and children, were taken by bus Tuesday to emergency housing in and...
  • America Has Less Poverty Than Sweden

    06/01/2015 1:35:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/10/2012 | Tim Worstall
    This might seem very surprising indeed but it could be said that the United States actually has less poverty than Sweden. I know this isn’t the story you’re used to hearing but bear with me. Given that elections are looming it must be time for the Economic Policy Institute to release their State of Working America report. Just before an election is of course exactly the right time to release impartial figures on how everyone is doing. Which is what makes this chart of theirs so interesting: This is not calculating poverty by the usual US method. This is using...
  • Spain's Little 'Prince' Shamed for Racist Rant

    06/01/2015 8:21:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 01 Jun 2015
    Spain's royal bad boy has hit the headlines again after shouting racist abuse at a teenage boy who criticised him for attempting to jump the queue at a Madrid theme park. From King Juan Carlos’ rumoured affairs to Princess Cristina’s fraud trial, the Spanish royal family is never far from another controversy and now the next generation of Spanish royals are living up to their family’s reputation. King Felipe’s nephew, Felipe Juan Frolián de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón, known as Frolián, threw a hissy fit last week when, like a mere commoner, he had to wait in...
  • SPD Euro MPs reject compromise with Britain

    06/01/2015 10:55:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Jun 2015 15:54 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    German Social Democratic Party (SPD) MEP Jo Leinen told The Local on Monday he was unhappy with comments from European Parliament (EP) President Martin Schulz, who suggested that Britain should be allowed to opt out of the call to work towards “ever closer union” among EU countries. “The only country that has opted out of European integration with special rules in the past decades has been Great Britain,” Schulz told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “We would only be recognizing what has been true for London for a long time.” But Social Democratic MEP Jo Leinen told The Local that Schulz’s...
  • [German FM] Steinmeier: Gaza is a ‘powder keg’ (so solution = open borders??)

    06/01/2015 11:09:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Jun 2015 18:36 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The impoverished Gaza Strip is a “powder keg” at risk of exploding, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday during a visit to the war-torn territory. […] “We shall only be able to decisively reduce the risks of a fresh escalation if we allow economic development in the Gaza Strip in addition to humanitarian aid and reconstruction,” he said on a visit to Gaza City’s fishing port. That would only be possible “with open borders”—a reference to the tough restrictions on the movement of goods and people that have been imposed by Israel and Egypt. “But none of this will...
  • Break up the RAF and stop buying British

    06/01/2015 5:46:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Jun 2015 | Lewis Page
    It’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) time again, in which we follow the new custom of making all defence policy shortly after an election without debate – thereby humanely relieving ministers of any need to justify their actions. Things are dire in the Armed Forces. The RAF is down to embarrassingly few operational bombers and has no submarine-hunting planes at all. The Army is yet again stripping itself of soldiers. The Navy is shortly to receive aircraft carriers, but they can carry only vertical-lift jets. We used to have some of those, but we got rid of them in...
  • How many more can Kos take? Holidaymaker misery as thousands (snip) set up migrant camp (snip)

    05/28/2015 10:16:33 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 23 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5/27/2015 | Hannah Roberts
    <p>Summer break a 'nightmare' for British holidaymakers, who 'won’t be coming back if it's a refugee camp next year'</p> <p>Boat people from Syria and Afghanistan and British holidaymakers have clashed on Kos – as migrants have turned the Greek island, popular with cheap package deals, into a 'disgusting' hellhole. As families – enjoying some summer sun with their kids during the half term break – relax on sun loungers on the beach, just a yards away scores of migrants have set up camp, sleeping on cardboard boxes with rubbish strewn everywhere. Anne Servante, a nurse from Manchester, had come to Kos expecting a relaxing break with her husband Tony, a retired plumber. Instead her summer break has turned into a nightmare as penniless migrants who are in Greece to claim asylum sit outside their restaurant and watch them eat.</p>
  • Ian Bremmer says America is no longer 'indispensable', and that's bad news for Britain

    05/31/2015 2:24:05 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | May 30,2015 | Peter Foster
    PF: In ‘Superpower’ you outline three possible courses for American foreign policy: 1) keeping faith with the old “Indispensable” America that underwrites global stability 2) adopting a “moneyball” approach where the US pursues its narrow economic and security interests, or 3) an “Independent” America where the US gives up trying to solve the world’s problems, but seeks instead to lead by example by investing in America’s security and prosperity at home. While you invite readers to choose for themselves, you personally plumped for the “Independent” strategy – why? IB: “I went for ‘Independent’ because America needs a strategy that doesn't...
  • Kos [Greece] shows there is no escape from the Mediterranean] migrant crisis

    05/31/2015 1:05:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 30 May 2015
    Photographs of British visitors to Kos walking, eyes averted, past asylum seekers who recently staggered off overloaded dinghies, have gone around the world, along with quotes underlining the revulsion felt by both tourists and sympathetic British journalists for the kind of “riff-raff” happy to ruin another person’s package holiday. “The harbourside has become an unofficial washing line, with clothes and grubby looking-scarves laid out along the shoreline”, according to the Daily Mail. Given the trouble that the holidaying British have traditionally taken, since Byron’s day, to embrace the local culture, perhaps their dismay is understandable. Maybe, if the migrants were...
  • Russia said scaling back its support for Assad

    05/31/2015 11:54:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Elhanan Miller
    Russia is gradually turning its back on Syrian President Bashar Assad, evacuating some 100 expert advisers and their families from Syria and refusing to repair regime fighter jets, an Arab daily reported on Sunday. “Senior sources in the Gulf” told pro-opposition London-based daily a-Sharq al-Awsat that the change in Russia’s position toward the Assad regime stems from diplomatic pressure exerted by Arab Gulf states. It also comes as part of Moscow’s efforts to shake international sanctions imposed on it following a military confrontation with Ukraine, the sources said. Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources told the newspaper that 100 of Russia’s top...
  • We do. Russia does not.

    05/31/2015 9:31:34 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 05/31/2015 | Massza
    Sweden rules the Baltic Sea supreme. Russia does not. We and Finland protect Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. We dispose of the means. We could **** you up very bad Mr. Putin and Stalin won't be there to aid you.
  • Post-election sniping continues at UKIP as Farage criticized

    05/31/2015 9:40:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2015 11:26 AM EDT
    The U.K. Independence Party’s only member of the British Parliament has criticized party leader Nigel Farage for harsh comments about immigrants during the recent campaign. Douglas Carswell says Farage was wrong and mean-spirited when he said in a televised debate that Britons are upset by immigrants coming to Britain for treatment of health problems like HIV. …
  • UN likens Britain to Nazi Germany over threat to quit European convention on human rights

    05/31/2015 8:43:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 06:36 EST, 31 May 2015 | Tom McTague
    A top UN official has provoked outrage after likening David Cameron’s threat to scrap human rights laws to Nazi Germany. The Prime Minister has warned the Government could withdraw the UK from the convention in order to deport foreign criminals. It is the most radical option as part of plans to scrap the Human Rights Act, which enshrines the convention in UK law, with a “British Bill of Rights” enforced by the UK’s Supreme Court rather than by judges in Strasbourg. But Professor François Crépeau, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, said: “We have to remember...
  • Was Politician Forced Into Mental Institution for “Islamophobia”?

    05/26/2015 12:12:01 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 9 replies
    The new american ^ | Monday, 18 May 2015 | Written by Selwyn Duke
    One tactic Soviet-bloc countries would use to stifle dissidents was involuntary confinement to mental institutions. After all, you have to be crazy to oppose state ideology, right? Now, though, 26 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall comes a similar shocking story — from well west of where the wall stood. It is alleged that a French mayor has been involuntarily confined to a mental asylum for “Islamophobia.” The story involves Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern French town of Venelles; the problems began when, participating in a public Twitter discussion initiated by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the mayor proposed...
  • Quarter of French Africans feel discrimination at work

    05/24/2015 9:40:51 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 10 replies
    Turkish weekly ^ | 23 May 2015
    More than a quarter of young people of sub-Saharan origin in France feel discriminated against at work, according to a study published on Friday. The Center for Employment Studies found 27 percent of 18- to 35-year-olds from this group felt they were treated unjustly at work. The figure was 18 percent for those of North African descent and 12 percent for those with a Turkish family background. Among women, the ‘native’ French population, namely those with no discernable migrant background, felt most discriminated against with 19 percent reporting unfair treatment. According to the study, women feel discriminated against on the...
  • French feminists demand rewording of 1789 'rights of man' declaration

    05/21/2015 9:42:44 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 21 May 2015 | Kim Willsher in Paris
    Droits Humains launches petition calling for ‘human rights for everyone’, but critics say capitalised ‘Homme’ means mankind A group of French feminists are saying non to the declaration of the rights of man, which they say is sexist and an outdated example of the French exception culturelle. The Droits Humains collective is calling on France to stop leaving women out of the idea of universal liberties. The declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen was approved by the national assembly in 1789 at the time of the French revolution. The collective wants the French government to immediately...
  • Top United Nations official says Europe must open its borders to Syrian refugees

    05/24/2015 12:50:56 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 20 replies
    The China Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | By Karin Laub
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH Jordan--Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday. Antonio Guterres also appealed to the international community to boost development aid to refugee host countries such as Jordan and Lebanon. "They are the first line of defense for global collective security and they are pillars, essential pillars, for regional security," Guterres told The Associated Press at a regional World Economic Forum conference. "If they fall, the consequences will be dramatic...
  • UKRAINE: Putin is abandoning Russian special forces soldiers captured in Ukraine

    Alexandrov, 28, says he's a Russian soldier who was captured in eastern Ukraine after being sent there on active duty with Russian special forces to help separatists fighting Kiev. He said he was serving on a three-year contract. "I never tore it up, I wrote no resignation request," he said. "I was carrying out my orders." Yet Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the face of widespread evidence to the contrary, has repeatedly said there are no Russian soldiers in Ukraine — only volunteers who have gone to help the separatists of their own accord.
  • Swiss court approves giving account details to United States in [Idaho-based Saudi] terror case

    10/15/2004 12:18:35 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 5 replies · 386+ views
    AP via Findlaw ^ | 10-15-04 | ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS
    GENEVA (AP) - Switzerland approved on Friday the handover of bank documents to the United States on the source of a donation to a U.S.-based Islamic charity suspected of money laundering and recruiting terrorists over the Internet. The supreme court's decision allows Swiss authorities to override banking secrecy and provide documents, including those for a $300,000 transfer made May 14, 1998, from a Geneva bank to the Michigan-based Islamic Assembly of North America. The decision was in response to a February 2003 U.S. government request for judicial assistance in its investigation of the assembly and its Idaho-based Saudi computer expert...
  • Sarkozy renames French opposition The Republicans

    05/30/2015 2:18:39 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/29/2015 | BBC
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has changed his party's name from Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) to The Republicans. Members of France's main opposition party voted to support the rebranding on Friday, with 83% of members approving the move. The move has sparked widespread debate in France, with critics arguing that all French people are Republicans......
  • Poland: Military Superpower?

    05/30/2015 2:55:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    Acumen Ozy ^ | 29 May 15 | Emily Cadei•
    Don’t look now: A new military power may be rising on the plains of Central Europe. According to data recently released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a leading tracker of global defense spending, Poland’s military outlays last year jumped higher than any other country in Europe bar Ukraine, which is in the midst of a full-blown war. That includes Russia, which is on the other side of that war in Ukraine. In 2015, Poland’s plans for military spending top
  • NATO breaks treaty with Russia deploying troops in Latvia

    05/29/2015 2:52:39 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 12 replies
    Source: Pravda.Ru ^ | 29.05.2015
    The special request has been already approved by the Latvian government. Latvian Prime Minister, Laimota Straujuma confirmed the permanent presence of the NATO military force in the country. Generals from Lithuania and Estonia are also reported to request NATO deploy several thousand ground troops in their countries. As Lithuanian military spokesman Captain Mindaugas Neimontas said: "We are seeking a brigade-size unit so that every Baltic nation would have a battalion." However, the deployment of permanent forces flies in the face of the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation which was signed in...
  • Erdogan And The Prime Minister Of The Turkey, Just Made This Declaration To The Entire Islamic...

    05/27/2015 4:12:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/27/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    By AllahÂ’s will, Jerusalem belongs to the Kurds, the Turks, the Arabs, and to all Muslims. And as our forefathers fought side by side at Gallipoli, and just as our forefathers went together to liberate Jerusalem with Saladin, we will march together on the same path [to liberate Jerusalem]. These are the words just declared by Dovutoglu, the Prime Minister of Turkey. You would think its coming straight from the mouth of the Antichrist. The amazing speeches by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were given at the inauguration ceremony at the countryÂ’s 55th airport...
  • Putin is going to extreme lengths to hide Russian soldiers who are dying while fighting in Ukraine

    05/26/2015 12:22:21 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 26 May 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is using crematoriums on wheels to burn the bodies of its soldiers who die fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, Bloomberg's Josh Rogin reports. “The Russians are trying to hide their casualties by taking mobile crematoriums with them,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told Rogin. “They are trying to hide not only from the world but from the Russian people their involvement.” The mobile crematoriums — which burn about eight to 10 bodies a day, according to Ukraine security service chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko — reveal how far Russia is willing to go to hide its military...
  • Hollande and Merkel deliver blow to Cameron (EUSSR in action)

    05/26/2015 11:19:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 May 2015 09:34 GMT+02:00 | Ben McPartland
    Germany and France have agreed to forge closer Eurozone ties without reopening the bloc’s treaties, a report in France has claimed. The move is seemingly designed to undermine UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempts to renegotiate his country’s ties to the EU. France’s Le Monde newspaper revealed this week that French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to forge a tighter political union among those countries in the single currency. […] It comes as the UK Prime Minister is due in Paris and Berlin later this week as part of his charm offensive to convince the...
  • French National Front leader Marine Le Pen visits Moscow

    05/26/2015 9:26:18 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 2 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | May. 26, 2015 | Agence France Presse
    MOSCOW: The leader of France's far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, visited Moscow Tuesday for talks with the speaker of the lower house that were closed to press. Le Pen previously met the speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Russia's fourth most important official and a member of the ruling United Russia party, in April last year. Le Pen's party in November came under fire for taking out a 9 million euro loan with a Russian bank. Russia has sought to cosy up to European politicians who have criticized the European Union for imposing sanctions on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, including...
  • Convert to Islam or Die! Mayor of Antwerp Given Ultimatum by Extremists [Daniel 8]

    05/25/2015 2:34:41 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 28 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 5/25/2015 | Staff
    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – Islamic extremists in Belgium have publicly threatened to kill the mayor of the Belgian city of Antwerp, Bart De Wever, if he does not convert to Islam, local media reported Monday. A sign written in French stating threats against de Wever, who is also the head of the nationalist political party the New Flemish Alliance, was placed on one of the main squares of Antwerp. Experts are currently assessing the seriousness of the action and the message. “I always warned that we will not get rid of the threat from Islamic extremists in the near future. This...
  • POLAND: Conservative Andrzej Duda wins presidential election.

    05/25/2015 1:18:08 AM PDT · by Matt_DZ_PL · 12 replies
    Polish Radio External Service ^ | May 24, 2015 | John Beauchamp
    Exit poll: Andrzej Duda wins presidential election PR dla Zagranicy John Beauchamp 24.05.2015 22:31 Law and Justice candidate Andrzej Duda has won the second round of the presidential election in Poland, gaining 53 percent, according to an exit poll released by Ipsos at 10.30pm.     Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk  Incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski won 47 percent of the vote. According to the Ipsos exit poll, turnout stood at 56.1 percent, seven percent more than in the first round of the ballot.The release of the result was delayed due to a death at a polling station near Cieszyn in southern Poland, meaning it...
  • Obituary: Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, The great survivor (of Auschwitz)

    05/12/2015 9:53:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | 7.May.2015 | the Economist
    WHEN Hitler’s forces marched into Warsaw in September 1939, Wladyslaw Bartoszewski’s parents told him not to panic. They had experienced German occupation during the last war. There would be inconvenience, disorder and even looting. He should be careful. But it would not be too bad—the Germans were, after all, west Europeans—and by next year, the British and French would arrive. The Bartoszewskis could hardly have given their teenage son worse advice. The Western allies never came; instead the Soviets joined in the Nazi attack. Hitler not only wiped Poland off the map, but aimed to obliterate its language, culture and...
  • UPDATE 1-Poland seen buying Patriot missiles, Europe helicopters

    04/21/2015 6:13:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/21/2015 | Wiktor Szary and Marcin Goettig
    WARSAW, April 21 (Reuters) - Poland looks set to award a total of $8 billion in military contracts to Raytheon of the United States and Europe's Airbus, local media and industry sources said on Tuesday, striking a transatlantic balance as it faces rising tensions with Russia. Speculation over the deals rose as President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Poland's defence minister gathered to discuss the modernisation of the country's armed forces. A press briefing was scheduled for 1400 GMT, but Polish officials declined to elaborate. Daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported Warsaw had chosen U.S. firm Raytheon, the maker of...
  • Poland summons U.S. ambassador over FBI head's Holocaust remarks

    04/19/2015 8:42:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 119 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2015 | By Wiktor Szary
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland has summoned the United States' ambassador in Warsaw over an article written by a top U.S. intelligence official on Poland's alleged responsibility for the Holocaust during World War Two, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The article by FBI director James Comey, published in the Washington Post earlier this week, prompted an outcry in Poland and drew condemnation in the media and from politicians. A foreign ministry spokesman said on his Twitter account that the U.S. ambassador would be summoned to the ministry over the article, and that Poland would demand an apology. Comey said...
  • Poland to build Russia border towers at Kaliningrad

    04/08/2015 8:46:43 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 April 2015 | BBC
    Poland is to build observation towers along its land border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, according to a Polish news agency.
  • Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

    04/07/2015 1:59:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 06, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    WARSAW, Poland – NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies and American armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they're safe from Russian aggression. But these days, ordinary people aren't taking any chances. In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training in case of an invasion. Neighboring Lithuania is restoring the draft and teaching citizens what to do in case of war. Nearby Latvia has plans to give university students military training next year. The drive to teach ordinary people how to use weapons and...
  • GOP’s bizarro foreign policy: Alienate America’s closest allies on “day one”

    04/06/2015 5:38:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | April 6, 2015 | Simon Maloy, political writer
    When Republicans criticize Barack Obama’s foreign policy, their critiques usually break down into two broad themes: America’s enemies no longer fear us, and America’s allies no longer trust us. The part about our enemies fearing us is usually a reference to Russia – conservatives believe quite earnestly that Russia’s military expansionism over the last few years is a consequence of Vladimir Putin sizing up the president and determining that he’s a weakling. No less an authority than Peggy Noonan made this very argument just last Friday, lamenting “a Russian president who took the American’s measure and made a move, upsetting...
  • Eurosceptic Andrzej Duda Will Become New Polish President, Signaling Conservative, Populist Shift

    05/25/2015 12:30:17 PM PDT · by annalex · 66 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 24 2015 | Angelo Young
    <p>Poland is getting a new and more conservative president. Andrzej Duda, 43, won the European Union member’s presidential runoff election Sunday by an unofficial 6 percentage-point margin, Agence France-Presse reported.</p> <p>"I congratulate my competitor Andrzej Duda and wish him a successful presidency," President Bronisław Komorowski was quoted by the Associated Press as saying in a concession speech late Sunday in Warsaw. A TVP public broadcaster exit poll indicated Duda was comfortably ahead at 53 percent to Komorowski’s 47 percent.</p>
  • U.K. rape jihadis: 'This is OK in our culture'

    05/24/2015 2:59:51 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | May 24, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    On Friday, I published at Breitbart the horrifying reminiscences of a British woman who suffered repeated gang rapes, beatings and abuse from a Muslim rape gang, while police dismissed her complaints with total indifference. Now this courageous woman has revealed to me more details of what she and other girls have suffered at the hands of these rape gangs: After awhile, the worst thing was not what happened for me – as horrifying as it was, I got used to it. What was worst for me was seeing the other girls they did this to. I was used to it,...
  • Army chief calls for ‘massive’ funding boost (German Bundeswehr)

    05/24/2015 3:49:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 May 2015 10:03 GMT+02:00
    The Bundeswehr (German army) Chief of Staff Bruno Kasdorf claimed on Wednesday that he faces a funding shortage of €4 billion. “The financing situation today is clearly insufficient,” the army's most senior soldier told the Süddeutsche Zeitung, complaining that the army had been under-financed since 1990. With an eye on continuing fighting in Ukraine and threats to other Eastern European Nato members, Kasdof said that “restocking our munitions is not sufficient, we are way behind on modernising our equipment; it is also imperative that we add to our munitions stocks.” …
  • Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challenger

    05/24/2015 5:45:07 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/2015 | Pawel Sobczak and Agnieszka Barteczko
    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday's presidential election, a result that will set alarm bells ringing for the government, which faces its own election race later this year. Komorowski had originally been seen as a shoo-in for another term in office, and his defeat reflected a desire among voters for new faces, and a sense that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being shared out equally. The outgoing president, an ally of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, announced he was conceding defeat after an exit poll showed he had won 47 percent to 53 percent...
  • U.S. retail gasoline prices lowest since 2009 heading into Memorial Day weekend

    05/22/2015 5:07:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MAY 22, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    On May 18, the U.S. average retail price for gasoline was $2.74 per gallon ($/gal), or 92¢ per gallon (¢/gal) lower than at the same time last year. This is the lowest average price heading into the Memorial Day weekend—the traditional start of the summer driving season—since 2009. Lower gasoline prices reflect lower crude oil prices, with the spot price of North Sea Brent crude oil at more than $45 per barrel ($/b) lower than the same time last year, despite having increased more than $10/b since the beginning of February. Average retail prices for all regions of the country...
  • Germany, France to jointly develop 'Leopard 3' tank

    05/23/2015 3:50:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    dpa, Reuters ^ | 22.05.2015
    The German Defense Ministry announced its plans for the "Leo 3" (as it's likely to be nicknamed in Germany) in a report on Friday to the Bundestag, which was obtained by multiple media outlets. "Technologies and concepts will be investigated between 2015 and 2018 in joint studies also involving German industry," Markus Grübel, a deputy minister in the German Defense Ministry told his parliamentary colleagues. He cited the Leopard 2's long years of service as the reason that a new battle tank was required. The Leopard 2's 50-year service life is set to expire in 2030. The tank, which came...
  • The state of Palestine? Still mired in Jew hatred

    05/22/2015 11:43:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-22-2015 | GIL TROY
    Palestinian rhetoric and behavior reflect their honest intentions: their official organs and most of their leaders seek Israel’s destruction. State of Palestine A Palestinian supporter wears Palestinian and Union Jack flags outside the Parliament in London during October's vote on recognizing a state of Palestine. (photo credit:REUTERS) dShare on Facebook hShare on Twitter With the Palestinians taking Israel to the International Criminal Court and trying to kick Israel out of the international soccer league, FIFA, while still boycotting normal, constructive, personal, economic or cultural ties with Israel, their war against the Jews continues. Even if Pope Francis – whom I...
  • Britain resigns as a world power

    05/21/2015 8:09:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-21-2015 | Fareed Zakaria
    On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being reelected to his high office — once held by Pitt, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill and Thatcher. Confronting a world of challenges — including Greece’s possible exit from the euro, a massive migration crisis on Europe’s shores, Ukraine’s perilous state, Russia’s continued intransigence, the advance of the Islamic State and the continuing chaos in the Middle East — Cameron chose to talk about . . . a plan to ensure that hospitals in the United Kingdom will be better staffed on weekends. Okay,...
  • PMW: PA Adopts ‘One State Solution’ as Official Policy (i.e. Palestinian Authority)

    05/21/2015 3:40:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 5/21/2015, 1:55 PM | Shimon Cohen
    While Israeli politicians continue to debate the merits of the “two-state solution,” their Palestinian interlocutors have long moved beyond that model for the solution of the Middle East conflict. For Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the idea of a “greater Palestine”—that would stretch from “the river to the sea”—is now an official policy. If this policy had until now been elucidated verbally in Arabic, by “minor” government officials—allowing the PA to say that they had been speaking out of turn or voicing personal opinions—it has now taken on a much more official persona. In a series of videos and images...
  • Stockholm municipality voted for a program to help returning ISIS-warriors back into society

    05/19/2015 2:51:37 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 17 replies
    SVT - Swedish Television ^ | Rebecca Randhawa Bergmark
    On Tuesday, clubbed the City of Stockholm through a strategy against extremism. The goal is to prevent terrorist travel, but also to deal with returning the IS-fighters using different types of support. But the strategy may be severely criticized by the opposition.
  • The Fairest Referendum Money Can Buy

    05/19/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Mercator.net ^ | 5/19/15 | Michael Cook
    As Friday’s referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland approaches, attention has turned to the funding behind the Yes campaign. A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding”. In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland. A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it...
  • I Wish The Obama Admin Were as Concerned With Death Sentences Against Iranian Bloggers...

    05/17/2015 8:45:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    I Wish The Obama Admin Were as Concerned With Death Sentences Against Iranian Bloggers As They Are With Ex-Egyptian PresidentsThe State Department has expressed deep concern with the death sentence handed out against former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for his role in the 2011 Muslim Brotherhood prison break. Of course, an argument can be made that a death sentence against Morsi would turn him into a martyr not only for the Muslim Brotherhood, but for human rights activists. Not that Morsi was overly concerned with human rights when he was in power, but Morsi was democratically elected and disposed of...
  • Russia Bans NATO Military Transit To Afghanistan

    05/19/2015 4:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 5-19-2015 | MINA
    Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory. According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace. The Russian Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform all the countries involved.
  • Citizens of Ireland: Vote 'No' on Friday's Marriage Referendum

    05/19/2015 9:17:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | May 19, 2015 | Fran Griffin - press release
    WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- This following op-ed by columnist, Craig Turner, is being issued by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation. Mr. Turner, a widely-published writer, is the author of "Words of Faith" and "Words of Hope."On Friday, May 22, Ireland will vote upon an issue that has vexed both the United States and Europe: same-sex "marriage." While many Irish may believe that following the path already taken by some countries would be correct, the logic behind same-sex marriage is lacking. For example, proponents of same-sex marriage have labeled those who adhere to traditional marriage as bigots and haters....
  • Muslim Rape Gangs, Terrorists as 'Pop-Idols,' and the Trafficking of Children

    05/18/2015 12:10:52 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 17, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    A Month of Islam in Britain: April 2015 • "The boys want to be like them [jihadists] and the girls want to be with them. That's what they used to say about the Beatles... [Muslim teenagers] see their own lives as poor by comparison, and don't realize they are being used." — Nazir Afzal, Britain's leading Muslim prosecutor. •"The extreme views of a 'racist, homophobe and anti-Semite' who supports killing non-Muslims and 'stoning adulterers' are being made available to prison imams and prisoners...with the blessing of [prison] authorities." — Newsweek magazine. •"Mohammed was selling me for £250 to paedophiles from...