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  • House Of Bribes: How The United States Led The Way To A Nuclear Iran

    10/01/2015 10:53:25 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 20 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | October 2, 2015 | New Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    Executive Summary The Iranian nuclear deal is a full capitulation to Iran’s terrorist mastermind Mullahs, and the latest in a series of betrayals of the American people and allies by the Obama administration. At the highest level of the administration, Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor, the Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, prioritized rapprochement with the terror state. Throughout the process and negotiations, she had the backing of billionaire investor (and Obama-backer) George Soros, and his multi-headed network of tax-exempt foundations. Their efforts were driven by deep-rooted anti-Semitism and personal greed. Meanwhile, since the mid-1990s, a small but very connected Iranian lobby (funded, in...
  • [EU High Representative] Mogherini visits Cuba to normalize ties

    03/24/2015 9:46:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 23/03/2015 - 08:54 | (With AFP)
    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives in Cuba today (23 March) in a bid to spur sensitive talks aimed at normalizing ties with the Communist island state. The visit comes as previously icy relations between Cuba and the West are thawing, following the dramatic rapprochement between Havana and Washington over the last few months. […] In 2014, the EU launched its normalization process with the Americas’ only communist nation to encourage the country to pursue reforms allowing for private initiatives without having to change the one-party political system. The negotiating sessions earlier this month, initially scheduled for January, had...
  • U.S. Companies Clamor to Do Business in New Cuban Market

    12/19/2014 5:42:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/19/2014 | By JULIE CRESWELL
    PepsiCo wants in. So do Caterpillar and Marriott International. Within hours of President Obama’s historic move to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, companies in the United States were already developing strategies to introduce their products and services to a market they have not been in for the better part of 50 years — if ever. “Cuba is a potential market for John Deere products and services,” Ken Golden, a spokesman for Deere & Company, a leading maker of farm and construction equipment based in Illinois, said by email. But while there may be robust opportunities for some companies, especially...
  • The Conservative Case For Normalizing Relations With Cuba

    12/19/2014 5:33:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/18/2014 | Tom Nichols
    Okay, everyone. Calm down. There are a lot of reasons to be worried about the president’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba. Not least among them is that this is the least-adept foreign policy team in post-Cold War history (yes, I include the Carter and Bush 43 White Houses in that evaluation), and after six years of being taken to the cleaners by bad regimes, it feels like it’s happening again. It also looks too much like a quid pro quo for the release of an imprisoned American. And it’s being rationalized by the president himself in terms that show...
  • Shaking Hands with the Devil, from Ninety Miles Away

    12/18/2014 7:53:58 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 18, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    A long time ago, on an island not too far away, a pair of brothers was ejected from a good Jesuit school. The one was reportedly a better student, the other less impressive, but together, they preferred other things – politics, rabble-rousing, war. When the brothers grew up, they fell in with a bad crowd – the worst of crowds, in fact. Far across the oceans, Chinese communists were consolidating their power, Soviet communists were drawing an iron curtain down the center of Europe, Korean communists were settling in for the long haul in Pyongyang, Vietnamese communists were revolting against...
  • Pope Francis played significant role in secret talks to normalize relations between U.S. and Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:48:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/18/2014 | Deborah Hastings
    The Vatican played a significant role in healing relations between arch foes Cuba and the United States, officials said Wednesday. Pope Francis was personally involved in secret negotiations between the longtime enemies, sources said Wednesday, as the historic announcement was made in Washington D.C. The pontiff sent private letters to President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro over the summer, urging them to turn their swords into ploughshares. The Pope expressed "warm congratulations for the historic decision" to resume relations, the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday. The Vatican and an undisclosed Canadian location served as top-secret areas for negotiations...
  • Cubans in Miami Slam ‘Betrayal’ After Historic Move

    12/18/2014 12:12:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    AFP via Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 03:59 PM
    Cubans in Miami’s Little Havana reacted with anger and dismay to President Barack Obama’s dramatic bid Wednesday to end a half-century Cold War with the communist-ruled island. “It is a betrayal. The talks are only going to benefit Cuba,” said Carlos Munoz Fontanil in Calle Ocho, the heart of an exile community that has long pined for the fall of the Castro regime in Havana. […] An equally outraged Felix Tirse, who arrived from Cuba 53 years ago, said Obama’s announcement showed “a lack of respect.” “He is more communist than others,” he said. …
  • Starbucks Unveils Its First LBGT Commercial and it Ain’t Pretty

    11/02/2014 12:01:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 1, 2014 | Gary DeMar
    More and more companies are going “gay” while at the same time denigrating anybody who has an issue with same-sex, alternate sex, slice and dice sex (transgenderism), and take-your-pick sex. When it was found out that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich opposed same-sex marriage, so much pressure was put on him because of his anti-same sex marriage views (he donated to Proposition 8) that he believed that he couldn’t do anything but resign. The Gaystapo would have made it unbearable for him and the company for Eich if he had remain as CEO. There is a long trail of persecution from...
  • Khartoum, Sudan: Editor Beaten, Hospitalized After Televised Call For “Normalized Ties” W/Israel

    07/20/2014 10:41:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Vos Iz Neias ^ | July 20, 2014 12:18 PM | Glen Silver
    The chief editor of a Sudanese newspaper was attacked and beaten by an angry mob late Saturday just days after a televised appearance in which he called for “normalized ties” with Israel. AFP is reporting that Osman Mirghani, editor in chief of Sudan’s Al-Tayar daily newspaper, was taken to Al-Zaytouna Hospital after the mob stormed the paper’s offices Saturday night. …
  • Erdogan to Israel: Stop Attacking Gaza or No Normalization

    07/10/2014 9:28:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/14 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Thursday that his country’s ties with Israel would not return to normal unless Israel ceases its offensive on Gaza, AFP reports. "You will first stop this oppression. If not, it is not possible to realize normalization between Turkey and Israel," Erdogan said in the central Anatolian city of Yozgat after a dinner breaking the daily Ramadan fast. .....
  • Cuba, EU approve road map on normalization talks

    04/30/2014 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2014 8:25 PM EDT
    Cuba and the European Union have closed a first round of talks on normalizing relations troubled since the 1990s after agreeing to a road map for further discussions. […] EU officials say concerns about civil liberties and democratic participation will continue to influence policy. Cuba says it is open to talking about any issue. …
  • Kerry Misleads on Muslim States’ Readiness to Normalize Ties With Israel

    02/10/2014 2:43:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 10, 2014 - 4:14 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry continues to assert, misleadingly, that the signing of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will immediately usher in peaceful relations between the Jewish state and the world’s Islamic nations. He has made the statement several times in public since launching the drive last July for a “final status” Israeli-Palestinian agreement. Citing the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative (API), he says, if Israelis and Palestinians agree to a negotiated settlement then all 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will normalize ties with Israel. He has said moreover that this would happen “instantaneously”—“the minute” that an Israeli-Palestinian...
  • Interview with Yuri Bezmenov

    04/11/2013 9:47:28 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 46 replies
    UselessDissident on ^ | 24 Nov 08 | Useless Dissident
    ... Griffin: I think you’re trying to tell us something… to this country. Bezmenov: Oh yes. I am trying to tell you that it has to be stopped, unless you want to end up in [a] gulag system, and enjoy all the advantages of socialist equality, working for free, catching fleas on your body, sleeping on planks of plywood, in Alaska this time, I guess. That’s where Americans will belong unless they will wake up, of course, and force their government to stop aiding Soviet fascism. ...
  • Film About Egyptian Jews Stirs 'Normalization' Uproar in Cairo

    10/14/2012 3:34:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/10/12 | Rachel Hirschfeld
    An Egyptian film documenting Jewish life in Egypt prior to the 1950s has stirred controversy after it was screened at a film festival in Cairo, Al-Arabiya news reported. Amir Ramsis, director of “Jews of Egypt,” was accused of promoting normalization of ties with Israel through attempting to gain the audience’s sympathy for Jewish Egyptians, who are seen as the “Zionist enemy” by the majority of Egyptians. “Those accusations are absolutely groundless,” Ramsis told Al-Arabiya. “Those who think the film promotes normalization either did not watch it or analyzed it very superficially.” He maintained that the documentary is against Israel and...
  • Closer Look: Religious concerns over bullying bill

    05/22/2012 6:07:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies ^ | 5/21/12
    Some Illinois conservatives fear their children are about to face an assault on their morals and religious beliefs. They worry that state lawmakers will muzzle students who hold unpopular opinions and force them into indoctrination sessions. The cause of their worry? Legislation requiring Illinois schools to discourage bullying. The Illinois Family Institute claims the measure's real goal is "to use public education to promote unproven, non-factual beliefs about the nature and morality of homosexuality and 'transgenderism'." It sees the bills as a beachhead for "homosexual activist organizations" that want to indoctrinate students and teachers. Despite those broad concerns, the group's...
  • Jordan, France Slam Normalization Decision

    04/24/2012 12:07:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    France and Jordan on Tuesday condemned Israel's decision to normalize the status of three communities in Judea and Samaria. The communities of Rechilim, Bruchin, and Sansana were built in the 1990's with government approval. The Foreign Ministry in Paris issued a statement that the move "sends a negative message, which is an obstacle to peace." According to France, all Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem is illegal. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh also condemned Israel for "legalization of three settlements and unilateral activity." Nonetheless, a special Ministerial team appointed by the government to determine the status of Israel's...
  • CROUSE: Normalizing Penn State pedophilia

    11/20/2011 7:13:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2011 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    The vast majority of Americans are outraged at the recent accusations of child rape by a former member of the football coaching staff at Penn State University and the seeming cover-up by the university’s president and legendary head football coach. At the same time, a small, radical organization, B4U-ACT, is lobbying under the radar to convince the American Psychiatric Association (APA) - publisher of the bible for identifying abnormal behaviors, the Diagnostic&StatisticalManualofMental Disorders (DSM) -to declare that pedophilia should not be included in the list of abnormal behaviors. Members of the APA need to listen to the public outcry and...
  • Report: APA wants to destigmatize pedophilia

    08/22/2011 6:23:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    One News Now ^ | August 19, 2011 | Charlie Butts
    Several well-known researchers recently made unexpected arguments on pedophilia at an academic conference in Baltimore. Liberty Counsel Action's Matt Barber attended the conference and says he felt he was on a different planet, as the presenting professionals aimed to remove pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). That would mean that pedophilia would no longer be considered a mental disorder. "The entire focus of the event was on the victimhood of the pedophile," Barber accounts. There was "very little concern for the children who are the victims of these individuals when they...
  • Senator John McCain praises US-Vietnam relations (BARF ALERT)

    03/27/2011 8:48:01 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies
    Voice of Vietnam ^ | 2011-03-27
    (VOV) - The fine relationship between the US and Vietnam plays an important role in maintaining peace and stability in the region, said US Republican senator, John McCain at a meeting with Vietnamese ambassador to the US, Le Cong Phung in Phoenix, Arizona. Senator McCain said that the US-Vietnam relationship has made significant progress, especially in economics, defence and education in recent years. He said he is proud of being able to contribute to accelerating normalizing the relationship between the two countries and emphasized the need to develop the relationship into a strategic partnership.
  • Christians Need to Prepare for Normalization of Gay Marriage

    02/27/2011 8:24:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 150 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/26/2011 | Nathan Black
    Though many Christians are going to try to deny "the obvious," evangelical leader Dr. Albert Mohler believes gay marriage is going to become normalized. "I think it's clear that something like same-sex marriage is going to become normalized, legalized and recognized in the culture. It's time for Christians to start thinking about how we're going to deal with that," he said Friday on the Focus on the Family radio program. Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was speaking in response to the Obama administration's decision this week to stop defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act – federal...
  • Iran's Oil Mafia (pro-regime Iranian lobby in U.S.)

    04/16/2007 5:08:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 552+ views ^ | April 16, 2007 | Hassan Daioleslam
    Iran's Oil Mafia April 16, 2007 Hassan Daioleslam Robert William (Bob) Ney is a current federal prisoner and a former Ohio Congressman from 1995 until November 3, 2006. Ney pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and making false statements in relation to the Jack Abramoff lobbying and bribery scandal. Ney reportedly received bribes from Abramoff, other lobbyists, and two foreign businessmen - a felon and an arms dealer - in exchange for using his position to advance their interests. Conspicuously missing from this dossier of disservice to the country was Ney’s assistance in the creation of a Washington-based lobbying...
  • McCain Involvement of Fast Tracking N Vietnam Relations

    02/13/2008 8:15:39 PM PST · by Shyla · 54 replies · 210+ views
    A FReeper made a post on a McCain thread about McCain being involved in fast tracking new relations with N Vietnam, thus leaving POW's left behind. I failed to bookmark the thread and am interested in learning more about this. Looking for links or articles.

    02/07/2008 9:27:03 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 61 replies · 210+ views
    The New Media ^ | February 5, 2008 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Ever since John McCain won the South Carolina and Florida Republican primaries, the Internet has been awash (ablaze is probably a better word) with assertions, arguments, and proof that he is not a conservative. See, for example, Straight Talk About The Straight-Talker. In the last few days, however, a few commentators have revived long-standing speculation about whether McCain’s non-conservative positions and conduct are rooted in something much darker than mere opportunism or closet liberalism. Some have even characterized McCain as a Vietnam War “Manchurian Candidate”—after the title of the famous 1959 novel by Richard Condon, and the subsequent movie of...
  • Brief history of the modern childlove movement

    03/03/2007 9:23:28 AM PST · by Calpernia · 190 replies · 10,080+ views
    Various - Cited in Sources
    Platform and positions NAMBLA describes itself as a "support group for intergenerational relationships," and uses the slogan "sexual freedom for all." According to the group's web site, its aim is to "support the rights of youth as well as adults to choose the partners with whom they wish to share and enjoy their bodies." Google Search of NAMBLA's IP One of the group's arguments is that age of consent laws can unnecessarily criminalize sexual relationships between adults and minors (particularly boys). In 1980 a NAMBLA general meeting passed a resolution, proposed by Tom Reeves, which said: "(1) The...
  • N. Korea: NK Must Address Human Rights for Normalization With US

    03/29/2007 5:58:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 03/27/07
    `NK Must Address Human Rights for Normalization With US' North Korea needs to meet international standards, especially in human rights, in order to normalize ties with Washington, the Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday quoting the top U.S. envoy to the six-nation denuclearization talks. ``It's a price of admission to the international community,’’ Yonhap quoted Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill as saying Monday in Washington. The envoy said it was ``very, very wrong’’ for Pyongyang to hold up nuclear negotiations over a banking issue but said he was still convinced the communist regime was committed to implementing a Feb. 13...
  • Social Security billions could go to Mexicans

    01/03/2007 3:10:21 AM PST · by Man50D · 33 replies · 1,362+ views ^ | January 2, 2007
    An organization of retirees has announced the release, after three years of arguments and a Freedom of Information request, by the Social Security Administration of a copy of the first known public copy of the U.S.-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement. The TREA Senior Citizens League said the document reveals what was expected, a huge threat to the future of Social Security, because any Mexican worker who has as little as 18 months of employment history in the United States could end up qualifying for some Social Security retirement benefits. The organization of retirees, whose leaders have tried to convince Congress...
  • US will normalize relations with North Korea if it abandons nuclear weapons.

    12/18/2006 12:55:02 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 327+ views
    AP News Alert ^ | December 18, 2006
    The United States says it will normalize relations with North Korea if the communist nation abandons nuclear weapons.
  • U.S. willing to give Pyongyang [North Korea] written security guarantee: sources

    12/14/2006 12:41:32 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 633+ views
    Excerpt - SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Yonhap) -- In a major incentive for North Korea, the United States is willing to provide the communist regime with a written security guarantee if it agrees to take concrete actions to end its nuclear weapons program at next week's six-way talks, diplomatic sources here said Thursday. The U.S. offered the olive branch at a meeting between its chief nuclear envoy Christopher Hill and his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye-gwan in Beijing late last month, according to the sources. The offer came as the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Russia, and Japan are set to...
  • ‘Hill Said U.S., N.Korea Ties Depend on Human Rights'(U.S. won't relent)

    10/09/2005 9:16:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/09/05
    ‘Hill Said U.S., N.Korea Ties Depend on Human Rights’ Washington’s chief negotiator in six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, Christopher Hill, reportedly said the Stalinist country must discuss its human rights record, plans to develop biochemical weapons, support for terrorism and other illegitimate activities before the U.S. is ready to normalize ties. Reports on Sunday said Hill made the remark in a closed-door address right after signing a statement of principles that ended the fourth round of the talks on Sept. 19. He said other parties in the talks must take a clear stance in the next round slated...
  • Scholar: N. Korea Won't Dismantle Weapons(and threaten to proliferate)

    04/10/2005 2:07:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 445+ views
    AP ^ | 04/09/05 | JOE McDONALD
    Scholar: N. Korea Won't Dismantle Weapons Sat Apr 9, 3:30 PM ET By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer BEIJING - North Korea says it won't even discuss dismantling its nuclear weapons until Washington has normalized relations, a U.S. scholar who visited the North said Saturday. The new demand for formal relations is a victory for North Korean hard-liners and adds another complication to stalled talks on North Korea's nuclear program, according to Selig Harrison, a Washington-based researcher. He said it reflects frustration at a lack of results from contacts with Washington and fears of a U.S. attack. "The chance to...
  • Secrets unveiled on Korea-Japan ties

    01/18/2005 12:52:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 647+ views
    The Korea Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 18, 2005 | Choi Soung-ah
    Declassified documents anger victims' families, stir up potential lawsuits Confidential documents drawn up between Seoul and Tokyo when normalizing diplomatic ties four decades ago were unveiled to the public yesterday under a court ruling, stirring up long-buried dust on victims of Japan's 1910-1945 colonial rule of this nation. The government's partial release of its "X-files," consisting of about 1,200 pages, awakened memories of past victims and their families - and incited new claims for compensation. "The documents will inevitably become a catalyst for compensation lawsuits from victims of the colonial rule," an official at the Foreign Ministry said. "And with...
  • Iraqi PM: No normalization with Israel until Arab states ready

    07/26/2004 3:23:31 AM PDT · by yonif · 28 replies · 960+ views
    Haaretz ^ | July 26, 2004 | Associated Press
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Monday that Baghdad will not make any moves to normalize relations with Israel before other Arabs do as part of a Mideast settlement. The U.S.-backed prime minister, speaking to reporters at a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, also dismissed Arab press reports that Israelis have established a presence in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion. "Future relations with Israel are determined by two issues: international resolutions and a just and comprehensive peace that has been adopted by Arab leaderships, including the Palestinian leadership. Iraq will not take...
  • Vietnam, U.S. Agree to Resume Flights.

    10/08/2003 6:40:39 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 8 replies · 193+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Oct 8, 7:07 AM EDT | By MARGIE MASON
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam and the United States reached a tentative agreement Wednesday to begin the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese official said. The two sides were still working out final details, but were expected to initial an agreement on Thursday, said the official from Vietnam's Civil Aviation Administration, who declined to be named. The agreement came after negotiations broke down three years ago before resuming this spring. It would open direct flights between the United States and Vietnam, but no details were available on when the service...

    12/18/2002 2:24:37 PM PST · by Apolitical · 6 replies · 279+ views
    The Iconoclast ^ | December 18, 2002 | Johannes L. Jacobse
    The Politics of Deviance Anne Hendershott Encounter Books 2002 194 pages Occasionally a book is published that examines the dogmas of the dominant culture with such clarity that the gatekeepers can only regard it as subversive. Anne Hendershott's "The Politics of Deviance" is such a book. Hendershott, a professor of sociology at the University of San Diego, follows the lead of former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who warned in the 1965 speech "Defining Deviancy Down" that "[society] has chosen not to notice behavior that would be otherwise controlled, disapproved, or even punished." Moynihan's warning proved true. Behaviors once considered deviant...
  • Jordan puts stop to anti-normalization campaigns

    10/16/2002 4:18:33 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 150+ views
    The Jordanian government has ordered the dissolution of trade-union affiliated agencies that oppose the normalization of ties with Israel. The Kingdom’s Anti-Normalization Committee remains opposed to the peace treaty with Israel, which removed trade barriers between the neighboring nations in 1994. According to Jordan’s Minister of State for Political Affairs Mohammad Adwan, the peace treaty signed between the Hashemite Kingdom and Israel is legally binding, therefore “any practice against national interest” will be halted. Government officials claim that the Committee’s circulation of a list of company’s which they consider “normalizers” with Israel caused losses of millions of dinars from the...
  • Kerry's Betrayal Of Vietnam

    08/27/2002 8:40:40 AM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies · 329+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | August 25, 2002 | Jeff Jacoby
    <p>I have long thought that John Kerry is wrong on Vietnam. I don't mean wrong 30 years ago, when, as a decorated combat veteran, he returned from Vietnam and became a leading antiwar activist. I mean wrong in the years since, when he has been, with John McCain, the Senate's foremost advocate of normalized relations with Vietnam.</p>