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  • 'Britain-Israel relations will not significantly change'

    06/25/2016 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/6/16 | Ben Ariel
    srael and Britain’s relations will not change once Britain leaves the European Union (EU), British ambassador to Israel David Quarrey said on Friday. Speaking to Channel 2 News after UK residents voted to leave the EU in a referendum and Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation, Quarrey said, “The relationship between Britain and Israel will not change significantly.” "...lies...more lies...self delusion..." .....
  • Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic relations with Iran

    01/03/2016 1:10:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 58 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 1-3-2015 | Al Jazeera Staff
    Saudi Arabia has announced that it is severing diplomatic ties with Iran following Saturday's attack of its embassy in Tehran during protests. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi foreign minister, made the announcement on Sunday as the foreign ministry announced that it would ask the Iranian diplomatic mission to leave the kingdom within 48 hours. The Saudi foreign ministry has also announced that the staff of its diplomatic mission have been evacuated, and are now on their way back to Saudi.
  • Joe Lieberman: Media exaggerates Obama-Netanyahu hostility

    11/24/2015 2:47:23 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/15 | Ari Soffer
    Relations between Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama are not quite as bad as they have been made out to be - and things could yet improve in the coming months, according to former leading Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman. Speaking at Haifa University Tuesday, Lieberman - who served as Senator from 1988-2012, during which time he was nominated as the 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate - did acknowledge that the personal relationship between the two was far from perfect. Lieberman was the keynote speaker at the opening of the third session of the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the...
  • New low in relations between Obama, congressional GOP

    03/10/2015 5:00:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/10/15 | JULIE PACE and ERICA WERNER - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Relations between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans have hit a new low. There has been little direct communication between Obama and the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill since Republicans took full control of Congress in January. Obama has threatened to veto more than a dozen Republican-backed bills. And House Speaker John Boehner infuriated the White House by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting the administration first. But the dispute over Obama's high-stakes nuclear negotiations with Iran has put the relationship perhaps beyond repair. The president and his advisers are seething over...
  • 2 teachers arrested on allegations of sex with students in California

    01/19/2015 7:28:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Emily Alpert Reyes
    Two high school teachers in Southern California have been arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with students on an overnight beach camping trip. South Hills High School teacher Melody Lippert allegedly met a group of male students in November at the beach in San Clemente, where she gave them alcohol and "engaged in a sexual relationship with one of them," according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    12/17/2014 7:00:18 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 407 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2014-12-17 | Associated Press (AP)
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  • Is Obama Wrong on Ukraine?

    05/06/2014 5:03:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | May 6, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    "What Would America Fight For?" That question shouts from the cover of this week's Economist. It is, asserts the magazine, "the question haunting its allies." While most agree that America would fight to defend her treaty allies and to protect vital interests if imperiled, the question is raised by President Obama's reticence in Crimea, Ukraine and Syria. Asked in Manila how he answers critics who say his foreign policy appears to be one of "weakness," the president, stung, replied: "Typically, criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force. And the question ... I...
  • Obama's 'Flexibility' Leads to a Dangerous World

    03/28/2014 11:04:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 28 | Michael Barone
    "This is my last election," President Obama said in words caught on an open mic. "After my election, I have more flexibility." He was speaking in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2012, almost exactly two years ago, to Dmitry Medvedev, then in his last year as Vladimir Putin's stand-in president of Russia. The subject was missile defense, and Obama was apparently seeking time to assuage Russia's objections that a proposed U.S. missile defense system, sited in Romania, Poland, Turkey and Spain, would not be aimed at Russian missiles. Earlier, in September 2009, Obama canceled missile defense installations in Poland and...
  • Obama Should Go to Sochi

    01/03/2014 6:26:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With twin suicide bombings in Volgograd, at a train station and on a trolley, 34 Russians are dead and scores are injured and hospitalized. Moscow and the world have been put on notice by Doku Umarov, the Chechen Islamic terrorist, that the winter Olympics in Sochi, six weeks away, may not now be safe for visitors. How should friends of Russia respond? President Obama, in a gesture of solidarity with the Russian people, who have suffered more than any European people from Islamic terror since 9/11, should announce he has changed his mind and will be going to Sochi. The...
  • For Pakistan and the United States, it's one Delusion After Another

    12/03/2013 4:14:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | December 3, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Not many foreign policy experts would argue with the proposition that the country with which the United States has the most problematic relationship is Pakistan. Most Americans, when they have thought about it, have taken a similar view since Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by Navy SEAL Team Six in May 2011. Bin Laden was hiding in plain sight in Abbottabad, Pakistan, just a few miles from Pakistan's military academy. It is hard to believe that his whereabouts weren't known to Pakistan's military or its intelligence agency, the ISI. It has been apparent for some time to...
  • On Syria, Obama Is All Over the Map

    09/06/2013 4:28:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 6, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    When it comes to President Obama's prowess as commander in chief, "leading from behind," at this point, would be a step up. Some believe that the United States should engage in military action in foreign countries when America's national interests or those of our allies are at stake. Some believe we should rarely do so, perhaps only when we are under attack. Some think we should actively export democracy to other nations, whether or not our national security interests are currently on the line. And some, like President Obama, are literally all over the map, a quagmire of incoherency. Since...
  • The Wrong Target on WMDs

    09/04/2013 3:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 3, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: It has to be shattered before being ascertained. --Vladimir Nabokov After 9/11, the prevailing view was that "nothing would ever be the same." The sight of bodies plunging 100 stories from the flaming towers of the World Trade Center seared into our psyches the reality that America has cruel and wanton enemies. The USA Patriot Act, which sought to repair some of the intelligence lapses that permitted the 9/11 attacks to go undiscovered, passed the House by a vote of 357 to 66 and the Senate by 98 to...
  • How Do We Fix Race Relations?

    07/29/2013 9:25:03 AM PDT · by Taxman · 50 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 07/29/13 | Jeffrey T. Brown
    Many serious Americans are distressed by what they see going presently regarding matters of race. They are perplexed by the obvious anger and hatred directed by some against others, including examples of random people being beaten in various places following the Zimmerman verdict, "for Trayvon". They see entertainers boycott an entire state because of what the entertainers absurdly claim is racism, the result of a verdict in a grossly manipulated case in which the black "victim" purposefully initiated a beating on the "cracka" who then shot him. The jury wasn't fooled. The system worked, even if the malcontents did not...
  • China Refuses to Send Envoy to N. Korea

    04/04/2013 9:58:10 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 10 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | 4.4.2013 | Choi Hyung-kyu
    BEIJING - Pyongyang has allegedly asked Beijing to send them an envoy in order to improve their soured relations, but Beijing turned it down, seen as a warning regarding the regime’s recent warmongering rhetoric. Multiple sources in Beijing told the JoongAng Ilbo on Tuesday that “North Korea asked China to send a high-ranking envoy at the deputy-ministerial-level, but China rejected it. “China said ‘if they want an envoy, North Korea should send their envoy [to China] first,’” the source said. However, the North hasn’t sent an envoy to Beijing so far, the sources said. If they do, China is likely...
  • Quantum causal relations: A causes B causes A

    10/03/2012 4:33:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    EurekAlert ^ | 10/2/12
    One of the most deeply rooted concepts in science and in our everyday life is causality; the idea that events in the present are caused by events in the past and, in turn, act as causes for what happens in the future. If an event A is a cause of an effect B, then B cannot be a cause of A. Now theoretical physicists from the University of Vienna and the Université Libre de Bruxelles have shown that in quantum mechanics it is possible to conceive situations in which a single event can be both, a cause and an effect...
  • In Obama era, have race relations improved? (hurl-o-rama)

    07/29/2012 12:07:30 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    ap/Pioneer dePress ^ | 7-29-12 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    PHILADELPHIA—Ask Americans how race relations have changed under their first black president and they are ready with answers. Ashley Ray, a white woman, hears more people debating racial issues. "I know a lot of people who really thought we were OK as a nation, a culture, and now they understand that we're not," she says. Karl Douglass, a black man, sees stereotypes easing. "White people deal with me and my family differently," he says. Jose Lozano, who is Hispanic by way of Puerto Rico, believes prejudice is emerging from the shadows. "Now the racism is coming out," he says. In...
  • Netanyahu: We Want to Restore Relations with Turkey

    07/24/2012 5:26:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/7/12 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Turkey and Israel are looking for ways to normalize political relations, saying, “We want to restore relations with Turkey.” Netanyahu spoke to a group of Turkish journalists in Jerusalem and his comments were reported by the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman. “In a region where instability reigns, Israel and Turkey are two quite stable countries. I believe in [our] common interest,” Netanyahu told the journalists, adding that Turks and Jews have a long history. The newspaper noted that the conversation between Netanyahu and the Turkish journalists was the first time since the May...
  • Danes Ridicule our goofy prez

    03/25/2012 8:11:05 PM PDT · by sfwarrior · 26 replies · 5+ views
    Denmark TV ^ | 03/25/2012 | Denmark TV
    The president keep on saying how all his allies are the most important and are punching over their weight class.
  • Happy Labor Day (sorta)

    09/02/2011 6:03:51 AM PDT · by cap10mike ^ | Michael Dorstewitz
    Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker, who helps turn management’s vision into reality. In that spirit, I wish everyone a happy Labor Day. Well, almost everyone. Let me explain. For as long as I can remember, my father owned a small manufacturing company in southwest Michigan. He didn’t pay the highest wages in the area, but he treated each employee with respect, and these workers in turn gave Dad an honest day’s work. That mutual respect, combined with a unique bonus program that all his employees participated in, made for a steady workforce.
  • National Labor Relations Board Sued for Documents Concerning Boeing Lawsuit

    08/25/2011 8:17:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/25/11 | Tom Fitton
    It probably would not surprise you to learn that the Obama administration is apparently using the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a battering ram to aid powerful (and financially supportive) unions. The target is the Boeing Corporation. And Judicial Watch has launched a full investigation into the matter. On Monday, August 15, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the NLRB to obtain records concerning the agency’s decision to file its lawsuit against Seattle-based Boeing for opening a $750 million non-union assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina to manufacture its Dreamliner plane
  • China Hopes to Play Trade Card in India

    12/14/2010 3:31:21 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 14, 2010 | Tom Wright
    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will be on a trade-focused charm offensive when he touches down in New Delhi Wednesday for a two-day visit. The past year has seen a worsening in relations, with clashes over shared Himalayan borders and China’s close relationship with Pakistan. Defense ties were suspended this summer after China refused a visa to a top Indian general. Beijing is seeking instead to turn the spotlight during Mr. Wen’s trip, his first here in five years, on the burgeoning trade relationship between India and China. Some 400 business leaders will accompany the premier, twice the initial expected number,...
  • Last night at the bar

    10/16/2010 8:02:01 AM PDT · by normy · 62 replies
    self | 10-16-10 | normy
    Last night I met a buddy at the bar for a couple beers after the Ranger/Yankee game. My buddy was sitting with two girls, one Indian (dot not feathers) and one very light skinned hispanic. My friend's mom is Korean and his dad is hispanic but his ancestry dates back a few hundred years to Colorado via Spain. He looks Filipino and he is very conservative.When I walked up the hispanic girl couldn't believe I was this guy's friend (I'm white) she kept calling me "white boy" to which I responded "you're whiter than me by far" and I put...
  • Indianapolis community organizers bait law enforcement officer with fake fight

    08/03/2010 7:12:02 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 18 replies · 221+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | Aug. 3, 2010 | Steve McGough
    If there are tensions between urban police departments and the African-American community, this kind of stuff won’t help one bit. An Indianapolis police officer was invited to give a presentation at a youth symposium where organizers staged a fight to see how the [white] officer would react. Full story...
  • Over One Quarter of US Jews: US-Israel Relations Negative

    04/12/2010 6:10:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 354+ views
    inn ^ | 4/12/10 | Gil Ronen
    The American Jewish Council's Annual Survey of Jewish Opinion shows that over one quarter of Jews in the United States define the current state of relations between the US and Israel as negative. When asked to characterize relations between Israel and the United States, 10% chose “very positive,” 63% “somewhat positive,” 22% “somewhat negative” and another 4% “very negative.”
  • Military chief seeks new plan to woo Muslims

    08/28/2009 8:42:16 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 15 replies · 486+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8/28/09 | Thom Shanker
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written a searing critique of government efforts at “strategic communication” with the Muslim world, saying that no amount of public relations will establish credibility if American behavior overseas is perceived as arrogant, uncaring or insulting. The critique by the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, comes as the United States is widely believed to be losing ground in the war of ideas against extremist Islamist ideology...The Obama administration orders fresh efforts to counter militant propaganda, part of its broader strategy to defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan...“I would argue...
  • Poll: Has President Obama narrowed the racial division btwn blacks & whites since taking office?

    07/19/2009 9:15:04 PM PDT · by tenger · 16 replies · 888+ views
    A Weekly Poll ^ | July 20, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Has President Obama narrowed the racial division between blacks and whites since taking office? A Weekly Poll.
  • Homosexual relations and the Bible

    06/13/2009 6:33:15 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 49 replies · 1,595+ views ^ | 6-12-09 | daniel hamilton
    The interpretive conflict regarding homosexuality and the Bible is a relatively recent phenomenon, between two fundamentally different positions and interpretive foundations. Historical/traditional scholarship evidences that the Bible contains laws which prohibit homosex (same gender sexual relations; also referred to as homoeroticism or homogenital relations), and which are as universal and immutable as laws against illicit heterosexual partners are shown to be (or even more so), as belonging in the same class. In addition, the necessary positive sanction of marriage, which is provided explicitly for opposite gender sexual unions, is nowhere established for homosexual unions. Pro-homosex polemicists have responded to this...
  • Global Television for Our Future Global Leader

    02/09/2009 8:32:32 PM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 9 replies · 1,094+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    Surprise and even shock were among the reactions to my recent column about how elite members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, were considering a proposal for a new global television network to usher in a state of "global governance." It sounded authoritarian, even totalitarian, to some. Here are more of the troubling details. The media proposal, which was included in "The Global Agenda 2009" report, is to create "a new global network" with "the capacity to connect the world, bridging cultures and peoples, and telling us who we are and what we mean to each...
  • FBI cuts off CAIR over its Hamas ties!

    01/29/2009 3:08:06 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 42 replies · 1,439+ views
    JihadWatch ^ | 1/29/09
    This is great news, but I still wonder what took the FBI so long. "FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions," by Mary Jacoby for IPT News, January 29 (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has cut off contacts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) amid mounting concern about the Muslim advocacy group's roots in a Hamas-support network, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned. The decision to end contacts with CAIR was made quietly last summer as federal prosecutors prepared for a second trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF),...
  • Gore: Planet is in ‘grave danger’

    01/29/2009 8:13:00 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 60 replies · 1,928+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | 01/28/09 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Former Vice President Al Gore brought a stark message to the Senate on Wednesday: A new climate change treaty is critical to continuing human life on Earth. The Nobel Peace Prize winner urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to push for a U.S.-brokered treaty in December in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the United Nations will host a climate change conference. Only the United States can lead such an effort, he said. “This is the one challenge that could completely end human civilization, and it is rushing at us with such speed and force,” said Gore, who won an Oscar for the...
  • Gore: Earth in 'grave danger'

    01/28/2009 9:46:46 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 1,447+ views
    Gore: Earth in 'grave danger' Tom LoBianco (Contact) UPDATED: Former Vice President Al Gore told lawmakers Wednesday morning that the earth is in "grave danger" and that the nation must break its dependence on oil. Mr. Gore said Congress must pass a cap and trade bill and increase tax breaks for renewable energy sources before going before the U.N. climate change conference this December to negotiate new carbon-reduction benchmarks. "Climate change will be increasingly central to our foreign policy and national security, and it will be a focal point of this committee's efforts as well," said Sen. John Kerry, the...
  • Muslim ads on county buses drive Jewish group to protest

    01/15/2009 4:25:17 AM PST · by nobama08 · 38 replies · 2,011+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 15, 2009 | Robert Nolin
    There's a new front in the conflict between Jew and Muslim: Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports buses. Fifty of the county's 290-bus fleet have been chugging around area streets for the past several weeks with a message that might seem more oblique than inflammatory. Black letters on a white backdrop proclaim, "ISLAM: The Way of Life of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad." The $60,000 ad was paid for by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We owe it to our fellow Americans to let them know that Islam stands for peace," said Altaf Ali, director of CAIR's South...
  • Writing of resumes in D.C.(Yes, it's created)

    01/10/2009 12:51:13 PM PST · by elephantlips · 5 replies · 743+ views
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    This is how its done in DC.... Need someone to help write a resume? The DC Spin....................... Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher here in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Harry (senator (D) from Nevada) Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor. The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory. On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this...
  • Operational Focus Shifts to Citizen, Community Relations

    11/12/2008 4:33:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 217+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Lee Cleghorn, USA
    BAGHDAD — With security conditions in Baghdad improving as the year draws to a close, U.S. Soldiers stationed at Joint Security Station Washash are finding creative ways to continue their offensive against the enemies of Iraq. Although there are fewer doors to kick down and attacks to counter, leaders like 1st Lt. Chris Ustler, a platoon leader with Troop B, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, have not allowed the lull in violent activity to equate to a lull in operations. His Soldiers now find themselves walking the streets of Baghdad, handing out fliers...
  • U.S., Iraq to Discuss Future Relations as Efforts Continue

    01/12/2008 6:12:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 160+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2008 – As U.S. forces continue to pursue al Qaeda terrorists across Iraq, American and Iraqi diplomats are preparing to negotiate future relations between the two nations, senior U.S. military and diplomatic officials said today. Flanked by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq; U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker; and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Bush delivers a statement Jan. 12, 2008, during a visit to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, before traveling to Bahrain. White House photo by Eric Draper   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq...
  • Dating Swedish women: logging in and going out

    11/01/2007 12:34:48 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 42 replies · 4,345+ views ^ | 10/31/2007 | Michael Lynch
    "Sometimes the names alone provided hints as to the prospects for a lasting relationship. Somehow gunilla_luvs_prozac didn’t seem quite ready, whereas cum2mama was if anything a little too ready. Messages from hysterical_hilda, katsb4men and imeldamarcos were similarly binned. But diligent research eventually brought its rewards as I discovered that beyond the mundane Majas lay clusters of intriguing Tinas, Linas and Sabrinas."
  • Dating Swedish men: bring your own beers

    10/26/2007 1:46:39 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 70 replies · 4,754+ views ^ | 10/25/2007 | Isabel March
    Dating Swedish men: bring your own beers Dating in Sweden: When Isabel March arrived in Sweden from America, she set out to find her own blond bombshell. But dating US-style left her ill-prepared for dealing with the strong, silent types she found in Scandinavia. Many people who move to Sweden – especially those relocating to small villages in Lappland – are beguiled by a strong, silent Nordic type or one of the members of the Swedish Bikini Team. But despite the hordes of love immigrants who have been caught in the net of a blond bombshell, it often seems easier...
  • Schools: 'Promote Race Relations Or Close' (UK)

    05/07/2007 6:46:37 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 647+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-8-2007 | Graeme Paton
    Schools: 'promote race relations or close' By Graeme Paton, Education Correspondent Last Updated: 2:23am BST 08/05/2007 Schools with large numbers of white pupils may be taken over or closed if they fail to promote race relations and links between different religious groups, according to Government guidance. Those in rural areas or leafy suburbs should be twinned with ethnically mixed schools in the inner city, it suggests. Christian faith schools should strike up partnerships with Muslim and Jewish institutions, while other community schools should organise more trips to churches, mosques and synagogues. In a move designed to stop children drifting toward...
  • 2nd Annual Rally Against Islamofascism Day

    03/24/2007 12:55:55 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 12 replies · 1,212+ views
    United American Committee ^ | March 24, 2007 | UAC
    2nd Annual Rally Against Islamofascism DaySaturday March 31st 2007On Saturday March 31st Americans of all ethnicities and of all religious backgrounds are urged to take to the streets in peaceful protest of Islamic radicalism. The primary locations of the rallies will be in front of several offices of the Council on American Islamic Relations deemed by many as a radical Islamist front organization. See the Press Release SIX (6) RALLIESAll rallies will be held on Saturday March 31st:West Coast: Southern California:See the press release for this rallyIn front of CAIR's Southern California Office We will be hanging an effigy of...
  • U.S. seeks pragmatic Venezuela approach

    12/19/2006 9:43:39 PM PST · by jdm · 8 replies · 472+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Dec 19, 2006
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Washington is seeking a pragmatic relationship with President Hugo Chavez's government that will allow for cooperation on trade and other issues despite deep political differences, the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela said Tuesday. Ambassador William Brownfield, in comments published by the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional, cited communist China and Vietnam as examples of countries where the U.S. has put aside ideological differences to pursue commercial relations. "The United States accepts that the two governments have different models and projects for the future and it's unlikely that we will agree on some political stances," Brownfield told El Nacional. "Our...
  • 'America and Iraq are now siblings'

    09/22/2006 4:37:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 571+ views
    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani traveled to New York this week for the opening of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly. In a letter to the people of the United States, Talabani describes Iraq’s security situation, challenges and progress, and his country’s special relationship with the U.S. “Dear Americans, As I am visiting the United States for the second time representing free and democratic Iraq, I felt it my duty to give you an update on what has been achieved in Iraq over the past year and on the challenges that lie ahead. The first thing I would...
  • Is a History Lesson What's Dividing the U.S. and Iran?

    07/09/2006 4:28:38 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 379+ views
    For the Bush administration, its conflict with Iran began with news of the Iranian nuclear enrichment program. For Iranians, the conflict started in 1901 when the British took advantage of a weak government to obtain a highly profitable oil concession. Since then, Iran has been locked in a struggle to control its own destiny, even at the risk of confrontation with the international community. Every successive American President since Jimmy Carter has been inaugurated with the historical conflict with Iran. The Iran Libya Sanctions Act, although lifted for Libya, is still in full effect for Iran. Also the US remains...
  • General Moseley knighted for contributions to international relations

    05/31/2006 5:32:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 306+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez
    5/31/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley was knighted during a ceremony at the British Embassy here May 30. The honorary knighthood, at the suggestion of Queen Elizabeth II, stems from the general's contributions to United States-United Kingdom relations while he served as commander of the air war over Afghanistan and Iraq at the onset of the war on terrorism. General Moseley learned he would receive the award in January. He said he was both honored and surprised that the United Kingdom has chosen him for the recognition. "It is, of...
  • How I am related to Genghis Khan

    05/29/2006 3:32:15 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 45 replies · 3,342+ views
    The Times ^ | May 30, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    A US accountant has proof that he is descended from the Mongol warlordTHEY seem the unlikeliest of relatives. One was a fearsome warlord whose name became a byword for savagery. The other is a mild-mannered accountancy academic from Florida. Yet Tom Robinson, 48, has become the first man outside Asia to trace his ancestry directly to Genghis Khan, the 13th-century Mongol leader whose empire stretched from the South China Sea to the Persian Gulf. And, since his paternal great-great-grandfather emigrated to the United States from Windermere, Cumbria, many more descendants are probably scattered across the Lake District. Genetic tests have...
  • Ideas to smooth D-M relations (Locals try to dictate Military Ops)

    05/13/2006 9:40:27 AM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies · 491+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    New ideas are on the horizon for making Davis-Monthan Air Force Base a nicer neighbor. From higher aircraft altitudes to different flight routes to annual town hall meetings, a civic committee is considering an array of suggestions and will present the most promising of them to the public next week. The work of the Military Community Compatibility Committee represents one of most extensive efforts ever made to iron out conflicts that have arisen as urban growth surrounded the air base, one the city's largest employers. The group has spent months trying to find workable solutions that will protect D-M while...
  • Relations With Iran on High Seas 'Courteous, Professional'

    04/30/2006 11:53:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 651+ views
    ABOARD THE USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN, April 30, 2006 – Despite political tensions among Iran and other countries, exchanges between the Iranian navy and coalition forces in the northern Arabian Gulf are "fully courteous and professional," said U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Noble, during an interview here. Noble, the commander of Coalition Task Group 58.1, is charged with protecting Iraq's oil terminals, located in Iraqi territorial waters. However, exchanges with ships manned by Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen are not as professional, and the Iranian ships test the coalition on occasion. "But it's still a crisp relationship, and they know why we're here," said...
  • 20 years after raid on Tripoli, US-Libyan relations on mend

    04/14/2006 12:20:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 341+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/06 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Twenty years after alleged Libyan-backed terror attacks spurred the United States to launch air raids against Tripoli, relations between the two are on the mend, if not yet fully normalized, the State Department says. "We are, at this point, committed to the goal of full normalization," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Thursday. "We have moved along that pathway." The first steps on that path were taken several weeks after Libya announced in December 2003 it was abandoning efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Both sides moved toward reestablishing relations after a 24-year break, triggered by...
  • Officials Say Military Relations With India, Pakistan 'Excellent'

    03/02/2006 3:12:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 177+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Mar 1, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, March 1, 2006 – While economic and political discussions will dominate President Bush's time during his visit to India and Pakistan, security issues also are important. Bush will meet with leaders in India and Pakistan over the next three days. As part of the trip, he visited Afghanistan today and conferred with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Pentagon officials speaking on background characterized U.S. military relations with India and Pakistan as excellent. India, with 1.1 billion people, is an increasingly important trading partner, and is the largest democracy in the world. Pakistan is a frontline state in the global war...
  • Muslim Thuggery Veiled as Peaceful Protest?

    02/11/2006 11:56:04 AM PST · by forty_years · 4 replies · 461+ views ^ | February 11, 2006 | Andrew Jaffee
    On the surface, it was gratifying to note a peaceful protest by Muslims against the Mohammed caricatures today in London's Trafalgar Square. Peaceful assembly and free expression are the means by which civilized societies work out internal differences. But was today's demonstration truly a spontaneous, lawful expression of free speech, or carefully orchestrated public relations damage control for Islam? The BBC reports: Protests held in London last week sparked outrage when demonstrators carried placards with strong messages - the Metropolitan Police said some protesters could be charged with "incitement to murder". According to, last week's Muslim "protestors" carried placards...
  • Russia side irritated over Ternei ship detention in NKorea (NKorea burns bridges)

    12/19/2005 9:58:23 AM PST · by jb6 · 6 replies · 607+ views
    Itar-Tass ^ | 19.12.2005
    VLADIVOSTOK, December 19 (Itar-Tass) - The situation around the Russian dry-cargo ship Ternei detained by North Korean coast guards on December 5 is causing bewilderment on the part of Russian coast guards, head of the Russian border guard department for the Primorsky (Maritime) territory Lieutenant-General Vladimir Lakizo said at a press conference here on Monday. According to him, in 2005 Russian coast guards detained 14 North Korean vessels near the Maritime coast for violation fishing rules. After an investigation held within one-two days all of them were released, Lakizo noted. The official said, “North Korean coast guards despite our requests...