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  • Greek talks stall over 'red lines' as country fights to remain in eurozone

    05/03/2015 12:13:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2015 | Szu Ping Chan, and agencies
    Reports claimed the government was prepared to reduce at least three different VAT rates to one, and limit exemptions. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras had opposed the move, claiming that the change would hit poorer people. The country will also press-on with privatisations it had also previously vowed to block, according to reports. However, Syriza has said that demands by creditors to reverse an increase in the minimum wage and cut pensions remain "red lines" that the leftist leadership is unwilling to cross... Mr Sakellaridis said that failure to reach an "honest compromise" with creditors would most likely lead to a...
  • Stunned Greeks React To Initial Capital Controls And The "Decree To Confiscate Reserves

    04/20/2015 7:07:12 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 48 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 04/20/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today, following weeks of speculation, Greece finally launched the first shot across the bow of capital controls, when it decreed that due to an "extremely urgent and unforeseen need" (ironically the need was quite foreseen since about 2010, but that is a different story), it would be "obliged" to transfer - as in confiscate - "idle cash reserves" located across the country's local governments (i.e., various cities and municipalities) to the Greek central bank. Several hours later the decree which was posted in the government gazette has finally percolated among the population, and the response to what even ordinary...
  • Greece prepares for debt default if talks with creditors fail

    04/14/2015 6:22:37 AM PDT · by mykroar · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 4/13/15 | Kerin Hope and Tony Barber
    Greece is preparing to take the dramatic step of declaring a debt default unless it can reach a deal with its international creditors by the end of April, according to people briefed on the radical leftist government’s thinking. The government, which is rapidly running out of funds to pay public sector salaries and state pensions, has decided to withhold €2.5bn of payments due to the International Monetary Fund in May and June if no agreement is struck, they said. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste...
  • German economy minister calls Greek war reparations request 'stupid'

    04/07/2015 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 7 April 2015 | Reuters in Berlin
    ...Germany has honoured its obligations, including a 115-million deutschmark payment made to Greece in 1960.
  • Greek minister: Evidence for massive German war reparations

    04/09/2015 5:01:52 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | April 7, 2015 11:35 AM | DEREK GATOPOULOS and FRANK JORDANS
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) Greece's defense minister said his country's government has obtained "stunning evidence" to support its claim that German World War II reparations are worth a massive 278.7 billion euros ($302 billion). ... "The evidence is so compelling that it will lead to the reopening of cases, even those that have already gone to court." ... Germany says it has already settled its reparations to Greece in post-war agreements. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's economy minister, argued that Greece's new left-led government was attempting to use the reparations issue to influence debt negotiations. "To be honest I think it's dumb,"...
  • Greece Nazi occupation: Athens asks Germany for 279bn euros

    04/07/2015 4:29:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 7, 2015
    The Greek government says Germany owes Greece nearly 279bn (204bn; $303bn) in war reparations for the Nazi occupation during World War Two. It is the first time Greece has officially calculated what Germany allegedly owes it for Nazi atrocities and looting during the 1940s. However, the German government says the issue was resolved legally years ago. The new figure given by Greek Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas includes 10.3bn for an occupation loan that the Nazis forced the Bank of Greece to pay. "According to our calculations, the debt linked to German reparations is 278.7bn euros," Mr Mardas told a...
  • Tsipras raises Nazi war reparations claim at Berlin press conference with Merkel

    03/24/2015 5:54:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 23, 2015 | Ian Traynor
    Greeces leftwing prime minister Alexis Tsipras stood beside German leader Angela Merkel and demanded war reparations over Nazi atrocities in Greece on Monday night, even as the two leaders sought to bury the hatchet following weeks of worsening friction and mud-slinging. Its not a material matter, its a moral issue, said Tsipras, unusually insisting on raising the shadows of the past at the heart of German power in the gleaming new chancellery in Berlin. It was believed to be the first time a foreign leader had gone to the capital of the reunified Germany to make such a demand.
  • Looks Like Germany May Have To Pay Up

    03/21/2015 6:58:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Automatic Earth ^ | 22 March 2015 | Ral Ilargi Meijer
    German magazine Der Spiegel digs deep(er) into the ‘Greece question’ this weekend, and does so with a few noteworthy reports. First, its German paper issue has Angela Merkel on the cover, inserted on a 1940′s photograph that shows Nazi commanders against the backdrop of the Acropolis in Athens. The headline is ‘The German Supremacy: How Europeans see (the) Germans’. The editorial staff has already come under a lot of fire for the cover, and I’ve seen little that could be labeled a valid defense for further antagonizing both Germans AND Greeks (and other Europeans) this way. Oh, and it’s also...
  • Greece just threatened to seize German assets over World War II

    03/11/2015 9:18:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    BI ^ | 3-11-2015 | Karolina Tagaris
    Greece's justice minister said on Wednesday he was ready to implement a High Court ruling allowing Athens to seize German state-owned property to compensate victims of a Nazi massacre in a small Greek village. Nikos Paraskevopoulos' comments come against a backdrop of rising tensions between Athens and Berlin as Greece's new leftist government struggles to persuade its European Union partners to renegotiate a 240 billion euro bailout package. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday accused successive German governments of using legal tricks to avoid paying reparations for the brutal Nazi occupation of Greece and said he would support efforts to...
  • Greece says Germany owes it compensation for WWII occupation

    03/11/2015 7:17:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    The radical left-led Greek government insisted Tuesday that the debt-ridden country has never been fully compensated by Germany for its brutal World War II Nazi occupation, linking the issue with Greece's fraught bailout negotiations. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said a 1960 reparation deal with Germany did not cover key Greek demands, including payments for wrecked infrastructure, war crimes and the return of a forced loan exacted from occupied Greece.
  • Sobran: My Obsession with Jews [for all who mistakenly think he is a valuable contributor]

    10/30/2003 8:04:40 AM PST · by Chancellor Palpatine · 254 replies · 4,697+ views
    Federal Observer ^ | maybe 10/30/03 | Joe Sobran
    <p>Now and then I get letters and e-mail messages asking why I am so "obsessed" with Jews and Israel. The question amuses me. It would be one thing if I often wrote about Mali, or Honduras, or Borneo, or any other nation or country most people remember only as a name from geography class.</p>
  • Isis militants slaughter more than 300 Yazidi captives in northern Iraq ...

    05/02/2015 1:34:12 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 5/2/15 | By JENNY STANTON
    Isis militants slaughter more than 300 Yazidi captives in northern Iraq after thousands were taken captive from villages Isis militants slaughter more than 300 Yazidi captives in northern Iraq after thousands were taken captive from villages Hundreds of Yazidi prisoners have been killed near Mosul in northern Iraq Yazidi Progress Party condemned the 'heinous criminal acts' by extremists More than 300 Yazidi prisoners have been slaughtered by Islamic State militants near Mosul in Iraq. According to the Yazidi Progress Party, hundreds were murdered by Isis on Friday in the Tal Afar district, although it is not known how they were...
  • U.S. soldiers arrive in Turkey to train Syrian rebels

    05/01/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 5/1/2015
    About 123 U.S. soldiers arrived in Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, bringing with them weapons which are being transferred to İncirlik Airbase in the southern province of Adana, Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday. The daily said 83 of the U.S. soldiers were deployed at İncirlik Airbase and 40 others were transferred to the Hirfanlı base in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that Syrians who will be trained at Hirfanlı are expected to be transferred to the southern province of Hatay where they will briefed on the use of arms, including anti-tank weapons,...
  • Assyrian Christian Refugees Look for Quickest Way Out of Syria

    04/30/2015 6:24:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Syria Deeply ^ | 4/30/15 | Patrick Strickland
    Syria Deeply spoke with displaced Assyrian families who fled to Beirut after Jabhat al Nusra and ISIS arrived in their hometown of al-Hasakah. Many of them have relatives presently held hostage by ISIS.Beirut, Lebanon We are searching for the quickest way to go to Europe or Canada, maybe America, said Jack Zayya, an Assyrian Christian refugee from Syria who arrived in Beirut two months ago. Standing in front of a local Assyrian church, he recalled the difficult journey from his hometown of al-Hasakah, situated in northeastern Syria and home to many Christians and Kurds.Before the war, Zayya led a...
  • ISIS Bombs Assyrian, Armenian Churches in Syria

    04/30/2015 5:58:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AINA ^ | 4/29/15
    According to reports from Syria and also the Turkish press, ISIS has bombed two churches in Syria, the St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal and the St. Rita Tilel Armenian Church in Aleppo. The churches were bombed yesterday. Located on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province in Syria, Tel Tal is one of the 35 Assyrian villages that was attacked by ISIS on February 23. ISIS captured nearly 300 Assyrians in those attacks and subsequently released 23, all from the village of Tel Goran. The remaining Assyrians are still being held captive. The entire Assyrian population of these...
  • Turkish Mayor Berates State Departments Marie Harf for Silence on Baltimore Unrest

    04/29/2015 4:36:36 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4-29-2015 | CEYLANYEGINSU
    ISTANBUL The mayor of Ankara, the Turkish capital, fired out a slew of sexist, anti-American remarks on Twitter on Wednesday and promoted a photograph that referred to Marie Harf, the State Department spokeswoman, as a stupid blonde. Melih Gokcek, Ankaras combative mayor and close ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, criticized Ms. Harf for her silence about the death of a black man who was fatally injured while in police custody in Baltimore after she had heavily criticized Turkey for its disproportionate use of police force during antigovernment protests in 2013. He lashed out at her on Twitter and...
  • Israel Will Attack Iran Soon

    04/28/2015 9:51:43 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/28/15 | Al Caruba
    Netanyahu has achieved close coordination with the most important Arab leaders that include Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates The Israelis will destroy several Iranian nuclear facilities and my educated guess is that they will do so before the end of this year. Israel has no margin of error when it comes to nuclear reactors in nations that threaten its existence. While President Obama does everything in his power to enable Iran to create its own nuclear weapons, it is a good idea to recall that in June 1981 the Israelis destroyed a reactor in Iraq. It...
  • Europe is eyeing Iran's massive gas reserves

    04/27/2015 5:57:51 AM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    BUSINESS INSIDER ^ | 4/27/2015 | TARA SHIRVANI
    The annexation of Crimea and the consequent threats of gas supply cuts by Russia have been a reminder of an inconvenient truth: when it comes to politics, Europe will always be influenced by its dependency on Russian gas. According to the European Parliament, in 2013 Russia provided 43.2% of the European Unions gas imports, 31.38% of its oil imports, and 26.7% of its coal imports. But the dependency runs both ways.
  • Rand Paul: Lets face it, it was a mistake to topple Saddam Hussein

    04/27/2015 7:35:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 209 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    <p>Interesting, not because it’s a surprise that Ron Paul’s son feels this way — remember this? — but because this is a subject that every Republican in the field, Rand included, would probably prefer to avoid during the primaries.</p> <p>Or am I wrong about that? Could this be a smart play for Paul, especially given how it’ll make Jeb Bush squirm?</p>
  • Hillary and Christian Dhimmis

    04/27/2015 2:45:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Royal
    Several years ago I visited a synagogue in Istanbul, one of the few remaining in all of Turkey. It had been firebombed a few weeks earlier in response to some recent incident between Israelis and Palestinians. But because of security and a thick outer wall, it was relatively unharmed. Inside, ten elderly, eccentric Jewish Turks were gathered, the bare number needed for a minyan. We spoke for a short while about what it was to live as a religious minority in a big Muslim country. But I will never forget the atmosphere in that tiny congregation wary, but...
  • Ted Cruz: Cancel Iran deal and move embassy to Jerusalem

    04/25/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by VinL · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25/2015 | Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz promises a bold shift in U.S. foreign policy if he's elected president that would cancel President Obama's arms deal with Iran and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. On the eve of remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, the White House contender laid out bullet points for his approach to the Middle East in an interview with the Washington Examiner that would sharply rebuke Obama's eight years. Cruz's call to get tough with enemies of the United States, especially Tehran, and prioritize relationships with key allies like Israel should go over well with the 800...
  • [Germanys foreign minister] Steinmeier: Armenia wasnt genocide

    04/25/2015 8:11:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Apr 2015 15:58 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier insisted on Friday that calling Armenian massacres genocide risks belittling the Holocaust, after President Joachim Gauck broke a taboo by using the word on Thursday. Steinmeier stuck to his guns on Friday, arguing in an interview with Spiegel that We in Germany need to be careful not to give justification to those who follow their own political agenda and say the Holocaust started before 1933. [] Steinmeier has come in for fierce criticism this week, with one high profile politician comparing him to Germanys First World War leadership. Both Gauck and Bundestag (German parliament) president Norbert...
  • Turkeys Erdogan slams nations recognizing Armenian genocide

    04/25/2015 7:45:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2015 9:31 AM EDT
    Turkeys president has lashed out at country leaders who have recognized the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide on the centenary of the massacres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused France, Germany, Russia and Austriawhose leaders or parliaments recently described the killings as genocideof supporting claims constructed on Armenian lies. He accused the United States of siding with Armenia, although President Barack Obama stopped short of using the term in his annual message.
  • Turkish Demonstrators Asked to Leave Consulate Amid Armenian Genocide March

    04/24/2015 7:22:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    ktla ^ | Anthony Kurzweil and Chris Wolfe,
    Theyre throwing eggs and bottles at us, said Kutsal Kocer, who was standing with the Turkish demonstrators. Kocer told KTLA she and the other Turkish demonstrators were asked to leave the building because police could not protect them from the marchers. Its a shame that these people are violent and they are turning this into a Christian/Muslim war, Kocer said. A group of LAPD officers was seen a short time later moving the two groups further apart, seemingly calming the situation. Thousands of people took part in the mostly peaceful 6-mile march, dubbed the March for Justice, from the corner...
  • Prince Charles joins his son Harry and world leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the disastrous

    04/24/2015 7:28:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 April 2015 | SIMON TOMLINSON
    Prince Charles and his son Harry today joined world leaders to mark the centenary of the catastrophic Gallipoli landings which claimed 140,000 lives during World War One. The royals met descendants of fallen soldiers on the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Bulwark in Turkey's Dardanelles straits, the same crucial waters the Allies hoped to control 100 years ago. Instead tens of thousands lost their lives on both sides in a nine-month battle between the German-backed Ottoman forces and Allies including Australian, British and New Zealand troops trying to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war. Today, soldiers from both the...
  • American Sniper derailed by Muslim complaints at University of Maryland

    04/24/2015 2:36:52 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 46 replies
    The University of Maryland joins the University of Michigan in the ranks of educational institutions with an "American Sniper" controversy. Muslim student protests prompted the University of Maryland at College Park to announce the cancellation of the movie about deceased Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. "American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason. This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes," the university's Muslim Students Association said in its petition, Fox News reported Thursday.
  • SERVICES MARK 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS by Islamic Turkey in WWI

    04/24/2015 1:45:29 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 10 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: Thanks to the efforts of those around the world who care about the crimes committed against Christian men, women, and children, more and more attention is being given to the Armenian Genocide of 1915, during which 1.5 million Christians were murdered by the Islamic Turkish Ottoman Empire during and after World War One. Other Christian victims included indigenous Christian Assyrians and Greeks subjugated by the Turks. It is an understatement to say that crimes against Christians, which are again on the increase now, 100 years later, need to be, and must be, given the official attention they deserve....
  • On the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, set in place by Turkish authorities

    04/24/2015 4:07:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/24/15
    Armenians executed by Ottoman authorities in Aleppo, 1916 (Aleppo, where Christians are being exterminated once again 100 years later)This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you. I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you....
  • The Islamic Genocide of Christians: Past and Present

    04/24/2015 3:08:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/24/15 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Today, April 24, we remember how exactly 100 years ago the last historic Muslim caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, tried to cleanse its empire of Christian minorities Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks even as we stand by watching as the new caliphate, the Islamic State, resumes the genocide.And in both cases, the atrocities were and are being committed in the name of Islam.In November, 1914, during WWI, the Ottoman caliphate issued a fatwa, or Islamic decree, proclaiming it a sacred duty for all Muslims to massacre infidels specifically naming the Christian men of the Triple Entente, the enemies of...
  • Pope Angers Turkey by Calling Armenian Genocide a Genocide

    04/24/2015 12:07:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | April 12, 2015 | Daniel Politi
    He said the G word. And Turkey is none too happy. Pope Francis sparked a diplomatic row on Sunday when, as had been widely expected, he called the mass killing of Armenians in World War I, the first genocide of the 20th century. The pontiff went even further though, and called on the international community to stop beating around the bush when talking about the slaughter of Armenians a century ago and call it a genocide once and for all. Turkeys Foreign Ministry summoned the Vatican ambassador in Ankara in protest, reports BBC News. Although Turkey recognizes many Christian Armenians...
  • Hundreds will walk against genocide in Santa Rosa on Sunday

    04/24/2015 11:29:00 AM PDT · by rey · 12 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 24 April 2015 | CHRIS SMITH
    A world free of genocide will be on their minds and comfortable shoes on their feet when people of conscience meet Sunday morning outside of Santa Rosas Congregation Shomrei Torah. Theyll take part in the Walk Against Genocide, created seven years ago by a 14-year-old boy whod become aware of the mass killings in Darfur and felt compelled to act. Since then, the walk Gabe Ferrick founded has raised more than $100,000 for relief to survivors of genocide in Darfur, Congo and elsewhere, and for advocacy to resolve the issues that can lead to mass killings. Participants in...
  • Here's what happened during the Armenian genocide and why Turkey denies it

    04/24/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider via the Daily Telegraph ^ | 04/24/2015 | RICHARD SPENCER, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    As Yerevan and Armenians across the world gather to remember the 1.5 million killed during the massacres, Richard Spencer explains what happened On Friday, Yerevan and the Armenian disapora together with world leaders in the Armenian capital will commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide . It is the 100th anniversary of the date on which the Ottoman Empire began its attack on Armenians when intellectuals and political leaders were rounded up in Istanbul on April 24, 1915. What was the Armenian genocide? As the Ottoman Empire suffered its first losses in the First World War, the Young...
  • Priorities: Nets Cover First Dog Bo 28 Times More Than Armenian Genocide

    04/24/2015 7:06:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | April 24, 2015 | Dan Gainor
    Many historians call the Armenian Holocaust the first holocaust of the 20th Century, a dress rehearsal for the Nazi nightmare that followed. This April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of roughly 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of Turkish Muslims. That mass slaughter has gone virtually unreported by the broadcast networks. It was a genocide so awful that candidate Barack Obama promised in 2008 he would acknowledge it as such. As president, I will recognize the Armenian genocide, he vowed. Obama has violated that promise every year since. This will be the seventh anniversary that Obama...
  • Nemesis as Moral Kingdom: The Armenian Genocide

    04/24/2015 2:58:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Vladimir Tismaneanu,Marius Stan
    Several years ago, Germany was the scene of an embarrassing episode when, under pressure from Turkey, the federated state of Brandenburg removed any reference to the Armenian genocide from a school syllabus.
  • Austria MPs symbolically recognise Armenian genocide

    04/23/2015 6:58:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | 4/22/15 | Jon Dougherty
    Austrian lawmakers' decision to condemn as "genocide" the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I will have "unfavourable repercussions" on Turkish-Austrian relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. "The adoption of this declaration will inevitably have unfavourable repercussions on bilateral relations," he told his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz by telephone, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Turkey on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Austria over the lawmakers' condemnation. Earlier Wednesday, the leaders of Austria's six major parties issued a statement recognising the killings for the first time as "genocide" and calling on Turkey to...
  • Rai: Turkey Must Apologize Over Armenian Genocide

    04/23/2015 9:18:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    BEIRUT: Turkey must apologize for the Armenian genocide, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai told reporters Tuesday from the Beirut airport before traveling to Yervan for a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings. "The ceremony which will be held [on April 24] in Armenia serves to sanctify the martyrs [of the genocide], Rai said. We pray for all the martyrs who were killed, whether they were Armenians, Assyrians or Syriac who were present in this large disaster. When asked whether those responsible for the massacre should apologize to the Armenian people, the patriarch replied by saying that an...
  • Iran Flexes Its Power by Transporting Turkey to the Stone Age

    04/23/2015 6:27:47 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 36 replies
    Observer ^ | April 22, 2015 | Micah Halpern
    Half of Turkey44 of 81 provinces, 40 million people including those living in Istanbul and Ankara, suffered a massive power outage that lasted a solid twelve hours. It happened on Tuesday, March 31st. It happened because Iran wanted it to happen. The blackout in Turkey was caused by a cyber hack that originated in Iran. This cyber attack was payback, a taste of what Iran has to offer. Everything went down. Computers, airports, air traffic, traffic lights, hospitals, lights, elevators, refrigeration, water and sewage, everything simply stopped. In an instant, Turkey was transported back to the stone ages.
  • Turkey to Buy Chinese Missile Defence System

    04/22/2015 1:57:10 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Teddy Ng & Reuters in Istandbul
    [This is from the International Edition of SCMP] China has won the bid to co-produce a multibillion ($3Billion) long-range air and missile defence system in Turkey, in what is its largest and most advanced arms sales to a NATO country. The Turkish defence minister announced the decision to approve the US$3 billion bid by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, rejecting rival offers from Russian, US and European firms. The winning Chinese FD-2000 system beat the Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T, it was announced on Thursday. [snip]
  • Turkey is 'making NATO very uncomfortable'

    04/22/2015 6:52:02 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Business Insider India ^ | 4-22-2015 | JEREMY BENDER
    Turkey's push to carve out an independent foreign policy and purchase arms from countries outside of NATO is raising concerns among members of the defensive military alliance, Emre Peker reports for the Wall Street Journal. "Turkey is recasting itself as a nonaligned country in its rhetoric, which is making NATO very uncomfortable," a Western official in Brussels told the WSJ. Ankara's decision to purchase missile-defense technology from China, as opposed to from NATO member states, is the most visible break between Turkey and the rest of the NATO bloc. Turkey chose to purchase from Beijing due to a matter of...
  • Broken Promise: Obama Wont Describe Armenian Massacre as Genocide

    04/21/2015 10:24:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | John Sexton
    resident Obama will once again avoid using the word genocide at a ceremony to designed to memorialize more than a million Armenians murdered by the Ottaman Turks 100 years ago. During his 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama repeatedly promised he would label the massacre a genocide as president. The LA Times reports the decision to avoid using the word genocide was revealed Tuesday after the White House held a meeting with Armenian groups. The ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of as many as 1.5 million people will be held this Friday. ... Rep. Adam Schiff of California has...
  • Broken Promise: Obama Won't Describe Armenian Massacre As "Genocide"

    04/22/2015 3:33:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | John Sexton
    President Obama will once again avoid using the word genocide at a ceremony to designed to memorialize more than a million Armenians murdered by the Ottaman Turks 100 years ago. During his 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama repeatedly promised he would label the massacre a genocide as president.
  • Pentagon denies report ISIS head was wounded in airstrike

    04/21/2015 12:30:02 PM PDT · by McGruff · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jamie Schram and Chris Perez
    The Pentagon today shot down an overseas report that the head of ISIS was seriously wounded during an airstrike in western Iraq. According to a report in the Guardian, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi suffered life-threatening injuries during an assault between the villages of Umm al-Rous and al-Qaraan. Al-Baghdadi is no longer in control of day-to-day operations, Iraqi sources said, according to the Guardian.
  • The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

    04/20/2015 5:10:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies
    SPIEGEL ON LINE ^ | 18 Apr 15 | Christoph Reuter
    Aloof. Polite. Cajoling. Extremely attentive. Restrained. Dishonest. Inscrutable. Malicious. The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets of the man. But they agree on one thing: "We never knew exactly who we were sitting across from." In fact, not even those who shot and killed him after a brief firefight in the town of Tal Rifaat on a January morning in 2014 knew the true identity of the tall man in his late fifties. They were unaware that they had killed the strategic head of the group calling itself "Islamic State" (IS). The...
  • Obama and Erdogan to open new mosque together in Maryland

    04/20/2015 7:52:54 AM PDT · by blueyon · 59 replies
    By The Right Scoop ^ | 4/20/15 | By The Right Scoop
    A couple of years ago it was reported that Turkey was helping fund the building of a $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland. In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening. Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony: ANADOLU AGENCY The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkeys foreign minister said Sunday. Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a three-day visit to...
  • Erdo&#287;an, Obama to open mosque in US

    04/20/2015 4:48:06 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 31 replies
    Hrriyet ^ | April/20/2015
    The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said April 19. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who was on a three-day visit to Washington, visited the center that also has a medium-sized mosque, and lunched with representatives from the American Muslim community. “During a phone call, President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan asked President [Barack] Obama to accompany him in opening the center together and President Obama accepted his offer in principle,’” Çavuşoğlu told the representatives. If Obama’s schedule allows at the time of the opening, he will accompany Erdoğan. The...
  • St. Paul church pushes to recognize Armenian genocide

    04/20/2015 6:22:59 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-17-15 | Richard Chin
    Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian made headlines recently by calling attention to what happened to the Armenian people 100 years ago. It was genocide at the hands of the Turks in what was then the Ottoman Empire, according to the pope, the reality show star and many historians. In Minnesota, the push to recognize the deaths of Armenians a century ago as the first genocide of the 20th century is being led by a small, new St. Paul church. In the past month, St. Sahag Armenian Church has put up billboards on Interstate 94 in St. Paul and Interstate 494...
  • Bernie Sanders of All People Puts Gazagogues in Their Place [Video]

    08/20/2014 11:23:47 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 7 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    There are few elected officials in the United States that are further to the left than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Although technically listed as an Independent, he caucuses with the Democrats and his failure to register as one of them is due to the fact that even they are not socialist enough for him. That said, unlike sycophantic and pandering Democrats, he is true to his beliefs (misguided as they may be) and takes his stance based on his desire to help people live a better life. Due to this honesty and transparency, even this right of center news outlet...
  • Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres Genocide [Christian Genocide!]

    04/19/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lela Gilbert
    Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres Genocide by Lela Gilbert 16 Apr 2015 'Their Christian faith was bruised and battered. In some cases, all hope was lost' A century after the genocide began, Turkey still refuses to accept the truth. Yet for the sake of todays persecuted Christians, the past must not be forgotten In March last year reports emerged of a nightmare unfolding in the Armenian town of Kassab in northern Syria. A horde of al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists descended on the city, forcing the Christian residents out of their ancestral homes. It was widely reported...
  • This I believe: Created in G-d's image (homosexual Jesuit priest)

    04/19/2015 8:30:14 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 34 replies
    The Jesuit Post ^ | 4/17/2015 | Damian Torres-Botello
    In a five-part series released the week of March 16th from the National Catholic Reporter, Gods Community in the Castro, a parishioner from San Franciscos Most Holy Redeemer parish had this to say about his spiritual home: We dont see ourselves as a gay community, but rather as a community thats open to gaysIts an acceptance and a realization that people feel OK to be who they are that makes this place different.
  • Ted Cruz Calls For Recognition of Armenian Genocide

    04/19/2015 1:20:02 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 52 replies
    groong.usc.edu ^ | Sun, 19 Apr 2015 9:31:47 PDT | Mihran Keheyian
    Cruz: "The Massacre of the Armenian, Assyrian, and other Christian People Should be Called what it is: Genocide" WASHINGTON--Republican Presidential Candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on April 18 marked the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide with a statement calling for the proper recognition of the massacre of Armenian, Assyrian, and other Christian peoples as genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Republican Presidential Candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Cruz's statement, addressed to the Armenian Church of Austin, was read on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol, during the Austin Peace March and Rally, an observance attended...