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  • The BDS Campaign: Anti-Jew Leftists Breaking Federal Anti-Boycott Law

    01/19/2019 10:38:49 AM PST · by Moseley · 22 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | January 18, 2019 | Jonathon A Moseley
    Anti-Semites are violating federal law by boycotting Israel and Israeli companies and institutions. Activists in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, one of the highest-profile global projects of the left, are subject to criminal and financial penalties, including jail time of five years and fines up to $50,000. A U.S. exporter can lose the right to export any products to any country. So why isn’t the U.S. Department of Justice enforcing the anti-boycott laws? President Donald Trump should order the Office of Antiboycott Compliance to come out of cryogenic stasis and get back to work, and order DOJ to...
  • Opposition parties in Turkey point to several irregularities on voters roll (Voter Fraud)

    01/19/2019 4:42:47 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Rudaw | 14 hours ago | None stated
    ERBIL, KurdistanRegion— As Turkey prepares for its first local election in the post-coup era, political parties are racing to get every vote possible and opposition are finding irregularities on voter registration lists.  Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday that 53,099 Syrian refugees who have gained Turkish citizenship can vote in the upcoming local election. Turkey will hold provincial and local elections on March 31. The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has claimed that thousands of names of AKP supporters have been abnormally added to voter lists. The pro-Kurdish party says it has visited mukhtars of the locations of supposed...
  • Americans slain in Syria attack: A Green Beret, a former SEAL and two language specialists

    01/18/2019 10:23:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 18 at 6:59 PM | By William Branigin , William Branigin Reporter and editor covering breaking news Email Bio Kat
    A Green Beret, a Navy linguist, a former Navy SEAL and a Syrian emigre were the Americans killed in this week’s suicide bombing in Syria, the Defense Department and a defense contractor said on Friday. The Pentagon named the three current and former service members slain in Wednesday’s attack as Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent; and civilian Scott A. Wirtz, a former Navy SEAL working for the Defense Intelligence Agency. The department did not identify the fourth American killed, a civilian contractor who officials said served as an interpreter. A...
  • It's time to designate Turkey as a sponsor of terrorism

    01/18/2019 4:26:11 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2019 01:43 PM | Michael Rubin
    On Tuesday, Islamist terrorists affiliated with the Somali group al-Shabaab attacked an upscale hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 21. It wasnÂ’t the groupÂ’s first attack in Kenya. The radical group, which at one point was affiliated with al Qaeda, has used KenyaÂ’s heavy Somali refugee presence as cover for a number of attacks in Kenya and against Kenyans, most famously at the Westgate Mall in 2013. That Kenya remains a contributor of both soldiers and police to AMISOM, the African Union Mission in Somalia which seeks to defend the country against al-Shaabab, only puts it further in the...
  • At Age 70, Time to Rethink NATO

    01/18/2019 10:15:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2019 | Pat Buchanan
    "Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last." So said President Charles De Gaulle, who in 1966 ordered NATO to vacate its Paris headquarters and get out of France. NATO this year celebrates a major birthday. The young girl of 1966 is no longer young. The alliance is 70 years old. And under this aging NATO today, the U.S. is committed to treat an attack on any one of 28 nations from Estonia to Montenegro to Romania to Albania as an attack on the United States. The time is ripe for a strategic review of these...
  • Why are US troops in the Syrian city of Manbij?

    01/16/2019 12:59:07 PM PST · by McGruff · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 16, 2019 | Luis Martinez
    The location of Wednesday's bomb blast that killed American service members -- the northern Syrian city of Manbij -- has proven vitally strategic for U.S. forces who have had a highly visible presence there for nearly two years. The Americans have conducted patrols in the city, in vehicles, and on foot, to act as a buffer between Turkey and the U.S.-led coalition's Kurdish partners, a group that's been critical to the fight against ISIS but which Ankara classifies as terrorists. Manbij has long had a historic population mix of Arabs, Kurds, and other minority groups and was part of a...
  • Trump mocks: Why would I expand energy production and hurt Russia if I 'worked for Kremlin?'

    01/14/2019 7:18:08 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 14, 2019 07:46 AM | Katelyn Caralle
    President Trump on Monday asked why he would hurt Russia by expanding U.S. energy production if he was in cahoots with the Kremlin, as most Democrats suspect. “‘Gas prices drop across the United States because President Trump has deregulated Energy and we are now producing a great deal more oil than ever before.’ @foxandfriends But this is bad news for Russia, why would President Trump do such a thing? Thought he worked for Kremlin?” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning. On Friday, the New York Times reported that the FBI opened an investigation into whether President Trump was working with...
  • Trump touts 'long overdue' Syria pullout, says US 'will devastate Turkey economically' if they...

    01/13/2019 5:36:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 13 Jan 2019 | Nicole Darrah
    FULL TITLE: Trump touts 'long overdue' Syria pullout, says US 'will devastate Turkey economically' if they attack Kurds President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that the "long overdue pullout from Syria" is starting, and threatened that the U.S. will "devastate Turkey economically" if they attack Kurdish forces in the war-torn country. Trump said the removal of troops, which he announced via Twitter in December, is happening "while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions." The president also vowed that the U.S. "Will attack [ISIS] again from existing nearby base if it reforms." Trump promised the...
  • Saudi Prince al-Faisal warns against US Syria pullout

    01/13/2019 4:09:12 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Prince Turki al-Faisal told the BBC the action would have a negative impact, further entrenching Iran, Russia and the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. US President Donald Trump announced in December that it was time to bring US troops home from Syria. Prince Turki was speaking just before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a visit to Riyadh.
  • Latest Trump Tweets on Syria pullout (1/13/2019)

    01/13/2019 3:49:49 PM PST · by McGruff · 19 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/13/2019 | President Trump
    Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone.... 5:53 PM - 13 Jan 2019 ....Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term U.S. policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS! 6:02...
  • 13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Smiling After She's Reunited with Aunt

    01/11/2019 6:52:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    tmz.com ^ | 1/11/19 | tmz
    3:55 PM -- The first photo of Jayme has surfaced ... showing her smiling with her aunt and godmother, Jennifer Naiberg Smith. As we told you ... they were reunited this afternoon at the hospital where Jayme was being evaluated. 1:57 PM -- Officials say cops recovered a shotgun consistent with what was used at the scene of the homicide. Cops say Patterson -- who shaved his head after allegedly killing Jayme's parents to hide from cops -- shot the door open. Cops say Patterson had a small connection to Jayme's parents -- working at the same turkey processing plant...
  • Erdogan's Turkey is No American Ally

    01/09/2019 12:43:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Michael Rubin
    President Donald TrumpÂ’s about-face toward his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan is enough to give whiplash. Just 5-months ago, Trump was criticizing Turkey and undercutting its economy to bring ErdoÄźan to his knees over the imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson. Behind-the-scenes, American officials/U.S. intelligence had grown exacerbated with ErdoÄźan for his enabling of the Islamic State as well as terrorist groups ranging from Hamas to Boko Haram . Now, of course, ErdoÄźan is TrumpÂ’s confidant and friend. The irony of this about-face is the prickly Trump has absolutely no idea the disdain with which ErdoÄźan and the Turkish press view...
  • Turkey among biggest losers in global democracy ranking

    01/09/2019 8:51:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Jan 09 2019 | none stated
    Turkey among biggest losers in global democracy ranking Out of almost 50 countries in greater Europe, only one performed worse than Turkey in The Economist’s latest Democracy Index, released on Wednesday. Just Italy, which fell 12 spots, outdid Turkey, which dropped 10 places last year.“Turkey’s score declined further in 2018 as the country consolidated amid weakening checks on the presidency,” the Economist Intelligence Unit wrote in its annual report. “A presidential election in June, won by the incumbent, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was held under a state of emergency and appeared mostly free, but largely unfair.”Countries in western Europe, where EIU...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 1/9/2019

    01/09/2019 5:20:35 AM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/9/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump making his case for a barrier on the nation's southern border in a speech Tuesday night, describing a crisis with illegal immigration that includes the deaths of thousands of Americans..... The co-leader of the anti-mass immigration Alternative for Germany party, Alice Weidel, says that the brutal attack on AfD parliament member Frank Magnitz was an attempted assassination. Weidel added that: "the hatred against the AfD and the media coverage against this democratically elected party is bearing fruit" At least three masked men beat Magnitz unconscious using a piece of wood Monday in the city of Bremen. He was...
  • The Latest: Erdogan not to meet Trump aide in apparent snub

    01/08/2019 2:49:42 AM PST · by McGruff · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 1/8/2019
    U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is set to depart Turkey without meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an apparent snub over disagreements about Kurdish fighters in Syria. National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said U.S. officials were told Erdogan cited local election season and a speech to parliament for not meeting with Bolton. In the speech to parliament Tuesday, Erdogan criticized the U.S. position that the Kurds must be protected, reiterating his government’s position that they are a terrorist group.
  • Turkey’s Erdogan shuts down White House’s Bolton on Syria, says he made a ‘serious mistake’

    01/08/2019 8:21:22 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 8, 2019 | Natasha Turak
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a blunt put-down Tuesday against White House national security advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkish nonaggression against Kurds who fought against the Islamic State in Syria. “We cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel,” the Turkish president said, adding that Bolton made a “serious mistake,” Reuters reported. He was referring to statements by the senior Trump administration official, made from Israel over the weekend, promising safety for the U.S.-allied Kurdish militias — who dominate areas in Northern Syria and whom the Turks view as terrorists — in the event of a...
  • Bolton in Turkey to negotiate Kurds' fate amid Syria policy confusion

    01/07/2019 9:48:07 AM PST · by be-baw · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 7, 2018 | CBS/AP
    Ankara, Turkey -- U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton arrived Monday in Turkey for negotiations on the fate of American-allied Kurdish fighters, who said they were unclear what to make of his recent comments about U.S. plans to withdraw troops from Syria. The Kurdish militiamen and women were central to the U.S. military's fight against ISIS in Syria, and many saw President Trump's recent announcement of a pull-out as potentially putting those allies at risk. ... Bolton will seek assurances from Turkey, a NATO ally, that it won't attack the Kurds when the U.S. withdraws troops from northeastern Syria. Monday's...
  • Kurds seize two Americans accused of joining ISIS

    01/07/2019 7:38:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 6, 2019 | Louisa Loveluck and Erin Cunningham
    Kurdish forces in Syria said Sunday that they had captured two American citizens hiding out in the country's final Islamic State stronghold. In a statement, the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, identified the detainees as Warren Christopher Clark, 34, and Zaid Abed al-Hamid, 35. It said the pair had been captured alongside three others suspected of being foreign recruits in the extremist group.
  • Russian military police starts patrols around Syria’s Manbij

    01/08/2019 7:45:27 AM PST · by McGruff · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8 January 2019
    Russian military police have begun patrolling around the Syrian city of Manbij, a spokesman said Tuesday, moving into an area once held by US-backed Kurdish forces. Russian forces are acting in support of Syrian government troops who recently deployed in Manbij, in Aleppo province near the border with Turkey. Kurdish fighters, fearing a Turkish military assault, invited regime forces into Manbij late last month after US President Donald Trump’s shock announcement of a full American withdrawal from Syria.
  • Tahrir Al Sham (al Queda) seizes wider slices of Syria’s north

    01/08/2019 12:36:35 AM PST · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    The National ^ | January 7, 2019 | Hashem Osseiran
    The group are wiping out rivals and taking areas of strategic interest to Turkey and Bashar Al Assad's government. Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria are strengthening their grip on territory in western Aleppo’s rebel-held countryside, nearly 18 months after taking most of the neighbouring province of Idlib. A sudden campaign by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham last week caught Turkey and allied rebels by surprise (when they moved their forces to attack the Kurds near Manbij)... “Tahrir Al Sham chose the right moment to attack.”