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  • US officials move to deport Bosnian suspects over war crimes (Serbs over Srebrenica)

    02/28/2015 7:48:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03/01/2015 | (mg/bk)
    US officials were preparing to deport at least 150 Bosnians suspected of having played a role in the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Serbs during the war that raged in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the New York Times reported. Authorities identified 300 suspects in all, which included those who allegedly hid their involvement in war crimes when they came to the US as war victims fleeing the violence in the Balkans. As many as half of these were believed to have played a role at the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, where Bosnian Serbs killed 8,000 Muslim boys and men. The...
  • UN chief: UN mission in Libya should be cut ‘substantially’

    02/24/2015 8:21:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 11:25 AM EST | Cara Anna
    The United Nations secretary-general says the U.N. mission in Libya should be cut “substantially” because of the new and increasingly dangerous situation there. Ban Ki-moon’s report circulated Tuesday says the mission should be limited to 15 to 20 people inside the north African country while keeping a temporary base in Tunisia. The mission evacuated there from Libya last year for its safety. Ban’s report stresses this “does not mean that the United Nations is disengaging from Libya.” His recommendation comes as Libya’s neighbors are calling for more United Nations action on Libya amid chaos that includes two separate governments and...
  • UN climate head Rajendra Pachauri resigns

    02/24/2015 8:34:07 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 February 2015 Last updated at 08:31 ET Share this pageEmail Print Share this page | BBC
    The head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
  • The UN Has A Plan For What Americans Can — And Can’t — Watch On TV

    02/23/2015 4:23:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/23/2015 | Blake Neff
    Fat kids are serious business. So serious, in fact, that the United Nations is urging countries to let its bureaucrats micromanage what foods are allowed to advertise on TV.The European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), the health arm of the U.N., is trying to stop childhood obesity by urging countries to adopt an international blueprint that would ban almost all food advertisements targeted at children and place substantial regulatory influence in the hands of the UN. Advocates of advertising restrictions argue that children learn to identify brands early in childhood, and that those who see lots of junk...
  • Zionism debate at heart of bitter Israeli vote

    02/22/2015 3:26:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 6:08 PM EST | Dan Perry
    What is Zionism? The ideological question, rooted in the 19th century, has gained surprising urgency in an Israeli election campaign that seems more open than had been expected. Seeking to take votes from the nationalistic right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the relatively liberal opposition has rebranded itself as the Zionist Union—sparking a debate about a concept that some considered resolved when the Jewish state was declared and widely recognized in 1948. […] On the left, politicians speak of true Zionism as requiring the establishment of peace and equality in the land, including by making peace with the Palestinians and...
  • Ukraine PM says cease fire non-existent, Putin on a larger mission

    02/21/2015 4:10:38 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2015 | Fox News
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Saturday that his country is not on the verge of collapse and that Russian-backed separatists continue to attack Ukrainian soldiers despite a recent cease fire agreement. [....] He also repeated his plea for Western allies to supply weapons to the out-gunned Ukrainian forces. “We have to defend ourselves,” Yatsenyuk said. “Russia is constantly supplying tanks, surface-to-air missiles and the rest of the stuff. And again everyone knows this. We still use outdated Soviet-style equipment.”
  • Armed (and under-employed) groups raid South Sudan school, abduct 89 children, U.N. says

    02/21/2015 11:56:20 AM PST · by Mean Daddy · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 21, 2015 | Faith Karimi
    (CNN)Armed groups raided a South Sudanese school and seized 89 children who were taking their exams, the United Nations said Saturday. It pointed out that boys were among those taken. The abduction occurred near Malakal, where thousands of people have taken refuge following months of violence in the nation. Kidnappers gathered around a community and conducted house-to-house searches, according to the U.N. children's agency. It said boys over age 12 were taken away by force. U.N. officials warned the abductors that they're violating international law. "The recruitment and use of children by armed forces destroys families and communities," said Jonathan...
  • From 1750 AD? UN Calculates 300-year “Climate Debt” for United States

    02/20/2015 2:46:05 PM PST · by detective · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | February 19, 2015 | William F. Jasper
    Just in case you missed it, the kleptocrats who populate the United Nations have big “climate justice” plans for you. On February 13, as you were preparing for a Valentine’s Day date with your sweetheart or getting ready for the Presidents’ Day weekend, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, released its long-awaited “negotiation text.” That is the agreement that will take center stage in Paris at the UN’s global climate summit of world leaders during November and December. Completely unreported in the world’s “mainstream” press coverage of the release is this astonishing development: The...
  • U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare

    02/19/2015 10:19:12 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 10, 2015
    Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
  • UN Plan for 2015 Climate Summit Would Shackle Planet With Energy Restrictions

    02/16/2015 4:40:45 PM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | February 16, 2015 | William F. Jasper
    The draft text of the United Nations’ proposed global climate agreement was released Friday, February 13 in Geneva, Switzerland. The document, which proposes to impose draconian controls on all human activity and all energy production and consumption, has ballooned from the 38-page document that was negotiated last November-December at the UN climate circus in Lima, Peru, to 98 pages. “Although it has become longer, countries are now fully aware of each other’s positions,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), acknowledging that the more than doubling of the text’s length would make...
  • UN Official: Capitalism Must Be Destroyed for Sake of Planet SATIRE

    02/16/2015 9:10:33 AM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    In remarks to an inner cadre of the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, maintained that “economic progress since the Industrial Revolution has gone too far. The Earth is in danger of being overrun by unconstrained prosperity.” “Capitalists like to contend that the increased life expectancies and material well-being of billions of people is some sort of proof that the system is a good thing,” Figueres said. “But they are wrong. Billions more humans living longer lives in greater luxury is a problem, not a benefit.” “There is no objective evidence proving that people living longer...
  • Home Owner Associations robbing people of their rights, their savings and their homes

    02/15/2015 9:08:46 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 233 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/15/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Using Agitprop and elements of the Delphi propaganda method (3), lethal Home Owners Associations (HOAs) are moving north out of huge Miami-Fort Lauderdale territories up along Florida’s I-95 corridor to take over more and more personal property rights of unsuspecting homeowners in gated, HOA communities. And the effects are not pretty! “Resetting the default position. . .exploits the structure of the choice to encourage a more desirable option,” says Cass R. Sunstein, author of the book NUDGE. (1) Employed by the Obama Administration as a regulatory czar, it was Sunstein’s job to have the American people do what the government...
  • Russia submits resolution to UN Security Council to substitute Minsk Agreements - media

    02/16/2015 6:07:46 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 12:42 16.02.2015 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, February 16 /Ukrinform/. Russia will try to "push" through the UN Security Council its own version of the resolution on Donbas, which does not coincide with the Minsk Agreements, Press AV journalist Andrei Vasilyev has told Ukrainian television's channel Hromadske.tv. According to him, Russia is trying to place all responsibility for the peace process on Ukraine only. The Russian version of the resolution also requires that Ukraine should be the first side to withdraw its troops 50 kilometers back from the front line after the ceasefire. In addition, Moscow also wants to completely absolve itself of promises made in...
  • Russia's Lavrov Met With Hoots, Indignation At Testy Munich Talk

    02/14/2015 7:43:15 PM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | February 07, 2015 | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sparked derisive laughter and indignation among the audience at a security conference in Munich by defending Moscow's actions in the Ukraine conflict and accusing the West of fomenting unrest in the crisis. In a testy question-and-answer session following his February 7 speech at the conference, Lavrov elicited scattered howls from an audience that included Western officials by claiming that Ukraine's Crimea territory willingly joined Russia in line with the United Nations Charter. "I guess it's funny. I also found many things [said here] funny as well, but I controlled myself," Lavrov, who spoke in Russian...
  • U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare

    02/14/2015 9:02:53 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 70 replies
    Investor's Business Daily.com ^ | 10FEB2015 | Staff Writer
    Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
  • Belarus diplomat worries topless, mayo-throwing women could disrupt U.N

    02/13/2015 6:16:55 PM PST · by llevrok · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/13/2015
    (Reuters) - A Belarusian delegate at a United Nations disarmament forum warned fellow diplomats about an unusual type of weapon: jars of mayonnaise being thrown by topless women during discussions about war and peace. The delegate issued a statement of concern during the Geneva-based U.N. Conference on Disarmament's discussion on Tuesday about improving its transparency. Belarus asked whether there was a plan to open up the meetings to members of the general public. (snip) "What if there were topless ladies screaming from the public gallery throwing bottles of mayonnaise, asked Belarus," the official summary said. The record added that the...
  • U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare (Destroying Capitalism)

    02/13/2015 11:29:01 AM PST · by Signalman · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 2/10/2015 | IBD
    Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism. "This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change...
  • UN Climate Chief: We Are Remaking The World Economy

    02/10/2015 12:28:27 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/2015 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    The United Nation’s climate chief says that reordering the global economy to fight climate change is the “most difficult” task the international body has ever undertaken. “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history,” Christiana Figueres, who heads up the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, told reporters. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that...
  • U.S. Senators Urge Funding UN Agency Tied to Abortion and Prostitution

    02/08/2015 12:48:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Cfam.org ^ | February 5, 2015 | Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. and Wendy Wright
    NEW YORK, January 6 (C-Fam) A group of U.S. senators is urging President Obama to fund the UN’s controversial population agency despite its ties to abortion and coercive population control programs, and its new push for countries to legalize prostitution. “We are disappointed that despite UNFPA’s critical work around the world, a number of misperceptions about the organization persist,” wrote Senator Barbara Boxer and 21 of her Democratic colleagues. “UNFPA does not promote abortion as a method of family planning and does not condone coercion in family planning, coercive abortion or forced sterilizations,” according to the senators, each an ardent...
  • U.N. Climate Chief: We're 'Intentionally' Transforming The World Economy

    02/07/2015 9:24:59 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 58 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 2/6/15 | Bradford Thomas
    The United Nation’s top climate change official Christiana Figueres announced this week that the group is actively working to "intentionally transform" the world's economic development model, a task she called the "most difficult" one the group has ever undertaken. "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history," UNFCCC Executive Secretary Figueres stated at a press conference in Brussels Tuesday. The "intentional" reordering of the global economy, she told reporters, "will not happen overnight" due to the "depth of the transformation":...
  • ISIS Militants Selling, Crucifying, Burying Children Alive in Iraq, Says UN Watchdog

    02/04/2015 9:19:22 AM PST · by kristinn · 36 replies
    Reuters via The Straights Times ^ | (Thursday) February 5, 2015
    Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youths, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday. Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against US-led air strikes, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said. "We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities," committee expert Renate...
  • UN Probe’s Schabas Admits ‘I Don’t Respect Israeli Leaders’

    02/04/2015 7:38:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 2/4/2015, 9:17 AM | Ari Yashar
    Canadian William Schabas resigned from leading the UNHRC “war crimes” probe of Israel on Monday, after new revelations regarding consulting work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist organization in 2012 joined previous allegations his blatant bias against Israel. Speaking with Yedioth Aharonot on Tuesday, after a former Goldstone Report judge was named in his stead, Schabas had harsh words of condemnation for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “Even if there was another committee, Netanyahu would come out against it. People like Netanyahu will accuse any committee of being anti-Israeli,” said Schabas—who back in 2013 said he wanted to...
  • EPA turning regulatory eyes to natural gas, expert says

    02/04/2015 5:30:06 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | February 4, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    A former Environmental Protection Agency regulator warns that while the Obama administration now has coal in its crosshairs, natural gas is next in line. David Schnare cites a proposed rule on methane emissions as one of the ways President Obama and the EPA will clamp down on natural gas. The 33-year EPA veteran, who once sued utilities for coal-fired plants that didn’t meet Clean Air Act standards, is director of the Center of Energy and Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. Schnare said the EPA — as part of its “Clean Power Plan” rule that would...
  • Head of UN's Gaza Probe Resigns

    02/02/2015 4:58:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/2/15 | Elad Benari
    Canadian law professor William Schabas, who was appointed to head the UN committee tasked with probing Israel’s alleged “war crimes” during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, announced on Monday evening he was stepping down. According to the Reuters news agency, Schabas cited Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the reason for his resignation. In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which appointed him to head the inquiry, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, Schabas said he would step down immediately to...
  • African Union confirms Mugabe as chairman

    01/30/2015 11:24:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 30.01.2015 | [ipj/gb(AFP, Reuters, AP)]
    The African Union’s rotating post of chairman has gone to Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe’s veteran president enjoys respect across the continent, but faces travel bans from both the US and EU for harassing opponents. Mugabe assumed the largely ceremonial role on Friday at an African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa as it leaders and UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for global action against Boko Haram in Nigeria. […] Western nations accuse Mugabe, a former guerrilla leader who fought against white-minority rule in former British-ruled Rhodesia, of crushing political dissent and ruining Zimbabwe’s rural-based economy. For many in Africa, however, he...
  • UKRAINE HUMOR: Scatalogical satire about Russia’s behavior at the latest UN security council

    01/29/2015 10:50:15 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 10 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/benjamindmorrison?fref=photo ^ | 1-29-2015 | Translated by Benjamin Morrison
    A bit of scatalogical satire about Russia’s behavior at the latest UN security council meeting on Ukraine. The illustration is a bit crude, but very spot on and makes the point clearly. Enjoy and share! TRANSLATION: Transcript of the 30th session of the UN Security Council on the Ukraine crisis. UN Security Council President: Are there any motions? Churkin (Russia’s Ambassador to the UN): May I crap on the table? Everybody: NO!!! Churkin: (while crapping on the desk of Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Klimkin) Thank you! Ukraine: You all saw it, didn’t you?! Russia just crapped on our desk!...
  • US charges Russian 'spies' suspected of trying to recruit New Yorkers

    01/26/2015 12:47:50 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 1-26-2015 | Reuters
    Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobny allegedly conspired to gather intelligence on behalf of Russia and to recruit Americans. Federal prosecutors in New York have unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a spying scheme for Russia’s foreign intelligence service. According to a criminal complaint, Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired in the United States to gather intelligence on behalf of Russia and to recruit New York City residents to help. The conspiracy ran from 2012 to the present, and during that time, Buryakov worked at a bank, Sporyshev was a Russian trade...
  • Muslim scholars urge UN to outlaw 'contempt' of religions

    01/23/2015 12:53:03 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 21, 2015
    A leading Islamic organisation has called on the United Nations to make "contempt of religions" illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, appealed to Muslims to continue peaceful protests against images of the Prophet Mohammed but "not to resort to any violence".
  • Private Property Rights Endangered by Nativism

    01/23/2015 11:21:07 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/23/15 | Moro Buddy Bohn
    Invasion biology theorists, Government land grabs and Agenda 21, the UN-sponsored Wildlands Project, Reserve and Corridor System Homeowners along the coast, beware! Anti-exotic advocates (invasion biology theorists), aka nativists, are in control at State Parks and the California Coastal Commission. They also control the National Park Service. They’re implementing Agenda 21’s land- grab goals by tearing out sand dune-stabilizing non-native grass proven by a 1960s USDA study to be the only sand stabilizer capable of withstanding heavy tourist abuse that destroyed most of Northern California’s native grass and foliage beginning in the mid-20th century. This grass removal in Point Reyes,...
  • German official urges Israel: work with international court

    01/20/2015 9:40:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 20, 2015 8:37 AM EST
    Germany’s top human rights official has urged Israel to cooperate with the International Criminal Court probe into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories. After the investigation was announced last week, Israel’s government immediately said it would not work with The Hague-based court and called for its funding to be cut. The government’s human rights commissioner, Christoph Strässer, said in an interview published Tuesday that Israel’s reaction was counterproductive. …
  • UN Condemns Escalating Attacks by Nigerian Group Boko Haram

    01/19/2015 4:26:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 19, 2015 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    The U.N. Security Council condemned the recent escalation of attacks by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram on Monday and expressed deep concern that its activities are undermining peace and stability in central and west Africa. The statement was sponsored by Nigeria, which had been reluctant to have the council discuss the Islamic militant group despite being a member of the Security Council. The Security Council has previously responded to specific terrorist acts by Boko Haram with press statements that do not become part of its official record. The militant group seeks to impose Islamic Shariah law across Nigeria, Africa's...
  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali: Iran Has the Right to Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 4:09:47 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 17/12/14
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijDbfm28hkk
  • Obama to Host Global “Extremism” Summit; Tyranny on the Menu

    01/15/2015 8:56:15 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/12/2015 | Alex Newman
    Following the deadly Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris last week, the Obama administration finally set a date for its global summit on dealing with “extremism.” However, the conclave will not be focusing on Western and Arab governments’ support for extreme jihadists in Libya, Syria, and beyond; or on extreme gun-control schemes that left French citizens defenseless in the face of terrorism last week; or on extreme anti-free-speech policies purporting to ban criticism of Islam pushed by the United Nations, the European Union, and the Socialist French government. Instead, the White House “extremism” summit will focus primarily on expanding the...
  • Palestinians Are Running Out of Friends Again

    01/13/2015 9:32:02 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/13/15 | Alan Caruba
    Just one more bizarre and stupid charade that Abbas and the Palestinians engage in from time to time The news of the day is former President Jimmy Carter who placed the blame for the Paris jihadist massacre on—you guessed it—Israel. That reflects the surreal world in which anti-Semites live. Meanwhile, the Palestinians, both Fatah and Hamas, are running out of friends. For reasons that defy any logic and which have no basis in fact, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking recognition of the Palestinian state from the United Nations. He’s also applied for membership in the International Criminal Court....
  • Kerry, Obama Pressuring India on Climate Change

    01/13/2015 7:32:20 AM PST · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January 12, 2015 | PATRICK J. MICHAELS
    Secretary of State John Kerry is currently in India as advance guard for President Obama’s visit later this month. The president is going there to try and get some commitment from India (or the illusion of a commitment) to reduce its emissions of dreaded greenhouse gases. Until now, India, along with China, has resisted calls for major reductions, effectively blocking any global treaty limiting fossil fuel use. The president is very keen on changing this before this December’s United Nations confab in Paris, where such a treaty is supposed to be inked. Kerry’s mission is to get India ready for the president....
  • Alleged spy seen in video calling Saddam 'our inspired leader'

    01/07/2004 8:18:21 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 2 replies · 229+ views
    The Times (N.W. Indiana) ^ | 1-7-2004 | MIKE ROBINSON
    Alleged spy seen in video calling Saddam 'our inspired leader' ILLINOIS -- Prosecutors say he spied on dissidents, reported to U.N. mission honeycombed with secret agents. By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) -- Jurors watched a video Tuesday in which a man accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents for Saddam Hussein's intelligence service described the dictator as "our inspired leader" and spoke scornfully of "American colonial imperialism." "A light has illuminated our path and our procession toward the struggle and the liberation," Khaled Dumeisi said in describing Hussein at an April 2001 birthday party for the dictator at...
  • Community Newspaper Publisher Found Guilty of Being Agent for Saddam Hussein

    01/12/2004 5:04:03 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 28 replies · 249+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2004
    CHICAGO - A community newspaper publisher accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents in the United States was found guilty Monday of serving as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein. The jury took less than two hours to convict Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi after the weeklong trial. "This sends an important message that people can't come to our country and spy on their fellow residents," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said. Dumeisi, 61, was convicted of failing to obey a federal law that requires agents of foreign governments to register with the Justice Department. Prosecutors maintained that the Palestinian-born Dumeisi spied on...
  • Secretary Jewell Unveils Greater Sage Grouse Plan

    01/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. “Targeted action is urgently needed to...
  • City aims to jump-start Near South Side development

    07/11/2013 8:37:54 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 2 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Hal Dardick
    The city is trying to kick-start development of vacant 62-acre parcel near downtown controlled by a controversial Iraqi billionaire once linked to convicted Democratic influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko.
  • Palestinian Authority: wannabe state without rules of state

    01/08/2015 3:40:34 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/08/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Twisted, self-indulgent, calculating projection is rife among dictators, despots, religious zealots and terrorists and, unfortunately, a growing number of elected and appointed officials here in the United States The New Year unfolded with more terror from Islamists. The Paris gunmen, reportedly an Al Qaeda terror cell with Yemeni connections who murdered 12 people at a leftist French satirical magazine, may give courage to Muslim-based wannabe states like the Palestinian Authority that try to bully authentic nations. The close of 2014 brought a defeat for the Palestinian Authority as it attempted to fast-track statehood, hoping to bypass negotiations with Israel via...
  • FRANCIS & POLITICAL ILLUSION

    01/06/2015 6:05:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | 1-5-15 | Maureen Mullarkey
    There is a great temptation today to confuse sociological evolution with spiritual progress, and Christians are the first to succumb to that temptation. Nevertheless, the Bible expressly tells us that the history of mankind ends in judgment. It does not give place to the Kingdom. Jacques Ellul, False Presence of the Kingdom Conformity to the world is expressed by the passion for politics, by the politicizing of Christian thinking, manners and action. Jacques Ellul, Hope in Time of Abandonment In the cap and bells of Flip Wilson’s Church of What’s Happening Now, Pope Francis is readying an encyclical on climate...
  • Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass

    01/05/2015 11:05:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | Dennis B. Ross
    … Palestinian political culture is rooted in a narrative of injustice; its anticolonialist bent and its deep sense of grievance treats concessions to Israel as illegitimate. Compromise is portrayed as betrayal, and negotiations—which are by definition about mutual concessions—will inevitably force any Palestinian leader to challenge his people by making a politically costly decision. But going to the United Nations does no such thing. It puts pressure on Israel and requires nothing of the Palestinians. Resolutions are typically about what Israel must do and what Palestinians should get. If saying yes is costly and doing nothing isn’t, why should we...
  • Syria Complains to UN: McCain Violated Our Sovereignty

    01/05/2015 10:19:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/1/15
    Syria has complained to the United Nations (UN) about several officials who, it claims, entered the country without visas in violation of its sovereignty. These include Republican Senator John McCain, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith, according to Reuters. Syria's UN ambassador, Bashar Ja'afari, called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15-member Security Council to pressure governments to take "the necessary measures against their nationals who enter Syrian territory illegally." "Such actions are a blatant violation of Syria's sovereignty and of the resolutions of the Security Council concerning Syria," Ja'afari wrote in a...
  • Hickenlooper names new head of Colorado Department of Transportation

    01/05/2015 5:40:50 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Heather Draper
    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday named Shailen Bhatt the next executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He will assume the role in mid-February. Bhatt will replace Don Hunt, who will remain at CDOT through the end of February to transition with Bhatt ... Prior to serving at DelDOT, Bhatt was an associate administrator at the Federal Highway Administration ... "Don Hunt has been a remarkable executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation. His ability to galvanize the Herculean efforts that so swiftly reopened the state's bridges and the hundreds of miles of roads damaged by the...
  • No, Bibi-Bashers, Israel Is not ‘Isolated’ Under Netanyahu

    01/05/2015 7:35:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/05/2015 | P. David Hornik
    [1]On Tuesday the Palestinians tried to get the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution to shrink Israel down to indefensible borders.They failed to get the nine votes from the 15-member council that they needed. Even if they had, the U.S. had promised to veto the resolution. But the Palestinians would have succeeded in painting Israel as a country almost friendless, hanging by the thread of U.S. support.The draft resolution demanded that Israel and the Palestinians wrap up all their disputes and reach an agreement within one year; that a Palestinian state be set up along Israel’s 1967...
  • [Palestinian Authority] PA to Submit Request to Join Interpol

    01/03/2015 9:13:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 1/4/2015, 5:00 AM | Ben Ariel
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) has decided to join the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), an official told the Ma’an news agency on Saturday. […] Ahmad al-Rabie said that the PA submitted a request to join the Interpol in 2011 but that it was only accepted as an observer and not as a full member because it had not been recognized as a state at the time and did not have control over its borders. This time, however, the PA is sure that 128 countries will vote in favor of the state joining Interpol, four above the required threshold, al-Rabie told...
  • Russian Orthodox Condemn Pro-Homosexual UN Children’s Fund

    01/03/2015 5:13:13 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | January 2, 2015 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    As Christians around the world got ready to contemplate the innocence of the child Jesus, last week the Russian Orthodox Church took on a UNICEF paper that says children have LGBT rights.The Patriarch’s Commission on the Family of the Russian Orthodox Church released a scathing statement criticizing a UNICEF position paper that urges countries to protect LGBT rights because, it says, it is in the “best interests of children.” The Commission turns the tables on UNICEF and says: “Placing children to be raised by same-sex couples is a gross violation of the rights and interests of a child.”The Orthodox Commission...
  • Palestinians’ Machinations at the United Nations Continue

    01/02/2015 9:17:46 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/02/15 | Joseph Klein
    Imposing deadlines for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on Palestinian terms, including full Israeli withdrawal from all “occupied” territories within three years The United Nations Security Council was called into a special session on December 30, 2014 at the behest of the Palestinian Authority and its Arab Group supporters. The intent was for the Security Council to approve a resolution, submitted by the non-permanent Council member Jordan, imposing deadlines for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on Palestinian terms, including full Israeli withdrawal from all “occupied” territories within three years. The Palestinians thought they had the necessary nine-vote majority to pass the resolution,...
  • Massive Terror, War Avoided As UN Rejects Palestinian State

    12/31/2014 4:21:32 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 9 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | December 30, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York, New York — December 30 … Lethal, Islamic terror attacks and the potential for a new Middle East war were avoided this evening as the UN Security Council defeated a Palestinian resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories by late 2017. The UN resolution called for negotiations to be based on territorial lines that existed before Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the Six Day War. It also demanded that a peace agreement be reached within 12 months. If a bid for Palestinian statehood was...
  • EU Calls for Peace Talks After PA Fails at UN

    12/30/2014 10:30:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/14
    The European Union’s (EU) foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Tuesday's vote at the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Palestinian statehood underlined the need for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to urgently resume peace negotiations. The Security Council failed to adopt an Arab-backed resolution that would have paved the way to a Palestinian state, setting a 12-month deadline for Israel to reach a final peace deal with the PA and calling for a full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria by the end of 2017. The vote "underlines once again the urgency of resuming meaningful negotiations between the...