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  • China scolds U.S. for withdrawing invite to naval drills

    05/25/2018 5:25:30 AM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    https://www.reuters.com/ ^ | 5/24/18 | Ben Blanchard
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Defence Ministry expressed regret on Thursday after the United States withdrew an invitation to China to attend a major U.S.-hosted naval drill, saying that closing the door does not promote mutual trust and cooperation.The Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC and previously attended by China, is billed as the world’s largest international maritime exercise and held every two years in Hawaii in June and July. RIMPAC enabled the armed forces of the world’s two largest economies to directly engage with each other. It was viewed by both countries as a way to ease tensions...
  • Vox: Record Low U.S. Birthrate Is ‘Sign of Progress’

    05/23/2018 8:53:22 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 17 replies
    brietbart ^ | 05/23/2018 | Thomas D Williams PHD
    The U.S. birthrate hit a historic low in 2017, well below replacement levels, a phenomenon that Vox is touting as “a sign of progress.” According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, the general fertility rate for women between the ages of 15 and 44 in 2017 was 60.2 births per 1,000 women, the lowest recorded level since government records began over a century ago. The total fertility rate (TFR) in the United States last year, which indicates the average number of births per woman in her lifetime, dropped to...
  • The U.S. Embassy Prepares to Move to Jerusalem (very detailed analysis of effect)

    05/14/2018 8:02:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | May 7, 2018 | Nadav Shragai
    The United States has hammered another nail into the “coffin” of the 1947 UN Partition Resolution that called for the internationalization of Jerusalem.The Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, and various other countries are considering to follow in the footsteps of the United States.The Christian evangelical sector of American voters was what finally clinched Trump’s resolve to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The “price” Israel will pay appears to be continued restraint in construction and an occasional building freeze in Jerusalem.The embassy will open in west Jerusalem, with...
  • Pakistan blocks US diplomat from leaving after fatal crash

    05/14/2018 2:23:39 AM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    Pakistan has prevented a US diplomat from leaving the country after he allegedly killed a motorcyclist by driving through a red light last month. Local press said on Saturday that a plane was sent by the US to collect Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, a military attache, but was denied clearance. US officials have previously said he cannot be arrested or tried because he has diplomatic immunity. The incident has increased political tension between the countries. Ateeq Baig, 22, was killed in the crash in Daman-e-Koh, north of Islamabad, on 7 April. CCTV footage showed a white four-wheel-drive - said to...
  • Former Obama Officials Show True Colors by Encouraging Europe To Take Action Against US

    05/13/2018 6:40:31 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 44 replies
    True Pundit ^ | 5/13/2018 | True Pundit Staff
    In an op-ed published by The New York Times on Friday, two men who served on the staff of the National Security Council in the Obama White House openly called for traditional American allies in Europe to take the side of the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism over the leader of their own country. According to Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevens, President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal is an insult so grievous that European governments should consider pulling their ambassadors out of Washington — and expelling American ambassadors from their...
  • Iran Accuses U.S. Of Pushing Up Oil Prices

    05/11/2018 9:40:26 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 05-11-2018 | Irina
    U.S. President Trump has made a deal with some OPEC producers to keep prices high as they support the U.S. economy and boost federal taxes. This is what Iran’s Energy Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on state TV this week as quoted by Bloomberg, adding that Trump was engaging in “shenanigans” on the oil market. It’s not too hard to guess which the OPEC producers Zanganeh mentioned are. Saudi Arabia has been a strong opponent of the Iran nuclear deal and was now quick to offer to fill any gap that new U.S. sanctions would leave on international oil markets by...
  • Trump welcomes freed Korean-Americans' return to US

    05/10/2018 12:35:39 AM PDT · by BBell · 23 replies
    https://www.yahoo.com/ ^ | 5/10/18 | MATTHEW LEE, JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER
    JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — Three Korean-Americans who were detained in North Korea for more than a year were greeted by President Donald Trump beneath a giant American flag after they returned to the mainland U.S. early Thursday. Despite a middle-of-the-night landing, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a host of senior administration officials joined Trump to celebrate the occasion. The men, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, had been released Wednesday amid a warming of relations between the longtime adversaries. The president and first lady boarded the medical plane on which the...
  • Turkey says it will retaliate if U.S. halts weapons sales

    05/06/2018 5:57:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 6, 2018 / 7:42 AM / in 3 hours | Tuvan Gumrukcu
    “If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate,” Cavusoglu said. “What needs to be done is the U.S. needs to let go of this.” .. Turkey plans to buy more than 100 of Lockheed Martin’s (LMT.N) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, and is also in talks with Washington over the purchase of Patriot missiles. Turkey signed an agreement with Russia in December to buy S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries as part of Ankara’s plans to boost its defense capabilities amid threats from Kurdish and Islamist militants at home and conflicts across its...
  • Citi: U.S. To Become World’s Top Oil Exporter

    05/05/2018 6:44:39 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 16 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 05-03-2018 | Tim
    As global oil markets shift their attention from U.S. shale oil production back to a resurgent Saudi Arabia and Russia and geopolitical concerns bearing down on oil prices, Citigroup said last Wednesday that the U.S. is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia next year as the world’s largest exporter of crude and oil products. The U.S. exported a record 8.3 million barrels per day (bpd) last week of crude oil and petroleum products, the government also said Wednesday. Top crude oil exporter Saudi Arabia’s, for its part, exported 9.3 million bpd in January, while Russia exported 7.4 million bpd, the bank...
  • Warships pay respect over Islay war dead site

    05/04/2018 1:47:57 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 May 2018 | bbc
    Warships from Britain, America, France and Germany have gathered over the wreck of a World War One troopship to pay respect to the 700 men who died in two disasters off Islay. More than 200 US soldiers died when the Tuscania was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Islay in February in 1918. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43988158
  • All new cars in US now required to have backup cameras

    05/02/2018 12:09:36 PM PDT · by BBell · 104 replies
    All newly manufactured vehicles to be sold in the U.S. are required as of Tuesday to have backup cameras equipped as a standard feature. Advocates for the rule, which was mandated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency in 2014, hope today’s milestone will lead to fewer instances of drivers backing into people due to a lack of visibility. “This day is so important because we don’t have a choice” when it comes to children’s safety around cars, said Janette Fennell, founder and president of KidsAndCars.org, an advocacy group that works to prevent accidents involving children and motor vehicles. “This...
  • U.S. Confirms Delivery Of Javelin Antitank Missiles To Ukraine

    05/01/2018 3:43:50 PM PDT · by BBell · 30 replies
    https://www.rferl.org ^ | 4/30/18 | Christopher Miller
    KYIV -- The United States has confirmed to RFE/RL its delivery of American-made, Javelin antitank missile systems to Ukraine in a move that is welcome in Kyiv but will almost certainly enrage Moscow amid a four-year conflict that pits Russia-backed separatists against Ukrainian national troops. "They have already been delivered," a U.S. State Department official confirmed on April 30 in response to an RFE/RL query on the handover of Javelins. In a statement posted on Facebook, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also confirmed the delivery and said his country continues "to strengthen our defense potential in order to repel Russian aggression."...
  • Rabbis urge Kansas lawmaker not to compare abortion to Holocaust

    04/29/2018 2:04:30 PM PDT · by Patriot777 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | 29/04/18 15:10 | JTA
    Jewish group calls on Republican state lawmaker from Kansas to refrain from comparing abortions to Nazi genocide of Jews in World War II. JTA - A group of rabbis is urging a Republican politician from Kansas City to stop comparing abortion to the Holocaust. The Rabbinical Association of Kansas City wrote a letter to State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald saying his words “abuse the memory of the murdered victims of the Nazi regime,” the Kansas City Star reported Thursday. MainAll NewsUS & CanadaRabbis urge Kansas lawmaker not to compare abortion to Holocaust Rabbis urge Kansas lawmaker not to compare abortion to...
  • Could the Alfie Story Happen Here?

    04/27/2018 4:24:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 26, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    Yes, I know there are other things going on in the Church and the world, but the Alfie Evans story continues to eat up the majority of my attention, whether I want it to or not. We are watching one of the milestones in the descent of Western Civilization into madness play out before our very eyes, and despite the massive worldwide attention, nothing seems capable of staying the hand of evil. Court arguments have been tried and failed; appeals have been exhausted. International medical professionals and ethicists have weighed in. Diplomatic efforts have been attempted.But Alder Hey Hospital and...
  • China issues report on U.S. human rights

    04/26/2018 12:28:13 AM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    http://www.xinhuanet.com/ ^ | 4/24/18 | Xiang Bo
    BEIJING, April 24 (Xinhua) -- China Tuesday published a report on the United States' human rights situation. The report, titled "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2017," was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China's cabinet, in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 issued by the U.S. State Department on April 20 local time. A Chronology of Human Rights Violations of the United States in 2017 was also released by the office Tuesday. China's report said the United States posed once again as "the guardian of human rights" and a...
  • Russia Prepares For Nuclear War With US

    04/11/2018 3:28:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 226 replies
    Newsw via MSN ^ | 04/11/18 | Cristina Maza
    Russian state-owned television is urging the country’s residents to stock their bunkers with water and basic foodstuffs because Moscow could go to war with Washington. Warning that the potential conflict between the two superpowers would be “catastrophic,” an anchor for Russia’s Vesti 24 showed off shelves of food, recommending that people buy salt, oatmeal and other products that can last a long time on the shelves. Powdered milk lasts five years while sugar and rice can last up to eight years, the newscaster explained before showing videos of pasta cooking in a bomb shelter. The channel's newscasters also displayed charts...
  • Jets filmed flying over Lebanon into Syria.

    04/08/2018 6:06:10 PM PDT · by struggle · 128 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/8/2018 | Mr. Revinsky
    Jets observed flying over Lebanon into Syria. Could be Israel or US.
  • U.S. says it might enter Harvard affirmative action court battle

    04/08/2018 11:39:11 AM PDT · by BBell · 47 replies
    https://www.reuters.com ^ | 4/6/18 | Nate Raymond
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it might formally enter a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants as the agency probes its admissions policies for potential civil rights violations.The department disclosed its plan in a brief urging a federal judge in Boston to not allow the Ivy League school to file pre-trial court papers and documents provisionally under seal. Harvard had cited the need to protect the privacy of applicants and students as well as the inner workings of its admissions process, arguing that various documents should be initially filed under seal pending the...
  • Colorado Cops Concede Car Chase To Ford Mustang Doing 150 MPH

    04/03/2018 3:32:32 AM PDT · by tlozo · 93 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 31, 2018 | James Gilboy
    Will you tone it down, Maverick? A driver in Colorado felt the need for speed, which initially attracted, and later repelled responding red-and-blue. The Denver Post reports that an unknown individual, in an older, dark-colored Ford Mustang, blitzed along a stretch of Interstate 70 that follows the contours of the Colorado River, west of the mountain town Glenwood Springs. Their speed scratched 140 miles per hour, and when the Colorado State Patrol began pursuit with full sirens and flashing lights around 12:30 a.m., the errant driver's speed increased to 150 miles per hour. "They tried to catch up. They weren’t...
  • Time to Get Tough with Turkey

    03/29/2018 2:53:28 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | March 29, 2018 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The U.S. has lots of leverage – let’s use it. The Trump administration is trying to walk a fine line between Turkey, which it still refers to as a NATO ally, and our Kurdish allies on the ground in northern Syria, and it has become increasingly painful and disheartening to watch. For the past two months, as Turkish troops have pounded civilians in the northern Syrian city of Afrin, Turkish President Recip Tayip Erdogan has verbally assaulted and taunted America. After initially threatening to kill U.S. liaison officers working with the Kurds, Erdogan then warned the U.S. commander in Syria,...