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  • Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse'

    07/08/2014 4:49:41 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    CBN ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    LONDON - America owes much of its freedom to its British heritage. But today, Britain is losing its freedom. Many Americans were stunned when British authorities arrested Liberty Great Britain party leader Paul Weston in April for publicly reciting Winston Churchill's criticism of Islam. The calendar might say it's 2014, but in Britain it's starting to feel like George Orwell's "1984" because "Big Brother" has decided that certain things can no longer be said. Arrested over Churchill Weston quoted from Winston Churchill's book, The River War, in which he wrote: "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its...
  • World Cup preview: USA vs. Germany [ESPN 12:00 EDT]

    06/26/2014 7:23:27 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 219 replies
    WP ^ | June 26, 2014 | Michael Caley
    Can two defensively suspect teams settle on a needed draw? If Team USA and Germany simply equal each other’s goal tallies, both sides will go through to the knockout rounds. In most cases, it would be expected that the two sides should line up in highly defensive formations and show little adventure, committing only the minimum number of men to any attack. If both sides play defensively, the draw will come regardless of any conspiracy.The problem is, neither side is built to play the sort of boring, unadventurous soccer such a fixture requires. American fans are well aware of the...
  • WORLD CUP Soccer USA vs Germany ***LIVE THREAD***

    06/26/2014 9:41:49 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 46 replies
    ESPN ^ | June 26, 2014 | ESPN
    Streaming online - Watch: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/id/1824045/size/condensed/>
  • Polish Foreign Minister: We Gave The US A “Bleep” Got Nothing

    06/22/2014 10:26:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 6-22-2014 | Ben Smith
    <p>Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, generally viewed as a leading ally of the United States in Europe, said in a mysteriously-leaked recording Sunday that the alliance between the two countries is “not worth anything.”</p> <p>“We are gonna conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think that everything is great, because we gave the Americans a blowjob. Suckers. Total suckers,” Sikorski says, according to a translation of the account for BuzzFeed.</p>
  • The real threat in Iraq

    06/20/2014 6:56:40 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/20/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    Watching the undoing, in a week, of victories that US forces won in Iraq at great cost over many years, Americans are asking themselves what, if anything, should be done. What can prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — the al-Qaida offshoot that President Barack Obama derided just months ago as a bunch of amateurs — from taking over Iraq? And what is at stake for America — other than national pride — if it does? >>SNIP<< The idea is that since the US and Iran both oppose al-Qaida, Iranian gains against it will redound to America's...
  • US should launch targeted military strikes on 'terrorist army' Isis, says General David Petraeus

    06/19/2014 5:18:55 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-19-14 | Con Coughlin, Defence Editor, and Tom Whitehead
    America should launch "targeted" military attacks against an emerging "terrorist army" in Iraq if it jeopardises the security of the West, the former head of Coalition forces in the country said last night. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, David Petraeus, one of the most senior figures in the American military over the past decade, said that he would now support limited strikes against the leadership of Isis. Gen Petraeus's intervention came as Barack Obama, the US President, announced that America was sending 300 special forces advisers to Iraq to help support the fight against Isis. Mr Obama...
  • WORLD CUP Soccer USA vs Ghana ***LIVE THREAD***

    06/16/2014 3:56:54 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 174 replies
    ATDHE ^ | June, 16 2014 | ATDHE
    Link to Ghana vs USA (English) stream: http://atdhe.sx/soccer/watch-ghana-vs-usa-english-671i0#
  • Advanced radios captured by Iraqi insurgents could spell trouble (ISIS)

    06/16/2014 1:34:15 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/16/14 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Iraq’s security forces, propped up by American equipment and weapons, have been routed by a contingent of insurgents bent on extending their territory from strongholds in Syria deep into Iraq. As Mosul and other cities fell, the West saw a host of images of once-American Humvees and helicopters firmly in the hands of its enemies. Outrage followed shock, as years of effort in Iraq by the U.S. military seemed to unravel in a coup-de-grace that played out over the Internet. Analysts speculated that the newly seized weapons and vehicles could turn fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria...
  • Democrats Not Sure What Flag Is Celebrated On Flag Day

    06/16/2014 11:45:44 AM PDT · by absentee · 23 replies
    RedState.com ^ | 6/16/2014 | Caleb Howe
    On Flag Day, the Democrats twitter feed sent out a photo to, one assumes, celebrate and honor the day. There was only one slight, tiny, no big deal little problem with the flag. It wasn't ours. Happy Flag Day! pic.twitter.com/I93jQ7ji1e— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) June 14, 2014 As you can imagine this is all over the news in the mainstreahaha ha ha ha ah just kidding. So far the only cable coverage has been on Fox News. Of course, this reminds us of the 2008 DNC where any kind of flag was hard to find. You know, until we found them....
  • US: Russia Sends Tanks to Rebels in Ukraine

    06/14/2014 7:11:18 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 46 replies
    VOA News / Voice of America ^ | June 13, 2014 2:13 AM | VOA News / Voice of America
    The U.S. State Department has confirmed that Russia has sent tanks and other heavy weapons to separatists in Ukraine. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Friday that a convoy of three T-64 tanks, several rocket launchers, and other military vehicles crossed the border near the Ukrainian town of Snizhne in the last three days. She called the move "unacceptable."
  • Highway to the danger zone: Russian bombers buzz coast of California, Alaska

    06/12/2014 7:24:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Bill Gertz — The Washington Free Beacon
    Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed Wednesday. [....] Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Texas Republican and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called the Russian flights “intentional provocations.”
  • Cant-ors Lackies, clown court and jesters

    06/11/2014 11:54:04 AM PDT · by Vendome · 29 replies
    vanity | 6/11/2014 | Vendome
    <p>You punks read this website and I have a message for you and Class Ass Parliamentarian: . "I've heard your twitiot is considering a write in campaign.</p> <p>Don't.</p> <p>It is a colossal waste of time.</p> <p>It's clear he is only interested in himself. As such, you should encourage hime to take a job on "K", where he can further line his pockets."</p>
  • U.S. official: 'Dangerous' Russian jet fly-by was 'straight out of a movie'

    06/04/2014 12:02:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-3-2014 | Jim Sciutto and Barbara Starr
    A Russian fighter jet buzzed dangerously close to a U.S. military plane in April, a U.S. official said Tuesday, describing the fly-by as "straight out of a movie." The Russian jet flew within 100 feet of the nose of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Okhotsk between Russia and Japan, a Defense Department official said. The fly-by "put the lives of the U.S. crew in jeopardy," the U.S. official said, calling it "one of the most dangerous close passes in decades." The incident occurred on April 23, the Defense Department official said, when a U.S. Air...
  • US Vows to 'Work With' Palestinian Arab 'Unity' Government

    06/02/2014 1:22:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    arutz 7 ^ | 6/2/14 | ova Dvorin and AFP
    Washington said Monday it will work with the Palestinian Arab unity government and maintain aid, while "watching closely" to ensure it respects the principle of non-violence, AFP reports. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington believes Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has "formed an interim technocratic government... that does not include members affiliated with Hamas." "With what we know now, we will work with this government," Psaki said. Abbas has insisted that a 'unity' government would be based on what he called"the four Palestinian principles": recognizing Israel, recognizing the terms of international agreements, and the explicit rejection of violence...
  • 80 US troops in Chad helping to locate abducted girls, Obama says

    05/21/2014 12:53:57 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 55 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/21/14 | ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the U.S. has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help located more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.
  • Obama's new India problem: What to do with Modi?

    05/21/2014 8:28:59 AM PDT · by SatishChandra · 5 replies
    Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister of India, but until Friday, he was banned from traveling to the US because of allegations related to a 2002 riot. It's a new complication for already-rocky US-India relations. On Friday, President Obama did what just about everyone knew he must and invited Narendra Modi, India's new prime-minister-in-waiting, to the United States. It was anything but a routine invitation. Mr. Modi remains the only person ever to be banned from traveling to the United States under the International Religious Freedom Act. Until Friday, the Obama administration had not officially clarified whether the...
  • U.S. And NATO Say No Russian Troop Withdrawal

    05/20/2014 12:57:00 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 46 replies
    RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
    The United States and NATO say they've seen no sign Russian troops have moved away from the border with Ukraine, after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had ordered such a move.
  • Turmoil and repression increase in Venezuela

    05/16/2014 9:55:27 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 16, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The ill-fated talks between befuddled opposition leaders and the Chavista regime have collapsed and the repression of protesters has increased."Dialogue" with ChavistasThe Chavista regime has not engaged in meaningful dialogue with the opposition and will continue to evade it. The regime has also increased its attacks on those who demonstrate against its repression. According to The Devil's Excrement, Venezuela’s Dictatorship No Longer Cares About Appearances. For two and a half months, the Venezuelan Government had been extremely careful with the students and their protests. While it was aggressive and repressive at attacking those protesting in the streets, it had been respectful of the student...
  • White House welcomes Modi’s victory

    05/16/2014 9:48:09 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 12 replies
    The White House welcomed the overwhelming victory of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls, offering its congratulations to the BJP on its “historic” win and assuring, “We look forward to working with [the new Indian government] once formed to advance our partnership.” However, while numerous world leaders, including Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Australia’s Tony Abbott reportedly called Mr. Modi to personally congratulate him, U.S. President Barack Obama had not yet done so, at the time this story was filed, at around 11am on Friday Eastern Standard Time.(Here's the catch) An official at the White House’s National...
  • Modi in power could bring India, China closer: Chinese daily

    05/10/2014 11:13:26 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 10 replies
    Beijing, May 7 (IANS) If BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi comes to power, it could bring India and China closer, says an influential state- run Chinese daily. The Global Times in a write up says that Modi was once a "practical businessman". After he became chief minister of Gujarat he established good relations with China. "A large number of Chinese enterprises invested in Gujarat, contributing to the economic development of the state. Therefore, ties between China and India may become closer under Modi's leadership," says the daily. The article, titled 'Modi victory could cause disquiet in West', says that...
  • Benghazi: Op Zero Footprint – US & Allies Freak Over Gaddafi Demand for Gold for Oil – End Is Near

    05/05/2014 2:52:58 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 11 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 5/3/2014 | Maggie
    In March 2011, Reuters announced a secret order signed by Barack Obama to provide covert support for Libyan rebel forces. The operation became known as Zero Footprint, but after Obama finished with it, Big Foot was identified. For about 18 months before the attacks on our Benghazi Special Mission, intelligence had successfully identified terrorist factions inside the rebel factions. Those terrorists included the Muslim Brotherhood as well as al-Qaeda. Nevertheless, Senator John McCain said the rebels were his heroes. Qadhafi made a fatal mistake, literally, by working toward one currency for Africa, which threatened the West. The idea of a...
  • Russia Should Follow U.S. Example in Eastern Ukraine

    05/03/2014 2:46:48 PM PDT · by kathsua · 36 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | May 2, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    Russia should respond to the situation in the Ukraine by following the precedent set by the United States in a comparable situation. Russia should offer to purchase the Russian populated areas whose residents want to leave Ukraine much like the United States purchased California from Mexico. In the 1840's people from the United States had settled in parts of Mexico, but were not happy with the Mexican government. U.S. citizens in the Texas region had openly revolted and gained independence from Mexico. People in California were also interested in leaving Mexico. The United States annexed Texas and a border dispute...
  • United States Fueling Instability in Syria

    05/03/2014 2:16:03 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05-02-2014 | Katie Gorka
    A growing number of Syrian Christian leaders are traveling to the United States to plead with lawmakers to stop sending arms to the rebels. The most recent visitor is the Patriarch of the Church of Antioch, His Beatitude Gregorios III, who is based in Damascus. For the first three years of the civil war, Syria’s Christian leaders have not been frequent visitors to the U.S., in part fearing reprisals when they return to Syria, but also because they have been reluctant to engage in what they see as political issues. But with the civil war now in its fourth year,...
  • Van Rompuy: If The Public Doesn`t Want EU Expansion, 'WE DO IT ANYWAY (unelected EU president)

    05/02/2014 7:27:32 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | May 1, 2014 | M.E. Synon
    In a crass and ill-timed intervention, the unelected president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy has warned Vladimir Putin that the EU intends ultimately to control every country on the western flank of Russia. In an interview with De Standaard newspaper, Van Rompuy speaks about his “dreams” that all the Balkan states will join the EU. He calls it an “inspiring thought” that in the long term “the whole of European territory outside Russia” will be tied in some way to the EU. He admits he does not know if there is public support for such a move, “But we do...
  • Romania calls for greater U.S. military presence in Black Sea

    05/01/2014 8:00:28 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 1, 2014 2:21pm EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Romania has called for the United States and NATO to boost their military presence in the Balkan country to promote stability in the Black Sea region following Russia's annexation of Crimea.
  • US: Price tag attacks against Palestinians ‘largely un-prosecuted

    04/30/2014 10:41:48 PM PDT · by zoharm · 9 replies
    Israel Police spokesman denies claim, says, "The police are working around the clock on this issue."
  • Inside the US Nuclear Silos Where Floppy Disk Are Still High-Tech

    04/28/2014 7:48:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 62 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | April 28, 2014 | Jamie Condliffe
    It's not very often you get to see inside a US Air Force nuclear silo—but CBS recently got to take a peek for us. In this video, Lesley Stahl finds that they're not quite as high-tech as you might like to think. This segment, which you can watch below, appeared on 60 Minutes, and it provides a rare glimpse into the inner working of America's nuclear bunkers. Cozying up with the ageing rockets, two things are striking. First, the staff don't seem wildly experienced. Second, the technology down there still relies on 5.25-inch 8-inch floppy disks from the 70s. Thank...
  • No Reason to Doubt US Running the Show in Ukraine – Lavrov

    04/23/2014 9:35:04 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    RiaNovosti ^ | 4-23-2014 | Vitaly Belousov
    The visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden to Kiev this week and the subsequent restart of a military operation against protesters is evidence the US is controlling the actions of Ukrainian authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Segei Lavrov said Wednesday. “Now that Joe Biden visited Kiev this counterterrorist operation was declared in the active phase again,” Lavrov said during an English-language interview with the RT news channel. “It’s quite telling that they chose the moment of the Vice President of the United States to announce the resumption of this operation, because the launching of this operation happened immediately after [CIA...
  • Despite US court ruling, ‘Jerusalem’ not likely to be on American passports

    04/23/2014 2:42:02 AM PDT · by zoharm · 4 replies
    US to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt
  • US intentionally drove Ukraine to regime change – Russia's envoy to UN

    04/22/2014 11:47:05 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    Voice Of Russia ^ | 4-22-2014 | VOR
    The US who invested $5 billion in "supporting democracy" in Ukraine was seeking for a more radical settlement of the Ukrainian crisis than the EU, which resulted in a regime change in the country, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said in an interview with "Rossiya 24" TV channel Tuesday, RIA Novosti reports. "I think that it is Americans who tried to conduct the most radical scenario. A compromise between [Ukraine's President] Yanukovych and the opposition didn't suit them, so, it seems to me, they made a conclusion that it’s time to compensate those $5 billion and to drive the situation...
  • Rasmussen Reports: 77% Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead

    04/21/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    the Blaze ^ | April 7, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    With a margin of error +/- 3%, Rasmussen found “Americans’ belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ remains strong.” 86% of American adults believe that Jesus Christ walked the Earth 2,000 years ago, while just seven percent (7%) don’t share this belief. Furthermore, 77% of those polled believe Jesus rose from the dead.  This is only a percentage point lower (within the margin of error) than in 2011 and 2010, when 78% espoused the same belief. Rasmussen claims a 95% level of confidence in their report.
  • Russian Fighter Jet Flies Repeatedly Within 1000 Yards Of US Warship In The Black Sea

    04/14/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-14-2014 | Tyler Durden
    As we reported last Friday, a second US warship, the destroyer Donald Cook, crossed the Bosphorus last week and entered the Black Sea at precisely the time when NATO was arguing that its encroaching presence around Russia should not spook anyone. Apparently it spooked someone, Russin, which over the weekend decided to give the Americans a warm welcome. As AP reports, "A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region."
  • Volcanoes Erupting Right Now All Over The Ring Of Fire – Is The U.S. Next?

    04/10/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 8, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    All of a sudden, the Ring of Fire is starting to tremble violently. Last month, we had a whole bunch of major earthquakes along the Ring of Fire, and this month volcanoes all over the Ring of Fire are erupting. Of course, there has always been seismic activity within this giant band that stretches around the Pacific Ocean. After all, approximately 75 percent of all volcanoes are located in the Ring of Fire and approximately 90 percent of all global earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire. But what is alarming is that the level of activity appears to be...
  • U.S. finalizing plan to boost support for Syrian rebels: sources

    04/05/2014 5:15:45 AM PDT · by Vostok-1 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 4, 2014 7:16pm EDT | By Mark Hosenball and Missy Ryan
    The U.S. government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian rebels, two U.S. security sources said on Friday, as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks.
  • U.S. Envoy Resigns, but Grievances Linger in New Delhi

    04/01/2014 8:20:05 PM PDT · by cold start · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 1, 2014 | GARDINER HARRIS
    NEW DELHI — The resignation of the United States ambassador, Nancy J. Powell, was greeted by many in New Delhi’s diplomatic community Tuesday with a sense of hope that some of the grinding disputes between the United States and India might soon be settled. In the wake of December’s arrest and strip-search in New York of Devyani Khobragade, an Indian consular official, Indian diplomats have begun a series of investigations into the American Embassy School, the United States duty-free commissary and the American Community Support Association, a recreational club for expatriates on the United States Embassy compound. The more the...
  • Book Critical of Scientology, Banned From America for 27 Years, Now Goes on Sale in US

    03/30/2014 4:49:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 30 Mar 2014 | Joanna Walters
    British writer Robert Miller's expose´of religion's founder L. Rob Hubbard finds US publisherA British book the Church of Scientology managed to block in America is finally on sale in the US 27 years after it was published elsewhere in the world. The book, Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard, written by Russell Miller, a British journalist, and originally published in 1987, appeared in print and tablet editions in the US earlier this month. The book exposes many of the boasts of Mr Hubbard, the late founder of Scientology, about his early life and achievements as outright lies....
  • US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules

    03/28/2014 3:34:23 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 27, 2014 | Fox News/AP
    A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have led to the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge who said the rules violate the U.S. Constitution and served no medical purpose. Despite the lower court's ruling, the appeals court already had allowed some rules to go into effect while it considered the case. The latest decision means more regulations will begin later this year, as scheduled, and sets...
  • China Abuses American Academy

    03/26/2014 12:22:16 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 25, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The American universities pursuing cooperative relationships with their counterparts in Communist China are doing so in the hopes that these will be mutually beneficial. Yet all available evidence indicates that they are not. Former Peking University economist Xia Yeliang, who was dismissed from his position in October 2013 because of his anti-communist beliefs, said at the Cato Institute that Chinese academics “agree on communism, socialism, Marxism; otherwise it is not even possible to get a job” and “you cannot go against it in research” without losing jobs and funding. Xia claimed that Chinese officials “send their children to study abroad”...
  • Israeli DM: 'We Can't Depend on US Concerning Iran’

    03/19/2014 9:26:06 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CBN ^ | Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | CBN
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel cannot depend on the U.S. to take the lead against the Iranian nuclear program, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Tuesday. His remarks came just as the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany) are about to begin the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear facilities. The U.S. should be leading the campaign against Iran, Ya'alon said, but instead it's making deals with it. Israel will do what it must to defend itself. "We thought that the one who needs to lead the campaign against Iran is the U.S.," the defense minister said during...
  • US transfer of Internet control years in the making, fueled by foreign pressure

    03/18/2014 1:36:18 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-18-14 | Judson Berger
    The decision was announced nonchalantly, in trademark Washington fashion on a Friday afternoon: The U.S. government will cede its last bit of control over the Internet. The government has maintained that influence through contracts with the organization that administers the Internet, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. But a Commerce Department agency announced Friday that it would relinquish control over ICANN, presumably when its contract expires in September 2015. The office said it wants the group to next convene "global stakeholders" to come up with a transition plan -- a transition...
  • U.S. scrap copper trade fears defaults from China

    03/16/2014 3:36:31 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 11, 2014 | JOSEPHINE MASON
    Reuters) - At least one U.S. scrap copper trader has suffered "large" losses after a buyer in China defaulted on a deal in the past week, one of the first signs that sinking prices and tightening credit are taking a toll on the physical market. The customer walked away from a deal that had been guaranteed by a letter of credit, said a market participant who was familiar with the matter, but withheld the identity of the companies involved to protect business relationships. China is the world's biggest copper consumer.
  • No Ukraine Accord In Russia-US Talks (As Expected Alert)

    03/14/2014 10:20:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/14/2014 | BBC News
    Russia and the US have "no common vision" on the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has said after talks with his US counterpart. However Sergei Lavrov added that his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry had been "constructive". Mr Kerry said the US was "deeply concerned" about Russian troop deployments on Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea. The two foreign ministers held six hours of talks in London. Mr Lavrov told reporters that Russia had no plans to invade south-eastern Ukraine. Russia would "respect the will of the people of Crimea", he said, ahead of Sunday's referendum there....
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Farewell to A Superpower

    03/12/2014 2:36:00 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | March 11, 2014 | Lord Monckton
    Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, high priest of climate skepticism, advised Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, wrote leaders for the Yorkshire Post, was editor of the Catholic paper The Universe, managing editor of the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, assistant editor of Today, and consulting editor of the Evening Standard. He invented the million-selling "Eternity Puzzles," "Sudoku X" and a promising treatment for infections. See, the Science & Public Policy Institute.
  • U.S.: No Need for PA to Recognize Israel

    03/08/2014 7:09:08 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/9/2014 | Elad Benari
    The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal to recognize Israel stands at the heart...
  • Obama & Putin - Trapped In Macho Game Of “Chicken” Over Ukraine - Whole World Could Pay The Price

    03/08/2014 12:25:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 6, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    The U.S. government and the Russian government have both been forced into positions where neither one of them can afford to back down. If Barack Obama backs down, he will be greatly criticized for being "weak" and for having been beaten by Vladimir Putin once again. If Putin backs down, he will be greatly criticized for being "weak" and for abandoning the Russians that live in Crimea. In essence, Obama and Putin find themselves trapped in a macho game of "chicken" and critics on both sides stand ready to pounce on the one who backs down. But this is not...
  • Debate Over Who, in U.S., Is to Blame for Ukraine

    03/06/2014 7:29:49 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2014 | Peter Baker
    In Moscow, especially in the not-so-good old days, the question almost always asked is kto vinovat: “Who is to blame?” The American capital now finds itself engaged in that very Russian exercise ever since President Vladimir V. Putin’s troops entered Ukraine. Many on the right maintain that Moscow’s land grab is President Obama’s fault for pursuing a foreign policy of weakness. Some on the left contend that it is former President George W. Bush’s fault for invading Iraq and providing a precedent. And across the political spectrum there are accusations that it is the intelligence community’s fault for failing to...
  • Ukraine crisis: Poland 'safe' says president

    03/03/2014 7:23:56 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 24 replies
    The News (Poland) ^ | 3 March 2014
    President Komorowski said after a meeting of the National Security Council on Monday in Warsaw that the US has given assurances on Poland's security, as the Ukraine crisis deepens. In a telephone call on Sunday, Bronislaw Komorowski said Barack Obama assured him "unequivocally as to Poland's security, knowing that Poland is not only a neighbour of Ukraine but Russia as well." Trying to solve disputes through military means, as Russia is doing in Crimea, "raises huge doubts and concern for the future," President Komorowski said after the National Security Council meeting, which brings together Poland’s prime minister, foreign and defence...
  • Gen. “Mad Dog” Mattis speech, Marine Corps University Foundation’s 2014 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner

    03/03/2014 1:37:58 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 8 replies
    2/22/2014 | Gen. Mattis
    Long time since we served together in Brigade, cruised the West Pac Or since I drank one of your Cokes on the March up to Baghdad. General Gray, General Conway, General Pace, General Amos, General Paxton – Marines whose very goodness put ambition out of context. Sergeant Major Barrett – a Marine’s Marine. Colonel Harvey Barnum who for so many years – your valor inspired us all to be better men. Ladies – The wonderful ladies who exemplify grace & courage Who represent our better angels and what we fight for. Thank all of you for coming out tonight –...
  • On The Horizon

    03/03/2014 8:41:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Writings of Irish Joe Harrison ^ | March 1, 2014 | Joe Harrison
    OK, before everyone starts fussing at me, I know I promised a story on a different subject this morning, but this is somewhat urgent and God has put the muse upon me this morning and this is the direction she has taken me in. It's beyond my control. My old, damaged, analyst brain is working overtime right now to the point that it feels like it's going to explode. Being a student of history, I study a lot of wars, not only the wars but I'll generally go back about a decade or so before they began to see what...