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  • Why Islands Still Matter in Asia (The enduring significance of the Pacific 'island chains')

    07/26/2016 1:25:38 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 5 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 5, 2016 | Andrew S. Erickson, Joel Wuthnow
    The Western Pacific ďisland chainsĒ are a persistent feature of Asiaís maritime geography. While their underlying fundaments remain constant, their specific strategic importance has evolved over time. Different major powers have thus interpreted, then re-interpreted and re-evaluated, the value of particular islands, the role they play in national military strategy, and their operational significance in a warfighting context. Chinese naval strategists such as former naval commander Admiral Liu Huaqing have devoted considerable attention to the island chains since the mid-1980s, examining how and where the island chains can hinder or support Chinaís maritime goals. Yet Chinese strategists are hardly unique...
  • Forget The Glut Ė This Is Why Oil Prices Will Rise

    07/26/2016 9:29:43 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-07-2016 | Steffens
    U.S. oil production peaked at over 9.6 million barrels per day in June, 2015: Based on Core Labs' prediction above, U.S. oil production will fall to under 8.3 million barrels per day before the end of this year and will continue fall to under 7.5 million barrels per day sometime in 2017 before it stabilizes. The only thing that will stop U.S. oil production from falling is a sharp increase in oil prices. In my opinion, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) must move firmly over $60/bbl before we will see the increase in capital expenditures necessary to stabilize U.S. oil production....
  • Turkey Ė Roger Out

    07/24/2016 1:57:16 PM PDT · by dvan · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 22, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    Why NATO has a ticking time bomb on its hands. On Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that the purge of thousands in the Turkish military ¬Ė including a third of the serving generals ¬Ė did not weaken the military.‚Ä®‚Ä®Stoltenberg told Reuters, ¬ďTurkey has a large armed force, professional armed forces and... I am certain they will continue as a committed and strong NATO ally.¬Ē‚Ä® It would be interesting to know whether the 1,500 US soldiers who have been locked down at Incirlik Air Base along with several hundred soldiers from other NATO countries since the failed coup Friday night...
  • Erdogan Holds 1,500 US Servicemen Hostage at Incirlik Over Attempted Coup

    07/17/2016 10:13:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 84 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/17/16 | Jim Hoff
    Incirlik Air Base in Turkey has been placed on lockdown. The base is used by US, UK, Saudi and Turkish forces to run airstrikes against ISIS. The power at the base was reportedly cut off after the coup attempt Saturday morning in Ankara and Istanbul. And flights are grounded.The Erdogan government believes the air base was used to launch attacks during the coup attempt last night.Now this….Turkey is holding the US military hostage at Incirlik.  
  • Turkey threatens WAR with America over cleric blamed for masterminding failed coup

    07/16/2016 6:51:49 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 76 replies
    Express UK ^ | 6-16-2016 | Nick Gutteridge
    In an astonishing and reckless attack on the US the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the country considers itself at war with any nation that stands by the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. He said: "Any country that protects Fethullah Gulen will be an enemy to Turkey." Moderate cleric Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has been a constant scapegoat for Erdogan who has accused him of trying to establish a ďparallel stateĒ to rival his own fiefdom. The statement by Mr Yildirim will be seen as a thinly veiled threat to America to give up Gulen, who lives...
  • Civilization Jihad Reader Series - Volume 1: Shariah in American Courts:

    07/15/2016 9:29:13 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 5 replies
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 5 January 2015 | --
    Volume 1: Shariah in American Courts: The Expanding Incursion of Islamic Law in the U.S. Legal System Press Release 5 January 2015 For Immediate Release SHARIAH IN AMERICA COURTS 2.0: CENTERíS NEW CIVILIZATION JIHAD READER SERIES STARTS WITH THE PENETRATION OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM (Washington, D.C.): Center for Security Policy Press today launched a collection of monographs called the Civilization Jihad Reader Series with the publication of an update to an earlier and highly influential study concerning the insinuation of Islamís supremacist shariah legal code into the U.S. judiciary. Entitled Shariah in American Courts: The Expanding Incursion of Islamic Law...
  • UAE tells citizens to avoid national dress while traveling abroad

    07/04/2016 2:38:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 4 July 2016 | Reuters and Jessica Chia For Dailymail.com
    The United Arab Emirates urged citizens to avoid wearing traditional clothes when traveling abroad after a businessman visiting the US was handcuffed at gunpoint because a hotel clerk spread false reports that he was an Islamic State suspect. Ahmed al-Menhali, who was wearing a white, ankle-length shirt along with a headscarf and headband, suffered a 'light stroke' when he was detained at gunpoint last week in Avon, Ohio. Al-Menhali was handcuffed and searched in an incident that was widely reported in the Emirates, prompting an apology from a number of American officials.
  • America Needs to Follow Britainís Example to Take Back Our Country

    07/04/2016 12:45:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | July 3, 2016 | Ilana Mercer
    During the Bretton Woods Conference, in 1944, Lord Halifax is said to have ďwhispered to Lord Keynes: ĎItís true: they have the money bags but we have all the brains.íĒ By ďthey,Ē Halifax meant the Americans. His frustration with the American mindóoften prosaic and anti-intellectualóduring the critical Bretton-Woods negotiations seems as valid today. As odious as Britainís elites are; boy, are they cleverer than ours. Take the impromptu interview, on June 28, which Richard Quest, CNNís imported British broadcast journalist, conducted with Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party. Farage had emerged exhilarated from the coven that is the...
  • As Israel becomes more nationalistic, liberal US Jews become more distant

    06/28/2016 9:57:54 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/27/16 | Danielle Ziri
    NEW YORK Ė The liberal, Reform, Conservative and secular parts of the American Jewish community may become more distant from Israel as the countryís demography becomes more Orthodox and nationalistic, according to a report presented to the Cabinet on Sunday. Results from the 12th Annual Assessment of the Situation and Dynamics of the Jewish People, put together by The Jewish People Policy Institute, were offered by JPPI Co-Chairman Ambassador Dennis Ross and President Avinoam Bar-Yosef. Bar-Yosef explained that while there is significant support for Israel in North America, it isnít compensating for ďthe young generation of liberal and secular American...
  • Terror Sponsoring Iran Takes U.S. to International Court

    06/20/2016 10:17:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/20/16 | Joseph Klein
    Iranian regime seeks help from same international court it treated with contempt over taking of U.S. hostages Iran has filed a complaint against the United States with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the seizure of two billion dollars in frozen Iranian assets, which are being held at Citibank in the U.S. The purpose of the seizure was to compensate American victims, their estate representatives, or surviving family members for the harms suffered as a result of Iranian-sponsored terror attacks. The majority of claims were in connection with the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon....
  • US is a Ďselfish friendí: Pakistan

    06/10/2016 12:09:56 AM PDT · by Qaz_W · 16 replies
    The News.com.PK ^ | June 10, 2016 | The News
    Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday said the US was a ďselfish friendĒ that always curried favour with Pakistan when self-interest pressed it and left it in the lurch after having its interests served.
  • U.S. Crude Exports Hit 96 Year High

    06/06/2016 9:42:03 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-06-2016 | Zain
    U.S. crude oil exports rose to 591,000 barrels per day in April, up 83,000 barrels from March, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau on Friday. The total figures are the highest since at least 1920, Rigzone reports. A majority of the crude - 324,000 bpd of it - went to Canada, 90,000 more went to Curacao and 36,000 others went to the Bahamas. The figures come almost six months after the U.S. government lifted restrictions on crude exports.
  • Boykin bounced: Fort Riley cancels Delta Force hero's prayer breakfast speech

    06/03/2016 4:05:38 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 19 replies
    Faux ^ | 6/2/16 | Todd Starnes
    A Kansas military base abruptly canceled an upcoming prayer breakfast that featured retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin after complaints were lodged that Boykin is anti-Muslim and anti-gay. Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein told Army Times that Boykinís invitation had caused great angst among soldiers at Fort Riley Ė leading some to break down in tears. ďI have clients of ours weeping on the phone about this,Ē he said. Weeping? Oh, please. ďI sincerely doubt that America can expect to win wars if the people who are tasked to do so are frightened by an old retired general with...
  • Graphic Pics: Migrants Fleeing Islamic State Risk Bringing Deadly Flesh Eating Disease To Europe

    05/31/2016 4:48:24 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 12 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 30 May 2016 | Liam Deacon
    A flesh-eating tropical disease is ravaging the war-torn Middle East, after Islamic State destruction created the ideal breeding conditions.
  • Stephen K. Bannon to Obama: Why Donít You Go to Pearl Harbor and Apologize to the Dead

    05/28/2016 7:39:00 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/27/16 | Dan Riehl
    (Title) Stephen K. Bannon to Obama: Why Donít You Go to Pearl Harbor and Apologize to the Dead Still Buried There? Breitbart Executive Chairman and SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon opened his Breitbart News Daily radio show on Friday expressing outrage at Barack Obamaís apology tour of Hiroshima. Below is a partial transcript: I had Japanese partners. I was a partner with Nissho Iwa for a while. They financed my merchant bank for a while when I left Goldman Sachs. I have many, many dear friends in Japan. Iíve spent many years in Japan. I have sailed with the Japanese...
  • President Obama Visits Vietnam Ė Poses For Picture With Ho Chi Minh StatueÖ

    05/23/2016 3:28:00 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 76 replies
    CT ^ | 5/23/2016 | Sundance
    President Obama is visiting Vietnam today and paused for a picture with communist party President Tran Dai Quang in front of a bust of Ho Chi Minh. Perhaps itís just me, but given the nature of the diplomatic relationship this specific optic seems rather inappropriate.
  • Iran Threatens to Sue US in the Hague for ĎHostile Movesí

    05/16/2016 3:41:52 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 16-05-2016 | Rouhani's mom
    Iranian lawmakers are moving closer to approving a lawsuit against the United States to seek compensation for damage inflicted by Washingtonís ďhostile moves over the past 63 yearsĒ. On Wednesday, 181 of the 290 Iranian lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that would pave the way for the government to take legal action against the U.S. in an international court for actins dating back to the 1953 coup in Iran. The move comes just a few weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that nearly $2 billion of Iranís frozen assets be given to American families of the victims...
  • Burlington College Feels the Bern! Will Close Thanks to Crushing Debt

    05/16/2016 3:40:33 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 33 replies
    GP ^ | 5/16/2016 | J Hoft
    Burlington College Feels the Bern! Will Close Thanks to Crushing Debt Acquired by Mrs. Bernie Sanders One of the reasons Bernie Sanders is doing well with Millennials is because heís promising free college for everyone. In an ultimate twist of irony, his wife Jane Sanders was president of Burlington College in Vermont and racked up such large debts for the small school that she led it to ruin. sanders wife Burlington College announced today it will close after it was unable to recover from the crushing debt incurred under during Jane Sandersí tenure as president of the institution. Heat Street...
  • United States to give Gaza $50 million in aid

    05/09/2016 3:34:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 53 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/16 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Monday announced a $50 million aid program for Gaza, reports The Associated Press (AP). American officials quoted by the news agency said that the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs in the coastal enclave. The money will be distributed by the U.S Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. The U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Donald A. Blume, said the effort is meant to address "the dire needs that are obvious in Gaza", according to the AP report. Gaza's economy has sharply declined since...
  • Greenpeace Leaks U.S.-E.U. Trade Deal Documents

    05/02/2016 6:55:54 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | 5/2/2016 | sewell chan
    LONDON ó The Dutch chapter of the environmental activist group Greenpeace leaked on Monday what it called a trove of documents from the talks over a proposed trade deal between the European Union and the United States. The proposed deal, which President Obama would like to see finalized before he leaves office, has already received criticism on both sides of the Atlantic. According to Greenpeace, the documents indicate that American trade negotiators pressed their European counterparts to loosen important environmental, consumer protection and other provisions as part of the deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The documents,...
  • Can 250 more U.S. troops make a difference in Syria?

    04/29/2016 11:54:56 AM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 15 replies
    Keyvan Salami
    One day after declaring there is no military solution to Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama recently announced the deployment of 250 more special operations forces for the fight against Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS). This new troop deployment will be missioned to advise and assist local fighters, and beef up 50 other such troops on a similar mission in the past few months. This move comes after an escalation of violence in the strategic city of Aleppo where the Assad regime has intensified its lethal airstrikes, bringing a drastic end to the UN-brokered cessation...
  • Mexico looks to recast image in U.S. because of Donald Trump

    04/25/2016 1:04:09 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 50 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 4/25/16 | DAVE GRAHAM
    At first, Mexico's government did its best to ignore Donald Trump. Then it likened him to Adolf Hitler. Now it has appointed a new ambassador to come up with a better plan. Fed up with the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination labeling Mexico as a cradle of drug-runners, job poachers and rapists, the government is sending in respected diplomat Carlos Sada to lead a fightback. Mexico's new ambassador in Washington, Sada acknowledges his country has neglected its image across the border and aims to fix that with PR and media campaigns, and by lobbying prominent U.S. companies, lawmakers and...
  • Islam is Winning and Western Civilization is losing - Parts I and II, America and Israel

    04/19/2016 1:51:27 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 19, 2016 | Dan Miller
    CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations are winning. Islamic terror in America, Europe and Israel has killed a thousand or so people. That's a lot, but Islamization kills entire civilizations; with the death of our civilization, more deaths than Islamic terrorism has brought can be expected.Should we give up and voluntarily commit civilizational suicide? Much of Europe has already done so and that's what Obama and His minions are seeking for America. The forces pushing for it are strong and we can react with greater strength only†if we have the will. Do we?Part I - Americaa. Muslims already...
  • Op-Ed: Even without a political solution, the US could forge a Mideast legacy

    04/17/2016 4:50:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/4/16 | David Bedein
    Hamas Minister of Religion Ismael Radwan, told us on camera in our documentary film UNRWA goes to War that ďThe Hamas relationship with UNRWA is good, very good. Now a direct connection exists between UNRWA and Hamas.Ē What can and should be done by the current US administration: The US could demand that UNRWA dismiss employees affiliated with Hamas, in accordance with laws in the US, Canada, the EU, the UK and Australia, which forbid aid to agencies that employ members of a terrorist organization. After all, the US Congress enacted strict laws in 2003 in this regard, but they...
  • I was told yesterday that Trump is a liberal Democrat. My reply:

    04/16/2016 6:24:54 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,029 replies
    I was told yesterday that Trump is a liberal Democrat. My reply: Build the wall. Enforce the law. Deport them all. End sanctuary cities. End anchor babies. Slap a moratorium on muslim immigration. Cut the taxes. Cut the spending. Cut the regulations. Cut the government. Cut the debt. Cut the EPA. Repeal ObamaCare. Get the feds out and allow health insurance to be sold over state lines. Send education back to states. Get a handle on trade. Make trade deals in our own best interests. Bring back capital. Bring back manufacturing. Bring back jobs. Strengthen the economy. Defend the second...
  • CHINA SAYS "NO DOLLARS" FOR NEW YUAN

    04/16/2016 6:08:49 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 75 replies
    SuperStation 95 ^ | 4 13 2016 | US Reporter
    In a shocking move likely to crush the US economy overnight, China is refusing to make its new gold-backed Yuan, convertible from or to US Dollars. The new Yuan will be introduced next Tuesday, April 19. When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to add the Yuan to the basket of world currencies used for Global Reserves and International Trade, they wanted China to make the Yuan more reliable as a currency. Since then, China has almost un-pegged its Yuan from the Dollar, allowing its value to fluctuate on world markets. But for years, China has been amassing huge amounts...
  • Mexican Officials: ISIS Has Training Camp 8 Miles from US Border

    04/14/2016 7:21:05 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 29 replies
    GP ^ | 4/14/2016 | J Hoft
    Barack Obama told officials at the CIA Wednesday that ISIS is now on the defensive. He didnít mention this. The Islamic State terrorist group is operating a camp eight miles from the US border near El Paso, Texas. Judicial Watch reported: ď ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as ďAnapraĒ situated...
  • US admits it plans to withdraw Sinai peacekeepers

    04/12/2016 3:48:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/16
    The Pentagon has confirmed reports it plans to cut the number of US peacekeeping troops in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, partly because of the growing threat from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday. About 700 US troops participate in a UN operation established after Israel and Egypt signed a 1979 peace deal and agreed for a Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission to monitor compliance. The mission has historically been somewhat low-key, but in recent months attacks from IS jihadists have put forces on a state of constant high alert. In September for instance, a roadside bombing injured six...
  • First Syrians leave for US under surge resettlement program

    04/06/2016 4:23:37 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    KQRE ^ | April 6, 2016 | KHETAM MALKAWI
    The first Syrian family to be resettled to the U.S. under its speeded-up ďsurge operationĒ departed to the United States Wednesday from the Jordanian capital, Amman. Ahmad al-Abboud, who is being resettled with his wife and five children, said that although he is thankful to Jordan ó where he has lived for three years after fleeing Syriaís civil war ó he is hopeful of finding a better life in the U.S.
  • Russia Shows What Happens When Terroristsí Families Are Targeted

    03/29/2016 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/29/2016 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    MOSCOW ó Donald J. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, was widely condemned when he called for the United States to ďtake out the familiesĒ of terrorists. His approach ó even after he clarified that he was not talking about killing the relatives ó was dismissed by many as immoral and unlawful. Yet, it is the very tactic that Russia has pursued for decades. It is the signature, though officially unacknowledged, policy behind Moscowís counterinsurgency and counterterrorism strategies, and Russiaís actions in smashing a Muslim separatist rebellion in the Caucasus provide a laboratory for testing Mr. Trumpís ideas. The family...
  • EXCLUSIVE Ė Top Jihadist Claims Brussels, Paris Are Terror Rehearsals for ĎBigí Attack Inside U.S.

    03/27/2016 2:38:04 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Mar 2016
    The deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels last week and in Paris last November are dress rehearsals for a coming ďbigĒ attack inside the United States, a leading Islamic State-allied militant claimed in an exclusive interview. Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip, made the claim in a pre-recorded, hour-long interview to air in full on Sunday on ďAaron Klein Investigative Radio,Ē the popular weekend talk radio program broadcast on New Yorkís AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia. Klein doubles as Breitbartíssenior investigative reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief.
  • North Korea Nukes US In Propaganda Video

    03/26/2016 5:27:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Sky News ^ | March 26, 2016
    North Korea Nukes US In Propaganda Video Kim Jong-Un lays waste to Washington with a submarine-launched nuclear missile in Pyongyang's latest menacing video. 10:20, UK, Saturday 26 March 2016 North Korea has threatened to lay waste to Washington with a submarine-launched nuclear missile in a menacing propaganda video. The four-minute film - titled Last Chance - runs through the history of US-Korea relations, including images of US prisoners of war on Korean soil. It ends with a digitally-enhanced sequence showing a missile emerging from the clouds and slamming into the road in front of the Lincoln Memorial - sending a...
  • Chicago area has greatest population decline of any U.S. city in 2015

    03/25/2016 12:55:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    WGNTV.com ^ | WGN WEB DESK | 3/25/2016
    CHICAGO ó More people are leaving the Chicago area than any other major city in the United States. According to census data released Thursday, the Chicago area lost more than 6,000 residents in 2015. That now puts the regionís population at 9.5 million. Chicagoís metropolitan statistical area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the city and suburbs and extends into Wisconsin and Indiana. The Chicago regionís decline extended to the state. In fact, Illinois was one of just seven states to see a population dip in 2015, and had the second-greatest decline rate last year after West Virginia, census...
  • Mexicans in U.S. REALLY upset about Trump

    03/25/2016 5:06:02 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies
    First hand listening | 25 March 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Mexicans in the U.S. are profoundly upset about Donald Trump and his stated intentions. No other candidate has addressed illegal immigration with stated intent to fix it, but Trump has. They are not worried about any other candidate because they know they will only take watered-down action on illegal immigration and let things continue as usual. However, with Trump, they see a man awaking the nation to actually do something about the immigration problem and they are VERY upset about it. FYI to all.
  • South China Sea: Indonesia summons Chinese ambassador as fishing dispute escalates

    03/20/2016 11:25:32 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 21, 2016 | N/A
    Chinaís ambassador to Indonesia is being summoned over a standoff involving a trawler in the South China Sea, an incident an international expert described as so serious it could alter Indonesiaís foreign policy. Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesiaís minister for fisheries and maritime affairs, told reporters he would summon the Chinese ambassador, Xie Feng, on Monday to discuss a Chinese fishing trawler accused of illegally fishing in Indonesian waters. Indonesian authorities attempted to capture the trawler on Saturday and arrest the Chinese crew. But they were stopped by a Chinese coast guard boat that reportedly ďrammedĒ the trawler and pushed it back...
  • U.S., Philippines agree on five base locations under defense deal

    03/19/2016 11:52:12 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2016 | David Brunnstrom
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the Philippines have agreed on five locations for U.S. military facilities in the Philippines under a security deal agreed amid rising tensions with China, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Amy Searight said the deal was reached under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed last year that grants Washington increased military presence in its former colony through rotation of ships and planes for humanitarian and maritime security operations. Searight told the opening of the annual U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Washington that Manila was a...
  • Largest U.S. Refinery Now Belongs To Saudi Arabia

    03/17/2016 12:58:57 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 29 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-03-2016 | Harvey
    Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco appear to be getting a divorce, breaking up their joint venture in U.S.-based refining assets. The two companies joined together to create Motiva Enterprises LLC in 1998, a 50-50 joint venture that operated three refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. But Shell and Saudi Aramco have seen their interests head in different directions. "It is now time for the partners to pursue their independent downstream goals," said Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, a senior vice president of Saudi Aramcoís downstream unit. Reuters reported that the relationship started to fray after Motiva announced a $10 billion expansion of...
  • North Korea court sentences U.S. student to 15 years hard labor

    03/15/2016 9:28:04 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 94 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 03/16/2016 | Reuters
    North Korea's supreme court sentenced American student Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor for crimes against the state, China's Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was detained by the North in January for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel in Pyongyang and had confessed to crimes against the state, North Korean media said previously.
  • It Might Help To Think of Donald Trump In The Context of Argentina's Mauricio Macri

    03/13/2016 5:35:24 AM PDT · by wtd · 11 replies
    Infidel Bloggers Alliance ^ | March 13, 2016 | Pastorius/Nico
    It Might Help To Think of Donald Trump In The Context of Argentina's Mauricio Macri Note: Our fellow contributor, Nico, lives in Argentina. Nico is a former Muslim, and aspiring American. But until America gets smart and starts accepting former Muslims (and Arab Christians) as the true Asylum seekers they are, I guess Nico will have to live in Argentina (and we'll just have to put sit here with all the Muslims our President wants to import into our country). Because he lives in Argentina, Nico has watched the rise of Argentine President, Mauricio Macri. Mauricio Macri: Mauricio Macri...
  • Obama Plans to Bring Thousands More Syrian Refugees into the U.S.

    03/02/2016 12:15:13 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/02/16 | Warner Todd Huston
    President Barack Obama has been quietly pushing new plans to bring thousands of additional¬†Syrian refugees into the country, despite the concerns of state and county officials and the outrages committed by welfare-dependent migrants in Europe. Obama‚Äôs special assistant to the president for immigration policy, Felicia Escobar, recently announced plans to increase America‚Äôs intake of migrants, according to the Washington Examiner. ‚ÄúWe want to make sure that we can increase our numbers of refugees that are able to settle here,‚ÄĚ Escobar said. ‚ÄúThe need globally is so, so, so massive right now, given all the displacement and conflict around the...
  • Jihadis selling U.S. weapons intended for Syrian rebels on Facebook

    02/24/2016 1:39:59 PM PST · by Fali_G · 26 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/24/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Jihadis in Syria are using Facebook as a marketplace to buy, sell and barter a wide variety of American-made weapons and munitions ranging from rocket launchers to machine guns. A Facebook page called "The first weapons market in the Idleb countryside" showcases posts with photographs of weapons, claimed to be CIA-supplied, inviting buyers to contact page administrators privately using popular messaging application Whatsapp to discuss sales and transactions. An AGS-17 Soviet-era grenade launcher is listed for $3,800 and below that a thermal camera made by Oregon-based company FLIR, is listed alongside posts advertising the sale of 105mm cannon shells.
  • Rudderless OPEC Doesn‚Äôt Know How To Respond To U.S. Shale

    02/23/2016 3:37:35 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-02-2016 | Lone Star Driller
    OPEC recognizes role of shale. El-Badri largely admitted OPEC‚Äôs waning influence due to the rise of U.S. shale. "Shale oil in the United States, I don‚Äôt know how we are going to live together," he said in Houston on Feb. 22. ‚ÄúAny increase in price, shale will come immediately and cover any reduction.‚ÄĚ The IEA‚Äôs report mostly backed up that sentiment. Although the Paris-based energy agency predicted shale would decline substantially in 2016 and 2017, the IEA also said that shale would bring back 1.3 mb/d of liquids production by the end of the decade. Low prices now, but high...
  • US airstrikes kill Serbian embassy staffers held hostage by Isis in Libya

    02/20/2016 2:12:32 PM PST · by Vostok-1 · 13 replies
    Associated Press in Belgrade ^ | Saturday 20 February 2016 14.56 GMT | Associated Press in Belgrade
    Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic says Americans apparently ‚Äėwere not aware that foreign citizens‚Äô were being held at Isis camp
  • The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?

    02/20/2016 9:41:52 AM PST · by Sawdring · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 9/24/2015 | GRAHAM ALLISON
    When Barack Obama meets this week with Xi Jinping during the Chinese president‚Äôs first state visit to America, one item probably won‚Äôt be on their agenda: the possibility that the United States and China could find themselves at war in the next decade. In policy circles, this appears as unlikely as it would be unwise. And yet 100 years on, World War I offers a sobering reminder of man‚Äôs capacity for folly. When we say that war is ‚Äúinconceivable,‚ÄĚ is this a statement about what is possible in the world‚ÄĒor only about what our limited minds can conceive? In 1914,...
  • How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

    02/17/2016 10:34:15 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 44 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-02-2016 | Erdo
    The proposed major military assault into Syria holds considerable risk for Turkey, not the least of that being a possible accidental escalation of hostilities with Russia, but it now seems unavoidable if Ankara is not to see a major disaster, not only wasting more than five years of intense effort to overthrow the Syrian Gov-ernment of President Bashar al-Assad, but also to avert the unfettered escalation of the Kurdish war to wrench a large part of Turkey away from Ankara to create a new Kurdish state which would link with Iraqi and Syrian Kurds. Already, Turkey has paid an enormous...
  • Children of Jihad: Iran trains kids for war against U.S., Israel

    02/17/2016 9:26:29 AM PST · by Fali_G · 12 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/17/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    It looks like summer camp with the bonfires, the obstacle courses, the young children running around the park grounds; except its jihadi training set up by Iran's regime to prepare young children for the "conquering of Tel Aviv." New alarming images are emerging from Iran's 'Sixth National Children's Memorial,' in which children appearing to be as young as 6 are holding weapons and dressed in military apparel. The gathering, held in a park in the country's southern Fars province in the county of Lamerd, called for the "conquering of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," with a set goal to disseminate "holy...
  • CIA head: ‚ÄėInevitable‚Äô that ISIS will try to attack US

    02/15/2016 2:19:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/14/16 | Bradford Richardson
    CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said in an interview broadcast late Sunday that it is "inevitable" that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will try to carry out attacks in the United States. "I'm expecting them to try to put in place - the operatives, the material or whatever else that they need to do or to incite people to carry out these attacks, clearly," Brennan said on CBS's "60 Minutes." "So, I believe that there attempts are inevitable," he added. "I don't think their successes necessarily are." Brennan said the intelligence agency knew in the days...
  • Contemplating a US-Russia Alliance

    02/15/2016 12:26:33 AM PST · by tedbel · 31 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Feb 15/16 | Ted Belman, Alex Maistrovoy
    Before Donald Trump‚Äôs blowout win in New Hampshire he shocked the world by saying he would allow the Russians to do the "dirty work" and would ‚ÄúLet them beat the shit out of ISIS also.‚ÄĚ. Trump went further, ‚ÄúI have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect,‚ÄĚ Putin, responded by saying: "He (Trump) says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a deeper level of...
  • Capture of U.S. Sailors Reenacted in Celebrations of Iran's Revolution Day

    02/14/2016 11:17:26 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 2/11/16
    During celebrations of the anniversary of Iran's Revolution, mock reenactments of the recent capture of ten U.S. sailors by the IRGC Navy were held throughout Iran. In footage of one reenactment, from Qazvin Province, shouts of "Death to America" are heard in the background, while U.S. "sailors" lie on the ground or kneel down, the U.S. and Israeli flags placed next to them.
  • Who Would Be The Best Presidential Candidate For Energy Companies?

    02/08/2016 4:02:20 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 08-02-2016 | Oil and Energy
    As the 2016 presidential race starts to heat up it is time to take a look at the remaining serious candidates and what each one might mean for energy policies and energy companies in the U.S. While a lot can happen in the next couple of months, the current leaders for the Republican Party are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. For the Democrats, the race will likely come down to a long brawl between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. As a bonus, it’s also worth looking at what Michael Bloomberg might do for energy if he enters the...