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  • Congress seeks more U.S. aid for Iron Dome

    03/23/2012 7:36:46 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/23/2012 | UPI
    Key leaders of the U.S. Congress want U.S. President Barack Obama to provide funds to help Israel, should it request it, to produce more batteries of the Iron Dome counter-rocket system. Israel's air force has three batteries deployed to protect cities in the southern Negev Desert against rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip but budget problems mean it can't fund more batteries needed to shield the rest of the country. Iron Dome, which racked up a 90 percent kill rate against Palestinian Qassam and Grad rockets in recent weeks, was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems...
  • Soldier Saved Lives By Throwing Away Grenade

    03/23/2012 3:36:08 PM PDT · by EnglishCon · 21 replies
    Sky News ^ | 03/23/2012 | Sky News
    A British soldier who picked up and threw away a live grenade before it could kill him and his men is among 131 members of the Armed Forces whose heroics are being officially honoured. Serjeant Deacon Cutterham was wading through an irrigation ditch knee-deep in water on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when the grenade came flying over a high wall to one side and landed in front of him. He reached down to grab it and "posted" the grenade into a parallel irrigation channel to get it out of his hand as quickly as possible.
  • EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton: Enabler of Antisemitism and Radical Islam

    03/22/2012 1:15:02 PM PDT · by forty_years · 1 replies ^ | 3/22/12 | netwmd Staff
    Question: What enabled the slaughter of Jewish children and soldiers in the French city of Toulouse by a Muslim steeped in radical, victim-centric, warped Islamist ideology? Answer: People like EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, an apologist for terrorist hate. She is the epitome of amoral, cowardly, politically correct, morally relativistic trash allowed by decadent, fearful Westerners to run amok at the top of their societies. This combination of a disconnected public and crazy political elite creates an atmosphere where lying bullies -- Islamo-fascist-leftists -- trample Western values, commit horrendous acts of ultra-violence, and shut down free speech. Meanwhile, people...
  • Knesset Member Says J Street Statement Encourages Terrorists

    03/22/2012 1:11:39 PM PDT · by forty_years · 2 replies
    algemeiner ^ | 3/22/12 | staff
    MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) of the Israeli Knesset has criticized the U.S. lobbying group J Street for recent comments it made on the violence between Israel and Gaza. The J Street statement criticized “rockets fired on Israeli cities and towns and airstrikes on Gaza that have killed over a dozen Palestinian civilians.”“At a time when a million Israeli citizens have been living in bomb shelters for four days and four nights, have not gone to school or work and anxiously await the next siren, the terrorists firing on them are getting encouragement and support, not just from Iran and Hezbollah,...
  • Lawsuit alleging Bank of China laundered terrorists' money moves forward

    03/22/2012 1:36:22 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 21, 2012 | Leland Vittert
    The Bank of China knowingly laundered money for various Islamic militant groups so they could get around transaction restrictions because of their label as a "terrorist organization" by the U.S. government, a lawsuit by Israeli victims of suicide bombings claims. Recent court decisions in the United States say the lawsuits can go forward against the Chinese bank. Fox News has learned that Israeli intelligence officials warned the Chinese government that Iran was using Bank of China to finance its militant networks, including providing account numbers and transaction details, only to have the Chinese turn a blind eye as the money...
  • Palestinians as 'super victims'

    03/22/2012 5:03:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Ynet ^ | 03.19.12 | Manfred Gerstenfeld
    Turning Palestinians into victims a case of emotional appeals triumphing over facts Last week the IDF responded with bombings on Gaza targets to the rockets shot from there on southern Israel. It took little time for some foreign media to equate the Palestinian aggressor with the Israeli aggressed. It took only slightly longer to mainly highlight Israel’s actions while shoving continued Palestinian aggression into the background. Such distortions of the truth have to be seen in a much wider context. The overall propaganda war against Israel includes frequent falsifying of facts and many fallacious arguments. Among the latter are the...
  • Are There or Aren’t there Russian Troops in Syria?

    03/20/2012 9:19:04 PM PDT · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/20/2012 | Defense Tech
    Well, things in Syria are getting a bit more complicated. Weeks after the news that special operators from NATO countries may be inside Syria advising the rebels, comes the news that Russia has dispatched counterterrorism troops to the embattled nation. Now, some news reports say the Russian’s claim they’ve just sent a Navy tanker to support anti-piracy operations in Middle Eastern waters and that any troops aboard that ship are simply there to protect the tanker’s civilian crew and that there are no Russian counterterror troop in Syria. Now, the ship is docked in the Syrian port of Tartus on...
  • The Palestinian Excuse for Terror

    03/21/2012 6:26:47 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Commentary ^ | 3-21-12 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad issued a call today to foreign terrorists to stop using the plight of the Palestinians as an excuse for their crimes. In condemning the Toulouse massacre two days after the killings, Fayyad said, “Extremists must stop pretending to stand up for the rights of Palestinian children who only ask for a decent life.” This was in reaction to the news that Mohammed Merah, the arrested suspect in the Toulouse shootings, claimed that the atrocity was done in part to exact revenge on the Jews for their supposedly poor treatment of the Palestinians. Fayyad is...
  • Muslim fashion takes hold in Bay Area

    03/21/2012 9:21:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/21/12 | Matt O'Brien
    Ruhollah Habibi dresses sharply in a suit and tie each morning for his job at JP Morgan. But the banker also carries a thobe to work on Fridays, slipping on the Arabian-style tunic for afternoon prayers. "I just take off my suitcoat and throw that on over my button-up," said the 28-year-old San Ramon resident. "It's our etiquette to wear Islamic clothing when you're going to learn the sacred knowledge." From kufi caps to veils and ankle-length abayas, multicultural Muslim clothing is in demand among the Bay Area's young and devout. American-born Muslims who once shunned their immigrant parents' Old...
  • Anti-Communist pastor Gauck elected German president

    03/18/2012 8:58:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Germans resoundingly elected Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor and human rights activist from communist East Germany, as president of the European Union's largest country on Sunday, posing a potential political headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Israel concerned UNIFIL heading toward collapse

    03/16/2012 4:15:06 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/15/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Concern follows France, Italy decide to withdraw significant number of troops from the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon. Israel is growing concerned that UNIFIL, the multi-national peacekeeping force in Lebanon, is headed toward collapse with a French decision this week to withdraw a significant number of its troops. Following the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Israel succeeded in getting a number of European countries to contribute soldiers to the peacekeeping force, whose mandate was also beefed up as part of an international effort to prevent Hezbollah’s rearmament. The force was bolstered to include 12,000 soldiers in comparison to the few...
  • Karzai casts doubt on U.S. account of rampage

    03/16/2012 3:12:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/16/12 | Sara Sidner
    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai cast doubt Friday on the account of events given by U.S. authorities as he met with the families of 16 civilians allegedly killed by a U.S. soldier. In his meeting at the presidential palace in Kabul, Karzai suggested the Americans had not been frank about what happened. "We tried to talk to the soldier involved, but there was no cooperation from America," Karzai told the villagers. "Based on what you are saying, the killer was not just one person." The soldier, whose identity has been withheld by U.S. authorities, is accused of...
  • Geraldo And Kilmeade Get Into..Argument Over Afghanistan: ‘They Will Never Evolve Into Americans’

    03/16/2012 11:37:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | March 16, 2012 | Alex Alvarez
    Geraldo Rivera stopped by the set of Fox & Friends early Friday morning, where he weighed in on the future of our war in Afghanistan — and entered into a heated debate with host Brian Kilmeade in the process. ....................................................... “Are we going to create an ‘Afghanistan, California’?” asked Rivera. “What are we going to do there?” “These are people,” he continued, “for whom the Holy Book is their whole lives, and the deaths of children is just a passing event.” “They will never evolve into Americans,” he added after Kilmeade asked what happens when the people we’ve been trying...
  • Afghan Ambivalence (Oliver North)

    03/15/2012 7:34:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 16, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Four years ago, when then-Sen. Barack Obama was campaigning for president, he said of Afghanistan: This is "a war that we have to win." He also claimed, "The Afghan people must know that our commitment to their future is enduring because the security of Afghanistan and the United States is shared." But after three years of Obama's being commander in chief, it ought to be clear that he never really believed his own campaign rhetoric. Now, in the aftermath of recent setbacks, his words are further evidence of presidential ambivalence and uncertainty. None of this bodes well...
  • A Filmmaker’s Second Thoughts On Hating Israel

    03/15/2012 1:08:09 PM PDT · by hope · 12 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 3/15/12 | Nicky Larkin
    I used to hate Israel. I used to think the Left was always right. Not any more. Now I loathe Palestinian terrorists. Now I see why Israel has to be hard. Now I see the Left can be Right -- as in right-wing. So why did I change my mind so completely? Strangely, it began with my anger at Israel's incursion into Gaza in December 2008 which left over 1,200 Palestinians dead, compared to only 13 Israelis. I was so angered by this massacre I posed in the striped scarf of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation for an art show catalogue....
  • SWIFT Financial Service Cuts Iran Off (International Banking Transactions)

    03/15/2012 8:39:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 3-15-11 | RT
    Following an EU Council decision, SWIFT announced it has been instructed to discontinue its communications services to Iranian financial institutions that are subject to European sanctions. ­The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, is crucial to Iran’s oil and other trade. The EU Council decision prohibits companies such as SWIFT from continuing to provide specialized financial messaging services to EU-sanctioned Iranian banks. They, alongside the SWIFT customer community have been notified of the disconnection, which will become effective on Saturday 17 March at 16.00 GMT. A statement on the SWIFT website said “Disconnecting banks is an extraordinary and...
  • PA Declares Church in Bethlehem to be Unlawful

    03/14/2012 3:44:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies · 2+ views
    INN ^ | First Publish: 3/14/2012, 11:25 AM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Palestinian Authority declared a Baptist Church in Bethlehem to be unlawful and said that it will no longer receive rights as a religious institution, Algemeiner reported. This decision comes a week after Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told an audience of Evangelical Protestants that his government respected the rights of its Christian minorities. “They said that our legitimacy as a church from a governmental point of view is not approved,” said an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church. “They said they will not recognize any legal paper work from our church. That includes birth certificates, wedding certificates and death...
  • Israeli diplomat's car hit by blast in Delhi; 1 injured

    02/13/2012 4:28:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Express India ^ | Feb 13, 2012 at 1715 hrs IST
    New Delhi An Israeli official said an explosion was hit an Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi on Monday. He said one person was hurt in the blast, but did not identify the victim. Israeli Embassy spokesman David Goldfarb said the car was near the embassy when the blast went off. Indian police said only that a car was on fire on the street outside the embassy.
  • King Announces Hearing on Iran/Hezbollah Threat to U.S. Homeland

    03/14/2012 6:05:32 PM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 1+ views
    SNIPPET - quote: King Announces Hearing on Iran/Hezbollah Threat to U.S. Homeland MAR 14, 2012 Issues: Counterterrorism Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced that on Wednesday, March 21 he will convene an investigative hearing to examine the terror threat that Iran poses to the U.S. homeland. The hearing is entitled: “Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland.” King said: “The disruption last fall of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States at a popular Washington restaurant was a wake-up call for all...
  • Lindsey Graham blasts Newt Gingrich on Afghanistan(Rino not happy about wanting out of Afghan)

    03/14/2012 5:11:08 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 23 replies ^ | Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 03/13/2012 | By Ed O'Keefe
    A clearly miffed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called on Newt Gingrich and other Republican presidential candidates Tuesday to temper their remarks on U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, warning they run the risk of dividing the GOP and emboldening the Taliban. Graham, a vocal defender of military action in Afghanistan and previous operations in Iraq, said he was “very disappointed” with the former House speaker’s recent comments that the United States no longer has “the willpower or the capacity to do the things you have to do to fundamentally change” Afghanistan.
  • Azerbaijan Thwarts Terror Attack Against Israel, Jewish Targets

    01/24/2012 12:43:11 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies ^ | Published 01:48 23.01.12Latest update 01:48 23.01.12 | By Eli Shvidler
    "Azerbaijan thwarts terror attack against Israeli, Jewish targets Security official in Baku links Iran to planned operation; three men detained." SNIPPET: "Three men were detained last week after planning to attack two Israelis employed by a Jewish school in Baku, the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security has revealed. Meanwhile, an Azeri commentator considered close to the republic's president has launched a scathing indictment of Iran. The Azeri ministry said it had arrested a cell that planned to "kill public activists," before it became apparent that the intended victims were two Israeli Chabad emissaries, a rabbi and a teacher employed by...
  • Officials call incident at Afghanistan airport an 'attempted attack' (SecDef)

    03/14/2012 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies ^ | 3/14/2012 | Foxnews
    A military source tells Fox News the strange incident on the tarmac Wednesday at Camp Bastion that occurred moments before Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived via C-17 was an attempted attack.
  • Azerbaijan Arrests Iran backed Attack Plotters

    03/14/2012 5:06:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    AFP via THIS DAY ^ | March 14, 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Azerbaijan has arrested 22 people on suspicion of plotting attacks on the US and Israeli embassies in Baku on behalf of neighbouring Iran, the national security ministry said Wednesday." SNIPPET: ""On orders of the Sepah they were to commit terrorist acts against the US, Israeli and other Western states' embassies and the embassies' employees," it said. The ministry said that the suspects were recruited from 1999 onwards and trained in the use of weapons and spy techniques at military camps in Iran to enable them to gather information on foreign embassies, organisations and companies in Azerbaijan and stage attacks,...
  • Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America Cautions Muslims Against Participating in US Legal System;

    03/14/2012 8:07:37 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 13 replies ^ | 14MAR12 | translatingjihad
    ..Urges Them to “Hate It in Their Hearts” Below is my translation of an Arabic-language paper published by the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) in 2007, and presented at their 2008 careers conference in Houston, which provides guidelines for American Muslims on what they can and cannot do vis-à-vis infidel legal systems. The paper makes clear that according to Islam, the only legitimate law is that which comes from Allah, and in fact authority to make laws rests with Allah alone. This renders every other legal system—including the American system—illegitimate. Since the fact nevertheless remains that many Muslims...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'received £42 million from Muammar Gaddafi for 2007 election'

    03/14/2012 8:38:15 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 6 replies ^ | 12MAR12 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    Nicolas Sarkozy received £42 million from Muammar Gaddafi in funding for his 2007 presidential election campaign, it was claimed on Monday. The “terms” for handing over the money were agreed in a meeting between the two men in Libya two years before Mr Sarkozy’s election, documents published by a French investigative website suggest.A memo obtained by the Mediapart site and handed to a judge alleges that the meeting on Oct 6, 2005 resulted in “campaign financing” of “NS [Nicolas Sarkozy]” being “totally paid”. At the time Mr Sarkozy was France’s interior minister with well-documented ambitions to succeed Jacques Chirac. Political...
  • Official: Chinese bank cold on Iran-Pak gas deal

    03/14/2012 7:44:02 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    A state-owned Chinese bank that had agreed to finance the Pakistani section of a gas pipeline from Iran that is opposed by the United States is no longer interested in the project, a Pakistani finance ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
  • Nasrallah, Hamas: Israel 'Tested' Gaza Factions Ahead Of Possible Iran Strike

    03/14/2012 5:10:06 AM PDT · by edpc · 2 replies
    YNet ^ | 14 Mar 2012 | Elior Levy
    Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah met with senior Hamas figures on Monday to discuss regional developments, Lebanese newspaper Al-Sapir reported. According to the report, published Wednesday, Hamas' delegation was headed by Deputy Politburo Chief Moussa Abu Marzouk. The meeting in Lebanon focused on the latest round of violence between Israel and Gaza, the uprising in Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood's ties to Hezbollah and Iran.
  • April Talks Last Chance For Iran To Avoid U.S. Attack - Hillary Clinton

    03/14/2012 6:09:33 AM PDT · by Fennie · 15 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | March 14, 2012
    The United States has warned that the six-nation negotiations on Iran's nuclear program in April would be the last chance for Tehran to prevent a U.S. attack, the Kommersant daily said on Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Monday to relate this point to the Iranian authorities, the paper said.
  • Report: U.S. Asked Russia To Warn Iran Of 'Last Chance' To Avoid Military Strike

    03/14/2012 4:13:26 AM PDT · by edpc · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 14 Mar 2012 | Haaretz
    The United States has asked Russia to deliver an ultimatum to Iran, warning the Islamic Republic that it has one last chance for talks before a military strike, the Kommersant daily quoted Russian diplomats as saying on Wednesday. According to the Russian newspaper, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in New York on Monday to tell Tehran that it has one last chance to solve the conflict peacefully by making progress in the talks with the P5+1 group - United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany. Otherwise, an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities...
  • Ahmadinejad grilled by hostile Iran parliament

    03/14/2012 5:26:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was summoned to parliament on Wednesday for an unprecedented grilling by lawmakers who accused him of economic mismanagement and making "illegal" appointments. Less than two weeks after a drubbing in parliamentary elections, Ahmadinejad became the first president in the Islamic Republic's history to be called before the legislature which has the power to impeach him if unsatisfied with his answers. Traditionalist factions who express complete loyalty to Iran's most powerful figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have been trying to summon Ahmadinejad for months over what they say are repeated challenges to the supreme leader's authority. Emboldened by...
  • ‘Khamenei victory in elections signals Iranians’ readiness for potential war’

    03/13/2012 11:42:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | 11 March 2012 | Gödze Nur Donat
    The decision by the Iranian people to vote for deputies loyal to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- the staunchest anti-Western political camp in the country -- in last week’s parliamentary elections showed they are preparing for an assumed attack on their country as a result of Iran’s alleged nuclear enrichment program, political observers have argued. The Khamenei loyalists’ religious faction, which includes the Iranian elite Revolutionary Guards in its ranks, won a big victory in last week’s Iranian parliamentary elections over incumbent President Mahmud Ahmedinejad’s party, taking 75 percent of Iran’s 290 parliamentary seats. Speaking to Sunday’s Zaman last week, Hasan...
  • Wife's tip led FBI to man [left-wing nut] held in Congress threats

    03/14/2012 11:25:59 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 7 replies ^ | Mar. 14, 2012 | unknown
    A Vancouver, Wash., man accused of sending letters containing white powder to members of Congress fell under FBI scrutiny after his wife told an officer that he laced the envelopes with a mixture of celery salt and corn starch. The FBI focused on Christopher Lee Carlson, 39, after a Vancouver police officer told them about a March 4 interview she had with Carlson's wife about Carlson's recent emotional turmoil, The Oregonian reported. --SNIP-- The sender wanted an "end to corporate money and `lobbying,'" an end to corporate "personhood" and a new constitutional convention. The Associated Press obtained a copy of...
  • Kabul demands local trial for US gunman

    03/13/2012 3:21:19 AM PDT · by EBH · 22 replies ^ | 3/13/12 | Matthew Green
    The Afghan parliament demanded on Monday that a US soldier accused of killing 16 civilians, including nine children, be put on trial in Afghanistan as a growing tide of local anger added to the pressure on the US-led war against the Taliban. The murders have triggered a new spike in anti-western sentiment just weeks after furious protests erupted after the discovery of burnt copies of the Koran at a US base. US officials have rushed to condemn the killings and pledged that the accused soldier will face justice. The sergeant detained on Sunday is accused of going house to house...
  • Russia and Iran: the Kinship of Tyranny

    03/12/2012 6:48:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies ^ | March 5, 2012 | David Pryce-Jones
    Vladimir Putin was expected to get around 64 percent of the vote for his latest seizure of the Russian presidency, and so he did. And a very nice number it is too, not too little and not too much. These arrangements are simplicity itself. Employees of the state, including the armed forces, are ordered which way to vote. Buses transport all sorts of innocents and dupes from the provinces to vote early and often. Loyalists feed the voting booths with bundles of votes from absentees to create what is jocularly known as the “carrousel” effect — one fellow was actually...
  • Obama's tidy Afghan exit strategy turns into a mess of bloody apologies

    03/12/2012 4:51:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | March 12, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    President Obama and Gen. David Axelrod may have thought they had the Afghan war exit strategy tied up in a neat package with U.S. troop withdrawals beginning in time for this fall's American presidential campaign. But a combination of unforeseen recent events have seriously complicated the Democrats' plans and could leave the U.S. exit looking more like an organized retreat, not the images any incumbent commander-in-chief wants in voters' minds come the start of early voting in early October. After more than a decade of post-9/11 war to oust the Taliban and secure Afghanistan from again becoming a safe haven...
  • Aircraft Carrier Enterprise Sets Off On Final Journey - Direction Iran

    03/12/2012 10:51:12 AM PDT · by Fennie · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 11, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    Today, at noon Eastern, the storied aircraft carrier Enterprise, aka CVN-65, left its home port of Naval Station Norfolk one final time for its final voyage with a heading: Arabian Sea, aka Iran. There in a week it will join CVN 72 Lincoln and CVN 70 Vinson, as well as LHD 8 Makin Island, all of which are supporting any potential escalation of "hostilities" in the Persian Gulf region.
  • White House moves to put GOP on defensive over Iran, Israel policies

    03/11/2012 1:12:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/11/12 | Jeremy Herb
    White House moves to put GOP on defensive over Iran, Israel policiesBy Jeremy Herb - 03/11/12 12:10 PM ET President Obama ramped up his attacks on his Republican rivals last week, pushing back at the idea his polices are anti-Israel. Obama used a speech at the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference and a press conference to try to put Republicans on the defensive over Iran. He ripped the GOP presidential field for employing overheated rhetoric on the campaign trail about going to war to prevent the country’s nuclear program, and sought to portray himself as supportive of...
  • The Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran's threat (Iran is Rational?)

    03/11/2012 4:55:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 11, 2012 7:06 PM | Lesley Stahl
    Meir Dagan has been described as "hard-charging" and "stops at nothing." For more than eight years, Dagan made full use of those qualities as chief of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, where he focused on keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. When that job ended, Dagan did something unheard of for an ex-Mossad chief: he spoke out publicly, voicing opposition to Israel launching preemptive airstrikes against Iran's nuclear facilities anytime soon. Dagan believes the Iranian regime is a rational one and even its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - who has called for Israel to be annihilated - acts in a somewhat...
  • Richardson Is Paid To Promote Listed Terror Group (Ex-NM Gov)

    03/10/2012 3:42:53 PM PST · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Sat, Mar 10, 2012 | Thomas Cole
    Ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is one of several former top U.S. government officials pocketing large fees to speak in support of an Iranian group that is listed by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization. Richardson, a former energy secretary and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was in Washington, D.C., in January and in Paris in February to call on the State Department to remove the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, from the terror list. During the ’70s, the MEK killed U.S. military personnel and U.S. civilians working on defense projects in Tehran and supported the takeover in 1979 of...
  • China and Iran Breaking Up

    03/10/2012 8:10:20 PM PST · by U-238 · 12 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 3/8/2012 | Javad Heydarian
    They say that it’s only in hard times that you really see who your true friends are. What separates opportunistic partnership from genuine alliance isn’t necessarily treaties, but a willingness among both parties to hang onto their relationship when the going gets tough. With Iran’s growing isolation over its nuclear program, China’s ties with Tehran are being put to the test as never before. As the European Union and the United States tighten the noose around Iran’s oil exports – constituting 80 percent of government revenues – and key financial institutions, including the Iranian Central Bank, Tehran is in desperate...
  • White House Won’t Release Obama’s 3 PAGE APOLOGY LETTER to Hamid Karzai

    02/27/2012 7:34:15 PM PST · by opentalk · 29 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 27, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters today that the Obama Administration will not release the president’s THREE PAGE Apology letter to Hamid Karzai. The Tatler reported: The White House press secretary told members of the press pool aboard Air Force One today that President Obama’s “sincere” apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for a Koran-burning incident “is not appropriate to show” to reporters. Jay Carney spoke with reporters for about 20 minutes as the presidential entourage flew to Florida for a speech on energy at the University of Miami. Obama’s letter to Karzai that included the apology was “a...
  • Syrian deputy oil minister announces resignation [defects]

    03/07/2012 10:25:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2012 | Amy Willis
    Syria’s deputy oil minister has announced his resignation, saying he is instead joining the anti-government revolt against President Bashar Assad in a video posted on YouTube overnight. Abdo Hussameddin Abdo Hussameddin, 58, one of the highest ranking Syrian officials to defect since the uprising began one year ago, said he did not want to die “serving a criminal regime”. Mr Hussameddin, who served in the Syrian government for 33 years, also denounced Russia and China for backing the regime saying they were not "friends of the Syrian people but partners in the killing of the Syrian people". The resignation came...
  • Hamas severs ties with Assad, backs Syrian revolt

    02/24/2012 2:25:18 PM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies ^ | 2/24/12 | REUTERS
    But as the Sunni-Shi'ite split in the Middle East deepens, Hamas appears to have cast its lot with the powerful, Egypt-based Sunni Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose star has been in the ascendant since the Arab Spring revolts last year. Hamas makes its choice "This is considered a big step in the direction of cutting ties with Syria," said Hany al-Masri, a Palestinian political commentator. Damascus might now opt to formally expel Hamas's exile headquarters from Syria, he told Reuters. Banned by deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood has moved to the center of public life. It...
  • CNN: Rockwell's granddaughter paints terrorists; says global warming is bigger danger

    03/05/2012 3:47:28 PM PST · by Eddie Kritzer · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/5/12 | Christopher Maloney
    “When you look that closely at someone, you almost always develop sympathy for them,” Rockwell says. “It's like sitting next to someone for a long bus ride. … I want to think about who these people are and why they made the choices they did. I want to share the results of my thoughts, which are my paintings, with other people.” She was particularly inspired to paint bin Laden. “We take for granted who he was and what he did and why, and stop thinking of him as a human being with profoundly human motivations. The war on terror is...
  • Visa expired, but Israeli writer wants to stay back [Muslim-appeasing Terrorist Sympathiser]

    03/03/2012 5:33:05 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | March 3, 2012 | The Times of India
    KOCHI: Susan Nathan, the British-born Israeli writer who achieved fame through her book 'The Other Side of Israel', is continuing to stay in India despite her visa expiring as she wants to be in a war-free zone, her counsel submitted to the Kerala High Court. When the writer's petition challenging the deportation move came up for hearing on Friday before division bench of acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice PR Ramachandra Menon, her counsel Manjeri Sunder Raj submitted that she was staying in India as she wanted to be in a "war-free zone" in the last years of her...
  • India, Arab League differ on Syria: India says it is for Syrians to internally decide how...

    03/03/2012 2:11:24 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2012 | Atul Aneja
    Diplomatic sources said that while the Arab League called for Mr. Assad's exit, there was hardly any consensus within the 22-nation grouping on how that result could be achieved. The call by Qatar, which was endorsed by Saudi Arabia to arm the Syrian opposition, which itself stood divided, had not been endorsed by the rest of the League... With the divergences on how to resolve the Syrian crisis remaining unbridged, the Arab League and its components are set to hold a flurry of meetings. Their diplomatic activism includes an upcoming meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), whose core members,...
  • Rebels in Syrian city are surrounded, braced for assault [ Qusayr ]

    03/03/2012 1:53:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Saturday, March 3, 2012 | David Enders
    QUSAYR, Syria -- This city of 35,000 is largely empty. Seven miles from the Lebanese border, it is the last rebel stronghold in this part of Syria. Residents and rebel fighters spoke in hushed tones about the shelling they expect to begin any day. Those who have decided to stay are resigned to their fate. The Syrian military holds positions in some neighborhoods in the city, and tanks were said to be taking up positions surrounding Qusayr in preparation for a final assault... Fatma said the army had entered the city three times before, and that the assault on Qusayr...
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Soccer For Jihadists, Higher Premiums For Troops

    02/29/2012 4:58:57 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    Priorities: Veterans of the war on terror will be rewarded with higher insurance premiums that favored unions are exempt from. Obama-Care must be served, after all, and that soccer field for Gitmo detainees must be paid for. For the soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and lost their legs from mines and improvised explosive devices, it is bitterly ironic news that detainees at Guantanamo, who helped maim them, will now be kicking around soccer balls at a new $750,000 field that is half the size of an American football field. This comes as the military is bearing the brunt...
  • Clinton issues warnings on Afghanistan, Syria (Obama can't help that he's a little wimp)

    02/26/2012 2:14:52 PM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/26/2012 | Elise Labott
    Criticism of President Barack Obama's apology for the burning of Qurans in Afghanistanis not helpful, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday in a wide-ranging interview with CNN. "I find it somewhat troubling that our politics would enflame such a dangerous situation in Afghanistan," Clinton said of the complaints by Republican presidential candidates and some experts about Obama's apology. Obama apologized Thursday in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Qurans, which he called "inadvertent" and an "error." "It was the right thing to do to have our president on record as saying this was not...