War on Terror (News/Activism)

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  • Book: Military feared use of terrorist's comments

    06/07/2012 1:13:40 AM PDT · by Saije · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/7/2012 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON—Military prosecutors won't say whether they plan to use newly disclosed tape recordings in the upcoming trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed even though the tapes could solve the prosecution's problems with tainted evidence. A new book says Justice Department prosecutors were stunned to learn three years ago that the U.S. military had secretly tape-recorded incriminating comments that Mohammed made to fellow detainees during daily prison yard conversations but was not planning to use them at military tribunals. In "Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency," journalist Daniel Klaidman says Mohammed was...
  • India not sold on closer military ties with U.S.

    06/06/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2012, 6:27 p.m. | David S. Cloud and Mark Magnier
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta urged India on Wednesday to build a closer military relationship with the United States, but Indian leaders appeared more interested in buying U.S. weapons than in aligning strategically with Washington. Senior Indian officials made it clear in two days of talks that they will continue to set their own course on U.S. national security priorities, including isolating Iran and building up Afghanistan's military forces, sometimes in tandem with Washington and sometimes not. Panetta is visiting Asia this week to bolster military ties as the Obama administration, wary ofChina's growing clout in the region, seeks to...
  • Alarming Assaults On Women In Egypt's Tahrir

    06/06/2012 7:14:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | June 6, 2012, 08:24 pm ET | (by The Associated Press)
    Her screams were not drowned out by the clamor of the crazed mob of nearly 200 men around her. An endless number of hands reached toward the woman in the red shirt in an assault scene that lasted less than 15 minutes but felt more like an hour. She was pushed by the sea of men for about a block into a side street from Tahrir Square. Many of the men were trying to break up the frenzy, but it was impossible to tell who was helping and who was assaulting. Pushed against the wall, the unknown woman's head finally...
  • We're Now Selling The Most Advanced Missile System To This Islamic State (Guess which one...)

    06/06/2012 2:43:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2012 | Walter Hickey
    The U.S. is selling one of the most advanced missile systems on the planet to a country with an abysmal human rights records. Lockheed Martin's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is the most effective weapon when it comes to shooting incoming missiles right out of the sky. As of yesterday, a total of 138 of these launchers are headed to the United Arab Emirates. Lockheed Martin will be getting $2 Billion for the contract. The UAE is a federation of absolute monarchies. It's comprised of seven principalities, each with its own absolute monarch. It's got the sixth largest...
  • Exclusive: Drones "inhumane", dead al Qaeda man's family says

    06/06/2012 2:09:46 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/6/12 | Hadeel Al Shalchi
    (Reuters) - The brother of al Qaeda's second-in-command, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, said Washington's use of the remote-controlled weapons is inhumane and makes a nonsense of its claims to champion human rights.U.S. officials said on Tuesday that Libyan-born al Qaeda operative Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed by a drone strike in Pakistan, in what was described as a major blow to the militant group.The attack is likely to fuel an increasingly fierce debate about the legality and morality of the drones, which have become one of the chief U.S. weapons against al Qaeda but which opponents...
  • Iran Charges IAEA 'Spying' for West

    06/06/2012 1:55:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Iran accused the United Nations nuclear watchdog of spying and vowed never to suspend uranium enrichment on Monday, Bloomberg reported. The move cast doubt on whether a deal between Tehran and the P5+1 allowing wider atomic inspections is possible. Tehran's IAEA envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh in Vienna said “Iran will resist to the end” and “will not permit our national security to be jeopardized” by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors working for Western intelligence agencies. Soltanieh added, “Iran will never suspend its enrichment activities." His comments came as the agency’s 35-member board of governors concluded its quarterly review of the...
  • Damascus 'Risking Genocide'

    06/06/2012 1:40:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Italian foreign minister Guilo Terzi on Wednesday warned Bashar al-Assad's policies in Syria risk creating a genocide in Syria unless there is "rapid intervention." "The strategy of Damascus risks causing a genocide without rapid intervention," Mr Terzi said. Italy was among those countries who expelled the Syrian ambassador to Rome last month in a coordinated action with other Western powers after a massacre in the town of Houla. The Syrian leadership "is fighting for its survival with an ever more direct and brutal escalation, with terror against the civilian population and with the artificial fuelling of internal conflict," Mr Terzi...
  • Egypt: Mubarak's health said deteriorating

    06/06/2012 1:36:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 6, 2012 1:05 PM ET | HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    Hosni Mubarak's health entered a "dangerous" phase on Wednesday, and doctors had to administer oxygen five times to help the deposed Egyptian leader breathe, according to security officials at his prison. Mubarak's health crisis came days after he was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the uprising that unseated him last year. The officials at Torah prison south of Cairo said Mubarak, 84, was suffering from shock and high blood pressure as well as breathing problems. Specialists were called in to examine him, and a transfer to a military hospital was being...
  • Peace Now Upset Beit El will Grow

    06/06/2012 1:22:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hardline nationalist MKs were upset with the Knesset vote Wednesday against the Regulation Law, but leftists were not happy with the prime minister's promises to build 300 more homes in Beit El. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said angrily: "The Likud's true nature has once yet been exposed. It talks loudly about the settlement enterprise but at the same time saws at its foundations." "The Likud ministers have turned out to be cowards who prefer to run away or surrender in the face of the prime minister's threat to fire them, rather than stand behind their commitments and principles," he...
  • Peace Now Upset Beit El will Grow

    06/06/2012 1:22:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hardline nationalist MKs were upset with the Knesset vote Wednesday against the Regulation Law, but leftists were not happy with the prime minister's promises to build 300 more homes in Beit El. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said angrily: "The Likud's true nature has once yet been exposed. It talks loudly about the settlement enterprise but at the same time saws at its foundations." "The Likud ministers have turned out to be cowards who prefer to run away or surrender in the face of the prime minister's threat to fire them, rather than stand behind their commitments and principles," he...
  • Jihad's Willing Executioners

    06/06/2012 10:36:23 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 05JUN12 | Clare M. Lopez
    Quietly, behind the scenes, the Muslim Brotherhood is enforcing censorship of all U.S. government training about Islam and the forces of Islamic jihad. Under the co-opted direction of National Security Council official, Quintan Wiktorowicz, key Cabinet Departments, including Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State are purging their curriculum materials of any references about Islam that their Muslim Brotherhood advisors find objectionable. In effect, the national security policy of the U.S. government is being brought into compliance with Islamic law on slander. Under Islamic law (sharia), “slander” means “to mention anything concerning a person [a Muslim] that he would dislike.” Telling...
  • John McCain: Security leaks coming from ‘highest levels’ of White House

    06/06/2012 9:14:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/06/2012 | By Meghashyam Mali
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration over the disclosure of classified intelligence operations, leaks he said came from the “highest levels” at the White House. “This is the most highly classified information and it’s now been leaked by the administration at the highest levels at the White House and that’s not acceptable,” McCain said on CBS "This Morning." On Tuesday, McCain said the Senate Armed Services Committee would hold hearings about leaks detailing a U.S. cyberattack against Iran’s nuclear program and called for a special counsel to investigate the matter. A report last week in The...
  • France Once Again a Hell for Jews

    06/06/2012 5:08:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 6, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - France Once Again a Hell for JewsPosted By P. David Hornik On June 6, 2012 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Earlier this week, as reported in Algemeiner, three yarmulke-wearing young Jews in Villeurbanne, France were attacked with hammers and iron bars by a mob of over a dozen Muslim youths. The victims had to be hospitalized and then were released.The Times of Israel reports that police are still looking for the perpetrators, and that they’re believed to be of North African extraction.It was only in March, of course, that...
  • Ulpana Bill Falls, Nationalists in Coalition Cave In

    06/06/2012 4:07:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Nationalists in the coalition caved in and abstained from the Knesset vote Wednesday afternoon that rejected a bill to legalize five homes in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El, forcing the expulsion of 30 families. The vote as 22 for the bill and 69 against. Absent from the vote were all of the ministers and deputy ministers who vowed to test Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ultimatum to vote against the bill or be fired. Among those who left the Knesset before the vote were Jewish Home leader Daniel Hershkowitz and Likud ministers Yuli Edelstein and Ayoub Kara. Prime Minister Binyamin...
  • Demonstration Near Supreme Court to Support Regulation Law

    06/06/2012 4:01:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Chana Yaar
    Protesters showed their support of the Regulation Law in a demonstration near the Supreme Court shortly before a vote on the bill. Dozens of youths and young adults blocked the road near the court house in Jerusalem before the Knesset plenum was scheduled to decide on the measure, which would retroactively legalize Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood. The so-called Regulation Bill requires anyone claiming ownership of land upon which homes are being built to file a challenge and prove ownership within four years of the start of construction upon the property. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who arranged for the five apartment...
  • Obama Leaks Risk National Security For Political Gain

    06/04/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Security: From leaks about Osama bin Laden to those detailing cyberattacks on Iran, a disturbing pattern of publicly disclosing classified material to give Barack Obama a political boost is emerging. Under this president, our enemies don't need spies. The fact that the Allies in World War II had the ability to intercept and decode German and Japanese military transmissions, leading to critical military victories at Midway and elsewhere, remained a secret until long after World War II was over, and it didn't matter who knew it. "Loose lips sink ships" was then more than a clever wartime slogan. The pattern...
  • Senate Democrats blast national security leak on Iran cyberattack

    06/05/2012 6:38:48 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 8 replies
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday blasted leaks to the press about a cyberattack against Iran and warned the disclosure of President Obama’s order could put the United States at risk of a retaliatory strike. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, said the leak about the attack on Iran’s nuclear program could “to some extent” provide justification for copycat attacks against the United States. “This is like an avalanche. It is very detrimental and, candidly, I found it very concerning,” Feinstein said. “There’s no question that this kind of thing hurts our country.”
  • Palestinians: US refugee bill may delay peace

    06/05/2012 5:16:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-5-12 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    06/05/2012 04:36 Legislation would force State Department to differentiate between Palestinian refugees and descendants of refugees. WASHINGTON – Palestinian advocates are warning that a new US Senate amendment dictating a reporting requirement on the issue of Palestinian refugees could set back efforts to reach a peace deal. The amendment to a bill, recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, mandates that the secretary of state must report how many of the Palestinians serviced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency fled or left homes in Israel during the War of Independence and how many are only their descendants. Related:...
  • Palestinian female Olympian: 'Miracles do happen'

    06/05/2012 4:44:33 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | May 17, 2012 | Matthew Chance and Caroline Cheese
    (CNN) -- Woroud Sawalha knows she won't win a medal at the London Olympics. She isn't likely to get beyond the first round of the 800 meters. But for the 20-year-old and her three teammates, just competing under the Palestinian flag is a source of pride. The appearance itself is controversial: the U.N. does not recognize a Palestinian state but athletes have been allowed to compete under a Palestinian flag by the International Olympic Committee and soccer's ruling body FIFA since 1996 and 1998 respectively. "It means a lot for me that I am female and representing Palestine," she told...

    06/05/2012 4:01:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    JuliaGorin.com ^ | 6*5*12 | Julia Gorin
    Republican Riot Saying it, so you don’t have to. June 04th 2012 06:49:15 AM WASHINGTON TIMES PRINTING NAZI PROPAGANDA Posted by Julia Gorin  Well we knew it wouldn’t be long. If nationalists win a Serbian election, it follows that there will be an article in the Washington Times by Croatian-supremacist Jeffrey Kuhner, as usual angling for a new war against Serbia — by making the argument that Serbia wants it. As a typical rapist would.Below is the letter I submitted to Washington Times, followed by a deconstruction of Kuhner’s latest excuse for Serbia needing another good bombing. Dear Editor:Are...
  • Vote 'Aye' and It's Bye-Bye, Netanyahu Tells Ministers

    06/05/2012 11:58:42 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Prime Minister's Bureau has contacted all ministers and deputy ministers and made clear that the government opposes the proposed Regulation Law that will come up for a vote Wednesday. The law would make it possible to compensate land owners who were wronged in construction of communities in Judea and Samaria, without having to hand over the land or tear down homes built upon it. Channel 2 News reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's men made clear to the ministers and deputies that if any of them vote in favor of the Regulation Law, they will be fired from the...
  • Iran steps in to prop up Iraq's Maliki

    06/05/2012 11:27:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    United Press International ^ | June 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM
    Amid a surge of bombings in Iraq, Iran appears to be getting concerned about growing efforts to unseat Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whom Tehran helped to power.Even fellow Shiites are saying Maliki, who controls all Iraq's military, security and intelligence forces, should go. At the same time, Tehran is seeking to ensure that Iraq's Shiites don't upstage Iran's long-held spiritual domination of the Shiite sect, a position that the Iranian clergy seized during Saddam Hussein's rule when he ruthlessly suppressed Iraq's Shiite majority. The political and religious friction is being intensified by the campaign of bombings and assassinations carried out...
  • Abu Yahya al-Libi, al Qaeda deputy leader, killed in drone strike

    06/05/2012 10:44:14 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 36 replies
    CBS / AP ^ | June 5, 2012 1:26 PM EST | staff
    A U.S. official confirmed that a Monday drone strike in Pakistan killed al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi, the most serious blow to the battered terror network since the death of its leader Osama bin Laden. Al-Libi's death, which came on the third consecutive day of CIA drone strikes in the Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, is a serious knock to what remains of al Qaeda's Pakistan-based core leadership.
  • CIA Prepares Iraq Pullback [Obama is an Idiot to the Nth Degree!]

    06/05/2012 9:23:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    cryptome.org ^ | 6/5/12 | SIOBHAN GORMAN And ADAM ENTOUS
    The Central Intelligence Agency is preparing to cut its presence in Iraq to less than half of wartime levels, according to U.S. officials familiar with the planning, a move that is largely a result of challenges the CIA faces operating in a country that no longer welcomes a major U.S. presence.
  • Egyptians called to protest, reclaim their revolt

    06/05/2012 5:14:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/05/2012
    CAIRO - Activists urged Egyptians to turn out for a big protest on Tuesday to reclaim a revolt they say has been hijacked after Hosni Mubarak was jailed for life but top security officials freed in a trial seen as a sign his old guard remain in charge. Although Mubarak was imprisoned on Saturday over the killing of protesters, he escaped the death penalty and senior officers tried with him were acquitted for lack of evidence so many now believe the ex-president could win with an appeal. The calls to hit the streets, almost 16 months after Mubarak was toppled,...
  • Only Getting Worse (Islamic terror)

    06/05/2012 5:12:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Familty Security Matters ^ | June 4, 2012 | GADI ADELMAN
    Since returning to the United States in 1981 I've been attempting to educate people on the truth of Islam. Over the years I have seen dozens of new people emerge writing about the same thing, and it is obviously helping. There is no doubt that we are making headway and more people are aware of the threat of Islam. It would seem to me that if more people have become educated and are aware of the situation things should be getting better rather than worse but sadly, that's not the case. Day in and day out, if you read publications...
  • Where Are the Moderate Arabs and Palestinians?

    06/05/2012 5:08:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | June 4, 2012 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Has anyone ever heard of an Arab or Palestinian "Peace Now" group? Palestinians have been radicalized to a point where it is virtually impossible to talk about peace and coexistence. Peace activists, human rights advocates, moderates, journalists and reformers have almost no say and are often denounced as "traitors" and a "fifth column." In Israel, there are dozens of organizations and parties that openly advocate peace with the Palestinians and the Arab world. Some even go as far as calling on the Israeli government to comply with 100% of the Palestinians' demands by fully withdrawing to the pre-1967 lines. Many...
  • No. 2 Al Qaeda leader ("rock star") reportedly targeted in Pakistan, as drone strikes escalate.

    06/05/2012 1:51:06 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Fox News/ AP
    Abu Yahya Al-Libi is a rock star in the jihadist world. With his videos and lectures going viral on the Web, he is Al Qaeda's Mr. YouTube. On Monday, the top Al Qaeda operative reportedly was the intended target of the latest U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, strikes that have been increasingly unpopular among Pakistanis but successful in recent years at taking out terrorist leaders. The latest strike reportedly killed eight militants in the tribal region of North Waziristan. U.S. and Pakistani government sources told Reuters that Al-Libi was the intended target, but they could not confirm whether he had...
  • No Peace Until Palestinians Stop Glorification of Terror

    06/04/2012 5:40:03 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | June 3, 2012 | Arsen Ostrovsky
    Photo taken from Fatah Facebook page paying tribute to terrorists who carried out 1975 bombing. Photo: PMW. This Thursday, Israel released the bodies of 91 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a ‘goodwill gesture’ to President Mahmoud Abbas. However, Abbas’ decision to honor these murderers shows that Palestinian glorification of terror remains the key obstacle to peace with Israel. Included amongst the bodies turned over to the PA are suicide bombers responsible for some of the most gruesome acts of terror over the past decade, killing hundreds of innocent Israelis and many foreign citizens, including American. They include...
  • Where’s the Flotilla to Syria?

    06/04/2012 5:24:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 4, 2012 | Ronn Torossian
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Where’s the Flotilla to Syria?Posted By Ronn Torossian On June 4, 2012 @ 12:07 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 12 Comments Israel lives in a tough neighborhood – just recently in Syria security forces shot and killed 12 factory workers returning home from work in a bus near the town of Qusayr, marking the third massacre reported from Syria in the last week — including the execution-style murder of 13 men near the eastern city of Deir Elzour and the house-to-house killings of 108 people, mostly children and women, in the township of Houla...
  • News from the Arab World-- news that never makes it to English

    06/04/2012 5:23:01 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 4, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - News from the Arab WorldPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On June 4, 2012 @ 12:12 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 11 Comments Christians Should “Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave,” Says Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate?According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will “achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,” the traditional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslim “dhimmis.”In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by...
  • Fighting at Tripoli airport, gunmen surround planes

    06/04/2012 4:40:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-4-12 | Hadeel Al Shalchi
    Clashes broke out between rival Libyan militias at Tripoli's international airport on Monday after gunmen drove armed pickup trucks onto the tarmac and surrounded planes, forcing the airport to cancel flights. In a fresh challenge to the interim government's weak authority, members of the al-Awfea Brigade occupied the airport for several hours demanding the release of their leader whom they said was being held by Tripoli's security forces. An Italian passenger who was due to fly out and later arrived at a Tripoli hotel described the situation as chaotic. "There were about 200 of them who came into the airport,...
  • Obama’s approach new: official

    06/04/2012 8:59:24 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    gulf-times.com ^ | 30MAY12 | By Ross Jackson/Staff Reporter
    From the moment of his inauguration, President Barack Obama’s approach to relations with the Islamic world is a departure from that of previous administrations, a US State Department official told Gulf Times on the sidelines of the US-Islamic World Forum. Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, US Department of State, has worked for both the Bush and the Obama administration, with an experience “representing different chapters in American history in terms of what’s happening around the world. “What is very clear is that President Obama, from the very beginning, on the steps of the Capitol, spoke very clearly in...
  • Do moslems Care About Existential Questions?

    06/04/2012 8:54:02 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    newenglishreview ^ | 03JUN12 | Posted by Jerry Gordon
    Harold Rhode, an accomplished expert on Islam had a recent piece in The American Thinker, “Existential Questions Facing the Muslim World”. The Power Line blog in a post, “The Problem of Islamic Culture” identifies Rhode’s background and how he arrived at his views: [He is] a Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute who has written a provocative article about the cultural shortcomings of the Muslim World. Rhode knows whereof he speaks. He is an expert on Islam and the Middle East, and has a PhD from Columbia in Islamic studies and Middle Eastern history. Rhode is fluent in Farsi, Hebrew,...
  • Russia to EU: Stay out of Syria, back down on Gazprom

    06/04/2012 1:28:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.06.04 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Vladimir Putin has made clear that he will not budge an inch on Syria ahead of an EU-Russia summit. Speaking in separate press events in Berlin and Paris on Friday (1 June), the Russian leader ruled out lifting his UN Security Council veto on economic sanctions or military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad. He also blamed civilian deaths on opposition forces and denied that Russia is selling weapons to Damascus. "Russia does not provide weapons that could be used in a civil conflict," he said in the German capital. … He also criticized Western adventurism in general, noting that...
  • Putin to meet Iran's Ahmadinejad in China: Kremlin

    06/04/2012 5:25:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 2, 2012 | AFP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of a summit in Beijing next week as tensions rise over Tehran's nuclear drive, a Kremlin official said. "Meeting Ahmadinejad will let Putin personally feel the tension around the Iranian issue and how it is perceived in Tehran," Kremlin foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters last week in comments that were embargoed for release until Sunday. Putin and Ahmadinejad agreed to meet over the phone and the initiative came "from both sides," Ushakov said. The meeting will come as Russia prepares to host the latest...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'bored' three weeks after leaving office

    06/04/2012 2:19:54 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 3 2012 | Henry Samuel
    Nicolas Sarkozy is said to be "bored" after spending a three-week post-election break with his wife and children in Morocco in which he was constantly on the phone to politicians back in France, according to reports. Mr Sarkozy, his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and their daughter Giulia, returned to Paris on Saturday, where he was spotted jogging in the Bois de Boulogne, after unwinding at King Mohammed VI's expense in one of his luxury private residences in Marrakesh. The Right-winger intends to remain "durably discreet" after losing to Socialist François Hollande in his presidential re-election bid on May 6, one of...
  • Buddhist vigilantes kill 9 Muslims in Myanmar violence

    06/04/2012 2:06:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 4, 2012 4:45am EDT | Aung Hla Tun
    Buddhist vigilantes in western Myanmar attacked a passenger bus and killed nine Muslims, police said on Monday, the deadliest communal violence in the tense region since a reformist government took power a year ago. The bus was besieged near Taunggoke town in the western state of Rakhine on Sunday evening by a group who blamed some of its passengers for the murder of a Buddhist woman a week ago, said local residents and politicians. One of those killed was travelling in a separate car. Rakhine is home to Myanmar's largest concentration of Muslims, but their presence is often resented by...
  • Hay Festival 2012: Salman Rushdie on security and The Satanic Verses

    06/04/2012 1:41:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:44PM BST 03 Jun 2012 | Anita Singh
    Salman Rushdie can joke these days about the fatwa that put him into hiding for nigh on a decade. “It wasn’t the first time they didn’t like what I’d written; just the first time they’d tried to kill me. But I wasn’t writing for the mullahs. I didn’t think they were my target audience,” he quipped at the Telegraph Hay Festival. “The only thing worse than a bad review from the Ayatollah Khomeini would be a good review from the Ayatollah Khomeini.” The author was keen to stress that a lot of people rather liked The Satanic Verses. … Rushdie’s...
  • Khamenei: West talks of nuclear Iran to hide own problems

    06/03/2012 11:29:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 3, 2012 4:17pm EDT | Marcus George
    Iran's supreme leader accused the West on Sunday of lying about his country's nuclear plans in order to cover up their own problems, in a fiery speech that gave no indication he was ready to compromise in talks with world powers. In an address marking the 23rd anniversary of the death of his predecessor Ruhollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Israel that any attack on Iran would be answered with a "thunderous blow". Khamenei—who has total command over Iran's nuclear policy—has publicly forbidden the development of nuclear weapons, but western nations suspect that Tehran is developing in isolation each of...
  • Netanyahu orders swift deportation of 25,000 illegal African migrants

    06/03/2012 8:41:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 6/3/12 | Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his ministers to accelerate efforts to deport citizens of South Sudan, the Ivory Coast, Ghana and Ethiopia who are living in Israel illegally on Sunday. Speaking at Sunday's cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that while it is not possible to expel citizens of Eritrea and Sudan, whose lives would be at risk in their home countries, holding facilities for them must be built in the Negev as quickly as possible. (Snip) Sudan is classified as an enemy country, another reason that infiltrators can't be returned there, he said, while Eritrea, though it has diplomatic relations with
  • Louis Farrakhan demands a separate black nation or America will face divine punishment!

    06/03/2012 7:15:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 102 replies
    The Blogmocracy ^ | Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 | Rodan (Hat Tip: Kirly)
    Calypso Louis is back with another deranged rant. He brings back the NOI's long held demand for a separate Black nation. Farrakhan claims that God will punish America unless this new Black nation is formed. He also mentions the Mahdi is about to return! He claims the US will attack Iran for Israel and that there are plans to bomb Mecca! This is one of his most evil speeches. He claims "his god" will destroy American cities in retaliation of a possible bombing of Iran. His god isn't my god. Farrakhan is pure evil.
  • Turkey, Russia at odds over Middle East, Caucasus

    06/03/2012 4:04:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy Journal ^ | Sunday, June 3, 2012 | Alakbar Raufoglu
    Turkey's relations with Russia have traditionally been characterized by cooperation and competition, as both sides navigate a complex regional and international environment with overlapping economic and political interests -- and larger geopolitical questions. Turkey and Russia compete -- and at times work together -- in their "near abroad": in the Caucasus, the Balkans and Central Asia. And as Turkey has played a more active role in the Middle East, it has come up against long established Russian interests dating from the Cold War, most notably in Syria. Meanwhile, the two countries are major trading partners. According to Turkey's Statistics authority,...
  • NBC News Guest Calls Obama A Murderer

    06/03/2012 2:16:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/3/2012 | Mediaite
    Last Sunday, Up with Chris Hayes host Chris Hayes ignited significant outrage with his musings about the word “heroes.” This morning, Up panelist and national security reporter for The Nation Jeremy Scahill waded into controversial semantic waters by repeatedly accusing President Obama of “murder” through the administration’s use of drone strikes, which have killed an indeterminate number of civilians. Surprisingly, Scahill’s indictment of the President was challenged, not by Hayes, but by Redstate.com co-founder Joshua Trevińo. The topic of discussion was the so-called “kill list” of suspected terrorists to be exterminated in drone strikes. Hayes began by trying to drill...
  • All 153 on board plane that crashed in Nigeria confirmed dead (Lagos-Dana Air MD83)

    06/03/2012 10:06:12 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    RT ^ | 6-3-12 | RT
    A passenger plane has crashed into a two-story building in the Nigerian city of Lagos. The Nigerian Civial Aviation Authority has confirmed there are no survivors. ­Thick clouds of black smoke can be seen at the site of the crash. Emergency services have been dispatched to the location. The head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said the Dana Air flight was heading to Lagos from the capital Abuja. Local residents have reportedly witnessed bodies burning at the crash site. Officials of the Lagos Fire Service and other rescue workers are evacuating residents of nearby houses.
  • Israel Discovers New Giant Off-Shore Oil and Gas Field

    06/03/2012 7:39:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/6/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    An Israel energy company announced Sunday it has discovered an off-shore energy field that may even surpass previous finds in terms of the possibilities of developing commercial grade oil. Israel Opportunity Energy Resources LP announced that its Pelagic licenses indicate 6.7 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas and 1.4 billion barrels of oil. By comparison, the previously announced Tamar and Leviathan off-shore fields contain an estimated 9 and 17 TCF of natural gas. The amount of commercial oil, if any, has not been finalized, but estimates of possible oil in the Leviathan field have been downsized to 600 million barrels....
  • PA Furious at EU for Hosting ‘Terrorist’ Yesha Leader

    06/03/2012 7:32:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/6/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Gershon Mesika in Europe Shomron Regional CouncilA Palestinian Authority minister has blasted the European Union for hosting Shomron leader Gershon Mesika, whom it called a “terrorist.” Mesika two weeks spoke to the EU Foreign Affairs Commission of the Parliament in an unprecedented visit to the Brussels-based EU parliament. It was the first time a leader of Judea and Samaria spoke at an official parliamentary meeting, and it clearly infuriated the Palestinian Authority, which is heavily dependent on EU financing. An official letter to European Union members from the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the PA stated that "The Ministry of Foreign...
  • Ketzaleh: Beit El Demolition a Plot to Topple Netanyahu

    06/03/2012 12:45:42 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The real reasoning behind plans to demolish Israeli homes in Beit El is a plan to topple Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz (Ichud Leumi) said Sunday. “There are two people who have a bad influence on the Prime Minister and want him to fail,” Ketzaleh said. “The first is state secretary Tzvika Hauser, who has crossed all the red lines and sides with Peace Now and Yesh Din who want to demolish 9,000 homes in Judea and Samaria.” The second is Defense Minister Ehud Barak, he said. “Barak knows that his time in office is over, and...
  • PA Arabs Attack, Israelis' Weapons Confiscated

    06/02/2012 11:28:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Security forces in the Samaria (Shomron) town of Yitzhar were recently involved in violent clashes with Palestinian Authority Arabs, a senior IDF commander said. In at least one case, the security team managed to prevent an attack. Despite that, the team has been punished for its allegedly heavy-handed response by having its responsibilities scaled back and its weapons confiscated. The commander described two of the incidents that led to the punishment. As background, he noted that there has been a rash of arson attacks in the area lately – most of them carried out by Palestinian Authority Arabs, but some...
  • SAS free all four hostages in daring Afghanistan raid

    06/02/2012 11:27:00 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 06/03/2012
    Defence sources said the “surgical” operation showed the “precision, skill and courage” of British special forces after they stormed the cave where Helen Johnston, 28, was held, and killed her kidnappers. David Cameron spoke individually to the soldiers to thank them for an “extraordinarily brave” mission. He warned that anyone who took British citizens hostage faced “a swift and brutal end”. Miss Johnston, a committed Christian, along with Moragwa Oirere, a Kenyan colleague, and two Afghan women who worked for the same aid agency, were said to be physically well after their ordeal. Miss Johnston’s parents expressed their gratitude to...