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  • Gunman Kills 6 in Wisconsin Before Dying in Shootout

    08/05/2012 4:21:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2012 | by Steven Yaccino
    OAK CREEK, Wis. — In what the police called an act of domestic terrorism, a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple here on Sunday, killing at least six worshipers and injuring three others before being shot and killed in the parking lot. The rampage ended in a shootout with the police. The gunman ambushed one of the first officers who arrived at the temple, shooting him several times, before another officer killed him, the authorities said Sunday afternoon. The officer remained in critical condition at a nearby hospital, along with the other two shooting victims. The police did not...
  • Gunmen slaughter guards in Sinai border attack

    08/05/2012 2:41:34 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 21 replies
    Gunmen killed at least 13 Egyptian border guards before smashing through the country's border with Israel in stolen armoured vehicles, Egyptian and Israeli officials said. The Israeli military said the gunmen crossed into Israel near the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing after killing the guards on the Egyptian side of the border. Spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich said one of the vehicles was destroyed by a helicopter while the other exploded by itself. Egyptian security and medical sources said at least 13 border guards had died on their side of the border when the gunmen, dressed in Bedouin clothing,...
  • Sikh Temple shooting being treated as domestic terrorism, Oak Creek police say

    08/05/2012 3:29:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 82 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | August 5, 2012 | Staff Writers
    The shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek about 10:15 a.m. Sunday that left at least seven people dead, including the shooter, and three people injured is being treated as a domestic terrorist incident, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. Oak Creek police officers who responded to a 911 call about the shooting were helping a victim when the shooter ambushed one of the officers, shooting the officer multiple times. A second Oak Creek officer returned fire, killing the shooter, Edwards said. The wounded officer, described as at least a 20-year veteran of the department, was in surgery...
  • The Real Price of Middle Eastern Oil

    08/05/2012 2:47:11 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 28 replies
    Americanthinker ^ | 05AUG12 | Shoshana Bryen & Stephen D. Bryen
    American gasoline is cheap at the pump because consumers pay only for the oil, refining, and transportation to market -- plus tax. What we don't calculate is what the United States spends to defend the oil in the ground or the sea lanes that allow it to be shipped from the Middle East. We don't calculate the perversion of American principles as we coddle dictators to ensure they don't turn off the taps. Factoring those in makes the use of imported oil for transportation fuel much more expensive and distasteful. The Middle East accounts for about 30% of the world's...
  • Oil exports soar for OPEC countries

    08/05/2012 2:20:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Albawaba ^ | August 5th, 2012 | SyndiGate.info
    The total revenue of the 11 members of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) soared to $624.8 billion in 2011, according to the latest data. OAPEC data for the oil income generated in the year 2010 was announced as $450bn. In real terms, the combined Arab income stood at $479bn in 2011 taking into account the real dollar value and global inflation. While the nominal price of OPEC's basket of crudes stood at around $107 per barrel in 2011 its real value averaged about $88 in 1995 prices. The oil price in 2010 also averaged nearly $60 far...
  • Dozens of rockets, mortar shells explode near Gaza, southern Israel

    08/05/2012 2:12:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/5/12 | Gili Cohen , Yanir Yagna, Avi Issacharoff and Reuters |
    Dozens of rockets and mortar shells exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel on Sunday evening. Residents of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, near the meeting point of the Egypt-Israel-Gaza borders, were told to stay in their homes, for reasons of safety. Palestinians sources in Gaza reported exchanges of fire in the area of Kerem Shalom, including shells fired from the Israeli side, and according to the report, Palestinians have been wounded. Israeli tanks reportedly fired at least 15 shells in the area near Kerem Shalom. Egyptian state television also reported that an Islamist militant group was behind the attack....
  • Victory closer, divisions deepen in Syria opposition

    08/05/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | Yara Bayoumy
    ...The head of the Syrian National Council (SNC), a long-established opposition umbrella group, said talks would be held within weeks to form a transitional government. The next day the Free Syria Army, a loosely coordinated group of insurgents fighting Assad's forces, floated a separate proposal that called for the establishment of a higher defence council bringing together military and civilian figures. And the day after that, a group of exiled Syrian activists who left the SNC announced a new opposition alliance that also aimed to form a transitional government. It is neither news nor a surprise that Syria's opposition is...
  • Rumsfeld: Israel shouldn't tell the US before striking Iran

    08/05/2012 1:02:52 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 50 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 8/5/12 | Eli Leon and Israel Hayom Staff
    Former U.S. defense secretary tells Fox News that international sanctions have had no impact on the Iranian regime • Given leaks at White House, Rumsfeld says he would not notify U.S. of Iran plans if he were in the Israeli government.
  • Michele Bachmann Joins TMLC’s Citizens Advisory Board— Puts her Country Above Politics, Party

    08/05/2012 1:12:28 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    thomasmore.org ^ | 02AUG12 | Not Listed
    and Political Correctness. ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that Congresswomen Michele Bachmann (R- MN) has agreed to serve on the Law Center’s Citizens Advisory Board. In accepting service on the Advisory Board, Congresswoman Bachmann stated, “I am pleased to join forces with the Thomas More Law Center. They are in the courts aggressively fighting the internal threat to America posed by radical Islam.” Congresswoman Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As a member of that Committee, she has...
  • Senior Palestinian Official Blasts Israel's War Rhetoric against Iran, Syria

    08/05/2012 12:32:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Fars News Agency ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | unattributed agitprop shill
    Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat deplored Israel's threats against Iran and Syria, but meantime reiterated that an Israeli aggression against either country would be unlikely. "I believe that all these remarks are empty threats and I don't think that (military action) is going to happen," Erekat said, answering to a question about Tel Aviv's continued war rhetoric against Iran and Syria. He said that the West is seeking to spark and spread Iranophobia in the region in a bid to stop its influence. "The region does not need a war or beating the drums of war. The region needs peace,"...
  • Tehran seeks help to free Iranians held in Syria [ asks Turkey and Qatar ]

    08/05/2012 12:24:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | Reuters
    Iran has asked Turkey and Qatar to help secure the release of 48 Iranians seized by rebels in Syria on suspicion of being military personnel but who Tehran says are pilgrims. Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad accuse Iran of sending fighters from its Revolutionary Guard to help Assad's forces put down the 17-month uprising. Tehran denies the charge and says the group was on a religious pilgrimage to Syria. Iranian media said on Saturday that the 48 were abducted from a bus in Damascus, the latest in a string of kidnappings of visitors from the Islamic Republic,...
  • Eye on Iran and Syria, Israel hardens missile shield

    08/05/2012 12:12:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, August 5, 2012 | Dan Williams
    Israel is upgrading its Arrow II ballistic missile shield in a U.S.-backed "race" against Iran, Syria and other regional enemies, a senior Israeli defense official said on Sunday. The new "Block 4" generation of guided interceptor rockets, radars and technologies for synchronizing Arrow with U.S. systems was being installed in deployed Israeli batteries, a process that would take several weeks, the official said... Long jittery about Iran's disputed nuclear program, the Israelis have more recently worried the Syrian insurgency could loosen Damascus's hold on its chemical weapons and missiles. Israel has threatened to attack preemptively in both countries, a prospect...
  • Charles Krauthammer: The media missed Romney’s overseas triumph

    08/04/2012 2:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 3, 2012 | Dr. Charles Krauthammer
    At the outset of his recent foreign trip, Mitt Romney committed a gaffe. In answer to a question about the Olympics, he expressed skepticism about London’s preparations. The response confounded and agitated Romney supporters because it was such an unforced error. The question invited a simple paean to Olympic spirit and British grit, not the critical analysis of a former Olympic organizer. Soon that initial stumble was transmuted into a metaphor for everything that followed. The mainstream media decided with near unanimity that the rest of the trip amounted to a gaffe-prone disaster. Really? The Warsaw leg was a triumph....
  • Killer of American troops set to be freed, thanks to Obama

    08/05/2012 6:47:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    PowerLine ^ | August 4, 2012 | Paul Mirengoff
    An Iraqi court has rejected a request to send a Hezbollah commander to the United States for trial. Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Lebanese militant, has been held in Iraq for the 2007 killings of five American soldiers, four of whom were captured, tortured and shot execution-style. But now the Iraqi central criminal court has ordered that Daqduq be freed immediately. The Court stated: It is not possible to hand [Daqduq] over because the charges were dropped in the same case. Therefore, the court decided to reject the request to hand [him] over to the U.S. judiciary authorities, and to release...
  • French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy: What Was Done In Libya Can Be Done In Syria

    08/05/2012 2:37:50 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 27/7/12
    Video Interviewer: "Do you agree that both the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt worked without foreign intervention?" Bernard-Henri Lévy: "Absolutely, but Mubarak was not Qadhafi. It was not the same. It was not the same sort of dictatorship. It was not the same sort of brutality. If somebody today looks like Qadhafi, it is Bashar Al-Assad, who is really a butcher of his own people. Mubarak and Ben Ali were bad guys – corrupted, thieves, tyrants, of course – but they were not of the same sort." [...] Interviewer: "Do you think President Hollande will be as active in Syria...
  • As Syrian War Roils, Sectarian Unrest Seeps Into Turkey

    08/05/2012 12:10:39 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 4, 2012 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    The Alawites here are worried they could become easy targets. Historically, they have been viewed with suspicion across the Middle East by mainstream Muslims and often scorned as infidels. The Alawite sect was born in the ninth century and braids together religious beliefs, including reincarnation, from different faiths. Many Alawites do not ever go to a mosque; they tend to worship at home or in Alawite temples that have been denied the same state support in Turkey that Sunni mosques get. Many Alawite women do not veil their faces or even cover their heads. The towns they dominate in eastern...
  • Petition to IOC for Moment of Silence For Israel Victims During London Olympic Closing Ceremonies

    08/04/2012 2:31:48 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies
    Jewocity.com ^ | August 4, 2012 | Miranda Flint
    New Yorker - Israeli Starts Petition to Encourage IOC to Observe Moment of Silence During Olympic Closing CeremoniesBy Miranda Flint When the International Olympics Community (IOC) refused to honor the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre with a moment of silence, during the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, many protested against the decision. In Greater New York, JCC Rockland began a petition, hoping to gain enough signatures to convince the IOC to reconsider its decision. Joel Leyden, President of Leyden Digital PR, noticed the petition, but, he told Jewocity, “At first I didn’t think much of it.” There was...
  • Anger in Hevron Region over Sabbath Demolition

    08/04/2012 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/8/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Border police evicted Jews from the Mitzpeh Avichai outpost in the Hevron region on Saturday, residents of the area report. The outpost has been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times. Homes have sometimes been destroyed in the middle of the night, and on at least one occasion, residents say, an Arab demolition crew stole valuables. However, they said Saturday night, never before have police carried out a demolition on the Sabbath. Resident Aryeh Davis accused the police of “adding insult to injury.” Davis, who has previously spoken to Arutz Sheva, said, “It’s not enough to destroy the land of Israel,...
  • Riot leaves an Egyptian village without Christians

    08/04/2012 1:15:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT | SARAH EL DEEB
    DAHSHOUR, Egypt (AP) -- When the angry mob was rampaging through town, storming her home and those of other Christians, the 70-year-old woman hid in her cow pen, pushing a rock against the door. There she cowered for hours, at one point passing out from tear gas being fired by police that seeped in. When Sameeha Wehba emerged just before dawn, she found she was the only Christian left in this small Egyptian village just south of Cairo. Dahshour's entire Christian community - as many as 100 families some estimate - fled to nearby towns in the violence earlier this...
  • Iran Loses $133 Million A Day On Embargo

    08/04/2012 6:43:45 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Anthony DiPaola and Isaac Arnsdorf
    U.S.-led sanctions against Iran are costing OPEC’s third-largest producer $133 million a day in lost sales without raising global crude prices.Shipments from Iran have plunged by 1.2 million barrels a day, or 52 percent, since the sanctions banning the purchase, transport, financing and insuring of Iranian crude began July 1.Annualized, that would cost President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s country about $48 billion in revenue, equivalent to 10 percent of its economy.“It’s been an unqualified success,” Mike Wittner, head of oil-market research for the Americas at Societe Generale SA, said on July 25. “There were a lot of concerns sanctions could backfire by...