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  • Birmingham [UK]: 400-strong vigilante mob forms to tackle crime "No trust in police"

    11/14/2018 7:46:55 PM PST · by NotaLowTBoomer · 27 replies
    Vigilante group of almost 400 people join forces to tackle crime in their area after spate of violent attacks left them with 'no trust in the police' 'We Stand Determined' is attempting to stop a wave of crime in Birmingham The group originally asked for more police officers but failed to get them Men and women are patrolling the streets after violent robberies and attacks
  • Turkey sentences German-Kurdish singer to over 6 years in prison

    11/14/2018 6:26:36 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 5 hours ago | Rawa Barwari
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced the German-Kurdish singer Saide Inac, better known by her stage name Hozan Cane, to six years and three months in jail over charges of "being a member in a terrorist organization."Turkish police arrested Hozan Cane in Edirne Province in late June with accusations of membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) based on her songs, activities, and pictures on social media.She was visiting Turkey to sing at rallies for the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the run-up to the Turkish general and presidential elections which saw Erdogan emerge victorious.Cane,...
  • Moshe Lion Clinches Jerusalem Mayoral Win By 3765 Votes

    11/14/2018 4:39:56 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Times Of Israel ^ | 11/18/2018 | Marissa Newman
    Moshe Lion’s already-declared victory in the race to become Jerusalem’s mayor became official Wednesday night as the final votes were counted, with him coasting past rival Ofer Berkovitch. When the count was finalized, Lion was confirmed as the winner by 3,765 votes, with 50.85% of the votes cast (112,744) to Berkovitch’s 49.15% (108,979). Lion had been 6,500 ballots ahead of Berkovitch before the counting of the final 9,000 provisional ballots began around 8 p.m. With some 3,000 of those 9,000 votes tallied and updated by the municipality, Lion quickly sailed beyond that mark to defeat Berkovitch with 51 percent of...
  • Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese

    11/14/2018 4:23:24 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 4 replies
    Atlantic ^ | 11/14/2018 | Sabrina Toppa
    GILGIT, Pakistan—On a July morning, Saqlain Abbas, 26 years old, stood before rows of students, Mandarin textbook in hand, while a Pakistani soldier sat silently at the back of the classroom with a gun at his side. Hanging on the wall was a collection of idyllic Chinese landscapes—the reddish-orange mountains of Gansu, the placid waters of a lake in Xinjiang. Here, at Karakoram International University, in a remote, rugged terrain that is still contested territory between India and Pakistan, the Pakistani military has been sponsoring free Mandarin courses for indigent students. “Previously, students were more inclined toward English,” Muhammad Ilyas,...
  • Shocker: Bipartisan study finds U.S. military could LOSE war against Russia, China

    11/14/2018 3:41:50 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 66 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 11/14/18 | USA Features
    Parity: A shocking new study from a bipartisan panel charged with analyzing the Trump administration’s National Defense Study actually concludes that U.S. military advantages may have eroded to a point where it could lose a war with Russia or China. The Washington Post reports: The National Defense Strategy Commission, comprised of former top Republican and Democratic officials selected by Congress, evaluated the Trump administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy, which ordered a vast reshaping of the U.S. military to compete with Beijing and Moscow in an era of renewed great-power competition. While endorsing the strategy’s aims, the commission warned that Washington...
  • Second border wall contract for $167M of construction through Mid-Valley cities

    11/14/2018 3:33:34 PM PST · by BeauBo · 22 replies
    Brownsville Herald ^ | November 14, 2018 | STAFF REPORT
    Federal officials have approved another border wall contract, this one for the $167 million construction of 8 miles of levee wall system in the Rio Grande Valley. Awarded Nov. 11 to Galveston-based SLSCO, the project dubbed RGV-02 consists of construction in the Hidalgo County cities of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progreso and Mercedes... Reinforced concrete levee wall will be constructed to reach the height of the existing levee in addition to steel bollards measuring 18 feet high being installed atop the concrete wall...
  • U.S. State Department: Iran Spends $1 Billion a Year on Terrorism

    11/14/2018 3:05:59 PM PST · by familyop · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 14, 2018 | John Hayward
    “Iran spends $700 million a year on Lebanese Hezbollah. It gives another $100 million to various Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas. Combined with the money that Tehran provides to other terrorists, the total bill comes close to $1 billion a year,” Ambassador Sales said...Evanoff warned that Iran-backed terror groups are spreading their influence across the Middle East, as in the case of Hezbollah’s branch in Iraq, which is openly in command of “Popular Mobilization Force” militia units sanctioned by the government in Baghdad...Sales refused to comment on media speculation that the Trump administration might designate the Houthi insurgency in Yemen...
  • Merkel Calls For Raising ‘European Army’ To Defend Against U.S.

    11/14/2018 3:05:50 PM PST · by mandaladon · 77 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 14 Nov 2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Angela Merkel is on her way out as Chancellor of Germany, whether it be at the end of her term (she’s not running again) or through being forced out sooner. But that doesn’t mean that she’s going quietly into that good night. Following some rather acerbic remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron about the European Union needing to be able to stand up to the United States, Merkel chimed in this week with a wonderful plan of her own, no matter how offensive it may sound. She suggested that the EU needs their own standing army so they can be...
  • "Spygate" Figure--Once Speculated to be Dead by DNC--Willing to Testify Before Senate

    11/14/2018 2:31:22 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    bongino.com ^ | November 13, 2018 | by Team Bongino
    A lawyer for the Maltese professor who told former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton says his client will testify in front of the Senate. BuzzFeed reports that Stephan Roh, attorney for Professor Joseph Mifsud, wrote in an email that Mifsud “is to testify in front of the US Senate — we are working towards his appearance.” Lawyers for the Democratic National Committee wrote in a September court filing for their Russia lawsuit that they believed Mifsud was “missing and may be deceased.” According to the Daily Caller, an attorney for Republicans on...
  • Is Korea’s Cold War About to End?

    11/14/2018 1:20:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Foreign Policy In Focus ^ | November 14, 2018 | John Feffer
    The media is missing the real story on the peninsula. If that gives Koreans space to lead, maybe that's not such a bad thing. Remarkable changes are taking place on the Korean peninsula. The two Koreas are actually starting to demilitarize the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Just in the last couple weeks, they have taken down 22 guard posts, demined the Joint Security Area, and established a no-fly-zone about the peninsula’s dividing line. They’ve pulled back from confrontation along their maritime boundary. North Korea has shut down its coastal artillery units and the two sides have discussed a plan to reduce...
  • France a 'historic' ally of US, not a vassal state, says Macron

    11/14/2018 12:23:45 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 52 replies
    France24 ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | Reuters
    In five posts sent on Tuesday after his visit to France, Trump had blasted the key US ally over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macron's approval ratings. "At every moment of our history, we were allies, so between allies, respect is due," Macron responded on Wednesday, citing French support for America's war of independence and US support during the two world wars. "I don't think the French expect me to respond to tweets but to continue this important history," he told French channel TF1 in an interview on the Charles de Gaulle...
  • How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control

    11/14/2018 11:34:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2018 | By ANGUS BERWICK
    Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The "fatherland card," already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond. At the headquarters of Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp, they learned how China, using smart cards, was developing a system that would help Beijing track social, political and economic behavior. Using vast databases to store information gathered with the card’s use, a government could monitor everything from a citizen’s personal finances to medical history and voting activity. As part of a $70 million government...
  • Marine Le Pen buoyed by ‘growing discontent’ in France ahead of European parliamentary election

    11/14/2018 10:50:26 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | 2018-11-14 | Rachel Holman
    With the European parliamentary elections just six months away, polls by Ifop and Odoxa show Le Pen’s National Rally in a dead heat with Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move party, each with around 20 percent of the intended vote. "There is growing discontent over high taxes, rising fuel prices and controversial reforms. Macron’s popularity has reached record lows,” Nona Mayer, research director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, told FRANCE 24. Since taking office in May 2017, Macron’s approval ratings have steadily plummeted to between 20 and 25 percent. His image has been hurt by a number...
  • Orban: Hungary-US Ties ‘Excellent’

    11/14/2018 10:39:47 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | 2018.11.14.
    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed Hungarian-US relations and central Europe’s energy supply with United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry in Parliament on Tuesday, his press chief told MTI. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed Hungarian-US relations and central Europe’s energy supply with United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry in Parliament on Tuesday, his press chief told MTI. The meeting, which was also attended by David B. Cornstein, the US ambassador to Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó and Antal Rogán, the cabinet chief, also covered general political issues, Bertalan Havasi said. Parties at the talks agreed that historical traditions and Christian roots...
  • Polish defense minister to talk ‘Fort Trump’ in US

    11/14/2018 10:29:37 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | 13.11.2018
    While in the US capital, Mariusz Błaszczak was scheduled to sit down for talks with officials including Defence Secretary James Mattis, Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. During his previous trip to Washington at the end of last month, Błaszczak held talks with President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton as part of a flurry of efforts by the government in Warsaw to have more US troops stationed in Poland amid fears of Russian aggression. Błaszczak told reporters he was optimistic about talks on setting up what officials and the media have dubbed “Fort Trump” in Poland. Błażej Spychalski,...
  • Gallup: Five Million Central Americans Want to Move to U.S.

    11/14/2018 9:24:29 AM PST · by dennisw · 42 replies
    breitbart. ^ | 13 Nov 2018 | Neil Munro
    Five million Central American residents want to migrate into the United States, according to Gallup survey published right after the midterm elections. The caravans of economic migrants moving northwards to the U.S. border “actually represent a relatively small fragment of a much larger group of people in their own region — and around the world — who say they would like to move to the U.S. if they could,” said Gallup. The five million number is one-in-three adults in Central America, the survey firm said. But average birth rate and family size in Central America are roughly twice as large...
  • Israeli Defense Minister Resigns, Threatening Netanyahu’s Grip on Power

    11/14/2018 8:07:00 AM PST · by Java4Jay · 5 replies
    Israel’s defense minister announced his intention to resign and withdraw his party from the ruling coalition Wednesday, a move that weakens Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on power and could pressure him to call for early elections.
  • Macron’s Faux Pas on Nationalism

    11/14/2018 7:31:13 AM PST · by Brilliant · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 12, 2018 | Walter Russell Mead
    ...French President Emmanuel Macron publicly condemned nationalism as “the opposite of patriotism” as self-proclaimed nationalist Donald Trump looked on stonily... However tangled its history, nationalism is an important force in global affairs that world leaders should respect. Mr. Macron’s disdainful remarks made for good headlines, but his inability to appreciate the role of nationalism in world politics exemplifies the failure of imagination at the root of many of Europe’s troubles. The instinctive antinationalism of leaders like Mr. Macron is rooted in the belief that Western Europe is the real Europe and that its history is a universal history with lessons...
  • EU plan to enable non-dollar Iran trade, oil sales unraveling: diplomats

    11/14/2018 7:21:03 AM PST · by Java4Jay · 23 replies
    A special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed U.S. sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking U.S. punishment.
  • Trump is Right About Nationalism

    11/14/2018 6:23:18 AM PST · by Brilliant · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/14/2018 | Marco Rubio
    In commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying ‘Our interests first, who cares about the others,’ we erase what a nation holds dearest . . . its moral values.” That might sound nice, but Mr. Macron got it almost exactly backward. It is through the nation that moral values can be upheld and sustained. In America, our ideals are deeply intertwined with our national traditions... The pride that millions of Americans felt when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon isn’t something they...