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  • ‘Please, I Don’t Have Insurance’: Businesses Plead With Protesters. Businesses ranging from national chain stores to neighborhood pizza shops have been damaged in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Stunned store owners were still assessing their losses.

    05/31/2020 5:00:53 PM PDT · by karpov · 77 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 31, 2020 | Caitlin Dickerson
    In downtown Chicago, people crawled through the partially shattered exterior window of a Nike store and ran out carrying brightly colored athletic gear and sneakers. On Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, they ignited garbage cans and broke locks on luxury stores, sweeping up armfuls of designer handbags and jeans. And as night fell on Minneapolis, the heart of widening protests set off by the death of an African-American man in police custody there, business owners stood outside their doors and pleaded with agitators to spare the enterprises that many said they had spent their life savings to build. “I was...
  • CRUZ MISSILE Ted Cruz calls for CRIMINAL investigation into Twitter for potentially ‘violating US sanctions against Iran’

    05/29/2020 9:13:11 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 40 replies
    The Sun ^ | 29 May 2020, 14:58Updated: 29 May 2020, 16:32 | Mollie Mansfield
    SENATOR Ted Cruz is calling for a criminal investigation into Twitter for potentially "violating US sanctions against Iran." Cruz asked for the investigation in a letter to the Justice and Treasury departments on Friday. In February, Cruz wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to ask him to stop providing social media services to Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Now, the senator is calling on Attorney General William Barr and Secretary Steve Mnuchin to "take action." In Friday's letter, Cruz wrote: "I believe that the primary goal of (the International Emergency Economic...
  • Former GOP Senator and Secretary of Defense Hagel says he's backing Biden in November

    05/28/2020 5:07:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 51 replies
    Just the News ^ | May 28,2020 | By Sophie Mann
    GOP senator and Obama administration Defense secretary, says he's voting for Democrat Joe Biden over Republican Donald Trump in November. Hagel said during an interview with AL-Monitor's On the Middle East podcast that his choice is based on the belief that America continues to lose sight of its mission in Iraq and perhaps the entire Middle East. "We can't afford to just abandon Iraq," Hagel told show host Andrew Parasiliti. "I don't think our continued role should be to fight ISIS," on an indefinite basis. "If Iraq is a sovereign nation and wants to continue to exist, they’re the ones...
  • FBI: Florida man scouted terror targets and attack weapons (deported from Saudi Arabia to US)

    05/27/2020 3:52:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/27/20 | Curt Anderson
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, including attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A criminal complaint charges Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen, with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The charge carries a potential 20-year prison term. **SNIP** According to the affidavit, Al-Azhari scouted a number of targets in the Tampa Bay region, including beaches, parks and even the Tampa FBI field...
  • Ayatollah Khamenei and the Unhinged Mind of a Religious Zealot

    05/27/2020 8:01:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 27, 2020 | Ari Lieberman
    Iran’s Supreme Leader calls for a “final solution” to Israel and the “liberation of Palestine.” This past Friday, Israelis of all backgrounds and political persuasions celebrated Jerusalem Day, which commemorates Israel’s liberation of the eastern part of the city during the Six Day War of 1967. While Israelis were celebrating and reflecting on their admirable achievements, it was an entirely different affair in the Islamic Republic of Iran where Iranian authorities organized and orchestrated anti-Israel demonstrations in commemoration of Quds Day. The hateful rallies came with all the expected banalities including the requisite burning of Israeli and American flags and...
  • President Trump has upended four decades of successful U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East

    05/27/2020 3:43:45 AM PDT · by Skepolitic · 53 replies
    Foreign Policy (via Twitter) ^ | 5/23/2020 | Foreign Policy
    Refers to an article by Hal Brands, Steven A. Cook, and Kenneth M. Pollack. Trump’s break with decades of U.S. strategy in the Persian Gulf has been conducted in his typically cavalier manner. But it did not come out of nowhere. Americans have been debating their long-standing strategic commitment to the Gulf for several years now. Critics of that commitment have offered multiple arguments for why Washington ought to pull back from the region. Each is founded in realities that should refine U.S. strategy toward the Gulf, but not abandon it, as Trump appears to be doing.
  • First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela

    05/25/2020 3:38:45 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | May 25, 2020 | AFP
    The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives docked in Venezuela on Monday, Caracas announced amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship between countries it sees as international pariahs. In a statement delivered on state television, Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami said the convoy was an expression of the Venezuelan people's "self-determination" and praised Tehran's friendship at a time of need.
  • Girl, 17, 'beheaded by ex-boyfriend who wrapped her head in aluminium foil'

    05/24/2020 5:54:41 PM PDT · by massmike · 98 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 05/24/2020 | Lorraine King
    A teenage girl was beheaded by her ex-boyfriend when she returned to his flat to collect her belongings after she broke up with him, it has been claimed. Wilma Andersson, 17, disappeared on November 14 last year before police found a 'body part' a fortnight later which turned out to be her head. Her ex-boyfriend Tishko Ahmed Shabaz was arrested and has now been charged with her murder in a case that has shocked Sweden because it is deemed as one of the safest countries in the world, Expressen reports. The rest of Wilma's body has yet to be found....
  • Iranian Tankers To Reach Venezuela In Next 24 Hours Amid “Threat Of Imminent Military Force By US” (Sat Eve/Sun Morn)

    05/23/2020 3:11:06 PM PDT · by blam · 95 replies
    USSA News ^ | 3-23-2020
    By as early as the evening on Saturday or Sunday morning it's expected that the first among the five Iranian tankers transporting fuel to gasoline-starved Venezuela will enter the Latin American country's coastal waters. Maduro officials have issued an emergency notice to the United Nations of an illegal "threat of imminent use of military force by the United States." And with Washington threatening to block what it deems "sanctions-busting" by two "rogue states" - both under severe sanctions - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has issued his own last minute warning. Today we alerted the UN Security Council and Secretary General...
  • Israeli Arab Citizen Indicted as Iranian Spy

    05/21/2020 7:11:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 21, 2020 | Joseph Klein
    Recruited by a member of a Palestinian terrorist group. An Israeli Arab citizen, Ayman Haj Yahya, was indicted last month for meeting and cooperating with two operatives of Iranian intelligence with the intention of “assisting the State of Iran in its efforts to harm the State of Israel.” This would-be fifth columnist spy for the Iranian regime is alleged to have provided his Iranian contacts with information on a variety of matters affecting the security of Israel, which “could help Iran in its war against the State of Israel.” Yahya was allegedly sharing information regarding the Israeli military, potential targets for...
  • In Veiled Warning to Iran, U.S. Tells Gulf Mariners to Stay Clear of Its Warships

    05/20/2020 6:14:35 PM PDT · by Oatka · 32 replies
    Reuters via gCaptain ^ | 05/19/2020 | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
    By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – In an alert that appeared aimed squarely at Iran, the U.S. Navy issued a warning on Tuesday to mariners in the Gulf to stay 100 meters (yards) away from U.S. warships or risk being “interpreted as a threat and subject to lawful defensive measures.”
  • The Chinese Oil Grab (China is working hard to win oil reserves, you need to overweight on oil)

    10/03/2009 8:48:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 926+ views
    Forbes ^ | 10/3/2009 | Robert Lenzner
    The Chinese government is in a massive resource grab in Africa, which has huge ramifications for natural resource prices, not the least of which will be the cost of imported oil to the U.S., and ultimately the stock market and economy. Beijing's latest foray is trying to buy 6 billion barrels of oil that is already spoken for via leases to Exxon, Chevron , Royal Dutch Shell, and Total SA. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. presently leases 16 oil blocks on what remains of the oil industry's dominant Seven Sisters. It's a monster development, and a dramatic signal of how...
  • Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Stabilization of Iraq

    05/20/2020 3:14:17 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | May 20, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    On May 22, 2003, by Executive Order 13303, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by obstacles to the orderly reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in the country, and the development of political, administrative, and economic institutions in Iraq.The obstacles to the orderly reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in the country, and the development of political, administrative, and economic...
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

    05/20/2020 3:13:11 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | May 20, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days before the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the stabilization of Iraq that was declared in Executive Order 13303 of...
  • South Carolina governor sued for importing Muslims (Tea Party Trojan Horses)

    02/17/2016 6:07:02 PM PST · by patlin · 58 replies
    WND ^ | Feb 17, 2016 | Leo Hohmann
    South Carolina has been at the forefront of the battle against President Obama’s refugee resettlement plans for nearly a year, with grassroots activists fighting not only the White House but their own Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. Since that time, it has become apparent to South Carolina conservatives, including many who voted for Haley, that she is a supporter of Obama’s drive to convert millions of recent immigrants into “new Americans” by the time he leaves office, using not only the United Nations refugee pipeline but also a steady influx of illegal immigrants from Central America. Haley has supported the president’s...
  • Israel linked to cyberattack on Iranian port

    05/18/2020 7:44:25 PM PDT · by texas booster · 6 replies
    The Straits Times (Singapore) ^ | May 18 2020 | Staff
    Israel appears to be behind a cyberattack earlier this month on computers at Iran's Shahid Rajaee port that caused massive backups on waterways and roads leading to the facility, the Washington Post reported on Monday (May 18). Citing unnamed US and foreign government officials, the Post said the May 9 disruption of Iranian computers was presumably in retaliation for an earlier attempted cyberattack on rural water distribution systems in Israel. The Israeli Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters on the Post report. The managing director of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation, Mohammad...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 5/17/2020

    05/17/2020 8:49:28 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/17/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    "We won't be staying in our cars and you don't have to wear a mask. There may be a lot of people giving hugs and lots of hand shaking going on. Doing our part to strengthen the herd immunity against Covid-19" Libertarian activist Ammon Bundy announcing a worship service..... Meanwhile the federal Bureau of Land Management is investigating after a complaint from hikers about Ryan Bundy building irrigation infrastructure on land traditionally used by rancher Cliven Bundy but claimed as federal land now designated as the Gold Butte National Monument..... Also in the linked story the US Ninth Circuit Court...
  • Republican 'Superstar' Melissa Melendez Wins Special Election for California Senate

    05/16/2020 5:47:25 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 14, 2020 | John Gizzi
    With all the attention focused Tuesday on Republican Mike Garcia’s smashing win in the special U.S. House election in California’s 25th District (Los Angeles), it was not surprising that the national press pretty much overlooked the big Republican win for state senate in the Golden State’s 28th District (Riverside). With nearly all votes counted, conservative State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez rolled up 56 per cent of the vote over Democrat and Riverside County Board of Education member Elizabeth Romero. The special election was called to fill out the remainder of the term of Republican State Sen. Jeff Stone, who resigned earlier...
  • Iran’s Staggering Incompetence: The Islamic Republic Does It Yet Again

    05/14/2020 12:49:04 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | MAY 14, 2020 3:00 PM | ANJULI PANDAVAR
    Iran’s Staggering Incompetence: The Islamic Republic Does It Yet Again MAY 14, 2020 3:00 PM BY ANJULI PANDAVAR When a US drone strike killed Iranian terrorist general Qassim Soleimani in January, the clamour of condemnation of President Donald Trump eventually gave way to the more sober assessment that the US had shot and killed an Iranian general plus four other top-level terrorist leaders in a single military attack without any of its soldiers being anywhere near the target. The latest is that the US military has just improved on that legendary accomplishment. TV7 Israel News reported on 12 May 2020:...
  • An Iranian Missile Accidentally Struck An Iranian Ship Killing 19 Sailors

    05/11/2020 8:21:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2020 | John Sexton
    It has been just over five months since Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet killing 176 people after mistaking it for an attacking aircraft. Yesterday, Iran’s Navy had another incident with a missile during a military training exercise. An Iranian ship fired an anti-ship missile at a floating target. But instead of hitting the unmanned target, the missile hit the Iranian support ship which was deploying the targets, killing 19 Iranian sailors an injuring more than a dozen more. The friendly fire incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast...