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  • Indonesia Says Army Chief Barred from U.S., Seeks Explanation

    10/22/2017 5:42:24 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    The conference of national defense chiefs is on countering violent extremism. Since being appointed armed forces chief by President Joko Widodo in July 2015, Nurmantyo has been at the center of several controversies. Earlier this year he abruptly suspended all military cooperation with Australia in a row over teaching materials, and has been rebuked by members of Widodo's cabinet for making misleading public remarks. He helped stoke a wave of anti-communist sentiment sweeping Indonesia by ordering the screening of an anti-communist propaganda film to members of the military Nurmantyo will step down as leader of the armed forces in 2018...
  • In NYC? Monday, Oct 23? Lecture On – Terrorism 3.0: Domestic Terror Threats And Lone Wolf Attacks

    10/22/2017 5:16:47 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | October 22, 2017 | Wallace Bruschweiler
    Terrorism 3.0: Domestic Terror Threats and Lone Wolf Attacks On Monday, October 23, you’re invited to join a discussion with Wallace S. Bruschweiler, Sr., a quadri-lingual expert in counterterrorism, as he addresses the topic Terrorism 3.0: Domestic Terror Threats and Lone Wolf Attacks. Mr. Bruschweiler will also share his unique, international perspective on the latest global events and geopolitical trends including terrorism, espionage, foreign relations, and U.S. strategy to confront national security threats. As a guest, you’re encouraged to ask questions and join the discussion. DATE/TIME: Oct. 23, 7:00-9:00pm LOCATION: Veniero’s, 342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003 Biography...
  • PETER HITCHENS: A smacking ban? It may come back and slap us in the face

    10/22/2017 5:09:10 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 10/22/2017 | Peter Hitchens
    I am sure that being smacked (very seldom, as it has happened) did me some harm, though I am equally sure there are some people who think I should have been smacked more than I was. But the question is whether banning smacking will do more harm than allowing it. And that is much more complicated. No person actively wants to smack a child. But a lot of sane, kind people have sometimes thought it wise to do so....... I'm not talking about the angry and obviously damaging violence you sometimes see in supermarkets, where an exasperated and furious parent,...
  • A few questions for Loretta Lynch (Freeper assistance needed)

    10/22/2017 3:59:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 22, 2017 | Jack Hellner
    Here are a few questions for Loretta Lynch that reporters, Democrats and many Republicans are afraid to ask because they won't like the answers: Why did you threaten the FBI informant on the uranium deal with jail if he told Congress and the public what he knew? Should Eric Holder, Hillary and the Obama administration have approved the uranium deal to Russia knowing that they were under Federal investigation for corruption and kickbacks? [Snip] Do you truly think it is even plausible that your meeting with Bill Clinton on the tarmac was a coincidence? Have you had any other examples...
  • Populist billionaire’s party wins big in Czech Republic

    10/22/2017 3:32:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 10/22/17 | KAREL JANICEK
    The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis decisively won the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election Saturday in a vote that shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister. With all votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said ANO won in a landslide, capturing 29.6 percent of the vote, or 78 of the 200 seats in the lower house of Parliament. “It’s a huge success,” the 63-year-old Babis told supporters and journalists at his headquarters in Prague. Babis is the county’s second-richest man, with a media empire including...
  • Israel Declares Ukraine Safe, Removing Hurdle to Rejecting Citizens' Asylum Requests

    10/22/2017 1:40:20 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Inal Lior
    Israel will now be able to reject Ukrainian citizens' asylum requests more rapidly because of new guidelines from the Population and Immigration Authority, which deem Ukraine a safe state. The guidelines, which go into effect on Tuesday, come after a sharp rise in applications for asylum from Ukrainians; under the new rules, there will be no impediment to returning Ukrainian citizens back to their country. The last two years have a seen a spike in the number of asylum requests by Ukrainians, who can enter Israel without a visa. Many are brought here by middlemen who promise them work and...
  • It’s not women who get pregnant — it’s ‘people’

    10/22/2017 1:36:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 10/22/17 | Andrew Gilligan
    The government has said the term “pregnant woman” should not be used in a UN treaty because it “excludes” transgender people. Feminists reacted with outrage to what they said was the latest example of “making women unmentionable” in the name of transgender equality. The statement comes in Britain’s official submission on proposed amendments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the UK has been a signatory since 1976. The UN treaty says a “pregnant woman” must be protected, including not being subject to the death penalty. Yet in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office submission, Britain opposes...
  • Bombshell scope! Sentencing Judge behind OBAMA/Russia collusion is a corrupt Obama stooge!

    10/22/2017 12:43:51 AM PDT · by Nateman · 65 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | Oct 22, 2017 | Nateman
    I just put some pieces of a puzzle together and as far as I know the only people who know this connection are the guilty scumbags involved! The Obama stooge I refer to is Federal Judge Theodore D. Chuang. Perhaps you remember the name? He’s the second treasonous POS judge who set aside President Trumps immigration order. Not only that but Obama stooge Chuang stonewalled the Congressional Benghazi investigation! What better tool to make sure Congress did not learn about the corrupt uranium dealings of Vadim Mikerin , who was the American mastermind of the Russian collusion deal!
  • 54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

    10/22/2017 12:42:33 AM PDT · by Enchante · 14 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2017 | Menna Zaki
    CAIRO (AP) - At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years.
  • ‘Herd Mentality’ Evident in Media Coverage of Israel — Former AP Reporter

    10/21/2017 10:51:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 20, 2017 | 5:37 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    News coverage of Israel is distorted both by the lopsided amount of attention it gets from world media and from a “herd mentality” that embraces and promotes a narrow, simplistic view of “what the story is,” according to an author and former Associated Press reporter in Israel. Israel accounts for 0.01 percent of the world’s territory and has roughly the population of New York City, but when Matti Friedman joined the AP in 2006, he recalled in Jerusalem this week, the wire service had 40 full-time staff in the country. That was more than the number of AP staff covering...
  • After Raqqa, the U.S. sees Russia, Assad looming over remaining Syrian battlefield

    10/21/2017 10:25:04 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 4 replies
    Rapid advances by Russian- and Iranian-backed government forces in eastern Syria are thwarting the U.S. military’s hopes of pressing deeper into Islamic State territory after winning the battle for Raqqa. An expansion of territory held by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad is also likely to provide Assad with additional leverage in political negotiations over Syria’s future, talks the United Nations hopes to reconvene next month. In a statement this week, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said the “latest developments” in Syria pointed “to the urgent need to reinvigorate the political process.” The recent government gains have cut off the...
  • Obama tears into Ed Gillespie’s MS-13 ads, calling them ‘as cynical as politics gets’

    10/21/2017 7:40:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/20/2017 | Fenit Nirappil
    RICHMOND — Former president Barack Obama took the unusual step of criticizing and mocking Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate for a controversial ad blitz highlighting Latino gang violence. As he rallied for the Democratic candidate Ralph Northam on Thursday night, Obama mentioned that he and his wife, Michelle Obama, have seen Republican Ed Gillespie’s commercials airing on television in their D.C. home. The spots say Northam is “weak on MS-13” as images of tattooed Latino men and the gang motto “Kill, Rape, Control” pop up on the screen.
  • Report: More than 150 Afghan officers training in America have gone AWOL

    10/21/2017 7:07:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2017 | Rick Moran
    According to a report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, 152 soldiers from the Afghan army who had been selected for special training in the United States have gone AWOL while on U.S. soil. Fox News: According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, 13 of the 152 who had gone AWOL were still at large as of March 7 of this year. Seventy of the 152 had fled the United States; 39 gained legal status in the U.S.; and 27 were arrested, removed or in the process of being removed from the U.S. Three no longer...
  • Czech election: Billionaire Babis wins by large margin

    10/21/2017 6:53:48 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/21/2017 | BBC
    Populist billionaire Andrej Babis and his party have won the Czech Republic's general election. Mr. Babis, 63, is the country's second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform. With all votes counted, his centrist movement ANO (Yes) collected a share of almost 30%-nearly three times that of the closet rival.... he was not prepared to cooperate with either the far-right, anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy Party or the Communist Psrty.... He says he would not bring the Czech Republic into the Eurozone, but he wants the country to stay in the EU, telling Reuters he would propose changes...
  • Boeing, Saab compete to win S. Korea's maritime patrol aircraft deal

    10/21/2017 6:38:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 2017/10/22
    SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. and Saab of Sweden are vying to win South Korea's next maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) contract, military sources here said Sunday. Military officials at this year's Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) being held in Seongnam, just south of the capital city, said the two companies have respectively proposed the P-8A Poseidon and Swordfish as candidates for the contract. The planes can allow South Korea to better counter North Korea's growing underwater threat that may include submarines with the capability to launch ballistic missile. South Korea's Navy said that...
  • The North Korean Cult

    10/21/2017 6:01:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | Oct 9, 2017 | IAN BURUMA
    The North Korean Cult Oct 9, 2017 IAN BURUMA It is possible that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, and perhaps even some subjects of his despotic rule, would rather be obliterated than give in. It would not be the first time that a quasi-religious movement turned suicidal. NEW YORK – The absurdity of the North Korean dictatorship is easy to caricature. Kim Jong-un, with his 1930s-style pudding-bowl haircut (cultivated, it is claimed, to make him resemble his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, the regime’s founder), his antiquated Mao suit, and his short, plump body, is almost like a cartoon character himself. Officially...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping 'Foiled Coup Plot' to Seize Control of Communist Party

    10/21/2017 4:16:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    RFA ^ | 2017-10-20 | Qiao Long, Wen Yuqing
    Chinese President Xi Jinping 'Foiled Coup Plot' to Seize Control of Communist Party 2017-10-20 l The expulsion and criminal investigation of once-rising political star Sun Zhengcai from the ruling Chinese Communist Party was sparked by a plot to overthrow President Xi Jinping, a senior official has said. Sun, 54, former party secretary of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, had plotted to seize power from the current leadership, the chairman of China's securities regulator Liu Shiyu told a meeting of top finance officials during the 19th party congress. Sun and other senior figures were "great not just in venality and corruption...
  • Abandoning our Kurdish allies is a win for our Iranian enemies

    10/21/2017 2:27:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2017 | Michael Pregent,
    The U.S. military must figure out how to keep Iraq from breaking apart while also preventing neighboring Iran from turning Iraq into a proxy state.. It makes no sense for a nation to treat its enemies kindly and its allies harshly. Any nation that tries this foolish approach will see its enemies grow stronger and more dangerous, and will lose its allies when it abandons them. ... The man most responsible for the failure of the U.S. to give adequate support to the Kurds is Brett McGurk, President Trump’s special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS. He held...
  • Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

    10/21/2017 2:11:24 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2017 | Julien Toyer
    MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia’s leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special constitutional powers to fire the regional government and force a new election to counter the region’s move towards independence. It is the first time since Spain’s return to democracy that the central government has used its powers to seize control of a regional administration.
  • Brexit Talks: EU Leaders Soften Their Stance to Save Theresa May

    10/21/2017 12:05:32 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-21-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    European Union leaders have softened their stance on the Brexit talks with Prime Minister Theresa May out of fear that prolonged problems may bring down her government. According to the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, Angela Merkel now says that she has "absolutely no doubt" that the EU and the UK can both make concessions. That's new. Until now, Merkel and her friends made clear that they would not take a step back. The UK would have to give in, that was all. Now, suddenly, it's this: "If we are all clear in our minds, I have absolutely no doubt...