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  • Turkey hits back, saying Israel 'massacres thousands of Palestinians'

    12/15/2017 11:18:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 10, 2017 | Raphael Ahren
    ..."It is not possible to take seriously the allegations and accusations made by a mentality which massacred thousands of Palestinians, turned the lands of the Palestinians into an open-air prison, in order to suppress its guilt," Erdogan's spokesperson Ibrahim Kal?n said... Israel disregards international law, has "occupied Palestinian people's hundreds-of-years-old homeland and systematically violates United Nations resolutions," ...adding that Israel "must first account for its own actions." "Those, who think they will make Al-Quds, our first Qibla, the capital of the occupying state, are wasting their time. Israeli authorities should end the occupation of Palestinian lands instead of attacking our...
  • German economy to grow by 2.6 pct in 2018 - Ifo

    12/15/2017 11:05:09 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    reuters.com ^ | December 14, 2017 | Reuters Staff
    The German economy will expand by 2.6 percent next year, the Ifo institute said on Thursday in its updated forecast for Europe’s economic powerhouse, pointing to a broad upswing that is generating record-high employment and buoyant tax revenues. The surprisingly bullish projection - a hike from Ifo’s previous estimate of 2.0 percent for 2018 - comes despite a political stalemate, with Chancellor Angela Merkel struggling to form a coalition government nearly three months after a federal election.
  • Brexit: UK must not be EU 'colony' after Brexit

    12/15/2017 11:24:38 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    bbc.com ^ | December 16, 2017 | BBC
    A leading Brexiteer has said the UK cannot become a "colony" of the EU during the two year transition period after Britain's withdrawal in 2019. EU leaders have agreed Brexit talks can move on, with the UK staying in the customs union, single market and under the European Court of Justice's jurisdiction during the transition. ... Mrs May suffered her first Commons Brexit defeat earlier this week when MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. Among the Tory rebels was Mr Clarke, who told Newsnight his actions had...
  • Hungary’s PM: It is my duty to fight for my people and defend them

    12/15/2017 9:25:42 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, said on national TV that “we must learn from the mistakes of the West” and that it is his duty to fight for his people: “My duty is to execute their decision, to fight for them, to fight for the country and defend them.” Video with subtitles at link.
  • Hungary says it keeps Jews safe by keeping out Muslim immigrants

    12/15/2017 4:41:57 PM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Florida Jewish News ^ | 12-15-17 | Cnaan Liphshiz
    BUDAPEST (JTA)-At a conference about anti-Semitism in Europe, senior Hungarian officials said the absence of violence against Jews in their country owed to its refusal to admit Muslim immigrants. The assertion, which at least one Jewish expert on anti-Semitism disputed, came amid criticism of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing government by other European leaders of his immigration policy, and a dispute between the Hungarian leader and some Jewish community leaders who accuse Orban of encouraging or tolerating anti-Semitic rhetoric. Whereas other European countries have seen jihadist terrorist attacks against Jews and others in recent years, "Hungary has been consistently able...
  • French Synagogues Closing as Jews Flee Anti-Semitism

    12/15/2017 4:39:45 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    CBN ^ | 12-15-2017 | Dale Hurd
    French Jews are fleeing parts of the Paris suburbs to escape anti-Semitic hostility, the levels of which have not been seen since World War Two, reports the Paris newspaper 20 Minutes. The paper says the exodus from Seine-Saint-Denis is so great that many synagogues have closed due to lack of attendees Rabbi Moshe Lewin told Breitbart he might be one of the last Jewish leaders in Seine-Saint-Denis. Lewin said, "What upsets me is that in some areas of France, Jews can no longer live peacefully, and that just five minutes from my home, some are forced to hide their kippas...
  • The Iranian Plan to Destroy America's Allies

    12/15/2017 12:10:24 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 03 Nov 2017 03:51 PM | Lela Gilbert
    Have the ancient Christian communities in northern Iraq fallen prey to Iran’s radical Islamist aspirations?Will Iran be permitted to complete its “Shi’a Crescent” or “land bridge,” stretching from Tehran through Iraq, into Syria and on into Lebanon, where Iran’s proxy Hezbollah already asserts enormous power? Is President Donald Trump’s bold assertion that Iran will be denied hegemony in the Middle East being refuted by the facts on the ground? Just last week, I wrote about the renewed hope that surged across displaced Christian communities in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain following Vice President Mike Pence’s encouraging speech at an Washington D.C. event.
  • Boeing Execs Head to Iran as Congress Cracks Down on Tehran’s Use of Planes For Terror

    12/15/2017 5:43:20 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 13, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    Executives from major airplane manufacturers Boeing and AirBus will reportedly head to Iran next week to hammer down multi-billion dollar deals to sell the Islamic Republic a new fleet of commercial planes amid a congressional crackdown on Tehran's continued use of commercial aircraft to transport weapons and terrorist fighters across the region. As controversy continues to swirl around Boeing's and AirBus's efforts to sell Iran a fleet of new jets, Congress has taken steps to mandate the U.S. government release public reports outlining Tehran's continued use of commercial aircraft for illicit terrorism purposes.
  • Dutch police open fire on man with knife at Schiphol airport

    12/15/2017 12:44:01 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 14 replies
    MSN News ^ | 12/15/2017 | AFP - Evert Elzinga
    Dutch military police on Friday shot and wounded a man armed with a knife, who burst into their office at Amsterdam's busy Schiphol airport, police told AFP. "This afternoon a man came into the office of the Marechaussee (military police) here at Schiphol and threatened my colleagues with a knife," said police spokesman Dennis Muller. "He was shot in the leg and taken to hospital in Amsterdam." The incident triggered panic on the airport's vast plaza, which is criss-crossed by thousands of people every day making their way to and from the departures and arrivals halls.
  • Britain warns of Russian threat to undersea communications cables

    12/15/2017 9:01:06 AM PST · by b4its2late · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2017 | By L. Todd Wood
    Undersea cables carry 97% of financial, digital transactionsBritish defense officials have warned that Russia, in addition to possibly Iran and China, pose an existential threat to the Western way of life by developing capabilities to target undersea communications cables that carry 97 percent of all digital traffic and $10 trillion in daily financial transactions. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defense staff, in speaking to the Royal United Services Institute defense think tank, said Britain and Nato needed to prioritise protecting the lines of communication. He said it would “immediately and potentially catastrophically” hit the economy...
  • Hamas: We will liberate 'occupied Tel Aviv'

    12/13/2017 9:04:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    INN ^ | 12/14/17 06:05 | Dalit Halevi
    The Hamas terrorist organization declared on Wednesday that “Al-Quds [in its entirety] is the eternal capital of Palestine, not its eastern or western part, and is an Arabic Islamic city.” The statement, released in honor of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, is in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel will not cancel the right of the Palestinian national and religious people to the city, and Al-Quds will remain an Arab Islamic state, Hamas stressed. The terrorist group further stressed that...
  • Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

    12/13/2017 5:08:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2017 3:37 PM EST | Karin Laub and Zeynep Bilginsoy
    Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration’s much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. At a summit in Turkey, Arab and Muslim leaders “rejected and condemned” President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — the trigger for Abbas’ sharp policy pivot — but stopped short of backing his more combative approach toward Washington. A possible Palestinian refusal to engage with the U.S. and growing backlash against Trump’s shift on...
  • Germany: Afghan "teen" refugee, who raped and murdered German girl, is actually 33-years-old

    12/13/2017 11:50:25 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | 9 December 2017
    The Afghan refugee, who is now on trial for the rape and murder of the medical student Maria Ladenburger in October 2016, is older than previously thought. Hussein Khavari entered Germany in November 2015 without identity papers. He told authorities that he was born in 1999 in Afghanistan and that his father was killed during the war. But it now appears that his father is still alive. According to German media his father said his son was born in 1984 and that he is 33-years-old. The Local Germany says about it: “Prosecutors were able to track down Hussein K.’s father...
  • Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

    12/13/2017 2:52:40 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/13/17 | BBC Staff
    The leaders of 57 Muslim nations have called on the world to recognise "the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital". An Organisation of Islamic Co-operation communique declares US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital as "null and void". It also says the move has signalled Washington's withdrawal from its role in the Middle East peace process. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier said the UN should take over. In a speech to the OIC summit in Istanbul, Mr Abbas said it would be "unacceptable" for the US to be the mediator "since...
  • Witness In Iran Sanctions Case Says Turkey's Erdogan Aided Evasion Scheme

    12/13/2017 2:35:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | December 12, 2017 | With reporting by Bloomberg, Newsday, and Reuters
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the targets of an investigation in Turkey into suspected bribery and money laundering in connection with a scheme to help Iran evade sanctions, a former Istanbul police officer has testified. The officer, Huseyin Korkmaz, told a New York court on December 11 that the Turkish investigation that he led in 2012-2013 initially focused on Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who U.S. prosecutors have said was the mastermind behind the Iran sanctions evasion scheme, but later grew to include dozens of others. He called Erdogan the "No. 1" target in a group that also included...
  • Big media’s sad and extremely horrible week

    12/12/2017 11:47:16 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11,2017 | Wesley Pruden
    Newspapermen were rarely whiners. Whining became fashionable only after “journalists” overran newsrooms. The best newspapermen, so the folk wisdom went, were Southerners, Jews and the Irish. Southerners loved the words and the occasions to tell stories, the Jews for the opportunity to do public good, and the Irish for the bottle frequently slipped into the bottom desk drawer by boosters, lobbyists, public-relations flacks and others up to no particular good. Such an irreverent formulation was enough to offend everybody, but in the old days no one took offense because everybody knew that nobody would particularly care if anybody did. What...
  • Here’s How Trump’s Pledge To Move The U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem Changes The [‘Peace Process’]

    12/12/2017 4:57:30 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Shoshana Bryen
    Full Title: Here’s How Trump’s Pledge To Move The U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem Changes The Palestinian-Israel ‘Peace Process’ President Trump’s decision to have the United States recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was not taken in a vacuum. It was another step in changing the moribund Palestinian-Israel “peace process” into something else. What else is not clear, but the intention and the antecedents are. The intention is to disabuse the Palestinians of the notion that the U.S. is neutral between them and our democratic, pro-Western, tolerant, free-market ally Israel. Clarity will actually make the U.S. an honest broker in...
  • Blair to pay social call to George Shultz

    07/29/2006 5:52:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 288+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/29/6 | John Wildermuth
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When British Prime Minister Tony Blair attends a reception in his honor at George Shultz's San Francisco home tonight, it will be the only social event of his four-day visit to the Bay Area. From the time he arrived on his British Airways charter at 5:30 Friday evening until the reception with the former secretary of state, Mayor Gavin Newsom and business and community leaders, Blair has been holed up at the Fairmont Hotel, working on his speech to the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles on Tuesday and handling government affairs at long distance. "I know...
  • EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits

    12/11/2017 9:36:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2017 10:49 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital met with widespread condemnation and triggered clashes in the Palestinian territories. Netanyahu, making the first official visit by an Israeli premier to the EU’s Brussels headquarters in 22 years, told reporters that recognizing Jerusalem merely stated the reality on the ground. He said he expected many European countries to follow Trump’s lead. But EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who chaired talks between Netanyahu and EU...
  • Top EU economic powers warn US about tax plans

    12/11/2017 9:31:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2017 12:02 PM EST | Raf Casert
    The European Union’s top five economies are warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and risks having “a major distortive impact” on trade. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the finance ministers of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain wrote they had “significant concerns” about three tax initiatives in particular. In the letter, seen by The Associated Press, the five wrote that “it is important that the U.S. government’s rights over domestic tax policy be exercised in a way that adheres with international obligations to which...