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  • US tells Turkey and EU to ‘tone down rhetoric’

    03/24/2017 9:31:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    KOM News ^ | 24 March 2017 13:24 CET | none stated
    US State Department Acting Spokesman Mark Toner The United States State Department’s Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner called on European and Turkish government representatives to “tone down the rhetoric” in a press conference in Washington D.C. on Thursday.Answering a journalist’s question on whether he “agrees with the behaviour of the president of Turkey (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) who threatens Europeans every day,” Toner said “I think what we have said about some of the back and forth we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks [is] that we want to see everyone get along and tone down the rhetoric.”“Look Turkey is an...
  • .@CJTFOIR statement on the #Tabqah Dam OP: “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity &

    03/22/2017 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Konstantin Krammer ^ | 22 Mar 2017 | CJTFOIR
    .@CJTFOIR statement on the #Tabqah Dam OP: “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity & courage. And the SDF has that in spades.” https://twitter.com/KonstantinKlug/status/844623180270632965
  • US airdrops Syrian forces near Raqqa in surprise attack on Isil

    03/22/2017 12:16:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Telegraph Co. (UK) ^ | 22 March 2017 | Josie Ensor
    The US-led coalition has airdropped allied Syrian fighters near the Isil-controlled city of Raqqa in a surprise attempt to cut off the jihadists’ main route out. The operation aims to secure the strategic Tabqa dam across the Euphrates river and isolate the capital of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil’s) so-called caliphate from the rest of the group’s territory in Syria. Five helicopters, supported by five fighter jets, dropped dozens of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters near the northern town of Shurfa on Wednesday afternoon, according to local media reports. More at link
  • REVEALED: Turkey’s Plan To ‘Camouflage’ Its Lobbying Activities In The US

    03/18/2017 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    The government of Turkey planned to use front groups and operatives “camouflaged” as journalists to gain access to Capitol Hill and the U.S. security apparatus, hacked emails released by WikiLeaks reveal. The documents, which are from the Gmail account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister and the son-in-law of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, show the nascent plan for what has turned into a sprawling lobbying and PR campaign undertaken by the Turkish government. Turkey’s lobbying efforts catapulted into the news last week after Donald Trump’s short-lived national security adviser Michael Flynn registered as a foreign lobbyist for Turkey.
  • US will 'not repeat' claims GCHQ wiretapped Donald Trump

    03/17/2017 5:30:05 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 128 replies
    The US has agreed not to repeat claims the UK's communications intelligence agency wiretapped Donald Trump in the weeks after he won the US election. GCHQ denied allegations made by the White House that it spied on Mr Trump as president-elect. No 10 has been assured the allegations would not be repeated, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said. He said it had been made clear to US authorities the claims were "ridiculous and should have been ignored".
  • US attorney defies Trump, won't resign

    03/11/2017 10:23:21 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 80 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-11-2017 | Robert King
    The U.S. attorney for Manhattan has declined to resign despite a demand from the Justice Department. Preet Bharara declined to tender his resignation on Friday part of a demand from the Justice Department for 46 U.S. attorneys to resign, according to multiple reports. Bharara previously met with President Trump at Trump Tower before the inauguration and had told reporters Trump asked him to stay on.
  • Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs hold talks in Turkey

    03/07/2017 8:59:13 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Mar 2017 | AFP
    Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish, Russian and US military chiefs held talks on Tuesday in the southern Turkish city of Antalya to discuss regional issues including Iraq and Syria, the Turkish army said. "Common issues relating to regional security, in particular Syria and Iraq, are being discussed at the meeting," the army said in a statement, without elaborating further.
  • Americans Might Have to Get a Visa for Europe

    03/03/2017 7:41:52 AM PST · by freedumb2003 · 104 replies
    Money ^ | 3/3/2017 | Tara John
    Not posting since I am unsure if we can excerpt Time. The upshot is the EU has found that the US is in violation of Visa reciprocity from Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, and Poland and wants to force US citizens to get Visas to go there.
  • US Sets Up Military Base in Syrian Manbij to 'Defend It From Turkish Attack'

    03/02/2017 8:12:05 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 3-1-17 | none stated
    A high-ranking representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who wished not to disclose his name, has told Sputnik Turkiye that the US is "taking all necessary measures" to defend the Syrian city of Manbij from an attack by the Turkish military. It has set up a military base in the city and hung up its flag as a "warning sign" to Ankara. The US is "taking all necessary measures" to defend the Syrian city of Manbij in the Aleppo Governorate, 30 kilometers west of the Euphrates, which is currently under control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), from an attack by the Turkish Armed Forces and fighters from the...
  • Exclusive Kom News interview with Manbij Military Council Spox Shervan Derwish

    03/01/2017 12:32:14 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    KOM News ^ | 1 March 2017 | none stated
    Manbij Military Council spokesperson Shervan Derwish Tensions have mounted in northern Syria since Turkish-FSA Euphrates Shield forces captured the town of al-Bab from the Islamic State (IS) group last week.Sporadic clashes between FSA and Syrian government forces to the south of al-Bab since then have turned on Wednesday to attacks on Manbij, a city to the east of al-Bab held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).Reports of clashes in several villages to the west and northwest of Manbij have been followed by claims by pro-FSA sources that rebels have taken at least three villages from the SDF. Concurrent attacks by the IS group on...
  • US commits to protecting Manbij against Turkish attacks, providing heavy weapons – reports

    02/25/2017 3:36:36 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    KOM News ^ | 25 February 2017 | none stated
    US Central Command General Joseph Votel has promised the defence of Manbij from any possible attacks by Turkey and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups, according to reports.In a visit to the autonomous region in northern Syria (Rojava) on Friday, which was reported by Kom News, General Votel met with Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officials in a four hour meeting.Speaking to AFP, SDF spokesperson Talal Silo commented on the meeting saying, “We talked about the coordination between the SDF and Washington and increasing support for the SDF. They promised us heavy weapons for the upcoming...
  • ‘’U.S. Oil Production To Soar By 3.5 Million Bpd Over The Next Five Years’’

    02/21/2017 1:42:46 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 21-02-2017 | 21-02-2017
    Two years ago, when Saudi Arabia launched an unprecedented campaign to crush high-cost oil producers, in the process effectively putting an end to the OPEC cartel (at least until last year's attempt to cut production), it made a bold bet that U.S. shale producers would be swept under when the price of oil tumbled, leading to a tsunami of bankruptcies, as well as investment and production halts. To an extent it succeeded, but where it may have made a glaring error is the core assumption about shale breakeven costs, which as we reported throughout 2016, were substantially lower than consensus...
  • Iranian Dissidents Demand Investigation Into Islamic Regime’s Secret U.S. Lobbying Network

    02/20/2017 4:55:16 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    freebeacon ^ | February 20, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    A group of nearly 100 prominent Iranian dissidents is demanding that Congress launch investigations into clandestine efforts by the Islamic Republic to influence U.S. policy using a network of lobbyists and propaganda pieces placed in Voice of America's Persian service, according to a letter sent to leading lawmakers and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The group of dissidents, composed of prominent Iranian voices that oppose the hardline regime in Tehran, says that Congress is not doing enough to expose the Iranian regime's lobbying efforts in D.C. and propaganda network, which is said to include some at VOA Persia. Iranian-American...
  • Washington quietly rebuffs Turkish delegation’s anti-YPG efforts

    02/17/2017 11:29:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Al Monitor ^ | 16 February 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    As Turkish leaders continue to make hawkish noises about Raqqa, a high-level delegation seeking to persuade the United States to exclude the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from a planned offensive to liberate the city from the Islamic State left Washington empty-handed, Al-Monitor has learned. The team headed by Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Umit Yalcin and comprising the heads of the ministry’s US, Iraq and Syria departments along with senior members of the Turkish Armed Forces and the national spy agency MIT, pushed their case against the YPG in separate meetings on Feb. 13-14 with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom...
  • Foreign Aid is Not an Obligation: It’s a Brown Paper Bag Operation

    02/14/2017 4:05:44 PM PST · by davikkm · 6 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Besides the stunning political upsets of 2016, the U.S and the U.K have something else in common: a foreign aid budget that is unpopular, unhelpful and doesn’t actually do much good for anyone. With billions of dollars being used as “soft diplomacy” (bribes) to both friendly and unfriendly nations, the aid budget has taken the place of proper foreign policy and real diplomatic measures. Should you choose to type “US foreign aid budget” into Google, your top two responses will be articles by the Washington Post and NPR, delightfully telling you how racist and ignorant people are when questioned on...
  • Assad says US troops welcome in Syria to fight 'terrorism'

    02/10/2017 8:36:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 80 replies
    MRT ^ | Updated 12:41 pm, Friday, February 10, 2017 | Bassem Mroue (AP)
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against "terrorists" in Syria — as long as it is in cooperation with his government and respects the country's sovereignty. Speaking with Yahoo News, Assad said he has not had any communication — direct or indirect — with President Donald Trump or any official form the new U.S. administration. But the Syrian leader appeared to make a gesture to the new U.S. president in the interview, saying he welcomes Trump's declaration that he will make it...
  • Guinness set to open its first US brewery in 60 years

    02/01/2017 1:25:22 PM PST · by detective · 35 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | February 01, 2017 | Peter Lee
    Multinational beer and spirits company Diageo, which owns Guinness and Harp, among many other famous brands, is planning on opening a brand new Guinness brewery in Baltimore County, Maryland in the fall. It will be the first Guinness brewery in the US in 60 years. Diageo is planning on investing $50 million (€46 million) in this project and will begin construction this spring at a former bottling plant in Relay, MD, which closed in 2015. The project is expected to create 70 new jobs in brewing, warehousing and packaging, as well as in the visitor experience side of the operation.
  • San Diego Patrol Car Video US/Mexico Border Crossing Incident

    01/31/2017 4:18:12 PM PST · by Trumpnation · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1-31-17 | JR
    1-31-17: Patrol officers on route to a person allegedly stuck on the border wall in the water. Officer: "Obviously with Trump's executive order there's a lot of focus right now on the US/ Mexico border. We're heading down Monument road right near the border to check it out." At 16:24: "Three people tried to cross, one got stuck on the fence...we don't know of his citizenship." Fascinating to hear how the officers verbally process the situation and interact with dispatch. A little taste of what our excellent officers deal with on a regular basis.
  • Despite Trump’s Rhetoric: U.S. Needs OPEC Oil

    01/25/2017 7:19:49 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 22 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-01-2017 | Tsvetana
    President Donald Trump is taking his ‘America First’ energy plan from the campaign trail to the White House website, vowing to achieve energy independence from OPEC and any nations hostile to U.S. interests. Trump is not the first U.S. President to have promised energy independence. At the height of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, Richard Nixon suggested a project to ensure that by the end of the 1970s, “Americans will not have to rely on any source of energy beyond our own”. More than 40 years later, America continues to rely on foreign oil imports, and is a large importer...
  • OBAMA ENDS VISA-FREE PATH FOR CUBANS WHO MAKE IT TO US SOIL

    01/12/2017 5:23:45 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 01/12/17 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL AND JULIE PACE
    President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident. The repeal of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy is effective immediately. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S. "Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities," Obama said in a...
  • Amazon to create 100,000 full-time jobs in U.S.

    01/12/2017 7:42:30 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/12/17
    Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said on Thursday it would create more than 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States over the next 18 months. Seattle-based Amazon said it plans to increase its full-time U.S.-based workforce to more than 280,000 by mid-2018 from 180,000 in 2016. "These jobs are not just in our Seattle headquarters or in Silicon Valley - they're in our customer service network, fulfillment centers and other facilities in local communities throughout the country," CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. Amazon had about 230,800 full-time and part-time employees as of Dec. 31, 2015.
  • U.S. To Sell First 8 Million Barrels From Strategic Reserves

    01/09/2017 2:09:43 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-01-2017 | ZH
    Two weeks ago we previewed that the U.S. Department of Energy could begin to sell off some of its strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) as soon as January, the beginning of a multi-year process to shrink the nation’s stockpile of oil. Congress has authorized DOE to sell off $375.4 million worth of oil in its recent budget resolution. The DOE said that such a sale could be held in January 2017. Part of the motivation to sell crude is to finance upkeep for the SPR itself. The reserves are held in salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas, setup decades ago in...
  • Kellyanne Conway Just Destroyed Idiots ‘Who Have No Idea What They Are Talking About’ On Russia

    12/19/2016 4:56:22 AM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    Conservative101 ^ | December 19, 2016
    Obama and the Democrats keep coming up with ways to blame anyone but themselves for the outcome of this election. Their latest target is Russia, and Kellyanne Conway has finally had enough of it. “The entire nonsense about the electors trying to use the Russian hacking issue to change the election results is really unfortunate. I think that actually undermines the democracy more than any other conservation that we are having fight now,” said Kellyanne Conway.
  • US Defense official: Chinese warship stole US underwater drone

    12/16/2016 8:22:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/16/16 | Barbara Starr
    US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday. In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official. Bowditch had stopped in the water to pick up two underwater drones. At that point a Chinese naval ship that had been shadowing the Bowditch put a small boat into the water. That small...
  • The Coming Fracture Of Saudi Arabia

    12/13/2016 3:00:53 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 13-12-2016 | Saudis
    The Bible’s book of Galatians, VI teaches, «as you sow, so shall you reap». And for Saudi Arabia, which has overtly and covertly supported rebellions in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ethiopia, Philippines, and Lebanon that have led to civil wars and inter-religious strife, the day of reckoning may soon be at hand. The present Saudi king, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, is the last of the sons of the first Saudi king, Abdul Aziz al Saud, who will ever sit on the Saudi throne. After Salman dies, Saudi leadership will pass to a new generation of Saudi royals. But not all...
  • Saudi Arabia Surrenders To U.S. Shale

    12/06/2016 8:56:05 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 23 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-12-2016 | CityAM
    “Ending wars is very simple if you surrender.” – PJ O’Rourke The new OPEC deal to cut oil output – the cartel’s first since 2008 – amounts to nothing less than Saudi Arabia’s surrender to the power of American shale. It has come about due to Riyadh’s belated, horrified understanding that it has utterly lost control over the energy market, running through its capital reserves in the process. Rather than young, feckless Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman using Saudi Arabia’s John D Rockefeller strategy to permanently drive U.S. shale out of the energy market, the exact opposite result has...
  • India’s Stealth Fighter will be Superior to China’s J-20 and Russia’s PAK FA T-5O

    11/26/2016 6:20:28 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    China Topix ^ | Nov 20, 201 | Arthur Dominic Villasanta
    India's new fifth generation stealth fighter will be superior in key aspects to Russia's PAK FA T-50 from which it's derived, and will also have the added advantage of being able to fire the newest iteration of the fearsome BrahMos cruise missile, the BrahMos NG. And as the PAK FA is already superior to China's Chengdu J-20 low observable fighter, this means the Indian stealth jet will also be superior to the J-20. Indian media reports said India's as yet unnamed stealth fighter will include a total of 43 improvements over the PAK FA T-50, making it superior in many...
  • Saudi Arabia Issues Warning To Trump: Don’t Stop Saudi Oil Imports

    11/16/2016 7:20:54 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 66 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 16-11-2016 | Zainab
    President-elect Donald Trump jeopardizes the global economy through his promises to block Middle East oil imports for the purpose of creating an energy independent United States, according to petrostate Saudi Arabia. Over the course of the two-year American election process, Republican nominee Trump promised on the campaign trail to divest U.S. interests from “our foes and the oil cartels,” referring mainly to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), of which the KSA is the largest producer and de facto leader. “At his heart President-elect Trump will see the benefits and I think the oil industry will also be advising...
  • (World Cup Qualifying) Joel Campbell scores twice as Costa Rica thrashes U.S. (4-0)

    11/15/2016 8:27:55 PM PST · by dfwgator · 23 replies
    ESPN ^ | November 15, 2016 | ESPN staff
    Costa Rica thrashed the United States 4-0 on Tuesday night, handing Jurgen Klinsmann's team its second World Cup qualifying loss in a row following Friday's 2-1 defeat by Mexico.
  • Number of STD cases in the US reaches record high as public services 'stretched thin'

    10/25/2016 7:47:16 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 24 replies
    telegraph.uk ^ | 25 October 2016 | Chris Graham
    The number of reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases reached a record high in the US last year, figures show, as officials warned that stretched services meant people were slipping through the "public health safety net". In its latest report, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the sharp rise in syphilis was of particular concern.
  • Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses OPEC Members Of Waving The Oil Weapon

    10/24/2016 2:14:47 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 24-10-2016 | The Ayatollah and his mom
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, accused unnamed OPEC members of using oil as a weapon to the benefit of the U.S. The accusations were leveled via Twitter, following Khamenei’s meeting with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro over the weekend. In a series of tweets, Khamenei started by saying that the “drop in oil prices is a coercive measure against countries independent of the US,” then went on to remind his audience of the 1973 oil embargo from several Middle Eastern states that led to accusations from the West about “the political use of oil”, adding that “Today, same countries along...
  • US playing Syria terrorism card as part of perpetual struggle for global dominance – (From Assad)

    10/14/2016 5:55:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    RT ^ | 10/14/16
    "The conflict in Syria is part of Washington’s prime goal to impose global hegemony, President Bashar Assad told a Russian newspaper. Terrorists in Syria, he said, are being used by the US and its Gulf allies to assert control over the region, primarily to weaken Iran. Stating that the West and especially the United States never stopped the Cold War mentality in pursuit of world dominance, even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Assad said that global tensions, especially when it comes Syria, are escalating into World War III. “The whole issue is about keeping the hegemony of the...
  • Former NATO Chief: The United States Should Be the World’s ‘Policeman’

    09/30/2016 1:06:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 30, 2016
    Anders Fogh Rasmussen was prime minister of Denmark from 2001 to 2009, and months later began serving as NATO secretary general until 2014. He is currently promoting his new book, The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom. The Washington Free Beacon interviewed Mr. Rasmussen during a visit this week to Washington D.C. -excerpt- WFB: The central theme of your book is the exceptional importance of U.S. leadership. But what would you say to the American who says, “Let the world deal with its own problems. Keep us out of it?” Rasmussen: I would tell...
  • Facts back up Trump Jr.’s refugee skittles analogy

    09/27/2016 8:47:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | September 25, 2016 | Jerry Agar
    There is no possible way that among the Syrian refugees desperately needing our help, there could be a few dangerous terrorists. It is only ridiculous, racist conservatives – the types of people who will vote for Donald Trump - who insult the Syrian people, and intelligent liberals everywhere, by saying that there could be. We know this because we were instructed in that regard by earnest, progressive commentators who were out recently parading their caring tolerance in reaction to the son of the Republican candidate for president in the United States. Except that they are wrong; and provably so. Donald...
  • Russia: Peace in Syria almost impossible now

    09/25/2016 11:26:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/16
    ussia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was "almost an impossible task now," according to Reuters. Russia and the United States, who back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to salvage a ceasefire deal that effectively collapsed ...
  • Crude Crashes As Saudis Kill OPEC Meeting Before It Even Started

    09/23/2016 10:10:35 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-09-2016 | Matt
    Crude prices are selling off, aided by Saudi comments that a decision will not be forthcoming from next week's OPEC meeting in Algiers. Add to this news that the Federal Reserve is looking to restrict bank involvement in physical commodities...and dollar strength as the cherry on top...and oil is heading lower into the weekend.
  • Current Electoral Count: Trump at 270+

    09/17/2016 3:40:18 PM PDT · by whiterhino · 85 replies
    .270towin.com interactive electoral map ^ | 9/17/2016 | Me and 270towin.com
    A lot of people are obsessing over PA, so to make you feel a little better while ignoring PA... I see this is the current state of the polls by state based on latest polling averages which may or may not have the full effect of voter's responses since Cankles lost a shoe and all momentum (if she had any) on 9/11. Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com Even with Trump getting only partial NE and Maine, Trump could win with this scenario now. He could also win by getting Colorado yet giving up NV and NH.
  • Oil Markets Brace As U.S. Looks To Sell 100 Million Barrels From SPR

    09/09/2016 2:59:36 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 36 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-09-2016 | SPR
    Aging infrastructure could render the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) increasingly ineffective, according to a new report from the Department of Energy. The U.S. has stored roughly 700 million barrels of crude oil in salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana for decades. The SPR was established in the aftermath of the Arab oil embargo in 1973, which painfully revealed U.S. oil dependence as high prices drove up inflation, created fuel shortages and lines at gas stations, and rocked the American economy. The SPR was setup to stash 90 days’ worth of supply into storage for safekeeping, meant to be used...
  • Did Trump borrow his immigration speech from Bill Clinton? [short video]

    09/02/2016 6:35:26 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 12 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | September 2, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    This should play on cable news... Did Trump Borrow His Immigration Speech From Bill Clinton? If you ask Hillary, Trump is a racist xenophobe for his stance on immigration. But take a look at this video from 1995 – http://usatransnationalreport.org/2016/09/03/did-trump-borrow-his-immigration-speech-from-bill-clinton/ Seems to be that Trump cribbed part of Bill Clinton’s SOTU address.
  • he first scheduled flight from the US to Cuba in more than 50 YEARS touches down after [tr]

    08/31/2016 10:44:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Aubust 31, 2016 | Khaleda Rahman
    The first regular commercial flight from America to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed on the communist-ruled island. JetBlue Flight 386 left Fort Lauderdale in southeastern Florida shortly after 10am with 150 passengers on board. After less than an hour in the air, it arrived in central Cuba's Santa Clara, 175 miles east of Havana. The Airbus A320, packed with officials including JetBlue's chief executive Robin Hayes and US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, touched down in what the Obama administration hopes will usher in an era of more routine travel to and from the country. Regular travelers, including...
  • U.S. Gasoline Consumption On Target For A Record Year

    08/22/2016 2:33:38 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-08-2016 | Rob
    In last month’s Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected that it now expects record U.S. gasoline consumption this year This projected increase follows several years of lower gasoline demand that resulted from persistently rising gasoline prices over the past decade. From 2002 to 2012 the average retail price of gasoline rose nearly every year, from an annual average of $1.39/gal in 2002 to $3.68/gal in 2012. Consumers responded to these higher prices in multiple ways, which cumulatively led to falling gasoline demand. Some even suggested that U.S. gasoline demand had permanently peaked, as a result...
  • Pentagon sends jets, warning as Syria bombs near US-backed Kurds

    08/19/2016 12:11:41 PM PDT · by amorphous · 32 replies
    RT.Com ^ | 19 August 2016 | Jamie McIntyre
    Two Syrian Su-24 jets struck Kurdish positions in and near Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, on Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters. The US-led coalition scrambled planes near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, after Syrian SU-24 airplanes dropped bombs “dangerously near” the US Special Forces operators embedded with the Kurdish YPG militia in the area. The strike came close to US Special Forces operators, who were embedded with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprised of the Kurdish YPG and local Arab militias. When the strikes began, the “coalition forces on the ground” tried reaching the Syrian jets...
  • A First: U.S. Special Ops On-Ground in Libya

    08/10/2016 8:26:52 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 22 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 10-08-2016 | Spec Ops
    For the first time, elite U.S. Special Operations troops are directly helping fighters combat against ISIS in Libya with on-site support, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. and Libyan officials. A small group of U.S. Special Operations forces are operating together with UK troops in Sirte, a city on the Libyan coast and ISIS’ de facto capital in North Africa. The role of the U.S. troops is limited to backing forces loyal to Libya’s unity Government of National Accord (GNA), The Post noted, quoting U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Last week, the U.S. launched precision...
  • Irving 'Clock Boy' Ahmed Mohamed's family files federal lawsuit

    08/08/2016 8:59:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Fox 4 ^ | 08/08/16
    The family of the teenager known as “Clock Boy” is suing over what happened to him at his school last year. He ended up moving to Qatar with his family, but moved back to Irving for the summer. He said he may finish high school in the United States and definitely wants to go to college here. (That's where he's been instructed to go) "I've matured more. It's normal to mature but I've matured way more since I got a little bit of publicity, and I'm happy for it,” Mohamed said. (And by matured, he means he's been trained) Regarding...
  • Amateur analysis of US backing of The Islamic State

    08/03/2016 9:00:11 AM PDT · by wtd · 5 replies
    YouTube/VladTepesblog ^ | Aug 29, 2014 / August 3, 2016 | StormCloudsGathering
    Amateur analysis of US backing of The Islamic StateThere is certainly some truth on this.
  • War with China Thinking Through the Unthinkable

    08/02/2016 7:42:11 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 30 replies
    Rand Corporation ^ | 2016 | David C. Gompert, Astrid Cevallos, Cristina L. Garafola
    Premeditated war between the United States and China is very unlikely, but the danger that a mishandled crisis could trigger hostilities cannot be ignored. Thus, while neither state wants war, both states' militaries have plans to fight one. As Chinese anti-access and area-denial (A2AD) capabilities improve, the United States can no longer be so certain that war would follow its plan and lead to decisive victory. This analysis illuminates various paths a war with China could take and their possible consequences. Technological advances in the ability to target opposing forces are creating conditions of conventional counterforce, whereby each side has...
  • After 15 years, the US's counter-terror strategy has 'unequivocally failed'

    07/30/2016 8:04:51 AM PDT · by wtd · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 30, 2016 | Daniel L. Davis
    After 15 years, the US's counter-terror strategy has 'unequivocally failed' Apple and Google, two of the country’s biggest employers, don’t mess around with failure. Leaders either produce or they’re gone. Major League Baseball and National Football League teams have one standard for their leaders: get us into the playoffs or you’re fired. The government’s foreign policy elites, however, don’t have to succeed to keep their jobs. Unlike the rest of America, when U.S. leaders in foreign policy fail, they are rewarded or promoted, while the 330 million Americans living outside the Washington beltway foot the bill.
  • GRAPHIC: Gulf Cartel Policing Texas Border for Common Criminals

    07/29/2016 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 28, 2016 | Cartel Chronicles
    MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — The failed strategy by the Mexican government has created a new issue in this border city where organized crime has tried to diminish common crime in an effort to lower public attention. Drug cartels appear to be succeeding in lowering common crime, something that the State of Tamaulipas has failed in. “They cut my fingers off for being a thief,” the tattoo on the forehead of a suspected criminal explained. Information obtained by this outlet points to the victim being connected to a series of burglaries in the city. His kidnapping and torture appear to be a...
  • New American Oil Pipeline is the Answer

    07/29/2016 3:44:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Patriot News ^ | July 19, 2016 | The Common Constitutionalist
    Remember the Keystone XL Pipeline project? Remember what a cause célčbre it was for both the left and right? What the heck ever happened to it? Have you wondered that?Well, in short it was killed pretty much for good, or at least the foreseeable future – both here in the USSA and now in Canada. As you are no doubt aware, it was Obama who, with the left in the federal and various state legislatures – and with some help from Choo-choo Warren Buffet who owns most of the rail cars now hauling crude down south, vetoed the pipeline. And...
  • N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

    07/28/2016 8:43:14 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 28 2016 | By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month. Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing. The United States and South...