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Analysis: The ‘State of Gaza’
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Tovah Lazaroff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 8:59:06 PM     Post Reply
Hamas wants to achieve by force what the Palestinian Authority has failed to negotiate – a fully autonomous and militarized Palestinian state, except in this case, it would be a mini-one, the “State of Gaza.” And Hamas wants to make this happen in record time in Cairo, a somewhat miraculous act, which would make US Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed nine-month peace process last year look like a very slow boat to China. The on-again, off-again, Egyptian brokered, indirect talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo are framed by the guns of war, not the dialogue of statehood.

Liberal policing and the thugs’ veto
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/17/2014 8:56:30 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, President Obama interrupted his vacation to address reporters regarding the situation in Northern Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. As to the latter, Obama said, in essence, that the liberals had taken charge. Governor Jay Nixon (“a good man,” Obama assured us) was now fully engaged, and Eric Holder was also on the case. In addition, the Missouri Highway Patrol had supplanted the yokels in the local police force. And they were under the command of Ron Johnson, who grew up in the neighborhood in question and, though Obama didn’t say it, is African-American. Johnson promptly implemented

Obama faces growing pressure for
more force against Islamic State
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 8:51:14 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers from both parties are increasingly questioning the Obama administration’s strategy for dealing with a powerful Islamist terrorist group in the Middle East, saying the U.S. should expand its approach, which might include combat troops on the ground in Iraq and airstrikes in Syria. Since authorizing strikes against the Islamic State group two weeks ago, President Obama has gone to great lengths to assure the American people that no U.S. ground forces will return to war in Iraq. White House officials also have stressed that, although the militants pose a threat to American personnel and interests in the Middle East,

  


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Dover Beach
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/17/2014 8:48:09 PM     Post Reply
It is said that in the dungeons of Dzerzhinsky square, where many an Old Bolshevik languished before execution, the walls contain this scrawled inscription: “why?” Disillusion for James Risen of the New York Times has come early. Risen, who is about to go to jail for revealing how Iran gained vital intelligence called president Obama “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.” "Risen faces jail over his reporting of a botched intelligence operation that ended up spilling nuclear secrets to Iran. The Justice Department has long been seeking to force him to testify and name the confidential source

Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict:
150 more special forces on way as
minister says mission will take months
Daily Mail [UK], by David Williams, Jack Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/17/2014 7:39:11 PM     Post Reply
Britain was dragged deeper into the Iraq crisis last night as it emerged another 150 special forces troops are being deployed. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the mission had escalated beyond a humanitarian one and could last for months. British forces are now helping Iraq to ‘combat’ the rise of Islamic State and its extreme form of terrorism, he said. And in his most uncompromising intervention to date, Prime Minister David Cameron warned that the situation may now require ‘military action to go after the terrorists’. He said the Islamist fanatics of IS had to be stopped before they became

The Hidden Audio Of Mike Brown Shooting
Eye Witness – A Witness Conversation
Unknowingly Captured at the Scene of the*
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/17/2014 7:01:44 PM     Post Reply
This is an update to the original outline we shared several days ago when we discovered the hidden audio of an eye witness to the Mike Brown and Darren Wilson shooting incident. After our initial discovery the local Ferguson Missouri investigative authorities were notified and very appreciative. Congratulations Treepers – once again the crowdsourcing and research shreds the national media narrative and removes the distorted lies putting the spotlight back on the truth. The local authorities in charge of the investigation extend their thanks and appreciation. Dozens of outlets have now copied the audio video. The story has been read in

Obama’s vision of a post-racial America
looks even more distant than before
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/17/2014 6:32:01 PM     Post Reply
The speech that made Barack Obama famous cast him as a post-racial figure offering a vision of America no longer divided along black-and-white lines. “I stand here today grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents’ dreams live on in my two precious daughters,” Obama, then an Illinois state senator, said in his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. “I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me and that in no other country on Earth is

  


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Ferguson shooting: What´s
known now about Michael Brown
Christian Science Monitor, by David Clark Scott    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/17/2014 6:07:15 PM     Post Reply
Was Michael Brown a "gentle giant," a cigar thief, or a gang member? The black teenager had no adult criminal record, according to the St. Louis County prosecutor. Initial media profiles noted that family and friends described "Big Mike" as not "the type to fight" and "funny, silly, he would make you laugh." (Snip) Michael Brown had struggled in school, but had graduated Aug. 1 from Normandy High School, and had been staying at his grandmother´s apartment in Ferguson this summer. Family members said that hre planned to start this past week at Vatterott Educational Centers, a vocational technical college,

´America Is On Trial´:
Al Sharpton On Ferguson Protests
Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/17/2014 5:58:50 PM     Post Reply
Rev. Al Sharpton gave a passionate speech in St. Louis on Sunday morning, where he sharply criticized the release of video allegedly depicting Michael Brown, the black teen recently killed during a police encounter, robbing a convenience store before the fatal incident. "Michael Brown is gone. You can run whatever video you want. He is not on trial. America is on trial!" Sharpton declared at the Greater St. Marks Family Church, according to video posted by Fox 2. "I have never in all my years seen something as offensive and insulting as a police chief releasing a tape of a

Gregory got $4M to quietly leave NBC
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:51:04 PM     Post Reply
Ousted “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory was paid $4 million to leave NBC and signed a contract not to speak out against the network, sources told Page Six. Gregory, 43, who moderated the show for six years, was unceremoniously dumped from the political program on Thursday after dismal ratings and months of speculation about his departure. He has been replaced by NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd. A source said Gregory’s contract extended into next year, so NBC had to pay him for the rest of the term, plus an extra fee to ensure his silence. In return, he was asked to sign

Death Wish? Media Draws Map
to Home of Ferguson Police
Officer Who Shot Mike Brown
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:45:27 PM     Post Reply
Is the media trying to get Ferguson police office Darren Wilson lynched? CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning. Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance. Yahoo News named the community Wilson where Wilson resides and published a photograph of the

  


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A Witness Conversation
Unknowingly Captured at the Scene of
the Ferguson Shooting is a Game-Changer
- Thread Closed
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 5:06:07 PM     Post Reply
A previously unnoticed detail in a background conversion of a video taken minutes after the Ferguson shooting could change the course of the investigation into Mike Brown’s death. The original video poster appears sympathetic to the narrative that Mike Brown was shot unarmed with his hands in the air. But he unknowingly picks up conversation between a man who saw the altercation and another neighbor. An approximate transcription of the background conversation, as related by the “Conservative Treehouse” blog: @6:28/6:29 of video - #1 How’d he get from there to there? #2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck –

Iraqi Kurds retake main dam from ISIS
Al Arabiya News [Dubai, UAE], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 4:46:37 PM     Post Reply
Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by U.S. air strikes on Sunday retook the country´s largest dam from ISIS militants who seized it the previous week, Agence France-Presse reported. A peshmerga officer and two political party officials told AFP that Kurdish forces had retaken Mosul Dam, which provides electricity and irrigation water for farming to much of the surrounding region in Iraq´s northern Nineveh province. The U.S. military confirmed it conducted nine airstrikes Saturday near Erbil and the dam in mosul in an effort to help Kurdish forces retake it from violent extremists. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said

Police tell Detroiters to buy guns
in city riven by race issues and crime
Guardian [UK], by Rose Hackman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 4:31:28 PM     Post Reply
Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city. His words have not fallen on deaf ears. (Snip) Besides having the worst homicide rate among large American cities, Detroit experienced 12,935 burglaries last year. With around 250,000 households, that means Detroiters have roughly a 1 in 20 chance of being burgled. To residents who have been victims of crime, being allowed to carry a weapon, whether openly or concealed,

Kim Jong Un Looks At Things - Redux
International Business Times, by Richard Cosgrove    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/17/2014 4:28:12 PM     Post Reply
The North Korean government is extremely busy – what with continually rattling sabres, battling extended famines, holding off imminent social collapse, and trying to convince everyone that North Korea is destined to rule the planet. Yet its youthful ´supreme leader´ Kim Jong Un still finds time for his favourite pastime: looking at random things

  


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Mexican billionaire offers advice for Latinos
Associated Press, by Juan A. Lozano    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 4:12:51 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON— Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim tells religious and community leaders that increasing workers´ earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America. During a speech Sunday in Houston at the annual conference of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, Slim spoke for more than an hour on how to better the plight of Latino workers and Latino-owned businesses. Slim, a telecom magnate who this year was ranked by Forbes magazine as the

Paying people to vote proposed in Los Angeles
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 3:57:40 PM     Post Reply
Buying votes is illegal, yet the misnamed Los Angeles Ethics Commission is proposing to pay people to vote, in the form of lottery prizes. David Zahniser of the Los Angeles Times reports: Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City Council President Herb Wesson´s Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee to seriously consider the use of financial

New Hampshire issues state of
emergency over synthetic marijuana
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 3:43:10 PM     Post Reply
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has issued a state of emergency in response to 44 reported overdoses linked to “Smacked,” a product similar to marijuana that is legal to sell in the state as potpourri. At least 44 people have overdosed on the substance in the last week, and 20 of them have been hospitalized. There have been no reported deaths. “These products pose a serious threat to public health, especially to young people, and it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to combat the recent rash of overdoses,” the governor said in a statement Thursday. Generally referred to as “spice,” synthetic cannabinoids are chemically engineered

29 Shot in Spate of
Weekend Chicago Violence
NBC News [Chicago], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 3:24:11 PM     Post Reply
Five people have been killed and at least 24 others wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago. Police said a 16-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 1:15 a.m. Sunday in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Police were responding to a report of a person shot in the 900 block of North Karlov Avenue and found the teen on the sidewalk. He was transported in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead. Two people were killed in a shooting that wounded at least one other person in the Logan Square neighborhood just before midnight. Police said three people were driving

Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian
hostages from Boko Haram
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 3:14:02 PM     Post Reply
Chadian troops have rescued 85 Nigerians kidnapped Monday by Boko Haram militants, CNN sources in Nigeria said Saturday. Boko Haram kidnapped at least 97 young men and boys and several women last week in a raid on the fishing village of Doron Baga and surrounding villages in Borno State, CNN reported. The Islamist militants killed 28 residents and torched scores of homes in their path, according to residents. The gunmen transported the hostages into neighboring Chad, where they were intercepted by security officials, a Nigerian security source told CNN. “The convoy being led by six Boko Haram gunmen was stopped

  



Saudi woman who called
morality police liars receives lashes
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 3:04:16 PM     Post Reply
Riyadh - A Saudi Arabian judge has upheld a sentence of a month in prison and 50 lashes for a businesswoman convicted of insulting members of the morality police during an argument, the local al-Medina newspaper reported on Sunday. Incidents of heavy-handed behavior by the morality police have come under growing criticism on social media from inside the kingdom in recent years, straining relations between Saudi citizens and the official body. The appeals court in Mecca upheld the sentence, passed by a district court in Jeddah, after the woman was found guilty of "cursing the morality police" and calling them "liars",

Perry defends against indictment,
ramps up counterattack
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 2:52:31 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood behind his decision Sunday to veto giving money to a state agency run by a prosecutor with legal problems, despite an indictment saying he abused his official powers, and ramped up his criticism of the official. Perry told “Fox News Sunday” that he would make the same decision again, as he has said repeatedly. And he urged Americans to look at a video of the prosecutor, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, being arrested and jailed for driving while intoxicated. “The highest-ranking prosecutor in Travis County was stopped for driving while drunk almost three times over the

Image overload: Help us
sort it all out, NASA requests
CNN, by Eliott C. McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 2:50:15 PM     Post Reply
NASA is asking for your help. No, you do not get to go to space. You do, however, get to view hundreds of thousands of images taken from space. Via The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, NASA is making available images ranging from the Mercury missions of the 1960s to photos recently snapped from the International Space Station. The hope, NASA says, is that the images "could help save energy, contribute to better human health and safety and improve our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. But scientists need your help to make that happen." The catalog contains more than 1.8 million photos, about 1.3 million of

Kurdish forces ´retake Mosul
dam´ from IS militants
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/17/2014 2:36:17 PM     Post Reply
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq have taken control of Iraq´s largest dam after its capture by Islamic State (IS) militants, Kurdish officials say. Kurdish ground forces supported by US air strikes launched the operation to take Mosul dam on Sunday morning. Kurdish sources said they were still trying to clear mines and booby traps from the area round the dam, a process which could take several hours. The strategically important dam was seized by IS militants on 7 August. It supplies water and electricity to northern Iraq and there had been fears the IS militants could use it to flood

Ebola clinic looted by
Liberian slum residents
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/17/2014 2:34:09 PM     Post Reply
Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital´s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine centre for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses. The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought to the holding centre from other parts of Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday.Up to 30 patients were staying at the centre and many of them fled at the time of the raid, said Nyenswah. Once they are located they will be transferred to the Ebola centre at Monrovia´s largest

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