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  1. Turkey Confirms Firing at Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria (abcnews, Oct 27, 2015)

    “Turkey’s prime minister has confirmed that the Turkish military has attacked the main Kurdish force in northern Syria.

    The force, known as the PYD, has said Turkey shot at its forces in the town of Tal Abyad twice Sunday, mostly with machine guns, after the town was included into a Kurdish enclave.

    Ahmet Davutoglu told ATV television late Monday: “We said the PYD will not go west of the Euphrates and that we would hit it the moment it did. We hit it twice.” He did not give further details.

    The PYD has been a key ally for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria. Turkey and the U.S. differ on whether the force — which is affiliated with Turkey’s Kurdish rebels — is a terrorist organization.”

  2. Official: Iran Has Sent More Military Advisers to Syria (abcnews, Oct 27, 2015)

    “An Iranian official says the Revolutionary Guard has sent more military advisers to Syria to help President Bashar Assad in the fight against insurgents.

    Gen. Hossein Salami, the Guard’s deputy leader, says this has led to more Iranian deaths in the conflict. Salami didn’t give any specifics for the Iranian death toll or for the number of troops dispatched.

    Salami spoke to state television on Tuesday. He says Iranian forces are also trying to mobilize volunteers in Syria to help Assad push back rebels, though he did not say if those included Western-backed rebel groups fighting in Syria.

    Along with Russia, Iran is a key Assad ally and has provided his government with military and political backing for years. Tehran, however, denies the presence of Iranian combat troops in Syria.”

  3. Malaysia becoming ‘police state’ as govt battles scandal: HRW (france24, Oct 27, 2015)

    “Malaysia increasingly resembles a “police state” as the government uses repressive laws to silence critics including those demanding the prime minister answer corruption allegations, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

    The US-based group said in a report that, despite earlier promises by the longtime government to end abuses, Prime Minister Najib Razak was accelerating a crackdown that began after a poor showing in the 2013 election.

    “Malaysia is starting to resemble a police state. People who are engaging in open and honest criticism end up charged for a crime,” said the rights organisation’s Asia director Brad Adams.

    Those targeted increasingly include opponents who accuse Najib and state-owned company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) of corruption, Human Rights Watch said…”

  4. Report: Germany to send police to Slovenian border amid migrant influx (DW, Oct 27, 2015)

    “The German periodical “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” on Tuesday reported that a spokesman of Germany’s Interior Ministry had confirmed the plan.

    “It’s clear that we will be involved,” the spokesman said.

    Meanwhile, the “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” also reported that Jörg Radek, chairman of Germany’s police union, warned of stretching the federal police’s capacities.

    In September, Radek also issued a similar warning, stating that the federal police were “at their limit.”

    The report follows an EU emergency summit on Sunday aimed at devising a plan to assist Balkan states overloaded by the influx of asylum seekers and migrants.

    The meeting ended with select EU leaders, alongside representatives of Serbia, Macedonia and Albania, agreeing on a 17-point plan to bolster support for Balkan states on the migrants’ route towards northern Europe.

    Following the summit, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker noted that 400 police officers would be deployed within the week, while the EU’s border patrol agency Frontex would be reinforced with personnel…”

  5. Indonesia will join TPP, Joko Widodo tells Obama (DW, Oct 27, 2015)

    “President Barack Obama scored a victory for his contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal on Monday when his visiting Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, vowed to join the group.

    “Indonesia is an open economy, and with a population of 250 million, we are the largest economy in Southeast Asia,” Widodo said, speaking from the Oval Office, “Indonesia intends to join the TPP.”
    With the Indonesian president’s pledge, he risks the ire of economic nationalists back home.

    The deal, seen by some as an attempt to counter the growing economic power of China in the region, has already been signed by Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Vietnam and the US – making it the biggest free trade area in the world.

    Obama has struggled to gather support for the pact in the US, however, with many of his fellow Democrats joining their Republican colleagues in Congress to shower skepticism on the deal.

    Hilary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 election, has expressed concerns that the deal fails to reach the “high bar” she expects for developing US interests abroad…”

  6. Turkish police detain some 30 IS suspects in raid: report (france24, Oct 27, 2015)

    “Turkish police detained around 30 Islamic State suspects in a dawn raid on Tuesday, a day after a deadly shootout between Turkish police and a group of the jihadists, local media reported.

    Police launched simultaneous operations against IS cell houses in the conservative central Anatolian city of Konya, the Dogan news agency reported, adding that the operation was ongoing.”

  7. ISIS ties foes to ancient Palmyra columns and blows them up (CNN, Oct 27, 2015)

    “ISIS, which comes up with more and more heinous methods of execution, has ramped up its cruelty: Members of the group tied three people to the pillars in the ancient section of Palmyra and killed them by detonating the pillars, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

    The group said it learned of the killings from local sources in the city, which has been under ISIS control since May. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights relies on activists inside Syria to document human rights violations in the country .

    Not much else is known about the executions, including the names of the men or what they were accused of.

    But ISIS has killed for the slightest of offenses and used brutal ways to do so…”

  8. Fifa presidential candidate Sheikh Salman hits out at ‘nasty lies’ (BBC, Oct 27, 2015)

    “Fifa presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa has hit out at “nasty lies” over his time as Bahrain Football Association head.

    He has been accused by Bahraini human rights groups of complicity in the detention and torture of footballers and other athletes.

    “I cannot deny something that I haven’t done,” the 49-year-old told BBC Sport.

    “Such accusations are not just damaging, it’s really hurting. Some people have agenda on their table.”

    Scores of people were killed in 2011 when Bahraini security forces put down mass Shia-led protests calling for reforms.

    Rights groups say Sheikh Salman helped identify players involved in the protests and failed to protect them from abuses.

    Sheikh Salman added: “It’s not just damaging me, it’s damaging the people and the country.
    “These are false, nasty lies that have been repeated again and again in the past and the present.”…”

    • Germany is just the first all European nations are to be overwhelmed and so will the US medical system if Obama does bring 1 million into the US.

  9. Bavarian leader criticizes Austria and Merkel over refugees

    BERLIN (Reuters) – The premier of the state of Bavaria criticized Austria on Tuesday for failing to coordinate the flow of migrants into southern Germany even as he renewed a challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel over her management of the refugee crisis.

    Bavaria is bearing the brunt of the inflow of migrants into Germany from southeastern Europe. German police said they had picked up more than 11,000 people at the Austrian border on Monday alone.

    Premier Horst Seehofer, whose Christian Social Union (CSU) is closely allied to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has emerged as one of the chancellor’s strongest critics over the past two months.

    He has repeatedly urged her to impose limits on the number of asylum seekers Germany will accept and even threatened to take the federal government, of which his CSU is a coalition member, to court over the issue.

  10. Iran’s Rouhani says expects sanctions lift by end-2015

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he expected nuclear sanctions against Tehran to be lifted by the end of the year, state news agency IRNA reported.

    “According to our plans, the oppressive sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be lifted by the end of 2015,” IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying during a ceremony to welcome the new Spanish ambassador to Tehran.

    (Reporting by Sam Wilkin; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

  11. Britain says to maintain military presence in Afghanistan in 2016

    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will extend its military presence in Afghanistan by a year due to the ongoing security challenge faced by Afghan forces, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday.

    The Taliban has launched sustained attacks since the withdrawal of most foreign troops late last year, straining the limited resources of Afghan forces. Many districts across the country are now fully or partially under Taliban control.

    Fallon said the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) had been “tested” over the last year but were increasingly professional and competent.

    “The UK Government recognized it would take time for the ANDSF to develop into a fully-fledged fighting force capable of providing complete security for the people of Afghanistan,” Fallon said in a written statement to parliament.

  12. Syrian presidency seeks end to terrorism before initiatives

    BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian presidency said on Tuesday political initiatives could not work in Syria before terrorism had been wiped out, sticking by its long-held position on how to end the war after its Russian allies called for new elections.

    The presidency said in a statement it was clarifying reports that President Bashar al-Assad had told a Russian delegation on Sunday he would be ready to hold early parliamentary and presidential elections called for by his allies in Moscow.

    The Russian foreign minister, in an interview broadcast on Saturday, said Syrians needed to prepare for both parliamentary and presidential elections, part of an effort by Moscow to advance a political track towards ending the conflict.

    In a statement, the presidency said the Syrian state would welcome any political solution approved by the Syrian people that preserves national unity.

  13. Turkey is looking more and more like its troubled neighbors

    (Reuters) – It should have been a moment of unity against a backdrop of horror.

    At a qualifying match this month for next year’s Euro 2016 soccer championship in the central Anatolian city of Konya, the teams of Turkey and Iceland stood, heads bowed, for a minute of silence commemorating the 102 victims of suicide bombings in Ankara three days earlier.

    But sectors of the crowd erupted in jeers and booing, shouting right-wing slogans and Allahu Akbar (God is Great). Instead of a closing of national ranks, the moment spotlighted Turkey’s raw divisions.

    The bombings, carried out by Islamic State followers from inside Turkey, targeted the pro-Kurdish coalition the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), left-wing activists and trade unionists as they gathered for a rally against fighting in southeast Turkey between security forces and insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

    It was the deadliest terror attack in Turkey’s history but, far from uniting the country, it increased the polarization. Turkey’s qualifying victory over Iceland was eclipsed by the rancor on show in Konya’s stadium.

  14. Why does the IRS need ‘Stingray’ cell-phone collectors?

    Alert readers will remember that we’ve written about these cell-phone “dragnet” devices before: boxes deployed by government agencies that mimic the activity of cellular relay towers, and interact with thousands of phones at a time recording information about which numbers are in contact.

    The boxes don’t just react, either. They can induce dormant phones to activate and reveal recordable information. (More on that in a moment.)

    In 2014, the U.S. Marshals Service swooped down on the police department of Sarasota, FL to prevent documents about the use of “Stingray” devices from falling into the hands of the ACLU, after ACLU made a FOIA request for the records.


  15. Taliban urge rescuers ‘not to hold back’ on Afghan quake relief (reuters, Oct 27, 2015)

    “The Taliban urged aid agencies on Tuesday to push ahead in delivering emergency relief supplies after a major earthquake hit remote mountainous regions of northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing at least 300 people.

    Relief groups’ efforts to assess the damage were hindered by an unstable security situation that has left much of the affected areas unsafe for international aid workers and government troops.

    But the Taliban, which have stepped up their Islamist insurgency against the Western-backed government in Kabul this year, indicated they would not stand in the way of aid efforts.

    “The Islamic Emirate calls on our good-willed countrymen and charitable organizations to not hold back in providing shelter, food and medical supplies to the victims,” the group said in a condolence message to quake victims, using its formal name.

    “And it similarly orders its mujahideen in the affected areas to lend their complete help.”…”

  16. Yemeni hospital hit by Saudi-led air strikes, says Medecins Sans Frontieres medical aid group (independent, Oct 27, 2015)

    “A Yemeni hospital run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been hit by a Saudi-led air strike, the latest bombing of a civilian target in the seven-month air campaign in Yemen.

    “MSF facility in Saada Yemen was hit by several air strikes last night with patients and staff inside the facility,” the group said in a tweet.

    Yemen’s state news agency Saba, run the Iran-allied Houthi group that is the coalition’s enemy, quoted the Heedan hospital director saying that several people were injured in the attack.

    “The air raids resulted in the destruction of the entire hospital with all that was inside – devices and medical supplies – and the moderate wounding of several people,” Doctor Ali Mughli said…”

    • This is a major game changer for that region and for the nations trying to take the place of the US in that region. Among other things this means that money is getting tight enough that the members of the Royal family that are supporting terrorists are going to have less money to give away. They will have to choose luxuries for themselves or money for terror.

  17. The terrorist with the Mona Lisa smile: Authorities hunting beautiful 20-year-old woman suspected of being an ISIS terrorist (dailymail, Oct 27, 2015)

    “A 20-year-old alleged Islamic State fighter who has been dubbed the ‘beautiful terrorist with a Mona Lisa smile’ is believed to be on the run in Turkey with a fake passport.

    Walentina Slobodjanuk, who is currently masquerading as Yildiz Bozkurt, is being hunted by police over fears she may be part of a planned major terror attack in the country, according to reports.

    In an undated wanted picture, the 20-year-old is seen wearing a black headscarf with an enigmatic smile playing across her face – drawing comparisons to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece.

    She is believed to have been born in Kazakhstan in 1995, according to the European Press Photo Agency.

    Turkish security forces posted an alert on Sunday saying they were searching for four suspected ISIS fighters thought to have entered the country from Syria…”

  18. Afghan leader begs Putin to send gunships to fight Taliban insurgents in clear signal of worsening security in the war-torn country (dailymail, Oct 27, 2015)

    “Vladimir Putin has been asked to help the Afghan government in its fight against Taliban insurgents.

    In a clear signal of the worsening security situation in the war-torn country, President Ashraf Ghani has appealed for help from the Kremlin.

    He asked Moscow for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopter gunships for his country’s stuggling military, according to officials.

    Russian officials have said they are ‘willing to help’.

    His request comes after the US and the UK pulled out of the country in October last year – leaving behind military trainers working in a non-combat role.

    The UK have also pulled out all their fighter jets – key assets which the Afghan security forces relied on without a strong air force themselves.

    Relations with Moscow and the West are already strained after Russia joined in the war in Syria by bombing rebels against President Bashar Al-Assad…”

    • I knew this was coming, Obama has handed the entire middle east to Iran and Russia, his plan was to hand it to the Brotherhood and Iran but that isn’t working out.

      • That’s about right, I believe. Obama’s first loyalty is to the Muslim Brotherhood, but Russia will do as a second choice. Some US President, eh?

        • The left spend most of the 20th Century training the voters to ignore the past history of Democrats. Obama was raised by Moslems and Communists to hate the US and people who should know better expect him to do what is best for the US.

          I don’t know how loyal to Putin he is, Putin is a Russian but doesn’t seem to be trying to bring back communism so Obama probably doesn’t think much of him.

  19. Turkey: Police enforce govt. seizure of Koza Ipek Holding in Ankara

    Turkish police arrived at the Koza Ipek Holding’s Ankara headquarters to notify the board of directors that they had been replaced by a trustee panel, Tuesday, one day after the government seizure of the media corporation.

  20. Austria: Anti-refugee demonstrators stopped at Austro-Slovenian border

    Around 50 anti-immigration protesters marched on the Austro-Slovenian border near the Austrian town of Spielfeld, Monday, to protest against recently introduced EU policies on refugees. The group marched with national flags towards the closed frontier, where thousands of refugees are stranded, chanting nationalist slogans.

  21. Planned Parenthood TX Abortion Apprentice Taught Partial-Birth Abortion to “Strive For” Intact Heads

    The eleventh video release from The Center for Medical Progress in the ongoing Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal shows the abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood in Austin, TX, Dr. Amna Dermish, describing a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term fetuses which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.

  22. US Court: Muslims can sue NYPD over mass surveillance

    New Jersey Muslims win an appeal allowing a lawsuit against police for spying on mosques and individuals after 9/11.

    New York, United States – A US appeals court has reversed a decision over a controversial spy programme run by the New York Police Department (NYPD), enabling a group of Muslim plaintiffs to proceed with their legal challenge.

    In 2012, the Muslim Advocates, a national advocacy group, and the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit against what they called the NYPD’s unlawful and blanket surveillance of Muslim Americans in New Jersey. The move came after the Associated Press published an expose of the programme in 2011.

    The plaintiffs, all Muslims, include an Iraq war veteran, university students, a coalition of mosques, and the principal of a religious school for girls. The Federal District Court in Newark dismissed the case in February 2014, prompting the plaintiffs’ attorneys to appeal that decision.

    The appellate ruling issued in October held that the New Jersey Muslims have legal standing to sue NYPD’s spy programme, which was devised after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States in the name of fighting terrorism.[…]


    • John Bolton: Germany’s Syrian Refugee Pledge Puts U.S. at Risk

      Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton warned that the large number of refugees going to Germany from Syria poses a terrorist threat to the United States.

      Bolton cited the Lebanese education minister estimating that about 2 percent of the refugees could be Islamic terrorists.

      “If you think of Germany, which said it would accept 800,000 refugees, 2 percent of that is 16,000 terrorists in Germany. Once they get into Western Europe, the path to this country is obviously substantially easier,” Bolton said at a Federalist Society event in Washington.

      In Bolton’s view, the entire Middle East is “descending into chaos” past the point of a “series of crises” to boundaries being “erased.”

      “It’s fair to say Iraq has ceased to exist as a state. The Kurds are de facto independent. They are not coming back in. I don’t know who’s going to make them come back in. The Arab parts of the country are irretrievably split between Shia and Sunni. The Baghdad government is in effect a puppet for the Ayatollahs in Iran,” he said. “ISIS now controls territory equal to or the size of Great Britain.”

      ISIS has a central bank, a currency and a national budget, which “puts them ahead of us,” Bolton quipped.

      Looking at all of the turmoil in the region, Bolton said there is not much that can be done to fix these problems under the Obama administration.

      “It’s very important as citizens as we all consider the various candidates running for president that we remember the president’s first job is to protect the country,” he said. “If a candidate does not have the capacity to make these very good decisions internationally, in my mind you ought to scratch them off your list of potential candidates because if you can’t get that straight it’s going to be hard to sustain our way of life here at home.”

  23. The US Marshals also fly aircraft over areas with “DRT” boxes performing the same function. Both the DRT boxes and “Stingray” devices can apparently also function as radio-electronic combat machines to disrupt cell phones, by interfering with the control signals from a legitimate cell phone tower. What this could mean is that the acquisition of such devices would enable electronic intelligence gathering during civilian surveillance AND active disruption of mobiles during civil unrest. It would be just an order away to flip a switch.

    Now, what the manufacturers of smart phones could do is supply an indicator that their telephones have been switched to a lower level encryption standard. Wikipedia claims that these devices can force a lower encryption standard that allows easier decryption. A lower encryption level may mean your cell has been compromised. Another thing the phone makers could do is create a time versus received signal strength histogram. Since the cell phones rely on the FM signal strength to determine when to switch to a different cell site, you could, in theory, sit your phone down to create a steady signal strength condition (It is true passing vehicles and other objects may create multipath signal variations.). Any change in signal strength i.e. attempted capture by a Stingray might then be considered a government “Hack Attack.” You could make this a real-time display mode on the phone. (How many levels of signal strength are digitally available in a phone?)

    What this all comes down to is that you want to shut down your cell phone, remove the batteries if you are actively engaged in battle. You don’t want a cell phone tower recording your presence in an area, nor the government spoofing you. Yes, you want to use FRS-style walkie-talkies for tactical communications: minimum power so that your signals will result in the lowest signal to noise ratio at any intelligence gathering point. Plus FRS activities near any ELINT receiver would make the data collected limited to just that singular reception.

  24. Kuwait to deport 23 expats, including Egyptians, for mass brawl

    Kuwaiti authorities will deport without trial 17 Egyptians and six Syrians after they were involved in a mass brawl over a commercial dispute

    Kuwaiti authorities will deport without trial 17 Egyptians and six Syrians after they were involved in a mass brawl over a commercial dispute, an information ministry official said Tuesday.

    The official denied media reports that the men were being deported after allegedly beating up a Kuwaiti citizen. The reports had also put the number of Egyptians at 18.

    “The men participated in brawl and damaged vehicles in an industrial area near Kuwait City,” the information ministry official told AFP.

    “There was no (Kuwaiti) citizen involved in the case,” he said, requesting anonymity.

    Citing a security source, Al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Tuesday that the interior ministry had begun procedures to cancel the men’s residency permits and deport them. Their families were also to be deported.

    The oil-rich Gulf state deports thousands of foreigners every year for a variety of offences, from brawling to traffic violations to failing to renew residency permits.

    Human rights groups have criticised the emirate’s policy of deporting expats without trial.

    The measure against the 23 came after Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Sabah, a senior member of Kuwait’s ruling family, ordered the arrest of the foreigners involved in the brawl.

    A short video of the incident was posted on the Internet on Sunday, showing a group of men carrying sticks and chasing a man.

    The man was wearing Kuwaiti national dress, but the ministry official said he was in fact one of the Syrians who was to be deported.

    The official provided no further information on the incident, including on the causes of the brawl.

    The Kuwaiti cabinet in its weekly meeting Monday praised “decisive security measures” taken against a group of expatriates involved in the incident.

    The men are being deported without a trial or a court order, under powers legally accorded to the interior ministry.

    Kuwait is home to 2.9 million foreigners, mostly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Egypt and Syria, as well as 1.3 million native Kuwaitis.–expats,-including-Egyptians,-for.aspx

  25. Australia: Armed man smashes windows at Melbourne cafe, calls himself ‘messiah of Islam’

    A man armed with a knife and a meat cleaver created havoc at a cafe in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, in a chilling reminder of the Lindt cafe siege in Sydney last December,.

    The man, who called himself “messiah of Islam”, smashed windows at the La Trobe St cafe in Melbourne, scaring customers before moving to a restaurant on the first floor of the building.

    The Victoria Police Special Operations Group surrounded the restaurant and negotiated with the armed man for about an hour till he surrendered, according to 7 News Melbourne.

    Images showed the man with bloodied hands standing at the window of the cafe and making gestures at the police. […]

    • ===== E X P U L S I O N / D E P O R T A T I ON =====

      Bayern will Abschiebung vorantreiben

      Nach teils chaotischen Situationen an der Grenze bei Passau hat sich der Ministerrat erneut mit der Flüchtlingskrise befasst. Vor allem die Abschiebung der Flüchtlinge ohne Chance auf Anerkennung will Bayern vorantreiben.

  26. Syria: Over “500 IS militants” flown to Yemen via Turkey – Syrian Army

    In a statement released from Damascus on Tuesday, Syrian Army spokesperson Ali Muaeeb announced that “four planes arrived to Aden Airport in Yemen from Turkey: two of them belonging to Turkish Airlines”. The planes were carrying on board more than “500 fighters of the terrorist organisation Daesh.”

    SOT, Ali Muaeeb, Syrian Army Spokesperson (Arabic): “On October 16, 2015, according to intelligence reports, four planes arrived to Aden Airport in Yemen from Turkey: two of them belonging to Turkish Airlines, one to Qatar and the fourth to the Emirates, carrying on board more than 500 fighters of the terrorist organisation Daesh</strong. They withdrew from Syria due to the Russian airstrikes, and upon their arrival `officers of the Saudi-led coalition seperated them into three groups. The first, were transported to Bab Al-Mandab, the second was sent to the Ma’rib governorate and the third was sent to the ‘Asir and Jizan governorates in Saudi Arabia to join the coalition ground forces, which have suffered heavy losses during it’s latest fighting with the Houthis and our information indicates that the relocation of Daesh terrorists from Syria will continue in the coming period and thank you.”

  27. Hitler Killed in Syria

    ( According to several Arab sources, last Sunday, Hezbollah commander Hitler Yusuf Bero, 47, died from three bullets that were shot through his chest by a 23-year-old assassin in Lebanon. Other sources suggest the killing took place in Syria.

    The background to the killing was blood revenge between different clans in the Bekaa Valley. Hitler Yusuf’s description in one account reveals that he was an experienced warrior, well familiar with the local terrain and a good military tactician.

    Apparently, the late Hitler was involved in the accidental (or intentional, there are sources claiming either) killing of some children from a rival clan, three years ago. The killer’s clan and the injured one have spent the past three years negotiating a peace, but in the end Hitler was unwilling or unable to pay up.

    The late Hitler was a close associate of Imad Mughniyah, a senior member of Lebanon’s Islamic Jihad Organization and Hezbollah, who returned to the merciful Allah in a car bomb blast in the Damascus, Syria, back in 2008. Hitler fought in the 2006 Second Lebanon War against Israel, and with the Hezbollah forces in Syria.

    According tp Palestine Media Watch, there are also Palestinians whose first name is Hitler: Hitler Salah, Hitler Abu-Alrab, and Hitler Mahmud Abu-Libda.

    A website called Sharia Unveiled in 2013 published an article titled, “Evidence Mounting That Hitler Was A Muslim and Practiced Islam.” But the record on Hitler and Islam is more complex, and according to Nazi-era Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer, in private, Hitler regarded Arabs as an inferior race. However, in a meeting with a delegation of distinguished Arab figures, Hitler learned of how Islam motivated the Umayyad Caliphate during the Islamic invasion of Gaul and became convinced that “the world would be Mohammedan today” if the Arab regime had successfully taken France during the Battle of Tours. He also suggested to Speer that “ultimately not Arabs, but Islamized Germans could have stood at the head of this Mohammedan Empire.” (Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich: memoirs)

  28. Stephen Coughlin-esque:

    The Concise Palestinian Dictionary

    One of the biggest problems supporters of Israel are encountering today is not just ideological – Zionism vs. radical Islam – but rather linguistic. We know that while Israel haters have no compunction about lying, most normal people do. So when promoting their radical agenda the BDS-holes have a major problem:

    How can people committed to ethnically cleansing Israel of Jews through terrorism, people who support violently misogynistic and homophobic organizations, gain the support of good-hearted, progressive westerners?

    Sure, getting the media to promote lies like “attacks on the Temple Mount” or framing a Palestinian stabber as a victim rather than terrorist help, but that can only go so far.

    In order to win over the West, the Palestinians have simply decided to redefine the English language in a way that casts them in a positive light. That is why when talking to Palestinians and their supporters one cannot just consult an Concise Oxford English Dictionary, rather one must consult the Concise Palestinian Dictionary to understand their true goals.

  29. China’s Military Built with Cloned Weapons

    Historically, China has been a great innovator contributing inventions such as gunpowder, paper and the compass to human advancement. However, China has earned an international reputation in recent decades as being the home of a prolific copycat culture.

    The Chinese have become proficient at cloning products ranging from designer handbags and the latest smartphones to movies and alcoholic beverages. Fake Apple stores, counterfeit KFC restaurants and imitation IKEA big-box outlets dot the Chinese landscape. They have even built entire replica European towns.

    Some Western observers believe this cultural attitude towards imitation is rooted in Confucianism where followers traditionally learned by replicating masterworks and then tried to improve upon them.

    • No. The Chinese haven’t been innovators for a long, long time. They’ve been stealing military, industrial, and commercial secrets for almost as long.

      We don’t have to make the Chinese “feel good about themselves”; they’re not slant-eyed Tards.

      Unless explicitly labelled as imitation, it’s BS, low-life, counterfeit. Don’t pretty it up as trendy “clone”.

  30. Russia’s Desert Storm Moment in Syria

    Russia is having its Desert Storm moment in Syria. The near-daily release of Russian fighter cockpit videos and missiles being launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea is making millions of Russians feel proud and strong. For instance, on Oct. 21, Russian media reported that 53 strike sorties struck 72 “terrorist targets.” Oddly those same reports are even convincing some in the United States that Russia is somehow more effective in Syria than the United States and its allies.

    Like many Americans in 1990–91, the autumn of 2001, and the spring of 2003, daily film clips fed to news outlets of guided bombs hitting targets on the front lines serves to boost the morale of the home audience. The public fascination with precision-guided weapons video, and videos of the first combat use of Tomahawk cruise missiles from Navy ships first took root in Desert Storm, and images of such precision and power left an impression that still lingers in the minds of many Americans. Twenty-six years later the use of combat footage to stir popular passions in Russia is an important secondary effect on which Vladimir Putin is capitalizing.

    We — however — should not be so impressed. To the under-informed critics reacting to the Russian media onslaught with claims that the United States and Coalition allies are “doing nothing,” imagine if you will that the United States and Coalition released daily “best of” clips of airstrike footage from the battle against ISIS. In just the first six months of Coalition air operations against ISIS, which began in September 2014, CENTCOM reported there were 4,817 ISIS targets hit. During the Kobani campaign alone, this past August, the Coalition reportedly deployed 2830 weapons against ISIS targets.

  31. Opinion: Finding Common Interests with the Russians in Syria

    The increased presence of Russian forces in Syria has added another layer of complexity to an already confusing array of warring factions—a good estimate is that 18 to 20 factions now are fighting for one cause or another in Syria. The Russians assuming an active role in the Syrian battle space took the United States by surprise. For many American political, military, and media voices it is evident that Russia’s recent actions stuck a nerve.

    One suspects that the latent Cold War conditioning of Americans over 40 years of age resurfaces whenever Russia does something that reminds us of the bipolar world we once wrestled to control. This brief analysis will look for reasons why the Russians are in Syria, and what it might mean for the fight against ISIS. The perspectives of both Russia and the United States will be examined.

    While some in America worry that the Russians will soon embark on a conquest of the Middle East, the fact is that the Russians are not new to Syria. The first point to recognize is that Russia is not invading Syria; the latter has long been an ally of Russia (and its former Soviet self). The importance of Syria, and a keeping a toehold in the Mediterranean, is underscored by the fact that the Syrian port of Tartus was the only foreign military base maintained by Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

  32. The man writing the article is making the same mistake that so many are, he is thinking that the Moslems defeated the Russians in Afghanistan. What defeated the Russians in Afghanistan was President Reagan pushing the Missle Defense System which forced the Russians to spend money on research then needed for food. If the Missile Defense System hadn’t been worked on the Soviet Union would have never left Afghanistan. He is also forgetting that the Moslems were being armed adn supplied by the US and some allies. If both of these things hadn’t been done Afghanistan would be a possession of the USSR.

    • One thing that the vast majority of people ignore (probably because they were never taught this fact) logistics is as important as tactics. Weapons have to be purchased and moved to the war front, men have to be paid and feed. Always took to who is funding the enemy and how you can cut off their money and weapons. Also if the enemy is making their weapons find ways to destroy the factories, even if this means you have to destroy cities to destroy small shops that are spread out all over the city.

    • Who is our real enemy in the region, the one that poses the greatest danger to world order? The answer is it is not Bashar al Assad. It is ISIS.

      No, the answer is Iran.

      Better yet, the Islamist cabal that’s taken over our country.
      We could mop-up ISIS domestic infiltrators with less sacrifice to our civil rights than we’re bound to lose with this band calling the tunes.

      • Iran and the jihad for the short run, Putin and his rebuilding ot the Russian Empire for the long run. I don’t know if you know this put until the Japanese kicked them out the Russians held a large section of North Western China. Check out the Russo Japanese war.

      • He is looking that this trough a lens of political correctness, the politically correct thought is that Iran isn’t a threat so this man ignores it, they say Russia isn’t a threat so it isn’t . They say the Moslems kicked Russia out of Afghanistan by themselves and this is the gospel.

        You find military officers who are brilliant(a fair chunk of them) he ones that are smart (the majority of the rest) and those who stay in the military because during peacetime regulations tell them what to do and they don’t have to think or make decisions. This man belongs to the latter group.

        You will find ambitious officers in all three groups and these are willing to follow the political winds to stay on the good side of what ever politician is in charge, they think this is the way to more stars on their shoulders.

  33. Ashton Carter: U.S. to Begin ‘Direct Action on the Ground’ in Iraq, Syria

    by Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin “direct action on the ground” against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive.

    “We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” Carter said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee, using an alternative name for the militant group.

    Carter pointed to last week’s rescue operation with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to free hostages held by ISIS.

    • The reports are saying that we will be putting Green Berets in to train and advise/lead indigenous people in the fight against ISIS, this is one of the things the Berets are trained to do and one that the military very rarely uses them for. The only reason they were used this way in Afghanistan was that the Clintons had drawn down the US military to the point we did have the personnel ready to use US forces in Afghanistan. Their success proved what they can do but the regulars still don’t trust the use of native forces very much.

  34. Norway:
    When God Goes Away, Superstition Takes His Place

    People who think themselves too rational for religious belief end up believing in “astral forces,” ghosts, and other phenomena. Sometimes these superstitions take the deadly form of political ideologies that fanatical believers take up with religious fervor—Communist atheists murdered tens of millions of people in the 20th century in the irrational grip of an ugly ideology. They scoffed at the credulity of religious believers even as they worshipped the infallible insights of Stalin. Similarly, the Nazis presented their faith as an alternative to the “outgrown superstitions” of historic Christianity.

    It’s something very much worth remembering: a world without faith in God wouldn’t be a more rational or more humane place.

    • Don’t forget how the neo pagen craze is still active in the US, the people who move over there are those who want some kind of spirituality in their lives but want to be part of the in crowd. Some of them get so far in they believe the whole line of BS.

      If you want to know how sick they can get google Deep Ecology and check out the links that come up.

      • That’s why I think when we clean up the mess in Europe, we should re-introduce Christianity as an option.

        Perfectchild, do you disapprove? Other suggestions?

        • It begins to become slightly less hazy to me how this works.
          Christianity is an amazing ethical system within which, quite a diverse group of people can work in harmony to create a civilization capable of daily miracles in nearly all fields. (except dental, for some reason dentistry seems stuck in the middle ages in many ways) but Christianity requires the real politic of an agressive trained and capable force to protect it, as it is in practice a flock of sheep, from outside realities which seek to enrich itself with the wealth of Christian and post Christian civilization while claiming their own culture and religion is somehow better because they were able to take advantage of the trust inherent in Christian thought, the trust that allows the kind of specialization and cooperation that brings forth the miracles and wealth.

          While it can be argued that modern Christian thought is an amalgam of Jewish, classical Greek (a lot of Greek actually) and Roman thought, whatever it is, is quite precious and should be revitalized indeed. I think it should be clear to all who choose to look now that the alternatives have all been tried and pretty much suck. In fact I would argue, (but be perfectly happy to be corrected) that much of what makes Israel a great nation is in fact transplanted Christian and post Christian thought layered back on its Jewish roots. And where really religious Jewish culture and practice is dominant in Israel, is less tolerant and less vibrant and in some ways, certainly not in the worst ways but in some less than wonderful ways, can be compared to Islam.

          All this to say that the value added of Christianity begins to become obvious now that its influence is in retreat. And its terrifying.

          Thanks for your comment Yucki and I hope this isn’t too far afield of what you meant.

          • Not at all. Thank-you, Eeyore, I quite agree, except for one thing: There’s no comparing Haredim with Muzloids. Simply none.

            Hardline Haredim, rigid & weird, are hothouse transplants from European ghettos. In 1948 no one imagined they’d so flourish and so multiply they’d eventually acquire significant political power. They’re more a tableau vivant than representative of a living faith.

            Over the millennia laws grew from rabbinic discourse about how to live as a Jew in the Diaspora. The writers were men on the cusp of knowledge of the classical humanities. Maimonides comes to mind, soaked in the Greek philosophy he read in Arabic, and writing about Hebrew theology from the perspective of Aristotle.

            Practical Judaism is finally being refreshed by a vigorous and optimistic people, born in a sovereign democracy and living in the Promised Land. The contribution of Western, i.e. Greco-Christian, cultural values is implicit. Diaspora laws and customs are selectively abrogated, while practices from Biblical times are rediscovered.

            Living the covenant means “blessed be the fruit of the vine” – which this time around turns out to be a cherry tomato!

  35. A Mosaic “Pick” : In 1961, the great American war correspondent Martha Gellhorn reported on her visits to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Gaza, Jordan, and Jerusalem, as well as to Arab communities in Israel. It seems that not much has changed since then. She found little squalor or misery, but a great deal of hatred for Israel and America.

    Report on the Palestinian Refugees, From a Half-Century Ago

    MARTHA GELLHORN, novelist, journalist, and former war correspondent, has recently returned from a journey to the Middle East, where she went to see the “Palestinian Refugee Problem” in terms of real life, real people. Here she reports how the Arab refugees and the Arab Israelis live, and what they say about themselves, their past and their future.

  36. Pastor Investigated After Stating Jesus Did Not Want ‘Predatory Migrant Hordes’

    Local prosecutors are investigating a pastor in Germany who referred to migrants as “predatory hordes” and claimed they were creating conditions that could trigger a civil war.

    The pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Riedlingen, southwest Germany, spoke of an “illegal, sometimes even violent invasion” and said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to control the population through “civil war-like conditions”.

    The Stuttgarter Zeitung reports that the pastor – who has not been named – said: “Jesus has definitely not said that we should let our land be plundered by invading predatory hordes.”

    The mayor of Riedlingen, Marcus Schafft, said the church did not speak for the local community. “This is a counterpoint, not reflecting my opinion, nor that of the citizens of Riedlingen.”

    The pastor’s remarks were an “extreme position”, Mr Schafft said, adding that the local prosecutor must investigate their legality. However, the prosecutor said that the results of any investigation were not likely to be published until the New Year.

    If an offence has been committed, the pastor could face up to five years in jail.

    • Soft power only works when the other side doesn’t want a war either. Back during Nam the left use to talk about a war where only one side came, they refused to admit that if that happens the non violent side suffers a massacre. A fact that is about to be proven in Europe, the peace at all cost crowd is screaming because the ordinary people are arming themselves but the ones who are buying guns are the ones who will survive.

      • Always remember that no treaty is worth the paper it is written on without the military force to enforce it. The threat of an armed foe is what ensures treaties will be followed. A fact the left and the useful idiots never understand.

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