As one Israeli spokesman said, “There are two Gazas, one above ground and one below ground: an underground terrorist city.”

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Joan Rivers — GOES OFF on Epic Israel/Palestine Rant

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Published on Jul 25, 2014 by TMZ
Joan Rivers dropped jettisoned comedy for politics … unleashing an impassioned defense of Israel that included an awesome New York/New Jersey analogy.

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Published on Jul 25, 2014 by Coffee with Sr. Vassa
Subtitles will be available soon. Coffee-mugs are available at www.healthyweb.net. A weekly, brief reflection on the church calendar, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna, Austria. Ep.33 features an interview with D. Galadze!!

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Telegraph (UK) has the story:

Smiley holding nose

The 2009 “underpants bomb” plot failed because the terrorist had been wearing his explosive-laden undergarments for more than two weeks and soiled the explosives, a senior US official said.

Umar Abdulmutallab sent shockwaves through US intelligence when he successfully smuggled a bomb onto a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day three years ago.

The British-educated Nigerian was able to light the bomb but it failed to explode, causing minor burns to the would-be bomber but sparing his fellow passengers.

John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Thursday that the bomb did not detonate because Abdulmutallab had been wearing the same underwear for more than two weeks.

“He had it with him for over two weeks,” Mr Pistole said at the Aspen Security Forum.

Asked by his interviewer whether the bomb’s fuse had become “damp” from two weeks of wear, Mr Pistole said: “Let’s say it was degraded. We’re getting kind of personal now.”

Mr Pistole, who oversees the agency tasked with protecting America’s civilian air traffic from terrorism, agreed with the interviewer when she remarked: “Thank goodness for bad hygiene, right?”

Abdulmutallab, now 27, was sentenced to life in prison for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder.

His bomb was made by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terror group’s deadly Yemeni offshoot.

Western intelligence remains concerned that AQAP will try to find a European or American jihadist trained in Syria and supply them with a sophisticated bomb that can slip undetected onto a plane.

Watch the full discussion on YouTube.

Credit: The Aspen Institute

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Published on Jul 19, 2014 by Coffee with Sr. Vassa
Subtitles: ENGLISH, BULGARIAN, RUSSIAN, SERBIAN, MACEDONIAN and ROMANIAN. Coffee-mugs are available at www.healthyweb.net. A weekly, brief reflection on the church calendar, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna, Austria. Ep.32 on St. Macrina.

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Telegraph (UK) has the story:

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The tiger is currently being cared for at a zoo Photo: CEN

By Mark Molloy 1:59PM BST 24 Jul 2014

Mexican authorities searching an abandoned house were left stunned when they discovered a Bengal tiger locked in a cage.

Police officers, who found the endangered animal after a tip-off from a member of the public, say it is a “complete mystery” how the tiger got there.

They were searching a property in the municipality of Chilapa de Alvarez, in the state of Guerrero, when they heard a strange noise.

The female tiger was found inside a locked room and police suspect it was illegally owned.

Police spokesman Leonidas Bueno Escamilla said the big cat was in a “good condition”.

“She didn’t have any food or water to hand, but we don’t think she could have been there for long,” he told AFP Indonesia.

“The cage was much too small for an animal of this size, it’s a complete mystery what the tiger was doing there.”

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inSerbia has the story ignored by the western media:

Iraq: ISIL orders female genital mutilation in Mosul

Militant group Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday, Al-Akhbar reports.

The “fatwa” issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said.

“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.

No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.

Islam wages the real war against women.

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Remember Khaybar

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Published on Jul 24, 2014 by Acts17Apologetics
http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2014/07/remember-khaybar.html
Muslim rallies against Israel often include the chant, “Khaybar, Khaybar, Ya Yahud! Jaish Muhammad Sa Ya’ud!” (“Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews! The Army of Muhammad Will Return!”). Interestingly, Muhammad was poisoned at Khaybar, and he eventually died from the effects of the poison. Should Muslims be telling Jews to remember the battle that got their prophet killed?

This video is a call for peace between Muslims and Jews.

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Location of Maldives

New Indian Express has the story:

Societies provide oxygen for Islamists to grow in their midst. The liberal atmosphere of Britain, notably in institutions like the London School of Economics, over past decades offered sanctuaries for Islamists, considering their arguments as legitimate politics against imperialism. Saudi Arabia is bankrolling Wahhabism across the world. Pakistani society has been transformed into a 24×7 seminary for nurturing arguments favourable to jihadists and fatal to Muslim reformists. Under Saudi-Pakistani influence, now the Maldivian society is being transformed on a jihadist path.

Jihadists are armed Islamists; their methods differ but goals are the same: establishing sharia rule. In May, Maldivian national Abu Turab was among militants who carried out a suicide bombing in Syria. In tributes, jihadists noted that Turab was a loving husband and a grandfather. Another Maldivian was killed in Syria a few days later. They were not the first Maldivian suicide bombers. The first was Ali Jaleel who attacked a Pakistani intelligence office in Lahore in 2009. Last October, two Syria-bound Maldivian nationals were arrested from Malé as they were to board a plane. Currently, 20 Maldivians are fighting in Syria. The Maldives is at a turning point which favours jihadists.

Also, the latest developments connect India’s southern shore to jihadist threats emerging via Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In January 2010, Air India planes were alerted that hijacking could be attempted from airports at Colombo, Dhaka or Yangon. The recent arrest of Sri Lankan national Shakir aka Zakir Hussain in Chennai revealed that he made 20 reconnaissance trips to India to facilitate terrorists from the Maldives to attack Israeli and US consulates in Bangalore and Chennai. His arrest revealed terror cells in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India operated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). That the threats are real became clear when bombs exploded on a train in Chennai in May. Sri Lanka has stopped its visa-on-arrival facility for Pakistanis, fearing it is becoming a transit point for terrorists.

A vital point: terror attacks in India—those in Kashmir or by the Indian Mujahideen elsewhere—have so far been connected to Pakistan, but in the near future threats will emerge from terrorists who are ideologically committed by jihad, and are not necessarily controlled by the ISI. For example, Muslim youth from Tamil Nadu working in Singapore were recruited into jihad and went to Syria. There are also reports that one Indian went to Iraq to fight as part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now called the Islamic State. There are also Indian Muslims training as part of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan-Afghanistan. From Syria to the Maldives there’s a Pakistan connection but the Singaporean link points to the rise of ideological jihadists in India.

In February, tourists were furious when hotels in the Maldives abruptly cancelled their bookings. The cancellations were triggered by Saudi Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud who booked three entire islands. The Saudis are exerting religious influence on Maldivian society. Journalist Charles Haviland reported: Prince Salman promised to build 10 world-class mosques in the Maldives; Saudi scholars gave $100,000 for Islamic education and announced scholarships for Maldivians to study in Saudi Arabia; a five-year soft loan of $300 million was given last year. Maldivians are visiting the Middle East and Pakistan in large numbers to study, and return.In April, Pakistan’s Roznama Ummat reported that Saudis are “thinking of building a base consisting of three islands” as well as mosques and madrassas with Pakistani manpower.

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Radio New Zealand has the story:

Newly released documents show keeping on the good side of Washington was one reason the Government decided to share financial information with the United States authorities.

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA), allowing New Zealand financial institutions to comply with a US crackdown on American tax evaders, was passed in June as part of an agreement between the two countries.

Under the agreement, the Inland Revenue Department could start collecting tax and penalties on behalf of the American tax authorities.

Financial institutions have to give the US tax department details of taxpayers living here who are American citizens or permanent residents.

Documents released to Radio New Zealand News show the Government considered the legislation important for the country’s relationship with the US.

The Government had previously said the aim was to help financial institutions avoid hefty penalties and reduce compliance costs.

The released documents show the Government pushed through enabling legislation without the text of the agreement being able to be properly scrutinised by a parliamentary select committee.

Worst policy – Peters

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said the agreement was the worst piece of policy he had ever seen and questioned how the select committee was supposed to properly examine the legislation without seeing the agreement.

“They don’t understand the paramountcy of Parliament or the sovereignty of this country, when we are asked to go through this sort of arrangement without knowing anything about the background deal or agreement. So in every way it’s totally mickey mouse – and that’s not an exaggeration.”

Labour Party MP David Clark said the Government appeared to have capitulated to America’s demands.

“It appears that the New Zealand Government were very slow to enter negotiations and from what we know to date, it seems that they were very willing to capitulate to everything that the US wanted, without really looking out for New Zealand’s interests.”

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter said the legislation was pushed through Parliament in haste and was poor policy making.

“The power is being held by the executive, to make these decisions, and they’re trying to avoid a situation where they have to come back to Parliament and go through a normal scrutiny when they’re going to enter into agreements with other countries,” she said.

“I think that this problematic. We have a Parliament so they can scrutinise legislation.”

Costs to NZ banks

Bankers Association chief executive Kirk Hope said financial institutions faced millions of dollars of costs to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

Chief executive Kirk Hope said banks had to make quite considerable system changes to ensure they could supply the information.

“We don’t have a final cost assessment but it is in the millions, rather than the hundreds of thousands or anything like that. It’s reasonably significant.”

Mr Hope said as an example, the cost of compliance with FACTA in Australia was estimated by the banks to be about $400 million. “So if you think about the subset that operate in New Zealand, it’s fairly high.”

New Zealand taxpayers will also be picking up part of the tab, with nearly $12 million set aside over the next five years to ensure the IRD’s systems can work with the US systems.

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Please spread the word.

Israel has a new 24 hour internet news channel broadcasting in English (also French and Arabic) from Tel Aviv.

This is the link: http://www.i24news.tv/en/tv/live

It is a 24-hour news feed from the Israeli perspective, and is intended to rival CNN, Fox, Al-Jazeera, BBC, etc. It covers world news but also has a specific Israel news section.

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Afghanistan: Outside the Wire- End Game

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Published on Jul 15, 2014 by 1LUXVOX
Military journalist Scott Taylor, long-time publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine, made his sixth visit to Afghanistan in late-2013 to reflect on 12 years of Canadian engagement — and what the country looks like after Canada’s military withdrawal. A CPAC Production

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Raymond Ibrahim: New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on…Muslims

The new “caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – the Islamic State, formerly ISIS – recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr (632-634). It will do this specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims – in Islamic parlance, the “hypocrites” and “apostates,” or in Western terminology, “moderates.”

This came out in the context of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, with some Muslims asking the newly formed “caliphate” when it would launch a jihad on the Jewish state.

The Islamic State’s response? “Allah in the noble Koran does not command us to fight Israel or the Jews until we fight the apostates and hypocrites.”

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Rocket News 24 has the story:

In Japan, since so many people who love cute animals live in apartments that don’t allow pets, you can find cafes that’ll let you relax in the company of everything from owls to bunnies. The most common and widely documented are of course cat cafes, but what do you do when you’re craving not only a little feline companionship, but also want something a bit stronger than a cup of coffee?

Simple: you head to the cat pub in Tokyo.

Located on the Seibu Ikebukuro train line, Ekoda Station and the surrounding Ashigaoka neighborhood don’t draw especially large numbers of visitors. It’s just another six minutes to Ikebukuro Station, where they are far more dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

Ashigaoka does have something Ikebukuro doesn’t, though, in the form of a unique izakaya. Somewhere between a bar and ordinary restaurant, izakaya offer a wide range of alcoholic drinks and a selection of small plates of food to pair with them. What they usually don’t have is a group of cats roaming about, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Akanasu.

Akanasu opens at 6 p.m., slightly earlier than many of the other izakaya in its neighborhood. On the day we stopped by, we were the first customers to arrive, and no sooner had we opened the creaky wooden door than we received a warm greeting.

At the top of the stairs leading up to the dining room area was Chi, Akanasu’s “head of business operations.” Encouraged by her hospitality, we made our way upstairs where we didn’t see any other diners, but did find a few more kitties.

With its soft lighting and potted plants, Akanasu at first feels more like a retro-style coffee shop than a pub, but rest assured, there’s a proper izakaya menu, which includes such offerings as a mixed hors d’oevre plate for 700 yen (US$6.85) and baked cheese doria for 750 yen. Cocktails start at 450 yen and a glass of white wine is 500, both pretty reasonable prices for Tokyo. There’s also a two-and-a-half-hour all-you-can-drink deal for 1,999 yen, which gives you plenty of time to get tipsy enough that your hiccups will synch up with the surrounding meows.

“I don’t really look like a cat person, do I?” asked the good-natured owner, Koyanagai. Honestly, we’d say we have to agree with his self-assessment, though we could easily imagine him being the proud owner of a handful of Great Danes.

In actuality, though, there’s never been a time in his life that Koyanagai, who’s now in his 60s, hasn’t owned a cat. His family already had one when he was born, and as he got older, Koyanagi and his wife began taking in cats from animal shelters. For some of the animals, this was supposed to be a temporary arrangement, but the couple found themselves becoming attached to the creatures, and ended up giving them a permanent home.

Koyanagi says he’s drawn to the capricious nature of cats. True to his word, even though the animals spend time in his place of business, they aren’t compelled to work. Signs inside the restaurant ask customers to refrain from grabbing the cats or coercing them into playing when they’re not in the mood. Whether the cats interact with the customers is entirely up to them, as evidenced by the few we noticed nonchalantly taking cat naps while we ate our meal.
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Restaurant information

Neko Bar Akanasu / 猫BAR 赤茄子
Address: Tokyo-to, Nerima-ku, Ashigaoka 1-77-2, second floor
東京都練馬区旭丘1-77-2 2F
Telephone: 03-6915-3166
Open 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Closed Mondays
Twitter @Cat_Bar_Akanasu

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July 18, 2014

The claim today by Obama that “Putin is arming and training Ukraine Separatists” is a ruse…another hideous Obama distortion of the facts.

The U.S. State Department and Pentagon armed and trained Croatian “Separatists” in 1991 including turning a blind eye to 15 retired American generals who secretly went to Croatia to specifically take sides in a war that President Clinton insisted the U.S. was not taking sides.

These generals even managed to turn off the AWACS radar so that during OPERATION STORM in 1995, Croatia could violate the “No-Fly” zone to bomb and strafe fleeing Serbian refugees…a war crime by every stretch of the truth. The Croats also dragged Serbs off of their carts and wagons and beat them to death…480 Serbs were murdered as Ambassador Peter Galbraith rode the lead vehicle out of the Krajina—never looking back to see the carnage taking place and never filing a report afterwards with the American government…a month later Ambassador Galbraith went to place a wreath on the graves of Croatian Nazis reburied among the graves of their Serbian, Jewish and Roma victims. “Truth and Justice” as Obama claimed we seek is a moronic joke by the American government.

In 1993 the United States and these 15 retired American generals then armed and trained Bosnian Muslim “Separatists” and went on to arm and train Albanian “Separatists” in Kosovo in 1998 before the 1999 bombing of Serbia in which Ambassador William Walker claimed to discover 45 Albanian victims called the ‘Racak Massacre’ as the pretext to bomb Serbia. Two years later forensic experts from 4 countries disclosed that “the 45 Albanians were killed the previous day in a pitched battle between Albanian and Serbian forces a battle covered by AP and Reuters. The forensic findings said…   …the bodies were moved to the near bloodless crime scene; their military uniforms were exchanged for street clothing and the bodies were mutilated after they were dead.” Ambassador William Walker was an expert stage manager of the Racak event.  On a radio interview the following Walker proclaimed in his discovery that he “only cried two times in his life…when his mother died and when he saw the victims of the Racak Massacre.” I was interview by that same radio station and I asked “why William Walker, the Ambassador to El Salvador when thousands were decapitated, their heads placed on pikes dotted the countryside he did not cry then?” The answer was quite clear, those goons and thugs were trained on American military bases and the U.S. government was behind this grotesque tragedy.

It is clear that Obama is the world’s biggest liar along with UN Ambassador Samantha Power who, while covering the dismemberment wars in former Yugoslavia as a journalists was totally for the U.S. secret involvement and the secret arming and training of Serbia’s enemies. She turned a blind eye to these so called “moral issues,” and more than 30,000 Serbian deaths…now she preaches Obama’s lies that all the U.S. seeks in the Ukraine is this “Truth and Justice”  nonsense.


This is pure American BULL SHIT, the U.S. is up to its eyeballs in fomenting much of the violence in the world including the terrorists Nazis in the Ukraine and to feeds the “military-industrial complex” that President Eisenhower warned us against. Billions of dollars went into corporate profits from the bombing of Serbia in which the United States emptied out 50 years of weapons storage that was unloaded on the heads of the Serbian people doing over $80 billion in damage. More bombs were dropped in 78 days on Yugoslavia in 1999 then were dropped during 4 years of WWII. Our duplicity, our eavesdropping and our spy network throughout the world betrays Obama’s words today that we only seek “Truth and Justice.”  

No Mr. President, we seek secret information about other nations in order to undermine and destroy smaller defenseless countries for our own benefit and hidden agenda. The building of Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo is an example.  Bondsteel is the single largest American Military Base in the world built since Vietnam, in this Balkan Civil War in which less then 96,000 were killed on all sides. Construction began two months after the bombing in 1999 so the war was just a pretext to build a new military base in Europe since we have promised the Germans that by 20/20 we will no longer have a military presence in Germany.

Below is just a portion of the 15 retired American generals who became mercenaries for hire from the United States as Clinton and Obama now pretend our hands are clean in these international conflicts and war crimes.

American Generals as Mercenaries, “MPRI (in Alexandria, Virginia) represents the who’s who for a generation of officers who rose through the ranks during the cold war.” (Washington Times, Nov. 25, 1996).

A sad commentary on what happens when honorable men succumb to greed. During the Cold War the lines between friend and foe were usually well defined. Today, it is not clear whose side we are on in the various regional, ethnic and religious conflicts in the world.  We totally ignored the fact that during the 1990′s over 600 Serbian Orthodox Christian churches were destroyed with impunity…Then when 4 Coptic churches were razed recently Obama spoke out yet makes no mention that Christians throughout the Middle East are being singled out and victimized…it reveals the hypocrisy of the American government and this White House more interested in Muslim success then Christian survival.

This fact does not seem to deter the military professionals of MPRI—(Military Professional Resources Inc.,) who, lured by the big bucks sold their expertise to the Croatian Army and who, with the help of these generals, trained and secretly supplied weapons and participated in the planning of Operation Storm the ethnic cleansing of 250,000 Serbians from the Croatian Krajina in 1995—The single largest ethnic cleansing since WWII. The American public was duped by the Clinton lie of “neutrality” and alleged support of the Dayton Agreement until the Croats, Bosnian Muslims and Kosovo Albanians could amputate territories from Serbia and to secede.

Here are only 7 of the American soldiers of fortune:

Lt. Gen. Ed Soyster (USA, Ret) “supporter of government policy” to which he “devoted 35 years of his life” sounds too much like the self-serving drivel these same men detested when our senior officers during the Vietnam War determined that “supporting government policy” (and enhancing their careers) was more important than looking out for the troops in the field or doing what was necessary to win the war.

Carl Stiner, a member of the MPRI board of directors, saw combat in two wars. He led the Joint Special Operations Command and personal helped in the 1985 capture of the Achille Lauro hijackers, facing down Egyptian commandos to negotiate the terrorists’ surrender.

Maxwell Thurman, another board member of MPRI, was know as “Maxatollah” for his demanding presence as head of the U.S. Southern Command during the Panama invasion is a brilliant tactician who helped develop modern warfare doctrine. As head of the Army’s Recruiting Command, he originated the slogan “Be All You Can Be” campaign. Serbs wondered if all you can be includes taking full advantage of making a buck, even if it means revealing your military knowledge, bought and paid for by American taxpayers and selling those skills to a country like Croatia who declared war on the United States in 1941 and has never rescinded that threat.

General Vuono, a Slav, is vice president and general manager of MPRI. He was an artillery officer with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He oversaw both the Gulf War and the Panama invasion as Army Chief of Staff. Being all he could be was to become a traitor against those who signed his pay check for years.

Admiral Hardisty, another board member, flew more than 100 combat missions over Vietnam, served on the Joint Chief of Staff and commanded U.S. forces in the Pacific. He serves on the CIA’s military advisory panel. Can any American imagine a CIA advisory panel member sharing his knowledge with foreign nationals?

Richard Trefry, executive vice president of MPRI, rose from buck private to inspector general of the army. He served as a military adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Laos and as a military assistant to the White House under President Bush.

General Kroesen, MPRI’s board chairman, is a veteran of three wars. The Silver Star and Purple Heart were among his many medals when he retired in 1983 after serving as commander of U.S. forces in Europe. He survived a rocket-grenade attack on his armored limousine by German terrorists.

“BE ALL YOU CAN BE” seems to now stand for stuffing one’s pockets, screw professionalism, integrity and honor. Are these high-ranking retired officers incapable of surviving on their $250,000 per year pensions without selling their military training and secrets to foreign rebels and “separatists” lunatics? The hypocrisy of becoming foreign mercenaries is offensive and should be illegal—it sends a hideous message to the current crop of cadets at West Point?

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