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Saturday, 07 March 2015
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From Sky News Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to Islamic State in an audio statement, according to SITE.The monitoring group said part of the message, which has been translated from Arabic, read: "We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims Ibrahim ibn Awad ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2015 4:58 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 07 March 2015
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From the Times and the Daily Mail Six children who bravely gave evidence of being groomed and used for gang sex were accused by a defence lawyer of claiming serial abuse because “it’s better to be a victim than a slag”. The Cambridge-educated QC, Michael Magarian, QC, who specialises in gang related ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2015 4:31 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 07 March 2015
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Polls in Israel are notoriously biased by the polling organizations. Probably worse than in the US. As Mike Bates, my colleague at 1330amWEBY’in Florida, said, during a recent Voice of Israel  National Security segment, “you only get the response your are seeking by asking biased questions”. That may ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2015 3:53 PM by Jerry Gordon
Saturday, 07 March 2015
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Posted on 03/07/2015 3:10 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 07 March 2015
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(Reuters) - Islamic State militants have destroyed ancient remains of the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra in northern Iraq, the tourism and antiquities ministry said on Saturday. An official told Reuters that the ministry had received reports from its employees in the northern city of Mosul, which is ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2015 10:13 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 07 March 2015
Saturday, 07 March 2015
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From an article by Suzanne Garment on Hillary Clinton's private email account: "So much for the historical record — and for the idea that you can force people to make their private thoughts public. Leave aside the question of whether it is a good idea to do so. If you try, you may be sure that those ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2015 8:55 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 07 March 2015
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Even if you remain in the camp of those who refused to be impressed by Netanyahu's artful performance before Congress, even if you have more faith in the hard-bargaining of Wendy Sherman, and John Kerry, and even if you think that Obama means it sincerely when he assures Israel's supporters at this ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2015 8:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 06 March 2015
Friday, 06 March 2015
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Here. Sudden thought: Could this be one more example of Arab propaganda, like the video of the "murdered Mohammad Al-Dura," ascribed to the Israelis by Arab Muslims and their willing collaborators such as the French journalist Charles Enderlin?In other words, could the Sunni Arabs of the Islamic ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 10:59 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 06 March 2015
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Quai d’Orsay, Feb. 24, 2015 Source: Reuters French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is convening a meeting in Paris Saturday with Western and EU members of the  P5+1  raising questions about the elements of the bi-lateral discussions between Secretary of ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 9:27 PM by Jerry Gordon
Friday, 06 March 2015
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In the part that is under anti-regime control, here's what's playing at the Roxy. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 8:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 06 March 2015
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Before Netanyahu's speech, the propaganda organ of Qatar, and The Guardian,  teamed up to "discredit" Netanyahu by leaking what was described as a "Mossad memo" and then explaining to their audience what they thought that leaked memo meant. They made much of little. Jonathan Tobin took apart both ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 8:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 06 March 2015
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Here. This Mr. Hijazi-- Shami Hijazi -- is not to be confused with another Hijazi, Raed Hijazi, who worked for a while in the late 1990s as a cab-driver in Cambridge, Mass., and then, as an Al-Qaeda member, went off to Jordan where, some months after the 9/11 attacks, he was arrested for planning ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 8:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 06 March 2015
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Here. The attack on the famous kosher restaurant Jo Goldenberg, on the rue des Rosiers, was the first major terrorist attack by Muslims. It left six dead and many wounded. After many years, the Juge d'instruction, Eric Trevidic, accumulated enough evidence to charge three men. One lives in Jordan, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 8:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 06 March 2015
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An excerpt from an article by Nicole Hong in today's Wall Street Journal; No Clear Pattern Found In U.S. Residents Who Join Islamic State March 6, 2015 04:03:00 am       U.S. authorities investigating suspected Islamic State supporters have found no clear pattern to the type ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 4:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 06 March 2015
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From Fox News - the video is here. The Ottawa gunman who killed a soldier and then stormed Parliament before being shot to death last October said in a video made moments before the attack that Canada's military had no business in Afghanistan and warned soldiers were "not even safe in your own land." That's ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 2:17 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 06 March 2015
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From the Guardian, Sky News and the Wall Street Journal A Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people standing near a tram stop in Jerusalem, injuring at least five, including four security officials, Israeli police said. None were seriously injured. The incident... happened ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 1:11 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 06 March 2015
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The term anti-Christ is used only five times in the New Testament. Often Christian fundamentalists believe that at the end time the anti-Christ will appear and attempt to lead the gullible to perdition. This is a totally inadequate understanding of the Christian doctrine of anti-Christ. In the Greek ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 6:09 AM by John Constantine
Friday, 06 March 2015
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It becomes more and more obvious that Netanyahu's objections to the Obama-Kerry-Sherman negotiations with Mohammed Zarif, are not his alone, but shared by those who, instead of attitudinizing about Netanyahu's supposed "disrespect toward Obama" and Boehner's "poiticizing the matter," look at what is ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2015 5:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 06 March 2015
Thursday, 05 March 2015
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It did not, it seems, occur to this woman to seek out the nearest Coptic Christian church and ask them to tattoo a Coptic Cross on her wrist, in order to show solidarity, not only during Lent but for the rest of her life, with one of the most persecuted - historically and in the present - branches of ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/05/2015 10:59 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 05 March 2015
Thursday, 05 March 2015
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Here. (In Russian) And if the link to Moscow Echo doesn't work -- it should but the Russian government may be interfering -- the English translation made for the BBC is here. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/05/2015 9:17 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 05 March 2015
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