Thursday, 30 June 2016
Istanbul Bombers from Dagestan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
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Daily Sabah:

Police in Istanbul and ?zmir conducted a series of raids on Thursday in various parts of the city as part of operations targeting Daesh terrorists, and detained at least 20 suspects following the Brussels-style attacks on Atatürk Airport which killed at least 41 people on Tuesday night. The nationality of suicide bombers was also revealed on Thursday.

Reports have said that one of the suicide bombers is from Dagestan region in Russia, while the others are from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

According to the Anadolu Agency, police raided 16 addresses in Istanbul's Pendik and Sultanbeyli districts on the Asian side, and Ba?ak?ehir district on the European side and detained 13 suspects, three of whom are reportedly foreign nationals.

In the Aegean coastal city of ?zmir, police detained at least nine suspects.

Meanwhile, Turkish security forces killed two suspected Daesh terrorists at the border with Syria, when they tried to illegally cross into Turkey and ignored warnings to stop.

According to security sources, the suspects were Syrians who were in contact with Daesh supporters Abu Ali and Mustafa Demir.

One of them was identified as Muhammad Arab, who was wanted by Turkey and listed in intelligence reports as a potential suspect who could carry out suicide attacks in the capital Ankara and southern Adana province.

Turkey strengthened security measures throughout the country following deadly shooting and triple suicide attacks on Istanbul's Atatürk Airport on June 28.

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Posted on 06/30/2016 5:24 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
Muslim Arab Teen Hops Fence, Enters Random Home, Stabs 13-year-old Girl To Death in Her Bed
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NYTimes:

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian youth leapt over a fence surrounding a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and stabbed and killed a teenage girl on Thursday before he was killed by a resident, the Israeli military and the news media reported.

The assault in the settlement of Kiryat Arba was the latest in a series of violent attacks that began eight months ago and that have left over 30 Israelis dead. More than 210 Palestinians have also been killed, most while carrying out attacks or when thought about to do so.

June, however, has been a particularly deadly month.

The assailant was identified by Palestinian health officials as Mohammad Trayreh, 19, of Bani Naim, a sprawling town separated from Kiryat Arba by hills and a highway. He jumped over the settlement fence and walked to an isolated house where he stabbed the girl, identified by Israeli news reports as Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, in her bedroom. A photograph of the blood-spattered room was released by the Israeli military.

Mr. Tarayreh then stabbed one of the volunteer security officers at the scene before he was shot and killed. Ms. Ariel was rushed to a hospital, where she died. The security officerwas in moderate to serious condition, Israeli radio reported.

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Posted on 06/30/2016 5:13 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix
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Judicial Watch:

One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic—but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual. Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.

It’s not clear if the agency, which is responsible for cracking down on the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, did this because the individual was involved in the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme. An ATF spokesman, Corey Ray, at the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters told Judicial Watch that “no firearms used in the Paris attacks have been traced” by the agency. When asked about the ROI report linking the weapon used in Paris to Phoenix, Ray said “I’m not familiar with the report you’re referencing.” Judicial Watch also tried contacting the Phoenix ATF office, but multiple calls were not returned.

The ATF ran the Fast and Furious experiment and actually allowed criminals, “straw purchasers,” working for Mexican drug cartels to buy weapons at federally licensed firearms dealers in Phoenix and allowed the guns to be “walked”—possessed without any knowledge of their whereabouts. The government lost track of most of the weapons and many have been used to murder hundreds of innocent people as well as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, in Arizona. A mainstream newspaper reported that a Muslim terrorist who planned to murder attendees of a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas last year bought a 9-millimeter pistol at a Phoenix gun shop that participated in the ATF’s Fast and Furious program despite drug and assault charges that should have raised red flags. Judicial Watch has thoroughly investigated Fast and Furious and has sued the Obama administration for information about the once-secret operation.

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Posted on 06/30/2016 4:55 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Bleeding Israel
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by G. Murphy Donovan (July 2016)

Hillary Clinton has a lot going for her in 2016. Among her primary assets we might list genitals (aka “first woman”), Bill’s and Barack’s coattails, pastel pant suits, felons, feminists, plus sizes, dependents, gender benders, hyphenated minorities, and anti-Semites.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 12:29 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Another Sabitri
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by Dilip Mohapatra (July 2016)

Shuffling of boots of the security men

on the hospital's cobble stoned courtyard

where the national flag is to be hoisted

on the Republic Day  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:52 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Hijaz
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by Brandon Marlon (July 2016)

Heat dements rival sheikhs intent on a gymkhana
to determine superior breeding among stables;
shaded by canopies and awnings,
tastemakers rate every caracole and gambade,  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:47 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Entropology:
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by James Como (July 2016)

This rabbit hole is ours, we the guild

who write ‘sonnets’ with a fifteenth line,

and hip-hop a waltz to four-four time,  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:42 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
A Bare Day
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by Bibhu Padhi (July 2016)

The last sleep was long.

Was it sleep at all?

A mere drama of rest  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:38 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Among Love’s Turnings: Two Poems
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by Evelyn Hooven (July 2016)

MORNING SONG

 

Waking, crossing

This threshold

While you sleep there,  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:34 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Jamshid the Persian and Waraka the Arabian in the Indian Court of Harshavardhana
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by A. Human Being (July 2016)

January 11, 630 AD: Kanauj, The Harsha Empire, Central Bharata (India)

Once upon a time in the far off land of Bharata, east of Arabia, lived a great king named Harshavardhana, who was known far and wide for not only having united north India and being crowned Maharaja at the young age of sixteen, but for ruling the citizens of this vast land with great justice and wisdom.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:28 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Gotham City, Zone III, 2085
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by James LePore (July 2016)

When the brain chip was invented and put into use that was the beginning of the end. They’re probably listening to me right now as I write this. If not, their key-word engine will alert them to me very quickly, probably before I’m done typing.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:23 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Kosti’s Ramón
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by Richard Kostelanetz (July 2016)

For my friend Tere (Gonzalez Minguez).

Having produced appropriate book-art homages to Guillaume Apollinaire (known to his friends as Kostro) and to Nathanael West (commonly called Pep), among others, I’d like to do likewise by another modern writer to whom I am increasingly sympathetic—the Spaniard Ramón Gomez de la Serna (1887-1963), known even to strangers only as Ramón.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:16 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
The Waning Age of Accidental Saints
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by Joe Bissonnette (July 2016)

"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”  Twelfth Night

It is the most memorable line in the play, placed in the mouth of the least attractive character, the puritanical Malvolio whose name means ‘ill will’. But it is in our response to Malvolio that Shakespeare turns the screw.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:09 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Shakespeare’s House of Cards: An Anniversary Celebration
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by David P. Gontar (July 2016)

On March 10, 1613 the renowned English playwright William Shakespeare bought for 140 pounds a dwelling place in Blackfriars, London. This innocent act perplexes a few renegade antiquarians who ask, Since the gentleman retired to Stratford-on-Avon in that self-same year of 1613, where he spent his sunset years from 1613 to 1616, how and why did he acquire a London residence when, presumably, he was just vacating one?  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:57 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Latest North Korean Missiles Tests Raise Questions about Missile Defense
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by Jerry Gordon (July 2016)

On May 6, 2016, a panel was held on “Naval Aviation - Today and Tomorrow,” at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida. There, Admiral William "Bill" Gortney, retiring NORAD Commander, raised the matter of how "hot the Korean Peninsula" has become. He was concerned about threats from missile and nuclear testing by North Korea.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:51 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Where is the American Muslim Babe Ruth?
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by Norman Berdichevsky (July 2016)

On December 22, 1942, just a year from the attack on Pearl harbor, an ad was placed in The New York Times expressing the devotion and patriotism of loyal German-Americans to the United States, and their determined opposition to Nazi tyranny and the cold blooded extermination of the Jews of Europe and the barbarities committed against other peoples that was corrupting the soul of the German people expressed by the words “We utterly repudiate” every thought and deed of the Nazis.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:46 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
The Sunni-Shia Divide and Islam’s Puzzling Origins
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by Emmet Scott (July 2016)

In my Impact of Islam (2014) and Guide to the Phantom Dark Age (2014) I argued in some detail that Muhammad was a fictitious character conjured to life by the Umayyad Caliphs in the late seventh century in order to justify and legitimize the Arab usurpation of the Persian Sassanid Empire.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:41 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
The Ethnic Turks of Germany, Or “We Didn’t Expect That”
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by Hugh Fitzgerald (July 2016)

The Turks were the first large group of Muslims to move into Western Europe, beginning in the early 1960s, when Turkish men were brought to Germany as Gastarbeiter (“Guest Workers”) at the time of Germany’s boom or “economic miracle.”  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:37 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Playing It Straight: The Gay Response to Islamic Terror
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by Timothy D. Lusch (July 2016)

One could be forgiven for being mystified by the response of the LGBT community following Omar Mateen’s history making massacre in June. The response, of course, inhered in the usual pledges of solidarity and cyber support, calls for cross cultural unity, and the ever popular accusations of homophobia (accusations that ring hollow after evidence emerged that Mateen may have been gay).  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:32 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Brexit: Keep Calm and Carry On
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by Conrad Black (July 2016)

The immediate reaction to the Brexit vote in the international media and financial markets illustrates again the complacency and vacuity of the governing elites of the West. There was never any reason to imagine the Remainers would win on the basis of the piffle that David Cameron brought back from Brussels.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:26 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Hyphenated America
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by G. Murphy Donovan (July 2016)

“It’s always good to be underestimated.” – Donald Trump

Matters of form, not substance, are the things that get Donald Trump in trouble with the media and the establishment in 2016. Trump has not mastered the Orwellian arts; empty words, doublespeak, vacuous promises, and cluelessness.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:22 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
The Multi-Cultural Scam and the Victimology Racket
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by Samuel Hux (July 2016)

The black intellectual at this moment in American cultural history is sitting pretty. He is after all the one the white liberal yields to in matters of race; he gives the marching orders. “The black intellectual” sounds a bit too inclusive because logically it has to include people like Thomas Sowell. But we all know that the designation is really exclusivemore>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:17 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
“That’s Who We Are”
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by Hugh Fitzgerald (July 2016)

On June 23, Barack Obama expressed some unhappiness with the Supreme Court. By a vote of 4-4, a tie that effectively upheld a lower court’s ruling, the Court blocked Obama’s attempt, through Executive Orders, to protect from deportation millions of illegal immigrants who were the parents of U.S. citizens, or permanent residents, and to institute a program providing similar protections for young undocumented aliens.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:13 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Trump Tells the Truth on Islamist Terror
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by Conrad Black (July 2016)

It is with extreme reluctance that I endorse anything uttered by the television pontificator Bill Maher. He is in every aspect slovenly, and in all matters affects a world-weary, comedic-nihilist fatigue with the entire human cavalcade. But miracles do occur, even in the banal sphere of TV comedy.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:09 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Tortured by Circumstance
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by Theodore Dalrymple (July 2016)

I once had a patient who claimed to have been a torturer in the Syrian army. Unfortunately for him, he failed to give satisfaction in this capacity or otherwise fell out with his employers, and found himself in receipt of the attentions that he had not long before given to others. I suppose this is not an uncommon trajectory among torturers.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:03 AM by NER
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