The U.S. Is Engaged In a Muslim Religious War … On the Side of Islamic Jihadis

Preface:  Americans would be disgusted if the might of the U.S. military and the riches of the U.S. treasury were used to support one Christian faith (say Methodists) in a shooting war against another faith (say Luterhans).   We would be even more offended if the U.S. backed one Hindu sect in a war against a competing Hindu sect, or one school of Judaism against a competing school of Judaism in an armed battle.   But that’s exactly what we’ve been doing … backing one Islamic faith against another.  We are not siding with one sect or the other.  Nor are we claiming that all people of any particular sect are bad or violent people.   What we’re saying is that the whole problem is that the U.S. is taking sides … in someone else’s religious war.

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Another terrorist attack, another U.S.-Saudi cover-up?

After the FBI rescheduled another postponed briefing on the Boston Marathon Massacre for 8 p.m. on Wednesday night – and then canceled that one, too – that was it. I was going to give the news circus a rest until morning. Came the dawn I heard that terrorism expert Steven Emerson had dropped a bombshell Wednesday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. Emerson reported that Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi national first identified as a “person of interest” and then downgraded, like a tropical storm, to “witness,” would be deported from the United States “on national security grounds.” This, Emerson added, “is very unusual.”

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Obama and US Military Divided Over Syria?

Has Syria crossed the “red line” that warrants a U.S. military invasion? Has it not? The political establishment in the United States seems at odds with itself. Obama’s government cannot speak with one voice on the issue, and the U.S. media is likewise spewing from both sides of its mouth in an attempt to reconcile U.S. foreign policy with that most stubborn of annoyances, truth.

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Tsarnaev family received $100G in benefits

The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance — a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.  “The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning,” said a person with knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee today.

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Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world’s largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.

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The great surveillance boom

FORTUNE — Video surveillance is big business. Expect it to get bigger. After law enforcement used closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help identify last week’s Boston bombing suspects, lawmakers and surveillance advocates renewed calls for increased numbers of cameras nationwide.  “We need more cameras, and we need them now,” ran a Slate headline.  Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) agrees. In an interview the day after the bombings with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, he called for more video surveillance so that we can “stay ahead of the terrorists.”

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With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.  All told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai, according to current and former advisers to the Afghan leader.  “We called it ‘ghost money,’ ” said Khalil Roman, who served as Mr. Karzai’s deputy chief of staff from 2002 until 2005. “It came in secret, and it left in secret.”

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Immigration Reform Bill May Open Door For Racist Hispanic Groups

The new “Gang of Ocho” immigration reform bill continues to be scrutinized and painted as just another amnesty for illegal immigrants bill, whose true illegal immigration colors are being veiled by the ‘trigger-happy’ measures being peddled by the likes of Senator Marco Rubio and Liberal Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer.  According to Section 2537 of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, “eligible public and private, non profit organizations” may be awarded an “Initial Entry, Adjustment, and Citizenship Assistance grant for ” the design and implementation of programs that provide direct assistance, within the scope of the authorized practice of immigration law.”

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China, India spar over Persian Gulf oil

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 26 (UPI) — China’s plan to build a second aircraft carrier and the Indian navy’s recent test-firing of a submarine-launched cruise missile should be ringing alarm bells in the Persian Gulf.  Beijing and New Delhi are squaring off militarily in the Indian Ocean, the key energy artery from the Middle East and Africa to the Asian giants who need the oil and gas to fuel their expanding economies.  eijing and New Delhi are squaring off militarily in the Indian Ocean, the key energy artery from the Middle East and Africa to the Asian giants who need the oil and gas to fuel their expanding economies.

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Europe Is Warming to Depositor Theft aka ‘Bail-In’

With little fanfare, Europe’s banking union took an important step forward this week. The European Parliament is coalescing around making uninsured depositors explicitly senior to other bank creditors in the EU’s new bank-resolution rules. The “bail-in” proposal has been on the table since last June, but last month’s Cyprus debacle has concentrated policy makers’ minds.

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NATO looks for allies to station military contingent in Central Asia

Not much time is left until 2014, when the withdrawal of NATO anti-terrorism coalition troops from Afghanistan is expected to take place; however, it still remains unknown what type of military contingent will remain in Afghanistan and Central Asia thereafter and which countries of the region will be selected by the West for this purpose.  Not much time is left until 2014, when the withdrawal of NATO anti-terrorism coalition troops from Afghanistan is expected to take place; however, it still remains unknown what type of military contingent will remain in Afghanistan and Central Asia thereafter and which countries of the region will be selected by the West for this purpose.

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Saudi’s Nitaqat Law: Trouble for Indian Expats?

Saudi Arabia’s enforcement of labor localization rules has sent many Indian workers hurrying home. How severe will the impact be?  Saudi Arabia’s Nitaqat law, designed to localize labor, could cost hundreds of thousands of expatriates their jobs. The prospect of unemployment and even deportation has triggered a wave of anxiety among Indian expatriates in the desert kingdom.

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After Boston: The Worst Is Yet to Come

Future Islamist terrorists can take comfort in the reluctance of both the media and the president to blame the culture of Islamic extremism.  Sometime in the not-to0-distant future there will be meetings of the various law enforcement agencies involved in the hunt for the Boston terrorists. They will look at what worked and what didn’t, and what the terrorists did and how they might have been stopped earlier. And sometime later down the pike, there will be an after action report, a written product of these discussions that will enable the shared experiences to serve as a learning module for future counterterrorism operations.

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Mali: UN approves new UN peacekeeping force, Minusma

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution to create a UN peacekeeping force for Mali.  The 12,600-strong force is intended to incorporate some 6,000 West African soldiers already in the country.  The resolution was proposed by France, which intervened militarily in January to drive out Islamist militants from Mali’s northern desert region.  The UN force is to deploy at the beginning of July before planned nationwide elections.

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US has ‘some confidence’ Syria used chemical weapons

US intelligence agencies believe “with varying degrees of confidence” that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels, the White House has said.  It said the nerve agent sarin had been deployed on a “small scale”, and did not say where or when it had been used.  The White House has warned chemical weapons use would be a “red line” for possible intervention, but says this intelligence does not represent proof.

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US looks to allies to secure Arabian Gulf

When Leon Panetta, the former US defence secretary, addressed an audience of diplomats and foreign policy enthusiasts earlier this week in Abu Dhabi, he was eager to praise America’s relationship with Gulf countries.  Even as Mr Panetta was paying tribute to those deepening ties, they were in evidence.  Mr Panetta’s successor, Chuck Hagel, was touring the Middle East to wrap up a US$10 billion (Dh36.7bn) arms deal to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel that is aimed, he said, at sending “a very clear signal” to Tehran that the military option remains on the table over its nuclear programme.  On the other side the Atlantic, the emir of Qatar held talks in Washington yesterday with the US president, Barack Obama, a week after White House visits by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and the Saudi foreign minister.

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U.S. foreign strategy to create new global order

Every American president since Harry Truman has announced a doctrine reflecting the priorities of each White House occupant. In his State of the Union address to Congress in February 2013, Barack Obama set out his priorities. Globally, Obama intends to put the United States at the head of two giant economic blocks – the Transatlantic and Trans-Pacific Partnerships. This should ensure Washington’s leadership in a polycentric system of international relations.  Simultaneously, Obama – who is trying to put an end to a “decade of wars” unleashed by his predecessor George Bush Jr. – faces the task of beating an orderly retreat from the international arena without letting it turn into a panicked flight. This scheme has become a key component of the “Obama doctrine”. It is based on the concept of a “smart force”, which emphasizes non-military means for securing U.S. influence in a multi-polar world.

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China Deploys Carrier Killer Missile Near Taiwan

Asian Security: As Korea festers, our friends in Beijing have deployed near Taiwan a powerful missile designed to take out U.S. aircraft carriers as Beijing strengthens its ability to prevent U.S. forces from aiding Taiwan.  When North Korea announced the 1953 Armistice was considered null and void and threatened renewed missile tests, the U.S. rushed naval assets to the region, including two destroyers equipped with the Aegis anti-missile defense system. We presumably would do so if things heated up between Beijing and its claimed “lost province,” Taiwan.

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Boston Marathon bombings: How notorious bombers got caught

How do you catch a bomber? History shows it can take hours or years – and success requires good luck, good timing and good police work.  The manhunt portion of the Boston bombing case came to an end last week in dramatic fashion. Only three days after two explosives detonated by the Boston Marathon finish line, police had picked the suspected bombers out of the crowd of spectators, later identifying them as brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  By Friday morning, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was dead and the entire city and some surrounding suburbs were shut down as armed police officers combed the streets. On Friday night, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody.

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Chemtrails: An Obvious Overhead Pollutant Ignored and Denied

Have you ever seen those long smoke-lines in the sky and wondered what they are? Some may be jet vapor contrails, but others are known as chemtrails. Most of the population doesn’t know, but these trails, loaded with heavy metals that have been measured in the water and air at several different worldwide locations, are actually a threat to your health.  Contrails are the result of jet engine vapors condensing into tiny ice particles at high altitude. They are usually not very dense and evaporate quickly. They never extend from one side of the sky to the other, not even close! These trails are dense and linger, often from horizon to horizon, sometimes widening to form streaky clouds.