13 Feb 16
The Pentagon’s vile ‘divided loyalty’ rules for Jews
Congress is rarely called upon to dispel conspiracy theories. But it needs to teach the Pentagon to separate fact from fiction, because American Jews are routinely denied security clearances based on nothing more than a fear that they are Israeli spies.
Investors are flooding into gold like it's the financial crisis all over again
Investors are flooding into precious metals as fears of a global slowdown grip markets and send people toward so-called safe-haven assets.
Debate Rages Over Praying for Atheist Richard Dawkins After Stroke
Famed atheist Richard Dawkins suffered a recent stroke, forcing him to postpone his tours to Australia and New Zealand.
His health crisis rapidly developed into a Twitter debate on if Christians should pray for his recovery.
Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'
President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire.
Austrians Need Constitutional Right to Pay in Cash, Mahrer Says
Austrians should have the constitutional right to use cash to protect their privacy, Deputy Economy Minister Harald Mahrer said, as the European Union considers curbing the use of banknotes and coins.
Israel Says EU Relations 'Friendly' Again After Label Spat
Israel's foreign ministry says relations with the European Union are "close and friendly" again after tensions arose last year over the bloc's decision to label West Bank exports.
Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the sides had "overcome the crisis" after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini spoke Friday.
12 Feb 16
Zero For 64: The U.S. Record On Prosecuting Palestinian Killers
Sixty-four American citizens have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Israel since the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, including my daughter Alisa – yet the United States has not prosecuted even one of the killers. How is that possible? That was the question that set off heated exchanges between members of Congress and a Justice Department official at a Capitol Hill hearing on February 2.
Congress Members Move to Shut Down PLO Office in U.S.
A proposed law will require the US President to certify the PLO is not engaging in specified activities or the PLO office in D.C. must close.
Jordan king, Iraqi, Saudi officials expected at Munich meet
Jordan's King Abdullah, the Iraqi prime minister and Saudi Arabia's foreign minister are among those expected at a conference opening in southern Germany, after diplomats agreed to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war.
Russia's new Syrian strategy: Ethnic cleansing
Russia's new strategy to prop Assad up is to destroy rebels' power base through ethnic cleansing, forcing supporters to flee as refugees to neighboring countries and eventually Europe.
Meeting of Pope and Patriarch may avert WWIII
The meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba on February 12 may turn out to be not only the most significant ecclesiastical event, but one of the most momentous political events in recent years. Since the schism of 1054 when the church separated into an Eastern and Western part, the differences have been irreconcilable and the two have not engaged in any dialogue.
EARTH-DIRECTED FLARE (UPDATED)
Sunspot AR2497 erupted on Feb. 11th (2103 UT), producing a C9-class solar flare and hurling a coronal mass ejection (CME) in space. Newly-arriving images from SOHO show that the CME does have an Earth-directed component: NOAA analysts are working now to determine the arrival time and possible effect of the CME's impact. Stay tuned.
Pushing the Outer Limits of Humanity and Its Bearing on Space Travel: The Trans-human Quest
“Jesus ‘became what we are so that we can become what he is’–an astronaut, an alien, a trans-human?”
Several minor earthquakes rattle Maine, is a bigger one on its way?
Several small earthquakes have rattled Maine since the beginning of February, so does that mean a big one is on the way?
Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia
A strong undersea earthquake has hit off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but no injuries or serious damage was reported immediately. The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the temblor Friday had a magnitude of 6.6 and was unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
Obama to sign customs, trade enforcement bill into law: White House
U.S. President Barack Obama will sign into law a bill that will strengthen trade enforcement rules and provide new tools to address currency manipulation, the White House said on Thursday.
The legislation, known as the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, was part of a package of trade legislation originally presented to Congress in June.
Asian shares slide as bank fears add to global gloom
Asian shares slid on Friday as mounting concerns about the health of European banks further threatened a global economic outlook already under strain from falling oil prices and slowdown in China and other emerging markets.
The prices of yen, gold and liquid government bonds of favored countries soared as investors rushed to traditional safe-haven assets.
UN rights expert accuses Israel of excessive force against Palestinians
The UN human rights investigator for Gaza and the West Bank called on Israel on Thursday to investigate what he called excessive force used by Israeli security forces against Palestinians...
Makarim Wibisono, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, also challenged Israeli authorities to charge or release all Palestinian prisoners being held under lengthy administrative detention...
CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons
CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported.
"We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan told CBS News, which released excerpts of an interview to air in full on the "60 Minutes" news program on Sunday.
Russia warns of 'new world war' starting in Syria
Russia warned of “a new world war" starting in Syria on Thursday after a dramatic day in which Gulf states threatened to send in ground forces.
Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states backing different factions in the war-torn country met in separate meetings in Munich and Brussels following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks.
Schengen zone: EU gives Greece deadline on borders
The European Union has given Greece three months to fix its border controls, in a move that could allow other Schengen zone states to maintain internal border controls.
Two weeks ago, a draft report found that Greece had "seriously neglected" its obligations to control the external frontier of the border-free zone.
Iranians mark anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution holding 'Death to America, Israel' signs
As Iranians held reenactments of the captivity of US Navy soldiers by Iran last month, President Hassan Rouhani called for political unity in Tehran on Thursday marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
A video of a crowd burning US flags was posted on social media...NBC posted video of the main rally in Tehran’s Azadi Square, which included chants of “Death to America and Israel” and anti-Western signs.
Solar cycle 24 activity continues to be lowest in nearly 200 years
r has been a couple of months since WUWT has checked in on the progress of solar cycle 24. Right now, the sun is in “cue ball” mode, with no large visible sunspots
It's Official: Global stocks are in a bear market
On Thursday, the MSCI all-country world index closed down 20% from its recent high to meet that technical definition.
The index tracks large and mid-cap stock performance across 23 developed and 23 emerging countries. It peaked last May but fell about 1% on Thursday.
ISIS use 4-year-old British boy nicknamed 'Jihadi Junior' as brutal executioner in new video
ISIS terrorists have issued a video that shows a 4-year-old British boy nicknamed “Jihadi Junior” blowing up prisoners.
Footage of the execution shows the little boy, named as Isa Dare, pushing a button on a remote control device seconds before a car explodes in a ball of flames.
Nigerian suicide bomber gets cold feet, refuses to kill
A teenage girl tore off explosives and fled as two companions completed their grisly mission at Dikwa refugee camp in Nigeria and blew themselves up, killing 58 people. The girl's tearful account is an indication that at least some of the child bombers used by Boko Haram are aware that they are about to die...
New data undermines story of Yellowstone's formation
The origins of the Yellowstone supervolcano remain controversial. The most popular theory is that the supervolcano formed from a mantle plume, a vertical column of hot rocks extending from the top of the earth's core, but a new computer model developed by scientists at the University of Illinois suggests otherwise.
11 Feb 16
Investors 'go bananas' for gold bars as global stock markets tumble
Bullion dealers report record sales as buyers "queue round the block" to purchase the precious metal
Cascadia subduction zone worse than San Andreas fault
Mother Earth slowly reveals her secrets, and this time, it's a fault line deep in the belly of the planet.
Its name is a whopper: The Cascadia subduction zone.
Russian engineers working with ISIS in Syria to produce gas
At the largest gas facility in Syria, the Tuweinan gas facility, Russian engineers are working together with ISIS forces to produce natural gas, according to reports from rebels and Turkish officials.