28 Jan 15
FEAR GRIPS VATICAN: 'Islamic State is clear. They want to kill the Pope'
Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See, Habib Al Sadr, at the time warned that "what has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear. They want to kill the Pope. The threats against the Pope are credible."
ECONOMIC EARTHQUAKE: IBM rumored to lay off 110,000 employees - biggest cull in business history
There are alarming indications that the largest corporate layoff in history may be near. There are rumors afoot that computer IBM plans to lay off 110,000 employees shortly. As their entire worldwide workforce is estimated at 430,000, this represents a quarter of their employees.
Top Obama Aid Working to Defeat Israeli Right
A top appointee in President Barack Obama’s 2012 election campaign is now working to defeat Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the upcoming March election in Israel, according to the Daily Caller website.
Ukraine looking more like Poland on the brink of World War Two
more than 9,000 Russian soldiers and several hundred tanks are on active duty in Ukraine and that 7 percent of his nation’s territory is effectively occupied. “If this is not aggression, what is aggression?” he asked.
Moscow Talks to Defuse Syrian War Begin
Syrian opposition figures and representatives of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began talks in Moscow Wednesday, but there was little hope that they would make a breakthrough in ending the country's bloody four-year civil war that has claimed over 200,000 lives.
Secret planting of up to 75,000 Syrian Muslims begins in U.S.
refugees, most of them Muslims, will be resettled in cities throughout the U.S. in 2015, with that figure expected to surge to near 75,000 over the next five years.
Obama’s Policies Bring the Golan to a Boil
ISIS gained a foothold there when the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade of the Free Syrian Army “defected” from the de facto alliance with the U.S.-Arab coalition against Assad, and declared its allegiance to ISIS. The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade had been one of the most active rebel factions holding territory directly adjacent to the “area of separation” between Syria and Israel
On Monday, Jan. 26th, mountain-sized asteroid 2004 BL86 flew past Earth--and it was not alone. NASA radar images revealed, to the surprise of astronomers, that the space rock has its own moon.
Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants
The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants...
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he wants to spark the debate in the Republican-controlled Congress over a new authorization to fight IS, which has been fighting for territory in Iraq and Syria.
Photos Show China Military Buildup on Island Near Senkakus
Recent satellite photos of an island off the coast of China confirm Beijing’s buildup of military forces within attack range of Japan’s Senkaku islands.
Construction of a helicopter base on Nanji Island was observed by a commercial spy satellite in October.
Arab lawmakers shake up Israeli politics with historic union
Israel's Arab political parties are banding together under one ticket for the first time ever ahead of national elections in March, hoping to boost turnout and help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The result is an awkward political marriage of communists, Palestinian nationalists, religious Muslims, feminists and even one Jew.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un 'to visit Russia'
Russia says North Korea's leader has accepted an invitation to Moscow in May, South Korea's Yonhap reports.
The news agency cites a written response from the Kremlin, but says it does not mention Kim Jong-un by name.
Yonhap quotes a Unification Ministry official as saying the reference to the leader could be ambiguous, as Kim Yong-nam is the nominal head of state.
Netanyahu on Lebanon attack: I suggest those trying to challenge us in the North look at Gaza
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the IDF was responding to an anti-tank missile attack against an army vehicle on the Lebanon border.
...the prime minister said, “At this moment, the IDF is responding to events in the North.”
Netanyahu added: "I suggest that all those who are challenging us on our northern border, look at what happened in Gaza, not far from the city of Sderot.
IDF soldiers hurt in anti-tank missile attack on Lebanon border; Hezbollah takes credit
A number of IDF soldiers were injured in a multi-pronged attack carried out by Hezbollah from Lebanon on Wednesday.
IDF Spokesman Brig-Gen. Moti Almoz described two incidents that unfolded. In the first, an anti-tank missile fired from southern Lebanon struck an IDF vehicle traveling with other military vehicles, resulting in "a number of injures" among IDF soldiers. Almoz ruled out the possibility of a kidnapping.
Activists ensure Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls aren’t forgotten
After nine months of daily rallies for Chibok’s kidnapped schoolgirls, Aisha Yesufu admits that her own family is paying a price. She once heard her 13-year-old daughter praying that the abducted girls would be freed “so that I’ll have my mummy back.”
Netanyahu: Iran denies Holocaust while it plots genocide against us
The United States is a close ally, but Israel must speak out against the danger of a negotiated deal with Iran, because the ultimate responsibility for securing the Jewish state rests on the government’s shoulders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.
Iran Warns of 'Consequences' for Israeli Attack
Iran has told the United States that Israel should expect consequences for an attack on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister
Greece named radical left-wing economist Yanis Varoufakis its new finance minister on Tuesday, giving him the mammoth task of leading negotiations with international creditors over the country's bailout.
Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital
Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people, including foreigners, before blowing themselves up with a grenade.
27 Jan 15
McCain: Get Ready for U.S. Troops on the Ground in Iraq and Syria
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did not mince words during their joint- appearance on “60 Minutes” Sunday night in berating President Obama’s strategy for defeating ISIS and other terrorist threats in the Middle East.
Obama Campaign Team Arrives in Israel to Defeat Netanyahu in March Elections
Just days after the Obama White House accused House Speaker John Boehner of “breaking protocol” by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, a team of up to five Obama campaign operatives has reportedly arrived in Israel to lead a campaign to defeat the Israeli Prime Minister in upcoming national elections scheduled for March 17.
Aircraft Carrier Stennis Has Biggest Ordnance Onload Since 2010
Nearly two weeks ago, we were surprised to read on the Navy's website that one of America's prize aircraft carriers, CVN-74, John C. Stennis (whose crew is perhaps best known for the following awkward incident), as part of an operational training period in preparation for future deployments, just underwent not only its first ordnance onload since 2010, but, according to Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Jason Engleman, G-5 division's leading chief petty officer, "the biggest ordnance onload we've seen."
Czech president calls for united action against Islamic State
Speaking at a Holocaust commemoration forum held by the European Jewish Congress in Prague, he drew a parallel between the growth of jihadist groups and Nazi Germany that could be easily contained in the 1930s before it grew too strong.
Muslim Brotherhood Starts A Political Party Out Of Chicago
According to the Center for Security Policy, the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) has begun building the framework for a political party. USCMO’s party will also be the first political party in the U.S. to be openly connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Jan 2015: Kliuchevskoi volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Suwanose-jima, Zhupanovsky
The eruptive activity has weakened a bit, but remains near-continuous. Small ash emissions from strombolian activity...
CLOSE APPROACHING ASTEROID HAS A MOON
Scientists working with NASA's 70-meter Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86, which flew past Earth on Jan. 26th. The mountain-sized space has its own small moon.
Plague is 'endemic in Madagascar': WHO Chief
The head of the World Health Organization is warning about an “alarming” plague outbreak in Madagascar that could worsen, particularly as fleas that transmit the disease to humans have developed immunity to insecticide.
Earthquake hits Indonesia's North Sumatra
An earthquake measuring 5.6 Richter scale jolted North Sumatra province of Indonesia earlier Tuesday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here.
Nor’Easter Could Paralyze Northeastern U.S.
Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.
Snow was coating cars and building up on sidewalks and roadways in New York City by evening, and flurries were flying in Boston.
Syrian Kurds 'drive Islamic State out of Kobane'
Kurdish forces have driven Islamic State (IS) militants from Kobane, officials say, ending a four-month battle for the northern Syrian town.
Fighters from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) were said to have entered outlying areas in the east of the town after the jihadists retreated.
The US said anti-IS forces were in control of 90% of the town.