• Saudi-led coalition used cluster bombs in Yemen - Human Rights Watch

    08/Jan/2016 // 382 Viewers

     

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in the conflict in Yemen dropped decades-old US-made cluster bombs in a civilian area, independent monitor Human Rights Watch said Thursday, branding it a war crime.

    The group's report included a photograph of a section of casing from a CBU-58 cluster bomb, which it said showed it was manufactured in 1978 at a US ammunition plant in Tennessee.

    The United States is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and supplies much of the ordnance its forces use, but it has not exported cluster bombs of the type found in Sanaa for many years.

    The watchdog's report said the cluster bombs hit a residential neighborhood in Yemen's capital Sanaa and left the tell-tale pockmarks of multiple exploding bomblets on civilian buildings.

    It was not immediately clear whether anyone was hurt, but such bombs are indiscriminate weapons.

    This is especially true of older models such as the one found in Sanaa because they often contain dud rounds that linger in the area and explode long after the strike.

    "The coalition's repeated use of cluster bombs in the middle of a crowded city suggests an intent to harm civilians, which is a war crime," said Steve Goose, arms director at HRW.

    The United States said it was aware of the report and would continue to work closely with its allies to urge them to adopt tactics that would prevent the loss of innocent life.

    "We continue to urge all sides in the conflict, including the Saudi-led coalition, to take pro-active measures to minimize harm to civilians and to investigate all credible allegations of civilian harm," State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

    "We've previously discussed reports of alleged use of cluster munitions with the coalition, underscoring that such weapons should not be used in locations where civilians are known to be present."

    Yemeni groups, the United Nations and other observers have been increasingly concerned by the mounting civilian toll in Yemen and the dire humanitarian crisis.

    Yemen descended into chaos in March when the coalition began air strikes to push back Huthi rebels who had seized Sanaa.

    More than 5,800 people have been killed and 27,000 wounded since then, according to UN figures.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Anti-IS coalition members doing 'nothing at all': Pentagon chief

    23/Jan/2016 // 252 Viewers

     

     WASHINGTON (AFP) - Several members of the US-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria are doing "nothing at all" to help destroy the jihadists, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.

    His comments mark a departure from the Pentagon's typical depiction of the 65-member coalition, which carries the slogan "One mission, many nations," and is frequently touted to highlight global resolve in the predominantly US effort to defeat the IS group.

    "Many of them are not doing enough, or are doing nothing at all," Carter said in an interview with CNBC on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "We can do a lot ourselves ... (but) we are looking for other people to play their part."

    In a separate interview with Bloomberg TV, Carter called the anti-IS alliance a "so-called" coalition, highlighting frustrations the Pentagon has with partners -- particularly Arab and Gulf nations -- not doing enough.

    "We need others to carry their weight, there should be no free riders," he said.

    Carter has spent the past week in Europe, primarily in Paris, where he sought to persuade allies to step up their efforts against the IS group.

    On Friday, he reiterated calls for one of these partners, Turkey, to bolster its fight against the jihadists.

    Turkey is allowing the United States to use Incirlik, a geographically vital air base in the south, to strike IS targets in Iraq and Syria, but Carter said Ankara needs to do much more to secure its lengthy border with Syria.

    "Turkey is a long-time friend of ours," he said during a question-and-answer session in Davos.

    But "the reality is, it has a porous border for foreign fighters going in both directions. So I think the Turks could do more."

    Some Arab and Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia are nominally part of the coalition, but are now more focused on fighting Iran-backed forces in Yemen.

    Carter's exasperation perhaps reflects pressure from Washington, where hawkish critics say the Obama administration is moving too slowly to defeat the IS group.

    The coalition has been bombing the jihadists since August 2014 but despite killing thousands of their fighters and reclaiming large areas they once held, the IS group is still launching attacks around the world, including in Jakarta, Afghanistan and Paris.

    "Since no country is immune from an ISIL attack, no country can afford to ride free," Carter said in an opinion piece on Politico.com, using an alternative name for the IS group.


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  • U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks

    01/Dec/2015 // 185 Viewers

    The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel.

    Under the new measures, which were prompted by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security would immediately start to collect more information from travelers about past visits to countries such as Syria and Iraq, the White House said.

    The changes will "enhance our ability to thwart terrorist attempts to travel on lost or stolen passports," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Paris, where President Barack Obama is attending U.N. talks on climate change.

    The DHS would also look at pilot programs for collecting biometric information such as fingerprints from visa waiver travelers, the White House said.

    The DHS would also ask Congress for additional powers, including the authority to increase fines for air carriers that fail to verify passport data, and the ability to require all travelers to use passports with embedded security chips, the White House said.

    The White House also wants to expand the use of a "preclearance program" in foreign airports to allow U.S. border officials to collect and screen biometric information before visa waiver travelers can board airplanes to the United States.

    The White House urged Congress to pass legislation before leaving Washington later in December for a holiday recess.

    "Surely over the course of the next three weeks, they should be able to do something that actually would strengthen our national security," Earnest told reporters.

    A task force in the House of Representatives plans to meet on Tuesday to discuss the program and wants to craft legislation to pass "by the end of the year," Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader, said on Monday.

    McCarthy told reporters that lawmakers were interested in requiring all countries in the waiver program to issue “e-passports” with chips and biometrics. One change would be to make sure that passengers were screened against a database of lost and stolen passports.

    After the Paris attacks, the House passed a bill that would bar refugees from Syria and Iraq from entering the United States until security officials certify that they are not threats. The bill would cripple Obama's plan to accept 10,000 refugees in the next year and he has vowed to veto it.

    But the White House has decided to give regular updates to state governors about refugees who resettle in their states, Earnest said.

    U.S. officials have quietly acknowledged that they are far more worried about the possibility that would-be attackers from the Islamic State or other militant groups could enter the United States as travelers from visa waiver countries rather than as Syrian refugees.

    The U.S. government routinely takes 18 to 24 months to screen would-be Syrian refugees before they are allowed to board flights to the United States.

    In contrast, an estimated 20 million people fly to the United States each year from visa waiver countries such as France and Britain.

    Officials have acknowledged that a European traveling to Syria to train with a group like Islamic State might be able to later enter the United States without significant scrutiny, if they are not already known to U.S. intelligence or partners such as Britain’s domestic intelligence agency MI5 or France's DGSI.

     

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  • VIDEO: President-elect Donald Trump, fires first salvo, issues stern warning to Arabs, Muslims on Israel

    01/Dec/2016 // 1390 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 1, 2016: (DGW) Amid the growing tension in the Middle East on Arab-Israeli relations, the United States of America President-elect, Mr. Donald Trump  in his historic campaign speech vowed to open a new page in American-Israeli relations by voicing solidarity with the state of Israel.

    Donald Trump who was declared the duly elected President of the United States after a hotly contested presidential election last month among other things read the Riot Act to Arab states on Israel vowing to fight and end the days of treating Israelis as second-class citizens when he becomes the President of the world's most powerful country.

    Speaking further, Donald Trump , reminded everyone that when he says anything, it must not be dismissed with a trivial hand.

    According to him, ''when I say something, I mean it'', he said.

    He told the cheering audience that he will meet the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately having known him for many years with a view to bringing  peace and stability to Israel and the entire region.

    He further warned the Arabs that the hatred for Israel has to stop henceforth. 

    He criticized the Palestinian society adding that the heroes there are the ones that murder the Jews, but he warned that Donald Trump presidency can not let that continue or happen any longer.

    The Palestinians, he warned , must end their education of hatred and that has to be now.

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  • Breaking: President TRUMP shocks the world with another POWERFUL MESSAGE, says immigration to AMERICA a PRIVILEGE not RIGHT as he announces ADDITIONAL BAN

    01/Feb/2017 // 7755 Viewers

     

    President Trump keeps sending out a clear message. Immigration to America is a privilege, not a right. If you want to come and stay, you must contribute.
     
    President Trump’s administration will be looking to roll out more restrictions on immigrants planning to enter the U.S., as well as those already in the country. The administration would be seeking to “deny admission to any alien who is likely to become a public charge” and develop standards for “determining” whether an immigrant can be deported after five years, if that person receives a certain amount of public assistance, including Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid.
     
    The second order, titled “Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs” calls for eliminating the jobs magnet that is driving illegal immigration to the United States. The order would rescind any work visa provisions for foreign nationals found not to be in “the national interest” or in violation of U.S. immigration laws.
     
    Illegal Immigrants living in sanctuary cities can apply for and get, public assistance without fear of deportation. Their illegal status is kept confidential. They come and go at will.
     
    The term “sanctuary city” is a generalized description where city funds are not used to implement federal immigration laws. These cities have decided by legal regulation not to inquire about the immigration status of the people in which they come in contact. In other words, it’s another form of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Sanctuary cities continue to be a festering public-safety concern throughout the country. ICE has identified about 300 cities that are uncooperative and obstruct immigration enforcement. There are four whole states, California, Connecticut, New Mexico, and Colorado that have declared as sanctuary states.
     
    A detainer is the primary tool used by ICE to gain custody of illegals for deportation. It’s a notice to other law enforcement agencies that ICE intends to take custody of the alien. It also includes information on the alien’s criminal history, immigration violations and potential threat to public safety. While many Americans, even veterans, struggle with getting adequate medical care, not so with the illegals. Medical care provided to illegal immigrants is costly for New York City’s legal residents. A 2002 report by the United States General Accounting Office, in-patient care in hospitals provided to illegal immigrants cost the state $474 million.
     
     However, this figure fails to include the out-patient costs associated with treating the illegal immigrant population in emergency rooms. When these figures are included, the overall taxpayer-funded, non-reimbursed medical outlays for health care provided to the state’s illegal immigrant population amount to an estimated $690 million a year.
     
    In Your Neighborhood?
               In Your Neighborhood?

    This flies in the face of globalism and open borders. Just look how that’s worked out for Europe. Angela Merkel and European Union leaders are reeling from the defeats they’re facing from their open borders policies. Their globalist agenda is being challenged by the voters in their respective countries. The United Nations won’t give up on it and plans to push for the New World Order.
     
    Brexit is an abbreviation for “British exit,” which refers to the June 23, 2016, referendum whereby British citizens voted to exit the European Union. With an austerity program in place and its economy barely out of recession, Britain is one of several European countries whose voters appear disenchanted with mainstream politicians and worried about social and economic issues, including immigration. The proposed changes would make it easier to deport foreigners who commit serious crimes, increase fines on companies that use illegal labor and force private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants. Temporary immigrants would also be required to pay for some of their health care.
     
    On immigration, the government said its new measures would seek to stop immigrants from using public services to which they are not entitled, make it harder to appeal deportation orders, regulate access to health care for immigrants, and prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses.

     
    I Love My Food Stamps!
     I Love My Food Stamps!


    The conditions that exist today in Germany are like what they were in the 1920’s in respect to immigration. Now as then, it could lead to extreme elements coming forth to apply their version of nationalism. We’ve learned through history that’s a dangerous place for Germany to be. It’s a dangerous place for our country to be.
     
    Germany has been under siege from a flood of refugees from Syria. The backlash from the far-right has been intense. Copies of Mein Kampf have been flying off the shelves.
     
    “Besides naturalization that is acquired through the fact of having been born within the confines of a State there exists another kind of naturalization which can be acquired later. This process is subject to various preliminary requirements. “One condition is that, if possible, the applicant must not be a burglar or a common street thug. It is required that he shall not be a burden to the State of which he wishes to become a citizen. In this realistic epoch of ours this last condition naturally only means that he must not be a financial burden. If the affairs of the candidate are such that it appears likely he will turn out to be a good taxpayer, that is a very important consideration and will help him to obtain civic rights more rapidly.” —- Adolf Hitler 
    Extremism leads to extremism. We have some challenging times ahead as we take back control of our country. Thankfully, we have the strong leadership of Donald Trump to get us there. We’re going to need it.

    *This piece appeared first on Conservative Daily Post


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  • Breaking: President Trump announces Supreme Court nominees

    01/Feb/2017 // 626 Viewers

     

    President Trump has narrowed his potential Supreme Court nominees to two, and both were reportedly called to Washington before he announces his choice Tuesday night in a televised prime-time event at the White House.

    CNN reported that Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado was already in Washington and that Judge Thomas M. Hardiman was on his way from Pittsburgh. There was no comment from the White House about why both men were needed in the capital, but social media exploded with satirical comparisons to Trump’s television show “The Apprentice” as well as to “The Bachelor.”

    Gorsuch, 49, and Hardiman, 51, have emerged as Trump’s most likely choices. A third person on the shortlist — Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of Alabama — has seen his chances diminish as some Senate Republican leaders have said his confirmation would be difficult.


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  • Guterres, 9th UN secretary-general, takes charge

    01/Jan/2017 // 670 Viewers

     

    António Guterres,9th secretary-general of the United Nations, has assumed office.

    He succeeds Ban Ki-moon, who left on Saturday, after completing a 10 year- tenure.

    In his maiden message as the UN secretary-general, Guterres urged the world to make a New Year resolution “to put peace first”.

    “On my first day as secretary-general of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart,” he said.

    “How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?

    “Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.”

    Guterres  said no one “wins these wars rather, everyone loses”.

    He pointed out that trillions of dollars were spent destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations.

    Guterres regretted that whole regions were destabilized, adding that the new threat of global terrorism affects everyone.

    “On this New Year’s Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year’s resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first,” he said.

    “Let us make 2017 a year in which we all – citizens, governments, leaders – strive to overcome our differences.

    “From solidarity and compassion in our daily lives, to dialogue and respect across political divides… From ceasefires on the battlefield, to compromise at the negotiating table to reach political solutions…

    “Peace must be our goal and our guide… But peace depends on us.

    “I appeal to you all to join me in committing to peace, today and every day.

    “Let us make 2017 a year for peace.”

    Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, Guterres is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder and a promoter of reform and innovation.

    Prior to his election as secretary-general, Guterres served at UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) from June 2005 to December 2015,  heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organisations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades.

    The conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and the crises in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Yemen, led to a huge rise in UNHCR’s activities as the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution rose from 38 million in 2005 to over 60 million in 2015.

    Before joining UNHCR, Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service.

    He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor.

    As president of the European Council in early 2000, he led the adoption of the Lisbon Agenda for growth and jobs, and co-chaired the first European Union-Africa summit.

    The new secretary-general was a member of the Portuguese Council of State from 1991 to 2002.

    Guterres was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976, where he served as a member for 17 years.

    During that time, he chaired the parliamentary committee for economy, finance and planning, and later the parliamentary committee for territorial administration, municipalities and environment.

    The UN scribe was also leader of his party’s parliamentary group.

    Born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering, Guterres is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

    He is married to Catarina de Almeida, Lisbon’s deputy mayor for culture, and has two children, a stepson and three grandchildren.


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  • Pope secretly met gay marriage row clerk Kim Davis on US trip

    01/Oct/2015 // 302 Viewers

     AFP / Brendan Smialowski | Pope Francis travels to a Mass for the World Meeting of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Pope Francis secretly met Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, during his visit to the US last week and offered her words of encouragement, she and her lawyer told American media Wednesday.

    Rowan County Clerk Davis said her husband met with the pope during the Washington leg of his US visit, after the Vatican reached out to her several weeks ago.

    “It was really very humbling to even think that he would want to, you know, meet me or know me,” Davis told the ABC television network. “I put my hand out, and he grabbed it, and I hugged him, and he hugged me and he said, ‘Thank you for your courage’.”

    “He told me before he left, he said, ‘Stay strong’. That was a great encouragement,” Davis said.

    Davis said knowing that the pope agreed with what she was doing “kind of validates everything”.

    ABC said the pope gave Davis a rosary, which she plans to give to her Catholic parents.

    Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed the meeting had taken place, but refused to reveal the content of the conversation between Davis and the pope.

    “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comment to add,” he said in a statement.

    Mat Staver, Davis’s attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel, told CBS News that the pope met Davis and her husband at the Vatican embassy in Washington last Thursday.

    The report of the meeting came after Pope Francis largely avoided the contentious issue of same-sex marriage during his historic visit to the United States, where he addressed Congress, met with the homeless and urged the country to welcome immigrants.

    Human rights issue?

     

    The pope, speaking to reporters as he returned home from his 10-day trip to the US and Cuba on Monday, said government officials had a “human right” to refuse to discharge a duty if they felt it violated their conscience.

    Staver, whose client was jailed for five days in September for refusing to comply with a judge’s order to issue the licenses in line with a US Supreme Court ruling, told CBS his team did not want to disclose the meeting until now to avoid interfering with the pope’s broader message during his visit.

    Davis has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her church belongs to a Protestant movement known as Apostolic Pentecostalism.

    Conservative Christians, including some Republican presidential candidates, have said Davis is standing up for religious freedom.

    But the American Civil Liberties Union, which went to court to ensure same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County, has argued she has a responsibility as an official to issue the licenses, regardless of her views.

    The ACLU, in papers filed on September 21 with the judge hearing the case, asked the court to require Davis to stop making alterations to the licenses, such as removing any reference to the Rowan County clerk’s office.

     (DailyGlobeWatch with Reuters)


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  • Obama Insults Black Americans - Dr Tom Barrett

    01/Oct/2016 // 566 Viewers

     

    This should shock no one, but Obama actually had the gall to order black Americans to vote for Hillary. In his final address to the Congressional Black Caucus, he shouted, “After we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.”

    This was insulting in so many ways…
    1) He assumes that blacks are not smart enough to vote on their own, and they need him to tell them whom to vote for.

    2) He assumes that they will obey his command without question.

    3) He assumes that he and his party “own” the African American vote.

    4) After years of telling us that his presidency has transcended race, in his farewell he admitted that was not the case.

    He told the CBC that, because they were black, it would be a “personal insult” to his legacy as the first black president if they strayed off the Democrat plantation and dared to vote like white people. His not-too-subtle message was that whites could vote however they chose, but blacks were expected to vote Democrat – or face the wrath of Obama.

    Link to news source: http://ipatriot.com/obama-insults-black-americans/


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