• Breaking: Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million to settle decades-old race-bias case brought by black agents

    18/Jan/2017 // 575 Viewers

     

    The Secret Service agreed Tuesday to pay $24 million to settle a two-decade-old case in which more than 100 black agents have alleged that the agency fostered a racist culture and routinely promoted white agents over more qualified African Americans, according to documents filed in court and interviews with representatives of both sides.
     
    As part of the deal, which is the result of a last-minute push in the waning days of the Obama administration, the agency admits to no wrongdoing or institutional bias.
     
    But the payments to the agents — including lump sums as high as $300,000 each to the original eight plaintiffs — are intended to remedy the sting of the discrimination the agents claim they suffered and the job opportunities they lost, according to interviews with representatives from both sides.
     
    Jennifer Klar, the lead attorney for the black agents, described her clients as thrilled with a result they hope will end future discrimination in the agency.
     
    “At long last ... black Secret Service agents will not be constrained by the glass ceiling that held back so many for so long,” Klar said.
     
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, whose agency includes the Secret Service, said the resolution was “simply the right thing to do.”
     
    “I am pleased that we are able to finally put this chapter of Secret Service history behind us,” Johnson said in a statement. “Had the matter gone to trial, it would have required that we re-live things long past, just at a time when the Secret Service is on the mend.”
     
    Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy described the pending settlement in a conference call with former directors Tuesday afternoon and then sent an agency-wide message to staff late Tuesday night.
     
    “While the Secret Service takes all allegations in this case seriously, the organization has, and continues to be, committed to a fair and transparent promotion process,” said spokeswoman Catherin Milhoan. “It is time to move forward rather than look back to remnants of the past.”
     
    A Secret Service spokesperson did not respond late Tuesday for comment.
     
    The case centered on black agents who repeatedly bid for promotions from 1995 to 2005, and were turned down in favor of whites. Often the white agents chosen had less experience and lower performance ratings, according to the plaintiffs. Ray Moore, the lead plaintiff, had been a member of President Clinton’s detail and bid 200 times for promotion over the years without success. Moore had trained several of the white agents who were leapfrogging over his head.
     
    The suit was first filed when Clinton was president. But two presidents and four directors had passed the job of resolving this messy legal fight on to their successors. - The Washington Post


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  • Breaking: U.S. scientists officially declare 2016 the hottest year on record. That makes three in a row - Washington Post reports

    18/Jan/2017 // 317 Viewers

     

    (NOAA)

    In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year — which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014.

    Average surface temperatures in 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 2015, and featured eight successive months (January through August) that were individually the warmest since the agency’s record began in 1880.

    The average temperature across the world’s land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 Fahrenheit, or 1.69 degrees above the 20th century average of 57 degrees, NOAA declared. The agency also noted that the record for the global temperature has now successively been broken five times since the year 2000. The years 2005 and 2010 were also record warm years, according to the agency’s dataset.

    NASA concurred with NOAA, also declaring 2016 the warmest year on record in its own dataset that tracks the temperatures at the surface of the planet’s land and oceans, and expressing “greater than 95 percent certainty” in that conclusion.  The agency noted that just since the year 2001 the planet has seen “16 of the 17 warmest years on record.”

    Last year “is remarkably the third record year in a row in this series,” said Gavin Schmidt, who directs NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in a statement. “We don’t expect record years every year, but the ongoing long-term warming trend is clear.”

    The record comes just two days before Donald Trump, who has tweeted that global warming is a “hoax,” assumes the presidency and with it, control over the two science agencies that just announced these records. It is also the same day that Scott Pruitt, Trump’s controversial nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency, appears before the Senate in what is expected to be a tense confirmation hearing. Pruitt has written that the “debate” over climate change is “far from settled.”


    Trump’s other nominees, such as State Department nominee Rex Tillerson and Interior Department nominee Ryan Zinke, have been less dismissive of climate change in their confirmation hearings, acknowledging at least some human contribution to the phenomenon, but also raising questions either about the extent to which it is human caused, or about our capacity to predict the consequences.

    Scientists have been far less guarded. “2016 is a wake-up call in many ways,” said Jonathan Overpeck, a climate scientist at the University of Arizona, of the year’s temperatures. “Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is serious.”

    NASA and NOAA produce slightly different records using somewhat different methodologies, but have now concurred on identifying 2014, 2015, and 2016 as, successively, the three warmest years in their records.

    Last year’s warmth was partly enhanced by a strong weather pattern known as El Niño, but scientists underscore that this is not the only cause. For example, 1998 was also, at the time, the warmest year on record thanks in part to a strong El Niño — but the 2016 planetary temperature now far surpasses that year. The reason is that the Earth has been warming since then, allowing another El Niño event, unlocking heat from the vast Pacific Ocean, to push overall temperatures to new heights.

    Thus do natural wobbles of the planet’s temperature interact with an overall warming trend to produce new records on a regular basis — but as Schmidt notes, not every single year. At present, while scientists would expect 2017 to be quite warm relative to (say) a year in the 1990s, there has been little talk of a fourth record year in a row. And indeed, El Niño has subsided.

    Two other global agencies, the Japan Meteorological Agency and the U.K.’s Hadley Center, also track global temperatures and may soon declare records for their own datasets, but that has not formally happened yet.

    Based on an analysis of the Hadley Center’s data through November of this year shared with the Post, Michael Schlesinger, a climate scientist at the University of Illinois, also found that 2016 ranked as the hottest year. That dataset dates back still farther to 1850.


    “While the 2016 datapoint is stunning, please remember that these observed temperature departures … contain natural variability as well as the signal of human-caused Global Warming,” Schlesinger noted. Natural variability would include El Niño.

    NASA further noted in its analysis that compared with the late 19th century, the planet has now warmed about 1.1 degrees Celsius, or 2 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s very significant because the global community has been striving to limit overall warming to considerably below a 2 degree Celsius rise, and even, if possible, to hold it to a 1.5 degree Celsius increase. That is now only about .4 degrees away, based on these figures.

    “It is the second year in a row that the annual global temperature has been more than 1 Celsius degree warmer than the pre-industrial level, and shows that the world is moving ever closer to the warming threshold of 1.5 Celsius degrees, beyond which many scientists have concluded the impacts of climate change will be unacceptably dangerous,” said Bob Ward, who is director of policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Last year’s warmth was manifested across the planet, from the warm tropical ocean waters off the coast of northeastern Australia, where the Great Barrier Reef experienced its worst coral bleaching event on record and large scale coral death, to the Arctic, where sea ice hit regular monthly record lows and overall temperatures were also the warmest on record, at least from January through September of 2016.

    Among major 2016 events, the devastating bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 did not stand alone. In a catalogue of some of the extremes the planet witnessed during the year, NOAA also noted the megafire that engulfed Fort McMurray, Canada, at the beginning of May, relatively early in the year for wildfires. That event was certainly consistent with a warming climate, as well as with the role of El Niño, although scientists are reluctant to formally say that climate change has played a role in an individual event without conducting extensive analysis.

    Extreme high temperatures were seen from India — where the city of Phalodi recorded temperatures of 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 Fahrenheit) in May, a new national record — to Iran, where a temperature of 53 degrees Celsius (127.4 F) was recorded in Delhoran on July 22.

    For the contiguous Unites States, 2o16 was merely the second warmest year on record, but for Alaska, it was the warmest yet recorded, underscoring once again the sharpness of Arctic warmth in particular.

    The particular signature of warming in 2016 was also revealing in another way, Overpeck said, noting that the stratosphere, the layer of the planet’s atmosphere stretching from about 8.5 to 13.5 miles above us, saw record cold temperatures last year.

    “The pattern of record warmth in the lower atmosphere, coupled with record cold in the stratosphere provides an clear fingerprint of the cause of the unprecedented warming – greenhouse gases trapping heat in the lower atmosphere instead of letting it escape to the stratosphere, and then to space. No doubt about it any more – humans, mainly by burning fossil fuels, are cooking the planet,” Overpeck said.

    All of that said, because of the extreme warmth that occurred early in 2016, the record just announced does not come as much of a surprise to weather and climate watchers. On April 15 of last year, NASA’s Schmidt tweeted, “Too soon? I estimate >99% chance of an annual record in 2016 in @NASAGISS temperature data, based on Jan-Mar alone.”

    *This post appears was syndicated from The Washington Post.


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  • Jubilation as TRUMP takes sharp break from party, presents another plan to benefit everybody

    18/Jan/2017 // 1348 Viewers

     

    In the wake of Republicans trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, and leaving millions of Americans uninsured with no replacement presented, President-elect Donald Trump took a sharp break from his party and presented another plan. Well, not so much a plan, as some words, but let’s dive in!

    Offering no actual insight into how it would be accomplished, Trump says his plan to replace the nation’s health care law will include “insurance for everybody.”

    In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said, “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

    Of course, Trump declined to reveal any details.

    “It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon,” he said.

    Trump said he expects Congress to address the issue in the coming weeks.

    Hmm. Maybe he’ll release the information “soon” along with other things he’s promised, like his tax returns, the information only he knows about Russia hacking the election, and the results of his investigation into President Obama’s birthplace. If you need me, I’ll be over here holding my breath. (Or not, because then I’d need health care!)


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  • Ex-president George H.W. Bush moved to intensive care; wife hospitalised

    18/Jan/2017 // 471 Viewers

     

    Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive-care unit at a Houston hospital with pneumonia and was stable and resting comfortably after doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway, his office said on Wednesday.

    His wife of 72 years, former first lady Barbara Bush, also was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing, the office said in a statement.

    Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, family spokesman Jim McGrath said on Wednesday.

    Since then, Bush experienced an "acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia" and was sedated for the unspecified procedure, his office said.

    He will remain in the hospital's intensive-care unit for observation, his office said.

    Bush is the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

    The eldest Bush, a Republican like his sons, was vice president during Ronald Reagan's two White House terms before being elected president in 1988. He lost his re-election bid to Bill Clinton, then the Democratic governor of Arkansas, in 1992.

    A naval pilot during World War Two, Bush became an occasional skydiver after leaving the presidency and marked his 90th birthday by parachuting from a helicopter with jump partner.

    He has used a wheelchair in recent years and was hospitalized twice in 2014, once for seven weeks with pneumonia and again for breathing difficulties. In July 2015, he broke a bone in his neck in a fall at the family home in Maine.

    Bush and his wife were already planning to miss President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday due to health reasons.

    "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under," Bush wrote to Trump on Jan. 10, according to a copy of the letter released on Wednesday. "Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas."

    Trump was critical of George W. and Jeb during the 2016 presidential campaign, and their father did not endorse Trump in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

    But in his letter, Bush said he and his wife would be with Trump in spirit at the inauguration and wished him "the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country."

    Republican Senator John McCain and the Carter Centre, founded by former President Jimmy Carter, posted tweets wishing Bush a quick recovery. 

    Bush and the 91-year-old former first lady marked their 72nd anniversary on Jan. 6.

    Bush is the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

    The eldest Bush, a Republican like his sons, was vice president during Ronald Reagan's two White House terms before being elected president in 1988. He lost his re-election bid to Bill Clinton, then the Democratic governor of Arkansas, in 1992. 

    In December Bush marked the 75th commemoration of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor by attending a ceremony at his library at Texas A&M University.


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  • : Donald Trump takes oath of office 6pm Nigerian time on Friday

    18/Jan/2017 // 478 Viewers

     


    Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States at 12 noon in Washington, and 6pm Nigerian time on Friday.

    The joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies disclosed this.

    The ceremony is scheduled to start at 11:30am, with a musical prelude beforehand, according to a copy of the inauguration programme.

    Afterwards, Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence are slated to participate in the traditional inaugural parade, which is scheduled to start at 3 pm (9 pm Nigerian time).

    According to reports, the ceremony opens with the call to order from Roy Blunt, a senator, followed by readings and invocations and music from the Missouri State University chorale.

    Pence will then take his oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs, and then Trump takes the presidential oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

    Trump will give his inaugural address, followed by more readings and a benediction and close with the national anthem.

    Besides Trump, his family and the Obamas, several living ex-presidents will be in attendance.

    Jimmy Carter was the first to say he would attend.

    George W. Bush and former Vice-President Dick Cheney also confirmed that they would be there, as well as former President Bill Clinton and 2016 presidential election nominee Hillary Clinton.

    A George H. W. Bush spokesman said he would not be there, citing health concerns.


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  • Is Obama About to Betray Israel in the UN Security Council ?

    18/Nov/2015 // 472 Viewers

    On November 6 Fox News reported that “President Obama has concluded that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians cannot be reached during the remainder of his time in office, White House officials said Thursday. The Washington Post quoted Rob Malley, the National Security Council’s senior director for the Middle East, as saying that Obama “faces the reality” that a solution to the ongoing conflict “is not in the cards for the remainder” of his term of office…”

    Obama’s claim that the conflict will not be solved during his term does not mean he is not planning to betray Israel in the UNSC. In November 2014 the Algemeiner reported that “In a dramatic development, Israeli cabinet members are warning that US President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US may opt not to oppose future hostile UN Security Council votes, unless Israel accedes to American policy demands, Israel’s NRG News reported on Sunday.

    “The prime minister told colleagues in recent days … that his office’s understanding of the issue and the government’s take on it is that the Americans will not cast a veto against a resolution that reaches the Security Council,” Ariel Kahana, diplomatic correspondent for the Makor Rishon and NRG dailies, told The Algemeiner on Monday, quoting ministerial-level sources.

    The information was shared at a session of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party, led by Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, and at which party members Uri Ariel and Ze’ev Hever were present, according to Kahana.

    The threat, at least as leaked, implies that the United States is prepared to abandon Israel in the dock of the world body, a step that could further destabilize relations between the two allies to an unprecedented degree, Kahana said.

    The Palestinians, according to one version, are demanding Israeli pull backs to the pre-67′ war lines by 2016, while another version says the UNSC threat refers to halting any and all Israeli construction beyond those areas.

    Palestinian Authority (PA) UN representative Riyad Mansour said on Friday that “The main option is to go with a vote.”

    PA officials said a day earlier that they have seven out of a needed nine “yes” votes in the 15-member Security Council, and the resolution can be vetoed by one of the five permanent members – among the the US.

    At the October 1 meeting at the White House between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama, the latter noted that “Israel is obviously in a very turbulent neighborhood, and this gives us an opportunity once again to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, and our ironclad commitment to making sure that Israel is secure.”

    In his response, Netanyahu said that he remains “committed to a vision of peace of two states for two peoples based on mutual recognition and rock solid security arrangements on the ground.”

    Kahana, however, pointed to a recent article in The Atlantic by Jeffery Goldberg – who is commonly seen as reflecting the US administration’s views towards Israel – referencing the US pressure, but from the American point of view:

    Citing what he called “red-hot” anger by the Obama administration “over Israel’s settlement policies,” and his view that “the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama’s understanding of the Middle East,” Goldberg warned that “Profound changes in the relationship may be coming.”

    “This is a precedent and a very dangerous step,” Kahana cautioned about the American threat, and said it was the most chilling thing he’d heard uttered in decades of Israel-US relations.

    “Beyond the abandonment of Israel, it also flies in the face of previous agreements with the Americans, including vis a vis the Egyptian peace deal in which the US would hold the line against such maneuvers,” Kahana noted.

    “The point is that one can’t trust anything the US says anymore, if the information is accurate,” according to Kahana.

    “If the US is able to betray Israel like this – what do other allies and foes think?” Kahana wondered aloud…”

    In 2013 Kerry told the Foreign Affairs Committee “I believe the window for a two-state solution is shutting,” the secretary of state said. “I think we have some period of time – a year to year-and-a-half to two years, or it’s over.”

    He added: “Everybody I talk to in the region and all of the supporters globally who care … want us to move forward on a peace effort. They’re all worried about the timing here. So there’s an urgency to this, in my mind, and I intend, on behalf of the president’s instructions, to honour that urgency and see what we can do to move forward.”

    The Arab-Israeli conflict has existed since 1948, why did Kerry claim there is an “urgency” to solve it in a short 2 year window? Obama is in a rush to pass a UNSC resolution imposing a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank before his time in office ends. He knows that the next administration will not be willing to concede this to the Palestinians without taking into consideration Israel’s security needs.

    Obama now admits that the conflict will not be solved during his term, but he may want to approve a UNSC resolution to cement his biased pro-Palestinian solution to the future administration.
    Obama has to pass this UNSC urgently before his term comes to an end to tie the future US President’s hands. Future administrations will have no choice but to obey to Obama’s UNSC resolution.

    To justify the UNSC resolution, Obama needs to create a sense of urgency. Abbas is escalating the violence through stabbing attacks to create the sense of urgency that Obama needs. Abbas wants to provoke an Israeli reaction which Obama can use as an excuse to justify the anti-Israel UNSC resolution.

    On October 28 Arutz 7 reported that “US Secretary of State John Kerry asserted Wednesday that the escalating wave of Arab terror in Israel showcases what would be in store if the Palestinian Arabs were not to achieve statehood.

    During a speech in Washington, Kerry emphasized the United States’ commitment to advancing the two-state solution, which he called “the only viable alternative.”

    …Stressing that unrest and violence have hurt both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, Kerry contended “the current situation is simply not sustainable.”…

    Kerry claims that there is an “urgency” to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict and calls the situation “not sustainable” but the alternative that he proposes would be much worse. If a Palestinian State is established in the West Bank, Hamas will attack Israel from the West Bank as it does from Gaza. The current stabbing attacks are far better that the thousands of rockets that will rain in Israel if a Palestinian State is created in the West Bank.

    Both Fatah and Hamas reject the two state solution that Kerry supports. Kerry needs to explain how he is planning to implement the two state solution if the Palestinians are committed to Israel’s destruction.

    Lt. Col. (ret) Jonathan Halevi explained in the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs that Abbas supports a phased plan for Israel’s destruction “…Beneath the moderate guise that Abbas tries to project is a Palestinian leader who unreservedly supports terror and demands to implement what the Palestinians call the “right of return.”

    …What the Palestinians mean by “right of return” according to Resolution 194 and the Arab Peace Initiative is simple enough and was ratified as an official law by the Palestinian parliament with Abbas’s approval.

    According to the 2008 Law of the Right of Return of the Palestinian Refugees:

    “The right of return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes and property, while receiving compensation for their suffering, is an inalienable and enshrined right that cannot be compromised, replaced, reconsidered, interpreted otherwise, or subjected to a referendum.

    The right of return is natural, personal, collective, civil, political, passed on from father to son; it is not nullified by the passage of time or by the signing of any agreement and it cannot be abolished or waived in any way.

    The Palestinian refugees shall not be resettled or displaced as an alternative to the right of return.

    Anyone who violates the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of the crime of treason and will be subject to all criminal and civil penalties prescribed for this crime.

    Anything that contradicts this law is considered null and void, and any legislation or agreement that will derogate from the right of return or contradict the provisions of this Act shall be deemed null and void.”

    In other words, even after an Israeli withdrawal to 1967 borders and the establishment of a fully sovereign Palestinian state, the conflict will remain unchanged and Palestine will demand the “return” to Israel of the millions of refugees and their descendants. The Palestinian demand for “return” entails the transfer of millions of Jews from their homes and the end of the state of Israel…”

    The Palestinian Media Watch translated an interview by one of Hamas founders Mahmoud al-Zahar to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam in which he said “transfer what it has [in Gaza] or just a small part of it to the West Bank, we would be able to settle the battle of the final promise [to destroy Israel] with a speed that no one can imagine…[Some] have said Hamas wants to create an Islamic emirate in Gaza. We won’t do that, but we will build an Islamic state in Palestine, all of Palestine…”

    Those who advocate for the Two State Solution cannot ignore that what happened in Gaza can also happen in the West Bank. After Israel withdrew from Gaza, Hamas took power and started missile attack against Israel. If a Palestinian State is created in the West Bank, Hamas will attack Israel with missiles from the West Bank as it does from Gaza.

    John Kerry is dishonest in not acknowledging that after Gaza the situation has changed and the “Two State Solution” will lead to war.

    After Gaza the situation has changed, the “Two State Solution” became unfeasible. The “Two State Solution” is now actually a “One State Solution” because it will lead to Israel’s destruction. There are 57 Muslim States (see members of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation) but only one Jewish State smaller than New Jersey. The “Two State Solution” will lead to the destruction of the only small Jewish State.

    Demanding an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank will make the situation far worse not better. The “Two State Solution” is not as Kerry claims the only option. There is a much better and honest option which is to recognize that the Palestinians already have a State in Jordan. Since the US/EU claim the Arab-Israeli conflict can be solved though a UNSC resolution why not submit one declaring that Jordan is Palestine?

    Most of the Jordanian population is Palestinian, the previous King said “Jordan is Palestine, Palestine is Jordan”. The Queen of Jordan Rania Al-Yassin was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents Faisal Sedki Al Yassin and Ilham Yassin from Tulkarm, Jordan has a Palestinian Queen, the next King of Jordan will be the son of a Palestinian. If Jordan is recognized as the Palestinian State the Arabs currently living in Israel can continue but they will be Jordanian Citizens.

    It is not honest for those who seek a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict to ignore that Jordan was also part of British Mandate Palestine. Jordan must also be part of the solution.

    Obama and Kerry ignore the Jordanian solution because it does not satisfy the Arabs’ demands. Although Jordan was also part of Palestine, the Palestinians have no interest in Jordanian land because it is already in Arab hands, the Palestinians only care about the part of the land that is being ruled by Jews, their point is to liberate “Arab land” ruled by infidels. If Israel was controlled by Jordan the Palestinians would not care to demand a Palestinian State, the same way they did not demand the control over the West Bank from 1948 till 1967 when it was under Jordanian rule.

    Obama is not concerned about solving the Arab-Israeli conflict, his main concern is to pass a UNSC resolution demanding an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank at any cost, even if it brings war. The creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank will not solve the Arab-Israeli conflict, it will enable Hamas to take over the West Bank and make the conflict worse.

    By Ezequiel Doiny​

     

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  • FBI pursuing 900 leads on ISIS threat in US

    18/Nov/2015 // 680 Viewers

    The FBI has stepped up its efforts to monitor ISIS’ activities in the US in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

     

    The FBI is pursuing 900 active Islamic State (ISIS) terror-related investigations, spread over all 50 states in the US, FBI Director James Comey confirmed on Sunday, according to a Fox News report.

    Comey has reportedly told field offices across the country to intensify surveillance on ISIS suspects, hoping to prevent terror attacks in the US such as the multiple ISIS terror attacks in Paris that have claimed 132 lives so far.

    The US has been sharing intelligence on ISIS with the French authorities, and the FBI is reportedly involved in the investigation of the Paris terror attacks.

    ISIS’ threat in the US “is high and has escalated dramatically this year and remains high,” according to the latest “Terror Threat Snapshot” for September released by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul.

    Approximately 4,500 Western fighters, including 550 women and 250 Americans, have traveled to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Many of these fighters return home with knowledge in warfare and terrorism they acquired while fighting with ISIS, and employ this knowledge in establishing domestic terror cells, as was the case in the Paris attacks.

    Last month in a Cincinnati visit, Comey said that ISIS’ efforts to recruit potential homegrown terrorists go on “24 hours a day” across the US.

    The growing threat of ISIS terrorism in the US has surpassed that of al-Qaeda, Comey warned in July, as US security agencies continue to track down individuals influenced by ISIS who may be planning to act on their radical ideology.

     

    Source: World Israel News


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  • Two Paris-bound Air France flights from US diverted due to bomb threats

    18/Nov/2015 // 359 Viewers

    Two Air France flights en route to Paris from the United States were diverted on Tuesday following anonymous bomb threats, and hundreds of passengers and crew were safely removed, the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration said.

    Flight 65, an Airbus A-380 that departed from Los Angeles landed safely in Salt Lake City, where passengers and crew were taken off the plane and escorted into the terminal, an FAA spokesman said. The Salt Lake Tribune, citing an airport official, said the plane was carrying 497 passengers and crew.

    A separate flight that left Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., Flight 55, was diverted to Halifax International Airport in Nova Scotia that reported 262 passengers and crew members had safely disembarked.

    In a brief statement, Air France said both flights had been the “subjects of anonymous threats received after their respective take-offs.”

    “As a precautionary measure and to conduct all necessary security checks, Air France, applying the safety regulations in force, decided to request the landings of both aircraft,” the airline said in its statement.

    “Local authorities are carrying out complete inspections of the aircraft, their passengers and their luggage,” the statement said. “An investigation will be led by the authorities to identify the source of the telephone call.”

    Security officials have been on high alert since Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for attacks last week in Paris that killed 129 people. Russia has said the group was also responsible for the downing on Oct. 31 of a plane returning to St. Petersburg from the Sharm al-Sheikh resort in Egypt, killing all 224 on board.

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Halifax said on its Twitter feed that police dogs were searching the place for the possibility of explosives.

    Halifax airport spokesman Peter Spurway said the Air France Boeing 777 jet was diverted to Halifax at 10:15 p.m. eastern time/0315 GMT and was parked at the end of the airport’s main runway and passengers were transferred to a secure area of the terminal building.

    “Several law enforcement agencies are working in concert, following established protocol, to determine the nature of the threats which caused the aircraft to divert,” FBI Special Agent Todd Palmer, of the agency’s Salt Lake City division, told CNN.

    Diverted passengers began sharing photos and comments via social media.

    Keith Rosso, who tweeted a photo shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles, said he was “Thankful to everyone who has been working to keep everyone calm and make sure air travel is safe. Hope to be taking off again shortly.”

    The incidents did not appear to be causing flight delays or cancellations elsewhere.
    According to data on flight tracking website flightradar24.com, flights operated by both Air France and other airlines appear to be taking off and landing normally at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

    An FBI spokesman in Los Angeles declined to comment on the incidents when reached by Reuters, referring calls to the agency’s Salt Lake City office. Representatives there could not immediately be reached.

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  • :Confusion as US Muslim Leader defies US Authorities, says Sharia is greater than Constitution Muslims are Above the Law

    18/Nov/2016 // 1023 Viewers

     

    The Director of the Dallas Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR), Mustafa Carroll, made a surprising and shocking statement during a Muslim rally in Austin, Texas. He firmly believes that the message of the Qur’an is supreme over the United States constitution. The statement would be shocking to most citizens of the United States, unless they had some perspective on who CAIR really is.

    He said, “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.”

    CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Their headquarters is located in Washington D.C. They use lobbyists, the media, and action alerts to promote a positive image of Islam in America during a time when Radical Muslims (ISIS) in other parts of the world are crucifying children in the name of Allah, and quoting the Koran (Though the Obama Administration has a hard time calling it ‘Radical Islam’ for fear of offending regular Muslims).
    In 2007 the Holy Land Foundation trial found the Holy Land Foundation Charity guilty of funneling millions of dollars back to the terrorist organization Hamas. Interestingly enough, CAIR was among the organizations named during the trial as unindicted co-conspirators. To put that into perspective, the 37th president of the United States, Richard Nixon, was named an unindicted co-conspirator during the Watergate Trial.

    In 2011 and 2012, during an event that The Blaze covered extensively, Islamic institutes coordinated with the White House to target the counter terrorism training within the FBI. The event was called ‘The Purge,’ and the result was the removal of more than 700 documents and 300 presentations. Some of the presentations removed included information about Al Qaeda and the trainers within the FBI were allegedly not given the opportunity to appeal when their presentations were rejected. They were not even allowed to know who it was that was objecting to their work. CAIR was one of the institutes that pushed for this event.

    In 2014, the United Arab Emirates placed CAIR, along with 81 other groups, on its list of terrorist organizations. Some believe the action was to done to show a stand against the Terrorist Organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, who seized power in Egypt during the Arab Spring. It should be noted that members of the Obama Administration openly endorsed the events in Egypt that led to the Muslim Brotherhood taking power, likening it to the Civil Rights Movement in America. It has been suspected that CAIR has had ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, and currently, the Obama administration is working to get CAIR removed from the list of terrorist groups.

    The world has seen many movements that believe they are above the law of the land. Everything from religion (ISIS) to atheism (Church burnings), from Nationalism (Nazis) to Communism (Stalin), and from Judges who do not follow the Constitution (Roberts) to members of Congress who openly admit to not reading the bills they sign into law (Pelosi). The world has seen unimaginable horrors when these ideas take root, and if Mustafa Caroll is expressing the unofficial and hidden beliefs of his organization, that practicing Muslims are above the law, it would only make sense that CAIR is meeting with and advising a man in the White House who also believes he is above the law of the land.


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  • Breaking! Anti-Trump protesters arrested, go to jail as new law charges them with terrorism

    18/Nov/2016 // 557 Viewers

    These Protesters Are Going To Be Charged


    The United States is one of the best places to live. You have rights that are given to you from the Constitution, you have the freedom to do what you want (within reason of course), and you have the ability to live in one of the strongest nations in the world.

    At least it is supposed to be like that. Unfortunately there are people called liberals that want to completely destroy everything that the Constitution gives you. They want to take away your free speech because it might offend them. They want to take away your ability to have a gun because they don’t like it. And finally they want to make the country into a globalist area.

    Despite the fact that the United States was founded with the Constitution being the document that gives people power, the liberals have decided that they don’t like that anymore. They are literally doing what they can to destroy any evidence of that.

    More Collusion Exposed

    These Two Have Proven That They Don’t Follow The Constitution

    The most prominent example would be the fact that after the election was held, in which Donald Trump was the winner, entitled liberals were so angry that they decided they would go out and protest the results. Yes they were protesting the results of a FAIR election, despite the fact that there was still three million illegal votes cast.
     
    And what do the Democratic leaders have to say about all of this? They have kept their mouths shut on the entire thing. Despite all summer long of having the liberals and their friends in the media saying that Trump needs to talk to his supporters for their “damages” caused, they haven’t done that either.
     
    But it isn’t just the fact that the Democratic leaders are staying silent on the whole issue. There have been numerous reports that these protesters are actually getting paid by George Soros in order to create enough of a disturbance that something would get done. What the liberals want to do is stop the transfer of power.
     
    That way Trump wouldn’t be the person in charge of the entire country. It would still be underneath President Obama. But that is what the liberals want; instead there is a new bill that is coming out that is sure to make liberals everywhere cry.
     
    A Republican lawmaker has just come up with the perfect solution to make sure that these protesters stop acting like entitled liberals. The bill in question would allow authorities to charge protesters with committing “economic terrorism.” Washington state Senator Doug Ericksen is the one that is responsible for coming up with the bill.
     
    “I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people’s lives and property, it goes too far. Fear, intimidation, and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account. We are not just going after the people who commit these acts of terrorism. We are going after the people who fund them. Wealthy donors should not feel safe in disrupting middle-class jobs.”
     
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    People Who Protest Like This Are Going To Get A Rude Wake-Up Call

    The proposed bill, which is going to pass through considering that the Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, would make protesting a class C felony if they create any sort of “economic disruption” or “jeopardize human life and property.”
     
    It would also mean that people that have been discovered to be in violation of this would face up to five years in prison, or a $10,000 fine, or both. Not only that, but any group that organizes a protest that is considered disruptive would also be charged with “economic terrorism.”
     
    That means that these precious snowflakes that think they can get away with causing damage because they’re upset would have to think twice. But the saddest part about this whole thing is the fact that it was forced to be created. That was because the liberals that were protesting have a difficult time being peaceful.
     
    They honestly think that the best way to go about this whole thing is to make sure that they cause as much damage and destruction as possible. And their defense for it is to say that they have a right to protest. The last time I checked, protesting didn’t involve lighting trashcans on fire or smashing car windshields. That isn’t a protest; that’s a full-blown riot!
     
    And this is what we have been seeing from the numerous protests that have been going on since the election. There are people doing whatever they can to cause as much damage and destruction as possible. And these people need to learn that they can’t get away with this any longer.
     
    Of course the other sad part is that a vast majority of these protesters didn’t even vote in the election. They had a prime opportunity to make sure that their voices were heard and they completely ignored that. And now they decided that they want to have their voice heard by causing as much damage as possible.
     
    But that wasn’t the worst thing that they did. There was a report on CNN that had one of the protesters promising actual DEATH just to make sure that they got what they wanted. Yes these people are so crazy that they want to have people killed just to make sure that they get what they want. It’s people like this that had the bill created in the first place.
     
    Share this article with your friends and family to show that people that are going to be protesting and causing damage and mayhem where they go are about to get a rude wake up call. A bill is going to be passed, thanks to an all Republican Congress, which is going to make sure that these protesters face justice for causing destruction.
     
    This is just a way to ensure that we are stronger as a country under Trump. The past eight years have taught children that it is okay to be whiny and complain about everything. That time has past. We no longer have to accept the Band-Aid generation that was seen underneath Obama. This is just the first step into making this country stronger and it is going to continue. We WILL Make America Great Again!

     


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