Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/28/2014

The Turkish foreign minister paid a visit to a beleaguered mosque in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Two weeks ago the mosque was attacked by irate Bulgarian citizens with stones and bottle rockets. The Turkish foreign minister expressed his solidarity with the mosque and Bulgaria’s Turkish population.

In other news, the unemployment rate in Italy reached a record 12.9% in January, with youth unemployment rising to 42.4%

Meanwhile, President Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use force in attempt to turn back the democratic revolution in Ukraine.

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Financial Crisis
» Italian Jobless Rate Hits Record 12.9 Percent
» Italy: Youth Unemployment Up to 42.4% in January
» Italy: Inflation ‘Trolley’ Drops 0.4% to 0.9%
» Italy: Bankrupt Rome ‘Will Come to a Standstill’
» Italy: Restaurant That Invented Tiramisù to Close Down
» Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange Files for Bankruptcy
» U.S. Revises G.D.P. Down to 2.4% From 3.2% in Fourth Quarter
 
USA
» ADL-Led Coalition Goes to Bat for Bridgewater Mosque
» Azodicarbonamide Yoga Mat Chemical Confirmed in 500+ Everyday Foods and Grocery Items, Including Natural and ‘Healthy’ Products
» Could Polio or Other Vaccinations be Behind the New “Polio-Like” Illness Outbreak in California?
» Court: School Can Ban US Flag Shirts for Safety
» DHS Insider: Obama’s Cyber Warriors & Preparing for Collapse
» Empty Chair in the White House More Apparent Daily
» Executive Action: Obama Declares ‘Happy Hour’ With Dems After Ukraine Tough Talk
» Father of Big Bang Carries its Hiss on His Cellphone
» Harry Reid: The Millions of Americans Suffering Because of ObamaCare Are Liars!
» Kerry Kennedy is Found Not Guilty of Driving While Impaired
» Keystone XL is Proof Obama Opposes U.S. Economic Growth
» Mafia Plot to Kill Ex-New York Mayor Revealed
» Many Breakfast Cereal “Fruits” And “Berries” Are Faked; Made From Crazy Chemicals
» Networks Allow a Scant Two Minutes for Obama’s ‘Dramatic’Reduction of the Army
» Obama Unveils ‘My Brother’s Keeper, ‘ Opens Up About His Dad, Drugs and Race
» Philip Seymour Hoffman ‘Killed by Toxic Mix of Drugs’
» Some Jewish Reasons Why Inviting Pamela Geller to Speak is Not Kosher
» Supreme Court Hands Police More Power to Conduct Warrantless House Searches
» We Are in the Middle of the Biggest War in History
» What Are the Limits on Carrying a Gun Outside the Home?
 
Europe and the EU
» British Man Charged With Hacking Federal Reserve
» Bulgaria: [Turkish] Minister Davutoglu Visits Attacked Mosque in Plovdiv
» Claudia Schiffer and Her £1m Indecent Proposal From an Arab Prince
» GCHQ Revealed: Inside Her Majesty’s Listening Service
» Germany: Cologne’s Controversial Cardinal Resigns
» Heading for the Margins: Why is Britain Running Away From Europe?
» ICE 3.0: Will New High-Speed Train Ever Make it to London?
» Italian Social Security Recovers Pensions Sent to Dead
» Italy: PD Joining European Socialists ‘Historic’ Says Pes Leader
» Italy: Six M5S Senators Quit Amid Row Over Dissidents
» Italy: House Abolishes Lump-Sum Phone Reimbursement for MPs
» Italy: Chinese Carnival Masks of Renzi, Berlusconi, Grillo Seized
» Italy: Grillo Takes Pride in M5S Suspensions, Mocks Boldrini
» Northern Lights Illuminate the UK
» Scotland: Derek Phin Jailed for Mosque Threat After Lee Rigby Murder
» Sweden: Malmö Factory Fire Spills ‘Molten Lava’ Sugar
» Swedish Artist’s ‘Memory Wound’ To Mark Utøya
» The National Beer Day in Iceland
» The World’s Longest Aircraft in the Making
» UK: ‘Blackshirt’ Slur Against Mourning Ex-Mayor Sees Tower Hamlets Councillor Gagged
» UK: Football — Anelka Fined and Banned Over Salute
» UK: How MI5 Controlled UK Nazi Network
» UK: Nelson Mosque Extension Work Well Under Way
» UK’s Anti-EU Party Flags Shock Ahead for Political Landscape
 
North Africa
» Egypt: Minister — Authorities Confirm Securing All Touristic Areas
» Italian Govt Warns Against Travel to Parts of Egypt
» Libya: Politicians Face Death Penalty Over Blasphemous Cartoon
» The Motorcycle Gang Girls of Morocco
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Watchdog Group Highlights Anti-Israel Credentials of Amnesty International Researchers
 
Middle East
» 13 Killed in Clashes Between Army, Shiite Rebels in NE Yemen
» From Riyadh to Beirut, Growing Fear of Blowback From Militants Returning Home From Syria
» Has Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons in North Korea?
» Kuwaiti Columnist: Arabs Should Have Their Brains Examined
» Syrian Extremist Group Posts Hand Amputation Photos on Twitter
 
Russia
» 12 Signs That Russia is Ready to Fight a War Over Crimea
» Economic Woes: The Uncertain Future of Ukraine’s Finances
» Former President Yanukovych Blames Fascists, West for ‘Mess’ In Ukraine
» Former Obama Official: Ukraine’s Economy is ‘Terrible’
» Large Numbers of Russian Forces Reported Entering Crimea
» Obama Warns Russia Not to Use Force in Ukraine
» Russian Air Force Drills Ukraine Attack Plan
» Ukraine: Russia Accused of ‘Armed Invasion’ Amid Claims That Aircraft Are Flying Troops to Crimea
» Ukraine Accuses Russia of ‘Military Invasion’ As Gunmen Seize Airports
» What is So Dangerous About Crimea?
» Will Russia Invade Ukraine?
» Yanukovych Blames West for Chaos, Lawlessness in Ukraine
 
South Asia
» 7 Police Killed in Leftwing Rebel Attack in India
» Malalai, An Afghani’s Story
» Pakistan’s Energy Crisis Threatens Tree Canopy
 
Far East
» China Issues Report on U.S. Human Rights
» New Highly Radioactive Water Leak Detected at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Deadly School Attack
 
Latin America
» Brazil: 1 Million Expected as Rio De Janeiro’s Carnival Begins
» Panama Canal Deal Reached
» Venezuelan Street Protests Stretch Through Holiday; Death Toll Raised to 17
 
Immigration
» 107 Somali Migrants in Tugboat That Nearly Capsized Rescued Off Libyan Coast; 7 Killed
» Afghan, Syrian, Pakistani Migrants Saved Off Puglia
» Australian Website Offers Apologies to Asylum Seekers
» Illegal Migrants Enter Melilla Again
» Increasing Admissions Before Enforcement, Again
» Italy: Navy Saves Dinghy With 100 Migrants Aboard
» Mass Immigration Has Left Britain ‘Unrecognisable’, Says Nigel Farage
» Mexican President ‘Indignant’ At U.S. Deportations
» Nigel Farage: ‘Britain Has Become Unrecognisable’ Due to Immigration
» Spain: Migrants ‘Beaten’ After Border Assault: Reports
» Swiss Included in EU Asylum Deal Despite Vote
 
Culture Wars
» Homosexual Activists Disrupt Press Conference Announcing’coalition for Family Values’
» Planned Parenthood Produces Video Promoting Bondage and Sadomasochism to Teens
» Will Webcam Images be Used to Smear and Blackmail Targets?
 
General
» Jihadist Gang Graffiti
» Mars Meteorite With Odd ‘Tunnels’ & ‘Spheres’ Revives Debate Over Ancient Martian Life
» Study Claims “Global Warming” Will Cause More Rapes
» Warming Pause Doesn’t Reverse Scientific View on Climate
 

Italian Jobless Rate Hits Record 12.9 Percent

Italy’s unemployment rate reached a record 12.9 percent last month and youth joblessness also hit the highest-ever level at 42.4 percent of 15-24-year-olds not in school or university, official data showed on Friday.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Youth Unemployment Up to 42.4% in January

Highest since 1977

(ANSA) — Rome, February 28 — Youth unemployment rose from 41.6% in December to 42.4% in January, the highest since 1977, Istat said in a preliminary estimate Friday. In December joblessness among 15-24-year-olds dipped by 0.1% to 41.6%, the first drop since May.

The number of young people seeking work is now over 690,000, the statistics agency said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Inflation ‘Trolley’ Drops 0.4% to 0.9%

Recession dampened price rises

(ANSA) — Rome, February 28 — Italy’s inflation ‘trolley’ of most-frequently bought goods such as food and fuel dropped 0.4% to 0.9% in February, Istat said Friday. The month-on-month fall was 0.3%.

In January the annual trolley rate was 1.3%, compared to 1.2% in December.

Italy’s long recession has dampened price rises.

A two-year run of negative growth ended in the third quarter of last year, when GDP was flat with respect to the April-June period, and was followed by a 0.1% rise in the fourth quarter.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Bankrupt Rome ‘Will Come to a Standstill’

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under pressure on Thursday as the city of Rome verged towards bankruptcy after parliament threw out a bill that would have injected fresh funding.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Restaurant That Invented Tiramisù to Close Down

The Italian restaurant credited with inventing Tiramisù — one of the most famous desserts in the world — is to close down as Italy’s financial crisis continues to take its toll.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange Files for Bankruptcy

The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday and its chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

U.S. Revises G.D.P. Down to 2.4% From 3.2% in Fourth Quarter

The economy grew at a slower pace in the fourth quarter of 2013 than first thought, weighed down by disappointing retail sales, inventory adjustments and a less robust trade balance.

The Commerce Department said Friday it now estimates the economy grew by 2.4 percent in October, November and December, down from an initial estimate of 3.2 percent released on Jan. 30.

Economists had been expecting the government to revise the estimated rate of growth downward to 2.5 percent.

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ADL-Led Coalition Goes to Bat for Bridgewater Mosque

Scores township for ‘discriminatory actions’

An interfaith coalition founded by the Anti-Defamation League filed an amicus brief on behalf of a Muslim congregation in Bridgewater. The brief by the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques (ICOM) asserts that the township acted unlawfully when it passed an ordinance “specifically to prevent” the Al Falah Center from establishing a mosque at the Redwood Inn…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Azodicarbonamide Yoga Mat Chemical Confirmed in 500+ Everyday Foods and Grocery Items, Including Natural and ‘Healthy’ Products

(NaturalNews) Last week I warned the world that the global food supply was intentionally designed to end human life, not nourish it. Popular foods have been “weaponized” and are deliberately engineered to deliver toxic, cancer-causing chemicals to everyday consumers. The effect of all this is the mass poisoning of the people; keeping them incoherent, dumbed-down, diseased and chained to the for-profit “sick care” system where disease equals profits. (See Paul Chek’s video lecture which explains this in more detail.)…

In every one of these cases, the chemical was deliberately engineered into the foods even though it is not needed! For thousands of years, breads have been made without the chemical, and even today this chemical is rarely used in many first-world nations. But in the U.S. food supply, it is deliberately added to the most popular foods which are consumed by the masses.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Could Polio or Other Vaccinations be Behind the New “Polio-Like” Illness Outbreak in California?

(NaturalNews) According to reports, there are now about 25 or more cases, and counting, of a new “polio-like” outbreak in California children. Disease control officials have yet to determine the cause of the outbreak and they are looking for a new virus. Perhaps one direction they should take a look at is polio and other childhood vaccinations.

Initial reports have indicated that the children being affected by the new disease have all been vaccinated against polio. The scenario of children vaccinated against polio and other illnesses coming down with a “polio-like” illness is all too familiar. Look for example at what happened in India when widespread polio vaccinations were used to reportedly eradicate polio from India.

India’s polio vaccination experience After years of massive administration of polio vaccine, India was declared polio-free and the last reported incidence of polio in India was in January 2011. Although the reported milestone has been widely publicized, what has not been so widely reported is that there were an extra 47,500 new cases in 2011 of the rare illness known as Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis (NPAFP).

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Court: School Can Ban US Flag Shirts for Safety

Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican heritage celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the officials’ concerns of racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. Live Oak High School, in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, had a history of problems between white and Latino students on that day.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

DHS Insider: Obama’s Cyber Warriors & Preparing for Collapse

Obama Trolls activate more than a year ago…

First of all, two days after the inauguration, at exactly 7:00 a.m. on January 23, something called “the Cyber-Warriors for Obama Project” was activated. I heard about this the week after the election, but only saw a hardcopy draft in late December. From what I was told, I believe this is a project that is being paid for through funds from Obama’s political corporation, the 501(c)4 Organizing for Obama, I believe it’s called. I can’t be sure, but that’s what I was told.

At that time, I was shown a white, three-ring binder with Obama’s circular campaign logo imprinted on the outside of the binder with the name “Cyber-Warriors for Obama” printed in blue across the top. Inside were the names and e-mail addresses of 3,575 “cyber assets,” or “warriors,” listed in alphabetical order under about a dozen or so “team leaders.” From a separate sheet I was shown, most of these “assets” are being paid just over minimum wage, but as I understand it, they work from home and have no overhead. I believe there are about two dozen supervisors who make substantially more.

Now I only had the binder for a minute, and could not take it from the room I was in, so this is strictly from memory.

It was tabbed, and one section with the word “targets” had a list of religious web sites, web sites I recognized as Christian. Another section was a listing of conservative Internet sites. There was another tab with the label “problem sites” that seemed quite extensive. I looked at that section, and it was broken down further into “birther” sites, “pro-gun” sites, “anti-abortion” sites, just to name a few.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Empty Chair in the White House More Apparent Daily

At one point in the last run for the White House by Obama and Romney, actor and national treasure Clint Eastwood stood on the podium while talking to an empty chair. He talked to a “missing president” while he asked questions. While Eastwood’s skit demonstrated that Obama accomplished painfully little of his “hope and change” in his first four years, the national press excoriated the actor.

Subsequently, Obamacare cost American taxpayers in excess of $678 million for the website at last count. Here’s a bright idea: give every American citizen; all 319 million of us, a whopping $2 million each so we could take care of ourselves.

Obama jumped food stamp users from 36 million to 48.1 million in 2014 within the past five years of his presidency. It appears that “empty chair” metaphor may go down in history as the most intelligent understanding of the Obama administration. Why hasn’t the Congress and president created jobs for 48.1 million Americans so they can feed themselves? Why do we keep importing billions of dollars of manufactured goods from China, which employ Chinese people, but leave our people standing in unemployment lines?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Executive Action: Obama Declares ‘Happy Hour’ With Dems After Ukraine Tough Talk

Minutes after issuing a stern warning to Russia and saying there will be a price to pay if it interferes militarily in Ukraine, President Obama headed to a “happy hour” with fellow Democrats.

“Well, it’s Friday. It’s after 5 o’clock. So, this is now officially happy hour with the Democratic party,” the president told his cohorts. “I can do that. It is an executive action. I have the authority.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Father of Big Bang Carries its Hiss on His Cellphone

Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias accidentally discovered the afterglow of the big bang in 1964. Their now-famous horn antenna, built for Bell Labs in New Jersey, was supposed to be picking up the radio waves emitted by galaxy clusters and supernova remnants. But it recorded a temperature that was 3.5 kelvin hotter than it should have been, no matter where they pointed it.

We now know this was caused by the first photons to be released after the big bang, which still pervade the cosmos as radio waves. These days, Wilson keeps a sound recording of those waves on his cellphone, as New Scientist discovered when we interviewed with him last week at a celebration marking half a century since the discovery.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Harry Reid: The Millions of Americans Suffering Because of ObamaCare Are Liars!

Reid’s New Low: “They’re Lying!”

Millions of Americans are complaining, sparing not their frustration about a President’s ambitious law which has done the exact opposite of what was intended. Millions have lost their health insurance, only to be forced to purchase a more expensive plan, to settle with unforeseen costs out-of-pocket, or to strain to find doctors who will take the coverage. More physicians are leaving the profession than ever before, and yet the Obama Administration and the chief architects of the law, including Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) still claim that the Affordable Care Act is doing far more good than harm.

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went one step further, and too far, claiming that all the horror stories about Obama care “are not true.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Kerry Kennedy is Found Not Guilty of Driving While Impaired

After nearly 20 months of buildup, the misdemeanor trial of Kerry Kennedy ended on Friday in a breakneck blur, as jurors took less than two hours to find her not guilty of driving under the influence of a drug.

The four-day trial, which featured a riveting turn on the witness stand by Ms. Kennedy, 54, was centered on an act that neither she nor prosecutors dispute: On July 13, 2012, she drove her Lexus S.U.V. erratically after swallowing Zolpidem, a generic form of the sleep medication Ambien. She sideswiped a tractor-trailer on a highway in Westchester County before she was found, slumped over her sleeping wheel, her car stalled on a local road.

Ms. Kennedy has maintained that she took the pill accidentally, mistaking it for medication she took for a thyroid condition. She testified on Wednesday that she did not realize her mistake until well after the accident.

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Keystone XL is Proof Obama Opposes U.S. Economic Growth

It’s taken nearly five years, but Americans are finally aware that President Obama is opposed to anything that contributes to the economic growth of the nation. Along with a Democratic controlled Senate and its opposition to anything generated by the Republican House, Obama has saddled the nation with the highest debt in its history and squandered billions on failed alternative energy firms.

The most dramatic example is Obama’s five-year delay of the implementation of the Keystone XL pipeline that would safely transport oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

There are approximately 55,000 miles of pipelines in the U.S. with another 30,000 to 40,000 smaller gathering pipelines that feed it to the major ones.

In a February 17 U.S. Chamber of Commerce advertisement in The Weekly Standard, its president and CEO, Thomas J. Donahue, wrote that “In the same time that the Keystone XL pipeline application has been under review by the Obama administration, the Hoover Dam, the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Empire State Building were built — a clear indicator of how cumbersome and political today’s permitting process has become.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Mafia Plot to Kill Ex-New York Mayor Revealed

The Italian mafia in the 1980s plotted to murder Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor, an informant in Sicily revealed this week.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Many Breakfast Cereal “Fruits” And “Berries” Are Faked; Made From Crazy Chemicals

(NaturalNews Investigations) Call it consumer fraud! Many of the “fruits” used in popular breakfast cereals are really just fake fruits made out of refined factory ingredients like:

  • Artificial coloring chemicals
  • GMO corn starch
  • GMO soybean oil
  • Corn syrup solids

So which breakfast cereals can you really trust to deliver REAL fruits versus FAKE fruits?

In this investigation, we examine nine popular cereals. In each picture below, you’ll see the cereal box image, a microscopy photo of the “fruit” in the cereal, and a snapshot of the ingredients label.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Networks Allow a Scant Two Minutes for Obama’s ‘Dramatic’Reduction of the Army

The plan by Barack Obama’s government to”dramatically” shrink the size of the Army to its lowest level since World War II warranted a scant one minute and 56 seconds of total coverage on Monday’s morning shows. Yet, CBS, NBC and ABC devoted 19 and a half minutes to such topics as TV shows, makeup and viral videos. None of the networks mentioned the President, shifting the responsibility solely to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Obama Unveils ‘My Brother’s Keeper, ‘ Opens Up About His Dad, Drugs and Race

President Barack Obama spoke Thursday at the White House, where he announced “My Brother’s Keeper” — a new initiative to help young men and boys of color succeed. He described the program as one that “goes to the very heart of why I ran for President” and dove into his own life to explain why such an initiative is needed, speaking candidly about his father, drugs and race.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Philip Seymour Hoffman ‘Killed by Toxic Mix of Drugs’

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose of a mixture of drugs including heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, and benzodiazepine, officials have said. The Oscar winner was found dead at his home in New York City on 2 February with a syringe in his arm. He had struggled with drug addiction and had recently acknowledged he had relapsed after being clean for years.

The New York medical examiner revealed the post-mortem results on Friday.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Some Jewish Reasons Why Inviting Pamela Geller to Speak is Not Kosher

Pamela Geller’s anti-Muslim hatred should be sufficient reason to not invite her to speak or to withdraw any invitation already given. In addition, as has often been pointed out, hate against one group often leads to hate against another. And, even if Pamela Geller does not mean to promote hate against Jews and Jewish practices, in many ways she does just that. Below are ten ideas that you may not be aware that Pamela Geller has put forth that, in fact, are conducive to promoting hatred of Jews and Jewish practices.

[NOTE from Egghead: PLEASE be sure to read the the ten ideas…]

           — Hat tip: Egghead [Return to headlines]
 

Supreme Court Hands Police More Power to Conduct Warrantless House Searches

The US Supreme Court has ruled that police may search a home without obtaining a warrant despite the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises.

With its 6 to 3 decision in Fernandez v. California on Tuesday, the Court sided with law enforcement’s ability to conduct warrantless searches after restricting police powers with its 2006 decision on a similar case.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

We Are in the Middle of the Biggest War in History

Obama and the progressives have shredded our national flesh and skin down to the exposed bone. We now look like a staggering Zombie with chunks of tendons hanging everywhere, dripping and splattering blood as we roll down the street. People run to get out of the way as Obama jeers and laughs at us in between golf games.

Obama most certainly is ‘transforming’ and changing America as he promised from the beginning. Obama’s goal is simple and stated in everything he does and speaks. It is seen in his pathetic and limited career. It is reflected in his life long associations, choices of church fellowship with Rev. Wright for too many years to ignore and his own writings. Obama hates America and intends for America to pay. Frankenstein has found a playmate now.

Obama’s transformational goals for America:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

What Are the Limits on Carrying a Gun Outside the Home?

John Drake just wants to legally carry a gun to defend himself in New Jersey since he has been chased by robbers after refilling ATMs with thousands of dollars in cash. His application for a concealed carry permit was denied because the state does not consider self-defense a “justifiable need.”

Mr. Drake is taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court. If the high court decides to hear it, the ruling could change the laws related to the individual’s right to bear arms from coast to coast.

After retiring from Sprint, Mr. Drake decided to buy 50 ATMs to put in stores, some of which are in high-crime areas. He generally carries about $30,000 in $20 bills to fill up 10 machines at one time. He was sneaking the cash under his shirt and racing in and out of the stores but has still been pursued by criminals to his car three times.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

British Man Charged With Hacking Federal Reserve

A British man accused of hacking into U.S. government computer networks was charged in a new indictment unsealed Thursday with infiltrating the Federal Reserve’s computers.

Lauri Love, 28, of Stradishall, England, was charged with computer hacking and aggravated identity theft, which carry a potential penalty of up to 12 years in prison. He initially was arrested in Britain in October and released on bail after he was charged under a United Kingdom law that permits the arrest of anyone who starts attacks from the U.K. on computers anywhere in the world.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bulgaria: [Turkish] Minister Davutoglu Visits Attacked Mosque in Plovdiv

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is currently on an official visit to Bulgaria, visited a mosque which has been attacked recently in Plovdiv. Davutoglu first met with Plovdiv Ogvernor Ventsislav and went to Muradiye Mosque, which was attacked by a large group with stones and Molotov cocktails, for Friday prayer. Davutoglu said he likened the Plovdiv and Sofia to Istanbul and Ankara and Plovdiv is one of the most magnificent cities of Balkans. Following the visit, Davutoglu went to another Bulgarian city, Shumnu.

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Claudia Schiffer and Her £1m Indecent Proposal From an Arab Prince

Supermodels are probably inundated with flattering offers of dates from love-struck men all the time. The only trouble must be deciding which ones to accept. But Claudia Schiffer knew exactly what to do when she received a rather indecent proposal of her own — walk away with her head held high. The German-born model has told of her outrage when an Arab prince asked to ‘hire her’ for a dinner for £1million.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

GCHQ Revealed: Inside Her Majesty’s Listening Service

The Snowden files have brought the shocking espionage activities of the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters into the open. Former employees describe an agency with shifting goals, a strong honor code — and an inferiority complex.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Cologne’s Controversial Cardinal Resigns

The Vatican on Friday said the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, who has made controversial comments about Muslims, was stepping down from his duties as archbishop after reaching retirement age.

In comments which were widely condemned, the 80-year-old Meisner last month told members of the conservative Neocatechumenal Way Catholic group: “Each of your families is easily worth three Muslim families for me.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Heading for the Margins: Why is Britain Running Away From Europe?

Great Britain used to play a key role in leading Europe, and the benefits have been substantial. But now, the UK is turning its back on the EU and has chosen to focus on peripheral issues. It is the wrong move.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

ICE 3.0: Will New High-Speed Train Ever Make it to London?

After years of delays, Siemens’ next-generation high-speed ICE trains have finally been approved by German regulators. But another hurdle still lies ahead: getting permission to run them to London.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Italian Social Security Recovers Pensions Sent to Dead

Pensions continued to be sent to dead emigrants abroad

(ANSA) — Tropea (Vibo Valentia), February 28 — Nearly 90,000 euros were recovered by the Italian social security institute INPS after finance police in the southern Italian town of Tropea audited the cases of a number of Italian emigrants who maintained formal residency status in Italy.

It emerged from the investigation that pensions continued to be issued to a number of emigrants who were deceased, as INPS had not received notification of their deaths.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: PD Joining European Socialists ‘Historic’ Says Pes Leader

‘Family complete’ says Stanishev

(ANSA) — Rome, February 27 — The centre-left Italian Democratic Party’s (PD) decision to join the Party of European Socialists (PES) is “historic”, PES President Serghei Stanishev said after leaving a PD executive meeting that voted 121 to one with two abstentions to back the move.

“It’s a historic moment not only for the PD but for all the European Socialist family because without the PD the family was incomplete,” he said.

Earlier Stanishev voiced confidence that the PD’s request to join will be approved at its annual congress in Rome on February 28 and March 1. Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Stanishev is scheduled to meet with Italy’s freshly appointed Premier Matteo Renzi, the PD leader, during his trip.

The PD’s twin souls, heirs to the once-powerful Italian Communist Party (PCI) and the Christian Socialist wing of the once-dominant Christian Democrat Party (DC), had been arguing for years whether to join the PES.

The post-PCI wing had been largely in favour and the post-DC one largely against.

Several high-profile exponents of the post-DC strain left the party recently.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Six M5S Senators Quit Amid Row Over Dissidents

Movement split after lawmakers ejected for criticising Grillo

(ANSA) — Rome, February 27 — Six Senators from the 5-Star Movement (M5S) presented their resignations as parliamentarians on Thursday as the anti-establishment group came closer to an angry split after four lawmakers were ejected for criticising leader Beppe Grillo.

The six Senators who quit included Luis Orellana, one of the four voted out of the movement on Wednesday for speaking against Grillo’s volcanic display during talks with Premier Matteo Renzi last week before the Democratic Party (PD) leader took power.

The expulsions, decided at an explosive meeting of M5S lawmakers and subsequently ratified by a vote of supporters on Grillo’s blog, uncovered deep divisions about the movement’s intolerance of internal dissent.

Alessio Tacconi, an M5S member in the Lower House, confirmed Thursday that he was leaving the movement and another MP, Ivan Catalano, has reportedly defected too.

There are reports that M5S rebels could form new groups in both the Senate and the Lower House.

“Finally the dead weights are going,” said eight M5S MPs who are loyal to Grillo in a statement.

“They are people who, from this moment on, will become parasites. They should resign, not change party,” added the group, including high-ranking M5S figures Luigi Di Maio and Alessandro Di Battista.

Grillo has suggested the rebels are motivated by money and will not longer return the part of their salaries that is in excess of their needs to cover living expenses, as M5S lawmakers have pledged to do.

Tacconi demanded the M5S take back insinuations about him failing return the excess of his salary, saying otherwise it would show that the movement “uses the mud-slinging machine against those who express unwelcome opinions”. Grillo said ejecting the four dissidents would make the M5S “more cohesive and stronger” even if it meant the movement had fewer MPs.

The M5S ejected two parliamentarians last year for expressing dissent. Senator Adele Gambaro was thrown out in June after blaming Grillo for the party’s poor showing at a round of local elections. Another Senator, Marino Mastrangeli, was voted out in April for breaking a ban on appearing on television chat shows, which Grillo says are rigged to favour the established parties along with much of the rest of the Italian media. A handful of other M5S lawmakers have voluntarily left the movement after it won around a quarter of the vote at last year’s inconclusive general election.

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Italy: House Abolishes Lump-Sum Phone Reimbursement for MPs

Lawmakers to submit itemized expense reports

(ANSA) — Rome, February 27 — The office of House Speaker Laura Boldrini on Thursday ordered an end to the lump-sum reimbursement of telephone expenses for MPs. House lawmakers must now submit itemized expense reports in order to be reimbursed up to a maximum of 1,200 euros per year. The perk was one of many reviled by the majority of Italians, whose taxes pay for the most expensive parliament salaries in Europe.

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Italy: Chinese Carnival Masks of Renzi, Berlusconi, Grillo Seized

Lack EU manufacturing-standard certificates

(ANSA) — Naples, February 28 — Italian police on Friday seized Carnival masks of Premier Matteo Renzi, centre-right opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi and anti-establishment leader Beppe Grillo at Nola near Naples.

The masks were among 13,000 items imported from China by two entrepreneurs who have been cited for fraud.

The bargain-basement masks and costumes, which did not have EU quality labels denoting acceptable standards, were destined to flood the Naples market ahead of upcoming Carnival, police said.

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Italy: Grillo Takes Pride in M5S Suspensions, Mocks Boldrini

Complains Dambruoso only got slap on the wrist

(ANSA) — Rome, February 28 — The head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) mocked the House Speaker on Friday for suspending 26 of his MPs for brawling inside the chamber, taking her disciplinary act as a compliment.

“26 M5S members suspended by Laura Boldrini, 26 medals,” tweeted Beppe Grillo. The politicians received suspensions ranging from 10 to 12 days for the scuffle after they charged towards Boldrini on the floor of the House late last month for blocking their filibuster. One of them even sent a rival politician to the infirmary with bite wounds. Another MP, Stefano Dambruoso of the centrist Civic Choice, was suspended for 15 days, for allegedly slapping a female M5S member during the dispute, in what he says was an accident while trying to protect the Speaker in his role as quaestor to maintain order on the floor. Grillo said Dambruoso’s suspension was a slap on the wrist.

“A citizen who beats a woman outside parliament winds up in the slammer,” he said. “Dambruoso stays at his post as quaestor to oversee order!”

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Northern Lights Illuminate the UK

The Aurora Borealis — better known as the Northern Lights — has been giving rare and spectacular displays over parts of the UK, from the north of Scotland to as far south as Jersey. The lights have also been visible in places such as Essex, Gloucestershire, Norfolk and south Wales.

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Scotland: Derek Phin Jailed for Mosque Threat After Lee Rigby Murder

An Aberdeen man who posted a Facebook comment about burning down a mosque in the wake of Lee Rigby’s murder has been jailed.

Derek Phin, 46, admitted posting the threatening and abusive remark about Edinburgh Central Mosque on the social networking site in June last year…

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Sweden: Malmö Factory Fire Spills ‘Molten Lava’ Sugar

Swedish firefighters have battled for three days to control several thousand tonnes of sugar that have melted from the heat of an industrial fire and spilled out like ‘lava’ into the countryside.

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Swedish Artist’s ‘Memory Wound’ To Mark Utøya

A Swedish artist will tear a “radical and courageous” scar into a rocky outpost in the fjord where 69 young Norwegians were murdered by right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik in 2011.

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The National Beer Day in Iceland

Benjamin Franklin once said: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”. Few Icelanders would disagree with Mr. Franklin but unfortunately there were a few too many of them back in the days. Beer, as well as all alcoholic beverages, was banned in 1915 to make sure that Icelanders wouldn’t drink their wits away and although Spanish red wines were legalized again in 1922, beer remained a big no-no until March 1st 1989 even though, in desperation, someone invented Bjórlíki (faux beer) — a mixture of non-alcoholic beer and strong spirits such as vodka or whisky. This means that on March 1st we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of beer in Iceland.

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The World’s Longest Aircraft in the Making

The longest aircraft in the world has been unveiled at an airfield in Cardington, England, from where the great airships of the 1920s flew.

Originally developed for the US military, the 300ft (91m) helium-filled hybrid Airlander project was scrapped owing to budget cuts. Now the giant aircraft is being brought back to life by a British company which plans to build hundreds of the environmentally friendly craft for passengers and cargo.

The current aircraft can carry a load of 1225kg for up to 21 days, but on shorter flights could take up to 5 tonnes. Aircraft still on the drawing board may be able to carry 50 tonnes or more.

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UK: ‘Blackshirt’ Slur Against Mourning Ex-Mayor Sees Tower Hamlets Councillor Gagged

A verbal attack on a grieving former mayor of Tower Hamlets comparing her to Oswald Mosely’s fascist Blackshirts has seen a senior councillor banned from speaking at a council meeting.

Cllr Alibor Choudhury, cabinet member for resources, was gagged by the council after his public outburst against Cllr Ann Jackson, and Labour have called for him to make a public apology. Cllr Choudhury, speaking at Wednesday’s council budget meeting about Cllr Jackson, is reported to have said: “Oswald Mosely had his Blackshirts, John Biggs has his ‘Black Cardigans’!”

The “astonished” Bow West councillor was wearing black in mourning for her ex-husband, whose funeral was this week and who is father of her children. The council voted to pass a motion that Cllr Choudhury “be not further heard”, meaning his right to speak at the meeting was removed…

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UK: Football — Anelka Fined and Banned Over Salute

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been suspended for five games and fined B£80,000 following an investigation into his ‘quenelle’ gesture, the Football Association has announced…

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UK: How MI5 Controlled UK Nazi Network

A vast network of Nazi sympathisers apparently working to undermine Britain’s war effort against Germany was secretly controlled by MI5, according to newly-released documents. Files released by the National Archives show that the motley array of traitors and “fifth columnists” active in Britain during the Second World War was totally penetrated by the Security Service…

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UK: Nelson Mosque Extension Work Well Under Way

Pendle’s biggest mosque is being expanded now — and work is expected to hopefully finish in a few months. There has been a concern that things are taking time there despite members making lots of contributions. But its leading Imam, Qari Khalid Mahmood, is confident that it will be completed soon, and thanks people who have made donations toward the work.

The giant Central Ghausia Mosque at the corner of Pendle Street and Clayton Street in Nelson was officially opened more than 20 years ago and it has thousands of members. Its committee has now decided to add a new L-shaped extension to it…

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UK’s Anti-EU Party Flags Shock Ahead for Political Landscape

(Reuters) — The leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, warned on Friday that his anti-EU party could cause a major upset in British politics by scoring a victory over established rivals at European elections later this year…

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Egypt: Minister — Authorities Confirm Securing All Touristic Areas

Cairo — Egypt’s authorities have confirmed that all touristic areas have been secured, said the Minister of Tourism. Minister Hisham Za’zou’ expressed his hope that the German government will reconsider its warnings to German citizens to avoid the South Sinai region…

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Italian Govt Warns Against Travel to Parts of Egypt

Security risks linked to terrorism

(ANSA) — Rome, February 28 — The Italian foreign ministry on Friday warned its citizens to avoid travel to the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, including resort locations like Sharm el Sheikh, Taba and Dabah.

The travel advisory was due to the “progressive deterioration of safety” and terrorist threats, the ministry’s travel website Viaggiaresicuri (travel safe) said.

The ministry also warned against non-essential travel to locations other than tourist areas in northern Egypt, on the Red Sea and the Mediterranean coasts of the country.

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Libya: Politicians Face Death Penalty Over Blasphemous Cartoon

Two politicians could be sentenced to death over a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam when a verdict is issued in their case on Sunday 2 March, said Amnesty International. The organization is calling for the charges against them to be dropped immediately…

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The Motorcycle Gang Girls of Morocco

London-based Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj tapped into the bike culture of Marrakesh in his latest series of photos, Kesh Angels, on display at the Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York until March 8.

There are no real bike gangs.

NOTE: The pictures are worth seeing.

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Watchdog Group Highlights Anti-Israel Credentials of Amnesty International Researchers

As Amnesty International published an anonymous 85-page report condemning Israel on Thursday, NGO Monitor, the Jerusalem-based charity watchdog, highlighted the backgrounds of Amnesty’s researchers, several of whom were full-time anti-Israel activists before joining the human rights group…

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13 Killed in Clashes Between Army, Shiite Rebels in NE Yemen

SANAA, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — Clashes erupted on Friday between the Yemeni army and Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen’s northeastern province of al-Jawf, leaving at least 13 people dead and several others wounded, tribal sources said. The fighting took place after the Shiite rebels tried to seize the government’s main facilities in al-Hazm, the capital city of al-Jawf province, a local tribal source told Xinhua anonymously. “Three soldiers and more than 10 Shiite rebels were killed in the fighting,” the source said.

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From Riyadh to Beirut, Growing Fear of Blowback From Militants Returning Home From Syria

The developments illustrate how the Syrian war is sending dangerous ripples across a highly combustible region and sparking fears that jihadists will come home with dangerous ideas and turn their weapons against their own countries.

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Has Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons in North Korea?

What if Iran already had more than a dozen nuclear bombs and successfully tested a device deep underground? Moreover, what if that information had been shared with Secretary John Kerry, who chose not to disclose it to the other members of the P5+1 delegation? Kerry publicly sought the support of China while endeavoring to halt North Korea’s nuclear program, as China supplies the hermit kingdom’s fuel and international banking services. Arriving in China for talks with the country’s leadership on February 13th, Kerry said: Our belief is that China can do more now to urge North Korea to begin taking action to come into compliance with its international obligations. And I will encourage China to use all of the means at its disposal to do so. Now I want to make it clear: China has responded. If Freedman’s prediction of development of a MIRV warhead fitted on an Iranian/North Korean ICBM with large boosters within the next four to six months is correct, then a plausible nuclear capability for Iran may already exist. Moreover, as Iran has recently purchased a Russian Club-K container missile launcher this raises concerns over a possible EMP threat as well. If both cases are ultimately confirmed by secret intelligence, then who will be able to stop that dangerous development taking place in North Korea’s hermit Kingdom? Who is best able to counter these threats in both Iran and North Korea? Then there is the exposure of America’s commercial air fleet to MANPAD’s from Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah. Stay tuned for developments.

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Kuwaiti Columnist: Arabs Should Have Their Brains Examined

“The late Saudi author Abdallah Al-Qusaimi wrote in one of his books that the Arabs are ‘all talk.’ The truth is that the Arabs are, in fact, ‘all mental’ — they need to have large portions of their brains examined,” said Al-Hashem.

“I’ve come to believe that the entire issue of the robbing of Palestine was not just in order to establish a homeland for the Jewish people, but to enable the Arab and Muslim rulers to go on peddling this cause. Thus, they have turned their peoples into laughingstocks, and have managed to rule their countries,” he continued.

“Take Saddam Hussein, for example. As a Kuwaiti, this example is the most relevant to me. When he invaded Kuwait, he threatened to hang the bodies of the Americans from the walls of Baghdad. During his trial, Saddam said to the judge: ‘Without the Americans, neither you nor your father could have dragged me here,’“ he said.

Referring to Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in the early 1990s, Al-Hashem said, “This is another indication of the stupidity of this leader, who is still considered a hero by millions of Arabs. Saddam had already won the hearts of 90% of the Kuwaitis, and did not need to invade Kuwait and occupy it with his tanks. If only he had been smarter… I kept asking myself whether he was a collaborator, a madman, or a fool.” […]

[Necessary reading for all students of CJ]

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Syrian Extremist Group Posts Hand Amputation Photos on Twitter

An extremist Syrian group took to Twitter Friday to live-tweet pictures of rebels helping to chop off the hand of an alleged thief. The amputation happened in the rural town of Maskanah in the northern province of Aleppo, according to a series of posts on a Twitter account belonging to a supporter of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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12 Signs That Russia is Ready to Fight a War Over Crimea

Russia will never, ever give up Crimea without a fight. Anyone that thinks otherwise is just being delusional. TheRussian Black Sea fleet’s main base at Sevastopol is far too strategically important. In addition, ethnic Russians make up approximately 60 percent of the population of Crimea, and most of the population is rabidly pro-Russian.

In fact, many prominent Crimean politicians are already calling for reunification with Russia. So if you have been thinking that Russia is just going to fold up shop and go home now that pro-European protesters have violently seized power in Kiev, you can quit holding your breath. The truth is that Russia is more than willing to fight a war over Crimea. And considering the fact that vitally important pipelines that pump natural gas from Russia to the rest of Europe go right through Ukraine, it is not likely that Russia will just willingly hand the rest of Ukraine over to the U.S. and the EU either. If the U.S. and the EU push too hard in Ukraine, a major regional war may erupt which could ultimately lead to something much larger.

Russia and Ukraine have very deep historical ties. Most Americans may not think that Ukraine is very important, but the Russians consider Ukraine to be of the utmost strategic importance.

As an American, how would you feel if another nation funded and organized the violent overthrow of the democratically-elected Canadian government and replaced it with a government that was virulently anti-American?

By doing this to Ukraine, the United States and the EU are essentially sticking a pin in Russia’s eye. Needless to say, Russia is extremely angry at this point and they are gearing up for war.

The following are 12 signs that Russia is ready to fight a war over Crimea:…

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Economic Woes: The Uncertain Future of Ukraine’s Finances

With rapidly shrinking currency reserves and a capital flight problem, Ukraine faces an uncertain financial future. The IMF plans to send a “fact-finding mission” to Kiev next week, but will it be enough?

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Former President Yanukovych Blames Fascists, West for ‘Mess’ In Ukraine

The ousted president of Ukraine has said he is determined to continue the struggle for the future of his country. Viktor Yanukovych was speaking for the first time since having fled the country for Russia.

Viktor Yanukovych told reporters at a press conference held in the Russian town of Rostov-on-Don that he had only left Ukraine due to serious threats against his life and those of his loved ones. “No one has deposed me … I was forced to leave Ukraine because of the threat to my life,” he said.

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Former Obama Official: Ukraine’s Economy is ‘Terrible’

As officials in Ukraine remain torn over whether to align with the West or Russia, one issue that might sway where the country moves is its economy, according to a former State Department official. In an interview with Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland, Robert Hormats explained the dire outlook ahead for Ukraine. “The economic situation is terrible. The country is losing reserves, its currency has deprecated, it has a substantial foreign debt,” Hormats said. “It’s not getting any new investment in the country’s current environment.”

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Large Numbers of Russian Forces Reported Entering Crimea

Large numbers of Russian troops were reported landing at a military air base in Crimea Friday, prompting Ukraine to accuse Russia of a military invasion.

U.S. officials told Fox News they see “evidence of air and maritime movement into and out of Crimea by Russian forces” although the Pentagon declined to officially “characterize” the movement.

Agence France Press quoted a top Ukranian official as saying Russian aircraft carrying nearly 2,000 suspected troops have landed at a military air base near the regional capital of the restive Crimean peninsula.

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Obama Warns Russia Not to Use Force in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — President Obama warned Russia on Friday that it should not intervene militarily in Ukraine, saying the United States will stand with the world to condemn a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

“There will be costs,” Mr. Obama declared in a brief statement from the White House.

The president said the United States government is “deeply concerned” by what he said are “reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine.”

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Russian Air Force Drills Ukraine Attack Plan

Tension builds as Ukraine accuses Russia of “military invasion”

Russian combat pilots are training to attack “enemy” forces in search and destroy missions as tensions continue to build, with Ukraine’s interim government complaining of a Russian military invasion after armed men seized control of an airport in Crimea.

Following President Vladimir Putin’s decision to order a snap combat readiness drill on February 26, troops and aircraft that were based in the western and central military districts of Russia have been redeployed to operational airfields as far as 500 kilometers away from their permanent bases…

After US Senator John McCain dined with Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok in December, the anti-Semitic organization has captured three posts in the new government — the deputy prime minister position, the head of agriculture and the head of environment.

Members of the organization wear Waffen-SS “wolfsangel” armbands as their party logo and one party official even founded a think tank called the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Centre as a dedication to the Nazi propaganda minister.

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Ukraine: Russia Accused of ‘Armed Invasion’ Amid Claims That Aircraft Are Flying Troops to Crimea

Russian troops and gunmen in unmarked uniforms fanned out across Crimea, seizing two airports in an apparent bid to assert Moscow’s dominance over the region.

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Ukraine Accuses Russia of ‘Military Invasion’ As Gunmen Seize Airports

Armed forces were blocking the two main airports in the strategic peninsula of Crimea on Friday in what Ukraine’s new government described as a takeover by Russian forces, as the country asked the U.N. Security Council to intervene in the escalating conflict.

No violence was reported, and flights continued to operate at the airport serving Simferopol, the regional capital. It was not immediately clear whether the airport in Sevastopol, owned by the Ukrainian defense ministry, was open but there are no scheduled services to the facility.

Russia’s Black Sea fleet, which is based in the area, denied its forces were involved in seizing one of the airports, Interfax news agency reported, according to Reuters

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What is So Dangerous About Crimea?

In the aftermath of the revolution in Ukraine — in which pro-Western and nationalist Ukrainians have taken power after the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych — there are fears that the southern region of Crimea could become a battleground between forces loyal to Ukraine and Russia.

The Muslim Crimean Tatars were deported in large numbers by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1944 for alleged collaboration with Nazi invaders in World War Two.

Ethnic Ukrainians made up 24% of the population in Crimea according to the 2001 census, compared with 58% Russians and 12% Tatars.

Tatars have been returning since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 — causing persistent tensions with Russians over land rights.

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Will Russia Invade Ukraine?

Could Russia intervene militarily in Crimea to safeguard its strategic interests? Or, to put the question a different way, has Russia already intervened?

Nobody yet knows the identities of the armed men who seized control of Simferopol airport…

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Yanukovych Blames West for Chaos, Lawlessness in Ukraine

MOSCOW, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday blamed “irresponsible” Western powers for chaos and lawlessness in his country. “Outcome of the crisis will be difficult as a result of irresponsible Western policy of supporting Maiden (the Independence Square),” he told a press conference in a southern port city of Russia in his first public appearance after a week-long hiding. “But we’ll overcome,” he stressed…

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7 Police Killed in Leftwing Rebel Attack in India

NEW DELHI, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — Seven policemen were killed in an ambush by suspected leftwing rebels in the central Indian state of Chhattigarh on Friday, said local media. The attack took place in Dantewada district, a stronghold of the Naxalite rebels, when a police patrol party was checking security of an under-construction road…

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Malalai, An Afghani’s Story

Malalai was born and raised in Kabul at a time when life was relatively comfortable and free and girls were allowed to go school and attend the university. The town had parks, trees, vegetation, and had not been devastated by the Russian bombing raids, by the Taliban’s purposeful destruction of any remnant of history and culture, and by the fighting between the liberating American troops and the Taliban…

Little remains of the beautiful Paghman Gardens, outside of Kabul, formerly decorated with a Roman style triumphant arch. People relaxed on weekends there, bringing their families for picnics; the dress code was European.

Malalai speaks with a soft but firm voice. The pain overcomes her from time to time and her eyes tear up. “The Taliban changed everything. If it was bad under the Russian occupation, the Taliban made it infinitely worse. Ladies could not get out of the house without men. The extended family had to live together for safety reasons and out of necessity. My sister Hamida was a widow with four kids during the Taliban rule. My brother was a professor at a local college but the Taliban closed all colleges and my brother stayed home.”

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Pakistan’s Energy Crisis Threatens Tree Canopy

In an alarming trend, the people turn to firewood as shortage of natural gas and electricity hits them hard

In a country where about 20 per cent of residents lack basic utilities, generations of poor and rural Pakistanis have relied on timber to make it through the winter. But severe energy shortages are turning even wealthier families into wood scavengers.

They snap branches, uproot saplings and hack trees, and they carry their bounty any way they can — by truck, motorcycle and even bicycle. And with each trip, Pakistan loses another piece of its tree canopy, an alarming trend for one of the world’s least forested countries.

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China Issues Report on U.S. Human Rights

BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — China published a report on the United States’ human rights record on Friday, in response to U.S. criticism and “irresponsible remarks” about China. “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2013” was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, in response to “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013” made public by the U.S. State Department on Thursday…

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New Highly Radioactive Water Leak Detected at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

(NaturalNews) More blunders at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan, now defunct, have led to yet another major environmental disaster, indicate new reports. Workers from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the shuttered utility, apparently forgot to turn off an overflow valve at an onsite storage tank recently, causing the release of 100 metric tons of highly radioactive water into the ground.

According to Reuters, this latest leak is the worst to occur at the plant since an earlier one back in August which sent some 300 metric tons of contaminated water into the environment unmitigatedly. This earlier event ranked at level three on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), which is considered to be a “serious incident.”

In this latest occurrence, a Fukushima storage tank designed to allow for the tapered release of contaminated water into a nearby holding area was improperly monitored, resulting in a continuous release of radioactive waste. And had a worker not just so happened to be walking by and seen water dripping from one of the tank’s drains, this major failure could have persisted for far longer.

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Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Deadly School Attack

Crisis Group’s Africa Program staff assembled this Q&A following Boko Haram’s attack of 25 February. Crisis Group will release a full-length report on Boko Haram in mid-March.

What happened?

In the early hours of Tuesday 25 February, about 50 gunmen from the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram stormed a co-educational, federal government boarding school in Buni Yadi, Yobe State, about 65km from the state capital, Damaturu…

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Brazil: 1 Million Expected as Rio De Janeiro’s Carnival Begins

Rio de Janeiro’s mayor has opened the seaside city’s raucous Carnival, the self-billed biggest party on the planet and Brazil’s last big bash before it hosts this year’s World Cup football tournament.

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Panama Canal Deal Reached

Terms agreed to complete expansion

(ANSA) — Milan, February 28 — A Spanish-led consortium expanding the Panama Canal has reached a deal with local authorities to complete the project — good news for the Italian contractor that is a major player in the consortium.

Work was halted earlier this month because of a dispute over cost overruns totalling $1.6 billion.

However, suppliers have reportedly been paid, freeing the way for work to resume.

Italian company Salini-Impregilo makes up 38% of the consortium working on the $5.25-billion expansion project.

The Spanish-led consortium, known as the as Grupo Unidos Por el Canal (GUPC), and the Panama Canal Authority have been locked in a dispute over the cost overruns for weeks.

Some 10,000 jobs have reportedly been affected by the dispute.

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Venezuelan Street Protests Stretch Through Holiday; Death Toll Raised to 17

Scattered protest barricades continue to block streets in some Caracas neighborhoods and several hundred people gathered at a human rights demonstration as protests against the government persisted on the second day of national holidays.

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107 Somali Migrants in Tugboat That Nearly Capsized Rescued Off Libyan Coast; 7 Killed

An official in Libya says the country’s coast guard has rescued 107 Somalis on a tugboat that nearly capsized while trying to reach Europe.

Libya remains chaotic more than two years after the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. That’s allowed it to become a prime springboard for migrants trying to reach Europe. Scores die every year while making the dangerous journey in search of a better life.

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Afghan, Syrian, Pakistani Migrants Saved Off Puglia

Man and daughter taken to hospital

(ANSA) — Lecce, February 28 — The Italian coast guard on Friday rescued 28 Asian migrants from a drifting boat off Puglia.

The migrants said they were from Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan.

A man and his daughter were taken to hospital for a check-up.

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Australian Website Offers Apologies to Asylum Seekers

A website created last Friday is providing an online forum for Australians, in disagreement with the government’s strict asylum seeker policy, to apologize to would-be immigrants who have been turned away.

Ryan Sheales, a media and communications consultant from Melbourne, launched sorryasylumseekers.com in a bit to humanize an issue that is often overshadowed by political debate.

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Illegal Migrants Enter Melilla Again

260 make it into enclave with packed holding centre

(ANSAmed) — MADRID, FEBRUARY 28 — An immigration emergency continues in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco. At dawn on Friday 260 migrants from sub-Sahara were reported to have illegally entered Melilla through the Beni Enzar crossing while hundreds were hiding close to the city.

Once they made it inside, many migrants reached a temporary holding centre which is however packed with foreigners. Some 1,042 immigrants are currently staying at the centre, which was built to accommodate 400.

Melilla has been under pressure for months with the emergency getting worse over the past few weeks after the tragedy of Ceuta, where 15 migrants drowned as they were trying to storm the enclave.(

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Increasing Admissions Before Enforcement, Again

Obama administration expands visa waiver program

By Jessica Vaughan

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 28, 2014) — DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that the administration will expand the controversial Visa Waiver Program to include Chile.

Once again, the administration has moved to ease standards for admitting foreign visitors before it has shown the public that the Visa Waiver Program is safe and does not increase illegal immigration. In the past, Congress has been reluctant to expand the program because DHS has still not implemented a biometric entry-exit system and has devoted few resources to tracking down and removing visitors who overstay. In addition, DHS has been criticized by the Government Accountability Office for inadequate oversight of the program to reduce security vulnerabilities.

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Italy: Navy Saves Dinghy With 100 Migrants Aboard

Newborn among boatload rescued south of Lampedusa

(ANSA) — Rome, February 28 — The Italian navy on Friday rescued a dinghy with about 100 sub-Saharan African migrants aboard including a new-born baby south of the stepping-stone island of Lampedusa, closer to Libya than Sicily.

The navy said the migrants included 23 women and 46 minors. It said the rescue operation took “all night because of the bad weather and the heavy sea conditions”.

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Mass Immigration Has Left Britain ‘Unrecognisable’, Says Nigel Farage

In one of his strongest attacks on immigration policy, Ukip leader says country has been “taken over” by foreigners

Mass immigration has left Britain an “unrecognisable” country that many people would not want to leave to their children and grandchildren, Nigel Farage has said. In one of his strongest attacks on immigration policy, he said the arrival of migrants has some British people feeling that parts of the country are now alien to them.

The UK Independence Party leader said parts of the country had been “taken over” by foreigners and told how he caught a recent commuter train from London to Kent and had to wait for several stops before he heard English being spoken.

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Mexican President ‘Indignant’ At U.S. Deportations

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he is “indignant” at the United States’ deportation of Mexican migrants and described U.S. lawmakers as demonstrating a “lack of conscience” in failing to pass immigration reform.

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Nigel Farage: ‘Britain Has Become Unrecognisable’ Due to Immigration

Nigel Farage today claimed immigration was making Britain “unrecognisable”, in a provocative speech to launch Ukip’s European elections campaign. The party leader put the issue at the heart of his campaign, saying “a massive oversupply” of EU citizens was hitting services and jobs…

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Spain: Migrants ‘Beaten’ After Border Assault: Reports

Dozens of sub-Saharan migrants were taken to a Moroccan hospital with injuries on Friday, after hundreds of them stormed the border fence into Spain’s north African territory of Melilla, rights activists said.

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Swiss Included in EU Asylum Deal Despite Vote

The EU wants to include Switzerland in a new agreement on asylum, despite blocking other EU-Switzerland deals since the February 9th vote on quotas for EU citizens in Switzerland.

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Homosexual Activists Disrupt Press Conference Announcing’coalition for Family Values’

Folks, three pro-homosexual protesters disrupted our press conference today in Washington, D.C. — called toannounce a new pro-family umbrella group, the Coalition for Family Values (CFV),of which AFTAH is a member. The protesters — who accused CFV organizer Scott Lively of causing the death of homosexuals in Russia — were removed by National Press Club security officials after refusing to relent. Below is a YouTube video of the incident provided by a reporter with the Washington Blade:

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Planned Parenthood Produces Video Promoting Bondage and Sadomasochism to Teens

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England — -which received more than $2.75 million in government funding in 2012 — has produced and posted online a video specifically aimed at teenagers that promotes bondage and sadomasochism (BDSM) and proposes “rules” to follow when engaging in these activities. “People sometimes think that those who practice BDSM are emotionally scarred or were once abused — not true, it’s a total myth,” the host of the video, LaciGreen, informs its intended audience of teens.

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Will Webcam Images be Used to Smear and Blackmail Targets?

Newly-released Snowden documents show that the British and American spy agencies gathered and stored many millions of images from Yahoo web cam streams … and that a large percentage are naked or pornographic images.

Given that the spy agencies use porn to discredit activists — and apparently to blackmail critics — it is worth asking whether that was the larger purpose for this spy program.

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Jihadist Gang Graffiti

By Dawn Perlmutter

Young Islamists and their sympathizers are tagging, stenciling, painting, vandalizing and using every genre of graffiti to spread the global jihadist message. Similar to other gangs they are using spray paint to mark their territory, demonstrate their allegiance, advertise their gang’s status and power, memorialize fallen fellow gang members, praise violence and threaten their enemies.

Jihadist graffiti functions as communication and recruitment and is popping up in cities around the world including: Toronto, London, Dublin, Derry, Glasgow, Augsburg, Munich, Moscow, Toulouse, Frejus, Helsinki, Rome, Crete, Jerusalem, Beirut, Salt lake City, New York City, Washington, D.C. Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Oakland and many others.

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Mars Meteorite With Odd ‘Tunnels’ & ‘Spheres’ Revives Debate Over Ancient Martian Life

The discovery of tiny carbon-rich balls and tunnels inside a Martian meteorite has once again raised the possibility that the Red Planet was teeming with primitive life millions of years ago.

The authors of the new research are not claiming they’ve found evidence of ancient life on Mars. In fact, nowhere in their paper do they use the word “life.” (Their preferred term is “biotic activity.”) But their findings revive the debate about the possibility of microbes in Mars’ past and highlight how much information scientists can actually glean from Martian meteorites that end up on Earth.

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Study Claims “Global Warming” Will Cause More Rapes

In his study entitled “Crime, Weather and Climate Change,” Michael Ranson, a Senior Associate with Abt Associates, alleges that “global warming” will cause an additional 180,000 cases of rape and 22,000 murders by 2099…

Yet Ranson’s study uses a statistical correlation to make the claim, despite the fact that correlation does not imply causation.

In essence, the study is about as scientific as the quack science behind “global warming.”

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Warming Pause Doesn’t Reverse Scientific View on Climate

A pause in the pace of global warming does not invalidate research that links climate change to human activity, national science academies in the U.S. and U.K. said in a joint report.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/28/2014

  1. ” Meanwhile, President Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use force in attempt to turn back the democratic revolution in Ukraine.”

    Obama promised that he would use taqqiya in Ukraine as Muslims are using taqqiya in the west.

  2. A few comments:-
    1. Loonwatch – I believe that the perpetrators of this absurd website have been paid in petro dollars to defame, villify and marginalise all and any genuine concern expressed about islam.
    2. Arab prince offers a million pounds to “hire”Claudian Schiffer and it’s an indecent proposal. To anyone else it’s sexual harassment or kerb crawling.
    3.Alibor Choudhury’s behaviour in Tower Hamlets goes beyond Gross Misconduct – an accusation that could have got him suspended by a political party. Unfortunately he is an independent councillor. He is also being supported in his activities by the odious Lutfur Rahman, the obergruppenfuher.
    4. Finally, I agree whole heartedly with Nigel Farage. Parts of West London where I used to live until last year now resemble Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province and,of course, if anyone is unwise enough to complain, he is a WAYCIST.

  3. “…democratic revolution in Ukraine.” Sure…the kind of democracy that will end up with Ukraine being flooded by Muslims. The facts about the “revolution” are well documented already, Putin is just doing what he has to do.

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