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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Why Don’t Internationalists Care About Yemen? | The Nation

Why Don’t Internationalists Care About Yemen? | The Nation

Are America's Wars Just and Moral?, by Patrick Buchanan | Creators Syndicate

Are America's Wars Just and Moral?, by Patrick Buchanan | Creators Syndicate

BDS activists prevented from boarding flight to Israel | Jewish Telegraphic Agency

BDS activists prevented from boarding flight to Israel | Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Norway's Political Elites Cheer for Islam

by Fjordman  •  July 25, 2017 at 4:00 am
  • If current levels of immigration continue, native Norwegians will be a minority in their own country within a few decades. In some parts of inner city Oslo, they are already a minority.
  • Ethnic Norwegians living in these areas are called "infidel whore." Many feel as if they are strangers in what once was their own country. Yet the politicians and mass media are not interested. The ruling elites are far more interested in cases of alleged "Islamophobia" or "white racism."
  • A report commissioned by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) suggested in early 2017 that the Muslim Brotherhood is secretly leading Islamic groups in building a parallel society in Sweden by infiltrating organizations and political parties in the country.
Oslo, Norway. (Image source: Helge Høifødt/Wikimedia Commons)
Ramadan is supposed to be an Islamic holy month of fasting. In reality, as one is thought to be doubly rewarded in paradise for deeds "fighting corruption" during Ramadan, it is a month of "jihad and victories."
It therefore nearly always leads to an increase in jihad violence in different parts of the world.
Breitbart News counted at least 1,620 people killed by militant Muslims during Ramadan in 2017. Most of these were killed in Muslim-majority countries. However, deadly Islamic terrorist attacks also hit Western cities such as London.
When dealing with Muslim terror, it can be useful to separate it into two different, categories: Big Terror and Little Terror. Big Terror includes mass casualty attacks such as suicide bombings. Little Terror includes other forms of violence and harassment, such as torching cars, that have a negative impact on daily life. Both forms of terror are intended to spread fear.

Technology Giants, Sovereign Power, And Surveillance | Hoover Institution

Technology Giants, Sovereign Power, And Surveillance | Hoover Institution

Korean Game of Thrones: America should speak more softly, carry bigger stick. | National Review

Korean Game of Thrones: America should speak more softly, carry bigger stick. | National Review

Palestinian civilian mass activism (nonviolence) to defend Jerusalem - Just World Educational

Palestinian civilian mass activism (nonviolence) to defend Jerusalem - Just World Educational

How the World Missed a Week of Palestinian Civil Disobedience « LobeLog

How the World Missed a Week of Palestinian Civil Disobedience « LobeLog

The Bible Timeline Chart

The Bible Timeline Chart

Democrats to unveil "Better Deal" economic agenda - Axios

Democrats to unveil "Better Deal" economic agenda - Axios

Trump’s Slide into Endless-War Syndrome – Consortiumnews

Trump’s Slide into Endless-War Syndrome – Consortiumnews

The fast-approaching defense budget 'train wreck' - POLITICO

The fast-approaching defense budget 'train wreck' - POLITICO

Newly Disclosed Clinton-era Memo Says Presidents Can Be Indicted - The New York Times

Newly Disclosed Clinton-era Memo Says Presidents Can Be Indicted - The New York Times

Obamacare is hurting these people—and Congress is doing nothing about it

Obamacare is hurting these people—and Congress is doing nothing about it

The sky-high pay of health care CEOs - Axios

The sky-high pay of health care CEOs - Axios

The Conservative Case for Universal Healthcare | The American Conservative

The Conservative Case for Universal Healthcare | The American Conservative

It’s time to see if Democrats are serious about single-payer - Vox

It’s time to see if Democrats are serious about single-payer - Vox

Senate Health Care Legislation Would Grant HHS Unprecedented Power Over States

Senate Health Care Legislation Would Grant HHS Unprecedented Power Over States

Climate change might prevent airlines from flying full planes

Climate change might prevent airlines from flying full planes

Bill Black: Jamie Dimon, You Make Us Embarrassed to be Americans | naked capitalism

Bill Black: Jamie Dimon, You Make Us Embarrassed to be Americans | naked capitalism

Are America's Wars Just and Moral? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Are America's Wars Just and Moral? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

The Hidden Costs of “National Security” Ten Ways Your Tax Dollars Pay for War -- Past, Present, and Future

The Hidden Costs of “National Security”
Ten Ways Your Tax Dollars Pay for War -- Past, Present, and Future
By William D. Hartung
You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.  Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting.  Adjusted for inflation, that means it’s higher than at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s massive buildup of the 1980s and is now nearing the post-World War II funding peak.  And yet that’s barely half the story.  There are hundreds of billions of dollars in “defense” spending that aren’t even counted in the Pentagon budget.
Under the circumstances, laying all this out in grisly detail -- and believe me, when you dive into the figures, they couldn’t be grislier -- is the only way to offer a better sense of the true costs of our wars past, present, and future, and of the funding that is the lifeblood of the national security state.  When you do that, you end up with no less than 10 categories of national security spending (only one of which is the Pentagon budget).  So steel yourself for a tour of our nation’s trillion-dollar-plus “national security” budget. Given the Pentagon’s penchant for wasting money and our government’s record of engaging in dangerously misguided wars without end, it’s clear that a large portion of this massive investment of taxpayer dollars isn’t making anyone any safer.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176311/tomgram%3A_william_hartung%2C_the_trillion-dollar_national_security_budget/#more

Monday, July 24, 2017

Baby Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight: Read their full heartbreaking statement

Baby Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight: Read their full heartbreaking statement


https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/charlie-gards-parents-he-could-have-been-normal-healthy-little-boy-if-treat

Saudi Arabia: Good News and Troubling News On Terrorism « LobeLog

Saudi Arabia: Good News and Troubling News On Terrorism « LobeLog

Raising awareness about human trafficking | Unbound Blog

Raising awareness about human trafficking | Unbound Blog

The Changing US Role in the World |

The Changing US Role in the World |

Violence and diplomatic upheaval over the al-Aqsa mosque

Violence and diplomatic upheaval over the al-Aqsa mosque

Rwanda and the dangers of democracy - The Boston Globe

Rwanda and the dangers of democracy - The Boston Globe

The hard part on Mideast peace - NY Daily News

The hard part on Mideast peace - NY Daily News

The Trump White House’s War Within - POLITICO Magazine

The Trump White House’s War Within - POLITICO Magazine

Hero Imams

Hero Imams

by Khadija Khan  •  July 24, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • More than 60 Islamic leaders and imams -- from France, Belgium, Britain, Tunisia, and of different Islamic faiths -- in a move that may be unprecedented, are touring Europe to denounce Islamic terrorism and to pay homage to the victims of terror in Europe by visiting many of the sites of terror attacks.
  • The idea seems to have shaken extremists to the core. They have been sending these imams death threats.
  • It is therefore high time, as mankind faces a crucial turning point, that people will pull together and support any voices of peace such as those of the marching imams, and restrain any hands that would try to sabotage their noble mission.
Hassen Chalghoumi (pictured at center on January 8, 2015), the imam of Drancy Mosque in suburban Paris, is leading a peace march of more than 60 Islamic leaders and imams, to denounce Islamic terrorism and pay homage to the victims of terror in Europe. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
More than 60 Islamic leaders and imams -- from France, Belgium, Britain, Tunisia, and of different Islamic faiths -- in a move that may be unprecedented, are touring Europe to denounce Islamic terrorism and to pay homage to the victims of terror in Europe by visiting many of the sites of terror attacks.

Simply put: Where things stand on the Dolam plateau | The Indian Express

Simply put: Where things stand on the Dolam plateau | The Indian Express

Trump’s Special Ops Pick Says Terror Drones Might Soon Reach the US from Africa. How Worried Should We Be? - Defense One

Trump’s Special Ops Pick Says Terror Drones Might Soon Reach the US from Africa. How Worried Should We Be? - Defense One

The Unending Failure of the Afghan War – Consortiumnews

The Unending Failure of the Afghan War – Consortiumnews

It’s Time To Raise the Level of Public Debate about Syria | Tim Hayward

It’s Time To Raise the Level of Public Debate about Syria | Tim Hayward

The Mega Rich Are Getting Mega Richer: A Former CEO Exposes the Corruption Behind Their Obscene Paychecks | naked capitalism

The Mega Rich Are Getting Mega Richer: A Former CEO Exposes the Corruption Behind Their Obscene Paychecks | naked capitalism

Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence – Consortiumnews

Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence – Consortiumnews

Drones Are the New Face of U.S. Foreign Policy. What Good Are They? - Lawfare

Drones Are the New Face of U.S. Foreign Policy. What Good Are They? - Lawfare

US defence agencies grapple with gene drives

US defence agencies grapple with gene drives

The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook and Google


The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook and Google

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jul/23/inside-billion-dollar-palaces-of-tech-giants-facebook-apple-google-london-california-wealth-power

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Trump Pulls the Plug in Syria | Graham E. Fuller

Trump Pulls the Plug in Syria | Graham E. Fuller

Who is new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci? - LA Times

Who is new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci? - LA Times

The Making of the Bombshell Trump Dossier

The Making of the Bombshell Trump Dossier

McCain and the Trump-Russia Dossier: What Did He Know, and When? - Hit & Run : Reason.com

McCain and the Trump-Russia Dossier: What Did He Know, and When? - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show - The Washington Post

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show - The Washington Post

Trump Administration Closing War Crimes Office

Trump Administration Closing War Crimes Office

Trump Assigns White House Team to Target Iran Nuclear Deal, Sidelining State Department | Foreign Policy

Trump Assigns White House Team to Target Iran Nuclear Deal, Sidelining State Department | Foreign Policy

Friday, July 21, 2017

(11) Judicial Watch - Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was LIVE for...

(11) Judicial Watch - Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was LIVE for...

Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun


Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun

Nucla, Colorado, was founded by socialists before becoming a mining town. Now, as wealthy liberals with different values encroach, the town is fighting for its economic survival



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/14/nucla-colorado-mandatory-gun-law-mining-telluride?utm_source=Weekly+Longreads+Email&utm_campaign=63849b4d79-Longreads_Top_5_July_21_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd2ad42066-63849b4d79-239031537&mc_cid=63849b4d79&mc_eid=9528811089

Open Burns, Ill Winds

Open Burns, Ill Winds

The Pentagon’s handling of munitions and their waste has poisoned millions of acres, and left Americans to guess at the threat to their health.


https://www.propublica.org/article/military-pollution-open-burns-radford-virginia?utm_source=Weekly+Longreads+Email&utm_campaign=63849b4d79-Longreads_Top_5_July_21_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd2ad42066-63849b4d79-239031537&mc_cid=63849b4d79&mc_eid=9528811089

Beyond NATO

Beyond NATO

This is Not a Eulogy for John McCain | Foreign Policy

This is Not a Eulogy for John McCain | Foreign Policy

Want to tour the International Space Station? You can now use Google Street View | ZDNet

Want to tour the International Space Station? You can now use Google Street View | ZDNet

The rise of Kurdistan | GulfNews.com

The rise of Kurdistan | GulfNews.com

What Benjamin Netanyahu Said On PM Narendra Modi In Conversation Caught On Open Mic

What Benjamin Netanyahu Said On PM Narendra Modi In Conversation Caught On Open Mic

Want to Know Who the US is at War With? Too Bad, Says Pentagon. | UNREDACTED

Want to Know Who the US is at War With? Too Bad, Says Pentagon. | UNREDACTED

The summer bucket list of a 75-year-old Senate majority leader - The Washington Post

The summer bucket list of a 75-year-old Senate majority leader - The Washington Post

Beyond NATO

Beyond NATO

U.S. Foreign Aid Programs

U.S. Foreign Aid Programs


https://www.downsizinggovernment.org/us-foreign-aid-programs

Brain-Cancer Type Sen. John McCain Has Is Extremely Aggressive - WSJ

Brain-Cancer Type Sen. John McCain Has Is Extremely Aggressive - WSJ

US Military: Too Much Tactics, Too Little Strategy - The Globalist

US Military: Too Much Tactics, Too Little Strategy - The Globalist

Afghanistan: A Morally Corrupting War - The Globalist

Afghanistan: A Morally Corrupting War - The Globalist

Russia’s Evolving Grand Eurasia Strategy: Will It Work?


Russia’s Evolving Grand Eurasia Strategy: Will It Work?


http://carnegie.ru/2017/07/20/russia-s-evolving-grand-eurasia-strategy-will-it-work-pub-71588?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTW1OaVpqazBNR0V6WW1ZeSIsInQiOiJtRmRyVytzeWh4dWtiZm5YYTNNQ0R5NHNUb0ZuSlE4VG5tZDNnU3VjZDY0K1NQa0lYdVg2UHp6b0Z4eGh3VmZvSmt4ZkpBdHFra2dVWXRJNEtYVWJ0NndRdzhhXC80cGFLQ1Y2ejJzWHo1R0lHYVZUYk9sZFwvR3E4cEcxekZWSVRKIn0%3D

Iran and the Collision between Trump and Reality « LobeLog

Iran and the Collision between Trump and Reality « LobeLog

The Ceasefire And U.S. Interests On The Jordan-Syria Border


The Ceasefire And U.S. Interests On The Jordan-Syria Border

By By David Schenker,   /  Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:00 AM
By setting limits on Iranian deployments in southern Syria, Washington could insulate Jordan from problems on the border and encourage Iranian caution in the east, potentially decreasing the likelihood there of a U.S.-Iran clash. If the U.S.-Russia-Jordan ceasefire agreement announced July 7 for southwest Syria holds, it would be an important new development in the

Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators - The New York Times

Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators - The New York Times

Andrew Bacevich reviews ‘The General v. the President’ by H.W. Brands · LRB 27 July 2017

Andrew Bacevich reviews ‘The General v. the President’ by H.W. Brands · LRB 27 July 2017

China's navy expands reach: Ships in Baltic for drills with Russia - CNN.com

China's navy expands reach: Ships in Baltic for drills with Russia - CNN.com

Is Medicaid The New ‘Third Rail?’ History Suggests It Has Been For Some Time

Is Medicaid The New ‘Third Rail?’ History Suggests It Has Been For Some Time

MoA - Saudi Arabia - Bin Salman's Coup Is A Model For His Own Ouster

MoA - Saudi Arabia - Bin Salman's Coup Is A Model For His Own Ouster

Should America’s Tech Giants Be Broken Up? - Bloomberg

Should America’s Tech Giants Be Broken Up? - Bloomberg

Earth's Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life--and Rare in Our Galaxy - Scientific American

Earth's Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life--and Rare in Our Galaxy - Scientific American

Europe's Libya Problem | Foreign Affairs

Europe's Libya Problem | Foreign Affairs

Capitalism Did Not Win the Cold War | Foreign Affairs

Capitalism Did Not Win the Cold War | Foreign Affairs

Washington's Dead End in Syria | Foreign Affairs

Washington's Dead End in Syria | Foreign Affairs

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation



https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-lawyers-seek-to-undercut-muellers-russia-investigation/2017/07/20/232ebf2c-6d71-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html?utm_term=.6d1f5da24c6f

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Latest Batch of Huma Abedin Emails Allegedly Reveal 'Pay for Play' in Clinton State Department


Latest Batch of Huma Abedin Emails Allegedly Reveal 'Pay for Play' in Clinton State Department


http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/07/924465-latest-batch-huma-abedin-emails-allegedly-reveal-pay-play-clinton-state-department/

The North Korean Threat | Hoover Institution

The North Korean Threat | Hoover Institution

Who can solve global energy crisis? Brains behind nuclear fusion plan will shock you | Science | News | Express.co.uk

Who can solve global energy crisis? Brains behind nuclear fusion plan will shock you | Science | News | Express.co.uk

Nuclear Townhall » Blog Archive » Edward Davis, USNIC: Senate kicks the can down the road again on Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste stalemate

Nuclear Townhall » Blog Archive » Edward Davis, USNIC: Senate kicks the can down the road again on Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste stalemate

Scaffolding at No.3 Fukushima reactor missing - News - NHK WORLD - English

Scaffolding at No.3 Fukushima reactor missing - News - NHK WORLD - English

Progress of Unit 3 PCV internal investigation (Preliminary report of July 19 investigation) - handouts_170719_01-e.pdf

Progress of Unit 3 PCV internal investigation (Preliminary report of July 19 investigation) - handouts_170719_01-e.pdf

Our Relationship with Saudi Arabia Is an Embarrassment

Our Relationship with Saudi Arabia Is an Embarrassment


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449662/us-saudi-arabia-alliance-embarrassing-morally-strategically-costly

U.S. House committee votes to make Charlie Gard a U.S. resident | News | LifeSite

U.S. House committee votes to make Charlie Gard a U.S. resident | News | LifeSite

Faith Formation Matters in a Secularized Society | The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study

Faith Formation Matters in a Secularized Society | The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study

“Never Say Never,” Says Pope to a Child – ZENIT – English

“Never Say Never,” Says Pope to a Child – ZENIT – English

Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Empire of Destruction
Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh
By Tom Engelhardt
You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a triumph of modern military science.  Everything “networked.”  It was to be a glorious dream of limited destruction combined with unlimited power and success.  In reality, it would prove to be a nightmare of the first order.
If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble. It's been a painfully apt term since September 11, 2001. In addition, to catch the essence of such war in this century, two new words might be useful: rubblize and rubblization. Let me explain what I mean.
In recent weeks, another major city in Iraq has officially been “liberated” (almost) from the militants of the Islamic State.  However, the results of the U.S.-backed Iraqi military campaign to retake Mosul, that country’s second largest city, don’t fit any ordinary definition of triumph or victory.  It began in October 2016 and, at nine months and counting, has been longer than the World War II battle of Stalingrad.  Week after week, in street to street fighting, with U.S. airstrikes repeatedly called in on neighborhoods still filled with terrified Mosulites, unknown but potentially staggering numbers of civilians have died.  More than a million people -- yes, you read that figure correctly -- were uprooted from their homes and major portions of the Western half of the city they fled, including its ancient historic sections, have been turned into rubble.
This should be the definition of victory as defeat, success as disaster.  It’s also a pattern.  It’s been the essential story of the American war on terror since, in the month after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush loosed American air power on Afghanistan.  That first air campaign began what has increasingly come to look like the full-scale rubblization of significant parts of the Greater Middle East.
By not simply going after the crew who committed those attacks but deciding to take down the Taliban, occupy Afghanistan, and in 2003, invade Iraq, Bush's administration opened the proverbial can of worms in that vast region. An imperial urge to overthrow Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein, who had once been Washington’s guy in the Middle East only to become its mortal enemy (and who had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11), proved one of the fatal miscalculations of the imperial era.
So, too, did the deeply engrained fantasy of Bush administration officials that they controlled a high-tech, precision military that could project power in ways no other nation on the planet or in history ever had; a military that would be, in the president’s words, “the greatest force for human liberation the world has ever known.”  With Iraq occupied and garrisoned (Korea-style) for generations to come, his top officials assumed that they would take down fundamentalist Iran (sound familiar?) and other hostile regimes in the region, creating a Pax Americana there.  (Hence, the particular irony of the present Iranian ascendancy in Iraq.)  In the pursuit of such fantasies of global power, the Bush administration, in effect, punched a devastating hole in the oil heartlands of the Middle East.  In the pungent imagery of Abu Mussa, head of the Arab League at the time, the U.S. chose to drive straight through “the gates of hell.”
Click here to read more of this dispatch.http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176310/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_bombing_the_rubble/#more

Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?

Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?

by Uzay Bulut  •  July 20, 2017 at 4:00 am
  • Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish secondary schools, after being described as a "controversial subject" by the government.
  • So, the question naturally arises what exactly will Turkish schoolchildren be taught instead. The answer is "jihad." Turkey is in the process of including the concept of jihad in compulsory school curricula. In eighth grade, jihad will also be taught under the title "Struggling on the Path to Allah: Jihad," under a chapter called "Worshipping Allah."
  • The Ministry of National Education has also increased class hours for the mandatory course in "religion, culture and morality," and decreased art and philosophy classes to one hour per week.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2015. (Image source: Tasnim News Agency/Wikimedia Commons)
Turkey has recently been in the news for various developments that include, among other matters, its record number of jailed journalists, the destruction of Kurdish towns and forced displacement of thousands of Kurds, the dismissal or suspension of thousands of government employees for political reasons, the arrest of thousands of citizens for allegedly "organizing" last year's failed coup, the creeping conversion of the Hagia Sophia Basilica-museum into a mosque, and the seizure of Assyrian Christian lands, churches and cemeteries by the government.
One additional trend begging the media's attention is the determined Islamization of the Turkish educational system.
Here is a short list of some of the latest developments in Turkish schools and their curricula:
Turkey to stop teaching evolution in secondary schools as part of new national curriculum

The Worst Ideological Enemy of the US is Now Europe

The Worst Ideological Enemy of the US is Now Europe

by Drieu Godefridi  •  July 20, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • The vast majority of these European courts -- whether the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) or the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) -- in their attempt to be moral and just, have dismissed the sovereign laws of Italy as irrelevant, and trampled the rights of the Italian state and ordinary Italians to approve who enters their country.
  • In Europe, Amnesty International and the like are, it seems, a new source of law.
  • Those who gave the Statue of Liberty to America in 1886 "to commemorate the perseverance of freedom and democracy in the United States" are willingly trampling their own people's liberties today through courts of appointed, unelected, unaccountable ideologues. The danger is that, with the help of many doubtless well-intentioned, international NGOs, the EU will not stop at its shores.
In Europe, there are now two Supreme Courts: the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg (pictured above), in addition to national courts. (Image source: Transparency International/Flickr)
Europe is the worst enemy of the US? You cannot be serious. Islamism, Russia, illegal immigrants... whatever, but surely not Europe! Are we not still together in NATO? Do we not conduct huge amounts of trade every day? Do we not share the same cultural roots, the same civilization, the same vision of the future? Did France not give the US her famous Statue of Liberty – "Liberty Enlightening the World?"
Not anymore. In a sense, Europe looks like a continent where American Democrats have been in power for 30 years, not only in the European states, but also at the level of the European Union.

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

After Raqqa: The Islamic State and the War on Terror « LobeLog

After Raqqa: The Islamic State and the War on Terror « LobeLog

Dear Mr. Putin: Time to Give Up on Better Relations with America - The Imaginative Conservative

Dear Mr. Putin: Time to Give Up on Better Relations with America - The Imaginative Conservative

More than 20 million people are at risk of starving to death. Will the world step up? - The Washington Post

More than 20 million people are at risk of starving to death. Will the world step up? - The Washington Post

Why Feinberg and Prince Are Offensive « LobeLog

Why Feinberg and Prince Are Offensive « LobeLog

Obama reduced American credibility - Washington Times

Obama reduced American credibility - Washington Times

Ex-Diplomats Protest Trump Plan to Move Key Bureaus Out of State Department

Ex-Diplomats Protest Trump Plan to Move Key Bureaus Out of State Department


http://www.govexec.com/management/2017/07/ex-diplomats-protest-trump-plan-move-key-bureaus-out-state-department/139522/

Ryan squashed war authorization repeal, congresswoman says


Ryan squashed war authorization repeal, congresswoman says

http://www.defensenews.com/articles/paul-ryan-squashed-war-authorization-repeal-congresswoman-says?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%207.20.17&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Military%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fr. Bob Warren's Week Reflection What we all need is love. What we don't have is time.


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THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION from Fr. Bob Warren, SA
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Someone told me recently that he was a practicing Catholic, but that the more he practiced the worse he got. I am sure that many of us feel that way sometimes. Maybe we are not getting worse, but we do not seem to be improving much either. Why is it so difficult to change to get closer to God and have a relationship with Him?
The answer to this question may lie in the parable Jesus tells in the gospel. The farmer in the parable is Jesus. The seed is God's word and the seedbeds, the path, thorns and good soil refer to people who hear God's word. Some people reject it outright while others receive it and reject it later. Still others receive it, treasure it and put it into practice. You notice that in only one case was the word rejected outright. In the other three cases it was received with joy, at least, at first. You see the problem is not in receiving God's word. The problem is in treasuring it and putting it into practice. That is the part most of us have difficulty with.
I am sure that you wonder what category you come under. Are you the path, the rocks, the thorns or are you the good soil? In other words, in your life where did the seed fall? In order to answer that question, you may have to ask another. What rules your life, what dominates your existence or what manipulates you? Something or someone does or, perhaps, worst thought of all nothing does. Many things can dominate our lives like love of power, money or drugs. Some people are dominated by sheer work. In each case God takes a back seat. Where is Jesus on your top ten list?
You see, this God of ours knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. He knows what makes you tick, what turns you on or off and why. He knows how thrilling and how tough life can be. He knows what it is like to be human. He became one. No matter how far you stray from Him, He never stops loving you. He will ceaselessly search for you and track you down in the hope of your turning to Him. Most astonishing of all, this God who cares for you also died for you as if no one else existed on Calvary save you.
Look into your heart and discover what towers atop your list of goals. See where God stands on the list compared to money, power, fame, or whatever it is that draws you away from God. You see, God's gift of love for you, though priceless, is not costless. Like all love, God's love makes demands on you. Perhaps, His heaviest and most constant demand is the plea every lover makes to the one they love ‑ "Do not forget me". And, if we want to know if the seed fell on good soil in our lives, we only have to ask ourselves how seriously do we take God's word when he says, "Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself." It is amazing that these are the only rules that Jesus gave us.
It was in the 1980's that I was a prison chaplain. The prison had a special hospital ward for prisoners with AIDS. The men were not allowed to attend Mass with the other prisoners. So I would celebrate Mass for them in their ward. My altar was an old card table and the men would make signs to cover it up. One sign read ‑"What we need is love. What we don't have is time." These men were the new lepers. What they needed most in the world was to feel God's love and the love of family and friends, many of whom had stopped visiting them.
The other part of the message, "What we don’t have is time", reminded me of something I read in a convent chapel. It read, "Priest of God, say this Mass as if it were your first Mass, as if it were your last Mass, as if it were your only Mass" The same could be said of all of us. Live this day as if it were your first day, as if it were your last day, as if it were your only day. Each day is a fresh chance to be Christlike and more loving.
A well‑known singer and band leader, Cab Callaway, wrote in this autobiography, "Women, horses, cars, clothes, I did it all. And you know what that is called, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is called living." Wouldn't it be more satisfying if someday we could all say that about ourselves? "People, those I liked and those I didn't, all people but, especially, the homeless and the hopeless, the naked and the hungry, the lonely and the unloved, those who are different from me in race or religion, the drug addicted and the AIDS afflicted, I did not do it all, but I did what I could. And you know what that is called, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is called loving." When we can say that then we will know that the seed has fallen on good ground. What we all need is love. What we don't have is time.
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
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Expect more process than progress at U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

Expect more process than progress at U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

Trump Bets on Casino Hired Gun for State Department

Trump Bets on Casino Hired Gun for State Department

The South China Sea seven years on | East Asia Forum

The South China Sea seven years on | East Asia Forum

The Greatest Person then Living by Andrew Bacevich


The Greatest Person then Living

Andrew Bacevich

  • BuyThe General v. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by H.W. Brands
    Anchor, 438 pp, £21.00, November 2016, ISBN 978 0 385 54057 5

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n15/andrew-bacevich/the-greatest-person-then-living

We live in a global ‘age of rage’ – and it's entering a new phase

We live in a global ‘age of rage’ – and it's entering a new phase

America Literally Can't Afford More Military Adventurism | The National Interest

America Literally Can't Afford More Military Adventurism | The National Interest

Veterans Call on U.S. to Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty

Veterans Call on U.S. to Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty

Is the Nuclear Deal with Iran Slipping Away? | The New Yorker

Is the Nuclear Deal with Iran Slipping Away? | The New Yorker

Cleaning Up Toxic Sites Shouldn't Clear Out the Neighbors

Cleaning Up Toxic Sites Shouldn't Clear Out the Neighbors

Trumpcare Is Dead. “Single Payer Is the Only Real Answer,” Says Medicare Architect.

Trumpcare Is Dead. “Single Payer Is the Only Real Answer,” Says Medicare Architect.

Why Obamacare Passed but the GOP Health Bill Failed - WSJ

Why Obamacare Passed but the GOP Health Bill Failed - WSJ

NATO-Russia Tensions Rise, Arms Makers Benefit | naked capitalism

NATO-Russia Tensions Rise, Arms Makers Benefit | naked capitalism

A 21st-Century Form of Indentured Servitude Has Already Penetrated Deep into the American Heartland | naked capitalism

A 21st-Century Form of Indentured Servitude Has Already Penetrated Deep into the American Heartland | naked capitalism

GCHQ Says Hackers Have Likely Compromised UK Energy Sector Targets - Motherboard

GCHQ Says Hackers Have Likely Compromised UK Energy Sector Targets - Motherboard

Sucking Up CO2 Will Cost Hundreds of Trillions - MIT Technology Review

Sucking Up CO2 Will Cost Hundreds of Trillions - MIT Technology Review

Chechnya becoming major player in rebuilding war-torn Syria - The Washington Post

Chechnya becoming major player in rebuilding war-torn Syria - The Washington Post

The spectacular failure of Trumpcare, Trump and McConnell - The Washington Post

The spectacular failure of Trumpcare, Trump and McConnell - The Washington Post

America’s Not First. It’s Third. | Foreign Policy

America’s Not First. It’s Third. | Foreign Policy

Rattling the Gilded Cage: An Interview with Larry Derfner | +972 Magazine

Rattling the Gilded Cage: An Interview with Larry Derfner | +972 Magazine

The 'Foreign Meddling' Double-Standard - Antiwar.com Original

The 'Foreign Meddling' Double-Standard - Antiwar.com Original

US Imperils Nuclear Deal With New Iran Sanctions – News From Antiwar.com

US Imperils Nuclear Deal With New Iran Sanctions – News From Antiwar.com

How To Sustain Perpetual War (It's Easy, Hide the Bodies) - Antiwar.com Original

How To Sustain Perpetual War (It's Easy, Hide the Bodies) - Antiwar.com Original

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Global Consequences of Trump’s Incompetence | Foreign Policy

The Global Consequences of Trump’s Incompetence | Foreign Policy

You’re Fired: Trump’s VA Terminates 548, Suspends 200 for Misconduct

You’re Fired: Trump’s VA Terminates 548, Suspends 200 for Misconduct


http://dailysignal.com/2017/07/10/youre-fired-trumps-va-terminates-500-suspends-200-for-misconduct/

The Real Crimes of Russiagate | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

The Real Crimes of Russiagate | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

John Bolton: Trump Must Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal - Now

Trump Must Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal - Now

by John R. Bolton  •  July 18, 2017 at 4:30 am
  • Tehran's violations of the deal have become public, including: exceeding limits on uranium enrichment and production of heavy water; illicit efforts at international procurement of dual-use nuclear and missile technology; and obstructing international inspection efforts (which were insufficient to begin with).
  • There is ominous talk of America "not living up to its word." This is nonsense. The president's primary obligation is to keep American citizens safe from foreign threats. Should President George W. Bush have kept the United States in the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, rather than withdraw to allow the creation of a limited national missile-defense shield to protect against rogue-state nuclear attacks?
  • Care to bet how close Tehran — and North Korea — now are? Consider the costs of betting wrong.
Donald Trump talks with VIP guests during a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
For the second time during the Trump administration, the State Department has reportedly decided to certify that Iran is complying with its 2015 nuclear deal with the Security Council's five permanent members and Germany, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
If true, it will be the administration's second unforced error regarding the JCPOA. Over the past two years, considerable information detailing Tehran's violations of the deal have become public, including: exceeding limits on uranium enrichment and production of heavy water; illicit efforts at international procurement of dual-use nuclear and missile technology; and obstructing international inspection efforts (which were insufficient to begin with).
Since international verification is fatally inadequate, and our own intelligence far from perfect, these violations undoubtedly only scratch the surface of the ayatollahs' inexhaustible mendaciousness.

Qatar, Saudi Arabia to Islamize One of Europe's Greatest Cathedrals


Qatar, Saudi Arabia to Islamize One of Europe's Greatest Cathedrals

by Giulio Meotti  •  July 18, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • In Islamic symbolism, Córdoba is the lost Caliphate. Political authorities in Córdoba dealt a blow to the Catholic Church's claim of ownership of cathedral by declaring that "religious consecration is not the way to acquire property". But this is how history works, especially in the lands where Christianity and Islam fought hard for dominion. Why are secularists not pressing Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give Christians back the Hagia Sophia? No one has raised an eyebrow that "Christendom's greatest cathedral has become a mosque".
  • The Spanish left, governing the region, would like to convert the church into "a place for the meeting of faiths". Nice ecumenical words, but a death trap for the Islamic domination over other faiths. If these Islamists, supported by the militant secularists, will be able to bring Allah back inside the Cathedral of Córdoba, a tsunami of Islamic supremacism will submerge Europe's decaying Christianity. There are thousands of empty churches just waiting to be filled by the voices of muezzins.
  • The Western attempt to free Jerusalem in the Middle Ages has been condemned as Christian imperialism, while the Muslim campaigns to colonize and Islamize the Byzantine Empire, North Africa, the Balkans, Egypt, the Middle East and most of Spain, to name but a few, are celebrated as a season of enlightenment.
The main altar of the Cathedral of Córdoba. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/© José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Muslim supremacists seem to have fantasies -- as well as a long history -- of converting Christian sites to Islamic ones. Take, for example, Saint-Denis, the Gothic cathedral named for the first Christian bishop of Paris who was buried there in 250, and the burial place of Charles Martel, whose victory stopped the Muslim invasion of France in 732. Now, according to the scholar Gilles Kepel, this burial place of most of France's kings and queens is "the Mecca in Islam of France". The French Islamists are dreaming of taking it over and replacing the church bells with the call of the muezzin.
In Turkey's greatest cathedral, Hagia Sophia, a muezzin's call recently reverberated inside the sixth-century church for the first time in 85 years.
In France, Muslim leaders called for converting abandoned churches into mosques. thereby echoing The late writer Emile Cioran once predicted of Europe: "The French will not wake up until Notre Dame becomes a mosque".

Video: Emails show Bill Clinton paid thousands for speech in Russia - Judicial Watch

Video: Emails show Bill Clinton paid thousands for speech in Russia - Judicial Watch

Why Religious Policies in Israel Matter to U.S. Gentiles « LobeLog

Why Religious Policies in Israel Matter to U.S. Gentiles « LobeLog

Trump’s trade warrior prowls the West Wing - POLITICO

Trump’s trade warrior prowls the West Wing - POLITICO

Israel’s War Against George Soros - The New York Times

Israel’s War Against George Soros - The New York Times

The writings of the late Harvard political scientist anticipate America's political and intellectual battles -- and point to the country we may become.


The writings of the late Harvard political scientist anticipate America's political and intellectual battles -- and point to the country we may become.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2017/07/18/samuel-huntington-a-prophet-for-the-trump-era/?utm_term=.e1857d03faf1

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The History of Anti-Arab Sentiment Is Too Deep, the Pain Too Real « LobeLog

The History of Anti-Arab Sentiment Is Too Deep, the Pain Too Real « LobeLog

Angelus Address: On the Parable of the Sower


Angelus Address: On the Parable of the Sower

“Our Heart Is the Soil on which the Seed of the Word Falls” It Can Be “Good” or “Hard, Impermeable”

https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-the-parable-of-the-sower/

Europe Viewed From Just Outside But Looking In

Europe Viewed From Just Outside But Looking In

The New McCarthyism Is Destroying the Democratic Party - Truthdig

The New McCarthyism Is Destroying the Democratic Party - Truthdig

Trump-Russia: Russiagate, Magnitsky Affair, Linked Again - Rolling Stone

Trump-Russia: Russiagate, Magnitsky Affair, Linked Again - Rolling Stone

Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’ - The New York Times

Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’ - The New York Times

How Bill Clinton and George W. Bush got over their politics and became BFFs - The Washington Post

How Bill Clinton and George W. Bush got over their politics and became BFFs - The Washington Post

Tucker Carlson Goes to War Against the Neocons | The National Interest

Tucker Carlson Goes to War Against the Neocons | The National Interest

Exelon, Microsoft among latest donors to Obama Foundation - Chicago Tribune

Exelon, Microsoft among latest donors to Obama Foundation - Chicago Tribune

Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped? - WSJ

Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped? - WSJ

War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help | naked capitalism

War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help | naked capitalism

Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians: Raymond Ibrahim: 9781621570257: Amazon.com: Books

Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians: Raymond Ibrahim: 9781621570257: Amazon.com: Books

Slaughtered Christians "A Viable Target"? Muslim Persecution of Christians, March, 2017

Slaughtered Christians "A Viable Target"?
Muslim Persecution of Christians, March, 2017

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  July 16, 2017 at 4:00 am
  • According to a report in the Christian Post, Christians displaced by Islamic attacks at the hands of Boko Haram terrorists are being denied food and vital assistance at camps run by local Muslim organizations. As many as 1.8 million people in Nigeria are currently facing starvation. "They will give food to the refugees, but if you are a Christian they will not give you food. They will openly tell you that the relief is not for Christians." — Bishop William Naga, who fled his home in the Borno state, Nigeria.
  • A Pakistani government want-ad for street sweepers states that applicants must be Hindu, Christian or Shia -- anyone but the dominant Sunni Muslim population – illustrates the way in which minorities are prevented from earning a living wage.
  • A sophomore at Rollins College in Florida was suspended for challenging a Muslim professor's assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus never took place, and that his disciples never believed he was God. After the incident, during a Middle East Humanities class, the straight-A student was graded an "F" on a major essay.
Most Christian churches in and around Mosul, Iraq were desecrated or destroyed by ISIS. Pictured: The heavily damaged bell tower of Saint John's Church (Mar Yohanna) in the town town of Qaraqosh, near Mosul, on April 16, 2017. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
The uptick in often lethal persecution of Christians in Muslim regions has caused many Christian leaders to appeal for aid. Canon Andrew White, the prominent minister known as the "Vicar of Baghdad" told Fox News in March, "If there is anything I can tell Americans it is that your fellow brothers and sisters are suffering, they are desperate for help," he said. "And it is not just a matter of praying for peace. They need a lot – food, resources, clothes, everything. They need everything."
White also went as far as to say that Christianity in Iraq, where it has been since the times of the apostles, is finished.
As Fox News reported: