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Monday, October 24, 2016

Muslims Stage Massive Protest, Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Outside Rome’s Colosseum

Thousands of Muslims gathered in protest outside Rome’s Colosseum Friday after Italian authorities shut down a number of so-called “garage mosques” to avoid young people becoming radicalized.

The Muslim community of Rome chose the iconic Colosseum, a worldwide symbol of Christian persecution and martyrdom, to stage their demonstration against the alleged shutting down by police of illegal places of Muslim worship in the city.
An imam led the group in chanting “Allahu Akbar,” which means in Arabic “God is great,” as they prostrated themselves on the ground.
Many Roman citizens were visibly disturbed by the protest, noting that in its propaganda videos, the Islamic State has repeatedly employed images of the Colosseum when threatening to conquer Rome and the “Crusaders.” READ MORE

Report: Justice Department Extorts Companies to Fund Left-Wing Activists

new report from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) concludes that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice has been extorting fines from major banks, which are then used to fund leftist groups that push the Democratic vote.

The report notes that while community organizing groups have been using aggressive, “terrorist” tactics for decades to force banks to provide funding for their operations, the Obama administration has brought the power of the federal government to bear on their behalf. Banks are threatened with lawsuits for racial discrimination based on the controversial “disparate impact” theory, and offered incentives to settle by paying left-wing groups directly, beyond the review or oversight of Congress.
The result, the GAI report says, is a system of political patronage:

The old time political machine has been replaced by these nonprofits and a system of patronage now operates with the imprimatur of the DOJ. The DOJ has instituted a system that provides significant funding for nonprofit “community organizers” through a pattern of extortive lawsuits. This system, wherein appointed attorneys can legally extract money from the private sector and redistribute the funds to third-party organizations outside of the appropriations process, shows an unprecedented and extraordinary disregard for Congressional authority. READ MORE

Nearly 1 in 4 students at this L.A. high school migrated from Central America — many without their parents

Gaspar Marcos stepped off the 720 bus into early-morning darkness in MacArthur Park after the end of an eight-hour shift of scrubbing dishes in a Westwood restaurant.
He walked toward his apartment, past laundromats fortified with iron bars and scrawled with graffiti, shuttered stores that sold knockoffs and a cook staffing a taco cart in eerie desolation. Around 3 a.m., he collapsed into a twin bed in a room he rents from a family.
Five hours later, he slid into his desk at Belmont High School, just before the bell rang. The 18-year-old sophomore rubbed his eyes and fixed his gaze on an algebra equation.
Minutes ticked by, and others straggled into the class, nine in all. Like Marcos, most had worked a full shift the night before — sewing clothes, cooking in restaurants, painting homes.
Most were immigrants from Central America, part of several waves of more than 100,000 who arrived as children in the U.S. in the past five years without parents, often after perilous journeys. READ MORE

Concern Grows Over Soros-Linked Voting Machines

Concern is growing over revelations that voting machines in a significant number of states will be controlled by a company tied directly to billionaire leftist George Soros and his personal quest to create a nationless, borderless global state.
The U.K.-based Smartmatic company has provided voting machines for 16 states including important battleground states like Florida and Arizona. The chairman of Smartmatic, Mark Malloch Brown, is a former UN official and sits on the board of Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
Leaked emails courtesy of WikiLeaks have shed further light on the deeply incestuous relationship between Soros and high level Democratic Party players — the discovery that the man in control of voting machines in 16 states is tied directly to the man who has given millions of dollars to the Clinton campaign and various progressive and globalist causes will surely leave a bad taste in the mouth of many a voter. READ MORE

Rouhani criticizes American presidential candidates

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday said that the choice offered to voters in the U.S. presidential election was between "bad and worse", Reuters reported.

According to the Iranian president, the harsh exchanges in the debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton pointed to a lack of morality in America.

"America claims it has more than 200 years of democracy, and they have had 50 presidential elections, but there is no morality in that country," Rouhani was quoted as having said in a speech which was carried live by state television.

"You saw the presidential debates, how they talk..., how they accuse and mock (each other)," Rouhani told a crowd gathered at a stadium during his visit to the central city of Arak. READ MORE

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Reuters polling agency projects Clinton has 95 percent chance of beating Trump

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is on a definite path to the White House, according to thelatest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation poll.
The survey, released Saturday, found that Clinton is on track to win more than 300 votes in the Electoral College, which would solidly secure her the presidency. If the election were held this week, Clinton would win 326 Electoral College votes while Trump would win only 212, the poll said.
According to Reuters, Clinton currently has a 95 percent chance of winning the White House.
To win the presidency, a candidate needs to secure 270 electoral votes, which is a simple majority of the 538 available votes. Each state has the same number of votes as they do members of Congress, plus the District of Columbia has three votes, which were allotted to them by the 23rd Amendment.
The poll also projects Clinton to win many of the swing states that Trump would need to pull off a victory. Those include: North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. Ohio and Arizona, however, remain too close to call, the poll said.
Indeed, Trump’s path to the White House appears to be getting slimmer by the day. In an election where two massively unpopular candidates are going head-to-head, Clinton appears to be only slightly less unpopular than the billionaire businessman, who has been plagued by a number of sexual misconduct allegations over the last several weeks.

Pirro: ‘Two Systems of Justice,’ One for Clinton, and Another for Everyone, FBI Knew They Wouldn’t File Charges

On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” host Judge Jeanine Pirro declared, “There are two systems of justice in America, one for every day Americans, and one for Hillary Rodham Clinton.” And the FBI “knew right from the get go that they weren’t going to be filing charges before they even started.”
Pirro said, “There are two systems of justice in America, one for every day Americans, and one for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Follow me. March 4, 2015, the federal reservation subpoena is issued for Hillary’s Benghazi emails. Mind you, we wouldn’t have known she even had any emails, because she lied and said she didn’t. Except a Romanian hacker named Guccifer hacked her buddy Sidney Blumenthal’s emails. … The two of them emailing classified information about Benghazi. And so begins the mission of top lieutenant, Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy to declassify Hillary’s top secret classified benghazi email of foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources on Hillary’s home-brew server, the e-mail that actually started the FBI’s criminal investigation. Now if his name sounds familiar, this is the same Patrick Kennedy that Hillary put in charge of that blue ribbon Accountability Review board for lessons learned from Benghazi, by the way, already learned from the Khobar Towers Review Board, lessons never implemented by Hillary. The same Patrick Kennedy who appointed the Clinton pals, who then chose not to question Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, about Benghazi. Now, Kennedy knows the urgency of destroying this particular email as opposed to thousands of others. So, he engages in what some say is an attempt to bribe, and others say, is a quid pro quo discussion, offering the FBI long-sought positions overseas in exchange for getting rid of top secret emails. Curious, that our Ambassador Chris Stevens, personally, and his staff, requested security more than 600 times to protect their lives, yet Kennedy can come up with positions to cover Hillary’s career.”
She concluded, “Since when in the history of American criminal justice does one have to announce, hear ye, hear ye, it is my intent now to commit this crime, before he can be held to an account? And if there was no intent to prevent Congress from knowing, answer this, why didn’t anyone tell Congress, of at least the attempt to bribe a federal official, or as some want to call it, a quid pro quo? The FBI didn’t, which kind of makes me think that they knew right from the get go that they weren’t going to be filing charges before they even started. Kennedy sure as hell didn’t tell Congress, and I actually spoke with one Trey Gowdy, Congressman (R-SC), the Chair of the Select Committee on Benghazi, who told me, no one reached out to tell him that there was an attempt to prevent him and Congress from getting the information that he had subpoenaed. Call it what you will, I say it stinks. It’s really simple, folks, I spent three decades fighting for equal rights and equal justice, and a level playing field for all. We take pride in this great nation that we are all equal under the law, and for centuries, Lady Justice, with bandages over her eyes, symbolizes that justice is blind, that it matters not who you are, no one is above the law, and no one is below it. Tonight, though, there are tears beneath those bandages.”

Inflation: next year's ticking time bomb

The last time sterling fell off a cliff we were in the midst of global financial crisis from 2007 to 2008. The currency shock sent inflation shooting up to 5.2pc, abruptly squeezing on real living standards.
On that occasion the poor were at least protected. Benefits and in-work tax credits were indexed to inflation. Social cohesion was preserved.
This time the most vulnerable families will take the brunt as the cost of imported food, clothes, and fuel suddenly jump. A parting gift of the last Government was to freeze benefits for 11.5 million households until 2020.
This is a political time bomb that will detonate next year when the inflation ‘pass-through’ from imports bites in earnest. It threatens to poison the already fractious national debate unless steps are taken to mitigate the damage.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that the freeze was going top cut these benefits by 4pc even before the slide in sterling, but this will now be 6pc based on the deteriorating picture for inflation.
The poorest 8.3 million families will lose an average of £470 a year by 2020, and many will suffer further losses from the effects of universal credit.
“The rise in the minimum wage will help some people but beyond that the only way to compensate those on benefits is to increase those benefits in line with inflation,” said Paul Johnson, the head of the IFS. READ MORE

Islamists kill senior Egyptian officer

Suspected Islamist terrorists on Saturday gunned down a senior Egyptian army officer near his home in an eastern Cairo suburb, two security officials told The Associated Press (AP).

The officials identified the victim as Brig-Gen. Adel Ragai, commander of the army's 9th armored division, which is headquartered in the sprawling military base of Dahshour west of Cairo.

They added that Ragai recently served in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt has been fighting an Islamist insurgency since 2011.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The cabinet denounced the attack in a statement, quoting Prime Minister Sherif Ismail as saying such attacks only strengthened the resolve of security forces to defeat the militants. The statement did not name the victim.

Most of the terrorist attacks in the Sinai have been claimed by the Sinai Province terrorist group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS). READ MORE

10 issues Israel must address before another war

How must Israel prepare for what appear to be inevitable wars on one or both of its northern and southern fronts? The Institute for National Security Studies, based in Tel Aviv, has laid out a plan.

Former IDF Intelligence Director Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, who heads the Institute, writes that on both fronts, "Hezbollah and Hamas [have] institutionalized and taken on characteristics of states… [They] have not given up on the intent to destroy Israel, and both organizations regard military conflict as a central path to achieve this goal. Stopping them requires strong deterrence and damage to their respective military buildups."

Yadlin mentions the "buildup issue" of Hezbollah's arms and rocket arsenals in passing, noting that Israel is addressing it "carefully," including by "focusing on preventing quality arms supplies to Hezbollah."

He notes that the northern front is more stable than the south, because "despite limitations, Israel and Hezbollah can anticipate the other side’s moves and halt deterioration toward fighting with relative ease." On the Hamas front, however, "there is constant friction, including restrictions on entering and exiting, a naval blockade, tunnel digging into Israel, and tension surrounding the humanitarian need to rebuild civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. In addition, the southern front is extremely complex due to its many players," some of which occasionally fire at Israel, "more to defy Hamas than to harm Israel."

Before full-scale military hostilities resume on either of the fronts, Israel’s political leadership and the IDF must study and clarify critical strategic and tactical issues, Yadlin recommends, including the following:

* What strategic purpose does Israel seek to achieve? Does achieving this goal include attacks on the enemy’s national infrastructure? How can the operation be shortened, and how?

* How will the political campaign be conducted at the international and regional level? Will international and regional actors intervene with threats, sanctions, or even military involvement?

* What is the correct timing for the operation? What is the quality and level of Israel's intelligence about the capabilities and intentions of the enemy? Should Israel prepare for occupation or a temporary presence?

* How should the Israeli civilian arena be prepared for the campaign? What are the risks that a second front could be opened simultaneously, and how can Israel prepare for this?

"If Israel is fated to be dragged into another confrontation in the north or the south," Maj,-Gen. Yadlin concludes, "it must prepare wisely and diligently - in contrast to the last rounds of fighting in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip."

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Clinton lawyer may have exposed entire server to China

Hillary Clinton's lawyer may have allowed hackers to obtain all of the former secretary of state's emails by reviewing the contents of her private server on a laptop tied to Chinese cyberspies, a House Republican charged on Friday.
Heather Samuelson was one of the Clinton aides who sifted through the private email server used during Clinton's tenure at the State Department, and helped decide which would be designated as personal messages and which were work-related. That's when the potential Chinese hacks may have taken place, because she used two laptops made by Lenovo, a company with ties to the Chinese government that has sold laptops for years with malware pre-installed on the computer.
"It seems clear that Secretary Clinton and her associates played fast and loose with our national security, and yet no one — not a single person involved in this harmful fiasco — has been held accountable," House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote toFBI Director James Comey after learning the make and model of Samuelson's computer. READ MORE

Iran indicates willingness to release American hostages — if the U.S. sends more money

Days after Iran sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his father each to 10 years in prison, the Ayatollah said he is willing to release them on one condition: That the U.S. send “many billions of dollars” as a ransom payment.
An Iranian news outlet close to the country’s Revolutionary Guard, which oversees the release of prisoners, reported that Iranian officials have decided to “wait and see” if the the U.S. will offer “many billions of dollars to release” the businessman, Siamak Namazi, and his 80-year-old father Baquer Namazi.
The two were convicted of “cooperating with the hostile American government” and sentenced on Tuesday,as TheBlaze reported earlier.
The report comes just months after the Obama administration paid Iran $1.7 billion — at around the same time the country released a number of American hostages. The White House at the time insisted that the money was not a ransom payment.
But Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested in September that the exchange was just that. READ MORE

Dr. Sebastian Gorka: Hillary Clinton’s Disclosure of Nuclear Response Times During Debate Was ‘Unconscionable’

On Friday’s Breitbart News Daily, Breitbart News National Security editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka, author of the best-selling bookDefeating Jihad: The Winnable War, talked about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s clash over Russia at the third presidential debate.

“As I’ve said repeatedly, if there is anybody who’s been in the pocket of Vladimir Putin, it is Hillary Clinton. Everybody needs to have out there, the millennials that they know, their nephews, their nieces, just watch Clinton Cash on YouTube,” Gorka said. “The fact that 20 percent of our uranium was sold to Kremlin front companies, in a deal that was signed off by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, means if there’s anybody who can be bought by the Kremlin, it’s Hillary Clinton.”
“That happened when her husband was receiving $120 million speaking fee from the same companies that bought the uranium,” Gorka noted.
“I have to give great credit to your callers,” he told SiriusXM host Alex Marlow. “Your show is really about the callers. They see through this. They understand that there’s the mainstream media spin, and most often, it is 180 degrees out of phase with reality. If Trump were some kind of puppet for Moscow, wouldn’t this man have casinos in Kaliningrad? Wouldn’t he have giant Trump Towers in Moscow? He doesn’t. That tells you everything you need to know. Reality is completely the reverse of what anybody else inside the mainstream media would have you believe.” READ MORE

Islamic Jihad leader praises Iran

The Islamic Jihad terrorist movement staged a public show of force in Gaza on Friday, with its leader praising Iran and criticizing Arab states.

Thousands of supporters, including fighters from the group’s Al-Quds Brigades “military wing”, took part in the event, reported the AFP news agency.

Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah spoke via a video link, using his speech to accuse some Arab countries of abandoning the Palestinian cause.

"If the Arabs turn their backs on Palestine and embrace Israel, they can no longer condemn the resistance for taking support from Iran," Shalah declared, without naming any countries.
"(Iran) is the only country which commits to the unending support of the Palestinian cause," he added.

Iran is a main supporter of the Islamic Jihad. Earlier this year it pledged to provide $70 million in annual assistance to terror group's "jihad" against the State of Israel. READ MORE

U.S., Turkey to increase cooperation against ISIS

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter vowed during a visit to Ankara on Friday to ramp up joint efforts with Turkey to deal Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists a "lasting defeat", the Pentagon said.

Carter met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, as well as Defense Minister Fikri Isik on a flying visit to Turkey, a crucial but sensitive NATO ally in the fight against ISIS.

"Both sides agreed to maintain frequent communication on the full range of mutual interests, including close coordination and continued transparency in the coalition effort to deal ISIL a lasting defeat," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement, using an alternative acronym for the jihadist group.

Carter reaffirmed his support for the strategic U.S.-Turkey alliance and vowed that Washington would "continue to stand side-by-side with our NATO ally against shared threats". READ MORE