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Cyber jihadists could target US TV stations, experts warn - Fox News

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A French police officer stands guard in front of the main entrance of French television network TV5Monde headquarters in Paris April 9, 2015. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier). The Islamic State-supporting hackers that disrupted French TV network TV5 Monde ...

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Listeria in Sabra Hummus Prompts New Wave of Recalls - New York Times

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Listeria in Sabra Hummus Prompts New Wave of Recalls
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Two food manufacturers have issued nationwide recalls of products because of the discovery of the potentially lethal bacterium listeria, which federal authorities have now linked to three deaths and five illnesses in Texas and Kansas. On Wednesday, the ...

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Durst pleads not guilty; writes letter to LA Times - seattlepi.com

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Millionaire Robert Durst, wanted in California on a murder charge, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two Louisiana weapons charges related to his arrest last month. And his legal problems continued to mount. Even as he entered his ...

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WorldViews: After 23 years, the U.S. is dropping its claim that Cuba sponsors terrorism. Here’s what it means.

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It hasn't happened yet, but President Obama is expected to remove Cuba from the U.S. State Department's official list of state sponsors of terrorism at some point this week. The move, long anticipated, would signal a significant, symbolic step toward the normalization of ties between Washington and Havana and the potential opening of embassies in both countries.Read full article >>






Obama says concerned China uses size to bully others in region

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(Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States is concerned China uses its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller countries in the South China Sea.
  

Police dashcam footage shows Walter Scott running from car before shooting - video 

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New video released by South Carolina authorities shows Walter Scott running from a police traffic stop before he is shot dead. Police officer Michael Slager has been released by authorities in South Carolina – the officer has been charged with murder after shooting Scott in the back eight timesContinue reading...

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Obama Offers $20 Million in Energy Aid to Caribbean Nations - Wall Street Journal

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Obama Offers $20 Million in Energy Aid to Caribbean Nations
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President Barack Obama met with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica on Thursday, offering $20 million in funding to advance green energy investments in a region long dependent on oil from economically troubled Venezuela. The assistance is part of the Obama ...
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Texas Executes Man for Police Officer's 2002 Shooting Death - New York Times

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Texas Executes Man for Police Officer's 2002 Shooting Death
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer during a 2002 shootout that followed the killing of a customer outside a convenience store. Kent Sprouse, 42, became the fifth ...
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2 women sentenced in slaying of Mississippi black man

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- In a hearing that lasted more than five hours Thursday, a federal judge sentenced two women to the maximum prison terms for their roles in the 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, the last of a series of white-on-black attacks....

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Mexican Official Quits Over Helicopter Ride

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A close associate of the president resigned after photographs showed him using a government helicopter for family purposes, the most recent in a series of missteps by officials.

How Obama Is Readying the Way to Meet Castro 

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The United States is not hosting the Summit of the Americas; the meeting of Organization of American States members convenes on Friday in Panama City. But the Obama administration has spent the days leading up to it in a flurry of straightening, smoothing and generally endeavoring to assure that things go smoothly—especially for the newest guest: Cuba.
On Wednesday, Obama received a long-awaited report from the State Department on whether Cuba should be removed from the list of states supporting terrorism. Speaking in Jamaica, where he stopped on Thursday en route to Panama, Obama said he cannot act on the report until other executive agencies review it, but he has repeatedly made it clear that he believes Cuba no longer belongs on the terror list with Iran, Sudan and Syria. That in turn should clear the way for Havana and Washington to re-open embassies. A Cuban official last month told TIME the negotiations over exchanging ambassadors and more fully normalizing relations had stalled over Havana’s inclusion on the terror list.
Meanwhile, a senior State Department official made a surprise visit to Venezuela, which has been Cuba’s strongest supporter, and a target of sharp criticism from the U.S., which recently slapped sanctions on seven senior officials for abusing protestors and opposition leaders. And while no explanation was offered for the discreet visit on Tuesday by Thomas A. Shannon Jr., a veteran diplomat who holds the title of State Department counselor, the White House has been making it clear that it is not looking to escalate tensions with Caracas, where President Nicolas Maduro has capitalized on the language contained in the executive order announcing the sanctions (and on Tuesday promoted two of the sanctioned officials).
“The United States does not believe that Venezuela poses some threat to our national security,” Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday. The language in the order declaring Venezuela to be even worse—”an unusual and extraordinary threat”—was, Rhodes said, boilerplate legalese not intended to make an enemy state of the fourth-largest foreign supplier of oil to the United States. “Completely pro forma,” Rhodes said.
And so the way is smoothed and the air freshened for the kind of meeting both Washington and Havana had in mind on Dec. 17, when Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro jointly announced they would renew relations after half a century of estrangement. The men shook hands at the Dec. 2013 funeral of Nelson Mandela, and spoke by phone to cement the December announcement. But the Summit in Panama has been held out as the venue that would showcase the countries’ long-awaited rapprochement.
“In general, but particularly at this summit, symbolism matters,” says Shannon O’Neil, senior fellow for Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Castro’s presence is news in itself— this is the first time Cuba has attended an OAS summit since it was suspended in 1962, following its embrace of the Soviet Union. Castro stayed away even after the suspension was lifted in 2009, as Latin American countries rallied around the country the United States had tried to isolate for so long, and with steadily diminishing results. By the time of December’s announcement, Rhodes noted, U.S. policy on Cuba was having the perverse effect of isolating Washington, not the other way around.
So removing Cuba as a polarizing issue should help relations across Latin America, O’Neil says. “For so many years, this U.S.-Cuba standoff has been an overriding difficulty with all sorts of countries, not just the ones we have chronic difficulties with like Venezuela,” says O’Neil. And if Venezuela appears poised to replace Cuba as an polarizing topic, the State Department outreach may serve to temper that, taking Maduro almost instantly up on his reported willingness to smooth out relations with Washington rather than escalate. “The worry here is that all the other good change with Cuba might be overshadowed by Venezuela,” says O’Neil.
Not all see the change with Cuba as good, of course. Polls show a majority of Americans and almost every Cuban favors the opening, but much of the Cuban exile community based in south Florida oppose the reconciliation, and the anti-Castro titans of Congress warn that they will try to block any effort to remove it from the terror list. Passions run high — and in Panama City exploded into fisticuffswhen pro-Castro and anti-Castro protestors encountered one another Wednesday in front of the Cuban embassy. A video of the brawl, with grown men struggling to both land blows and hold their sports coats, might be the cartoon version Clauswitz’s observation that war is a continuation of politics by other means. — With reporting from Dolly Mascarenas in Panama City
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U.S. State Dept. recommends removing Cuba from terrorism list: Senate source

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WASHINGTON/KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has recommended that President Barack Obama remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee aide said on Thursday.
  

Iran's Supreme Leader Says Sanctions Must Lift When Nuclear Deal Is Signed - New York Times

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Ukraine’s Parliament Moves to Shore Up Battered Economy

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A series of legislative votes came as new evidence emerged of just how badly the business sector has been shattered in the last year.

Why Obama might not get expected glow at Americas summit (+video)

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Washington — President Obama's trip to Panama Friday for his third Summit of the Americas was once expected to be a victory lap over his move to normalize relations with Cuba – a decision that paved the way for Cuba to attend the forum focused on hemispheric trade and democracy for the first time.
But now the two-day summit is likely to test the claims by administration officials that the meeting would showcase a new turn in US relations with Latin America. US-Cuba relations may be on the upswing, but new storm clouds are gathering on the hemispheric horizon in the wake of deteriorating US-Venezuela relations.
Indeed, the glow of a highly anticipated summit handshake between Mr. Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro could be dimmed by recent US action against the leftist government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
Obama’s slapping of sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials last month for human rights violations – and in particular the naming of Venezuela as a “national security threat” as part of the sanctions justification process – have evoked bad memories across the region of an interventionist Uncle Sam. Now some regional experts wonder if Venezuela might emerge as the new Cuba that dashes US hopes of more productive relations with the hemisphere.
“There is a new spirit to the relations of the US with the Americas, but it doesn’t lessen the tensions with Venezuela or wipe away all the historical misgivings over US intervention in the region,” says Anthony Quainton, a former ambassador to Nicaragua and Peru, now at American University’s School of International Service in Washington. “It’s no surprise [administration officials] are giving this a silver lining, but the specifics holding the relationship back don’t change much as a result of one summit.” 
In the run-up to the summit, the White House has been vaunting how Obama’s opening to Cuba has cleared away an impediment to more effective and results-oriented dialogue on regional issues like democracy, human rights, government accountability, and equitable development.
Ever since the summit was launched in 1994 as a vehicle for advancing democracy and free trade in the Western Hemisphere, Cuba’s isolation by the United States has dominated the periodic gatherings of leaders and remained a thorn in the side of US relations with Latin America.
“The president has a clear legacy that he is aiming to build in the hemisphere that is focused on moving beyond some of the past divisiveness within the Americas, finding new ways to engage our partners on a basis of mutual interest and mutual respect, and making concrete progress on very profound security challenges,” says Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser. “Having gone through two previous summits, [we] did not think it was constructive for the United States to continue to try to isolate Cuba.”   
But ever since the US announced the Venezuela sanctions on March 9, the White House has found to its dismay that regional leaders – including some close allies – are treating Mr. Maduro with kid gloves while expressing open opposition to the American recourse to sanctions on another Latin government.
Administration officials have hinted that Obama’s regionally popular opening to Cuba should have won the US more trust and support for efforts to pressure the Maduro government on human rights violations and anti-democratic moves. The senior State Department official for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, said she was “disappointed” the US measures were not more widely defended in the region.
“A lot of US officials feel that the region has treated the Maduro government easily and let it off the hook for far too long,” says Michael Shifter, president of the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue.
“Now we have this US mind-set that because of what the US did with Cuba,” he adds, “which is something Latin America has long wanted, the region should reciprocate and ‘do what we want you to do with Venezuela,’ ” which would mean regional pressure on Maduro to reverse his anti-democratic actions.
But the US should not expect any “dividend” for its Cuba opening to translate to support on Venezuela, says Mr. Shifter, who is also an adjunct professor of Latin American studies at Georgetown University in Washington. Calling the way some US officials have linked Cuba and Venezuela “not helpful,” he says the US is understandably disappointed at the weak regional response to Venezuela’s anti-democratic measures – but should also understand what explains it.
For example, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a strong Washington ally, called the Venezuela sanctions “counterproductive.” Helping to explain that response, Mr. Quainton says, is the fact that Colombia is in the final stages of peace talks with the FARC, the country’s oldest guerrilla movement. The talks are hosted by Cuba and have enjoyed the crucial support of Venezuela, Colombia’s neighbor.
Mexico, another close US partner, can hardly be expected to come down hard on Venezuela’s human rights abuses, Shifter says, when Mexico is dealing with its own human rights challenges.
Even Brazil, South America’s political and economic powerhouse, has kept quiet on the Venezuela crisis, limited as much by its own political scandals and economic doldrums as by a desire not to upend its close economic ties to oil-producer Venezuela.
The US-Venezuela standoff could even heat up a notch at the Panama summit, as Obama plans to meet on the sidelines with Venezuelan dissidents, and Maduro has pledged to present Obama with a petition signed by 10 million Venezuelans demanding the US lift the sanctions and cease its “imperialist” actions toward the country. 
But at the same time, broader interests in addressing Latin America’s issues and some appreciation for Obama’s less paternalistic approach could still make this a pivotal summit, some regional experts say.
The 35 leaders expected at the summit “are facing real pressures ... to get things done,” says Mack McLarty, a Clinton White House initiator of the summit process with a longtime interest in Latin America. Those demands from domestic publics for effective leadership and results will motivate leaders to focus on summit agenda topics like energy, economic competitiveness, and democracy, and to play down controversy, he says.
In addition, Mr. McLarty says that an overall shift under Obama in the way the US deals with Latin America on longstanding issues like drugs and immigration – seeing the demand for illicit drugs less as a “war” and more as a health issue, for example – will have more significant impact on US-Latin relations than the Venezuela crisis.
“Venezuela clearly is on the flash-point list,” he says, “but overall, there are fewer distractions at this summit than in the past.”
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Obama set to test engagement doctrine with Cuba

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Washington (CNN)Emboldened after striking a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama heads to a gathering of South and Central American leaders this week prepared to test his doctrine of engaging sworn U.S. enemies, this time Cuba.
After a brief stopover in Jamaica Wednesday to meet with Caribbean leaders, Obama heads to the Summit of the Americas in Panama, where officials say he plans to "interact" with Cuba's President Raul Castro following his decision to improve relations between the two countries.
Castro is attending the gathering for the first time after Cuba was drummed out of the Organization of American States more than half a century ago.
Unlike past summits, when the United States' stance on Cuba was a major point of contention, White House officials expect the realignment to be hailed at the two-day event, during which Obama also plans to tour the Panama Canal and seek to ramp up commerce with Latin America.
Obama and Castro aren't scheduled to meet formally this week, but Obama's aides have hinted at a set agenda for whatever conversation emerges when they encounter one another on the sidelines of the conference.
That includes finalizing plans to reopen embassies in Havana and Washington and continuing to bolster commercial ties between the neighbors, which began to form after Obama lifted long-standing restrictions on commerce and travel last year.
It's also likely to center on Obama's decision to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror, a commitment officials say he'll make this week after receiving a recommendation on the matter from the State Department. The State Department recommended removing Cuba from the list. Obama said Thursday he was aware of the decision but hadn't been formally presented with the recommendation and therefore wouldn't comment further.
Cuba has raised the designation as a major objection in its talks with U.S. officials regarding normalizing relations between the two Cold War adversaries.
Obama, in an interview with NPR this week, signaled his predilection for removing Cuba's terror status.
"The criteria is very straightforward: 'Is this particular country considered a state sponsor of terrorism,' not, 'do we agree with them on everything,'" he said. "Those standards, those criteria are the ones that are going to be measured against the current activities of the Cuban government."
Obama and Castro, who spoke on the phone after the U.S. announced in December it was seeking to thaw frozen relations between the two countries, last interacted in person at Nelson Mandela's funeral in 2013 when they shook hands spontaneously.
Analysts predict their interaction this time around will be more substantive — though not yet exactly chummy.
"I don't think there will be lots of hugs and kisses," said Ted Piccone, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Latin America Initiative. "I think it will be serious and it will be respectful and measured, and they will reinforce the larger theme...that dialogue and engagement is better for constructive relations than negative sanctions."
Since the handshake in South Africa, officials in both countries have worked to ease the decades of U.S.-Cuba enmity, culminating in the announcement late last year that diplomatic relations were reopening. Some in Cuba have lamented the pace of the thaw, though Obama's aides argue the high stakes mandate careful deliberation.
"When you have two countries that haven't really spoken to each other like this in over 50 years, you have a lot of issues to work through," Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, noting that talks to reopen embassies weren't likely to be complete by this week's summit — originally an administration goal.
Officials insist they're otherwise pleased at the progress toward reestablishing diplomatic ties, which the White House argues has helped improve relations with other countries in the region.
"We felt it was long overdue and takes a huge irritant out of our policy in Latin America and the Caribbean," said Roberta Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs who's led talks with Cuba reestablishing diplomatic ties.
The summit meetings Friday and Saturday will mark the first time Cuba participates in the conference, which takes place every three years. At the two Obama previously attended, in Trinidad and Colombia, reception toward the U.S. delegation was icy.
"It was really painful to see how isolated (Obama) was, what a punching bag he was. I think that atmosphere will be very different now three years later," said Richard Feinberg, who handled inter-American affairs in President Clinton's National Security Council and is now a professor of international political economy at the University of California, San Diego.
While Cuba may help smooth U.S. overtures to Latin America, a more aggressive stance against Venezuela could prove troublesome for Obama. In March the White House announced it was expanding sanctions on certain Venezuelan officials for human rights abuses following political unrest.
The country's president Nicolas Maduro planned to present Obama with petitions signed by millions of his countrymen protesting the executive order, which declared Venezuela a "national security threat."
U.S. officials insist the language in the sanctions order was pro forma and that Venezuela doesn't pose a threat to U.S. security. But they acknowledge agitation over the sanctions in the region will arise during the summit.
"It will certainly be an issue," Rhodes said. "But again, what we'll be making clear here is that we stand up for a set of universal values everywhere."
Like negotiating with Iran, renewing ties with Cuba sparked outrage from some lawmakers, who argued it was a misguided effort to engage a corrupt government. But Obama, in an interview with the New York Times this week, argued there were few risks of pursing a better relationship with Cuba.
"For us to test the possibility that engagement leads to a better outcome for the Cuban people, there aren't that many risks for us," he said. "It's a tiny little country. It's not one that threatens our core security interests, and so for us to test the proposition and if it turns out that it doesn't lead to better outcomes, we can adjust our policies."
CNN's Elise Labott contributed to this report.
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Obama’s Moral Equivalence Ignores Islamic Doctrine

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isis-obama-shhhhhhPJ Media, By Andrew C. McCarthy On February 6, 2015
The insipid moral equivalence in President Obama’s apologia for Islam at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning has already been deconstructed by such commentators as Roger SimonVictor David Hanson and Jonah Goldberg. I am bothered, though, by the president’s presumption of equivalence between doctrinal apples and oranges. If, as he maintains, we must engage in comparative religion with a focus on what believers do in the name of their varying faiths, then we should also analyze what their varying faiths tell them to do.
Sounding more like the executive director of CAIR, the president of the United States warned Christians and other non-Muslims to stay off “our high horse” regarding the sadistic murder of a Jordanian pilot, Lieutenant Mouath al-Kasaebeh, by Islamic State terrorists. We must have some humility, explained famously humble Mr. Obama. After all, over the last millennium, “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
In Islamic doctrine, Jesus (Isa) is considered not God but a prophet. He is deemed to anticipate the final prophet, Mohammed, and to preach a Gospel subsequently perfected by the revelations of the Koran.
From that perspective, then, an analogous answer to Obama’s assertion could be made y recounting the terrible things Muslims have done in the name of Mohammed — an answer that wouldn’t require mining a millennium since it has been just three weeks since Lt. al-Kasaebeh’s immolation and the scene of mass-murdering jihadists braying, “Allahu Akbar! The prophet has been avenged!” as they fled the offices of Charlie Hebdo.
I’m more interested, though, in the deeds of Mohammed himself. When Christians resort to the wrongs cataloged by Obama, they are blatantly deviating from the example of Christ. Can the same be said for Muslims and the example of Mohammed?
In 627 AD, the prophet orchestrated the mass-murder of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe after they had surrendered to the Muslims. He presided over the beheadings of somewhere between 600 and 900 members of the tribe – including all young boys who had reached puberty. The women and the remaining children were taken as concubines and slaves (with some of the women sold for horses and armor). All the tribe’s wealth was confiscated.
This is not speculation. The incident is explicitly recorded in Koran. (By the way, I use the Koran approved and published in various languages, side-by-side with the original Arabic, by the Saudi government’s Ministry of Hajj and Endowments. The Kingdom has widely disseminated this version throughout the world, particularly Islamic schools.)
As recounted in Sura 33:25-27:
Allah turned back the unbelievers for (all) their fury: No advantage did they gain; and enough is Allah for the believers in their fight. And Allah is full of strength, exalted in might.
And those of the people of the book [the Banu Qurayza] who aided them – Allah did take them down from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) some ye slew, and some ye made captives.
And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of a land which ye had not frequented (before). And Allah has power over all things.
Mohammed’s first authoritative biographer, Mohammed ibn Ishaq (d. 768), elaborates with this account (reproduced at wikiislam.net):
Then [the Banu Qurayza] surrendered, and the apostle confined them in Medina[.]… Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches. Among them was the enemy of Allah Huyayy b. Akhtab and Ka`b b. Asad their chief. There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900.
As they were being taken out in batches to the apostle they asked Ka`b what he thought would be done with them. He replied, “Will you never understand? Don’t you see that the summoner never stops and those who are taken away do not return? By Allah it is death!” This went on until the apostle made an end of them. Huyayy was brought out wearing a flowered robe in which he had made holes about the size of the finger-tips in every part so that it should not be taken from him as spoil, with his hands bound to his neck by a rope. When he saw the apostle he said, “By God, I do not blame myself for opposing you, but he who forsakes God will be forsaken.” Then he went to the men and said, “God’s command is right. A book and a decree, and massacre have been written against the Sons of Israel.” Then he sat down and his head was struck off.
Ibn Kathir, a revered fourteenth century scholar of sharia jurisprudence and biographer of Mohammed, adds:
Then the Messenger of Allah commanded that ditches should be dug, so they were dug in the earth, and they were brought tied by their shoulders, and were beheaded. There were between seven hundred and eight hundred of them. The children who had not yet reached adolescence and the women were taken prisoner, and their wealth was seized.
This was six centuries after the Gospel of the New Testament. Even if he did not turn the other cheek, the prophet could have shown compassion to his enemies. They had surrendered. Even if he had been determined to seize their territory and wealth, he could have allowed them to evacuate. Instead, he killed, enslaved, and sold them off.
Some background is necessary before we get to a second incident in the life of the prophet. Earlier this week, the Islamic State released a slick video showing Lt. al-Kasaebeh being burnt alive in a cage. The Obama administration spun into action … fresh off offending both the Egyptian government and most Americans by hosting some of its friends from the outlawed and virulently anti-American Muslim Brotherhood at the State Department. Echoing Islamists, administration officials assured us that, while this sort of barbarity was a staple of fifteenth century Christianity — it was against everything Islam stands for, and thus utterly slanderous for ISIS to rationalize it as Islamic warfare.
Inconveniently, the Koran proclaims that immolation is a punishment favored by Allah, so much so that the skin is constantly replaced to prolong the agony. It is imposed, moreover, not for anything particularly treacherous — just for refusing to accept Islam. Sura 4:56 explains:
Those who reject Our signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the chastisement: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.
Now, according to “Muslim clerics” far and wide, as reported by Reuters, immolation is “considered despicable by Islam, no matter what the context.” How can that be when the Koran tells us Allah Himself has prescribed immolation as a suitable punishment? Because, Islam’s defenders rationalize, the immolation promised in the Koran is for Allah alone to impose in the afterlife, not for men to presume to impose in this life. “Only God tortures by fire,” tweeted Salman al-Odah, a Saudi sheikh.
That’s not very persuasive. There are, after all, numerous cruel penalties that Islamic scripture has Allah directing Muslims to impose — scourging, stoning, beheading and so on. Indeed, while in one breath condemning the torching of the pilot as a “lowly terrorist act” by a “Satanic, terrorist” group, Reuters quoted Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar (the ancient seat of Sunni scholarship), as pronouncing in the next breath that the ISIS killers should be “killed, crucified of have their limbs amputated.”
As Robert Spencer points out, the grand sheikh clearly drew that sharia sentence straight out of the Koran. Specifically, according to Sura 5:33:
The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, crucifixion, or the cutting of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land[.]
The verse goes on to say that, for those condemned, these punishments are to be “their disgrace in this world”; then, after death, another “heavy punishment” awaits them — presumably, the eternal barbecue foretold by Sura 4:56.
So at best, fire is frowned upon, but death by crucifixion and amputation is recommended. Not terribly comforting.
But it gets worse. There is also an eye-for-an-eye dimension of Islamic jurisprudence. Back to Sura 5, this time verse 45: “We ordained therein for them, ‘Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal.” This is why, for example, in Saudi Arabia, where sharia is the law of the land, the government had a prisoner’s eye surgically removed after he was found guilty of an assault that damaged his victim’s eye.
Lt. al-Kasaebeh was captured while on a mission to firebomb Islamic State targets. The jihadists thus contend that setting him on fire was the reciprocal, scripturally prescribed punishment. That rationale is disturbing to us in the West, where — unless you’re frozen, Obama-like, in the fifteenth century — we do not criminalize honorable combatants who conduct legitimate attacks on enemy forces (and we don’t, in any event, do immolation).
Nevertheless, ISIS’s argument carries considerable weight in Islam. Even in the Reuters report that tries hard to depict universal Muslim condemnation of ISIS, a Jordanian cleric known as Abu Sayaf (a/k/a “Mohamed al-Shalabi) is quoted as grudgingly saying, “Even if the Islamic State says [the Jordanian pilot] had bombed and burnt and killed us and we punished him they way he did to us, we say, ‘OK, but why film the video in this shocking way?’” In other words, burning the pilot alive is justifiable; it’s the bad PR from recording it that is unacceptable.
Now, with all that as context, let’s consider another episode from the prophet’s life, which, as Mr. Spencer points out, is conveniently omitted by al-Azhar’s grand sheikh, his fellow sharia jurists, and Islam’s Western apologists in the White House and beyond. The incident is recorded in Ibn Ashaq’s biography of the prophet (italics mine):
Kinana b. al-Rabi`, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came … to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, “Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?” he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it,so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead.Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud.
So at Mohammed’s direction, a man’s chest was set on fire to extract information from him before he was beheaded. Well, at least he wasn’t waterboarded.
Robert adds a hadith from the authoritative Sahi Bukari collection (No. 626 in Book 1, Volume 11) (again, my italics):
Certainly I decided to order the Mu’adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama [the call to prayer] and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses.
Relatedly, Raymond Ibrahim directs our attention to an incident involving the prophet, recorded in another Bukari hadith (No. 261 in Book 4, Volume 52). The story involves eight starving tribesmen who sought the prophet’s help. Mohammed directed them to a shepherd, who fed them until they recovered their health. But they turned on the shepherd, killing him, and renouncing Islam. When he was informed, Mohammed ordered that they be captured and – besides having their hands and feet cut off – that iron be heated by fire and passed over their eyes, blinding them.
President Obama says we need to approach comparisons of religion with humility. I’m all for that. In a 2011 NRO column, I traced the evolution of Christianity in America from the often harshly theocratic origins of the original colonial settlements to the tolerant pluralism of modern times. The president, however, misses the point of humility. It is to refrain from dismissing out of hand the hope that Islam, too, will eventually evolve. It is not license to remain willfully blind to the dangers posed to us by its doctrine, as widely understood and practiced by a mainstream faction of Islam for centuries, right up to the present day.
Courageous Muslim reformers are laboring to advance an evolution — and they risk death at the hands of radical Muslims who regard them as apostates, an offense Islam punishes by death. We can humbly encourage the reformers while rationally acknowledging that their labors are very uphill. To repeat what I wrote in the 2011 column:
Cultures are dynamic. They change drastically over time. [But] there are grounds for concern that Islam’s will have a harder time evolving — the blights on our history are rooted in human failure to apply Judeo-Christian doctrine, not in the doctrine itself. [By contrast,] Islam’s problems are more about Islam than about Muslims.
That remains true, Obama’s wayward moral equivalence notwithstanding. Islam regards the Koran as the immutable word of Allah. In Sura 33:21, Allah gives Muslims the following admonition regarding Mohammed, “Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the Final Day.” Muslims are commanded to imitate their prophet. It is undeniable that their prophet was, to put it mildly, an aggressive warrior.
With regard to that aspect of Mohammed’s legacy, there is nothing equivalent to it in Christianity.
It is not humility but delusion to pretend that modern Islam is just fine as is. It is not humility but cowardice to indulge the suicidal notion that our own past sins render us unfit to condemn today’s atrocities.

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Obama’s slapping of sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials last month for human rights violations – and in particular the naming of Venezuela as a “national security threat” as part of the sanctions justification process – have evoked bad memories across the region of an interventionist Uncle Sam. Now some regional experts wonder if Venezuela might emerge as the new Cuba that dashes US hopes of more productive relations with the hemisphere.
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Ever since the summit was launched in 1994 as a vehicle for advancing democracy and free trade in the Western Hemisphere, Cuba’s isolation by the United States has dominated the periodic gatherings of leaders and remained a thorn in the side of US relations with Latin America.
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“Now we have this US mind-set that because of what the US did with Cuba,” he adds, “which is something Latin America has long wanted, the region should reciprocate and ‘do what we want you to do with Venezuela,’ ” which would mean regional pressure on Maduro to reverse his anti-democratic actions.
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Washington (CNN)Emboldened after striking a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama heads to a gathering of South and Central American leaders this week prepared to test his doctrine of engaging sworn U.S. enemies, this time Cuba.
After a brief stopover in Jamaica Wednesday to meet with Caribbean leaders, Obama heads to the Summit of the Americas in Panama, where officials say he plans to "interact" with Cuba's President Raul Castro following his decision to improve relations between the two countries.
Castro is attending the gathering for the first time after Cuba was drummed out of the Organization of American States more than half a century ago.
Unlike past summits, when the United States' stance on Cuba was a major point of contention, White House officials expect the realignment to be hailed at the two-day event, during which Obama also plans to tour the Panama Canal and seek to ramp up commerce with Latin America.
Obama and Castro aren't scheduled to meet formally this week, but Obama's aides have hinted at a set agenda for whatever conversation emerges when they encounter one another on the sidelines of the conference.
That includes finalizing plans to reopen embassies in Havana and Washington and continuing to bolster commercial ties between the neighbors, which began to form after Obama lifted long-standing restrictions on commerce and travel last year.
It's also likely to center on Obama's decision to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror, a commitment officials say he'll make this week after receiving a recommendation on the matter from the State Department. The State Department recommended removing Cuba from the list. Obama said Thursday he was aware of the decision but hadn't been formally presented with the recommendation and therefore wouldn't comment further.
Cuba has raised the designation as a major objection in its talks with U.S. officials regarding normalizing relations between the two Cold War adversaries.
Obama, in an interview with NPR this week, signaled his predilection for removing Cuba's terror status.
"The criteria is very straightforward: 'Is this particular country considered a state sponsor of terrorism,' not, 'do we agree with them on everything,'" he said. "Those standards, those criteria are the ones that are going to be measured against the current activities of the Cuban government."
Obama and Castro, who spoke on the phone after the U.S. announced in December it was seeking to thaw frozen relations between the two countries, last interacted in person at Nelson Mandela's funeral in 2013 when they shook hands spontaneously.
Analysts predict their interaction this time around will be more substantive — though not yet exactly chummy.
"I don't think there will be lots of hugs and kisses," said Ted Piccone, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Latin America Initiative. "I think it will be serious and it will be respectful and measured, and they will reinforce the larger theme...that dialogue and engagement is better for constructive relations than negative sanctions."
Since the handshake in South Africa, officials in both countries have worked to ease the decades of U.S.-Cuba enmity, culminating in the announcement late last year that diplomatic relations were reopening. Some in Cuba have lamented the pace of the thaw, though Obama's aides argue the high stakes mandate careful deliberation.
"When you have two countries that haven't really spoken to each other like this in over 50 years, you have a lot of issues to work through," Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, noting that talks to reopen embassies weren't likely to be complete by this week's summit — originally an administration goal.
Officials insist they're otherwise pleased at the progress toward reestablishing diplomatic ties, which the White House argues has helped improve relations with other countries in the region.
"We felt it was long overdue and takes a huge irritant out of our policy in Latin America and the Caribbean," said Roberta Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs who's led talks with Cuba reestablishing diplomatic ties.
The summit meetings Friday and Saturday will mark the first time Cuba participates in the conference, which takes place every three years. At the two Obama previously attended, in Trinidad and Colombia, reception toward the U.S. delegation was icy.
"It was really painful to see how isolated (Obama) was, what a punching bag he was. I think that atmosphere will be very different now three years later," said Richard Feinberg, who handled inter-American affairs in President Clinton's National Security Council and is now a professor of international political economy at the University of California, San Diego.
While Cuba may help smooth U.S. overtures to Latin America, a more aggressive stance against Venezuela could prove troublesome for Obama. In March the White House announced it was expanding sanctions on certain Venezuelan officials for human rights abuses following political unrest.
The country's president Nicolas Maduro planned to present Obama with petitions signed by millions of his countrymen protesting the executive order, which declared Venezuela a "national security threat."
U.S. officials insist the language in the sanctions order was pro forma and that Venezuela doesn't pose a threat to U.S. security. But they acknowledge agitation over the sanctions in the region will arise during the summit.
"It will certainly be an issue," Rhodes said. "But again, what we'll be making clear here is that we stand up for a set of universal values everywhere."
Like negotiating with Iran, renewing ties with Cuba sparked outrage from some lawmakers, who argued it was a misguided effort to engage a corrupt government. But Obama, in an interview with the New York Times this week, argued there were few risks of pursing a better relationship with Cuba.
"For us to test the possibility that engagement leads to a better outcome for the Cuban people, there aren't that many risks for us," he said. "It's a tiny little country. It's not one that threatens our core security interests, and so for us to test the proposition and if it turns out that it doesn't lead to better outcomes, we can adjust our policies."
CNN's Elise Labott contributed to this report.
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Sounding more like the executive director of CAIR, the president of the United States warned Christians and other non-Muslims to stay off “our high horse” regarding the sadistic murder of a Jordanian pilot, Lieutenant Mouath al-Kasaebeh, by Islamic State terrorists. We must have some humility, explained famously humble Mr. Obama. After all, over the last millennium, “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
In Islamic doctrine, Jesus (Isa) is considered not God but a prophet. He is deemed to anticipate the final prophet, Mohammed, and to preach a Gospel subsequently perfected by the revelations of the Koran.
From that perspective, then, an analogous answer to Obama’s assertion could be made y recounting the terrible things Muslims have done in the name of Mohammed — an answer that wouldn’t require mining a millennium since it has been just three weeks since Lt. al-Kasaebeh’s immolation and the scene of mass-murdering jihadists braying, “Allahu Akbar! The prophet has been avenged!” as they fled the offices of Charlie Hebdo.
I’m more interested, though, in the deeds of Mohammed himself. When Christians resort to the wrongs cataloged by Obama, they are blatantly deviating from the example of Christ. Can the same be said for Muslims and the example of Mohammed?
In 627 AD, the prophet orchestrated the mass-murder of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe after they had surrendered to the Muslims. He presided over the beheadings of somewhere between 600 and 900 members of the tribe – including all young boys who had reached puberty. The women and the remaining children were taken as concubines and slaves (with some of the women sold for horses and armor). All the tribe’s wealth was confiscated.
This is not speculation. The incident is explicitly recorded in Koran. (By the way, I use the Koran approved and published in various languages, side-by-side with the original Arabic, by the Saudi government’s Ministry of Hajj and Endowments. The Kingdom has widely disseminated this version throughout the world, particularly Islamic schools.)
As recounted in Sura 33:25-27:
Allah turned back the unbelievers for (all) their fury: No advantage did they gain; and enough is Allah for the believers in their fight. And Allah is full of strength, exalted in might.
And those of the people of the book [the Banu Qurayza] who aided them – Allah did take them down from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) some ye slew, and some ye made captives.
And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of a land which ye had not frequented (before). And Allah has power over all things.
Mohammed’s first authoritative biographer, Mohammed ibn Ishaq (d. 768), elaborates with this account (reproduced at wikiislam.net):
Then [the Banu Qurayza] surrendered, and the apostle confined them in Medina[.]… Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches. Among them was the enemy of Allah Huyayy b. Akhtab and Ka`b b. Asad their chief. There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900.
As they were being taken out in batches to the apostle they asked Ka`b what he thought would be done with them. He replied, “Will you never understand? Don’t you see that the summoner never stops and those who are taken away do not return? By Allah it is death!” This went on until the apostle made an end of them. Huyayy was brought out wearing a flowered robe in which he had made holes about the size of the finger-tips in every part so that it should not be taken from him as spoil, with his hands bound to his neck by a rope. When he saw the apostle he said, “By God, I do not blame myself for opposing you, but he who forsakes God will be forsaken.” Then he went to the men and said, “God’s command is right. A book and a decree, and massacre have been written against the Sons of Israel.” Then he sat down and his head was struck off.
Ibn Kathir, a revered fourteenth century scholar of sharia jurisprudence and biographer of Mohammed, adds:
Then the Messenger of Allah commanded that ditches should be dug, so they were dug in the earth, and they were brought tied by their shoulders, and were beheaded. There were between seven hundred and eight hundred of them. The children who had not yet reached adolescence and the women were taken prisoner, and their wealth was seized.
This was six centuries after the Gospel of the New Testament. Even if he did not turn the other cheek, the prophet could have shown compassion to his enemies. They had surrendered. Even if he had been determined to seize their territory and wealth, he could have allowed them to evacuate. Instead, he killed, enslaved, and sold them off.
Some background is necessary before we get to a second incident in the life of the prophet. Earlier this week, the Islamic State released a slick video showing Lt. al-Kasaebeh being burnt alive in a cage. The Obama administration spun into action … fresh off offending both the Egyptian government and most Americans by hosting some of its friends from the outlawed and virulently anti-American Muslim Brotherhood at the State Department. Echoing Islamists, administration officials assured us that, while this sort of barbarity was a staple of fifteenth century Christianity — it was against everything Islam stands for, and thus utterly slanderous for ISIS to rationalize it as Islamic warfare.
Inconveniently, the Koran proclaims that immolation is a punishment favored by Allah, so much so that the skin is constantly replaced to prolong the agony. It is imposed, moreover, not for anything particularly treacherous — just for refusing to accept Islam. Sura 4:56 explains:
Those who reject Our signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the chastisement: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.
Now, according to “Muslim clerics” far and wide, as reported by Reuters, immolation is “considered despicable by Islam, no matter what the context.” How can that be when the Koran tells us Allah Himself has prescribed immolation as a suitable punishment? Because, Islam’s defenders rationalize, the immolation promised in the Koran is for Allah alone to impose in the afterlife, not for men to presume to impose in this life. “Only God tortures by fire,” tweeted Salman al-Odah, a Saudi sheikh.
That’s not very persuasive. There are, after all, numerous cruel penalties that Islamic scripture has Allah directing Muslims to impose — scourging, stoning, beheading and so on. Indeed, while in one breath condemning the torching of the pilot as a “lowly terrorist act” by a “Satanic, terrorist” group, Reuters quoted Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar (the ancient seat of Sunni scholarship), as pronouncing in the next breath that the ISIS killers should be “killed, crucified of have their limbs amputated.”
As Robert Spencer points out, the grand sheikh clearly drew that sharia sentence straight out of the Koran. Specifically, according to Sura 5:33:
The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, crucifixion, or the cutting of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land[.]
The verse goes on to say that, for those condemned, these punishments are to be “their disgrace in this world”; then, after death, another “heavy punishment” awaits them — presumably, the eternal barbecue foretold by Sura 4:56.
So at best, fire is frowned upon, but death by crucifixion and amputation is recommended. Not terribly comforting.
But it gets worse. There is also an eye-for-an-eye dimension of Islamic jurisprudence. Back to Sura 5, this time verse 45: “We ordained therein for them, ‘Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal.” This is why, for example, in Saudi Arabia, where sharia is the law of the land, the government had a prisoner’s eye surgically removed after he was found guilty of an assault that damaged his victim’s eye.
Lt. al-Kasaebeh was captured while on a mission to firebomb Islamic State targets. The jihadists thus contend that setting him on fire was the reciprocal, scripturally prescribed punishment. That rationale is disturbing to us in the West, where — unless you’re frozen, Obama-like, in the fifteenth century — we do not criminalize honorable combatants who conduct legitimate attacks on enemy forces (and we don’t, in any event, do immolation).
Nevertheless, ISIS’s argument carries considerable weight in Islam. Even in the Reuters report that tries hard to depict universal Muslim condemnation of ISIS, a Jordanian cleric known as Abu Sayaf (a/k/a “Mohamed al-Shalabi) is quoted as grudgingly saying, “Even if the Islamic State says [the Jordanian pilot] had bombed and burnt and killed us and we punished him they way he did to us, we say, ‘OK, but why film the video in this shocking way?’” In other words, burning the pilot alive is justifiable; it’s the bad PR from recording it that is unacceptable.
Now, with all that as context, let’s consider another episode from the prophet’s life, which, as Mr. Spencer points out, is conveniently omitted by al-Azhar’s grand sheikh, his fellow sharia jurists, and Islam’s Western apologists in the White House and beyond. The incident is recorded in Ibn Ashaq’s biography of the prophet (italics mine):
Kinana b. al-Rabi`, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came … to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, “Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?” he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it,so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead.Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud.
So at Mohammed’s direction, a man’s chest was set on fire to extract information from him before he was beheaded. Well, at least he wasn’t waterboarded.
Robert adds a hadith from the authoritative Sahi Bukari collection (No. 626 in Book 1, Volume 11) (again, my italics):
Certainly I decided to order the Mu’adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama [the call to prayer] and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses.
Relatedly, Raymond Ibrahim directs our attention to an incident involving the prophet, recorded in another Bukari hadith (No. 261 in Book 4, Volume 52). The story involves eight starving tribesmen who sought the prophet’s help. Mohammed directed them to a shepherd, who fed them until they recovered their health. But they turned on the shepherd, killing him, and renouncing Islam. When he was informed, Mohammed ordered that they be captured and – besides having their hands and feet cut off – that iron be heated by fire and passed over their eyes, blinding them.
President Obama says we need to approach comparisons of religion with humility. I’m all for that. In a 2011 NRO column, I traced the evolution of Christianity in America from the often harshly theocratic origins of the original colonial settlements to the tolerant pluralism of modern times. The president, however, misses the point of humility. It is to refrain from dismissing out of hand the hope that Islam, too, will eventually evolve. It is not license to remain willfully blind to the dangers posed to us by its doctrine, as widely understood and practiced by a mainstream faction of Islam for centuries, right up to the present day.
Courageous Muslim reformers are laboring to advance an evolution — and they risk death at the hands of radical Muslims who regard them as apostates, an offense Islam punishes by death. We can humbly encourage the reformers while rationally acknowledging that their labors are very uphill. To repeat what I wrote in the 2011 column:
Cultures are dynamic. They change drastically over time. [But] there are grounds for concern that Islam’s will have a harder time evolving — the blights on our history are rooted in human failure to apply Judeo-Christian doctrine, not in the doctrine itself. [By contrast,] Islam’s problems are more about Islam than about Muslims.
That remains true, Obama’s wayward moral equivalence notwithstanding. Islam regards the Koran as the immutable word of Allah. In Sura 33:21, Allah gives Muslims the following admonition regarding Mohammed, “Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the Final Day.” Muslims are commanded to imitate their prophet. It is undeniable that their prophet was, to put it mildly, an aggressive warrior.
With regard to that aspect of Mohammed’s legacy, there is nothing equivalent to it in Christianity.
It is not humility but delusion to pretend that modern Islam is just fine as is. It is not humility but cowardice to indulge the suicidal notion that our own past sins render us unfit to condemn today’s atrocities.

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» White House System Hacked By Russians - Report
08/04/15 20:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Russian government-backed hackers reportedly accessed confidential details about Barack Obama's schedule last October.
» Russian suspect says ex-spy Litvinenko's death was an accident
08/04/15 20:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of two Russians accused of poisoning ex-Soviet spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 said on Wednesday the former KGB officer may have killed himself accide...
» Alexander Litvinenko may have killed himself accidentally, accused says
08/04/15 20:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. One of two One of the Russians accused of poisoning says the former Soviet spy was exposed to says he had been exposed to radioactive polonium before their meeting One of two ...
» Putin Holds Talks With Greek PM Tsipras
08/04/15 20:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. ​Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding talks with Greece's prime minister in Moscow in an effort to boost bilateral economic cooperation, investment, and trade rela...
» Putin Meets With Alexis Tsipras of Greece, Raising Eyebrows in Europe - New York Times
08/04/15 20:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Times Putin Meets With Alexis Tsipras of Greece, Raising Eyebrows in Europe New York Times MOSCOW — Welcoming the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, to Moscow at a ti...
» Huge haul of gems and cash stolen in heist
08/04/15 20:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. The Hatton Garden heist, as it will surely come to be known, was every safe deposit box holder's nightmare, every movie director's dream.
» Defense Secretary Hails US-Japan Alliance - Voice of America
08/04/15 20:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Voice of America Defense Secretary Hails US-Japan Alliance Voice of America TOKYO—. Beginning his first Asia tour, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter laid out the U.S. commitment ...
» The dick pic test: are you happy to show the government yours?
08/04/15 20:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. We rarely care about our privacy and surveillance in general terms, but when it comes to specifics we can get very defensive indeed If you’re doing nothing wrong, and have not...
» Russia's FSB Accuses Azerbaijani Apple Seller Of Financing Syrian Militants
08/04/15 20:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has filed criminal charges against Gachai Haciyev, an Azerbaijani who lives in the Lipetsk region of Russia.
» Germany increasingly dismissive of Greek demand for €279bn in 'war debt'
08/04/15 20:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Politicians, media and public hostile to call for reparations, seeing it as an obstacle to resolving debt issue, even if many acknowledge war crimes against Greece Germany has...
» Under Obama, Fewer White House State Dinners
08/04/15 20:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. An invitation to a White House state dinner has always been one of Washington's most sought-after tickets. There's the elegant setting, VIP guests in tuxedos and designer gowns and a four...
» U.S. Legalization of Marijuana Has Hit Mexican Cartels’ Cross-Border Trade
08/04/15 20:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. In the midst of this seething mountain capital, Mexico’s security ministry houses a bizarre museum — a collection of what the army seizes from drug traffickers. The Museo de Enervantes, often referre...
» Palestinians Meet to Plan Attack on ISIS in Damascus
08/04/15 20:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. Syria’s Palestinian factions met Wednesday in an attempt to form a united front to fight the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) whose fighters now control most of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the ...
» Family Feud Within France's National Front Spills Into Public
08/04/15 20:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Family tension at the far-right National Front, a rising force in French politics, blew wide open as Marine Le Pen moved to sideline her father from the party he founded after he belit...
» 2,594,4272,594,4272015-04-08 #Germanwings
08/04/15 20:36 from Mike Nova - Google+
2,594,427 2,594,427 2015-04-08   #Germanwings "If authorities know what might have driven Mr. Lubitz, they have not made it public." - The Mind of Those Who Kill, and Kill Themselves - NYT "If authorities know what might have driven Mr. ...
» Obama becomes first president to break US’s pro-Israel Tradition
08/04/15 20:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The European Union Times - World News, Breaking News. Remarks by US President Barack Obama about not requiring Iran to recognize Israel as part of a nuclear deal with the P5+1 is counter to the discourse a...
» Russian trawler was sunk by greed and corruption: investigators
08/04/15 20:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Greed and corruption were to blame for the sinking of a Russian trawler last week in which at least 56 crew died, a spokesman for investigators said on Wednesday.
» Obama and Castro to break Cold War ice in person - The Daily Star
08/04/15 20:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Daily Star Obama and Castro to break Cold War ice in person The Daily Star Handout picture released on April 3, 2015 by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu, showing form...
» US Keeps ‘Close Eye’ on Iran as Yemen Conflict Deepens
08/04/15 20:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen is threatening to grow into a wider conflict as both the United States and Iran take new steps to potentially strengthen partners in the region. U.S. d...
» Movement to Permit Physician Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Surges
08/04/15 20:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. In the 18 years since Oregon State’s “Death With Dignity” law took effect, about 750 terminally ill residents have used doctor written prescriptions of lethal drugs to end their lives. Su...
» Second woman arrested in DC lawyer's stabbing death
08/04/15 20:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON - A second arrest has been made in connection to the February murder of D.C. lawyer David Messerschmitt at The Donovan Hotel , D.C. police said. 19-year-old Dominique Johnson was arrested Wednesday...
» Profile of Germanwings co-pilot becomes more troubling
08/04/15 20:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: Profile of Germanwings co-pilot becomes more troubling. WATCH ABOVE: French and German investigators are combing through the private life of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who deliberately crash...
» dominique johnson and Jamyra Gallmon - Google Search
08/04/15 19:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results Second woman arrested in DC lawyer's stabbing death - DC News ... MyFox Washington DC - 3 hours ago Jamyra Gallmon , 21, is charged with first degree murder while armed, ... 19-year-old Dominiq...
» Second suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of lawyer at D.C. hotel
08/04/15 19:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Kim Vuong, alongside family members, fourth from left, leaves a news conference in the District on March 25. Vuong’s husband, David Messerschmitt, was found slain at the Donovan Hotel in February. (Nikk...
» dominique johnson - Google Search
08/04/15 19:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . 2nd suspect arrested in Donovan Hotel murder W*USA 9 - 3 hours ago Dominique Johnson , 19, was arrested on Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in the death of 30-year-old ...
» The Mind of Those Who Kill, and Kill Themselves
08/04/15 19:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . He was described, in the immediate aftermath of the Germanwings crash , as a cheerful and careful pilot, a young man who had dreamed of flying since boyhood. But in the days since, it has seemed increasingly ...
» Battling Crime and Calories at F.B.I. (Fit Bureau of Investigation)
08/04/15 17:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON — F.B.I. agents are on the front lines of the fight to protect the United States from Islamic terrorists, Russian hackers and Chinese spies. Now they have something far more personal to worry...
» Iraq Empties Mass Graves in Search for Cadets Killed by ISIS
08/04/15 17:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . BAGHDAD — Among the mass graves being unearthed in Tikrit, soldiers spotted an old man carrying a large trash bag and trying to sneak away. “Our men asked the old man, ‘What’s in the b...
» Obama's Anti-ISIS, Middle East Strategy 'Incoherent,' Somali-born Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali Says
08/04/15 16:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from U.S. News - News. U.S. diplomatic contortions have left it without an apparent strategy for stability in the Middle East , particularly in the war against the Islamic State group , says American activist a...
» Evolution of Obama’s foreign policy continues to engage, but with less risk
08/04/15 16:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Globe and Mail - World. America’s pastime – baseball – isn’t President Barack Obama’s sport. He prefers golf and basketball. But small-ball advocates, those who prefer hit...
» Operation Charlie Foxtrot | Foreign Policy
08/04/15 16:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: Operation Charlie Foxtrot. Just because the Middle East’s descent into chaos is hardly the fault of the Obama administration, that doesn’t mean its policies in the region are not a...
» Turkey’s Drift From NATO - NYTimes.com
08/04/15 16:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The website of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledges that NATO has played a “central role” in the country’s security and insists that Turkey, which became a member in 1952,...
» Despite Crackdown, IS Says Turkey-Syria Border Still Open
08/04/15 16:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. O n April 6, Ahlul Hakk, a Russian-speaking pro-IS group on the VKontakte social network issued an emergency announcement. It is still possible to cross into Syria from T...
» Iraqi Forces Move Against IS Group In Anbar
08/04/15 16:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. I raqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on April 8 the country's "next battle" is retaking western province of Anbar, most of which is under the Islamic State (IS) gro...
» Turkey Deports Wannabe Russian, Chechen, And Tajik Militants
08/04/15 16:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. S everal Russians, a Chechen, and a Tajik are reportedly among the tens of foreign citizens arrested and deported in Turkey this month as they attempted to cross the bord...
» The Turkey connection to the ISIS network - Middle East News & Top Stories
08/04/15 16:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from RSS Breaking News - Business. When Benjamin Xu, a German national of Macedonian and Chinese descent, arrived in Istanbul two years ago, he had no problem hooking up with the handlers from the Islamic State...
» Russian, Swiss citizens among 10 Syria-bound fighters detained by Turkey
08/04/15 16:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Turkey has said this week that it has detained at least 10 foreign fighters from five countries, including Russia and Switzerland, who were trying to cross into Syria using its southern border. The governor's...
» ISIS Hackers Warn Turkey to Release All Caliphate-Bound Detainees or Face Attack
08/04/15 16:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: ISIS Hackers Warn Turkey to Release All Caliphate-Bound Detainees or Face Attack. A document claiming to be from a southeast Asian chapter of the Islamic State Hacking Division states that ISI...
» Report: ISIS Beheads Senior Hamas Member in Syria - Middle East - News
08/04/15 16:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Among the Palestinian Arab fighters beheaded by the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) in Damascus's Yarmouk camp was a senior Hamas figure in Syria, according to emerging reports. On Saturday, s enior...
» Assad: Syria Gets Russian Arms Under Deals Signed After Conflict Broke Out | Business
08/04/15 16:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Omar Sanadiki / Reuters A member of a Female Commando Battalion which is part of the Syrian Army, aims her weapon at the frontline in the government-controlled area of Jobar, a suburb of Damascus. Russia is s...
» Russia, Iran, Syria share same vision, says Assad
08/04/15 16:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . By AFP | Washington Tuesday, 31 March 2015 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he shares the same goals as Iran and Russia when it comes to the brutal war tearing apart his country. Assad, speaking on PBS t...
» What next? - Curaçao Chronicle
08/04/15 15:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Curaçao Chronicle. The big question on everyone’s mind is, what will fill the void that was left behind after the collapse of socialism? Will the world witness a new central theme of religion or poli...
» Top ISIS leader who was once Saddam general killed in Fallujah
08/04/15 15:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A local militia in Fallujah said its forces had killed a top ISIS leader who was once a general in Saddam Hussein’s army. The Fallujah Liberation Committee said that Abu-...
» 'Iraq Is Finished' — The Atlantic
08/04/15 15:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Master Feed : The Atlantic. Tribal leaders reflect on the enemy destroying their country from within. One afternoon this March, during a visit to Jordan, I sat on the banks of the Dead Sea with my Iraqi fr...
» Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein lives on in Islamic State, ISIS
08/04/15 15:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein lives on in Islamic State middle east by: EMMA REYNOLDS From: news.com.au 3 days ago April 06, 2015 2:31PM Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print Email Share Add to Digg Add...
» Nostalgia for Saddam Hussein: At least 'you knew who the enemy was'
08/04/15 15:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: Nostalgia for Saddam Hussein: At least ‘you knew who the enemy was’. In hookah cafes and on social media, people recall a man who 'loved Iraq' and was a bulwark against Iran. WASHINGTON —...
» Standard Digital News - Kenya : Shock as ISIS seek to recruit nurses into terror group
08/04/15 15:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Nurses working under ISIS must speak fluent English under strict new regulations enforced by the regime. The surprising job requirement is being implemented as the terrorist organization launches plans to ope...
» How Saddam Hussein's former military officers and spies are controlling Isis - Middle East - World
08/04/15 15:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Instead, he found himself being supervised by an Iraqi emir and receiving orders from shadowy Iraqis who moved in and out of the battlefield in Syria. When Abu Hamza disagreed with fellow commanders at an "Is...
» What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
08/04/15 15:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Master Feed : The Atlantic. What is the Islamic State ? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the ans...
» From Chechnya To Syria | News & Analysis of Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters In Syria
08/04/15 15:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from » From Chechnya To Syria. Signed in as mikenova Share this story on NewsBlur Share this story Subscribe to this site Shared stories are on their way...
» ISIS - Google Search
08/04/15 14:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results In the news Iraq Starts Drive Against ISIS, but Reports on Scale Differ New York Times ‎ - 30 mins ago BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Army and militia forces carried out an attack against the ...
» The West must dismantle ISIS and Russia’s lie machines
08/04/15 14:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Lyudmila Savchuk fights on the net for the Kremlin. Source: AFP You’re in a crowded lift when it stalls. It’s a public holiday, the emergency number doesn’t work and you look around at your ...
» US Is Losing Information War Against Russia And ISIS
08/04/15 14:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: US Is Losing Information War Against Russia And ISIS. According to Reuters and a federal agency report, the United States is losing an information war against Russia and ISIS terrorists, while...
» Ex-Saddam Baathists unite in Ninevah campaign
08/04/15 13:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Full Feed. Iraqi families fleeing the violence in Tal Afar, west of Mosul, arrive at Shangal, a town in Ninevah province, June 17, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/ Ari Jala) Author: Omar al-Jaffal Posted...
» Saddam Hussein's Old Party Is Behind Iraq Chaos
08/04/15 13:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Military & Defense. An extremist Al Qaeda offshoot is far from the only anti-government group sewing chaos in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)  wrested control of Mosul, Iraq'...
» Iraq: The lesser of two evils
08/04/15 12:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Shia militias have helped fight Isis, but many worry they are pushing their own brand of sectarianism Iraqi security forces in Tikrit after pushing Isis out of the city with help from Shiite militiamen I t wa...
» The Homemade Weapons Of ISIS | The Daily Caller
08/04/15 12:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Daily Caller. 4525374 WASHINGTON — ISIS lacks sufficient military grade weaponry, but that doesn’t mean it has conceded defeat, according to new findings shared by experts Tuesday at the St...
» obama foreign policy iraq - Google Search
08/04/15 12:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results Foreign policy of the Barack Obama administration - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/.../ Foreign _ policy _of_the_Barack_ Obama _a... Cached Similar Wikipedia Loading... Jump to War in Iraq - [edit]...
» obama policy towards iraq - Google Search
08/04/15 12:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results Foreign policy of the Barack Obama administration - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/.../Foreign_ policy _of_the_Barack_ Obama _a... Cached Similar Wikipedia Loading... Supporters of Obama's foreign ...
» obama policy on isis - Google Search
08/04/15 12:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results Obama outlines "new phase" in the fight against ISIS - CBS ... <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/.../" rel="nofollow">www.cbsnews.com/.../</a> obama -outlines-the-new-phase-in-the-fi....
» obama policy on war in iraq - Google Search
08/04/15 12:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results Foreign policy of the Barack Obama administration - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/.../Foreign_ policy _of_the_Barack_ Obama _a... Cached Similar Wikipedia Loading... Jump to War in Iraq - [edit]. ...
» Syria and Iraq full of Russian, Iranian, and Chinese weapons
08/04/15 12:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Military & Defense. As ISIS first blitzed across northern Iraq in June 2014, the militants seized large quantities of US arms and vehicles from the fleeing Iraqi forces.  Over the almost past year...
» Iraq Launches Drive Against ISIS, but Reports on Scale Differ
08/04/15 12:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Army and militia forces launched an attack against the Islamic State outside Ramadi on Wednesday, with some local officials claiming it was the beginning of a major offensive in west...
» ISIS Essentially Ruled by Former Saddam Hussein Army Officers: Report
08/04/15 12:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: ISIS Essentially Ruled by Former Saddam Hussein Army Officers: Report. As they say, what goes around comes around. The ISIS terrorist group that controls much of Syria and Iraq didn’t em...
» ISIS Defeats Could Trip Global Terror Campaign
08/04/15 12:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Newsweek. The Islamic State (ISIS) upped the ante last month, conducting a series of attacks in a number of Arab countries. While the operations in Syria, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen pursue the organization&#...
» The 'seeds of Iraq's unraveling' were sown in 2003, not 2010 (+video)
08/04/15 12:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Christian Science Monitor | Backchannels. The dangerous fantasy that Iraq was on the brink of a new democratic era in 2010 – if only the Obama administration had leaned harder on Iraq's politicians &...
» The Iraq War: Bush’s Biggest Blunder
08/04/15 11:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Newsweek. History is beset by military blunders, from Napoleon's attempt to conquer Russia to America's decision to invade Iraq. But do leaders learn from the mistakes of others? ADVERTISEMENT The authors ...
» Hackers Exploiting ISIS Notoriety To Promote WordPress Hacks
08/04/15 11:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Self-described sympathisers of extremist group ISIS have hacked their way into websites to leave messages for visitors, the FBI has warned . The law enforcement agency said yesterday many sites were being att...
» saddam hussein baath party - Google Search
08/04/15 11:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results Ba'ath Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Ba'ath _ Party Cached Similar Wikipedia Loading... The Arab Ba'ath Party merged with the Arab Socialist Party, led by Akra...
» isis and baath party - Google Search
08/04/15 11:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results How Saddam's Former Soldiers Are Fueling the Rise of ISIS ... <a href="http://www.pbs.org" rel="nofollow">www.pbs.org</a> › ... › Iraq / War on Terror › The Rise o...
» 2015-04-07#Playlist
08/04/15 03:54 from Mike Nova - Google+
2015-04-07 #Playlist Recent Posts Review 2,578,7562,578,7562015-04-04#Playlist Tuesday April 7 th , 2015  at  11:55 PM Mike Nova - Google+ 1 Share 2,578,756 2,578,756 2015-04-04 #Playlist Modern Songs Playlist Modern Songs Playlist See a...
» The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants? Saddam Hussein’s.
08/04/15 01:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, center, chairs a joint meeting of the Revolutionary Command Council and the regional command of the ruling Baath Party on Oct. 31, 1998. (Reuters) SANLIURFA, Turkey — Whe...
» 2,578,7562,578,7562015-04-04#Playlist
08/04/15 00:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2,578,756 2,578,756 2015-04-04 #Playlist Modern Songs Playlist Modern Songs Playlist See also other posts with music:  2015 Saturday, March 21, 2015 -  Fly fly butterfly A Watchful Gua...
» 2,578,7592,578,7592015-04-04#DespicableMe
08/04/15 00:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2,578,759 2,578,759 2015-04-04 #DespicableMe #Minions "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" ride " Despicable Me  Minion Mayhem"  ride Despicable Me."I'm having a bad,bad day" - YouTube Saturd...
» #Stanford
08/04/15 00:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. #Stanford A Stanford Medical School Student Was Arrested for Poisoning Her Classmates' Water Bottles | VICE A Stanford Medical School Student Was Arrested for Poisoning Her Classmates'...
» 2015-04-05#DHS
08/04/15 00:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-05 #DHS #Obama #Google » Obama's dhs cyber army targets anti-obama sites - Google Search Mike Nova's Shared NewsLinks Review   From The Major News Sources »   obama's dhs cyber...
» 2015-04-05#Ukraine
08/04/15 00:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-05 #Ukraine #USNavy Joint exercises put U.S. Navy at Russia's doorstep | » Ukraine Live Day 412: Six Ukrainian Troops Killed Near Mariupol, Schastye Joint exercises put U.S. Na...
» 2015-04-03Why the Russian Far East Is So Important to China | Artyom Lukin
08/04/15 00:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-03 Why the Russian Far East Is So Important to China | Artyom Lukin: "The entire vastness of the RFE contains just over 6 million residents. Being remote from, and having tenuo...
» 2015-04-05 #Ukraine
08/04/15 00:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-05 #Ukraine #USNavy Joint exercises put U.S. Navy at Russia's doorstep | » Ukraine Live Day 412: Six Ukrainian Troops Killed Near Mariupol, Schastye Joint exercises put U.S. Na...
» 2015-04-06Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater Soundtrack: Snake Eater - YouTube | Top
08/04/15 00:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-06 Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater Soundtrack: Snake Eater - YouTube | Top Definition: Snake Eater. 1. Nickname given to Special Forces, because they can survive in the wilderne...
» 2015-04-06#Pentagon
08/04/15 00:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-06 #Pentagon » Pentagon chief heads east as US tries to maintain Asia focus 06/04/15 15:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks Are you a GENIUS? Find out with a few of the most f...
» 2015-04-06#Cyprus
08/04/15 00:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-06 #Cyprus #Putin Using Cash and Charm, Putin Targets Europe’s Weakest Links Using Cash and Charm, Putin Targets Europe’s Weakest Links Monday April 6 th , 2015  at  7:38 PM 1 ...
» 2015-04-07#BarrettBrown
08/04/15 00:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-07 #BarrettBrown The strange case of Barrett Brown barrett brown - YouTube Tuesday April 7 th , 2015  at  5:03 PM 1 Share 22:04 Is The Obama Administration The LEAST Transparen...
» 2015-04-07#Parliament
08/04/15 00:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2015-04-07 #Parliament Russian Parliament Strips Immunity From Dissenter Tuesday April 7 th , 2015  at  10:40 PM WSJ.Com: World News 1 Share The Russian parliament voted to revoke immu...
» Saudi Arabia Strongly to Reach out to Pakistan
08/04/15 00:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Pakistani parliament is considering Saudi request to provide ground troops as well as air and naval support for fighting in Yemen Saudi Arabia’s bid to get Pakistani military support for ...
» Divorce by Facebook: New York woman can file online - KOAT Albuquerque
08/04/15 00:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. KOAT Albuquerque Divorce by Facebook: New York woman can file online KOAT Albuquerque (CNN) —Facebook may soon need to add "Just got served divorce papers" to its list ...
» Edward Snowden risked lives by not reading all the leaked files
08/04/15 00:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. In a television interview the fugitive and former US spy squirmed as he admitted only ‘evaluating’ the files stolen from GCHQ and the US National Security Agency.
» Blackmail and abuse: Gay sex ban in India stirs violence
08/04/15 00:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Rajan was followed by two men into a public toilet in Mumbai and forced to perform oral sex on them, the 31-year-old gay marketing profess...
» Yemeni Fighters Attack Houthis as Aid Flights Delayed
08/04/15 00:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Yemeni militias backed by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition attacked Houthi fighters across several provinces in south Yemen on Monday, driving the Shi'ite rebel forces from some of th...
» Germanwings pilot Patrick Sondheimer who tried to stop Andreas Luzitz pictured for first time
08/04/15 00:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Staring straight ahead, eyes firmly on the camera, this is the only photograph to have emerged of Patrick Sondheimer, the pilot of the doomed flight who tried to break down the cockpit ...
» G.O.P. Senator Is Major Player in Iran Accord
08/04/15 00:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Few people on Capitol Hill are more important to the White House now than Senator Bob Corker, the Republican behind a bill to force President Obama to send any deal with Iran to Congress fo...
» Male writers continue to dominate literary criticism, Vida study finds
08/04/15 00:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Women buy two-thirds of books sold but magazine reviews are centred on male authors and critics – though picture is beginning to change The continuing bias towards men in the ...
» Saudis Seek More Help in Yemen
08/04/15 00:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by VOA News. Saudis Seek More Help in Yemen Saudi officials are putting pressure on Pakistan to back the coalition of Sunni nations carrying out airstrikes in Yemen. It's a request that could fores...
» A Changed Rand Paul Vows to Change the Republican Party - TIME
08/04/15 00:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. TIME A Changed Rand Paul Vows to Change the Republican Party TIME Rand Paul will finally announce his presidential campaign on Tuesday in Louisville, but avid fans were treated t...
» Police: Teen killed by police involved in gun deal - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier
08/04/15 00:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Police: Teen killed by police involved in gun deal Journal Gazette and Times-Courier ZION, Ill. (AP) — A teenager killed by a police officer in Illinois had just been involved in...
» Obama Administration Promises Safe, Lasting Deal With Iran
08/04/15 00:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The Obama administration says any nuclear deal with the Iranian government will ensure the safety of Iran's neighbors, including Israel. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that the...
» Woman permitted to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook - The Week Magazine
08/04/15 00:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Woman permitted to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook The Week Magazine Seeking a divorce yet unable to find her husband, a New York woman has been granted permission ...
» Uzbek Man Charged In New York With Islamic State Recruiting
08/04/15 00:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A fourth man has been charged in a terrorism case involving raising funds to send U.S. residents to join Islamic State fighters in Syria.
» United States Says Iran Sanctions Would Be Phased Out
08/04/15 00:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The United States says economic sanctions on Iran would be gradually phased out if a final nuclear agreement is reached between Tehran and six world powers before the Jun...
» With Cuba at Summit, US Seeks Renewed Ties With Latin America
08/04/15 00:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by VOA News. With Cuba at Summit, US Seeks Renewed Ties With Latin America The Summit of the Americas normally receives little media attention in the United States. But this year is different becau...
» Obama: Iran's Recognition of Israel Not to Be Part of Nuclear Deal
08/04/15 00:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. President Barack Obama has rejected a call by Israel that any final nuclear agreement with Iran include a "clear and unambiguous Iranian commitment of Israel's right to exist." Israeli Pr...
» Israel to push Congress to pass bill to hamper Iran deal - Haaretz
08/04/15 00:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Haaretz Israel to push Congress to pass bill to hamper Iran deal Haaretz Israel will try to persuade congressmen and senators to introduce a clause stipulating that the deal with...
» Eight Iranian Guards Reported Killed Near Pakistan Border
08/04/15 00:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Iranian media say gunmen have killed eight border guards in the country's volatile southeast, near the border with Pakistan.
» ISIS militants behead and crucify four men accused of stealing in Iraq
08/04/15 00:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Taken in ISIS' northern stronghold of Mosul, the photographs show four men being interviewed by the terrorists before they are dragged before bloodthirsty crowds eager to see their exec...
» Afghan interpreter who worked with British army refused UK asylum
08/04/15 00:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Aslam Yousaf Zai claims he has been targeted by Taliban, but Home Office says it does not believe he would be in danger if he returns to Afghanistan An Afghan interpreter who ...
» Yemen anger grows at absent president
08/04/15 00:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News. Saudi decision to build campaign around president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi may yet prove problematic
» Polish radio says crew distracted before 2010 Smolensk plane crash
08/04/15 00:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WARSAW (Reuters) - In the minutes before a 2010 plane crash that killed Poland's president, members of the president's entourage urged the crew to land despite thick fog, according to ...
» How the subconscious mind shapes creative writing
08/04/15 00:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Authors who improvise, like John Boyne, and those who meticulously pre-plan like Michelle Paver, all seem to benefit from thoughts they don’t know they’re having Do you rememb...
» EU to Host Russia, Ukraine Gas Talks
08/04/15 00:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The European Union said it will host the next round of gas talks between Ukraine and Russia on April 14 in Berlin.
» Russian atomic submarine catches fire in shipyard: RIA cites source
08/04/15 00:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian nuclear submarine has caught fire in a shipyard in Russia's northern province of Arkhangelsk, a law enforcement source told Russia's RIA news agency on Tue...
» How ISIS' land grab across Middle East is being orchestrated by Saddam Hussein's generals
08/04/15 00:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Despite thousands of foreign fighters flocking to join the Sunni extremist group and starring in their propaganda videos, ISIS' leadership is dominated by ex-members of the late Iraqi d...
» Albania and Kosovo to unite, inside EU or not: Albanian PM
08/04/15 00:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Reuters) - The unification of Albania and Serbia's majority-Albanian former province of Kosovo is "inevitable", whether it happens through membership of the European...
» Mass Grave of Iraq Soldiers Exhumed in Tikrit - Voice of America
08/04/15 00:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Voice of America Mass Grave of Iraq Soldiers Exhumed in Tikrit Voice of America BAGHDAD—. Iraqi forensic teams in the newly liberated city of Tikrit have started exhuming bodies ...
» Russian nuclear sub on fire, state news agency reports - CNN
08/04/15 00:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. CNN Russian nuclear sub on fire, state news agency reports CNN (CNN) A nuclear submarine being repaired at a Russian shipyard has caught on fire, according to a law enforcement source ...
» Dangerous Boa Constrictor Gives Police The Slip
08/04/15 00:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Teams scour a top Australian tourist spot for the two-metre snake mistakenly released into bushland by police.
» Why Senate Democrats could be Obama's biggest problem on Iran - Washington Post (blog)
08/04/15 00:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Why Senate Democrats could be Obama's biggest problem on Iran Washington Post (blog) Senate Democrats are emerging as a potentially major obstacle facing President Obama as he tr...
» Russian nuclear sub on fire, state news agency reports
08/04/15 00:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. A nuclear submarine being repaired at a Russian shipyard has caught on fire, according to a law enforcement source speaking to Russia's state-run news agency ITAR-Tass.
» China, Vietnam must manage sea dispute well to keep peace: Xi
08/04/15 00:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told the visiting head of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party on Tuesday that the two countries must manage their dispute over the South C...
» Analysis: Iran nuke deal tough — but could be circumvented - Chron.com
07/04/15 23:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Chron.com Analysis: Iran nuke deal tough — but could be circumvented Chron.com VIENNA (AP) — In selling the Iran nuclear deal to Congress and other skeptics, President Barack Oba...
» U.N. Cyprus envoy says sees no obstacle to new peace talks
07/04/15 23:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. NICOSIA (Reuters) - A U.N. envoy for ethnically split Cyprus said on Tuesday he expected stalled peace talks to resume "within weeks", following a six-month suspension in a dispute ove...
» Obama Says Iran Could Cut Nuke Time To Near Zero In 13 Years ...
07/04/15 23:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from world news - Google Blog Search. ... deal fails to eliminate the risk because it allows Iran to keep enriching uranium. He told NPR News that Iran will be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms — not enough ...
» Russian Nuclear Sub 'On Fire In Dry Dock'
07/04/15 23:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The submarine's nuclear reactor had been shut down before the blaze broke out, and there has been no word on any casualties.
» Russian deputy who opposed Crimea seizure stripped of immunity
07/04/15 23:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's parliament voted on Tuesday to strip the only deputy who voted against last year's annexation of Crimea of his immunity from prosecution as a lawmaker.
» Alexis Tsipras flies to Moscow amid speculation of bailout from Putin
07/04/15 23:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Greek prime minister to sign accords with Russia, including a gas price discount and possible loans in return for Greek assets, that would alarm EU creditors The Greek prime m...
» Why Yarmouk's takeover by ISIS is good news for Bashar al-Assad - CNN
07/04/15 23:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. CNN Why Yarmouk's takeover by ISIS is good news for Bashar al-Assad CNN Lina Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head o...
» Raped, jailed, pardoned and shamed
07/04/15 23:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. In Afghanistan, the solution to rape is to marry your attacker. That's what happened to Gulnaz, who was barely 16 when she was raped and and then jailed for adultery.
» Latin America silent on Venezuela as US airs rights concerns
07/04/15 23:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 10:10 p.m. EDT. PANAMA CITY (AP) -- From Mexico to Brazil, leaders in Latin America have largely kept silent amid charges of human rights abuses in Venezuela and are unlikely to speak o...
» 100-Year-Old Man Kills Wife with Ax, Then Commits Suicide - People Magazine
07/04/15 23:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. People Magazine 100-Year-Old Man Kills Wife with Ax, Then Commits Suicide People Magazine A 100-year-old man and his 88-year-old wife were found dead Monday in their Elmwood Park, New ...
» The Battle For 'Nemtsov Bridge'
07/04/15 23:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The bridge where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead has become a sacred symbol for his supporters.
» Russia Strips 'Rogue' MP of Immunity
07/04/15 23:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Russia's parliament voted on Tuesday to strip the only deputy who voted against last year's annexation of Crimea of his immunity from prosecution as a lawmaker. State prosecutors had aske...
» Prince Andrew Sex Claims Struck From Court
07/04/15 23:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. A US judge has ordered that sex allegations made against Prince Andrew be struck from the court record.
» ABC Breaks NBC's Winning Streak in Evening News - New York Times
07/04/15 23:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Times ABC Breaks NBC's Winning Streak in Evening News New York Times NEW YORK — NBC's evening newscast has lost in the ratings for the first time since 2009, and the fir...
» Russia paves way for fraud case against exiled MP
07/04/15 23:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News. Only deputy to vote against Crimea annexation faces corruption claims
» Obama gets Easter prayer breakfast crowd laughing – video
07/04/15 23:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. President Obama amuses the crowd talking about his daughters and his faith at the White House's annual Easter prayer breakfast on Tuesday 7 April. The breakfast was just ...
» U.S. judge denies request by Prince Andrew accuser to join lawsuit
07/04/15 23:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who said in court papers she was forced as an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew, prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz and other men c...
» President Obama Hints at Disappointment With Christians at Easter Breakfast - TIME
07/04/15 23:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Kansas City Star President Obama Hints at Disappointment With Christians at Easter Breakfast TIME President Obama took a more measured approach in his remarks about Christianity ...
» In Egypt, ex-military men fire up Islamist insurgency
07/04/15 23:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. CAIRO (Reuters) - A small but highly dangerous succession of former Egyptian army officers are joining Islamist militant groups, complicating President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's efforts t...
» A sledgehammer to civilisation: Islamic State’s war on culture
07/04/15 23:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Isis has destroyed countless irreplaceable artefacts and heritage sites across the areas it controls of Iraq and Syria – and some are comparing its assault on human history to...
» Pakistan judge: Charge CIA lawyer, agent for drone strike - San Francisco Chronicle
07/04/15 23:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. San Francisco Chronicle Pakistan judge: Charge CIA lawyer, agent for drone strike San Francisco Chronicle FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, Pakistani tribal elder Kari...
» German economy minister calls Greek war reparations request 'stupid'
07/04/15 23:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Sigmar Gabriel throws out Greece’s demand for €278.7bn, but opposition parties argue for return of forced wartime loan from Athens amounting to €10.3bn Germany’s economy minis...
» Ukraine in Talks to Boost Cash
07/04/15 23:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Aging populations and sluggish advances in worker productivity are quickly binding the global economy to a bleaker growth fate, the IMF says.
» Pakistan judge: Charge CIA lawyer, agent for drone strike
07/04/15 23:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 10:10 p.m. EDT. ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani judge on Tuesday ordered criminal charges be filed against a former top CIA lawyer who oversaw its drone program and a former station chief...
» Banker Svetlana Lokhova wins £3.2m payout after bullying by male colleagues
07/04/15 23:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. A tribunal found Cambridge graduate Svetlana Lokhova, 33, was a 'resilient person' driven to a mental breakdown by workmates at the London branch of Russian bank Sberbank CIB.
» Russian Parliament Strips Immunity From Dissenter
07/04/15 23:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The Russian parliament voted to revoke immunity for an opposition lawmaker targeted in a case of alleged embezzlement, a move Kremlin critics denounced as an attempt to stifle politica...
» Elderly Couple Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide In Elmwood Park, NJ - CBS Local
07/04/15 23:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. CBS Local Elderly Couple Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide In Elmwood Park, NJ CBS Local ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 100-year-old Bergen County man and his 88-year...
» Obama, Raúl Castro to 'Interact' at Summit, White House Says
07/04/15 23:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro this week will see each other for the first time since their two countries began re-establishing ties.
» Nuclear submarine catches fire in Russian shipyard
07/04/15 23:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The submarine that caught fire in a shipyard was submerged to extinguish the blaze yesterday. The emergency move came after premature reports that the flames had been put out.
» World Briefing: Israeli Fire Killed Spanish Peacekeeper in January, Israeli Official Confirms
07/04/15 23:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. A military investigation concluded that the peacekeeper had been killed as the Israeli military responded to an attack against its forces by Hezbollah.
» Fears Loom of Young Israeli Arabs Lured to Jihad
07/04/15 23:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by VOA News. Fears Loom of Young Israeli Arabs Lured to Jihad Governments worldwide are trying to stop their young people from being recruited by the so-called Islamic State and other jihadist grou...
» ISIS capital Raqqa's streets lined with queues for food
07/04/15 23:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. In scenes more familiar in the world's most impoverished refugee camps, scores of downtrodden Syrians wait in lines for food in the terror group's self-declared capital of Raqqa.
» Iran: Militants Killed Border Guards
07/04/15 23:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The incident, denied by Pakistan, comes a day before Iran’s foreign minister travels to Islamabad to urge it to stay out of Yemen conflict.
» Does Germany really still owe Greece for World War II? - Christian Science Monitor
07/04/15 23:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from world - Google News. Christian Science Monitor Does Germany really still owe Greece for World War II? Christian Science Monitor Greek Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas said Monday that Berlin owes At...
» Judge Rejects Sex Allegations Against Prince Andrew and Prominent Lawyer
07/04/15 23:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. (MIAMI)—A federal judge rejected a bid by two women to join a high-profile sexual abuse lawsuit and ordered scandalous sex allegations against Britain’s Prince Andrew and a prominent U.S....
» Thieves break into underground vault in Hatton Garden
07/04/15 23:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by ODN. Thieves break into underground vault in Hatton Garden Thieves have used heavy-duty cutting equipment to break into an underground vault in Britain's main jewellery district - potentially ne...
» Isis mass graves: Iraqi forensic teams recover remains of 1700 military cadets ... - The Independent
07/04/15 23:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Independent Isis mass graves: Iraqi forensic teams recover remains of 1700 military cadets ... The Independent Mass graves containing the bodies of 1,700 Iraqi military cadet...
» Iran Nuclear Deal: What Obama Would Say to Iranians | EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | The New York Times
07/04/15 23:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by The New York Times. Iran Nuclear Deal: What Obama Would Say to Iranians | EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | The New York Times President Obama responds to the question of what he would say to Iranian people...
» US appears close to announcing Cuba's removal from terrorism sponsor list
07/04/15 23:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. As Obama and Raúl Raul Castro prepare to meet this week, White House expects decision soon – and reports have suggested it will be a positive one The US and Cuba are on the ve...
» ISIS launches English language radio bulletins on its Iraqi broadcast service
07/04/15 23:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The extremist group's first English bulletin - hosted by a man with an American accent - aired on Tuesday on its al-Bayan radio network, which already boasts updates in both Arabic and ...
» Iran Nuclear Deal: Obama on Breaching Diplomatic Protocol | EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | The New York Times
07/04/15 23:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by The New York Times. Iran Nuclear Deal: Obama on Breaching Diplomatic Protocol | EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | The New York Times President Obama on the “dangers” that arise when lawmakers breach traditi...
» Judge strikes sex claims against Dershowitz, others - CNN
07/04/15 23:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. CNN Judge strikes sex claims against Dershowitz, others CNN (CNN) A Florida judge Tuesday threw out claims that high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz had sex with minors with help ...
» Another deadly Isis discovery - New Zealand Herald
07/04/15 23:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Another deadly Isis discovery New Zealand Herald Iraqi forensic teams have started recovering the remains of hundreds of cadets who were slaughtered by Isis fighters near Tikrit,...
» World Briefing: Pakistani Court Orders Ex-C.I.A. Officials Charged Over 2009 Drone Strike
07/04/15 23:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. A judge ruled in a case involving a former C.I.A. station chief and a former C.I.A. lawyer and their roles in directing drone attacks in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions.
» Video Cited By Police in Murder Charges Shows Officer Shooting Driver - ABC News
07/04/15 23:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. ABC News Video Cited By Police in Murder Charges Shows Officer Shooting Driver ABC News A South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man Saturday is being charg...
» Republican Rand Paul Launches US Presidential Campaign
07/04/15 23:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by VOA News. Republican Rand Paul Launches US Presidential Campaign Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has become the second major Republican to announce his candidacy for president. Paul, a libertarian, i...
» Report: Russia behind 2014 attack on White House computer system - Fox News
07/04/15 23:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. CNN Report: Russia behind 2014 attack on White House computer system Fox News Russian hackers last year were able to breach a White House computer system after a successful cyber...
» White SC officer charged with murder for shooting black man
07/04/15 23:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 10:10 p.m. EDT. CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A white South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist after a traffic stop....
» A Nazi-Built Resort Beckons New Dwellers
07/04/15 23:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. After decades of decay, a German coastal site operated by the Third Reich, the Soviets and the East Germans over the years is being converted into hotels and apartments.
» Mexican military halt drug tunnel construction near U.S. border
07/04/15 23:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican soldiers foiled the construction of a suspected drug tunnel underneath a house near the U.S. border, arresting nine people and impounding a truck used t...
» Dmitry Oreshkin: “In the light of Nemtsov’s murder, Putin looks like a weak and dependent politician”
07/04/15 23:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Home - Institute of Modern Russia. The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of interviews with Russian and Western experts on the situation in Russia, its relationship with the West, and the fut...
» Americans Struggle to Get Families Out Amid Yemen Conflict
07/04/15 23:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Instead of getting married last Friday, Summer Nasser was in the mountains of Yemen — a twisting, perilous five-hour-drive from her fiancé. The American college student of Yemeni descent ...
» Ukraine Leader Denounces Federalization as Way to Break Up Country
07/04/15 23:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Europe. President Petro O. Poroshenko said he was so certain Ukrainians would reject the idea, which Russia endorses, that he offered to put it to a referendum.
» Political Economy: Greece Must Walk the Talk, and Soon
07/04/15 23:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Europe. The radical-left government has pretty much exhausted its techniques for squeezing blood from a stone.
» Гражданам России грозит статус «белорусского тунеядца» - ИА REGNUM
07/04/15 23:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РБК Гражданам России грозит статус «белорусского тунеядца» ИА REGNUM Белорусские «тунеядцы»/"иждивенцы" будут убирать кладбища и камни с полей, и примерно 10 тыс иностранцев, в т.ч...
» Греция оценила ущерб от немецкой оккупации в €278 млрд - Коммерсантъ
07/04/15 23:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Lenta.ru Греция оценила ущерб от немецкой оккупации в €278 млрд Коммерсантъ Греция намерена добиваться от Германии выплаты €278,7 млрд репараций за ущерб, нанесенный стране во врем...
» Ukraine has key to better Russia-EU relations - Lavrov - RT
07/04/15 23:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. RT Ukraine has key to better Russia -EU relations - Lavrov RT Relations between Russia and the EU depend on the implementation of Minsk documents, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said on Mon...
» Documentary Explores Impact of Drug Violence on Mexican Society
07/04/15 23:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Drug-related violence in Mexico has claimed tens of thousands of lives in recent years as rival gangs compete for the millions of dollars they can make smuggling marijuana, cocaine, and o...
» Poland to build watchtowers at Russia's Kaliningrad border
07/04/15 23:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia | The Guardian. 50 metre high towers will be ready to begin surveillance in June according to border police Poland will build six watchtowers to survey its 200-kilometre-long border with the Russian...
» Poland to build watchtowers at Russia's Kaliningrad border - The Guardian
07/04/15 23:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. The Guardian Poland to build watchtowers at Russia's Kaliningrad border The Guardian A Russian Iskander ballistic missile during a rehearsal of a military parade outside Moscow. Polan...
» War with Russia Now Much Likelier: Ukraine's Leading Nazi Dimitri Yarosh Gets ... - Center for Research on Globalization
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mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Bloomberg War with Russia Now Much Likelier: Ukraine's Leading Nazi Dimitri Yarosh Gets ... Center for Research on Globalization But now, with the military expertise of the nazis and ...
» Госдеп: США будут представлены на торжествах 9 мая в Москве - Коммерсантъ
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mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РИА Новости Госдеп: США будут представлены на торжествах 9 мая в Москве Коммерсантъ Руководство США будет представлено на торжествах 9 мая в Москве. Уверенность в этом выразила на ...
» Rogers Touts Russia Yet Again As Investors Increasingly Hop On Band Wagon - Forbes
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mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Forbes Rogers Touts Russia Yet Again As Investors Increasingly Hop On Band Wagon Forbes Commodities guru Jim Rogers has his eyes on Russia . And he likes what he sees. What he sees is...
» Waving Cash, Kremlin Sows EU Divisions - New York Times
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mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Al Jazeera America Waving Cash, Kremlin Sows EU Divisions New York Times NICOSIA, Cyprus — When Cyprus seized hundreds of millions of dollars from bank depositors, many of them Russia...