Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift

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Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.
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Israel: ‘Good results’

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“… Hezbollah’s efforts to continue targeting Israelis are part of a pattern of action which has been going on since Mugniyah’s assassination in 2008. Since then, his authorities have been divided between at least four people. Hamiyah is one of them, and one of his jobs is to achieve revenge.
Those same intelligence abilities which, according to the foreign press, made it possible to locate – and assassinate – Mugniyah likely helped thwart Hezbollah’s attempt to avenge his death…”


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Iran replaces prison service chief

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

The head of Iran’s prison service is replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran’s Evin jail last week.
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Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran

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Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, speaks at the closing forum of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) during the final day of the event in New YorkA senior member of Saudi Arabia's royal family said on Wednesday that Gulf states should work on acquiring nuclear know-how to balance any threat from Iran. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief, also told a security conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, that the Gulf states should be prepared for any possible outcome from Iran's nuclear talks with world powers. "We do not hold any hostility to Iran and do not wish any harm to it or to its people, who are Muslim neighbors," he said in a speech. "But preserving our regional security requires that we, as a Gulf grouping, work to create a real balance of forces with it, including in nuclear know-how, and to be ready for any possibility in relation to the Iranian nuclear file.

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‘Turkey ‘cooking the books’ to exploit the uncertainty of a White House seeking oreign policy successes

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“… The reality is that numerous former intelligence officials, like myself, have long known most of the story surrounding the on-again off-again intervention by the United States and others in Syria, but what was needed was a Sy Hersh, with his unmatched range of contacts deep in both the Pentagon as well as at CIA and State Department, to stitch it all together with corroboration from multiple sources. In a sense it was a secret that wasn’t really very well hidden but which the mainstream media wouldn’t touch with a barge pole because it revealed that the Obama Administration, just like the Bushies who preceded it, has been actively though clandestinely conspiring to overthrow yet another government in the Middle East. One might well conclude that the White House is like the Bourbon Kings of France in that it never forgets anything but never learns anything either…”


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Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.

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Comment on This Saudi prince is accused of killing 2,000 endangered birds while on safari in Pakistan by Jay Schiavone

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

I expected him to look more like the notorious caged-bird shooter, Dick Cheney.

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Comment on Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy will Save the World by Curt Kastens

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

I remember reading here on IC several months ago a comment written by someone that said that there couldf not be a “burb” of methane from the Artic Ocean for a long time because the Methane is found hundreds of feet under ground.
Yet yesterday Robert Hunzicker reported on Counterpunch.org in an article titled Ripley’s Believe it or Not, climate Change Version, that in December of 2013 ice could not form over part of the Artic Sea because the methane gas bubling up prevent the ice from forming.
Furthermore it was reported that there were two huge ocean to atmosphere methane “burbs” on Febuary 24th 2014. Most scientist say that there is a better chance of an aquatic dinasour sinking a 100 foot long South African fishing vessel (as reported on the Discovery Channel) than there is of a methane burb of the type reported. Is Robert Hunzicker trying to mislead us or are others trying to mislead us? i have to recuse myself from sitting on this jury.

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Comment on Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent by Herman

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

Stop it, yes…but how? There’s the discussion I need to see.

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West should work with Russia against radical Islam: Blair

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks at a forum in Bangkok on September 2, 2013Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of Islamic extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday. In a speech in London, the Middle East envoy said the spread of extremist ideology in that region as well as in Pakistan, Afghanistan and North Africa "represents the biggest threat to global security of the 21st century". "On this issue, whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and cooperate with the East, and in particular, Russia and China," Blair said. Blair said there was a shared interest between East and West on the dangers of religious extremism and it should be at the top of the global agenda.

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