Apr 23

Netanyahu: Abbas must choose between Israel and Hamas

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Jerusalem on April 23, 2014. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash 90)
The Palestinian Authority can either make peace with Hamas or with Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, warning PA President Mahmoud Abbas that a reported reconciliation deal with the terrorist organization ruling Gaza would mean the end of the current, US-mediated effort to negotiate a peace deal. “Instead of moving into peace with Israel, he’s moving into peace with Hamas,” Netanyahu said. “He has to choose: Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn’t done so.” More

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Apr 23

RUMORS OF WAR – Israel’s Air Force Chief Warns of ‘Sudden’ War

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israel could be in for a surprise war, Israel’s air force chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel warned. Eshel’s comments come as tensions are increasing along the Israeli-Syrian border. Eshel says the threat of a sudden war erupting on multiple fronts is much more relevant today. Syria has invested in the “best air defenses it could buy,” Israel’s air force chief said on Wednesday. That could embolden Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to do things he might not have done in the past. And if the regime collapses tomorrow, those weapons could be dispersed and pointed at Israel, he said, which means a surprise war could take many forms. More

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Apr 23

The Middle Class In Canada Is Now Doing Better Than The Middle Class In America

Canada - Photo by SsolbergjFor most of Canada’s existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans.  Well, that has changed dramatically over the past decade or so.  Back in the year 2000, middle class Canadians were earning much less than middle class Americans, but since then there has been a dramatic shift.  At this point, middle class Canadians are actually earning more than middle class Americans are.  The Canadian economy has been booming thanks to a rapidly growing oil industry, and meanwhile the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking.  If current trends continue, a whole bunch of other countries are going to start passing us too.  The era of the “great U.S. middle class” is rapidly coming to a bitter end. More

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Apr 23

Hundreds in Mexico protest telecommunications law


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— Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico’s capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content. Protesters carrying signs that read “No to Censorship” and “Freedom of Expression” walked along Mexico City’s main Reforma Avenue on their way to the Senate building after organizing the demonstration on social networks. The government says the proposal seeks tools to combat illegal activities on the Internet, including child pornography. One of the most controversial articles in the law allows the government to request that internet providers “block access to certain content, applications or services,” including cutting off cellphone service or Internet access if it considers there is a risk to public safety. More

 

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Apr 23

DAYS OF LOT – Gay-Sponsored ‘Hunky Jesus’ Contest in San Francisco

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Christians have criticized an event in San Francisco, Ca. that invited contestants to enter a “Hunky Jesus” competition, calling it distasteful and offensive. There were at least a thousand people in attendance for the controversial annual contest in San Francisco – the 2014 “Hunky Jesus” Competition, which saw a number of people dressed in costumes and carrying props that mocked Jesus, while others dressed as Mary, nuns, or other figures of the Christian faith. ”First, Jesus isn’t dead. He’s hot,” is one particularly offensive quote from the flyer promoting the event. The event is sponsored by a group of gay men posing as nuns called Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. This year’s gathering celebrated their 35th anniversary, and organizers decided to hold the controversial event on Easter Sunday at Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park, seemingly hoping to offend Christians. More

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Apr 23

US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis

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U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland on Wednesday as part of a wave of U.S. troops heading to shore up America’s Eastern European allies in the face of Russian meddling in Ukraine. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said an initial contingent of about 600 troops will head to four countries across Eastern Europe for military exercises over the next month. First, about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, are arriving in Poland. Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday for similar land-based exercises in those countries. More

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Apr 23

IAF strikes Gaza terror cell preparing to launch rockets into Israel

An Israel Air Force jetThe IAF fired on a terror cell that was about to fire rockets into Israel, security sources said. The terror cell was identified by the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) and constituted an imminent threat to Israeli security, according to the sources. The results of the air strike are not yet known. The strike wounded four people, medical officials in the Hamas-ruled territory said. The attack came two days after terrorists in the Palestinian enclave launched rockets into southern Israel. There was no immediate word on the identities of those wounded in the air strike, launched just after Hamas Islamists and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization announced a unity agreement in Gaza City. Jerusalem Post

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Apr 23

ALERT: Antibiotic-Resistant MRSA ‘Superbug’ Spreading Into Homes.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is resistant to many of the strongest antibiotics, and although recent prevalence has been limited to hospitals and nursing homes, a new study of 161 New York City residents who contracted the MRSA infections finds that the these people’s homes were “major reservoirs” for the bacteria strains. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)Atlanta (CBS ATLANTA) – An anti-biotic resistant “superbug” that has long affected hospitals and other health care locations around the world has now found a new “reservoir” location: inside U.S. homes. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is resistant to many of the strongest antibiotics, and although recent prevalence has been limited to hospitals and nursing homes, a new study of 161 New York City residents who contracted the MRSA infections finds that the these people’s homes were “major reservoirs” for the bacteria strains, HealthDay reports. More

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Apr 23

FIREHOSES TURNED ON OBAMA PROTESTERS


Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: “Obama not welcome.” Obama, who landed in Japan on Wednesday, is due to visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines over the next five days as part of a wider attempt to “rebalance” and “pivot” toward Asia. More

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Apr 23

Kiev must immediately deescalate east Ukraine crisis, call back troops – Moscow

BREAKING NEWS:  Kiev authorities must “immediately” deescalate the situation in southeast Ukraine by withdrawing its troops from the region, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said, adding that Kiev must start nationwide talks and stop “distorting” the Geneva agreement. “The Russian side once again insists on an immediate deescalation of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine, the withdrawal of divisions of the Ukrainian Army and the start of a real inter-Ukrainian dialogue including all the regions and political entities of the country,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. Moscow is “surprised” by Kiev’s interpretation of the four-sided Geneva agreement adopted by Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU on April 17, it added. Despite the call for disarmament of “all the illegal armed groups” specified by the agreement, Kiev, Washington and a number of European leaders “keep harping on the necessity to ‘hand over weapons’ [referring] only to the Ukrainian citizens defending their rights in southeastern Ukraine.” With that, the Western powers “are turning a blind eye to the ongoing provocative actions of the gunmen of the far-right groups, including that of the so-called Right Sector.” More

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