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Israel Launches Largest Ever Air Force Exercise Day After Iran Deal

In what some would see as no coincidence, Israel launched its largest every international air force exercise just a day after the Iran nuclear “deal” which has left Tel Aviv fuming.  According to the Israeli Defense Forces blog, “On Sunday, November 24, for the first time in Israel’s history, the Israel Air Force launched the “Blue Flag” training exercise – an international air force exercise with participation by the US, Italian and Greek air forces.” The exercise will run until Thursday this week and is designed to “improve Israel’s general air defense capabilities.” However, the drill, which involves “simulated enemy forces,” will almost certainly test Israel’s offensive mettle given that it takes place just a month after an IAF long-range flight exercise during which the IAF’s ability to fly “exceptionally long distances” was put to the test. “We are sure it was all planned a long time ago but the irony is not lost on us,” notes Zero Hedge. Israel responded to Sunday’s “historic” deal by vowing to do “whatever is necessary” to stop Iran from going nuclear. Israeli officials have also visited Saudi Arabia in recent days to inspect bases that could be used to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. In a phone call to Barack Obama after the deal was struck, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the president, “it’s important to make a change in American policy because the practical result of his current policy is liable to lead him to the same failure that the Americans absorbed in North Korea and Pakistan, and Iran could be next in line,” according to a senior Israeli lawmaker in Netanyahu’s ruling coalition. The deal with Iran halts the enrichment of uranium to below 5%, far below the 90% required to build a nuclear bomb and puts a stop to construction of any more enrichment facilities. Netanyahu insisted that the deal “turns the world into a much scarier place,” claiming that Iran is left with enough of an infrastructure to build a nuclear bomb in future.

 

7 shot in sidewalk shooting in Oakland

Seven people were wounded Monday evening in a shooting on an Oakland, California, sidewalk, police said. The shooter or shooters approached a group and started firing, said Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. Authorities do not have a motive. The wounded are all men, ranging in ages from 23 to 31. Two of them are in critical condition, she said. Police hope that witnesses will come forward, so they can piece together what happened. Residents said a barbeque was being held at the time of the shooting, reported the Oakland Tribune. ”This is really kind of outrageous,” Oakland police Chief Sean Whent told the newspaper. “Six o’clock at night isn’t that late at night. So, really pretty brazen stuff on the street corner at that time of day.” CNN

 

Child-on-child abuse shocking, children’s commissioner report says

“Shocking” sexual violence is being carried out by children against other children as young as 11, according to an official report. The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England said the perpetrators could be 12 or 13, and rape is seen as “normal and inevitable” in some areas, especially among gangs. Its report said bullying and sexist attitudes existed across the country. Council chiefs said work by agencies on child protection needed to improve. The report is the result of a two-year inquiry by the children’s commissioner into child exploitation and gangs. It is being published alongside research on young people’s understanding of consent to sex, and a study on the pressures on young people who have been raised in gang-affected neighbourhoods. The report says legislation is there to protect children but agencies from the police to social services need to become far better at spotting children at risk and providing them with the necessary protection.  Deputy Children’s Commissioner Sue Berelowitz cited the “sheer levels of sadism” uncovered by the inquiry. In a foreword to the report, Ms Berelowitz said the findings showed the “appalling reality” of sexual violence committed by young people. ”The fact that some adults (usually men) rape and abuse children is generally accepted,” she said. ”There is, however, a long way to go before the appalling reality of sexual violence and exploitation committed by children and young people is believed.” More

Owner of Last Abortion Facility in Mississippi: ‘I Feel Like God Wants Me to Do This’

JACKSON, Miss. – The owner of the last remaining abortion facility in Mississippi told reporters last week that she believes God wants her to be a part of the abortion industry. “I feel like God wants me to do this job,” Diane Derzis, owner of Jackson Women’s Organization, told the Associated Press in a report published on Saturday. Derzis operates several abortion facilities in the south, including one in Columbus, Georgia and Richmond, Virginia. She also owned New Women, All Women in Birmingham, Alabama until the facility was ordered closed this past August by a federal judge. “I thank God every day I had that abortion,” she told reporters, noting that she herself had an abortion as a newlywed because she did not want to have any children. “It was not a great experience, but you know what? I had a safe abortion. And that’s what counts.”  Christians from across the country have been working to shut down Jackson Women’s Organization in Mississippi as they desire to see Mississippi become an abortion-free state. Operation Save America and States of Refuge have had the location on their radar as Mississippi is one of five states that has just one remaining abortion facility. “Imagine one state being set free from blood guiltiness,” Rusty Thomas with states of Refuge told Christian News Network. “If one state falls, it does send a message that it can continue in other states.” “We’re going to trust God, and sing and pray and cry out to God to shut this death pit down,” said Cal Zastrow, who visits the facility throughout the year with his family to intercede on behalf of the unborn. More

Georgia Police Chief Moves Christian Posts to Personal Page Following Pressure From Atheists

HARLEM, Ga. – A police chief in Georgia has discontinued writing about Christianity on the department’s Facebook page following pressure from atheists. Chief Gary Jones with the Harlem Public Safety Department had been posting alerts and encouragement on the department’s page, from updates about criminal matters to admonishments about parenting. However, when the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) found out that Jones had been writing about Christianity on the page, they sent a letter to the department, demanding that he cease and desist. “There are many kids that have been raised in Godly homes that have went astray at no fault of the parent(s); however, too many have went astray due to parents failing to discipline and get involved in their children’s lives,” one of his posts stated. “The police cannot raise your kids. Parents must become the disciplinarian and impose and enforce rules. The law does not prohibit a parent or guardian from spanking their children.” “The law says that parents may administer reasonable corporal punishment. No, it is not reasonable to strike a child with a bat or other object, but you can use a belt and strike their rear-ends,” Jones continued. “Fathers, you are the head of the home and God will hold you accountable. Get your children in church and teach them about the one and only true Savior…Jesus Christ.” More

China’s first aircraft carrier steams towards disputed South China Sea

China sent its sole aircraft carrier on a training mission into the South China Sea on Tuesday amid maritime disputes with the Philippines and other neighbours and tension over its plan to set up an airspace defence zone in waters disputed with Japan. The Liaoning, bought used from Ukraine and refurbished in China, has conducted more than 100 exercises and experiments since it was commissioned last year but this is the first time it has been sent to the South China Sea. The Liaoning left port from the northern city of Qingdao accompanied by two destroyers and two frigates, the Chinese navy said on an official news website. While there, it will carry out “scientific research, tests and military drills”, the report said. ”This is the first time since the Liaoning entered service that it has carried out long-term drills on the high seas,” it added. The timing of the drills is bound to raise eyebrows with its neighbours, given the overlapping maritime disputes. China has lodged formal protests with the United States and Japan after both criticised its plan to impose new rules on airspace over disputed waters in the East China Sea. On Tuesday, Australia said it had summoned China’s ambassador to express concern over its imposition of the air defence identification zone. More

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Where Can You Catch The Best Views of Comet ISON?

T-MINUS 2 DAYS – Will Comet ISON fly in the night sky, or fizzle? Astronomers are anxiously watching the comet’s integrity as it gets to its closest approach with the sun, on Nov. 28. Meanwhile, observatories across the United States are gearing up to show the comet off in public telescopes — if it survives, of course. ”The best locations to view Comet ISON would be any place dark, away from artificial lights, with clear sky, lower humidity and a low eastern horizon, with no trees, buildings or mountains in the way,” Zolt Levay, the imaging group lead in the office of public outreach for Baltimore’s Space Telescope Science Institute, said in an e-mail to LiveScience’s OurAmazingPlanet. ”The best places would likely be in the Southwest, at higher elevations,” he added. “There it’s more likely to be clear, the air is drier (less haze), and it’s easier to get away from city lights and find an elevated location. Other locations might be beaches on the Atlantic Coast, away from city lights. This provides an unobstructed view east, although there would be more haze than at a higher, desert location.” [5 Great Places To Observe Comet ISON]  Whether your preference or place of residence is an urban or rural location, there are different spots to suit various kinds of stargazers. Many national parks, especially in the West, boast dark skies, low humidity and a rocking view of the night sky. Great Basin National Park (in Nevada) and Bryce Canyon National Park (in Utah) are far from annoying city lights and are open for astronomy year-round. Bryce Canyon also hosts regular astronomy nights during the winter, allowing visitors to take in the night sky with an expert guide. If using a borrowed telescope is more your style, there are a range of observatories across the country that have public viewing nights available. One of them, the Appalachian State University Dark Sky Observatory, is used by professional astronomers — meaning its skies are dark indeed, as the scientists need clear views of the sky to perform their research. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, are near city lights, but boast easy access to the cities. They also have frequent opportunities for visitors to look through telescopes to get a good look at Comet ISON. Yahoo News

 

Obama defends Iran policy amid Israel anger

US President Barack Obama defended his administration’s Iran policy but said “huge challenges” remained to successfully implement a landmark deal on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama has come under fierce criticism from Republican rivals at home and key allies abroad, such as Israel, for pursuing a diplomatic solution to the Iran question. Israel decried the breakthrough agreement reached in Geneva on Sunday — under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for an easing of sanctions — as a “historic mistake.” Obama, however, insisted that the US policy of diplomacy twinned with sanctions had been more productive than rhetoric, stating that “tough talk” alone would not guarantee US security. ”For the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress on Iran’s nuclear program,” Obama said. “Key parts of the program will be rolled back.” Obama said diplomacy would continue over the coming months in a bit to settle “once and for all” the “threat of Iran’s nuclear program.” ”Huge challenges remain, but we cannot close the door on diplomacy, and we cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems,” Obama said.  ”We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of violence, and tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security.” Earlier Monday, France said the European Union could begin lifting sanctions on Iran next month as world powers set about implementing the deal with Tehran while seeking to placate a furious Israel. More

 

ALLEGED JFK FILM SHOWING 2ND GUNMAN SURFACES AFTER 50 YEARS

A JFK assassination video held under wraps for 50 years that purports to show a second gunman on the “grassy knoll” is being shopped to news media by a Texas real estate mogul-turned-Hollywood producer.  TheWrap.com broke the story Friday, reporting that Stephen Bowen, a highly successful real-estate entrepreneur in Texas has acquired the never-before-screened JFK assassination video and is shopping it. Bowen is now a principal in Hollywood-based Waterstone Entertainment, an independent motion picture financing and production company. According to TheWrap.com, Bowen acquired the video from a local Houston television news producer who held it secretly for more than 40 years. While TheWrap.com admitted its staff had not viewed the video, the published report quoted two unnamed individuals who have described portions of it as a challenge to the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. “You can see a guy in the bushes with a gun,” one of the unnamed sources told TheWrap.com. “It looks like real footage, though I am not an expert.” TheWrap.com further reported Jay Cohen of the Gersh agency in Los Angeles is in the process of arranging private screenings of the video this week for news media and other parties interested in purchasing the film, including CNN, Fox News and Reuters. WND is in the process of contacting Cohen to see if it can screen the film and determine its importance and authenticity before making a bid for the rights. In a separate story, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is on the record saying his late father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, believed the Warren Commission was “a shoddy piece of craftsmanship.” He said his father had concluded that JFK was assassinated by a conspiracy. “The evidence at this point I think is very, very convincing that it was not a lone gunman,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr., told CBS News in January. He explained his father, the U.S. attorney general at the time of JFK’s death, felt “some sense of guilt because he thought there might have been a link between his very aggressive efforts against organized crime.” RFK Jr. said his father publicly supported the Warren Commission, “but privately he was dismissive of it.” WND

68 Percent Of Americans Believe The Country Is On The Wrong Track

Are you deeply concerned about the future of America?  Is something in your gut telling you that our system is fundamentally broken and that the mainstream media is not telling you the truth about what is happening?  If so, you are definitely not alone.  Right now, there are millions upon millions of Americans that are absolutely horrified as they watch this nation deteriorate.  In fact, according to an analysis of recent polling data conducted by Real Clear Politics, approximately 68 percent of all Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track and only 23.5 percent of all Americans believe that the country is on the right track.  And of course our problems did not appear just recently.  In fact, many of them are the result of decades of very foolish decisions and they are not going to be fixed easily.  Unfortunately, there is very little consensus among Americans about how to fix any of our problems.  There is more anger, frustration, hatred and division in the United States today than there has been in decades, and there is very little hope that the great storms that are looming on the horizon will be averted.  Those that are wise are preparing for what is coming.  Those that are not are going to be absolutely blindsided by what is rapidly approaching. More

Philly Mayor Announces War On ‘Knockout’…

PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Michael Nutter was joined by other city leaders Monday evening in an attempt to stop the so-called “Knockout Game” from spreading to Philadelphia. Nutter was joined by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, as they discussed the so-called game in which a person is randomly assaulted, while another person films it with their phone or other device. With cases reported in other U.S. cities, including New York, Mayor Nutter says the city is working to stay ahead of the problem, but needs parents to do their part. “This is not a game. You can seriously injure or possibly kill someone.

 

Your child’s life will be dramatically changed, and probably yours as well as a parent. So let’s cut out the nonsense. There are many other things that people can do to enjoy themselves. This is not one of them,” Nutter said. The Mayor says that anyone caught taking part in the “knockout” game will face charges ranging from aggravated assault up to third degree murder, but that’s not all.   “You’re also hurting another human being for no reason at all. There’s no excuse for this kind of behavior, it will not be tolerated here in the city. We will do everything we can to both prevent, but if someone does engage, we will catch you. You’ll be prosecuted, and your life will be changed dramatically,” he said. The Mayor says that the District Attorney’s office supports the effort to prevent this game from becoming a common occurrence in the city, saying they will seek the most serious of charges and prosecute to the fullest. More

 

Huntington Beach Bar orders removal of sign that salutes Veterans

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Veterans are rallying around a local bar whose owners say they have been ordered to removed a sign that salutes their service. “Thank a veteran for your freedom!” says a large sign perched above Johnny’s Booze and Pool. Vets love it and make up a significant part of the establishment’s clientele. “I love this place. The sign gives me the pride back that I lost … I struggled a lot when I first came back,” an Army vet told CBS2′s Stacey Butler. But someone complained to the city about the sign, and now the bar’s owners say they’ve been ordered to take it down. “We received a letter in the mail from the city stating that we have to remove it within two days or they were going to fine us, like, $940,” says co-owner John Marovic. Co-owner Johnny Kresimir says he has until Tuesday to remove the sign or pay the fine. He plans to fight it, and has issued a plea on Facebook for support.  Huntington Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Matthew Harper says he has contacted the city manager about the issue and is waiting for an answer. Harper says he would support granting a variance to allow the sign to remain standing. The issue has some of the sign’s supporters scratching their heads. Said one veteran: “I can understand city ordinances, but it’s been up there for 10 years. I don’t understand why it’s a problem now.” CBS Los Angeles

10,000-year-old house uncovered outside Jerusalem…

A remarkable archaeological find in the Judean lowlands southwest of Jerusalem includes a six-millennia-old cultic temple and a 10,000-year-old house. The ancient sites were located in routine archaeological digs conducted ahead of a planned expansion of Route 38, the main access road to Beit Shemesh. The building is the oldest ever found in the area, and constitutes remarkable “evidence of man’s transition to permanent dwellings,” researchers said Monday  Labeling it “a fascinating glimpse into thousands of years of human development,” the Israel Antiquities Authority, together with the Netivei Israel Company that is carrying out the highway expansion, invited the public to visit the excavation site in Eshtaol on Wednesday, November 27. “Settlement remains were unearthed at the site, the earliest of which dates to the beginning of the eighth millennium BCE and latest to the end of the fourth millennium BCE,” the authority said in a statement Monday.  “We uncovered a multitude of unique finds during the excavation,” said Amir Golani, one of the excavators for the Antiquities Authority. “The large excavation affords us a broad picture of the progression and development of the society in the settlement throughout the ages. Thus we can clearly see that in the Early Bronze Age, 5,000 years ago, a rural society made the transition to an urban society. We can see distinctly a settlement that gradually became planned, which included [streets] and buildings that were extremely impressive from the standpoint of their size and the manner of their construction. We can clearly trace the urban planning and see the guiding hand of the settlement’s leadership that chose to regulate the construction in the crowded regions in the center of the settlement and allowed less planning along its periphery.” More

Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy

The weekend ended with the first tangible sign of a nuclear deal with Iran, after more than three decades of hostility. Then on Monday came the announcement that a conference will convene in January to try to broker an end to the civil war in Syria. The success of either negotiation, both long sought by President Obama, is hardly assured — in fact the odds may be against them. But the two nearly simultaneous developments were vivid statements that diplomacy, the venerable but often-unsatisfying art of compromise, has once again become the centerpiece of American foreign policy.  At one level, the flurry of diplomatic activity reflects the definitive end of the post-Sept. 11 world, dominated by two major wars and a battle against Islamic terrorism that drew the United States into Afghanistan and still keeps its Predator drones flying over Pakistan and Yemen. But it also reflects a broader scaling-back of the use of American muscle, not least in the Middle East, as well as a willingness to deal with foreign governments as they are rather than to push for new leaders that better embody American values. “Regime change,” in Iran or even Syria, is out; cutting deals with former adversaries is in. For Mr. Obama, the shift to diplomacy fulfills a campaign pledge from 2008 that he would stretch out a hand to America’s enemies and speak to any foreign leader without preconditions. But it will also subject him to considerable political risks, as the protests about the Iran deal from Capitol Hill and allies in the Middle East attest. More

Spies worry over “doomsday” cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden

British and U.S. intelligence officials say they are worried about a “doomsday” cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud. The cache contains documents generated by the NSA and other agencies and includes names of U.S. and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former U.S. officials and other sources briefed on the matter said. The data is protected with sophisticated encryption, and multiple passwords are needed to open it, said two of the sources, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. The passwords are in the possession of at least three different people and are valid for only a brief time window each day, they said. The identities of persons who might have the passwords are unknown. Spokespeople for both NSA and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. One source described the cache of still unpublished material as Snowden’s “insurance policy” against arrest or physical harm. U.S. officials and other sources said only a small proportion of the classified material Snowden downloaded during stints as a contract systems administrator for NSA has been made public. Some Obama Administration officials have said privately that Snowden downloaded enough material to fuel two more years of news stories. More

American Held Hostage In Iran For 444 Days Calls Deal ‘Foolishness’.

A nuclear deal between the U.S., Iran and other world powers has been described as a trust-building step after decades of animosity that hopefully will lead to a more comprehensive deal down the road. But for many of the 66 Americans who were held hostage for 444 days at the start of the Iranian revolution, trusting the regime in Tehran feels like a mistake. “It’s kind of like Jimmy Carter all over again,” said Clair Cortland Barnes, now retired and living in Leland, N.C., after a career at the CIA and elsewhere. He sees the negotiations now as no more effective than they were in 1979 and 1980, when he and others languished, facing mock executions and other torments. The hostage crisis began in November of 1979 when militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran and seized its occupants.  Retired Air Force Col. Thomas E. Schaefer, 83, called the deal “foolishness.” “My personal view is, I never found an Iranian leader I can trust,” he said. “I don’t think today it’s any different from when I was there. None of them, I think, can be trusted. Why make an agreement with people you can’t trust?” Schaefer was a military attache in Iran who was among those held hostage. He now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife of more than 60 years, Anita, who also takes a dim view of the agreement: “We are probably not very Christian-like when it comes to all this,” she said. More

U.S. Unfreezes $8 Billion in Iranian Assets.

The United States released $8 billion in frozen assets to Iran on Sunday in a move meant to ensure Tehran’s compliance with a nuclear pact signed over the weekend, according to top Iranian officials. Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht confirmed on Monday morning that the U.S. government had unfrozen $8 billion in assets that had been previously blocked by the Obama administration. The confirmation followed multiple reports of the release on Sunday in the Arab and Iranian news outlets. Iran will be provided with about $7 billion in sanctions relief, gold, and oil sales under a nuclear deal inked late Saturday in Geneva with Western nations. Iranian officials lauded the deal as a path to opening up greater trade relations between Iran and the world. “The agreement will open a new path towards Iran,” Alinaqi Khamoushi, the former head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce said on Sunday as he announced the release by the United States of some $8 billion in assets, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

 

 

Nobakht confirmed the figure early Monday during a briefing with reporters in Tehran. “The agreement will ease the anti-Iran sanctions, which will have significant impacts on the Iranian economy,” the state-run Fars News Agency quoted him as saying. One senior GOP aide on Capitol Hill was not pleased with the reports. “It’s pretty clear the White House and State Department have been lying to the American people since the beginning of this process so it wouldn’t shock me to learn they are lying about how much sanctions relief they’re giving Iran now,” said the aide. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) criticized the deal on Sunday, when he said to a Jewish audience that both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate were united in opposition. “Democrats and Republicans are going to work to see that we don’t let up on these sanctions … until Iran gives up not only all of their weapons but all nuclear weapon capabilities,” Schumer said. “I want to leave you with that assurance.” A State Department spokesman did not immediately respond to a Washington Free Beacon request for comment on the reported assets relief. More

Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own

A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family has accused its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with Iran and said Riyadh would follow an independent foreign policy. Nawaf Obaid told a think tank meeting in London that Saudi Arabia was determined to pursue its own foreign and policy goals. Having in the past been reactive to events, the leading Sunni Muslim nation was determined to be pro-active in future. Mr Obaid said that while Saudi Arabia knew that the US was talking directly to Iran through a channel in the Gulf state of Oman, Washington had not directly briefed its ally. ”We were lied to, things were hidden from us,” he said. “The problem is not with the deal struck in Geneva but how it was done.”  In a statement the Saudi government gave a cautious welcome to the Geneva nuclear deal. It said “good intentions” could lead to a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s atomic programme. “This agreement could be a first step towards a comprehensive solution for Iran’s nuclear programme, if there are good intentions,” the Saudi government said But it warned that a comprehensive solution should lead to the “removal of all weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear, from the Middle East and the Gulf”. A fellow of Harvard University’s Belfer Centre and adviser to Prince Mohammad, the Saudi ambassador to London, Mr Obaid said Saudi Arabia would continue to resist Iranian involvement in the Syrian civil war. In particular he pointed to Iranian Revolutionary Guards involvement in battles in Syria on behalf of the regime. More

7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes South Atlantic: Strongest to ever hit region

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake has struck in the South Atlantic, southeast of the disputed Falkland Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It says the quake struck at 2-27 a.m. on Monday (0627 GMT), about 195 miles southeast of the Falklands’ capital, Stanley, and 545 miles east of Ushuaia, Argentina. The depth was a shallow 6.2 miles. The Falklands are a British territory that is claimed by Argentina. The USGS says the quake followed four others that all measured more than 5.0, over a two-hour period leading up to the big quake. It says such quakes are uncommon in the region. Only 15 quakes of more than magnitude 5.0 had been measured in the region in the previous 40 years. Extinction Protocol

 

 

Israel to build hundreds of settler homes in the West Bank in latest peace blow

The Israeli government has given the go ahead for the construction of over 800 new settler homes. The latest Jewish only settlements are to be constructed in the occupied West Bank. The plan is likely to further frustrate US sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has warned that continued settlement building will bring negotiations to an end. Two weeks ago Israel announced 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank. Under pressure from the US, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled the order. In response the Palestinian negotiating team resigned but Abbas has yet to accept the resignations. Euro News

AFA Calls for Radio Shack Boycott Over ‘Christmas’ Censorship

The American Family Association is calling for a limited one-month boycott of Radio Shack, accusing the company of censoring the word “Christmas” from its holiday promotions and advertising. ”Until Radio Shack proves it recognizes Christmas by using it in their newspaper, radio, television advertising and in-store signage, I will boycott its stores this Christmas,” a boycott pledge on AFA’s website states. The faith-based nonprofit claims Radio Shack has continued to censor “Christmas” for years despite tens of thousands of consumer requests asking the company to recognize the holiday. The company frequently uses the term “holiday” instead of “Christmas” in its advertising. ”Radio Shack has been one of the most stubborn retailers that we have dealt with,” Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for AFA, told The Christian Post. “If you look at Radio Shack’s recent economic performance, the reality is that they are not in a position to offend any of their potential customer base. So we believe when we make it clear to them that the people who are looking to buy Christmas gifts for family and friends expect Radio Shack to be Christmas-friendly this year, we believe that we’ll get their attention.” AFA wants boycott participants to leave comments on Radio Shack’s Facebook page and call the company’s corporate office to declare that they will shop elsewhere during the Christmas season unless the company makes some changes. The group is also encouraging participants to “politely” inform local store managers of their intentions. Fischer says Radio Shack franchise owners will not be pleased with corporate leaders because of the boycott. More

Lavrov: No need for European missile defense shield if Iran deal a success

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the US will no longer have a reason to build the long-touted missile defense shield in Europe, if Iran fulfills its obligations in the recently-signed nuclear program deal. “If the Iran deal is put into practice, the stated reason for the construction of the defense shield will no longer apply,” Lavrov told journalists in Rome.  NATO is currently rolling out its new Europe-wide missile defense shield, which will include two interceptor bases close to the Russian border in Romania and Poland, with the first of the first ground missiles becoming operational in 2015. The bases will be able to shoot down short and medium-range ballistic missiles. Russia has long protested at the placement of such bases on its borders, but during both, the Bush era and Obama’s terms, Washington has insisted that the bases are primarily directed against a potential threat from Iran, and are too close to Russia to stop any of its nuclear warheads.  On Sunday, Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for a loosening of substantial EU and US sanctions that have crippled its economy.  The initial term of the deal is six months, though both sides hope this will lead to a permanent rapprochement after a stand-off that lasted a decade, during which the West accused Iran of attempting to acquire a nuclear weapon, while Iran denied this, insisting that it was entitled to enrich uranium.  US Secretary of State John Kerry, while visiting Europe earlier this month, said that the deployment of the missile shield was not likely to be contingent on improving relations with Iran. More

 

France: EU likely to lift some Iran sanctions in December –  EU will likely ease sanctions in place against Iran in December, said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. The announcement comes hot on the heels of a landmark deal over Tehran’s nuclear program that ended a decade of diplomatic deadlock. The European Union will ease sanctions imposed on Tehran “in December,” the French foreign minister told radio Europe 1 on Monday. Fabius added that a meeting between EU foreign ministers had been scheduled for the coming weeks to discuss the lightening of the sanctions.  Although Fabius did not specify which sanctions would be lifted, he said that the move would be“reversible.” “We are doing the same as the American side,” said Fabius. The P5+1 reached a deal with Iran in the early hours of Sunday morning that will allow Tehran access to $4.2 billion in funds frozen as part of the financial penalties imposed on the country.  The agreement will allow Tehran to continue enriching uranium, but only to 5 per cent, a far cry from the 90 per cent needed for the construction of an atomic bomb. Minister Fabius said that although the international community had agreed to let Iran continue enrichment, the deal does not acknowledge Tehran’s “right to enrichment.” “Iran cannot do whatever it wants, there are specific limitations,” he said. After the deal was clinched the international community has diverged somewhat in its interpretation of what it means for Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi wrote on Twitter that the right to enrichment had been recognized in negotiations. More
 

China tells U.S to stay out of it’s affairs regarding territorial dispute with Japan

Hong Kong – China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of “misunderstanding and miscalculations.” The creation of an “Air Defense Identification Zone” by China comes amid increasing tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over competing claims to disputed islands in the sea, which are believed to be situated near large reserves of natural resources. China’s announcement Saturday of the zone, which it described as an early-warning system for self-defense, drew a swift response from the United States, Japan’s closest military ally. Washington warned that the latest Chinese move creates the risk of potentially dangerous miscalculations in the sensitive region, where Chinese and Japanese ships and planes have already been involved in tense encounters.  ”This unilateral action constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea. Escalatory action will only increase tensions in the region and create risks of an incident,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. ”We have urged China to exercise caution and restraint, and we are consulting with Japan and other affected parties throughout the region,” Kerry said. The United States has thousands of troops stationed in Japan as part of a security treaty between the two allies. More

 

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