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Report: US Spies on Prominent Muslim-Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the government's secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats. 9 Jul 2014, 3:53 PM PDT

Israel Steps up Offensive as Diplomacy Kicks off

JERUSALEM (AP) — With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway. 9 Jul 2014, 3:51 PM PDT

West in Push to Stop Flow of Jihadists

(AFP) Europe and the United States are drawing up a new wave of anti-terror measures to try to stop the growing number of would-be jihadists from going to fight in Syria and Iraq. 9 Jul 2014, 3:42 PM PDT

Greenwald Takes the Bait on Pointless Snowden 'Scoop'

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports on the latest revelation made by Edward Snowden through Glenn Greenwald, one he touted for weeks as "the most important" in the NSA archives given to him and one which, IPT reports, has reached the light of day and fallen flat on its face. 9 Jul 2014, 3:40 PM PDT

Ending 'Cycle of Mideast Violence' Requires Admitting There Is No 'Cycle of Mideast Violence'

As Israel prepares to mount yet another offensive operation to defend its civilian populations from renewed terrorist rocket and mortar fire from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, the world’s media trots out its predictable language of moral equivalence to describe what it can only define as a tit-for-tat cycle of violence requiring the stronger party, i.e. Israel, to demonstrate both restraint and proportionality. 9 Jul 2014, 2:45 PM PDT

American Governor of Iraqi Holy City on Obama Response to ISIS: 'Bulls***'

The Iraqi region of Najaf is home to some of the holiest sites in Shia Islam--in particular, the Imam Ali shrine, a prime target for the Sunni terrorist members of the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: ISIS). It is also home to a governor with roots in Michigan who is disappointed in America's role in stabilizing Iraq. 9 Jul 2014, 2:40 PM PDT

Are Christians Forgotten in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

When Pope Francis visited the Holy Land in May, he wasn't there as an emissary to the Muslims or to the Jews in the area. He visited political and religious leaders of both groups, but he was there to minister to the Christians in the region who are caught between Muslim groups like Hamas and Israeli leaders -- neither of whom have the welfare of Christians at the top of their respective agendas. 9 Jul 2014, 11:53 AM PDT

Hamas Uses More False Images against Israel on Social Media

As Breitbart News has reported, the majority of the pictures on social media using the hashtags #GazaUnderAttack and #GazaUnderFire are from previous events. The pro-Palestine people have continued in this practice of attaching images of dead children and women, mostly from the Syrian civil war, and asserting that the pictures were taken in Gaza this week. 9 Jul 2014, 10:38 AM PDT

ISIS Continues to Win, Continues to Grow

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has succeeded in conquering enough land on both sides of the Iraqi/Syrian border to open "floodgates for weapons and fighters between Syria and Iraq." 9 Jul 2014, 9:37 AM PDT

Palestinians Use Photos from Syria to Smear Israel Online

Hashtags concerning Gaza and Palestine for Twitter such as #GazaUnderAttack are very active with pictures of dead children, crumbled buildings, women crying, and people without limbs. But a quick Google search of said images find these people are using old images as propaganda. 9 Jul 2014, 8:45 AM PDT

Israel Considers Ground War in Gaza

After Israeli Defense Forces carried out 150 airstrikes on July 8 and intercepted "56 of the 255 rockets fired" into Israel in recent days, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said a "ground operation" into Gaza "might become necessary." 9 Jul 2014, 8:06 AM PDT

1914 Without a Safety Net

Less than a month after the 100th anniversary of the single shot that set the world on fire, many scholars are comparing then and now. One of the most cogent assessments comes from Walter Russell Mead. 9 Jul 2014, 7:58 AM PDT

Both Rivals Claim Victory in Indonesian Election

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The rival candidates in Indonesia's presidential election each claimed victory Wednesday, raising uncertainty about the political and legal landscape in a nation that made the transition from dictatorship to democracy less than two decades ago. 9 Jul 2014, 7:01 AM PDT

50 Bodies Found in Iraq, Raising Sectarian Worries

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency. 9 Jul 2014, 6:51 AM PDT

Syrian Opposition Elects Hadi el-Bahra as New Leader

The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, on Wednesday elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi al-Bahra as its new president at a meeting near Istanbul. 9 Jul 2014, 6:50 AM PDT

Abbas: Hamas, Islamic Jihad 'Brothers in Arms' with Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Abbas, currently in the tenth year of his four-year term as president of the U.S. taxpayer-funded Palestinian Authority, took to his Facebook early Wednesday to praise the terrorist rocket attacks upon Israeli cities and towns by his “unity government” partners from the terrorist group Hamas. 9 Jul 2014, 6:43 AM PDT

Islamist Terrorists Attack Somali Presidential Palace

Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels launched a major bomb attack and armed assault against the country's presidential palace late Tuesday, penetrating the heavily-fortified complex and fighting a major gunbattle with security guards. 9 Jul 2014, 6:39 AM PDT

Hamas's Last Stand? 5 Reasons This Israel-Gaza War is Different

Operation Protective Edge may look like its predecessors--Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9 and Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012--in that it is a response to Palestinian terrorism launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians. The previous two rounds of the conflict ended with Hamas still in power in the Gaza Strip, weakened but able to re-arm over time and to project a strategic threat. There are five reasons, however, this time may be different. 9 Jul 2014, 5:43 AM PDT

Palestinian Human Rights Group Records IDF Deference to Civilians in Strikes on Hamas

Israel's Independent Media Review Analysis organization points out that a Palestinian Centre for Human Rights release about the strikes detailed Israeli efforts to limit civilian casualties. The release notes that, before bombing two homes suspected of serving as "command and control centers for enabling rocket fire against Israel," Israeli drones fired warning shots. In at least one case, the target also received a call on his cell phone "ordering him to evacuate the house." 8 Jul 2014

Social Media Highlights Terror of Israelis Caught in Failed Hamas Siege

Israelis living in the field of attack of the terrorist group Hamas endured a dramatic day in which Israeli Defense Forces fended off Hamas attacks on land, air, and sea. While the IDF was successful in protecting many, the terror is not yet over for civilians in the line of fire, as evidenced by Israelis sharing their personal experiences on social media. 8 Jul 2014

Arab and Jew: Two Tragedies, Two Different Responses

Both Arabs and Jews recently confronted the wanton murder of children. How each society responded to those heart-breaking events tells us a great deal about the cultural divide between them and why the idea that negotiations could bridge that separation and bring peace is a delusion. 8 Jul 2014

ISIS Popularity Grows like Successful World Cup Soccer Team

The jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), now rebranded as the Islamic State, have been described as some of the savviest recruiters in the global network of jihadists. A New York Times report seems to confirm this, as their popularity skyrockets in areas where ISIS has no presence whatsoever. 8 Jul 2014

Obama Warns Israel in Haaretz Op-Ed: 'Restraint, Not Vengeance'

President Barack Obama has weighed in on the conflict escalating in Israel as the Israeli government begins a full-scale military effort against Hamas after the kidnapping of three Israeli teen boys, one a U.S. citizen. Writing for Israel's Haaretz newspaper, Obama uses the opportunity to promote a two-state solution. 8 Jul 2014

US-Backed 'Moderate' Free Syrian Army Factions Join ISIS Terror Group

Reports coming out of eastern Syria Monday revealed that several factions within the Syrian opposition force known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have pledged services to the Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Sources and eyewitnesses said that the FSA has handed over its weapons to the Islamic State in large numbers. 8 Jul 2014

Iranian Mayhem in Benghazi

"Iran wants chaos," a former Iranian intelligence chief for Western Europe told Ken Timmerman, author of the new book Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened In Benghazi. "They want to generate anti-American anger, radicalize the rebels, and maintain a climate of war. They are very serious about this. They want to damage the reputation of the United States as a freedom-loving country in the eyes of the Arabs." 8 Jul 2014

Iraq Politicians Back Down over Government Delays

(AFP) Iraq's politicians agreed to meet next Sunday after delays to the formation of a new government outraged Iraqis exasperated by political polarisation and fearful of a brutal Sunni militant offensive. 8 Jul 2014

US Vows to Work with Germany After New Spy Row

The United States tried to cool Monday a new spy row with Germany after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned reports an alleged German double agent helped the CIA could again damage trust between the allies. 8 Jul 2014

Powerful Typhoon Pounds Japan's Okinawa Islands

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon pummeled the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, paralyzing transport and prompting U.S. forces based there to cancel all outdoor activity. 8 Jul 2014

Operation Protective Edge: Where Will Israel Stop?

As Israel undertakes Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, questions linger about the strategic objective. Is it just to stop and deter Hamas rocket fire against Israeli civilians? Or is it to invade and reoccupy the Gaza Strip, with the aim of ousting Hamas altogether? 8 Jul 2014

Israel Launches Military Offensive Against Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday striking nearly 100 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel. 8 Jul 2014

Ebola: Experts Highlight Problems in Sierra Leone

(AFP) Many cases of Ebola in Sierra Leona may be going undetected, grassroots doctors warned in The Lancet on Saturday as they highlighted the impoverished country's problems in combatting the virus. 7 Jul 2014

In Canada, Defending Girls from Islamic Honor Killings Is 'Racist'

In Canada today, helping Muslim girls is “racist.” Edmonton Transit last year caved in to Islamic supremacist demands and took down bus ads sponsored by my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), offering help to Muslim girls who were living in fear of honor killing. But we are fighting back. We’ve initiated a court action to defend free speech – which is supposed to be protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 7 Jul 2014

Syrian 'Army of Islam' Leader Seen with 'Hello Kitty' Notebook

Syrian opposition leader Zahran Alloush, the head of Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam), gave a speech to fellow Sunni salafist jihadists in which he announced his group’s staunch opposition to the Islamic State terror organization that is currently taking over large swaths of territory in both Iraq and Syria. 7 Jul 2014

Islamic State Leader Wears 'James Bond' Watch?

In a rare public appearance at Mosul, Iraq’s Great Mosque, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), now called the Islamic State, revealed an expensive wristwatch known as a symbol of the “James Bond” spirit. 7 Jul 2014

Maliki Places Son In Charge of Iraqi Army

On Saturday, news was leaked to Iraqi media that Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, has decided to appoint his son as the ultimate authority in charge of the army. According to the leaks, Maliki has also forced out several top military officials. 7 Jul 2014

Bolivia Passes Law To Allow 10-Year-Olds To Work

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's Congress has passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with their education and is done independently to help the child's family make ends meet. 7 Jul 2014

Spain to Charge Tax of 0.03 Percent on Bank Deposits

(Reuters) - Spain on Friday said it would introduce a blanket taxation rate of 0.03 percent on all bank account deposits, in a move aimed at harmonising regional tax regimes and generating revenues for the country's cash-strapped autonomous communities. 7 Jul 2014

Kuwaiti Protesters Arrested, Police Use Tear Gas

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait police fired tear gas and stun grenades Sunday in a busy historic market to disperse several thousand protesters calling for the release of an opposition activist and a purge of corrupt judges. 7 Jul 2014

Iraq Political and Military Fightback Stumbles

(AFP) Iraqi forces struggled to regain ground lost last month to jihadist-led militants and politicians remained divided Monday despite mounting pressure to unite and agree on a new leadership. 7 Jul 2014

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