Even before election, president began 'open fist' negotiations
By Jerome R. Corsi
Jeffrey Boutwell, executive director of the Pugwash Group
The Obama administration has quietly initiated previously undisclosed
back-channel negotiations with both Iran and Syria, according to an
Agence France-Presse report.
Even before winning the November 4 election, Obama initiated “two
track” discussions with Iran and Syria, using top-level experts to
begin talks, according to Jeffrey Boutwell, the executive director for
the U.S. branch of the Pugwash Group, an international organization of
scientists who champion international nuclear disarmament.
Former Defense Secretary William Perry, who served in Obama's election
campaign, participated in some of these meetings covering “a wide range
of issues that separate Iran from the West: not only their nuclear
program but the Middle East peace process,” Boutwell told AFP.
“We had very, very senior figures from both the Iranian policy
establishment and from the United States,” Boutwell said, “people who
have very close, good access to the top leaders in both countries.”
The Cable, a blog established for the magazine Foreign Policy,
confirmed that Perry and “a group of high-level U.S. nuclear
nonproliferation specialists and U.S. experts on Iran” held a series of
meetings in European cities with …
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By Daily Mail Reporter
Russia was rocked today by some of its strongest protests yet as
thousands rallied across the vast country to attack the Kremlin's
response to the global economic crisis.
The marches, complete with Soviet-style red flags and banners, pose a
challenge to a government which has faced little threat from the
fragmented opposition and politically apathetic population during the
boom years fuelled by oil.
Pro-government thugs beat up some of the protesters.
Banned: Supporters of the National Bolshevik Party carry flares
through Moscow's streets
About 2,500 people marched across the far eastern port of Vladivostok
to denounce the Cabinet's decision to increase car import tariffs,
shouting slogans urging Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to resign. Many
there make their living by importing cars.
Meanwhile in Moscow arrests were made as about 1,000 diehard Communists
rallied in a central square hemmed in by heavy police cordons.
Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov told them the Kremlin must throw
out Western capitalism and impose sweeping nationalisation.
Eduard Limonov, leader of the banned National Bolshevik Party – and one
of the Kremlin's most radical critics – was arrested at another Moscow
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By Gerry J. Gilmore
The Defense Department is forming a civilian expeditionary workforce
that will be trained and equipped to deploy overseas in support of
military missions worldwide, according to department officials.
The intent of the program “is to maximize the use of the civilian
workforce to allow military personnel to be fully utilized for
operational requirements,” according to a Defense Department statement.
Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England signed Defense Department
Directive 1404.10, which outlines and provides guidance about the
program, on Jan. 23.
Certain duty positions may be designated by the various Defense
Department components to participate in the program. If a position is
designated, the employee will be asked to sign an agreement that they
will deploy if called upon to do so. If the employee does not wish to
deploy, every effort will be made to reassign the employee to a
The directive emphasizes, however, that volunteers be sought first for
any expeditionary requirements, before requiring anyone to serve
involuntarily or on short notice. Overseas duty tours shall not exceed
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Takes cue after FBI cuts off Muslim group for terror ties
Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.
Warning: Do not meet with representatives of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, a “Dear Colleague” letter sent yesterday to
every U.S. House member says.
The three-page letter, a copy of which was obtained by WND, warns
legislators to “think twice” about meeting with CAIR officials due to
mounting evidence the group is tied to terrorists.
FBI officials have been canceling planned outreach events with CAIR
chapters across the country, following a recent directive by FBI
headquarters to sever ties with the group.
“The FBI has cut ties with them,” the congressional letter says. “There
are indications that this group has connections to Hamas,” the
Palestinian terrorist group.
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By Larry Burkett
Editor's note: The late Larry Burkett, popular Christian financial
counselor and author, penned this article in 1998. It is a compelling
“response” to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent statement that the economy
benefits from “family planning.” Joseph Slife contributed to this
Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives, and
when he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?
– From “It's a Wonderful Life”
I'm sure you remember the classic film, “It's a Wonderful Life,”
starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. In one scene, George makes a
rash request: “I wish I'd never been born.” Instantly, the angel
Clarence makes it so..
Bit by bit, George discovers that because he never existed, everything
in his hometown has changed. Without the life of George Bailey, the
life of just one person, nothing is the same.
I thought of George Bailey recently when I saw this headline in USA
Today: “Abortion Altered America's Future; Without Abortion, the USA
Would Be a Vastly Different Place.”1 The story did not concern the
significant moral or constitutional questions surrounding
abortion-on-demand; rather, it concerned the demographic impact. In
other words, it tells how America is different …
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By Peter Rosenberger
In 2009, it seems becoming president of the United States is a simple
path: convince a population group to relinquish their assets in
exchange for promising to make them feel better. In the case of the
current president, he convinced enough people to hand over portions of
their current and future liberties, and liberties of their children, in
exchange for … what? A middle-class tax cut? Making sure the rich are
taxed more? The approval of Europeans on how we handle the war on
terror, releasing detainees at Guantanamo? The lesson is clear: Promise
comfort and appeasement – and in return, millions will hand over
individual freedoms and future assets.
Many conservatives, deriding the current president for being liberal,
feel that liberalism is the greatest threat to America. I disagree.
Liberalism is simply an anesthesia of choice for the real problem in
When individuals consider only themselves and their physical or
emotional comfort, they are easy prey to the carnivorous idea that
one's feeling of contentment is paramount. Like morphine, liberalism
(and its representatives) attaches to the screaming pain receptors and
provides an illusion that all is well by masking the dysfunction with
feelings of …
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'Defendants had to ensure
the Constitution is upheld'
A new lawsuit is challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to be
president, and this one targets Congress as a defendant for its
“failure” to uphold the constitutional demand to make sure Obama
qualified before approving the Electoral College vote that actually
designated him as the occupant of the Oval Office.
The new case raises many of the same arguments as dozens of other cases
that have flooded into courtrooms around the nation since the November
It is being brought on behalf of Charles F. Kerchner Jr., Lowell T.
Patterson, Darrell James Lenormand and Donald H. Nelson Jr. and names
as defendants Barack Hussein Obama II, the U.S., Congress, the Senate,
House of Representatives and former Vice President Dick Cheney along
with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Where's the proof Barack Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills
the “natural-born American” clause in the Constitution? If you still
want to see it, join more than 193,000 others and sign up now!
As WND has reported, dozens of lawsuits have been filed over Obama's
eligibility to assume the office of the president. Many have been
dismissed while others remain pending.
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Toy says 'Islam is the light'
Months ago, Rachel Jones was shocked to discover her 4-year-old's baby
doll seemed to have a hidden message: Islam is the light.
Imagine her surprise when a game for her 8-year-old daughter's Nintendo
DS had the same message.
Rachel said she bought the Nintendo game, Baby Pals, as a gift for her
8-year-old daughter after a good report card.
She had no idea the game also contained the hidden message “Islam is
“We were sitting in the kitchen, and she was playing it,” said Jones.
“All of a sudden she looked at me, and I looked at her and she said,
'Mom, I think my baby said something.' And so I played it back, and it
says 'Islam is the light.'”
The message on the doll and in the Nintendo game sound exactly the
The Nintendo game has an “E” rating, which means it's suitable for any
In a virtual reality setting, the child playing the game can feed the
baby or teach it to crawl, among other things. It's only when the child
gives the baby a bath that it repeatedly seems to say “Islam is the
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By CLODAGH HARTLEY
ISLAMIC law has been ushered into Britain by the back door.
Ministers have quietly given Sharia courts power to rule on Muslim
These range from divorce and financial disputes to domestic violence.
But furious Tories said the step “pandered to Islamic extremists”. MP
Philip Davies said: “There can be only one legal system — British law.
This will lead to a segregated society.”
Powers of Sharia judges have been sanctioned at five courts in London,
Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Nuneaton, Warwicks.
Two more are planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh. If both parties in a
dispute agree to abide by their rulings, they are enforceable with the
full power of the judicial system.
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Fired Fannie Mae worker charged with planting virus to destroy mortgage
giant's computer data
Yahoo! Buzz Print HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A fired Fannie Mae contract
worker pleaded not guilty Friday to a federal charge he planted a virus
designed to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant's 4,000 computer
Had the virus been released as planned on Saturday, the Justice
Department said the disruption could have cost millions of dollars and
shut down operations for a week at Fannie Mae, the largest U.S.
mortgage finance company.
Rajendrasinh B. Makwana, 35, of Glen Allen, Va., pleaded not guilty in
U.S. District Court in Baltimore to one count of computer intrusion,
the U.S. attorney's office said.
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