NEWS: Independence day for Christians and Jews in Syria and Egypt

July 4, 2013
By CMAC

Huge defeat for

Obama!

Millions of Muslims

and Coptic Christians

in Egypt Unite

Against Morsi’s Islamist Government and

Assad of Syria claims victory over Obama’s

rebel forces.

Great day for Christians in the middle east.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 33:12

Egypt rids herself of Morsi, Al-Qaeda

threatens jihad

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ARE EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS SHOWING

AMERICA’S CHRISTIANS THE WAY?

Happy Independence day Egypt!

Obama continues to support oppressive Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama reviews aid to Egypt, urges return to civilian (Sunni Muslim) rule

Egyptian army tells

Morsi he is no longer

president.

Finally, secularist Muslims stand up to Sunnis Muslim rule, Obama rule.

Egyptian army does not capitulate to

Obama’s threats.

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EGYPT: Revenge of the Muslim Brotherhood begins…Coptic Christian church set ablaze

church-burning1True to their vows, pro-Morsi Islamists are attacking Egypt’s Christians for participating in the anti-Morsi protests. The St. George Coptic Christian Church in a village in al-Minya, Egypt, has just been set on fire by pro-Morsi forces. Copts are reported to be in a state of ‘fear and panic.’

Raymond Ibrahim Days earlier, a letter was circulated in al-Minya, which has a very large Coptic population, calling on Copts not to join the protests, otherwise their “businesses, cars, homes, schools, and churches” might “catch fire.”

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Thus this church attack is part of the price Egypt’s Christians had to pay to protest Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Time will only tell what other attacks Egypt’s harried Copts will pay down the line for participating in the ousting of an Islamist president.

Raymond Ibrahim reports that al-Qaeda is now threatening Egypt with a full-scale jihad.

DEBKAfile Special Report July 3, 2013, 10:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egypt's army takes control of Cairo In his tensely awaited televised statement, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Khalil Al-Sisi said Wednesday night, July 3, that the head of the constitutional court will act as provisional president and form an interim government of technocrats to run the country until early presidential and parliamentary elections.  He was flanked by Christian, opposition and Muslim leaders. On hearing that the army had deposed Mohamed Morsi, Tahrir Square exploded in a frenzy of jubilation. Thus far Egypt’s military coup has been bloodless.

Millions of Muslims and Coptic Christians

in Egypt Unite Against Morsi’s Islamist

Government

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The Tamarod protest reminds us that liars, thieves, and murderers often wear suits, and that democratic governments are sometimes little more than veiled dictatorships.

Millions have turned out to protest Morsi and his Islamist regime.

Millions have turned out to protest Morsi and his Islamist regime.

KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) – They were predicting millions would participate in the June 30 anti-Morsi protest called Tamarod (the rebel campaign), and they were right. The Egyptian people have come out in droves. According to various news reports, the numbers are well into the millions, and the protestors mean business. They have already given President Morsi an ultimatum.

Prior to the Tamarod protest, the Morsi government took certain steps to minimize its impact. In one instance, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is tied to President Morsi, organized a demonstration of tens of thousands of Islamists. It was their intention to show a groundswell of support for Morsi, but their numbers have been dwarfed by the anti-Morsi protestors.

In another instance, Morsi called the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Tawadros II, and asked his holiness to dissuade Coptic Christians from participating in the protest, but Tawadros maintained that the Copts are free to exercise their political rights.

It appears that Egyptians across a broad spectrum of more moderate Muslims and Christians are saying they did not fight for greater freedom against one dictatorship a little over two years ago only to have another take its place. They want a true democracy, not an oppressive Islamic theocracy masquerading as a democracy.

Morsi is being blamed for a poor economy, fuel shortages, a breakdown in law and order, and for trying to turn Egypt into an Islamist state. Under Morsi, sharia law has been enshrined in Egypt’s new constitution, which discriminates against non-Muslims and women.

Already the protestors are demanding that President Morsi step down. They have given him one day to decide. If he refuses, they will march on the presidential palace, which is where the Morsi administration runs the government; and they will initiate a civil disobedience movement throughout Egypt.

Thus far, the protesters have attacked the main headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood with Molotov cocktails and set it on fire. At the time of this writing, approximately 16 people have been killed and over 780 have been wounded in the protests throughout Egypt.

Some people are suggesting that Egypt is on the verge of another revolution. Al-Akhbar, a government run newspaper, reported that “Egypt is on the brink of a volcano.” In a televised statement on Monday afternoon, the Egyptian military said they intended to intervene if a political settlement is not reached within 48 hours.

I do not know if Egypt is on the brink of a second revolution. Nor do I claim to know the intricacies of Egypt’s politics. But I do know something about the history of the Muslim Brotherhood and that Islamists have gained considerable power at the expense of more moderate Muslims, the Christian community, and Egyptian society since Morsi became president.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been a radical, Islamist organization since its inception. They were pro-Nazi during World War II. They were associated with the failed plot to assassinate Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt’s leader in 1965, and in the successful assassination of Nasser’s successor, Anwar Sadat, in 1980. They have supported terrorism around the world and have been implicated in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. They also have a history of intolerance toward the Jews and the Western nations.

Now Morsi, who was once the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, has placed Islamists in positions of power throughout Egypt, including a member of the militant group responsible for the massacre of 58 tourists in 1997. There has also been an increase of discrimination and violence against Christians. They are increasingly being arrested for blasphemy against Islam; children are being kidnapped for ransom, and young girls are being raped and forced to convert to Islam. Some Muslims even attacked the Cathedral of Saint Mark, which is as sacred to the Copts as the Basilica of Saint Peter is to Roman Catholics.

Many Egyptians are also angry with the Obama administration. According to an article by Raymond Ibrahim, Morsi was not the only one who spoke to Pope Tawadros II about the Tamarod protest. The U. S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, also tried to persuade  the Coptic Pope against the Copts participating in the protest.

Ibrahim says many Egyptian activists have condemned Ambassador Patterson for trying to undermine the protests. They call her “the Muslim Brotherhood’s stooge.” George Ishaq, a Coptic activist, told Patterson, “shut up and mind your own business.”

“All throughout the Middle East,” Ibrahim writes, “the U.S. has been supporting anyone and everyone opposing their leaders-in Libya against Gaddafi, in Egypt itself against 30-year U.S. ally Mubarak, and now in Syria against Assad. In all these cases, the U.S. has presented its support in the …

 

Assad wins Obama loses

Syrian president: Opposition failed to oust regime

Associated PressBy BARBARA SURK | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago

  • In this Tuesday, July 2, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian rebel fires his weapon during heavy clashes with Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad near Aleppo International Airport in Aleppo, Syria. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting was fiercest in towns and villages in the strategic Aleppo. The province abuts the Turkish border, and is an important gateway for rebel fighters to bring in weapons and supplies. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    View PhotoAssociated Press/Aleppo Media Center AMC – In this Tuesday, July 2, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, …more a Syrian rebel fires his weapon during heavy clashes with Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad near Aleppo International Airport in Aleppo, Syria. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting was fiercest in towns and villages in the strategic Aleppo. The province abuts the Turkish border, and is an important gateway for rebel fighters to bring in weapons and supplies. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)  less

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s President Bashar Assad claimed in an interview published Thursday that his opponents have “used up all their tools” and failed to overthrow his regime. The remarks came as Western-backed Syrian opposition figures gathered in Turkey for talks on electing a new leadership.

In comments to the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper, Assad rejected the idea that what has been happening in Syria since more than two years is a revolution. Instead, he insisted it is a conspiracy by Western and some Arab states to destabilize his country.

In the same interview, Assad praised this week’s massive protests by Egyptians against their Islamists leader and said the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi meant the end of “political Islam.”

In Syria, more than 93,000 people have been killed since the crisis erupted in March 2011. The conflict began as peaceful protests against Assad’s rule, then turned into civil war after some opposition supporters took up arms to fight a brutal government crackdown on dissent. Millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.

Throughout the crisis, Assad has insisted that his government is not faced with a popular rebellion, but a Western-backed conspiracy against Syria, accusing the rebels fighting to topple his regime of being terrorists, Islamic extremists and mercenaries of the oil-rich Arab Gulf states that are allies of the United States.

“The countries that conspire against Syria have used up all their tools and they have nothing left except direct (military) intervention,” Assad said in the interview, adding that such an intervention would not happen.

The comments coincided with a meeting of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul in the second attempt in as many months by Assad’s opponents to unify their ranks.

The opposition bloc is mostly made up of exiled politicians with little support from Syrians trying to survive the third summer of conflict in the country that has been devastated by the fighting.

Sarah Karkour, a spokeswoman for the SNC, said that acting leader George Sabra and senior opposition figures Louay Safi and Mustafa Sabbagh are topping the list of candidates for the new leadership, including an interim government.

In late May, the opposition leaders met for more than a week in Istanbul, but failed to elected new leaders or devise a strategy for possible peace talks that the U.S. and Russia have been trying to convene in Geneva.

Assad has repeatedly dismissed his political opponents as foreign-directed exiles who don’t represent the people of Syria. He has also shrugged off calls to step down, saying he will serve the rest of his term and could consider running for another one in next year’s presidential elections.

The paper, Al-Thawra, also quoted him saying his opponents failed because they tried to bring religion onto the battlefield. Assad insisted he still enjoys the support of the majority of Syrians, who have stood against Islamic radicals who have emerged as the most effective force on the opposition’s side.

Members of Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority have dominated the rebel ranks, while Assad’s regime is mostly made up of Alawaites, an offshoot sect of Shiite Islam.

“Whoever brings religion to use for political or factional interests will fall anywhere in the world,” Assad said in the interview, again citing Morsi’s overthrow by the military in Egypt.

Proverbs 4

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

4 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom.
Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”

10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[c] paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.

Muslim shoots, beheads two Coptic

Christians in New Jersey who came to

America to find Religious freedom.

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This story is from February, but it’s news to me. It didn’t make national media at the time, but people are pointing it out now, after yesterday’s savage Islamic beheading attack in London.

Christian Post, 2/20/13:

In a crime that New Jersey authorities have described as heinous, a local man is believed to have shot to death two Coptic Christians before severing their heads and hands and burying their bodies in the backyard of a relative’s abandoned home.

“These were grisly murders in which the defendant allegedly shot both victims in the chest at close range,” said Attorney General Chiesa in a press release. “We allege that the defendant was ruthless and calculating in the manner in which he carried out the killings and attempted to prevent identification of the victims by cutting off their heads and hands before burying their bodies. The New Jersey State Police has conducted a thorough investigation, which will enable us to secure justice for the victims.”

The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Yusuf Ibrahim of Jersey City, N.J., whom they apprehended Feb. 10. He has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of desecration of human remains.

Yeah. What a mystery. Why would anybody do something like that? Why does it keep happening over and over, around the world? Is there a common denominator here? Hmmmm. 

This wasn’t a national story, because his name isn’t Chuck Johnson and he doesn’t belong to the local chapter of the Tea Party. He’s a member of a Designated Victim Group, and therefore the MSM turns a blind eye.

I’m kind of surprised they did. He’s even better psycho-lib eye-candy than that Jahar twink:

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Yeah. What a mystery. Why would anybody do something like that? Why does it keep happening over and over, around the world? Is there a common denominator here? Hmmmm.

This wasn’t a national story, because his name isn’t Chuck Johnson and he doesn’t belong to the local chapter of the Tea Party. He’s a member of a Designated Victim Group, and therefore the MSM turns a blind eye.

I’m kind of surprised they did. He’s even better psycho-lib eye-candy than that Jahar twink:

Just look at the pain in those soulful eyes. Why did you make him do that, America?

Willful blindness, pretending the motive is a mystery, won’t make the problem go away. It won’t prevent more attacks like this. Just look at London. Just look at Benghazi.

Just look around.

Update: And let’s not forget Muzzammil Hasan, the Buffalo entrepreneur who started America’s first Muslim TV channel in the English language. He had to resign as CEO in 2009, though, after he cut off his wife’s head.

Update: Read Richard Fernandez on “The Manhood of the West.” Summary: It’s been cut off.

July 4th is our Independence Day. Apparently, now it’s Egypt’s as well…the perfect day to remember it’s also the anniversary of a terror attack in Los Angeles by a radical Egyptian national

killer-265x300On July 4, 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a 41-year old Egyptian national (photo right), opened fire at the El-Al check-in counter of LAX’s Tom Bradley international airport terminal, killing two people and wounding four others. The media played down the fact that this was another Muslim terrorist attack so soon after 9/11.

ABC NEWS Vicky Hen, a ticket agent for the Israeli airline, was shot and killed, along with a traveler, 46-year-old Yaakov Aminov, a father of eight. Four others were wounded before an El Al air marshal shot 41-year-old Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an Egyptian national living in Irvine.

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SMH The FBI said it was an isolated incident and it was not seeking other suspects. CNN quoted an unnamed White House source as saying, “There is no other intelligence that would speak [of terrorism] … we don’t have anything to suggest this is anything other than a criminal act.” The Israelis insisted it had to be terrorism because it was their airline and the shooting happened on July 4. O

A spokesman for Mexicana Airlines, which had a ticketing counter adjacent to El Al, said one of his supervisors had overheard the gunman having a heated argument at the El Al counter, apparently to do with his documentation. Police sources also said the gunman might have borne a grudge, possibly connected with his employment.

But David Parkus, a Texas doctor who was waiting at the nearby Singapore Airlines desk, said the gunman had walked purposefully towards the El Al desk and had started shooting from about five metres away.

LAX Terrorist Mohamed Hadayet /  Paul Parkus ©

He said the man had fired about five shots in rapid succession when one of two El Al security men, a blond man in his twenties, grabbed the gunman’s wrist and began to fight him to the ground. A second security man, later identified as Haim Sapil, then rushed from behind the counter and shot the gunman, who continued to struggle.

As the gunman fell to the ground, a 15-centimetre hunting knife fell from his jacket. Mr Sapil, the security man who shot the gunman, was later treated at hospital for knife wounds.

Israel’s Transport Minister, Ephraim Sneh, said: “When a gunman opens fire on El Al passengers at an international airport, you have to assume it is terrorism.” But the FBI officer leading the case, Richard Garcia, said: “We are not looking for any other suspects. As of this moment, we are not aware of anything else that might be related to this.”

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The FBI responded to the theories in a statement saying, “While other theories were considered and researched, the investigation did not reveal the involvement of a state-sponsored group or co-conspirators.”

The media focused on an FBI investigation found that Hadayet’s limo business was failing, his wife had left him, and July 4 was his birthday. Yet a year later, after an international investigation, the act was determined to fit the definition of terrorism. According to the FBI, Hadayet wanted to die as a martyr.

“I lost my daughter, and for me, it is exactly like all the people in 9/11,” Avi Hen said. “Nobody is safe here.”

 

 

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Oh MY! Striking similarity between Obama’s logo and Egypt’s radical Islamist Salafi al-Nour party’s logo

The Al‑Nour Party is an ultra-conservative Islamist party maintaining a strict version of Islam, known as the Salafi methodology. Salafis believe in practicing Islam as it was practiced by the Prophet Muhammad, with their main source of governance strictly based on the Quran and the Sunnah.

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PPSimmons h/t LaH

Ironclad: Egypt Involved in Benghazi Attacks

By on July 3, 2013 in Blog, General

Here is the report we promised (linked at bottom). While it’s far too early to predict what’s going to happen in the wake of reports that the Egyptian military has suspended the Constitution and ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Mursi, Americans have an additional reason to cheer for Mursi’s ouster. Evidence that both Egypt’s Muslim [...]

Middle East Christians Dying in Large Numbers Due to Obama Policies

By on July 5, 2013 in General

From Bob Taylor (AINA): The Middle East is a mess. It almost always is, but thanks to Barack Obama’s foreign policies in the region, it gets worse by the day. Sometimes by the hour. Obama has a singular strategy. Whether he is dealing with Egypt, Libya or Syria, it has always been the same, and [...]

Churches Implore EU For Help Against Blasphemy Law

By on July 5, 2013 in General

From Ecumenical News: ….A Christian neighbourhood was torched in Lahore recently in connection with the country’s controversial anti-blasphemy law, leading to a series of protests by Pakistani Christians across the country demanding better protection. Rights campaigners say the anti-blasphemy law in Pakistan is widely used against religious minorities, including Christians, Ahmadis and Shi’ite Muslims, usually [...]

By on July 5, 2013 in General

From Matt Lloyd: Egypt is in a state of unrest and the worst of it might still be yet to come. President Morsi has been ousted by mass protests of an increasing population that feels oppressed and desperate by decaying social and economic conditions. An interim leadership arrangement is being worked out in the midst [...]

2010 Flashback: Man asks Eric Cantor if Obama a ‘domestic enemy’

By on July 4, 2013 in Blog, General

On this 4th of July, a bit of poetic justice has been dished out to 1600 Pennsylvania avenue. As patriotic Americans seem to have extra reason to celebrate because of what the people and military in Egypt did to remove a Muslim Brotherhood dictator from power, the Obama administration sulks and broods. The enemy that [...]

Video: The Innocence of Islamic Jihad – Full Movie

By on July 4, 2013 in Blog, General

A few days ago we posted the trailer to former Pakistani Muslim Imran Firasat’s latest movie, The Innocence of Islamic Jihad. The following is a statement from Firasat, who has been fighting deportation from Spain because of pressure put on that government to have him deported. Dear friends, You may know that we have recently [...]

Patriotic Rock songs for the 4th of July

By on July 4, 2013 in Blog, General

On this 4th of July, a few patriotic rock songs. First up, Stuck Mojo’s I’m American: Next, Madison Rising’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner: Kid Rock does Born Free:

Obama administration’s support for Mursi: Think Huma Abedin’s mother

By on July 4, 2013 in Blog, General

When attempting to understand why the Obama administration appears to have such an abounding affinity for Egypt’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Mursi, there are probably multiple reasons but one very big one is likely the relationship between the mother of Huma Abedin – Hillary Clinton’s former Deputy Chief of Staff – and Mursi’s wife. [...]

Audio: Michael Savage interviews Walid about developments in Egypt

By on July 4, 2013 in Blog, General

Walid appeared on the Savage Nation with Michael Savage this evening to talk about what’s going on in Egypt.

Lois Lerner wants Immunity for Testimony

By on July 3, 2013 in Blog, General

Earlier this week, we wrote that Lois Lerner and David Petraeus should both be granted immunity for their testimony about the IRS Scandal and Benghazi, respectively. In the case of Lerner, there is obviously much we don’t know about wrongs that she’s done but we know quite a bit about at least one of them. [...]

Figures show shifts in US, China economies

Updated: 2013-07-05 07:21

By Joseph Boris in Washington and Li Jiabao in Beijing (China Daily)

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Official data on the United States’ exports and imports in May showed further widening of the trade deficit with China, but the figures also signaled shifts in the world’s two biggest economies, with implications for global growth.

According to the Commerce Department, the US in May imported $45 billion more in goods and services than it sent abroad. Weak global demand, including from slower-growing China, pushed US exports down.

But the bigger-than-expected monthly jump in the trade deficit was also fueled by higher imports, mostly from China.

Several surveys of economists had predicted a May trade-gap total more or less flat with April’s upwardly revised $40.1 billion. Instead, the $45 billion figure was the biggest one-month increase since November, and the $232-billion value of imports was the second highest in US history, just $2 billion off the mark set in March 2012.

US exports in May stood at $187.1 billion, the Commerce Department said in a report that also revealed a stark difference in month-to-month trends: exports down by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent and imports up 1.9 percent.

Figures show shifts in US, China economies

The US trade imbalance with China expanded to $27.9 billion from $24.1 billion in April. The more recent month saw a $200 million decrease, to $8.8 billion, in exports to China (mainly civilian aircraft, engines, equipment and parts) and an increase in imports of $3.5 billion, or 10.7 percent, to $36.6 billion (mainly mobile phones and other household items). These figures were not seasonally adjusted.

Strong demand for exports has kept the US growing, though at a modest 2 percent, in recent years. Without it, many economists fear the economy could fail to break out of this extended post-crisis pattern, or even fall into a 1.5-percent or lower range.

Last week, the Commerce Department revised its estimate of first-quarter GDP growth to an annualized rate of 1.8 percent from an initial projection of 2.4 percent, largely due to reduced consumer spending.

“China-US trade is of high complementarity and China has run a trade surplus for a long time,” said Li Guanghui, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce.

“The fundamental reason for the trade imbalance lies in US restraints on exports of high-tech products as well as dual-purpose goods and related technology, which would effectively balance bilateral trade.”

He added that China retains great demand for US exports despite slowing economic expansion, while the US’ slow economic recovery cannot be reckoned as solid before the end of this year.

In the first five months of this year, China’s exports to the US rose 3.5 percent year-on-year to $138.97 billion while China’s imports from the US surged 15.1 percent to $63.94 billion, yielding a trade surplus of $75.03 billion, according to China’s General Administration of Customs.

Meanwhile, investors and major US government creditors such as China are trying to guess when and if the Federal Reserve Board will decide to begin tapering its program of bond-buying (quantitative easing), presumably based on a determination that the recovery could sustain itself without the central bank’s stimulus, which is now on a pace of about $45 billion a month.

After Wednesday’s early closing on US markets before the Independence Day holiday, eyes will be on the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report on Friday, since unemployment (now at 7.6 percent) is a key driver of the Fed’s monetary policy.

Nicholas Lardy, an expert on the Chinese economy at the Peterson Institute, said the latest US-China trade figures are likely to “heighten the desire on the US side to pin China down as much as possible on the domestic reform agenda and how it will promote rebalancing” when officials from the two countries meet next week in Washington.

The fifth Strategic and Economic Dialogue runs from Monday through Friday and is sure to include further US pressure for China to further liberalize its economy.

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Russian Troops On US Soil To Aid FEMA

Written by: Tara Dodrill Current Events July 2, 2013 7 Comments

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Russian troops on American soil are supposedly only here to offer “assistance” to FEMA during emergencies and disasters. According to media reports, 15,000 Russian troops have been requested by the Obama administration for this “training” exercise on American soil.

Russian troops began carrying out joint anti-terrorism drills in America last May. US Defense Press Officer Commander Wendy L. Snyder had this to say about the Russian soldiers on US military bases:

“This is part of a formal bilateral exchange program between the US and Russia that seeks to develop transparency and promote defense reform.”

Transparency has been the keyword of choice for the Obama administration—which has been anything but. When approximately 20 airborne Russian troops arrived at Fort Carson in Colorado last year, it was the first time soldiers from the country had ever engaged in military training on American soil. The foreign soldiers supposedly were trained on how to target terrorists in America.

The existence of Russian troops in America has bolstered both concern and anger about United Nations-prompted global peacekeeping force. Representative of both President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met last week in Washington, D.C. The meeting was a part of the Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint US-Russian Cooperation Committee.

A press release issued by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense stated that both countries are now cooperating in an exchange of experts for “joint rescue operations” purposes. The group of Russian soldiers reportedly includes trainers, rescuers, and military security teams.

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An excerpt from the Russian ministry release reads:

“The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June.

The document provides for expert cooperation in disaster response operations and to study the latest practices. In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.”

The Russian ministry release goes on to state that both the governmental parties involved were satisfied with the level of cooperation between the two nation and expressed a combined desire to develop the emergency response necessary to efficiently respond to “all kinds of disasters.” Would civil unrest due to a continued disrespectful attitude towards the Constitution and the usurping of our guaranteed rights constitute the type of emergency or disaster which would garner a response by Russian troops?

When Russian soldiers first appeared within the United States last year, Captain William Geddes of the US Army Reserve deemed the situation illegal under the Posse Comitatus Act. Violation of the federal act was also called into question during the Waco compound stand-off two decades ago. Captain Geddes stated that it is against federal statute to use American troops for police patrols. He considers the potential use of foreign troops an even further perversion of the Posse Comitatus Act.

russian troops at American baseIf Russian troops are ever deployed on American soil to aid in a natural or man-made disaster, it does seem like an outright violation of the intent of the Posse Comitatus Act. What would happen if a United States citizen was given an order to disperse or evacuate by a foreign soldier and refused to adhere to the instruction? I would quickly move as legally directed to do so by a police officer, firefighter, or American soldier, but would give no credence at all to a similar order from a foreign soldier.

A renewed look at the US Department of State Publication 7277 was prompted as rumors about Russian troops in America began circulating. The document was released in 1961, but went viral only recently.

An excerpt from the “Disarmament Series 5” report reads:

“A strenuous and uninterrupted effort must be made toward the goal of general and complete disarmament; at the same time, it is important that specific measures be put into effect as soon as possible. The control organization must have the manpower, facilities, and effectiveness to assure that limitations or reductions take place as agreed. It must also be able to certify to all states that retained forces and armaments do not exceed those permitted at any stage of the disarmament process.”

The decades old US Department of State publication goes on to state that international peace-keeping efforts will only be successful through a series of progressive strengthening of international institutions under the United Nations. The report also suggests that a United Nations Peace Force be used to enforce peace as the disarmament process progresses.

The Freedom From War portion of the governmental report reads:

“The over-all goal of the United States is a free, secure, and peaceful world of independent states adhering to common standards of justice and international conduct and subjecting the use of force to the rule of law; a world which has achieved general and complete disarmament under effective international control; and a world in which adjustment to change takes place in accordance with the principles of the United Nations. The elimination from national arsenals of all armaments, including all weapons of mass destruction and the means for their delivery, other than those required for a United Nations Peace Force and for maintaining internal order.”

The FEMA training of Russian troops also has some concerned about foreign soldiers being used as a security force at public events. The wording of the release by the Russian ministry appears to some to suggest that happenings designated as “National Special Security Events” by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could now utilize foreign soldiers as a party of the safety detail. Events which reportedly fall under such a heading could include the Super Bowl, presidential inaugurations, the G8 and other international summits.

The United States boasts the best trained fighting force in the entire world. We do not need and should not be forced to rely on foreign troops to aid FEMA during any type of emergency. If the need for more boots on the ground truly exists, then President Barack Obama should bring soldiers home from the multitude of bases we still operate (at quite an extensive expense) around the globe. Perhaps some of the countries which we have been taking care of since World War II could learn to stand on their own two feet, defensively speaking, if we brought our men and women home to better protect our own nation.


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