Official claims military exports are a result of significant advances in avionic technology leading to drone manufacturing. Iran’s Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Technology said on Monday that the Islamic Republic is exporting its domestically made drones and UAV technologies to a number of countries including Syria and Venezuela. (Snip) Hajizadeh also claimed that Iran has made great strides in UAV development, boasting that the Ayoub drone Hezbollah flew over Israeli airspace earlier this year was in fact a decade-old Iranian model. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s stateowned
It appears that the world is witnessing a portentous geopolitical upheaval and transformation in the Greater Middle East, the ultimate amalgamation of a new “United States of Islam.” Miscalculation over the use of chemical weapons in a last ditch effort to save the Syrian regime could be a tactical blunder and horrendous mistake. Unless Damascus ceases and desists from playing chemical solitaire with Tehran, it has already sealed its own tragic fate. There is no denying the fact that Iran is pulling the strings and that its fingerprints are all over in the escalating Syrian conflict.
U.S. President Barack Obama plans to soon propose to Iran that it negotiate directly with the Americans about its nuclear program, Channel 10 News reported on Tuesday. The report, which cited a senior American official, said that Obama´s move was made without any coordination or consultation with Israel. According to the report, the Americans probably will allow a period of four to five months for negotiations with Tehran. If the talks fail, they may then resort to the military option. As well, Obama is planning to set preconditions for contacts with the Islamic Republic,
Live video from a drone flying over the U.S. Consulate during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was monitored at a Defense Department facility, but was not fed to the White House, senior officials say. The Obama administration has declined to respond to media requests for details about who was watching the live video, but a senior defense official told The Washington Times that “the surveillance aircraft captured footage of events on the ground” and “it wasn’t available that night at the White House.” The officials said the “overhead footage
Michigan enacted far-reaching legislation Tuesday that threatens to cripple the power of organized labor in a state that was a hub of union might during the heyday of the nation’s industrial dominance. As thousands of angry union members shouted their opposition outside the state Capitol in Lansing, the Republican-controlled legislature completed work on two measures to ban unions from requiring workers to pay membership dues. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) then signed them into law Tuesday evening. The “right to work” effort illustrates the power of Republicans to use state legislative majorities won in 2010
The president says right-to-work laws mean "the right to work for less money." So how does he explain the fact that incomes are up in RTW states while forced unionism is a proven job killer? Campaigning Monday in Michigan as it stood poised to become the nation´s 24th right-to-work state, President Obama spoke the exact opposite of the truth to union workers at a Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in the birthplace of organized labor. "What we shouldn´t be doing," he told the small crowd, "is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages
Just like a scene out of "Antiques Roadshow," a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station´s gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, inherited the gun from her father who had brought it home with him from Europe as a memento from World War II. The two officers conducting the gun buy-back, who are resident gun experts for the Hartford Police Department, informed the owner she was in possession of a Nazi Assault Rifle, the first of its kind, that dates back to 1944. The gun is called a Sturmgewehr 44, literally meaning "storm rifle," and is the first "modern assault rifle ever made Link repaired and text added by Staff
An NYPD sergeant who rose to fame when she was photographed with President Obama during a 9/11 anniversary wreath ceremony last year was found dead in an apparent suicide at her Long Island home Tuesday, sources said. The body of Sgt. Stephanie Moses, 40, was found in her Baldwin home in the early afternoon with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the sources said. The 17-year veteran was a member of the department’s ceremonial unit. “On behalf of the New York City Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences
The National Rifle Association just won a major court case in Chicago, providing a huge victory for Second Amendment proponents and gun owners. Illinois is one of the most anti-gun states in America. Its hostility toward the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is demonstrated in a state law that forbids the carrying of firearms outside the home. There are narrow exceptions for classes of persons such as police officers, or under restrictions that keep the firearm from being readily usable, such as being kept unloaded in a locked case. Two cases
Tugging a huge red sack stuffed with toys, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered about 900 gifts to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign but perhaps lost in the seriousness of her mission, forgot to wear her smile. Taking a few minutes to thank military families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. Mrs Obama shared how they make her job ´easy´ in their representation of the U.S. as well as in inspiring her role in the White House. ‘The military families are what inspires my work,’ she said at the annual toy drive started by a Marine
A gunman claimed the lives of two innocent victims before taking his own in a horrific rampage at a shopping mall outside of Portland, Ore. Authorities reported the gunman was ´neutralized´ after the Clackamas Town Center was placed on lock-down with all entrances blocked as police and SWAT teams searched the stores. Clackamas County Sheriff´s spokesman James Rhodes confirmed to reporters that the unidentified gunman murdered two people and wounded several others before committing suicide. Early reports were muddled and it was unclear if there was more than one shooter. Rhodes said he could not say conclusively if any suspects
A Fox News contributor was punched in the face during a pro-union protest Tuesday in Michigan, one of a series of confrontations between union demonstrators and opponents on the day the state Legislature approved so-called "right to work" legislation that unions oppose. Another protester can be seen later in the video punching Crowder in the face before being restrained by another man. They were trying to tear down the tent and people were trying to pull them off. “This guy tripped over a tent peg and then got up and hit me."
WASHINGTON -As the clock ticks toward a tax hike on all Americans in 20 days, President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year. "I´m pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals," Obama said today in an exclusive interview with ABC News´ Barbara Walters. "I don´t think they´ll do that," he said of Republicans forcing tax-rate increases for families earning $250,000 a year or less.
Portland, Ore. - Emergency dispatchers in Portland, Ore., are receiving reports that a man with a rifle reportedly fired as many as 20 shots inside a shopping mall. An employee at Victoria´s Secret says she heard about 60 shots fired.Two people were killed and at least one other was shot, the Oregonian reported. The gunman was wearing a white plastic mask and all black clothes. The Oregonian reports the dispatchers received reports that a shooting may have occurred near Macy´s inside the Clackamas Town Center and that a man was seen with a rifle near the mall´s food court.
Robert Kennedy Jr. will spend Christmas with his girlfriend Cheryl Hines as their relationship continues to go from strength to strength. The environmental lawyer, 58, has been seeing the actress, 47, since May and the couple looked smitten as they spent the weekend in Utah - with Miss Hines showing just how close she is to the Kennedy clan as she hugged her boyfriend´s sister Kerry Kennedy. However, Miss Hines´ spokeswoman has denied reports the pair are to marry - dashing speculation that Mr Kennedy is planning to propose. The spokeswoman told MailOnline: ´I can confirm that
Washington - President Barack Obama says the U.S. now recognizes Syria´s main opposition group as the "legitimate representative" of the country´s people. Obama says the Syrian Opposition Council is now "inclusive enough" to be granted greater legitimacy in the international community. The president says that level of recognition comes with responsibility, including making sure the group organizes itself effectively and is committed to a political transition that respects the rights of women and minorities. The move paves the way for greater U.S. support as the group seeks the ouster of Syrian
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Monday night, National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg accused MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of posing as a conservative to lend credibility to his assaults on the Republican Party. Goldberg, author of “The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas,” added that Scarborough hasn’t been paying enough attention to recent developments in the conservative movement. “Joe has been living off of his apparently fabled record as a stalwart conservative some 20 years ago, as if that somehow exonerates him from having to actually pay attention to what conservatives
Lansing — Without ceremony, Gov. Rick Snyder said he signed two bills tonight making Michigan the nation´s 24th right-to-work state. Both he public sector and private sector bills have been signed,” Snyder said in announcing the development at the start of a 5:45 p.m. press conference. “This is a major day in Michigan’s history," Snyder said. "I don’t view this as anti-union at all. I view this as pro-worker.” The House first approved House Bill 4003, 58-51, establishing a right-to-work law for public sector unions. A second bill, Senate Bill 116, which applies to private sector unions, was approved
She has become a hit on the Today Show with her warm on-air presence, but Jenna Bush Hager will be taking time off from the small screen to have her first child, MailOnline can reveal. The daughter of former President George W Bush is expecting a baby with her husband Henry Hager - and debuted her bump on the NBC show on Tuesday morning. The pretty blonde, 31, looked blooming as she showed off her fuller figure as she joined her twin sister Barbara at the UNICEF Snowflake ball in Manhattan last month.
The chairman of President Barack Obama’s job council has endorsed China’s style of crony capitalism, saying “state-run communism may not be your cup of tea, but their government works.” Jeff Immelt is the dual-hatted chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and of General Electric, a huge company with businesses in many domestic and international sectors, including China. He used a Dec. 10 television interview to suggest that China’s type of state-run capitalism has been great for business while lamenting the state of the American economy.
Key lawmakers expressing concerns about the Obama administration´s plan to send 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, where new President Mohamed Morsi´s allegiances are as uncertain as his grip on power. Under a foreign aid deal signed in 2010, when Morsi´s U.S.-friendly predecessor Hosni Mubarak was in charge, the U.S. is giving the planes to Egypt´s air force, which already has more than 200 of the aircraft. The first four jets are to be delivered beginning Jan. 22, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth, where the planes have been undergoing testing, told FoxNews.com.
Police released a picture Tuesday of the suspect wanted for shooting a man on a busy midtown street — taken just as he pulled out a handgun and fired. The brazen gunman, wearing a black hoodie and khakis, fired the fatal shot as Brandon Woodard was text messaging on his phone while walking on a rain-slicked W. 58th St. about 2 p.m. Monday. “The shooter walked up behind him and shot him at close range,” said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman. “He just walked up, shot him and walked away.” Cops also released footage from a surveillance camera
WASHINGTON- Some of the best Republican arguments against President Barack Obama´s proposals to avoid a "fiscal cliff" come from the president himself, in comments he made months or years before his re-election. Stung by the GOP´s midterm election gains in 2010, Obama took stands that differ from his current positions on raising tax rates, adjusting Social Security and other topics now dominating Washington as a Dec. 31 deadline nears. Sometimes gleefully, Republicans throw Obama´s old words back at him. They portray him as inconsistent at best, insincere at worst. The strategy has limits, however. Elections make a difference.
A newly discovered lizard that went extinct during prehistoric times now shares a name with President Barack Obama. A new study by Yale researcher Nicholas Longrich published Monday has found that 85 percent of lizard and snake species, long thought to have survived an asteroid blast that wiped out dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, went extinct at the same time. Among the casualties was a foot-long lizard that lived in Montana, that Longrich has named "The Obamadon." The Obamadon was probably a foot long, with these tall, slender teeth it used to eat insects and plant matter,
Seventy-five percent of the new revenue pulled in by President Barack Obama´s "fiscal cliff" plan would go toward new spending, not toward deficit reduction, the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee contends. Here´s a chart, detailing how money from the new tax hikes would be distributed: (Snip for graphic)According to the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee, $1.2 trillion of the proposed $1.6 trillion in tax hikes would go toward new spending, while only $400 billion would go toward deficit reduction. "The [president´s] plan called for $1.6 trillion in new taxes,
Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of doing a ´racist´ impersonation of fellow tennis player Serena Williams after stuffing her bra and shorts. At a recent exhibition against Maria Sharapova in Brazil, the former world No. 1 stuffed courtside towels down her kit to replicate the body of the curvaceous Grand Slam champion. But now the 22-year-old Dane, whose boyfriend golfer Rory McIlroy was in the crowd, has now been accused of racism by some observers.