Brooklyn College student thanks Allah for the growth of the Islamic State
By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch
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The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one. At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One. Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wins the support of 15 percent of Republican primary voters and runs best against Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. The former secretary of state tops the Democratic field with 60 percent and leads top Republican contenders, except Sen. Rubio, in head-to-head matchups, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. The Republican primary field shows Rubio with 15 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 13 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 11 percent.
No other candidate tops 9 percent and 14 percent remain undecided. Bush tops the "no way" list as 17 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support him. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is next with 16 percent who give him a definite thumbs down, with 10 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.Dive into the internals, and you'll find Rubio running basically even (43/45) with Mrs. Clinton in a hypothetical general election match-up, with the presumptive Democratic nominee sitting several points below the 50 percent support mark. In fact, the poll shows Hillary failing to pull away from any of her potential Republican rivals, though she's slightly better positioned against other potential opponents:
45 - 40 percent over Christie; (-5)
46 - 42 percent over Paul; (-4)
47 - 42 percent over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (-5);
46 - 39 percent over Bush; (-7)
46 - 41 percent over Walker (-5);
48 - 41 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. (-7)
Boko Haram Re-Brands as Islamic State in West Africa, CSP, by Nicholas Hanlon, April 23, 2015 ;(thanks to Counter Jihad Report)
There is a lot of relatively good news on the progress of the Nigerian army in it’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram. Here is where all of the nit-picking about the differences between IS and Boko Haram will mean even less. Boko Haram was lionized for it’s ability to take and hold territory. However, because of it’s primary driver as an internationally connected Islamist group that is ideologically driven, it will adapt to a new menu of tactics that resemble Al Shabaab.