January 29, 2015

FBI Report: More Guns Correlated with Less Crime in First Half of 2014

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(BREITBART)—...private gun sales skyrocketed during 2013 with 21,093,273 background checks. And now the FBI reports that during the first six months of 2014—the first six months that all these new guns were in the hands of Americans—"offenses" in the categories of violent crimes and property crimes decreased.

In other words, More guns correlated with less crime in the first half of 2014.

According to the FBI, "murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape...aggravated assault, and robbery" all showed decreases when the first six months of 2014 were juxtaposed with the first six months of 2013. Murder fell by "6 percent," rape by "10.1 percent," aggravated assault dropped "1.6 percent," and robbery fell by "10.3 percent."

Offenses of property crime—"burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft"—all decreased during the first six months of 2014 as well, when contrasted with the first six months of 2013. Burglary fell "14 percent," larceny-theft fell "5.6 percent," and motor vehicle thefts fell "5.7 percent."...

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January 28, 2015

Shell Signs $11 Billion Deal to Build Petrochemicals Plant in Iraq

Ben van Beurden

(REUTERS)—Royal Dutch Shell signed a deal with Iraq on Wednesday worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, boosting the country's aim to become a major regional energy player and diversify its income.

Industry Minister Nasser al-Esawi told a news conference the Nibras complex, which is expected to come online within five to six years, would make his country the largest petrochemical producer in the Middle East....

"The Nibras complex will be one of the largest (foreign) investments (in Iraq) and the most important in the petrochemical sector in the Middle East," Esawi said.

He said the factory would produce 1.8 million tonnes of petrochemical products per year....

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January 26, 2015

Obama Backs Campaign to Defeat Netanyahu in Israeli Elections

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(PJ MEDIA)—Caroline Glick picked up on one article the Israeli left-wing paper Ha'aretz didn't bother translating into English that details Obama's involvement in the upcoming Israeli elections. A summary of the article is provided by IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis):

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today [January 26] that the foreign funded organization, "One Voice", is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu's national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign's national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party—rather "just not Bibi". As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to Israel's campaign finance laws.

Glick commented via Facebook:

Obama won't meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington when he addresses the Joint Houses of Congress in March because of Netanyahu's visit's proximity to the Israeli elections. And Obama, of course believes in protocol and propriety which is why he won't get involved. No, he's not getting involved at all. He's just sending his 2012 field campaign manager to Israel to run a campaign to defeat Netanyahu. That's all. No interference whatsoever.

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