The Taliban’s Poisoning of Afghan Schoolgirls

Frank Crimi in FrontPage In a recent effort to prevent their attendance at school, the Taliban poisoned nearly 150 Afghan schoolgirls, marking just the latest atrocity in a litany of barbaric acts the Islamist terror group continues to inflict upon the women and girls of Afghanistan. The afflicted girls — all of whom suffered severe nausea, headaches, and dizziness — had become poisoned after drinking contaminated water from jugs in their classrooms at their high school in Afghanistan’s northern province of Takhar. Many of the students were taken to a local hospital where some were listed in critical condition. Fearing retribution, some school officials were initially reluctant to assign blame to any particular group for the chemical attack, with one simply saying, “This is either the work of those who are against girls’ education or irresponsible armed individuals.” However, Afghan police investigators were somewhat more conclusive stating that they “strongly suspected” a water supply truck at the girls’ school had been poisoned by Taliban insurgents as “an intentional act to poison schoolgirls.” Of course, it doesn’t take too much investigative

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The Islamist Takeover Of Mali

Frank Crimi in FrontPage Islamist and al-Qaeda forces, along with former Gadhafi mercenaries, have wrested control over Mali’s entire northern territory with the recent seizure of a key Malian city, an unsettling outcome which marks just one of the ugly after-effects of Libya’s civil war. The recent seizure of Timbuktu, located 600 miles north of Mali’s capital of Bamako, by rebel forces battling the Malian government represented the government’s last major stronghold seizure in the north. Having already lost the northern Mali cities of Kidal and Gao only days earlier, the capture of Timbuktu has marked the effective end of the Malian government’s control over its northern territory, a desert region larger than France. More importantly, there are now fears that a rebellion that began in January as a separatist movement is being overtaken by Islamist and al-Qaeda factions. These factions are not interested in a creating a separate secular state but rather are intent on turning the entire country of Mali into a Sharia-run Islamic state. Initially, the rebellion against the Malian government had been launched as a separatist movement

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Ethnic Cleansing of Syrian Christians

Frank Crimi in FrontPage Syrian President Basher Assad isn’t the only target of Syrian rebels as Syria’s Orthodox Christian Church reports “ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians” by al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant groups in the embattled Syrian city of Homs. The report from the Vatican news agency Fides says Brigade Faruq, which has links with elements of al-Qaeda in Iraq and Islamist mercenaries from Libya, has expelled 90 percent of Christians living in Homs, nearly 50,000 people. Reportedly, the armed Islamists went door to door in the Christian neighborhoods of Hamidiya and Bustan al-Diwan informing the homeowners that if they did not leave immediately they would be shot. Then pictures of their corpses would be taken and sent to al-Jazeera, along with the message that the Syrian government had killed them. As such, the men, women and children — denied by the Islamists from taking any of their belongings — were forced to flee to mountain villages 30 miles outside of Homs, their homes occupied by the militants who claimed the owners’ possessions as “war-booty from the Christians.” According to reports by

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Obama’s War on Low-Income Women

Frank Crimi in FrontPage The Obama administration has gone to the defense of Planned Parenthood with its decision to cut funding for a Texas health program for low-income women, a decision which comes as the nation’s largest abortion provider faces mounting allegations of widespread fraud. In June 2011 the Texas legislature passed a law barring Planned Parenthood clinics and other “affiliates of abortion providers” from participating in Texas’s Women’s Health Program (WHP), a state program that provides women’s health services to approximately 130,000 low-income women However, since its passage in 2011, the Obama administration has steadfastly maintained that the Texas law violates federal Medicaid regulations requiring that women have a choice in medical care. The state of Texas has strenuously argued that under federal law, states administer Medicaid and have the right to set the criteria for providers in the program. As a spokeswoman for Texas Health and Human Services said, “That is what Texas is doing.” In fact, Texas is just one of 11 states to have eliminated or decreased funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates in 2011. For example,

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Transgender Hormone Therapy for Illegal Aliens?

Frank Crimi in FrontPage Transgender hormone therapy for illegal aliens is just one of the many new offerings of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) as part of the Obama administration’s continuous efforts to make the nation’s immigration detention system a more pleasant experience. ICE, a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is charged with implementing and enforcing federal immigration laws, including detaining and deporting those who break the law. As part of the latter responsibility, ICE recently released its revised Performance-Based National Detention Standards 2011 (PBNDS 2011) manual, a 355-page operations document that sets the agency’s standards for treating illegal aliens housed in its nearly 300 detention facilities. Among the series of noteworthy changes found in PBNDS 2011 — many of which are already being implemented — are calls for ICE to provide taxpayer-funded access to  “hormone therapy” for transgendered detainees. According to the ICE operations manual, transgender illegal aliens will have access to “transgender-related health care and medication based on medical need,” with treatment following “accepted guidelines regarding medically necessary transition-related care.” However, ICE Spokeswoman Gillian

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Pulling the Plug on the Chevy Volt

Frank Crimi in FrontPage The recent decision by General Motors to temporarily suspend production of the battery-powered Chevy Volt is just the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of a government-backed vehicle plagued by consumer disinterest, safety concerns, taxpayer abuse, and crony capitalism. GM cited anemic sales figures as the basis for its decision to halt production of the Chevy Volt, a “range-extended” electric car that can go 35 miles on a fully charged lithium-ion battery before a small gasoline engine generates power for further driving when the battery runs low. GM had planned to produce 60,000 Chevy Volts in 2012 — including 45,000 for the US market — but reportedly only sold 676 Volts in January and1,023 in February, leaving the company with an inventory stock of 3,596 vehicles, enough to last through the spring without building another unit. As such, GM announced that beginning March 19 it will temporarily lay off 1,300 workers for five weeks so that the car company can “maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continue to meet market demand.” To achieve that

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Obama’s Drive to Disarm America

Frank Crimi in FrontPage America’s policy of nuclear deterrence is being seriously threatened as President Obama considers proposals by the Defense Department that could cut the US nuclear arsenal by as much as 80 percent, reducing America’s deployed nuclear strategic warheads to as few as 300. While the New START nuclear treaty with Russia commits the United States to reducing its arsenal of deployed strategic long-range nuclear weapons from 5,113 to 1,550 by 2018, it does not prohibit either country from cutting below those mandated levels. Thus, the White House — as part of the Obama administration’s evaluation of America’s nuclear force requirements — is exploring ways to go even further below that nuclear threshold. The White House has directed the Defense Department to examine three levels of deployed strategic nuclear warheads: 1,000 to 1,100 warheads; 700 to 800 warheads; and 300 to 400 warheads. Cutting America’s nuclear arsenal to 300 warheads — a level not seen since 1950 — would place the number of US strategic nuclear weapons at a level comparable with France, heightening fears that it would

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