Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, “Deliberately” Crashed Germanwings Flight 4U9525
Mar26

Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, “Deliberately” Crashed Germanwings Flight 4U9525

Andreas Lubitz, 28, has been identified as the co-pilot of doomed Germanwings Flight 4U9525 that crashed in the French Alps. Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said on Thursday that Lubitz made a “deliberate attempt” to crash the plane. Andreas Lubitz had 600 hours in flying time for the Airbus A320. The prosecutor said he had all the paperwork in place and was “fully qualified” to fly the plane. He is not on any...

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Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report
Mar26

Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report

Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report One of the two pilots of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to be locked outside of the cockpit Tuesday as the Airbus A320 steadily descended from cruising altitude and eventually crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps, according to the New York Times, which cites a senior military official involved in the investigation into the...

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(Updates) Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Rebels in Yemen
Mar25

(Updates) Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Rebels in Yemen

Update on Tikrit air strikes: After an Iraqi government request, coalition fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 airstrikes against ISIL terrorists. The airstrikes struck an ISIL building, two ISIL bridges, three ISIL checkpoints, two ISIL staging areas, two ISIL berms, an ISIL roadblock and an ISIL-controlled command and control facility, officials said. . “The ongoing Iraqi and coalition airstrikes are...

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Obama Mideast efforts hard hit as Yemen ally flees
Mar25

Obama Mideast efforts hard hit as Yemen ally flees

President Barack Obama’s main ally in Yemen, the country that hosts al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), fled in a boat today to avoid capture by forces controlled by the strongman Washington helped to dislodge in 2012. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is also backed by the Saudi and Gulf regimes, was holed up in Yemen’s strategic southern port city of Aden, his hometown. He fled after Yemeni military units loyal to former...

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Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar23

Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)

Over the weekend it was reported that German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, when pressed by journalist Glenn Greenwald as to why Germany didn’t offer Edward Snowden political asylum, replied that Washington, ‘told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters.’ This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada implores Germany to live up to its image as a ‘global benchmark of...

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Teheran, Washington, ISIL and the nuclear deal
Mar21

Teheran, Washington, ISIL and the nuclear deal

Despite remaining gaps, the momentum for a nuclear deal with Iran is becoming irresistible and next week could see start of a new page in Middle East politics. The reasons for momentum in favor of a deal go far beyond the arm wrestling among negotiators on nuclear issues. Above all, they concern steadily rising Sunni Islamic terrorism across the Middle East and along a large crescent stretching from China to North Africa’s Atlantic...

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Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility
Mar20

Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility

Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility SANAA, Yemen — Suicide bombers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa blew themselves up during noon prayers at two mosques on Friday, killing at least 126 people and wounding scores, medical sources said, in a major escalation of the worst wave of violence in the country in years. The attacks, in which bombers wearing explosive belts targeted… graphic via...

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4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Terrorist Attack
Mar19

4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Terrorist Attack

4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Attack Four people have been arrested by the Tunisian army in connection with Wednesday’s attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis that killed 21 people, British news outlet ITV reported Thursday, citing the office of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. So far, no terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the incident, the deadliest attack on...

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Dead heat in Israel as Netanyahu, Herzog both declare victory; Arabs will be 3rd largest bloc
Mar17

Dead heat in Israel as Netanyahu, Herzog both declare victory; Arabs will be 3rd largest bloc

Dead heat in Israel as Netanyahu, Herzog both declare victory; Arabs will be 3rd largest bloc JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party emerged from Tuesday’s Israeli election in a virtual tie with the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog, according to exit polls, with prospects unclear whether either leader would be able to form a governing coalition. Netanyahu, who pre-election polls suggested he was...

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Women’s Rights and Roles
Mar17

Women’s Rights and Roles

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action regarding the status of women. Though 189 governments signed the document, much remains to be done in democratic and non-democratic states to improve women’s lives. Democracy in any nation is a mirage unless all citizens have equal rights and equality of opportunity. This includes both genders as well as LGBT, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. However,...

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BREAKING: Iran Foreign Minister Dismisses GOP Senators’ Unprecedented Letter as a “Propaganda Ploy”
Mar09

BREAKING: Iran Foreign Minister Dismisses GOP Senators’ Unprecedented Letter as a “Propaganda Ploy”

Iran’s foreign Minister has responded to the letter written by a huge chunk of Republican Senators that’s seen by many as a transparent attempt to sandbag the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. The letter in essence says that even if an agreement is reached Barack Obama won’t be President forever so any agreement may prove to be in the longterm meaningless. The full text of the letter is HERE. The...

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(Updated) Canadian Casualties in Operation Inherent Resolve
Mar08

(Updated) Canadian Casualties in Operation Inherent Resolve

Update: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke by telephone with Canadian Minister of Defense Jason Kenney and extended his deepest condolences to Minister Kenney and to the family of Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiron and also wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured. The Department of Defense: This was Secretary Carter’s first conversation with Minister Kenney, who became minister of defense on February 9, 2015. Secretary...

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Iran, Kerry and Israel’s existential challenges
Mar02

Iran, Kerry and Israel’s existential challenges

Israel will have to start thinking differently about its long-term security and existence, extrapolating from current indications about Secretary John Kerry’s nuclear negotiations with Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif this week in Montreux, Switzerland. Mindful of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s address to the joint meeting of Congress tomorrow, Kerry told a press conference in Geneva: “Any deal must close every potential pathway that...

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Congress and Israel-Iran: Another Veto?
Mar01

Congress and Israel-Iran: Another Veto?

Nerves are already frayed, tempers are already flaring, invectives are already flying over the ill-advised, ill-mannered, ill-natured and ill-timed decision by Boehner & Co. to unilaterally invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next week without the courtesy of even mentioning it to the President. Joe Gandelman addresses some of the “consequences of Netanyahu’s action and its...

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(Breaking Updates) Republican Groundhog Day, Again and Again and…
Feb27

(Breaking Updates) Republican Groundhog Day, Again and Again and…

Final Update: After hours, a day, a week of shameful posturing and attempting to hold funding for the critical Department of Homeland Security hostage to get their way on immigration, a Republican controlled Congress finally and reluctantly came to its senses — albeit temporarily. The Washington Post: Congress passed a one-week stopgap funding measure late Friday to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security...

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Spock Is Dead
Feb27

Spock Is Dead

Mr. Spock died in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. His death and funeral scenes are in the video above. Leonard Nimoy, after having lived long and prospered, died earlier today. Sadly, there is no Genesis Planet as in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. More at Liberal...

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History Lessons Forgotten
Feb17

History Lessons Forgotten

A quote from the philosopher George Santayana’s writing- “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”- is frequently used when someone is trying to make a point for or against war, or halting a nation’s aggressive behavior. One of the reasons for this is the ambiguity of the quote, as it can be interpreted to support different positions. Yet, there is truth in what Santayana wrote. National leaders tend to ignore...

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Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against ISIS after militants post beheadings video: Italy Wants Nato Involved
Feb16

Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against ISIS after militants post beheadings video: Italy Wants Nato Involved

It’s clear now that many nations realize they will soon have the true epitome of barbarians at their gate — if they don’t already have them there now. As ISIS continues to become the world’s largest producer of the world’s most viewed snuff films, it’s making powerful enemies of the decision-makers and decision-dictators who now can see what their fate will be if they are allowed to advance. The...

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Updates: Ukraine Ceasefire ‘Largely Holding…’ (Perhaps Not So)
Feb16

Updates: Ukraine Ceasefire ‘Largely Holding…’ (Perhaps Not So)

Update II: And here is the State Department’s take on the crumbling ceasefire: The United States is gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in and around Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission confirms that attacks continue in this area as well as other locations, including Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk, and Donetsk city. The Government of Ukraine reports that its forces have been fired on 129 times in...

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Man dies in shooting at Danish meeting with artist who drew Mohammad
Feb14

Man dies in shooting at Danish meeting with artist who drew Mohammad

Man dies in shooting at Danish meeting with artist who drew Mohammad COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A civilian died and three police were wounded on Saturday when gunmen shot at a Copenhagen meeting attended by Lars Vilks, an artist who has received death threats since publishing images of the Prophet Mohammad. Danish police confirmed one civilian had been killed and said the two suspects had fled in a car… graphic via...

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