Obama and India’s Modi: a new start
Jan26

Obama and India’s Modi: a new start

Barack Obama’s presence at India’s Republic Day ceremonies today, the first for a US President, could be the start of something new and big enough to build a legacy for him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi’s invitation to Obama as chief guest was a bold political gesture aimed at his opponents in India. Previous governments have avoided inviting American Presidents because of hostility from the left wing, which loudly steered...

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ISIS Aims to Occupy Mecca
Jan18

ISIS Aims to Occupy Mecca

ISIS Aims to Occupy Mecca The recent early morning clash between a Saudi border patrol and extremists trying to enter Saudi Arabia from Iraq appears to be the latest indicator of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) intent to expand its influence and control from its stronghold in Syria and Iraq south into Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the rest of the Arab...

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Belgium Arrests 15 Over Foiled Plot to ‘Kill Police’
Jan16

Belgium Arrests 15 Over Foiled Plot to ‘Kill Police’

Belgian investigators said a plot to murder police officers across the country had been foiled “within hours or days” of being launched by raids in which two Islamist gunmen were killed. Fifteen suspects were in custody on Friday, they said, after a dozen raids around Brussels and in Verviers, the eastern town where two men...

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JeSuisCharlie Rally Draws A Million To Paris Streets [LIVE STREAM]
Jan11

JeSuisCharlie Rally Draws A Million To Paris Streets [LIVE STREAM]

JeSuisCharlie Rally Draws A Million To Paris Streets [LIVE STREAM] As many as 1 million people and 50 world leaders have taken to the streets of France’s capital city Sunday to exercise their freedom of speech in the wake of three deadly terrorist attacks that claimed 17 victims last week, France 24 English reported. Appearing below is the television channel’s live stream of the current...

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France At War With Radical Islam, PM Says
Jan10

France At War With Radical Islam, PM Says

France At War With Radical Islam, PM Says French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Saturday said the terrorist attacks this week put France at war with radical Islam. The statement came as hundreds of thousands took to the streets to protest the bloody attacks that left more than a dozen dead. “It is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything...

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Thousands Searching For Hayat Boumeddiene In France
Jan10

Thousands Searching For Hayat Boumeddiene In France

Police are still hunting for France’s most-wanted woman, Hayat Boumeddiene, and any other accomplices of the three gunmen killed in Paris Friday. Some 500 additional troops were deployed for the effort in France’s capital Saturday, BBC News reported. For the first time in days, France breathed a sigh of relief Friday after police killed three...

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AirAsia Flight 8501: Tail Section Found in Java Sea
Jan07

AirAsia Flight 8501: Tail Section Found in Java Sea

As with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and as with so many other international disasters and tragedies, the U.S. military is there. “There” this time is the Java Sea between Surabaya, Indonesia and Singapore, where AirAsia Flight 8501, an Airbus A320 carrying 162 souls, went down 11 days ago. Two U.S. Navy ships are in the area assisting the search and recovery efforts: The USS Fort Worth, a littoral combat ship based in San Diego and...

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Gunmen Still At Large After Killing 12 at Paris HQ of Satirical Magazine
Jan07

Gunmen Still At Large After Killing 12 at Paris HQ of Satirical Magazine

Gunmen Still At Large After Killing 12 at Paris HQ of Satirical Magazine The gunmen who killed 12 people at the Parisian headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still at large. Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, has told journalists that three attackers were involved and that everything was being done to, “neutralise as quickly as possible the three criminals that committed this barbaric...

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AMENDED UPDATE It is now said 1 suspect in custody, two at large/ Paris, France: 12 murdered by gunmen at office of newspaper publishing satire [Also an atrocity caught on video]
Jan07

AMENDED UPDATE It is now said 1 suspect in custody, two at large/ Paris, France: 12 murdered by gunmen at office of newspaper publishing satire [Also an atrocity caught on video]

AMENDED UPDATE: Although NBC, Drudge Report, Associated Press reported earlier today that one suspect was dead and two in custody, those assertions appear to be retracted now, and the latest report is that one suspect is in custody and the other two, who appear to be brothers, are still at large. We will stay tuned. UPDATE: The Associated Press, citing police officials, named the suspects as Frenchmen Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi....

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Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dead at Age 82
Jan01

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dead at Age 82

MARIO CUOMO DEAD: Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at age 82. Mario Cuomo died six hours after his son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn into his second term as New York state governor, the NY Daily News reports. “He couldn’t be here physically today … but my father is in this room,” Andrew Cuomo said in his inaugural address. “He’s in the heart and mind of every person who is here. His inspiration and...

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AirAsia Muslim Victims Might Not Get Closure
Dec31

AirAsia Muslim Victims Might Not Get Closure

AirAsia Muslim Victims Might Not Get Closure Families of the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 wishing to give them a Muslim burial may have their efforts hampered by bad weather. Islamic burial rites prefer bodies to be buried intact on land, and the difficult recovery process could prevent Muslim families from getting closure. “I want the rescuers to find her body so...

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Sony, U.S. Theaters, Finally  Show Some Spine
Dec23

Sony, U.S. Theaters, Finally Show Some Spine

After first succumbing to threats and fear mongering by North Korea and cyber terrorists, Sony Pictures and certain theaters will be releasing and showing “The Interview” on Christmas Day, after all. The Movie industry: Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment: “We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day. At the same time, we...

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UPDATES:  North Korea’s Internet Coming Back
Dec23

UPDATES: North Korea’s Internet Coming Back

UPDATE II: After having been down or severely degraded for about nine hours, North Korea’s internet is coming back to life. The New York Times: But when the sun rose in North Korea on Tuesday morning, the few connections to the outside world — available only to the elite, the military, and North Korea’s prodigious propaganda machine — were still out. . As the morning wore on, however, some of the connections began to come back after a...

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Obama Cuban Policy Change: All I Want For Hanukah Is My Two Front Teeth
Dec17

Obama Cuban Policy Change: All I Want For Hanukah Is My Two Front Teeth

The Sway of Pigs Invasion Begins G.O.P. To Fight Cuba Relations View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy Moderate Voice Columnist The last time the portable Big Brother of The Media stalked an American in real time, we were waiting to see how a fellow citizen with Ebola walks in a Hazmat suit after a long flight from Africa. The news has been mostly bad in 2014: a wide body jet airliner disappeared without a trace in March;...

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Here They Go Again!!
Dec17

Here They Go Again!!

The political yahoos finally left for home. But before they did, the House and Senate passed a “compromise” spending bill last week. That had the pundits talking about how Washington was finally working again and that legislation that would not cause a presidential veto in the next session might be possible. But look what these scummy politicians inserted into the spending bill that had nothing to do with the running of the government...

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Sydney, Australia Siege Over After 16 Hours, Three Dead
Dec15

Sydney, Australia Siege Over After 16 Hours, Three Dead

At 2:49 am local time, about 16 hours after the Sydney hostage crisis began, police officers determined the siege was over. Police officers stormed the Lindt Chocolate cafe to rescue the remaining hostages, possibly ten in total. The hostages were seen fleeing the cafe after a loud bang and gun fire were heard and thick...

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Gunman IS DEAD along with 2 Hostages: takes hostages in Sydney, Australia cafe:  Islamic flag displayed
Dec14

Gunman IS DEAD along with 2 Hostages: takes hostages in Sydney, Australia cafe: Islamic flag displayed

Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe Updated | Several people have been taken hostage in a Lindt Chocolate store in Sydney, Australia, according to local media reports. A Lindt Australia executive said there were about 10 staff working at a cafe in Sydney where hostages are being held, Sky Business reported on Monday, and possibly as many as 30 customers, Reuters reported.… Breaking News logo via...

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President Kwasniewski: ‘Sadist’ CIA Should Be Shuttered; Denies Knowledge of Torture (Polityka, Poland)
Dec11

President Kwasniewski: ‘Sadist’ CIA Should Be Shuttered; Denies Knowledge of Torture (Polityka, Poland)

The former President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, appeared on a morning radio program yesterday and was grilled by Polityka journalist Jacek Zakowski about CIA torture and extraordinary renditions that we know now beyond doubt took place on Polish soil during his administration. Some of his comments are rather astounding – including that he had no idea what the CIA was doing in the years it ran as least one ‘black...

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Satire Imitating Life: The Torture Report
Dec09

Satire Imitating Life: The Torture Report

The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” — i.e. torture — predictably caused shock waves throughout the country and created additional division and hardening of positions along party lines. One notable exception was Senator John McCain. Hate him or love him, agree with him or disagree with him on virtually every political issue, McCain knows what...

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US must prosecute both authorizers and perpetrators of torture: UN expert
Dec09

US must prosecute both authorizers and perpetrators of torture: UN expert

The Obama administration is obliged by international law to conduct criminal prosecutions against all those who perpetrated or authorized torture, a top United Nations expert said in reaction to the summary Feinstein report on crimes committed by the Bush-era CIA. Ben Emmerson, the independent British Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights, said, “International law prohibits the granting of immunities to public...

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