Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It all looks as if the world is preparing for war: Mikhail Gorbachev

That’s the transformative Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in an opinion piece written for Time magazine and published Friday. ______ “Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous,” he writes. “Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus.” The result, he observes, is...

Russian defense minister says civil war in Syria ‘de-facto over’

The implementation of de-escalation zones in Syria and the separation of terrorists from opposition have allowed to intensify the fight against terrorism, effectively ending the civil war in the country, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. Shoigu made the remark while meeting his Lebanese counterpart,...

Trump confirmed the release of Islamic State ‘capital’ Raqqa

President of the United States Donald Trump made a statement in connection with the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the former "capital" Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) group. According to the US President, the end of the "caliphate" is already close, its leaders will...

Abraham Lincoln mystery solved by enhanced tech

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Abraham Lincoln mystery solved by enhanced tech -- Researchers in the UK use enhanced 'N-Gram Tracing' to solve a longstanding mystery over a letter written during the Civil War. A team of forensic linguistics experts believe they have solved a longstanding mystery, using a method...

U.S. ARMING IS – The US Sent ISIS $1.5 Billion in Weapons from Europe

The New Eastern Outlook website has an extraordinary article up by the excellent French investigative reporter Jean Perier, exposing the massive arms sales that have been going on between Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, and ISIS. ______ United States - Perier points out that a lot...

This is not who we are: Hillary Clinton over Trump’s executive order banning refugees

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Saturday tweeted in support of numerous protests that sprang up Saturday over President Trump's executive order banning many refugees and others from predominantly Muslim nations. ______ "I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values...

Abuses appear “normal and allowed” in Myanmar: US official said

Abuses appear "normal and allowed" in Myanmar's response to an armed uprising by Rohingya Muslims, a senior U.S. official said in an interview, casting a pall over one of President Barack Obama's legacy foreign policy achievements. ______ Obama and his advisers have long held up the...

UK parliament “marauding terrorist attack” left four dead and at least 20 injured

Four people were killed and at least 20 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack." ______ The dead included the assailant and the...

Trump ends CIA’s secret program to arm and train Syrian rebels battling Assad govt. as a move long sought by Russia

United States President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials. President Trump is shutting down the CIA’s program to...

INSIDE THE STORY — How UK government helped Mancunian Libyans join rebel groups in Libya

The British government operated an "open door" policy that allowed Libyan exiles and British-Libyan citizens to join the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi even though some had been subject to counter-terrorism control orders, Middle East Eye can reveal. Several former rebel fighters now back...

Bombs instead of food: Conflict has driven Yemen to the brink of famine

Conflict has driven Yemen to the brink of famine. Few areas have been hit harder than al-Hudaydah, where many people are now bereft of hope. ______ Broom-maker Taie al-Nahari is kneeling on the sand, shirtless, outside his thatched hut in al-Qaza village in Yemen’s al-Hudaydah governorate....

China ready for action on North Korea said US Rex Tillerson following nuclear weapons testing by NC

Reacting to continued North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has affirmed that, following recent talks between Beijing and Washington, China has stated that it is prepared to move. ______ Detailed by Tillerson on Sunday, US President Donald Trump...

Cholera killed 2,127 people in Yemen since April — WHO

The Cholera epidemic has killed 2,127 in war-ravaged Yemen since it broke out in late April, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday. More than 767,524 people from 22 provinces out of total 23 have been infected, WHO said in a statement on its website. Most...

Al least 21 people killed by airstrike in Aleppo, Syria: Observatory

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were three strikes on a market in Atareb in the opposition-held countryside outside Aleppo on Monday, leaving at least 21 civilians dead.

US, Russia to announce cease-fire in sw Syria, starting Sunday

United States and Russia prepared to announce cease-fire in southwest Syria starting Sunday.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was expected to provide more details of the deal during a press availability in Hamburg later on Friday, told Reuters referring the U.S. official. Associated Press reported on...

Saudi stikes killed several civilians in Yemen, including 6 children

Saudi warplanes have continued bombing civilian targets across Yemen, killing several civilians, including six children and a woman, in four provinces, reported Iranian PressTV on Saturday.  On Saturday morning, Saudi fighter jets repeatedly pounded the 9th district of Sana’a Province, taking the lives of three...

Unimaginable radiation levels inside Fukushima’s crippled nuclear power station

Unimaginable radiation levels inside Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station. According to the institute, just 4 sieverts of radiation exposure would be enough kill a handful of people. Tepco said it had found a two-metre hole in the metal grating under the reactor that would need to be patched after a robot was sent in to asses some of the damage.
Radiation levels recorded inside Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station are at the highest levels since its catastrophic meltdown in 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc (Tepco) said the radiation level in the containment vessel of Reactor 2 in the Fukushima No 1 power plant...

Pentagon: US spent $11 billion on the fight against Daesh

The cost of eliminating Daesh almost doubled in 2016 as terrorist forces scrambled to hold onto remaining military and oil assets. ______ Operation Inherent Resolve costs American taxpayers about $12.5 million per day, according to the latest Pentagon data.Considering the US has led a coalition of...

Huge asteroid flying very close to our planet at a distance of 1.1 million miles on April 19

Call it a close shave of a celestial sort. On April 19, an asteroid roughly the size of the Rock of Gibraltar will speed safely by Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles — or less than five times the distance from Earth to...

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

The United Nations blacklisted a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition on Thursday for killing and injuring 683 children in Yemen and attacking dozens of schools and hospitals during 2016, but noted the coalition had taken action to improve child protection. The blacklist attached to the UN...

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