The population of the Falklands Islands could have been relocated to Scotland under a secret CIA plan, it has been revealed. The US planned to step in and hand the islands to Argentina following the 1982 invasion. Early indications by the CIA pointed to Britain ´underestimating´ the Argentinian military in a war which was fought 8,000 miles away from London. CIA top secret papers reveal that security bosses prepared to offer islanders the choice of relocating to Scotland or to stay and become Argentinian citizens. The then chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Henry Rowen, wrote the plan which was
Immaculately dressed dancers moved their way to music provided by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at their January ball. The sold-out 76th version of the annual event saw female debutants take to the floor wearing white gowns and elbow-length gloves. The men were in classic ballroom dinner jackets with white dickie bows to match their female counterparts. Held in the halls of the Musikverein building in Vienna, Bösendorferstrasse, the packed audience watched as conductor Semyon Bychkov led the orchestra. The first Vienna Philharmonic Ball was held in 1924, and set the precedent which the ball committee has maintained to this day. The ball was held annually
Not since 1980 — or perhaps 1932 — has such a political revolution hit the banks of the Potomac River. Donald Trump comes into the White House with a bright, clear mandate to make wholesale changes to every aspect of the federal government. From the darkest corners of the bloated federal bureaucracy to the bright marble columns of the Supreme Court, Mr. Trump’s mandate is as broad as it is dramatic. Illegal immigration, international trade, education, Obamacare and America’s war against terrorism are all on the table for complete overhauls. Refreshingly, Mr. Trump’s mandate is not a partisan one. He owes very little
Donald Trump was joined by his wife Melania for the final time as president elect on Thursday night at a black tie dinner where he spoke excitedly about his looming inauguration. The 70-year-old was introduced to the stage at Union Station in Washington D.C. by Vice President elect Mike Pence shortly before 9pm after a busy day of events in the capital. With Melania on his arm in a glittering, gold gown, Trump was triumphant as he took the microphone for a final speech before he becomes the 45th president. Between thank yous to his most trusted staff and jibes
On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency -- America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus -- to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did. Here is the back story. In the aftermath of former President Richard Nixon’s abusive utilization of the FBI and
Cancun, Mexico — Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors´ office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, and authorities said four people were killed, ratcheting up tensions just a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead. It was too early to say if the attacks were linked, but they were a marked intrusion of bloodshed into Mexico´s main tourism zone, a region that had previously been spared much of the violence plaguing other parts of the country. (Snip) A few hours later, hundreds of people fled the Plaza de Las Americas shopping
On Jan. 12, 160 Green citizens attended a seminar on opiate and drug addiction [snip] The centerpiece of the presentation was the movie "Chasing The Dragon," [snip] gets its name from the journey addicts take to rekindle the same experience they had on their first drug "high."[snip]often children and adults become addicted to pain killers after surgery or dental work due to the large number of pain killers that are often prescribed. One operation in particular was mentioned: The removal of wisdom teeth in high school students.
577 President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed the rainy forecast at his inauguration, joking that if nothing else it will prove "it´s my real hair." Trump made the joke at a candlelight dinner at Union Station with high-level donors, Cabinet nominees and members of Congress. "It may rain, it may not rain. It doesn´t matter. I don´t care," Trump said. "If it really pours, that´s OK because people will realize it´s my real hair and that´s OK. It might be a mess, but they´re going to see that it´s my real hair." Trump has been frequently mocked online
Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking. Perhaps we should have known. At the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner, he joked about whether he had a bucket list: “Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.”
Anti-Trump protesters have been seen clashing with police and being pepper-sprayed in Washington DC. A massive crowd of those who are against the president-elect gathered outside the National Press Club, which was holding the ´DeploraBall´ - a celebratory event organized by Trump supporters from the ´alt-right´. Hundreds of demonstrators were on the street outside the press club, many chanting and holding signs. Videos shot by people in the protest showed the anti-Trump crowd confronted and was confronted by pro-Donald fans. Riot squad police manned the area, and about 9pm they hit the sea of people with ´chemical spray´ as those
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday praised former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for supporting him during his presidential campaign. Trump also joked about the tough pronunciation of Priebus´s "crazy name," noting that no one could pronounce it correctly in the past. "So we had 18 people running and we had Reince. And I said before, nobody knew how to pronounce his name, it´s a crazy name," Trump said during the Inauguration Eve Dinner before giving examples of various mispronunciations. [snip] "But Reince Priebus, now everybody pronounces his name right. He is a star and I knew that a long time ago. And he
“Presidents come and go, the pendulum swings back and forth,” said Robert Redford today at the annual opening press conference to kick off the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. “We try to stay away from politics we stay focused on the stories of the filmmakers,” the low-key Oscar winner and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient added of the fest’s role in the Age of Donald Trump. “There was a time when two sides worked together and that makes me depressed about today,” the All The President’s Men actor said onstage at Park City’s Egyptian Theater, admitting he felt similar about
Donald Trump would be unlikely to have used prostitutes in Moscow because as the patron of the Miss Universe beauty contest he is accustomed to being around attractive women, Vladimir Putin has said. (Snip) "We are witnessing an ongoing acute political struggle in the US, whose task is to undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect," he said. "The people doing this are doing enormous damage to American national interests." Earlier, Russia´s foreign minister branded the former MI6 officer who authored a report a "swindler" who trades in "absurdities". Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday called veteran British spy Mr Steele “some kind of runaway
Entertainers for Donald Trump’s inauguration weekend have become political lightning rods, as many A-listers have refused to participate and some confirmed performers have backed out after fan outcries. But it appears that R&B singer and self-proclaimed “no political genius” Chrisette Michele won’t be canceling her inauguration gig. Word first broke Wednesday, via the New York Daily News, that the Grammy winner would sing at a concert on the Mall. [snip] On Thursday, Michele posted an open letter entitled “We can’t be present if we’re silent,” in which she quotes Martin Luther King Jr. as she justifies her involvement: “Our live
For eight years, Mitch McConnell tried to kill the Obama presidency. On Wednesday night, he looked ready to dance on its grave. With his secretary-designate wife, Elaine Chao, on his arm, the Senate majority leader was greeted like a rock star at the Bluegrass Ball, where around 700 Kentuckians leapt to their feet and hoisted tumblers of bourbon in his direction. Unlike Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, McConnell decided against a tuxedo — but hinted that he was ready to party. “Four years ago, I didn’t stay quite as long as I’m likely to stay tonight,” the Senate majority leader
The city will lengthen and remove unpopular portions of the its infamous Specialized High Schools entrance exam starting this fall, Education Department officials said Wednesday. The test, which is used to admit students to the city´s eight Specialized High Schools, including Brooklyn Technical High School and Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, has remained unchanged for two decades, even though it is disliked by many. Just 4% of offers at the elite schools went to black students and 6% to Hispanic kids, even though they account for about 70% of the overall student body. (Snip) The changes revealed Wednesday will remove
In the last full day of the Obama administration, the Department of Energy just issued a final rule that will outlaw even more light bulbs. The 2007 light bulb ban in effect outlawed most incandescent light bulbs by imposing efficiency standards on ordinary light bulbs. Congress exempted a few types of light bulbs, including bug lights, three-way bulbs, "rough service lamps," and some decorative bulbs, such as globe-shaped bulbs. But that law gave DOE the right to expand the class of bulbs covered by the mandates. In a new rule published today, DOE redefined the words in the law, "general service lamp,"
Aloha! Now sell me your land! Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly is suing hundreds of Hawaiians to compel them to sell the billionaire small plots of land they own that lie within a 700-acre property that Zuckerberg purchased on the island of Kauai two years ago for $100 million. Zuckberberg-controlled companies filed eight so-called "quiet" title lawsuits in a Kauai court on Dec. 30 requesting the forced sales at public auction to the highest bidder, which would allow him to make his secluded beach-front land on the island´s north shore even more private, according the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper. Currently,
Autoplay: On | Off Erin Boehme never imagined her first time visiting Washington, D.C., would be to perform at the presidential inaugural ball set to broadcast live into tens of millions of homes. "Surreal is really the word that comes to mind," the 30-year-old jazz singer told the Washington Examiner in an exclusive interview. "You know, more than anything, I think it´s the experience of participating in something so extraordinarily historic. … I love to sing and it´s always an honor to get asked to sing and to perform. But I´m also an ardent patriot of our country and so to be
The US bombing strikes on ISIS camps in Libya that killed dozens of fighters cost almost $9million. US B-2 bombers carried out air strikes against Islamic State camps outside of Sirte, Libya, on Wednesday night, killing dozens of militants, US defense officials said on Thursday. (Snip) The website says the planes flew for 34 hours each as part of the mission, with a price-tag of $130,000 per hour. The overall figure is also likely to be significantly higher, due to the roughly 15 aerial refueling aircraft involved in the mission, as well as the bombs that were dropped.
Washington´s Metropolitan Police Department clashed with anti-Donald Trump protestors Thursday night outside of the National Press Club building. According to the eye witnesses, the police deployed tear gas in an attempt to disperse the protestors. A reporter for NBC4 said protestors also set off smoke devices, contributing to the atmosphere of chaos ahead of Friday´s ceremonies. [snip] 1.2K Washington´s Metropolitan Police Department clashed with anti-Donald Trump protestors Thursday night outside of the National Press Club building. According to the eye witnesses, the police deployed tear gas in an attempt to disperse the protestors. A reporter for NBC4 said protestors also set off smoke devices,
A 14-year-old Muslim girl who claimed she was pushed in front of a train simply for wearing a headscarf has been challenged after police checked CCTV tapes. The girl, identified only as Sinem, claimed on social media she had been called a ´terrorist´ and was pushed onto the tracks by a man who had taken offence at her headscarf at a railway station in the Austrian capital of Vienna. She told an online anti-racism forum she was only saved at the ´last second´ by another man who pulled her onto the platform before the S-Bahn train arrived at Wien-Döbling station.
Speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, the president-elect also promised to bring change. Among attendees at the two-hour event were his family, actor Jon Voight and Soul Man singer Sam Moore. Mr Trump earlier laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. [snip] Thursday evening´s Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration was open to the public and featured performances by country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood. [snip] "We´re going to unify our country," Mr Trump said in brief remarks at the end of the concert. "We´re going to make America great for all of
The investors and executives who throng Davos every January are many things. But above all, they’re rich. And they’re starting to see plenty of opportunities to stay that way under Donald Trump. At coffee bars and cocktail parties in the Swiss town, which hosts the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this week, conversation has often turned to how money can be made from the rise of a populist firebrand. Amid all the panel-talk of reducing inequality and re-invigorating the middle class, the Davos set is hard at work looking for ways to safeguard and expand its wealth even as
Thursday in Davos, Switzerland, at the the World Economic Forum speaking with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua, Soros Fund Management Chairman George Soros said President-elect Donald Trump is “an imposter and con man and would-be dictator.” Soros said, “I’ve described him as an imposter and con man and would-be dictator, but he is only a would-be dictator. The Constitution and institutions of the United States are strong enough, the division of power is in operation. He would be a dictator if he could get away with it. But he won’t be able to.” Discussing the markets, he added, “It is impossible to predict exactly
Reporters apologized for spreading a bogus New York Times hit piece on Rick Perry Thursday, after new facts came to light that completely undermined the central assertion of the story. “I’m about to delete this tweet, which spread the rumor about Perry not knowing what energy sec does,” New York Magazine writer Jesse Singal tweeted, referring to an earlier tweet sharing the story. “I think it’s false.” The New York Times reports Perry had no clue the energy secretary is in charge of safeguarding the nuclear arsenal when he accepted the nomination for the position in Donald Trump’s administration. Massive