The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture. The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai. The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations. A US spokesman said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously. But he said he could not comment specifically on this latest development.
As the RAF´s Central Flying School celebrates its centenary year, BBC News looks back at the career of the daring and inspirational war veteran who became its icon. "They´ve only seven hours flying, sir--and it´s bloody murder." It was the summer of 1916--the early days of the Battle of the Somme--and squadron leader Major Robert Smith-Barry was venting his frustration at the commander of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), in France. Although considered a brilliant pilot himself, Smith-Barry was deeply concerned about some of the British recruits being pitched against highly-trained German fighter squadrons. "They have barely learned to fly,
Last May, when the Revel casino opened in Atlantic City, the traffic light out front was reset on a four-minute cycle — in anticipation of epic traffic jams, one taxi driver says. Today, that cabby turns off his engine at the light to save gas. He’s one of only a handful of cars waiting. Revel was suppose to be a new kind of casino — no low-cost buffets, no smoking and a casino on a different floor than reception, with windows that looked on to the best Atlantic City beach, so gamblers did not lose track of place and time.
The American dream is hiding in the unlikeliest of places — the toy box. The toy industry has always been a repository for national culture. And, unlike myriad other economic and social indicators, this one speaks well of America’s future. That was apparent at last week’s 110th Annual Toy Fair in New York City, where the entrepreneurial spirit thrived. Each year at the fair, around 7,500 toys make their debut. While many are introduced by big companies such as Mattel or Hasbro, other toys make it to market because of the creativity and capitalistic ethos of individual inventors.
Cher leaned heavily on her Twitter page in the waning months of the 2012 presidential race to blast anything associated with Mitt Romney. Now, she´s focusing her GOP hate on the party´s rising star, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz, whose aggressive approach has made him the target of mainstream news outlets which ignore similar tactics by liberals, is now Cher´s favorite outlet for her social media vitriol. Got to go!The other day when I was RANTING AGAINST IDIOT,BIGOT, CREATURE FROM THE NETHER REGIONS,Ted Cruz i made up cool line ( i think)...Stand & Be Counted..OR..Sit & Be NOTHING !
CHICAGO- They elected a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and ended up with a congressman who was convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker. They voted for the son of a famous civil rights leader and got someone who illegally spent campaign funds on everything from furniture to Bruce Lee memorabilia. Call it Chicago corruption at its worst or simply uncanny coincidence, but residents of Illinois´ 2nd Congressional District haven´t been represented in Congress in more than three decades by someone who didn´t end up in serious ethical or legal trouble. That hangs over them as they
IKABUL, Afghanistan —A series of explosions in eastern Afghanistan killed at least one person and wounded six on Sunday, officials said. In the first attack, a car bomb targeted a building belonging to National Directorate of Security, near the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province, a government spokesman said. The early morning blast killed one person and wounded two others, provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said. In a second attack, a minibus packed with explosives targeted a police checkpoint in Logar province, said Den Mohammad Darwish, provincial government spokesman said. That blast wounded three people, he said.
Alcohol use accounted for roughly 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States in 2009, a new study finds. This amounts to nearly 20,000 Americans who lost their lives to cancer that year as a result of drinking.[snip]"Alcohol is a known cancer-causing agent in humans, but it has been severely overlooked as a preventable cause of cancer deaths," said study co-author Timothy Naimi, a physician and alcohol researcher at Boston University Medical Center. "People need to know the impact of alcohol on cancer deaths because it´s another reason why they should not drink excessively."
I was 5 years old and strapped to a tall pole across from my 3-year-old sister. The pole, a mast for a sail that was never very useful, was in the center of a raft being thrown about the Florida Straits. I don’t remember the nights, but I’m told they were so dark my mother, sitting between us, could not see us, but only feel us. I don’t remember being wet or cold, but my parents tell me the waves rolling over us were about 20 feet high. I don’t remember the sun, but after four days at sea,
The Nigerian president spent $1million of aid money to entice international popstars such as Beyonce and Jay-Z to perform at a music festival in the poverty-stricken country, a media source reported. A letter stamped and signed by Bayelsa State officials in 2006 revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan, then the Governor of the state, released 150million Nigerian Nairas from the state’s poverty alleviation fund for the inaugural ThisDay Music Festival in the city of Lagos in 2006, according to SaharaReporters. The document surfaced after reality TV star Kim Kardashian was reportedly paid $500,000 (£329,695) for a fleeting appearance
A 21-year-old son shot dead an intruder to protect his immigrant parents when three men stormed their suburban home in Houston on Thursday night. The residents, who are from Eastern Europe, were enjoying some family time together and baking a cake when they heard a knock on the door at around 8pm. The father answered the door and a group of three men forced their way in. ´I see a young boy and I think it is a friend of my son so I open it a little bit,´ the father explained to KHOU-TV, he did not want
Shutdown was only avoided because a gas-fired station due to close by next winter came to the rescue. Last night experts warned that life-threatening blackouts are increasingly likely as “we head downhill--fast”. Alistair Buchanan, the outgoing head of energy regulator Ofgem said: “On Wednesday, January 16, due to unplanned outages and cold weather, National Grid had to find power to supply roughly a million homes to keep the lights on. “Fawley, an oil-fired plant in Hampshire, was one of the power stations that responded. Next winter Fawley will not be there.” And as a spell of bitter cold once
After 121 years of lobbying, letter-writing campaigns and law-abiding protests, the Sierra Club is retooling itself for the flash-mob age — and showing an increasingly aggressive edge. That edge was on display last week, when the Sierra Club’s two top leaders and 46 other climate activists zip-tied themselves to the White House gates to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The organization called it the first time it had suspended its decades-long policy against club-sanctioned civil disobedience. That protest followed a trend in which the 1.4 million-member organization has toughened its
Since the reelection of President Obama, liberals have made some bold admissions. Commentators like Touré Neblett of MSNBC’s The Cycle have enthusiastically and repeatedly defended the president’s authority to launch drones against anyone, including American citizens, if he suspects that they are “trying to kill us.” At no point in his several defenses did Touré reconcile his position with once-popular Constitutional precepts that every person should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and know the charges and evidence against him, and have the right to a fair trial. Neither did he explain why ordinary Americans should suspend their longstanding
No one emerges with much credit, so to speak, from the Moody´s downgrade. It was, in retrospect, silly of the Chancellor to have made such a big deal of Britain´s credit worthiness. His lapse of judgment, however, is as nothing compared to the unlovely enthusiasm with which Ed Balls has greeted the news. The Shadow Chancellor did his best to look sombre, but couldn´t conceal his pleasure. Quite apart from appearing unpatriotic, he reminded everyone of how unserious Labour is when it comes to deficit reduction. What has gone wrong? Quite simply, spending remains too high. Three years into the
I´ve just had an email from something called Change.org--another of those online lefty pressure groups. This one is a plea from the parents of one of the environmental activists now being sued by the French energy company EDF for £5 million.[Snip] Claire and her friends act on principle and are entirely altruistic in what they do. Their chosen career paths have led them, not in the direction of making as much money for themselves as they can, but rather to promote ethical and radical solutions to some of the most important issues which face the planet
Like a breathless 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert, President Obama raced around the nation over the last week attempting to frighten Americans into opposing the modest cuts to the federal budget due through the sequester process on March 1. Never mind that the sequester was President Obama´s idea. Never mind that these cuts amount to just 2 cents on every dollar of the federal budget. And, never mind that his Administration has made history, in a bad way, by running four straight trillion dollar plus deficits. No, there was the President standing in front
In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Ramsey Clark, the son of Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, to be his attorney general. The young Clark had pedigree, had served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and had previous experience in government. Clark took his oath of office shortly before his 40th birthday, and played a hand in much of Johnson-era civil right legislation. His real legacy, however, has been in his post-government career. Clark was an unabashed supporter of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution in Iran. In the days after Iranian revolutionaries seized the U.S. embassy,
In September 1993, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin received a request from the U.S. commander in Somalia for extra tanks, armored vehicles, and AC-130 Spectre gunships to support U.S. operations in Mogadishu. Aspin refused the request. The White House was not involved in the decision. Days later, 18 U.S. soldiers were killed in Mogadishu, some 84 were wounded, two U.S. choppers were shot down, and one pilot was captured. Aspin, who later conceded he had erred in denying the commander’s request, appeared weak when responding to detailed questions during a congressional hearing. His resignation followed
Thousands of Britain’s wind turbines will create more greenhouse gases than they save, according to potentially devastating scientific research to be published later this year. The finding, which threatens the entire rationale of the onshore wind farm industry, will be made by Scottish government-funded researchers who devised the standard method used by developers to calculate “carbon payback time” for wind farms on peat soils.[Snip]In Scotland alone, two thirds of all planned onshore wind development is on peatland. England and Wales also have large numbers of current or proposed peatland wind farms. But peat is also a massive store of
I have next to nothing in common with the pampered pukes of Morrissey Boulevard — I went to a state college, I’m not in the Social Register, I don’t have a trust fund, I wasn’t born and raised on Park Avenue, I never summered in the Hamptons. Still, I feel sorry for the bow-tied bumkissers. The worst thing about their impending journey to the “slaughterhouse” is that most of them are helpless like a rich man’s child, to quote Bob Dylan. After college, Mumsy or Pater just made one telephone call to dear cousin Pinch,
VATICAN CITY — As cardinals from around the world begin arriving in Rome for a conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, new shadows have fallen over the delicate transition, which the Vatican fears might influence the vote and with it the direction of the Roman Catholic Church. In recent days, often speculative reports in the Italian news media — some even alleging gay sex scandals in the Vatican, others focusing on particular cardinals stung by the child sexual abuse crisis — have dominated headlines, suggesting fierce internal struggles as prelates scramble