GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — It’s lunchtime on the communal cellblocks for cooperative captives, and detainees dressed in tan and white camp uniforms are steadfastly refusing the guards’ offer to wheel in food carts. Only if a prisoner pulls shut a gate to a chute called a sally port can a soldier lock it remotely and send in the meals. And one by one, every block but Delta Block refuses. Some captives call out that they don’t want the food. Over at Charlie Block, an angular looking detainee is stubbornly ignoring his guards,
Mr Capriles, 40, is running against Mr Maduro to succeed the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez in April 14 elections. "I feel that this fight... has become a spiritual struggle of a divine character, because those who live in Venezuela feel that this has become a struggle to break down a wall of evil," Mr Capriles said. Referring to his opponent´s camp, the Miranda state governor warned that "those who tell lies" and "use their power to blackmail or manipulate" the people "take the side of evil." "Those who believe in the truth... are on the side of good,
Jerusalem, Israel --- Russian media sources have confirmed that Syria President Bashar Assad was shot by an Iranian bodyguard Saturday night. "The lone assassination pumped several bullets at point blank range into Assad," said the source. "Assad was rushed to Al-Shami Hospital in Damascus in critical condition. He died on the operating table from heart failure resulting from massive blood loss." An Israeli security analyst believes the report to be accurate. "In the last 24 hours have we seen Assad? Any photographs or video? No. Nor will we see any as loyalists who are closest to Assad have been threatened
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman rejected allegations about an alleged “discrediting operation” by Argentina’s ambassador to the Vatican Juan Pablo Cafiero to stop the election of former Buenos Aires city archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope and denied that the government has changed its opinion about now Francis. “We have never changed our position towards the Pope. We thought we had to take part in something that is a great honour to Argentineans and a great thrill for those of us who are believers,” Timerman pointed out.
Pope Francis confirmed that he will go to Rio de Janeiro at the end of the July to take part in the Church´s World Day of Youth, a gathering of Catholic young people that takes place in a different city every two years. Taking advantage of his presence in Brazil several neighbouring countries, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile have already extended invitations to the Pope. The new pope has inherited a Church ridden by problems that include sexual abuse scandals in many countries and allegations of corruption in the central Vatican bureaucracy.
Fred Tutman was a lonely man when he picked up the telephone that day. He was the tough-talking protector of Maryland’s Patuxent River, a courtroom brawler who took on anyone who contaminated water, but he couldn’t shake a nagging hurt that he was nearly invisible within his own profession. He called Marc Yaggi, director of the Waterkeeper Alliance in New York, last May. “Am I the only African American riverkeeper?” The answer was yes. Of at least 200 riverkeepers in the world, Tutman is the only African American.
The suspicious attack that killed 26 people in northern Syria last week exposed the difficulty of determining whether the Syrian regime has resorted to using chemical weapons as well as the lingering uncertainty over how President Obama would respond if what he has called a “red line” is crossed. Current and former U.S. officials acknowledged that confirming a small-scale chemical weapons attack poses technical challenges that have been compounded by limitations on the ability of U.S. spy agencies to gather reliable intelligence, let alone air or soil samples, inside Syria. The two factors
With his signature this week, President Obama will lock into place deep spending cuts that threaten to undermine his second-term economic vision just four months after he won reelection. Obama has repeatedly championed a set of government investments that he argues would expand the economy and strengthen the middle class, including bolstering early-childhood education, spending more on research and development, and upgrading the nation’s roads and railways. He has said his comfortable reelection victory in November shows the country is with him. But none of those policies have come close to being enacted. Instead
When Ted Cruz raised with Dianne Feinstein the question of the constitutionality of legislation she was proposing, the Senator from California reacted testily, stating that she is not a sixth-grader. I would have thought that, if anything, Cruz’s attempt to engage her in a discussion about the Constitution showed respect for Sen. Feinstein. Too often, Feinstein (a non-lawyer) has marginalized herself as a Judiciary Committee member by opting to play Oprah, rather than engaging in meaningful legal analysis
More than 16 years after its founding and 11 years after it assumed its current perch as the most-watched cable news network, Fox News remains the favorite punching bag of the left. Liberals take it as an article of faith that Fox is not merely biased but a travesty that serious people should ignore. But the notion that there is something unholy about what is broadcast on Fox or that its mix of news and opinion is uniquely biased has never stood up to scrutiny. That assumption was once again on display this past week
At a press conference today in Ramallah, President Barack Obama addressed the assembled journalists while standing under a Yasser Arafat banner: "Hope everyone saw presser. If not there, it was notable that Obama and Abbas spoke from under a banner bearing pictures of Arafat and Abbas. Also another big banner was hanging on wall nearby with Abbas kind of superimposed on Arafat," the White House pool reporter notes.
It’s bad enough that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has decided to continue the relationship with failed Romney consultants Targeted Victory to send the RNC’s mass emails. What’s so harrowing is the cynicism and sloppiness Targeted Victory brings to the table to fulfill that contract. One would think that Targeted Victory, in fulfilling the RNC email contract, would take extreme care and would want to remove any taint of the Romney campaign from the RNC emails. (Targeted Victory invoiced the failed Romney campaign for over $17 million.) But one would be wrong in making that assumption.
Washington State may require all insurance policies to cover abortion. From the AP story: The Reproductive Parity Act, as supporters call it, would require insurers in Washington state who cover maternity care — which all insurers must do — to also pay for abortions. The bill passed the state House earlier this month by a vote of 53-43, though it faces an uncertain future in the Senate. A similar bill in the New York state Assembly has been introduced each session for over a decade but has never received a public hearing.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has emerged as a key player if Senate Democrats are to have any chance of passing legislation to expand background checks for private sales of firearms. McCain and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) are at the top of a list of Republicans considered most likely to sign on to legislation expanding background checks after talks with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) stalled earlier this month.
It was billed as a state-of-the-art transportation hub that was going to give students at South Carolina State University a leg up on the competition. The four building, 33-acre complex, named after its most famous alumnus, Rep. James Clyburn, would be a monument to the future -- where students could get hands-on experience and be a part of groundbreaking research in transportation. Fast forward 15 years and the site once called the "project of the future" has morphed into a money-sucking pit. Aside from the $24 million in federal funding already spent on the project, an estimated $80 million
LONDON Cyprus has won approval from the European Union for a plan to shrink its financial industry and raid the accounts of big depositors at its two leading banks, clearing the way for a €10 billion bailout the island nation needs to avoid collapse. The deal was struck early Monday after days of frantic negotiations that followed the rejection by Cypriot lawmakers of Plan A. That deal, struck little over a week ago with EU and International Monetary Fund support, would have imposed a tax on all bank account holders. "We have agreed," Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters
MORELIA, Mexico — Authorities say the bodies of seven men were found in plastic chairs placed along the side of a street in the drug-plagued Mexican state of Michoacan, while another seven people, including three federal agents, were killed in neighboring Guerrero. Michoacan´s Attorney General´s Office said in a statement Saturday that the seven bodies had bullet wounds and had been placed individually in the sitting position in chairs near a traffic circle in the city of Uruapan. The office did not provide a motive for killings. In Guerrero state, authorities said armed men opened fire in a bar
There´s mounting evidence that over the last two years the Assad regime has used "at least a small quantity" of chemical weapons against rebel forces in Syria´s raging civil war, House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said today on "Face the Nation," adding that the time is now for U.S. intervention. Amid debate over an alleged chemical weapons attack out of Syria last week, President Obama during a visit to Israel doubled down on his claim that such an attack would be considered a "game changer" for his administration, but qualified that it´s important to find out
A brave nine-year-old girl pulled herself out of a mangled SUV, climbed out of a canyon and walked about a mile in the middle of the night to find help after surviving a shocking highway crash that killed her father. The unnamed father and daughter were traveling home from a party when their 2010 Ford Escape was launched about 200 feet down an embankment along a semi-rural stretch of the Sierra Highway in Acton, Southern California, about 1 a.m. on Sunday. The vehicle overturned several times, said California Highway Patrol Officer Cheyenne Quesada.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has been a favorite of many U.S. first ladies, including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton. But one name is still missing from his list: Michelle Obama. De la Renta says he is not worried about not having Obama on his list of celebrity clients because for him what matters is dressing everyday women. De la Renta says that "an anonymous woman on the street is the woman who influences fashion today, not a movie star or a first lady."
BUENOS AIRES -- Nearly every July 18, the bitter anniversary of the 1994 truck bombing that ripped apart a Jewish community here, Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio would arrive to pay tribute at a memorial to the 85 victims. He came on other occasions, too, often showing up on foot after catching the subway to the rebuilt Argentine Israeli Mutual Association, its entrance now fortified by blast walls and thick bollards. In the visitor log book, the archbishop left a message in 2010, his handwriting almost too small to read. "I thank the Lord for allowing me to share
NEW YORK — A New York City man whose murder conviction was overturned after 23 years in prison has suffered a heart attack on his second day of freedom. David Ranta´s lawyer tells The New York Times the former inmate had a serious heart attack Friday night and is being treated at a New York hospital. Ranta walked out of jail Thursday after a judge threw out his conviction in the 1990 killing of a Brooklyn rabbi. Brooklyn prosecutors had recently concluded Ranta´s prosecution in the death of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger was fatally flawed.
German chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly expressed outrage at the behaviour of Cyprus during an extraordinary meeting of the parliamentary faction of her Christian Democrats in the Bundestag. According to reliable sources present at the meeting, she said Cyprus was "exhausting the patience of its euro partners" and she was particularly incensed that the government had failed to produce a "plan B". She also complained about the lack of communication from Nicosia. On the streets of Cyprus, she is viewed as a hate figure, blamed for the bank deposit tax plan, even though the idea originally came from Nicosia,