CAIRO — Two of Egypt´s former militant groups are offering an initiative to halt the country´s political violence, in which supporters of the ousted Islamist president will stop street protests if the military-backed government stops its crackdown on them, the groups´ leaders said Monday. The initiative led by Egypt´s Gamaa Islamiya and Islamic Jihad movements, which waged an insurgency in the 1990s, aims to bring dialogue between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, from which toppled President Mohammed Morsi hails. Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3 after millions took to the street demanding that he step down. Morsi´s allies
A Second World War veteran lay helpless on the floor of his sheltered accommodation for two and a half days after the council cut his intercom to save just 42 pence a day. Great-grandfather and former Desert Rat Harold Lee, 99, was terrified he would die alone after falling face down and finding he was totally unable to get up or call for help. An alarm he was carrying was desperately out of reach when he collapsed and no one came to check on him because his intercom had been disconnected in a cost-cutting drive.
Corporate orders for big-ticket equipment like planes and computers tanked in July, adding to the concern that the economy may dim in the next few months. Orders for durable goods tanked, falling sharply to 7.3% compared to June, according to figures released by the Commerce Department. The steepest drop was in airplane orders, fueled partly by contractions in defense spending as well as a drop in orders for commercial aircraft from manufacturers including Boeing. Some economists suggested that the weakness in orders for planes arose as pullback after several straight months of strong demand. Civilian aircraft orders, for instance, dropped
Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to address reporters at 2 p.m. amid questions about whether U.S.-led air strikes are imminent against Syria. White House press secretary Jay Carney’s briefing was pushed back from 12:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., possibly to make time for Kerry. The last time Kerry made such an appearance was two weeks ago, when he denounced the violent crackdown by the Egyptian military as a “deplorable” and unnecessary escalation that represents a “serious blow” to peace and democracy. The next day, President Obama interrupted his vacation to announce that he was canceling joint military exercises with
The new school year began in Chicago on Monday with safety guards lining the streets in a high-visibility attempt to protect children crossing gang boundaries to get to their new classrooms. The Safe Passage program guards in neon vests were on duty in neighborhoods where schools were closed by budgets cuts, the most obvious sign of what´s at stake for the nation´s third-largest school district, which is struggling academically and financially. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called Monday "a new beginning" for the district, planned to join students walking to O´Toole elementary in the West Englewood neighborhood on the city´s South
DAMASCUS, Syria- A senior Syrian official said Monday that his country will defend itself against any international attack and will not be an easy target as the U.S. and other countries ramp up rhetoric in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack last week on a rebel-held neighborhood of the Syrian capital. In an interview with The Associated Press in Damascus, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said airstrikes or other action against Syria would also trigger "chaos" and threaten worldwide peace and security. He spoke Monday as support for an international response was mounting if it is confirmed that
The nation´s largest active forest fire continued to burn at the edge of Yosemite National Park Monday, reaching 234 square miles and prompting multiple mandatory and advisory evacuations in the area to northwest of the park, officials said. At least 4,500 structures are threatened, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire was about 20 miles from the iconic Yosemite Valley, home to Half Dome, the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village. "There is no imminent threat of any kind," said Tom Medema, a park spokesman. Overall the fire was 15% contained as of Monday at 7
The United States helped Saddam Hussein attack Iran with chemical weapons in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, it has been claimed. Ronald Regan´s administration, who supported the Iraqi dictator topple two decades later by the Bush government, fed information to Baghdad that helped them launch strikes. U.S. officials gave Saddam´s army details about the whereabouts of Iranian forces in 1988 knowing that he would deploy chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported. Iraq used mustard gas and sarin in early 1988 in four major offensives which helped bring about the end of the
A number of articles examine the reasons why Barack Obama got into his current foreign policy fix. (Snip) Obama’s responses to adversity have been typical. It must be Rush Limbaugh’s fault. His handlers apply euphemisms like ‘miscalculated’, ‘unexpected’ or ‘difficult’ as synonyms for the unutterable word ‘blunder’. Or else the tame press argue that America’s influence in the world was bound decline anyway and Obama’s made the best of a bad hand inherited from Bush.More than a year ago Peter Beinart led the way
CAIRO: Religious parties in Egypt like the Freedom and Justice Party of ousted President Morsi may face dissolution while the ban on deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak´s party could be revoked under a proposed new constitution that seeks to overhaul the country´s political system.(Snip) The committee opted to change Article 6 to impose an outright ban on the formation of political parties based on religion or on mixing religion with politics. This could lead to the dissolution Islamist parties - including the Muslim Brotherhood´s Freedom and Justice party.
WASHINGTON — Sarah Tuttle led her bowling team to a fourth-place finish in a nationwide tournament this April that raised $553,133 to help low-income women seeking abortions. "Some people fundraise to fight breast cancer; I fundraise for abortion access," said Tuttle, a hot line operator and board member for the Lilith Fund, a Texas nonprofit that helps women pay for abortions. "It´s about having access to abortion and that not being about economics." Representatives from such abortion rights organizations say new restrictions are disproportionately affecting women whose income is below the poverty line, about 42% of those who have abortions.
Some of the early shots in the Republican primary battle against Senator Lindsey Graham have been fired from this tiny community on the northern border of the state where the Civil War began. A small group called Carolina Conservatives United, one of dozens organized loosely under the flag of limited government, low taxes and strict adherence to the Constitution, sent out images last week of a milk carton bearing Mr. Graham’s face and asked Gov. Nikki R. Haley to issue the state’s version of an Amber Alert to find its missing senator. “Lindsey Graham has not been seen in the
Americans should expect an enormous shortage in caregivers for older people in the coming decades, with a dearth of friends and family members available to care for the baby-boom generation as it ages, according to a report released Monday by AARP. The report, “The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap,” projects that by 2030 there will be only four potential caregivers available for each person 80 or older, down from a high of more than seven in 2010. (Snip) The “2030 problem,” as researchers have defined it, stems from a combination of factors, including the large
NEW YORK- Michelle Obama and her daughters caught Broadway´s "The Trip to Bountiful" after spending part of the day watching tennis at the U.S. Open. The first lady and her girls slipped into their seats at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre just as the first act was starting Saturday night and received a huge ovation when they took their seats for the second act. The trio went back stage after the show and met the crew and cast, including Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. Tyson stars in the Horton Foote revival as a widow who wants to revisit her old home in Bountiful
So many jobs are coming to Houston top oil companies from around the world are building new office spaces to accommodate their new employees. In fact, banks are loaning money to companies even if the developers do not have a tenant. Texas’s economy is growing and grew 4.8% last year. They added 100,000 jobs and Houston alone could add 80,000 this year. Real estate firm CBRE Group, Inc. said there are 56 office buildings under construction in and around Houston. These buildings total at least 11 million square feet. Not only are they providing jobs for their employees, but they
Republicans are getting very little heat on comprehensive immigration reform at their August town halls, reports USA Today. One example cited is Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who represents a South Jersey congressional district with a large Hispanic population and farmlands that employ migrant workers. He said in an interview, "it´s not coming up. It is a big issue nationally, but in this district it´s just not something on people´s minds." LoBiondo is exactly the type of congressman immigration advocates like Senator Lindsey Graham said should be targeted over the August recess. But people in his district are more concerned with "the
Scan the news on any given day in America, and you will invariably find multiple stories about race, racism, ethnicity, and race relations. We can’t seem to get enough of this topic, and correspondingly, the media appetite for all things race-related is unquenchable. Racism is one of the more tragic features of the human condition. Like greed, envy, and other sins, it has been around for thousands of years, on every continent. So here we are, in the most advanced, successful, and powerful nation in the history of the world, and yet we continue to struggle to get past the
When President Obama follows in Dr. Martin Luther King’s footsteps on Wednesday with an address at the Lincoln Memorial, he will face a nation where race remains the great divide. Black lawmakers say the election of the nation’s first African America president has not been a salve for racial tensions, a view that the public has also voiced in recent polling. While Democratic lawmakers place the lion’s share of the blame on Republicans for the state of affairs, they betray disappointment that more progress has not been made since the civil rights movement won its biggest victories.
SEDALIA, MO -A rodeo clown´s controversial Missouri State Fair antics went viral after wearing a President Barack Obama mask and mocking the nation´s leader. It divided people across the country on whether Tuffy Gessling´s stunt was disrespectful to Obama. He took a lot of heat for the stunt, and now he is looking for a chance to clear the record. (Snip) Gessling started a firestorm - angry rebukes from politicians, a lifetime ban from the Missouri State Fair and more personal hits than he ever faced in the ring. "I´ve had one lady spit in my face, called me a
Few things have been crystal clear when trying to decipher the backroom dealings and international intrigue behind the Edward Snowden-NSA story, but a new report gives weight to the belief that Snowden´s trip to Russia was no spur-of-the-moment accident, nor was his failure to reach Cuba as originally planned. As we all know by now, after dropping his first NSA leaks Snowden originally split from Hawaii for Hong Kong, where he revealed his identity and made plans to find a safe haven country that would protect him from extradition back to the United States. After a couple of weeks, he
As one of the few Tea Party favorites to actually make it to Washington, Ted Cruz has a problem. How do you maintain outsider status while inside the Capitol? Simple: Buck leadership, advocate unrealistic hard-line positions, and refuse to help the establishment. For now, he doesn´t have to choose between his base and his job. While in New Hampshire (ahem), the junior senator from Texas told the press that, no, he wouldn´t be endorsing his colleague John Cornyn in his upcoming primary. The Washington Post reports that Cruz told reporters, "I think it is likely that I am going to stay
Speaking at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden said there are "only three women that I know who are close to perfect"—his mother, Sen. Bob Casey’s (D.-Pa.) mother and God’s Mother (the Blessed Mother)—before he caught himself and said the Blessed Mother was, in fact, perfect. Biden made the remarks while introducing President Barack Obama. “You know, Mr. President, some might think this is a bit of nostalgia on my part, talking about Bobby, talking about my native town like I am,” said Biden.
People Magazine devoted five pages in the date issue to remembering the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King´s March on Washington by soliciting liberal celebrities (like Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee) and liberal "civil rights" leaders (like Andrew Young and Rep. John Lewis) for their memories. Belafonte complained there were "so many things in reversal" in current-day Washington: "For me, half a century later to see so many things in reversal -- the recent Supreme Court ruling on voter protection and the gerrymandering of districts to deny black people the power to vote -- is not exactly the image I saw of
On This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, Cokie Roberts attacked the GOP’s recent slew of legislation increasing voting restrictions as “downright evil,” and argued that it threatened to undue the progress made since the civil rights movement. “Having grown up in the deep south in the era of Jim Crow, the difference is dramatic,” Roberts said. “The fact that Andy Young was Mayor of Atlanta and John Lewis is a member of Congress from Georgia, is a great testament to the fact that when you do something like pass a voting rights bill, that it makes a difference.