There are two subjects Russians talk about a lot: history and geography. In recent days, there´s been much public discussion of both. Russian officials and the media have been constantly recalling "Yugoslavia - 1999", "Iraq - 2003" and "Libya - 2011" as examples of Western military intervention which resulted in regime change. The suspicion in Moscow is that the West is plotting to add "Syria - 2013" to the list. One of the headlines this week in the Russian government daily Rossiskaya Gazeta was: "Will Obama risk repeating the Libyan-Iraqi scenario in Syria?" Moscow appears now to be expecting a US strike on Syria.
Opposition in the Church to military action in Syria is growing after the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned it could lead to a regional war. He said that despite a sense of "moral outrage" at the use of chemical weapons by the regime, armed intervention would drag the UK into a war which could engulf the whole of the Middle East. [Snip] In voicing outright opposition to an attack, Lord Carey went further than the current Archbishop, the Most Rev Justin Welby, who urged MPs not to "rush to judgment" and consider the wider impact across the Muslim
A woman contacted Radio Facts who works at the Wild Wings restaurant that asked the black patrons to leave. and asked that we allow her to be anonymous. She states there are several reasons the group was asked to leave (below) Radiofacts.com, You’re only getting one side of story here. I work at the restaurant and your representation of the events is way off base. The group was being loud and obnoxious to both customers and staffers. They kept complaining about their long wait and were talking about how “whitey” was able to get seated, but they were not. The
Pray for East Harlem — Tom Cruise’s celebrity-centric church has anointed the gentrifying neighborhood as its next holy land. The Church of Scientology is building a multimillion-dollar chapel and community center on E. 125th St. — part of a new effort to expand the sect’s base from Hollywood to urban areas. The facility, which will open next year, includes a 200-seat prayer space, a cafe and a dozen classrooms. The chapel is near completion between Second and Third Aves., but the adjacent community center is still under construction.
The little human being living inside a pregnant mother turns out to be a lot more capable than previously known. Kathy Drummond describes the research that led to the startling finding that newborns can recall words they heard in the womb in The Verge: ...new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth.
The New York Times Web site went down on Tuesday afternoon in an external cyber attack that appears most likely committed by the Syrian Electronic Army. The informal pro-Assad hacker collective has made a habit of targeting prominent Western media outlets, typically by seizing their Twitter feeds but sometimes hitting their sites as well. They’ve gone after the Associated Press, Washington Post, Agence France-Presse, 60 Minutes, CBS News, National Public Radio, even the Onion.
Our coming intervention in Syria already looks like a no-win proposition. If we go heavy, we’re liable to empower al-Qaeda and assorted jihadists, or tie ourselves down excessively. If we go light, we’ll seem like paper tigers. Obama’s foolish decision to turn chemical weapons use into a red line is what got us into this mess. We wouldn’t be acting now had he not trapped himself with a bluff he thought Assad would never call. When Samantha Power’s humanitarian interventionism first emerged as an explanation for the war in Libya, many found it hard to take the administration’s stated justification
I guess we should first give a hand to Major Garrett of CBS for leading his network into another accidental venture of actual journalism earlier this year. As the President conducted a question and non-answer session with members of the Press, back in January, Major asked the President about his “unprecedented” request that the upcoming debt limit increase be non-negotiable. The President’s non-answer to Major was typical, rambling, and evasive. His remarks have more recently been echoed by the Treasury Secretary on financial talk shows, and the Press Secretary on routine occasion. But, for the sake of column inches, it’s
The U.S is confident that Syria was behind the deadly chemical weapons attack after intercepting a phone call from a Syrian defence chief demanding an explanation from its chemical weapon military unit for the action, according to new claims. Just hours after the attack last Wednesday an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of the unit, demanding answers, according to website Foreign Policy. The phone call was intercepted by U.S spies according to the website, and is now the reason that America is confident that it was carried out by the regime--the
President Barack Obama will sit down for an interview with PBS NewsHour on Wednesday following his speech at the Lincoln Memorial in honor of Martin Luther King, the network has announced. Newshour co-hosts Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will conduct the interview, which will take place at the White House and will be broadcast in full on PBS NewsHour Wednesday evening. In addition to questions about King and civil rights, Ifill and Woodruff are almost certain to ask the president about U.S. plans to target Syrian military sites. U.S. officials have siad that such strikes could come "as early as
CHARLOTTE– Words mean things, so they say. Certainly Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton use plenty of them. Here’s a brief sample of some of their rhetoric during the past six or so years. “Every marriage is a mystery to me, even the one I’m in.” – Hillary Clinton -“The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they’re not.” – Hillary Clinton -“If you believe we’ve go to heal America and we’ve got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am a messenger who can deliver that message
It may not help parents convince their unruly children to eat more greens, but broccoli could hold the key to preventing painful arthritis. A compound found in abundance in the vegetable superfood slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with osteoarthritis, according to a new study. The often debilitating condition affects 8.5 million adults, with no cure or effective treatment other than pain relief or joint replacement. Currently, the NHS performs over 140,000 hip and knee replacement operations each year. [Snip] Human cartilage cells were also exposed to the chemical and found the genes responsible for cartilage damage were switched
The votes of a million immigrants from the Commonwealth could decide the outcome of the next general election – even though they do not hold British passports. They could even sway the result of the promised referendum on Britain’s EU membership, campaign group MigrationWatch UK warned last night, as it called for a change in the rules to remove voting rights from non-citizens. Commonwealth migrants from 54 states including Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan and Nigeria can join the electoral roll on arrival in the UK as long as they have an address here. MigrationWatch said the 2011 Census for England and Wales
JERUSALEM- Large crowds of Israelis have lined up at gas-mask distribution centers across the country in anticipation of a possible Syrian attack on Israel. The U.S. has signaled that it will soon strike Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons last week. That has raised speculation that Syria might retaliate with an attack on Israel, a close U.S. ally. Maya Avishai of the Israeli postal service, which oversees gas mask distribution, says demand has tripled in recent days. She says about five million Israelis, roughly 60 percent of the population, now have gas masks.
Campaigners against the war in Syria are dealing with a public outcry not seen since the lead up to the Iraq invasion 10 years ago. The Stop the War coalition is receiving calls and donations from military families and members of the public who last contacted them in 2003. The coalition organised the iconic march through central London in February of that year, which saw more than a million people take to the streets to show their opposition to the planned Iraq invasion. A protest has been organised for outside Downing Street this afternoon, and on Saturday campaigners will march
11.11 Here are the top quotes from Ban Ki-moon´s latest statement on Syria: Syria is the biggest challenge of war and peace in the world today. The body entrusted with maintaining international peace and security cannot be missing in action. The Council must at last find the unity to act. It must use its authority for peace. The Syrian people deserve solutions, not silence. 10.59 An al-Qaeda affiliate has threatened a "Volcano of Revenge" against Syrian government security and military targets in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack. A branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
President Obama‘s brazen refusal to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” is inciting Washington insiders to use the “i” word: Impeachment. Senator Tom Coburn (R. Okla.), who has served 19 years in the Senate and calls himself a friend of the president, told a town hall meeting last week that the president’s actions are getting “perilously close” to impeachable offenses. That’s premature. But it is time for members of Congress to take their oath to defend the Constitution seriously and call out the president for his repeated violations. Americans love their Constitution and are proud of the rule of
"Decisions have not been taken," says David Cameron about Syria. And that´s probably the first lie of this war. There´s our brilliant PM on the BBC--chin firm, eyes blue--talking about chemical weapons, making the case, arguing the odds, letting the dogs off the leash, putting a bit of stick about. "I don´t believe we can let that stand," Cameron says, big head nodding. "This is not about getting involved in a Middle Eastern war or changing our stance in Syria or going further into that conflict." No! No! No! It´s just about standing well back and throwing a couple of
For President Obama, the student loan crisis is personal. The Obamas had not repaid all of their $120,000 student loan debts until his election to the Senate in 2004. In a series of speeches last week, Obama pushed for measures that he hopes would force colleges to control costs for massively indebted students. He also expressed the view that law school should only last two years, rather than three. These views are likely informed by Obama’s own college debts, which were recently quantified by The Chicago Sun-Times. Though Obama received a scholarship to attend Occidental College, the money ran out
The Government has been wise to recall Parliament tomorrow to discuss the possibility of military intervention in Syria. I am sure that there will be a unanimous revulsion against the atrocities perpetrated by all sides (and there are more than two) in what has now become a full-blown civil war.[Snip] However what I, and I suspect a good many more, will want to know is exactly how will any action make things better for the various peoples of Syria. It would be a tragedy to use force to destroy installations or military hardware and inevitably incur casualties without a clear
For the first time in two years, the State Department is sending an official representative to North Korea in an attempt to broker the release of jailed American citizen Kenneth Bae. Bob King, the special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will make the trip on Friday. He´ll ask the country for a pardon in Bae´s case. In a statement, the State Department said: "Ambassador King will request the DPRK pardon Mr. Bae and grant him special amnesty on humanitarian grounds so that he can be reunited with his family and seek medical treatment." In July, there were (false) rumors that Jimmy
As it becomes increasingly obvious that President Obama has decided to attack Syria with cruise missiles and perhaps a bit more, those of us who have been urging a stronger stand on Syria for two years should be very pleased. This is what we’ve asked for, isn’t it? It isn’t, and I can’t muster more than one or one and a half cheers. Why not? Two things have been notable about the Syrian civil war. First, real American security interests are at stake in Syria and have been from the start. Iran and the terrorist group Hezbollah, which together have
As I wrote earlier this month, the decision of Attorney General Eric Holder to sue to stop Texas’s voter ID law has little to do with an attempt to prevent actual discrimination. The outcry from the administration on the voter ID issue as well as the manufactured outrage about the Supreme Court’s decision upholding but modifying the Voting Rights Act is predicated on the false idea that these measures are a new version of discriminatory Jim Crow laws. Given the night-and-day difference between the world of Jim Crow that drew Americans to the 1963 March on Washington and the America
Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, is making the case that some "cyber" jobs need to be moved away from the Washington, D.C. area -- and to Louisiana, where those people might be physically safer. “Those jobs can’t all be based inside Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.,” she explained to a local paper. "Some of those jobs need to be located outside the blast zone." Landrieu did not explain what blasts she expects to hit the Washington, D.C. area, or when those blasts might hit. Landrieu is up for reelection, which might explain why she´s trying to bring some more jobs to
The U.S. government will fund $313 million in home mortgages for Palestinians living on the West Bank, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday. The U.S. will also guarantee $110 million in loans to small- and medium-sized businesses located on the West Bank. The mortgage and business-loan activities will be conducted by the federal Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). “OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution,” says OPIC’s website. “OPIC provides financial products, such as loans and guaranties; political risk insurance; and support for investment funds, all of which help American businesses expand into emerging markets.”
President Obama met at the White House with 18 mayors about youth gun violence yesterday — but Mayor Bloomberg wasn’t on hand, even though he’s widely considered the nation’s leading spokesman on the subject. Bloomberg’s office said he was invited last week, but couldn’t attend because of an unexplained scheduling conflict. His conspicuous absence comes just days after he penned an opinion piece in The New York Times slamming Obama for “caving” on anti-tobacco measures in trade negotiations. The administration is “on the verge of bowing to pressure from a powerful special-interest group,” the mayor said in the article. One administration source insisted the