Syria has asked the United Nations to prevent "any aggression" against Syria following a call over the weekend by U.S. President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military for last month´s chemical weapons attack. Washington says more than 1,400 people, many of them children, were killed in the world´s worst use of chemical arms since Iraq´s Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurds in 1988. U.S. military action will be put to a vote in Congress, which ends its summer recess on September 9, giving President Bashar al-Assad time to prepare the ground for any assault and try to rally international
MEXICO CITY — Years of record-breaking deportations in the United States are helping to fuel a developing industry in Mexico: call centers to serve American customers. Major U.S. companies are moving pieces of their multi-billion-dollar customer service industry south of the border to take advantage of a burgeoning workforce of returning migrants. Many are recent deportees who are better able to relate to their U.S. customers and who speak English with American accents. The call centers contract with major U.S. companies such as Time Warner, Dish Satellite and Best Buy. They pay lower Mexican wages, as little as $4 an hour,
Inside the Zaatari camp the mood is bleak among those who have fled the war and now feel the US has deserted them. Across the camp, five miles inside Jordan, Syrian refugees gathered in small groups to listen to Barack Obama. Some watched on al-Jazeera TV, others tuned in to the radio, many followed on Twitter or online news sites. (snip) "We thought, when he began to speak, the strikes on Bashar al-Assad´s regime were going to start immediately," said one refugee, Abu Assam. "Then he said ´but´."
Union leaders cancelled this year’s Labor Day Parade on Fifth Ave. in favor of a get-out-the-vote campaign for impending city elections. There was precious little to celebrate anyhow. Across America the ranks of unionized workers continue to fall. The struggling — and very worthy — effort to organize fast-food workers stands as the only broad-scale push to halt the long slide. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy has been brutal on the working- and middle-classes. In the four years since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, America has created jobs so glacially that unemployment still stands at 7.4% nationally, and
For all the talk these days of how to revive our supposedly moribund American Dream, it took a college dropout-turned-actor to state the obvious. “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work,” Ashton Kutcher recently said at the Teen Choice Awards. “I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.” That such remarks
Western intelligence reports about Syrian use of chemical weapons that have been seen by the Russian government are “completely unconvincing,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Mr Lavrov said that evidence recently provided by the United States, Britain, and France showing regime culpability for chemical weapons attacks was too vague to stand up to scrutiny. “What we were shown before and what our American, British and French colleagues sent us more recently absolutely does not convince us,” he said. His remarks came a day after John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, insisted America had evidence that Bashar al-Assad
President Obama looked uncomfortable as he stood before the nation on Saturday, announcing that he would ask for a congressional resolution of support to use limited force in Syria. Obama, who won the hearts and souls of many Americans in the 2008 election with his trenchant criticism of President George W. Bush´s war in Iraq, now finds himself leading a controversial and ambiguous military operation that has little support, in Congress or abroad. Asking Congress for a resolution of support is an important step in making this decision, but what will matter much more is how the operation unfolds.
The discovery, reported by The Washington Post, has heightened fears that America´s intelligence community is being targeted by terrorist and other extremist organisations for infiltration, as well as by foreign governments´ own spies. All such US agencies are investigating thousands of their own employees to counter the threat. The classified budget document which revealed the extent of the CIA´s efforts was itself passed to the newspaper by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, now a fugitive in Russia under temporary asylum after leaking thousands of secret documents. Although the file did not describe the nature of the jobseekers´
RIO DE JANEIRO — The National Security Agency´s spy program targeted the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, and in the case of Mexico´s leader accessed the content of emails before he was elected, the U.S. journalist who obtained secret documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden said Sunday. Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, told Globo´s news program "Fantastico" that a document dated June 2012 shows that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto´s emails were being read. The document´s date is a month before Pena Nieto was elected.
MOSCOW - Russia is sending a reconnaissance ship to the eastern Mediterranean, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, as the United States prepares for a possible military strike in Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will seek congressional authorization for punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after what Washington said was a sarin gas attack that killed over 1,400 people. Russia is a staunch backer of Assad in his war with rebels trying to topple him.
´Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.´ the inscription on the Statue of Liberty states. And, for decades, Lady Liberty, mother of exiles, stood watch as millions of immigrants arrived in the U.S. in hope of a better life. The impact of mass immigration on the U.S. can now be seen on a census map charting the ancestry of the 317 million people who call it home today. Although the 2010 census left out questions about ethnicity, this map shows how it looked in 2000, according to Upworthy. By far the largest ancestral group, stretching from coast
While Egypt bleeds, Syria haemorrhages, with as many as 1,300 people killed in a government attack on Wednesday. Libya is still unstable, while even Tunisia, the country where the revolutions began, faces an uncertain future. When the first protests in the region began, following the self-immolation of market trader Mohamed Bouazizi in January 2011, who could have predicted that it would end like this? Well, pretty much everyone did, with the exception of most western governments, the BBC and the rest of the liberal media. From the start of the uprisings the narrative has been that the Arab world is
Jane Fonda is almost three times older than some of her fellow models in L´Oreal´s new campaign. Yet the ever youthful actress, 75, puts others in the shade as she takes centre stage in a video for the brand´s Color Riche Collection Privée nudes range. Eva Longoria, 38, also shines in the new campaign, along with Victoria´s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes, 28, and Julianne Moore, 52. Fan Bingbing, 31, also stars alongside Liya Kebede, 35, Inès de la Fressange, 56, and Freida Pinto, 28. Scroll down for video -The new Color Riche Collection Privée by L’Oréal Paris is a range
Barack Obama´s decision to follow David Cameron in seeking political backing for an attack on Syria was viewed at Westminster yesterday as a huge vindication for the Prime Minister. The American president’s shock announcement that he would seek permission from Congress after it meets again on September 9 will delay any action, and could even scupper it if he also loses. [ Snip] It emerged yesterday that Mr Obama had tried to raise Mr Cameron’s spirits in their telephone call on Friday to discuss Thursday’s Commons defeat, asking him “How are you, brother?” However, the Obama administration has predicted Congress
President Obama and his top aides began a full-scale political offensive on Sunday to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, but faced a struggle to win over lawmakers from both parties and a war-weary American public. The President made calls to members of the House of Representatives and Senate, with more scheduled for Monday, underscoring the task confronting the administration before it can go ahead with using force in response to a deadly chemical attack blamed on the Syrian government. Dozens of lawmakers, some in tennis shirts or shirtsleeves, cut short their vacations and streamed
Ed Miliband is guilty of everything that the Tories accuse him of: his behaviour over the Syria vote was one of the most shameful episodes of crass political opportunism in modern Parliamentary history. [Snip] It must have been very tempting to do what David Cameron did after that infamous vote in the Commons last Thursday: to declare that the House would have its way--and then be forced to live with the consequences. All right then, he said, this is what you wanted--see how you enjoy the global repercussions of your moral cowardice. Wasn´t there just a hint of sulk--a hint
[Video] In his 24 years on Capitol Hill, Joe Lieberman "never saw anything like" President Obama´s surprise announcement Saturday that he will seek congressional authorization for a limited strike in civil war-torn Syria, the former independent Connecticut senator said over the weekend on "Fox News Sunday." "We had President Clinton acting in Bosnia and Kosovo without endorsement by Congress," Lieberman said. "In the 1991 Gulf War, President Bush 41 was massing troops, ultimately over a half a million Americans. There was a debate about whether he should come to Congress for authorization - he did; it was very close.
In a Facebook post titled “Let Allah Sort It Out,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin condemned President Obama’s decision to get further involved with the ongoing civil war in Syria. “So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot?” Mrs. Palin asked on Friday. “President Obama wants America involved in Syria’s civil war pitting the antagonistic Assad regime against equally antagonistic Al Qaeda affiliated rebels. But he’s not quite sure which side is doing what, what the ultimate end game is, or even whose side we should be on.”Mrs. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee,
In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation´s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation. In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO´s support of Obamare. "We feel the Federation has done a great disservice
World War II began 74 years ago Sunday when German troops invaded Poland. The invasion conclusively discredited the concept of "appeasement" as a foreign policy for, well, the next 74 years. But if the U.S. Congress opposes authorization of the military mission to Syria that President Obama has now handed off to it, and Obama uses that as an excuse to back further away from enforcement of his "red line," the "A" word will likely come to dominate the international debate once again. And Barack Obama, who in his first term was known as the vanquisher of Osama bin Laden, could
President Obama’s surprising decision to seek congressional authorization to attack Syria has caused considerable concern in Israel, according to David Horovitz, founding editor of the Times of Israel. Horovitz says the Israeli political and military leadership “is now fearful that, in the end, domestic politics or global diplomacy will ultimately lead the US to hold its fire altogether.” Moreover: It is worried at the ever-deeper perception of Obama’s America in the Middle East as weak, hesitant and confused — most especially in the view of the region’s most radical forces, notably including Bashar Assad, Hezbollah, and Iran. And it is
Egypt´s ousted president Mohamed Morsi will reportedly stand trial on charges of committing and inciting deadly violence. The country´s state news agency said public prosecutor Hesham Barakat had referred Mr Morsi and 14 other members of his Muslim Brotherhood to a Cairo criminal court. He will stand trial accused "of committing acts of violence and inciting the killing and thuggery", the agency reported. It follows deadly street clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012, involving his supporters and those who opposed his rule. Mr Morsi, who became Egypt´s first democratically elected president, was removed from office in July. Since
Below is the transcript of a speech David Horowitz recently delivered at the Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Florida. I’m pleased to be here. I want to thank Tim Phillips for inviting me to this gathering, and the Koch brothers for organizing it. Most of you probably know that I grew up in a Communist family and had a misspent youth as a Marxist leader of the New Left in the 1960s. In later years, when I reflected on the damage our “revolution” had inflicted on our country, I would ask myself “Where was the ruling
Obama’s belated agreement to take the Syrian strikes before Congress, while asserting that he will not be bound by whatever Congress decides, buys him a convenient exit strategy. The Congress trap will let Obama opt out of an attack that he is ambivalent about while blaming Republicans for destroying American credibility. Even now the progressive spin machine is roaring into action and denouncing Congress for not immediately returning to session to consider Obama’s plan.
President Obama has released the text of the resolution he will send to Congress, asking them to rubber stamp his already-made decision to bomb Syria.(Snip)Some thoughts: 1) Nothing in this resolution limits Obama to attacking just the Assad regime. In fact, it authorizes him to attack any country, or any “non-state actor” anywhere in the world. 2) Nothing in this resolution limits Obama from sending ground troops into war. In fact, it authorizes him “to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary” to prevent spread of chemical weapons.