President Shimon Peres on Tuesday weighed into the ongoing debate on Syria´s chemical weapons, saying he believed that the US would not attack the Assad regime if it acted in good faith. "The central issue now is credibility," Peres said during a visit to the Plasson factory at Kibbutz Ma´agan Michael. "If Syria behaves with credibility and takes genuine steps to remove and destroy its chemical weapons, then the United States will not attack." "The world cannot stand silently by in light of the bloodshed and child murder currently taking place in Syria," Peres said, a day after President Barack
"´Your No. 1 client is the government,´ John J. Mack, Morgan Stanley´s chairman and chief executive from 2005 to 2009, told current CEO James Gorman in a recent phone call. Mr. Gorman, who was visiting Washington that day, agreed." - Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2013. The five year anniversary of the ‘financial crisis´ has predictably generated all manner of commentary about its presumed causes. What´s most unfortunate five years later is that ‘financial´ and ‘crisis´ are still used together. It´s unfortunate simply because despite what you read, the crisis was decidedly not financial, nor was it caused by a
A radio news anchor has been left with broken jaw after a brutal attack in his New York apartment. Brian Carey, who hosts a show on CBS station 1010WINS, was found semi-conscious in the lobby of his Upper East Side property at around 11 pm on Monday. The 52-year-old was then taken to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with facial fractures and is unable to speak, sources told The New York Post. Investigators suspect Mr Carey was beaten by an acquaintance in his home before he stumbled into the building’s lobby and collapsed.
Former Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, has a large lead over likely Democratic challenger Rick Weiland in South Dakota’s open Senate contest, according to an automated GOP poll released on Monday. Rounds leads Weiland, a former aide to former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., 58 percent to 38 percent, with 10 percent of respondents undecided, according to the survey from Harper Polling. The open-seat contest marks one of the Senate GOP’s best pickup opportunities this cycle. Sen. Tim Johnson’s retirement announcement left his party searching for a top candidate to take on the former two-term governor. Rounds is the favorite to
SANTIAGO, Chile — By the looks of the bright, shiny Chilean capital, where it´s possible to shop at Starbucks, H&M or Banana Republic, dine at globally ranked restaurants such as Borago, or marvel at the world-class architectural engineering of the continent´s tallest skyscrapers that escaped Chile´s 2010 8.8-scale earthquake unscathed, it´s hard to believe that 40 years earlier Chile was a tottering democracy in ruins, well on its way to becoming a Soviet-Cuban satellite. The country changed course by a legislatively ordered military coup in 1973, which to this day remains globally reviled as if it were a destruction of democracy
Protesters and police have clashed in Chile ahead of the anniversary of the coup led by Gen Augusto Pinochet. Police said they had arrested dozens of people for erecting barricades and throwing stones and petrol bombs. A bus was set alight in the capital, Santiago, where 8,000 officers have been deployed to prevent any violence. The 1973 coup deposed the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, and led to 17 years of military rule. Past anniversaries have regularly been marked by demonstrations, some of which turned violent. Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said on Wednesday that "up to this moment the reports have been very positive compared
Successful recall elections Tuesday of two Democratic state senators in Colorado were because of “voter suppression, pure and simple,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Wednesday. Wasserman Schultz blamed lawsuits filed by opponents of gun control to prevent voters from mailing in ballots, the late announcement of polling locations, and “efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers and other right wing groups who know that when more people vote, Democrats win.” “The recall elections in Colorado were defined by the vast array of obstacles that special interests threw in the way of voters for the purpose of reversing
Most breast cancer deaths happen to younger women who did not get regular mammogram screenings, new research shows. The findings are a departure from screening guidelines that urge routine mammograms only in older women. "The biological nature of breast cancer in young women is more aggressive, while breast cancer in older women tends to be more indolent. This suggests that less frequent screening in older women, but more frequent screening in younger women, may be more biologically based, practical, and cost effective," study author Dr. Blake Cady, professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said in a press
Joe Lhota has defeated John Catsimatidis to become the Republican Party nominee for New York City mayor. Lhota, the former head of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, has 52 percent of the vote with 81 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night. Catsimatidis, a billionaire grocery store magnate, has 41 percent. George McDonald, head of a nonprofit to help the homeless, has 7 percent. Lhota was a deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani and was praised for steering the MTA through Superstorm Sandy. He resigned to run for mayor and led the polls throughout the campaign. He will face the Democratic nominee on
Following President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night address to the nation, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted by calling the president’s effort to get support for his Syria strategy “one of the most odd presidential speeches ever delivered.” Krauthammer decried Obama’s message for giving Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal so much weight. “That’s what makes this one of the most odd presidential speeches ever delivered,” Krauthammer said. “Here is a president who urgently addresses the nation on all channels to call for a pause in assuming that the nation does not want to do in the first place. This is, you know, almost
The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have began forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in Egypt to pay a jizya tax as indicated in Koran 9:29, author and translator Raymond Ibrahim reported on Sunday. Jizya is the money, or tribute, “that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords ‘with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued’ to safeguard their existence,” Mr. Ibrahim explained. According to Fr. Yunis Shawqi, who spoke yesterday to Dostor reporters in Dalga, all Copts in the village, “without exception,” are being forced to pay the tax.
He’s no longer solely America’s biggest headache. It’s now Obama’s ‘Fundamental Transformation of the ?Free World’, and for anyone awake, it can be watched being played out day by day. The unquenchable ego of President Barack Hussein Obama is rebuilding the Russian bear and destabilizing the entire Free World. With 13 questionable US government YouTubes showing that chemical attacks did take place on August 21 in Syria—with no proof who was responsible for them—Obama, who was trying to advance World War III—merely stumbled back into his own trap. And that’s only if he’s not part of the Putin act.
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton on Tuesday called a Russian-brokered offer for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons an “Alice in Wonderland” proposal. With public and Congressional support eroding for President Obama’s plan for military strikes on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday floated the idea that Syria could avert U.S. military action by surrendering its chemical weapons. The State Department later downplayed Kerry’s remarks as merely hypothetical. But Russia jumped at the offer and Syria has said it would agree to go along with it. “I think that proposal is an Alice in Wonderland proposal,” Bolton
It was all too obvious last night that the only reason President Obama gave his speech to the nation was that it would have been too embarrassing to cancel it. The result was inconsistent and unsatisfying at any level. (Transcript here) Obama commandeered the nation´s airwaves to call for a "diplomatic pause" in a Congressional vote he requested to affirm a military threat to enforce a red line he doesn´t take responsibility for. The first half of his talk was intended to spark moral outrage, recalling his mind´s "images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital
Russian President Vladimir Putin will offer to supply Iran S-300 air defence missile systems as well as build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. Putin will renew an old offer to supply Iran with five of the sophisticated ground-to-air missile systems at a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Friday, Kommersant said, quoting a souce close to the Kremlin. Putin is set to meet Rowhani at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation held in Kyrgyzstan on Friday. Russia in 2007 signed a contract to deliver five of the advanced ground-to-air
Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad marks his 48th birthday on Wednesday with the threat of US-led strikes against his regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack apparently receding. A Syrian pro-regime site called on residents of the capital Damascus to demonstrate their support for Assad by joining a convoy of cars in the Mazzeh district to honour him. Assad, a British-trained ophthalmologist who has three children, succeeded his father Hafez, who died in 2000. He came to the position of heir unexpectedly, after his brother Bassel was killed in a car accident. Once considered a potential reformer,
A dozen years on, it remains the biggest unsolved mystery connecting the congressional community to the defining moment in 21st-century American history: Were the United 93 hijackers aiming for the Dome when the passengers revolted and forced the plane to crash into a bucolic southwestern Pennsylvania field? Most people who will go to work on Capitol Hill this Sept. 11 presume there’s no dispute, that the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” I confess I can’t share that certainty and have always wondered why it took such hold. There’s never been anything close to definitive proof. In fact, one of the few al-Qaida
If the Obama White House was a Hollywood movie this week, critics would pan it for way too many confusing scenes, plot lines and unlikable characters. So, days ago Obama decided to try to clarify the situation by scheduling a prime-time address to the nation. But the purpose, when scheduled, was to convince Congress and beyond-skeptical Americans that his very limited Syria strike had anything to do with national interest. By delivery time that purpose had been rendered meaningless. [Snip] Obama tried to make the best of it in his speech, which was a good one as a start educating
The State Department claims that Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the Assad chemical weapons disarmament proposal with his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week. And the White House says that President Obama and Vladimir Putin discussed it during the G-20 Summit. But that was on Tuesday. On Monday, they were singing a different tune. Recall that the first the world heard of this proposal was when John Kerry made an offhand - perhaps even a saracastic comment - at a London press conference
DENVER — Two Democratic state lawmakers who backed tighter gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings have been kicked out of office in a recall election promoted by both grassroots activists and the National Rifle Association. Senate President John Morse lost by just 343 votes Tuesday in a swing district in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs but Sen. Angela Giron lost by a bigger margin in a largely blue-collar district that favors Democrats. The NRA said the election sent a clear message to lawmakers that they should protect gun rights and be accountable to their constituents, not to
Domenico Quirico, an Italian journalist, and Pierre Piccinin, a Belgian teacher, disclosed a grim account of their captivity in Syria as well as potentially new information about the chemical weapon attacks, upon their return to Rome Sunday As a seasoned war correspondent, Quirico traveled to Syria by means of Lebanon on April 6 to cover the revolution. Three days later, Quirico and Piccinin were kidnapped as they traveled to the Syrian city of Homs together. Held hostage for six months, Quirico and Piccinin claim to have overheard their captors through closed doors, discussing the chemical weapon attacks near Damascus. Piccinin reports that
The medical examiner who performed Trayvon Martin´s autopsy and subsequently offered conflicting testimony at the murder trial of George Zimmerman has been relieved of his position. Shiping Bao was fired from his position as an associate medical examiner last week, Fox News confirms. The examiner´s last day on the job was Sept. 6. Dr. Bao has retained a lawyer and is suing Volusia County. In a letter dated Aug. 23 released by Volusia County on Tuesday, Bao was granted 30 days to find employment at another office, and he declined to resign at the end of that period. An attorney Bao has
Moments before President Obama began his speech last night, NBC’s Brian Williams said: “This has slowed way down.” Moments after he finished, ABC’s Martha Raddatz said: “It is highly unlikely that in the coming weeks or even months there will be a military strike in Syria … if ever.” In between came a tale of two speeches as Obama made the case for attacking Syria and, in a sharp pivot, made the case for postponing action. The president tried to thread the needle, arguing for no boots on the ground, but no pinpricks. America is not the world’s policeman, but we should keep
It has become a 9/11 biker tradition. Hop on the hog and roll toward the nation’s capital, along with a million or two of your biker brothers and sisters. All to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Well, the bikers are rolling again today – an estimated 2 million of them. And after some flaps over permits, this rolling parade has a clear path in the nation’s capital. But pity the poor commuter. While the bikers now have the go-ahead, expect nothing short of a traffic nightmare in and around D.C. today. "It is not a crime to parade" through the
BATTLE CREEK, Michigan – Inga spent most of her childhood in a Russian orphanage, longing for parents who would protect her. Her biological mother, a prostitute, had abandoned her when she was a baby. She never knew her father. At the age of 12, her life was about to change. It was 1997, and an American couple was adopting her. "My picture was, I´m gonna have family, I´m gonna go to school, I´m gonna have friends," Inga says today. Less than a year after bringing Inga home, her new parents, Priscilla and Neal Whatcott, gave up trying to raise her.
TUCSON, Arizona – Tom and Misty Mealey brimmed with hope as a battered purple pickup pulled up to their Virginia home. It was July 5, 2009, and their houseguests had arrived – a husband and wife who had driven from upstate New York to the Mealey residence just outside of Roanoke. Until that day, the Mealeys hadn´t met Calvin Eason, then 40, or his wife Nicole, 30. Both were "shabbily dressed," and they didn´t immediately impress, Misty Mealey recalls. Still, if all went well, the Mealeys were prepared to give the Easons one of their children: a 5-year-old boy they