Secretary of State John Kerry will host Nixon-era Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for a meeting Wednesday, just one day before he is due to lock horns with the Russian foreign minister over the Syria crisis. Kissinger, best known as the 1970s diplomat who crafted the U.S.-Soviet détente and helped open China to the West, suggested during the summer that Syria should be broken up into separate nations for its varied religious and ethnic groups. He has generally been supportive, however, of military strikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime, warning that doing nothing would be ´catastrophic.´
HAMILTON, Bermuda--Humberto grew to hurricane force far out in the Atlantic early Wednesday, becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, while Bermuda shook off a drenching by Tropical Storm Gabrielle. Humberto’s maximum sustained winds were near 80 mph (130 kph) and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it could gain more strength before a weakening trend likely starts, with the storm still far from land. It was centered about 340 miles (550 kilometers) west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and was moving north at 9 mph (15 kph). In Bermuda, meanwhile, Gabrielle caused several power outages overnight, but
Syria´s situation is as dangerous as that in Rwanda before the genocide, according to the commander of the UN forces who tried in vain to convince the world to intervene. Lt General Romeo Dallaire, head of the UN in Rwanda at the time, made increasingly desperate attempts to rally the world and send soldiers to stop the genocide. But, unwilling to intervene in a far-off land, the UN members did not respond--and 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. [Snip] "Why should people want to engage when the politicians go at it half-assed? If the politicians, who are supposed to
In a recent National Review piece, Jim Geraghty pondered the alliterative question, “Can Conservative Comments from Celebrities Change the Culture?” He’s worried that by touting two celebrity quotes that espoused conservative values, the right is wading into the shallow waters of pop culture and degrading the serious business of politics. His concern couldn’t be more misdirected. A few weeks ago, rock star/globetrotting activist Bono asserted that capitalism pulls more people out of poverty than aid does. As if this concept emanating from such a pop icon weren’t refreshing enough to conservative ears, hip actor Ashton Kutcher gave a Teen Choice Awards
Russia has now handed over to the US its plans for making Syria´s chemical weapons safe, Russian media say. Russia announced its plans for placing Syria´s stockpile under international control on Monday and Syria said it welcomed the initiative. The proposal led US President Barack Obama to put military action against Syria on hold in favour of diplomacy. [Snip] Russian news agencies quoted one Russian source as saying: "We handed over to the Americans a plan to place chemical weapons in Syria under international control. We expect to discuss it in Geneva." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary
Tripoli - Armed groups in Libya are currently blocking key oilfields - hijacking the government of its main source of revenue and leading to some fuel shortages and blackouts. Billions of dollars have been lost over the last few months as oil production has plummeted, costing about $130m (£82m) a day. Earlier this year, Libya was producing at least 1.5 million barrels of oil per day; last week a little more than 100,000 were pumped a day - a figure which officials say has gone up to 263,000 this week. Leading the blockade are armed groups made up of current
Hillary Clinton hit pause on her presidential ambitions last night as she had to share a stage with former Florida governor Jeb Bush who is thought to be one of the most likely Republican candidates in 2016. In addition to being a politician himself, the son of one president and the brother of another, Jeb is also the chair of the National Constitution Center and was on hand to award the former First Lady with a lifetime achievement award. The evening wasn´t without any awkward moments, however, as a group of hecklers interrupted the ceremony chanting ´Benghazi´ repeatedly, as the
While the debate continues over the presence of al Qaeda fighters among the Syrian rebels, Americans’ confidence in the weakening of that terrorist organization has fallen to levels not seen since before the killing of Osama bin Laden. Most Americans also continue to worry more about a domestic terror attack than one from outside our borders. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 31% of American Adults now believe al Qaeda is weaker than it was before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Belief that al Qaeda was weaker jumped from a low of 25% on the
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday lamented that President Barack Obama’s televised address did not mention helping the Syrian opposition, saying he feels for his friends among the rebels. “I was very disappointed that the president did not mention the Free Syrian Army and our moral and material assistance for them, which is required. I think they do feel that they are being abandoned,” the Arizona Republican said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday. “I feel badly, very badly for my friends in the Free Syrian Army today.”
About a million more square miles of ocean are covered in ice in 2013 than in 2012, a whopping 60 percent increase -- and a dramatic deviation from predictions of an "ice-free Arctic in 2013," the Daily Mail noted. Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August 2013, as compared to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded on Sept. 16, 2012, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. A chart published Sept. 8 by NSIDC shows the dramatic rise this year, putting total ice cover within two standard deviations of the 30-year average.
A young researcher whose opinions on Syria were cited by both Senator McCain and Secretary of State John Kerry in congressional testimony last week has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for allegedly faking her academic credentials. The institute issued a statement on its website concerning the researcher, Elizabeth O’Bagy: The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University. ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge who oversaw a secret U.S. spy court almost shut down the government´s domestic surveillance program designed to fight terrorism after he "lost confidence" in officials´ ability to operate it, documents released Tuesday show. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton issued a blistering opinion in March 2009 after discovering government officials had been accessing domestic phone records for nearly three years without "reasonable, articulate suspicion" that they were connected to terrorism. Walton said the government´s excuse that the program was complicated "strained credulity," and he ordered the National Security Agency to conduct an "end-to-end" review of its processes
Any wind still left in the sails of gun control advocates likely died—at least for now—when Colorado voters successfully recalled two state senators on Sept. 10. This stern punishment came after lawmakers in the Mile High state toughened regulations on background checks and limited the size of ammo magazines. It was a rout. Billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg led a team of deep-pocketed out-of-towners in trying to rescue state senate president John Morse and his colleague Sen. Angela Giron, both Democrats. But the grassroots rebellion, fanned and funded by the National Rifle Association and other conservative groups, was
Don´t touch Dante de Blasio´s Afro. The 16-year-old Brooklyn Tech student is being credited with giving his father, Bill de Blasio, a big boost in New York City mayor´s race. The elder de Blasio was the top vote-getter in Tuesday´s Democratic primary and is slightly above the 40% support he needs to avoid a runoff with Bill Thompson. The winner will face Republican Joe Lhota on Nov. 5. Dante, with his big smile and even bigger hair, starred in a campaign commercial that helped push de Blasio and the candidate´s message of ending economic inequality for New Yorkers to the
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.
Joe Lhota savored his new title of Republican mayoral nominee Tuesday night — and said the election presented voters with a clear choice of two starkly different directions for New York City. In a victory speech that struck a serious tone — only interrupted when he broke out into wide grins as supporters cheered him at the New York Hilton Midtown — Lhota immediately attacked top Democratic vote-getter Bill de Blasio and his signature theme of New York as a city of haves and have-nots. “I’m hearing an awful lot coming from the other side about a ‘tale of two
A large rally to commemorate 9/11 will roar through the streets Wednesday. "Two Million Bikers to D.C." will honor the victims and members of the military called to serve after the attacks. On their Facebook page, in all caps, the group says they will stand by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, adding that they´re "against any fundamental transformation of America." The ride will begin at Harley Davidson of Washington in Fort Washington, Md., at 11 a.m. Their site does not specify a destination within D.C. Organizers tried to get a last-minute permit to close some intersections, but the National
The Arab media has been butchering President Barack Obama’s image in the Middle East, portraying him as weak, lacking leadership, and scheming for American domination. But he’s not faring much better in the United States’ closest ally in the region – Israel. A review of Israeli media by Politico shows a few clear story lines: Vladimir Putin has outplayed the president; Iran is strengthened; and Obama is a weak leader that Israel may no longer be able to count on to help stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. On the front page of Tuesday’s Israel Hayom, a neoconservative paper, the
Russia will supply Iran with a modified version of the vaunted S-300 anti-aircraft system as well as build a new nuclear reactor for the Ayatollah´s regime, the Russian daily Kommersant business newspaper reported Wednesday. (Snip) Kommersant reported that the deal between Moscow and Tehran was formulated as part of Russia and Iran´s "commonality of views on the situation in Syria." "We were in the same boat. Strategically, we see a different future for Syria, but tactically both countries oppose U.S. intervention," Public Policy Research Center Director Vladimir Yevseyev told the paper. Israel views the Russian-Syria deal with great suspicion,
Syria´s opposition and rebel forces are fuming over US President Barack Obama and the West´s handling of the Syrian crisis, specifically the latest developments regarding the US attack on Syria. Qassim Saad al-Din, a spokesman for the Syrian opposition military command, told the London-based paper Asharq Al-Awsat that the Russian compromise with the US regarding Syria´s chemical arms was reached "at the expense of the blood of the Syrian people." According to al-Din, "the only thing the West is interested in is protecting Israel and disarming the arms threatening it. The 100,000 killed in Syria do not top their priorities."
As Americans pause today to remember the trauma--and heroism--of September 11, 2001, we have a new reason to commemorate the day: the embassy attacks of September 11, 2012. A year later, there have been no arrests and no responses. Those responsible for neglecting embassy security have been restored, while those who raised concerns are still suffering. And the leaders most responsible pretend nothing happened. The story of how President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have escaped accountability for what happened in Benghazi, Libya and in Cairo, Egypt a year ago today is one of the great political escapes,
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.