Peru slammed reports that Movadef, the nascent political wing of the Shining Path armed group, had met with representatives of human rights groups in Argentina, including the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Association, with the aim of gaining political credibility. Peru’s Foreign Minister, Rafael Roncagliolo, on Thursday “firmly deplored that members of (Movadef) had been received by representatives of non-governmental social organizations” in an official statement. According to the statement, Peru’s ambassador to Argentina, Nicolás Lynch, “held direct conversations with the Argentine
Comments: Argentina has been playing footsie with a lot of terrorists lately - FARC, a Chilean Marxist terrorist assassin they are shielding, Hezbollah, and now Shining Path. They are mice determined to become rats. Someone's got to stomp them before things get worse. They are all busy pontificating about terrorists' 'human rights.'
Colombia is deploying troops in the capital, Bogota, following violent protests in support of a strike by small-scale farmers. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the troops were needed "to assure normality". Clashes with police broke out after thousands of people took to the streets in support of the farmers. At least two people have died. Farmers say government policies are driving them into bankruptcy. "Last night, I ordered the militarisation of Bogota and I will do the same today in any municipality or area that needs the presence of our soldiers," President Santos said in a televised address after an overnight cabinet meeting.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is trying to regain credibility with the conservative base by helping Sens. Ted Cruz (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) with their effort to defund Obamacare in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR), but Tea Party activists are still placing pressure on the junior Senator. “Amid a smattering of boos and yells of ‘no amnesty,’ Sen. Marco Rubio waded through a rowdy summer-recess crowd on Friday where he tried to focus more on the push to defund ObamaCare than the ongoing debate over immigration legislation,” Fox News’ Serafin Gomez reports from Orlando’s Americans for Prosperity Summit. During
Aniruddh Chaturvedi came from Mumbai to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., where he is majoring in computer science. This past summer he interned at a tech company in Silicon Valley. During two years in the U.S., Chaturvedi has been surprised by various aspects of society, as he explained last year in a post on Quora. Chaturvedi offered his latest thoughts on America in an email to Business Insider. The most surprising things about America: Nobody talks about grades here. Everyone is highly private about their accomplishments and failures. Someone´s performance in any field is their performance alone. This is different compared to India where
Israel plans to soon begin deporting migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, who number more than 50,000, back to Africa via Uganda, officials said. Israel regards most of the Africans as illegal visitors in search of jobs, and largely rejects the position of human rights groups that many fled their countries in search of political asylum. A statement late on Thursday from interior minister Gideon Sa´ar said Israel would soon begin a staged process of deporting the migrants, most of whom have crossed the border with Egypt since 2006. Sa´ar said an agreement had been reached with Uganda to absorb the "infiltrators", who would
Cuba has reported a new cholera outbreak with 163 cases, 12 of whom are tourists, though no deaths were mentioned, according to a bulletin from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO. The update from 23 August is based on information provided by epidemiological authorities on the island. Cuban authorities have yet to report publicly the number of cases though on Tuesday a pro-government blogger known as Yohandry quoted on the web the PAHO information which refers to the outbreak in the provinces of Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Camaguey.
Yun Hye-yong was a woman beyond the reach even of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Yun, the lead singer of Kim´s former favorite band Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, was brutally executed after she spurned Kim´s persistent advances and fell in love with another man. Or so claims Chang Jin-song, an author formerly affiliated with the North Korean Workers´ Party, in "Kim Jong-il´s Last Woman." Published in May, it is an epic poem that details Kim´s private life and inside story of his regime based on the true story of the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble. According to the book, Kim ordered Yun Hye-yong´s songs to
Financial Fascism: Bank of America, which was coerced into buying Merrill Lynch during the 2008 financial crisis, is now quietly dissolving the storied 99-year-old investment bank. This is destruction, and not the creative kind. As if the U.S. government´s $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program weren´t bad enough just as a bailout, there´s the specter and now fallout of government meddling on a scale that can only be compared to Mussolini´s corporate state. In the panic of the 2008 financial crisis, solvent BofA was ordered by government regulators to purchase Merrill Lynch, a bank it didn´t want, for $18.5 billion. After that, it
Bethany Hamilton, 23, the surfer who lost her left arm in a tiger shark attack in the waters of Hawaii in 2003 has got married to her Christian youth minister fiánce Adam Dirks on the island of Kauai. The pro-surfer tied the knot in a snall and intimate ceremony on Saturday and confirmed her happy news via Twitter saying, ´Today was the most beautiful, wonderful day of my life! God is more than good. Excited to live life with my husband Adam Dirks.´ The couple met on the beach in the spring of 2012 and their engagement was announced in April. The
It’s not often that Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are on the same page when it comes to foreign policy. But the crisis in Egypt has aligned them on at least one issue. Both favor suspending foreign aid to the most populous Arab country. Here’s a key part of McCain’s joint statement with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): “It is neither in our long-term national interest nor consistent with our values and laws to continue providing assistance at this time to Egypt’s interim government and military. We urge the Obama Administration to suspend U.S. assistance to Egypt and
Vancouver, British Columbia -- Michael Hallatt has spent more than $350,000 at Trader Joe´s in less than two years. But the popular grocery chain doesn´t ever want to see him again. "I´m their best customer," he said with a mix of pride and indignation. Every week, the former Bay Area resident drives his panel van across the border to buy a few thousand dollars worth of merchandise at Trader Joe´s stores in the States. He then turns around and resells the goods at his own shop in Canada for a profit. Now, despite the obvious affection Hallatt and his customers
WASHINGTON – The U.S. government announced Thursday that it has suspended the deportation of 552,918 undocumented young people since the Deferred Action program went into effect a year ago. The government has received a total of 573,404 requests under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration program implemented by the Obama administration on Aug. 15, 2012, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The program suspends for two years the deportation of qualified undocumented youths and young adults who entered the United States as minors.
MOSCOW – At least 4,650 foreigners have been detained by the police in operation “Illegal Immigrant” in two districts of the Moscow region, Russian authorities announced Thursday. On Wednesday alone, 1,800 migrants were swept up in a massive raid on the supplies and building materials markets in Odintsovo. Another 2,850 illegal immigrants were detained over the past two months in the city of Lyubertsy. Authorities in the capital region detained thousands of people over the past few months in an unprecedented campaign against illegal immigrants
Washington -- Speaking from the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, US President Barack Obama said that he has decided to take military action against Syria-- but that he would seek the approval of Congress to do so. "I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets," he said, adding a second decision: "I will seek authorization for the use of force from American representatives in Congress." (Snip) Military leaders, Obama said, gave him the assurance that attack preparations were not "time-sensitive," and could occur "today, tomorrow or next month."
Secretary of State John Kerry will appear on all five Sunday talk shows this weekend, setting up the opportunity to make President Obama´s case on Syria to the public and to members of Congress. Kerry will appear on the Sunday talk shows for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and CNN. The practice of sweeping the whole Sunday lineup — known as the "full Ginsburg," for Monica Lewinski attorney William Ginsburg, who was the first to accomplish the feat in 1998 — is rare, and typically occurs when significant national or international news events develop. Kerry´s appearances will allow him to elaborate
Immediately following his statement from the Rose Garden on Saturday, which President Barack Obama said he would delay a strike on Syria until seeking authorization from Congress, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer took to Fox News to slam the president. Krauthammer criticized Obama for the way he has handled the unfolding of events surrounding the crisis in Syria. “[T]he most astonishing thing is the lack of any urgency,” Krauthammer said. “As you say, Congress will be back in a week. He says, ‘I can strike in a day or a week or a month,’ as if he
Obama has surrendered. (Snip) The old omnipotent President Obama, able to make the seas fall, the child of the world uniquely equipped to build bridges everywhere, answerable only to himself, is gone. As America’s leader the old Obama handed Syria, Russia and Iran and huge victory. Gave it to them on a platter with his vaunting, invincible stupidity. In the process, not only has he shot America in the foot on the world stage but he will have emboldened the Ayatollahs to forge ahead with their nuclear ambitions. (Snip) He has also destroyed himself.
WASHINGTON — Facing faltering support in foreign capitals and Congress for a strike against Syria, the Obama administration on Friday made an aggressive and coordinated push to justify a military intervention on the grounds that American credibility was at stake. One day after the British Parliament voted against an attack on Syria, a stunning blow to White House plans for a broad coalition to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for a mass killing in the suburbs of Damascus last week, President Obama and his top aides gave every indication that they were in final preparations for an attack that
The Obama administration is today still reeling from Thursday’s enormous setback to the Syria intervention effort, as the UK voted to reject military intervention in the war-torn nation. It is difficult to overestimate just how devastating this is to the President’s foreign policy. Britain has stood side by side with America in almost every post-war conflict. The one major exception was the Vietnam War, arguably America’s biggest ever defeat. Put simply, America wins when it goes in with Britain, it loses when it does not. And Britain almost always stands shoulder to shoulder with its strongest ally. So what happened?
On Thursday, two women ages 32 and 24, were allegedly gang-raped by 10-12 black juveniles at Kosciuszko Park in Wilmington, Deleware. The attack reportedly happened at 6:54 PM when the women were sitting on a bench. The boys, who range in age from 12 to 17-years-old, allegedly assaulted the women and then fled. One woman called 911 and both were taken to Christiana Hospital. From MyFoxPhilly: "Initial investigation suggested the victims were in Kosciuszko Park when they were approached by a group of juveniles. The juveniles assaulted the victims and fled in an unknown direction," police said in a news
Barack Obama’s presidency has not been about restraining the powers of the presidency. On major issues both domestic and international — immigration, environmental regulation, the war in Libya, and more — Obama has shown no hesitation to act unilaterally in areas that properly lie within the purview of Congress. But now, the president says that even though he has decided the U.S. should attack the Syrian regime over its use of chemical weapons, he will ask Congress to give him permission to do so. It’s not entirely clear why Obama has decided to exercise restraint now when he has not done
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama released a video message congratulating American Muslims on the many achievements and contributions they have made to American society from its early history to present day. The video, which will be aired today at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention, highlights the myriad of ways the American Muslim community, and specifically ISNA leadership, has served as an effective partner in promoting inter-religious initiatives in the U.S. and religious freedom for minorities around the world. DC Mayor Vincent E. Gray, one of the convention´s keynote speakers, also recognized the significance of the American Muslim experience
After delivering a statement on Syria this afternoon, Barack Obama jumped in the presidential limo and hit the links. Via an NBC reporter: From the pool: Obama and Biden are now playing golf. — Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) August 31, 2013 UPDATE: Via the pool report: "Potus arrived at fort belvoir at 3pm to pay golf with VP Biden, Marvin Nicholson and Walter Nicholson."
The Sunday newspaper supplement Parade magazine has a cover story on "Putting America Back to Work," and promises as a guru "Robert Reich on the future of manufacturing jobs." Inside, Reich´s article is titled "What America Needs Now." Like a good liberal, Reich insisted "we should follow Germany´s lead." America´s high schools need a fifth year for what liberals call the working class: More than 12 million students are projected to drop out of high school over the next decade; the millions more with diplomas face bleak job prospects. Many young people (and their parents) still assume that the only
First Lady and style icon Michelle Obama has come a long way from her preppy school girl look. The White House tweeted on Thursday a photo of Michelle Obama as a fresh-faced 14-year-old in 1978. The black and white portrait shows her sporting a collared shirt under a sweater and what is perhaps her best fashion accessory: her beaming smile. The tweet was accompanied by a link to a White House blog post about the First Lady´s call to arms for young people to be the "next agents of change" as she hosted a viewing of a new documentary about civil rights