31 Jul 14
Catholic League slams Obama: ‘Do Christian lives mean so little to you?’
The head of the Catholic League issued a scathing criticism at President Obama, posting on his group’s website an essay that pointed to all the Christians being beheaded by Muslim terrorists and asking: Doesn’t that matter to you?
Troops told to refrain from eating, drinking in front of Muslims
Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion.
That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md.
Congressman Massie: There Will Be ‘Anger, Frustration and Embarrassment’ When Redacted Pages of 9/11 Report Come Out
Massie said at a press conference earlier this month that when he read the redacted pages of the report, titled “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001,” he had to stop “every couple pages” to try to rearrange his “understanding of history.”
“It challenges you to rethink everything,” he said. “if we’re going to use 9/11 as a motivation to get involved in these civil wars in the Middle East,” the American public and the lawmakers in Washington “need to read these pages and understand what truly caused 9/11 and who our friends are and who our enemies are.”
Sharansky: Jewish history in Europe is at the beginning of its end
Sharansky joins a number of European figures, including French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, to warn about the alarming rise of anti-Semitism on the continent since the beginning of Israel's military operation in Gaza on July 8.
Iran's Quds Force to Hamas: Turn Israeli land and sky into hell
Suleimani "underlined that confronting the Zionist enemy is a necessity and the Palestinian resistance movement will turn the land and sky into hell for the Zionists." "Disarmament of resistance is a daydream that will only come true in the graveyard" for Israel, said the rarely quoted senior figure.
Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over Ebola
Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicentres of Ebola on Thursday, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to curb the worst ever outbreak of the virus amid fears it could spread beyond West Africa.
Taxis, planes and viruses: How deadly Ebola can spread
For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it's not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes - like humans - use planes, bikes and taxis to spread. So far, authorities have taken no action to limit international travel in the region. The airlines association IATA said on Thursday that the World Health Organisation is not recommending any such restrictions or frontier closures.
Poll of Americans: 59%:17% There is global conflict between Muslim world and Western civilization
Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe there is a global conflict between the
Muslim world and Western civilization. Seventeen percent (17%) disagree, but
24% are not sure. These findings are consistent with earlier surveying.
But just 44% now think the United States is too involved in the Middle East,
down from 54% last October.
Radical action required’: Drug-resistant malaria spreads in Asia, Africa
"It's worse than we expected. We have to act quickly if we are going to do anything," he added. Conventional malaria-control approaches would not be enough, Professor White stated. "We will need to take more radical action and make this a global public health priority, without delay," he said.
US to sell largest ever Hellfire missile cache to Iraq
The United States is preparing to sell the Iraqi government 5,000 Hellfire missiles through a proposed $700 million deal intended to equip Baghdad with additional power as militants from the Islamic State continue to wage a campaign across the region.
INCOMING STORM CLOUD
Yesterday, July 30th, a dark magnetic filament on the sun erupted and hurled part of itself into space. Although the CME is not coming straight for Earth, it does have an Earth-directed component. Computer models suggest it will deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on August 2nd.
Emails show ex-IRS official Lerner using derogatory terms for Republicans
House Republicans have dug up emails from Lois Lerner in which the former IRS official refers to some in the Republican Party as “---holes” and "crazies" – an exchange they say shows her “animus” toward conservatives.
Los Angeles Earthquake Today 2014 Strikes Manhattan Beach
A Los Angeles earthquake today 2014 has struck Manhattan Beach. The Los Angeles earthquake today July 30, 2014 began moments ago and was located near Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, Redondo Beach and Torrance. Damage assessment is pending. Officials tell news that a 3.0 magnitude Los Angeles earthquake today struck just after 12:23 pm PST.
5.6 magnitude earthquake off Iran's Kish Island jolts buildings in the UAE
A magnitude-5.6 tremor struck 48 kilometres off the coast of Kish Island early in the morning on Wednesday.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the mild quake hit close to the Iranian island at around 05:00 Oman time.
Call for 'radical action' on drug-resistant malaria
Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in South East Asia, and has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border, according to a study.
"Radical action" is needed to prevent further spread of malaria parasites resistant to key drugs, say scientists.
The spread could undermine recent gains in malaria control, they report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Nato 'unprepared' for Russia threat, say MPs
Nato is poorly prepared for an attack on a member state from Russia...
The Commons Defence Committee said the recent Ukraine conflict showed "serious deficiencies" in Nato's preparedness to counter threats - and "radical reform" was needed.
The MPs said the risk of a conventional assault remained low - but warned over methods such as cyber-attacks and the use of irregular militias.
House Republicans vote to sue President Obama
The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional powers.
The 225-201 vote along party lines means House lawyers will now draft legal documents to launch a lawsuit.
Its supporters say Mr Obama exceeded his powers when he delayed an insurance deadline in his healthcare law.
Russia threatens Europe with higher energy prices
Russia on Wednesday (30 July) reacted angrily to the EU economic sanctions, threatening to increase energy prices.
“Obsessed with sanctions, Brussels is itself creating barriers for further cooperation in such a key sector as energy industry,” the Russian foreign ministry said in statement.
Netanyahu: Israel won't agree to a truce that doesn't allow IDF to destroy all Gaza tunnels
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he would not agree to any cease-fire that did not allow the IDF to destroy all of the infiltration tunnels in Gaza.
Speaking prior to a security cabinet meeting, the prime minister stated that IDF soldiers are currently finishing off the job of destroying tunnels.
Palestinian delegation arrives in Cairo for cease-fire talks
...Palestinian delegation, comprised of both Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives, arrived on Thursday morning in Cairo to discuss a potential cease-fire agreement with Israel.
...according to...Palestinian sources, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke with the Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Salah, and told him that the groups were willing to "participate in the Egyptian discussions, as one united government."
Despite concerns, US restocks Israel with ammunition
The United States confirmed it had restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition, hours after finally sharpening its tone to condemn an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza.
Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources
A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region.
Argentina has defaulted.
Argentine Finance Minister Axel Kicillof delivered the news to the world from Argentina's consulate in New York City on Wednesday.
'Dozens of bodies' at captured base in Benghazi, Libya
At least 35 bodies have been recovered from a Libyan military base that was overrun by Islamist-led militias, the Libyan Red Crescent says.
The special forces base in Benghazi was captured on Tuesday, after two days of intense fighting.
The Trigger Points For World War III Are In Place
Pessimism is a useful prism through which to view the affairs of states. Their ambition to gain, retain, and project power is never sated. Optimism, toward which Americans are generally inclined, leads to rash predictions of history’s ending in global consensus and the banishment of war. Such rosy views accompanied the end of the Cold War.
Putin's Next Move Could Involve Gas
The next move for Russian President Vladimir Putin could be to block the transit of gas through Ukraine to Europe, write Morgan Stanley analysts.
This could cause energy prices to spike in Putin's effort to retaliate against the world for imposing economic sanctions on Russia.
Israel and Hamas Are Both Winning and Both Losing in Gaza
The war in Gaza is characterized by two sides that, for reasons of domestic and external politics, define victory very differently. Israel employs a reasonably conventional military notion of victory, measuring their success in by their ability to keep their own people safe and destroy Hamas' ability to make war on them. Hamas, for its, part defines victory largely by driving up hatred for Israel both inside and outside of Gaza. These two visions are not only different, but exist on largely different planes, making it possible for both sides to simultaneously view themselves as winning this conflict based on their own criteria.
30 Jul 14
New Report Shows Edward Snowden Is Seriously Damaging U.S. Tech Firms
Within weeks of the first NSA revelation last year, companies like Dropbox and Amazon Web Services reported immediate drops in their sales, the report said. Citing a previous report, it said the NSA’s PRISM program could cost cloud-computing companies from $22 billion to $180 billion over the next ten years.
Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church
Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.
Francis flew by helicopter Monday to visit the under-construction Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta. He met privately with Pentecostal preacher Giovanni Traettino, an old friend.
PENTAGON OFFICIAL: America’s Failure Is Hillary Inc’s 2016 Politics
Clinton advised President Barack Obama to enter the United States into an untenable situation. He listened; she left; and he failed. The effects of the U.S. departure from Libya are both tangible and symbolic, and are indicative of a failed U.S. policy toward that country and the Arab Spring movement on a whole.