31 Jan 14
Hidden snipers to be deployed at Super Bowl
(WWOR-TV) Along with excited and eager fans, SWAT teams and snipers will be attending Super Bowl XLVIII. The reason for such high precautions is because the Super Bowl is a level one national security event. Former FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam explains how snipers work in coordination with SWAT teams to give the fans and players ultimate safety.
US says Syria must comply with chemical weapons deal
THE US accused the Syrian government of using stalling tactics to delay efforts to remove and destroy chemical agents, an indication that the international community's patience is wearing thin over the slow pace of the operation.
The comments, delivered by the American representative to the international chemical weapons watchdog, marked some of the strongest public criticism of Syria's commitment to relinquish its chemical stockpile.
‘Drone warfare helps sell wars to a domestic audience’
Development of modern drone technologies will never eliminate civilian collateral damage in conflict deployment, Michael Raddie, antiwar activist told RT, arguing that investing in drones makes warfare more acceptable for general public.
Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA
Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.
The macaques are the first primates to have their genetic makeup altered with the powerful technology which many scientists believe will lead to a new era of genetic medicine.
Norway blacklists Africa Israel Investments
Norway has blocked its $820 billion pension fund from investing in two Israeli companies because of their construction activities in East Jerusalem.
The Foreign Ministry this week blacklisted Africa Israel Investments and its subsidiary, Danya Cebus, on a recommendation from the fund's ethics council.
San Jose looks to tap into residents’ private surveillance cameras for police use
A new proposal in the San Jose, California City Council would allow residents to voluntarily offer police access to their private video surveillance camera recordings. Authorities say the program would only be used for investigatory purposes.
Stanford law prof: Second Amendment is about restricting gun rights
John J. Donohue, a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, made his remarks during a debate with attorney Donald Kilmer, an adjunct professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.
Syria peace talks due to end in Geneva
The current round of peace negotiations on Syria is due to end in Switzerland later on Friday, with little or no progress expected on core issues.
After a week of talks at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the opposing sides are still stuck on the question of how to proceed.
UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said he hopes for more progress in next week's second round of talks.
UK floods: More weather warnings for south and west
More rain, high winds and high tides are set to hit the south and west of the UK, causing further flooding.
The Met Office is warning of heavy rain in southern England - including the already flooded Somerset Levels - south Wales and parts of Northern Ireland.
The Environment Agency, which has issued numerous flood warnings, said many coastal areas would be affected by high tides in the coming days.
Germany calls for rethink of Eastern Partnership
The EU was wrong not to have analysed possible conflicts with Russia before offering the so-called Eastern Partnership to countries like Ukraine, Gernot Erler, Germany's new chief of relations with Russia and the eastern neighbourhood told journalists in Berlin on Thursday (30 January).
Barely a day in his new job, he said that being labelled as "someone who understands Russia" does not offend him.
IDF: Dramatic increase in Gaza terror in January
There was a dramatic increase in terror activity from Gaza in January, according a press release from the IDF Spokesperson's Office put out on Friday.
Fourteen rockets landed in southern Israel, and five were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system as they were approaching the area surrounding Ashkelon, the statement said.
24 killed in Iraqi suicide bomb attack
SIX suicide bombers burst into an Iraqi ministry building, took hostages and killed at least 24 people including themselves before security forces regained control.
The attack, on the building belonging to the Ministry of Transportation in north-east Baghdad, coincided with a month-long stand-off between the Iraqi army and anti-government fighters in the western province of Anbar.
Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against Marathon terror bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused in the Boston Marathon terror bombings in April that killed three people, injured more than 260 others, and sent a wave of shock and fear through the region.
Vodka blamed for high death rates in Russia
The high number of early deaths in Russia is mainly due to people drinking too much alcohol, particularly vodka, research shows.
The study, in The Lancet, says 25% of Russian men die before they are 55, and most of the deaths are down to alcohol. The comparable UK figure is 7%.
Causes of death include liver disease and alcohol poisoning. Many also die in accidents or after getting into fights.
Syrian government 'demolished thousands of homes'
The Syrian government has been "deliberately and unlawfully" demolishing thousands of homes, a new report by Human Rights Watch says.
Satellite images appear to show large-scale demolitions with explosives and bulldozers in opposition strongholds in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013.
The report says the apparent wanton destruction of civilian property and collective punishment are war crimes.
US warns Moscow of concern over cruise missile test
The United States has raised concerns with Moscow over a reported Russian test of a cruise missile and is evaluating whether it breaks a 1987 treaty, a US official said Thursday.
Washington has raised "the possibility of... a violation," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, amid reports that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile.
NYC school cuts popular gifted program over lack of diversity
A popular gifted-student program at a New York City elementary school is getting the ax after school officials decided it lacked diversity.
PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald told parents in a letter Jan. 24 that Students of Academic Rigor, or SOAR, would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners, the New York Daily News reported.
30 Jan 14
MSNBC apologizes for smearing conservatives as racists
MSNBC took the coward’s way out and deleted the incredibly offensive Twitter message that touched off an online firestorm, but Twitchy preserved it for posterity. Leave it to MSNBC to turn this into a vicious and hateful attack on the “rightwing.” That’s what they do.
Yawning over the Latest Headline News from the Middle East
The Middle East does offer some signs of hope, such as the inspiring example of Israel, the metaphorical “villa in the jungle“; the bracing prospect of Islamists falling into disarray; and the emergence of an independent Kurdistan.
Did Obama Plagiarize Bush’s 2007 State Of The Union?
It turns out that, not only were portions of the speech probably written five years ago, but other parts—some of those with the Republican tinge—were written closer to seven years ago, for Bush’s 2007 State of the Union.
The Sumerian King List still puzzles historians after more than a century of research
What makes this artefact so unique is the fact that the list blends apparently mythical pre-dynastic rulers with historical rulers who are known to have existed. It lists rulers from the antediluvian (“before the flood”) dynasties to the fourteenth ruler of the Isin dynasty (ca. 1763–1753 BC)
Chris Grayling launches court battle over EU rights charter
Mr Grayling wants to reverse human rights legislation and is drawing up sweeping plans for reform, which could include Britain withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights entirely. However, senior judges have ruled in a series of recent cases that a separate EU “charter” of 54 “fundamental rights” has taken hold in Britain by stealth, and can trump the laws made by MPs.
Lapid: Israel faces economic crisis if peace talks fail
A boycott of Israeli products by European countries, in the event that peace talks fail, would constitute a dramatic blow to the Israeli economy, Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned on Wednesday, in an address at the Institute for National Security Studies conference.
Israel as ‘major strategic ally’ bill passes key House panel
It names Israel a “major strategic ally” of the United States — no other nation has the status — and includes measures that would encourage enhanced cooperation such as missile development, energy and homeland security.
Drone Farmer Arrest: Predator Provided Evidence in ND Standoff
It's not clear how long the drone was used to gather evidence but the sheriff's office arrested five Brossart family members....
Beware of the Disney Channel
Disney has decided it is “relevant” to introduce the two lesbian women to the show to force-feed their view of “inclusiveness and diversity.” Thus, it is quite clear to me that Disney no longer wants my granddaughters to view their channel with Good Luck Charlie — or any other show. If they feel it is their responsibility to force-feed that trash and perversion down my throat in their shows, then my only recourse is to boycott all Disney programming. No more movies. No more television channel.
Iran can now build and deliver nukes, US intel reports
Iran now has all the technical infrastructure to produce nuclear weapons should it make the political decision to do, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper wrote in a report to a Senate intelligence committee published Wednesday. However, he added, it could not break out to the bomb without being detected.
Knesset member implies Kerry guided by anti-Semitism
“The prime minister (Benjamin Netanyahu) is maneuvering under the obsessive and unprofessional pressures that might also bear an undertone of anti-Semitism on Kerry’s part,” MK Moti Yogev told Israel Radio.
“He has an anti-Israel foundation in that he does not come to compromise, but instead comes with unequivocal answers about shrinking the Land of Israel and establishing a Palestinian state,”
First He Walks Out of the President’s Major Speech – Now He’s Thinking About Filing Articles of Impeachment
Just hours after he stormed out of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) announced he’s considering filing articles of impeachment against the president. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), right, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) (AP) “I’m considering filing Articles of Impeachment against Barack Obama,” Stockman announced on a website backing his senate run. “You see, I walked out of Obama’s State of the Union address last night,” Stockman’s announcement added. “Obama defiantly vowed not only to radically expand the reach of government from cradle to grave, but to smash the Constitution’s restrictions on government power while doing it.”
Putin: America Is Godless, Has Turned Away from Christian Values
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the West, including the United States, for eschewing Christian values and opting instead for a “path to degradation.”
In his State of the Nation speech last month, Putin asserted that, “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values…