Sep 01

New York Times Calls For Full-Scale War In Ukraine

putin-ak47The New York Times describes the regime in Kiev installed by a violent coup d’état and led in part by fascists and xenophobic nationalists as “one of us” and demands the U.S. arm the regime in its war in eastern Ukraine. “The West needs to be honest with Ukraine. We talk as though this country were one of us — as if, one day, it will become a member of the European Union and the NATO alliance. That is Kiev’s wish, but the West is not giving Ukraine the means to fight this war,” writes Ben Judah. That is only the wish of some of the people of Ukraine. 96% of Crimeans voted to break away from the regime in Kiev earlier this year. In the oblasts of Donetsk, Odessa, Luhansk and elsewhere in Ukraine large Russian minorities want to sever relations with a government that includes members of Svoboda and others – Pravy Sektor, Patriots of Ukraine, Trizub, and Ukrainian National Self Defense – who advance radical Russophobic rhetoric. The leader of Svoboda, Oleh Tyahnybok, has called for liquidating “the Moscow-Jewish mafia” ruling Ukraine. More

Sep 01

Has the U.S. Now Become a ‘Third World Country”?

moneycapSlightly more than one American household with children in every 25 is surviving on less than $2 per day of income from all sources. One quarter of that 4.3% (that’s 1% of all Americans with children) receive less than $1.25 per day. One third (that’s about 1.33% of all Americans) receive between $1.25 and $2. Another third of that 4.3% receive enough government benefits to be living on between $1.25 and $2 a day. A tiny 0.1% of that 4.3% are even surviving somehow on “Negative income & benefits.” On 26 August 2014, the co-authors of a Brookings Institution paper published a chart of those findings (reproduced here below, courtesy of the Brookings Institution) that looks like it might be some painting at the Museum of Modern Art, though what it refers to isn’t nearly so pretty, and is actually quite miserable. More

Sep 01

Sudan bans reporting on Ebola – healthcare workers go on strike at Ebola center in Sierra Leone

1_3985634The Sudanese authorities have prohibited local media from covering any news related to the Ebola virus. Press sources who asked not to be mentioned for security reasons confirmed to APA on Saturday that the security authorities have circulated warning to all media outlets not to publish any news or articles related to the transmission of the Ebola virus in Sudan. The prohibition came after local media reported on some suspected cases of Ebola in the west of Sudan. The Minister of Health Affairs for the Darfur Regional Authority, Firdos Abdel Rahman Yousif denied reports of the deadly Ebola virus disease in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur State. The Sudan News Agency quoted the minister as saying the suspected case had come from Abeche in Chad. The patient suffered from hemorrhagic fever, began taking treatment from the health center, and was then transferred to a hospital in El Geneina, she claimed. The Ebola epidemic has killed over 1, 400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since its outbreak in West Africa in February. Over 2, 500 people are infected by the virus in the region according to the World Health Organization. 
Healthcare workers strike: Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone over pay and poor working conditions. “The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid our allowances and we lack some tools,” Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the Kenema clinic in the country’s east, said. Mr. Mehemoh said clothing to protect health workers being infected was inadequate and there was only one broken stretcher to carry both patients and corpses, increasing the risk of infection. In a further sign of strained resources, nurses and members of the burial team at Kenema said the government had stopped paying their wages of $US50 a week. Sierra Leone has only one other Ebola treatment centre, however the World Health Organization (WHO) shut the laboratory this week and withdrew staff from the Kailahun facility after one of its health workers caught the virus there. The country’s government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history which has killed more than 1,550 people across West Africa, with the rate of infection still rising. – Extinction Protocol

Sep 01

Rapid Ebola Mutation could “render treatment and vaccines ineffective”

ebola-mutationsAs countries across the world battle to contain the spreads of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the killer ailment appears to be devising means of circumventing efforts to stop it, researchers have said. Experts claim that the virus is “rapidly and continually mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat.” This is just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared, on Saturday, that the index case, Patrick Sawyer, in a “devilish” connivance with some Liberian authorities, intentionally brought the disease to Nigeria. He also noted that the disease, which he said had become a global problem, had been taking a toll on Nigeria’s economy, charging the Federal Government to partner the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union (EU) and government of America in containing the virus. Sunday Tribune’s finding showed that result of a research by a team of American scientists indicates that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed almost 400 genetic modifications, concluding that this could render current treatment ineffective and put vaccines that are being worked on for its cure in danger. According to reports, the team of researchers, under the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University, analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes which were collected from 78 patients diagnosed with the disease in Sierra Leona in the first 24 days of the current outbreak. Dr Pardis Sabeti, a senior associate member at the Broad Institute and an associate professor at Harvard University, who was among leaders of the research, said “by making the data immediately available to the community, we hope to accelerate response efforts. More

Sep 01

Interpol Arrests Parents For Disobeying Doctors

e090e23f5e3172225e0f6a70670075b3The grandmother of a British boy with a severe brain tumor has accused UK authorities of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice. Patricia King told the BBC on Monday it was an “absolute disgrace” that her son and daughter-in-law were accused of child neglect after they took 5-year-old Ashya from Southhampton General Hospital last week. The family says UK authorities had refused to give Ashya the kind of treatment he needed. More

Aug 31

US Back to pressuring Israel as it urges reverse plan of West Bank land seizure

F110803MS15-635x357The US has called for Israel to cancel its plan to appropriate about 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank, close to the spot where three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped in June. “We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity,” a US official told Reuters. “ This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes… is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians.”  “We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision,” the official said in Washington. Earlier Sunday, the Palestinian Authority decried. More

 

 

Aug 31

Wars and Rumors of War

us-russia-plunging-into-new-cold-warThe United States faces the possibility of greater involvement in two wars: one with Russia and one with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, aka the Islamic State. One is a throwback to nationalist wars of the past. The other is a worrying harbinger of the future. But for Ukraine the future is now. The Russian invasion and undermining of Ukraine continues as do the absurd denials by Russian President Vladimir Putin. . The latest front around the port city of Mariupolin southeast Ukraine appears aimed at opening a land corridor to the previously seized Crimea. It could also presage a push to extend the land corridor to Transnistria, the ethnic Russian part of Moldova. This would cut off Ukraine from the Black Sea and leave it a land-locked rump state. The rebels and their Russian supporters deem this the “Novouisiya” or New Russia and Putin continues to deny Russian involvement while saying a new state must be part of any negotiated settlement. More

Aug 31

Expert warns of ‘Imminent’ ISIS threat to U.S. Power Grid

GRID 1ISIS terrorists pose an “imminent” threat to the U.S. electric grid with the capacity to coordinate a devastating assault on our nation’s infrastructure, warned a leading homeland security and terrorism expert in a radio interview Sunday.  Dr. Peter Pry, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards. He also served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, and the House Armed Services Committee. “There is an imminent threat from ISIS to the national electric grid and not just to a single U.S. city,” said Pry. More

Aug 31

From NY to Texas, KKK recruits with candies and fliers

American Nazi Party Holds Rally At Valley ForgeCarlos Enrique Londoño laughs at the Ku Klux Klan recruitment flier recently left on the driveway of his suburban New York home. It’s unlikely the group would accept him. “I’m Colombian and dark-skinned,” said Londoño, a painter and construction worker who has lived in Hampton Bays on Long Island for 30 years. The flier was tucked into a plastic bag along with a membership application, the address for the KKK national office in North Carolina, a list of beliefs and three Jolly Rancher candies. More

Aug 31

Israel shoots down drone near Syrian border

isersIsrael has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Israeli airspace near the Syrian border on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed. The drone was destroyed by a Patriot surface-to-air missile over Quneitra in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. “In spite of the IDF’s sensitivity to recent occurrences in the proximity of the border, we have repeatedly stated that we will respond to any breach of Israel’s sovereignty and will continue to act to maintain safety and security to the civilians of the State of Israel,” Lerner added. This is the first drone from Syria that Israel has shot down, although the IDF has shot down UAVs from Hamas and Hezbollah before. More

Aug 31

California Sets Stage for First Groundwater Regulations

DROUGHT 1California lawmakers have sent Governor Jerry Brown legislation that would for the first time regulate groundwater use as the most-populous U.S. state suffers from a record drought. The proposals would require local governments to develop groundwater regulations and give the state the power to step in and enforce restrictions if necessary. Three years of record low rain and snow have left more than 80 percent of California in extreme drought. With reservoirs at less than half capacity and water supplies to the nation’s most productive agricultural region rationed, well drilling has doubled and even tripled in some counties. More

Aug 31

Islamic State vows to reach ‘Palestine’ and ‘Kill the Barbaric Jews’

JEWS 2Islamic State’s English-language publication inspires potential recruits with graphic images and messages of jihad while vowing to strike down every “obstacle on its path to Palestine.”  The organization calling itself the Islamic State has risen from the fog of war in Syria and Iraq in recent months and drawn the attention of the world with major victories on both sides of the Euphrates River that have claimed swaths of territory for its declared caliphate, or Islamic State. Now in the organization’s new English language publication,Dabiq, aimed at young Muslims in western states, the extremist organization declared, “Islamic State will do everything within its means to continue striking down every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its path towards Palestine.” More

Aug 31

9 Secrets That Your Pastor’s Wife Wishes You Knew

certShe’s always there. Sometimes in the background, sometimes with a welcoming smile up front, sometimes noticed and appreciated, sometimes being silently judged. Your pastor’s wife; the powerful force behind most church leaders often perceived as a mystery by the rest of the church.  It doesn’t have to be that way. What if we just asked our pastor’s wife to candidly, honestly, even anonymously share some of their secrets? What if we invited them to share their hearts and tell us what they wished the church knew? I posed a simple, open-ended question to a panel of pastors’ wives in different states, from different denominations, with various years of service, “If you could tell the church a few things about your role as a pastor’s wife, what would you say?” More

Aug 31

How to Defeat the Insidious Spirit of Jezebel

seeeJezebel was a Phoenician princess who married Ahab, king of Israel. Her father was Ethbaal, king and high priest of the Sidonians. Queen Jezebel introduced Baal worship into Israel. By acquiescing to her idolatry, King Ahab broke the first two commandments: “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them” (Ex. 20:3–5). Baal worship gives us clues as to the workings of Jezebel. The name Baal means “lord” or “possessor.” According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, Baal was the sun-god of Phoenicia, and the supreme deity among the Canaanites and various other pagan nations. His full title is Baal-Shemaim, which means “lord of heaven.” In Greek mythology, Baal is the equivalent of Zeus. More

Aug 31

Facebook Adds New “Gender-Neutral” Family Options

transtFacebook is making some changes towards a more inclusive community for users with the addition of gender-neutral options for family member identification. Previously the social networking site had announced the addition of customizable gender options for its U.S. users along with three pronoun choices: him, her or them. The change was meant to give people more ways to describe themselves, “such as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual,” the Associated Press reported. Now, Facebook is expanding its gender-neutral options to include family members, the Advocate noted. The new additions include sibling (gender neutral), parent (gender neutral), grandchild (gender neutral) and more. More

Aug 31

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Goes “Gay”

dance“So You Think You Can Dance” is show that runs on physical skill and sexual chemistry, but up until now, that chemistry’s been pretty heterosexual. Although the dancers in the show do occasionally pair up in same-sex duets, as gay site The Backlot notes, those duets are always very pointedly unromantic. (Think Sharks vs. Jets, not Tony and Maria.) Which is why the show’s opening number on Wednesday night was so groundbreaking. The final four competitors danced to the ballad “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Where another choreographer might have paired them off in the heterosexual couples the show’s audience is accustomed to, “So You Think You Can Dance” veteran Travis Wall decided to do things a little differently.  The dancers, clad in white dresses or white suits that seem almost wedding-inspired, balance their weight on their partners as they twist and turn. More

Aug 31

New fissure eruption at Iceland volcano prompts highest aviation warning

icedsA small new fissure eruption in an ice-free area of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano system prompted authorities to raise their warning of the risk of ash to aviation to the highest level on Sunday. Iceland’s largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) swathe across the North Atlantic island, has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe’s air space for six days. “The eruption is a very calm lava eruption and can hardly been seen on seismometers,” the Icelandic Meteorological Office said in a statement. “There is no ash, only lava,” Eggert Magnusson at the National Crisis Coordination Centre said. More

Aug 31

ISIS siege of Iraqi town over after U.S. airstrikes and aid drops

iserIraqi security and volunteer forces have broken the siege of Amerli and have entered the town, retired Gen. Khaled al-Amerli, an Amerli resident and member of its self-defense force, told CNN on Sunday. Iraqi state TV also reported that the siege had been broken. The news prompted a wave of celebrations across the town, which had been besieged by fighters from the terror group ISIS. Residents waved the Iraqi flag and fired celebratory shots into the air, al-Amerli said. “Today is a day of victory for Iraq and the resilient people of Amerli,” the retired general said. The breakthrough came after the United States said it carried out airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid in Amerli to protect an ethnic minority that one official said faced the threat of an “imminent massacre.” More

Aug 30

ISIS selling Yazidi women in Syria

yellThe nightmare of ISIS persecution continues for hundreds of Yazidi girls and women who were abducted by the Sunni Muslim extremist group and are being sold to its fighters in Syria, according to a human rights group. In the past few weeks, ISIS has distributed or sold about 300 female members of the persecuted religious minority who were abducted in Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group aligned with the opposition in Syria. Who are the Yazidis and why does ISIS want to kill them? Yazidi refugees braced for life in exile Yazidi refugees braced for life in exile Waves of refugees flee to northern Iraq Yazidi refugees desperate for help ISIS massacre survivors speak out In ISIS’ eyes, the girls and women are “slaves of the spoils of war with the infidels,” the Syria monitors said, adding that the terrorists sold them for about $1,000 each, claiming they had converted to Islam so that they can marry ISIS fighters. More

Aug 30

D.R Congo confirms 7 new cases of Ebola in 2nd outbreak – reported number of cases in W. Africa explode: 550 in one week

ebserHealth authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have confirmed seven new Ebola cases in the northwestern Equateur Province, bringing up to 13 the number of people who had contracted the deadly virus in the province, a U.N.-run radio station said Friday. “There are now 13 cases affected by the virus…in addition to 16 other suspected cases,” Health Minister Felix Kabange was quoted as saying by the Kinshasa-based Okapi radio. He asserted that the outbreak is still confined to Boende area in northern Equateur province, noting that Ebola cases reported recently in Kinshasa and Katanga proved negative. On Monday, Joseph Mboyo Limpoko, government medical inspector in Equateur, told Anadolu Agency that a total of four people countrywide had been confirmed dead from Ebola. Ebola – a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure – has claimed 1,552 lives in West Africa since the outbreak began in January. Most of the deaths were registered in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Six fatalities have also been confirmed in Nigeria. The tropical fever, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the DRC, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals. It also reportedly spreads through contact with the body fluids of infected persons or of those who have died of the disease. More

Aug 30

NATO planning ‘rapid-deployment force’ of 10,000 troops to counter Russia

NATO 1NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. According to the Financial Times, the force’s creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Canada is also interested in joining the group, but it’s not known what its final decision will be.  Although no formal announcement has been made, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to declare its formation at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales on September 4th. Many specifics have yet to be worked out or announced, but planners are reportedly implementing ways to increase the number of soldiers involved even more if necessary. Air and naval units will be integrated into the group, as well as ground troops led by British commanders. More

Aug 30

ISIS And AL-Nusra May Slaughter UN “Peacekeepers” In Golan Heights

UNSOn Wednesday al-Nusra, the former al-Qaeda affiliate that merged with ISIS earlier this year, overran the Quneitra crossing on the border and seized 44 Fijian UN soldiers. Nusra also surrounded nearby Rwihana and Breiqa encampments where dozens of United Nations soldiers are trapped. The gun battle on Saturday erupted after al-Nusra surrounded the Rwihana camp and ordered the soldiers to surrender. 35 Filipino soldiers were pulled out of the Breiqa encampment on Saturday morning with the assistance of Irish UN peacekeepers, according to a report filed with the Associated Press. The veracity of reports coming out of the area are suspect because they are relayed by activists associated with Rami Abdurrahman of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Abdurrahman is connected to Gulf monarchies funding mercenaries trying to overthrow the al-Assad government in Damascus. According to the AP, however, the Philippines’ Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin gave a similar account of the situation in the Golan Heights. ISIS and al-Nusra are known for executing and beheading prisoners. INFO WARS

Aug 30

Ecuador plans first government-issued digital currency, First step of exiting US Dollar

eqEcuador is planning to create what it calls the world’s first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country’s existing currency, the U.S. dollar. The electronic money, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circulating in December, does not have a name and officials would not disclose technical details, though they said it would not be a crypto-currency like Bitcoin. The amount of the new currency created would depend on demand. Deputy director Gustavo Solorzano said it is to exist in tandem with the greenback and, by law, be backed by `’liquid assets.” It would be geared toward the 2.8 million Ecuadoreans – 40 percent of participants in the economy – too poor to afford traditional banking, officials say. More

Aug 30

Microchip implants commonplace in next decade?

This photo taken 10 May 2002 shows the VeriChip, wYou can inject one under your skin and no one will ever notice. Using short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign country, for example – it could save your life. Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade. Experts are divided on whether they’re appropriate for people, but the implants could offer several advantages. For soldiers and journalists in war zones, an implant could be the difference between life and death. A tracker could also help law enforcement quickly locate a kidnapped child. More

Aug 30

Saudi king warns West will be jihadists’ next target

saudi 1King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action. “If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station. “Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has prompted widespread concern as it advances in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions. More

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