The Israeli military seized a boatload of advanced Iranian weapons—and then launched a sophisticated PR campaign to tell the world why they shouldn’t trust Tehran.
On Wednesday morning, the Israeli Navy announced that it had stopped an Iranian cargo vessel with advanced weapons destined for fighters in Gaza. By Wednesday afternoon, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz was telling members of the U.S. Congress that the interception of the sophisticated rockets revealed the “real nature of Iran”—never mind the recent thaw in relations between Washington and Tehran.The timing of the Steinitz’s briefing to the House Foreign Affairs Committee was fortuitous.
Liz Wahl wasn’t just disgusted by the Kremlin-funded TV network’s handling of Ukraine, she says in an exclusive interview. RT’s coverage of the entire world “made me feel sick.”
American journalist Liz Wahl just made Vladimir Putin’s enemies list.Wahl, an American anchor for RT-America, a cable news network funded by the Russian government, stunned viewers Wednesday, when, at the end of her 5 PM broadcast, she announced her resignation from the channel.The announcement was stunning. But Wahl’s decision to quit the network was a long time coming. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, she says that, “When I came on board from the beginning I knew what I was getting into, but I think I was more cautious and tried to stay as objective as I could.
“Il Mio Papa”—the brainchild of Silvio Berlusconi’s publishing empire—will give avid papaphiles 66 pages of colorful pope paparazzi shots.
Just when you thought he couldn’t get any more popular, Pope Francis ups the ante. The 77-year-old pontiff, rounding the corner to his one-year-anniversary at the helm of the Catholic church, is now the subject of a supermarket aisle fanzine called Il Mio Papa or “My Pope” complete with a smiley centerfold pin-up style photo of the pope clad in windswept vestments.The 66-page color magazine, which is starting with a print run of 500,000 a week and costs just 50 cents, is the brainchild of Silvio Berlusconi’s Mondadori publishing arm, which has a string of gossip rags dedicated to Italian starlets and glitterati.
From leading the Syria deal to asserting control in the Arctic, and now threatening Ukraine with a full invasion, Russia has announced its renewed power as a geo-political actor.
14Charlie is a pseudonym used by an active duty military intelligence officer who writes for SOFREP, where this article originally appeared.As world leaders and diplomats rushed to Kiev in an attempt to stabilize the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine following the invasion of the Crimean Peninsula by Russian forces Sunday, Putin has demonstrated surprisingly limited intent to push further into sovereign Ukrainian territory, alleviating the fears of many.
On day three of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial, in a surprise appearance on the witness stand, a friend testified that he had taken the fall for the athlete during a public shooting incident a month before Steenkamp’s death.
Day three of the Oscar Pistorius trial was both brief and peppered with interruptions as issues with the media, last-minute requests for evidence and one (somewhat) surprise witness caused a two-hour lag in proceedings, and arguably a headache for both sets of counsel. The first witness of the day, Mr. Charl Johnson (the husband of previous witness, Dr. Michelle Burger) returned to testify following a brief start in court yesterday. Johnson, an IT designer, had mentioned that he had been bombarded with messages from officious members of public, and presumably, international news outlets (he received a phone call from an ‘overseas person’) the previous evening, after his cellphone number was read out in court on Tuesday.
The world’s ultra-rich now prefer the Thames to the Hudson. Is De Blasio to blame?
London has surpassed New York as the world’s greatest city. Resplendent, booming, and conveniently located for the growing cadre of Russian oligarchs and Arab petro-billionaires, the European capital has leapfrogged its long-time American rival.Among the world’s richest people, Britain is seen as the most desirable place for the next multi-million-dollar apartment with a view. With favorable visa rules, a political and financial center, cultural excellence and a network of elite private schools to finesse their heirs, the very wealthiest are now focused on London.
A judge awards a New Zealand prostitute $21,000 over a sexual-harassment lawsuit against her employer.
Lawsuits accusing male bosses and coworkers of lecherous behavior are unfortunately common in courts across the Western world. So why the ubiquitous media coverage of what appears to be a standard sexual harassment claim in New Zealand, in which a 22-year old woman extracted $21,000 from her employer for "humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings?”The slight wrinkle in this case is that the plaintiff is a prostitute, employed at a legal and regulated brothel.
This is just the crisis to make themselves seem relevant again within the GOP—even if they’re undermining the commander in chief at a pivotal moment.
Say this for Rudy Giuliani: He gave away the game with his now-infamous admiring comments on Fox News two days ago about Vladimir Putin. “He makes a decision and he executes it, quickly,” the former mayor said. “Then everybody reacts. That’s what you call a leader. President Obama, he’s got to think about it. He’s got to go over it again. He’s got to talk to more people about it.” Giuliani, once a genuinely moderate Republican (go look up his mayoral immigration record) and a man whom aides used to describe a long time ago as the one figure capable of pulling the national GOP back toward the center (I swear, I had those conversations), has served for some time now as little more than a right-wing standup comic—and a staggeringly hypocritical one at that.
One U.S. intelligence agency told Congress that Russia wouldn’t take over part of Ukraine. Now Congress wants to know what the spies were thinking.
The House intelligence committee is ordering a review of the intelligence analysis leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after U.S. spy agencies last week concluded that Moscow would launch no such invasion.Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told The Daily Beast Tuesday that he was ordering a review of the intelligence analysis that produced what was in retrospect a flawed assessment: that the buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border was simply a bluff by Vladimir Putin.
Patrick Rock, a close aide to David Cameron, was key in crafting child porn prevention policy. Now he’s been arrested on child porn-related charges himself.
A special aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, who advised the U.K. government on the installation of online porn filters, has himself been arrested on suspicion of offences relating to child pornography.British newspapers report that Patrick Rock resigned from his job just before he was arrested last month.Rock, the 62-year-old deputy head of Number 10’s policy unit since 2011, was also the subject of a complaint about “alleged inappropriate behavior” during his time at 10 Downing Street, a spokesman for the prime minister has revealed.
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