From an attack on an El Salvador group tracking down disappeared children from the country’s civil war to Daniel Ortega’s recent power grab, are Central America’s old, bloody faultlines reemerging?
The attack was swift and violent. It was a few hours before dawn in San Salvador when three armed men broke into the headquarters of Probúsqueda—an El Salvador civic group dedicated to tracking down disappeared children—and went to work. Holding three employees at gunpoint, the raiders rifled drawers, plundered computer files and set the offices of the non-profit on fire.This was no random act of vandalism. The smell of gasoline still laced the air when the forensic teams arrived on the scene hours later.
As Russia plays war games on imaginary NATO targets and Putin pumps billions into the army, the country’s Eastern bloc neighbors are growing increasingly concerned about the return of Kremlin’s military muscle.
Last Good Friday, two Russian Tu-22M3 bombers, escorted by four Su-27 fighter aircraft, simulated an aerial assault on two military targets in Sweden— the first near the capital Stockholm and the second in a southern part of the country. This was then followed in September by Zapad-13 (“Zapad” means “West”), Russia’s biannual military exercise, which this year was jointly held with Belarusian forces variously in Belarus, along the borders of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and in Kaliningrad, Russia’s non-contiguous seaport territory that lies between Poland and Lithuania.
The crack-smoking antics of Toronto’s mayor may be tame compared to the alleged crimes of his closest aides and friends.
The remarkable number of his associates with criminal records has to make you wonder if Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been involved in something more than just smoking a little crack and pot.There is 35-year-old Alessandro Lisi, his close friend and sometimes driver, who is presently contesting drug charges, as well as an extortion charge arising from his alleged attempt to recover a video of Ford smoking crack.There is also 45-year-old Fabio Basso and his sister, 52-year-old Elena Johnson, lifelong friends with drug convictions who reside in the reputed crack house where the video was allegedly made.
A drone strike killed another top leader of the influential, al Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani network—but the terror group may be proliferating faster than drones can take them out.
Yesterday's drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern district of Hangu that killed a top Haqqani Network leader is a major tactical win for the U.S., but in the absence of a comprehensive strategy to deal with al Qaeda-linked jihadist groups in the region, it will serve only to disrupt the organization in the short term.The CIA-operated Reapers killed Maulvi Ahmed Jan, a top deputy in the al Qaeda-allied Haqqani Network, and two other commanders in an airstrike on a seminary in the settled district of Hangu.
A coroner’s court in London heard that intern Mortiz Erhardt, who died after working for 72 hours straight, had an epileptic fit that may or may not have been triggered by fatigue.
Moritz Erhardt, the 21-year old Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern who fatally collapsed after working for 72 hours straight, died as a result of an epileptic fit that may have been triggered by stress and fatigue, a coroner's court in London heard today.However, the coroner says he was also told by a pathologist that while fatigue could have been a trigger, there was no proof of this, and it was possible the seizure was something that “just happened.
No China will not beat us soon, our economy still dominates, and the American dream is held the world over. German intellectual Josef Joffe makes a stirring case against the Fareed Zakaria and Thomas Friedman’s of the world that America is strong and getting stronger.
It may be hard to fathom today, but there was a time when the existence of a 23-inch-long satellite heralded America’s downfall. The tiny contraption in question was Sputnik, the launching of which by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957 simultaneously set off the “space race” between the United States and its communist adversary. That Moscow had beaten the US into space cast a pall over the nation; one commentator noted Sputnik was “a shock which hit many people as hard as Pearl Harbor.
If the new security agreement between Washington and Kabul is signed it will mark a major change from a broad counter-insurgency war to a limited counter-terrorist operation.
One way or the other most American troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and the war as we know it will end. The question now being decided in fraught negotiations between Washington and Kabul is whether the U.S. can purchase the right to keep a military presence in Afghanistan after the main war effort is over that can protect national interests and launch targeted operations against terrorists. If the Afghan government agrees to the plan currently being discussed what remains after 2014 will be a much smaller more specialized force refocused from fighting the Taliban and maintaining security to hunting hardcore al Qaeda affiliates across the region.
Italians are blaming sky-high child cancer rates on the mob’s alleged dumping of toxic chemicals—contaminating water, mozzarella, and the developing brains of babies.
Ten years ago, there was no pediatric cancer ward anywhere near the tiny village of Acerra, in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius just outside of Naples, Italy. Now, the local hospitals have set up facilities equipped for radiation and chemotherapy for children. A mobile blood test unit putters around the area to test white blood counts. The national average for juvenile brain tumors in Italy is just 0.5 per every 100,000 children. But in Acerra, a town of just 56,000 residents, the average number is three children with brain cancer at any given time, which locals attribute to the rogue dumping of toxic chemicals in the countryside by the Camorra crime syndicate.
The alleged gunman who terrorized the city over the last few days turns out to be the accomplice of a pair of romanticized would-be revolutionaries back in 1994.
The shooting spree that terrorized Paris over the last few days turns out to be one hell of a sequel. The alleged gunner, Abdelhakim Dekhar, was the “third man” who served as lookout for a murderous pair of students dubbed the “Natural Born Killers” of France back in 1994. Dekhar did four years in prison for his part in their brief rampage, after he failed to persuade the court that he was really working undercover for the Algerian secret services, trying to penetrate anarchist groups that might be connected with Islamist and terrorist organizations.
Thanks to an arcane law, the country’s rich and famous are able to block publication of books on their lives—but the Supreme Court may be set to loosen the publishing stranglehold.
Like torture and curfews, book banning in Brazil went out with the military dictatorship almost 30 years ago. Back then, intellectuals, artists, and politicians hailed the end of the long night of authoritarian rule (1964 to 1985) with a burst of creativity and civic commotion. É proibido proibir—“Prohibition is prohibited,”—proclaimed singer and songwriter Caetano Veloso, who was censored under the military and spent years in exile. Veloso’s slogan became the meme for the new era of democratic liberty.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.