18 Dec 14
Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy
Under pressure to show he has a plan to fix the economy, Putin told an end-of-year news conference the actions of the central bank and government had been "adequate" in a crisis he blamed on external factors.
Bookies suspend betting on Queen ABDICATING as Royal Family gather for pre-Christmas lunch
Favourable odds of 10-1 were being offered on Her Majesty announcing she would step down from the throne during her speech on December 25.
However, after seeing a flurry of activity, bookmakers Coral have now closed betting on a potential abdication.
Nigeria sentences soldiers to death for refusing to fight Islamists
A Nigerian military court on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said.
"They sentenced 54 to death and acquitted five," said prominent human rights lawyer Femi Falana, following a court martial that began on October 15 and was conducted behind closed doors.
US-Cuba relations: Global praise for normalisation of ties
World leaders have welcomed a historic move by the US to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Cuba and restore diplomatic relations.
Pope Francis joined leaders from Latin America and Europe in praising the "historic" deal which saw the release of prisoners from both countries.
But dozens of dissident Cubans oppose the move, which some Republicans have labelled a "retreat" by the US.
ISIS Attacks American Base In Iraq In First Ever Clash With U.S. Troops
American troops in Iraq had their first actual battle with ISIS troops, after the Islamist militants tried to overrun a base, an encounter that left the ISIS troops decimated and in retreat.
The attack took place near the Ein al-Asad base, which includes close to 100 U.S. military advisers. The U.S. troops, armed with “light and medium weapons,” and were able to inflict casualties against the ISIS fighters, forcing them to retreat, Shafaq News reported.
Opponent calls for Putin's exit as Russia slides into crisis
A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president's response to the dramatic decline of the rouble.
A Dangerous Holiday
Holidays are a calendar. They mark points in emotional and physical time. They remind of us who we are. Many of those celebrating Chanukah celebrate a holiday that does nothing more than celebrate ‘celebration’, the rituals and rites of entertainment, a special food, a symbol whose meaning they don’t remember and a little family fun. Chanukah is many things but it is not a safe holiday. It is a victory celebration in a guerrilla war. It is a reminder that Obama’s war on Jerusalem was preceded long before him by Antiochus’s war on Jerusalem. It is a brief light in a period of great darkness.
Law Enforcement and National Security vs. Global Business Interests
Three interesting processes are underway as a direct result of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of the access by US security services to personal information stored and processed in the IT systems of global American companies. One of these processes is essentially technological, the second is legal, and the third is of a business nature. All three processes are designed to constrict access by American government agencies to personal information held by those companies, in their effort to preserve national security and enforce the law.
UN: Turning back the clock to pre-1948 is the real endgame
Apparently, a direct attack on the legitimacy of the UN member state of Israel is now interpreted in UN circles as consistent with the principles of the United Nations. Incitement against the Jewish state is directly related to the stabbings, raping and killing of Jews inside and outside of Israel. But doing something to stop it requires confronting a very troubling fact: the global epicenter for incitement is the “human rights” leviathan, the United Nations.
Ruble collapse: Freakish Russian ruble rout is unlike any currency crisis in history
A large part of Russia's problems today come from an over-reliance on oil exports. Oil sales bring in 70% of Russia's exports value. As IBTimes UK went to press, Brent crude oil dipped below $59 per barrel for the first time since 2009. Russia needs oil to be selling at $109 per barrel in order to break even.
America under dictatorship
Just as Fidel Castro became Cuba’s dictator when he and his guerrillas triumphantly entered Havana on January 7, 1959, President Barack Obama became America’s dictator on Dec. 17, 2014.
Swaggering into Havana dressed in army fatigues with his signature cigar, Castro claimed the island as his own. Like a thief making off with a nation in the middle of the night, Obama waiting until Congress was out of town, opened America to a Communist totalitarian state.
Germany: 15,000 join anti-Islam protest in Dresden
Marking a 50% rise in attendance since the demonstration last Monday, the founder of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA), Lutz Bachmann, addressed the protestors saying: "The people are with us! Everywhere now.
Palestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation
UNITED NATIONS — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.
17 Dec 14
The Syrian Army Is Shrinking, And Assad Is Running Out Of Soldiers
When the U.S. launched an airstrike campaign in Syria to “degrade and destroy” the so-called Islamic State, some were concerned that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would indirectly benefit from the destruction rained down on its enemies by America and its allies. Now, nearly three months later, Assad is desperate for manpower to maintain control in areas where pro-regime support is dwindling.
Reports of U.S. Ground Fighters Emerge as ISIS Gains in Iraq
No matter how many bombs Americans drop on ISIS forces, Iraqi troops are losing ground. If al-Anbar is lost, the entire Iraqi front dynamic will shift to favor ISIS again, and months of the U.S.-led air campaign will have been wasted.
Maybe that’s why we had reports from an Iraqi field commander on Tuesday that U.S. forces had their first ground clash with ISIS terrorists at midnight on Monday, Baghdad time. ISIS fighters were forced to withdraw after U.S. air force fighters bombed enemy positions.
Russians rush to stores to pre-empt price rises
Russian consumers flocked to stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items as they looked to pre-empt price rises following the staggering fall in the value of the ruble over recent days.
Volcano Erupts Destroying Cape Verde Villages
The eruption of the volcano Pico do Fogo has destroyed two villages and threatens a forest reserve.
Around 1,500 people fled their homes before the lava flow reached the villages of Portela and Bangeira on Fogo Island, Cape Verde, fire brigade chief Arlindo Lima said.
"The lava front, (which was) more than 500 metres north of outlying houses in Bangeira a week ago, has swept over much of the village and continues to move forward," Mr Lima added.
Pentagon confirms military buildup along Russian borders for ‘peace and stability’
The Pentagon has confirmed the military buildup along Russia’s borders to ensure long-term “peace and stability” in the region. Earlier Moscow accused NATO of a sharp increase in air activity and intelligence flights in the border zone.
White House: ruble plunge has Russia between 'rock and hard place'
"It's a serious economic situation that is largely of their own making and largely reflects the consequences of not following a set of international rules," Furman said.
Sony Hackers Vow There’s More to Come: ‘Remember the 11th of September 2001′
“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear,” the message reportedly reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001.”
The “full message,” which Variety published Tuesday, infers in somewhat broken English that its next strike (or strikes) will occur in movie theaters.
"it's amazing how this comet is developing and increasing in brightness," says Ligustri. Indeed, it is brightening faster than experts predicted. Originally the comet was supposed to reach naked-eye visibility in January or February 2015. It may be crossing that threshold now.
European Parliament Votes to Recognize 'Palestine'
EU parliament votes to recognize Palestinian state 'in principle', just hours after removing Hamas from terrorism blacklist.
Active sunspot AR2242 erupted on Dec. 17th, producing an M9-class solar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash.
Radio emissions from shock waves billowing away from the blast site suggest that a CME is emerging and possibly heading toward Earth.
NASA Voyager: 'Tsunami wave' still flies through interstellar space
The "tsunami wave" that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft began experiencing earlier this year is still propagating outward, according to new results. It is the longest-lasting shock wave that researchers have seen in interstellar space.
Three Questions for Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush has declared he is officially looking at running for the Presidency in 2016. He is not my first pick. But I would gladly vote for him against any Democrat.
Rouble's tailspin sparks fears for Russia
A free-falling Russian rouble on Tuesday prompted fears that the nuclear-armed nation could be entering a deep economic recession with the potential for unrest, as citizens and investors try to get their hands on cash amid crippling international sanctions and sinking oil prices.
M6.0 earthquake jolted the sea area near S. Sumatra Wed., the quake hit at a depth of 10km.(CENC)
Magnitude 4.6 quake jolts Misamis Oriental
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook the province of Misamis Oriental on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
Obama issues 'executive orders by another name'
President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.
When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman...
EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror blacklist
Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based merely on media and internet reports.
However, the General Court of the European Union, the bloc's second highest tribunal, said EU member states could maintain their freeze on Hamas's assets for three months to give time for further review or to appeal the ruling.