30 May 16
Obama 'engagement' policy 'enabled Boston, San Bernardino attacks'
Administration courts terrorist front groups despite its own evidence
Jordan's King dissolves parliament, names caretaker PM
King Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as prime minister after dissolving parliament by royal decree on Sunday, following the end of its four-year term, and charged him with conducting new elections by October.
Defiant Blair is ready for ‘full debate’ on ‘brutal’ Chilcot report
Leaks have suggested that it is expected to be heavily critical of Blair, but will not call for criminal charges against him.
CHANCE OF STORMS ON MEMORIAL DAY
NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on May 30th when Earth enters a high-speed stream solar wind flowing from this coronal hole..
Spate of earthquakes rattle eastern Taiwan
Three earthquakes rocked eastern Taiwan Monday morning, with the largest one measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
Earthquake jolts Saumlaki, Maluku
A tectonic earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale jolted Saumlaki, the capital of Southwest Maluku, on Monday at 3:20 a.m. local time.
Governments Turn to Commercial Spyware to Intimidate Dissidents
...It used to be that only a handful of countries had access to sophisticated hacking and spying tools. But these days...countries, be they small...like the Emirates, or poor...like Ethiopia, are buying commercial spyware or hiring and training programmers to develop their own hacking and surveillance tools.
The barriers to join the global surveillance apparatus have never been lower.
Pleading for Peace in Chicago Amid Fears of a Bloody Summer
During Memorial Day weekend, this city reopens its Lake Michigan beaches, regular fireworks displays start at Navy Pier, and the downtown streets and spruced-up Riverwalk are crowded with tourists.
But the holiday weekend is often seen here as the start of heightened violence as well...“If something doesn’t change...I’m worried that we could be looking at a blood bath,” said the Rev. Corey Brooks
Syria conflict: Chief opposition negotiator resigns
The chief negotiator of Syria's main opposition umbrella group, Mohammed Alloush, has resigned over what he called the failure of peace talks.
Mr Alloush, from the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said the talks had not brought a political deal or eased the plight of Syrians in besieged areas.
A 22-year-old 'molded' to vote for Hillary Clinton explains why he and his wife are supporting Trump
Trump Voter: We are young, urban, and have a happy future planned. We seem molded to be perfect young Hillary supporters. But we're not. Both of us voted Libertarian in 2012, and ideologically we remain so. But in 2016? We're both going for Trump.
Another Real Estate Crash Looms: Sam Zell Dumps Holdings, Warns "The Fed's Deferred Reality For Too Long"
If you haven’t heard yet, median home prices in the United States are on a tear having reached all-time highs in April. To boot, rental prices have gone insane, showing a year-over-year inflationary increase of 8%. On top of that, stock markets are rocketing back to their own all time highs based on the premise that the U.S. economy is seeing healthy growth. By all official accounts, it appears that we’re back on track.
Israel Thanks Russia for Returning Tank From 1982 War
Israel's prime minister has thanked the Russian President for agreeing to return a tank from a battle in the 1982 Lebanon war from which three soldiers are still missing in action.
Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Sunday thanking Vladimir Putin. It says that after the war Syria delivered the tank to the Russian army and it later ended up in a Moscow museum.
Libertarians name former Republican governor as presidential pick
Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, on Sunday won the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, a sliver group hoping to make an outsized impact in this election year.
Iran says its pilgrims will not attend haj in Saudi
Iran said on Sunday its pilgrims would not attend the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage, blaming regional rival Saudi Arabia for "sabotage" and failing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims.
California Billionaire Tom Steyer Launches Spanish-Language Ads Attacking Donald Trump
California billionaire Tom Steyer stars in a new Spanish-language television commerical attacking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
29 May 16
The device that eavesdrops on the voices in your head: Mind-reaching machine could soon turn your secret thoughts into speech
A mind-reaching machine that can translate thoughts into speech is coming closer to reality.
The research has been ongoing for several years, and recently, scientists successfully managed to playback a word that someone is thinking by monitoring their brain activity...they say this could help victims of stroke and others with speech paralysis to communicate with their loved ones.
ISIS use 50,000 civilians as 'human shields' as Iraqi forces blitz Fallujah
Islamic State fighters hid behind 50,000 civilian hostages as Iraqi forces blitzed Fallujah.
The jihadis used the human shield as efforts to retake the terrorist stronghold, which kicked off under a US-led coalition on May 22, intensified.
Some 70 fanatics have been killed in airstrikes in the past five days in Iraq and Syria, including Maher al-Bilawi, IS’s leader in Fallujah.
Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice
Vandals defaced a memorial to Vietnam war veterans in Venice – an awful sight on this Memorial Day weekend.
Stewart Oscars welled up as he looked at the vandalized mural located on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court. It was covered in graffiti from end to end.
...The memorial was dedicated to service members who were listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.
Zika expert warns Britons to 'think twice' about trips to Disney World
A leading British expert has warned pregnant women and couples looking to conceive to ‘think twice’ about travelling to parts of the US – including...Walt Disney World – because of the growing threat of the Zika virus.
Those considering holidays to southern states including Texas, Louisiana and Florida...should look at alternatives, said Professor Jimmy Whitworth of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Lufthansa to suspend flights to Venezuela
The German airline, Lufthansa, has announced that it will suspend flights to Venezuela from 18 June due to economic difficulties in the country.
The company also said currency controls in Venezuela made it impossible for airlines to convert their earnings into dollars and send the money abroad.
Venezuela's economy has been hit hard by a sharp drop in the price of oil - the country's main source of income.
Australia immigration: Rival Melbourne rallies spark clashes
Australian police have used pepper spray to break up clashes between two rival groups battling over race and immigration in Melbourne.
Demonstrators in a march against racism clashed with protesters against immigration, with hundreds of police trying to keep them apart.
Several people were arrested for rioting and assaulting police.
European migrant crisis: Shipwrecks 'kill up to 700 migrants'
Up to 700 migrants are feared drowned in a series of shipwrecks off the coast of Libya in the last few days, the UN refugee agency says.
The boats sank south of Italy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the migrants tried to reach Europe in unseaworthy vessels.
Spring weather has led to a surge of people attempting the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe.
Arab League supportive of French peace initiative
The Arab league supported on Saturday France's Middle East peace initiative and all international efforts to create lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, AFP reported.
The meeting took place between several Arab foreign ministers and and was held in the Arab League headquarters in Cairo. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was also in attendance.
Pakistani men can beat wives 'lightly', say Islamic council
A Pakistani Islamic council has sparked outrage after suggesting husbands may “lightly beat” their wives as a form of discipline in their draft of a women’s protection bill.
Facebook Community Page Touts 'Health Benefits' of Islamic Female Genital Mutilation
Perhaps the gatekeepers of Facebook should take a break from ensuring that no dissident conservative news items pollute the feeds of good digital citizens and take a stern look at the new community page promoting the “health benefits” of Islamic female genital mutilation.
Canada's Trudeau defends assisted suicide bill as deadline nears
A bill legalizing medically-assisted suicide in Canada strikes the right balance between defending fundamental freedoms and protecting against abuses, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday, predicting confusion if it is not approved.
Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown
The courts? Closed most days. The bureau to start a business? Same thing. The public defender’s office? That’s been converted into a food bank for government employees.
Step by step, Venezuela has been shutting down.
Former Morgan Stanley Chief Asia Economist: "Don't Listen To The Ruling Elite, The World Economy Is In Real Trouble"
Andy Xie says the world's elite that are attending the G7, G20, Davos and other wasteful meetings are wrong to try to pin the blame for the turmoil on people’s psychology; all signs point to a prolonged period of global stagnation and instability.
Palestinian Leader Wants Time Cap for Any Talks With Israel
The Palestinian president said Saturday that if an upcoming Paris conference succeeds in relaunching the long-stalled Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, it should also set a time cap and mechanisms to implement their resolutions.
ISIS fighters seem to trying to sell sex slaves online
The woman is young, perhaps 18, with olive skin and dark bangs that droop onto her face. In the Facebook photo, she attempts to smile but doesn’t look at her photographer.