ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party allegedly tried to punch the mayor of Athens on Thursday, swinging at him but reportedly missing and hitting a 12-year-old girl instead.
The confrontation came hours after police used pepper spray to prevent the nationalist party from distributing free food to Greek citizens only in the city’s main Syntagma Square in defiance of a municipal ban the [...]
Showing no signs of withdrawing from the Indian territory after their incursion in Ladakh two weeks ago, Chinese troops have erected an additional tent in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector raising to five the number of such structures in the area.
The Chinese troops have also deployed Molosser dogs to keep a vigil, according to latest reports today from the site of incursion, 70 km south of Burtse in Ladakh [...]
Despite calls by the US and its regional allies to come to the negotiating table “in a responsible way”, North Korea, which has threatened to attack America, South Korea and Japan for weeks, said the offer of talks was “a cunning ploy to hide the South’s policy of confrontation”.
It added that there could be no negotiation until South Korea and the United States end their annual joint military drills on [...]
From the South Korean and U.S. side, B-2 and B-52 nuclear bomber training sorties, missile defense deployments and ongoing Foal Eagle drills have been detailed to media by military spokespersons in Washington DC and Seoul at unprecedented levels of late.
While the nature of threats made on the Koreas seems to increase by the day, few know what Pyongyang’s over-arching strategy is, how likely it is that a military escalation will take place, or how tensions [...]
I have been working on and following issues in Asia for more than 20 years from various vantages; from the US government (including stints at the Department of State, White House, Department of Defense and Treasury) to think-tanks, through to journalism and business. But no issue has been more vexing or confounding to me than North Korea. Virtually every aspect of my experience has been frustrating and often counterintuitive. Just [...]
Hearing cursing, screaming and shooting over the intercom and think their kid should get 100 Million Dollars?
MERIDEN, Connecticut (Reuters) – A $100 million claim on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor is the first legal action to come out of the Connecticut school shooting that left 26 children and adults dead two weeks ago.
The unidentified client, referred to as Jill Doe, heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom when the [...]
Wall Street Journal
December 13, 2012
Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counter-terrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime.
Not everyone was on board. “This is a sea change in the way that the government interacts with the general public,” Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer [...]
China isn’t a currency manipulator under U.S. law, though the yuan “remains significantly undervalued” and needs to rise further, the Treasury Department said.
China “has substantially reduced the level of official intervention in exchange markets since the third quarter of 2011,” the Treasury said in a statement accompanying its semi- annual currency report to Congress yesterday. The yuan has gained 9.3 percent in nominal terms and 12.6 percent in real terms against the dollar [...]
QUINN ADMINISTRATION TERMINATES UNION CONTRACT
In an unprecedented step, Governor Pat Quinn’s administration late today terminated state government’s contract with its largest employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31.
“In 40 years of collective bargaining, Pat Quinn is the first and only Illinois governor to terminate a union contract,” AFSCME executive director Henry Bayer said. “His actions will heighten employee frustration, provoke instability in the [...]
Update: the following tweet from Israel’s ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, will hardly help:“ALERT: Tel Aviv area was just hit by a rocket attack from #Gaza”
Despite having lost its prominent headline position in the global media, the things in Gaza are going from bad to worse with news reports that Israeli ground forces are preparing to enter the Gaza Strip which will take the confrontation to an effective ground war level, even [...]
Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, confronted by pro-Serbian protesters who called her a war criminal during a recent book signing in her native Prague, pushed them aside as “disgusting Serbs” in a confrontation going viral on the internet.
Displaying her trademark feistiness, Albright is seen in the video as sternly shouting “get out, get out,” to the protesters who arrived with a film crew. As they closed in on her, [...]
It’s all anecdotal at this point, but if crime reports following hurricanes Katrina and Irene are any indication, the East Coast is in for a crime wave, post-Sandy.
No reports of looting or Hurricane Sandy-related crimes have been reported yet but that doesn’t mean we won’t see some soon.
Following Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating hurricane in modern memory, New Orleans was besieged with reports of looting, rape, and murder, causing delayed [...]
Jim Lehrer has been widely criticized for his passive performance as the moderator of Wednesday’s night’s presidential debate, but in his first post-debate interview, he tells POLITICO that he was simply fulfilling his new mission, which was to allow the candidates to engage one another without interruption.
“Based on what the goal was, I saw it as successful,” Lehrer told POLITICO. “I’ve always said this and finally I had a chance to [...]
Greek workers have begun their first mass confrontation with Greece‘s three-month-old coalition government, grounding flights, disrupting local transport and shutting public service offices.
The general strike is being backed by the country’s biggest private sector force, the General Confederation of Greek workers (GSEE), the union of civil servants (ADEDY), and militant unionists attached to the KKE communist party.
All three groups are holding hold mass demonstrations in Athens – and some 65 cities [...]
Mistrust, international military buildups, and competing territorial claims bring plenty of tension to a vital waterway that China considers an internal sea.
Of all the potential flashpoints that could explode into full-scale hostilities between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, one of the most dangerous would be a confrontation in the South China Sea. That channel between the Pacific and Indian Oceans is the site of intense nationalistic, [...]
Eight people were arrested and six officers were injured after a protest swept through the Sydney CBD this afternoon.
Police said that, about 1pm today, a group marched from Sydney Town Hall to Martin Place, where a confrontation occurred between protesters and police outside a building housing the US consulate.
The protests were triggered by a US film, Innocence of Muslims, portraying the prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and paedophile.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-gas-sydney-protesters-20120915-25yrb.html#ixzz26XmhjT6E
Eight people were [...]
The Obama Administration’s Justice Department announced, on August 22nd, that it was joining a lawsuit by a former Gallup employee and whistleblower against the Gallup Corporation for allegedly overcharging the government on polling work.
The announcement comes on the heels of a confrontation between Gallup staffers and Obama strategist David Axelrod in which he accused the company of using out of date sampling methods which, he said, generated polling data negative [...]
Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, says that his much-discussed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem late last month did, in fact, devolve into an sharp confrontation between Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel, the former National Security Council official (and former Obama campaign Jewish liaison), Dan Shapiro.
READ MORE: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/09/intelligence-committee-chair-describes-explosive-confrontation-between-netanyahu-and-american-ambassador/262056/
President Hamid Karzai’s expected cabinet reshuffle signals a growing confrontation with Pakistan after the appointment of a hardline confidante as head of Afghan intelligence. Through a variety of Taliban proxies, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been involved in intense skirmishing on their border.
The startling change is the appointment of Asadullah Khalid as head of the powerful National Directorate of Security. As a fiercely anti-Taliban former governor, Mr Khalid faced several [...]
Tampa – China’s state-controlled media lashed out at GOP presidential candidate Mitt RomneyMonday, warning that his policies would poison U.S.-China relations.
“By any standard, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s China policy, as outlined on his official campaign website, is an outdated manifestation of a Cold War mentality,” read a commentary in Monday’s China Daily. “It endorses the ‘China threat’ theory and focuses on containing China’s rise in the Asia-Pacific through bolstering the robust [...]
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Fears increase as Syrian is shot trying to enter Israel
A SYRIAN was shot by Israeli troops as he tried to cut through the border fence to enter the Jewish state.
It was the latest example of how the Syrian civil war is impacting on the Jewish state.
The Syrian [...]
Circa 1870, the North fought the South in the Civil War.
Half a century later, around 1920, worker unrest, racial tensions and anti-Communist sentiment caused another nationwide upsurge of violence. Then, 50 years later, the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement triggered a third peak in violent political, social and racial conflict.
Fifty years after that will be 2020. If history continues to repeat itself, we can expect a violent upheaval in [...]
SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBSDC) — A 58-year-old man suffered serious injuries when he was stabbed by another patron at a Silver Spring post office Thursday afternoon.
Police believe the incident occurred following a confrontation between the two shortly after 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the post office located in the 13200 block of New Hampshire Ave.
The victim got up to the postal window, but was told he would need to fill out more [...]
Russian, Western and Arab forces were piling up on Syrian borders Wednesday, July 25, bringing closer a war confrontation which could spur the Assad regime into making good on its threat to use chemical weapons against “external aggression.”
Based on this reading, Moscow added its voice Tuesday to that of US President Obama and warned Bashar Assad against using chemical weapons in view of “its commitments under the international convention it [...]
TEL AVIV — Iran in recent days sent a series of missile and rocket convoys to the Islamic Jihad terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, a senior Egyptian security official told KleinOnline.
The official said the increased weapons flow to Gaza is seen as part of a wider Iranian strategy to prepare for the possibility of a war involving Syria, with particular concern over the prospect of a future Turkish or [...]
Earlier this week everyone was talking about the power struggle behind the removal of ousted North Korean military chief Ri Yong-ho.
If reports are to be believed, that struggle was very real. From South Korean paper Choson Iblo:
A gunbattle broke out when the North Korean regime removed army chief Ri Yong-ho from office, leaving 20 to 30 soldiers dead, according to unconfirmed intelligence reports. Some intelligence analysts believe Ri, who has not been seen [...]
Cops promise to use footage for training purposes
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A Florida man was repeatedly tased by police officers and arrested for refusing to identify himself, but instead of apologizing, the Casselberry Police Department insisted it would use footage of the incident for training purposes.
The video begins with police accusing Zikomo Peurifoy of jaywalking before they demand to see his identification.
The officer is asked by Peurifoy [...]
From the video’s description:
When the discussion became heated, both men began hurling insults, including working for the Israeli Mossad Intelligence Agency.
“You’re a Mossad agent,” one of the men said.
“You’re a big crook,” said the other.
The show’s host Mohammed Habashneh, who was seated between the two men, desperately told them to “calm down”.
On Jordanian TV, a member of Parliament pulled a gun on his opponent during a live television debate.
The Times [...]
Alec Baldwin got physical with ANOTHER photog in New York City moments ago … verbally blasting the guy in the middle of the street, squeezing his arm and ordering him to scram.
It’s unclear what touched off the aggressive confrontation … but we do know the paps have been following Alec all over the place since the infamous shoving incident at the court house last week.
It seems Alec finally had enough …
The public opinion pollsters are telling the world that the race for the White House between President Obama and the Republican Party candidate Willard “Mitt” Romney is still too close to call, but Obama has already lost the election when it comes to the elitist bankers and officials of the semi-secret Bilderberg Group.
Bilderberg held their annual meeting in Chantilly, Virginia at the end of May. Romney reportedly attended the meeting, [...]
What happens next? In these dire circumstances a confrontation between the courts and the government over whether Mr Gilani should resign or not, in which ultimately the courts call upon the army to intervene on their behalf could easily lead to the country’s fifth martial law. Mr Zardari may be trying to avoid that by calling upon his party to show calm and quickly nominating a new Prime Minister [...]
An Egyptian here, I’ll try my best to give an honest point of view, so you could all be able to form a valid opinion.
So basically we have four major players in our political field
Which although have done a couple of solid steps towards democracy they’re still not willing to give full power to the democratically elected Islamists, for fear of two things; First; that they would undermine the [...]
A 35-year-old Shelby woman is accused of squeezing a man’s testicle out of his scrotum this weekend, according to a Shelby Police report.
Police charged Joyce Maxine Gregory with malicious castration and assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
Gregory and a 59-year-old Shelby man argued early Saturday morning at a home on Bowman Street, according to a Shelby Police report. The man told police he went outside to call 911 after the confrontation.