Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wars and Rumors of War

My Way News - Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State
My Way News reports: "The contingent of foreigners who have taken up arms on behalf of Islamic State during the past 3 1/2 years is more than twice as big as the French Foreign Legion. The conflict in Syria and Iraq has now drawn more volunteer fighters than past Islamist causes in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia — and an estimated eight out of 10 enlistees have joined Islamic State."

My Way News - Islamic State seizes ancient town of Palmyra in Syria
My Way News reports: "Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed Wednesday, a stunning triumph for the group only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq. "

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Future Fear

My Way News - Merkel, Hollande commit to global climate protection
My Way News reports: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference."

My Way News - Future for warming US: Not just the heat but the humanity
My Way News reports: "The combination of global warming and shifting population means that by mid-century, there will be a huge increase in the number of Americans sweating through days that are extremely hot, a new study says. People are migrating into areas — especially in the South — where the heat is likely to increase more, said the authors of a study published Monday by the journal Nature Climate Change. "

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Wars

My Way News - Rout in Ramadi calls US Iraq strategy into question
My Way News reports: "On Monday, administration officials acknowledged the fall of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, as a "setback" in America's latest effort in Iraq. They still maintained the campaign would ultimately bring victory. But anything close to a victory appeared far off."

Comment: So strange that these modern wars never really seem to end. Have we entered an era of war without end?

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Wars and Rumors of War

My Way News - IS group seizes government compound in Iraq's Ramadi
My Way News reports: "Islamic State militants seized the main government headquarters in Ramadi, raising their black flag over the compound and setting it ablaze hours after a series of suicide car bombings heralded the start of a major new offensive by the extremists on the strategic city. The advance marked a significant setback for the Iraqi government in its long fight to defend Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, where Iraqi forces have made little progress against the extremist group despite months of U.S.-led airstrikes."

Comment: It would be unfortunate if IS took and secured Ramadi. It would be hard to make the case that IS is in retreat if that happens.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Obama: Gulf nation leaders support Iran nuclear talks
My Way News reports: "President Barack Obama says leaders of Gulf allies at a summit have agreed that a comprehensive, verifiable deal that blocks Iran's pathway to a nuclear weapon would serve everyone's interests. But Obama says the region will still face a range of threats whether a final deal is or isn't reached with Iran by a June 30 deadline. He says the U.S. and the Gulf nations pledged Thursday to work together to address the threats, including those blamed on destabilizing behavior by Iran."

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Covenant With Many

Reuters - Vatican agrees first treaty with State of Palestine, solidifying relationship
Reuters reports: "The Vatican concluded its first treaty that formally recognises the State of Palestine, a move that gives legal weight to the Holy See's years-long recognition and that drew fast criticism from supporters of Israel. [...] The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution on Nov. 29, 2012 recognising Palestine as an observer non-member state."

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Famine

My Way News - Survey: More than 40 percent of bee hives died in past year
My Way News reports: "More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey. Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1 percent of their colonies, the second highest loss rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture."

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Rumors of War - Peace of Jerusalem

My Way News - Israel military official: Hezbollah hiding arms in villages:
My Way News reports: "The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has built up a massive arsenal of rockets and other advanced weapons in Shiite villages of southern Lebanon, a senior Israeli intelligence official said Wednesday, warning civilians would be at risk if war breaks out. According to the official, Hezbollah has an estimated 100,000 short-range rockets capable of striking northern Israel, several thousand missiles that can reach Tel Aviv and central Israel and hundreds more that can strike the entire country."

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Persecution

My Way News - Holy Land Christians celebrate sainthood of Arab nuns
My Way News reports: "In the birthplace of Christianity, Christians are a tiny minority, making up less than 2 percent of the population of Israel and the Palestinian territories. Although they have not experienced the violent persecution that has decimated Christian communities elsewhere in the region, the population has gradually shrunk over the decades as Christians have fled conflict or sought better opportunities abroad. Pope Francis has raised the plight of Christians across the Middle East as a cause for concern."

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Earthquakes

My Way News - Another deadly earthquake spreads fear and misery in Nepal
My Way News reports: "Thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night out in the open as a new earthquake killed dozens of people and spread more misery in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago that left more than 8,000 dead. [...] Most of the casualties Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake were in Dokha district, located northeast of Kathmandu, the district's chief government administrator, Prem Lal Lamichane, said Wednesday."

My Way News - Strong quake shakes northeast Japan, no tsunami risk
My Way News reports: "A strong earthquake hit Japan on Wednesday in the same region devastated by a major quake and tsunami in 2011. Authorities said there was no risk of tsunami. The magnitude 6.8 quake struck at 6:12 a.m. at a depth of 46 kilometers (29 miles) off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. "

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Pestilence

My Way News - Liberia's government holds celebration to mark Ebola's end
 My Way News reports: "Liberians gathered in the streets of the capital on Monday to celebrate the end of the Ebola epidemic in this West African country. The festivities come after the World Health Organization declared over the weekend that Liberia was finally Ebola-free. More than 4,700 people died during the Ebola crisis in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the outbreak. Ebola continues to claim victims in Sierra Leone and Guinea, where health officials have had difficulty tracing new cases."

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - North Korea says it tests ballistic missile from submarine
My Way News reports: "North Korea said Saturday that it successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country's advancing military capabilities. Hours after the announcement, South Korean officials said the North fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea off its east coast."

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