Saturday, January 31, 2015

War

My Way News - Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded
My Way News reports: "Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war."

My Way News - Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani
My Way News reports: "The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. [...] The failure to capture and hold Kobani was a major blow to the extremists. Their hopes for an easy victory dissolved into a costly siege under withering airstrikes by coalition forces and an assault by Kurdish militiamen."

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Mark of the Beast

The Telegraph - An office block in Sweden is micro-chipping its employees
The Telegraph reports: "Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, is ditching swipe cards and implanting chips in its employees. People working at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, simply have to hold their hands against the front door to gain entry. They can also wave their hand to operate the photocopier, the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones reports. In time, they will also be able to pay for coffee and sandwiches in the cafe with a touch of a hand. It's because some employees have a tiny RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip, about the size of a grain of rice, implanted. A handful of staff currently have the chip, but soon others among the 400 workers will be given the chance."

Comment: "The Borg? Sounds Swedish." But seriously, it's an interesting development that may or may not be MOTB related and although I can't see this becoming a trend, it's worth keeping an eye on. 

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Hezbollah warns Israel it won't tolerate more attacks
My Way News reports: "The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Friday that this week's deadly cross-border attack on Israeli soldiers was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members. [...] The Hezbollah threat comes as the group, which has an arsenal of tens of thousands of missiles and rockets, is currently preoccupied with the war in neighboring Syria — where it is aiding Syrian President Assad's forces."

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers
My Way News reports: "The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation since the sides' 2006 war. [...] Netanyahu said that Iran, through Hezbollah, was working to establish a base in southern Syria from which to launch attacks against Israel."

Comment: While our American media remains focused on the weather (!) tensions are increasing in the Middle East. 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rumors of War - Jerusalem Security

My Way News - Israel says 2 rockets from Syria strike Golan Heights
My Way News reports: "At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the military said. The exchange came after an airstrike last week in Syria attributed to Israel killed six members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and an Iranian general. Israel has braced for a response to that strike, beefing up its air defenses and increasing surveillance along its northern frontier."

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Fearsome Events

My Way News - Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast US
My Way News reports: "Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days."

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive
My Way News reports: "Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and launched a new multipronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops, upending recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.[...] U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said air-defense and electronic-warfare equipment have been detected in eastern Ukraine — hardware that, in the past, coincided with the incursion of Russian troops into Ukraine."

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Peace and Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - UN meeting challenges world to stand up to anti-Semitism
My Way News reports: "The assembly met at the request of 37 mainly Western countries including the United States who urged the world body to address the 'alarming outbreak of anti-Semitism worldwide.' It was an informal meeting, attended by about half the 193 member states, so no resolution could be adopted. But 40 mainly Western countries issued a joint statement afterward urging all nations to 'declare their categorical rejection of anti-Semitism,' strengthen laws to combat discrimination, and prosecute those responsible for anti-Semitic crimes."

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Pestilence

My Way News - Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement
My Way News reports: "A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children. In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six states and Mexico have fallen ill since mid-December, most of them from California. The vast majority of those who got sick had not gotten the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine."

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu
My Way News reports: "Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he's invited Israel's prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran. [...] Obama has threatened to veto any new sanctions legislation, saying it could scuttle ongoing nuclear talks with Iran and heighten the risk of a military showdown."

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Israel on high alert for possible Hezbollah retaliation
My Way News reports: "Israel has gone on high alert for possible attacks by Hezbollah, Israeli defense officials said Wednesday, beefing up its air defenses and increasing surveillance along its northern frontier following an airstrike in Syria that killed six members of the Lebanese militant group and an Iranian general."

Comment: Will the cold war between Israel and Iran turn hot? Stay tuned. 

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