Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Rumors of War - War

My Way News - Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack
My Way News reports: "The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad — though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers. [...] The Islamic State did not provide details and it was unclear whether the group was opportunistically claiming the attack. It was the first time the extremists, who frequently call for attacks against the West, claimed responsibility for one in the United States."

My Way News - In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger
My Way News reports: "In a competition with the Islamic State group for recruits and prestige across the Middle East, al-Qaida has sought to distinguish itself from its rival's bloodthirstiness, taking an approach that in jihadi circles would be considered pragmatic. It is building alliances with local players, even old enemies, to seize new territory. Its leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, has told his followers to avoid IS-style brutalities against civilians in order to build support among local populations. The strategy has paid off, winning new gains for al-Qaida."

My Way News - Jordan hosts 18-country military drill amid wars, tensions
My Way News reports: "Jordan has kicked off a two-week military exercise with some 10,000 participants from 18 countries, many members of a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, which controls much of neighboring Iraq and Syria."

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - Russia's new Armata tank makes debut in parade rehearsal
My Way News reports: "Russian and some Western military experts say the Armata will surpass all Western versions. The tank is the first to have an internal armored capsule housing its three-man crew and a remotely controlled turret with an automatic weapons loading system, features that allow for increasing both the level of crew protection and the efficiency of the tank's weapons."

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Roaring Waves

My Way News - Huge waves in California lure bodysurfers, crowds to beaches
My Way News reports: "Hundreds of spectators lined the beach and gasped, cheered and clapped on Monday as bodysurfers braved 15-foot waves at The Wedge, a Newport Beach break known for its powerful waves."

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Friday, May 01, 2015

Earthquakes

My Way News - Nepal quake could have been much worse: Here's why
My Way News reports: "The Nepal quake released 16 times the energy of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, where death estimates ranged from 100,000 to 300,000, yet the death toll in Nepal now stands at more than 6,600. This is a huge loss of life, but far less than recent estimates that 100,000 people might die in Nepal's next major earthquake.

My Way News - Nepal quake victims trek through mountains to get needed aid
My Way News reports: "Five days after the massive quake, U.N. aid trucks were finally arriving — after a few false starts. Their dogged and determined drivers successfully pushed through rain-swamped and washed-out roads. They were being joined by all manner of enthusiastic and concerned people, as local charities, foreign tourists and able-bodied village youths pitched in"

My Way News - A week after earthquake, Nepal still needs tents and food
My Way News reports: "Nepal's government renewed its appeal to international donors to send tents, tarpaulins and basic food supplies in the wake of last weekend's devastating earthquake, saying some of the items being sent are of little use. The government also asked donors to send money to help with relief efforts if they cannot send things that are immediately necessary."

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Wickedness Increases - Love Grows Cold

My Way News - Rage to relief in Baltimore as 6 officers charged in death
My Way News reports: "State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Gray's arrest was illegal and unjustified, and that his neck was broken because he was handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van, where his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored as he bounced around inside the small metal box. [...] The police had no reason to stop or chase after Gray, Mosby said. They falsely accused him of having an illegal switchblade when in fact it was a legal pocketknife. The van driver and the other officers failed to strap him down with a seatbelt, a direct violation of department policy, and they ignored Gray's repeated pleas for medical attention, even rerouting the van to pick up another passenger."

Comment: The arresting officers showed a callous disregard for human life and when that happens among those who are supposed to serve and protect life, well, that's just evil. 

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Covenant With Many

My Way News - Israel blames Arab neighbors for stalling on nuke-free zone
My Way News reports: "Establishing such a zone in one of the world's most tense regions is an area of rare agreement these days between the United States and Russia, which otherwise have descended into a Cold War-like gloom. Both countries this week urged progress, with Russia expressing its 'grave dissatisfaction' at the delay and Secretary of State John Kerry calling the proposed zone an 'ambitious goal and fraught with challenges' but worth pursuing."

Comment: Many believe that the "covenant with many" will be a peace treaty between Israel and her Arab neighbors.  This is one alternative scenario.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pestilence

My Way News - UN says it will try to identify all Ebola cases by June
My Way News reports: "The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season. In a new Ebola plan released on Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said it hopes to limit transmission of the virus to the coastal areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone before the rainy season begins, normally in April or May."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rumors of War - Persia

Iranian Revolutionary Guards seize cargo ship in Gulf | Reuters
Reuters reports: "Iranian patrol boats intercepted a cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday and forced it into Iranian territorial waters by firing shots across its bow, prompting the U.S. Navy to send a destroyer and reconnaissance plane to monitor the situation."

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Wickedness Increases

My Way News - Police clash with Baltimore protesters for a second night
My Way News reports: "A line of police behind riot shields hurled tear gas canisters and fired pepper balls at as many as 200 protesters Tuesday night to enforce a citywide curfew, imposed after the worst outbreak of rioting in Baltimore since 1968. [...] Monday's outbreak of looting, arson and rock- and bottle-throwing by mostly black rioters erupted just hours after Gray's funeral."

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - In US-Japan talks, China is the elephant in the room
My Way News reports: "Ahead of Tuesday's talks, Japanese and U.S. foreign and defense ministers approved revisions to the U.S.-Japan defense guidelines that boost Japan's military capability amid growing Chinese assertiveness in disputed areas in the East and South China Sea claimed by Beijing. The changes, which strengthen Japan's role in missile defense, mine sweeping and ship inspections, are the first revisions in 18 years to the rules that govern U.S.-Japan defense cooperation."

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Earthquakes

My Way News - Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken
My Way News reports: "Tens of thousands of people prepared to spend the night in the open under a chilly and thundery sky after a powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,180 people, collapsing modern houses and centuries-old temples, and triggering a landslide on the slopes of Mount Everest. Officials said the death toll will rise as more reports from far-flung areas come in. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which originated outside the capital Kathmandu, was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years."

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Persecution

My Way News - Armenians around the world mark 1915 genocide
My Way News reports: "Around the world on Friday, tens of thousands of people of Armenian descent commemorated the genocide 100 years ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. [...] An estimated 1.5 million died in massacres, deportations and forced marches that began in 1915 as Ottoman officials worried that the Christian Armenians would side with Russia, its enemy in World War I. The event is widely viewed by historians as genocide."

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