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  • Japanese leader 'speechless' over apparent beheading by Islamic State

    01/25/2015 7:44:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL
    A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release. In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist, appears to be holding a photo of his countryman, Haruna Yukawa, who has been beheaded. The case has drawn a great deal of attention in Japan and spawned a crisis for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had vowed to do what he could to save the two men. Abe said...
  • Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don't Want To Become US Citizens

    01/25/2015 7:22:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By David Sirota
    DAVOS -- The crackdown on illegal immigration combined with intensified border security has prompted large numbers of undocumented Mexican laborers to remain in the U.S. permanently -- even as many prefer to go home -- out of fear they will never be able to return, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon told International Business Times. “Many of them are currently trapped,” Calderon told IBTimes. “There are a lot of these people [who] want to be in Mexico eight months every year, but they are unable to go there, because if they cross the border, they will never be able to cross...
  • Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 7:09:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The DesMoines Register | January 24, 2015 | by Ben Rodgers
    LINK ONLY:  Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit
  • 3 killed, 17 wounded in weekend shootings

    01/25/2015 7:01:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 25, 2015
    Three men were killed and at least 17 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon. 19-year-old Anfernee Durant was shot in the foot, leg and side in a possible drive-by attack in the 7800 block of South Vincennes. Durant was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was pronounced dead about an hour later Police said he was a documented gang member. 18-year-old Tyree D. Harris was standing outside in the 6800 block of South Western when someone walked up and shot him in the head. Harris was taken to Christ Medical Center, where...
  • Climate change is not a concern for CEOs? That should keep us all awake

    01/25/2015 6:14:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 25, 2015
    The first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos was dominated by calls for 2015 to be a year of action on climate change. But while some in the business community worry about sustainability, there is plenty of evidence that the vast bulk of business executives give it no consideration at all. “We are seeing the accelerated impact of climate change,” World Bank boss Jim Yong Kim said in a speech on Wednesday. “Last year was the hottest on record. That matters. Extreme weather is real. It’s a complete no-brainer to move towards cleaner, more livable cities.” Yet according...
  • ‘Rise as one’ call to Sydney rally of Muslims

    01/25/2015 6:07:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | January 24, 2015 | by Ean Higgins
    HIZB ut-Tahrir leaders last night urged a crowd of about 500 in Sydney’s Lakemba to rise as one to defend­ the name of the prophet Mohammed, extolling them to reject the West’s concept of freedom of speech as a “smokescreen” to oppress Muslims. Organisers warmed up the audience with a series of chants including “rise, Muslims, take a stand, defend the prophet hand in hand” and “the prophet that you defame, Allah will protect his name”. One speaker, Sufyan Badar, told the crowd it had gathered not as a reflection of freedom of association, but as a “response to the...
  • Sydney Muslims rally against free speech

    01/25/2015 5:56:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY RICHARD JAMES
    Sydney - On Friday night, a group of nearly 1,000 protesters assembled in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba to oppose what organisers classed as negative coverage of the Islamic faith and to reject the notion of free speech. Local Muslim leader Sufyan Badar addressed the throng, saying the rally was in a sense an answer to the protests in the aftermath the Paris attack. Badar argued that in fact protests defending free speech had nothing to do with the notion of freedom itself. "[It's] the smokescreen with which Western politicians and media conceal the underlying issues," he said. "In reality,...
  • Far from ‘outsiders,’ Europe and Islam have long been intertwined

    01/25/2015 5:47:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail (UK) ^ | January 25, 2015 | by H.A. Hellyer
    In the wake of the most recent attacks in Paris, the airwaves have been full of myths about Muslim communities in Europe. However, history tells a rather different tale: Muslims are far from alien from European culture; in fact, they are central to it. The links between Europe and Islam date back to the very first generation of Muslims. We know of the famed rule of Muslim Iberia (now known as Spain and Portugal), which created a thriving multi-religious society, something that was then a novelty in Europe. Several hundred years earlier, after Muslim Spain had begun, you might have...
  • Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

    01/25/2015 5:25:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY ANGELIKI KOUTANTOU AND JAMES MACKENZIE
    Greeks began voting on Sunday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce the first euro zone government openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme. After its most severe crisis since the fall of the military junta in 1974, Greece's economy has shrunk by some 25 percent, thousands of businesses have closed,...
  • American Sniper film 'behind rise in anti-Muslim threats'

    01/25/2015 5:16:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 25, 2015
    The release of the film American Sniper has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, according to an Arab-American civil rights group. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has written to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper. Their film is based on US soldier Chris Kyle's service in Iraq from 2003-09. The ADC said a "majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are result of how Arab and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper". The organisation, which describes itself as the largest Arab civil rights organisation in the US, said...
  • Will U.S. advisers move to Iraqi front lines?

    01/24/2015 5:30:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Barbara Starr
    The upcoming Iraqi assault to retake Mosul from ISIS control could include U.S. military advisers near the front lines. U.S. military leadership has held open the possibility it would recommend moving advisers closer to combat lines. As the key Mosul battle looms, that remains a potential consideration "if and when they believe it's necessary," a senior U.S. military official tells CNN. The possible recommendation would need to be approved by President Barack Obama, who has said that U.S. troops will not be sent on a combat mission. But putting advisers with front-line Iraqi troops puts American troops in close range...
  • Iraqi Forces Retake Less Than 2% Of IS Areas

    01/24/2015 4:36:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 24, 2015
    Iraqi forces have regained just 270 of the 21,000 square miles controlled by Islamic State in six months, the Pentagon has said. Efforts to train Iraqi troops and moderate Syrian rebels are moving forward, the US claimed - but so far less than 2% of militant territory has been regained. Most of this has been taken by Kurdish forces in the north. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said control of land would continually change over time. He added that it would be a long struggle.
  • End Obamacare, and people could die. That’s okay.

    01/23/2015 5:09:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Michael R. Strain
    Say conservatives have their way with Obamacare, and the Supreme Court deals it a death blow or a Republican president repeals it in 2017. Some people who got health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act may lose it. In which case, liberals like to say, some of Obamacare’s beneficiaries may die. Columnist Jonathan Chait wrote recently that those who may die are victims of ideology — “collateral damage” incurred in conservatives’ pursuit “of a larger goal.” If these are the stakes, many liberals argue, then ending Obamacare is immoral. Except, it’s not. In a world of scarce...
  • World War II vet works to convince the IRS that he's not dead

    01/23/2015 4:39:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Lori Kurtzman
    iegfried Meinstein discovered that he was dead in April. He seems to be handling the news well. “It isn’t really a problem in my daily life,” he said, sitting at a table in his Upper Arlington assisted-living facility. “Everybody accepts my money.” This probably requires a little more explanation, so here it is: The Internal Revenue Service thinks 94-year-old Meinstein bought the farm, bit the big one, took a permanent vacation. And despite his family’s best efforts, the IRS hasn’t changed its mind. “If they keep insisting, what is it you say?” Ron Meinstein asked his dad. “‘Eventually, they’ll be...
  • Green groups push EPA to address airline emissions

    01/23/2015 4:10:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Summit County Citizens Voice (CO) ^ | January 23, 2015 | by Bob Berwyn
    FRISCO — With the EPA set to decide in May whether aircraft carbon pollution endangers public health or welfare, the battle over airline industry emissions in heating up. This week, six major green groups called on the EPA and the Federal Aviation Administration to move quickly to set emission standards to curb greenhouse gas pollution from the nation’s aircraft fleet. “The Obama administration needs to finally hold the airline industry accountable for its massive greenhouse gas emissions,” said Vera Pardee, a senior attorney with the Center’s Climate Law Institute. “The EPA has delayed action for years, and our climate is...
  • Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

    01/23/2015 3:42:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Anna Gorman
    Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by a coalition of health advocates and legal services groups, cited delays in enrolling pregnant women, children and adults with life-threatening conditions. Advocates said many either had to postpone treatment or pay cash to see doctors. Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for poor and disabled residents. Prompted by the Affordable Care...
  • State Dept. to Disney: Use “Frozen” to teach kids about climate change

    01/23/2015 3:04:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Marcus Gilmer
    2014 was, according to NOAA and NASA, the warmest year on record for the entire world. Locally, it was also the hottest year in California’s history. The world’s climate is changing, at least according to science and data. 2014 was also the year of Frozen, Disney’s animated musical blockbuster about two sisters and a snowman (more or less), amassing over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office receipts and billions more from countless sing-a-long showings, DVD sales, and merchandise since its November 2013 release. And now, in 2015, we’re learning where these two seemingly disparate facts intersect: the State Department’s Admiral...
  • Don’t believe the U.S. military when it says it doesn’t keep body counts

    01/22/2015 4:25:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters - Opinion ^ | January 22, 2015 | By David Axe
    Earlier this month, a reporter asked the question that usually comes up when the United States gets involved in a sustained military campaign. Just how many enemy troops — in this case, Islamic State foot soldiers — have U.S. forces killed in more than five months of aerial attacks? The military’s answer was basically the same given to all similar questions going back more than a decade. Counting the dead is “not the goal,” said Pentagon chief spokesman John Kirby, a Navy admiral. Since the Vietnam War, with its gruesome and inflated U.S. tallies of enemy dead, the Pentagon has...
  • Obama says hopes Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage

    01/22/2015 4:19:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2015 | by Jeff Mason
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he hoped the Supreme Court would issue a ruling that would prevent states from banning gay marriage when it rules on the issue later this year. "I'm hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision," Obama said during an interview on YouTube.
  • Yemen's US-Backed President Quits; Country Could Split Apart

    01/22/2015 3:53:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 22, 2015 | By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    Yemen's U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida's powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world's poorest country will fracture into mini-states. Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation to parliament rather than make further concessions to Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who control the capital and are widely believed to be backed by Iran. Concerns were also mounting about an economic collapse. Two-thirds of Yemen's population are already in need of humanitarian aid, according to reported U.N. figures. Iran's regional...
  • California Could Be Model for Offering Health Coverage to Undocumented

    01/22/2015 10:27:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    California Healthline ^ | January 22, 2015
    Efforts by several California counties to provide health insurance to undocumented immigrants could serve as a model for other states. As a state, California has taken several steps to provide health coverage to undocumented residents. Immigrants in the state who qualified for Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival initiative are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. In addition, under an executive action by President Obama last year, Medi-Cal coverage could be extended to up to 500,000 undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and who have no record of felony offenses...
  • Climate change inaction pushes 'doomsday clock' closest to midnight since 1984

    01/22/2015 10:15:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 22, 2015 | by Suzanne Goldenberg
    The symbolic doomsday clock moved to three minutes before midnight on Thursday because of the gathering dangers of climate change and nuclear proliferation, signalling the gravest threat to humanity since the throes of the cold war. It was the closest the clock has come to midnight since 1984, when arms-control negotiations stalled and virtually all channels of communication between the US and the former Soviet Union closed down. $cientists suggested that the greater danger lay in the failure of leaders to recognise and act on climate change. “Stunning government failures have imperiled civilisations on a global scale,” Benedict said. “World...
  • Saudi Arabia deplores Charlie Hebdo continued ‘mocking of Islam’

    01/22/2015 6:25:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | January 22, 2015 | by AFP, Riyadh
    Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, said Wednesday it deplored the continued “mocking of Islam” by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The kingdom is “surprised, and deplored” the publication last week of a new cartoon of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, the state Saudi Press Agency said, citing a source at the foreign ministry. “The kingdom does not find any justification for such deliberate abuse against Islam, which insults the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world,” the source said. Freedom of opinion and expression do not justify “insulting religious beliefs,” the source added.
  • Islamic State conflict: London hosts coalition talks (JV Update)

    01/22/2015 4:47:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 22, 2015
    Foreign ministers from 21 countries are meeting in London to discuss ways to co-ordinate their efforts to combat the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). IS controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq and the US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes since August. But UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond insisted much more needed to be done. He told the BBC that the countries wanted to find ways to halt the flow of recruits to IS, cut off its funding and "tackle the underlying narrative". At the start of Thursday's conference at Lancaster House, which he is co-hosting with Mr...
  • Muslim population grows 24%, slower than previous decade

    01/21/2015 4:49:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Times of India ^ | January 21, 2015 | by Bharti Jain
    NEW DELHI: The latest census data on the population of religious groups, set to be released shortly, shows a 24% rise in the Muslim population between 2001 and 2011, with the community's share of total population rising from 13.4% to 14.2% over the 10-year period. While the growth rate of the Muslim population has slowed from around 29% between 1991 and 2001, it is still higher than the national average of 18% for the decade. The data accessed by TOI showed that the most rapid rise in the share of Muslims in the total population was witnessed in Assam. Muslims...
  • State of the Union Television Ratings Drop to 15-Year Low

    01/21/2015 4:23:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015
    President Barack Obama's State of the Union address drew the second-lowest television viewership in 15 years. According to Nielsen data, 31.7 million viewers watched Tuesday night's prime-time address on broadcast and cable networks. That's the lowest television viewership for a State of the Union address since President Bill Clinton's final speech.
  • Navy Officer Fired, Probe Involves Affair, Suspicious Death

    01/21/2015 4:05:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The Navy captain in charge of the naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired and is being investigated in connection with an alleged affair with a woman on the base and the recent death of her husband, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Capt. John R. Nettleton was relieved of duty Wednesday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said in a press release. The Navy would not comment on the details of the investigation. But U.S. officials said Nettleton is under investigation in connection with the death of Christopher Tur, who was found...
  • Senate Votes 98-1 That Climate Change 'Is Not A Hoax'

    01/21/2015 2:17:54 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 193 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 21, 2015
    United States senators are now on the record on the question of whether climate change is "a hoax." The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure stating that "climate change is real and is not a hoax" by a margin of 98-1. The amendment was designed in part as a jab at GOP Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who has questioned the science of climate change. Inhofe voted for the measure, arguing that the true "hoax" is that climate change is the result of human activity. "Climate is changing, and climate has always changed, and always will, there's archeological evidence of...
  • Ratings: State of the Union Dips vs. 2014

    01/21/2015 9:16:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    TVLine ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Matt Webb Mitovich
    The Big 4’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s Sate of the Union address on Tuesday night amassed 19.4 million total viewers, down 6 percent from a year ago. Last year’s SOTU went on to total 33.3 million viewers with cable coverage folded in, marking a 14-year low.
  • Mexico among 3 'friends of court' in Border Patrol shooting

    01/21/2015 9:08:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 21, 2015 | By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    The Mexican government is asking a U.S. appeals court to let a Mexican teenager's parents sue the U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed their 15-year-old son from across the border. The arguments are in one of three "friend of the court" briefs filed this month with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering the lawsuit filed by Sergio Hernandez's parents for the second time Wednesday. The full 16-judge court heard arguments. All three briefs ask the court to overturn U.S. District Judge David Briones' ruling that the family cannot sue agent Jesus Mesa Jr. over...
  • France to Get Better Guns, More Intel Agents to Fight Terror

    01/21/2015 8:48:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015 | By SYLVIE CORBET and NICOLAS VAUX-MONTAGNY
    France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism Wednesday, including giving security forces better weapons and protection, going on an intelligence agent hiring spree and creating a better database of anyone suspected of extremist links. Since three police were among those killed by the Paris terrorists, the prime minister said improving officers' weapons and protective gear was among the top priorities. France has repeatedly strengthened its counterterrorism laws over the years, including a measure passed in November that focused on preventing French extremists from joining fighters abroad. Another measure — expected to be activated in the coming weeks —...
  • Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

    01/20/2015 4:44:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    US Embassy Yemen ^ | January 20, 2015 | US State Department
    The U.S. Embassy warns all U.S. citizens to avoid the areas around 50 and 60 Meter Road near the Presidential Palace, Presidential residence, and Haddah Area in Sana’s due to heavy fighting. While the fighting appears to be politically motivated and an internal domestic dispute not directed against foreign interests, all U.S. citizens should be vigilant of the continued high risk of kidnapping and terrorist attacks throughout Yemen. U.S. citizens living in Yemen should take extra precautions and consider leaving the country. The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen...
  • US Military Ready If Needed to Evacuate US Embassy in Yemen

    01/20/2015 4:31:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 20, 2015 | By LUIS MARTINEZ
    With the worsening security situation in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, the U.S. military has moved two Navy amphibious ships into the Red Sea to assist with any potential evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel should the State Department order its personnel to leave the country, Pentagon officials said today. The U.S. embassy there remains open as of now. A State Department spokesperson told ABC News that officials are "continuing to closely monitor developments in Yemen and will adjust the embassy’s security posture response in accordance to the situation on the ground." "The embassy has been operating with reduced staffing and heightened...
  • Americans newly see Obama as a ‘dictator’ and ‘impressive’

    01/20/2015 9:41:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 20, 2015 | By Ruth Mantell
    While name calling isn’t new to the president, ”dictator” and “impressive” are a couple of fresh labels that Americans have for Barack Obama, according to survey data released Tuesday. Also of note, the most common words to describe Obama have stayed the same in recent years. When Pew surveyed adults earlier this month, the most frequently cited words were “good” and “incompetent,” the same results as in mid-2013. Back in 2009, the most common descriptors were “intelligent” and “good,” trailed next by “socialist.”
  • UN Condemns Escalating Attacks by Nigerian Group Boko Haram

    01/19/2015 4:26:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 19, 2015 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    The U.N. Security Council condemned the recent escalation of attacks by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram on Monday and expressed deep concern that its activities are undermining peace and stability in central and west Africa. The statement was sponsored by Nigeria, which had been reluctant to have the council discuss the Islamic militant group despite being a member of the Security Council. The Security Council has previously responded to specific terrorist acts by Boko Haram with press statements that do not become part of its official record. The militant group seeks to impose Islamic Shariah law across Nigeria, Africa's...
  • Protests against Charlie cartoons continue throughout Muslim world

    01/19/2015 2:59:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    International - Euronews ^ | January 19, 2015
    Orchestrated by the government, which obliged all its employees to attend, Chechens have held a huge demonstration in their capital Grozny to protest against the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed carried by French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’. Officials said over a million people gathered for the occasion. “What is happening in France, these cartoons, is an unbearable pain for each Muslim. We just want to show people that we should live in peace,” said one man. Protests continue throughout the Muslim world, but were much smaller in Tehran, where some 500 people answered a call to protest near the French...
  • An Inclusive French Republic, Paris Attacks Lay Bare Longtime Muslim Exclusion

    01/19/2015 2:41:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    The recent terrorist attacks in Paris prompted millions to take to the streets to show national solidarity and to pay tribute to the 17 people murdered. The attacks have also inspired a lot of soul-searching, as the French struggle to understand how three men, born and raised in France, could have trained the murderous intent of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State on their own countrymen. Prison was the crucible of their radicalization. There are five million to six million Muslims in France, less than 10 percent of the total population, but 60 percent of France’s prison inmates are of...
  • Steyer outlines Senate goals for climate, taxes, education

    01/19/2015 2:21:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2015 | By Timothy Cama
    Tom Steyer is telling potential supporters that if he were to run for Senate in California, he would set policy goals related to climate change, taxes and public education. If he does not meet certain goals in six years, Steyer would pledge not to run for a second term. The billionaire environmentalist and former hedge fund manager spent $74 billion in the midterm elections in an effort to elect more lawmakers who want to fight climate change. Steyer also wants to ensure that the highest income earners pay effective tax rates that are at least the same level as the...
  • Terrorism is not issue between the West, Islam -- EU policy chief

    01/19/2015 6:46:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | January 19, 2015
    BRUSSELS -- EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met here Monday Nabil Al-Araby, Secretary General of the Arab League and discussed how to increase counter-terrorism cooperation. Speaking to reporters before the meeting, she underlined that terrorism "is not an issue between the West and Islam, terrorist attacks are targeting most of all Muslims in the world so we need an alliance and a dialogue to face the issue together." "We also need to take full responsibility for what we do and say, I think respect is one of the core values of the EU, drawing the line between freedom and respect...
  • Queens Is Top NYC Borough With Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for DACA, DAPA Programs

    01/18/2015 7:26:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Latin Post ^ | January 18, 2015 | By Michael Oleaga
    More than half a million undocumented immigrants are living within the five boroughs of New York City, but slightly more than 230,000 are eligible for the deferred action programs created by President Barack Obama. The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released details data on featuring estimates of major U.S. counties and its undocumented immigrants population. MPI's data profiled 94 counties across the U.S. and discovered the five counties with the largest populations potentially eligible for either DACA and DAPA relief are Los Angeles, California; Harris, Texas; Orange, California; Cook, Illinois; and Dallas, Texas, accounting for 1.1 million people, or more than...
  • One year on, Iraq’s struggle to retake Fallujah from ISIL continues (JV Team)

    01/18/2015 6:35:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The National (Abu Dhabi) ^ | January 18, 2015 | by Youssef Hamza
    BAGHDAD - - A year after ISIL fighters captured Fallujah in Iraq’s Anbar province, the country’s Shiite-led government remains incapable of mounting a major offensive to retake the city or any of the key areas still held by the group. In January last year, Fallujah, 70 kilometres west of Baghdad, became the first major city to fall to ISIL. This was followed by a summer campaign that seized the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, along with most of northern and western Iraq. Iraq’s slow-moving fight against ISIL has also highlighted the country’s sectarian tensions, given...
  • Manicured lawns contribute to global warming by producing greenhouse gases

    01/18/2015 6:12:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    Zee News (India) ^ | January 18, 2015
    London: A new study has recently revealed that manicured lawns are major source of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. Grass lawns soak up carbon dioxide, which is stored in the soil after the cut grass rots and so, like trees, they are considered good for the planet. But Dr. Chuanhui Gu of Appalachian State University in the US said that once the energy expended by mowing, fertilizer use and watering are taken into account, lawns actually produce more greenhouse gases than they soak up. The study is published in the Journal of Environmental Management.
  • German anti-Islam PEGIDA cancels rally over 'IS death threat'

    01/18/2015 5:40:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    AFP via Expatica Germany ^ | January 17, 2015
    Germany's anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement said it has cancelled a planned march on Monday, citing a death threat against organisers from the Islamic State jihadist group. "Cancelled! Dear friends, unfortunately we must cancel our 13th meeting due to security concerns," the group "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident" said on its Facebook page on Sunday. "What in police jargon is called an 'abstract threat' has changed to a 'concrete death threat' against a member of the organising team. IS terrorists have ordered his assassination." "We take these leads very seriously," Spiegel quoted an unnamed high-ranking security official as saying....
  • Shortages Undermine Venezuela's Teetering Socialism

    01/17/2015 8:30:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2015
    Socialism: Venezuelans are being arrested for posting Internet photos of shortages in stores. So let's get this straight: Murder and mayhem are de facto legal in that crime pit, but posting evidence of socialism's failure merits jailing. As socialism plays out to its logical conclusion in Venezuela, the specters of long lines, rationing, troop enforcers, bizarre edicts and desperate statements are now the order of the day. Not only have more than a dozen Venezuelans been arrested for posting photographs of empty store shelves on social media, three governors have responded to long lines by — prohibiting them; ordering the...
  • ISIS Executes Pigeon and Bird Breeders in Diyala, Iraq

    01/17/2015 7:19:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2015 | BY F. BRINLEY BRUTON
    Raising doves and pigeons is a deadly pursuit in ISIS-controlled Iraq. The popular hobby is in the sights of extremist Islamist fighters, who this week rounded up 15 boys and young men in the eastern province of Diyala for pursuing a pastime now deemed un-Islamic. Three have already been executed. The recent crackdown on bird breeders stems from ISIS' need for new fighters to battle the Iraqi and Syrian governments, as well as residents' growing desperation, according to the security official. Suspicion of bird-breeders stems from the fact they tend to feed their animals at the same time devout Muslims...
  • Hundreds Rally In Prague Against Islam

    01/17/2015 7:10:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    About 500 protesters gathered at an anti-Islam demonstration in Prague on January 16. The demonstrators carried signs and banners with slogans like “Europe, wake up!” “Islam is evil,” and “Moderate Islam does not exist.” The organizers of the rally were from a group that calls itself “We Do Not Want Islam In The Czech Republic.” About 20 people attended a counterdemonstration against racism and xenophobia that was held nearby.
  • The problem with Islam

    01/17/2015 7:00:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Ynetnews, Israel ^ | January 17, 2015 | by Ben-Dror Yemini
    Op-ed: The distorted mutation that is Islamic fundamentalism has to be acknowledged; many Muslims recognize there is a problem, which is not just a handful of Jihadists involved in terrorism. Any debate on Islam in Muslim countries and among Muslim communities in the West is like stepping into a minefield. When it comes to the media outlets and academe, for the most part, the subject of Islam sparks a convoluted and apologetic discourse; on the social networks, on the other hand, the discourse it prompts is a racist one. The thing is there's a problem. It's hissing and bubbling. Many...
  • Channel Tunnel closed and services hit after lorry fire

    01/17/2015 6:14:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 17, 2015
    Passengers are facing severe disruption after the Channel Tunnel was closed "until further notice" following a fire on a lorry. Eurostar says all its services today have been cancelled and trains are returning to their original stations. Kent Police said the fire happened at the French end of the tunnel and is being dealt with by the French authorities. There were no reported injuries, a police spokesman said.
  • Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Some Patients In California

    01/16/2015 4:37:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 15, 2015 | By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio
    When Dennie Wright went to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance last year, it wasn’t a hard decision. His insurance agent told him he had only one insurer – Anthem Blue Cross – that he could buy from on the exchange, Covered California. Wright lives in a modest house overlooking a pasture in Indian Valley. It’s a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the Sierra Mountains, close to the border with Nevada. He lives in one of 250 zip codes where Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual insurance policies in 2014. “That was new to us,...
  • A Bad Day for Climate Change Deniers … And the Planet

    01/16/2015 4:26:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 93 replies
    TIME ^ | January 16, 2015 | by Jeffrey Kluger, Editor at Large
    Three new studies offer new proof of how bad the earth's fever has gotten. It’s not often that the climate change deniers get clobbered three times in just two days. But that’s what happened with the release of a trio of new studies that ought to serve as solid body blows to the fading but persistent fiction that human-mediated warming is somehow a hoax. Good news for the forces of reason, however, is bad news for the planet—especially the oceans. “Today’s news is a clear and undeniable warning for all of us that we need to cut climate pollution and...