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  • Isis Left Thousands of Mines in Manbij Before Fleeing (TR)

    08/26/2016 6:45:32 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 8 replies
    Global Voices ^ | 8/25/2016 | Reem Zaitouneh
    After two years of rule, ISIS was expelled from most of the city of Manbij in Northern Syria on August 13, 2016. The battle between ISIS and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)óa US-backed coalition made up of of Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Armenian, Turkmen, and Circassian militiasólasted 73 days and the SDF says it will continue the battle until Manbij is fully liberated. The operation was named ďOperation Martyr Commander Faysal Abu LeylaĒ in honor of the Kurdish FSA and SDF Commander Faisal ďAbu LeylaĒ Sadoun, who was killed by an ISIS sniper on June 6, 2016. Before withdrawing, however, ISIS...
  • 2-person crews may be required on railroads ( Colorado )

    03/04/2016 11:41:27 AM PST · by george76 · 41 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | March 3, 2016 | Charles Ashby
    Railroads would be required to have at least two crew members aboard freight trains when they are traversing the state under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House . ... Minority Leader Brian Del Grosso, R-Loveland, took the Democrats to task over the bill, saying it is a poor way to deal with a problem he said they created. He said over the past several years, Democrats have made policy decisions that have contributed to the slowdown, and even closure of coal mines, citing the recent closure of the Bowie No. 2 mine near Paonia specifically. That...
  • Cheryl Mills rips open the Clinton email scandal

    10/08/2015 10:02:48 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 26 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-08-15 | DrJohn
    As many of us suspected, the Clinton Foundation "business" was intertwined with Hillary Clinton's official duties at State. Emails made public through FOIA have shown that Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills passed on classified information to the Clinton Foundation: Hillary Clinton's top State Department aide sent internal agency correspondence to Clinton Foundation officials, raising new questions about how her inner circle handled sensitive information. The internal emails, which were obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act, have since been classified. They were passed to the Clinton Foundation by Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff. In one...
  • State Dept. releases 800 new Clinton emails

    02/26/2016 3:33:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/16/16 | Sarah Westwood
    State Department officials released roughly 800 of Hillary Clinton's private emails Friday evening, just hours before the South Carolina Democratic primaries begin. The 1,500 pages of emails in the latest batch did not contain any "top secret" emails, an agency spokesman said. The State Department withheld 22 emails from a trove of emails made public earlier this year because they included "top secret" information. Clinton faced a new wave of questions about her private emails this week after a federal judge ruled her top aides should be subject to depositions about their roles in setting up a personal server in...
  • Teflon Tony Rodham, the Clintonsí Shady Id

    05/28/2015 6:14:10 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | May 28, 2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Sitting in a courtroom three years ago, after skipping out on a sizable legal bill, Hillary Rodham Clintonís youngest brother struck a reassuring tone: Donít worry, the money is coming. ďI deal through the Clinton Foundation,Ē Tony Rodham said, according to court transcripts uncovered by the New York Times. He gave his word that Hillary and Bill were setting him up with Haitian-government permits to build a $22 million housing development in the earthquake-stricken country. ďI hound my brother-in-law, because itís his fund that weíre going to get our money from,Ē Rodham explained, promising a $1 million check once the...
  • Clinton Foundation took massive payoffs, promised Hammond Ranch and other publicly owned lands to...

    01/23/2016 3:38:57 PM PST · by amorphous · 62 replies ^ | 23 Jan 2016 | Shepard Ambellas
    PRINCETON, Ore. - As it turns out there's a lot more to the story behind the Malheur Wildlife Refuge-a whole lot more-and this article is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. As you may or may not know, Intellihub reported on Jan. 4, that the Hammond's ranch and other ranch-lands surrounding the refuge sit atop a vast swath of precious metals, minerals, and uranium that's heavily desired by not only the federal government, but foreign entities as well. However, at the time of the article's publication the federal government's full motive to seize the land was not yet known...
  • VIDEO: Federal Employees Brag About Swindling WWII Vets Off Their Land

    01/20/2016 9:44:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    the gateway pundit ^ | 1/20/16 | VIDEO: Federal Employees Brag About Swindling WWII Vets Off Their Land Jim Hoft
    This will make your blood boil. Federal employees with the Park Service brag about how they swindled two World War II veterans off the land for pennies on the dollar. Federal employees revel in the fact that they swindle land from private property owners at pennies on the dollar, in astonishing admissions captured in a recently released video. ‚ÄúWe went out to the mine and the owners were two little guys that had been in the Second World War,‚ÄĚ a California park service employee recalls at a retirement celebration for Mojave National Preserve Superintendent Mary Martin in 2005. The employee...
  • New Mexico to Sue EPA Over Mine Spill

    01/19/2016 10:28:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Jan 14 2016 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    New Mexico plans to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in Utah and other Western states, officials said Thursday. The New Mexico Environment Department said it filed a notice of its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the spill. The lawsuit would be a first and also would target the state of Colorado and the owners of the Gold King and Sunnyside mines. Utah leaders have also reserved the possibility of legal action against the EPA. In a statement...
  • Bad Business with China 101

    12/14/2015 7:36:38 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who warn of the dangers of professors making pronouncements outside their area of expertise may have been a bit too hasty. A case might be made for encouraging business professors to look at foreign policy. "It amazes me that Americans don’t see China as a threat," Dr. Peter Navarro said at a briefing at the Center for a New American Security on December 7, 2015, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Dr. Navarro, a professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine, is the author of Crouching Tiger: What China’s...
  • Newsweek's "Case"-Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball get the Osama-Saddam memo wrong.

    11/20/2003 11:19:56 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 12 replies · 502+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov. 20, 2003 | Stephen F. Hayes
    A NEWSWEEK article by investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball about the memo linking Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein dismisses a recent WEEKLY STANDARD report as "hype" and concludes, the "tangled tale of the memo suggests that the case of whether there has been Iraqi-al Qaeda complicity is far from closed." While it's refreshing to see the establishment media pick up the story, the Newsweek article is less than authoritative. The authors write: "The Pentagon memo pointedly omits any reference to the interrogations of a host of other high-level al Qaeda and Iraqi detainees--including such notables as Khalid...
  • Last union mine in Kentucky closes ( War on Coal )

    09/08/2015 1:20:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | Sept. 5, 2015
    The union era's death knell sounded in Kentucky on New Year's Eve, when Patriot Coal announced the closing of its Highland Mine. The underground mine in western Kentucky employed about 400 hourly workers represented by the United Mine Workers of America. ... Union membership remains substantial in West Virginia, with more than 30,000 members, largely because that state wasn't affected by the environmental regulations on high-sulfur coal that essentially halted mining in western Kentucky in the 1990s. Smith said those western Kentucky mine shutdowns led to the loss of about 20,000 union members in two years.
  • N. Korea behind recent mine explosion in DMZ: Defense Ministry

    08/09/2015 6:58:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/10
    N. Korea behind recent mine explosion in DMZ: Defense Ministry 2015/08/10 10:30 SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is believed to have masterminded the bloody explosion of land mines in the demilitarized zone last week, the Defense Ministry said Monday, in the latest military provocation by the North, happening just weeks before a scheduled joint military exercise between South Korea and the U.S. The mine blasts took place on the morning of Aug. 4 on the southern side of the DMZ near the city of Paju, Gyeonggi Province, while eight South Korean Army troops carried out a regular scouting...
  • GOP launches probe of 'improper influence' on EPA climate rule

    09/02/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republicans are investigating what they call "improper influence" from a national green group on the Obama administration's signature Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change regulation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, are demanding the EPA and the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hand over documents on the organization's involvement in drafting the proposed carbon pollution rules. The investigation is based on a New York Times ' report that said the NRDC provided the blueprint used for the rules, and "heavily influenced the president's proposal." While...
  • Alabamaís Gold Rush: A Tiny Town Once Worth Millions

    05/15/2015 3:05:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    WAIT ^ | May 12, 2015 | Stephen Hauck
    Itís a town most people in Alabama donít even know exists. But, thatís not the way things have always been, as this tiny Tallapoosa County community was once one of the largest cities in Alabama. The reason can be found deep beneath the woods near the main road that runs through town. James ďCoyĒ Powell, whose ancestors have lived in Goldville for generations, said he hopes the history of this town doesnít fade away like the population has. ďItís a sacred spot that I can go back and I can tell people like you, you know this wasnít easy back...
  • The Clinton connection to Russiaís claims on uranium

    04/23/2015 4:56:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Times of India ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jo Becker,NYT News Service
    The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir Putin's latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: "Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World." The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world's largest uranium producers and brought Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. But the untold story behind that story is one that...
  • Gold Mine: Hillary Clintonís Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit from Haiti After State Dept.

    03/05/2015 12:48:07 PM PST · by ColdOne · 69 replies ^ | 3/5/15 | Alexander Marlow
    Full title.....Gold Mine: Hillary Clintonís Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit from Haiti After State Dept. Sent Country Billions Hillary Rodham Clintonís brother, Tony Rodham, sat on the board of a self-described mining company that in 2012 received one of only two ďgold exploitation permitsĒ from the Haitian governmentóthe first issued in over 50 years. The tiny North Carolina company, VCS Mining, also included on its board Bill Clintonís co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), former Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. The Rodham gold mine revelation is just one of dozens featured in a forthcoming bombshell investigative book by...
  • An Ex-President, a Mining Deal and a Big Donor (Clinton donor recíd lucrative uranium mining deal)

    01/30/2008 8:19:48 PM PST · by bd476 · 146 replies · 2,130+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 31, 2008 | By JO BECKER and DON VAN NATTA Jr.
    Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan. Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited: highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around the world. And Mr. Giustra was in hot pursuit of an exclusive deal to tap them. Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. But what his fledgling company lacked in experience, it made up for in connections. Accompanying Mr. Giustra on his...
  • Bill Clinton Linked To Uranium Scandal

    05/27/2009 7:37:26 PM PDT · by FromLori · 3 replies · 726+ views
    Here's a fascinating politics/energy/international relations story that's flying below the radar now, but feels as though it could get huge. The news starts with Uranium One (UUU), a Toronto-listed uranium miner, whose shares plunged 38% on news that the Kazakhstan government was probing whether certain Kazakh mines it owns were acquired illegally. Specifically, it's looking at potentially illegal asset sales by Mukhtar Dzhakishev, the former head of state-owned uranium miner Kazatomprom, who later sought favors from the man who sold the assets to, Frank Giustra, and Bill Clinton. Reuters: [O]ne deal in question was the sale of a 30 percent...
  • After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity

    01/30/2008 6:55:36 PM PST · by mware · 76 replies · 11,540+ views
    New York Times ^ | 01/30/08 | Jo Becker & Don van Natta, jr.

    02/04/2008 8:41:02 AM PST · by OESY · 21 replies · 128+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 4, 2008 | Editorial
    Bill Clinton just can't seem to keep his sleazy private dealings out of the news: This time, it's a 2005 dinner he shared with a wealthy mining mogul and Kazakhstan's president, after which the businessman wound up with a coveted contract in that country. The sordid story- about Clinton's meal with Kazakh strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev and UrAsia Energy Ltd. head Frank Giustra- ran on the front page of Thursday's New York Times. Reporters Jo Becker and Don Van Natta Jr. deserve kudos: They describe how Clinton praised the Kazakh dictator, absurdly, for "opening up the social and political life of...
  • BOOK: Hillary Gave Russian Govt. Half of U.S. Uranium Output to Reward Donorís Company

    04/22/2015 9:06:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/22/15 | Breitbart News
    Editorís Note: This story first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. We reprint in part here.†Hillary Clintonís State Department was part of a panel that approved the sale of one of Americaís largest uranium mines at the same time a foundation controlled by the sellerís chairman was making donations to a Clinton family charity, records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show.The $610 million sale of 51% of Uranium One to a unit of Rosatom, Russiaís state nuclear agency, was approved in 2010 by a U.S. federal committee that assesses the security implications of foreign investments. The State Department, which...
  • Diamond Mines in Canada

    09/18/2014 6:37:42 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 21 replies ^ | 09/18/2014 | Hobart King
    Throughout the 20th century most people would never have thought about Canada being an important producer of diamonds. [1] Their knowledge of diamonds was fixed on mining operations in Africa and diamond trading centers in Europe. All of this started to change in 1991 when two geologists, Chuck Fipke and Stewart Blusson, found evidence of diamond-bearing Kimberlite pipes about 200 miles north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. One of these pipes would soon be developed by BHP Billiton into the EKATI Diamond Mine, which produced Canada's first commercial diamonds in 1998.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Memos show EPA officials tried to kill mine project before scientific review

    05/01/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    Agency officials coached tribes on how to oppose Alaskaís Pebble Mine. Obama has repeatedly urged that science guide environmental decisions, regulators inside the Environmental Protection Agency secretly worked with tribal and environmental activists to preempt a full review of an Alaskan mine and veto the project before the ownersí permits could be considered, internal memos show. Charged with being neutral arbiters, EPA officials instead began advocating for a preemptive veto of the Pebble Mine project in western Alaska as early as 2008, long before any scientific studies were conducted or the permit applications for the project were even filed, ......
  • Internal Memos Reveal EPA Worked Behind The Scenes To Kill Alaska Mine Project

    05/01/2014 5:51:42 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-1-2014 | Fox News
    <p>WASHINGTON Ė The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Thursday after new emails surfaced that allegedly show government officials worked in secret with tribal leaders and other environmental groups to preemptively oppose the controversial Pebble Mine project in Alaska before a review was even conducted.</p>
  • Mongolian neo-Nazis rebrand themselves as environmentalists

    07/02/2013 10:34:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    Guardian ^ | July 2, 2013
    Members of the Mongolian neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass stand near a quarry where they questioned a worker. A Mongolian neo-Nazi group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organisation fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. Based in an office behind a lingerie store in the Mongolian capital, the shaven-headed, jackbooted Tsagaan Khass stormtroopers launch raids on mining projects, demanding paperwork or soil samples to be studied for contaminants. "Before, we used to work in a harsh way, like breaking down doors," the group's leader, Ariunbold Altankhuum, 40, told Reuters. "But now,...
  • U.S. deploys SeaFox submersibles to Persian Gulf

    07/11/2012 11:45:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 11 July 2012 | Larry Clifton
    The U.S. Navy is transporting dozens of unmanned SeaFox submersibles to the Persian Gulf to seek out and destroy mines, as part of a major U.S. military buildup aimed at preventing Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Each SeaFox submersible is equipped with an underwater television camera, homing sonar and an explosive charge. The Navy bought them in May. - - - - - - - - SeaFox submersibles are 4 feet long and weigh less than 100 pounds. The craft boost U.S. military capabilities in the area with negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program stalled. Several...
  • TSA Unable To Detect 33% Of Land Mines Sent Through Security

    05/05/2012 10:08:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Jalopnik - Planelopnik News ^ | May 2, 2012 | Matt Hardigree
    TSA Unable To Detect 33% Of Land Mines Sent Through Security A mechanical engineer from the Army's Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey was stopped by TSA officers at Newark Airport after they found two Claymore mines in her bag. This would be a victory for the TSA had they not just let the woman's co-worker through with a similar mine in their checked baggage. Which government agency deserves your scorn, the one whose employees tried to bring anti-personnel mines (even inert ones) on a plane or the one whose employees didn't detect a third of them?
  • IDF Plants Mines Along Syrian Border

    08/13/2011 3:54:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/8/11
    As reported in B'Machana, the Israeli Defense Force has planted mines along the border with Syria. The preparations are being made in case residents of Syria use the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood in September as an opportunity to storm the borders. Mines were laid across the perimeter fence, within the Israeli side of the border. Maj. Ariel Illouz of the engineering corps stated that the mines, combined with IDF troops, would prevent border crossing by masses of people.
  • AP NEWSBREAK: Feds approve new wireless mine tech

    07/20/2011 12:25:38 PM PDT · by CharlesWayneCT · 2 replies
    Mercury News (AP) ^ | 07/20/2011 | DYLAN LOVAN
    Federal regulators have approved a new wireless technology developed to help underground coal mines meet safety standards set after a fatal 2006 blast in West Virginia. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it had approved the MagneLink technology from Lockheed Martin. It uses magnetic waves to overcome underground barriers to wireless signals that have left mines reliant on wired systems that can be damaged in a disaster. ... Mine safety officials said in April that nearly two-thirds of the nation's 529 underground mines had not yet fully installed the required equipment [to meet a new mine safety law].
  • Russian company may get Utah town and uranium

    10/12/2010 6:07:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 10, 2010 | JUDY FAHYS
    Ticaboo ē Syd Austerís father flew fighter jets to protect American soil, including this dusty company town off a two-lane road to Lake Powell. But soon the same mineral-rich landscape that Austerís dad safeguarded decades ago will be largely owned by the country he once guarded against. By yearís end, the Russian mining company Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) will have a controlling stake in the Canadian company Uranium One. When that happens, the town itself, the Shootaring Canyon uranium mill a few miles up the highway, more than 10,000 acres of uranium claims in Utah and holdings in South Dakota, Wyoming and...
  • Should we send our uranium to Russia?

    10/11/2010 3:21:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    News Record ^ | October 7, 2010 | Steve Mcmanamen,
    Wyomingís Washington delegation is concerned about the proposed transfer of three Powder River Basin uranium facilities into the hands of a Russian company. The Powder River Basin uranium facilities have been pulled into the Iran nuclear debate on Capitol Hill with a deal that would transfer the controlling interest of Canadian-owned Uranium One to the Russian company JSC Atomredmetzoloto. The company now owns 23.1 percent of Uranium Oneís common stock and is seeking a controlling 51 percent share. Commonly known as ARMZ, the company is controlled by Russiaís state agency that oversees its nuclear industry. The agency has supplied uranium...
  • 4 GOP leaders warn of uranium mine sale : Russian agency would take over

    10/11/2010 10:35:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2010 | Eli Lake
    Four leading House Republicans, citing national security concerns, are urging Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to block the sale of a Wyoming-based uranium mine to an arm of the Russian government's main nuclear agency. The lawmakers are raising alarm over the proposed sale of a Powder River Basin, Wyoming-based uranium processing facility operated by Uranium One USA, a Canadian-based company, to Atomredmetzoloto, a subsidiary of the Russian government agency Rosatom, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by The Washington Times. The sale was first announced on Aug. 31, and the lawmakers claim that it could give Moscow control of up...
  • US approval a step toward Russian company control of Wyoming uranium mines

    12/11/2010 1:38:08 PM PST · by thesellout · 52 replies ^ | November 30th, 2010 |
    US approval a step toward Russian company control of Wyoming uranium mines Published on November 30th, 2010 Topics : Nuclear Regulatory Commission , Uranium One , Wyoming , U.S. CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Two uranium mines in Wyoming are on their way to control by a Russian company now that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved transferring the mines' licenses. The NRC last week approved the license transfer to a Russian company known as ARMZ which expects to obtain a controlling interest in Canadian-owned Uranium One by year's end. Uranium One holds the licenses for a proposed uranium mine and an...
  • New King Coal ( Colorado to China )

    12/09/2010 6:11:43 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain, ^ | December 9, 2010 | ANTHONY A. MESTAS
    TRINIDAD ó The coal mines that once fueled the regionís economy are returning to life. The mine will produce metallurgical coal that will primarily be exported to Asian countries, including Japan, Korea and China.
  • Backlash over China curb on metal exports (environmental rules give China 97% rare earth mineral)

    09/06/2010 11:33:14 AM PDT · by goldendays · 37 replies ^ | 29 Aug 2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Backlash over China curb on metal exports China's draconian export curbs on rare earth minerals needed by the rest of the world for frontier technologies is escalating into a serious diplomatic and trade clash with the United States and other leading powers. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor Japan's foreign minister Katsuya Okada issued what amounted to a formal protest at top-level meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing over the weekend, saying the sudden cut-off was "affecting the global production chain". It is the latest sign of rising pressure after angry complaints by companies outside China that rely on this...
  • Drifting N.Korean mine kills S.Korean

    08/01/2010 1:12:42 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 11 replies · 9+ views
    Yahoo AFP ^ | Jul 31, 2010
    SEOUL (AFP) Ė A North Korean mine which drifted along a river into the neighbouring South killed a man and badly injured another when it exploded, military officials said Sunday. Several wooden box mines have been retrieved by South Korean soldiers and police, but it was not immediately clear how the mines ended up drifting into the South. The explosion was reported shortly before midnight Saturday in a restricted border area in Yeoncheon, 60 kilometres (35 miles) northeast of Seoul, the defence ministry said. A 48-year-old man died and a 25-year-old man was seriously injured.
  • Sailing Against Conventional Wisdom

    06/29/2010 9:28:32 PM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12 Feb 2010 | DALYA ALBERGE
    Author Gavin Menzies Is Determined to Prove That Minoans Discovered the New World 4,000 Years Ago It takes a brave soul to rewrite history by sailing against current thought. More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus "discovered" America, another seaman is doing just that, entering previously uncharted academic waters with claims that other "Europeans" -- the Minoans -- got there first, thousands of years earlier. Gavin Menzies, 72 years old, is drawing on his experience as a former British Royal Navy submarine commander to prove in a book he is writing that the Minoans were such supreme seafarers that they...
  • Massey mines draw scrutiny 442 citations, orders issued for safety violations

    04/17/2010 3:22:23 PM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 12 replies · 470+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | April 17, 2010 | Linda J Jonson and Bill Estrip
    Inspectors have cited hundreds of safety violations at Massey Energy coal mines in Kentucky since an April 5 explosion at one of the company's mines in West Virginia killed 29 employees, federal records show. The 279 citations and orders in Kentucky, more than 80 of them alleging significant and substantial violations, were among a total of 442 issued to Massey underground mines in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia from April 5 through Thursday. Of those 442, more than half ó 222 ó were issued to one Massey property in Kentucky, Freedom Energy Mining Co. in Pike County, according to a...
  • Robots To Clear Baltic Seabed Of WWII Mines

    02/17/2010 11:34:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 612+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 2/17/2010 | Stuart Fox
    In a dangerous legacy of the world's deadliest conflict, 150,000 World War Two-era sea mines litter the Baltic Sea. The danger these bombs pose to a proposed gas pipeline has prompted Russia to hire the British firm Bactec International to clear the sea of unexploded ordnance. And for Bactec, that means it's time to bring out the robots. Bactec, which previously worked clearing mines from around the Falkland Islands, will use a specially designed robot to scour the ocean floor in search of the 70 bombs blocking the path of the pipeline. When the robot finds a mine, a surface...
  • Gates Pledges Mine-resistant Vehicles to Allies

    02/05/2010 3:44:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 192+ views
    ISTANBUL, Feb. 5, 2010 Ė Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today pledged surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles along with expanded access to classified information to U.S. allies to help in combating the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates conducts a news conference in Istanbul after meeting with fellow NATO defense ministers and those of other countries supporting the effort in Afghanistan, Feb. 5, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen††(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. ďThe United States will now do whatever we can within the limits of U.S. law, and as soon as we...
  • Obama administration will not sign land mine ban

    11/24/2009 5:39:23 PM PST · by DesScorp · 9 replies · 499+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 11-24-09 | Desmond Butler
    The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the administration recently completed a review and decided not to change the Bush-era policy. "We decided that our land mine policy remains in effect," he said. More than 150 countries have agreed to the Mine Ban Treaty's provisions to end the production, use, stockpiling and trade in mines. Besides the United States, holdouts include: China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Russia. Human rights groups had expressed hopes that the Obama administration would sign the treaty. Stephen Goose, the director...
  • Taliban jihad against West funded by emeralds from Pakistan

    04/05/2009 1:54:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 513+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/4/09 | Ashfaq Yusufzai in Mingora, Isambard Wilkinson
    Thousands of emeralds are pouring onto world gem markets from the Swat valley in Pakistan, sold to fund the Taliban's jihad against the West.Militants have begun reopening lucrative emerald mines which had been closed by the government, since they took full control of the poor but picturesque region in the north of the country under a controversial peace deal last month. They are using revenue from the sale of the emeralds to help finance attacks on Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan, and to support their drive to extend harsh sharia, including public whippings and summary executions, into more regions of...
  • Wreck of First US Ship Sunk in WWII Revealed: Researchers

    04/02/2009 7:27:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,110+ views
    The wreck of the first US ship sunk during World War II has been revealed in detail for the first time on the seabed off southeastern Australia, researchers said Wednesday. Images of the merchant vessel City of Rayville, which was sunk in 1940 by a German mine, were taken by state-of-the-art sonar technology and remotely operated vehicles, Deakin University scientists said. "It was very exciting to see the City of Rayville for the first time," said lead researcher Daniel Ierodiaconou. The wreck could possibly still contain the remains of the first US sailor to die in the war -- more...
  • Diana Fund gives millions to Clinton charity, despite his betrayal on landmines

    12/20/2008 9:54:43 PM PST · by melt · 12 replies · 677+ views ^ | 12/21/08 | William Lowther
    The Princess Diana Memorial Fund has given almost £2million to the Bill Clinton Foundation - even though the former US President betrayed a promise he made to Diana to ban landmines. The news has shocked the Princessís many supporters who still remember how, despite his pledge, Mr Clinton ultimately bowed to Pentagon pressure and refused to sign a treaty forbidding use of the weapons. The US still uses landmines in hotspots such as the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea. Under the Clinton administration, American agents also bugged Dianaís phone calls when she stayed with her friend Lucia Fletcher...
  • Zimbabwe: Gold Deliveries Fall 181,6 Percent (The Herald)

    11/20/2008 12:07:34 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 806+ views
    AllAfrica Global Media ^ | Nov 20 , 2008
    ZIMBABWE'S gold deliveries fell 181,6 percent last month compared to the same period last year. According to the Chamber of Mines, gold output for October was 125 kilogrammes, down from 352kg last year.
  • Jordan copper mines from biblical times could be King Solomonís

    10/27/2008 5:24:51 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 799+ views
    Times Online ^ | 28 Oct 2008 | Mark Henderson
    An ancient copper works in Jordan may have been the location of the fabled King Solomonís mines, new archaeological investigations suggest. The dig at Khirbat al-Nahas, once a thriving copper production centre in the Faynan district, about 30 miles (50km) south of the Dead Sea, has found evidence that it dates back to the 10th century BC, making it at least two centuries older than was thought. The new date means that the mine was almost certainly active during the time of the biblical Jewish kings David and Solomon. Scientists who conducted the excavations are now working to establish whether...
  • Texas reps want next president to think again on border fence

    10/10/2008 2:09:23 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 27 replies · 792+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10/10/2008 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON ó Texas congressmen, citing skyrocketing costs to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, said Thursday they would push the next presidential administration for more cost-effective measures to control drug smuggling and illegal immigration. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, made the comments after a Rio Grande flyover to view efforts on the ground by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ďLet's regroup and provide border security in a smart way and not just waste the taxpayers' dollars,Ē Cuellar said. McCaul called for more state and local funding to bolster law enforcement efforts, saying, ďWhat spills...
  • Iron Claw Academy Provides Iraqis Mine Detection Vehicle Instruction (EOD School-Getting a Bang)

    09/06/2008 3:18:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 238+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Jason Jordan, USA
    Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division's Sapper Platoon observe members of the Iraqi Army as they learn to operate the military anti-mine vehicle, the Buffalo. Photo by Spc. Jason Jordan, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs. KIRKUK ‚ÄĒ Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division‚Äôs Sapper Platoon recently conducted the ‚ÄėThe Iron Claw Academy‚Äô; where members of the Iraqi Army (IA) were trained by in a series of ‚Äėleft seat-right seat‚Äô exercises that taught the IA how to conduct route clearance operations to make local roads secure for travel. ‚ÄúIraqi security forces have been doing a phenomenal job...
  • Gold Mines Closed By Power Cuts (South Africa)

    01/25/2008 6:39:51 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 131+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-26-2008 | Sebastien Berger
    Gold mines closed by power cuts By Sebastien Berger Last Updated: 2:03am GMT 26/01/2008 Traffic lights stop working in Cape Town as a result of power cuts, increasing congestion in city centres Five gold mining companies suspended operations in South Africa yesterday after Eskom, the state electricity utility company, said that it could not guarantee power. Thursday was the worst day for power cuts, which are blamed on under-investment in the past and poor maintenance. A government minister called the situation a national emergency. Homes can be plunged into darkness three times a day for several hours without warning. Congestion...
  • Afghanistan: Official Says Iranian Mines Found In Taliban Commander's House

    01/25/2008 3:44:07 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 136+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | January 25, 2008 | Ron Synovitz
    An Afghan provincial police chief says authorities have discovered a weapons cache in western Afghanistan containing 130 land mines of different types that appear to have been imported from Iran. The cache includes about 40 sophisticated remote-controlled mines. It was discovered in the Anardar district of Farah Province near the Iranian border. Farah's provincial police chief, General Khail Shairbaz, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan today that the cache was found in the house of a Taliban commander named Mullah Abdul Ghani. Shairbaz says the mines were brought to the province recently. It is the latest in a series of discoveries...