Daily Archives: February 22, 2015

From CNN : Protests support Yemeni President


Protests support Yemeni President
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/22/world/yemen-unrest/index.html

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From BBC : The immigrant who became a drone firm boss


The immigrant who became a drone firm boss http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31356080

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From BBC : Chinese feast: Year of the lobster?


Chinese feast: Year of the lobster? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31541092

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From BBC : The blind breast cancer detectors


The blind breast cancer detectors http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31552562

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From BBC : Why I regret my years as a tanning addict


Why I regret my years as a tanning addict http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31548937

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From BBC : Thai students face insult verdict


Thai students face insult verdict http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31581219

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From BBC : Oscars 2015: Live


Oscars 2015: Live http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/entertainment-arts-31557571

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From BBC : top cleric calls for reform


Egypt’s top cleric calls for reform http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31580130

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From BBC : Australia to toughen citizenship law


Australia to toughen citizenship law http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-31579804

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From VOA : IS Claims Attack on Iran Ambassador’s Residence in Libya


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From CNN : CBS staffers dispute Bill O’Reilly’s ‘war zone’ story


CBS staffers dispute Bill O’Reilly’s ‘war zone’ story
http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/22/media/cbs-staffers-oreilly-argentina/index.html

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CBS news staffers dispute Bill O’Reilly’s ‘war zone’ story


CBS staffers dispute Bill O’Reilly’s ‘war zone’ story
http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/22/media/cbs-staffers-oreilly-argentina/index.html

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From CNN : What is Al-Shabaab, and what does it want?


What is Al-Shabaab, and what does it want?
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/02/world/africa/al-shabaab-explainer/index.html

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From VOA : Report to Allege Direct Kremlin Link to Ukraine Invasion


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From BBC : Hungary’s PM loses ‘super-majority’


Hungary’s PM loses ‘super-majority’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31576491

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this pressed: Flash – Two Thais await sentence for ‘insulting’ royals in play – France 24


AFP/File | Thai cadets hold flags as they walk in front of the Grand palace on the occasion of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 87th birthday in Bangkok on December 5, 2014

BANGKOK (AFP) –

Two young Thais accused of insulting the monarchy in a university play braced for sentencing Monday as the ruling junta intensifies its crackdown on perceived royal slurs under the kingdom’s controversial lese majeste law.

Student Patiwat Saraiyaem, 23, and activist Porntip Mankong, 26, pleaded guilty to defamation after their arrest last August, nearly a year after “The Wolf Bride”, a satire set in a fictional kingdom, was performed at Bangkok’s Thammasat University.

They were each charged with one count of lese majeste linked to the play, which marked the 40th anniversary of a pro-democracy student protest at the university that was brutally crushed by the military regime in October 1973.

Police are hunting for at least six others involved in the performance for allegedly violating “112” — the feared section of the Thai criminal code which carries up to 15 years in jail for each count of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent.

Of those on the wanted list, at least two have fled Thailand, joining dozens of academics, activists and political opponents of the coup in self-exile amid a surge in royal defamation cases since the military seized power in May.

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87, is revered by many in the country as a demi-god and shielded by one of the world’s most draconian royal defamation laws.

via Flash – Two Thais await sentence for ‘insulting’ royals in play – France 24.

This pressed: Report: Saudi morality police raid private residence, detain men for dancing at birthday party


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s morality police detained a group of young men for dancing at a birthday party and referred them to prosecutors, according to a state-linked media report.

The news website Ayn al-Youm reported Saturday that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice raided a private property in the city of Buraydah, arresting the men inside for “loud music and inappropriate dancing.”

Buraydah is the provincial capital of Saudi Arabia’s Qassim province, which is home to some of the kingdom’s most conservative clerics, who practice a strict interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism.

An unnamed official told the website that when members of the morality police raided the private property, they found the young men in “a comprising situation in their dance and shameful movements.” The official said there was also a cake and candles to celebrate one of the men’s birthdays.

via Report: Saudi morality police raid private residence, detain men for dancing at birthday party.

this pressed: US defense chief convenes anti-IS war council in Kuwait – Channel NewsAsia


KUWAIT CITY: New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will hold talks on Monday (Feb 23) in Kuwait with top US commanders and diplomats to discuss the war effort against the Islamic State militant group, officials said.

Carter flew to Kuwait City from Afghanistan on Sunday to chair the extraordinary meeting that will see more than two dozen senior military officers and ambassadors gather at the sprawling US Army base of Camp Arifjan, officials said.

Carter, an experienced Pentagon technocrat who took office last week, “wants it to be an open conversation regardless of rank,” a senior US defense official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

The meeting was not intended to produce a new strategy but to allow Carter to better understand the challenge posed by the militants and the range of efforts aimed at defeating them, said the official.

Carter will be looking for an update on the military and diplomatic facets of the campaign, including the Iraqi government’s efforts to recruit……

via US defense chief convenes anti-IS war council in Kuwait – Channel NewsAsia.

this pressed for Farage know best: Three EU dreams that have turned into nightmares – Telegraph


Three stories that were making daily headlines last week all had one very important thing in common. One was the shambles unfolding over Ukraine. The second was the ongoing shambles over Greece and the euro. The third was the ever-growing flood of refugees from Africa and the Middle East desperately trying to escape to safety in Europe.

Over Ukraine, I cannot recall any issue in my lifetime when the leaders of the West have got it so hopelessly wrong. We are treated to babyish comparisons of President Putin to Hitler or Stalin; we are also told that this crisis has only been brought about by Russia’s “expansionism”. But there was only one real trigger for this crisis – the urge of the EU continually to advance its borders and to expand its own empire, right into the heartland of Russian national identity: a “Europe” stretching, as David Cameron once hubristically put it, “from the Atlantic to the Urals”.

The “expansionism” that was the trouble was not Putin’s desire to welcome the Russians of Crimea back into the country to which they had formerly belonged; or to assist the Russians of eastern Ukraine in their determination not to be dragged by the corrupt government in Kiev they

via Three EU dreams that have turned into nightmares – Telegraph.

Father of Kayla Mueller tells “Today” show: US government put policy above American lives — The Associated Press (@AP)



From VOA : Was Tipping Hand on Mosul Plan the Right Move?


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From VOA : US Defense Secretary Reviews Troop Plans in Afghanistan


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From VOA : Iraqi Minister Criticizes US Official for Discussing Mosul Plan


http://www.voanews.com/A/2654092.html

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From VOA : Somali Militants Threaten to Attack Western Shopping Malls


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this pressed: BBC News – Syria girls: Families ‘cannot stop crying’


Shamima was last seen on Tuesday morning when she was dropped off at a bus stop, claiming she had extra classes at school. “There was no indication whatsoever. She was just herself. There was nothing different about her. There were no changes in her behaviour in anything. She was just our baby, she was just herself,” Ms Begum said.

Shamima was last seen on Tuesday morning when she was dropped off at a bus stop, claiming she had extra classes at school.

“There was no indication whatsoever. She was just herself. There was nothing different about her. There were no changes in her behaviour in anything. She was just our baby, she was just herself,” Ms Begum said.

“We don’t want her to do anything stupid – she is a sensible girl,” she said, adding: “We just want her home, we want her safe.”

‘Please think twice’

Mr Hussen said his daughter, Amira, had told him she was going to a wedding on Tuesday and sent a text between 10:00 and 11:00 GMT.

“She said, ‘Dad the place is a little bit far. I pray my midday prayer and I get back.’ She didn’t come home,” he said.

The family reported Amira as missing that night.

“We are depressed, and it’s very stressful,” he said. “The message we have for Amira is to get back home. We miss you. We cannot stop crying. Please think twice. Don’t go to Syria.”

He said his daughter had never spoken about an interest in the militant group with him.

“She doesn’t dare discuss something like this with us. She knows what the answer would be,” he said.”

via BBC News – Syria girls: Families ‘cannot stop crying’.

this pressed for † faith † : Foreign Fighter: American Joins Battle Against Islamic State| Via VOA (‘Without help, Christians will be ‘wiped out’)


Matthew VanDyke, founder of Sons of Liberty International, or SOLI, a nonprofit group helping to train a militia of Assyrian Christians, whose northern Iraq homeland has come under attack by the Islamic State group.
“Without help, Christians will be ‘wiped out'”

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Since Islamic State militants declared a “caliphate” last year in parts of Iraq and Syria, thousands of Westerners have traveled there to join the battle.

But one American man told VOA he has joined the fight, not for the Islamic State jihadist group, but against it.

“I am in Iraq helping to raise a Christian army to fight ISIS,” declared Matthew VanDyke in a statement on Twitter this week.

VanDyke is a bearded, blue-eyed Baltimore native with a slender build and a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University. He has formed what he calls the Sons of Liberty International, or SOLI, a nonprofit group that is helping to train a militia made up of Assyrian Christians, whose homeland in northern Iraq has come under attack by Islamic State militants.

The militia, the Ninevah Plains Protection Units, or NPU, is one of several small groups of Christian fighters trying to defend vulnerable locals against the Islamic State group, which has carried out mass executions and expulsions of religious minorities.

Without help, Christians will be ‘wiped out’

The jihadi onslaught against the ancient Iraqi Christian community is part of what prompted VanDyke to go to Iraq in early December and join the fight against the Islamic State group.

“They’ve suffered greatly under ISIS,” VanDyke told VOA via Skype from the northern Iraqi town of Irbil. “There’s tens of thousands of Christian refugees and the population of Christians in Iraq is severely threatened.”

VOA was not able to confirm VanDyke’s location.

“A lot of them have left and have become refugees and will not return to their homes. And if the Christians cannot demonstrate that they’re able to secure their own lands, Christianity will be wiped out,” he said.

According to VanDyke, the best way to stop the onslaught is to equip locals to protect themselves. To do that, he is recruiting U.S. combat veterans to come to offer specialized training to the Assyrian fighters.

via Foreign Fighter: American Joins Battle Against Islamic State.

From BBC : Egypt charges 215 Muslim ‘militants’


Egypt charges 215 Muslim ‘militants’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31576484

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Stravinsky : Firebird Suite (1919 Edition)


Stravinsky : Firebird Suite (1919 Edition)

Sibelius: Andante festivo


Sibelius: Andante festivo

Maurice Ravel – Alborada del gracioso


Maurice Ravel – Alborada del gracioso

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

February 22

1349   Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland.
1613   Mikhail Romanov is elected czar of Russia.
1732   George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
1797   The last invasion of Britain takes place when some 1,400 Frenchmen land at Fishguard in Wales.
1819   Spain signs a treaty with the United States ceding eastern Florida.
1825   Russia and Britain establish the Alaska/Canada boundary.
1862   Jefferson Davis is inaugurated president of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va. for the second time.
1864   Nathan Bedford Forrest’s brother, Jeffrey, is killed at Okolona, Mississippi.
1865   Federal troops capture Wilmington, N.C.
1879   Frank Winfield Woolworth’s ‘nothing over five cents’ shop opens at Utica, New York. It is the first chain store.
1902   A fistfight breaks out in the Senate. Senator Benjamin Tillman suffers a bloody nose for accusing Senator John McLaurin of bias on the Philippine tariff issue.
1909   The Great White Fleet returns to Norfolk, Virginia, from an around-the-world show of naval power.
1911   Canadian Parliament votes to preserve the union with the British Empire.
1920   The American Relief Administration appeals to the public to pressure Congress to aid starving European cities.
1924   Columbia University declares radio education a success.
1926   Pope Pius rejects Mussolini’s offer of aid to the Vatican.
1932   Adolf Hitler is the Nazi Party candidate for the presidential elections in Germany.
1935   All plane flights over the White House are barred because they are disturbing President Roosevelt’s sleep.
1942   President Franklin Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur to leave the Philippines.
1951   The Atomic Energy Commission discloses information about the first atom-powered airplane.
1952   French forces evacuate Hoa Binh in Indochina.
1954   U.S. is to install 60 Thor nuclear missiles in Britain.
1962   A Soviet bid for new Geneva arms talks is turned down by the U.S.
1963   Moscow warns the U.S. that an attack on Cuba would mean war.
1967   Operation Junction City becomes the largest U.S. operation in Vietnam.
1984   Britain and the U.S. send warships to the Persian Gulf following an Iranian offensive against Iraq.
Born on February 22
1403   Charles VII, King of France.
1732   George Washington, Commander-in-chief of Continental forces during the American Revolution and first U.S. President.
1778   Rembrandt Peale, American painter known for portraits of U.S. founding fathers.
1857   Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement.
1857   Heinrich Hertz, German physicist, the first person to broadcast and receive radio waves.
1892   Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet.
1900   Sean O’Faolain, Irish short story writer.
1925   Edward Gorey, American writer and illustrator.
1932   Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts Senator, brother of John F. Kennedy.
1944   Jonathan Demme, film director (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia).

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today’s image: George Washington


George Washington

George Washington, born February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, is revered as the ‘Father of His Country’ for the great services he rendered during America’s birth and infancy–a period of nearly 20 years. Well respected by Americans for his military exploits during the Seven Years’ War, Washington commanded the Continental Army that won American independence from Britain in 1783. In 1787, Washington was elected president of the Constitutional Convention that created the form of American democratic government that survives to this day. Washington was also elected in 1787 as the first president of the United States, serving two terms. One of his officers, ‘Light-horse Harry’ Lee, summed up how Americans felt about George Washington: ‘First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.’ George Washington died at his Mount Vernon home on December 14, 1799, at the age of 67.

Image: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 : St. Margaret of Cortona


Image of St. Margaret of Cortona

St. Margaret of Cortona

Margaret of Cortona, penitent, was born in Loviana in Tuscany in 1247. Her father was a small farmer. Margaret’s mother died when she was seven years old. Her stepmother had little care for her … continue reading

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today’s holiday: St. Lucia Independence Day (2015)


St. Lucia Independence Day (2015)

The West Indies island of St. Lucia celebrates its national independence holiday on February 22. On that day in 1979, the country gained full independence from Britain. St. Lucia had been a British Colony since 1814. More… Discuss

quotation: I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Discuss

today’s birthday: George Washington (1732)


George Washington (1732)

Washington is often called the “Father of his Country” because of the central role he played in the founding of the United States. As commander of the Continental Army, he led colonial forces to victory over the British and served as the new nation’s first president. He then relinquished that power and retired after two terms, thereby setting a key precedent for republican democracy. What other precedent of the US presidency did Washington set? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Johns Hopkins University Opens (1876)


Johns Hopkins University Opens (1876)

Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University is named for philanthropist Johns Hopkins. Poorly educated and aware of Baltimore’s lack of medical facilities, Hopkins donated $7 million for the foundation of Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. The university was modeled after European universities and emphasized graduate research rather than collegiate instruction—two groundbreaking and successful decisions that influenced many other US universities. How did Hopkins get his unusual first name? More… Discuss

Snail Teeth May Be Stronger than Spider Silk


Snail Teeth May Be Stronger than Spider Silk

Spider silk has long been hailed as the strongest known natural material, but UK scientists have discovered that the teeth of limpets—snail-like sea creatures found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans—may be even stronger. The research team examined limpet teeth down to the atom and found a hard mineral called goethite, the strength of which helps limpets cling to rocks and remove algae. Experts see potential in copying the structural makeup of limpet teeth for use in the manufacturing of cars, boats, and planes. More… Discuss

The Great Gatsby


The Great Gatsby

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, an American novelist of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby is today considered standard reading in high school courses on American literature. It tells the story of a bootlegger whose obsessive dream of wealth and lost love is destroyed by a corrupt reality. Cynical yet poignant, the novel is a devastating portrait of the so-called American Dream, which measures success and love in terms of money. What other titles did Fitzgerald consider for this novel? More… Discuss

word: lanceolate


lanceolate

Definition: (adjective) Tapering from a rounded base toward an apex.
Synonyms: lancelike
Usage: The bush had lanceolate leaves with sharp tips that could sting unwary passersby. Discuss.

From France 24


Crowds flock to French Atlantic coast for ‘tide of the century’

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From VOA : Jailed RFE/RL Journalist Vows to Pursue Corruption Probe


http://www.voanews.com/A/2651837.html

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From VOA : Revelation of Secret Spyware Could Hamper US Espionage Efforts


http://www.voanews.com/A/2653015.html

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From VOA : Australia to Challenge Radical Islam Online


http://www.voanews.com/A/2653891.html

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From BBC : Turkey enters Syria to evacuate tomb


Turkey enters Syria to evacuate tomb http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31572257

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