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Reader Selected News For Week May 10 – May 16

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 9th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week May 10 – May 16”

  1. canary says:

    Difficult to find any headline telling Islamic Extremists kill hundreds in latest Nigeria attack

    AP: Nigerian official: Hundreds killed in attack
    Associated Press By MICHELLE FAUL
    May 7, 2014

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants killed hundreds of people in an attack on a border town in Nigeria’s remote northeast, escalating the country’s violent insurrection in which more than 270 schoolgirls have been kidnapped.

    Shops and homes were set ablaze and razed in the attack, he said.

    The militant Boko Haram rebels are holding captive 276 teenage students, after abducting them from their boarding school in Chibok, also in northeastern Borno state.

    In the attack on Gamboru Ngala the militants sprayed gunfire into the crowds of people at a busy market that was open Monday night when temperatures cool in the semi-desert region, reported ThisDay newspaper.

    Nigerian federal Senator Ahmed Zannah said the attack lasted about 12 hours, according to the newspaper.
    Boko Haram’s five-year-old Islamic uprising has claimed the lives of thousands of Muslims and Christians.


    “Boko Haram’s five-year-old Islamic uprising has claimed the lives of thousands of Muslims and Christians.”


    CBS Chicago: Chicago Islamic Groups: Nigerian Kidnappers Not Real Muslims

    May 8 2014
    CHICAGO (CBS) – CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, a coalition of more than 60 Islamic groups representing more than 400,000 Muslims, condemned the April 14 abduction of the girls at the hands of the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has said it plans to sell the girls into slavery.

    The CIOGC denounced Boko Haram as a group of misguided terrorists who wrongfully identify themselves as Islamic.

    The group has been linked to al Qaeda, and seeks strict enforcement of Sharia law across Nigeria, which has large Muslim and Christian populations.

    CIOGC Chairman Dr. Mohammed Kaiseruddin said under no circumstances should Boko Haram be described as an Islamic organization.

    “Every time I heard Islamist extremists about Boko Haram, I cringe inside.
    How could this be?” he said.

    The council called for a day of prayer and fasting on Friday.

    They also have organized a rally at noon Saturday at Daley Plaza.

    “I have family, friends from that area, and it’s been very, very … it’s bad,” she said.
    She and others welcome the assistance of the United States in trying to help find the girls, and they wish the U.S. could do even more.


    Let’s hope the Chicago rally gathers volunteers to go to Nigeria and fight those Muslim Posers

  2. canary says:

    Syrian Rebels Blocking Removal of Chemical Weapons Removal

    The Wall Street Journal: Syrian Rebels Block Chemical Weapons Removal

    By Joe Lauria – May 8 2014

    UNITED NATIONS—The remaining 8% of Syria’s chemical weapons stock is trapped on a government air base near Damascus behind rebel-held roads, preventing international inspectors charged with eliminating the chemical weapons from reaching it, a top U.N. official said Thursday.

    The deadline has been pushed back several times, but in an interview Ms. Kaag didn’t blame the Syrian government for stalling, saying the process was highly complex.

    She told the Security Council on Thursday that governments with influence over the rebel group blocking the operation should urge the rebels to allow unhindered passage to the air base.

    “We are now looking at ways to get to the site regardless,” she said. There are only 16 containers remaining that could be removed to Norwegian and Danish ships waiting in the Mediterranean in “less than a working week,” she said.

    The chemicals are to then be transported to a U.S. ship docked in Italy, and Syria’s entire declared stockpile would be destroyed at sea.

    The international team has already completed its work destroying storage sites, munitions and production facilities, she said.

    An OPCW technical team is also in Syria to investigate charges that chlorine gas was used last month in a new attack. The Syrian government has given permission to the team, Ms. Kaag said.


    Well, the Rebels have the bad chemcials, which in my opinion is the same as Al-Qaeda and the ISIS getting them, while the chlorine was not considered a war chemcial it will be revisited, but some reports are Iran is dropping the chlorine.

    Why would the UN be giving out even more specific details of the trail of countries aiding in removing the Chemical
    Weapons. Why give out targets.

  3. captstubby says:

    This Day In History

    On May 12, 1949, an early crisis of the Cold War comes to an end when the Soviet Union lifts its 11-month blockade against West Berlin. The blockade had been broken by a massive U.S.-British airlift of vital supplies to West Berlin’s two million citizens.
    In March 1948, the Soviet Union quit the Allied Control Council governing occupied Germany over this issue. In May, the three Western powers agreed to the imminent formation of West Germany, a nation that would exist entirely independent of Soviet-occupied eastern Germany. The three western sectors of Berlin were united as West Berlin, which was to be under the administration of West Germany.
    The Soviets…on June 24 began a blockade of all rail, road, and water communications between Berlin and the West. The four-power administration of Berlin had ceased with the unification of West Berlin, the Soviets said, and the Western powers no longer had a right to be there. With West Berlin’s food, fuel, and other necessities cut off, the Soviets reasoned, it would soon have to submit to Communist control.
    the Berlin airlift, in April 1949, planes were landing in the city every minute. Tensions were high during the airlift, and three groups of U.S. strategic bombers were sent as reinforcements to Britain while the Soviet army presence in eastern Germany increased dramatically. The Soviets made no major effort to disrupt the airlift. As a countermeasure against the Soviet blockade, the Western powers also launched a trade embargo against eastern Germany and other Soviet bloc countries.
    On May 12, 1949, the Soviets abandoned the blockade, and the first British and American convoys drove though 110 miles of Soviet Germany to reach West Berlin. On May 23, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was formally established. On October 7, the German Democratic Republic, a Communist state, was proclaimed in East Germany.

  4. Melly says:

    Rob Astorino is running for Gov of NY. He has chosen the president of the state’s Sherriff Association to run as his lieutenant governor. He is the County Executive of Westchester. He is on his second term. If Astorino can win upper NY state and Westchester County, he has a good chance of beating Andrew Cuomo.


    Rob Astorino’s fb page: https://www.facebook.com/RobAstorinoforGovernor2014

  5. canary says:

    WSJ: Foreign Minister Says France Will Sell Warships To Russia

    May 13, 2014 12:57 p.m. ET

    Mr. Fabius is visiting Washington this week to confer with the U.S. on a range of foreign-policy issues, including the security situation in Ukraine, Syria’s civil war and nuclear diplomacy with Iran. He met Tuesday with Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “Contracts that have been signed have to be honored,” Mr. Fabius said.

    The French diplomat said Mr. Kerry didn’t raise the issue of the Mistral sale during their meeting Tuesday morning.


    • canary says:

      Reuters: Bill Clinton Just Gave A Grave Warning About Putin’s Plan For Ukraine

      By Brett LoGiurato – May 14 2014

      Some of Putin’s recent comments have stirred concern within foreign-policy circles. Over the past few weeks, he has repeatedly referred to regions making up southeast Ukraine as “Novorussia,” or “New Russia,” and he has said Russia has a right to intervene on behalf of ethnic Russians living in those areas.

      In a Washington Post op-ed last week , Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen referenced a March 18 speech in which Putin ” clearly indicated he believes that borders drawn even earlier — right after the revolution of 1917 — can and should be redrawn.”

      ” In other words, he positions contemporary Russia as the heir to the Russian Empire as it was constituted under the czars,” she wrote.

      ” Parts of today’s territories were in Czechoslovakia, parts in Hungary, parts in Austria, parts in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, parts in Poland,” he said during an annual televised address to the nation in April.

      Since Russia’s move to annex the Ukrainian region of Crimea in March, the Obama administration has also accused Putin of acting according to terms of a different century.


    • canary says:

      Joe Biden’s Son Is Now On The Board Of One Of Ukraine’s Biggest Gas Conglomerates

      Brett LoGiurato – May 13 2014

      Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been appointed to the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest private-gas producer.

      …, Joe Biden spokesperson Kendra Barkoff said Hunter’s appointment did not constitute an endorsement by the vice president.

      Last month during a trip to Kiev, the vice president pledged U.S. assistance in Ukraine’s pursuit of energy independence from Russia.

      “… As a new member of the Board, I believe that my assistance in consulting the Company on matters of transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities will contribute to the economy and benefit the people of Ukraine,” Hunter Biden said in the statement.

      Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/hunter-biden-joes-son-ukraine-gas-company-burisma-holdings-2014-5#ixzz31jrNohMB

  6. canary says:

    New York Daily News learns Hillary Clinton had serious illness with long recovery

    White House slams Karl Rove’s cognitive capacity’ after reportedly claims Hillary Clinton had brain damage

    May 14, 2014 – BY Leslie Larson

    Sources claimed Rove,during a panel discussion in Los Angeles on Thursday, suggested the former secretary of state was suffering from brain damage following her 2013 health scare.

    ‘I didn’t say she had brain damage, she had a serious health episode,’ he told FOX News on Tuesday.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/karl-rove-denies-hillary-clinton-brain-damage-article-1.1790065#ixzz31k014UFM


    New York Daily: Bill Clinton ‘dumbfounded’ by Karl Rove’s claim that Hillary is brain damaged

    By Leslie Larson – May 14 2014

    Bill Clinton said he was “dumbfounded” when he heard Karl Rove’s claim that his wife Hillary suffered brain damage after a 2013 blood clot near her brain.

    The former President, during his remarks on Wednesday at the Peterson Fiscal Summit in Washington, joked that scoffers have flip-flopped from accusing the ex-Secretary of State of faking a concussion to now saying she’s “auditioning for a part on ‘The Walking Dead.'”

    He did concede the gravity of his wife’s health incident, describing the six months of “very serious work” Hillary underwent to recover.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bill-clinton-dumbfounded-karl-rove-claim-hillary-brain-damaged-article-1.1791835#ixzz31jywpQv0

    Well at least we know it was very serious and it does make a difference

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “I didn’t say she had brain damage.”, said Bill Clinton. “I said she was fu**in’ goofy!”

  8. captstubby says:

    Labor shortages, not unemployment, will be the biggest concern in a decade
    May 1, 2014, 10:12 AM ET
    Wall Street Journal

    The current debate in economic circles is just how much slack is available in the U.S. labor market. But the chief concern in a decade’s time will be the opposite — labor shortages.
    That’s according to a new report authored by Gad Levanon and Ben Cheng of The Conference Board. The authors point out the unemployment rate decline of 3.3 percentage points from its peak comes despite a weak economic expansion, meaning rate decline is not solely due to a cyclical recovery.

    The baby boomers, they note, will be virtually all retired by 2030 — and so the rapid decline in the unemployment rate will likely continue. They forecast the jobless rate will hit its “natural” rate of 5.5% by the end of next year, after which wage pressures will appear nationwide.

    Growth in the working-age population between 18 and 64 is due to slow to just 0.15% to 0.25% per year, down from 0.3% to 0.4% in recent years. “It seems that unless there is a surge in immigration, the growth of the U.S. economy will be constrained by the growth of the labor force,” they say.

    can you say amnesty ?

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