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  • Mass hysteria not black magic behind growing hair-chopping incidents: Experts

    08/18/2017 1:40:25 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 8 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | August 4, 2017 | Mass hysteria not black magic behind growing hair-chopping incidents: Experts
    A day after a 60-year-old woman was killed in Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of cutting off people’s hair and 11 more women complained of braids being chopped off in Delhi-NCR on Thursday, psychiatrists blamed mass hysteria as panic spread. Police, too, have requested people not look at these incidents as a “supernatural phenomenon” or work of a ghost. “From all the available evidence, it seems the women are cutting their own hair either consciously or in an altered sensorium, likely to seek attention,” said Dr Sudhir Khandelwal, former head of the department of psychiatry at All India Institute of Medical...
  • 'Low-Cost Terror' Is a New Reality for Europeans

    08/18/2017 1:26:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 19 Aug 2017
    Vehicle attacks of the sort seen in Barcelona are easy to organise and difficult to stop and have become part of a new reality for Europeans, experts say. Paris, Berlin, Nice, London and Stockholm have already seen extremists drive vehicles into crowds. The latest attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils left at least 14 dead and 100 injured on Thursday night. The atrocities by extremists willing to die carrying out an attack are likely to lead to a rash of new security measures designed to protect pedestrians. But experts warn that citizens' safety cannot be guaranteed 100...
  • Aussie Agency Says it Knows Where MH370 Crashed

    08/18/2017 1:23:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Australia's main scientific agency said yesterday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea north-east of an area scoured in a fruitless, nearly three-year underwater search. Its assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. But the Australian government rejected the conclusion of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), saying it was not specific enough. The Boeing 777 is thought to have been diverted thousands of kilometres off...
  • Hate Speech Will Be Treated as Terrorism, Osinbajo Vows

    08/18/2017 1:20:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    This Day (Nigeria) ^ | August 18, 2017
    Acting President Yemi Osinbajo wednesday in Abuja described hate speech as another form of terrorism, which employs violence and intimidation to achieve certain political objectives, vowing that the federal government would henceforth treat it as an act of terrorism. Osinbajo issued the warning while addressing the state governors at the opening of the National Economic Council (NEC) security retreat at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. He recalled that the Terrorism Act defines hate speech as an act done with malice, which has the capacity not only to harm a country but also intimidate the population. Reiterating that...
  • Umbrellas in the Rain

    08/18/2017 12:28:35 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 3 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 17 Aug 2017 | Mark Steyn
    The latest European terrorist attack - by Barcelone wolves - hit a country that made a conscious choice thirteen years ago to opt for a quiet life. So much for that. One of the psychological changes that has happened since the Madrid bombings of 2004 is that Spaniards and other Europeans now accept, albeit mostly implicitly, that this is less to do with foreign policy, or foreign soldiering, than with domestic matters, such as immigration and multiculturalism. I'll have more to say on this subject with Tucker Carlson live on Fox News on Friday evening at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. Meanwhile,...
  • What If Oil is the True Ideology of Boko Haram?

    08/18/2017 1:01:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    This Day ^ | August 18, 2017
    Richards Murphy writes that Boko Haram is the brainchild of some powerful interests targeting the untapped natural resources in Northern NigeriaThe curse of natural resources is apparently real or more accurately, cursed interests in resource exploration are real. This evil often goes about masked as something less sinister. Take for instance the insanity that is todayÂ’s Afghanistan, which began in a fashion not too different from what Boko Haram is acting out in Nigeria today. Somewhere in the convoluted mix of transitions and mishmash of Mujahedeen, Taliban and al-Qaeda was UNOCAL, an oil multinational and its effort to construct pipelines...
  • Did Zimbabwe’s First Lady Beat a Model With an Extension Cord?

    08/18/2017 12:34:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/18 | Gabriella Paiella
    Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, is accused of assaulting a young model in South Africa with an electrical extension cord last Sunday night — and likely will get out of the legal situation with diplomatic immunity. Twenty-year-old model Gabriella Engels alleges that the incident occurred on Sunday night in the Capital 20 West hotel in Johannesburg, where she and friends were going to meet up with one of Mugabe’s sons. Per The Guardian, Engels told local media the following: We were chilling in a hotel room, and [the sons] were in the room next door. She came in and started...
  • ‘WAR’: Breitbart Going ‘Thermonuclear’ Against ‘Globalists’ After Bannon Ouster

    08/18/2017 11:42:26 AM PDT · by be-baw · 34 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 18, 2017 | Josh Feldman
    Joel Pollak, Senior Editor-at-Large for Breitbart News, tweeted out the following after the news of Steve Bannon‘s departure from the White House: Joel B. Pollak @joelpollak #WAR 1:18 PM - Aug 18, 2017 The reaction from Breitbart to Bannon leaving will be one to watch as the news unfolds, given how Bannon ran Breitbart before joining the Trump campaign. There’s reporting this afternoon that Bannon may return to Breitbart next. Following Pollak’s tweet, Axios’ Jonathan Swan tweeted that Breitbart is “going thermonuclear”: Jonathan Swan ✔ @jonathanvswan Joel is a Breitbart editor. They're going thermonuclear, I'm told. Story tk on Axios....
  • Officials: State Dept suffers worldwide email outage

    08/18/2017 11:17:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    whio ^ | 08/18/2017
    The officials said the outage began early Friday morning and that technicians were working to restore email as soon as possible. The officials said the outage was not caused by "any external action or interference."
  • Taiwan stitches together F-35 request

    08/18/2017 11:14:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 18th August 2017 | Wendell Minnick
    Taiwan is preparing to draft a request for price and availability for F-35 aircraft to replace its ageing Dassault Mirage-2000 fighters, now numbering 56 from the original 60 procured during the 1990s. Sources at the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE), held from 17-19 August, indicate Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, was buoyed by her congratulatory phone call to US President Donald Trump in December which may have given her administration a false sense of hope for continued US arms sales. Proponents of the Lockheed Martin F-35 have even created a military-style patch with the Taiwan flag on it...
  • (Bleeping) coo coo': UAE envoy mocks Saudi leadership in leaked email

    08/18/2017 10:07:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | August 18, 2017 | David Hearst and Clayton Swisher
    Yousef Otaiba ridicules Gulf ally in email exchange, betraying years of frustration at Riyadh old guard that coalesced into efforts to change it The UAE's ambassador to Washington described Saudi Arabia's leadership as "f***in' coo coo!", in one of a series of leaked emails that suggest years of Emirati frustration with Riyadh's old regime that has coalesced into a clear strategy to usurp it by bolstering the rise of the young Mohammed bin Salman. The messages, obtained by Middle East Eye through the GlobalLeaks hacking group, show Otaiba mocking Saudi Arabia to his Egyptian wife, Abeer Shoukry, over the Saudi...
  • 2 Largo ministers, both convicted felons, indicted for illegal reentry

    08/18/2017 9:09:08 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    ICE.gov ^ | 18 Aug 2017 | ICE
    TAMPA, Fla. – A married minister couple, both with felony convictions, were indicted in federal court Tuesday with illegal re-entry into the U.S. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), with assistance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. TAMPA, Fla. – A married minister couple, both with felony convictions, were indicted in federal court Tuesday with illegal re-entry into the U.S. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), with...
  • 1 person killed in stabbing attack in Germany

    08/18/2017 9:09:08 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 18, 2017 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    One person was killed and one person was injured in a stabbing attack in the German city of Wuppertal-Elberfeld today, according to police. Wuppertal police are still searching for one or more suspects related to the stabbings. No information has been released about the possible motive of the attack. This marks the second reported stabbing attack in Europe today, as one person was killed in Finland during a stabbing attack that left several others injured.
  • Breaking: Stabbing Attack Reported in Finland

    08/18/2017 8:15:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/18/2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Police are on a manhunt for more suspects. The Latest: Police in Finland say they are looking for more potential suspects in stabbing of several people. https://t.co/bz7FXlmoZq — The Associated Press (@AP) August 18, 2017 Update (10:37 AM): The suspect has been shot in the leg. There are six people injured. ---Original Post--- There are very few details available at the moment, including suspect, motive, and number of casualties, but there has reportedly been a mass stabbing attack in the Finnish city of Turku. Turku is located in western Finland. The incident is being treated as a potential terrorist attack.
  • The Latest: Single officer killed 4 suspects in Spain attack

    08/18/2017 6:35:52 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 41 replies
    MSN ^ | 18aug 2017
    <p>2:55 p.m.</p> <p>A senior police official in Spain says that a single police officer killed four of the suspects who carried out the attack in the Catalan seaside town of Cambrils.</p> <p>Catalan regional police official Josep Lluis Trapero says that it was "not easy" for the officer involved despite being a professional. A total of five suspects were killed after the Cambrils attack in which a car plowed into a crowd, killing a woman.</p>
  • Damen Lays Keel of SIGMA 10514 Long Range Patrol Vessel for Mexican Navy

    08/18/2017 5:32:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 17 August 2017
    On Thursday 17th August, the Secretary of the Mexican Navy, Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, took part in a symbolic coin ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) at Vlissingen in the Netherlands. He was accompanied by the Secretary of National Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos. The Coin Ceremony is an event which takes place at the keel laying, in the early stages of a ship's construction. In it, the shipbuilders place one or two coins under the keelblock of the new ship to bless the ship and as a symbol of good fortune. On this occasion, the vessel is a...
  • Transgender diversity weakens Canadian military

    08/18/2017 1:21:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    24 Hours Vancouver ^ | July 30, 2017 | Brent Stafford
    This week's question: Should transgender people be allowed to serve in the Canadian military? On Friday former premier Christy Clark resigned as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party and Kelowna MLA. Her downfall at the polls and subsequent departure from politics is largely a result of her abandoning long articulated principles. Many on the Left relished demonizing her and would never have voted for her. Yet, over the course of the 18 months preceding the May election Clark began pandering to the Left. Just before Vancouver’s annual Pride Parade in 2016 Clark suddenly abandoned the government’s principled position, which refused...
  • Doklam India-China standoff: Japan throws weight behind India and Bhutan, says...

    08/18/2017 12:27:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Indian Express ^ | August 18, 2017 | Shubhajit Roy
    Doklam India-China standoff: Japan throws weight behind India and Bhutan, says no side should try to change status quo by force Doklam standoff: On China’s claim about India’s role in the dispute, Japan has also conveyed that India is “involved” in this incident “based on bilateral agreements” with Bhutan. Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2017 10:35 am Two months into the Doklam border standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers, Japan has conveyed its unequivocal support to India and Bhutan through diplomatic channels — a first by a major country, which is China’s neighbour, top...
  • Turkey to boost military cooperation with Iran after army chief's visit

    08/18/2017 12:21:18 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | THU AUG 17, 2017 / 9:16 AM EDT | Reuters staff
    Turkey and Iran have agreed to boost military cooperation after talks in Ankara this week between the Iranian armed forces chief of staff and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Thursday. Iran's military chief General Mohammad Baqeri met Erdogan on Wednesday on a visit Turkish media said was the first to Turkey by an Iranian military chief of staff since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.
  • Israeli leader resists calls to criticize Trump

    08/17/2017 11:42:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2017 2:42 PM EDT | Josef Federman
    Israel’s prime minister faced growing calls on Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump’s response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic displays in Charlottesville, Virginia, even at the risk of angering the American leader. Benjamin Netanyahu has remained largely silent during the unfolding crisis in Virginia. While issuing a terse condemnation of neo-Nazis and racists, he has said nothing about Trump’s apparent defense of the actions of white supremacists during last weekend’s deadly violence. […] Trump has acknowledged there were some “very bad people” at Saturday’s rally, where a woman was killed when a car slammed into a crowd of...