A federal judge in Washington held the Iranian government liable for the USS Cole bombing in Yemen in 2000, along with the government of Sudan. The judge awarded $75 million in damages to the family of Kevin Shawn Rux, one of the 17 sailors who was killed in the attack.
The Church of Global Warming will surely hang on long after the "global warming pause" hits its third or fourth decade, because it's far too useful to greedy politicians. However, a new study from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany might deliver a "death blow to global warming hysteria," in the assessment of Patrick J. Michaels and Paul Knappenberger at the Cato Institute.
Christians in the Egyptian village of Al Our are looking to build a new church in honor of the Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS in Libya, a mass-murder outrage captured in a viral video circulated by the Islamic State. 13 of the 21 Christians slaughtered in the video hailed from Al Our; they had gone to Libya in search of employment. A church in their hometown would seem like a fine way to remember them.
Faith is officially regarded as trivial now, a hobby to be practiced quietly in whatever private spaces the State chooses to permit. The case against the RFRA boils down to telling religious people they must set aside their faith if they want to do business, because the State has an interest in every transaction, no matter how small, and there are no valid objections to its moral judgment.
The really dangerous development of the administrative state is that bureaucrats no longer fear the wrath of our elected representatives, many of whom are so interested in making the State bigger and richer that they'll no longer countenance even token attempts at holding it responsible for its actions, because that would empower the people who want to make it smaller.
Sometimes you run into a story so full of heartless evil that it's a struggle to capture the darkness in a headline. Sometimes you read a story that just gets worse with every passing word. The murder of Shirley Souza in Brazil is such a story.
CNN reports French authorities are disputing a report, published in Paris Match and the German newspaper Bild, claiming that cell phone video taken during the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525 has been found.
The Iran-backed Houthi insurgents who took over Yemen tried putting a $100,000 bounty on the head of recently deposed President Abd Mansour Hadi, who has been forced to flee the country. Vocativ reports that considerably larger rewards have now been posted for the capture of Houthi leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi and the previous president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has thrown in with the rebels.
The hacker group Anonymous released a message this week threatening to unleash an "electronic Holocaust" -- yes, they used that word -- on Israel, just a week before Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The new breed of enforced intellectual conformity is so tedious and shrill. Fascists don't even bother to put on snappy uniforms any more.
Different sources have provided a variety of opinions on the status of Iranian nuclear negotiations over the past twenty-four hours.
Mohammad Reza Naqdi, head of the Basij militia unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, has surfaced to reassure the world that death for Israel is still very much on the table on the eve of the P+5 nuclear talks, and will never be negotiated away as part of any nuclear deal with President Obama.
All of us, including - no, especially - Democrat voters, need to think long and hard about whether we're ready to wave aside all legal restraints on the aristocracy, in favor of trial by political combat. Making polls the only courtroom aristocrats ever need to face is a dumb idea, but it's especially dumb when their favorite crimes involve concealing their activities and misleading the public.
The UK Telegraph does an epic job of burying the lede in their story about Amir Hossein Motaghi, a media aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who bailed out of the theocracy and requested political asylum while attending nuclear negotiations in Switzerland.
Reuters reports at least 40 people were killed and 200 more wounded in an errant attack against a camp for "displaced people" in northern Yemen on Monday. Houthi insurgents claim this was collateral damage from an air attack on their positions by the Saudi-led international coalition seeking to restore the government of deposed President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
ISIS released another beheading video through social media on Sunday. The new film is notable in two respects: the victims were captive Shiite Muslims in Syria who were described as "impure infidels" by their captors, and a group of teenage boys were employed as assistant executioners, continuing the Islamic State's trend of working children into their murder videos.
Religious liberty has become something believers have to beg for, on bent knee, hats in hand, while mumbling a stream of apologies about how they're not motivated by personal animosity toward anyone. Their adversaries are free to question their very humanity, dismissing matters of faith and conscience with a sneer.
The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz' troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Times, that investigators have discovered that Lubitz "trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions."
More background information on Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane into the Alps after locking his captain out of the cockpit and killed 150 people, has trickled out over the weekend. Investigation of his medical history has uncovered vision problems that might have made him anxious about the impending termination of his flight career--an even-more stressful development because he reportedly had a baby on the way.
A vehicle attempted to ram the gate at the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland at roughly 9:30 on Monday morning, initiating a confrontation with security forces that ended with shots being fired. At least one uniformed guard appears to have been injured and loaded into an ambulance.
The Saudi operation against Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen is growing into an even larger regional conflict, as Sudan announced on Thursday that it would contribute both ground troops and aircraft to the effort.
According to the Associated Press, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is open to discussing cooperating with the United States—years after President Obama's chemical weapons "red line" debacle—but demands respect as a legitimate ruler despite cementing power in an election the State Department openly called a "sham."
Humanity handled Y2K. But AI may be something bigger and more difficult. After all, we didn't have to worry about Y2K fighting back. Perhaps it's worth thinking about the safeguards that should be built into contemporary progenitors of the future's incredibly complex expert systems, before they become self-aware and acquire civil rights.
Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, every time she takes the stage, she turns people off. Polls show her popularity dropping, and now they've got another reason to think her act is not only shrill and boring, but insincere.
The Germanwings story is mutating with incredible speed. At first we were assured by the company that young co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who evidently crashed the plane on purpose and killed 150 people, was "100% fit to fly," with no physical or mental problems whatsoever. Then we were told Lubitz took an extended break from pilot training for counseling to deal with "burnout" and emotional stress, but that was back in 2008, so it wasn't necessarily relevant to his behavior this week.
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