Last week, the mayor of Ankara – evidently inspired by Turkish media editorials, and soon joined by a large number of online supporters – referred to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf as a “stupid blonde.” The insult was part of a sour-grapes taunt at the State Department for daring to criticize heavy-handed Turkish police tactics, without also denouncing the curfew imposed during recent riots in Baltimore.
The sudden death of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, rocked the tech world this weekend.
Reuters reports that a demonstration against alleged police brutality and racism by Ethiopian immigrants turned violent in Jerusalem on Thursday, leading to at least 13 injuries. Two police officers and five protesters were hurt seriously enough to require hospital attention.
It looks as if a jihad bombing attack has been thwarted in Germany, where CNN reports the authorities arrested a “radicalized” couple who were evidently planning to set off home-made explosives at a bicycle race near Frankfurt.
The Times of India relates an awkward mistake in Pakistan’s much-needed, and generally much-appreciated, relief assistance to survivors of the earthquake in Nepal: “According to media reports, the food items in relief aid sent by Pakistan to Nepal included beef content (beef masala) in the food packets. Eating beef is prohibited in Hindu religion. Nepal is a majority-Hindu nation.”
Malala Yousafzai was just 15 years old when a gang of thugs boarded her school bus and shot her in the head in 2012. Her “crime” involved crusading for the education of young girls living under Taliban oppression. After a trial shrouded in secrecy, it appears that a Pakistani court has dealt life sentences against ten men involved in the attack.
The repercussions from Peter Schweizer’s bombshell book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich are reaching far beyond the shores of the United States.
A spat between the Turkish government and the United States over police misconduct got personal when the mayor Ankara took to Twitter Wednesday and called State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf a “stupid blonde.”
Imagine of the level of coordinated social energy poured into marginalizing opponents of gay marriage could be diverted into encouraging marriage and fidelity! Obviously we all agree that social pressures are very powerful, and not inherently wrong – we just disagree on how they should be directed.
According to the World Tribune, the latest demand inflicted upon the captive population of Mosul by their ISIS overlords is a ban against shaving male beards. The terror state has decreed that beards are mandatory under sharia law.
We’ve been hearing this ridiculous garbage about cold winters freezing the engines of the mighty Obama growth engine every year for the past six years. The hard, cold truth is that we’ve never had sustained growth under this President’s policies that could do anything more than slow the bleeding in the American workforce. Everything he does, from ObamaCare to his amnesty orders for illegal aliens, is a job-killer. It’s a tribute to the underlying strength of the American economy that we’re not in even worse shape.
Humans can’t yet go deep into space, but we can peer deep into space — and far back in time. As Hubble ages out of service, a new space telescope should soon be rewriting cosmic history books.
After reviewing satellite images of North Korea, analysts believe the nuclear reactor at Yongbyon may have been reactivated, along with a uranium centrifuge facility.
Let’s have another slow clap of appreciation for the Obama Administration’s slow-walking scandal control protocols.
20-year-old Juma Laki is a Kenyan who traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2013, looking for work. He just learned the hard way that chatting with a woman and keeping her photo on his smartphone is an “apparent contravention of the Sunni kingdom’s puritanical laws,” as Kenya’s Standard Digital puts it. After a friend sold him out to the Saudi “special police,” Laki found himself in jail.
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Renald “Luz” Luzier, who drew the toon of Mohammed holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign for the record-breaking post-massacre comeback issue of the French magazine, says he’s done drawing pictures of Islam’s prophet.
“It is clear from talking with front line Kurdish Peshmerga that Canadian special forces have done more on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant than their coalition partners, including the U.S., and are going to play a critical part in the coming action to expel these fanatical hardliners from Mosul,” writes the Canadian National Post.
When you hear a liberal praising a gang of thugs who burned down a church as “resisters,” remember they don’t mean resistance against the Democrat municipal machine that has held power for generations, the Democrat congressional representatives who have been parked in safe seats longer than most of the rioters have been alive, or the Democrat President who has held unprecedented, unconstitutional power for six years.
Bloomberg Business understandably sees all sorts of signals in Greece’s decision to pull Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis back from bailout negotiations, a move it describes as “clipping Varoufakis’ wings” and “reining him in” after three months of debt talks failed to produce an agreement.
Reports from Australia indicate a disturbing number of doctors and nurses have chosen to support ISIS, as summarized by Albawaba News from the Australian Daily Telegraph.
Iran’s state-run media and sister organizations in allied nations like Russia are reporting the capture of the cargo vessel Maersk Tigris somewhat differently from how the Obama administration has been portraying the incident. The administration described it as flying the Marshall Islands’ flag, not American flags, with no American citizens on board. Iranian media, by contrast, have insisted on referring to the Maersk Tigris as an American ship.
According to a BBC report, the Iranian Navy has seized an American cargo ship at sea, with 34 crew members aboard, purportedly for “trespassing on Iran’s territorial waters.”
Now that the final fate of this whole investigation is being decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, it sounds an awful lot like Chisholm and Schmitz are trying to goad Walker into unsealing information the court might rule was gathered improperly, or at least score a few last points against Walker by making him look furtive by refusing to play their game.
On Monday morning, CNN posted what it described as an advanced look “Inside Clinton’s Benghazi Emails,” a body of correspondence that will soon be reviewed by Rep. Trey Gowdy and his House Select Committee on Benghazi. The CNN article is based on “several government officials” who anonymously characterized the emails.
The practical and spiritual benefits of work and independence are undervalued in America today. It is better for the economy, and for the heart and soul of the individual, to work for $8 an hour than to be paid $12 an hour by the government to do nothing.