02 Sep

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective


All countries and global regions


Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin claims Russian forces ‘could conquer Ukraine capital in two weeks’

Leak reveals Russian president told José Manuel Barroso that his forces could conquer Kiev if he ordered them to do so

Medical workers of the John F Kennedy hospital

Medical workers of the John F Kennedy hospital of Monrovia show the aprons they have been wearing during a strike. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Ebola 56min ago

Ebola outbreak: call to send in military to West Africa to help curb epidemic

2 Sep 2014: Head of Médecins sans Frontières urges UN to dispatch disaster response teams as cases and deaths continue to surge

Iraqi forces regain control of key road to Baghdad after breaking siege

Iraqi Shia militia fighters celebrate breaking the siege of Amerli

Fighters make progress after breaking Isis hold on Amerli but relatives demand answers about fate of soldiers left behind


Kazakhstan 36min ago

Kazakhstan authorities on high alert after radioactive container goes missing

2 Sep 2014: Military involved in efforts to find caesium-137, which may have fallen off a vehicle in Mangistau

Ukraine 40min ago

Ukraine crisis leaves Estonia feeling vulnerable and isolated – again

2 Sep 2014: Obama’s visit will do little to lift the small Baltic state’s familiar feelings of powerlessness next to its Russian neighbour

Ebola 1hr 7min ago

Ebola outbreak: call to send in military to West Africa to help curb epidemic

2 Sep 2014: Head of Médecins sans Frontières urges UN to dispatch disaster response teams as cases and deaths continue to surge

Sudan 2hr 46min ago

Sudan expels Iranian diplomats and closes cultural centres

2 Sep 2014: Expulsions believed to be linked to government fears that Iranian officials were promoting Shia Islam in majority-Sunni country


Congress would rather suck up to the Koch brothers, we’ll raise it anyway

As long as politicians see billionaires as their base, they won’t vote for $10.10 an hour. So workers have taken matters into their own hands

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‘If you didn’t want to vote, you shouldn’t have come to the Senate,’ Mitch McConnell said in an interview this weekend. He has voted against raising the minimum wage 17 times. Photograph via AP; photo illustration by DonkeyHotey / Flickr via Creative Commons

“That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage.”

That’s what Mitch McConnell had to say to a roomful of millionaires and billionaires, according to leaked audio published by The Nation and The Undercurrent last week, about something as crucial as the wages that millions of Americans make every day.

The secret tape echoes a rising awareness among Americans, from Kentucky to California, that their elected officials are too busy catering to the whims of the rich rather than taking care of the working people who elect them to office. So rather than let that disappointment and anger turn to apathy, the working class is already too busy reclaiming a living wage for itself……………..

Al Jazerra


Walking in the steps of a migrant’s journey

Heidi Zhou-Castro chronicles the treacherous steps the undocumented must take in search of a better life






Customs and Border Protection


Relatives of abducted Iraqi soldiers storm parliament


Relatives of abducted Iraqi soldiers storm parliament

Anger boils over in Baghdad, where families of soldiers believed to have been seized by Islamic State are protesting

Crisis in Iraq
Islamic State

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks


Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin eyes deal that would avoid further sanctions and grant autonomy to eastern Ukraine

Ukraine Crisis


02 Sep

Afghanistan & Iraq Occupation Casualties & News


Results of Our Insane Foreign Policy

The McGlynn: And for what?!

Afghan girl

Photographer Muhammed Muheisen took an impressive series of portraits of Afghan refugee children in Islamabad. Here is six-year-old Laiba Hazrat in a slum on the outskirts of the city.

Other Occupation News

Afghan Army Killings Threaten U.S. Aid

As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up

Talks on Afghan unity government collapse

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide car bombing killed three policemen in the eastern Nangarhar province, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor. The bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle among a group of Afghan security forces in Ghani Khil district on Tuesday morning, killing the three policemen. The explosion also wounded two people, a civilian and a local policeman, the spokesman added.

#2: In the western Herat province, the Taliban killed four Afghan soldiers on Monday night in the Chishti Sharif district, a military spokesman said. The spokesman, Najibullha Najibi, says the Taliban attacked an army post, setting off clashes that also left 10 Taliban fighters dead..

#3: Two people, including a personal of Khasadar Force and a civilian, were killed and three other Khasadars sustained injuries when unknown militants attacked a Khasadar party at the main Jamrud Bazaar, official sources informed on Monday. The official of local political administration confirmed the incident and said that Khasadars were on their routine duty when unknown armed persons attacked them and as a result two persons, including a personal of Khasadar Force and a civilian, were killed and three other Khasadar personnel received bullet injuries. The militants successfully managed escape after committing the crime.

#4: A bomb blast occurred in Haji Ayoob region of Mazar-e-Sharif at 4:00 pm today.
It is said that a bomb was placed in a bicycle. Still not clear who is the target of the bomb. Several security sources of Mazar-e-Sharif said BNA that two people were killed and another wounded in the blast.

#5: Eight armed insurgents including two commanders of them were killed in drone attack of foreign troops in Kunar province. The attack took place in Peshigul village, Asadabad capital of that province.

#6: At least four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosion in the past 24 hours.

#7: Afghan national security forces repelled another large scale Taliban attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The provincial government media office said Tuesday, the massive offensive by Taliban militant was launched on Sunday in Mosa Qala district.

#8: At least 25 Taliban militants were killed and five others were injured following clearing operations conducted by Afghan national security forces.

09/02/14 AP: Attacks kill 3 Afghan policemen, 4 soldiers

09/02/14 Tolonews: Tribal Elder Shot Dead in Herat

09/02/14 KP: 4 Afghan army soldiers martyred in roadside bomb explosion

09/02/14 KP: Suicide attack rocks Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan

09/02/14 IraqiNews: 25 ISIL terrorists killed in Mosul by US airstrike

09/02/14 VOA: Australia Prepares to Deliver Weapons to Outgunned Kurds

09/02/14 amnesty: new evidence of Islamic State’s ethnic cleansing of minorities

09/02/14 aljazeera: Protesters break into Iraq’s parliament


Afghanistan Occupation Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians


U. S. Casualties Total To Date:Killed: 2343

Recently Identified Color denotes today’s confirmation:

Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, Calif., died Aug. 22, in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy.He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

.Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 24, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed were: Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.; and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif.

Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

.Deaths in Afghanistan: A look at the faces of American lives lost


 Afghanistan Occupation Confirmed U.S Casualties – Since June 1, 2009

Iraq Occupation Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians


U. S. Casualties Total To Date:Killed: 4486

Recently IdentifiedColor denotes today’s confirmation



Deaths in Iraq: A look at the faces of American lives lost

IIraq Occupation Confirmed U.S Casualties – Since June 1, 2009

Soldiers and families in need of crisis assistance can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained consultants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and can be contacted by dialing 1-800-273-TALK1-800-273-TALK (8255) or by visiting their website at .The Military Crisis Line offers free and confidential support to service members in crisis or anyone who knows a service member who is. The service is staffed by caring, qualified responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), many who have served in the military themselves. Support is offered through the crisis line, online chat, and text-messaging services for all service members (active, National Guard and reserve) and veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by visiting the Military Crisis Line website at ; Online Chat at: ; sending a text to: 838255 or calling toll free at: 1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255, Press 1; in Europe Dial: 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118. Services are available even if members are not registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or enrolled in VA health care.The Army’s comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Program information is located at . Information about the Army’s Ready and Resilient campaign is located at . Army leaders can access current health promotion guidance in the revised Army Regulation 600-63 (Health Promotion) at: and in Army Pamphlet 600-24 (Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention) at .Suicide prevention training resources for soldiers, leaders, Department of the Army civilians and family members can be accessed at (requires Army Knowledge Online access to download materials). Information about Military OneSource is located at or by dialing the toll-free number 1-800-342-96471-800-342-9647 for those residing in the continental U.S. Overseas personnel should refer to the Military OneSource web site for dialing instructions for their specific location. Information about the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program (CSF2) is located at .The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center can be contacted at 1-866-966-10201-866-966-1020, via electronic mail at and at . The website for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is , and the Suicide Prevention Resource Council site is found at

01 Sep

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective


All countries and global regions


Russian foreign minister calls for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine

Russian soldiers near the border with Ukraine

Lavrov says talks should focus on a truce and Ukraine forces must retreat from positions where they can harm civilians

Hong Kong MPs disrupt Chinese official’s speech in electoral protest

Pro-democracy MPs hold up signs during a protest as Li Fei explains China's electoral decision

Pro-democracy MPs hold up a banner and signs during a protest as Li Fei (on screen) explains China’s electoral decision. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Hong Kong pro-democracy MPs and activists have disrupted a Beijing official’s speech explaining a decision to rule out allowing residents to freely choose their next leader.

Hong Kong voters ‘would be confused by too many candidates’

Li Fei, deputy general secretary of the National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee

Li Fei, deputy general secretary of the National People’s Congress (NPC) standing committee, speaking in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Hong Kong voters would be “confused” if they had too many candidates to choose from, a Beijing official told a briefing in the city on Monday, as pro-democracy activists launched their civil disobedience campaign against the decision to tightly limit electoral reforms.

Huge new Israeli settlement in West Bank condemned by US and UK

The Gush Etzion settlement, near Bethlehem, in the West Bank

The Gush Etzion settlement, near Bethlehem, in the West Bank. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

The UK and US governments have criticised, in unusually strong language, Israel‘s decision to greenlight one of the largest appropriations of Palestinian land for settlement in recent decades.

N Ireland children sent to Australia were sexually abused, inquiry told

Sir Anthony Hart

Sir Anthony Hart. chairman of the historical abuse inquiry, said witnesses’ evidence ‘will not be swept under the carpett’. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Children as young as five were sent from Northern Ireland to Australian orphanages and other institutions where they were sexually and physically abused, the chairman of an inquiry into institutional child abuse has revealed.

Sir Anthony Hart, who is chairing the historical abuse inquiry, said witness evidence will show “in shocking terms” how children were subjected to “severe hardships, and grave sexual and physical evidence” when they arrived in the country.

British Wildlife Photography Awards – in pictures

British Seasons winner Andrew Parkinson,

British Seasons winner: Andrew Parkinson’s ‘Hares’, Derbyshire, England. Photograph: Andrew Parkinson/BWPA

A selection of winning images from this year’s BWPA competition


01 Sep

Labor Day – Organize!

The O’Leary: To the workers who built this country and could restore it again if we had leaders in Washington!

Pete Seeger – Joe Hill

Pete Seeger -  Which Side Are You On

Pete Seeger – Solidarity Forever


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