By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.
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UNITED NATIONS, United States: President Barack Obama and other leaders delivered a sobering message at the United Nations on Thursday, saying the world was not doing enough to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and avert a “humanitarian catastrophe.” “This is more than a health crisis,” Obama told leaders at a special gathering convened while the UN General Assembly was meeting in New York. “This is a growing threat to regional and global security,” he added. Faced with a caseload that is doubling every three weeks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for a “twenty-fold surge in care, tracking, transport and equipment” to get in front of the epidemic, which is believed to have killed more than 2,900 people. Obama said last week that he would send as many as 3,000 military personnel to establish a coordination center in Liberia and work with partners to set up Ebola treatment facilities, train health workers and distribute … [Read more...] about Obama at UN says world not doing enough vs Ebola
JUST before US President Donald Trump ordered the cruise missile strike on Syria Thursday night, purportedly in response to a chemical attack on Tuesday that killed 84 Syrian civilians and wounded 546 others in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine military to occupy all islands, islets, shoals and atolls being claimed by the Philippines in the West Philippine/South China Sea, evidently to match China’s “island building” program in the disputed areas. One is not related to the other, but both actions seem intended to win much-needed domestic and international support. Trump appears to have scored, at least for the moment, while DU30 may have failed. Attack on Syria Most of the US allies around the world condemned the reported sarin gas attack, and praised Trump for his prompt response. Only Russia and Iran joined Syria in condemning Trump. They dismissed the alleged nerve gas attack as a … [Read more...] about While Trump and Xi Jinping dine…
KASIBU, Nueva Vizcaya: The shutdown order by the local officials here against an Asia-Pacific mine firm has been lifted after it has complied with local government requirements and agreements. Mayor Chito Bumolo said the closure order was lifted earlier this week giving way to the resumption of OceanaGold Corp.’s Didipio Mine operations. ”The closure order is now lifted. Activities are back to normal. We have already issued the clearances and mayor’s permit after OceanaGold complied with all the requirements and terms agreed upon with the villagers,” Bumolo said. Earlier, Bumolo told media men in a press conference here that the closure order was to be issued on July 10 for the company’s failure to comply with local government-set requirements on their operations in Didipio village here. However, this was moved to July 12 giving time for the company to address the complaints as well as fulfill the terms set with the community “and yet the company … [Read more...] about Closure order on Vizcaya mine firm lifted
Except perhaps for the conscript press, which has its own permanent concerns, the world media seem focused on Ebola, which has stricken West Africa. In quick succession, the virus has drowned out stories about climate change, about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, about the so-called “seismic change” in Church teaching on sexuality and marriage. It seems the only thing they want to talk about. The current issue of The Economist narrates how the pandemic started in 1976, and quotes UN fears of its deadly spread in the days ahead. According to the story, the virus was first discovered by scientists in Antwerp from a thermos out of Yambuku, in what was then Zaire. The thermos contained two samples from a nun who was fatally ill. One of the vials had smashed and was lost. But they were able to scoop the other out of a pool of icy water, blood and broken glass, and there they saw they were handling an unnamed deadly virus. They did not want to call it Yambuku, so they … [Read more...] about If Aquino can’t help the Ebola victims, can he at least help others help them?
JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes bombed a series of targets inside Syria early on yesterday, the Israeli military said, in response to a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager the previous day. In all, Israel said it struck nine military targets inside Syria, and "direct hits were confirmed." The targets were located near the site of Sunday's violence in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command center and unspecified "launching positions." There was no immediate response from Syria. In Sunday's attack, an Israeli civilian vehicle was struck by forces in Syria as it drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. A teenage boy was killed and two other people were wounded in the first deadly incident along the volatile Israeli-Syrian front since Syria's civil war erupted more than three years ago. The Israeli vehicle was delivering water as it was doing contract work for Israel's Defense Ministry when it was struck. "Yesterday's attack was an … [Read more...] about Israeli military carries out airstrikes in Syria
Trasncript of the SONA, as delivered at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on July 24, 2017. Kindly sit down. Thank you for your courtesy. When I was a member of Congress, I — my seat was over there. The seat... The lady with a violent — not violent but rather violet dress — seated. But I was always absent together with the Speaker and Tonyboy Floirendo, who is still absent until today. [laughter] And that started… Ay nandiyan ba? Sorry. But his propensity started almost 17 years ago when we were members of the 11th Congress. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and the members of the Senate; Pantaleon Alvarez, the Speaker and the members of the House of Representatives; Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo; Former Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and former President Gloria Arroyo; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court and the members of courts; Archbishop Pinto and the distinguished guests of the diplomaticcorps; … [Read more...] about Full text of Duterte’s State of the Nation Address 2017
In May 2013, a car bomb detonated near the Somair uranium mine in Arlit, in northern Niger, killing one person. Moments earlier, in Agadez, some 150 miles south, Al Qaeda-affiliated militants waged an assault on Nigerien army positions that killed over 20 people. That same year, Niger’s two uranium mines produced 4,238 tons of uranium, down from 4,572 the year before – but up from 4,159 tons in 2011. The mines didn’t miss their production targets. Extraction continued as if the bombing had barely even happened. The Somair mine is one of two uranium sites in Arlit that are largely owned and operated by Areva, a majority state-owned French nuclear-services company. As an integral part of the nuclear-energy infrastructure of a foreign power, the mine was an irresistible target for jihadists exploiting the security vacuum in nearby Mali. Even a failed attack in Arlit, and on a facility that does not produce or handle enriched uranium, seemed … [Read more...] about ‘A CITY LOST IN THE DESERT’: A visit to the Sahara’s uranium capital
It’s not even August, and yet the NFL season is right around the corner. This week, teams across the league reported for training camp. You know what that means! Soon enough, we’ll learn about quarterback battles, impressive rookies, wonky drills, and players appearing to be in the Best Shape Of Their Lives. Then, on August 7, preseason games begin. From there, it’s only a short four weeks until Week 1. Can you believe it? We certainly can’t. In honor of the start of training camp, here is the first installment of our power rankings. It’s still early – way too early – of course, but then, isn’t that the whole point of these things? 32. Cleveland Browns Last year: 3-13, fourth in AFC North Biggest acquisitions: Signed QB Robert Griffin III to a two-year, $15 million deal Biggest losses: Center Alex Mack signed with Falcons; WR Travis Benjamin signed with the Chargers One thing to know: The Browns are doing the NFL … [Read more...] about NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into training camp