US bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes threw out motion to stop water shutoffs in Detroit, declaring city residents had no “fundamental right” to water service. Ruling sanctioned city’s policy, which terminated service to 50,000 low-income households since January 2013, continues at 400 households a day.
United States’ airstrikes in Syria often target militants with “no military value” and actually aim at the country’s infrastructure, says a US Marine Corps veteran: Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D, University of Michigan.) Washington intends to inflict “such damage to the economic and industrial infrastructure within Syria that any Syrian government after the fighting will be so weakened that it will be vulnerable to further attacks.”
The Pentagon announced plans to deploy 2,300 Marines t Middle East to quickly respond to crises in the conflict-ridden region. Rear Admiral John Kirby: United States is establishing a task force in the Middle East which will include several fighter aircraftprepared to take rapid actions in case of "contingencies".
British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 warplanes have little effect on Islamic State (IS) militants fighting 15,000 feet below in Iraq and Syria; the Telegraph reported. Islamist threat can only be challenged by combat forces on the ground; retired British Army officer Lord Dannatt other retired military chiefs.
"Combating terrorism cannot be carried out by states that contributed to establishing terrorist organizations, provided them with logistic and material support, and spread terrorism around the world," Syria's SANA news agency quoted Assad.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday at the United Nations that a nuclear-capable Iran would pose the gravest threat to the world, far outstripping the jihadist terror from Iraq and Syria. "Make no mistake, ISIS must be defeated," Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly,
Theresa May, the current UK Home Secretary, has announced that, if re-elected, her party (the Conservatives) will push for "extremist disruption orders" which would effectively ban people declared "extremist" (using a very broad definition) from using social media or appearing on TV.
mosquito-borne virus that can cause debilitating joint pain lasting for years has spread to the continental U.S. after infecting hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and Central America. Called Chikungunya, African name meaning “to become contorted.” first identified in Tanzania in 1952, only recorded cases in the U.S. before July involved patients who contracted virus abroad.
Nine citizen and environmental groups are urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider his plans to let companies drill for oil and natural gas underneath the Ohio River, citing concerns drilling and fracking could contaminate the drinking water supply and increaserisk of earthquakes in region.
The first Ebola case has been diagnosed in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control said today in a statement.
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
A new deal allows a radioactive waste storage tank to continue leaking for more than a year before its contents are pumped out at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site. The deal has outraged critics of Hanford, which for decades made plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons.
Locking in at least another decade of U.S. military entanglement, the United States and Afghanistan signed a controversial Bilateral Security Agreement at a ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday. The pact allows U.S. training, funding, and arming of Afghan military, keeps thousands of U.S. troops beyond what President Obama has repeatedly called the "end of the war" later his year.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel called Hamas and the group known as the Islamic State “branches of the same poisonous tree,” and Iran, he said, is the most dangerous country in the world maintaining that militant Islamists are all dangerous regardless of their affiliation.
On a global level, growth is being steadily drowned under a rising tide of debt, threatening renewed financial crisis, a continued squeeze to living standards, and eventual mass default. Global debt-to-GDP – public and private non financial debt – still growing, breaking new highs by the month.
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