The mainstream narrative, that alleged Las Vegas mass-shooter Stephen Paddock’s father Benjamin Paddock was a bank robber, isn’t wrong. It’s just incomplete. Other than both Paddocks being criminals in the end, there is really no link between robbing banks and mass shootings. But do Stephen and his father Benjamin Paddock have more in common? Continue reading
When Afghan agriculture and industry are disrupted; when an entire season of a farmers work is wasted, the impoverished people take the quickest path to profitability: heroin. World leaders claim to be fighting terrorism, but they allow their ally in that fight, Pakistan, to block all Afghan produce and exports from international markets, essentially empowering heroin markets and those who profit from them.
Source: First Post
The “unilateral” blocking of the Durand Line by Pakistan choked off trade and caused damages of up to $90 million, Kabul complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week.
“The measures taken by the government of Pakistan at the entry points at the Durand line, border with Afghanistan, were tantamount to a total ban of trade between the two countries,” Dr Suraya Dalil, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN office at Geneva told the WTO Council for Trade in Goods on 6 April.
“…Afghan exporters were prevented from shipping any goods to Pakistan destined to be released for consumption in that country.”
“Similarly, they (Afghan exporters) could not export any goods to other countries which, in order to reach their destination, have to transit the territory of Pakistan,” Dalil said.
Imports to Afghanistan from Pakistan and other countries were also blocked.
Pakistan closed the border between the two countries from 17 February this year after a surge of terrorist attacks on its soil claiming that terrorists use Afghani soil against Pakistan. Though they had initially announced that the decision to close the entry points to the Durand Line was indefinite, the border re-opened on 21 March.
The Afghan diplomat described the consequences of closing the Durand Line as “huge”. Continue reading
Source: Bowling Green Daily News
For the first time in more than 10 years cocaine appears to be making a comeback in the United States with local law enforcement agencies seeing an uptick in the drug here and bracing for its effects on their resources as well as the human toll the drug takes.
Opioids, methamphetamine and marijuana continue to consume a vast amount of manpower and financial resources for police and the justice system in this area, causing concern for already taxed narcotics officers as they see an increase locally in cocaine use and trafficking.
What is likely driving the upward trend is the substantial increase in the illegal coca crop cultivation in Colombia.
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During campaign speeches, Donald Trump promised to kill the family members of terrorism suspects; a war-crime. Nine days after taking office, President Trump makes good on his promise. Trump follows his predecessor, Barrack Obama, down the same path by condemning an American citizen to death without allowing them their constitutionally guaranteed due process. Trump supporters cheered as he took office, excited about the possibilities now that they no longer had an enemy of freedom in the Whitehouse. This goes to show that despite the change of face in Washington, some things never change. Unfortunately, a US Serviceman, CSWO William Ryan Owens, was killed in the raid along with as many as 30 Yemenis.
Source: The Guardian
President Donald Trump personally approved a US commando raid in Yemen that left one elite serviceman dead and may have killed an eight-year-old American girl, the US military has told the Guardian.
At least 14 people died in Sunday’s raid by the elite Joint Special Operations Command, which is now the subject of a preliminary inquiry to determine if allegations of civilian deaths are sufficiently credible to merit a full investigation.
The operation was launched to gather intelligence on suspected operations by al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP), according to Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for US Central Command. Planning for the raid “started months before”, under Barack Obama’s administration, but was “not previously approved”, he said.
Thomas said he did not know why the prior administration did not authorize the operation, but said the Obama administration had effectively exercised a “pocket veto” over it.
A former official said the operation had been reviewed several times, but the underlying intelligence was not judged strong enough to justify the risks, and the case was left to the incoming Trump administration to make its own judgment.
An eight-year-old girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, was killed in the raid, according to her family. Nawar, also known as Nora, is the daughter of the al-Qaida propagandist and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a September 2011 US drone strike in Yemen. Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman was killed in a second drone strike soon afterwards.
On the campaign trail, Trump endorsed killing relatives of terrorist suspects, which is a war crime. “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families,” he told Fox News in December 2015.
Thomas strongly denied that US military forces knew the girl was in the compound before launching the operation, or that any of what Central Command said were an “estimated” 14 people ultimately killed in the raid were civilians. Continue reading
A person who subscribes completely and wholly to the strict party ideologies of the left and right can often be found on internet forums debating the talking points of their [social] conservative and liberal figureheads in office and in the media. Often, this willingness to regurgitate the flawed tenets of Republicrats will result in a vote for the Donald Trumps and Hillary Clintons of the realm. One could say that a well-informed citizen who has spent time poring over the conflicting philosophies only to eventually draw the conclusion that both are wrong (self-serving and not in the interests of the people) will probably find themselves voting 3rd party, if at all.
The reason for this 3rd-party vote varies: from alienation and disillusionment, to poor candidate choices from Republicrats to a stark awareness of the sinister nature of Politics in general; circa 2017. The common thread throughout these rationales is an informed, intelligent and objective voter base, completely aware that they are no longer represented by their own government.
However fervently Democrats and Republican voters pontificate on social media, many are clearly ‘stuck’ in conditioned patterns of thought, a consequence of decades of declining education and increasing institutionalization. The ability to ‘think for oneself’ has been diminished slowly over time and this has become apparent in how many of today’s voters (to paraphrase Chomsky) debate each other fiercely within the limited spectrum they are afforded. Perhaps those who posses the awareness to break their mind free from these limitations make up a large percentage of those who expressed their complete rejection of the status-quo via a 3rd-Party vote in 2016.
Could this manifestation of awareness in 3rd party voters be correlated to general intelligence levels in states? The trendline says: kinda.
The data from the above chart was taken from the 2016 Popular Vote Tracker and The Washington Post’s 2015 State Intelligence Study, a combination of state by state IQ, ACT scores, SAT scores and percentage of college graduates compared to the national median (negative scores indicate a negative deviation from national median).
Officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team 6 is today the most celebrated of the U.S. military’s special mission units. But hidden behind the heroic narratives is a darker, more troubling story of “revenge ops,” unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities — a pattern of criminal violence that emerged soon after the Afghan war began and was tolerated and covered up by the command’s leadership.