Security

Genocide goes on globally despite international efforts

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There are many actions the international community can take to prevent or stop genocide but many of these are difficult, controversial or costly International communities have been focusing on preventing genocide since the second world war where millions of people were systematically killed. However, the ongoing massacres in the Middle East and Africa bring the question of the effectiveness of these international ... Read More »

Russia threatens force in Ukraine

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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian police liberated a small town in the east of the country from pro-Russian separatist groups Wednesday, a day after Ukraine’s president revived a military offensive. Police took back Svyatogorsk, a small town close to the city of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian separatists still occupied government buildings in major eastern cities such as Donetsk and Luhansk. President Oleksandr Turchynov ... Read More »

Obama to Japan: Yes, the U.S. Will Defend You

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The U.S. President is kicking off his four-nation Asia trip with a state visit to Japan, where he has said, for the first time in a press conference, that islands in the East China Sea claimed by both Japan and China come under Washington’s security pact with Tokyo Just how low would he go? In November 2009, as Barack Obama ... Read More »

Robb Fast-Tracks UAE Uranium Deal

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The Federal Government has signed another uranium export deal with a dubious overseas partner – and without inspecting the country’s facilities. We need an independent inquiry, writes Dave Sweeney In a move that marks the first time Australia uranium would be sold to the Middle East, Trade Minister Andrew Robb is fast-tracking a nuclear cooperation agreement with the United Arab ... Read More »

Behind Turkey’s Roaring

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Turkey’s refusal to submit flight plans for its military airplanes is consistent with its doctrine of preemptive strike when the time is ripe. Turkey’s doctrine developed from the fact that not only it went unpunished for a number of rogue actions that it perpetrated against Greek interests especially after it joined NATO, but it was additionally rewarded for the same ... Read More »

U.S. launches drone strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Yemen

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WASHINGTON — Prompted in part by a recent video that showed Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen openly taunting the United States, the CIA launched lethal drone strikes over the last three days that marked a sharp acceleration of the Obama administration’s shadow war against the terrorist group. Yemeni officials, who said their counter-terrorism forces carried out ground raids in conjunction ... Read More »

Researchers use Twitter to predict crime

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Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters—even before a crime has been committed. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-twitter-crime.html#jCp Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct analysis is applied. A research paper published in the scientific journal Decision Support Systems last month said the analysis of geo-tagged tweets can ... Read More »

A 12-Year-Old’s Trek of Despair Ends in a Noose at the Border

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Noemi Álvarez Quillay’s death in Mexico was ruled a suicide. Credit José Luis Llivisaca Noemi Álvarez Quillay took the first steps of the 6,500-mile journey to New York City from the southern highlands of Ecuador on Tuesday, Feb. 4, after darkness fell. A bashful, studious girl, Noemi walked 10 minutes across dirt roads that cut through corn and potato fields, reaching the ... Read More »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine

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The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »