This is Part two of a special four-part series addressing the key components needed to comprehensively confronting the ever-growing threat posed by the terror network ISIS. Part 1 offered a military solution led by NATO and the Gulf States. To read that article in its entirety, click here. Congress has returned to Washington from its month-long recess with no shortage of issues that need urgent at
By Eric Ham on Sep 14, 2014
While the rest of the world continues to enjoy lower accident-related deaths on the road thanks to motorcycle helmets, the Philippines has it backwards: Lawmakers are asking motorcycle riders to skip their protective headgear altogether. In what many netizens are calling a foolish attempt to curb crime, Rep. Celso Lobregat of Zamboanga City drafted a bill that prohibits all motorcycle riders from
By Stef dela Cruz on Sep 14, 2014
What is being called "game changing" new footage showing the reactions of two white construction workers who actually witnessed Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown's killing has been released. The video has been published by CNN. It shows a number of black people gathering at and near the site immediately following Brown’s slaying. The two white construction workers are clearly visible in t
By Herbert Dyer, Jr. on Sep 13, 2014
The Ebola virus outbreak, currently affecting a swath of countries in West Africa, demands a "rapid response at a massive global scale," say experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, one of whom co-discovered the Ebola virus. Their call for action follows Brownie Samukai, Liberia’s defense minister, having warned last week that his country faced “a serious threat to its national
By Robert Myles on Sep 13, 2014
If you’ve been fretting about how the 55 stars on the US flag would be arranged if California were divided into six states, your worries are over. California will remain a single state for the foreseeable future. The Six Californias campaign, financed by Silicon Valley billionaire Timothy C. Draper, came up short in its bid to let voters in the Golden State decide if dividing California “into six
By Darren Richardson on Sep 13, 2014
The saga of Ray Rice, the National Football League player who assaulted his then-fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer Rice, in a casino elevator has flooded the news all week. Since the video of the punch that cost Rice his career was released by TMZ Sports, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indefinitely suspended Rice from the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens fired Rice. Meanwhile, the NFL continues damage c
By Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi on Sep 13, 2014
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