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Posted: May 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Poroshenko vows to punish rebels who shot down Ukraine helicopter

Protesters Storm Presidential Building in Breakaway Abkhazia

Waves of immigrant minors present crisis for Obama, Congress

House bolsters ‘de facto amnesty’ probe

Florida: Would-be jihad mass murderer allowed not to stand when judge enters court; demands taxpayer-funded Islamic clothing

Deportation reprieve for Nigerians amid female genital mutilation fears

Today in Cold War History May 30
1949 – East German constitution approved
1955 – Tunisia begins domestic self governing
1958 – Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
1961 – The long-time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
1963 – A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination during the Buddhist crisis is held outside South Vietnam’s National Assembly, the first open demonstration during the eight-year rule of Ngo Dinh Diem.
1965 – Viet Cong offensive against US base Da Nang, begins
1966 – The former Congolese Prime Minister, Évariste Kimba, and several other politicians are publicly executed in Kinshasa on the orders of President Joseph Mobutu.
1966 – Launch of Surveyor 1 the first US spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body.
1968 – Charles de Gaulle reappears publicly after his flight to Baden-Baden, Germany, and dissolves the French National Assembly by a radio appeal. Immediately after, less than one million of his supporters march on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This is the turning point of May 1968 events in France.
1971 – Mariner program: Mariner 9 is launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
1972 – The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout the United Kingdom.
1972 – In Tel Aviv, Israel, members of the Japanese Red Army carry out the Lod Airport massacre, killing 24 people and injuring 78 others.
1982 – Spain becomes 16th member of NATO
1984 – Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora’s headquarters in Nicaragua
1989 – Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.

World Bank sounds alarm on rising global food prices




Posted: May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Walid Shoebat: Don’t be so quick to rule out a botched kidnapping attempt during Benghazi attack

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Pregnant woman beaten to death by family outside Pakistani court

Boko Haram attack kills 31 Nigerian security personnel

French riot police bulldoze Calais migrant camps

Three Chinese Nuclear Missile Submarines Photographed in South China Sea

Today in Cold War History for May 28
1952 – The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
1956 – Eisenhower signs farm bill allows government to store agricultural surplus
1958 – Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement, heavily reinforced by Frank Pais Militia, overwhelm an army post in El Uvero.
1961 – Peter Benenson’s article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.
1964 – The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed.
1964 – Unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn test launched into Earth orbit
1971 – USSR Mars 3 launched, 1st spacecraft to soft land on Mars
1974 – Italian fascists bomb demonstrators in Brescia, 6 killed
1975 – Soyuz 18 launches
1976 – The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion – regardless of its purpose – to a yield of 150 kilotons.
1982 : British troops re-capture Port Darwin and Goose Green in the Falkland Islands taking almost 1500 Argentine prisoners.
1987 – The 19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. He is immediately detained and will not be released until August 3, 1988.

EPA To Unilaterally Push Cap And Trade On Carbon Emissions



Posted: May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

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White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan

Karzai refused to meet Obama at Bagram Air Base, says US official

New Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko vows to stop war

Front National wins European parliament elections in France

China’s Leader, Seeking to Build Its Muscle, Pushes Overhaul of the Military

China’s state-owned sector told to cut ties with U.S. consulting firms

Today in Cold War History for May 26

1948 – The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
1950 : After 11 years petrol rationing finally ends in Great Britain and the British People tear up petrol rationing books which have been in use since the beginning of World War II
1956 – A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew
1961 – USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours
1966 – British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.
1969 – Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
1971 – Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army slaughters at least 71 Hindus in Burunga, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
1972 – President Nixon signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty on behalf of the United States the treaty puts a limit on the number of antiballistic missile sites in USA and Russia.
1980 – Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
1981 – An EA-6B Prowler crashes on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68), killing 14 crewmen and injuring 45 others.
1986 – The European Community adopts the European flag.
1991 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.

Local Law Enforcement & Ranchers Fume as Barack Obama Seizes 500,000 Acres in New Mexico for Environmentalists


Posted: May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Obama no longer considers al-Qaeda a direct threat to America. Intelligence community stunned.

Taliban Goes on Beheading Spree in Afghanistan

UKIP Deliver a Heavy Blow to the Political Establishment

Thai military detains politicians and activists

US court sentences former president of Guatemala to prison for taking bribes

Ecuador signs permits for oil drilling in Amazon’s Yasuni national park

Today in Cold War History for may 23
1948 – Thomas C. Wasson, the US Consul-General, is assassinated in Jerusalem, Israel.
1949 – The Federal Republic of Germany is established and the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany is proclaimed.
1951 – Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with China.
1958 – The satellite Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
1967 – Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran and blockades the port of Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping.
1958-Mao Zedong starts “Great leap forward” movement in China
1960 – Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
1962 – Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7
1966 : The British government declares a state of emergency following the start of the nationwide seamen’s strike one week ago. The state of emergency will allow the Royal Navy to take control and clear the ports and lift restrictions on driving vehicles to allow for the free movement of goods.
1977 : South Moluccan militants armed with machine guns hold 105 children and six teachers hostage in a primary school in northern Holland. A second band of gunmen held about 50 persons on a train about 10 miles from the school in Bovensmilde.
1982 – BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
1983 – Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
1985 – Thomas Patrick Cavanagh was sentenced to life in prison for trying to sell Stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.
1986 – US & West Europeans veto heavier sanctions against South Africa
1991 – Last Cubans troops leave Angola

Hookers And Blow: How Changing The Definition Of GDP Officially Jumped The Shark


Posted: May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized



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U.S. utility’s control system was hacked, says Homeland Security

WH ‘picking up the pace’ on executive actions

Egyptian doctor to stand trial for female genital mutilation in landmark case

Rand Paul: Do We Continue to Arm the Enemies of Israel and the U.S. in Syria?

Sorrow and horror at Jos’s Terminus market – now a smouldering bomb site

Obama Administration Ready to Work with Terrorist Group Hamas

Today in Cold War History for may 21
1950 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
1951 Chinese offensive in Korea collapses
1956 “Nuclear testing: Shot Redwing-Cherokee is successfully detonated at Bikini Atoll at the Pacific Proving Grounds in the Marshall Islands. With a yield of 3.8 megatons, it is the first aircraft deliverable hydrogen bomb tested by the United States.”
1964 The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea.
1964 US begin intelligence flights above Laos
1966 – The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
1968 “US nuclear-powered sub (Scorpion), with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores”
1969 – Robert Kennedy’s murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death: later commuted to life imprisonmnet
1971 – National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga Tenn
1981 – Irish Republican hunger strikers Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara die on hunger strike in Maze prison.
1982 – Falklands War: A British amphibious assault during Operation Sutton leads to the Battle of San Carlos.
1991 Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.
1991 “Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end.”

Unprotected in the East: NATO Appears Toothless in Ukraine Crisis


Posted: May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


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U.S. Charges China With Cyber-Spying on American Firms

Boko Haram Strikes Chinese Company in Cameroon

Right to Bear Arms – Citizen Militia Kills 200 Boko Haram Terrorists in Ambush

Gunmen storm Libyan parliament amid anti-government uprising

Israel to strengthen ties with Latin America

Brazil’s favelas are in big trouble, despite the World Cup marketing push

Today in Cold War History
1950 – A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
1950 – Egypt announces that the Suez Canal is closed to Israeli ships and commerce.
1958 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1959 – The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail.
1960 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222 m
1961 – Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).
1964 – US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy
1965 “30th Naval Construction Regiment activated at Danang, Vietnam”
1967 US bombs Hanoi
1967 USSR ratifies treaty with England & US banning nuclear weapons in space
1971 – Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
1983 – NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506
1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
1991 – Croatians vote for independence in a referendum.

Aussies To Slash 90% Of Global Warming Funding From Budget



Posted: May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized



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What is China building on this tiny island? Philippines government releases image of reclamation in the South China Sea

New NKorea warships seen in satellite images

America could hold answer to Putin’s pipeline pinch on Ukraine

Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram

Shinzo Abe reveals plans to lift Japan’s ban on fighting in conflicts overseas

China warns Vietnam over deadly protests in territorial dispute

Today in Cold War History
1948 – The body of CBS News correspondent George Polk was found in Solonika Bay in Greece. It had been a week after he’d disappeared.
1953 – American journalist William N. Oatis is released after serving 22 months of a ten-year prison sentence for espionage in Czechoslovakia.
1957 – US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton Conn
1960 – A Big Four summit in Paris collapsed due to the American U-2 spy plane incident.
1961 – Park Chung-hee leads a coup d’état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.
1963 – After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury.
1965 – Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam
1966 – The Communist Party of China issues the “May 16 Notice”, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
1969 – Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet space probe, lands on Venus.
1969 – US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF
1974 – Josip Broz Tito is re-elected president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This time he is elected for life.
1975 – India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favor of merging with India.
1989 – Soviet president Mikhail S Gorbachev & Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing

Bonus: Cold war article to read: Files Uncovered: Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army

US calls for probe of possible weapons deal between former bitter foes Iran, Iraq