October 1, 2020

Gordon Barlow: “Civilians bearing arms”

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By Gordon Barlow Inspired by Colin’s excellent Editorial of 22nd August, I dug up an old (November 2010) blog-post of mine on the general topic of guns in the hands of civilians. I think it’s still relevant to our situation today, and I haven’t changed a word of it. See what you think. Comments welcome. […]

ABC raid: Outcry as Australian police search public broadcaster

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from BBC A police raid on Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) has drawn fire from broadcasters and rights groups. Officers arrived at the public broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters with search warrants naming two reporters and the news director. The ABC has protested over the raid. Police searched the home of a News Corp journalist on Tuesday, sparking alarm. […]

Caribbean Geographic Command starts off the year with a deployment to Afghanistan

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From dvids PUERTO RICO 01.01.2019 Courtesy Story 1st Mission Support Command   FORT BUCHANAN, PR- Approximately fifty Soldiers from the 166th Regional Support Group (RSG), U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, departed from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, Jan 1, with Afghanistan as final destination. For Staff Sgt. Angel Bernard, a Military Police, native of Aguas Buenas, […]

Cricket in Caribbean will suffer till somebody does the right things, says Phil Simmons

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From Hindustantimes On the West Indies team’s struggles over the years and the crushing innings loss to Bangladesh in a Test recently, Phil Simmons said it was depressing. Former West Indies opener Phil Simmons Thursday said cricket in his native will continue to suffer till “somebody decides to do the right things”, expressing sadness at […]

Head of Britain’s Armed Forces who served in Northern Ireland says he feels ‘uncomfortable’ at prospect of facing probe over killings during The Troubles

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By CLAIRE ELLICOTT  FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK Tory MPs have led the opposition to British veterans facing legal action  More than 30 politicians supported proposal for a 20-year time limit on reopening cases  Theresa May has labelled the existing investigation system ‘flawed’  The head of the Armed Forces has told how the prospect of being […]

Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

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From BBC Forty-eight people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explosion at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the country’s health ministry says. Police say a suicide bomber walked into the centre while teaching was under way and detonated his bomb belt. Many of those killed are believed to be teenagers […]

Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban

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From BBC Afghanistan has extended its unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban following an initial truce observed by both sides over the Eid festival period. President Ashraf Ghani appealed to the militants to follow the government’s lead and enter peace talks. In extraordinary scenes, militants have been embracing security force members and taking selfies with citizens. […]

The mother of all terrorist groups isn’t the Islamic State

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BY MICHAEL KUGELMAN From FP The Trump administration is taking its eyes off the ball in Afghanistan. The real threat is still al Qaeda. On April 13, the U.S. military dropped a huge bomb on caves and tunnels used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan. The resulting blast reverberated several miles away, reportedly killed […]

Trump replacing Secretary Of State Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo

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By PHILIP EWING, SCOTT HORSLEY From npr President Trump announced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired on Tuesday morning in a tweet that followed a year of frequent tension between the two leaders. Trump said he is nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson’s replacement, which requires confirmation by the Senate. Mike Pompeo, Director […]

Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

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From BBC A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint in a secure zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies. The target is believed to have been an interior […]