Falkland Crisis Is Microcosm of a Larger One


Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling With the settlement of the Falkland Islands, Charles Darwin predicted the native fox would "be classed with the dodo, as an animal which has perished from the face of the earth."(1) Sadly, he was right; none has been seen since 1875, among other animal and marine species inhabiting the archipelago which also suffered extinction. At least for humans, living at peace with nature is difficult enough-let alone with each other. With the announcement by Britain's Read more [...]

Why North Charleston Isn’t Another Ferguson


The shooting of Walter Scott is shameful, but people get along in the city, and black residents are not discontent enough to burn and loot their city. In 2004, I offered a ride home to a friend and ended up having my car’s interior ripped apart by the cops. The problem was, my friend was black, and he lived off of Spruill Avenue. That’s just across the border in North Charleston, a few exits and a world away from the historic homes and restaurants of peninsular Charleston. Moments after I pulled Read more [...]

Al-Qaida benefiting from chaos of Yemen fighting, defense secretary says


An al-Qaida affiliate that intends to attack the U.S. and its allies is making “gains on the ground” amid the rebellion in Yemen, according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The group, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP, has capitalized on the collapse of Yemen’s government and is among several “warring parties” jostling for control of the impoverished country, Carter told reporters Wednesday in Tokyo. “AQAP is a group that we’re very concerned about,” Carter said. Read more [...]

US prepared to ‘walk away’ from Iran nuclear talks


The White House has said progress is still being made in crunch nuclear talks with Iran, but warned the US would walk away from the discussions in Switzerland if negotiations stall. The talks between Iran and six world powers in the city of Lausanne have now been extended into Thursday, despite what had originally been a Tuesday midnight deadline, in an effort to hammer out the outline of an agreement on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme. "The sense that we have is that, yes, the talks continue Read more [...]

Iran nuclear talks enter final day


31 March 2015 From the section Middle East Talks to reach a preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear programme are entering their final day. Foreign ministers from six world powers and their Iranian counterpart have been negotiating in Switzerland ahead of a self-imposed deadline. US Secretary of State John Kerry said talks on Monday had produced "some light" but "tricky issues" remained. Ministers want to restrict Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions.'More light' Read more [...]

Andreas Lubitz: Co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525 ‘wanted to destroy plane in suicide and mass …


Suicide and mass murder by the co-pilot: that explains the deaths of 150 people aboard Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The co-pilot was named as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, who had joined Germanwings last year. Brice Robin, the Marseille public prosecutor, told a press conference that the first officer had locked the captain out of the cockpit and set the controls of the Airbus A320 for a rapid descent and the eventual crash into the French Alps. Immediately beforehand, conversation Read more [...]

Israel ‘boycotts’ UN rights council session on Gaza war


GENEVA: Israel's representative was conspicuously missing when the UN human rights council started a special session on Monday on the situation in the Palestinian territories and the 2014 Gaza conflict. "I note the representative of Israel is not present," said council president Joachim Ruecher. Israel provided no immediate explanation for not being present at the session dedicated overwhelmingly to discussion of its policies and alleged abuses, but a source close to the council said its absence Read more [...]