Dennis Behreandt

Monday, 23 August 2004 00:00

Getting the Facts Straight

A growing number of people have been led to believe that an airliner did not hit the Pentagon on 9/11. However, in this case the "official version" of events is irrefutable.

An influential Japanese politician is taking a few pokes at the American and British people. Ichiro Ozawa, who some think may be well-positioned to become Prime Minister in the near future, says that the American people are "simple-minded." He's got some choice words for the British as well. Saying he likes both British democracy and British discipline as depicted in the 1957 film The Bridge Over the River Kwai, he says, nonetheless, "I don't like the British people."

DroneA strike from an unmanned aerial vehicle killed 20 people in Pakistan on August 23. According to Reuters news service, "missiles fired from a U.S. pilotless drone aircraft killed 13 militants and 7 civilians in Pakistan's North Waziristan." The attack, and the deaths, illustrate how the unintended consequences of policy decisions and operations conducted decades ago continue to shape events of the present.

Officials in the United States may be considering Pfc. Bradley Manning as a "person of interest" in their investigation into the leaked Afghan "war diary" made public by whistle-blower Website WikiLeaks, but a retired Pakistani general says he knows who the culprit really is. According to General Hamid Gul, the U.S. government did it. Washington orchestrated the leak, he told the UK's Financial Times, in an effort to "scapegoat him for its failures in Afghanistan."

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 18:20

The Mystery of Israel's "Prisoner X"

Who is Prisoner X? That is the question being asked in Israel following the brief publication of a story about a mysterious prisoner by Ynetnews, the news website published by Yedioth Ahronoth, the nation’s leading Hebrew-language newspaper.

North Korea has sentenced two American reporters to 12 years of hard labor for allegedly crossing its border with China. The sentencing has deepened the communist country's dispute with the U.S. over nuclear weapons and missile testing.

Monday, 15 September 2008 11:55

Thousands of Infants Sickened in China

Sanlu Milk PowderIn the wake of the tainted toothpaste and pet food scandals, thousands of infants have been sickened in China by contaminated powdered milk. So far, two infants have died from the product that has been contaminated with melamine, the same agent that was found to have contaminated pet food sold in the United States.

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 15:42

Mozambique Backs Down on Price Hike Plans

Protests in Mozambique left this car with a broken windshield.The government of Mozambique has reversed its policy on price increases for bread and water despite promising to maintain the higher prices in the face of deadly protests that erupted last week.

Thursday, 02 September 2010 15:10

Food Prices Spark Riots in Mozambique

Tires burn in the streets in MozambiqueRising food prices have led to violence as protestors clash with police in the impoverished nation of Mozambique.

Otis McDonaldThe Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. The court found, in a 5-4 vote, that local and state authorities could not effectively ban handgun ownership. The ruling prompted Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein to exclaim that she is "extremely dismayed" because as a result of the ruling "common sense state and local gun laws across the country now will be subject to federal lawsuits."

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