Wednesday, February 10, 2016

John McCain Points Out Some Yuuuge Problems With Donald Trump's Torture Proposals

John McCain Points Out Some Yuuuge Problems With Donald Trump's Torture Proposals: ""It's been so disappointing to see some presidential candidates engaged in loose talk on the campaign trail about reviving waterboarding and other inhumane interrogation techniques," McCain said.



 "It might be easy to dismiss this bluster as cheap campaign rhetoric, but these statements must not go unanswered because they mislead the American people about the realities of interrogation, how to gather intelligence, what it takes to defend our security, and, at the most fundamental level, what we are fighting for as a nation, and what kind of nation we are," he added.



 McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, went on to argue that the United States "stained" its national honor by employing torture tactics in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, noting that the techniques failed to produce useful intelligence but did incalculable harm to the nation's reputation.



He added that protecting the country's security and its values are not mutually exclusive, but indeed fundamentally linked."



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Norway probes child sex abuse cases at refugee centres - Al Jazeera English

Norway probes child sex abuse cases at refugee centres - Al Jazeera English: "Norwegian police say they are investigating "several" cases of children suffering from sexual abuse at asylum-seekers' reception centres in the country.



 Axel Wilhelm Due, from the National Criminal Investigation Services, told The Associated Press news agency on Tuesday that the abuse cases were reported to authorities towards the end of last year, without providing specific figures.



 The incidents included abuse by known sex offenders visiting the reception centres, as well as residents of the centres, Due said.



"We are looking very seriously at every individual case, and based on our information it's very likely that children living in reception centres in Norway have been and are being subjected to sexual abuse," he said."



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US Military Seeks to Prepare Africa for Shifting Terror Threat

US Military Seeks to Prepare Africa for Shifting Terror Threat: "THIES, SENEGAL—
African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program Monday in Senegal, amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel.

The annual "Flintlock" exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou left 30 people dead. The assault on a hotel used by foreigners raised concerns that militants were expanding from a stronghold in north Mali toward stable, Western allies like Senegal."



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More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says - Yahoo News

More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says - Yahoo News: "The Siege Watch report says 1.09 million people are living in 46 besieged communities in Syria, far more than the 18 listed by the U.N. It says most are besieged by the Syrian government in the suburbs of Damascus, the capital, and Homs. In the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, about 200,000 people are besieged by both the Islamic State group and the Syrian government. The report lists two communities besieged by armed opposition groups."



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Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient | Top News | Reuters

Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient | Top News | Reuters: "FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring the West African country free of the virus once more."



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I Miss Barack Obama - The New York Times

I Miss Barack Obama - The New York Times: "But over the course of this campaign it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board. Many of the traits of character and leadership that Obama possesses, and that maybe we have taken too much for granted, have suddenly gone missing or are in short supply.

The first and most important of these is basic integrity. The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free. Think of the way Iran-contra or the Lewinsky scandals swallowed years from Reagan and Clinton."



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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Once an orphan, Nadja West will become the 1st black female three-star general | theGrio

Once an orphan, Nadja West will become the 1st black female three-star general | theGrio: " On Tuesday, February 9, Lt. Gen Nadja West will be honored in an official ceremony formalizing her promotion to three-star general, making her the first African-American woman to achieve that rank in the United States Army. She is also the highest-ranking woman of any race to have graduated from West Point.

The promotion and ceremony follows the 54-year-old’s confirmation by the Senate as the new Army Surgeon General and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) as of December."



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