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Japan outrage at hostage ‘beheading’

February 1st, 2015 No comments

Japan reacts with anger as a video is released online appearing to show the murder of hostage Kenji Goto by an Islamic State militant.
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Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter

February 1st, 2015 No comments

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 file photo, a protester holding a photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who was taken hostage by the Islamic State group appeals to the government to save Goto during a rally in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, it was the story of the vulnerable, the children and the poor that drove the work of Goto. The news of his killing in a video purportedly by Islamic State militants sent Japan into shock and mourning Sunday, Feb. 1, days after his plight as a hostage in Syria united many people in praying for his release. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO (AP) — Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, it was the story of the vulnerable, the children and the poor that drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.

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Jeb Bush has become the GOP front-runner for 2016 — so now what? – Washington Post

February 1st, 2015 No comments

Sacramento Bee
Jeb Bush has become the GOP front-runner for 2016 — so now what?
Washington Post
Mitt Romney's decision to forgo a third try at the White House has settled the question of whether the 2016 GOP presidential field has a front-runner — bestowing a coveted status on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that also raises new challenges and perils.
Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 raceU-T San Diego
Romney a no-go in 2016; GOP newcomer 'may have a better chance'Los Angeles Times
GOP Campaigns Scramble to Add Romney DonorsNew York Times
Chippewa Herald -WMC Action News 5 -NewsOK.com
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Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist – USA TODAY

February 1st, 2015 No comments

USA TODAY
Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
USA TODAY
The Islamic State released a video Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and warning the Tokyo government of "carnage wherever your people are found." There was no immediate word on the fate of a second …
ISIS Says It Has Killed 2nd Japanese HostageNew York Times
Japan, US Decry Latest Beheading by Islamic StateVoice of America
ISIS Video Claims to Show Beheading of Japanese Hostage Kenji GotoWall Street Journal
CBC.ca -Bloomberg -Xinhua
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Obama condemns killing of Japanese journalist by IS

February 1st, 2015 No comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling the killing of a Japanese journalist by an Islamic State militant a “heinous murder” and declaring that the United States stands in solidarity with the Japanese people in denouncing a “barbaric act.”
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Winter storm could dump heaviest snowfall on parts of northern Jersey – NJ.com

February 1st, 2015 No comments

NJ.com
Winter storm could dump heaviest snowfall on parts of northern Jersey
NJ.com
Portions of northern New Jersey could see about a foot of snow from a winter storm expected to develop Sunday and continue through Monday afternoon, according to forecasters. A mix of rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain was expected, specifically in the …
Up to 15 Inches of Snow Could Fall as Winter Storm Warning Goes Into EffectNBC Chicago
Warnings: Winter storm in southern New England late SundaySan Francisco Chronicle
Winter Storm Could Dump Up To 14 Inches Of Snow On Chicago AreaCBS Local
Mason City Globe Gazette -WLNE-TV (ABC6) -The Bugle
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Framing ties with Russia in a ‘post’ post-Cold War era

January 31st, 2015 No comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on January 15, 2015Whatever happened to that reset button Hillary Clinton gave her Russian counterpart in 2009 as a sign of renewed ties? No doubt gathering dust, while the West figures out how to handle Moscow now. As the war in Ukraine goes from bad to worse, with more than 5,100 dead in nine months, the United States and its EU partners are pondering what to do about Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, who doesn't seem ready to blink yet in an escalating game of chicken. "We face a dual challenge to overcome the immediate threat… along the borders, especially of Ukraine," veteran US diplomat Henry Kissinger, who steered the opening up of China, told lawmakers this week.

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There is "retaliation" and there is "sharp retaliation" which is a term coined by New York Times to refer to retaliation against Israel only

January 31st, 2015 No comments
“Hezbollah antitank missiles killed two Israeli soldiers as they drove in a disputed area along the Lebanese border on Wednesday, a sharp retaliation for Israel’s deadly drone strike last week“.

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New York Times is lying here

January 31st, 2015 No comments
“a strip claimed by Israel, Lebanon and sometimes Syria“.  The previous text said “and Syria” but they sneakily added “Sometimes” later. In fact, Syrian officials more than once said that they consider the farms Lebanese.  As if the lands are Syrians, the Israeli terrorist state has the right to occupy it.

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US State Department spokesperson on Israel’s right to launch wars at will

January 31st, 2015 No comments
“MS. PSAKI: Well, we will have a statement on this that may be going out during the briefing, in my name. So if it does, I’m happy to reiterate that, but you should have that in your inboxes soon. We support Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense and continue to urge all parties to respect the blue line between Israel and Lebanon, as prescribed by UNSCR 1701. We also, of course, condemn the act of violence and will be watching the situation closely.

QUESTION: You condemn the act of violence – you’re referring to?

MS. PSAKI: The attacks.

QUESTION: The Hezbollah attacks?

MS. PSAKI: Yes.

QUESTION: Okay. Just on a technical question: There are some who have made the argument that this area, Shebaa Farms, is Israeli-occupied Lebanon. What’s the U.S. position on the status of this area?

MS. PSAKI: I’d have to check with our legal team on the specific status, Matt. I’m happy to do that.

QUESTION: Do you know if anyone – the Secretary or anyone else – has been in touch with either the Israelis or the Lebanese about this issue?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any calls to read out from the Secretary this morning. As you know, he flew back and arrived early this morning. I can certainly check on contacts with our teams on the ground. I would certainly suspect that our teams in Lebanon and Israel have been in touch with relevant authorities.

QUESTION: Jen, do you think that the Lebanese army or the Lebanese Government bear any responsibility in this attack?

MS. PSAKI: I think this is an attack that obviously just happened. We certainly encourage all parties to respect the blue line between Israel and Lebanon. We urge all parties to refrain from any action that could escalate the situation. You’re familiar with our views on Hezbollah. As I mentioned, we strongly condemn Hezbollah’s attack today near the border, but beyond that I’m not going to speculate further.

QUESTION: Can I follow up on that?

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: You began your comments on this by reaffirming your belief that Israel has the right to self-defense, and then – which might be taken as that they have a right to defend against attacks like the one that killed the two soldiers, and now you say, however, that you encourage all sides to refrain from any actions that could escalate the situation. Which is it? I mean, do you feel that the Israelis should not take any actions that would escalate the situation, or do you feel that they have every right to attack in self-defense against such things?

MS. PSAKI: Well, they have the right to, Arshad, but certainly our preference is to reduce the tensions and the violence and the back and forth from here.”

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