Posts Tagged ‘violence’

111 killed in Iraq’s deadliest day in two years

July 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Iraqis survey the scene after a series of bomb attacks in the town of TajiA wave of violence killed 111 people across Iraq on Monday, the country's deadliest day in two and a half years, after Al-Qaeda warned it would seek to retake territory and mount new attacks.

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King: Jordan tightens border with Syria

July 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Jordan’s king says security along the country’s northern frontier has been tightened, but Syrian refugees fleeing violence will still be allowed to enter.
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Syria opposition appeal to Russia

July 11th, 2012 Comments off

A Syrian opposition delegation visits Moscow to persuade Russia to stop supporting the government and discuss efforts to end the escalating violence.
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Jordan sets up refugee camps for Syrians

July 10th, 2012 Comments off

Jordan says it has set up a camp to accommodate a growing number of refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
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Libyans hold 1st nationwide vote in decades

July 7th, 2012 Comments off

This combo image of three photographs shows Libyan men holding their elections ID at a polling station in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 7, 2012. Jubilant Libyan voters marked a major step toward democracy after decades of erratic one-man rule, casting their ballots Saturday in the first parliamentary election after last year's overthrow and killing of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. But the joy was tempered by boycott calls, the burning of ballots and other violence in the country's restive east. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)Jubilant Libyans chose a new parliament Saturday in their first nationwide vote in decades, but violence and protests in the restive east underscored the challenges ahead as the oil-rich North African nation struggles to restore stability after last year's ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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Ghoul’s Glossary

July 5th, 2012 Comments off

Offshore account: Something that a gentleman creates, puts in his wife’s name, and carefully hides when he goes into politics because good breeding forbids him to utter obscenities in public.

Frerrorist: (on the model of ‘frenemy’ or friend/enemy): Person with whom you are friends, who belongs to an organization that deploys violence against the civilians of a nation that you despise, for the purpose of effecting political change. Because they are targeting citizens of an objectionable state, it is all right for you to join in their rallies, take money from them, and connive with them to use terrorism to overthrow the disliked government. Not to be confused with ‘terrorist,’ a douchebag who uses violence against the civilians of your state or a state that you like.

Outsourcing: The practice of firing well-paid workers with proper benefits in favor of poorly paid or part=timers with no benefits, on the theory that Americans with less money and dignity will be much better for the country. (Note: “the country” in this definition is being used to refer to only part of the country, i.e., to the rich; this usage is called in Latin “totum pro parte,” and is one form of the figure of speech called ‘synecdoche’).

Offshoring: The same as outsourcing, but where the new poorly-paid workers are abroad rather than inside the country, on the theory that Americans have too many good jobs and it would be selfish not to share them with the rest of the world. Apparently offshoring is considered more embarrassing by wealthy politicians than mere outsourcing. Note: not to be confused with “offshore account,” although millions of dollars for such an account can often be gained through offshoring American jobs.

Tax: The extraction of resources from individuals by the state both because they engaged in an activity (such as making money) or because they declined to engage in an activity (such refusing to buy health care). Note, in the latter case a ‘tax’ is synonymous with ‘mandate.’ Some grammarians hold that such a mandate is not a tax if levied by a state government, but is a tax if imposed by the Federal government. Note: “tax” has an extremely negative connotation in the country and many politicians pledge never to raise one, no matter how much the consequent decline of government services might harm their constituents. (On this glossary’s use of “the country” to mean “the rich,” see the definition of synecdoche above).

Immigration: A transfer of population from one country to another. Considered unnecessary and perhaps undesirable by outsourcers and offshorers (see above), since where would they ship the jobs to if all the foreigners came here?

Vice presidency: Please see some other entry in this glossary, since it would be much better for the purpose than this present note, which has no aspirations of defining this term and could never be persuaded to do so.

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Syria violence rages ahead of Paris meeting

July 4th, 2012 Comments off

Russia has denied the West is seeking to persuade Moscow to host the Syrian leader in exile to help end the bloodhsedAt least seven people were killed across Syria on Wednesday as Russian media reported the West is seeking to persuade Moscow to host President Bashar al-Assad in exile as a way out of the escalating crisis.

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Syria violence rages as crisis meeting put in doubt

June 29th, 2012 Comments off

Violence on Thursday killed at least 91 people, including 59 civiliansDeadly violence raged across Syria with a twin bombing in Damascus two days before a crucial international meeting that looked threatened late in the day by Russian objections.

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UN raises aid appeal for Syrian refugees to $193 mn

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

Syrian refugees walk at the Kilis refugee camp in Turkey near the Syrian borderThe United Nations doubled its appeal for aid funds on Thursday to help thousands of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria, the majority of whom are women and children.

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Syrian civilians hit hard by spreading violence

June 23rd, 2012 Comments off

In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 photo, Umm Moussa holds a photo of her husband Mohammed Tilawi, who showed up dead in a morgue in October, in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. As Syria's 15-month uprising has morphed from a popular call for reform into an armed insurgency, the country's civilians have paid a heavy price, watching their neighborhoods turn into battlegrounds and their friends and relatives die or disappear. (AP Photo/Ben Hubbard)Her daughter, 8, often hides in a closet, terrified of flying bullets. Her son, 6, still asks for his father months after he turned up in a morgue. And the family has little income because her brother-in-law was killed too.

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