United Kingdom: UK Home Office supports using coercion to get migrant fingerprints

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

The UK’s Home Office has pledged its support for border officials using force to collect the fingerprints of migrants as part of an overall effort to track refugees crossing the Mediterranean, according to a report by Daily Mail.

The EU proposed the border practice to enforce mandatory fingerprinting of individuals suspected of migrating from poor European countries to claim asylum in wealthier ones. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»


Zimbabwe: Mutsvangwa fuels divisions: War vets

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

A GROUP of disgruntled war veterans from Bulawayo has accused War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa of fuelling divisions and imposing his alleged cronies into the provincial executive of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the war veterans vowed to shut down all association offices in the city in protest against Mutsvangwa’s alleged interference and imposition of his preferred executive members. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Russia: Exclusive U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.

The Washington Post first reported the Obama administration was considering sanctioning Chinese targets, possibly within the next few weeks, and said that individuals and firms from other nations could also be targeted. It did not mention Russia.

A move against Chinese entities or individuals before Xi’s trip, the officials said, is possible but unlikely because of the strain it could put on the top-level diplomatic visit, which will include a black-tie state dinner at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama.

“The Chinese government staunchly upholds cyber security, firmly opposes and combats all forms of cyber attacks in accordance with law,” Chinese Embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said in a statement.

He said China wants enhanced dialogue and cooperation with the United States and that “groundless speculation, hyping up or accusation is not helpful to solve the problem.”

The Russian Embassy did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

The U.S. government has suffered a series of embarrassing cyber attacks in recent months, including one on the White House Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that potentially provided a treasure trove of data about government employees to foreign spies.

U.S. officials suspect that attack was linked to China, which has denied any involvement in hacking U.S. databases and says it too has been a victim of cyber attacks.

The sanctions Washington is currently considering would not target suspected hackers of government data, but rather foreign citizens and firms believed responsible for cyber attacks on commercial enterprises, one official said.

If taken, the action would be the administration’s first use of an executive order signed by Obama in April to crack down on foreign hackers accused of penetrating U.S. computer systems.

The officials declined to name any potential targets, concerned that advance warning would allow them to hide assets.

One U.S. official said that sanctions imposed on individuals or companies would effectively cut them off from using the U.S. financial system, which could be a death-sentence for a serious business venture.

The official also said that entities or individuals from countries other than Russia or China could face sanctions.

Another U.S. official suggested that a decision on targeting Chinese entities could depend partly on whether diplomatic efforts, such as last week’s visit by White House national security adviser Susan Rice to Beijing last week, produce positive results going forward.

Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel visits China next weekend for further talks ahead of Xi’s U.S. trip in the second half of September. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Zimbabwe: Mr President, the ship is sinking

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

HARARE – With Zimbabwe’s economic ship facing certain Armageddon, amid signs of cluelessness on the part of the captain President Robert Mugabe, it’s high time the 91-year-old leader and his increasingly powerful but controversial wife, Grace faced up to the reality that they have failed.

It is of paramount importance to mention Grace together with her aged husband because she has on several occasions now, including at a meeting in Zvimba yesterday, alluded that she is running the show and that her husband can’t stop her. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

MAINE: Three Somali Muslim savages charged with beating a Christian man to death in Portland

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

Court documents that were unsealed last Monday, demonstrate exactly what Barack Hussein Obama is bringing to the shores of America in the tens of thousands every year. The details contained in the document show how three Somali Muslim immigrants beat a Christian man to death in Portland, Maine. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Iraq: Map There are 10 world heritage sites in Iraq and Syria. Nine are in danger

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

Satellite imagery released by the United Nations on Monday has confirmed that the Islamic State destroyed one of the most important ruins in the ancient city of Palmyra over the weekend.

The destruction of the 1st-century Temple of Bel appears to be part of a broader campaign by the group against not just Palmyra but a variety of ancient sites — a campaign that appears to be motivated by both ideology and greed. Worse still, the Islamic State is only one part of a wider situation in Syria and Iraq where a number of important historical areas are considered at risk.

The situation is stark. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) lists 10 world heritage sites in Syria and Iraq. Of those 10, it says nine are currently in danger – and not just because of Islamic State vandalism. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Japan: Thousands protest military legislation changes in Tokyo

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

Published on Aug 30, 2015

Thousands of people gathered outside the National Diet Building in Tokyo, to protest against recent changes in military legislation, Sunday.

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