Rodney Martin, a former US congressional staffer wrote:Russia has been the major player in combating ISIL and has successfully unmasked ISIL as a Western element in Syria and throughout the Middle East.

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced on Tuesday that the Pentagon was planning to increase the military budget to combat the Daesh terrorist group in 2017. Because we are accelerating the campaign, the Department of Defense is backing that up and we need to back it up in our budget with a total of $7.5 billion in 2017, fifty percent more than in 2016.


2 New York City Police Officers Are Shot

| 04 Feb 2016 | Two New York City police officers were shot on Thursday night in a public housing complex in the Bronx, law enforcement officials said. The police said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The circumstances were not immediately clear, but one law enforcement official said the officers were on duty in the Melrose neighborhood when they were shot near 156th Street, which runs between the Melrose and Jackson Houses, both New York City Housing Authority complexes.


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  • The Mentawai, a tribe of some 64,000 people, live on the islands in West Sumatra, Indonesia
  • They are known for their distinctive tattoos and their homes which are furnished with the skulls of hunted prey
  • In case of misfortune or illness, tribal members call upon their medicine man to communicate with spirits

These stunning images document the everyday lives of the men, women and children of the Mentawai tribe, an indigenous people in Indonesia that has managed to keep their traditional ways, far from modern society.

The Mentawai people, a native population in Indonesia, are famous for their decorative tattoos and for living a semi-nomadic life on the Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra.

Shot by professional photographer Mohammed Saleh Bin Dollah, the series captures a glimpse of life on the island, where the tribe clan is everything and any problem can be solved by a medicine man.

Inside the tribe: Two men of the Mentawai tribe, a native population in Indonesia, use guns to hunt and forage for food

Inside the tribe: Two men of the Mentawai tribe, a native population in Indonesia, use guns to hunt and forage for food

Lifelong wisdom: An elderly Mentawai warrior  lifts a large handrolled cigarette while issing in  his house furnished with the skulls of prey

Lifelong wisdom: An elderly Mentawai warrior  lifts a large handrolled cigarette while issing in his house furnished with the skulls of prey

Familt unit: A woman kneels on the wooded floor of the communal Uma, whilst fixing a handmade fishing

Familt unit: A woman kneels on the wooded floor of the communal Uma, whilst fixing a handmade fishing

The 42-year-old photographer from Kelantan, Malaysia, visited the tribe to document their way of life.

He said: ‘They all live completely in land and secluded from the modern world.

‘The Catholic Church is paying compensation to victims of alleged child sex abuse at its schools, but refuses to accept liability.

Leslie Turner, 66, was paid £17,000 in compensation in 2014 after saying two members of the Irish Christian Brothers order sexually abused him at a school in Sunderland in the 1960s.

Turner, a retired primary school teacher, alleges he was molested from the age of 12 by two teachers at St Aidan’s Roman Catholic grammar school between 1960 and 1967.

He decided to sue the Church after he was diagnosed with delayed onset post-traumatic stress disorder in 2012, a condition which he has described as worse than the abuse itself.’

Read more: Catholic Church pays compensation but won’t admit child abuse liability

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‘A Kentucky mayor indicted for solicitation of prostitution had the charges dropped despite admitting that he used his position to get sexual favors from a woman on parole, newly surfaced evidence revealed. The mayor claims he was coerced into confessing.

Prosecution documents obtained by WDRB news have revealed that in February 2015, Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis confessed to Bullitt County Sheriff’s detective Lynn Hunt that he did have oral sex with a woman on parole for a drug conviction, something he used his elected position to do.

Based on Facebook messages between Ellis and the woman, the investigation determined that the favors took place between June and December of 2014.’

Read more: Kentucky mayor admitted to ‘favor for sex’ with parolee, but avoided prosecution – report

‘A Saudi military spokesman has confirmed that Riyadh is prepared to join any US-led ground operations to fight Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Syria, if such operations are approved by the coalition.

“The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Islamic State) may agree to carry out in Syria,” Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told al-Arabiya TV. Asseri is also the spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen.

“If there was a consensus from the leadership of the coalition, the kingdom is willing to participate in these efforts because we believe that aerial operations are not the ideal solution and there must be a twin mix of aerial and ground operations,” Asseri added.’

Read more: Saudi Arabia Declares Its Ground Forces Ready to Invade Syria


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China recently deployed two artillery pieces on one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea, an unprecedented move that suggests Beijing is trying to extend its military reach in the contested waters, US officials said Friday.

The heavy weapons, since removed, posed no security threat but their positioning — within range of territory claimed by Vietnam — underscored Washington’s concerns that China is pursuing a massive island-building project for military purposes, officials said.

The two motorized artillery pieces were spotted on a manmade feature about a month ago in the Spratly Islands region, a defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP, citing surveillance imagery.

It is the first time that China has been accused of deploying artillery or other weaponry on their man-made islands in the area.

General Motors announced yesterday that it made a record $11 billion in pre-tax profits in 2015. The Detroit-based auto giant, the third largest auto company in the world, made $6.3 billion in profits in the fourth quarter alone, beating Wall Street expectations.

Once again, GM made the bulk of its income from its North American manufacturing operations, where the corporation’s decades long cost cutting campaign, carried out with the full backing of the United Auto Workers, was accelerated during and after the 2009 restructuring of the company by the Obama administration.

GM had a North American profit margin of 10.3 percent, reaching its 10 percent goal a year early and surpassing the margins at its joint ventures in China. This was accomplished through the UAW-enforced exploitation of workers, which includes relentless speedup, forced overtime and poverty level wages to a new generation of workers who cannot afford the cars they build. On the same day it reported its profits, a skilled trades worker fell to his death at a GM plant in Defiance, Ohio.

MORE: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/prof-f04.html


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‘An estimated 400,000 steelworkers in China will lose their jobs, in line with plans to slash crude steel production capacity by between 100 million and 150 million tons.

The announcement was posted Sunday on government web sites, and reports a decision made by the State Council on January 22 to cut steel, coal and other basic industrial production in response to the global slump and declining growth in China.

Li Xinchuang, head of the China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute, said that the cuts in production would translate into 400,000 steelworkers losing their jobs.’

Read more: China Announcing 400,000 Steelworker Job Cuts

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‘After killing Nicholas Thomas on March 24, 2015, under questionable circumstances at the Goodyear store where he was on the job, Smyrna Police Sgt. Kenneth Owens was cleared of any wrongdoing — and is now being promoted to Lieutenant.

“In a release sent to 11Alive News on Tuesday, the Smyrna Police Department confirmed that Owens is being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant effective Monday, February 15, 2016,” the local NBC affiliate reported; and according to that statement, “Sgt. Owens is eligible and qualified for this position as prescribed by departmental policy.”

Considering the questions still surrounding Thomas’ death, his family — as well as many others in the community and elsewhere — would likely beg to differ.’

Read more: Cop Kills Unarmed Man at His Place of Work Over Unpaid Traffic Fines then Gets Huge Promotion

‘A New York art manager says he was interrogated twice by the New York Police Department and then the FBI over his reading material on the Islamic State. The article he read about ISIS appeared in an American magazine, The Atlantic.

“On Thursday, December 10, 2015, two NYPD detectives interrogated me in the hallway of my apartment building under the suspicion that I supported the Islamic State. I let the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force into my living room five days later so they could do the same thing,” Aaron Saltzman wrote in an op-ed piece in the Observer on Tuesday.

Saltzman, 27, told RT the interrogation with the NYPD lasted over 35 minutes, with detectives asking about a Jet Blue flight he took from Florida three weeks prior, what he did for a living, and what he did on the flight.’

Read more: ‘Beyond absurd’: FBI and NYPD ‘interrogated’ man after he read online article about ISIS

Something of pharmaceutical concern that the holistic/alternative medical community and the alternative press have been alleging for numerous years now, finally is being confirmed by a British Medical Journal paper published January 27, 2016.

Professor Peter C Gotzsche, MD, and several students published “Suicidality and aggression during antidepressant treatment: systematic review and meta-analyses based on clinical study reports” after reviewing and including 76 trials with 64,381 pages of clinical study reports for 18,526 patients—certainly not a small sampling!

What the researchers concluded from their extensive retrospective study of pharmaceutical trials dealing with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) was that for children and adolescents, the risks for suicidality and aggression doubled. What are some of the pharmaceuticals involved? Antidepressants Prozac® and its knock off-type drugs: Celexa®, Lexapro®, Luvox®, Paxil®, and Zoloft®, plus Effexor®, Remeron®, Serzone®, and Wellbutrin®.

What the BMJ paper’s authors concluded brings to mind that in many of the mass shootings and horrible events that have occurred in the USA in recent years, several of the perpetrators were known to have been taking, had been taking, or getting off mood altering prescription drugs.

MORE: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/ssris-and-antidepressants-increase-mental-health-issues-confirmed.html


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