Two weeks ago on September 21st masked attackers stormed the packed upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, spraying gunfire and eventually killing nearly 70 people, dozens more were wounded. Police evacuated shopper over three days as the gunmen were pinned down with hostages. Eventually the perpetrators were identified as members of al-Shabab – a militant Islamic group from Somalia. In Minneapolis there was immediate shocking concern – Minnesota is home to tens of thousands of Somalia refugees – the largest Somalia expat community in the US. There is nothing wrong with Islamic studies in the US, but radicalization of the youth and telling them that this is the right approach to hate people is wrong, expert told the Voice of Russia. (VIDEO)
Patricia Ward, civilian Navy employee, was in the Naval Administrative Building when the shots started. After being evacuated outside Ward described the scene: "About 8.20 this morning I went to the ATM machine and I then proceeded to go into the cafeteria to have some breakfast. Right after paying for my breakfast I heard three gunshots - Pow! Pow! Pow - straight in the row. About three second later there were four more gunshots and all the people that were in the cafeteria panicked and we were just trying to decide on which we would going to run out".
It's been about two weeks since the UN chemical weapons team left Syria after inspecting several sights of alleged chemical weapons' use.
US Private First Class Bradley Manning offered an apology in a military court for hurting his country. He has told a court martial that he is sorry for his actions and that he admits he hurt the US by passing classified documents to WikiLeaks. The 25-year-old faces up to 90 years in prison for leaking the information while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. Earlier a military psychiatrist testified Manning had struggled with his gender identity. VoR spoke with Alexa O’Brien, Independent Journalist and the Civil Rights activist who has been covering the case from the very beginning and has attended all the sessions at Fort Meade.
Obama’s cancellation on Wednesday of the planned summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin does not look like a wise decision. So argues Kline Preston, an attorney who studied in the Soviet Union and served as chairman of the foreign observers in the last Russian presidential election. Preston points out that the U.S. has not generally improved foreign relations after pulling the plug on negotiations, the examples of North Korea and Iran coming immediately to mind.
The annual national Green Party convention is going on in Iowa City this weekend. Present are the party’s 2012 nominees for president and vice president, Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala. The Voice of Russia correspondent Carmen Russell-Sluchansky sat down at the event with Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg. He is also the author of “America’s climate century”.
The trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning is not over yet, but the army private has been convicted of 19 charges that could lead to more than 130 years in prison. Despite his charges, he was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding and abetting the enemy. This has led to a national debate about what this result means for whistleblowers and would-be leakers of evidence of military malfeasance, in this case possibly war crimes. Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky talked with Debra Sweet, director of The World Can't Wait, to discuss the case and its implications.
In the quest to find out more about the the Tsarnayev brothers, who are believed to have planted the bombs near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon, reporters have found family members, including their uncle and now their sister in New Jersey. Dan Goldberg, who is a staff reporter at Newark Star-Ledger was able to talk to their sister for a moment, shortly before the FBI agents had braided her house.
Conversation with Jack Rasmus, political economist and author of “Obama’s Economy: Recovery for the Few” among other books, about the sequestration, those $85 million in automatic spending cuts that went into effect today
Ginger Gibson, congressional reporter, about a political perspective of US budget sequestration.
Today Obama traveled to Newport News to give a speech against the sequester, the automatic government budget cuts set to go into effect this Friday. Voice of Russia's Carmen Russell-Sluchansky talks with David Schanzer, associate professor at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy.
With President Obama’s foreign affairs nominations gearing up to begin the confirmation process, the country and the world soon may have a better idea of how his foreign policy will shape up in the second term. Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Chris Hill, former US Ambassador to Iraq, and Charles Dunbar, former US Ambassador to Qatar and Yemen, to discuss Iraq, China, Iran and defense cuts under John Kerry and Chuck Hagel.
Chuck Hagel is one day closer to the Senate confirmation process, but that doesn’t mean he’s closer to being confirmed to be the next defense secretary, especially given the heated opposition to his nomination. Republicans are calling him soft on Iran and Iraq while also labeling him as anti-Israel. Meanwhile, Democrats have criticized his record on LGBT issues throughout his career as a senator.
Four military servicewomen are filing suit against the Department of Defense calling discriminatory military policy that keeps women out of the roles that are primarily combat oriented. The first in the nation lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in San Francisco yesterday. Voice of Russia American Edition talked to Anne Coughlin, a researcher on the lawsuit, the professor of law at the University of Virginia Law School.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up a challenge to a section of the Voting Rights Act that includes a provision for pre-clearance for states to make changes to their voting laws. Nine pre-clearance states must pre-clear any changes to their voting laws, including redistricting or passing rules such as voter identification laws.
Larry Otter Pennsylvanian Election Attorney about chance of surprise in presidential elections in Pennsylvania.
Dennis Kucinich, Congressman from the state of Ohio, about elections in US.
If Barack Obama wins most electoral votes in Florida, the election is as good as over, Roman Levit, a political pundit with TruBlu, says.
Michael Binder, a Political Science Professor at the University of Florida and Roman Levit from TruBlu Politics spoke to the Voice of Russia about the upcoming elections.
"We’re trying to bring attention to the fact that the Obama administration including the Attorney General Eric Holder have completely betrayed the notion of the rule of law," - Rocky Anderson, currently a Justice Party candidate for President, as well as former Mayor for Salt Lake City, Utah, and long-time human rights’ activist.