A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm, authorities said. The shooting is the second to take place at a US middle school in three months, after a boy of the same age opened fire at his middle school in Sparks, Nevada, in October, killing a teacher and wounding two students before killing himself. While this shooting is expected to spark a new wave of contentious national debate on gun control that had become especially intense after a gunman shot dead 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, in December 2012, one begins to wonder: with the numerous school shootings over the years and lax gun-control laws, does America reap what it has sown?
On August 29, MintPress, an American news website, published an article “Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack” allegedly co-authored by Dale Gavlak, reportedly an AP part-time writer, and Yahva Ababneh. Three weeks after the article appeared, Ms. Gavlak issued a statement insisting that her name should not have been attached to it and that the “sole reporter and author” of the article was Yahya Ababneh. The Voice of Russia launched its own investigation into this intricate story and contacted Professor Michel Chossudovsky, a Canadian economist and Professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, to inquire about his opinion on the controversial article.
Shortly after the Benghazi debacle in September 2012, it was rumored that the terrorist attack occurred in the context of a CIA operation whereby Libyan arms, which presumably were either purchased or scooped up by the Agency in the wake of Gaddafi’s overthrow, were being shipped to al-Qaeda mercenaries in Syria. According to rumor, this is why the CIA had an “annex” in Benghazi; it explains why there were CIA men on the scene, two of whom were killed, and perhaps also why Ambassador Chris Stevens traveled from Tripoli to Benghazi with essentially no security. Last week, the longstanding rumor was confirmed.
Small police departments across America are collecting battlefield-grade arsenals thanks to a governmental "1033 Program" that allows them to get their hands on military surplus equipment – amphibious tanks, night-vision goggles, and even barber chairs or underwear – at virtually no cost, except for shipment and maintenance. Ultimately, this means that billions of dollars’ worth of military gear are in the hands of small-town cops who neither need the equipment nor are properly trained to use it, critics charge. At best, it’s a waste of resources (since the gear still has to be maintained). At worst, it could cost lives.
Not long after ex-CIA contractor and now-famous leaker Edward Snowden revealed US government's vast data collection programs to the world, American technology firms have started losing millions. That's according to an industry survey released this week. The Cloud Security Alliance said 10 percent of its non-US members have cancelled a contract with a US-based cloud provider, and 56 percent said they were less likely to use an American company.
Ever since Edward Snowden’s arrival in Moscow, the whistleblower has quite literally vanished. The explanation for Snowden’s ‘dematerialization’ is rather simple: the leaker never existed in the first place. American NSA created the character of ‘Edward Snowden’ to distract the global audience from the real problem behind his persona – the vast espionage operation the US has been conducting for years. Given that George Lucas instructed the NSA on how to create a simulacrum, Snowden might well be a hologram.
While the whole world has heard about Lee Rigby’s inhumane beheading on 22 May, only a handful of people are aware that Rigby’s decapitation was only one of several murders of this sort which took place in the UK in the past month. In the wake of a funeral service of Miss Reema Ramzan who was brutally beheaded on June 4th in Sheffield, Ian Kingsley, Professor Emeritus from Leeds University, told the Voice of Russia why British authorities call Reema’s muder ‘ordinary knife attack’ while Lee’s decapitation was perceived as an ‘act of terrorism’.
Sylvain Tesson, a bestselling travel writer in France, spent six months living in a remote hut on the shore of Siberia's Lake Baikal. Upon his return Tesson talks about the revelations that dawned on him during the trip to the Russian forests.
While the racially charged youth riots that have been spreading across Stockholm’s suburbs this week seem at odds with the popular image of Sweden as one of the world’s most tolerant and liberal states, they come as no surprise to those who have been following Sweden’s socio-political terrain for the past year.
In today’s speech Mayor of London Boris Johnson claimed it was completely wrong to blame Woolwich killings on British society. However, with UK’s foreign policy abroad and growing Islamophobic sentiments within the country, it might well be that Britain has a fair share of guilt in the tragedy.
While it seems that Boston Marathon bombings and Woolwich massacre are two completely unrelated and incomparable acts of terror, closer analysis reveals that there are many more similarities between the four terrorists than it is usually thought. Not only both attacks were perpetrated by Muslim ‘lonely wolves’ in their mid-20s, but they were also carried out with the same intent: as retributions to the West.
According to the UK officials, Woolwich terrorists were ‘lone wolves’ in a sense that it is unlikely that they had any links to terror groups based in Nigeria, such as the jihadist militant organisation Boko Haram. Nonetheless, it seems that the two men who are currently treated in London hospitals can be much more closely related to Boko Haram than the British government assumes.
At five times the speed of sound, high-tech weapons could be in the skies by the middle of the next decade. One such hypersonic vehicle Air Force's X-51A Waverider has already completed its final test flight.
In the wake of recent probes into Fox News and the AP by US Justice Department one cannot help but wonder why American media outlets do not review their communication methods with their most valued sources. In this respect, they might wish to learn from drug-lords who often make frontlines of US newspapers. At the very least, these guys are able to use modern hi-tech gadgets to protect their data, something US media cannot do.
As New Yorkers witness yet another brutal homophobic hate-crime over the weekend, it becomes increasingly clear that with the spate of same-sex marriage legislation Americans have hardly become more tolerant of gay lifestyles.
In a major national security speech which is scheduled to be delivered at the National Defense University on Thursday, President Obama is expected to discuss America’s most controversial counterterrorism policies including the use of drones in Afghanistan, indefinite detentions in Guantanamo Bay prison, and the ‘war on al-Qaeda’.
Despite giving lip service to the problems of global warming and climate change in its new National Strategy for the Arctic Region, the new document largely focuses on how the US can exploit the region's vast untapped oil, gas and mineral resources while paying little to no attention to the values of environmental conservation.
The future when computer engineering and robotics reach high levels of complexity is often portrayed as a rather gloomy one for humans. In this future, humans come to be exploited and marginalized by robots which, or, perhaps, even who, come to be so intelligent they come to rule the world. However, this future does not have to be so ominous; there is a happy version of it.
Since the 1950s the Pyongyang regime has been continuously issuing claims that North Korea was actively preparing for another invasion by South Korea and its close ally, the US. Official press releases from the North Korean government which were warning the potential adversaries of the regime’s offensive posture have almost become legendary. As a result, South Korea and the US now tend to ignore these claims as absurd. Ben Woodward of the East-West Institute contends, however, that neglecting Pyongyang’s threats might eventually play Old Harry with American and South Korean policymakers. As events and the regime’s rhetoric turn even more ominous, US and South Korea might soon find themselves involved in the Second Korean War before they know it.
In his interview for the Voice for Russia the leading British astrobiologist and the director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, UK, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe talks about the science of astrobiology, the discovery of new form of bacteria in Lake Vostok, and his recent revolutionary discovery of fossilized algae-like structures in a Sri-Lankan meteorite.