India’s Finance Ministry has announced bold new austerity measures that aims to cut the country’s “non-plan” expenditures by 10%. Under the new fiscal guidelines, India’s government bureaucrats are no longer allowed to book first-class flights for overseas travel, and must instead purchase the cheapest available ticket for any air travel. Indian are barred from using five-star hotels to hold meetings as well, and are being urged to use video conferencing as much as possible. The memorandum also included a number of other austerity measures, including a
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Today, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other cities across Russia, thousands of Russian citizens protested what they see as a covert war being carried out by Russia in eastern Ukraine. The protests mark the largest demonstrations since Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a third term in May of 2012. SONAR, an independent monitoring group that counted protestors as they passed through security checkpoints, estimated that around 26,000 protestors took part in the Moscow marches alone. NATO released satellite
Jason Kerestes is a graduate student studying engineering at Arizona State University. Not long ago, Jason was approached by a team from ASU’s Human Machine Integration Labs. They had heard that he owned his own welding business and wanted his help on a project they were working on designing robotic prosthetics to help amputees. The project was being funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new military technologies. When DARPA saw the amazing work the team
The flow of military equipment to local police forces has just taken a new turn, with news surfacing that the San Diego Unified School District now has an MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protect vehicle). The district acquired the vehicle via the government’s 1033 Program, which gives away unneeded or unused military equipment to local departments at no cost. This is the same program that provided much of the militaristic equipment seen during the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. So what does the district need an
Last night, President Obama held a press conference in which he outlined his plans for addressing the growing threat of the Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, in the Middle East. The President started off his speech by questioning the very legitimacy of the organization and its core beliefs. “We continue to face a terrorist threat… ISIL is not a state, and it certainly isn’t Islamic… ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.” The President used the
Recently, Genron, a Japanese non-governmental organization, teamed up with the state-run Chinese newspaper China Daily to conduct a survey about how people living in Japan and China felt about the two countries’ relations with one another. The results of the poll were a bit shocking. 53.4% of Chinese citizens believe that a conflict between China and Japan will happen in the near future, with a significant portion saying they believed it would happen within the next five years. In Japan, only 29% of people believed that
Earlier today, the Arab League elected to endorse the U.S./NATO coalition that was formed at a NATO meeting (which was mostly about the Russia issue) in Wales this past Friday. The League condemned the Islamic State’s crimes against humanity and vowed to provide any and all support to the United States and Europe. In another important move, the Arab League also voiced support for a UN resolution to stem the flow of weapons to rebel groups in Syria which was passed last month.
Ali Hussein Kadhim is an Iraqi soldier and a Shiite Muslim. Back in June, he was captured (along with hundreds of other Iraqi military recruits) by the Sunni jihadist group ISIS. After taking the captives to Saddam Hussein’s old complex in Tikrit, the militants separated the soldiers: Sunnis were given an opportunity to repent for their service to the Iraqi government while all the Shiites were lined up in groups and marked for death. Kadhim was 4th in the execution line.
Warning: This article contains some graphic images. In recent weeks, the U.S. government has been working feverishly on trying to figure out ways to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State. One of their main focuses has been ISIS’s highly-successful internet recruitment campaigns. In an attempt to counteract the success of these ISIS recruiting videos, the State Department’s branch of Strategic Counterterrorism Communications made a mock ISIS recruitment video. Their goal was to try and show the brutal realities of joining the Islamic
Late last month, Islamic State fighters captured Taqba Airbase after a bloody battle with Syrian government forces that left hundreds dead on both sides. The airbase was the last government stronghold in the northern part of the country. After overrunning the base, Islamic State fighters made a YouTube video showing the mass execution of some 250 Syrian soldiers. The IS militants forced the captives march naked into the desert before killing them. The Islamic State also released a video in which they show off one of