Crowdsourcing Project of the Day
In the wake of the latest violent conflict in the Gaza Strip, The Guardian put together a handy,crowdsourced map powered by Google that highlights specific areas that have been targeted by missiles in the region with a red dot. When clicked, the dot opens up a dialogue box detailing the location of the strike, as well as other information related to casualties and property damages as they become available.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on an illustration describing Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. [REUTERS/Keith Bedford]
Frontpage: Tuesday, July 10th
- Annan: Iran Part of Syrian Solution: Following talks with the Iranian foreign minister, U.N. envoy to Syria Kofi Annan argued, in a press conference Tuesday, that Iran should be “part of the solution” to Syrian turmoil. “My presence here [in Tehran] proves that I believe Iran can play a positive role,” he said.
- Not All Dems Stand With Obama: Yesterday President Obama called on Congress to renew Bush-era tax cuts for just one year for Americans making under $250,000. He was expecting trouble from Republicans eager to keep the tax cuts for wealthiest Americans around forever, but he’s also getting some push-back from his own party. Embattled members of both the House and Senate, such as Sen. Claire McCaskill from Missouri, Senate hopeful Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada, say they’d either prefer to raise taxes on people making over $1 million per year, or permanently extend the Bush-era cuts for anyone making less than that.
- Diamond Gives Up $31M in Bonuses: Former-CEO Robert Diamond is giving up $31 million in deferred bonuses. New insight into the Barclays Libor scandal reveals that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York may have known that the British bank was manipulating global interest rates as early as August of 2007. In 2008 the Fed even offered up some suggestions to British authorities on how to fix the system.
- Ex-Israeli P.M. Cleared of Corruption: After three years as prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert resigned in 2008 amid a high-profile corruption scandal. Now Olmert has been cleared on two charges of corruption. He was convicted on a third, less drastic charge—of breach of trust—which he’s expected to appeal.
- Egyptian Parliament Meets in Cairo: Legislators gathered in Cairo Tuesday for a meeting of Egypt’s now-dissolved Parliament, despite opposition from the senior military generals and high-court judges. During the short meeting, lawmakers approved a proposal by the speaker—a member of the Muslim Brotherhood—to appeal an earlier ruling that reviving the defunct Parliament went outside the law.
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Photo of the Day: July 9, 2012
Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A Bosnian Muslim man prays near coffins prepared for a mass burial at the Memorial Centeron July 9, 2012. The bodies of 520 recently identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre will be buried on July 11, the anniversary of the massacre when Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic slaughtered 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves, in Europe’s worst massacre since World War Two.
photo: Dada Ruvic, Reuters / Landov
Frontpage: Monday, June 18th
1. Obama and Putin to Meet: World leaders talked in Mexico Sunday as a meeting of the G20 nations that will focus on the world economy got underway. President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Monday.
2. Markets Rally, Settle After Greece: Investors in Europe sighed and then got back to business after a crucial Greek vote Sunday. Markets showed an early advance Monday, but soon receded as Spanish bond yields topped 7 percent and anxiety over the future of the euro zone continued unabated.
3. Attack on Israel-Egypt Border: At least one Israeli civilian was killed in what officials say was a cross-border attack by gunmen who crossed from Egypt. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called it a “disturbing deterioration.”
4. Iran Nuke Talks Begin: There’s not much hope, officials say. World leaders will nonetheless begin two days of meetings with the government of Iran on Monday to try to break the tension surrounding the country’s nuclear program.
5. Egyptian Generals Flex After Vote: No one voted for them. But Egyptian military leaders gave themselves wide-ranging new powers Sunday after the Muslim Brotherhood claimed victory in the country’s presidential election.
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Empty shelves at the closed Borders bookstore at Penn Plaza in New York in September 2011.
Frontpage: Friday, May 18th
- Zuckerberg Rings Opening Bell: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang the Wall Street opening bell Friday, the day his company is set to debut on the market. Facebook will start trading stocks on the open market at 11 a.m. Friday, 90 minutes after the New York Stock Exchange opens, and a share will be traded at $38, giving the company a $104 billion valuation.
- Detective: Trayvon Didn’t Start Fight: The lead detective in the case against George Zimmerman’s alleged shooting of Trayvon Martin said he believes Zimmerman caused the fight by getting out of his car to confront Martin, and believes the Florida neighborhood-watch volunteer should be charged with manslaughter.
- Dimon Will Testify Before Congress: It’s been a rough few days for JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. First came news that his company suffered a $2 billion trading loss. Then came reports that the loss might be closer to $3 billion. Now, Dimon is going to have to go before the Senate Banking Committee to explain what happened.
- Syria Warns Arab Nations: Gulf powers like Saudi Arabia and Qatar have argued that Syrian insurgents should be supplied with weapons, and Assad’s government has repeatedly accused countries of backing a “terrorist” campaign.
- Netanyahu: Iran isn’t Serious About Nuke Talks: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he doesn’t believe Iran is serious about ending its nuclear program.
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Photo of the Day: May 17, 2012
The Heat is On
A boy leads his goat past a parched pond in India.
A Palestinian protester throws a molotov cocktail towards Israeli security forces during clashes outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah April 17, 2012. The clashes broke out during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoners Day. At least 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched an open-ended hunger strike on Tuesday, upping the stakes in a protest movement that has put the Jewish state under pressure.
[Credit : Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]
Photo of the Day
Jerusalem, Israel: Israeli border police officers use pepper spray on a Palestinian demonstrator during a rally outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Land Day. Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up protesters throwing stones on Friday as the annual rallies turned violent. Land Day commemorates the killing of six Arabs in 1976 during protests against government plans to confiscate land in northern Israel.
Photo of the Day
Jerusalem, Israel: Men help remove messages and prayers written by thousands of people addressed to God from the cracks in the Western Wall in preparation for the upcoming Jewish Passover holiday in Jerusalem, Israel. All the notes once collected will be buried in a special place at the Mount of Olives, according to Jewish law.
(Uriel Sinai / Getty Images)
Frontpage Super-Duper Special Saturday Edition, Mar 10th
- Obama Strikes Back on Gas Prices: President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to hit back at Republican critics who say his energy policy is causing rising gasoline prices that look to be heading toward $4 per gallon. “We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices—not when we consume 20 percent of the world’s oil,” Obama said, underscoring the importance of developing alternative energy and increasing fuel efficiency.
- Assad Plays ‘Terrorists Card’: U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday in Damascus in an effort to get the Syrian regime to end its yearlong crackdown on dissidents. But Assad told Annan that dialogue with the opposition will not work when “armed terrorist groups” are operating.
- Gaza Fires 90 Rockets at Israel: Violence along the Israeli-Gaza frontier escalated again Saturday after Israeli troops killed at least a dozen people over the last two days in attacks and airstrikes they say are aimed at weapons-manufacturing sites and at wiping out militants. Palestinians in Gaza fired some 90 rockets into southern Israel on Friday and Saturday, injuring at least eight people, one critically.
- Santorum Strong in Kansas: Rick Santorum looks set for a comfortable lead in the state of Kansas, which holds its caucuses Saturday with 40 delegates up for grabs. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have skipped the state to focus on Alabama and Mississippi, with their primaries on Tuesday.
- Russia Holds New Anti-Putin Protests: Some 20,000 people are holding fresh protests in Moscow against Vladimir Putin, who won a disputed election last weekend that’ll see him returned to the presidency for a third time. The opposition allege fraud, but the turnout for the rally was not as high as expected because organizers said they had failed to stop Putin securing another term.
Frontpage: Friday, Mar 9th
- Syria Opposition Rejects Talks: The leader of Syria’s main opposition group on Friday rejected the idea of holding talks with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, saying it was pointless to speak to a regime that massacres its own people.
- February Adds 227K Jobs: Another good jobs report. The U.S. economy added 227,000 new nonfarm jobs in February, better than expectations, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the much-anticipated jobs data for the second month of the 2012 election year.
- Israeli Ex-Spy Chief: Don’t Strike: Even the former head of Israel’s intelligence service doesn’t think a military strike on Iran is smart right now. Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan said now isn’t the time to attack Iran over its nuclear program, and came to the defense of the country that’s often seen as the enemy of Israel.
- Taliban: Release bin Laden Wives: The Taliban on Friday pledged to attack the Pakistani government, police, and military officials if three of Osama bin Laden’s widows are not released from custody.
- U.S. Agrees to Afghan Prisoners Swap: The United States has agreed to hand over some 3,200 detainees—most of them suspected Taliban insurgents—to the Afghan government Friday in a much faster transfer than previously expected.
Video: Angelina Jolie tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi at Women in the World Summit.
Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed in Washington Monday that the campaign of sanctions to get Iran to rein in its nuclear ambitions would be the offensive for now. The choreography of the moment required that it also be made clear that Israel was sovereign to decide when to defend itself. But the window they were opening was one of a time for talks, not military attack. “We do believe there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution to this issue,” Obama said, with Netanyahu sitting by his side in a meeting that for once eased, rather than increased tension between the two leaders.
Frontpage: Tuesday, Mar 6th
- Candidates Make Final Pitches: Today’s the day. The GOP candidates are spread across the country, vying for last-minute votes in the 10 states holding primaries today.
- Israel: We Can’t ‘Wait Much Longer’: Judging by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC Monday night, he wasn’t convinced by President Obama’s urging to be patient with Iran. Criticizing those who doubt Iran is building a nuclear weapon and invoking the Auschwitz death camp, he said, “None of us can afford to wait much longer” to act against Iran.
- News Corp. Troubles Extend to Russia: It may not have the name recognition of other past or present Murdoch properties, but News Outdoor Russia, a billboard company and former subsidiary of the News Corp. empire, has caught the eye of the feds as they continue an investigation of the company.
- Former Gov. Runs for Snowe Seat: Former governor of Maine Angus King says he’s going to run for Senate, announcing Monday that he’ll pursue the seat vacated by Olympia Snowe, who announced last week that she would not be running for reelection.
- Putin’s Chechnya Turnout: 107 Percent: Allegations of fraud abound in Russia’s recent election, but Chechnya is perhaps the most brazen case. Chechnya, the region that Vladimir Putin practically declared war on in 1999, voted for him by an astonishing number—by more votes, in fact, than there are people on the rolls.
Photo: Thousands of protesters took to the streets to challenge Vladimir Putin’s election victory in Moscow. (Thomas Peter, Reuters / Landov)
Frontpage: Monday, Feb 13th
- Israel Stops Sharing Iran Intel With U.S.: At the beginning of the Obama administration, Obama approved U.S.-Israel joint covert operations aimed at disrupting Iran’s nuclear program. Newsweek has found, though, that Israel has stopped sharing some key planning information on Iran.
- Obama’s Budget Targets Rich: The document is expected to propose raising taxes on millionaires while seeking billions of dollars for infrastructure projects and job-training programs.
- Riots Rock Athens: Greek lawmakers passed an unpopular bailout deal Sunday, as protesters took to the streets in outrage, attacking police with fire bombs and stones.
- Romney Hires Army of Lobbyists: For a campaign running against Washington insiders, Mitt Romney’s team contains a lot of lobbyists. Romney’s kitchen cabinet includes a lobbyist for Walmart and AT&T, a representative of Pfizer, and a managing partner for Clark & Weinstock. Almost 300 lobbyists have donated at least $401,000 to Romney’s campaigns.
- Report: Whitney Death Due to Drugs: The day after Whitney Houston was at the center of an outpouring of grief and love at the Grammys, the Los Angeles coroner’s office has reportedly told her family that she died not of drowning but from a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol.
Photo: Protesters run by a burning building during demonstrations against austerity plans being debated by lawmakers. (Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP / Getty Images)