How IS Proves Terrorism Has No Reli...

Social media reacted with disgust as news anchors only reported in troves about the Paris bombing attacks by IS rather than report on the previous-day...

Thief Shooting Caught On Camera

A video from a security camera shows the shooting of a hardware store robber despite being disarmed and on the ground. The video showed a police const...

Brazil’s Economy Continues To...

Economists are calling Brazil's latest recession shock the worst economic depression it has had since the 1990s. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff de...

Pope Francis Dislikes Rome Mayor

There's something about Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino that the Roman Catholic leader dislikes. While Pope Francis had laughed with US President Barack Oba...

How IS Proves Terrorism Has No Religion

Social media reacted with disgust as news anchors only reported in troves about the Paris bombing attacks by IS rather than report on the previous-day bombing in Beirut or other horrors experienced by villages, towns and cities under IS control.

As high western officials deem the attacks to be an attempt to dismantle western civilisation. However, even Muslims in the Middle East and IS-captured territories report killings of religious minorities or forced conversion.

Yazidi Attacks

One well-known IS attack against Middle East was its assault on Iraq’s Yazidis. As it forced the refuge of thousands of Yazidis, others, including Muslims, Christians and Alawites of Iraq had abandoned their own homes to avoid the hostilities.

It would be unwise to say the Islamic State attacks in Paris are an attack to western culture. Even the Muslims suffer, but it is downplayed because the western culture proves to have the upper hand in broadcast media.

Cultural Divisions

The IS sees the world with divisions whereas the world sees civilisation as a shared, global value. However, many westerners do so as well, indicating that the attacks are targeted to their own culture. The West sees its own civilisation as a shared global value, the IS does, Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Puritanism does, Syria’s Assad despite his brutality does.

This is the challenge of globalisation for the world today.

Thief Shooting Caught On Camera

A video from a security camera shows the shooting of a hardware store robber despite being disarmed and on the ground. The video showed a police constable shooting the man several times as he is wounded.

Prior to the shooting, the man had kicked the suspect multiple times after being shot. Other members of the unit had also joined in.

The African Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) promised to deliver action against the other policemen for failing to stop the shooting or assisting the dying man.

Charged With Murder

The police constable who shot the 32-year-old Khulekani Mpanza can face murder charges. However, as of yet, not one of the police officers from Krugersdorp had been arrested.

The police clearly acted on a tip-off while waiting in a van distant from the crime scene.

Mpanza tried to rob a hardware store in the suburban town last month. Police said he shot against the police van first.

The Krugersdorp police said they would suspend the police officers upon the confirmation from IPID before proceeding.

Police Lt. General Lesetja Mothiba said police officers who acted unlawfully would be prosecuted.


Brazil’s Economy Continues To Spiral

Economists are calling Brazil’s latest recession shock the worst economic depression it has had since the 1990s. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff deals with accusations of manipulation and red tape in terms of paralytic policies disabling the growth and expansion of plenty of companies in the country.

Analysts from Itau Unibanco Holding sees Brazil’s economy to go down about 3 per cent more in 2015. Industry experts are signalling the biggest Brazilian economic crisis in history.

Credit-Fuelled Growth

Manufacturers have cut down production levels with dwindling product demands. The recession is threatening the country’s economic model and has hampered consumer spending.

The credit-fuelled growth was accompanied with a higher inflation rate at 10 per cent. Brazil’s own economic trouble is powered by its own budget deficit. Currently, Brazil’s credit status is junk according to Standard & Poor’s

Huge Job Cuts

Economic troubles become apparent as a higher unemployment rate surfaces.

Smaller automakers established in the country are filing for bankruptcy. Analysts fear a lower GDP as a result.

Meanwhile, car manufacturing giant Ford had laid off thousands of employees after a shortage of orders. In Sau Paulo, analysts speculate as many as 20,000 employees were laid off every month. They said it was at its worst phase of economic growth since the 2008 financial crisis.

Pope Francis Dislikes Rome Mayor

There’s something about Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino that the Roman Catholic leader dislikes. While Pope Francis had laughed with US President Barack Obama, conversed with Filipino Leaders during his Philippines visit earlier this year and even talked in a civilised manner with Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Ignazio Marino does not fit in the Pope’s bill.

On his flight home from Philadelphia, United States, Pope Francis said he did not invite Mayor Ignazio Marino to Cuba. Upon saying, he did not play down his agitation.

No One Invited Him

Pope Francis added that he did not invite the mayor. The organisers had made it clear that they didn’t invite Marino.

It would seem Ignazio Marino had struck a dissonant cord with the Pope.

Marino is accused of being inefficient with his job following the deteriorating city of Rome and the increasing infiltration of Mafia ranks in government offices. Earlier this year, Italian government representatives replaced Marino’s officials in several offices due to Mafia affiliations.



Marino is further placed in the Pope’s scrutiny when an Italian radio programme made a prank call to the high-ranking Vatican official Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia wherein he said Marino wanted to take advantage of the situation where Marino had “crashed the party” to win public favour during the Cuban visit.

Paglia had made it clear that Marino had insisted to see the Pope repeatedly for a confession or a conversation, to which the Pope repeatedly denied his requests.

China’s President Square Off With Chinese CEOs Over Importance Of Tech

Chinese President Xi Jinping is to visit the United States for the first time next week, making it his first state visit. However, before he talks to US President Barack Obama, Xi is to talk with China’s most powerful CEOs and their US counterparts to talk about technology and its importance to government, economy, intellectual property and more.

The Paulson Institute in Seattle will serve as the venue. Most Chinese participants are from its tech and Internet sectors. Almost every US tech brand CEO will be present. However, highly-present companies in China and the US, including National Petroleum, Waltermart and Exxon, would not be attending the event.

Tech companies want to straighten out Xi Jinping’s view on cyber security issues, namely bringing China vulnerable. However, it may also talk about the possibility of improving government, stimulating economy and allowing individual rights to flourish through technology.

The complete list of attendees include the following:

Jack Ma          Alibaba            Internet

Lu Guanqiu     Wanxiang        Automotive

Ma Huateng    Tencent           Internet

Yang Yuanqin Lenovo            Computer hardware

Wang Yusuo   ENN Energy Holdings            Natural gas

Ma Zehua        COSCO          Shipping

Guan Qin        CSCEC           Construction

Wan Long        Shuanghui Group        Meat processing

Tian Guoli        Bank of China Banking

Jiang Jianqing Industrial and Commercial Bank of China     Banking

Pan Gang        Yili Group        Dairy

Robin Li           Baidu   Internet

Liang Haishan Haier Group    Electronics home appliances

Wang Jinshu   Yuhuang Chemical     Chemicals

Li Qiang           Tianjin Pipe Group      Steel pipe making

Mary Barra      General Motors           Automotive

Jeff Bezos       Amazon           Internet

Warren Buffett            Berkshire Hathaway   Conglomerate

John Chambers          Cisco Systems Inc.     Networking equipment

Tim Cook        Apple Inc.        Consumer electronics

Dave Cote       Honeywell       Conglomerate

Bob Iger          The Walt Disney Company    Mass media & Entertainment

Ellen Kullman  DuPont            Chemicals

Andrew Liveris            The Dow Chemical Company            Chemicals

Satya Nadella Microsoft         Computer software

Indra Nooyi     PepsiCo          Beverages

Dennis Muilenberg      The Boeing Company Aerospace

Tom Pritzker   Hyatt Hotels Corporation        Hospitality

Ginni Rometty IBM Corporation         Computer hardware

Howard Schultz          Starbucks        Coffee


China’s Economic Troubles Reflect Heavily On Africa

Africa’s economic policymakers must endure more tests with global turbulence.

The collapse of oil and metals prices definitely had a significant impact on Nigeria and Angola’s economies. The two countries had crude exports as their top products. South Africa, on the other hand is the continent’s top mining destination. China’s weakening economy could also mean weaker African currencies in the increasing market volatility.

China had overtaken the United States as Africa’s largest single trade partner in 2009. China is Africa’s major client for mineral exports and is its major investor in constructor infrastructure projects. It is also the source of cheap government financing for projects.

China’s slowdown might mean big trouble for Africa. With Chinese sovereign wealth investment or part sovereign wealth fund invested projects in Africa, it could mean huge withdrawals in projects as the capital becomes more discreet, seeking greater profits from Africa-based projects.

The uncertainty would also place their current African investments to higher scopes. However, analysts still believe that China would grow Africa’s economy with the increasing interests of private investors.

For non-oil exporting countries in Africa, the collapse in crude prices were a saving grace. However currency depreciation affects inflation and the costs of imports. With external risks increased and public debt rations reaching critical levels, it could mean a play-down for investors.

Mexican Press Calls On President To End Press Violence

International writers and artists including Paul Auster, Alfonso Cuaron, Salman Rushdie and Sergio Ramirez had sent a letter to Mexicn President Enrique Pena Nieto to urge him to stop the violence against journalists in Mexico. US’ PEN International Chapter posted the letter on their website and more than 500 journalists, writers and creative artists all over the world had signed the petition.

The letter referred to the murders of Ruben Espinosa and four women including human rights activist Nadia Vera on July 31 in Mexico City.

Espinosa was a photojournalist and his murder was the latest in the “long series of outrages against the press, and it took place in a city that was considered one of the last safe places in the country for reporters to work. There would now seem to be no safe haven for the profession,” said the letter.

Espinosa moved to Mexico City after he received threats in the Gulf State of Veracruz.

The Mexican National Human Rights Commission or CDNH had found evidence pointing to the involvement of government officials in many of the journalist attacks in the last few years.


Middle East Swept By Intense Heat Wave

Iran’s City of Bandar Mahshahr had seen mercury levels rise from unacceptable 46C to intense temperatures that feel more like 73C. Countries in the Middle East are suffering intense heat waves due to the Persian Gulf, according to experts.

AccuWeather Meterorologist Anthony Sagliani explained how the Persian Gulf caused the heat wave.

“Around the Persian Gulf, where water temperatures are in the lower to middle 90s [30s C], the extreme heat combines with incredibly high humidity to produce astounding apparent temperatures.”

In Iraq, temperatures in Baghdad had reached above 50C this week up to 52C. The government had implemented a four-day holiday beginning on Thursday with plenty of residents encouraged to drink plenty of water and never leave their homes unless necessary.

Iraq, a country that lacks resorts and new travel restrictions disallowing anyone to escape from the country’s generous heat has a large population at risk of heat wave sicknesses.

Plenty of children and adults swim in rivers and irrigation canals. Shopping malls have maximised their air-conditioning units to help lower temperatures. AC systems are troublesome for most Iraqi households due to consistent electricity and water cuts.

China Bounces Back With a Surprise 7% GDP

China’s stock market turmoil became one of the world’s biggest news as it may extremely affect the world global economy should stocks continue to slip. However, the re-set economic numbers were defeated as China showed a GDP increase by 7%.

Analysts predicted that China’s economy would dip from 7% in the first quarter down to 6.8%. China’s Bureau of Statistics claimed on Wednesday morning said the government had met its target for 2015 to have its GDP grow around 7%.

“The national economy has been running within proper range and the major indicators picking up steadily, showing moderate but stable and sound momentum of development,” China’s National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement.

Not all analysts have been impressed with the numbers. Analysts continued the argue that the numbers may have been manipulated and that Beijing’s statistics could not be trusted. Beijing had earlier been criticised for its conduct during the stock market slip.

China’s growth the previous year had fallen to 7.4%, the lowest it has had since 1990.

Chinese Chief Economist For UBS said the Chinese Stock Market crash did not deter the Chinese stock market and said that the planned reform of the Chinese government was still right on track.

Greek Prime Minister Proposes Two-Year Plan For Greek Bailout To EU

Hours before the decisive deadline of Greece as Euro-Greece talks had broken down in the last few weeks. The proposal, however, has not yet received any EU feedback as of yet. Meanwhile, as the deadline looms, Greek banks have closed its banks to avoid the collapse of the Euro.

Meanwhile, EU countries have cast votes on whether Greece should remain in the Euro. However, Tsipras, resting the vote of yes or no for the EU bailout austerities on a Sunday referendum in Greece, has confined the EU to honour the Greek referendum.

Pro-EU groups have pushed for the new austerity measures. According to the Greek Chamber of Commerce, the country is “familiar” with the austerities that Greece can handle it rather than commit “national suicide.”

Tsipras said in a letter addressed to the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem that Greece is fully committed to servicing its external debt but highlights that “securing the viability of the Greek economy, growth and social cohesion” is included.

It still remains unclear whether the Greek government will agree to the EU’s tough policies. However, EU countries have yet to show any indication that they would be flexible for Greece.

Tiburtina Railway Station With 100 New Migrants, Pressure Builds For Rome

Officials are currently trying to channel a water tap into a makeshift refugee camp near Tiburtina Railway Station, signifying the increasing pressure for Rome to help the migrants.

Originally coming from no-jurisdiction areas after France increased Italian border security, the 100 migrants staying in tents in the shadow of the station served as their home.

The Italian Red Cross and local authorities provided these as support after the growing number of migrants began gathering at the train station.

According to Red Cross Director for Poverty Reduction Alessandro Radicchi

“They’re here because they’ve closed the border; people wanted to go elsewhere in Europe but now the border’s been blocked. This isn’t just a problem today, this is a problem in general.”

France’s increased security checks had left many closed off from heading to France towards their journey. Most of the migrants were asylum seekers. They are required to travel to Northern Europe to avoid the checks.

The government and Red Cross sponsored refugee camps have beds and toilets.

Some of the migrants in Italy and Rome have come as far as Syria and Eriteria.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for EU Regulation Changes to help Asylum seekers find the right place to register.

Camera Drone Slices Off Enrique Iglesia’s Fingers During Tijuana Show

In a bullfighting ring in Tijuana, 40-year-old singer Enrique Iglesias grabs a camera drone used to take photos of his 12,000 audiences during his Sex and Love World Tour.

However, accident was abound as the Latin star had his hands injured during the attempt to catch it onstage.

Despite bleeding, Iglesias comes back to the stage and finishes his concert while his hands were bleeding through the dressing.

According to his representative, Iglesias’ actions were usual during some nights when he grabs the drone to give his audience a point of view shot.

The representative said that during the instance, something went wrong and he had an accident.

Iglesias remained on stage for 30 more minutes until he was given preliminary first aid via ambulance and flown to LA for treatment.

The singer is due to perform more shows in Mexico the following month before he heads to Spain, Monaco and Turkey.

Showing bizarre love and passion for his Mexican fans, Iglesias drew a heart over his shirt using the blood from his fingers.

How the United States Failed To Undermine Russia

Russia had always been the United States’ number one rival when it came to economic development. Particularly, Russian President Vladimir Putin was the number one obstacle in the United States political interest.

Adizes Institute President Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes had spoken to a Harvard professor specialising in American foreign policy that the forming of a political alliance between Russia, China and Germany is the number one fear of the United States. According to Adizes, it might just be what is happening in the world today.

The Russian economic situation is quite difficult due to the western sanctions and the lower price of oil. However, Russians have always survived hardships.

Most Russian believe Putin, despite his crudeness and his iron will, is a hero for Russians despite conquering Crimea against the ideals of the United States.

China had also made deals with Russia and are slowly developing their relationship together with the BRICS Bank. Russia may also use China’s payment infrastructure.

Germany’s economy, interdependent with Russia, is the last thing that needs to happen to realise the American Nightmare. Germany is also geographically close to Russia than to the United States. Meanwhile, The US has Germany as its junior partner.

Meanwhile Germany can be treated as an equal partner should it decide to join Russia as an ally.

Despite Tragedies, Africa Remains Mum on Mediterranean Crisis

The tragedy that killed about 500 African migrants near the coast of Malta and Italy had left the world scathed with the realisation that something needs to be done. But of all the affected countries, the source of immigrants remain silent for some reason.

African Journalist Ghanaian Elizabeth Ohene treads deeper into the reason why African leaders have remained silent about the death of migrants.

She said at the southern part of Africa, Black South Africans discriminate against black African immigrants from African countries. They want these immigrants to return to their countries.

Ghana’s High Commissioner said that she had received threats of burning down her High Commission Office in Accra.

On the northern African area, young Africans are struggling to survive in the Mediterranean as they drowned by the side of Europe.

Comments came from The African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. However, Elizabeth Ohene said that Dlamini-Zuma’s comments were “low-sprited”.

Aside from her, there was no comment from any other foreign ministry in Africa.

Ohene said that Africa must pay attention to the events unfolding in the North. She said that Africa is unlikely to be silent about these issues. However, she pointed out that it is possible Africa has felt the shame that the African youth feels about the hopelessness of their country.

Cuban President Praises US For Removing It From Terrorist List

US President Barack Obama had removed Cuba from the US State Department list of potential terrorist backers. Cuban President Raul Castro met the president during the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Obama said in his statement that Cuba has “not provided any support for militant groups or known terrorist groups in the last six months” and it had given indication it would not do so in the next few years.

The move comes after the two countries had normalised ties.

Cuba Head Diplomat for the United States Josefina Vidal said:

“The Cuban government recognised the fair decision made by the president of the United States to eliminate Cuba from a list that it never should have been included on, especially considering our country has been the victim of hundreds of acts of terrorism that have cost 3,478 lives and maimed 2,099 citizens.”

The Cuban public welcomed the move, finally “breathing and joyous” that the United States does not view them as “terrorists” but rather supporters of peace and tranquillity.

Cuba landed itself in the list in 1982 after the US believed them to have supported and promoted armed revolution by organisations that used terrorism.


Analysts Believe That The Iran Deal Will Not Change Status Quo in the Middle East.

As the Iran deadline is extended with negotiators still working out ways to iron out the scenario, the Middle East might be seeing something different in the next few years once the deal is approved.

UK, US, France, Germany, Russia and China had met with Iranian officials to secure a deal that would permanently guarantee the world that Iran’s controversial Nuclear Programme will have permanent limitations. In exchange, Western bodies will lift up the economic blockades that had pushed down Iran in the last few years.

Analysts said that Middle East’s economy will drastically change because Iran has skilled individuals and a very established and enduring industrial base. The country had massive opportunity to help the local economy.

They said Iran had been desperate long enough for a deal as the sanctions continue to hurt the Iranian economy.

However, plenty still doubt the possibility of lifting Iran’s sanctions.

Analysts also make it clear that the potential deal attracted lots of criticism. Rebels allegedly backed by Iran in Yemen had it in a faux-war against Saudi Arabia, who supported the government against the rebels.

According to analysts, Saudi Arabia also feels “betrayed” by its Western partners. It is strongly opposed against lifting the economic sanctions on Iran.

Meanwhile, they also advise against believing a deal with Iran can “fix things” in the Middle East.

To Salvage US and Asia’s Economy, Experts Say US Must Turn To Asia

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is the US’ best bet to help maximise its economy, and please its Asian partners.

According to FT Writer Director Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics Fred Bergsen, China’s decision to create a development bank for Asia is dividing the east and west from each other. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which would open this year, had created more division and hostility between Beijing and Washington.

Washington has angrily opposed the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which would benefit China and 20 other Asian countries in developing and providing investments for energy, power, transportation, telecommunications and other infrastructure needs in these countries.

Bergsten stresses that Asian Infrastructure investment will help develop competition and create balance among markets. He said that working from within is better than complaining about the new system outside the system itself.

Meanwhile, he praised the United States for urging China to exercise leadership with its expanding economic power and to provide more resources to support the development of the Asian economy and other goals. But he deems that hte US is a hypocrite if it would encourage Asian countries to block the AIIB.

He said the best recourse is to join the AIIB and persuade the US Congress to get a minority share. This would encourage China to exercise constructive Global Leadership.

Knights Templar Drug Cartel Leader Caught in Mexico

Mexican Federal Police had caught Knights Templar Drug Cartel Leader Servando Gomez on Friday. According to CNN En Espanol’s interview, Gomez was detained on Friday in the Michoacan capital of Morelia about 135 miles west of Mexico City.

Police said that their operations, which involved following one of his messengers tht provides him food and clothing, had allowed the police to locate his hideout. The police moved in after he stepped outside the house, hidden under a scarf and hat to conceal his identity.

The police had also seized nearby properties months ago before they finally reached the stronghold of Gomez.

His brother Flavio Gomez was also arrested.

The Knights Templar drug cartel is involved in drug trafficking, killings and extortions in central-western Mexico. For years it had operated. It was also challenged by rival cartels and vigilantes who found the Mexican Government not doing enough to protect the citizens from the dangerous and influential cartels.

The Mexican government sent in soldiers in Michoacan and other areas to disable and weaken the immense operations of the Knights Templar. Mexican officials deemed this to have been effective, leading up to the events that put Servando Gomez in custody.

The Knights Templar Cartel was born after the death of La Familia Michoacana Cartel leader Nazario Moreno. Due to the disagreements and splits between the cartel leaders, a large part of the members have created the Knights Templar, which took over the La Familia Michoacana operations.


Rio’s Pet Parade Showcases the Most Elaborate Costumes in the World

Any party in Rio is stunning and beautiful. From Mardi Gras to street parties, it’s always perfect in Brazil. Brazil’s carnival festival is quite unique this year as it showcases Copacabana’s Pet Parade shows some of the cutest dogs with elaborate costumes.

Over 100 dogs walked the Blocao party. With the Carnival spirit, they walked around, posed for pictures and did the best thing they could do, look very awesome and cute.

Owners have also worn their costume alongside dogs, but the dogs and cats wore the best costumes during the parade.

Some Canines were dressed like bumblebees, ladybirds and superheroes. Over 500 dogs went with their owners to celebrate the parade. The gigantic street party stopped traffic to Rio de Janeiro’s carnival.

Animal rights crusaders endorsed their mission visions.

Dogs wore bow ties, scarves, famous Disney character costumes and more.

A delightful set of photographs could be found in The Daily Mail.

Jordan Vows to Do Everything to Secure the Release of Captive Pilot

After the beheading of Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto, Japan and Jordan had strongly condemned the actions of the Islamic State (IS). Jordan has vowed to do everything in its power to secure the release of Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a hostaged pilot of the terrorist group.

According to Jordan, it was willing to exchange an Iraqi prisoner for his safe return. Jordan Government Spokesman Mohammed al-Momeni had confirmed this to the official Jordanian Media Petra News Agency

“All state organisations have been mobilised to secure the proof of life that we require so that he can be freed and returned to his home,” he said.

The Islamic State had exposed Lt. Kasasbeh very little, putting the two Japanese hostages who had been beheaded in the spotlight.

Meanwhile, his family prays for his safety and is urging the government to share their information whichever they discover. They also pray that Kenji Goto’s beheading will not implicate the life of the pilot directly and immediately.

Momeni confirmed that Jordan has “spared no effort, in coordination with the Japanese government” to save the life of Kenji Goto.

Kasasbeh’s F-16 crash landed in IS-held territory in Syria last December. He was part of the US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State since September.