How the United States Failed To Und...

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


Despite Tragedies, Africa Remains M...

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 ne...


Cuban President Praises US For Remo...

US President Barack Obama had removed Cuba from the US State Department list of potential terrorist backers. Cuban President Raul Castro met the presi...


Analysts Believe That The Iran Deal...

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...

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.


Diversity In the Nominations For This Year’s Oscars

This year’s Oscar nominations are quite diverse compared to previous ones. With American Sniper leading against Selma, everyone expected the humble movie Boyhood to remain underneath the spotlight.

To which it does not budge outright; Boyhood, along with Birdman, are competing against each other. Boyhood and Birdman have something in common as it appeals to the human psyche. The two films became Oscar favourites. Boyhood has six nominations, including best picture and best director. Birdman landed nine nominations, including a best actor award for seasoned actor Michael Keaton.

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper landed six nominations. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel had nine, while the Imitation Game had eight nominations.

Many also saw that the Oscars had nominated white actors. All 20 nominated actors from all movies never included a black cast.

Selma’s late December arrival became its losing game against American Sniper, according to analysts. Meanwhile, The Grand Budapest Hotel garnered some surprise awards. It managed nine nominations, but not one for its actors.

The Theory of Everything rounded out the best actor category. Eddie Redmayne had done a splendid job acting as the acclaimed Stephen Hawking in the film about his life. He was woken by the news about his nomination.


Terrifying Remnants from AirAsia Flight Found

Several bodies and floating debris had been spotted in the search for the missing AirAsia flight in the Java Sea.

Indonesia AirASia flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, was lost in the airwaves early on Sunday. Bad weather conditions on a flight from the city of Surabaya to Singapore have caused a cut-off in communications. Air traffic controllers had speculated the aircraft may have crashed, springing Indonesian and Southeast Asian volunteers to survey the areas the aircraft may potentially have crashed.

Indonesia’s national media reports spotting bodies floating in the water. They have also cited Indonesian officials that a shadow of a plane underneath the sea could be seen off the Kalimantan coast in the Java Sea. They have also spotted an exit door from the Flight QZ8501 in the area during the search.

According to Acting Director-General of Air Transportation at the Indonesian Transportation Ministry, “The debris is red and white. We are checking if it’s debris from the aircraft. It’s probably from the body of the aircraft.”

Before the communications with the aircraft had gone missing, the pilot of the plane ,an air veteran, asked to change course and climb above bad weather as it was passing through a thunderstorm.

The plane was carrying 162 passengers with the majority Indonesians, three South Koreans and one person from Singapore, Malaysia, Britain and France respectively.


Metalsa Focuses on Helping Lower Mexico’s Unemployment Numbers

According to a UN Population Fund Study, the number of working-age individuals in different countries continues to increase. The study had highlighted different opportunities to build industries and improve economies. This is something that Metalsa from Mexico intends to enrich in the youth of Mexico.

Metalsa is an organisation dedicated to inspiring young people to develop the necessary skills and knowledge in the manufacturing industry by promoting science and technology. Metalsa also promotes sustainable methods and models for youth employment.

They also focus on quality issues especially the employee’s ties with their families. They also implement a corporate citizenship program that protects the environment. As part of its sustainable development, Metalsa intends to develop the communities where it operates.

Community development is very important for Metalsa. Its programs center on developing technical and engineering skills and knowledge in young people to reduce dropout rates in low-income schools.

Mexico has the highest number of youth aged 15-24 dropping out of school.

In the first phase of the program, teachers and facilitators allow students to build structures based on the principles of force and motion, measurement, energy and magnetism. Then, in the second phase, students will have to make their theoretical frameworks function, generating proposals and participating in actual operations projects in a Metalsa facility.


Controversial New Law Threatens Israel’s Government Stability

As coalition partners turn against Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, the Israel government’s stability is teetering. A controversial new law has split the country in half as cabinet rivals turn against the designation of the country as a Jewish state.

Netanyahu signalled he was ready to call an early general election against the opposition. The opposition was made by centrist coalition partners and even the right-wing Likud Party.

“Recently, hardly a day passes without us running into diktats or threats of resignation, or ultimatums and such, as ministers attack the government and its prime minister,” Mr. Netanyahu told Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting.

“I hope that we will be able to return to proper conduct. This is what the public expects of us because only thus is it possible to run the country, and if not, we will draw conclusions.”

The events may propel the country to an early election less than two years before Netanyahu formed a right wing coalition.

He had accused Finance Minister and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid of “petty politics” while ignoring the budget and the country’s foreign relations, the foremost problems the country faces.


Artificial Intelligence Creates, Explains Magic Tricks

A computer program could outline how a magic jigsaw puzzle and how a mind reading card trick works. Researchers have also taught the program how to explain and perform the magic tricks, allowing the program to create new trick variants which a magician could use.

The tricks made use of mathematical techniques and proved to be popular with audiences. Researchers have sold the magic puzzle and card trick with popular retailers.

According to Queen Mary University of London Researcher Howard Williams:

“Computer intelligence can process much larger amounts of information and run through all the possible outcomes in a way that is almost impossible for a person to do on their own. So while, a member of the audience might have seen a variation on this trick before, the AI can now use psychological and mathematical principles to create lots of different versions and keep audiences guessing.”

The magic jigsaw puzzle had the AI factor in the size of the puzzle, the number of pieces needed, the number of shapes that appear and disappear and the ways the puzzle could be arranged. Using the principle of probability allowed the AI to produce different approaches to produce the desired result. The same probability-based technique was used to formulate the different card magic tricks.


Eight Year Old Author Uses $1 Million in Book Sales To Help Best Friend

Dylan Siegel, an eight-year-old author, has sold more than 21,000 copies of his book “Chocolate Bar.” The most amazing thing is that he hasn’t kept a penny he earned for himself.

Dylan made sure that all the book’s proceed go directly to a University of Florida fund that does research on combatting Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD). Dylan’s best friend, Jonah Pournazarian, is his benefactor for the research.

Dylan has earned more than $900,000 from supporters in over 60 countries. He is nearing his $1 million goal. “Chocolate Bar,” now on its second year, was celebrated by Dylan and Jonah in the Wise Elementary School in Los Angeles on Sunday. They read the book to students and sold copies, chocolate bars, bracelets and other merchandise.

“I am so, so, so excited to be able to help my friend,” Dylan said in an interview. “I am thankful to people everywhere for letting me share my story and inspire kids to change the world.”

GSD is a disease that affects the body’s usage of glycogen, a stored sugar. Jonah’s disease is a rare kind. Within six months after birth, he was diagnosed with the disease. It disables to body to digest sugars, making his parents feed him a special formula using a tube in his stomach.

The program in the University of Florida said that they had almost run out of funding until the Siegel family approached them about raising money for the disease.


Hong Kong Demonstrations Continue Despite Impending Talks

Hong Kong demonstrators are becoming increasingly willing to clash with policemen as the fourth week of protests had arrived despite talks between the demonstrators and the Hong Kong government approaching.

Around 22 policemen and dozens of protesters were injured in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district. Four people were arrested, including one 23-year old accused of instigating protests in Mong Kok through the use of the internet.

The area was cleared on Monday, with a few protesters remaining in different protest locations.

According to political analysts, Hong Kong’s plight is one of the worst political crises it ever had since the 1997 British Handover of the country to Mainland China.

Meanwhile, protesters admit that they are not too hopeful about having any resolution regarding the situation as the demonstrators and Hong Kong government are poles apart on resolving the matter. According to Hong Kong Institute of Education Professor Sonny Lo, “Unless there is some kind of breakthrough in… talks on Tuesday, I’m worried we will see the standoff worsen and get violent.”

He fears that Hong Kong may be entering a new and much more problematic political stage because of the possible future difficult the situation presents.

Hong Kong student protesters first defied China, who were screening candidates for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive elections in a few years. The televised tear gas containment attempt of the local police had urged many to join the protests.


USA is Eighth Best Prepared to Deal With Aging Population

The Global Watch Index recently found in a study that the USA is ranked eighth in the world at being prepared for an aging population.

These findings are very important as many countries in the Western world currently find themselves in the midst of an “aging population boom,” and research such as this will be essential in bringing about new solutions that an aging society face.

Interestingly, the European country of Norway ranked number 1 in the study, with other countries such as Germany and Sweden being close behind. With this in mind, it seems the USA have some work to do in order to catch up.

However, one positive aspect of the current aging epidemic is that supplements such as phytoceramides have found their way into the mainstream.

Proclaimed by Dr Oz as a “facelift in a bottle,” millions of people are taking phytoceramides to help treat premature aging of the skin.

Recent tests clearly show that when taken on a regular basis, phytoceramides help to get rid, or significantly reduce things such as wrinkles, fine lines, and puffy bags under the eyes. Not only that, but many consumers have reported feeling 10 years younger, with increased energy and a new appetite for life.

“My skin is just glowing and radiant right now,” said Mary Miller age 51, a regular consumer of phytoceramides. “I’ve always had dry skin with many wrinkles, but now it is well hydrated and very soft. I also feel like I am 33 years of age again. It’s all thanks to phytoceramides!”

For people who are thinking about trying out a bottle of phytoceramides for themselves, it’s important to note that only buying from reputable sellers is clearly the way forward.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of rogue websites appearing lately, that sell fake phytoceramides made from cheap, and in some cases harmful ingredients. Don’t take the risk, never buy from a website you’ve never heard of.

Instead, it’s recommended you shop at Amazon. All of the best sellers of phytoceramides have a presence on the Amazon website, and thanks to customer reviews and a rating system that is the best in the business, you can easily sort the wheat from the chaff.

With the USA only ranked at number 8 in the study by the Global Watch Index, the need for supplements such as phytoceramides are now greater than ever before, and this will only continue over the years to come.

Leaderless Hong Kong Protests Exemplary for Orderliness

The “Umbrella Protests” in Hong Kong shows a very lively and orderly crowd requiring only minimal monitoring by the Hong Kong Riot Police.

These crowds are different as they leave the capital with their trash and ensure their area is clean. The pro-Democracy protesters have shown how optimum discipline can ensure a clean and polite demonstration that had stopped vehicles and the city, but had not devalued the country.

The pro-Democracy protests began when students marched against the Central Government’s decision to appoint a new Chief Executive for Hong Kong despite promises of universal suffrage for the 2017 elections. They are also protesting about Beijing’s use of a pro-Beijing panel in screening the candidates.

According to the Human Rights Watch, the Hong Kong protests are special because there is no leader. Authorities will find it difficult as they are faced with something that is metaphorically a hydra. However, the system is also weak because a split and confusion could turn the fragile alliances against each other.

Protesters have built barricades across roads to stop traffic and erect their signboards containing their messages. Students attending the protests are doing their schoolwork on the streets. Some rest in the streets for the night.

However, According to Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying, the Chinese Central Government will not reverse its decision regarding having a Beijing-approved candidate for Hong Kong and using a pro-Beijing Panel in the process.


More than 70,000 Kurdish Refugees Fleeing to Turkish Borders

About 70,000 Kurds have evacuated from Kobani after Syrian and Turkey Kurdish fighters reported that Islamic State (IS) militants are only within 9 miles of the border territory. The Kurdish Safe Zone had been abandoned and several thousand more outside the Turkish borders continue to try and push through the Turkish border security.

Meanwhile, in another border security area, authorities have launched non-lethal disarmament operations against Kurds as chaos continued with refugees pushing inside the border.

Syrian pro-Kurdish HDP Official Ibramin Benici said that the villages outside the border of Kobani the IS had conquered. They had beheaded dissidents and displayed them for villagers to see. He claimed that the IS’ operations are genocide, and had asked for more international support to help the refugees in the area.

The Northerin Iraq Kurdish Region President Massoud Barzani had called on the region’s groups to help defend the Syrian Kurds evacuating from Kobani. Pro-Kurdish political groups in Turkey had also called upon the international community for more support.

Meanwhile, the US-led coalition against the IS had expanded with France’s provision of air support. It had targeted a logistics centre of the IS in Northern Iraq, which it confirmed as destroyed during the weekend.

The UN High Commission on Refugees are accelerating building the construction of refugee camps to aid Turkey’s efforts in handling both refugees from the Syrian civil war and from Kobani. The UNHCR had also asked for increased involvement for the international community for helping Turkey with its millions of Syrian refugees.


US Senators and Lawmakers Encouraging Arming Ukraine

US Senator John McCain said that the US must not let Russia’s “invasion” slip past Ukraine. He had encouraged providing armed support for the Ukrainian military, currently defending the city of Mariupol from the pro-Russian rebels.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Head Senator Robert Menendez also expressed that the country, EU and NATO provide armed support for the Ukrainian military. He said that the defensive weapons the three groups can provide for Ukraine will prove costly for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offensive and discourage further aggression.

Meanwhile, talks between Kiev and Moscow deteriorate despite encouraging progress last week as Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met in Minsk, Belarus, for the first time. Officials said there was no breakthrough. Putin continued to deny Russia’s involvement in the violence, saying that eastern Ukraine rebels are Ukraine’s problem and Russia is powerless to make a move against it.

However, the US called out Russia for its continuing support for the rebels, who were spotted now armed with a tank column. Senator McCain had also called for tougher sanctions against Russia.

House Intelligence Committee Head and Representative Mike Rogers said that the US and Europe need to provide support because the situation can become disastrous in the long run.

Meanwhile, Putin had said immediate talks about the “statehood” of southern and eastern Ukraine must soon happen. However, Moscow denied it meant it supported the cause of the rebels.


James Foley Killed by IS On Video

The Islamic State (IS) had apparently held freelance reporter of GlobalPost James Wright Foley, hostage for two years. His recent appearance in a video as an IS extremist beheads him shocked the entire world. According to the masked man in the video, who had a British accent, Foley’s death was a consequence of the US’ air strikes in support of Iraq and Kurdish campaigns against the militant group.

James Foley’s Mother Diane Foley said on her social media profile that she is very proud of her son for “exposing the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. Foley had remained in the Middle East for five years, writing stories from the Libyan dictatorship to the Syrian clashes

Meanwhile, US intelligence is still trying to verify the authenticity of the video.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had condemned Foley’s incarceration during his work in Libya by Libyan forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi. He then returned to Syria to cover the clashes between Syrian and Rebel groups. The CPJ revealed that such abduction of journalists were common in Syria during the time.

GlobalPost had asked for prayers for “Jim and his family” while the world waited if the video is truly an execution of the journalist.

Included in the video, another reporter was shown to be next in line for the beheadings if the US does not withdraw its forces in Iraq.