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The Jehoshua Novels


The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

New York Times, By David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy, April 22

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.

While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the [...]

WIPP workers face big changes

Albuquerque Journal News, By Lauren Villagran, April 22

Their jobs won’t ever be the same.

Now that contamination has been discovered underground – although the extent is still unknown – the contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant says workers will face a new paradigm when they return to the site: more formality, tougher [...]

Turkish PM Erdoğan stresses ‘shared pain’ in statement on Armenian issue

Hurriyet Daily News, April 23

Ankara – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has highlighted the “shared pain” endured during the 1915 events in an unexpected statement April 23 on the Armenian issue, expressing condolences on behalf of the Turkish state to the grandchildren of Armenians who lost their lives “in the context of the early [...]

New Syria chemical claims emerge as election announced

AFP – BEIRUT: New claims have emerged that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month, despite an international agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical arsenal. The latest evidence, cited by the United States and France, comes as Syria plans to hold a June 3 presidential poll, which the [...]

U.S. Ordered to Release Memo in Targeted Killing of Awlaki

NYT- A federal appeals panel in Manhattan ordered the release on Monday of key portions of a classified Justice Department memorandum that provided the legal justification for the targeted killing of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who intelligence officials contend had joined Al Qaeda and died in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.

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U.S. intelligence chief bars unauthorized contacts with reporters on all intel-related matters

McClatchy – Employees of U.S. intelligence agencies have been barred from discussing any intelligence-related matter- even if it isn’t classified- with journalists without authorization, according to a new directive by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  Under the order, only the director or deputy head of an intelligence agency, public affairs officials and those authorized [...]

MERS

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome death toll is creeping upwards. BBC… whilst Ebola death toll now revised downwards, appears to have been miscalculated . Whew!

Fukushima No. 1 boss admits water woes out of control

Reuters, By Yuka Obayashi, April 20

Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture – The manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the world the matter had been resolved.

Tokyo Electric Power [...]

Cumbrian nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels

One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency

The Guardian, By Rob Edwards, April 20

Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an [...]

Benghazi Mystery Explained?

Reader Supported News

Report from London links CIA Covert Op with Turkey, Syria

Answer offered by Seymour Hersh Gets Little Public Attention

“Benghazi” is one of those kneejerk labels that rightwing folks slap on a story they don’t actually understand but have determined the “right” answer to anyway. It’s a hot [...]

Four French journalists freed after Syria kidnapping

RFI, April 19

Four French journalists are safe and in good health, after being held hostage in Syria since June 2013. The hostages were found overnight Friday by Turkish soldiers on the border between Turkey and Syria, where they had been tied-up and blindfolded.

French President François Hollande declared his huge relief on Saturday, in [...]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists claim massive blast that killed 75

AP, April 19

Lagos, Nigeria — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

“We are in your city, but you don’t know where we are,” Abubakar Shekau, leader of the [...]

Guantánamo Bay detainees’ release upon end of Afghanistan war ‘unlikely’

US officials indicate fate of inmates captured during the country’s longest conflict will continue to complicate Obama administration’s efforts to close wartime detention complex.

The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, April 19

Guantánamo Bay – Typically, when a war ends, so does the combatants’ authority to detain the other side’s fighters. But as the conclusion of [...]

CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’

The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18

James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’

The psychologist [...]

Obama signs law barring Iran U.N. envoy

Al Jazeera, April 18

Washington – President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring entrance to the U.S. for any foreign diplomat seen as a threat to American security or who has engaged in “terrorist activity” — a measure that effectively bans Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Washington said earlier this [...]