The New York Times tweeted today that the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which found itself the victim of a gruesome massacre, “long tested the limits of satire.” I did not know that there were limits to satire or that the Gray Lady, which often unintentionally engages in the art form, had managed to uncover them. The implication here is one that will surely become as tediously explicit in the hours and days ahead as it is familiar: If you “provoke” Muslims by mocking their religion, then you’ve only yourself to blame for what happens next. Continue reading
November 26, 2014 3:55 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Police in Portland used pepper spray and arrested seven people after hundreds of demonstrators roamed the city and blocked traffic Tuesday night while protesting a grand jury decision not to indict a Missouri police officer in the killing of an 18-year-old.
The arrests involved a splinter group that broke away after a peaceful downtown demonstration that involved about 1,000 people, police said.
The smaller group of about 300 marched across a major Willamette River bridge into east Portland, disrupting traffic. Sgt. Pete Simpson said one driver was punched in the face by a protester who disappeared into the crowd. The driver was not seriously injured.
Protesters also marched onto Interstate 5, where some tossed rocks and bottles at police, Simpson said. That’s when officers used pepper spray and made several arrests. The freeway was clear within about 10 minutes, the spokesman said. Continue reading
North Korea recently conducted a test of an ejection launcher that U.S. intelligence agencies assess is part of Pyongyang’s recently discovered submarine-launched ballistic missile program. Despite those alleged facts, analysts question the maturity of the North Korean missile submarine program.
North Korea recently conducted a test of an ejection launcher that U.S. intelligence agencies assess is part of Pyongyang’s recently discovered submarine-launched ballistic missile program – the 38 North website last month.
The U.S. publication said that U.S. intelligence agencies observed the land-based test of the ejection launcher in late October at a facility known to be a key development center for the communist state’s submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program. The source speculated that the launcher also could be used by North Korea to launch ballistic or cruise missiles from the deck of a freighter or other kinds of surface vessels. Continue reading
Posted in Military, North Korea, Technology, US
- Tagged Angelo State University, Ballistic missile, Golf class submarine, Government of South Korea, Korean People's Army, North Korea, South Korea, Submarine-launched ballistic missile, United States, Yonhap
Terrorism & Insurgency
20 November 2014
Militants celebrate their victory by climbing on top of an M60 tank to wave the black jihadist banner. Source: Islamic State
- The new Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State has released a video to claim the 24 October attack on the Egyptian Army
- The video shows a ruthless and sustained attack that overran a mechanised detachment of at least five armoured vehicles
The severity of the insurgency facing the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula has been highlighted by a video showing the attack that reportedly killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers on 24 October. Continue reading
Posted in Egypt, ISIS, Middle East, Military
- Tagged Arish, Associated Press, Bedouin, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Islamic Terrorism, Islamism, Mohamed Morsi, North Sinai Governorate, Sinai Peninsula