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Advocates Call Food Box Idea a Way to Punish the Poor

February 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on Advocates Call Food Box Idea a Way to Punish the Poor 

voa -The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a “bold new approach to nutrition assistance”: replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed “America’s Harvest Box.” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney likened the box to a meal kit delivery service, and said the plan could save nearly $130 billion over 10 years. But the idea, tucked into President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget, has caused a firestorm, prompting scathing criticism from Democrats and nutrition experts who say its primary purpose is to punish the poor.

Suspect in ‘Horrific’ Florida High School Shooting Ordered Held Without Bond

February 15, 2018 by · Comments Off on Suspect in ‘Horrific’ Florida High School Shooting Ordered Held Without Bond 

The troubled 19-year-old man accused of the latest mass shooting in the United States was ordered held without bond Thursday during a brief court appearance. Nikolas Cruz, charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, appeared in a Florida court, his hands shackled at the waist and wearing an orange jailhouse jumpsuit. His attorney did not contest the prosecution’s request to keep Cruz jailed as he awaits further court proceedings. Magistrate Judge Kim Theresa Mollica told Cruz, “You’re charged with some very serious crimes.” His court appearance came hours after President Donald Trump gave a brief White House address about the tragedy, saying he was speaking “to a nation in grief.” Trump said he would meet soon with officials from across the country “to tackle the difficult issue of mental health” in preventing mass killings and make school safety “our top priority.” He did not mention any new gun control proposals.

US Social Media Firms Step Up Help on Security Efforts, Intelligence Leaders Say

February 14, 2018 by · Comments Off on US Social Media Firms Step Up Help on Security Efforts, Intelligence Leaders Say 

Trump to Unveil $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

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Tehran Steps Up Pressure on Ankara Over Syrian Operation

February 8, 2018 by · Comments Off on Tehran Steps Up Pressure on Ankara Over Syrian Operation 

VOA – Iran is the latest country to add its voice to growing calls for Turkey to curtail its military operation in Syria against a Syrian Kurdish militia. Turkey-Iran relations have recently improved, but Tehran is seen to be increasingly concerned about the lack of clarity on the scope and duration of the Turkish military operation and Ankara’s goals. “We wish for Turkey’s operation in Syria to end at the earliest time,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told reporters Tuesday. Until now, Iran had remained largely silent about the Turkish offensive against the YPG militia. Turkish forces supported by Syrian rebels entered the YPG-controlled Syrian enclave of Afrin nearly four weeks ago. Ankara accuses the YPG of being terrorists linked to a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey. “They [Tehran] didn’t think it was going to be that big an operation. Now it’s very ambiguous, now it’s seen as a threat,” said Iranian expert Djamshid Assadi of the Burgundy School of Business in France. “The Iranians don’t want a large Turkish military operation in Syria. They don’t want to see any threat to their ally [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad, and the Islamic regime of Iran does not want to see a neighbor as a competing force in Syria.”

Bail Refused in French Rape Case Against Muslim Theologian

February 7, 2018 by · Comments Off on Bail Refused in French Rape Case Against Muslim Theologian 

VOA – A Paris judge on Tuesday denied bail to a controversial Swiss Muslim scholar facing rape accusations, as fresh allegations promise to further complicate one of France’s most prominent sexual assault cases to date. Oxford University professor Tariq Ramadan, 55, was charged with rape late last week, following two French women’s accusations of brutal sexual experiences in hotel rooms years before. Ramadan was questioned for two days before being taken into custody Friday. Swiss media have reported allegations that Ramadan had sexual relations with teenage girls at a Geneva school where he taught in the 1980s. In addition, French media have reported that police have testimonies from other women, who have not leveled charges. The allegations first surfaced last fall, as the Harvey Weinstein scandal triggered a broader #MeToo outcry against sexual assault and harassment.
 

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FBI Director Tells Employees He Stands With Them After Memo Release

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the Spread and Intensity of the Flu

January 31, 2018 by · Comments Off on the Spread and Intensity of the Flu 

When a child feels sick, one of the first things a parent does is reach for a thermometer. That common act intrigued Inder Singh, a long-time health policy expert. What if the thermometer could be a communication device – connecting people with information about illnesses going around and gathering real time data on diseases as they spread? That’s the idea behind Singh’s firm Kinsa, a health data company based in San Francisco that sells “smart” thermometers. With the U.S. in the midst of its worst flu season in years, Kinsa has been on the forefront of tracking the spread and severity of flu-like symptoms by region.

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Iran Leader Said Eyeing Ways To Muzzle ‘Mad Dog’ Internet

January 28, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Leader Said Eyeing Ways To Muzzle ‘Mad Dog’ Internet 

KhamemiWEBkhameniRadio Farda – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met recently with “cyberspace experts” to discuss challenges that the Internet poses to Iran’s leadership, the head of the powerful Guardians Council said. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati did not specify when Khamenei’s meeting took place, but many Iranian officials have blamed social media for fomenting unrest that erupted in December and January before curbs on mobile networks and apps and thousands of arrests helped authorities put down street protests in dozens of cities. In remarks published on January 26 by the hard-line Tasnim news agency, which has links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Jannati went on to describe the Internet as a “pain in the neck” for Iran, whose authorities routinely block news and information websites and social media in addition to foreign television and radio broadcasts. The Guardians Council that the 91-year-old Jannati chairs has broad powers to interpret the constitution and vet legislation and candidates for office.

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Analysts Fear Bigger Iran Military Budget Could Mean More Proxy Wars

January 26, 2018 by · Comments Off on Analysts Fear Bigger Iran Military Budget Could Mean More Proxy Wars 

EnglishMitWEBEnglishMitVOA – An Iranian official has announced the allocation of $2.5 billion more for the country’s military to increase what it terms the country’s “military capabilities.” Ali Asghar Yousefnejad, a member of Iranian Parliament and the spokesperson for Iran’s special parliamentary committee that deals with the country’s budget, told the country’s official news agency IRNA on Tuesday that the $2.5 billion is in addition to what the military will receive once the fiscal year begins in March. The country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reportedly approved the increase in military spending.

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