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US Intelligence in Transition, Remains Focused for Now on Facts

August 18, 2019 by · Comments Off on US Intelligence in Transition, Remains Focused for Now on Facts 

VOA – WASHINGTON – The new, top-ranking U.S. intelligence official is promising the country’s intelligence agencies will be undeterred in their work, a day after his predecessor and his predecessor’s top deputy were ushered out of government. “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence remains focused on leading the Intelligence Community [IC] and providing critical information in support of our nation’s security,” acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire said in a statement issued Friday. Maguire, a former Navy SEAL who until Thursday had been serving as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, also said he was “humbled to follow in the footsteps” of former National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who along with Deputy Director Sue Gordon, “led the IC through some of the most dynamic global challenges our nation has faced.”

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In Missouri, After Tragedy Came Opportunity for Reform

August 16, 2019 by · Comments Off on In Missouri, After Tragedy Came Opportunity for Reform 

VOA – Five years after the death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb of Ferguson, Americans are still divided over whether his death at the hands of a white police officer was justified. Even among the staunchest critics of the high-profile shooting of the 18-year-old unarmed black man, many believe the incident and its aftermath have brought attention — and in some cases reform — to a long-standing criminal justice problem: ballooning fees and fines from traffic stops and other minor violations that can turn poor people into criminals. “What I’d say is that out of tragedy comes opportunity,” said Wesley Bell, a former activist and Ferguson City Council member who is now St. Louis County’s chief prosecutor. “In Ferguson, when you do something negative or positive, it registers, sometimes locally, but oftentimes nationally. And I think that’s an opportunity to implement changes and reform that can reverberate across the nation.” In the years since Brown’s death, a growing number of cities and states have moved to rein in all manner of punitive measures — from exorbitant penalties to the suspension of driver’s licenses — that critics say can lead to a perpetual cycle of crime and punishment. While far from universally embraced, reform is happening in key regions.\

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Iran’s Khamenei Backs Yemen’s Houthi Movement, Calls for Dialogue

August 14, 2019 by · Comments Off on Iran’s Khamenei Backs Yemen’s Houthi Movement, Calls for Dialogue 

VOA – DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged on Tuesday Tehran’s continued support for Yemen’s Houthi movement and called for dialogue among Yemenis to safeguard the war-shattered nation’s territorial integrity. A Saudi-led coalition has been battling to restore Yemen’s ousted government in a devastating four-year war with the Iranian-aligned Houthis that has killed tens of thousands and pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine. The Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa and most of Yemen’s other populous areas, have stepped up attacks in recent months against targets in Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch regional foe. In response, a Saudi-led coalition has targeted military sites belonging to the Houthis, especially around Sanaa.

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Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers Opposes Plan to Freeze Foreign Aid

August 11, 2019 by · Comments Off on Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers Opposes Plan to Freeze Foreign Aid 

VOA  – Republican and Democratic lawmakers joined forces to oppose moves by the White House that critics fear could lead to sharp cuts in foreign aid for international health, narcotics and peacekeeping initiatives, and development assistance.  Members of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations committees sent a letter Friday to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) expressing “deep concern” after it had instructed the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to freeze about $4 billion in their budgets until it reviewed any money that hadn’t yet been spent.  Critics have said the freeze could be the first step in making cuts to foreign aid.  The lawmakers sent the letter to the OMB seeking to head off such a move and threatening a response if the administration moved ahead with cuts. They also pointed out that, under the Constitution, it is Congress that appropriates money, which they said was “essential” to U.S. global leadership and security. 

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پژوهش جدید: ورزش کردن مادران در طول بارداری شاید مزایای ماندگار برای فرزندان‌ هم داشته باشد

August 11, 2019 by · Comments Off on پژوهش جدید: ورزش کردن مادران در طول بارداری شاید مزایای ماندگار برای فرزندان‌ هم داشته باشد 

صدای آلمان – بنا به یک مطالعه جدید، فعالیت فیزیکی در طول بارداری، نه تنها برای قوی شدن مادر خوب و مفید است، بلکه شاید بتواند در طولانی مدت بر روی سلامت کودک و توسعه مهارت‌های حرکتی او تأثیر بگذارد. به گزارش روزنامه «نیویورک تایمز»، «لیندا ئی. می»، دانشیار در مطالعات علوم بنیادی در دانشگاه «ایست کارولاینا» در شهر گرینویل ایالت کارولینای شمالی به این فکر کرد که شاید شرایط و محیط دوران بارداری در این مسئله دخیل باشد. دستورالعمل فعلی فعالیت فیزیکی کودکان در آمریکا و اروپا، حداقل یک ساعت بازی و دویدن در روز است. ولی تخمین زده شده است که تنها یک سوم از خردسالان در آمریکا و اروپا این فعالیت فیزیکی را دارند. این محقق متوجه شد نوزدانی که مادران آنها در طول بارداری از نظر فیزیکی فعال بودند، ضربان قلب قوی‌تری دارند که نشان دهنده قوی بودن ماهیچه های قلب آنها است. از آنجایی که ضربان قلب مادر و جنینی که حمل می کند با هم هماهنگ می شود، طپش قلب مادر هنگام ورزش برای جنین نیز سودمند است و شاید این کودکان در آینده فعال تر از بقیه باشند.
 

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US Mayors Call for New Gun Control Measures

August 9, 2019 by · Comments Off on US Mayors Call for New Gun Control Measures 

VOA – WASHINGTON – More than 200 U.S. mayors demanded Thursday that the Senate return from its summer recess to approve gun control legislation in the aftermath of two mass shootings last weekend that killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, representing 214 cities with both Republican and Democratic leaders, told Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer that it was urgent for the Senate to approve the measures already passed by the House of Representatives in February. That legislation calls for background checks for all gun purchasers and would extend the waiting period for gun transactions from three to 10 days when instant checks raise questions about would-be buyers.

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Water Bankruptcy Looms for One in Four People Worldwide, Researchers Warn

August 7, 2019 by · Comments Off on Water Bankruptcy Looms for One in Four People Worldwide, Researchers Warn 

NEW YORK – A quarter of the world’s people are just a few dry spells away from facing dangerous water shortages, a U.S. think tank warned on Tuesday, with India home to the bulk at risk of running dry. Seventeen countries face “extremely high water stress” because they consume 80 percent of their available water annually, a situation worsened by more frequent dry shocks tied to climate change, the World Resources Institute (WRI) said. “We’re currently facing a global water crisis,” said Betsy Otto, director of WRI’s global water program. New data in WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas showed the lion’s share of the most thirsty countries are located in the largely arid Middle East and North Africa region.

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US Mass Shootings Stoke Issues of White Supremacism and Gun Control

August 6, 2019 by · Comments Off on US Mass Shootings Stoke Issues of White Supremacism and Gun Control 

VOA – WASHINGTON – A pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over Saturday and Sunday have dragged two of the most divisive issues in American politics — the rise of violent white supremacism and gun control — to the forefront of public conversation as politicians across the ideological spectrum are preparing for what is expected to be an extremely contentious 2020 election campaign. The two shootings, which left 29 people dead and at least 53 more wounded, combine to create a clear political crisis for the Trump administration and its allies in Congress. The first shooting, in El Paso, Texas, occurred early Saturday and was carried out by a 21-year-old white man who is believed to have published an explicitly racist manifesto that echoed U.S. President Donald Trump’s frequent charge that Hispanic immigrants from Mexico and Central America constitute an “invasion” of the United States. After he surrendered, he told police that he had set out to kill as many “Mexicans” as he could. He murdered 20 people and wounded another 27.

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۲۰۲۰ Democrats Back Gun Limits After El Paso Shooting

August 5, 2019 by · Comments Off on ۲۰۲۰ Democrats Back Gun Limits After El Paso Shooting 

VOA – LAS VEGAS – Democratic presidential candidates expressed outrage Saturday that mass shootings have becoming chillingly common nationwide and blamed the National Rifle Association and its congressional allies after a gunman opened fire at a shopping area near the Texas-Mexico border. “It’s not just today, it has happened several times this week. It’s happened here in Las Vegas where some lunatic killed 50 some odd people,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said as he and 18 other White House hopefuls were in Nevada to address the nation’s largest public employees union. “All over the world, people are looking at the United States and wondering what is going on? What is the mental health situation in America, where time after time, after time, after time, we’re seeing indescribable horror.”

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‘My father believed it was sinful’ to delay marriage

August 3, 2019 by · Comments Off on ‘My father believed it was sinful’ to delay marriage 

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