jueves, 25 de septiembre de 2014
The arguments may be super serious and full of death stares in the moment, but they're hilarious to retell later on. We've got Reddit for proof of that. On Friday, Redditors shared the most ridiculous, small potatoes argument they've ever gotten into with a S.O.
Rapper Tef Poe, St. Louis activist Taurean Russell and Kansas City resident Jeffery Hill Jr. said they've been in Ferguson since Aug. 9, the day Michael Brown was shot to death by police Officer Darren Wilson. Although days of violent clashes between police and protestors have given way to two relatively calm nights of protest, Poe and Russell said anger is not diminishing.
miércoles, 24 de septiembre de 2014
NEW YORK (AP) ? Denny's is popping the cork on its first Manhattan location.
The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1qMHWnj) the diner chain's Financial District debut is serving up a special combo putting a pricy bottle of Dom Perignon alongside its down home Grand Slam breakfast.
Yet the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, is not without some charms. Tom Hardy, who plays the lead character, Bob, a laconic bartender, acts like some combination of Frankenstein, Ryan Gosling and Jake LaMotta. Hardy's entire performance is pitched toward a tone of bemusement that recalls the time Liev Schreiber said hello to a jar of cookies in "Walking and Talking." To wit: Hardy plays with a dog in "The Drop," which will make future GIF makers quite happy and should keep Tumblr in business for another year.
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, a man named Shane pops the question to his girlfriend on a paddle boat full of their friends. In her excitement, she playfully hits him and knocks the ring out of his hands and into the water.
WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with the four leaders of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, a senior congressional source said on Friday, amid rising concern in Washington about the advances of the Islamic State.
The source told Reuters the meeting would take place at 3:15 p.m. EDT (1915 GMT). Lawmakers return to Washington on Monday from their five-week August recess.
The meeting will include Harry Reid, the Democratic leader of the U.S. Senate, and Mitch McConnell, the chamber's top Republican, as well as John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi, the House's top Democrat.
The topic of the meeting was not disclosed, but it is expected to focus on the threat posed by the Sunni militants.
Lawmakers from both parties have been calling on Obama to detail his plans for going after the group, which has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria and provoked outrage by releasing videos showing the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists.
Some have criticized the president for failing to present a strategy both to both Congress and the American public.
Obama said at a NATO summit on Friday that NATO allies stood ready to join the United States in military action to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq as he vowed to 'take out' the leaders of a movement he said was a major threat to the West.
The meeting with the Congressional leadership was first reported by the Washington Post.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Robert Birsel)
martes, 23 de septiembre de 2014
It was a "window into hell," he said. "Dramatic and violent."
The four-day sporting event, which launched on Wednesday with the help of first lady Michelle Obama, was the brainchild of Prince Harry who sees the games as a way to give wounded vets the opportunity to heal and to raise awareness for the struggles they endure. The event drew 400 injured vets from around the world to compete in such sports as running and archery.
Wyoming Highway Patrol told The Associated Press that the former college basketball coach was uninjured in the incident, though he totaled his 2012 Ford Expedition.
On Friday, NBC News admitted Nightly News anchor Brian Williams' report that federal charges for Christie had been ruled out in the "Bridgegate" investigation was incorrect.
lunes, 22 de septiembre de 2014
Last Sunday, 5-year-old Isabelle Nixon was having trouble seeing the stage during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games -- an international competition for wounded, injured and sick members of the armed forces -- in London, England. Lucky for little Isabelle, Prince Harry, who launched the games, noticed how upset she was and came to the rescue, lifting her onto his shoulders and dancing with her while the Foo Fighters performed on stage, according to Today.com.
BRUSSELS, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defenses in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
The aim is to create a division-sized joint expeditionary force for rapid deployment and regular exercises. The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.
Countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force next week, coinciding with the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales.
Since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March, NATO members have taken a number of short-term steps to reinforce the security of allies in eastern Europe that are worried by Russia's new assertiveness.
At the Wales summit next week, U.S. President Barack Obama and other NATO leaders are expected to agree on a longer-term plan for boosting NATO's eastern defenses.
One element of the plan will be shaking up NATO's existing rapid reaction force so that some units of it are capable of responding to a crisis in a few days, NATO diplomats say. (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Tom Heneghan)
The open news website MuckRock found through a recent Freedom of Information Act request that not only are California state and local police departments receiving military-grade equipment from the Department of Defense, but several school police departments are as well.
domingo, 21 de septiembre de 2014
According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and a number of moderate and hard-line rebel groups have agreed not to fight each other so that they can focus on taking down the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Other sources say the signatories include a major U.S. ally linked to the Free Syrian Army.
Pennlive.com ( http://bit.ly/1sfJFFX ) reports that police were called to the Harrisburg home late Friday and found the boy's body.
sábado, 20 de septiembre de 2014
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms. We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police. We decided, with Melissa Rivers? blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12. No further details will be announced at this time.
Needless to say, Russian history is a past worth documenting. And "Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia," is a historical exhibition worth visiting.
I am currently on my second business, which I consider a success. My first one was built from the ground up and quite successful for a one-man show. After four years of pushing the limits and working with very little sleep, I realized it was time to throw in the towel. My business was my life, and it was affecting my health and my marriage. I sold parts of my business and shut down the rest and I still believe it was the best decision of my life.
viernes, 19 de septiembre de 2014
"Climate change affects the sons and the daughters who are currently stepping up to wear the uniform of our country." - Former Sen. John W. Warner
This month, one of America's most accomplished "naval persons" in recent memory will attend a well-deserved christening ceremony in his honor for a new submarine, SSN 785 John Warner. U.S. Senator John Warner is a true American hero, having served his country as a Navy enlisted sailor, a Marine lieutenant, Secretary of the Navy and United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia. As there are few people in this country, let alone the rest of the world, with such a resume, I am particularly encouraged by Senator Warner's latest endeavor: fighting the threat climate change presents to our armed forces and our nation.
In an interview with HuffPost Teen, Victoria opened up about her new role (including her personal experiences with cyberbullying), the singers who inspire her and what's next on the horizon.
Anita Marks, a sideline reporter and radio host in New York, knew the Rices before the fame -- or infamy. Marks co-hosted a radio show with Rice himself during her time as a sports reporter in Baltimore. Marks joined a roundtable discussion Friday on HuffPost Live to talk about the emerging narrative of domestic violence in lieu of Rice's transgressions. She told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani:
If independent candidate Greg Orman ousts Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Nov. 4, three outcomes are possible in the overall battle for the U.S. Senate: The Republicans might still have won enough seats to take over. Democrats might retain control. Or an Orman victory could trigger a "little-known third category" -- a stalemate in which the Kansas businessman decides which party holds the majority.
jueves, 18 de septiembre de 2014
According to a new report from Fusion Interactive, women of all degree levels tend to end up getting shorted salary-wise when compared to men with less education.
Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii's open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target to beat in the general election.
The lowest blood lead levels in nearly 300 children we tested in July were around 35 micrograms per deciliter -- six times above the acceptable level in the United States.
Maybe he's into the strategy. Maybe he just likes to pretend he's part of the team. Or maybe -- just maybe -- he's only in it for the plays.
miércoles, 17 de septiembre de 2014
An expected decision by Egyptian soccer authorities to ban as terrorist organizations groups of militant soccer fans builds on the definition by Arab autocrats of legitimate, democratic opposition forces as violent threats to their grip on power. By leaving youth with ever fewer, if any, options for venting pent-up anger and frustration, it risks pushing them towards violent, militant Islamist groups.
Schatz extended his slim vote lead late Friday during a makeup election for thousands of voters in two remote precincts who couldn't cast ballots during the state's regular primary last Saturday because of blocked roads and power outages caused by Tropical Storm Iselle.
St. Louis County police officer Dan Page, a 35-year police veteran, had his last day with the force on August 25th, MSNBC reported on Friday night. A representative of the St. Louis County Police Chief told MSNBC that Page is expected to receive a his full pension.
martes, 16 de septiembre de 2014
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By Emily Flitter
NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has moved to invoke a powerful national security law to dismiss a private lawsuit against a non-profit group, United Against A Nuclear Iran, on grounds that the case could reveal state secrets, according to a court filing on Friday.
Lawyers for the government argued that proceedings in the private dispute between a Greek businessman and U.S.-based UANI could "cause harm to national security" if they are allowed to continue. The document in federal court in New York said the secrets were "properly classified national security information" which would be described in another filing that would not be made public.
Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis last year sued UANI for defamation after UANI, whose advisors include former intelligence officials from the United States, Europe and Israel, accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country.
UANI advocates economic pressure on Iran to keep over its nuclear program. Iran denies Western accusations that it has been seeking the capability to assemble nuclear weapons. One of UANI's tactics is to name and shame companies and people who do business in Iran.
In an emailed statement, UANI's lawyer said he believed Restis' complaint was without merit. Restis' lawyer declined to comment before filing a formal response in court.
Earlier this year, U.S. government lawyers declared their interest in the lawsuit, warning that information related to UANI could jeopardize law enforcement activities such as ongoing investigations.
The state secrets privilege is more powerful than the one the government would have used to protect law enforcement activities. It refers specifically to matters of national security.
It is used far more sparingly than the law enforcement privilege. In Friday's court filing U.S. Department of Justice lawyers pointed to another example in which the government invoked it to try to dismiss a defamation lawsuit in 1985 by a man claiming Penthouse Magazine had wrongly accused him of being a spy.
The case is Restis et al v. American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran Inc, (dba United Against A Nuclear Iran) et al, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 13-05032. (Reporting By Emily Flitter; Editing by Grant McCool)
Money problems are frequently cited as a source of friction in marriages, and there is no doubt that bad finances can put a strain on a marriage. However, you can also turn that around and look at it the other way: A bad marriage can put an awful strain on a couple's finances.
Why? Several reasons. Marital problems can discourage responsible financial behavior and exacerbate bad financial habits. Here are six examples.
Howard County Police identified the deceased as 20-year-old Tyler Fox Viscardi of North Carolina. Viscardi and at least 20 others were hospitalized for possible overdoses and other drug-related effects after attending the Mad Decent Block Party Friday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
When you find the perfect dress and it's in your price range:
lunes, 15 de septiembre de 2014
Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, later confirmed the indictment and claimed the alleged incident involved disciplining a son, in a statement obtained by Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
He came to praise Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, not to bury him, as he had once tried to do. But Paul wasn't going to make a big deal of it.
A recent study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 91 percent of the average white American's friends are white, and just 1 percent of their friends are black. While black Americans tend to have a more diverse social network, they don?t fare much better. The average African American has 83 percent black friends, 8 percent white friends, two percent Latino friends, zero Asian friends, and three percent mixed-race friends. One of the most glaring statistics from the study revealed that 75 percent of white Americans are exclusively friends with those of the same race.
Or at least if they have, it isn't in a theater. Ticket sales to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada are expected to sink to about $3.9 billion, a 15 percent decline when compared to summer of 2013, according to box office company Rentrak. In July, box office sales were down 30 percent, the New York Times reports.
domingo, 14 de septiembre de 2014
Before the giant men visited the Kitty Bungalow Charm School For Wayward Cats, a rehabilitation center for feral kittens in the Los Angeles area, they seemed woefully unaware of the joys of feline friendship -- or even basic biology.
The new, external task force is being led by former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery.
We had the cult of Apple's most recent announcement, complete with bigger iPhones, Apple Watches, and curious scarves. We also saw the cult of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (or the #PSL, for those in the know) go into full swing. Quite the week.
What do you tell someone who has lost everything? In Japan, there is actually a word for the occasion: "gaman," a quality both hard and soft. To practice gaman is to endure that which seems unendurable, with patience and grace.
sábado, 13 de septiembre de 2014
ISIS Controlled Territories in Iraq and Syria.
IER, also a nonprofit, describes its mission as providing "intensive research and analysis about American energy." It's known for advocating against tax subsidies for renewable energy and the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. It's highly critical of policies that would be bad for oil, gas and coal interests -- which, of course, are the source of much of Koch's immense wealth. And its political arm, the American Energy Alliance, has run ads attacking President Barack Obama and other politicians for their energy policies.
By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region.
With California already baking under a record drought that has brought acute water shortages, forecasts called for temperatures to reach more than 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and even higher in some surrounding communities.
"Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated," Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the city's interim health director, said in issuing the heat alert.
Gunzenhauser said some 60 "cooling centers" would be open at libraries, recreation centers and other community buildings throughout the weekend, offering shelter to residents suffering from what is predicted to be sweltering heat.
He cautioned residents that small children, the elderly and pets should not be left alone in homes or vehicles with no air conditioning and said schools should take precautions during sporting events.
"When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke," Gunzenhauser said.
"Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days," he said.
California is in its third year of a devastating drought that has forced farmers to leave fields unplanted and left communities reliant on well water with little to drink.
Mandatory conservation measures forbid actions such as letting sprinklers drench driveways and concrete walkways while watering the lawn, using a hose without a shut-off valve to wash a car and using drinkable water in fountains that do not recirculate it.
Some communities have banned residents from filling their swimming pools, and in Southern California, residents have removed 2.5 million square feet of turf from their front and back yards, replacing water-thirsty grass with drought tolerant plants and other landscaping. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Susan Heavey)
1. A Chinese Muslim looks at a table full of watermelon before the breaking of the Ramadan fast at a mosque in Beijing on July 28, 2014.
viernes, 12 de septiembre de 2014
Israel continued to pound Gaza with airstrikes Saturday, killing at least 72 Palestinians, many in the southern border town of Rafah where Israeli troops searched for a soldier feared captured by militants.
We spoke with him for "The Road to DMEXCO," a series of interviews with industry leaders produced in New York, London and San Francisco sponsored by the automatic content recognition (ACR) technology provider Civolution.
In the video above, women featured in a social experiment in Lebanon are visibly shaken in the backseat of a taxi, as a man's automated voice up front -- simply giving directions at first -- becomes increasingly aggressive and hostile toward the driver. Within minutes, the voice is shouting profanities and verbally abusing the intended listener.
Lawson is the mother of three small children and the executive director of I Grow Chicago, a young nonprofit based in the city's notorious Englewood neighborhood and focused on providing a haven for at-risk community members. Her hectic lifestyle was wearing her down and she knew something had to change.
jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014
Exhibit A: This stunning photo of a red rock canyon tree.
In fact, the only thing that could possibly up the fashion game of the United States' tourist population are neon, spandex and the overall predilection for tackiness that came along with the 1980s. Photographer Roger Minick captured the glorious visual event that occurred when tourists were caught in the wild, compiling his photographic findings into a stunning series called "Sightseers."
1. She grew up as Tahliah Debrett Barnett
By Jordan G. Teicher
miércoles, 10 de septiembre de 2014
At 23, Schulman connected with a woman online. The two exchanged flirty texts for months, then he traveled cross-country to meet her. What he came to find was that he'd actually been communicating with a middle-aged woman who had been masquerading behind pictures she'd lifted from a model. His experiences were chronicled in the documentary "Catfish," which turned into an MTV series that connects two individuals communicating online. It also spawned the term "catfish," which denotes the premise of being deceived via online dating.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis reveals in a new campaign memoir that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s, including one where the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality.
Davis writes in "Forgetting to be Afraid" that she had an abortion after an exam revealed that the brain of the fetus had developed in complete separation on the right and left sides. The Associated Press purchased an early copy of the book, which hits stores Tuesday.
Is there an exhibition or performance that you think people should know about? Write your own "haiku" with a link and shine a light on something you think is noteworthy in the comments section below.
Ahead of her wedding on Aug. 31, Los Angeles TV writer Lauren MacKenzie enlisted the help of production company Rantze + Raves to produce the VMA-worthy video.
martes, 9 de septiembre de 2014
In good economic times as well as in bad, financial hardship can always strike. And when it does, people might have to cut back on housing, which is typically the largest household expense. However, cutting housing costs involves hard tradeoffs: moving can be expensive and a hassle, and living with family, friends, or strangers can be a challenge. To understand how people might make these tradeoffs, we asked 2,048 Americans in late March and early April 2014 the following question:
"If you experienced a major financial hardship (e.g., lost your job, unexpected medical bills), and you needed to cut back significantly on your housing costs, which of the following would you most likely do? Please select all that apply."
Peter Galbraith hailed this move against genocide as "The Obama Doctrine." Adel Guindy, an Egyptian Copt leader, called on the UN to live up to its pledge of "never again" to protect religious and ethnic minorities persecuted by those practicing ISIS' brand of Sunni fundamentalism. WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones recounted the harrowing stories of Yazidi families that found their way to the Turkish border.
?I remember being really upset by that,? Rodriguez said in a speech before the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists this month, fighting back tears. ?Not upset with my sister, but upset about an industry where you would be denied work because of your name. And I was very determined from that day forward to change that. I?m not going to change my name.?
HuffPost had the pleasure of speaking with Glaser on the happy accident of "I Love New York" and what it takes to come up with a logo that finds its way onto everything from plastic bags stuffed with take-out to T-shirts on the backs of German tourists.
lunes, 8 de septiembre de 2014
A SpaceX statement said nobody was injured in the Friday afternoon explosion at its test site in McGregor, Texas, 23 miles southeast of Waco.
Belushi and fellow Saturday Night Live castmate Dan Aykroyd were the original ones to cook up the idea for Ghostbusters, which would have them venturing through space and time, fighting ghosts along the way. Belushi's death in March 1982 forced a change of direction in the film. Reitman joined the film after Belushi's death and suggested some differences of his own, most notably putting it in modern-day New York.
When women hit the fifth decade, there are important health practices they need to start doing, if they want to stay in it for the long haul. ?Women at 50 will attribute their body changes and decreased energy and libido to a normal fact of aging. However, it?s not just about aging; it?s about their bodies? changing needs as they go through the life cycle. They need to realize that their bodies at 50 need something completely different than at 20,? says Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director, Joan H. Tisch Center for Women?s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. So get started ? you've got a lot of living to do!
Some critics have questioned whether the show, which premieres Sept. 24, will resonate with ABC's viewers. But Barris hopes that "black-ish" will translate as an applicable lesson on race relations and cultural assimilation in today's America.
domingo, 7 de septiembre de 2014
St. Louis County cop Dan Page, a 35-year police veteran, also denounced hate crime laws and boasted of killings he claimed to have committed in the remarks delivered to a group called the Oath Keepers of St. Louis and St. Charles. Its members vow to uphold the Constitution and are drawn from the military, law enforcement and emergency responders.
Next time you go to set up a room (or spontaneously feel the urge to move around some furniture), try taking a TV-free approach instead. Not sure how to do that? These focal point alternatives are here to help. And, as an added bonus, they're pretty much guaranteed to be loads better than some terrible reality show blasting in the background.
Earlier this week, the 21-year-old actress-singer took to her Twitter and Instagram account posting a string of comments urging for unity and nonviolence during the outbreaks of national protests for Brown. And though Palmer?s inspirational messages were intended to uplift her followers, some slammed her thoughts as naïve.
sábado, 6 de septiembre de 2014
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Nearly three weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by one of his police officers, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson is a man under a lot of pressure.
In the midst of a 2-over 72 that left him tied for 36th place at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday, a clearly annoyed Woods barked at a camera crew at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
By Aisha Harris
viernes, 5 de septiembre de 2014
Preliminary work for an upcoming solo show at Shulamit Gallery: Spring, 2015.
Randall Toothaker, a 58-year-old Omaha resident, pleaded not guilty to pilfering the items on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
While you may love the idea of getting married on the beach, on top of a mountain, or at an Italian villa, planning a destination wedding brings along some unexpected headaches. Here are the ten worst things about planning a destination wedding, plus some tips on how to solve them.
jueves, 4 de septiembre de 2014
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We just wish we knew what all of these scrumptious snoozers were dreaming about!
Officials at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, decided to attach Reid?s name to the school?s Outdoor Engagement Center in 2011, hoping that it would help raise money for the center.
For Tiger Woods, this is also becoming the norm.
miércoles, 3 de septiembre de 2014
Such is the case with "Lost and Found," an exhibition of found photographs discovered by a Chicago-based photographer named Jeff Phillips.
ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 9 (Reuters) - With Islamist militants just 30 minutes drive away, foreign oil workers were flying out of Iraq's Kurdish capital by the hundreds and business was booming in the city's arms market.
Spared a decade of sectarian conflict in the rest of Iraq, Kurds in Arbil were stocking up on weapons on Friday and keeping a wary eye on their Arab neighbors as they faced what a senior official called "an existential threat" from the Islamic State.
"People in Arbil are quitting their jobs and coming to buy weapons so they can go to fight," said Alan, a 35-year-old gun merchant, who worked in a pizza shop during 12 years in the United Kingdom.
He sold 45 guns on Thursday alone, fetching $1,300 for an assault rifle that used to cost $700.
"Of course people are scared. Is Arbil threatened? Yes, it is in danger."
The Sunni militants - rejected by al Qaeda as too extreme - have seized tanks, machinegunes and other heavy weapons from Iraqi soldiers who fled their advance through the north by the thousands in June, giving them unprecendented momentum.
The march on Arbil they began on Thursday is the biggest security threat to the city since former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's troops menaced the region. The group is notorious for beheading or shooting anyone who defies them.
"It's not usually like this. People are buying to defend their land and their honor," said 40-year-old arms merchant Sherwan Mohammed Darbandi. "We won't let them come here. They don't have the ability to reach Arbil."
On Thursday, the Sunni militants put their black flag over a checkpoint in the border area near with the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, marking a dramatic push that gave them a fifth oilfield, more towns and control over Iraq's biggest dam.
The start of U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State positions on Friday eased nerves but demand for weapons is climbing nonetheless, driving up prices of AK-47 assault rifles even though they cannot do much against the Islamic State's arsenal.
FOREIGN OIL COMPANIES
It was not meant to be this way in Kurdistan, which attracted foreign oil companies who felt safe working here. Hundreds of their employees departed from Arbil's airport on Friday, taking no chances.
"The company told us to leave because it's not safe for us anymore," said a worker at an oil services company who asked to remain unnamed and was evacuated from a rig site on Thursday. He did not expect to return to work again soon: "We're on standby until further notice".
The Kurdish peshmerga, which translates as "those who confront death", have always been regarded as brave men, who battled with Saddam Hussein's troops.
Islamic State fighters routed them, and forced tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi ethnic minority and Christians to flee for their lives.
A senior Kurdish official said US airstrikes on Friday had destroyed a convoy of 10 Islamic State armored vehicles that were on their way to Arbil, but said the city was safe for now.
"The Islamic State is mobilizing all its forces in Iraq and Syria to come and fight the peshmerga. The fight is very serious. It is existential," Hoshiyar Zebari told a news conference.
Some families in Arbil fled the city for safety, and those who stayed bought extra supplies of fuel and food. On Thursday night, young men danced on a busy commercial street to show support for the security forces and that they were not afraid.
Kurds like 22-year-old student Kawan Mahmoud are taking matters into their own hands. He was one of the shoppers at the arms bazaar.
"I came to buy weapons so I can go to war," said Mahmoud. "I am not a peshmerga but I am going to volunteer myself."
Some Kurds have become deeply suspicious of their Arab neighbors overnight. The region has given refuge to tens of thousands of Arabs displaced by violence in the rest of the country since the start of the year.
"We opened the doors to the Arabs but yesterday we discovered that in some houses they have weapons," said Ziad Taha Aziz, 44, who sells shoe polish and brushes at a stall in the market.
"Some of them are good, and some of them are bad. We need to arrest them all and see whether there are traitors among them. We think there are sleeper cells." (Writing by Michael Georgy; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
This week in South Korea, he took aim at the temple of consumerism. Riding around town in a more-than-modest Kia Soul, he chastised his famously shopaholic flock in the land of Samsung for the "tendency to toy with the latest fads, gadgets and distractions rather than attending to the things that really matter." He also criticized, "the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife."
martes, 2 de septiembre de 2014
Cardinal George Pell, a member of Pope Francis? advisory Council of Cardinals, was appointed the Vatican?s first economic prefect early this year by a pontiff who openly admires his ?tenacity.?
James Franco's long-anticipated BDSM film, directed by Christina Voros, hit limited theaters Aug. 22, with the actor celebrating the release at an opening party that night in New York City. The documentary explores Kink.com, the largest producer of BDSM content on the web, and reportedly "aims to explore the driving force behind this seemingly misunderstood fetish."
The weather caused significant damage in some areas there, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than 19,000 people on the Big Island without electricity as of mid-Friday morning.