The head of one of Iraq‘s fiercest Shi’ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of unwiling to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/28/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-khazali-idUSKCN0Q22ED20150728?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter Qais al-Khazali, leader of Iranian-backed paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, said the anti-IS campaign had failed because of an […]

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, along with hundreds of artificial intelligence researchers and experts, are calling for a worldwide ban on so-called autonomous weapons, warning that they could set off a revolution in weaponry comparable to gunpowder and nuclear arms. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/technology/elon-musk-and-stephen-hawking-among-hundreds-to-urge-ban-on-military-robots.html?smid=tw-nytimes In a letter unveiled as researchers gathered at the International Joint Conference on Artificial […]

The president of the U.S. military’s medical college said he took swift action after learning in 2013 that John Henry Hagmann, a former Army doctor teaching there, was injecting students with hypnotic drugs, inducing shock by withdrawing their blood, and performing rectal exams in class. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/23/us-usa-doctor-report-exclusive-idUSKCN0PX2L620150723?utm_source=twitter Hagmann was escorted off the Uniformed Services University campus […]

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/23/us-usa-gmo-labeling-idUSKCN0PX17920150723  The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling […]

So much we still don’t know about the case of the woman shot to death by the Secret Service and the U.S. Capitol Police on Oct. 3, 2013. Miriam Carey drove hundreds of miles from CT before being killed in a car chase between the White House and Capitol Hill. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/2014/11/26/how-miriam-careys-u-turn-at-a-white-house-checkpoint-led-to-her-death/ Something to consider is […]

A general in line for the highest US military post says Russia poses the greatest threat to national security. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33469369 During his confirmation hearing to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen Joseph Dunford called Russia’s recent actions “nothing short of alarming”. Relations between the US and Russia have deteriorated since Russia […]

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said on Thursday that counterterrorism authorities had thwarted multiple attacks being plotted for July 4 by the Islamic State and its sympathizers in the United States. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/us/july-4-terror-plots-foiled-fbi-chief-says.html?smid=tw-nytimes Mr. Comey would not say what the plots entailed or how many people had been arrested, but he said the plotters were […]

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