68 Years Since We Nuked Hiroshima and America Still Can’t Find the Road To World Peace

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Japan marks 68 years since Hiroshima Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Children wear masks to protect themselves from radiation in the devastated city of Hiroshima nearly three years after the U.S. bombing of the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

Around 140,000 people, or more than half of Hiroshima’s population at the time, died in the first atomic bombing, with another 70,000 people perishing in the bomb dropped over Nagasaki Aug. 9, 1945. Countless thousands others died in the years following from radiation poisoning.

Aug. 6, 2013 marks the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar Rejects Division of Afghanistan

Mullah Omar opposes Afghanistan’s division

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By Javed Hamim Kakar

KABUL (PAN): Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has rejected the idea of dividing Afghanistan, saying an inclusive Afghan government would be established after the withdrawal of foreigners.

In his Eid message, a copy of which is available to Pajhwok Afghan News, Omar greeted all Afghans on the religious festival and prayed for the acceptance of their prayers and worship during the holy month of Ramadan.

He also congratulated the Taliban on their gains in the battlefields. Omar said this year’s Taliban offensive codenamed Khalid Bin Waleed was successfully underway and the opposition forces had been defeated.

“Right now the country is passing through a sensitive phase and we believe only an Islamic, judicious, independent and inclusive system can bring fortunes to the nation,” he remarked.

Omar expressed his strong opposition to the division of Afghanistan, saying they would not allow anyone to divide the country on a tribal or ethnic basis.

He also rejected the 2014 presidential elections and asked the Afghans not to take part in the process. Omar said they were not ready to compromise on the Islamic system and a complete stability, saying the Afghans had always rendered sacrifices for the two causes.

The Afghans should not rely on foreigners to run their internal system and construct their country, he said, adding the youth should study both religious and wordily education which he said was a basic need in the today’s world.

About foreign policy, Omar said they did not cause harm to anyone and would not allow anyone to use the Afghan soil against others and nor they could tolerate foreign aggression.

Afghanistan as an independent Islamic state wanted relations with foreign countries on the basis of mutual respect, he said.

On the peace talks, he said their contacts with the international community through the Qatar political bureau were about the withdrawal of foreign forces.

He said the Doha office showed the Taliban had an independent and clear stance, accusing foreigners of creating hurdles to resolution of problems.

Omar said they did not want power and believed in establishing an inclusive government in consultations with all Afghans.

“The understating between Afghans will have no problem. Because of their shared principles and culture, they understand each other well.”

He said international aid agencies could continue their activities in Afghanistan in areas of health and providing food to refugees if they had no connections with foreign intelligence agencies.

Omar directed the Taliban to prevent intimidation of people and make further efforts at avoiding civilian casualties.

He claimed most civilians were killed by the opposition and vowed to punish fighters if they were found guilty in this regard.

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Syrian Army Makes Huge Advances In South, Preempting Bandar’s Nusra Offensive from Jordan

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Syria: Government army makes huge advance

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Syrian troops crushed armed insurgent groups on Saturday at the southern edge of the capital. According to a Syrian military source, as a result of the anti-terrorist operations, the Deraa-Damascus highway, which leads to the border with Jordan, has been completely cleared of terrorist and insurgent forces, Voice of Russia Reported.

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The Army, reports the SANA news agency, has engaged in a successful offensive in the southern direction.

“In the area of ​​Khirbet Gazzalya the army encircled and destroyed large patches of armed extremists who terrorized citizens, and engaged in sabotage and looting,” said the agency.

The army also liberated Jassem on the outskirts of the provincial center of Deraa, where militants of the terrorist group Al-Nusra Dzhebhat had been based.

“Residents of the southern areas may no longer be afraid for their lives. Driving on the highway to Damascus was safe,” said SANA.

According to the agency, during the raids two leaders of mercenary groups were eliminated, a Saudi citizen Omar Al-Shammari and Mahmoud al-Kuwaiti Mteyri.

In the north of Syria, government forces repelled the rebels trying to block the highway between the cities of Hama and Aleppo.

The Syrian military source denied reports from “hostile channels” that militants had allegedly seized the town of Abil and again threatened the international airport north of the capital. Abil remains under the control of the Syrian army. The city remains calm,” said the source.

Meanwhile, Syrian rebels have freed four Filipino U.N. peacekeepers who they had captured on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights last week, the Philippines’ foreign minister said on Sunday.

Al Jazeera English television, monitored in Dubai, quoted sources as saying the four had been transferred to Israel.

On Saturday, Syrian militants attacked ancient St. Elijah Orthodox Christian monastery near Al-Qusayr not far from the Lebanese border.

The militants ransacked the cloister, destroyed the sanctuary, blew up the belfry and tore down the statue of St. Prophet Elijah who is equally revered in Syria by both Christians and Muslims, Syria’s SANA news agency reports, quoting the head of the monastery, hegumen Gadir Ibrahim.

 

 

Republican Nat. Comm. Threatens Debate Boycott, If NBC, CNN Air “Hillary: More Than A Crazy Bitch”

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[Networks plan series of puff pieces on the highly-excitable former diplomat, hoping to weave a new image from photo montage and pleasing sound bites.]

Republicans require NBC, CNN to not ‘promote’ Clinton for 2016-elections

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The Republican National Committee on Monday threatened to block presidential primary debate partnerships with two US networks if they don’t cancel their planned documentaries on Hillary Clinton, calling it a “thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”hillary51

Crazy Hillary1“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

“Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing,” – he said.20120301-2221491

NBC Entertainment is planning a miniseries and CNN is working on a documentary about the Democratic former secretary of state as she mulls a potential run for the White House in 2016.

hill1“As an American company, you have every right to air programming of your choice,” Reince Priebus wrote in letters to CNN president Jeff Zucker and NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.

“But as American citizens, certainly you recognize why many are astounded at your actions, which appear to be a major network’s thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

Clinton, a former first lady and US senator whose turn as America’s top diplomat earned her widespread praise, is seen as the clear Democratic frontrunner for president.two gun Hillary1

She has made no announcement of her political plans. But the RNC letters – more than three years ahead of the 2016 election – shine a light on the party’s nervousness about a run by Clinton, who narrowly lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008.

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In a separate statement, Priebus blasted the networks, saying “their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing”.652205

“I hope Americans will question the credibility of these networks and that NBC and CNN will reconsider their partisan actions and cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.

mad hillary1Priebus also told the networks he will seek a binding RNC vote “stating that the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor.”

NBC Entertainment announced in July it was producing “Hillary,” a four-part miniseries starring Diane Lane, while CNN’s film division said it has commissioned a feature-length documentary by Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson, expected to air in 2014.hillary scary face_thumb[7]

 

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