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Mexico buys Israeli aerial drones for border surveillance

Dominator XP drone

Special to WASHINGTON — Israel has sold advanced unmanned aerial vehicles to Mexico. Israel’s Aeronautics Defense Systems has reached agreement to supply two large UAVs to the Mexican military. The unmanned platform was identified as the Dominator XP, a medium-altitude, long-endurance system. Industry sources said the Israeli Defense Ministry approved the export of Dominator [...]

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Israeli military surveillance system monitors Brazil’s Carnival

Carnival float

Special to TEL AVIV — An Israeli defense major has demonstrated a military-origin surveillance system for crowd control. Elbit Systems introduced its GroundEye persistent surveillance ground system to help secure Brazil’s Carnival. The company, which regards Brazil as a major potential market, used GroundEye to monitor the hundreds of thousands of people who attended [...]

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While UN’s Ban was making nice in Havana, the Cuban delegation punished NGOs back in NYC

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, right, with Cuba’s Raul Castro in Havana.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — If it’s Tuesday, this must be Havana. Given UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s peripatetic global travels, the two-day visit to Cuba, especially in the midst of a frigid New York Winter, seemingly made sense. After all, the trip was officially to attend the meeting of the Community of Latin [...]

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Trouble in paradise? Beyoncé-Jay Z public sex romp not unprecedented in la-la land

Beyonce and Jay Z at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26. / Wireimage / NY Post

Special to By Grace Vuoto At this year’s Grammy Awards, married singers Beyoncé and Jay Z performed a racy number onstage that included his fondling of her posterior — right before the prying eyes of a boisterous live audience and millions watching on television. Beyoncé sang “Drunk In Love” on a spinning chair in [...]

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How the pro-life movement is winning American hearts and minds

Pope Francis tweeted on Jan. 22, 2014: "“I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable.”

Special to By Grace Vuoto This year the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital, the largest anti-abortion rally in the world with about 600,000 attendees, marks a milestone: public opinion in America is changing as the pro-life movement gains more adherents. Since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in America in 1973, approximately [...]

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BACKGROUNDER: Indian intel warns of terror attacks on U.S. sites after diplomatic row

Devyani Khobragade.

The Indian government has sent an official diplomatic note to the U.S. embassy demanding that the U.S. shut down all social clubs and all commercial activities including tax-free alcohol inside its large embassy compound in New Delhi by Jan. 16. This is apparently in retaliation against the arrest and alleged rough handling by New York [...]

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Canada’s Christmas card to world stakes its claim to the North Pole

Canada has begun making moves to claim the North Pole and its surrounding Arctic waters.  /

Special to By Miles Yu, On Dec. 6, Canada officially filed a territorial claim over a large area including the North Pole to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, to the great chagrin of Russia and Demark, the two countries that also insist on the same claim. While [...]

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The UN’s Human Rights Council farce: U.S. silent as brutal regimes take seats

Chen Guangcheng: “China wants to join the UNHRC not to promote human rights, but rather to prevent democracies from questioning their human rights record.” /South China Morning Post/Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — You can’t make this up. In recent elections for the UN’s 47 member Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major global human rights transgressors. This hypocrisy ironically evokes the old adage of the foxes guarding [...]

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Venezuela’s leader goes on national TV, claims U.S. is out to get him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Special to By Miles Yu, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro went on national TV on Oct.1 to announce his decision to expel three U.S. diplomats he charged were colluding with Venezuela’s domestic political opposition party. Maduro has, in recent weeks, been obsessed with fears he would be assassinated by the U.S. Last month, he claimed [...]

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Syria and other toxic hazes shadow UN General Assembly opening


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates will be in New York for the 68th annual UN General Assembly. The ongoing Syrian crisis and the toxic haze of recent chemical weapons use, clouds the diplomatic horizon at the global gathering as delegates confront issues of war, peace and widening humanitarian [...]

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