The Hammond family: Ranchers or domestic terrorists?

The Hammond family: Ranchers or domestic terrorists?

Having set fire to cattle and homesteads, federal authorities today took the last of a group of armed protesters into custody. The Hammond family had compiled an extensive file on tactics used by the Bureau of Land Management against ranchers. Special to WorldTribune.com I.M. Justice, Asheville Tribune In early January Ammon Bundy and a group […]

UAE’s new ‘Minister of Happiness’ one of 8 women in cabinet

UAE’s new ‘Minister of Happiness’ one of 8 women in cabinet

Special to WorldTribune.com The United Arab Emirates has named an official “Minister of Happiness” who will be tasked with creating “social good and satisfaction.” UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid appointed Ohood Al Roumi to the post as he announced his new Cabinet on Feb. 10. Al Roumi is one of eight women in […]

North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers

North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests risk getting boring. The pattern is familiar: expressions of outrage, loud condemnation ― then nothing. Has the latest one-two punch of nuclear test and rocket launch changed a thing? The easy answer is not really ― but think again. The lines […]

Iran blocks app that alerted youth to ‘morality police’

Iran blocks app that alerted youth to ‘morality police’

Special to WorldTribune.com Iranian authorities have blocked a smartphone app that tracked the positions of the “morality police” in Teheran. The Gershad app was launched to give young Iranians a heads up on the whereabouts of the country’s Gast-e-Ershad (“morality police”) patrols. The creators of the app said its server was “inundated” with requests soon […]

Report: North Korea executes army chief of staff

Report: North Korea executes army chief of staff

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un continued his series of purges as army chief of staff Ri Yong-Gil was executed, according to a report on Feb. 10. Ri, who was chief of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) General Staff, was executed earlier this month “for corruption and factional conspiracy,” Yonhap and other South […]

One in ten Syrians has been killed or wounded in conflict

One in ten Syrians has been killed or wounded in conflict

Special to WorldTribune.com Recently released statistics detail the grim toll of Syria’s civil war: more than 10 percent of the country’s population has either been killed or injured in the past five years. Life expectancy has dropped from 70 to 55. Statistics generated by the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) found that more than […]

The western pillars that have supported Israel are crumbling

The western pillars that have supported Israel are crumbling

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The U.S. and Europe — the traditional pillars of Israeli foreign diplomatic and economic relations — are crumbling. Since Israel’s independence, its most important economic and financial partners have been in Europe and the U.S. In the past few years, however, this situation has changed dramatically. On the plus […]

U.S. intel official: ISIL determined to attack on U.S. soil this year

U.S. intel official: ISIL determined to attack on U.S. soil this year

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is likely to attempt “direct attacks on the U.S. homeland” this year, top intelligence officials told Congress on Feb. 9. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in testimony at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, said ISIL is hiding jihadists among the wave of refugees […]

Netanyahu plans fences ‘to surround all of Israel’ to protect it from ‘wild beasts’

Netanyahu plans fences ‘to surround all of Israel’ to protect it from ‘wild beasts’

Special to WorldTribune.com The entirety of Israel should be surrounded by fences to protect against infiltration from “wild beasts,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Feb. 9. “At the end of the day as I see it, there will be a fence … surrounding Israel in its entirety. We will surround the entire state of […]

Nightmare scenario: Assault on Mosul could trigger dam disaster, 40-foot wave of death

Nightmare scenario: Assault on Mosul could trigger dam disaster, 40-foot wave of death

Special to WorldTribune.com Any missteps in Iraq’s attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISL) could result in a “nightmare scenario” in which the unstable Mosul Dam collapses and unleashes a 40-foot wave of death. “If the dam busts, the center of Mosul goes under water by about a 40-50 foot wave,” an […]