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This Is How the Kashmir Terrorist Attack Could Start a Major War

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:47

The recent violence in Kashmir has provoked New Delhi.

Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:28

A man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:09

A Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday for pulling a gun on a couple who were wearing the Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he reportedly pulled the gun in a Kentucky Sam’s Club store amid an argument, according to his arrest citation. Phillips allegedly told the woman, "It's a good day to die, b****," and exchanged obscene hand gestures with the man. He said he did so because of their hats.Phillips, who wore a hat indicating he was a military veteran, has a concealed-carry permit for his gun.The incident comes amid the continuing controversy over Empire actor Jussie Smollett's claim that he was beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans, which has been increasingly scrutinized as a possible hoax.

New York couple together 81 years dies days apart during Valentine's Day week

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:03

"I prayed for years, when it's their time to go, please take them together. I didn't want either one of them to have that broken heart."

Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:59

"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon today. Just don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soulFor people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more.Image: vitamixNix the guesswork even more with Vitamix's new digital timer, which decides what the optimal blending time is for you to get perfect textures without having to experiment. If you know what you're doing, there's a programmable timer that will blend for the time you've entered and stop automatically.All of your options are displayed across a scratch-resistant touchscreen, with a self-cleaning option available to get you off the hook afterwards.Regularly $699.95, you can save $159.60 and get it for $540.35. Image: vitamix Save $160 on the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender (64 oz) -- $540.35 See Details

Bernie Sanders 2020: veteran Left-winger will face crowded field of copycats for Democratic nomination

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:57

So, Bernie is in. Four years after his remarkable rise from relative political obscurity to almost upsetting Hillary Clinton’s march to the Democratic nomination, he is back for another go.  His strengths as a 2020 presidential candidate come from what happened during that first try. He has a network of political activists embedded in key states who have been pushing his case since he came up short.  He has name recognition and a clear political identity, something many of his rivals in a packed field of more than a dozen likely candidates will need to carve out in the coming months.  Mr Sanders also has proven heft when it comes to fund raising. He picked up more than $100 million (£77 million) from donors who gave less than $200 each during his last presidential bid – numbers that aren’t to be sniffed at.  The young Democrat voters drawn to his Left-wing policies also appear to still be drifting that way. A Gallup poll in 2016 found Democrats felt more positively about socialism than capitalism.  I'm running for president. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country. Say you're in:— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019 But there is one big challenge for Mr Sanders – this time he is not alone. At least half a dozen candidates are looking to ride the same progressive wave that he surfed so successfully in 2016.  That much is clear when you look at the policies with which he is most clearly identified. Medicare for all - a proposal to give every American government-paid healthcare - has been one of his big rallying cries for years. He introduced a bill proposing it in 2017.  But four other presidential rivals – the senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris – all co-signed the bill and are backing versions of the same idea. In 2016, Mr Sanders called climate change “the single greatest threat facing our planet”. But the Green New Deal he wants adopted is being pushed by others too, including Ms Harris and Ms Gillibrand.  His vocal attacks on Wall Street and calls for free college tuition helped set him apart from Mrs Clinton in 2016. Yet this time round Ms Warren, perhaps the candidate who most overlaps with him in terms of policy, is hammering away at both issues.  Plus another feature of Mr Sanders’ last campaign – his reluctance to take corporate donations to fund his bid for the White House – is now commonplace among the 2020 pack.  There are weaknesses too. In the MeToo world, allegations of sexual harassment from his 2016 campaign, which led to Mr Sanders issuing an apology, could put off some voters.  At 77, Mr Sanders is five years older than Donald Trump, and this will be focused on, as will his electability at a time when the Democrat base appears to prioritise finding a candidate who can beat the current US president above other qualities.  Bernie Sanders at a health care rally in 2017 San Francisco, California Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Mr Sanders will also be hoping to improve his standing with African-American voters, a demographic that preferred Mrs Clinton over him last time round. In 2016, Mr Sanders was the change candidate. Despite the historic nature of Mrs Clinton’s candidacy, her perception as the embodiment of the establishment helped fuel his campaign.  In 2020, it will be much harder to play that card. Among Mr Sanders’ rivals are people seeking to be the first black woman, gay man and Latino candidate to be US president.  Early polls suggest Mr Sanders is well positioned - he tends to come second after Joe Biden, the former US vice president. And last time he won more than 13 million votes in the primaries, which is no mean feat.  But 2020 is not 2016. This is not a two-horse race but a free-for-all, with plenty of candidates looking to occupy turf long staked out by Mr Sanders. He is no longer the only progressive in town.

Alabama editor who called for lynchings by Klan should quit, senators say

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:23

Officials in Alabama are calling for a small-town newspaper editor to resign because of an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize Washington, D.C.

Factbox: Europeans who joined Islamic State

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:22

The fate of foreigners who joined Islamic State has become an increasingly urgent issue as U.S.-backed fighters prepare to capture the militant group's last stronghold in eastern Syria. The Kurdish-led, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they are holding 800 foreign fighters, with 700 of their wives and 1,500 of their children living separately in camps. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday European countries must do more to take back their citizens or they will be released.

Pakistan Vows Retaliation If India Launches Military Strikes

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:06

“Pakistan will not think of retaliation, Pakistan will retaliate,” Khan said in a televised speech on Tuesday. Tensions between the historic arch-rivals have been high since a militant car bombing, claimed by a Pakistani-based group Jaish-e-Mohammed, on Feb. 14 in Kashmir killed 40 members of India’s security forces -- the deadliest strike in the region in decades.

Pakistan says India using UN court for 'political theater'

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 07:21

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pakistan accused India on Tuesday of sponsoring terrorism and of using the United Nations' highest court for "political theater" as it urged judges to dismiss an Indian case seeking to save an alleged spy from execution.

Farrakhan to Omar: Don’t apologize for Israel comments

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:31

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan defends Minnesota congresswoman.

The Two Venezuelas and Foreign Intervention

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:30

Today Venezuela is at an impasse, a term allegedly coined by Voltaire to refer to a situation devoid of exits. It has infinite inflation, four immobilized branches of government, two presidents, and the worst humanitarian crisis to hit the Americas in decades. There is sporadic violence on the streets and in improvised prisons hidden away from YouTube. What today resembles a civil war without weapons could easily escalate into bloodshed. Yet it is foreign powers and not domestic actors that will determine the country’s fate.The Bolivarian divide runs so deep that the republic now has two presidents: Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó. Maduro, elevated to power by the late Hugo Chavéz, insists that he has begun his second constitutional term, sworn in by the Supreme Court, backed by the courts and, crucially, the country’s armed forces. Guaidó is recognized by the National Assembly, the unicameral legislature that Chávez himself created when he wanted to do away with a Senate keen on opposing his accumulation of power. Hundreds of thousands of exiled Venezuelans, including former Chavista officers and representatives, support him, too.The international media have paid scant attention to Venezuela. With rare exceptions, the crisis has seemed far away, complex, and entirely domestic to the outside world. Yet that perception is misguided: Venezuela’s crisis is no longer a mere constitutional battle; it is a power struggle among international powers.When Guaidó invoked articles 233 and 333 of the Venezuelan constitution to declare himself president, he did so with plenty of support. The United States had already refused to recognize Maduro after last year’s presidential “election,” in which he was effectively the only candidate allowed to run. Same with the so-called Lima Group, a gathering of Latin American nations led by Brazil and Argentina. Such support allowed Guaidó to unify an opposition whose internal divisions had previously enabled Chávez and then Maduro to accumulate power. A few days later, the European Union joined the anti-Maduro forces, in a move ironically led by the socialist government of Spain, but not by Italy, where the populists of the Right (the Northern League) could not get the populists of the Left (the 5 Star Movement, old friends of Chavismo) to abandon Maduro.Recognizing a president, however, does not topple a government. The most damaging hits against Maduro were economic. The United States blocked PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-run oil giant and its only true source of funds, from accessing its refineries in the U.S. (Venezuelan oil has always been too heavy, leading the country’s oil industry to rely on American refineries.) The Trump administration also imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s primary debt issuance, as necessary for revolutionaries as it is for capitalists, as well as on the trading of existing securities. Guaidó will now control the country’s official accounts and will get to appoint a board for Venezuela’s crown jewel in the U.S.: the Citgo refinery.When it became clear that the petrodollars would stop flowing, defections from Maduro’s camp ticked up. And yet the regime did not fall. To outsiders, Maduro’s days in charge might appear numbered, but in Caracas he hangs on. That is because Chavismo’s traditional allies — Cuba, Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, Syria — have stood by him. In particular, the support of Russia and China, for whom Venezuela remains a bulwark against the pro-market governments ascendant elsewhere on the continent, has proved crucial.Despite its natural wealth, Venezuela’s debts to China are far larger than is commonly understood. And in Russia, oligarchs close to the Kremlin have too much to lose if the Maduro regime falls apart. That is why RT is keen on broadcasting every single “historic” military exercise by Maduro’s generals. (As my colleague Daniel Lansberg has pointed out, Venezuela now has more generals than all of NATO.) Paradoxically, the socialist revolution that Chávez created is now sustained by the capitalist interests of its main international sponsors.This dynamic is far from unprecedented. Decades ago, when there were two Spains rather than two Venezuelas, the diplomatic support of Western democracies mattered very little on the ground. In 1936, a failed military coup against the legitimate Spanish republic kicked off the century’s paradigmatic civil war. Madrid quickly received the support of international actors, including France, the United States, Mexico, and even the Soviet Union. But the generals under Francisco Franco had sponsors willing to fight. Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy invested blood and treasure in Franco — and drove him to victory. His legitimacy was built on the battleground.Intervention matters. And so does the lack of it. When Rwanda’s ethnic conflicts escalated into an unspeakable genocide in 1994, U.N. troops stood by, eventually inspiring Samantha Power’s doctrine of moral intervention. When, later, Power was U.N. ambassador under President Obama, Obama refused to intervene in Syria even after the Assad regime mounted chemical-weapons attacks on its own citizens, thereby crossing the “red line” Obama had laid out. In both cases, the results were gruesome and the victims numerous.Ultimately only force can break an impasse. In Venezuela’s case, as in Spain’s before, legitimacy is not about constitutions but the balance of forces. Economic sanctions can debilitate a regime, but only those willing to use force can truly tilt the balance. As long as Venezuela’s traditional allies areeconomically and financially motivated to keep Chavistas in power, the current regime will endure, with or without Maduro. If Washington is not willing to intervene with force, then it must convince Moscow and Beijing that a political transition is in their interests. Guarantees for their investments are a good place to start. More important, Venezuela’s sorry destiny reminds us that in a world devoid of absolute hegemonies, there are worse things than American global leadership.

Nicolas Maduro attacks Trump's 'almost Nazi-style' speech after US president calls on military to abandon Venezuela leader

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 05:55

Nicolas Maduro has accused Donald Trump of speaking in an “almost Nazi style” after he called on Venezuela‘s military to abandon its beleaguered president. On Monday, President Trump said the US stands behind opposition leader Juan Guaido and condemns Mr Maduro and his government’s socialist policies.

Kamala Harris faces scrutiny over Jussie Smollett ‘modern day lynching’ comment at 2020 campaign event

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 05:25

Senator Kamala Harris visited New Hampshire on Monday for the first time in her life, and quickly experienced the realities of being a presidential candidate: She faced questions from national reporters about her political ideology and her description of the alleged assault on actor Jussie Smollett as “an attempted modern day lynching,” followed by a town hall-style forum with a big crowd of more than 1,000 voters. Unlike most presidential hopefuls, who come to New Hampshire years before the primary, Ms Harris — who is from California and relatively new to the national political stage — waited until roughly a year before the primary to show up. Barack Obama, who had never been to New Hampshire before running for president, visited the state in December 2006, about 13 months before its 2008 primary.

The wackiest beauty looks from London Fashion Week

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 05:06

London Fashion Week has wrapped up for another season, leaving us with plenty of hair and makeup inspiration for Fall/Winter 2019. Wild hair and sumptuous colors were the underpinning themes of the beauty look at Vivienne Westwood, where the makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench came up with a series of astounding looks involving covering the models' faces with gooey-like pigment.

Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:17

Dutt said some people had posted and circulated her phone number on Twitter, enabling the harassment, which she said included threats of rape and images of genitalia being sent to her phone. Dutt tweeted some of the threats and images on Monday, and she included phone numbers and names of the men who allegedly threatened her, after which her account was suspended. "I would like to place on record my absolute horror and disgust at Twitter's encouragement of sexual abuse and gender inequality," said Dutt, a former managing editor at news channel NDTV and a regular columnist with the Washington Post.

Roger Stone deletes Instagram photo of judge presiding over his case ‘in crosshairs’

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:07

Days after a federal judge imposed a limited gag order on him, Trump confidant Roger Stone posted a photograph of that judge to his Instagram page and included her name, a close-up of her face and what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun sight near her head. Mr Stone deleted the picture soon after, then reposted it without the crosshairs before deleting the second post. US district judge Amy Berman Jackson is presiding over Mr Stone's criminal trial in which he has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying about his efforts to gather information about hacked 2016 Democratic Party emails that were published by WikiLeaks.

Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief says

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:06

Donald Trump must be removed from office as he is “not well at all mentally”, a former White House ethics chief has said. Richard Painter, who served as George W Bush’s ethics lawyer between 2005 and 2007, told cable network Msnbc Mr Trump’s national emergency declaration over illegal immigration was “clearly illegal” and the product of the president’s state of mind.

India says suicide attack mastermind killed

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:04

India's army said Tuesday it had killed the mastermind of a major suicide bomb attack in Kashmir which it blamed on Pakistan, as calls grew for reprisals over the deaths of more than 40 paramilitaries and soldiers. Indian forces have staged operations since Thursday's attack while anti-Pakistan and anti-Kashmir sentiment has spread across the country, fuelled by social media including widely shared false news reports. Three militants from the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group, which claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, were killed in a gunbattle that lasted much of Monday, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon told a press conference in Srinagar.