Shoot! Move! And communicate!

FORT STEWART, Ga. – Stealthily moving between the pine trees and under the Spanish moss at Fort Stewart, Georgia Guardsmen of the 3-108th Reconnaissance and Surveillance Squadron are honing their individual field craft skills to accomplish platoon level missions in early March. The 3-108th R&S is in the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) reset year, and […]

Royal Marines capture suspected Somali pirates after high-speed chase

Seven Somalis have been captured in an anti-piracy operation involving a high-speed chase across the Indian Ocean.The pursuit ended when a sniper on a Royal Navy helicopter started firing at the fleeing vessels. A party of Royal Marines then boarded the ships and sniffer dogs found traces of explosive and firearms.The men will be taken […]

Senate Confirms McChrystal, Stavridis, Fraser Nominations

WASHINGTON – The Senate confirmed Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal on June 10 to receive his fourth star and serve as commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The Senate also confirmed Navy Adm. James Stavridis as commander of U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander for Europe, NATO’s top […]

Palestinian hunger strikers’ leader moved to solitary confinement

Marwan Barghouti, the leader of a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, has been moved to solitary confinement amid warnings by Israeli officials that they will not negotiate with the striking detainees.As the strike involving more than 1,100 prisoners in eight prisons entered its second day, the Israeli authorities moved swiftly to […]

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s daughter to run for National Front leader

The daughter of far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen says she will attempt to succeed her father and run for head of France’s National Front party. Marine Le Pen, the party’s vice-president, says her father’s successor will be chosen at the next party congress, probably next year. She said whoever is chosen would probably become the […]

Deforestation ‘may have started west Africa’s Ebola outbreak’

Deforestation may have triggered the recent Ebola outbreak in west Africa, France’s environment minister Ségolène Royal told a London summit hosted by the Prince of Wales ahead of next month’s Cop21 conference.Addressing the British energy and climate change secretary, Amber Rudd, representatives from forest nation governments and global companies, Royal said researchers believe the destruction […]

Catholic church plans campaign to re-evangelise inactive members

The Roman Catholic church in England and Wales has launched its first outreach campaign to get people back into the pews, with its lapsed membership thought to number as many as five million.It started at the weekend in York with Crossing the Threshold, a national tour of talks and workshops to help clergy and parishioners […]

Bank pulls the plug on Irish billionaire who owned Independent

Sir Tony O’Reilly, Ireland’s first billionaire tycoon and former owner of the Independent newspaper titles, has been labelled insolvent and left pleading with a Dublin court for more time to sell off assets – including his 750-acre Castlemartin stud in county Kildare – as he battled to stave off creditors’ demands.A rugby winger with caps […]

Marine awarded for act of courage

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines day-in and day-out prove themselves to be a virtuous, proud and strong military force. They train in all climes and places both night and day, and are motivated by the will to raise their own standard. A big part of being a Marine is not only acting as such in […]

Capitalism will implode

The question: Was 1989 a good year for humanity?”We are the people” – this was one of the slogans shouted in the big demonstrations in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) leading to the “peaceful revolution” in October/November 1989. The demonstrations always started with prayers for peace in churches – the only places of self-organisation […]