April 12, 2013
FRANCE Hopi masks sold off despite U.S. protests In a chaotic auction repeatedly interrupted by protests, dozens of Native American tribal masks were sold Friday for a total tally of $1.2 million after a French court ignored the objections of the Hopi tribe and the U.S. government. Of the 70 masks up for sale, one was bought by an association to give back to the Hopis, the Drouot auction house said. Advocates for the Hopi tribe had argued in court that the masks have...
April 3, 2013 |
BEIRUT — Syrian rebels captured a military base in the country's south Wednesday after days of heavy fighting, activists said, in the latest advance by opposition fighters near the strategic border area with Jordan. Rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad's troops have been chipping away at the regime's hold on the southern region in recent weeks, with the help of an influx of foreign- funded weapons. Their aim is to secure a corridor from the Jordanian border to Damascus in preparation for an eventual assault on the capital.
April 3, 2013
SYRIA Rebels take air base in southern province Syrian rebels captured a military base in their country's south Wednesday after days of heavy fighting, activists said, marking the latest advance by opposition fighters near the strategic area bordering Jordan. Rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad's troops have been chipping away at the regime's hold on the south in recent weeks with the help of an influx of foreign-funded weapons. Their aim is to secure a corridor from the...
March 18, 2013 |
There is bipartisanship in Congress! House Republicans and Democrats agree they are not going to let the Obama White House cut defense spending by permitting any more reduction in excess military facilities. Fact: Nine years ago, the Air Force found more than 20 percent of its infrastructure was excess. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) made a cut of less than 1 percent. Since then, Air Force personnel have been cut by about 48,000 and the number of aircraft has dropped by 500. That's similar to...
March 5, 2013 |
The Window Rock School District, in the heart of the Navajo nation in Arizona, is proposing the unthinkable: closing three of its seven schools as a result of the federal sequester . The schools are among 1,600 public schools on military bases and Native American reservations that are feeling the impact of federal cuts now, months before the rest of the country's classrooms see the effect of reduced dollars from Washington. "We may have to close those schools — we...
February 16, 2013 |
If a case of soap is pilfered from a U.S. military base here or pinched from a NATO shipping container, it will probably, sooner or later, end up for sale in the Bush Market, a sort of thieves' outlet mall in central Kabul. Named after George W. Bush, the U.S. president who launched the war in Afghanistan, the bazaar has flourished for more than eight years, thanks to the long presence of foreign troops that provided war booty aplenty. But in the Obama era, with its steady withdrawal of U.S. forces, the...