‘In 1976 I discovered Ebola…’

The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place
This week’s Newsweek magazine cover features an image of a chimpanzee behind the words, “A Back Door for Ebola: Smuggled Bushmeat Could Spark a U.S. Epidemic.” This cover story is problematic for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that there is virtually no chance that “bushmeat” smuggling could bring Ebola to America.

‘In 1976 I discovered Ebola – now I fear an unimaginable tragedy’
Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire

‘I didn’t think of Iraqis as humans,’ says U.S. soldier who raped 14-year-old girl before killing her and her family

Obama Leads His Coalition of Arab Tyrants Into Another losing, Islamist-boosting War

Serious disagreements remain in U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State

Why Regime Change Won’t Stop ISIS in Syria…

Iran touts ‘experience’ fighting terrorists, says airstrikes not enough against ISIS

Iran hits back at Saudi claims of ‘occupying’ Syria
IRAN hit back Tuesday at demands from Saudi Arabia that Tehran withdraw its “occupying” forces from Syria and insisted no country was more committed to confronting jihadists in the region.

Iraq Descends Into Anarchy
Shia Militias ‘Abducting and Killing Sunni Civilians In Revenge For Isis Attacks’

Iraq military abandons key Anbar base to ISIS militants

WHITE HOUSE SAYS STRATEGY AGAINST ISIS ‘SUCCEEDING’

Pakistani Taliban leaders pledge allegiance to Islamic State

Russia to help fight Islamists in the Middle East
The United States and Russia will share intelligence on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq and work together to combat the threat of terrorism that hangs over the region, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels near Iraq
Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes have bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border, as their ceasefire comes under increasing strain.

Kurdish Anger Soars as Turkey Won’t Open Iraq Arms Corridor

British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a ‘bully’
Yesterday the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly (274-12) to recognize a Palestinian state, and if you listened to the debate, one theme above all else explains the crushing victory: The British public has been horrified by Gaza and its opinion of Israel has shifted.

EU considers banning violent Jewish settlers
European Union looking at ways to pressure Israel on settlements without resorting to sanctions

French FM: If peace talks prove impossible, we’ll recognize Palestinian state
Paris should recognize a Palestinian state only if doing so would help achieve peace, Fabius says.

No One Has A Monopoly On Truth: Sergey Lavrov’s U.N. Address
Video and English Transcript
“Washington has openly declared its right to the unilateral use of military force anywhere to advance its own interests. Military interference has become a norm, even despite the dismal outcome of all operations of force that the US has carried out over recent years…”

Putin: Nazi virus ‘vaccine’ losing effect in Europe
The coup d’├ętat in Ukraine is a worrying example of growing neo-Nazi tendencies in Eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a Serbian newspaper. He stressed that “open manifestations” of neo-Nazism is also commonplace in Baltic states.

UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights
“The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether,” the report concluded.

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