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Investigators in Mexico Detain Mayor and His Wife

Investigators in Mexico Detain Mayor and His Wife

Investigators in Mexico Detain Mayor and His Wife

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MEXICO CITY — The fugitive mayor of a southern Mexican town where 43 college students were apparently abducted in September after he reportedly ordered the police to attack them was detained Tuesday along with his wife in an early-morning raid here, federal officials said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto, who in the face of public outrage called the case his highest priority as it threatened to overshadow an agenda focused on economic uplift, saluted the police and expressed hope the arrests would “contribute in a decisive way to clearing things up and to the investigation.”

Investigators in Mexico - civilian community police

Image credit: Tim Johnson – McClatchy. Civilian community police look at an excavated grave.

The case has been notable, however, for scores of arrests — more than 50 so far — that have not turned up the whereabouts of the students, but have led to several mass graves that suggest deeply entrenched organized crime in the area. Yet the mayor and his wife may know more than most others captured so far.

They were detained by an elite unit of the federal police in a run-down, apparently abandoned house in the working-class district of Iztapalapa, 120 miles north of Iguala, the town where the students disappeared and which the couple presided over in collusion with the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, the authorities have said.

The mayor, José Luis Abarca of Iguala, who stepped down from his post and fled last month as the police focused on him, and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, were taken to the federal attorney general’s office for questioning. Another woman accused of helping them hide was also taken into custody.

 

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Canada Launches First Air Strikes Against ISIL in Iraq

Canada Launches First Air Strikes Against ISIL in Iraq

Canada Launches First Air Strikes Against ISIL in Iraq

By albawaba

Canada launches first air strikes against ISIL in Iraq

Image credit: US Federal Gov. Public Domain

Canada has conducted its first air strike mission in Iraq, as part of the attacks carried out by the US-led coalition against ISIL militants operating in the country.

Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson made the announcement in a statement on Sunday.

Two Canadian CF-18 jetfighters reportedly dropped laser-guided bombs in the vicinity of Fallujah, west of the capital, Baghdad.

The minister also said in his statement that the military will release no further information about the mission until Tuesday.

Sources say Canada’s first attempt to carry out strikes had been postponed last Thursday as a result of bad weather.

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From Wikipedia
Operation Impact is the name of Canada’s contribution to the 2014 military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Canadian military action began on 4 September 2014, when the Canadian government announced that it would deploy up to 100 Canadian special forces to Iraq in a non-combat advisory role. It was later confirmed that around 69 forces were operating in Iraq. On 3 October, Canada’s role in the intervention increased when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada would be deploying 9 total aircraft, including 6 combat aircraft to Iraq. Airstrikes are expected to be underway by late October. Harper also did not rule out Canadian involvement in the American-led intervention in Syria, but only on the condition that Syria’s government would approve of it. Canadian airstrikes in Iraq began on 2 November.

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Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Freed from Mexican Jail

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Freed from Mexican Jail

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Freed from Mexican Jail

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After 214 days in a Mexican prison, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi returned home to Florida Saturday, having been freed Friday night after a strong diplomatic push appeared to help convince a judge to release the former Marine on humanitarian grounds.

After reviewing the ruling, Tahmooressi family spokesman Jonathan Franks said the judge acted on a recommendation from the PGR, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office. In that motion, the prosecutor “essentially withdrew the charges,” Franks said. Moments later, the trial judge issued an acquittal in Andrew’s case, calling for an “immediate and absolute release.”

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Freed from Mexican Jail

Image credit: Jonathan Franks ‏@LucidJonFranks

Franks said the private plane carrying Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, his mother and supporters — including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson — landed at a South Florida airport about 6 a.m. Tahmooressi was freed Friday night and reunited with his mother, Jill, and then boarded the flight to Florida in San Diego.

His release comes after a lengthy, closed trial and a Congressional hearing in September highly critical of Obama Administration efforts to secure his release and Mexico’s refusal to let him go. Tahmooressi said he made an innocent mistake the evening he crossed into Tijuana with three weapons in his truck on March 31.

While his defense rested its case several weeks ago, Tahmooressi’s release came only after a strong diplomatic push from former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ). Speaking by phone on his way to board a plane with Tahmooressi, Richardson said the trio, along with talk show host Montel Williams, met with Mexico’s Attorney General and Ambassador to the US, advocating for his liberation.

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German Typhoons have Intercepted 7 Russian Air Force Combat Planes

German Typhoons have Intercepted 7 Russian Air Force Combat Planes

German Typhoons have Intercepted 7 Russian Air Force Combat Planes

By David Cenciotti

NATO Baltic Air Policing mission is quite busy these days….
According to the Latvian military, on Oct. 28, the German Air Force Eurofighter jets on QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) at Amari, Estonia, to provide NATO Baltic Air Policing were scrambled to intercept seven Russian Air Force planes flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

German Typhoons have intercepted 7 Russian Air Force combat planes

Image credit: Geoffrey Lee, Planefocus Ltd

The German interceptors identified the Russian planes as a large package, made of attack planes and escort, which included 2x MiG-31 Foxhound, 2x Su-34 Fullback, 1x Su-27 Flanker and 2x Su-24 Fencer jets.

Regardless to whether the Russian aircraft were involved in one of the frequent training missions in the Baltics or were commuting to/from the Russian airfield in Kaliningrad oblast, the package on Oct 28 represents one of the largest “formations” intercepted by NATO fighter planes during the last couple of years.

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Suspicion Hangs Over Death of U.S. Journalist in Turkey

Suspicion Hangs Over Death of U.S. Journalist in Turkey

Suspicion Hangs Over Death of U.S. Journalist in Turkey

By F. Michael Maloof

Threatened days before car crash for her reporting on ISIS

WASHINGTON – The death of an American journalist who worked in the Middle East has come under suspicion because she had claimed days before her death that the Turkish intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani.

Suspicion Hangs Over Death of U.S. Journalist in TurkeySerena Shim, an American citizen of Lebanese origin, was a journalist for Iran’s state-owned Press TV. She was killed in a car crash in the city of Suruc after she reportedly collided with a “heavy vehicle.”

She was in a rental car returning from her assignment when the crash occurred. Neither the “heavy vehicle” nor its driver has been located, although her driver reportedly was arrested.

Just days before her death, she had expressed concerns to colleagues and later on camera that she could be arrested by Turkish officials over her reporting. She disclosed that ISIS jihadists were being smuggled into Turkey and back into Syria in the back of humanitarian aid vehicles.

Suruc was located near the Turkish-Syrian border where most of the international media are assembled to cover the Kobani siege by ISIS.

“She was a wonderful young lady from Tennessee working as a reporter for Press TV in southern Turkey,” Franklin Lamb, an international lawyer and friend of Shim, told WND.

“She was preparing to return to the United States and to her mother,” he said. “She was a lovely young woman, smart, funny, hardworking, very American, open, optimistic. She wanted to help the world and alleviate struggle,” said Lamb.

A statement from Press TV said that Shim leaves behind two children, Ali, age 4, and Ajmal, 2.

“The tragic death of Serena Shim has left pain and sorrow in our hearts,” the statement said. “Her family is calling on the Turkish government to provide answers over the circumstance leading to her death.

“Just a couple of days ago she had been threatened by Turkish intelligence,” Press TV stated.

A few days prior to her death, Shim had spoken on camera of her fears of being arrested. She claimed Turkish intelligence agents had accused her of spying after her report of the alleged smuggling of ISIS militants.

“I’m very surprised at this accusation – I even thought of approaching Turkish intelligence because I have nothing to hide,” Shim said in the broadcast a day before she was killed.

“I am a bit worried, because … Turkey has been labeled by Reporters Without Borders as the largest prison for journalists … so I am frightened about what they might use against me,” she said.

Shim said that she had received images from Islamic jihadists crossing the Turkish border and was one of the few reporters covering the development.

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Putin Condemns The U.S. for Undermining World Order

Putin Condemns The U.S. for Undermining World Order

Putin Condemns The U.S. for Undermining World Order and Instigating the Rise of ISIS

By Rachel Blevins

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the current world order at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club. During his speech, Putin spoke out in condemnation of the United States, and its relations with the rest of the world, and he proposed the need for a new system.

Putin prefaced his message by saying that although he may seem “a bit too harsh,” he felt it was necessary to speak directly and honestly.

Putin Condemns The U.S. for Undermining World OrderWe need to be direct and blunt today not so as to trade barbs, but so as to attempt to get to the bottom of what is actually happening in the world,” said Putin, who went on to say that they must be direct in order to “try to understand why the world is becoming less safe and more unpredictable.”

As we analyze today’s situation, let us not forget history’s lessons.”

Addressing the current state of international relations, Putin said that what the world needed to do was to “carry out a rational reconstruction and adapt it to the new realities in the system of international relations.”

Putin used the analogy of the Cold War, saying that the United States, who “declared itself the winner,” saw no need for adapting to a new system.

Instead of establishing a new balance of power, essential for maintaining order and stability, they took steps that threw the system into sharp and deep imbalance,” Putin said.

We have entered a period of differing interpretations and deliberate silences in world politics,” said Putin. He defined the current time as one where “objectivity and justice have been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency,” and where “arbitrary interpretations and biased assessments have replaced legal norms.”

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Hungarians Revolt Against Internet Tax

Hungarians Revolt Against Internet Tax

Hungarians Revolt Against Internet Tax

By RT

Furious with the government plan to impose tax on Internet data traffic, thousands of Hungarians rallied in front of the Economy Ministry in Budapest to protect the freedom of the internet from the ‘anti-democratic’ measure.

Tens of thousands gathered in front of the Economy Ministry building on Sunday, urging the politicians to scrap the plan that will see internet service providers (ISPs) pay 150 forints ($0.62) for every gigabyte of data traffic transferred over their networks.

Although the draft suggests that ISPs would be able to offset corporate income tax against the new levy, the protesters believe that eventually the new tax burden will end up pinned on common users. The Association of IT, Telecommunications and Electronics Companies has already said the tax would force them to raise prices, Reuters reports.

Hungarians Revolt Against Internet Tax

Image credit: AFP/Attila Kisbenedek

The rally organized via Facebook group with over 210,000 followers said that the move “follows a wave of alarming anti-democratic measures by [Prime Minister Viktor] Orban that is pushing Hungary even further adrift from Europe.”

Protesters held up their smartphones, lighting up the square with their screens. Part of the crowd then marched to the city’s historic Heroes Square, Reuters reports.

“The measure would impede equal access to the Internet, deepening the digital divide between Hungary’s lower economic groups, and limiting Internet access for cash-poor schools and universities,” the press release added, as some 41,000 people signed up to protest on social media.

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Taliban Resurgent As 13-Year War In Afghanistan Nears End

Taliban Resurgent As 13-Year War In Afghanistan Nears End

Taliban Resurgent As 13-Year War In Afghanistan Nears End

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As the Afghan military begins its first day in charge of combat operations in the region of Helmand province Monday, a resurgent and strengthened Taliban continues to gain control of key regions, including districts just outside of the nation’s capital, Kabul. The handover and loss of territory comes at a difficult time for the country’s military, as the Taliban has inflicted the deadliest period for Afghan forces since the war began, underlining the enormity of the task at hand and raising questions about how the jihadist group has changed over the past 13 years of war and where it stands now.

The Taliban were removed from power in October 2001

By United States Army [Public domain]

“They remain a formidable fighting force and are conducting increasingly brazen operations across the country,” said Lisa Curtis, a senior research fellow and expert on Afghanistan at Washington, D.C., think tank The Heritage Foundation. “Over the last 13 years, they really have developed into a sophisticated force and have shown an ability to study U.S. and NATO strategy, patterns and found ways to continue attacks under different constraints.”

British forces handed over Camp Bastion Sunday, marking an official end to combat operations by British troops. The adjoining U.S. Marines Camp Leatherneck was also handed over in a ceremony with Afghan troops.

While Afghan security forces remain in control over most of the country, the summer months offered a glimpse of what may lie ahead. Previously secure regions descended into chaos, and trouble spots, particularly the province of Helmand, have been extremely violent.

The insurgency has been in operation since June 2013, just a year after the U.S. withdrew the surge troops and continued to draw down its military footprint, handing over operations to Afghan security forces who assumed full control in mid-2013. In that year, however, there were 8,615 civilian injuries and deaths, a 14 percent rise over 2012 and the deadliest since records were kept in 2009, according to a report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

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Ottawa Attacker Used Lever Action Rifle, Not an ‘Assault Weapon’

Ottawa Attacker Used Lever Action Rifle, Not an ‘Assault Weapon’

Ottawa Attacker Used Lever Action Rifle, Not an ‘Assault Weapon’

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When recent Islamic convert Michael Zehif-Bibeau carried out the October 22 terror attack in Ottawa he used a lever action 30-30 rifle, not an “assault weapon.”

To be specific, he used a Winchester Model 94 30-30–one of the oldest and most recognizable guns in of all North America, if not the world.

Ottawa Attacker Used Lever Action Rifle, Not an 'Assault Weapon'The Model 94 holds 7 rounds–8 if you have one chambered–and is not a semi-automatic firearm (the lever on the gun has to be manually cocked between each shot).

CBCNews Canada reports that Zehif-Bibeau fired three shots at the War Memorial before he even entered Parliament. Of those three, two were fired at Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and one at the other soldier who was also serving “in the honor guard.” This left him with 5 shots maximum.

CBCNews believes this relatively small amount of ammo explains why he walked past so many individuals between the War Memorial and Parliament, without trying to take anyone else’s life. He wanted to spend those remaining bullets on MPs.

It should be noted that Zehif-Bibeau was “under a criminal prohibition from possessing firearms.” However, that did not stop him. Zehif-Bibeau “had no fixed address”–which by itself brings another law into play banning him from getting a firearms license and, in turn, prohibits him from possessing a firearm. But that did not stop him either.

Right now investigators believe there are three options for how Zehif-Bibeau obtained the rife: Either he stole it, bought it “on the black market,” or was given the rifle by someone who did not know the many prohibitions barring Zehif-Bibeau from having one.

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West Waging a ‘CNN war’ in Syria as Isil Makes Gains

West Waging a ‘CNN war’ in Syria as Isil Makes Gains

West Waging a ‘CNN war’ in Syria as Isil Makes Gains in Iraq

By Sofia Barbarani, Erbil and Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent

While American air strikes on the Syrian border town of Kobane play out in front of the world’s media, Isil has made territorial gains in Iraq

On the barren wastes of Mount Sinjar, the Yazidis are once more surrounded and fighting for their lives.

“We saw Isil, there are daily clashes with Isil. Today and yesterday there was heavy fighting,” said one stranded Yazidi man, Dre’i Shamo, last week. “The situation is very tragic and critical.”

Further south, the advance of the jihadists of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Baghdad continues, slower than before but still with no sign of a reversal of fortune. Another district fell last week, after a major military base the week before, while scores more innocent civilians have died in a rise in bombings in the city itself.

'CNN war' in Syria as Isil makes gains

Fierce fighting was reported once again on Sunday at the border between Turkey and Syria [AFP]

The jihadists have also reached Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province and the last major city in western Iraq not in Isil’s hands.

The world’s attention has been focused on the medium-sized Kurdish town of Kobane, on the Syria-Turkey border, whose accessibility has provided countless opportunities for telegenic news coverage of American air strikes, which have multiplied in size and number. But Kobane is a secondary focus of the war that has been waging in Syria for more than three years; and that war is itself supposed to be secondary in strategic heft for America and its allies, including Britain.

They have deemed Iraq the first target of the fight against Isil. Yet the number of air strikes in supposedly less significant Syria has now reached double that in Iraq, as America and its allies seek to bolster Kobane’s defences.

Analysts and some Iraqis now wonder whether President Barack Obama’s declared strategy in the Middle East has been abandoned in favour of pursuing a short-term agenda dictated by the news agenda: that the “CNN factor was at play”, as Ben Barry, a former British Army brigadier, put it after compiling a detailed analysis of the military situation in Iraq.

Isil may even have drawn the West into a trap – pouring second-grade but eager foreign recruits into the battle for Kobane, while pursuing their more important goals next door, he said.

“Kobane is right against the border,” he told The Telegraph. “It may be that Isil deliberately took the decision to attack there to draw US air power away from Anbar.”

“Kobane is right against the border,” he told The Telegraph. “It may be that Isil deliberately took the decision to attack there to draw US air power away from Anbar.”

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Try Eradicating Afghanistan’s Poppies; Blow $7.6 Billion

Try Eradicating Afghanistan’s Poppies; Blow $7.6 Billion

Try Eradicating Afghanistan’s Poppies; Blow $7.6 Billion

By Matthew Gault

The U.S. military learned the hard way not to interfere with Afghanistan’s thriving production of poppies, the colorful flowers that are the source of opium and, by extension, heroin.

Now we know the cost of that lesson—a cool $7.6 billion.

On Oct. 14, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction—a.k.a., SIGAR—alerted the Defense, State and Justice Departments to this latest dollar figure for poppy-elimination efforts.

Try Eradicating Afghanistan’s Poppies; Blow $7.6 Billion

Image credit: David Axe. NATO ISAF photo.

And here’s SIGAR’s kicker. Despite the nearly $8 billion America has spent on eradication efforts, today the Afghan opium trade is booming. At 400,000 acres, the poppy crop in 2013 was the biggest ever.

One potent flower

Cultivating poppies has been illegal in Afghanistan since 2001, the same year that U.S. and allied troops invaded. But local authorities have enforced the law only sporadically. After all, they benefit from the opium trade, too.

Likewise, for the first three years of the occupation, the U.S. military left the poppy farmers alone.

The Americans were there to fight the Taliban, not to regulate an illicit drug trade or reform the farming habits of a whole society. In the early days of the war, Pentagon planners removed drug-related sites from lists of potential targets.

The State Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency, however, were determined to stamp out the poppies—and pressured the Defense Department to help raid laboratories and bulldoze fields. The State Department and the DEA argued that there was a clear connection between Afghanistan’s black-market opium and the Taliban.

They were right. The insurgents act as middle men in the poppy trade and have funneled millions of dollars in revenue into attacks on the occupation forces and the Afghan government.

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Video: Despite more than $7 billion of American counter-narcotics spending, Afghanistan’s opium trade has never been bigger, according to a U.S. government watchdog.
A new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction issued today highlights the continued growth of Afghanistan’s poppy fields despite more than a decade of U.S. and international counter-narcotics efforts.
Various federal agencies have spent $7.6 billion in Afghanistan over 12 years to curb the world’s largest opium industry. Despite some initial progress, the farming of opium poppies by Afghanistan’s farmers has rebounded in recent years. United Nations figures show that farmers in Afghanistan cultivated 806 square miles of opium poppy last year, a field roughly 2.5 times the size of New York City.

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How many Ebola cases are there really?

How many Ebola cases are there really?

How many Ebola cases are there really?

By Martin Enserink

Every couple of days, the World Health Organization (WHO) issues a “situation update” on the Ebola epidemic, with new numbers of cases and deaths for each of the affected countries. These numbers―9216 and 4555 respectively, according to Friday’s update―are instantly reported and tweeted around the world. They’re also quickly translated into ever-more frightening graphics by people who follow the epidemic closely, such as virologist Ian Mackay of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and Maia Majumder, a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge who visualizes the data on her website and publishes projections on HealthMap, an online information system for outbreaks.

How many Ebola cases are there really?But it’s widely known that the real situation is much worse than the numbers show because many cases don’t make it into the official statistics. Underreporting occurs in every disease outbreak anywhere, but keeping track of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone has been particularly difficult. And the epidemic unfolds, underreporting appears to be getting worse. (“It’s a mess,” Mackay says.)

So what do the WHO numbers really mean—and how can researchers estimate the actual number of victims? Here are answers to some key questions.

Does WHO acknowledge that the numbers are too low?

Absolutely. In August, it said that the reported numbers “vastly underestimate” the epidemic’s magnitude. WHO’s situation updates frequently point out gaps in the data. The 8 October update, for instance, noted that there had been a fall in cases in Liberia the previous 3 weeks, but this was “unlikely to be genuine,” the report said. “Rather, it reflects a deterioration in the ability of overwhelmed responders to record accurate epidemiological data. It is clear from field reports and first responders that [Ebola] cases are being under-reported from several key locations, and laboratory data that have not yet been integrated into official estimates indicate an increase in the number of new cases in Liberia.”

Where do the reported numbers come from, and why are they always too low?

Officially, the governments of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia transmit the numbers to WHO, which then passes them on to the world. But WHO is also closely involved in helping determine the numbers. The data come from several sources, says WHO epidemiologist Christopher Dye; the three main ones are clinics and treatment centers, laboratories doing Ebola tests, and burial teams.

Getting the numbers right is hard for many reasons. Many patients don’t seek medical care, for instance, because they don’t trust the medical system or because they live too far away. Of those who do, some die along the way, and some are turned away because treatment centers are overloaded. Of Ebola people who die at home, some are buried without ever coming to officials’ attention. It can also take time for recorded information to be passed on and entered into data reporting systems.

Testing is a big problem as well. The reports break down the numbers into suspected cases, based mostly on symptoms; probable cases, in which someone had symptoms and a link to a known Ebola case; and confirmed cases, in which a patient sample tested positive in the lab. In an ideal world, all suspected and probable cases would eventually be tested, but testing capacity is lacking. In WHO’s 15 October report, only 56% of the cases in the three countries was confirmed; in Liberia, where testing is huge problem, it was just 22%. (Friday’s report did not break down Liberia’s cases and said the data were “temporarily unavailable.”)

Dye says WHO and other groups are trying hard to improve the reporting on the ground. Among other things, they are trying to set up a system that would provide every patient with a unique identification number. Now, Dye says, patients who enter an Ebola clinic and then have a sample tested in the lab may enter the reports twice, because there is no way to know that the lab and the clinic were recording the same patient.

Are there ways to estimate the extent of the underreporting?

There are. For instance, In a technique called capture-recapture, epidemiologists visit one area or district and determine what percentage of the Ebola cases and deaths there has found its way into official records. “You throw out the net twice, and you compare,” says Martin Meltzer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, who is modeling the Ebola epidemic. (The term capture-recapture was borrowed from researchers who study the size of wildlife populations using two rounds of trapping.) But this method is logistically challenging and possibly dangerous, given the hostilities that some Ebola response teams have met, Meltzer says: “I’m not going to ask people to risk their lives to collect some data.”

For a paper published last month, Meltzer and his colleagues used a different technique. CDC has a computer model that, among other things, calculates how many hospital beds should be in use at any given time based on the cumulative number of cases at that moment. For 28 August, the time the paper was written, that number was 143 beds for Liberia; but people in the field told Meltzer that the actual number of beds in use was 320, a factor of 2.24 higher. (These numbers can be found in an annex to the paper.) “We had heard some other numbers that were higher, so we rounded that up to a correction factor of 2.5,” Meltzer says. But it’s a very rough approximation. Also, underreporting is likely to vary greatly from one place to another and over time, he says.

The CDC team’s widely reported worst case projection of 1.4 million cases by 20 January was based on the correction factor of 2.5, and assuming control efforts didn’t improve. It included only Liberia and Sierra Leone; in Guinea, the reported numbers of cases have fluctuated too much to make a reasonable projection, Meltzer says, which could also could be partly due to underreporting.

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Administration Quietly Prepares ‘Surge’ Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

Administration Quietly Prepares ‘Surge’ Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

Administration Quietly Prepares ‘Surge’ Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

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Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.

New Immigrant IDsUnnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.”

The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In the “surge,” scenario in 2016, the agency would need an additional five million cards – more than double the baseline annual amount for a total of 9 million.

“The guaranteed minimum for each ordering period is 4,000,000 cards. The estimated maximum for the entire contract is 34,000,000 cards,” the document says.

The agency is buying the materials need to construct both Permanent Residency Cards (PRC), commonly known as green cards, as well as Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards which have been used to implement President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. The RFP does not specify how many of each type of card would be issued.

Jessica Vaughan, an immigration expert at the Center for Immigration Studies and former State Department official, said the document suggests a new program of remarkable breadth.

The RFP “seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill,” Vaughan said.

Last year, Vaughan reviewed the Gang of Eight’s provisions to estimate that it would have roughly doubled legal immigration. In the “surge” scenario of this RFP, even the relatively high four million cards per year would be more than doubled, meaning that even on its own terms, the agency is preparing for a huge uptick of 125 percent its normal annual output.

It’s not unheard of for federal agencies to plan for contingencies, but the request specifically explains that the surge is related to potential changes in immigration policy.

“The Contractor shall demonstrate the capability to support potential ‘surge’ in PRC and EAD card demand for up to 9M cards during the initial period of performance to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements,” the document says.

A year ago, such a plan might have been attributed to a forthcoming immigration bill. Now, following the summer’s border crisis, the chances of such a new law are extremely low, giving additional credence to the possibility the move is in preparation for an executive amnesty by Obama.

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US Slams Islamic State with 25 New Air Strikes

US Slams Islamic State with 25 New Air Strikes

US slams Islamic State with 25 new air strikes in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON: US war planes struck more than two dozen times in Syria and Iraq on Friday (Oct 17) and Saturday (Oct 18), hitting Islamic State militants and oil infrastructure they control, the American military said.

Of 15 air strikes in Syria, 12 were aimed at “degrading and destroying their oil producing, collecting, storage and transportation infrastructure,” the US Central Command said in a statement. The militants control a swath of territory straddling northwestern Iraq and eastern Syria, home to most of Syria’s main oilfields.

Syria Air Strikes

A formation of US Navy F-18E Super Hornets in flight fter receiving fuel over northern Iraq. They were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike IS targets in Syria. (AFP/US Air Force /Staff Sgt Shawn Nickel)

Experts said the militants were earning as much as US$3 million daily from oil before the coalition began launching strikes on Syria, building on the air war under way against IS in Iraq since Aug 8.

Seven of the US strikes were east of Diban; they “successfully struck an IS crude oil collection point consisting of crude oil collection equipment and a modular oil refinery,” the statement said. Another of the five others against oil targets was southeast of Deir Ezzor and damaged a modular refinery. Three other strikes in Syria hit two IS fighting positions near Kobane and a military camp in the Raqa province.

In Iraq, five air strikes south and west of Bayji “struck two IS units, destroyed one IS armed vehicle, an IS heavy weapon, an IS machine gun position, an IS building and three IS guard shacks and damaged one IS guard shack.”

Another five west of the strategic Mosul Dam destroyed vehicles and damaged a building occupied by militants.

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Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And Japan

Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And Japan

Serious Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And Japan

By Michael Snyder

There are some who believe that the next great financial crash will not begin in the United States. Instead, they are convinced that a financial crisis that begins in Europe or in Japan (or both) will end up spreading across the globe and take down the U.S. too. Time will tell if they are ultimately correct, but even now there are signs that financial trouble is already starting to erupt in both Germany and Japan. German stocks have declined 10 percent since July, and that puts them in “correction” territory.

Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And JapanIn Japan, the economy is a total mess right now. According to figures that were just released, Japanese GDP contracted at a 7.1 percent annualized rate during the second quarter and private consumption contracted at a 19 percent annualized rate. Could a financial collapse in either of those nations be the catalyst that sets off financial dominoes all over the planet?

This week, the worst German industrial production figure since 2009 rattled global financial markets. Germany is supposed to be the economic “rock” of Europe, but at this point that “rock” is starting to show cracks.

And certainly the civil war in Ukraine and the growing Ebola crisis are not helping things either. German investors are becoming increasingly jittery, and as I mentioned above the German stock market has already declined 10 percent since July…

German stocks, weighed down by the economic fallout spawned by the Ukraine-Russia crisis and the eurzone’s weak economy, are now down more than 10% from their July peak and officially in correction territory.

The DAX, Germany’s benchmark stock index, has succumbed to recent data points that show the German economy has ground to a halt, hurt in large part by the economic sanctions levied at its major trading partner, Russia, by the U.S. and European Union as a way to get Moscow to butt out of Ukraine’s affairs. The economic slowdown in the rest of the debt-hobbled eurozone has also hurt the German economy, considered the economic locomotive of Europe.

In trading today, the DAX fell as low as 8960.43, which put it down 10.7% from its July 3 closing high of 10,029.43 and off nearly 11% from its June 20 intraday peak of 10,050.98.

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