Sunday, December 16, 2018
  • Home
  • Authors
  • Edwin Mora

MixedTimes - Edwin Mora

U.S.-Allied Kurdish Fighters Capture Last Town Under Islamic State Control

U.S.-Allied Kurdish Fighters Capture Last Town Under Islamic State Control

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), reportedly took back the last town held by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) on Friday, further cementing the complete fall of the group’s so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Bolton: China and Russia 'Interfere with U.S. Military' in Africa

Bolton: China and Russia 'Interfere with U.S. Military' in Africa

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, unveiling President Donald Trump’s Africa strategy on Thursday, accused Russia and China of “predatory practices” that interfere with American military operations on the continent and pose a significant threat to America’s homeland security interests.

U.N.: 70 Percent of Yemen Is Starving

U.N.: 70 Percent of Yemen Is Starving

A staggering 70 percent of the population in Yemen — 20 million people — are facing acute food insecurity raging from minimal to catastrophic levels, marking a 15 percent increase from last year, the United Nations humanitarian chief revealed on Monday, echoing a recentinter-agency report issued by the international body's aid divisions.

Report: U.S. Warships to 'Challenge' Russia in Both Eastern, Western Waters

Report: U.S. Warships to 'Challenge' Russia in Both Eastern, Western Waters

The U.S. Navy deployed its guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell near Russia-contested waters in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday as it begun taking the necessary steps to sail a warship into the Black Sea, west of Russia, amid increased tensions in the wake of the Kremlin’s seizure of three Ukrainian military vessels.

Pakistan Cracks Down on U.S.-Based, Christian Charities

Pakistan Cracks Down on U.S.-Based, Christian Charities

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration is kicking out 18 international charities based in the United States and Europe after refusing their final appeal to remain in the country, the latest move in a “systematic crackdown” on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the nation, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Thursday.

Hassan Rouhani: U.S. Seeking Negotiations with Iran 'Every Day'

Hassan Rouhani: U.S. Seeking Negotiations with Iran 'Every Day'

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reportedly claimed this week that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is making daily attempts to negotiate with the Islamic Republic, suggesting that America is willing to suspend sanctions against Tehran if the Shiite powerhouse gives in to its demands.

Russia Holds Naval War Games, Missile Drills in Black Sea near Ukraine

Russia Holds Naval War Games, Missile Drills in Black Sea near Ukraine

Russia is holding naval war exercises and surface-to-air missile drills in the Black Sea region amid tensions with Ukraine and a U.S.-led alliance over the capture of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crew off the coast of Moscow-annexed Crimea last month, the Kremlin’s defense ministry reportedly announced on Tuesday.

Report: Anti-Blasphemy Islamic Scholar Stabbed to Death' amid Asia Bibi Protests

Report: Anti-Blasphemy Islamic Scholar Stabbed to Death' amid Asia Bibi Protests

Aninfluential Islamic scholar who recently blasted the Pakistani Supreme Court for acquitting a Christian mother facing the death penalty on blasphemy charges was found “stabbed to death” and “covered in blood” at his residence in Rawalpindi, local news outlets reported Friday.

Jihadi Chiefs Traded for Deserter Bergdahl Working Taliban’s Qatar Office

Jihadi Chiefs Traded for Deserter Bergdahl Working Taliban’s Qatar Office

The five high-level Taliban members transferred from the American prison in Guantánamo to Qatar in exchange for U.S. Army deserter, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahlhavejoined the jihadi organization’s political office in Doha, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid revealed Tuesday.

Nigerian Army Shoots into Crowd of Shiite Protesters, Killing 27

Nigerian Army Shoots into Crowd of Shiite Protesters, Killing 27

The Nigerian army reportedly killed up to 21 people when it fired live bullets into a crowd of protesters on the third day of demonstrations by the African country’s leading Shiite Muslim movementin the capital of Abuja on Monday.

Nicaragua: Dozens Detained as Anti-Government Protests Continue

Nicaragua: Dozens Detained as Anti-Government Protests Continue

Police loyal to Nicaragua’s communist dictator Daniel Ortega reportedly detained up to 38 people on Sunday in connection to a scheduled march against the ruling government, ultimately forcing activists to shut down the rally.

Afghan Leader Admits to 'Unprecedented Overtures to the Taliban' at U.N.

Afghan Leader Admits to 'Unprecedented Overtures to the Taliban' at U.N.

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that Kabul in the last year has made an “unprecedented” offer of unconditional peace talks to the Taliban as well as the chance to operate as a legitimate political group.

Egyptian President Blasts U.N. as Ineffective, Lacking Credibility

Egyptian President Blasts U.N. as Ineffective, Lacking Credibility

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, during his address before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, condemned the international body for lacking credibility and being ineffective in the Arab region and Africa, citing the ongoing conflicts in Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

Trump at U.N.: Colombia Responded to Record Cocaine Crops by Electing Conservative

Trump at U.N.: Colombia Responded to Record Cocaine Crops by Electing Conservative

U.S. President Donald Trump, while speaking at the United Nations Monday, attributed hardline conservative Iván Duque's recent presidential election victory over his leftist opponent in Colombia to his aggressive anti-drugs policy at a time when the country is reportedly producing more cocaine than ever.

Russian Soldiers Begin Drills Near Afghan Border

Russian Soldiers Begin Drills Near Afghan Border

Thousands of troops from Russia and the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan recently participated in joint military exercises along the Afghanistan border to prepare against possible spillover violence from the northern Afghan provinces where the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are fueling deteriorating security conditions, Khaama Press (KP) reports Thursday.

Ortega Weekend Siege on Nicaragua Church Ends with 2 Dead, Dozens Injured

Ortega Weekend Siege on Nicaragua Church Ends with 2 Dead, Dozens Injured

An estimated 200 student protesters deemed "terrorists" by the communist government of Nicaragua safely walked out of a Catholic Church after it was besieged for hours over the weekend by forces loyal to Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega in an incident that left two dead and dozens wounded.

Feds Sentence Afghan Man to 10 Years for Smuggling Taliban Heroin into U.S.

Feds Sentence Afghan Man to 10 Years for Smuggling Taliban Heroin into U.S.

A U.S. federal court reportedly sentenced an Afghan national to a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison this week in connection to a multi-million-dollar conspiracy to smuggle heroin used to fund the Taliban's terrorist activities from Afghanistan into the United States.

U.N.: Over 18 Million to Die of Starvation in Yemen in 2018

U.N.: Over 18 Million to Die of Starvation in Yemen in 2018

The United Nations warned this week that an estimated 18.4 million are expected to perish of war-driven starvation in Yemen by the end of the year, a development that will exacerbate what some say is the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Syria: Russian-Backed Assad Bombings Force 50,000 to Flee

Syria: Russian-Backed Assad Bombings Force 50,000 to Flee

Fighters supporting dictator Bashar al-Assad havedisplaced up to 50,000 and shut down at least three hospitals in a siege to retake a rebel-held region in southwest Syria that borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the United Nations and a monitor group report this week.

Afghan President: ‘I Will Negotiate with the Taliban’s Leader Anywhere'

Afghan President: ‘I Will Negotiate with the Taliban’s Leader Anywhere'

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in an op-ed published Wednesday, again supplicated the Taliban terrorists to embrace his U.S.-backed offer of a truce and official acceptance of the group as a political organization, stressing that he is willing to “negotiate" with the Taliban’s chief "anywhere he wants.

Pakistan Fails to Keep Thousands of Jihadis, Rapists, Criminals Off Election Ballots

Pakistan Fails to Keep Thousands of Jihadis, Rapists, Criminals Off Election Ballots

Pakistan’s electioncommission appears powerless to prevent the “political mainstreaming” of Islamic extremists and candidates charged with crimes ranging from corruption and rape to human smuggling and murder, rendering the country’s upcoming race a springboard for radicals and alleged criminals, according to several news reports.

China Pushes for 'Guarantor' Role in North Korea Talks

China Pushes for 'Guarantor' Role in North Korea Talks

China is looking to assert a more prominent role as “guarantor” of anticipated “symbolic deals” after negotiations between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un began in Singapore on Tuesday, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports.

U.S. Forces in Korea: 'No Updated Guidance' on Joint Exercises

U.S. Forces in Korea: 'No Updated Guidance' on Joint Exercises

The U.S. Forces in Korea (USFK) said on Tuesday it had yet to receive any orders to cease military drills with South Korea following American President Donald Trump’s post-Singapore summit pledge to halt “war games” in the Korean peninsula.

Haram: Turkey Fines Music Channels for Playing Rihanna Hits

Haram: Turkey Fines Music Channels for Playing Rihanna Hits

The most prominent media watchdog group in Turkey reportedly slapped unprecedented fines this week on Turkish music channels for playing songs by Barbadian pop star Rihanna, branding her music "inappropriate.

U.S. Prepares for China to Try Spying on Trump-Kim Singapore Summit

U.S. Prepares for China to Try Spying on Trump-Kim Singapore Summit

American officials are reportedly taking precautionary measures to prevent Chinese intelligence from spying on Americans during the upcoming potentially historic denuclearization summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, U.S.

Opioid Addiction Surging in Nigeria Among Boko Haram Jihadists

Opioid Addiction Surging in Nigeria Among Boko Haram Jihadists

Tramadol, the cheap opioid painkiller, is reportedly fueling widespread addiction in Nigeria and promoting the terrorist campaign at the hands of Boko Haram militants, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week.

Pompeo: 'Process' Towards North Korea Summit 'Will Take Days and Weeks’ 

Pompeo: 'Process' Towards North Korea Summit 'Will Take Days and Weeks’ 

U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo indicated on Thursday that it remains uncertain when American President Donald Trump will meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to discuss a deal towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for sanctions relief, stressing that "real progress" has been made towards an agreement.

Trump Era Brings Home 14 Unjustly Detained Americans and Counting

Trump Era Brings Home 14 Unjustly Detained Americans and Counting

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration -- less than a year and a half into its tenure -- has helped secure the release of at least 14 Americans, including three children born in captivity to an American woman and her Canadian husband held by the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network.

DHS Urges Central American Migrants to Seek Refuge in Mexico

DHS Urges Central American Migrants to Seek Refuge in Mexico

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week urged Central American migrants fleeing poverty and violence to seek refuge in nations outside the United States, like Mexico, to avoid the "dangerous journey" north.

Dem Senator Blasts Trump for Not Forcing Mexico to Pay for Wall

Dem Senator Blasts Trump for Not Forcing Mexico to Pay for Wall

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has repeatedly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for not forcing Mexico to pay for the multi-billion-dollar wall along America’s southern border after his party argued against the proposal, noting that the measure is xenophobic and would strain the relationship between the two countries.

U.S. Deactivates Command of Anti-Islamic State Ground Forces in Iraq

U.S. Deactivates Command of Anti-Islamic State Ground Forces in Iraq

The U.S. military demobilized the command charged with overseeing American ground forces in Iraq this week, marking the end of major combat operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) with the intent to maintain a residual troop footprint in the country to prevent a resurgence of the jihadists.

Mattis: ‘We’re Going to Expand’ Anti-Islamic State Fight in Syria

Mattis: ‘We’re Going to Expand’ Anti-Islamic State Fight in Syria

WASHINGTON, DC — The Trump administration is “going to expand” American military operations against the remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told lawmakers on Thursday when asked about the president's suggestion that the United States would be pulling out of the conflict.

Report: U.S. Concerned About Suspected Iranian Arms Shipment to Syria

Report: U.S. Concerned About Suspected Iranian Arms Shipment to Syria

The U.S. intelligence community reportedly expressed concerns this week that sponsor of terror Tehran likely used Syrian military cargo flights from Iran this week to arm its allies, which include the Shiite narco-jihadist group Hezbollah and the murderous regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad.

NYT: Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Freed Under Obama ‘Vanished’ After Return to Libya

NYT: Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Freed Under Obama ‘Vanished’ After Return to Libya

An estimated 150 former Guantánamo Bay prisoners liberated as part of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to shut down the U.S. military detention center “risk being killed — or could end up becoming threats themselves,” the New York Times (NYT) acknowledged this week.

Mexico Ten Times Deadlier for Civilians than War-Ravaged Afghanistan

Mexico Ten Times Deadlier for Civilians than War-Ravaged Afghanistan

The number of people killed in Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, at 7,667, is more than ten times higher than the 763 civilian deaths in war-ravaged Afghanistan during the same period, according to a Breitbart News analysis of Mexican government and United Nations data.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Get breaking news and thought-provoking commentary
directly mailed to your inbox, faster than AIR MAIL!

Get Informed

Sign up for breaking news and thought-provoking commentary delivered directly to your inbox.