Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is fighting Islamist jihadist group, the Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIS). Meanwhile French President Francois Hollande pledges to continue fighting Assad.
According to NewsMax, "French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should receive more Western support, but he ruled out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an ally against the jihadists. Syrian rebel forces have been fighting Assad for more than three years with political backing from the West in a war that has cost 190,000 lives. But hardline Islamist groups have increasingly dominated the anti-Assad struggle, posing a dilemma for Western countries."
The Veteran Affairs' administration (VA) terminated Sean Higgins contract for an alleged "racial statement." He is African-American and once joked that the VA only fixes air condioners in the offices when white people complain.
The Daily Caller reports that, "Higgins was employed by the Memphis VA Medical Center until recently, and Williams continues to be employed by the facility."
Voters seeking to abolish American prosperity, otherwise known as Democrats, plan to demonstrate against economic growth at a Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Tx.) Summit to be held in Dallas on Friday morning.
According to a Prosperity-Alarmist press release, "Area retirees with the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA) will be outside the Dallas Omni Hotel protesting the Americans For Prosperity “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Dallas on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM. TARA members will be joined by members of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP)."
The winner of the 'Dumb Thug of the Day' award appears to be Reggie Stewart of Houston. He posted a YouTube video of taking the ice bucket challenge and dousing ice water on his granddaughter. Now Texas child custody officials are investigating the matter.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The trend that’s sweeping the globe for a good cause has reportedly gotten a Houston-area family in trouble. A man identified as Reggie Stewart, of Houston, posted an ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ video to his Facebook page. In the video, which has gone viral, he douses himself, and a baby in front of him, with the iced water."
North Korea is rapidly developing a fleet of nuclear submarines that can strike Guam, Hawaii and Alaska.
The Chosun Ilbo reports that, "A rightwing U.S. webzine on Tuesday claimed North Korea is developing a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles. "A missile launch tube on a North Korean submarine was observed recently by U.S. intelligence agencies and is raising new concerns about the missile and nuclear threat from the communist regime in Pyongyang," the Washington Free Beacon claimed."
New Delhi and Tokyo have signed off on a major rare earths deal.
According to Channel NewAsia, "Tokyo and New Delhi will next week sign an agreement that will see around 2,000 tonnes of rare earths imported from India, a report said Thursday (Aug 28), as Japan looks to diversify supply away from China. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are expected to agree on the deal at their summit in Tokyo on Monday, the Nikkei newspaper reported."
Despite an ongoing civil war in the Ukraine, the United States has agreed to send shipments of nuclear fuel to Kiev.
Russia Today reports that, "The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shares Moscow's concern on world nuclear safety and the potential threat that possible US atomic fuel supplies to Ukraine might cause as the country remains in crisis."
The St. Louis Transit Union has threatened to launch a strike because the Metro negotiator brought in Oreo cookies to the bargaining table. Union activists contend that Oreos have so-called "race-bating" connotations.
According to the Daily Caller, "A transportation union called a metro negotiator racist Wednesday after he shared the recipe for Oreo cookies during a closed door meeting, the St. Louis Business Journal ."
Just when you thought former Vice President Al Gore wasn't blowing enough hot air on the subject of Climate Change. He has scheduled to host a live broadcast of a 24-hours 'Global Warming Preach-a-thon' on September 16-17 at the United Nations headquarters building in New York City.
According to an Al Gore press release, "One week before the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, viewers from around the world will tune in to Climate Reality Project’s fourth-annual broadcast. This time, though, they’ll be seeing a new message on climate change: one of hope. Starting at 12pm ET on 9/16, Chairman and Founder of Climate Reality Al Gore will lead a 24-hour live broadcast called 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope."
Indonesia plans to transform volcano power into electricity.
Channel NewsAsia reports that, "The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday (Aug 26) passed a long-awaited law to bolster the geothermal energy industry and tap the power of the vast archipelago's scores of volcanoes."