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PM Abbott Spends 1 Week with Aborigines in Australia
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 15, 2014, 01:08 AM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia will dedicate this week to governing and  living in a tent in a rural isolated Aboriginal village.

According to Channel NewsAsia, "Australian premier Tony Abbott shifted his office to a tent in an isolated Aboriginal community on Monday (Sep 15), keeping a promise made when he came to power despite having just committed troops to the fight against Islamic State."

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Nearly 1,000 French Citizens Join Jihad Ranks
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 15, 2014, 12:20 AM

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has recruited nearly 1,000 French citizens  to join their jihadist ranks.

Russia Today reports that, "About 930 France’s residents and citizens, including 60 women, are either already fighting in Iraq and Syria or are planning to go there, the country’s interior minister said. Dozens of women and children were stopped on their way there."

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Sen Al Franken Touts Higher Taxes on Medical Devices
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Sep 14, 2014, 11:29 PM

Investment banker Mike McFadden, a Republican, is campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota. His main challenger is Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat and incumbent. Sen Franken played a pivotal role to raise taxes on the medical devices industry.

According to the Daily Caller, "Ask McFadden about his grievances against Franken, and he says: “You start with Obamacare. He was the 60th and deciding vote for Obamacare.”

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Iowa Democrats Say Hillary Clinton 'Uninspired'
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Sep 14, 2014, 10:13 PM

Former Secretary Hillary Clinton recently gave a speech in Iowa but many Democrat spectators said she appeared to be "uninspired."

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Brenda Brink, 57, of Huxley, supported Obama in 2008 and was decked out in clothing supporting Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren."

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Singapore and Russia Boost Relations
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 02:50 AM

Singapore and Moscow have pledged stronger diplomatic and economic relations.

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Singapore and Russia have agreed to explore further cooperation in several areas, such as airport management, industrial park and city planning, information and communications technology, education, and healthcare. They also agreed on collaboration in projects in places such as Moscow, St Petersburg and Vladivostok."

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CIA Gathers Intelligence from Ukrainian Social Media
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 01:56 AM

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gathers the main source of its so-called "intelligence" on the Ukraine by reviewing blogs and social media platforms based in Kiev.

The Russia Today reports that, "Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andrey Lysenko had earlier made a statement claiming that about 2,000 Russian soldiers were killed in Ukraine while at least 8,000 were injured. The Russian ministry points out that the so-called “intelligence” data echoes the statements of the alleged human rights activist, Elena Vasileva, who shared those unsubstantiated figures with the Ukrainian UNIAN news agency over a week ago."

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Metrosexual Al Qaeda Aussie Faces Twitter Backlash
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 12:28 AM

28-years-old art director Jarryd Zankovic, who bears a remarkable resemblance to an al Qaeda Islamist with metrosexual inclinaions, gave an interview to B&T to discuss his grooming habits. However, his comments sparked a storm of social media mockery in the 'Land Down Under.' 

The Brisbane Times reports that, "Move over Bondi Hipsters, you've been replaced by a man from Surry Hills as "Australia's biggest wanker" according to the internet. After 28-year-old art director Jarryd Zankovic gave an interview to advertising and marketing industry publication B&T Magazine, his comments about personal style were posted and then widely criticised on social media sites."

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Samsung Taunts Apple's Livestream Failure
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 09:11 PM

Apple recently hosted a star-studded marketing event to introduce their latest gadgets to the public. Nevertheless, the livestream broadcast of the event faced a serious technical glitch.

According to Fox News, "Apple has been hit with plenty of criticism after the tech giant’s livestream of its big product launch on Tuesday ran into technical problems. Even Samsung has jumped on the bandwagon, exploiting its rival’s livestream woes in a video posted on YouTube."

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Obama to Welcome Venezuela on UN Security Council
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 08:35 PM

President Barry Obama is helping Venezuela gain a seat at the United Nations Security Council. Obama currently sits as the chairman of the UN Human Rights panel, where Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is also a member.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The unanimous endorsement of Venezuela's candidacy to represent the region on the Security Council came at a closed-door meeting July 23 in New York, said Amin Cruz, a diplomat at the U.N. from the Dominican Republic, which presided at the meeting."

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Yahoo Top News Trending; Vacuum Cleaners, Not Obama
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 02:56 AM

You can always count on low-information American voters to pay little attention to the major geo-political issues of the day. Yet, have we Americans stooped to a new low? Just shortly after President Barry Obama gave a speech at the White House on TV to announce that the US military would launch air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria, American internet viewers don't seem to care.

According to the Top 10 Yahoo News trending search engine, vacuum cleaners are creating a bigger buzz on the Web right now than Obama.

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