Mês: janeiro 2017

Media

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA, BLOGGERS TO BECOME PART OF PRESS CORPS   (Corporate Media Freaks Out At possibility of Breitbart, Infowars Being Allowed To Ask Questions)   Steve Watson Jan. 16, 2016 In an unprecedented move, Donald Trump’s incoming White House Press Secretary revealed Sunday that members of the alternative media, and even prominent bloggers may be allowed to join the White House Press Corps, and take part in press conferences in Washington. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Sean Spicer, said that owing to “off the chart” interest in the Trump administration, the president-elect is thinking about relocating press briefings to a room with a larger capacity. Since 1970, all official press briefings have been held in the James S Brady room. Esquire magazine reported that the potential new venue could be the Old Executive Office Building, to the west of the White House. “I know change is difficult sometimes,” Spicer said. “But sometimes change can actually be better.” “There’s a lot of talk radio and bloggers and people that can’t fit in right now and maybe don’t have a permanency because they’re not part of the Washington elite media,” Spicer added. “But to allow them an opportunity to ask the press secretary or the president a question is a positive thing. It’s more democratic.” he urged. The reaction to Spicer’s comments from the Washington establishment has been predictably one of...

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Vladimir Putin

A Plea for Caution From Russia (Carta aos americanos)   Vladimir V. Putin Sep. 11, 2013 MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies. Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again. The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades. No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization. The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike...

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EM = MS

Neonatal vitamin D and the risk of MS   Further evidence shows the role of vitamin D in MS risk, especially during pregnancy Last updated: 17th January 2017   Previous research has shown that vitamin D levels during gestation (the process of development between conception and birth), may determine the risk of MS later in life. In this study from Denmark, investigators looked at the vitamin-D level at birth of 521 people with MS by linking several Danish health registries. They used matched healthy controls to compare the results. They observed that lower levels of vitamin D during the neonatal period (from birth to 1 month) was associated with an increased risk of MS later during life. The risk was highest for people with the lowest vitamin D levels during that period. This new study adds to the increasing evidence of the role of vitamin D in MS, especially during pregnancy. This may indicate that taking vitamin D during pregnancy may reduce the risk of MS for the infant, and requires further investigation. Read the full article (external website opens in a new window)   See the...

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EUA em Guerra

Quantas bombas os EUA lançaram durante 2016? Diogo Bercito 10/01/2017 O mandato do presidente americano Barack Obama chega ao fim neste dia 20, quando o republicano Donald Trump assume o cargo. Vocês vão se deparar, neste meio-tempo, com diversas análises sobre o legado de Obama. Uma pesquisa recente mostra, por exemplo, que menos de metade dos americanos acreditam estar melhor hoje do que há oito anos, quando ele foi eleito. Do ponto de vista militar, as análises desse período vão se lembrar de que Obama — que recebeu um prêmio Nobel da Paz — esteve por trás de diversas intervenções ao redor do mundo, em especial no Oriente Médio. Apenas em 2016 os EUA despejaram 26.171 bombas em sete países, de acordo com um relatório publicado pelo Council on Foreign Relations. A estimativa é, segundo o autor Micah Zenko, “sem dúvida bastante baixa”. Não há informações disponíveis sobre todos os países e o Pentágono conta ataques múltiplos como apenas um só. Mesmo assim os EUA lançaram 3.027 bombas a mais em 2016 do que no ano anterior. A maior parte das bombas foi utilizada em apenas dois países: a Síria e o Iraque, região em que o Exército norte-americano combate a organização terrorista Estado Islâmico. O número apresentado pelo relatório do Council on Foreign Relations é um cálculo a partir do total de bombas lançadas ali e da participação, em porcentagem, dos EUA dentro da coalizão internacional contra...

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USA in War

How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2016? Micah Zenko January 5, 2017 This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.    As President Obama enters the final weeks of his presidency, there will be ample assessments of his foreign military approach, which has focused on reducing U.S. ground combat troops (with the notable exception of the Afghanistan surge), supporting local security partners, and authorizing the expansive use of air power. Whether this strategy “works”—i.e. reduces the threat posed by extremists operating from those countries and improves overall security and governance on the ground—is highly contested. Yet, for better or worse, these are the central tenets of the Obama doctrine. In President Obama’s last year in office, the United States dropped 26,171 bombs in seven countries. This estimate is undoubtedly low, considering reliable data is only available for airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, and a single “strike,” according to the Pentagon’s definition, can involve multiple bombs or munitions. In 2016, the United States dropped 3,027 more bombs—and in one more country, Libya—than in 2015. Most (24,287) were dropped in Iraq and Syria. This number is based on the percentage of total coalition airstrikes carried out in 2016 by the United States in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the counter-Islamic State campaign. The Pentagon publishes a running count of bombs dropped by the United States and...

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