The White House said Tuesday that it was opposed to a move by the House of Representatives to increase funding for Israeli missile defense procurement by an additional $455 million above the administration’s budget request for the 2017 fiscal year.
The announcement was greeted with disappointment by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which emphasized the importance of the additional funding.
In a long letter sent to Congress on Tuesday, the Obama administration listed its numerous objections to the House’s version of the defense appropriations bill for the coming fiscal year.
The victory in Sirte is important but it does not solve the problem of terrorism in Libya. Islamic State is a symptom of the crisis ensued as a result of the 2011 NATO’s intervention. To do away with the group, Libya needs to bring back order and stability. An international effort is also required to block hundreds of thousands of refugees. Aid packages and mediation activities have to be approved by the UN Security Council and conducted under international supervision – something unthinkable without Russia.
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016
The so-called "June 27th" lava flow field ceased to be active and the new flow field is now headed towards the ocean. ... [more]
Monday, Jun 13, 2016
A moderately strong vulcanian explosion occurred yesterday morning at 11:17 local time, producing a mushroom-shaped ash plume that rose approx. 3 km above the summit and dispersed in westerly directions. ... [more]
Access to the mountain was closed after a 26 year-old Swiss climber has been missing for 10 days now since he climbed the volcano on 3 June. ... [more]
The activity of the volcano has become more intense during the past days. Several ash plumes were detected by Tokyo VAAC and blight glow is intermittently visible on the webcam. ... [more]
The alert level of the volcano (also known as Vanua Lava) was recently raised a notch from 0 to 1 (on a scale of 0-4). No details about volcanic unrest are available, but presumably, the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory recorded elevated seismic activity from the volcano. ... [more]
Friday, Jun 10, 2016
A sudden eruption occurred this morning (at 11:35 local time). An explosion generated an ash plume that rose about 2000 m above the volcano's summit and drifted northwest, causing light ash falls in nearby downwind areas. ... [more]
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, during an appearance on CBS, claimed that is now the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security to regulate firearms. He claims that gun control is now “part and parcel” of his agency’s responsibilities.