September 15, 2012
Mitt Romney was wrong (and, of course, politically motivated) when he insinuated that the U.S. government had offered an "apology for America's values" by criticizing "Innocence of Muslims," the now-infamous film that mocks the prophet Muhammad. While it is true that in a statement issued before protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the embassy staff criticized "continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims," it didn't apologize for the fact that the film and other hateful forms of speech are protected by the Constitution.
September 14, 2012 |
NEW YORK--Mitt Romney denounced an anti-Muslim film that is stirring unrest in the Middle East, even as he stood by his condemnation of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for its implied denunciation of the film. Speaking to George Stephanopoulous of ABC's “Good Morning America,” Romney said he still believed it was "inappropriate" for the embassy to put out the statement, issued as anger rose in Egypt on Tuesday over a film that ridiculed the Muslim prophet Muhammad. He said the embassy should have taken it down after protesters breached the embassy grounds.
September 12, 2012 |
Congressional leaders swiftly condemned the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but defense hawks in particular said now is not the time to back away from supporting democratic efforts in the Middle East. "We are anguished and outraged," said a joint statement from three of the Senate's top defense leaders, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut. They called the slain U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, a friend.
August 20, 2012 |
President Obama today condemned the statements of Rep. Todd Akin on the subject of rape, tying the conservative lawmaker's remarks to Mitt Romney and other Republicans who oppose reproductive rights. “Rape is rape,” Obama told reporters this afternoon, referring to the Missouri Republican's statement that victims of “legitimate rape” don't usually get pregnant. “The idea that we should be parsing, qualifying, slicing what types of rape we're talking about doesn't make sense to the American people,” Obama said during a surprise visit to the White House briefing room.
August 3, 2012 |
The U.N. General Assembly condemned the Syrian government's latest attacks on rebellious citizens Friday in a symbolic vote that also criticized infighting on the Security Council that has thwarted intervention to halt an escalating civil war. The resolution deplored the violence engulfing Syria's biggest city, Aleppo, and included a call by Arab neighbors for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. As violence surged, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that a flotilla of its warships was heading for the eastern Mediterranean Sea. It issued conflicting accounts of whether the vessels would dock at Tartus, a Syrian port where Russia maintains a naval base.
August 1, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday exhorted his military to maintain "continued preparedness," as human rights groups condemned an apparent rebel execution of Assad loyalists in the embattled northern city of Aleppo. Assad lauded his troops' role in "confronting the criminal terrorist gangs," a reference to the rebels fighting across a wide swath of the country, in a statement marking the anniversary of the founding of the army, state media reported. Meanwhile, video surfaced online appearing to show the execution of members of a loyalist clan in an Aleppo neighborhood.
July 23, 2012 |
BEIRUT - With mounting international alarm about Syria's cache of chemical and biological weapons, the embattled government in Damascus said Monday that its "unconventional" arms stockpiles were secure and vowed not to use them - unless provoked by an outside attack. Syria publicly ruled out using such weapons against domestic rebels, but also seemed to explicitly threaten their use if foreign powers were to attack, sparking a new international outcry. "No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said during a news conference broadcast from Damascus.
July 12, 2012 |
Penn State University's top officials, including head football coach Joe Paterno, failed to protect the children who were sexually abused by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, according to an investigation of the scandal that has roiled the school since last fall. In a letter accompanying the release of the report Thursday morning, former FBI Director Louis Freeh had harsh words for the university's top officials for failing to act on reports that Sandusky, once the football team's top defensive coach, had molested children on the school's grounds.
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June 25, 2012 |
A judge sentenced Earl Ellis Green to death Monday for the execution-style shooting of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean Pfeiffer Leonard declined to overturn the jury's verdict earlier this month that Green, 46, should face capital punishment for the November 2010 slaying of the Iraq War veteran, who had been on the department for four years at the time of the killing. Jurors convicted Green of first-degree murder with special circumstances and weeks later determined that he should receive the death penalty.
May 27, 2012 |
The blood-spattered children lie on a patterned rug, their wounds graphic proof that youth offers no protection from the dark forces unleashed in Syria. An unidentified man picks up the limp corpse of one boy, displaying the battered remains for the camera. He puts the child down and hoists another lifeless young body aloft. "Massacre in Houla -- all children!" someone is heard shouting amid groans of agony and disbelief. The grisly scenes posted online Saturday from Houla, a township in Homs province, drew international condemnation and in the view of some, have the potential to become a turning point in the 14-month rebellion against the government of President Bashar Assad.