Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is moving with a steady pace to establish his total control over Russia. He's now pushing a law to help him deal with the last pesky parts of the post-Soviet period of Russian history—that annoying free press. In this Washington Post story, we see that President Putin is doing in Russia what Sen. Harry Reid and fifty-three of his Senate colleagues attempted to do recently with a constitutional amendment to limit free speech.
Putin knows he is fairly free to act on the world scene and at home. President Obama is distracted. His administration is perplexed. Having waited too long to address the threat of ISIS, Mr. Obama is now leaping into the ISIS crisis with both feet. And he is even willing to make the Russians our new partner in the Middle East.
Jackson Diehl, a respected foreign affairs columnist with the Post, has offered a withering critique of the Obama administration's East European policy. There, in lands so recently freed from the smothering grip of the Russian bear, new leaders are emerging who are pulling their nations back into the Russian orbit. Think Crimea. Think Ukraine. more >>
The U.S. military has air-dropped weapons, medical supplies and other aid on Sunday to Kurdish forces in their fight against terror group ISIS over the Syrian border town of Kobane, despite protests from Turkey. ISIS has reportedly suffered heavy losses in the battle, with at least 70 bodies of its fighters dropped off at a Syrian hospital in the past week.
The Associated Press reported that the government of Turkey opposes the aid to the Kurdish forces fighting in Syria, because it sees the group as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party. Turkey and the PKK have been in a state of war for the past 30 years.
The U.S. and its allies have been aiding for months Kurdish forces that are battling ISIS, though mostly in the Kurdish regional government in Iraq. In the past few weeks, the Islamic terror group has concentrated its efforts on capturing the Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobane for strategic purposes. U.S.-led airstrikes have helped in pushing back the jihadists, who had initially made big gains in the town. more >>
The United States' war on terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been given an official name and dubbed "Operation Inherent Resolve."
"According to CENTCOM officials, the name INHERENT RESOLVE is intended to reflect the unwavering resolve and deep commitment of the U.S. and partner nations in the region and around the globe to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community," read a statement by officials with U.S. Central Command, according to The Washington Post.
"It also symbolizes the willingness and dedication of coalition members to work closely with our friends in the region and apply all available dimensions of national power necessary — diplomatic, informational, military, economic — to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL." more >>
Where is President Barack Obama when you need him in a crisis? Pretty absent from the stage, unless he's pointing fingers (at Republicans), disavowing knowledge of "situations" such as Obamacare's website woes, the IRS scandal, and the horror show at Veterans Affairs -- or simply refusing to take responsibility by retreating from the world.
And amid the current Ebola crisis, the incumbent-in-chief is off fundraising, deftly avoiding the people he's supposed to be serving and protecting.
Last week, Liberian Thomas Duncan died from Ebola in Dallas at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. A nurse, who treated Duncan, now has Ebola. The Dallas hospital has shown Americans and the world how woefully unprepared the United States is to fight Ebola. What does President Barack Obama do? Demonstrate his audacity of incompetence and dereliction of duty to protect the American people by flying to Hollywood for his 53rd fundraiser of the year. more >>
Buried inside of the 20,000 pages of the Obamacare monstrosity are a few paragraphs that could create a multi-billion dollar industry in the American healthcare sector. Known as "biosimilars," the law allowed for the production of complex drugs which are medically equivalent versions of biologics (drugs derived from living organisms), and can treat deadly diseases ranging from Alzheimer's, AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Not only can biosimilars save lives, the competition they create for a heavily regulated and patented marketplace can help patients by lowering the price of their prescriptions by up to 40 percent. The average annual cost of biologic drugs is roughly $35,000, so any savings can often make the difference between life and death. That is why the creation of approval process for biosimilars may be the only part of Obamacare that enjoys bipartisan support.
However, as Obamacare's burdensome mandates are already making your insurance premiums skyrocket and the IRS is ready to issue fines for not having coverage, any plans to save patients' money is an important development. But, ironically, it's President Barack Obama's own federal bureaucrats who may be standing in the way. more >>
The World Health Organization has said that mortality rates from the deadly Ebola outbreak spreading throughout West Africa have gone up to 70 percent, and there could be as many as 10,000 new cases recorded per week by the end of the year. President Barack Obama has warned that the world is "not doing enough" in terms of a response.
WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Bruce Aylward told reporters in Switzerland that although the mortality rate had been at 50 percent, statistics have now bumped it up to 70 percent. There is no cure for the disease, which had killed at least 4,447 people as of Tuesday, but early detection and treatment can prove effective and tackling it.
Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have suffered the most casualties, though cases have reached western countries including the U.S. as well. Obama, who is set to discuss the crisis in a video conference with British, French, German and Italian leaders, said that "the world as a whole is not doing enough" to contain the Ebola threat, BBC News reported. more >>