Satellite images released by the Associated Press on Wednesday showed a pile of rubble at the location of St. Elijah's Monastery, situated south of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. The monastery, which had survived for more than 1,400 years, is believed to have been damaged at some point in 2014, after Daesh took control of the area in June that year. The partially restored 27,000-square-foot stone and mortar building had 26 distinct rooms although its roof was largely missing.
However, latest images show the stone walls "have been literally pulverized", said imagery analyst Stephen Wood, adding, "Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely."
Yemen is being bombed by US, British and Israeli jets ~ link ~
Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom have been contributing to Saudi Arabia’s deadly war on Yemen by sending warplanes to bomb the impoverished nation, a Yemeni army official reveals.
Sharaf Luqman, a spokesman for the Yemeni army, said on Thursday that fighter jets belonging to the US, Britain and Israel have been directly bombing Yemen as Saudi pilots are unable to conduct sorties with modern warplanes over Yemen.
The army official said that Yemeni army and fighters of the Houthi Ansarullah movement have so far managed to down three F-16 fighter jets,10 Apache helicopters and dozens of drones. Luqman said about 400 military personnel from the European and Latin American countries, mainly from Colombia, have been recruited to fight for the Saudis in Yemen.
Former Hiroshima Mayor: The nine nuclear armed nations lack moral leadership ~ link ~
- “Having a nuclear button should be a shame for that country. … [The] nine nuclear weapons states should be categorized as countries that clearly lack moral leadership…”
- “The thinking that says pushing the button is a manly act, a courageous act, should be attacked. … The existence of the button itself is contrary to human values.”
Europe in Crisis: Danish city makes pork mandatory in bid to block Muslim refugees ~ link ~
Frank Noergaard, a member of the council in Randers, said on Thursday that the council has ordered pork to be a mandatory feature on municipal menus, including in schools and daycare centers.
The move was first proposed by the anti-immigration, populist Danish People's Party and approved by Randers City Council.
Greek farmers block roads in anti-austerity protest - video ~ link
New Hampshire poll indicates Bernie Sanders Will Win the Democratic Nomination and then go on to win the Presidency ~ link ~ Jewish people often say that this or that "is good for the Jews". Well let me tell you, that based on the horrific economic crash and military nightmare that we are going into now, it will NOT be good for the Jews to have one of theirs in the White House!!! The Jewish people in America need to think about this one carefully!!! Stirling
Ninth Planet to our Solar System ~ link ~
In an article published in the Astronomical Journal on Wednesday, planetary scientists Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) announced that though the Planet Nine still has not been observed directly, strong evidence based on mathematical modeling and computer simulations clearly suggest that it really exists far beyond the dwarf planet Pluto.
According to the findings, the new family member has a mass of about ten times that of the Earth, orbits about 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune (which revolves round the Sun at an average distance of about 4.5 billion kilometers (2.8 billion miles)), and takes between 10,000 and 20,000 Earthly years to circle our star.