Sputnik: Why is it that we are hearing different statements from the US President and the Pentagon? Richard Murphy: Well, I think, what you are hearing is a phenomenon that Americans still try to get used to, where the president makes statements almost on impulse and then his advisors tell him: "Look, here is the situation, that we are in and here is a considered strategy of how to change our situation." He is out there saying: "We must do, I want to do this." It's confusing, there is no question. Sputnik: So, in your opinion, who actually makes the calls about America's military activity in Syria? Richard Murphy: Decisions are ultimately in the president's ends coming from the Oval Office. But they will reconcile contradictory views and opinions of the US military, of the US State Department, that is the purpose of the National Security Council to coordinate different approaches and advise the … [Read more...] about Assad Must Go… But When? Ex-US Ambassador Sees ‘Change in Policy’ Toward Syria
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One year ago yesterday (April 4), the UK was gripped by a very Cambridge kind of excitement when Latin graffiti protesting the iniquity of the city’s housing market was daubed on new townhouses. On April 4 last year, residents in Water Street in Cambridge awoke to discover a vigilante artist had scrawled huge letters across the brand-new homes. The messages, roughly translated as ‘Homes for local people,’ grabbed headlines in the city and across the country. It appeared to be protesting the lack of affordable houses in the city. The vandalised houses cost £1.25m each. Housing experts and campaigners stepped up to voice fears about the housing market in Cambridge and the difficulty for people being priced out of the city. An anarchist protest group even visited the city calling for more affordable housing. But, a year after the graffiti turned up, has anything changed in the city? Houses are still super expensive The city’s average house price now stands at … [Read more...] about A year on from Latin graffiti attack, what’s changed in our housing market?
US law enforcement agencies have seized over 100 homes in the Sacramento, California-area this week as part of a sweeping crackdown on a criminal marijuana-growing operation funded by China-based criminal groups.In a two-day sweep that started on Tuesday, the Justice Department said hundreds of federal agents and local police executed search warrants at about 74 homes and two business offices believed to be used for marijuana-growing operations.At the same time, the Justice Department filed civil forfeiture actions against 100 homes, a legal action allowing the government to confiscate assets if there is probable cause to believe a crime was committed.US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions has made cracking down on illegal drugs one of his priorities since taking over the helm of the Justice Department last year.Sessions, who has made no secret of his disdain for marijuana, in January ended an Obama-era policy that called on prosecutors not to prioritise bringing federal marijuana cases in … [Read more...] about Over 100 homes seized in US dope raids
News / Scotland by Press Association 03/04/2018, 1:20 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Glasgow’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games failed to make Scots more active, a major new report on the impact of the event has concluded. The final evaluation report into the tournament found benefits for both Scotland and the city – saying between 2007 and 2014 the preparation for and delivery of the Commonwealth Games contributed £740 million to the economy and was worth £390 million to Glasgow. The £540 million sporting event also supported an estimated average of 2,100 jobs per year across Scotland over the period, peaking in 2014. There has also been “very considerable success” in attracting other major sporting events to both Glasgow and Scotland thanks to investment associated with the Games. By the end of 2017, Games venues had been booked to host 57 events of UK or … [Read more...] about No ‘step change’ in activity levels following Glasgow Commonwealth Games
It is easy to forget just how much Derby has changed in the last decade alone. Some of the changes may be subtle, such as a tweak to a road layout or a new shop opening, making them difficult to remember. Major revamps and new buildings are more difficult to ignore but it is still easy to forget just what was there before. Now, using Google Street View we have charted changes to some areas in Derby city centre and beyond since 2008. For the past decade the Streetview car has been driving around capturing images of the city’s streets. And the technology allows us to see how the street scene has changed each year the car passes by. So take a look at the video slideshow above which charts changes to places in the city each time the Google Street View car has visited between 2008 and 2017. Or you can use the picture sliders below to see just how much Derby has changed in a decade. The sliders may take a few seconds to load. Full Street The former police station in Full Street, Derby, … [Read more...] about Amazing pictures show just how much Derby has changed in the past 10 years