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Giant Mushroom Cloud In Beijing (VIDEO) (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2012


A mushroom-like cloud was spotted over Beijing earlier this week, closely resembling the explosion of an atomic bomb, reports China Daily.

Now, footage of the mysterious cloud has been released on YouTube. One shows raw video of the haze taken from what appears to be a high-rise building, while anothervideo is an edited version documenting the haze on June 14.

The yellow and green haze led Chinese authorities to advise residents to stay inside Monday, according to Agence France-Presse.

While rumors swarmed online about the cause of the unusual cloud, Chinese police arrested two internet users who said the pollution had been triggered by a chlorine leak at a chemical plant or an explosion at a steel refinery, notes The Economic Observer.

Meanwhile, government authorities told the Xinhua news agency straw burning was the cause and denied there had been any industrial accidents.

Air pollution is increasingly becoming a major problem in China, and the government is often accused of downplaying the severity of the problem in metropolitan areas.

Earlier this month, China demanded the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to stop publishing air pollution readings, saying it was against diplomatic conventions and the law.

Check out some photos of the mysterious mushroom cloud below.

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Obama Speech In Afghanistan: U.S. President Addresses The Nation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 2, 2012

Comment: But just be honest to yourself first and then to others. Then World Peace is not impossible:

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday night to sign an agreement with President Hamid Karzai outlining the United States’ military presence in Afghanistan after 2014.

In a live address, President Obama spoke from Bagram Air Base north of Kabul early Wednesday morning, emphasizing that America must finish the job it started while Afghanistan stabilizes.

“My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of our troops in harm’s way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon. We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan, while delivering justice to al Qaeda,”he said.

President Obama also underlined points of the agreement, including that the U.S. will not build military bases in Afghanistan.

“We will shift into a support role as Afghans step forward,” President Obama said.

President Obama’s trip coincides with the anniversary of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death. President Obama and President Karzai signed the agreement at the presidential palace in the Afghan capital Kabul.

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Obama in Afghanistan Declares ‘Light Of New Day’ In Speech To America

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 2, 2012

Comment: Just to speak could not be enough. I am waiting historic person capable to change the world from war to Peace:

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Military personnel watch on a screen as President Barack Obama makes a live address at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON — In a dramatic address to Americans broadcast from a military hangar outside Kabul, Afghanistan, President Barack Obama on Tuesday trumpeted the near-end of U.S. military operations in the country, 10 years after the U.S. invasion and one year to the day after he ordered the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

Speaking against the backdrop of two armored military vehicles, one draped with an American flag, Obama said that he just signed “an historic agreement” with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai outlining a new, post-war relationship between the two countries.

But before outlining the agreement, Obama reminded Americans why U.S. troops were there in the first place: Osama bin Laden, a topic that the president and vice president haven’t been shy about highlighting on the campaign trail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Syria’s Armed Opposition No Threat To Regime, Says U.S., Which Plans To Provide Nonlethal Aid to Civilians

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON — On the one-year anniversary of the uprisings in Syria, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the armed resistance is not able to mount a credible military threat to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, senior U.S. intelligence officials told The Huffington Post.

The powerful, Russian-armed Syrian army remains firmly in control behind the Assad regime, senior intelligence officials say.

That assessment underlies the Obama administration’s reluctance to become more actively involved in the uprising against Assad that began on March 15, 2011. After a year of sporadic and inconclusive violence against the regime, the White House has flatly ruled out providing arms to the opposition and instead is focusing on coordinating international pressure against the Assad regime and providing humanitarian relief.

The White House has authorized providing medical supplies and nonlethal equipment to civilian Syrian groups that would transport the supplies, according to a source close to the administration’s deliberations on Syria.

But the failure of the armed opposition to take advantage of defections from the Syrian armed forces or coordinate its actions into a meaningful security challenge of the regime appears to leave the United States and other critics of the regime without a long-term strategy for ousting Assad. By contrast, in Libya last year, a relatively well-organized and armed opposition eventually drew Western military support, and the country’s strongman, Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed last fall. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S., Iran Poised For Mine Warfare In The Persian Gulf

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2012

If the tense confrontation with Iran ignites into war, strategists say they expect Iran will strike with thousands of deadly sea mines to try to halt oil tanker traffic and take out American warships.

In the shallow, crowded waters of the Persian Gulf, mines pose a sobering challenge. When the U.S. Navy has faced a massive mine threat there in the past, it has failed to protect even its own ships.

Now, both Iran and the United States seem poised to fight it out again. Iran has acquired a stockpile of 2,000 to 3,000 mines, including “smart” Chinese-built mines that could track and target U.S. warships, according to a report by Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington.The 660-pound warhead carried by one such mine could puncture the hull of a U.S. aircraft carrier, the report says.

But the Navy says this time it’s prepared for a mine war, with a four-ship fleet of high-tech counter-mine vessels patrolling the Gulf, along with airborne sensors, robot submarines, a squadron of mine-hunting dolphins and sea lions on standby — and two decades worth of operational experience off the coast of Iran.

The United States holds air and naval superiority across the region. Nevertheless, mine warfare in the Persian Gulf could be a lengthy, nerve-wracking conflict, putting at risk the steady flow of oil tankers and the ships and sailors of the U.S. Fifth Fleet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Myanmar-United States Relations: Ambassadors To Be Exchanged Following Prisoner Release

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it was ready to exchange ambassadors with Myanmar as President Barack Obama welcomed the release of 200 political prisoners as a “substantial step forward for democratic reform” in the Southeast Asian country.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was ready to begin the process of exchanging full ambassadors after an absence of two decades, and would consider additional measures if the new civilian-led government’s reforms continue.

“Much more remains to be done to meet the aspirations of the Burmese people, but the United States is committed to continuing our engagement,” Obama said in a statement.

The U.S. move followed Myanmar’s announcement that it was freeing some 200 political prisoners in an amnesty in the latest sign of change in a country that has spent half a century under authoritarian rule.

The United States downgraded its diplomatic representation in Myanmar to charge d’affaires following a military coup in 1988 and a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the country, formerly known as Burma.

The United States and other western nations have also imposed a series of broad economic sanctions, which analysts say have crippled the country’s economy and driven it deeper into the embrace of regional power China.

Myanmar held elections last March which saw a nominally civilian government — although still heavily weighted toward the military — take over from the ruling junta. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama Announces Iraq Troops Will Be Withdrawn By End Of 2011

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 21, 2011

They will be back to US or move to other Arabian or African countries?

WASHINGTON — Fulfilling a long-held campaign promise, President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, as conditioned by the Status of Forces Agreement with the country.

“As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end,” Obama said. “So today I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.”

“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” he said.

In confirming his plans for troop withdrawal by the end of 2011, the president fulfilled the most memorable pledge he made in securing the nomination of president from his party. There had been reports the administration had been plotting ways to renegotiate the Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government so as to prolong America’s presence in the country. Those rumors heightened concerns among Democrats who backed Obama in part because of his pledge to end the war in Iraq.

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Hillary Clinton In Libya To Offer New Aid Package

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 18, 2011

11 million for Libya? That is just 1/10th of last Euro lottery prize.
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WikiLeaks Documents: World Leaders SLAMMED In Confidential Wires (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2010

This case proved world leaders dwarf?
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