Oh honey pot, doodle face, little poodles and cats. Welcome back. We convene for another roundabout recap of all the news that proves, that gives your week meaning, or something of the sort. This week has been one of “those weeks,” so strap on your big girl panties and ready your resting bitch face, ’cause we about to throw down.
The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.While it has long been known that the agency conducts extensive computer searches of data it vacuums up overseas, that it is systematically searching – without warrants – through the contents of Americans’ communications that cross the border reveals more about the scale of its secret operations. (NY Times)
In July 2012, fighters loyal to embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad launched a full-scale assault to recapture the northern city of Aleppo, which had fallen into rebel hands. In a banner headline, pro-government newspaper Al Watan predicted the fight would be the “mother of all battles” for the future of Syria. A little more than a year later, that harrowing prediction has mostly come true. Much of Syria’s most-populous city now lies in ruin, buildings and lives torn apart by a seemingly endless barrage of missiles, bombs, mortars, and tank shells. In a series of new satellite images, Amnesty International offers a glimpse into the extent of the destruction brought on by a year of fighting between government troops and opposition forces. (Huffington Post, Amnesty International)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talks in Jerusalem on August 14, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. “Negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians will be resuming August 14 in Jerusalem and will be followed by a meeting in Jericho [in the West Bank],” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said. (Reuters)
A suicide bombing at a funeral for a policeman in southwestern Pakistan has killed at least 28 people including a senior police officer, police say. They say that the blast in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, also wounded at least 50 people. Quetta police chief Mir Zubair Mehmood told the AP news agency that the bomber detonated his explosives just before the funeral service was about to start. (BBC)
Six alleged al-Qaeda militants have been killed in the latest presumed U.S. drone strike in Yemen, officials say. The attack in Marib province was the sixth in the last two weeks. It comes a day after Yemeni authorities said they had foiled a major al-Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize two of the country’s main ports. (BBC)
These times are scary, these times are tough. But even in the worst of times, know that there is potential light. Yeah, yeah, don’t get cynical on me, precious – ’tis far too easy. So remember, when the going gets tough, the tough start lovin’. Love on, kittens. Love on.