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Maha Hamdan
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The report said that 20 passengers who were Asian have been smuggled into a bunker in Pakistan. It is also claimed that the terrorists are possibly seeking to bargain with either America or China.

The news, however, has not been confirmed by authorities either in Malaysia or China and must be taken with caution as there are no credible evidence to prove that this is what has happened. Also, the news cannot be independently verified due to the anonymity of the source to the Russian newspaper.

A massive search team, currently coordinated by Australia, is searching for the wreckage for more than a month and recent pings possibly emitted by the black box have been considered the best lead so far.

Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency has said that they were confident that the signals heard were from the missing plane.

"I'm now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not-too-distant future -but we haven't found it yet, because this is a very challenging business," Houston said on Thursday.
Russian intelligence sources have claimed that all passengers and crew members aboard the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 are alive and the plane was, in fact, hijacked and flown to Afghanistan.

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A column in Brazil's biggest daily, Folha de Sao Paulo, said: "Compared to the naked woman dancing on GLOBO TV every day during carnival, this is nothing. My 5-year-old daughter asked, 'Why is that woman dancing naked on TV, Dad?' And I had to explain that she was very warm. Our carnival coverage focuses exclusively on the female body, so by that standard these T-shirts are pretty tame."
The 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar, a country that is not known for its sex appeal. Women's activists often target the Middle East for its policies toward women. But as living in Brazil has taught me, for women, even having all the freedom in the world can be its own cage.
On the surface, the two regions couldn't be more different. But both impose their burdens on women and have plenty of sexism to go around.
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The Liz Wahl stunt was a fairly benign example of social media being used to manipulate public opinion. To really understand how far these kinds of psychological operations are taken we need to step back to February 20th when a video went viral showing snipers shooting protesters in Kiev. 

Almost everyone assumed that these were Ukrainian government forces firing the shots, but they weren't. The following phone conversation between EU foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton and Estonia's foreign minister Urmas Paet, which was leaked to the public on March 5th, makes this very clear.
The U.S. government's latest attempt to topple Cuba using social media is just the tip of the iceberg, but what's really interesting is how connects to the Ukrainian crisis.

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Exactly how did Savage, an unarmed civilian, get past checkpoints at a main gate and at the base of the Mahan’s pier? Why was he there? What did he want? Did he think he’d be allowed to walk unchecked onto a warship at the world’s largest Navy base?

If the Navy knows, it is not saying.

Officials have declined to answer such questions, citing two ongoing investigations.

One is being conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Another, headed by a one-star admiral, is examining whether base security procedures were followed.

On Friday, officials said they could not estimate when the investigations might wrap up.

As for motive, authorities have said only that they don’t think Savage, a 35-year-old felon, knew anyone on the Mahan or planned the attack, and it wasn’t related to terrorism.

As for how Savage got onto Norfolk Naval Station, a few details have been made public: He had a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC card, an ID accepted to access Navy installations; he did not have a legitimate business reason to be on the base; and a guard who was at the gate, a federal police officer – not a sailor or a contractor – has been placed on leave.
Exactly how did Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, an unarmed civilian, get past checkpoints at Norfolk Naval Station? Did he think he’d be allowed to walk unchecked onto a warship at the world’s largest Navy base? If the Navy knows, it is not saying.

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The Art of War:

So it is said that if you know your adversary's and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.

Sun Tzu

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She has been charged with "insulting Islamic sanctities", a crime that can carry the death penalty, and is being held in the notoriously harsh Evin prison in Teheran.
Her husband Daryoush Taghipoor, who is currently in Iran, said she confessed to the crime "under duress".
Mr Taghipoor told the Manchester Evening News: "She has lost three stone and is frightened, she is scared the government will kill her."
Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht was jailed for posting derogatory comments about the Iranian government on Facebook
Russian officials worry publicly that the Russian language is under threat in Ukraine and point to the February ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych. He was toppled by a popular revolt in Kiev done by both Ukrainian and Russian speakers.

American officials have said this Russian claim is wildly overblown, and there are worries that Russia's emphasis on the language issue could become a rationale for military intervention in eastern Ukraine.

Indeed, there's a growing movement in Donetsk to break off from Ukraine and form an autonomous republic with Russian as the dominant language. That's the first step to joining Russia.

That worries Lykov, the animator, who says that the propaganda today out of Russia tells Ukrainian Russian-speakers they're under siege. Ukrainian domestic politicians have honed a similar message themselves.
"It's always been this way," he says. "This constantly present rhetoric of our politicians — all the 20 years of independence."
So might The Simpsons, which has been in existence longer than Ukraine has been independent, be a small counterforce to unite this divided country?
Some Ukrainians insist the show is funnier when dubbed in Ukrainian rather than Russian. In the recent crisis in Ukraine, much has been made of the divisions between Russian speakers.
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