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- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today July 29, 20141) Despite a 16 hour ceasefire this past weekend, negotiations between Israel and Palestine have not resulted in any peace agreement. The UN has demanded a ceasefire for the past 2 days but there have been no sustainable arrangements. At least 60 airstrikes by Israel hit targets last night with a dozen dead. and 5 […]
- 5 Minute International Update July 28, 20145 Minute International Update covering headlines from the past week. Here with sources. The Bloodiest Week in Syria Terrorist Threat in Norway Palestine and Israel both Break Ceasefire Agreement called for by UN Boko Haram in Cameroon kidnaps wife of vice PM MH17 Doesn’t End the Fight in Ukraine and Prime Minister replaced Americans Evacuate […]
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today July 28, 20141) The US evacuated its embassy in Lybia this weekend after more than 50 deaths. Fighting continues in both Tripoli and Benghazi. An embassy convoy from the UK was hit by militant fire this morning. 2) Boko Haram attacked a northern town in Cameroon yesterday killing at least 3 and also kidnapping the wife […]
- Study: Collective Bargaining Slows Economic Growth, Lowers Wages July 29, 2014Collective bargaining may not be the boon for workers that labor unions claim it is, according to a new study. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a free market think tank, found that states with higher rates of union presence and collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sector also suffer slower economic growth that leads to less o
- DIA Chief: Al Qaeda Ideology Rapidly Expanding July 29, 2014The terrorist ideology behind al Qaeda is expanding significantly—contrary to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign theme that declared the Islamist terror threat in decline, according to the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
- CNN Reporter: VA Reform Bill ‘A Little Misleading’, Money Was Never the Problem July 29, 2014
- Obsolete Rail Line Opens in Virginia July 29, 2014To great fanfare, the DC Silver Line opened from Tysons Center to East Falls Church, Virginia. Although the news reports mentioned the cost–nearly $47,000 per foot or more than $3,900 per inch–a lot of other things were left unsaid. The Silver Line will displace trains on the Orange and Blue lines, which are already being […]
- Because Exclusive Bus Lanes Aren’t Expensive Enough July 28, 2014Los Angeles transit officials are eagerly contemplating the opportunity to spend money converting the Orange bus-rapid transit line into a light-rail line. To promote this idea, they are letting people know that light rail will be faster, more comfortable, and operate more frequently (so riders will be less likely to have to stand) than buses. […]
- Transit and Congestion July 25, 2014The Antiplanner was apparently exposed to a bad cold when traveling last week and didn’t feel up to writing a timely post for this morning. (Would I have avoided this if I had a driverless car to take me to San Francisco instead flying?) However, someone emailed me in response to yesterday’s post asking if […]