Red Square in Moscow will see the biggest military parade yet. It is expected that 15 000 soldiers will march, 200 tanks will roll and 150 fighter jets will fly overhead. New military hardware will be revealed to the spectators.
While the military show will be spectacular, the VIP viewing stands will have some empty seats. President Putin sent out invitations to 68 political leaders. Only 25 have accepted.
None of the political maneuvering should take away from the terrible price that Russians paid for a final victory against the Nazi war machine. It is estimated that 27 million Russians were killed during the four years of fighting. The siege of Leningrad is an epic story of heroism and fortitude.
The Moscow Times
Those numbers are expected to swell to 7 million by March when food stocks run out. The UN is asking donor nations to contribute $32 million to provide emergency food rations.
282 boys and one girl were released by the so-called 'Cobra Faction' in Labrab, a village in a remote corner of Jonglei state in South Sudan, bringing to 1,757 the number of children who have been released by the militant group this year.
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
The pesticide is not without controversy. It is a systemic poison which means that when it is sprayed on plants, the plants take it up into their cells and become poisonous. Those animals that are without backbones – shrimp, bees – are extremely sensitive to the neurotoxin. However it can damage fish which are slightly affected by it, birds which are vulnerable to it and humans exposed can develop troubling symptoms.
The spraying of mud flats will be a novel use of the pesticide. In the past the pesticide carbaryl was used to control shrimp numbers. It is now banned. The oyster growers have tried to control the shrimp numbers by dynamiting their burrows and in another failed attempt, spread a thin layer of cement on top of their burrows. The idea was to suffocate them but the creatures made new holes before the cement hardened.
Washington State Dept. of Ecology
National Pesticide Information Center(Oregon State University)
Some factories are pumping ground water to compensate for the water restrictions. This has led to ground subsistence in areas where excessive pumping has occurred.
Increasing population and manufacturing will continue to put pressure on water sources.
In the category of there’s always a crook ready to make a buck – scammers have been caught selling bottled water as distilled water or mineral water when it comes from dubious ground water sources.
Taiwan is expecting a weather system to bring light rains to the northern part of the island, but that area is not as parched as the south. Little relief is expected there.
Small changes in climate can translate to big changes in weather patterns.
The China Post
Radio Taiwan International
He later recanted his confession and was subsequently repatriated to an Alberta prison with an eight year sentence.
His appeal cites a U.S. court ruling declaring retroactive war-crimes laws unconstitutional. The United States made it a war crime for enemy combatants to engage in battle with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, but that was several years after Mr. Khadr’s capture. Globe and Mail
Khadr’s sentence expires October 2018. Currently he is being held in a minimum security prison. He will remain in prison at least until May 5th when bail conditions will be announced.
Khadr, now 28, is a Canadian citizen. His mother and sister survive as well as a disabled brother. His father was a fund raiser for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. His parents can be described as toxic and his sister has been vociferous in her support for terrorism. Khadr at age 14 was introduced to bomb making by his father.
The Globe and Mail
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